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ALDINE

Independent School District

Houston, Texas

An Overview of Aldine ISD and Employment Application

What's in it for you!

Houston.

You will work in a district that encompasses one of the nation's busiest international gateways ­ George Bush Intercontinental Airport ­ a major business district, restaurants, a regional shopping mall, a myriad of communities and housing options. Aldine employees have easy access to some of Houston's finest cultural and entertainment destinations.

Top-Notch Training.

You will be partnered with veteran educators who will be eager to help ensure that your first-year in our district is a successful and positive one.

Diversity.

You will help prepare and train an ethnically diverse student population from a variety of cultural experiences ranging from urban to suburban.

Goals and Guidance.

In our vision to produce the nation's best students, teachers like you helped us identify the academic skills students should master as they enter and exit each grade level. With our strong academic focus, Aldine ISD has earned high ratings from the Texas Education Agency year after year, along with many prestigious academic awards.

Top Pay and Benefits.

You will receive a salary and benefits that rival any in Texas or across the nation.

"Every journey begins with a step. My journey to the White House began in Aldine."

Alberto Gonzáles, Aldine ISD's MacArthur High Class of 1973 U.S. Attorney General

"I think the world needs to know more about Aldine ISD. It's a jewel. I learned a lot from Aldine about how a school system works."

Rod Paige, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Contents

Our Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Aldine ISD at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Our History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

"Working with the students in Aldine has continously reinforced why I wanted to become a teacher."

Stephanie Gran, Former Alternate on the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team and student teacher from the University of Iowa

Our Schools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 District Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Our Magnet Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Meet our Graduates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Aldine ISD is Recognized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Top 25 Reasons to Work in Aldine. . . . . . 14 Our Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Beginning Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

"Aldine ISD provides our student teachers with many challenges that contribute to their growth. We value this student teaching site and our on-going partnership."

Gayle Huey Director of Field Experiences Iowa State University, College of Education

Experienced Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Changing Careers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Student Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Our University Partners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Student Teacher Seminars . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Assisting You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Living in Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Relocating to Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Interview Form and Application Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Welcome to Aldine ISD

Welcome to Aldine Independent School District! Whether you are a parent, student, university partner, or considering Aldine ISD as your district to student teach--Thank You for wanting to learn more about Aldine ISD. Our vision is to produce the nation's best. In keeping with that vision, Aldine ISD earned six consecutive Recognized ratings for academic achievement from the Texas Education Agency and is regarded across Texas and the nation as a high performing school district. We continuously plan strategies to support the acquisition, mastery and application of skills for all our students and are aligning our departments to ensure that academic achievement remains our most important focus. This information guide is provided to help you become more acquainted with our district. For more information, please be sure to visit our website or call us! Again, thank you for your interest in Aldine!

Nadine Kujawa Superintendent of Schools

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Our Administration

Board of Education

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.

Our Objectives

The Aldine Independent School District will: · · · demonstrate sustained growth in student achievement; implement effective management strategies to improve student behavior; increase communication and provide opportunities for active parent engagement.

Our Beliefs

Back row: Dr. Alton Smith, Member; A.W. Jones, Assistant Secretary; Steve Mead, Vice President; Rick Ogden, Member Front row: Rose Avalos, Member; Nadine Kujawa, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Viola M. García, Secretary; Marine Jones, President We believe each student can learn and will have equal opportunity to do so. We believe in clearly defined goals that set high expectations for student excellence. We believe in the value of parents as children's first and best teachers. We believe in the value of each employee. We believe in empowering individuals to make decisions aligned with the vision of the school district. Superintendent of Schools Deputy Superintendent Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Superintendent & General Counsel Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Assistant Superintendent of Finance Assistant Superintendent of Community & Governmental Relations Assistant Superintendent of Administration Area Superintendent Area Superintendent Area Superintendent Area Superintendent We believe in accountability at all levels. We believe the community must actively participate in the development of our children. We believe, as a district, we can achieve higher levels of performance. We believe in the personal and professional growth of all people within our school district. We believe all environments should be supportive, safe, and secure.

Administrative Team

Nadine Kujawa Dr. Archie L. Blanson Dr. Wanda Bamberg Jonathan C. Hantke Gloria Cavazos Dr. Keith Clark Ben Wilson Vernon Lewis Margarita Byrum Dr. Rosalinda Rodriguez Dr. Doris Delaney Dr. Margaret Byrd

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Aldine ISD at a Glance

Student Demographics

Ethnicity Percent Hispanic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.8% African American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.2% Anglo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8% Asian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1%

Location

Aldine Independent School District, a leader in education, is located 17 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas and sits in the north quadrant of Harris County. Aldine ISD encompasses more than 111 square miles of land in both urban and rural environments. Two major freeways border Aldine ISD (I-45N and I-59N) and the North Beltway 8 crosses through our district. Aldine Independent School District is just a short drive from the Gulf of Mexico--about an hour--and all the activity and recreation of a beach-front community. San Antonio and the world-famous river walk, Dallas/ Fort Worth and historical stockyards, Corpus Christi, and Austin with its unique music and entertainment offerings are just a few hours from Aldine ISD.

Westfield Road. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless there are conflicts with other important dates.

Employees

Aldine Independent School District employs almost 8,000 people in a variety of roles. Approximately 4,000 of those employees are teachers.

Teacher Salaries

In 2005, Aldine teachers enjoyed a 3% pay increase. This follows a 2004 pay increase of 4%. First-year teachers in Aldine ISD enjoy one of the highest salaries in Texas (top 1%), and with critical need stipends, many enjoy an even higher starting salary. Over the past ten years, our base salary for a starting teacher has increased more than 61%. Experienced teachers who are new to Aldine ISD are also given credit for their prior years of experience.

Our Students

Aldine Independent School District has a student population exceeding 58,000 students. Our student population is both ethnically rich and economically diverse. Our student demographics are as diverse as our teaching staff. Students in Aldine ISD come from a variety of economic settings. Seventy-three percent of our students are classified as being economically disadvantaged.

Accreditation

Aldine Independent School District holds full accreditation from the Texas Education Agency.

Governing Body

Magnet school students rehearse for a performance. Aldine ISD's award winning Magnet School program includes 16 unique strands starting in the elementary school and continuing through high school! Seven elected community members, serving three-year terms, comprise the Board of Education. These trustees serve on a voluntary basis and hold monthly public meetings at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room, 14910 Aldine

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Our History

How did we get our name?

There are many stories about how Aldine got its name. Nobody is certain, but many believe the name originated in the 1800's when the Campbell family owned a hotel and store near the current location of the M.O. Campbell Center. As trains stopped near the store and hotel to switch cars, people on the train could take a break and eat at the hotel. The conductor announced this by shouting through the cars calling "All Dine!" In 1935, settlers in the Aldine, Brubaker, Higgs, and Westfield communities held an election and Aldine Independent School District was formed. This small community of farmers continued to expand and develop. Stories detailing early life in the Aldine area are rich with recollections of family fun, sports outings, and agriculture. Promoted as a land of opportunity, many settlers and farmers moved to Aldine to grow citrus crops and figs. Today, Aldine is a much different place than it was in 1935. Few of the citrus trees are still standing, and only a handful of the fig trees are left. With more than 58,000 students, 70 buildings, one of the largest fleet of buses in the country, and an annual budget that exceeds 1/3 of a billion dollars, Aldine ISD has grown from humble beginnings into one of the largest school districts in the state. While we still embrace our heritage with an annual livestock show, we have become a progressive urban school district. We are diverse, we are dedicated, and we are producing the nation's best!

Time Table

1835 Earliest known settlers arrive. 1871 Earliest located map that lists currentday Aldine as Greens. 1873 Railroad is placed through Greens and name changed to Prairie Switch. 1888 Name changed from Prairie Switch to Aldine. Ferris W. Colby begins promoting Aldine's land and two years later Aldine sees influx of settlers. 1907 Colby files map for Township of Aldine. 1912 Second school house is constructed. 1932 The first school board is formed with Thomas Francis as board president. 1935 Consolidation of Common District #29 into Aldine Independent School District. 1936 S.M.N. Marrs High School is constructed. 1954 Unhappy residents form a tax-cutting movement (Aldine Taxpayer's Association) in protest of a property re-evaluation. Aldine High School burns to the ground. 1956 Aldine Taxpayer's Association gains temporary control of the school board. Lawsuits and counter lawsuits prove costly as the board fires administrators under contract. 1959 Turnover of professional personnel reached 25%. By mid-April the district is unable to meet its payroll and schools are closed. In October a new school board is elected. 1960 District launched an aggressive building program. 1969 Houston Intercontinental Airport opened and serves together with the North Beltway as a catalyst for fastpaced growth throughout the district. 1996 M.O. Cambell Educational Center opened with 111,000 square feet and seats for 5,000 people.

Our Beginnings

The first school in Aldine ISD was a small wooden building with just two rooms. As more students moved into the Aldine area, a larger, four room building was erected in 1912. In 1936, the first brick school was completed--the Marrs School. The Marrs School housed 450 with 14 teachers providing instruction.

