winners of the HISD and myON Reader by
Renaissance Reading Initiative’s second annual Read to Succeed Competition
have been announced.
competition is hosted in partnership with myOn, an online literacy platform, and encourages
pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students to compete against each
other to see who read myON books for the most number of
Houston Independent School District’s new police chief, Pedro “Pete” Lopez, Jr.
was sworn in Tuesday during an official ceremony where he took the oath of
office at the district’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.
chief’s wife took part in the ceremonial badge-pinning portion of the event.
Houston Municipal Courts Director and Presiding Judge J. Elaine Marshall
administered the oath of office.
comes to HISD after 32 years of law enforcement experience, with 29 of those
years spent serving the Houston Police Department, where he rose from the rank
of patrol officer to assistant chief of Patrol Region 1. He has also served
with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Department of
Next week school buses will roll once again, but for a
special reason — they will be delivering fresh produce to students at 68 select
elementary campuses as a part of a new produce delivery program.
Fresh Bus school buses will provide weekly deliveries of
fresh fruits and vegetables to several locations in each school community,
making fresh produce directly available to more than 36,000 students.
The Houston Independent School District will be holding virtual summer school from June 8 to July 2.
The district is planning for more than 40,000 students to participate in online summer instruction via Microsoft Teams with a teacher.
Students will attend virtual summer school Monday to Thursday, and daily attendance will be two hours for students in grades PK-2, three hours for students in grades 3-5, and four hours for students in grades 6-11. Summer learning schedules for high school students taking credit recovery courses and/or courses for original credit as approved by their school counselors will be determined by the courses they are enrolled.
The Houston Independent School District has announced the launch of
Let’s Stay Connected, a mental health hotline for students and parents to
provide emotional, social, and psychological support to students and parents who
feel the need for assistance.
Students and parents may call the Let’s Stay Connected Hotline at 713-556-1340
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
HISD families may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit of up to $285 to be issued on an EBT card to assist families during the district’s closure.
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 EBT card can be used like a debit card to buy food from any
retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.
Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or
reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-2020 school year and all
children who attend a school that offers meals at no charge through the
Community Eligibility Provision — as HISD does —
are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.
Staying connected is important now more than ever, and HISD Abroad
is answering the call with next week’s Virtual Global Issues Summit hosted by
Student hosts Van Nguyen and Boris Mejia, seniors from HISD’s
Houston Academy of International Studies, will go live on Zoom at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 27 to discuss the impact of global issues on high school
students. They will be joined by guest speakers John Moravec, founder of
Education Futures, and Carrie Olson, President of the Denver Public Schools
Board of Education.
Three weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, an early
morning fire swept through the home of an HISD family, causing them to lose
The early April blaze not only destroyed the Jackson
family’s home and the entirety of its contents, but it also left Destiny
Jackson, whose five children attend HISD schools, with severe burns over a
large percentage of her body after she ran into the burning home to carry her
youngest son, Malik, to safety.
“My family and I are still dealing with a lot of emotion
from that night,” Marcus Jackson said. “It is very hard for me talk about it,
but what I can tell you is that my wife is the bravest person I know.”
As the school year comes to a close, the Houston Independent
School District is transitioning from its community food distribution efforts
to a curbside summer meals program for students.
Beginning June 1, families will be able to pick up boxed
student meals twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at one of 68 designated schools across
the district. Boxes may be picked up by students, parents, or other adult
Each box will contain a day’s worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. Families will receive several days’ worth of food — three boxes on Mondays and four on Thursdays — per child at each pickup.