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Order and Notice of a Bond Election
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Amarillo Independent School District (the "District") deems it advisable to call the bond election hereinafter ordered (the "Election");  READ MORE...
Classes to Resume at Caprock High School Following Main Water Line Break
Classes at Caprock High School will resume at their normal time Friday morning, October 27, following a water main break which forced the cancelation of school on Thursday.  Currently, the City of Amarillo is working to install a temporary water line which would restore water service to the campus.  READ MORE...
Classes at Caprock High School Canceled Thursday After Main Water Line Break
Classes at Caprock High School are canceled for students on Thursday, October 26, because of a water main break. Caprock students who also attend classes at AACAL should still go to AACAL on Thursday.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the September School Board Meeting
The September Board meeting began with a presentation from Lavin Architects about plans and designs for a construction project to include the addition of 12 classrooms, as well as a secured entrance, window replacements, code upgrades, restroom refurbishment, and new lighting at Fannin Middle School.   READ MORE...
New State Law Requires Additional Head Lice Notification
Amarillo ISD will now notify the parents of students in an affected grade level when a classmate has head lice. A new Texas law, Senate Bill 1566, requires schools to notify parents within five days when an occurrence of head lice is discovered. In compliance with federal law regarding confidentiality of student medical information, this notice will not identify the child with head lice.  READ MORE...
Amarillo ISD Nationally Recognized as District of Distinction
A national educational leadership journal has named Amarillo ISD a District of Distinction. District Administration selected AISD for the award because of an innovative approach to encouraging post-secondary success. The honor is featured in a special edition of District Administration magazine, detailing the award-winning efforts of selected school districts.  READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the August 2017 School Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the August 2017 School Board Meeting
At the August School Board meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Amarillo Area Foundation president Clay Stribling about proposed plans to expand the ACE program.   READ MORE...
AISD Students Earn National Top 10 Ranking
Amarillo ISD students will begin a new year ranked in one of the top 10 school districts in the nation for high achievement according to a national comparative index. The Education Equality Index (EEI) looked at data from 55,000 schools in 45 states to determine rankings.   READ MORE...
AISD Trustees Call School Bond Election
Amarillo ISD Trustees called a $100 million school bond election to be held November 7. Over the past four months, the Board has reviewed an extensive study of each of AISD’s 55 campuses. The district’s aging facilities have been a focus because nearly 80 percent of schools are more than 50 years old.   READ MORE...
All AISD Schools Meet State Accountability Standards
Amarillo ISD and all of its schools met the state’s standard on academic performance according to 2017 accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today.   READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the June 2017 School Board Meeting
June 19, 2017 - At the June 19 School Board meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Lavin Architects that included three different options for design and construction work at Bowie Middle School to improve the appearance of the front of the school and make it look more like the new Bowie 6th Grade Campus.   READ MORE...
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#AmarilloISDReads Launches Summertime Reading Opportunities
Amarillo ISD is rolling out a reading program to combat summer learning loss. The summer reading program, #AmarilloISDReads, gives students from each campus various options for access to reading opportunities during the summer months.   READ MORE...
Education Support Center Shifts to Summer Hours
Amarillo ISD’s Rod Schroder Education Support Center will assume special hours of operation during the summer months.   READ MORE...
Community Committee to Study Facility Needs
Amarillo ISD trustees have called for a Facilities Advisory Committee to study the district’s infrastructure needs.   READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the May 2017 School Board Meeting
The Board honored two National Merit Scholars, five National Merit Commended Students, and two National Hispanic Scholars with certificates and congratulations.  READ MORE...
Parking, Viewing Options Available for Graduation
Nearly 2,000 graduates will cross the stage this weekend and accept their diploma as Amarillo ISD’s class of 2017 in four separate high school ceremonies at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum.  READ MORE...
Ashworth Recipient Credited with Growing Leaders
A retiring administrator hailed for his strong leadership and steadfast support is the 2017 recipient of the Bob Ashworth Award, Amarillo ISD’s highest employee honor. Stan Chatman, an Executive Director of Student Performance, accepted the award at the District’s annual Service Recognition Banquet on May 8.  READ MORE...
SAT Scores Soar as AISD Students Outperform State, National Averages
Amarillo ISD students scored higher than state and national averages on SAT exams taken in March, and raised the District’s average score by 27 points over the previous year’s scores, while state and national averages decreased.  READ MORE...
Teacher of the Year Finalists 2017
Molly Kyle, Amanda Head Announced as District Teachers of the Year
Announced this morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Elementary winner Molly Kyle and Secondary winner Amanda Head will go on to represent Amarillo ISD at the Region 16 Teacher of the Year award, held later this summer. The annual breakfast is sponsored by Education Credit Union.  READ MORE...
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Special Education Records Notice
Non-essential special education records of students, who were dismissed, withdrawn, or graduated during the 2009 – 10 school year, will be destroyed after May 31, 2017.  READ MORE...
Early Results Show AISD Students Outperform State in Most Areas of STAAR
The results of the first administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test indicate Amarillo ISD students performed better than state averages in most areas.   READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the April Board Meeting
At the April 17 meeting, the School Board heard a presentation from UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt and Deputy Director Dr. Jamey Harrison explaining the biennial realignment and reclassification process for Texas high schools.  READ MORE...
New Assignments Emphasize Proven Leadership
Three accomplished Amarillo ISD educators will move into new leadership roles within the district in the coming months. The shift in leadership is spurred by the retirement of two administrators and creates opportunity to leverage the talent and experience of current staff.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the March Board Meeting
At the March 20 meeting the School Board heard a report from Career and Technical Education Director Karyn Pierce about the myriad of current initiatives, courses, and activities to help prepare students for careers.   READ MORE...
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Finalists Announced for District Teacher of the Year
Six extraordinary educators will represent their 2,300 some odd counterparts as district finalists for the Amarillo ISD Teacher of the Year program next month. These educators epitomize the hard working staff throughout Amarillo ISD – focusing their time and attention on meeting the needs of a varied student population.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the February Board Meeting
At the February 27 meeting, the School Board conducted a public hearing regarding the proposed District of Innovation Plan and they heard a presentation from Lavin Architects regarding possible construction at Bowie Middle School to make the façade of the school more consistent with the new and neighboring Bowie 6th Grade Campus.  READ MORE...
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Free Breakfast Now Available to Every Caprock High School Student
Breakfast is now available free of charge every day for every student at Caprock High School. The universal breakfast initiative went into effect with the start of the spring semester.  READ MORE...
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Tascosa Becomes District's Latest High School to Champion 100 Percent Senior College Applications
One-hundred percent of the 2016-2017 senior class at Tascosa High School has applied to college for the first time in school history.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the January Board Meeting
January is School Board Recognition Month statewide, and Superintendent Dr. Dana West started her ‘State of the District’ Superintendent’s Report by thanking trustees for their service to the students and staff of AISD.   READ MORE...
Whittier Elementary Nominated for 2017 National Blue Ribbon
The Texas Education Agency today announced Whittier Elementary School is one of the state’s 26 nominees for 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.   READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the December Board Meeting
The School Board officially recognized the Amarillo High School volleyball team, who won the Class 5A state championship for the 10th time in the school’s history. They also recognized Amarillo High’s Butare Rugenerwa, who won the Class 5A state championship in Boys Cross Country - Individual.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the November Board Meeting
To kick off the Board meeting, a combined show choir from Amarillo, Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools sang two songs they had prepared for the Community Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 22.   READ MORE...
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AISD Successfully Appeals Accountability Rating for North Heights
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2016 state academic accountability ratings, adjusting Amarillo ISD’s North Heights Alternative School rating from Improvement Required to Met Alternative Standard.  READ MORE...
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New School Menu App Helps Parents, Students Make Informed Choices
A powerful new app for parents is now available from Amarillo ISD and Chartwells, the district’s dining services partner. The app gives parents and students the opportunity to explore school menus, see photos of the actual menu items, and investigate nutritional information all from their smart phone or computer.  READ MORE...
