April 10, 2015

Inspired Learners                       

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss        

Each year, many AISD campuses celebrate the books and life of the prolific and beloved author Dr. Seuss. They stage read ins, turn his books into mini-plays and have teachers and students dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. At Amos Elementary, the tradition is a Happy Birthday Parade, where the students dress up as various Dr. Seuss characters (or just wear the famous Cat In the Hat hat) and parade around the school hallways near the end of the day while those not participating cheer them on from the sidelines. | Amos Elementary second-grade students Oscar G. and Angel A. pose during the school's Happy Birthday Parade with a favorite Dr. Seuss book.

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Inspired Learners                            

Minting Engineers at Swift     

Cai A. might very well have engineering in his future. When asked to stack cups during the Swift Elementary Engineering Night, the 5-year-old kindergartener did so successfully only to do it again. And again. And again. Each time he wanted to make it better, stronger and less susceptible to him huffing and puffing and blowing the whole thing down. "I don't want it to fall - ever," he said. That's an engineer in the making, said Swift instructional coach Maria Thibodeau. | At Swift Elementary's Engineering Night, students of all ages learned more about what engineers - from chemical engineers to environmental engineers - do.  

Inspired Learners                             

AISD art at AMA  

When Martin High School freshman Chance H. starts an art project with an empty canvas, she often doesn't know what's coming. Usually she just begins the project and sees where her mind - and her heart - takes her. Chance's artwork that made it into the AISD Youth Art Exhibition at the Arlington Museum of Art is a colorful swirl of, well, confusion - and that's just the way Chance describes the painting. "It was really just some random stuff that popped in my head as I was doing it," she said.Duff Elementary third grader Cooper P. stands proudly by his artwork displayed at the Arlington Museum of Art during Youth Art Month.


Engaged Community                             

From AISD to TOMS    

Blake Mycoskie was something of an explorer early on. Growing up in Arlington while attending Key Elementary and then Boles Junior High, his mode of transportation was his trusty bike that allowed him pit stops to probe the wonders of nature. His family and friends considered him something of a free spirit, and that hasn't changed now that he runs a multimillion-dollar empire.Key Elementary, Boles Junior High and Martin High School alum Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS, the company with a business model to help a person in need with every product purchased.

News Briefs
Applications open for Fine Arts/Dual Language acedemies
With a limited number of spaces available for the new Fine Arts/Dual Language academies, applications have been reopened and are due April 24.
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Tickets still available for Six Flags Education Celebration 

Join the Arlington ISD Education Foundation for an exclusive private party at Six Flags Over Texas from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

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