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October 21, 2021 •

First Nine-Week Report Cards Available Friday, Oct. 22

The first nine-week report card grades will be accessible in Ascender Parent Portal on the afternoon of Friday, October 22nd. Paper report cards will not be sent home.

Thank you for your continued support and for your partnership! Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any specific questions related to grades.

AMS Choir Students Qualify for Advanced Regional Choirs

By Hallie Leyva and Reese Harz

AMS Journalism Staff Editors

On October 9, ten students representing the AMS choir program competed in a competition in Keller that included over 600 students from 30 different schools in the region. Under the direction of Carnell Simmons and after many hours of one-on-one practice as well as private and online coaching, AMS proved once again that it is growing greatness as two choir members qualified for the advanced regional choirs. Kaitlin Brummer advanced to the Honor Treble Choir, and Mackenzie Lear advanced to the Select Treble Choir.

Both Kaitlin and Mackenzie have always loved singing and performing. Mackenzie began her experience in choir in the second grade while Kaitlin began in the sixth grade. Now, both girls serve as officers in the AMS Choir and practice daily to improve their singing skills. When asked where they hope this experience will take them in the future, Kaitlin and Mackenzie stated, “All-State in high school choir!”

On November 6, Kaitlin and Mackenzie will both perform in the Region 30 Middle School and Junior High Concert, hosted by Weatherford High School at 4 p.m. Congratulations to these two talented and outstanding students!

Vote Early at the Aledo ISD Administration Building

The Aledo ISD Administration Building is an early voting site for the current Constitutional Amendment ballot + Local elections through Friday, Oct. 29. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Please park and enter on the east side of the building.

Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. this week through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. See the full schedule below.

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Join us in celebrating Aledo ISD Principals during National Principals Month in October! Check back next week for more featured principals!

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Aledo ISD Using Raptor for Volunteer Background Checks

The Aledo ISD is now using the Raptor system for background checks for district and campus volunteers. This system will operate much like the Raptor system does for parents who check in at the campus front desk for lunch with a student; however, it will complete a full background check that is valid for one year. This means you will need to indicate whether you’re a volunteer or a visitor when you check in at the campus front desk.

You may begin the background check process through your campus at the front desk or by clicking on the link provided on the district’s Volunteers webpage. If you have previously completed a background check for this school year, you do not need to complete a new background check. If your campus indicates you are not in the system yet but you have completed the background check, you or the campus may contact the Human Resources Department directly, at 817-441-8327, ext. 1004. Please do not complete the background check additional times in the same school year unless directed by the district, as this will cause a duplication and will slow the approval process.

Once approved in the Raptor system, you will receive an email notification from Raptor.

We are also asking this year that you track your volunteer hours. There is a link on the district’s Volunteers webpage and in your Raptor approval email, to access the AISD Volunteer Portal where you can track your volunteer hours. It is important to note that:

  • If you are checked in through the front desk as a volunteer in the Raptor system, your volunteer hours will automatically be calculated and added to your AISD Volunteer Portal.

  • If you volunteer outside of school or school hours, you will need to log in and manually register your volunteer hours in the AISD Volunteer Portal.

Bearcat Regiment Area Competition Oct. 23!

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  • Aledo HS performs at 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 23
  • Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex
  • $5 adults, $3 students/seniors (65+):
  • Top 10 bands advance to finals, which begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • Top 4 finishers advance to UIL State Marching Band 5A Championships!

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 25-19

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Next week Aledo ISD will celebrate Red Ribbon Week. This week is recognized nationally to serve as a catalyst to mobilize communities to support the education of youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Activities for Red Ribbon Week will be campus-based; please see your campus communications for additional details on Red Ribbon Week activities.

