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Important Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

October 31 - Halloween Dress-up Day

November 2 - Magnet Tours (1:00 PM)

November 4 - Saturday Tutorials (8:30-12:30 PM)

November 4 - Prospective Parent Coffee (9:30 AM)

November 9 - Magnet Tours (1:00 PM)

November 10 - Student Holiday, Teacher PD

November 11 - Saturday Tutorials

November 12 - Prospective Parent Coffee (11:30 AM)

November 16 - Magnet Tours (1:00 PM)

November 16 - Fall Exhibition (5:30-7:00 PM)

November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break

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Energy was named to the 2023 AP School Gold Honor Roll! The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools delivering AP results while broadening access for students.


Schools can earn the Honor Roll recognition annually based on their ability to increase their school’s college-going culture, to provide opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness. The AP School Honor Roll offers four levels of distinction: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.


Energy had 89% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 47% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 52% of seniors who took five or more AP exams!


We are proud to celebrate the work of our AP students and teachers and we look forward to becoming a platinum school next year.

Native Speakers Can Take AP Test for Free!

All students enrolled in an AP class will sit for that course’s AP Exam in May. AP Exam registration costs run from $97-145 and are completely paid for by HISD. By joining their teacher’s AP Classroom online, students automatically registered for their AP exams. Know that students will be charged a $40 change fee if they drop their AP course, add an additional course, or switch courses after our November 10th exam ordering deadline.


Students fluent in a second language but not enrolled in an AP course for that language can sit for an AP Exam through the Exam Only student process. Review the AP Language & Culture course offerings to the right to determine if this is a good option for your student. Reach out to our Dean of Instruction, Elizabeth Harris at [email protected] by Tuesday, November 7th to register your student as an Exam Only AP Language student. Once registered, students will have access to instructional videos to support their exam preparation.

AP Chinese Language and Culture

AP French Language and Culture

AP German Language and Culture

AP Italian Language and Culture

AP Japanese Language and Culture

AP Latin

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Superintendent Miles Visits Energy

On Wednesday, October 25th Superintendent Miles visited Energy. Our students and staff did a great job showing him what our school is learning. Mr. Miles visited Cohort 4 while students were working on their Modern Wonder of the World. Students were laser cutting their Wonder and working on the circuits for their lighting design. Students explained how reading the Iliad in English and discussing ancient civilizations in social studies supported their project work. He also visited our freshman Principles of Manufacturing class and was able to see students' build work. We look forward to having Mr. Miles back at Energy Institute so he can visit more classrooms and learn more about how Project Based Learning benefit students.

Energy Day

On October 21st Energy students volunteered at Houston's Energy Day Festival. They were able to partner with Houston's leading companies and facilitate STEM interactive activities for K-12 students. They were able to show other students how fun and exciting STEM can be! Thank you to all of the students who participated and shared their STEM passion!

Sneak Peeks Into the Classrooms

Here are some sneak peeks of what students are up to in their classes recently.

We can't wait to see what they learn this week and next!

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

Students are encouraged to dress up for Halloween, but please remember to stay within dress-code. Students are permitted some flexibility, for example, a hat can be worn if it ties into a costume. But, students must still dress appropriately and cannot violate rules such as shorts/skirt length and costumes should be appropriate in nature. Students should not bring any prop weapons to school.

Haunted Success

Thank you to our amazing Senior Student Government who organized the dress up days and put on a spook-tacular Haunted House! Below are some of our actors. You can virtually walk through of the haunted house below, but don't press play unless you are ready to be scared!

Haunted House 2023

Día De los Muertos

The Hispanic Honor Society Club has created a Día de Los Muertos display for Energy. Día de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion. The Spanish 2 students created their own mini ofrendas to honor loved ones that have passed. Here are some facts about the celebration

  • Día de los Muertos is not a somber occasion.
  • Día de los Muertos is not connected to Halloween.
  • The holiday first began with the Aztecs.
  • Día de los Muertos wasn't always celebrated in November; it was originally in the summer.
  • Altars, or ofrendas, are the centerpiece of celebrations.
  • Offerings to the dead are inspired by the four elements: fire, water, earth, and wind.
  • Traditional Mexican foods play a huge part in celebrations.
  • Pan de Muerto translates to "bread of the dead."
  • One of the most prominent symbols of the holiday, the signature skull face, originated from a Mexican illustrator.
  • Cempasùchiles, or marigolds, bring color to the festivities.

Congratulations to our Tesla Winners Mr. Franklin and Ms. Duwaji

Mr. Franklin, Physics in Cohort 4

Mx. Nam presented the Tesla Award to Mr. Franklin. She said, "They go above and beyond in their classroom to ensure the students’ learning is applicable to the real-world. They are a very important member of staff. I thank this person for being a listening ear to my million voice memos and someone I can bounce ideas off of, as I’m sure they are for other folks on-campus as well." Congratulations to Mr. Franklin!

Ms. Duwaji - Attendance Office

Mr. Franklin presented the Mr. Tesla Award to Ms. Duwaji. He said, "She is a person that the school would not run without. She tirelessly works to support teachers, students, and administrators on a daily basis. She is usually the first person we see when we enter the building and the last person here when we leave! The school would literally fall apart without her, and she also makes a mean hummus!" Congratulations Ms. Duwaji!

Texas' New State Vaping Law

Senior News and Information

Senior Dues

It's time to pay senior dues. Senior dues covered the costs associated with the graduation ceremony, a professional graduation photo, yearbook, cap and gown, diploma cover, senior panoramic picture, senior events, senior t-shirt, senior breakfast, prom (senior's ticket), and senior week activities. If the senior class decides to add in additional events, those may incur additional costs.

Regular Payment (October 21, 2023 - January 31, 2024)

Cost: $325

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link-23-24seniordues 

Late Payment (February 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024)

Cost: $350

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link-23-24latepymt 

*Installment plans available upon request.

**Free/Reduced Lunch reduced fee available upon request.


College Corner

Emily Cortinas

Advisor College, Career, Military Readiness

Senior College Night

Thank you to all of the senior students and parents who joined us Thursday night for College Night! We hope you found the workshops helpful. If you were unable to attend, you can view the presentations you missed from the links below:

Senior College Night Presentation - College Apps

Senior College Night Hand-out for College Apps Session

Senior College Night Presentation - Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you have any follow-up questions, please have your child reach out to their dean or Ms. Cortinas in the College Center.

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