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.
For a lot of families, the holiday table doesn’t feel complete without a turkey as its centerpiece.
Nutrition Services will be able to provide that holiday hallmark — and a little extra holiday cheer — for up to 5,000 HISD families thanks to a partnership with and generous donation from No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that aims to end child hunger.
Up to 5,000 turkeys will be distributed to Houston families just ahead of HISD’s winter break during Neighborhood Supersites scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. The turkeys are funded by an $80,000 donation from No Kid Hungry.
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
HISD kicked off the district’s Dream
Summit Series on Thursday with the “Launch the Dream” virtual event, which was filled
with information to help students take the necessary actions and steps to make
their college aspirations a reality.
Office of College and Career Readiness and Multilingual Programs DREAM
Summit annual event, which is held each year to aid HISD DREAMers,
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, visa holders,
permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their families,
was adapted into a series of
virtual events giving more students a chance to make their college dreams come
Strategy & Innovation Officer Rick Cruz welcomed students and their
families to the virtual event applauding them for their commitment to the
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.
Madison High School teacher Paula Ceaser has been awarded the 2020 K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD).
The award is in
recognition of “excellence and leadership in the HPERD profession for
demonstrating leadership, achieving excellence, and being an outstanding
representative of the teaching profession.”
Ceaser has taught
physical education at Madison for 12 years and serves as a department chair and
a lead teacher for HISD, helping to shape curriculum for health and
physical education across the district. Ceaser said her role has allowed her to
bring new opportunities and ideas to her students, from archery and fishing to
participation in a grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to promote adolescent health initiatives.
The Houston Independent School District will hold its
2020 Special Education Fall Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, Dec. 12,
providing parents with the opportunity to meet with Special Education
professionals and attend online learning sessions.
This event serves as an opportunity for HISD to better support families and empowers them to be a partner in their child’s education. The theme of the event is “Supporting Educational Success During a Pandemic” and will address topics such as transition, instruction, compliance, and evaluation.
To shed the negative image that often comes with wearing a
badge, HISD Police Chief Pedro Lopez Jr. is following the lead of police chiefs
nationwide to bring relational policing into HISD classrooms and neighborhoods.
That idea, along with a recent significant boost in
department funding, paved the way for the district’s new police community
outreach team CORE (Community Outreach Responsive Engagement).
“We are determined to go out into the communities, build
back those relationships and bridge that gap that has increasingly widened with
what has been happening throughout the country,” said HISD Police Officer
Steven Bennett, who is one of the six officers serving on the CORE team. “We
just want to get out there and do everything we can to repair this relationship
between the community and law enforcement.”
As the district prepares to close its doors for Thanksgiving, Nutrition Services is ramping up efforts to ensure all students have access to healthy food during the week-long break, which kicks off Monday, Nov. 23.
All campus curbside pickup locations will offer seven
days’ worth of student meals on Thursday, Nov. 19 — the final campus curbside
pickup date prior to Thanksgiving break. Typically, campus curbside pickups
offer three to four days’ worth, but not a week’s worth.
Additionally, a third Neighborhood Supersites will be held
at Sugar Grove Academy on Saturday, Nov. 21 — the final community distribution
before Thanksgiving. The new location is in addition to two existing
distribution sites on Saturdays and one on Wednesdays.
As in-person instruction continues across HISD, Nutrition
Services has partnered with teachers and other campus workers to create a safe
and healthy environment for students to be well-fed and ready to learn.
The department has created health and safety protocols to
ensure safety and curb the spread of COVID-19. District students are served
breakfast and lunch. Individual campuses can choose either the classroom or
cafeterias for lunchtime, depending on the needs of each school.
Steps include washing or sanitizing hands and sanitizing
tables before meals, as well as requiring masks and physical distancing for all
students and staff. Meals are individually wrapped, and students are seated in
designated areas to allow for distancing and staggered arrangements.