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Dec. 14-18 | Austin Middle School

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December 14th-18th @ AUSTIN

Monday (B Day) December 14th

  • Bring $2 and wear your school appropriate pajamas for Hop on the Polar Express Day
  • 7th Grade Boys (H) vs. Manvel @ 5 PM (8th Grade Away)

Tuesday (A day) December 15th

  • Bring $2 and wear your favorite western wear for Country Christmas Day

      Wednesday (B day) December 16th

      • Bring $2 and wear your favorite movie character attire for Deck the Halls Day
      • 8th Grade Girls (H) vs. Manvel @ 5 PM (7th Grade Away)
      • GISD School Board Meeting 6:30 PM

      Thursday (A day) December 17th

      • Bring $2 and wear your team jersey with a holiday or team hat for Reindeer Games Day

      Friday (B day) December 18th

      • Bring $2 and wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater Day


      • Happy Holidays!
      • No School: December 21st-January 4th


      • Bring a Water Bottle!
      • Face Masks must be worn in the building. If a student forgets, they will need to purchase a mask in the front office. New guidance from the GISD Board states that a shield alone is no longer acceptable, masks must be worn while in the building. Traditional face masks are preferred over the gaiter style.
      • Austin will no longer accept lunch deliveries from restaurants, fast food, or delivery services. If lunch is forgotten, a parent/guardian may drop off a lunch to the front office.

      Have a doctor's note?

      Parents, please email doctor's, dentist, & excused letters to Mrs. Zavala and/or Mrs. Foley. Do not send paper notes to school. Thank you.

      Breakfast & Lunch Menus are posted below

      Austin Students Participate in Share Your Holidays Food Drive

      We had a great turnout for the 2020 Share Your Holidays Food Drive with ABC13 at Ball High School! All goods and money donated benefits the Galveston County Food Bank.

      From the Galveston County Food Bank: We’d like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to all of you who donated toward the ABC13 Houston 40th Annual Share Your Holidays food drive at Ball High School in Galveston today! We received a total of 28,483 pounds of food and over $38,000 in monetary donations!!!

      From Austin's Student Counsel Sponsor, Ms. Floyd: It was the most meaningful trip yet! They didn’t let anyone hang around except us, so our students were working their butts off! They were unloading the trucks/vans, & sorting cans with BHS’s StuCo. Ms. Meadows, who came to assist, just kept repeating “there is so much love here.” The kids were so amped up on the bus ride back. They asked me “can we stop by the Salvation Army or somewhere and just volunteer for another hour?” It was really cool.
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      Send a Virtual SHOUT OUT to an Austin MS Teacher!

      Has your child's teacher been OUTSTANDING? Click the link to send a virtual SHOUT OUT!

      Good Grammar is Just the Beginning!

      Austin MS won a grant that covers the cost of the Premium Version of Grammarly for our staff and students!!

      1. Students need to look for an invitation via their school Outlook email
      2. Click the link and log in to Grammarly using your GISD email and password: Gisdxxxxx (x = student ID number)
      3. Type documents directly into Grammarly, or copy and paste documents in

      Our ELAR teachers will be walking students through the process of getting set up to use this awesome writing tool!

      Grammarly offers real-time, context-based feedback on tone, delivery, clarity, correctness and engagement. When all the apps are installed (only the Grammarly website will work on Chromebooks), it will check everything you write (including my writing in this newsletter form on the web - see picture). Polish up your emails, refine your communication, and check your tone using Grammarly!

      Install it today!

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      AMS Student Council News

      AMS' Student Council has partnered up with Hero Squad (formerly Pennies for Patients) and is seeking online donations from students and parents. We are not collecting physical change and folding money this year. All donations will be 100% online. Here is the link for the donation page:

      Students are encouraged to create their own page within the school's page to earn prizes.

      Austin PTO

      Hi 8th Grade Parents! As you may have heard, the teachers are working so hard to make the final week of school before the Winter Break fun for our kids! They are decorating the halls and classrooms and planning fun dress-up days for the kids too. We would love to provide breakfast burritos for our 8th-grade students on December 18th as a special treat for them. If you would like to contribute, click the link below to donate!

      Thank you for your support!

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      Free Virtual Seminar for Parents

      AMS Families,

      AMS is excited to partner with DePelchin Children’s Center to offer a FREE virtual seminar for parents. Topics include Raising Resilient Children and Getting Teenagers Connected.

      You can register for either webinar at the links below:

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      Principal's Corner

      TEA Announces 2020-21 Pause for A-F Ratings

      Today the Texas Education Agency issued a press release that announced that A-F ratings would be paused for 2020-21 school year due to the ongoing disruptions associated with COVID-19. The release stated that the STAAR will proceed for the 2020-21 school year "in order to provide critically important information about individual student learning that teachers and parents can use to help students grow." Read the full announcement.

      Students Return from SAIL January 5

      Austin currently has 67% of its students on site and 33% participating in SAIL. Starting January 5, those numbers will be 75% on site and 25% in SAIL. Report cards will be published on Monday, January 4, and students returning from SAIL will receive notification from the campus with details for materials you need to bring with you on the first day.

      Austin STEM Magnet Middle School

      Matthew Neighbors


      Emily Shotwell

      Assistant Principal

      Jessica Maxwell