Thanks to our campus leaders and community members who adopted a student from our community partnership with our local Boys and Girls Club. Because of your efforts, more than 100 students will have their “needs” and some “wants” met during this holiday season. Thanks to all of you working to meet needs throughout the community. Principal Mary Williams and our Taylor Lions were able to support neighboring elementary school students with gifts that our high school students provided. The theme of community and caring for one another continues to be consistent in Alief ISD. I have enjoyed every minute of the festivities, especially our Collins Elementary School choir who sang holiday songs with us and Trustee Moreno rocking who donned a Santa suit for our Alief Foundation’s Stuff the Bus campaign. Please enjoy the photo gallery here.

We cannot forget The Nutcracker ballet! Exposure is key and we are so grateful for our Director of Fine Arts, Renford Joseph, and his team who helped to make this event a success. The two-day, sold out event truly brought the community together and shows how important investing in the interests of our children can be. We hope that this remains a staple in Alief for many years to come. Please follow Alief ISD on “X” (formerly Twitter), for photos from this event and so much more! Thus far, December has been busy.

As we move through the holiday season and the upcoming school year, it will be important that we continue to take care of our students and one another. The springtime will bring on a whole set of new challenges; so our mindset is key. We must support one another as we face future challenges, just as our leaders, students, and community members are working together now to meet family needs. I appreciate each of you for your unselfishness and willingness to share resources with those in need. Thanks to each of you for all that you are doing and will continue to do to make Alief a great community.

Please make sure to nominate your favorite secondary student, professional and support staff for the January 2024 Superintendent’s MVP by December 19th here.


Congratulations to our December Scholar Athletes, Moyin Ajayi from Taylor basketball and Nathan Kongolo from Taylor basketball. Nathan is a four-year member of the varsity boys’ basketball team. He has served as team captain for the past three years and was named first team all-district his junior year. Nathan always takes the lead in practice workouts and establishes a great work habit in the classroom, as evident by his 3.48 GPA.

Moyin has been a part of our basketball program for three years and is a one-year letterman on the Taylor High school varsity girls basketball team. She also participates in softball, track and played volleyball for the past two years. Moyin is currently ranked #12 in her class. She has exceptional work ethic in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court. Moyin is a model student-athlete with outstanding leadership skills. She is also a member of many clubs, organizations and is very active in the community.

On Saturday, four of our middle schools, Olle, O’Donnell, Holub, and Albright, experienced the opportunity to see an opera live on a big screen. Thanks to a grant from the Met Opera Foundation, the students were able to see a Met Opera live in a movie theater. The students have been receiving materials to learn about the opera to prepare them and will witness one of the few operas in Spanish called Florencia en el Amazonas.

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Dr. Anthony Mays
Alief ISD

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