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Connecting students with the most-effective teachers

2013 March 7
by HISD Communications

I know that for many students and teachers, Spring Break offers a well-deserved rest from teaching and learning; they can reconnect with their families, travel to new places, or visit local attractions.

But some of our most at-risk students will be receiving additional instruction this year, thanks to a new program called ‘Camp Connect’ (see related story here). Developed by School Support Officer Kim Fonteno, this four-day experience will give about 450 struggling students 16 more hours of focused instruction in math and reading.

To make this happen, some of our most effective teachers had to give up their original plans for the five-day break, but I am pleased to say that almost three dozen stepped up to the plate for the chance to help some of the kids who need it the most.

Their dedication is what makes me so proud to be a part of this organization. I am also grateful to employees in the Food Services, Transportation, and Construction and Facilities Services departments. They will be at work over the break as well, providing support for this initiative with meals, bus rides, and custodial services.

This is just one example of how HISD is “Becoming Great All Over.”

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