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District Announcements
Parent Climate Survey to Poll for Improvements and District Success

Parents of students in the Aledo Independent School District should have received an e-mail invitation May 1 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 2016-’17 school year and beyond. The electronic surveys must be returned no later than midnight on May 22.
 
“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.” READ MORE. 

Carly Ups the Bar in Project-based Learning
Carly Williams aced a recent World History project with an over-the-top presentation, to the pleased astonishment of teacher Stan Reid. He had given the ninth-graders a project-based learning assignment over the Industrial Revolution. Students had six topics to choose from, including the environment, science, technology, music, art and drama, and they were encouraged to use the school’s STEAM Studio, if necessary.
 
Reid said, “One of my third-period students, Carly Williams, create her own power source that just blew me away.”  Carly created a Tesla coil, which is an electrical resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla around 1891. She used a resistor, two transmitters, fluorescent bulbs, electrical wiring and a 9-volt battery — plus a lot of calculations — to create her project.  READ MORE.
 
Bearcats’ UIL Academic Teams Going to State!


The UIL academic team competed at Regionals in Lubbock last week, resulting in Amanda Miller advancing to State with her second-place finish in Computer Applications. The Literature Criticism team placed First, allowing them to join Amanda for the State competitions. Team members are Cassie Dale, Grace Holt, Isabella McConley and Will Matthews. The UIL Academic State Meet is in Austin on May 23-25. Good luck!

AHS Inducts 146 into National Honor Society
Last night, 146 students were inducted into the Aledo High School chapter of National Honor Society. NHS prepares students for leadership and lifelong success through the concepts of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Receiving the 2016 Honorary Member from Faculty recognition was Mrs. Karey Moore.  Congratulations to these newly inducted members of the Aledo High School National Honor Society Chapter:  Breanna Aguilar, Laura Alcon, Courtney Andrews, Taylor Antonakes, Beau Ballard, Lauren Barbeau, Lennart Barron, Molly Bartell, Brandon Bartholow, Ryan Bartholow, Madison Beauford, Callyn Bennett, Sean Bentley, READ MORE.

NHS officers and sponsors for the 2016-2016 school year are Vice President Noah Roper, President Austin Dobransky, sponsors Jessica Claffey, Glenna Loftin and Jan Tonroy, Historian Will Matthews and Secretary Sean Miller. See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.
Arlene Shelton Chosen for International Entrepreneur Institute

Daniel Ninth Grade Teacher Arlene Shelton was recently chosen to attend the International Entrepreneur Institute in South Carolina. The Institute only accepts 50 fellows each year, and this is an outstanding honor. She was nominated by Travis Allen, the founder of the iSchools initiative, with whom our district has been working. Congratulations! Read more.
 
For more information, http://www.internationalei.com/

Rescheduled Parent Info Meeting for Grades 8-11
Softball and Baseball Area Playoffs
Softball Area Playoff (Best of 3 Series)
Aledo Ladycats vs. Azle HS

Chisholm Trail HS Softball Field
3100 College Dr.; Fort Worth, TX 76179
Tickets: $5/$3
Passes:  District 8-5A, District 5-5A, THSCA, TGCA, THSADA
Game 1: Friday, May 6, 3 p.m.         
Game 2: Saturday, May 7, noon
Game 3: (if needed): Saturday, May 7, 30 minutes after game 2
 
Baseball Bi-District Playoff (One-game series)
Aledo Bearcats vs. Western Hill Cougars

Brock High School Baseball Field
400 Eagle Spirit Ln.; Brock, TX 76087
Friday, May 6, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $6/$4
Passes: District 8-5A, District 7-5A, THSCA, TABC, THSADA
AHS Senior Awards Night May 23
Kick Off Spring with a Swing at McCall Elementary

In a truly touching ceremony yesterday, McCall fourth-graders Rylea Lambert and Jayci Stubblefield showed elected officials, school administrators and trustees, and a host of community leaders that little girls’ dreams can come true. A partnership between the Aledo Education Foundation and Aledo ISD has brought wheelchair-accessible swings to all Aledo elementary school campuses. The joy on the two girls’ faces shone brightly as accolades were given for an idea that came from a special place in Jayci’s heart. READ MORE.
See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.  

"Pay it Forward" Initiative Blesses Givers and Recipients

Thanks to our sponsors – Stephen Gilchrist with Southwest Auto Group, and Ryan & Paige Hayes with Cendera Funding, for donating $1,500 apiece so each AISD employee could receive $5 with a challenge to Pay It Forward. The results added up to more than $21,500, and are amazing! Thanks to all AISD employees for Paying It Forward. Watch this video!

AMS Artists Shine at UIL Competition
AMS students recently attended the Quad County Art UIL event at Doss Heritage and Cultural Center in Weatherford. The students had their artwork selected to be judged for competition. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Mendoza are extremely proud of all of the art students this year. Mrs. Mendoza said, “There are some extremely talented artists at Aledo Middle School, and this was a great opportunity to showcase their efforts and hard work.” READ MORE.
AISD Community Partners Gift Aledo Children’s Advocats
Aledo Children’s AdvoCats recently received a $1,000 donation from the Aledo ISD Community Partners. Pictured here are Kristin Bryan, AdvoCats VP Communications/PR; Courtney Edwards, Advocats President-Elect; Courtney Skillman, President; Lisa Flowers, Aledo ISD Community Partners; Paula Johns, Aledo ISD Community Partners; and Earl Husfeld, Aledo ISD Chief Financial Officer. (Photo courtesy of The Community News)

Super AHS Students Score Sweepstakes!!
Congratulations to the Aledo High Wind Ensemble for earning a straight 1 rating at UIL concert and sight reading contest today! The top-notch musical education that Joey Paul, Jake Albin, and Olivia Ramirez have invested into these fine students surely shone through today! Proud of our Bearcats!

