Category Archives: Holidays

Superintendent surprises HISD staff affected by Harvey

Nearly 400 staff members receive relief grants 

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza and the Houston ISD Foundation are making the holidays a little merrier for several hundred members of Team HISD affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Earlier this week, about 400 staff members received an email and video from Carranza informing them that they were the recipient of a special grant to help them recover from the storm.

“When I got the email, I just started crying,” said Booker. T. Washington High School clerk Kimberly Grover. “We lost everything in the storm, and I didn’t think my kids and I would even be able to have a Christmas, but because of this we will.”   Continue reading

Winter break begins Monday; classes to resume Jan. 8  

HISD schools and district offices will be closed for Winter Break beginning Monday, Dec. 25. Classes and regular business hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Friday, Dec. 22 is a teacher preparation day, and students will not attend classes.

Employees with questions should consult the duty schedules posted here.

The HISD Police Department will be patrolling district facilities during the holiday break. Emergencies should be reported by calling 713-892-7777.

Organization provides East End students with 2,500 pairs of shoes for holidays

Students in Houston’s East End gathered at Austin High School on Thursday to receive new shoes in time for the holidays, thanks to the Navigation Area Business Association’s annual Shoes for Kids donation.

For the 30th year, NABA donated more than 2,500 pairs of shoes to students from 10 HISD elementary schools: Burnet, Carillo, DeZavala, Franklin, Gallegos, J.R. Harris, J.P. Henderson, Lantrip, Page, and Tijerina. Continue reading

HISD students get $100 gift cards for shopping spree with police officers, pro athletes

Houston Independent School District students and police officers experienced the joy and excitement of Christmas a few days early thanks to the Shop with a Cop, Shop with a Jock community event.

With $100 gift cards in their hands and accompanied by one police officer and one professional athlete, 100 students had 10 minutes to shop for whatever they wanted in the Target at 8500 Main St.

When the horn sounded, students took off, making a mad dash to the toy section to grab what they could in the allotted time. It didn’t take long for them to find exactly what they wanted. Continue reading

HISD Police Department to host holiday toy drive

The Houston Independent School District Police Department is hosting toy drive this holiday season, which will benefit local children.

Donations of new and unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 18 years old can be dropped off at the HISD Police Department (3500 Tampa, 77021) during normal business hours.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 15.

For questions, contact Lt. Guadalupe Jimenez at HISD PD at 713-842-3715.

Support staff honored at appreciation luncheons across district  

Superintendent Carranza stops by Transportation luncheon 

It’s the season of thanksgiving, and the aroma of hickory smoke wasn’t the only thing that filled the air at the Northwest Motor Pool facility at their fall luncheon on Nov. 16.

Thanks to Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby, Transportation employees were treated to lunch and given a heartfelt thanks for their hard work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Over the last two weeks, “thank you” luncheons have been held across the district for members of Team HISD who work in Facilities Services, Construction Services, Nutrition Services, the Police Department, and Transportation.

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HISD names student winners of 2017 holiday greeting card contest 

The Houston Independent School District on Monday announced the winners of the district’s 2017 holiday greeting card competition that features creative student artwork highlighting holiday traditions, seasonal decorations, and classic holiday songs.

The winners – fifth-grader Marissa Reyes of Scroggins Elementary School, seventh-grader Sophie Hinh of Pershing Middle School, and ninth-grader Daisy Prince of Lamar High School – were among 60 finalists from elementary, middle and high schools. All finalists received a boxed set of their holiday cards. All designs will also be available for purchase and on display at the HISD administration building.  Continue reading

No classes Friday for fall holiday, professional development

Students will not have classes on Fri., Sept. 22, for the district’s fall holiday. Classes will resume at the normal time on Monday, Sept. 25.

Schools will be holding professional development, and administrative offices will be open during normal business hours on Friday. School-based staff who have their principal’s permission to use previously uncompensated professional development time in lieu of Friday’s work day may do so.

Thursday is a full work day.

View the full academic calendar to review other holidays during the 2017-2018 school year.