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Posts published in “Day: February 1, 2022

Aldine ISD cancels Friday classes for next 3 weeks

‘Educators are feeling overwhelmed’

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Students of Aldine ISD will be given an unexpected break the next three weeks. The district’s superintendent announced that Aldine ISD’s board has approved an adjustment to the 2021-22 academic calendar.

Starting Jan. 28, and for three straight Fridays, the district will transition from their regular schedule to Student Holidays/ Staff Planning Days. With the updated academic calendar, the three Student Holidays/Staff Planning Days will be Friday, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

All campus-based staff will report to their school, while students will not be required to make up the three days.

The district’s move comes centered around the desire to give students a better learning experience amid issues with staff shortages and the pandemic. In an online message spelling out the change, the superintendent noted increased workloads for staff and teacher shortages due to COVID-19.

Walle authors New Texas law that warns renters of flood-prone properties

HOUSTON — Starting in January landlords must abide by a new law warning renters of the potential flood risk for a property.

The bill authored by Texas Representative Armando Walle was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this summer.

“All we want to do is empower communities, empower tenants of their rights and one of those rights is a warning that this particular home was flooded in the past,” said Walle.

His bill mandates landlords tell potential tenants that a property is in a 100-year flood plain and if it has flooded in the last five years. It only applies to tenants who sign or renew a lease starting January 1, 2022. Landlords with certain raised properties in the 100-year flood plain are exempt.

“More than half of the population in Harris County, they’re renters,” said Walle, which means his new law will have wide-reaching impact.

63rd Annual FFA Show returns with strong sales

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Kevin Hart, and purchased by the Superintendent’s Group for $12,000.

ALDINE – The FFA held their 63rd Annual Sale of Champions last Friday afternoon, in the M.O. Cambell Center.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the show and sale was modified from previous years. The sale was held in the afternoon, with a video feed for those who could not attend in person.

However, the stands were filled with eager buyers, and the animal stalls were neatly organized in a somewhat smaller area than before. Exhibitors and school staff wore face masks, and kept a distance between each other.

There were a total of 54 lots auctioned off by auctioneer Hines, and he kept the sale moving briskly, but also bringing strong bids. A preliminary total for the sale was over $165,000, comparing favorably with previous years.

Killing of 16 FFA turkeys mars opening of Show

Aldine ISD Police at the FFA Ag barn

HOUSTON — The Aldine Independent School District Police Department is hoping to find the person or people responsible for stabbing and killing more than a dozen turkeys.

The district said 16 turkeys that were part of two students’ Future Farmers of America project were found dead Wednesday morning. The animals were being kept at the district’s barn located near Veterans Memorial Drive and Frick Road on Houston’s northside. They said the other animals inside were unharmed.

The district said it’s a major loss for the students who had been working on the projects for longer than a year. Students were planning to showcase and sell the animals at their annual livestock show.

Aldine ISD issued the following statement:

$500 to $1000 gift cards to those who vaccinate

Houston Health Department is launching a $1,000 COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, or Hundreds of people can get a chance at $50 gift cards.

HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is launching a new program to encourage more Houstonians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The 6-week initiative will award 12 people $1,000 gift cards and provide $50 gift cards to hundreds of additional people.

People who get their first dose or booster shot at eligible health department vaccination sites between January 29 and March 10, 2022, will be entered into drawings for $1,000 gift cards. Two $1,000 winners will be selected on Fridays starting February 4 for a total of 12 winners over six weeks.

Fixed vaccination sites eligible for the $1,000 incentive program are: