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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - September 10, 2023

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

September 10, 2023

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Sign up to continue to receive newsletter
  • School News
    • Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
    • PE Uniform Do's
    • Principal Herrera Announcements
    • Coffee with the Principal
    • First Pep Rally
    • Soccer Practice
    • US News & World Report Rankings
    • Spirit Night
    • Back to School Dance, Help Needed
    • Athletic Interest Form
    • College Night, Help Needed
    • Senior Class Photos (Class of 2024)
    • Class of 2024, Dues Reminder
    • Senior Signing Day Wish List
    • PTO Uniform Store Updates & Help Needed
    • Fall Festival Wish List
    • DeBakey Digest - Viper Camp edition - freshmen survival guide
    • Interact Club Committee Info
    • PTO meeting calendar
    • First PTO meeting information
    • Birthday & Celebratory Greetings - Fundraising
    • New HISD 2023-2024 Calendar
  • Odds and Ends
    • VIPS application
    • Class of 2024 Checklist for College Admissions Process
    • Reminder: Student Volunteer Requirements
    • Bayou City Art Festival Volunteer Opportunity
    • Fall AI program

  • Sept 12 - first (virtual) PTO meeting of year
  • Sept 13, 5:30 pm Class of 2025 virtual forum*
  • Sept 14, 5:30 pm Class of 2026 virtual forum*
  • Sept 19, 6 pm - Parent Coffee with the Principal
  • Sept 21, 4 - 9 pm Spirit Night @ Dish Society
  • Sept 25 - No School - Fall Holiday
  • Sept 29 - First Pep Rally
  • Sept 29, 7-11 pm - Back to School Dance
  • Oct 5, 5:30-7 pm  - College Night
  • Oct 13 - No School for Students; Professional Development Day for Staff

*Virtual Forum is for parents & students (mostly for parents) to learn what to expect for the school year and how to support your student

Sign up for this Newsletter (again!)

This newsletter is distributed through "Membership Toolkit" which requires all members to update their information each summer. 

Please take 2 minutes to update your information so you will continue to receive this newsletter throughout the school year. 

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Brush up on Drop Off-Pick Up Procedures

If you are new to DeBakey - and even if you are returning - please watch this video to reacquaint yourself with our DeBakey carpool procedures to keep everything running smoothly this school year.

*No parking on Pressler!

*Enter on Pressler (heading southbound); you may not approach northbound and take a left into the school parking lot

*Follow traffic pattern once in the DeBakey parking lot

*Pull into a drop off/pick up spot to let your student exit the vehicle and allow traffic to continue 

*Exit on Montclair side

*Please watch for pedestrians!

DeBakey Drop Off & Pick Up Procedure Video Link

Acceptable PE Attire - black leggings with DeBakey PE Shirt
PE Do's

Proper PE attire includes black leggings with a DeBakey PE shirt.

*Please note this is a DeBakey PE shirt, NOT just a grey t-shirt.

Proper PE attire
PE Do's

Proper PE Attire also includes black or navy athletic shorts with a DeBakey PE shirt. 

PE shirts can be purchased online through the PTO uniform store and picked up the first 3 Thursdays of the school year. 

Announcements from Principal Herrera

Socioeconomic Forms - Parents, we need your help. Please complete the socioeconomic form and turn it in. It is important that all families, regardless of economic status, submit the form.

The form determines our Title 1 status. We want to continue to be considered a Title 1 school because the designation provides federal dollars that help us pay for tutorials, cover the cost of college applications for eligible students, and much more. So far, only 40 forms have been returned.

A copy of the form has been sent to your email. Please fill it out today and ask your child to drop it in the main office tomorrow as they enter the building. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Attendance – The state of Texas Compulsory Attendance rules state students who are at least six years of age, or who have been previously enrolled in first grade, and who have not yet reached their 19th birthday shall attend school for the entire period the program is offered, unless exempted.

