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Sam Houston MSTC recognized by Univision at #QuieroAprender rally

High school is one of only four to be highlighted nationwide

HISD’s Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center was honored this week with a visit from Univision and a rally to encourage Latino students to strive for greatness in education. Two students were also recognized during the event, which was made possible by a partnership among Univision, getschooled.com, and #QuieroAprender (#IWantToLearn).

“Those organizations have been focusing on four schools across the nation,” said Sam Houston Principal Rupak Gandhi about #QuieroAprender, “… and how they have turned their campuses around in the past couple of years in terms of improving academic performance and really changing the lives of their students. Sam Houston was chosen as one of the schools, based on our growth in those areas.”

In 2015, Sam Houston met state accountability standards for the first time in two years, and was removed from the “Improvement Required” list. It was also recognized for academic distinction in social studies. The school offers its students eight different certification or licensure programs. Last year’s valedictorian is currently attending Columbia, while the salutatorian is attending Rice University.

The education rally included a student discussion about the importance of education, interviews, and a spoken-word poetry contest entitled “What is the value of education to you?” Two students hand-picked by the principal for their achievements led the onstage discussion along with Satcha Pretto, co-anchor of the morning show Despierta America. One of those students – senior José Piñeda – was chosen by #QuieroAprender for an in-depth interview that will be featured in an upcoming documentary.

“It was a great opportunity to highlight the good of the school.” said Piñeda, who is on the student council and part of a mariachi band. “There are many Hispanic students here who want to make progress and move forward.” Piñeda is in the top five percent of his graduating class and plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Texas.

“To me, #QuieroAprender is a phenomenal organization, because it really puts the power of education in the student’s hands,” said Gandhi, “and that’s what matters most.”

HISD Hosting Phone Bank on Univision 45 to Provide Information on Bond

In an effort to reach out to eligible voters across the city and provide them information on the HISD 2012 bond proposal, which is the last item on the ballot, the Houston Independent School District is hosting a bond information phone bank on Univision 45.

Dozens of experts on the HISD bond proposition will be on hand to take calls from viewers on Monday, October 29 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Tune in to Univision 45 for the HISD Bond phone bank and hear from principals and parents talk about the needs of their schools and current campus conditions.

Volunteers include HISD school improvement officers, principals and administrators.  The purpose of this phone bank is to ensure that all Houston voters are well informed on the 2012 HISD bond proposal when they go to the polling sites.

There will be bilingual volunteers ready to take your calls in English or Spanish.  For more information on the HISD Bond, call the phone bank on Monday, October 29 from 7  to 10:30 pm at 713 390-5956.

HISD’s $1.89 billion plan would rebuild or renovate 38 schools across the city and help improve conditions for students in all HISD schools, if approved by voters on November 6. 

For more information on the HISD bond, visit www.houstonisd.org/2012bond.

HISD Encourages Early Voting, Finishing the Ballot

WHAT:  The Houston Independent School District is encouraging voters to head to the polls early and to cast their vote for every item on the ballot – from the first to the last.

Starting Friday, Oct. 26 HISD is hosting live and digital events designed to celebrate first time voters and to educate the community regarding the district’s bond referendum to modernize and rebuild schools throughout Houston.

WHEN & WHERE:   Fri., Oct. 26 from noon – 1 p.m.

  • Live Web Chat
    HISD will have a web chat to discuss the plan to rebuild and modernize the city’s high schools, as well as provide safety and technology upgrades at campuses across the district.  Questions may be sent in advance via e-mail to bondinfo@houstonisd.org.

Mon., Oct. 29 from 7 – 10:30 p.m.

  • Univision Phone Bank – Linea Abierta 45
    5100 Southwest Freeway
    HISD will have a team of bond experts ready to answer calls from viewers on the bond proposal and the schools that would be affected.  The team will have bilingual representatives able to answer questions in English and Spanish.


Tues., Oct. 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.

  • Voter Forum at Neighborhood Centers Ripley House 
    4410 Navigation Boulevard 
    Motivate students from the nearby HISD schools to attend the event with their families, visit the early voting location and cast their votes for the first time.

         Tues., Oct. 30 from 10 – 10:40 a.m.

  • Twitter Town Hall
    Participate in a live Twitter Town Hall session with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier where he will answer questions and respond to comments and concerns regarding the HISD Bond Referendum. Follow us at @HoustonISD and #HISDbond


Wed., Oct. 31 from 4 – 5p.m.  

  • Zombie Walk and “Thriller” Vote Early Flash Mob
    1475 West Gray
    Capture HISD’s own zombies from HSPVA and Lamar High School  as they encourage the living to vote early as they walk from the West Gray/Montrose intersection to the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center (1475 West Gray) where they will culminate their walk with a zombie “Thriller” flash mob at 4:30 p.m.