Bedford's Blog

September 17, 2023

Hello Maroon Country,
We hope this principal update finds you well. As we embrace the fall season, we want to keep you informed about some important dates and events at Austin High. Your involvement and support are greatly appreciated.

 We appreciate your continued support and involvement in your child's education. These events are an excellent way to stay connected with the school community and celebrate the achievements of our students.
 If you have any questions or need further information about any of these events, please don't hesitate to contact us.
“Loyal Forever”
Dr. B

Upcoming Events

  • Senior Portraits - September 18th-19th
    • Our seniors will have the opportunity to capture their high school memories with Senior Portraits. These sessions will take place on Monday, September 18th, and Tuesday, September 19th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
  • ASI Parent Mingle - Off Campus - September 20th
    • Join us for a delightful evening at the ASI Parent Mingle on Wednesday, September 20th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The location is yet to be determined, but we will provide updates as soon as we have more information. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with other parents and stay engaged with the school community.
  • Fall Theatre Production: "Dead Man's Cell Phone" - September 21st-23rd
    • The fall theatre production, "Dead Man's Cell Phone," promises to be an exciting and entertaining event for the whole family. Performances will be held on Thursday, September 21st, through Saturday, September 23rd, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Preas Theater. We encourage you to come and support our talented students as they bring this captivating story to life.
  • Progress Report 2 - Available on September 22nd
    • Progress Report 2 will be available online starting on Friday, September 22nd. Please take this opportunity to review your child's academic progress and reach out to their teachers/assistant principal if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Coming Soon:

    • October 7 (Saturday): SAT- Contact home campus for information 

    • October 2-31: PSAT- Contact home campus for information 

    • October 28 (Saturday): ACT- Contact home campus for information 

    • October 30- November 10: CBE Testing Window- Quarter #2/ Registration Deadline: October 13, 2023​​​​

Academies Update

  • The ASI 9th grade team is designing a new project around the issue of plastics. The focus will be on the impact of plastics on the environment and how plastic has changed production of goods around the world. The students will be participating in a trash clean-up in October.  If you work in plastics or petroleum engineering and would like to be a guest speaker, reach out to Miranda Grabowski, Biology teacher and ASI Instructional Coach.
  • Our ADT Makers' Space Manager, Isaac Guzman, has been working with a team of students to get our 3-D printers up and running. Thanks to the PTSA Excellence Fund, we have two new printers! We're looking for a Cricut machine and two sewing machines -- if you are looking to rehome your machines, reach out to Stacy Webster, Senior Seminar Facilitator.
  • Our AGS 10th graders will soon be signing up for the Costa Rica Learning Expedition. If your student is planning on joining in on any of the international experiences, be sure they have a passport!  You can make an appointment at Texas Global -- the UT Passports Office located on the first floor of the UT Tower. We also have an Austin High alum who now runs a passport business: 24HrPassports. Reach out to Luis if you need rush service:
  • Our ACS 10th graders got to "dig in" to world history with miniature archeological digs recently. Both English and World History begin with the foundations of civilization -- from what defines culture to the heroic journeys told in civilizations around the world and throughout time.  The next big ACS-10 project will include traveling to different religious sites around Austin, including a Hindu temple, Islamic mosque, Jewish synagogue, Greek Orthodox church, Buddhist temple, and Christian church. World History delves into the tenets and belief systems of major world religions, and our students will study the symbolism of architecture in various religious spaces.
  • Finally, our Senior Seminar Experience includes students from all academies in a capstone or internship project. Currently we have students interested in internships in the tech field, in marketing/advertising, and in veterinary medicine. If you have a business or position that would allow you to host an intern, let us know! Reach out to the Academy Office: 512-414-2505, ext 71530.

August 27, 2023

Hello Maroon Country,

We hope this message finds you well. We are thrilled to share the highlights of our second week at Austin High, filled with determination, achievements, and exciting opportunities.

