Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
As the new school year kicks off, there are many exciting things to look forward to in the coming months, including our ongoing annex renovations. The choir room on the first floor is expected to be ready for students sometime this fall and, when complete, the new addition will house our music programs and provide space for the MacPhail center as part of our district-wide partnership.
Here at Austin Public Schools, our mission is to Engage, Empower, and Inspire every learner. From project-based learning and STEAM-focused lessons to athletics, music, and the arts, we offer a plethora of opportunities to meet the needs and interests of every learner. However, we know that the tremendous support and encouragement of the Austin community also plays an incredibly important role in student success. From attending concerts and athletic contests to the success of initiatives like the Lunch Tray Project, your support means the world to our students, and we'd like to take this opportunity to express our thanks.
You may also notice a new look on our website, social media, and communications this year. That's right, Austin Public Schools has a new logo! We began the process of creating our new logo by brainstorming numerous ideas about Who We Are as a district. These ideas ranged from an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) and athletics to a desire to care for the whole child and conveying our diversity as a district and community.
After several iterations, we settled on the final design for several reasons. The Austin A in the center symbolizes Austin Public Schools. We felt it was important to include the A for tradition and heritage, and the slight offset is meant to convey our drive to provide a modern education for our students. The circles around the A are meant to symbolize inclusion and togetherness while still providing a path through education. And, finally, the swirling colors represent the diversity we have in both our schools and the community.
Austin is an amazing community whose citizens care deeply about the education of their children, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. With your continued support and encouragement, we're hoping to fulfill our mission to Engage, Empower, and Inspire every learner as we move forward into the 21st century.
David M. Krenz
Superintendent of Schools