HISD Bond Oversight Committee members toured the new Wharton Dual Language Academy during their quarterly meeting Tuesday, getting an inside look at the building that opened its doors to students just four months ago.
Wharton Principal Jennifer Day and HISD Construction Services Senior Manager Meredith Smith led the group around the colorful building, making stops in classrooms, science and computer labs, and art and music rooms, as well as the cafeteria, gym, and library.
Hundreds of Wharton Dual Language Academy students, staff, parents, and community members gathered Thursday in their new gymnasium to celebrate the school’s grand opening.
Red and yellow balloons created a colorful backdrop for guests as they were entertained by several student musical performances, as well as traditional folkloric dance routines performed by students clad in colorful, folkloric attire.
“Today we celebrate the realization of the vision that we had for our new school,” Wharton Dual Language Academy Principal Jennifer Day said. “And it is a school that is built especially for our unique program,”
The Garden Oaks Montessori School gymnasium came alive Thursday when energetic students filled the new space to celebrate the school’s building dedication.
The room was decorated with balloon arches in the school’s signature green and yellow colors and students’ colorful artwork. The event celebrated the impact the new facility has had on student learning and included a spirited performance of “Congo to the Mississippi” by the school’s lower elementary students.
New construction at Austin High School has made
significant progress in the past couple of months, reaching close to 30 percent
Construction crews have been installing
underground utilities, placing tilt wall panels, and erecting structural steel.
The crew is also preparing the building for interior build out and roofing
installation. Progress will continue according with the construction schedule.
“As the walls have gone up so has the excitement
of the students, parents, and of the East End community,” Austin High School
Principal Steve Guerrero said. “We will continue to collaborate with our
construction partners to ensure a smooth and safe transition to the new campus.”
Northside High School is nearing the end of its fifth and final construction phase, which will bring the project to completion by the third quarter of 2019.
Demolition on a portion of the existing building was recently
completed, making way for the new performing arts addition. Foundation work has
already begun and walls are going up.
“We are looking forward to having our new building and
renovations finished this year,” Northside Principal Cecilia Gonzales said.
“Although we’ve been able to move in our new spaces as they were being built,
we are excited about having a fully completed school.”
The sun shone brightly upon Bellaire High School students,
staff, and community members Tuesday as they gathered for the long-awaited
groundbreaking ceremony in honor of their new school.
“While the road has been challenging and the process
arduous, I believe that we are now ready to build a school that exceeds our
initial expectations and that will propel our students into the future,” Principal
Michael McDonough said.
Parker Elementary School students, staff, parents, and
community members were visibly excited about their new colorful and modern
surroundings as they gathered for Building and Spark Park Dedication ceremony
Parker students provided musical entertainment throughout
the evening, including the Parker Elementary School Advanced Strings, a
surprise performance by the school band, and a reception with Parker Jazz Band.
“One of the things that I see is just how much more
seriously the kids take their performances in a fancy auditorium like this
one,” Parker Principal Lori Frodine said.