Originally delivered on 8/1/2022 6:00 am

SUBJECT: DeBakey PTO Newsletter - August 01, 2022

DeBakey PTO

DeBakey PTO Newsletter

August 01, 2022

In This Issue
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration - Ticket Sales Now Open!
  • PTO Board Openings
  • Uniform & Spirit Wear Sale Volunteers Requested
  • Volleyball Social and Rice/UT Exhibition Game
  • Common App: How to Strategize - Free Webinar
  • VIPS Reminder
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 15-20 - Student Laptop Checkout and In-Person Uniform Sales
  • Aug 22 - First Day of 2022-2023 School Year
50th Anniversary Celebration - Ticket Sales Now Open

Events and Tickets

Tickets are available now! Visit the 50th Anniversary webpage and store! Be sure to also RSVP if you plan to attend any of the events during this special weekend.

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.

PTO Board Openings

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 >>

PTO Uniform & Spirit Wear Sales


We need student and adult volunteers for our upcoming DeBakey Uniform and Spirit Wear Sales which are August 15 - 20th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year for the PTO. Please donate your time to help the school fulfill the requests and needs of our school. Sign up is below. Thank you, in advance, for your support! Go DeBakey Vipers!

- Marie and Sureka

Student Dress Code

A copy of the 2022-2023 student dress code was recently shared with parents. Please be sure to view the [pdf] prior to the start of the new school year.

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

Common App: How to Strategize - Free Webinar

The Common App opens on August 1st, marking the official start of the admissions season. From the activities list to the additional information section, each of the Common App's sections offers students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their classmates.

To help students strategically complete their Common App, Nick Strohl, the former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale, is hosting a free webinar—"The Expert Guide to the Common App: How to Strategize."

Join them Wednesday, August 3rd at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT. Attend live to take advantage of a Q&A with Nick!

Register here >>

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 >>

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