The Houston Independent School District crowned the district’s top elementary and secondary teachers of the year during the annual, western-themed Educators of the Year banquet on Friday, which honors teaching excellence across the district.
Nazaret Chavez-Guerrero, a second-grade ESL math teacher at R.P. Harris
Elementary School, and Jose Clemente, a math teacher at Westbury High
School, were named the 2018-2019 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year,
“I want you to know we
appreciate the countless sacrifices and time you have spent in making sure
every student knows their potential and greatness,” HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan said. “You are the most important indicator of a student’s
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education issued a proclamation during its regular meeting declaring the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in HISD.
To join the district in celebrating APAHM, click here to download lesson plans, student activities, and guides designed for teachers seeking ways to include Asian Pacific American information in the classroom.
Transportation Services has completed more than half of
school bus route scheduling for next year, department leadership announced Tuesday
during the department’s Coffee & Conversations.
Transportation Services General Manager John Wilcots IV
said the department got a head start on planning for the upcoming school year
and now has 60 percent of routing and scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year
It doesn’t take long for students to lose some of the academic progress they have made during the school year by sitting idle over the summer, so HISD is challenging second-graders to use the power of reading to combat the dreaded “summer slide.”
HISD is providing all second-grade students with a summer backpack filled with six books, a reading journal, graphic organizers, at-home family activities, reading log, colored pencils and a postcard. Experts agree that children who read during the summer months keep their reading skills sharp and are better prepared for the challenges of the next grade level.
Barbara Jordan Career Center rolled out the red carpet for guests on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of its new building.
The event was held in the school’s state-of-the-art welding center
where students awed guests by welding through a brightly colored metal strip, which
took the place of a traditional ceremonial ribbon.
“Moving to this new facility has energized adults and
students alike,” Principal Ross McAlpine told guests. “Each day I witness
teachers transforming their classrooms and labs into wonderful learning
environments. And every day students approach me to let me know how much they
enjoy the opportunities that Barbara Jordan offers them.”
On Friday, nearly 500 high school seniors from a dozen Houston Independent School District campuses will walk across the stage at Houston Community College commencement ceremonies to receive their associate degrees and work certifications.
The HISD students are enrolled in dual credit programs in the
district’s Futures Academy and at early college high schools. The students
simultaneously earned two years of college credits or valuable industry
certifications in high-demand career fields – all at no cost to them.
Students graduating from the Houston Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, as well as those headed into the military, celebrated with a first-ever signing day on Thursday.
inaugural event, which was held at HISD’s Barbara Jordan Career Center, CTE
students announced their career choices in several high-wage, high-skills and
high-demand occupations, such as: cosmetology; transportation distribution and
logistics; health science; public safety, corrections and security;
hospitality; and business management and administration.
are honoring our students who are entering the workforce, and who have been
offered careers beyond graduation, as well those students who have chosen to
enlist in the armed forces,” said Director of Career Readiness Juliet Amara.
“Today we are excited to recognize those efforts, their hard work and
commitment to their career choice.”
Registration is now open for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Back to School Fest, an annual event that helps elementary students across the city access the free resources they need for a successful school year, such as school supplies, backpacks, and medical services.
must register for an appointment by Friday, July 12 in order to attend. To
register, visit this link.
Families may also register by calling 311 or 713-837-0311 to request an appointment.
The event, held in partnership with Shell and the University
of Houston, is a great opportunity for Houston families to take advantage of an
array of resources provided by the City of Houston and other sponsors.
HISD schools were closed on Friday, May 10, due to inclement weather. The HISD Board-adopted 2018-19 academic calendar has time allotted beyond what is required to comply with state law. As a result, HISD students will not need to make up the missed instructional day.
An engineering teacher at HISD’s Booker T. Washington High School and the High School for Engineering Professions is one of the eight educators statewide receiving this year’s HEB Excellence in Education Awards.
Nghia Le was awarded HEB’s Secondary Education Leadership prize, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of classroom experience. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for his school and a $10,000 check for his personal use.
“Dr. Le is certainly one of our shining stars in the classroom,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “He leads an out-of-this-world program and deserves this prestigious honor and the prize that accompanies it.”