Athletic Highlights:

  • Our Austin High football team showcased exceptional grit and sportsmanship during their recent game against Stony Point. While the game ended with a narrow loss of 24-21, the incredible effort and teamwork displayed by our players left a lasting impression on everyone. We are proud of their dedication and look forward to cheering them on next week against Round Rock Westwood.
  • Our volleyball team continues to shine bright. With an outstanding start, they have already demonstrated their skill, teamwork, and passion for the game. Their hard work and dedication have paid off, and we're excited to see them achieve new heights as they currently have a 17-6 record. They take on Bowie on Tuesday 8/29.

Back to School Night: Monday!

  • A friendly reminder that our Back to School Night is tomorrow, 8/28. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with your child's teachers, gain insights into their classroom experiences, and get a closer look at the curriculum and expectations for the year. We encourage you to attend and actively engage in the educational journey of your child. The event schedule and details can be found below.

Parent Engagement:

  • Your involvement is invaluable to us. By actively participating in school events, staying updated on your child's progress, and maintaining open lines of communication with teachers and staff, you contribute to the vibrant and supportive community that defines Austin High School.

Thank you for being an integral part of Austin High School. We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night and continuing this successful journey together.

Dr. B
“Loyal Forever”

Aug. 21, 2022

Dear Maroons,

It has been an amazing first week of school at Austin High. Our students, faculty, and staff are excited to be back on campus and have been eagerly engaged in community-building alongside academic endeavors.

Our Athletic programs are up and running, with both Volleyball and Football seasons off to a great start. Our Maroon Band, Orchestra, Choir, Theatre, Cheerleaders, Red Jackets, and Ballet Folklorico are also ready for the beginning of the year. We take pride in being Maroons and this year will prove to be one of the best.

Melvin Bedford, “Loyal Forever”

2021-2022 Accountability Rating

I am pleased to inform you Austin High was rated an overall “A” performance for the 2021-2022 school year by TEA. We also earned 3 academic distinction designations: ELA/Reading, Comparative Academic Growth, and Postsecondary Readiness.

Helpful Information

Location Changes:

Austin High has made a few changes since last school year. The Main Entrance is now located on the west side of campus. The Main Office, Attendance Office, and Health Room have been relocated directly in front of the new west side Main Entrance (Room 148). Please call the main line at 512-414-2505 if you have any questions or concerns.

First Floor Main Office Second Floor Administrative Office
● Visitors Check-in & Check-out
● Student Attendance Sign-in & Sign-out
● VOE Request & Pick-up
● Visit with Nurse & medications
● Pick up students
● Principal's Office
● Bookkeeper's Office
● Registrar's Office
● Attendance Specialist Office

Visitor Protocols:

We ask that ALL visitors park and enter on the WEST SIDE of the building. All exterior doors will remain locked at all times. Visitors may request entrance to the school by pushing the button on the call box located by the exterior door farthest to the left at the west side Main Entrance. Upon entering the building, all visitors need to check in to the new Main Office to receive a visitor label via the Raptor system before moving further into the building. ALL VISITOR LABELS MUST BE WORN AND VISIBLE THROUGHOUT THE VISIT TO OUR CAMPUS.

Visitor Parking:

Visitors should park on the west side of campus. The east side of campus, including the parking lots and the circle drive, is designated for staff, buses, and students with parking permits.

Parent Drop-off/Pick-up:

Please assist us in improving our campus traffic flow by following the drop-off/pick-up procedures.

  • Morning drop off: Designated on the WEST SIDE of campus only.
  • Afternoon pick up: Parents are encouraged to pick up on the WEST SIDE of campus.

West side drop off/pick up instructions:

  • Enter the staff parking lot and merge left into designated drop off/pick up lanes.
  • Always pull forward while waiting.
  • DO NOT stop in the center lane. The center lane is designated for continuous flow.
  • Always stop for pedestrians crossing the crosswalk

Bus Finder:

To find your student's bus stop, please use our bus stop finder utility. Enter your student's home address and find the closest AISD bus stop.

