Cunningham Messenger

September 21st

It's Fall, Y'all!

Hello Fabulous Families.

It was great seeing everyone at Back to School Night. I hope you got to see all of the wonderful learning experiences that our students are having on campus. We are at the halfway mark in this grading period so please be on the lookout for progress reports. It is important that you reach out to your student's classroom teacher if you have any questions.

We will conduct mandatory drills (lockdown) on Thursday, 9/23, as part of our safety preparedness plan.

Included in this week's messenger is information regarding Middle School recruitment (4th & 5th grade), gifted and talented programming for grades 3- 5 and district announcements.

Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

Mensaje de la directora

Hola Fabulosas Familias.

Fue genial ver a todos en la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela. Espero que hayan podido ver todas las maravillosas experiencias de aprendizaje que nuestros estudiantes están teniendo en el campus. Estamos en la mitad de este periodo de calificaciones así que por favor estén atentos a los reportes de progreso. Es importante que se comunique con el maestro/a de su estudiante si tiene alguna pregunta.

Llevaremos a cabo simulacros obligatorios (cierre y evacuación) el jueves, 9/23, como parte de nuestro plan de preparación de seguridad.

Incluido en el boletin de esta semana esta la información con respecto a; el programa dotado y talentoso y anuncios del distrito.

Cobra Strong,

Heather Petruzzini & Roxanna Rodriguez

Principal Assistant Principal

Mary E. Cunningham Elementary

Friday Assembly Zoom Link

Password: Cobras2021

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September 23rd -

  • 7:45 Principal Coffee Chat, Topic: Understanding MAP Testing & Gifted and Talented (via Zoom)
  • 9:00am - Magnet Middle School Info Session - Zoom Link Here

    Families of all 4th and 5th Grade Students are invited to attend this live webinar to ask questions and hear responses from all 3 magnet programs.

  • 3:30 - CAC - Agenda & Zoom Link

  • 5:00 PTA Executive Board Meeting
  • 6:00 PTA General Meeting - Zoom Link, Password: CobraPTA

September 24th - 7:45 am - 3 -5 Assembly

October 1 - 7:45 am - PK-2 Assembly

October 8 - 7:45 am - Whole School Assembly

October 11th - Parent-Teacher Conferences - teachers will be sending out Conference Sign-Ups for the week of October 11th

October 15th - 7:45 am 3 - 5 Assembly

  • End of Quarter 1

Important Dates beyond the First 9 Weeks

October 22nd - PTA Fall Fest @ Thicket

November 11th - 5:30 to 7:30pm - Fall Academic Showcase

November 22nd - November 26th - Fall Break

December 20th - January 3rd - Winter Break

*Please check back for updates!

** Dates Subject to Change!

AISD Magnet Middle Schools

Info session Q&A this Thursday 9/23 -

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Gifted & Talented Program

Dear Families,

  • Did your child start talking (and never stopped talking) before most other children the same age?

  • Does your child have a lot of curiosity, ask a lot of questions about all kinds of things one after another?

  • Does your child give complex and detailed answers to questions (even simple questions)?

  • Does your child have a wide range of interests? Does he/she enjoy trying new things?

  • Does your child get lost in his/her own world and become so involved that she/he isn’t aware of anything else?

  • Does your child often have unusual ideas and give logical, reasonable explanations for events and occurrences?

  • Does your child pay close attention to details, is highly observant, and does not miss a thing?

  • Does your child come up with powerful, persuasive arguments for almost anything?

  • Does your child show empathy and sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others?

  • Does your child worry about the world, other people, and/or the environment?

There are numerous characteristics of gifted children and not all children will exhibit the same characteristics; however, the questions above can serve as a guide to recognizing students who may be potentially gifted.

Each campus will screen referred students to determine if they are eligible for Gifted and Talented (GT) or Talent Explore (TE) services at the school. Not all students who are screened will automatically qualify to receive services.

If you have a 3rd - 5th grader and would like to refer your child for the Gifted and Talented Program please complete this form. (Kinder - 2nd grade referral window opens at the end of October.) For more information click the Awareness Session for Parents (linked below). Questions? Email -

With Peace, Love, and Gratitude,

Ms. O'Connor

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Cunningham's Marathon Kids

Check out some highlights of our students during Marathon Kids Kick-off!

Research shows the Marathon Kids running program effectively jump-starts healthy, long-lasting change. Kids will set and achieve goals, grow in self-confidence, and build relationships through a team experience.

The Password to access the video is cobra1.

-Coach Maines

Austin ISD Family Resource Guide 2021-22

Are you an AISD family, student, educator, or partner looking for resources for your student, family, or school? If so, this online resource guide is meant for you. Use this page to find and explore community and AISD resources: food, housing, legal, financial, transportation, after-school programs, community centers, and learning resources including ESL and GED services, computer literacy, cultural enrichment, and family literacy.


Help us envision our AISD future! The district’s draft facility assessment reports and Educational Specification updates are ready for your feedback!

Check out our school’s reports by visiting and fill out the feedback form no later than Sunday, Sept. 26

Visit to learn more about how these documents fit into the district’s long-range planning process—which will help determine which improvements and new facilities are included in our next bond!

The above message is also available in Spanish.

Virtual Talent Show- "Proud to be Hispanic"

CAC Minutes