Sept. 1, 2016
School Kickoff
When Mindy Marshall brought her three school-age children to the second annual AISD Back to School Kickoff at AT&T Stadium, first on her to do list was free backpacks. Second? Immunizations. Third on the list was haircuts for the boys, if they had time. That all followed a quick stop for much-needed vision checks. That's where Marshall learned that all three of her children had weak right eyes and needed corrective lenses. "Who knew?" she said. Students at the second annual AISD Back to School Kickoff at AT&T Stadium received backpacks filled with supplies, and they had an opportunity to visit nearly 100 resource booths.
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A Day of Service    
This is the 28th go-round for Lisa Sledge as a Little Elementary teacher, yet she still gets pumped about the little things. Like having someone bring her a new flashlight with batteries. Human resources staffing manager Michelle Trussell handed off the flashlight to Sledge, who looked like she'd just been given the keys to a new car. "I'm just pumped," Sledge said. "It's a new year. Some new kiddos. New things." | Michelle Trussell and Karin Kliemann spent the AISD Day of Service handing out materials for Little Elementary teachers.

Express Yourself 
If there's one thing Martin High School senior Molly T. has learned along her academic journey, it's how saying no is not such a bad thing, and that those who try to do so often end up doing it all wrong. No wonder when she thought about the kind of message she wanted to put on her freshly painted parking space in the school's west side parking lot she quickly came up with the famous quote from Nickelodeon stars Drake & Josh: "That is not my job." | Martin High School senior Molly T. poses with her nearly complete painted parking space that reads, "That is not my job."
First-Day Tweeting
As Jerri McAdams was dropping off her third grader at Bryant Elementary on the first day of school, she couldn't help but notice the tall gentleman in the dark suit standing between a pair of pint-sized traffic guards smack dab in the middle of the drop-off zone. He was waving to parents as they rolled by in their cars and shaking the hands of students as they strode by, saying good morning and wishing them a great school year. "Who is that?" McAdams wanted to know. "Is he running for something?" Not quite. That was Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, AISD superintendent, and, for this day only, part-time traffic cop. | AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos starts his fifth annual Tweet-Along at Bryant Elementary helping with the crosswalk at morning drop off.
News Briefs
Applications for Fine Arts/Dual Language academies reopen
The Arlington ISD is conducting a second round of applications for a limited number of openings that have become available in the district's two fine arts/dual language academies, Corey Academy and Jones Academy. Applications will be accepted for Corey Academy first-grade students only and for grades kindergarten through sixth at Jones Academy.
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Register through Sept. 7 for Operation Graduation
Keeping students in school is integral to their lifelong success as well as to the continued prosperity of the Arlington community. For this reason, the Arlington ISD will host an Operation Graduation walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The walk is a collaborative effort that requires the support of the community with the goal of increasing the graduation rate of Arlington high school students.
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Apply by Sept. 2 for Citizens Bond Oversight Committee

The Arlington ISD is accepting applications for positions on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. The Committee is established to provide transparency and enhance public confidence in the use of proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by Arlington ISD voters on May 10, 2014.
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Summer 2016 Arlington School & Family Magazine out
View the summer issue of Arlington School & Family Magazine here.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 5: Student/staff holiday
Sept. 14: Secondary schools will distribute progress reports
Sept. 15:
The Board of Trustees will meet in a work session
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