Marrs High School

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Our Schools

Curtis M. Magrill Elementary School

Throughout Aldine ISD, you will see a dedication to learning--from our teaching staff to our transportation program; from our magnet schools program to the design of our buildings. Aldine houses more than 58,000 students on 68 campuses. These include: Even Start Center . . . . . . . . . Head Start Centers . . . . . . . . EC/PK Campuses . . . . . . . . . Elementary Campuses . . . . . . Intermediate Campuses . . . . . Middle Schools . . . . . . . . . . Ninth Grade Schools . . . . . . . High Schools (Traditional) . . . . Magnet High School . . . . . . . Night High School . . . . . . . . Accelerated Academics Campus . Alternative Campuses . . . . . . Specialized Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 .4 .4 33 .9 .9 .4 .4 .1 .1 .1 .2 .1

Elementary Schools (Grades K-4)

Aldine Elementary School A.B. Anderson Academy (Grades 1-2) Mary M. Bethune Academy (Grades 3-4) Kenneth Black Elementary School Douglas B. Bussey Elementary School O.V. Calvert Elementary School William R. Carmichael Elementary School Inez Carroll Academy Lola Mae Carter Academy R. C. Conley Elementary School Clifford M. Dunn Elementary School Willie B. Ermel Elementary School Thomas B. Francis Elementary School Ralph G. Goodman Elementary School Thomas B. Gray Elementary School Earl & Hazel Harris Academy Beulah E. Johnson Elementary School Ellen B. Lane School (Grades EC-12) Curtis M. Magrill Elementary School Gaining Appropriate Performance Ernest F. Mendel Elementary School Weaver A. Odom Elementary School Gus A. Oleson Elementary School Orange Grove Elementary School Grace Raymond Academy Versa V. Reece Academy (Grades Pre-K/K) Gloria B. Sammons Elementary School J. Ruth Smith Academy Richard & Kitty Spence Elementary School Mary W. Stephens Elementary School Walter & Inez Stovall Academy Evelyn S. Thompson Elementary School Bill Worsham Elementary School

Wilmer T. Hall Center for Education

Head Start Centers

Jesse Hinojosa EC/Pre-K Center Jerry D. Keeble EC/Pre-K Center José de Santiago EC/Pre-K Center Edward A. Vines EC/Pre-K Center

Aldine Ninth Grade School

Early Childhood / Pre-Kindergarten Centers

Jesse Hinojosa EC/Pre-K Center Jerry D. Keeble EC/Pre-K Center José de Santiago EC/Pre-K Center Edward A. Vines EC/Pre-K Center

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W.W. Thorne Stadium and M.O. Campbell Educational Center

Intermediate Schools (Grades 5-6)

Voyde Caraway Intermediate School Lawrence A. Eckert Intermediate School Vera Escamilla Intermediate School Jewell Simpson Houston Academy Northwest Intermediate School Otice L. Parker Intermediate School Ruby M. Reed Academy Lillian H. Stehlik Intermediate School Bill J. Wilson Intermediate School

Aldine Elementary School

Middle Schools (Grades 7-8)

Aldine Middle School Charles R. Drew Academy Thomas S. Grantham Academy Mattie Hambrick Middle School Floyd Hoffman Middle School Willman J. "Bill" Plummer Middle School Ray L. Shotwell Middle School Thomas J. Stovall Middle School Mattie A. Teague Middle School

Willman J. "Bill" Plummer Middle School

Ninth Grade / Senior High Schools (Grades 9-12)

Aldine Ninth Grade School Eisenhower Ninth Grade School MacArthur Ninth Grade School Nimitz Ninth Grade School Aldine High School (10-12) G. W. Carver High School for Applied Technology, Engineering & the Arts (9-12) Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (10-12) Wilmer T. Hall Center for Education (9-12) Douglas A. MacArthur High School (10-12) Chester W. Nimitz High School (10-12)

Jewell Simpson Houston Academy

MacArthur Senior High School

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M.B. Donaldson Administrative Complex I II III IV V Administration Building (281) 449-1011 14910 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, 77032 K8 Human Resources (281) 985-6310 15010 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, 77032 K8 Administrative Annex (281) 985-6370 1617 Lauder Road, Houston, 77039 J10 Resource Center (281) 985-6452 14909 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, 77032 J8 Service Centers: Buildings & Properties (281) 985-6265 Central Receiving (281) 985-6177 Print Shop (281) 985-6254 Maintenance (281) 985-6255 14910 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston 77032 K8 Transportation Facilities Eastside (281) 985-6628 1617 Lauder, Houston 77039 J9 Westside (281) 878-7800 9900 Antoine, Houston 77088 C10 Child Nutrition Services (281) 985-6450 2112 Aldine Meadows, Houston, 77032 K8 Aldine Police Department (281) 442-4923 2114 Aldine Meadows, Houston, 77032 L8 Thorne Stadium (281) 985-6282 1865 Aldine Bender, Houston, 77032 J8 Campbell Educational Center Facilities Manager (281) 985-6110 Athletics (281) 985-6100 Performing Arts (281) 985-6105 1865 Aldine Bender, Houston 77032 J8

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1. Aldine Elementary School, (281) 878-1530, 7007 Fallbrook, Houston, TX 77086 B9 2. Aldine Middle School, (281) 985-6580, 14908 Aldine Westfield Rd., Houston, TX 77032-3097 K8 3. Aldine Ninth Grade School, (281) 878-6800, 10650 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037-1128 G9 4. Aldine Senior High School, (281) 448-5231, 11101 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037-1183 G10 5. Anderson Academy, (281) 878-0370, 7401 Wheatley Street, Houston, TX 77088-7845 E13 6. Bethune Academy, (281) 878-0380, 2500 South Victory Dr., Houston, TX 77088-7099 D13 7. Black Elementary School, (281) 878-0350, 160 Millstream, Houston, TX 77060-4199 G8 8. Bussey Elementary School, (281) 878-1501, 11555 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037-1101 F9 9. Calvert Elementary School, (281) 985-6360, 1925 Marvell Drive, Houston, TX 77032-2085 J7 10. Caraway Intermediate School, (281) 878-0320, 3031 Ellington, Houston, TX 77088-4552 D13 11. Carmichael Elementary School, (281) 878-0345, 6902 Silver Star Drive, Houston, TX 77086-2134 B8 12. Carroll Academy, (281) 878-0340, 423 West Gulfbank Rd., Houston, TX 77037-2901 G12 13. Carter Academy, (281) 878-7760, 3111 Fallbrook Drive, Houston, TX 77038-1905 D10 14. Carver High School, (281) 878-0310, 2100 South Victory St., Houston, TX 77088-7699 E13 15. COMPASS, (281) 985-6685 1617-B Lauder Road, Houston, TX 77039-3096 J10 16. Conley Elementary School, (281) 537-5418, 3345 W. Greens Road, Houston, TX 77066-4920 C7 17. Drew Academy, (281) 878-0360, 1910 West Little York Rd., Houston, TX 77091-1914 E14

18. Dunn Elementary School, (281) 233-4320, 2003 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3301 H3 19. Eckert Intermediate School, (281) 985-6380, 1430 Aldine Meadows Rd., Houston, TX 77032-2916 J8 20. Eisenhower Ninth Grade School, (281) 878-7700, 3550 West Gulfbank Rd., Houston, TX 77088-3000 D12 21. Eisenhower Senior High School, (281) 878-0900, 7922 Antoine Drive, Houston, TX 77088-4398 C13 22. Employee Child Care Center, (281) 985-7465, 15014 Aldine Westfield Rd., Houston, TX 77032 K8 23. Ermel Elementary School, (713) 466-5220, 7103 Woodsman Trail, Houston, TX 77040-1839 A12 24. Escamilla Intermediate School, (281) 985-6390, 5241 E. Mt. Houston Rd., Houston, TX 77093-1732 M11 25. Francis Elementary School, (281) 985-6500, 14815 Lee Road, Houston, TX 77032-4405 M8 26. Gaining Appropriate Performance Center, (281) 985-6386, 2001 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston, TX 77032-3119 K8 27. Goodman Elementary School, (281) 878-0355, 9325 Deer Trail, Houston, TX 77088-1999 F11 28. Grantham Academy, (281) 985-6590, 13300 Chrisman Road, Houston, TX 77039-4124 J11 29. Gray Elementary School, (281) 878-0660, 700 West Road, Houston, TX 77038-2506 E10 30. Hall Education Center, (281) 985-7446, 15014 Aldine Westfield Rd., Houston, TX 77032 K8 31. Hambrick Middle School, (281) 985-6570, 4600 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039-5998 L11 32. Harris Academy, (281) 878-7900, 3130 Holder Forest Dr., Houston, TX 77088 D13 33. Hinojosa EC/PK & Head Start Center, (281) 985-4750, 1620 Lauder Road, Houston, TX 77039-3026 J10 34. Hoffman Middle School, (713) 613-7670, 6101 West Little York Rd., Houston, TX 77091-1198 B14

35. Houston Academy, (281) 878-7745, 8103 Carver Rd., Houston, TX 77088 D13 36. Johnson Elementary School, (281) 985-6510, 5801 Hamil Road, Houston, TX 77039-4049 M11 37. Keeble EC/PK & Head Start Center, (281) 878-6860, 203 West Gulfbank Rd., Houston, TX 77037-2322 H12 38. Lane School, (281) 985-6350, 2001 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston, TX 77032-3119 K8 39. MacArthur Ninth Grade School, (281) 985-7400, 12111 Gloger Road, Houston, TX 77039-6300 K11 40. MacArthur Senior High School, (281) 985-6330, 4400 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039-5999 L11 41. Magrill Elementary School, (281) 233-4300, 21701 Rayford Road, Humble, TX 77338-1026 J2 42. Mendel Elementary School, (713) 694-8002, 3735 Topping Street, Houston, TX 77093-5817 L13 43. Nimitz Ninth Grade School, (281) 209-8200, 2425 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3404 I2 44. Nimitz Senior High School, (281) 443-7480, 2005 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3301 H3 45. Northwest Intermediate School, (281) 878-7775, 2625 West Mount Houston, Houston, TX 77038 D11 46. Odom Elementary School, (281) 878-0390, 14701 Henry Road, Houston, TX 77060-5625 H9 47. Oleson Elementary School, (281) 985-6530, 12345 Vickery Street, Houston, TX 77039-3699 L11 48. Orange Grove Elementary School, (281) 985-6540, 4514 East Mt. Houston Road, Houston, TX 77093-1440 L12 49. Parker Intermediate School, (281) 233-8930, 19850 East Hardy Road, Houston, TX 77073-3355 G3 50. Plummer Middle School, (281) 539-4000, 11429 Spears Rd., Houston, TX 77067 E7 51. Raymond Academy, (281) 985-6550, 1605 Connorvale Road, Houston, TX 77039-3014 J10

