Ninth Grade News

Week of November 2

Hello Daniel Ninth Families,

We are gearing up for our "Cards for Cans Drive" at DNG! Each 3rd-period class will compete for the largest total card donation amount. Please help support our goal to support the Parker County Center of Hope and the Manna Room to feed our community members in need.


This Friday marks the 3-week mark of the second grading cycle. Progress report grades will be viewable in Ascender Parent Portal on Monday, November 9.


As we move into cold and flu season and we are seeing an uptick in the COVID-19 cases, please be reminded of the health and safety protocols in AISD’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°F OR have any COVID-related symptoms must report the symptoms to their campus nurse and stay home (Please DO NOT send kids with symptoms to school).

  • 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 the mouth of the user.


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


Sincerely,

Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Monday, November 2

  • Advisory Day
  • Students receive Flex schedules via email today.
  • V Tennis Regional Quarterfinal Playoff

Tuesday, November 3

  • Election Day
  • Ladycat VB vs. Granbury - AWAY - FR/JV (6:30 pm) V/FR (5:30 pm)
  • V Tennis Regional Quarterfinal Playoff
  • Ladycat Basketball Crowley Scrimmage- AWAY - FR/JV (5:30 pm) V (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, November 4


  • JV Bearcat Football vs. Timberview (5:30 pm)
  • FR Bearcat Football (Black) vs. Weatherford (7:00 pm)

Thursday, November 5

  • V Bearcat Football vs. Mansfield Timberview @RL Anderson Stadium (7:00 pm)
  • V Ladycat VB vs. Azle - AWAY (5:00 pm)
  • JV Tennis vs. Chisholm Trail HS - AWAY (4:30pm)

Friday, November 6

  • Ladycat VB vs. Azle - HOME - FR/JV (6:30 pm) V (5:30 pm)
  • V Tennis Regional Semifinal/Finals
  • V Boys Golf (Black/Orange) - Pioneer Invitational (7:30 am)
  • Ladycat Basketball vs. Bridgeport - AWAY - FR/JV (5:00 pm) V (6:30 pm)

Saturday, November 7

  • Drive-Thru Canned Food Drive from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • JV Bearcat Football (Orange) vs. District Opponent (9:00 am)
  • V Boys Golf (Black/Orange) - Pioneer Invitational (1:00 pm)
  • V Tennis Regional Semifinal/Finals
  • JV/V Boys Basketball Decatur Scrimmage - AWAY (10:00am)

Food Drive

This year's Aledo PTO Food Drive will be a districtwide effort to help support the Parker County Center of Hope and the Manna Room at UMC>


Here are THREE ways to give:

There are three options to support this campus & community initiative:


1. Campus Gift Card Drive from Nov. 9-13. Elementary students (PK-5) deliver gift cards to their teachers, and secondary students (6-12) drop off gift cards at the front office. Donations can also be made at the Aledo ISD Administration Building and the Aledo Learning Center.


2. Through a contactless PTO donations link, those who prefer to donate funds online directly can do so and PTO representatives will secure the card. Donate here (click "Food Drive" - membership not required): https://aledopto.membershiptoolkit.com/login?r=%2Fpacket%2F26722


3. A Districtwide Drive-Thru Canned Food Drive will be held in the Bearcat Stadium parking lot on Saturday, November 7th from 9am-12pm.

Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, November 13th is a Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day. Our campus will be closed.

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 a school and requires a signature of a school official.


Requesting 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.

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Kristin Martinez – Spanish

A graduate of Tarleton State, Mrs. Martinez has taught Spanish for 14 years – 8 of those years as part of the DNG family. A couple of her middle school teachers were her inspiration to become a teacher. She also coaches the JV Girls soccer team. Not surprising, then, her hobbies are soccer and fishing (and dreaming of vacationing in Costa Rica). This year, Mrs. Martinez wishes to share her passion for the Spanish language and culture with her students. If she had a superpower, she would want to be able to fly and time travel!

Water Bottle Filling Stations

We have two new water bottle filling stations for students to use to refill their water bottles. They are located in the drinking fountains in both "B" hallways.

Lunch Deliveries

At this time, our campus is closed to all visitors. We are not allowing food to be delivered. Please make sure your student is aware of this policy and has made arrangements for lunch.

Yearbooks

Yearbooks are on sale now. Click on the link to order yours today https://yearbookforever.com/
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Student Council

Student Council is all about helping out our community and being a voice for the class of 2025 through leadership and volunteer opportunities. See Ms. Black in room A205 for more information.


Leading Ladies

Leading ladies is a philanthropic organization for young women where we focus on growing and inspiring young ladies to be confident leaders in the community and beyond. Members will gain experience in the five essential characteristics/skills of a leader – integrity, enthusiasm, vision, confidence, communication, and commitment. Through school and community events & service opportunities, the Leading Ladies will demonstrate these skills while making positive contributions and influencing others to do the same. See Ms. Staats (B107) or Mrs. Lindsey (B207) for more information.


