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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Azle ISD Newsletter/Email

Azle ISD Staff and Community Newsletter/Email

 

November 23, 2010

Azle ISD Core Beliefs

1.  Our core business is engaging students in authentic learning.
2.  We believe students are volunteers in their education and will become life-long learners.
3.  Student success is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.
4.  The success of Azle ISD requires meaningful collaboration and continuous innovation.

Contents

AISD Conducts Flu Shot Clinic. 1

Azle High School Supports Habitat for Humanity. 1

New Newsletter Format 2

Site of the Week – Eagle Heights Podcast 2

STUDENT-ATHLETE EXCELS ON AND OFF THE FIELD.. 2

Calendar 2

Network Outages. 2

 

Flu Clinic 002.jpgParker County gave 276 kids and150 adults flu shots last week.  Plus, they gave another 150 or so in October. Great turnout!

Parker County will be coming back on Dec 15th to administer the flu shots again.  They will be at Azle High School from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Kids 18 and under are free. Adults will be $10. They recommend that kids under 8 should have 2 doses if they didn’t get type A (swine Flu) vaccine last year.

 

FCLAHabitathum.JPGLast Friday students from FCCLA, Mr. Burnett’s Ag class, Ms. Smith’s Health Science class and several NHS members volunteered all day at Azle’s newest habitat home.  This was the second trip for Azle High School students.  All of the students enjoyed the experience immensely.  Jobs for the day included painting and applying fascia and soffit to the home and nailing decking to the rafters.   Students again made a very positive impression on the Habitat crew with their work ethic and manners.  Students were accompanied by Mrs. Schlueter and Mr. Burnett.  (L-R)  Sam Henderson, Josh Townsend

As many of you know, Mr. Ivey will be retiring in January and will be dearly missed.  His leaving will create a void that we will struggle to fill.  The newsletter is a vital tool used to communicate with the employees, parents and community members of Azle ISD.  It will be necessary to change the format of the newsletter so that it is easier to build and distribute. 

Submission of Articles:

1.    Articles for the district newsletter should positively promote the students, employees and programs of the district.

2.    Articles should be limited to 150 words or less.

3.    Articles should be written in paragraph form and should be edited prior to submittal.

4.    Pictures should be limited to one per article.

Eagle Heights Campus Web-Page:  Be sure and click the play button for a tour of the campus.  The Photo Story was created by students.

Brandon.jpgBrandon Johnson is a senior cross-country athlete at Azle High School.  Brand placed 8th at the District 5-AAAA meet and recently competed in the AAAA Regional Meet in Lubbock helping the Hornets to a 7th place finish.  Head Coach Don Ostermann describes Brandon as “a team leader who is at workout everyday ready to work.”  Brandon maintains a 3.3 GPA and according to his government teacher John Darnell, “Brandon is an intelligent, hard-working student while also being a dedicated athlete who is a positive role model for his peers to follow.”  Thanks Brandon for representing AHS with pride and character.  

 

11/23 (early release) - 11/25    Happy Thanksgiving

12/14 – Board of Trustees Meeting

12/17 (early release) – 1/2/11 Holiday Break

The technology department will be replacing the Core Switch in our network center over the Thanksgiving Holiday. TxConnect and employee email will be unavailable starting on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 PM. The network should be functional again by Sunday morning.

 

 

 

Skip McCambridge

Director of Student Services

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Board Minutes

Description: Azle ISD Web Banner

11.15.10 School Board Meeting Summary

Next Scheduled Meeting: 
Special Date: December 14, 2010
Azle ISD Instructional Support Center 
6:00 pm
 

 

 

 


The Azle ISD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on November 15, 2010 at the Azle ISD Instructional Support Center.

 

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

 

Honors and Recognitions

Dianne Boone, Hoover Elementary Principal introduced Wendy Mulford-Cooper and the student council who led the pledges to the American and Texas Flags.  Also, artwork from Hoover Elementary is highlighted on the Azle ISD website at www.azleisd.net for the month of November.

 

Dr. Janette Hahn, Director of Special Services introduced teachers from several elementary campuses who had students demonstrate the new Smart Tables purchased for elementary campus for use with special needs students.

