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December 15, 2021 •

Early release Thursday, Student Holiday Friday; Aledo ISD Closed Dec. 20-31

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Important upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, Dec. 16: Early release for all campuses (Elementary: 11:40 a.m., McAnally Intermediate: 12:30 p.m., and AMS, DNG, ALC, AHS: 12:40 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 17: Student holiday and teacher work day
  • Dec. 20-31: Aledo ISD Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 3, 2022: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022: Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022: School resumes; start of second semester

Thanks to Communications Graphic Design intern Aiden M. for the holiday graphic!

December 2021 Bearcats of Character Honored!

The Aledo ISD launched a new character education program called Positivity Project - or P2 - in late November (see P2 Corner below). In tandem with this program launch, the district is excited to recognize the good character on display by the great students across all of Aledo ISD, honoring these students as Bearcats of Character.

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees recognized the first-ever Bearcats of Character students at the December regular board meeting for the character strengths connectedness and belonging. Each campus in the district selected an individual who is skilled and versed at helping other students to feel connected and like they belong.

Congratulations to the students below!

AISD Announces Special Olympics Delegation

Special Olympics Texas + Aledo ISD

The Aledo ISD launched its Special Olympics Delegation with a special press conference kickoff event Wednesday, introducing the Bearcat Grit team with opportunities for athletes and volunteers to make this partnership a success.

“Special Olympics is something our community has asked about doing for years, and we are so grateful for our Special Programs department for taking on this tall task to make it happen for our students and community,” Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said. “We know our students, staff and families will be excited to cheer on our Special Olympics student-athletes, and I can’t wait to continue the tradition of athletic success!”

In its first year as a delegation, Aledo ISD will participate in track and field and cheerleading for students in grades 9-12 with plans to expand opportunities in the future. Under head coach Dustin Lloyd, an English teacher and football and track coach at Aledo High School, practices for the Bearcat Grit track and field team will begin the week of January 24, and the district will host a Special Olympics Track Meet on Friday, March 25.

Amber Birchmier and Debbie Fields will be the Aledo Excite! cheerleading coaches, and cheer season will begin this summer with community events and games in the fall of the 2022-2023 school year.

The district is actively recruiting volunteers to be buddies for the Bearcat Grit student-athletes. Volunteers are required to go through online training and to complete a background check, all of which is free. Volunteers must complete the application process by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in order to begin practicing the week of January 24. Athlete and volunteer recruiting for Aledo Excite! will begin later in the spring.

“We cannot wait to see this program grow as the district continues to grow,” AISD Director of Special Programs Rebecca Faulkner said. “We have already seen so much excitement from our student-athletes who always feel so welcome and included in our campus. It’s exciting to have this event just for them!”

This Special Olympics Texas Delegation comes on the heels of Aledo High School being named a Unified Champion School through Special Olympics Texas. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools aim to promote social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting school-wide change. A Unified Champion School has a school climate where students with and without intellectual disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions. More than 200 schools in Texas are currently participating in Special Olympics Champion Schools programming with more than 6,500 across the country.

“Being a Unified Champion School is a great honor for Aledo High School and is a testament to the environment and mindset that we’re all Bearcats,” Bohn said. “AHS is a special place where our students are so supportive of each other in everything they do.”

To learn more about the Bearcat Grit Special Olympics team and how you can get involved, visit

Turn it up! AHS Treble Choir Performs at Aledo ISD Board Meeting Monday

2021 AHS Treble Choir - Holiday Medley

Board reception a success!

Thank you to all who came out to honor the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees for being named the 2021 Outstanding School Board in Texas by the Texas Association of School Administrators on Monday night!

Those in attendance enjoyed punch and snacks by the AISD child nutrition department, music recorded by the Aledo High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jake Albin, and flower arrangements by the AHS floral design department!

View photos from the event here.

Congrats 6 AHS Signees!

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Six Aledo High School football players signed a National Letter of Intent to play football in college on Wednesday morning. Congratulations to:

  • Ryan Williams, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Logan Flinta, Colorado State University
  • Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, Colorado State University
  • Jason Llewellyn, University of Oklahoma
  • Bryan “BJ” Allen, University of Texas
  • Brian Fleming, Northern Arizona University
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P2 Character trait of the week: Self-Control

This week's P2 Character Trait of the Week is Self-Control!

