HISD SUPERINTENDENT CHANGE

At the HISD Board of Trustees meeting on 10/11, Interim Superintendent Lathan was replaced with a former HISD Superintendent, Dr. Saavedra, effective Monday, 10/15. Trustee Davila made the motion, which passed 5-4 with Davila, Sung, Lira, Vilaseca, and Santos (Travis’ trustee) voting in favor. This was done with no warning, no community input, no research, and no discussion as a full board about the merits or potential issues resulting from such an action. Recording of meeting available here. However, on Sunday, 10/14, Dr. Saavedra confirmed to the Houston Chronicle he would not be coming to HISD as he was unaware his appointment had not been openly discussed by the full board, meaning Dr. Lathan will remain in the role of interim superintendent. The Superintendent’s role as leader of HISD is far too critical to leave to chance. Contact your trustee to let them know that HISD students and families deserve more.

 Demand better from our trustees. Demand transparency. Demand accountability. Demand community input. Demand civility in public discourse. Demand HISD kids are put before personal politics.

 -Jenny Teague, PTA President

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WORK DAY FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Our National Wildlife Federation (NWF) grant as a Monarch Heroes school requires us to have our Monarch butterfly garden underway by November 1.  Please join us on Sunday, October 21, 8am-12pm to help prepare the garden, and tell others who may be interested!

We will be building up a bed of good, organically rich soil in which to plant our native seeds and plants. Please bring a wheelbarrow and shovel if you have them.  I have two wheelbarrows and several shovels in the garden; however, it will go much faster if we have many working at the same time.

A reminder of why we need to help Monarchs:  Unfortunately, in the past 20 years, the population of Monarch butterflies in North America has dropped by 90%.  There is a growing effort here and in Mexico to reverse this decline and bring back this beautiful insect to its former population.  Here in Houston, that effort focuses on planting native nectar plants for Monarch butterflies to sip on and enjoy, and planting native milkweed which is suited to our climate and will die back in winter, encouraging migration to Mexico.

Thanks for being part of this urgent effort to keep our beautiful migrating butterfly around for future generations.

-- Ms. West, Garden Instructor


MYON SUPER STARS!

HISD’s Read to Succeed competition through myON runs through January 31st and is open to all grade levels. Congratulations to this week’s MyOn super readers. Outstanding job!

-- Ms. Sims, School Librarian

  • K: Ilona D. – 136 minutes

  • 1st: Samyuktha N. – 194 minutes

  • 2nd: Anchana A. – 145 minutes

  • 3rd: Dylan C. – 187 minutes

  • 4th: Haider C. – 217 minutes

  • 5th: Elliot D. 82 minutes

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ART CAR PRESENTATION

PTA Arts Co-Chair Lori Horvilleur  worked with second grade teachers to welcome artist Rebecca Lowe and her amazing art car, “Map of Space & Time”, for a visit in early October. It’s this kind of cooperation between our community, PTA, and teachers that gives Travis that ‘outta this world’ zing! 

Thanks to our PTA board members, second grade teachers, Ms. Lowe, and everyone else that worked so hard to make this special event happen for our second graders.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS

  • Early voting for midterm elections runs from October 22-November 2. Election Day is November 6th. Please get out and vote! In 2016, Texas had a voter turnout of just over 51%, one of the lowest in the country. Every vote counts! You can find election and early voting information HERE.

  • National PTA: Take Action! Here is a link to finding your state congressional members and contacting them when it comes to key votes related to education. You can also sign up for alerts regarding votes of interest, as well as viewing PTA’s positions regarding education.

  • HISD Special Education Fall Parent Summit is set for October 27. This event serves as an opportunity for HISD to better support families and empower them to be a partner in their child’s education. The theme of the event is “Beginning with the End in Mind” and will address topics such as Child Find, Autism, Behavior, Inclusion and Transition.

-Julie O’Sullivan and Ruby Powers, PTA Legislative Action Co-Chairs  




NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY

HISD’s Read to Succeed competition through myON is well underway and we would like to recognize the top readers per grade level for week 2. Remember, the competition runs through January 31st and is open to all grade levels. Please help me give a big round of applause to the following students for a job well done! -- Ms. Sims, School Librarian

K: Ilona Dooley - 115 minutes
1st: Gabriella Tchakarov - 36 minutes
2nd: Piper Meachum - 204 minutes
3rd: Oscar Davis - 177 minutes
4th: Genevieve Borges - 195 minutes
5th: Carlos Barrera - 85 minutes

 

 

THERE’S STILL TIME TO BECOME A CARNIVAL SPONSOR!

In my second year as Sponsorship Captain, I am still blown away by the generosity of the Travis Community. Within days of the announcement, we already have over two dozen Carnival sponsors. It is a tremendous encouragement to know that our teachers will be directly benefiting from the Carnival proceeds.

