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District’s efforts to support refugee students gaining state, national attention

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Representatives from PBS News Hour film students at Mistral Early Childhood Center for an upcoming segment on refugee students.

Children who have fled their native countries due to war, drug-related violence, or other conflicts often need special types of support once they arrive in the United States.

That’s why two organizations came to HISD this week to learn more about how the district is assisting its refugee students. Representatives from Raise Your Hand Texas visited two campuses — Daily Elementary School and Westside High School — while producers from PBS News Hour spoke with leaders at Mistral Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Las Americas Newcomers School.

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Kristina Davis-Troutman named principal of Mistral Early Childhood Center

Kristina Troutman poses for a photograph, January 13, 2016. (Dave Einsel/Houston ISD)Kristina Davis-Troutman has been named the new principal of Mistral Early Childhood Center. In her 29 years of experience in education, she has served as a teacher, Title VII/multilingual director, assistant principal, and principal in both public and charter districts.

Davis-Troutman began her career with HISD as a bilingual teacher at Cunningham Elementary School. She later moved to Benavidez Elementary, where she wrote, facilitated, and implemented a Title VII grant for the district’s first bilingual gifted and talented program. Davis-Troutman began her administrative career at Pilgrim and Fonville middle schools as an assistant principal. She was then recruited to Southwest Charter Schools as director of multilingual programs. For the last four years, Davis-Troutman has been principal at Young Learners School, an HISD charter network of early childhood centers.

Davis-Troutman received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with minors in bilingual/bicultural education and Spanish from Central Michigan University. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University.

Students Learn About Giving Back on Green Apple Day of Service

Students at HISD’s Mistral Early Childhood Center participated in the second annual Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 28 by planting 10 trees on campus, weeding the vegetable and butterfly gardens, and placing several logs and stumps throughout the area to provide seating for an outdoor classroom.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Exploring Campus Namesakes

Hispanic Heritage Month officially starts on Sun., Sept. 15, and this week, we’re taking a look at some of the many HISD campuses that are named for distinguished Hispanic men and women.

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