Jan. 22, 2016
Engaged Community                       
Camping Out - With a Book
The arrival scene at Little Elementary had never looked like this before, but these eager students could get used to the change. In front of the building sat about a half-dozen people surrounding a campfire and belting out tunes such as "On Top of Spaghetti" while a woman strummed a guitar. This revisionist version of the classic folk ballad "On Top of Old Smokey" got participants in the mood for this fun evening, a family-engagement campout for reading event at Little. | Students Craig S. and Kai Lyn S. sing along with Shannon Kowalski during the family engagement campout for reading event at Little Elementary

Effective Leadership                            
Williams Watt Watchers     
Rayven L. used to watch a television program at home and, at its conclusion, get up and walk out the room. Without turning it off. Now Rayven is so conscious of the wasted energy of an unwatched television that she not only turns it off when not watching, but she also unplugs it at the end of the evening. Rayven has become quite the energy saver since signing on as a Watt Watcher at Williams Elementary. The idea is to conserve energy at Williams and to teach students energy efficiency in the process. The Williams Elementary Watt Watchers proudly patrol the school hallways looking for ways to help the campus conserve energy.

Engaged Community                            
Men Matter at Carter  
Victor Perales is a preventative-medicine guy. Lay a good-enough foundation for staying well and your chances of getting sick plummet. He uses the same philosophy when it comes to Men Matter. Teach junior high boys about life and watch them flourish in high school and beyond. "If we invest a lot into prevention in the present, our problems in the future will decrease," said Perales, a facilitator for Pathway, an AISD program teaching social skills and decision-making to students. "It's all about changing the mindset." | Carter Junior High eighth graders Jose I. and Terry C. listen during a weekly Men Matter session.

Engaged Community                            
Parental Education   
By the time Nelida Gonzalez left her first Parent University workshop last semester at Patrick Elementary, she said, "There's so much I need to know." Gonzalez attended the "Building Self-Esteem" workshop where AISD Parent Instructor Sharon Crawford-Dickson doled out plenty of no-nonsense advice on how parents must work hand-in-hand with schools in order to remain focused on their child's educational development. That's the idea behind Parent University, which is set up for parents and guardians of AISD students to discover skills to support their children in school. The next Parent University will be in partnership with Destination Success from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Sam Houston High School. | Jolene Walrath and Luz Silva participate in one of the Parent University workshops held last semester at Patrick Elementary.
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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What's Your Big Idea?
The Arlington ISD and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce are searching for the most entrepreneurial and innovative third- through eighth-grade students in the district with the 10th Annual "What's Your Big Idea?" Entrepreneurship Contest.
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Free AISD College Planning Event Jan. 30
Make plans to attend the next Arlington ISD Parent University in partnership with Destination Success from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Sam Houston High School (2000 Sam Houston Drive, Arlington). This Destination Success/Parent University event is a free college planning event.
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Jan.-Feb. Arlington School & Family Magazine available now
View the latest copy of the Arlington ISD magazine here.
2016-2017 AISD School Calendar Approved
2016-2017 calendar
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Feb. 4: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session
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