Three Campuses Named to State's Reward School List
Three Amarillo ISD schools have earned a spot on the state’s Title I reward school list of 300 high-performing or high-progress campuses.  READ MORE...
New App Empowers Students to Plan for Success Beyond High School
Knowledge is power and a new student engagement campaign from the collective impact partnership No Limits No Excuses (NLNE) aims to put knowledge and power right in the hands of students, helping them plot their path to success beyond high school.  READ MORE...
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Technicians Complete Laptop Inspections After Safety Concerns
Some Amarillo ISD high school students are getting their District-issued laptops back after more than 4,000 Acer Chromebooks had to be returned and inspected. Earlier this month, three of the laptops caught fire or overheated, prompting the district to recall the devices as a safety precaution.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the October Board Meeting
Representatives from Xcel Energy presented a $224,212.19 rebate check to AISD for the District’s installation and use of energy efficient heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in Phase III of the school-bond funded HVAC renovation project. The Board also received the 2016 School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) report from Chief Financial Officer Pati Buchenau.  READ MORE...
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District Implements New Teacher Appraisal System
The state’s new teacher evaluation system puts educators in the driver’s seat, Amarillo ISD administrators say.   READ MORE...
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Students Asked to Return Laptops Due to Safety Concerns
Some Amarillo ISD high school students were asked Friday to immediately return certain District-issued Chromebooks to school administrators after some safety concerns arose.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the September Board Meeting
Superintendent Dr. Dana West discussed the process of campus and district strategic planning with the Board and acknowledged the work of principals and instructional team members present at the meeting.   READ MORE...
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Two AISD Campuses Among the State’s 400 Top Performers
San Jacinto Elementary and South Lawn Elementary are among 400 Texas schools lauded for having ‘Met Standard’ and earning all possible distinctions under 2016 state accountability ratings.   READ MORE...
State Board Honors Amarillo Physician as Hero for Children
The State Board of Education (SBOE) honored Amarillo physician Dr. Alan Keister for his work in making healthcare more accessible to children in AISD, presenting him with the 2016 Heroes for Children Award during a ceremony in Austin on Friday.  READ MORE...
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Amarillo ISD to Pilot Successful Dropout Prevention Program
The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees voted to bring one of the nation’s most effective dropout prevention programs, Communities in Schools (CIS), into three of the district’s high schools. The goal of the CIS program is to increase the number of at-risk students who are successful in school. Last year, 98 percent of the at-risk students served through CIS stayed in school.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the August School Board Meeting
The School Board heard a presentation from State Board of Education representative Marty Rowley, on SBOE current areas of focus. They also set the 2016 tax rate, noting that AISD has been able to keep the same tax rate for the last four years.   READ MORE...
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Whittier Elementary Leads By Example in New TEA Video
A Texas Education Agency video series highlighting the best practices of select, high-performing Title I schools features Amarillo ISD’s Whittier Elementary. A component of the TEA’s Title I Capacity Building Initiative, the video series serves as a tool to aid schools working to improve student outcomes and close performance gaps.  READ MORE...
Caprock Educator Named Region 16 Teacher of the Year
Amarillo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Mary Malone has been named Region 16 Teacher of the Year. The honor was announced Wednesday morning during a ceremony at Region 16’s edCon, the largest regional educator conference of the year.   READ MORE...
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AISD Posts Solid Gains, Outperforms the State
Amarillo ISD and 53 of its schools met the state’s standard on academic performance according to 2016 accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today. The ratings report reveals AISD met the target in 215 out of 219 total categories evaluated by TEA.  READ MORE...
All-Staff Convocation Builds Momentum for Innovation
For educators in Amarillo ISD, the upcoming school year brings with it groundbreaking opportunities for innovation and a commitment to cultivate scholars who are thinkers, communicators, collaborators and contributors. That message welcomed more than 3,000 of the District’s educators today as they joined together at Trinity Fellowship Church for all-staff convocation.  READ MORE...
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AISD Scores High on Financial Report Card
The Amarillo ISD has earned a very favorable score from a leading source of independent credit ratings. Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) issued the AAA program rating and AA+ underlying rating to AISD and cited a stable outlook.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the July School Board Meeting
The School Board heard presentations from two architect groups on possible designs for the new elementary school planned in southeast Amarillo. Trustees also authorized the submission of an application to fund a dropout prevention program and other notable items.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the June School Board Meeting
A district budget of $250,570,676 was adopted for the 2016-17 fiscal year, beginning July 1. A two percent staff raise was approved by the board. Overcrowding concerns at Tradewind Elementary led to boundary changes for schools in the area, with Lawndale and Glenwood now receiving more students than before. Funds provided through School Bond 2013 will see the design and build of a new elementary school in southeast Amarillo, which is set to open in August 2018.   READ MORE...
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Tascosa's Truetta Brandt Named Applause Employee of the Year
Tascosa High School Career Planning Clerk, Truetta Brandt’s eight Applause award nominations earned her the title of Applause Employee of the Year for 2016. Brandt was recognized at Amarillo ISD’s annual Service Recognition Banquet, May 2.  READ MORE...
Tradewind Elementary Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School
Tradewind Elementary has become the first campus in Amarillo and just the 21st in Texas, to earn the prestigious Leader in Me Lighthouse School milestone from the Franklin Covey Company. The campus now sports the official banner signifying the achievement, after a special presentation at the school on Tuesday, May 24.  READ MORE...
Slight Shift Coming to Some Elementary Bell Times
Some Amarillo ISD elementary campuses will make slight adjustments to their bell schedules for the 2016-2017 school year. Changes are being communicated by campus principals in letters going out to parents this week and will be posted on campus websites.  READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the May School Board Meeting
The Board honored 4 National Merit Finalists, 6 National Merit Commended Students, and 2 National Hispanic Scholars with certificates and congratulations. This is the first time in several decades that Amarillo ISD has had four National Merit Finalists.  READ MORE...
2016 Ashworth Recipient Among 300 Honored
An educator whose work led to expanded career opportunities for students and created a pipeline for graduates to transition to their next steps is the winner of Amarillo ISD’s most notable service distinction—the Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service. LeAnn Estep, Director of Career and Technical Education, accepted the award at AISD’s annual Service Recognition Banquet on May 2.   READ MORE...
Fannin "Ear Readers" Place in National Competition
A classroom of Amarillo ISD students who struggle to read the traditional way—with their eyes-- has placed in the top 10 in a national reading competition using their ears. English-language arts Teacher Alisha Davis’ class of scholars at Fannin Middle School, challenged with the language-based learning disability known as dyslexia, recently earned sixth place in the Great Reading Games, competing against more than 5,000 students from 300 schools.   READ MORE...
Peeples Named 2016 Global Learning Fellow
Palo Duro High School English teacher and 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples has been named a 2016 Global Learning Fellow by the NEA Foundation. As part of the year-long fellowship, Peeples and other teacher leaders will build classroom lessons that will be used around the world to teach students how to be global citizens.   READ MORE...
TOY Finalists 2016
Carol Winn, Mary Malone are District Teachers of the Year
Announced this morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast, elementary winner Carol Winn and secondary winner Mary Malone will go on to represent Amarillo ISD at the Region 16 Teacher of the Year award, held later this summer. The annual breakfast is sponsored by Education Credit Union.  READ MORE...
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Sixty-Plus Students Commit to College Athletic Programs
Upwards of 60 Amarillo ISD student athletes and trainers have signed their letters of intent to participate in athletic programs at regional and state colleges across the country. The mental and physical rigor these student athletes and trainers experience, on and off their respective fields or courts, has prepared them to be both collegiate level athletes and successful undergraduate students.  READ MORE...
