2020 - 2021 Academic School Year | Pre-News #1: 08/31/2020 - 09/04/2020
Important Alerts
The 2020 - 2021 school year begins Tuesday, September 8th and is virtual for all students for at least six weeks. Please read the information below to ensure your child knows how to "show up" for the first day of class!
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Updates & Events
Important Dates
  • September 7th - School Holiday
  • September 8th - First Day of (Virtual) School
  • Join your Cohort Meeting at 8:00 AM to begin the day (below)
  • September 17th - Open House at 6:00 PM
  • September 18th - Last Day for Schedule Change, 3:00 PM
  • October 11th - Last Day of Early Bird Senior Dues Pricing
  • October 16th - Last day of virtual school for all
  • October 19th - First day of Face-to-Face option
  • View HISD's reopening plan HERE
First Day of School Updates:
FIRST DAY COHORT MEETINGS | 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 8th

We want to keep things simple for our families. On Tuesday morning just before 8:00 AM, students will log-in to their Cohort Meeting. During that meeting, students will be guided through accessing their schedule and how to attend classes. You can find the link (each one is a "tiny url" link and can be typed into a web browser to join) for the cohort meeting on the first day on the document found HERE! If your child is not sure which cohort he or she is in, check to see who the English teacher is on the schedule and use the document linked above to match it to the cohort number.

Letters were mailed out on Monday with directions and access codes for PowerSchool. This is the new Houston ISD system that you will use to check grades and attendance and complete enrollment information. Once you log-in, you will see your child’s schedule. If you did not receive the paper in the mail, you can email Ms. Rodriguez (MRODRI21@houstonisd.org) and she can give you the necessary information. Starting on Friday, students will be able to log-in to the student portal on PowerSchool using the usual HISD username and password. 

Please keep in mind that deans are still working hard to balance classes, make any changes that were requested over the summer, and audit schedules for any duplicate classes. There might be some shifts before Tuesday morning, but the students will access their final schedules during the cohort meeting. Starting on the first day of school, students can submit a form to make any necessary course changes on their schedules. They will receive information on that process during the cohort meeting.

Don’t forget that the schedule for the first week is different due to the Labor Day Holiday. This and other important information is available in last week’s Parent Orientation Video at www.tinyurl.com/EnergyParentOrientation2020. Below are the schedules for your reference.

Our updated Energy Institute HISD website now hosts cohort resources under the Academics Tab. Here you can find your child's cohort teachers, syllabus, contact information, and more! Visit the Cohort Page HERE!

If you experience technology issues with your laptop, please submit a request using the form HERE!

  • Want to learn more about using the HUB? Click HERE!
  • Want to learn more about using Microsoft Teams? Click HERE!

We are incredibly excited to begin another wonderful year together!
Student Portal - Now Open!
Student Access to HISD Connect has been turned on early!

Students can login now using their HISD credentials at the same portal as their parents: https://hisdconnect.houstonisd.org/public/

Student Login credentials:
Network username (your S###) and password (8-digit birthday) - Do not use email address or place student\ in front of username
Do You Know Energy?
As virtual learning can be quite challenging, Ms. Estrella created a fun and informative way to test your knowledge and preparedness! Do you think you're up for the challenge? If so - try playing our Scavenger Hunt by clicking HERE!

Are you ready to see what you missed? Find the correct answers HERE!
"The HUB" Help!
If you are new to using the HUB or have simply forgot how to access your courses and assignments, visit www.houstonisd.org/hub

Remember to click the gray box on the right/below in order to be redirected to the sign in page.

User: S######@online.houstonisd.org
Password: XXXXXXXX - your 8 digit birthday
Schedule Change Form
Please complete this form, with your parent, and submit via email to your dean. Your parent must be copied on the email submission to your dean. This form must be submitted no later than Friday, September 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM.

Find the link HERE!
Laptop Forms
If you have not already done so, your laptop forms must be submitted!
Senior Portraits
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
How Do I Pay?

Early Bird Payment (Now - October 11, 2020)
   Cost: $200.00   

Regular Payment (October 12, 2020 - January 10, 2021)
   Cost: $225.00   

Late Payment (January 11, 2021 - March 12, 2021)
   Cost: $250.00   

*Installment plans available upon request.