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52. Reece PK - K Academy, (281) 878-0800, 2223 Esther Street, Houston, TX 77088-5838 E13 53. Reed Academy, (281) 985-6670, 1616 Lauder Road, Houston, TX 77039-3095 J10 54. Sammons Elementary School, (281) 878-0955, 2301 Frick Road, Houston, TX 77038-1701 D9 55. de Santiago EC/PK & Head Start Center, (281) 985-7500, 1420 Aldine Meadows, Houston, TX 77032-2916 J8 56. Shotwell Middle School, (281) 878-0960, 6515 Trail Valley Way, Houston, TX 77086-2024 B8 57. Smith Academy, (713) 613-7650, 5815 West Little York Rd., Houston, TX 77091-1199 B14 58. Spence Elementary School, (281) 539-4050, 1300 Gears Rd., Houston, TX 77067 E7 59. Stehlik Intermediate School, (281) 878-0300, 400 West Road, Houston, TX 77038-2606 F10 60. Stephens Elementary School, (281) 985-6560, 2402 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039-5510 K11 61. Stovall Academy, (281) 591-8500, 3025 Ellington, Houston, TX 77088-4599 D13 62. Stovall Middle School, (281) 878-0670, 11201 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037-1182 G9 63. Teague Middle School, (281) 233-4310, 21700 Rayford Road, Humble, TX 77338-1027 J2 64. Thompson Elementary School, (281) 878-0333, 220 Casa Grande Drive, Houston, TX 77060-4899 G9 65. Vines EC/PK & Head Start Center, (281) 878-7950, 7220 Inwood Park Drive, Houston, TX 77088 D14 66. Wilson Intermediate School, (281) 878-0990, 3131 Fallbrook Drive, Houston 77038-1905 C10 67. Worsham Elementary School, (281) 985-6520, 3007 Hartwick Road, Houston, TX 77093-1219 K12

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Our Magnet Schools

Possibilities. Opportunities. These words describe the magnet schools of Aldine Independent School District. Magnet schools are schools of choice for students and parents. Outstanding programs are available on 18 campuses under themes including International Baccalaureate, mathematics, science, performing and visual arts, communications, technology, Montessori, direct instruction, engineering, environmental studies, leadership, multi-language, international studies and international economics. Students--beginning in pre-kindergarten through high school--are eligible to enjoy these offerings, provided they apply. Students are selected through an electronic lottery. Testing is not required. Aldine ISD is careful, however, to ensure that all of the district's students receive quality educations, regardless of whether students choose to apply and are selected to attend magnet schools. Magnet schools aren't supe-

rior to the educational programs offered on our traditional campuses, just different. Visiting magnet schools can be quite stimulating to the senses. During a casual stroll down the corridors of one campus, for example, the distinct sounds of stringed instruments--violins or guitars--can be heard in classrooms serving students as young as pre-kindergarten. On another campus, students are elect-

ing a mayor or building a bridge. Outside another, children are experimenting with the aid of an outdoor environmental lab. The possibilities to become, the opportunities to learn are limited only by our imagination. For more information about the Magnet School programs or any other Aldine ISD program please call 281-449-1011.

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Meet Our Graduates

Alberto Gonzales

U.S. Attorney General, MacArthur High School, Class of 1973 "Every journey begins with a step. My journey to the White House began in the halls of MacArthur High School." In November 2004, Alberto Gonzales was named by President George W. Bush to succeed John Ashcroft as Attorney General to the United States, becoming the first Hispanic to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Al Gonzales attended the United States Air force Academy and earned degrees from Rice University and Harvard Law School. Prior to his service in the White House, he served as Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Secretary of State for Texas, General Counsel to Governor Bush, and a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. Among his numerous professional and civic activities, he has served on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, as president of the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, and president of Leadership Houston.

Angela Staggs

Language Arts Teacher, Aldine Middle School Nimitz High School, Class of 1996 Angela Staggs began her education in Aldine in fourth grade at Magrill Elementary. Not long after, it became very apparent that she was struggling in school. Reading was a problem ­ a significant problem ­ that caught up with her in sixth grade. "Because of the dedication of my reading teacher, working tirelessly with my parents and myself, I was able to reach the level I needed to be on." Throughout the following years at Teague Middle and Nimitz High, where she graduated in 1996, Angela became very successful in both reading and English. "This took a lot of hard work, but she (teacher) inspired me to want to help children succeed. I now teach seventh grade language arts at Aldine Middle."

Jane Nix

Travel Web Site Editor, CNN Nimitz High School, Class of 1988 "I think my education in Aldine schools prepared me very well for both college and for my job at CNN. I feel I had a solid foundation in all subjects, and so many of my teachers were skilled not only in imparting knowledge but also in making learning fun. (I) have always felt that my education was just as good as, if not better than, the education my college classmates and CNN colleagues who went to private schools received." Viewers of CNN Headline News may recall seeing the name "Jane Nix" among the credits for producer. For nine years, Jane worked for the cable news channel and had a hand in selecting the content for stories of national and global importance. Jane earned degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta and was hired by CNN shortly after graduation.

Aaron Glenn

Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys, Nimitz High School, Class of 1990 "The Aldine school district is diverse, and I really learned how to get along with different kinds of people. Beyond the diversity, however, the teachers and staff taught us not to settle for less but always work toward something bigger in life. They told us that we should go to college, get a good job, and keep striving. I'm not satisfied with making the Pro Bowl. I'm aiming for the Hall of Fame." It would be difficult to find a school district that has produced more professional athletes than Aldine ISD, and Aaron Glenn is among the very best that Aldine has produced. Aaron attended Texas A&M University where he was twice named All-American and AllSouthwest Conference. In 1994, he was selected as a first-round draft choice by the New York Jets. Aaron returned home in 2002 and joined the Houston Texans and is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has been to three Pro Bowls during his 12-year career.

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Aldine ISD is Recognized

Academic Achievement

Aldine Independent School District ranks among the state's high performing school districts according to data published by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The district earned a Recognized rating for six consecutive years. Aldine ISD was named as one of five national finalists two years in a row for the coveted Broad Prize for Urban Education. In 2006, Aldine ISD was named the winner of the prestigious Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE), becoming one of only two school districts in Texas to have ever earned the award. TAPE is an annual recognition by the Quality Texas Foundation for Texas organizations that excel in performance and the application of quality and customer satisfaction principles. Quality Texas Board Chairman David Branch praised AISD for its commitment to excellence. "I am pleased to announce the selection of Aldine ISD as one of the four recipients of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. The men and women associated with this school district have set a new standard for excellence through their diligent effort in the pursuit of performance excellence." In addition to the TAPE award, Aldine is ranked as one of the five best large school districts in Texas for educating Latino students, and is ranked second among large school districts in Texas for educating African America students, according to studies conducted by Texas A&M University.

The visual arts program in Aldine ISD is very strong. Year after year, many of our students recieve Superior ratings from the state (Visual Scholastic Art Event), capture state and national Scholastic Art Awards, and are top winners at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and CULTUREShapers. For many years, the school district's physical education and wellness program has been on the cutting edge. Instead of the typical team sports that dominated schools in years past, our curriculum includes individual sports such as inline skating, biking and kayaking. In an effort to increase healthy eating and exercise habits, schools are also incorporating pedometers and the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program. The school district has even garnered national recognition. NBC Nightly News aired a national broadcast that included Aldine ISD's innovative physical education and wellness programs!

Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education Accomplishments

In addition to being named one of the best school districts in the nation in educating minority students, a national survey identified Aldine Independent School District as one of the top 100 best places for children to receive a music education. The survey was conducted by the American Music Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, the National School Board Association, Yamaha Corporation of America, and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Each year our band, choir, and performing arts students garner many local and national awards. In 2004, we were awarded "Best of Show" at the LA Dance Force Competition and the Aldine High School Band received "Grand Champion" at the Dallas Heritage Festival.

School Board

Aldine Independent School District's school board was one of 24 school boards across the nation and the only one in Texas to receive the coveted 1999 Magna Award from the American School Board Journal. The board was also named the 1998 Outstanding School Board of Texas by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

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Top 25 Reasons to Work in Aldine

Competitive Teacher Salary

Our teacher salary package is very competitive in comparison with school districts in the area. Category I Critical need areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500 Category II All other subject areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300

New Teacher Induction Academy

The New Teacher Induction Academy immediately precedes the start of the school year. Teachers are given materials, supplies, and instruction to make the transition to Aldine ISD a snap.

Critical Needs Supplement Pay

AISD pays an annual supplement up to $4,000 to individuals who teach in "Critical Need Areas". Critical Need Areas are comprised of the following: · Montessori. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500 · ESL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 · 7-12th Math, Science, Reading; EC-12th Special Education (AB, PSC/HRD, Life Skills, VI, Autistic, Deaf Ed); Certified assessment spec./speech pathologist. . . . . . . . $3,000 · All levels bilingual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000 Please visit the Aldine website for specific plan details: www.aldine.k12.tx.us. Refer to the "Employment" tab and the "Salary Schedule" section.

