Category Archives: Achievement/Recognition

HISD to honor teachers, principals at annual Educators of the Year banquet

The Houston Independent School District will honor its principals and teachers at a Hawaiian-themed Educators of the Year banquet on Friday, May 19, at the Bayou City Event Center.

During the event, the district will announce its 2016-2017 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, as well as the recipients of the Beginning Teacher of the Year honors for elementary, middle school, and high school. The Fan Favorite Teacher, who was selected by survey, also will be announced.

Earlier this school year, the 2016-2017 Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year were named, and two instructional coaches were presented the first-ever Ann Sledge Instructional Coach Excellence Awards. Those award recipients also will be recognized at the event.

Fourteen finalists were named for the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the year. The two winners will go on to represent the district in Region 4. The 14 finalists were selected from all 287 campuses based on performance data and other criteria. Continue reading

Burbank ES, Lyons ES named to 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools list

Burbank and Lyons elementary schools are among 27 schools from across the country named to the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools list by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).

Selected from thousands of schools in the nation, Burbank was named a Gold Level winner and Lyons was honored with a Silver Level award.

Gold Level prize winners were announced at the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium on May 16 in Nashville, Tenn. Both Burbank and Lyons participated in the symposium and presented about their campuses. Continue reading

HISD Police announce art contest winners

The Houston Independent School District Police Department has announced the winners of the third annual Police Appreciation Week art contest.

Fifth-grade artists were encouraged to showcase their talents with the department’s K-9 unit as the theme. Participants also explored other themes, including the importance of law enforcement and the different types of police officers.

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HISD announces school winners of ‘We Khan Do It’ Challenge  

To boost college readiness across the district, HISD in mid-January challenged the district’s schools to compete for the most students using Khan Academy before the SAT test – and the results are in.

The three high schools with the most usage will receive financial support to enhance their college centers and/or support for college visits. Because college readiness starts early, elementary and middle schools were also part of the challenge. As part of a photo competition challenge, elementary and middle schools also arranged college visits for students and then tweeted pictures of those events.  Continue reading

Ketelsen ES educator named 2016-17 Bilingual Teacher of the Year  

Janet Rodarte

“If I can do it, you can, too!” That’s what Janet Rodarte tells her fifth-grade students at Ketelsen Elementary when one of them is on the verge of giving up.

She tells them her story, about being the daughter of two immigrants from Acuna, Coahuila, and stepping into the classroom speaking only Spanish, to let them know she understands.

“As the daughter of two immigrants who came to the United States for a better life, I know that if you have the mentality to succeed, you will,” Rodarte says.  Continue reading

HSPVA senior named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Student one of 161 across the nation to receive prestigious honor

Elle Cox

A senior who attends the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in the Houston Independent School District has been named as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the highest honors for high school students.

Elle Cox is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., on June 18-20. Continue reading

HISD’s 2015-16 annual financial report earns top honors from two business organizations 

HISD has earned top recognition for its 2015-2016 annual financial report from two organizations – the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of Schools Business Officials International.

The Chicago-based Government Finance Officers Association awarded the district the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. That certificate “represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” said the letter to the district announcing the award.   Continue reading

Superintendent’s message for Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Day, and HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza asks that the community join him in thanking teachers for the amazing work they do every day. Watch this video message from the superintendent, and tell the teachers in your life how much they are appreciated today and all year long.

10 HISD schools to host officials from European Consulates across Houston

Representatives will visit with students in AP social studies classes as part of Europe Day

As part of Europe Day on Tuesday, May 9, the Houston Independent School District is inviting representatives from European Consulates in Houston to visit 10 schools across the district. The representatives will be visiting with juniors and seniors in AP social studies classes to share insights about the European Union, discuss the EU’s engagement with the United States, and to highlight the possibilities of diplomacy as a career trajectory.

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