 

She also introduced Azle ISD Special Olympic Athletes and recognized them for their participation in the Special Olympics Competition in Weatherford, Texas.  The board was also shown a video of the event.

 

Maria Pick, Hoover Elementary teacher introduced students who presented video presentations they created for class projects.

 

TEA Accountability Rating Plaques were presented as listed below:

Recognized Plaques were presented to:

Laura Bynum, Azle High Principal

Stacy Summerhill, Azle Junior High Former Principal

Kim Bates, Forte Junior High Principal

Dianne Boone, Hoover Elementary Principal

Deborah Vaughan, Liberty Elementary Principal

Stacy Summerhill, Silver Creek Elementary Principal

 

Exemplary Plaques were presented to:

Dee Gilley, Cross Timbers Elementary Principal

Amy Rollmann, Eagle Heights Elementary Principal and Paula Eagleton, Former Principal of Eagle Heights

Todd Smith, Walnut Creek Elementary Principal

 

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR)

Kathy Kendall and Finance Office Staff were recognized for the district’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009 which qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

 

Board Actions

The trustees approved the following items under the consent agenda:

  • Minutes of the October 18, 2010 regular meeting.
  • Activity Report from Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP, Azle ISD for the months of July 2010 to September 2010.  This report show the firms collection results at $527,923 in delinquent taxes, penalty and interest being collected for the District. 
  • Donations:  Michaels Arts and Crafts stores donated 115 picture frames size 11x14.  The frames were distributed to each campus for use in the art departments or campuses

 

Other actions taken by the board included approval of:

·            Resolution of Acknowledgement – Make Education a Priority

Dr. Lea reported that this Resolution was developed by the Aledo Board of Trustees and states that the current Texas public school finance system is negatively affecting an increasing number of public school districts.  Dr. Lea stressed that Texas is facing an $18 to $25 Billon dollar shortfall and he is gravely concerned about possible cuts to education at the state level.  He noted that there is a lot of support for this resolution across the state.  With this support districts are hoping that the Legislature will remember the child when making important decisions related to education .

·            Compromise Settlement Agreement with an Elementary Teacher

         ·            TASB Policy Update #88

         ·            Revisions to the Electronic Media Policy (part of DH(LOCAL).  Additions to the local policy are shown in red underline below.

 

AZLE ISD

Electronic Media Policy (part of DH - LOCAL)

 

ELECTRONIC MEDIA        Electronic media includes all forms of social media, such as text messaging, instant messaging, electronic mail (e-mail), web logs (blogs), electronic forums (chat rooms), video-sharing Web sites, editorial comments posted on the Internet, and social network sites.  Electronic media also includes all forms of telecommunication, such as landlines, cell phones, and Web-based applications.

 

USE WITH STUDENTS      In accordance with administrative regulations, a certified or licensed employee, or any other employee designated in writing by the Superintendent or a campus principal, may use electronic media to communicate with currently enrolled students about matters within the scope of the employee's professional responsibilities.  All other employees are prohibited from using electronic media to communicate directly with students who are currently enrolled in the District.  All communications made by employees through electronic media to any student must be accessible to an entire class or an organized group of students or the student’s parent or guardian, unless the employee receives a written exemption from the Superintendent or designee to communicate with an individual student.  Any such exemption must be obtained before making the electronic communication to the individual student.  Employees who communicate with any student via a social networking site must create a professional profile page separate from any personal profile page.  An employee shall not communicate with any student through the employee’s personal profile page on any social networking site.  All electronic media communications from employees to students must take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. The regulations shall address:

 

                                                1.         Exceptions for family and social relationships;

 

                                                2.         The circumstances under which employees may use text messaging to communicate with students; and

 

                                                3.         Other matters deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee.

 

                                                Upon request of the Superintendent or designee, employees must produce the content of all electronic communications between themselves and a student enrolled in the District at the time of the communications which are responsive to the request.

