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Upcoming Events
Today
Repeating Event - Early Voting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tomorrow
- Early Voting
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10/26/2014
- Early Voting
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10/27/2014
Repeating Event - Early Voting
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
District Announcements
Aledo ISD Board of Trustees Call for Bond Election

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.
Bond Election early voting will be held October 20 through October 31, 2014
Early voters in Parker and Tarrant counties may vote as follows
  • October 20-24 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 25 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 26 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 27-31 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early Voting Locations
Aledo ISD Presents PARENTING UNIVERSITY

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 skessel@aledo.k12.tx.us.
Daniel Ninth Campus to Host Lunch Bunch Groups for Academic Support

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.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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
Brown Bag Lunch Coming Soon to Coder 10/29

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
Bullying Awareness Month

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!

AHS ANNOUNCES COMMENDED STUDENTS IN NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
AHS Principal Dan Peterson announced that 10 students have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Lexie Cooper, Anna Dalton, Dustin Forsythe, Keegan Hayes, Samuel Holzschuh, Zackery Huxel, Georgia Jenkins, Mark McLean, Adam Morvant and Benjamin Noori.

“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.

AHS Wind Ensemble Named National Winner
The Foundation for Music Education Board of Trustees has named Aledo High School Wind Ensemble a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors project.  The Mark of Excellence is a competition, entered by performance recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. This year, 224 of the finest musical ensembles from 35 states entered the competition.

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.


Two Aledo Alums Accepted into Med School

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!

Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson High School Elks   
Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30 at Burleson ISD Stadium

http://www.texasbob.com/stadium/stadium.php?id=238
100 Elk Drive Burleson, TX 76028
Pre-sell tickets: $7 adults, $4 students; All tickets at the gate: $8
Tickets may be purchased at the AISD Administration Building Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Aledo High School Thursday from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Accepted Passes: THSCA, District 8-AAAAA and AHS Athletic Passes

AHS Band Receives Superior Division Ones for 20th Year!

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!! 

College Fair Brings Opportunities to AHS Students

Friday, Oct. 24, is the annual College Fair at Aledo High School. Approximately 75 colleges, universities, technical schools and most military branches will be on campus for students to visit and learn more as they begin to make decisions about what they will do after graduation. The event is from 8:40 to 11:30 am. in both high-school gyms. All sophomores, juniors and seniors will attend the fair, and parents are invited as well.

Aledo Ladycat Golf Wins Championship at Squaw Valley
The Ladycat golf team of Taylor Brookshire, Mary Katherine Ingram, Quincy Ballard, Elizabeth Boll and Amber McCranie took the championship at the Squaw Valley tournament in Glen Rose. This was the team’s second win out of two fall tournaments. Congratulations!

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.

Coder's Mikey Melgar Supports Wounded Warrior Project
Jerry Hamilton, shown with Coder second-grader Mikey Melgar, was one of the those responsible for spearheading the campaign to have reserved parking spots at the Hudson Oaks Wal-Mart. The project was supported by American Veterans Post 133, Mineral Wells, Texas. Parking Signs for Veterans aims to make their lives a little easier when they go to a large retail center or discount store. The organization isn’t just about providing a parking space. It’s about saying “Thank you for your service” on a daily basis and in a visible manner. Thanks for your support of the Wounded Warrior program.
Cross Country Teams Place First!
The Varsity Girls Cross Country team placed first at the O.D. Wyatt Invitational meet last weekend. Pictured are Rachel Powers, Sydney Bowers, Mary Myers and Amy Larsen. Not pictured: Treva Davis, Becky Owens, Gracie Johnson and Natalie Young. The Varsity Boys Cross Country team also placed first at the O.D. Wyatt meet. Pictured are Robert Myers, Harrison Tillman, Michael Meadows, Colby Caldwell and Nathan Munafo. Not Pictured: Oaklin Davis, Kyle Gribble and Richard Reynolds.
 
