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.”
In a virtual ceremony with participants, HISD Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday unveiled the winners of its annual holiday
greeting card student art competition from nearly 100 entries across the
“This event presents a special opportunity for the district
to share our students’ artwork with the greater community,” Lathan said. “It is
my pleasure to help showcase the work of our student artists and the fantastic
work our fine arts teachers are doing to cultivate these talents across the
The winners for 2020 – fifth-grader Ediel Chávez of Crespo
Elementary School, seventh-grader Michell García of Wharton Dual Language Academy, and senior
Viviana Pérez of Sam Houston MSTC – were among 18 finalists from elementary,
middle, and high schools. All finalists received a boxed set of their holiday
cards. The winners received gifts from sponsors Raising Canes, Jerry’s Artarama
and the Glassel School of Art. All finalist holiday card designs will be
available online for purchase.
Madison High School teacher Paula Ceaser has been awarded the 2020 K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD).
The award is in
recognition of “excellence and leadership in the HPERD profession for
demonstrating leadership, achieving excellence, and being an outstanding
representative of the teaching profession.”
Ceaser has taught
physical education at Madison for 12 years and serves as a department chair and
a lead teacher for HISD, helping to shape curriculum for health and
physical education across the district. Ceaser said her role has allowed her to
bring new opportunities and ideas to her students, from archery and fishing to
participation in a grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to promote adolescent health initiatives.
The Houston Independent School District on Monday,
Nov. 16, will unveil the winners of the district’s 2020 holiday greeting card
student art competition.
This year, 18 students from HISD elementary, middle, and high
schools were named finalists from a total of 99 entries. The 18 finalists were
chosen by the district’s area superintendents. Those 18 entries then
went to HISD
Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan for judging. She then chose
one elementary, one middle school and one high school to represent the district
During a virtual ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. at
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, the winning cards will be announced
by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.
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.
Collaborative learning spaces and abundant natural light are
the hallmarks of a trio of Houston Independent School District high schools now
being recognized for their innovative designs.
The new buildings for Madison High School and Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, as well as the addition and renovations to Northside High School, are three of just 48 projects across the state being recognized by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).
“These awards are a testament to our focus on our students,”
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We are proud to provide them
with beautiful, functional spaces that foster learning and excitement. At the
end of the day, it’s always about the kids.”
A Bellaire High School senior was recently named a winner of the
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her work connecting those who may go
hungry with those who can supply free, nutritious food.
Annie Zhu is one of only 15 winners of the
prestigious award that recognizes inspiring, public-spirited young
people from diverse backgrounds who live in North America.
Zhu is the co-founder of Fresh Hub, which collects food from Houston-area grocery stores and bakeries and then distributes it to Houston neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. To date, Fresh Hub has collected 10,000 pounds of food and distributed it to more than 1,400 people.