is now open for “Virtual Camp Adventure,” a free summer
camp filled with exciting STEAM activities that can be done from the
comfort of home.
by The Children’s Museum of Houston and the Barbara Bush
Houston Literacy Foundation, Camp Adventure offers an exciting and
unique STEAM experience. The exhilarating virtual experience takes place July
20 to July 24.
Curbside summer meals sites at several schools and all Fresh
Bus produce delivery stops are closed today due to inclement weather moving
through the region.
The curbside summer meals sites at Sam Houston Math, Science, Technology Center, Revere Middle School, and Kashmere, and Milby high schools are closed. Service also may be interrupted at other sites, as the district will close any site that experiences lightning as the storm moves through the city.
The curbside summer meals site at Chavez High School is temporarily closed for cleaning and sanitization due to a possible case of the COVID-19 virus.
The new site had been scheduled to begin
serving curbside summer meals for students and boxed produce for families on
Monday. It is now closed until further notice.
The Houston Independent School District is streamlining its summer food distribution programs and launching a new partnership with the Houston Food Bank to better serve families with the most need.
is revamping its Curbside Summer Meals and Fresh Bus programs, consolidating
distribution sites to redirect resources to the communities with the highest
HISD will not move forward
with a proposal to adopt the Year-Round Designation with the Texas Education
Agency, which would have allowed for an amended 11-month academic calendar for
the 2020-21 school year.
Due to the uncertainty
surrounding COVID-19 and recent increase in cases, the district will keep the
existing 2020-21 academic year calendar, which provides for a later start date,
with the addition of 10 targeted remediation days or Academic Boot Camps for
students who may have fallen behind academically due to COVID-19. The later
start date provides the district the opportunity to monitor the pattern of
COVID-19 cases and make necessary adjustments as it relates to in-person, virtual
learning, or a combination of the two.
The district also wants to be
responsive to feedback received regarding week-long intersessional breaks
during the school year being a difficult option for many parents.
In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, the Houston Independent School District hired nearly 100 interns to tutor students remotely this summer.
HISD quickly pivoted its traditional Summer Student
Leadership Program, in which students are hired for in-person internships in a
variety of departments, to providing high-quality academic instruction
The district is committed to ensuring that students have
access to competitive summer employment opportunities. This comes at a
time when companies across the country are rescinding previously slated student
job and internship offers. Despite the circumstances, HISD students can gain paid
real-world work experience, develop their soft skills, and become more
competitive applicants for colleges, scholarships, and jobs.
district and school-based employees gathered online for HISD’s first-ever all
virtual Professional Learning Series (PLS), three days of professional
development, team building, and preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 school
The theme of
this year’s event, which took place June 15-17, was “Virtual Learning and
Beyond: Bridging Gaps with Strong Systems.” A major focus of the series
included preparing for a virtual school system, as well as management best practices
and guidance for schools and teachers on how to support students engaged in
“We are embracing the virtual learning space across HISD,
and PLS this summer is no exception,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan
said during the recorded general session. “It is our goal that our leaders
rejuvenate, renew and reimagine the possibilities for the upcoming school
When Bellaire High School Senior Madison Olds thinks back on
the past three months, she does so with a sense of bittersweet nostalgia.
She thinks about the missed basketball, baseball, and soccer
games where, as a cheerleader, she didn’t get to cheer her teams on to victory.
She thinks about the missed trips to Chick-Fil-A for lunch with her friends.
She thinks about missing her senior luncheon, joining with
her cap-and-gown-clad classmates for their senior class picture, and graduation
practice — all part of an annual Senior Week that she had been looking forward
to since she was a freshman.
Before Mykayla Clark-Jolivet could begin her high school
career at Middle College High School at HCC Fraga, her home was destroyed by
Hurricane Harvey. This was the first of many challenges she would face on her
way to graduating.
Clark-Jolivet and her family left their mold-ruined house to
live in a hotel for three months.
“I left a lot of memories behind,” Clark-Jolivet said. “I
was constantly late to school because the hotel was across town.”
As Jack Yates High School senior Ernest Russell sat on the
school’s football field for the citywide senior celebration recently, it was far
more than an event honoring his graduation from the historic school.
The celebration — marked by colorful Yates High School
masks and chairs spaced at a proper social distance — represented the
culmination of a trying journey that was marked by the loss of his father and homelessness.
“I don’t really have a word to describe it. But, if I had to
come up with one, I’d say it was challenging,” Russell said.