Ninth Grade News

Week of March 29

Dear Daniel Ninth Families,

The teachers at Daniel Ninth Grade Campus are always looking for ways to incorporate learner engagement into our lesson designs. Our English teachers introduced the Freshman Capstone Project during classes last Friday. This project is a happy combination of the research, inquiry, and presentation English I TEKS and the Genius Hour concept. Every staff member at our school will be encouraging students through every phase of this project during Monday Advisory sessions. This week, students are in the beginning stages of the project which includes brainstorming, developing an essential question, and thoughtful topic selection. English teachers are devoting one class period per week to research and design. Student projects will be showcased in a digital peer/community presentation during the week of May 17. Ask your student what ideas they are considering! If they are stumped, check out this resource to help them generate one passionate idea: Six Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion

This week we are mailing out your student's 2021-2022 course selection verification. You should receive this in your mailbox on or before Tuesday, April 6. If your student's schedule request looks correct, then no action needs to be taken. If you see a change that needs to be made, please communicate your change request using the QR code printed underneath the course request list. This will be the final opportunity for course selection change requests for the 21-22 school year. All change requests are due by the last day of school, May 27, 2021.

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


Carolyn Ansley, Principal

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Monday, March 29

  • Advisory Day
  • Colorguard auditions - AHS cafeteria from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Ladycat Soccer - Area
  • Bearcat Baseball vs. Granbury, JV (4:30 pm) FR (7:00 pm)

Tuesday, March 30

  • Flex Day
  • Colorguard auditions - AHS cafeteria from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
  • JV Tennis - Grapevine/Colleyville Tournament
  • Girls Softball vs. Brewer @AHS, V (5:00 pm), JV (7:00 pm)
  • JV Track and Field District Meet @AHS
  • Ladycat Soccer - Area Playoff Game, 7:30pm at Castleberry High School
  • Bearcat Baseball vs. Granbury @AHS, V (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, March 31

  • Flex Day
  • Varsity Track and Field District Meet @AHS

Thursday, April 1

  • Flex Day
  • Varsity Boys Golf - District Tournament @Canyon West, (8:30 am)
  • Girls Softball @Granbury, V (5:00 pm), JV (7:00 pm)
  • Bearcat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals
  • Ladycat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals
  • Varsity Tennis - Grapevine/Colleyville Tournament
  • Varsity/JV Track and Field District Meet @AHS

Friday, April 2

  • Student Holiday - There will be no school and all buildings will be closed.
  • Varsity Boys Golf - District Tournament @Canyon West, (8:30 am)
  • Bearcat Baseball vs. Granbury @AHS, JV (11:00 am) FR (1:30 pm)
  • Bearcat Baseball vs. Granbury, V (7:00 pm)
  • Bearcat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals
  • Ladycat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals

Saturday, April 3

  • Bearcat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals
  • Ladycat Soccer Regional Quarterfinals

Project Celebration Meeting for the Class of 2024

Everyone is invited to attend a Project Celebration meeting for the parents of the class of 2024. The meeting will be on Monday, April 12th @6:30pm at Bearcat Park. The first meeting will be to get project celebration organized and up and running.

Lunch Deliveries

Our campus is closed to all visitors. We do not allow food to be brought or delivered to campus by anyone or by any restaurant. 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.

School Picture Information

  • Proofs have been emailed from Glamourcraft.
  • Click then click "Order Online, Pk-11," and enter the code you were emailed.
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  • In order to ensure you will receive your package, please verify that your home address is correct when you purchase
  • If you did not receive an email, please contact Glamourcraft at 817-923-9901.

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.

Counselor's Corner

Recommended Resource

Parents often tell me that setting limits with screens and technology is a challenge. One of my favorite resources to recommend is Dr. Ryan Smith’s family tech plan. He’s created a very useful template that facilitates conversations and helps to set limits – for both students and parents! Please click here to learn more:


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.

Staff Spotlight

Ms. LeShay Poriotis - Pre-AP Biology and Biology

A graduate of TCU, Ms. Poriotis is one of our new Biology teachers this year. Although new to DNG, she has taught for seven years. She looks forward to seeing how her students grow this year - and seeing their faces. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, camping and crafting. Her dream vacation would be spent enjoying the beaches of Jamaica. If she had a superpower, it would be the ability to control time because, as a teacher, there is never enough time in the day! Something interesting about Ms. Poriotis is that she has FIVE beautiful cats.

Click on the Picture Below to Nominate an Outstanding DNG Staff Member!

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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.

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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.

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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.