Houston Independent School District experts took center stage along with community leaders, social service experts, and child advocates at a nationally televised town hall broadcast Tuesday evening by NBC News Learn, the educational division of NBC News.
The broadcast event, which was held at the University of Houston-Downtown, included a one-on-one interview with HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, who discussed the current state of HISD schools, as well as the future of Wheatley High School.
“Wheatley High School is open and has an outstanding principal, teachers, parents and students that are ready for the challenge,” Lathan said during the broadcast. “Wheatley will exit Improvement Required status by the end of this school year.”
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan will participate
in a live education summit hosted by NBC News Learn, which will focus on the
state of education in Houston and across the nation.
The live event will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 24 at University of Houston-Downtown, Robertson Auditorium (201
Girard St., 77002) and is open to the public. The summit will be livestreamed
and on KPRC Channel 2.
Two schools receive scholarships to fund instruments;
students attend HBCU college fair
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and band students
from seven HISD high schools were invited to attend the 2019 National Battle of
the Bands competition Sunday at NRG Stadium, where Washington and Kashmere high
schools received $1,000 each for their band programs.
“I am truly honored to be at such a historic and
powerful event,” Lathan said. “Historically black colleges and universities
play a significant role in educating and developing young minds and the future
leaders of tomorrow.”
Over 300 Houston Independent School District high
school students joined thousands of other area students to enjoy the
competition’s performances, featuring eight collegiate marching bands
representing historically black colleges and universities. HISD high school
band students in attendance included Austin, North Forest, Northside, Sterling,
Waltrip, Westbury, and Yates.
Families from the Yates High School feeder pattern community gathered together on Saturday for a fun-filled back-to-school bash to help get students ready for the new school year.
Over 400 people from Cullen Middle School, Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School, and Blackshear, Foster, Hartsfield, Lockhart, Peck, Thompson, and Whidby elementary schools all received free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, uniforms, shoes, and food vouchers at the celebration.
“It was exciting to see the community come together in preparation for the school year,” Leesa Giles, Special Education Resource Teacher and Title I Coordinator at Foster Elementary, said. “Many families have less to worry about regarding supplies and other school-related items thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Yates Feeder Pattern Schools.
Kashmere High School rewrites history by earning passing grade
The Houston Independent School District earned
an overall high “B” rating by the Texas Education Agency under the state
accountability system for the 2018-2019 academic year, exiting nine campuses
from the state’s “Improvement Required” list. The district earned a grade of
According to the ratings released by TEA, 92
percent of HISD schools (250 out of 271 rated campuses) earned a passing grade.
For the first time, all HISD schools received a letter grade under the state’s
new A-F rating system, which was implemented in 2018. Fifty-seven HISD campuses
earned A’s, 78 earned B’s, 86 earned C’s and 29 earned D’s. A minimum
grade of “D” is required for a school to receive a passing rating.
“We are extremely proud of all of our
teachers, principals, school support officers, and area superintendents for
working diligently to help our students succeed,” HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan said. “Our students demonstrated significant gains, and we are
committed to empowering them to thrive academically.”
Despite the soaring temperatures, an enthusiastic crowd gathered outside HISD’s Blackshear Elementary School on Wednesday for the unveiling of a new campus mural that celebrates the school’s recent academic achievements and improvement in literacy.
“We now have the best mural in the city of Houston – the most beautiful mural in the city of Houston,” Blackshear Principal Alicia Gobert Lewis said. “At Blackshear, we want to make sure that everywhere children look they see something beautiful.”
The mural, which as the brainchild of Lewis, was designed and painted by Houston-based artist Reginald Adams. His art installations can be seen in historic and underserved communities across the U.S. The theme of the mural is Break Every Chain, and it is brimming with literary elements, colorful books, and powerful images of children reading.
The Houston Independent School District will host a special appreciation luncheon for the men and women who have served as mentors during the successful first year of the district’s Ascending to Men Project (ATMP).
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, August 23 at the Boy Scouts of America Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N. Loop West, 77008).
Since it began last fall, the unique HISD program, which is open to male students, has provided academic, emotional, and social support to 1,088 students from 181 mentors.
The Houston Independent School District will kick off its second year of Parent University on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at all district campuses.
The workshops will connect parents and children to resources offered by the district to create successful academic careers as well as safe and healthy environments at home and at school.
A variety of district and community program representatives and experts will be available for parents to connect with individually. After the districtwide event on Sept. 17, Parent University workshops will take place monthly at geographically dispersed locations at 5:15 p.m. as follows:
HISD’s Homeless Education Office will host a Back to School Extravaganza on Friday, Aug. 23 to help students get ready for the 2019-2020 school year.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum Road 77092).
Free assistance will be available for Medicaid applications, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) renewal and recertification, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Health screenings also will be available.
Also available for free, while supplies last, will be immunizations (must bring original shot record), fresh produce, backpacks, shoes, and school supplies. Students must be present to receive free items.
For transportation assistance, contact the Homeless Education Office at 713-556-7237.
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.