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

2014 June 4
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.

WITS joins forces with UH to offer ‘Common Ground’

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has joined forces with the University of Houston Honors College once again this year to offer seminars on the craft and teaching of writing through the Common Ground Teachers Institute.

This incredible opportunity will be offered to secondary teachers June 30–July 11. The program is free, but applications must be submitted no later than June 10 for consideration.

Please see this related package of materials (.pdf) for details.

For more information, please contact Kim Golden or Theresa Campos at 713-696-0600 or and

Sign up now for HMNS summer energy workshops

Middle- and high-school science teachers are invited to participate in one of three, three-day workshops over the summer sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation.

The first one starts on June 16, and sessions are limited to the first 22 applicants. Participants will acquire knowledge of careers in the energy industry by touring production sites such as the Cedar Bayou Natural Gas Power Plant, the Varel Drill Bit Factory, and the South Texas Nuclear Project.

The workshops cost $45 each, and lunch and transportation from the HMNS to the workshop’s sites will be provided each day. Please see this related flyer (.pdf) for details.

Want to grow as a professional? Join Toastmasters!

If you’ve been trying to think of a way to advance in your career, consider Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Members learn more about public speaking, how to conduct a meeting, how to listen effectively, and how to provide constructive feedback. HISD’s Toastmasters club currently has 30 members and is accepting applications. It received its official charter on Jan. 9.

To see if Toastmasters is right for you, drop in on one of the monthly meetings, which take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 5:05 p.m. until 6:30 the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092), in either the cafeteria or Room 1E02.

All new members will receive a manual and resources about how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader.

For more information, please contact Kim Golden or Theresa Campos at 713-696-0600 or and

Get LinkedIn! Join the HISD Employee Group for Discussion, Updates

The Houston ISD LinkedIn group is a virtual meeting place where district employees can connect, collaborate, and share information and ideas. If you have a LinkedIn profile, please take a moment to join the group—just select “group” in the drop-down search menu and enter “Houston ISD,” then click “join group.” If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, go to and create one. Please be sure to list your employer as Houston ISD.

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