Ninth Grade News

August 17, 2020

Hello Daniel Ninth Families,

It's Freshman Welcome Week! We are looking forward to a great year of learning and making connections whether your student is joining us remotely from home or here on campus. Thank you for partnering with us this school year!

Carolyn Ansley, Principal

First Week Schedule

Orange Group - Week at a Glance

Students with the last names A-K

Black Group - Week at a Glance

Students with the last names L-Z

Student Drop Off/Pick-Up

Daniel Ninth Grade Center Traffic Pattern

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Student drop-off and pick up is located in our front drive off of Bailey Ranch Road. Please do not drop off/pick up students in the faculty parking lot, bus lane/horseshoe drive, or at the gym entrance. For student safety and traffic flow reasons, we ask that all parents use the front drop-off lane.
  • Bus riders will enter the building through the cafeteria entrance located next to the bus horseshoe drive on the west side of the building.
  • Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is 4:10 p.m.
  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8:10 - 8:35 a.m.
  • Students will be directed to first period classes at 8:10 a.m. or after eating breakfast

Schedule Information

Student Schedules

Students may access their schedules in one of two ways:

  1. Through the Ascender Parent Portal:
    Parents/guardians can log in to the Ascender Parent Portal - just like you did to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year - and view your child’s schedule under “attendance.”
  2. By creating an Ascender Student Account:
    You must have the following items before creating an Ascender Student Account:
  • student’s student ID number (lunch number)
  • student’s date of birth
  • last four digits of the student’s Social Security Number

If you did not provide the district with your student’s Social Security Number during registration, the district, as required, has assigned an “S number” for the student. Please contact to request the S number (verification will be required). The district will not provide students or parents/guardians Social Security Numbers to complete this process.

Click here for detailed instructions on setting up an Ascender Student Account.

Please note that some classes are still being balanced and schedules can still be changed.

IMPORTANT: If your child was able to see their schedule in Canvas this week, please log in to Ascender to view their schedule as the schedule they previously saw in Canvas has likely changed. Schedules in Canvas will likely not match the schedule you see in Ascender; the Ascender schedule is the correct schedule. Schedules in Canvas will be updated before the first day of school to match the correct schedule that is in Ascender.

Please contact if you have any questions about viewing student schedules through an Ascender parent or student account.

Schedule Corrections

If you notice an error on your student's schedule, please complete this form so our counselor, Ms. Erin Finn, can make the necessary correction.

(Examples of errors: missing a 4th-period class or not scheduled for a math class )

First Day of School Information


Navigating the Building

Our campus consists of three distinct and well-labeled hallways (A, B, and C Hallways). Room numbers are labeled according to the hallway location and floor level.

Any classrooms within the 100-range (example: A105, C110, etc.) are located on the first floor of the building. Classrooms within the 200-range (example: A210, B201, etc.) are located on the second floor of the building. Classrooms beginning with "H" are located at Aledo High School, and staff will be available to help direct students to those classes on the high school campus. Our experience is that students quickly learn the pattern and find it easy to navigate the building.

When students arrive on campus Wednesday and Thursday morning, we will have first-period room number information prominently displayed in the main hallway as students enter the building. Our teachers and staff will greet students as they enter and assist students with navigating to their first period classes. During 1st period classes, teachers will hand out a printed schedule and map to each student and spend time familiarizing students with the map and assist with locating their classes. During the passing period, all staff will stand in doorways to greet students entering the room and to assist students in navigating the building.
Example of Student Schedule:
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Lunches are assigned based upon 4th-period class. Students will receive their lunch assignment ("A" or "B" lunch) during advisory on the first day of school.

Advisory/Mentoring Period

The Advisory class is listed as 9th-period on student schedules, however, each student will attend Advisory class after 2nd-period each day. The Advisory period is used for school-wide information dissemination, character education, and time for students to meet with their teacher advisor.
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Message from Cafeteria Services

We are working on ways to make our cafeterias “no-touch” and “no change” for payments. This week, each student in 7th-12th grade students will be sent an email to their school Gmail account with a barcode that specifically links to their student ID. Students in these grades will not be able to key in their student ID on the cafeteria point of sale keypad for sanitation and safety purposes, so option one is for students to save this barcode on their mobile device to scan at the cafeteria point of sale or option two is for the cafeteria cashier to look up the student account using the student ID number.

Some cafeteria lines for 7th-12th graders will operate in a “no change” format, meaning students in these lines will either need to have funds in their My School Bucks account or will need to pay cash with no change given (overage will be added to the student's account). Click here to set up a My School Bucks account and/or add funds to an existing account.

Please see the Cafeteria Services webpage for full details. Breakfast and lunch menus can also be accessed from this page.


To maximize distance in the hallways, students and staff will use the same traffic flow pattern like that of a roadway. While traveling on the right side of all hallways, we will also be mindful of maintaining adequate following distance between individuals who are around us. Face coverings will be worn upon entering the building.

Check out our Math teachers modeling hallway traffic flow!

Restroom Etiquette

Most student restrooms have a capacity limit of 5 students at a time. If the restroom is at capacity, students will wait in line at marked locations just outside of the restroom. When one person exits the restroom, the next person may enter the restroom.

