Feb. 12, 2016
Inspired Learners                       
A Helping Hand
When Corey Academy kindergartener Makenzie S. asked Arlington Collegiate High School sophomore Emeli Y. about metals, she used perfect manners, speaking politely while raising her hand. Still, Makenzie forgot a golden rule in her Spanish-language classroom: speak Spanish. Emeli was just as polite when she reminded Makenzie of this, which made the kindergartener laugh out loud. "Oops!" she said through chuckles. At Corey, learning Spanish is part of the curriculum, given at the youngest grade level so that by the time these students head to junior high they are practically fluent. | Arlington Collegiate High School sophomore Emeli Y. mentors Corey Academy students Vincent T. and Makenzie S., helping with their Spanish-speaking skills.

Engaged Community                            
Roark's Poetry Party     
Alani C. confessed her nervousness when she stood up behind the microphone during the Roark Elementary Poetry Night, but you'd never have known it. With a Santa hat dangling from her head and Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" in her hands, the Roark fifth grader offered her oral interpretation of the celebrated children's book. As Roark staff looked on, Alani read a scene from the book about a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. There's a unicorn, shoes that fly and crocodiles that go to the dentist. "My teacher told me that reading poetry is kind of like doing a performance," Alani said. "I tried to read it like that - like I was acting in a play or something." | Roark Elementary fifth grader Alani C. reads poetry from "Where the Sidewalk Ends" during the school's Poetry Night.

Engaged Community                            
Spread the Love of Reading  
Lisann Peters was watching a TV news story about a Fort Worth school setting aside specific space for leisurely reading when she began to wonder: why not do the same thing in Arlington? And now, more than a year later, Lisann and her son Kort have helped fund and seen five of these Reading Oasis centers open in the Arlington ISD, including last year at Webb, Adams and Speer elementaries, and this year at Roark and Knox elementaries. The Speer Elementary Reading Oasis was funded by United Way. Two more - at Thornton and Amos - are in the works. | Lisann Peters and her son Kort enjoy the space at Webb Elementary, the site of the first Reading Oasis room in the district.

Inspired Learners                            
Day's Big Day   
Kevin Day has a big celebration planned for his 20th birthday on Feb. 23. The Arlington High School Class of 2014 alumnus and TCU sophomore will be at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas to hear the Dallas Wind Symphony perform the composition "Fireworks." It's not just any composition - it's his composition. "Fireworks" was selected among hundreds of entries in the Dallas Wind Symphony 2015 Fanfare Contest. Hundreds of entries from around the world, that is. | Arlington High School alumnus Kevin Day poses on the TCU campus. He plays in the TCU Wind Symphony and in the Horned Frog Marching Band. 
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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Transfer Renewals for 2016-2017 now through Feb. 26

Transfer renewals for current Arlington ISD students began 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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Registration open for 2016 Advance Placement exams
The 2016 Advanced Placement exams will be administered May 2-13, 2016, and registration will be held through Feb. 19, 2016, at each high school campus. The cost is $13 per exam.
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 15: Student/staff holiday
Feb. 18: The Board of Trustees will meet in a work session
Feb. 19: End of the fourth six weeks
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