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.
Join us November 3 for the first Parenting University event!
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 email@example.com.
In serving their country, America's military men and women have walked the walk. Now, a nonprofit organization wants to shorten the steps of the nation's heroic wounded and disabled veterans. Parking Signs for Veterans aims to make the lives of veterans a little easier when they go to a large retail center or discount store.
The next dedication ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Bearcat Stadium in Aledo, Texas. Bearcat Stadium will become the first athletic field in Texas to provide signs for veterans. The public is invited and all veterans are urged to attend the unveiling of the signs.
AHS Game to be Broadcast on TXA 21
Jeff Watts Production will broadcast the Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury Pirates Varsity Football Game (tape delay) on TXA 21 Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m.
The Vandagriff Elementary Student Council is selling wristbands labeled “TEAM NICK AND ZEB/ NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE” to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and their sponsored Light the Night Event. This organization raises funds for Blood Cancers (Leukemia and Lymphoma). Nick Scott (AMS seventh-grader) and Zeb Montgomery (AMS eighth-grader) are former Vandagriff students, and are both currently in treatment for Leukemia. Nick is being treated for ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and Zeb is being treated for AML (acute myeloid leukemia).
This link explains the reason we are so passionate about donating to this organization. It came about as a result of a conversation with Nick in which he expressed appreciation for the money that had been raised for his family, but also wanted to know what was being done to fight the disease. Read more.
“We had a very successful three-week run at the State Fair of Texas, and it was great to have more young folks and families working together. Many do not know it, but FFA serves students from third grade through high school, and it is a pleasure to get to work with many of the elementary students,” said Aledo ISD Ag teacher Dave Marcath.
Aledo FFA ended up with one of its three Market Steers in the Sale at Dallas. Bryan Sadler made the sale with his 1190 lb. steer, and sold for a healthy profit in the Sale of Champions. “It is a pretty big honor to make the sale, as only 10-percent of the livestock qualify.” Marcath said.
Tailor Doyle, Ashlee Melton and Kannon Kirk all had top five finishes in their respective breeds. Blaze Mayes of Aledo Middle School had a top-20 goat. Bryan Sadler had a class-winning heifer, brothers Carter and Corbin Haber, Mikayla Thompson, Coit Webster and Carter Smith all had top two finishes in the Heifer Shows. Edward man exhibited several meat rabbits to top five class finishes in the rabbit show.
Bryan Sadler Blaze Mayes
Carter Haber Edward Mann
Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury Pirates
Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 at Bearcat Stadium
Pre-sell tickets: $7 adults, $4 students; All tickets at the gate: $8
Tickets may be purchased at the AISD Administration Building Tuesday through 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
Aledo Middle School seventh-grader Janessa Payne has qualified for the 2014 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Cowboys Team Championship competition after an exceptional performance in the Sectional competition. She will compete Saturday, Nov. 1, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Janessa says the competition involves measurement, accuracy and distance. She has been practicing for three years after her mother initially suggested the idea. “I’m really excited about this weekend because if I win, I get to go to the AFC and NFC championship games,” she said.
First-place finishers will be introduced at this Sunday’s Cowboy game, and will have their scores submitted to the NFL. Once all 32 NFL teams have completed their PP&K Team Championships, the scores will be ranked. Then, the Top Four finishers in each age group will advance to the PP&K National Championship to be held at an NFL Playoff game in January 2015.
Congratulations, Janessa, and good luck!!!
Aledo Ladycats vs. Trimble Tech Lady Bulldogs
Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.
Brewer High School
1025 West Loop 820 North
Fort Worth, TX 76108
Watch AMS PreAP Science Teacher Alicia Albin and her classroom from a recent Real Science in the Classroom segment with Jeff Jamison on KTVT-11. It’s obvious she makes science fun!
Congratulations to the Aledo Varsity Boys Cross Country team for winning their third District Championship in a row! All five varsity boys medaled in winning the District 8-5A Championship with a team record of 24 points. Senior Captain Colby Caldwell ran a spectacular race with a time of 16:25 just two seconds behind the first place leader. Senior Co-Captains Michael Meadows and Oaklin Davis medaled in 3rd and 6th place. Sophomore runner Harrison Tillman finished in 5th place with a time of 16:44, and junior Kyle Gribble medaled in 8th place with a personal best time of 16:55.
The varsity girls finished in 4th place overall and were led by medalists Rachel Power for a 4th place and freshman Gracie Johnson for 10th place. Both of these girls will run at Regionals next Friday in Lubbock, along with our varsity boys.
Coach Stan Reid said, “We want to thank our parents, teachers, administrators, and staff for their support for a spectacular season.”
JV Cheer Makes a Statement for Breast-Cancer Awareness!
To help students make healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week and always, McCall Student Council sponsored a Door Decorating Contest this year. Every door had to communicate a drug-free or healthy-living message, include something from each student, and have at least one recycled object in the design. The winning doors from each class are attached. Winning classes are getting a popcorn treat along with Red Ribbon Week necklaces!
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.
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
“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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.