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District Announcements
Peanuts and Peanut Products Being Removed from Schools

As a part of the Aledo ISD strategic plan, the District strives to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.This year, the District has elected to take additional proactive measures to maintain a safe learning environment by phasing out peanuts and peanut-based products sold in our school cafeterias. However, students and staff will still be able to bring peanuts and peanut-based products in lunches brought from home. 
 
On an ongoing basis, the District will continue to educate students and staff on safe practices with peanuts and peanut-based products. In addition, peanut-free eating spaces and peanut-free classrooms will be appropriately designated at each campus.    
 
The peanuts and peanut-based products are expected to be phased out by the end of September. For questions or additional information, please contact Patti Willhite at 817-441-5142. 

Aledo Rallies to Beat Cedar Park 21-17
Watch this YouTube video for highlights from last week's Bearcat win over Cedar Park!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTVMS27mq8w
AHS Ranked as one of America's Best High Schools!
Aledo High School has been ranked on The Daily Beast’s 2014 rankings of America’s Best High Schools! The online publication used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college. The full results are at the link below. School entries with icons indicate the school ranked in the top 100 of that category.
Go to: http://www.thedailybeast.com/features/2014/america-s-top-high-schools.html
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Congratulations on Ag Earnings!!

Congratulations to Mr. Marcath and the following students who participated in the Parker County Stock Show. They had combined total earnings of $68,322 compared to $11,404 the previous year! Students are John Bell, Hayden Chenault, Holt Chenault, Morgan Kearney, Jake Lippard, Edward Mann, Jaiden McCluskey, Jessika McCluskey, Michael Mills, Madison Ninemire, Tucker Plemmons, Nick Plusnick, Bryan Lee Sadler, TJ Soules and Wyatt Young. And congrats to these younger students too: Hope Cooper -- AMS; Kannon Kirk and Kolson Kirk -- Stuard Elementary; and Blaze Mayes, McCall Elementary. Great job, Ag!

Seniors Outreaching Success
Aledo High School Class of 2015 Community Outreach Project
 
Members of the 2015 graduating class have organized a senior-driven collaboration called SOS--Seniors Outreaching Success. Each member of this senior class will be given the opportunity to participate in community-outreach programs throughout their senior year. These events will range from a peanut-butter collection drive for the Center of Hope to putting together walk teams and raising money at the Aledo Turkey Trot, to volunteering at the BDGA’s annual clay shoot, etc. The goal of this project is to build community within the senior class and give back to the community.  READ MORE. 
AISD Administrative Team Welcomes Two Specialists

Two new additions to the Aledo ISD administration include Math Instructional Specialist Debbie Mantooth and Mary Smith, Career Technology Education coordinator.

Ms. Mantooth moves from Aledo Middle School to her new position, which entails working collaboratively with classroom teachers through grade-level planning and classroom observation. She indicated that all Math TEKS have changed for grades K-8 the 2014-15 school year. “We have teachers who are now teaching new materials, and some eighth-grade math materials that are being incorporated into lower-level classes,” Mantooth said. “My job is to be of service to teachers districtwide in whatever they need to assist them in incorporating the new TEKS into their curriculum.” READ MORE

Teachers Appreciate Welcome at Orientation and Luncheon

Approximately 30 new teachers and four administrators joined Aledo Independent School District for the 2014-15 school year. A full-day orientation gave the new hires exposure to all things Aledo, including an overview of curriculum, safety, ethics, special programs, technology, Core values, portraits of a graduate and more.
 
