January 20, 2015

Engaged Community                     

A Reading Oasis     

A room tucked away in the corner of the Webb Elementary library used to be the perfect dumping place for things wanted but not necessarily needed. Earlier this year the room was full of what Webb principal Raquel Leiker affectionately called "useful junk." Now, those days are over. Today the room features cushy rocking chairs circling a round rainbow-colored carpet that fittingly informs everyone who sees it that it is "Time to Read." "It's our new oasis," Leiker said. | Lisann Peters and her son Kort enjoy watching Webb Elementary students read in the school's new Reading Oasis.

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Inspired Learners                          

Ditto's Rock Queen   

Ditto Elementary librarian Jeanie Murrow has been collecting rocks and other fossils for close to 50 years. Makes sense that it would take nine large tables to display those materials in the library for her students to see. During the second week in January, every Ditto class got a chance to see and touch the rock/fossil/petrified wood/mineral collection, getting a lesson in how rocks are formed and learning how fossils are a physical evidence of life long, long ago. | Ditto fourth-grade students Eva C. and Mason H. examine rocks during their library visit.  

Engaged Community                            

Mavs' Anti-Bully Message

How's this for combating bullies: confuse them by mix-matching clothing, all the way down to socks and shoes. This won't necessarily work, of course, but it certainly throws in a little fun over a pretty serious issue. "One of the best ways for students of this age to grasp what we're talking about is to keep their attention when talking about it, and often that is with fun and humor," Joe Scrivner said of junior high students. "Once you've got them, you've got them, and they are more inclined to listen to what you have to say."Dallas Mavericks mascot Champ was both fun and business-like during the anti-bullying program at Carter Junior High.

Inspired Learners                           

A Fine Opportunity 

In order to continue to promote engagement, creativity, critical thinking and achievement as a part of the district's Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan, the Arlington ISD is preparing to open two Fine Arts/Dual Language academies beginning in the fall of 2015. As part of the 2014 Bond package, the district will repurpose Corey and Roquemore elementaries for these academies. | Incoming kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year can apply now for the new Fine Arts/Dual Language academies.  

News Briefs
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, at the Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd in Arlington.
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Register now for January 31 Parent University
Make plans to attend the next Parent University event, which will include workshops for both AISD parents and seventh- through 12th-grade students. The event is Jan. 31 at Lamar High School.
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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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February 5: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
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