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Record Number of AISD Artists Get Top Scores

A record 62 art students from Aledo High School and Daniel Ninth Grade Campus received top scores and were awarded divisional medals at the Region XI Visual Art Scholastic Event. Now, six of those will advance to the 2016 State VASE event on April 22-23 in San Antonio. They are: freshmen Kaelee Hero and Kiersten Hart; sophomore Naila Wilson; and seniors Desiree Bolin, Shelby Brittain and Alyssa Lockhart. Congratulations to all the artists who competed in this statewide event! See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.
The mission of the TAEA Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve.

AHS Wind Ensemble Invites You to Two Extraordinary Performances
The Aledo High School Wind Ensemble performs their TMEA 5A State Send-off Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Jerry Durant Weatherford High School Auditorium. Then, the TMEA 5A State Concert is Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Lila Cockrell Theatre (Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center) in San Antonio, Texas. Both concerts are free to the public. This performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. AHS band directors, students and proud parents would be honored for all to attend this very special evening. READ MORE.

Photo courtesy of Gittings/Rick Bettinger photographer.
AISD Student Holiday/Staff Development Feb. 15

Monday, Feb. 15, is a student holiday and staff development day. Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

AHS Team Swims to Regionals!

Congratulations to the Aledo Swim Team for advancing to Regionals. The girls’ team placed Second in District, and the entire team finished Fourth. Ten members of the swim team will attend the Regional prelims on Friday and the Finals on Saturday. Way to go, Bearcats!

Winterguard Proves Spectacular at Opening Competition
Winterguard Proves Spectacular at Opening Competition


The Winterguard season has opened with spectacular results for Varsity, who won First place at their first competition of the year. It was held Jan. 23 at Lamar High School. The Varsity Guard is in the highly competitive National A Classification. Their show, “Confession,” is a beautifully written show, set in a church with pews and a stained-glass window. The Varsity Guard will perform Feb. 6, at the WGI Dallas Regional competition at Thomas Coliseum in Fort Worth. The Guard’s Preliminary performance will be at 11:28 a.m., with a Finals performance later in the evening, depending on placement.

The J.V. Guard, pictured below, moved up this year READ MORE.

Aledo Leaders Represents at Sky Ranch

All four AISD elementary campuses sent their Student Council leaders to Sky Ranch recently for a great day of leadership training with District 3 Texas Association of Student Councils. More than 100 fourth-grade leaders represented Aledo ISD, and did an amazing job. Shannon Reynolds, McCall Counselor, will also be serving as the District Advisor for TASC District 3 for the 2016-17 school year, so more opportunities like Sky Ranch will be planned. We are very proud of our young leaders!
AHS Signs 15 on National Letter of Intent Day

Congratulations to these Aledo High School athletes who signed with various universities to continue their athletic careers:

Larry Brown, Texas A&M Commerce, Football
John Michael Collins, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Football
Hunter Harris, University of Kansas, Football
Garrett Hyles, Colorado School of Mines, Football
Jack McAdams, Colorado School of Mines, Football
Matthew McCartney, Hardin-Simmons University, Football
Patrick Peek, University of New Mexico, Football
Cailey Bills, MidAmerican Christian University, Soccer
Haley Knesek, Lubbock Christian University, Soccer
Maddie Lozano, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Soccer
Kara Williams, Friends University, Soccer
Lane Vidaurri, North Carolina Sports University, Soccer
Hallie Smith, Centenary College of Louisiana, Softball
La’Kryshna Johnson, Navarro College, Softball
Jacob Ashkinos, Cisco College, Baseball

See photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page, courtesy Mandy McCarley.

K-9 Officers Search AHS and DNG Campuses

Two K-9 officers from Dallas County Schools conducted searches for drugs, weapons and other contraband at Aledo High School and the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus this week.

Corporal Mark Ladusau with his partner Wyatt, and Officer Daniel Mach with his partner Cora, searched several classrooms, a band hall, locker rooms in the field house and a large parking lot.

Fred Collie, Chief of Aledo I.S.D’s Police Department, stated “although no drugs, weapons or contraband were located, random searches will continue in an effort to ensure the safety and security of Aledo I.S.D.’s students, faculty and staff.”

See more photos on the AISD facebook page.

Lions Club Poster Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Brandon Raettig, who submitted his poster in the Lions Club Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Brandon brought home First place, which included a $100 gift card. Way to go Brandon!

Aledo Learning Center Presents 20 Grads
The Aledo Learning Center presented its January 2016 class of students at graduation exercises at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus last night. They are: Hunter Kylar Adkins, Justin Andrew Brewer, Kaycee Deanne Cantrell, Chandler Chance Douglas, Morgan Noelle Dumas, Mykel Mequade Eades, Michael Jason Heath, Kensey Lynn Henderson, Garrett Alvin Jones, Mason Lamar Langston, Kaylee Gail Laverty, Michael Landry McGrath, Troy Jared Moen, Ryan Cliffton Moore, Kolton Lloyd Murray, Andrew David Parmer, Mikayla Marie Poland, Aaron Thomas Stevens, Sydney Michelle Tolson and Jazzmine Jakayla Williams. READ MORE.
McAnally Speller Wins on “Magnifier”
Students at McAnally participated in the annual Spelling Bee, which took eight rounds before sixth-grader Jody Spikes was declared the winner. The well-prepared students progressed quickly through the word list on the students’ study guides. The Bee ended in a section of words students had not been given in advance. Congratulations to Jody and to runner-up sixth-grader Ashlyn Bailey.  They are accompanied here by Social Studies Teacher Kortnye Eagleton and Principal Zach Tarrant.
McAnally Geography Bee has a Winner!
McAnally Intermediate School Social Studies teachers recently administered a Geography Quiz in their classrooms. The top 10 fifth-graders and the top 10 sixth-graders were chosen to participate in the school’s annual Geography Bee. Seven rounds were played during the Bee with questions ranging from U.S. Geography to Waters of the World. The students were allowed two misses before they were eliminated. Jaxon Tart (sixth grade) was declared the winner after not missing any questions during the Bee. Fifth-grader Hogan Posey was named runner-up. They are accompanied here by Principal Zach Tarrant.

