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Hisd summer resources and activities for families.

HISD and its community partners are offering a variety of resources and activities over the summer break for students and families.

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HISD Summer School Programs are critical in the continued support of students at every grade level, fostering the skillsets needed to master academic objectives for the next year. Programs are coordinated at the District level, planned at the campus level, and customized to meet the students’ individual needs. Extended time offered by summer programs provides students with additional opportunities filled with rigorous and relevant accelerated instruction and reinforcement to achieve greatness. Learn more  here .

Healthy Summer Meals:

Breakfast and lunch are available to kids ages 1-18 at no cost, Monday-Friday, through June 30. For questions, contact your home school or HISD Nutrition Services at 713-491-5944.

Splash Down:

The HISD Athletics Department is offering no-cost water safety lessons for students of all grade levels this summer. Learn more here .


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Slide into summer with the Reliant Reader Summer Reading Program , a partnership with the Houston Astros Foundation. Learn more  here .

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The Houston Rockets and adidas are hosting four Skills Development Camps this summer, where youth basketball players can work in their agility, shooting, dribbling, and footwork with highly trained coaches. Learn more  here .

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department provides programming and recreational opportunities for youth ages 4-18. The youth program is available year-round through the department’s Community Centers, with activities such as summer enrichment programming and food services, teen mentoring, academic support, and much more. Learn more  here .

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HISD sends out alerts ordering kids to summer school. Parents were outraged.

W ednesday is the last day of Houston ISD when many families are gearing up for summer. But HISD may not let that happen, as hundreds of families across the district received a mysterious call alerting them that their child must attend summer school. The problem is, that many of those students were not meant to get the notice, sending the end of a controversial school year under state governance into chaos.

Hundreds of HISD parents said they received a call from the district along with an email that read, "You are receiving this because your child has not met state and/or HISD promotion standards and is required to attend summer school from June 17 to July 19, 2024."

Parents quickly went to social media to voice their frustrations as many of their children are not close to failing or do not have poor attendance records.

"This short-notice threat is so unnecessary and stressful for all HISD parents who have made plans for the summer, paid camps, trips and flights," said one concerned parent on an HISD Facebook group.

"They [HISD] need to know exactly who needs to go by now. It's not a surprise. Lack of planning on their part should not constitute an emergency for the families. The way this has been handled is the typical disaster," voiced another parent.

According to HISD spokesperson Jose Irizarry, based on Texas Education Agency statute, there are two instances when a student from 1st to 8th grade would need to go to summer school: when they have been absent more than 10 percent of instruction days, meaning they do not have enough attendance days to receive credit for the grade/course or they have failed a required class or subject. 

However, one Houston ISD parent who asked to remain anonymous said despite numerous conversations with her son's campus registrar, she still received a call from the district Friday afternoon. And was shocked by the alert because she had already completed the required paperwork. 

"This was the second year we had to get an attendance waiver for my son, who since COVID tends to get sick a lot," she told Chron Monday. "He received a letter in class saying he had to go to summer school and he was quite upset. But we had already talked to the registrar, and filled out the paperwork so they could get a waiver...which were all excused." 

Moreover, she said her son who is a "straight A student" missed some days because of health issues and had received two separate notices in the past few weeks about his attendance. The district directed him to complete "at-home work," she added, to make up for the absences.

Eventually, she received a PDF copy of his waiver from the registrar, showing his attendance record was adequate. "My reaction was my son is going to be so worried," she said. "I felt angry and I was annoyed." 

Irizarry confirmed a robot call was sent to parents and may have mistakenly been sent based on the district's latest data.  

"The District did send a reminder communication to all families who were initially required to attend summer school to ensure they have a chance to enroll," Irizarry said in a statement to Chron Tuesday. "It is possible some families who received the call are no longer required to enroll their student in summer school but the campus had not notified the District of that update." 

As of early May, roughly 26,000 students are required to enroll in summer school, Irizarry added. However, school officials expect that number to decrease as final attendance appeal decisions are verified by campuses. With 273 campuses across the city, Houston ISD serves close to 184,000 students. 