Amarillo ISD Announces Profile of a Graduate
Amarillo ISD is launching its Profile of a Graduate initiative, a collaboration between district leadership and the community aimed at developing graduates who are ready for the rapidly changing 21st century and the local workforce, with the first in a series of community advisory group meetings on Tuesday, May 3, from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at the Region 16 Education Service Center, 5800 Bell.  READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the April Board Meeting
Three AISD students and Dyron Howell, founder of Amarillo’s Snack Pak 4 Kids, presented information to the Board about the Snack Shak program, a community effort that provides free weekend meals for middle and high school students and their families. The Board also heard a presentation regarding Lab Classrooms, an initiative that is being piloted at several AISD schools.   READ MORE...
AACAL Team Invited to Compete in World Robotics Championships
With just one week until worlds, another team unexpectedly dropped out of the FIRST Championships, scheduled for April 27-30 in St. Louis. Next in line for a spot to compete, the Armadillos were invited to take their place. As the initial excitement of staff and students quelled, the reality of what would be demanded of the school district in order for the team to compete at the world event set in.  READ MORE...
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Finalists Announced for District Teacher of the Year
Six extraordinary educators will represent their 2,300 some odd counterparts as district finalists for the Amarillo ISD Teacher of the Year program next month. These educators epitomize the hard working staff throughout Amarillo ISD – focusing their time and attention on meeting the needs of a varied student population.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the March Board Meeting
The School Board heard from Superintendent Dr. Dana West on UIL realignment, and how district staff are working to ease the burden of travel for students by utilizing WiFi on buses and working with other school districts on scheduling. AmeriCorps students presented an overview of their work in AISD schools. New signage and landscaping was approved for the district’s administration building.  READ MORE...
AISD Among Best Communities for Music Education
Amarillo ISD has been honored for the second time with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. AISD joins only 476 districts across the country, and 40 in Texas, in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.   READ MORE...
Three Campuses Named 2015 Honor Roll Schools
The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Educational Productivity (IPE) have named three Amarillo ISD campuses 2015 Honor Roll schools: Whittier Elementary, South Lawn Elementary, and de Zavala Middle School.  READ MORE...
Voter Information
Potter County Polling Locations No Longer at AISD Schools
Tuesday, February 16, begins early voting for the March 1 primary election. Potter County residents may experience a difference in their voting routine come Election Day. Amarillo ISD schools are no longer polling locations; instead Potter County is again offering residents the choice of voting at 16 locations throughout the community.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the February School Board Meeting
The School Board heard project updates from Chief Operations Office Brent Hoover in a pre-meeting work session. In the meeting, the Board awarded a new multi-year contract for student transportation services to Apple Bus Co. Trustees also accepted gifts of funds and books for various campuses.  READ MORE...
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New SAT Focuses on Learned Skills and Knowledge
When Amarillo ISD high school students take the SAT this spring, they will face a redesigned version of the test many colleges require students have on file when submitting their applications. The updated SAT focuses on what students have learned in high school and tests them on the knowledge needed to succeed in college.   READ MORE...
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AISD Recognizes Fall 2015 Superintendent Scholars
More than 935 Amarillo ISD high school students will be honored this week as Fall 2015 Superintendent’s Scholars. Dr. Dana West, AISD Superintendent, will lead assemblies at each high school to recognize the accomplishments of these students.  READ MORE...
Police, Superintendent Say Social Media Threats A Serious Issue
Amarillo police have arrested a student in connection with a rumored threat against a school that has been circulating on social media. After investigating, school officials and the Amarillo police determined that the threat was not real or credible, but since the rumor began circulating, additional threatening messages have appeared on at least three AISD campuses. Police believe the additional messages are “copy-cat” messages and not credible.  READ MORE...
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College and Career Readiness Programs Paying Off
This school year, Caprock and other Amarillo ISD campuses are expanding their reach to not only get students applying to post-secondary education programs, but actually registering them for classes and making sure financial aid has been applied for, so students have the best chance to achieve success beyond high school.  READ MORE...
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School Board Approves 2016-2017 Calendar
The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees approved the official calendar for the 2016-2017 year with a school start date of Monday, August 22, 2016 and an end date of Friday, May 26, 2017. The calendar incorporates the provisions outlined in a new state law.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the January Board Meeting
Students from several schools presented Board members with songs, handmade and homemade treats, thank you cards, posters and banners, poems, placemats, t-shirts and videos in honor of School Board Recognition Month.  READ MORE...
Specialty Schools
Specialty School Applications Open for Fall 2016 Enrollment
Amarillo ISD offers a variety of specialty schools and programs for students and families to consider when thinking ahead to the next school year. With application deadlines fast approaching, you are encouraged to review these programs and discover how they could suit the academic needs of your child.   READ MORE...
Board Recognition
School Board Recognized as Superheroes for Our Schools
January is School Board Recognition Month and Amarillo ISD joins school districts across the state in wishing thanks to these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to public schools. School board trustees share their time and expertise in a “superhero” way, ensuring schools and the people impacted by them are taken care of for the best interest of the community.  READ MORE...
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District Wants Families to Fill Out FAFSA for College Aid
With more Amarillo ISD graduates applying and being accepted into colleges now than ever before, it has become an increasing priority of counselors and college and career clerks to help students track down financial aid.   READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the December School Board Meeting
The board accepted a rebate check for $168,542 from Xcel Energy for HVAC efficiency. Also adopted at the meeting was the 2016-2017 school district calendar. Annual reports were received, gifts and donations were accepted, and the purchase of land was approved.  READ MORE...
No Limits No Excuses Breakfast
No Limits No Excuses Meets with Area Religious Leaders
Amarillo ISD executive leaders joined No Limits No Excuses Amarillo in a special breakfast meeting Thursday morning hosted at the Rod Schroder Education Support Center. Recognizing students need reinforcement of their potential in all aspects of life, NLNE invited area religious leaders to join the conversation in building pathways for students to achieve success as adults.   READ MORE...
Breakfast in the Classroom
Breakfast in the Classroom Key Ingredient in Student Success
Twenty-two schools in Amarillo ISD currently serve breakfast in the classroom, and seven more operate a modified breakfast in the classroom program, providing students the chance to share family-style meals together each morning.   READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the November School Board Meeting
At the November school board meeting, trustees approved the “clean” audit report and cast votes for the members for the Potter and Randall County Appraisal District Boards of Directors. They also accepted $62,612.30 worth of gifts from groups and individuals throughout the community.  READ MORE...
AISD TV Presents: "Let's Go"
Superintendent Dr. Dana West and students on the story behind the battle cry defining AISD's spirited focus on students' futures. AISD TV takes you into the conversation.   READ MORE...
Vaccine Clinics Help Ready Students for College
Several Amarillo ISD high schools are removing barriers and adding one more layer to the resources available to help students prepare for college by offering on-campus bacterial meningitis vaccine clinics this fall and spring.   READ MORE...
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Severe Winter Weather, School Closing Procedures
With threats of severe winter weather on the season’s horizon, it is prime time for the Amarillo ISD community to revisit weather-related school closing procedures.   READ MORE...
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Emergency Drills Teach Safety Procedures
America’s Safe Schools Week is a national effort to increase awareness and provide guidance on implementing emergency drills and other safety protocols in schools. In Amarillo ISD, all classrooms practice emergency drills on a regular basis so students and staff are aware of their responsibilities. Emergency drills are designed to remove students from harm’s way in anticipation of law enforcement or fire department response.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the October School Board Meeting
Trustees were presented with the School FIRST report, of which Amarillo ISD has received a Superior Achievement rating. They also heard reports on the District’s 1-2-3 Plan, the District Improvement Plan, and facility needs and bond project updates. Trustees approved $12,270 in gifts from community groups and individuals, and approved the purchase of an AISD food truck.  READ MORE...
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Wiring of New School Security System Underway
The initial stage of wiring all Amarillo ISD schools with a sophisticated new security system is underway. The $99 million bond approved by taxpayers in 2013 included the $4 million cost of the system to replace the district’s aging analog cameras.   READ MORE...
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Future Ready Prepares Students and Families for Success
AISD high school students and their families are invited to attend Future Ready Monday, October 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Tascosa High School commons and auditorium. Jonathan Sprinkles, award winning speaker, will host the evening and mediate a panel of college experts as they answer questions about college and financial aid. Free student tickets are available in the college and career centers at each high school.  READ MORE...
