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HISD Board of Education approves 2022-2023 academic calendar

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education approved the proposed 2022-2023 academic calendar that adds an additional spring holiday in April and moves the last day of the first semester to before Winter Break.

The calendar consists of a one-week Thanksgiving Break, two-week Winter Break, and one-week Spring Break. Students and staff will be off on Labor Day, MLK Day, Chavez-Huerta Day, and Memorial Day. HISD will also observe a Fall Holiday on Oct. 5 and two Spring Holidays on April 7 and April 21.

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National Wildlife Federation grant deadlines approaching

The National Wildlife Federation is offering two grant opportunities for HISD schools. Applications are due Monday, June 15.

One grant focuses on secondary schools interested in developing nature-based solutions to community stormwater runoff or flooding. The second is open to all grade levels and emphases energy literacy.

Energy and Sustainability Quality Assurance Analyst Stephanie Walker said schools should apply despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HISD awarded more than $60 million in federal grants

U.S. Department of Education funding to target teacher recruitment, STEM programs

The Houston Independent School District has been awarded three grants, including one that is believed to be the largest grant the district has ever received.

Each of the three grants is from the U.S. Department of Education. The largest totals $47 million and will go to recruiting and retaining the best teachers and administrators at the district’s most struggling schools.

The district also received a nearly $15 million grant for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — education at six HISD schools, and a $1.3 million grant that will go toward professional development for music and arts teachers in high-poverty schools. Continue reading