Ninth Grade News
Week of September 21
We are wrapping up week five of our return to learning and our freshmen are doing a great job inside and outside of the classroom! We are excited about sharing the "Start with Hello" message with students next week and engaging them in fun activities that encourage connections and inclusiveness. We have themed dress days and targeted activities planned for each day of the week. It's going to be lots of fun and we will be sure to share our photos with you on Facebook and Twitter!
Each grading period, students will be given the opportunity to change their instructional model -- from remote to in-person or from in-person to remote. If your student is not making a change, then no action is needed. We will plan on all students staying in their current instructional model unless otherwise notified. The form to request a change in instructional models is open now through October 2. If your student wishes to change instructional models, please follow the instructions outlined below.
We are making preparations to welcome parents to our Curriculum Night scheduled for September 28. Our teachers are preparing video presentations to share information about their classrooms and courses and will be available for live Q & A sessions throughout the evening. This will allow our parents to access the information on the evening of the 28th or after the event if needed. We will share the full details in our newsletter next week.
Our after-school tutoring center is now open! We have teachers and NHS student volunteers staffed in our library after school from 4:10 - 5:10 pm Monday-Thursday. Students are welcome to attend any day as-needed.
We are thankful for your partnership and are looking forward to another great week of Growing Greatness!
Carolyn Ansley, Principal
Monday, September 21
- Start with Hello Dress-up Theme: Hawaiian Shirt
- Advisory Day: All students report to Advisory classes for "Start with Hello" presentation
- Students will receive a Flex schedule for the week in Advisory class
- Students will receive their student ID cards in Social Studies Classes today
Tuesday, September 22
- Start with Hello Dress-up Theme: Jersey Day
- I-30/Flex Day
- Student nominations for Homecoming Court are available during Flex in the front office
- Varsity Tennis vs. Wichita Falls Rider (4:00 pm)
- Ladycat VB @Highland Park with Wylie East (Dual) FR/JV/VAR (5:00 pm)
- Meet the Band, 7 pm @Bearcat Stadium
Wednesday, September 23
- Start with Hello Dress-up Theme: Neon Day
- I-30/Flex Day
- JV Boys Golf to Pirate Fall Tournament (9 am)
Thursday, September 24
- Start with Hello Dress-up Theme: Meme Day
- I-30/Flex Day
- JV Girls Golf to Texan JV Invitational (8:00 am)
- Freshman FB (Black) vs. Weatherford - AWAY (5:30 pm)
- Freshman FB (Orange) vs. Weatherford - AWAY (7:00 pm)
- JV FB (Black) vs. Weatherford @AHS (5:30 pm)
- JV FB (Orange) vs. Weatherford @AHS (7:00 pm)
Friday, September 25
- Start with Hello Dress-up Theme: Western Wear
- I-30/Flex Day
- Student nominations for Homecoming Court are due in the front office by noon today
- XC to Boswell Invitational (7:00 am)
- Varsity Tennis vs. Weatherford HS (4:00 pm)
- Ladycat VB @Midlothian FR/JV (6:30 pm) VAR (5:00 pm)
Saturday, September 26
- Ladycat VB VS. Weatherford & Rockwall (Dual) @AHS - FR/JV/VAR (9am/12pm)
- Varsity FB VS. Weatherford @Globe Life Park (3:30pm)
Changing Instructional Models
The deadline to request a change in instructional models for the first nine weeks is Friday, October 2.
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.
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:
- Pull up to the student pick up/drop off area in front of our main doors.
- 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.
- 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?
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
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.
Start with Hello
This week in Aledo ISD we will be participating in the “Start with Hello” program. The program is designed to help end social isolation and create a more inclusive environment on each campus. Students are encouraged to notice someone alone, reach out and help, and just to start with “hello.” Encourage your student to participate in the fun activities we have planned for each day of the week:
Monday: Hey Day!
In Advisory class, students will watch the "Start with Hello" presentation and will be given a name tag to wear today.
Hey Day or Aloha Day. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and a name tag – say Aloha to someone new and greet them by name.
Dress-up theme: Hawaiian
Tuesday: Find Someone New
Use conversation cards to begin conversations and learn more about the people around you.
Dress-up theme: Get Someone’s Number, Jersey Day
Wednesday: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Students are encouraged to find ways to perform small acts of caring for others.
Dress-up theme: Light Up Someone’s World, Neon Day
Thursday: Make Someone Smile
Students will send their favorite joke to Mr. Durnil through email and the jokes will be read during lunch.
Students that are new to Aledo this year will be invited to a special breakfast during I-30 Flex time.
Dress-up theme: Meme Day
Friday: Lasso a New Friend
Hosted by the Student Ambassadors - students are challenged to step outside their comfort zone and sit with someone new at lunch. We will have music, and students can stop by the stage to request a song.
Dress-up theme: Western Wear
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 September 30th. 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.
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.
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.