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Upcoming Events
10/6/2014
- Town Hall Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10/7/2014
- National Night Out
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
10/13/2014
- Town Hall Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10/17/2014
 
District Announcements
Get Your PINK OUT Shirt Oct. 2 at AHS
 
Oct. 10 is the PINK OUT football game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Quarterback Club will sell PINK OUT shirts during lunch at the high school Thursday, Oct. 2. All proceeds will go to Joan Katz Breast Center.
Flu Shot Clinics Oct. 7-10 at AISD Campuses


Aledo ISD will host the Parker County Hospital District during the week of October 7-10 for its annual Flu Shot Clinics. Clinics will begin at 7:30 a.m. at each respective campus, except those designated below.  Parents can print consent forms, or find them at their child’s campus. Only children who have completed forms on the day of the Flu Shot Clinic can receive their flu shot without a parent present.

Tuesday Oct. 7:
7:30 a.m. Coder Elementary
7:30 a.m. McCall Elementary
Wednesday Oct. 8:
7:30 a.m. Aledo Middle School
7:30 a.m. Stuard Elementary
Thursday Oct. 9:
7:30 a.m. – Aledo High School
** Following the High School – Don Daniel Ninth Grade Center
*** Following DNGC – The Learning Center
7:30 a.m. – Vandagriff Elementary
Friday Oct. 10:
7:30 a.m. – McAnally Intermediate
 
Any parent wishing to be present with their child while he/she receives a flu shot needs to be at their child’s campus between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Clinics will close at each campus once all children with completed forms have received their shots. Questions? Please contact the Parker County Hospital District at 817-341-2520.

Career and Technical Education Taking Shape at Aledo ISD
Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings are not new to students in Aledo ISD. They are, however, gaining ground with respect to the number and types of courses offered. Under the direction of AISD CTE Coordinator Mary Smith, CTE classes are advancing in content, scope, certifications and continuing education credits.

“Aledo has always offered CTE courses, like those in the Agriculture Science, Business Education and Human Services program areas” said Smith. The requirements of House Bill 5 (HB5) are creating an emphasis on providing new opportunities to students. Program changes this year focus on the career pathways Architecture/Construction and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). With the rigor of these courses, AHS students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career success.”
 
Smith said new courses offered in the Architecture/Construction and STEM pathway include Concepts of Engineering, Robotics, and Principles of Architecture/Construction. The district has added two high-school teachers to the CTE teaching staff. In addition, AISD is collaborating with Weatherford College for Continuing Education Credits for nine classes.

READ MORE. 
A Homecoming to Remember!
Aledo 68.... Joshua 6; Hasmin Banzuelo crowned Queen!

Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson Centennial Spartans
Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Burleson ISD Stadium
Pre-sell tickets: $7 adults, $4 students
All tickets at the gate: $8
Tickets may be purchased at the AISD Administration Building Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Aledo High School Thursday from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Accepted Passes: THSCA, District 8-AAAAA and AHS Athletic Passes
Gates open at 6 p.m.

Oct. 25 Pumpkin Patch Supports Aledo Choirs

The Aledo Choir is hosting a Pumpkin Patch again this year to raise money for its upcoming activities and trips for both Aledo Middle School and Aledo High School choirs. The pumpkin patch is Oct. 25 at Aledo First Financial Bank on FM 1187. This has been a huge success in the past, and has helped raise money to cover the transportation costs involved in spring trips. Both campuses will have a spring trip again this year, and this fundraiser can be a huge help in reducing costs for each family. The money raised will only go toward the expenses of the students who participate by working or donating needed items. Come get pumpkins and support Aledo Choirs!
RacquetCats Dominate District
The Aledo Varsity Team Tennis remains unbeaten in district play moving to 5-0 with a powerful 19-0 win over Burleson this week. The RacketCats faceoff at home against Granbury Tuesday, Sept. 30, in a match that will likely decide the district 8-5A championship. Come out and support the Tennis team!
Ladycats Golf Takes Granbury Invitational; New All-School Record!
It was a good start for the Ladycats golf team, winning the Granbury Girls Invitational at Harbor Lakes GC by 35 shots. Cheyenne Knight had personal bests, shooting 65-64, and two day total of 129, which was also a personal best and an all-school records as she won Individual honors. Quincy Ballard, Mary Katherine Ingram, Taylor Brookshire and Elizabeth Boll all had a great tournament, helping the team record 298 first-round records and 599 two-day total records. Both totals tie school records! Congratulations!
It's a busy week for Aledo Tennis!

