June 22, 2022

Aldine ISD Board of Trustees Approve 2022-23 Instructional Calendar During Feb. Meeting – Aldine ISD

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The Aldine ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2022-2023 instructional calendar during their February 15 Board meeting. The first day of instruction will be Wednesday, August 17. Other key dates include:

  • September 5 – Labor Day Holiday
  • October 17 – Fall Holiday
  • November 8 – Election Day
  • Nov. 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 4 – Midwinter Break
  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • February 20 – Presidents Day
  • March 13-17 – Spring Break
  • April 7 – Spring Holiday
  • May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 1 – Last Day of Instruction

For students attending the district’s four schools—Vines Primary, Ermel Elementary, Harris Elementary, and Smith Elementary—on the ADSY calendar, the first day of instruction will be July 18. The last day of instruction will be June 22. Other key dates include :

  • August 15 – Student Holiday
  • Sept. 2-6 – Student Holiday
  • October 17 – Student Holiday
  • November 8 – Election Day
  • Nov. 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 6 – Midwinter Break
  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • February 17 – Student Holiday
  • March 13-17 – Spring Break
  • April 7 – Spring Holiday
  • May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday

Staff Assignments Announced

Adam Galván, pictured with his wife, has been named AISD’s Chief Information Officer.

During the February 14 Board of Trustees meeting, Aldine ISD Superintendent dr. LaTonya M. Goffney announced four staff assignments.

  • Adam Galvan was named Chief Information Officer after serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Technology with Lockhart ISD.
  • Gaby Sierra was named Executive Director in the Office of Transformation after serving as Director of Transformation with Aldine ISD.
  • Natalie Andrus was named Program Director of Early Head Start/Child Development Center after serving as an Assistant Principal at Kujawa Primary School.
  • Cirilo Ojeda was named Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator at Aldine High School after serving as the Head Football Coach at Sharpstown High School in Houston ISD.

Teaching, Learning and Leading Department Recognizes Athletic Department Employees

During the February 15 Trustees meeting, Chief of Schools Dr. Katy Roede recognized three Aldine ISD employees in the district’s Athletic Department as part of the Teaching, Learning, and Leading Department’s presentation.

Dr. Roede recognized Kenneth Hernandez, a Physical Education Teacher at Bussey Elementary School, for inspiring his students daily. Hernandez is part of the district’s Lead Team for Physical Education. He works continuous hours exploring new and impactful ways of encouraging others. Hernandez and the Lead Team continue to stay abreast of the latest updates and changes in Physical Education and make sure the department is compliant.

MacArthur High School Volleyball Coach Lynda Eastland was recognized for her impact on her students. Her Lady Generals have won back-to-back District 14-6A district titles in volleyball. She has established high expectations of her players, and she is a firm believer in all of her players and takes responsibility for their success. Coach Eastland has created an atmosphere of urgency and purpose in the MacArthur High School volleyball program, and she teaches her players to take ownership of the program. Coach Eastland and her staff continue to seek feedback and utilize relevant data to improve her team’s performance on the court.

Davis High School Head Football Coach Scott Joseph was recognized for his connection with his players and game officials. Coach Joseph and his team exhibited trust and respect for game officials and their job by maintaining team safety and integrity of the game. This relationship-building was created through clear communication and empathy for what it takes to make a positive atmosphere. The Davis Falcons have been selected as a 2022 Finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Sportsmanship Award by effectively connecting this message with his players and game officials.

Employees Recognized

During the February 15 Board meeting, several Aldine ISD employees were recognized for their leadership skills and daily contributions to the district.

  • Aldine ISD Police Chief Paul Cordova named Officer Ariel Holiday his department’s Employee of the Month.
  • Javier Vargas, Director of Buildings and Properties, named Hall Success Academy his department’s Building of the Month. Head Custodian Ida Hernandez and Principal Cierra Nickerson were on hand to accept the award.
  • Chandra JohnsonAssistant Director of Operations of Child Nutrition Services, named Charlotte Hughes as the department’s Employee of the Month. Hughes is the Cafeteria Manager at Thompson Elementary School.
  • German EnamoradoExecutive Director of Transportation, named Helen Marling his department’s Employee of the Month.
  • Herb HarrisExecutive Director of Maintenance, named David Williams his department’s Employee of the Month.
  • patrick sheepExecutive Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, named Gina Benford his department’s Employee of the Month.

Grant Announced

During the February 15 Board of Trustees meeting, Stacey SmithDirector of Special Programs, announced one grant.

  • Dr Jericah JacksonPrincipal of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Teacher Elizabeth Flores, secured a $4,425 grant from the AAUW-North Harris Branch. The money will be used to fund the school’s Fitness, Fun, and Sisterhood project, giving 75 students at YWLA the opportunity to learn about the sciences, fitness, and outdoor activities. The students will photograph and create scientific journals, participate in outdoor activities and impact the community by participating in a state park clean-up program.

Trustees Approve Action Items

During the February 15 Board meeting, Aldine ISD Trustees approved the following action items:

  • Approved a Board Resolution to convene School Health Advisory Council and approve Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum
  • Approved an Interlocal Agreement between Harris County and Aldine ISD to provide COVID-19 tests to promote the health and safety of Harris County residents for six consecutive months upon execution of the agreement
  • Approved a Resolution for staff pay during district closure on February 4, 2022
  • Approved the following bids: fundraising vendors, instructional suppliers, materials and equipment, professional and counseling services, restaurant, food and catering vendors, students and district activities and venues, general operations maintenance and facility suppliers, proportioning systems, uninterruptible power supply refresh projects, basketball supplies, and equipment, cross county and track supplies and equipment, football supplies and equipment, golf supplies and equipment, facilities assessment services and bid contract renewals
  • Approved contracts and purchases of more than $50,000
  • Approved the General Fund Budget Amendment for Period 8 for the 2021-22 school year
  • Approved the monthly Tax Office refunds
  • Approved the YES Prep funding for the 2021-22 school year

Before the start of the February 15 Board meeting, the Drew Academy LOTC Color Guard presented the colors. Students who participated were Ariel Bossier, jimmy walton, Raelle Jones, and Jamarion Walton. The Color Guard was under the direction of SFC David Myers, Drew Academy’s LOTC instructor. The Carmichael Elementary School students led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag. Those students were: Deaire Bennett, Aaron Benavides, Martha Galvan, Mila Moya, Avaleana Salazar, Cesar Solis and Angel Torres.

The March Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8 and will begin at 7 pm in the Boardroom of the Donaldson Administration Building.