Two more community meetings are set to discuss the May 9, 2015, School Bond Election. They are:
April 21, Stuard Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 28, McCall Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
More information regarding the May 9, 2015 Bond Election at www.aledoisdbond.org.
Fill a Bag. Feed Families. That’s the goal of the Aledo ISD Community Partners in its first spring food drive, which extends through May 8. Brown-paper grocery bags were distributed at the April East Parker County Chamber of Commerce meeting, although anyone can fill a bag and bring it to one of the drop-off locations. The Parker County Center of Hope requests such items as peanut butter, chili, soups with meat, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, baby foods, household products and feminine products. These items can be delivered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations:
- Aledo ISD Administration Building, 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo
- Aledo Interbank, 200 N. FM 1187, Aledo
- East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Chuck Wagon Trail, Willow Park
“The timing of this food drive is such a blessing,” said Center of Hope CEO Paula Robinson. “With so many children qualifying for the reduced-priced breakfast and lunch programs at school, many of our parents experience even great need during the summer from the extra cost of groceries while their children are home all day,” Robinson said there is traditionally a much lower supply and a greater need throughout the summer months for the food bank. Read more.
Class 5A Bi-District Softball Playoffs
Aledo Ladycats vs. Trimble Tech Bulldogs
Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.
Aledo HS Softball Field
Passes: District 8-AAAAA, District 7-AAAAA, THSCA, TGCA
Bottom row left to right: Maddie Lear, Mya Lowe, Isabella Michel, Allyson Wells; Top: Zoe Whitcomb, Kylee Vorhees, Pam Christiansen, April Zambreski, Kennedy McCullough, and Riley Miller
AHS senior Elizabeth Larson recently received the Outstanding Youth award from the Aledo Community Lions Club. She is accompanied here by Rick Stoorza and Bob Carlson. Congratulations!
Dr. Citty’s presentation included a current snapshot of the school district, with information about its students, campuses, employees, academics, financials, fine arts, and athletics. He also spoke on the AISD Strategic Plan which is being revised and will be implemented during the 2015 – 2018 school years. Read more.
AHS powerlifter Cole Stewart received applause for competing in the State Powerlifting Meet where he placed fifth in his 220-lb. weight class. Cole set personal records in all three of the qualifying lifts: Squat - 600 lbs; Bench - 355 lbs; Dead Lift - 555 lbs; Totaling 1,525 lbs.
Zackery Huxel, representing the AHS CX debate team, was honored at the board meeting for its successful trip to the State Debate competition.
Members of the AHS band received recognition for their achievements at the Solo and Ensemble competition, They now will compete at the State level. Present were Kaitlyn Riley, Tye Byars and Grant Yarbrough. Congratulations to the 170-plus musicians who will represent Aledo High School in May.
Ashley Melton was cheered as the first person in Aledo ISD history to earn the honors of class-winning steer at a major livestock show, and she holds the record for high-selling livestock for Aledo ISD. Her Shorthorn Steer won Champion Lightweight Shorthorn at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and sold for $20,000!
Retiring Principal Bob Harmon received a standing ovation after all of the trustees gave their accolades on his years of service and commitment to Aledo ISD. He will be greatly missed.
After two days and three rounds of competition, the Aledo High School Colorguard placed 14th out of 122 guards! Congratulations, ladies! Way to represent Aledo in the 2015 WGI Colorguard World Championships!
The Varsity Girls placed Second overall in District competition. The following continue on as Area Qualifiers: Freshman Alaina Touchet – 1st in shotput; Freshman Tysley Valencia – 2nd in long jump, 1st in 4x100m relay, and 2nd in 4x200m relay; Sophomore Mackenzie Lyon – 1st in pole vault; Sophomore Kia Jordan – 1st in the 100m dash, 1st in 4x100m relay, and 2nd in 4x200m relay; Sophomore Maddie Goings – 2nd in 4x200m relay; Senior Rachael Power – 1st in 3200m, 2nd in 1600m; Senior Brittney Trought – 1st in 100m Hurdles, 1st in 4x100m relay, 1st in 300m hurdles; and Senior Danielle Trought – 2nd in the 100m hurdles, 1st in 4x100m relay, and 2nd in 4x200m relay. Congrats again and good luck to the Area qualifiers!
