Lee Mashburn has been selected as the new principal of Sinclair Elementary School. Mashburn served HISD for 25 years as a teacher of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth–graders, most recently at Sinclair Elementary. He also served as magnet coordinator for Sinclair and most recently assistant principal at Scarborough High School. Mr. Mashburn earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Dallas, master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M, and master’s in educational leadership from University of St. Thomas.
The Houston Independent School District is working to readjust attendance boundaries at almost two dozen schools in an effort to reduce classroom overcrowding.
The move is in response to a directive from the Texas Education Agency, which requires kindergarten through fourth-grade classes to have no more than 22 students per classroom. Classes that exceed that number must request a state waiver.
Breathing exercises and yoga poses are just a few of the things HISD students learn in the Sonima Health and Wellness program. Fourteen additional HISD schools now offer the curriculum, which is offered by the Sonima Foundation and teaches students multiple skills for a healthier lifestyle.
Sinclair Elementary School Principal Abigail Taylor knows that her students’ parents are just as passionate about learning as she is, and her partnership with them has led to her being recognized as the 2014 Texas PTA Elementary Principal of the Year.
“I am honored that our PTA would think to nominate me for this award,” Taylor said. “When I learned that I was a finalist, I thought it was pretty neat, but I never thought that I would be selected.” Continue reading
Sinclair Elementary has big dreams for its library, and they’re getting closer to making them come true thanks to generous donations from the Houston Astros and Bank of Texas.
Sinclair’s library was originally stocked with second-hand furniture from other schools, and more than 40 years later students are using that same furniture. The school has launched a “Love Our Library” campaign to replace shelving, computer desks, tables, chairs, and more.
HISD held its third annual Celebration of Excellence at the Hilton Americas Hotel on May 1, 2014, to honor the many dedicated professionals who contribute to the success of Houston’s students on a daily basis.
Among those recognized at the event were the district’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, who were revealed for the first time that evening.
Twenty students at Sherman Elementary School received their certificates and sticker badges Monday as they were recognized during a special lunch for being a “Kid with Character.”
Fourth-grader Alicia Sierra was recognized for her outstanding behavior. “I feel good and want to encourage my other friends so they can sit on stage with me,” she said. Continue reading
M. C. Williams Middle School is partnering with Harris County Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen to distribute bags of groceries to some 100 families in the Acres Homes community. At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 various tow trucks and wrecker services will arrive on campus with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. M. C. Williams students will sort them into grocery bags, which will be distributed starting at 3 p.m. The groceries will be given to needy families previously identified by area churches and the middle school.