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Principal Brewster says “Welcome back, Mathews!”

August 2017

Dear Wonderful Mathews Community,

Welcome back to school! The staff and I are so excited to begin the next century of teaching and learning at Mathews. Here, all students and families are welcomed and supported. It is our continued goal to ensure that our beautifully diverse community is celebrated and that school is a safe and nurturing place for all. The staff and I have been busy preparing for the year, and we are so looking forward to having our students stream through the hallways and fill the classrooms with their smiles and enthusiasm.

This year, the theme for our work is centered around Mathews Superheroes. The staff and I are strengthening our skills so we can better help our students discover and grow their own super powers. We are committed to providing a rich and relevant education for our students and will continue to build on our project based learning and opportunities to Make, experiment, and travel outside our walls on field trips and build community through assemblies. Our community will read, explore and discover together all year. We’ll weave in the six core skills that have always been a part of what we do and are now embraced by all of Austin ISD: Collaboration, Communication, Connection, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Cultural Proficiency. We’ll also continue to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all we do in order to help our students regulate emotions, solve problems, be culturally proficient, and build strong relationships. Our focus with SEL this year is the culturally proficiency lens. As a staff, we are diving into the work of Zaretta Hammond, studying her book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, which pulls in neuroscience research to help us reach all of our students. We’re fortunate to be able to use materials created for us by Dr. Hammond for this study. I’m truly excited about this work and the application of it in our classrooms.

As with every year, there are new and talented people joining the Mathews team. Please help me in welcoming everyone to our community. Sandra Velazquez is our new librarian. Erica Lish, Chau Tran, and Amy Skoczen have come on board to teach first grade when Sharon Briceno and Suzie Plyler moved to second grade. Kelly Bach joined our third grade team when Claudia Neal moved to preK. Ashika Ganguly is our new fifth grade science and math teacher, taking over for Diana McGuire who is now on the third grade team. Jud Thomas is now teaching math and science in sixth grade, Austin Leach will be our new sixth grade orchestra teacher, and Glen Weideman, who took over last spring, is now officially our sixth grade band teacher.

We are all eagerly looking forward to school on Monday morning. Here’s to an amazing year with a super community!

All the best,
Grace Martino-Brewster

Welcome Back to School – 2017-2018 (PDF)

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Final Week for the Annual Fund!! Donate Now.

Dear Parents,

This is the last week to donate to the Mathews Annual Fund! The Mathews Annual Fund pays for Mrs. Sander’s salary and we would not have a Computer Lab or Teacher without these donations, so please do what you can and DONATE NOW!

We are aiming for 100% participation and please give $1. $5, $500 or whatever you can afford, we would really appreciate the support.

And – if we do get 100% Participation we can all look forward to Mrs. Brewster looking a little something like this:

NOTE: Please include in the notes: your family’s name, and your child (or children’s) name(s) and classroom(s)

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New to Mathews: Made-to-Order Salads!

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Delicious made-to-order salads are available on Mondays and Thursdays.  The type of salad rotates every two weeks by type:Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 11.30.44 AM

  • Chef’s salad
  • Asian  salad
  • Fiesta salad
  • Mediterranean salad

Mrs. Brewster says.I have enjoyed both the Fiesta and the Mediterranean salads and they are yummy and can be made with or without meat.” Principal Approved!!

These salads are the same price as normal school lunch and will only be continued if students and teachers choose them for lunch. Give ’em a try!



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Vertical Team Night @ House Park this Friday.

Hey Mathews!

Join the Austin High community at House Park to experience a Friday night full of
football, band, cheer, & dance!

When: November 6th, 2015  @ 7:30pm (Arrive by 6:30pm at the AHS ticket booth.)

  • Students wearing their school shirt will get in for FREE!
  • First 100 students will receive a FREE t-shirt!
  • Experience what it will be like to be a Maroon at Senior Night Celebration!
  • Be part of the Spirit Tunnel and run out with the Football Team!

Arrive by 6:30pm at the AHS ticket booth. Parents planning to stay and attend the game will need to purchase a game ticket at the ticket booth. ($8 for adults). Students need to have a parent in attendance at all times.

Vertical Team House Park 11.6

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Principal Brewster says, “Welcome Back!”

Mathews Principal, Grace Brewster
Mathews Principal, Grace Brewster

Dear Wonderful Mathews Community,

Welcome back to school!  We are truly delighted to work with our students and you this year.  The teachers, staff, and I have eagerly been preparing for this week and are so excited to have our students walking the halls and filling the classrooms with the happy voices of learning.  We’ve had an amazing first couple of days and I anticipate the rest of the year being just as magnificent.

Together, the Mathews staff form a great team.  Many are familiar to the broader community, but we do have some new staff members this year; thank you to everyone who has already embraced them as an integral part of our Mathews family.  This year we are joined by Ms. Suzie Plyler in first grade, by Ms. Sicily Bua and Ms. Monica Vallejo in second grade and by Ms. Diana McGuire in 5th grade.  Ms. Jennifer Guerin is our new art teacher, Mr. Jud Thomas is our new librarian and Ms. Robin English is our new counselor.  I’m also pleased to announce that Ms. Elise Martens has accepted a part time position, coming back to serve as our Learning Support Facilitator, working with students and teachers proactively on needed supports.  Go team!

Like last year, our goals as a school are framed by the following tenets that we feel are essential to ensuring each child has the best year possible.  Together we will continue to look through a strength-based lens and focus on:

  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment for all
  • Providing all students with rigorous and engaging instruction
  • Integrating technology into our instruction and practices
  • Communicating openly with all stakeholders

Speaking of communication, if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out our revamped website, I encourage you to do so.  The website has a ton of information about our school, is a great place to connect with the community and learn about upcoming events.  You can find us at , on twitter @mathews360, and on Facebook as well.

Again, welcome back – we’re so glad you’re here at Mathews.  Please let us know if you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas for improvement.  Thank you for the honor of working with your children.  It’s going to be a fantastic year!

All the best,

Grace Martino-Brewster