Points of Pride (Week of Jan. 19)

Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements

Eight Alief ISD seniors won College Board Opportunity Scholarships.

The following students won $1,000: Cindy Navarro (Hastings), Ashley Mendez (Hastings), Kimberly Ngo (Hastings), Han Nguyen (Kerr), Bryan Tran (Kerr), Triminh Phan (Kerr) and Jenny Hong (Taylor).

Gabriela Landa Herrero (Hastings) won a $500 scholarship.

The scholarships are open to all students and recognize students for their efforts to plan and prepare for college. The scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, books and other relevant undergraduate educational expenses at two or four-year institutions.

Art work made by Elsik High School students were published in the Texas Civil Rights Project's online magazine, TCRPMag.

The purpose of the art was to encourage voting. The six student works selected for digital publication can be viewed online.

Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for January.

Omolere Aliu (Elsik girls soccer) and Obinna Maduagwuna (Taylor boys basketball) were selected for their accomplishments on and off the field.

Sneed Elementary School students received various donations from community partners prior to Winter Break.

Twenty-three Sneed families received a gift card donated by First Methodist Church to buy food during the Winter Break. In addition, 50 students received a present donated by Sneed staff and Sugar Creek Methodist members.

Alief ISD's Health Services Department was named a recipient of the GEM Award.

The award, which stands for Going the Extra Mile, is awarded by the superintendent and school board to Alief ISD employees who go above and beyond their role to support students, staff, families, and the Alief community.

The Alief ISD Health Services Department and its staff members were recognized for their role in COVID-19 mitigation and response, including hosting the rapid testing site at Crump Stadium South Ticket Booth and providing rapid testing in Alief ISD schools.

Outley Elementary School teacher Jason Montgomery was recognized as Group 1 Automotive's Teacher of the Month for January.

As a part of the recognition, he will drive a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe from Sterling McCall Hyundai for a month.

Alexander Elementary School teacher Savannah Rave will be presenting "Creating a Mindful Classroom" at the 35th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference on January 30.

During this virtual conference, Rave will share ideas and strategies to help both teachers and students of early childhood classrooms implement and maintain mindfulness in the classroom each day. The conference will host early childhood experts and educators from across the nation, including Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat, and Dr. Kenneth Wesson, early childhood brain researcher.

Rave also recently wrote and published her first children's book, Buzzing, which was written as a tool for children, teachers and families to use when discussing feelings and emotions.

More than 40 Mata Intermediate School staff members received their certification as Nearpod Educators.

Mata teachers and instructional paraprofessionals have created Nearpod lessons to engage, evaluate and adjust instruction for students. Students are actively using Nearpod during instruction. Other uses include content specialists using this platform during PLCs and professional development workshops as well as campus administrators incorporating presentations in faculty meetings and in staff trainings.

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

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Transportation - Why Your Bus Being Late is a Sometimes Good Thing

How Alief ISD is navigating the nationwide bus driver shortage

During the Spring of 2020, prior to district closures, Superintendent HD Chambers sat down in the studio with Richard Torres (Alief ISD Director of Transportation) and Ron Scroggins (Alief ISD Bus Driver). They touched on various transportation topics, including the changing landscape of school bus transportation, enhanced bus safety measures, why school bus driver shortages remain a problem, and the continued importance of each Transportation staff member, who are often the first and last district employee a student will see each day.