HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday hosted the first in a series of three virtual roundtables with PTA/PTO parent leaders to share feedback, provide insight, and address questions regarding distance learning efforts and information about the coming 2020-2021 school year.
During this first Virtual Parent Connection session, much of the
conversation centered around HISD’s pursuit of the District of Innovation
designation, resources to engage students and families, as well as ways that parent
organizations can support their schools while the district is operating
remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lathan said students, parents, and staff have done a remarkable
job adjusting to distance learning and asked parents to share some of the needs
they are experiencing. She also asked parents to share what would they need
from her and HISD team as they prepare for the 2020-21 school year, and what
assistance families need to navigate HISD virtual platforms.
HISD’s Parker Elementary School Chorus has been selected as
a finalist in the 2019-2020 American Prize National Competition in the
Parker’s advanced chorus, under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson, is nominated for The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth division. The advanced chorus is made up of fourth and fifth-grade students.
“It is a huge honor for our Parker students and their
families to be recognized like this on a national level,” Parnas-Simpson said. “It
is a testimony to their hard work and dedication to the choral art.”
The 2019-2020 Houston Independent School District educators of the year were announced during surprise home visits, including visits by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan at the homes of the elementary and secondary teachers of the year and beginning teachers of the year.
The visits took place on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May
7, during Teacher Appreciation Week and included yard signs, balloons, and gift
baskets near the front doors of the educators who were asked to come outside
for the announcements, in keeping with safe social distancing practices.
HISD’s Office of Special Education has launched a YouTube channel
to help special education students and their parents as they adjust to learning
The channel will be used as an instructional resource for teachers
and parents and will offer engaging educational content for students. It
includes videos for grade levels K-12 that focus on science, reading, and math.
Imagine Learning has named two HISD
schools 2019-2020 Imagine Nation Schools of Excellence for their exceptional
use of the award-winning Imagine Learning programs.
Both River Oaks and Windsor Village elementary schools were selected for their use of Imagine Learning’s Imagine Math program, which builds problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding with personalized support.
team from River Oaks Elementary has utilized the program long before the
transition to distance learning, making the award very special.
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.
finalists have been named as HISD’s 2019-2020 Elementary and Secondary Teachers
of the Year. The two winners will go on to represent the district in Region IV.
The 12 finalists were selected from all 280 schools based on performance data
and other criteria.
Ashford Elementary School fifth-grade Science Teacher Kirk Coppes
has received the 2020 HISD Elementary Science Teacher Grand Prize Award from Alliantgroup.
Six finalists from across the district were nominated by HISD for
the award based on their innovative teaching methods and ability to ignite the
interest of students in the subject of science. The grand prize award
announcement was made live on CW39’s “Morning Dose” on April 28.
Coppes, a veteran teacher in his 12th year in HISD and fourth year
at Ashford ES, credited the support he receives both at work and home for the
Construction at the new Scarborough Elementary School is
steadily progressing, despite the district being closed due to the COVID-19
Work on the campus has continued, as allowable under the public
health guidelines, with a reduction of the workforce to adhere to social
The $23 million project is tracking at 94 percent
completion, with site work, paving, underground utilities, structural steel, roofing,
interior wall systems, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installation
complete. Exterior wall systems and interior finishes are ongoing.