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Houston Symphony to visit HISD campus June 11 as part of free concert series

2014 June 3
by HISD Communications

The Houston Symphony is launching its annual series of free summer community family concerts throughout the Houston area, and HISD’s Booker T. Washington High School is on the list of venues.

Symphony musicians will play a program of family-friendly music celebrating composers of diverse backgrounds, ranging from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to Ravel’s Suite from Mother Goose, conducted by Robert Franz.

The Washington HS concert will take place at 11 a.m. June 11.

For more information, visit the symphony’s website. Or click here to see the entire family concert schedule.

Teens: Get smart driving tips at free workshop June 7 & 8

In an effort to help the country’s newest drivers avoid accidents and eliminate distracted driving behaviors, Bridgestone is offering a free half-day workshop to drivers aged 21 and younger this weekend.

Interested students can sign up for either the morning or afternoon session on either day (Saturday, June 7, or Sunday, June 8). All participants must have a valid driving permit.

To register, please visit the Teens Drive Smart Tour website.

Three HISD schools win ‘bronze’ in urban education awards

HISD’s own Park Place, Rodríguez, and Sánchez Elementary Schools have been named winners of the 2014 Excellence in Urban Education Award by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.

Candidate schools are divided into four different categories, and to be considered, they must meet nine different criteria, including high attendance rates, low suspension rates, and excellence in STEM education.

Each category can have up to five winners, including one grand prize winner. HISD’s three nominees all won the bronze award in the elementary school category.

Students from two of the schools–Roland Cruz (Sánchez ES), and Fany Gavarrete (Rodríguez ES) also won prizes in a related speech contest.

Waltrip HS shares love of robotics with Garden Oaks ES

Garden Oaks Elementary students recently had a hands-on chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math, thanks to Waltrip High School.

The theme of the school’s May 22 STEM Night was “Around the World with STEM,” and students were given “passports” to visit four different areas.

“Roboville” proved to be one of the most popular “countries” to visit, after Waltrip’s robotics coach visited the school with “Stevie,” a humanoid robot that can dance, and a Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) robot that students used in a competition at NASA. The MATE robot is a more advanced version of the Sea Perch robots Garden Oaks students have been building and demonstrating.

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