HISD and community partners gear up for Back-to-School Bonanza

Houston ISD is hard at work preparing for the 2024-2025 school year. As our students, families and communities recover from the recent storm, community partners can lend their support by equipping students with school supplies.  

HISD’s Community Partnerships Department is teaming up with local community organizations to prepare students and their families for the upcoming school year with the annual Back-to-School Bonanza, a collaborative effort to provide essential learning resources and school supplies throughout the District. 

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Sunrise to You initiative brings resources to neighborhoods in need

Representatives from HISD’s Sunrise Centers visited Augustana Lutheran Church in Third Ward on June 28 to distribute resources to local families as part of the Sunrise to You initiative.

HISD’s seven Sunrise Centers are powerful assets to their local communities, and as the program grows in its second year, HISD is committed to making them accessible to all students and families, no matter where they live. 

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Lights. Camera. Lead. HISD spotlights Star Educator LaKia Jackson

Principal LaKia Jackson is leading impactful change at Fondren Middle School and is this week’s HISD Star Educator.

With two decades of experience in urban education, Jackson brings a passion for motivating both students and teachers to her NES campus. Together, Jackson and her team are building a high-performance culture backed by the school’s mantra of Excellence: Everyone-Everything-Everyday.

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HISD and Astros Foundation team up for graduation retention

HISD’s Sunrise Centers collaborated with the Astros Foundation for the District’s fourth annual Phone Bank event on June 18. The goal is to reach out to students who have either dropped out of school or not registered for the new school year and inform them of the options and resources available to help on their path to high school graduation.

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Lights. Camera. Lead. HISD spotlights Star Educator Alyssa Stevenson

Real transformation is underway in HISD schools, thanks to the educators and school leaders who are putting in the work to ensure our students receive high-quality instruction every day.

To spotlight these game-changing education leaders, we’re launching the Star Educators: Lights. Camera. Lead. series. You will see first hand their dedication to giving ALL HISD students the educational experiences they need and deserve. Join Chief of Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, Sandi Massey, each Tuesday as she sits down with a new campus leader on HISD’s social media channels.

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Girls in STEM mentor program empowers HISD middle schoolers

The Girls in STEM program recently concluded its successful 10-week mentoring program intended to inspire middle school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program is a collaboration sponsored by bp and Infosys Foundation USA, and engaged students from HISD’s West Briar Middle School, providing them with valuable insights and hands-on experiences.

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HISD seniors turn tassels a second time at HCC graduation

Days after receiving their high school diplomas, HISD dual-credit seniors accepted their associate degrees or professional certificates at Houston Community College’s (HCC) 2024 commencement ceremonies on Thursday, June 13.

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STAAR results show HISD is closing the achievement gap for all grade levels

Preliminary results for the 2023-2024 STAAR Exams show Houston Independent School District students made substantial gains in most tested subjects and grade levels.

For the STAAR Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and US History End of Course Exams, HISD students made substantial gains in four of five tested subjects, and in some cases far exceeded pre-COVID proficiency levels.

For grades 3-8, the most significant increases are in the number of students proficient in math and reading. Reading proficiency in all tested grades has surpassed pre-COVID levels, and HISD improved on the number of students proficient in math at every grade level.

See the full results here.

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HISD middle schoolers adventure abroad with NES Dyad Travel Program

Though most students approach the end of the school year with excitement, some HISD middle schoolers had a different, very special reason to look forward to the end of May. HISD’s Dyad Travel program gave students at NES campuses the opportunity of a lifetime to jetset across the globe for a five-day journey to Tokyo, Japan. In keeping with the Dyad model put in place in NES schools, Dyad Travel aims to expose students to as many diverse experiences as possible.

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