Great Benefits

Aldine ISD employees enjoy a great selection of benefits that meet their individual needs.

Service Recognition Banquets

Employees who work 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 plus years are invited to an elaborate banquet that honors their Aldine service. Pins are individually awarded in recognition of their dedication to the district. Employees who are recognized for 25 years of work are honored with a silver tea service.

401 (a) Matching Plan for Retirement Savings

In September 2000, AISD proudly introduced a retirement savings matching plan. Employees who contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity will receive up to .5% of their annual gross compensation. Employees who have excellent attendance (.5 to 2 days of absence) earn an additional .5 % of their annual gross compensation. Employees who have perfect attendance (zero absences) earn an additional 1% of their annual gross compensation.

Education of Employees' Children

Employees who reside outside of the district's boundaries may enroll their children in an Aldine school nearest to their place of employment. Aldine ISD has been recognized by the state of Texas for the academic achievement of students for six (6) consecutive years.

Longevity Pay

Beginning with the third year of employment, professional employees earn $100 per year for each year of service at Aldine ISD. Employees may earn up to $2,000 of longevity pay.

457 / 403(b) Retirement Plans

Two payroll deducted retirement saving plans are available to supplement your TRS retirement annuity. These plans give you the flexibility and vehicle to plan your future.

Retirement of School Loans

For each year of service at Aldine ISD, certain school loans may be reduced by a defined percentage. Please check with your lending institution to see if your loan qualifies for reduction or cancellation.

Performance Pay (TAKS)

School employees receive monetary rewards for excellence in instruction of students on their campus. This amount could be up to $1,000.

Alternative Certification and Tuition Reimbursement/ Assistance

Employees successfully completing the Alternative Certification Program in a critical need area receive up to $2,500 financial assistance payable to the program.

Staff Development/Enrichment

Three different levels of staff development are offered for employee growth and enrichment. District staff development is offered four (4) days per year. Ongoing staff development is offered after work and on Saturdays throughout the year. Summer staff development offers intensive one- to three-week courses during the summer months. Annually, $300 scholarships are awarded to six professional employees with two or more years of employment at AISD. The money may be used to fund college coursework, workshops, seminars and trade school courses.

Incentive Pay for Recruiting Teachers

An incentive will be paid to current Aldine employees who recruit qualified teachers. The recruited teachers must teach in the district one full year and the incentive will be paid in June or January. Incentives are paid in two categories:

Onsite Educational Advancement Opportunities

Masters and doctoral degrees are offered through partnerships with Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Houston-Downtown.

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Mentor Program

Aldine's Mentorship Program provides a mentor for all first-year teachers. The program's goal is to ensure success of first-year teachers through the mentor's support and assistance. The mentor works with the novice teacher for the entire school year. In addition, each campus has a mentor coordinator who monitors and oversees the program.

Employees who do not have sick days available and are not able to perform their duties due to a medical condition may request donated sick days from co-workers. Recipients may acquire up to 30 donated sick days per school year.

Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Since 1937, TRS has provided substantial pension, death and disability benefits to Texas public school employees. When retirement requirements have been met, TRS pays a lifetime annuity. Please visit the TRS website for further details: www.trs.state.tx.us.

AFERS ­ Aldine Foundation for Employee Relief and Scholarship

Aldine Foundation for Employee Relief and Scholarship (AFERS) assists staff members who have fallen on hard times. Funds for the foundation are raised by employees.

Health Insurance

The district offers a multitude of medical benefits that meet your needs. The district contributes a fixed amount per month toward the cost of each employee's medical insurance premium. The annual contribution made by Aldine ISD exceeds $3,300 per employee. Visit the website at www.aldine.k12.tx.us for details.

Teacher's Aid

Starting out as a teacher new to Aldine ISD can be difficult with many expenses. The InvesTex Credit Union wants to help by providing a little aid just for teachers new to the district. InvesTex has created a special lowrate loan designed to help you get started.

Payment of Sick Days Upon Retirement

Employees who qualify for service retirement through the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas may receive payment for up to 60 accrued sick days from Aldine ISD at the current daily rate. The payment of sick days is made into a tax-deferred 401(a) plan.

No State Income Tax

The state of Texas has no state income tax.

Sick and Personal Days

Each year, employees accrue sick leave, composed of local and personal days in each category. Employees accrue one-half (1/2) day for each 18 days of employment. The typical teacher would earn five (5) days in each category for a total of 10 days per year. The maximum number of local days that can be accumulated is capped at 60. Unused personal days continue to accumulate.

Advancement Opportunities

Teachers interested in leadership roles have the opportunity to participate in one of our leadership academies. The leadership academies expose prospective leaders to a variety of situations where they can learn skills, take chances, and prepare for leadership roles. More than 90% of all Aldine ISD principals and assistant principals started as teachers in the district.

Job Sharing

Upon a principal's approval, two (2) employees may share teaching positions. Employees who share positions are eligible for insurance, but are not eligible for the 401 (a) Matching Plan and other employee benefits. Sharedposition teachers are eligible for local and personal days.

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Our Curriculum

Aldine's curriculum provides a framework for all instruction that takes place within its classrooms. We believe that it is important for all administrators, teachers, students, and parents to have an understanding of what each student is expected to learn at specific intervals during their academic career in Aldine. Therefore, the curricular program directors and classroom teachers have collaborated to produce the Aldine Benchmark Targets. These Benchmark Targets document specific skills that our students must acquire at each grade level. The specific skills taught are derived from the state curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The TEKS document broader learning standards for Texas students while the Aldine Benchmark Targets focus on individual skills needed to master these learning standards. growth in reading and writing processes. As students progress they are offered more challenging opportunities in reading and writing for real-life situations through an abundance of models and genres of literature. government, citizenship, culture, science technology, and social studies skills. These concepts enable students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.

Foreign Language

Foreign Language is a K-12 program which offers the languages of Spanish, French, German, and Latin. Current K-4 programs are available in French, German, and Spanish. At the high school level, five or more levels of each language are offered. Students may earn up to 14 hours of college credit in dual credit courses or by receiving an acceptable score on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests.

Bilingual / ESL Education

Aldine ISD offers a transitional bilingual education program from pre-kindergarten to the fourth grade. Students are instructed first in Spanish and once skills are learned, the skills are transferred to the English language. With our model, students will gradually go from 80% Spanish, 20% English instruction in prekindergarten to 50% Spanish and 50% English model in third grade. Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. In this program, students receive 100% of their instruction in English. ESL teachers provide modifications and work first with students on their oral and listening skills and then move to reading and writing skills. ESL is typically an inclusion model. A unique class that is offered in Aldine is our English Language Institute (ELI). This program runs from the seventh grade to twelfth grade and the ESL teachers work with students for one year in intensive English acquisition. Students are first learning oral English and listening skills, then concentrate on reading and writing skills. Students are in these classes from three to five hours daily.

Mathematics

The mathematics program is designed to prepare students to be productive citizens in a fast-changing world. A full range of course offerings in mathematics, from Kindergarten through Advanced Placement Calculus, are available to every student in the district. To facilitate a student's progress, every elementary and intermediate campus offers advanced and gifted and talented classes in mathematics that allow both enrichment and acceleration beyond grade-level expectations.

Language Arts

Language Arts is a balanced program containing listening, speaking, reading, writing, and visual representations for grades prekindergarten through grade 12. Oral language development is a major focus in the primary grades. A balance of literacy activities and instruction at appropriate developmental levels provide a variety of opportunities for

Science

The elementary and secondary science program consists of an in-depth study of systems; properties, patterns, and models; constancy and change; and form and function through scientific principles. Secondary science students may earn college credit in dual credit courses or by receiving an acceptable score on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests. In addition to an extensive academic program, students have opportunities for campus, district, state, national, and international science competitions.

Special Education

The special education program in the Aldine Independent School District currently serves more than 5,600 students who are identified with various disabilities such as autism, visual and/or hearing impairments, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, physical disability, emotional disturbance, learning disability, speech impairment, and traumatic brain injury. Students are eligible to receive services if they have been determined by an admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee to have one or more of the aforemen-

Social Studies

The PK-12 social studies program builds a foundation in history, geography, economics,

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tioned disabilities. Students' learning needs and attendant modifications and adaptations for learning materials and instruction are identified through the ARD committee. Individualized educational plans are formulated to meet each student's needs. District-wide instructional supports for students follow a continuum of least restrictive (general education classrooms with minimal special education intervention) to most restrictive (self-contained or alternative school) settings. All programs provide an array of instructional supports to meet the diverse learning needs of all students with disabilities. Most services (including related services) are provided to most students in integrated school settings on Aldine's campuses spanning all grade levels. The special education department's instructional and related services and programming supports include: a parent-infant program for children with visual and/or hearing impairments, early childhood services, inclusion services, an adaptive behavior program for students with emotional disturbance, transitional services, vocational education, life skills program, community-based instruction, community-based vocational training, special education counseling, occupational and physical therapy, speech pathology services, services for students with hearing impairments and visual impairments, services for students with severe and/or profound disabilities, and extensive vocational evaluation services through the Practical Arts and Career Evaluation (PACE) program. The special education department also provides Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training for school staff and facilitates the development of intervention assistance teams in Aldine schools.

required credits and/or satisfactorily completing a certification test. Some of these certificates/licenses include Cosmetology, Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Lucent Technology Certification, Pace Electronics Certification, A+ Certification, Microsoft Office Specialist, ServSafe, Wheels of Learning Certification for carpentry, welding, and air conditioning, CISCO Certification for networking, and NATEF Certification for automotive services. Dual credit, articulated credit, youth apprenticeship, career preparation, and internship opportunities are offered through the Career and Technology Education program. Hospitality Services (hotel), Health Science Technology Rotations (medical), and Career Preparation (cooperative) are a few of the School-to-Work programs offered.

porary, art criticism, aesthetic awareness and general art appreciation. New programs include Electronic Media, Media Arts (film and video), and Advanced Placement Art History, Studio and Drawing.

