2020 - 2021 Academic School Year | Week #5: 10/5/2020 - 10/9/2020
Important Alerts
There is one more week of virtual learning for all students. The face-to-face option begins Monday, October 19th. PSAT for 9th, 11th, and SAT for 12th graders will happen over a span of three days during the final week of October. Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated on Monday October 12th.
*Some browsers will shorten this newsletter - if so, be sure to click "view entire message" at the bottom so that you can see all of our news!
Updates & Events
Important Dates
  • October 11th - Last Day of Early Bird Senior Dues Pricing
  • October 12th - Immunization Records are Due to Nurse Singh
  • October 16th - Last day of virtual school for all
  • October 19th - First day of Face-to-Face option
  • October 22th - Freshman Parent Meeting
  • October 27th - 12th grade SAT on campus (non-testers work at home)
  • October 28th - 9th grade PSAT on campus (non-testers work at home)
  • October 29th - 11th grade PSAT on campus (non-testers work at home)
  • October 29th - Financial Aid Roadshow
  • November 3rd - Election Day - all learners will be virtual
SAT & PSAT Testing
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The final week of October, we will be hosting PSAT and SAT testing. For these dates, the testing group must be in person on campus for testing purposes and all non-testers are required to attend school virtually. Testing students must arrive to campus by 7:30am.

The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT that's offered every October. It also serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards $2,500 scholarships annually to high-scoring 11th graders.
 
The SAT is a test meant to display college-readiness, by measuring key skills like: reading comprehension, computational ability, and clarity of expression. Students have the opportunity to earn scores that qualify them for SAT-Based Scholarships at Specific Schools is another way to win a scholarship money for SAT scores at specific colleges.

All non-testers will be virtual learners for these dates.

  • Tuesday, October 27th – SAT 12th grade
  • Wednesday, October 28th – PSAT 9th grade
  • Thursday, October 29th – PSAT 11th grade
 
10th graders take PSAT in March 2021.
Freshman Parent Meeting
FRESHMAN PARENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Energy Institute will be hosting a virtual freshman parent meeting on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM. The first half of the meeting will include information about credits, how to read a transcript, graduation requirements, GPA, grades, college planning, internships, externships, and summer programs. The second half of the meeting will be a tech workshop about the HUB and PowerSchools. If a parent from another grade level wants to join, all are welcome. The information covered during the first half of the meeting will be similar to what was covered in previous years, though.

You can access the meeting at www.tinyurl.com/9thGradeParentMeeting

If you have any Questions, please reach out to Noelle MacGregor at Noelle.MacGregor@houstonisd.org
Immunization Documentation
HEALTH RECORDS REMINDER

Dear students and families,

I hope everyone is off to a good start this year. My name is Jennifer Singh and I am EIHS' school nurse. Currently I am reviewing immunization records and am still missing immunization records from some students.

Whether you are attending in person or remote learning, you are required to turn in an immunization record. A signed or stamped immunization record with MD signature or clinic stamp is necessary.
 
This is due by Monday October 12, 2020, or your child will not be able to attend school or remote into the classes.
 
Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you have any questions, please email me at: Jennifer.Singh@houstonisd.org
 
Jennifer Singh BSN, RN
School Nurse
FAFSA Requirements & Deadlines
FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!
The federal government and many colleges use the FAFSA application to calculate how much financial aid you qualify for. The earlier you complete it, the better. Start your financial aid application now, at the link below; submit by January 15. 2021 to be eligible for the most financial aid money and a chance to win a $500 scholarship.
To complete financial aid, you will need all of the following parent and student information:
  • Social Security Number (If applicable)
  • 2019 income tax returns and W-2s
  • Birth dates
  • Email
  • Month & year parent(s) married/ separated/divorced/widowed (if applicable)
To get started, visit: FSAID.ed.gov
Below are various resources to help you!
  • There are step-by-step directions at https://studentaid.gov/articles/things-you-need-for-fafsa/.
  • You can attend a Virtual Road Show meeting. Links and details are found in the PDF linked in this bullet point. Energy has been assigned to October 29th, however, due to the virtual nature, parents can attend the October 1st or October 15th dates if needed.
  • We have a new amazing College Counselor at Energy, Ms. Cynthia Brooks. If you would like some one-on-one help, she is willing to meet with you virtually and can help you step-by-step. You can email her at Cynthia.Brooks@houstonisd.org to set up an appointment.
Technology Service Request
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE

If your child is having issues with technology, please submit a tech request form at: https://tinyurl.com/EnergyTechService

  • Want to learn more about using the HUB? Click HERE!
  • Want to learn more about using Microsoft Teams? Click HERE!
Do You Need Internet Support?
If you are struggling and would like assistance with internet, everyoneon.org can help you find offers, including:

  • Comcast - free for the first 60 days and then $10/month.
  • Call 855-846-8376
  • AT&T - $11/month.
  • Call 833-220-5211
Senior Portraits - Reminder to Sign Up
Your senior year is here! Lot Five Studios is proud to be the official graduation portrait photographer for EIHS Class of 2021! Seniors, get ready to be photographed in your cap and gown and show off your style in your favorite casual outfit.