It's not too late to become a sponsor. Head over to the Carnival Page, and sign up today. Thanks to the families and businesses that have already signed up:

The Banchetti Family/Vortex Companies
Powers Law Group/Burak & Ruby Powers
Rhys Roemisch & Family
Sara Black/Berkshire Hathaway
Caroline Schlemmer, Realtor
Liberty Auto Sales, INC
First Imperial Mortgage
Beauty Counter/Christina & Dusty Wilkerson
Amanda McMillian & Benjamin Holloway
Day Family: Kate, Jonathan, Molly, Charlie
The Silva Family
The Lindsay Family
The Sumners Family
Liberty Kitchen
Jennifer Gangeri - Martha Turner Sothebys
Sarah Goodner, Realtor
AOMEGA Products and the Nicholas Family
Kidventure Camp
The Snyder Family
Jessica & Alyssa Borrego
The Tull Family
The Tamminga Family
The Saunders Smith Family
The Tapper Family
The Smedley Family
The Teague Family
The Swinick Family
The French Family
Charlsie Idol & Trevor Schultz
The Kirby Family
The Case Family

-- Rebekah Baker, Sponsorship Captain

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CORPORATE MATCHING FOR PTA DONATIONS

As the Carnival Sponsorships and general PTA budget donations continue to roll in, we wanted to take a minute to thank your for your generous support of our wonderful school community and remind you of a potential passive fundraising source that may be hiding right under your nose. Does your company participate in corporate matching of charitable donations? Many companies do. Some even double or triple your gift! So many companies, ranging from local to national and small to large, participate that listing them all here would be impossible, but a quick check with your HR department should give you an answer. If you would like us to do a preliminary check for you, just send as an email with your employer's name at finance@travispta.org, and we can research it for you.

 

 

NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH & NO PLACE FOR HATE AT TRAVIS

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Travis is implementing lessons and activities focused on raising awareness of bullying and treating others with kindness and compassion. Students will learn the importance of how we treat each other and the impact our words and actions have on others around us.

Participating in Bullying Prevention Month is our first planned activity on the path to becoming a No Place for Hate school, a designation we have held for many years in the past. As part of this process, students participate in three designated activities throughout the school year. Students will hear daily messages from the School Counselor in the morning and will complete special lessons and activities in their classrooms. Every student and staff member will be signing the Resolution of Respect, another No Place for Hate school requirement, during the first week of October. Students will receive a “mini” version of the Resolution to paste in their Tiger Binders/Planners.

The school-wide Kindness Challenge also kicks off this month. Students are encouraged to do acts of kindness for others all month long. If a student is on the receiving end of an act of kindness, the student is encouraged to record the act on a paper heart and submit it to their teachers. We will begin to fill up our Travis Kindness Tree with the paper hearts and watch the tree grow throughout the rest of the year. The Kindness Tree is located in the main hallway by the Multipurpose Room. I encourage you to stop by and read about all the kind things our students and staff are doing for each other.

-- Leslie Smith, School Counselor and Rhonda Welch, Health and Wellness Chair

 

 

LIMITED EDITION TRAVIS GARDEN T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!

Show your love for the Travis garden with a new, limited edition Garden T-shirt! Available in youth and adult sizes, the tees are 100% cotton and offered in three nature-inspired colors. These shirts are part of a limited edition run in celebration of the Travis garden, and orders will only be accepted through November 15th. These garden t-shirts will sell quickly, so snag yours HERE!

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REMINDER: PIE IN THE SKY FUNDRAISER FOR FIFTH GRADE

From now until October 17 Travis fifth graders are taking orders for fresh and delicious Pie in the Sky pies, with delivery just in time for Thanksgiving. Each pie is $25.00, and the proceeds from this sale support end of year events, including the moving on ceremony. For questions, to place an order, or to make a donation, please email Randall Gibson or Stephanie Riceman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: WOODLAND PARK 3RD ANNUAL SCOUT CLEANUP DAY

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 4 from 2-4pm as we help to clean up a local treasure. All Scouts, friends, family and neighbors are welcome. Woodland Park is located at 212 Parkview St, Houston 77009.

To register your group, please email Lauren Lindsay and complete the online waiver on the FWP website. All materials provided and fun patches available for purchase. We hope to see you there!

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NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKERS DAY

 Today, October 2, is National Custodial Workers Day!We have a tremendous custodial crew at Travis, led by the amazing Mr. Vaquiz.We are so grateful for all they do to keep our school safe, clean, and in good working order.Whenever you see one of the team, be sure to give them a high five and thank you for a job well done!


SAVE THE DATE: COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL

What a fabulous first Coffee with the PTA on September 28th! We welcomed over 100 guests and shared breakfast, fellowship, and news and updates from PTA.  The next Coffee with the PTA will be held on November 30th - we hope to see you there!

 In the meantime, mark your calendars for Friday, October 26, at 7:30 am, when Mr. Day will host the first "Coffee with the Principal" in the library.  This is a time to hear school updates, share your feedback and concerns, and ask any questions you may have about curriculum, classes, or culture at Travis.  Bonus: PTA is again bringing breakfast, so you can enjoy a quick bite and a coffee while engaging with school leadership and fellow parents.

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BRING YOUR PARENT TO PE WEEK

Come exercise and play with your child during their PE class the week of October 8-12! See the flyer that went home in the Tuesday folder regarding the day and time that your child comes to PE. For more information, please contact PE Teacher Sharon Dodd.