Ninth Grade News

Week of October 5

Hello Daniel Ninth Families,

Our faculty is committed to making connections with students inside and outside of their content areas. We have a full listing of involvement opportunities for freshmen students listed below. These have been advertised via announcements, posters in our halls, teacher advertisements, and on the weekly I-30 Flex schedule. Please join us in encouraging your student to become involved in an activity; if your student would like to propose an idea for a new club please send him/her our way and we can help bring their club idea to fruition.

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


Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Monday, October 5

  • College Day - The first Monday of each month is College Spirit Day! Wear your favorite college shirt or colors!
  • Students receive Flex schedules via email today.

Tuesday, October 6

  • Ladycat VB against Keller @AHS - FR/JV (6:00 pm) VAR (5:00 pm)
  • Varsity Tennis vs. Brewer HS (4:00 pm)

Wednesday, October 7

Thursday, October 8

  • FR Bearcat FB (Black) vs. Azle @AHS (5:00 pm)
  • JV Bearcat FB (Black) vs. Azle @AHS (6:30 pm)
  • JV Tennis vs. Brewer HS (4:00 pm) *District Match*

Friday, October 9

  • There is no Varsity football game this week
  • Ladycat VB against Southlake @AHS - FR/JV (6:30 pm) VAR (5:00 pm)
  • Cross Country Meet @Azle
  • V Boys Golf (Black) - Texarkana CC (8:00/1:00)

Saturday, October 10

  • V Boys Golf (Black) - Texarkana CC (8:00 am)


Yearbooks are on sale now. Click on the link to order yours today


Our Aledo Bearcats will be playing Waco University at Bearcat Stadium on October 16th @7:00 pm.


The PSAT or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test acts as a baseline for college readiness. In-person students will take the PSAT 8/9 on October 20th. Make-Up Day and testing for Remote students will be on October 22. All students will be pre-registered so parents do not need to register their student.

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Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Kendall Sifuentes - English

A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, Mrs.Sifuentes was inspired to go into teaching by the example set by her high school English teacher, Ms.Tricia Hackfeld. She has now taught for five years - three of them here at DNG. Her dream vacation would be a trip to Germany. She enjoys softball, having played it in college and now coaching it. One of the things she looks forward to this year is watching the students grow into their own as the year progresses. If she could pick a superpower, it would be mind reader!

Student Clubs

Student Council

Student Council is all about helping out our community and being a voice for the class of 2025 through leadership and volunteer opportunities. See Ms. Black in room A205 for more information.

Leading Ladies

Leading ladies is a philanthropic organization for young women where we focus on growing and inspiring young ladies to be confident leaders in the community and beyond. Members will gain experience in the five essential characteristics/skills of a leader – integrity, enthusiasm, vision, confidence, communication, and commitment. Through school and community events & service opportunities, the Leading Ladies will demonstrate these skills while making positive contributions and influencing others to do the same. See Ms. Staats (B107) or Mrs. Lindsey (B207) for more information.


HOSA or Health Occupation Students of America is an organization focused on meeting peers interested in the medical field. We have fun projects, activities, field trips, and state-wide competitions. See Mrs. Petersen in room B202 for more information.

Daniel Ninth Science Club

The Daniel Ninth Science Club is a student-run organization, created to allow students with a strong interest in science to grow in their search for knowledge beyond the classroom. Students in this club will be asked to provide leadership and service within the Daniel Ninth science community, including:

● Assisting Biology teachers with lab setup and takedown

● Providing feedback on Biology labs and activities offered during class

● Suggesting and testing out NEW labs and adjusting them for future use in Biology classes

● Creating student-formed labs and activities to further knowledge and understanding in topics of interest

● Creating web-based review materials for biology students

● Providing tutoring assistance to struggling biology students

See Mrs. Poriotis in room A201 for more information.

ESports Club

ESPORTS is coming to Aledo!!!

Yes, you heard us right…Aledo is starting an ESPORTS club! We will be building competitive teams for multiple games and platforms.

If you are interested in being a part of this new organization, follow the QR code, and tell us a little about yourself. After we evaluate the interest we will email the date and time of our organizational meetings where we will discuss the specifics of the club. Come join us and be a part of one of the fastest-growing industries of today! Email Mrs. Paul ( for more information.

Beyond our Borders (BOB)

Join the English department as they connect to people outside the borders of our campus. We will engage in a letter-writing campaign with people who are impacted by the pandemic. Students may write letters to remote learners, nursing homes, over-seas personnel, first responders, etc. We hope to participate in conversations with students from around the world. BOB meets each Tuesday in Mrs. Callaway's room - B108.

