Officials at Field Elementary revealed an exciting new development for the community at the Houston Heights Association’s Education Committee’s presentation this week – the school has completed its application to become a theater arts and media magnet school within HISD.
“We have some wonderful multimedia and music teachers at Field,” Instruction Specialist Sue Tate said. “There is something for every child in the curriculum. While we do not have the funding yet, we are moving forward as though we do.”
The HHA Education Committee collected the Principals and key administrators from all six of the Houston Independent School District’s schools operating in the Heights for a forum open to the public, as part of its ongoing efforts to promote local schools and educators. Schools in attendance included Field Elementary School, John H. Reagan High School, William B. Travis Elementary School, Harvard Elementary School, Helms Elementary School, and Alexander Hamilton Middle School.
With the new school year only in its third week, these professional educators are busy; however all were pleased to attend the forum.
“We look forward to attending this meeting every year,” Reagan High School Principal Connie Berger said. “With the new year starting, we are here to talk about what’s ahead. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet the community and start a dialogue with its members.”
Reagan High School opened in 1926 and remains the only high school in the Heights. Have things changed at Reagan, as the Heights continues to change and grow?
“Our students are more diverse each year and this year, we are at the highest enrollment possible; we are at capacity,” Berger said. “We have 2,307 students. Many people don’t realize that Reagan High School is the largest organization in the Heights. We are really a small town plopped down in the middle of the community.”
The Houston Heights Association’s mission is to foster a sense of community among the diverse segments of the neighborhood. The HHA’s Education Committee supports this mission by promoting engagement with the Heights’ public schools, PTA/PTO groups, and other education-based organizations, helping each school to reach optimum educational success.
The Chair of the HHA’s Education Committee is noted Heights resident, Anne Sloan, a lifelong educator, historian and author.
“We are using this event to showcase our public school principals, and to help promote community involvement, because we believe that better schools produce better communities,” Sloan stated.