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District Announcements
Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 30


 
Aledo ISD schools and offices will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 30. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 31. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Early Release Schedules for May 31 and June 1

Aledo ISD campuses for grades 5-12 will follow an early release schedule on Tuesday, May 31. Classes will dismiss at 12:40 p.m. All grades will have early release on June 1, the last day of school for AISD. Elementary campuses will dismiss at 11:40 a.m., and grades 5-12 will dismiss at 12:40 p.m. Buses will run accordingly.

Inaugural AISD STEAM Carnival Huge Success!

All elements of the school district’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program were represented at the inaugural carnival at Daniel Ninth Grade Campus. Students and teachers from each of AISD’s nine campuses organized and operated booths and tables to engage young and old alike in the facets of STEAM. Collaborative painting, robotics, Rubik’s cubes of all shapes and sizes, Makey Makey inventions, Minecraft and Plinko games, and much, much more delighted all. Weatherford College brought a fire simulator that gave students a hands-on feeling of fighting real fires. Its mobile instructional lab was also was on hand to demonstrate an instructional environment that promotes continued educational growth in various occupational skills.
 
Aledo ISD is the first district to host a STEAM carnival in the Region XI service area. This new concept for learning was the brainchild of DNGC art teacher Arlene Shelton.
 
“STEAM education encourages innovation through project-based integrated learning,” Mrs. Shelton said. “In addition, STEAM gives voice to those students who may not be whiz kids, performers or athletes. I have witnessed many ‘lost’ students find their creative spirit in the STEAM Studio. I would like to thank the Aledo Educational Foundation for funding so many grants that encourage STEAM, including the principals’ grant which, has allowed our DNGC STEAM Studio to enrich the lives of so many students.” READ MORE. See lots of photos on the AISD facebook page.
Aledo ISD Substitutes of the Month
Mary Tatum and Ryan Haley have been named the Substitutes of the month for April 2016. Mary has been a substitute with the District since 2013 and Ryan joined us this year. They both worked a record number of days in April, working at any campus doing any job that was needed. We are very grateful to Mary and Ryan, and to all of our substitutes who have done an amazing job for us this year!

AHS Colorguard Looking for a Few MORE Good Men/Women

Announcing the 2016-2017 Highsteppers Drill Team
Congratulations to the AHS Highstepper Drill Team for the upcoming school year!


Emma Nelson, Selena Raguet, Taylor Yates, Alexa Martin (Officer), Meg Williams (Officer), Ty Henderson, Allison Turner, Alana Martinec (Captain); Not pictured: Cameron Perry
Congratulations to Noah Collins

Kudos to Noah Collins, who signed today with Tarleton State University for Track & Field. Noah is pictured here with his coach, Blake Christenson, his parents, Randy and Jennifer, sister Sophie, and AISD Athletic Director Tim Buchanan. He is also surrounded by a group of friends and supporters! Congratulations!

McAnally Band Rates Best in Class!


At the recent NRH20 Musical Festival, the McAnally Band received First Division, Superior and Best in Class ratings, making it the Best Beginner Band of the Day! Director Mike Robinson said the group was selected as the outstanding band of the day from 19 beginner, non-varsity middle school, jazz bands and varsity groups. “I’m extremely proud of these kids,” he said.

Judges commented on the performance, saying “you guys don’t sound like a beginner band!” Other comments included:
• “Good ensemble sound/blend.”
• “Racing trumpets at beginning – YES!”
• “Percussion section is solid and CONTROLLED!”
• “Terrific REAL music – what a group!”
• “Outstanding teaching and learning happening in Aledo!”

Congratulations to Mr. Robinson and these young musicians for your superior representation of Aledo bands!

TSgt. Davis Also Surprises Daughter at McCall Eementary

After a surprise visit to older daughter Emilee Davis at McAnally Intermediate School earlier today, TSgt. Casey Davis also made an appearance at McCall Elementary to see his younger daughter, Lily. See related article below. Thanks again for your service, TSgt. Davis.

Pepperoni, Parmesan and Paper Pizzas

Coder Elementary fourth-graders are practicing fraction skills by making pizzas out of paper. They have let their imaginations run wild by creating dessert pizzas, junk-food pizzas, and traditional pizzas. They also wrote their own word problems using the finished pizzas, and then played Pizza Scoot (a game where they “scoot” around the room working the word problems associated with each pizza) to solve all the word problems. Fun with fractions makes learning easy! 

Emergency Safety Exercise Successful at Stuard
On Tuesday, May 17, the staff and students of Stuard Elementary School participated in a full-scale relocation and reunification exercise. Relocation and reunification is a procedure Aledo ISD may use in the event a school facility and/or campus site is deemed unsafe to remain at by emergency personnel. In this occurrence, all staff and students from the school were relocated to Aledo United Methodist Church as part of the exercise. There, students were reunited with their teachers and held in place until it was considered “safe” to go back to the campus.
 
