Ninth Grade News

Week of April 19

Dear Daniel Ninth Families,

By now I'm sure you've heard that the Board of Trustees voted to strongly recommend but not require face coverings indoors on school property and on Aledo ISD buses for the remainder of the school year effective immediately. There are no other changes to our COVID-19 protocols - including but not limited to quarantining requirements, virtual meetings, desk cleaning, cafeteria seating arrangements - that remain in place through the end of the school year absent a significant increase in COVID-19 cases that may warrant reconsidering our protocols.


We are thankful for your partnership and are looking forward to Growing Greatness this week!


Sincerely,

Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Margaret Walker - Biology


Mrs. Walker, a Tarleton State Grad, has been teaching for 20 years and joins the DNG family this year. Her high school chemistry teacher inspired her to go into education. Her favorite pastime is her grandchildren and she would love to go on a river cruise in Europe. This year she has looked forward to caring for kids and stepping up to challenges. If she had a superpower it would be to love like Jesus. Something interesting about Mrs. Walker is that she was once left all alone on a mountain top in New Zealand! You’ll have to ask her about that one!

Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is Now Open!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Monday, April 19. This is for all students, returning or new, in all grades. If you’ve lived in the district for at least a couple of years, you’ll remember we typically send home a commitment form for you to fill out in the spring to let us know if your child will be returning, and then you complete registration during the summer months. Because we are such a fast-growth district, completing registration now will help us know which students are returning next year so we can reserve that spot for your student and also staff appropriately for their campus. You can find information for registering all other students at aledoisd.org/register.

Instructional Model Change Request

If you would like your child to change instructional models due to the recent changes to our face-covering requirements, please complete the form below before Wednesday, April 20. Students who change instructional models will be required to complete the school year within that instructional model. Students will not be permitted to make another change this year.

Freshman Awards Ceremony

We are planning an Awards Ceremony to celebrate our students' accomplishments this year! Save the Date - May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Bearcat Stadium. More details to come!

Monday, April 19

  • Advisory Day
  • Bearcat Varsity Baseball vs. Azle @AHS, 5:00 pm

Tuesday, April 20

  • Flex Day
  • Bearcat Varsity Baseball vs. WF Rider @Rider, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, April 21

  • Flex Day
  • Bearcat Baseball vs. WF Rider @Aledo, JV (4:30 pm) FR (7:00 p.m.)
  • Boys Varsity Golf Regional Tournament @Lubbock
  • UIL Symphonic Band and Wind Band @Burleson HS

Thursday, April 22

  • Flex Day
  • Boys Varsity Golf Regional Tournament @Lubbock
  • UIL Wind Ensemble @Burleson HS

Friday, April 23

  • Flex Day
  • Track & Field Regionals @Lubbock
  • Bearcat Freshman Baseball vs. WF Rider @Rider HS Field (4:30 pm)
  • Bearcat JV Baseball vs. WF Rider @Hoskins Field (4:30 pm)
  • Bearcat Varsity Baseball vs. WF Rider @AHS, JV (7:00 pm)

Saturday, April 24

  • Track & Field Regionals @Lubbock
  • Bearcat Freshman Baseball vs. Joshua @Joshua (1:00 pm)

Mark Your Calendar!

April 27: National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4: AP Human Geography Exam

May 5: Algebra I STAAR EOC

May 6: Biology I STAAR EOC

May 12: Freshman End of Year Awards Ceremony, 9 AM - 11 AM

May 12: National School Nurse Day

May 17: School Holiday

May 27: Last Day of School/Early Release

June 22-25: STAAR Re-Testing Dates

Important Notice: FM 5 road closure beginning April 24

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A major milestone in completing the new Annetta Elementary is to tie in the new Learners Lane road to FM 5 for drainage purposes. In order to complete this tie in, a small stretch of FM 5 near the campus must be closed in both directions for five days beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. TxDOT will start displaying signs warning you of this road closure beginning tomorrow, April 17, and there will be signs clearly marking how traffic is detoured during the closure. Please review the map above that shows where the closure begins and ends and where cars will be detoured.


We expect this work to be completed by Wednesday, April 28 or possibly sooner depending on weather conditions. We are working closely and communicating regularly with TxDOT on this project and will communicate any additional information we have with you as we receive it.


Learners Lane was created as a way to pull traffic off of FM 5 to queue cars on the Annetta Elementary site rather than on FM 5 to alleviate traffic as much as possible.

Early Voting for Local Elections Begins April 19

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It is time for local elections in Parker and Tarrant counties, and early voting starts on Monday, April 19. Depending on where you live, you could see elections for Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, the Emergency Services District, and/or city elections for Aledo, Annetta, Fort Worth or Weatherford.


Nearby early voting locations are the Aledo ISD Administration Building and Hudson Oaks City Hall. Important notice for Tarrant County residents: Registered voters living in the Tarrant County portion of Aledo ISD must cast their vote (for early voting and election day) at any early voting site in Parker County; even though you live in Tarrant County, your ballot will include all of the races you’re eligible to vote on at this time (i.e., City of Fort Worth and Aledo ISD races).


Early voting begins Monday, April 19 with the following schedule (More Early Voting information for Parker County):

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, April 19

  • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21

  • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, April 23

  • Saturday, April 24 CLOSED

  • Sunday, April 25 CLOSED

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, April 26

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27


Election Day for the Parker County cities and schools elections will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Click here for Parker County Election Day information.

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 https://glamourcraft.com then click "Order Online, Pk-11," and enter the code you were emailed.
  • All packages will be shipped directly to your home and are 100% guaranteed.
  • 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

Micro-Scholarships

Students can start earning micro-scholarships from colleges now. How it works: visit the https://www.raise.me/ 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.

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 (dbarnes@aledoisd.org).

  • 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 sehill@aledoisd.org 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: https://www.aledoisd.org/Page/4320

Cafeteria

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: https://tinyurl.com/y5knvfwa)


2. Click on Create Account


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