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South Lawn Elem. Named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this morning Amarillo ISD’s South Lawn Elementary School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for its exemplary performance. South Lawn is one of 27 Texas public schools to receive the prestigious award and the first AISD school to be named a Blue Ribbon winner since 2008.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the September School Board Meeting
The School Board learned about the 2015 state accountability ratings and looked at the district’s dual credit and advanced placement (AP) classes among other items at the September 14th meeting.  READ MORE...
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iLead Program Gives Community Glimpse of AISD Inner-Workings
The first iLead session of the school year was held Wednesday, September 16 on a school bus, with community members taking part in a breakfast in the classroom style meal at Wills Elementary before touring campuses in each of the four feeder school clusters.  READ MORE...
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Fine Arts Director Featured as Outstanding Music Administrator
Featured in the September edition of “Southwestern Music” which is published by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Amarillo ISD Fine Arts Director Cody Myers is profiled as the Outstanding Music Administrator for 2015.   READ MORE...
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Sunrise Volunteer Named Hero for Children by SBOE
The State Board of Education (SBOE) will honor 15 Texans who provide hundreds of hours of volunteer service to Texas public schools at the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting on Friday, September 11 in Austin. Local hero Orlando Lopez will receive this award for his dedication to serving the students of Sunrise Elementary.  READ MORE...
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TAKS Exit Level Testing Available for Former AISD Students
Students not currently enrolled in Amarillo ISD who are still in need of TAKS Exit Level testing may register to take their exams this fall semester. Testing is scheduled for late October, with a registration deadline of September 25 or October 9 dependent upon how long a student has been out of school.  READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the August School Board Meeting
The School Board adopted a resolution renaming the support center the Rod Schroder Education Support Center. The Board also adopted a tax rate of $1.189 per $100 property valuation, the same tax rate as the past two years. A report was heard about AP and dual credit course costs, and staffing for local 4H organizations was approved.  READ MORE...
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Board Resolves Naming of Rod Schroder ESC
In a special resolution made by the Amarillo ISD School Board of Trustees at their meeting on August 17, 2015, the district support center was renamed the Rod Schroder Education Support Center for the devoted service of its namesake. After 43 years as an educator, the last 15 of those as Superintendent of AISD, Schroder will retire at the end of August.  READ MORE...
Convocation 2015
All-Staff Convocation Inspires Year of Togetherness for District
Educators in Amarillo ISD joined together at Trinity Fellowship Church this week, kicking-off the start of the new school year at all-staff convocation. The speaker lineup included Superintendent-elect Dr. Dana West and 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples. This ceremonial occasion brought all district staff together for the first time since the fall of 2000.  READ MORE...
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AISD Continues Positive Trend in Graduation Rates
Amarillo ISD and 52 of its schools met the state’s standard on academic performance according to 2015 accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency today.   READ MORE...
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Seen and Heard at the July School Board Meeting
The School Board reviewed Bond 2013 projects which are complete or scheduled for completion in the coming years. Meal price increases were also discussed as per mandates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  READ MORE...
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Principal Changes Provide Communication Opportunities
Three assistant principals and one instructional officer are moving into principal positions, and 16 principals are relocating onto different campuses, creating fresh opportunities for growth and communication between schools and families.  READ MORE...
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TEA Identifies 11 Schools for Best Practice Case Studies Project
Glenwood Elementary has been selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for a best practice case study project, among 11 other schools in Texas. Chosen for their proven success in classroom efforts despite certain challenges, information gleamed from case studies will help other schools replicate their accomplishments.  READ MORE...
Kidsfest Amarillo
Back to School Support Provided at Kidsfest
Local volunteers and businesses will distribute free school supplies, snacks and fun to school-age children and their families Saturday, August 8 from 8 a.m. to noon through Kidsfest. The event is held at the Amarillo Civic Center in the North and South Exhibit Halls and Regency Room.  READ MORE...
HB 1992
HB 1992: College Credit for AP Exam Scores of 3 or Higher
In June, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 1992, requiring all public colleges and universities in Texas to award course credit to students who submit scores of 3 or higher on an advanced placement exam. The law will affect students entering college as freshmen in fall 2016.  READ MORE...
Sixth-Grade Campus
New Doors Open as Students Head Back to School
School will start with the opening of the doors at Bowie 6th and Travis 6th grade campuses. Their construction was part of School Bond 2013 projects, of which, more than 70 percent will be complete by September including classroom additions, synthetic turf fields and secure entrances .  READ MORE...
Seen and Heard at the June School Board Meeting
The School Board approved a budget for the 2015-20016 school year which includes a 2.5 percent pay increase for all AISD employees.   READ MORE...
Linda Pitner
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014-2015 School Year
High schools in Amarillo ISD induct two former students or community members with close ties to the school into their Hall of Fame each year. These inductees represent a wide array of talent and success which bring pride to their alma maters.  READ MORE...
Lockers
Senate Bill 149 Passed Providing Students a Chance to Graduate
Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 149 May 11, effective immediately for the class of 2015. With this bill, school districts can establish an individual graduation committee which decides if high school seniors who have still not passed all five required end-of-course exams will be allowed to graduate with their fellow students.   READ MORE...
Aeden Bempong
Amarillo High Student Announced as Gates Millennium Scholar
Amarillo High School student Aeden Bempong was recently announced by the United Negro College Fund as a Gates Millennium Scholar, an honor which will provide him with financial support to earn his undergraduate degree in any major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities. Bempong is one of 1,000 students chosen from across the country for this special recognition.  READ MORE...
Board
Seen and Heard at the May School Board Meeting
The School Board recognized students achieving academic success through the TIP and National Merit Scholar programs. Outgoing board members Carlisle and Thompson were honored for their service, and new members Betancourt and Flow were sworn in, along with re-elected member Austin.   READ MORE...
Superintendent's Scholars
Superintendent’s Scholars Make Strides in Academia
With 16.57 percent more Amarillo ISD high school students receiving the honor of Superintendent’s Scholar this year than last, it is evident students are excelling in academia and truly preparing themselves for success beyond high school.   READ MORE...
Register Online
Partially Register Online Using Skyward Family Access
Expanding upon last year’s success, most middle and all high school families will be able to partially register their child for back-to-school through their Skyward Family Access account from July 24-August 4.   READ MORE...
Dr. West
AISD Trustees Confirm Dr. Dana West as Next Superintendent
In a special meeting this May, the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees voted in confirmation of Dr. Dana West becoming the next superintendent of the district.   READ MORE...
Announcement
Special Education Records Notice
Non-essential special education records of students who were dismissed, withdrawn or graduated during the 2007-2008 school year will be destroyed after May 31, 2015.  READ MORE...
Tommy Scott
Western Plateau Head Custodian Receives Service Award
On May 4, the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees honored Tommy Scott, head custodian at Western Plateau Elementary School, with the annual Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service to Amarillo ISD.   READ MORE...
I Voted Sticker
Austin, Betancourt and Flow Elected to AISD School Board
Amarillo voters came to the polls this weekend and elected Incumbent Jim Austin, John Betancourt and Scott Flow to serve on the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees.   READ MORE...
District TOY
District Teachers of the Year for 2015 Announced
Announced this morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Elementary winner James Russell and Secondary winner Tim Bryant will go on to represent Amarillo ISD at the Region 16 Teacher of the Year held later this summer.   READ MORE...
Tami Cox
Caprock Career Planning Clerk Receives Applause Employee of the Year Award
The first annual Applause Employee of the Year Award was announced May 4 at the Amarillo ISD Service Recognition Banquet. Recipient Tami Cox, Caprock High School career planning clerk, received some of the most nominations throughout the school year for striving to provide outstanding customer service in all she does.   READ MORE...
