Alief asst. principal empowers, inspires boys and young men of color to aim high
The assistant principal at Hicks Elementary in Alief Independent School District is on a crusade to inspire and empower students, helping them to aim high not only through words but action, by creating a culture for success in and out of school.
What you need know about the free vaccine clinics happening in the Houston area
School is just around the corner. In preparation for the school year, districts and organizations have started announcing vaccine clinics. Many will be hosting clinics for the standard required immunizations and others will also be including COVID-19 vaccines in their list of vaccines available at the clinic.
Alief ISD bus involved in crash on Southwest Freeway feeder road
HOUSTON, Texas – An Alief ISD bus was involved in a crash on the feeder road of the Southwest Freeway Monday afternoon. Houston police responded to reports of an accident at 9201 Club Creek around 3:30 p.m.Officials say there were three students on board at the time of the accident, but no injuries were reported. The students were transferred to another bus and taken home.
These Houston-area schools are maintaining their mask, social distancing policies
However, several Houston-area schools will maintain current safety protocols. Houston-area School DistrictsAldine ISDAldine ISD is upholding all safety protocols, including the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, until further clarification. Cypress-Fairbanks ISDThe district is upholding current safety protocol, including requiring masks, while it reviews Abbott's order and awaits guidance from TEA. Katy ISDThe district is currently upholding its COVID-19 safety measures, which include requiring masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University is maintaining current protocol, which requires masks or facial coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and daily COVID questionnaires.chron.com
School districts across Houston area damaged after winter storm
HOUSTON – Busted pipes from winter weather are not just impacting homes, but school districts across Southeast Texas. Maintenance crews in many of those districts are working overtime to access the damage and begin the cleanup process. Cy-Fair, Galveston, Goose Creek, Klein and Fort Bend ISD’s are all dealing with similar situations. Fort Bend ISD hopes to resume normal operations on Monday but that decision won’t be made until Sunday night. AdFort Bend ISD hopes to have a better assessment of the damage tomorrow.
LIST: Houston-area school districts, universities announce plans for week following winter weather closures
Conroe ISDConroe Independent School District will resume classes Monday. Deer Park ISDDeer Park ISD students will return to school Monday, Feb. 22. Humble ISDHumble ISD plans to resume school on Monday, Feb. 22, for all students, both on-campus and virtual students. District staff is in the process of reaching out to families to connect them with supports and information available through the Act. Royal ISDRoyal ISD students will resume school Tuesday.
Is Your Houston-Area School Open During The Winter Storm? These Are The Local K-12, Higher Ed Closures And Modifications – Houston Public Media
K-12 SchoolsAldine ISD: The Aldine district will remain closed through Friday, February 19. Conroe ISD: The district will remain closed through Wednesday, and all extracurricular activities scheduled through Wednesday have been canceled. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD: All Cy-Fair ISD schools and facilities will remain closed through Thursday. Staff members will work from home, and students will participate in asynchronous virtual learning. Higher EducationHouston Community College: HCC will close both on-campus and virtual classes through Thursday.houstonpublicmedia.org
VYPE Houston Class 6A Top 20: Week 1
But nevertheless here are VYPE's newest Class 6A Top 20 for the City of Houston! VYPE Houston Top 20 6A Teams (9-29-2020)No. 8 (11) Bridgeland Bears (1-0) (Defeated Klein Cain 49-42)No. 9 (7) Cy-Fair Bobcats (1-0) (Defeated Cypress Ranch 13-10)No. 15 (13) Cypress Ranch Mustangs (0-1) (Lost to Cy-Fair 13-10)No.
Teachers from these Houston-area school districts made most complaints to union of COVID-19 protocol violations, discrepancies
HOUSTON – The Texas State Teachers Association announced Monday that its members had reported hundreds of COVID-19 protocol discrepancies or violations in the first couple weeks of the school year. In the Houston area, the most complaints of violations were submitted by teachers in the Cy-Fair Independent School District with 210 reports of violations since the school district began the academic year last week. We hope we haven’t prolonged the day when we can think about being normal again.”See the Houston-area districts where the most teachers reported COVID-19 violations during the first couple weeks of the school year. Across the state, TSTA claims it has received hundreds of reports of COVID-19 protocol violations from members in 135 school districts. What the school districts are sayingKPRC 2 reached out to the Houston-area school districts with a high number of reported violations.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: All the Houston-area schools, districts and colleges that will be closed because of Laura
Clear Creek ISD -- The Clear Creek Independent School District is issuing an early release for all staff and students at noon Tuesday. Conroe ISD - Classes closed Friday due to power outages. Harmony Public Schools -- Closed Wednesday and Thursday. La Porte ISD -- La Porte Independent School District will be closed Tuesday so that staff members may prepare for Hurricane Laura. Montgomery ISD -- Montgomery ISD Schools closed Friday.
