Points of Pride (Week of Jan. 6)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Alief ISD schools win Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA)'s CREST Awards.

Budewig Intermediate School, Miller Intermediate School and O'Donnell Middle School were named recipients of this state-level award. This is Miller's second consecutive year to win this award.

The CREST Awards recognize schools across Texas that appropriately utilize their Professional School Counselors and demonstrate a continuous commitment to building a campus team and programs based on the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, endorsed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

According to TSCA, these award-winning campuses engage their Professional School Counselors to provide students with the classroom guidance, college and career readiness and social/emotional skills needed to be academically successful and well-prepared for life. Professional School Counselors receiving the CREST award use data-driven results to show the effectiveness of their comprehensive guidance and counseling program.

Hastings High School student Jenny Alvarado was spotlighted as the CITGO January Scholar of the Month by ABC 13.

The CITGO 2019/20 Distinguished Scholars Program was created to assist select Houston area school districts' students planning to continue their education at a two-or four-year university. Only 40 scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded to select Class of 2020 graduates.

Center for Advanced Careers students were spotlighted by CW 39 Houston through their partnership with Archaeology Now Houston Society.

Students in Robert Goetsch's Digital Design class recreated the board game Patolli, which has been played by civilizations as far back as the Teotihuacanos and Toltecs who pre-date the Aztecs. The ancient Mayans also played this game.

Students demonstrated the game, which will be donated to the Archeology Now Houston Society to be used in an event called the Ancient Games which will be held Saturday, January 11, at Memorial City Mall.

Vote for Alief ISD in the Cool Schools Contest! Voting ends Sunday, January 12, at 11:59 p.m.

The winning school district will be featured in a Houston Life segment through KPRC Channel 2. Visit the voting link below and click on "Alief ISD" under Group D.

View, like and share student video submissions by January 31 for the #ThinkBeforeYouPost FBI contest.

Center for Advanced Careers students from Elsik, Hastings and Taylor are contestants in the FBI's #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign, which aims at ending hoax threats by educating students and parents about the seriousness of making such threats.

Videos will be judged based on effectiveness and relevance, content, creativity and social media, which is calculated based on the number of YouTube 'likes' and 'shares' from now until 9:00 p.m. on January 31.

Winners will be announced on February 22. The three winning teams will receive up to $5,000 for their school and other prizes. They will also be recognized at a ceremony at the FBI Houston Field Office on February 28.


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.

Latest Episode: Top Workplaces – How the Best Organizations Retain the Best Employees

Alief ISD continues to be a Top Workplace in the Houston area

Alief ISD has been named a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year by the Houston Chronicle, the largest local newspaper. Dr. Elizabeth Veloz-Powell (Alief ISD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources), Darrell Alexander (Alief ISD Executive Director of Human Resources) and Kimberly Saunders (Alief ISD Center for Advanced Careers Secretary) dived into the anonymous workplace survey results and why Alief continues to be a highly-ranked employer.

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