Bond Newsletter

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    The HISD bond program's monthly e-newsletter showcases activities and information surrounding the renovation and construction of 40 schools across the city, including 29 high schools.

    The newsletter, called Building Excellence, is distributed the first Tuesday of every month. To subscribe, send an email to bondnewsletter@houstonisd.org

Newsletter Archive

  • October
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2018
    • Milby HS selected as finalist for Texas school architecture competition
    • Washington HS celebrates the past and future in newly opened facility
    • Energy Institute students and staff mark grand opening in unique way
    • Lawson MS community celebrates grand opening of new building
    September
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2018
    • High School for Law & Justice celebrates grand opening of new building
    • Yates HS students start year in new building
    • Four elementary schools rebuilding after Harvey
    • Newly built bond schools fared well during Harvey
    August
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2018
    • Record-setting 13 schools set to open for new school year
    • Bond Oversight Committee briefed on building progress
    • Condit ES awarded LEED Silver certification
    • Thomas MS receives much-needed facelift
    July
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2018
    • Milestone for Bond Program as Bellaire HS construction begins
    • Eastwood Academy library addition nears completion
    • Lawson MS hosts 'Walk to Remember' before demo
    • Construction on Wharton DLA 75 percent complete
    June
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2018
    • Wisdom HS celebrates new school with building dedication
    • Furr HS dedicates new $56.4 million campus
    • HSPVA, HSLJ seniors get sneak peek of new schools
    • Demo at Austin HS makes way for new facility
    April
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2018
    • Bond Oversight Committee hears update on school construction progress
    • North Forest HS holds grand opening celebration
    • Sharpstown HS celebrates opening of new school
    • Ribbon cut on new Scarborough HS facility
    April
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2018
    • New Parker Elementary building opens after spring break
    • Wilson Montessori opens new building addition
    • Two new buildings open at Garden Oaks Montessori
    • Westbury HS opens new addition ahead of schedule
    March
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2018
    • One new school, three new additions to open this month under 2012 Bond Program
    • Northside HS celebrates construction progress
    • Codwell ES holds 40th anniversary celebration
    • New Washington HS nearing completion
    February
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – February 2018
    • New facility leads to a 'renaissance' for Kashmere High School
    • Eastwood Academy starts new year in new addition
    • Condit ES design receives statewide honor
    • Hundreds help out at Hilliard ES after Harvey
    December
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – December 2017-January 2018
    • HISD to open four new or renovated schools Jan. 8
    • Wilson Montessori addition nearing finish
    • New Westbury HS addition set to open spring 2018
    • Energy Institute HS nears 90 percent completion
    November
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – November 2017
    • Waltrip HS holds ribbon-cutting ceremony, homecoming pep rally
    • MIMS, Sterling recognized for design excellence
    • New HS for Law & Justice opening summer 2018
    • Sharpstown HS to be completed at year’s end
    October
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2017
    • Condit ES named finalist for Texas school architectural award
    • Askew ES construction nearly halfway complete
    • Construction at Lawson MS hits halfway mark
    • Wisdom HS staff pitches in to open new school
    July
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2017
    • New bond schools set to open, how they fared in the big storm
    • Milby HS celebrates grand opening & ribbon cutting
    • Madison HS breaks ground on new school
    • Eastwood Academy’s new CTE wing opening soon
    July
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2017
    • Bond program reaches 50 percent completion
    • New Washington HS building is taking shape
    • Worthing HS is moving forward on all fronts
    • New Westbury HS project progressing nicely
    July
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2017
    • Plans to rebuild Bellaire HS move forward with new proposal
    • New Yates HS offers amazing views of city
    • Steady progress shown at HS for Law and Justice
    • Pilgrim Academy project adds three classrooms
    June
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2017
    • DeBakey holds grand opening ceremony for new building located in the Medical Center
    • 'Topping Out' celebrated at new Kinder HSPVA
    • Jordan HS breaks ground on new career hub
