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Parents asked to complete survey as part of external review

Parents are being asked to complete a survey about their experiences having a child enrolled in HISD as part of a third-party review being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

Responses from the survey will be used to improve special education services provided by HISD. All parents, including those whose children do not receive special education services in the district, are asked to participate.

The survey is available now in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic. It is voluntary and confidential – results will not be associated with your family or child.

Important Parent Survey (English)

Important Parent Survey (Spanish)

Important Parent Survey (Vietnamese)

Important Parent Survey (Arabic)

In April, the HISD Board of Education selected AIR to implement a comprehensive Special Education Program Review. The review will identify how the district is providing proactive intervention for struggling students, offer suggestions on the evaluation referral process, and examine the process for identifying students with disabilities. The review will also evaluate the development of the individualized education program (IEP).

In late September and October, AIR will be conducting visits to schools as part of its research.

Register today for HISD’s Special Education Parent Summit

HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams and the Special Education Board Ad Hoc Committee invite parents to a Special Education Parent Summit at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, where experts from HISD and across the nation will be on hand for informational sessions and to help parents support their child’s learning.

Parents are asked to register for the summit, which is Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The theme of the summit is “Your Voice, Our Commitment,” and parents can attend sessions on health, study skills, inclusion, job training, the special education process, and more, as well as speak with administration staff, participate in health screenings, and enjoy food and child care. Continue reading

More HISD schools meet tougher state standards for 2016-2017

The number of Houston ISD schools meeting state standards is now the highest it has ever been under Texas’ tougher new accountability system that was introduced in 2012.

According to ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency, 90 percent of HISD schools rated (251 out of 278) earned a “met standard” rating for the 2016-2017 school year.  At the same time, 11 fewer schools received an “improvement required” rating.  HISD earned a “met standard” district rating.

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Community gathers to honor late Trustee Rodríguez at board auditorium naming ceremony

The family of late District III Trustee Manuel Rodríguez Jr., along with elected officials, educators, and community members, gathered at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on Thursday to dedicate the board auditorium in his name.

Rodríguez, who passed away July 19, was a lifelong public servant and a trustee for 14 years. He was also a product of HISD schools, graduating from Austin High School in 1970 after attending Franklin Elementary and McReynolds Middle schools. His wife and four children also attended HISD schools.

“Today is a day of joy as we leave behind a legacy for the Rodríguez family,” said HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams. Continue reading

HISD accepting resumes/letters of interest from qualified candidates for Trustee District III

The HISD Board of Education is saddened by the unexpected death of its longtime District III Trustee Manual Rodriguez two years before his term of office is set to expire in December 2019.  Trustee Rodriguez represented District III since 2003. The Board plans to fill the vacancy by appointment at a duly posted meeting on or before August 17, 2017. Qualified candidates residing within District III should submit resumes/letters of interest by email to the HISD Board Services Office, Attention: Veronica Mabasa, at Vmabasa@houstonisd.org not later than Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Continue reading

HISD officer of Nutrition Services honored for excellence in food service

Betti J. Wiggins, HISD’s officer of Nutrition Services, was presented a 2017 Silver Plate Award by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) during the 63rd Annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration this month in Chicago.

“The month of May has been full of excitement,” said Wiggins, who officially joined the district May 15. “Not only did I begin a new role in the nation’s seventh-largest school district, but the work I have done over the years to advocate for children and their communities was recognized by my peers and others in the food service industry. This award brings it all full circle and reminds me of exactly why I come to work each and every day.” Continue reading

HISD celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, and this year, HISD is honoring the district’s Asian principals.

  • Jonathan Trinh, Wisdom High School
  • Jyoti Malhan, Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan
  • Nirmol Lim, Park Place Elementary School
  • John Hendrickson, Field Elementary School
  • Chaolin Chang, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress in 1977, when Rep. Frank Horton of New York introduced a resolution proclaiming the first 10 days in May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, and Sen. Daniel Inouye put forth a similar resolution. Neither passed, but the following year, Horton tried again and succeeded, and a joint resolution passed by the House and Senate was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on Oct. 5, 1978.  Continue reading

Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

HISD is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-12 and encourages students, parents, and the community to “Thank a Teacher” in person or on social media using #ThankATeacher and #HISD.

This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver,” reflecting the lessons, inspiration, and encouragement teachers bring into the classroom every day.

While many schools celebrated during the week of May 1-5, the National PTA and the National Education Association honor teachers during the week of May 7-12 and on National Teacher Day, May 9.

Join the celebration by sharing photos, kind words, or a gift with teachers present and past to honor all they do to prepare students for success.

Art cars created by HISD students win multiple awards

Heights High School and Rebecca Bass’s tribute to Prince, “Purple Reign,” took home the top prize at the 2017 Art Car Parade, winning the Mayor’s Cup Grand Trophy and $2,000.

It was one of several big HISD winners at this year’s 30th anniversary of the popular parade, which was held Saturday, April 8 in downtown.

“The Chronicles of Northside” by Northside High School, with Ann Bass, won a trophy and third place. The car was covered in yearbook photos to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary. Continue reading

Support Houston’s school gardens at Saturday farmer’s market

Stock up on fresh produce, get seasonal recipes and learn about backyard gardening and composting – all while supporting local schools – at the Urban Harvest Kid-Run Farmer’s Market from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center.

Student gardeners from six HISD schools – Briargrove ES, Wilson Montessori PK-8, Gregory-Lincoln PK-8, Hogg MS, The Monarch School, and Westside HS – will be selling fresh vegetables and seeds and offering gardening and cooking demonstrations. All proceeds go back into the schools’ gardening programs.

There will also be family-friendly activities, including face-painting, crafts, and games.

Gregory-Lincoln Education Center is located at 1101 Taft St., Houston, TX 77019.