Performing Arts

The Aldine Independent School District provides a performing arts educational program which gives students, regardless of ability, the opportunity to develop his or her own unique artistic talents. Students acquire an understanding as well as an appreciation of multi-cultural music and other arts, through a variety of enriched artistic experiences. The performing arts curriculum emphasizes the development of students' creative capabilities, growth in knowledge and skills relating to his or her particular artistic endeavor, the unfolding of aesthetic awareness, and the integration of academic and social skills. The Kodàly method, along with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, is the curriculum implemented in the elementary music program. Intermediate, middle, and high school performing arts directors implement Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The district's thirteen magnet school academies emphasize the performing arts in such areas as Suzuki string and piano classes, advanced dance, theatre arts, and music classes from pre-kindergarten to high school. The performing arts organizations present concerts, plays, musicals, and dance recitals throughout the school year. Well attended, these organizations give our community an opportunity to observe and support the students at their best.

Visual Arts

The Aldine ISD Visual Art program provides a quality, sequential and cumulative art program for all students, pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Students in the Visual Arts have the opportunity to participate in various exhibits and contests throughout the year including the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Youth Art Month, PTA Reflections, Visual Arts Scholastic Event, Harris County Fair Future Artists of America Program, and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Arts Competition. Student artwork has been featured in state adopted textbooks, School Arts magazine, Arts & Activities magazine, Seventeen, Reader's Digest, Scholastic magazine, and numerous other periodicals and art books. In addition to two-dimensional and three-dimensional studio, students study perceptual awareness, art history from the pre-historic to the contem-

Career and Technology

The Career and Technology Education program in the Aldine Independent School district is a 7th to 12th grade program which offers courses in the areas of Agriculture Science, Business Education, Career Orientation, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science Technology, Marketing Education, Military Science and Leadership, Technology Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. Each of these program areas offer courses which students may choose using a coherent sequence so that they will best benefit from the skills taught in those courses. Several of the Career and Technology Education program areas offer students certifications or licensures after completing the

The elementary and secondary science program consists of an in-depth study of scientific principles.

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"You mean my student loan may be forgiven? Wow!"

Beginning Teachers

Aldine ISD is the perfect place to begin your teaching career. We offer top-notch training and pair you with veteran educators to help ensure your success in the classroom and a positive firstyear experience. These training programs are proven and developed by and for beginning teachers just like you. Aldine ISD has clear goals and guidelines that will help you in the classroom. Plus, our academy for teachers who are new to Aldine provides more than three days of orientation regardless of your level of experience. TEKS document broader learning standards for Texas students while Aldine Benchmark Targets focus on individual skills needed to master these learning standards.

Necessary Steps

The following steps outline the hiring process:

If you are a recent graduate of an education program. · · Complete application. Send current transcript with the degree posted to Human Resources. Send evaluations from student teaching/letters of reference/university placement file to Human Resources. Send teaching certificate and test results for certification to Human Resources. Send letter from university recommending you for certification to Human Resources. Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview. · · Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-9856307 to schedule an initial interview ­ if you did not interview on campus, at a job fair, or at a weekend interview session. Evaluation of credentials by SBEC will be required ($229, filing fee) upon hire.

Salary

Aldine ISD pays a competitive salary. The Critical Needs Supplement pays up to $4,000 to all certified teachers who teach in a critical needs teaching field. Longevity pay is earned after two years employment with the district. ·

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If you are a non-certified teacher applicant from outof-country. · Letter of acceptance from an alternative certification program indicating eligibility to seek employment Current resume Original transcripts from all colleges/universities attended Transcripts evaluated and translated (English) Native country criminal background history report (English) Three letters of recommendation from recent supervisors Service records, if applicable Copy of work authorization permit, if applicable Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview.

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Curriculum

Aldine's curriculum provides a framework for all instruction that takes place within its classrooms. We believe that it is important for all administrators, teachers, students, and parents to have an understanding of what each student is expected to learn at specific intervals during their academic career in Aldine. Therefore, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, curricular program directors, and classroom teachers have collaborated to produce the Aldine Benchmark Targets. These Benchmark Targets document specific skills that our students must aquire at certain grade levels. The specific skills taught are derived from the state curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The

Support

Aldine's New Teacher Induction Academy provides training and support for new teachers throughout their first year in Aldine ISD. Three days of district and campus orientation are provided at the beginning of each school year, with a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. All first-year teachers are provided with a trained mentor teacher. Mentors and teachers participate in mentoring activities and special training sessions throughout the school year where they explore real classroom issues.

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"I want to share my knowledge and experience with my students."

Experienced Teachers

Aldine ISD is the perfect place to take your teaching career to the next level. We offer top-notch training and pair you with a colleague to help you transition to a new district. In Aldine, technology is virtually at the fingertips of every teacher. Electronic and on-line attendance and grade reporting make management of student records convenient and effective in helping us produce the nation's best students. We are also fully committed to providing the materials and supplies you need to promote an appropriate learning environment. Beyond equipment and supplies, however, Aldine ISD has clear goals and guidelines to help you succeed in the classroom. Plus, our academy for teachers who are new to Aldine provides more than three days of orientation regardless of your level of experience. worked with leaders from across America to develop a comprehensive software suite designed to help our teachers meet the goal of educating students. Our software suite uses a color coded matrix so you can easily: · identify gaps in student learning · provide appropriate instruction to all students · determine student needs so you can spend more time affecting performance · plan your lessons.

Necessary Steps

The following steps outline the hiring process:

If you are an experienced Texas certified teacher. · · Complete application. Send letters of reference from current principal and most recent evaluation to Human Resources. Send official transcripts from all universities attended to Human Resources. Send official service records from all school districts where you have worked to Human Resources. Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview. If you are a certified teacher applicant from out-of-country. · · · · Current resume Original transcripts from all colleges/universities attended Transcripts evaluated and translated (English) Native country criminal background history report (English) Copy of teaching certificate Letter from native country indicating teaching certificate has not been sanctioned Three letters of recommendation from recent supervisors Service records, if applicable Copy of work authorization permit, if applicable Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview.

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Aldine ISD pays a competitive salary. The Critical Needs Supplement pays up to $4,000 to all certified teachers who teach in a critical needs teaching field. Longevity pay is earned after two years employment with the district.

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If you are an out-of-state certified teacher. · · Complete application. Send recent letters of reference and latest evalution to Human Resources. Send official transcripts from all universities attended to Human Resources. Send official service records from all school districts worked for to Human Resources. You will need to get an out-of-state service record form from Human Resources. Send your credentials to SBEC to be evaluated ($229 filing fee). Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview ­ if you did not interview on campus, at a job fair, or at a weekend interview session.

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Tools to help

Today's accountability standards require a comprehensive curriculum approach so that a student's learning progress is consistent and measured from kindergarten to graduation. State standards require vertical alignment to introduce hard to learn concepts in earlier years and horizontal alignment for efficient delivery of all material required to be taught in a single year. Aldine ISD recognized this challenge, has

Location

Aldine ISD is located in the north quadrant of Houston. Greenspoint Mall and Bush Intercontinental Airport are within the Aldine district.

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Changing Careers

Is it time to change careers? In one year, you can become a certified teacher by completing the requirements of the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) offered at a variety of institutions. Of course, Aldine ISD is the perfect place to begin your teaching career. We offer top-notch training and pair you with a mentor to help ensure your success in the classroom and a positive firstyear experience. These training programs are proven and developed by and for beginning teachers just like you. Aldine ISD also offers staff development throughout the year. Plus, our academy for new teachers provides more than three days of orientation. Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes are held with a focus placed on the use of software that enhances student achievement, teacher productivity and district-wide communication. Administrators, teachers and support staff are encouraged to view the Training Center Schedule and register on-line for classes. If technology is not your thing, check out the many other opportunities for staff development available to our employees.

Necessary Steps

The following steps outline the hiring process:

If you are not certified, you must be accepted into an Alternative Certification Program (ACP) and be considered "Highly Qualified" to be eligible for employment. · · Complete application. Present a letter of acceptance from an Alternative Certification Program with employability date specified. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended to Human Resources. Include recent letters of reference or reference forms in the application packet before submitting to Human Resources. Contact Dept. of Human Resources at 281-985-6307 to schedule an initial interview ­ if you did not interview on campus, at a job fair, or at a weekend interview session. Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Teacher Education P.O. Box 6103 SFA Station Nacogdoches, TX 75962 Phone: 936-468-3409 www.sfasu.edu/teach/ Texas A&M University Program of Accelerated Certification for Teaching (PACT) Room 81, VH Building College Station, Texas 77843 www.cvm.tamu.edu/pact/ Texas A&M University Options Program (Sec. Science) College Station, Texas 77843 Phone: 1-800-798-8244 The University of Houston Downtown One Main Street Houston, Texas 77002 www.uhd.edu Kingwood College 20000 Kingwood Drive Kingwood, TX 77339 Phone: 281-312-1660 www.tomballcollege.com North Harris Montgomery Community College 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive Houston, TX 77073 Phone: 281-618-5400 www.nhcc.edu Houston Community College System Northeast Campus 1265 Pinemont Houston, TX 77018 Phone: 713-718-8051 www.hccs.edu/students/ More ACP program contacts are available. Contact Aldine ISD at 281-985-6307 for a full list.

