by March 1 for a full career and technical education scholarship
considering a career in construction, transportation, nursing, or industrial
technology may qualify for a full scholarship in one of these fields or many
more. Local and national industry data show a need for highly skilled employees
in high-growth jobs with great earning potential.
2012, the Marvy Finger Family Foundation Scholarship has been awarding worthy
HISD graduates full scholarships covering their two-year degree or
certification program in these high-demand careers. This scholarship includes
not just tuition but books, fees, etc.
year, 100 full scholarships are available from Finger for a career and
technical degree or certificate program in the fields of automotive,
construction, digital information and technology, industrial technology, health
science, law, logistics, manufacturing, and transportation distribution.
Included in these fields are HVAC, pipefitting, cybersecurity, welding,
maritime transportation, and more (see application for a complete list).
To guide district decision-making, particularly
moving forward on virtual learning, the HISD Research and Accountability
Department is launching a districtwide Fall 2020 Virtual/Remote
Learning Parent Survey.
Due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of colleges and universities are
waiving the American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
as part of their fall 2021 admissions process.
The SAT and ACT
tests will not only be optional for students, but most colleges are also not
requiring students to take the exams to be considered for admission.
“This presents a
great opportunity for students,” HISD Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Rick Cruz said. “This allows them to demonstrate that they are academically
capable in different ways.”
With homemade thank-you cards in hand, Tonya Middleton’s class at
Southmayd Elementary School eagerly awaited a visit from a surprise special
When Houston Astros all-star third baseman Alex Bregman burst
through the school’s library doors on Monday with a smile on his face and gifts
in his hands, a collective gasp could be heard from the group of students, all
of whom are on the autism spectrum.
“It is a blast and an honor to be here,” he said while juggling a
box of iPads for the students. ““Hopefully,
these iPads help the students because it is a fun way to learn.”
Eight HISD seniors each were awarded a $10,000 college scholarship
through the Women’s Energy Network Houston’s Young Women Energized Partnership.
The scholarships are awarded to exemplary
high school senior girls from the greater Houston area with exemplary academic
records and who have demonstrated leadership potential throughout their high
The winners will be honored at the Women Energized Network Houston’s virtual 2020 Young Women Energized event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. The program will feature breakout sessions on careers in STEM, scholarships, and will be headlined by keynote speaker and BEACON ocean energy probe inventor, Hannah Herbst.
With the third six weeks of the 2020-2021 school year approaching, HISD families have the option to revise their selection for either in-person or virtual instruction for students. The first day of the third six weeks is December 7.
process remains the same. Parents will have from Monday, November 9, through
Friday, November 13, to make their selection through the HISD Connect
Parent Portal “Forms” section. If parents would like to keep their selection
as-is, no action is needed. The current selected mode of instruction will carry
over for the third six-week grading period.
The Houston Independent
School District’s James DeAnda Elementary School has been named one of the best
urban schools in the nation by the National Center for Urban School
“I want to congratulate the
entire team at DeAnda Elementary School for their continued hard work and
dedication to the children they are entrusted to educate,” Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “Our outstanding educators there exemplify
HISD’s mission to empower our students to become global leaders, to strive for
excellence, and to become responsible citizens.”
A critical thinking
initiative has been in place at DeAnda for
more than five years. It provides a rigorous curriculum designed to transform
instruction into real-life experiences.
As the holiday season approaches, Nutrition Services is opening
a third location for its weekly community distributions of food and other
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 11, Barnett Stadium will host a
weekly Neighborhood Supersite from 2 to 6 p.m. The district had planned to
re-launch the Wednesday site this week but there was a delay in the delivery of
The distribution at the stadium, located at 6800 Fairway
Drive, will be in addition to the Saturday sites at Hattie Mae White
Educational Support Center and Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Center.
Marie Moreno has been selected as the new principal of Jane Long Futures Academy.
Moreno is currently the principal of Las Americas Newcomer School and will combine her duties as principal of Las Americas while leading Jane Long Academy. She began her career as a teacher and assistant principal at HISD’s Wisdom High School before moving to Las Americas. Moreno has worked in the Jane Long/Las Americas community for 24 years and is passionate about English language learners.
When HISD closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
bus driver Althea McWhorter never got the chance to say goodbye to the seniors
who rode her bus every day for four years.
For someone who thoroughly enjoys getting to know her passengers as she drives them to and from school each day, losing the chance to say goodbye was not easy. But she’s hoping this year will be different.
Armed with new bus safety measures and a duffel bag of
disinfecting supplies, McWhorter was ready to welcome a new group of students
returning this month for in-person instruction.