String Camp for 4th and 5th Graders at Austin High

The Austin High School String Camp is a fun event for 4th and 5th graders! Students will spend the day learning the basics of how to play a string instrument. No previous experience necessary!

Saturday, Jan. 21st at Austin High School

Registration begins at 9:00 am

Mini-Concert at 1:30 pm 

To register, click on the String Camp link at

$25 if you register by Monday, Jan 16.  $30 thereafter, including morning of the event.


AHS Orchestra Camp Flyer

Calling all 4th grade Actors and Actresses! Pirates, The Musical needs you!


Our Musical is scheduled for March 9th at 2 pm and 4 pm.

If your child is interested in auditioning they may pick up a packet on Monday, Jan. 9th from me in the Music Room. 🙂

Please look over all of the information in Monday’s packet if your child is interested in auditioning. There is lots of hard work that will go into making this year’s musical a great success. And we’ll need your support!


Thank you for always supporting your child’s Music Education!

-Ms. Garcia

parent letter

Recorder Time!

Hey Parents!

It’s that time again!

We will be placing orders for our 4th grade recorders in 2 weeks. Please send in recorder money in any envelope or ziploc with your child’s name and teacher’s name.

If there is a financial need, please send a note and we will take care of your child’s recorder fee.

New to Zilker students may also bring money to buy a recorder during their specials time.

Thank you for providing this instrument to further your child’s Music Education!

Recorder Letter

Farm stand at Jabo’s Garden was a huge success!

Tammy Thompson and her fabulous 4th grade class deserve a big thank you for putting together the first ever farm stand at Jabo’s Garden. Over the past couple weeks this class researched, organized, marketed and ran their own farm stand. Lots was learned, fun was had, money was raised and veggies were eaten. Thank you to those students and parents who made this a real success. Keep an eye out for future farm stand events!



Hot Wheels Speedometry in 4th Grade

Dear AISD Parents,

Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ is a fun and engaging way to learn about concepts such as energy, force, and motion. Students learn scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data, encouraging inquiry and problem-based learning. This free-to-use program is the result of collaboration between the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and the Mattel Children’s Foundation. The Speedometry curriculum has been racing into a number of Central Texas ISDs (please note, this is not a commercial effort to sell to schools!).

We are pleased Austin ISD’s elementary curriculum staff has embraced Speedometry, for fourth grade students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Austin ISD fourth grade science classes will begin experimenting with Speedometry in Fall 2015. The program fosters cooperation skills and develop empathy. Play is also critical for the development of creative problem solving skills. These activities are intended to provide a way to practice Science, Math, and Engineering through play. They provide an opportunity for families to share moments of joy, excitement, curiosity, and wonder.

Found on the website is a section titled ‘Families at Home,’ helpful videos and guides are available to encourage your children grow and explore science with toys at home.

For more information about Speedometry, the research behind it, or to review the curriculum, visit and check out the videos on the website.

Central Texas contact: Brooke Barnhill, (512) 344-2604,

4th Grade End of the Year Party

The 4th Graders will have their End of the Year Party on Friday, May 30 at Butler Park from 3pm-6pm. Please bring your own snacks, drinks, towels, sunscreen, etc. Carpooling encouraged! Any questions contact or Let’s end the year with a bang!