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State education organization recognizes Drew Academy assistant principal

Dr. Betty Koleilat, Assistant Principal at Drew Academy, has been named Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year in Texas Education Agency Region IV for 2001-2002. The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) awards the honor.

“Dr. K”, as she is known by her co-workers, will be recognized at the annual Region IV Awards banquet in May, and again at the TASSP Summer Workshop to be held in June in Austin. At the May gala, Dr. Koleilat will have her picture placed on the Wall of Honor in the Region IV facility located on West Tidwell.

On June 12, at the conclusion of the annual Summer Workshop, she will again be honored and will be included in a commemorative booklet entitled Texas Principals, Texas Heroes. Her selection also made her eligible to participate in both state and national competition.

TASSP sponsors the Outstanding Assistant and Outstanding Principals of the Year and the Principal for a Day Program in association with the national organization NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). This program is designed to provide positive coverage and promote local recognition for member assistant principals and principals throughout the state.

Dr. K is now in her sixth year as an Assistant Principal at Charles R. Drew Academy. The school is an Aldine ISD Magnet School for Mathematics, Science and the Fine Arts, serving a student population of over 700 in grades 6-8.

“This is truly an honor,” said Dr. K. after being notified of her selection. “When you think of the number of very qualified people who are eligible for this award, it takes a while for it (being selected) to sink in. I can only thank those on the selection committee for honoring me in this way.”
Dr. Koleilat is a native Houstonian and graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School. She completed her undergraduate work in Elementary Education at the University of Houston and stayed at Cougar land to do her graduate studies, taking a Masters of Education and receiving her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

A veteran of 32 years in public education, Dr. K came to Aldine ISD in 1990, teaching math at Shotwell Middle School before joining the Drew Academy staff for the 1996-97 school year. Prior to coming to Aldine she spent 10 years in Spring ISD, and 10 years in Houston ISD, the last two on administrative leave during which time she taught in Singapore. Dr. Koleilat has also been named to Who’s Who in American Education in Mathematics. She also participated in the drafting of the middle school Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for mathematics.

Local FFA members to exhibit top animals at 2002 Houston Livestock Show

The 2002 Houston Livestock Show marks the final year that FFA and 4-H youth exhibitors from across Texas will compete in Reliant Hall, and 2 FFA members from local schools, Nicole Cosakis (MacArthur High School) and Krystle Williams (Aldine High School) have entered animals that they raised in the Junior Show.

The junior show, which showcases the animal projects of FFA and 4-H exhibitors, begins livestock competition on Feb. 22. Professional breeders and ranchers will compete for top prize money and global recognition in the livestock industry during the first 10 days of the Show, beginning on Feb. 13.

Entries from both the open and junior shows, along with the horse show, combine to make the Houston Livestock Show the largest event of its kind in the world.

More than 16,000 entries, representing more than 1,000 Texas 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, will compete in this year’s junior show. A wide variety of animals will be shown in both the junior and open divisions of the livestock competition, including market steers, market barrows, market lambs, market goats, market poultry, beef and dairy heifers, breeding gilts, breeding sheep, dairy goats, llamas, commercial steers and breeding rabbits.

“The 2002 Houston Livestock Show will be an event exhibitors of all ages will never forget as we hold the world’s largest livestock show in Reliant Hall one last time,” said John Sykes, assistant general manager, Agricultural Exhibits and Competition Department. “For 37 years, Reliant Hall has been the place where generations of 4-H and FFA exhibitors have gathered for fellowship, friendship and competition. We look forward to continuing that tradition in the new Reliant Center in 2003.”
As supporters of the 2002 Show and the move into the new facilities, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to welcome Reliant Energy and Ford as Heritage Partners.

The four market animal auctions (steer, lamb and goat, barrow and poultry) represent animals raised by exhibitors for food sources. The finest animals in each of these categories are eligible for their individual market auctions. In 2001, the Houston Livestock Show’s junior market auction sales totaled $6,297,573, including a record $600,000 paid for the Grand Champion Market Steer.

In addition to livestock competition, the Show plays host to one of the premier horse shows in the country. Cutting horse events begin the horse show competition on Tuesday, Feb. 12 The National Cutting Horse Association championship finals follow Feb. 14-17, as well as competition in six different breeds of horses: Appaloosa, Arabian, Half Arabian, Paint, Palomino and Quarter Horse, plus donkeys and mules.

