District news, Round Up

Cool To Be Smart event is bigger and better than ever

Eligible HISD high school students will have the opportunity to win iPads, Google Chromebooks, gift cards and more – including a car — at the annual Cool To Be Smart event hosted by the district’s College Readiness department.

As in past years, eligible seniors will be in the running to win a new car—a 2013 Ford Fiesta Sedan Special Edition, valued at $17,735. New this year, eligible sophomores and juniors will be invited and can participate in games to win prizes.

“We want to recognize students for their hard work and dedication by having an event where they can play games, enjoy entertainment, win prizes, and more,” said Assistant Superintendent of College Readiness Rick Cruz.

Read the full story here.

Students: Let us hear ‘Your Voice’ by May 30

Last year, HISD conducted the largest customer service survey in its history. More than 125,000 people responded to the district’s request for feedback, and their input was used to identify strengths and to guide administrators when creating their school improvement plans.

Now, HISD is looking for its stakeholders’ feedback once again, and students are invited to make their voices heard through May 30.

For complete details, please see this related article, or visit the Your Voice website.

Latino Art Beat Film Contest deadline extended

Aspiring film-makers and animators have a shot at winning a $10,000-a-year scholarship to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston if they win this year’s Latino Art Beat Youth Film Competition.

Students can submit films in any of five categories: Animated Shorts; Live Action; Documentary; PSAs; and “My Life” (for Latino student directors only).

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, May 23. For complete details, please see this flyer (.pdf).

Apply now for two free Schlumberger summer camps

Seventh-grade girls and ninth-graders of both genders will have the opportunity to explore computer engineering and energy (respectively) at a pair of academies Schlumberger is offering at Rice University this summer.

The Energy Explorations Academy is open to all ninth-graders and will take place June 2–13. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2014.

The Computer Engineering Design Academy will take place June 16–27, and is open only to female seventh-graders. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2014.

Details on both academies can be found here.

Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records: Deadline May 30

The Special Education records of students who are no longer receiving Special Education services as of the end of the 2005–2006 through the 2007–2008 school year will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise by Friday, May 30, 2014.

For complete details, please see this related article.

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