McCall Elementary School
Marty Plumlee, long-time cafeteria manager at McCall Elementary School, passed away last night (Monday) following a battle with cancer.
"The Aledo ISD family has lost a wonderful person who served our community and the children of Aledo for more than 20 years," said McCall principal Jason Beatty. "Please speak with your children as you see appropriate about this loss. Mrs. Reynolds, our school counselor, will be available to anyone who may need her assistance, also."
"Please keep Marty’s family and the McCall Elementary Family in your thoughts as we prepare to celebrate Marty’s life," he added.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Greenwood Funeral Home chapel. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood.
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McAnally Intermediate School students ran through a banner reading “Go Aledo Dad!” yesterday (Jan. 30) at a pep rally. Chris Johnson, father of McAnally student Brannon Webb will play for the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Johnson is also father of Christopher Johnson, a student at McCall Elementary School. For more on the story, see the Feb. 1 issue of The Community News.
Teachers from across Parker County are honored by the Junior Cotillion for leading by example.Ten Parker County educators were honored last week for inspiring students with their exceptionally good manners.
“These special educators are among the very best, who treat the students of Parker County with respect and instill a love of learning,” Aledo’s Junior Cotillion director Sharon Pate said.
The teachers were given certificates and roses in an awards ceremony at the Junior Cotillion Grand Ball February 25 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
“Teachers don’t get enough thank yous,” Pate told students and parents gathered at the event. “We would like to honor them.
These special teachers have been chosen by Junior Cotillion students to receive the ‘Best Mannered Teacher’ award.”
Students wrote essays about a teacher who they found to have the best manners and who always treated others with honor, dignity, and respect.
“We thank our students for taking the time to honor these special teachers who are good role models and show courtesy and respect to all students,” Pate said.
Junior Cotillion students, in sixth grade through eighth grade, meet monthly during the school year to learn etiquette and ballroom dancing.
The program is designed to build self-confidence, character and ethical behavior and is dedicated to making a positive impact on young people and helping them become tomorrow’s leaders.
Thursday, Dec. 8, is an early-release date for staff development for all Aledo ISD schools. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11 a.m., and secondary campuses will dismiss at noon. All Pre-K and PPCD program students will ride the bus to school for A.M. classes only and release at 11 a.m. Secondary classes (grades 6-12) will release at noon. Buses will run accordingly to accommodate these schedules.
Concerns about safety and student computer use are not new to parents or school districts. In an effort to increase the safety of our community, Aledo ISD will host a representative from the U.S. Department of Justice to address Internet Safety on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The presentation is in the Aledo High School Distance Learning Lab at 6 p.m.
This event is part of Aledo’s second annual “CyberSmart Week.” Each day during the week, Sept. 20-24, students will be given instruction on issues related to safe, ethical, and successful computer use. The nonprofit www.Cybersmart.org Web site will form the basis of this instruction. It provides grade-level appropriate information in five areas:
S - Safety and Security Online
M - Manners, Cyberbullying, and Ethics
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The McCall Elementary Student Council attended their Texas Association of Student Councils Spring Retreat in Cedar Hill last month where they won the Sweepstakes Award for the second year in a row. This award is the top honor given by TASC each year. McCall’s young leaders were also elected to serve as a TASC District 3 Officer School for the 2010-2011 school year. They will hold the office of Corresponding Secretary. The sponsors for the group include Shannon Reynolds, Tanya Smith, LeeAnn Griffith and Laura Gloor. All four teachers are very proud of the commitment of these children and said they look forward to many more great leaders in the future.