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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - October 02, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

October 02, 2022

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Dental Convention - Chaperones Needed - Oct 13 &14
  • HISD Community Town Hall - Oct 3
  • Free Webinar - Early Applications - Oct 5
  • Student Spotlight
  • Running Club - Superhero Run - Oct 15 - Donations needed
  • DeBakey College Night - Oct 13
  • Scientific Symposium - Oct 28 - Donations needed
  • Spirit Night at Evelyn's Park - Oct 12
  • REMINDER: Online Uniform and Spirit Wear Store - NOW LIVE!
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration - Silent Auction Donations Needed
  • Teacher K-Cup Drive
Important Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 04/05 - School Holiday - NO SCHOOL!
  • Oct 08 - Report Cards
  • Oct 11 - PTO Meeting
  • Oct 12 - Spirit Night at Evelyn's Park - 6-8PM
  • Oct 13 - College Night
  • Oct 15 - UH/SMU volleyball social
  • Oct 15 - Running Club - Superhero Run
  • Oct 28 - Scientific Symposium
  • Oct 29 - 50th Anniversary Celebration
Parent Chaperones Needed - Jr/Sr Parents!

Health Science is in need of chaperones for the Dental Convention on October 13th & 14th at the George R. Brown Convention Center. They are looking for 8-10 VIPS approved parents for each day. Email Mrs. Ramirez-Mcbride for more information and to sign up at tatiana.ramirezmcbride@houstonisd.org or sign up via the SignUp Genius form.

Any volunteers should be VIPS-approved. The process is easy:

Special Message from Chief Engagement Officer Max Moll
HISD Community Town Hall

Join HISD Chief Engagement Officer Max Moll, Superintendent House, our trustees, and district leaders for our upcoming community town hall to provide an overview of progress being made on the district’s five-year strategic plan.

They hope to speak with and hear from parents, students, educators, and members of the community. Your feedback is invaluable.

Our next meeting is this Monday, Oct. 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Worthing High School (9215 Scott).

Spanish interpretation will be available.

You can view the most up-to-date schedule here.

FREE Webinar - Early Applications - Oct 5

Early Application Q&A: Last Minute Advice from an Admissions Expert

To help students polish their early applications over the new few weeks, we're hosting a free webinar and Q&A with an admissions expert. This presentation will include:

  • Last-minute Advice: Tips for Early Applications
  • FAQs: What You Need to Know about Applying Early
  • Q&A: Ask Your Own Admissions Questions

Zak Harris, the Assistant Director of College Counseling and Communications at InGenius Prep, will host. Zak is a Former Admissions Officer from top schools including Johns Hopkins, Bowdoin College, George Washington University, and Regis College!

Register >>

Student Spotlight

Do you know of a DeBakey student, teacher or administrator who should should be recognized for their recent achievement/s? Let the PTO know! We'd love to recognize their accomplishments in our weekly newsletter.

Submit a News Item
Superhero Run

We are excited to announce DeBakey Running Club’s first race of the year! The 2022 Child Advocates 5K chip-timed Superhero Run will take place on the streets of CITYCENTRE on October 15. The run will begin 8 AM.

Please help support our DeBakey runners by donating drinks and snacks with lots of cheers. We are coordinating donations via our Signup Genius form. If you are able to donate, please send them to the school's front office by October 13 labeled with 'Running Club'. 

DeBakey running club will be active in the community to participate in other charity runs. The selected races are the following: 

  • November 19 - The Great Houston Pie Run (benefits our stomachs) 
  • December 10 - Jingle Bell Run (benefits Arthritis Foundation) 
  • January 28 - Hot Chocolate Run (benefits St. Jude’s)
  • February 25 - Rodeo Run (benefits Houston Rodeo)

Thank you for parent support to keep the DeBakey runners strong – RUN!

If your student is interested in joining the Running Club, please have them contact Mr. Cotton for more information: Joan.Cotton@houstonisd.org

Donate Today!
College Night
DeBakey HSHP College Night - Oct 13

The school will be hosting College Night on Thursday, Oct 13. Students must register if they wish to attend. We are expecting over 100 universities to participate, with more being added.