In addition, some of the district’s Community Partners and other area businesses contributed to the event by donating items for the welcome bags each educator received. Thanks to Weatherford College, Tillman Dairy Queen, Pizza Place, Sam’s Club, Brookshire’s, Costco, Aledo Interbank, United Educators Association, AXA Advisors, Award Center & Plastic Signs, Camp Fire After-School Program, Christ Church West, Church at the Crossing, Ciera Bank, Community Christian Church, Daffan Mechanical, Edward Jones/Brent Gough, EECU, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, First Financial Bank, Hill Villa Senior Living, Jerry Durant Auto Group, Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Care of Aledo, Little Plum Blossom Pediatrics, Lone Star Medical Group, Myser Orthodontics, Plains Capital Bank, Reading Friends of Aledo, Roy E. Ray CLU, and VLK Architects. READ MORE

Substitute Teachers Learn Specifics of AISD Schools
Last week, new and returning substitute teachers trained on techniques for teaching in the Aledo school district. Topics included safety, first aid, medical care, using technology in the classroom, special education guidelines and classroom management. The instruction is refreshed each year as the district incorporates new procedures.
McCall Student Council Already in Action!
The McCall Elementary Student Council is already in action for the year! They did a great job giving up an afternoon of their summer to come help teachers get their classrooms set up, as well as greet our guests at Meet the Teacher! More than 40 fourth-graders at McCall will be serving as leaders this year in Student Council!
Aledo ISD Phone App Available NOW!


We’ve added one last thing to your school supplies list. (Don’t worry, it’s free!) Download the official Aledo ISD app today to get the latest and greatest news happening NOW in Aledo ISD. 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. Go to the App Store on your smart phone to find the Aledo ISD phone app. Watch this video  to learn more!

Aledo ISD Board of Trustees Calls for November 2014 Bond Election To Build New Elementary and Intermediate Classrooms

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday, August 18, to hold a $61.5 million bond election to primarily address the District’s increasing student growth and need for 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% to 6,397 students by Fall 2018.
 
A group of 37 citizen volunteers and parents recently studied Aledo ISD’s facility needs, and recommended the current bond package to the school board.  READ MORE.
Football Season Tickets Ready for Pick Up

Season tickets and reserved parking passes are available for pick up  in the reception area of the Aledo ISD Administration Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are a limited number of seats and parking spaces still available.

Back-to-School Bus Safety Awareness

AISD Director of Transportation Steve Bond said school bus transportation is the safest mode of transportation – there is no safer way to get students to or from school or extracurricular events than by school bus. He also noted that parents, students and other drivers need to know how to help bus drivers provide safe transportation.
 
Some of these tips are:
·       School bus drivers use their windshield, entrance door glass, driver’s window and most importantly their mirrors to maintain view of students while loading and unloading. It is important that students keep a safe distance away from the bus until the bus is securely stopped, and maintain a safe distance from the bus after exiting. The area just around the bus is known as “the danger zone.” It is important for students to maintain eye contact with the school bus driver in this zone. If you can see the driver, then the driver can see you.  READ MORE.

New Administrators Join Bearcat Nation
Along with the sights, sounds, changes and traffic, the new school year for Aledo ISD also begins with new teachers and administrators districtwide. 

Joining the staff at Aledo High School is Assistant Principal Bill Tommaney. Dr. Tommaney has served as an AP at elementary, middle-school and high-school levels in the Houston area since 2005. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from TCU, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Texas A&M University. AHS Principal Dan Peterson said, “We are excited to add Dr. Tommaney’s experience and talents to our administrative team at AHS. His past experience at the high-school level will allow him to influence our campus and have a positive impact with our students.”  READ MORE.

Pictured left to right are Bill Tommaney, Jennifer Hoover, Holly Elgin and David Sweeney.
 Join us in welcoming the following educators to Aledo ISD!
 
