When HISD closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
bus driver Althea McWhorter never got the chance to say goodbye to the seniors
who rode her bus every day for four years.
For someone who thoroughly enjoys getting to know her passengers as she drives them to and from school each day, losing the chance to say goodbye was not easy. But she’s hoping this year will be different.
Armed with new bus safety measures and a duffel bag of
disinfecting supplies, McWhorter was ready to welcome a new group of students
returning this month for in-person instruction.
HISD students are invited to attend a series of virtual lunch
and learn programs presented by the HISD Office of School Choice in partnership
with The Ion of Houston and Pumps and Pipes.
The first event, Careers in Innovation, Technology &
Entrepreneurship, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5,
and will feature speakers from Xecta Digital Labs, Plug & Play Tech Center,
and The Ion.
COVID-19 has presented several educational challenges that
have exacerbated gaps in student learning, but two Carnegie Vanguard High
School students saw it as an opportunity for positive change.
During the pandemic, juniors Aadhav Jai Murugesh and Levi Chen created Numerly, which provides easy-to-access, free tutoring services for students grades 3-8. Numerly’s goal is to uplift economically and medically underserved communities by making high-quality math and science education available for free.
“We wanted to do our part to help students succeed,
regardless of the circumstances,” Murugesh said. “The math and science
knowledge kids gain in elementary and middle school is crucial, and a strong
foundation ensures that more challenging subjects are attainable in high
HISD middle and high school students are invited to attend a
virtual Wellness Fair presented Next Level Urgent Care, Jones Futures Academy
and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.
The wellness fair will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. During the fair, students will have access to workforce readiness opportunities, as well as an opportunity to meet and interact with health care professionals without having to leave their campus.
have a wide variety of choices regarding where to send their students to school
in HISD, but time is running out to be in the first round of consideration.
who still aren’t sure which school they want their child to attend next year
are invited to the final virtual School Choice Fair from 9 a.m. to
noon this Saturday, Oct. 31. Representatives from HISD magnet schools will
be available, and attendees can get help submitting their application. Parents
can log into the virtual fair here.
deadline to apply is Nov. 6 for guaranteed consideration in the first
round. Any applications received after the Nov. 6 deadline will be
considered only for schools where space is still available.
a.m. on the first day of school, Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology
Center Cafeteria Manager Dony Jules had moved quickly to pack more than 70 student
seem like a lot of work, but it was a slow start for someone who is used to
feeding students by the thousands.
one of the hundreds of Nutrition Services staff who helped prepare and
distribute meals to families at community food distributions during the early
months of COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 100 high schools from 23 states and China took
part in Bellaire High School’s 65th Annual Forensics Debate
Tournament earlier this month.
Despite the pandemic, participation was high, because, for the first time, the tournament was held virtually. The event was organized by Bellaire High School Debate coach Jay Stubbs.
The Bellaire tournament has a stellar reputation in the
world of high school debating.
The Boston Globe said it is “practically the Rose Bowl of the high-octane world
of high school debate.”
With the 2020-2021 school year in full
swing, it is important that all HISD parents complete the Student
Information Verification application to ensure student
information is accurate and up to date.
The form will be available on the HISD Connect Parent Portal from Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov. 13.
The Student Information Verification
application will allow parents the opportunity to verify or update their
information to stay connected to their student’s school, such as home
addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.
College Readiness and Multilingual departments will be adapting the annual
Dream Summit into a series of events called the Dream Summit Series to assist
students with college applications and the financial aid process.
virtual kickoff event for the series, Launch the Dream, will be held on Thursday,
Nov. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. High school students and their families are
encouraged to attend the free event, which will be hosted in English and
event aims to help HISD DREAMers, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees,
along with their families. Students will be able to speak with district
representatives regarding financial aid requirements and get help with the
college application process.
For Booker T. Washington High School sophomore Rebecca
Stansell, the first day of face-to-face instruction for the 2020-21 school year
had some added emotion – and even a few nerves.
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan was scheduled to
visit the historic Independence Heights neighborhood campus on the first day of
face-to-face instruction, where she would be greeted by Stansell and fellow
engineering students with a customized face shield designed to protect against
the spread of COVID-19.
“It was thrilling, but a little nerve-racking because I had
never met the superintendent. There was a lot of moving around, and a lot of
people.” Stansell said. “We assembled her face shield last week, and I think she
was happy – and even a little surprised – to see that we customized it by
putting her name on the shield.”