The November 4 bond election of $61.5 million addresses the District’s immediate needs of increasing student enrollment, and additional elementary and intermediate classrooms. The District had a Fall 2013 enrollment of 4,872 students, which is expected to increase by more than 30 percent to 6,397 students by Fall 2018. Compared to area school districts, Aledo ISD has one of the lowest school property tax rates. We are committed to maintaining a low tax rate and avoiding classroom overcrowding. The proposed bond election’s projected tax increase will be $18.78 per month for an average-priced home ($235,268) in the District. Homeowners who are 65 and older have a state-required tax freeze, and will experience no increase in the school taxes on their homesteads. Visit the Aledo ISD 2014 Bond webpage for additional bond election information.
Two workshops on “Keeping Your Children Safe Online” and “Suicide Awareness” are set for Monday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. A Q&A session will follow at 7:30 p.m. Assistant U.S. District Attorney Aisha Saleem will conduct the Online Safety workshop. AISD Director of Student Services & Safety Scott Kessel will present the Suicide Awareness meeting. The sessions are at the Aledo ISD Administration Building in the Walsh Room, 1008 Bailey Ranch Road.
Parents may submit questions that they would like addressed here. They are encouraged to send questions via this link prior to, during, or after the Parenting University on Nov. 3. Questions can be submitted anonymously.
For more information, contact Scott Kessel, Director of Student Services & Safety, at email@example.com.
Parents and students are invited to sign up for upcoming lunch bunch groups for academic support. Examples of topics will include getting organized, understanding GPA and class rank, overcoming test anxiety, learning study skills, balancing academics and extracurricular activities, etc. Please feel free to suggest a topic as well! Group times and locations will vary based on level of interest. Once signed up for a group, the DNGC counselor will notify students of dates and locations. Bring a sack lunch and get some much needed support!
Leading Ladies Support Breast Cancer Awareness
The Leading Ladies are raising bucks for breast cancer awareness. You can help by donating $$ to see which AHS faculty member gets a pie in the face at the Oct. 31 pep rally!
Then, join them and members of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society in the Breast Cancer Walk Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m.
Do your part to help prevent breast cancer.
AHS junior Hayden Smith won first place for his photographic image in the annual Aledo ISD Christmas Card art contest. Each year, the district hosts the contest, and the Board of Trustees selects the winning entry. Second place went to junior Alyssa Lockhart, and Third prize was awarded to senior Maddie Leitch. Congratulations!
Hayden Smith - First Place Alyssa Lockhart - Second Place
Maddie Leitch - Third Place
Join Dr. Derek Citty, Aledo ISD superintendent, as he discusses 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!Coder Elementary -- Oct. 29 -- 12 noon
Friends of Rachel Leaders from Daniel Ninth Grade Campus shared a video presentation at the AISD school board meeting on Oct. 20 in recognition of National Bullying Awareness month. Way to go, Nick and Elise!
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource, and we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” Read more.
Executive Director of the Foundation Dick Clardy said, “The Aledo High School Wind Ensemble is a wonderful example of musical achievement, and is a credit to your school district. Congratulations to the directors and to all involved!”
Pictured below are band directors Tanner Trigg, Joey Paul, Jake Albin and AHS Principal Dan Peterson.
Molly Denny and Audrey Rutherford, both 2010 graduates of Aledo High School, were accepted into UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. The White Coat Ceremony Oct. 18 was symbolic of students entering medical school, and the coats were presented by their mentors. There were 230 students who received coats at this ceremony. Molly attended Oklahoma Baptist University for her undergraduate degree, and Audrey is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations!
The Aledo High School band received a Superior Division One rating at the UIL Region 7 Marching Contest last weekend in Burleson. This was the 20th consecutive year for the AHS Band to achieve this accomplishment.
This year’s show is entitled “Defiance,” and features the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and music inspired from the movies of the “Hunger Games.” The UIL judging panel consisted of Anthony Gibson (Allen ISD Director of Fine Arts), Mark Poole (Forney HS), and John Young (Wills Point). Each band must receive at least two Division Ones from two judges to receive a Division One. All three judges gave the Aledo band Division One ratings. READ MORE.
