It doesn’t take long for students to lose some of the academic progress they have made during the school year by sitting idle over the summer, so HISD is challenging second-graders to use the power of reading to combat the dreaded “summer slide.”
HISD is providing all second-grade students with a summer backpack filled with six books, a reading journal, graphic organizers, at-home family activities, reading log, colored pencils and a postcard. Experts agree that children who read during the summer months keep their reading skills sharp and are better prepared for the challenges of the next grade level.
Registration is now open for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Back to School Fest, an annual event that helps elementary students across the city access the free resources they need for a successful school year, such as school supplies, backpacks, and medical services.
must register for an appointment by Friday, July 12 in order to attend. To
register, visit this link.
Families may also register by calling 311 or 713-837-0311 to request an appointment.
The event, held in partnership with Shell and the University
of Houston, is a great opportunity for Houston families to take advantage of an
array of resources provided by the City of Houston and other sponsors.
Summer is the perfect time for students to hone their reading skills, and thanks to a partnership with the Houston Public Library, they can have fun while doing just that.
HISD is encouraging students to join the Houston Public Library’s summer reading program for kids and teens called “Explore the Unknown,” which kicks off June 1 and runs through Aug. 1.
Students can receive a free book and lanyard simply by registering. At each prize level, students earn another book and pins to decorate their lanyards and show off their success. They can earn pins by reaching their reading goals, attending library activities, and being an active member in their communities.
HISD is currently accepting
applications for its 2019 Summer Student Leadership Program, a six-week paid
summer internship and leadership development program for HISD high school
students and alumni currently enrolled in college.
In line with HISD’s mission to provide students with the tools to reach their full potential, the program addresses the need to expose students to fulfilling careers and skills employers demand in a rapidly changing world. Participants will gain valuable employment experience and have the opportunity to test-drive career pathways before choosing a college major or entering the workforce.
Registration is now open for “Camp Adventure,” a FREE summer camp that combines exciting STEAM activities with art, crafts, and games with the joys of summer camp!
Sponsored by The Children’s Museum of Houston and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, “Camp Adventure” offers an exciting and unique STEAM experience. Students will participate in a variety of interactive activities including engineering projects, hands-on science experiments, games, songs, music, and storytelling.
HISD students can gain real-world work experience through the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth (HHY) Initiative, which offers paid summer jobs and internships throughout the city.
The HHY initiative, which started in 2016, offers students ages 16 to 24 a minimum of $8 per hour for eight weeks of paid work at the City of Houston, and in Houston’s nonprofit and private sectors.
This summer, more than 10,000 job opportunities will be available with companies such as McDonald’s, United Airlines, the YMCA, and more. Most summer employment opportunities begin on June 11, 2019 and end August 1, 2019. Continue reading →
Over 80 incoming South Early College High School freshmen are participating in the school’s annual Summer Bridge program in which students focus on core academic subjects, team building, career and college readiness, collaborative learning, and field trips.
Over the course of two weeks, students attend mini-workshops from Houston Community College faculty and staff on topics about dual credit, library services, counseling, advising, campus safety and classroom etiquette. Students also take the Texas Success Initiative, which is the college entrance exam. Continue reading →
Equipped with planters, soil, and seeds, HISD’s Nutrition Services workers had all hands-on deck as they taught nearly 9,000 elementary and middle school students various ways to dig into good nutrition.
The day’s festivities were a part of Camp Lit, a two-day festival designed to promote literacy throughout the district. Gathered in the parking lot of Delmar Fieldhouse, students participated in outdoor tailgate-themed literacy games hosted by various district departments, sponsors, and partners. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District welcomed thousands of students to summer school, themed “Camp Lit” for literacy, on Wednesday and Thursday at Delmar Fieldhouse with a series of pep rallies and tailgates.
The summer kickoff for elementary students was held on Wednesday, and middle school students celebrated on Thursday.
“This is the brainchild of our interim superintendent. The idea is to continue our focus on literacy but in a way that is exciting and engaging,” Officer for Special Populations Courtney Busby said. “We want our students to know that meeting their needs in the summer is critical for their overall success. What better way to do that than with a celebration where all kids will leave with books to add to their personal libraries.” Continue reading →