Crockett Cougar Chatter
April 28, 2020
A message from AISD
On April 17, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through the remainder of the school year. The Governor added that it would be unsafe for students to gather in schools for the foreseeable future and that this includes public, private and higher education schools. Austin ISD will of course, follow the executive order, as our district has already announced the indefinite closure of our campus buildings. While our campus buildings are closed, our students need to remain engaged and active with Continuous Learning. For now, Continuous Learning is how AISD will continue to educate our more than 81,000 students.
The health and safety of our students and staff will remain our focus. The City of Austin and Travis County currently have a Stay Home, Work Safe Order through May 8, which also includes wearing face coverings when you leave your home. We will continue to align with state and local guidance to ensure our community remains safe, including our essential workers, such as those who help serve 12,000 meals per day and provide technology support to keep students learning.
Finally, for the latest news and information, visit https://www.austinisd.org, or connect with your school teacher or principal. Thank you for choosing AISD.
Retrieving students personal items from school
We are currently waiting on the district to let us know when we can let students back into the building to get their personal items. Once we have been given permission for students to enter the building, we will send out a schedule for students to come get their items. Look out for an email and/or a notice in the Chatter for this event.
Help Us Keep You in the Know
Help us keep you in the know about your school and the district by updating your contact numbers and email in your Parent Cloud account by email or online.
Email your campus PEIMS coordinator at Rosa.Robinson@austinisd.org
Follow these steps to update your contact info online:
- Log in to your Parent Self-Serve account, a tile located in your Parent Cloud account at my.austinisd.org.
- Go to the Edit Contact Info tab. Click the Edit button in the Edit Phone Numbers section to change your home, work or cell number.
- Click the Edit button in the Edit Email Address section to change your email address.
- Click Submit Changes and you should see your info changes on the Contact Info tab.
For help, please contact the Parent Help Desk at 512-414-9187 or your principal.
ZOOM SPIRIT WEEK:
As we commence one month of online learning, let's liven up the virtual classrooms with a Zoom Spirit Week!
Following new guidelines from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Austin ISD will resume distributing weekend meals Friday, April 24. Families may receive six meals per child under the age of 19 (a breakfast and a lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). We recommend families bring bags to help get their weekend meals home safely on Fridays.
Meal distribution sites and more information can be found at www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals.
Crockett Graduation and Cap and Gown Pick Up
AISD’s graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for May 26-28, 2020, will be postponed to Aug. 10 -13, 2020. Crockett Early College High School’s graduation is scheduled for Thursday, August 13th at 3:30 pm at the Frank Erwin Center. As a reminder, because of the ongoing COVID-19 issues, those new dates are subject to change and dependent on conditions at that time.
In addition, the High Schools Office, with a committee of parents, students and principals, is working on a virtual graduation ceremony plan. We will announce details about the ceremonies shortly. We expect the virtual graduations to occur on or around June 15, 2020. For more graduation information visit austinisd.org/graduation.
We are currently working with Herff Jones on a date for cap and gown pickup. We will communicate that information as soon as we get it.
We are disappointed that these important milestones cannot continue as scheduled, but we are hopeful that we can come together virtually in June and in-person in August to celebrate the successes of our seniors.
Updates for AP Students and Schools Affected by COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for schools and students. To support students in continuing their AP journey even if their school is closed, CollegeBoard is offering free online AP classes and take-at-home AP Exams for 2020.
Click on the following link for the updated AP Exam Schedule :
For more information go to the CollegeBoard website:
Didn't Order your Senior Panoramic? Don't worry...
Senior Panoramic Pictures are still available!
Order Online at: www.goldbeckcompany.com
Senior students share there experiences on making college decision through this time..
Michelle Snyder, Crockett's College and Career Adviser, had the opportunity to chat with a reporter from the Austin American Statesman and connect her with two of our awesome students to share their experiences around making college decisions right now. Read the link below if you are interested in hearing our students voices on this topic:
Talented Senior Artists!
