Winter 2004 Edition.indd - Aldine Independent School District
INSIDE A review of events and achievements in Aldine ISD schools Inside This Issue 1 ➜ Broad Foundation awards AISD $125,000 for student scholarships ➜ MacArthur grad selected as nation’s next Attorney General ➜ InvesTex helps district say ‘thank you’ 2 ➜ Superintendent’s Message ➜ District earns state’s highest fiscal accountability rating ➜ Dr. Garcia elected to TASB board ➜ New web-based student transfer system unveiled ➜ AISD trustees adopt new tax rate 3 ➜ AISD officials meet with state lawmakers to discuss school finance ➜ Six schools named to JFTK/ TBEC honor roll ➜ Make a Difference Day ➜ Aldine honors Tuskegee Airmen ➜ Hambrick MS earns Dispelling the Myth Award 4 ➜ MacArthur High School cross country teams ➜ Wade honored ➜ Nimitz captures Gladiator title ➜ Ike, Nimitz earn playoff spots ➜ Aldine ISD to host 4th annual Academy National Invitational ➜ Channel 11 news anchor visits Hinojosa EC/Pre-K ➜ Magnet School lottery scheduled ➜ Aldine Police Department Important Events January 3 Student Holiday 11 School Board Meeting 17 M. Luther King Jr. Holiday 28 Magnet School Application Deadline February 1-5 FFA Livestock Show and FCCLA Country Fair, MOC 10 Career Expo and Tech Rally, MOC 15 School Board Meeting 18 Presidents’ Day Holiday 28 EC / Pre-K Open House March 1 Elementary Open House 3 Intermediate Open House 5 Magnet School Lottery, MOC 7 HS / 9th Grade Open House 10 Middle School Open House 15 School Board Meeting 21-28 Spring Break NONPROFIT ORG. CARRIER ROUTE PRESORT U.S. POSTAGE PAID HOUSTON, TX PERMIT NO. 5194 ALDINE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 14910 ALDINE WESTFIELD ROAD HOUSTON, TEXAS 77032-3099 ALDINE Broad Foundation awards Aldine ISD $125,000 for student scholarships Aldine Independent School District board members and administrators attended a ceremony in Los Angeles in September to learn the identity of the national winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Aldine ISD was one of five national finalists for the award. Garden Grove Unified School District was named the national winner. On hand for the announcement were Aldine ISD Board of Education President A.W. Jones, former Board President Dr. Viola M. Garcia, Superintendent Nadine Kujawa and other Aldine ISD administrators. The Broad Prize for Urban Education is an annual award that honors the most outstanding urban school district in the United States that has made the greatest improvements in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and low-income students. By being named a finalist, Aldine ISD was awarded $125,000 from the Broad Foundation for college scholarships. “We want to thank the Broad Foundation for their generous gift and for recognizing the strides Aldine ISD has made in educating all of its children,” said Mr. Jones. “Nadine and her team of administrators, principals and teachers should be commended for all of the effort and energy they have put in over the years in seeing to it that all children in Aldine receive a quality education.” “We are so appreciative of the Broad Foundation for selecting Aldine as one of its five national finalists and for the generous gift they provided to help Aldine students attain a college education, said Mrs. Kujawa. “Even though we were not the ultimate winner, being recognized on the national level endorses the long hours and hard work many have put in over the years in educating our children. Our Left to right: Nadine Kujawa, Therese Samperi, Nancy Blackwell, Rose Awalos, Margarita Byrum, and Holly Fisackerly. board should also be commended for its vision and leadership in making academic gains among all of our students its top priority.” Aldine was one of five national finalists from a field of 100 school districts who were identified by the Broad Foundation as being eligible candidates for the award based on size, low-income enrollment, minority enrollment and urban environment. Once the five national finalists were named, the Broad Foundation’s review board of 18 prominent education leaders from across the country – with the help of the National Center for Educational Accountability (NCEA) – analyzed extensive quantitative data and used their collective knowledge and experience to determine the five finalists. Last May, a team of researchers and practitioners, under NCEA’s guidance, conducted a site visit to Aldine ISD where they interviewed Dr. Garcia (who served as board president during the 2003-04 school year), Aldine ISD administrators, staff members, community members and visited four campuses (MacArthur Senior High, Mac- Athur Ninth Grade School, Hambrick Middle School and Oleson Elementary) where they gathered additional quantitative and qualitative data. Following the site visit, a selection jury met during the summer to review the information collected and select the winner. The four other national finalists were Boston Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC, Garden Grove Unified School District in Garden Grove, CA and Norfolk Public Schools of Norfolk, VA. Also on hand for the announcement in Los Angeles were MacArthur Area Superintendent Margarita Byrum, MacArthur Senior High principal Rose Avalos, MacArthur Ninth principal Therese Samperi, Hambrick Middle School principal Nancy Blackwell, Oleson Elementary principal Holly Fisackerly and teacher Brenda Howard of Goodman Elementary School. InvesTex helps district say ‘thank you’ The Aldine Teachers Credit Union may have a new name, but the spirit of cooperation and serving as a committed business partner in the community remains the same. On Nov. 12, ATCU officially changed its name to InvesTex Credit Union. But the name change has not stopped the credit union, located at 905 Aldine Bender, from providing first-class service and being serious about its responsibility of giving back to the Aldine community. When Aldine ISD approached InvesTex about assisting with a proj- ect the district had in mind, CEO Keith Kearney and his staff were receptive to helping out and were more than willing to step to the forefront. The district wanted to thank its taxpayers and share with them that their tax dollars were being put to good use in raising academic achievement among its students. The plan was to send a “thank you” flyer along with their annual tax statements to more than 72,000 taxpayers. The only problem was finding someone who would pay for the cost of printing the flyers. InvesTex stepped up to the plate and covered the $2,600 printing tab that allowed AISD to say thank you to its taxpayers, who provide the district’s financial resources. “The foundation of InvesTex Credit Union is the local educational community, and as such we will always remain connected and involved at various levels,” Kearney said. “Our objectives include being a productive corporate citizen while building relationships with all the ISD’s (independent school districts) in the NHMCCD Continued on Page 2 Vol. 27, No. 2, Winter 2004 MacArthur High grad selected as nation’s next Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a 1973 graduate of Aldine ISD’s MacArthur High School, was named by President George W. Bush to succeed John Ashcroft as Attorney General. Gonzales served as the president’s general counsel prior to being named as the top law enforcement officer in the land, pending his confirmation by Congress. Gonzales, 49, has served Bush for more than a decade first serving as his general counsel when Bush was governor of Texas, then as secretary of state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Aldine ISD Trustee Marine Jones fondly remembers Gonzales from her days as a counselor at MacArthur High School when she served as his counselor from 10th through 12th grade. “Al was a very studious young man,” Jones said. “He was driven to succeed and he has made us all proud. I am not a bit surprised by the wonderful and outstanding things he has accomplished in such a short time.” During his years at MacArthur, Gonzales was a member of the National Honor Society, the Christian Student Union and the International Club. He was a two-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in baseball. Gonzales was a secondteam all-district selection at defensive back his senior year. Once confirmed by Congress, Gonzales will become the first Hispanic Attorney General in the history of the United States. Aldine’s Vision Produce the Nation’s Best Our Mission We exist to prepare each student academically and socially to be a: • critical thinker; • problem solver; and • responsible and productive citizen. N U E V O Para la edición totalmente en español, invierta el periódico.