April 29, 2016
Engaged Community                       
Duff's Derby
More than 240 students, teachers, parents and community members came together recently to slip on their running shoes, zip through the picturesque Woodland West neighborhood, scale a somewhat challenging hill and navigate street corners before coming to a finish line. This was the Duff Derby, the annual 5K run/walk that covers both a 3.1-mile and 1-mile race and benefits not only the students who work out feverishly to complete the 5k but also the school itself. Duff Derby 5K and 1-mile participants help support the Duff Elementary PTA.
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Inspired Learners                            
A Multicultural Experience    
Each year when Ousley Junior High presents its annual Multicultural Festival to celebrate the dozens of countries represented at the school, there's always a performance that is heartfelt and squarely sums up the occasion. This year it was Oscar and Sandra G., a father-daughter mariachi team, that not only belted out lovely songs but also spoke with the audience about being a strong family and passing on a sense of family history. "The best thing parents can leave their children is a sense of culture," Sandra said. And not just their own. Ousley's Multicultural Festival is all about taking a peek into cultures outside of your own. Teachers and staff work hard to pull everything together. | Sandra G. from Arlington High School sings during the annual Ousley Junior High Multicultural Festival.

Effective Leadership                            
Fantastic Fine Arts 
It's not often that a high school earns the right to perform at the illustrious Carnegie Hall, but there was Martin High School at the concert venue in midtown Manhattan in New York City in late March. The Martin Chorale, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra performed in "Sounds of a New Generation: An Evening with James Martin High School." Presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York, the program featured more than 215 students under the direction of Choral Director Kay Owens, Director of Bands Brad McCann and Director of Orchestras Michael Stringer. It is also unusual for a district to earn The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation 2016 Best Communities for Music Education designation multiple times. But that is the case with the AISD, as the district has earned that distinction for the 12th time in recent history. | The Martin High School Chorale, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in late March.

Inspired Learners                            
A Star from Bowie
While at Bowie High School, Katie Featherston was what one might call a theater geek, which wasn't surprising to those who knew her since the makings of her geekdom began in seventh grade at Barnett Junior High. So in love with acting was Featherston that after graduating with a theater degree from SMU, she left almost immediately for Hollywood to stake her claim. After only a short while in town she snagged an audition for a small-budget film about a couple who sets up cameras in their home to document what they saw as some sort of ghostly haunting. "Paranormal Activity" would make $108 million. | Bowie High School grad Katie Featherston credits a strong high school theater department for her success in the movie industry.
News Briefs
Teacher Candidate Information Sessions May 3 and 10
Teacher candidates wanting to learn more about working for the AISD should plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions hosted by the AISD Human Resources department. The sessions - on May 3 and May 10 - will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the AISD Professional Development Center at 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd., in Arlington.
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Parent University/Papá-paloosa pair up April 30
The final Parent University for the 2015-2016 school year will be in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Papá-paloosa event from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Swift Elementary, 1101 S. Fielder Rd. in Arlington.
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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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March/April Arlington School & Family Magazine out
View the latest issue of Arlington School & Family Magazine here.
Upcoming Events
April 29: Last day to fill out an AISD Parent Survey
April 30:
Parent University/Papá-paloosa at Swift Elementary
May 3:
Teacher Candidate Information Session
May 5
: The Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session
May 10: Teacher Candidate Information Session
May 19: The Board of Trustees will meet in a work session
May 30: Student/staff holiday
May 31: Last day of school. View a revised calendar here or view a video of the announcement here
June 3-6: High school graduations at UTA's College Park Center
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