September 5, 2014

Engaged Community                    

First-Day Makeover           

The first day of school is usually the one where students come all decked out and spruced up in new duds, looking their best. The same can be said for the school they are attending. Members of the Dads Club at Pope Elementary understand this all too well. Each year, about a week before students return, they arrive early to spruce up the exterior of the school and make it look its best.Members of the Pope Elementary Dads Club met up before school started to spruce up the school and prepare it for a new year.

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Inspired Learners                        

Having FUN with STEM    

Designing and constructing bridges out of toothpicks is tedious but fun. And building and launching bottle rockets is, well, a blast. Six dozen junior high students got to experience those things and much more this summer at UT-Arlington's Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program, or TexPREP. | More than 70 students, mostly from the AISD, participated in this summer's TexPREP to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math..

Inspired Learners                       

AVID Success in the AISD   

AVID is hardly a new phenomenon. For years, it has worked well as a college-readiness program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year institutions. Nowhere has AVID (it stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination) been more effective and popular than at Lamar High School and Carter and Hutcheson junior highs, which explains why those campuses are AVID National Demonstration Schools. | Last year's AVID students at Lamar took trips to Texas State University and the University of Oklahoma, as shown here.

News Briefs
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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Apply now to participate in planning work for Dual Language/Fine Arts Academies and Workman Junior High
The AISD is inviting parents and students to participate in the development of educational specifications for the Dual Language/Fine Arts Academies and for Workman Junior High, which will serve current Workman and Hutcheson Junior High students starting next fall. Applications are due by Sept. 14.
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Upcoming Events
September 12: Homecoming for Arlington High School.
September 13: Operation Graduation, a collaborative effort with the goal of increasing the graduation rate of students.
September 18: The Board of Trustees will meet in a work session beginning at 7 p.m.
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