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- PTO Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 
District Announcements

Two more community  meetings are set to discuss the May 9, 2015, School Bond Election. They are:

April 21, Stuard Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 28, McCall Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

More information regarding the May 9, 2015 Bond Election at www.aledoisdbond.org

PTO 2nd Annual Aledo Eats Out
PTO Nominations
Fill a Bag. Feed Families.

Fill a Bag. Feed Families. That’s the goal of the Aledo ISD Community Partners in its first spring food drive, which extends through May 8. Brown-paper grocery bags were distributed at the April East Parker County Chamber of Commerce meeting, although anyone can fill a bag and bring it to one of the drop-off locations. The Parker County Center of Hope requests such items as peanut butter, chili, soups with meat, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, baby foods, household products and feminine products. These items can be delivered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Aledo ISD Administration Building, 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo
  • Aledo Interbank, 200 N. FM 1187, Aledo
  • East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Chuck Wagon Trail, Willow Park

“The timing of this food drive is such a blessing,” said Center of Hope CEO Paula Robinson. “With so many children qualifying for the reduced-priced breakfast and lunch programs at school, many of our parents experience even great need during the summer from the extra cost of groceries while their children are home all day,” Robinson said there is traditionally a much lower supply and a greater need throughout the summer months for the food bank. Read more.
 

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.
Come Support Ladycats Softball Playoffs!

Class 5A Bi-District Softball Playoffs

Aledo Ladycats vs. Trimble Tech Bulldogs
Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.
Aledo HS Softball Field
Admission: $4/$3
Passes: District 8-AAAAA, District 7-AAAAA, THSCA, TGCA

McCall Loves its Secretaries!
McCall Elementary presented their favorite secretaries, April Zambreski and Pam Christiansen, with BUCKETS OF LOVE filled with their favorite treats! Happy Secretaries Day! Thank you for filling our buckets daily by all you do for McCall!

Bottom row left to right:  Maddie Lear, Mya Lowe, Isabella Michel, Allyson Wells; Top:  Zoe Whitcomb, Kylee Vorhees, Pam Christiansen, April Zambreski, Kennedy McCullough, and Riley Miller
Elizabeth Larson Receives Lions Club Award

AHS senior Elizabeth Larson recently received the Outstanding Youth award from the Aledo Community Lions Club. She is accompanied here by Rick Stoorza and Bob Carlson. Congratulations!

Aledo ISD Town Hall Meeting Provides Details About 2015 Bond Election
Aledo Independent School District Superintendent Derek Citty has addressed approximately 55 community members during the first two of three Town Hall meetings to discuss the 2015 bond election. The District’s Board of Trustees approved a bond election to be held on May 9, 2015, based on the recommendation of the 34-member Aledo 2025 Committee, which consisted of Aledo parents and community members.
 
Dr. Citty’s presentation included a current snapshot of the school district, with information about its students, campuses, employees, academics, financials, fine arts, and athletics. He also spoke on the AISD Strategic Plan which is being revised and will be implemented during the 2015 – 2018 school years. Read more.
April AISD Board Meeting Highlights
Mrs. Sara Reed, McAnally Intermediate Technology Applications teacher, and two of her students led the April Aledo ISD Board of Trustees meeting with a presentation of the school’s SWAP program. SWAP – Students With A Purpose – is a service club that supports various projects at the campus and in the community. Some of the committees include Morning Helpers, Green Team, McCat Meteorologists, Student Ambassadors, Shine Patrol, Library Leader and Heart in Hand. Sean McCarthy (6th grade) and Claudia Johnson (5th grade) spoke of the committee’s school-year highlights, which included motivational posters for the STAAR tests, New-Student Welcome Bags, Ink-Cartridge Recycling and more.
 
AHS powerlifter Cole Stewart received applause for competing in the State Powerlifting  Meet where he placed fifth in his 220-lb. weight class. Cole set personal records in all three of the qualifying lifts: Squat - 600 lbs; Bench - 355 lbs; Dead Lift - 555 lbs; Totaling 1,525 lbs.

Zackery Huxel, representing the AHS CX debate team, was honored at the board meeting for its successful trip to the State Debate competition.
 

