Originally delivered on 4/23/2023 4:21 pm

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - April 23, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

April 23, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Class of 2027 Welcome Orientation - April 29
    • In-Person Uniform & Spirit Wear Sale
    • Volunteers Needed - Uniform sales
    • Athletics Interest Form
  • Volunteers Needed - 10th Grade Picnic
  • Senior Signing Day - May 25
  • UPDATED: Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity
  • Spring Orchestra Performance - April 27
  • Last Call!: Krispy Kreme fundraiser
  • REMINDER: Course Selection Now Open
  • Odds and Ends
    • HISD Coe of Conduct Survey
    • Apply for National Recognition Programs
    • Summer Internship Opportunities
    • Revolution Prep: Free Webinars

  • Apr 28 - STAAR English 1 and 2 Window Closes
  • Apr 29 - Rising 9th grader/Class of 2027 Welcome Orientation
  • Apr 29 - Test Prep: AP Science, AP Math, AP Environmental Test Prep
  • Apr 29 - Sophomore Picnic - Hermann Memorial Park
  • May 01 - 12 - AP Testing (varies by course)
  • May 09 - PTO General Meeting (in-person, DeBakey HSHP)
  • May 06 - AP Biology Test Prep
  • May 15 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form opens
  • May 25 - Senior Signing Day
  • May 29 - Memorial Holiday
  • May 31 - Last day of school for students
  • May 31 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form opens
  • Jun 10 - Enrollment Event (Class of 2027
  • Jun 22 - Incoming Freshman - Last day to submit all required school documents


DeBakey HSHP teachers and administration will discuss all resources available to you and your student and other important information you may need before the start of school. (Review our DeBakey Class of 2027 website for a sneak peek of these resources now!)

The school will also be open this day, so you can meet the current students, learn about extracurricular activities your child can get involved in, purchase DeBakey school uniforms, and even meet our fantastic PTO parents!

Click here to register for the
Magnet Welcoming Session and reserve your place.

Download the C/O 2027 Info Flyer [PDF]
View More Class of 2027 Resources
In-Person Uniform & Spirit Wear Sale


During Welcome Orientation Event

We will have a special in-person sales event of DeBakey Uniforms and Spirit Wear on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Flex Lab at DeBakey HSHP. This is your opportunity to stop and pick up an item(s) for your student so they can show off their DEBAKEY VIPER PRIDE!

Typically, our store is online but we do accommodate in-person sales dates including this special sale for incoming 9th graders and in August during laptop distribution. The link to see a list of the merchandise in our store is provided in the flyer below.

Please note that during this special in-person sale on April 29th exact CASH is preferred Wifi does not work well at the school for Credit Card and Zelle transactions. Sales tax will be added to all transactions and a 3% conveyance fee is additionally applied to all credit card transactions. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS after you take receipt of your merchandise.

Adult and Student Volunteers Needed


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. We have openings for Adult Volunteers (should be VIPS trained and cleared) and Student Volunteers.

Student Volunteers will receive volunteer hours - please bring your DeBakey Volunteer Form with you for signature approval. Thank you, in advance, for your help!

Sign Up to Volunteer
Interested in Participating in School Sports?
Fill Out the Athletics Interest Form
10th Grade Picnic - Volunteers Needed - April 29

(2) volunteers are needed to set up and help deliver items like Gatorade, cookies, fruit tray, and other items to the 10th Grade Picnic at Hermann Memorial Park on Sat. April 29, 2023 at 2:30 PM. Please contact Ruth Mendez at ruthtorres21@yahoo.com if you can help. 

Senior Signing Day - May 25

Senior Signing day is a celebration for the Senior Students share where they have selected to fo to college. They can wear their future college t-shirt, take pictures with friends, and win prizes for their dorm rooms. Please help us by dontaing items for the big day. To donate please select from items on the Amazon Wish List (these items will be delivered directly to the school) or contact Nichole Ake or Andrea Simon at 12thliaison@debakeypto.org

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2023!

UPDATED: Summer 2025 Travel Opportunity

Interest Meeting: Thu, MAY 04, 20236:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Register to Learn More
Spring Orchestra Performance - April 27

All are welcome to attend!

Click to Donate to the Reception

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.

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
REMINDER: Course Selection Now Open!

REMINDER: 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
HISD Code of Conduct Survey

This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the Code of Student Conduct. Your information will be used to improve districtwide services and comply with state mandates.

Please complete this 3-5 minute survey, available here in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and here in Arabic. All responses will remain confidential.

The survey will close on April 26, 2023.

Apply for the National Recognition Programs!


The College Board National Recognition Programs award your hard work! Sophomores and juniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher, received qualifying scores on eligible administrations of the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, or AP® Exams, and identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area or small town may be eligible for one or more of these programs: 

  • African American Recognition Program
  • Hispanic Recognition Program
  • Indigenous Recognition Program
  • Rural and Small Town Recognition Program

Application Timeline:

Early Spring 

Application opens! BigFuture invites eligible students to apply for recognition. If you don’t receive an invite but believe you’re eligible, you can nominate yourself. Visit bigfuture.org/NRP to apply.

June 12

Deadline for all students to apply. This deadline will not be extended.

Early Fall 

If you receive recognition after applying, you’ll receive an email with instructions to access your official certificate of recognition. Counselors receive an email with a list of their school’s awardees.

Summer Internship Opportunities

The Pangea Network is looking for dedicated and passionate interns for its annual Young Women’s Leadership Challenge (YWLC) program. Our internship is open to college students, as well as high schoolers who are alumni of our program.

Internship dates:

  • Conference internship Mid-May - June 30th

  • Summer internship Mid-May - July 30th

Learn More
Free Webinars

Revolution Prep is offering a series of free webinars on topics such as AP exams, parent guides to college success, understanding the SAT/PSAT and more. 

Learn more at https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/

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