AISD named to inaugural cohort of Holdsworth Center’s premier leadership program

The Arlington ISD was named one of seven public school districts to participate in the Holdsworth Center’s inaugural cohort. Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas. The other districts included in the cohort are Grand Prairie ISD, Klein ISD, Lamar CISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Round Rock ISD and Southwest ISD.

The intensive 5-year program will kick off in June. The seven superintendents and leadership team members will participate in a two-year program, and the first cohort of school leaders will launch in the summer of 2018, with subsequent cohorts launching annually.

“We are honored to have been selected to participate in this inaugural cohort of what is sure to be an outstanding leadership program,” Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “With a belief that our success depends upon effective teaching and leadership and a vision to be a premier school district and leader in education, our Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. strategic plan closely aligns with the Holdsworth Center’s goal.”

Through a unique set of experiences including exposure to the best leadership experts in the country, facilitated lectures with renowned faculty and group discussion, participants at the Holdsworth Center will explore their personal leadership in a setting that promotes reflection, thought and dialogue. Classes and team projects will focus on critical topics such as change management, effective teaming and best practices in talent management.

“We are excited to begin our first program with a strong group of districts who have dynamic leaders at the helm,” said Kate Rogers, executive vice president of the Holdsworth Center. “Though all seven are doing great work, they’ve identified areas where they can improve and are open to creative solutions. Our staff is eager to help. In the end, the work we will do together benefits students by ensuring that every school has a great leader.”


AISD Celebrates Food Service Appreciation Week

The Arlington ISD is celebrating Food Service Appreciation Week April 24-28! Thank you to all of our food service and nutrition employees - including those from (clockwise, starting at top left) Seguin High School and Morton, Dunn and Johns elementaries - who support the educational process and improve the overall health and well-being of every student through the meals and service they provide! You make a difference every day!


April 2017 AISD Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our AISD April Teachers of the Month! The April honorees are (left to right): Kooken Education Center's Ken Foster, Young Junior High's Jennifer Omaña and Lamar High School's Maggie Loudermilk. These teachers strive to help our students succeed daily. We appreciate your hard work!


Celebrate your favorite school librarian

The Arlington ISD is celebrating National Library Week and School Librarians' Day on Wednesday, April 12! We thank all of our librarians - including those pictured (starting top left and moving clockwise) Morton Elementary's Lisa Cupples, Wood's Margaret Minyard, Pope's Elaine Abdur-Razzaq and Burgin's Rosana Bridgewater - for helping develop our students into lifelong learners who love to read! AISD librarians are dedicated professionals who support our students, teachers and community daily by providing nurturing environments with multiple forms of literacy and media as well as engaging learning opportunities. Thank you for all you do!


April 2017 High School Student of the Month

Congratulations to April 2017 Student of the Month Ramzi T. from Seguin High School. Ramzi’s list of extracurricular activities is impressive. He’s not only a member of but also the president of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America and the National Technical Honors Society. He’s the communication director for the Environmental Club, and he participates in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Project SOAR, Key Club and Student Council.

Ramzi is a Richard Greene Scholar, he won the Rotary Outstanding Student Award, and he qualified for the National Leadership Conference for the Future Business Leaders of America two years in a row. Ramzi regularly does community service at Mission Arlington and O.S. Gray Park, and he also participated in wrestling.

Ramzi plans to receive a bachelor’s in both healthcare studies and business administration and pursue a career as a pediatrician. He is a great example of a student who is reaching his maximum potential in the Arlington ISD. Congratulations, Ramzi!


Congrats TCU Community Scholars from Sam Houston High School

Congratulations to seven outstanding Sam Houston High School students - Lorenta A., Maranata D., Kaylee H., Kris L., Rose L., Doreen N. and Julie T. - who were recently awarded the TCU Community Scholars scholarship! Each scholarship is worth $260,000, which will finance four years of undergraduate studies at TCU.

Sam Houston is one of 11 area schools that participate in the TCU Community Scholars Program, and this year 40 scholarships will be awarded to students who must go through the normal application process for admission to TCU, plus complete extra essays and interviews to be accepted into the program.