Go, Bearcat Regiment!!
The Bearcats placed Third at the Squaw Valley tournament with scores of 298-291. This was the lowest second round for the team, and lowest total for the tournament since 2007. The team consists of Parker Scaling, Matt James, Steven Shurtz, Andrew Lane and Donald Woodall.
Aledo Varsity Tennis won their Area Playoffs in commanding fashion with a 10-0 win over Burleson Centennial in the Semifinal match, and a 10-4 win in the finals over Granbury. The RacquetCats will be back in action at the Regional Playoffs in Wichita Falls on Friday, Oct. 31. Let’s go, RacquetCats!
It is important to point out that, according to health officials, individuals are not considered contagious until symptoms appear. According to the Parker County Health Department there is no risk of infection to staff, students or family members who may have had indirect contact – through multiple degrees of separation – with someone who was potentially exposed or is in isolation. READ MORE.
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!
Mr. & Mrs. Willard Stuard paid a visit to Stuard Elementary yesterday to celebrate the former AISD superintendent's 75th birthday. Children from all grades lined up to welcome the couple to the school, and fourth-graders sang "Happy BIrthday" to him. Mr. Stuard then answered questions from the fourth-graders about his life now compared with life in Aledo when he was growing up. Mr. Stuard also got to read a book to youngsters in one classroom. Next came a reception for the couple with AISD past and current employees that had worked with or for M!! See more photos on the AISD facebook page.
Students tested explosion rates between specific amounts of water and effervescent antacid tablets. The goal was for the teams to have three bottle tops burst open in consecutive order simultaneously or within moments of each other. Sounds easy, right? Not so! Of the seven or so four-member teams, only one was able to reach the correct result.
All in all, the experiment taught teamwork, reactions between amounts of certain chemicals, and how timing can affect the outcome. Students agreed working hands-on in the science lab empowers them in the learning process. “It’s fun to do the work ourselves and be responsible for the end product,” one students said. “And we learn more when we do it ourselves.”
The winning team included Carly Williams, Brandon Wrinkle, Autumn Young and Patrick Warren. They are accompanied here by AMS Principal Cheryl Jones, Mrs. Albin, cameraman Thomas Riehm and Jeff Jamison. See the district facebook page for more photos.
The KTVT CBS-11 segment will air Monday, Oct. 27, in the 4 p.m. broadcast.
Karey Moore, Aledo High School Pre-AP Chemistry/Chemistry teacher, was granted good news recently – she is the 2014 Prestigious Hero of the Bayard H. Friedman Score-A-Goal in the Classroom award for Most Outstanding Science/Chemistry teacher in Texas!
Ms. Moore was one of 988 nominations, according to Ernie Horn, executive director of the organization. She will receive a crystal medallion and a $1,000 honorarium from the Walsh Foundation Nov. 12 during a magical evening hosted by the Shrine Circus. Ms. Moore will parade under the Big Top at Cowtown atop a circus elephant, and be named the Shriners Hero of the Year. Nov. 12 also happens to be Ms. Moore’s birthday.
Horn said Ms. Moore was selected for having an incredible work ethic. “Students and colleagues who spoke of her said she has excellent communication skills with a cross-section of students,” he said. “While chemistry is not a subject that typically lends itself to laughter, students say she uses her sense of humor and joy in the classroom and in other discussions.” READ MORE.
Aledo ISD schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 27-31. Students in our schools will participate in a variety of activities in their classrooms and on campuses to encourage healthy, drug-free lifestyles. This year's theme is "Love yourself and be drug free!"
In order to provide our students with a safe online learning experience, Aledo ISD is partnering with Google Apps for Education which is a FREE suite of secure tools. Students in various grades will be issued individual student accounts to communicate internally (within Aledo ISD domain). Click here for more information.
Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty Addresses East Parker County Chamber of Commerce
Information about the Nov. 4, 2014, Bond Election was shared with attendees. For more details, see the announcement above on this page or go to Aledo ISD 2014 Bond.
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.
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.