PTO NEWS March 11, 2021

From our Principal Ms. Perry

Mrs. Perry always speaks at the PTO meetings, and at our last meeting she shared a lot of useful information with us. Mrs. Perry said to call or email her (, Ms. Goudeau (, or Mr. Salvidar, if you have questions, concerns, or to find out school information. You may also check out the school website,, for information and important links. Emails and phone calls are also sent to parents who have their emails and cell phone numbers on file with the school. If your phone number or email changes, be sure to contact the school to inform them in order to continue receiving information. Mrs. Perry also said to check with your student(s) regularly to find out if there is any important information on the HUB. I will share her agenda from the meeting yesterday below:





Here is a link to the MFAH’s website about the exhibition:





Scholarship Opportunities

Essay Contest –
General contest information: Seniors can earn up to $2,000 for college, gain a deeper understanding about local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston. To enter: Choose a city career, put yourself in a city employee’s shoes, and write 500 words…

The Senior Class is still selling aprons as a fundraiser. In the past, dances were being held at school to help the Senior Class raise funds for their year-end events. Due to the pandemic, there are no school dances, so the PTO is selling aprons to help the Senior Class. The aprons are $15 each. The color is white with a blue school logo, a colorful message of ” #1 High School, Houston Independent School District”, a pocket for pen, a pocket for phone/recipe, and an adjustable neck strap. Please consider purchasing an apron if you have not done so already.
To purchase, please email your name and the quantity that you would like. You can pay by check (made payable to DeBakey PTO) or cash (exact change preferred). Your can pick up your apron at either one of the two following locations:
  1. Bellaire Dental Center, P.A. 8282 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 147 Houston, TX 77036. MON WED THU FRI SAT 10am-4pm (no Tuesday and Sunday). Please call upon arrival in the parking lot in order to bring your apron to you (713) 778-0100.
  2. Mrs. Nellie Naidoo, 4324 Dorothy St., Bellaire, TX 77401. Please call her ahead of time to let her know when you are planning to come (832) 721-4945.

There’s still time to register for the Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation virtual information session on March 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. EDT (5 PM Central Time). Can’t make it on March 11th? Register for another virtual session: March 23, 2021 at 12 noon (EDT).
Give your high school student’s college application a boost by enrolling in our challenging and engaging summer engineering program. Learn more about the application process, program format, and more from experienced program staff. This was sent to us by Karen Borgsmiller, Director of Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Whiting School of Engineering.

Visit us at an upcoming Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fair




You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer at the Vietnamese Community Vaccination Event

You must be 13 years of age or older to volunteer for the Red Cross. You must also create an account to sign up. Please click on this link to create an account and sign up for volunteer event:



Don’t miss out! If you have not had the chance to register for my informational meeting about our 2022 trip to Greece: Athens and the Islands, be sure to respond TODAY! I believe one of the best ways to help students gain new perspectives and build skills for the future is through experiential learning. Travel is an opportunity for students to experience a new way of life and the invaluable chance to develop a sense of independence before graduating. At the meeting, we’ll talk about our itinerary, dates, the risk-free enrollment period due to COVID-19, cost, and more. By registering above and attending the meeting, you will be eligible for the scholarship toward the total cost of the tour if you wish to travel in 2022. The meeting will be today at 6pm! The link to the meeting will be sent once you register here:

Let’s give our students something to look forward to. Can’t wait to see you there! – Ms. Tatina Ramirez-McBride


PTO News March 3, 2021

QUEST BRIDGE Applications – Video over the Program

The 2021 College Prep Scholars Program application is now open! The deadline is Wednesday, March 24. Start your application today >>

Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.

Why apply as a junior? Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 45 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. In addition, your application will automatically carry over for the National College Match when you’re a senior, giving you a head start on applying for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match.


Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible.

Applicants must be high school juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year.


ONE Health Student Essay Competition for Students

Submit your video, audio, or written essay for a chance to win $1000

The Institute for Collaboration in Health together with Energy Made Visible, a charitable foundation, invites high school students to submit to our essay contest on the topic of One Health. One Health is the idea that the environment, agriculture, animals and humans all impact each other. Changes in this system can cause illnesses. The current pandemic, COVID-19, is an example of what can happen when viruses jump from animals. Environmental changes, such as deforestation, make it easier for diseases to jump from humans to animals. Because of the importance of One Health to the survival of the human species, we created an essay contest to encourage students to engage with the concept. Your essay may take the form of a written, video, or audio submission. If you choose to write, please limit your contribution to 1500 words or if you choose another medium, 10 minutes in duration. Your topics may include One Health in human history, a scientific discussion of One Health, politics around One Health, the impacts of One Health on your community, or any other area that you consider significant. Fiction is not acceptable.

The Institute will make available three prizes. First Prize is $1000, second is $500, and third is $250. While we hope that you will use this money to further your education, there are no restrictions. Submissions must be in English. You may access our website for more information and to upload your contribution.