Join us for a Make Education a Priority Announcement

Please join us as we announce our nonprofit status and share our vision – Working Together for All Students in Public Education

On Feb. 10, 2016, Make Education a Priority will announce its progression from a grassroots movement to a nonprofit organization, and outline a vision of advocacy for the benefit of all students in public education. This announcement will be at 1 p.m. in the Aledo ISD Administration Building at 1008 Bailey Ranch Road; Aledo, Texas 76008.  READ MORE

Seniors Select Mr. & Miss AHS

Congratulations to Mr. and Miss AHS Ben Lawley and Haylee Reed, and to all the other outstanding seniors who received accolades at this week's awards ceremony!

Teacher Leader Academy Cohort Four Kicks Off

The fourth cohort of the AISD Teacher Leader Academy convened last week to begin the new year with another group of district professionals. The overarching goal of the academy is to build leadership skills and improve professional practices among teachers. The initiative for this first gathering was to introduce additional goals of the program and to offer networking exercises for the group to get to know each other quickly.

Teacher leaders attending were Robin Bateman (AHS), Meri Bertram (AMS), Maria Brown (AMS), Erica Crowder (Coder), Emma Cyrocki (Vandagriff), Janie Hampton (AHS), Louisa McQuade (McAnally), Sarah Mendoza (AMS), Della Reed (McAnally), Carol Rodgers (Coder), Steven Smith (AHS), Cynthia Turner (Coder), Kari Ward (McAnally), and Carrie Young (McCall). READ MORE.

Future Business Leaders Medal in Keller
Five AHS members of school's Future Business Leaders of American chapter attended the Area Conference at Central High School in Keller last week, and all came home with medals! Erin Weiss was elected Area 7 president for next year. She and her partner Gracie Pulliam placed first in the Public Service Announcement competition. Rebecca Tague placed second in Public Speaking, and the Dobransky brothers brought home a first-place medal in Sports and Entertainment Management. Sixteen other high schools in the area attended the competition. Special congratulations to these students!

Brandon Dobransky, Austin Dobransky, Erin Weiss, Rebecca Tague and Gracie Pulliam
UIL Academics Wins Sweepstakes!
The Aledo High School UIL Academic team won Sweepstakes at the Tarrant County College Invitational meet with the Science, Literature Criticism, Social Studies teams winning First place, and both Computer Science teams winning First and Second places. Congratulations!!
Individual winners were: Amanda Miller (First), Computer Apps; Daniel Chruscielski (First) Computer Science and (Third) Spelling; Grace Holt (First) Lit Crit; Isabella McConley (Third) Lit Crit; Kiersten Hart (Second) Headline Writing; Hannah Jackson (First) News Writing and (Third) Feature Writing; Kelly Marshall (Second) Persuasive Speaking; Drew Ingram (Second) Science and (Third) Social Studies: Perry Hurd (Third) Social Studies; Garrett Schmidt (First) Social Studies; Joe Barbeau (Third) Computer Science; and Brenna Young (Second) Lincoln Douglas Debate.

Students pictured are Kevin Robb, Marshall Klansek, Joe Barbeau, Joanna Bastian, Paige Klima, Isabella McConley, Victoria Neaumann, Daniel Chruscielski, Tanner Legvold, Cassie Dale, Kiersten Hart, Hannah Jackson, Jesse Graham, Grace Holt, and Amanda Miller.
History in the Making for the AHS Wind Ensemble
Momentous Dates for Your Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m.
TMEA 5A Honor Band Send-Off/Preview Concert at Weatherford High School Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 p.m.
TMEA 5A Honor Band State Concert at Lila Cockrell Auditorium/Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio at the TMEA Music Convention


Aledo ISD Board of Trustees General Election May 7

Election Day for Places 4 and 5 on the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 7. The first day to file with the district is Jan. 20. For the first time, applicants may now download information packets online HERE. The packets include the 2016 schedule for elections, a Campaign Finance Guide for candidates and officeholders, a brochure with What You Need to Know about political advertising and more. Applications also may be submitted online to Ann Grace at The last day to file is Feb. 19.

Aledo ISD Education Foundation Gala April 1, 2016

No fooling! Mark your calendar for April 1 and put a shine on your boots for next spring's annual Bearcats & Boots fundraiser for the AISD Education Foundationl This year's event will be at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Stay tuned for more information.

Aledo ISD Phone App Available NOW!

If you haven’t already, now’s the time! Download the official Aledo ISD app today to get the latest and greatest news happening NOW in Aledo ISD. (Don’t worry, it’s free!) 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 through Parent Portal. Go to the App Store on your smart phone to find the Aledo ISD phone app.

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