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Nominate exceptional teachers for national award by April 1

2013 March 27
by HISD Communications

Winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching will receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 prize.

Only ES math and science teachers (K–Grade 6) are eligible this year. For complete details, please visit

Parents for Public Schools Seeking Guiding Star Nominations by April 12

Do you know someone whose work on behalf of public schools has gone largely unrecognized?

If so, then consider nominating him or her for a 2013 “Guiding Star” award!

For the third consecutive year, Parents for Public Schools-Houston will be honoring parents, community/business partners, volunteers, and school/district staff who go above and beyond the call of duty in their service to Houston’s schoolchildren. For details, please click here

‘Jean Days’ return to central office in support of March of Dimes

The March of Dimes’ annual Walk for Babies will take place this year on Sunday, April 28, and central office employees who wish to support that organization’s 2013 campaign can use their donations to purchase passes to wear jeans on every Friday during the month of April.

A monthly pass costing $20 can be purchased in advance by March 28, 2013. However, single tickets can be purchased on or before any of the four “jean days” (April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 26).

All donations collected through this initiative are considered tax-deductible contributions to the March of Dimes.

Eligible employees should consult the email distributed to them on Tuesday, March 26, for details. Questions may be directed to Samantha Gonzalez in Strategic Partnerships at 713-556-8807.

Next drug-free workplace training session April 16

HISD will be conducting three “drug-free workplace” training sessions this spring for central office administrators, principals, principal designees, and managers. This training teaches personnel how to recognize impaired employees in the work place and how to call for a reasonable suspicion drug/alcohol test.

For dates and details, please see this related article.

Open Transfer Period for teachers ends April 19

The Open Transfer Period for teachers will take place from March 25–April 19, 2013.

During this period, teachers are free to transfer between HISD campuses to fill open positions for the 2012–2013 school year. A teacher’s current principal must sign off on the transfer as an acknowledgement that the employee is leaving the campus.

For complete details, please see this related memo.

Deadline for HMNS Excellence in Science award nominations: April 26

Do you know a high-school junior or teacher who demonstrates outstanding performance in the area of science or math?

If so, consider nominating him or her for one of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Excellence in Science awards. Winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 26. For complete details, please visit the HMNS website.

Mobile mammograms available through July 29

The Rose, a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of breast-cancer-related deaths, is offering on-site screening mammograms at three different locations to women who meet certain criteria.

For complete details, please see this related article.

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