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Apply to TSU’s ‘Back to Basics’ Summer Institute by May 21

2013 May 16
by HISD Communications

Texas Southern University will be hosting an intensive ten-day “Back to Basics” Summer Institute on its campus June 19–July 2, 2013, and the school is looking for both teachers and interested students to take part.

Teachers are invited to apply to the institute. If selected, they will need to identify five gifted students who might benefit substantially from the experience to bring with them.

To apply, please complete this form (.pdf) and follow the instructions for submission. The deadline to submit an application is May 21, 2013.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Bernnell Peltier-Glaze, coordinator of the TSU Back to Basics Summer Institute, at or 713-313-7496. The event is made possible with funding from Chevron.

New SMART FCU branch grand opening celebrations May 17 & 18

SMART Financial Credit Union’s brand-new North Loop facility (2510 North Loop West, 77092) will be hosting grand opening celebrations for HISD employees on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, and some of Houston’s favorite food trucks will be on site to provide gourmet bites.*

The May 17 celebration will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and will feature the Phamily Bites food truck. The May 18 celebration will last from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and have Bernie’s Burger Bus and Amy’s Ice Cream representatives on hand.

HISD employees who bank at SMART can also take advantage of two special summer offers: $500 off of closing costs on a new home purchase/refinancing and auto loans as low as 1.9% APR. For complete details, please visit the SMART FCU website.

*Credit union members get discounts at the food trucks.

HMWESC wellness clinic location to be closed Memorial Day weekend

The Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center location of HISD’s Employee Health & Wellness Clinic will be closed on Saturday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The hours of operation of the Attucks MS location will not be affected.

Early enrollment period for SSLB ends May 31

HISD’s Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional paid leave days in the event of a catastrophic illness or injury resulting in an extended absence from work.

Enrollment forms and plan details are available on the SSLB webpage and will be emailed to eligible employees during the week of May 6, 2013. Current participants are automatically re-enrolled.

Eligible employees may enroll or cancel plan membership at any time during the early enrollment period through May 31.

Please contact Employee Support Services at 713-293-9780 for assistance.

Early Bird Alert: Discount offer to Aug. 31 Texas Kickoff Classic

The Houston Texans, HISD’s longtime community partner, is offering district employees a savings of about 15 percent off of the regular price of tickets for a new fall tradition.

The inaugural Texas Kickoff Classic is coming to Reliant Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, and district employees can get a family value pack of four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks for prices starting at $120.

Come launch the college football season by watching the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on Oklahoma State Cowboys for less.

To take advantage of this special offer, please contact Warren Caguioa at 832-667-2319 or A downloadable flyer (.pdf) is available for reference.

All processing charges, taxes, and fees will be waived.

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