See what was said in our exclusive special education Zoom conversation with education leaders, health experts
HOUSTON – Are you a parent, family member or loved one worried about your student with special needs and how this school year will impact them? On Thursday evening, our education team members, Keith Garvin and Christine Noël moderated a discussion with health experts and education leaders. Hill: Most services for special needs students can be implemented online. Question: With children, especially young and special needs kids, what is the district doing to keep masks on in school? Question: What are effective practices for Zoom education for special needs kids?
How students, teachers, parents are adjusting to remote learning at Alief ISD
ALIEF, Texas – Monday marks the third day of the new semester in Alief Independent School District. Student engagementTeachers are laser-focused right now on finding the best ways to monitor their students to make sure each one is participating. Chambers said student engagement has never been more important, especially when it comes to measuring their success. It’s that students are demonstrating that they are mastering the content that the teacher is teaching. One way we can measure whether they are mastering that or not is through their engagement,” Chambers said.
Ask 2: When does school begin?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Answer: Some Houston-area schools started this week, including Alief ISD, which started virtually Thursday. Next week, school districts such as Santa Fe ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Humble ISD will start. Houston ISD pushed the start date to Sept. 8, with students beginning the year virtually. If you are looking for a specific district start date, we outlined each reopening plan here.
Class is back in session: Alief ISD begins the school year with virtual learning Thursday
HOUSTON – School is back in session today for Alief ISD Thursday morning. Things will look different this year for students and educators because instruction is 100% virtual for the time being. One was held at Alief Taylor High School and another is slated for Thursday at 8 a.m. at Elsik High School. Principal Mary Williams said although things will look different they are excited to get the school year started. “The first day of school is always my favorite day of school and this is just a little bit different,” said Williams.
Alief ISD Superintendent answered questions in our exclusive Zoom conversation. See what was said
HOUSTON – Alief Independent School District community members got a chance to ask Superintendent HD Chambers questions in an exclusive Zoom conversation Wednesday night, ahead of the first day of school Thursday. Some high school students take classes where they have labs and need to have access to school facilities. But the number of hours teachers are expected to teach in virtual learning is based on the content they are teaching. There’s nothing that a school district can put in place that will resolve that issue 100% until students come back to school. Question: How will college counselors help high school students virtually?
Houston-area school districts hand out devices, supplies to help families in need ahead of school year
HOUSTON – Two Houston-area school districts handed out school supplies, laptops and hotspots to students in need Wednesday ahead of the start of the 2020-21 school year. Alief ISDThe Alief Independent School District will be the first Houston-area school district to begin its new school year with online learning Thursday. Aldine ISDWith school around the corner, parents in the Aldine School Independent School District got some much-needed help Wednesday. Several volunteers and organizations teamed up to give away free food boxes and school supplies to families in need. Around 4,000 cars wrapped around the school waiting to get the supplies and a box of food from Baker Ripley.
Ask 2: How does virtual learning work? Is it all day for students?
The question: How does virtual learning work? The answer: The virtual learning experience may be different depending on which district your child is enrolled in. While districts consent in-person learning is the most effective learning environment, the spike of coronavirus in the Greater Houston area has many districts opting to begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning. For example, Katy Independent School District is offering in-person learning and a virtual program, the Katy Virtual Academy. However, some districts, like Houston and Alief ISDs, are only offering virtual learning to start the fall.
Houston ISD will open on Sept. 8. How does that compare to other school districts in the area and across the Texas?
Houston ISD will re-open on Sept. 8 and offer online learning for six weeks. How does that plan compare to other area districts and some of the larger ones across Texas? Area districtsThe majority of area school districts will start school between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24. Goose Creek ISD is the only other school district so far with a start date of Sept. 8 and students there will begin the year virtually for three weeks. Alief ISD, the first school district in the area to announce they will be starting the year virtually, will be the earliest to start off the 2020-2021 school year on Aug. 6.
Alief ISD: What you need to know about the districts 2020-2021 school plans
Virtual instructionThe student would receive 100% online instruction through Alief ISD Learns at Home or Alief Virtual School (Powered by Pearson). Alief Learns option is available to all Alief ISD students in English and Spanish. Key Differences in Alief Learns and Alief Virtual SchoolAlief Learns courses are through Schoology. Students who would like a full-time virtual learning environment for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year can use Alief Virtual School instead. The decision to place the student into Alief Learns versus the Alief Virtual School will be determined by both the parent/guardian and the school administration.
Officials, parents react to TEA guidelines, STARR testing requirement for upcoming school year
Parents raised many concerns, including STARR testing being put back on the calendar for the upcoming school year. Katy Independent School District officials are working on a safety plan that will give parents the option of both online or in-person instruction. The district plans to finalize its plans within the next few weeks. STARR testing to resumeWhile school officials attempt to get students and teachers back safely, parents are not happy with the STARR testings back on the schedule. KPRC 2 reached out to the TEA Commissioner to see if districts would be given any more time or if state officials will consider moving STARR testing.
