Thank you for your interest in Ortiz Middle School, and welcome to our website. Whether you are a member of our school community or exploring the Ortiz Middle School website for the first time, we hope you find it informative, enjoyable, and easy to navigate. We hope our website conveys the essence of the wonderful learning environment fostered by our dedicated teachers and talented students. Together they make Ortiz the unique place we believe it to be.
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JOIN ORTIZ STUDENTS IN HELPING FIGHT CANCER WITH LLS
Ortiz Middle School has teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Hero Squad program (formerly Pennies for Patients) starting on Friday, March 26, 2021 and running through Monday, April 12, 2021 to teach our students about kindness, bravery and how working together for one common goal will help both children and adults in their fight against cancer.
The money we raise will help blood cancer patients by funding research, providing free information, financial and support services, and advocates for blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Students can join our Squad by following the link below and selecting “Join Our Classroom Team” to create an account and start getting support from friends and family from all over. By raising money, students will earn fun Hero Gear prizes at various fundraising levels, shipped right to your house. You can even link your child’s fundraising page to Facebook -this is the coolest way parents and guardians can support your student’s fundraising efforts!
BELL SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT FOR UPCOMING PRACTICE STAAR ASSESSMENTS
In order to prepare our students for the upcoming state-mandated STAAR assessments, Ortiz students will take practice assessments in April.
April 13: Math (all grades)
April 14: Reading (all grades)
April 21: Social Studies (8th grade only)
April 22 Reading (7th grade only) and Science (8th grade only)
We will follow an altered bell schedule on these testing days.
STUDENT COURSE SELECTIONS FOR 2021-22 NOW AVAILABLE!
It's never too early to plan ahead! We are currently taking course requests from all 6th and 7th graders for the 2021-22 school year. Students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of performing and visual arts, as well as technology, physical education, and language acquisition. To make your selections, follow these steps:
Selections can be made until February 2021. Students can make changes until then by resubmitting the form in step #2 above. Reach out to your grade level administrator if you have questions or need assistance.
HISD @H.O.M.E TV
We are continuing to air HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV lessons through partnerships with Univision/Unimas67 and KHOU/KTBU 55.
Along with our current distance learning platform, HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV continues to provide instructional videos from 9-11:30 A.M., 1-3:30 P.M., and 5-7:30 P.M., Monday-Friday. Segments in English and Spanish are broadcast on HISD-TV – Comcast Ch. 18 and Ch. 99 U-verse, as well as online via HoustonISD.org/LiveTV.
Current and previous lessons can also be accessed online at blogs.HoustonISD.org/HISDTV/ and YouTube.com/theHISD. The HISD @ H.O.M.E. TV schedule can be accessed online at HoustonISD.org/HomeTV.
WE'RE TRYING TO REACH YOU!
Teachers and staff have attempted to reach all Ortiz students to ensure our families are safe and that students have the technology needed to access our distant learning classes. If you have not yet been contacted, please update your contact information HERE so that we can correct any misinformation we may have in our records. You can also call the Ortiz main phone number at 713-845-5650 and leave us a voice message.
PARENT CODES FOR NEW HISD CONNECT
HISD Connect by PowerSchool includes student contact, enrollment, and demographic information, as well as grades and online resources.
Parents will be given a unique code, or access ID, for each of their students and will be able to use those codes to set up an account to access their students' profiles through the new parent portal.
Parents have three options to obtain their code: