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Monday, March 3, 2014

New Episode InsideAISD Season 2 Episode 6

The sixth episode of Inside AISD is scheduled to premier Thursday, March 6th 2014 at 6:30pm.
Christian Haddad, a senior at Bowie High School, hosted this episode.
Inside AISD airs on AISD TV Ch 22 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am as well as being posted to the blog at
Below are descriptions of the topics covered in this episode.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month- The Teen Justice Initiative offers support and services to AISD teens to end dating violence and promote healthy relationships.  Learn how the non-profit organizations Texas Advocacy Project, Safe Place and Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble promoted February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.

 Tết Celebration- Tết, also known as the Vietnamese New Year, is an annual celebration held at Summitt Elementary.  Students from the Vietnamese Dual Language Program performed a variety of acts, including a lion & dragon dance.  See how the students celebrated and ushered in 2014 as the Year of the Horse.
Profile: Erick Posadas-International High School Teacher Erick Posadas helps prepare English Language Learners become successful in AISD high schools and beyond.  Last year, his first year of teaching, Mr. Posadas was recognized as at Teacher of Promise.  He helps his students with English reading and writing skills in his World Geography and AP Art History classes.  Mr. Posadas also inspires his students to succeed academically in high school and encourages them to peruse post-secondary education. 
Museum in the Classroom- Maplewood Elementary’s gym was recently transformed into a Natural History Museum.  Dinosaur George set up fossils and activities for elementary students to enjoy their own museum for a day.  The Texas Parent Teacher Association awarded the school with a visit from Dinosaur George’s Museum in the Classroom for increasing the school’s PTA participation.
TEDxYouth@Austin- AISD partnered with TEDxYouth to support the upcoming TEDxYouth@Austin Second Annual Conference.  TEDxYouth@Austin, an event connected with TED Talks, is a completely student-led event that invites speakers from all over the US to talk about ideas worth spreading. This year’s theme, Re: Solve, focuses on taking action, making changes physically occur, the process of repeating tasks again and again, and the journey of solving problems and overcoming challenges.
Great News Highlights: 
Lamar Middle School: Jazz Factory & Winter Guard- The Lamar Middle School Jazz Factory was a recipient of the National Wind Band Honors, Mark of Excellence award presented by the Foundation for Music Education. The school also had AISD's first Middle School Winter Guard, which debuted last school year, winning 3 regional competitions and placing 2nd in the TCGC State Championships.

New AISD Athletic Director- Austin ISD's Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Leal Anderson as the district's new athletics director.  As athletics director, Mr. Anderson will oversee AISD's sports programs, the district's participation in Special Olympics and sports facilities.

Marathon Kids 2014 Finisher Medal Celebration- Approximately 39,000 AISD elementary students participated in Marathon Kids this year.  Recently, they took their official 'last lap' of the 26.2 Mile Challenge at the Finisher Medal Celebration. 
Blackshear Elementary Literacy Night- Blackshear Elementary and the George Washington Carver branch of the Austin Public Library hosted Family Literacy Night.  Literacy-related activities, involving new and classic children's books, took place throughout the library for students and parents.
The new episode is featured on AISD-TV (Channel 22 on Time Warner and Grande Systems and on the channel 99 menu system on U-verse.

View past episodes of InsideAISD here.

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