Ms.  Stacia  Crescenzi
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Principal's Corner


This upcoming week is going to be unusual.  Monday is a normal day.  Tuesday will be the Chromebook roll-out for the Everyone:1 initiative.  Ninth and tenth graders will receive their computers during 5th block and eleventh and twelfth graders will receive theirs during sixth block.  Wednesday does not have an unusual schedule, but will still not be a “normal” day.  Valentine’s Day bring with it a number of fun traditions.  National Spanish Honor Society will be delivering their carnations and theater kiddos will be entertaining those lucky enough to have a “Valetune” bought for them.  Thursday will be Cultural Day, so we are on a special schedule.  Students will still go to all of their classes and have lunch, but will then spend the afternoon in three sessions of their choice, more about the sessions below.  Friday we are back to a normal schedule.    Thank goodness!

Culture Day

Last year we have our first annual Cultural Day.  This is a completely student organized event hosted by the LASA Diversity Council.  The event was very successful and the feedback we received from both students and staff encouraged us to not only continue, but to allow the event to expand.  This year all students on Thursday afternoon will be able to attend three sessions of their choice (lecture, panel discussion, performance, etc.) that highlight one aspect of a specific culture, discuss one issue facing a particular group of people or addresses an issue related to cultural diversity.  Students sign up for their sessions using the FIT portal in the student cloud.   You might want to take a few minutes today to talk with your student about the sessions and help them decide, if they haven’t already, which sessions they would like to attend.  Some sessions are small and will fill up quickly.   Below are the list of sessions, most will meet each time frame.  Please note that while some sessions can be intense emotional and academic experiences for students that help them to really think more deeply about a particular idea or issue, others are much more relaxed in nature allowing a student to learn more about a culture through food, art, music or dance.

Uganda: A Voice through Experience

Evelyn Apoko at Austin Community College is a survivor of childhood abduction by the LRA in Uganda. While recounting her experiences, she will bring it full circle to the impact in light of today's current issues in the Ugandan Civil War.

Safe & Supportive Schools

Stephen Russell is a professor at the University of Texas as well as the Department Chair of Sociology and will be lecturing about safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ+ and all students.

Pakistani Food & Culture

Come see the variety of food, art, and culture from the country of Pakistan.

Immigration Law

Learn about human rights and legal issues relating to immigration from Denise Gilman, a clinical law professor and director at the Immigration Clinic at UT Austin Law School.

Civil Rights in Austin

Hear the mayor's policy advisor (Kazique J. Prince) speak on the work that has been done for civil rights by Mayor Steve Adler and what is currently going on in Austin.

Jainism v Hinduism

Jainsim and Hinduism are two very similar religions that are often confused and thought of as one. Come see Claire Maes, a UT Professor, and explore some of the differences and intricacies of each with her.

Gender Justice and the State of Girls

Brittany Yelverton from Girls Empowerment Network will review the main issues of inequities that girls in the US are experiencing and take a critical look at advertising and media representation with relation to gender.

Myanmar- Much has changed since Orwell's Burmese Days

Trish Smith will relate her experiences in Myanmar and the evolution of its society within the past few decades.

The Women of Rock’nRoll

This session will focus on the history of Women in Rock'n'Roll and other popular music. It is a presentation from Girls Rock Austin over different women who have influenced popular music, their innovations, struggles, and identities.

Latinx Cultural Expression

Dr. Gonzalez-Martin is a professor at UT Austin who will discuss Latinx expressiveness across the U.S.

Islam in the Classroom

Sheikh Umer, the imam at Neuces Mosque will examine the expression of religion (Islam) within the classroom and provide a background of the religion and its history.

Somwhere Between: A Film about Chinese Adoption

***MUST SIGN UP FOR SESSION 1 AND SESSION 2 TO SEE ENTIRE FILM. CANNOT SIGN UP FOR JUST ONE SESSION.*** A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country's "One Child Policy".

Factors that Effect the Mental Health of Teenagers

Aprile Benner is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas and will be lecturing on how different experiences like discrimination and low economic status affect the mental health of young teenagers.

Max Glauben and The March of The Living

In this brief documentary, Max Glauben, a Holocaust survivor living in Dallas, recounts his journey to escape a Nazi concentration camp and how his experience transformed his worldview.

Welcome to Turkey

Meet with Professor Okur (UT Austin) and her students to learn about the intricate language of Turkey and a bonus of an introductory course to the language itself.

Henna Workshop

Sheeba Shaikh and Neha Ghani will be creating Henna designs on the hands of students as well as explaining the origin and evolution of Henna throughout history.

 Texas Folklife

An overview of the different programs which make up Texas Folklife, including Big Squeeze, Accordion Kings and Queens, Stories from Deep in the Heart, Archival Preservation Project, and Gallery Exhibits.

Native Americans and Current Issues

Professor Daniel Glenn (St. Edward's University) will discuss current Native American issues and their relations to past US policies.

Equal Edcuation Throughout the Country

Keffrelyn Brown, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas will speak about the struggle for equal education throughout our economically and racially diverse country.

Transgender Youth in Education and Society

Umut Dursun of the YES institute will be talking about the personal and social issues facing transgender people in education and broader society.

