Please join us for the 2nd Annual Learn Local Charity Open presented by First Imperial Mortgage on November 4th at Clear Creek Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit Hogg Outdoors. We are specifically raising money to allow us to begin construction on new outdoor basketball courts that will provide additional practice space for school teams and also open the SPARK park to neighbors who would like to use the field and courts for exercise! If you are unable to play this year, but would like to contribute, there is a link on the website for donations. We were successful in raising $17,000 last year thanks to over 50 golfers and our generous sponsors. This year's goal of $25,000 is even bigger and every dollar counts toward making Hogg Outdoors an exceptional space for our Heights community.
We have an exciting new contest this year with a chance to win a trip for two to Pebble Beach with a Hole-in-One shot or, if no one makes a Hole-in-One, a guaranteed winner for an eight day Carnival Cruise for Closest-to-the-Pin!
Individuals can register for $100 and foursomes are $350.
Please contact Shea Hill if you have a business interested in sponsorship opportunities or with any questions!
Learn Local is incredibly thankful to our community sponsors who helped make our annual concert fundraiser possible.
- The Fereday Family
- The DiFilippo Family
- The Rachels Family
- First Imperial Mortgage — Taff & April Weinstein
- The Jordan Family
- The Vaikhman & Marmo Family
Join us Sunday, March 5th for a day of fun and great music! Mixing Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western motifs, Moodafaruka creates a tapestry of sound that is both familiar and new.
Admission is free but we would greatly appreciate a generous donation. All proceeds go to benefit the students of Hogg M.S.
Saturday, November 5th at Glenbrook Golf Course at 11am!
Please join us for our first Learn Local Charity Open, presented by First Imperial Mortgage. We are looking forward to a great day of golf, prizes, food, drink and fun.
All proceeds will benefit Hogg Outdoors - a capital campaign to renovate the SPARK park and sports fields at Hogg Middle School.
Register here now: https://secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/2980/registration.php
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Hogg M.S. deserves first class outdoor facilities to match its beautifully renovated building! Whether its playing sports, learning in an outdoor garden, or riding bikes to school, Hogg students learn and grow outdoors.
Hogg Outdoors is Learn Local and Hogg M.S.’s 2016-17 capital campaign to raise funds to enhance Hogg Middle School’s outdoor facilities. Swing by Hogg to see the 7 new bike racks. But that’s just the beginning. Hogg Outdoors will also support a major renovation of SPARK park sports fields, and the installation of gardens to enhance the Culinary Arts curriculum.
Click on the “Support” button to support Hogg Outdoors, and support our fundraising efforts throughout the year!
Sunday, April 10, 4pm at Hogg M.S!
Remember that time when Learn Local hosted a concert and hundreds of people came? Humans from ages 3 to 75 danced in the aisles! Well, we're gonna do that again!!!
Join us for the 2nd Annual Learn Local Benefit Concert for Hogg M.S. featuring The David DeLaGarza Band. A member of the 4-time Grammy winning group La Mafia, David DeLaGarza is equally at home with the music of Stevie Wonder, Prince and Santana. The whole family will enjoy this afternoon of R&B, rock and Latin sounds, so get ready to move and groove!
Tickets available at: http://rockhogg.brownpapertickets.com/
All proceeds raised directly benefits Hogg Middle School.
Hogg M.S. students talk about their dream library!
The Library at James S. Hogg Middle School, located in the heart of the Heights, enters 2016 with a much-needed facelift, a new librarian, and a new principal, working together to make this revitalization happen.
When Ms. Angela Sugarek took the helm at Hogg in the summer of 2015, one of her priorities was to continue the work of her predecessor to have a fully functioning library complete with its own full-time, certified Librarian. At Hogg, the Librarian supports the school's mission as an International Baccalaureate World School to groom actively compassionate and lifelong learners. Hogg bucks the growing trend that eliminates Librarians from our schools. And for students at Hogg, the Library is their portal to the wider world beyond. They benefit from having a Librarian who embraces Hogg's IB mission.
