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Weekly Teacher Download for August 30, 2021

2021 August 26
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by HISD Communications


Social and Emotional Learning

Please visit the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Rethink Ed website for the evidence-based online SEL curriculum. Once there, you will find the Rethink Ed training recording (and passcode), SEL video links, training series, and a SEL book list that supports student mental health and emotional wellness. Online student lessons provide a wide variety of SEL topics complete with videos, instructional materials, and activities for every grade level. These lessons provide a comprehensive, teacher-friendly K-12 curriculum that can be integrated into your classroom for individual students of all learning tiers. Please go to HISD’s Clever site and click on the Rethink Ed icon under Teacher Resources.


HB3 Math Academy is launching the first virtual session for the fall, Guided Math: Workstations. There are two opportunities to attend this session on Aug. 31, 2021, one from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and one from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, see this flyer.

Elementary Math Best Practice: Implementing math interactive notebooks

The Elementary Math Team is excited to bring you this engaging math session focusing on the benefits of implementing interactive notebooks in the math classroom on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Participants will engage in creating and setting up a personal math interactive notebook and walk away with strategies for implementation. Register via OneSource #1458083. Join us and share your math learning experiences via twitter by tagging @HISD_ElemMath and #MathMatters. See related flyer here.

Elementary Math Best Practice: Backward planning to maximize the 5E math block

Please join the elementary math team for an engaging math session on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the 5E math block in the math classroom and engage in content aligned to the HISD elementary curriculum. Learn how to use math resources such as the Scope and Sequence and Unit Planning Guides to backward plan. Register via OneSource #1458084. Join us and share your math learning experiences via twitter by tagging @HISD_ElemMath and #MathMatters. See related flyer here.

Early Childhood

If you are a new or returning PK teacher this year, you are invited to attend a session on how to enter grades into report cards. “Power Teacher Pro for PK/K teachers” is OneSource Course #1458045. The course takes place Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to navigate and utilize the features of the gradebook, including TEKS and Standards.


Career and Technical Education (including Achieve 180)
Please review the August 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume III, which has helpful resources for new and returning CTE teachers, including professional learning opportunities. Explore the Career Readiness website, which also has a wealth of professional development opportunities. You may request one-on-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current CTE programs of study, view an approved list of industry-based certifications, and find a brief tutorial on how to enroll in OneSourceMe Learning. Click here for free self-paced, Adobe Exchange courses, workshops, and teaching materials. Also, Workforce Solutions invites you to a hiring event! If you or someone you know would like to participate, register through this link. Please visit Career Readiness here for all weekly bulletins. For instructions on how to enroll in OneSource Learning, click here.

Employees must ‘Checkin2Work’ starting August 23

2021 August 22
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by HISD Communications

HISD is continuing its partnership with Axiom Medical to support employees for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Axiom Medical has nurses on staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, as well as a chief medical officer. The Axiom Medical health screening app will help employees determine whether it is safe for them to come into work. 

Effective Monday, August 23, all employees must use Axiom Medical’s Checkin2work (CI2W) app to log in and complete a daily self-attestation before arriving at work. The daily self-attestation consists of answering COVID-19-related questions. Employees without internet access should call HISD’s Health and Medical Services at (713) 556-7280 to complete the daily self-attestation.

In addition to this communication, new employees will be receiving a welcome email from Axiom with more information on how to download the app and accept the terms of use. Please do not attempt to use the app for checking into work before Monday, August 23. Contact your supervisor if you do not receive the email or have issues downloading the app. Please ensure you can access the app before the required use on Monday, August 23. 

Employees who had installed the Checkin2work app, will be able to continue using it as of Monday, August 23rd. Employees who might have deleted the app, can simply reinstall it for use on Monday. 

Based on answers to certain questions, the app will either provide the clearance for work or a referral to medical personnel for further review. 

If an employee answers “yes” to a question, they will be instructed to call Axiom at (281) 419-7063 to speak to a nurse or a nurse will call the employee back. Employee contact tracing will be handled by Axiom. 

Employees who are not cleared will be asked to call their administrator or supervisor. 

Employees should answer “no” unless they have a recent onset of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. 

Visit to set up your account and get started. Watch a helpful training video here. You can also download the Checkln2Work app on your Android or iOS device. 