Celebrations & Shout Outs!
New Student Orientation
A huge shout out to all of the students who were able to join us for our first-ever virtual orientation. While we missed playing games and getting to know one another in person, students and teachers alike had a blast interacting online and becoming familiar with each other and what's to come this year!

Each orientation had a competition and below you can find out winners!
Cohort 1 Orientation:

During orientation the cohort teachers hosted a friendly Kahoot competition where students tested their knowledge. Students were given questions about their new teachers and those who "studied" before tended to do better! The winner was . . .

Santiago Acevedo!
Cohort 2 Orientation:

Similar to Cohort 1, the other half of the freshmen joined Cohort 2 for a competition during orientation. Throughout a series of questions about their new teachers, students competed for the win! Who was the winner? It was . . .

Christy Padilla!
10th/11th Transfer Orientation:

We hosted a scavenger hunt for students to become familiar with "the HUB" and how EIHS works. Our winner, with high ranks and a speedy submission, goes to. . .

1st Place: Shira Kraut
2nd Place: Noah Baker

Congrats! If you would like to test your knowledge, try it HERE!
The Ion Challenge
A group of enthusiastic students competed in the Ion Challenge - this ran from last semester all the way through summer! A huge shout out to the teams for their dedication for finishing their projects even through the pandemic.
Team 1: AcuFrost
Members: Cecelia Barone, Magnolia Hickey, Anica Sorak
Project: Anxiety relief bracelet
Team 2: Xtremity
Members: Antonio De La Vega, Autumn Carvell, Dorian Andrews
Project: Low cost prosthetics
Team 3: Arch
Members: Naja Woodard, Emanuel Sanchez, Scarlet Sanchez
Project: Robotic arm for wheelchair users
Weekly Recap
Freshman Orientation Shout Out!
We had a blast at the Freshman Orientation Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon. 

Highlights :
  • They learned from returning students about what to expect at Energy.
  • They played a fun game to get to know a bit about their cohort teachers.
  • They participated in a build challenge that had them design innovations to styrofoam cups.

Both Cohort 1 & 2 teachers are so excited about all of our incoming students and we can’t wait to see all the amazing things they’re going to achieve this year!
Virtual Game Night
Thank you to all of the staff members who joined us for our first game night of the year. Our staff has worked tirelessly this summer to create some of our most innovative and creative projects ever!

Stay tuned for future opportunities for us to enjoy each other's company in the virtual world!
Student Opportunities
The time is right to start thinking about how you will spend your summer! Read below for more information on summer programs accepting applications now. You can also view more opportunities on the Energy Institute website. Click here.
Do you have an interest in joining the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers? Learn about the opportunities STEM has to offer in the 1st general meeting!

This event is hosted by mechanical engineering students at the University of Houston. Contact Ms. Malu Rodriguez for further questions!

When: September 11th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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!
Scholarship Alert!
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is now open and accepting applications until September 15th, 2020. They are seeking highly selective, outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Selected Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree, that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, and room and board, and may also include some additional personal costs.

To learn more and apply, click HERE!
Scholarship Alert!
The Women’s Energy Network of Houston are pleased to sponsor ten (10) $10,000 one-time awards to exemplary high school senior girls from the greater Houston area. Through its programs, WEN is committed to introducing high school students to careers in energy, helping to fuel the industry’s need for top talent in the future. The deadline to apply is September 21st.

To learn more and apply, click HERE!
PTO & Parent News
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)
The HISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program is now accepting new and returning volunteer applications for the 2020 - 2021 school year. If you would like to learn more about how to become a volunteer click HERE!
Special Populations Parent Labs
The OFFICE OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS is excited to launch the Parent Lab series! Our main goal is to establish a system-wide approach to equip parents with knowledge, tools and resources to foster high levels of academic engagement and success.

Senior Managers and Specialists will host focused individualized "Parent Labs" by disability area or special population. The 30-minute sessions will be informative and interactive; they are designed to inform and empower our families as we approach the start of school. While the sessions are designed for parents, new teachers and other staff stakeholders are invited to join!

Click HERE to view the dates and links for Parent Lab Chat Sessions.
Title 1 Meetings
Do you have an interest in joining the Title 1 Meetings? If so, please email HERE for more information or join the first PTO meeting. The initial meeting will be separate from the PTO meeting, however it will directly follow it.

