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Bowie Special Education

Andrea Skola
Direct Line: (512) 841-7622


Freshman Information from 7/27 Bowie Newsletter

• SchoolMessenger
Bowie routinely uses the SchoolMessenger system to send emails such as the Bowie Star Newsletter (a weekly-ish communication from me), first day of school instructions, and other important campus-wide announcements. On occasion, particularly if information is time-sensitive or of elevated importance, the emails will be accompanied by an automated phone call. Until Austin ISD “rolls-over'' student data from your child’s middle school at the end of July, however, Bowie does not have your contact information and is unable to contact you using the SchoolMessenger system. You should begin receiving communication from Bowie at the beginning of August. If you find you are not receiving Bowie emails in early August, please look in your email’s spam/junk folders, and then verify the accuracy of your SchoolMessenger contact information and that your settings for “Campus Messages” is activated
(click HERE for instructions). NOTE: If you are still having trouble receiving emails, it is likely that at some point you unsubscribed from Bowie campus messages, and that you will need to contact the Parent Help Desk at 512-414-9187 to request they resubscribe you to SchoolMessenger campus emails.

• Bowie Website bowie.austinschools.org
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, Austin ISD is taking over website hosting for its campuses to create a standard interface experience for its families. The website tends to house more static information but does have a calendar feature that may prove useful. Bowie’s staff will continue to refine and edit content for the new website in the weeks to come.
• BLEND Bowie Community Course
You and your child will be automatically co-enrolled in a BLEND course for each of their classes as well as the BLEND Bowie Community Course. We use the BLEND Bowie Community Course for several purposes. First, it is how we send announcements to students by grade level (you will also receive a copy of these announcements by email depending on how you configure your notifications in BLEND). Campus-wide learning modules are also contained here and are available to you to access so you can view the materials we are using with your child. Finally, we sometimes house documents here that we want students and families to have access to but don’t want to publicly broadcast for safety or security reasons (campus maps, for
Our staff is very attuned to the fact that starting high school can be anxiety-inducing for some families. While some schools may opt for a summer transition camp for incoming students, we have concluded that the process is too important to all students for it to be an optional summer
experience. For this reason, we have mapped out an onboarding and orientation process that embeds training in classes during the first two weeks of school. Additionally, in advance of the first day of school, we have
several events scheduled for students and for families to introduce them to the campus and get them ready for a great start to high school. Please refer to the Bowie’s Back-to-School Buzz flier for all the dates and times of these activities.
I am grateful to two amazing Bowie teachers, Cindi Carroll and Halle Whittington, for volunteering to serve as the official Class of 2026 faculty sponsors over the next four years! They will be representing the interests of the freshman, helping to garner their school and class spirit, and coordinating fund-raising events to support the class activities, including prom. To get our freshmen off to a great start, consider purchasing an official Class of 2026 t-shirt for your freshman using the SchoolCashOnline link. T-shirts will be available for pick-up during the August 11 Meet at the Tree event.

Our Night to Shine

This invitation is extended to Our Night to Shine to all special needs high school students and older in the Central Texas area. Spread the word!


Special Needs Guests please RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2F5R72


Event Details:

Bailey Kay is the daughter of Christy & Richard Hutson. Bailey Kay has many dreams and this year it is to host a prom for special needs children aged 9th grade and older on the evening of May 7th! Bailey Kay may be small and in a wheelchair because she was born with Spina Bifida and has had over 50 surgeries, but she dreams BIG! Dripping Springs Elite is teaming up on this dream of hers by gathering donations and helping her produce Our Night To Shine!


Note: I do plan to attend prom this year to support any students who may need it. In fact, there are a few of us planning to be there - we're looking forward to it! Please reach out if you have any specific concerns or questions regarding support and/or accessibility. 

Class of 2022 Senior Prom

When: Saturday, April 23rd from 8pm - 11pm

Where: UT Alumni Center

2110 San Jacinto Blvd.


2022 James Bowie High School Prom Guest Approval Form

  • This form must be completed, turned in, and approved BEFORE you purchase your guest's ticket.
  • Only one guest per JBHS student is allowed. All students and their guests must present a photo ID at the door.
  • No guest below 9th grade or older than 20 years of age will be admitted
This LINK will take you to additional information, including a dress boutique event :)

Families Flier

Attention Austin ISD Families!
The Family Engagement Support Office has partnered with MAYA Consulting to host a listening session to reimagine and redesign what authentic family partnership looks like at Austin ISD.
Your voice, experience, and perspective as caretakers and parents are critical to informing this
MAYA Consulting is offering $75 per individual to participate, but hurry, space is limited!
Please join us on Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm!
We want to hear from you!

Spring Break Camp Opportunity

Campus/Student Opportunities: 

Camp Evolve 


Camp Evolve is excited to announce that we are having Spring Break Camp. March 18-20, 2022; transportation is provided and space is limited. 


Camp Evolve is for ages 8-15, females and males, so please consider sending your enrollees who need support and assistance with building social skills and having a fun Spring Break experience. 


