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Mathews Elementary Time Capsule Project

Extremely Limited Photo Opportunity!

Help fund the Mathews Elementary Time Capsule Project

Get a ONE-OF-A-KIND portrait of your business, family, friends or employees shot by professional photographer Jessica Klima for inclusion into the Mathews Time Capsule.  You’ll also get a printed copy to keep.  Professional photographer Jessica Klima will take the portrait at your place of business or on your porch at home (anywhere in Austin)!   This is a truly unique and outstanding gift that will never again be seen in your lifetime.  Promise!

Here is the link to book your photoshoot:

All photos will be included in the Mathews 100 Year Time Capsule!

Jessica will donate her time and talents to make these photos and all proceeds will go toward the time capsule project.  The shoot and photographs cost $200.   Digital files will be available for an additional $50 from Jessica Klima Photography.

If you want to donate… check out:

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Mathews is Turning 100!!


*Parking will be difficult, please plan to walk, bike, carpool or rideshare to this can’t-miss event!

All are welcome to celebrate our Downtown, One of a Kind, Award Winning, Nationally Recognized, International PUBLIC Elementary School.

Please tell your friends & alumni to join us for CAKE! And also a whimsical and fun “History of Mathews” presentation by current Mathews Elementary students. No “stuffy” speeches allowed!

WHEN: Friday, September 23  @ 9am

WHERE: Mathews Elementary School Blacktop

Mathews former teachers and staff will have a reunion on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Threadgill’s South. Contacts for this event are Susan Bell and Amy Kincaid

Plans for a big celebration on September 23rd are well underway!

Here’s a sneak peek:



8 – 9 AM


9 – 10 AM

Program and Pageant of student performers including a historic plaque presentation

10 AM

Cupcakes for all students, then students return to classrooms

10 – 11 AM

Reception in library for grown-ups with a big birthday cake

11 – 12 PM

Alumni visit classrooms, students interview them

11- 12 PM

School tours


  •  The program and pageant lasts 45-50 minutes, including the speaking, singing, and dancing. It will be performed on the shaded area behind Mathews. 
  •  Current students and alumni, and current and former staff of Mathews will receive a small keepsake.
  • There will be a photo booth and video booth for recording memories that may be included in a book about the history of Mathews. The book will be ready by Dec. 2016. Alumni are encouraged to contact Mary Baughman before the celebration if they have photos or other items of interest for the book. Photos will be copied and returned to the owner.
  • Mathews students, parents and teachers are preparing a time capsule. The neighborhood community is invited to participate. The time capsule will be sealed at a date to be determined, after the Sept. 23rd 100th birthday celebration. 

For more information about this event, please contact Ted Barnhill: or Mary Baughman


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Mathews 100th Event @ Austin History Center


Please join us for the first of many receptions to celebrate our school’s 100th birthday! This special commemoration will take a look back at the histories of Mathews and Metz elementary schools (both turning 100 this year). There will be community speakers, music and some light refreshments. 

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm 

Where: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78701

Who: YOU and people from our Mathews and Austin Community. This a free event and open to the public. 

*If anyone has any question, would like to help out or wants more info on the Mathews 100th Anniversary, please email:

More details here about the event from the Austin History Center:

The Austin History Center and the 100th Birthday Celebration Committees for Mathews Elementary School and Metz Elementary School invite you to a reception in honor of the schools’ one hundredth birthdays. Dr. Benjamin Kramer, Director of Education at KLRU, will emcee a program that will look back at the histories of these schools and the future of education in Austin. Speakers include former AISD Superintendent Pat Forgione, UTeach Institute Director Kimberly Hughes, Professor and Mathews alum Robert Bode, and Metz alum Danny Camacho. The program is held in conjunction with the Austin History Center’s exhibit Making the Grade: Austin’s First Public Schools and there will be time to view the exhibit during the reception. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.