Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Texas Book 2018 Festival Dates Announced!

We are thrilled to give you a sneak peek at our 2018  Texas Book Festival Lineup! These fifteen authors are set to present their books over the Festival Weekend, October 27 and 28, in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Brain Health Series: Your Brain on Food

Are you eating the right foods to feed your brain? Brain health is very dependent on a healthy diet. This is true for growing kids and aging adults as well. The brain represents about 2% of an adult’s weight, but it uses 20% of the energy produced by the body. If the energy supply is not adequate to fuel this energy, people may experience a variety of symptoms, including memory or concentration loss, and fatigue.

An appropriate diet is especially important for the brain health of adolescents. During teenage years, the body and the brain undergo many physical changes. What kind of food a teen eats, how much they eat, and when they eat can affect a teen’ attention span, the ability to focus, and memory capabilities. This translates into how well a student learns and performs in school.

Doctors are finding that what's good for the heart may also be good for the brain. Protecting the blood vessels by following a heart-healthy diet also protects the brain. Many of the same cardiovascular risk factors have been shown to be risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Eating a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fat not only reduces the risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, but also can also protect your brain cells and prevent memory loss. Eating high-quality foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress.

What types of foods feed our brain the best? Below is a suggested list of brain healthy foods:

Extra virgin olive oil: This is a healthy source of fat in the diet and can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Some studies have linked olive oil with a lower risk of ischemic stroke, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Oily fish such as salmon, herring, and mackerel: This is an excellent source of omega-3, which your brain needs to stay healthy.
Berries and other deep-colored fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, spinach, beetroot, and beans: These foods are high in antioxidants, which help guard against disease by protecting cells in the body and brain from damage.
Foods containing ‘good fats’: Foods containing polyunsaturated fatty acids like nuts, seeds, fish, leafy green vegetables, and monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados and nuts may reduce your risk of both depression and dementia.
Dark chocolate: It contains high levels of antioxidants, although it is also high in sugar and fat. One small piece of dark chocolate per day is enough to get the antioxidant benefit. Green tea is another source of antioxidants.

By the same token, there are foods we should avoid for good brain health. Salty foods, sugary foods and drinks, processed foods, and foods containing trans fats are all bad for our body and our brain health. Let’s all eat a more healthy diet, it’s more than food for thought!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Register and Get Ready to Vote

You must be registered to vote 30 days prior to election day in order to participate.
Specific information available at 

Look up your registration, print a sample ballot, find a polling place, and view wait times at!


You are eligible to register to vote if:
  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of Travis County;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old;
  • You are not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have been pardoned or fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation; and
  • You have not been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

How to Register to Vote

Find a Postcard Application

When does my voter registration become effective?

It becomes effective in the precinct of your address 30 days after receipt of your application. A voter registration certificate will be mailed within 30 days.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Texas Teen Book Festival

Attend the 2018 Festival!

What is it?

The Texas Teen Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. No, you don’t have to be a teen to attend. We welcome all ages. The Festival will feature nationally and critically recognized authors, writing workshops, and workshops for educators.
Book sales at the Festival support the one-day event. Thank you for your support!


October 6, 2018
St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

Book Sales & Signings

Check out the full list of books being sold at #TTBF.
You may bring 3 personal books from home to be signed for every 1 book purchased at the festival. Cash, checks (made out to BookPeople), and credit cards will be accepted. Books sales are managed by our partner and proud sponsor BookPeople. All book sales will be in the Alumni Gym and will begin at 8:00am and continue all day.
You can have your books signed by authors during the author signing times taking place in the Signing Tent and Alumni Gym. Stay tuned for author signing times.


Check out our interactive Google Map for Attendees here.

Event Poster

Coming early fall 2018, but take a look at how awesome the 2017 version was!

Authors & Schedule

Keynotes: Nic Stone, Neal Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman
Special Guests: Mary E. Pearson
Additional lineup coming summer 2018!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Austin Museum Day - 9/23/2018

Austin Museum Day is Sunday, 9/23/2018.
Enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Join Girls Empowerment Network at We Are Girls! Austin on 11/3/2018

Join Girls Empowerment Network at We Are Girls Austin
Saturday, 11/03/2018 at Anderson High School!

The We Are Girls Conferences, produced by Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) are held in Austin, Houston, and Dallas, Texas annually and are designed especially for thousands of 3rd – 8th grade girls and the adults who care about them. With dynamic break-out sessions and an empowering dance party, girls get to be totally in charge of their day. They walk away inspired by what’s possible and with a new belief in their personal power. The 2018-2019 theme is “Ignite Her Power.” Leadership positions are available for high school girls. Tickets cost $30 per person and 50% of attendees receive scholarships to attend at no cost. 

Phone:  512.808.4044
Fax:  512.916.9885