Log on to Checkln2Work using your work account username and password. 

For assistance with your sign-up, please contact your supervisor or email

If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

Weekly Teacher Download for August 23, 2021

2021 August 19
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by HISD Communications


Social and Emotional Learning Introduction
The Social Emotional and Learning (SEL) department coordinates the implementation and growth of culturally responsive and emotionally safe learning environments. Throughout this school year, we will be sharing SEL resources that will help you establish supportive relationships with your students. This week please consider doing some self-care exercises for yourselves and your students during the day. This could include such things as taking a few deep breaths, listening to a calming song, or reading an inspirational poem. Check in with other teachers to see how they are doing. Have a great week with your students and a great year! And remember, YOU ARE AWESOME!


Early Childhood

Welcome back, prekindergarten teachers! Please be aware of the following change when accessing the CIRCLE Assessment this school year. HISD has launched a new procedure to access the CLI Engage platform using CLEVER to administer the CIRCLE Assessment for this school year. On June 11, 2021, all PK teachers received an invitation email from CLI Engage to login using CLEVER. If you were able to successfully login through CLEVER, you will be able to access the CIRCLE Assessment when the first wave begins on Sept. 20. If you did NOT successfully login through CLEVER, please look for a CLI Engage invitation email this week. Remember you only have 14 days to access this invitation email (if you don’t see it in your HISD email, look in your junk folder). Please see the attached instructions to successfully register for the first time. Once you are registered, follow the step-by-step directions at this video link to login to the CLI Engage platform through Clever. As always, you can reach Claudia Azcarate at or Maria Navarro at with questions regarding CLI Engage access.


Career and Technical Education
Welcome back! Please review this week’s CTE Bulletin, Volume II. This bulletin includes helpful resources for all new Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers, as well as veterans. Also, explore our Career Readiness website where you can access a repository of professional development opportunities, request one-to-one CTE instructional support, find online resources and TEKS by CTE cluster, view current CTE Programs of Study, view an approved list of industry-based certifications, and find a brief tutorial on how to enroll in OneSourceMe Learning. You can take these courses online at any time: “STEaM Enrichment with the SECME Program” and “Engage Students and Demonstrate Proficiency through Digital Portfolios.” Please visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins.

Questions about HISD appraisals?

2021 August 3
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by HISD Communications

End-of-the-year ratings for appraisals and final signatures for 12-month employees were due at the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

Appraisers, please ensure employees complete the final step, which is their employee signature. It acknowledges that the EOY conference occurred. To view any comments or rating opinions in the employee self-assessment, click “expand” all in the goals and competency sections or refer to the Employee Self-Assessment Quick Reference Guide.

For more information, see the EOY Navigation Quick Reference Guide.

See also the Steps for End of Year Conference.

If you have questions, please attend one of Leonard Daily’s open labs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Click here to join the meeting  and enter and exit at your discretion. These labs cover EOY ratings and conferences, appraiser and employee signatures, and closing the appraisal documents. Assistance is also provided for Department Goals, IPDP, and the Goal-Setting Conference (GSC).

To see the status of your account, login to OneSourceMe, choose Performance, then ALL FORMS. If your STEP DUE DATE column displays red, those accounts are delinquent and need attention.   

See the HISD Board Policy DN(local) and the 2020-2021 NTAS- SLAS Appraisal Calendars below.

For questions, call 713-556-3100.


HISD back-to-school offer! See Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids for free

2021 August 2
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by HISD Communications

Enjoy a night with family and friends before the school year kicks off!

The Dynamo FC is thanking HISD educators of HISD for their tireless work during the 2020-2021 school year with a free ticket. All HISD educators will have the ability to redeem a FREE ticket for the match on August 14 as the Dynamo FC hosts the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Stadium. Additional tickets can be purchased for $10.

Visit this link to purchase tickets.

For more information or questions, please contact Sergio Rosenhek via e-mail at

Time and place: Saturday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at BBVA Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave., Houston 77003

Supplemental Sick Leave Bank Open Enrollment Aug. 2–31, 2021

2021 August 2
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by HISD Communications

The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

SSLB membership enrollment and dis-enrollment is now available online through OneSource ESS. 

