Crockett Cougar Chatter

February 2017

Crawford's Corner... A Message from the Principal

What an exciting and busy first month I have had as principal of Crockett High School. I am so proud of our Crockett community. I have had the privilege of seeing our teachers, students, and parents in action at basketball games, soccer games, the Orchestra Pancake Breakfast, our Showcase, you name it. I even got to try my hand at a little theatre by playing a spelling bee participant in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I witnessed a packed cafe for our vertical team Facility Master Plan meeting, attended a Student Council meeting, visited a football and soccer workout, watched the Tex-Anns practice, previewed our Entrepreneurship student MVP pitches, and saw our Cosmetology students in action, ...... I could go on and on. Mostly, I have gotten to witness one of the most inspiring and inclusive communities that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and for. So for that, I want to thank you all. After being gone for over four years, it has been interesting coming back to Crockett. There are so many things that that have changed, and so many things that have improved. It is exciting to be at the helm of everything and to know that with your help, we will continue to improve every single day. As always, we will stay, Always Victorious!

It's Course Selection Time!

Our incoming freshmen will be visiting us this week. 8th graders from Covington will visit Crockett High School on February 1st and Bedichek will visit February 3rd. Students will tour the campus from 9:30-11:00 a.m., will learn about our programs and courses, and will experience Crockett High School close up! Our counseling team will meet with students at these and other middle schools in the following weeks to help our incoming and prospective students fill out course selection sheets.


Crockett Counselors will also work with our current 9th -11th graders during the month of February and early March on course selections for the upcoming school year.


If your student is not in one of our feeder middle schools or is a current student and you would like to speak to one of the counselors about individual student needs, please feel free to schedule a meeting with our counselors at 512.414.7884.

Exciting News from the Entrepreneurship Program

Student INC Entrepreneurs won seed money to build their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) after pitching business plans to private sector leaders on Wednesday, January 11th. The Notley Fund provided a generous donation for student teams with viable business plans to move their ideas forward—Animal Inspired, a nonprofit that crowdsources t-shirt designs, prints them, and donates proceeds to animal advocacy groups; Austin Survival Bags, which will use event banners from SXSW, ACL, and Formula 1 to make unique souvenir bags; Let’s Get Dyed, which will create shibori-dying workshops so customers can create unique, hand-dyed textiles out of recycled materials; and Spether, an app for subordinates or students to share anonymous feedback with supervisors, administrators, or teachers. Students developed their ideas into business plans in their Incubator class, and the MVP Pitch was the 11th grade capstone project and a culmination of a year and a half of learning for the inaugural class of entrepreneurs in Student INC.

Here is an article about the entrepreneur program:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170117005234/en/Office-Depot-Partners-Austin-Independent-School-District

CHS Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) Meeting

Get Connected. Stay Connected. Get Involved. Make a Difference!


Join us on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m in the Crockett High School library.

· Meet our new Principal.

· Hear about our exciting plans for the school, students, parents and the community.

· What programs would you like see at the school? Let us know.

· Help us improve communications, let us know your thoughts.

· We need your input! We need your assistance to make Crockett High School better!

Get involved and make a difference.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Future PTSA meetings will be held the first Thursday of every month. Be there!

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Fine Arts Fun at Crockett High School

BAND: Last weekend, three of our band students were recognized in the All-Region and All-Area bands. Gaby Martinez, Gabbie Rico, and Melissa Lopez were honored in this performing ensemble. These students worked on College level music all semester before competing in two, two-phase auditions to receive this honor. For more information, check out band's blog post HERE.

CLI: On February 20, all CHS staff will participate in a professional development morning led by AISD's Creative Learning Initiative (CLI). CHS is in its third year of working with CLI and our vertical team teachers to infuse fine arts strategies into the core curriculum. The theme this year is Music and Movement. These fine arts-related activities make learning engaging and fun for teachers and students alike!

If you notice a high degree of focus and concentration in the fine arts classes this month, it's because everyone is getting serious about preparation for UIL competition this spring. UIL students also know that they must be passing all of their classes to compete.

VSA: VSA Texas is on the Crockett campus again this year teaching art and social skills with many life skills students. Two musicians trained in drumming are the main instructors. The students are engaged and challenged with taking simple musical dictation, writing beats and playing many percussion instruments.

Crockett High School's Texas Academic Performance Report and School Report Card

Crockett High School's current Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) and School Report Card can be found by clicking on the links below:

Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

School Report Card

CAST and Jumpstart

For any students who need a little extra help: Crockett After School Tutoring (CAST) will begin on Monday, January 30. At CAST, students can make up a final, recover 3rd six weeks grades, or receive tutoring for current content in their core classes. CAST will be held in the library from 4:45-6:15 Mondays - Thursdays.

