Sept. 16, 2016
Early Morning Calm
Elementary-age kids often wake up boiling over with restless energy, ready and raring to go. It's not surprising that settling down is crucial to their early morning learning cycle. How to settle down is often the question. Bryant Elementary has found an answer: reading. Specifically, being read to or having the students read on their own. | Teacher Ambri Craig reads "The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark" to pre-K and kindergarten students before the school day begins.
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Positively Speaking    
Pep rallies are usually designed to pump up the student body for the big game on Friday, which made the presence of students and the band at a recent Bowie High School rally hardly unusual. What was unusual? Having several students stand in the corner of the gym with a large P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E B-O-W-I-E banner in their hands. No one mentioned anything about student-athletes or the football game later that day, which Bowie won 40-39 over Flower Mound Marcus. Everything was about Positive Bowie. | K104 DJ Lady Jade poses with Bowie High School students during the Positive Bowie pep rally.

High School Clubbing 
Lamar High School's Maria A. took a chance and signed up for Health Occupations Students of America - or HOSA - when she was a freshman, not really knowing what it was. Now a senior, Maria is vice president of HOSA and eyeing a medical career. "We do field trips, have guest speakers, compete against other schools and do community service," she said. "I love clubs because you're there to learn and have fun. It's not like you're being graded, so you get out of it what you put into it." | Nathaniel C. and Maria A. from Lamar High School promote HOSA during the school's Vikingfest clubs event.
Big on Savings
The Arlington ISD continues to encourage employees to "Turn It Off" to help manage energy costs for the district. And for the fifth-straight year turning it off has paid off as the district saw a downward trend in utility costs. Despite adding two new elementary schools, two other buildings and expanding several buildings over the last five years, the district has seen enough cumulative cost avoidances to more than pay for the entire utility budget this year. | Nearly 300 people participated in the third annual Energy Management Fun Run at River Legacy Park this spring.
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Apply for School Health Advisory Council by Oct. 3
The School Health Advisory Council has provided the AISD Board of Trustees with valuable input from the district's stakeholders. The primary role of the SHAC is to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction. The Board believes the function of the SHAC is vital to the Board, AISD administration and taxpayers.
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