• PVA update Friday, April 24, 2020



    Good afternoon,


    It dawned on me about 20 minutes ago that I needed to send out a Friday e-mail to our parents.  Just a warning that the important stuff in this e-mail is at the bottom, so feel free to skip on down!


    I realized an e-mail was due after I had been sitting in my study all day working and was not in the best of moods.  I drove to the post office and saw what an absolutely gorgeous day it is outside!  When I got back to the house, I sat on the back patio with my two dogs, Frankie (14 pound miniature dachshund) and Charlie (86 pound golden retriever) and reflected on the day…


    6:00 am           Early morning of writing notes to staff and students with a cup of coffee

    8:00 am           Virtual Faculty Meeting: Got to see smiling faces and watched staff members “do” a virtual scavenger hunt

                            (Winners: Ms. Chase 1st; Ms. Saunders 2nd; Mrs. Manchac-Brower 3rd)

    9:00 am           Dance Department Meeting

    9:30 am           Virtual tour with some faculty members to see Mr. Glover's art studio

    10:00 am         HISD Principals Meeting with Superintendent

    11:00 am         E-mail catch up

    12:00 pm         Lunch

    12:15 pm         MORE E-mails

    1:00 pm           Virtual Round table with administrators form Arts Schools Network to brainstorm ideas for arts schools’ senior issues and event

    2:00 pm           E-mails and phone calls

    3:15 pm           Budget and staffing meeting for 2020-2021

    3:45 pm           Fast trip to post office

    3:48 pm           Remembered the need to write this e-mail

    4:15 pm           A breath and bottle of water with the dogs

    5:00 pm           Finished writing said e-mail message and finishing up e-mails and organizing study for the evening shut down


    So....not a bad day at all.  Reflection helps!  These days fly by and for some reason I am more exhausted at the end of these virtual days than when we were at PVA.  I argue that our kids keep us adults grounded and the joy of watching and listening to their art, their academic conversations, their laughter (and sometimes their tears) are what make my job so amazing.  Have I mentioned that your kids are missed?


    Important information…some is for seniors, but I would like us to consider us "being" parents of seniors for these last weeks of school.  Jump in and support where you can and "attend" things online if possible.  Think positive thoughts, send positive energy, and maybe even say a prayer for them  It is tough being a senior in spring of 2020.  HISD will be making final decisions on graduation in the coming weeks.  Thanks to those of you who completed the HISD graduation survey and thank you for your patience.  Lots of unknowns and difficult decisions.



    • First ever Virtual Senior Visual Arts Show (We are still working with art area teachers to figure out how/when senior shows, performances and showcases might take place.  We will communicate those decisions when finalized.)
      • What:   “Looking Glass” – A Kinder HSPVA Visual Arts Virtual Senior Show
        • Join us for the opening of our first Virtual Senior Show from our Visual Arts department featuring the work of Leah C., Gabrielle L., and Evelyn W.. Prepare your favorite drinks and enjoy your favorite at home hors d'oeuvres. Schedule a reminder for the live event today and tune in as we celebrate the work of our seniors.
      • Where:
        • The broadcast will be shared on the Kinder HSPVA Facebook page, as well as the official Kinder HSPVA YouTube page.
        • Kinder HSPVA’s official Facebook page (facebook.com/kinderhspva)
      • When – Monday, April 27 at 4 pm


    • CovEd College Fair
      • CovEd is hosting a college fair to help matriculating students make their college decisions a bit easier. All current high school seniors, transfer students, and other students looking to choose their undergraduate institution for the upcoming academic year are invited! If you committed already, feel free to ask our reps questions about your future alma-mater! Please note that the discussions will be focused around the college experience, NOT about the college application process.

        SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (ALL IN Eastern Daylight Time)
        2pm-4pm: Drop by college booths to ask your questions! (Individual college call times TBA)
        4pm-5pm: Liberal Arts College Panel, I'm still stuck: How to Choose a College
        5pm-6pm: Pre-Med Panel, Pre-Law Panel, Engineering Panel
        6pm-7pm: Diversity Panel (LGBTQ+, International, First Gen, Accessible Education)
        7pm-8pm: Making College Affordable, Undecided: How to Choose a Major

        We have 150 undergraduate representatives from over 50 colleges across the United States excited to share their knowledge and answer your questions! From 2-4PM, each college will have a unique zoom call. Feel free to hop between calls or stay in one call!
        Access to the event is only given to those who register through this form. Register here: http://bit.ly/covedregister. The day before the event, a document with links to each institution's call will be sent out, as well as all of the panel meeting links. If you have any questions, please email covedpr@gmail.com.
        For more information about CovEd, visit http://www.coved.org/.


    • Revolution Prep is doing everything they can do help support our students. Revolution Prep is offering Free Online Practice SAT & ACT exams.  Please see information below to register:
      • Mock ACT
        • Date: Saturday, May 16th
        • Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm (ONLINE) – please login by 7:45am
        • Location: Live Online
        • Deadline: Wednesday, 13th   
        • Register Here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/7614/
        • Instructions and materials will be sent to students the day before the exam
      • Mock SAT
        • Date: Saturday, May 30th 
        • Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm (ONLINE) – please login by 10:45am
        • Location: Live Online
        • Deadline: Thursday, May 27th
        • Register Here:  https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/7614/
        • Instructions and materials will be sent to students the day before the exam


    • If you live on Houston’s east side:
      • Texas House Representative Christina Morales and community partners to distribute 5,000 free masks to East End Community on Sunday, April 26.
        • What: Free Protective Mask Give Away
        • When: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
        • Where: HCCS South East Campus Parking Lot, 6815 Rustic St, Houston, TX 77087
        • For additional event questions call (713) 718-5915
        • The giveaway will be first come first serve, one mask per individual, no walk-ups please for volunteer safety.


    So this ended up being a LOT longer than I expected...my apologies!  Hopefully this information is helpful to you.  We had a good week of remote instruction. Progress reports will be posted in Parent Connect next week.  If you haven't talked to your student about his or her assignments for classes this week, consider that and check GradeSpeed too...if you have a chance.  A reminder that some teacher make due dates on Saturday or Sunday to give kids a couple of extra days, but they can certainly submit work on Friday and have the weekends free!


    Thank you for your continued support.  We appreciate you and all you are doing during this COVID-19 situation.  Please keep being safe and take care of you and your family!





    Scott Allen, Ed.D.


    Kinder HSPVA