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- SHAC Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
3/2/2015
 
District Announcements
AHS Excels at All-Region Orchestra

Four from Aledo participated in the All-Region High School Symphony Orchestra last weekend at Paschal High School in Fort Worth. Congratulations to Anna Dalton, Kate Norman, Madison Hardick and Nicholas Losos on this achievement and on mastering three new works in just a daylong practice. The orchestra, directed by James Frank of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Philharmonic/Sinfonietta, performed Karelia Overture Op. 10 (Sibelius), Kaddish (McBeth) and Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms).
TEA School Report Cards Posted
The Texas Education Agency requires districts to post School Report Cards each year. These reports represent a performance index and accountability rating, as well as school financial information. They also help the district study its accountability and set goals for future performance. Data for the 2013-2014 school year is listed by district and by individual school. Letters informing parents about the school report cards will be sent home with students or mailed this week. Definitions and letters to parents are available in both English or Spanish. All of the reports, definitions, and letters to parents can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact your child's campus principal.
Aledo ISD Teacher Leader Academy Starts Cohort Three
The third cohort of the AISD Teacher Leader Academy met recently to kick off 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 meeting was to introduce the other goals of the program and to offer networking exercises for the group to get to know each other quickly.

Teacher leaders attending were Rebekah Getz and Zan Thorp (Stuard Elementary); Jennifer Grimm and Nicole Adkins (Vandagriff Elementary); Traci Costlow (McAnally Intermediate); Alyssa Seay, Angela Krall, Betsy Denny, Janie York, Joe Roquemore, Michelle Grubbs, Paula Boldt and Stacey Kilpatrick (Aledo Middle School); Sandra Sawyer (Daniel Ninth Grade Campus); and Anne Darr (AISD).

The Teacher Leader Academy also includes improving professional practice, and demonstrating ethical principles and standards for professional conduct. It is designed to have teachers share in the accountability and responsibility of the district’s success. READ MORE.

FFA Students Showing at Fort Worth Stock Show

It's time to get your boots and cowboy hats, and head on over to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This group of Aledo FFA students have already begun showing their stock at the show. Check the schedule and cheer on Aledo FFA!

Longhorns & Breeding Goats – Jan. 17-20
Carter Smith and Shelby Brittain
Heifers – Jan. 22-26
Bryan Sadler, Carter Haber, Coit Webster, Corbin Haber, Ethan Taylor, Hannah Haynes, Jayme Atkinson, TJ Soules and Mikayla Thompson
Goats – Jan. 28-31
Chap Reeves, Gabby Williams, Morgan Kearney and Savannah Williams
Sheep – Jan. 28-31
Allie Farmer and Maddy Farmer
Steers – Feb. 3-6
Ashley Melton, Hayden Chenault, Holt Chenault, Kannon Kirk, Michael Mills, Nick Plusnick and Peyton Pearce
Daniel Ninth Campus Hosts 8th-grade Orientation
Aledo PTO Raises Big Bucks for Students & Teachers
The Aledo PTO fall fundraisers were a huge success, judging by the size of the check below! Thanks to all of those who participated in the various fundraisers on behalf of our students and teachers!

AISD Recognized for Cost-Efficient Spending

Aledo ISD is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller’s 2014 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations. Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced that 46 Texas school districts and 347 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2014 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).

AISD CFO Earl Husfeld is shown receiving the Texas Honors Circle certificate from board trustee David Tillman.
January Celebration for School Board Trustees


In recognition of the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees during the month of January, each campus librarian chose books that reflect each board member’s areas of interest. These books are being donated to the library of the board member’s adopted campus for this year. Each book includes a plaque that states that the book is donated in honor of the trustee. AISD thanks its board members for the many hours they work in service to the students and staff of Aledo ISD. Their leadership is greatly respected and appreciated.
AISD Trustees Honor Outgoing Police Chief

Aledo ISD Chief of Police Chawn Gilliland was honored for his 13 years of service on his last day of work with the school district at the January AISD Board of Trustees meeting. Gilliland will now serve as a criminal investigator for the Parker County District Attorney’s office. Thank you, Chawn, for your dedication to the children and staff of Aledo ISD.

Cowboys and Kids at Coder
The Stock Show Foundation provided Coder first- and second-graders with information about the cowboy life, making good life choices and anti-bullying messages. Students learned about "Making their own path," "Cowboy Up," "Tough," and "Make a Choice."  Students Mason and Bryleigh assisted with the show. Many thanks to the Stock Show Foundation and Mrs. Kathryn Carter for making this possible for our students.
             
Cadets of Parker County Host Competition Jan. 31
The Cadets Of Parker County kick off a day-long contest at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. This is their tenth event to host is as many years. Colorguard members from as far as Odessa will be here, with a total of 72 guards and around 60 schools at the event. Come out and support the AHS Cadets!
Date: Jan. 31, 2015
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Ticket Price: $7, Student w/ID $5
 
Congratulations to the Ladycats Soccer Team on their Win at the Aledo Invitational Soccer Tournament 2015

Get into the "Footloose" Spirit Theme Days!

These are the FOOTLOOSE theme days:
Thursday, Jan. 29 - 80s dress-up day
Friday, Jan. 30 - Class of 1984 Prom
Saturday, Jan. 31 - In-N-Out Burger Night (Tickets will be sold through the end of the day on Jan. 23, no tickets can be purchased at the door)
Sunday, Feb. 1- Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Watch Nick Losos on WFAA-TV 8

See Senior Nicholas Losos' interview with WFAA-TV 8 here! Congratulations, Nick, on an outstanding high-school career!

