Program a drone. Track movements of an Amazon delivery robot. Animate greeting cards. These are just a few of the ways students can participate in Computer Science Education Week on Dec. 7-13.
Computer Science Education Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field.
HISD’s Office of Career Readiness, along with DroneBlocks, Code Avengers, and Amazon Future Engineer-endorsed BootUp and CoderZ, have created computational thinking activities to inspire future computer science engineers.
The Houston Independent School District has been disinfecting schools daily in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, and a $200,000 donation from locally based international energy company Phillips 66 is now supporting those efforts to protect students and staff.
HISD has utilized the donation to outfit schools with state-of-the-art electrostatic cleaning supplies and equipment. The Phillips 66 donation is designed to assist with safe continuation of in-person instruction on district campuses.
“There is no doubt that this generous gift is making our campuses safer,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We deeply appreciate Phillips 66’s desire to help HISD keep our campuses clean and safe.”
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
To guide district decision-making, particularly
moving forward on virtual learning, the HISD Research and Accountability
Department is launching a districtwide Fall 2020 Virtual/Remote
Learning Parent Survey.