Ninth Grade News
Week of October 19
Welcome to the second quarter of the school year! We are looking forward to deepening our relationships with our students during this quarter as we continue learning and growing together.
During first period today, students will receive a new copy of their schedule. As you know, students have the opportunity to change learning models at the end of each grading period. We are welcoming 54 students back to in-person learning. Our master schedule was originally crafted to provide our designated remote teachers time during the school day to work with their remote students. As students are returning to school, we no longer require the same number of remote periods and have converted those sections to in-person teaching sections to accommodate all of our in-person learners and to allow for smaller class sizes across content areas. Due to the varied schedules of secondary students, it is impossible to place all returning students into one section of English, Math, etc. since students are not enrolled in all the same elective or core classes. Adding teaching sections allowed us to balance class sizes which will benefit all students on our campus.
We strived to limit the number of teacher changes when balancing classes; however, some changes were unavoidable. You may already know that our campus and district have embraced the Professional Learning Community model which means our teachers work closely together to plan for instruction and intervention/extension for all students. Changes between teachers within our program will involve minimal adjustment for students. Our staff has planned to welcome new faces to their classes today, and we are committed to continuing to build upon the relationships already established.
On Tuesday of this week, students will take the PSAT 8/9 assessment. This assessment has been prepaid by the Aledo Education Foundation for all Daniel Ninth Grade students this school year. Students will test in the morning from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm and will be released to their normal schedule after testing is complete. Please plan doctor or discretionary appointments accordingly if possible. Please see this informational flyer for more information about the benefits the results of this assessment provide to our students.
We are thankful for your partnership and are looking forward to another great week of Growing Greatness!
Carolyn Ansley, Principal
Monday, October 19
- Students receive a new copy of their schedule in 1st period classes today
- Students receive Flex schedules via email today.
- First day of 2nd 9 wk. grading period
- School Board Meeting, 6pm
Tuesday, October 20
- PSAT 8/9 Testing (8:30 am - 1:00 pm)
- Ladycat VB vs. Azle AWAY - FR/JV (6:30 pm) VAR (5:30 pm)
- Varsity Tennis vs. Azle HS - AWAY (4:00 pm)
Wednesday, October 21
- V/JV Girls Golf - Centennial/Hidden Creek @Burleson (8:00 am)
- JV Bearcat FB (Black) vs. Midlothian - HOME (5:00 pm)
Thursday, October 22
- PSAT 8/9 Test (makeup day and remote learners only)
- FR Bearcat FB (Black/Orange) vs. Arlington - AWAY (5:30 pm)
- JV Bearcat FB (Orange) vs. Everman - HOME (6:00 pm)
- JV Tennis vs. Azle HS - HOME (4:30 pm)
Friday, October 23
- Flu Clinic 8:00 am
- Ladycat VB vs. WF Rider AWAY - FR/JV (6:30 pm) VAR (5:30 pm)
- V Bearcat FB vs. Everman AWAY (7:00 pm)
- Cross Country - Weatherford Disc Golf Course (8:00 am)
Saturday, October 24
- Cross Country - Weatherford Disc Golf Course (8:00 am)
Daniel Ninth Grade Campus Flu Clinic
Friday, October 23, 8:00 am
990 Bailey Ranch Rd.
- Flu shots are free for children 18 years and younger.
- The Flu Clinic will be for students and staff only this year.
- Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, parents will not be permitted inside the building.
Students MUST have completed forms on the day of the clinic to receive their flu shots. Consent forms will be available at the front desk and on our website. Insurance will be billed for students. For students with no insurance there will be no cost.
The PSAT or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test acts as a baseline for college readiness. In-person students will take the PSAT 8/9 on Tuesday, October 20th. Make-Up Day and testing for Remote students will be on Wednesday, October 22. All students will be pre-registered so parents do not need to register their student.
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
- Your student will scan the QR code in the front office.
- They will need to complete the linked Google form.
- 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.
Mr. Stan Reid – AP Human Geography
One of the original teachers at Daniel 9th, Mr. Reid has 39 years of teaching under his belt – 11 of them here with us. A graduate of Delta State University, he teaches AP Human Geography and also coaches cross-country at AMS. He enjoys reading and traveling and dreams of vacationing in New Zealand. This year he would like to see his students have a passion for learning and desire to become life-long learners. We all wish he had a superpower because it would be to provide a "cure" for COVID-19 and to extinguish "social distancing'.
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 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 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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 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)
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:
- Pull up to the student pick up/drop off area in front of our main doors.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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?
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
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.
Health History Forms
If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to complete and submit your student’s 2020 – 2021 Health History Form. It is very important that we have a completed Health History Form for each student enrolled on our campus, even if they have selected remote learning for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
There are two ways to access this form:
- Log in to your Parent Portal account through Ascender and complete the online form found in the registration section.
- Open the hard copy of the Health History Form found below, complete it, and return it to me via email.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Danielle Barnes, LVN
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.
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.