Teachers in Aledo ISD are taking the challenge. One of transitioning to more project-based alternatives to worksheets. McAnally Intermediate School 6th grade teacher Anna Mazzei was first to accept the challenge in AISD and has implemented the initiative in her classroom. Read more about the Worksheet Challenge on the Aledo Instructional Technology blog by clicking here.
Students will have early release for the Winter Break on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Elementary students will release at 11:40 a.m. Secondary students will release at 12:40 p.m. Teachers will have a regular work schedule. Students return from the break on Thursday, Jan. 4 for the start of the second semester.
The first UIL Lone Star Cup standings have been released for the 2017-2018 school year. Aledo is currently in third place in Class 5A behind Dripping Springs and Lucas Lovejoy. Both schools are tied for first place with 28 points, while Aledo has 25 points. The point total reflects results for each school in State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country and Volleyball. Last year, Aledo finished fourth in the Lone Star Cup standings. The Cup is awarded each year to the most successful high school in UIL academic and athletic competitions in each classification.
A review of the annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) will be given at the December Aledo ISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The 2016-2017 Aledo ISD report includes a profile for staffing with regard to class size, graduation rates, SAT/ACT testing results, and other indicators. Following the AISD Board meeting, the annual Texas Academic Performance Report will be posted on the district’s website (www.aledo.k12.tx.us) under Accountability & Assessment by school name.
The Region 11 Education Service Center is hosting a free Public Engagement of Public Schools event on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The State Board of Education is hosting local community meetings around the state to gather comments from local stakeholders, business leaders, elected officials, educators, parents, students, grandparents and retirees. Attendees will be asked to participate in predetermined groups such as Educator, Student, Parent-Community Member, or Business Leader. Region 11 ESC is located at 1451 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The event will be held in Rooms A-D. For more information and registration information, click here.
Aledo vs. Abilene Cooper - Class 5A Division II Region I Semifinal Playoff Ticket Information. Friday, Dec. 1 at Abilene's Shotwell Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale Tickets: $4/$6. Tickets at gate $10. Tickets may be purchased in the Bearcat Store on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Aledo Ladycat volleyball team is gearing up for its Class 5A state semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday vs. Leander Rouse. The UIL Volleyball State Tournament is held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and the 5A state final will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday. Click here for ticket information. All games are streamed live on the National Federation HS Network, which requires a subscription. Click here for ticket information.
Good luck to the Ladycats who enter the state semifinal with a 37-13 record. Rouse is 49-3.
Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty announced he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year following 34 years in public education. Citty made the announcement during Monday night’s School Board meeting. He has led Aledo ISD the past five school years and will officially step down June 30, 2018.
“After 34 years in a variety of roles, I cannot think of a better way to cap off my journey than to end my professional career as the Superintendent of the Aledo Bearcats,” Citty said. “It was a professional goal of mine to be a Superintendent and I feel so incredibly fortunate it was here in such a wonderful district.”
Click here to read the full release.
The Aledo Ladycats volleyball team qualified for the Class 5A state tournament with a Region I championship victory last Saturday against Colleyville Heritage. The Ladycats will play at 1 p.m. Friday vs. Leander Rouse at the Culwell Center in Garland. The state championship will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. Click here for ticket information.
Aledo High School hosted the National Fall Letter of Intent Signing Day on Wednesday in the AHS gym. Seven student-athletes signed scholarships with family, friends and staff in attendance. The signees included...
Steven Swift, University of New Orleans, Baseball
Sara Haeussler, University of North Texas, Volleyball
Caden Cunningham, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Softball
Lindsey McElroy, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Softball
Megan Reynolds, Weatherford College, Softball
Ryan Brown, Air Force, Track & Field
Gracie King, Tarleton State, Softball
Aledo ISD voters rejected both bond propositions in a $72.9 million package that was presented in Tuesday’s election.
Proposition A, which included building a new middle school and totaled $64.19 million, was rejected by an unofficial vote total of 2,454 against and 1,020 for.
Proposition B, which included renovations to the Agriculture barn and classrooms and totaled $8.76 million, was rejected by an unofficial vote total of 2,277 against and 1,190 for.
“All bond election votes are the results of the will of the owners of Aledo ISD,” said Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty. “I’m disappointed, but respect the direction given by the voting electorate. I greatly appreciate the hard work put into these propositions by citizens and by staff. We will be discussing next steps with the Board of Trustees in the coming weeks.”