The 2002 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 7, with the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, slated for Feb. 7-9, in the southwest Reliant Park parking lot. Go Texan weekend is Feb. 9-10, including contests, the downtown rodeo parade and the Conoco Rodeo Run.

On Friday, Feb. 8, high school seniors from across 60 Texas counties will be recognized with the presentation of the Area Go Texan scholarships.
The streets of downtown Houston will fill with the sounds of horses’ hooves, children’s laughter and marching bands on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the annual rodeo parade at 10 a.m. After traveling by horseback to Houston, thousands of trail riders will join the parade festivities. Prior to the parade, the Conoco 10K Rodeo Run will kick off its 15th year as approximately 5,000 runners make their way from downtown to Enron Field. All entry fees from the Rodeo Run are donated to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund.

Go Texan fun continues at Reliant Park with teams competing in dominoes, washer pitching and horseshoe pitching in Reliant Arena on Saturday. The team penning competition will take place in Reliant Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. From Feb. 12 to March 3, the winning entries in the Go Texan quilt and photography contests will be displayed in the Western Heritage Gallery in Reliant Hall.

RodeoHousaton action takes off on Feb. 12 with 19 daily performances featuring outstanding PRCA action in the world’s richest regular-season rodeo, the world’s largest calf scramble, chuck wagon races, indoor fireworks and concert entertainment. Only the top 60 cowboys and cowgirls in the world are invited to compete in RodeoHouston’s seven PRCA and WPRA events – bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. The exciting performance also includes entertainment by some of the music industry’s hottest artists. RodeoHouston finals will be held on Saturday, March 2.

On Sunday, March 3, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo fans, officials and volunteers say one last goodbye to the Reliant Astrodome with a concert finale. This sold-out event will feature country music superstar George Strait.

For an educational experience, Show visitors of all ages can enjoy the AG Venture Plaza, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the AG Venture Arena, children can learn about the sport of rodeo during rodeo education presentations and meet the cowboy competitors during weekday sessions. Youngsters also can participate in their own rodeo during the daily Stick Horse Rodeo. Additional entertainment in the arena includes the Super Scientific Circus, and The Doggies of the Wild West and Calamity Jo’s Magical Wild West Show.

For a mini-education in agriculture, visitors can check out Destination: AG Venture, a unique learning experience with interactive displays, live animals and friendly information from university personnel. Located in the East Wing of Reliant Hall, this exhibit is open daily from 9 am. to 9 p.m.

Winchell Smith Funeral Fund

Winchell W. McIntire Smith, who was well-known to residents of northeast Houston, died unexpectedly at the home of his foster parents, Hilda and William Smith, early last Wednesday morning.
The family needs help to pay for Winchell’s funeral and internment. The service cannot take place until the necessary funds are raised.
If you would like to help, please send donations in his name to Northwoods Memorial Funeral Home, 221 West Helms, Houston, Texas 77037.

Houston based annual Bob Marley Festival begins 12th annual tour

The 12th Annual Bob Marley “Rasta Man Vibration” Tour will travel to approximately twenty cities next year spreading Bob Marley’s message of peace, unity and “one love.” Over the last 11 years, the Tour has visited 45 cities in the United States and abroad making it the longest annually touring festival in the world.

Tickets for the Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets and online at Ticket prices in most cities are: $5 presale, plus service charge and $7-$10 day-of-show. In the spirit of Bob Marley, fans can get into the Festival from Noon to 3:00 PM each day by donating $5 in cash or $8 in food.

In 1991, the Festival began its tradition of asking the public for donations to charities in lieu of admission during the first 3 hours each day. Over the last 10 years, this tradition has generated over $245,000 in cash and over 1 million pounds of food, school supplies and books for organizations throughout the US. Donations of cash and food during next year’s Tour will benefit nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations at each stop.

According to Bob Marley, “Rasta Man Vibration” is “the positive energy that true believing Rasta’s project at all times to Jah’s (God’s) People. Everyone, regardless of race, is a Rasta deep within; it is up to the person to recognize this. Therefore one does not turn Rasta, Rastafari turns one. One does not become Rasta, One becomes conscious of Rasta.” Tour Founder, Sirron Kyles adds: “The Tour’s objective is to spread the positive energy of the Rasta’s much needed messages of peace and unity to all nations and races.”

