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Upcoming Events
4/20/2015
- SHAC Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- AISD Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/21/2015
 
District Announcements

To date, three community meetings have been set to discuss the May 9, 2015, School Bond Election. They are:

April 16, AHS Distance Learning Center, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
April 21, Stuard Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 28, McCall Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

More information regarding the May 9, 2015 Bond Election at www.aledoisdbond.org.

PTO 2nd Annual Aledo Eats Out
PTO Nominations
Ladycat Golfers on to State!!
The Ladycat Golf Team won the Region I Golf tournament yesterday at The Rawls course in Lubbock. Cheyenne Knight, Mary Katherine Ingram, Taylor Brookshire, Quincy Ballard and Elizabeth Boll dominated the field winning by 65 shots. Cheyenne Knight won the individual Championship shooting 68 in the final round. Mary Katherine Ingram finished 3rd, Taylor Brookshire 4th, and Quincy Ballard was 5th. They all made the All Region Team. Next stop for the Ladycats is the State Championship played at Wolfdancer in Bastrop on April 27-28! Good luck!!
AMS Symphonic Winds Earns Sweepstakes!
The AMS Symphonic Winds competed today at the UIL Concert & Sightreading contest. The band was awarded Sweepstakes for earning straight 1 ratings from all judges in both the Concert and Sightreading portions of the contest. 
Collaborative Work Spaces at DNGC
From Daniel Ninth Grade Campus Principal Angi Tims, “Thanks to an Educational Grant funded by The Ed Rachal Foundation through the Aledo Education Foundation, Daniel Ninth Grade Campus has introduced Collaborative Student Workspaces into the halls of our campus.  Students can use these spaces to collaborate with peers on projects/assignments, to form study groups, for peer tutoring, or for individual work/study/reading. These spaces support our vision of more collaborative/project-based learning in an effort to prepare students for college and beyond. We are excited to provide a space where students can collaborate, problem-solve, study and become more independent learners.“
Jumpin’ Jamboree Brings Joy for Students with Special Needs

From Glen Rose, Poolville, Millsap, Garner and Peaster to Aledo and White Settlement, special-needs youngsters gathered at Bearcat Stadium for the 15th annual Jumpin’ Jamboree. This field day promotes interaction and stimulation between these kiddos and the high-school students that volunteer to help.
 
Cheryl Wooten, AISD director of Special Programs, said it’s an excellent way to help children develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, along with greater self-confidence and a more-positive self image. “By participating in the Jamboree, they grow mentally and socially. The kids also enjoy the rewards of making new friendships and discovering new abilities.” Read more. See more photos on the AISD facebook page!

Tax Rate Comparison of Bond Package Keeps Aledo ISD on Lower End of Area Districts
The Aledo Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved a bond election to be held on May 9, 2015, based on the recommendation of the 34-member Aledo 2025 Committee, which consisted of Aledo parents and community members. One issue highlighted by the Committee is that Aledo ISD’s school tax rate is one of the lowest in the area, and will still be one of the lowest if the 2015 Bond Program is approved.

The Aledo ISD tax rate has not changed since 2008-2009, seven years. The District is committed to maintaining a low tax rate while accomplishing the goals set out in the bond package. The proposed bond election’s projected tax increase will be $7.78 per month for every $100,000 valuation of a home. READ MORE.
Duke Talent Search Spotlights AMS Student

Aledo Middle School seventh-grade student Weston Adams has been recognized for Grand Recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s Talent Search (Duke TIP), qualifying with SAT scores approximately at or better than 90-percent of recent high-school graduates in at least one area.  Weston was identified by Duke University to participate in the Duke TIP program based upon standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.  He was invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as a seventh grader. 
 
Achieving the level of Grand Recognition places Weston among the top 3-percent of all Duke TIP participants. This is an amazing achievement for Weston. He will be invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University, and has qualified to participate in the Duke University Center for Summer Studies. Way to go, Weston! Keep up your thirst for knowledge and drive to excel! 

