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PTO News
Apr 07, 2022

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Apr 12 - DeBakey PTO Monthly Meeting (link)
  • Apr 20-22 - HOSA State Competition - Galveston
  • Apr 22 - COVID-19 Testing at DeBakey HSHP (learn more)
  • Apr 23 - Prom
  • May 05 - PTO Uniform Store @ DeBakey (learn more)
  • May 05 - 07 - VEX Robotics World Championship (learn more)
  • Jun 11 - DeBakey Graduation, 4PM @ Barnett Stadium

Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30PM

HISD Budget Updates


Thank you for your continued partnership throughout this strategic planning process. My administration is committed to listening and responding to the concerns of the educators and families that are central to everything we do at HISD.

Many of you may have been following the discussions around proposed changes to the district's funding model, and after hearing from the Board of Trustees and many of you, I have asked the leadership team to present a revised funding model that will create a more equitable baseline education for all students AND maintain HISD's commitment to campus-based budgeting that meets the specific needs of each unique student population.

Under our revised funding model: ...

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Free April Webinars for DeBakey Families

Revolution Prep is hosting free April webinars we are hosting led by national experts, including:
  • UCs: How Applications are Being Read at a Test Free University
  • Should You Consider a Gap Year?
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Why You Should Consider an HBU on Your College List
Families can register for any one of our webinars here:

DeBakey PAL Mentorship


When going from middle school to a prestigious high school like DeBakey, many incoming freshmen and lower classmen students struggle with transitioning to new expectations and academic rigor. This is where the PAL Student Leaders can provide you with support and guidance. The PAL program is a mentoring program for underclassmen students. Once you and your parents agree, you can be paired with an upperclassmen PAL. The upperclassmen PAL can just be there for moral support or they can help navigate through the DeBakey experience. If you student wishes to be placed in the PAL program with a peer upperclassman PAL, please fill out the form below.

Students will be paired with a PAL mentor on a first come first serve basis. After submitting the form below, be on the lookout for an email from us. Parents must also agree to the program for students to join. 😊

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Mrs. Jafferali at

Sign up today!

Attention Juniors!  Posse Foundation Program

The Posse program is a merit-based scholarship focused on leadership. Posse schools are those that are either our state flagship school Texas A & M University, or other highly selective schools in the northeast including Bryn Mawr College (women only), Carleton College, and Colby College. Students that are interested in Posse are encouraged to fill out the interest survey.
The survey link will be emailed be posted Monday, April 11, 2022. Please note that not all students who complete the survey will be nominated for this program. 
Mr. Rosa will hold a quick informational meeting Monday, April 11, 2022, at first lunch in the Flex Lab.
Posse seeks students who are...
... Leaders in their high schools and communities
... Committed to their education and demonstrate academic potential
... Interested in teamwork and diversity
... Positive, motivated, talented, ambitious young people
All Nominees Must...
  1. Be high school seniors in the fall of 2022 and have an expected graduation date in the spring of 2023.
  2. Demonstrate extraordinary leadership within their high school, community and/or family.
  3. Excel academically and have strong GPAs. Although there is no minimum requirement, only nominees who have consistently progressed toward academic excellence will be given the opportunity to be a Posse Scholar. While the ACT or SAT are not a focus of Posse’s evaluation, students should take them.
  4. Be open to making an early decision commitment to a Posse partner institution if selected as a finalist. Early decision is a binding commitment and great option for students who are excited about attending one institution.
Additional information about the Posse program is available here:

2022 AP Exam Schedule

The 2022 AP Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil* exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13.

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May 5 - 7
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center
Dallas, Texas

The 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship is where the robotics community will unite in person and remotely to celebrate STEM excellence and compete in heart-pounding competition matches. The hjigh school competition will be held in Dallas from May 5-7 for students to showcase their game strategy, design, and teamwork skills to be crowned champions at this world-class global event.

We are proud to announce that DeBakey will have SEVEN participants heading to Dallas for the competition!
  • If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support the competitors, visit our general donation form and enter 'Robotics Competition' in the notes.
  • 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 'Robotics Competition'

HOSA State Leadership Conference
Apr 20 - 22

Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551 

DeBakey's HOSA chapters have several students who have advanced to the statue leadership conference in April.
  • If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support the competitors, visit our general donation form and enter 'HOSA Conference' in the notes.
  • 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 Conference'

COVID-19 Testing at DeBakey High School - Apr 22

The next COVID-19 onsite test date for DeBakey High School is Friday, April 22nd. If you would like to schedule a test, please contact Fulgent Genetics by email,

Include the following information in the message: full name, preferred school site for testing, date of birth, phone number that can receive test messages, email address, and your employee or student ID.
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