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District Announcements
Spring Signing Ceremony Features Five Athletes

The spring signing ceremony this week featured six AHS athletes who will continue their sport in college. Congratulations to the following:
Courtney Walker, Butler Community College/Kansas, Volleyball
Taryn Pittman, University of Illinois/Springfield, Golf
Brock Parker, Hardin-Simmons University, Football
Caleb Buchanan, Fort Lewis College/Colorado, Football
Hershel Gardner, Northeastern State University/Oklahoma, Baseball


(Standing L-R) Hershel Gardner, Brock Parker, Corbin Bullington, Caleb Buchanan, Athletic Director Tim Buchanan; (Seated) Courtney Walker, Taryn Pitman 

PTO Spring Fundraiser -- Aledo Eats Out!

View the Shattered Dreams Video
Courtesy of BearcatVision

Shattered Dreams from BearcatVision on Vimeo.

Jumpin’ Jamboree Fun for Kids and Adults!

Approximately 200 Aledo High School students were paired with 195 young participants for the annual Jumpin’ Jamboree at Bearcat Stadium. This field day promotes interaction and stimulation between kids with intellectual disabilities and the high-school students that volunteer to help. Students from school districts in Glen Rose, Granbury, Peaster, Poolville and White Settlement joined Aledo kiddos in stations for track races, mini golf, Frisbee throwing, lawn bowling, soccer, face painting, and more. With the aid of 45 volunteers from the Daniel Ninth Grade Leading Ladies program who manned the stations, these kids were encouraged and empowered to share in the various events. READ MORE.  

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Aledo ISD has named Friday, June 6, as its official "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." For more than 21 years, individuals, families, organizations and workplaces have joined in the Day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of millions of girls and boys both nationally and internationally. This day is designed to expose girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day. It also shows them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals. 
Early Voting Begins Monday, April 28

Early voting starts Monday, April 28, and ends Tuesday, May 6. The Aledo ISD Administration Building serves as a voting site. Hours on most days are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, on May 1 and May 6, the building’s main entrance will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 10, this location will serve as a polling site for the Aledo ISD Trustee Election. Mr. Bob Lewis is the Election Judge for our site.

First AHS Debate Team Competes at State UIL Competition

The foursome of Jacoby Talley, Zackery Huxel, Cole Forsythe and Wes Nash comprise Aledo High School’s first-ever Debate Team. Under the coaching of AP English Teacher Donna Cole, the team participated at the State UIL competition over spring break. Their topic was: “Resolved that the United States should substantially increase economic engagement with Mexico, Cuba or Venezuela.”  They had to be able to argue both sides of the resolution without prior notice. Although the team did not advance to the finals, it was a substantial accomplishment to go to State in their first year of competition. Congratulations!


AHS Student Wins for Unique Sculpture

Brooke Johnson, a junior at AHS, recently received $50 from an anonymous donor at the District Attorney Art Show. Her sculpture, entitled “Overcoming the Injustice,” depicts an individual rising out of the mire. An art patron thought the sculpture worthy and made the anonymous contribution. Congratulations, Brooke!

Softball Playoff Games -- Ladycats on Friday!

Thursday, April 24: Boyd vs. Maypearl at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 (If Necessary): Boyd vs. Maypearl at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices: $3/$2
Passes Accepted  THSCA, TGCA, Senior Citizen Passes and District Passes

Friday, April 25
Aledo Ladycats vs. Crowley at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket prices: $5/$3
Passes Accepted:  THSCA, TGCA, Senior Citizen Passes and District 7-AAAA and 8-AAAA Passes

Parent Meeting for Summer Acceleration

There is a MANDATORY parent information meeting on Tuesday, April 29, from 6-7 p.m. for students interested in summer school acceleration courses. The meeting is in the Lecture Hall at the Daniel Night Grade Campus.  Students in grades 8-12 will be allowed to enroll. Courses will be offered through the Texas Virtual School Network and Tech ISD.  There is a cost associated with these courses and it varies for each provider. 

Aledo ISD will offer Speech and Health; however, other course offering are being discussed and approved.  More information will be available at the meeting. Mrs. Jones, Counselor at AHS, will also be at the meeting to help with questions you or your student may have.

Watch the Marva Collins Teaching Awards Video
AHS Golfers Head to State Tournament
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls golf team for winning the Region I Golf tournament in Abilene this week. The team of Cheyenne Knight, Taylor Brookshire, Savannah Moody, Quincy Ballard, and Taryn Pittman won the Regional tournament, beating Byron Nelson by 48 shots!! Cheyenne Knight won the Region I individual title, shooting 75-70. Taylor Brookshire was runner up with a 78-71 score. The Varsity II team of Mary Katherine Ingram, Elizabeth Boll, Emily Barkell, Maddie Clemens, and Sarah Price placed a strong Seventh out of 16 Regional teams. The first team of girls will now advance to the State Tournament in Austin on April 28-29  the UT Golf Club. Great job to all the girls!

