AHS BULLDOG COMMUNITY NEWS

3434 Pheasant Creek Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498

WELCOME TO AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

HOME OF THE BULLDOGS!

October 11 - October 15

Welcome to Austin High School's Community Newsletter where we share all of the important information, amazing activities, and events occuring on our campus with our BULLDOG Family and community! To our new Freshman Bulldogs and to our returning Sophmores, Juniors and graduating Seniors.... WE WELCOME YOU to the DAWGHOUSE! We are excited about the 2021-2022 school year!

Student Holiday - October 7, 8, & 11

Principal Corner

Happy October!


We've come to the end of Term 1 and will be beginning Term 2 when all students and teachers return to campus on Tuesday, October 12. We look forward to seeing all our students return and ready to work towards the end of the semester.


I'd like to highlight our fine arts department for their hard work. We recently had our first theatre performance and it was outstanding. If you missed it, there will be a new show coming soon. Our band and dance have been hard at work preparing for their UIL competition and if you haven't seen them perform, I highly recommend it. Their show is absolutely beautiful and I know the students and directors have worked hard to prepare for competition. I'd also like to congratulate our Choir students who have advanced to regionals October 16. We had 16 out of 17 students advance and look forward to their continued success. Our Orchestra students are competing this weekend and I'm sure will be able to celebrate their success soon.


Thank you very much for your support, understanding and flexibility as we work to provide the best learning environment during a pandemic. I understand that it is a stressful time and I appreciate your support. Thank you.


Rachel Cortez



Upcoming Dates:

October 11 - School Holiday

Homecoming Week - October 12 - 16

October 13 - PSAT Day

October 14 - Choir Concert

October 16 - Homecoming Dance

October 29 - Progress Report 3

2021-2022 ADMINISTRATORS

Students are assigned a Principal based on last name for each school year to support their needs. Please review the 2021-2022 Principal assignments below.

Rachel Cortez - Campus Principal

Kyle Lovetinsky - Associate Principal

Assistant Principals

Adaun Ojukwu (A-D)

Anthony Yim (E-K)

Meraj Khan(L-Q)

George Long (R-Z)

2021-2022 COUNSELORS

Students are assigned a Counselor based on last name for each school year to support their needs. Please review the 2021-2022 Counselor assignments below.

Elisha Carter (A, T-Z)

Michelle Lewis (Lead) (B-E)

Myrna Hodge (F-K)

Trishauna Garrett (L-O)

Leigha Gatson (P-S)

2021-2022 AHS SOCIAL WORKER

AHS CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Buy your AHS Yearbook Here

“Yearbooks are now on sale. Go to revtrak and order today before the price goes up! Click the link below.”

Homecoming Week Themes

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VOTE FOR HOMECOMING COURT

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AHS Cheer Assists Oyster Creek Elementary

Thank you to our AHS Cheerleaders and Advisors for cheering on the Oyster Creek Elementary community during their Walk to School Day on October 6. It's always great to see our students spread the AHS spirit to other campuses. It's great community building! Thank you, ladies!

FBISD Fall Semester SAT/PSAT Dates

On October 13, 2021, students in grades 9-11 will take the following exams, based on their grade level:


  • · Current 9th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT ®)
  • · Current 10th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT ®) on October 13, 2021.
  • · Current 11th students will participate in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) on October 13th, 2021.


9th Graders

The PSAT™ 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Designed for eighth and ninth graders and tightly aligned with the SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT®, the PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The PSAT 8/9 measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need for college and a career.


10th Graders

The PSAT for 10th graders measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need to be ready for college and career.


11th Graders

The PSAT/NMSQT for 11th graders measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need to be ready for college and career. Those 11th graders who do well can qualify for national recognition and scholarships based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®.


Calculators

Calculators will only be supplied by the campus to 11th grade students, who are the only level eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program. While calculators are not essential for success on the PSAT/NMSQT, 9th and 10th grade students are encouraged to bring their own device if they wish to use one for the test, since one will not be provided. College Board Approved Calculators can be found HERE


Students may prepare for the PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT by visiting Khan Academy at www.satpractice.org. By linking their Khan Academy account with their College Board account, students can access free, personalized practice recommendations based on previous years’ test results that are tailored to their own strengths, weaknesses, and progress.


Students or parents with questions about the October 13th PSAT/NMSQT are encouraged to contact Missy Rogers, Campus Assessment Coordinator at Melissa.rogers@fortbendisd.com or 281-327-5234 for more details.

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Student Recognition

Congratulations to Christian and Veronica on their achievement. Thank you to their Art teachers as well, who cultivated their interest and skills.


