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District Announcements
Stuard Book Drive Benefits Center of Hope

First graders in Mrs. McGee’s class at Stuard Elementary showed off a portion of their collection of books before donating them to the Center of Hope today. The entire school donated books for the campus’ service project, and now the books will be used in the summer camp programs the Center sponsors.

Michelle Buchanan is the director of Family Programs for the Center of Hope. She said the Center works with two Aledo-area neighborhoods during the summer for Camp Hope. “We read with kids, cook with kids, and play with them so they will continue to read, learn and grow over the summer.” The camps meet in eight places and reach around 600 kids each summer.

Stuard Elementary selects a new service project each six weeks with different grades sponsoring each effort. Previous projects have included drives for clothing, canned goods, school supplies and more. The collections are shared with various local agencies.


Pictured with the students are Principal Ron Shelton, Teacher Wendee McGee, Family Program Director Michelle Buchanan and Center of Hope Director Elizabeth Slaughter.

Gridiron 4A Coach of the Year

AISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tim Buchanan won 4A Coach of the Year. Senior Preston Bradham was a semifinalist for Scholar Athlete of the Year. He played Offensive Lineman for the Aledo Bearcats. Congratulations! 

Inspiring Artists Compete in Vans Shoe-Design Competition

In a local competition, four students were selected to design shoes for Vans Custom Culture, a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Pictured from left to right are Art Teacher Mrs. Shelton (standing in for Skylar Wentz), Skylar Manning, Sydney Gloor and Tori Stewart. 



The Top Five finalists of this national competition will be flown to New York City for an exclusive Vans Custom Culture Final Event where the winner will be selected. The grand-prize winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their art program, and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans' retail stores. The four runner-up schools will also receive money for their art programs.

The Vans Custom Culture art competition is in its fifth year. It serves to inspire high-school students across the United States to embrace their creativity, and draws attention to the importance of art as an integral part of our schools' focus in the face of shrinking budgets.

Seniors Win at District Attorney Art Show

Two seniors from Aledo High School, Leslie Richardson, and Conner West, both won at the District Attorney Art Show. Leslie won Best of Show and received a $500 scholarship from Weatherford High School. Conner won Second place and received $200. Junior Brooke Johnson won $50. This is the seventh year for this contest.

AHS Photography Teacher Sandra Sawyer says she is excited to see her students excel. She also said, “Please come see all of our students’ work on April 24th, at Aledo High School from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. All photos are for sale for $10. It’s a great way to collect works from up-and-coming artists.”

Lisa Mehrhoff, the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Parker County Attorney's Office, said, “We appreciate you guys so much. We have enjoyed your participation over these last few years, and always look forward to the next offerings!”
 


Leslie Richardson's photo                                        Conner West's photo

Males Wanted for AHS Colorguard Tryouts
Looking for a few good males to join the award-winning Colorguard. If you've ever wondered about spinning a rifle and sabre, come check it out! Click for details!
Artists Place First-through-Third at Weatherford Competition

Three budding artists from Daniel Ninth Grade Campus won in the Mixed Media and Beginner Painting divisions at the recent Weatherford Art Association annual high school art competition. Mikayla Poland placed First for Beginner Mixed Media, Carmen Rousseau won Second place for Beginner Mixed Media, Ashlyn Comiskey placed Third in Beginner Painting, and Skylar Dillon was named Honorable Mention for Beginner Mixed Media. Congratulations!
 


AHS Tennis Competes for STATE Title

Congratulations to Nikki Adamie for reaching the quarter-finals of the Regional Tennis Tournament, and special congratulations to Erik Meendsen and Ryan Howell for being the first players in the history of Aledo High School tennis to win a Regional  4ATennis Tournament. They will now be one of 8 Boys Doubles Teams to compete for the STATE title on April 28 in Austin.  Good luck, Racquetcats!!

Shattered Dreams Parent Awareness Workshop

***OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***

Please join the Aledo ISD Police Department and our Community Partners as we heighten parent awareness to teenage impaired and distracted driving.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7-9 p.m.
Don R. Daniel Ninth Grade Campus
990 Bailey Ranch Rd, Aledo, TX 76008

READ MORE. 

Marva Collins Awards Showcases Some of AISD’s Finest!

The annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards was a night of shining stars as teachers and professionals from across the district were recognized for their outstanding service and passion for their positions. Not everyone nominated for awards could possibly win, yet the evening celebrated some of AISD’s finest. Winners at the event were:  

Anita Callaway, Teacher of the Year
Randal McKinney, Secondary Teacher of the Year
Holly Elgin, Intermediate Teacher of the Year
Janie Baucum, Elementary Teacher of the Year
Rebekah Getz, Beginning Teacher of the Year
Dan Peterson, Don R. Daniel Principal of the Year
Brenda Day, Marsha Miholovich Professional Support Award
Julie Hall, Dan Manning IDEA Award
Linda Hudson, VLK Architects Technology Award
Ronnie Wilcox, Buford-Thompson Company Transportation Award
Jeff Smith, Buford-Thompson Company Maintenance Award
Angie Owen, Moritz/Hardick Child Nutrition Award
Lindsey Coomer, Moritz/Hardick Paraprofessional Award

Congratulations to these and all of our exceptional nominees! View a slideshow on the District Facebook page.