"Students can make up absenteeism or failing grades via summer school or campus-based attendance appeal committees. The District creates lists and communications to be sent to students in April who may require summer school to avoid retention," the district said. 

"Once those initial communications go out, many campuses work directly with families of students with low attendance to provide a remediation or make-up plan for the class time the student missed. If a student successfully completes that plan, they may no longer be required to attend summer school, but in those cases, the campus must update their information before the District removes them from the mandatory summer school attendance list." 


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Officials tour hisd school as possible shelter for immigrant children, residents concerned about undocumented children in their neighborhood.

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HOUSTON – As officials from three government agencies toured a vacant middle school, residents from the surrounding neighborhood showed up to express their anger.

The Houston Independent School District's Terrell Middle School is being considered as a possible temporary shelter for unaccompanied Central American children.

"I'm sorry that the parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever is going on out there, I don't care," said resident Bernadette Lancelin. "I care about what's going on right here, in my own backyard, my neighborhood."

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tried to calm some of this anger by having a private conversation with Lancelin.

Whatever was said between the two did not last, because Lancelin later interrupted Lee's news conference with a question.

"What's going to keep them from escaping here and just moving around? Around Houston, around Trinity Gardens? What's going to keep them behind these gates? Security, really? They can't even control the border," said Lancelin.

Lee said she understands residents' concerns, but argues the law prohibits children from being detained with adults and at the current time detention centers along the border, and at military installations, are maxed out.

"They are on the floors in facilities that are not child friendly," said Lee. "They are children without their families, they are children."

Lee said no decision has been made as to whether Terrell will be used as a temporary shelter, how many children could be housed at the campus or for how long.

"They have no status, they have no ability to receive status, they will be deported," said Lee.

Lee added that deportation is a process that takes time.

"One of our responsibilities is when they are unaccompanied is that they have to be deported to something," said Lee. "I think the main concern that many of us in the federal government have is the fact that we must determine whether there's been human trafficking, rape or abuse because they are underage."

Local 2 contacted officials with Alief, Spring, Katy, Cypress-Fairbanks and Fort Bend School districts; all said they have not been contacted by the federal government and asked to help with this crisis.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county was not contacted about the possibility of using a vacant Houston school as a temporary shelter. Emmett said that is not unusual, but acknowledge the need for a solution.

"To be blunt, you got some people grandstanding and wanting to say things pro or con, but we have a crisis and it has to be dealt with," said Emmett. "It's like any other disaster or crisis, you deal with the problem before you start worrying about pointing fingers and trying to exacerbate the problem."

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The key to turning Texas blue is protecting the public education system from school voucher laws and fighting for women's reproductive rights, state Democratic Party officials asserted at their convention in El Paso over the weekend.

Several prominent party leaders spoke at the Lady Bird Breakfast at the Hotel Paso del Norte on Saturday as the three-day Texas Democratic Convention came to a close. The breakfast was attended by more than 300 Texas Democrats.

"This election is going to be about, really in many respects, absolutely about fighting for our democracy," said U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso. "It's about trying to regain control over rampaged gun violence. It's about defeating fascism and totalitarianism. It is truly about fighting for our hard-earned rights. This country has pushed women to the brink, and we have to respond."

The Lady Bird Breakfast, named in honor of former first lady Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson, is aimed at highlighting Democratic female leaders and issues affecting women and families across the state. The panel discussion focused on education and reproductive rights.

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Speakers at the event were Escobar; former U.S. Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones; Texas House candidates Aicha Davis, Kristian Carranza and Lauren Ashley Simmons; and Asian American Democrats of Texas President Nabila Mansoor.

Texas Democrats prepare for school voucher fight

Texas Republicans' attempts to pass school voucher laws, which would allow parents to use tax dollars to send children to private schools, is an attack on the public school system, the panelists said.

"Everybody knows public education is truly under attack, and it is being used as a bargaining tool," said Davis, who is running for the state House to represent the Dallas area. "Top Republicans in Texas have shown how loyal they are to their party, not to their communities."

