Northside HS students awarded funds to improve technology projects 

Two student-led groups from HISD’s Northside High School scored big recently, winning grants to improve their 2018 Together with Tech projects.

The students received nearly $20,000 after submitting a formal funding request to build upon the projects they presented at this past year’s Together with Tech Student Conference, which was held in April.

Although the groups did not place at the conference, they received valuable feedback, and the panel of judges encouraged them to continue with their work.  But that would take funding.  Continue reading

Fourth annual Dream Summit prepares HISD international students for the future

Click here for more from the HISD Dream Summit.

Excitement filled the air at HISD’s fourth annual Dream Summit, held Saturday at Hattie Mae White, drawing hundreds of students eager to collect resources and information about college applications and financial aid.

The HISD Office of College and Career Readiness and Multilingual Programs event is held each year to aid HISD DREAMers, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their families.

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Rick Cruz welcomed students and their families to the event applauding them for their commitment to the future. Continue reading

Looscan ES community to receive $250,000 for neighborhood revitalization project

The area surrounding HISD’s Looscan Elementary School will soon be transformed thanks to a $250,000 grant from Republic Services for an upcoming neighborhood revitalization project.

The grant funds, awarded to Houston-area nonprofit Avenue CDC, will be used for the organization’s Boosting Success for Looscan Elementary School project. The funds will be allocated to improve safe routes to school, SPARK Park renovations, and lead abatement in 10 neighborhood homes.

The grant will be presented Wednesday during the school’s winter program.

Avenue CDC is a builder of homes and a builder of communities in Houston, Texas.  The organization builds affordable homes, provides education, and supports robust community engagement programs that promote resident leadership and improved quality of life for all Houstonians.

Winter break begins Friday for students, with classes resuming on Jan. 7  

The Houston Independent School District’s 2018 winter break begins on Friday for all students. Campuses and district offices will be closed for the break starting on Monday, Dec. 24.

Students will be on winter break from school starting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, through Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Students will return to school on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. HISD central and administrative offices will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, and will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Employees with questions should consult the duty schedules posted here.

The HISD Police Department will be patrolling district facilities during the holiday break. Emergencies should be reported by calling 713-892-7777.

Worthing HS construction wraps up, set to open final phase in January

Construction on the final building phase of Worthing High School is nearing 100 percent completion, with students and staff eager to move into the new facility next month.

As crews complete final punch-list items, new furniture will be delivered in the coming weeks, preparing the building for students when they return from winter break on Jan. 7.

“It’s really beautiful,” Principal Khalilah Campbell-Rhone said on a recent walkthrough of the new building. “I’m very excited. We just received a permit from the city to start moving in.” Continue reading

HISD Board of Education votes against turnaround and innovation partnerships

The HISD Board of Education rejected, 4-5, a move to request proposals for turnaround partnerships to operate four campuses that have been designated “Improvement Required” for four or more years.

The four campuses are Highland Heights Elementary School, Henry Middle School, and Kashmere and Wheatley high schools.

Under Senate Bill 1882, entering into a turnaround partnership would provide a two-year pause on accountability from the Texas Education Agency and prevent sanctions from the state related to House Bill 1842, including school closures or the appointment of a Board of Managers.  Continue reading

Board of Education to consider authorizing request for school partnership proposals

The HISD Board of Education on Thursday will consider whether to authorize the district to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for school partnerships, as outlined under Senate Bill 1882.

The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Manuel Rodríguez Jr. Board Auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., 77092. Click here to view the full agenda.

Entities eligible to be considered for partnerships are non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, or governmental organizations. Continue reading

Transportation updates routes ahead of new school openings, continues to recruit drivers

Transportation Services has updated all bus routes assigned to Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts in preparation for their relocation to their new campus in downtown Houston.

The school is moving out of its current campus in Montrose and into a new building located at 790 Austin St. during the upcoming winter break. The new facility, built as part of the 2012 Bond Program, will officially open its doors to students when they return from winter break on Jan. 7, 2019.

The updated routes take effect on Jan. 7, 2019. HSPVA parents and students were notified of the changes via phone and text message earlier this week and will receive reminders again next week. Continue reading

Six HISD schools set to open new facilities in January

HISD will open six new schools next month, bringing the total number of new campuses opened during the past year to 21 and marking the completion of more than 80 percent of all school construction projects.

Schools include Madison and Worthing high schools, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Barbara Jordan Career Center, Wharton Dual Language Academy, and Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. All are part of the 2012 Bond Program.

“We’ve completed a record-breaking number of projects,” HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said. “Essentially, that means more students now have access to vibrant, modern, state-of-the-art learning spaces. That’s our goal.” Continue reading

Second-generation teacher surprised as December Teacher of the Month 

Known as an “unsung hero” at Sam Houston Science, Math and Technology Center (SHSMTC), English teacher Margaret Licea was recognized as the Sterling McCall VIP Services Teacher of the Month for December on Tuesday.

“When Licea’s name is mentioned to anyone at the campus, it’s instantly met with a huge smile and enthusiasm,” Principal Alan Summers said. “It is without questions she is a campus favorite here and the award is well deserved. She is so committed to our faculty and students’ excellence that I was actually urged by our instructional specialists to submit her as a nominee this month.”

The second-generation teacher, who also works alongside her mother at SHSMTC, was so overcome with emotion during her surprise, it was hard for the classroom not to join in excitement to express their love for Licea.  Continue reading