If the student is absent ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, the student’s parent is subject to prosecution under Education Code 25.093, and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court for truant conduct under Family Code 65.003(a).

At DeBakey HSHP, our goal is to make sure our students attend school on-time every day. We are preparing them to pursue college degrees that lead to careers in Health Science. When students are absent, the workload is compounded, causing stress and anxiety.

Students should be seated in their classrooms by 7:55 am daily. Please make sure students attend school each day.

If an absence due to illness is unavoidable, please email Mrs. Perez, pperez6@houstonisd.org so that she can accurately track your child’s attendance.

HISD Connect Access Code - The students received a parent letter that included the parent’s access code and password to set up an HISD Connect account. Your HISD Account will allow you to follow your child’s progress throughout the school year. Please ask your child for the form and sign up for your account today.

Coffee with the Principal September 19th

Parents and Guardians, come enjoy coffee and conversation with our awesome Principal, Mr. Herrera on Tuesday, September 19th, 6 pm.

First Pep Rally - September 29th!

Find your class spirit! Students are encouraged to wear their class color! Beads, leis, etc in your class colors are awesome for the pep rally to get in the spirit! 

The below is not a "wish list" per se but for inspiration so parents can help their students with some spirit wear ahead of the big day.

inspiration for pep rally gear

Soccer Practice will begin mid-September

Stay tuned for details!

DeBakey ranks again in US News & World Report Best High Schools 2023-2024!
Back to School Dance - Help Needed!

DeBakey Family,

School is now in session and It's time for the Back to School Dance!!

This years theme is: HOLLYWOOD!

The dance will be held on Friday, Sept 29th from 7pm-11pm in the DeBakey Cafeteria.

Parents are needed to prep for the dance, set up decor and clean up for this dance event. We also need snack donations.

Please label all donated snack items "dance donation" and drop them off in the school office By Fri, Sep 29th.

Please use the Sign Up Genius link below to review the available slots below and sign up. 

Thank you, in advance, for your time and donation!

DeBakey PTO and Dance Committee

Sign Up Genius to Volunteer Time or Snacks

Interested in Athletics?

Sign up using the below link to indicate interest in one of the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Running Club
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Athletic Interest Form here!

Save the Date for College Night!

All grades are invited to DeBakey's annual College Night, October 5th 5:30-7 pm. More information will be shared soon.

Volunteers Needed for College Night -

We will need student and parent volunteers for College Night - if you are interested, please email collegenight@debakeypto.org

Senior Photos (Class of 2024)

Prestige Portraits will be the sole photographer for senior pictures for our next yearbook. Prestige was on the DeBakey HSHP campus on August 11 and 14.

If you were not able to attend either of those days, you may schedule at the Prestige Portrait office in Sugar Land. A flyer with details is listed below. When you schedule at the Prestige studio, you will have a wider selection of backdrops and poses.

The yearbook photo deadline is October 14th.

<< View their flyer for more information >>

Senior Signing Day Wish List

Please use this Amazon wish list to support our Senior Signing Day!

Amazon wish list linked here

Uniform Store updates
Click here to visit the PTO Uniform Store!
Help Needed - PTO Uniform Store

The PTO Uniform store needs adult helpers to work in the Uniform Store for 2 hour shifts as follows:

  • September 7 - 6 volunteers
  • September 14 - 2 volunteers
  • First Thursday of each month - 2 volunteers

Please consider giving your time to help run our Uniform Store - link to sign up is below.

*Don't forget you must be VIPS approved to volunteer inside the school. VIPS link is further down in this newsletter.

Uniform Store Volunteer Sign Up Here

Support the DeBakey Fall Festival

It might be 100+ degrees out, but we are ready for our FALL Festival and Haunted House!

Please support the DeBakey Fall Festival by purchasing from the below wish list ~ the list includes candy and prizes for our students, along with art supplies for pumpkin painting activities. Any and all support is welcome.