Davis is also a member of the State Board of Education.

Public schools have produced some of the best minds in the country, said Carranza, who is running to represent the San Antonio area in the state House.

"I'm the proud product of public schools in San Antonio," Carranza said. "I know that I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for public school education and the support they provide to our communities. San Antonio is a very working-class community, and we just had more elementary schools close just this past year.

"People in our community, women in our community, families in our community, don't just look at schools for education; we also look at them for safety nets. I'm talking about before-school programs, after-school programs, summer school programs and meal programs. When we talk about taking away our public schools, we're also talking about our safety nets."

Instead of enacting school vouchers, Texas lawmakers should work to provide more money for public schools and increase teacher pay, the panelists said.

More: As Texas Democrats gather in El Paso, Beto O'Rourke sees 'energy' building ahead of election

"Our governor (Greg Abbott) has been on tour like Taylor Swift for the past year, going to private school after private school, touting vouchers," said Simmons, who is running to represent the Houston area in the Texas House. "Then all of a sudden — and HISD (the Houston Independent School District) is not perfect, but HISD at the time was a B-rated district — and all of a sudden it's taken over by TEA (the Texas Education Agency), and we are stuck with a superintendent who was the CEO of a charter school network. We're talking about destroying, dismantling public education. HISD is the canary in the coal mine.

"Let me be clear: What they're doing to HISD is happening all over Texas. … We have to protect our school districts for the students and the teachers, and for our society. We cannot lose."

The Unique Burial of a Child of Early Scythian Time at the Cemetery of Saryg-Bulun (Tuva)

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In 1988, the Tuvan Archaeological Expedition (led by M. E. Kilunovskaya and V. A. Semenov) discovered a unique burial of the early Iron Age at Saryg-Bulun in Central Tuva. There are two burial mounds of the Aldy-Bel culture dated by 7th century BC. Within the barrows, which adjoined one another, forming a figure-of-eight, there were discovered 7 burials, from which a representative collection of artifacts was recovered. Burial 5 was the most unique, it was found in a coffin made of a larch trunk, with a tightly closed lid. Due to the preservative properties of larch and lack of air access, the coffin contained a well-preserved mummy of a child with an accompanying set of grave goods. The interred individual retained the skin on his face and had a leather headdress painted with red pigment and a coat, sewn from jerboa fur. The coat was belted with a leather belt with bronze ornaments and buckles. Besides that, a leather quiver with arrows with the shafts decorated with painted ornaments, fully preserved battle pick and a bow were buried in the coffin. Unexpectedly, the full-genomic analysis, showed that the individual was female. This fact opens a new aspect in the study of the social history of the Scythian society and perhaps brings us back to the myth of the Amazons, discussed by Herodotus. Of course, this discovery is unique in its preservation for the Scythian culture of Tuva and requires careful study and conservation.

Keywords: Tuva, Early Iron Age, early Scythian period, Aldy-Bel culture, barrow, burial in the coffin, mummy, full genome sequencing, aDNA

Information about authors: Marina Kilunovskaya (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Vladimir Semenov (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Varvara Busova  (Moscow, Russian Federation).  (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Kharis Mustafin  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Technical Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Irina Alborova  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Biological Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Alina Matzvai  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected]

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The Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center is a Russian training facility responsible for training cosmonauts for their space missions. It is in Star City of Moscow Oblast, a name which may refer to the facility itself or to its grounds. (Read more about Yury Gagarin Cosmonauts training center )

The secret Star City was built to train Soviet cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin, the 1st man in space. Many other famous Russian cosmonauts trained here with Gagarin: German Titov, Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut, and Alexei Leonov, the first cosmonaut to exit the spaceship into space . The best facilities were built for them: the world’s largest centrifuge and hydro laboratory. Many cosmonauts from other countries (USA, Japan, Germany and many others) also have trained here together with Soviet Russian cosmonauts. On this Star (Space) City Tour you will see:

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Savvino-storozhevsky monastery and museum.

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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