News and Notes
Academy for Global Studies Director Named
Austin High is pleased to announce that our new Academy for Global Studies Director is Ms. Nicole Griffith.
Ms. Griffith has been committed to serving the Austin High community for the past seven years as an Austin High World Geography teacher. She taught two of those years in AGS. She has developed interdisciplinary problem-based learning projects with a team of teachers in AGS and has collaborated with a professional learning community of geography teachers to design and implement common curriculum and assessment.
Ms. Griffith has extensive travel experience throughout the world. Most recently she served as the administrative group leader for the AGS trip to Turkey. She has also traveled with students from Austin High on an environmental educational trip to Costa Rica and to an experiential opportunity at Heifer Ranch in Arkansas.
Ms. Griffith earned her Master’s in Education degree in Educational and Community Leadership from Texas State University and was awarded the Best Graduate Student in the Educational Leadership Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in Geography.
Ms. Griffith is a dedicated member of the Austin High community and promises to be a committed leader who is creative, fair, and compassionate about establishing a culture that is inclusive of the entire school community, so every young person has a chance to learn, develop, and lead.
Turkey Trip Video
Raindrop Turkish House Posts Turkey Trip Video Starring AGS Seniors.
Mathumentary Films Screened
"Would you like to know what really goes into the perfect bracket? Interested in how the growth of Facebook and the growth of a disease may be related? What about the fascinating mathematics behind a sonic boom? The AGS Pre-Calculus classes recently screened student-made "mathumentary" films that connect the mathematics discussed within the course with real-life events or destinations around the globe. Take a peek at link below to see the films and the production team behind them!"
AGS Senior Learning Expedition to Turkey, Spring 2014
Capstone Projects and Senior Portfolios
Check out all the senior Capstone projects in the works this year by visiting their website and viewing the Senior Portfolios.
Sophomores Get Published
Read the Forefront Austin article on Sophomore Spring Projects: "Global Studies Students Challenged to Become Problem-Solvers, Visionaries and Pot-Stirrers." In addition to the main article, two of the projects were chosen to be highlighted.
Math Classes Get Recognized
Using the "ShowMe" App, AGS math teachers William Kiker and Kelly Wroblewski had their Algebra 2 and Pre-Calc students create tutorials on math topics that were featured on the "ShowMe" App website. Read the article, "Using ShowMe to Develop Student Created Math Tutorials,"
Parents - Opportunities to help in the school
Interested in chaperoning or volunteeiring? Here are the forms from APIE. (Austin Partners in Education)
Newest Volunteer Opportunities
See your Service Opportunities page for more info.