Aledo ISD School News
The Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2013-2014 school year will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8-12. Documents needed for registration are proof of residency (i.e., electric bill, lease agreement), a birth certificate, a Social Security card and current immunization records. Forms in English and Spanish will be available on the Aledo ISD website.
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The tragic events of last week in Newtown, Conn., have shocked and saddened all Americans, understandably causing deep concern and reflection about school safety.
As parents and educators in this community, we share the responsibility for the safety and well-being of our precious children. I hope this letter serves to inform you about safety in our schools, as well as how you can help us all work together to create the best environment possible. Our first priority will always be the security of our students.
Aledo ISD follows a host of safety procedures; it is a never-ending vigil for us. Even before the events of last week, the district had started the process of updating our emergency procedures and preparedness. We employ four fulltime police officers who are deployed throughout the district at all times. We have multiple staff members who have received training in emergency preparedness. We have more than 300 surveillance cameras across the district covering every facility. We utilize security audits at every campus throughout the year. We thoroughly investigate tips we receive that may affect safety at school.
It takes all of us working together to make our schools safe. I am asking for your help in our quest to make our schools as safe as possible. Here are some ways we can work together:
· Remind your children to let adults know of anything they may hear at school that may affect the safety of others.
15 area bands, Bearcat Regiment and UTA band to perform
The seventh annual Unleash the Sound Marching Festival hosted by Aledo High School’s Bearcat Regiment will be this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Aledo Bearcat Stadium.
Fifteen area high school bands ranging from 3A to 5A will perform their contest shows for a distinguished judging panel and spectators. This marching festival provides participating bands an opportunity to perform in front of judges and receive critique which will help prepare the bands for UIL competition scheduled for Oct 20 at Burleson High School.
Division ratings will be awarded based on the following criteria: music (54 percent), marching (36 percent), percussion (5 percent) and color guard (5 percent).
The top ten bands will advance to the finals and will perform again that evening. While the judges decide the final scores of the preliminary competition, the audience will enjoy an exhibition performance by the Bearcat Regiment. After the Finals the renowned UTA Maverick Marching Band will perform.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three bands and caption awards will be given to the outstanding color guard, outstanding drum majors, outstanding percussion, outstanding music performance, outstanding marching performance and outstanding general effect.
Tryout practice for the new Aledo High School Dance/Drill Team will be held at the Aledo High School practice gym. The time will be used to teach girls who are entering grades 9-12 the tryout routine. Practice sessions will be
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 22
Students trying out for the club will receive an audition application on June 21 which will have to be turned in at the final tryout on June 25.
For more information, email Hope Tuel at email@example.com or or Julie Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts will be held at Don Daniel Freshman Campus from 5-8 p.m. Monday, June 25.
Various campuses in the Aledo Independent School District will release early May 31 and June 1.
On Thursday, May 31, grades 6-12 will dismiss at noon
On Friday, June 1, elementary schools dismiss at 11 a.m. Grades 6-12 will dismiss at noon.
Buses will run accordingly to accommodate these schedules.
Representatives from Walsh Ranch, TxDOT and the City of Fort Worth were on hand to answer questions about construction set to begin next year on a $13.9 million road project at a Thursday night meeting in Aledo.
The project will open up the Walsh Ranch, where developers are already grading and preparing for infrastructure and bridges, with a new overpass and upgraded frontage road from I-30.
Construction on the overpass is expected to run from Spring 2013 to Spring 2014, at which point the first houses in the initial residential development of 124 lots will start to go up.
For more on this story, look for the May 25 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News
Michelle Yates received the 2012 Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Award presented at Aledo High School Auditorium Monday night. More on the awards can be found in the May 11 issue of The Community News.
Click on the picture above for a gallery from the event.
Randy Keck/The Community News: A motorcycle whose rider attempted to bypass traffic on FM5 Wednesday afternoon ended up under an Aledo ISD school bus that was making a turn onto Koldin Lane. No students on the bus were injured. The rider of the motorcycle suffered major injuries, but was reported to be conversant before being transported by ambulance.
Two Aledo ISD busses were involved in separate accidents while carrying children home from school today.
A school bus was rear ended on Front Street in Aledo and another, more serious accident involved a school bus being struck by a motorcycle driver who attempted to bypass traffic on FM5.
No children are reported to be injured, but the driver of the motorcycle slid under one of the busses and had two of his limbs almost completely severed in the crash.
He was taken to the hospital and parents were contacted to pick up their children from the scene of the accident.
More details will be posted as they become available.
Deb Manley/Special to The Community News
Aledo High School will host its annual Color Guard Competition from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Aledo High School gymnasium. Aledo High School color guard will perform at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the North Texas Color Guard Association, and is open to the public. Admission fee is $7 per person.
About forty five high school color guard teams and a few independent teams will compete in seven different classes. Each team performs a choreographed routine to a wide selection of music. The teams perform with flags, rifles and sabers, and sometimes props are also used as a part of the show. Props can be anything that the director wants to use. The floors are painted to reflect the music and the show. Each performance is judged by five judges, each judging a different aspect of the performance. The judges critique each team for movement (how well they dance and perform), how well they handle their equipment: flags, rifles, sabers, and the overall effect of the show.
The Aledo color guard has already been to Austin to compete in a World Guard International competition and will continue throughout the spring to participate in competitions in the WGI circuit as well as the NTCA circuit.
New University Interscholastic alignments announced today put Aledo in a totally new district with a definitely "metro" feel. Goodbye Springtown, Azle, Byron Nelson and Brewer. Hello Fort Worth.
Beginning next season, Aledo will compete in athletics and other competitions in District 7-4A, and the district alignment includes the following:
FORT WORTH ARLINGTON HEIGHTS HS
FORT WORTH SOUTH HILLS HS
FORT WORTH SOUTHWEST HS
FORT WORTH TRIMBLE TECH HS
FORT WORTH WESTERN HILLS HS
FORT WORTH WYATT HS
Arch rival Stephenville moved down to 3A and Lake Travis moved up to 5A.
More on the new alignment, and local reaction, will be in the Feb. 10 issue of The Community News.
A full list of the new UIL alignments follows:
2012-14 Reclassification & Realignment Information
Conference 5A: 2090 and above, 245 schools
Conference 4A: 1005-2089, 250 schools
Conference 3A: 450-1004, 190 schools
Conference 2A: 200-449, 235 schools
Conference 1A: 199 and below, 390 basketball schools, 168 Eleven-Man Football schools, 138 Six-Man Football schools
2012-14 Official Football and 2012-13 Official Basketball District Alignments
EL PASO AMERICAS HS
EL PASO BEL AIR HS
EL PASO CORONADO HS
EL PASO EASTWOOD HS
EL PASO EL DORADO HS
EL PASO FRANKLIN HS
EL PASO MONTWOOD HS
EL PASO SOCORRO HS
ABILENE COOPER HS
LUBBOCK CORONADO HS
MIDLAND LEE HS
ODESSA PERMIAN HS
SAN ANGELO CENTRAL HS
ARLINGTON BOWIE HS