Service Recognition
Employees Recognized for Continued Service to AISD
Amarillo ISD is proud to employ more than 4,400 people who serve to educate and enable students to have successful futures. As the largest employer in Amarillo, the district provides employment for many whom it also serves. In gratitude to the service given by the longest-standing employees and those whose careers with the district are coming to an end, a service recognition banquet was held last night in their honor.   READ MORE...
Graduates
Graduating with Class: Tickets and Decorum
As part of an ongoing effort to improve both the atmosphere and safety at graduations, once again this year guests must have a ticket for admittance into the Amarillo Civic Center’s Coliseum for a high school graduation ceremony.  READ MORE...
Peeples and Obama
President Recognizes Peeples at White House Ceremony
Many across the country witnessed history being made this morning as Shanna Peeples, Palo Duro High School English teacher in Amarillo ISD, was recognized by President Barack Obama as the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.   READ MORE...
Shanna Peeples Named National Teacher of the Year!
We are witnessing history in the making as Amarillo ISD’s Shanna Peeples is selected as National Teacher of the Year, becoming the first ever Amarillo teacher and the first Texas teacher in more than five decades to win this prestigious honor.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the April School Board Meeting
The School Board discussed budget projections and education-related bills in the current state legislative session. Chartwells was awarded a contract for five years. Construction contracts were awarded for projects at various campuses.  READ MORE...
Dr. Dana West
Dr. Dana West Named Lone Finalist for AISD Superintendent
The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees voted to name Dr. Dana West as the lone finalist to be the next Superintendent of the district.   READ MORE...
Superintendent Search
AISD Superintendent Finalist Expected to be Named at Noon
The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees is expected to name a lone finalist for Superintendent at a noon meeting Wednesday. The meeting will be followed by a news conference where the finalist will be introduced to the community.   READ MORE...
AISD Board
Early Voting April 27-May 5, Three School Board Positions Vacant
Amarillo residents have the opportunity to vote in three different elections this spring, the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees, Amarillo College Board of Regents, and Amarillo City Commission and Mayor. Election Day is Saturday, May 9, but residents may choose to vote early from April 27 through May 5 at specified locations.  READ MORE...
Baseball Player
Dozens of Students Commit to College Athletic Programs
Dozens of Amarillo ISD student athletes have signed their letters of intent to participate in athletics at regional and state colleges across the country. The mental and physical rigor these student athletes experience on and off their respective fields or courts has prepared them to be both collegiate level athletes and successful undergraduate students.  READ MORE...
School Bond 2013
AISD Prepares to Sell Portion of Bonds from 2013 Bond Election
Amarillo ISD is preparing to sell a portion of the bonds from the 2013 bond election. Bonds will be sold in $5,000 increments and are rated Aaa by Moody’s and AAA by S&P based upon the Permanent School Fund Guarantee. For more information, please view the PDF attached to this story.  READ MORE...
Football
Partnership Provides Student Athletes Heart Screenings
Amarillo ISD has partnered with the Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Memorial Foundation to provide cardiac screening for all student athletes in the high school athletic programs April 27-28. Cardiac screening will be offered on a voluntary basis to all athletes across the four AISD high school campuses.  READ MORE...
Freeman's Flowers
Partners in Education Recognized at Awards Banquet
Amarillo ISD will recognize thousands of volunteers, businesses and community organizations this evening at the Partners in Education Awards Banquet. The partnerships developed between the school district and community ensures students are provided every possible opportunity to live successful lives.  READ MORE...
AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps, Mayor Harpole Take Part in Service
On April 7, Mayor Paul Harpole will join more than 1,644 mayors across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps on city challenges. Mayor Harpole will join Amarillo ISD AmeriCorps, RSVP and VISTA from Panhandle Community Services, and community volunteers for National Service Day.   READ MORE...
CPR Instruction
CPR Instruction Mandated for Students in Grades 7-12
Students in grades 7-12 are receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in public schools as a requirement of House Bill 897, which went into effect at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. The law requires students to receive this life-saving training at least once as a prerequisite to high school graduation.  READ MORE...
Board
Seen and Heard at the March School Board Meeting
The School Board heard a report from Superintendent Schroder regarding education-related bills being considered in the current state legislative session. Trustees approved SAMCA Capital Markets for financial advising, and awarded a contract to AT&T to provide network access to the new sixth-grade campuses.  READ MORE...
TOY 2015
District Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
The six finalists for Amarillo ISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year were announced this morning in an email from the Teacher of the Year committee. These teachers represent hard working educators throughout the school district. Each year, six finalists are chosen, three each from elementary and secondary schools  READ MORE...
Science Student
New Classes Offer Career-Directed Education for Students
Amarillo ISD educators have designed and written four new high school courses meant to provide specialized education based on career goals. Three of these courses, Art Design and Production for Advanced Visual Art, Forensic Science, and Math for Technical Professionals, were implemented this fall. Math for Medical Professionals will be implemented in August 2015.  READ MORE...
Superintendent Search
School Board Taking Internal Applications for Superintendent
Beginning March 13, Amarillo ISD is accepting applications from qualified internal candidates for superintendent. Current Superintendent Rod Schroder has announced his retirement effective at the end of August.  READ MORE...
Announcement
Three School Board Positions Up for Reelection
Three positions on the seven-member Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees are up for reelection. As of the February 27 filing deadline, four individuals, including incumbent Jim Austin, announced their candidacy for the three at-large positions. Other candidates are John Betancourt, Vianey Valdez Earthman and Scott Flow. Election Day is Saturday, May 9.  READ MORE...
AACAL, Auto Tech
Specialty School Applications Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment
Amarillo ISD offers a variety of specialty schools and programs for students and families to consider when thinking ahead to the next school year. With application deadlines fast approaching, you are encouraged to review these programs and discover how they could suit the academic needs of your child.   READ MORE...
Superintendent Search
School Board Begins Process of Hiring New Superintendent
The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees held a special board meeting Monday to begin the process of searching for the next leader of the district. Board President John Ben Blanchard suggested the board look at candidates within the district to continue the system that has produced positive results both academically and in terms of cost efficiency.  READ MORE...
Student Writing
Students Recognized as National Merit Scholars
Each year thousands of Amarillo students take the PSAT/NMSQT which serves as a preliminary SAT for students and identifies top test takers. Five students in Amarillo ISD received top commendations from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation this year, making them eligible for specialized scholarships.  READ MORE...
School Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the February School Board Meeting
The School Board received a report on construction progress of the Bowie and Travis 6th Grade Campuses, which are part of School Bond 2013. They also approved a contract for professional development for pre-AP teachers, and authorized old and out-of-date books to be recycled. Three School Board positions are up for re-election.   READ MORE...
Announcement
Superintendent Retiring After Four Decades in Education
After 43 years as an educator, the last 15 of those as Superintendent of Amarillo ISD, Rod Schroder has announced his retirement at the end of August. Schroder is known for his integrity, his compassion and his results-driven focus on seeing each and every student in AISD reach their potential.   READ MORE...
Rod Schroder
Superintendent Schroder Announces His Retirement
AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder formally announced his retirement from public education in a letter to all staff this morning. He will continue working with the school district until the end of August.  READ MORE...
National Blue Ribbon Honors
South Lawn Nominated for 2015 National Blue Ribbon Honors
The Texas Education Agency announced today the nomination of 26 Texas public schools for national 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. Amarillo ISD’s South Lawn Elementary is one of the 26 contenders. Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program which recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.  READ MORE...
After Caprock Comes College
100 Percent of Caprock Seniors Apply to College
For the first time in school history, 100 percent of Caprock High School seniors have applied to college. Through Achievement through Commitment to Education (ACE) and the College and Career Center, all students have been worked with one-on-one to apply to the colleges of their choice.   READ MORE...
Jonathan Sprinkles at Future Ready
Future Ready Helps Students Plan for Success
AISD high school students and their families are invited to attend Future Ready Tuesday, January 27 from 5-8 p.m. in the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza and Auditorium. Jonathan Sprinkles, award winning speaker, will host the evening and mediate a panel of college experts as they answer questions about college and financial aid. Free tickets are available in the College and Career Centers at each high school.  READ MORE...
