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October is National Principals Month

Principals are the foundation of success for a campus and its students. As campus leaders, they are responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of teachers and the delivery of high-quality instruction in every classroom. They also must handle disciplinary issues, manage campus budgets, direct the branding of their school, and maintain a connection to parents and the school community. It’s not an easy job, but it is an incredibly rewarding and crucial one.

That’s why the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators have designated October as National Principals Month to honor principals nationwide.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also issued a proclamation declaring October 2018 as Principals Month in Texas. Recognizing the important role school leadership plays in student achievement, the motto of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals is, “Above All, Students First.”

HISD is encouraging students, parents, staff, and community members to honor and thank district principals during the month of October by downloading one of our custom e-cards below to post on social media.



Click here to download e-cards

Be sure to include the name of the principal you would like to acknowledge, and tag the school he or she leads. Also include the hashtags #ThankAnHISDPrincipal and #HISD in your posts.

Help us show how much we value our school leaders!

HISD Communications Department nominated for 5 Lone Star EMMY awards 

The HISD Communications Department has been nominated for five Lone Star EMMY awards for district videos and programming produced during the 2017-2018 school year.

Lone Star EMMY represents the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all television markets in Texas.

“I am incredibly proud of the work HISD’s Communications team has done to be nominated for five of these prestigious Lone Star EMMY awards,” said HISD Communications Chief Rebecca Suarez. “It’s an honor for our team’s talent to be recognized in our daily mission to share the incredible stories of our students, our community and the district.” Continue reading

Community and corporate partners can be part of HISD Parent University 

The Houston Independent School District is inviting community and corporate to support HISD Parent University by participating in the Resource Fair portion of the events.

On Sept. 27, HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan officially launched Parent University, an initiative focused on providing families with the supports they need to be actively involved in the success of their children. The Parent University sessions will take place every month simultaneously at geographically dispersed locations, and will include information and tools about HISD, as well as community resources to help equip and support families.

For vendor and sponsorship opportunities, register here.

For questions, contact Candice Castillo at or 713-556-7290.

HISD to kick off Parent University with districtwide events

The Houston Independent School District’s new HISD Parent University will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 27. This new initiative will connect parents and children to resources offered by the district to create successful academic careers as well as safe and healthy environments at home and at school.

The inaugural Parent University workshops will take place at all HISD schools.

A variety of district and community program representatives and experts will be available for parents to connect with individually. Continue reading

Milby HS selected as finalist for Texas school architecture competition

Milby High School is one of four finalists vying for the highest honor offered by the 2018-19 Exhibit of School Architecture Competition.

Twenty-seven projects from school districts across the state were awarded 2018 Stars of Distinction in six categories — community, planning, transformation, design, value, and sustainability. Milby was awarded six out of six stars.

The annual architecture competition showcases new and renovated Texas schools and recognizes excellence in their planning and design. It is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards. Continue reading

Magnet school applications for 2019-2020 available on Friday

First school choice fair set for Saturday at Sterling HS

Parents will have the ability to begin applying to magnet program for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, Sept. 28, and the district’s first school choice fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Sterling High School (11625 Martindale, 77048).

HISD offers a robust portfolio of magnet programs at 122 schools to best meet students’ academic needs and interests. The magnet programs within the district include: Continue reading

HISD Police to host annual National Night Out

Houston ISD staff, vendors and community members participate in National Night Out activities at the Houston ISD Police Department, October 7, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)The Houston Independent School District Police Department is set to celebrate this year’s National Night Out at Marshall Middle Academy of Fine Arts.

National Night Out is an annual event that aims to make neighborhoods safer by strengthening relationships between community members and police departments.

“This event is a great opportunity for our district, community members, and police officers to mingle, share information, and stand together against crime and other issues of concern,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “We want people to feel confident and secure in their own neighborhoods.”

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HISD Board of Education votes to initiate national superintendent search

Trustees exercise warranty with executive search firm previously utilized by district

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday voted 6 to 3 to exercise a warranty provision with an executive search firm to conduct a superintendent search.

The executive search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, issued a warranty when it conducted the district’s previous superintendent search, which resulted in the hiring of former superintendent Richard Carranza in August 2016.

Under the firm’s warranty, if the board became dissatisfied with the superintendent within two years from the date of employment, and if the employment was dissolved by either side due to resignation or termination, the firm would conduct a new superintendent search at no cost to the district, except for expenses. Continue reading

Top-Tier College Night scheduled for Oct. 9 at Chavez HS

Juniors, seniors, and students interested in getting a head start on the college process are invited to attend Top-Tier College Night on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Chavez High School (8501 Howard Dr., Houston, 77017).

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

Students must RSVP by Friday, Sept. 28Sign up here to reserve a space and to learn about options for bus transportation from your campus. Dinner will also be provided.

The evening will begin with dinner and orientation from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Selective College Admissions Workshops (freshmen and sophomores) and a College Fair (junior and seniors) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading

Parents invited to Autism Services meeting on Oct. 12

The Office of Special Education Services invites parents to the first Autism Services meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Special Education Field Office (4040 West Fuqua St., Room 135, 77045).

This is an opportunity for parents to engage with other parents whose children have autism, learn what’s happening in the classroom, and hear about new research developments.

There will also be members from the HISD Autism team on site to answer questions and provide information on how you can support your child at home. Please RSVP here.

With four meetings scheduled for the school year, the district will host each meeting in different regions to provide an opportunity for every parent across the district to participate at the parent meetings.