Stuard Principal Ron Shelton said, “While this was a practice event, the students and staff did an excellent job during the reunification drill. Practicing all drills (fire, severe weather, reverse evacuation and reunification) is imperative in keeping our students and staff safe.“ READ MORE.
Father and Daughter Reunite at McAnally

Months of separation are not unusual for military families, even when the one enlisted is stationed stateside. Today, fifth-grader Emilee Davis was delightfully surprised when her dad, TSgt. Casey Davis, showed up in her classroom for a surprise visit. Stationed in Lexington, Ky., Davis flew in this morning and drove straight to the school to start Emilee’s day off with smiles and happy tears. Davis is a 1999 Aledo High School graduate. His visit to the school coincided with sixth-grader Miranda Saenz being named Principal of the Day – a fundraising project supported by the Aledo Education Foundation. Thanks, TSgt. Davis, for helping to protect our country, and for being a great dad to Emilee! See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.

Hissam Signs with Northern Oklahoma

Congratulations to Rebekah Hissam for signing to play basketball with Northern Oklahoma College! She is pictured here with her proud parents and coaches! Congratulations! See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.

Cavalry Teaches History at McCall
The 15th Texas Cavalry reenactment group visited with McCall fourth-graders today, and taught the students about Texas and the Civil War. Each class rotated through four hands-on stations to learn about both Union and Confederate uniforms, flags of the war, camp life, and what it was like for the women and children during the war. Kuddos to the fourth grade for being awesome participants! See more photos on the AISD facebook page.

Vandagriff Fourth-Graders Now Published Authors
Vandagriff Elementary teachers Amy Davis and Emma Cyrocki wrote a grant to allow all of their fourth-grade students to be able to publish a book. The students used expository essays written throughout the year to create their own hard-covered books. They also were able to dedicate their books to a special person in their life, and each student received a free copy of their hardback book. Authors’ day showcased the students’ writing by showing the complete writing process that they learned and practiced throughout the year. The yearlong project resulted in students’ happy smiles and proud parents and grandparents who attended the event. Thanks for the grant from the Aledo Education Foundation for making this project possible. See more photos on the Aledo ISD facebook page.
 
Cheryl Jones Named Principal of Aledo Learning Center

The Board of Trustees for Aledo Independent School District named Cheryl Jones Principal for Aledo Learning Center beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. She has served Aledo ISD students as Principal at Aledo Middle School the past five years.
 
“We are excited to have Cheryl Jones as the new principal for ALC,” said AISD Superintendent Derek Citty. “Ms. Jones has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to assist students in their educational journey, and is a proven campus leader. She will be a valuable asset to Aledo Learning Center.”
 
Ms. Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University in Administrative Systems with a Secondary Education Certification. She also holds a Master of Education degree from Tarleton in Curriculum and Instruction.
 
Prior to her position as AMS principal, Ms. Jones was Assistant Principal at Aledo High School and district webmaster. She became a part of the Bearcat family in 2000 as a business teacher at AHS. Ms. Jones began her education career at Paint Creek ISD in Haskell where she taught business courses and served as the technology coordinator for three years.
 
Ms. Jones is married to AHS coach and teacher Robby Jones. They have two teenage sons attending AISD schools, and are proud to call Aledo home.

AHS Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Cody Bradford has been named Valedictorian of the 2016 AHS graduating class, and Austin Dobransky is the Salutatorian. Cody will attend Baylor University where he will major in mechanical engineering and minor in business. Cody has attended Aledo since kindergarten and has excelled academically throughout his Aledo schooling career. Cody received the “AP Scholar with Distinguishment” award after his junior year. He has been an involved member of the school, participating in National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He has also been involved in the community, volunteering at Teen Court, Stuard Elementary, Center of Hope, and various youth group activities at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church. READ MORE.
Joseph N. Barbeau Selected Winner in National Merit Scholarship Competition

AHS senior Joseph N. Barbeau has been selected a winner of the National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship. From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Barbeau had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. All winners of about 7,400 National Merit Scholarships are chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists.
           
Congratulations to Joseph Barbeau!

AHS Students “Fly High” at Code Quest

Aledo High School students participated again this year in the Lockheed Martin Code Quest competition. This is a competition that teaches students the value of computer programming skills, especially with the importance of STEM degrees. It also encourages collaboration between team members to enhance their individual skills within a group setting.
 
AHS Computer Science Teacher Julia Reynolds said, “Lockheed helped our team ‘fly high’ in their annual programming contest. Afterward, we had a fantastic tour of the F-35 assembly line. Thanks to the employees of Lockheed for a great experience!”  READ MORE.

