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Furr HS celebrates receipt of $10 M grant

BERTIE SIMMONS, Principal of Furr High School, presided over the XQ Awards celebration. Representing the XQ Foundation was Russlynn Ali, CEO, seen above right. The XQSuperschools project is funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Bertie went to Washington DC to receive the award.

NORTH SHORE – Bertie Simmons is a powerhouse who at 82 years old enjoys life and being a principal of one of the toughest schools in Houston ISD.

Last Saturday, Oct. 29 she held a celebration at Furr High School to mark the receipt of a $10 million grant from the XQ Foundation, for innovations she proposed in a national grant application.

The community and the students turned out for a day of celebration and fun, including Bertie and her family singing and dancing to some hip-hop music.

Speakers included Russlyn Ali, representing Job’s widow and the XQSuperschool project, Juliet Stipeche for Mayor Sylvester’s office, Congressman Gene Green, and school board members.

The grant will be for $2 million each year for 5 years, and Bertie intends to use it for social workers, a mentorship coordinator, student travel, a clinic, an immigrant center, and an educational training center. Her innovation approach will include individual instruction and competency-based education. She believes in her students, and letting them advance on their own schedule.

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ROASTED! San Jac Chancellor Brenda Hellyer

HONORED GUESTS: Kathy Hernandez, Brenda Hellyer, Cruz Hinojosa, Jr.

NORTH CHANNEL – Friends, co-workers, and LULAC members gathered last Thursday evening, to honor San Jacinto College Chancellor Brenda Hellyer with a “Roast & Toast.”

The event was held at the San Jacinto College North Monument Room, and after opening remarks by LULAC #4703 Cruz Hinojosa, Jr. and emcee KPRC2 Kathy Hernandez, the roasters got down to their chore of spilling the inside secrets about Brenda. Roasters included Ana Hernandez, Sylvia Garcia, Angi Wiliams, and Dan Mims. All have known Brenda for many years, giving them lots of material to draw upon. Brenda became Chancellor of San Jac in 2009.

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Galena Park HS crowns the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen

GPHS Principal Gardea, Queen Eloisa, King Osvaldo and Seretha Augustine, associate principal at GPHS

Last Friday night, October 21, Galena Park High School announced Osvaldo Perla and Eloisa Ruiz as the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen! Osvaldo is on the A/B honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is a 2-year varsity cheerleader and vice president of LULC. Osvaldo plans to attend A&M West Texas to pursue a degree in the medical field. Eloisa is on the A/B honor roll, takes AP classes and is an active member at her church. She is on the varsity volleyball and soccer team. Eloisa plans to attend the University of Houston to obtain her bachelor’s degree in social work.

Congratulations, Osvaldo and Eloisa!