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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - August 14, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

August 14, 2022

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming DatesThis Week: Uniforms and Spirit Wear Sale

  • Laptop Distribution for Grades 10-12

  • You Might Have Missed It (News from the school)

  • Sept 14 - Spirit Night at Raising Cane's

  • Creating a Successful Activities List: Your Step-By-Step Guide

  • Athletics Interest Form

  • REMINDER: Student Volunteering Requirement

  • Class of 2026 Resources

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Facebook Links

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Aug 15-17 - Varsity Volleyball Tryouts
  • Aug 15-20 - Student Laptop Checkout and In-Person Uniform Sales
  • Aug 22 - First Day of 2022-2023 School Year
THIS WEEK: Uniforms and Spirit Wear Sale


  • When:
    Monday - Friday, August 15 - 19th from 9:00 - 3:30 pm
    (during laptop orientation)
    Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Where:
    Flex Lab of school on the first floor
  • What:
    Please see link below for available merchandise and pricing.
    DeBakey Uniform and Spirit Wear Store

  • All proceeds go directly to the PTO which supports our school.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.
  • Exact Cash and Zelle are preferred. There is a 3% fee charged to all credit card transactions. Sales tax of 8.25% is also applied to all sales. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
  • Questions? Please refer to the DeBakey school website or DeBakey Parents and Community Facebook page or email uniforms@debakeypto.org and a PTO volunteer will respond.

- Marie and Sureka

In addition to the school uniforms, additional merchandise will be available commemorating the school's upcoming 50th year celebration.

DeBakey HSHP Cap
DeBakey HSHP Cap - $20

"Vipers 50 years" on one side and "1972 - 2022"

School Planner
School Planner - $15

Special Edition "50 Year Anniversary" DeBakey School Planners for sale next week during our DeBakey PTO Uniform and Spirit Wear Sale - $15!

We Still Need Volunteers!

We are still in need of volunteers to assist with uniform sales each day this week.

If you are able, please consider volunteering via our SignUp Genius form.

Laptop Distribution for Grades 10-12

Laptop distribution for students in grades 10-12 will occur August 17th -19th. To sign up for laptop distribution, students must register for a timeslot in the form which can be found on the DeBakey homepage or at https://tinyurl.com/2fbemqvn....

Students must do three things:

  • Pay $25 on schoolpay.com
  • Student and their parent/guardian must sign the last page of the laptop agreement (found on the information page).
  • Attend on the day and time they sign up and attend laptop orientation.
You Might Have Missed it...

Some important information was recently shared by Ms. Goudeau:

Schedule Change Requests

DeBakey Students can check their courses through HISD Connect/PowerSchool. Students may start requesting schedule changes on August 15 using a google form link. Please do not submit multiple requests. Think about the changes and review your courses carefully before completing the google form. Requests MUST be submitted no later than September 2, 2022 @ 3:00 pm. The form will be closed @ 3:00 pm, NO EXCEPTIONS!


  • You have received SUMMER SCHOOL CREDIT
  • You are in the WRONG CLASS based on your 4 Year Plan
  • You are in the WRONG CLASS LEVEL
  • You need to drop AP/HADV/Pre-AP class DUE TO HEAVY COURSE LOAD (Once you are removed from the class, you will not be able to return if you change your mind.)

Also keep in mind that your schedule will shift, and you may not have the same teachers and class periods as your original schedule. The most important thing is that you have the correct classes and not the order of the classes.

*Requests to move to another class period or another instructor will not be honored.

Please do not email the Counselors with your schedule request.

Missing Textbooks

Many students did not turn in textbooks at the end of the school year. Please look for your books and bring them with you to school next week when you come to pick up your laptops. We need the books for other students. Your help is appreciated.

Sept 14 - Spirit Night at Raising Cane's!
Spirit Night - Raising Canes - Sept 14
Creating a Successful Activities List


Your Step-by-Step Guide

Free Webinar - Tuesday, Aug 16 @7PM CST

Students often underestimate the importance of their Common App activities list in the college admissions process. It's not only necessary to fill that list with impactful activities but also to be cognizant of how you present those activities.

Admissions officers can't come to see you on the field or in the lab, so it's essential that you're mindful of how you showcase yourself through the activities list. The order you list your activities, the verbs you choose—all of this and more will affect how admissions officers perceive you.

That's why we're hosting a free webinar on "Creating a Successful Activities List: Your Step-by-Step Guide"

This presentation will cover:

  • Inside the Admissions Office: How Applications Are Evaluated
  • Everything You Need to Know about the Activities List: How Real Students Stood Out
  • Step-by-Step Guide: How to Craft Your Activities List

DJ Rock, a Former Admissions Officer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will host this free webinar. In addition to her work at MIT, DJ completed her Master’s of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University!

Join DJ on Tuesday, August 16th at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT. Attend live to take advantage of a Q&A with DJ!

Can't make it? All registrants will receive a link to the recording + more free resources!

Register Here
Athletics Interest Form

Is your student interested in participating in school sports at DeBakey? If so, be sure to fill out the Athletics Interest form so they can be informed of updates and opportunities related to:

  • Basketball (boys and girls)
  • Competetive Dance (co-ed)
  • Gymastics (boys and girls)
  • Running Club (co-ed)
  • Volleyball (boys and girls)
REMINDER: Student Volunteering Requirement

REMINDER:  Every DeBakey student must have at least 100 community service to graduate with a DeBakey diploma.

Remember, colleges look at the community service and how you give back to your community when choosing a candidate to accept into their school.

Guidelines for Community Service Hours >>

Class of 2026 Resources

Attention Class of 2026!

Have you visited DeBakey's Class of 2026 resource page? The school has compiled a variety of links to ensure you are ready for your the new school year:

50th Anniversary Celebration

Events and Tickets

Tickets are still available! Visit the 50th Anniversary webpage and store! Be sure to also RSVP if you plan to attend any of the events during this special weekend. General admission ticket prices will increase on Sept 1st.

Limited seating will be available, so be sure to secure your ticket today if you would like to be a part of this special events.

If you would like to help with the celebration planning or support the event with your time or with a monetary donation, please contact debakeyhshp50th@debakeypto.org for more information.

Facebook Links
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Official DeBakey HSHP FB Page
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DeBakey HSHP Parents and Community Group
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