Jan. 29, 2016
Inspired Learners                       
Duff's Field Work
For students, there's reading about sub-fossil remains of ice-age animals while sitting in a classroom, and there's getting an opportunity to actually see the fossils of six Columbian mammoths up close and personal at a museum. Duff Elementary fifth graders got a chance to do that and more recently. While at the Waco Mammoth National Monument, they learned about fossils, sedimentary rocks and how some of the most vital paleontological sites in North America were discovered. They also had the chance to explore Waco's Cameron Park Zoo and the Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown. | Duff Elementary fifth graders pose for a picture in front of Waco's Cameron Park Zoo during their Education in Action Discover Texas field trip.

Engaged Community                            
Worldly Holidays     
Going around the world takes a bit of time, but Thornton Elementary did just fine by covering a big chunk of the globe in one evening. Thornton's Holiday Around the World event was held in the school cafeteria, and the place was decked out with booths and tables where students and their parents were able to learn about things such as St. Lucia's Day, the Swedish celebration from stories told by Monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden. Stories like that were pretty much everywhere at Thornton. For the most part, students learned how holidays like Christmas are celebrated in different parts of the world, which came as a shock to some who thought perhaps the United States was the only place with Christmas trees and lights. Thornton Elementary Ballet Folklorico dancers Pamela S. and Cristhian S. perform during the school's Holiday Around the World event.

Inspired Learners                            
Codes and Connections  
The moment Virginia Lowe thought of the Herculean task of teaching every Remynse Elementary student an intro to computer programming lesson, she knew she needed reinforcements. Especially since Lowe, the school's instructional coach, wanted to complete the task in a week. Lowe got plenty of help from Sam Houston High School students who were more than happy to lend a hand since that's exactly what they want to do in their careers - become teachers. About 30 Sam Houston students who participate in the district's Ready, Set, Teach! program for budding teachers headed to Remynse over a two-day period to work with students from prekindergarten to sixth grade. The computer programming primer was part of the Hour of Code, the two-year-old nonprofit initiative that seeks to expand student access to computer science. | Sam Houston High School Ready, Set, Teach! students help Remynse Elementary students during their Hour of Code course.

Engaged Community                            
AISD Shines at MLK   
Anyone who attended an event during Arlington's four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Celebration couldn't miss the image of Dr. King's profile, looking pensive and serious, juxtaposed along with arm-locked marchers. Thien B. of Arlington High School supplied the incredible artwork, which won first place in the MLK Art Contest. Kate K. of Martin and Kaila G. of Ousley were second and third, respectively. "It's kind of weird to see your artwork everywhere," Thien said. The winning artwork is the official image of the MLK Celebration, placed on T-shirts, programs, certificates and more. | The Pearcy Elementary step team took home first place in the elementary division during the Arlington MLK Advancing the Dream step show.
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.
Transfer Renewals for 2016-2017 begin Feb. 1
Transfer renewals for current Arlington ISD students will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, using InfoSnap, the district's streamlined online system. Transfer renewals will be accepted through 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 4: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session
Feb. 15: Student/staff holiday
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