  • Our 3D Sculpture & Ceramic students participated in the Fort Bend County: School Art Auction Contest.
  • Veronica Uy, received a ribbon for her participation
  • Christian Ruma placed Best of Class: in the sculpture category.
  • Christian’s artwork went on to the next level of the competition ----AUCTION!!
  • This past weekend on Saturday, 9/25 his Sculpture named “Stick Em’ Up” was auctioned for $1700.00.
  • Here's a link for more info on the contest which also has winner announcement/pictures! Fort Bend County: School Art Auction

Tardies

Please talk to your student about being on time to school and each class period. We have started marking tardies and providing consequences to excessive tardies. Each family has access to attendance records through Skyward Family Access.


Please also remember that students should be in their classrooms prior to 7:30, please remember that traffic is heaviest from 7:15-7:30. We recommend that students arrive by 7:15, to allow ample time to be in their classroom by 7:30.


Please see below for our tardy progression of discipline. Thank you.

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Picture Retakes

Picture re-takes have been rescheduled to Friday 10/29 during 5th period only. Please remind your students, if they did not take a picture on picture day this is their last opportunity to be in the yearbook if they are in grades 9-11.


Staff - if you did not take your picture earlier, PLEASE drop by and take it at this time, as well.

Bookapalooza Book Festival Logo Contest



Description: Bookapalooza, Fort Bend ISD’s first book festival/ comic convention is taking place on April 9, 2022 at Dulles High School. We are hosting a logo design competition. The winning logo will be featured on all promotional materials. Entries must be submitted to the Logo Contest Assignment in the Bookapalooza course by 11:59 pm on October 8th, 2021. Contest rules and the rubric are posted in the course below. Please share the promotional video for the spring Bookapalooza Convention and feel free to include it in morning announcements and on social media. More details will follow about the schedule, activities, and special guests.

Links: https://www.wevideo.com/view/2351790630

Fort Bend County COVID Vaccination Clinic

The clinic is open to all eligible individuals (ages 12 and older) in the community. Parents must accompany minors and show proof of date of birth. No appointments are needed, and vaccinations are offered at no cost.


Upcoming Fort Bend County Clinics
Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ridge Point High School
500 Waters Lake Blvd.
Missouri City, TX 77459


Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marshall High School
1220 Buffalo Run
Missouri City, TX 77489


Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bush High School
6707 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77407


Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sartartia Middle School
8125 Homeward Way
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Crockett Middle School
19001 Beechnut
Richmond, TX 77407


FBISD encourages all eligible students (ages 12 years and over), staff, and their families to get a COVID-19 vaccine to slow the spread of the virus in our schools and community. To find additional vaccination clinics near you, visit Vaccines.Gov and search by zip code and mile radius, or visit the District’s COVID-19 Vaccinations webpage for more resources.

County Fair Results

We are super proud of our Austin FFA members and the week they have had at the Fort Bend Count Fair! Hard work truly paid off for all of them. See pictures below!

Reserve Grand Champion American Steer & premium auction(Sold for $6500)-Taylor Lamnek

4th place Market hog & premium sale(Sold for $4,00)- Chelsey Gregorek

9th place Market Hog-Mercy Benoit

5th place Market Lamb & freezer sale- Maecy Cox

24th place Broilers- Taylor Lamnek

25th place Roasters- Chelsey Gregorek

Varsity Football Themes

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Tik Tok Issue

You may have heard from your student that we are having an issue in our boy's bathrooms with missing soap and paper towel dispensers. Unfortunately, we have some boys who think it is "cool" to remove these items and put all our students at risk of germs and COVID spread. There are actually Tik Tok videos being posted around the country of students removing items from schools and unfortunately, we are also a victim to this. We have been monitoring our bathrooms to try to catch the culprits. We have also ordered replacements and are being placed as received. Please talk to your student about this criminal mischief. Any student involved in this damage and theft will be given a discipline consequence, as well as be charged with criminal mischief and will be assessed restitution for the cost of the items taken/broken. It's not only a juvenile act, but also a criminal act. Any student with information is encouraged to share with any administrator or officer on campus.

FB County Fair Exhibitors & T-shirts

The following students will be showing animal projects at the Fort Bend County Fair starting next Friday. We invite you all to come watch or provide support to our students at the auction. For more information related to the livestock shows and fair check out: https://www.fortbendcountyfair.com/

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COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS ADVISOR-AARON BISHOP

Parents!

Thank you so much for your questions in August. I hope you found the video helpful. If you did not get a chance to watch it, please see the YouTube link below. I know you still have tons of questions; therefore, I continue doing a monthly town hall meeting answering all your questions. Please fill the link out below by 3pm on the 30th of September and I will post the responses in video format by October 1st. The video will also be on my CCR webpage. I hope this will help relieve your anxiety as well. As always please feel free to reach out to me.

