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August 26, 2021 • aledoisd.org

AISD Announces 2020-2021 Circle of Greatness Overall Winners

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Chosen from among more than 350 Circle of Greatness nominees and the 12 COG Special Honorees awarded throughout the year, the Aledo ISD is excited to announce the Overall Winners for the Circle of Greatness employee recognition program for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Katie Nicely, Professional, Stuard Elementary teacher
  • Tawanda Garner, Paraprofessional, 18-PLUS/transition aide
  • Charles Zuber, Auxiliary, maintenance
  • Adeana Chasteen, Guest Teacher (now teacher at Annetta Elementary)

Read more about our Circle of Greatness winners here.


Do you know an Aledo ISD employee who deserves special recognition for doing great work every single day? Nominate them at www.aledoisd.org/circleofgreatness or at the button below.

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!

AISD Trustees vote for tax rate decrease, staff pay raises

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees voted for a 4% general pay increase for Aledo ISD staff on Monday night while also decreasing the overall tax rate by nearly $0.09 in adopting the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget.


The 4% general pay increase is among the top salary increases among area school districts for 2021-2022. The district also targeted more significant increases in pay for particularly hard-to-fill positions such as bus drivers, special education aides and instructional aides. The increase is at least $2,400 for teachers and librarians, and the salary for a first-year teacher in Aledo ISD will increase from $56,000 to $58,100.


Over the last three years, the overall tax rate for Aledo ISD has been lowered by $0.2021 as rates have been compressed after the passing of House Bill 3 in 2019. The decrease has been on the Maintenance and Operations side of the budget, decreasing from $1.1700 to $0.9679.


Read more here.

Bond Progress Committee presents Aledo ISD Community Update on Aledo Bond 2019

The Aledo ISD Bond Progress Committee released on Thursday a Community Update to help district stakeholders track the progress of the Aledo Bond 2019.


The Bond Progress Committee - led by Aledo ISD parent and alumni Matt Morris - has met nine times as a committee and twice held community meetings over the past 20 months. The group of 23 community members, parents and teachers - all of whom served on the district’s 2019 Bearcat Growth Committee - has been charged by Trustees to review the progress of the bond, to review the financial status of and expenditures related to the implementation of the bond, to meet quarterly, and to provide regular reports of its work and findings to trustees at public board meetings.


The BPC’s report updates the community on the self-directed guidelines set by the Bearcat Growth Committee when forming the Aledo Bond 2019 recommendation, which included not raising the tax rate, borrowing within the district’s limits, expanding capacity at the elementary and middle school levels for as long as possible, and making data-driven decisions based on consistently accurate demographic numbers. The $149,950,000 Aledo Bond 2019 passed in November 2019 with 62 percent of voters approving.


“The BPC is excited to report that the expectations we set for Aledo Bond 2019 as members of the Bearcat Growth Committee have been met or exceeded,” Morris said. “Through sound financial decision-making, being prudent with our tax dollars, and being thoughtful about building and growth in our district, the Aledo ISD has consistently delivered exceptional results with one year remaining for completion of the 2019 bond projects.”


Read more and see the full report here.

Bearcats open football season against Weatherford Friday night at Bearcat Stadium

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Aledo Bearcats vs. Weatherford Roos

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 27
  • Bearcat Stadium, Aledo
  • Tickets: $7 adults; $3 students for PRESALE online only! https://secure.payk12.com/school/aledoisd/9 ALL TICKETS $8 at the gate.
  • Radio: 92.1 Hank FM
  • Streaming: NFHS Network
  • Postgame: Facebook LIVE Bearcat Breakdown with the 92.1 Hank FM Bearcat Football Radio Crew on the Aledo ISD Facebook page approx. 30 minutes after the game
  • Please enter parking lots via Bailey Ranch Road or Champion Drive; the drive on the east side (front main entrance) of the stadium will be blocked off - no vehicle traffic - beginning at 6 p.m. Please see map below.
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Season tickets, Athletics Family Passes Available

Online sales for Aledo football season tickets as well as AISD athletic family passes are on sale now through the Bearcat Store! Click here for the online purchasing system.


The Bearcat Store is located in the Aledo ISD Administration building at 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, and it is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Bearcat Store for official Bearcats merchandise!

Update to Bearcat Care Clinics

AISD is proud to offer our Bearcat Care Clinics in partnership with the Parker County Hospital District (PCHD). The service affords the opportunity for students and staff to have a telemedicine visit with a family physician or licensed nurse practitioner with the PCHD in the nurse’s clinic at our campuses. Previously, we have made this available to students and staff, whether they are at school or at home.


Due to the incredible demand on the Bearcat Care Clinics right now, as well as on our partner PCHD, we need to prioritize the cases of students and staff who are at school and encourage anyone needing a visit and/or COVID test who is NOT at school or work, to seek options outside of the nurse’s clinic first, like a pediatrician or family doctor or urgent care center for evaluation, testing, and treatment.


To best manage wait times and facilitate the best and fastest care to everyone needing it, we encourage families and staff members who are not at school to seek options away from the Bearcat Care Clinic first. Thanks for the cooperation with this change!

District Beginning-of-Year Math & Reading Screeners set to begin

In an effort to understand where each of our students is academically at the start of the year, monitor their progress during the school year and align instruction for their individual needs,

the district will be administering an academic screener in math and reading at the beginning, middle and end of the year. Student results from these assessments will be sent home following the close of each screener window.


Below is information related to the beginning-of-year (BOY) math and reading screeners. After the close of the assessment window and reports are generated, parents will be notified of when to expect student results.


Pre-Kindergarten:

K-2nd Grade:


3rd-10th Grade:

Free meals everyday for AISD Students!

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We will have one free school breakfast and one free school lunch per day per student for all Aledo ISD students this school year thanks to a USDA waiver that allows no-cost meals for the year. Families do not need to fill out a form for free meals; however, if your family has qualified for the Free and Reduced Price meal program in the past or you think your family would qualify now, we ask that you please fill out the online Free and Reduced Meal application anyway at www.schoollunchapp.com so that you may receive other benefits - including those through Aledo Children’s AdvoCats - this school year. Filling out this form is very important as we do not want an interruption in any additional benefits for your family.
COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

Click here for a list of COVID-19 Vaccination Locations.

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Aledo Bond 2019 Picture of the Week

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We caught the new Annetta Elementary with an almost-full moon rising over it recently. With a full week under their belts, the Annetta staff and students are enjoying this beautiful campus!

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

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
COVID-19 Reporting Form

Please complete this form if a student or employee has tested positive, shown symptoms or been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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