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Coder Green Team Delivers the Goods

A few weeks ago, you read about the Coder Elementary Student Council Green Team planting potatoes for the food pantry. Here you see the team of Ashton Wagner, Hunter Stewart, Jacob Cliver, Braylon Mahanay, and Logan Drivdahl dropping off the potatoes at the Weatherford Center of Hope. The official weight was 23.5 pounds of Coder-grown potatoes. Thank you to second-grade teacher Sandra Dempsey for overseeing this philanthropic initiative.

Parker Warren Takes Fifth in State Poetry Competition

Parker Warren, aka Mr. AHS 2015, finished fifth in the State UIL Poetry competition yesterday. He is a senior with plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in either Radio/TV/Film or Communications. Right now, though, he’s proud to be known as a Bearcat State Champion. Congratulations! 

Ladycat Softball Playoffs NEW LOCATION

Ladycat Softball Playoffs NEW LOCATION
UIL Region 1 Softball Final

Aledo Ladycats vs. Azle Lady Hornets

Brock High School -- Limited Seating
Tickets: $6 /$4; NO PASSES ACCEPTED
Game 1
: Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m.
Game 3: (if needed) Saturday, May 30, 30 minutes after Game 2

Revised Schedule and Location for Field Day

Please make note of these Field Day changes!

Due to the forecasted weather, Aledo ISD has moved field day to the AHS Indoor Practice Facility on Friday, May 29. The Indoor Facility is located just west of Bearcat Stadium.
1st Grade: 9:15-10:15am
2nd Grade: 10:15-11:15am
3rd Grade: 12:00-1:00pm
4th Grade: 1:00-2:00pm
​*No food or drinks, with the exception of water).

Coder Elementary Dedicates “Bonnie’s Buddy Bench”
After watching the story of “Christian’s Buddy Bench” on NBC’s “The Today Show”*, Coder Counselor, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, and several parents, decided that having a Coder Buddy Bench would be a terrific way to promote their character education program and incorporate empathy on a daily basis. When he was in first grade, Christian Bucks of Manchester Township, New York, created the idea of the buddy bench because he knew that there were some kids who felt lonely at recess and thought the bench might put an end to that. The idea of the buddy bench has taken off all around the world, and Coder is excited to have its own.
Named after a beloved teacher’s aide, Bonnie Manous, the bench is now called “Bonnie’s Buddy Bench.” Former Coder Principal Jason Beaty said, “Bonnie loved and made personal connections with every child that she worked with. Her loyalty and dedication to what she believed to be right was unwavering . Bonnie was always a servant and protector to those she loved.” READ MORE.

UIL Region 1 Baseball Semifinal
Aledo Bearcats vs. Canyon High

Tickets: $6/$3; NO PASSES ACCEPTED

Game 1: Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Lubbock Christian University Hays Field
26th Street; Lubbock, TX 79407

Game 2: Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m.
McMurry University Walt Driggers Field
1923 South 17th St.; Abilene, TX 79602

Game 3: (if needed) 30 minutes after Game 2

McCall Celebrates Ride-Your-Bike-to-School Day!
The McCall Student Council finally got to ride their bikes to school today! National Ride Your Bike to Work Day takes place each year in May, and the weather made it quite challenging this year. But our third attempt was a success! A big thanks to Officer Cryer with the Willow Park Police for helping provide a safe ride to school by stopping traffic on Scenic Trail while the kids crossed, as well as a big thanks to parents for getting up extra early to deliver their children and their bikes to Mrs. Reynolds’ house this morning. What begins here changes the world!
Do Inherent Traits Affect Behaviors?

Dr. Sid O’Bryant, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Interim Director of the Institute of Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research at UNT Health Science Center, was recently a WatchDOG at Coder Elementary. Not only did he volunteer in various rooms at Coder, he also talked to the third-grade students about inherent traits and learned behaviors. Dr. O’Bryant was relating genetic research to the curing of diseases. He also talked about how we get our physical traits, and how DNA and environment play a part in who we are. The students were very highly engaged and had great questions at the end. Thank you, Dr. O'Bryant, for choosing to spend your day at Coder!

Bearcats on Broadway!
Mark your Calendar for AHS 2015 Graduation

Graduation 2015 is June 7, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. It will be at Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Each student will receive 12 tickets for their family and friends to attend that evening. The ceremony will be streamed on the web for those guests that will be out of town or unable to make the event.

AHS Names 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Aledo High School proudly announces its valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating class of 2015. Cole Forsythe is this year’s valedictorian and Oaklin Davis is the class’ salutatorian. Both Cole and Oaklin have twin siblings, Brent Forsythe and Treva Davis, who were both named to the Top 10% of 2015 graduates.

