Crockett ECHS Cougar Chatter

November 2020

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Future Important Dates:

November 2nd-16th: Tex-Ann annual Poinsettia Sale

November 6th: AP Exam Registration Deadline

November 6th - TSI Testing

November 13th - TSI Testing

November 13th - Homecoming Football game. Homecoming Court at 7pm, game at 7:30

November 19th - College Forward Applications Due

November 20th - TSI Testing

November 23-27th: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21st-January 5th: Winter Holiday

AP Course Information

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Crockett Tex-Ann Annual Poinsettia Sale

Poinsettia Time!

Need to decorate your home, office, business or classroom? Looking for a great gift for family or friends? Let the TexAnns help you spread holiday cheer with our beautiful festive Poinsettias!! Contact any Tex-Ann or go to

AustinISD.schoolcashonline.com to order Today! Sales End November 16th.

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College Assistance for the Class of 2021

Crockett's College Adviser, Mrs. Snyder, is available to assist seniors and their families with college, scholarship, and financial aid applications. Stop by her virtual office hours or schedule an individual appointment for any questions about college applications or financial aid! (insert or link attached pdf of the CCC virtual schedule)

College Essay Feedback

Crockett has partnered with the Austin Bat Cave to support our seniors as they write their college essays. Whether you need help brainstorming and developing the idea or outline for your essay or simply want some professional feedback on your first draft, the volunteers at ABC are ready to help you! Seniors can fill out this short form to sign up for free virtual assistance this semester.

College Forward Applications open now!

Attention Class of 2022! College Forward is now accepting applications for juniors to join their college readiness program. College Forward is an after-school program supporting students from 11th grade through their college graduation to help them prepare for and earn a college degree. Students who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree OR who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to apply. Students can complete the application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4848119 - Don't delay! Applications are due November 19th. For more information, check out the CoFo website https://collegeforward.org/ or email michelle.snyder@austinisd.org

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Let's give Matthew Chavez (9th grade) and Mike Vasquez (12th grade) a big ol' virtual high-five! They both recorded for the Region 18 Jazz Band and both gentlemen placed FIRST CHAIR on their instrument (Matthew on Alto Sax and Mike on Bass Guitar)! This is a huge achievement, as this region has some of the most competitive musicians in the state! Next step is recording for state in a few weeks. Wish them luck!

Congrats, to 2 Crockett ECHS Wrestlers Ranking in Preseason Texas Rankings!!

They are the highest Crockett athletes ranked in any sport for a very long time.

Way to Go!

Vivika Green #13

Shaniya Walker #11

They are the highest Crockett athletes ranked in any sport for a very long time.

Shaniya Walker finished last year ranked #18 with this being her second year ranked in the top 20!!

Vivika Greeen finished last year ranked #20 her second year ranked as well.


This is the 3rd year in row Crockett wrestlers have been ranked, all under Coach TK, his 3rd year here at Crockett.

TSI Testing

Students needing to complete the TSI, the Texas College Readiness exam, can sign up for virtual testing during the month of November. Due to extremely limited testing availability, testing will be limited to 11th and 12th grade students and underclassmen needing to test for ACC course eligibility. During virtual testing, students will test on Zoom. All testers will be required to share their screen with the proctor while also having their camera and microphone turned on for the duration of testing. Students can sign up for a testing slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49A8A622A6FC1-tsitesting1


Students are encouraged to study for the exam using the free Accuplacer practice app, here: https://practice.accuplacer.org/login Learn more about the TSI exam here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/accuplacer/pdf/tsai-assessment-student-brochure.pdf

Operation Blue Santa 2020 applications are now being accepted!

Blue Santa will not be able to deliver to families this year because of Covid. You will be required to pick up your package/ gift cards.

Application requirements:

You must live in the City Limits of Austin

You must children ages 14 and under in your household

To apply visit bluesanta.org or call 512-972-5780 for question

Application link below:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9hleXKumRUux0L5GCKmmf6j5cxWYodBMkjUx657otXlUQVFVNFdXVFFIUEdCRDVNM0FCSjk3N1RVUiQlQCN0PWcu

The Crockett Courier - Online Edition

The Courier student newspaper staff has officially published their first articles for the 20-21 school year!


This year, we are publishing our newspaper online via Medium. Take a look at the link below to see all the amazing stories my students wrote!


Some articles cover:

  • Athletics
  • Black lives matter
  • The election & presidential candidates
  • Theatre
  • Voting
  • & More!

https://medium.com/the-crockett-courier

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda projects in chemistry

Crockett ECHS Chemistry Scientist Ofrenda Project Crockett ECHS chemistry students were asked to make an ofrenda for an underrepresented scientist that is no longer living.

