Ninth Grade News

Week of January 23, 2023

Dear Ninth Grade Parents:

Remember that the Bailey Ranch Road reconstruction and detour route begins on Monday, Please take note of the traffic pattern changes and allow extra time for your morning commute this week especially!

Students will take the middle-of-year MAP English and Math tests next week. All students will need to bring their charged AISD Chromebook on both Monday and Tuesday next week.

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

Bailey Ranch Rd. Traffic Pattern Changes Begin January 23

We have heard from the City of Aledo that the major construction project on Bailey Ranch Road will begin on Monday, Jan. 23. Throughout the duration of the construction project - which is expected to last 6-10 months - there will be NO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC on Bailey Ranch Road from FM 1187 to Champions Drive; this stretch of Bailey Ranch Road will be EASTBOUND ONLY. This means that if you are traveling to any of our buildings on Bailey Ranch Road from the east, you will need to take Bankhead Drive to Champions Drive to Bailey Ranch Road.

** Please note: Aledo ISD police officers will be directing traffic at the intersection of Bankhead and Champions Drive. Please use caution as you approach this intersection.**

There will be additional work done after this closure is complete, but it will not require a shutdown and there will be two-way traffic. The City of Aledo Facebook page will be posting updates on this construction project, and we’ll share information as we receive it!

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MAP Testing

Our students will participate in the NWEA MAP Reading Test on Monday, January 30, and the NWEA MAP Math Test on Tuesday, January 31. Students will receive their testing instructions and locations via email. MAP testing results will be sent home in February.

Students must bring their school-issued Chromebook to school for testing. Please remind students to charge their Chromebook each evening and students should also bring their charger cords on testing days for good measure. If your student did not check out a school-issued device, one will be provided for this assessment.

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Progress Reports

Three-week progress reports will be accessible in Ascender Parent Portal on January 23rd at 4:30 p.m. Progress report grades are a snapshot of a student's grades that are recorded at a specified time period. This grade snapshot is a regain opportunity for students involved in UIL activities.

  • Click here for instructions for accessing progress report grades in the Parent Portal.

Progress reports will not be sent home since they are available digitally and will be posted every three weeks in Ascender. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any specific questions related to grades.

2023-2024 Instructional Calendar Approved

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar during their Regular January meeting on January 17.

The first day of school for 2023-2024 will be Wednesday, August 16, 2023, with the last day for students being Friday, May 24, 2024. The calendar includes 9 ½ staff development days and 12 days for planning and preparation for teachers and staff.

The 23-24 Instructional Calendar was reviewed by the Districtwide Effectiveness Improvement Committee (DWEIC) and shared with staff and community members for feedback via an online survey. Because of that feedback, the DWEIC kept the extended Fall Break - similar to the new Fall Break on the 22-23 calendar - for October 12-17. DWEIC also adjusted the Winter Break days based on feedback received; Winter Break will be December 21, 2023, through January 7, 2024.

Click here to download a copy of the 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar.

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Schedule for this week:

Monday, January 23

  • Advisory
  • Progress Reports are viewable in Ascender Portal at 4:30 p.m.
  • After School Tutorials at DNG, 4:10 - 5:10 p.m.
  • *Students attending tutorials must arrive directly after 8th period

Tuesday, January 24

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

Wednesday, January 25

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

Thursday, January 26

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

Friday, January 27

  • Flex

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.

AGC 📊Data Dig📈

As the Aledo Growth Committee gets closer to making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for an upcoming bond election, we’re going to dig into the data they’ve been using to make their decisions. Join us for this important Data Dig of facts on our social media channels (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram)!

Review all of the AGC data and more at, and send your questions or recommendations to the AGC at And mark your calendar for a special board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, when the AGC will share preliminary bond package plans with Trustees.

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Data Dig Question: How much does it cost and how long does it take to build schools?