The Tour features performances by the next generation of reggae and world beat music superstars. A core group of 25 acts are selected to be part of the Tour each year. In each city on the Tour, local bands are also selected to provide a unique local character to the Festival.

Dance troupes, jugglers, and poets provide offstage entertainment along the Tour. Children of all ages will enjoy our Playscape Village featuring games, rides and storytellers. As in previous years, the Tour will feature Caribbean, African, and Third World arts and crafts along with some of the best foods from these regions. Many of these vendors travel from city to city with the Tour.

Please remember, no food, beverages or glass containers will be allowed into the Festival. For more information, or to inquire about participation in the festival as a volunteer or performer, please call the local producer or the National Bob Marley Festival Hotline at 713 688-3773 or 713 688-3900. Vendors should call 713 807-9945 ( or 713 688-3900. The Festival can also be reached by email at: and on the Internet at:

The 2002 Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour is not associated with any other event. The Festival is produced nationwide by SV Kyles & Associates in conjunction with EarthWorks Productions.

Few gifts in ‘Birthday Girl’

With “Birthday Girl” Nicole Kidman once again proves that she’s much more than just a pretty face and the ex-wife of that super star, whose name need not be mentioned.

Thankfully Kidman is terrific as a Russian mail-order bride – actually, e-mail – who turns out to be a lot more than lonely British clerk Ben Chaplin bargains for because the movie, though mildly diverting, adds up to little.

A bit reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and noir films of the ‘40s and ‘50s, “Birthday Girl” doesn’t even seem to be trying to add up to anything memorable.

For some movie’s that’s a blessing, but “Birthday Girl” needs more plot, more thought, more something. What, I can’t quite pinpoint, but I do know in the end I was dissatisfied and disappointed.

In writing this review three days after viewing the movie, I’m having great trouble remembering the film or even caring.

What is memorable is how Kidman (“Moulin Rouge,” “The Others”) sets up Chaplin (“The Truth About Cats and Dogs”) with sex.

Few would argue with the adage that sex sells. Well, it, along with Kidman’s acting, is what will draw people to the movie and is what they will talk about.

Kidman is Nadia the beautiful, chain-smoking bride Chaplin’s John orders thinking he’s getting a demure, English speaking mate. Well, you can’t trust that Internet. She appears not to speak any English and though she knits, she’s anything, but prim and proper.

The rather uptight John discovers they can communicate in other ways after she finds his stash of porn and proceeds to act out his fantasies. It’s a relationship based on sex, but in romantic movie fashion, it starts to turn into more until Nadia’s cousins arrive.

This is when the movie changes, not for the better. Their rather kinky evolving relationship, with long stretches of no conversation, and John’s blossoming would have made a more interesting movie than the con game, crime drama/chase film that ensues after the cousins drop in on Nadia’s birthday.

That’s when the movie becomes fairly predictable and characters start to do things that will have you thinking to yourself “Call the police now, you idiot.”

Chaplin is a fine understated actor, but he’s a little too mousy all the way to the unbelievable end. He does have some good lines, especially after he gets mad at Nadia.

French actors Vincent Cassel (“Brotherhood of the Wolves”) and Mathieu Kassovitz (“Amelie”) make the most of their roles Nadia’s Russian relatives.

Kidman is a brave actress, taking different types of roles with unproven or avant-garde directors.
She scores here, even if the movie doesn’t. Rated-R for sexual content, language and some violence

Aldine ISD receives Recognized rating for fifth consecutive year

Jack Drake, left, president and general manager of the Greater Greenspoint Management District, presents Aldine ISD Board of Education President Carlos Diaz with a plaque honoring the district for earning a Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency for the fifth consecutive year. Drake presented the plaque at the January 15 AISD board meeting in conjunction with School Board Recognition Month. Prior to the board meeting, students from Aldine Middle School showed their appreciation to the board by serving them cake and punch while guitar and violin students from Carter Academy serenaded board members. Joining Diaz on the board is Vice President Emmett W. Hill, Secretary Dr. Viola M. Garcia, Assistant Secretary Leonard Marcella and Members A.W. Jones and Rick Ogden.

Pet of the Week

February 5, 2002

This week’s featured pet is an 8-week-old Retriever-Husky mix with a very unusual coat, soft, fluffy buff color with “random, irregular “splotches” of grey-brown. He is friendly, active, and very affectionate…all he needs now is someone to lavish his puppy love on.

