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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - April 16, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

April 16, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Final Uniform Store Pickup Date - April 20
  • Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity - Japan
  • Earth Week 2023
  • Scholarship Opportunities - Apr/May
  • Course Selection Now Open!
  • Poetry Cafe 2023
  • REMINDER: Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity - Scotland, England, France for Health Sciences
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Fundraiser
  • Odds and Ends
    • Peer to Peer Chemistry Tutoring - Apr 20
    • St. Lukes SL Jr Volunteer Program
    • Spring Orchestra Performance - Apr 27
    • Boy Scout Troop 125
    • Inspirit AI Summer 2023 Opportunity

  • Apr 17 - 1st day - Cycle 6
  • Apr 20 - Report Cards
  • Apr 21 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 22 - Prom
  • Apr 28 - STAAR English 1 and 2 Window Closes
  • Apr 29 - Test Prep: AP Science, AP Math, AP Environmental Test Prep
  • May 01 - 12 - AP Testing (varies by course)
  • May 09 - PTO General Meeting
  • May 06 - AP Biology Test Prep
  • May 29 - Memorial Holiday
  • May 31 - Last day of school for students


Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity

Interest Meeting: Thu, April 27, 20236:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Register to Learn More
Earth Week 2023

Celebrate Earth Week 2023 on Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21.

You’re encouraged to participate each day in various sustainability efforts as we come together to move our community Future Forward.

As a reminder, All HISD campuses and offices will be closed Friday, April 21, for the Spring Holiday. Schools and offices will reopen for normal business on Monday, April 24.

Scholarship Opportunities - Apr/May

JUNIOR Scholarship

The CITGO Distinguished Scholars Program was created to assist students who plan to continue their education at a two- or four-year university or college. 40 scholarships across 3 school districts, were awarded last year for their academics and excellence in one of the following categories: Beating the Odds, Career & Technical Education, Communications, Performance & Fine Arts, S.T.E.M., Service & Leadership, Spirit, or Student Athletics. The application closes on April 28, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Website: http://bit.ly/3Y3yXW7

Additional scholarship opportunities:

Deadline: April 16, 2023

Deadline: April 24, 2023

Deadline May 1, 2023

Deadline: May 8, 2023

Deadline: May 19, 2023

Course Selection Now Open!

Course Selection 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
Poetry Cafe 2023

Thank you to Ms. Leon for coordinating this amazing event bringing together so many of our talented Vipers for one afternoon of stellar performance after performance.

Photo Credit: DeBakey HSHP Facebook

REMINDER: Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity

Zoom Interest Meeting: Tuesday, April 18 @ 6PM

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

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.

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
St. Luke's Sugar Land Jr. Volunteer Program Launch

As the health care landscape continues to evolve, the St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Volunteer Services Department is committed to developing future leaders who will become key members of the health care team. As part of this commitment, our Volunteer Services Department is offering programs for both high school and undergraduate students interested in learning more about the health care industry and building their future in health care. 

For high school students, St. Lukes offers an 8-week, unpaid, Jr. Volunteer Program experience. This program is geared towards high school juniors and seniors interested in developing their interpersonal skills and learning the basics of the health care industry.

Currently, they are recruiting for 10-15 Jr. Volunteer positions for our June 2023 cohort. Based on Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions program offerings, we believe your students are a great fit for our programs!

Interested students should submit their application, which can be found at the following link, no later than FRIDAY MAY 12, 2023 AT 11:59 PM for consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information about volunteering, email Nicole Hubbard at nicole.hubbard900@commonspirit.org.

Click to Donate to the Reception
Boy Scount Troop 125

Troop-125 was founded in 1946 with the main focus on light-weight backpacking.  We are thus also known as the “backpack-ers.”

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 our web site (https://www.troop125.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/438277886518240). 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.

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.

View the Inspirit AI College Admissions Report
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