To register: 

  1. Use link: TACRAO Registration (swoogo.com)
  2. Click on New User
  3. Create an account
  4. Select College Fair- Houston II DeBakey High School for Health Professions October 13
  5. Don’t Forget to Print your Barcode

Confirmed Schools:

Austin College

Baylor University

Brandeis University

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Dallas Baptist University

Drake University

East Texas Baptist University

Galen College of Nursing

Galveston College

Hallmark University

Hardin-Simmons University

Harvard College

Haverford College

Hawai’i Pacific University

HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences

High Point University

Hofstra University

Houston Community College

Houston Community College / Engineering Center of Excellence

Huntington Learning Center West University Place

Jarvis Christian University

Lamar University

Lawrence University

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University

Louisiana State University

Loyola University New Orleans

Lyon College


Maryville University

McMurry University

Miami University (Ohio

Mount Holyoke College

Nova Southeastern University

NROTC Scholarship

Ohio University

Our Lady of the Lake University

Penn State

Rice University

Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine

Schreiner University

Schreiner University

St. Edward's University

St. John's College

St. Mary's University

Stephen F. Austin State University

Texas A&M - RELLIS

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas Southern University

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

Texas Woman's University

The Art Institutes

The Ohio State University

The University of Missouri

The University of St. Thomas

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Tulsa

Trinity University

TSU College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University

Union College

United States Marine  Corp

University of Arkansas

University of Houston

University of Houston Clear Lake

University of Houston-Downtown

University of Houston-Victoria

University of Louisiana Monroe

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Michigan

University of Michigan

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of New Mexico

University of North Texas

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of St. Thomas-Houston

University of St. Thomas-Houston

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Tyler

University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Incarnate Word

UT Austin Houston Admissions Center

UTHealth School of Dentistry Houston

Wabash College

Washington University in St. Louis

Scientific Symposium

The annual Scientific Symposium is special this year as it is part of the 50th Anniversary celebration on Friday, October 28, 2022! We invited 50 alumni to present various healthcare, technology, and science topics. These opportunities are unique for our students and allows them to gain an understanding of possible career pathways. We are grateful for these alumni to return and spend their precious time with our students.

We are also honored to have many special guests. Mr. Herrera will greet and introduce:

  • Mr. Millard House, HISD Superintendent
  • Dr. Paul Klotman, Baylor College of Medicine, President and CEO
  • Dr. Dennis DeBakey, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s son

Please consider volunteering and donating to plan for a successful educational event! The Signup Genius link is available below to sign up by Friday, October 21. Please drop off and mark “For Scientific Symposium” on the donated items at the front office by Tuesday, October 25.

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please contact Ivy Luong, PTO Scientific Symposium Chair, at ivylluong@gmail.com for any questions.

Scientific Symposium SignUp Genius Form
October Spirit Night

BINGO fun at Evelyn's Park - Wednesday October 12th from 6-8 pm. Please see details below and thank you for participating!


Online Store NOW LIVE!


Your student can pick up their items on a bi-weekly basis per the schedule below from the PTO Storeroom (provided that the order was placed by end of business the previous day) which is next to the Flex Room. He/she will be asked to sign that they have received their merchandise. With the new online store, you will see that we are also reducing the number of in-person sales dates. The last in-person sales date for the year is October 6th per the schedule below.

New Tentative In-Person Sales Dates

  • Thursday, October 6 - In person sales date (and pick up of online orders)

  • Thursday, October 20 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, November 3 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, November 17 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, December 1 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, December 15 - pick up online orders only

  • Thursday, January 12 - in person sales date (and pick up of online orders)

Questions? Please send an email to uniforms@debakeypto.org.

50th Anniversary Celebration Silent Auction

We are still seeking more donations for the 50th anniversary celebration silent auction!

Do you have a product, service, in-kind donation to help benefit the PTO's funding for school programming?

For ideas and questions, please email


Just added - Haunted House!

Be sure to stop by the school's Haunted House to be hosted on October 29 from 9AM - 12PM.

Entry will be $3*

*The haunted house will be available to students on Monday at no cost to them, as part of the school's Fall Fest/Spirit Week.

Teacher K-Cup Drive

For October/November - the PTO will accept all kinds of K-Cup pods for our teachers and administrators.

We realize not everyone drinks coffee, so tea, cider, coffee, and hot cocoa will be accepted. A drop-off box will be in the main office. Your student can drop them off or you may use AmazonSmile (benefitting DeBakey High School) to have something delivered directly to the school.

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