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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - December 18, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

December 18, 2022

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Holiday Spirit Week
  • Teacher Appreciation Events
  • Final Exams: Dec 16-21
  • 2023 Spring Schedule Change Information
  • HISD News
    • HISD School Choice application now open
  • Student Spotlight
  • Alumni Corner
  • Odds and Ends
    • Running Club T-Shirt
    • HOSA Book Drive
    • Holiday Ornament Donations

  • Dec 16 - 21 - Final Exams
  • Dec 22 - Jan 8 - Winter Holiday
  • Jan 09 - Return to school
  • Jan 15 - 2023-24 FAFSA Priority Deadline - more info
  • Jan 26 - 8th Grade Open House
Teacher Appreciation Events

There are 5 Teacher Appreciation events throughout the school year, and our next event is the Winter Holiday Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  The teachers & staff will be treated to a wonderful lunch from Mia's Table.  The event will be on December 20, 2022 at noon. I have created a signup genius for those who would like to help on the day of the luncheon:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48AEAF22A2FB6-winter4

In addition to help with the luncheon we need desserts.  If you are able to provide a dessert for the luncheon please let us know by signing up on this Signup Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AA5A92FA6F85-teacher

To ALL parents, thanks again for your help and support. These Teacher Appreciation events we provide to the well deserved teachers and staff of DeBakey HSHP, would not be possible without your donations and other support.


Andrea Simon & Michelle Pilkington

Sign Up to Help on Dec 20
Donate Dessert for the Dec 20 Event
Final Exams: Dec 16 - 21

Friday, December 16th, final exams began. Students will test from 8:00 AM to 12:10 PM. Lunch will be served from 12:10 PM to 12:40 PM. Buses will be available to take students home. They will depart at 12:45 pm daily.

The remaining final exam schedule follows:

  • Monday, December 19, 2022, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM           A3 Final
  • Monday, December 19, 2022, 10:10 AM - 12:10 AM         A4 Final
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM          B1 Final
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022,  10:10 AM - 12:10 PM       B2 Final
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM     B4 Final
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM   B3 Final
HISD School Choice application now open

Houston ISD School Choice application for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.

Visit HoustonISD.org/schoolchoice to start your application today. Applications are due by Feb. 2, 2023, and families will learn the result of the lottery the week of April 5, 2023.

New to School Choice this year, out-of-district applicants can apply during the Phase I application and will be considered in the Phase I lottery. It is important to note that out-of-district applicants will only be considered for seats after all in-district applicants have been accommodated.

To learn more and see a walkthrough of the new application, watch this short animation.

To learn more about the unparalleled educational opportunities available in HISD, visit our NEW School Finder at HoustonISD.org/FindASchool.

For questions and additional information, please visit HoustonISD.org/schoolchoice

Student Spotlight
Iron Vipers Robotics Team

The DeBakey Iron Vipers robotics team competed at the Cypress Spring VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, December 10. They were 11th out of 45 teams at the end of the qualifying round and made it to the quarterfinals of the elimination round. Congratulations to the team - they demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, team cooperation, and coding and engineering excellence.

2022 Zoo Crew Conservation Award Recipient

DeBakey freshman, Juliet Nguyen, receives 2022 Alban-Heiser Conservation Award.

Read more about Juliet and other 2022 award winners >>

*photo credit: houstonzoo.org

MED Theatre

Congrats to the MED Theatre's cast & crew for their production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Cheers to Mr. Rasco for inspiring our kiddos & proving they can do anything  & we look forward to seeing them do it! 

*credit: DeBakey HSHP 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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Growing Up Baylor – Fernando Hernandez Centeno

Fernando Hernandez, currently an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics intern at Baylor College of Medicine, graduated from DeBakey High School for Health Professions in 2014. Learn how his time at DeBakey High School not only furthered his love for science but also provided him community after living in the U.S. for only a year. This profile is part of a series in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary.


Running Club T-Shirt

DeBakey Running Club T-shirts are on sale for $25. The light blue shirt is made from dri-fit material and would make a great last-minute holiday gift. Those interested i purchasing a shirt should  Zelle to president@debakeypto.org and pick up the t-shirt at Mr. Cotton's classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Cotton at joan.cotton@houstonisd.org or Ivy Luong at ivylluong@gmail.com. Thank you.

The next team running event is the Hot Chocolate Run on January 28th!

Book Stack
HOSA Book Drive

Donate Pre-K to 5th Grade Level books to any HOSA Sponsor rooms

  • Boughaba and barajas
  • Mcbride and Magana
  • Li and Whitham

3 books = 1 volunteer hour

Ends December 21

Holiday Ornament Donations

Student Council is seeking holiday ornament donations to brighten up the DeBakey campus. Please bring any and all donations to Rm 307

(family mementos not recommended)

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