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February 4, 2021 •

Virtual Parenting University: Parenting In Challenging Times on Saturday, Feb. 6

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The Aledo ISD, in partnership with the Aledo PTO, will be hosting Virtual Parenting University: Parenting In Challenging Times beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 via the online WebEx platform. National Certified School Psychologist Dr. Scott Poland will be leading the opening session, then there will be the ability to join breakout sessions of your choosing on anxiety, suicide, vaping, drug use and screen time/technology use.

Click here to join the opening session that begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Parenting Through the Haze: The Reality of Vaping and E-Cigarette Use
Presenter: Kierra Woods
Session Times: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Click here to join session

Urgent and Emerging Issues in Substance Use and Abuse: Fentanyl and Overdose Prevention*
Presenters: John Haenes and Lisa Sullivan
Session Times: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Click here to join session

*This session will not be recorded.

Digital Kids: Parenting in the Age of the Smartphone
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Smith
Session Times: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Click here to join session

Promoting Mental Health and Knowing the Signs of Suicide for Parents
Presenter: Scott Kessel
Session Times: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Click here to join session

Read more about Parenting University here.

Celebrate National School Counseling Week!

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Aledo ISD counselors are All In For All Students, and we are honored to celebrate them this week during National School Counseling Week sponsored by the American School Counselor Association. School counselors are actively engaged in the educational success of students, helping not only to increase student achievement but also to develop and improve their social and emotional wellness. School counselors do more than ever, and we are proud of the 13 school counselors and two intervention counselors who serve students across 10 campuses!

Click here to read five ways Aledo ISD counselors are an asset to the district and its students.

Camp Fire offering programming for Aledo ISD students on select student holidays

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2nd annual Aledo Reads Thursday, Feb. 11!

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We're celebrating reading in the Aledo ISD on Thursday, Feb. 11, with the second annual Aledo Reads day! Look for reading activities on each campus on Feb. 11!

Watch Now: State Championship Game Video Recap by McAnally Intermediate Student AJ Kessel!

2020 Aledo Bearcats - State Champs!

Congratulations Academic All-State Volleyball and Football Student-Athletes from Aledo High School


Claire Beck, Addison Denbow, Alyssa Gribble, Audrey Pearce, Lilly Taylor and Abby Thompson

Football (players and trainers):

First Team: Brady Wood, Ryan Teichman, Ford Maberry, Hollie Henderson, Max Dube, Mattie Gustin, Jacob Knott and Willow Kessel

Second Team: Gatlin Johnson, Alex Striejewske, Carmen Cerda, Nolan Daugherty, Sydney Jantzen and Tristan Thurman

Honorable Mention: Caden Anderson, Oliver Crow, Porter Dioinisi, Elijah Flatten, Jacob Costello and Caroline Holt

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college:

  • Ethan Headrick, Schreiner University baseball
  • Audrey Pearce, Houston Baptist University volleyball
  • Lilly Taylor, University of Central Arkansas volleyball
  • Abby Thompson, Dominican College volleyball
  • Logan Reiter, McMurry University soccer
  • Alex Striejewske, Austin College football
  • Grant Jefferis, Stephen F. Austin State University football
  • Gatlin Johnson, West Texas A&M University football
  • Sam Forman, TCU football
  • Caden Anderson, West Texas A&M University football

Signees from the fall signing day: JoJo Earle, University of Alabama football, DeMarco Roberts, Lamar University football and Chris Wright, University of North Texas football

Nutrition News!

February is Heart Health Month and Aledo ISD cafeterias are featuring all things berries! Berries are a super food! Some "very berry" benefits:

  • An excellent source of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants
  • Can help reduce blood sugar levels
  • Reduce inflammation, cholesterol = heart health
  • Help your skin fight signs of aging

Come try some "berry" goodness in the cafeteria!

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is coordinating the rollout and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines all across Texas. They have created a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Texas which includes phases that identify groups of individuals eligible to receive the vaccine first, and then next and so on.

The Department of State Health Services also provides a map of locations all around the state showing where providers of the vaccine can be found. Anyone eligible to receive the vaccine now can reach out directly to any of these providers to verify eligibility, and request an appointment time to begin the vaccination series. The DSHS map can be accessed here.

Individuals seeking the vaccine do not need to go to their doctor or PCP nor even get the vaccine in the area or county in which they live. Here is where you can find information about COVID-19 vaccines in Parker and Tarrant counties:

Aledo PTO Read Across Aledo Feb. 11-March 2!

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Thank you 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 Bearcat Backers!

Platinum Level


K&M Elevator

Myser Orthodontics
Plains Captial Bank

Stroud Pediatric Dentistry


Gold Level Sponsors

Christi James - TWFG Insurance Services

JW Mechanical Systems

Silver Level Sponsors
Aledo InterBank

ARK Family Dentistry

Camp Fire

City of Aledo

City of Willow Park

Cook Children's Physician Network - Willow Park

Dippin' Dots

East Parker County Chamber of Commerce

Paradigm Wealth Management - Christopher Roberts

Reading Friends Aledo

Slade & Nash

Your Personal Chef

COVID-19 Reporting Form

Please complete this form if a student or employee has ever tested positive, shown symptoms or been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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!

Aledo Independent School District

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