Announcement
January 22 Snow Day will be Made Up on May 22
Since the district was closed on Thursday, January 22, Amarillo ISD has used one of the provisional snow days in the school calendar. AISD schools will now have class on May 22.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the January Board Meeting
The School Board received thanks for their service to AISD in honor of School Board Recognition Month. They also heard from SBOE representative Marty Rowley about long-range plans for public education. The purchase and installation of HVAC units was approved. Video surveillance, a project of school bond 2013, has been awarded to Knight Security at $1.25 million under budget.  READ MORE...
Annoucement
What Others are Saying... Reaction to the National Finalist News
Good news travels quickly. Reaction to the announcement that AISD teacher Shanna Peeples is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Program poured in from around the state of Texas. See what others are saying.  READ MORE...
Announcement
Peeples Named National Teacher of the Year Finalist
The CCSSO has announced Palo Duro English teacher Shanna Peeples, Texas Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Program. Each year the 50 states, five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity name a state teacher of the year who then goes on to compete in the national program.   READ MORE...
Harlem Ambassadors
Harlem Ambassadors to Bring Comedy Basketball to Amarillo
The Amarillo Education Foundation is bringing the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors to Amarillo for a benefit basketball game at the Amarillo High School Activity Center on Saturday, January 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Amarillo area Pak-a-Sak locations for $8; they will be $10 at the door. Kids 4 and under get in free.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the December Board Meeting
The School Board heard that the district has been named Chartwells School Dining Services’ National Account of the Year. Highlights of the Texas Academic Performance Report were also discussed. Casualty insurance and property insurance coverage were contracted out, as well as Imagine Learning for web-based learning. The 2015-2016 school calendar was approved.  READ MORE...
Rod Schroder
Superintendent Takes on Washington, D. C. with No Excuses
Amarillo ISD Superintendent Rod Schroder was in Washington, D. C. for the White House College Opportunity Summit last week alongside Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart and Amarillo Area Foundation President and CEO Clay Stribling.   READ MORE...
AACAL To Provide Distance Learning in Gateway Project
In a press conference held at Amarillo ISD on Wednesday, community leaders came together to unveil the Gateway to Health Careers Project, a program which will provide distance learning in healthcare education to students in 13 rural communities over a three year period.   READ MORE...
Abril Perez
ACE Provides Support to Students
The ACE Scholarship Program is giving students in many Amarillo ISD schools the opportunity to go to college with significant financial aid so they can focus on what is most important – preparing for success in college and career. Check out AmarilloGives.org to find out how you can join in the effort to increase the ACE Scholarship endowment fund.  READ MORE...
Alex Saldivar
ACE Helps Future Doctor Focus on Learning
The ACE Scholarship Program is celebrating 20 years by hosting a Day of Giving November 20 from 9 a.m. to midnight at the Amarillo Civic Center. To give you a glimpse of how ACE is changing the lives of students, read Alex Saldivar’s story here or others at AmarilloGives.org.  READ MORE...
Taylor Haynes
AHS Student Honored as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Amarillo High student Taylor Haynes has been honored as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Texas Plains Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals. Recognized during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held November 12 in the Amarillo Civic Center, Haynes was in good company with fellow community philanthropists.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the November School Board Meeting
At the board meeting on November 10, 2014, the Amarillo ISD School Board learned about a variety of subjects including the district’s “Map Your Plan” campaign, the pre-kindergarten program and the highly qualified teacher report. The Board also took action on a building project at Rogers Elementary and the sale of property in the Colonies.  READ MORE...
Bivins Landscaping
Energy Saving Efforts Pay Off in Amarillo ISD
Amarillo ISD energy savings efforts are being noticed by companies like Xcel Energy and KB Recycling, but also felt in the community as more students bring their recycling and energy conservation skills home. Expanding to nearly every school and support office this school year, recycling is a priority. AISD staff are leading the initiative to educate students in the benefits of going green.  READ MORE...
TOY State Winner
Peeples Named State Teacher of Year, Moves on to Nationals
Palo Duro High English teacher Shanna Peeples traveled to Austin today to be recognized for her outstanding efforts in the classroom and beyond as Texas State Teacher of the Year for 2015. Not only will she represent Texas as Secondary Teacher of the Year, Peeples will also move on to the national-level program and compete alongside respected candidates from across the nation.   READ MORE...
School Board
Seen and Heard at the October School Board Meeting
At the school board meeting on October 20, the board learned the district has received a “Superior Achievement” rating based on financial performance. Xcel Energy gave a rebate check of $181,609 to the district for using less electricity. The board also took care of business regarding tax rolls for Potter and Randall counties and awarded a contract to install synthetic turf fields at all middle schools, and replace those already at high schools.  READ MORE...
Ebola Info
AISD Proactive Amid National Ebola Concerns
As concerns about the spread of the Ebola disease in our country rise, we know Amarillo ISD parents understandably have questions about how the district is trying to be proactive with the safety and health security of our students and staff. The risk of an Ebola case here in Amarillo is low according to experts. However, AISD will remain diligent in monitoring the latest information on the disease, and we will communicate with our families when appropriate.  READ MORE...
Cafeteria Renovations
High School Cafeterias Dish Out Fresh Look
High school cafeterias have undergone substantial renovations in the past few years to better serve healthy options to students in a restaurant-style environment. Now, all four high school cafeterias not only feature improved food service lines and a more modern décor, they also boast better kitchen layouts and equipment for more from-scratch cooking.  READ MORE...
Computer Mouse
Never Miss Out Again, eFlyers Are Coming to AISD
As part of our continuing efforts to be more environmentally friendly, embrace innovative technology and maintain fiscal responsibility, Amarillo ISD is transitioning from paper to electronic flyer delivery beginning in January.   READ MORE...
Dick Bivins Scoreboard
Athletic Facilities Undergo Needed Upgrades
Athletic facilities throughout Amarillo ISD have undergone upgrades in the past year as part of an ongoing effort to maintain safe and convenient environments for both athletes and spectators.  READ MORE...
Map Your Plan
Map Your Plan Lessons Teach Career and College Options
In May of 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature put into place a new law, known as House Bill 5, which changed graduation requirements for all students in the state. In response to these changes, Amarillo ISD has launched a campaign called “Map Your Plan” to guide students toward career paths which interest them.   READ MORE...
TEA Best Practices
TEA Identifies Schools for Best Practice Case Studies Project
Glenwood Elementary has been selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for a best practice case study project, among 10 other schools in Texas. Chosen for their proven success in classroom efforts despite certain challenges, information gleamed from case studies will help other schools replicate their accomplishments.  READ MORE...
Marty Rowley and Dyron Howell
Snack Pak 4 Kids’ Howell Receives Hero for Children Award
The State Board of Education (SBOE) will honor 15 Texans who provide hundreds of hours of volunteer service to Texas public schools at the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting on Friday, September 19. Local hero Dyron Howell will receive this award for his dedication to making sure children do not go hungry in Amarillo ISD and surrounding districts.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the September School Board Meeting
At the school board meeting on September 15, the board heard from the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation regarding student loans and FAFSA, Superintendent Schroder about recent School Board of Education intentions to help students in reading, writing and EOCs, and much more.  READ MORE...
Applause Card
Applause Award Celebrates Great Customer Service
Applauding excellent customer service and recognizing those who go the extra mile to provide support to fellow employees, students, parents and community members, the Applause Award is a revamping of the A+ Award for Exemplary Customer Service which has been part of the district for nearly a decade.   READ MORE...
AmeriCorps 20 Years
AmeriCorps Invite Alumni to Attend Anniversary Celebration
Amarillo ISD AmeriCorps Program will host a local swearing in ceremony to welcome a new class of AmeriCorps members pledging to “get things done for America” as part of simultaneous statewide and nationwide ceremonies to mark AmeriCorps’ 20th Anniversary.  READ MORE...
