When HISD closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
bus driver Althea McWhorter never got the chance to say goodbye to the seniors
who rode her bus every day for four years.
For someone who thoroughly enjoys getting to know her passengers as she drives them to and from school each day, losing the chance to say goodbye was not easy. But she’s hoping this year will be different.
Armed with new bus safety measures and a duffel bag of
disinfecting supplies, McWhorter was ready to welcome a new group of students
returning this month for in-person instruction.
HISD students are invited to attend a series of virtual lunch
and learn programs presented by the HISD Office of School Choice in partnership
with The Ion of Houston and Pumps and Pipes.
The first event, Careers in Innovation, Technology &
Entrepreneurship, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5,
and will feature speakers from Xecta Digital Labs, Plug & Play Tech Center,
and The Ion.
COVID-19 has presented several educational challenges that
have exacerbated gaps in student learning, but two Carnegie Vanguard High
School students saw it as an opportunity for positive change.
During the pandemic, juniors Aadhav Jai Murugesh and Levi Chen created Numerly, which provides easy-to-access, free tutoring services for students grades 3-8. Numerly’s goal is to uplift economically and medically underserved communities by making high-quality math and science education available for free.
“We wanted to do our part to help students succeed,
regardless of the circumstances,” Murugesh said. “The math and science
knowledge kids gain in elementary and middle school is crucial, and a strong
foundation ensures that more challenging subjects are attainable in high
HISD middle and high school students are invited to attend a
virtual Wellness Fair presented Next Level Urgent Care, Jones Futures Academy
and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.
The wellness fair will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. During the fair, students will have access to workforce readiness opportunities, as well as an opportunity to meet and interact with health care professionals without having to leave their campus.
have a wide variety of choices regarding where to send their students to school
in HISD, but time is running out to be in the first round of consideration.
who still aren’t sure which school they want their child to attend next year
are invited to the final virtual School Choice Fair from 9 a.m. to
noon this Saturday, Oct. 31. Representatives from HISD magnet schools will
be available, and attendees can get help submitting their application. Parents
can log into the virtual fair here.
deadline to apply is Nov. 6 for guaranteed consideration in the first
round. Any applications received after the Nov. 6 deadline will be
considered only for schools where space is still available.
The Student Information Verification
application will allow parents the opportunity to verify or update their
information to stay connected to their student’s school, such as home
addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.
HISD’s Department of Academic and
Career Counseling invites all district staff, students and parents to join
them in recognizing Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and
largest drug prevention awareness program.
Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated
annually October 23-31, has taken on national significance mobilizing
communities to educate students and encourage participation in drug prevention
activities. Wearing red ribbons during the month of October represents the
pledge to live drug-free and honors all who have lost their lives in the fight