Mrs. Mary Chance, Hogg's Librarian, populates her shelves with intriguing titles to grab students' attention. Mrs. Chance is working hard to grow the modest stacks at this Title 1 school by reaching out to the greater Houston community. She also provides stimulating programming like on-campus author visits, field trips to author conferences, student-teacher collaborative book clubs, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities in science, technology and the arts. Mrs. Chance has also created a library-within-a-library called the Literacy Library. The books in this collection allow English-Language Arts Teachers at Hogg to check out sets of books suited to differentiated, small reading groups where students are divided up according to their respective reading levels. Research shows that these targeted groups help increase vocabulary and encourage independent growth in readers.
Mrs. Chance also acts as an informational resource to her associates at the Hogg. She sees herself as the bridge between the books in the stacks and the digital future. As a Librarian, she is trained to locate and synthesize information. She relishes this part of her job because she has so many resources to share. And in the midst of her brand-new surroundings, the Hogg Middle School community is sure to fulfill its mission by igniting a lifelong love of reading and learning in the heart of each student.
The new surroundings are state of the art. With warm wood accents, rolling shelves filled with tempting and informative titles, and a presentation area that invites students and teachers to linger while they learn, the Hogg Middle School Library is set to impress in 2016.
James S. Hogg Middle School is celebrating this revitalization on Thursday, January 21st. Martha Wong, distinguished Hogg Alumnus, honors Hogg by serving as its ribbon cutting dignitary. Dr. Martha Jee Wong, a native Houstonian, is a third generation Chinese American and the first Asian American elected to the Houston City Council. In 2002 Martha became the first Asian American woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives. She had a long line of firsts that led up to these notable years of service. She served as the first Asian American School Principal in the State of Texas; first Asian-American recognized by the Houston Federation of Women’s Award for Excellence in Education; first Asian American in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame; and the first Asian American receiving the University of Houston’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Hogg Library has many people like Martha Wong to thank for this milestone – HISD Bond Oversight Committee, Tesco Industries, Kay Davis and Associates, HISD Secondary Curriculum Team, Houston Heights Association Education Committee, Learn Local, Hogg PTO, Hogg National Junior Honor Society and the many Hogg parents, volunteers, students and staff who have put in countless hours.
Come out and celebrate Hogg on January 21st at 6:00 PM!
by Christine Cullen, parent of a 5th grader and a 2nd grader at Wharton Dual Language E.S.
Lesson Learned: Learn Local
We are excited to choose Hogg Middle School for Ruby, our older daughter. Hogg M.S. has all the programs our family could hope for in a middle school—STEAM, IB, foreign languages, and flexible, individually tailored learning opportunities, performing arts, student-created clubs—the list goes on.
But more importantly, Hogg M.S. has the right people, people with vision and the grit to make that vision a reality, leaders who know how to listen, organizers who know how to inspire. Principal Angela Sugarek and the team of administrators and teachers she is putting together at Hogg M.S. are quickly building upon the strengths of Hogg’s previous generations and creating innovative programs in response to the community’s needs. Our girls, for instance, attend a dual language elementary and we were looking for a middle school program that would allow them to continue their study of Spanish without sacrificing other forms of enrichment or other languages. Principal Sugarek answered our concerns with a curriculum for dual language students that goes above and beyond what we could have imagined. We are thrilled by the opportunities Ms. Sugarek and her educators are creating for our kids.
And no discussion of Hogg M.S. and the realization of its potential would be possible without paying tribute to the work of all the members of Learn Local. Harnessing the energy of the feeder schools, the community, and the families in and around the Heights looking for more options in public education, Learn Local has done more than help turn Hogg M.S. into a school we can be proud of; they have created a movement that is redefining “school choice” in Houston.
