Names chosen for two new HISD schools

August 11, 2008 11:01:53 AM PDT
Names have been chosen for two new HISD schools. Now all they need is official board approval.After receiving hundreds of votes from students, parents and community members, the new names for the two newly created schools at old Sam Houston High School are Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center and Sam Houston Ninth-Grade College-Preparatory Academy.

The HISD Board of Education will vote on officially accepting the new names on Thursday, August 14 during its regular monthly meeting, which begins at 5pm.

"We believe the new names reflect an important piece of the educational transformation taking place at the school and identify our focus on the future," said HISD North Region Superintendent Cynthia Wilson. "We will prepare our students for college and the future by concentrating in the academic areas of math, science and technology, while also maintaining a piece of the past."

The names were selected by students, parents and community members, who cast their votes via an online survey through the school's website. Paper ballots were also collected at the school. The winning names were then presented for final approval to the campus Transition Advisory Team, which consists of the principals, community representatives, business partners and parents.

The Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, under the leadership of Principal Jane Crump, will focus on in-depth science, math, and technology, with college preparation and career pathways leading to college for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth-graders.

The Sam Houston Ninth-Grade College-Preparatory Academy will follow the same instructional lines for college preparation. But in addition, Principal Rolando Treviño said, "It will provide a Summer Bridge Program for entering ninth-grade students and a longer school day to allow for participation in electives and extracurricular activities."

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