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Aldine ISD pays a competitive salary. The Critical Needs Supplement pays up to $4,000 to all certified teachers who teach in a critical needs teaching field. Longevity pay is earned after two years employment with the district.

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Aldine teachers are connected! Whether you are looking to expand your computing horizon, broaden your math skills, learn a new language, or advance your degree, teachers in Aldine have opportunities for staff development. Take technology for example. Our state-of-the-art computer training center, located in the Resource Center of Aldine Independent School District, is designed to help our expert teachers facilitate the training necessary to successfully incorporate technology-supported learning into district classrooms.

ACP Contacts

Region IV Educational Service Center Alternative Certification Program 7145 W. Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092 Phone: 713-744-8194 www.esc4.net Sam Houston State University College of Education and Applied Science Box 2119, Huntsville, TX 77341 Phone: 936-294-1105 www.shsu.edu Prairie View A&M University Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling Delco Building, Room 120 P.O. Box 4349 Prairie View, TX 77446 Phone: 936-857-2257 www.pvamu.edu

Location

Aldine ISD is located in the north quadrant of Houston. Greenspoint Mall and Bush Intercontinental Airport are within the Aldine district.

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Student Teaching

Diversity of Programs

Student teaching in Aldine ISD is both exciting and challenging. Our student teachers can expect to gain experience and benefit from: · · · · · · · · · · · · cooperative learning; whole language programs; emergent literature programs; student management; gifted and talented programs; programs for at-risk youth; ESL and bilingual education programs; Montessori, fine arts, and math/science magnet programs; safe and secure schools; a tobacco free environment; a supportive cooperative teacher and a strong mentoring program; staff development opportunities to help our student teachers perform at their optimum; a multicultural, economically diverse, big city environment; and Employment with the successful completion of student teaching. "... I came to fully appreciate the Aldine student teacher program. While some districts seem to toss their student teachers into a life raft to fend for themselves, Aldine gives their student teachers practically a luxury cruise on an ocean liner." ­ Anthony Langley, University of Houston "My student teaching in Aldine gave me an opportunity to explore another world outside my small Minnesota community. At all times, I felt welcomed and comfortable to try out different teaching styles. Houston, Texas and the Aldine school district has become my home away from home!" ­ Christina Burggraf, Bemidji State University "I had a wonderful student teaching experience in the Aldine school district. My mentor was supportive and the administration at my school was caring and always available. I am excited about all the opportunities AISD provides their student teachers." ­ Michell Schuster, Sam Houston State University the district. Student teachers will still need to complete an application and may be asked to attend the transfer fair and/or interview with principals. In the event position is not available, Aldine ISD will recommend you to surrounding districts that may have an opening. It is our goal to place every student teacher within our own district ­ although this is not always possible. Fall graduates will be placed in the first available opening. Historically, Aldine ISD places more than 100 student teachers each year. About half of those are placed in the fall! Students assuming a position mid year will begin teaching in the position immediately following the student teaching experience. Pending graduation, the teacher will be paid as a long-term substitute. After commencement, the teacher will remain in the position and begin earning regular teacher pay.

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Employment after Student Teaching

Students who successfully complete the student teaching process, attend all seminars, have recommendations from their cooperating teacher, principal, and university supervisor, and who graduate from a university will be offered a contract for employment, assuming a position is available ­ regardless of graduation date. Aldine ISD will make every effort possible to find a position within

How do I choose Aldine ISD?

Once you have decided Aldine ISD is your home for student teaching, signing up is very easy. Simply inform your student teaching placement officer at your campus of your intent. The placement officer will make all the arrangements. It is highly suggested that you take time to explore the Aldine ISD website and learn more about each campus. Many universities allow you to select your school.

Don't Take Our Word for It

"... My student teaching experience in Aldine has given me the appropriate handson experience that I think is necessary to be a successful teacher. I have learned many different teaching strategies to help my students receive the best possible education." ­ Tiffany Chapron, Texas Southern University "... Teaching in Aldine has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The students here present challenges that remind me daily of the reasons I got into education in the first place." ­ Brad Schweppe, Iowa State University

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Historically, Aldine ISD places more than 100 student teachers each year. About half of those are placed in the fall!

Our University Partners

Aldine Independent School District has formed student teaching partnerships with best universities throughout America. Each year, more than 150 student teachers from across the United States make Aldine ISD their choice. Our partner Universities include: Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD South Dakota State University Brookings, SD University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI

Northeast / Central Region

Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH

Midwest Region

Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN Iowa State University Ames, IA St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, MN University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Minnesota State University Mankato, MN Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA Mayville State University Mayville, ND University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA University of Wisconsin Platteville, WI

Western Mountain Region

Brigham Young University Provo, UT Utah State University Logan, UT

Southern Region

Troy State University Troy, AL Dillard University New Orleans, LA

Texas A&M University College Station, TX Texas Southern University Downtown Houston, TX University of Houston Houston, TX Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX University of Texas-Brownsville Brownsville, TX Texas A&M-Kingsville Kingsville, TX

Texas

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX LeTourneau University Longview, TX Houston Baptist University Houston, TX University of Houston Houston, TX Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX

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Student Teacher Seminars

Seminars

All district student teachers meet weekly for Student Teacher Seminars. At this after school function, the student teachers gather and have dinner before the start of the seminar. The director of human resources who serves as the student teacher program coordinator and University Partnership liaison oversees the seminars. He or she also conducts general announcements prior to the presentation of a guest speaker. At each Student Teacher Seminar, a guest speaker presents staff development on a topic of interest.

John Amshoff began his teaching career as a high school band director. During his tenure, Mr. Amshoff served as both an assistant principal and principal at Hambrick Middle School, Grantham Academy and Nimitz High School. Mr. Amshoff has 32 years of experience in education. Wayne Coleman is a graduate of Aldine High School. Throughout his 33 years of

service, Mr. Coleman has been active as a teacher at intermediate, middle, and high school levels. He has been a counselor and has held both campus and district leadership roles.

Sue Wooten was a master principal in Aldine ISD for more than 22 years. During her forty-two years as an educator in Aldine ISD, Ms. Wooten served as an English teacher, an administrator, and a counselor.

Student Teacher Seminar Topics

· · · · · · · · · · · · · Student Teacher Orientation I Student Teacher Orientation II Working with Challenging Students Dealing with Diversity Classroom Management The Bilingual / ESL Student How to Conduct an Effective Parent Conference Resumé Writing Interview Skills Certification / Contracts Employment: Letters of Intent Special Event! Student Teacher Board Dinner Ethics / Morality in the Schools

Carolyn Allen began teaching in Aldine ISD as a Teaching Fellow. Throughout her

33 years as an educator in Aldine ISD, Mrs. Allen has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

Freddie Gould has spent thirty-six years devoted to educating the children in Aldine ISD. His career took him from teaching in a classroom to counseling, to assistant principal, to principal. Under Mr. Gould's leadership, Stehlik Intermediate School earned the State Exemplary status. Charlotte Benson began teaching in Aldine ISD in 1975 as a first grade teacher.

During her tenure, Mrs. Benson, was an assistant principal at an elementary school and an intermediate school. In 1997 she opened Hinojosa EC/PK, a pilot campus for early childhood education. Today, Aldine ISD has four EC/PK centers modeled after Hinojosa EC/PK.

Candee Wilson has 29 years of experience in public education. Mrs. Wilson has served as a principal for 17 years at three elementary schools, a Pre-Kinder/Kindergarten magnet school, and an intermediate school for 5th and 6th grade students. Wilbert Johnson has 34 years of experience in the field of education with all those

years in Aldine ISD. Throughout his tenure, he has held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Until recently, Mr. Johnson was Area Superintendent for the Eisenhower vertical. Mr. Johnson is an active member in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Gulf Coast Career and Technology Administrators Association, and the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce.

Student Teacher Supervisors

Student teachers in Aldine Independent School District have the unique opportunity to learn from the best. Our student teacher supervisors are key to the district's and the student teachers' success.

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Assisting You

You are about to undertake one of the most vital and challenging careers in our society. You have the opportunity to affect a child's life and make an impact that will last a lifetime. The first year of teaching is difficult ­ regardless of which district you select. It's all new. There are new procedures, new curriculum, new kids, and new expectations. Aldine ISD understands these challenges and has developed a multi-tiered support system to foster success in our newest staff members.

New Induction Academy

Aldine ISD offers an orientation/induction program ­ The New Teacher Induction Academy - to provide training and support for new teachers throughout their first year. Three days of district and campus orientation are provided at the beginning of each school year, with 3-5 follow-up sessions throughout the year. The New Teacher Induction Academy includes components and resources including: networking with other educators, resources including books, supplies, and print resources, survival tips for the first two weeks of school. Also offered throughout the three day academy are mini courses designed to give you tools to be successful in the classroom. This past year, our first year teachers investigated how to plan, implement, and assess instruction. They worked in groups to explore Aldine's Academic Organization Plan. Together they met with principals and field experts to learn key concepts in classroom management, and they met with Human Resources to resolve certification issues.

Aldine Mentorship Program

All first-year teachers are provided with a trained mentor teacher. Mentors and teachers participate in mentoring activities and special training sessions throughout the school year where they explore real classroom issues. The Aldine Mentorship Program pairs new teachers in Aldine ISD with experienced teachers. Typically, these mentor teachers are in the same grade level, same subject areas, and the same school. Mentor teachers are hand selected by the building principal. The Aldine Mentorship Program focuses on six primary goals. These goals are: 1) to assist first-year teachers in mastering and implementing district/campus mission, goals and policies; 2) to insure success in the first-year teachers by assisting them in improving all areas of their instructional effectiveness; 3) to assure quality instruction for students of first-year teachers; 4) to promote the professional and personal well-being of first-year teachers; 5) to make first-year teachers feel welcome, secure, and part of the Aldine teaching team; and 6) to increase retention of promising firstyear teachers.