Cole Forsythe will attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering as part of the Engineering Honors Program. Cole has attended Aledo ISD since kindergarten, and has excelled academically throughout his Aledo schooling career. He has been an involved member of the school community, participating in several clubs and extracurricular activities including Treasurer of Student Council, Advocats committee head of National Honor Society, member of Victory Robotics, and co-founder of the Aledo Debate Team (in which he qualified for State last year). He also served as a class representative all four years. Cole is a Commended National Merit Scholar and a member of Mensa International. He is currently employed at Splash Kingdom Wild West where he serves as a Guest Service Department Lead. In addition to UT Austin, Cole was accepted to Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Three Finish at Top of NTHS Rodeo Assn State Finals
Three AHS students finished at the top of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finials. Garrett Jones placed Third in Bull riding and was named Bull Rider of the year. Aledo Rodeo Team awards will be handed out next week and the award winners are as follows:

Garrett Jones - Bull Rider of the Year
Samantha Clarkson - Barrel Racer of the Year
Kaelee Brown - Pole Bender of the Year

Congratulations to all and thanks for representing Aledo!

Garrett Jones                                           Kaelee Brown

Samantha Clarkson

AHS Band Inducts 48 into Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter
The Aledo High School band program inducted 48 band students into the Tri-M Music Honor Society today. This Honor Society is the international music honor society for high-school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.

Today’s inductees include Courtney Andrews, Beau Ballard, Julia Barkell, Lauren Barbeau, Kelsey Basler, Madison Beauford, Breanna Cazares, Nicholas Chavez, Morgan Cooley, Jacqui Denny, Christina Durrington, Austin Ferrell, Parker Ferrell, Gabby Fritz,  READ MORE.

More photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page and the Aledo Band Boosters facebook page.
Vandagriff Elementary Fourth-Graders Travel to Waco and Austin on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip
Fourth-graders from Aledo ISD’s Vandagriff Elementary traveled to Waco and Austin on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip May 6 to experience what they are learning in fourth-grade Texas History. Students visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas State Capitol, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
During the charter bus ride to their first destination, the students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage, and participated in activities and games in preparation for their day. At their first stop, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco,  READ MORE.
Aledo ISD Honors Employees at Recognition Banquet
At its annual service awards banquet, Aledo ISD administrators honored 81 employees for their years of service ranging from five years to 35 years. Here are the 2015 honorees by campus/department:
Coder Elementary: 10 years – Marian Flinchbaugh, Kim Lowe and Clay McKenzie; 15 years – Letha Gillham; and 20 years – Linda Surratt
McCall Elementary: Five years – Cathie Delaune, Evelyn Rivera and Carrie Young; 10 years – Kay Day and Lori Harbuck; 15 years – Jason Beaty, Julie Choate and Susan Wilson  Read More
See more images on the Aledo ISD facebook page.
AHS Senior Class Earns Record $23,527,184 in Scholarships

AHS Principal Dan Peterson led the Senior Academic Awards ceremony  celebrating the academic achievements of the 2015 graduating class. This year’s class included 10 National Merit Commended Scholars and 31 AP Scholars. Most notable was that the class of 2015 has been offered scholarships totaling $23,527,184 – the highest total ever achieved at Aledo High School, and more than double the amount received last year.
Many individual scholarship winners were announced, as were 41 students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and who participated in one or more UIL activities during high school. AP Scholar Awards recognize high-school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Thirty seniors received these honors. Four students received National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards.
The 2015 Valedictorian, Cole Forsythe, won praise, as did Salutatorian Oaklin Davis. Both had been recognized previously and were honored again last night.
Aledo ISD congratulates these seniors on their high-school achievements and wishes them well in the next stage of their lives.

Ladycat Track Sets New School Records at State Meet

The girls track team finished a very successful season at the State Track meet in Austin. Brittney Trought won a silver medal by placing 2nd in the 100m Hurdles, running a 13.84. This is a NEW SCHOOL RECORD. The 4x100m Relay team of Danielle and Brittney Trought, Tysley Valencia, Kia Jordan, and alternate Maddie Goings, placed 4th, running a 47.05. This also is a NEW SCHOOL RECORD. Mackenzie Lyon placed 6th in Pole Vault, jumping 10’ 6”; Kia Jordan finished 9th in the 100m dash, running a time of 12.10; and Danielle Trought was 5th in the 100m Hurdles, running 14.48. The team finished 10th overall out of 62 teams scoring points at the State meet. Way to go, Ladycats!