Bivins Landscaping
Water Conservation Efforts Continue Amid Summer Rainstorms
Rainstorms have sprinkled Amarillo and surrounding towns throughout the summer, and though some rain gauges have read high rainfall at times, the city of Amarillo has only recorded 11.33 inches as of the August 2014 reading. As a large part of the Amarillo community, Amarillo ISD feels a responsibility to take action and affect change in the amount of water consumed on campuses all around the city.   READ MORE...
Renovation of Avondale
Sixty Percent of All Bond Projects Complete or Under Contract
Amarillo ISD is starting the new school year with much needed additional classrooms, more secure entrances and new HVAC equipment at many campuses. Working on many of these projects during the summer months, construction and maintenance crews have completed or are under contract for more than 60 percent of the School Bond 2013 projects.  READ MORE...
TOY State Finalist
Peeples Celebrates Start of School as State Finalist for TOY
Shanna Peeples of Palo Duro High School has been selected to represent Region 16 and Amarillo ISD as a state finalist for Secondary Teacher of the Year. She received the announcement this morning at a surprise party thrown in her honor by students and staff.  READ MORE...
Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the August School Board Meeting
At the School Board meeting on August 18, Board members heard an update on the renovation of the Austin Middle School tennis courts, adopted a tax rate of $1.189, approved a construction proposal for completion of Travis 6th Grade Campus and approved a policy change for high school credit recovery.   READ MORE...
No Excuses University
No Excuses University Founder Encourages Progress
More than 1,700 Amarillo ISD staff members attended a No Excuses University (NEU) Institute today where they heard from movement founder Damen Lopez and AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder about how these teachings are fulfilling the district mission to, “Graduate every student prepared for success beyond high school.”   READ MORE...
THS Admin
Tascosa’s Pulliam Named Region 16 Secondary Principal of Year
The Texas Association of Secondary Principals (TASSP) honored Tascosa High’s Dr. Lynn Pulliam as the Region 16 Outstanding Secondary Principal of the Year this summer, an award given annually at their conference in Austin, Texas.   READ MORE...
Violin
de Zavala Students Play Music at Carnegie Hall
Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School students Morgan Martin and Daniel Soya were given a glimpse into their futures this summer when they performed music at Carnegie Hall as part of the Middle School Honors Performance Series.   READ MORE...
Mesa Verde Gym Fire
Mesa Verde Gymnasium Fire Displaces Classes
Students at Mesa Verde Elementary will be displaced the first few months of this school year due to a fire which damaged the gymnasium facility earlier this summer. Dependent upon further building assessment, the gymnasium will hopefully be ready for use again by the end of the fall semester.  READ MORE...
AISD Posts Solid Gains, Graduating More Students
Amarillo ISD and all schools met the state’s standard on academic performance as shown in the accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency. The district’s academic performance continues to show student growth and improvement.   READ MORE...
School Bus
New Principals on Nine Campuses
The drive to school will be a little different this year for nine Amarillo ISD principals who are starting the year at different campuses. Five assistant principals are moving into principal positions and four principals are transferring onto different campuses which will create fresh opportunities for communication between schools and parents.  READ MORE...
Orange Slices
Parent Online Incentivizes Meal Payments Online
New this school year, the child nutrition department of Amarillo ISD is waiving the 5 percent online payment fee associated with the Parent Online website. Parents will also receive a 5 percent bonus when more than $20 is deposited into their child’s account.   READ MORE...
Textbooks
Cleburne ISD Purchases AISD Curriculum
Amarillo ISD teachers have worked diligently over the last several years to develop a curriculum in demand by other districts. Cleburne ISD trustees approved the purchase of the AISD curriculum framework in May at a cost of $30,000.   READ MORE...
Seen and Heard
Seen and Heard at the July School Board Meeting
At the School Board meeting on July 21, Board members heard reports from Worth the Wait, the AC Honors Program trip to Cambodia, and approved increasing prices for student meals. District policies were also revised to reflect new graduation plans.  READ MORE...
Schroder Named Region 16 Superintendent of the Year
Regional winners of the annual Superintendent of the Year award have been named, and Amarillo ISD is proud to announce Superintendent Rod Schroder will represent Region 16 for the state award.  READ MORE...
June 19 School Board Meeting
Seen and Heard at the School Board Meeting
At the June 19th meeting, the AISD School Board adopted a $240 million budget for 2014-2015 to fund instruction, operations, services and payroll for the district’s 53 campuses, 33,000 students and 4,500 employees.  READ MORE...
Travis 6th Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking for Travis 6th Grade Campus
The groundbreaking ceremony for Travis 6th Grade Campus was held Thursday, June 19 at 2801 NE 24th, just north of Travis Middle School.  READ MORE...
Tablet
Give Us Your Feedback about the District Website
Amarillo ISD launched a newly redesigned district website this past February. Now that many of you have had an opportunity to peruse the website and learn the new organization and design, your opinion on the overall transformation is important. Please take a few moments to give us your feedback about the district website through a brief online survey.  READ MORE...
Announcement
Fannin TB Investigation Update
The Amarillo Bi-City-County Health Department is completing its investigation and reading the results of students and staff tested for tuberculosis exposure at Fannin Middle School. As of today, no additional active cases of TB have been identified.   READ MORE...
Register Online
Registration Forms Online Save Time in Back to School Lines
New for the 2014-2015 school year, high school families will be able to submit many back to school registration forms through their Skyward Family Access account. High school families must have registered for a Skyward Family Access account in order to use the new online forms which will be open July 25 to August 5.  READ MORE...
Travis 6th Grade Campus Rendering
Campuses to Start Next School Year Renovated and Ready to Go
With summer break in sight, construction projects in Amarillo ISD are picking up the pace to finish work while students and staff are away. More than half of the schools in the district will start next school year with additional classrooms, more secure entrances, and/or new HVAC equipment thanks to a bond election passed by Amarillo voters in May 2013.  READ MORE...
Announcement
New Information: TB Investigation at Fannin
Following a case of active tuberculosis at Fannin Middle School last month, the City of Amarillo Department of Public Health is expanding testing to all students, faculty and staff not tested previously during this investigation. A meeting for parents will be held at Fannin Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.   READ MORE...
Superintendent's Scholar
Superintendent’s Scholars Make Strides in Academia
With nearly 15 percent more Amarillo ISD high school students receiving the honor of Superintendent’s Scholar this year than last, it is evident students are excelling in academia and truly preparing themselves for success beyond high school. Of the 619 students who received the honor this year, 53 students received the distinction each of the eight semesters of their high school career.  READ MORE...
Brandon Slay
Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at High Schools
High schools in Amarillo ISD induct two former students or community members with close ties to the school into their Hall of Fame each year. Eight stellar individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame at AISD high schools this year, representing the success garnered by education and motivation.  READ MORE...
Golden Shovel
Groundbreaking for Bowie 6th Grade Campus
The groundbreaking ceremony for Bowie 6th Grade Campus was held Monday, May 19, at 12 p.m. across SE 12th Ave. from Bowie Middle School at 2905 T-Anchor Blvd. The Bowie 6th Grade Campus is being built to relieve overcrowding at Bowie Middle School and to create a better environment for student learning at both campuses.   READ MORE...
Classroom
Employee Service Recognition
Amarillo ISD is proud to employ more than 4,400 people who serve to educate and enable students to have successful futures. As the largest employer in Amarillo, the district provides employment for many whom it also serves.  READ MORE...
Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Visits AACAL
On Friday, May 9, 2014, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott visited Amarillo ISD’s specialty science, math and engineering high school, AACAL, for a tour of innovative classrooms. While there, Abbott held a press conference in which he addressed his desire for increasing the educational opportunities and prepared workforce in Texas.  READ MORE...
District TOY
District Teachers of the Year for 2014 Announced
Announced this morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Elementary winner Allison Woodington and Secondary winner Shanna Peeples will go on to represent Amarillo ISD at the Region 16 Teacher of the Year held later this summer.   READ MORE...
