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Greetings Thunderbirds! E-folder 02/24/20

February 24, 2020

Join us for an African American Heritage Celebration!
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 3:00 pm
The event will be streamed on the Austin ISD’s Facebook page: and on the web at AISD.TV

Access Details: The broadcast will also be available on Cable Channel 22 on Spectrum (Time Warner Cable), Grande, Google Fiber TV, and AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99) in Austin or watch our live-stream free from anywhere on Apple TV and Roku.  

Event Details: Learn more about this event and other events on the ASALH website.

For more information, contact


  • Ricky Pringle, Distinguished Teacher Award 
  • Deborah Orr, Friend of Education
  • Eric Kennedy, Friend of Education
  • Hobart L. Gaines, Life Anew Restorative Justice Coalition 
  • Dr. Stephanie Hawley, W. Charles Akins 
  • Angela Bell, AISD’s Most Tenured African American Teacher 
  • Rhoda Coleman , AISD’s Most Tenured African American Principal


Revised Austin ISD Calendar for 2020-2021


Parent Meetings

  • Thunderboard- All welcome to join March 1st at 3:30 pm
  • PTA Executive- PTA Executive Team March 2nd at 3:30 pm
  • General PTA Meeting- All welcome to join (Date yet to be determined)


Principal Update & Coffee Chat Feb 26

Our next schedule Principal Update & Coffee Chat is Friday, Feb. 26th, 10-11am.  The Coffee Chat theme is:

What to do when kids complain…. Easy tips to diffuse complaining with your child. Avoiding power struggles to keep the peace, it  is easy as 123.

February 26 at 10:00am

Meeting ID: 964 7623 2276

Passcode: joinus


Go Fund for Vivian/ THES

Friends of the late Vivian Ballard have created a memorial fund to provide much needed new literature for our Travis Heights Elementary School. If you would care to donate, please go to

Vivian, an activist for most of her life, devoted much of her time and energy to the school. She opened her home, the beautiful Fairview (also known as the Gullett House at 1304 Newning), to meetings of parents and educators and often sponsored fundraisers to improve the school and expand its connection to our community.

In remembering Vivian, an avid reader, her family, friends, neighbors, and staff at THES have created Vivian Reads to make more quality books available to our young readers. Money raised will be used to buy age-appropriate, library-quality books in Women in Leadership, Human Rights, Nutrition and Health, and History/Geography.


Asynchronous Days Reminder

Please mark your calendars! The following days will be asynchronous, meaning all students will learn in a remote off-campus setting:

  • Friday, Feb. 26.
  • Friday, March 5.
  • Friday, April 9.

Asynchronous days limit the amount of time spent on campus. To further protect our community, we will use this time to do additional deep cleanings of our campuses. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.


District Of Innovation Professional Development Days (No school for students)

Travis ECHS Vertical Team DOI Day: 03/12/2021 and 04/02/2021.  These dates are student holidays and staff development days.  Please be sure to mark your calendar.


Eating Fast Food May Affect Children’s Health

Fast food is a fact of life. But, you can teach your kids to make healthier choices at fast food restaurants. Be a CATCH MVP. Next time you visit your favorite fast food restaurant, Eat Smart and follow these healthy tips:

  • GO for grilled, baked or broiled foods most often.
  • Say “NO” to French fries (WHOA foods) or share an order with your family.
  • Order a side salad instead of fries. Go SLOW on the salad dressing. It is probably a WHOA food.


Thunderbirds our MOY testing window opens February 8th-March 4th.

The data we collect from our MOYs help our teachers to prepare a plan to support our Thunderbirds academically. Please help us by supporting your Thunderbird with a few reminders. The MOY benchmarks will be given in the areas of Math and Reading for grades 3rd-5th. Writing and Science will be given to students in 4th-5th. Below are a few reminders:

  • Get a good night’s rest.
  • Eat breakfast and prepare for the day.
  • Charge your device and have your headphones available.


New and Returning Student Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open! Parents will need to access the online registration through the Parent Portal. You can find specific registration directions HERE and attached below. If you need assistance please call the AISD Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187.


Family Survey

The Family Survey is available to guardians from January 5th through March 5th.  Please take a moment to complete and share your family’s insights into shaping the future of AISD.  The survey can be found by following this link.


Transfers and Dual Language Applications

The beginning of the transfer season for 2021-2022 will be delayed. The frozen schools announcement will also be delayed. Please check back on this website for updates as they become available. All deadlines will be pushed back as well. Thank you for your patience.

More Information:

  • For the quickest response, you can send us a message at: (Choose Student Transfers).
  • Please call if you have questions about transfers for the 2020-2021 school year (512-414-1726).

Applications for enrollment into Dual Language programs for the elementary 2021-22 school year are being accepted NOW through March 12, 2021.

Find more information about the application process on the Dual-Language page


Health Guidelines

Please review the information provided in the links below to learn more about how to respond if you believe your child has a positive COVID case and general guidelines for when to keep your child home from school. If you have any questions, please contact our school health room at 512-414-4495. Thank you!

COVID 19 Guidelines

When to Keep Your Child Home (English)  or  (SPANISH))

The Center for Disease control provides guidance for best practices to avoid infection and available resources.


For Basic Needs Resources, click on the image.

Link to Basic Needs Resources for AISD Families

Basic Needs Resources for AISD Families

For City of Austin Resources, click on the image.

Link to Austin Resources for AISD Families

City of Austin Resources for AISD Families