Orlando Reyna has been selected as the new principal of Sugar Grove Academy Middle School. Reyna is a veteran HISD educator who began his career as a Physics and Chemistry teacher before becoming an instructional coordinator and assistant principal in HISD. Reyna previously served as principal of Deady Middle School, where he lead turnaround efforts in moving the school from Improvement Required to a Met Standard rating, with distinctions. He most recently served as principal of Madison High School. Reyna earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Prairie View A&M University.
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Usually, the benefits of reading include a bigger vocabulary, greater word comprehension, and better conversation skills, but dozens of HISD students received a different type of reward recently from two of the district’s community partners for focusing on literacy over the summer.
Most of the students were recognized for participating in the district’s Extended Primary Year program, which was offered at 29 elementary schools.
“The HISD Literacy Team joined forces with Strategic Partnerships and Elves & More to award bicycles to 100 children who met their literacy goals, had excellent attendance and conduct, and exemplified a can-do attitude,” explained Literacy Director Cindy Puryear. “The Literacy Team will partner with Elves & More again this holiday season to reward more that 7,000 scholars for their hard work and determination. One thousand of those will be rewarded for meeting or exceeding their literacy goals.” Continue reading