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December 2011

December 20, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin honored Superintendent Meria Carstarphen (pictured with Gregory J. Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and William Powers, President), at its Community Leadership Awards ceremony at the...

December 20, 2011

Nearly 7,000 third grade students from 71 Austin ISD elementary schools attended Ballet Austin’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Long Center, Dec. 6-8. Each student paid a small fee to attend. This annual event requires coordination of buses,...

December 20, 2011

The 2011-12 Pickle Elementary Penguin Spirit Squad organized a week-long canned food drive to help ring in the holidays and give back to the community.The cheerful squad asked the entire school to collect can foods to benefit the Brown Santa Program...

December 20, 2011

On Dec. 20, Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to establish a college preparatory, in-district charter program with IDEA Public Schools. The Board voted in favor of the recommendation by a vote of 6 to 3. The proposal is one...

December 19, 2011

In early December, five students from Crockett High School competed at the Texas Thespian Festival: The Age of Change.The students, representing Troupe #1924, attended workshops, competed in acting events and auditioned for scholarships. The...

December 19, 2011

Last week Zavala Elementary held an assembly in honor of fifth grade student, Sofía Valadez who won the national Hispanic Heritage Safety Poster Contest, put on by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The contest is held...

December 14, 2011

On Dec. 8, the Texas Education Agency released the list of schools identified under the Public Education Grant program for the 2012-13 school year. The TEA places schools on the list if 50 percent or more of their students failed any TAKS subject...

December 14, 2011

Monday, the Board of Trustees recognized 65 elementary schools, eight middle schools, eight high schools and four alternative education schools for achieving Exemplary or Recognized ratings in the state accountability system and/or earning Gold...

December 14, 2011

AISD is proud to announce that Kealing Middle School placed first in the nation at the Knowledge Master Open Fall Middle School Competition. The academic meet challenged students with 200 rigorous questions, basing participants’ scores on both...

December 14, 2011

Oak Springs fourth-grader Rebecca Salazar earned the Badgerdog Literary Publishing’s winter poem card contest. Badgerdog is an Austin-based nonprofit organization that provides creative writing workshops to schools, offering programs that emphasize...

December 14, 2011

Each year, the Austin Independent School District reviews each school’s capacity to determine which schools should be frozen to transfers. Transfers are frozen for schools that have, or are expected to have, enrollments that exceed their capacities...

December 14, 2011

Libraries in twelve schools are participating in “Cuentos de Familia/Family Stories,” a partnership between the Austin Children’s Museum and AISD. The project was inspired by the family storytelling themes of renowned artist Carmen Lomas Garza and...

December 13, 2011

In December, the AISD Board of Trustees approved six Annual Academic and Facilities Recommendations, including expanding dual language immersion programs, addressing overcrowding in north central elementary schools and creating, an in-district...

December 8, 2011

The first of a series of video courses featuring multisensory reading strategies is in the final phase of development and will soon be made available to classroom teachers through the E-campus system. These video courses will provide teachers access...

December 8, 2011

On Nov. 11, AISD and coordinating organization MindPOP hosted 200 teachers at Lamar Middle School to discuss integrating arts curriculum in the classroom. Local arts organizations were on hand to talk to teachers about their programming and how it...

December 8, 2011

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen presented the administration’s Annual Academic and Facilities Recommendations, or AAFRs, for review and discussion by the Board of Trustees at the Dec. 5 Board Work Session. The following are summaries of the...

December 7, 2011

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced today that AISD’s fourth and eighth grade students continued to outperform their peers in large cities and other urban school districts on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also...

December 6, 2011

Four AISD students have been named semifinalists in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. This competition recognizes remarkable talent early on,...

December 6, 2011

Come celebrate Anderson High School's pursuit of excellence at their “Apple at Work” Bond Showcase Friday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. (seated program begins at 6:30 p.m.). The event includes an open house to view how students are using the facility. What:...

December 2, 2011

The curtain rose on the 2011 State of the District address at McCallum Arts Center to reveal Superintendent Carstarphen standing in the rain, produced through the wizardry of McCallum theater team members.Holding an umbrella and wearing a rain coat...

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