Winner Anita Callaway is pictured here with Bill Arnold of the Reilly Family Foundation and Dr. Derek Citty, AISD Superintendent.

Kindergarten Roundup Brings in New Students
Kindergarten registration last week brought an influx of new kiddos to Aledo ISD elementary schools to sign up for the 2014-15 school year. Here, Jeni Frazier enrolls her son, Holt Frazier, at Coder Elementary. 
AHS Senior Invited to Play in THSCA All-Star Game

AHS Senior Caleb Buchanan has been selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at the Alamodome. The All-Star Football Game, now in its 80th year, will be played on July 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The South team will be coached by Bob Gillis of El Campo High School, and the North will be coached by Joey McGuire of Cedar Hill High School. Caleb will play on the North team. Congratulations!


For additional information, please click on this link: http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/24891919/article-TEXAS-HIGH-SCHOOL-COACHES-ASSOCIATION-ANNOUNCES-ALL-STARS-FOR-THE-THSCA-2014-ALL-STAR-GAMES-?instance=home_news_bullets

Equine Judging Team Qualifies for State

Aledo FFA had an excellent week at the Area Equine Judging Contest and Qualified for the State FFA Judging Contest in Lubbock.   This team has had a tremendous work ethic and has a real passion for Horse Evaluation. When the weather doesn’t always cooperate, this team is still practicing when most people would not want to be out in the elements.  Senior Connor West finished Fourth overall in the contest, and has been the head coach of the team from the beginning.  Pictured from left to right are Molly Spitler, Connor West, Cassaday West and Carey Williams.


Ladycats Named to All-District Teams
Congratulations to the Ladycats Soccer players who were named to All-District teams. Maddy Lozano was named Offensive Player of the Year. On First Team are Kristen Schultz, Shelby Brown, Peyton Laughley, Sydney Laughley and Sydney Barb. Named to the Second Team are Brittney Trought, Kaitlin Detherage, Haley Knesek and Sydney Vancuren.


Back row: Kristen Schultz, Maddy Lozano, Brittney Trought, Kaitlin Detherage, Shelby Brown and Haley Knesek; Front row: Peyton Laughley, Sydney Laughley, Sydney Vancuren and Sydney Barb
Bearcat Season Football Tickets Still Available

Some reserved seats are still available for the 2014 Bearcat football season. Tickets may be purchased Saturday, May 3, at the AISD Administration Building between noon and 3 p.m. Payment is required at the time of purchase for tickets and parking. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are acceptable forms of payment. Call 817-441-8327 for information. Go Bearcats!

AHS Varsity Winterguard Wins Silver

The Aledo High School varsity Winterguard received the silver medal in the National A class of the North Texas Colorguard Association competition. The junior varsity received a silver medal in the Regional A class, and the AMS Colorguard won silver in the Cadet division. Congratulations!


Back row left to right: Director Junior Marquez, Sydney Ellebracht, Madeline Bane, Katy Drew, Olivia Keating, Sheridan Karl, Hayley Grubbs, De'Aun Johnson and Emilie Slack; Front row left to right: Sara Iadarola, Melissa Haertling, Alyssa Leifeste, Melissa Stewart and Nicole Cline

Varsity Tennis Takes District 7-4A; Advancing to Rgionals

Congratulations to the Aledo Varsity Tennis Team. The ENTIRE team advanced to Day Two of the District 7-4A Tennis Tournament held this week at TCU. Aledo walked away walked away with First Place in Girls Singles (Nikki Adamie), Boys Doubles (Ryan Howell/Erik Meendsen) and Mixed Doubles (Noah Shibley/Marilyn Plunk).  Aledo took Second Place in Girls Singles (Elizabeth Larson) and Mixed Doubles (Sarah Goolsby/Brian Young). Third Place honors went to Boys Singles (Ridge Stringer), Girls Doubles (Kate Mazade/Lindsey Bradford) and Boys Doubles (John Michael Barron/Hayden Posey). Fourth Place went to Aledo in Boys Singles (Steven Johnson) and Girls Doubles (Sarah Hadley Duncan/Mallory Clay). Awesome job, Aledo Varsity Tennis!!

Back row:  Ryan Howell, John-Michael Barron, Noah Shibley, Brian Young; Middle row: Hayden Posey, Sarah Hadley Duncan, Elizabeth Larson, Nikki Adamie , Marilyn Plunk, Ridge Stringer, Erik Meendsen, Steven Johnson; Front row: Sarah Goolsby, Mallory Clay, Kate Mazade, Lindsey Bradford, Coach Karl Richter

First and Second Place finishers, pictured below, will compete in the Regional Tournament in Abilene next week.

