Parents who would still like to apply for a school choice program for the 2021-2022 school year have until Friday, Feb. 26 to do so.
After all applications in Phase 1 have been offered, eligible Phase 2 students who meet a program’s qualifications will be considered in the order in which their application was submitted, should the program have space available.
Any applications for students who live outside the HISD boundaries will not be considered until Phase 3, even if the application was submitted during Phase 2.
More than 100 Houston Independent School District second-grade students at two elementary schools were given new bicycles Friday afternoon, donated by the Emancipation Park Conservancy as part of its holiday season celebrations.
Second-graders at Thompson and Blackshear elementary schools were surprised to learn they were receiving the new bikes.
“We hope these bicycles will brighten the lives of our hardworking students,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “The Emancipation Park Conservancy is a wonderful community partner, and we always appreciate their support.”
Houston Independent School District employees are sharing in the spirit of the holidays with those less fortunate through the district’s 2020 Holiday Toy Drive.
Donors are encouraged to drop off new and unwrapped toys at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St. Houston, TX 77092) by Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Receptacles are located at the East and West entrances of the building.
The Human Resources Prize Patrol had a busy Friday morning, surprising the Associate and Achieve 180 Dedicated Associate Teacher of the Month winners for November with gift baskets and festive balloons.
Associate Teacher Maria Gonzalez-Hatton at Burnet Elementary School was named the Associate Teacher of the Month for going above and beyond her duties as an intervention teacher.
Burnet Principal Ana Cantu said Gonzalez-Hatton takes the time to truly know her students and is dedicated to them.
Program a drone. Track movements of an Amazon delivery robot. Animate greeting cards. These are just a few of the ways students can participate in Computer Science Education Week on Dec. 7-13.
Computer Science Education Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field.
HISD’s Office of Career Readiness, along with DroneBlocks, Code Avengers, and Amazon Future Engineer-endorsed BootUp and CoderZ, have created computational thinking activities to inspire future computer science engineers.
The Houston Independent School District has been disinfecting schools daily in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, and a $200,000 donation from locally based international energy company Phillips 66 is now supporting those efforts to protect students and staff.
HISD has utilized the donation to outfit schools with state-of-the-art electrostatic cleaning supplies and equipment. The Phillips 66 donation is designed to assist with safe continuation of in-person instruction on district campuses.
“There is no doubt that this generous gift is making our campuses safer,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We deeply appreciate Phillips 66’s desire to help HISD keep our campuses clean and safe.”
DeBakey HS for Health Professions named best public high school for 14th consecutive year
Park Place ES, T.H. Rogers each ranked number one in two different categories
Nearly 100 campuses in the Houston Independent School District have received high rankings on Children at Risk’s annual list of best public schools in the city’s eight-county region, with DeBakey High School for Health Professions once again declared the best public high school in the area.
Park Place Elementary School and T.H. Rogers School each received number one rankings in two different categories.
Park Place is number one on the list of Consistent Gold Ribbon elementary schools. It is also number one on the list of Pandemic Proof elementary schools because it has received high marks from Children at Risk for three consecutive years.
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.”
HISD is inviting all students to celebrate the 12 Days
of Code in December with interactive calendars that allow them
to engage in a new coding experience every day.
Activities are made fun and engaging incorporating characters from StarWars, Frozen, and the Grinch with music from some of the industry’s top artists. To access the 12 Days of Code calendar of activities, go to HoustonISD.org/12DaysofCode
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.