Ninth Grade News

Week of March 6, 2023

Dear Ninth Grade Parents:

On Tuesday of this week, students enrolled in Algebra I will take the Algebra Benchmark and on Wednesday, students will take the Biology Benchmark. Students received their benchmark testing locations via email today and testing locations for this week will also be posted in the main hallway. All students will report to their testing locations at 8:30 a.m. Please ask your student if they ordered a sack lunch for the Tuesday & Wednesday testing dates. If they did not order the sack lunch, they will need to bring a lunch from home on these dates.

As we prepare students for upcoming benchmarks, students will need their AISD Chromebooks and chargers every day for the next two weeks. Please note that we will be following an alternate bell schedule on testing dates. On testing dates, DNG students will eat lunches in their testing locations and have the option of bringing a sack lunch or ordering a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Friday, March 10th is the end of the 3rd grading period and an early release day for students. We will follow the early release bell schedule on this date. Spring break is March 13th - 17th with a student holiday scheduled for Monday, March 20th. Students will return to school on Tuesday, March 21st. We hope you have a wonderful break with your families!

Thank you for sharing your students with us; we are excited about the week ahead!

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Saturday Sessions for AP Exam Prep

We have an EXCITING opportunity to support our AP students as they "spring" into AP exam success!

This year AHS and DNG AP teachers will be hosting a series of AP test preparation sessions in the month of April designed to help students prepare for their upcoming AP exams on select Saturdays in April. These sessions are completely optional for students to attend and are not for a grade. Each of the Saturdays will have morning and afternoon session offerings. Students are encouraged to come in comfortable clothing and bring drinks and snacks!

Students can choose to attend the session(s) that works best with their schedule. Please note that not all teachers will be presenting at every session. Also, know that teachers will repeat the review material each session. So, you don't need to attend every session available for your AP course. For students who are unable to attend an AP Saturday review session, we ask that they reach out to the teacher for the review materials that they will be covering! Teachers will make the review materials available to students who are unable to attend in person sometime in April!

Here is the direct link to reserve your session choice(s) or you can use the QR code on the flyer below!

Aledo ISD Parent Survey

Beginning Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 through 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023, we are asking all Aledo ISD parents and guardians to complete an online survey that will address topics such as engagement, safety and climate in your child’s schools. These surveys are completely anonymous; we will only ask that you identify which campus you are completing the survey about.

A link to the survey will be sent from the email address on Monday, Feb. 27, to parents and guardians using the email we have on file through the Parent Portal system. Please fill out the survey once for each campus where you have a child attending; so if you have a child at McCall Elementary, McAnally Middle School and Aledo High School, you would fill out the survey three times, selecting a different campus each time.

Your feedback and opinions are very important to us, and we use data from this survey to better understand your expectations and areas that we can improve to better serve our Bearcat students and families.

April 6: Deadline to register to vote in May 6 election

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 6, 2023, Aledo ISD bond election is Thursday, April 6, 2023. Texas law requires eligible voters to register by the 30th day before Election Day. Visit to see if you are registered or to find the steps to register to vote.

Election Day is Saturday, May 6, 2023, and Early Voting begins on Monday, April 24, 2023.

If you recently moved, you likely still need to take steps to make sure you are registered to vote based on your new address.

Again, visiting will help answer your questions. We will share the full early voting and election day schedules and locations with you as we get closer to those dates.

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Schedule for this week:

Monday, March 6

  • Flex
  • After School Tutorials at DNG, 4:10 - 5:10 p.m.
  • *Students attending tutorials must arrive directly after 8th period

Tuesday, March 7

  • Algebra I Benchmark Testing Date
  • Students enrolled in PAP Geometry & Algebra II courses will attend extension sessions with teachers during benchmark testing.
  • Students will eat a sack lunch in their testing locations (please check with your student to see if they ordered a sack lunch or if they need to bring one from home)
  • Students must bring their charged Chromebooks and charging cord
  • DNG & AHS will follow alternate bell schedule on this testing date
  • After School Tutorials at DNG, 4:10 - 5:10 p.m.
  • *Students attending tutorials must arrive directly after 8th period

Wednesday, March 8

  • Biology Benchmark Testing Date
  • After School Tutorials at DNG, 4:10 - 5:10 p.m.
  • *Students attending tutorials must arrive directly after 8th period

Thursday, March 9

  • Flex
  • Breakfast for lunch at all campuses
  • After School Tutorials at DNG, 4:10 - 5:10 p.m.
  • *Students attending tutorials must arrive directly after 8th period

Friday, March 10

  • Flex
  • 3rd Grading Cycle Ends

  • Early Release for Students, 12:40 p.m.

  • Last day to complete the online Aledo ISD Parent Survey

A Message from AISD Child Nutrition


Bring Your Student ID Badge & Chromebook

All students need to bring their student ID badge and charged chrome book (and charger) to school every day.