Earlier in the week, the Varsity Boys golf team of Logan Lambert, Dalton Trimmer, Steven Shurtz, Matt James, and Clayton Rinehart placed Fourth in the Regional tournament, missing qualification by two shots. Logan Lambert and Dalton Trimmer tied for the Third qualifying spot, going to State. Logan won the final spot with a par on the second playoff hole. Great job guys, and congratulations to Logan Lambert who will play at UT golf club in the State Championship on April 28-29.
AHS Sweepstakes!
The Aledo High School Varsity Wind Ensemble performed at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest yesterday at Burleson High School. The group earned straight Division One - Superior ratings from all six judges in Concert and Sight-reading. A UIL SWEEPSTAKES! This was the Varsity Band’s 20th Division One Rating in Concert and Sight-reading since 1995. The Wind Ensemble performed two grade 5 selections from the UIL Prescribed Music List. According to Director of Bands Joey Paul, "The students were fantastic yesterday and the comment sheets were great! Thank you for sharing your kids with us on a daily basis. For all three high-school bands and the two middle-school bands to earn a UIL sweepstakes and play the level of music each band is performing is really special, and definitely something only a few band programs in the entire STATE of TEXAS achieve each year. Thank you for your constant love and support for this entire band program (6-12)."
Stuard Book Drive Benefits Center of Hope

First graders in Mrs. McGee’s class at Stuard Elementary showed off a portion of their collection of books before donating them to the Center of Hope today. The entire school donated books for the campus’ service project, and now the books will be used in the summer camp programs the Center sponsors.

Michelle Buchanan is the director of Family Programs for the Center of Hope. She said the Center works with two Aledo-area neighborhoods during the summer for Camp Hope. “We read with kids, cook with kids, and play with them so they will continue to read, learn and grow over the summer.” The camps meet in eight places and reach around 600 kids each summer.

Stuard Elementary selects a new service project each six weeks with different grades sponsoring each effort. Previous projects have included drives for clothing, canned goods, school supplies and more. The collections are shared with various local agencies.


Pictured with the students are Principal Ron Shelton, Teacher Wendee McGee, Family Program Director Michelle Buchanan and Center of Hope Director Elizabeth Slaughter.

Gridiron 4A Coach of the Year

AISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tim Buchanan won 4A Coach of the Year. Senior Preston Bradham was a semifinalist for Scholar Athlete of the Year. He played Offensive Lineman for the Aledo Bearcats. Congratulations! 

Inspiring Artists Compete in Vans Shoe-Design Competition

In a local competition, four students were selected to design shoes for Vans Custom Culture, a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Pictured from left to right are Art Teacher Mrs. Shelton (standing in for Skylar Wentz), Skylar Manning, Sydney Gloor and Tori Stewart. 



The Top Five finalists of this national competition will be flown to New York City for an exclusive Vans Custom Culture Final Event where the winner will be selected. The grand-prize winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their art program, and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans' retail stores. The four runner-up schools will also receive money for their art programs.

The Vans Custom Culture art competition is in its fifth year. It serves to inspire high-school students across the United States to embrace their creativity, and draws attention to the importance of art as an integral part of our schools' focus in the face of shrinking budgets.

Seniors Win at District Attorney Art Show

Two seniors from Aledo High School, Leslie Richardson, and Conner West, both won at the District Attorney Art Show. Leslie won Best of Show and received a $500 scholarship from Weatherford High School. Conner won Second place and received $200. Junior Brooke Johnson won $50. This is the seventh year for this contest.

AHS Photography Teacher Sandra Sawyer says she is excited to see her students excel. She also said, “Please come see all of our students’ work on April 24th, at Aledo High School from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. All photos are for sale for $10. It’s a great way to collect works from up-and-coming artists.”

Lisa Mehrhoff, the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Parker County Attorney's Office, said, “We appreciate you guys so much. We have enjoyed your participation over these last few years, and always look forward to the next offerings!”
 


Leslie Richardson's photo                                        Conner West's photo

Males Wanted for AHS Colorguard Tryouts
Looking for a few good males to join the award-winning Colorguard. If you've ever wondered about spinning a rifle and sabre, come check it out! Click for details!
Artists Place First-through-Third at Weatherford Competition

Three budding artists from Daniel Ninth Grade Campus won in the Mixed Media and Beginner Painting divisions at the recent Weatherford Art Association annual high school art competition. Mikayla Poland placed First for Beginner Mixed Media, Carmen Rousseau won Second place for Beginner Mixed Media, Ashlyn Comiskey placed Third in Beginner Painting, and Skylar Dillon was named Honorable Mention for Beginner Mixed Media. Congratulations!
 


AHS Tennis Competes for STATE Title

Congratulations to Nikki Adamie for reaching the quarter-finals of the Regional Tennis Tournament, and special congratulations to Erik Meendsen and Ryan Howell for being the first players in the history of Aledo High School tennis to win a Regional  4ATennis Tournament. They will now be one of 8 Boys Doubles Teams to compete for the STATE title on April 28 in Austin.  Good luck, Racquetcats!!

