February 11, 2014

Engaged Community                 

A University for Parents          

Eva Gomez has a fourth grader at Rankin Elementary whose self-esteem has taken a downturn for a number of reasons. On Saturday, Gomez attended AISD's Parent University with the hopes of getting some answers. She got them by attending workshops and having time to talk with representatives from the Parenting Center.  

In fact, by the time she left this inaugural event held at Arlington High School, Gomez felt "empowered." | Arlington ISD parents actively participate in the first-ever Parent University event at Arlington High School. 

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Inspired Learners                   

Butler's Big Winners  

When more than 1,000 essays penned by third through sixth graders pour into a contest, the odds that a school will have a winner of any kind aren't, well, great. So imagine Butler Elementary last week when three of its students were told they'd won first place among their grade peers, with a fourth student placing second.

What's in the water over there? | Principal Stacie Humbles and Butler Elementary were proud to have four winners - three first place and one second place - in the City of Arlington Animal Essay Contest.  

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Engaged Community                   

Dancing with Daughters     

To know just how popular the Key Elementary Daddy-Daughter Dance has become, you have to get there early. Really early. Like 6 p.m. or 30-minutes-before-it-starts early.

Dads and their dates are already at the door.

"You ready for us?" one wanted to know.

The DJ wasn't set up. All the food wasn't out. And the photographer snapping the official - and free - photos for the evening had yet to set up.

"C'mon in," they were told anyway. | Russell Woods and daughter Ashiya C. ham it up on the dance floor at the Second Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Key Elementary.  

Inspired Learners                    

Signing for the Future      

Bigger than most and faster than many, Stody B. found his way to athletics easily and quickly. Basketball had its day, as did soccer. But football hung around, from peewee leagues to junior high to high school with the Bowie High School Volunteers.

Now Stody, a senior, will have his next football challenge at New Mexico State in the Sun Belt Conference. | A group of Lamar High School football players proudly wear their new college colors after signing national letters of intent during the recent districtwide National Signing Day ceremony.  

News Briefs
2014-2015 Online Transfer Renewal has Begun
The Arlington ISD is now accepting renewal transfer applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Both paid and non-paid transfers may now be completed online.
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AISD Entrepreneurship Contest Underway
The Arlington ISD and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce are searching for the most entrepreneurial and innovative third through eighth grade students in the district. Students will imagine, create and invent a new product or business - their own "big idea" - as a part of the 2013-2014 Entrepreneurship Contest, which is now accepting entries through Friday, Feb. 21.
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Destination Success College Prep Event Feb. 22
Destination Success, a free college prep event, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Sam Houston High School. There will be presentations in both English and Spanish on a variety of tops relating to college prep, including: financial aid, SAT/ACT test prep assistance, dual credit guidance and college fair and admissions assistance.
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Arlington ISD L.I.F.E. Academy Registration Open
The Arlington ISD, in partnership with the Arlington Coalition for Education, presents the L.I.F.E. Academy - Leaders Inspiring Families for Excellence - from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Bowie High School. This one-day forum on developing life skills will include workshops on social media, power choices, college prep and more. The event, open to all AISD parents, high school and junior high students, includes an essay contest.
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 13: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m. This meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 6 but rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Feb. 17: Student/staff holiday for Presidents Day.
Feb. 20: The Board of Trustees will meet in a work session beginning at 7 p.m.
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