Q & A with Hamilton Middle School Principal Wendy Hampton


Hamilton Middle School Principal Wendy Hampton said began teaching math at Hughes Springs High School at “the ripe old age of 21.” She left education for two years but said “you can’t run from what you are most passionate about, so it did not take me long to come back to public schools.” She began teaching in the Houston Independent School District in 2006 at Stevenson Middle School. This marks her 17th year in education and sixth year as a campus administrator.

Water pressure woes continue for Garden Oaks residents

For Sheree Peoples, running two faucets at the same time is a no-go. Photo by Betsy Denson.

It’s the case of the missing water pressure and many Garden Oaks residents are waiting for it to be solved. More than 30 of them have called 311 since January to report low water pressure, a number of whom live on Sue Barnett Drive and West 41st Street.

“When we are in the shower, we don’t even get the shower door wet,” wrote one resident. “I have called 311 twice and was told that they would put a report in and the second time I was told that there was not much that can be done.”

HISD helps under-served students ‘emerge’


There is no doubt that Waltrip High School’s Joey Hernandez is college material. He will be the school’s valedictorian, although he is too modest to tell you that himself. He takes all AP classes this year and last year scored a 5 on both his English and U.S. History exams. He wants to study neuroscience because his youngest brother is autistic – and although Joey has spent a lot of a lot of time going to conferences and reading books about how to help his brother and others like him – he knows there’s a lot left to learn.

Teens on the Run program empowers students through life lessons, running

Students at Frank Black Middle School enjoy a bit of running following a visit by a guest speaker regarding college admissions as part of the ongoing Teens on the Run after-school program. (Photo by Jonathan Garris)

On an average Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Frank Black Middle School, a small group of students can be found assembled inside of the school’s library. Here, they’re gaining valuable information on college and career choices, health and physical fitness and other life skills, though not in the way one might think. “I think we […]

No high speed rail in Oak Forest

The proposed Texas Central Railway, which would connect the Dallas and Houston metro areas, still has many locals on edge regarding their property values. (File Photo)

That high-speed train so often discussed in the past three months will not cut through the middle of Oak Forest. On Tuesday, Texas Central Railways announced that it will make a recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration that it will use a route that travels down Washington Avenue and out Hempstead Highway. The route will […]