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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - October 23, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

October 23, 2022

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Red Ribbon/Spirit Week
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration - Silent Auction Donations Needed
  • Haunted House - Donations Needed
  • Scientific Symposium - Oct 28 - Donations needed
  • HISD Athletics - Free Volleyball Games
  • HISD Virtual Study Hall - Every Tuesday
  • Uniform and Spirit Store
  • Student Spotlight
  • Birthday Greetings on School Screens
  • TeenLife Guide to College Admissions 2022
  • Teacher K-Cup Drive - Donations Needed
  • Odds and Ends - In case you missed it
Important Upcoming Dates

Red Ribbon Spirit Week

The HISD counseling and Student Services Department is encouraging staff, students, parents, and the community to join in recognizing the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program: Red Ribbon Week.

This year's theme is Celebrate Life! Live drug free!

Celebrate the week in your school community and raise awareness of living a drug free life by participating in the following activities for all grades levels:

Monday, October 24

Tuesday, October 25

Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28

Throwback Monday or wear red (Freshmmen - 60s, Sophomores - 70s, Juniors - 80s, Seniors - 90s) 

Dress like a teacher or superhero

Adam Sandler vs Paris Hilton or crazy hair, socks or hat

Pajamas or favorite team shirt

Professional Dress (Scientific Symposium)

50th Anniversary Celebration Silent Auction

Less than 1 week away!

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


*Photo - Baylor College of Medicine Facebook Page

Haunted House
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*

Old/new scrubs, scrub caps, and other medical attire are needed for the haunted house. Please label & leave at the front desk.

View Full Haunted House Amazon Wish List

*The haunted house will be available to students on Monday, Oct 31 at no cost to them, as part of the school's Fall Fest/Spirit Week.

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 II, HISD Superintendent
  • Dr. Paul Klotman, Baylor College of Medicine, President and CEO
  • Dr. Denis DeBakey, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s son

Please consider donating to plan for a successful educational event! 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
HISD Athletics - Free Volleyball Games

On Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., Texas Southern University and Prairie View varsity volleyball teams face off at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum Rd., 77092). HISD faculty, staff and students can attend for free.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 is Elementary and Middle School Night Out. All HISD students can attend Tuesday night’s high school volleyball games for free, and tickets for parents and guardians are only $5. See the high school volleyball schedule below:

Tuesday 10/25

Milby vs. Northside

Barnett6:00 PM

Austin vs. Sterling

Barnett7:30 PM

Madison vs. Carnegie

Butler6:00 PM

Bellaire vs Lamar

Butler7:30 PM
Westside vs. HoustonDelmar6:00 PM
Heights vs. ChavezDelmar7:30 PM
Washington vs. North ForestEngram6:00 PM
Scarborough vs. KashmereEngram7:30 PM
Sharpstown vs. Galena ParkSharpstown7:00 PM
HISD Virtual Study Hall

Join The HISD Presecondary Programming Department every Tuesday for "Virtual Study Hall" #Advanced Edition!

Come get real-time help in our tutoring sessions.  You will have a great opportunity to review, practice, or to get your questions answered!  Every Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Virtual Study Hall will have a channel for English, Math, Science, and Social Studies for students in AP, IB, and Dual Credit/Enrollment.

Join Virtual Study Hall Each Tuesday
Uniform and Spirit Store

New Opportunity to pick up merchandise on 
Thursday, November 03.

DeBakey PTO Uniform & Spirit Store is now online
Visit the Uniform and Spirit Wear Store
Student Spotlight
Eight DeBakey Seniors Named Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program has selected 51 Houston Independent School District seniors as semifinalists for the 2022-2023 scholarship competition year.

The scholarship program gives seniors the opportunity to compete for about 7,250 monetary scholarships to help jumpstart their college careers.

Academically talented young people take a qualifying test to enter the program, and of approximately 50,000 high scorers, just more than 16,000 students nationwide are chosen as semifinalists. In this, the program’s 68th year, 8 of those semifinalists are DeBakey HSHP students, listed below:

  • Aro, Hanan G.
  • Liao, Xiyou
  • Mai, Alexander
  • Mittakanti, Rusheel R.
  • Ngo, Annie H.
  • Nguyen, Angela V.
  • Nguyen, Nicholas C.
  • Okpah, Promise N.

Last weekend, the Debate team participated in their 1st tournament of the season! Special Recognition to Lucia Molina, Rhea Singh, Angel Perez, & Aryan Singh-3rd in WSD, Sarat Kondamadugula & Fenus Kifu-1st in JVPF, Neel Chandalia & Ashrith Velagandula-2nd JVPF, Shazia Rahaman-3rd JVLD

*Photo - DeBakey HSHP FB page

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.

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Happy Birthday
Birthday Greetings on School Screens

A friendly reminder: the DeBakey PTO is offering Birthday & Celebratory Greetings. These are messages that will be displayed on the monitors around the school. You can send your child a birthday message or tell your child congratulations for a major accomplishment.  The Birthday & Celebratory Greetings are only $20.

  • The messages are posted the week of the event only, they are sent in the Friday before the event date.
  • The messages MUST be received by the PTO one week prior to the event
  • You may select a background for the message on the google form.
  • Belated birthdays & ½ birthdays are acceptable.
  • All messages must meet the approval of the administration.
  • The message will be removed if the student asks the administration to remove the message.
  • Please contact Andrea or Michelle at fundraising@debakeypto.org if you have any questions.
Click to submit your birthday greetings!
TeenLife Guide to College Admissions 2022
TeenLife Guide to College Admissions 2022

For October/November- the PTO will accept all kinds of KCup 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.

In Case You Missed It...

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  • Please help ensure the safe arrivals and departures of all students. Follow the road rules. 
    • Avoid making U-turns in the middle of the street. Ask your child to walk on sidewalks and through crosswalks. 
    • J-walking puts  your child at risk for harm. Pull over to the curb to pick up or drop off your child. 
    • Tell your child to exit your car on the passenger side. remember, drive lanes are for vehicles.
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