Aledo ISD Honors Brightest and Best

 
The 15th annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards honored some of Aledo Independent School District’s brightest and best at its ceremony this week. Julie Hall, a sixth-grade science teacher at McAnally Intermediate School, received the Teacher of the Year Award from Jackie Rains of the Reilly Family Foundation. Mrs. Hall’s tribute credited Principal Bob Harmon, the staff and students at the school for helping her reach her goals of challenging and empowering her those in her classroom every day.
 
The Reilly Family Foundation created the annual award program in 2000. Since that time, other corporations have joined in to provide recognition for AISD staff members.
 
Other winners of the evening include:
Sarah Myser, Faulk Company Award: “Secondary Teacher of the Year”
Rebecca Buchanan, Hardick Family Award: “Intermediate Teacher of the Year”
Callie Caldwell, First Financial Bank Award: “Elementary Teacher of the Year”
Anna Mazzei, F. Howard & Mary D. Walsh Award: “Beginning Teacher of the Year”
Mary McLellan: Dan Manning “IDEA Award”
Cheryl Jones: Don R. Daniel “Principal of the Year Award”
Debbie Henrietta: Marsha Miholovich “Professional Support Award”
Matt Odom, VLK Architects, Inc.: “Technology Award”
Peggy Kennedy, Buford-Thompson Company “Transportation Award”
Ryon Smith, Buford-Thompson Company “Maintenance Award”
Christen Shaffer, Moritz/Hardick Award: “Paraprofessional of the Year”
Angelina Ward, Moritz/Hardick Award for “Child Nutrition”


The evening was complemented by a masterful performance by the AHS Jazz Band and choral selections from the McAnally Intermediate School choir. See more photos on the AISD Facebook page.
One-Act Play Heads to Area Competition

The cast and crew of “Sweet Nothing in My Ear,” advanced from Bi-District to Area. At the Bi-District, they received several honors including: Best Technical Crew; All-Star Technician: Noah Murphey; All-Star Cast: Madelyn Robertson, Sam Stephens and Abby Dean; and Best Actor: Parker Warren. Come support these students at the Area One-Act Play contest. They compete at Saturday, April 18, at 2p.m. at Central High School in Keller.

Aledo High School is the 2015 District 8-5A Overall Academic Champion!

Of the 23 events that make up the District UIL meet, Aledo students placed in 19 (including CX Debate, which held its district contest in January), and advanced to the next level of competition in 18. First-place teams and students who placed 3rd or higher individually will compete at the Regional Academic Meet in Lubbock on April 24-25.
Here are the overall results.
Aledo ISD Community Partners Help Fill the Shelves at Center of Hope

Fill a Bag. Feed Families. That’s the goal of the Aledo ISD Community Partners in its first spring food drive, which extends through May 8. Brown-paper grocery bags were distributed at the April East Parker County Chamber of Commerce meeting, although anyone can fill a bag and bring it to one of the drop-off locations. The Parker County Center of Hope requests such items as peanut butter, chili, soups with meat, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, baby foods, household products and feminine products. These items can be delivered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Aledo ISD Administration Building, 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo
  • Aledo Interbank, 200 N. FM 1187, Aledo
  • East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Chuck Wagon Trail, Willow Park

“The timing of this food drive is such a blessing,” said Center of Hope CEO Paula Robinson. “With so many children qualifying for the reduced-priced breakfast and lunch programs at school, many of our parents experience even great need during the summer from the extra cost of groceries while their children are home all day,” Robinson said there is traditionally a much lower supply and a greater need throughout the summer months for the food bank.
 
The Community Partners collaboratively brought the idea to life recently, basing it off of a similar fall food drive organized by Doyle Moss of Moss Insurance Group. Moss said the fall campaign has been underway going on its seventh year. “We began the food drive because we knew Thanksgiving was a particularly difficult time for many families in this area,” he said. “Aledo is known for its affluence and academics, but there is also a great need in this community. I’m happy to say I’ve never known a more-giving community than this one, whatever the cause.” 