View pictures from this event here.


March 2017 High School Student of the Month

Congratulations to Julie T. from Sam Houston High School, our March 2017 Student of the Month! Julie is an exemplary student who has been an AISD student all of her life and is now a leader at Sam Houston High School.

Julie is involved in many different areas at Sam Houston. She’s senior class president, plays tennis and performs with Texans on Stage. She’s in AVID, National Honor Society, Earth and Science Club, Key Club, and Business Professionals of America. She’s also on the Student Leadership Advisory Board and she’s the high school representative on our Citizens Oversight Bond Committee. And, on top of all of that, she’s a Richard Greene Scholar.

Julie spends much of her time outside of school volunteering with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and assisting local elderly people. Julie plans to double major in biomedical engineering and political science to give her options of medical school or law school after her undergrad. She is leaning toward attending Yale University.

Julie is a top-notch student, an excellent musician, she’s very artistic and a wonderful leader at Sam Houston. Congratulations, Julie!


Media Fair 2017 scheduled for April 27

More than 100 students in grades pre-k through 12 will have electronic projects on display at Media Fair 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Professional Development Center.

The purpose of this event is to recognize students for their excellent work and encourage them to continue using technology to improve learning. The projects will be displayed throughout the building during this event that includes an awards ceremony.

Please visit the Instructional Technology department website for more information.


Register today for April 1 Parent University/All Pro Dad's Day

Join us for an exciting Parent University and All Pro Dad's Day event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at McNutt Elementary at 3609 S. Center Street in Arlington. The morning of this districtwide event will feature breakfast and parent workshops followed by the first-ever All Pro Dad's Day where there will be summer resources, live entertainment, games, activities and door prizes. Refreshments will also be provided.

For more information and to register, visit the Parent University website.


Student Career Exploration Night March 27

It's never too early for students to get a head start on career exploration! AISD fourth-through-eighth graders and their parents are invited to attend the first-ever Student Career Exploration Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at the AISD Professional Development Center at 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd. in Arlington.

During this interactive, come-and-go event, student can explore career possibilities with local employers and the AISD Career and Technical Education department. Learn more about careers in architecture, education, health science, law and public safety, manufacturing and more!

Click here to view a flyer for this event


Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Registration Information

Arlington ISD’s prekindergarten and kindergarten programs are the perfect place to prepare your child for a lifetime of success. You can pre-register for the 2017-2018 school year now!

Online pre-registration for prekindergarten and kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will be through Infosnap.

How Much Does Prekindergarten Cost?
Free Half-Day for Students Who Qualify
The state-funded prekindergarten program serves 3- and 4-year-olds who:

Qualify for school free/reduced-price lunch program
Speak limited English
Are homeless as defined by 42 U.S.C.S. Section 11302
Are dependents of military personnel who are on active duty, or who were injured or killed in action
Have ever been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services

Half- or Full-day Paid Tuition
There are two pre-K programs for 4-year-olds available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full-day paid registration is now available; half-day paid registration is waiting-list only until Sept. 5. Tuition is due by the first business day of the month.

Half-day program: $263/month
Full-day program: $527/month at Duff, McNutt, Moore and Peach elementary schools

Children who have reached age 3 or 4 by September 1.

Half-Day Hours

Mornings: 8:20 – 11:20 a.m.
Afternoons: 12:35 – 3:35 p.m.

How to Register
For helpful tips on registering your prekindergarten student, watch an informational video in English, Spanish or Vietnamese on the AISD pre-k website.
1. Get your snapcode. If your child is already an AISD student, we’ll send you a unique registration code called a “snapcode” via email or mail (please make sure your school has your current contact information). If you’re new to AISD, just skip to Step 2.
2. Pre-register online. Use your snapcode (if applicable) on Infosnap, a secure online system that allows you to do most of the paperwork at home, so there’s less of a wait time on campus.
3. Get your fast pass. Once your registration is submitted, please print your fast pass before going to the school to complete registration.
4. Complete registration on campus. Bring your fast pass and any other requested documentation to your home campus. If you’re zoned to a campus that doesn’t offer prekindergarten, you can register at any campus.
5. Get accepted. If you’re registering for the paid half-day prekindergarten, we’ll notify you of acceptance based on space availability on Sept. 5.

