Back to School Parent Email

Dear Parents,

If you did not receive an email from the PTO on Friday, August 17th, then you are not in our communication database.  Please join the PTO to be added to our list.  Membership is free, although donations are greatly appreciated.  In the meantime, you can click on the link below to view the email that was sent.  Thanks.


Uniform Sales August 20 – 24

Welcome Parents!  Uniforms will be sold at the school on the laptop distribution days listed on the calendar.  Please come by and purchase your student’s new uniform pieces.  Only cash and credit cards (with a small fee) are accepted.  We are NOT able to accept checks.  You can find more information on the Uniform page of this website.

Volunteers are needed to help with the sale.  If you have 2 hours to come help out (or more), please click on the link below to sign up for shift.  We can all work together to make this the best Uniform Sale ever!


DeBakey named #1 by Children at Risk for 8th year

15 HISD schools ranked in the top 10 among Children at Risk’s annual top-performing schools


Coffee for Incoming Freshman Parents


PTO Meeting May 8



The last PTO MEETING of the year is on
Date: May 8th Tuesday
Time: 6:30pm


Discuss 2018-19 School Budget
Students SOS (save our school) plans
How to support DeBakey at the HISD Board meeting on May10th
DeBakey Parent T-shirts for sale
Welcome our 2018-19 Board Members

Class of 2018 Chaperones

The Class of 2018
Is inviting 12 Parent Chaperones to
sign-up & join them on their Field Trip
Date: May 30th-Wednesday
Time: 7am-10pm
Depart & Return: DeBakey High School
Chaperones will ride bus with students or drive personal vehicle
Six Flags San Antonio, TX

May Guidance Calendar


DeBakey Staff Appreciation Lunch

Hello DeBakey Parents,

Join us in celebrating our “Awesome” teachers & staff at the “DeBakey Staff Appreciation Luncheon” with your time and donations.

In appreciation,

Kathryn Marrero, PTO Secretary

Date: 05/04/2018 (Fri.)Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm CDTLocation: DeBakey High School

Created by:
 Kathryn Marrero

Signup Genius link


Senior Information Packet directions (for Juniors)

Attention:  DeBakey Juniors

Some students have been unable to local their “Senior Information Packet” that is due on or before 5/31/18 to their counselor.  Directive to located the packet are below:

Click on “My Planner,”  – then click on “Task Assigned To Me,” – then click on “Senior Information Packet”,  then click on “Take A Survey,”   – when you click on that, you will see the questions. Remember to complete #1 – #29 and your parent complete # 30. Then print it and give it to your counselor. This information is crucial for your letter of recommendation for colleges & scholarships. See counselors if you have further questions.


Supporting Your Student Presentation slides

On Tuesday, April 10th, Drs. James Lomax and Stephanie Hernandez from Baylor College of Medicine presented at the PTO meeting on the Topic of Supporting your Student.  The presentation focused on ways to identify and communication with kids in a high stress environment.  Attached are the presentation slides for your reference.  A huge thank you from the parents to Dr. Lomax and Dr. Hernandez for sharing your time with us.


Dr Lomax and Dr Hernandez presentation


#HISDStrong Toolkit for Houston schools post-Harvey

DeBakey parents:  Please take a moment to read the information below from Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.  Not only will it give you information if you would like to lobby for a reprieve of accountability standards for the 17-18 school year but you can use the same contact information to lobby for increased funding for education in our state (or any other education topic you would like).  Thanks.
Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents,

As we all know, Hurricane Harvey had a devastating impact on our communities. Houston’s students, parents, teachers, and staff were impacted in one way or another, and the effect on classroom performance has yet to be determined. We’ve worked hard to fill the gaps and make the 2017-2018 school year as normal as possible, but many factors are simply out of our control.

This is the first week of STAAR testing statewide. The Texas Education Agency has not informed school districts of the cut scores or “goal post” of student achievement in the new accountability system. In addition, we learned this week that the TEA will announce in June how they will respond to Harvey-affected school districts for accountability purposes.

We need your help asking TEA for a one-year pause on accountability ratings and sanctions post-Harvey for all districts in the governor’s disaster-declared areas.

We have created the #HISDStrong Toolkit for you to contact the governor and TEA officials, along with key state leaders. We hope you utilize this toolkit to reach out to state leaders via email, regular mail, or Twitter. It is a guide to help you and others effectively ask our state leaders for a one-year pause in state accountability and reprieve from state sanctions.

We are not afraid of accountability. But our children deserve relief as our communities still recover from one of the worst floods in American history. In addition, the state did a one-year pause after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.

We cannot successfully impact the policy decisions of our elected and appointed leaders without the support of our communities. They need to hear from you. Your voice moves the needle.

We are #HoustonStrong and #HISDStrong because of your support. There is no greater tool for effecting change than the unified voice of a community.

Thank you,

Rhonda Skillern-Jones
HISD Board President


Prom Safety Tips from Crimestoppers

With DeBakey’s prom coming up on April 21, Ms. Perry asked us to share the attached flyer with some great prom safety tips.


April Guidance Calendar

April Guidance Calendar


Chick-fil-A for lunch and next PTO meeting with guest speaker

Hello DeBakey Families:

The PTO is selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches/meals Friday, April 6th.  Students can order and pay in advance during lunch Wednesday and Thursday. $5.00 sandwich or $6.00 sandwich, chips, & drink.

Please join us for the  PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 10th.  Events include voting for P.T.O. officers from 6:00 PM until 6:30 PM, and 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM, special guest speakers: Dr. James Lomax and Dr. Stephanie Hernandez will be speaking to parents regarding supporting their high achieving students: how to help them to deal with stress and anxiety, how to monitor them, and how to identify danger signs.

