Dec. 11, 2015
Engaged Community                            
Perfect Partnership  
The Arlington ISD has formed a partnership with Texas Trust Credit Union to build an outdoor performance area at the Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language. The partnership was announced during the UT-Arlington men's basketball game Thursday night. | An artist rendering of the new outdoor performance area that will be built at Jones Academy.
Engaged Community                       
Berry's Pumpkin Science
Nicole H. is only a second grader at Berry Elementary, but she's well aware of the whole selfie phenomenon. Though a cell phone with a reliable camera can't be counted among her possessions - at the moment, at least - she found an ingenuous way of making a selfie anyway. On a pumpkin. Take a look at the smiling pumpkin alongside Nicole's smiley face and you'll probably see the resemblance. "Does she look like me?" Nicole wanted to know. "Is it creative?" | Berry second grader Nicole H. and her "selfie" pumpkin at Pumpkin Science night.

Inspired Learners                            
Halloween - with Math     
Math-o-ween events have become the standard go-to event on AISD elementary campuses because they often pair math instruction - where students solve math equations or answer other mathematical questions - with lots of Halloween-type fun. While what happens at Morton Elementary is different from Atherton, Blanton, Patrick, Speer and Thornton elementaries, which all held events this year, the objectives are the same: show the fun side of math.Blanton teacher Tammy Smith and pre-K student Pedro M. play Spin the Jack-O-Lantern at the Blanton Math-o-ween event. 

Inspired Learners                            
Opportunities in the AISD  
At this time last year, Leslie R. was a new student in a new school wondering if she'd made the right decision. During Opportunity AISD held at the Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, Leslie, now a sophomore at Arlington Collegiate High School, was telling prospective students and their parents what a great decision attending her school would be. | Students learn more about engineering during the inaugural Opportunity AISD event designed for parents and students to explore the unique programs available in the district.

Inspired Learners                            
Ringing in a State Title   
It's hard enough to win a state track and field championship with an army of skilled performers spread out over a number of events. So what the Seguin girls' track squad did last May was quite extraordinary. They won it all with just four girls. The teammates - Tonea M., Toni G., Lateria G. and Aubrey R. - slipped on their Class 5A girls championship rings in front of the entire school during a thundering pep rally ceremony in the school gym earlier this semester. While the pep rally centered around the football team's big game the next day, the Runnin' Cougars grabbed the center of attention. | The Seguin girls show off their new track and field state championship rings after winning the 2015 Class 5A team title.
News Briefs
AISD Special Programs Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the AISD's unique programs, including Arlington Collegiate High School, career and technical education - workforce dual credit and special programs, the STEM Academy, the Corey and Jones Academies of Fine Arts and Dual Language, as well as the Jones Academy for second- through sixth-grade students.
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AISD Extends School Hours for JH and Elementary Students
In order to offer greater flexibility in the event of inclement weather, the Arlington ISD will implement an extended school day for all elementary and junior high schools during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. The AISD will add nine minutes to each school day for only elementary and junior high students beginning in January, eliminating the need for inclement weather makeup days for all students.
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Dec. 18: Last day of the first semester.
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break.
Jan. 6: Second semester begins.
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