On March 23, 2013 the Houston Independent School District (HISD) will be hosting the 2ndannual “Experience HISD” event, targeted specifically to recruit experienced teachers with a proven track record of success. Principals will have the opportunity to award early contracts to candidates that demonstrate a strong fit for their campus.
HISD’s Woodrow Wilson Montessori School and the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club have “flipped the switch” the school’s new solar panels, which will provide a renewable source of energy for the Houston magnet school and help students learn about solar energy.
The solar system was made possible by a $50,000 donation from the Sun Club, a voluntary program in which Green Mountain Energy Company residential customers, including many in Houston, make monthly contributions toward solar generation systems for non-profits.
The Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE) will award HISD Superintendent Terry Grier its Presidential Award during the organization’s 26th Annual Outstanding Teacher Awards and Recognition Ceremony. The Presidential Award is presented to educators who are pioneers in the education of Houston’s youth. The HAABSE will also honor community activist Georgia Provost for her work in education, and will recognize exceptional teachers from greater Houston and surrounding areas. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors studying education. The HAABSE’s primary mission is to enhance leadership in providing valuable professional services and strategies to institutions, agencies, and communities engaged in creating an environment in which students, particularly minority students, can achieve academic excellence.
What: The seventh annual Public Montessori Educators of Texas conference, sponsored by Friends of Montessori, will be held Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3 at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet school. The theme is Montessori: Surviving and Thriving in the Public School Setting and will feature breakout workshops for parents, teachers and educators that focus on elevating and sustaining Montessori education within the classroom and the community, and a tour of Houston’s three public Montessori schools. The keynote speakers for the conference are author and lecturer Alfie Kohn and Dennis Schapiro, editor and publisher of the Public School Montessorian newspaper. They will be speaking on the topics of education, parenting and human behavior.
For more information or to register, visit www.fomhouston.org.
Have you ever wondered how money is spent in a large school district? Do you know where the money comes from and how your child’s school is funded?
If you’d like to know just how the Houston Independent School District pays for the many educational services we provide to Houston’s children, take a look at our latest web page – HISD Budget Basics. You’ll find information on:
- Where the district’s operating budget comes from
- How the money is budgeted and spent
- Who decides how the money is spent
- Who keeps an eye on the budget
- Who decides how money is spent at your child’s school
- How to calculate your HISD taxes
Teacher and two principals to compete on a statewide level for $500,000 in prizes
Educators from three HISD campuses have been named finalists in the 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program, spotlighting them as some of the best educators in Texas.
The finalists from HISD are:
- Burbank Middle School teacher Dr. Mary Velasquez
- The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Principal Dr. R. Scott Allen
- Fondren Elementary School Principal Mike Walker Continue reading
HISD’s eighth annual Parent Conference and Resource Fair will take place on Saturday, March 2, at Pin Oak Middle School (4601 Glenmont, 77401), from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The event is hosted by the HISD Special Education Department and Family to Family Network.
Conference highlights include multiple breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics (such as Sibling Support, Apps for Disabilities, and Inappropriate Behavior) and separate sessions for high school students/young adults with disabilities.
Advance registration is required to attend the breakout sessions. To sign up, please visit http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/ and click on “Events/ Conference” or call 713-466-6304.
A downloadable flyer is here (.pdf).
District to offer free SAT exam to all juniors during class on Wednesday
For the third consecutive year, the Houston Independent School District will be offering the SAT free of charge to all juniors during class on Wednesday, February 27 in an effort to eliminate barriers, such as work obligations or transportation limitations, which have historically excluded some students from taking this important step toward college readiness.
Rusk School officials and community members broke ground Monday on a new addition that will house the school’s middle school students.
The PK-8 school’s 21,000-square-foot, eight-classroom building is among the final projects under the 2007 bond program. About 40 people gathered under a tent as light rain fell during the groundbreaking at the East End neighborhood campus.
Chief School Officer Chip Zullinger said it was important to mark the day.
“This is one of the last projects, and we’re here today to get started with some new and exciting things for the future of The Rusk School,” Zullinger said.
When HISD’s Condit Elementary moved into its new building in 1914, it became the first public school in Houston’s Bellaire neighborhood. Ninety-nine years and several renovations later, it remains in the same building, surrounded by new houses, schools and businesses.
To view the transformation of Condit and other HISD campuses across a century and more, pay a visit to the district’s archive room. Located in HISD’s Construction and Facility Services Building on Center Street, the archives contain thousands of blueprints for district buildings, organized alphabetically by elementary, middle and high schools — dating back to 1912.