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"I know what I'm expected to teach. That's a plus."

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About Houston

Houston is the nation's fourth largest city and one of its most exciting destinations to live, work and play. The Houston area is a boiling pot for opportunity in an economy that supports a vast number of large and small businesses, and a melting pot of people and cultures from across the nation and around the Houston where innovation and creativity are encouraged. The city's diversity, however, is not confined to the economy, one of the nation's largest. Diversity is reflected in its restaurants, museums, neighborhoods, performing arts offerings and professional athletics. Diversity is also reflected in the city's many

NASA's research and development efforts have advanced areas in medicine, communications, manufacturing, computer technology, and homeland security.

There are many new developments in Downtown Houston. None are more exciting than the state-of-the-art light rail project.

Houston's theaters and museums are second to none. You'll find the finest ballets and exhibitions right here in Houston as many work in association with the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA).

world. And because the world calls Houston home, Houston is an international gateway to trade and travel, and is home to one of the world's largest ports, airport systems and medical centers. Rising to prominence as a global leader in oil and gas, Houston's economic base has diversified to include much, much more. NASA's Johnson Space Center, the area's outstanding colleges and universities, and a growing industrial base have brought some of the brightest and most talented professionals to

recreational opportunities. Located just an hour's drive from the Gulf of Mexico, Houston offers virtually uninterrupted access to sunny beaches, luxurious oceanliners, and some of the best fishing that can be found anywhere. No wonder the world calls Houston home. And Aldine ISD, located within easy access of all that makes Houston a world-class city, invites you to make Aldine ISD your home for professional growth in public education. Come to Houston. Come to Aldine.

Professional football has a home in Houston as well.

Houston has one of the world's most beautiful skylines.

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Houston Area Attractions

town Houston. World renowned performing arts organizations call this district home including opera, ballet, music, and theatre! Cruise Terminals Every week, thousands of guests converge on Houston as cruise ships from Royal Caribbean (RCI), Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), Carnival, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines depart from terminals in Galveston and Houston. Board a ship for a 3, 4, 7, or 11 night journey to the Caribbean or Panama Canal. Ports including Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Cancun, Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaca, and Key West are just a skip away. Sports Venues Houston was the first city in the nation to offer three new state-of-the-arts sports venues in under ten years ­ Minute Maid Park (Baseball), Toyota Center (Basketball), and Reliant Stadium (Football). Gulf Greyhound Par and Sam Houston Race Park 800-275-2946 / 281-807-8700 The world's largest and top greyhound racing operation offers live dog racing yearround. Or, step up to Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse racing at Sam Houston Race Park, open daily throughout the year. Houston Museum District Located along the METRORail in midtown, more than 16 museums and institutions attract more than six million visitors yearly. The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAZ, Holocaust Museum, Police Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Children's Museum, Lone Star Flight Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts are just a few of the institutions that make up one of the best collections of museums in the nation! San Jacinto Monument and Museum 281-479-2431 Artifacts and documents pertaining to Texas History dot this popular park. Not interested in documents ­ board the USS Texas for a hands on experience. Houston Zoo 713-533-6500 More than 3,000 animals can be found in the world-class Houston Zoo. Join the zoo throughout the year for interactive lessons and events. Kemah Boardwalk 281-334-9880 This waterfront destination features worldclass restaurants, stores, gaming, and boardwalk attractions including a Ferris wheel and a custom built speed boat to whisk guests out into the bay for a rip-roaring good time! Take an evening sail on the bay, slip into your best formal attire and enjoy a dinner cruise, or give your luck a try at one of the game booths along the board-walk. Don't worry if you don't get it all in the first trip, you will be back!

Whether you're looking for excitement, adventure, cultural experiences, an outing with the family, a lesson in history, or a worldclass sporting event, Houston has it all. Downtown Aquarium 713-223-3474 Enjoy a meal or spend some time being entertained in this three story entertainment complex in downtown Houston. More than 500,000 gallons of water are home to 200 species of marine life from around the world. Houston Theatre District More than 2 million people gather each year in this seventeen block section of down-

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Moody Gardens 800-582-4673 This tropical destination on Galveston Island offers an array of attractions, all situated in glass pyramids! Enjoy marine life from every major ocean in one of the most impressive aquariums in the world. Or, sit back and enjoy a lazy day on the Colonel Paddlewheel. Discover life in the rainforest in the ten story rainforest pyramid, or relax in Palm Bach. Space Center Houston 281-244-2100 Visit the official visitors' center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. From the IMAX to the behind-the scenes tours, Space Center Houston will amaze you. San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Galveston, and Mexico Just 45 minutes from downtown is Galveston Island, where you can relax in the sun on one of many public beaches, take in the historic Strand and Peanut Butter district, or enjoy a meal and adventure in the Rainforest Café. Not sure if a day on the beach is for you, enjoy the railroad museum, train museum, Lone Star Flight museum, or offshore oil platform museum. Still not excited, take a tour back in history at one of six restored homes on the island, including the historic Moody Mansion. Just three hours west of Houston is San Antonio where you can learn about Texas history on the Mission Trail (three missions dating back to the 1700's) or you can take in Texas along the world famous river-walk. Try your hand at spelunking in the nearby caves, or enjoy a safari in Central Texas. Three hours northwest of Houston is Austin, home of the South by Southwest music festival and home to many budding artists. A little further north, the wealth of oil and smell of leather can be found in the stockades of Fort Wxorth and ranches of Dallas. Just South of Houston you can spend a weekend relaxing on the beaches of Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and South Padre Island. Or, take a day-trip down to Mexico for some great food and entertainment!

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Events and Festivals in Houston

Wondering if there is anything to do in Houston? You can find a parade, festival, or celebration just about every weekend. Take a look at just a sampling our events. The question is not "Is there something to do?" The question is "Do I have time to do it all?" January Chevron Houston Marathon George R. Brown Convention Center 281-340-7777 Join nearly 15,000 participants and more than 200,000 spectators in a marathon to raise funds for Houston charities. Sounds of Texas Music Series Crighton Theatre, Conroe 936-539-4167 Held each January through May, this concert series features a star-filled lineup of Texas musicians. February Mardi Gras! Galveston Strand Historic District ­ Galveston Island 888-425-4753 More than half a million people gather on the island to celebrate one of the largest Mardi Gras events in America. Live music, great food, and parades are just a start of what you will experience. March Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Reliant Park 832-667-1000 Be a part of the world's largest livestock show and rodeo as Houston celebrates its history with three weeks of livestock shows, amusements, world championship cook-offs, and lots of entertainment. Each day is capped off with a rodeo and concert featuring today's best country and pop / rock names. Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 713-521-0133 More than 300 Houston artists display their work and discuss their techniques in a Houston landmark park. April Shell Houston Open Gold Tournament Redstone Golf Club 281-454-7000 Sit back and relax as more than 150 professional golfers compete in the annual PGA Tour event. Houston International Festival Downtown 713-654-8808 For one week, downtown Houston becomes the center of attention as the International Festival takes over City Hall, Tranquility Park, Sam Houston Park, and many downtown streets. Enjoy the culture, music, and food of the world without ever leaving town! Texas Crawfish Festival Old Town Spring Enjoy music, family entertainment, arts and crafts, and a carnival at the largest crawfish festival outside Louisiana. May Cinco de Mayo Miller Outdoor Theatre 713-247-3500 A celebration featuring a parade, artists, folklore, and lots of music! Art Car Weekend and Parade Allen Parkway 713-926-6368 They come in all shapes, sizes, looks, colors, and textures ­ but they all have one thing in common, they used to be cars! Hundreds of artists across America converge on Houston every may to show their latest art creation, their cars.

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June Sand Castle Competition East Beach ­ Galveston Island Be a part of something big, and sandy! Skilled designers compete in this annual sculpting event. Juneteenth Freedom Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre 713-247-3500 Celebrate this annual festival with music, dancing, food, and lots of entertainment. July Freedom Over Texas Red White and Hot Festival Galveston Island July Celebration Downtown Houston The Woodlands Galveston Island The official celebration of Houston, Galveston, The Woodlands, and our entire community! Join more than 1 million of your neighbors as we celebrate our nation's birth. Concerts, live music, a kids zone, and plenty of fireworks cap off the event. August Ballunar Liftoff Johnson Space Center 281-448-7676 Enjoy a fun-filled weekend on the grounds of Johnson Space Center as more than 100 balloons take to the air. As dusk falls, you will be amazed as more than 30 specially designed balloons glow to life!

September Hot Sauce Festival Houston Farm and Ranch Club 281-558-3518 Only in Houston! More than 20,000 brave the hottest, most interesting hot sauces anywhere in this unique competition. October Texas Renaissance Festival 21778 F.M. 1774 ­ Plantersviile 800-458-3435 One of the largest, most acclaimed renaissance parks in the country recreates a 16th century village. Spend the day with more than 200 performers on 21 stages.

of lights in a music and animated display of the holiday. Thanksgiving Day Parade Downtown Houston This televised annual parade features spectacular floats, bands, and lots of balloons! December Christmas Boat Parade League City 281-488-7676 More than 100 decorated lighted boats journey through Clear Lake and out to Galveston Bay! Dickens on the Strand The Strand ­ Galveston Island This Victorian Christmas festival is filled with costumes, excitement, street vendors and plenty of food. Slip into some Victorian era clothes and join the fun! Winter Wild Festival Houston Zoo 713-533-6500 Enjoy a holiday event at the Houston Zoo! Sit on Safari Santa's lap, decorate cookies, and dance to some merry music as you stroll among the lights and animals at night. Winter Wild is just one of many festivals, including Zoo Boo! sponsored by the Houston Zoo!