AHS Artist Places at Art Invitational

Madisen Stratmeyer's artwork was one of the top 25 pieces to show at the Fort Works Art exhibit at The Betsy Price Citywide High School Art Competition 2015. BETSY PRICE ART 2015 was open to all high school students from these participating schools: Fort Worth All Saints, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth Country Day, Arlington Heights, Western Hills, Paschal, Aledo, Brewer, FW Academy of Fine Art, Southwest, Trimble Tech, Southwest Christian School, Carter Riverside, Polytechnical, Eastern Hills and South Hills, Temple Christian East and West, Fort Worth Academy, Fort Worth Christian, Tarrant Youth Recovery, Tarrant County JJAEP or Juvenile Justice Alternative Ed, Diamond Hill, Dunbar, North Side High, North Side High, OD Wyatt, Polytech, Oakridge, Nolan, Covenant Classical, Calvary Christian, Hill School of Fort Worth, Starpoint, Lake Country Christian, Fellowship Christian, West Academy, Anderson Gifted & Talented, and Travis Academy of Fine Art. Congratulations!

AHS Team Competes in Lockheed Martin Code Quest
The AHS UIL Computer Science team participated in the 2015 Code Quest Competition at Lockheed Martin last month. Code Quest is a computer-programming competition consisting of 15–20 questions created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. Teams of two or three students work together for 2.5 hours to answer the questions and complete the Quest.

The nationwide competition, created in Fort Worth in 2012, is held at Lockheed Martin locations across the country. It provides students the opportunity to work together to solve challenging problems focusing on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It presents a real-world environment for the next generation of this industry.

Pictured are AHS Sponsor Julie Reynolds, Hunter Herriage, and Paige Klima.

Fred Jones Named Head Basketball Coach at AHS

Fred Jones was named Head Boys Basketball Coach at Aledo High School, Athletic Director Tim Buchanan announced. Jones comes to Aledo after four successful years as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Flower Mound Marcus High School.
“I believe that Coach Fred Jones will bring his State Championship experience to Aledo and raise the boys’ basketball program to the next level,” Buchanan said.
Jones recorded a 103-35 overall record at Marcus from 2011-2015, leading the Marauders to the Class 5A Region 1 semifinals in 2013 and the program’s first-ever undefeated District Championship in 2014. He earned District 5-5A Coach of the Year honors in 2014 after leading Marcus to the Regional Quarterfinals and a 29-3 overall record.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Bearcat community,” Jones said. “My family is looking forward to playing a role in the success of the boys’ basketball program.” READ MORE

Aledo District Voters Pass Bond Propositions

By a 1,756 to 1,677 vote, Aledo ISD will be adding a new elementary school in August of 2017 as part of a $53 million bond referendum. The Aledo ISD community made its decision to vote for both propositions of the bond package, which also includes safety and security improvements, technology improvements, existing facility improvements and buses to support instructional and student needs.

Three school board members also won seats: incumbent and board president Jay Stringer in Place 1, Jennifer Loftin in Place 2, and incumbent Dr. David Tillman in Place 3.
Superintendent Derek Citty said he is pleased to know that voters acknowledge the needs of the Aledo ISD. “This vote of confidence will enable us to provide the necessary classroom space, technology upgrades, security measures, transportation and many more improvements to create the best learning environment possible for our children,” he said.

Time to Purchase School Supplies from Aledo PTO
AISD Summer School

For many, summer school is trying to “work ahead;” using a self-paced, computer-based learning environment; and taking courses not previously taken. This summer, AISD will offer seven courses through the Texas Virtual School Network. The Texas Virtual School Network is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, endorsed by the State Board of Education and has courses approved for use by NCAA.
Much more information about the program and registration can be found at this link.
Go here to link to the TxVSN summer school doc.

Revised 2014-2015 AISD Calendar Shows End-of-Year Changes
The Aledo Independent School District’s updated calendar shows a revision for the last week of the 2014-2015 school year. The changes were approved by the district’s Board of Trustees at the April board meeting. In accordance with the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook and the Waiver Division at the Texas Education Agency, the district cannot have an early-release day on a bad-weather makeup day. Now, Wednesday, June 3, will be a full day of classes for students. Thursday, June 4, is a bad-weather makeup day, and students will attend classes the full school day. Friday, June 5, is now the last day of school, and early release will be observed for grades K-12. Grades K-4 will release at 11:40 a.m., followed by grades 5-12 at 12:40 p.m. Buses will run accordingly.
Aledo ISD Summer Hours

The Aledo ISD summer schedule begins on Monday, June 8, 2015, and continues through Friday, July 31, 2015.  All school campuses and the Administration Building will follow this schedule:
Monday – Thursday          8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday                                  Closed

July 2-3 are district holidays.
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