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A virtual town hall meeting Monday to update the Timbergrove community on amendments to a plan that originally called for adding two temporary buildings to Houston ISD's Sinclair Elementary - while removing 23 mature pine trees from the campus - was attended by more than 80 people, including…

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When parents attended the "January Coffee with the Principal" event at Sinclair Elementary, they were surprised to learn of a project that would add more temporary buildings to their campus by the fall, giving the school more classrooms on the outside of the main building than inside it.

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A Tuesday night news release from Houston ISD said Crockett Elementary, located at 2112 Crockett St., was temporarily closing its third-grade classrooms due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 reported on campus.

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In a reversal of an earlier proposal, the Houston ISD Board of Education approved a request by interim superintendent Grenita Lathan to restore paid leave for staff related to COVID-19. Employees who are required to quarantine due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure to an infected person will be given paid leave. “In the interest […]

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Houston ISD announced last week that the district has re-started its weekly Neighborhood Supersite food distribution program as students return to school after holiday break. The supersites reopened Jan. 6, and another three supersites will operate from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays, including one at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center at 4400 W. 18th […]

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At its December meeting, the Houston ISD Board of Education approved a $250,000 grant for family mental health supports related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is from the School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network and will be used to address students’ and parents’ mental health issues caused by the pandemic. According to an HISD news release, […]

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Potential changes to Houston ISD’s COVID-19 policy for teachers and staff starting in January have many parents and teachers worried. The new policy was shared last Friday, Dec. 11 at a meeting of HISD principals and leaked shortly thereafter. Changes to the existing plan involve the quarantine policy for teachers. If teachers have symptoms or […]

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Two Oak Forest schools will host Winter Wonderland events on Saturday in which community members are invited to drive through the campus parking lots and see holiday lights, decorations and artistic performances by students. There will be giveaways as well. The free events will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Frank Black Middle School, […]

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Lauren Miranda-Abehary said she could shave about 10 minutes off her walks to and from Frank Black Middle School if she crossed West 43rd Street at its intersection with Chantilly Lane, which is at the north end of the Houston ISD campus. But the eighth-grade student prefers taking a longer route that’s a little bit […]

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Houston ISD is increasing its community food distribution this month as it attempts to help families in need during the holiday season. The district will operate 13 “super site” distributions throughout December, including three at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center at 4400 W. 18th St. that kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 5. The […]

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Each year the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an organization that benefits women in the education profession, presents the Young Educator’s Award to an outstanding young teacher for their major accomplishments in the field of education. The award was established by longtime Delta Upsilon member Nell Baham in 2013. This year, Oak […]

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As Houston ISD prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday closures, the district is increasing available food distributions to ensure students and families have enough to last through the week-long break beginning next Monday, Nov. 23. Each of the district’s curbside pickup locations will offer seven days’ worth of student meals on Thursday, according to the district, […]

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It was a sometimes emotional Houston ISD board meeting on Nov. 12, when trustees voted 6-3 not to make interim superintendent Grenita Lathan more permanent in the position with a two-year contract. Lathan has been the temporary head of the district since Richard Carranza left to become the chancellor of New York City public schools […]

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Waltrip High School’s award-winning band looks ready for an upcoming regional contest after a recent stellar performance. The Roaring Red Ram Band earned a “superior” rating from the judges during a pre-UIL marching contest held last Saturday, Nov. 7 in Channelview, according to an email from band director Jesse Espinosa. He said Waltrip earned the […]

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The Booker T. Washington High School athletics field and new auditorium are undergoing upgrades as a part of an initial $51.7 million bond project initiated in 2012. The new campus in Independence Heights opened for the 2018-19 school year, allowing for demolition of the old building to make way for athletics fields and other site […]

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Houston ISD announced Friday that it will offer free rapid COVID-19 testing to staff and some students as part of a collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and Texas Division of Emergency Management. HISD said it will begin receiving a monthly allotment of rapid tests “to cover all campus-based staff and a percentage of the […]

