Oct. 28, 2015
Inspired Learners                       
Pinwheels for Peace
Motorists traveling on Fielder Road noticed something interesting last month: paper pinwheels spinning in the wind. Swift Elementary wasn't the only AISD campus with the pinwheels dotting the front lawn for International Day of Peace. Several others participated in this worldwide phenomenon that uses pinwheels as a visual public statement about peace, including Adams, Ashworth, Blanton, Dunn, Johns and Larson elementaries. "It's all about the promotion of peace and the education of peace," said Swift art teacher Roxanne McKee. | Isabella S. from Swift Elementary shows off some of the pinwheels the school planted in the ground for Pinwheels for Peace day.

Engaged Community                            
Walk This Way     
They were out there before the sun, gathering in the darkened parking lot of Luci's Chicken and Rice on New York Avenue just shy of 7 a.m. By the time more than 200 sign-carrying students, parents and teachers from Berry Elementary walked to school - led by a police escort with flashing lights and all - they had covered about a mile in a little over 15 minutes. That is 3,700 steps, for those keeping count. Walk to School Day isn't just about counting steps or calories, of course, but also building awareness for the need of walkable (and bike-able) communities. | Berry students, parents and teachers arrive to school during their Walk to School Day.   

Engaged Community                            
Fix It Fellows  
Malik M. isn't quite sure what he's gotten himself into with the Mentoring Arlington Youth, or MAY, program, but from the looks of the group's first gathering at Workman Junior High, "I think it will be really good for me," he said. The Workman student is one of 10 seventh- and eighth-grade students who have signed on to be mentored by Arlington police officers. MAY is a first in the area, and it aims to provide a new resource and motivation for mentorship of young men. "This is a long time coming," AISD Assistant Superintendent Michael Hill said. "We picked 10 young men because we want to be really good with a few before we make this bigger and better."Arlington police officer and mentor Anthony Fernandez connects with his mentee Yovanny C. in the AISD-Arlington Police Department MAY program.

Inspired Learners                            
Up Next: College   
College recruiters know those oh-wow moments when they see them. Smiles grow wide. Eyes get bigger. The shoulders relax. "It's that time when they hear something that connects their interests to the university," said Juan Garcia from the University of North Texas. "They may in the end not even attend that school because somewhere else may work better. But it's those times when you love, say, drama and theater, and here is a school that offers it in the way you want to learn it. You get excited that this is the one." | Abygail L. from Sam Houston High School liked what she heard from the University of North Texas booth during the AISD College Fair.
News Briefs
Limited Kindergarten Openings at New District Academies
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 opened two fine arts and dual language academies this fall. A limited number of openings have become available in the academies, so applications have been reopened.
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Parent University November 7
Make plans to attend the next Arlington ISD Parent University event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Patrick Elementary.
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Some AISD Varsity Football Games Moved to Thursday
Due to the threat of severe weather, some Arlington ISD varsity football games that were scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, have been moved.
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Attend Opportunity AISD on November 16
Opportunity AISD - a one-night event for students and parents can learn more about the unique programs available to students within the AISD - is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at the AISD Professional Development Center at 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.
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Arlington ISD Magazine Available Online
Have you read the latest Arlington School & Family magazine yet? All issues are available online.
Find the latest issue here.

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