Students meet leaders of their campus’ namesake

Signature_400Sixth-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).

Madison, Jordan high schools work on designs for new schools

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.

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Garden Oaks, Washington students team up to launch rocket

GOES_BTW_Rocket_400Students 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.

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STEM teacher wins Elizabeth Brand Memorial Award

Taryn Trotter

Taryn Trotter

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

First Robo-Tech Expo features student projects

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.

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Bellaire HS team wins National Personal Finance Challenge

L-R are: Kenneth Yu, Christina Mao, Claire Weddle, Akash Shukla, and Michael Clark

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.
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Hundreds of seniors receive associate’s degrees alongside diplomas

Members of the HAIS Class of 2015

Members of the HAIS Class of 2015

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.

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HISD loses educator and VIPS founder Jean Davis Myers

Jean Davis Myers

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.

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Spelling bee champions invited to Texas State Capitol

 

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.

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