    • Wharton Academy breaks ground on new facility
    May
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2017
    • Furr HS parents get sneak peek of new school opening this summer
    • Yates HS seniors sign steel construction beam
    • Kashmere HS renovation work passes halfway mark
    • Leland College Prep Academy nears finish
    April
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2017
    • Excellence — Whatever it Takes: Sam Houston MSTC motto rings true as construction begins
    • Scarborough HS breaks ground on new addition
    • Eight decades of Lamar grads at groundbreaking
    • Sterling, Codwell celebrate investment in South Area
    March
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2017
    • HISD opens first new comprehensive high school in 16 years
    • New Milby HS eyes summer 2017 opening
    • Hundreds attend rally at new Delmar Fieldhouse
    • New Furr HS set to open this summer
    November
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – December 2016
    • Sterling Aviation HS teachers and staff to begin moving into new building over winter break
    • DeBakey HSHP to get final furnishings, technology upgrades in January
    • Condit ES celebrates first new facility in 88 years
    • New HISD COO meets with community memebers
    • Gov. Mark White honored at grand opening
    November
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – November 2016
    • Mandarin Immersion Magnet School celebrates grand opening
    • 35 bond schools to be underway by year’s end
    • The next generation of teaching and learning
    • HSPVA gets $7.5 million for upgrades, new name
    October
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2016
    • HISD seeking feedback from bond school communities
    • Eastwood Academy marks start of construction
    • South Early College HS dedicates new building
    • High School for Law & Justice breaks ground
    August
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2016
    • Six new schools open to students for start of 2016-2017 school year
    • Worthing HS holds grand opening, campus tour
    • Lawson MS celebrates groundbreaking, renaming
    • Ribbon cutting marks dedication of NHECHS
    August
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2016
    • Bond Oversight Committee gets sneak peek of new Condit ES
    • Keys to business success: leadership, communication
    • HISD Interim COO talks bond with Board President
    • $100 million in technology upgrades part of bond
    July
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2016
    • Askew Elementary construction to begin as early as September
    • Bird’s-Eye View: A new look at bond construction
    • Extreme Makeover: MS Restroom Edition
    • Wisdom HS crews celebrate “Topping Out”
    • HISD Board of Education approves bus safety measure, awards construction contracts
    • June’s Workshop Wednesday features helpful tips to protect against cyber attacks
    June
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2016
    • Bond Program hinges on 2016 Q2, considered most pivotal quarter
    • Graduating seniors get early look at new school
    • Yates HS officially breaks ground on new school
    • Lee HS holds ceremony to mark start of construction
    May
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2016
    • Bond Oversight Committee tours construction of new Sterling HS
    • Construction on Wharton to begin this summer
    • Mark White to open doors for 2016-17 school year
    • Rebuilding of Davis HS to kick off this summer
    April
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2016
    • Groundbreaking ceremonies kick off construction for two campuses
    • Early Childhood Center making good progress
    • Mickey Leland moving toward completion
    • Early college HS projects near finish line
    Mar
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2016
    • Bond construction highly visible across district
    • Tour gives a preview of Waltrip HS progress
    • New Grady MS wing now open for learning
    • HSPVA gets go-ahead to proceed on building
    Feb
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – February 2016
    • Want to do business with HISD? Supplier Diversity team can help
    • Vertical construction now visible at Furr
    • Modern furniture for modern learning spaces
    • Signatures added to beam for new DeBakey
    • Bond Oversight Committee receives program update at quarterly meeting
    • Seven bond schools planning community meetings in first quarter
    • Energy Institute High School holds community meeting
    Dec
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – December 2015
    • Construction set to begin soon on new Energy HS
    • Design of new Madison HS receives positive reviews
    • Key to new DeBakey HS? Location, location, location
    • HISD construction projects moving forward
    • Workshop focuses on opportunities within HISD building program
    • HISD Supplier Diversity team expands minority outreach at annual expo
    • Email marketing strategies featured in November’s Workshop Wednesday
