Points of Pride (Week of Oct. 22)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Congratulations to Alief Early College High School and Youngblood Intermediate School for being selected by AVID to host the bi-annual AVID District Leadership training.

On October 25, approximately 50 educators from all over the country will be visiting the campuses to observe how the two schools are incorporating AVID strategies and methodologies. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to a student panel at each school and to observe teachers and students in action in the classrooms.

The CITGO Innovation Academy at Olle Middle School was awarded a $10,000 Best Buy Foundation grant.

The funds will be used towards the academy's STEMtastic Engineering challenges, Breakfast Guest Speaker series, project-based learning (PBL) implementation, Coding/Drone Club and additional improvements to its Makerspace.

The Kerr High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) collected funds to help a local no-kill animal shelter.

NAHS collected $368 to help South Texas Animal Adoption Resource (STAAR) with the generous help of the Kerr staff. STAAR has a generous donor who graciously doubles all donations, making Kerr’s total impact more than $700.

Kerr has supported STAAR for almost 20 years.

Alief ISD CTE students were featured in the October edition of Texas in Bloom Magazine.

Floral students Bernardo Rumbo (Elsik High School) and Leilani Camacho (Hastings High School) were spotlighted along with Elsik High School teacher Johnny Hackett.

CTE Program Manager Jeannie Knierim was selected to participate in the Association for Career and Technical Education's Leadership Exploration and Development Program.

Only 10 CTE professionals were selected from across the country. The program is for new CTE professionals with two to five years of experience. Participants will meet twice throughout the one-year program for workshops, leadership training and more.

The Alief ISD Counseling Department received the bronze level award for dedication to student behavioral health from the Mental Health America of Greater Houston - Center for School Behavioral Health.

Alief ISD received the award for the 2017-2018 school year. The award is given to school districts that meet certain criteria, including the implementation of the center’s recommendations for meeting the mental health needs of students.

Liestman Elementary teacher Yoliani Saud Rojas presented at the Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference.

Her presentation was Content and Language Building Strategies in the Dual Language Program with a focus on Social Studies.

Killough Middle School staff member Tracey Spiller was one of 90 educators chosen to win the Fueling Education Sweepstakes First Prize.

Spiller, who is one of the AP secretaries at Killough, won a $1,000 voucher to shop National School Supply’s inventory and free registration to Steve Spangler’s Virtual Science Workshop.

Congratulations to the following Alief ISD staff members, whose DonorsChoose.org projects were funded!

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Email your Points of Pride submission to Tracy Lau at tylau@aliefisd.net.

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