Summer Schools Starting For Former North Forest Students

Earlier this week, HISD crews were working at Shadydale Elementary to begin the North Forest's transition into HISD. Next week, summer school begins.
This week the North Forest Independent School District officially closed down and became part of Houston ISD. The merger will get its first trial run in the classroom next week, when summer school starts.

Just when students in North Forest thought it was summer break, school is back in session.

Summer school starts Monday for nearly 1,000 students in North Forest.

Lupita Hinojosa is with the Houston Independent School District. She says HISD is mailing letters and calling students who need to come.

“Summer school is extremely important now because it will give students the opportunity to retake a test and or retake a class.”

She says that way the students can move onto the next grade. Or in the case of 41 seniors, they can graduate high school.

To handle the summer session, Hinojosa says HISD has hired its best teachers.

“We will be presenting this in a more interactive manner, using different textbooks than they used last year.”

She says HISD will also work on things beyond pure academics.

“We know this is a time that the community will be testing us, you know, that they really don’t know who we are and how we operate. It is a time for us to build trust and relationship.”

She says there has to be strong relationship between a school district, a student and their family if that student is going to be successful in school.

 

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Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

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