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HISD supports summer learning, connects students to high-impact programs through DiscoverU

July 12 is National Summer Learning Day, a day of advocacy aimed at recognizing the importance of keeping students learning, safe, and healthy every summer.

In a city the size of Houston, students can participate in a variety of fun and educational activities that will not only prepare them for the upcoming school year, but also prevent the “summer slide” — learning loss that can occur over the summer months.

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HISD statement on Santa Fe High School shooting

HISD has released the following statement on the Santa Fe High School shooting:

The Houston Independent School District sends condolences to the entire Santa Fe ISD community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, staff, and families affected by this senseless tragedy. We offer our full support to Santa Fe ISD during this difficult time. The HISD Police Department has more than 200 officers assigned to schools and facilities across the district, and they work diligently every day to keep HISD students and staff safe. Today, the department is operating on high alert, and all available officers are on patrol. Additionally crisis counselors are available to students upon request.

Read more:
Letter to parents and community members
Letter to staff

#HISDStrong Toolkit launches as a tool to engage Houston community post-Harvey

As we all know, Hurricane Harvey had a devastating impact on our communities. Houston’s students, parents, teachers, and staff were impacted in one way or another, and the effect on classroom performance has yet to be determined. We’ve worked hard to fill the gaps and make the 2017-2018 school year as normal as possible, but many factors are simply out of our control.

This is the first week of STAAR testing statewide. The Texas Education Agency has not informed school districts of the cut scores or “goal post” of student achievement in the new accountability system. In addition, we learned this week that the TEA will announce in June how they will respond to Harvey-affected school districts for accountability purposes.

We need your help asking TEA for a one-year pause on accountability ratings and sanctions post-Harvey for all districts in the governor’s disaster-declared areas.

We have created the #HISDStrong Toolkit for you to contact the governor and TEA officials, along with key state leaders. We hope you utilize this toolkit to reach out to state leaders via email, regular mail, or Twitter. It is a guide to help you and others effectively ask our state leaders for a one-year pause in state accountability and reprieve from state sanctions.

We are not afraid of accountability. But our children deserve relief as our communities still recover from one of the worst floods in American history. In addition, the state did a one-year pause after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.

We cannot successfully impact the policy decisions of our elected and appointed leaders without the support of our communities. They need to hear from you.  Your voice moves the needle.

We are #HoustonStrong and #HISDStrong because of your support. There is no greater tool for effecting change than the unified voice of a community.

For a digital version of the toolkit, visit

For a downloadable version of the toolkit, click here.


HISD to host Special Education Spring Parent Summit & Forum on April 28 

HISD invites parents and guardians to the 2018 Special Education Spring Parent Summit & Forum to meet with special education professionals, attend learning sessions, ask questions, and share input about special education in the district.

2018 Special Education Spring Parent Summit & Forum
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Registration: 7:30-9 a.m.
Summit & Forum: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092)

Click here to register

The summit portion of the day begins at 9 a.m. and includes interactive presentations on understanding the IEP and special education process, supporting student achievement, supporting healthy parent and student relationships, and transition services. Food and child care will be provided.

Click here for a list of Parent Summit presentations 

The forum begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include a presentation on special education services available in HISD, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and share your concerns. There will be multiple ways to submit questions:

  • Ask a question during the forum portion of the meeting.
  • Submit your question electronically at the computer stations in the Hattie Mae White Lobby.
  • Email your question to or visit to submit a question electronically.
  • Ask your child’s school for a special education comment card, fill it out, and return it to your school’s front office, or call your school’s main office and request a comment card be mailed to you.

Click here to register. For more information, call the Special Education Parent Liaison Office at 713-556-7042 or contact

10 HISD students to compete in nation’s largest regional spelling bee

Ten HISD students are among 53 spellers who will compete in the nation’s largest regional spelling bee Saturday at Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan (2610 Elgin St., 77004).

The top two spellers will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 27-June 1.

Competitors representing grades second through eighth will come from 1,060 schools in 34 Texas counties to compete in the bee, which is hosted by Houston Public Media. Live updates on the spelling bee will be available on the Houston Public Media Facebook page and on Twitter at @HoustonPubMedia. Final rounds and highlights of the spelling bee will be broadcast on TV 8 and streamed on at 3:30 p.m. the following Saturday, April 14. Continue reading

Pop Up Shop for Harvey-impacted families Sunday, Feb. 25

Families impacted by Hurricane Harvey are invited to join HISD and the Houston Area Urban League for a free Pop Up Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Butler Stadium (13755 Main Street, Houston, 77035).

The Pop Up Shop will include new clothing for men, women, and children, household goods, bedding, towels, and a limited supply of furniture. Attendees are asked to bring their FEMA number.

District IX community meeting planned for March 20 

HISD District IX Trustee Wanda Adams will discuss the district’s 2018-2019 budget during a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Westbury High School (11911 Chimney Rock, Houston 77035).

Trustee Adams will also discuss the difficult choices the district faces regarding improvement required campuses, HB 1842, and SB 1882. Questions from the audience are welcome.

The meeting will end with a tour of Westbury High School.