Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and runs through October 15.
District wide, Hispanic descendants are honored by having schools carry their namesake allowing their rich history to live on.
HISD has 22 schools that recognize the contributions of Hispanic civic and community leaders who range from educators and civil servants to local restaurateurs, newscasters, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and even Nobel Prize-winners.
Each week throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve been featuring schools who carry on these important legacies.
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.
Ricardo Mena has been selected as the new principal of Sanchez Elementary School. Mena started his career 17 years ago as a science teacher at a charter school in North Houston. In 2005, he became a science teacher at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (now Kinder HSPVA). He has held the position of assistant principal at Eastwood Academy High School for the last five years and most recently at Austin High School. Mena was selected as the Teacher of the Year for HSPVA for 2006-2007. Mena earned his bachelor’s in Earth Sciences from Texas A&M University his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.
Emeterio Cruz has been appointed principal of Sanchez Elementary School. He has been with HISD for eight years, starting as a fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Sutton Elementary School, where he was named teacher of the year in 2010. Cruz served as a teacher specialist at Shearn Elementary and assistant principal at Pugh and Anderson elementaries. He graduated from HISD schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in education as part of the HISD Leadership Cohort at University of Houston.
The Houston Independent School District is observing Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, by honoring the Hispanics for whom many of the district’s schools are named.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions made to this country by people of Hispanic descent, including those whose ancestors immigrated from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Congratulations to Sanchez Elementary’s ballet folklorico dancers, who took first place in the Pre-Junior Elementary and Duet categories at the ACADEZ dance competition on April 18, 2015, in San Antonio. They competed against schools from across the country.
ACADEZ is an acronym for the Academia de la Danza Amalia Hernández. Hernández (1917-2000) was a Mexican ballet choreographer and founder of the renowned Ballet Folklorica de Mexico in 1952.
Sanchez Elementary School is among 22 schools from across the country–and the only one from HISD–selected as a finalist for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The school was recognized by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) for generating strong test results, high attendance rates, and excellent student behavior among all student demographics. Continue reading →
HISD students learn the ‘five finger rule’ to ensure their selections aren’t too hard or too easy
HISD’s Literacy By 3 movement is now well underway, and teachers across the district are using fun and innovative methods to share critical concepts with students, such as the importance of choosing a “just-right” book to avoid frustration or lack of growth.