Monthly Archives: February 2013

District looks for experienced, successful teachers to ‘Experience HISD’ on March 23

Are you a successful, motivated teacher? Contact Teacher Recruitment and Selection at

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.

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Wilson Elementary School ‘Flips the Switch’ on Donated Solar Panels

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.

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HISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier to be Honored by the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators

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.

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Garden Oaks Montessori to Host Public Montessori Educators of Texas Conference

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

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Have questions about the HISD budget process? Get answers here

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
Just like in your own household, HISD has a budget that requires prioritizing of needs and wise spending. And because the budget is vital to the operation of the district, HISD wants you to know how it is funded and where the money is spent.  Get your questions answered and find out how you can be involved in the HISD budget process at


HISD Has Three Finalists for 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

Teacher and two principals to compete on a statewide level for $500,000 in prizes

HSPVA Principal Dr. R. Scott Allen with H-E-B Montrose location manager Shannon Simpson

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

Eighth Annual Parent Conference and Resource Fair this Saturday

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 and click on “Events/ Conference” or call 713-466-6304.

A downloadable flyer is here (.pdf).

Nearly 10,000 HISD Juniors to Participate in Free SAT School Day

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.

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Rusk School Breaks Ground on New Addition

Rusk School officials and community members broke ground Monday on a new addition that will house the school’s middle school students.

Rusk school officials and community members break ground on a new addition to the school.

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.

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District’s Blueprint Archives a Resource for Architects in Bond Program

HISD Senior CAD Designer Gregory Poitier is attempting to digitize the district’s archives for preservation and easier access.

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.

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