Happening @ Hogg MS / by Mark Sternfels

This article is provided to the WHCA by the staff of Hogg Middle School and Learn Local, a nonprofit organization supporting Hogg. Great things are happening at our neighborhood's zoned schools. This new monthly series will feature updates from each of our area schools.

Only some of the improvements to Hogg Middle School are as visible as our 10 million dollar construction update, but anyone at Hogg can see the school is in the midst of major developments. Whether you’re new to the Heights Community or a Hogg Alum from the 60’s, here are some changes you should be on the lookout for on the Razorback campus:

New Branding: Community members keep asking about the new t-shirts! Hogg was rebranded this year by Heights community member, Alan Reynolds, and the new logo, IB materials, and student items look amazing. The unveiling of the complete new logo and materials will be in August.

New and Updated Facilities: Thanks to Mission Squash, in Fall 2015, Hogg will open the first ever squash courts in a public middle school in the United States! Additionally, our pool renovations are almost complete to re-instate Razorback swimming.

New Outlook on Community: Learn Local has worked hard to bring the Heights and Houston community into our school and the partnerships have been amazing. In addition to Learn Local raising more than $10,000 for Hogg’s Razorback Band, the Houston Heights Women’s Club and HHA Education Committee have provided books to our growing library. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has provided field trips for students. The JJ Watt Foundation is contributing to our athletics programs by awarding Hogg a $14,197 grant. Countless volunteers have helped at our school and the list goes on. At Hogg, we are working hard to make our school a part of the Heights community.

New Courses: If your student is attending Hogg in the fall, they’ll notice more elective and club offerings. Squash, swimming, robotics, student council and history through film are just some of the ways we are working to include offerings that foster growth of the whole child.

Teacher News: Congratulations to Ms. Jessica Joseph, 6th grade math teacher, for winning the HISD Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015! She will advance to the state's regional Teacher of the Year competition. In addition, she won the Fan Favorite award by earning more than 40% of the votes. Thank you to the Woodland Heights community for helping make this possible.