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REL Key Clubbers To Spend Spring Break in Guatemala
By Beth Dombrowa
For many, Spring Break is a time to relax and recharge. But five Ross S. Sterling High School Key Club students will be traveling with a purpose instead of a vacation as they head to Guatemala to do volunteer work. Over Spring Break, the students will be building hand washing stations and teaching elementary school students about the spread of germs in an impoverished area of Guatemala.
Priscila Garcia, senior and president of the RSS Key Club, discovered the partnership between Squads Abroad and Key Club International as she was researching ideas for her local club. Squads Abroad provides opportunities for Key Club members around the world to travel to under-resourced parts of the globe to make a meaningful impact.
“I knew I wanted to do something different during my presidency and it looked like a great fit,” Garcia said. “I just started talking to people and talking it up.”
The trip costs about $1,500 per student, but the group fundraised to earn as much money as possible to curtail expenses. They’ve had meetings with Squads Abroad representatives to learn more about the Guatemalan culture and that to expect during their stay.
The students will stay in a Squads Abroad home base in Guatemala, traveling about 20 minutes each day to work at the elementary school.
It won’t be all work and no play for the five Key Clubbers going on the trip, who, in addition o Garcia, include Hayden Bernard, Elizabeth Bagwell, Andrea Prieto and Jace West. The students will get to visit a local village where they will sample local cuisine, shop for pottery and learn more about the Guatemalan ways of life. They will also visit Mayan Ruins, as well as a strawberry and coffee plantation.
The group plans to update the school district on its progress during the week. Updates will be posted to the Goose Creek CISD Facebook page.
Nancy Vega bonds with students at a school in Costa Rica.
Nancy Vega, a 2016 graduate of IMPACT Early College High School, is a student teacher in Angelica Cuevas’ fifth-grade class at Harlem Elementary. She attends the University of Houston-Clear Lake and is part of the Baytown Area Education Recruitment and Retention program (BAER2) as well as UHCL’s Success Through Education Program (STEP). To add to her experiences before she embarks on a career as a fulltime teacher, Vega visited a school in Costa Rica in February through a program coordinated by Lee College and UHCL.
A product of Goose Creek CISD schools, Vega attended San Jacinto Elementary and Baytown Junior School before going to IMPACT ECHS. She hopes to teach in Goose Creek CISD after graduating in May.
Read more about Nancy Vega in this blog shared by UHCL.
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Goose Creek Memorial High School senior and Stuart Career Center Automotive Practicum student Dj Lombrana enjoys learning new things while working on cars and talking to customers. She plans to work fulltime after graduating from high school.
Student Serves as an Asset to Community KIA
By: Susan Passmore
Dj Lombrana, a senior at Goose Creek Memorial High School, has discovered her dream job in a field typically dominated by males. Through her Automotive Practicum class at Stuart Career Center, she works close to 20 hours a week as a service technician at Community KIA. She changes oil and filters, rotates and balances tires as well as makes minor mechanical repairs. Serious about her job, Dj is learning more every day from her teacher Steve Barron, her co-workers, her supervisors and through online KIA training.
“Dj came to us from Pasadena last year,” Barron said. “She’s a hands-on person, and when she does something one time, she knows it. I knew that the best thing I could do for her was to get her involved in the industry.”
Dj, which stands for Darrien Joy, has earned her student certification in Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Maintenance and Light Repair and is working on ASE certification for brakes. She recently won 2nd place in the Regional SkillsUSA Maintenance and Light Repair competition at San Jacinto College Central, qualifying for the state competition.
“If you asked me what she does wrong, I wouldn’t have an answer,” said Sammy Campos, service manager and her supervisor at KIA. “She stays busy even when she’s not busy. If she doesn’t know, she asks. She’s good with customers. We’ll be happy to have her fulltime when she graduates.”
With maturity beyond her 18 years, Dj sees her job as a challenge and tackles problems like a pro.