Bearcat Alley a Big Hit for Aledo Education Foundation!
See more photos on the AISD facebook page.
Leadership Training for Student Councils
All four AISD Elementary schools, along with students from Aledo Middle School, took Student Council leaders to the TASC Fall Leadership conference at Navo Middle School on Oct. 18. The students were part of 440 student leaders from across the Metroplex who participated in leadership workshops and teambuilding activities, as well as donated items for Wounded Warrior Care Packages. Mrs. Jacobs, AMS Student Council sponsor, was elected the TASC Dist. 3 Middle Level Advisor of the year, and will now move on to the state level competition. Way to go, Mrs. Jacobs! See more photos on the AISD facebook page.
Aledo Tennis Wins Area; Off to Regionals!

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!

Ebola Information
Aledo ISD has fielded several calls from parents inquiring about the news of Ebola infections in Dallas. We are in contact with the Parker County Health Department and are getting guidance from them in our planned responses. To date, there are no reported cases of any staff, students, or family members connected with Aledo ISD that have been exposed to the Ebola virus or who are in isolation due to a potential exposure.

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.
Oct. 25 Pumpkin Patch Supports Aledo Choirs

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. Stuard Visits Stuard Elementary

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.

CBS-11’s Jeff Jamison Views Chemical Reactions at AMS
Every week, CBS-11’s Jeff Jamison takes viewers into North Texas classrooms and introduces them to innovative science teachers. This week, Aledo Middle School’s Alicia Albin, eighth-grade science teacher, and her class presented a competition with teams and chemical reactions.
 
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.

 
Choir Students Advance to All-Region
Last week, 11 Aledo High School and Daniel Ninth Grade Campus students participated in Round Two of the Texas All State Choir Audition. Eight of the students earned a spot in the All Region or All District choirs. Junior Cassie Dale and freshman Dillon Savage advanced to All Region Choir. Senior Tiffany Nichols, junior Connor Trigg, sophomores Pierce Byrd and Lindsey Dover, and freshmen Alyssa Gray and Avery Heacock advanced to All District Choir. The AHS and DNGC choir students have been working for months to ensure that they were contest ready, and these results were both exciting and expected by choir director Karen Paul. The students will perform on Nov. 15, 2014, in concert at Weatherford High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.
AHS Teacher Karey Moore Wins Statewide Hero Award

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.

AMS Football Teams Raise $800 for Breast Cancer Research
The AMS Football Teams had their annual Pink-Out games on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Members of both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams made donations to help fight breast cancer and to get to wear pink at the game. The teams raised $800 with Coach Michael Corley initiating the fundraiser. We are very proud of our AMS student athletes!
AMS Teams to Compete in Aerospace Design Challenge
On Oct 24, 15 AMS students (three teams of five) will participate in the Aerospace Design Challenge sponsored by Bell Helicopter at Alliance Airport. This is a blind challenge, which means students will not receive instructions on their experiment until they arrive. After a short seminar on flight theory, each group will receive challenge instructions and a kit of materials. They will then collaborate with the guidance of an engineering mentor to create a final product. Groups will be judged according to teamwork, resourcefulness, and creativity. Stay tuned for details after the event! Good luck, AMS!
AHS Brings Home Trophy for Class 5A Champion
Congratulations to the AHS Band and staff for a rewarding day at the HEB Pennington Marching Contest. The Regiment placed as Class 5A Champions, and received Best in Colorguard, Music, Visual Performance, and General Effect captions as well. The band came in third place in the Finals and won an Outstanding Percussion caption.
“Love Yourself. Be Drug Free!”

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!"

Aledo ISD Goes Google!

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.

Stuard Elementary Hosts "Brown Bag" Lunch
AISD Superintendent Derek Citty met with parents today at Stuard Elementary in a "Brown Bag" lunch setting to discuss information related to the Nov. 4, 2014, Bond Election. More information about the bond can be found above on this website.

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.

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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