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The end of October marks two weeks of in-person classes for Houston ISD, and already a number of teachers and parents are questioning the wisdom of continuing. At issue is the district’s own criteria for in-person learning, as stated in its reopening plan, and what some see as a backpedaling of its own guidelines. According […]

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Houston ISD’s weekly food and supply distributions have been moved to the weekends in order to better accommodate working families. A news release from the school district said weekly community distributions at two locations, including the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center at 4400 W. 18th St., have been moved from Wednesdays to Saturdays so […]

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Four seniors at St Pius X High School were recently recognized for their standout academic performance. A news release from the school said Jacob Phillips and Jack Sullo were named National Merit Commended students, placing among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying […]

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One day after Houston ISD started in-person instruction, Waltrip High School was among its campuses to temporarily close because of COVID-19. HISD, which welcomed students to campuses on Monday after starting the school year with six weeks of remote online learning, announced Tuesday that 17 schools had temporarily closed because of confirmed or presumed COVID-19 […]

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While a number of area private schools have already been providing in-person instruction, the first chance for Houston ISD students to physically return to school is Monday, Oct. 19. Many local families debated their choice up until Sept. 28, which was the last day to notify the district. “It was a tough decision for us […]

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Houston ISD announced Monday that the district is bringing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to select campuses, including five in or near the area. HISD said there will be eight campuses where D.A.R.E. classes will be offered beginning with the Spring 2021 semester. Among them are Booker T. Washington High School and Burrus […]

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By Betsy Denson In January, board members of Heritage Classical Academy, a proposed tuition-free public charter school in the area, offered an information session at the White Oak Convention Center to detail their plans to apply for a charter for the 2021-22 school year. On Sept. 11, the State Board of Education voted against the […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann The long road back to football for the area’s public schools is almost over, and there’s a growing sentiment among its coaches and players. “We’re definitely ready to get out there,” Heights High School head coach Stephen Dixon said. “There’s a lot of excitement for the coaches, for the boys and the […]

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By April Petronella In spite of the challenges of COVID-19, Frank Black Middle School is welcoming an enrollment of 1,368 students for the 2020-21 school year — the largest enrollment in the school’s 63-year history. This large group of students along with their parents and the school faculty and staff are pressing forward in what […]

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By Stefan Modrich Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and superintendents from Houston ISD and three other school districts in the region announced last week they had secured a donation of 1,000 computers to be distributed to school districts across Greater Houston as they continue to instruct most students remotely. The computers were donated […]

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By Betsy Denson It has been a stressful week for parents in Houston ISD who are being asked to choose between in-person instruction or to continue with virtual learning, without the benefit of knowing what that would look like. Part of the problem is the chicken-or-the-egg dilemma that the district is facing, in terms of […]

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Wainwright Elementary School’s new principal, Ryan Hutchings, said he can’t wait to see students in person. “I can’t wait to be back,” he said. “As an educator, you do it for the kids. I want to see the hustle and bustle. Every day is unique.” The veteran educator is spending his 18th year in Houston […]

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The start of the 2020-21 school year marked the first time the Theriot family sent their children to public school. Cat Theriot said she was happy with St. Rose of Lima Catholic School but wanted to see how a public Montessori school could help her fourth grader, who has ADHD, to thrive. And her middle […]

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On the first day of virtual school for Houston ISD, hundreds of thousands of students and their families were unable to access the district’s website for most of the morning Tuesday. Those trying to access the HISD @ H.O.M.E. program at houstonisd.org were greeted with an error message that said, in part, “We can’t connect […]

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Love Elementary’s new principal, Eden Bass, grew up speaking Spanish with her family, but at Wellesley College she chose to major in Middle Eastern studies. Bass said she learned how much she enjoyed teaching during a study abroad program where she volunteered at Jerash Camp in Jordan, working with Palestinian refugees. “It opened my eyes,” […]

