Update for the Alief ISD Education Foundation’s Pay It Forward campaign: The campuses with the highest percentage of staff participation are Crossroads, Bush Elementary, Collins Elementary, Budewig Intermediate, Taylor High School and Elsik Ninth Grade Center. We will be looking forward to adding more schools to this list.

Alief ISD students were selected to participate the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) annual art exhibition at the recent Texas Association of School Board Conference (TASB). Thousands of state school board members, superintendents and district administrators viewed the exhibition this year. Congratulations to the following students and their teachers:

  • Nina Le – Youngblood, 6th grade – teacher Judith Mearlon
  • Angelica Orozco – Kennedy, 4th grade – teacher Maria Carratala
  • Michelle Lopez – Kerr, junior – teacher Lisa Canorro
  • Darien Barcenas – Horn, 4th grade – teacher Pamma Mock
  • Nadia Coronado – Chancellor, 5th grade – teacher Tracey Cumley
  • Alejandro Zepahua – Budewig, 6th grade – teacher Jenny Zuniga
  • Osmon Goni – Hastings, sophomore – teacher Terry Kenefic
  • Andrik Guerrero – Rees, 2nd grade – teacher Kim Wilson
  • Rawan Aljaouni – Miller, 5th grade – teacher Debra Poncedeleon

Congratulations to Alief ISD’s Scholar Athletes for the month of October:

  • Taylor High School student Tram Nguyen represents the tennis program, where she is a three-year varsity letterman. Nguyen is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, HOSA, Red Cross, Redvolution spirit group and Technology Student Association. Tram is an active volunteer, tutoring for younger kids at her temple. In addition to being involved at school, she works at Lee’s Sandwiches to help save for college. After high school, Tram would like to attend Texas A&M University to study petroleum engineering.
  • Elsik High School student Jaleel Carter represents the football program. Jaleel has been a three-year starter for the varsity football team, earned first team all-district honors last year and was a Preseason Honoree for the Touchdown Club of Houston this year Jaleel also throws the shot put and discus for the varsity track team and is a volunteer coach for the Gridiron Pee Wee Football League. Carter has received football scholarship offers from various schools and is currently leaning towards the Air Force Academy. He will study Sports Management to become a coach or a professional sports agent.

Alief ISD successfully hosted its annual College & Career Night. Two of Taylor High School’s gyms were filled with parents and students talking to admissions and recruiting officers regarding post-secondary opportunities.

The Hastings High School Marching Band received Superior Division 1 Ratings at the Lamar Marching Invitational this past Saturday for the third consecutive year..