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.
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.
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.
The Houston Independent School District will continue
operating food distribution sites, with another 25 sites operating throughout
the district during the week of April 27.
The food distribution efforts will continue utilizing Nutrition Services staff to pack food bags at the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility and deliver the food to the distribution sites. Each site can distribute up to 500 bags — or 15,000 pounds of food — per day.
As families arrive at sites, nutrition staff will minimize
contact by filling out the required Emergency Food Assistance Program forms for
families and placing food in their trunks. Participants who walk to the sites
also must adhere to social distancing requirements.
The Houston Independent School District is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to organize a second mass food distribution site on Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at NRG Stadium.
Distribution will be held in the NRG yellow
lot, and attendees must enter via the yellow lot main entrance off South Main
Street. The site is expected to distribute 5,000 food packages — each weighing
80 to 100 pounds — in about three hours. That’s the equivalent of roughly half
a million pounds of food.
HISD’s first mass community distribution site
was held last Saturday and distributed more than 280,000 pounds of food to 4,256
cars and 450 families on foot.
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education
has issued a proclamation designating April 20 through April 24
as Volunteers in Public Schools Recognition Week in the district.
Every year, thousands of parents, businesses, and community
partners support students and teachers in HISD by donating their time,
resources, and knowledge through the district’s Volunteers In Public Schools
HISD’s VIPS program was started in 1970 by longtime HISD
educator Jean Davis Myers, who passed away in 2015. Myers served as executive
director of VIPS for 20 years and under her leadership, the program became an
award-winning national model.
Writers in the Schools (WITS) is helping HISD students celebrate National Poetry Month with virtual offerings to support the transitions of students, families, and educators to online learning.
Historically, WITS has created art
installations, organized student readings, and held poetry slams during the
month of April. Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, WITS has developed new, free
digital offerings highlighting poetry and amplifying student voices.