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In This Issue - Principal Update
- Homecoming Week! - PTSA News: Volunteer Opportunities, Reflections Art Contest, and more! - Student Parking - College & Career Center News
- AP registration - Extra curricular news
Upcoming Events/Important Dates 10/20: FASFA/TASFA night, 5-7pm 10/21: Pippin Opens 10/22: Homecoming 10/22: Last day to order Ballet Folklorico t-shirt 10/23: Monster Concert & Carnival 1-8 pm
11/3: Mountain Bike Team Info Night 11/9: Coffee and Pastries with the Principal
11/9: AP test registration deadline 11/15: TX PTA Senior Scholarship app due 11/16: FASFA/TASFA night, 6-8pm
11/19: Reflections entries due
This week is AHS HOMECOMING! This week we celebrate homecoming and we are excited to announce our homecoming dress-up days. Please show your spirit and join us in celebrating this homecoming week.
The Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Community College, and Red Kite have partnered to host financial aid workshops across Central Texas. All students are welcome and workshops will offer FAFSA/TASFA completion support from area schools and other area colleges. Austin High school FAFSA information nights will be held on October 20th and November 16th.
The 2021-2022 AP exam registration will be held through November 9th. Austin High uses AP Classroom to enroll for the AP exam. Students must complete ordering AND Total Registration to register and pay for AP exams. BOTH STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED to order exams.
After careful consideration, we will be offering Fall/Spring Exam waivers. This waiver will mirror the waiver policies offered in 2018. Due to our late start, fall exam waiver absences will not begin until this week. A summary of our system is listed below. The full policy will be sent this week.
A student must have no more than three absences in the course for which he/she is seeking a final exam exemption. Absences are counted up to the day the exam is administered. School-related absences do not count for purposes of this rule.
An exemption from a final exam is not granted if during the semester the student is sent to Saturday class more than once, serves any time at the alternative school, or receives any suspension or expulsion including ISS.
Any student meeting these criteria may earn exemptions from no more than two final exams in a semester. Students may not be exempt from a final in the same courses for consecutive semesters in the same school year.
--The exterior is 95% complete.
--The contractor is working to complete all the interior work by the end of October. Final inspections the first week of November
--The contractor will have 3 weeks of punch list to complete
--FF&E (furniture, fixtures, and equipment) are scheduled to deliver in mid-November The vertical expansion should be ready to occupy by the first of December.
Theme: Mr. Maroo goes to the enchanted forest! Dress up days - October 18-22
Manic Monday - Wear a crazy hairstyle
Twinning Tuesday - Dress up as twins with your bestie
Waiting for the Weekend Wednesday - Wear your pajamas
Traveling the Enchanted Forest Thursday - Dress up as your favorite fairy/fairytale character
FanFare Friday- Maroon Out
ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM !!!
PTSA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Attendance Office Volunteer Opportunity
Help Volunteer in the Attendance Office- it's a great way to get to know the school!
Volunteer a few hours a month, a few times a month or even every week by helping outin the Attendance Office: help sign students in and out, answer & direct phone calls, & light filing.
A commitment of two hours a month is all we are asking. However, once you come and help us out, you will really want to come by more often. And your help is always welcome!
Volunteer monthly, weekly, whatever works with your schedule. You are welcome to sign up for any day and time that works for you.
If you can not commit to a regular shift, we also need substitute volunteers for when volunteers can not make their shift(s).
Substitute volunteers and drop-ins are also welcome.
Thank you for your consideration.
Attendance Office Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com Help Needed with Registration AHS Registration needs volunteers for a variety of projects. If you are able to provide any support to our registrars, it would be incredibly helpful! and appreciated! We welcome any and all volunteers for regularly scheduled times or anytime you find yourself free. Contact Sonja Simmons 512-414-7218, firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop in the 2nd floor office and ask for Sonja or Maricela. Thank you in advance for your time and energy! Teacher/Staff Appreciation If you are interested in helping the PTSA support other Austin High staff members at one of the many Appreciation Days throughout the school year, email Linea Renspie. Raffle prizes for Teacher/Staff Appreciation needed! Let's show the teachers and staff of Austin High that they are loved! We need raffle prizes for our Staff Appreciation events in November, February and May! Gift cards! Local Business swag! Free services! You name it, we can use it!