Schedule for CAST:

Mondays and Wednesdays - English and Science

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Math and Social Studies

Jumpstart is the district's fall semester credit recovery. It will begin at Crockett High School on Tuesday, January 31st and will end on March 9th. It will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:35 - 6:35. If you received a form for Jumpstart, make sure you bring it back signed to your counselor. Look for posters in the front of the school for room locations. Jumpstart is a great way to get yourself back on track academically and make up work from the fall semester. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

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Austin ISD's Facility Master Plan

The Austin ISD community is collaborating to update our Facility Master Plan (FMP) to support the district’s vision to Reinvent the Urban School Experience.

A long-range, comprehensive FMP outlines the current status and future use of district facilities. It will guide the development of future capital improvements and support planning for future bond elections.


For more information and FAQs on the FMP, FABPAC, and important dates and milestones for the Facility Master Plan, please click here and for more FMP key dates for and proposed November 2017 Bond Election, please click here.


The district FMP website can be found at AISDFuture.com

Mark Your Calendars!

For more information about our events, click here to visit our school calendar.


February School and Athletic Events

Wednesday, February 1

Covington Middle School 8th graders visit Crockett High School

Theatre Fundraiser at Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant from 5pm to close

Girls Soccer vs. Hays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Orchestra Spirit Night at Bush’s Chicken 5-8p

Thursday, February 2

Late Start

Boys Soccer @ LBJ 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, February 3

Bedichek Middle School 8th graders visit Crockett High School

Girls Soccer @ Lanier 4:45 pm to 9:30 pm

Boys Basketball Vs. Reagan 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Girls Basketball @ Reagan 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Orchestra Ice Cream Social 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Boys Soccer vs. McCallum 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm

Saturday, February 4

Bulldawg Wrestling Quad 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Boys Soccer @ Reagan 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Monday, February 6

Boys Soccer @ Lanier 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm

Tuesday, February 7

Girls Soccer vs. Akins 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Softball @ Del Valle (Scrimmage) 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Boys Basketball @ LBJ 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Girls Basketball Vs. LBJ (Senior Night) 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Girls Soccer vs. McCallum 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Wrestling Spirit Night at Bush’s Chicken 5-8p

Wednesday, February 8

14-5A District Wrestling Tournament 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 9

Voice and Piano Solo Concert 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Boys Soccer vs. Austin High 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, February 10

Boys Basketball @ Austin High 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Boys Soccer vs. Reagan 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm

Saturday, February 11

Girls Soccer @ Ann Richards 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Tuesday, February 14

Boys Basketball Vs. Travis 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

CAC Meeting 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 15

National Hispanic College Fair Field Trip

Girls Soccer vs. Reagan - Parent Appreciation Night 4:45 pm to 9:30 pm

Boys Soccer @ LBJ 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm

Thursday, February 16

TSI Testing

St. Edward's Field Trip

Boys Soccer vs. Reagan 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, February 17

Girls Soccer vs. Bowie 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Girls Soccer vs. LBJ 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 18

Boys Soccer @ Austin High 9:00 am to 12:45 pm

Boys Soccer vs. Anderson 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Varsity Baseball Alumni Scrimmage @ Crockett HS 11:00 AM

Monday, February 20

Student Holiday – No School for Students

Tuesday, February 21

Girls Soccer @ Austin High 4:45 pm to 9:30 pm

Boys Soccer vs. Travis 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm

Softball @ Hyde Park 5:00 & 7:00

Wednesday, February 22

TSI Testing

Wrestling Spirit Night at IHOP 5-9p

Thursday, February 23

Boys Soccer vs. Lanier 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, February 24

A&M-College Station Field Trip

Girls Soccer @ Akins 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Girls Soccer vs. Travis 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Softball vs Austin @ Garrison Field 5:30 & 7:00

Saturday, February 25

FAFSA workshop in Library Box - 9am-12pm

Mock SAT for juniors, Library Reference - 8:30-12pm

Monday, February 27

Girls Soccer vs. Lanier - Teacher Appreciation Night 4:45 pm to 9:30 pm

Tuesday, February 28

Softball @ Travis @ Butler 5:30 & 7:00


Future Important Dates

March 2 - TSI Testing

March 6 April 5 - TELPAS

March 25 - Mock ACT for juniors, Library Reference 8:30-12:00pm

March 28 - English I EOC

March 29 - TSI Testing

March 30 - English II EOC

April 4-7 - Tex-Ann Spring Team and Officer Auditions

April 6 - Late Start

April 22 - Tex-Ann Spring Dance Clinic- for ages 3-12- (8:30am-12pm) Participants will learn a dance and be invited to perform in Spring Show! Cost is $30

April 29 - Prom

May 1-5 - Algebra, Biology, and US History EOC

May 1-12 - AP Exams

May 12-13 - Tex-Ann Spring Show at the AISD PAC

June 1 - Graduation