Points of Pride (Week of Nov. 9)

Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements

Alief ISD high school students served as the steering commitee members of the District F Virtual Youth-Led Conference.

Rodrigo Trujillo (Elsik), Clinton Oreofe (Hastings) and Evelyn Bustos (Hastings) assisted with the conference, which focused on public safety.

Art students from Kerr High School won in various categories in the annual Edward Gorey “Halloween” themed Envelope Art Contest.

The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer.

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)
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Rees Elementary School student Genesis Johnson was featured in the New York Times best-selling book "GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty."

The book is by internationally-renowned child photographers Kahran and Regis Bethencourt.

Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for November.

Deidre Edens (Taylor volleyball) and Cam'Ron Martel (Elsik boys basketball) were selected for their accomplishments on and off the field.

Boone Elementary School received a donation of $400 from the Xi Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

The donation will be used to purchase school supplies for Boone students.

Cadre Kerr wrote, directed and produced a virtual fall theater production.

The student production, inspired by the video game Among Us, can be viewed online.

Hastings High School graduates won their respective election campaigns.

Christian Menefee was elected as the first African-American Harris County Attorney.

Kristen Hawkins was reelected for the Judge of the 11th District Court.

Board Trustee Darlene Breaux was selected by the Texas Association of School Boards for the Leadership TASB Class of 2021.

Leadership TASB is a unique board development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership by exposing them to a variety of issues, people, activities and locations during a year-long program.

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

Bush Elementary School teacher Monique Anderson was recognized as a Star in the Classroom by First Community Credit Union and the Houston Texans.

Texans inside linebacker Tyrell Adams joined the virtual surprise.

Anderson, who is a first grade dual language teacher, was nominated by a student.

Chambers Elementary School teacher Pamela Roberts was recognized as Group 1 Automotive's Teacher of the Month.

As a part of the recognition, she will drive a 2020 Nissan Murano from Sterling McCall Nissan for a month.

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.

Olle Middle School student Jose Reynosa, Taylor High School student Reyna Vega and Elsik Ninth Grade Center teacher Christina Cross participated in the workshops were hosted by the Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University.

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.

AES spotlighted Harmon, who is a health science teacher, for her presentation at the Virtual Texas Health Occupations Association Conference.

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.

The grant provides holistic learning support designed to fuel education during this critical time by supporting several thousand students and families in Title I schools in the United States impacted by the pandemic. Students will receive critical at-home and in–the-classroom learning resources, including internet connectivity, technology devices and hands-on STEAM learning solutions, to help students build confidence and 21st-century skills.

We are spotlighting the great ways that students, families and staff are going above and beyond.

11-05-20 Superintendent's message/ Mensaje de video del superintendente
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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.