 

An employee shall comply with the District's requirements for records retention and destruction to the extent those requirements apply to electronic media [See CPC]

 

PERSONAL USE                Employees shall be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct.  If an employee's use of electronic media violates state or federal law or District policy, or interferes with the employee's ability to effectively perform his or her job duties, the employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

 

         ·            Approval of revisions and clarification to Drug Testing – FFE(LOCAL) Policy as explained below:

 

In May of 2009 the Board approved changes to our drug testing program to include testing all extra-curricular and UIL participants once at the beginning of the year and then randomly later in the year.

After reexamining the policy, there were some changes that needed to be made further down in the policy to delineate any confusion.

Recommended Changes noted below:

Random Testing: Sample collection shall be made on a random basis as generated by a computer program. Student privacy shall be protected to the maximum extent possible during collection. Records of test results shall be kept confidential and provided only to District administrators and personnel responsible for administering this program.

In order for a student to participate in any extracurricular or UIL competition, the parent or legal guardian must give permission for their child to participate in the drug testing program. If the student is of legal age, he or she must sign a permission form in order to participate.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Lea presented Podcasts by Azle High School, Liberty Elementary and Eagle Heights Elementary campuses.  These Podcasts are posted to the Azle ISD campus web pages.

 

Curriculum Report

Curriculum Report was presented by Tanya Anderson, Director of Curriculum and Rebecca Trotter, Coordinator of Testing and Federal Programs.  The Curriculum report included:

  • Approval of the 2010-2011 Textbook Committee:

English Grades 6-12

JoAnn Thompson

Lisa Tadlock

Janel Bzdok

Keri Dorris

Jan Huber

Lou Ann Burnham

Royal Ward

Kim McClure

Spelling/Handwriting Grades K-5

Teresa Davis

Kim Young

Cheryl Conner

Vicky Mann

Lori Eagleton

JoAnn Thompson

Lisa Tadlock

Pre-K

Laura Petter

Samantha Collins

Cindy Nabors

Cindy Skipper

Martha Gifford

Tammy Kennedy

Donna Keeble

 

Note: The district will adopt/purchase only those textbooks that are funded by the state of Texas.

 

        ·            Rebecca Trotter presented information to the board on the Robotics Engineering Grant for Azle Elementary, Dollar General Literacy Grant for Eagle Heights Elementary; Bi-lingual Exception, and Highly Qualified Status which show that the district meets Highly Qualified status for 100% of the Azle ISD teaching and paraprofessional staff.

 

Board Actions on the 2010-2011 Budget

Trustees approved the following budget items: 

·            Financial and monthly investment reports for the month of October 2010

         ·            Budget Amendment 11-03 which consisted of basic cross function changes

         ·            Miscellaneous property was declared as surplus subject to sale per list

         ·            Purchase of transportation facility lifts needed to raise buses or other vehicles.

 

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

Skip McCambridge

Director of Student Services

 

Azle ISD Core Beliefs

1.  Our core business is engaging students in authentic learning.
2.  We believe students are volunteers in their education and will become life-long learners.
3.  Student success is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.
4.  The success of Azle ISD requires meaningful collaboration and continuous innovation.

 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Azle ISD District Newsletter

Azle ISD Employees, Community and Friends

    For this week's District Newsletter, please click on the following Link

         http://www.azleisd.net/education/components/docmgr/download.php?sectiondetailid=670&fileitem=2115&catfilter=118

       Or go to our website www.azleisd.net and select AISD Newsletter on the left of the page and then chose this week’s Newsletter 

Articles include:

 Enormous Selections of FJHS Students for All District Band

 Hoover Math & Science Team

 Forte Students Study/Visit Cowboy Stadium

 Eagle Heights Honors Veterans

 Forte All-Region Band Students

 Forte All-District Band Students

 Kids turn out for Trunk or Treat at Forte

 Cross Timbers Volunteers Getting It Done

 The Counselor Connection

 Safe Kids USA Launches New National Initiative to Reduce Sports Injuries in Kids

 Cyber-Bullying Safety

 Azle HS presents Alice in Wonderland

 Stray Mental Voltage

 The Compassion Movie

 The Acknowledgement Movie

 Thanks to our Convocation Employee Drawing Sponsors. Several are featured this week’s Newsletter

 Reminder:  To subscribe to our blog, go to http://azleisdparentcommunitynews.blogspot.com  and every time we post a blog, you can receive a RSS feed with the latest information.

