Week of October 18, 2021

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Perry Outreach Program

We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at UT Health McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

We are now seeking applicants for our Houston, TX program. Participants should be students who gender-identify as female or nonbinary in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the November 4, 2021 application deadline.

Additional information can be found on our website:

The application may be accessed directly using the following link:

More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here.

In addition to this in-person event in your area, we will also be offering Perry Virtual Experience sessions this Fall. Perry Outreach Program alumnae are welcome to register for a PVE session. If you are new to the Perry Initiative, participating in the POP will not disqualify you from a PVE at a later date. Dates and details for each session can be found at

Opportunity for MedSci Seniors

Seniors, if you are interested in being a medical volunteer scribe for Casa El Buen Samaritano please fill out this interest form. A representative from Casa El Buen Samaritano will contact you with additional details. This opportunity does required you to be 18 years old. If you are not yet 18 years old you can volunteer in the spring.


Texas Internship Challenge

Texas Internship Challenge:

The Texas Internship Challenge encourages students to participate in the thousands of internships around the state to gain the marketable skills employers are looking for. Internships help you explore career opportunities, network with employers, and earn a salary or school credit. Start your search by entering your keyword in the search bar above. Click here to register and enter your résumé.

Listen to the Wellness Tool Box Podcast

This is a PODCAST is host and produce by one of our Engineering Academy students. Check out her Podcast at

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Hightower High School Calendar

You can view Hightower HS calendar for the latest school activities.


Hightower College Career Military Readiness

Mrs. Hidalgo, your College and Career Advisor is available for students to seek advice in regards to postsecondary planning, assist with college applications, applying for scholarships, revise college essays, inform students about different colleges, and assist with Military recruitment. Parents are also welcome to reach out to Mrs. Hidalgo if they have questions and concerns regarding post-secondary education/careers.

Want to know more? CLICK HERE

Hightower Academy Booster Club

Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Students of 2021-2022 HTHS DMA & MedSci Academy!

The Hightower Academy Booster Club wants to welcome you to the exciting year 2021-2022. We would like to provide you with a brief introduction to the Academy Booster Club.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HTHS Academy MedSci Booster Club?

Hightower High School – The Academy Booster Club is a 501c non-profit organization formed to help our students reach their potential, and is composed solely of volunteers. We offer a variety of ways for volunteers to lend a hand and encourage everyone to participate, whether in concessions sales, fundraising, and event planning. Through the donations of both time and finances, we are able to provide grants to teachers for unfunded projects. The club has also been instrumental in helping students gain real-life experience through internship placements. It includes parents, teachers, and students committed to academic growth who contribute financially and/or by volunteering.

WHO CAN JOIN THE HTHS Academy MedSci Booster Club?

The Booster Club is made up of parents, players, siblings, grandparents, teachers, and others throughout the community. All are welcome, no experience is necessary! Once you sign-up, please complete the FBISD volunteer background check form, which can be filled and submitted online. (

HOW IS THE HTHS Academy MedSci Booster Club FUNDED?

The Booster Club is funded through membership dues, donations from individuals and businesses, and fundraising activities.


Once you pay your membership fee, you can decide how much time and what level of involvement you can provide. Our First Booster Club meeting will be held monthly once (Date and time will be communicated later). We welcome your ideas and your vote in decision-making. The HTHS Academy MedSci Booster Club Board is excited to be working on your behalf to make this year’s HTHS MedSci Booster club GREAT! Working together, we can create a fun and memorable experience for our students.

· The HTHS Medical Science Academy booster club is responsible for supporting student groups, activities, and programs.

· HTHS Medical Science Academy prides itself in academic excellence within the student body by promoting academic success at HTHS Medical Science students .

· HTHS Medical Science Academy will fundraise for out-of-state competitions

· Provide educational programs/opportunities that go beyond the responsibility of the school system.

· Provide funding assistance to students and faculty who participate in extracurricular academic functions and competitions on behalf of HTHS Medical Academy High School.

· Reward students' academic excellence

· Cooperate with organizations that promote and nurture academic excellence

· The HTHS Academic Booster Club offers teachers assistance toward enhancing the education of HTHS academy students.

· HTHS Medical Academy teachers may apply for an Academic Booster Club Mini-Grant for key projects. equipment and professional development that are not funded by the school system.

· We prefer to fund items that can be used from year to year and will benefit many students.

HOW DO I JOIN THE HTHS Academy MedSci Booster Club?

To receive all future communications, please fill the following google form:

To become a member/help support the booster club, please CLICK HERE for the pdf application form, and scan and send to


HTHS MedSci Booster Club

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CPR, AED and First Aid Online Course

First aid basics such as how to check responsiveness and recognize symptoms, kick off this free online course, before you are guided through the steps to treat injuries and illnesses. Learn about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to respond to choking. Complete this course and apply for certification to gain international accreditation of your new life-saving skills.


Once you successfully completed the course, make sure to take a screen shot of your certificate and insert it to the enrichment form and upload to Schoology.


Fall Enrichments Due December 9th
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Volunteer Form and Link for Upload

Fall 12.5 Volunteer Hours Due December 9th




MedSci Academy students are required to complete 25 hours a year of volunteering. That breaks down to 12.5 hours each semester. You will be able to find volunteer opportunities in each weeks newsletter.
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Send A Smile Today Volunteer Opportunity

Do you wish to volunteer with Send A Smile Today™ to earn community service hours? Here are the guidelines for earning volunteer hours:



Click here for our card making guidelines for further details.

