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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - February 25, 2024

DeBakey PTO

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DeBakey PTO Newsletter

February 25, 2024

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • School News
    • Scientific Symposium
    • Mar 08 - Field Day - Donations and Volunteers Needed
    • Goudeau and Maharaj Recognized at SEFH
    • Class of 2024 Dues - 81% Paid
  • HISD News
    • HISD Efficiency Report
    • College Readiness Upcoming Scholarships **UPDATED**
  • Odds and Ends
    • David Malcolm Scholarship
    • Horatio Alger Scholarships

  • Feb 29 - Cycle 5 begins
  • Mar 05 - School Day SAT
  • Mar 07, lunch - Uniform Pick Up - Field Day
  • Mar 08 - Field Day
  • Mar 08 - Report Card Day
  • Mar 11-15 - Spring Break
  • Mar 19, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, virtual
  • Mar 29 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 04, lunch - Uniform Pick Up
  • Apr 09, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, virtual
  • Apr 10 - Spring Holiday
  • Apr 22 - Cycle 6 Begins
  • May 02, lunch - Uniform Pick Up
  • May 14, 6:30-8 pm - PTO meeting, in person - vote on NEW PTO board 
  • May 17 - Senior Lock-in
  • May 22 - Athletic Banquet
  • Jun 5 - Last day of School for students
  • Jun 7, 7 pm - Class of 2024 Graduation - Delmar Stadium

Scientific Symposium

Dear DeBakey Families,

Thank you very much for your generous contributions and volunteering for this amazing scientific symposium event. It was successful because of your support. The speakers praised the students' brightness, intelligence, and politeness, noting their pertinent and incisive questions and engaging presence throughout the sessions. We are very proud of DHSHP students!

Special thanks to Dean Shargey, Principal Herrera, Ms. Whiting, teachers, NHS volunteers, office and custodial staff.

Thank you parents:

  • Shanthi Panicker
  • Lucy Palma
  • Sandra Everington
  • Martin Everington
  • Katarina Jonke
  • Anne Marie Nguyen
  • Sathya Pitchaiyan
  • Anjali Mahajan
  • Priya Subramanian
  • Roxanne Lujambio
  • Mamta Kaira
  • Emmy Disakul Swim
  • Stephanie Swain
  • Florencia Foster
  • Nichole Ake
  • Mark Roxanes
  • Marie Anstead
  • Michael De La Cerda
  • Lia Bain

Thank you,

Ivy Luong 

DeBakey PTO

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
Parent Volunteers Needed
Goudeau and Maharaj Recognized at SEFH

Congratulations to Ms. Goudeau and Ms. Maharaj for being recognized at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH)!

Ms. Goudeau received the "University of Houston 2024 Principal of the Year" award while Ms. Maharaj received the "University of Houston 2024 Science Division Terri  Berry Teacher of the Year" award.

Photo Credit: Sathya Pitchaiyan, Facebook

HISD Efficiency Report

HISD released a report outlining plans to address long-standing operational problems and inefficiencies. The report details eight key problems, explains why they matter, and describes the steps HISD is taking to resolve each issue.

View the Report
College Readiness Upcoming Scholarships


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.

Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union Scholarship

The Dream. Us - The National Scholarship

Mexican American School Board Association Scholarship

ACS Scholarship Program

Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

Texas Elks Scholarship

Connex Foundation Scholarship

Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program (Juniors Only)*

BAM Scholarship

Delta Sigma Theta HMAC Scholarships

Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship

Shell Oil Technical Scholarship

Dana Michelle Pettaway Servant’s Heart Scholarship

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Exotic Pop – District Scholarship

Waldman Legal – District Scholarship

Houston Hispanic Architects & Engineers Scholarship

Susan Howard Community Service Award

Walgreens Expression Challenge*

  • Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Amount: $2,000

Pi-Squared Scholarship

LULAC National Scholarship

Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship

PSRW Essay Contest

Marvy Finger Scholarship

The EnCap Flatrock Excellence in STEM

alliantgroup STEaM Scholarship

The David Malcolm Scholarship will start accepting applications for Spring 2024 starting on February 1, 2024.

The David Malcolm Scholarship is for students who have overcome obstacles to educational achievement – personal, family, demographic, or situational – and require help to continue on the path to success. Eligible applicants are high school seniors or college students who have already shown perseverance in pursuing a college degree. They will clearly show how this scholarship will make a difference in realizing success.

To apply for this $2,500 award, eligible students must submit a 1000-word essay and meet the eligibility requirements detailed below.



To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors already accepted into an accredited college or university or current students enrolled at an accredited college or university full-time. 
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.


In the form below, please submit an essay highlighting a current obstacle, explaining how the scholarship award will help overcome it, and how higher education will help you become an inspirational success story.

This essay should be at most 1,000 words and must be submitted before the application deadline.

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