Members of the AHS band received recognition for their achievements at the Solo and Ensemble competition, They now will compete at the State level. Present were Kaitlyn Riley, Tye Byars and Grant Yarbrough. Congratulations to the 170-plus musicians who will represent Aledo High School in May.
 
Ashley Melton was cheered as the first person in Aledo ISD history to earn the honors of class-winning steer at a major livestock show, and she holds the record for high-selling livestock for Aledo ISD. Her Shorthorn Steer won Champion Lightweight Shorthorn at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and sold for $20,000!
 
Retiring Principal Bob Harmon received a standing ovation after all of the trustees gave their accolades on his years of service and commitment to Aledo ISD. He will be greatly missed.
Coder Cat Named PE Teacher For a Day
At the recent Bearcats and Boots Aledo Education Foundation fundraiser, Riley Offill’s parents were the highest bidder on the auction item “PE Teacher for a Day.” This week, Riley helped set up and explain the PE games, and selected music for the PE classes. She even had an official teacher’s badge and PE whistle, which she got to blow during recess. Riley has a future as an Aledo PE teacher!

Pictured below are Mrs. Shaunfield, Mrs. Cockerham and Riley Offill; and Riley at “her desk”
  
AHS Colorguard Tryouts
Beginner Band Open Enrollment
AHS Colorguard in High Style at World Championships

After two days and three rounds of competition, the Aledo High School Colorguard placed 14th out of 122 guards! Congratulations, ladies! Way to represent Aledo in the 2015 WGI Colorguard World Championships!

Bearcat Golf Qualifies for State!
The Bearcat Golf team qualified for the State tournament on Thursday at The Rawls course in Lubbock. The team of Steven Shurtz, Matt James, Parker Scaling, Andrew Lane, and Sam Shryoc finished in Third place, and came from behind to pass three teams during the final round. They will now play in the State Tournament at Wolfdancer in Bastrop April 27-28. This is the first time since 2008 that the Girls’ and Boys’ Golf teams have qualified for the State Tournament in the same year. Congratulations and Good Luck to our Bearcats and Ladycats!

Swing Dance to Feature AHS Jazz Ensembles!

A new, fun fundraiser features FREE SWING DANCE LESSONS at the AHS band hall this week. The lessons are TODAY, April  20, from 6-8 p.m., and Friday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. Come and learn all the basics, and gear up for a fun night of dinner and dancing!!! Watch their video invitation on the AISD facebook page!
 
We will be selling tickets at the following AHS events:
Night of Percussion-April 23rd
Swing Dance Class-April 24th
McAnally Awards Concert-April 28th
Aledo High School Concert-April 30th
AHS Swing Dance Featuring Jazz Ensembles-May 2nd
 
Or email Jake Albin at jalbin@aledoisd.org to get tickets delivered to your home campus. Act now! There is a limited amount of tickets!!!
  

AMS Symphonic Winds Earns Sweepstakes!
The AMS Symphonic Winds competed today at the UIL Concert & Sightreading contest. The band was awarded Sweepstakes for earning straight 1 ratings from all judges in both the Concert and Sightreading portions of the contest. 
Tax Rate Comparison of Bond Package Keeps Aledo ISD on Lower End of Area Districts
The Aledo Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved a bond election to be held on May 9, 2015, based on the recommendation of the 34-member Aledo 2025 Committee, which consisted of Aledo parents and community members. One issue highlighted by the Committee is that Aledo ISD’s school tax rate is one of the lowest in the area, and will still be one of the lowest if the 2015 Bond Program is approved.

The Aledo ISD tax rate has not changed since 2008-2009, seven years. The District is committed to maintaining a low tax rate while accomplishing the goals set out in the bond package. The proposed bond election’s projected tax increase will be $7.78 per month for every $100,000 valuation of a home. READ MORE.
Duke Talent Search Spotlights AMS Student

Aledo Middle School seventh-grade student Weston Adams has been recognized for Grand Recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s Talent Search (Duke TIP), qualifying with SAT scores approximately at or better than 90-percent of recent high-school graduates in at least one area.  Weston was identified by Duke University to participate in the Duke TIP program based upon standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.  He was invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as a seventh grader. 
 
Achieving the level of Grand Recognition places Weston among the top 3-percent of all Duke TIP participants. This is an amazing achievement for Weston. He will be invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University, and has qualified to participate in the Duke University Center for Summer Studies. Way to go, Weston! Keep up your thirst for knowledge and drive to excel! 

