Dec. 18, 2015
Engaged Community                       
Breakfast With the Big Guy
Breakfast With Santa at Johns Elementary used to be just that - pancakes and sausage in the school cafeteria with an appearance by the big guy himself. Now that the event has grown to include everything from arts and crafts booths set up by parents to student-led science projects such as making ice cream, you'd think Santa would be pushed in the background. Not so. When more than 300 people showed up for the Saturday morning event, the first thing they wanted to do was have a sit down with Santa. The line was proof - it snaked down the hall and through the door. | Johns Elementary second grader Nancy F. sits with Santa at the popular Johns Breakfast With Santa event.

Inspired Learners                            
Holiday Academics     
Getting parents into schools after hours on a weekday can be a challenge with busy schedules, extra commitments and long workdays, but Barnett Junior High Principal Stephanie Hawthorne has figured out a way. The Barnett staff wanted to incorporate parents into an evening full of math, science and English learning, so they devised a series of academic games that had an overriding, though somewhat hidden, goal of allowing the parent to see what their student is doing in class. | Barnett Junior High eighth graders Melanie C. and Leslie F. work on the computer during the school's Holiday Academic Night.  

Engaged Community                            
Caring with Carson  
Each year, AVID coordinator Tanja Burgdorf shows Bailey Junior High students a video about how lives are changed with a shoebox full of things many people take for granted. A child in Nicaragua receiving a toothbrush and toothpaste is a big deal. Getting a few toys at Christmas is euphoria. An annual event spearheaded by former Bailey and current Arlington High School Student Carson B., Carson Cares has become a big part of Bailey's Season of Giving events. Each year, Carson enlists the help of teachers and students at Bailey to come together and fill boxes with everyday items children need but don't have. | About 300 Bailey Junior High students stuffed boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year.

Engaged Community                            
Sandwich and a Song   
You'd think that December would be a time of rest for the Arlington High School Show Choir, with a grueling schedule of fall and spring shows and those all-important UIL Show Choir competitions. Wrong. December is actually quite a busy time for the choir as it hops from school to school to entertain students with a rousing round of Christmas tunes. | Kiara J. and Christian K. perform with the Arlington High School Show Choir at various schools throughout the month of December.
News Briefs
AISD Special Programs Applications 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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AISD Job Fair Jan. 6
The Arlington ISD will host a job fair for bus drivers, custodians, teaching assistants and clerical positions on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
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2016-2017 AISD School Calendar Approved
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Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break
Jan. 6: Second semester begins
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