Alief ISD will begin 2020-21 school year online due to pandemic
Alief Independent School District Superintendent HD Chambers says school officials have decided to begin the school year online. Chambers said he doesn’t want any student to lose out on their education because of the pandemic but the thought of how to bring students and teachers back to the classroom safely keeps him up at night. What resources and support will the school district give parents? Right now Alief school officials are working hard to figure out how to bring back students in the safest way possible. The school district sent out a survey to parents back in June.
3 people test positive for COVID-19 after Alief ISD graduations, district says
HOUSTON – At least three people that attended Alief Independent School District graduations tested positive for coronavirus, the district confirmed Friday. One Hastings High School graduate and his guest, who attended the ceremony, tested positive Wednesday. The following day, a staff member, who worked the Taylor High School graduation ceremony, also tested positive for COVID-19. Alief ISD said they have notified all high school parents and staff members. If a staff member tests positive for COVID, the district’s policy is that the employee quarantine for 14 days and may return to work once a negative test result is presented.
Houston-area school districts find fun, unique ways to send off class of 2020
It’s the official wrap-up of the Cool Schools season, and we thought it would be appropriate to highlight all the fun ways area school districts bid farewell to their graduates. Though we’ve picked single schools in the past, it’s time to highlight many of the unique ways students got a send-off. Cy-Fair Independent School DistrictChoir directors of Cy-Fair ISD shared a special song for the class of 2020. Santa Fe ISD hosted a drive-thru event in which graduating seniors were able to pick up a cap and gown. Needville High School of Needville ISD surprised their top 10 students to congratulate them on their class rankings.
Fort Bend, Alief and Cleveland ISD say goodbye to the class of 2020
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. Ms. Barron and Ms. Nguyen of Fort Bend ISD made a cute video for their students. Fort Bend, Alief and Cleveland ISD say goodbye to the class of 2020. Finally, the Cleveland ISD Transportation Department honored the class of 2020 with a big display to congratulate all their hard work. Fort Bend, Alief and Cleveland ISD say goodbye to the class of 2020.
LIST: Find out if your school district is hosting in-person or virtual graduation for seniors
HOUSTON Needville ISD is preparing for an in-person graduation ceremony Friday for the class of 2020 seniors. Fort Bend ISD graduation planFort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre said the district is planning an outdoor ceremonies ceremony at Kenneth Hall Stadium from June 1 to June 6. Dupre said that the district will follow all TEA requirements in order to keep students and their guests safe. HISD goes all virtualAll 45 Houston Independent School District graduation ceremonies this year will be held virtually on June 14, according to the district announced. Alief ISD chooses outdoor graduationAlief Independent School District is hosting outdoor graduation for seniors at Tully stadium.
How area districts handle home learning amid president’s social distancing extension
HOUSTON – Alief ISD is working hard to keep students on track, even while they are at home. Any students who are having a hard time with slow internet, or may not have good access to a computer received work packets to help them get their school work done. Many have also had to deal with no access to technology or slow internet. Teachers and school officials helped make the packets over Spring Break. Teachers will continue to work with parents on email and online tutorial videos, and phone calls now that “virtual schooling” has officially begun.
Alief Hastings organize crawfish boil fundraiser to help recovering student
HOUSTON – Alief Hastings High School administrators, teachers and students organized a crawfish boil fundraiser Saturday afternoon for a beloved student in need. “The community has all come out,” said Lynette Miller, a teacher and the organizer of the fundraiser. Velasquez is lucky to be alive after being hit by a cafeteria worker, who investigators said was driving recklessly and hit the student. “It’s been a tough journey no doubt. “In Alief, Hastings...we’re all together and whatever happens, it affects all of us,” said student Kimberly Hernandez.