We are also looking for local restaurants willing to donate a catered lunch! Email Whitney Stropp (email@example.com)
We are excited to announce the 2021 launch of the Community Partners campaigns! Community Partners is an annual fall fundraiser that brings AHS families and local businesses together to raise funds for travel scholarships, field trips, and curriculum-based learning expeditions. More than 25% of our students require financial assistance and Community Partners donations help to ensure equal opportunity for all students, regardless of a student's ability to pay. Our academy model makes AHS truly unique and having ALL our students fully participate in these unique experiences is essential.
Many of you have already supported your academy by paying your student’s annual Program Fee. Community Partners is an additional, academy specific fundraiser that gives you the opportunity to directly support our AHS students in need. Fundraising at the high school level can be confusing and parents may feel like they are repeatedly being asked for money. Check out AHS Fundraising 101 to understand all the options for supporting our school.
Please join us as one of our Community Partners and make a tax-deductible donation now through December 31 using the links below:
THANK YOU to these PTSA members as of October 13th :
Sharon Stockbauer, Jacy Donovan, Margot Weisz, Jennifer Botchway and Family, Jennifer Campbell and Family, Aaron Farmer, Robyn Hargrove, Laura Rockefeller, Angelica Tagle and Family, Brannen Temple, Stephanie Tickle, Judy Townsend and Family, Kim Batiansila and Family, Sam Dominguez and Family, Corinne Ervin and Family, Jennifer Foery, Christine Gaderson, Alana Lilie and Family, Patricia Torres-Yost and Family, Brandi Boyd and Family, A Benae Colbert and Family, Angela Dunn and Family, Le Easter, Elidith Falk, Jennifer Fisher and Family, Tiffany Francis, Kristen Hanson, Tiffany Hofbauer, Celeste Hubert, Kisla Jimenez and Family, Tricia Johnson, Katie Keenan, Evangelina Kreeger, Eugenia Krieg, Veronica Macon, Katie Parker and Family, The Parks Family, The Peifer Family, Shannon Peris and Family, Angela Peterson, Suzanne Potts and Family, Laquana Price, Biz Ramberg, Ian Randolph, Nancy Risk and Family, Alexandra Saenz, Sara Sheerin, Jenny Smith, Suzanne Soares, Barb Steinberg, Jennifer Stewart, Lacey Strake, Laura Tadayon and Family, Noemy Talamantes, Hannah Thompson, Ryan Turner, Stephanie Turner and Family, Anita Vangelisti, Sarah Vonderharr, Shellie Withrow, Sandra Yancer, Amy Barnard, Katie Brice, Roberto Cardenas, Amanda Carpenter, Lesley Childress, Sunee Conly, Noah De Lissovoy and Family, Allison Dwyer and Family, Le Easter, Ann Gass and Family, Stacy Gunkel, Tina Hambly, Anne Henderson, Lisa Hughes, Ericka Jones, Bilyana Keenan, Hannah Linroth and Family, Hillary MacDonald, Kim McKnight and Family, Amber Meinzer and Family, Michelle Nguyen, Andrea Pacheco, Andrea Scarborough, Randi Shade, Gary Solka, Kelly Stouse, Philippa Strelitz, Colleen Suarez and Family, Hannah Thompson, Isabel Vasquez, Jennifer Voss, Theresa Attea, Amy Beisenherz and Family, Lynn Boswell, Heather Chesney and Family, Adina Chirogianis, Jacquelynn Chuter, Holly Crosswell, Daniel Preston Family, Taunya Dawson, Downs Deering and Family, Lisa Doggett, Sara Laipis Eno and Family, Suzanne Erickson, Kellie Farris, Melanie Fish and Family, Stacey Gardner, Holly Holliday, Megan Hudgeons, Laura Ihrig, Kristen Jaros, Daphne Kahle and Family, Elizabeth Kalbacher and Family, Debbie Kent, Shelley Kilday, Dana Kocurek, Lara Kwiatkowski, Dorie Looney, and Family, Betsy MacDonald and Family, Tracy Malone and Family, Patricia McConnico, Giovana McGettrick and Family, Angie McLarty and Family, Carlotta McLean and Family, Genevieve Mounce, Vivia Robertson, Suzanne Soares, Becka Swift, Stephanie Teague, Delaine Teeple and Family, Kathie Tovo, Yasmin Turk, Clee Upchurch, Gina Vance, Chito Vela and Family, Catherine Waggoner and Family, Lauren Whelan and Family, Carrie Williams, Kristin Wissig, Rosemary Wynn, Elizabeth Adams and Family, Kaylea Babel and Family, Jennifer Banda, Leslie