At A Glance
Spring is in full swing with many activities to keep us all hopping. Thank you to our staff for going the extra mile in working with our students in preparation for STAAR testing and, more importantly, simply to ensure a quality learning experience. We are proud of our students and sponsors representing HISD in the many extracurricular activities. Of course we are also thrilled and proud for Mrs. Debbie Ener and Mrs. Sherri Eddings as recipients of the 2015 Gilbert I “Buddy” Low Excellence in Education Award.
The 84th legislative session is underway here in Texas and there are many bills being introduced that affect education. A large push for vouchers or “tax credits” is occurring in the Senate while the House has decided to focus on funding. There has also been quite a bit of talk concerning teacher certification requirements. I encourage you to be involved in staying abreast of legislation introduced and contacting your legislators and/or association representatives.
HISD is preparing for the summer demolition of the “Old Main Cafeteria” wing and existing MS office. This involves the relocation of our technology department (to the “old main” office) and the MS administration offices. Mr. Alford and his crew are working on remodeling the back corner of the old main near the science building into an office area for the MS. Through the use of fencing and a double secured entry system like that at HES, we will be able to have secured entries for each campus.
HISD will soon begin comprehensive planning for our facilities and technology. Each campus and district level department will be involved in the development of a facility needs assessment targeting maintaining facilities and structural needs. The needs assessment will then be used in maintenance scheduling and for prioritizing facility needs in the completion of the facility plan. Mr. Harper will be organizing a technology team to assess needs and develop a similar plan for technology.
The administrative team is excited about the progress and potential of differentiated instruction. Thank you for your efforts in these areas. Differentiation involves not only the identification and addressing of abilities but also the differentiation of delivery methods as well. Earlier this year Mr. Griffin shared the pyramid below . While some argue the actual percentages, few discount the order of levels and thus the chart does provide a good resource for consideration of potential effectiveness when designing lessons. Please share your experiences with colleagues via the shared folder in google. We will also continue to seek applicable inservice opportunities to help in generating meaningful instruction.