This week, HISD joined with more than 20,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated to publicly thank them for donating thousands of dollars to district students and staff in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
As the HISD Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment Manager for the 2012 Bond Program, Black is responsible for furnishing all 40 bond schools — including 29 high schools — with comfortable, modern, and flexible furniture.
Black oversees each project — often managing more than five at a time – as they near completion. Continue reading
The Houston Independent School District has received 14 National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awards, including five Golden Achievement Awards.
The Golden Achievement Awards, the highest honor given by the organization, were for the following:
- 2017 HISD State of the Schools communications campaign, which included a dedicated website, invitation, program, and other materials.
- Listen and Learn Tour to introduce new HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to the community, complete with branding, flyers, online survey, and signage – as well as a live “virtual” town hall meeting streamed on district’s website, social media, and TV channel.
- Family-Friendly Schools Certification, including a video, branding materials, and a dedicated website.
- Social Media Scorecard to provide schools with feedback on their social media channels and school websites. The Communications team created a rubric for grading and provided the feedback in customized reports for each school, as well as resources and best practices.
- 2016 Educators of the Year, including branding for the superhero-themed event, signage, and a social media campaign.
This year’s honorees serve Bellaire, Jones, and four Montessori schools
Each year, thousands of parents, businesses, and community partners support public education by volunteering their time on HISD campuses or engaging in other activities that contribute to the growth of the district. And every spring, HISD selects the top volunteers from among their ranks. Continue reading
This spring’s Houston Independent School District graduates will receive $150,000 in scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
Update, May 29, 2013: The Broad Foundation increased its scholarship giveaway to $165,000 in an effort to distribute more financial assistance to HISD students.
The scholarships are a result of HISD being among the four national finalists for the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, which was awarded today to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This was Miami-Dade’s fifth time to be a Broad Prize finalist. HISD won the inaugural Broad Prize in 2002.
“We were honored to be among the final four of 75 urban school districts for the most prestigious award in education,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “The consistent progress that our students have made over the past several years is a direct reflection on the hard work put in by the teachers, principals, and every member of Team HISD.” Continue reading
The Houston Independent School District held its Volunteers in Public Schools breakfast and awards ceremony at the Kingdom Builders’ Center on May 30. The annual event honors exceptional volunteer contributions by individuals and organizations and was sponsored by the HISD Foundation and Randalls.
The Jean Davis Myers award, which is the highest honor, was presented to Urban Harvest and Pilar Hernandez, an Urban Harvest parent volunteer at Kolter Elementary. The organization was recognized for its volunteer work in improving the quality of education in greater Houston. The organization’s district-wide outdoor learning environment initiative helps teachers create curriculum for outdoor classrooms. The program also provides students hands-on learning in science, math, history, and other subjects.
A Special Lifetime Achievement award was presented to George W. Black for his service to HISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools for more than 25 years. Mr. Black, a retired Marine, oversees the student safety patrol and is a member of the Safety and Security Committee at Barrick Elementary.
Here is a list of the other honorees.
Parent Partner of the Year
– Samuel Pratt Jr.: Thompson Elementary School
– Martha Jenkinson: Bellaire High School
– Wharton PTO: Wharton Language Academy
– Parents on Patrol: Sam Houston, Math, Science, and Tech Center
Community Partnership of the Year
– Neighbors in Action: Port Houston Elementary School
– St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church: Black Middle School
– BBVA Compass Bank: Milby High School
– Westbury Baptist Church: McNamara Elementary School
– Grace Presbyterian Church: Paul Revere Middle School
– NASA Hunch Program: Barbara Jordan High School for Careers
Community Volunteer of the Year
– Janet McMasters: Poe Elementary School
– Joe Guzman: McReynolds Middle School
-Victor Marte: Sam Houston Math, Science, and Tech Center
– Dimitri Ferrier, Jr.: Hope Academy Charter
Youth Volunteer of the Year
–Bellaire MENS Club: Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center
– Steven Lara: Pilgrim Academy
– Girl Scout Troop: Grady Middle school
– Aaliyah Mason: Barbara Jordan High School for Careers
Charles Harding VIPS Senior of the Year
-Wilbert Brown: Foerster Elementary School
– Magaret Cobb: Revere Middle School
– Diana Vasquez: Sam Houston Math, Science, and Tech. Center
-Monroe Meinen, Jr.: Oates Elementary School
School Volunteer Coordinator of the Year
-Magine Fernandez: Southmayd Elementary School
-Brenda Oliveria: T.H. Rogers Middle School
-Hermelinda Carzares: Sam Houston Math, Science, and Tech Center
-Katherine Arbiter: Poe Elementary School
Board Trustee Anna Eastman and Superintendent Terry Grier presented the awards. Dr. Grier said he would challenge anyone to find a more dedicated group of individuals than the honorees and thanked them for their service to the children and schools. “You represent the best of the best: those who contribute their time and energy to Houston’s children every day, without any thought of recompense,” said Grier.
