Dear Mac Families,

Greetings!  I hope this finds you well. I wanted to provide an update on a few items that I am getting questions about.  It is always my intention to keep you informed. We are partners in your student’s education.

Taco Shack Bowl 
Tonight kicks off our football season with Taco Shack Bowl (McCallum vs. Anderson).  We are so excited to see our football players, cheerleaders, band members, and the Blue Brigade perform.  Please remember to wear blue, be loud, stay classy, and wear your mask properly (adults AND students are all required to mask on AISD grounds).  Tickets are sold online: We are the HOME team this year so we won’t be staring into the sun. Go Knights!

Back to School Knight 
Mark your calendar for September 9th at 6:00PM.  We will be offering both a virtual and in-person option for Back to School.  More details to come.

Air Conditioning
This was the big topic last week.  Trying to tackle the AC situation was a bit like playing Whack-a-Mole, but we seem to have it under control.  The faulty chiller in the main building was repaired, immediately followed by the chiller in the Mac Theatre. We still have some classrooms that aren’t cooling properly but spot coolers are installed and working some magic.  We are cool at McCallum!

I know you may have questions about COVID. Please know we are diligent in following Austin ISD protocols and communicating with you all when we have a positive case of COVID. We contact trace for every case and strive to be detailed and timely in our approach. Thank you for understanding that this is a complex and ever-changing situation.

Face Masks 
Our students are doing a great job wearing their masks!  We do have to remind students on occasion to pull it up over their nose. We try to use education, not discipline, to approach the subject and our students seem to be receptive.

HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated a picnic table/chairs and/or invested time to get them set up.  Many students are taking advantage of the outdoor spaces for lunch and we are all very pleased.

Thank you for your continued support!

Nicole Griffith
McCallum High School