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Important Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

April 19 - Senior Prom (8:00 PM-12:00 AM)

April 24 - NHS Induction Ceremony (5:30 PM)

May 1 - Senior EDD Exhibition/Honors Night (5:30 PM)

May 15 - Underclass Honors Night (TBD)

May 22 - Math Exhibition (TBD)

June 7 - Senior Graduation (4:00 PM)

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Spring Testing Dates

April 11 - English I STAAR Testing

April 16 - English II STAAR Testing

April 18 - U.S. History STAAR Testing

April 23 - Algebra I STAAR Testing

April 24 - Biology STAAR Testing

Spring Semester Reminders

We are excited to have everyone back on campus. We want to remind everyone of a few campus expectations:

  • Cell Phones/ Smart Watches/ Earbuds
  • Cell phones are not used during class time but are placed in phone holders at the beginning of each class.
  • Smart Watches should be kept at home & and cannot be worn at school.
  • Earphones cannot be worn entering the building, during class time, or between passing periods.
  • Earphones can be worn at lunch
  • Dress Code
  • No PJ bottoms or tops unless it is tied to a spirit day.
  • No athletic pants, shorts, or warm-ups.
  • Shoes (including Crocs) must have a strap around the ankle.
  • Shirts must cover the midriff.
  • Hats are not allowed to be worn during school hours.
  • IDs must be worn on a lanyard around the neck at all times.
  • Tardy Policy
  • Starting in the Spring, student tardies will reset.
  • On the 3rd tardy and any tardy thereafter, students will be assigned an hour lunch detention.
  • Tardies that extend beyond 20 min of any class are then considered absences.
  • Students can get lunch detention for accumulated tardies for any classes throughout the day.

Energy Institute Signing Day!

The buzz around Energy Institute High School was contagious as we kicked off our Signing Day event, warmly welcoming our incoming families for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.

Amidst the flurry of excitement, students and families were greeted with open arms by our principal and staff, setting the tone for a thrilling journey ahead. Decked out in their very first Energy Institute Class T-shirts, students proudly showcased their newfound pride with style and enthusiasm.

But Signing Day wasn't just about symbolic gestures—it was an immersive experience. Families dove headfirst into our vibrant school community, exploring the wide array of clubs and activities available. From our Energy Joules to UIL clubs, from robotics to the National Honor Society, there was something to spark the interest of every student.

Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) also extended a warm welcome, fostering connections and camaraderie between school and home from the get-go.

As Signing Day drew to a close, the air was filled with anticipation and excitement, as our incoming families left brimming with enthusiasm for the adventures that await them at Energy Institute High School.

FRC Success!

The First Robotics Team – the Energy H.E.R.O.s (Houston Energy Robotics Organization – who knew it was an acronym!) had a very long and productive Spring Holiday Break. On Thursday, our Captains led by Drive Coach Rishab Subramanya, Drivers and Captains Sophie Yu and Chloe Phan, and Human Player, Milo Greene, took our Robot to Clear Creek High School for the Space City District Event. Our Robot passed inspection and our team worked through the night with Mr. Hernandez to test and ready our robot, Trebleshooter for the competition the next day. On Friday, a school holiday, 60 Robotics students gathered to support and cheer on our team. Team Spirit, led by Emeliana Cuaresma, showed out in a sea of Orange (right behind the live stream camera) and cheered for our team “5892!” and our Alliances. Friday was a tough, tough day with mechanical and alliance penalties. In fact, at one time, our team ranked in 33rd place (out of 36 teams). Not to be discouraged, after three losses and a tie, the Energy H.E.R.O.s began a mighty battle back, winning match after match. We got into the top ten, briefly made a stop in the top five, and ended the day with the seventh-ranked team. The next day, we had very strong alliances and kept winning. Our final win even helped the team that ultimately got seeded first into that position, while securing our fate as alliance selection number 4.


The most exciting thing happened as our dream alliance partner, seeded number 2, the mighty Robonauts, chose us as part of the alliance they captained. With their NASA/Clear Creek ISD gold and white robot “Twister” and our buggy-eyed master shooter “Trebleshooter,” both team’s “coopertition” strategies, great shooting, and elite driving by Sophie and Chloe, we defeated the first-seeded alliance and sent them into the lower bracket.


At the finals, the first match was evenly met. However, our point-making strategy led us to a nail-biting victory. Match two started well, but a tragic bump left Trebleshooter parked on stage for the final minute of the match. Robonaut’s Twister and Friendswood’s Bluetonium were able to secure the victory, leading us to an exciting finish and a victory. Energy H.E.R.O’s is now ranked 13th in the state and well-positioned to be very competitive this weekend at State.

