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Upcoming Events
Today
Repeating Event - Early Voting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
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.

District officials will be in regular communication with the Parker County Health Department. We will amend any procedures, as necessary, if new information comes to us that there has been possible exposure or isolation with regard to anyone in our school community.

All district facilities are cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis to provide for a pleasant, safe, and healthy learning environment. The safety and well-being of our students and the entire Bearcat family is our top priority.  We will keep open lines of communication with the entire school community regarding any health concerns.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your campus principal or Scott Kessel, Aledo ISD Director of Student Services & Safety at 817-441-5161 or skessel@aledoisd.org.

For additional information and resources on Ebola, please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/index.html or view the Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of State Health Services.

Ebola announcement in Spanish
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.

Brown Bag Lunches Coming Soon to an Elementary Near You

Join Dr. Derek Citty, Aledo ISD superintendent, as he visits each of the four elementary campuses in October for a Brown Bag Lunch. He will discuss 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!

McCall Elementary -- Oct. 22 -- 12 noon
Coder Elementary -- Oct. 29 -- 12 noon
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!"

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 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.

Bearcat Regiment Makes FINALS; Named Best in Class
Saturday, Oct. 4, was a fantastic day for the Bearcat Regiment. It was the third time in the history of the Bearcat Regiment/AHS Band to make the FINALS at a Bands of America Regional/Super Regional. This was the band’s highest placement ever in its history of Bands of America contests. The Regiment also won Best in Class 2A , Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect.

Director of Bands Joey Paul said, “I’m looking forward to continuing to improve the process for the remainder of the season. I’m so proud of the kids and staff.”

A total of 25 bands participated on Saturday, with 10 advancing to the finals. In the photo below, the Bearcat Regiment is the smallest band and is standing on the 45 yard line. For it to place so highly is quite a feat among these much larger school bands.

Hebron (Lewisville), Marcus (Lewisville), Flower Mound (Lewisville), L.D. Bell (HEB), Coppell, Aledo, Wakeland (Frisco), Mansfield, Richland (Birdville) and L.V. Berkner (Richland).

   
Aledo Anglers Tournament Results
 
Fourteen members of the Aledo Anglers' Club participated in the Texas High School Bass Association's first tournament of the year on Joe Pool Lake, September 27, 2014.  One of our teams, Weston Hudspeth and Calvin Wolf, captained by Bill Hudspeth, placed 5th among 77 boats entered.  Aledo Anglers came in 5th overall in school standings with a total weight of 9.14 lbs.  Seventeen different schools were represented in the tournament.  Our next tournament will be October 25 on Lake Texoma.  Aledo Anglers' Club participants were: Brandon Bartholow, Ryan Bartholow, Jet Weatherly, Ross Moncrief, Calvin Wolf, Weston Hudspeth, Garret Cutler, Garrett Pruett, Jack McAdams, Brandon Dominguez, Carson McCone, Wyatt Young, Cole Turner, Ryan Walker.
AMS Teacher’s First Book Reels in Readers
Aledo ISD has relied on its teaching staff to wear multiple hats from time to time. Some teach more than one subject, or combine teaching with coaching, lead extracurricular activities, etc. Some even choose to be published, with articles in educational journals, professional publications and the like.

Newest to be published on the AISD roster is Aledo Middle School social studies teacher Jason Patterson. His book, “Shades of Ecclesiastes, Essays from a Texas Sportsman” is a compilation of essays on some of his favorite pastimes, particularly duck hunting. READ MORE.

All Region Jazz Results Set Course for Area Competition

Congratulations to the following musicians who competed in the All Region Jazz Auditions last week at Paschal High School. These students advance Area competition, and will participate in the All Region Jazz Clinic and concert Nov. 17-18 in Burleson: Charles Hetreed, Trombone Jazz 1; Nicholas Losos, Trombone Jazz 1; Hunter Lyon, Tenor Saxophone Jazz 1; Zen Pool, Trumpet Jazz 1; and Noah Roper, Bass Trombone Jazz 1.

 
AHS Drumline Wins Best Front Ensemble

Congratulation to the Aledo High School Drumline for placing second and for receiving BEST FRONT ENSEMBLE in Classification 5A at the HEB Drumline Clinic Contest on Sept. 13.

Last May, these students won the Percussive Arts Society International Convention contest for several recordings they submitted last spring. They were invited to be showcased at the PASIC convention November 19-22. Since early summer, these students have put in countless hours preparing their 2014 Marching Show – Defiance – as well as preparing for their PASIC performance in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the largest percussion event in the world, featuring more than 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. The finest artists from all over the world are invited to present and perform at PASIC. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness. The convention's International Drum and Percussion Expo is held annually with more than 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest in percussion instruments, gear, publications and services.

The next PASIC preview concert is Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the AHS auditorioum. Please come out and show your support before they depart for Indianapolis!



Back row: Noah Williams, Ethan Thomas, Claire Whitbold, Brooke Byles, Summer Rogers, Brandon Cline; Front row: Elissa Tatum, Will Matthews, Jenna Watenpaugh, Hunter Herriage, Carmen Rousseau
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!
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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