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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - November 06, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

November 06, 2022

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • HISD Schools and Offices - Closed Monday, Nov 07
  • PTO Meeting - Nov 08
  • Spirit Night - Nov 09
  • REMINDER: Drop off and Pickup Procedures
  • Student Spotlight
  • Important Dates for College Preparation
  • Odds and Ends
    • NHS Induction - Nov 10
    • Need Help with College Applications?
    • K-Cup Pod Drive for Teachers
    • Picture Day - Nov 29/30
    • HISD Spotlight on DeBakey HSHP
Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 07 -HISD Schools and Offices Closed
  • Nov 08 - PTO Meeting - MS Teams
  • Nov 09 - Spirit Night @ Lubys - 1727 Old Spanish Trail
  • Nov 10 - National Honor Society Induction
  • Nov 11 - Report Card Day
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HISD Schools and Offices - Closed Monday, Nov 07

Dear HISD Community:

Our Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series!

It’s been an incredible season, and we want to celebrate our national champions.

All HISD schools and offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 7, to allow our students, staff, and families to attend the victory parade.

We are proud to have the Houston Astros organization as a partner in education and in our schools. Let’s show our support for the home team.

Go Astros!

PTO Meeting - Nov 08


Welcome, PTO President, Nichole Ake

Principal Herrera update

Dean Shargey - Title I

** Guest speaker **
Adult Self-care, Gabriela Gonzalez, Social & Emotional Learning Coordinator

PTO Business updates & upcoming events

<< MS Teams Link >>

Join us - Nov 8 @ 6:30PM
Spirit Night - Nov 09!

Thank you for making the monthly Spirit Nights such a great success this year! Please join us on November 9th at Luby's from 4-8 pm for the next one. Dine in or take out and no need to print the ticket below, just mention it's for DeBakey and Luby's will make a 15% donation to the PTO

Invite your family and friends to participate as well and get a home cooked meal, with no cooking involved, while supporting a great cause.

REMINDER: Drop off and Pickup Procedures

This is an important reminder to please follow the official drop off and pickup procedures to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and visitors. Safety is our greatest priority!

  • 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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Student Spotlight

DeBakey student Jasmine Sidhu helped create Halloween costumes for infants in the NICU at Ben Taub.


*Images and article courtesy of Buzz Magazines *

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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November and December are busy months for scholarship applications, financial aid, and conversations about college. Please take note of the following opportunities for your student:

  • College scholarship applications:
    Applications for scholarships ranging from $500 to $50,000 are due in November and December. These are available primarily for seniors, but some allow freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply. Click here for a list of these scholarships.
  • HISD Dream Summit on Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hattie Mae White:
    The Dream Summit is a half-day event featuring a college and community resource fair, breakout sessions, and other college exploration activities in English and Spanish. All HISD DREAMers, DACA recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees along with their parents are cordially invited to attend this event. Click here for more information.
  • Money for college:
    To be eligible for the most financial aid money, submit your financial aid application by January 15, 2023. To get started, visit studentaid.gov. If you have any questions about this process, visit your campus college center.

For more information about scholarships, financial aid, and links to academic resources like Khan Academy, go to houstonisd.org/collegereadiness or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @HISD2College.

NHS induction - Nov 10

NHS Induction is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7pm. on Thursday, November 10th

  • 5:30 pm Welcome

  • 5:40pm Ceremony

  • 6:50pm Closing & Thank you's

  • 7:00pm Refreshments

NHS Induction practice is on Wednesday, November 9th at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Need Help with College Applications?

DeBakey counselors will be available to help seniors with their college applications!

Meet in Room 339 during A-Lunch

  • Nov 08
  • Nov 15
  • Nov 29
K-Cup Pod Drive for Teachers

The PTO is still accepting 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.

Picture Day - Nov 29/30

Through English Classes

  • 11.29.2022 - A Day
  • 11.30.2022 - B Day
HISD Spotlight on DeBakey HSHP

HISD’s DeBakey High School opened in 1972 and was the first high school for health professions in the country. This year, the school and its alumni are celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The celebrations will feature career presentations from 50 DeBakey High School alumni and several events coordinated by parents and alumni.


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