Remember P2 has a site set up for families called P2 for Families. It is password protected, but the password is simply P2. This site has all of the Character Cards that we will share each week, plus related and inspiring videos as well as questions for families to discuss around each character strength for ALL 24 character strengths AND broken down by grade bands (PK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12).

See the Self-Control Character Card below, and consider using one of these Table Talk questions to start a conversation with your child about kindness!


Grades Pre-K-2: What do you think would happen if no one showed self-control?

Grades 3-5: Why is it important to have self-control, especially when you may be feeling upset about something?

Grades 6-8: How can self-control, or a lack of it, impact your life?

Grades 9-12: What factors make it difficult to maintain self-control?

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Aledo Bond 2019 Pictures of the Week

Today, we're looking at current McAnally Intermediate School which will be the new Vandagriff Elementary next school year! The storm shelter is making progress, you can see a fenced-in outdoor area for playing and eating, and finally a new interior classroom wing!

You answered the call - thank you!!

In the last couple of weeks, we asked local businesses and other local groups to consider donating a gift valued at $50 or more for door prizes for our staff at our annual Come-and-Go Holiday Party. We are so very grateful to be able to award 35 door prizes on Thursday!

Thank you to:

  • Aaron Valencia- REALTOR The A-Game Agent: Gift card
  • Aledo Quarterback Club: 3 Bearcat swag gift baskets
  • Anonymous: Custom Aledo Wallet & Custom Cutting Board
  • Anonymous: $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Bigfoot Ink: Gift Basket
  • EECU Credit Union: 2 Smore's bags with $50 gift cards
  • Fallon w/ K & M Elevator: (4) $50 Gift Cards
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Weatherford: 10 Gift Cards for a 50-Minute Massage or Facial
  • H-E-B Hudson Oaks: Cakes
  • Mark McAdams-DDS Family Dentistry: $50 Target Gift Card
  • Reading Friends of Aledo: Holiday Charcuterie Board
  • Satterfield Family: $50.00 Gift Card
  • Slade and Nash: (2) $50 Gift Cards
  • Susan Nickell, Parent @ Stuard Elementary: $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Taylor Family: 3 Gift Cards
  • Universal Systems: AppleTV 4K

Center of Hope Drive-Thru Holiday Meals December 18!

On December 18, Parker County Center of Hope will host the annual Christmas Outreach of Hope event to provide food baskets and fun for Parker County families in need.

Visit to see the different ways to get involved!

Invest in the Aledo Education Foundation!

Visit to donate today to the Aledo Education Foundation's 12 Days of Giving Campaign! You'll find opportunities for giving that support, the Aledo FFA program, robotics, engineering, safety and security, and so much more! Follow along on the Aledo Education Foundation's Facebook page for all of the details!

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Join Advocats today!

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Thank you 2021-2022 Bearcat Backers!

Aledo ISD and the Aledo Education Foundation are partnering once again for the Bearcat Backer program, and we'd love your support!

As our district is #GrowingGreatness through exceptional experiences that empower learners for life, we are committed to fostering relationships and partnerships with our outstanding businesses and organizations to help support our Bearcats. Your partnership provides a direct investment and benefit to our Bearcat students and staff.

If your business is interested in joining our Bearcat Backers program, please visit our Bearcat Backers webpage that includes sponsorship levels as well as a commitment form to fill out.

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Bearcat Backers!
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Gold Level Sponsors

Brookshires Food and Pharmacy

Ecoimprint/Bigfoot Ink
First Financial Bank
Stroud Pediatric Dentistry
SkinMD Med Spa
TWFG Insurance Services - Christi James

Silver Level Sponsors

Reading Friends Aledo

Bronze Level Sponsors

Bryan Insurance Agency
City of Willow Park
Lynch Legacy Realty Group
Paradigm Wealth Management - Christopher Roberts
Slade & Nash
Your Personal Chef
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!

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