Many HISD campuses are utilizing brightly decorated “Thinkery rooms” that offer a calming period to reduce anxiety and allow students to create their unique plan of action utilizing the various areas in the room.
The Thinkery rooms are a product of a Social Emotional Learning initiative to be more proactive with mental health. HISD currently has 40 campuses with Thinkery rooms. According to Executive Director, Counseling and Compliance Glenda Calloway, the SEL department is developing a mobile Thinkery room to launch in late spring. The rooms usually have a theme painted on the walls, comfortable furniture, and plenty of activities to keep students busy.
At the grand opening celebration of the school that bears his name, Gov. Mark White acknowledged the significance of having new building dedicated in his honor.
“It’s exciting. But what gets me so thrilled is looking at the faces of the children who go to Mark White Elementary,” he said. “It’s going to be an exciting place for children to come and learn.”
Nearly 250 people shared in his enthusiasm on Tuesday as they crowded into the new cafeteria to attend the official grand opening ceremony for Mark White Elementary School — one of first six schools completed under the 2012 Bond Program.
Mark White and Condit elementary schools will hold grand opening ceremonies this week to celebrate and showcase their new facilities, which were constructed as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program.
The two new schools were among the first 2012 bond projects to be completed, opening their doors to students in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
The first day of school is always exciting, but the energy on Monday was palpable at six new HISD schools opening their doors to students for the first time.
The new schools — Mark White and Condit elementary schools, North Houston and South early college high schools, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, and Fonwood Early Childhood Center — were rebuilt as modern learning environments with flexible classrooms, increased access to technology, bursts of color, and lots of natural light.
Also formally opening to students on Monday was the modern, new classroom wing at Worthing High School and several renovated spaces at Waltrip High School. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District will open six new schools that were rebuilt as modern learning environments with flexible classrooms, increased access to technology, bursts of color, and plenty of natural light.
The six campuses – Condit and Mark White elementary schools, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, North Houston and South early college high schools, and Fonwood Early Childhood Center — will open their doors Monday, Aug. 22 for the 2016-2017 school year. The designs for each school place an emphasis on 21st century learning with centralized learning commons, courtyards, outdoor learning areas, and other seating nooks where students can gather to create and learn. Continue reading →
As most of HISD and the City of Houston had a couple of unexpected days off this week because of rain and flooding, construction crews at the new Mark White Elementary School were on the job. With just 124 days until the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the workers know that each day is critical to ensuring that the school is ready in time to welcome students in August.
“It’s definitely a challenge because we are up against a hard deadline, but we have a good team in place working to make it happen,” said Brian Alling, HISD’s project manager of the Mark White Elementary project. “Both the contractor and architect deserve a lot of credit.”
HISD’s brand new Mark White Elementary School (2515 Old Farm Road, 77063) will be opening its doors for the first time in the fall of 2016, and interested parents have until Friday, March 25, to submit their applications for admission.
The school, which is located just north of Westheimer on the district’s west side, will offer a French-language immersion program to students in prekindergarten and kindergarten during its first year of operation, and expand the program by one additional grade each year until 2021.
Mark White Elementary is a new $23.4 million school, which is being built on 10 acres of land on Old Farm Road between Buffalo Bayou and Westheimer.
The school will accommodate 750 students and relieve overcrowding in five existing schools located in the west Houston area. The school also will feature elements of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and hopefully will become one of the best examples of a LEED school in the country.
Designs for White Elementary show the center of the campus facing a multipurpose and dining room, and includes an amphitheater and two driveways for bus and student drop-off. The second floor will have two classroom wings connected by a bridge-like corridor with views to the outside. Each classroom will have direct access to a shared collaborative learning commons area. In line with the nature theme of the campus, a “treehouse” gathering space also will be located on the second floor to provide a view below to the multipurpose room.
The school is scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Community meeting attendees for the new Mark White Elementary School on Thursday heard an important update on the construction phase of the project and received a formal introduction to the newly hired principal for the relief campus.
Lisa Hernandez, former assistant principal at The School at St. George Place, will lead the campus when the school opens in August 2016.
“We’re going to be looking at building a strong community for the school and really setting the mission for the school,” Hernandez said. “Our job as educators is to prepare students for the 21st century, and that is something I’m really looking forward to building at Mark White.”
Selected projects include 10 of the largest high schools slated for construction
Administrators are recommending that the HISD Board of Education authorize the district to negotiate design contracts with 12 firms on a dozen more 2012 bond projects, including 10 of the largest high schools. The projects represent about $750 million in bond dollars.