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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - May 21, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

May 21, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • HISD News
    • Title I, Part A Survey
    • ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Application
    • Mental Health Resources
  • Reminder: Senior Signing Day - May 25
  • Class of 2024 Events
    • Class of 2024 Fundraiser - MOD Pizza - May 24
  • Uniform Donations
  • 2023 Athletics Banquet
  • Odds and Ends
    • Notre Dame, WashU, Johns Hopkins, Emory Info Session - May 22
    • InGenius Prep Free Webinar: Use Entrepreneurship & Innovation to Gain Admission to Innovative Schools
    • Reminder: Volunteer Requirements
    • Sunscreen Drive

  • May 24 - Class of 2024 Fundraiser - MOD Pizza
  • 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
Title I, Part A Survey

The purpose of Title I, Part A is to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards, regardless of economic status.  Title I is the government's attempt to provide all children with the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education, and to close the achievement gap.

ESSA divides Title I into five parts:

  • Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
  • State Assessment Grants
  • Education of Migrant Children
  • Prevention & Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
  • Flexibility for Equitable Per-Pupil Funding

Please take a moment to fill out the survey to ensure DeBakey HSHP is funded adequately:

ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Application

Houston Independent School District is preparing to submit the 2023-2024 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Application—the nation’s education law and commitment to equal opportunity for all students—on June 23, 2023.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Section 8306(a)(7) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Program-Specific Provisions and Assurances require HISD to receive public comment before the application is submitted to the Texas Education Agency.

The public comment period is from May 16, 2023, to June 7, 2023.

See the grants listed and make public comments through the links below:

  • Public Comments on the ESSA Application - English
  • Comentario público sobre la Solicitud de ESSA - Spanish
  • Nhận Xét Công Chúng về Đơn Xin ESSA - Vietnamese
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.

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!
Class of 2024 Fundraiser - May 24
2023 Athletics Banquet

A huge thank you to all the coaches, parents, teachers and administration who helped play a part in the success of our students who play sports for DeBakey and for their zoned schools. The students were celebrated on Wednesday night with banquet recognizing their accomplishments over the year. An additional special thank you to our team of PTO volunteers who helped coordinate the event!

Notre Dame, WashU, Johns Hopkins, and Emory - Info Session

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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