We are so PROUD of our Dell Scholarship Winners!
Crockett ECHS Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) Students
Crockett Students Participate in District Panel
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society had a virtual induction ceremony last week to welcome new members for the coming year. We had a great time and heard from a guest speaker from Bangladesh named Ruhi Rusaba.
Congratulations to all returning and new members of the National Honor Society!
Crockett High School's 2020 Female and Male Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Claire Zamora and Gunner Willie!!!!
Each year Capital Area Tennis Association Junior Development Committee recognizes High School MVPs and this year, Claire and Gunner were chosen due to their outstanding achievements in Austin area High School Tennis and will receive a Capital Area Tennis Association High School MVP award.
We are so proud, way to go!!!!
IMPORTANT YEARBOOK INFORMATION:
As our school year was cut short, it is more important now than ever to remember all the good times we shared as proud Crockett Cougars. By purchasing the Crockett High 2019-2020 yearbook, you will forever be able to look back on the amazing memories created during our short, but amazing school year.
You may purchase your Crockett high School yearbook online at JostensYearbooks.com for $65.
As for when you will be receiving your yearbook, yearbooks will be shipped to the campus as soon as AISD schools open up once again. As soon as a shipment date is received, an email will be sent out to all parents and students regarding specific distribution dates and times.
For more information regarding the Crockett yearbook, please contact email@example.com or click on the FAQ button below.
VISIT OUR ONLINE VERSION OF THE CROCKETT COURIER NEWSPAPER:
As we all have transitioned to online learning, so has our school newspaper!
Make sure to stay updated on all-things Crockett and the community as the Courier newspaper staff continues to write articles and stories for everyone to enjoy. The online newspaper will be updated bi-weekly with articles ranging from Coronavirus updates, school news, senior shout outs and interviews. You can visit by clicking this link: https://medium.com/the-crockett-courier
Seniors, make sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org a photo of you with your acceptance letter, t-shirt or any gear to the college you are committing to so you can be featured in the yearbook & online newspaper!
PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR HELPFUL RESOURCES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC on COVID-19 in Texas: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
CDC Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
The City of Austin
City of Austin COVID-19: http://austintexas.gov/article/cdc-updates-coronavirus
City of Austin COVID-19 FAQ: http://www.austintexas.gov/COVID19
School-Based Mental Health Services - VIDA CLINIC
Austin ISD's school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is now offering teletherapy services to the entire Austin ISD community. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule an appointment, visit vidaclinic.org/virtualvida and contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at email@example.com.
El centro de salud mental en la escuela de Austin ISD, Vida Clinic, ofrecerá servicios de teleterapia a toda la comunidad de Austin ISD. Estos servicios permitirán a adultos y estudiantes acceder a servicios de salud mental con alta calidad desde sus propios hogares. Para programar una cita, visite vidaclinic.org/virtualvidaesp y comuníquese con nuestro Equipo de atención de Vida Clinic al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Rifkin Banks, LCSW
Director of Program Development
Virtual Care for Kids
Austin ISD Families,
Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus.
Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits.
In addition, students with Medicaid will receive free care. If your child is uninsured and doesn't receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free.
Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at
https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need.
To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
We have pediatric providers on-demand and we are currently keeping wait times below two minutes. Please do not expose your family to COVID-19 by leaving your house, these visits are accessible FROM HOME on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
We understand that this is an alarming time for many people in the Austin community, and we never want the economic status of a family to prevent them from receiving the medical care they need as we practice social distancing. Our goal is to increase access to care for families while also limiting exposure to COVID-19 and we feel that providing care virtually is the best way to accomplish that.
Please help us stop the spread and flatten the curve by sharing this information on social media and through email with your friends and family. By avoiding medical facilities and limiting exposure, you may save someone’s life.
Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.
Paul Cruz, PhD
Tracy A. Spinner, M.Ed.
AISD Director, Comprehensive Health & Mental Health