October 13, 2013

Engaged Community           

Hot Dogs for Teachers      

Butler Hot Dogs for Teachers

First came the big grills. Then the terrifically big smell. Then the hot dogs, on big fluffy buns, filled with loads of fried onions. By noon, Butler Elementary parent Robert Asplet had teachers and staff lined up to get their hot dog, free of charge, as a thank you, just for being a Butler teacher or staffer working hard for their students. Butler Dads Club members Robert Asplet and Michael Roytek grilled hot dogs for teachers and staff.

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Engaged Community                 

Speer Fights Leukemia     

Speer award

When a student was diagnosed with leukemia and had to be home-schooled, Speer Elementary teachers brainstormed what they could do. What amazed them was how the student's brother, also at Speer, was so astute when it came to talking about the disease - from prognosis to treatment. They figured, why not educate the students about the cancer? | Speer fourth-grade teacher Amy Watkins and nurse Laura Moneymaker accepted the Little Red Wagon award from the Arlington Alliance for Youth for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Walk.

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Inspired Learners            

Stolen Education   

Workman JH filmmaker

It was 1956 when eight young students found themselves in a federal court testifying in a desegregation case. At issue: being held in first grade for three years, all because they were Mexican Americans who spoke Spanish. | Director of Parent and Community Engagement Aaron Perales, Board Assistant Secretary Gloria Peņa, filmmaker Dr. Enrique Aleman Jr. and Workman Principal Kelvin Story posed for a picture after the screening.

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Inspired Learners            

A Higher Education   

College Night

Seguin High School senior Tynisha J. has long been drawn to the field of nursing, so it wasn't surprising she found herself in front of the booth of Grambling State University, which has a solid nursing program. Earlier she'd also talked with representatives from Texas State University and Oklahoma University, two other possibilities with good programs that would put her on the right nursing track. | UT Arlington junior Saif Ahmed talks with AISD students during the AISD College Fair.

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News Briefs
Capital Needs Community Dialogues
On Oct. 15 and 16, the Capital Needs Steering Committee is hosting four community dialogues to solicit feedback from community members about future capital needs in the areas of facilities, technology, transportation and fine arts.
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Strategic Plan Presentation
Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and board members presented about the Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan at the annual Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards conference.
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Upcoming Events
Oct. 14: Student holiday/staff development day
Oct. 15-16: Capital Needs Community Dialogues
Oct. 17: School board meeting
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