A new, fun fundraiser features FREE SWING DANCE LESSONS at the AHS band hall this week. The lessons are TODAY, April 20, from 6-8 p.m., and Friday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. Come and learn all the basics, and gear up for a fun night of dinner and dancing!!! Watch their video invitation on the AISD facebook page!
We will be selling tickets at the following AHS events:
Night of Percussion-April 23rd
Swing Dance Class-April 24th
McAnally Awards Concert-April 28th
Aledo High School Concert-April 30th
AHS Swing Dance Featuring Jazz Ensembles-May 2nd
Or email Jake Albin at firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets delivered to your home campus. Act now! There is a limited amount of tickets!!!
The Aledo ISD tax rate has not changed since 2008-2009, seven years. The District is committed to maintaining a low tax rate while accomplishing the goals set out in the bond package. The proposed bond election’s projected tax increase will be $7.78 per month for every $100,000 valuation of a home. READ MORE.
Aledo Middle School seventh-grade student Weston Adams has been recognized for Grand Recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s Talent Search (Duke TIP), qualifying with SAT scores approximately at or better than 90-percent of recent high-school graduates in at least one area. Weston was identified by Duke University to participate in the Duke TIP program based upon standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. He was invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as a seventh grader.
Achieving the level of Grand Recognition places Weston among the top 3-percent of all Duke TIP participants. This is an amazing achievement for Weston. He will be invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University, and has qualified to participate in the Duke University Center for Summer Studies. Way to go, Weston! Keep up your thirst for knowledge and drive to excel!
The 15th annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards honored some of Aledo Independent School District’s brightest and best at its ceremony this week. Julie Hall, a sixth-grade science teacher at McAnally Intermediate School, received the Teacher of the Year Award from Jackie Rains of the Reilly Family Foundation. Mrs. Hall’s tribute credited Principal Bob Harmon, the staff and students at the school for helping her reach her goals of challenging and empowering her those in her classroom every day.
The Reilly Family Foundation created the annual award program in 2000. Since that time, other corporations have joined in to provide recognition for AISD staff members.
Other winners of the evening include:
Sarah Myser, Faulk Company Award: “Secondary Teacher of the Year”
Rebecca Buchanan, Hardick Family Award: “Intermediate Teacher of the Year”
Callie Caldwell, First Financial Bank Award: “Elementary Teacher of the Year”
Anna Mazzei, F. Howard & Mary D. Walsh Award: “Beginning Teacher of the Year”
Mary McLellan: Dan Manning “IDEA Award”
Cheryl Jones: Don R. Daniel “Principal of the Year Award”
Debbie Henrietta: Marsha Miholovich “Professional Support Award”
Matt Odom, VLK Architects, Inc.: “Technology Award”
Peggy Kennedy, Buford-Thompson Company “Transportation Award”
Ryon Smith, Buford-Thompson Company “Maintenance Award”
Christen Shaffer, Moritz/Hardick Award: “Paraprofessional of the Year”
Angelina Ward, Moritz/Hardick Award for “Child Nutrition”
The evening was complemented by a masterful performance by the AHS Jazz Band and choral selections from the McAnally Intermediate School choir. See more photos on the AISD Facebook page.
Proposition 1 of the bond package includes $28.8 million for Elementary No. 5, which is in response to growth in grade levels kindergarten through fifth grade. Presently, Aledo ISD accommodates more than 2,230 students in these combined grade levels. The functional capacity of the current elementary schools is 2,386 students. By 2018, elementary enrollment is expected to reach 2,940 students, according to Templeton Demographics, District demographers. By 2023, the number of elementary students is expected to total more than 4,597. Read more. Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
The AISD 2015 Bond Package includes $8.16 million for safety and security items and $4.28 million for facility renovations across the District.
Campus visits by committee members made it readily apparent the entryways at several schools have safety elements in place, yet do not provide controlled entries. A controlled entry directs visitors through the main office before they have access to the rest of the campus. The safety and security portion of the bond package would be used to build controlled entries at Coder Elementary, Stuard Elementary, Vandagriff Elementary, McAnally Intermediate and Aledo Middle School. READ MORE. Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
The District Strategic Plan is developed by stakeholders every three years to re-evaluate district priorities as outlined by the Aledo ISD Plan on a Page. This plan contains the Board’s values and beliefs about the district; its motto, mission and vision statements; priorities and areas of focus. READ MORE.