 

McCall First-Graders Visit AISD Police

This week, first-grade classes from McCall Elementary took a step further in their pen-pal project with area police departments by visiting the Aledo ISD policy facility. Previously, the children and officers have emailed each other so that the students could improve writing skills, learn about the many jobs and responsibilities of officers, and build a lifelong respect for members of law enforcement.
 
AISD Police Chief Fred Collie led them on a tour of the district’s police building, including aspects of the Technology department. He also explained the tools on a standard police belt, including handcuffs, a service weapon and a Taser gun. He demonstrated the use of a Taser gun and the impact it can have on a “bad guy.” Chief Collie emphasized that police officers truly want to help people, but occasionally need their “tools” to assist in certain situations. READ MORE

Chief Collie's pen pall is Nate McGee, pictured here. See more photos on the AISD facebook page.
AHS Jazz Band SWING DANCE May 7

The second annual AHS Swing Dance is May 7th and tickets are on sale at the high school during lunch periods. For only $20, you get dinner, dancing, and a whole lotta jazz!!! WHAT?!?! You don’t know how to swing dance? No worries!!! Come to the AHS band hall on May 3 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. for FREE SWING DANCE LESSONS. That’s right…ABSOLUTELY FREE! Come check out Aledo Jazz bands on May 7 at 7 p.m.!

And the Marva Collins Winner is … Stephanie Smith!

The 2016 Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards honored some of Aledo ISD’s shining stars in a night of pomp and circumstance for district faculty, staff, teachers and young musicians. Vandagriff Elementary teacher Stephanie Smith received the Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Reilly Family Foundation. In the years since the awards ceremony has been held, this foundation has donated more than $200,000 to Aledo ISD teachers.
 
Other award recipients for the evening included:
Karey Moore: Faulk Company Award -- Secondary Teacher of the Year, presented by Tim Faulk
Michelle Johnson: Hardick Family Award -- Intermediate/Middle School Teacher of the Year, presented by Jim Hardick
See more photos on the Aledo ISD Facebook page.  READ MORE.

K-9 Patrols for Illicit Drugs
On Monday, April 26, Officer Daniel Mach and his K-9 partner Cora from Dallas County Schools assisted Aledo High School administration with their random searches of classrooms and student vehicles.

According to Fred Collie, Aledo ISD’s Chief of Police, “In addition to the damage wrought on individuals, families and communities by illicit drugs, we know illicit drugs are often precursors to other criminal acts such as burglary, robbery and violent assaults. Random searches by drug dogs act as a deterrent, and decrease the likelihood that illicit drugs will be brought onto our campuses. The Police Department will continue to facilitate school administrators’ efforts to maintain a safe and orderly environment that will allow students to meet or exceed all educational standards.”
 

BDGA Donates $10,000 to AHS Agriscience Program
The Business Development Group of Aledo recently donated $10,000 to the AHS Agriscience program for the students’ participation in the annual BDGA clay shoot. Pictured are Zane Good, Megan Williams, Daeleigh Patridge, Steve Bartley (BDGA representative and Aledo AISD board trustee), Kody Knight (Agriscience & Technology teacher) and Jet Weatherly.
 
Early Voting for Aledo ISD Trustee Election

Early voting for Places 4 and 5 of the Aledo ISD Trustee Election is April 25-May 3. Registered voters may vote at the Aledo ISD Administration Building boardroom between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on those days. Extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. are offered on April 26 and April 28.
 
Election Day is Saturday, May 7. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Save the Date -- Communitywide STEAM Carnival!
Order Birth Certificates Online for Kindergarten Roundup

Texas.gov wants to remind parents that they can go directly to Texas.gov and order a certified birth certificate for $22, which is the same price as a walk-in or mail order. This online service, offered in English and Spanish, provides parents with a straightforward, secure option for ordering their child’s birth certificate. The orders are fulfilled by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
Here are flyers, in English and Spanish, with more information and a link to a helpful video demonstration found on the Texas.gov YouTube channel on how to order a birth certificate online.  

2016-17 Calendar Now Online


The calendar for school year 2016-17 is now available. Click on District Information at the top of this page and scroll down to access it, or you may also view it here in English or Spanish.

Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 30


 
Aledo ISD schools and offices will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 30. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 31. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Weather Watch

The district may close schools because of bad weather or emergency conditions. When such conditions exist, the superintendent will make the official decision concerning the closing of the district’s facilities, and parents and employees will be notified through the ParentLink system. When it becomes necessary to open late, to release students early, or to cancel school, parents and district employees will be notified through the ParentLink system. In addition, information will be posted on the district’s Website and the following television and radio stations will be notified:

Aledo ISD Phone App Available NOW!

If you haven’t already, now’s the time! Download the official Aledo ISD app today to get the latest and greatest news happening NOW in Aledo ISD. (Don’t worry, it’s free!) 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 through Parent Portal. Go to the App Store on your smart phone to find the Aledo ISD phone app.


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