Fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher Molly Lashway thought she was finishing up a conference with her principal when she saw a parade of decorated vehicles coming around the corner outside.
As cars covered in colorful balloons and streamers rolled
past to the sound of happy music, Walnut Bend Elementary School Principal
Michele Dahlquist revealed to Lashway that she had been named the district’s
November Teacher of the Month.
“I had no idea that this was happening this morning,”
Lashway said. “I’m just glad I didn’t come to school dressed like a pilgrim today,
because that was something that I considered for the day before Thanksgiving
Break. But I’m really grateful for all of this.”
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
HISD kicked off the district’s Dream
Summit Series on Thursday with the “Launch the Dream” virtual event, which was filled
with information to help students take the necessary actions and steps to make
their college aspirations a reality.
Office of College and Career Readiness and Multilingual Programs DREAM
Summit annual event, which is held each year to aid HISD DREAMers,
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, visa holders,
permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees, along with their families,
was adapted into a series of
virtual events giving more students a chance to make their college dreams come
Strategy & Innovation Officer Rick Cruz welcomed students and their
families to the virtual event applauding them for their commitment to the
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.
Madison High School teacher Paula Ceaser has been awarded the 2020 K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD).
The award is in
recognition of “excellence and leadership in the HPERD profession for
demonstrating leadership, achieving excellence, and being an outstanding
representative of the teaching profession.”
Ceaser has taught
physical education at Madison for 12 years and serves as a department chair and
a lead teacher for HISD, helping to shape curriculum for health and
physical education across the district. Ceaser said her role has allowed her to
bring new opportunities and ideas to her students, from archery and fishing to
participation in a grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to promote adolescent health initiatives.
Independent School District is actively recruiting associate (substitute)
teachers play a vital role in student learning by helping continue campus
efficiency when a teacher is absent.
Because HISD is
the largest and the most diverse district in Texas, associate teachers will
have the opportunity to work with students from many different cultural
backgrounds and network with exceptional principals and teachers.
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.”