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Reagan HS grad’s perfect attendance achievement a miracle twice over

2014 June 18
by HISD Communications

For recent Reagan High School graduate Kody Ford to even be alive today is nothing short of a miracle. The Class of 2014 member not only confounded doctors by proving virtually every grim prognosis about him wrong as a baby, he also managed to graduate last month with a perfect 12-year attendance record—less than nine weeks after being ejected through the sunroof of his own car during a collision with a drunk driver.

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Whidby ES baton-twirlers headed to state finals after first-place finish in Corpus

Baton-twirling’s heyday may be about 60 years behind it, but a group of 14 girls from HISD’s Whidby Elementary School is bringing back that lost art with an amazing run for the national title next month.

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Westbury HS band raising money for Pro Football Hall of Fame trip

Westbury High School has been invited to march in the Pro Football Hall of Fame parade in Canton, Ohio, in August, but the musicians and dancers need a bit of help to pay for the trip. The band was invited because former student and athlete Michael Strahan, who now hosts Live with Kelly and Michael and contributes to Good Morning America, is being inducted this year in recognition of his 15-year career with the New York Giants.

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Washington HS design internship kicks off with straw bridge challenge

A quartet of students from Washington High School will begin getting an up-close and in-depth look at the makings of a 21st century campus this year, after landing four highly coveted internships with the new facility’s design team. The students began their study of design with a straw bridge-building challenge on June 16.

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Browning, Pugh students get an extra dose of literacy through Deloitte’s IMPACT Day

Two HISD elementary schools got “taken over” by tax, audit, advisory, and consulting professionals from a firm in downtown Houston on June 6, when representatives from Deloitte traded their suits and briefcases for T-shirts, sensible shoes, and a custom curriculum dedicated to literacy.

Deloitte employees came to Pugh and Browning elementary schools that day as a part of the company’s 15th annual IMPACT Day of community service, which usually benefits other HISD campuses with whom Deloitte has on-going partnerships.

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First of your most-wanted workshops returns June 25

HISD’s Office of Onboarding and Organizational Development has brought back three of employees’ favorite professional development sessions, just in time for the summer break.

The topics of these sessions were selected by participants from the previous year, who answered a survey asking for the top three workshops they would like to see offered again.

The first, Preparing to Shine, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25.

For more information or to sign up, please see this related article.

Give a Year, Change a Life! Become an Apollo 20 Math Fellow

HISD is seeking dynamic candidates to change the lives of elementary, middle, or high school students by tutoring them in math every day for an entire school year. Apollo 20 Math Fellows are full-time HISD employees on a 10-month duty schedule with standard employee benefits and the opportunity to earn performance pay in addition to base salary. Visit this site to learn more or to submit an application.

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