Points of Pride (Week of April 1)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) State Conference Results

Two Taylor High School teams placed in the top five in the state for their Professional Development Competition. Taylor Hampton and Jaiyah Emmons earned second place for their competition, where they taught a session on recognizing and dealing with student depression. Alyssa Browning and Alice Frazer earned third place for their competition, where they taught a session on Restorative Practices Circles, including how to run one and the benefits of having circle time in your class.


Taylor brought home 30 Blue Ribbons, 12 Gold Certificates, one Silver Certificate and six Bronze Certificates.


Elsik High School won one Gold Certificate, four Blue Ribbons and three Red Ribbons.


Hastings High School brought home three Blue Ribbons.


Blue Ribbons and Gold Certificates are the highest honors awarded at the state conference, while Red Ribbons and Silver Certificates are the second highest honors. Bronze Certificates are the third highest honors.

Killough Middle School student Kathy Nguyen placed third in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair at Texas A&M University.

Nguyen placed third in the Junior Division in the Material Science category.

Area Boys Soccer Playoffs Information

Elsik vs C E King

Date – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Location – Crump Stadium

Time – 8:00 p.m.

Cost - $5

Accepted Passes – 23/21-6A THSCA, THSADA, TASCO, TGCA (No Staff or Teacher ID’s Accepted)


Hastings vs Deer Park

Date – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Location – Crump Stadium

Time – 6:00 p.m.

Cost - $5

Accepted Passes – 23/21-6A THSCA, THSADA, TASCO, TGCA (No Staff or Teacher ID’s Accepted)


Taylor vs Humble

Date – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Location – Shadow Creek High School

Time – 7:00 p.m.

Cost - $5

Accepted Passes – 23/22-6A THSCA, THSADA, TASCO, TGCA (No Staff or Teacher ID’s Accepted)

The Cummings Elementary School Cheer & Dance Team won multiple honors in the 4th-6th Grade Age Division at the I Am Dance & Cheer Competition at Willowridge High School.

Cummings competed against other schools as well as professional dance studios.


1st Place: Team Lyrical Dance

1st Place: Team Jazz Dance

1st Place: Captain Trio Dance

*Overall Winner-Outstanding Choreography Award-Dance


1st Place: Team Cheer

*Overall Outstanding Precision Award-Cheer

*Overall Grand Champion Award-Cheer

Elsik High School took top scores at the 9th Annual Houston ISD Guitar Festival.

Students competed in the Secondary School Guitar Festival. The contest is aligned to the Austin Classical Guitar Curriculum, the official curriculum for Classical Guitar ensembles in Texas. Elsik's advanced group obtained all 1's in Concert, the highest score possible. They also received 1's and 2's in Sight Reading.


This is the first time that a guitar group in Alief has competed in an official contest that was adjudicated by three judges in sight reading and in concert.

Hastings High School students Ja’Corey Benjamin and Javon Williams were selected to play in the Greater Houston All-Star Football Game in June.

Benjamin will be playing defensive back, and Williams will be playing quarterback.

Congratulations to the Alief ISD Elementary Battle of the Books Winners!

Hicks Elementary School won for third grade, while Liestman Elementary School won for fourth grade.

Elsik High School teacher Steward Bailey’s Aerospace Engineering students recently flew in “Woodstock” at West Houston Airport.

This was possible thanks to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Pat Brown. During their fly, students piloted the aircraft and are now applying for the AOPA Program Scholarship to get their private pilot’s license.

Cummings Elementary School staff members recently participated in multiple wellness activities.

Fifteen Cummings Staff members participated in the 34th Annual Lookin’ Good Shamrock Strut 5K. The fun run is hosted by Houston Eye Associates and raised money for those who cannot afford glasses or surgery. Second grade teacher Marina Hurst ran the 10K and placed third in her age group. Principal Jeanette Byrd ran the 5K and placed second in her age group.


Byrd also participated in the Fight for Air Stair Climb to support the American Lung Association. Byrd climbed 1068 stairs in memory of A. Jones, a fourth grade teacher who passed away in February 2018 from lung cancer.

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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