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HISD thanks Houston Fire Department for sacrifices during and after Harvey

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, HISD students had the opportunity to thank Houston firefighters by creating gifts of art that reflect the heroism of their work.

Michelle Hernandez, a student at East Early College High School, created artwork portraying a firefighter whose shadow turns into a figure wearing a cape. “We might see a firefighter, but we all know they are all heroes,” said Hernandez.

HISD thanked firefighters during November’s College & Career Ready Day at Austin High School, where Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña reflected on the sacrifices made by the city’s firefighters during and after the storm.

“The men and women in our department responded admirably,” said Peña. “Some of these individuals were out there working two, three, four days straight.”

HISD District VIII Trustee Diana Dávila said first responders played a key role in getting Houston schools ready to welcome students back to the classroom — and back to a sense of normalcy — after Harvey.  “While everybody else was trying to get their lives together and get their homes together, our first responders had to go back and work,” said Dávila. “It’s these people that rally together and help make it all possible.”

Watch the video above for a look at how HISD said thank you to the men and women of the Houston Fire Department.


College & Career Day at Prairie View A&M registration closed

Registration for HISD Family College & Career Day at Prairie View A&M University, sponsored by Board President Wanda Adams and the HISD Office of College & Career Readiness, on Saturday, Nov. 4 , is closed.

Parents and students should report to the Hattie Mae White ESC (4400 W. 18 St.) by 9 a.m., as the buses will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. The tour will return to the Hattie Mae White ESC no later than 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Transportation from your campus to the Hattie Mae White ESC may be available; see your counselor or college adviser for additional details.

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Sign up now to attend Top-Tier College Night Oct. 11

Juniors, seniors, and students interested in getting a head start on the college process are invited to attend Top-Tier College Night on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Chavez High School (8501 Howard Dr., Houston, TX, 77017).

Admissions representatives from top colleges across the nation will be on hand to answer questions about selective college admissions.

Students must RSVP to attend. Sign up here to reserve a space and to learn about options for bus transportation from your campus. Dinner will also be provided.

The evening begins with the Top-Tier College Fair from 4-6:30 p.m., followed by Selective College Admissions Workshops from 6:30-7:30 p.m. During the workshops, ninth- and 10th-grade students can attend a session on what they can do now to become competitive applicants for selective institutions. The session will be led by EMERGE staff. Students in grades 11 and 12 can attend a session about the selective admissions process led by a panel of admissions officers. Continue reading

Hilliard Elementary among schools that suffered ‘extensive’ damage in Hurricane Harvey

Fifty-three campuses have “major” damage, 22 have “extensive” damage; assessment of campuses continues

The floors of Hilliard Elementary School, where Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at one point reached 4 feet high, were still slick and littered with wet debris on Saturday, with water pooling in the hallways, cafetorium and classrooms. Flooring schoolwide will need to be torn out, walls removed 4 feet from the floor, and surfaces dried with humidifiers and covered in anti-microbial disinfectant.

The extent of devastation at the northeast Houston campus places it in the “top 10” of schools damaged by the storm. Continue reading

How local residents can help HISD families and students recover from Harvey

HISD is activating a local donation site Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2, at Delmar Fieldhouse for Houstonians or local organizations who want to help the district’s students and families recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Two more donation sites will be activated next week.

Starting tomorrow and on Saturday, people can bring donations to Delmar Fieldhouse, 2020 Mangum Rd., Houston, TX 77092, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. People wanting to drop off donations should enter the complex on Mangum Street. Signs will be posted.

The district is accepting donations of the following new, unused items:
Hand sanitizer
Toothbrushes, toothpaste
Other hygiene items
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Resources available for HISD employees affected by Harvey

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, HISD employees and their household members have access to the resources below to help them with flood-related issues such as shelter and transportation, filing claims, counseling, legal assistance, critical medications, and more.

This page will be updated as information becomes available. Continue reading

National groups can donate supplies to HISD students and families

Many HISD families have been devastated by the catastrophic flooding in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey, and HISD welcomes assistance from national groups or corporations that would like to help our students recover and prepare for the coming school year.

The district is accepting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms and school supplies, as well as canned food and water.

Donations can be shipped to:

HISD Harvey Donations
Delmar Fieldhouse
2020 Mangum Road
Houston, TX 77092

“HISD is grateful to those who have reached out to us from beyond Houston asking how to help,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “We have had school communities as far away as New York and Missouri ask what they can do. Well, this is what we need: food, clothing, and school supplies to make sure that when our students are finally back in the classroom, they are ready to learn. Thank you all for your support of our HISD students and families.”

The HISD Foundation is also accepting donations to help families recover, and 100% of funds raised will go directly to helping HISD students and families. Click here to make a donation, and please specify “Harvey” as the purpose of your donation.

Board agenda review canceled; regular board meeting, swearing-in of new trustee to take place Sept. 14

The HISD Board of Education’s Sept. 5 agenda review meeting has been canceled due to the catastrophic weather conditions across the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The regular monthly board meeting will take place Sept. 14 as scheduled. The swearing-in of José Leal as District III trustee, which was originally set for Sept. 5, will also take place Sept. 14.

The Board of Education voted unanimously in August to appoint Leal to fill the seat left vacant after the death of longtime District III Trustee Manuel Rodríguez Jr. Leal will take his oath of office in the Manuel Rodríguez Jr. Board Auditorium at 1 p.m., followed by a reception in room 1E02. He will then join fellow board members in closed session at 2 p.m. until the start of the regular monthly board meeting at 5 p.m.

Leal has more than 20 years of classroom experience. His career with HISD started in 1981, when he worked in operations and maintenance. He has worked as a bilingual teacher at Pugh Elementary School, a counselor and dean of students at Hamilton Middle School, and an assistant principal at Wheatley High School. He has also been a dean of students at Meyerland Middle School, assistant principal at North Forest High School, and a counselor at YES Prep Northbrook. He is currently a special education teacher at Houston Can Academies.

Leal will serve until a special election is held Nov. 7.

Shelters available throughout city for families displaced by Harvey

Per the request of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, the Houston Independent School District has closed all of its Refuge of Last Resort locations due to accessibility and safety concerns.

The Army National Guard is picking up the last of the evacuees from Westside High School and Revere Middle School. HISD police have locked down the remaining schools that were originally activated and per orders of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, anyone who was planning to make their way to one of our schools should go to one of the listed multi-service centers or directly to the George R. Brown Convention Center (1001 Avenida De Las Americas).

These multi-service centers have been activated by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management:

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston Texas 77020

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
4014 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
9314 Cullen
Houston, Texas 77051

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004

West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77007

The following Centers are also open:

John Peavy Senior Center
3814 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020

Kashmere Gardens Branch Library
5411 Pardee
Houston, Texas 77026

The following non-profit partners have offered to assist in staging survivors until they can moved to a shelter:

Fallbrook Church
12512 Walters
Houston, Texas 77014

Lyndale United Church
503 Reeid
Houston, Texas 77002

MD Anderson YMCA
705 Cavalcade
Houston, Texas 77009

Trotter Family YMCA
1331 Augusta Drive
Houston, Texas 77057

Community of Faith Church
1024 Pinemont Drive
Houston, Texas 77091