Marva Collins Awards Showcases Some of AISD’s Finest!

The annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards was a night of shining stars as teachers and professionals from across the district were recognized for their outstanding service and passion for their positions. Not everyone nominated for awards could possibly win, yet the evening celebrated some of AISD’s finest. Winners at the event were:  

Anita Callaway, Teacher of the Year
Randal McKinney, Secondary Teacher of the Year
Holly Elgin, Intermediate Teacher of the Year
Janie Baucum, Elementary Teacher of the Year
Rebekah Getz, Beginning Teacher of the Year
Dan Peterson, Don R. Daniel Principal of the Year
Brenda Day, Marsha Miholovich Professional Support Award
Julie Hall, Dan Manning IDEA Award
Linda Hudson, VLK Architects Technology Award
Ronnie Wilcox, Buford-Thompson Company Transportation Award
Jeff Smith, Buford-Thompson Company Maintenance Award
Angie Owen, Moritz/Hardick Child Nutrition Award
Lindsey Coomer, Moritz/Hardick Paraprofessional Award

Congratulations to these and all of our exceptional nominees! View a slideshow on the District Facebook page.



Winner Anita Callaway is pictured here with Bill Arnold of the Reilly Family Foundation and Dr. Derek Citty, AISD Superintendent.

Kindergarten Roundup Brings in New Students
Kindergarten registration last week brought an influx of new kiddos to Aledo ISD elementary schools to sign up for the 2014-15 school year. Here, Jeni Frazier enrolls her son, Holt Frazier, at Coder Elementary. 
AHS Senior Invited to Play in THSCA All-Star Game

AHS Senior Caleb Buchanan has been selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at the Alamodome. The All-Star Football Game, now in its 80th year, will be played on July 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The South team will be coached by Bob Gillis of El Campo High School, and the North will be coached by Joey McGuire of Cedar Hill High School. Caleb will play on the North team. Congratulations!


For additional information, please click on this link: http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/24891919/article-TEXAS-HIGH-SCHOOL-COACHES-ASSOCIATION-ANNOUNCES-ALL-STARS-FOR-THE-THSCA-2014-ALL-STAR-GAMES-?instance=home_news_bullets

Equine Judging Team Qualifies for State

Aledo FFA had an excellent week at the Area Equine Judging Contest and Qualified for the State FFA Judging Contest in Lubbock.   This team has had a tremendous work ethic and has a real passion for Horse Evaluation. When the weather doesn’t always cooperate, this team is still practicing when most people would not want to be out in the elements.  Senior Connor West finished Fourth overall in the contest, and has been the head coach of the team from the beginning.  Pictured from left to right are Molly Spitler, Connor West, Cassaday West and Carey Williams.


Bearcat Season Football Tickets Still Available

Some reserved seats are still available for the 2014 Bearcat football season. Tickets may be purchased Saturday, May 3, at the AISD Administration Building between noon and 3 p.m. Payment is required at the time of purchase for tickets and parking. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are acceptable forms of payment. Call 817-441-8327 for information. Go Bearcats!


AHS Senior Wins Exemplary Award at State VASE Competition

Three students from Aledo High School attended the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event Competition in College Station last weekend. There were 26,700 entries, of which 1,626 went to the state competition. Of those, 162 won Gold Seals. Congratulations to AHS senior Callie Mendenhall who had a perfect score and achieved the Exemplary award!!


Upcoming Parent Meetings at McAnally
Parents of upcoming 5th and 6th graders 2014-15 are invited to an informational meeting regarding next school year. To accommodate everyone, there are two meeting times:

  • Vandagriff & Stuard parents are invited to attend Tuesday, April 29th.
  • McCall & Coder parents are invited to attend Thursday, May 1st.
Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the McAnally Cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing each of you and beginning our journey together!  Should you be unable to attend this meeting, we will post this information via video presentation on the McAnally website.
Commissioner Approves Waivers for Four Missed Days of School
Aledo ISD experienced an unusually high number of school cancellations due to weather issues this year. According to the adopted school calendar, two of the makeup days will occur on Friday, April 18, and Monday, May 26.

The district requested waivers from the Texas Education Agency for the remaining number of missed days. The commissioner approved the request, so the remaining four days missed will not have to be made up. The last day of school is Thursday, June 5.


Important Dates for the May 10, 2014, AISD Trustee Election,
Places 6 And 7

April 28 - First day of early voting
May 6 - Last day of early voting
May 10 - ELECTION DAY 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Graduation’s Around the Corner; Mark Your Calendar!


June 1: Baccalaureate 3 p.m. @ AHS Auditorium
June 8: Graduation 7 p.m.
Mansfield Fine Arts Center
1110 West Debbie Lane
Mansfield, Texas 76063

Summer Camp Signups Beginning Now!

S
ummer camp signups have just begun. Watch the Summer Camps tab on the lefthand side of this page to stay up-to-date on the latest offerings!
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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