  1. (Afternoon Meeting) Title I Fall Annual Meeting Thursday 09/10/2020 At 7:30 Pm
  2. (Morning Meeting) Title I Fall Annual Meeting Friday 09/11/2020 At 9:30 Am
Welcome and welcome back Energy families!

Each year that I have been a proud momma of an Energy student we have had some very exciting moments and interesting challenges to overcome. From snow and floods to new campuses and world robotics competitions... but, we have never had this opportunity. We are starting school online, during a global pandemic.

I think the most amazing aspect of this school is how we can take what is offered, utilize it to its fullest potential and create a viable, working solution.

Your PTO is following the same route as your students will this year. We have a Project and we're going to collaborate and innovate to make solutions happen!

Our first project is reaching you, our fellow parents. Please log on to www.EnergyInstitutePTO.org to sign up for our newsletter so that you get updates for virtual PTO meetings, parent coffees and volunteer opportunities. These are great ways to reach out to other Energy parents.

Membership will be our follow up project, please purchase a membership at your own comfort level. Our general members are the heart of the PTO. With your contributions the PTO funds support cohort grants, transportation for field trips, teacher appreciation and supplements our amazing maker space!

Please join me as we work towards interesting and innovative solutions to support all the amazing teachers, students and staff of Energy Institute HS.

Sarah Levit
EIHS PTO President 2020-21
Upcoming PTO Events
Please join us for one or more of our upcoming events. All PTO events will be virtual. Links will be posted on www.EnergyInstitutePTO.org

Thursday 9/10 6:30 PM PTO General Meeting
Saturday 9/12 11:00 AM Freshman Parent Coffee
Saturday 9/12 2:00 PM Sophomore Parent Coffee
Sunday 9/13 2:00 PM Junior Parent Coffee
Sunday 9/13 4:00 PM Senior Parent Coffee

¡Bienvenidos y bienvenidos nuevamente a las familias de Energy!

Cada año que he sido una mamá orgullosa de un estudiante de Energía, tenemos momentos muy emocionantes y desafíos interesantes que superar. Desde nieve e inundaciones hasta nuevos campus y competiciones mundiales de robótica... pero, nunca hemos tenido esta oportunidad. Estamos comenzando la escuela en línea, durante una pandemia mundial.

Creo que el aspecto más sorprendente de esta escuela es cómo podemos aprovechar lo que se ofrece, lo utilizamos en su máximo potencial y creamos una solución viable y funcional.

Su PTO está siguiendo la misma ruta que sus estudiantes este año. ¡Tenemos un proyecto y vamos a colaborar e innovar para que las soluciones sucedan!

Nuestro primer proyecto está llegando a ustedes, nuestros compañeros padres. Inicie sesión en www.EnergyInstitutePTO.org para suscribirse a nuestro boletín de noticias para recibir actualizaciones sobre las reuniones virtuales de PTO, cafés para padres y oportunidades de voluntariado. Estas son excelentes formas de comunicarse con otros padres de Energy.

La membresía será nuestro proyecto de seguimiento, compre una membresía a su propio nivel de comodidad. Nuestros miembros generales son el corazón del PTO. Con sus contribuciones, los fondos de la PTO apoyan las subvenciones de cohortes, el transporte para excursiones, el reconocimiento de los maestros y complementa nuestro increíble espacio de creación.

Únase a mí mientras trabajamos hacia soluciones interesantes e innovadoras para apoyar a todos los increíbles maestros, estudiantes y personal de Energy Institute HS.

Sarah Levit
EIHS PTO President 2020-21
Upcoming PTO Events
Únase a nosotros en uno o más de nuestros próximos eventos. Todos los eventos de PTO serán virtuales. Los enlaces se publicarán en www.EnergyInstitutePTO.org.

Thursday 9/10 6:30 PM PTO General Meeting
Saturday 9/12 11:00 AM Freshman Parent Coffee
Saturday 9/12 2:00 PM Sophomore Parent Coffee
Sunday 9/13 2:00 PM Junior Parent Coffee
Sunday 9/13 4:00 PM Senior Parent Coffee--
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