Today, the Varsity tennis team takes on District rivals, the Granbury Pirates, at the Aledo HS Tennis courts. The match is at 3:30 p.m. Granbury is always one of the most exciting matches of the season, so come out and see some great tennis on Tuesday and Thursday! 

Friday, the Varsity team hosts Flower Mound, a 6A team with a great tennis program.  The match may start as early as 3:00 p.m. (but may be delayed if traffic is bad from North Fort Worth). 

Saturday, the teams of Wichita Falls Rider and Wichita Falls HS, two great tennis programs, will come to Aledo HS to play our Varsity Team. The first match is at 9 a.m. and the second match will start around 2 p.m. (depending on travel time for them from their morning match). Our Varsity Parents will be cooking out for the Wichita Falls teams after each match and invites the Aledo parents and players to stay and enjoy some burgers after the afternoon match. These are two schools that are in our Region and are expected to be at Regional competition, so this will be a great warm up for our District and Area competition in the next few weeks!  Come out and watch some great tennis!

McCall Fourth-Graders Enjoyed a Visit from the East Parker County Librarian

McCall fourth-graders enjoyed hearing stories from our local librarian, Sue Ellen Shaw, on Sept. 24. Ms. Shaw shared stories from Homer Norris' book, “Parker County Prairie Sketchbook.” She also brought each student a map of Parker County historical sites and a fun activity book to accompany the historical tour. Fourth-graders will soon be learning about Native Americans of Texas, and the stories Ms. Shaw shared have them excited to get researching! Click HERE for more pictures from the event. 

Aledo ISD Kicks Off Bearcat Academy 2014
A new community-engagement effort is underway at Aledo ISD. Bearcat Academy is a group of 28 individuals in the Aledo school district who meet monthly to learn about various divisions and functions of the district. In the group are business leaders, parents and community members who will be ambassadors as they learn about the district’s mission and core values, along with services provided and other key information. Each monthly meeting will have a focus about departments within the district. In addition, attendees will hear overviews about current events and other happenings.

Superintendent Derek Citty and Executive Director of Accountability & Professional Development Denise Dugger facilitate the monthly meetings.

Inaugural members of Bearcat Academy are Will Allanach, Christopher Amos, Vernon Anderson, Becky Black, Kathryn Carter, Matt Carter, Laura Clements, Robert Cox, Jeff Crawford, Dee Dee Cutler, Collette Ford, Brooke Griffith, Craig Harbuck, Susan Huber, Belinda Harmon, Patty Hensley, Chris Laughley, Stacey Posey, Chris Saenz, Penny Shelton, Coby Sohn, Gina Stewart, Julie Turner, Bob Wood, Gina Wood and Jennifer Younger.


See more pictures on the AISD facebook page!
Daniel Ninth to Host "Coffee Talks" with Parents

Daniel Ninth Grade Campus would like to offer several "Coffee Talks" for parents during the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of these Coffee Talks is to help equip parents with the information, skills, and resources to better address student needs. In an effort to make these sessions meaningful and relevant to parent and student concerns, we are asking parents to complete the survey below. Results will guide us in planning the Coffee Talks this year. We look forward to partnering with you and hope you'll plan to attend our first Coffee Talk in October! 

Click here for the survey.

McCall Hosts Coffee with the Counselor
Aledo Varsity Tennis 4-0 in District
The Aledo Varsity Team Tennis moved to 4-0 in district play with a convincing 18-2 win over Crowley last week. Coach Karl Richter said he is pleased with the team’s play this season and likes that the entire team is receiving beneficial match play. The RacketCats continue district play this week in Burleson.
Coder Cats Learn Proper Flag Etiquette
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Storck taught proper flag etiquette to the Coder Student Council Morning Team. The kids learned how to raise and lower the flags, fold them properly and carry them into the building. We thank Lt. Col. Storck for taking time out of his schedule to teach our kids an important lesson in honoring our country and state.
 
