Ninth Grade News

Week of February 22

Dear Daniel Ninth Families,

I hope this message finds you well. We are looking forward to being back together with our students this week! We know that the weather events of the past week have affected our families and community in various ways. Our valued community partner, the Aledo Advocats, is offering help to families in need. If your family is in need of winter storm services or support, you can make a request here. If you have concerns for your student as a result of events from this past week, please reach out to us to communicate your concerns with us.

Counselor – Erin Finn (

Principal – Carolyn Ansley (

Please take note that we have a deadline approaching! This is the final week to request a change in the instructional model for your student. Any student wishing to change instructional models for the fourth nine-week grading cycle -- from remote to in-person or from in-person to remote - must notify the district two weeks prior to the next grading cycle. The deadline to request a change for the fourth nine weeks is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. A link to the forms to request to change instructional models for the fourth grading cycle is available here. Please note that no extenuating circumstance requests will be granted between March 1st & March 11th while we prepare schedule changes for the 4th grading cycle.

We are thankful for your partnership and are looking forward to another great week of Growing Greatness!


Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Monday, February 22

  • Advisory Day

Tuesday, February 23

  • Flex Day
  • Aledo Reads Dress Day: Wear Green
  • JV Tennis - Grapevine/Colleyville Tournament
  • JV Boys Golf - JV Buzzy Open @Cross Timbers (8:00 am)
  • Boys Soccer - Bye
  • Girls Softball @Lakeridge, JV (5:00 pm), V (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, February 24

  • Flex Day
  • Boys Powerlifting @AHS for Granbury and Azle

Thursday, February 25

  • Flex Day
  • Track & Field 4 Teams (V and JV) @ Weatherford
  • Varsity Girls Softball - Mansfield Tournament @Mansfield

Friday, February 26

  • Flex Day
  • Aledo Reads Dress Day: Wear Animal Print
  • Boys Swim State Meet in San Antonio
  • Varsity Tennis - Grapevine/Colleyville Tournament
  • Varsity Boys Golf - Bearcat Brawl @Split Rail (8:00 am)
  • Bearcat Soccer vs. Azle @AHS, JV (5:30 pm), V (7:00 pm)
  • Ladycat Soccer @ Azle, JV (5:30 pm), V (7:00 pm)
  • Varsity Girls Softball - Mansfield Tournament @Mansfield

Saturday, February 27

  • Boys Swim State Meet in San Antonio (10:00 am)
  • Varsity Boys Golf - Bearcat Brawl @Split Rail (8:00 am)
  • Varsity Girls Softball - Mansfield Tournament @Mansfield

Counselor's Corner

Counselor Update

January was a busy time for academic planning for ninth graders! During the second and third week of January, students created their Personal Graduation Plan, and the presentation and other resources are still available on my web page: At the end of January, students registered for their 10th grade courses. Later in the year, the high school will send out information explaining how students can view their course selections and request changes if needed. If you weren’t able to participate in the high school’s virtual Info/Expo; their page offers a plethora or helpful videos and information:

Recommended Resource

Students can start earning micro-scholarships from colleges now. How it works: visit the web site and add achievements such as grades, clubs, sports, or volunteer activities. For each achievement, students will earn scholarships from colleges, which they’ll be awarded if they attend that college! Students can also follow colleges that they want to learn more about and find which ones are the best fit.

Read Across Aledo

Read Across Aledo is a district-wide PTO fundraiser that will benefit Aledo ISD and the East Parker County Library. Those who would like to make a donation, please see the information below.

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Staff Spotlight

Ms. Estee Diaz - Art I & II

Our Art teacher, Ms. Diaz, graduated from Texas Tech University. This is her first year teaching and she decided to teach because of her love for students. Her co-workers and students are the things she likes most about teaching at DNG. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and outdoor painting. Traveling to Greece would be her dream vacation. Something interesting about Ms. Diaz is that she was born in Maryland. Her favorite book is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. If she could have a superpower, it would be invisibility.

Lunch Deliveries

Our campus is closed to all visitors. We do not allow food to be brought to campus and dropped off. If your student forgets his/her lunch, we are instructing students to buy lunch from the cafeteria for that day. We are a closed campus and encourage parents to allow students to go through the day without their forgotten items unless it is an emergency situation.
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Updated School Calendar

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees approved an updated 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar in December, adding two new teacher workdays/student holidays in the Spring semester.

With the new calendar, students will be off on Friday, Feb. 12, Monday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 22.

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Student Devices and Chargers

Even during in-person learning students will be working in Canvas and using other online tools. Please have your student bring his or her device and charger daily.

COVID Health and Safety Reminders

As we move into cold and flu season and begin to see an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases amongst our students and staff, please be reminded of the health and safety protocols in Aledo ISD's Return to Learn Plan:

  • Parents of all students must screen children for symptoms and take the temperature of each of their children before their child attends school every day. Students who have an elevated temperature above 100.4 OR have any COVID-related symptoms must report the symptoms to their campus nurse and stay home. Please do not send students to school with symptoms. For Daniel Ninth Grade, our nurse is Danielle Barnes (

  • All students shall wear face coverings at all times while on Aledo ISD property that social distancing, maintaining six feet of distance, is not possible. Face coverings should cover both the nose and mouth of the user.

Aledo ISD COVID-19 Dashboard

Aledo ISD is tracking COVID-19 cases within our school Community. To do this we need your help – if your child ever 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 click this link to complete our AISD COVID Reporting form. Our data will only be as accurate as what is reported to us. Please help us keep our entire community healthy and safe by providing this information as soon as it becomes known to you. To view the Aledo ISD COVID Dashboard, please click here.

VOE Forms

Applying for a Learner License

Your student will need to provide evidence that they are a student enrolled in a public, private, or home school and have been attending school for at least 90% of the time. A VOE form is issued by our office.

To Request a VOE Form:

  1. Your student will scan the QR code in the front office.
  2. They will need to complete the linked Google form.
  3. The VOE will be available the following day and can be picked up at the front office. The form will need to be signed by your student and witnessed by office staff.
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How do I check my student out for an appointment or early release?

Daniel Ninth Grade Campus is currently closed to visitors. We understand at times, however, it may be necessary for you to pick up your student for an appointment. Please allow for a few extra minutes when picking up your student as we are using a new check out system and have new processes in place. 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 the building, please remain in the lobby area. 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. If it is during a passing period, we ask that you please wait outside until the students have exited the building.
  3. We will then call your student’s teacher to notify them that you are here to pick them up.

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 Sarah Hill 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.

How do I request a district device?

Your child will need access to a laptop or Chromebook in order to complete assignments in Canvas both at home and school. Please visit the following link if you would like to learn more about checking out a Chromebook from the Aledo ISD Technology Department:


The cafeteria breakfast and lunch menu can be found HERE.

Student ID Cards

Students may use their ID's to purchase food in the cafeteria. Please remind your student to keep their card in a safe place.

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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.