Houston Audubon Volunteer Opportunities.

Founded by volunteers in 1969, the mission of Houston Audubon is to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments.

From supporting our staff at our headquarters, to maintaining trails on our Bird Sanctuaries, to increasing appreciation and understanding of birds throughout Houston, and more, volunteers are the lifeblood of Houston Audubon!

Read below to learn more about our current volunteers needs and how you can get involved in helping protect bird habitat in your community. Click the link below for more information


This is a virtual/digital volunteer opportunity. Student need to sign up to volunteer. By signing up Smithsonian will record your date and time under "MY WORK" when you log in to transcribe. However, it will not track the amount of time you spend on each document. Therefore, each completed document you will receive .5 hours of credit. There is a 3 HOURs MAX for this volunteer opportunity. Take a screen of your "My Work" page showing your name and completed pages to get credit. No signature is need for this volunteer opportunity. CLICK HERE for more information about tracking your volunteer work with the Smithsonian



Second Mile

Whether you love to work one-on-one with people in need or to work diligently behind the scenes, we have a place for you. People like you give their time and talents to help us serve our neighbors through the most devastating moments of their life. We could not do this work without generous volunteers. Volunteers ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    1. Before your volunteer session and for a quicker check-in, complete this online volunteer application:
    2. Please be sure to sign in at the volunteer kiosk and sign out after volunteering. We will not be able to process your volunteer records without these steps.

    Mask Mandate Update (August 2021)

    In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines and with the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, masks are required for all individuals who enter Second Mile.

    Thank you for your help in supporting this ministry while prioritizing the health of our community.



Please join us in saving lives by preparing medical supplies for shipment to hospitals and clinics in need around the world. Activities may include organizing warehouse inventory, sorting medical supplies, supporting administrative efforts, pulling for and loading containers, or other projects to be accomplished for the day. This will be a fun, engaging, and hands-on experience.

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment needed to deliver healthcare in communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to people in need in more than 130 countries.

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Scroll to the calendar and select a date which you are available (Make sure to go fast, spots are filling up!)
  3. Select “Sign Up” and “Create new account”
  4. Once you have created your account, you will be emailed a confirmation
  5. Students below 18 must print/ fill out a waiver form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the event *The waiver will be in your email confirmation
  6. New volunteers must arrive 10-15 minutes early to their volunteer slot for an orientation

Important Information:

Thank you for volunteering to serve with Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E.’s Houston facility is located at 8303 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77055. We are located in Spring Branch near the intersection of Bingle and Kempwood.

Before arriving, please review the safety guidelines in this video.

Also, please keep the following in mind:

  • Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes in the warehouse.
  • Please dress comfortably and wear weather appropriate clothing - the warehouse can be warm in the summer and cool in the winter.
  • Some of our tasks can be physically demanding but are always optional
  • Minimum age to volunteer is 15 (under 18 requires parent/legal guardian signed consent in advance).

We look forward to working with you soon! Thanks for your interest in helping in our mission of "delivering Health & Hope to the world!"

The safety of our volunteers and staff is our top priority. We are taking all possible precautions. During your volunteer time, we will be following CDC recommendations and all volunteers and staff are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask and gloves. If you have your own mask, please bring it to your volunteer session. Disposable masks will be provided if needed. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout your volunteer session. Please do not come volunteer if you are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone feeling ill. Your support in maintaining a safe facility is tremendously appreciated!

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Attire: Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes. We recommend comfortable, weather-appropriate attire that you don't mind getting dusty. The warehouse is colder in winters and warmer in summers.
  • Timing: Please arrive on time. You will be led by a Volunteer Leader and they will need adequate time to explain to you what will need to be done.
  • Food/drink: You are welcome to bring water and small snacks with you if you wish.
  • Age: The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old; volunteers younger than 18 years old will need parent/legal guardian consent signature.
  • Cancellation concern: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so we do not schedule staff unnecessarily.

We look forward to working with you soon! Thank you for helping us in delivering health and hope to the world.

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CLICK HERE if you having issue with your student password.

The Aggie Homework Helpline

The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is an initiative to help provide quality, free online tutoring to PK-12 learners and families. The mission of the AHH is to connect Texas families and school district partners with Aggie tutors and education interns who are committed to improving learning outcomes for PK-12 students.

Tutoring appointments through the AHH can be scheduled between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. CST Friday.


Questions About Transportation

I know some of you have been asking about transportation for academies students who have chosen to return to face to face instructions. It's my hope after the district has a better picture of the number of students request face-to-face instruction, FBISD transportation will be better able to coordinate bus routes for pick-up and drop-off. If you have specific questions about your child transportation you can contact FBISD Transportation at (281) 634-4077 or email them at

For further concerns or questions you can always go on FBISD Let's Talk and voice your concerns or questions. This is the best way for FBISD leadership to hear your concerns and questions.

Medical Science Academy Student Website

Check out the new Medical Science Academy Student Website CLICK HERE


Schoology Codes: All 9th graders make sure you join the Class of 2025 Schoology course. This is where you will upload your enrichment and receive credit.

Class of 2021 - R9NM6-9QZH9

Class of 2022 - 73CW-ZBRT-GS82P

Class of 2024 -XVZT-FZWW-ZHQKC

Class of 2025 - RNZ5-CXX6-82Q23

Remind Codes

Join remind to get the latest news and updates from your academy officers.

Text the correct code to the number 81010

@medsci2022 - seniors

@medsci2023 - juniors

@medsci2024 - sophmres

@medsci2025 - freshmen

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