Want a school for prekindergarten other than the school you’re zoned for? First, complete online pre-registration for your home campus – then take the required documentation to the school you want your child to attend for prekindergarten.

Live outside the district? You’ll need to register in person at the campus.

For a list of prekindergarten locations in the Arlington ISD, please click here.

New student registration: English | Spanish

Returning student registration: English | Spanish


Congratulations March 2017 AISD Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our AISD March Teachers of the Month! The March honorees are: Foster Elementary's Melanie Bazata Krieger, Workman Junior High's Amy Gramolini and Sam Houston High School's Armando Talamantez. Thank you for your dedication to AISD students!


Celebrate MAC Openings March 21 and 22

Join the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees and administration for Open Houses for the new Multipurpose Activity Centers at each of the district's six traditional high schools. The Multipurpose Activity Centers were funded through the Bond 2014 program.

The schedule will be:

School Date and Time
Arlington High School 6:30-8 p.m. on March 22
Bowie High School 6-7:30 p.m. on March 21
Lamar High School 6:30-8 p.m. on March 21
Martin High School 5:30-7 p.m. on March 21
Sam Houston High School 6:30-8 p.m. on March 22
Seguin High School 5:30-7 p.m. on March 22


Spring Break March 13-17

These superheros from Ousley Junior High remind you that the Arlington ISD will be closed for Spring Break March 13-17. Classes will resume on Monday, March 20, 2017. We hope you have a safe and fun break!


AISD celebrates National School Social Workers Week

In the AISD we love our school social workers! They go above and beyond in helping our students succeed! Pictured are employees from our Families in Transition, Title I support, and Pregnancy, Education and Parenting departments as well as Attendance Navigators and Intervention Specialists. We are thankful to have such a dedicated group of social workers in the AISD who offer support to students, parents and staff and connect them with community services. Keep up the good work!


AISD transfer period begins March 6!

From fine arts to college prep to technical training, we bring a wealth of opportunities to help students identify their unique dreams. At the AISD, potential gets real.

In-district and out-of-district transfers are available at all AISD campuses on a space-available basis for a fee of $65. Transfer applications will be accepted beginning at 2 p.m. on March 6 through 3 p.m. on March 10.

Learn more at


Congratulations February 2017 AISD Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our AISD February Teachers of the Month! The February honorees are (left to right): Fitzgerald Elementary's Fatiyat Amoda, Shackelford Junior High's Jon Hoffner and Arlington Collegiate High School's Gerald Gonzales. Thank you for your work to help potential get real in the Arlington ISD!


Three Lamar High School Students to Compete for Chance at Broadway Performance

Congratulations to Buddy G., Diamond C. and Stakiah W. from Lamar High School for advancing to the area finals of the National August Wilson Monologue competition! These three competed with more than 100 area students recently and are among the 18 Dallas-area finalists. Buddy, Diamond and Stakiah will now compete at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at SMU's Bob Hope Theater for the chance to advance as one of two Dallas-area finalists to perform on Broadway in the national finals.


AISD Hiring Bus Drivers

The AISD is currently hiring bus drivers! If you are interested in becoming a bus driver please visit and click on "current openings." AISD bus drivers have a starting rate of $15.22 per hour, and the minimum age is 21.


AISD Instructional Technology Honored

Congratulations to the Arlington ISD instructional technology department for being recognized with the 2017 Learning Forward Outstanding Team for Professional Learning Award! Learning Forward Texas recognizes groups and individuals who use high-quality professional learning to impact student achievement. The Outstanding Team for Professional Learning Award focuses on team or department professional learning programs that are results-driven and designed to show an impact on student achievement. The AISD instructional technology department was honored at the Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference in Austin last week and again at the Feb. 2 meeting of the AISD Board of Trustees.