Students who cannot locate their student ID badge will be required to purchase a replacement badge this week. Replacement costs are $10 for a new badge and $2 for a new lanyard. Payment for replacement badges/lanyards may be made in the front office from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. by cash, check, or credit card.

Aledo Education Foundation Bearcats 'N Boots March 31!

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Help support the students and teachers of Aledo ISD by attending the 9th annual Aledo Education Foundation Bearcats 'N Boots event! This event will be from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Hilton in downtown Fort Worth, and it will feature live entertainment by Lonestar.

Sponsorships are available at or email Valerie Kerr at

ATTN: Aledo Project Celebration 2026

Happy 2023! A huge thanks is in order to the Aledo Project Celebration 2026 Board, the parents, guardians, and community members who purchased or sold poinsettias, and all the volunteers who helped unload, store, and distribute poinsettias during our fundraiser! We would not have been able to do it without you!

We would also like to thank Aledo PTO for the $500 donation! Because of our classes’ parents and guardians, the Class of 2026 had the most members for grades 9-12 sign up for PTO last semester. Thank you for supporting our students and the district!

The PC2026 board would like to meet in the coming weeks to discuss poinsettia sales and upcoming fundraisers. We will email and post details on Facebook. If you have not joined our Facebook group, please join at Aledo Project Celebration 2026. Please also add your contact information at, so you will receive emails. You can also donate a one-time, $100 donation on the website at to support PC2026.

Thanks again for supporting our students! Happy New Year!

Aledo PC2026 Board

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Yearbook Ordering Information

Please note - Daniel Ninth Grade is included in the AHS yearbook. Once you navigate to the website, type "aledo" and choose "Aledo High School" from the dropdown menu.

Mark Your Calendar!

March 6-10: Educational Diagnosticians Appreciation Week!

March 7: Algebra I Benchmark (Modified Bell Schedule)

March 8: Biology I Benchmark (Modified Bell Schedule)

March 10: 3rd Grading Cycle Ends

March 10: Early Release for Students, 12:40 p.m.

March 13-17: Spring Break

March 20: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day

April 3-7: Assistant Principals Appreciation Week

April 7: School Holiday

April 10: School Holiday

April 18: English I EOC (Modified Bell Schedule)

April 25: Biology EOC (Modified Bell Schedule)

April 26: Administrative Professionals Day

May 2: Algebra EOC (Modified Bell Schedule)

May 4: AP Human Geography Test (select students)

May 5: School Lunch Hero Day

May 10: National School Nurse Appreciation Day

May 19: Freshman Recognition Ceremony & Intramurals

May 23: Semester Exam Schedule

May 24: Semester Exam Schedule

May 25: Semester Exam Schedule

May 25: Cycle 4 Ends

May 25: Early Release for Students/PM Staff Workday

May 26: Staff Workday/Student Holiday

May 29: Memorial Day Holiday

June 5: AISD Night at the Rangers Game

June 14: DNG campus closed for summer break

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Bearcat Care Clinics Available for Students, Staff

The end of the year and colder weather often means illnesses going around and, with that, busy doctors offices and clinics. Please remember that the Aledo ISD is proud to offer Bearcat Care Clinics at each campus to our students and employees as a convenient option when getting into your primary care doctor or going to a stand alone clinic isn’t an option for your family. We know Bearcat Care Clinics do not replace our local pediatricians, and we are so grateful for them! Bearcat Care instead is a partnership with the Parker County Hospital District where each school nurse’s clinic is set up with a medical cart similar to what you would find in a hospital setting. This Bearcat Care setup essentially turns our school nurse offices into minor care clinics able to facilitate telemedicine visits with family doctors or nurse practitioners as well as making flu, strep, and COVID testing available (all with parent consent, of course) right at school.

Parents are even able to join the telemedicine visit with the nurse and doctor from the convenience of home or work or elsewhere. If a Bearcat Care visit determines that kids or staff may need to go home or get some prescription medicine, the prescription can be called in to your chosen pharmacy to be picked up as soon as possible and eliminate additional stops or appointments when not feeling well!

Access to Bearcat Care is for any student or staff member. Registration is necessary before a visit can take place and we encourage all parents to register your students right away to avoid any delays in having to register in a pinch when your child may be sick and needing a quick telemedicine visit. Registration also must occur each year, so if you registered last year, you will need to update your registration this year. AISD staff are also encouraged to register now to be ready later. It only takes a few minutes!

Registration for Bearcat Care can be done quickly and easily here; simply scroll down and click ENROLL NOW!

