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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - January 08, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

January 08, 2022

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • General PTO meeting - January 10 at 6:30PM
  • January 11 Spirit Night - Zalat PIzza 
  • IngGenius Prep Free Webinar:
    Early Admissions Case Studies: How Real Students Got Accepted to Their Early Schools
  • HISD News
    • HISD School Choice application now open
    • Parent Contact Information Update
  • Odds and Ends
    • School Pictures - Jan 10 - 11
    • Summit K12 Testing
    • HB 4545 Tutorials

  • Jan 09 - Return to school
  • Jan 10 - January General PTO newsletter
  • Jan 10 - 11 - School Pictures (Grades 9 - 11, English class)
  • Jan 11 - Spirit Night @ Zalat Pizza
    2303 W Holcombe Blvd STE B, Houston, TX 77030
  • Jan 15 - 2023-24 FAFSA Priority Deadline - more info
  • Jan 26 - 8th Grade Open House

Join us for our first general meeting of 2023 and learn more about what the PTO has planned for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year!

PTO Meeting - Jan 10


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January Spirit NIght - Weds, Jan 11

Join Us this Wednesday for our next Spirit Night! Details below:

Early Admissions Case Studies: How Real Students Got Accepted to Their Early Schools

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 | 7 PM Central

Early acceptance rates continue to hover in the single digits at top schools. That makes the early admissions round more important than ever. By our estimates, UChicago accepts the majority of its incoming class during the early rounds.

To help students gain actionable insights from real students accepted to their dream schools during the early round, our free webinar will cover:

  • Inside the Admissions Office: How Applications Are Evaluated
  • The Numbers: 2022-23 Early Admissions Trends
  • Case Studies: Learn from Real Applicants

< Register >

Host: Kathryn Scherer, Director of Undergraduate Services at InGenius Prep

Kathryn graduated from Northwestern University and began working as a teacher before earning a Master’s of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in School Leadership. While at Harvard, she served as an interviewer for the undergraduate admissions office, which helped give her a greater perspective into the admissions process. She thoroughly enjoys supporting students and parents as they navigate the application process from brainstorming essay topics through acceptance to their dream schools!

REMINDER: 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

Parent Contact Information Update

HISD’s top priority is providing a safe environment for our students and staff. Safety drills and training events are conducted periodically as required by Texas Education Agency code. In the event of an emergency that requires reunification of students with their parents or guardians, it is critical for your child’s identification information to be updated in HISD Connect.

The HISD Enrollment Team and Federal and State Compliance Division will be available to assist you with creating an HISD Parent Portal account or updating your child’s demographic and contact information in your existing account.

We know that your child’s safety is important to you, and we are proud to work together in communication with our dedicated district parents and guardians to keep HISD schools safe places to learn and grow.

See below for dates, times, and locations of upcoming HISD Connect Assistance Fairs:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Herrera Elementary School
    • Askew Elementary School
    • Shearn Elementary School
  • Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Austin High School
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Westside High School
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Fonwood Early Childhood Center
    • Mistral Early Childhood Center
    • Woodson Elementary School
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Neff Early Learning Center
    • Bellfort Early Childhood Center
    • Sherman Elementary School
School Pictures - January 10 - 11

Students in grades 9 through 11 will take pictures during the assigned English class period. Students should wear school uniforms for the pictures. Orders for pictures can be placed at mylifetouch.com. The picture day ID is EVT6XDT6K

Summit K12 Testing

Saturday, January 14, 2023: Students who are enrolled as Emergent Bilingual students will take a practice assessment to prepare for TELPAS in February

HB 4545 Tutorials

Saturday, January 14, 2023: Students assigned to state mandated tutorials must attend the session to earn required hours. The law requires 30 hours of tutorials. For more information, contact Ms. Goudeau, agoudea1@houstonisd.org

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