Fall Festival Amazon Wish List

DeBakey Digest - Special Viper Camp Edition! Use QR code below to access 10 page freshmen survival guide!
QR Code to link to 10 page DeBakey Digest - Viper Camp Edition
Interact Club Committee Info Below!

Encourage your students to get involved with one of these committees!

PTO MEETINGS 2023-2024

Join us to learn more about what the PTO is doing to help our school and get involved! All meetings will be 6:30 pm - 8 pm.

  • Sept 12 virtual
  • Oct 10 virtual
  • Nov 14 in person
  • Dec 12 virtual, Home for the Holidays edition
  • Jan 9 virtual
  • Feb 13 in person
  • March 19 virtual
  • April 9 virtual
  • May 14 in person, vote on new PTO board

More information will be shared as we get closer to each date.

First PTO Meeting of the School Year -September 12th, 6:30 - 8 pm

We look forward to seeing you virtually - join us to find out more about what's going on at DeBakey this year! You'll hear from PTO President Nichole Ake and our Principal, Mr. Herrera.

Join on your computer or mobile app
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Meeting ID: 279 709 542 892
Passcode: UCFpFA
Welcome - DeBakey PTO

  • State of the School – J Herrera
  • Title 1 Update - Dean Shargey
  • PTO Business
  • Special Guest
birthday message on screen
Purchase Birthday & Celebratory Greetings to Support our School

Parents, the DeBakey PTO is offering Birthday & Celebratory Greetings.   These are messages that will be displayed on the monitors around the school. You can send your child a birthday message or tell your child congratulations for a major accomplishment.  The Birthday & Celebratory Greetings are only $20.

  • The messages are posted the week of the event only, they are sent in the Friday before the event date.
  • The messages MUST be received by the PTO two weeks prior to the event via the following link on the PTO website in the Fundraising section https://www.debakeypto.org/packet/38437847
  • You may select a background for the message on the google form.
  • Belated birthdays & ½ birthdays are acceptable.
  • All messages must meet the approval of the administration.
  • The message will be removed if the student asks the administration to remove the message.

Email fundraising@debakeypto.org with any questions.

New 2023-2024 HISD Calendar

Don't miss checking the new (as of last week) 2023-2024 HISD Academic Calendar - there are several changes to note which effect days the students have school/do not have school this year. Changes in summary:

  • Friday, October 13 is now a professional development day (no school for students)
  • The professional development day previously scheduled for Nov 7 is now rescheduled to Friday, November 10th.
  • HISD winter break will now start on Friday, December 22nd and end on Monday, January 8th rather than prior calendar which ended the break on Tuesday, January 9th.
  • We will have school on Tuesday, February 20th (previously this was a professional development day for teachers).

Calendar is linked below.

2023-2024 HISD Calendar

Click Here to view new 2023-2024 HISD calendar
Time to Renew Your VIPS application!

Parents and Guardians, it's that time of year! Even if you have been VIPS approved in the past, you must renew your application and be approved each year. You must be VIPS approved to volunteer in any capacity at any HISD school. Please apply now so you are ready when the volunteer opportunity arises!

Register for VIPS approval here!

Information below for our Class of 2024 seniors - timeline for navigating the college admissions process
Information for Seniors Class of 2024
Reminder: Student 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 >>

Volunteer at the Bayou City Art Festival, Oct 14-15
Fall Artificial Intelligence Enrichment Program led by Stanford and MIT Graduates

Inspirit AI is a 25-hour enrichment program that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts to build socially impactful projects such as fake news detection, pandemic spread prediction, art-generation, self-driving car simulation, and more! Developed and taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford, MIT, and other leading universities, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience in small-group classrooms. No programming experience is required, and advanced cohorts are available! Applications for fall courses are due September 15th. Please find the high school program application here and brochure here. Contact program director Jared (jared.greene@post.harvard.edu) with any questions!

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