Points of Pride (Week of Sept. 4)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Alief ISD schools earned all possible distinctions in the 2018 accountability ratings.

Mahanay Elementary School, Youngblood Intermediate School and Miller Intermediate School earned all seven possible distinctions:


  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
  • Academic Achievement in Science
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies
  • Top 25 Percent: Comparative Academic Growth
  • Top 25 Percent: Comparative Closing the Gaps
  • Postsecondary Readiness

Elsik Ninth Grade Center student Kelvin Tran recently passed the A+ certification and is now a CompTIA IT Operations Specialist.

CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and includes skills needed for troubleshooting and problem-solving for a variety of IT issues.


While in 8th grade at Holub Middle School, Tran passed the CompTIA Network+ Certification. This certification is globally recognized and illustrates the ability to work with a variety of hardware, software and networks.


When taken together as the CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ validate the skill sets needed across IT operations. Tran is one of the youngest people in the world to pass these tests.

Alief ISD high schools earned top rankings.

Alief Early College High School and Kerr High School earned gold medal rankings from U. S. News & World Report’s Best Schools in America. This recognition places them in the top 8% of American public high schools.


Both high schools were also recognized by Children at Risk as being in the Top 10 Houston Area High Schools. Other Alief ISD schools were recognized by Children at Risk as well as top performing schools in the Greater Houston Area.

Hastings High School was featured in the National Art Honor Society News.

The Hastings High School Art Department and Keris Freeman, the school's National Art Honor Society (NAHS) sponsor, were featured in the Spring 2018 edition of NAHS News. This online publication is the official newsletter of the National Art Honor Society.


Published semi-yearly, the newsletter contains news and photos on NAHS chapter activities, student artwork, award winners and information on financial aid.

Alief ISD graduate was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to be a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard.

Steven Parra, who graduated from Elsik last spring, was chosen after auditioning for an international marching band circuit called Drum Corps International (DCI). He is one of the first Alief ISD students to participate in the DCI circuit as a color guard member.


As a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Parra went on a 26-city tour which included Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Antonio and Indianapolis, where the DCI World Championships were held. His group made it to the semi-finals.


While in Alief, Parra attended Smith Elementary School, Klentzman Intermediate School and Olle Middle School.

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

Want to share a Points of Pride with the Alief ISD Public Relations Department?

Email your Points of Pride submission to Tracy Lau at tylau@aliefisd.net.

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