Ninth Grade News
Week of October 3, 2022
We had a blast with our students at the HOCO 2022 dance! We are continuing the festivities this week with the Homecoming Parade & Community Pep Rally, a fun-filled spirit dress week, and finally the homecoming football and volleyball games on Friday night. Our students may wear mums to school on Friday if they so choose!
Picture re-takes are on Wednesday, October 5. Students who wish to participate will be dismissed from class when we call for any picture re-takers to come down to the office. We will make announcements at the beginning of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period.
Next Wednesday, October 12, students are taking the PSAT exam. Please see the details outlined in the newsletter below.
The first 9-week grading period ends October 12. As we near the end of the grading cycle we are encouraging all of our students to check their grades, complete any outstanding assignments, and communicate with their teachers well before the last few days of the grading period.
Class of 2026 t-shirts are on sale now through October 10th! They are available for purchase via the link below.
Thank you for sharing your students with us; we are excited about the week ahead!
DNG Class of 2026 Swag!
Online orders are open now through Oct. 10.
This link contains teacher contact info, course syllabi links, and course-specific information.
Homecoming Week Events
- 12 PM Monday, Oct. 3: General Admission ticket sales will begin (online only); more tickets MAY become available at noon on Thursday, Oct. 6.
- 6 PM Monday, Oct. 3: Bearcat ROAD TRIP-themed Homecoming Parade in the AHS parking lot (see map in comments)
- 7 PM/immediately following the parade on Monday, Oct. 3: Community Pep Rally in Bearcat Stadium
- 7 PM on Friday, Oct. 7: Aledo vs. South Hills Homecoming football game at Bearcat Stadium.
Special thanks to communications graphic design intern, AHS senior, Sam P. for the graphic!
PSAT Information for 9th Grade Students:
1. All 9th graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on Wed. Oct. 12th. You did not need to register or pay! It is FREE!
2. The PSAT 8/9 will be a computer-based test. Therefore, students MUST bring your school-issued Chromebook fully charged AND your charger on test day! College Board will NOT allow you to test on your personal laptop/device. We will have a few Chromebooks on hand for students that did not receive a school-issued Chromebook. However, our expectation is that if you were issued a Chromebook, you will bring it to the test.
3. Students may use a Scientific calculator on certain portions of the PSAT exam. Students must bring their own calculator on testing day. The school will not provide calculators. See the PSAT Calculator Policy for more information.
4. There are no make-up PSAT 8/9 tests.
Want to know the benefits of taking the PSAT, how the PSAT compares to the SAT, how the test is scored, or how to best prepare? Check out THIS VIDEO from our Advanced Academics Coordinator, Angie Wilkinson.
After School Tutoring
MAP Test Results Coming Home This Week
English I & Algebra I Test Results
MAP Growth results will be sent home with your student the week of October 3-7. Click here to learn more about MAP Growth including how it works, what it measures, and common questions. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español.
A Message from Child Nutrition:
PARENTS: DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL MEAL?
Lunch – 3 to 5 items (same price)//Breakfast – 3 to 4 items (same price)
School Meal items = USDA MY PLATE:protein/whole grains/fruit/veggies/milk//Students must take at least 1 fruit/veg w/school meal.
PLEASE HELP US ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO TAKE & EAT A FULL TRAY - It’s the best option, nutritionally and economically!
A Message from Project Celebration 2026
If you would like to be included in the Aledo High School Project Celebration Class of 2026 communications, please fill out this form: Aledo HS Project Celebration 2026 Email Sign-up
Project Celebration is a nationwide program endorsed by the Texas Department of Transportation. The mission of the PC2026 committee is to provide our seniors with a drug-free and alcohol-free event after prom.
AEF Adopt a Classroom
Help us reach our Daniel Ninth family membership goal! Show your support for the Aledo ISD PTO by becoming a Member today!
