Sept. 8, 2015
Engaged Community                        
Kicking Off in Style        
The Inaugural AISD Back to School Kickoff - a community effort to help Arlington ISD students and their families prepare for the upcoming school year - filled the west end of AT&T Stadium on Aug. 15. More than 8,000 students and their families attended in anticipation of the new school year thanks to the generosity of an engaged Arlington-area community. | Students at the AISD Back to School Kickoff were able to take advantage of free dental screenings as well as immunizations, vision screenings and haircuts. 

Inspired Learners                            
First Day in the AISD     
The way Workman Junior High Principal Inelda Acosta emptied her school's hallway the other day in record time you might say she has a sweet job as a traffic cop waiting in the wings. During a transition period, a wide-eyed seventh grader wanting to know how to get to theater class in time stopped Acosta. Then another asked Acosta about his class, followed by another, another after that and another after that. Soon a line was forming. | Workman Junior High Principal Inelda Acosta helps a new student find her next class during a passing period on the first day of school.   

Effective Leadership                            
Tweeting Along with #DrC  
The first day of school is always crazy busy. Especially for a superintendent overseeing a 64,000-student district who decides to visit a dozen schools - and tweet about it. That was what AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos did during his annual tweet-along - he made pit stops into various campuses to offer first-day greetings and well-wishes for students and teachers alike for the new 2015-2016 school year.Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos and a Patrick Elementary kindergartener discuss the plant that the student made out of Play-Doh as they were getting ready for the bell to ring, marking the beginning of the first day of school.
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Effective Leadership                            
Mr. Tripp's Big Trip   
For Martin High School philosophy and art history teacher David Tripp, his summer break began the moment he boarded a boat in Corpus Christi Bay then 22 minutes later found himself on a small island where he remained for six days. Alone. Just him and nature. He slept in a bunk bed, read lots of Scott Turow and munched on a week's worth of groceries in the kitchen of a field house owned by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Oh, and he painted. A lot.Martin High School teacher David Tripp's summer included "the highlight" of his artistic career, he said.
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Arlington School & Family Magazine
The Arlington ISD is sharing news with the community through the Arlington School & Family Magazine. The magazine includes information about campus events and district news and breaking news as needed.
August/September 2015 issue
AISD opens new Patrick Elementary with dedication
The new Diane Patrick Elementary was dedicated on Aug. 22 with a ceremony that included remarks from Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Willliams, Dr. Diane Patrick and more.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 11: Bowie HS Homecoming
Sept. 17: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session beginning at 7 p.m.
Sept. 18: The Board of Trustees will meet in a called work session beginning at noon.
Sept. 18: Arlington & Seguin HS Homecomings
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