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November 18, 2021 • aledoisd.org

Friday, Nov. 19 is a student holiday and staff professional learning day; Nov. 22-26 the Aledo ISD is closed for Thanksgiving Break

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Aledo ISD-Parker County Hospital District COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Nov. 18

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The Aledo ISD, in partnership with the Parker County Hospital District, will hold a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Aledo Learning Center (1016 Bailey Ranch Road) just to the west of the Aledo ISD Administration Building.


Vaccines available at this clinic include:

  • First vaccines for kids ages 5-11
  • Boosters for any AISD staff who are 6 months after their last shot (MUST bring vaccination card and Aledo ISD ID card)


Parent must attend and sign a consent form for kids ages 5-11. Walk-ins only; no registration required or appointments available.

Elementary students celebrate Native American Heritage Month with help from the Doss

Hundreds of Aledo ISD elementary students this week and last were treated to fun lessons from the Doss Heritage and Culture Center about Bison, and they got a chance to pass around Bison fur, hide, bones and bladders. Wait, BLADDERS?!?


Yep, a bison bladder - which Native Americans used as a container for liquids - is the part of the presentation where kids usually get stumped. But it really drives home the point that Chasity Walsh, the Doss Education Specialist, is trying to deliver during this Native American Heritage Month: "The main thing is that this animal was so important to the Native American people and that they used every part of the bison," Walsh said.


The Wednesday afternoon group from Walsh Elementary was eager to learn more, ask and answer questions, and make their own very astute guesses.


Thank you to the Doss for these important and impactful lessons for our students!

Annetta 4th Graders made pitch for a Dog Park

Fourth graders at Annetta Elementary School have worked hard on a project-based learning assignment to persuade someone to build a dog park, and today, a handful of the students made those presentations to City of Hudson Oaks, Texas city administrator Sterling Naron!


The students were both creative and specific in their approaches with clever dog park names, intricate designs and ideas for partnerships (a dog park with a Starbucks and McDonald's attached, anyone?) as well as specific calculations on everything from fencing to surfaces and other features.


Thank you, Mr. Naron, for your time in helping our Annetta students wrap up this exceptional learning experience!

Aledo ISD Celebrates Literacy with Aledo Reads Day!

Bearcats-Frisco Liberty meet up for Area Round Playoff Game in Denton

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BEARCATS GAMEDAY!

Aledo (home) vs. Frisco Liberty

Class 5A Division II Area Round

  • 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 19
  • UNT's Apogee Stadium, Denton
  • Tickets: All $8 & general admission; ONLINE ONLY; District and THSCA passes accepted: https://tinyurl.com/lhsahs21
  • Parking $10 (cash and cards accepted)
  • Radio: 92.1 Hank FM
  • Apogee Stadium has a clear-bag policy (see graphic)
  • Join us about 30 minutes after the game on Aledo ISD Facebook for LIVE Bearcat Breakdown with the Hank FM radio crew!


Photo credit: Tom Marvin, 1st Place Pix

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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 www.aledoisd.org/careers 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 Picture of the Week

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The Bond Progress Committee had a chance to meet at and tour Aledo Middle School earlier this week to continue its charge of reviewing the progress, financial status and expenditures related to implementation of the Aledo Bond 2019 program. The BPC - made up of citizens who served on the district's 2019 Bearcat Growth Committee - met in what students have dubbed "the airport" in the building, which next year will be a grade-level pod of classrooms.

Take TxDOT I-20 Texas Corridor Study Survey Through Dec. 10

As part of the I-20 Texas Corridor Study, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is requesting public input through an online survey. The survey asks respondents to weigh in on their transportation priorities for I-20, their points of interest along the corridor, and issues or opportunities that should be addressed.

The survey will be open from Oct. 25-Dec. 10, 2021. The public can get more information about the study and access the survey by going to https://www.txdot.gov/.../statewide/i20-corridor-study.html and clicking the link on the project page.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for AISD Students, Staff; Before-school testing added

IMPORTANT UPDATE:


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we do not have COVID-19 testing kits for our testing clinics at this time so we are temporarily pausing this service, effective immediately. We expect this will be short term, and we will let you know as soon as the testing clinics resume.


AISD is excited to announce a new COVID testing option to staff members and students. 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 COVID-19 testing options. Details below:


When: Weekday school days for either students or staff (Walk-ins only, no appointments):

  • 4-6 PM Mondays
  • 7:30-8 AM Tuesdays
  • 4-6 PM Wednesdays
  • 7:30-8 AM Thursdays
  • 4-6 PM Fridays

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.

PTO Spirit Wear Sale Open Now!

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Join Advocats, Shop for Angels today!

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Invest in the Aledo Education Foundation!

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 https://www.aledoef.org/achieving-excellence-fund

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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