HISD kicked off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Thursday, May 4, at Kim Son restaurant with an extravaganza of color and entertainment. The Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration featured performances, awards, and the traditional dragon dance.
Thanks to its partnership with the Arts Access Initiative, Lyons Elementary School was able to reach out to Theatre Under the Stars to loan them a director and choreographer to help with their production of “The Lion King” on April 20. And because it takes place two days before Earth Day, April 22, they decided to use only recycled materials for the stage set and actors’ masks. Consequently, nearly every student at Lyons is involved in some way in the production — and lessons in nearly every school subject area were applied to make the play come together.
If you are looking for an HISD magnet school for the 2017–2018 school year, you will have an opportunity to learn more about dozens of schools with openings firsthand at the HISD Spring School Choice Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22, at Gregory Lincoln Education Center, located at 1101 Taft St, Houston 77019.
It’s already Spring Break time, so if you are looking for some great ideas for things to do with your children during the week of March 13–17, we have some suggestions. In a city the size of Houston, there are countless activities that are fun, educational, and affordable.
Here are some events that might be of interest:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is free on Thursdays and open late that day, too – until 9 p.m. During Spring Break at the Museum, you can bring your child to the Spring Break studio between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., where they can make art from a difference medium every day. Free with general admission.
“The Breakout” is an enchanted fairy-tale art project, complete with animal sculptures created by a group of J.P. Henderson fifth-graders who call themselves the “Girls Art Squad.” They initiated the project on their own and completed it in their Culture Core class this past semester.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, HISD Advanced Academics and the STEM Teacher Development team hosted “Crack the Code: A Coding Challenge Day” with HISD students to kick off Computer Science Education Week, which is Dec. 5–11. Students and teachers from 27 district elementary and middle schools participated in the challenge day, which was held simultaneously at two locations – Southmayd and McGowen elementary schools.
The College Readiness and Multilingual departments are hosting the DREAM Summit on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., Houston, 77092. All HISD DREAMers, DACA recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their parents, are invited to attend.
Two Booker T. Washington students have become national ambassadors for successful SAT/PSAT prep by increasing their scores a combined 670 points, thanks to free practice tools available to every HISD student through Khan Academy.
In mid-October, the CollegeBoard flew Valencia Grayson and Matthew Blue to the Council of the Great City Schools fall conference in Miami, where they were honored for their success with the Khan SAT prep. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza also attended the conference, where HISD was recognized for actively promoting the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.