April 3, 2014

Engaged Community                 

A Chili Smackdown           

Bragging rights are always at the heart of the Annual Chili Cookoff at Foster Elementary, a yearly slugfest that pits grade-level teacher teams and a staff team against one another for the best chili in the land.

Though, to be honest, it's not only about the best chili, although that is a category, but also the hottest, most unusual and the best presentation - which really has more to do with the energetic nature and savvy of those who made the chili than the chili itself. | Foster Elementary first-grade teachers Karen McDivit, Elaine Hogan, Tammera Buggs-Smith, Parizad Barani and Mary Allen stand by their Red Hot Chili at the school's Annual Chili Cookoff.  

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Effective Leadership                    

Bailey, Ousley City Champs   

The Bailey Junior High Lady Rams have had good basketball seasons in the past, but nothing like this. When they defeated Barnett Junior High in the City Championship game recently at Seguin High School, it didn't seem all that shocking that the victory margin was an impressive 24 points.

Bailey played magnificently all season, going 13-0 for coach Tiffany Threlkeld. The championship game was never in doubt, thanks in part to the play of Taelour P., who was like a Supergirl in sneakers. | The Bailey Junior High girls basketball team won the 2013-2014 City Championship.
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Engaged Community                   

Trees for Arlington      

One down and 1,013 to go.

The first of many, many trees to be planted throughout Arlington stood tall recently at Ousley Junior High, courtesy of the upcoming 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four at AT&T Stadium.

To kick off the sustainability efforts for the NCAA Tournament coming to Arlington, the ceremonial first tree was planted in front of Ousley while Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and dozens of Ousley students looked on.
| Students and community leaders dig in for the ceremonial first tree planting in honor of Arlington hosting the 2014 Men's Final Four.  

Inspired Learners                    

AHS AcDec Shines   

To understand how impressive the Arlington High School Academic Decathlon team has been this year, consider that their first place finish at the regional competition was the third year in a row that AHS has captured top honors there, and their ninth place finish at the recent state competition was their highest final ranking ever. "We're so very proud of them," Academic Decathlon coach Tanya Maness said. "They have been incredibly motivated and dedicated, and we are so happy that their hard work paid off." | The Arlington High School Academic Decathlon team won 60 of the 90 total individual medals at the recent regional competition and placed ninth at state.

News Briefs
Apply now for Arlington Collegiate High School

The AISD and Tarrant County College Southeast Campus are partnering to open Arlington Collegiate High School, an early college high school, beginning in the fall of 2014. Applications will be accepted through April 15. 

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Education Foundation to host private party at Six Flags
The Arlington ISD Education Foundation is hosting a private party from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Six Flags Over Texas to benefit AISD schools and the Education Foundation. A limited number of $20 tickets are available in advance only.
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AISD-UTA-APD partnership launches
High school students considering a law enforcement career can earn credit toward a criminal justice degree and participate in early police training through a new program backed by the Arlington Police Department, the Arlington Independent School District and UT Arlington.
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Parent Satisfaction Surveys must be completed by April 4
The Arlington ISD is currently conducting a Parent Satisfaction Survey for parents to provide input on parent engagement for their child's school.
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Upcoming Events
April 3: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
April 17: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
April 18: All students and staff will be off today.
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