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HISD to hold inaugural Military Career Day

HISD will host its first-ever Military Career Day for high school juniors on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Delmar Fieldhouse (2020 Mangum Road, 77092).

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HISD School Board Approves District of Innovation Plan

Houston Independent School District will become a District of Innovation (DOI) after the School Board approved the DOI designation Thursday night. The vote was 8 in favor, 0 opposed. HISD has been one of the only school systems in the state without DOI status. Systems with the designation are exempt from certain statutory requirements and have greater flexibility in the way they conduct district operations to support students. HISD’s DOI Committee developed its plan as part of a broader effort to ensure every student has a high-quality education and graduates prepared for the modern workplace and world. 

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HISD Art Car creators receive donation of vehicles, mentorship from community partners

Each year, student artists throughout HISD participate in a one-of-a-kind competition that showcases their creativity and ingratiates them in Houston’s vibrant and historical art scene. The Orange Show Art Car Festival and Parade is an annual event wherein artists work to create the most visionary and inventive decorated cars.

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HISD partners with Rockets, military to upgrade Blackshear ES book rooms

On the heels of Veterans Day, volunteers with the Houston Rockets and U.S. military spent a day at Blackshear Elementary transforming several book rooms for students and teachers.

The day of service is in partnership with the NBA’s Hoops for Troops program that puts teams to work alongside military members with the goal of helping to better communities.

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HISD and Houston Health Department Vaccinate Approximately 1,000 Students at Saturday Clinics

Houston Independent School District (HISD) and the Houston Health Department (HHD) teamed up to administer 3,982 vaccines to 991 students at four clinics held on the first and second Saturdays in November. State law requires that students be vaccinated or have a waiver on file by the end of this month. 

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National STEM Day: Project-based learning at HISD’s Energy Institute

Nov. 8 is National STEM Day, but at Energy Institute High School, every day is about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The STEM-focused magnet follows an interdisciplinary instruction model that blends science, math, and language arts into project-based learning. This year, students are learning about ancient architecture and civilizations in English and history and using that as inspiration to create their own modern “world wonders” that exemplify Houston culture.

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District of Innovation Committee Advances Draft Innovation Plan to District Advisory Committee for Review and Feedback

Monday afternoon, HISD’s District of Innovation (DOI) Committee sent to the District Advisory Committee (DAC) a draft plan for HISD to become a DOI. The draft plan is designed to support the District’s progress toward Destination 2035, where every student graduates prepared to succeed in the modern workplace and world.

To ensure transparency, we are releasing the draft publicly here, even though changes will likely be made before the final plan is posted, voted on by the DAC and HISD School Board, and submitted to the Texas Education Agency.

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Superintendent Miles: The Last Generation

The 51 million students in America’s schools will be the last generation of children before the skills gap is locked in for the next 30 years. The statement is a prediction and sounds alarmist, but the evidence is mounting and the trendlines are becoming more clear.

As part of his new blog series, Superintendent Mike Miles explains what this means for public education. Read the full post here.

Superintendent Miles plans to publish a post every two weeks to share his thoughts on these topics and others as HISD urgently works to prepare students for a Year 2035 workplace and world.

HISD partners with BakerRipley to open Sunrise Center in West Division

HISD launched its sixth of seven Sunrise Centers Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the BakerRipley Gulfton-Sharpstown Campus in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon.

This center will connect communities in HISD’s West Division with vital resources, programs, and services.

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