An independent committee will judge the submissions and will be blinded as to the name, gender, and site of origin of the work. Submissions will be judged on originality, passion, and ability to communicate the meaning and importance of One Health. We will accept submissions through midnight, on a date to be determined, and the winners will be announced on May 1, 2021. There will be a virtual award ceremony following the announcement. On behalf of the Committee, I hope that your creative instincts are piqued by this challenge and that, regardless of whether you win, you will learn more about One Health and be stimulated to be more aware of the ways One Health impacts your life.

ONE Health Student Essay Competition

A message from HISD

We are aware that there are unofficial sources of information regarding HISD operations that may not contain correct or up-to-date information. We therefore invite you to follow approved district communication venues to avoid any confusion.

Any news or updates to district operations that are required as a result of inclement weather or other emergencies, including closures or shifts to virtual learning, will be posted via the following HISD sources, as well as from your associated campus:

The sources listed above should be considered the official means of communications from the district.



EF Tours Greece Trip

Tatiana McBride (a health science teacher at DeBakey HSHP) is doing an EF Tour Summer 2022.   She  has done an EF tour as a student when she was 15 years old, and she has also taken DeBakey students on an EF tour during Spring Break 2019 to Italy.  Originally,  this tour “Athhens and the Islands” was scheduled for Summer 2020,  but it has been moved to Summer 2022 due to the pandemic. There will be a virtual  interest meeting on March 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM. If you are interested please check out the flyer for more information and to register for the meeting: Greece 2022 Tour Invite Flyer (1)




Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 564 170 1447








PTO NEWS February 3, 2021

Our next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 564 170 1447






John’s Hopkins Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
The Association for Pre-College Program Directors is proud to present the 2021 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs, a series of virtual events that provide students and their families the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US college and universities.

Representatives from Johns Hopkins Engineering (Explore Engineering Innovation and Biomedical Engineering Innovation) will be at the fairs on:

At each fair, attendees may:
  • Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives.
  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience.
Registration is FREE to attendees. We invite you to visit the Virtual Fairs website at for complete information on dates, times, and which institutions will be represented at each event. We also encourage you to visit, where you can search participating programs by your grade level, academic interests, and more.

Registration for the February fairs is open on the Virtual Fairs website.

Questions about the event can be submitted to PCPDVirtualFairsInfo@gmail.comThe Engineering Innovation Team
Johns Hopkins Engineering


Tulane Pre-College Programs
Tulane Pre-College Programs invites you to the Association for Pre-College Program Directors’ 2021 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs, a series of virtual events that provide students, families, and education professionals the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US college and universities. We will have representatives at the fair TODAY, February 3rd, from 7 PM – 9 PM EST.
At each fair, attendees may:
  • Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives.
  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, and how to make the most out of your summer program experience.
Registration is FREE to attendees. You can visit the Virtual Fairs website for complete information on dates, times, and which institutions will be represented at each event. We also encourage you to check out, where you can search participating programs by grade level, academic interests, financial aid, and more.


Duke Pre-College
Duke Pre-College invites you to attend the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs! Learn about summer programs for high school students at Duke University and other top colleges and universities from across the United States.
  • Visit virtual booths to ask questions and text or video chat with program representatives.
  • Participate in webinars on choosing the right summer program for you, strengthening your application, and enhancing your experience to make the most of your summer program.
Registration is FREE for attendees (one attendee per household). Click here for complete information on registration, dates, times, and participating institutions.

Duke Pre-College representatives are available for all scheduled fair events!




The Class of 2021 has worked very hard throughout the last four years, especially this last year of not seeing each other. They deserve a heart-warming celebration for their accomplishments. Please support the Senior Class with your purchase of the aprons. To purchase, please email your name and the quantity that you would like.  You can pick up your at either one of the two following locations. If you have the exact change or check (made payable to DeBakey PTO) that would be great.
1. Bellaire Dental Center, P.A.
8282 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 147
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 778-0100
Please call us when you arrive in the parking lot for us to get your apron MON WED THU FRI SAT 10am-4pm (no Tuesday and Sunday)
2. Mrs. Nellie Naidoo
4324 Dorothy St.
Belaire, TX 77401
(832) 721-4945
Please call Nellie ahead of time to let her know when you are planning to come.
We are grateful for your support of the senior class!

Virtual Volleyball for all students/all grades. Please encourage your student to sign up to attend. We may not be able to play in person (yet), but we can online. Volleyball meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 pm – 5 pm via Zoom. No experience needed, all levels welcome. Topics will include: skills, ball handling, positions, nutrition, exercise, drills, indoor/beach, teamwork, conditioning, rules of play,  and much more.  This will help us get ready for when we can play in person. Students who are interested please email  More information is posted on the HUB for students.