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Weekly information, updates, calendar and more

The week ahead... January 11 - 15

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Monday, January 11 - Challenge #5 - Take a short walk around the school (inside or out) during lunch, planning, or after school and think about the things in your life that make you happy.

Staff meeting - MyOn and Six Flags Reading program

Tuesday, January 12 - Challenge #6 - Calm the paper chaos. Organize your papers or student work by filing them, throwing them away, or putting them in an orderly fashion.

SDC meeting

Wednesday, January 13 - Challenge #7 - Think of a student who is behaved and always works well but they might not stand and out as a top student. Call that student's parent/guardian with some praise.

PLC day

Above and Beyond Meeting

Library late day - use back doors

Thursday, January 14 - Challenge #8 - Compliment another teacher on something they have done well for their students or the school.

Team Leader meeting

Friday, January 15- Challenge #9 - Find an inspirational quote online that you relate to in some way, write it on a post-it and put it somewhere on your desk.

TRS reviews in lounge

George's last day :(

Climate Survey - an email was sent to you, but here is the link

Alief ISD Staff Climate and School Safety Survey

Dear Staff Member,

Everyone in Alief Independent School District has a voice in the ongoing pursuit of educational excellence.

Each year we ask for your candid feedback about the individual school where you work, focusing on critical school issues such as academic preparation, student support, parent engagement, diversity, school operations, and accessibility of school leaders. Last year we learned that:

  • 87 percent of staff members said they enjoy working at their school
  • 92 percent of staff feel safe at school
  • 86 percent of staff members said that the principal at their school makes decisions that are in the best interests of the students

We also learned that 45 percent of teachers have concerns regarding how students behave with substitutes. As a result of your feedback, all Alief ISD substitutes are provided with and are required to attend CHAMPS training to better prepare them with classroom management strategies.

Please click here to take the survey. (Please note this link can only be used once. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email us at

Many of you told us last year that you felt the survey was too long. We listened, and shortened the survey. This survey should take you less than 20 minutes to complete. Because this survey is administered by a third party, K12 Insight, your responses are strictly confidential; your feedback is anonymous to Alief ISD staff. If you have any questions about how K12 Insight protects the confidentiality of your responses, please email the research team at

Please answer the survey questions based on your experiences during this school year only and skip any questions that you feel are not applicable to you. After the survey closes, we will report the findings publicly, sharing what we have learned and what specific changes you may anticipate as a result of your feedback.

Thank you for your time and prompt attention. Engaging in an ongoing two-way dialogue is critical as we work together to provide our students with the best possible education.


HD Chambers
Alief Independent School District

Mission for the Week - for students

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Brian Mendler visit - please complete this one question google doc if you have not done so already

Congratulations - Mindy Moleski - Horn Hero of the Week for Jan 4-8

Horn Hero of the Week Ballot

Scroll down to the staff member you are voting for and click inside the box. Vote for only one person.

Horn Hero of the Week - staff questionnaire - please fill out if you haven't already

Click on the link to complete the Staff questionnaire. If you are the winning staff member, this is the information we will display.

Shout Outs and Celebrations

New babies -

Congratulations to Coach Jernberg on being a grandpa for a 2nd time on Sunday, January 3 @1:10am. Hudson weighed in at 7 1/2lbs and 19 1/2 inches

Congratulations Jamie Farrington - Baby Sawyer Graham was born on Friday, January 8 @ 11:56pm. He is 7lbs, 7oz, 19 1/2 inches.

I love good news and this is the best!!!

Reminders and updates - awards ceremony

1. Not every student in your class has to get an award. This is in alignment with our focus on moving each of our students up to the next level and student goal setting.

2. Only send home invitations to parents whose students will be receiving an award.

Here is a list of campus wide awards, but you may give out classroom specific awards at your discretion:

Perfect Attendance - must have 0 absences and 0 tardies - comes with a Lasagna House free kids meal gift certificate

Honor Roll - All As including behavior

AB Honor Roll - all As and Bs including behavior

Principal's Award - 1 student in your class who you feel has shown the most respect, responsibility and character this 9 weeks, keep a record so as not to repeat - comes with a special pencil - try to choose a student who is not getting any other awards

Cody Cub - 1 boy/1girl who has tried their very best and work really hard but may not be passing - try to choose a student who is not getting another award

Team player award - 1 student who is most helpful and works well with others - try to choose someone who is not getting another award

Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies - the students with the highest grade in that subject

BUG (Bringing Up Grades award) for students whose grades have gone up in at least one subject and maintained in all the others (including behavior)

Staff Birthdays

Ebony Frank-Jan. 13

Steven Magehee-Jan. 14

Let me know anything that needs to be added to the calendar, shout outs, reminders, etc