Keri Ward is the new principal for Holland Middle School. Ward served as a teacher, department chair, counselor, assistant principal in elementary and middle school, and for the last 3-years as principal of Raul Martinez Elementary.
Ward has over 13 years of educational experience in HISD. One of the many accolades she is proud of is the academic growth shown by her students during a pandemic year. This great accomplishment is due to a positive campus culture, high expectations for every student, implementation of a schoolwide intervention system, as well as the systems set in place to monitor data and accommodations. Ward promotes teamwork and collaboration amongst all stakeholders. Ward earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, HISD is recognizing the week of Oct. 25-29 as Bullying Prevention Week to bring attention to a growing epidemic of bullying and social isolation. The district’s Social and Emotional Learning department (SEL) is working to encourage students and parents to join in the campaign to stop bullying.
The sun strained through high, wispy clouds, beaming bright yellow warmth onto the windows of school buses that streamed into the bus terminal, returning from safely transporting students.
At all district locations, HISD Transportation Services is observing National School Bus Safety Week to raise awareness among students, staff, and the community about the importance of school bus safety – inside and outside the school bus.
HISD Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department is teaming up with DePelchin Children’s Center to offer a series of three parenting workshops promoting better emotional health for children and families. These workshops will be available in English on Tuesdays, and in Spanish on Thursdays.
To recognize the importance of eliminating pandemic-related learning loss, the HISD is doubling extra-duty pay for teachers providing academic tutorials for students.
Effective the week of Nov. 1, 2021, the extra-duty pay for teachers providing academic tutorials will increase from $25 to $50 per hour. The extra-duty pay rate for non-tutorial tasks will remain $25 per hour.
HISD announced its policy that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Education approved several agreements that will expand educational opportunities for Houston Independent School District students.
One agreement will allow the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to provide specialized adjunct faculty to support the expansion of project-based instruction at campuses with agriculture Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. The high-school campuses included in this program are Bellaire, Chavez, Furr, Harper Alternative School, Lamar, Madison, North Forest, Sharpstown, Washington, Westside, and Worthing.