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First day of school for some HISD students means reporting to a new school 

The streets in the neighborhood in northeast Houston just north of Halls Bayou were lined with furniture, drywall, and carpeting, a sure sign that their houses had flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

Joseph and Karina Mayorga had just finished remodeling their two-story house when the water came. Although they had only about a foot of water in their house, it was enough to destroy their living room furniture, appliances, new red-oak kitchen cabinets, and original hardwood floors dating to 1951.

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A message from HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza 

The following is a message for the community from HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza in which he shares his excitement about joining HISD and a few of his goals for the district.

At the start of every new school year, I would get “butterflies,” whether I was a parent sending my child off to a new grade, a teacher meeting my next crop of young scholars, or a principal in charge of an entire campus. It’s no different as superintendent, but I promise you these are good butterflies – they signal excitement and anticipation about the great possibilities of what’s ahead.

The 2016-17 school year has begun, and my first act as your new superintendent was visiting several HISD campuses across this vast and diverse district on the first day of classes.

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Superintendent Carranza goes on whirlwind tour of district on first day of classes

Click image for an interactive tour.

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New HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza embarked on a whirlwind tour today of six HISD campuses – which took more than six hours and spanned 60 miles – on the first day of classes in the district.

Carranza’s itinerary covered each geographical area of HISD, and he visited with students, school staff, and community members at each location.

His first stop was at Law Elementary School on the south side, where he had the opportunity to visit a dual language classroom. Next up was Stevenson Middle School to the southeast, where he observed the launch of the district’s Literacy in the Middle program, which aims to improve middle school reading skills. Carranza then traveled to the Third Ward to Yates High School to learn about the school’s communications and maritime magnet programs. The tour then took him to Carnegie Vanguard High School near downtown, which is one of the district’s nationally acclaimed magnet schools. Next up was Wisdom High School (formerly Lee) to the west, HISD’s most diverse comprehensive high school. Carranza wrapped up the tour at Fonwood Early Childhood Center, where he observed pre-K students on their first day in a brand-new building.

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New School Year Brings Excitement, Opportunities for HISD Students

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Monday marked the first day of the new school year for the Houston Independent School District, and everyone—from parents to the superintendent—expressed excitement about what that would mean for students.

Superintendent Terry Grier visited several campuses to welcome students and teachers back to class, including Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.

Baylor is one of two new secondary campuses opening this fall to offer students a highly specialized curriculum. (See related article on the other one, Energy Institute High School.)

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HISD Opens School Year with New Campuses, New Programs, Thousands of New Students

Texas’ largest school district will open the 2013-2014 academic year on Monday with two new neighborhood school buildings, two new specialty magnet schools, and thousands of new students.

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and members of the HISD Board of Education will visit with students, parents, teachers and principals at two campuses to personally welcome them to back to school on Monday, Aug. 26.

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Food Services Preparing for First Day of School

HISD Food Services held an in-service training Aug. 19 to discuss new processes and recipes for the upcoming school year, and three days later the facility was booming. Production began in the bakery, where thousands of muffins and rolls were cooked and packaged for delivery during the first week of school. Work also began on preparing and cooking menu items for the return of students.

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Superintendent Terry Grier and Trustee Anna Eastman Begin First Day of School at HILZ Academy at Scarborough High School

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and Board of Education Trustees  are visiting schools this morning to welcome students back to class. Dr. Grier and Trustee Anna Eastman are currently visiting Scarborough High School. The school offers Pre-AP and AP classes. It is also home to a new Houston Innovative Learning Zone (HILZ) Academy. The HILZ program provides students with an opportunity to earn a college associate’s degree and valuable career certifications while in high school.  This way, students are equally prepared to thrive at a university or land lucrative jobs in some of the region’s most in-demand professions immediately after graduating. “It doesn’t cost the students anything and that is exciting,” Dr. Grier said. “This is a good opportunity for all of our children.”

Scarborough Principal Jason Catchings greeted students and helped them find their classes. He said this year he made adjustments to the daily class schedule to provide more opportunities for students to receive tutoring during the school day.

HISD Superintendent to Welcome Students on First Day of School

About 200,000 HISD students are expected to return to school for their first day of classes on Monday, August 27.    

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and members of the HISD Board of Education will visit with students, teachers and principals at two campuses to personally welcome them to back to school on Monday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“We are ready and excited to begin a new school year,” Dr. Grier said.  “We have so much new to offer at HISD, from our new campuses and career and technical education programs, to our expanded dual language centers and our first ever Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet SchoolWe want every parent to know that no matter which school their children attend, they will receive a great education.”

 On Monday, Dr. Grier will begin the day by visiting Scarborough High School, one of HISD’s schools to offer the new Houston Innovative Learning Zone (HILZ) academies.  These new HILZ academies provide students with the opportunity to earn a college associate’s degree and valuable career certifications while in high school.  This way, they are equally prepared to thrive at a university, or land lucrative jobs in some of the region’s most in-demand professions immediately after graduating.  The HILZ academies are also offered at the following schools: Furr, Kashmere, Long, Sterling, and Booker T. Washington.

Dr. Grier will also visit HISD’s new Billy Reagan K-8 Education Center which offers a two-way dual language program to its kindergarten class in an effort to develop full bilingualism and bi-literacy for all students.  The two-way dual language program is both a bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students and a foreign language immersion program for English-speaking students.  Students from both groups are taught together in the two-way classrooms.  HISD currently offers the two-way dual language program at seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one K-8 academy.  Former Superintendent Billy Reagan will be joining Dr. Grier during this school visit.

Below is a schedule for the first day visits by Dr. Grier and HISD trustees:

Stop 1:

8 a.m. – Scarborough High School (4141 Costa Rica, 77092)

 

Stop 2:

9:30 a.m. – Billy Reagan K-8 Education Center (4842 Anderson Road, 77053)