April 1, 2016
Inspired Learners                       
Hill's Odyssey
Only one Arlington ISD school dispatched an Odyssey of the Mind team to Southlake for the North Regional Tournament. Only one was needed. The seven-student team of third and fourth graders from Hill Elementary won first-place honors in the regional tournament, which qualifies them for the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition April 16. The Hill team, coached by Hill parent volunteers Judy Gelfert and Krista Hanks, scored high points in both the long-term and spontaneous components of the competition. | The Hill Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team won the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament and will now compete at the state tournament in mid-April. 
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Engaged Community                            
Dr. Seuss Day    
There's something kooky about walking down the hall and seeing students, teachers and staff dressed as colorful characters from Dr. Seuss books, from that pesky Cat In the Hat to the rambunctious Thing One and Thing Two. Well, that's actually the point of National Read Across America Day. On March 2, schools nationwide celebrated this day, an annual reading motivation and awareness event sponsored by the National Education Association that calls for every child to celebrate reading. Mostly though it was a time to celebrate the birthday and words of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. To honor the prolific author and put emphasis on literacy, AISD campuses held various celebrations, from read-ins to skits to parades down the school hallways. | Swift Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Cothrin reads from "The Lorax" on National Read Across America Day.

Engaged Community                            
Ousley's Big Picnic  
Each year when it seems that the Ousley Junior High brain trust can't possibly come up with another stellar idea for its highly anticipated Picnic with Parents event, well, they do. This year parents who went to the school cafeteria to dine with their children were treated to an extravaganza worthy of a big-top circus. "Under the Big Top" featured lions, tigers, lion and tiger trainers, clowns, jugglers, and the list goes on. Ousley Principal Lora Thurston, who dressed as the Circus Ringmaster (as you might expect), wore a vivid red topcoat with tails and carried a cane. "You know, this is always such a treat right before spring break," Thurston said of the event, which is in its 14th year. "It's been a good year so far, so this makes for a perfect idea." | Stacey Gonzales, Chris Wagner and Susan Curran take their parts as Under the Big Top participants very seriously at Ousley's 14th Annual Picnic with Parents.
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Engaged Community                            
Bowie Giving Back
Each year when Bowie High School students scatter throughout the nearby neighborhood armed with trash bags, scoopers and brooms, they almost always return saying how gratifying it is to serve, how more people need to get involved and how they ought to try and extend the volunteer opportunities. The message was heard loud and clear. Students once again fanned out into the neighborhood to pick up trash and clean yards and streets, but this year the popular Bowie Gives Back Day was the climax of a week's worth of activities centered on volunteerism. | Bowie High School students were up bright and early to volunteer time in the surrounding neighborhoods for Bowie Gives Back.
News Briefs
Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Roundup April 4-15
Arlington ISD's prekindergarten and kindergarten programs are the perfect place to prepare your child for a lifetime of success. You can pre-register online starting at 8 a.m. on April 4. Schools will hold Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup from April 4 through 15. Evening times will be available April 5 and 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Super Saver Fun Run 1 mile and 5K May 7 at River Legacy
The AISD 3rd Annual Super Saver Fun Run (formerly the Earth Day Fun Run) benefiting the AISD Energy Management Program activity fund will be on Saturday, May 7, at River Legacy Park.
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Upcoming Events
April 7: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session
April 15: End of the fifth grading period
April 15: AISD Education Foundation Education Celebration at Six Flags Over Texas
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