Bishop

Senior August Parent Town Hall Meeting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_TXLImb5hI

September Parent Town Hall Meeting Questions Now Open!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QWJ9SRo5d0KRrL3SqZ9wVGKFr9iN2l5Ii4wcXtDxFyZUMDlRSzJLTFRWVkNCQk1EWTdNQ0JSV1dDMy4u

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS AND UPDATES

Are you interested in receiving notices about relevant special education events in our area? Do you want to learn more about special education resources? Please fill this form. Your information will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ANH-KkyCE1bfpAJHs0tPVW2ndzo1THiPVQU7YAsFGtc/edit

This month's SEPAC meeting will take place on Tuesday October 19th at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM. We will discuss general resources in the community and also watch portions of "Independent Living Opportunities Available to Special Needs Young Adults After High School" from Consolidated Planning Group. Link will be sent soon.

Also, attached is the invitation from the Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce on" Why Supported Employment Works" with Janniece Sleigh, see link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunrise-series-why-supported-employment-works-with-janniece-sleigh-tickets-168784136897?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Hope to see you soon!

If you have questions regarding any Special Education updates, please don't hesitate to reach out to Adaun Ojukwu at adaun.ojukwu@fortbendisd.com, SPED administrator, and/or our SEPAC Parent Josefina Alcala-Hamilton, who can be reached at Cell: 832-900-2328.


Thank You.

AHS CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Ongoing Announcements

Morning Arrival

Our school day starts at 7:30 am, students should be in their classrooms by the 7:30 bell. Parents, please make sure to get your student to school on time. We are seeing a high number of students late in the morning. Having your student on campus by 7:15 assures a smooth start to their school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Food Deliveries

All FBISD Campuses are closed campuses, therefore, students are not allowed to leave campus once they arrive. Students who have off campus periods have been given a pass to show the parking lot attendant.


Please remember that food deliveries are not allowed at AHS. This includes any delivery of food, either from family or delivery services. All students are allowed to receive a free lunch from our Child Nutrition Department through the lunch lines. We appreciate your support and cooperation.

YES TEAM INTEREST INFORMATION

The YES team will begin accepting volunteer forms for this school year on September 1st. Like last year, will accept fully completed forms sent as a PDF to the YES email corresponding to your graduation year. Please keep all paper forms at home for your records. Please do not use any other email address for YES other than the one that has your graduation year. Per our YES contract, we will not accept forms more than 6 months past the date of the volunteer service. The only exception will be forms from the class of 2024, since they were unable to turn in forms last year. We will accept class of 2024 forms from last school year until October 1, 2021. When completing YES hours, please make sure that you are following the guidelines listed on the YES contract, which can be found on ahsyes.com. YES is an optional program and is not required for graduation. Please keep in mind that the YES team is a small group of volunteers giving of their time for the students. Please email your YES contract, completed volunteer forms and any questions to the correct YES email below.

12th ahsyes2022@gmail.com

11th ahsyes2023@gmail.com

10th ahsyes2024@gmail.com *forms from 2020-2021 school year due Oct. 1st for 10th graders only*

9th ahsyes2025@gmail.com

Thanks,

The AHS YES Team

Attendance

Please send all attendance notes to attendanceahs@fortbendisd.com. If you are sending a doctor’s note, please take a picture or scan it and attach to the email. If your student needs to leave early from school, please email the attendance office as soon as possible, so we can send a pass to your student. This makes is very helpful for when a student is in athletics and we are unable to reach their coach. Our latest pick up time is 2:20, so please be here by 2:15 in order to sign your student out and always bring in your picture ID. Please remember that traffic gets backed up, so you may have to wait. Thank you!

STUDENT DROP-OFF

Dear AHS Parents,


Welcome back to another Exciting Year at Austin High School, Home of The Bulldogs!!

We would like to share some information with you regarding Morning Student Drop-Off.

The best time to drop your student off at AHS with little to no traffic is usually between 7:00 AM and 7:15 AM. After 7:15 AM the traffic flow becomes heavy and students risk being late to 1st period.

Areas for Drop-Off: Front Circle and Student Parking Lot Area (Northside of the Building)

Please Do Not Attempt To Drop Your Student Off on The Bus Ramp Side of the Building,this area is for School Vehicles and School Personnel Only!

STUDENT TEXTBOOK REQUEST

The window for textbook request has ended for the semester. Any new students enrolling in AHS will need to stop by room 107 to request textbooks.


Thank you.

STUDENT PARKING PERMITS

Student permits are available for purchase in office 108 ONLY during lunches. The fee is $35. Please see Ms. Horace if you have questions.

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM

Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals will be available online as of August 2nd, 2021. Parents can visit www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd to complete an online application.


There are numerous benefits to qualifying for free or reduced meals, including SAT/ACT reduced fees, college application waivers, etc..

AHS ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

We are excited to begin the 21-22 athletic events for the fall semester! We invite all parents and community members to come and support our Bulldogs in elevating our school pride! Please see the schedules below for dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT LINKS

Please click on the following links for more information.
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