If you would like to adopt him or any of the other wonderful companion animals at the Harris County Rabes/Animal Control shelter go to 602 Canino just west of Hardy.

For hours and information, please call 281-999-3191.

“African Roots in American Soil” lecture at Heritage Society

On Wednesday, February 6, The Heritage Society presents a lecture on “African Roots in American Soil: Archaeology of African American Culture” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in The Heritage Society museum gallery, located at 1100 Bagby Street in downtown Houston. A 6:00 p.m. reception precedes the lecture. The cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for Heritage Society members.

Kenneth Brown, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston, will speak about his research at the Levi Jordan Plantation in Brazona County.

In 1850, Levi Jordan came to Texas with his family and 95 slaves. His plantation became one of the largest sugar and cotton plantations in the state.
Today, as a result of the archaeological work done by Kenneth Brown, this plantation’s story tells us about the lives of those who helped build the American South. “Despite living in extremely oppressive conditions, the Africans and African Americans who lived on this plantation maintained and continued to develop a rich and vibrant culture,” Dr. Brown said. These people used the knowledge and beliefs brought with them from Africa in order to survive and flourish in Texas.

The excavation of the Levi Jordan Plantation has revealed such things as an African style “healer’s kit,” cooking utensils and other personal items. In addition, the site has provided archaeological evidence of the beginnings of the African-American Christian church in South Texas. Celebrate Black History Month with this insightful lecture by Dr. Kenneth Brown. For more information or to make a reservation for this lecture, please cell The Heritage Society at 713-655-1912.

Hotline available to youths and families in crisis

The Texas Youth Hotline launched a statewide public awareness campaign in January aimed at youths and families in crisis situations. The hotline’s toll-free telephone number is 1-800-210-2278.

“The Texas Youth Hotline is answered 24 hours a day and provides prevention and crisis intervention services to callers who are in need of a caring voice and a listening ear,” said Jay Smith, Hotline director. “Hotline counselors talk with callers who face a variety of issues including family conflicts, delinquency, truancy, and abuse and neglect.”

Smith said television and radio public service announcements and more than 250,000 pieces of public awareness materials for schools, social service agencies, runaway shelters, law enforcement and youth-related organizations are aimed at bringing the troubled youth problem to wider public attention and to make youth and parents more aware of the services available.

“Many of today’s youth who are lonely or angry do not have constructive ways of venting their frustrations,” said Smith. “We offer a safe, non threatening environment where callers can discuss their problems with someone who will listen and not judge them.”

Smith said callers are urged to seek ongoing guidance and support from trusted adults, school faculty, or local social service agencies.
“Our goal is to help minimize problems at home or school and prevent youth from becoming involved in delinquent, self-destructive behavior,” explains Smith.

For additional information about the Texas Youth Hotline, call the hotline’s toll-free telephone number, 1-800-210-2278.

Coinstar machines to collect donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is partnering with Coinstar Inc., to raise funds for the Society in a nationwide promotion during the month of February.

As part of the month-long promotion, any person who makes a $1 or more donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at any Coinstar machine has the opportunity to enter a giveaway to win a four day, three night trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.
The prize package includes park passes, hotel stay and airfare courtesy of

Coinstar owns and operates the only nationwide network of supermarket-based machines that offer coin counting and other electronic services. More than 9,500 Coinstar machines are located in grocery retailers throughout the nation.

“Coinstar realizes the enormous value of small change,” said Dave Cole, Coinstar’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We know that by working together, we can collect enough money to assist The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its efforts to find a cure for blood-related cancers.” Coinstar also works with Society to process change collected during he Society’s annual Pasta for Pennies and Pennies for Patients fundraising drives, where students at schools throughout the country collect pennies and other coins for the Society.

Locally, Coinstar machines are located at the following Albertson’s, H.E.B and Kroger.

“Our partnership with Coinstar will help us in our fight against blood related cancers,” said Joan Jarrett, Texas Gulf Coast executive director. “We know the funds raised will make an enormous difference in the lives of people who have leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.”

For additional information, contact the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter & The Leukemia & Lyruphoma Society at 713-680-8088.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, based in White Plains, NY, is the fastest-growing voluntary health organization with a nationwide presence. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has provided more than $240 million for research specifically targeting blood-related cancers. For additional information, contact the Society at 800-955-4572 or visit;