November 9, 2014

Inspired Learners                     

AISD Show of Peace              

The International Day of Peace was celebrated recently, which meant it wasn't unusual to pass by an elementary school and see a vast array of paper pinwheels sprinkled across the front lawn. Pinwheels for Peace is part of the worldwide International Day of Peace, and it's an annual undertaking for many AISD campuses. This year, about a dozen participated in the event, which involves having students create paper pinwheels that have drawings, paintings or hand-written thoughts on them. Students at Dunn Elementary place their pinwheels perfectly in front of the school for International Day of Peace.

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Engaged Community                         

Preschool Ready       

Sayra H. walked into her classroom at Kooken Education Center on the first day of school as though she'd been there before. That's because she had. Sort of. Sayra and her mother Marisol Sanchez had attended the school's Sneak-a-Peek, an event for Kooken's preschoolers to get a feel for their new school by seeing classrooms and meeting teachers. | Kooken principal Dr. Connie Spence poses with one of her newest students Sayra H. and her mother Marisol Sanchez.

Engaged Community                        

Honoring a Pope Dad      

Staff Sergeant Frank Martinez wasn't out looking for recognition when he spoke casually of his participation in the Pope Elementary Dads Club to a fellow Army reservist. Yet he was honored anyway. Twice. The first one was a monthly award for volunteerism. The second was a more coveted honor: the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. | Pope Dads Club member Staff Sergeant Frank Martinez is awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal during a special ceremony at Pope Elementary.

Inspired Learners                         

The College Search Begins      

Maliyah M. wants to go into business. Be an entrepreneur and "run stuff," as she puts it. So to her, attending the AISD College Night recently at UT Arlington's Maverick Activities Center was a no-brainer. Even though she was only a month into her freshman year at Bowie High School. "Never too early to start looking, right?" she said. | Sam Houston High School senior Daysy G. speaks with a recruiter from Full Sail University at the AISD College Night at UT-Arlington.
News Briefs
Paid prekindergarten 4 openings available
The Arlington ISD is piloting a paid prekindergarten 4 program for students who do not currently qualify for the state-funded prekindergarten program. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows.
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Advanced Academics Open House Scheduled for Nov. 10
Students in grades 5-10: It's time to start thinking about the programs and courses you are interested in as you begin planning your future in junior high and high school! Attend our Advanced Academics Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at the AISD Professional Development Center (1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.).
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Upcoming Events
November 20: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
November 26-28: All students and staff are off. All facilities are closed.
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