January 9, 2015

Inspired Learners                       

Chess Champs    

Studies have shown that playing chess strengthens mental clarity, fortitude, stability and overall health, especially among young players. Butler Elementary fifth grader Zachary W. had heard something about that a time or two, but he didn't really pay it much mind during match play at the annual All-Star Holiday Chess Tournament at Atherton Elementary. He just loves to play. And win. | Pearcy Elementary fifth-grade student Ethan C. makes a move on Butler Elementary fifth grader Zachary W. during Atherton Elementary's annual chess tournament.

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Inspired Learners                          

Books and Slippers   

There's something magical about sitting on a mat, on the floor, in the school cafeteria and having a picnic. It's a second grader's dream. There's also something magical about sitting on a mat, on the floor, in the school cafeteria and having a picnic - with a book. It's a teacher's dream. Fun plus reading equals lots of learning. | Josephina Gonzalez reads a Junie B. Jones book with her daughter, Speer second grader Lorena G. at the school's Books and Slippers event.

Engaged Community                            

Kindness Quadrupled          

The first year it was 100. The second, 300. This year, Carson Cares was able to assemble 448 shoeboxes for children who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas. More than 100 Bailey Junior High students piled into the school cafeteria before the holidays to stuff the boxes that had been assembled by teachers, staff and a bunch of Arlington High School students. The boxes are filled with everything imaginable, from toothbrushes and toothpaste to stuffed animals and coloring books. | More than 100 Bailey Junior High students worked to fill boxes to ship to children across the globe.

Engaged Community                          

Standing Tall for Scottish Rite 

Once a year Arlington ISD elementary and junior high students file into the nurse's office where they are asked to complete a few simple tests, including one where each students is asked to stand up straight then bend at the waist as if touching their toes and stand up straight again. It's one of those routine checkups where students often giggle their way through, partly because these "exams" often result in nothing at all. Then sometimes the result is everything. This was the case for Courtney W. | After Courtney W.'s successful spinal fusion surgery and incredible recovery, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital has been spotlighting the Bowie freshman in an advertising campaign.

News Briefs
Apply for Financial Futures Committee by Jan. 9
Since its inception in 1992, the Financial Futures Committee (previously named the Citizens Budget Review Committee) has provided the AISD Board of Trustees with valuable input from the community through insight into the community's expectations. Apply now through January 9 to be a member.
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Arlington MLK Celebration begins Jan. 15
Join the Arlington ISD, the University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, the City of Arlington, the Arlington Ministerial Association and the Arlington MLK Celebration Committee for a weekend full of events during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration January 15-19, 2015.
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CTE Student Course Fair and Parent Info. Night Jan. 21
The Arlington ISD is hosting a Career and Technical Education Student Course Fair and Parent Information Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (come and go) on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd in Arlington.
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Arlington College High School applications now accepted
Applications to attend the Arlington Collegiate High School at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus are now available at each AISD junior high school and online.
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Upcoming Events
January 15: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
January 19: MLK Holiday. All students and staff will be out for this holiday.
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