HISD purports to give families “school choice,” offering a slew of special programs from which we can choose the “right” one for our child—Fine arts! Science and technology! Foreign languages! Vanguard! But digging deeper into that process, we discover that so much of “school choice” turns out to be school chance. Within a system marked by deep inequities, perpetuated by a heavy reliance on standardized test scores and a lottery system that allows each student entry into one school at most, HISD’s “school choice” is an illusion. We are at the mercy of HISD’s inscrutable algorithms—we are at the mercy of what they choose for us.
But by choosing Hogg M.S., our families have a way to take back school choice and empower our children. The leadership at Hogg M.S. believes that there is no limit to what our kids can achieve, driven by their own ambition and given the right support, never constrained by test scores, never undermined by chance. By choosing the school right in our own backyard, by choosing to Learn Local, we join a community of builders and believers.
Together we shall go Hogg wild!
by Adell Walker and Celia Johnson, 5th graders at Harvard E.S.
Hi! Our names are Adell Walker and Celia Johnson. We are unbelievably excited to be future 6th graders at James Hogg Middle School located in Houston, TX. After careful consideration and touring of middle schools, we decided that Hogg was the best fit for us.
We have known each other since we were six months old and have continued our journey together at Harvard Elementary, where we have remarkable teachers and great friends. Here is a little bit about us.
Hi, my name is Adell Walker and I have many goals in life. My main priority is to be in the medical field when I grow up as well as help animals in need. At Hogg, I would like to be in a medical club, possibly join the orchestra, participate in NJHS, and try out for swim and basketball.
Hi, my name is Celia Johnson and I am excited to choose Hogg for middle school. When I heard HITS is at Hogg, I was happy because I absolutely love Theater Arts. I have been in theater since second grade and have always loved to sing and dance. I like creative writing, math and science. When I grow up I would love to be an actress or an astronomer. I look forward to participating in STEM, volleyball, swim and squash at Hogg next year.
There are many reasons why Hogg is a great fit for us. It is in a great neighborhood and has a community feel to it. Hogg is IB, has STEM, offers gender separated PE and a wide range of electives. Even though we don’t attend Hogg yet, we feel welcomed by Principal Sugarek and the staff. Also, when we shadowed and toured we liked that there was mostly hands on learning rather than worksheets. We noticed that kids took charge of their education. We both look forward to continuing our academic journey at Hogg.
Hogg is our choice! We can’t wait to be 6th graders!
by Prateek Patel, parent of a 5th grader and a 2nd grader at Travis E.S.
My wife, Parul, and I are very happy to announce that our daughter, Krishna, will be attending Hogg Middle School next year! We considered several factors when making our final decision. First and foremost, we believe in the new leadership at Hogg. Angela Sugarek LOVES Hogg Middle School and she wants the very best for the future of Hogg M.S. ... She is dedicated to the success and growth of ALL of her students. Secondly, our son, Desh, will finish his elementary school years at Travis E.S. and that means he is only a few blocks away from his sister! Thirdly, we are committed to the greater Heights community.
We moved from Sugarland a few years ago to spend more time with each other instead of riding in our cars for countless hours a week. The benefit has been phenomenal! Our children attend many extra-curricular activities right here in the neighborhood and their joy is priceless to us.
In addition, Parul wants to return to teaching Math in middle school, so she will be heading to Hogg Middle School along with Krishna. This will also give her an opportunity to teach some of her Travis students again next year! She looks forward to joining the Hogg M.S. faculty and helping her students perform and achieve at a high level.
“Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
The Patel Family
by Donna Fruge, parent of a 5th grader at Harvard E.S.
My husband, Paul, and I are huge advocates of public education. As native Houstonians, we attended public schools. Paul grew up in Spring Branch and I grew up in southwest Houston. All three of our children have attended HISD schools. Our oldest, Jaime, attended Pershing Middle School and is a graduate of HSPVA. Our middle child, Summer, has special needs and a...ttended Travis Elementary, Hamilton Middle School and graduated from Westside High School. Caleb is currently a 5th grader at Harvard Elementary. Not only are we advocates for public education but we also believe in supporting our neighborhood schools.
