Ninth Grade News

Week of August 9, 2021

Hello Daniel Ninth Families! I am Carolyn Ansley, principal of Daniel Ninth Grade Campus. We are excited to welcome our ninth-graders for the 2021-2022 school year! Each week, I will email communication about upcoming events and information pertinent to our freshman students and parents. If you did not receive this newsletter through your email inbox, please contact our front office so we can verify your school communication settings. We will send important information throughout the year and want to be sure all parents & guardians are on our distribution list!

Fish Camp 2021 is in the books and we had a great turnout for this student orientation event! Students rotated through several stations during their time at Fish Camp. A few of the stations included:

  • Completed a Tic Tac Toe challenge as they navigated the building to locate rooms and hallways to complete tasks at each station
  • Worked together as teams to build campsites
  • Attended a freshman orientation session in the Lecture Hall
  • Ate their first meal in the DNG cafeteria
  • Ended the day with a Pep Rally

It was great to have their energy in the building and we are looking forward to our opening day with students and teachers on August 18!

We are so thankful for your partnership this year and are looking forward to Growing Greatness in our final week together!


Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Fish Camp 2021!

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Fish Camp/Student Orientation Overview

Click the button to view the student orientation information shared at Fish Camp last week!

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DNG Parent Orientation

This event is come-and-go! For parents who wish to come for a freshman year overview, we will hold three 20-minute sessions in the DNG Cafeteria. Our building will be open for self-guided come-and-go tours to become acquainted with our academic, fine arts, and athletic hallways. We will have maps available at the front doors which will include a QR code link to the presentation we are sharing in the cafeteria for those who wish to tour the building and then view the orientation information later.

Parents may also turn in immunization records and medications during this time to Nurse Barnes in the clinic.

Meet Ms. Mathews - Assistant Principal

We are excited to welcome Ms. Stefanie Mathews to Daniel Ninth Grade Campus! She has been an English teacher, PLC lead, and principal intern at Haltom High School in the Birdville ISD since 2018. Prior to that, she taught English at Waxahachie High School in the Waxahachie ISD (2017-2018), at Chisholm Trail High School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD (2014-2017) and at Castleberry High School in the Castleberry ISD (2012-2014). Ms. Mathews has a bachelor of arts in English/creative writing and a master of education in curriculum and instruction/literacy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Meet Mrs. Fernihough - DNG Counselor

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Mandy Fernihough is joining the Daniel Ninth Grade Team! She served as the counselor at Coder Elementary last year and taught ELAR at AMS (2018-2020), at White Settlement ISD (2017-2018), and her previous 12 years of teaching were served in both Irving ISD and Colorado Springs, CO. Mrs. Fernihough earned her bachelor of arts degree from Texas A&M and masters in counseling from Lamar University.

Student Registration & Proof of Residency

Please don't forget to complete the online registration process for your student. Returning students are required to complete the registration process each year. Students will not be able to pick up a device until they are fully registered so please be sure you complete the process ASAP!

*If you are having difficulty uploading your Proof of Residency into ASCENDER Parent Portal, email the document to Kristen Reaves at

Class Schedules

Class schedules will be released to students via the online Student Ascender Portal at 12:00 pm on Monday, August 16. More information will be sent prior to that date explaining how to access those schedules. If students have not already set up their Student Ascender Portal, they should follow the instructions below so they are prepared to access their class schedules.

Students who registered for classes last February were provided a copy of their course selections in April and were provided the opportunity to make changes through the end of the school year. Faculty and staff were hired and the master schedule was built around those course requests. Please do not request a schedule change as it will not be honored. Please only contact your counselor if there is an error in your class schedule (for example... missing a 2nd-period class, scheduled into two English classes, etc.)

Aledo ISD Device Distribution and Device Info

REMINDER! Aledo ISD will be distributing devices next week for those unable to pick them up today. A few important reminders:

  • Secondary (6-12) students who wish to check out a Chromebook will be responsible for taking it to/from school each day.

  • The device will be checked out directly to the parent and/or student.

  • In order for a student to be issued a device, they must be completely registered for the 2021-2022 school year through the Ascender Parent Portal.

  • If you are ready to pick up a device for your student but have not completed registration, we will have registrars available to help you complete the registration process on-site during device distribution days.

    Upcoming Device Distribution dates are (all at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus front entrance; 990 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo):

    • Monday, Aug. 9: 12-4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Aug. 11: 1-6:30 p.m.

    BYOD: For students in grades 6-12, you may opt for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please read these important notes about BYOD:

    • Secondary students may bring their own device as long as the device has an updated version of Chrome. Acceptable devices include Chromebooks, Windows laptops, Macbooks, and iPads.

    • Cell phones are not an acceptable device to be used for BYOD and will not be permitted to be used for that purpose at school. If you do not have a device that meets the above specifications, please plan to pick up a device for your child.

