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Aledo High School Bearcat Regiment Places 1st in Prelims; 2nd in Finals at HEB!!

The AHS marching band placed first yesterday in preliminaries, Outstanding Visual, General Effect, Colorguard, and Music Performance for 5A. The Regiment placed Second in Finals! Great day for the Bearcat Regiment at the HEB marching festival. Amazing staff and fantastic students!!

Photo courtesy of HPH3 Photography

McAnally Fights the Flu

Students at McAnally Intermediate School are fighting the flu! Donned with gowns, gloves and masks, these kids are ready when it comes to being prepared. Flu fighters are (left to right) Emma Burke (daughter of Dana Burke, sixth-grade teacher), Samantha Porter (daughter of Chris Porter, sixth-grade teacher), Joshua Gleaton (son of Dr. Gleaton and parent volunteer at McAnally), Sydney Porter, and Dylan Ward (son of Kari Ward, sixth-grade teacher).
There’s still time to get your flu shots this week. See the schedule in the announcement below.
Flu Shot Clinics Coming in October

Aledo ISD will host the Parker County Hospital District during the week of October 5-9 for its annual Flu Shot Clinics. Clinics will begin at 7:30 a.m. at each campus except those designated below. Parents can print consent forms here, or find them at their child’s campus. Only children who have completed forms on the day of the Flu Shot Clinic can receive their flu shot without a parent present.

Monday, Oct. 5 -- 7:30 a.m. Aledo High School/Learning Center (when finished at HS)

Tuesday, Oct. 6 -- 7:30 a.m. Coder Elementary and 7:30 a.m. McCall Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 7 -- 7:30 a.m. Aledo Middle School and 7:30 a.m. Stuard Elementary
Thursday, Oct. 8 -- 7:30 a.m. Daniel Ninth Grade Center and 7:30 a.m. Vandagriff Elementary
Friday, Oct. 9 -- 7:30 a.m. McAnally Intermediate School

Any parent wishing to be present with their child while he/she receives a flu shot needs to be at their child’s campus between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Clinics will close at each campus once all children with completed forms have received their shots. Questions? Please contact the Parker County Hospital District at 817-341-2520. 

Haylee Reed Named AHS Homecoming Queen 2015

Haylee was escorted by her father, Robert Reed. Other senior representatives were Allie Huddleston, escorted by her father Tim Huddleston; and Danielle Piper, escorted by her grandfather Joe Piper. Junior court members were Gillian King, escorted by her brother Greyson King; and Ellie Posey, escorted by her father Ben Posey. Sophomore representatives were Callyn Bennett, escorted by her father Clay Bennett; and Mary Katherine Gamez, escorted by her father George Gamez. Freshmen court members were Sarah Mooney, escorted by her father Charles Mooney; and Alyssa Sheeran, escorted by her father Patrick Sheeran. Congratulations to all! See more photos on the AISD facebook page.

AISD Police Department Hosts National Night Out Oct. 6

The Aledo ISD Police Department will host its annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Bearcat Stadium. This community event is from 6-8 p.m., and everyone is invited to come out, meet your neighbors and join in an informative crime- and drug-prevention get-together. 
Residents of Aledo and Parker County are encouraged to spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. This ‘communitywide block party’ will include displays and demonstrations from Aledo ISD Police, local and federal law-enforcement agencies, Fire and EMS First Responders, representatives from all branches of the military, and other community organizations. Some highlights include a Jaws of Life demonstration, drunk goggles, karate demonstrations, and a raffle. READ MORE.

Facilitation Tips & Techniques for Teachers and Trainers
Representatives from Learning Forward Texas met with trainers and teachers from Aledo, Mineral Wells, Grand Prairie, Denton and Allen ISDs, along with Cedars International Academy and Momentous Institute, to teach tips, tools and techniques for professional learning. The goal was to help attendees become better trainers with their peers and their students.

One element of the daylong training concerned shared characteristics of adult learners, and in particular, that adults suffer from brain chaos. While the speed with which we learn may slow with age, the ability to learn does not diminish. Also of note was that a child may need 10 attempts at something new to establish a pattern, and it takes adults an average of 21 attempts. Many other characteristics about older learners were shared as well, as were techniques to combat these situations. Read more.

Facilitators from Learning Forward Texas were (L-R) Lisa Casto, Janet Swan and Terri Iles.
AHS Senior Selected for Perry Outreach Program

AHS senior Tatiana Mohr was selected as one of only 40  students from the surrounding area to participate in the Perry Outreach Program. The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college and medical school. Miss Mohr was chosen primarily as a result of her responses to essay questions on the Outreach Program application.
She was involved in one of the Initiative’s day-long programs, which are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field. READ MORE.

