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Team HISD: Your hard work is about to pay off

2015 August 21
by HISD Communications

Dear Member of Team HISD,

Terry B. Grier, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

It’s hard to believe the summer break is over and that the 2015-2016 school year is about to begin. For most of you, I know the word “break” doesn’t accurately describe how you spent the last few months, and I want to take a moment to thank you for your hard work and dedication to ensure that we are ready for the start of another exciting school year.

Thousands of teachers and principals have spent countless hours in professional development this summer, growing and strengthening their craft. Warehouse, maintenance, and central office staff are making sure our campuses are in excellent condition and our classrooms are stocked with textbooks, technology, and supplies. Transportation and police are ensuring that students will arrive safely and on time to their campuses next week, while members of food services have been busy in the kitchen.

All of our efforts are about to pay off as we welcome back more than 215,000 students on Monday.

No matter what your job is at HISD, you play an important role in ensuring that our students get a quality education that prepares them with the skills they need. As we kick off the year, I encourage you to spend a few minutes watching the short video below about HISD’s new Global Graduate profile. The profile identifies the skills or competencies our students need in order to be ready for the world when they leave us. It was developed with the help of industry and business leaders, as well as local colleges and universities. Stay tuned, you will be hearing a lot more about the HISD Global Graduate throughout the year.

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Once again, thanks for your hard work over the past few months and for all that you do for Houston’s children. Let’s all work together to make 2015-2016 a great one.


Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

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