Blanton, Carthy Bouressa-Shelton, Maria Breitschopf, Kathleen Buch, Ali Clare and Family, Tammy Cochran, A. Benae Colbert, Kathy Daly, Kristen Day and Family, Erin Dempsey and Family, Kristin Dworsky and Family, John Fitzpatrick, Maria Garrett, Melanie Greene and Family, Shannon Grethel and Family, Jennifer Holland and Family, Laurel Hooper, Hannah Huckaby, Whitney Hyde, Laura Ihrig, Raquel Irizarry, Jeneen Irwin and Family, Jennifer Johnson and Family, Stacy Jones, Lance Kinney, Andrea Kuehne and Family, Linda Lessner and Family, Mim Luetje, Brigid Lynch, Stacy Mackintosh, Amy Martin and Family, Sarah Meyer, Emily Mika and Family, Sonia Miranda, Michele Murphy and Family, Kristen Nelson, Nancy Nesbitt, Terre Nichols, Rachel Noffke, Sema Patel, Ann Pizer and Family, Erin Portman, Kit Purdy, Shana Ravnsborg, Christy Ritter, Martin Rodriguez, Lindsey Sartain, Jeneen Schloz, Nicole Schuessler and Family, Kathy Segura, Lisa Simek, April Smith, Amy Smith and Family, Holly Sudduth, Mona Taylor, Deborah Trejo and Family, Meredith Weiss, Kemble White, Elizabeth Willmore, Yonnone Rustemeyer Brown Family
along with these supportive TEACHERS…Stephanie Braden Wright, Jordan Attra, Hector Barrientos, Catherine Grant, Jessica Mitchell, Cherry Whipple, Miranda Grabowski, Maura Masters, Melanie Sherwood, Shelley Solka, Kerri Ault, Billy Brown, Holly Carlton, Alexandra Caspers, Elizabeth Clausen, Annie Dragoo, Rolando Duarte, Casey Gore, Debra Groth, Emma Gryger, Stacey Haenchen, Elyse Hall, Brad Ingram, Liz Jenkins, Nick Lebo, Ralph Miller, Alyssa Potasznik, Pam Quackenbush, Jocelyn Satterwhite, Lawrence Sclerandi, Cindy St. John, Edward Tierney, Amy Toulouse, Cecilia Brittain, Todd Coffey, Brian Frock, Chuck Harris, Jennifer Henry, Linda Lessner, Tony Randel, Lance Roberts, Mauri Sparks
Arrival and Dismissal
Buses will drop off and pick up students on the Eastside (near the PAC) of campus in the circle drive.
Private vehicles will drop off and pick up students on the Westside (closest to the rowing center) of campus. Safety
Face masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors to any AISD property There will not be temperature checks nor will the screener be checked on campus. Parents are encouraged to have students complete the screener at home. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be made available throughout campus. Parking Permits
Senior Parking Permits are sold out. There are a limited supply of underclassmen permits. AHS Student Parking
More permits will be available end of October/early November
AHS College & Career Center
FASFA/ TASFA Nights:
Wednesday, October 20th 5-7pm
Tuesday, November 16th 6:00-8:00pm
Senior TO DO:
Update your email in Naviance. It must be a personal email, not the AISD issued email. (Do this in the about me section of Naviance in the top right corner)
College & Career Readiness Checklist for class of 2022: Included are hyperlinks to google forms to request counselor letters of recommendation, links to teacher brag sheets, and timeline of many events and suggestions to stay on track. (en espanol)
Counselor Letter & School Evaluation, Request:
In the FAQ: fill out the google form completely & follow up with your counselor via email! (Common App requires a counselor evaluation)
With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, this updated, circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. Pippin's message is universal and will connect with audiences across the age spectrum.
October 21, 28, 30 @ 7 pm
October 24 & 31 @ 2021 @ 2pm
November 1 @ 7pm
Let's get ready to RUMBLE! Our first Academic UIL Meet, the Pflugerville Pfall Pfling, is November 2nd!! See Miss Mardi in room 256 to sign up no later than October 15th!
AHS Activities and Clubs
Austin High Activities and Clubs!
Does your student want to get more involved at Austin High, meet new friends and have fun? Join one of our many clubs and activities! Information about different groups, meeting times and contact info for club sponsors can be found on our website. Get involved!
Thanks to all who came out to support the Mighty Maroons last week!