For family support on matters related to drug awareness, prevention, and intervention, consider the following resources:

RacquetCats win area, fall in regional quarterfinals

Following a 19-0 shutout win last Thursday, Oct. 14 against Arlington Heights in the Area playoffs, the RacquetCats lost 10-9 to Wichita Falls Rider in the third round of playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 19, ending their fall team tennis season .Congratulations RacquetCats on a great team tennis season!

Bearcats travel to Waco University on Friday

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Aledo at Waco University

  • 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 22
  • Waco ISD Stadium (1401 S New Rd, Waco)
  • $4 online:
  • 92.1 Hank FM
  • No backpacks allowed inside stadium; bags are subject to search
  • Concessions are cash only
  • Join us on Aledo ISD Facebook LIVE about 30 minutes after the game for Bearcat Breakdown with the Hank FM radio crew.
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Nutrition News

Many thanks to our terrific child nutrition team for all of their hard work - they keep our AISD kids healthy!

We Are Hiring! Become an Aledo ISD Child Nutrition Specialist!

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We are HIRING!

Aledo ISD Child Nutrition Specialists work Monday-Friday with no nights and weekends, and they enjoy these benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Paid sick/personal leave
  • Free meals
  • Employee children can attend school in Aledo ISD
  • 174 work days calendar with 6.5 hours pay per day
  • Minimum hourly rate of $13.29

Go to for more information and the link to apply!

We are hiring Special Education Aides!

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Are you ready to make a special impact on students? If you have a minimum of 48 college credit hours, apply today at to be a Special Education Aide!

Beyond the smiles and impact you can make, we also offer:

  • $122.80 minimum daily rate
  • Monday-Friday schedule; 177-day work calendar
  • Health insurance
  • Paid sick/personal leave
  • Children of employees may attend school in Aledo ISD
  • Paid fingerprints and 1st time Instructional Aide certification
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Aledo Bond 2019 Pictures of the Week

About a month ago, we showed you the progress of the second gymnasium/storm shelter at Aledo Middle School, and he's an even more updated look! You've probably seen this building as it sits adjacent to the MPC on the west side, and a corridor will run between this gym and the MPC as well as along the north side of both gyms to connect them to the existing building.

Free COVID-19 After-School Testing Available for AISD Students, Staff

AISD is excited to announce a new COVID testing option to staff members and students beginning this week. For students and staff who may be sick or needing a test to return from a quarantine restriction or would like to test after they have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19-positive, we will now be offering an after-school COVID-19 testing option. Details below:

When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday that is a school day (for either students or staff) from 4-6 p.m.; Walk-ins only, no appointments.

Where: Nurse’s clinic at Vandagriff Elementary School, located at 408 FM 1187 S in Aledo. Enter through Door #4 that faces Aledo Middle School on the south side of the building (see map below).

What: Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Tests will be performed at this clinic and results should be available in approximately 15-30 minutes.

Cost: There will be no cost for students or staff for tests at the after-school clinic

Consent: Consent from parent or guardian will be required for anyone under the age of 18 to receive a COVID-19 test at the after-school clinic. Required forms will be available at the clinic or you can download and print the form here to fill out before arriving.
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Invest in the Aledo Education Foundation!

Coming soon for AEF are the BearCatsby Gala on Oct. 23 and the Bearcat Blast Clay Shoot on Nov. 18 (see information below).

You don't have to attend the BearCatsby Gala to have an opportunity to big on the silent auction! Please go to beginning Friday, Oct. 22 to view and bid on silent auction items, or you can text "aefgala" to 243725 to register for the silent auction!

The Achieving Excellence Fund & Annual Campaign are a way for parents, grandparents, friends and families of Bearcat Nation to positively impact Aledo ISD on a monthly recurring basis. Join these Friends of AISD and invest in the Achieving Excellence Fund today: Ashley & Chad Hodo, Carol & Travis Satterfield, Tracy Elms, Dr. Sarah & Matt Morris and Weathershield Roofing.

Invest today at

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Aledo PTO Canned Food Drive Oct. 30!

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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!

COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

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

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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