Aledo ISD Honors Brightest and Best

 
The 15th annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards honored some of Aledo Independent School District’s brightest and best at its ceremony this week. Julie Hall, a sixth-grade science teacher at McAnally Intermediate School, received the Teacher of the Year Award from Jackie Rains of the Reilly Family Foundation. Mrs. Hall’s tribute credited Principal Bob Harmon, the staff and students at the school for helping her reach her goals of challenging and empowering her those in her classroom every day.
 
The Reilly Family Foundation created the annual award program in 2000. Since that time, other corporations have joined in to provide recognition for AISD staff members.
 
Other winners of the evening include:
Sarah Myser, Faulk Company Award: “Secondary Teacher of the Year”
Rebecca Buchanan, Hardick Family Award: “Intermediate Teacher of the Year”
Callie Caldwell, First Financial Bank Award: “Elementary Teacher of the Year”
Anna Mazzei, F. Howard & Mary D. Walsh Award: “Beginning Teacher of the Year”
Mary McLellan: Dan Manning “IDEA Award”
Cheryl Jones: Don R. Daniel “Principal of the Year Award”
Debbie Henrietta: Marsha Miholovich “Professional Support Award”
Matt Odom, VLK Architects, Inc.: “Technology Award”
Peggy Kennedy, Buford-Thompson Company “Transportation Award”
Ryon Smith, Buford-Thompson Company “Maintenance Award”
Christen Shaffer, Moritz/Hardick Award: “Paraprofessional of the Year”
Angelina Ward, Moritz/Hardick Award for “Child Nutrition”


The evening was complemented by a masterful performance by the AHS Jazz Band and choral selections from the McAnally Intermediate School choir. See more photos on the AISD Facebook page.
Overcrowding and Technology Addressed in May 9 Bond Package
Based on the recommendation of the 34-member Aledo 2025 Committee, consisting of Aledo parents and community members, the Aledo Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved a bond election to be held on May 9, 2015. Two of the elements addressed by the Committee in the total $53.2 million bond package are Overcrowding and Technology Improvements.  

Proposition 1 of the bond package includes $28.8 million for Elementary No. 5, which is in response to growth in grade levels kindergarten through fifth grade. Presently, Aledo ISD accommodates more than 2,230 students in these combined grade levels. The functional capacity of the current elementary schools is 2,386 students. By 2018, elementary enrollment is expected to reach 2,940 students, according to Templeton Demographics, District demographers. By 2023, the number of elementary students is expected to total more than 4,597. Read more. Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
May 2015 AISD Bond Addresses Safety, Security and Renovation
Election Day for Parker County is May 9, 2015. The Aledo Independent School District’s 2025 Committee was charged to serve in an advisory capacity to the School Board and Administration on a temporary basis regarding the topic of long-range facility planning. Members included parents, grandparents, PTO members, booster-club representatives, community volunteers, retirees, engineers, attorneys, teachers, and CPAs. As the 35-member committee studied the needs of the Aledo Independent School District (AISD), two issues became apparent: the safety and security of the buildings that our schoolchildren and staff call home during the week, and the necessity of renovations to many of those buildings.
The AISD 2015 Bond Package includes $8.16 million for safety and security items and $4.28 million for facility renovations across the District.

Campus visits by committee members made it readily apparent the entryways at several schools have safety elements in place, yet do not provide controlled entries. A controlled entry directs visitors through the main office before they have access to the rest of the campus. The safety and security portion of the bond package would be used to build controlled entries at Coder Elementary, Stuard Elementary, Vandagriff Elementary, McAnally Intermediate and Aledo Middle School. READ MORE.  Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
2015-2018 District Strategic Plan Process Underway
A March 17 kickoff meeting established draft goals and a process for developing the 2015-2018 AISD Strategic Plan. The planning committee of approximately 90 includes parents, business leaders, teachers, AISD administrators and auxiliary staff, as well as several citizens without children in Aledo schools.
 
The District Strategic Plan is developed by stakeholders every three years to re-evaluate district priorities as outlined by the Aledo ISD Plan on a Page. This plan contains the Board’s values and beliefs about the district; its motto, mission and vision statements; priorities and areas of focus. READ MORE.
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.

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