April 8, 2016
Inspired Learners                       
Drum Time at Butler
The first thing Butler Elementary students thought when they walked into the gym and saw djembe drums resting in front of chairs that formed a large circle was whether or not they could actually play them. They could. And after a session with David Cox of Rhythm Path, a group that teaches students how to play West African rhythms with their hands, they can do it quite well. "It's all about getting over the intimidation factor," said Cox, who founded Rhythm Path in 2008. A music graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington, Cox travels around giving lessons and setting up the drums mostly in school gyms. Each session is grade-level specific so that the group can learn at the appropriate level. David Cox of Rhythm Path teaches students from Butler Elementary how to play West African rhythms.
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Engaged Community                            
Reading Rocks!    
Robert Griffin isn't a storyteller by profession, but perhaps he ought to be. Griffin was animated, engaging and highly entertaining to an eager-to-learn bunch of second graders at Crouch Elementary during the school's annual Reading Rocks! event. An entrepreneur, Griffin was one of dozens of readers who came to Crouch on a rainy Thursday to read books to classes from prekindergarten to sixth grade. In fact, he was there with his wife, Donna, who also read to students. His book was "If I Ran the Circus" by Dr. Seuss. "This is always a wonderful event because it promotes reading and literacy to our students but also gives us an opportunity to connect more with our community members," Crouch Principal Delisse Hardy said. | Diego H. and Jerry B. look on as volunteer reader Robert Griffin shows pictures to the class during the Crouch Elementary annual Reading Rocks! event.

Engaged Community                            
Duff's Priceless Auction  
When Duff Elementary students lined up to run the annual Duff Derby 5K Run and Walk, all of their entry fees - and a T-shirt - for the event were taken care of. Courtesy of the Duff PTA. Each year when students arrive to school in the fall, they receive a Duff notebook. Courtesy of the Duff PTA. It goes without saying that the Duff Elementary Dinner and Auction is the year's most anticipated event. The place is packed as it's the event that helps fuel the PTA. The annual gathering has become such a rich tradition of not only serving the school but also bringing the community closer together. | Another big crowd was on hand to make bids at the annual Duff Dinner and Auction that raises money for the Duff Elementary PTA.

Engaged Community                            
Newly Minted Frogs
Elizabeth H. couldn't stop crying. With good reason. She'd just been handed a college scholarship - worth $250,000. All she had to do was sign on the dotted line. That was the case for David A., Cameron L., Sonia G. and Brittney H, too. In the fall, these Sam Houston High School seniors are off to study at TCU, the university where one-year costs hover around $50,000. But the five Sam Houston students were named TCU Community Scholars and will go to the Fort-Worth school scot-free - tuition, room and board - everything - all paid for. Just by signing their name. | Sam Houston High School senior Cameron L. happily hands over his signed document accepting a $250,000 TCU Community Scholars scholarship that he earned.
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Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Roundup through April 15
Arlington ISD's prekindergarten and kindergarten programs are the perfect place to prepare your child for a lifetime of success. You can now pre-register online. Schools will hold Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup through April 15. Evening times are available April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Education Foundation Private Party at Six Flags April 15
Join the Arlington ISD Education Foundation for an exclusive private party at Six Flags Over Texas from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Tickets are $20.
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AISD Parent Survey Available Until April 29
The AISD is working each day to provide a great place for students to learn, for teachers to teach, for all employees to work and for parents to send their children for an excellent education. Please take a few minutes to complete a parent satisfaction survey.
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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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April 15: End of the fifth grading period
April 15: AISD Education Foundation Education Celebration at Six Flags Over Texas
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