AHS Coach Steve Wood is First LaDainian Tomlinson Recipient


Aledo Bearcat Head Football Coach, Steve Wood, received LaDainian Tomlinson’s 1st Down Club of Fort Worth Coach of The Year Award last night during their annual banquet held at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel. Other nominees were Steve Lineweaver of Trinity HS, Todd Rogers of Argyle and Bob Wager of Martin HS. Congratulations to Coach Wood.

AHS Freshman Performs in All-American Halftime Show

AHS freshman Emily Jo Phipps was selected to participate in the All-American Halftime Show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on New Year’s Day. She had attended a colorguard camp at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, last summer, and was asked to perform after one group lost a member due to injury. The show consisted of cheer squads, baton twirlers and colorguard. She is looking forward to the upcoming AHS Winterguard season, and to performing with the Aledo JV team.
Family Pass Offers Family Discounts to Athletic Events

The AISD Bearcat Store sells Family Passes for $50, which entitles an entire family admission to all Aledo ISD athletic events for the rest of the school year. They are available at the store at the AISD Administration Building between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. They can be purchased with cash or check. Only one pass is available per family.
McCall Students Participate in Junior Master Gardener's Lessons

McCall parent Coby Sohn has been working with third- and fourth-grade teachers and students to bring Parker County Junior Master Gardener science lessons to McCall classrooms. Mrs. Sohn began working with teachers last year after McCall was awarded the School Garden and Greenhouse Grant by Aledo Education Foundation. Mrs. Sohn's goal is to have student's participate in 12 lessons to gain a Young Master Gardener's certification. You can view more pictures of the most current lesson on water conservation. This lesson goes along with the third-grade unit on the water cycle. 

AHS UIL Academics Rates First Place

Last weekend, the AHS UIL Academic Team competed at Mansfield Timberview. Amanda Miller placed Fourth in Computer Applications. Elizabeth Larson placed Sixth in Social Studies, and the Social Studies team of Elizabeth Larson, Claire Demers, Austin McDonald, Joshua Childs, Skylar Manning, and Hunter Reynolds ranked Second-place overall. Aledo dominated the Literary Criticism event, with Brooke Johnson placing First, Grace Holt Second, and Mitchio Porter Third. The Literary Criticism team of Brooke Johnson, Grace Holt, Mitchio Porter, and Will Matthews was ranked as the First-place team. Way to go Bearcats!!
First AHS Female Makes All-State Band Four Consecutive Years

Pictured left to right: Celeste Larson, Nick Losos, Noah Roper and Randye-Nicoel Harris
 

For the first time in the history of the AHS band program, Randye-Nicoel Harris is the first female student to make All-State Band each of her four years in high school. Randye-Nicoel plays the French Horn. The only other student to be in the All-State band from AHS was a trumpet player from the 1990s. Three others achieved All-State status as well. Junior Noah Roper has qualified for All-State for three years with his Bass Trombone. He also made All-State Jazz Band this year. Senior Nick Losos plays Tenor Trombone and has made All-State for two years, and senior Celeste Larson has been in All-State two years with her Bb clarinet. Congratulations to these highly qualified musicians, and best wishes for your trip to the State concert in February.
AHS Singer Makes All-State Choir!!

After an extremely long process of auditions that began in September and ended last Saturday, Cassie Dale has made the All-State Choir. This is the first Aledo student to make this extremely elite group in 12 years. Her talent, dedication, and hard work earned her Third chair, and the opportunity to sing with the top choir at this year's TMEA convention in February. This makes her one of the top Female singers in the State of Texas! Congratulations!

January is School Board Recognition Month
Thank an AISD Board Trustee Today!

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Aledo ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our schools are made by representatives of this community: people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Dr. Derek Citty, AISD superintendent. “As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.” Read more.
Aledo Education Foundation Prize Posse Awards $180,000


The Aledo Education Foundation Prize Posse made its rounds to each AISD campus, starting early Tuesday morning. They arrived with beating drums, clanging cymbals, cheerleaders, the Bearcat mascot, and numerous administrators and committee members to award teachers almost $180,000 in teacher grants. The final tally was $179,544.55, and included 41 grants. Here are the results by campus: AHS – 7; DNGC – 2; AMS – 5; McAnally – 9; Coder – 4; McCall – 4; Stuard – 4; and Vandagriff – 6. Here are complete results and a slideshow of the events!
   
THANK YOU to the ALEDO EDUCATION FOUNDATION for your generosity and commitment to Aledo ISD!
No Child Left Behind Annual Reports
Each year, No Child Left Behind requires school districts to publicly report progress of the district and each campus toward meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements as defined by the state’s measurable Highly Qualified Teacher objectives. These reports are available for your review.
Save the Date -- Aledo Advocats Run, Walk, or Crawl


The 10th Annual Aledo Children's Advocats Run, Walk, or Crawl for our Kids is April 11, 2015.  Mark your calendars now! Registration opens in February.

Mark your Calendar for AHS 2015 Graduation


Graduation 2015 is June 7, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. It will be at Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Each student will receive 12 tickets for their family and friends to attend that evening. The ceremony will be streamed on the web for those guests that will be out of town or unable to make the event.

Free Seminar on NCAA Eligibility Requirements for Athletes, Parents and Counselors
The Texas High School Coaches Association is offering a great opportunity in this area for our student-athletes, parents, counselors and coaches to receive some valuable information on the new 2016 NCAA Eligibility Requirements.
 
Topics to be discussed include:
  • Three Rules of Being a Parent
  • Scholarship myths and facts
  • NAIA and JUCO education
  • Scholarships, do they differ?
  • The Name Game
  • Negotiate/Cooperative Education
  • Dangers of social networking/cell phones/Saving for College
  • National Letter of Intent
  • NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Centers
  • Recruiting Services      
  • NCAA core course requirements (emphasis on NEW D1 and D2 requirements)  READ MORE. 
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