Our Science teachers share the details of restroom etiquette!

Entering and Exiting Classrooms

Students will have access to hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom. Before the end of the period, teachers will ask students to pack-up their belongings and will spray the surfaces in the classroom. This disinfectant will remain on the surfaces in the classroom for two minutes in order to fully sanitize the area. During this time, teachers will dismiss students by sections of the room. Before the next group of students enters the room, student helpers will assist with wiping the desks and then wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer. The next group of students will then enter the classroom.

Check out our English Teachers entering and exiting a classroom!

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The main staircase will have a directional flow as shown in the picture above. The other two staircases in the building will follow the same traffic flow as hallways (stay on the right).

Check out our L.O.T.E. and Elective teachers test out the new main staircase traffic flow!

Water Filling Stations

In an effort to eliminate unnecessary risk, the vending machines and water fountains will not be accessible to students. We have water bottle filling stations that are on order and will arrive in approximately four weeks. Until these water filling stations are installed, we are asking our students to bring bottled water since water fountains will not be available for use.

In addition to the water that students bring from home, students may also purchase water from the cafeteria before 1st period, before 3rd period, and during lunch.

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School Supply List for Core Classes

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

Visitors to Campus

All visitors to any district facility must have a pre-scheduled appointment. Please contact our main office by phone, (817) 441-4504, or email Ms. Kirsten van Pletsen at so she may schedule an appointment for you. Most meetings will be held virtually through WebEx or Zoom to limit the number of campus visitors. If a meeting must be held in-person, the meeting will be held in the office suite.

Any visitor must have a pre-scheduled appointment and must:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Complete a health screening questionnaire.
  • Have a temperature check.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • Sanitize hands upon entry.
  • Adhere to safety protocols set out by the district.

Visitors (including parents) will not be permitted to enter the campus beyond the office suite. Unfortunately, parents will not be permitted to eat lunch on campus, and will not be permitted to deliver lunch for their child at lunchtime.

Proof of Residency

If you have not already, please upload your Proof of Residency into ASCENDER Parent Portal. If you are having difficulty uploading, email the document to Sarah Hill at

Accessing Canvas

AISD digital tools and resources for students can be found in the single sign-on platform Launchpad. Instructions for accessing Launchpad and Canvas can be found on the AISD website on the Return to Learn page and within the menu titled "Technology Resources." The link to this page is HERE.

Student Email Accounts

Please encourage your student to frequently check his or her email account. All students in Aledo ISD have a Google email account. See the sample below for account information:

Email Address: First and last name followed by


Password: First letter of first name (capitalized) followed by six-digit student ID number (often referred to as "lunch 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.

Message from Nurse Barnes

Hello Daniel Ninth Families!

I am sure by now you are all on information overload, so I will make this letter as brief as possible. I hope you will find it useful in clarifying policies and procedures that may affect you and your student in the coming year.

· Please see the included Medication Policy and Medication Request Form. Note that no medications (including over the counter Tylenol and Motrin) will be given at school without the completed Medication Request Form.

· A Physician’s signature is required on the Medication Request Form for all prescription medications that will be administered at school; for over-the-counter medications, a parent signature is sufficient.

· There will be some changes in regards to as needed (PRN) medications this year. As we attempt to keep our students safe and healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that nebulizer treatments NOT be given in school clinics this year. Additionally, all emergency inhalers must be administered with an Aerochamber/spacer. I will also be giving Tylenol and Motrin less liberally for symptoms at school such as headache, as these medications can mask other symptoms of COVID-19.

· Students may only self-carry medications if they are for Asthma or Anaphylaxis (Inhalers and/or EpiPens/Auvi-Q injectors) AND they have an additional Authorization for Self Administration of Asthma or Anaphylaxis Medication Form (or a similar order) signed by a Parent/Guardian and Health Care Provider. Any other medications found on students will be confiscated and disposed.

· Medication and student health forms can be found on the Aledo ISD website under Department. Choose Health Services.

· Lastly, there are still many students not compliant with their immunizations!! Please note that they cannot start school until we have these records. They may have received them at their 11 year old checkup, but if it’s not listed in Parent Portal, I do not have the record. Note that these need to be dropped off at the front office of Daniel Ninth or emailed to me directly – they cannot be uploaded into Parent Portal.

I am looking forward to starting this new year with you. As you know, this year’s school experience will be different for us all as we work together to keep everyone healthy and safe while providing the best possible learning environment under our current, unusual circumstances.

Striving For a Healthy Bearcat Nation,

Danielle Barnes, RN
DNGC Nurse


School Picture Day

2021 School pictures will be taken August 25-26, 2020 at Daniel Ninth during Social Studies classes.

  • Students with the last names starting with L-Z will take photos Tuesday, Aug. 25.
  • Students with last names starting with A-K will take photos Wednesday, Aug. 26.
  • Freshmen photos will be used for IDs and yearbook.
  • Remote learners may report to our campus after school hours on Wednesday, August 26 from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. to have their photo taken.
  • Ordering information will be emailed after photos are taken.
  • All packages will be shipped directly home. Ordering questions? Contact Glamourcraft 817-292-8989