Ninth Grade News
August 17, 2020
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
Student Drop Off/Pick-Up
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
Students may access their schedules in one of two ways:
- 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.”
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about viewing student schedules through an Ascender parent or student account.
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. https://forms.gle/9zkbbKYA7sW1vRuQ9
(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.
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.
Entering and Exiting Classrooms
Water Filling Stations
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.
Elective supply lists will be distributed to students on the first day of school.
Visitors to Campus
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
Student Email Accounts
Email Address: First and last name followed by g.aledoisd.org
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
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