Click on the link below to check out our projects!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1o9O-rc8o40ErB1LoZCeJyTA7u_b2DPR78asYPRZk8bI/edit#slide=id.p

Please enjoy! The Crockett ECHS Chemistry Team

Our Former Crockett Student's continue make us proud! Check our her Ofrenda Performance.

Angelica Campbell graduated from Crockett in 2016. She played in both the Mariachi and Guitar programs and is now finishing up at UT and applying to graduate schools for Classical Guitar performance. The video below is from the Sonic Ofrendas project that ACG and Mexic-Arte are currently producing.

Angelica plays this beautifully (Farewell by Sergio Assad)

Enjoy,

https://youtu.be/OW1nXm5wHAY

AISD Systems Status

AISD students, families and team members can now check the status of many of our systems including BLEND, Seesaw, AISD Portal and more. Visit https://www.austinisd.org/technology/status to view the latest status updates or contact tech support.

Caregiver Meals Continue Through December

The City of Austin voted to continue providing meals to parents and caregivers through the end of December. To make this possible, an additional $1.5 million was granted to the AISD Crisis Support Fund. With these funds, the school district can partner with local restaurants to keep Austin fed. Restaurants include Easy Tiger, Henbit and Good Work Austin's L'oca d'Oro, Colleen's Kitchen, Contigo and Rosedale Kitchen and Bar.

Since May, restaurant partners have provided 582,662 meals for caregivers.

Read more about the Caregiver Meals program on our website, and see available sites at the Open for Learning Meals page.

Student Accomplishments!

From Mr. Johns, Life Skills Teacher:

I am so proud of all my students and the progress they have made under the circumstances. One of his students in particular has made amazing progress with speech and self-help skills. She sits in her bedroom on zoom from 9:45 until 4pm with no direct adult support.

She fully participates in every group and has made great progress and is speaking in longer sentences with better articulation. In regards to her Self-help skills, she has learned to operate zoom on her own, unmute, turn on the camera etc. At lunch she makes herself a sandwich and when she is done eating, we will see her folding clothes until we get started after lunch. She has been able to take the self-help skills that she learned at school and apply them to her new situation. Her father works during the school day and mom works nights. She is able to do school and self-care with no direct adult support. Other than two days when the family was moving, she has not missed a day of school this year.

She is a virtual school superstar!


From Ms. Villarreal, Cosmetology Teacher:

All cosmo 1 and 2 got certified the first six weeks for OSHA Barbicide Covid… it's something they can add to their resumes.



From Ms. Snyder, College and Career Advisor:

Senior Samuel Zinn - National Merit Semi-Finalist (will find out about finalist standing in February)


From Ms. Garcia, Band Director:

One of our senior band students, Vanessa Marquez, received an amazing scholarship from Abilene Christian University. She received the John C Stevens Award for Academic Excellence at Abilene Christian University. She will be given $68,000 over four years and will be studying Criminology and Behavior to become a Criminal Profiler.


From Ms. Hanley-Roy, Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) Teacher:

Shout to almost ALL of our SOAR students who took time out of their evenings to attend the Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) Youth and Young Adult Policy Listening Sessions. Students were asked to speak about "what policy issues affecting youth/young adults involved in the system are important and what changes you think would be most beneficial for you and other youth/young adults in similar circumstances." Many of our students attended panels focused on Race and the Black Youth Experience and the LGBTQIA+ Youth Community!


From Colin Bugge, Construction Teacher:

Morgan Dew came into the Construction Technology workshop on Friday to build benches to increase outdoor seating for students during outdoor lunches during COVID.

Kaden Dale for working on the athletic trainer's ramp, and having good ideas for designing a Social Visitation Booth for Alzheimer's Texas.

Kaleb Azis, for designing a picnic table in SketchUp and is halfway through building it at home all by himself.

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Our Crockett Cheerleaders at their FIRST game!! Go Coogs!!! Cougar Pride!!!

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Flex Friday Guide: If this is applicable to your student

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Go Coogs! Our Lady Cougars got the big win October 30th against Navarro!

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We want to THANK our new Athletic Trainer, Maria Lopez! We appreciate you taking care of our Crockett athletes. Cougar Pride!
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Need Help with Technology?

Call (512) 414-4357 (Students) or (512) 414-9187 (Families)


Let's Talk text number for AISD: 512-886-6434

Try: https://www.austinisd.org/technology/help (from another device if possible)

3 ways to assure your student is receiving Daily attendance credit

#1- Synchronous Live Zoom Session for every period of the day.

#2- Completing all Blend assignments asynchronously for every class period of the day before midnight.

#3- Engaging with a staff member via email, zoom, phone call on the same day of attendance.(engagement must be with the student)


Contact our Crockett ECHS Attendance Clerk, Kathy Batista Boddy at 512-414-7807 or via email at kathyuska.batista@austinisd.org.


Attend Today! Achieve Tomorrow!

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