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Aldine ISD Free Family Engagement Expo Set For Aug. 6

Aldine ISD Free Family Engagement Expo Set For Aug. 6
Posted on 07/21/2016

Agencies intend to provide families with tools and information to help students succeed.

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August is around the corner, which means summer vacation is almost over. A new event this year will help families prepare for the new school year, which starts Aug. 22.

The Aldine Independent School District is hosting its first annual Family Expo. This free event is open to families in Aldine ISD with children in prekindergarten to high school.

The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center (1865 Aldine Bender Rd.) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is a partnership between U.S. Congressman Gene Green and Neighborhood Centers Inc.

A Back to School State of Mind

Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg hopes to see Aldine parents and students in attendance.

“The Family Expo will provide parents with all kinds of valuable information,” said Bamberg. “Organizers have been working to develop a wonderful event for families.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to talk to people about a wide variety of resources. Parents can get oriented about a lot of programs for children. These programs and services promote academic success and prepare students for college and career.”

The expo will offer workshops about increasing literacy skills and college readiness programs. Families can also learn about the district’s magnet schools and International Baccalaureate programs. Other topics covered include dyslexia services, special education support and student behavior.

Dr. Jinneh Dyson is the guest speaker. She will discuss strategies to motivate and inspire students to succeed in school. Dyson will also talk about the importance of attitude and perseverance. A change in mindset will help students reach their dreams. She is author of Think Your Way Up: 21 Mental Habits of High Performance People.

Resources for Families

The Family Expo showcases family resources, service providers, community-based organizations and other local agencies. Educational workshops will focus on literacy, career programs, and college admission test preparation.

Several workshops will address financial responsibility and awareness and health issues that affect families. Other exhibitors will provide employment services and much more. The goal is to increase community education and involvement.

Congressman Gene Green is one of the Expo’s sponsors. Many in the community are familiar with Green’s immunization health fairs.

“Parents and legal guardians are the strongest advocates for their children’s health and education,” said Green. “They are often looking for the resources to do more. For that reason we host community events like this Expo. We want to connect families to community service providers as well as health and educational resources.”

Workshop Topics Include...

  • AISD Digital Resources — Gain knowledge of how to educate your child about digital resources. Learn how to get connected to AISD’s eBooks, student grades and attendance. Also learn about low-cost devices for your child.
  • Literacy — Studies show that literacy is vital for individuals to succeed in school and in the work place. Discover how parents can instill a love of reading in their children.
  • College and Career Readiness — AISD offers programs and services to students who aspire a college education. Students can take advantage of career and technical education programs. Learn about the college application process and how to pay for college. Also discover the resources available to help choose a career and what employers want.
  • Magnet Schools/International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs (Grades PK-12) — The district offers an award-winning magnet school program. The focus is on science, applied technology, engineering, and the arts. The magnet program also has two Montessori campuses. The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous, globally recognized honors curriculum. Many colleges and universities award credit upon exam results. Aldine is one of the few districts in Texas to offer the entire IB continuum — Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. Learn about the different school choice options and the application requirements.
  • Classroom Behavior — Learn how inappropriate behavior impacts the classroom setting. Parents and teachers can work together. Learn how positive behavior promotes learning in the classroom.
  • Dyslexia — Learn more about this common learning disorder. Parents will learn how to recognize the signs of dyslexia and related disorders. The disorder could lead to problems with reading, writing and spelling. But if identified early, students can excel. Discover the dyslexia services AISD offers and how parents can help their children.
  • Special Education — Learn about children and parents’ rights and responsibilities. Understand the school’s responsibilities to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. Gain a better understanding of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) process. Learn how the district Special Education Department develops a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and measures progress.
  • Family Meals — Child Nutrition Services will share how to incorporate healthy meals into your plan and how to make meals a fun time for the family.

(View program below for a complete list of topics.)

More than 30 Exhibitors! They include...

  • Communities In Schools
  • Harris County Public Library
  • Houston Public Library
  • Lone Star College-North Harris
  • Neighborhood Centers Inc.
  • The Princeton Review
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Workforce Solutions
(View program below for a complete list of exhibitors.)

Sponsors

  • Congressman Gene Green
  • Neighborhood Centers Inc.
  • East Aldine Management District
  • Bill Ginder, Caldwell Companies
  • Kroger
  • Academy Sports
  • Aldine Education Foundation
  • Lakeshore Learning
  • McDonald’s
  • Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Texas Children Health Plan

Don’t Miss Out on Door Prizes, Refreshments and Much More!

There is an advantage to attending the event early. The first 100 attendees to walk through the doors will receive free immunizations. To qualify, parents must bring their child’s immunization record with them. Students must meet state immunization requirements to start school. The Expo will also feature a comprehensive health fair. Aside from educational materials on health, free health screenings will also be available.

Young children will have fun at the Kids Craft Stations sponsored by Lakeshore Learning. Teen activities will focus on educational programs along with college and career preparation sessions.

Aldine ISD families will have an opportunity to add to their home libraries. The expo will provide free books (while supplies last).

Register Now

The district encourages families to register online. The online registration is available in English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Abel Garza at (281) 985-6202. Garza is assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations.

Download the Program (PDF 1.1MB)