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February 11, 2021 • aledoisd.org

Student Holiday Feb. 12 & 15

Aledo ISD students do not have school Friday, Feb. 12 or Monday, Feb. 15, as those two days are staff development and teacher work days on the calendar that was revised in December.


The district is following closely and getting regular updates from the National Weather Service on the potential inclement weather that is arriving later this weekend. We will communicate any weather-related school changes through parent email and text as well as on our website at www.aledoisd.org and through the district's social media channels.


In the event that the district has to close school next week due to inclement weather, ALL students would learn remotely during the closure.


A shift to all students learning remotely would only happen on the day(s) schools are closed if inclement weather necessitates a closure. If that happens, each campus would send specific information to its families about what remote learning looks like for the inclement weather closure.


**Thank you AHS senior and graphic design intern Amy Jasso for the student holiday graphic!

Camp Fire offering programming for Aledo ISD students on select student holidays

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Deadline to Change Instructional Models for Fourth Nine Weeks 4 pm on Feb. 26

Any student wishing to change instructional models for the fourth nine-week grading cycle (which starts March 23) - from remote to in person or from in person to remote - must notify the district via the forms linked below two weeks prior to the next grading cycle. The deadline to request a change in instructional models for the fourth nine-week grading cycle is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.


No changes will be granted between March 1 and 22.


If you do not want to change instructional models for the fourth nine-week grading cycle, you do not need to take any action as your child will remain in his or her current instructional model for the fourth nine-week grading cycle.


If you wish to request to change instructional models, please fill out the following form depending on which campus your student attends by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26:

Coder Instructional Model Change Form

McCall Instructional Model Change Form

Stuard Instructional Model Change Form

Vandagriff Instructional Model Change Form

Walsh Instructional Model Change Form

McAnally Instructional Model Change Form

AMS Instructional Model Change Form

DNGC Instructional Model Change Form

AHS Instructional Model Change Form

ALC Instructional Model Change Form

AHS Swimmers Headed to State Meet Feb. 19-20

Congrats Aledo ISD Students in Area 21 Spelling Bee!

2nd annual Aledo Reads a Success!

Aledo ISD students enjoyed guest readers, books by the "fire" and more during the second annual Aledo Reads day! Reading helps with language development, expands a child's imagination, aids with comprehension and so much more. Ask your student what fun Aledo Reads activities they participated in at school today!

ALC Teachers Setting High Standards for Students

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“Different doesn’t mean less than. We can be a different type of school, but it doesn’t mean that we’re less than. We should be building [students] for their futures.” - Aledo Learning Center English teacher Lindsey Coomer.


Learn how Coomer and fellow ALC teacher Gayla Fernandez have shifted the way they deliver instruction in the classroom, and how they shared that important message when they presented on “Increasing Rigor, Relevance and Relationships in Alternative Education” during the statewide virtual annual conference for the Texas Association for Alternative Education last week.


Click here for the full story.

Good Luck Ladycats - Bi-District Playoff Game Thursday vs. Lake Dallas!

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Vote Aledo ISD for H-E-B Texas Loves Teachers Tour!

As you know, Aledo ISD teachers and staff are dedicated to #growinggreatness and H-E-B wants to celebrate that! H-E-B has been a long-time supporter of Texas public education, and they're taking a road trip to honor Texas teachers and school districts in 2021! In the Texas Loves Teachers Tour, H-E-B will give away $20,000 in H-E-B gift cards and host an appreciation event for school staff complete with cash prizes and more!


Aledo ISD NEEDS YOUR VOTE!


Simply complete the information in this form to cast your voteyou can vote for Aledo ISD once per day. The organizations with the most votes in each category will win a spot on the tour! Votes can be cast through Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

Nutrition News!

February is Heart Health Month and Aledo ISD cafeterias are featuring all things berries! Berries are a super food! Some "very berry" benefits:

  • An excellent source of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants
  • Can help reduce blood sugar levels
  • Reduce inflammation, cholesterol = heart health
  • Help your skin fight signs of aging


Come try some "berry" goodness in the cafeteria!

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is coordinating the rollout and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines all across Texas. They have created a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Texas which includes phases that identify groups of individuals eligible to receive the vaccine first, and then next and so on.


The Department of State Health Services also provides a map of locations all around the state showing where providers of the vaccine can be found. Anyone eligible to receive the vaccine now can reach out directly to any of these providers to verify eligibility, and request an appointment time to begin the vaccination series. The DSHS map can be accessed here.


Individuals seeking the vaccine do not need to go to their doctor or PCP nor even get the vaccine in the area or county in which they live. Here is where you can find information about COVID-19 vaccines in Parker and Tarrant counties:

Aledo PTO Read Across Aledo Feb. 11-March 2!

The Aledo PTO is partnering with the East Parker County Library to provide a fundraiser that shares our love of reading while teaching children the importance of giving back to our community. Check out our goals:


  • Read over 1,000,000 minutes!
  • Raise over $100,000 to support various Aledo PTO program initiatives, Aledo ISD schools, and the East Parker County Library.



Check out the information below!

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Thank you 2020-2021 Bearcat Backers!

Aledo ISD and the Aledo Education Foundation are partnering once again for the Bearcat Backer program, and we'd love your support!


As our district is #GrowingGreatness through exceptional experiences that empower learners for life, we are committed to fostering relationships and partnerships with our outstanding businesses and organizations to help support our Bearcats. Your partnership provides a direct investment and benefit to our Bearcat students and staff.


If your business is interested in joining our Bearcat Backers program, please visit our Bearcat Backers webpage that includes sponsorship levels as well as a commitment form to fill out.


Thank you to our 2020-2021 Bearcat Backers!


Platinum Level

H-E-B

K&M Elevator

Myser Orthodontics
Plains Captial Bank

Stroud Pediatric Dentistry

UEA


Gold Level Sponsors
Brookshire's

Christi James - TWFG Insurance Services

JW Mechanical Systems

Silver Level Sponsors
Aledo InterBank

ARK Family Dentistry

Camp Fire

City of Aledo

City of Willow Park

Cook Children's Physician Network - Willow Park

Dippin' Dots

East Parker County Chamber of Commerce

Paradigm Wealth Management - Christopher Roberts

Reading Friends Aledo

Slade & Nash

Your Personal Chef

COVID-19 Reporting Form

Please complete this form if a student or employee has ever tested positive, shown symptoms or been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Circle of Greatness Nomination Form

Do you want to recognize an employee for going above and beyond and embodying #GrowingGreatness? Nominate them today for the Aledo ISD Circle of Greatness!

Aledo Independent School District

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