Originally delivered on 4/30/2023 10:59 pm

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - April 30, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

April 30, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Meeting - May 09
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May Fundraising - BB's Tex-Orleans
  • Class of 2027 Resources
  • Boys Volleyball Championship
  • Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24
  • Travel
    • Paris & Chateaux - Spring 2024, Alps & Mediterranean Europe - Summer 2024
    • Summer 2025 - Japan
  • Senior Signing Day - May 25
  • Reminder: Course Selection Closes May 08
  • Student Spotlight
    • Spring Orchestra Concert
    • Quiz Bowl
  • Odds and Ends
    • COVID-19 Testing on Campus
    • InGenius Prep: Free Webinar Series for Seniors
    • Free Online Practice Exams

  • 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 27 - Incoming Freshman - Online Enrollment Registration DUE
  • May 29 - Memorial Holiday
  • May 31 - Last day of school for students
  • May 31 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form closes
  • Jun 10 - Enrollment Event (Class of 2027)
  • Jun 22 - Incoming Freshman - Last day to submit all required school documents
May 9 PTO Meeting - In Person!

DeBakey HSHP Parents,

May 8 - May 12, 2023, is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

In honor of this week, the DeBakey PTO will be providing coffee and donuts to the staff on Monday, a small gift on Wednesday, and lunch on Friday. We would appreciate your help to make this week a success. We are asking for volunteers to help with the event as well as provide dessert, flower or even monetary donations to help pay for the event.

If you can provide flowers or money, please email fundraising@debakeypto.org and we will be in contact with you. We have created a SignUp Genius form to volunteer and sign up to bring desserts. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up: 

Sign Up to Donate and/or Volunteer

We are also asking parents to send kind notes to the teachers and staff of DeBakey HSHP. A google form has been created to receive the kind notes. The notes you send will be presented on the monitors throughout the school all week. Please click on the link to send a note, you may send more than one:

Share a Kind Note
May Fundraising - BB's Tex-Orleans

Make Plans to Be There!

Class of 2027 Orientation

We hope our new Viper families had an informative and welcoming session yesterday as they heard from teachers, students and the PTO about what to expect as their students navigate DeBakey starting in the Fall.

A huge thank you to teachers, administration, students and PTO volunteers who made the event a success! A special thank you to all the Uniforms team volunteers who worked tirelessly before and after the event to ensure our new families were able to assess their options for uniforms. 

For those who were unable to attend yesterday's sessions to purchase uniforms, you will have another opportunity to purchase them ahead of Viper Camp in August. More details to come.

Class of 2027 Resources
Download the C/O 2027 Info Flyer [PDF]
View More Class of 2027 Resources
Interested in Participating in School Sports?
Fill Out the Athletics Interest Form
Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24
Don't Forget!

The Class of 2024 Student Council representatives need all of the current junior class to help pay their Senior dues on SchoolPay. The $250 (which can be paid in installments) help fund all the activities and events for next year such as Prom, class events and trips and more.

The homeroom class with the most money paid toward their senior dues by May 17th will get a PIZZA PARTY on May 19th! Encourage your friends and show your senior spirit by paying on SchoolPay now and INVESTING in YOUR SENIOR YEAR!

Register today!
Summer 2025 - Japan

Interest Meeting: Thu, MAY 04, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Those who register for and attend the meeting will be eligible for a $200 tour scholarship if they enroll on our tour!

Register to Learn More
Senior Signing Day - May 25

Senior Signing day is a celebration for the Senior students share where they have selected to go 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 donating 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!

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
Spring Orchestra Concert

It was a night of beautiful music played throughout the halls of the school! Many thank you's to Mr. Stewart for all his hard work preparing the students for their wonderful concert held on April 27th along with Principal Herrera and the rest of the administration for their support of this program!

Lastly, we need to thank the parents, family, and friends who attended the concert and the amazing volunteers who gave their time and donations to ensure the event was a success! 

Those who would like to donate to the program can Zelle funds to president@debakeypto.org - Memo: Orchestra

Quiz Bowl

Thank you to Mr. Stigant for his time and dedication to sponsoring the DeBakey Quiz Bowl team and to Principal Herrera for his continued support of the team and their activities!

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

May 9 and 23 from 9:00 am - 9:45 am

If you would like to be tested, please click the link below to fill out the consent form before May 5, 2023. We would like to encourage staff and student’s parents to consent for their child for Covid -19 testing.

To schedule and and also complete the consent form, visit


Please email, Ms. Whiting, an email to confirm that you’re schedule to test for Covid – 19 testing by May 5, 2023.

Upcoming FREE Webinar Series for Seniors
Free Online Practice Exams

Revolution Prep is offering our students the opportunity to take a free online ACT Practice exam or the new Digital PSAT online, see below to register:


ACT Practice exam

Saturday June 3, 2023

11:00 am to 3:00pm

Live Online


Digital PSAT Practice exam

Saturday June 3, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00pm

Live Online


Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/7616/

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