The AGC has learned that construction costs as well as timelines have escalated significantly since the district built schools in the 2019 bond. When they’re formulating what to include in a bond package, they are using these cost estimates - called an Opinion of Probable Cost - that take into consideration rising construction costs and inflation leading up to when the project would bid. The AGC is also looking at prices escalating each year and taking that into consideration in their long-range planning.

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Data Dig Question: Why does a school district need to borrow money in the form of a bond?

Think about bonds for schools like a mortgage for your home! Just as most families don’t have the available funds to build or purchase a new residence without a mortgage, school districts do not have the financial resources available to pay for large capital expenditures, such as building new schools or renovating schools, without taking on debt, which is done in the form of a bond that is approved by voters.

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Data Dig Question: Approximately how much money is the district projected to be able to borrow?

This is where things get a little complicated. There are two different types of bonds: Traditional Bonds and Growth Bonds. The amount that the district may borrow depends upon the tax rate and the rate of property value growth in the district over time. The two charts show the estimated amount of money the district may borrow at the current 42.5 cent Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate as well as at other I&S tax rates, based on property value growth projected by the district’s financial advisor BOK.

A growth bond is a somewhat new concept to Aledo ISD but it’s not new to many fast-growth school districts. In short, a Traditional Bond focuses more on the near-term capital needs of the District while a Growth Bond focuses on both the near-term and long-term capital needs of the district. A Growth Bond offers flexibility on implementation of bond projects and timing of bond sales, both of which can occur only after the district certifies, based on its property tax values each year, that it has the bonding capacity to issue debt. The Board of Trustees must approve issuing debt and large capital expenditures for construction.

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Data Dig Question: What are the three main options under consideration for building more high school space?

While we’ve already established that AISD high school space (9-12 combined) moves above maximum capacity in 2028-29, thus giving the district some time for the need for additional space, we’ve also learned that it takes 48 months total to build a comprehensive high school from design to completion of construction. This is why the AGC is considering three main options for additional high school space, including building a new high school, adding onto and renovating Aledo High School, and building high school space in a different type of campus.

Scroll down as we explore a potential HS #2 and come back next week to find out more about another type of high school campus!

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Data Dig Question: Is there an option to get a second high school through phasing the construction?

Previously, we discussed the three high school options that were presented to the community at the community meetings in December. Here, we’re going to continue to explore other, less traditional, options for high school space.

Because of the expense of construction and the fact that the borrowing power of the district is limited, the Aledo Growth Committee has analyzed the phased construction of a second comprehensive high school. The phased approach would add high school capacity in the district in an incremental way and at a lower cost than that of an entire new high school.

Phasing the construction of a second high school (into two phases) would include building all of the core spaces (like the library, kitchen, cafeteria) plus athletic and fine arts spaces and some classroom space for an enrollment of 1,500 students. The building would be designed/master planned to be expanded with additional classrooms and expanded core spaces at a later time.

This option would add space for 1,500 students (3,000 when phase 2 is complete), would take 24 months to build, and would cost about $244 million.

Phase 2 of high school No. 2 would begin at a later date and require passing another bond to complete.

Aledo Children's AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl 1K/5K on March 25!

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The Aledo AdvoCats Run, Walk or Crawl Glow Run is a nighttime fun run in the heart of Aledo that raises money for a great cause. Bring out the whole family for a night like no other – participants can choose between a 1K or a 5K race (or do both!) that begins and ends on the Aledo High School track! Every participant is given glow gear so they light the night as they run. We will have food and entertainment before and after the race for a fun family night benefiting the children in our community. Ready, set … GLOW!

Click here to register!

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!

January 23: Holocaust Remembrance Week

January 30: Middle-of-Year Reading MAP Testing (Modified Bell Schedule)

*Students need to bring their charged AISD Chromebook to school on this date!

January 31: Middle-of-Year Math MAP Testing (Modified Bell Schedule)

*Students need to bring their charged AISD Chromebook to school on this date!

February 6-10: Counselor Appreciation Week!

February 17: Student Holiday

February 20: Student Holiday

February 28: English I Benchmark (Modified Bell Schedule)

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

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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