Basketball teams from 12 HISD elementary schools will compete in the final round of the 2013 Paula Harris Basketball Classic. This is the third year HISD Board of Education Trustee Paula Harris has hosted the event which encourages student participation and parent and community involvement for schools in the Cullen Middle School community. At the conclusion of the tournament there will be an awards ceremony. The event will also showcase various HISD bands, cheerleaders, and dance and step teams.
What can you get for telling Food Services what you think about your school’s daily breakfast and lunch dining experience? During the weeks of February 18 – March 8, secondary students at 74 selected schools will get a chance to win one of four Apple iPads Food Services is giving away. You can’t beat that! Students in grades 6-12 that go online to www.studentvp.com/HISD, complete the quick survey, fill out the confirmation page and turn it in to their school’s cafeteria manager will get their names entered in a drawing to win one (1) of four (4) Apple iPads! Continue reading
Want to stay better informed about the bond programs at HISD? The district now features an integrated website, www.houstonisd.org/bond, on the 2012 and 2007 bond programs.
This site offers information on procurement opportunities, project updates, real estate sales, the Office of Business Assistance, and an interactive map to locate bond schools. Since its launch, more than 6,000 people have visited the site.
The website even features a section on 21st century schools — complete with articles and videos — that highlights the innovative strategies and designs being implemented across the country to boost student achievement.
Have a question? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and an HISD representative will contact you.
Sterling HS students will move to Jones HS campus during construction; Ryan MS students would move to Cullen MS
Four community meetings have been scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 to discuss HISD’s plan move students out of two school buildings at the end of this school year.
Under the plan, the current student bodies of Sterling and Jones high schools would be combined into a single campus on a permanent basis. Students from Sterling will move to the Jones campus and remain there while the new Sterling campus is under construction as part of the recently approved HISD bond program. The school would operate as a single campus, with all students joining together to compete on the same academic and athletic teams. Once the new campus opens in late 2016 or early 2017, all students currently zoned to Jones would be rezoned to the new school, a $72.3 million campus capable of supporting modern technology and accommodating the latest approaches to collaborative learning.
More than 50 people turned out Wednesday for an update on HISD’s 2012 bond program at an event hosted by the district’s Asian Advisory Committee at the International Trade Center on Bellaire.
“Many of us don’t know how to do business with HISD, and that’s why we’re having this meeting,” said Gordon Quan, committee chairman and a Houston immigration attorney.
The event drew area architects, engineers and consultants, who heard from Alexis Licata, general manager of HISD’s Office of Business Assistance. She gave participants an overview of the bond program to date and its efforts to include participation by minority and women-owned business enterprises.
Who: 2012 HISD Board President Mike Lunceford and recently elected 2013 HISD Board President Anna Eastman sit down for a discussion on the district’s recent accomplishments and upcoming priorities and initiatives for 2013. Topics discussed include the 2012 bond program and an upcoming third-party survey of HISD parents, students and staff. This is Lunceford’s last time serving as host of the monthly television program as he passes the reigns to Eastman.
District has lost $120 million in annual state funding
February 21, 2013 – The state of Texas’ unconstitutional school funding system has placed the HISD Board of Education in the position of considering two options for covering a projected $72 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year: deeper cuts to classroom spending and/or a property tax rate increase.
An update on the budget situation was presented to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education during a public workshop meeting today.
Robert Glasper, an alumnus of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, took home the award for Best R&B Album earlier this month at the 55th Grammy Awards.
Glasper, who turns 35 in April, won for his latest album, “Black Radio.” The album blends jazz, R&B, funk and hip-hop and features appearances by Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and others.
Event includes hands-on projects, competitions and workshops related to local career fields
In observance of National Career and Technology Education month in February, HISD’s College and Career Readiness Department is hosting the When I Grow Up Expo on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Center (4400 W. 18th Street).
Jasmine Wang knew her company would be a good vendor for HISD, offering one-stop shopping for a range of supplies, from janitorial carts to pencil sharpeners.
But Wang, a Houston small-business owner, was apprehensive about getting involved in the public procurement process with the largest school district in Texas. That was, until she connected with the HISD’s Office of Business Assistance.
“(HISD) really helps small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses,” said Wang, who began her company, Sienna Supply, in 2010. “There is a nurturing relationship between HISD and small-business suppliers.”
The business assistance team at HISD is designed to help small companies, including minority and women-owned firms, gain the confidence and expertise to navigate the procurement process, hosting workshops on business topics and networking events.