The first HISD Office of Talent Teacher Appreciation Award was awarded to Elmore Elementary School’s Monica Shelvin on Friday.
Shelvin, a 25-year veteran teacher, has been with HISD for 21-years. The first-grade teacher was very surprised by what she described as a “welcome, welcome welcome reward” after what hasn’t been the easiest couple of years to be an educator.
COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved for children ages five and up. To answer any questions, HISD is hosting two virtual town halls providing the community the opportunity to ask vaccine questions to a panel that includes a school parent and local public health experts. One town hall will be in English and the other in Spanish.
Sometimes the “ugliest” clothes can be the most festive.
At Wednesday’s principals meeting at the Kingdom Builder’s Center, principals and district staff came together for the first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic. To celebrate the occasion, as well as the holiday season, an ugly holiday sweater contest was held, and the HISD principals came dressed to (not) impress.
Music, dancing, pizza, and puppy kisses were the recipe for a great day at Sutton Elementary as Sandra Coley’s fifth-grade class celebrated their grand prize for winning the HISD Police Name that Pup contest.
Earlier this fall, classrooms across HISD submitted votes to rename their newest team member and the department’s first-ever comfort dog. And the winning name suits her well—Justice.
Cars lined the front of Navarro Middle School on Saturday, as Navarro hosted a “Coat Distribution Day” that also included turkey giveaways, free COVID-19 vaccinations, and voter registration. Navarro had 500 coats available to donate.
More than 120 students had pre-registered, and members of the community came out early in the morning to pick up their coats and turkeys.
Colorful replicas of maritime flags and bright green balloons adorned the aisles of the Austin High School auditorium to welcome U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz, special guests, and more than 300 Maritime program students.
“The maritime pathway is pretty cool,” senior Diana Anaya said. “It’s more than just boats and going to the beach. We learn about transportation, safety, and supply logistics.”
HISD is home to some of Houston’s most pandemic resilient schools according to Children at Risk’s annual list of best public schools.
The research and advocacy organization evaluated 1,347 schools in the Houston area to identify those that were most resilient during the pandemic. This year’s rankings focused on analysis comparing academic performance during the 2020-21 school year with the 2018-19 school year to identify the impact of the pandemic on children in Houston.