November 21, 2014

Inspired Learners                     

Remynse Superpower  

Students at Remynse Elementary have a superpower. They learn. Which explains why scores of students showed up recently in the school cafeteria sporting superhero costumes. Batman. Superman. The Flash. This year, Remynse has implemented a schoolwide motivational program featuring a superheroes theme. "Our purpose is to encourage students to have good attendance, to behave responsibly and to excel academically," said Remynse counselor Monique Simmons. Julia B. and her Lowe's Lightning League team won Super Games - Game No. 1, earning the coveted prize of a Superman bottle cap necklace.

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Engaged Community                         

Pope's Helping Hands         

It was chilly, damp, a bit muddy and certainly early. Especially for a Saturday. But there were representatives of Pope Elementary, wielding paintbrushes and rollers. And not just helping to paint some interior walls. They were covering the exterior of an entire house. Pope heeded the call from Cowtown Brush Up, the nonprofit neighborhood revitalization program for volunteers wanting to help homeowners. This year Cowtown Brush Up partnered with Trinity Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project to complete more than 40 homes. Each year since 1984, former President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, give a week of their time to help Habitat for Humanity build or improve homes. | Parents, teachers and staff from Pope Elementary joined principal Celina Kilgore in this year's Cowtown Brush Up event.

Engaged Community                          

Health-ful Quiz        

The NFL Play 60 campaign is known for tackling childhood obesity by encouraging young students to have a healthy eating lifestyle while getting them active with 60 minutes of physical activity per day through in-school, after-school and team-based programs. Each year, the kickoff for this school-year program lands at a different school, and each one has a unique way of packaging the information and presenting it all to their students. This year was Young Junior High's turn, and their idea was quite, well, novel. | Dallas Cowboys rookies Devin Street, Chris Whaley and Anthony Hitchens pose with Young Junior High students during their NFL Play 60 visit to the school.

Inspired Learners                         

Marching Extraordinaire        

When you've done something as long as the AISD has in producing the Dean Corey Marching Extravaganza, it's easy to be complacent and go on autopilot. But even after 32 years that hasn't happened with this annual gathering of high school and junior high marching bands. | Junior high students who participate in the Dean Corey Marching Extravaganza get a taste for what high school marching band is all about.
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Career and Technical Center community input
If you were unable to attend one of the community meetings regarding the development of educational specifications for the new Career and Technical Center but would like to provide input, you can complete the  online questionnaire through 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The presentation from the meetings is also online
Supt. Cavazos selected for White House summit
Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of the Arlington Independent School District, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.
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