Category Archives: Preschool

Elisa Reyes named new principal of Mistral Early Childhood Center

Elisa Reyes

Elisa Reyes has been selected as the new principal for Mistral Early Childhood Center.  She has been with HISD for 23 years.  She started as a First-Grade Bilingual Teacher at Barrick Elementary and then she transferred to Sutton Elementary, where she has been for the last 21 years.  At Sutton, she has served in different capacities: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First-Grade Bilingual Teacher, Technology Applications Teacher, Instructional Specialist, and currently Dean of Instruction.

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Michelle Thomas named new principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Childhood Center

Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas has been selected as the new principal at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Childhood Center.  Thomas most recently served as a Teacher Specialist at MLK ECC. She began her career in 1996 as a 1st grade teacher at Gregory-Lincoln.  She also taught at Milne and Poe Elementary and as a Teacher Specialist at Halpin ECC. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing from the University of Houston-Downtown and her Master of Education and Administration from Lamar University. 

HISD campuses prepare for new school year with recruitment campaigns

As schools across Houston Independent School District prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, several campuses are using billboards to spread the message about their unique programs.

With taglines like “helping students succeed beyond academics” and “Game Changers,” the billboards tout each school’s individual characteristics and encourage surrounding communities to enroll their students in the schools.

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HISD launches Dream Big campaign to register students for early education

A series of billboards can be seen around Houston, with one simple message: Dream Big.

The signage is part of the district’s Dream Big campaign, to promote registration in early education in HISD campuses starting in pre-K. Studies have shown that pre-kindergarten is an important foundation for children to develop literacy, language, and math skills faster than children not in similar programs. These effects persist well into elementary school. HISD hopes to get students registered in school for the 2021-2022 school year in early grades, from pre-K to second grade.

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HISD offering enrollment registration event for pre-K, kindergarten

With pre-K applications currently open and Kindergarten enrollment underway for the 2021-2022 school year, Houston Independent School District is offering one-on-one support for parents seeking assistance.

To help families one-on-one, HISD is offering a Pre-K and K registration day on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Families can get assistance one of three ways.

  • In person: Walking into any HISD elementary school or Early Childhood Center with all required documents
  • Phone: Calling the HISD hotline at 713-556-6734
  • Virtual: Pre-registering at HoustonISD.org/PrekindergartenFair
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Pre-Kindergarten Virtual Fair scheduled for April 10

To kick off The Week of the Young Child, a national event focused on early childhood education, the HISD Office of School Choice and HISD Early Childhood Education are offering a virtual informational fair for parents of incoming pre-kindergarten students.

The fair will be held online at HoustonISD.org/PreKindergartenFair on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting comes in advance of the April 30 deadline for Phase 1 applications for pre-kindergarten students.

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‘Get Emoji-tional’ to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 through 8, and it’s a time for our staff, students, parents, and community to recognize our teachers.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, HISD is launching a fun campaign called “Get Emoji-tional” so we can share the love 😍 for our teachers on social media. Each day, share emojis as well as videos, photos and special messages with the hashtag #ThankAnHISDTeacherto show your support for teachers.

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Pre-K application process transitions to online only

Due to the districtwide closure and current restrictions involving social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the application process for pre-K is now online only.

HISD is currently accepting applications for its full-day pre-K program at schools across the district, offering more 3- and 4-year-old students in our community with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program that will build a strong foundation of learning.

Due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus, pre-K application and enrollment timelines have been adjusted:

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HISD to operate daily food distribution sites during districtwide closure

HISD, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, will offer daily food distribution at five area high schools, beginning Saturday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.

A sixth high school will host a one-time food distribution site on Saturday, March 14.

The measure is being implementing to ensure all HISD families, many of whom have students who depend upon school meals, have access to healthy food while the district is closed.

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HISD Pre-K Enrollment Festival set for April 18

HISD is collaborating with Good Reason Houston to promote an opportunity for families to enroll their eligible 3 and 4-year-olds into prekindergarten. 

HISD and Good Reason Houston, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a future where every child excels in world-class public schools, will be hosting a Pre-K Enrollment Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum Rd., 77092), which will allow families to learn about the prekindergarten programs across the district. Additionally, HISD and Good Reason Houston will also host a second Pre-K Festival in June.  

Families will be able to talk directly with program leaders and administration and apply for pre-K programs on the spot for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Texas Children’s Hospital mobile clinic will provide free vaccinations to children 0-18 who do not have insurance and the Ronald McDonald Mobile Dentistry unit will be on site to do free dental checkups.  

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