Begins: Weekends starting September 12th - October 25th and will be approximately an hour long

Location: Lot Five Studios at Winter Street Studios
2102 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

Appointments will be made HERE!
Senior Dues
Senior dues are upon us! All seniors are required to make this one-time payment. If your child is on free and reduced lunch, a reduced fee is available upon request.

What is covered in senior dues?
  • Graduation Ceremony & Professional Graduation Photo
  • Yearbook
  • Cap & Gown
  • Diploma Cover
  • Graduation Panoramic Picture
  • Senior Picnic
  • Senior T-Shirt
  • Senior Breakfast
  • Prom
*Installment plans available upon request.

WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CASH OR MONEY ORDERS THIS YEAR. ALL PAYMENTS SHOUD BE MADE THROUGH SCHOOLPAY.COM. SUBMIT PAYMENTS ONLINE BY USING LINKS ABOVE.
Laptop Forms
If you have not already done so, your laptop forms must be submitted!
Celebrations & Shout Outs!
Shout Out! Ms. Rebecca De La Rosa & Cohort 6
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP & GUEST SPEAKER

Fantastic job, Cohort 6, for taking EIHS on a virtual tour of the San Antonio Water Supply’s Water Recycling Center. Students explored “what happens after the flush” with Heather Ginsburg from the SAWS education department.

Students learned about the process of wastewater treatment and what they can do to be better water consumers. This virtual field trip was in support of their Aquatic Action PBL - where they will find a problem with clean water and create a filter and a social media campaign to address it.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
CELEBRATE NATIVE PEOPLES, MONDAY OCTOBER 12TH

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, is a holiday celebrating the historical, political, cultural, artistic, musical, and linguistic contributions of First Nations / Native American people and communities. As of 2020, the holiday is observed by nine US states and the nation's capitol: Washington D.C. The holiday honors Indigenous communities from Alaska to Texas, to Hawaii for their contributions to American society and their resilience in the face of centuries of colonialism and genocide.

From the language and global-peace contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII, who aided the Allied Forces in defeat of the Nazis; to the civic contributions of the Iroquois Confederacy, which is "often characterized as one of the world’s oldest participatory democracies, the confederacy has persisted into the 21st century," (Britannica) as well as being influential in the drafting of the US Constitution.

First Nations and Indigenous peoples' cultures and languages are still present and thriving. Native peoples' influences pervade US society; from sitting members of the US senate, to water protectors and leaders of the climate change movement. Learn about the hundreds of tribal nations that still exist today, and learn how their indigenous practices, resource management, and perspective can build a more sustainable and equitable tomorrow.

Check out the closest tribal nation to Houston, TX, near Big Thicket National Forest: the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
FINAL WEEK!

Hispanic Americans are the largest minority group in the US today, and the Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the world. We are excited to celebrate the many individuals and culture that has helped to make our country strong. As we continue this heritage month, students will learn more about the varying influences of Hispanic people, culture, art, music, language and community on the US and worldwide!
Weekly Recap
AP Spanish Honoring Hispanic Heritage
Advanced Placement Spanish students created posters to promote the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Energy is excited to share an example of how students are including culture into their lessons. We would also like to share beautiful art and information with the Energy family. Please enjoy perusing this beautiful interactive student-made poster.

Thank you Ms. Rodriguez for this engaging and creative activity!
Cohort 2 - Freshmen
In biology this week students participated in a virtual enzyme lab from their homes! Students were testing the effect of pH and temperature on catalase enzyme activity (catalase is found in liver and potatoes). The students were awesome: following along at home, reporting observations and asking questions. 

Thank you Ms. Lim for this engaging and hands-on activity!
Art & Social Justice
Ms. Martinez's art class has been linking the arts to social justice work. Students were asked: how can we as artists deliver authentic messages utilizing only the materials that are readily available to us?

Students in this activity were asked to use art as a language to express their views on hot topics that are important to them like: LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, climate change, BLM, mental health etc. Students were given freedom to choose their topic, or they could choose from over 50 challenges to choose from. The challenges call for experimentation and pushing the boundaries of normal art making through different choices of materials, actions, and creative problem solving.

Thank you Ms. Martinez for this intentional and empowering activity!
"Flower" By: Beonie Vasquez (10th)
Immigration Reform
By: Aidan McNulty (10th)
Plastics pollution & global warming's effects on the environment.
By: David Chavez (10th)
Mental Health
Student Opportunities
Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities
Back to school means more than hitting the books again; it is a time to hone skills and fuel passions. Get involved and join an EIHS school sponsored club.