The Aledo ISD Bond Election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bond includes Proposition A and Proposition B and totals $72.9 million. For Aledo ISD voters in Parker County, click here to view voting locations. For Aledo ISD voters living in Tarrant County, click here for voter lookup and locations. All information, including a sample ballot and videos regarding the bond can be found on the Bond Election webpage. #AledoBond
Vandagriff Elementary student Landry Kasper has earned a prestigious honor by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Landry was one of 12 writing contest winners and will be honored during a Tuesday, Nov. 7 Celebration of Reading breakfast at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Landry, a second grader, earned the award based on the Magic Tree House book series by Mary Pope Osborne. The contest drew hundreds of imaginative responses from students in grades 2-5 throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A panel of judges reviewed the entries and chose 12 winners. Essay winners are invited to the breakfast along with their parents, teachers and principals.
The Bearcat Regiment band is headed to the UIL Class 5A State Marching Band Competition held Nov. 6-8 in San Antonio. The band finished in the top three last week at Birdville ISD Stadium to advance. The band is scheduled to perform Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. at the Alamodome. The top 10 finalists will then compete starting at 7:30 p.m. and the 5A state champion will be crowned. Click here for the schedule and schools competing.
This is the final week of early voting in the Aledo ISD Bond Election. Early voting is available at the Aledo ISD Administration Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Click here to view a list of other early voting locations. To view bond details, demographics and videos, click here.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow in Aledo. This is an opportunity to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The Aledo ISD Police Department will host the take back event at Vandagriff Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vandagriff is located at 408 FM 1187 in Aledo. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the event, visit the DEA Diversion website. Or, contact Aledo ISD PD Chief of Police Fred Collie at (817) 706-3231. Read more about the Take Back event here.
Aledo ISD Police received notification of a 911 call Thursday afternoon regarding a credible threat. In response to this threat, Aledo ISD campuses went into lockdown with the Aledo ISD Police establishing perimeter monitoring of our facilities.
Today’s safety tip resulted in an individual not associated with the District being taken into custody off campus without incident.
The swift and decisive response of the Aledo ISD Police and staff resulted in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. As your Superintendent, I want to express my pride in how well our staff and students responded to directions regarding today’s lockdown.
The safety and security of our students and staff is the top priority in Aledo ISD.
Dr. Derek Citty
Aledo ISD Parents,
The district received a phone call concerning a possible threat from an individual not associated with Aledo ISD this afternoon. For the safety and security of our students and staff all district campuses and facilities went into lockdown while the Aledo ISD Police Department investigated the credibility of the threat.
When the district received an all clear from the Aledo ISD Police Department at approximately 2:25 p.m. this afternoon, the lockdown was lifted and all campus and facilities resumed normal operations. The safety and security of all Aledo ISD students and staff is our top priority.
Aledo ISD Communications
Students have to take a written exam of vet medicine knowledge, identification of animal breeds, parasitology, vet tools, and finish with a practicum in which they have to explain and complete a veterinary procedure on a dummy or using vet tools. The team included Plevak, Payton Byars, Justin Burrows, Reese Jackson and Alexa Martin.
“This is a tough contest and it is great to see our kids do well,” said Ag Science teacher Dave Marcath. “Our senior team is very strong and it is neat to see that we have so many young students interested as well. We hope to continue our success throughout the year.”
Capturing a huge win in the Class 5A Region Quarterfinal round of the playoffs, the AHS Varsity Tennis Team defeated Wichita Falls 11-2 to move on to the Region I Semifinal round. This marks Aledo’s first Region Semifinal appearance in school history. Aledo continues their 15-match win streak into the semi-finals against Randall High School on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in Wichita Falls. Read more here.
Seniors Zachary Leeper, Mary Gamez and Rylan Akers (pictured left to right) earned Commended Scholar recognition.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
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This year's Aledo High School Senior Homecoming Queen was crowned last Friday at Aledo's Homecoming game at Bearcat Stadium.
Magdalene Mallory (pictured middle) earned this year's honor and was crowned during halftime. The remaining court included Callyn Bennett (left) and Gracie King (right).
The Bearcats concluded homecoming week with a 56-7 victory against Chisholm Trail.
Photo courtesy: The Community News
Vandagriff Elementary: Tuesday, Sept. 12
McCall Elementary: Tuesday, Sept. 26
Stuard Elementary: Tuesday, Oct. 10
Coder Elementary: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Walsh Elementary: Wednesday, Oct. 25
Legvold was announced this week as a National Merit Semifinalist. He was among approximately 16,000 semifinalists named in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
Legvold is currently considering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. He is a four-year member of the Bearcat Regiment band and is the saxophone section leader. He also participates in the Jazz Band, serves as President of the Robotics Club and is a member of the National Honor Society.
To earn the Semifinalist honor, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.
Aledo ISD is gearing up to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Aledo is joining with several districts across the state to provide aid for West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD in Southeast Texas.
AISD will help in the relief with a donation drive as West Orange-Cove Consolidated begins the cleanup and recovery process from the flooding and destruction. Click here to read the list of requested donation items.