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District Announcements
Aledo ISD Honors Employees at Recognition Banquet
At its annual service awards banquet, Aledo ISD administrators honored 81 employees for their years of service ranging from five years to 35 years. Here are the 2015 honorees by campus/department:
 
Coder Elementary: 10 years – Marian Flinchbaugh, Kim Lowe and Clay McKenzie; 15 years – Letha Gillham; and 20 years – Linda Surratt
McCall Elementary: Five years – Cathie Delaune, Evelyn Rivera and Carrie Young; 10 years – Kay Day and Lori Harbuck; 15 years – Jason Beaty, Julie Choate and Susan Wilson  Read More
See more images on the Aledo ISD facebook page.
 
Bearcats on Broadway!
AHS Senior Class Earns Record $23,527,184 in Scholarships

AHS Principal Dan Peterson led the Senior Academic Awards ceremony  celebrating the academic achievements of the 2015 graduating class. This year’s class included 10 National Merit Commended Scholars and 31 AP Scholars. Most notable was that the class of 2015 has been offered scholarships totaling $23,527,184 – the highest total ever achieved at Aledo High School, and more than double the amount received last year.
 
Many individual scholarship winners were announced, as were 41 students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and who participated in one or more UIL activities during high school. AP Scholar Awards recognize high-school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Thirty seniors received these honors. Four students received National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards.
 
The 2015 Valedictorian, Cole Forsythe, won praise, as did Salutatorian Oaklin Davis. Both had been recognized previously and were honored again last night.
 
Aledo ISD congratulates these seniors on their high-school achievements and wishes them well in the next stage of their lives.

Ladycat Track Sets New School Records at State Meet

This past weekend, the girls track team finished a very successful season at the State Track meet in Austin. Brittney Trought won a silver medal by placing 2nd in the 100m Hurdles, running a 13.84. This is a NEW SCHOOL RECORD. The 4x100m Relay team of Danielle and Brittney Trought, Tysley Valencia, Kia Jordan, and alternate Maddie Goings, placed 4th, running a 47.05. This also is a NEW SCHOOL RECORD. Mackenzie Lyon placed 6th in Pole Vault, jumping 10’ 6”; Kia Jordan finished 9th in the 100m dash, running a time of 12.10; and Danielle Trought was 5th in the 100m Hurdles, running 14.48. The team finished 10th overall out of 62 teams scoring points at the State meet. Way to go, Ladycats!

AHS Literature Criticism Team Advances to State Competition

The team of Brooke Johnson, Grace Holt, Cassie Dale, Mitchio Porter and Will Matthews placed First in UIL Literature Criticism at the Regional Competition in Lubbock. They now will participate in the State UIL Academic competition on May 27. Good luck and GO BEARCATS!

Pictured from left to right are UIL Sponsor Julie Baker, Mitchio Porter, Grace Holt, Brooke Johnson, Cassie Dale and Will Matthews.

We Need You to Complete Parent Survey

For those parents that have completed the parent climate survey, thank you. Your insight, feedback and suggestions are critical to our District. 
 
If you have not yet completed the parent survey, we hope you can find the time to do so this week before the survey closes on Sunday, May 24, at 10 p.m.  If you did not receive the survey invitation, please contact Lynn McKinney at lmckinney@aledo.k12.tx.us before Friday, May 22. 
 
Thank you for your participation in this important survey.

AISD Schools Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 25, is a holiday for Aledo ISD students and employees. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

AHS Artist Places at Art Invitational

Madisen Stratmeyer's artwork was one of the top 25 pieces to show at the Fort Works Art exhibit at The Betsy Price Citywide High School Art Competition 2015. BETSY PRICE ART 2015 was open to all high school students from these participating schools: Fort Worth All Saints, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth Country Day, Arlington Heights, Western Hills, Paschal, Aledo, Brewer, FW Academy of Fine Art, Southwest, Trimble Tech, Southwest Christian School, Carter Riverside, Polytechnical, Eastern Hills and South Hills, Temple Christian East and West, Fort Worth Academy, Fort Worth Christian, Tarrant Youth Recovery, Tarrant County JJAEP or Juvenile Justice Alternative Ed, Diamond Hill, Dunbar, North Side High, North Side High, OD Wyatt, Polytech, Oakridge, Nolan, Covenant Classical, Calvary Christian, Hill School of Fort Worth, Starpoint, Lake Country Christian, Fellowship Christian, West Academy, Anderson Gifted & Talented, and Travis Academy of Fine Art. Congratulations!

