Originally delivered on 2/18/2024 11:00 am

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - February 18, 2024

DeBakey PTO

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DeBakey PTO Newsletter

February 18, 2024

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • School News
    • Feb 19 - No Classes
    • LAST CHANCE: Class of 2027 T-Shirts
    • Feb 20 - Raising Cane's PTO Fundraiser Night
    • Feb 22 - Pre-UIL Orchestra Concert
    • Class of 2024 Dues - 81% Paid
    • Feb 23 - Science Symposium - Donations and Volunteers Needed
    • Mar 08 - Field Day - Donations and Volunteers Needed
    • Donations and Volunteers Needed: Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Final Exercise
  • Student Spotlight
  • HISD News
    • HISD: Money for Training and College
    • Approved Academic Calendar - 2024-2025
    • HISD EMERGE Program
  • Odds and Ends
    • Horatio Alger Scholarships
    • STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer HS Intern Program

  • Feb 19 - No Classes - Staff Professional Development Day
  • Feb 20 - PTO Fundraiser - Raising Canes
  • Feb 22 - Pre-UIL Orchestra Concert - 5:30PM
  • 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



Staff Professional Development Day

Classes resume FEB 20

LAST CHANCE: Class of 2027 T-Shirts

Class of 2027 Field Day (March 8) shirts are available on SchoolPay until midnight on 02.19.2024!

Buy a Shirt on SchoolPay
Feb 20 Fundraiser

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

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
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
Science Olympiad

APPLAUSE to DeBakey's Science Olympiad for dominating the regional competition at Rice U! Over 30 medals & 5th place finish for Team A out of 20 fierce competitors, our students rocked the science scene! Shoutout to Ms. Maharaj for her unwavering support & guidance! 

Source: Twitter - DeBakeyHSHP

HISD: Money for Training and College

Applications for numerous scholarships are due for February and March. These are available primarily for graduating seniors, but some are open for students in other grades to complete. See a list of highlighted opportunities below, or click here for the complete list. For more information about scholarships, financial aid, events, and links to academic resources like Khan Academy and UT OnRamps, go to houstonisd.org/ccmr or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @HISD2College.

Deadline: February 29, 2024

Deadline: March 3, 2024

Deadline: March 28, 2024

Deadline: March 31, 2024

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.



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.

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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