Ninth Grade News

Week of September 7

Hello Daniel Ninth Families,

Our hybrid learning start has come to a close and we are prepared for all students to return to campus next Tuesday, September 8th. The hybrid weeks have helped us build our systems for cleaning, routing traffic flow in the hallways and cafeteria, and teaching these systems to our students. The students are doing a great job of wearing their masks, using hand sanitizer at the stations located throughout the building, handwashing, and sanitizing their personal workspaces.


When all students return to campus beginning next week we will maintain the directional traffic flow we have established for hallways and stairways. The restroom capacity guidelines will be maintained to limit the number of students in the restroom at a given time and we have staff stationed in the hallways and near restrooms to monitor students and minimize congregation. We have added approximately 20 cafeteria tables to the C hallway and in the outside courtyard area. Table capacity will continue to be 4 students to a table and students will be able to remove their masks while they are eating. The lunch lines move very quickly when students have their barcodes ready to be scanned by the cashier and all food items are packaged in individual containers and are ready for students to "grab and go."


We oriented our students to the I-30 Flex period this past week and they did a great job of selecting a teacher's classroom to report to during this period of the day and engaging in the planned activities. As we enter into the first full week of I-30, students will have opportunities to join clubs, visit teachers for instructional support, or use this time to catch up or get ahead on their classwork. We have included additional I-30/Flex information below for parents to learn more about how students will use this period of the day.


Thank you for your partnership this school year. We couldn't do this without the support of our wonderful parent group. Enjoy this holiday weekend with your family and we are looking forward to another great week!


Sincerely,

Carolyn Ansley, Principal

Monday, September 7

Labor Day Holiday - No School

Tuesday, September 8

  • I-30/Flex Day - Students will receive a Flex schedule for the week through email and in 2nd-period classes.
  • Student Progress Reports are viewable in Ascender Parent Portal by afternoon (See grading section below for additional information)

Wednesday, September 9

  • I-30/Flex Day

Thursday, September 10

  • I-30/Flex Day

Friday, September 11

  • I-30/Flex Day
  • Patriot Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue

  • VB Scrimmage @Prosper with Frisco Wakeland (6:30 pm)
  • Tennis Intra Squad Match (Orange & Black Dual) (3:30 pm)

Saturday, September 12

VB Scrimmage with Weatherford, Joshua, and Burleson @AHS (time TBA)

Freshman FB Intra Squad Scrimmage @Freshman Field (8:00 - 9:30 a.m.)

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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.

Reporting Student Absences

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 to report an absence.

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 to 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

If a student needs a new copy of their barcode to purchase lunch, or their device will not pair with our scanning system, please have them speak with Mr. Durnil at lunch and he will give them a hard copy of their barcode.


The cafeteria breakfast and lunch menu can be found HERE.

I-30 Flex

I-30 Flex is a 35-minute block of time after 2nd period each day. The purpose of I-30 is to provide flexible time for intervention, enrichment, and community-building. Students are allowed to use this time for schoolwork, tutorials, clubs, project-based learning, or any other school-related business. Students receive a Progress Report and I-30 schedule in 2nd-Period class that may be utilized to build academic priorities for the week. Each individual student's schedule will also be emailed to his/her Gmail account each Monday morning.


Guidelines

  • Students will have some ability to manage their time during I-30 Flex. Various academic opportunities will be developed each week and shared during Advisory for students to choose how they will spend their time.
  • Each Friday, additional enrichment and recreational activities will be available for students who are passing all classes. They will be required to show their progress report as a “ticket” to participate in recreational activities.
  • Students will be required to select a location during I-30 and remain there for the duration.



Student Grade Information

Please review information below regarding student grades for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Grades in Canvas are unofficial and may not reflect all assignments with appropriate weights.
  • Official grades for courses are found in the Ascender Parent Portal.
  • Student grades can be accessed at any time through the Parent Portal.
  • Click Here for Instructions for Accessing Grades in Parent Portal
  • Three week progress report grades will be available for students in grades 2-12 in the Parent Portal the afternoon of Tuesday, September 8.
  • Students in kindergarten and first grade will not have progress report grades because skills are evaluated at the end of each grading cycle through a standards-based report card that provides specific information regarding your child's academic progress related to state academic standards.
  • To view the three week progress report card grade, please click on the button that says: Interim Progress Report (example provided below):
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A message from Ms. Finn, Daniel Ninth Grade Counselor

SOS Signs of Suicide Program

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions - challenging for students and their parents. It can be hard to tell the difference between normal adolescent turmoil and what might be a mental health concern. Depression is becoming more common among young people and appears to be affecting students at an earlier age. Depression is treatable, but untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.


To proactively address these issues, our school is offering suicide prevention education using SOS Signs of Suicide. SOS encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is an evidence-based program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts.


The student program will be conducted on Wednesday, September 30th. Please click the links below for the parent information guide and a copy of the parent permission form. Paper copies will be sent home with students on Tuesday, September 8th and will be due on Friday, September 11th. Students must have a signed permission form to participate. Please send the permission slip to school with your student - it will be submitted to his or her Second Period Teacher.

A message from Mrs. Taylor at the Daniel Ninth Library

Library Check-out for Remote and In-Person Learners:

Our library resources and books are accessible for student check-out!

Please see the Digital Check-out Procedures for more information.


If your student still has textbooks or library books from Aledo Middle School, please bring them to school and turn them into the library. LIBRARY BOOKS can be put in the drop box in the hall. TEXTBOOKS should be brought inside to the librarian. We will get them back to the middle school for you. Thank you!

Daniel Ninth Grade Campus Student Handbook Supplement

Parents and Students can access our Student Handbook Supplement on the "Parents & Students" tab on the Daniel Ninth Website. The dress code can be found beginning on page 13.
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School Supply List for Core Classes

Elective supply lists will be distributed to students on the first day of school.

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.