AHS Team Competes in Lockheed Martin Code Quest
The AHS UIL Computer Science team participated in the 2015 Code Quest Competition at Lockheed Martin last month. Code Quest is a computer-programming competition consisting of 15–20 questions created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. Teams of two or three students work together for 2.5 hours to answer the questions and complete the Quest.

The nationwide competition, created in Fort Worth in 2012, is held at Lockheed Martin locations across the country. It provides students the opportunity to work together to solve challenging problems focusing on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It presents a real-world environment for the next generation of this industry.

Pictured are AHS Sponsor Julie Reynolds, Hunter Herriage, and Paige Klima.

Fred Jones Named Head Basketball Coach at AHS

Fred Jones was named Head Boys Basketball Coach at Aledo High School, Athletic Director Tim Buchanan announced. Jones comes to Aledo after four successful years as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Flower Mound Marcus High School.
 
“I believe that Coach Fred Jones will bring his State Championship experience to Aledo and raise the boys’ basketball program to the next level,” Buchanan said.
 
Jones recorded a 103-35 overall record at Marcus from 2011-2015, leading the Marauders to the Class 5A Region 1 semifinals in 2013 and the program’s first-ever undefeated District Championship in 2014. He earned District 5-5A Coach of the Year honors in 2014 after leading Marcus to the Regional Quarterfinals and a 29-3 overall record.
 
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Bearcat community,” Jones said. “My family is looking forward to playing a role in the success of the boys’ basketball program.” READ MORE

AHS Names 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Aledo High School proudly announces its valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating class of 2015. Cole Forsythe is this year’s valedictorian and Oaklin Davis is the class’ salutatorian. Both Cole and Oaklin have twin siblings, Brent Forsythe and Treva Davis, who were both named to the Top 10% of 2015 graduates.

Cole Forsythe will attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering as part of the Engineering Honors Program. Cole has attended Aledo ISD since kindergarten, and has excelled academically throughout his Aledo schooling career. He has been an involved member of the school community, participating in several clubs and extracurricular activities including Treasurer of Student Council, Advocats committee head of National Honor Society, member of Victory Robotics, and co-founder of the Aledo Debate Team (in which he qualified for State last year). He also served as a class representative all four years. Cole is a Commended National Merit Scholar and a member of Mensa International. He is currently employed at Splash Kingdom Wild West where he serves as a Guest Service Department Lead. In addition to UT Austin, Cole was accepted to Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
READ MORE.

Speech Comm Classes Learn Interviewing Tips
With summer just around the corner, students are beginning to think about applying for summer jobs. Daniel Ninth Grade Speech Communication Teacher Anita Callaway brought in the district’s Human Resources director, Sherry Taylor, to talk to them about interviewing skills and techniques.
 
Taylor discussed appropriate conduct in an interview, including body language, appropriate dress, professionalism and more. She also talked about responding to questions positively and focusing on the needs of the employer. Researching a company prior to the interview was stressed, as were the proper way to close the interview and the importance of thank-you letters and emails. READ MORE.
 
Parent Climate Survey Due No Later than May 24
Parents of students in the Aledo Independent School District should have received an e-mail invitation Sunday, May 3, that encouraged them to respond to a confidential and anonymous climate survey of the District. Accumulated responses will be used for goal-setting at individual campuses and at the District level for the 2015-’16 school year and beyond. The electronic surveys must be completed no later than midnight on Sunday, May 24.

“This climate survey gives our parents a chance to be heard,” said AISD Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney. “We hope many of our parents will respond so that we can continue to improve our services to students.”

McKinney also said the survey is developed with the help of an outside firm which will gather the feedback and develop a report of the results. “We do not see individual responses at the District level; the results are compiled and then the reports are supplied to us,” she said. “This ensures total confidentiality and anonymity by survey respondents.” READ MORE. 
Aledo District Voters Pass Bond Propositions

By a 1,756 to 1,677 vote, Aledo ISD will be adding a new elementary school in August of 2017 as part of a $53 million bond referendum. The Aledo ISD community made its decision to vote for both propositions of the bond package, which also includes safety and security improvements, technology improvements, existing facility improvements and buses to support instructional and student needs.

