Points of Pride (Week of Nov. 9)
Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements
Art students from Kerr High School won in various categories in the annual Edward Gorey “Halloween” themed Envelope Art Contest.
Congratulations to the following Kerr students, whose award-winning pieces can be found on the Edward Gorey House website:
- Jenny Dang (1st Place Winner - 11-14 Age Category)
- Cecilia Nguyen (1st Place Winner - 15-18 Age Category) (art below)
- Jessica Dang (Finalist - 11-14 Age Category)
- Alison Vo (Finalist - 15-18 Age Category)
- Shalom Akinkunmi (Honorable Mention - 11-14 Age Category)
- Maryam Alsaad (Honorable Mention - 15-18 Age Category)
Boone Elementary School received a donation of $400 from the Xi Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Board Trustee Darlene Breaux was selected by the Texas Association of School Boards for the Leadership TASB Class of 2021.
Only 36 participants are chosen for this program each year.
Class members are selected for demonstrated leadership in their local district and communities and for their representation of the diversity of Texas school districts.
Alief ISD Secondary Science Coordinator Karen Jacobs was elected as the secretary of the Texas Science Education Leadership Association.
The purpose of the organization, which services science teachers and leaders in Texas, is to provide:
- Leadership for the improvement of science education
- Means of regular communication among science education leaders
- Support while developing solutions for common science education issues and interests
- Professional learning opportunities to support leadership in science education
Current projects include:
- Reviewing the new high school science TEKS up for State Board of Education adoption; major changes include the state adding the science and engineering practices
- TEA workgroups to review and revise middle school TEKS (also to include science and engineering practices early spring and initiate work on elementary science TEKS)
- Safety procedures and protocol for science classrooms and laboratories
Center for Advanced Careers teacher Ana Shah will be participating in a panel discussion in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.
Shah, who is a CTE cybersecurity teacher, will be participating in a discussion regarding equity, access and global education. The virtual event, which is this Saturday, November 14, is free to the public. Register online.
Alief ISD students and staff were among a select group from around the state to receive a scholarship from ExxonMobil to attend unique virtual workshops.
Students experienced a five-day online STEM Camp led by Rice professors and experienced facilitators that builds problem-solving and communication skills. Educators gained the tools to implement project-based learning in their classrooms through a 10-day workshop.
Center for Advanced Careers teacher Sherita Harmon was spotlighted by Applied Educational Systems.
Boone, Horn, Heflin and Sneed Elementary Schools were awarded the Creating Learning Connections grant (CLC grant) CDW-G, by Intel Corporation, the LEGO® Foundation and First Book.
We are spotlighting the great ways that students, families and staff are going above and beyond.
Digital Design - Turning A Hobby Into A Career
How a fun, interactive class opened opportunities for career-focused students
Prior to district closures last spring, Superintendent HD Chambers sat down with Bobby Goetsch (Center for Advanced Careers teacher) and Keneth Lopez (Hastings High School student) in the sound booth to discuss the importance of the constantly-evolving field of Digital Design.