The DeBakey school exercise room will be open for parents to use on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting this Thursday, April 5. Come join us and look your best for swimsuit season!


Parking & Traffic Reminders

Attention Parents:

The school has had complaints about parents parking in the adjacent neighborhood and blocking driveways.  The best option is to drop off and pick up in the school parking lot (the instructions and maps are below as a reminder) but if you need to stop in the neighborhood, please be extra considerate.  THanks.

From DeBakey school website:

Our new building has brought many opportunities. We are now situated in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), within walking distance of well-known research facilities and medical institutions. Our new location is convenient for many DeBakey families. The facility is beautiful.

Still, there are two very important challenges that, if we work together, we will overcome. Those challenges are traffic and parking. With your help, student arrivals and departures will be safe and orderly. We will maintain traffic flow that will allow drivers to get where they need to go in good time, and we will limit traffic back-ups.

Arrivals and Departures 

Our new parking lot has one driveway that is used for entrances and exits. Drivers will enter the parking lot from Pressler Street, and exit the lot via Montclair. Inside the lot, there are numbered parking spaces as well as Drop-off and Pick-up, Handicapped, and Reserved spaces. Although numbered parking spaces will be assigned to students, we expect to have spaces available so that parents will be able to park and attend to school related business or wait for a student.  If all numbered spaces are full, or to drop-off or pick-up a student, or to allow a child time to get items out of the vehicle, drivers should use the Drop-off and Pick-up spaces. Using these spaces will free up the drive lane for moving vehicles.

Traffic Flow Inside the Parking Lot 

Directional arrows and cones indicate the traffic path. When cars move against the designated route, they cause traffic to stall. Stalled traffic inside the lot leads to congestion at the driveway and into the street, making the experience of entering and leaving the parking lot very unpleasant. Please follow the indicated path.

When driving through the parking lot, please maintain low speed. Students will be walking among the cars. They may not be easy to see, or they may run out into the drive lane without warning. Low speed will guarantee time to stop and avoid an accident.

Parking Garage 8

TMC Parking Garage 8 is located at the corner of Pressler and Holcombe. Garage entry and exit drive lanes are located on Pressler, along the same path that leads to the DeBakey parking lot. TMC representatives have asked us to please be mindful of the garage and keep the entry and exit lanes open. Let’s demonstrate to the other TMC institutions that we are good neighbors. Please do not block Garage 8.


The heaviest traffic will likely occur within the first 30- to 45- minutes after dismissal. To ease some of the congestion, we have developed a staggered pick-up schedule. Delaying pick-up will allow school buses to pick up students and move out, creating space for parent drivers. Your support by way of following the schedule is appreciated.

  • 9th Grade 3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
  • 10th Grade 3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
  • 11th and 12th Grades 3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Patience Please

Be aware of the other drivers, and practice a little consideration. Doing so will help preserve good traffic movement. Above all else, be patient. Remaining calm is good for you and your child. Traffic back-ups will be relieved as quickly as possible. Our capable police officers will help all drivers keep moving.


Come see DeBakey Theatre complete in the District competition – Friday, March 9th

On Monday, DeBakey’s UIL One-Act Play entry, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl advanced to District competition which will be held on Friday March 9th at Chavez High School. Below is the cast and crew list, along with the individual awards the students won on Monday.

We would like to invite you to the District performance on Friday. These schools have advanced from Zone and will perform at District in this order on Friday: 1) Westside, 2) Bellaire, 3) Chavez, 4) Carnegie Vanguard, 5) Heights, 6) DeBakey. The competition begins at 12:30 Friday and the plays run back to back. We cannot provide an exact start time for DeBakey’s show, but we do have an approximate one. DeBakey should start between 5:30 and 6:00 PM. The play is only 39 minutes long and tickets will be sold at the door ($5 for students, $10 for adults, cash only). We would love to have a big audience of friendly faces support our students on the evening of District, so please come if you can. Let me know if you have any questions.

DeBakey’s 2018 UIL OAP Cast/Crew of Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl:

Samantha Ahlhorn (All-Star Cast Award)

Alex Baterina (All-Star Cast Award)

Sugat Borthakur

Samanta Ceballos

Jasmin Cuevas

Katherine Davies

Pauline Duong

Ansley Fiorito

Elizabeth Harris (Outstanding Technician Award)

Meera Jaber (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast Award)

Jacqueline Kong (All-Star Cast Award)

Andres Munoz (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast Award)

Jacqueline Pham

Janki Prajapati


March Guidance Calendar


Upcoming Event – PTO Meeting with special guest, Trustee Sue Deigaard

PTO Meeting Tomorrow! 
DATE: February 13th
TIME: 6:00pm 
WHERE: DeBakey’s Cafeteria 
Let us know you are interested in a 2018-19  
School Year PTO Board Position


Meet our Trustee Sue Deigaard 
Our Trustee Sue Deigaard will explain her view on the rapidly evolving HISD funding situation for the 2018-19 school year. 
The HISD board is also considering centralizing control of school budgets and changing the magnets system as we know it.

Please come out and ask our trustee your questions.   

HOSA Competition February 16th
Chick-fil-A Pre-sales Feb 27th-March 1st  


PROM- APRIL 14, 2018  
Class of 2018 Your Senior Fees are Due Now 

Graduation for DeBakey Seniors – Saturday, June 2

Please see the attached schedule for all HISD graduations this May.  DeBakey’s graduation will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at Texas Southern University.  Congrats senior class of 2018!


2018 – Spring HISD Graduation Schedule


DeBakey PTO Budget Meeting Presentation

Below is the presentation given at the special PTO Budget Meeting on 2/6/2018.  Please contact Matt Konvicka at with questions.  Thanks.