Sophomore Tillman Finishes in Top 20

On Saturday the Aledo Cross Country teams traveled to Westlake Park in Hickory Creek to participate in the Marcus II Invitational. The Varsity Boys’ team competed against some of the top 6-A and 5-A teams in the region to finish with a respectful 5th place finish behind Flower Mound Marcus and Highland Park. Finishing in the top 20 was sophomore Harrison Tillman with a time of 16:48.
 
The Varsity Girls’ team was led by senior captain Treva Davis with a time of 21:50. Freshman Gracie Johnson was Aledo’s second finisher with a time of 23:41.

BDGA Hears about the Upcoming Bond Referendum

 The Business Development Group of Aledo met with AISD Superintendent Derek Citty to hear details about the November bond referendum. Dr. Citty has a number of group meetings scheduled to inform parents and members of the community about how the proposed $61.5 bond election will address the anticipated doubling of district enrollment within 10 years. Dr. Citty also reviews short-term needs, including renovations at certain campuses, and long-term solutions based on the timeline in place and the anticipated growth within the district.  See the “Town Hall” announcement below for other meeting times and locations.

 
Aledo ISD Applies for Maximum Class Size Exception Waiver

     According to Texas law, grades K-4 are required to have a 22:1 student/teacher ratio. For the 2014-15 school year, Aledo ISD has a total of three class-size waivers at this time. They are:
          Stuard Elementary – 1 waiver
          One in second grade where one class is at a 23:1 ratio; the other four second-grade classes are at a 22:1 ratio.
          Vandagriff Elementary—2 waivers
          Two in third grade where two classes are at a 23:1 ratio; the other two classes are at a 22:1 ratio.
 
     In the 2013-14 school year, Aledo ISD had waivers in all elementary schools that involved 16 classrooms. The previous school year, three elementary schools had a total of six waivers. And in 2011-12, elementary schools had 14 waivers for classes exceeding the 22:1 ratio.
 
     The AISD Board of Trustees approved the Maximum Class Size Exception Waiver, which will now be sent to the Texas Education Agency for approval.
Aledo FFA Students Win Big at West Texas State Fair
The Aledo FFA team made a great showing at the recent West Texas State Fair. Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer went to Ashlee Melton, Reserve Champion Red Angus Steer was awarded to Peyton Pearce, Reserve Champion Longhorn Showman went to Carter Smith, Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer and Showman winner was Bryan Sadler, Class-winning AOB Heifer went to Mikayla Thompson, Class-winning Simmental Steer and Second-Place Simmental Steer was won by Makenna Harvell, Second-Place Limousin Steer went to Nick Plusnick, Second-Place Shorthorn Steer winner was Holt Chenault, Third-Place AOB Steer went to Michael Mills, Third-Place Santa Gertrudis Steer was won by Ashlee Melton, Tailor Doyle took Fourth-Place AOB, and TJ Soules placed Fourth for Hereford female. Congratulations!
 
Ashlee Melton and Peyton Pearce            Bryan Sadler
AHS Wind Ensemble Named One of Five in National Competition
Results posted yesterday confirmed that Aledo High School’s 2013-14 Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Contest through the Foundation of Music Education. Only five high-school bands in this 4A classification national contest received this honor. The recordings submitted were “In Storm and Sunshine” March by Frederick Fennell, and “Three Notes of Japan” by Toshia Moshima.
 
“We have exceptional band students that spend countless hours perfecting their skills, and I am thrilled to see this group be recognized for their performance recording,” said AHS Principal Dan Peterson. “All of the administrators at AHS would like to congratulate the Wind Ensemble and their directors Joey Paul, Jake Albin and Tanner Trigg on this wonderful honor.” READ MORE.
"Almost, Maine" Theatre Oct. 1, 2 and 4

Mark your calendar for Oct. 1, 2 and 4 for the AHS fall play - "Almost, Maine." Come support the high school theatre department and enjoy an evening of fun with these talented thespians!

AISD Superintendent to Speak at Town Hall Meetings

Dr. Derek Citty, superintendent of Aledo ISD, will make presentations and answer questions about the upcoming Bond Referendum at two upcoming Town Hall meetings. These are:

1) Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in the Distance Learning Center, and

2) Monday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the McAnally Intermediate School cafeteria.
 