Aledo High School: Greg Wright, AP World History; Dr. Bill Tommaney, assistant principal; Casey Johnston, Ag teacher; Rob Robbirds, Engineer and Robotics; and Chris Davidson, Spanish

Aledo Learning Center: Teana Coffman, Science

Daniel Ninth Grade Campus: Daniel Shedd, Algebra and PAP Geometry; Julia Rucker, Theatre Arts and Communication Applications; and Stephen Reves, English 1

Aledo Middle School: Front row: Angela Krall, 7th Math; Heidi McAllister, 7th Science; and Michelle Grubbs, 8th Science; Middle row: Stacy Clive, Speech Therapist; Alyssa Seay, Special Education; and Susan Waters, Diagnostician; Back row: Matti Kruse, 8th Math; Simon Bosch, Band; and Sheryl Bradford, Girls Coach/ELA & Social Studies

McAnally Intermediate School: Back row: Shanna Smith, 6th Social Studies; Kelly Daves, 5th Science; Gabi Barton, 5th & 6th ELA/Math Lab; Traci Costlow, 5th Social Studies; David Sweeney, Assistant Principal; Next row: Trisha Huffman, Counselor; Chase Lampley, 5th & 6th Art; Next row: Deanne Torres, 6th Math; Dena Wittrock, 5th Science; Courtney Johnson, Diagnostician; Holly Elgin, Assistant Principal; Next row: Shae Segovia, 5th & 6th Resource Math & Lang. Arts; Andrea Figueroa, 5th Math; and Kelsie Tinker, Special Education Aide

Coder Elementary: Top Row: Meagann Shaunfield, 1st-grade; Samantha Elder - Kindergarten, Cynthia Turner, 3rd-grade; Front Row: Amy Carpenter, Speech Pathologist, and Jennifer Hoover, Assistant Principal

McCall Elementary: Chelsea Cook, 1st grade; and Jennifer Owens, Diagnostician

Vandagriff Elementary: Kim McCluer, Resource/Content Mastery Teacher; David Sweeney, Assistant Principal; and Phillis Bunch, Music Teacher

Special Programs: Heather Tinker, Behavior Intervention Specialist; and Staci Strickland, Occupational Therapist.
  
New Menu Prices for 2014-15 School Year

Elementary - $2.40   
Intermediate - $2.50   
AMS - $2.70   
DNGC and AHS - $2.95
Reduced Lunch - $ .40; Reduced Breakfast - $ .30
Breakfast - $1.50; Adult Breakfast - $2.00; Adult Lunch - $3.35
 

For  more complete information and to pay online, go to Cafeteria Services.
Aledo ISD Requires Proof of Residency

New and returning students to Aledo ISD schools are REQUIRED to provide proof of residency to enroll or to pick up schedules. The best time to provide this information is during the schedule pickup time for secondary grades, or at Meet the Teacher times for elementary grades. Please include your child’s name, grade and campus on the proof of residency. As a convenience, you may email or fax it to your child’s campus. If you email/fax the documents, please include your child’s name in the subject line. The deadline for submitting proof of residency is Sept. 5. If not turned in by this date, students WILL be withdrawn from school.  Read more.
New Traffic Pattern for McAnally Parents and Students

The 2014-15 school year brings many changes, and one of them is the new traffic pattern for dropping off and picking up students at McAnally Intermediate School. The map shows the highlighted changes in orange, where parent pick-up and drop-off entrance and exits will be on the north side of the school. Bus entrance and exit will be on the south side of the school. NO parking will be available on FM 5 in front of the school.  It will be extremely helpful for parents to familiarize themselves with the new route BEFORE the first day of school (Aug. 25) to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible.  

AISD Attendance Policy Changes

The AISD Student Handbook includes changes this year regarding student absences. The new handbook will be added to the AISD website when the school year begins. Meanwhile, here is a synopsis of the most relevant changes:
 
Reasons an absence shall be considered excused/absent: illness or death in the family of the child; quarantine of the child and family; weather or road conditions making travel dangerous; Aledo ISD Post-District UIL event; or college visit with older sibling.
 
Reasons, not limited to, an absence shall be considered unexcused/absent: shopping; personal; vacation; non-Aledo ISD-sponsored sports tournament and activities; car trouble; non-medical appointment; missed bus; or illness other than the immediate family.

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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