Student ID's:

Wearing a badge is a standard workplace expectation and one of several key practices that contributes to a safe and orderly campus. Students, staff and visitors are required to wear an official ID badge at all times and in plain view while on campus. Badges are also necessary to sign in & out of campus, purchase cafeteria items, borrow library books, receive technology support, use hall passes, and for other classroom or campus procedures. If your child did not receive their ID please have them check in with Ms. Garcia in the Administrative Office located on the 2nd floor.

Student Schedules:

Students can look up their class schedule in the AISD Student Portal in Frontline SIS or by downloading the ERP & SIS app.

Staffing Update

  • Debate Coach/ Social Studies - In progress
  • Sped Science Inclusion - AISD District support provided for 3 weeks
  • Sped Science Social Studies - In progress
  • English - A candidate will be recommended on Monday.
  • Math - A candidate will be recommended on Monday.
  • Latin - Filled

August 12, 2023

Good Morning Maroon Faculty and Staff,

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. As we approach another Monday and the beginning of the school year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our awesome Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and Support Staff for all of your hard work and commitment to our kids. The first week of school always comes with its challenges, but over time, I've come to appreciate the excitement and energy that accompanies the reopening of our doors after a restful summer break.

Anticipation for the year ahead fills me with enthusiasm, but more than anything, I'm eager to embark on another year of collaboration and growth alongside all of you. I'd like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on our exceptional custodial staff, whose tireless efforts throughout the summer have ensured that our building is a clean and welcoming environment for everyone. Their dedication doesn't go unnoticed.

Let's also remember to extend our appreciation to our food service team, who have been diligently preparing for the start of this new academic journey. The behind the scenes work they do contributes greatly to the overall experience of our students and staff.

A special acknowledgment goes out to Mrs. Ballin, Ms. Garza, Mrs. Lopez, and Mrs. Lopez for their instrumental role in managing the registration process. Let's not forget to recognize the contributions of Ms. Linda Garcia, who has worked diligently to organize our welcome back events and will be adding an additional duty this year by supporting our substitute requests.

I'd also like to extend my gratitude to our counseling team and administrative team for their unwavering support of our students and families. Your guidance and leadership assistance are invaluable to our students as they navigate their academic and personal journeys.

While I wish I could individually acknowledge each and every one of you, please know that whether you're in the classroom, the office, or any other corner of our school, your dedication and efforts play an essential role in shaping the success of our entire year. Have a great first week Maroons. “LOYAL FOREVER”.

“The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.” ― Harry Wong

Melvin Bedford, Ed.D
Stephen F. Austin High School

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August 6, 2023

Welcome Back Maroon Family,

It's the beginning of another exciting year. We hope you have had a fantastic summer filled with wonderful memories, and we are thrilled to welcome you back. The upcoming academic year promises to be one of growth, learning, and new opportunities, and we cannot wait to embark on this journey together.’s>

Before we dive into the new school year, we have some important events lined up that we'd like to remind you about. Mark your calendars for our upcoming Maroon Days, scheduled for August 10th and 11th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. On August 10th, we warmly welcome our juniors and seniors, while on August 11th, we look forward to greeting our freshmen and sophomores. These days will provide an excellent chance for students to pick up their academy shirts, Student ID’s, and parking permits if needed. Our Maroons will also have the opportunity to reconnect with friends.

To ensure a smooth start to the year, we encourage all students to complete their in-person registration on August 9th and 10th, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and on August 11th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Timely registration is essential as it will enable us to be well-prepared for a successful academic term.

For our incoming freshman parents, Please join us for our Maroon Parent Camp on August 9th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This will be an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with our school's values, programs, and staff members, as well as to connect with other parents who are part of our vibrant Austin High School community.

As we move forward into the academic year, we want to assure you that our dedicated team of teachers and staff members are committed to providing a supportive environment for all our students. We aim to foster a culture of academic excellence, character development, and inclusivity, where every student can thrive and reach their full potential. Again, welcome back Maroons we look forward to seeing you!

Loyal Forever!!!
Dr. B
Principal, Austin High School