Announcements

UT Honors Carstarphen with Community Leadership Award at Carver Museum

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 Carver…

Students Attend Annual Performance of The Nutcracker

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, drivers and…

Pickle Penguins Collect Canned Foods for Brown Santa Program

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, a…

Board Votes in Favor of Recommendation for In-District Charter with IDEA Public Schools

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 of six…

Crockett High School Places at Texas Thespian Festival

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 Crockett troupe…

Zavala Student Wins National Hispanic Heritage Safety Poster Contest

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 annually…

TEA Releases List of Public Education Grant Schools

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 area in two…

AISD Schools Earn 236 Gold Performance Acknowledgements

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 Performance…

Kealing Places First in the Nation at the Knowledge Master Open

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 accuracy and…

Oak Springs Student Wins Winter Poem Card Contest

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…

General Transfers to Thirty Three Schools Frozen

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. Also,…

Libraries Collaborate with Austin Children’s Museum

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 the museum’…