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Three HISD schools receive 2016 National Merit awards from Magnet Schools of America

2016 March 9
by HISD Communications

Garden Oaks Montessori, Lovett ES, and the Energy Institute HS were honored Friday with 2016 National Merit awards from Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and themed-based schools. Read the complete story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • The thirty-three schools who have been named to the 2015 Texas Honor Roll by the Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization that showcases schools with high academic achievement. Learn which schools received the honor here.
  • Catherine Smith at Austin HS and Madelyn Traylor at Blackshear ES, were recently honored as “Houston’s Hometown Champion” after winning the most votes in a national social-media contest sponsored by Radio One/News One. Find out more here.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.

Meet HISD’s 2016 Principals of the Year

2016 February 25
by HISD Communications

HISD announced its top campus leaders for 2016 on Feb. 18, and Bush ES Principal Theresa Rose was named the Elementary Principal of the Year, while Lanier MS Principal Felicia Adams was selected as the Secondary Principal of the Year. Read more about both principals and why they were chosen here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • North Houston Early College HS Principal Angela Lundy-Jackson, for the city proclamation announcing Feb. 23, 2016, as Angela Lundy-Jackson Day in Houston. Read about that story here.
  • North Houston Early College HS Principal Angela Lundy-Jackson (again) as well as Bellaire HS teacher and IB coordinator Ann Linsley for being named finalists for the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, one of the largest monetary programs for educators in Texas and the nation. Read about their honor here.
  • The Houston Independent School District, which was recognized with an award for Outstanding Commitment to Education in Our Community by the Houston Hispanic Forum. Learn more here.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.

HISD in the news/National News links for the week of Feb. 22, 2016

2016 February 25
by HISD Communications

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HISD in the news/National News links for the week of Feb. 8, 2016

2016 February 10
by HISD Communications

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Two HISD students win top honors in regional Scholastic contest

2016 February 8
by HISD Communications

Anna White (HSPVA) and  Jaelynn Walls (Carnegie Vanguard High School) were recently announced as two of more than 150 regional winners from HISD of the Scholastic Art & Writing contests. White was named an American Visions finalist for her painting entitled “Afternoon Nap,” while Walls was named an American Voices finalist for her personal essay/memoir entitled “Prime.” Read the complete story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • Three teams from Pilgrim Academy swept the Advanced Arena Division for middle- and high-school students in the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Area 4 Robotics Competition. Read about their win here.
  • Bellaire HS advanced to the “Sweet 16” round of the 2015–16 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) global debate competition. Learn more about the competition here.
  • Lanier MS mastered 30,013 words to earn top honors in National Vocabulary Bowl for the month of December, beating more than 16,000 schools across the nation. Read more here.
  • Seven HISD juniors from Bellaire HS, Lamar HS, and Waltrip HS were recognized recently by professional baseball team The Sugar Land Skeeters for their skill on the field. See the honorees here.
  • Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo who has been named “Educator of the Year” for 2016 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 402. Read his story here.
  • Students from Debakey HSPershing MSStevens ESScarborough HS, Reagan HSJohnston MS, and Sherman ES were award receipients of honors at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Contest. See some of the artwork here.
  • Austin, Kashmere, Lee, North Forest, Waltrip, and Westbury high schools were all honored recently for their athletes’consistent demonstration of good sportsmanship at the Touchdown Club Houston’s annual Sportsmanship Awards.  Get the full story here.
  • Rebecca Ryan, contemporary world cultures teacher at  Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, is among 12 recipients from across the state to receive the 2015 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.  The award is among several bestowed annually by Humanities Texas to encourage excellence in teaching and recognize Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. Read the story here.
  • Two dozen HISD students – from Lamar HSWaltrip HSBellaire HS, and High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA)-  have earned a spot on a Texas Music Educators Association All-State Ensemble this year. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Find out more about the honor here.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.

Bellaire HS coach inducted into Athletics Hall of Honor

2016 January 27
by HISD Communications

Coach Granvil “Wayne” Tedder has been guiding HISD athletes to greatness for more than 30 years, but on Jan. 22, district officials and students took time out to honor him, with a special ceremony held at Bellaire High School to induct him into the HISD and Houston Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Read the complete story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • Cornelius ES fifth-grader Richard Espinoza-Garza, who won the 2016 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.  Get the full story here.
  • Scroggins ES students and librarian Jo-Anne Reed, who won a $1,500 grant from the Castro’s Kids literacy foundation. The school got a visit from Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, his wife Maris, and book characters “Splat the Cat” and “Skippyjon Jones”. Read the story here.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.

HISD in the News/National News links for the week of Jan. 29, 2016

2016 January 27
by HISD Communications

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Lovett ES and Oak Forest ES nominated for Blue Ribbon School designation

2016 January 14
by HISD Communications

Lovett Elementary and Oak Forest Elementary were recently nominated for  the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious national 2016 Blue Ribbon School designation. National Blue Ribbons are awarded annually to high-performing schools to validate the hard work of students and educators. Read the complete story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  •  HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry Grier, who was recognized by Mayor Sylvester Turner with a proclamation on Jan. 12 for his dedicated service to Houston’s children. Get the full story here.
  • Bell Elementary School, Brookline Elementary School, Fondren Middle School, and Tijerina Elementary School were recently recognized by the district’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department for their successful implementation of the Family Friendly Schools program. Get that full story here.
  • Eight elementary schools – Janowski, Kennedy, Marshall, Browning, Tijerina, Anderson, Carillo, and Dogan – advanced to the fourth round (the ‘Elite 8’) of the NCAA Read to the Final Four Literacy Program. Find out more here.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.

HISD in the news/National news links for the week of Jan. 15, 2016

2016 January 12
by HISD Communications

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HISD principal named finalist for Texas High School Principal of the Year

2015 December 8
by HISD Communications

North Houston Early College High School Principal Angela Lundy-Jackson is among three finalists for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) High School Principal of the Year award. Lundy-Jackson, who has led North Houston Early since 2010, is a veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience. In September, she led North Houston Early to receive its first-ever 2015 National Blue Ribbons School Award from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Get the full story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • The 3 HISD schools that were awarded PLAY 60 grants to help purchase equipment and get kids moving, active and healthy. Each school received a check for $10,000.
  • HISD’s Construction and Facilities department Employees of the Year, who were honored for their outstanding service and positive impact throughout the district.
  • The 16 elementary schools that advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’ of the NCAA Read to the Final Four Literacy Program.
  • The HISD students performing with the Houston Ballet in Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” this holiday season.
If you or someone you know has won an award that should be included in the Honor Roll, let us know at info@houstonisd.org.