alief shadowApproximately 100 Alief Early College High School students received their diplomas on August 1, making them the first graduating class of that campus. Out of those 100 students, about 60 had already received their associate’s degree from Houston Community College.

Miller Intermediate School was chosen as July 2013 Spotlight School for Thinking Maps. The campus is featured on the Thinking Maps website for successful implementation of Thinking Maps as a tool to increase student achievement. Holmquist Elementary won third place in the Big Lots Lots2Give video contest. The school will receive $2,000 and a percentage of in-store donations.

Elsik High School graduate Levi Saucedo was recently awarded the Leo of the Year 2012-13 by the Lions District 2-S2. Saucedo, who was a member of the Elsik Leo Club, received a certificate from the State Leo Council. Saucedo graduated in June and will attend Rice University in the fall. Albright Middle School Orchestra Director T. Patrick Sloan Sr. traveled to Kansas City to rehearse and conduct the 4th Army Band Symphony. The concert was held on June 25 in the Yardley Concert Hall at Johnson College in Olathe.

Killough Middle School raised $4,500 during the 2012-13 school year to donate to charitable causes. The campus donated $1,700 to the American Heart Association in May, and $2,100 to the Susan Komen Foundation in October. Killough staff also donated $750 through the KMS Soaring Eagle Scholarship.

Alief ISD graduate Marcus McCarty is currently a Research and Development Intern at Procter and Gamble- Duracell. McCarty was the Class of 2012 salutatorian at Elsik High School.

Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed July 9, 2013, as Alief Early College High School (AECHS) Alpha Active Knights Day and AECHS Leo Club Day in the City of Houston. The students participating in these programs have logged more than 75,000 volunteer hours in the past three years.

The Alief FFA recently participated in The Autobahn Youth Scholarship Show in Fort Worth. The students in the show were Charlotte Sturm, Bryan Molina and Emily Rodriquez. While at the show, all three students won with their longhorns and received college scholarships. Rodriquez also participated in the art show and won first place. She won an additional scholarship for her achievement.