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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - April 09, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

April 09, 2023

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In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Meeting - April 11
  • Course Selection Opens Tomorrow!
  • DeBakey Vs Carnegie Volleyball Game Tomorrow @ 5:30PM
  • Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity
  • Spring Orchestra Performance - Thursday, April 27
  • April Fundraising: Krispy Kreme
  • Student Spotlight
    • Running Club
  • Odds and Ends
    • Final Uniform Store Pickup - Apr 20
    • Inspirit AI Summer 2023

  • Apr 10 - Course Selection Opens
  • Apr 11 - PTO Meeting - MS Teams
  • Apr 14 - Cycle 5 ends
  • Apr 15 - Test Prep: AP Science and AP Math
  • Apr 21 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 22 - Prom
  • Apr 29 - Test Prep: AP Science and AP Math
PTO General Meeting - April 11

Join us on April 11 at 6:30PM to learn about the latest school news, PTO updates and more!

This month's meeting will be on 
MS Teams

Join the Meeting
Course Selection Opens Tomorow!

Course Selection opens Monday April 10 and will close May 8, 2023 at 3pm

Please read the following information carefully:

  • Students are encouraged to ask questions prior to submitting the course selection
  • The course selection PowerPoints along with course descriptions will be emailed to students
  • Students and parents need to fill out the form together or have a conversation about potential courses
  • Please review selections before submitting the form
  • Students will receive a confirmation email from Google forms once submitted
  • Students need to contact their counselor if they do not receive a confirmation email
  • No editing or changes will be allowed after course selection is submitted
  • Students will be given the first 10 days of the fall semester to request schedule changes
  • After 10 days, students will remain in the course until the end of the semester
Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity

Dear DeBakey Students / Parents / Families,

Travel usually allows your student a unique opportunity to experience the global classroom first-hand and see what they have been studying in our class come to life. It gives them new perspectives not only of themselves but also the world around them.  Our students have lost so much the last year+, so we want to give them something incredible to look forward to in the future!

We’re pleased to announce that your student has been selected to participate in a health sciences-themed international educational travel opportunity through HISD Abroad in 2025 to England, Scotland, and France! With multiple HISD campuses teaming together there is limited space on the trip, so I hope you and your child will be able to join us at the upcoming online meeting to learn more about this opportunity!

Imagine your student…

  • Engaging with an international medical world beyond their classroom and local community
  • Immersing themselves into the historical streets of Edinburgh, London, France, and more.
  • Sightseeing Europe’s unique historical and modern cityscapes.
  • Engaging in immersive Scotland Yard Detective CSI Workshops
  • Enjoying a Q&A with British medical practitioners and a visit to Scotland’s Surgeons Hall
  • Standing in awe before Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre’s Mona Lisa
  • So much Harry Potter, Beatles, Dr. Who, Mary Poppins, and more fandom
  • Eating fish & chips in London, crepes in Paris, and maybe even some haggis in Scotland :)
  • Stepping outside of their comfort zone and experiencing new foods, cultures, and people
  • Receiving an experience that will help them stand out on future college or job applications
  • Learning to navigate new situations with confidence and maturity

Where are we going?

Students will have the chance to participate in an educational tour through Scotland, England, and France during the summer of 2025! We’ll gain a deeper understanding of these places’ fascinating geographical, political, and cultural history by exploring their unique sights and cities. Students will also have unique access to international medical experiences.

What are next steps? 

We will be hosting a Zoom info meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM

This meeting will provide more details about this opportunity and answer questions you may have.

Please RSVP for Zoom link and more info: https://bit.ly/HISDHSci2025RSVP

In the meeting, we will be talking about why we feel this tour is important right now, trip details, EF's risk-free, 100% money-back enrollment period, and all the ways in which they're leading the charge on student safety.

Students can receive high school or university credit for attending this tour.

***this is an HISD Abroad-supported opportunity***

I hope you and your student are excited to learn more about this incredible tour!

Thank you,


Veronica Simmons RPh, Pharm D

Health Science CTE Teacher

Beta Club Advisor

DeBakey High School for Health Professions


(713) 741-2410

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are calling your name!


Friends of DeBakey PTO, you're invited to take part in the most delicious fundraiser of the year. By ordering a dozen (or two) original glazed doughnuts, 50% of the order will be donated back to DeBakey PTO to help offset expenses associated with field day activities, teacher appreciation events, club sports, HOSA competitions and many other ways your donations to the PTO help our school.


From now until April 29, 2023, you can get your dozens using our fundraising sales page below.


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for DeBakey PTO


How it works: purchase your dozens online, visit your nearest Krispy Kreme store & redeem using your code. You can also purchase doughnuts and gift the redemption codes to friends and family across the country, or perhaps some well deserving colleagues!


Thank you in advance for your support, we hope you enjoy this sweet offer.


P.S. Dozens are redeemable nationwide, so feel free to share this page with other doughnut lovers!

View the Offer
DeBakey Running Club @ the Green 6.2

Members of Debakey’s Running Club participated in their final team race of the year, the Green 6.2 run this past Saturday. It became a club officer run! Historian JJ Mondarte won first in his age group for the 10K and President Hannah Rosanes won third female overall for the 5K! They felt the support from their Treasurer Dashiell Helmer who volunteered on the sidelines to help kick start their new volunteer committee within the club. 



Inspirit AI Summer 2023 Opportunity by Stanford Alumni
Inspirit AI Summer 2023 Opportunity by Stanford Alumni

Inspirit AI is a 25-hour project-based AI program that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental AI concepts to build impactful projects across disciplines such as arts and humanities. This year we are excited to announce new projects such as Chatbots for Education, AI for Disaster-Aid, Hate Speech Prevention, and more. The program is taught by Stanford, MIT mentors and no CS experience is necessary. Applications for Summer are due April 30th.

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