Please see information, including flyer, attached hereto, or visit https://www.cstrategies.org/camp-evolve.htmlfor more information about Camp Evolve


  1. Application & Consent Form as well as Disclosures & Releases. Please scroll down to the bottom of the pagehttps://www.cstrategies.org/camp-evolve.html to access Application & Consent Form as well as Disclosures & Releases. Please email these encrypted to [email protected] 
  2. RAI (Required Authorization Form) Please complete RAI (Required Authorization Form) for each camper. You can find the form herehttps://www.cstrategies.org/required-authorization-information-rai.html and attached hereto. Please email these encrypted to [email protected] 
    1. We will need authorization numbers for Camp which is 5202 before we can proceed. Please complete RAI (Required Authorization Form) for each camper. You can find the form attached hereto. You will need 6 hours per day per camper for three (3) days. That is 18 hours per camper. Each of them will need their own authorization number. 


Please note: All kiddos will need to be able to wear N-95; KN-95 or surgical masks indoors and inside our vehicles. 


Space is limited so please contact Jason Earle at [email protected] if you know of someone who might benefit, it would be great to have the aforementioned information by Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Let's Practice!

Students can now prepare for their EOCs using a practice exam that includes their accommodations. This can help them feel more confident navigating the testing platform on the day of the test(s). 
Practice Tests and the Online Platform - Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the state’s new digital testing platform using THIS LINK. Students with 504 or Special Education testing support can manually activate digital tools within the platform (they also have the option to enter their first name and unique state TSDS number from their report card to verify their personalized settings).
If you have trouble finding your students state ID, please reach out so I can be of assistance. 

Greenleaf NCC 18+ Parent Info Night 2-28-22

Students or parents who are interested can complete our Interest Form at https://forms.gle/FZwa58Vv5xyffTk89 (also available on our website greenleafncc.org) to be contacted for a follow-up meeting, or learn more by attending a parent information session at:
Greenleaf NCC
(911 West Anderson Ln, suite 203, Austin, TX 78757)
on Monday, February 28th from 6-7 pm
  • Age 18-22 (or will be by the time they would begin the program)
  • Met HS grad requirements (credits, EOCs) 
  • Eligibility of AU or similar neurodiversity 
  • Needing continued support with independent living, social skills, career skills 
  • Motivated and able to attend regularly 
  • Might not otherwise be a good fit for other AISD 18+ programs (GO Project, TLC) 
  • Able to participate safely in small group and community settings
  • Interest in creative arts and/or technology 

From 1/24 Newsletter

Good afternoon! Below are a couple bits of news shared in today's Bowie Star Newsletter:
COURSE SELECTION - Over the last three weeks, the Bowie counseling team visited classrooms to discuss graduation requirements and course sequences with all students in grades 9-11. During the counselors’ presentations, students were provided a digital template to plan their courses for the 2022-23 school year. Please take some time to review this document with your child and discuss their course selections. There are helpful course scheduling resources available on the JBHS website for your reference. Note that a few new courses were just added (click HERE for the most recently revised list of
course offerings).
Keep in mind that the digital template is for planning purposes only. During their 1st period class on February 9, all students in grades 9-11 will officially enter their course requests into the Frontline Student Self-Serve platform. Within a couple of days of entering their official course requests, you will receive a verification email listing the courses your child selected. Should there be any errors, you can simply email the counselor to request a change. The deadline to submit course changes for the 2022-23 school year is May 27, 2022.
Something extra from us: We're excited to think about next year! We know that in addition to students entering course requests for next year, some of what will help guide those decisions are included in our students' IEPs. Students will work with their teachers and case manager to ensure that any IEP needs are considered when solidifying a student schedule for next year. It's helpful to keep in mind that some of our classes might not be reflected on the course planning tools, but will be a part of our conversations as we look to next year.
9TH GRADE SHOWCASE - Current 8th graders and their parents/guardians are invited to tonight’s Incoming 9th Grade Showcase from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to learn more about high school, the Bowie campus, and courses and programs. Know a future Bulldog? Please share the Showcase flyer with them and encourage them to attend! 
Something extra from us: We're here, too! We'll be in the library until 6:30 and then can be found in D108 for a break out session at 6:30 and 7:00. Swing by with any questions you might have, or just to say "Hi!"
Have a great week, Bulldogs!!

Parent and Educator Recruitment Flyer 2021

Center on Disability and Development

Dear Potential Participant,

The Coach to Communicate Project (C2C) will provide a webinar for parents, caregivers, teachers, and service providers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as face-to-face/online individual parent training sessions at no cost. Participants will be instructed in how to improve the communication skills of their own children.

This project is intended for parents/guardians who have a child up to age 22 with ASD or similar characteristics, needing instruction in communication skills. If you and your child decide to participate in this project, you will participate in a 1-hour webinar, with the opportunity to move into individual parent training sessions to learn to implement a communication intervention with your child.
Your child will receive communication/behavioral assessments and a communication intervention which will be implemented by you. The recommended individual parent training sessions will consist of approximately 10, 1-hour sessions over the course of 12 to 16 weeks. Shorter coaching sessions are also available, if more suited to your needs.
If you are interested in participating in this project, visit autism.tamu.edu for enrollment information, or contact the project coordinator, Valeria Yllades at
[email protected]
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to meeting you.
Jennifer Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor at Texas A&M University