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PTO News
May 19, 2022


In this issue



Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 21 - Rising 9th Grader Open House (Volunteers needed! learn more)
  • May 25-27, 31 - Senior Final Exams
  • Finals Schedule (Grade 9-11)
    • June 2 - A1 & A2
    • June 3 - A3 & A4
    • June 6 - B1 & B2
    • June 7 - B3 & B4
  • Jun 07 - Last Day of School for Students
  • Jun 11 - DeBakey Graduation, 4PM @ Barnett Stadium
  • Jun 13 - July 7 - Summer School - Credit Recovery
  • Jun 13 - June 30 - Bridge Camp - Entering 9th Graders (Math and Reading)
  • Jun 15 - Report Cards




TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Don't Forget to register your new account!


In June, the DeBakey PTO will be switching completely to the Membership Toolkit Platform. If you would like to continue receiving newsletters and other important updates from us, please be sure register a new account at debakeypto.org; our current list of parents and email addresses will NOT be carried over. 

Whether you are a parent, teacher, alumni or have any other affiliation with the school, please register for an account.

There are no membership fees to join!

For any questions about the move, please contact communciations@debakeypto.org.

2022 DeBakey Athletics Banquet


On Tuesday, May 17th, the PTO hosted the first ever Athletics Banquet to honor our student-athletes. Students who participated in DeBakey sports (Gymnastics, Running, Basketball, Volleyball) or played for their zoned schools were recognized for their involvement.

The event would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers who helped coordinate, decorate and also feed our athletes and their guests.
  • 4 DeBakey Sports
  • 11 Zoned Sports
  • Student Breakdown:
    • Class of 2022: 19
    • Class of 2023: 16
    • Class of 2024: 19
    • Class of 2025: 19









Notre Dame, WashU, Johns Hopkins, and Emory Student Programs


Our institutions are also hosting virtual information sessions for students and their families. Thank you for helping us spread the word. 

General Student Information Session
Tuesday, May 24
7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT

RSVPs are required to receive the Zoom link.

Each admission officer will share about their institution for a few minutes before responding to live and pre-submitted questions.

We look forward to sharing with you and your students very soon.

Sincerely,

Emory University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Notre Dame
Washington University in St. Louis

FINAL CALL: 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. 

We are asking for parent donations for the college experience gift table. Gift cards of any denomination will be great gifts for the upcoming graduates!

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

Community Pulse Check - POSSIP Bi-Weekly Surveys


HISD Community,

As part of our work to reimagine the family and community experience in HISD, we are working to get an accurate, more real-time pulse on how the community is experiencing their school community and the district.

With that goal in mind, we’ve partnered with Possip and the Dell Foundation to send and collect survey data that will inform the district, schools, and employees about the community’s current experience with HISD. This data will allow schools and the district to collect community concerns and action solutions toward those concerns in a more strategic and effective manner.

Today you should be receiving – or may have already received – a brief survey via text message from Possip on behalf of HISD. Your participation in this survey will provide invaluable insight into how you and your family feel about your school community, and how the district can improve its engagement with families and the community more broadly. You will also receive additional ‘pulse-checks’ bi-weekly through the month of June during the program pilot.

We are excited about this partnership and the work we’re doing to better engage families across the district. We look forward to seeing and actioning solutions toward the survey results in the weeks to come.


Click here to start the survey

Thanks,


Max Moll
Chief Community Engagement Officer

Summer 2022 HISD Fine Arts Intensives


learn more >>


Parent Volunteers Still Needed!

May 21 - 'Open House for INCOMING 9th GRADERS ONLY' Spirit Wear Sale


Attention DeBakey Parents and DeBakey Students!

Would you like to help raise funds for our school? Please consider volunteering at our upcoming INCOMING 9th GRADERS ONLY DeBakey Spirit Wear Sale on Saturday, May 21st during Freshman Parent Orientation!

Our DeBakey PTO Store is one of the largest revenue generators we have. Please consider volunteering today! See the link below.
 

Japan/Australia Trip


Exciting news! Your student is invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime international travel experience with their peers to Japan and Australia in Summer 2023! (Japan 2022 trip is now rescheduled to Summer 2023)

Educational travel exposes students to new people, places, and cultures which in turn expands their knowledge of the world and their knowledge of themselves. That’s why I’m thrilled to bring this opportunity to your family and our community.

This trip will fill up fast, so please join my informational meeting to learn:

  • How this opportunity will benefit your child
  • What we’ll see and do on our trip
  • Everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn academic credit
  • How we’re keeping this safe and affordable
  • How to enroll on this trip (before it fills up!)

Our meeting will be held on May 25, 2022 at 6 PM - there are limited spots available so don’t miss your opportunity to reserve your seat. One parent must be in attendance.

So that I can alert you of any changes to this meeting, you must register using this link: https://bit.ly/3vP1KlI

Can’t make the meeting but want more information? Register and select “No but send info.”

We Want Your Feedback! DeBakey 50th Anniversary Celebration


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

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