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PTO News
Apr 18, 2022

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Apr 20-22 - HOSA State Competition - Galveston (snacks needed, learn more)
  • Apr 21 - Principal Selection Meetings - 8:45AM & 5:30PM (learn more)
  • Apr 21 - Smashburger Fundraiser (learn more)
  • Apr 21-22 - State Gymnastics meeting in Rockwell
  • Apr 22 - COVID-19 Testing at DeBakey HSHP
  • Apr 23 - Prom
  • Apr 26 - Class of 2023 College Prep Meeting
  • Apr 27 - Girls and Boys Volleyball Games Vs Carnegie Vanguard @ DeBakey
  • Apr 28 - Free Orchestra Concert @ 7PM (details forthcoming)
  • May 03 - Belize 2023 - Virtual Information Session (learn more)
  • May 05 - PTO Uniform Store @ DeBakey
  • May 05 - 07 - VEX Robotics World Championship (learn more)
  • Jun 07 - Last Day of School
  • Jun 11 - DeBakey Graduation, 4PM @ Barnett Stadium
  • Jun 15 - Report Cards

UPDATE - Principal Feedback Meetings - Apr 21

DeBakey is hosting (2) community meetings at the school in Room 138 on April 21. Meetings will be held at 8:45AM and 5:30PM.

This meeting is to hear your perspective on what hope the next principal should do and share any attributes and characteristics you would like the next principal to have.

DeBakey Fundraiser at Smashburger - Apr 21

DHSHP will receive 20% of all orders placed by supporters of DeBakey at the SMASHBURGER located 7811 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030 for all in person or phoned in orders from 3:30 to close. When ordering say you are with DeBakey.

Snack Donations Still Needed - HOSA and Robotics

If you are able, please consider donating snacks for our participating students competing at next week's HOSA State competition in Galveston and the Robotics World Championship in Dallas on May 5-7.
  • If you would like to donate snacks for the competitors (boxes of chips, fruit, granola, crackers, etc...), drop off any donations to the front office and mark them for 'HOSA Competition' or 'Robotics Competition'.
  • If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support the robotics competitors, visit our general donation form and enter 'Robotics Competition' in the notes.

Public School Volunteer Week

Please join me this Public School Volunteer Week in thanking all of the dedicated volunteers who selflessly work to support our district. This week provides HISD students and staff an opportunity to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents, caregivers, and community volunteers make to support student success.

This school year, we were able to welcome more than 20,935 HISD VIPS volunteers back to our campuses. They have contributed more than 50,000 volunteer hours—a value of more than $1.4 million to our campuses and in our school communities.

59 of our VIPS volunteers have donated more than 100 hours of their time to HISD, making them eligible to win the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

While the numbers are impressive, the contributions are immeasurable. Volunteers, thank you for your very important impacts on our students, their families, our campuses, and our educators.

We could not succeed without you.

This week, HISD campuses will celebrate their volunteers by posting appreciation messages on school marquees, in newsletters, and through social media. The virtual VIPS Celebration will take place Friday, April 22, at 9 a.m. To attend, please RSVP.

HISD Wraparound Services Survey

HISD’s Wraparound Services Department will be conducting a Parent and Staff Needs Survey Assessment. The purpose of this survey is to identify the most pressing, non-academic challenges facing students and families within the district.

Wraparound Services supports are offered at every HISD campus, and the primary function is to connect students and their families with community resources that facilitate students’ ability to learn in school. Wraparound Services can assist with access to a variety of non-academic supports, including access to physical and mental health professionals, food, housing, and more.

This survey will be available April 11-22, 2022. All staff and parents with a valid email address on file will receive an email asking them to complete the survey. The survey will also be posted on the Wraparound Services website, on campuses by QR Code, and other campus-based media platforms. The information collected from this survey will help the Wraparound Services Department better support the academic development of all students through targeted, non-academic supports.

This survey will ask a series of questions about the following topics:

  • Healthcare
  • Stress and mental health
  • Regular expenses (housing, food, clothing)
  • Home academic context (someone to help with homework, books, internet)
  • Educational activities (tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs)

Answers to these questions will help the Wraparound Services Department develop programs and services that better meet the needs of all students and families across HISD.

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. The survey should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you need more information or assistance in completing the survey, contact the campus wraparound specialist.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!

Senior Signing Day - Donations Needed

The Senior will have College Signing Day on May 20. College Counselor, Mr. Rosa, has planned multiple activities during lunch for the students. We will have cookies, DJ and photo backdrop for kids to take selfies. 

Any Senior that has declared and evidenced that they received a scholarship award to Mr. Rosa receives a raffle ticket for prizes at the event.  There will be awards for the most scholarships and the largest amount of a singular scholarship in addition to others awards.

We are asking for parent donations for the college experience gift table.

Below are some suggested college related items. Items will be sent to the school for collection & display before the event on May 20.

DeBakey 50th Anniversary Celebration - Update

We are thrilled to inform you that 2022 is the 50th Anniversary for our beloved school. We want to celebrate this milestone with a celebration that you ALL are invited to attend. DeBakey HSHP will host a 50th Celebration 2-day event, October 28-29, 2022. The festivities will be held at the school's beautiful new building located in the Houston Medical Center as well as the Health Museum in the museum district. 

We have created a google form for you to fill out that will help us plan this special event. This form will be collecting information until May 31, 2022. Here is the link to the google form: Link to form

Adventure Awaits to Belize - Spring 2023

Learn more about an upcoming adventure to Belize!

Find out about what to see and do, travel logistics, how to earn high school/college credit and more.

Info session - Tuesday, May 3 @ 6PM - Sign up to learn more

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