Cafeteria worker who hit student with car can no longer drive without permission
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An Alief ISD cafeteria worker can no longer drive without permission after she allegedly hit a student with her vehicle.Chinyere Iheagwam, 56, was charged with with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for her role in a crash that injured a student.Police say Iheagwam was driving a red Chevy in the 4400 block of Cook Road near Hastings High School when she reportedly struck the student, who was identified as Anthony Velasquez.Prosecutors say Iheagwam was captured on video hitting Velasquez. She allegedly told investigators she was driving around 16 miles per hour, but prosecutors said otherwise. "The vehicle passed the school bus at an estimated speed of 45 to 50 miles an hour at which time she struck the complainant," read a prosecutor in court.Police told ABC13 surveillance video of the crash shows a group of several teens on the sidewalk, crossing the street shortly after school let out. "For someone who is there every day and knows exactly what the students do at 2:30 in the afternoon, to be driving like that in that lane at that speed, it defines reckless," prosecutor Sean Teare said.Classmates of Velasquez say the driver should know better, considering she works at the schools. "She should have been more aware, to be honest, she knows we're on a school campus, she should know that school should end at this time," said one classmate.Alief ISD increased police presence around the school following the crash, though the district did not wish to speak on the specifics of the crash.When asked if those policies should have been implemented before, Eichhorn declined to comment.Velasquez remains hospitalized at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.abc13.com
Cafeteria worker hit student with car in school zone
EMBED >More News Videos Police say 56-year-old Chinyere Iheagwam was driving a red Chevy in the 4400 block of Cook Road near Hastings High School when she reportedly struck the student. She allegedly told investigators she was driving around 16 miles per hour, but prosecutors said otherwise. "For someone who is there every day and knows exactly what the students do at 2:30 in the afternoon, to be driving like that in that lane at that speed, it defines reckless," prosecutor Sean Teare said.Classmates of Velasquez say the driver should know better, considering she works at the schools. "She should have been more aware, to be honest, she knows we're on a school campus, she should know that school should end at this time," said one classmate.Alief ISD increased police presence around the school Thursday, though the district did not wish to speak on the specifics of the crash. Meanwhile, Iheagwam is being held on $30,000 bond.abc13.com
Cafeteria worker hit student with car at 50 mph in school zone
EMBED >More News Videos Police say 56-year-old Chinyere Iheagwam was driving a red Chevy in the 4400 block of Cook Road near Hastings High School when she reportedly struck the student. She allegedly told investigators she was driving around 16 miles per hour, but prosecutors said otherwise. "The vehicle passed the school bus at an estimated speed of 45 to 50 miles an hour at which time she struck the complainant," read a prosecutor in court.Police told ABC13 surveillance video of the crash from Elsik High School shows a group of several teens on the sidewalk, crossing the street shortly after school let out. "She should have been more aware, to be honest, she knows we're on a school campus, she should know that school should end at this time," said one classmate.Alief ISD increased police presence around the school Thursday, though the district did not wish to speak on the specifics of the crash. Meanwhile, Iheagwam is being held on $30,000 bond.abc13.com
Oh my God, what did I do?' Cafeteria worker charged in crash that hurt student
Today during dismissal a Hastings HS student was struck by a car driven by an AISD employee on High Star. Alief ISD (@AliefISD) October 23, 2019*CORRECTION: On scene Vehicular Crimes investigators say the injured victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in critical condition. Iheagwam reportedly struck Velazquez and then hit a gray Dodge car.Wilmer Pineda was driving the car that was struck by Iheagwam's vehicle. and was she on her phone or anything, but she was just saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God, what did I do?'" said Pineda.According to investigators, Iheagwam stated she was aware that there were kids in the area and she was traveling slow.abc13.com
Hastings High School student critical after Alief ISD employee hits him in crash
Today during dismissal a Hastings HS student was struck by a car driven by an AISD employee on High Star. The student sustained critical injuries. Vehicular assault charges were brought by Harris Co DA. Alief ISD (@AliefISD) October 23, 2019*CORRECTION: On scene Vehicular Crimes investigators say the injured victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in critical condition. "Wrong place, wrong time," said Pineda.Pineda said he saw the car coming straight at him.abc13.com
Crash with school employee sends student flying through the air
Today during dismissal a Hastings HS student was struck by a car driven by an AISD employee on High Star. The student sustained critical injuries. Alief ISD (@AliefISD) October 23, 2019*CORRECTION: On scene Vehicular Crimes investigators say the injured victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in critical condition. "Wrong place, wrong time," said Pineda.Pineda said he saw the car coming straight at him. I immediately knew that she was going to hit me," he said.Just seconds before the driver had struck a former classmate of his, Pineda said he saw him fly up in the air.abc13.com
Fort Bend ISD raises teacher pay, increases compensation for all eligible employees
Sources: Aldine ISD, Pearland ISD, Pasadena ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Galena Park ISD, Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Katy ISD, Alief ISD, Spring Branch ISD/Community Impact NewspaperWhen Fort Bend ISD is back in session Aug. 14, teachers and librarians will begin to see $2,500-$3,500 more on each paycheck for the whole school year, depending on experience. The FBISD board of trustees approved a compensation increase plan for all of the districts eligible 8,891 employees. Alief ISD gave teachers a 6% raise for a starting salary of $57,400, while Spring Branch ISD approved 6%-9% raises and a salary of $57,000. The $24.7 million compensation is part of the approved 2019-20 FBISD budget that includes operating expenditures of $716.9 million. The amount of the adjustments will vary based on House Bill 3 and the adjustments anticipated to be given by other local districts, Guinn said.communityimpact.com