January 21, 2014

Inspired Learners              

Paying Homage to MLK       

The Bowie High School Step Team has a rich tradition in this African-based use of rapid-fire movement, distinctive words and boisterous sounds. So it came as no surprise when they walked away with top honors in the high school division of the MLK Step Competition on Saturday at UT Arlington's Texas Hall. The MLK Step Competition was for Arlington ISD elementary, junior high and high school step teams, but this year, the district also served as host for the entire four-day Arlington MLK Celebration, which was celebrating its 25th year. | The Butler Elementary choir participates for the first time in Monday's 500-student combined choir youth extravaganza.

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Engaged Community                  

A Souper Bowl   

Of all the stirring comments about hunger and poverty during last week's Souper Bowl of Caring kickoff at Bryant Elementary, the one that stood out the most actually came in the form of a question: What if everyone watching next week's Super Bowl gave $1 to fight hunger and poverty in America? Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson posed this question to Bryant students and a number of school and city dignitaries in attendance, and it was certainly food for thought since last year's Super Bowl attracted a viewing audience of 108 million people. | Bryant Elementary students walk by stacks of non-perishable food items they collected to donate as a part of this year's Souper Bowl of Caring.

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Inspired Learners                  

Cowgirl Comes to Ditto  

Ditto Elementary third grader Analee M. knew about Annie Oakley ("I think I saw her in a movie on TV.") but not Georgia O'Keeffe. She's heard a thing or two about Patsy Cline ("Didn't she die or something?") but not Clara Brown. But by the time she left her designated class library day, information about women in the Old West was pouring out of her like a busted faucet. | Ditto Elementary student Eric S. inspects a leather stirrup from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame on display at the school's library.

Inspired Learners             

Early Career Investment  

Ask Sam Houston High School junior Yasmin H. what she wants to do after school and she's quick to answer: cosmetology. First, doing hair in someone's shop. Later doing it in her own. Cosmetology used to be something of a pipedream, she said. No more. Yasmin is midway through her first year learning about cosmetology, and she's preparing for her future career right there at Sam Houston while she still takes her regular core classes in math, English and science. | Sam Houston High School student Brittney M. demonstrates some of what she's learned in the career and technical education cosmetology program.

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News Briefs
Parent University Registration Available Online
Arlington ISD Parent University - an educational opportunity for the parents/guardians of AISD students to discover skills to support their children in school - is Sat., Feb. 8, at Arlington High School. Registration is available online now.
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Online Pre-registration Announced for 2014-2015
The AISD is introducing the option of online pre-registration for the 2014-2015 school year for both currently enrolled and new students. As email will be a primary form of communication throughout the online pre-registration process, it is important that we have a current email address.
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Upcoming Events
Jan. 29: The board of trustees will meet in a called session beginning at 7 p.m.
Feb. 6:
The board of trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: Parent University will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arlington High School.
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