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Thursday, September 22, 2011

9-22 AISD Staff and Parent E-Letter

AISD Staff and Parent E-Letter
Azle Independent School District

September 22, 2011
Azle ISD Vision Statement
Azle ISD is a district in which students, educators, parents, and community collaborate to create an engaging educational environment which promotes life-long learning.
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.


Parker County Hospital District will be conducting flu shot clinics the week of October 17th at all campuses.
There is no fee for children up to age of 18, adult fee is $10.00, if employees have BCBS PPO plan they are able to bill directly so no out of pocket expenses will be incurred. They will take cash or checks made payable to PCHD.
Forms will be sent home with the students or they will be available on the Azle Health Service’s Website. Please note there is one for children and one for adults. A student is able to receive a flu shot without a parent present as long as there is a signed consent form.
District Flu Shot Schedule
Mon 17 – Cross Timbers Elementary -7:30-11:30 am (students and staff)
           Hoover Elementary-12:30-3pm (students) ; 3:00-4:30pm (staff)
Tues 18- Azle Junior High- 12:30-3pm (students); 3pm-4:30 (staff)
Wed 19- Azle Elementary- 7:30-11:30 (students and staff)
         Forte Junior High- 12:30-3pm (students); 3:00-4:30 pm (staff)
         Azle High School- 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm (staff, students and open to                             
Thurs 20- Silver Creek Elementary- 7:30-11:30 am (students and staff)
            Walnut Creek Elementary-12:30-3 pm (students);3pm-4:30 (staff)
Fri 21- Eagle Heights Elementary- 7:30-11:30 am (staff and students)
        Liberty Elementary-12:30 pm-3 pm (students); 3:00-4:30 pm (staff)
The Azle High Automotive Technology program hosted a visit with David Starr who is a driver in the NASCAR truck and sprint car series racing industry. He spoke with students and staff about life after high school, how he started racing at the age of 14 and the short comings that he overcame while coming up through the ranks in both racing and in the world of work. David Starr is a twenty five year racing veteran with wins in multiple classes’ of racing with NASCAR. David Starr and LINCOLN Tech College of Automotive repair/welding/heavy equipment/paint and body chose Azle High Auto Tech to be the first stop of three high school visits throughout the state. Mr. Starr along with Linda Lancaster a representative of Lincoln tech did a great job of visiting with students about their futures and careers who did not know that there were options for them to go to college with financial assistance. Mr. Starr was very impressed by what he called the most caring and considerate group of students and staff members that he has ever had the pleasure of visiting with. Mr. Starr said he could see from the first contact with our personnel on campus that this was a very close-knit group of people. He truly believes that we have some of the best mannered students and teachers that really care about and respect one another that he has encountered in his twenty five years of traveling and driving race cars. For more information and David Starr go to then click on (our driver David’s bio.) –Bob Herring

How much pollution is in the air today?   We will soon be able to find out by looking at our flag pole at each of the Azle elementary school campuses.  Starting Monday September 26 2011, look for a colored flag alongside our American and Texas flags:  
·        Green   – good air quality  
·        Yellow – moderate air quality
·        Orange -- unhealthy for some people, including children and those with asthma.
·        Red      -- unhealthy for everyone 
Our new flag program will help us continue to promote exercise while protecting health.   On green and yellow days, teachers will encourage students to get outside and get moving.  When air quality is orange it is still o.k. to play outside, but we will encourage kids to reduce activities that involve lots of running.  On red days, we will have indoor recess as the air quality is not healthy for outdoor activities.
 The flags will help teach those students with asthma to become aware of when to limit their outdoor activity. This program will also guide school staff to modify outdoor activity for those students whose health is affected by air quality. 
The Asthma Flag Program is used in many U.S cities and we’re proud to be one of the many districts in the DFW metroplex to adopt it.  We hope by participating in this program to raise awareness on our campuses and in our community about the relationship between air quality and the impact on our student’s daily health.
---–Kelly Whitehead
Azle ISD is proud of the response of the staff and parents at the 7th grade football game.  The action of our staff did not start yesterday but began in August, prior to school starting, when our nurses trained our coaches in CPR and the use of the AED.  We are especially proud of Nurse White, Coach Spoonemore, Coach Averitte and Mr. Roberts who used their training and saved a young man’s life.

