A summer afternoon at Bastian Elementary School revealed a wonderful exhibition of paintings and other works of art, as well as a musical performance of songs by Pre-K and Kindergarten students who were wrapping up a four-week summer fine arts camp. The camp, which was based around the four themes of community, transportation, healthy eating, and friendship/fairness, was in response to an initiative from Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to include the fine arts in summer school.
This is the third year for the Teach Forward Houston program, a collaboration with the University of Houston College of Education (COE) and HISD to educate students in return for their commitment to teach in HISD schools for four years.
When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Hobby Center on May 20, the Houston Bellaire High School String Quartet will have the privilege of joining the professional musicians on stage to add some orchestral texture to the evening. The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. The Bellaire string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands.
There is one show only, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $44-$64, but HISD friends and family members can receive a 20% discount with the promo code “Fab4.” The code will be accepted over the phone, online, and at walk up. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713.315.2525, at the Box Office, or online at www.thehobbycenter.org. The 500 seats will likely sell out in advance of the show, which is appropriate for all ages.
The colorful banners hanging on the fence between the HISD baseball field and the Hattie Mae White Education Support Centers are eye-catching works of art by district middle-school children. They were put on display recently after being displayed at the City of Houston’s Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center in December to honor World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
Barbara Bush reads to kindergartners at Poe Elementary School in October 2015.
It is with sorrow that we regard the passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush. It is with joy that we celebrate a life so well lived and an exemplary model of advocacy for children.
Her vigorous pursuit of literacy for all children is indeed but a small testament to the person she was and to what she stood for.
Mrs. Bush’s literacy efforts will live through many generations of well-read children who as adults will instill those skills in their children thereby sustaining her never ending legacy.
The HISD Board of Education sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of First Lady Barbara Bush and will always be grateful for their sharing her with us and the many children she served.
Eighteen HISD students have been selected from 515 entries to read at Writers in the Schools “Blooms: Young Writers Reading” on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. as part of Discovery Green’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash.
The Second Annual Together with Tech Student Conference is all set for Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St. The theme is “Mind, Body, and Soul,” and the idea is to brainstorm solutions that will help the community. More information is available at the Together With Tech website.
In honor of Black History Month, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center has organized a program that includes a tour of Freedmen’s Town and performances by students. The celebration begins with a walking tour to celebrate their very own Freedmen’s Town. The tour begins at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with the viewing of an art exhibit at the school. After that, everyone will proceed to the red bricks of Freemen Town located on the school campus, where the band will perform.
Sharpstown High School won a $100,000 customized sports equipment grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Let’s Play, and Good Sports back in September, and now the new athletic gear has been delivered to the school. State Representative Gene Wu presented Sharpstown Principal Daniel De Leon with a congratulatory certificate during a school celebration on Dec. 14.
The school received new soccer balls, new goals for the soccer field, cones, and practice gear; a football five-man blocking sled with flags and uniform pants; starting blocks and training equipment for track; rackets and tennis balls for tennis and PE; gloves, bats, baseballs/softballs, and practice gear for the baseball/softball programs; and a wealth of other PE equipment ranging from hula hoops to jump ropes to medicine balls to floor hockey equipment.