April 30, 2021
From The Principal
This has no doubt been a challenging year for most all of us. In spite of the pandemic, isolation, virtual learning and all of the stress and anxiety that has come with it, Heights High School Students have done AMAZING things this year!
Our football team came in 1st in district play for the first time in the schools 6A history and made it to the second round of the playoffs (and broke Lamar High Schools 76 game winning streak). Our Volleyball Team finished strong in district play and competed in the first round of the playoffs. Our Varsity Girls Basketball Team finished first in district play for the second consecutive year . Our Varsity boys basketball team finished second in district play. Both teams reached the Regional Quarter Finals in the playoffs. Girls Soccer finished second in district plays while Boys Soccer finished fourth with both teams making it to the playoffs. Our Girls Softball Team end the season as the second place team in district and made it to the playoffs in 9 years! They hardily defeated Stratford High School Wednesday night to move on to the second round! Baseball has one game left in the season, but has already clenched a play off spot.
Heights Redcoats are National, yes you read that right, NATIONAL champions. Our Bulldog Band had a great season both on and off the field. Most recently receiving 1st Division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. Within all of these groups there were a number of students recognized individually for their contributions.
We have also had a National Merit Scholar, surpassed the amount of award money for seniors than we had last year, 14 students have successfully completed Level 1 Certificates in Digital Communications through their HCC Dual Credit classes and more! We will highlight more Academic Accomplishments as we close out the year.
I'm so Bulldog proud of our students and our teachers who have supported them in their endeavors through all of the challenges. I know the year has been challenging, and I know we don't always get it right, but as we begin Teacher Appreciation Week next week, please reach out and thank a teacher past or present that has made a difference in your child's life. They need your encouragement as we work to finish the year strong!
From the AP Coordinator, Ms. Martinez
AP paper exams begin next week.
See https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ for administration 1 exam schedule.
Please make sure you are reading emails sent from Mr. Davis regarding times and locations.
IMPORTANT FOR DIGITAL AP EXAM TAKERS:
AP students using the HISD Laptop for AP Testing, please do not wait to make an appointment to swap out your device. When making the appointment, have your work backed up to the Cloud (Google or OneDrive) AND please indicate ALL the computer applications you need downloaded, such as Wabbit, GMetrix, Adobe Photoshop, etc. This helps speed up the process, otherwise it can take up to 45 minutes. Helpful Information can be found here: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/188360
Information, Updates, and Action Items for ALL families
Summer School: Sign up for summer school is underway. If you have not received credit for all courses this year due to grades or attendance, please sign up for summer school to stay on track for graduation. The link for signing up is below.
Dates: Thursday - Friday, June 17 - June 18
Monday - Thursday, June 21 - June 24
Monday - Thursday, June 28 - July 1
Tuesday - Thursday, July 6 - July 8
Instructional Delivery: There will be no concurrent instruction (how we are doing it now). Teachers will teach either virtual classes or face-to-face but not both at the same time. You will need to choose whether you will be on campus or virtual for summer school. Once classes begin you will not be able to change your selection.
Semester Exams: Grades 9 - 11 will take final exams on June 8 - 11. Students have the opportunity to exempt exams based on grades and attendance. Please see page 12 - 13 for the exam exemption policy (link is copied below the summer school original credit registration below).
Grades and Attendance: Today is the last day of the 5th grading cycle. If students need to turn in excuse notes for attendance, please turn them in as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about attendance, please check with the teacher first.
Graduation: Heights High School Graduation will take place on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. on Delmar Field, 2020 Mangum Road, Houston, Texas. Recommended social distancing practices will continue. A limited number of tickets will be issued to each graduate. I anticipate that it will be 8 tickets. Tickets will be delivered electronically and no paper tickets will be issued. We have not yet been given the details on how to acquire tickets. Graduation will also be live streamed. We will update you when we have more information.
Important Dates for Seniors:
May 14th: Deadline to register for TSI Assessment
May 19 - 20: TSI Testing On Campus
May 26, 2021: Go Texan Day/Senior Picnic, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
June 1 - June 4: Senior Final Exams
June 7: T-shirt, Panoramic Picture, Graduation Chord pick up and Laptop Return
June 8: Senior Breakfast and Graduation Practice
June 9: Car Parade (time TBD)
June 10: Graduation Practice, Final Check out
June 11: Graduation
AP Students: If you are using an HISD laptop for AP Testing, please make an appointment to swap out your lap top. Make sure your work is backed up to the cloud AND please indicate ALL the computer applications you need downloaded (Wabbit, GMetrix, Photoshop, etc). Helpful information can be found here: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/188360
US History STAAR Exam: This will take place on campus May 20th. This is a graduation requirement for students. If you have not already updated your computer and downloaded the new STAAR testing App, please do so as soon as possible. If you need assistance, please contact Tech Town.
Course Selections: If you have NOT met with Ms. Moctezuma to make course requests for next year, please email her and schedule a meeting on TEAMS. Rising Juniors who have opted into the IB Programme should receive a call from Ms. Nelson, IB Coordinator, in early May regarding scheduling for next year.
Credits: In order to be classified as a Junior next year, you must have 12 credits. If you did not pass all of your classes first semester or are concerned about classes from this semester, please sign up for summer school.
Course Selection: 9th grade (Rising Sophomore) Counselor is working through alphabet and continuing to schedule meetings with students to discuss courses and other needs. N-Z will be the focus for May. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
Credits: In order to be classified as a sophomore next school year, you MUST have 6 credits. If you failed classes first semester, or you did not receive credit because of excessive absences (noted with an * or NG on your report card), please sign up for summer classes.
College Center News and Information
Weekly Open Advising Hours: Monday 11:00AM, Wednesday 5:00PM, Friday 11:00AM. (Team Channel code: wusuhka)
PTO Presentation: The Force is Strong with College Advising- May 4th at 6:00PM. (live event. Check PTO for link)
Analyzing Awards/Offers: Need help understanding grants, scholarships, loans?- May 6th at 11:00AM and/or 3:00PM (Team Channel code: wusuhka)
From the Registrar's Office
- HHS Off-Campus Course Pre-Approval – Work with your Counselor to make sure that you complete this form BEFORE ENROLLING in any courses off campus.
- Request Verification of Enrollment for DACA – For students who need enrollment verification for DACA documentation.
- Off-Campus Physical Education Equivalent Program (OCPEEP) – Must be submitted, processed and approved by the District Office by June 30, 2021 for 2021-2022 school year.
- HHS Transcript Request – Remember Transcripts are only updated at the conclusion of each semester, after Final Exam grades have been finalized.
- HHS Verification of Enrollment (VOE) – Request VOE for TxDPS, Legal Proceedings, etc.
- Other HHS Registrar Office Services – Address updates, Enrollment forms, Diploma
- Reorder/Pickup, etc.