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Here’s to the Class of 2015—and everyone who helped them get there

2015 May 28
by HISD Communications

In HISD, we have a lot to celebrate at this time of year.

The Class of 2015 has received more than $226 million in scholarship offers to date, and the Leland and Young Women’s College Preparatory academies are graduating their very first classes this spring. Thousands more seniors will be collecting their diplomas this weekend. That accomplishment is particularly impressive when you consider that many of those students came to the district not speaking English as their first language.

A recent news article noted that 40 percent of this year’s valedictorians and salutatorians were once considered English Language Learners. Their success is a testament to the value of HISD’s dual language and multilingual programs—and a tribute to the high quality of educators we have working with those students.

I want to extend my thanks to everyone in the HISD family who helped these young people get where they are today. Whether you are a teacher, parent, custodian, cafeteria attendant, or bus driver, what you do every day contributes to the success of our students. I congratulate you on a job well done, and wish you a summer (at least partially) filled with rest, relaxation, and a chance to refresh yourself before the new school year starts on Aug. 24.

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