Yates High School’s boys basketball team will play for the district 3A state championship at 10 a.m. Saturday in Austin. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Yates will be playing the same team it played in the title game last year, Dallas’ Madison High School. Yates lost that game and is hoping to avenge that loss. The players’ sprits are high after beating Kennedale, which had been undefeated this season, in the state semifinals game on Thursday.
This level of play is nothing new to Yates, who competed for the state championship in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The program won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
Students at West University Elementary School collected more food for the Souper Bowl of caring than any other school in the United States, and a Houston Texans star visited the campus on Friday to congratulate them.
Offensive tackle Duane Brown, along with some of the Houston Texans cheerleaders, celebrated the 30,908-pound donation with a pep rally.
The Souper Bowl of Caring’s goal is to mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their communities. Houston has the largest campaign in the nation, and West University ES has led the effort for four consecutive years.
The second bid package for the construction of the new Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex will include underground and structural concrete site work and will be open for subcontractors to bid on by the end of March.
“If you meet our pre-qualifications, your references come back great, and you’ve done similar projects to this magnitude, all of these factors will go into consideration when making our selection of subcontractors,” said DivisionOne Construction President Todd Hamby during a meet and greet Thursday at HISD with the firm that was selected as Delmar’s Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). “We want to hire companies that will make this project a success.”
Attention Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students:
Special Education records which have been collected by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of five years after Special Education services have ended for the student. This requirement has changed from seven years to five years based on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and HISD’s updated records retention schedule. Special Education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 22, or moves from the district.
This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of HISD’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who are no longer receiving Special Education services as of the end of the 2005–2006 through the 2007–2008 school year. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.
The HISD Business Assistance Department presented new changes to its documentation and bidding process for minority- and women-owned businesses at a workshop Wednesday after working with public entities, private corporations and chambers of commerce to improve its supplier diversity program.
Grady students show off their letters to colleges and universities.
How are you Planning Your Path – or guiding your children or students along their way to higher education and careers? We’re anxious to share your activities with others, as HISD moves into implementing the exciting changes brought by House Bill 5. Here’s the first in our series.
Grady Middle School eighth-graders have taken the first step on the path to college and career readiness. In their English class, the students wrote letters to a favorite college or university to request information regarding programs the schools offer in fields that interest them.
“Even though these students have not yet started high school, it is not too soon for them to start thinking about what they’ll be doing after high school,” said Grady Middle School’s eighth-grade IB Language A instructor Dorothy Leahy.
Community meetings begin Monday; high school counselors and registrars will be on hand to answer questions about new graduation requirements
What is an “endorsement”? How can my child be eligible for Top 10 percent admissions to college? What does my child do to “supersize” his or her diploma to be more attractive to colleges and employers? Parents of current eighth-graders – who will be the first to graduate under revised state requirements – will face an array of new choices and decisions at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
HISD’s Food Services Department is celebrating National Nutrition Month throughout March. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition and education information campaign celebrated annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” is this year’s theme which encourages individuals to develop life-long healthy eating habits by finding the right balance of delicious AND healthy foods.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees will review proposals to close Jones High School and Dodson Elementary School during the March 13 board meeting. Three of the five schools – Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School, Port Houston Elementary School, and Fleming Middle School – originally proposed for closure have been removed from consideration by Board President Juliet Stipeche. This authority is provided to the president through board policy.
“I respect our board president’s request to remove these schools from consideration,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “I also appreciate her input, the input of all trustees, and the community-at-large in this process.”
A group of 27 highly effective teachers from campuses across HISD gathered at district headquarters Wednesday morning for a celebratory breakfast, a photo shoot, and tributes from district leadership.
“We know that nothing is more important than providing our students with great teachers,” said Dr. Rodney Watson, chief human resources officer. “And I can also tell you that teaching is the most difficult job I’ve ever had. I wish we could have brought all of our district’s top teachers together today, because they all deserve to be recognized for their tremendous work.”
HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones agreed. “I have such deep respect for the hard work our teachers do every day. The hard and heavy lifting in our district truly takes place in the classrooms.”
Sendoff pep rally today, watch party planned for weekend
In honor of Jack Yates High School boys’ basketball team’s return trip to compete for another state title, the Yates band and cheerleading team will host a pep rally at 2:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 5 in the school’s auditorium (3703 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77004). The event will highlight student-athletes’ achievements and serve as the final spirit-fest for a 23-9 team that is hoping to win it all in Austin. The team will load buses immediately following the event.
Don’t think that financial issues make college out of reach. That was the message sounded repeatedly to several hundred parents and students, who attended College Camp Houston at Chavez High School on March 1 to find out more about the financial aspects of preparing for higher education.
The workshop, hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wells Fargo Bank, provided students and parents with advice for paying for college, researching financial aid, and obtaining scholarships. Bankers and education finance specialists guided families through the application process.
Educational diagnosticians are certified professionals with skills in identifying learning disorders. In recognition of the critical role that these individuals play in providing all students with a high-quality education, Gov. Rick Perry has declared March 3–7 “Educational Diagnosticians’ Week” in the state of Texas.
“By developing and recommending teaching strategies and materials, these professionals help provide our next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills fundamental for lifelong success,” said Perry, in a proclamation signed on Feb. 4 (.pdf). “Their hard work contributes to the future of our young Texans and of the Lone Star State.”
Ten community sessions will introduce families to new requirements, resources
Houston ISD will launch a series of 10 community “Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You” meetings Monday, March 10, to introduce eighth-graders and their families to major changes in high school planning that will blend academics with higher education and careers.
One session is set for each trustee’s district, with one at the HISD headquarters at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center. Families may attend any of the meetings, and all HISD students and parents are invited to get a first look at this new model for learning.
Project Advisory Teams wrapped up a two-day design charrette on Friday for two of the district’s elementary schools being constructed under the 2012 bond program: Parker Elementary, a music magnet school in the city’s Westbury area, and Relief Elementary, a new campus in West Houston that is intended to relieve crowding at several nearby schools.
The HISD Career and Technical Education Department will host its second annual When I Grow Up expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St.
The free family event will feature hands-on experiences from more than 60 Houston employers in the energy, engineering, retail, cosmetology, college, financial, and automotive industries, as well as performances, competitions, food trucks and more.
“The goal of the event is to expose students to the wide variety of careers in our region that they may not typically think or know about,” said Mike Webster, director of Career and Technical Education for HISD.