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – November 2015
    • Project-by-project analysis outlines project funding needs
    • Grier: A challenging market means we have to make adjustments
    • Bond Oversight Committee learns more about funding proposals
    • Furr HS breaks ground on brand-new school
    • North Forest projects showing progress
    • Board president talks M/WBE at workshop
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2015
    • Bond progressing amid booming Houston construction market
    • Board to consider $211 million allocation to offset unprecedented inflation
    • Condit ES holds beam-signing event
    • Westbury HS gets update on project
    • Signatures added to Sterling HS beam
    Bond-September 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – Special Edition
    • HISD Board to consider $211 million allocation to be split proportionally among bond projects
    • FAQs provide more information on proposed funding
    • Chart breaks down the funding and budgets by individual project
    • Detailed program information, including schedules and statuses
    Bond-September 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2015
    • South Early, Mandarin move into vertical construction
    • Teams hard at work on athletics facilities
    • Campuses buzzing with construction activity
    • Pilgrim Academy meeting has strong showing
    • YWCPA hears about initial design plans
    Bond-August 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2015
    • NHECHS reaches project milestone
    • Askew ES has first bond community meeting plans
    • Initial design ideas shared for Madison HS
    • HISD team honored for diversity program
    • Mandarin Chinese school community gets update on construction progress
    Bond-May 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2015
    • Preserving school history an important part of new campuses
    • Sharpstown International School community hears about school plans
    • Madison, Jordan high schools work on designs during charrette
    • LEED certification a priority under bond
    • Garden Oaks Montessori reviews renovation and expansion plans
    Bond-May 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2015
    • Construction milestone: First wall goes up on new Sterling HS
    • Grady MS celebrates vertical construction with beam-signing ceremony
    • Progress on North Forest HS discussed
    • Design workshop held for 3 schools
    • Parker ES project moving forward
    Bond-May 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2015
    • Community breaks ground on new Mickey Leland College Prep
    • School teams gather to collaborate on design ideas
    • Bond Oversight Committee hears update for first quarter activities
    • HISD designs 21st century schools for global graduates
    • DFW-area schools offer Jordan HS planners a glimpse of 21st century CTE spaces
    Bond-April 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2015
    • Construction sites for Group 1 schools buzzing with activity
    • Foundation poured for Delmar fieldhouse
    • Demolition begins around Washington HS
    • Community hears plans for Mickey Leland campus
    Bond Newsletter - Feb 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2015
    • Sharpstown HS stakeholders break ground on new school
    • HISD board approves facilities assessment
    • Demolition to begin around Washington HS
    • Building projects shared at State of the Schools
    Bond Newsletter - Feb 2015
    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – February 2015
    • HISD breaks ground on 4 schools, celebrates first to ‘go vertical’
    • PATs tour modern schools in D.C. area
    • Oversight panel updated on bond
    • Pre-bid meeting focuses on HSPVA
    • Construction costs pose challenges
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – December 2014 / January 2015
    • Bellaire students weigh in on updated designs for new school
    • Contractors meet for Davis HS project
    • Sterling meeting details construction
    • M/WBE architects designing new Furr
    • Schools planning groundbreakings
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – November 2014
    • Condit ES becomes first school in 2012 bond to break ground
    • Construction work outlined for HSPVA
    • DeBakey meeting details construction
    • Construction work discussed at Lee
    • Supplier Diversity team honored
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2014
    • Dogan Elementary officially dedicates new school
    • Bellaire HS project has first meeting
    • Companies network during HMSDC expo
    • Yates community hears design ideas
    • Meeting highlights Furr construction
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2014
    • Demolition underway for a new Milby High School
    • CFS employees get warm welcome back
    • Waltrip community hears about project
    • Community updated on Washington HS
    • Workshop offers business strategies
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2014
    • Davis community has first meeting to discuss new school
    • New White ES project is detailed