FOOTBALL Freshman 6pm Thursday 10/21 Hays High School @ Hays High School JV 7:30pmThursday 10/21 Hays High School @ Hays High School Varsity 7:30pm Friday 10/22 Hays High School @House Park VOLLEYBALL
5:30 PM 10/19 Tuesday Austin High Volleyball VS. Bowie HS @ Bowie Gym
5:30 PM 10/22 Friday Austin High Volleyball VS. Hays HS @ AHS
Austin High Cross Country Varsity Girls & Boys Teams both finished in 3rd place at the District 26-6A XC Championship. The Varsity teams now advance to the Regional Meet in Corpus Christi!
Kate Hansen – 4TH PLACE – Varsity Girls Division
Nicolas Urquidez – 4TH PLACE – Varsity Boys Division
Maggie Stewart – 10TH PLACE – Varsity Girls Division
Lucas Suarez – 10TH PLACE – JV Boys Division
Congratulations to AHS JV Girls and JV Boys on a Successful Season!
Thank You 2021-2022 Austin High Cheer Sponsors!
We are very grateful for all of the generous individuals and organizations who have contributed to support Austin High Cheer.
Loyal Forever: $2500 and up: Snyder Dermatology, Aquila: Lauri and Chris Perry All-American: $1000 - $2499: Tarrytown Pharmacy, Tasha and Travis Callahan, D&A Wire Rope, The Ihrig Family, Geanie W. and Jack Morrison Captain: $500 - $999: Rajal Dhruva, The Perales Family, Morrison Law, Randy Roberts Spirit: $250 - $499: Austin Orthodontic Arts, Thundercloud Subs, Kristine Garana Mascot: $100 - $249: Matt Butterfield, Georgia Callahan, Marianne Davila, Megan Hudgeons, Wilbert Jones, Judith Kenney, Ryan M Perry, Melissa Rubio, Delaine Teeple Friend: up to $99: Kelly Bridges, Rachel Davila, Saundra Karnes, Molly Kohler, Artoush Ohanian, Anne Wilfong, Linda Willy Perry In-Kind: Bridgette Bloomquist, Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Hey Austin High,
If you are interested in playing softball starting in January then please see Coach Lozano during lunch in the women’s coaches office for more details or sign up for her FIT to talk more about tryouts in January. We would love for more girls to join.
Mountain Bike Team
Ballet Folklorico t-shirt It's that time again! It's time to order your 2021-22 Ballet Folklorico t-shirt. All the "chicos chidos" (cool kids) will be wearing one! The only way to get your exclusive t-shirt is to order and pre-pay between October 11th and 4pm on October 22nd. Place your order with one of our dancers or with our director, Ms. Masters (room 315, firstname.lastname@example.org). S, M, L, XL cost $15 each, XXL is $16.50.
The shirts will be delivered on or about November 8th. The dancer company member who sold the shirt will be responsible for delivering the shirt.
Boys Lacrosse Store hoodie sale!
We have black and maroon hoodies for sale in sizes Small through 3XL in each color!
Saturday, October 16, the Austin High Swimming and Diving teams competed in a tri-meet against Dripping Springs High School and LASA. On the girls' side, the Maroons came out on top with 702 points, with DSHS at 686 and LASA at 328. On the boys' side, it was close meet across the board with DSHS coming out on top with 587, LASA with 565, and AHS at 540.
However, AHS Coach Ryan Goodwyn was quick to point out that the boys' scores did not tell the whole story. "We were by far the smallest guys team among the three," Goodwyn said. "They may have outscored us in the team standings, but a lot of that was just because both the other teams had larger numbers, and were scoring more points in the lower places. But up at the top of the results, we were there as a threat in every race. We won two out of the three guys' relays, and five out of the eight guys individual races, with a few of those being 1-2 finishes for us where we won first and second place. We showed that while we may not have depth, we do have speed where it counts."
Overall, the Maroons had 83 individual races at the meet. Of those swims, 37 of them were new personal best times. "This is only our second meet of the season, and we already have kids swimming lifetime best swims 44% of the time we hit the water," Goodwyn said. "It makes me so excited to see what the next month of training holds for us. And once again, it was the little things that made me proud, like the way the kids represented our school and supported one another. Nobody missed their races, older kids were looking out for the younger kids, and I definitely believe our kids cheered for one another more than any team at the meet. They made Austin High proud today."
On the relays, the Maroons took first place in the both the girls and boys 200 medley relays, the girls 200 freestyle relay, and the boys 400 free relay, and never finished an "A" relay lower than second place.
Individual event winners for Austin High....
Hanna Rimel (SR) -- 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke
Lawson Thomas (JR) -- 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle
Ryan O'Leary (JR) -- 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke
Greysen Gaderson (JR) -- 100 butterfly
Eve Gottsman (JR) -- 100 breaststroke