HOSA

HOSA or Health Occupation Students of America is an organization focused on meeting peers interested in the medical field. We have fun projects, activities, field trips, and state-wide competitions. See Mrs. Petersen in room B202 for more information.


Daniel Ninth Science Club

The Daniel Ninth Science Club is a student-run organization, created to allow students with a strong interest in science to grow in their search for knowledge beyond the classroom. Students in this club will be asked to provide leadership and service within the Daniel Ninth science community, including:

● Assisting Biology teachers with lab setup and takedown

● Providing feedback on Biology labs and activities offered during class

● Suggesting and testing out NEW labs and adjusting them for future use in Biology classes

● Creating student-formed labs and activities to further knowledge and understanding in topics of interest

● Creating web-based review materials for biology students

● Providing tutoring assistance to struggling biology students

See Mrs. Poriotis in room A201 for more information.


ESports Club

ESPORTS is coming to Aledo!!!

Yes, you heard us right…Aledo is starting an ESPORTS club! We will be building competitive teams for multiple games and platforms.

If you are interested in being a part of this new organization, follow the QR code, and tell us a little about yourself. After we evaluate the interest we will email the date and time of our organizational meetings where we will discuss the specifics of the club. Come join us and be a part of one of the fastest-growing industries of today! Email Mrs. Paul (kpaul@aledoisd.org for more information.


Beyond our Borders (BOB)

Join the English department as they connect to people outside the borders of our campus. We will engage in a letter-writing campaign with people who are impacted by the pandemic. Students may write letters to remote learners, nursing homes, over-seas personnel, first responders, etc. We hope to participate in conversations with students from around the world. BOB meets each Tuesday in Mrs. Callaway's room - B108.


Ted Talk Tuesday

Ted Talk Tuesday is designed for students who desire to learn more from the global community. Students will watch a new Ted Talk each week that will cover various topics and will be challenged later in the semester to present their very own Ted Talk to the class. Let’s learn and teach together! Join us on Tuesdays in Ms. Staat's room - B107


Book Club

Looking for a fun way to enjoy reading? Join our stress-free, no-hassle Book Club where you get to choose what you want to read and when! See Mrs. Taylor in the library for details.


Nutrition & Cooking Club

The goal of the Nutrition & Cooking Club is to spark a desire in students to step into the kitchen and create something amazing. We are exploring both cooking and the nutrition of certain ingredients. In week one we talked about eggs and learned some tips for making great scrambled eggs and French toast. We also explored other ways eggs are used that may be less obvious, such as egg wash on bread, eggs used to seal the edges of pasta, and how and why eggs are an important ingredient in baked goods. In week two, we took a look at the science behind making great ice cream. Join us for culinary fun during Flex on Fridays in Mrs. Petersen's room - B202.


Junior World Affairs Council (JWAC)

JWAC meets on Wednesdays in Coach Reid's classroom during Flex.

Mission: To provide North Texas students with the tools and skills to make a positive change in the North Texas community, effectively interact with people from different backgrounds, and compete for jobs in the global workforce.

Values: GYL believes that in order to prepare the next generation of North Texas residents to compete in the global economy, they need global competence skills to solve complex problems, create opportunities for all, and advance shared respect for human dignity.

Vision: Students are transformed from observers into informed international participants by gaining global competency skills through educational programs focused on diplomatic leadership, civic engagement, problem-solving, and cultural intelligence.

See Coach Reid in room B208 for more information.


Student Ambassadors

The Daniel Ninth Student Ambassadors is a leadership group that welcomes new students to campus and assists the counseling and administrative team with campus-wide initiatives. Email Mrs. Finn at efinn@aledoisd.org for more information.


Art Club

Join Art Club! It is a place for artists to expand on their skills, develop new techniques, collaborate with other artists, and creatively interact with the community. The club meets every Wednesday during I-30 in D113 with Ms. Diaz.


Yoga

Yoga is a form of art in which the mind, body, and soul are all connected. Basic yoga poses help reduce stress and allows the mind to slow down. Join us for Monday Yoga during I-30 Flex to find your inner peace and strength! Room D113.


Common Interest Activities Offered During Flex Time.

  • Fantasy Sports (Coach Barry's Room - B205)
  • Coding (Mrs. Martinez & Mrs. Liddell - B105)
  • STEAM Studio (Ms. Diaz - STEAM Studio upstairs)
  • Volleyball (Coach Bishop - Gym)
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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. 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.
  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 below.

Should my student bring a laptop/Chromebook to school everyday?

If your student has access to a laptop or Chromebook, please ensure he/she brings a charged device to school every day. We no longer have classroom sets of Chromebooks for student use and students will be using technology daily in their classes.

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.

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.

Join PTO!

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.

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