HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV lessons will continue this fall, and
teachers will be able to develop content to be broadcast across various
Starting on Aug. 10, area offices will distribute a survey
to collect basic information from interested teachers, such as school, grade
level, subject, and language. Teachers who complete the survey will receive a
link to upload a 10-minute video lesson by Aug. 17.
A committee will use a rubric to assess the submissions and
select 25 teachers to submit a weekly lesson during the fall semester for the
grade level band and subject of their application submission. Selected teachers
will be announced on Aug. 21 and will receive a stipend.
Nutrition Services received top honors for its school-based
initiatives and ongoing community outreach in Food Management magazine’s 2020
Best Concept awards competition.
The department was named Editor’s Choice Best Concept Awards
Best of Show for their efforts to feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic,
expand salad bars to all campuses, and launch a food literacy program to help
students understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
The magazine also highlighted the department’s Good Food
campaign, which calls for all students to have access to nutritious food that
is flavorful, colorful, wholesome, and locally sourced, and recognized the team
for successfully converting from third-party management to self-operating
Cars covered with colorful banners and balloons lined up to
participate in the district’s annual Welcome Back event this week, which took
on a different format from previous years due to COVID-19 precautions.
Each car held an HISD principal and was decorated to
represent their respective campus. District leadership, including HISD Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan, danced to the music played by the DJ on site.
“This is the kickoff to the 2020-2021 school year, the Year
of Flexibility,” Lathan said. “We are excited to receive over 210,000 students
back to HISD. My goal is for all HISD students to be within reach and able to
obtain a quality education.”
Sam Houston MSTC
Plumbing and Pipes Trades teacher Raul Ortega has been named one of 50
finalists from across the nation for the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Prize for Teaching Excellence.
The award, which
was started in 2017 by national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools founder Eric
Smidt, recognizes outstanding instruction in skilled trades in U.S. public high
licensed plumber, is entering his ninth year at Sam Houston MSTC. Ortega’s
hands-on classroom includes bathroom and kitchen simulators where students
learn to install fixtures and piping systems using curriculum from the National
Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). Students enrolled in
the program also perform basic plumbing repairs for homeowners in the Sam
Houston MSTC community and learn directly from local employers who visit
Ortega’s classroom regularly to hire graduating seniors.
Houston Independent School District will soon launch an online course designed to provide parents with the tools
needed to support their child’s transition to the online classroom this fall.
The Parent Introduction to Virtual Learning online course will be available on Monday, Aug. 10. It is designed to introduce virtual
learning and provide guidance to parents on the HISD @ H.OM.E platform. The course should be completed no later than Friday,
The deadline to complete the application necessary to receive the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) has been extended to Aug. 21. The one-time benefit is for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.
The application is available online at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT.
The $1 billion benefit program was approved
by the United States Department of Agriculture to help eligible families buy
food during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time benefit of up to $285 will be
issued on an EBT card, which can be used as a debit card to assist families in
buying food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
District seeks to reach students who have not participated in at-home instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Houston Independent School District will launch its Students Within Reach/Return Strong campaign on August 3 with the goal of re-engaging children who have not participated in at-home instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
will be a targeted effort to reach students who have not connected with their
schools since virtual instruction began in March. The district will also seek
to connect with a smaller group that disengaged after May 1.
important as a district to ensure all students are engaged in meaningful
instruction and learning at all times,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita
Lathan said. “We will be persistent in our efforts to reach all of our children,
and when we do, we will ensure they have the resources and support needed to navigate
HISD has announced the suspension of the student
uniform policy for the upcoming school year.
The district understands that the COVID-19 pandemic
has created or increased the economic challenges that some families face. Relaxing
the uniform requirements will hopefully provide some relief for parents as they
prepare for the school year.
The HISD Academics Department is
hosting a virtual interactive Academic Enrichment Camp designed to provide
students with enrichment leading up to the first day of the 2020-21 school year
while reinforcing academic skills.
Camp Spark, which will be held Aug. 24 through Sept. 4, is free of charge for all HISD students in pre-K through 12th grade.
Students will participate in interactive engaging activities in science, math, literacy, technology, and art. Ninth-graders will participate in a high school overview boot camp. A College and Career Readiness Series will be available for students in grades 10th through 12th. Other student camp activities include:
Houston Independent School District will soon launch the HISD @ H.O.M.E.
Hotline to provide timely answers to questions from students and parents about fall
on Monday, Aug. 3, students and parents can call the HISD @ H.O.M.E. Hotline
at 713-556-INFO (4636), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Operators will be on hand to answer questions in
English and Spanish pertaining to HISD @ H.O.M.E.
launched HISD @ H.O.M.E. (Home-based
Online Mobile Education), a distance learning plan, in the spring to ensure
students’ academic and non-academic needs were met as the district campuses and
offices physically closed due to COVID-19 precautions.