National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5, is an opportunity to recognize the impact that school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and plan for careers.
School counselors play a vital role in the lives of our scholars. They also help students and their families find solutions to real-life problems and point them toward additional community resources. This is especially true when short-term counseling can be offered in a school environment.
January is National Mentoring Month, and HISD’s Ascending to Men (ATM) Project and Resilient Outstanding Sisters Exemplifying Success (ROSES) mentoring programs are celebrating by highlighting mentors and mentoring stories on their social media platforms.
National Mentoring Month is a celebration of the positive impact mentors have in their mentees’ lives. It is also a time where interest in mentorship and making a difference in the community is at its highest, with the excitement of a fresh new year and the goals and resolutions to impact others. HISD is encouraging the public to get involved and become a mentor.
Three weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, an early
morning fire swept through the home of an HISD family, causing them to lose
The early April blaze not only destroyed the Jackson
family’s home and the entirety of its contents, but it also left Destiny
Jackson, whose five children attend HISD schools, with severe burns over a
large percentage of her body after she ran into the burning home to carry her
youngest son, Malik, to safety.
“My family and I are still dealing with a lot of emotion
from that night,” Marcus Jackson said. “It is very hard for me talk about it,
but what I can tell you is that my wife is the bravest person I know.”
The HISD Social and Emotional Learning Department will host a
webinar for parents next week to guide them as they adjust to distance learning.
“Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) At Home” will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Parents and students will learn ways to incorporate SEL practices into their daily routines, understand the importance of mindfulness, and learn exercises and techniques that can be done by adults and students of all ages.
HISD Social and Emotional Learning Department will host a webinar for parents
this week to guide them as they adjust to distance learning.
webinar, titled “Coping Strategies for Parents” will be held on Wednesday,
April 8 at 2 p.m. This is part of a weekly webinar series that provides
social-emotional learning tools to HISD parents and students.
The Houston Independent School District’s Office of Special Populations will hold its annual Parent Leadership Conference for parents to learn supports and strategies that will help students to be successful – academically, socially, and emotionally.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W 18th St., 77092). The conference is designed for parents and guardians of HISD students.
The Houston Independent School District’s Ascending to Men (ATM) Project will host a roundtable discussion next week with students and community leaders to foster dialogue centered around issues impacting today’s youth.
The discussion will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Jack Yates High School. Dinner will be provided beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the qualities of successful students, while sharing examples of how they can reach their personal and academic goals.
Participants will also share their own perspectives on the importance of developing quality mentorships and the impact they can have on a student’s success.
If a school counselor has ever helped you to calm an anxious student, console a grieving child, or help a family in distress, then take a moment during the first week of February to thank him or her.
National School Counseling Week runs from Feb. 4–8, and this year’s theme is “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life.”Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, the event highlights the work school counselors do to inspire students, help them achieve school success, and prepare for college and careers.
School counselors play a vital role in the lives of students and their families, offering guidance through difficult situations and pointing them toward additional resources. Continue reading →
Armed with a fresh notebook and pens for jotting notes, Wisdom High School parent Erica Alvarado bounced from table to table at Thursday night’s second Parent University session, gathering as much information and resources as she could.
Alvarado’s mission was twofold: Learn as much as possible to help support her children’s education, and pass along resources to fellow parents serving on Wisdom’s newly minted PTO, for which she is president.
Parent University was designed to connect parents and children to resources offered by the district to create successful academic outcomes, as well as safe and healthy environments at home and at school. Continue reading →
Houston Independent School District students showed strong gains that exceeded those made by the state in third- through eighth-grade reading and math, and on end-of-course (EOC) assessments in English I and Algebra I, according to preliminary 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores.
“This year, our students made significant progress on the state-mandated STAAR tests,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We are excited about what these preliminary results mean for our schools labeled by the state as Improvement Required and our district’s accountability ratings. HISD is shifting course and turning schools around. We know that it is critical that we continue our commitment to strengthening the supports in place to further advance our progress in student achievement.”
Overall, the spring administration of the 2018 STAAR grades 3-8 assessment results indicate the district held steady or showed increases in the percentage of students meeting the Approaches Grade Level standard in reading, math, science, and social studies. Continue reading →