Horse-Judging Team Going to State!

Aledo FFA's Horse Judging team qualified for State for the second year in a row! The team of Kaci Holloway, Bailey Kilman, Cassady West and Molly Spitler have had a fantastic year, and earned this by beating out 71 teams from the area to earn their spot at the State Competition in Lubbock. Congratulations, ladies!
Overcrowding and Technology Addressed in May 9 Bond Package
Based on the recommendation of the 34-member Aledo 2025 Committee, consisting of Aledo parents and community members, the Aledo Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved a bond election to be held on May 9, 2015. Two of the elements addressed by the Committee in the total $53.2 million bond package are Overcrowding and Technology Improvements.  

Proposition 1 of the bond package includes $28.8 million for Elementary No. 5, which is in response to growth in grade levels kindergarten through fifth grade. Presently, Aledo ISD accommodates more than 2,230 students in these combined grade levels. The functional capacity of the current elementary schools is 2,386 students. By 2018, elementary enrollment is expected to reach 2,940 students, according to Templeton Demographics, District demographers. By 2023, the number of elementary students is expected to total more than 4,597. Read more. Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
May 2015 AISD Bond Addresses Safety, Security and Renovation
Election Day for Parker County is May 9, 2015. The Aledo Independent School District’s 2025 Committee was charged to serve in an advisory capacity to the School Board and Administration on a temporary basis regarding the topic of long-range facility planning. Members included parents, grandparents, PTO members, booster-club representatives, community volunteers, retirees, engineers, attorneys, teachers, and CPAs. As the 35-member committee studied the needs of the Aledo Independent School District (AISD), two issues became apparent: the safety and security of the buildings that our schoolchildren and staff call home during the week, and the necessity of renovations to many of those buildings.
The AISD 2015 Bond Package includes $8.16 million for safety and security items and $4.28 million for facility renovations across the District.

Campus visits by committee members made it readily apparent the entryways at several schools have safety elements in place, yet do not provide controlled entries. A controlled entry directs visitors through the main office before they have access to the rest of the campus. The safety and security portion of the bond package would be used to build controlled entries at Coder Elementary, Stuard Elementary, Vandagriff Elementary, McAnally Intermediate and Aledo Middle School. READ MORE.  Click here for more information about the Bond Election.
Aledo Tennis Heads to Regionals
Aledo Varsity Tennis will be sending seven team members to Regional Competition after an outstanding performance at the District 8-5A Tournament April 6 –7. The team had a total of 11 players advance to the second day of the District tournament. Those advancing to Regionals are: Nikki Adamie – 1st Girls Singles, John Michael Barron/Hayden Posey – 1st Boys Doubles, Elizabeth Larson/Noah Shibley – 1st Mixed Doubles, and Mallory Clay/Sarah Goolsby – 2nd Girls Doubles. Caitlyn Andrews finished 3rd in Girls Singles, Sarah Hadley Duncan/Ridge Stringer finished 3rd in Mixed Doubles, and Alec Meendsen finished 4th in Boys Singles. The Region I-5A tournament is in Lubbock on April 20-21.

Team Picture: front row: Coach Richter, Hayden Posey, Alec Meendsen, Ridge Stringer, Noah Shibley and John Michael Barron; Back row: Sarah Goolsby, Caitlyn Andrews, Nikki Adamie, Elizabeth Larson, Sarah Hadley Duncan and Mallory Clay

 

2015-2018 District Strategic Plan Process Underway
A March 17 kickoff meeting established draft goals and a process for developing the 2015-2018 AISD Strategic Plan. The planning committee of approximately 90 includes parents, business leaders, teachers, AISD administrators and auxiliary staff, as well as several citizens without children in Aledo schools.
 
The District Strategic Plan is developed by stakeholders every three years to re-evaluate district priorities as outlined by the Aledo ISD Plan on a Page. This plan contains the Board’s values and beliefs about the district; its motto, mission and vision statements; priorities and areas of focus. READ MORE.
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.

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