Participating in a extra-curricular activity is good for building resumes, relationships, ideas; all while promoting well-being.

Travel Opportunity
DON'T MISS OUT ON A TRIP TO EUROPE!

Register for Ms. Martinez's informational meeting about our Summer 2022 trip to London, Paris and Madrid, be sure to respond here TODAY! 
 
One of the best ways to help students gain new perspectives and build skills for the future is through experiential learning. Travel is an opportunity for students to experience a new way of life and the invaluable chance to develop a sense of independence before graduating.
 
At the meeting, we’ll talk about our itinerary, dates, and cost, and attendees will have the chance to be among the first to enroll, spots are limited!
 
By registering above and attending the meeting, you will be eligible for the $300 scholarship toward the total cost of the tour.
 
The meeting will be October 15th at 6pm! The link to the meeting will be sent once you register at the link above.
 
Let’s give our students something to look forward to. Can’t wait to see you there!
ACE Mentors Program
ACE Mentors has been a partner with HISD for the last 7 years and are interested in expanding their program to more campuses with Architecture, Construction and Engineering.

They offer mentoring and scholarships opportunities for students and is a great place for students to get their foot in the door in that industry.
Department of State Youth Exchange Programs
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITY!

The U.S. Department of State provides over 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions. The CBYX, NSLI-Y, and YES Abroad programs are accepting applications now, Youth Ambassadors will be open soon. Links for more information listed below.


These scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18. Seniors are welcome to apply and can travel after graduation, as long as they meet the age requirement. 

The programs seek to encourage the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their color, creed, or constitution. The programs are particularly interested in recruiting applicants who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.
Best Buy Teen Tech Careers Program
The the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston is seeking tech savvy teens (age 16-19) who would like to enter into their program: Project Invent. The programs empowers students with the 21st-century skills to succeed individually and impact globally, through invention. Their goal is to create a generation of fearless, compassionate problem solvers.

High school students invent technologies that solve real-world problems. Project Invent guides students through the process of empathizing with users, brainstorming creative ideas, building meaningful solutions, and pitching for funding.

Apply by Thursday October 15!

Click here for more information.
Scholarship Alert!
The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship has a variety of scholarship opportunities housed within it. There are state scholarships, career and technical scholarships, targeted scholarship, and national scholarships.

To find out more about each type, click HERE!
UT Austin's Women in Engineering Program
FAB FEMS FRIDAYS!

UTWEP is hosting 3 more “FabFems Fridays” this fall from 12 – 12:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join in, however high school juniors and seniors considering engineering as a major should prioritize to attend.

See events below and follow the links on the dates to register for each.

All FabFems Fridays will be recorded and posted in the Career Chats playlist on UTWEP's YouTube page.

  • October 16: Celebrating Engineers in Medicine, Healthcare & Medical Technology
  • November 6: Celebrating Engineers in Law
  • November 13: Celebrating UT Austin Women in STEM Student Organizations
PTO News
Volunteer committees are forming!

Please email Volunteers@EnergyInstitutePTO.org to add your name to the list. 
Fundraising, Bilingual Outreach and Teacher Appreciation to name a few.
In order to volunteer please renew your VIPS registration by logging on to HoustonISD.org/VIPS to complete your tutorial and application.  

For more information, follow link, hyperlinked to images.
 

¡Se están formando comités de voluntarios!  

Recaudación de fondos, alcance bilingüe y agradecimiento a los maestros, por nombrar algunos.
Envíe un correo electrónico a Volunteers@EnergyInstitutePTO.org para agregar su nombre a la lista.
HISD les pide a todos los voluntarios que renueven su registro VIPS ingresando a HoustonISD.org/VIPS para completar su tutorial y solicitud.   

Para obtener más información, siga el enlace, hipervínculo a la imagenes.
Still Want More?
We hope that you find the information on the newsletters helpful. The best way to stay in the know about all things Energy related is to follow us on one of our social media platforms. Follow us today!
Newsletter Submissions!
Do you have information you'd like to share about an upcoming cool event, fundraiser, opportunity, or class news? Use the link button to the right to submit any related information that Energy students and families should hear about!
Alumni Call Out - We Want to Hear From You!
Are you an alumni that wants to share what is happening in your life? Inspire others and let us know how you're doing!

Additional Information
Important Links
Click on the link to be redirected for more information.

  1. Updated Dress Code
  2. Energy Communication Form
  3. Laptop Forms and Payment
  4. Transportation
Energy is a proud recipient of the 2016 National Merit Awards

Energy is a public school in the Houston Independent School District

Energy is an active participant with the district's "HUB" initiative

A special thanks to our sponsors: