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District Announcements
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.

Be Safe, Drive Smart

School is back in session. Flashing red lights on a school bus mean stop and watch for children. ‪#BeSafeDriveSmart‬

College Reps to Visit AHS Monday, Aug. 31
The University of Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City University will be at Aledo High School Monday, Aug. 31, during lunch periods. Feel free to stop by their tables for questions and information.


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Brown Bag Lunch Dates Announced

Dates for the 2015-16 Brown Bag Lunches with Dr. Derek Citty have been announced for five campuses this year. Brown Bag events are an opportunity for parents and community members to meet and visit with Superintendent Citty as he shares the latest District news, and answers questions from those in attendance. All events are at noon. Mark your calendar now!
 
Sept. 3 – McAnally Intermediate School
Sept. 8 – McCall Elementary School
Sept. 16 – Coder Elementary School
Sept. 22 – Stuard Elementary School
Oct. 1 – Vandagriff Elementary School

CTE Advisory Board in Gear for New School Year

Aledo ISD’s Career & Technical Education program met for its fall advisory board meeting, where 13 business and industry professionals, 12 teachers, two students and three parents were in attendance. The interactive assembly provided an overview for participants who will serve as guest speakers, mentors and advisors on a variety of levels.
 
“The students are on the board to provide feedback regarding current and future CTE course offerings. CTE is working with business and industry leaders so that our teachers will have a better understanding of their needs and standards in order for students to be more prepared when entering college and the work world,” said Mary Smith, AISD coordinator for Career & Technology Education. “For example, the No. 1 request was for teachers to work with students on ‘soft’ skills; i.e. good manners and personality traits needed to get along with others, and building positive relationships. This includes work ethic, attitude, communication skills, etc.” READ MORE.
AHS Varsity Tennis Off to a Winning Start
The Aledo Varsity Tennis team is off to a 1-0 district start, and 3-1 overall record. Aledo won a close match with Brock, 11-8, on Friday, Aug. 21. The RacquetCats began district play on Tuesday Aug. 25, with a resounding 19-0 win against Joshua. The team is back in action on Friday, Aug. 28, against Liberty Christian, and continues district play against Burleson Centennial on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Both matches will be played in Aledo.
Senior Brian Young serving, with sophomore Jared Kelm at net; Second photo is senior Caitlyn Andrew
Mentor Program for New Teachers Underway
The AISD New Teacher Mentor Program is matching 17 new teachers (those with four years’ experience or less) with some of the district’s master professionals who will serve as advisors, advocates and counselors.
 
“We want to ensure that our newest educators have someone on their campuses who can guide and coach them,” said Lynn McKinney, AISD deputy superintendent. “These teacher mentors will offer guidance, advice and friendship. It’s a beneficial partnership that will ultimately serve as an advantage to the students, parents and the district as a whole.”
 
The mentoring program was designed based on research that shows a large percentage of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years. “We also know newer teachers find classroom discipline, student motivation and parent relations to be among their greatest challenges,” McKinney said. “Veteran teachers bring a wealth of knowledge in these areas, along with skills to share with those new to teaching.”
READ MORE.
AdvoCats Clothes Closet Receives $1,000 Donation
       
Representatives from Aledo Children’s AdvoCats were delighted recently to receive a check for $1,000 from the Aledo ISD Community Partners. The Community Partners are local businesses that partner with the school district and the community to assist in serving our students. Their mission is to provide open communication between the school district and the business community while creating advocacy and mentoring opportunities to meet student needs. READ MORE.
 
Left to right: Lisa Flowers, Paula Johns, Courtney Skillman, Leasa Salvarria, Linda Gossett, Jennifer Collins, Courtney Edwards
AISD Convocation Challenges Staff to “Pay it Forward for Kids”

Convocation 2015 was an emotional and stimulating opening event for the staff of Aledo ISD. As teachers from all campuses, maintenance and technology workers, campus police, transportation and child-nutrition employees filed in to the AHS auditorium, each one received a $5 bill. It came with a brochure suggesting the money be used to pay it forward for kids.
 
Following a meaningful video with children who related what they would do with a good education, retired McAnally Intermediate School Principal Bob Harmon addressed the group with a personal message of his own experience as a youth when someone chose to “pay it forward” for him. Harmon was without much family support as a youngster, and it was his teachers and coaches who made the greatest impressions on him. In his 34 years as an educator, he said you never know when impressions on young minds start or when they end. “I hope I’ve paid it forward and had an impact on some of the students that have passed my way over the years,” he said. READ MORE.


Pictured above are AISD Superintendent Derek Citty and retired principal Bob Harmon. See more photos on the AISD facebook page.

Local Educator to Attend Air Force’s FIRST Leadership Program

AHS Teacher Julie Reynolds is one of 28 teachers and mentors from around the country who were selected to attend the Air Force Recruiting Service’s fourth annual FIRST Leadership Program, July 12-15.
 
Hosted at Schriever Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teachers and mentors were given a unique opportunity to meet with senior Air Force leaders as part Air Force recruiting outreach efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 
Mrs. Reynolds was selected for this program after a competitive application process in which applicants had to submit a short essay describing how they get their student excited about science and technology, and highlighting any innovative techniques they use to help kids learn and stay motivated. READ MORE.

Varsity Football Season Pass Pick Up
Take Back Meds to Vandagriff Sept. 26

In conjunction with Fort Worth and other neighboring communities, Aledo ISD will offer the Take Back Meds Program on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vandagriff Elementary School. See the information below for complete details. Let’s turn in unused/expired medications and prevent poisonings, drug abuse, and protect our environment.

NEW School Lunch Prices

School Meal Prices are required to be calculated annually per USDA regulations. The NEW 2015/16 AISD school meal prices are as follows: Elementary - $2.50; Intermediate - $2.60; AMS - $2.75; D9GC and AHS - $3.00; Reduced Lunch - $.40; Breakfast - $1.50; Reduced Breakfast - $.30; Adult Lunch - $3.40; Adult Breakfast - $2.00.

Cafeteria Services Online: Online Free/Reduced Meal Applications Available! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Go to
http://aledoisd.schoollunchapp.com. Applications are also available at all campus offices and can be filled out anytime during the school year.

Online lunch payments at myschoolbucks.com: Make easy online payments to your student's lunch account. Go to
https://www.myschoolbucks.com (Payments may take 1+ days to post, depending on payment type.) Account prepayments (cash or check) may be made any time in school cafeterias. NEED HELP? Call the Child Nutrition Office at 817-441-5142.

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