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.
An alum of the Houston Independent School District was
recently presented with a college scholarship from Houston’s prestigious Orange
Show Center for Visionary Art.
Mary Onwumere, a 2020 graduate from Lamar High School, received the $500 scholarship for her work in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s #StrongerThanCovid photography series. Mary’s work, along with 18 other HISD students, make up a virtual exhibition curated by the MFAH and can be viewed here.
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston recently released an online photography exhibition featuring works from HISD Class of 2020 graduating seniors created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual exhibition, Stronger than COVID-19: Empowering the Seniors of Houston Independent School District to Reclaim the Narrative of Their Senior Year, was inspired by Booker T. Washington High School art teacher Maya Imani Watson, who, as the mother of a class of 2020 senior, wanted to give students from 12 HISD high schools the opportunity to take back the story of their senior year, which had been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students from Bellaire, Lamar,
Madison, Milby, Westbury, and Westside high schools collaborated on a dance
piece performed in response to a strong poem written and recited by Andrea
Minotti, a senior dance student at Westside High School.
“This situation will fade, but we
can’t run away from it,” he writes, “so as the days go by, sitting inside, what
you will make of it?” Minotti’s powerful message inspired the dancers to
express their emotions during this difficult time.
Students from Black, Gregory-Lincoln, Hamilton, Meyerland, Pershing, and Revere middle schools collaborated on the HISD Dance Connected project, inspired by a narrative written by Pershing Middle School student Mariam Galstyan.
Mariam’s narrative, which is read by
Gregory-Lincoln student Kendal Burns, was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meyerland
PVA teacher Chadwick Peters did the video editing and sound mixing.
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.”
but connected. Students from Bellaire, Lamar, Milby, Westside, and Westbury
high schools have created a virtual collaborative dance performance eloquently expressing
their feelings regarding social distancing. Forced to stay home, they are
connecting with their fellow dance students virtually.
the collaborative performance “Dance Alone Together” by visiting this link.
extensive project was edited and produced by students under the direction of
their dance teachers and Sanja Korman, fine arts dance curriculum
specialist. According to Korman, the next project from the group will be a
dance inspired by a COVID-19 poem written by a Westside High School student.
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.
Fine Arts Department is working with teachers and students to promote the fine
arts curricula, as well as additional projects to inspire students while
distance learning is occurring.
from six HISD high schools worked together virtually to create a dance to
inspire students studying at home via distance learning. The students
are in the process of editing the video, which is part of a series titled
“HISD Dance Alone—Together.” The video is expected to debut on Fine Arts Friday
on April 24.
Fine Arts Department is also receiving world-class guidance for instruction in
theater arts. The Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the
Globe – three world-renowned theater companies in the United Kingdom – have
granted HISD permission to use their online materials in the district’s theater
curriculum. In addition, eight HISD theater teachers have created or are in the
process of creating videos to accompany the HISD @ H.O.M.E. theater curriculum.
HISD students, parents, teachers, and principals: Are you ready for a fun challenge to showcase distance learning?
As everyone adjusts to the new reality of online instruction, HISD has designated next week (April 13—April 17) as Virtual Spirit Week. Each day will be designated with a different theme to encourage students to share their at-home learning activities. In fact, everyone is invited to participate in the daily challenge—students, teachers, and even administrators.
As you participate each day, take photos or short videos and share them on social media using the hashtag #HISDSpiritWeek. The idea is to flood social media with positive learning activities and create a sense of community, school spirit, and inclusivity.