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Ms.  Stacia  Crescenzi
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Principal's Corner

11-12-2017

PFLASA Donation Drive

Thank you to PFLASA for their constant support of all we do on campus.  Because of their financial assistance we were able to send 7 staff members to Chicago last weekend for the NCSSS Conference.  NCSSS (National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools) is a consortium we’ve been members of since the 80s and the conference is a big reason why.  At typical conferences we have to explain about the unique nature of our school over and over.  We have to carefully look through the session offerings to find sessions that can be adapted for ourclasses. Not at NCSSS, all of the schools there are magnets of one sort or another.  We all have similar populations of students, so all of the sessions are ones to which we can directly relate.  This year we were particularly proud to have staff members presenting. Marissa Rivera and Megan Butler presented a session entitled “The Neuroscience of Mindfulness”.  This session looked at analyzing brain activity as a way to understand a student’s thoughts when discussing their reactions to anxiety evoking classes/assignments/stressors.  Then investigating how mindfulness techniques alter this brain activity in healthy ways.  Sarah Harrelson created a session “How to Use Geogebra to Teach Multivariable Calculus”.  Attendees were impressed with her very practical demonstration of the activities she uses in her class.  Other sessions our staff enjoyed were "American Agitators Prior to Bob Dylan", “Adventures with Electronic Student Lab Notebooks”, “Puzzlepalooza” and “Science Meets Humanities”.   Beyond the sessions, being able to talk with and network with other magnet and specialty schools across the country is priceless. If you are curious about the conference, feel free to check it out at http://ncsss.org/2017-program.   Thank you again to everyone who made a donation to PFLASA.  I promise we use every penny to help provide a better educational experience for our students.

Fall Athletics Wrap Up (To break it up I’ll do Tennis, Swim and Band next message)

Volleyball (Thank you Julia Wasson for the write up)

The Lady Jags started off the season with a group of new coaches.  This year was more intense than previous ones as the new head coach, Coach Cray, pushed for more conditioning in the pre-season.  With time, the team developed a bond and really came together.  Their skills and teamwork improved as everything fell into place, which led to the varsity team placing fourth in district and therefore qualifying for playoffs for the first time in five years. While they put up a strong fight, they ultimately lost to Dripping Springs in the playoffs.

Football

In a season with both down to the last second excitement and incredible blow-outs, the Jaguars football team ended the regular season Friday with two district losses.  This allows them to move on to playoffs as the number two large school team. They will play this coming Friday, November 19th at 7:30 at The Palace, (Kelly Reeves Stadium) 10211 W. Palmer Lane.  The game is against Dripping Springs and promises to be a nail biter.  Hope to see you there!

Cross-Country

What an incredible season for our Jaguar Cross-Country team.  Just over 90 students got up to run together at 6:00am nearly every day of the week for two months.  They had early disappointment when Hurricane Harvey forced them to pull out of the first meet of the season, but they quickly rebounded and ended the season with the boys’ varsity winning at district and the girls’ team also advancing to regional competition.  The district meet was won by our very own Susanna Metcalf for the girls and Cameron Kleiman for the boys.  The regional meet was as close as the XC Jags have ever been to sending an entire team to State.  However, they did send two runners, Dylan Cox and Cameron Kleiman to State last weekend with Cameron finishing a very impressive 8th

 

Attendance

If your student is absent and you would like to send your note through email, please send it to Claudia.villarreal@austinisd.org.

 

Tires

We had a few students find screws or nails in their tires after parking on campus.  Although we are looking into it, it would be very helpful if anyone who drives checks their tires before leaving campus.  If a student does find a nail/screw in their tire, please report it to administration immediately.  Knowing the exact day and where a student is parked helps us when looking at the cameras.  Checking their tires before they leave will also help to see if the issue is somewhere off campus.  There is a great deal of construction happening in the vicinity of school and if the issue is on one of the streets surrounding campus, we still would like to reach out and take care of it.

 

Bond

Last Tuesday Austin voters approved the 1.05 billion dollar bond package for AISD.  This will be great for all students across our district.  The list of fast-tracked projects was released the end of last week with a new campus for East Side Memorial being one school on that list.  Planning and implementing all of the projects on the bond will take time and as I have information and updates, I will let you know. 

 

Showcase

Showcase, the LASA open house is this Wednesday November 15th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  All middle school students and their parents are welcome to attend.  Please help us spread the word!  If you have connections with any of the AISD middle schools or any local private/charter schools let them know we would love to see their kiddos that night. 

LBJ Harvest Festival

LBJ is holding their annual community Harvest Festival on Thursday November 16th at school.  As part of the event the community spends the week accepting donations for the Central Texas Food Bank.  Your help in making this a successful drive for LBJ is greatly appreciated.  There is a box at the top of the stairs in front of the library for students to put donations.  Most needed items are peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables, dry pinto beans, brown rice and whole grain cereal. 

 

One more week and your child can enjoy a full week off of school.  Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen or voted on the AISD calendar for next year, you can do so at  https://www.austinisd.org/announcements/vote-options-2018-19-school-calendar-votar-en-opciones-para-el-calendario-2018-19

There will be no principal’s message next week and as much as I would like to say I’ll be using that time to sleep in, my family actually has a 6:00am flight so we can visit my in-laws for part of the week.