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August 3, 2012 E-News - Education

Sharpstown District


HBU Named Top Pick for Homeschool Grads

Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University designated as a school with Vision and Intellectual Horsepower by BestSchools.org.

Previously unknown beyond Texas, Houston Baptist University has vaulted onto the map with its "10 Pillars" initiative, which includes such homeschool-friendly goals as Build on the Classics, Bring Athens and Jerusalem Together [integrate philosophy and Christianity], Increase Cultural Impact, Expand on the Creative Arts, Create a Strong Global Focus, and more.

To fill out this goal, HBU has had a major hiring surge, taking on acclaimed Christian scholars John Mark Reynolds, Michael Licona, Nancy Pearcey, Bruce Gordon, Richard Martinez, Louis Markos, Mary Joe Sharp, and Holly Ordway. Also added is the department of apologetics, to work in tandem with the philosophy department.

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St-Agnes Academy – AP Scholar Roster Expands

St. Agnes Academy

Houston, TX – At St. Agnes Academy, 229 students took 400 Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May 2012. For the second year in a row, 94% scored a "3" or higher on the exams. The AP Program measures demonstrated achievement in college-level subject matter for 11th and 12th grade students. Exams are offered in English Language, English Literature, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History, Calculus (2), Biology, Chemistry, Spanish Literature and Spanish Language.

"The results this year were outstanding," said Director of Guidance Debbie Skelly. "For the first time, we even had five students named as National AP Scholars. National AP Scholar is the designation granted to students who receive an average score of at least "4" on all AP exams taken, and scores of "4" or higher on eight or more the exams."

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Jesuit Reacquires Portion of Land Lost 40 Years Ago

A day that decades of alumni and past parents have dreamed about for years has arrived as Strake Jesuit has announced the reacquisition of the property at 6500 South Gessner, which is immediately adjacent to the school's Gessner driveway. The 7.55 acres of land was part of Jesuit's original property when the school opened in 1961 but was lost in the school's bankruptcy in 1971.

"This purchase is an historic moment for the school," said school president Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ, "and we have acted on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the confidence that alumni and friends will provide us with the financial resources for this purchase and for the conversion of the property back to school use. In my tenure at Strake Jesuit alumni constantly inquire about the school buying back the property we lost in 1971."

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HISD Second Annual Back to School Fest Featured on July Edition of Community Connections

HISD Community Connections

HISD General Manager of Strategic Partnerships Caleen Allen hosts a special edition of her monthly television program, HISD Community Connections, to highlight the partners and volunteers involved in the upcoming HISD and City of Houston Back to School Fest scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at Reliant Center. This is the second year for the festival which helps to ensure that HISD students are equipped with the supplies they need to start the upcoming school year. Last year's festival served an estimated 25,000 students and parents.

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The Back to School Fest is a joint effort between the City of Houston and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to make sure all students enrolled in HISD schools are ready for the start of the new school year.

The event is open to students enrolled in HISD schools. Parents/students should bring proof of enrollment, i.e., last report card or student identification to receive free uniforms, schools supplies, immunizations and other products or services being offered.

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Community Events

Alief Back to School Bash 2012

Saturday August 4, 2012
09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Alief Hastings Ninth Grade Center
6750 Cook Road
Houston, TX 77072

Alief Back to School Bash

-Free immunizations for children one to 18
*please bring shot records
-Free health screenings
-Come receive a FREE Backpach stuffed with school supplies!
*while supplies lasts

-Giveaways for all attendees!

HISD Back to School Fest

Saturday, August 11, 2012
08:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

HISD Back to School

-Free school supplies & uniforms
-Back-to-School Immunizations
-Health screenings
-HISD Educational Zone
-City & Community resources
-Fun for the family

Board of Directors

Board Members

- Kenneth Li (Chairman)
- Toni Franklin (Vice Chairman)
- Don Wang (Chair, Business & Economic Development Committee)
- Fred Bhandara (Chair, Public Safety Committee)
- Rick Ogden
- Harry Shani (Secretary)
- Peter Acquaro
- K.C. "Casey" Youn

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David Hawes

DISTRICT STAFF
- Richard Rodriguez, Director of Community Services & Public Safety
- Alice Lee, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Board Meetings are held the 4th Mondays at noon at the District Office,
9788 Clarewood, Suite 109
Houston, TX 77036

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