After School Tutoring

Our after-school tutorials are held in the DNG Library. Students may come to the library after school for quiet study time or receive homework help from a National Honor Society (NHS) student tutor.
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Kristina Neal is the PEIMS/Attendance Secretary at DNG. Please send anything pertaining to attendance to

Student Attendance Information:

  • Teachers record attendance every period (8 periods).
  • Students must be seated at 8:40 for first period, to be considered on time. When planning drop-off, please consider time to eat breakfast (if buying) and transition to class.
  • If you drop your student off after 8:40, the student will need to come through the front office to get a tardy pass.
  • If a student is checked out for an appointment during the school day, he/she must check back in through the front office if returning to school after the appointment.
  • 9:45 a.m. is ADA time.
  • 90% of each semester must be spent in class. An administrator will contact you if the minimum requirements are not being met and time missed needs to be made up.
  • Doctor/Medical notes may be emailed to Ms. Neal or the student may drop them off in the front office upon return to school.
  • If your student is absent you must email Kristina Neal ( each day they are out. You only have 5 school days (counting the day of the absences) to report the absence.
  • In your email to Ms. Neal, please include:

    • Your student's name
    • The date(s) of their absence
    • The reason for their absence

If your student's absence is COVID-related, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Student ID Badge Information

This is a security measure that involves students wearing their badge on the school-issued lanyard around their neck from the time they enter the campus to the time they leave in the afternoon. Students who do not have their ID badge report directly to the DNG library to receive a temporary ID badge/ID sticker that is worn for the school day.

The first badge and lanyard have been issued to students at no cost. For any student that cannot locate their ID badge at the start of the 2nd semester, a replacement badge will be ordered. Replacement costs are $10 for a new badge and $2 for a new lanyard. Payment for replacement badges/lanyards may be made in the front office from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. by cash, check, or credit card.

School Supply Information:

Students are welcome to purchase a TI-84 Color Graphing Calculator or TI-Nspire Color Graphing Calculator (not the CAS). This is a recommended purchase, but not a required purchase since 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.

The Bearcat Experience

This link contains teacher contact info, course syllabi links, and course-specific information.

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Daniel Ninth Student Club Opportunities

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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. Ring the doorbell to interact with our office staff to report the reason for your visit and provide identifying information.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

Food Deliveries

Food deliveries will not be accepted at 9th-12th grade campuses. Deliveries of this type are a disruption to the operation of our campus and it is a priority to ensure our office staff is ready to respond to the needs of our students, parents, and staff. A student who forgets their lunch will be able to obtain lunch in our cafeteria.

Student Cell Phones

  • Cell phones are allowed for student use before school, after school, during your student's lunch, and passing periods.
  • Cell phones are prohibited from use in classrooms, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.
  • Cell phones must be powered off and kept in backpack or in designated area of the teacher's classroom during the instructional period (including Advisory & Flex).
  • Headphones/earbuds are not permitted to be worn in class or in hallways.
  • If you have an urgent message to communicate to your child, please call our front office. We will deliver the message to your student.

See Entire Cell Phone Policy Here

V O E Requests

As students are gearing up to get their driver's permits and driver's licenses, please make note of the Verification of Enrollment Requirement. To be eligible for a TX Drivers' Permit/License, students must present a Verification of Enrollment form indicating that they have met the 90% Compulsory Attendance Law. Students must scan the QR code located in the front office and complete the Google Form request. Students may pick up the VOE the following school day. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee immediate turn-around time.

Also note that a VOE will expire in 30 days, so students should request within the 30-day window of when they have an appointment to receive their Driver's Permit/License.

Cafeteria Info

Check out the Aledo ISD cafeteria services webpage and the AISD app for information on:

  • Menus, pricing, nutritional info, allergens, setting account restrictions (PK-5), special dietary needs and more!
  • Paying for school meals: MySchoolBucks or AISD app for online payments. Or pay in Cafeteria by cash/check.
  • Free/Reduced Price Meals: Apply online or see if you qualify (paper applications also available on campus). A new application must be submitted at the start of each school year.
  • Meal charge policy: If a student has no meal & no money, the cafeteria will provide them with a nutritious school meal. Students can charge up to $15.00 (school meal only, no snacks or extras if negative/low balance), then alternate meal offered.
  • Negative balances will be communicated to parents via parent email and/or letter to household address on file.

Go to MySchoolBucks to view café account balances/transactions/install café balance email notifications. If you are experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help. For questions or comments, please call the Child Nutrition Department at 817-441-5142.


COVID-19 Protocols

Aledo ISD has updated its COVID-19 protocols for the 2022-2023 school year, and you can find them on the district's COVID-19 webpage. Please remember that any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 should notify the district by using this form.
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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!

Student Orientation Information

Fish Camp is our student orientation event that was held prior to the first day of school. Information shared during this event can be viewed here!

Student Portal Instructions

Instructions for creating a student portal account.

AISD Transportation Information

Register your student for the bus & check bus route information here!

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