Points of Pride (Week of Dec. 16)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

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Alief ISD’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Program was one of six school districts in the state of Texas awarded the Parent and Family Engagement Promising Practice Award at the 2019 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference.

This award is sponsored by the Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative.

The review committee comprised of members of the Texas Education Agency and other organizations reviewed more than 100 submissions. The review committee was impressed by the outstanding work Alief’s FACE Program is doing in the area of parent and family engagement. The Texas Education Agency and the Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative stated, "(We) are proud of Alief ISD’s strong commitment to creating a school culture that includes and values ALL parents and families.”

Elsik High School student Zainab Alikhan has been accepted to participate in the prestigious Leaders Internship Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Alikhan is traveling to Baltimore, Maryland during Winter Break to participate in a two-week program and has the possibility to be invited back during the summer of 2020 after graduation for an extended internship.

Alikhan is the first high school student to receive an invitation to participate; past participants have been undergraduate-level students.

She was chosen in part because of a medical research internship in which she participated last summer at Baylor University. As a part of that program, Alikhan wrote a paper about her research that was shared around the country with professors at various colleges.

Center for Advanced Careers student Kelvin Tran was profiled in an article in the Fall 2019 issue of TestOut Certification Magazine.

Tran, who attends Elsik High School, was spotlighted for his advanced level information technology (IT) certifications.

Certification Magazine is a technical training and certification publication designed to deliver the most current data available about IT certification programs from a variety of vendors.

2019 23-6A All-District Football Team Results

  • Defensive Newcomer of the Year - Richard Outland (Taylor)

All-District Team Nominations (1st Team):

  • Wide Receiver - Kollin Jackson (Hastings), Dezmond Tealer (Elsik) and Davion Jenkins (Elsik)
  • Punter - Esteban Torres (Taylor)
  • Defensive End - Laython Shaw (Hastings) and Richard Outland (Taylor)
  • Defensive Tackle - Nik Potts (Taylor)
  • Outside Linebacker - Emmanuel Ibeabuchi (Hastings) and Robert Wilson (Elsik)
  • Corner - Ayomide Ogunbunmi (Elsik)

Academic All-District:
  • Elsik - Ayomide Ogunbunmi and Charles Robins
  • Hastings - Laython Shaw, Brice Robinson, Mason Jenkins, Myles Sealey, Basil Agboola, Kenneth Colon, Jaylen Pigeon and Tony Bonner
  • Taylor - Odera Chidume and Dean Roundy

2019 23-6A All-District Volleyball Team Results

  • Newcomer of the Year - Madison Harris (Taylor)

All-District Team Nominations (1st Team):

  • Kierra Wright (Taylor)
  • Lauren Collier (Elsik)

Academic All-District:
  • Elsik - Alana Harris, Gabriella (Abby) Lodico, Amanda Truong and Elizabeth Ogolo
  • Hastings - Mya Bourgeois, Nia Bourgeois, Jordan Carmichael, Aaliyah Herrera, Iliyanna Riley, Kayla Risper, Ruth Serrano and Jenae Strickland
  • Taylor - Brianna Butler, Johneika Clark, Erinn Cox, Kellsy Gutierrez and Madison Harris

Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for the month of December!

Jada Blackwood and Dezmond Tealer, both members of an Elsik basketball program, were selected for their extraordinary achievements on and off the court.

Fifty-five Hearne Elementary School students received gifts through Taylor High School's Adopt-A-Kid Program.

The 54 Taylor High School classrooms that participated sponsored students through this annual event. Students and staff in participating Taylor classes raised funds and bought gifts and treats for the elementary students. The event is hosted by the Taylor TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) Club.

Academic Plus Competition Results

Academic Plus is an academic competition where all the middle schools compete in the areas of Math, Science, Listening, Dictionary Skills and Maps Charts and Graphs. Approximately 240 students competed. This year, O'Donnell Middle School won first place, while Albright and Olle placed second and third respectively.

O'Donnell Middle School teacher spreads joy as Black Santa Houston.

CLC teacher Kelvin Douglas was spotlighted by KHOU 11 for his work as Santa.

Alief Proud Alumni in the News

Tiffany Thomas won the Houston City Council District F election.

Thomas, who has served as a trustee on the Alief ISD school board, graduated from Elsik High School in 1999 and also attended Alief Middle School.

Rodney Priestley was named Princeton University’s vice dean for innovation.

Priestley, who graduated from Hastings High School in 1998, also attended Holub and Killough.

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Latest Episode: Professional Learning - When Teachers Become Students

Honing Their Craft and the Shift in Professional Development

Alief ISD Professional Development Coordinator Dr. Tracee Grigsby-Turner and Miller Intermediate School teacher Ebony Kennedy visit with Superintendent HD Chambers about critical components of professional development and learning. They discuss the current professional learning opportunities, including socio-emotional learning, Action Based Learning and how professional learning can help educators with building meaningful relationships with students.

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