Author Archives: HISD Communications

TUTS collaborates on student production of ‘The Lion King’

Thanks to its partnership with the Arts Access Initiative, Lyons Elementary School was able to reach out to Theatre Under the Stars to loan them a director and choreographer to help with their production of “The Lion King” on April 20. And because it takes place two days before Earth Day, April 22, they decided to use only recycled materials for the stage set and actors’ masks. Consequently, nearly every student at Lyons is involved in some way in the production — and lessons in nearly every school subject area were applied to make the play come together.

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Still looking for a magnet program for next school year?

If you are looking for an HISD magnet school for the 2017–2018 school year, you will have an opportunity to learn more about dozens of schools with openings firsthand at the HISD Spring School Choice Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22, at Gregory Lincoln Education Center, located at 1101 Taft St, Houston 77019.

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Have fun while learning over Spring Break

It’s already Spring Break time, so if you are looking for some great ideas for things to do with your children during the week of March 13–17, we have some suggestions. In a city the size of Houston, there are countless activities that are fun, educational, and affordable.

Here are some events that might be of interest:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is free on Thursdays and open late that day, too – until 9 p.m. During Spring Break at the Museum, you can bring your child to the Spring Break studio between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., where they can make art from a difference medium every day. Free with general admission.

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Student Spotlight: Girls Art Squad creates amazing art project

“The Breakout” is an enchanted fairy-tale art project, complete with animal sculptures created by a group of J.P. Henderson fifth-graders who call themselves the “Girls Art Squad.” They initiated the project on their own and completed it in their Culture Core class this past semester.

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HISD students compete in Coding Challenge Day

On Saturday, Dec. 3, HISD Advanced Academics and the STEM Teacher Development team hosted “Crack the Code: A Coding Challenge Day” with HISD students to kick off Computer Science Education Week, which is Dec. 5–11. Students and teachers from 27 district elementary and middle schools participated in the challenge day, which was held simultaneously at two locations – Southmayd and McGowen elementary schools.

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DREAM Summit: A day of exploration for HISD students

The College Readiness and Multilingual departments are hosting the DREAM Summit on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., Houston, 77092. All HISD DREAMers, DACA recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their parents, are invited to attend.

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HISD holiday schedule for Thanksgiving

The Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center and all HISD schools and district offices are open on Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

All HISD offices and campuses will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Normal school and business operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Please have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

HISD students raise SAT/PSAT scores by hundreds of points using free test prep from Khan Academy

Two Booker T. Washington students have become national ambassadors for successful SAT/PSAT prep by  increasing their scores a combined 670 points, thanks to free practice tools available to every HISD student through Khan Academy.

In mid-October, the CollegeBoard flew Valencia Grayson and Matthew Blue to the Council of the Great City Schools fall conference in Miami, where they were honored for their success with the Khan SAT prep. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza also attended the conference, where HISD was recognized for actively promoting the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

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Tailgate parties entice HISD students to enjoy lunch outside

It’s fall in Houston, and with the season comes football and tailgate parties. HISD’s Nutrition Services department is hosting lunch-time tailgate parties every Thursday at several HISD high schools. Jones Futures Academy and Scarborough High School were the first two schools to win an all-out tailgate party where students can enjoy a meal and socialize outside the cafeteria.

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