Having lived in the Heights for over 20 years, we have seen the transformation of our neighborhood and its schools. When I first toured Harvard E.S., it was not the school it is today. But with the commitment of HISD leadership, a new administrative staff that was hired for Harvard E.S. and a few committed families, Harvard E.S. is now one of the best elementary schools in HISD! This is now happening at Hogg Middle School. It is finally their time, and I am excited to support the Learn Local initiative and be part of Hogg M.S.'s transformation. Last year, Hogg Middle School was not an option for our son Caleb. When we toured this year, the experience was much different. It is evident the new leadership team at Hogg M.S. are a group of focused, experienced and committed professionals. They have a vision and are on a mission to create a unique, effective learning experience at the middle school level. Experience has taught me the campus administrative staff can make or break a school. I view Ms. Sugarek as a smart, competent leader; that will do what is in the best interest of her students, and this is what Hogg M.S. needs.
Many of the staff that have joined Ms. Sugarek are from other schools that should attest to the respect they have for her. And let’s not forget, Hogg M.S. is a natural transition for our son because of the IB program. I encourage any family who has not toured and had a conversation with the leadership team of Hogg M.S. to do so. With such a good option in our neighborhood, why wouldn’t anyone want to Learn Local. The best part is that Hogg M.S. has a small student population compared with its competition in the area. We moved to the Heights because of its small town feel while being surrounded by the big city. Hogg Middle School has that small town campus that belongs in our neighborhood!Learn why the Fruge Family is choosing Hogg Middle School!
by Donna Fruge, parent of a 5th grader at Harvard E.S.
Are you sitting down? Learn Local has received two donations that have blown us away! We want to give an enormous THANK YOU to a Harvard Elementary family who donated $5,000 AND a Travis Elementary family who donated $2,000 which includes their corporate match. We are so grateful for their generosity and continued support of our mission!
These funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Science and STEM Departments at Hogg Middle School. Being "science literate" is absolutely necessary for the next generation, and with the help of our community, Learn Local will work hard to get the Razorbacks the tools they need to be successful!!!
by Gigi Jensen, parent of a 9th grader at Lamar H.S., 7th grader at Hogg M.S. and 4th grader at Browning E.S.
(photo was taken the evening of Olive's induction into the National Junior Honor Society at Hogg M.S.)
Hello! I’m Gigi Jensen and our daughter Olive started as a 7th grader at James Hogg Middle School this year. Olive attended Travis Elementary, as did her sister Annie, now a freshman at Lamar H.S. After Tra...vis E.S., Annie went on to Lanier for middle school. She adjusted pretty quickly and did well in her classes. When Olive was accepted to Lanier M.S., we assumed that she would do the same.
Almost from the start, Olive felt overwhelmed. It wasn’t long before she (and we) were up late almost every night attempting to keep up with homework, assignments and worksheets. We had to pull her from swimming (which she loves) to give her more time for homework and weekends became all about catching up. Olive always had solid grades at Travis E.S., but we saw her grades start to drop. Worst of all, she was losing confidence in herself.
My husband Keith and I decided that we had to make a change. I scheduled a meeting with the Magnet Coordinator at James Hogg M.S., went on a tour and talked with several parents. We decided to move Olive to Hogg M.S. and are so glad we did! She’s back on track with homework and grades, and the work she’s doing seems more relevant to true learning. She likes her teachers and when I email them I get immediate, thoughtful responses. Most importantly for us, she’s regained her confidence!
During the last couple of years, we’ve come to realize that our three kids all have different needs and what may be a good fit for one may not be for the others. Our son Eyob is in fourth grade at Browning Elementary and we anticipate that Hogg M.S. will be a great choice for him as well.
We’re very happy to be part of the Razorback family!
by Laura Alaniz, parent of a 5th grader at Travis E.S. and Principal at Harvard E.S.
My husband Armando and I are both experienced school administrators and we understand the many challenges of school leadership. We value families as partners in the school so naturally we want to continue to invest in our community schools.