    • Oversight panel receives quarterly update
    • Lamar HS meeting topic is site plan
    • Milby HS holds fourth meeting
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2014
    • Foundation work is underway for new Delmar Fieldhouse
    • Mandarin school progress outlined
    • Eastwood meeting focuses on design
    • Dowling community gets design update
    • Contractor speaks at Condit meeting
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2014
    • Summer community meetings to share design concepts, site plans
    • Bellaire, Lamar see future in campuses
    • Yates design ideas capture its history
    • Collaboration key for Davis, Dowling
    • 21st century options on dining a priority
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2014
    • Rusk School debuts new building wing for middle schoolers
    • Ideas for HSLECJ evolve in charrette
    • Berry ES reaches LEED Silver status
    • New Sterling HS will ‘speak aviation’
    • Work underway at HISD high schools
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2014
    • Parker ES students present their wish list for new school
    • Lee HS students add life to design
    • Concepts for new HSPVA presented
    • Community briefed on Milby HS project
    • Relief ES designs are unveiled
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2014
    • Community hears about progress on new Mandarin Chinese school
    • Condit design shows connection
    • NHECHS moves forward on campus
    • Grady project is on schedule
    • New schools to bring outdoors in
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – February 2014
    • Crews making progress on Delmar Fieldhouse demolition
    • Contractors build connections
    • Historical elements inspire designs
    • Auditorium designs take center stage
    • Lee HS grad does $18M in business
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – December 2013 / January 2014
    • Sherman Elementary Welcomes Students to Brand-New School
    • Training Stresses Bond Compliance
    • Reimagining Classroom Walls
    • Briargrove Makes Campus Greener
    • Expo Gives Peek at New Furniture
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – November 2013
    • Tour of Modern Schools Inspires Worthing Project Advisory Team
    • Community Checks in on Designs
    • Supplier Diversity Networks at Expo
    • Video Highlights Bond Progress
    • 'New Energy' for Downtown
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – October 2013
    • Milby Project Advisory Team, Architects Envision New School
    • Learn More About Green Schools
    • Board Fast-Tracks New Delmar Facility
    • Atherton Dedicates Brand-New School
    • Workshop Kicks Off Design Phase
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – September 2013
    • Flurry of Activity Ensures Bond Campuses Prepared for Students
    • Tour Gives Closer Look at Atherton
    • HISD Opens Year With New Schools
    • Sterling Architects Seek Contractors
    • Lockhart Dedicates New Campus
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – August 2013
    • Video Provides an Inside Look at HISD Bond Program
    • Bond Oversight Panel Gets Update
    • Design Guidelines Ensure Quality
    • Architects Craft Sustainability Rules
    • Architects Review Selection Process
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – July 2013
    • Vendors, Suppliers to Use New Scoring System for M/WBE Goals
    • Fewer T-Buildings in Plan for Schools
    • Furniture Goals: Flexibility, Comfort
    • Company Focuses on Needs of Kids
    • Grady Team Visits Cy-Fair School
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – June 2013
    • New feature profiles M/WBE firms that do business with HISD
    • 2012 Bond Campuses Embracing Technology in the Classroom
    • Design Used to Keep Kids Safe
    • HSPVA Community Meets Architects
    • Neff ES Dedicates its New School
    • Plan in Place for Historical Buildings
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – May 2013
    • HISD Committed to Integrating Sustainability in New Schools
    • Career/Technical Paths Emphasized
    • 21st Century Touches a Priority
    • Construction Pros Network at HISD
    • Bond Oversight Panel Convenes
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – April 2013
    • 2012 Bond Program Shaping Instruction as Much as Construction
    • SPARK Parks Shine at Bond Schools
    • Creating a Vision for 2012 Program
    • Symposium Touts Modern Schools
    • Schools Feature Inspiring Artwork
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – March 2013
    • Rusk School Breaks Ground on New Addition for Middle Schoolers
    • Peck ES Students Plant 13 Trees
    • District's Blueprint Archives a Big Help
    • 'HISD Really Helps Small Businesses'
    • Meeting to Focus on Modern Schools
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    Updates on the 2012 HISD Bond – February 2013
    • Students Share Ideas on Design of 2012 Bond Schools
    • New Reagan K-8 School Dedicated
    • Most Work Under '07 Bond Complete
    • Volunteers Needed for Oversight Panel
    • Firms Submit RFQs for 2012 Bond