Sixth-graders from the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan got a big treat during the last week of regular school.
They made a visit to the Baylor campus, where they listened to a speech given by Dr. Kenneth Mattox, asked questions of a panel of medical students, watched an anatomy presentation, and took a tour of the Michael E. DeBakey Museum and Library.
Dr. Paul Klotman, the president and CEO of Baylor, took time out of his day to greet the students, one of whom asked for his autograph (pictured).
Project Advisory Teams for Madison and Jordan high schools participated in a two-day workshop last week to put together initial design concepts for the schools’ new 21st century campuses.The design workshop, known as a charrette, marks the threshold from the planning to design phase of the two building projects.
Students from Garden Oaks Montessori collaborated with students from Washington High School’s engineering magnet program over the past school year to design and fabricate a payload for the One Mile-One Pound Rocket Challenge.
After their teachers were connected through a mutual colleague, students from both schools began researching, designing, building, and testing a stable rocket capable of attaining a height of one mile with a one pound payload that could be recovered safely.
Taryn Trotter, a STEM teacher at Lockhart Elementary School, has been named one of five recipients of the Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award for 2015 by the Houston Association of Professional Landmen.
This award has been given out annually by that organization for almost 30 years to recognize outstanding teaching performance and all-around personal development.
Trotter was selected in part due to the individualized attention she provides her students, many of whom come from broken homes and are economically challenged. Continue reading →
HISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) has been designated a 2015–2017 Exemplary School by Arts Schools Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools.
Seguin Elementary hosted the school’s first Robo-Tech Expo, which showcased skills and projects students learned in robotics and technology classes during the school year. Students in grades K-5 presented two-dozen projects, including robots, technology, and programming projects, to students, staff, and about 40 parents on May 19, 2015.
L-R are: Kenneth Yu, Christina Mao, Claire Weddle, Akash Shukla, and Michael Clark
Four students from Bellaire High School have been named the national champions of the 2015 National Personal Finance Challenge, after beating out more than 22 other teams to earn the title.
The competition took place in Kansas City on May 22, and students Christina Mao, Kenneth Yu, Claire Weddle, and Akash Shukla placed first, second, third, and fifth (respectively) in the country on individual tests before advancing to the third round of the competition, which was a team event. Continue reading →
A high school diploma looks better when it’s next to an associate’s degree.
That’s why several HISD campuses offer students the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from Houston Community College while they’re still in high school. More than 300 HISD seniors met the challenge this year, enabling them to graduate with an associate’s degree as well as a diploma.
Former HISD educator Jean Davis Myers passed away on May 24, 2015. Myers, who was born in 1927, retired after 34 years with the Houston Independent School District, serving as a classroom teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and executive director of community relations and volunteer services.
The 2015 winners of the African American National Spelling Bee Championships visited the Texas State Capitol on May 12, 2015, to be honored for their accomplishments. Two of the three champion spellers were HISD students.