Urdu Language in Contemporary India

Fathima M (Fulbright Fellow, UT Austin) will be lecturing on the decline of Urdu in contemporary India.

Critical Thinking: How to Actively Participate in Political Discussions

Dr. Sara Villanueva (Professor, St. Edward's University) will lecture on why it's important to be a critical thinker in today's political and social climate, be open minded, and how to actively participate in discussion.

Women in Tech & Media

Gabryella Desporte will talk about Latinitas, an organization she works with that empowers Latina youth through media and technology. She will cover the history of Latinitas, future projects, including weekend workshops, and volunteer opportunities, and other ways students can get involved.

The Immortal Influence of Literature

LBJ/LASA Librarian, Mr. Castro will discuss the history and power of literature amongst certain cultures and regions of the world and how literature brings together other fields of study

Non-Western Issues Around the World

Mity Myhr (Professor, St. Edward's) will be discussing often overlooked issues affecting the non-western world.

Religions at the crossroads

What happens when religions meet?

Educate Yourself (on Education)

Cornell, a member of the ACLU of Texas, will come teach the audience how to participate in their school district and be heard. Come to this session if you have a passion for education-based activism!

Witch Hunts

Professor Julie Hardwick (UT Austin) will examine gender, sex and power in the 17th century and now

Global Impact of American Culture

Dr. Richard Pells (UT Austin) will speak on the global impact of American culture, and the ways that foreign cultures have affected the United States.

LGBTQ+ Challenges in The Workplace

A career coach at UT for LGBTQ+ people in the current workplace, Amira Sounny-Slitine will talk about struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and how to support LGBTQ+ students and adults.

Culture through the Arts

This session will feature a variety of dances with strong cultural significance such as African drum dance, salsa, and Irish dancing. Brief interviews and question sessions will be held in between performances, so be sure to come if you're interested in learning more.

Psychology of Sex and Gender

Featuring Professor Giuliano from Southwestern University who will shed light on the difference between gender and sex and delve into the topics of gender identity and expression

Saints and Shrines in Islam

Focusing on the pre-modern Islamic world, Azfar Moin teaches courses on religious transformations in the early modern Islamic world, rituals and practice of sovereignty in Islam, and theory and method in the study of religion at UT.

Disability Rights 2018

Cossy Hough (Professor, UT) will be talking briefly about the disability rights movement and current issues in disability rights and disability culture today.



AISD Budget C onversations

Over the next couple of months you might hear a lot about the AISD budget.  With the amount we are expected to give back to the state increasing each year, AISD will need to make some important decisions about where it will put its limited resources.  I encourage everyone to be informed about the budget process and the current/future state of AISD’s finances.  Starting this week AISD will be holding a series of community presentations to share information about the budget forecast.  They will also gather some community feedback about spending priorities at these events.   Here are the dates and times. 

Community conversations:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6–8 p.m., Crockett Early College High School Cafeteria
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Baker Center Cafeteria
  • Thursday, Feb 15, 6–8 p.m., Lanier Early College High School Cafeteria
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Carruth Administration Center Board Auditorium

Meetings at Baker Center and the CAC Board Auditorium have limited seating and parking available.

Spanish interpretation will be provided at all meetings. Child care and light refreshments will be provided at Crockett and Lanier.

Congratulations Jags!

We had 6 students receive awards for 16 different pieces in the Southwest Region of the Scholastic Writing competition.  Four of the pieces received gold key awards which qualifies them to move on to the national competition.  If you see the following students, please congratulate them.

Noam Benavi

Mia Cooper

Megan Le

Jenny Lu

Alia Shaukat

Eva Strelitz-Block


Also, a huge shout out to our pool jags.  They had their most successful regionals in the history of the school (r at least to the knowledge of anyone I spoke with) and have fourteen, yes that’s right fourteen students, who will be swimming at State Championships this weekend.  Good Luck Jags, we’ll be there cheering you on!

Lucas Abounader (10th) — 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay

Juan Ceresa (10th) — 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay

Sophia De Leon (10th) — 200 Medley Relay

Aidan Dulaney (12th) — 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 500 Free, 400 Free Relay

Lilli Gordon (9th) — 200 Medley Relay

Maddy Havranek (12th) — 200 Free Relay

Jules Hays (10th) — 200 Free Relay

Alvin Jung (9th) — 200 Medley Relay, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay

Ava Longi (10th) — 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay

Alex Mancevski (12th) — 200 Free Relay

Sarah Mines (10th) — 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay

Willa Scanlon (11th) — Diving (Regional Champion)

Andrew Stowers (12th) — 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Fly, 400 Free Relay

Ming Zhao (12th) — 200 Free Relay


Finally, let me apologize to anyone who has emailed or called towards the end of this last week.  Typically my goal is return an email or phone call within 24 to 48 hours.  However, between budget meetings, student issues, classroom observations and application scoring – I haven’t been able to keep to that time frame.  This is going to be another busy week, but my hope is that I can catch up by the end of the day Friday.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.  If you have a question or concern that needs addressed immediately, please do not hesitate to contact the front office at 512-414-5272.