Posted by Mike Keeney on May 22nd, 2013
The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) honored five Aldine ISD schools — Aldine High School, Aldine Ninth Grade School, MacArthur High School, Mendel Elementary School and Stehlik Intermediate School — for being named Excellence in Education Award winners during separate presentations on Tuesday, May 21.
Aldine Ninth, MacArthur High and Stehlik Intermediate were named Silver Star winners, while Mendel Elementary and Aldine High were named Bronze Star winners. MacArthur became the first high school to become a two-time winner.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 19th, 2013
Representative Gene Green and NASA astronaut Dr. Stanley Love toured Hambrick Middle School and Grantham Academy on May 10 to speak with students about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and graduating from high school.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 19th, 2013
Aldine ISD and local businesses helped celebrate National Police Week. On May 16, the Aldine Police Department held a cookout with donations provided by Caraway Intermediate School, Johnson Elementary School, Stephens Elementary School, Carol Academy, Worsham Elementary School, Thompson Elementary School, Black Elementary School, Hambrick Middle School, and Goodman Elementary School. Local businesses such as Grimes Bakery, Sam’s Club and Kroger also made donations for the cookout.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 14th, 2013
MacArthur High School student Celia Meza placed third in economics in the National Academic Decathlon Competition’s online individual event held April 25-27.
Several MacArthur High Academic Decathlon students advanced to nationals. Three team members — Alexander Sandoval, Isabelle Galván, and Cody Nguyen — traveled to Minneapolis for the on-site event at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel.
Posted by Mike Keeney on May 14th, 2013
The third time was a charm for DreVian Young.
The Nimitz High sprinter won a gold medal in the 400-meter dash at the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet, held May 10-11 in Austin.
As a sophomore and junior, Young finished second in the event, but as a senior, he blazed to a first-place finish with a time of 46.80.
Young also earned a bronze medal at the state meet along with fellow members of Nimitz’s 1600-meter relay team thanks to their third-place finish in the event.
The team of Stephen Lackey, Davonte Edwards, Lonnie Strambler and Young finished in 3:15.02 to earn bonze medal honors.
Young and the relay team were under the direction of head coach Remon Smith.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 13th, 2013
Gailin Tovar, a senior at Aldine High School, was one of four area students to receive a $1,000 Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Scholarship for demonstrating exemplary leadership skills in emergency response. The recipients received the scholarships at a ceremony held at Harris County Department of Education on May 3.
The Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools coordinates the program called Teen CERT, a nationally recognized Harris County Citizens Corps Initiative. The program empowers teens as first responders for community emergencies. The program provides students approximately 30 hours of training in critical disaster training to help them help themselves, their school and their community better prepare for, respond to and recover from all-hazard events. Training covers:
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 10th, 2013
The district held its annual Appreciation VISA (Volunteers In the Schools of Aldine) Event and thanked more than 400 volunteers present for their commitment to lend a hand in making a difference in students’ lives. Dr. Wanda Bamberg, superintendent of schools, and Merlin Griggs, president of the Board of Trustees, each gave their thanks on behalf of the district.
“You are all committed to help our students and to make a difference in their lives,” stated Bamberg. “I am deeply grateful to all of your for giving so generously of your time. I want you to know that we all appreciate everything that you do to help the students and staff members.”
“Before I became a board member, I served as a volunteer,” stated Griggs. “There was always something to do. And there are so many ways to help. So please encourage folks to volunteer. To all of you here, thank you for supporting our teachers and enriching the educational experiences of our students.”
Additionally, a number of school principals, area superintendents, and school board members also visited with volunteers at the event celebrated on May 9 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.
Posted by Mike Keeney on May 10th, 2013
Aldine ISD will offer summer recreation classes in gymnastics, swimming and weight training. There will be a 12-student minimum for each class.
Registration for gymnastics will be held June 7 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Smith Academy (5815 W. Little York), and Conley Elementary (3345 W. Greens Road). Those two schools will be the sites where the gymnastics classes will be held and are open to students in grades 1-12. The classes will be held at the above-mentioned locations and will cost $25.
Registration for swimming classes will be held June 7 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Aldine Senior High School (11101 Airline Drive) and will be open to students in grades 1-12. Swimming classes will be held at Aldine Senior High School. Lessons will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will cost $25.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 9th, 2013
Aldine ISD had 79 students with 26 projects participate at the Texas State History Day held May 3-4 at the University of Texas in Austin. Of these, six projects and 20 students from MacArthur High School and Nimitz High School will be advancing to the National History Day (NHD) competition set for June 9-13 at the University of Maryland. Also headed to the national event is history teacher Richard Cheplick of Nimitz Ninth Grade. Cheplick received the David DeBoe Award. The annual DeBoe Award goes to the faculty sponsor of a student history association who has supported significant student scholarship and participation in Texas history. He has also been named a Texas Educator of the Year Finalist for the Patricia Behring Award at NHD.
Posted by Leticia Fehling on May 8th, 2013
Goodman Elementary School, Raymond Academy and nine other Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) schools from the Houston area participated in the Kids’ Day Healthy Living project where the culminating event was an international healthy cuisine cook-off. Professional chefs and corporate leaders from Frost Bank, HP Houston, Green Plate Kitchen and Cleopatra Catering served as judges at Harris County Department of Education on May 3. Dishes included Vietnamese summer noodles, Nigerian jollof rice and Middle Eastern cabbage dolmas. The 12-week Kids’ Day Healthy Living after-school curriculum designed by CASE includes nutrition education, cooking and sports as well as exercises from around the world.