August 29, 2014

Effective Leadership                   

Tweet in the New Year          

How was the first day of school in the AISD? Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos has a pretty good idea of how it went. He was there. On a dozen campuses. Covering 84 miles. Walking about 10,000 steps over nearly 10 hours, if you're counting. And sending out lots and lots of tweets. | Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos visits a class at Bailey Junior High on the first day of school during his annual tweet-along.

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Inspired Learners                       

What's Your School Theme? 

Some schools have a story. Duff Elementary has a legacy. At Martin High School, the task ahead is never as great as the power that is behind you. And Seguin High School? That is where excellence is the standard. Like sports teams and municipalities such as Arlington (The American Dream City), schools have their sayings. Or catchphrases. Or adages. Or "rallying cries," as one teacher put it. | Swift Elementary chose shirts that read, "#iamswift" for their school T-shirts this year.

Effective Leadership                       

Butler's Icy Challenge   

The challenge went out around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, on the campus of Butler Elementary. And it was a cold one. "Ice cold, with ice cubes in it," said Debbie Steiner, secretary at Butler. "It's just a bucket but when it comes down on you. . ." Welcome to the ice bucket challenge, AISD style. Butler principal Stacie Humbles and about 40 teachers and staff put up $20 each as a donation for ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease," which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. | The Butler Elementary staff participates in the ice bucket challenge in memory of former teacher Carol Nelson.

Engaged Community                       

New Year, New Look         

Before, it was a well-worn corner of Heather Bush's Little Elementary classroom with a broken shelf and a couple of beaten up pillows. Now, it is a splendid library area with brand new bookshelves, a rug, a pair of ottomans, pillows, curtains and even a chandelier. | Little Elementary first-grade teacher Heather Bush poses in her newly made-over classroom.
News Briefs
Operation Graduation registration now open
The Arlington ISD will host an Operation Graduation walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, as an effort to encourage students enrolled in school in spring 2014 but not in the fall to register again.
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Applications for Citizens Bond Oversight Committee available

The AISD is accepting applications for the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which is established to provide transparency and enhance public confidence in the use of proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by AISD voters on May 10.
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Upcoming Events
August 29: Bowie High School will celebrate its homecoming.
September 1: Student/staff holiday.
September 4: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
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