Ninth Grade News

Week of March 8

Dear Daniel Ninth Families,

We are entering the final week of the 3rd grading period! Student report cards will go live in Parent Portal on March 26.


Our Algebra I students will participate in the Algebra I End of Course Benchmark test on Wednesday of this week. Students will report to their testing locations at 8:40 a.m. and will have four hours to complete the test. After 1:00 p.m., students will resume their normal schedules.


School picture proofs have been emailed to parents. Follow this link to order your student's picture, https://glamourcraft.com then click "Order Online, Pk-11," and enter the code you were emailed. If you did not receive an email, please contact Glamourcraft at 817-923-9901. Please see the complete information for picture-ordering below.


Spring Break is March 15-19 with a workday on March 22nd. Students will return to classes on March 23rd.


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


Sincerely,

Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Monday, March 8

  • Advisory Day
  • Color Guard auditions - 4:30 to 7:30 pm @AHS Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 9

  • No Flex Today *We will follow a modified schedule due to testing at AHS
  • Color Guard auditions - 4:30 to 7:30 pm @AHS Cafeteria
  • Last day to make a donation to Read Across Aledo (Scan QR code below)
  • Bearcat Soccer vs. Wichita Falls @AHS, JV (5:30 pm), V (7:00 pm)
  • Girls Softball @Brewer, V (5:00 pm), JV (7:00 pm)
  • Ladycat Soccer @Wichita Falls, JV (5:30 pm), V (7:00 pm)
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Wednesday, March 10

  • No Flex
  • Algebra I Benchmark Testing
  • Students report to testing locations at 8:40 a.m. (testing complete at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Geometry & Algebra 2 students will participate in English I extension activities during periods 1-3.
  • JV Track & Field - Bearcat Relays @AHS, (3:15 pm)
  • JV Boys Golf - Chick-Fil-A Challenge @Southern Oaks, (8:00 am)

Thursday, March 11

  • Flex Day
  • Cheer auditions at AHS - 3:30 p.m.
  • V Track and Field - Bearcat Relays @AHS, (3:15 pm)
  • JV Girls Softball - Brock Tournament @Brock
  • Varsity Tennis - Chisholm Trail Tournament

Friday, March 12

  • Flex Day
  • Varsity Tennis - Chisholm Trail Tournament
  • Bearcat Soccer - Bye
  • Varsity Girls Softball - Coppell/Marcus Tournament

Saturday, March 13

  • JV Girls Softball - Brock Tournament @Brock

Aledo PTO Read Across Aledo Extended to March 9!

Read Across Aledo is a district-wide PTO fundraiser that will benefit Aledo ISD and the East Parker County Library. Those who would like to make a donation, please see the information below.

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Breakfast for lunch at all campuses on March 12! We will be serving pancakes and sausage - come and get it!

Aledo HS Colorguard Auditions

When: March 8th & 9th

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: AHS School Cafeteria


For more information, contact jmarquez@aledoisd.org

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.

Counselor's Corner

Guidance

Students have been engaging in Social Emotional Learning during their Advisory classes. In February, they learned about procrastination and discussed ways to cope. Last week, they listened to Arel Moodie, a bestselling author, and entrepreneur, talk about neuroplasticity and hard work. Students then had the opportunity to learn some fun exercises for improving brain flexibility. Click below if you would like to view the videos associated with these lessons.

Tim Urban, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator#t-828189

Ariel Moodie, The Secret to Student Success, TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY86_7G2qZQ

6 Brain Exercises for Neuroplasticity, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwlNOUnGqYA


Recommended Resource

Parents often tell me that setting limits with screens and technology is a challenge. One of my favorite resources to recommend is Dr. Ryan Smith’s family tech plan. He’s created a very useful template that facilitates conversations and helps to set limits – for both students and parents! Please click here to learn more: https://www.yourbestfamily.com/creating-a-family-tech-plan.html


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.

Staff Spotlight

Ms. Claudia Lewis - Spanish


Ms. Lewis, who teaches Spanish, graduated from Texas Wesleyan University. Having taught for 47 years, we are fortunate to have her join our DNG family this year. She looks forward to a happy and successful school year. She loves her animals and her favorite place to visit is Vietnam. If she could have a superpower, Ms. Lewis would like to know how to earn millions. An interesting tidbit about her is that she has performed at Casa Manana.

Click on the Picture Below to Nominate an Outstanding DNG Staff Member!

Lunch Deliveries

Our campus is closed to all visitors. We do not allow food to be brought to campus and dropped off. 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.
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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.


With the new calendar, students will be off on Friday, Feb. 12, Monday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 22.

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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.

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.
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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.