Fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher Molly Lashway thought she was finishing up a conference with her principal when she saw a parade of decorated vehicles coming around the corner outside.
As cars covered in colorful balloons and streamers rolled
past to the sound of happy music, Walnut Bend Elementary School Principal
Michele Dahlquist revealed to Lashway that she had been named the district’s
November Teacher of the Month.
“I had no idea that this was happening this morning,”
Lashway said. “I’m just glad I didn’t come to school dressed like a pilgrim today,
because that was something that I considered for the day before Thanksgiving
Break. But I’m really grateful for all of this.”
Students, teachers prepare for upcoming AP exams HISD Advanced Placement students are invited to attend the AP Saturday Countdown Academy to help prepare for Advanced Placement exams.
The first of four Countdown Academies will take place at Carnegie Vanguard High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 16. Throughout the morning, students will participate in three different review sessions aimed at AP exam preparation, skills, and content.
The event is free, open to all HISD AP students and teachers, and breakfast will be provided. Students should bring a notebook, a pencil, and a laptop. Students should inquire with their school if transportation is provided.
Texas lawmakers have entered the halfway point of the 86th
Legislative Session, and the pace of activity at the State Capitol has
significantly increased since January.
On March 4, the Texas Senate unanimously approved Senate
Bill 3, which provides an across-the-board $5,000 pay raise to every
full-time classroom teachers and all school librarians. As filed, the bill
would have provided raises to full-time classroom teachers only. However, the
bill’s author, Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), amended the legislation on
the Senate floor to include school librarians because of their requirement to
teach in the classroom for two years. SB 3 will now go to the House for
consideration. House Public Education Committee Chair Dan Huberty (R-Humble)
indicated SB 3 would likely receive a hearing in his committee.
Increasing teacher compensation and reforming school finance
are two of the governor’s emergency items, declared in his Feb. 15 State of the
State address. SB 3 is also a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and all 31
members of the Texas Senate.
This week, HISD Nutrition Services encouraged students to start their day with school breakfast as they took part in celebrating National School Breakfast Week.
Observed from March 4-8, the national campaign brings attention to school breakfast programs and emphasizes the importance of providing students with a healthy breakfast every day.
As part of the weeklong celebration, every HISD elementary student eating school breakfast this week was given a trading card featuring this year’s “Start Your Engines” theme. Students were able to collect and trade the three different cards, each of which highlighted a popular breakfast item and included a fun fact.
RAAC, which was created by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan last year, functions as an advisory committee to create recommendations on HISD’s funding model and expenditures at the campus level.
The committee consists of HISD principals, parents, community leaders and staff. The administration is open to recommendations from the public and views of the community as a critical partner in the decision-making process of reimagining HISD.
Event raises nearly $300,000 to fund strategic initiatives for HISD students
About 1,500 public education advocates, HISD educators, supporters and students attended the HISD Foundation’s first-ever Public Education Matters Benefit Dinner, which raised nearly $300,000 to fund strategic initiatives for HISD students.
highlight of the evening was a fireside chat between Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan, CEO of Teach for America Elisa Villanueva Beard and Harlem
Children’s Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada. The discussion was moderated by ABC’s What
Would You Do? host John Quiones
who recalled his childhood as a migrant worker and a defining moment when his
father asked if he wanted to do that kind of work the rest of his life or get a
education levels the playing field,” Lathan said. “I want people in the community
to reach out to elected officials and encourage them to increase funding for
our school district so that our students can continue to grow and thrive
academically and compete with their peers worldwide.”
Throughout the month of March, Houston Independent School District Visual Art teachers will showcase their artistic talents in the inaugural HISD Visual Art Teachers’ Exhibition.
Visual art teachers from all over the district applied to participate in the exhibition. Twenty-two artists were selected to exhibit new works for the show. They were selected by a jury of peers based upon artistic quality and instructional testimonial submissions.
HISD artists will be exhibiting new, never-seen-before works for this art show. The faculty showcase is an opportunity for people to view new directions in work by some of the district’s most talented artists and educators.
Shiny blue balloons spelling out “Wilson” floated on stage as students sang, providing a joyous start to the Wilson Montessori building dedication.
The Montessori school hosted the festivities to celebrate its $24.7 million makeover. The project included renovations to the school’s original historic 1924 building and a new three-story addition.
“The spaces in the new wing and the renovated spaces in the historical wing allow our students to experience learning specially designed to meet their developmental needs,” Wilson Principal Shameika Sykes-Salvador said.