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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - December 04, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

December 04, 2022

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Meeting - December 13 @ 6:30PM
  • 2023 Spring Schedule Change Information
  • HISD Coffee and Conversations
  • December 8 - Orchestra Concert - Donations Needed
  • - MED Theatre - "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Dec 7 and 9
  • HSID Parent Link
  • FREE Webinar: Before You Hit Submit: Wrapping Up Your College Applications
  • FREE Webinar: PSAT/NMSQT® Now what?
  • December Spirit Night: Liberty Taco - December 14
  • Odds and Ends
    • Picture Day Rescheduled
    • Boy Scout Troop 125

  • Dec 07 - Michael E. DeBakey Theatre (MED) Winter Production - 4PM & 7PM showtimes
  • Dec 08 - Orchestra Holiday Event - 7PM
  • Dec 09 - Michael E. DeBakey Theatre (MED) Winter Production - 4PM & 7PM showtimes
  • Dec 13 - Home 4 the Holidays PTO Presentation/Meeting - 6:30PM
  • Dec 14 - Liberty Taco - Spirit Night (Dine-in only)
  • Dec 22 - Jan 8 - Winter Holiday
  • Jan 9 - Return to school
PTO Meeting
Home for the Holidays

Hear from former students and parents of former students about how DeBakey influenced their lives.

December 13, 2022 @ 6:30PM

Microsoft Teams:
Meeting Link

2023 Spring Schedule Change Information

Google Form opens Monday December 5, 2022 @8:00 am

Please read the following information carefully!

  • Students will be allowed to submit 1 request and will not be able to edit once form is submitted.
  • Requests MUST be submitted no later than December 16, 2022 @ 2:00pm.
  • The deadline is to ensure the counselors can have schedules ready for the first day of the new semester.
  • The form will be closed @ 2:00 pm, NO EXCEPTIONS!


  • You need to drop AP/HADV/PRE-AP class DUE TO HEAVY COURSE LOAD
  • You are a freshman who wants to move into Pre-AP or HADV courses

Once you are removed from the class, you will not be able to go back if you change your mind to go back to that AP/HADV/PRE-AP class


Keep in mind that your schedule will shift, and you may not have the same teachers and class periods as your original schedule.

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

Only 9th Grade Students may request to move to HADV or PRE-AP from a regular course, you must have at least an 85 per cycle and a teacher recommendation. Students cannot move into AP courses. Note any requests may change your original schedule.

All other grade levels (10th, 11th & 12th) may NOT request to move up to HADV or AP level courses. Students may only request to move out of HADV, PRE-AP or AP courses. Note any requests may change your original schedule.

  • Seniors are not allowed to drop AP Math or AP Science course required for graduation

If you have questions, please talk to your counselor before completing the Google Form. Remember students may only submit the form once.

Coffee and Conversations

Attention Parents and Guardians: The Counseling and Student Services Department invites you to join our Coffee & Conversations meetings where we share valuable information and resources to help your child and family navigate this school year as well as increase emotional wellness and academic success. Join us Wednesday, December 7th  from 9:00-10:00am virtually on Microsoft Teams. The topic for December is “Be Nice: Recognizing signs and symptoms of Depression and Anxiety.” You may find the link on all school social media pages. 

<< Meeting Link >>

December 8 - Orchestra Concert - Donations Needed

We are accepting donations for the Dec 8th DeBakey Orchestra concert pizza dinner. If you would like to contribute, please send any amount via Zelle to president@debakeypto.org.

In addition, please use this link to SignUp Genius if you would like to donate any snacks and drinks for the event.

Please contact Madhavi Gavini at madhavi.gavini@outlook.com if you would like to volunteer on Dec 8th or if you have any questions.

Orchestra Concert details

Orchestra Concert details

  • 4 guests allowed per student
  • Suggested Zelle donation requested $10: president@debakeypto.org
MED Theatre
MED Theatre Performances - Dec 7 and 9

Michael E. DeBakey (MED) Theatre will be hosting (4) performances of the production "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the DeBakey High School Black Box Theatre. Tickets are available now for $7 each!

*If attending, please be sure to have your ticket order number and name ready.

