school juniors from across HISD are invited to join NASA in exploring the
moon to Mars through its High School Aerospace Scholars program.
wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and
innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind
experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or
experience begins this fall with an online interactive course on NASA
activities related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, mathematics
and aeronautics. Students complete design challenges including 3D drawings,
science quizzes, discussion posts, technology writings and monthly webinars
with NASA scientists and engineers.
families with additional time to make the decision that best meets their
student’s educational needs, the district has extended the deadline to select
either in-person or virtual instruction to Monday, Sept. 28.
a reminder, parents can make their selection for either in-person or virtual
instruction through the HISD Connect
Elementary School, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy and the High
School for Law & Justice have been designated 2020 Blue Ribbon campuses by
the U.S. Department of Education.
the first time the schools have received the designation, which is awarded to
schools that maintain high academic standards among all its students while
demonstrating progress in closing achievement gaps among various subgroups of
extremely proud of our schools for being recognized with this prestigious
honor,” said HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. “The hard work is
exemplified in the academic excellence of our students, and that takes an
entire campus working together to reach such an impressive achievement.”
Due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Beta, and to ensure the safety of staff, all HISD facilities and offices will remain closed on Wednesday, September 23. District facilities are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, September 24, pending road and weather conditions.
will be required to report to work remotely and remain available during regular
duty hours. However, employees who are required to physically report to work
will be contacted by their supervisors. Virtual at-home instruction will
continue as scheduled as long as internet connectivity and power remain intact.
All Digital Learning Centers will be closed.
deliveries at apartment complexes as well as curbside pickup – both scheduled
for Wednesday, September 23 – also have been canceled.
be safe, remain alert to weather conditions, and follow the advice of local
officials. More updates will be provided as we receive information from the
National Weather Service and city and county authorities.
Houston Independent School District wants to make sure students are
responsible, active, and engaged citizens who recognize the importance of
participation in elections.
is encouraging eligible students to register to vote. Voting is a privilege and
civic obligation. When people vote, they are empowered, and their voices are
If you are a United States citizen and will be 18 before election day, which is Tuesday, November 3, then you are eligible to register. To register, go to votetexas.gov[, fill out the online registration form, and follow the instructions.
Census deadline is fast approaching, and HISD needs the participation of every
household to ensure the district receives the federal funding it needs to serve
The deadline to
respond is Wednesday, September 30.
guides how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states
and communities each year. The census also impacts funding communities receive
for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school
programs, and school lunch assistance. For HISD, this also means support in the
way of funding for technology needs for virtual learning.
Nearly 20 HISD students and teachers
were among a select group from around the state who were invited to attend the
prestigious Tapia Say virtual STEM Camp at Rice University this summer.
At the summer camp, which is
sponsored by ExxonMobil, students
experienced five days of online STEM experiences led by Rice professors and
experienced facilitators, which focused on building problem solving and
communications skills. Each camper was challenged to design their own heatsink,
simulating the process through which heat is transferred away from the
processor in a computer to keep the device from overheating.
Due to the threat of inclement weather from Tropical Storm
Beta, and to ensure the safety of staff, all HISD facilities and offices will
close on Tuesday, September 22. District facilities are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday,
September 23, pending road and weather conditions.
Employees will be required to report to work remotely and
remain available during regular duty hours. However, employees who are
required to physically report to work will be contacted by their supervisors.
Virtual at-home instruction will continue as scheduled as long as internet
connectivity and power remain intact. All Digital Learning Centers will be
The Houston Independent School District will receive $1
million from the Moody Foundation to help close the digital divide by
purchasing computers for HISD’s Achieve 180 students on some of the district’s
The funds will be used to purchase more than 2,000 devices
for students in pre-K through fifth grade at schools where Achieve 180 program
is in place. Achieve 180 is a research-based action plan to support,
strengthen, empower, and increase student achievement in underserved and
underperforming HISD feeder pattern communities.
The National Merit
Scholarship Program has named 81 Houston Independent School District seniors as
The high school seniors
have an opportunity to compete for approximately 7,600 scholarships worth more
than $30 million that will be offered next spring. Nationwide there are
approximately 16,000 semiﬁnalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship
“We are proud of our
global scholars who are competing with their peers from across the nation for
this prestigious academic honor,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan
said. “We support and encourage them to maintain the level of excellence that
has resulted in their semifinalist designation, despite challenges they may
face in this year of flexibility.”