The meetings provide Dr. Citty an opportunity to inform parents and members of the community about how the proposed $61.5 bond election will address the anticipated doubling of district enrollment within 10 years. Dr. Citty also will review short-term needs, including renovations at certain campuses and long-term solutions based on the timelime in place and the anticipated growth within the district. READ MORE. 

AISD Board Approves Revised School-Year Calendar

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees approved a revised calendar for the 2014-2015 school year at the Sept. 15, 2014, board meeting. The changes were few, and include the following:

  • Jan. 19, 2015, previously was a districtwide holiday. The date is now a Staff Development day for teachers and a holiday for students. 
  • May 25, 2015, (Memorial Day) previously was a bad-weather makeup day. It is now a districtwide holiday. June 5, 2015, is now the date set aside for a bad-weather makeup day.
  • The last day of school previously was June 3, 2015. It has been moved to Thursday, June 4, 2015.

The new calendar is available on this website under the tab “District Information.” 

Brown Bag Lunches Coming Soon to an Elementary Near You

Join Dr. Derek Citty, Aledo ISD superintendent, as he visits each of the four elementary campuses in October for a Brown Bag Lunch. He will discuss the November bond election and the impact it will have on the future of Aledo ISD. All are invited to bring a lunch and join in!

Stuard Elementary -- Oct. 9 -- 12 noon
Vandagriff Elementary -- Oct. 15 -- 12 noon
McCall Elementary -- Oct. 22 -- 12 noon
Coder Elementary -- Oct. 29 -- 12 noon
Bearcat Season Tickets Still Available

There are still season tickets available for the 2014 Bearcat Football season.

Those who purchased season tickets can pick them up at the Administration building Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may also pick them up at Will Call at the game Friday night.

Aledo ISD Education Foundation Annual Campaign Coming Soon

In its very first year, the Aledo ISD Education Foundation donated $128,000 to teachers in the district for their creative and imaginative ideas. President Shawn Callaway said the foundation has grand plans for the 2014-15 school year.
 
“We are about to initiate the organization’s first Annual Campaign,” Callaway said. “Parents and businesses throughout the district and North Texas will receive letters with information about the foundation, how they can donate, and how the funds will be used. This year, we expect to have even more private dollars that will benefit staff, students and teachers of Aledo ISD.” READ MORE

Peanuts and Peanut Products Being Removed from Schools

As a part of the Aledo ISD strategic plan, the District strives to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.This year, the District has elected to take additional proactive measures to maintain a safe learning environment by phasing out peanuts and peanut-based products sold in our school cafeterias. However, students and staff will still be able to bring peanuts and peanut-based products in lunches brought from home. 
 
On an ongoing basis, the District will continue to educate students and staff on safe practices with peanuts and peanut-based products. In addition, peanut-free eating spaces and peanut-free classrooms will be appropriately designated at each campus.    
 
The peanuts and peanut-based products are expected to be phased out by the end of September. For questions or additional information, please contact Patti Willhite at 817-441-5142. 

Aledo ISD Phone App Available NOW!


We’ve added one last thing to your school supplies list. (Don’t worry, it’s free!) Download the official Aledo ISD app today to get the latest and greatest news happening NOW in Aledo ISD. It provides access to your school’s directory, events, news, push notifications and much more! You’ll also be able to view your child’s attendance and grades. Go to the App Store on your smart phone to find the Aledo ISD phone app. Watch this video  to learn more!

More Features on New Aledo ISD Phone App

Want to pay for school lunches on your Smartphone? Would you like to have your child’s entire school faculty at your fingertips? Want to see the AISD Facebook and twitter feeds with a touch of a button? 

Now you can! Aledo ISD has created a brand new phone app with more-advanced computing capability – for both iPhones and Androids. Just go to your phone’s app store and search for Aledo ISD. Hit the “Open” button and the application will download.

You now have contacts and calendars for all the district’s schools, plus you can get top AISD news stories, important notifications and more. See sports highlights provided by MaxPreps, pay for school lunches, or email your child’s teacher. It’s all right there!

If you have the former AISD phone app, you’ll want to delete it because it is now inactive. Download the new Aledo ISD app today and stay up-to-the-minute with AISD news.

Aledo ISD Education Foundation

The Aledo ISD Education Foundation partners with the community to provide private resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize innovative opportunities for all students in the Aledo Independent School District. For more information, go to www.aledoef.org.

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