At A Glance
Back to School 2018
Welcome back to another exciting time at HISD! Each new school year provides so many opportunities for building relationships, growing brighter and more intelligent students, and utilizing various styles of teaching for the various styles of learning. We are off to a great start and have already had some exciting things happening!
In an effort to enhance the safety and security of students and staff alike, new drop off and pick up procedures have been put in place that limit the ability for someone to slip in to cause harm. In addition, all visitors to the schools are required to surrender their driver’s license or state i.d. in order to receive a visitor’s pass. Upon completion of their business at the schools, they will surrender their visitor’s pass for the return of their license. These procedures will help all staff readily identify someone without a pass and address their presence and purpose on our campuses.
Additionally HISD has instituted the Guardian Plan. Employees who are guardians have undergone over 40 hours of training in active shooter scenarios with a TCOLE certified trainer. HISD is also establishing our own police department which will employ an officer full time to serve and protect our schools, oversee the Guardian Plan, and coordinate with local law enforcement.
Another security measure underway this fall is the securing of our perimeter with fencing. Controlled access points will establish a secure environment for our buildings and grounds.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released the A-F ratings and HISD has received a rating of “B”. No A-F grade may truly indicate the great things going on in every Texas school nor adequately reflect the challenges in every Texas school. HISD strives to provide the highest quality of education every day for all of our students and we are extremely proud of our staff and students, not for a grade received on a once a year test, but for the work they do every day.
We have and will continue to use data such as the STAAR to gauge how we are doing in comparison to the rest of the state so that we may enrich where we are successful and improve where we are challenged.
Welcome new Hornet staff members! We are swarming with excitement to welcome you to our Hornet Nest!
Elementary: Corie Nonken, PK teacher.
Middle School: Stephanie Martin and Jennifer Cormier, LS Aides; Melinda Wilkinson, LS Teacher; Donna Moss, Behavior Unit Aide; Denise English, 5th Social Studies Teacher; Leslie Huval, 5th Math Teacher; Bridget Different, 6th and 8th Science Teacher; and Werner Burwood, 6th Social Studies, 7th Texas History, and Leadership/Study Skills Teacher.
High School: Jocelyn Cummons, Asst. Band Director; Christian Jesmore, former Asst. Band Director is now serving as the Band Director; Linda O’Brien, Chemistry Teacher; and Garison Vanya, Educational Aide/Coach, Ken Hayes, Social Studies Teacher.
Computer use increases greatly during the school year. With computers and the internet comes the opportunity for cyber security breakdowns. Below is a cyber security tip shared by our Region 7 education service center:
Security Tip - Malvertising
Visit any website these days and it's very likely that you will be viewing ads as well. Sometimes these ads can be tempting, with many offering sales, promotions, or freebies to attract more clicks. Ads on certain websites can even be targeted specifically to you based on past browsing history, making you even more likely to click!
Remember this: just because you are on a reputable, well-known website, it does not mean that the ads on the website are safe to click as well.
How adspace can become infected: Advertisers do not sell their ads to websites one at a time. Websites that want to make money sell their advertising space to an ad network. Advertisers sign contracts with that ad network which then displays the ads on the participating websites. The ad network sits in the middle between the advertisers and the websites and manages the traffic and the payments.
So there can be a problem because of this. Cybercriminals can fool the ad network into thinking they are a legit advertiser, but the ads which are displayed on major websites can be poisoned. If you browse to a page with a poisoned ad on it, that is enough to run the risk your PC will be encrypted with ransomware, which can hold your computer or your entire network hostage until you pay the cybercriminal a ransom.
Tips to prevent the effect of harmful ads:
Disable Adobe Flash on your computer - or at least set the Adobe Flash plug-in to "click-to-play" mode - which can block the automatic infections.
Keep up-to-date with all the security patches and install them as soon as they come out.
Download and install a reputable ad blocker plug-in for your browser. These prevent the ads from being displayed in your browser to start with. These ad blockers are getting very popular with hundreds of millions of people using them.
Great things are going on at HISD!
We are preparing for the start of the Hornet Club and the Bridge Program for the second year and look forward to more great results provided by these programs. The extracurricular programs are underway as well. Ag, band, cross-country, football, and volleyball students/athletes are all working hard while proudly representing our school and community. Come out and support our students and staff!
Our Previous Quote to Ponder:
Fear and faith have one thing in common. They both believe in a future that hasn’t happened yet. Fear believes in a negative future. Faith believes in a positive future.
So, in which do we choose to believe? I have to believe that the majority of educators choose faith. After all, isn’t that our job? To have faith in these young lives that have so much potential and future possibilities? We have an enormous responsibility and privilege to facilitate the positive development of all this potential for a positive future!
This Issue’s Quote to Ponder:
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Thanks for inspiring our kids!