Three school board members also won seats: incumbent and board president Jay Stringer in Place 1, Jennifer Loftin in Place 2, and incumbent Dr. David Tillman in Place 3.
 
Superintendent Derek Citty said he is pleased to know that voters acknowledge the needs of the Aledo ISD. “This vote of confidence will enable us to provide the necessary classroom space, technology upgrades, security measures, transportation and many more improvements to create the best learning environment possible for our children,” he said.

Register Now for the 2nd Annual Back the Aledo Bearcats 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

The Run is on May 30 at the AHS Stadium. All proceeds go to student-athletes for college scholarships. Applications are available in the AHS office or at www.bearcatbootcamp.org.

The 1-mile will start at 5 p.m. and the 5K at 5:45 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. A food truck, snow-cone stand and live music will follow the race. There will be a raffle to raise even more money including these items: autographed footballs, baseball and softball, autographed football poster, t-shirt quilt, jewelry and more. You can register at bearcatbootcamp.org. Prices go up after May 15.

Bearcat Bootcamp
Keeping Our Community Fit
Giving Back To Our Aledo Student-Athletes

Time to Purchase School Supplies from Aledo PTO
Aledo ISD Hires Science Instructional Specialist for Grades K-12

Michelle Yates has been named Science Instructional Specialist K-12 for Aledo Independent School District beginning with the 2015-‘16 school year. With a total of 20 years’ experience in public-school education, Yates has been an integral part in the ongoing development and revision of the Aledo ISD science scope and sequence. She also brings an extensive amount of experience in offering professional development to her peers, having served as an instructor for the Texas Education Agency Statewide Science Academy Initiative, and conducting workshops for state and regional science conferences.

Aledo ISD Executive Director of Curriculum Kathy Allen said, “Michelle will be an absolute asset in this position for the students of Aledo ISD. Her professionalism, experience and enthusiasm are the perfect combination for the many responsibilities in this area of district growth.”
 
Yates will work with campus principals and administrators in developing and supervising the district’s science instructional program. She also will evaluate the materials and effectiveness of the K-12 program based on analysis of national, state and district assessments, and recommend changes as appropriate. READ MORE.
AISD Summer School Parent Meeting Sets the Course for Summer School

Last night’s Summer School Parent Meeting reviewed what the philosophy of summer school really is: trying to “work ahead;” using a self-paced, computer-based learning environment; and taking courses not previously taken. This summer, AISD will offer seven courses through the Texas Virtual School Network.

The Texas Virtual School Network is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, endorsed by the State Board of Education and has courses approved for use by NCAA.

 
Much more information about the program and registration can be found at this link.  

Go here to link to the TxVSN summer school doc.

Mark your Calendar for AHS 2015 Graduation


Graduation 2015 is June 7, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. It will be at Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Each student will receive 12 tickets for their family and friends to attend that evening. The ceremony will be streamed on the web for those guests that will be out of town or unable to make the event.

Revised 2014-2015 AISD Calendar Shows End-of-Year Changes
The Aledo Independent School District’s updated calendar shows a revision for the last week of the 2014-2015 school year. The changes were approved by the district’s Board of Trustees at the April board meeting. In accordance with the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook and the Waiver Division at the Texas Education Agency, the district cannot have an early-release day on a bad-weather makeup day. Now, Wednesday, June 3, will be a full day of classes for students. Thursday, June 4, is a bad-weather makeup day, and students will attend classes the full school day. Friday, June 5, is now the last day of school, and early release will be observed for grades K-12. Grades K-4 will release at 11:40 a.m., followed by grades 5-12 at 12:40 p.m. Buses will run accordingly.
Aledo ISD Summer Hours

The Aledo ISD summer schedule begins on Monday, June 8, 2015, and continues through Friday, July 31, 2015.  All school campuses and the Administration Building will follow this schedule:
 
Monday – Thursday          8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday                                  Closed

July 2-3 are district holidays.
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