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Aledo ISD Remembers Jewell Elaine Vandagriff

After celebrating Valentine’s Day with cards made by the little hands of students from her namesake elementary campus, Ms. Jewell Elaine Vandagriff passed away quietly Wednesday following a period of illness. Ms. Vandagriff was often referred to as Aledo’s First Lady of Education, and she will be missed by all who knew her.
“Miss V,” as she was known by many of her students, taught at Aledo Elementary School her entire teaching career. She had a great impact on the lives of thousands of Aledo schoolchildren. The school was eventually renamed Vandagriff Elementary to honor her 26 years of teaching first grade.
Never having married, Ms. Vandagriff enjoyed her students tremendously, treating them as her own. She often tutored students long past first grade, continuing to follow many of them beyond high school.
Although Ms. Vandagriff lived in Weatherford all of her life, she belonged in the hearts of many Aledo Bearcats who will miss her lively spirit.

(Thanks to The Community News for contributing to this article.)

AHS Horse-Judging Teams Places Fourth

Congratulations to the Horse-Judging team and their fourth-place finish out of 143 teams. Team members are Cassady West, Julie Springer, Daeleigh Patridge and Simone Keck. Cassady was the seventh-high individual. These girls have worked hard and were shooting for the scholarship, but it just didn't happen this round. Congrats on a hard-fought effort.

AHS Swimmers on to State Competition

The Aledo swim team competed at the UIL Regional 2-5A Swimming Championships last week. Two Aledo girls advance to the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center this weekend. The Aledo girls’ team also advanced one relay to the State Championships. Read more.

(photo courtesy Kristin Morales)
State Honors Three AHS Band Students

Three members of the AHS Wind Ensemble qualified for State competition, which was held last weekend. Congratulations to Abby Losos, a junior, who won first chair flute in the 5A Symphonic Band. Freshman trumpeter Steven Haxel took fourth chair in the 5A Symphonic Band. Maddie Hardick, also a junior flutist, was named sixth chair in the 6A Philharmonic Orchestra. Maddie was first chair flute last year in the 5A symphonic band. Congratulations to these fine musicians!

UIL Academics Teams on Top!

UIL Academics competed in Mansfield this past weekend with the following results: Cheyenne Mahana placed fourth in Computer Applications. Kelsey Basler placed fifth in Ready Writing. Madison Bunting placed fourth in both Math and Calculator Applications. The team consisting of Alyssa Boblick, Ashlynn Comiskey, Brooke Byles, Kevin Robb and Madison Bunting placed first in Literary Criticism. The team of Benn Grimm, Brandon Byles, Collin Guest, Eric Peterson, and Travis Uhl placed second in Social Studies. Congratulations to these students!

World Read Aloud Day Celebrates the Joy of Reading

The annual World Read Aloud Day celebration was on Feb. 16 this year. On World Read Aloud Day, readers of all ages celebrate literacy and the “pure joy and power of reading aloud.” The images show McCall Elementary Assistant Principal Julie Choate reading to kindergartners in Mrs. Roe’s class, and AISD Chief of Police Fred Collie reading to first graders in Mrs. Elder’s class. See more photos on the AISD facebook page.

District 6-5A Boys Basketball Game to Determine Playoff Seeding

Aledo Bearcats (visitors) vs. Boswell (home)
Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Site: Azle HS
Tickets: $5/$3
Passes: UIL District 6-5A, TABC,THSCA, TGCA

January Sub of the Month

Melanie Bandy has been named the Substitute of the month for January 2017. Melanie has been a substitute with the District since February 2016. We are very grateful to Melanie, and to all of our substitutes, who do an amazing job for us.

Teacher Leader Academy Cohort Five Brings Together Vast Experience

Sixteen Aledo ISD district professionals comprise Aledo ISD’s Teacher Leader Academy for its fifth cohort. With teaching experience ranging from five years to more than 20 years, the group will use the academy to build leadership skills and improve professional practices among the district’s teachers.

Teacher leaders attending the kickoff meeting were Lindsey Coomer, Kelly Daves, Allison Dearman, Ashlee Elswick, Corina Flatten, Katie Graves, Karen Lasater, Kelli McCoy, Michelle McGuire, Emily Mooney, Ronna Montgomery, Barbara Russell, Amanda Streetman, Erin Tribble, Jamie Turner and Paula Vidaurri. Read more.
Ideal Meal

School Holiday Monday, Feb. 20

Aledo ISD campuses will have a student holiday Monday, Feb. 20, in honor of our nation's presidents. Classes will resume Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Aledo AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl

12TH Annual Aledo AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl
Bearcat Stadium, Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8 a.m.

Read more and register! Sponsorships available too!
AISD Board of Trustees Election May 6, 2017
Places 6 and 7 for the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees are on the ballot for the May 6 election. These seats are currently held by David Davis and Hoyt Harris, respectively. The deadline to file is Friday, Feb. 17. Applications may be filed in person at, or be mailed to:
Aledo ISD Administration
1008 Bailey Ranch Road
Aledo, Texas 76008
See more information.

Hyperlink Shows Progress Updates for Aledo ISD Elementary No. 5
Watch the phases of construction of Aledo ISD’s fifth elementary campus at this hyperlink. A time-lapse camera at the site is on loan to the district. It takes a high-level photo every eight minutes and adds it to the collection. Viewers can access specific dates and times to see activity. Eventually, once the school is completed, a comprehensive timeline will be available of the entire construction process to view in just a matter of a few minutes. Stay tuned!  
Aledo ISD Family Pass Offers Family Discounts to Athletic Events

Bearcat Store sells Family Passes for $50, which entitles an entire family admission to all Aledo ISD athletic events for the school year, with the exclusion of varsity football. Family passes are available at the store at the AISD Administration Building between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only one pass is available per family.

"Check Acceptance Policy"
Aledo ISD has established the following policy for accepting checks and collecting bad checks: For a check to be an acceptable form of payment, it must include your current, full and accurate name, and address and telephone number. When paying by check, you authorize the recovery of unpaid checks and the recovery of the state-allowed fee by means of electronic re-presentment. For assistance, please contact Paytek at 866-399-4101.
Aledo ISD Weather Alerts and School Closings

Official announcements regarding Aledo ISD school closings during inclement weather will be made on KXAS Channel 5 and WFAA Channel 8. When the situation permits, the district will also post closings to the district's website, Facebook page and Twitter (@aisdbearcats).

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