Oct. 13, 2015
Engaged Community                        
Flag Waving at Ashworth
By the time Betsy Ross - you know, the Betsy Ross, who is credited with being the designer of the first stars and stripes flag - came strolling out of a classroom closet door, Ashworth Elementary second graders were already enthralled by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presentation. In honor of Celebrate Freedom Week, members of the Arlington chapter of DAR stopped by Ashworth and other AISD campuses to teach lessons about the American Flag, giving students a number of historical nuggets about when and how the flag first came to be and even what the colors on the flag actually mean (red: courage, white: goodness, blue: be alert). | Betsy Ross, aka Peggy Martin from the Arlington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, visits with Ashworth Elementary second grader Cardin N. after a flag presentation. 

Engaged Community                            
Dad's Day at Hale     
Well, it wasn't one million. But 118 will do just fine. When Hale Elementary sent out the message for 100 school dads to show up for the first Million Fathers March, they literally crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. | Hale Principal Claudia Morales led a group of more than 100 fathers and father figures throughout the school, encouraging them to stay involved.   

Inspired Learners                            
Fix It Fellows  
Michael C. likes to tinker with things. Radios. Computers. Cars. Loves to take stuff apart and put it back together. So it isn't surprising that of the thousands of AISD students eligible to take a class in instrument repair, Michael would sign up. The senior from Seguin High School is sitting in a classroom at Bowie High School where instructor Joe Strohl of Music and Arts is asking them to take a look at an instrument, find what's wrong with it and solve the problem. (Strohl strategically put things in the wrong place).Lamar senior Noah P. tries to problem solve and then fix an instrument in the district's new instrument repair class.

Engaged Community                            
Dropping Back In   
Wendy Carrington has been working with students struggling to graduate for several years as the AISD dropout prevention director, and she's convinced there's no better way to motivate a student to return to school than to have someone sit on their living room couch and offer an academic lifeline. That lifeline is often in the shape of options, many of which the AISD already has mapped out for trying to get students who left school to either return full time or figure out a way to get the credits they need to graduate. | A group of Operation Graduation volunteers walk to the home of a student, hoping to get that student to re-enroll in school and graduate. Nearly 200 volunteers participated in the event.
News Briefs
Strategic Plan community input sought
The AISD Board and administration have been meeting over the last four months to review the 2012-2015 Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan and bridge to the updated 2016-2020 plan, and the district would like your input.
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AISD awarded Principals Path to Leadership grant
The Arlington ISD is one of five organizations nationwide - and the only in Texas - to receive part of a nearly $2.5 million Principals Path to Leadership grant from American Express and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The grant program, announced during National Principals Month, is created to expand effective principal preparation programs and share best practices broadly to impact education reform.
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Oct. 22: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session
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