    ID Badges

    As we continue to prioritize student safety, all students in grades 7-12 will be required to wear an ID badge in the upcoming school year. ID badges and break-away lanyards will be issued to students during the first nine weeks of the school year. Stay tuned for more information.

    Dress Code

    As you begin your back-to-school shopping, please be mindful of the DNG Dress Code so your student is in compliance with campus expectations.

    Thank you for reviewing the dress code policy and using it as a guide as you prepare for the upcoming school year.

    Message from Nurse Barnes

    Hello DNG Families!

    Please see the included Medication Policy and Medication Request Form. Note that no medications (including over-the-counter Tylenol and Motrin) will be given at school without the completed Medication Request Form.

    • A Physician’s signature is required on the Medication Request Form for all prescription medications that will be administered at school; for over-the-counter medications, a parent signature is sufficient.

    • There will be some changes in regards to as-needed (PRN) medications this year. As we attempt to keep our students safe and healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that nebulizer treatments NOT be given in school clinics this year. Additionally, all emergency inhalers must be administered with an Aerochamber/spacer. I will also be giving Tylenol and Motrin less liberally for symptoms at school such as headache, as these medications can mask other symptoms of COVID-19.

    • Students may only self-carry medications if they are for Asthma or Anaphylaxis (Inhalers and/or EpiPens/Auvi-Q injectors) AND they have an additional Authorization for Self Administration of Asthma or Anaphylaxis Medication Form (or a similar order) signed by a Parent/Guardian and Health Care Provider. Any other medications found on students will be confiscated and disposed.

    • Medication and student health forms can be found on the Aledo ISD website under Department. Choose Health Services.

    I am looking forward to starting this new year with you!


    Daniell Barnes
    Daniel Ninth Grade Nurse

    PAP Suggested Summer Reading Reminder for PAP English I:

    The only advanced academics summer assignment for freshmen is for PAP English I. The assignment can be found HERE.

    (This information was sent home at the end of the school year and is also on the front page of the Daniel Ninth Grade Website)

    School Supply Information:

    Students in 9th – 12th grades can enroll in many different classes, therefore, content-specific supply lists are communicated through the class syllabus and are shared with students on the first day of school.

    On the first day of school, your student should bring:

    1. Pen and Pencils

    2. Notebook Paper

    3. Chromebook (or laptop) & charger cord

    Not needed on the first day of school (included for early shoppers!):

    • 1 box of facial tissue, 100-ct (to be turned in to each student’s advisory teacher)

    • Hand sanitizer w/ pump, 8 oz (to be turned in to each student’s advisory teacher)

    • Students are welcome to purchase a TI-84 Color Graphing Calculator or TI-Nspire Color Graphing Calculator (not the CAS)

    Please Note: Class sets of calculators are available for student use during the math class period. The calculator you purchase will be utilized for the rest of your student’s high school years and for SAT testing. Students tend to perform their best when they are able to use the same calculator from day-to-day especially during standardized testing events.

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    Cafeteria Update

    Due to a 2021-2022 COVID Waiver, AISD will offer one free school lunch and one free school breakfast per day to students who eat in the cafeteria. Snacks, seconds and a la carte are also available for purchase!

    Meet the Band - Friday, August 13

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    Meet the Bearcats - Saturday, August 14

    Student Support

    Our counseling team is back from summer break! If your student is in need of social and emotional support, please reach out. Additionally, resources are available on the AISD Social & Emotional Learning website below.
    AISD SEL Website

    Click here for information and resources

    2021-2022 District Instructional Calendar

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    How do I check my student out for an appointment or early release?

    Please allow for a few extra minutes when picking up your student as we will verify release information and notify your student's teacher to send your student to the office for check-out.

    We kindly ask that you follow these procedures when picking up your student:

    1. Pull up to the student pick up/drop off area in front of our main doors.
    2. Once you enter through the front doors of our building, our office staff will greet you and ask to scan your ID. You can also call our office at 817-441-4504 to let us know you are here.
    3. We will then call your student’s teacher to notify them that you are here to pick them up.

    *Students can only be checked out from their home campus. (Example: if a ninth-grade student is in a class at the High School when a parent arrives on campus for check-out, the parent will complete the check-out process at DNG and our office staff will notify the teacher to send the student for early release).

    How do I report a student absence?

    Thank you, parents, for doing a great job of communicating student absences with our office staff and for keeping your child home when they are not feeling well.

    If your child is sick or will not be at school for any other reason, please call the school at

    (817) 441-4504 or email Kristen Reaves at to report an absence.

    Any student or staff who tests positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or has close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the AISD COVID-19 Reporting Form.


    The cafeteria breakfast and lunch menu can be found HERE.

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    Ascender Student Portal

    1. Go to the Aledo ISD home page and click on Parents and Students at the top of the page. Then click on Student Portal Link on the left side of the page. (You can also go to the link directly:

    2. Click on Create Account

    3. Enter your student ID number, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.