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March 4, 2024

Dear AHISD Families-

This is a busy time of year for all of us in Alamo Heights ISD, and there is much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. I feel like March signals the initial start of the close of the year, and I feel surprised this year that we’ve found ourselves here so quickly. This month, I come to you with some updates regarding some academic policy work our Board of Trustees is engaged in as well as Bond 2023 Construction updates.

Academic Updates

Discussions on the evolving dynamics of college admissions and our local class rank policies have actively engaged our community. In February, we conducted a survey on class rank, receiving responses from nearly 1,000 parents, staff members, and secondary students. A significant 80% of respondents agree that altering class rank policies could yield advantages for students. Furthermore, 74% think that AHISD should only rank the top 10% of students. There's a consensus among 77% that AHISD is prepared to implement changes to class rank this year. Additionally, 83% underscore the importance of AHISD regularly communicating updates about the discussions on class rank and any subsequent policy modifications.

The Board of Trustees is currently moving toward consensus on proceeding with revisions to our class rank policies. This includes limiting the ranking to the top 10% of students, aligning with the Texas public universities' requirements for automatic admission. There is also a significant consideration over the proposal to calculate class rankings based on core academic subjects, which comprise English, mathematics, social studies, and science. These adjustments are anticipated to be put into practice starting with the incoming freshmen, the class of 2028. While existing high school students will not experience a shift in the ranking methodology, the Trustees are evaluating the potential advantages of altering the notification of class rank to these students. These changes are expected to be finalized by April 2024. To learn more, please visit our Class Rank website. Please email our dedicated email address at [email protected] with any additional comments or questions.

Bond Construction Updates

Last month I shared that we launched a Bond 2023 Updates website to keep our community informed with regular updates about the design, planning, and construction of Bond 2023 projects.. We have continued to add information based on your feedback including a Frequently Asked Questions page that I hope will address questions that you have.


This coming Tuesday, March 5, is Election Day in the March primary elections. This is a critical time in our state for public education. The winner of most seats in the Texas Legislature is determined in the March primaries and not the November general election. Voting is one of the best ways to directly impact the future of our state, our community, and our public schools. If you were unable to take part in Early Voting, you can vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Looking ahead, we’ll find ourselves in April very quickly, so I wanted to ensure that you have our annual Festival of Learning and Culture Night on your calendar for April 1. It's scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the High School and it is a wonderful community event that highlights the engaging learning experiences that all our AHISD students are excited to share with you as well as some outstanding presentations about the cultural backgrounds of our AHISD families.

With Spring Break around the corner, let's seize this opportunity for precious family moments and well-deserved rest.. Wishing you an AH-mazing week filled with laughter, joy, and cherished memories with your loved ones. Let's return recharged and ready to tackle the remainder of the spring semester with renewed energy and determination. Here's to making the most of this break and embracing the adventures that lie ahead in the final three months of our school year!

Mules up!

Dana Bashara Signature

Dr. Dana Bashara

Photo of the Month:

2024 UCA National Cheerleading Championship
Alamo Heights High School cheer won a national championship at the UCA National Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 11. Junior Varsity earned their second consecutive national championship in the Large JV Game Day Division. Varsity won second place in the Super Large Varsity Game Day Division.


“A Walk Down Memory Lane” AHHS Community Event: On April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. we’re inviting the community for “A Walk Down Memory Lane” as we prepare to embark on our first bond construction project at Alamo Heights HS this summer. We know there are many of you who would like to walk the halls of the high schools one more time, take photos, and also look forward to what’s to come for our main academic building. Please share with your friends, family, and neighbors who are alumni. We would also love to see some of our retired teachers as we nod to the past and look to the future at AHHS.

Opt-In for School Text Messages:
AHISD utilizes the School Messenger system to communicate important information to families through email, text, and/or phone calls. If any contact information has changed over the summer, like phone numbers or email addresses, families should contact their campus office to update in our student information system. In order to receive text messages, which the district sends only in emergencies, families must opt in to this service. Here's how to sign up for text messages. Those who have previously opted in do not have to complete again.

Kindergarten Registration: Kindergarten registration for the 2024-25 school year opened on January 15, 2024. To introduce parents and children to the school, Howard Early Childhood Center is hosting Kinder Preview events. Visit our website for the schedule and to register to attend a Kinder Preview. Please share with your family, friends, and neighbors who will have five-year-olds next year.

Grand-Mule/Senior Mule Event: Calling our “Grand-Mules & Senior Mules” to visit our district and learn from Dr. Bashara, district leaders, and students about our AHISD Profile of a Learner. Participants will hear about the educational experience in AHISD that highlights many of our innovative programs and practices. Those participants who are residents of AHISD and are 65 years old and older will receive their Gold Card for free admission to all athletic and fine arts events! We’ll conclude our morning together with a tour of a few classrooms to see learning in action. Attend Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot!

If you see something, say something! We ask all AHISD families to commit to having ongoing conversations with students about safety and security and to encourage the reporting of any concerns to a trusted adult on campus. Families can also report safety concerns on our website by clicking Students / Parents and then Safety Concerns.

Please stay connected with all things AHISD by visiting Heights Happenings and also following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Upcoming Events

Athletic Events

Visit Rank One for all sporting events.

Master Calendar Events

 Friday, March 1 – 8 - Howard Book Fair - Howard Early Childhood Center
Monday, March 4 - 8 - National School Breakfast Week
Monday, March 4 - Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
Monday, March 4 - Cambridge Spring Book Fair - Cambridge Elementary Library
Tuesday, March 5 - JS Concert Band Concert - 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Little Theater, Junior School
Friday, March 8 - 3rd Nine Weeks Ends
Friday, March 8 - Cambridge PTO Stay & Play - 3:30 - 4:30 PM - Cambridge Elementary
Monday, March 11 - 15 - Spring Break
Monday, March 18 - Student Holiday
Tuesday, March 19 - 4th Nine Weeks Begins
Wednesday, March 20 - Regular Board Meeting - 6:00 PM - Central Office Board Room
Friday, March 22 - Elementary Report Cards Distributed
Friday, March 22 - Howard Class Pictures - Howard Early Childhood Center
Friday, March 22 - Cambridge Bike Rodeo - Cambridge Elementary
Friday, March 22 - Woodridge Individual Picture Day - Woodridge Elementary
Friday, March 22 - JS SpringFest - 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Alamo Heights Junior School
Monday, March 25 - Secondary Report Cards Distributed
Tuesday, March 26 - Cambridge Classroom Group Pictures - Cambridge Elementary
Thursday, March 28 - HEIGHTS 5th Grade Ceremony - 9:45 - 12;45 PM - Suzanne and Jimmy Goudge Auditorium, Woodridge Elementary
Friday, March 29 - School Holiday

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