Please help your student determine a routine and a designated spot in their backpack where their ID badge will be placed as soon as they leave school for the day. Students must have their badges on upon entry to the building each day.
Replacement badges are $10 and replacement lanyards are $2.
Kristina Neal is the PEIMS/Attendance Secretary at DNG. Please send anything pertaining to attendance to email@example.com.
Student Attendance Information:
- Teachers record attendance every period (8 periods).
- Students must be seated at 8:40 for first period, to be considered on time. When planning drop-off, please consider time to eat breakfast (if buying) and transition to class.
- If you drop your student off after 8:40, the student will need to come through the front office to get a tardy pass.
- If a student is checked out for an appointment during the school day, he/she must check back in through the front office if returning to school after the appointment.
- 9:45 a.m. is ADA time.
- 90% of each semester must be spent in class. An administrator will contact you if the minimum requirements are not being met and time missed needs to be made up.
- Doctor/Medical notes may be emailed to Ms. Neal or the student may drop them off in the front office upon return to school.
- If your student is absent you must email Kristina Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org) each day they are out. You only have 5 school days (counting the day of the absences) to report the absence.
In your email to Ms. Neal, please include:
- Your student's name
- The date(s) of their absence
- The reason for their absence
School Supply Information:
Students are welcome to purchase a TI-84 Color Graphing Calculator or TI-Nspire Color Graphing Calculator (not the CAS). This is a recommended purchase, but not a required purchase since class sets of calculators are available for student use during the math class period.
The calculator you purchase will be utilized for the rest of your student’s high school years and for SAT testing. Students tend to perform their best when they are able to use the same calculator from day to day, especially during standardized testing events.
Mark Your Calendar!
October 3: Homecoming Parade & Community Pep Rally, 6 pm
October 5: Picture Re-take Day
October 12: 1st Grading Cycle Ends
October 12: PSAT Testing (online testing) *students may bring & use their calculators
October 13: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day
October 14: School Holiday
October 17: School Holiday
October 18: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day
October 19: 2nd Grading Cycle Begins
November 18: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 14: Semester Exams
December 15: Semester Exams
December 16: Semester Exams
December 16: Early Release/Teacher Workday
December 16: 2nd Grading Cycle Ends
December 19 - 30: Winter Break
Daniel Ninth Student Club Opportunities
How do I check my student out for an appointment or early release?
Please allow for a few extra minutes when picking up your student as we will verify release information and notify your student's teacher to send your student to the office for check-out.
We kindly ask that you follow these procedures when picking up your student:
- Pull up to the student pick up/drop off area in front of our main doors.
- Ring the doorbell to interact with our office staff to report the reason for your visit and provide identifying information.
- Once you enter through the front doors of our building, 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.
- We will then call your student’s teacher to notify them that you are here to pick them up.
*Students can only be checked out from their home campus. (Example: if a ninth-grade student is in a class at the High School when a parent arrives on campus for check-out, the parent will complete the check-out process at DNG and our office staff will notify the teacher to send the student for early release).
Student Cell Phones
- Cell phones are allowed for student use before school, after school, during your student's lunch, and passing periods.
- Cell phones are prohibited from use in classrooms, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.
- Cell phones must be powered off and kept in backpack or in designated area of the teacher's classroom during the instructional period (including Advisory & Flex).
- Headphones/earbuds are not permitted to be worn in class or in hallways.
- If you have an urgent message to communicate to your child, please call our front office. We will deliver the message to your student.
Also note that a VOE will expire in 30 days, so students should request within the 30-day window of when they have an appointment to receive their Driver's Permit/License.
Ms. Kirsten van Pletsen
Ms. Kristina Neal
Ms. Danielle Barnes
Ms. Jennifer Lawler
Ms. Stefanie Mathews
Ms. Carolyn Ansley
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!
Fish Camp is our student orientation event that was held prior to the first day of school. Information shared during this event can be viewed here!
Register your student for the bus & check bus route information here!