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Back to School: Argyle ISD superintendent’s message

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Telena Wright Argyle ISD Superintendent
Dr. Telena Wright, Superintendent, Argyle Independent School District

Dear Argyle ISD Community,

As I watch the ever popular hot air balloon festival and see the majestic balloons rise, I think of the Argyle Eagles that graduate each year and soar higher and higher.

AISD endeavors to produce lifelong learners who can be successful in a global economy. As William Haley stated, “Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”

Each August brings the wide-eyed excitement of a pre-kindergartener to the entire school community. All children come to school eager to learn, and educators in our district are committed to making sure that the learning environment allows them to continue to be enthusiastic seekers of knowledge.

This school year is especially exciting for Argyle ISD as the athletic upgrades from the May 2014 bond approved by voters are nearing completion, and the district is experiencing growth from several housing developments. As the 2015-2016 school year begins, staff embraces the challenges inherent in educating students. The staff is motivated, excited, hardworking, and dedicated to serving students with compassion, understanding, and encouragement. Learning takes place in the convergence of interested students and dedicated teachers and coaches. This year is going to be a very productive, very engaging year for all as we face new adventures in learning.

Teachers recognize that every student has unique characteristics and that instruction must be differentiated to meet their needs. Teachers are role models for students, both at school and away from school.

In the 2015 accountability system, all campuses received the highest state rating of Met Standard. Two distinction designations were received at AIS, three at AMS, and AHS received all seven. AHS was the only school in Denton County to receive all seven.

This year all students in Grades 5-12 will have a Chromebook issued to them. AIS and AMS students were issued Chromebooks in 2014-2015, and with the addition of HS this year, there will be approximately 1500 Chromebooks provided for students.

In May 2014 voters approved a $45 million bond to build a middle school which will open in fall 2016 and provide athletic upgrades as well as science lab upgrades at the current high school. The Ballpark at Argyle, the baseball and softball complex at AHS, was completed in time for the spring 2015 season. With the rain in the area, the complex was a popular site for playoff games for several districts. Four tennis courts were added as part of the upgrades to provide a total of eight courts for use. Lighting will complete the tennis addition. The Indoor Activity Center is nearing completion and will be ready for use by early September. The IAC will be used by both band and athletics for providing a practice venue free from extreme heat, rain, and cold.

Seating at the stadium has been expanded to seat up to 5,000 fans. The girls’ field house and visitors’ restrooms are complete for use this season.

Choir will be available as a class at AHS and AMS this year. Also, Special Olympics will be available for students from age 8 through HS.

Reserved seating for the football games will be sold for the seventh time this year. Reserved seats will be available to band, cheer, and team parents beginning this month. Tickets for the public will be available shortly thereafter. Season tickets are $60 for the five home games. Reserved parking for the five varsity home games will once again be available for a $100 donation.

AHS won the Lone Star Cup for the sixth time in 2014-2015, setting a record number of points in 4A. The Lone Star Cup represents the accumulation of the largest number of UIL points in the state in 4A. Academic team, athletics, and fine arts are all included. The presentation will be made at a home game in September. The Lone Star Cup is received by the high school, but is shows the strength of the school district from PK on as a feeder system. Hilltop, AIS, and AMS all have UIL academic teams. The MS coaches work closely with the HS coaches in every sport as do the band directors beginning in Grade 6.

Have a great school year!

Dr. Telena Wright, Superintendent
Argyle Independent School District

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