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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - February 11, 2024

DeBakey PTO

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DeBakey PTO Newsletter

February 11, 2024

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Meeting - Feb 12 @ 6:30PM
  • School News
    • Field Day - March 08 - Donations and Volunteers Needed
    • Feb 23 Science Symposium - Speakers, Volunteers and Donors needed
    • Donation Opportunity: YOYO Team
    • DeBakey Financial Road Show
    • Donations and Volunteers Needed: Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Final Exercise
    • Feb 20 - Raising Cane's PTO Fundraiser Night
    • Class of 2024 - Senior Signing Day Amazon Wish List
    • Class of 2024 - Ice Cream Party
  • HISD News
    • HISD EMERGE Program
    • Approved Academic Calendar - 2024-2025
  • Odds and Ends
    • STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer HS Intern Program
    • RevPrep - Roadmap to AP Exam Victory
    • Adolescent Communication of Emotions Study (BCM)
    • Rice Women in STEM Mentorship Program

  • Feb 12, 7-7pm - DeBakey Financial Roadshow
  • Feb 13, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, in person
  • Feb 16 - Class of 2024 Ice Cream Party
  • Feb 20 - PTO Fundraiser - Raising Canes
  • Feb 23 - Scientific Symposium
  • Feb 24 - Scholastic Chess Tournament
  • Mar 08 - Field Day
  • Mar 07, lunch - Uniform Pick Up
  • Mar 19, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, virtual
  • Apr 04, lunch - Uniform Pick Up
  • Apr 09, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, virtual
  • May 02, lunch - Uniform Pick Up
  • May 14, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, in person - vote on NEW PTO board 
  • June 7, 7 pm - Class of 2024 Graduation - Delmar Stadium

PTO Meeting - Feb 12 @ 6:30PM

Join us


6:30PM - 8PM

Room 148

Dear Debakey Parents,

March 08 Field Day is fast approaching! We request your assistance and generosity with the donations for the Field Day. Please leave them in the front office and label items as "Field Day". We would like to collect these items by the end of February.

To donate via Zelle, send funds to president@debakeypto.org and put 'Field Day' in the notes. To donate funds or items, click on the links below:

Monetary Donations - Choose 'Field Day'
Donate Items - SignUp Genius

DHSHP will host its annual Scientific Symposium on February 23, 2024.

February is also the American Heart Month. DeBakey is proud to support the Heart Healthy Scientific Symposium and welcome an estimated 50 dedicated speakers from various professional backgrounds to our school.

Speakers include:

Hospital CEO, cardiovascular surgeon, cancer researcher, orthotics & prosthetics, forensic science, scoliosis specialist, liver transplant surgeon, geologist, mechanical engineer, clinical trial and researcher, critical care nurse, chemical engineer, microbiologist, vascular surgeon, mental health specialist, clinical pharmacist, pharmacy director, pharmacy manager, nurse practitioner, periodontist, paramedic, informatics, pulmonologist, psychiatrist, radiologist, nephrologist, neonatologist, kinesiology, orthodontist, physician assistant, emergency room physician, dietician, biomedical engineering, dental, associate Dean of UT, acute care nurse, and many more to be confirmed!

Please show our appreciation for these guests by clicking the Signup Genius link below to donate and/or volunteer for the event.

Volunteer/Donate Here
Donation Opportunity: YOYO Team

Dr. Li is seeking yo-yo donations for the DeBakey YoYo team. The YoYo team was created to give students a chance to exercise more, learn to build teams, collaborate with others and release mental stress. In the past, the team had been invited to perform at MIMS, Carnegie HS, and even the Taiwanese YES Festival.

Learn More
Register Today!
Donations and Volunteers Needed: Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Final Exercise

Attention 11th grade parents! Donations and volunteers are needed to assist with the Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Final Exercise. For 11th graders in the Health Science Practicum class, students will go into the field to use the skills they've learned in class within a real/simulated environment. This includes team building activities.

Please drop off donations at the front office by February 19 with a note for Ms. Bauldry. The last rotation is scheduled to participate on March 22, 2024.

Sign Up Here
Senior Signing Day Wish List

Just a few more items away from finishing the Amazon wish list!

View the list


EMERGE empowers and prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to apply, attend, and graduate from top colleges and universities across the nation. These institutions offer substantial financial aid packages and boast highly supportive communities with graduation rates at or above 75%.

Who’s A Good Fit For EMERGE?
Competitive applicants are economically disadvantaged and generally identify as first generation college students (this means their parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university). They must have a strong academic profile that includes getting good grades in rigorous courses.

EMERGE is looking for students with Academic Vitality + Achievement, Perseverance, and Open Mindedness.

Approved Academic Calendar - 2024-2025

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Managers approved the 2024-2025 academic calendar. It provides more learning time than HISD students have had in the past – an increase from 172 instructional days to 180. Research indicates that students benefit from more time in school.

The first day of school for students will be August 12, 2024, and the last day of school for students will be June 4, 2025. The calendar also includes a week off at Thanksgiving, a two-week winter break, and week-long spring break. In addition, there are holidays and professional development days. Because of the earlier start date, HISD will provide students with more than a week of additional instruction before important spring assessments including STAAR, AP, and IB exams.


STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer HS Intern Program


ATTN: 10th and 11th Graders!

NASA and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work.

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Baylor College of Medicine Research Study for Teens

This Baylor College of Medicine research study uses advanced computer technology to examine language use and facial expressions in adolescents who are either anxious, depressed, autistic, or have no mental health concerns. This research will help us develop better diagnostic tools and learn more about how teens communicate socially and emotionally.

During a single in-person research visit, participants will complete a series of general psychological assessments and interact with research staff on various conversational and behavioral tasks. We are currently recruiting participants between the ages of 12-17 both with and without mental health diagnosis. This study is eligible for compensation and volunteer hours, and families will receive a detailed assessment summary report from a study clinician following their participation.

For questions, contact ACES-Study@bcm.edu.

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