AISD will begin accepting transfer applications for the 2016-17 school year starting when we return in January. Information regarding the district’s transfer process is available on their website at https://www.austinisd.org/transfer . Clayton, Gorzycki, and Bowie are some of the campuses closed to (new) transfers for the 2016-17 school year. Significant changes to transfer processes based on new Board policy for the 16-17 and 17-18 school year are noted at the bottom of this email. To clarify, once a child is on an approved transfer, the student is generally permitted to continue attending the same campus to completion of the highest grade (unless there are issues related to attendance or discipline).
"Changes to Local Policy FDB: Admissions: Intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments were approved by the AISD Board of Trustees on April 27, 2015. The changes impact the admission of priority transfers into frozen schools (i.e., schools with no available space). There are three types of priority transfers: majority-to-minority, sibling, and tracking.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in an effort to relieve overcrowding, majority to minority transfers will only be accepted at campuses where space is available. Space is not available at frozen campuses. Superintendent Paul Cruz will announce the list of frozen campuses for the 2016-2017 school year on December 14, 2015.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, in a continuing effort to relieve overcrowding, in addition to the majority to minority priority transfers, sibling and tracking transfers will also only be accepted at campuses with space available. An announcement of which schools will not have space in 2017-2018 (i.e., frozen), will be made in December 2016."
SOAR Reading Program
What is SOAR?
SOAR stands for Students on Adventures in Reading and is a wonderful volunteer-based program designed to give individual students help in reading.
Who does SOAR help? This program supports the teachers and students in 2nd – 5th grades. Children are selected to participate based on their benchmark scores. If the teacher or the administration thinks that the student will benefit from some individual attention, they also participate in SOAR. The SOAR student is typically one who doesn’t have a reading disability, but just needs practice.
Why is SOAR Important? Students increase in confidence and self-esteem by improving their reading skills. Immediate and frequent feedback from their Reading Coach keeps them reading and reaching for higher goals!
SOAR is instrumental in Clayton receiving Exemplary ratings. It's amazing what a little individual attention and practice can do.
Who makes it happen? Volunteers (like you!) help students SOAR to new heights in reading.
At the core of this wildly successful program is a team of dedicated volunteers. These volunteer “mentors” devote just 30 minutes per week (or more if you have it) to reading with a child, cheering them on, and giving them the special attention they need to, well, soar.
Contact Amber Withycombe at email@example.com with any questions.
What is CARE Club? This group is a student led and directed community service club that meets about once per month to perform various service projects throughout the year. All are welcome to attend, but please note it's a family affair - not a drop off event. Grab your kids at pickup and join us in the gym!! Questions? Email Shannon Peris at firstname.lastname@example.org.