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DPISD announces new administrators

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Deer Park ISD croppedAt the end of the recent regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, Board Members approved four administrative personnel recommendations, setting in motion a larger administrative reorganization that will take place in the District over the next few months.

Cindy Hart, currently serving as director of mathematics, was named executive director of instruction by the School Board. In addition to her new role overseeing the Department of Instruction, Hart will continue to supervise mathematics district-wide.

After working six years in Spring Branch ISD, Hart accepted a position in Deer Park ISD in 1985. She taught fifth grade at San Jacinto Elementary for a number of years and was named department chairperson in 1993. In 2004, she moved to the Department of Instruction and accepted a position as an instructional specialist for K-6 science and mathematics. Over the last 12 years, her role has expanded and her title changed from coordinator to director. Hart earned her bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University in 1978 and her master of education degree from the University of Houston in 1992.

Escorts shine bright at annual Spring Show

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The Deer Escorts closed the year with the drill team's annual Spring Show. The stage was filled with music, dance and a few special guests in front of a packed Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School South campus. Click on the image to see a full gallery of the annual tradition, courtesy of Deer Park Photos.

Education Foundation presents $291K check to DPISD

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The Deer Park Education Foundation presented Deer Park ISD with a check for $291,236.55. That number represents the total amount of grant funds to be distributed by the Foundation during the 2016-17 school year. Photo by Andrew Pressley

DPISD Trustee Thomas resigns from Board

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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Deer Park ISD's longest-tenured Board Trustee Donna Thomas announced her resignation Monday night. Current and former DPISD leaders lauded Thomas' wisdom, passion and sacrifice to students, teachers, staff, administrators and taxpayers. Superintendent Victor White said Thomas' contributions to the district will not be easily replaced.

Random acts of kindness teach students about health care compassion

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sjc logoeditedSan Jacinto College nursing students performed random acts of kindness this semester as part of service learning for their gerontology and advance nursing skills lab classes.

The students partnered with a local elementary school to work alongside their younger peers to create Get Well Soon cards and cards of encouragement for senior citizens. They also brought gift bags to retirement homes and spent time reading to the residents.

“It was a great experience working with the various age groups and watching how the acts of kindness helped them to feel better,” said Venus Penny, San Jacinto College nursing student. “These activities made me even more passionate about becoming a nurse.”

SJC's financial literacy resources can help students manage, minimize debt

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SJC FLAMSan Jacinto College provides students with free resources to help manage and minimize educational debt. Pictured: Jeremy Jones and Belen Gonzalez. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Paying for education remains one of the biggest causes of debt facing students and young professionals. According to MarketWatch, 70 percent of bachelor degree recipients graduate with debt with the national student loan debt average reaching $1.2 trillion and growing. As Financial Literacy Awareness Month comes to a close, San Jacinto College wants to remind its students that they have access to free resources to help manage and minimize educational debt.

The College facilitates financial literacy workshops through its Program for Financial Education (PFE). The program was developed to help students utilize the necessary information, tools, resources, contacts, and services to become more successful in their educational and career pursuits. Workshops are free and available at all three San Jacinto College campuses and open to all students.

San Jacinto College has also partnered with USA Funds to provide students with the online Life Skills Program. This online workshop program offers students advice for managing their time and money wisely while on campus and after graduation.

Some students may also qualify to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Created by Congress in 2007 to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work in full-time public service jobs, the PLSF program provides qualified borrowers forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.

“Unfortunately, not many of our students take advantage of this program even though it’s going on it’s ninth year,” said Elena Olivier, San Jacinto College default prevention loan coordinator. “This is a great resource for our students. Students currently working in or that are pursuing degrees in law enforcement, fire protection technology, healthcare, education, criminal justice, and library services would may qualify for this program as long as they are employed by a public service organization.”

For more information on financial literacy resources offered to San Jacinto College students, visit or contact Elena Olivier at 281-991-2645.