Clothing SWAP

 Are you looking to do some spring cleaning or improve your style? Energy is hosting a clothing swap that incorporates both. A clothing swap is exactly what it sounds like give clothes, get clothes! Bring your gently-used garments to school to exchange for tickets. Drop these clothes off in the blue-labeled boxes at Energy’s three main entrances. 


When you scan the QR code on the box to document how many clothes you donated, you will receive digital tickets that can be exchanged for clothes at the swap. You can also find this QR code on flyers posted around the school.

One ticket = one item of clothing. The clothes collection closes on Monday, April 22nd. Remember to trade in your clothes before you attend the swap. Anyone can participate! Clothes Donation Form: https://forms.gle/44osTXB7oYnUqhBH8


For more information, go to www.tinyurl.com/rewardrobe or email isabelle.zaske@yahoo.com. See you Thursday, April 25, in the cafeteria after school from 3:05 to 5:00. 

Seniors - It's Time to Submit Your Acceptances

College acceptances are starting to roll in. It's time to start sharing your acceptances. Students must complete the following three steps:

  1. Mark the college decision in SchooLinks.
  2. Upload the acceptance file to SchooLinks.
  3. Submit the news at www.tinyurl.com/collegeacceptances24

We can't wait to hear the good news!

Sneak Peeks Around Campus

Here are some sneak peeks of what the students have been up to recently.

Summer Job & Training Opportunities

Interested in job or training opportunities during the summer? Check out these websites for more information!



DeBakey Cell Lab Internship at The Health Museum

The Health Museum is proud to announce the launch of a high school internship program this summer, which will be held in the esteemed DeBakey Cell Lab. The program will offer aspiring interns the invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the lab while also receiving professional development training. This six-week program will include professional development sessions on Saturdays in collaboration with professionals from the Texas Medical Center. This is an unpaid internship. However, the professional development courses are quite valuable. 

We are confident that the high school internship program will provide an enriching and insightful experience for all participants and have the potential to inspire and enable future generations of medical professionals and scientists.


More details about the program can be found at


Congratulations to our Tesla Winner Ms. Colombo!

Ms. Colombo, Spanish Teacher

Ms. Shelling presented the Mr. Tesla Award to Ms. Colombo She said, " This person is so deserving of this award because of their hard work and dedication this year. I have not had the opportunity to work with this

person this year, but I witnessed the

amazing work that comes from her

classroom. The students are always

engaged, she is diligently interacting

with all the students and has such a

positive attitude. She is such a fun and

kind person to have around the

campus. She handles the struggles of

teaching like a champ!! ¡¡¡Estoy muy

emocionado de presentarle el premio

Tesla a la Sra. Columbo!!"

Congratulations to Ms. Colombo!

Texas' New State Vaping Law

Senior News and Information

Senior Dues

It's time to pay senior dues. Senior dues covered the costs associated with the graduation ceremony, a professional graduation photo, yearbook, cap and gown, diploma cover, senior panoramic picture, senior events, senior t-shirt, senior breakfast, prom (senior's ticket), and senior week activities. If the senior class decides to add additional events, those may incur additional costs.


Payment Due Today!

Cost: $350

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link-23-24latepymt 

*Installment plans available upon request.

**Free/Reduced Lunch reduced fee available upon request.


Workforce Training Opportunities for High School Seniors

Interested in short-term training programs or looking to enter the workforce soon? BridgeYear's Certification Cohorts offer a solution. Tailored for the class of 2024 high school graduates, these cohorts provide access to free short-term workforce training, equipping students with practical skills and essential credentials for entering the workforce within 6 months after enrollment.

BridgeYear advisors offer personalized support to each cohort student throughout the workforce training enrollment and training. Available training options include Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Electrical, HVAC, Sterile Processing Technician, and Welding. Encourage graduating seniors in the Houston area to kickstart their career journey today!

Deadline to apply is April 12th Apply Here

College Corner

Emily Cortinas

Advisor College, Career, Military Readiness

Financial Aid

Just a reminder, completion of financial aid is a graduation requirement in the state of Texas. The priority deadline for financial aid has been pushed to April 15th due to extenuating circumstances but it is optimal to get these forms completed early to qualify for the maximum amount of federal and state aid. Start on the process by making an account at studentaid.gov

If you need assistance with the financial aid form for your students, Ms. Cortinas has appointments open during lunch and after school next week from March 4th to March 7th

To sign-up, register using this LINK. If you are not able to make it to one of these appointments but would still like assistance, please email emily.cortinas@houstonisd.org

PTO News

We're always looking for volunteers every Friday for Energy's Chick-fil-A at lunch. Come help out, make some friends, and see kids smile. Thank you for your support! 

CFA Sign Up Genius Link

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