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Top-Tier College Experience: 1,100+ Students Learn About the Selective College Admissions Process

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On Wednesday, October 11, over 1,100 students attended HISD’s Top-Tier College Experience, sponsored by EMERGE-HISD. Participants had the opportunity to engage with admissions officers from over 40 selective colleges and universities across the nation.

EMERGE empowers and prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities across the nation. While speaking to college representatives present, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza had this to say:

Give our students the opportunity to compete in a playing field they may not otherwise be privy to, and they will succeed.

 

In the morning, high school campus leaders, counselors, and other staff were invited to “HISD & Learn,” connecting directly with admissions officers, while also learning tips and best practices for supporting students throughout the selective college admissions process.

In the afternoon and evening, students and families then connected with admissions officers from selective colleges and universities, learning more about the selective college admissions process itself. This portion of the event consisted of a high-impact college fair, financial aid and college application drive, high-leverage workshops, and breakout sessions aimed at empowering traditionally-underserved students.

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Madison High School Marketing Students Will Soon Begin NASA-HUNCH Projects

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Madison High School students are hard at work completing their 2017-2018 softgoods Project, with the NASA-Hunch Program. HUNCH is an innovative school-based organization that partners NASA with high schools across the nation. The partnership involves students building real-world products for NASA, applying their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, while also learning how to work in teams and think creatively. Regina Hubbard, Fashion Marketing instructor at Madison High School, will have students create half-sized cargo transfer bags and US hygiene kits. Students will be recognized at the year-end ceremony on April 28, 2018, at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

In addition to building hardware, softgoods, prototypes, and experiments for NASA, students who participate in the HUNCH program also cultivate their interest as researchers. The idea of HUNCH started in the summer of 2003, when Stacy Hale from the Johnson Space Center partnered with high schools across the nation, empowering students to build cost-effective hardware that was needed to help train International Space Station astronauts.

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Amegy Bank Partners with Houston ISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness to Support Cullen MS

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From August 26-28, an unprecedented 1 trillion gallons of rain fell over Harris County, devastating our city. Hurricane Harvey made its presence known across the Houston area and much of Texas. And though the skies have cleared, the effects of Harvey continue to be felt by our students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Amegy Bank’s Community Partnership Division wasted no time, knowing that students need support now more than ever. The company partnered with Houston ISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness, providing the seventh grade students of Cullen Middle School with uniforms, school supplies, backpacks, and more. In addition, 70 students and staff members were invited to attend the September 20th Houston Astros game against the Chicago White Sox.

Houston ISD has compiled an extensive webpage of Hurricane Harvey resources. Visit http://houstonisd.org/harveyfor more information, and know that collectively, we are #HISDStrong.

Top-Tier College Experience October 11, 2017 [Volunteers Needed]

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HISD’s annual Top-Tier College Experience (TTCE) is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place on Wednesday October 11, 2017. The event consists of a morning and afternoon/evening portion. Every year, we have depended on the support of volunteers across the district to make the event a success. If you are interested in volunteering, SIGN UP HERE.

In the morning, we invite you to connect with admissions officers from selective colleges and universities at the “HISD & Learn” professional development session. This session is meant for high school campus leaders, counselors, and any HISD staff who are interested in learning about the selective college admissions process. Admissions officers will be present to share tips and best practices for supporting students in the application process. This event will take place from 10 am to 12 pm at the Hattie Mae White Administration Building in the Board Auditorium located on the first floor. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP HERE.

In the afternoon, students and families will have the opportunity to engage with admissions officers from selective colleges and universities, learning more about the selective college admissions process. Students are asked to register at this link: bit.ly/TTCN2017RSVP.

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

4:00 to 6:30 pm

 

*We need the most volunteers in the evening to support students with their college and financial aid applications

College Fair (See below for a list of colleges who have confirmed their attendance)

 

Special Programming:

12th grade students: College & Financial Aid Application Drive

9th, 10th, and 11th grade students: High-Leverage Summer Opportunities Workshop

6:30 to 7:30 pm Breakout Sessions on the Selective College Admissions Process

We look forward to seeing you at the Top-Tier College Experience! Please contact the Top-Tier Committee at hisd.ttce@gmail.com with any questions regarding this event.

Representatives from the following colleges have confirmed:

Allegheny College

Barnard College

Boston University

Brandeis University

Bucknell University

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Grinnell College

Harvard College

Johns Hopkins University

Kalamazoo College

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Northeastern University

Oberlin College

Occidental College

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Reed College

Southwestern University

Trinity College

Trinity University

Tulane University

Union College

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

University of Rochester

US Naval Academy

Vanderbilt University

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Williams College

Villanova University

Duke University

Swarthmore College

Connecticut College

Princeton University

Rice University

Soka University of America

Franklin & Marshall College

Princeton University

Whitman College

Johns Hopkins University

Lehigh University

Oberlin College

Brown University

Lehigh University

HISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness Joins Thousands of Other Personnel in Hurricane Harvey Volunteer Relief Efforts throughout Houston

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From August 26-28, an unprecedented 1 trillion gallons of rain fell over Harris County, devastating our city. Hurricane Harvey made its presence known across the Houston area and much of Texas. And though the skies have cleared, the effects of Harvey continue to be felt by our students, parents, faculty, and staff.

HISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness joined thousands of other personnel in volunteer recovery efforts throughout Houston, knowing that students need our support, guidance, patience, and of course, our flexibility, now more than ever. Joy Maguire, College Success Advisor, had this to say:

I was at the Southwest Multiservice Center, and the thing that struck me most was the sheer amount of need. So many families absolutely needed school clothes, waiting in line for hours with small children in tow. Many of our HISD families already struggle to make ends-meet; Hurricane Harvey magnified this to an even greater extent. I am proud that our team wasted no time helping meet students’ needs.

HISD implemented rolling school start dates for its 215,000-student population, with many schools beginning the week of Monday, September 11, and others beginning on Monday, September 18 and Monday, September 25. In this difficult time, the district is offering emotional support services at schools for students and families struggling to both process the events that transpired, and rebuild in the aftermath of the storm. In addition, students will receive all meals free of charge for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year, regardless of lunch status. Recovery efforts are ongoing, and HISD’s Office of College & Career Readiness is committed to ensuring that Hurricane Harvey does not limit students’ college and career options.

I am proud to be part of a district that actively supports its community. I meet new members of different HISD teams in the most amazing ways, volunteering in an effort to help our community relieve the intense needs of our students’ families. My volunteer group distributed food in Northeast Houston; driving through affected neighborhoods and apartment complexes was disheartening. So many families lost everything during the flood. The food we provided was a small comfort, and we are prepared to support these families even more throughout the year. – Oswaldo “Danny” Ronquillo, College Readiness Manager

Houston ISD has compiled an extensive webpage of Hurricane Harvey resources. Visit http://houstonisd.org/harvey for more information, and know that collectively, we are #HISDStrong.

 

Top-Tier College Experience, learn about the selective college admissions process from representatives across the nation

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Join us on Wednesday, October 11 for HISD’s Top-Tier College Experience, where students and families can learn about the selective admissions process directly from top-tier admissions representatives at institutions across the nation. Students and families will also learn about the many opportunities and resources available at these institutions.

If you answer “yes” to any of the below questions, consider attending HISD’s Top-Tier College Night:

  • Are you currently in 11th or 12th grade or interested in getting a head start on the college process?
  • Do you want to learn more about selective college admissions?
  • Do you want to learn tips to help increase your admissions opportunities?
  • Do you want to attend engaging workshops hosted by College Readiness Staff Members?
  • Do you want to discover exciting scholarship and financial aid opportunities?
  • Do you want to work on your college applications with support from college access professionals?

Location:
Chavez High School
8501 Howard Dr, Houston, TX 77017

Time:
4:00pm – 7:30pm

Bus transportation will be provided from your campus or you can choose to use your own transportation. If you plan to ride the bus, you must have a signed permission slip. Please visit your school’s college center/advisor to obtain a permission slip, and turn it in as soon as possible. If you are not riding the bus, you do not need a permission slip; you only need to submit this RSVP form.

All students must RSVP in order to attend. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the Top-Tier Committee at hisd.ttce@gmail.com.

AVID Schools Across the Country Vow to Help HISD AVID Campuses Rebuild

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From August 26-28, an unprecedented 1 trillion gallons of rain fell over Harris County, devastating our city.  Hurricane Harvey made its presence known across the Houston area and much of Texas. And though the skies have cleared, the effects of Harvey continue to be felt by our students, parents, faculty, and staff.

In the midst of the storm and in the days since, we have seen the best of humanity through the kindness of family, friends, and neighbors far and near. The AVID family saw our need and answered the call. After witnessing the devastation of Harvey throughout the Gulf Coast, many AVID sites across the nation began reaching out to the AVID Center, asking how they could assist students and educators in affected areas.

‘AVID School to AVID School’ allows an AVID site to “adopt” campuses in affected areas, assisting with various needs such as: binders, flash drives, AVID posters, gift cards, and more. For every AVID school along the path of Harvey (276 in total), 1-2 unaffected campuses are asked to step up and assist. Of these AVID schools, 42 are in the Houston Independent School District. Although every campus might not need assistance, many will. Most HISD AVID sites have already been adopted by at least one campus. And with the school year underway, HISD AVID site coordinators are still assessing needs.

We are extremely grateful to AVID for thinking of us in our time of need,” said Lisa Waddell, AVID District Director.  “AVID is more than a college readiness system; AVID is a family, and family helps family.