We have chosen Hogg Middle School for our daughter, Samantha, because we believe in the concept of Learn Local. We believe every family should have the option to attend their neighborhood school.
One of the reasons I accepted the position of Principal at Harvard Elementary is due to the implementation of the IB curricula. I believe children learn best using a project-based learning approach that addresses different learning styles. At Hogg M.S., we both believe Ms. Sugarek communicates a clear vision that has developed it into a true IB World School and it will become one of the Top Tier middle schools in the country.
In addition to implementation of IB at Hogg M.S., there are numerous enrichment opportunities for our daughter. She has participated in sports, dance, music and art programs within the Heights community, and we know Hogg M.S. will further support her interests. Through school and her extracurricular activities, Samantha has made many friendships and we have come to know many lovely families. As we take this next step, we look forward to sharing our middle school experience with them.
For us, Hogg Middle School is our choice!
by Sara Lytle, parent of a 5th grader, 3rd grader, and Kindergartener at Travis E.S. and a 3 year old who is a future Travis Tiger.
Our adventure in Houston began twelve years ago as Aaron and I settled into the First Ward, eager to serve our neighbors. We felt called to the community and wanted to make an impact through loving people. I have been an educator for eighteen years, twelve of those at Travis Elementary.... Currently, I am the new Magnet Coordinator for Travis. Aaron is a pastor who builds new ministries, and in 2013, we started a new church, Oikos. As a teacher and a pastor, we believe it is important to invest in the community, neighborhood, and schools in which we live.
As our oldest, Abrianna, entered Travis Elementary, we knew she would have an outstanding educational experience. It was great having a short commute to school, which allowed us to spend more time together as a family. Throughout her time at Travis, we have prayed about where she would attend middle school.
Hogg M.S. was not our first choice until about 3 years ago. Our perception of Hogg M.S. was of a school that lacked rigor in academics and had discipline problems. At that time, we were thankful for school choice in HISD, especially in regards to middle school. But, by the time Abrianna entered third grade, we began to see a big change occurring at Hogg M.S., and we were excited to see the community partner with the administration. Over these last few years, it has been exciting to watch the development of the academics, culture, and community at Hogg M.S. Also, we believe in the new leadership of the school and the direction in which Hogg M.S. is heading as an International Baccalaureate (IB) and STEAM school, adding in the Arts to STEM. We were so inspired by this movement that we joined the Learn Local board last year because we felt a resemblance to our own values of investing in our community as a way to make change happen. It was through prayer and building relationships that our path to Hogg M.S. was made clear.
We believe Jesus wants us to love our neighbors and loving our local schools is one way to do that. We are thrilled that Abrianna will be the first of our children to attend Hogg M.S. next year as a sixth grader. In the years to come, Zachariah, Aaliyah, and Amariah will follow in her footsteps as our family chooses to “Learn Local”!
Drum roll please…Last year, Learn Local committed to raising $10,000 for the Hogg M.S. Razorback Band. Not to toot our own horn, but we delivered! Hogg's Band Director, Mr. Sells, is pictured above with the newly purchased and repaired instruments.
We purchased the following instruments:
- Bari Saxophone
- 3 Flutes...
- 2 Snare Drums
- Crash Cymbal Cradle
- Suspended Cymbal and Stand
In addition, we facilitated the repairs for the following instruments:
- 4 Clarinets
- Bari Saxophone
And, we're not going to rest, or even half-rest, there. We've already made a commitment to Hogg's Science and STEM Departments for the 2015-2016 school year! Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming fundraisers -OR- click on “Support” to make a donation.
Don’t miss your chance to…
• Meet our new principal, Angela Sugarek
- 2015 Texas PTA Principal of the Year
- Experienced IB principal and STEM educator
• Tour our newly renovated building
- Athletic facilities
- Performance space/theater
• Learn more about the great things happening at Hogg
- Rigorous education including classes for high school credit open to all prepared students
- Wide range of electives including performing and visual arts, STEM, athletics and foreign language