Points of Pride (Week of Sept. 23)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

The Alief Center for Advanced Careers building was awarded Outstanding Design by American School & University Magazine.

The Alief Center for Advanced Careers received Stars of Distinction in Design, Community, Planning and School Transformation from the Exhibit of School Architecture Competition.


The center is one of 34 projects in 27 school districts and three college districts to receive one or more Stars of Distinction out of the six possible categories. The competition showcases new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment.


The Exhibit of School Architecture awards are given at the discretion of a 12-member jury. To be eligible for consideration, projects had to be newly constructed or renovated public education facilities completed in the past five years.


The projects will be on display in the Exhibit of School Architecture at the TASA|TASB Convention in Dallas from September 20 to 22.

Budewig Intermediate School student Jayden Allyn Washer will present his floor-length gowns and dresses at the New York Fashion Week.

Texas Monthly and ABC 13 spotlighted Washer and his upcoming designer showcase.

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

Elizabeth Ogolo (Elsik volleyball) and Tony Bonner (Hastings football) were selected for their distinguished academic and athletic achievements.

Crossroads students visited the headquarters of Google, YouTube and Facebook in Silicon Valley.

During the three-day business cohort walk in Mountain View, California, students participated in panel discussions with top-ranking employees and department heads and toured the large-scale facilities. All expenses were paid for by Google.

Alief ISD elementary school principals Carmilla Nandlal (Mahanay) and Mary Starling (Horn) have been selected to be a part of the next cohort of the Raise Your Hand Texas Principals Advocacy Fellowship.

The fellowship is intended to help Raise Your Hand Texas alumni principals grow as public leaders and advocates on behalf of public schools in Texas. The goal of this fellowship is to make sure that the public education constituency in recipients’ communities have a clear, strong voice during election season.


The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports initiatives structured to identify, pilot and scale systemic improvements in public education.

Elsik Ninth Grade Center teacher Krystle Dunn's project with NASA was published.

This lesson was created after Dunn completed research with engineers at Rice University through the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Research Experience for Teachers (RET).


With a mentor from NASA, Dunn worked on creating a hydrophobic membrane that would help purify urine using membrane distillation in space so astronauts can have potable drinking water.


The lesson was published by TeachEngineering, a digital library comprised of standards-based engineering curricula for educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design.

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

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