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Austin HS partners with Raise Your Hand Texas to transform student learning experiences

Three years ago, Austin High School Principal Steve Guerrero and his team attended what they thought would be a typical professional development training with Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. While attending, they were inspired to apply for a $500,000 grant that would be of great benefit to the campus. 

In applying for the grant, the team was able to create a plan to rethink the typical high school student experience and re-conceptualize how the school used its resources to increase personalization for students.   

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Summer of Fun METRO Pass offers students free rides all summer long 

The Summer of Fun pass is a unique fare card offering K-12 (and college) students free rides on all METRO light-rail, local bus, and Park & Ride service from June 1 through August 31, 2019. 

There are four ways to get your Summer of Fun pass: 

  • Apply online at RideMETRO.org 
  • Apply by mail by filling out the registration form on the attached flyer 
  • Apply by mail by calling 713-635-4000 to request a form 
  • Apply in person at METRO RideStores, 1900 Main St. or 1001 Travis St. (weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

Applicants must provide one of the following: current student ID, report card, or class schedule. 

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Energy Institute HS receives architectural award, magazine cover feature

The new Energy Institute High School has been awarded the Citation of Excellence Award by Learning by Design, a magazine that recognizes the nation’s best new education school design and construction.

Energy Institute earned its award with innovative learning spaces designed to encourage project-based collaboration and communication and showcase students’ high-tech projects and presentations.

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Family-style lunch a success at Garden Oaks Montessori

When it’s time for lunch, Garden Oaks teacher Terah Kuhnen’s pre-kindergarten students take out their blue and white placemats and begin setting the table around the floral centerpieces.

She walks about the classroom, filling their trays with the lunch for the day. Once the children are seated, she begins to eat her own meal — usually the same food her class is enjoying.

This is family-style lunch, a program that was launched at the start of this school year in Garden Oaks Montessori’s Children’s House classrooms, where 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds work and learn together.

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HISD student writers to read their work at Discovery Green

More than 60 HISD students have been selected to read at the Writers in the Schools “Blooms: Young Writers Reading” event at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4.

These students will be sharing their original poems, stories and essays on stage at Discovery Green. Congratulations to the following students for being selected:

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HISD to host Special Education Spring Parent Summit on April 27 

The Houston Independent School District’s Office of Special Education Services will host its Spring Parent Summit on Saturday, April 27 at five locations throughout the district.   

Parents and guardians are invited to attend and meet with special education professionals, attend learning sessions, ask questions, and share input about special education in the district. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  

At each site, there will be entertainment from local schools, an art exhibit and a vendor/resource fair for parents.   

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Revere MS athletic director named April Teacher of the Month

HISD Chief of Human Resources Julia Dimmitt and Area Superintendent James McSwain on Tuesday surprised Revere Middle School Athletic Director Celina Robinson as the Sterling McCall VIP Services Teacher of the Month for April. 

“As a first-year principal, it has truly been rewarding to work alongside Celina and have complete trust in her capabilities on campus,” Principal Monijit Katial said. “She has made my transition into the role nearly seamless as I have a point person on campus that I can trust and depend on.” 

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HISD honors top volunteers at annual VIPS ceremony

The Houston Independent School District on Wednesday recognized the efforts of thousands of volunteers and honored the top volunteers of the year during the annual Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Recognition and Awards Ceremony. 

“It’s a privilege for me to honor our volunteers that give so much of themselves to our district,” said HISD School Board Trustee Sergio Lira. “You may never know the profound impact you’ve made on the lives of students in our district.” 

The theme of this year’s reception was “Impacting Lives Through Service.”  

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HISD students showcase technology skills during third annual Together with Tech contest

Mobile investment apps are the wave of the future, and there is a new one on the market designed to turn novice investors into seasoned financial pros – created entirely by two seniors from Bellaire High School.

Co-founded by students Ryan Knightly and James Wei, InvestorPrep is a free mobile app that aims to make learning about investing an easy and engaging process by teaching how to invest in various securities through different styles. The app, which is available on both Apple and android platforms, contains a wide range of lessons from basic investing terminology to advanced investing methods.

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19 HISD schools to participate in 2019 Houston Art Car Parade

When the 32nd annual Art Car Parade kicks off on Saturday along Allen Parkway, some 19 HISD schools will be in the lineup.

More than 250 cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creations that will wind through the streets of Downtown Houston starting at 2 p.m. and end up back along Allen Parkway. For the parade route and complete details, see Houston Art Car Parade. 

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