AHS Team Tennis One Away from District Championship
Aledo Varsity Team Tennis won the battle of the unbeaten teams in District 8-5A with a decisive 17-2 win over Granbury.  The team won all of the singles matches in the contest. With one district match left to play, this victory all but assures the RaquetCats their 10th District Title in a row!  The Varsity Team is back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at home against Cleburne. Clinch it, RacquetCats!!
Aledo Basketball Boosters Inaugural Golf Tournament

Oct. 18 -- Sign Up Now!

Support the Aledo Basketball Boosters by sponsoring or playing in  the inaugural "One Team" golf tournament. It will be a slam dunk event!
Here are the details.

Aledo PTO Meeting

Aledo PTO's next meeting will be Thursday, October 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Aledo Middle School.  Come be a part of this wonderful organization! You may also visit the PTO website at to join, donate, or volunteer. 


Save the Date and Join the Fun at Bearcat Alley Oct. 23!
AHS Announces Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship Program

AHS Principal Dan Peterson announced that seven students have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Kristen Boomer, Daniel Chruscielski, Abigail Dean, Melissa Haertling, Grace Holt, Ryan Prokell and Haylee Reed.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Read more.
Not pictured: Haylee Reed
AISD Parenting University -- Save the Date!

Aledo ISD hosts Parenting University Monday, Oct. 26, at the AISD Administration Building. Two sessions are available: 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now. More details coming soon!

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 26-30 -- Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free!

Each year, Aledo ISD joins the Red Ribbon Week National Campaign to promote awareness and prevention of drug use. The 2015 campaign is Oct. 26-30 with the theme of Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.
A 13-year-old student created this year’s theme. She said, “Respecting yourself means looking at yourself every day and treating yourself like you would treat someone you loved most in the world. If you do drugs, you really don’t have self-confidence and you don’t respect yourself.”
Stay tuned for more information about the dress-up days for Red Ribbon Week!

AHS Choir Heads to Round 2 of All-State Competition
AHS choir students recently completed Round 1 of the competitions for All-State Choir. There are four levels of competitions before landing a spot in the state’s most-prestigious choir – the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir. All AHS students advanced to Round 2 auditions, and they each placed in the top chairs in their various competition rooms. The second round is Oct. 10 at Southwest High School in Fort Worth. Congratulations and good luck on Round 2!

Photo 1 (L-R) back row: Cassie Dale, Lindsey Dover, Danielle Harrington and Whitney Lathrop; front row: Nicole Rivera, Helen Rohan, Madison O’Brien and Avery Heacock; Photo 2 (L-R) front row: Dillon Savage, Pierce Byrd and Connor Trigg; front row: Travis Breaux, Jacob Brown and Chace Walton
First Place Class AA Champions!

At the Bands of America Regional Championships in Austin last week, the Bearcat Regiment received the following awards: First Place Class AA Champions, Outstanding General Effect Class AAA, Outstanding Visual Performance Class AA, and Outstanding Music Performance Class AA. Congratulations and good luck at the HEB Marching Contest Saturday. Pictured above are AHS Drum Majors Grace Demers, Lucas Stone and Rachel Fischer.

AMS Teacher Featured in Online Magazine

AMS eighth-grade math teacher Keely Hulme recently took a giant leap into project-based learning with the Nepris Technology Integration Program. She is also featured in this month's Tech & Learning online magazine. It was an awesome activity for the students as theywere able to Skype with a roller-coaster builder. Congratulations, Ms. Hulme!

"Fall Back” as Daylight Saving Time Ends

The days are getting shorter as darkness creeps in earlier each day. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Oct. 31. Daylight savings time ends Sunday, Nov. 1.

Future Ready School Consortium

Aledo ISD hosted the Future-Ready Schools Consortium of Northwest Texas last week in what was the consortium’s first of four meetings for the 2015-16 school year. Attendees included principals, administrators and other guests from Aledo, Godley, Millsap, Mineral Wells and Weatherford school districts. Dr. Chris Everett, director of Administrative Services for Education Service Center Region XI, facilitated the meeting.

In its second year, the Consortium is a collaborative effort to maximize learning opportunities, and to help area districts prepare students for success in their college lives, careers and in overall citizenship. Two of the meetings this year will consist of groups who share similar positions, or job-alike positions, visiting other campuses who have programs in place that can be successfully emulated in other districts. The job-alike groups included high-school principals, middle-school principals, intermediate-school principals, elementary principals, superintendent groups and central-office groups. READ MORE.
Aledo ISD Creates Crisis Fund for Employee Assistance

The recently created Aledo ISD Employee Crisis Fund is designed to provide a source of financial assistance to Aledo ISD employees who are facing an emergency situation. This would include immediate short-term financial obligation(s) in which the employee has fallen behind as a result of the crisis.

AISD Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney recently addressed a group of teachers saying, “While we may not expect it, we can never predict when an overwhelming crisis may occur. That’s why having this fund available for certain financial needs can be timely and so beneficial for our school family members.”

The Crisis Fund is funded by the Aledo Education Foundation. READ MORE.

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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