  • December 7: 4PM and 7PM
  • December 9:  4PM and 7PM

"15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but struggles to interpret others and everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his street. He detests being touched and meeting strangers. Now, 7 minutes after midnight, Christopher finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion for the killing, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey of self-discovery."

Buy Your Tickets Today!
HISD Parent Link

HISD is improving the way they help you find information and support for your child’s learning.

The HISD Parent Link is a one-stop resource center with staff prepared to help you navigate processes such as enrollment, school nutrition, academic support, and much more.

Parent Link is located on the first floor of the Hattie Mae White Education Support Center (4400 West 18th Street, 77092) in room 1 SE16.

Visit or call Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • 713-556-6000
  • 713-556-7121
  • 713-556-3223 (FACE)

Before You Hit Submit Q/A: Wrapping up Your College Applications

With regular admission deadlines just a month away, it's crunch time for students eager to make their way unscathed through the minefield of college admissions.

After yet another cycle of all-time application highs and acceptance lows, the Class of 2023 has a tough road ahead.
Now, as they near the end of this strenuous process, it's time for them to ensure their applications are exemplary before they submit them to the elite institutions they hope to attend.

To help students feel confident before they send off their applications, we're hosting a free Q&A webinar. This presentation will cover:

  • Inside the Admissions Office: Last-Minute Tips for College Applications
  • FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about College Apps
  • Q&A: Ask a UChicago Former Admissions Officer

A UChicago Former Admissions Officer and PhD candidate will host this free webinar on Tuesday, December 6th at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST. Attend live to take advantage of a Q&A!

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

Register >>

FREE Webinar - PSAT/NMSQT® Now what?

by Revolution Prep

National Merit Scholarships aren’t the only things that make PSAT scores valuable. A student’s performance on the PSAT/NMSQT® is a powerful indicator of ACT/SAT readiness, and PSAT results can be a valuable tool to inform ACT/SAT preparations – if you know how to use them. So instead of throwing that score report away, bring it to this session where we will cover how to use your PSAT/NMSQT® results to identify not only whether to take the ACT or SAT, but also how to build your child’s best plan for success.

Online Parent Webinar “PSAT, Now What? 

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Live Online!

Register Here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/7616/

December Spirit Night - December 14

Wednesday, December 14
4PM – 9PM

(dine-in only)

1333 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

20% of the restaurant sales mentioning DeBakey will be donated to the general PTO fund.

In addition, a representative will be there with a few select items from the school store (aprons, decals, drawstring bags, 2023 calendars, lunch bags and plastic bottles) so you can also do some last-minute Christmas shopping while you are at it.  Cash or online orders for school store purchases only.

We hope to see you there!

Student Spotlight
DeBakey Juniors Recognized at City Hall

Anderson Accord, Bianca Juárez and Mihir Relan met with Mayor Turner at City Hall this week. The DeBakey juniors had won 1st place in the Awty International School Hackathon event for their solution to prevent flooding in Houston, as judged by the city's planning commission.

Photo Credit: Suzanne Acord, PhD (Twitter)

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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Picture Day - To Be Rescheduled

Due to the recent school closure (Boil Wanter notice), picture day will be rescheduled for a future date.

Boy Scout Troop 125

Troop-125 was founded in 1946 with the main focus on light-weight backpacking. We are thus also known as the “backpackers.” Boy Scouts offers a great opportunity for our children to explore and en joy the great outdoors. Furthermore, they will be provided with a structured environment in which to develop their independence and leadership and  

communication skills. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities 

to earn service hours. The highest accomplishment in scouting is the Eagle Scout rank,  which is looked upon favorably when advancing their education and/or career. Troop 125 is sponsored by St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (5308 Buffalo Speedway). We  meet there every Monday 7:30-8:30 pm, and camp monthly over the weekend (Friday  night – Sunday morning). Next summer we are going to Dan Boone Scout Camp for  summer camp. Use this link to check out the fun and excitement they have to offer: https://www.campdanielboone.org. 

For more info, please visit their web site or Facebook page. No prior scouting experience is  required to participate. If interested, please e-mail Eric (ecc7550@icloud.com) or Brian (bwduffy@sbcglobal.net). We could arrange for you to visit in one of our Monday night meetings or campouts.

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