Maria Rosas Rosas always looks on the bright side. Despite
her disappointment at not seeing her friends and family at graduation, she is
“Being a virtual valedictorian doesn’t feel that different
from being a valedictorian walking the halls at Westbury,” Maria said. “Apart
from the uncertainty surrounding graduation, I am proud of myself and my
accomplishments. I know my friends, teachers, and family are also proud of me.
That is all I really need.
“Like everyone else, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the
way the school year is ending. We have been working so hard the past four years
and expected to see ourselves walking across the stage, receiving our diplomas,
and sharing some tears. Now that is gone. Although it’s depressing, I believe
it will make our next meeting more memorable..”
Mariela Banda was looking forward to celebrating the end of
her high school years in person with her classmates at Milby High School.
“Being a virtual valedictorian is unfortunate since we will
not be able to fully close this chapter of our lives before we continue with
the next one,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking not to be able to share the joy of
graduation with my class. Instead, we have to worry about the
future. Being a virtual valedictorian is both challenging and stressful,
but I feel certain my class will continue to move forward.”
Mariela is still reaching out to motivate members of her
Although he is more of a “face-to-face person,” Energized for STEM Academy valedictorian Michael Duru is excited to be at the top of his class during this time of virtual learning.
circumstances under which this is happening aren’t great, but I feel
somewhat special to be part of something that has never happened before.” Duru
A natural leader, Michael encourages his fellow students to participate in the online school environment by joining in virtual class discussions.
“I’ve been able to help lead my class by reaching out to other students via text and being as active as possible in class group chats,” he said. “I welcome this change as a way to stay connected with my peers and encourage them to finish the year strong.”
School Principals Day is Friday, May 1, and although HISD schools are closed,
principals remain on the job supporting their staffs and students during the
transition to distance learning.
hard work, leadership, and dedication to children during this unprecedented
challenge, HISD is recognizing the district’s outstanding campus leaders as schools
navigate the COVID-19 crisis and ensure that academic greatness continues to be
held to the highest standard for all children.
students, teachers, parents, and all HISD staff to thank and recognize our
campus leaders. Please share on social media what makes your principal an
outstanding leader using the hashtag #HISDPrincipalsDay.
Appreciation Week is May 4 through 8, and it’s a time for our staff, students,
parents, and community to recognize our teachers.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, HISD is launching a fun campaign called “Get Emoji-tional” so we can share the love😍for our teachers on social media. Each day, share emojis as well as videos, photos and special messages with the hashtag #ThankAnHISDTeacherto show your support for teachers.
HISD’s Kinder High School
for the Performing and Visual Arts received three Tommy Tune Awards for its
production of “The Color Purple” in the annual competition, which celebrates
the educational value and excellence of high school musical theatre in the
Greater Houston area.
The awards were announced
during a first-of-its-kind online presentation on Facebook and YouTube on
Tuesday night. The show featured Broadway, television and film stars along with
production and theatrical professionals from across the nation.
Three Houston Independent School District students have
received National Merit Scholarship awards, one of the nation’s most
competitive academic honors for graduating high school seniors.
Two of the students attend Bellaire High School and one
attends Westside High School. They are among 1,000 distinguished high school
seniors who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards
financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business
Voters in Harris County may want to remember the name Mercedes Sotelo. The Eastwood Academy senior has some serious goals – and clearly likes to have options.
Sotelo, who is a proud lifelong resident of Houston’s East End, has been accepted to 25 colleges across the nation. States with universities with her name on their acceptance lists range from Hawaii to Maine. On top of that, her scholarship offers totaled a whopping $559,000.
The choice wasn’t easy, but Sotelo ultimately chose to stay
home, in Texas. In the fall, Sotelo will attend Concordia University in Austin,
where she will pursue a degree in Political Science and Government.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education
has issued a proclamation designating April 20 through April 24
as Volunteers in Public Schools Recognition Week in the district.
Every year, thousands of parents, businesses, and community
partners support students and teachers in HISD by donating their time,
resources, and knowledge through the district’s Volunteers In Public Schools
HISD’s VIPS program was started in 1970 by longtime HISD
educator Jean Davis Myers, who passed away in 2015. Myers served as executive
director of VIPS for 20 years and under her leadership, the program became an
award-winning national model.