The HISD Bond Oversight Committee got an up-close look at the new Barbara Jordan Career Center during their second quarter meeting Tuesday.
Committee members made their way up the school’s modern learning stairs and through hallways filled with natural light and turquoise accent walls. The group took pictures along the way and tried on a simulator helmet in the welding classroom.
The tour — led by Principal Ross McAlpine, HISD Construction Services Senior Manager Sizwe Lewis, and HISD Project Manager Zorana Marquez-Campos — made stops in the school’s health science classroom, and cosmetology, automotive and diesel, culinary, welding, and construction management labs.
In 2017, Lamar High School celebrated its 80th anniversary with a groundbreaking ceremony. Now the school’s construction has reached nearly 80 percent completion, with doors of the school’s new academic building opening to students for the 2019-2020 school year.
Both painting and flooring in the gymnasium is underway along with the installation of first- and second-floor ceilings, culinary and dining equipment, and joining the new building addition’s HVAC to the existing facility.
Phased renovations to the existing facility are also in progress and an enclosed second-story skybridge connecting the two buildings is set for completion in August.
With a slated opening for the 2019-2020 school year, construction on Northside High School is now 90 percent complete.
The school’s science and art rooms and bus canopy are complete. Interior
finishes in the performance arts wing, first floor classroom renovations,
landscaping, and parking are nearly complete. In addition, stairwell upgrades
in the historic building are underway.
The $66 million project is part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond program
and calls for two new additions along with renovations to the original
building, built in 1928.
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.”
Hundreds of Wharton Dual Language Academy students, staff, parents, and community members gathered Thursday in their new gymnasium to celebrate the school’s grand opening.
Red and yellow balloons created a colorful backdrop for guests as they were entertained by several student musical performances, as well as traditional folkloric dance routines performed by students clad in colorful, folkloric attire.
“Today we celebrate the realization of the vision that we had for our new school,” Wharton Dual Language Academy Principal Jennifer Day said. “And it is a school that is built especially for our unique program,”
The Garden Oaks Montessori School gymnasium came alive Thursday when energetic students filled the new space to celebrate the school’s building dedication.
The room was decorated with balloon arches in the school’s signature green and yellow colors and students’ colorful artwork. The event celebrated the impact the new facility has had on student learning and included a spirited performance of “Congo to the Mississippi” by the school’s lower elementary students.
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.
Parker Elementary School students, staff, parents, and
community members were visibly excited about their new colorful and modern
surroundings as they gathered for Building and Spark Park Dedication ceremony
Parker students provided musical entertainment throughout
the evening, including the Parker Elementary School Advanced Strings, a
surprise performance by the school band, and a reception with Parker Jazz Band.
“One of the things that I see is just how much more
seriously the kids take their performances in a fancy auditorium like this
one,” Parker Principal Lori Frodine said.