Coder Students Learn from Children’s Author

Coder Elementary students and staff were treated to a presentation by children’s author Julia Cook. With more than one million books in print, Ms. Cook, a former school counselor and teacher, never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's book author. Several years ago, Ms. Cook was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book – “Tattle Tongue.” Fast forward years later, she has published more than 50 books and activity guides. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Ms. Cook's books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories, and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Coder students also met Kirby, one of Ms. Cook’s furry friends, while learning about stranger danger. Several Coder Cats have already begun writing stories with the hope that one day their works will be published!

2016-17 School Supplies Available Online through June 26
Order your prepackaged supplies for students Pre-K thru eighth-grade online! Go to: www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and put in your school code listed below; then choose the grade level for NEXT year and you’re done!
 
Coder Elementary           COD007  K-4th gr
McCall Elementary          MCC018 K-4th gr
Stuard Elementary          STU513   K-4th gr
Vandagriff Elementary    VAN046  K-4th gr
McAnally Intermediate    MCA027  5th–6th gr
Aledo Middle School       ALE044   7th–8th gr
 
If you need financial assistance, click here for the AdvoCats order form and turn in to the front office of your campus. If you have any questions please feel free to email Aledo PTO at ALEDOPTO@gmail.com.
AHS Presents Top 10% of Graduating Class
Aledo High School is proud to announce the Top 10 percent of its 2016 graduating class. Led by Valedictorian Cody Daniel Bradford and Salutatorian Austin Robert Dobransky, the rest of the Top 10 include: Caitlyn Rachel Andrews, Jacob Aaron Babcock, Cameron Daniel Bean, Kristen Nicole Boomer, Meredith Anne Bowden, Daniel Joseph Chruscielski, Trent Ethan Cook, Abigail Morgan Dean, Melissa Ashley Haertling, Chandler Jason Hayes, Grace Lauren Holt, Andrew David Ingram, Jeffrey Marshall Klansek, Amy Marie Larsen, Alessio Nicholas Lozzi, Hunter Allen Lyon, Matthew Blaine McCartney, Mae Isabella McConley, Courtney Beth McMillan; Amanda Miller, Elena Nicole Payblas, Eric Michael Polson, Caleb Miguel Primera, Ryan Taylor Prokell, Brandon Thomas Raettig, Haylee Lynne Reed, Autumn Lane Roberts, Benjamin Austin Rogers, Dejan Savic, Miguel Alejandro Silva, Sophia Marie Sonnemann, Lukas Reid Stone, Kara Ann Tatum, Lacey Noel Wert and Kara Christine Williams.

Principal Dan Peterson said, “We salute these graduating seniors on the success they have each achieved in their high-school careers, and wish them continuing success in the future. Congratulations, Bearcats!”

Aledo Bearcat Varsity Season Tickets
 
2016 Season Tickets Open to the Public!  
 
Aledo Bearcat Football Season Tickets for Sale
Saturday, May 7, 2016 through June 8, 2016!

Purchase Season Tickets Online 
at
https://www.ticketracker.com/SelectSection.aspx?eventId=90858
Or, you may come into the Bearcat Store at the
 Administration Building
1008 Bailey Ranch Road
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Courtney Skillman
AISD Facilities Administrator
Bearcat Store Manager

 AISD Bearcat Store
Bearcats’ UIL Academic Teams Going to State!


The UIL academic team competed at Regionals in Lubbock last week, resulting in Amanda Miller advancing to State with her second-place finish in Computer Applications. The Literature Criticism team placed First, allowing them to join Amanda for the State competitions. Team members are Cassie Dale, Grace Holt, Isabella McConley and Will Matthews. The UIL Academic State Meet is in Austin on May 23-25. Good luck!

Order Birth Certificates Online for Kindergarten Roundup

Texas.gov wants to remind parents that they can go directly to Texas.gov and order a certified birth certificate for $22, which is the same price as a walk-in or mail order. This online service, offered in English and Spanish, provides parents with a straightforward, secure option for ordering their child’s birth certificate. The orders are fulfilled by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
Here are flyers, in English and Spanish, with more information and a link to a helpful video demonstration found on the Texas.gov YouTube channel on how to order a birth certificate online.  

2016-17 Calendar Now Online


The calendar for school year 2016-17 is now available. Click on District Information at the top of this page and scroll down to access it, or you may also view it here in English or Spanish.

Weather Watch

The district may close schools because of bad weather or emergency conditions. When such conditions exist, the superintendent will make the official decision concerning the closing of the district’s facilities, and parents and employees will be notified through the ParentLink system. When it becomes necessary to open late, to release students early, or to cancel school, parents and district employees will be notified through the ParentLink system. In addition, information will be posted on the district’s Website and the following television and radio stations will be notified:

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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