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June 3, 2021

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June 8, 6:30PM

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June 8 - Meeting Agenda

  1. President Welcome - Menti exercise - -Have your phone or device ready. Code will be provided during the meeting
  2. A few words from Ms. Perry
  3. Guest Speaker - Henry Keculah Jr. How to Backwards Plan Successfully
  4. PTO Updates - End of Year
  5. Treasurer: budgets
  6. Communications
  7. Uniforms: Sale
  8. Teacher Appreciation
  9. Fund Raising: events
  10. Membership
  11. Volunteers
  12. Class Liaisons: 9-11, Fish/Soph Camp dates, movie nights
  13. Athletic Updates: Basketball, Gymnastic, Running Club, Volleyball, and Competitive Dance
Additional discussion topics:
  • Fall events: Back to School Dance, parents/kids volleyball, teachers vs kids volleyball,
  • Fall Fest, College Night, Homecoming, Open House 9-12, 8 th Grade Open House
  • Back to School - Meet the Principal
  • Amazon SMILE
  • VIPS renewal
  • HISD Calendar

Important Dates for the 2021/2022 HISD Academic Year

  • First Day of School:  Aug 23, 2021
  • Friday, August 6  Sophomore Camp
  • Monday, August 9  Fish Camp Day 1
  • Tuesday, August 10  Fish Camp Day 2
  • Week of 16 – 20  Student Laptop Distribution
  • Last Day of School:  June 7, 2022
Click to see complete HISD Academic Calendar [pdf]

Upcoming Important Events for Senior Class of 2021

For questions about these events, please contact

Movie Night

June 4, 6-9PM - DeBakey’s Class of 2021 Student Council is hosting an in-person Pizza & Movie Night. They will be watching “Crazy Rich Asians”. 

Senior Class Celebration hosted by DeBakey HS PTO

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7PM - 11PM
Location - Herman Park, Centennial Gardens (Indoors w/AC & Outdoor Gardens)
RSVP & Ticket Sales for this event have closed

Senior Awards

June 8 -  6:30PM


Side note:  Remind all seniors need to log onto the HUB everyday for attendance through June 11.  This could affect their exemption on the finals if they are counted absent.

Diploma pick up

Will be scheduled when the diplomas come in.  It is usually a week or two after graduation.

Sophomore Movie Night
June 5, 2-5PM

If you are able, please consider donating to the Sophomore Movie Night on June 5.  The students will be watching La La Land.

A SignUp Genius form has been created for candy, pizza and volunteer donations.  You can drop off candy donations at school and transfer $ donations to DeBakey PTO Zelle account (

End-of-Year Laptop Return

All students are required to return their PowerUp laptops this year. Seniors must have their laptops turned in by June 4th, while all others need to be in by June 11th. To maintain safe levels of social distancing, students must select an appointment time. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen interested in turning in their laptops now may do so with the understanding that once it’s turned in, we will not reissue laptops or have loaners for you to borrow for final exams. If you turn it in you will not get it back!
* Click here to pick a date *

Students will need to ensure that their laptop and all accessories are returned:

  1. Laptop sleeve
  2. Laptop 
    • Make sure it’s charged as it will be inspected for damage
    • Remove all stickers and tags
    • wipe it down with a disinfecting wipe
  3. Charger (see a picture below)
    • The charger must be wrapped tightly as in the picture below. Use the velcro strap to hold everything tightly in place.

Apply for second round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer

The second round of applications is now open for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit for families who temporarily lost access to student meals during the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application is available online now at from June 2 through August 13, 2021.

Learn more >> 

Community Partnerships / Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)

HISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)


Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time, resources, and knowledge in support of the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and community service activities, and office and classroom assistance.

After registering online and undergoing the annual background check, volunteers can work in any HISD school for the school year. All schools can track volunteer hours donated to the school district by establishing an online VIPS account.

*Parents who will work with students as a chaperone, etc. will need to register with the HISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program.

Learn more >>

Support DeBakey PTO through AmazonSmile!

Did you know that you can easily donate to DeBakey PTO anytime you purchase from By setting your AmazonSmile charity to Debakey High School Parent Teacher Organization, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our PTO at no additional cost to you.

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account and select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Search for "Debakey High School Parent Teacher Organization" and press 'Select'
  4. Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to

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