Points of Pride (Week of August 31)
Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements
O'Donnell Middle School student Madison Osazuwa was selected as one of two 2020 National Ambassadors for the Houston/Harris County Do the Write Thing Challenge.
Writings submitted by more than 14,000 students in 61 Houston-Harris County and surrounding area school districts were reviewed. Osazuwa will be recognized during a virtual ceremony on September 12-13. You can view her submission on the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge website.
Below are examples of Alief ISD families and staff going the extra mile.
Nominate Alief ISD employees for the 2020-2021 Monthly MVP Awards!
Students, parents, staff and community members may nominate an Alief ISD employee for the Monthly MVP Award.
To nominate an employee for exemplifying the character trait of Respect for the October MVP Awards, please submit the nomination form at www.aliefisd.net/mvp by Noon on Wednesday, September 30.
Automotive Technology - Driving Students to New Heights
Connecting High School Students to High-Paying Careers
Earlier this school year prior to district closures, Superintendent HD Chambers sat down in the studio to discuss workforce readiness with Vivian Vo (Elsik High School Auto Tech Program student), Will Diaz (Alief ISD Auto Tech Program graduate and owner of Engineuity Autowerks) and Julian Mendoza (Alief ISD Auto Tech Program graduate and current Hastings High School Automotive Technology teacher). They dive into the changing Auto Tech industry, the different rewarding job opportunities in the job sector and the importance of the Auto Tech Program in preparing students for the evolving workforce.
Houston Food Bank - Nourishing Stomachs and Minds
How a local partnership provides essential resources to district families and staff
Prior to district closures, Superintendent HD Chambers sat down in the studio with Deborah Nichols (CIS Student Support Manager at Outley Elementary School), Angela Loving (Houston Food Bank School Programs Coordinator) and Dee Jones (Alief ISD Business and Community Partnership Coordinator). The district partners with the Houston Food Bank on various initiatives, including the Backpack Buddy Program, Teachers Aid Program and School Market. They discuss the lasting impact of those initiatives on students, staff and families.
COMET Program - How a Community-School Partnership Can End the Teacher Shortage
A district initiative empowering the next generation of educators
During the 2019-2020 school year, Superintendent HD Chambers visited with Oralia Rios-Williams (5Works Executive Director) and Baohan Phi (Alief Taylor High School graduate and current University of Houston College of Education student) on the significance of the COMET Program, a district initiative started by the superintendent. This initiative, which provides after school enrichment to elementary students in both apartment-based sites and school-based sites, has been supported by community organizations, the district, as well as an army of trained high school volunteers. Many of these volunteers return to the district to serve as certified educators or instructional support staff. They discuss what makes this program unique and the joys of teaching, and even learning from, some of our youngest learners.
Community Service - Planting the Seed of Philanthropy
Prior to last school year's district closures, Rayne Donahue (Mata Intermediate School student), Jasmine Gonzalez (Elsik High School student) and Jeanette Byrd (Cummings Elementary School principal) sat down in the studio to discuss how students of all ages can give back to the community in various impactful ways.