This summer, The Middle School math department will attend the “Getting to Know CMP” Workshop at Michigan State University courtesy of the Professional Development Fund, a generous scholarship implemented by the Bradford family.
The Connected Math training will provide strategies for teachers to develop interactive math learning models, enhance student learning, and implement grading techniques, among others.
The Professional Development Fund is a yearly scholarship aimed to expand the learning opportunities for faculty and staff at HSES. Participants must submit their applications for the committee to review and announce the award recipients.
“We love the staff at HSES!” confesses a middle school parent. From the administration to the teachers, this family feels the faculty works side by side with their children to become well-rounded inside and outside the classroom.
Both kids participated in the 7th grade Ecolink trip to Catalina Island and the 8th grade Ecolink trip to Colorado and returned with unforgettable experiences. To this day, they continue to share their stories, strengthen friendships, and bond with their classmates and teachers.
The middle schoolers have also encountered a growth in faith as part of their HSES education. “I love the encouragement my daughter received to delve into her Bible,” says mom. She takes notes and highlights sections with sticky notes so the book does not become stagnant, but instead a resource for continued spiritual growth. “HSES is more than an education.”
Holy Spirit Episcopal School (HSES) came to Michela’s rescue when she was not receiving the attention she deserved. She was attending the pre-kindergarten program at a public school and managed to maintain good scores in a classroom with more than 20 students “but something was missing,” explains Dani, Michela’s mom. After extensive testing, Michela’s parents discovered she had a vision deficiency that was delaying her academic progress.
They realized Michela needed academic structure in a nurturing environment. HSES was the perfect solution. “We are so pleased with the school,” shares Dani, “Michela is finally receiving the attention she deserves in a smaller classroom environment.” The Lower School instruction specialists continuously work on strategies to strengthen Michela’s academic development and support her vision progress.
According to Michela’s family, the faculty and staff play a major role in her success. They are very proud of their daughter and grateful for “HSES’ hand in helping to shape her character and mind.” HSES is honored to provide the tools and resources for this young lady to conquer the world.
Kaitlyn Palividas is the daughter of Dr. Karen Palividas, Head of Primary and Lower School at HSES. Dr. P – as students call Karen – is a proud graduate of the University of Houston and Kaitlyn is following her mother’s footsteps.
As a broadcast journalism senior, Kaitlyn is very active in UH’s student life and was recently showcased in the Cooglife publication for providing countless hours of time and service to the university. The article also highlights her involvement in the Honors College recruitment team and as president of Bleacher Creatures “in which she helps students paint their bodies for football games and serves as a human marketing tool.”
Named among the “Top 27 influential student leaders to leave their marks”, Kaitlyn also leads a group to help the Third Ward area overcome poverty. And last semester, she had the opportunity to intern with the Roula and Ryan Show, one of the most popular radio broadcasts in Houston. Go Dr. P…and Go Cougars!