Wings Over Houston Ellington Field 713-266-4492 One of the five largest events of it's kind, more than 150 historical and modern aircraft converge on Houston. November Moody Gardens Festival of Lights One Hope Blvd ­ Galveston 800-582-4673 One of the most acclaimed light festivals in the nation, grab a cup of hot cider and enjoy the ocean views as you stroll through millions

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Local Contacts

Social Security 5414 Aldine Mail Rd. Houston, TX 77039 1-800-772-1213 TTY: 1-800-325-0778 Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Driver License Office in Humble 7710 Will Clayton Parkway Humble, TX 77338-5801 281-446-3391 Driver License Office at Beltway 8 15403 Vantage Pkwy. E. Ste. 300 Houston, TX 77032 281-449-2685 Ext. 102 Driver License Office in Conroe 2 Hilbig Street Conroe, TX 77301-1406 General Information 936-442-2810 Holiday Inn Express Hotel 1330 North Sam Houston Pkwy Houston, Texas 77032 281-372-1000 www.holiday-inn.com Apartment Locator Services Nan Krafka 3300 Chimney Rock, Suite 104 Houston, Texas 77056 1-800-798-3778 [email protected] www.houston-apartments.com Aldine Employee Daycare C/O Hall Center for Education 15012 Aldine Westfield Road Houston, Texas 77032 281-985-6476 Power: Reliant Energy 713-207-2222 1-866-222-7100 Telephone Service: Southwestern Bell 1-800-464-7928 (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) Airport: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) IAH.HoustonAirportSystem.org 2800 North Terminal Rd. Houston, TX 77032 281-230-3100

Relocating to Houston

One Month Prior to Moving

· Fill out a change of address form from the Post Office. · Fill out IRS change of address form. · Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a moving truck. · Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels. · Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations. · Obtain prescription histories, medical and dental records. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions. · Set up a bank account in new city. · Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment. · Make arrangements for transporting pets. · Start using-up food items, so that there is less to pack and possibly spoil. · Secure your apartment or home. If renting, confirm your move in date and schedule an appointment to complete all leasing paperwork. If you completed the paperwork prior to the move, be sure to get gate codes and keys. · Call Aldine ISD Human Resources Department and verify contracts, references, criminal background checks and other pertinent documents have been received. · Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address. · Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move. · Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors. · Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed. · Call the Aldine ISD Human Resources Department and verify all paperwork has been completed.

Moving Date

· Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.

First Week of Move

· Renew your drivers license, auto registration and tags. · Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage. · Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home. · Check in with Aldine ISD Human Resources Department. · Schedule a visit to your new school or department.

One Week Prior to Moving

· Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscriptions, telephone and cable companies of your move. · Arrange for help on moving day. · Confirm travel reservations. · Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving. · Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.

Houston has it all.

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Houston Housing

Finding a home in the Houston area can be exciting and fun because of the variety of home styles, communities, apartment and condominium options and prices. Newcomers and Houstonians can find housing options that not only meet their individual price demands, but also meet their lifestyle preferences. From waterfront properties on Lake Conroe, to ocean front beach homes on Galveston, from single family homes in established communities to large, secluded acreage in the woods, from fast-paced apartments to sophisticated lofts in downtown, Houston has a housing option for everyone! mid-town or central Houston will add about 20% to the total cost of renting. Many complexes have amenities such as fitness centers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, video rentals, movie theaters, spas, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, laundry facilities, limited-access gates and parking, lush landscaping, covered parking, clubhouses, business centers and playgrounds. Most complexes publish monthly newsletters and hold events such as holiday parties, breakfast services, and other community events. Stoves and refrigerators are standard in most apartment units. Basic cable, dishwashers, microwaves, icemakers, washing/drying machines, alarm systems, telephone systems, fireplaces, balconies, garden tubs, 9 foot ceilings, walkin closets, built in bookshelves, storage space, and crown molding are often available in each complex. Special amenities may include aerobic classes, convenience stores, concierge stations, maid services, shuttle services, valet trash pick-up, and on-site personal trainers are offered at some properties.

Homes

In 2003, more than 33,000 new homes were built in the Houston market with an additional 72,000 homes listed on the resale market. The median price for a single-family home in Houston is $135,000. There are a number of large master planned communities near Aldine ISD with prices ranging from the low 100's to the millions. These communities are all conveniently located within fifteen to twenty minutes from most Aldine schools. For more information visit their websites at: Kingwood (www.kingwoodonline.com) The Woodlands (www.thewoodlands.com) Windrose (www.visitwindrose.com) Imperial Oaks (www.imperialoaks.com) Spring Trails (www.springtrails.com) The Heights (www.houstonheights.org)

Apartments

If home ownership is not on your list of living arrangements, Houston has an apartment or loft to fit your needs. The average cost of a 1,000 square foot two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in the Houston metro area is $728. Selecting an apartment in

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Aldine Independent School District Department of Human Resources 15010 Aldine Westfield Rd. Houston, TX 77032

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ALDINE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

15010 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, Texas 77032-3099, (281) 985-6310, www.aldine.k12.tx.us

APPLICATION CHECK-LIST

After you have completed each of the following steps, please fold this form and return it to the Aldine ISD Human Resources Department for final processing. We appreciate your interest in Aldine ISD.

Personal Information

Last Name Address City Primary Phone Number State ZIP Code Job Fair Location (City / University) E-Mail Address State First Name Middle Initial

Secondary Phone Number

I am or will be certified to teach (subject and Grade level):

Application has been completed and was submitted. Current Resume has been submitted Initial Interview with Human Resources has been completed.

Date of initial interview: ______________________ District Interviewer: _________________________

Transcripts have been sent to Aldine ISD. Date sent: _______________ Copies of certification (if available) have been sent to Aldine ISD. Date sent: _______________ Copies of service records (if available) have been sent to Aldine ISD.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Aldine Independent School District is searching for highly qualified teachers with diverse backgrounds to help our students continue to achieve at high levels. If you share our commitment to dynamic, quality education and leadership, we encourage you to apply for a position on our team! To be considered for a position in Aldine ISD, all applicants must complete the application. The application may be found at www.aldine.k12.tx.us. It is very important that all sections of the application be completed. We cannot consider you for employment if the application is not complete. All applicants are also required to complete an initial interview with the Human Resources Department. This can be completed at the job fair, at the university, or, you may schedule a time to interview with us in our offices. If you are interviewing with us in our offices, a completed application must be on-file prior to starting the interview. This requirement is waived if interviewing at a job fair or university. After the application has been submitted and you have completed your interview with Human Resources, your name will be given to principals in our district. As positions become available, the principals will contact you if your skill set and their needs are aligned. If you plan on making a trip to Aldine ISD, please contact the Human Resources Department. They will work with you to setup a series of campus visits where openings are expected.

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ALDINE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

15010 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, Texas 77032-3099, (281) 985-6310, www.aldine.k12.tx.us

INTERVIEW FORM

Personal Information

Last Name Address City Primary Phone Number State ZIP Code Job Fair Location (City / University) E-Mail Address First Name Middle Initial

Secondary Phone Number

Certification Profile

Degree Bachelor's Master's Doctorate Teaching Experience No Experience Student Teaching 1-4 Years 5 or more Years Certification Texas Out of State ___ Deficiency Plan ACP Out of Country / H1-B Do not have

I am or will be certified to teach (subject and grade level):

Educational Background

Last College Attended Location (City) Major Grad. Date

Student Teaching School District

Location (City)

Grade(s)/Subject Dates

Educational Employment Background (Last 3)

School District / School Location (City) Grade(s)/Subject Dates

Recruiter's Notes

EC SCR Action(s)

For Aldine ISD Use Only Recruitment Sticker

Schools: _____________________________________________________

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INTERVIEW FORM (This Side is for Office Use Only)

Applicant Information

Applicant Name Certification City, State Position Preference Event Name University

For Office Use Only

ACTION DM SCR Interviever Date

Domain 1 Philosophy

Domain 2 Instructional

Domain 3 Assessment

Domain 4 Classroom Environment

Domain 5 Classroom Management

Domain 6 Professionalism and Collaboration

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Our Team

Nadine Kujawa

Superintendent of Schools Phone: 281-985-6200 [email protected]

Dr. Archie Blanson

Deputy Superintendent Phone: 281-985-6315 [email protected]

Gloria Cavazos

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Phone: 281-985-6204 [email protected]

Carrie Durley

Executive Director of Human Resources (High Schools) Phone: 281-985-7107 [email protected]

Dr. Nathan Boughton

Director of Benefits (Recruitment and Benefits) Phone: 281-985-6221 [email protected]

Jeff McCanna

Director of Human Resources (Middle/Intermediate) Phone: 281-985-6309 [email protected]

Roselia Salinas

Director of Human Resources (Elementary) Phone: 281-985-6651 [email protected]

Pete Stewart

Director of Human Resources (Auxiliary and Paraprofessional) Phone: 281-985-7571 [email protected]

Jeannette Ross

Recruiter / Interviewer Phone: 281-985-6304 [email protected]

Sue Wooten

University Supervisor and HR Staff [email protected]

John Amshoff

University Supervisor and HR Staff [email protected]

Kitty Spence

HR Staff

Earline Williams

HR Staff

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To set up an interview, please contact Aldine ISD Human Resources at 281-985-6307.

Aldine Independent School District

Department of Human Resources 15010 Aldine Westfield Road · Houston, TX 77032 Phone 281-985-6310 · Fax 281-985-6474 Internet: www.aldine.k12.tx.us

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