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By Abigail Eastman Sophia Castillo, an 11-year Houston ISD teacher who works at Heights High School, said virtual learning could never compare to in-person instruction. She said she’s a different person when teaching in front of a screen versus teaching in front of a classroom full of kids. Castillo teaches biology to ninth graders and, […]

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Editor’s note: This is an installment in an ongoing series called Campus Corner, in which April Petronella of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee writes about topics important to area schools, students and their families.   Returning to school for a new academic year is stressful under normal circumstances. Returning to school […]

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Houston ISD is introducing a new way to help parents keep up with their students’ progress as they prepare for the start of virtual learning Sept. 8. The district said Monday it has launched HISD Connect, a new student information system, for the 2020-21 school year. According to HISD, the new system includes a “Parent […]

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Houston ISD announced Tuesday that all its schools and offices will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Laura making landfall on the Gulf Coast. The district also said local conditions will dictate whether facilities reopen on Friday. HISD’s food distribution in partnership with the Houston Food Bank – originally scheduled for […]

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Even though the upcoming school year is not set to start until next month, Houston ISD is attempting to make sure students can hit the ground running when it does. On Aug. 13, the HISD board of trustees approved a $54.6 million amendment to the district’s 2020-21 budget, including $31 million for technological devices and […]

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While a July 24 order by local health officials instructed all public and non-religious private schools to delay in-person instruction through Sept. 7, a later missive from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said local public health officials do not have the power to make that call or to shut down secular private schools. As a […]

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The health authorities for the City of Houston and Harris County signed a joint public health order last week that restricts most schools in the region from holding in-person classes until at least Sept. 8, city and county officials announced July 24. According to a letter to educators shared on Twitter by Harris County Public […]

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Houston ISD will start the upcoming school year Sept. 8 and utilize online-only learning during the first six weeks, interim superintendent Grenita Lathan announced Wednesday. She said HISD plans to begin on-campus instruction Oct. 19, although that date is subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions in the region. Lathan said HISD got the go-ahead […]

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St. Ambrose Catholic School announced July 9 that the school has hired Khanh Pham as its new principal. A 10-year educator, Pham was most recently the principal of a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school in Galena Park. He replaced Sarah McDonald, who had served at St. Ambrose’s principal for the past two years. Pham […]

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Houston ISD announced this week that the deadline to apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time payment to families who lost access to free or reduced-priced meals because of school closures related to COVID-19, has been extended to July 31. The application for the benefit, which is part of a $1 billion […]

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Tuesday released its COVID-19 guidelines for schools to use in planning for the 2020-21 academic year — while acknowledging things may change depending on the pandemic landscape come August. Houston ISD, which includes several campuses in the area, is expected to announce its own guidelines by July 15. While […]

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Houston ISD announced Monday that it will close all of its schools and facilities from July 3-19 in response to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases throughout the city. HISD, the largest school district in Texas with approximately than 210,000 students, said students with district-issued laptops can keep them until the fall in order to […]

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Following last week’s announcement that Houston ISD will not move forward with an 11-month academic calendar for the 2020-21 school year – and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s affirmation that in-person school could commence – HISD interim superintendent Grenita Lathan sent an email to parents with an update on plans which she said will not be […]

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Three area elementary schools have new leadership on campus. Annie Marie Garcia has been named as the new principal of Browning Elementary School at 607 Northwood St., while Eden Bass has been hired as the principal at Love Elementary, 1120 W. 13th St. Also, Ryan Hutchings was recently introduced as the new principal at Wainwright […]

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Based on feedback from a districtwide survey, Houston ISD announced Thursday that it will not move forward with a proposal to adopt a Year-Round Designation with the Texas Education Agency for the 2020-21 school year. The proposal would have allowed for an 11-month academic calendar. Instead, HISD said the first of school will be Monday, […]