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HISD to host kickoff celebration for ‘Camp Lit’ summer program

 The Houston Independent School District will welcome thousands of students to summer school with a series of pep rallies and tailgates.  This year, the focus of the “Camp Lit” summer program will be literacy.

The Summer Kickoff for elementary students will be held on Wednesday, June 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. A third session for middle school students will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. All events will take place at Delmar Fieldhouse (2020 Mangum Road).  Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan will also deliver a motivational message to the students.

“This is the brainchild of our interim superintendent. The idea is to continue our focus on literacy but in a way that is exciting and engaging,” Officer for Special Populations Courtney Busby said. “We want our students to know that meeting their needs in the summer is our critical for their overall success. What better way to do that than with a celebration where all kids will leave with books to add to their personal libraries.”

Each student in attendance will take a book home, courtesy of Books Between Kids and the Astros Foundation.

There will be performances from HISD marching bands, drumlines, and cheerleading teams and the Delmar Fieldhouse parking lot will be transformed into a tailgate party with music provided by Radio One Houston. Every HISD department will decorate cars and have literacy-based games for students to play during the tailgate. Food will be provided by HISD Nutrition Services.

Summer school begins on June 6 and ends July 3.

Former students volunteer at Summer School Program

They may have left their middle-school days behind them, but that doesn’t mean high-schoolers can’t still go back to mentor those who now occupy their old seats. That’s why former students of Johnston Middle School are currently serving as volunteers at the Summer School Program.

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North Forest Families Encouraged to Register for Summer School

Classes to be offered at four campuses in the North Forest community

The Houston Independent School District will offer summer school instruction for students in the North Forest community from July 8 through August 1 at the following schools: Shadydale and Hilliard elementary schools, Forest Brook Middle School, and North Forest High School.

HISD is sending notification letters this week to the households of students who should attend summer school.  The summer school session is intended for students who need to retake portions of the STAAR exam, students who have not met grade-level promotion standards, high school students who need to retake STAAR end-of-course exams, high school students in need of course credit recovery, certain English language learners, and certain students receiving special education services.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Transportation will be provided at eight different locations within the North Forest community.  For more information on bus pickup sites, call 713-613-3040.

Deadline to register for summer school is July 11.  Parents can visit their neighborhood schools to register for summer school or register online at www.houstonisd.org/nfsummer.

Parents, Students Crowd North Forest Informational Meeting

Hundreds of parents and students gathered on Tues., June 25, to learn more information about the scheduled annexation of North Forest schools into the Houston Independent School District. The Texas Education Commissioner has ordered HISD to annex North Forest ISD on July 1. To make the transition as smooth as possible, HISD is holding a series of community meetings. The final meeting will be held on Thurs., June 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eden Event Center, 7540 N. Wayside.

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All Positions Filled For North Forest Summer School Teachers

Houston ISD has filled all positions for summer school teachers in the North Forest community.

HISD began accepting applications for certified internal educators on July 1, and all positions were filled by July 2.
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Summer School begins Tuesday

Students who plan to take summer school for either course credit, STAAR re-testing, completing courses early or other reasons will begin taking classes very soon.

Each principal will decide their dates of summer school with most campuses expected to begin on June 11, 2013, with an end date ranging from July 3 through July 18. All schools will be closed on July 4.

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STAAR Results Begin To Arrive

HISD parents of students in select grades will be receiving a portion of their child’s STAAR exam results over the next week. The Texas Education Agency has released STAAR reading and math scores for students in the fifth and eighth grades only.

HISD elementary and middle schools are now currently distributing the scores to parents and students as well as informing them about the accelerated instruction and intervention resources that will be made available to those who failed one or both subjects. Fifth and eighth grade students who failed the reading and/or math portions of STAAR will retake one or both STAAR exams on May 14 and 15.

The TEA is making results for fifth and eighth graders available earlier than others because students in those grades must pass the math and reading sections to be promoted. All other STAAR subject results for student in grades 3-8 will be released by the TEA and distributed by HISD to students and parents on or before May 31. Ninth and tenth grade students will take STAAR end of course exams from May 6-17. EOC scores will be released to the TEA and distributed to HISD students and parents on or before June 14.

This is the second year students in grades 3-10 are taking the STAAR exam, and unlike last year STAAR scores in certain subjects can determine whether or not a child is promoted to the next grade. See below for a full list of promotion standards for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Grade Level Promotion Standards
1 and 2
  • Students must pass High Frequency Word Test – Recognizing and reading words that appear very often in written and spoken language.
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*


3, 4 and 5
  • Students must pass STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading and math.
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*


6, 7 and 8
  • Students must pass STAAR in reading and math.
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and a local requirement of an average of 70 or above in three of the four core courses: Language arts (average of reading and English), mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*


9 – 12
  • Students are promoted based on their total accumulated course credits prior to the beginning of the next school year.
  • Individual course credit is earned through a passing grade of 70% or above and sufficient attendance*


*Sufficient attendance: A student’s total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10% of class meetings.

For English Language Learners, the Grade Placement Committee (GPC) in consultation with the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will determine promotion standards.
For students with disabilities, the campus ARD/IEP committee will determine the promotion status based on mastery of IEP goals and objectives and /or course requirements.

If your child does not meet Promotion Standards, your school will contact you for further opportunities to receive additional instruction.