Members of HISD’s VIPS program serve as tutors, mentors, teacher partners, speakers, security patrols, chaperones, interpreters, and cafeteria monitors and help in libraries, media centers, clinics, and offices. For more information about how you can become a volunteer, contact Tina Thompson at 713-556-7206 or visit www.houstonisd.org
The Houston Independent School District will announce the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year tonight during a Celebration of Excellence recognition ceremony. The winners will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a custom made ring from Herff Jones Graduation Center. The Principals of the Year and the Employees of the Month will also be recognized. View live coverage of the event at houstonisd.org
Who: HISD Board of Education Trustees, Superintendent Terry Grier,2011-2012 Principals of the Year, Employees
of the Month, Elementary Teacher of the Year Nominees for 2011-2012:
- Ashley Moteil – Lyons Elementary School
- Ana Lentz – Pilgrim Academy
- Nanette Musters – Mark Twain Elementary School
- Selene Rogers – Windsor Village Elementary School
- Maria Godoy – Port Houston Elementary School
- Lindsey MacLeod – Oak Forest Elementary School
- Benjamin Glover – Gallegos Elementary School
- Susan (Kim) O’Reilly – Roberts Elementary School
- Alaster Gaines – Crawford-Sherman Elementary School
- Cecily Stevens – The School at St. George Place
- Martha Garcia – Herrera Elementary School
- Ernie Bainbridge – Walnut Bend Elementary School
Secondary Teacher of the Year Nominees for 2011-2012:
- Timothy Daponte – Reagan High School
- Qian Zhang – DeBakey High School
- Tarhonda Greer – Jones High School
- Modesto Mendoza – Devry/CLC
- Mildred Williams – Hope Academy
- Margarita Castro – Madison High School
- Darryl Tricksey – Fondren Middle School
- Brian Gaston – Hogg Middle School
- Neda Khan – Black Middle School
- Camula Stanfield – Pershing Middle School
What: Team HISD Celebration of Excellence recognition ceremony honoring 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year, Principals of the Year, and Employees of the Month
When: Thursday, May 24 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Hilton Americas Hotel
Ballrooms of America
1600 Lamar Street
HISD’s Green District Challenge energy conservation program was recognized with the 2012 Leadership in Action Award for Environmental Improvement earlier this week during the Leadership Houston awards luncheon. The annual award recognizes Houston corporations and nonprofits that have made extraordinary contributions to the greater Houston community, through programs and projects in 10 different categories, including Environmental Improvement.
“We are proud of our efforts to model for our students what it means to be good stewards of our financial and natural resources,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “Our schools are long term investments, so it’s important that we build facilities that use less energy. And through our Green School Challenge, our students are learning the important role they play in energy conservation.”
HISD Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla accepted the award on the district’s behalf.
The District earned the Leadership in Action award for its precedent-setting implementation of a three-pronged initiative and comprehensive approach to energy efficiency, including capital improvements, process improvements, and behavioral change programs. The District initiative features energy-efficient building designs, green building practices, fuel-efficiency initiatives, and behavioral change programs at the school campuses, and is complemented by a new energy performance contracting program that will allow district wide retrofits of facilities with emerging technology in energy-efficient lighting, building controls, HVAC equipment, and other building systems.
HISD is also committed to building new facilities to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance “green” buildings.
In 2011, HISD’s transportation department was named as the top school district green fleet by Government Fleet magazine, a first for HISD. HISD’s energy-efficient programs in transportation include outfitting special GPS equipment for idle reduction and route efficiencies, the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel and propane, and the installation of emission reduction devices on 490 buses.
This January, HISD implemented the Green School Challenge, a competition among schools, designed to inspire students to track their school’s energy use, and form campus ‘Green Teams’ to increase single stream recycling and decrease energy use.
For more information about the district’s single stream recycling program, and other information on energy efficiency, visit www.houstonisd.org/greenschoolschallenge.