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Weekly Teacher Download for September 14

2020 September 10
by HISD Communications


HISD Start With Hello Week with Sandy Hook Promise: Start with Hello Week (Sept. 21-25)raises awareness about social isolation and educates students on how to prevent it through training, activities, media events, student contests, and more! Click here for sample activities to inspire children and youth to Start With Hello. Download this free and easy guide chock full of ideas, activities, and templates that you can do in as little as an hour. Register for immediate access to additional educational and promotional materials. If you need further assistance, please contact


High School Semester Grades: The calculation for high school semester grades has changed for the 2020-2021 school year. Each six-week cycle grade will count as 30 percent of the semester grade, and the final exam will count as 10 percent of the semester grade. The new formula will apply to all high school courses taken in both middle and high school.

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CTE Professional Development Enrichment Opportunities: The Career Readiness department will offer a professional development training session on Sept. 28: “Expanding Learning Opportunities Through DiscoverU.” During this session, participants will receive an overview of DiscoverU and college-focused and career-focused educational experiences available to all HISD high school students. Upon completion of the course, educators will understand the process and have access to the resources necessary to connect students with high-quality, highly engaging Fantastic Learning Opportunities that align with academic goals and personal interests.

CTE Professional Development Enrichment Opportunities: The Career Readiness department will also offer another session on Sept. 28: “A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience (ASPIRE),” hosted by the MD Anderson Department of Behavioral Science. You do not want to miss this session! This is a virtual bilingual autonomous curriculum program that teaches students about the dangers of traditional nicotine products and others, such as e-cigs, hookah, and marijuana. Discussions will center around the dangers of vaping and nicotine products, introduce ASPIRE, and outline the benefits of implementing the program for CTE teachers and their students.

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