Back Row:  Sarah Goolsby, Elizabeth Larson, Nikki Adamie, Brian Young, Marilyn Plunk, Noah Shibley; Front Row:  Erik Meendsen, Coach Karl Richter, Ryan Howell

Ladycats Golf Teams Win District 7-4A Tourney; Advance to Regions

The Varsity Ladycats golf teams took 1st and 2nd place in the District 7-4A golf tournament this week at Pecan Valley Golf Course. The Black team of Cheyenne Knight, Savannah Moody, Taylor Brookshire, Quincy Ballard and Taryn Pittman won the District Championship, and now advance to Regionals in Abilene. The Orange team of Mary Katherine Ingram, Elizabeth Boll, Emily Barkell, Maddie Clemens, Sarah Price and Annie Baldwin won Second place and will also advance to Regionals. Cheyenne Knight won the Individual Girls Championship, shooting 69-72; Taylor Brookshire placed Second, and Quincy Ballard, Third. Overall, the Aledo Ladycats had eight girls in the top 10 individually. The girls will play in Abilene at Diamondback Golf Club in the Regional Tournament April 16 and 17. Good Luck!!


AHS Choir Earns Sweepstakes at UIL!!
For the first time since 2008, the Aledo High School varsity choir scored Sweepstakes at its UIL competition. And according to Choir Director Karen Paul, it was their most challenging program ever. Congratulations!!

 

Pictured here are Katja Browning, Haley Jo Colley, Cassie Dale, Callie Deen, Lindsey Dover, Randye-Nicoel Harris, Brenda Kindred, Kelcee Kinnibrugh, Whitney Lathrop, Sara Leifeste, Zoe Morrison, Victoria Neumann, Tiffany Nichols, Abby Patty, Summer Richman, Chandler Roberts, Jillian Robison, Autumn Simpson, Danielle Springer, Raechl Staley, Julianna Sutterfield, Alexandria Warner, Jenna Watenpaugh and Maddi Willis.
UK Elite Soccer Coaches Teach at AHS Clinic

Ladycat Soccer Coach Bryan Johnson has a habit of going above and beyond to help his students, both in academics and athletics. With his Ladycat Soccer teams in mind, Johnson applied for and won a specialized clinic sponsored by National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer.com. The resulting clinic was this week and included two coaches from UK Elite, both from England, who worked with the girls on their soccer skills. UK Elite is sponsored by Soccer.com, and is a professional soccer training company based in southern New Hampshire with offices, summer camps and various programs in several states, including Texas. Read more about the clinic.


Coach Johnson is in the center, flanked by UK Elite coaches Dan and Paul. See a slideshow of the clinic. Photos courtesy of Lori McMillan, soccer mom of AHS sophomore Courtney McMillan.


Shattered Dreams Program Needs Your Help!

The Aledo PTO is hosting the hospitality room on Thursday, April 17. This will be the central location where students are brought once they are pulled from their classrooms as they participate in the program. Here, the PTO will feed the involved students and volunteers throughout the day. We need your help to make this happen. Please sign up for a time slot to come in and volunteer. Go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C48ACAF2DA57-2014/16686651     Read more.

AHS Senior Wins Exemplary Award at State VASE Competition

Three students from Aledo High School attended the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event Competition in College Station last weekend. There were 26,700 entries, of which 1,626 went to the state competition. Of those, 162 won Gold Seals. Congratulations to AHS senior Callie Mendenhall who had a perfect score and achieved the Exemplary award!!


Upcoming Parent Meetings at McAnally
Parents of upcoming 5th and 6th graders 2014-15 are invited to an informational meeting regarding next school year. To accommodate everyone, there are two meeting times:

  • Vandagriff & Stuard parents are invited to attend Tuesday, April 29th.
  • McCall & Coder parents are invited to attend Thursday, May 1st.
Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the McAnally Cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing each of you and beginning our journey together!  Should you be unable to attend this meeting, we will post this information via video presentation on the McAnally website.
Commissioner Approves Waivers for Four Missed Days of School
Aledo ISD experienced an unusually high number of school cancellations due to weather issues this year. According to the adopted school calendar, two of the makeup days will occur on Friday, April 18, and Monday, May 26.

The district requested waivers from the Texas Education Agency for the remaining number of missed days. The commissioner approved the request, so the remaining four days missed will not have to be made up. The last day of school is Thursday, June 5.


Important Dates for the May 10, 2014, AISD Trustee Election,
Places 6 And 7

April 28 - First day of early voting
May 6 - Last day of early voting
May 10 - ELECTION DAY 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Graduation’s Around the Corner; Mark Your Calendar!


June 1: Baccalaureate 3 p.m. @ AHS Auditorium
June 8: Graduation 7 p.m.
Mansfield Fine Arts Center
1110 West Debbie Lane
Mansfield, Texas 76063

Summer Camp Signups Beginning Now!

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ummer camp signups have just begun. Watch the Summer Camps tab on the lefthand side of this page to stay up-to-date on the latest offerings!
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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