 

Serving Others

   Ray Ivey

     To Live Selflessly, Love Unconditionally, Learn Continually,

        Labor Earnestly, Lift Others Up, Laugh a Lot & Leave a Legacy.

          Continuous Improvement Is My Goal

             Joining Others in a Journey to an "Address in the Future"

 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Final

45. - 7
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Update

45. - 7 with 653 in the 4th
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Update:(

45 - 0. End of 3rd
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Halftime

38. - 0
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Update

Springtown runs a reverse pass for 70 yds. 31. - 0. Springtown. Over and out.
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Update

FB - Spingtown. 24. - 0. 341. Left in the 2nd.
VB. 3-1. Summit. Azle VB season over. Good season Lady Hornets!
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FB

Springtown 17. - 0. 11:46. In the 2nd.
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End of 1st

FB - Springtown. 10. - 0. With the ball on the Azle 26

VB. 2. - 1. Summit.
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Game

Azle FB- Azle holds Springtown inside the 5. Springtown has to settle for a field goal. 10. - 0 Springtown,
VB.playoff. 1. - 1. Azle won the first game.
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FB Game

Spring town 7. Azle. 0. 11:34 left in the first. Long kick return.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flu Shots

Parker County Hospital District will host a Flu Shot Clinic for all Azle ISD students and their family members as well as Azle ISD employees and families on Wednesday November 10, 2010 from 3 pm to 6pm at Azle High School. Adult vaccinations cost $10.00 and children between the ages of 6 months and 18 yrs are free.

 

 

Skip McCambridge

Director of Student Services - Azle ISD

 

 

Create a First Class, High Quality Learning Environment

For a

RECOGNIZED School District

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Network Outage

Parents,

This weekend the technology department will be doing maintenance on some Fiber lines near our Data Center at Forte. Please be advised that starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, Nov 5th,  through about 4:00 PM Sunday, Nov 7th,  our network will be down. You will not be able to get to TxConnect, our online grade book for parents.

 

 

Skip McCambridge

Director of Student Services - Azle ISD

 

 

Create a First Class, High Quality Learning Environment

For a

RECOGNIZED School District

 

Azle ISD District Newsletter

Azle ISD Employees, Community and Friends

    For this week's District Newsletter, please click on the following Link

         http://www.azleisd.net/education/components/docmgr/download.php?sectiondetailid=670&fileitem=2100&catfilter=118

       Or go to our website www.azleisd.net and select AISD Newsletter on the left of the page and then chose this week’s Newsletter 

Articles include:

 Azle Runners go to Regional Championships

 DEA Visits Walnut Creek Elementary

 Volleyball Hornets Win District

 Welcome to Rozlyn Faulhaber

 Free/Reduced Application Online

 Flu Shot Clinic

 The “Your are Love” Movie

 Ranger Fever Sweeps Forte JHS

 Thanks to our Convocation Employee Drawing Sponsors. Several are featured this week

 Reminder:  To subscribe to our blog, go to http://azleisdparentcommunitynews.blogspot.com  and every time we post a blog, you can receive a RSS feed with the latest information.

 

Serving Others

   Ray Ivey

     To Live Selflessly, Love Unconditionally, Learn Continually,

        Labor Earnestly, Lift Others Up, Laugh a Lot & Leave a Legacy.

          Continuous Improvement Is My Goal

             Joining Others in a Journey to an "Address in the Future"

 

FW: Volleyball

The Lady Hornets Volleyball team won Bi-District by defeating Fort Worth Dunbar on Tuesday in a 5 game match.  The ladies next play in the Area round of the state playoffs on Friday, November 5th vs Mansfield Summit at Haltom HS beginning at 7 PM.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Come out and support the Lady Hornets as they attempt to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals!!!!!

 

Scott Anderson

Athletic Director

Azle ISD

Buzzy (2)

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Girl's Varsity Volleyball wins

The Lady Hornet Volleyball Team defeats Ft. Worth Dunbar to advance to the next round. This is the first playoff win in 4 years. Next match, Friday, 7:00 at Haltom High. Opponent TBD.
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