Art Show
Scholarships Awarded at Texas Panhandle Student Art Show
The Texas Panhandle Student Art Show is the highlight of the year for young artists in the community, showcasing their work from April 25 to May 9 at the Amarillo Museum of Art. The exhibition exemplifies dedication, imagination, talent, and creative manipulation by students K-12 in both public and private schools across the Panhandle.   READ MORE...
Student at Desk
Texas Graduation Rates Among Highest in Nation
Last fall Amarillo ISD reported that Texas high schools had set an all-time high in on-time graduation rates, reaching 87.7 percent for the class of 2012. In a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Education, only Iowa posted a higher graduation rate than did Texas for the class of 2012. Texas, with a graduation rate of nearly 88 percent, tied for second place nationally, along with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.  READ MORE...
Tennis
AHS Tennis Courts Demolished, New Courts Built at Bonham
The Amarillo ISD School Board of Trustees recently agreed to begin construction on a project which will demolish the rapidly deteriorating Amarillo High tennis courts for more parking on the land-locked campus. New tennis courts will be built at Bonham for use by both high school and middle school students participating in athletics and physical education.  READ MORE...
Graduation Cap
Graduation Tickets and Decorum
As part of an ongoing effort to improve both the atmosphere and safety at graduations, once again this year guests must have a ticket for admittance into the Amarillo Civic Center’s Coliseum for a high school graduation ceremony.  READ MORE...
Texas
Smarter Texans Save Results Promising
Amarillo ISD recently teamed with OpportunityTexas to pilot a money-minded program for fourth graders in our district. The program, Smarter Texans Save, aims to help this generation of students learn more about financial responsibility through hands-on education initiatives.   READ MORE...
Doneice Ray
Sleepy Hollow Principal Receives Outstanding Service Award
On Monday, April 21, the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees honored Sleepy Hollow Principal Doneice Ray with the annual Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service to Amarillo ISD. Ray has been a part of AISD for 33 years, 23 of those years spent at Sleepy Hollow.  READ MORE...
Skyward Family Access
Register for Skyward Family Access with Your Campus Office
New for the 2014-2015 school year, high school families will be able to register their child for back-to-school through their Skyward Family Access account. Piloting the new way of registering for school in Amarillo ISD, high school campuses will offer registration online from mid-July through the first week of August. Families must have registered Skyward Family Access accounts in order to use the new online registration tools.  READ MORE...
Oustanding Service
Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service Nominees
The recipient of the Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service will be announced at the School Board meeting Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m. In recognition of his dedicated service to the district, the Bob Ashworth Award for Outstanding Service was established to honor the former superintendent who served Amarillo ISD from 1958 to 1978.  READ MORE...
Juniors take SAT
High School Juniors take SAT in School April 16
As part of the Amarillo ISD mission to graduate students prepared for success beyond high school, all high school juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT in school on Wednesday, April 16.   READ MORE...
Partners in Education
Partners in Education Recognized at Awards Banquet
Amarillo ISD will recognize the dedication of the thousands of volunteers supporting students and their schools Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. during the Partners in Education Awards Banquet held in the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room.   READ MORE...
HB5
New Graduation Plans Offer More Selectivity for Students
In May of 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature put into place a new law, known as House Bill 5, which changes graduation requirements for all students in the state, beginning with students who will be high school freshmen next year.   READ MORE...
Donated Books
Music Festival Donates Books to Amarillo School Children
More than 2,700 books were donated to Amarillo ISD students recently after organizers of a downtown music festival chose to collect books in exchange for admittance. The books will be distributed to students this spring.  READ MORE...
AISD Provides Clarification after Fannin Parent Meeting
On Wednesday night, Fannin Middle School hosted a parent meeting so the health department could provide information about a case of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed in a student who attends the school. Just like hundreds of parent meetings held in our schools each year, this meeting was not subject to the Open Meetings Act.   READ MORE...
Announcement
Department of Public Health Notice
The City of Amarillo Department of Public Health has identified a student who attends Fannin Middle School has active tuberculosis (TB). The health department is conducting the contact investigation and is working closely with Amarillo Independent School District to identify classmates and teachers who have possibly been exposed.   READ MORE...
Superintendent Rod Schroder and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams
Texas Workforce and Education Forum Meets in Amarillo
Education and business leaders from the Amarillo area met Thursday, March 27, to discuss better preparing students for success in the workforce. The meeting, officially called the Amarillo-Lubbock Regional Workforce and Education Forum, is one in a series of stops made by leaders in state agencies to discuss needs in communities across Texas.  READ MORE...
Teacher of the Year
Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalists
The six finalists for Amarillo ISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year were announced this afternoon in an email from the Teacher of the Year committee. These teachers represent hard working educators throughout the school district.  READ MORE...
Specialty Schools
Specialty School Applications Open for Fall 2014
Amarillo ISD offers a variety of specialty schools and programs for students and families to consider when thinking ahead to the next school year. With application deadlines fast approaching, you are encouraged to review these programs and discover how they could suit the academic needs of your child.   READ MORE...
Denise Blanchard
Amarillo ISD's Denise Blanchard Inducted as President of TSPRA
It is always an honor to have our school district represented in leadership roles across the state and nation. Most recently, Denise Blanchard, program director of community partnerships, was inducted as the president of the Texas School Public Relations Association.   READ MORE...
Portraits Volume 3
Portraits Magazine Available Online and in Schools
The spring edition of ‘Portraits’ magazine is now available on the Amarillo ISD website or for viewing in school district offices. The title story, “Come Together: How the Community is Investing in Student Success” takes readers on a journey through the various community programs enabling students and schools for success.  READ MORE...
Isaiah Smith, Tascosa High
Tascosa Senior Named National Merit Finalist and 12 Other Students Recognized
Each year thousands of Amarillo students take the PSAT/NMSQT which serves as a preliminary SAT for students and identifies top test takers. Students selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for program recognition are notified through their high school counseling office and by mail.   READ MORE...
School Bond 2013
School Bond 2013: Projects in Progress
In the spring of 2013, citizens of Amarillo passed the school bond for $99.45 million which is set to fund renovation and expansion projects across the district. Secured entrances for 13 schools have been bid and much of the construction is underway. The two new sixth grade campuses for Bowie and Travis middle schools are nearing the end of the design phase, and classroom addition projects have been bid in preparation for construction beginning this spring.   READ MORE...
Renovated Website
District Rebrands Itself with Renovated Website
Amarillo ISD has launched a newly renovated district website designed by SharpSchool, an education web hosting and content management company. The renovated website is meant to provide the most accurate and timely information to users in a manner which keeps them coming back for more. With front page news stories and splashy graphics, the goal is for all website users to feel more connected to the school district and happy with their online experience.  READ MORE...
Bread
District Central Bakery Dishes Out Nutritious Food
Amarillo ISD, in partnership with Chartwells School Dining, will launch a district central bakery this spring to provide nutritious food to school cafeterias across Amarillo.  READ MORE...
Chris Dizer, Palo Duro High
Palo Duro Freshman Honored as Outstanding Youth
Palo Duro High freshman Chris Dizer has been honored as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Texas Plains Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals. Recognized during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held November 12 in the Amarillo Civic Center, Dizer was in good company with fellow community philanthropists.  READ MORE...
Students Working
House Bill 5 Passed, Keeps Students Focused on Their Futures
Governor Perry signed House Bill Five into law in May 2013. Texas students will benefit from less testing and more learning, and educators can provide enriched instruction giving a deeper level of understanding. This new law also saves Texas hundreds of millions of dollars by limiting state-mandated standardized tests, and Texas students can choose high school courses which are relevant and engaging for their future plans.  READ MORE...
Pocket Change Grants
Pocket Change Grants a Welcome Surprise for Schools
The Education Credit Union awarded 33 Amarillo schools with Pocket Change Grants in 2013. Employees from the organization surprised campus administrators in the month of December with checks made out to fund supplies, field trips and more. Administrators and faculty of schools or colleges in the Texas Panhandle may apply for these grants each fall to help cover special expenses.   READ MORE...

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