What you may not know:
The AED that was used to save the young man is the same AED that was donated by Laura Friend.  Below is part of an article from the Dallas Morning News. You can find the entire article at:
“On July 14, 2004, Sarah Friend collapsed at a junior lifeguard class three weeks before her 13th birthday. She died of cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscles or enlarged heart.
"I didn't know kids could have heart conditions that were silent and unsuspecting," said Friend's mother, Laura.

Over time, Friend's parents learned that the water park where Sarah died had two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), but no one used them. The park had no emergency plan in place.
Friend's mother, Laura, has channeled her grief toward something positive. She has spent the past several years focusing her attention toward ensuring that schools have AEDs and plans for how to use them in a crisis situation to save a life.”

September 26th, 6:00 pm – Homecoming Parade
September 30th – Homecoming pep rally (2:45) and football game (7:30)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Good Things

One of the best trainings that I have gone to was Capturing Kids Hearts.  I could go on and on about the impact it made on me as an educator and as a parent but I will save that for another blog.  One thing that the trainer encouraged was that you should start class or regular meeting out with "Good Things".  "Good Things" is a chance for students or meeting attendees to share something good going on in their life.  So I thought, why not share with you the good things that are already happening in the district.

Good Things:

Enrollment is Up
Over the past 10 years, the district has basically been flat or even decreasing in enrollment.  Because of the state funding formula from 2005, our enrollment determines the amount of funding we receive.  So far this year, our enrollment is up about 150 students.  That will significantly impact our ability to balance the budget.  The state has cut us on average about $2.5 million each of the next two years.  I believe enrollment is up because of our community.  We have a loving and giving community with good schools.  People want to live here.

Balanced Budget
Not many school districts can say that they balanced their budget without having to layoff anyone.  We can!  Our Board has been great at leading the district in the right direction. We have been able to absorb many positions.  Of course, that means more work for everyone else but that is better than the alternative.  Our employees have been great at understanding the budget crunch and have really stepped up to the plate to make sure to lessen the impact on student learning.

Backpack Doubled
Have I said that our community is a loving and giving community?  At the beginning of the year, the Lions Club provided to needy students over 250 backpacks filled with school supplies.  The Lions clubs saw a need and decided to meet that need.  Another backpack program is starting up next week.  This program is our food backpack program.  When I say "our", I mean the community.  Each elementary school has sponsors that pay for 40-60 students to have a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend.  The program is a great partnership.  It involves the Tarrant County Area Food Bank, Community Caring Center, Azle Police Department, various citizens, churches and service organizations and AISD parents and personnel. 

The local VFW was concerned about our students that were practicing band and football in the heat.  They knew that this was an unusual heat wave and decided to do something about it.  The VFW donated a check for $200 to the band and football team to help purchase water and Gatorade.

Constitution Day
Friday, September 16, 2011, Azle ISD will be observing Constitution Day.  Congresswoman Kay Granger, will be delivering a message about the importance of our Constitution to the students of Azle High School, Azle Junior High and Forte Junior High. We will have a remote broadcast from our high school to both junior high schools beginning at 9:45 AM.  This all came about from Weatherford College’s Externs Program.  One of our teachers, John Darnell, worked in Kay Granger’s office this summer and invited her to come to our district.

Online Resources
Libby Hamilton, Instructional Coordinator for Azle ISD, has compiled a plethora of resources designed to make technology integration easy and fun.  The variety of resources is free to teachers, parents and students.  Use the link below. 

In Closing
While we have so many good things happening in our lives, let’s remember how fortunate we are.  Keep in your thoughts the Bastrop ISD community and others as they deal with the results of the devastating wildfires, the men and women of our Armed Forces as they protect our freedom and especially remember all those that were affected by the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001.

Have a great weekend!