The SSLB membership enrolled or not enrolled notices were emailed to eligible employees Aug. 2, 2021. Enrollment Information and plan details are also available at SSLB. Please note that current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program as long as they have an available local leave day available to donate as of Sept. 1, 2021.

Eligible employees may enroll or cancel membership during the current open-enrollment period, which runs Aug 2-31, 2001. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November 2021 for enrollment only. 

Contact Benefits Support via email at for additional assistance. They can also be reached at 713-695-5561.

Fleet Services employees score in annual competition

2021 July 29
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by HISD Communications

The Texas Association of School Bus Technicians (TASBT) held its annual School Bus Technician Texas’ Best competition, and HISD Fleet Operations personnel from different motor pools received honors in two divisions of competition.

The competition measures competencies among peer technicians and inspectors.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the extraordinary individuals we have in our district and department,” said Maintenance and Operations General Manager Nicole Ware Barnett. “This competition shows how skilled and dedicated they are to the safety of our students and our community.”

In the Technicians Division, Mechanic Expert John Cain Jr. and Team Lead Eric Ramirez won first and third place, respectively. They work at Barnett Stadium.

The technician competition is a test of skills and knowledge through a combination of rigorous tests.

In the Inspectors Division, Shared Services Mechanic Expert Arturo Perez took fourth place, while the Central motor pool mechanics Carlos Hernandez and Ruben Gonzales took eighth and ninth place, respectively.

This competition involves a test for student safety in transportation, including a written exam and hands-on event, and inspection of the bus interior, under the hood, and under the chassis.

Each staff member was presented with their TASBT competition certificate that ranked their placement among their peers.

How to reset your voicemail and pin

2021 July 22
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by HISD Communications

As part of their annual maintenance, on July 21, the HISD Telecommunication System reset all voicemails, pins, and greetings to the default state.

To set up your phone system, follow these steps.   

  • Press the MESSAGES button on your telephone
  • Enter the passcode 135246#
  • You will be prompted to record your name
  • You will be prompted to enter a new greeting (optional)
  • You will be prompted to replace the temporary password (135246#) with a new password

Follow the prompts until the system indicates you have completed this process.

Technology Assistance

The HISD Service Desk can be reached at 713-892-SERV (7378) or

The Service Desk is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST excluding HISD-approved holidays.

Employee Self-Assessment Appraisal for 12-month employees

2021 July 20
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The optional Employee Self-Assessment (ESA) appraisal window for 12-month employees is open from July 19 – 30, 2021. 

If the employee submits an ESA, the system will immediately open to the appraiser to enter the end of the year appraisal ratings, conference, and signatures. 

If no ESA is submitted by the end of the window (July 30), the system will close the window and move the documents to the appraiser for the end of the year appraisal ratings, conference, and signatures. 

The required end of the year assessment is to be completed by August 20, 2021.

The Employee Self-Assessment (ESA) is optional but is an opportunity for the employee to:

  • provide valuable comments to the appraiser about their 2020/2021 accomplishments and areas of improvement,
  • provide their opinion on how they think they should be rated in any, none, or all department goals and competencies, 
  • provide attachments showcasing their created documents, files, or other supportive documentation. (Use the paperclip in the upper right corner of the document to attach evidence.)

Download a guide on the Employee Self-Assessment

For further assistance, join an open lab via Microsoft Teams from 11 a.m.-noon every Tuesday-Thursday.

Sign up NOW for the third-annual Multilingual Symposium, “The Blueprint: Engineering Foundations that Build Academic Language”

2021 June 21
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by HISD Communications

Get ready to be inspired!

Multilingual Programs is excited to announce the third annual Multilingual Symposium via SCHED ( Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn while being entered for multiple prize giveaways.

There will also be a spectacular Vendor Expo accessible through SCHED.

Create your own symposium schedule by selecting the courses that appeal to you. There will be a variety of English learner instructional strategies and resources available for both teachers and administrators. 

Starting Monday, June 21, you may view all the courses being offered and create your own personal schedule on SCHED. Please register for your selected courses in OneSource as well, as access to all sessions the day of the event will be based on the participant list in OneSource. All session links will be posted on SCHED.

Click here to access the How to Register Guide for assistance
Click here to view the Course Selection Guide 

Register today!

For questions, contact Shauntra Franklin at