Ted Talk Tuesday

Ted Talk Tuesday is designed for students who desire to learn more from the global community. Students will watch a new Ted Talk each week that will cover various topics and will be challenged later in the semester to present their very own Ted Talk to the class. Let’s learn and teach together! Join us on Tuesdays in Ms. Staat's room - B107

Book Club

Looking for a fun way to enjoy reading? Join our stress-free, no-hassle Book Club where you get to choose what you want to read and when! See Mrs. Taylor in the library for details.

Nutrition & Cooking Club

The goal of the Nutrition & Cooking Club is to spark a desire in students to step into the kitchen and create something amazing. We are exploring both cooking and the nutrition of certain ingredients. In week one we talked about eggs and learned some tips for making great scrambled eggs and French toast. We also explored other ways eggs are used that may be less obvious, such as egg wash on bread, eggs used to seal the edges of pasta, and how and why eggs are an important ingredient in baked goods. In week two, we took a look at the science behind making great ice cream. Join us for culinary fun during Flex on Fridays in Mrs. Petersen's room - B202.

Junior World Affairs Council (JWAC)

JWAC meets on Wednesdays in Coach Reid's classroom during Flex.

Mission: To provide North Texas students with the tools and skills to make a positive change in the North Texas community, effectively interact with people from different backgrounds, and compete for jobs in the global workforce.

Values: GYL believes that in order to prepare the next generation of North Texas residents to compete in the global economy, they need global competence skills to solve complex problems, create opportunities for all, and advance shared respect for human dignity.

Vision: Students are transformed from observers into informed international participants by gaining global competency skills through educational programs focused on diplomatic leadership, civic engagement, problem-solving, and cultural intelligence.

See Coach Reid in room B208 for more information.

Student Ambassadors

The Daniel Ninth Student Ambassadors is a leadership group that welcomes new students to campus and assists the counseling and administrative team with campus-wide initiatives. Email Mrs. Finn at for more information.

Art Club

Join Art Club! It is a place for artists to expand on their skills, develop new techniques, collaborate with other artists, and creatively interact with the community. The club meets every Wednesday during I-30 in D113 with Ms. Diaz.


Yoga is a form of art in which the mind, body, and soul are all connected. Basic yoga poses help reduce stress and allows the mind to slow down. Join us for Monday Yoga during I-30 Flex to find your inner peace and strength! Room D113.

Common Interest Activities Offered During Flex Time.

  • Fantasy Sports (Coach Barry's Room - B205)
  • Coding (Mrs. Martinez & Mrs. Liddell - B105)
  • STEAM Studio (Ms. Diaz - STEAM Studio upstairs)
  • Volleyball (Coach Bishop - Gym)

A message from Ms. Finn, Daniel Ninth Grade Counselor

Parent Input Needed

Ms. Finn visited all of the ninth grade Biology classes last week to introduce herself, explain her responsibilities, and inform students of ways to access her services. She also asked the students to complete a needs assessment form; this allows her to better tailor her program to student priorities. She is also seeking input from parents; please click the link below to provide your feedback and to request information regarding possible small counseling groups if desired.

SOS Signs of Suicide Program

To proactively address the issues of depression and suicide risk, our school is offering suicide prevention education using SOS Signs of Suicide on October 14th. SOS encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is an evidence-based program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts. Students must turn in a permission form in order to participate. Please see the links below if you’re in need of another copy. Forms can be turned in to the main office. The program is scheduled for October 14 during Advisory period.

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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. Please enter through the first set of doors and wait in the lobby area. One of our administration staff members 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 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 below.

Should my student bring a laptop/Chromebook to school everyday?

If your student has access to a laptop or Chromebook, please ensure he/she brings a charged device to school every day. We no longer have classroom sets of Chromebooks for student use and students will be using technology daily in their classes.

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.

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Nurse's Corner

Health History Forms

If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to complete and submit your student’s 2020 – 2021 Health History Form. It is very important that we have a completed Health History Form for each student enrolled on our campus, even if they have selected remote learning for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

There are two ways to access this form:

  1. Log in to your Parent Portal account through Ascender and complete the online form found in the registration section.
  2. Open the hard copy of the Health History Form found below, complete it, and return it to me via email.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Danielle Barnes, LVN

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.

Join PTO!

PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization which consists of parents, teachers, and staff members working together to support and enrich students and school staff. We assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and fundraising.

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