Originally delivered on 5/14/2023 3:43 pm

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - May 14, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

May 14, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Reminder: Senior Signing Day - May 25
  • Class of 2024 Events
    • Hunger Games - May 19
    • Class of 2024 Dues
    • Class of 2024 Fundraiser - MOD Pizza
  • Uniform Donations
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Class of 2027 Resources
    • Summer Biology Tutorials
    • Info Flyer
    • Class of 2027 Web Site
  • HISD News
    • Mental Health Resources
    • HISD Title I Parent and Family Engagement Survey
  • WhatsApp Parent Groups - Class of 2026 and 2027
  • Odds and Ends
    • Notre Dame, WashU, Johns Hopkins, Emory Info Session
    • InGenius Prep Free Webinar: Use Entrepreneurship & Innovation to Gain Admission to Innovative Schools
    • Reminder: Volunteer Requirements
    • Sunscreen Drive

  • May 15 - Incoming Freshman - Course Selection Google Form opens
  • May 16 - 9th Grade Awards
  • May 17 - 10th Grade Awards
  • May 18 - 11th Grade Awards
  • May 19 - Class of 2024 Hunger Games
  • 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 - Incoming Freshman - Enrollment Event
  • Jun 22 - Incoming Freshman - Last day to submit all required school documents
REMINDER: 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!

Donate today!
Parent Volunteers and Donations Needed

To make this May 19 event a success, we need 2-3 parent volunteers along with snack and drink donations. If you are able, please considering donating via the SignUp Genius form below by May 17!

Donate Today

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!

Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24

The Fundraising and Teacher Appreciation Committee would like to thank the parents and students who volunteered and/or donated desserts for Teacher Appreciation Week. The teachers were so extremely grateful for the food and gifts that were provided throughout the week. We are so appreciative for the amazing work and guidance the teachers provide for our kiddos. 

Special Thanks to: Lisbeth Arias, Siva Chockallingan, Jasmine Galal, Depti Gupta, Amonee Haley, Anne Marie Nguyen, Shanthi Panicker, Shameena Rahaman, Armando Reynoso, Will Ryden, Sydney Simon. Symone Simon, Hedwig Skains, Cris Stennent, Sheena Varughese, Marisela Vasquez, KaiKai Wang, Tiesha Ward, and Mariana Zamora.


Michelle Pilkington & Andrea Simon

New: Summer Biology Tutorials
Sign Up to Learn More
Download the C/O 2027 Info Flyer [PDF]
View More Class of 2027 Resources
Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Houston Independent School District is joining organizations across the country in raising awareness about the importance of mental health by highlighting available resources and support for students and staff.

Throughout the month, HISD will be sharing various tips and resources focused on stress management, emotional resilience, and self-care practices. Additionally, HISD’s dedicated counseling services, mental health professionals, and community partnerships are available to support and guide students.

The best way to seek assistance for students is by contacting your campus counseling office or completing the Student Assistance Form (SAF).

Through a new partnership with Hazel Health, HISD students can also connect with licensed medical providers via telehealth to receive mental and physical health services.

HISD Employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to leverage available mental health resources.

HISD Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Survey

You are invited to complete the 2022-2023 HISD Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Survey.

The purpose of this annual survey is to see how well your child’s school partners with you and encourages your family’s engagement in your child’s education.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and all feedback is anonymous. If you have multiple children in HISD, you are asked to fill out a survey for each school your children currently attend.

The deadline to complete the survey is May 19, 2023.

REMINDER: WhatsApp Parent Groups

Attention: Class of 2026 and 2027 parents!

Have you already joined the WhatsApp Groups for 2026 and/or 2027? We have 2 active communities of parents sharing news, resources and support, all within WhatsApp!

Class of 2026
Class of 2027
Notre Dame, WashU, Johns Hopkins, and Emory - Info Session

General Student Information Session: Houston, TX (West)
Sun., May 21 | 1:00 pm CT
Kinkaid School
201 Kinkaid School Dr
Houston, TX 77024

General Student Information Session: Houston, TX (Southeast)
Mon., May 22 | 7:00 pm CT
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Fwy
Houston, TX 77017

Each admission officer will share about their institution for a few minutes before responding to live and pre-submitted questions.

FREE Webinar - Ingenius Prep

How to Use Entrepreneurship & Innovation to Gain Admission to Competitive Schools

Saturday, May 27 - 12PM CST

Leadership is one of those elusive qualities that are evaluated by Admissions Officers in top colleges. It's key to have tangible examples of leadership in your applications, but this can be confusing to a lot of students. To help students better understand what leadership means and how it's evaluated in the context of college admissions, we're hosting a free webinar to cover:

  • How Leadership Is Evaluated in College Admissions
  • Demonstrated Ability: Real Student Projects
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Real Applications
  • How to Pursue Your Own Leadership Opportunities

Register >>

Reminder: Volunteer Requirements

REMINDER:  Every DeBakey student must have at least 100 community service to graduate with a DeBakey diploma.

Remember, colleges look at the community service and how you give back to your community when choosing a candidate to accept into their school. The summer time is a great chance to get caught up and to give back to the community.

Guidelines for Community Service Hours >>

Volunteer Opportunities in Houston >>

Sunscreen Drive

Sunscreen drive to help the homeless combat skin disease

What: Any new/unused sunscreen (any brand)

Where: Mrs. McBride's room (423)

Deadline: May 26

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