There is no better time to witness the character of a team than during a crisis or difficult situation. Last week, we had a challenge when a small fire broke out in the kitchen at Albright Middle School. I was so impressed with our district team and our ability to respond to meet students’ needs for safety. Albright principal Lori Wyatt quickly responded by moving kids through the evacuation procedure. Our educators were true professionals, displaying patience as the firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and assess the building’s air quality. Our students and parents also showed tremendous grace during the entire situation.

Meanwhile, Taylor High School principal Mary Williams and her staff sprang into action as she learned we needed to relocate Albright students to her campus. I was truly in awe as our staff from all over the district came together to effectively support student reunification efforts. Many departments within the district from transportation, nutrition, executive leadership, police, warehouse, custodial, maintenance, among others all collaborated to ensure our students were transported, fed, and most importantly, safe. Additionally, our communications team worked quickly and calmly to provide critical and up-to-date information for our parents, students, and community. Parents were greatly appreciative of the transparent and timely communications.

Thank you all for showing up and supporting one another. I am grateful and Alief proud to be a part of a team willing to step up to any challenge that comes our way!


Congratulations to Hastings High School student Abrielle Grissett! She was named to the Greater Houston Area Girls Basketball Association’s Greater Houston All-Star Team!

In addition, five Alief ISD students were named Scholastic Writing National Medalists for their outstanding writing pieces. Congratulations to Gold Medalists Jorge Olivo, Katheryne Chov and Silver Medalists Cailey Andal, Daisy Pineda and Kameron Keller.

Congrats to the Alief Center for Advanced Careers, as the center was named the 2023 High School of the Year by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Thank you so much to all of our amazing teachers!

And finally, I’d like to share our fifth episode of Q&A with Dr. Mays. In this episode, I had the pleasure speaking with Mateo Nambo and Fabiola Ortiz at Holmquist Elementary. View the video here.


Dr. Anthony Mays
Alief ISD

Looking Forward

  • April 13: Kinder Round Up – All Elementary Schools, 5:00 PM
  • April 14: Taylor HS Lion Pride Festival – Taylor HS, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • April 14: Cadre Kerr Lip Sync Competition – Kerr HS, 2:30 PM
  • April 15: Teacher Job Fair – Alief Center for Talent Development, 9:00 AM – Noon
  • April 20: Teacher of the Year Ceremony – Taylor High School, 7:00 PM
  • April 22: Early Learning & Childcare Conference – Alief Center for Talent Development, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM