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SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - July 24, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

July 24, 2022

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • PTO Board Openings
  • Volleyball Social and Rice/UT Exhibition Game
  • REMINDER: Class of 2023 Senior Pictures
  • DeBakey HSHP 50th Anniversary Celebration - Latest Updates
  • Summer Assignments Reminder
  • VIPS Reminder
  • Fundraising Reminders
Important Upcoming Dates


  • Aug 3, 4 - Class of 2026 Viper Camp
  • Aug 5-7 - Texas Sales Tax Holiday
  • Aug 11, 12 - Senior Photos
  • Aug 8-10 - Volleyball Clinic (girls full, boys still open)
  • Aug 15-17 - Varsity Volleyball Tryouts
  • Aug 22 - First Day of 2022-2023 School Year
PTO Board Openings

Thank you to our new board members who have volunteered to fill our Dance Chair and 10th Grade Liaison roles The PTO still has several important positions open for our executive board for the coming school year. To better serve the school, teachers and students, we need your help to fill these important roles!

If you are interested in helping, please contact president@debakeypto.org.

Open positions:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Parliamentarian
  • Basketball liaison
  • Dads of DeBakey
  • Fall Festival - Haunted House

Learn more these PTO board member positions >>

Uniform Sales

We have several parents interested in learning more about upcoming uniform sales. We will have more information soon as we finalize details about sales as well as opportunities to help volunteer during in-person sales days (Aug 15-20). This will also include opportunities for your students to gain some extra volunteer hours.

Keep your eyes on our newsletter for more details.

Volleyball Social and Rice/UT Exhibition Game - 08.20.2022

We will be hosting a volleyball social at the Rice/UT Exhibition game at 1PM on 08.20.2022. Tickets to the game are just $5. Learn more at riceowls.com/debakey.. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For questions, contact volleyball@debakeypto.org.. Also, keep up with our volleyball news - Join REMIND --> @debakeyv

Class of 2023
REMINDER: Class of 2023 Senior Photos

To appear in the 2023 senior section, you must be photographed with Prestige Portraits. They will be on campus on Aug.11 & Aug.12.

If you are unable to make the campus dates, please call 1-877-244-9873 to schedule at our Sugarland studio.

  • Yearbook Pose: Tux or Drape
  • School dress codes will apply to yearbook pose
  • Yearbook pose provided at no charge or choose from the optional sessions below

We offer so much more than just the yearbook pose . . . celebrate your achievements! Doing outfits? Bring your favorite props; sports or music equipment,

pets, etc.




8-12 proofs

Tuxedo or Drape

plus Cap &

Gown approx.30




12-16 proofs

Tuxedo or Drape

plus Cap &

Gown approx.






16-20 proofs

Tuxedo or Drape

plus Cap & Gown

plus 1 personal


approx. 1 hour




20-24 poses

Tuxedo or Drape

plus Cap &

Gown plus 2

personal outfits

approx. 1.5 hour

Tux/Drape and Cap & Gown are provided. Bring a tank top for drape or a clean white t-shirt for the tux picture. Limit of 1 guest allowed per senior due to limited space.

  • NHS Collar available with proof of membership. Session fee is due at the camera, change
  • not available – please have correct amount. Cash, check (made payable to Prestige), and all
  • major credit/debit cards accepted.
  • Session Fee does not apply to order and is non-refundable. Proofs and order information available in approximately 2-3 business weeks. Portraits are in addition to session fee and range from $49.00 - $529.00
50th Anniversary Celebration - Latest Updates

As you may know, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions will turn 50-years old this year.  Since its inception in 1972, DeBakey HSHP has maintained its mission and core values and continues to be an institution that produces high performing, college-ready students.  We will celebrate this momentous occasion in October 2022 at the Health Museum of Houston.  A silent auction will be held that evening, and we are asking our community for donations.

If you have access to a good or service that you would like to donate towards the silent auction in October, please click on the link below and complete the Google form. We are also accepting monetary donations via the form as well.

Donate Today!

Events and Tickets

Tickets will be on sale starting AUGUST 1. We'll share a link once all the details are finalized.

The 50th Anniversary planning committee is currently finalizing the list of events for the last weekend of October. Here are our plans for October 28 and 29:

DateTimeEvent DescriptionLocation

Oct 28

8AM - 11:30AMAlumni Symposium
(Alumni will talk to students about careers)
DeBakey HSHP
10AMHISD/Baylor PresentationDeBakey HSHP

Oct 29

7AM - 8AMFun Run/WalkDeBakey HSHP
8AM - 9AMOpen House/ School TourDeBakey HSHP
9AMMini ReunionsDeBakey HSHP in various classrooms
10AM - 11AMAlumni Basketball GamesDeBakey HSHP Gym
11AM - 12PMAlumni Volleyball GamesDeBakey HSHP Gym
11:30AM - 2PMLunch (must be purchased)
Food Trucks may be available
DeBakey HSHP
6PM - 10PMEvening Social with Food and DancingJohn P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science

If you would like to help with the celebration planning or support the event with your time or with a monetary donation, please contact debakeyhshp50th@debakeypto.org for more information.

Class of 2026 Viper Camp - Donations Needed!

On August 3rd and 4th, the school will be hosting our Class of 2026 students for Viper Camp 2022. This event gives incoming students a chance to learn more about the school, get to know other students and get a preview of extracurricular activities held at DeBakey.

If you would like to donate snacks and/or bottled water for the students, items can be dropped off at the front office, Mon-Thurs from 8AM-4PM. Please let the front office know the donations are for Viper Camp.

Summer Assignments Reminder

Please remind your students to check the Summer Assignments 2022 Webpage to ensure they have their work completed before the start of the school year.

VIPS - Volunteers in Public Schools

Don't forget to renew your VIPS registration for the upcoming school year. VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) should be renewed each year.

By serving as a mentor, tutor, chaperone, and role model you are supporting HISD students, parents, and the future generations of the Houston community. Your work has special significance for our school communities and can be life-changing for our students.

Learn more >>

Fundraising Reminders

Donations are always accepted! All donations go directly to support the programs and events our organization offers. No amount is too small - please consider making a donation today!

You shop. Amazon gives.

Do you shop on Amazon?  You can help DeBakey PTO raise funds while shopping!  Click on the link below or go to smile.amazon.com (if you don't use the link provided, you will need to designate DeBakey PTO as your charitable organization).   For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.


Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Debakey High School Parent Teacher Organization as your preferred charity at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-2187972Remember to shop for deals at smile.amazon.com, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon app, and AmazonSmile will donate to us at no cost to you.

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