“I want to make this my career. You’ll never know everything about a vehicle, and I like learning new things and problem solving. I don’t mind trying and failing and then doing it again,” Dj said.
Her inspiration for a career in the automotive industry came from watching movies, such as “Transformers” and “Fast and Furious,” in which females worked with cars.
“I was about 8-years-old and I was looking up how to fix cars on YouTube,” she said.
While Dj is not the only young lady who has worked for Community Toyota, Honda or Kia, business partners with Goose Creek CISD, but she is certainly one of the best.
“She has a strong work ethic and a good personality,” said Doug Shipley, parts and service director. “As for her ability and knowledge, she’s way beyond the curve.”
This program is now a part of the Advanced Automotive Academy at Stuart Career Tech High School. Eighth-graders interested in a career as an automotive, diesel or collision repair technician can apply via the website. Four years in the Advanced Automotive Academy will lead students to a Business & Industry Endorsement, a college associate degree or certificate, along with Performance Acknowledgements for earning Automotive ASE and ICAR certifications. Seniors may participate in internships, and scholarships are available to graduates.
Lee Students Perform at TMEA
Robert E. Lee High School students Hannah Christensen, a senior, and Victor Cruz, a junior, accompanied Dr. Stefan Ice, Lee’s associate band director and percussion coordinator, to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention in San Antonio February 14. They performed solos at the state level convention at a session entitled “Percussion Prescribed Music List: Discover the New Gems.” Both students performed brand new solo literature for percussion for a large audience of music educators.
Also in attendance was world renowned composer Ivan Trevino, whose music was performed by Cruz. Trevino was complimentary of both students’ performances and gave them encouragement and advice.
“Needless to say, the students were star-struck,” Dr. Ice said. “I could not be more pleased with our students’ performances. I am thrilled to be able to provide opportunities like these for our students.”
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
View Spring Palooza and Car Show Flyer here.
Show your support for Stuart Career Tech High School at the annual Spring Palooza and Car Show, scheduled for March 2, 2019, at the school at 302 YMCA Drive, Baytown, TX 77521. It is free to spectators.
This event provides an opportunity for the public to tour Stuart Career Tech High School, which opened fall 2017. Other activities will include a car show and a gaming competition (9 a.m.). BBQ plates, including two meats and two sides for $10, will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. BBQ tickets may be purchased from the campus or from any SCTHS student, and they will be available the day of the event.
At the Car Show, Best of Show awards will be presented in the following categories: Pre-50s Classics; Classics from 50s, 60s and 70s; Muscle Cars up to 1990; Muscle Cars after 1990; Rat Rods; Low Riders; Custom Trucks; Open Class, Imports; Lifted Trucks; Under 21; Motorcycles and ATVs as well as Best Interior. Registration is $25 per category. Early registration, postmarked by February 28, 2018, is $20. Car registration the day of the event will be from 8 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Judging is from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and awards are at 1 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the food, fun and activities! For more information, please call 281-420-4550, ext. 88300. The rain out date is March 23, 2019.
After competing in several area and regional competitions, the Goose Creek Memorial High School Technology Student Association (TSA) members are state bound to compete in Video Game Design, Board Game Design, Structural Engineering, Software Design, Engineering Design, Engineering CAD, Flight Endurance (Engineering) Systematic Control Technology, Technology Bowl, Graphic Solutions for Marketing and IT, Forensic Science, Chapter Team, Music Production, Video Production (Mockumentry) and On Demand Video Production. They also are first alternates in Dragster Design and Technology Debate.
Shonda James and Sean McGregory, GCM teachers, have coached the first-year TSA team through a strong year, culminating in the state competition to be held in Ft. Worth April 25-17.
“As a brand new team, there is a lot of trial by fire and problem solving for both coaches and students alike. We hope to attract industry and business partners interested in mentoring students in our GCM Engineering/IT departments and building a stronger team through mentoring TSA projects and establishing a local competition,” James said. “Next year, we hope to add tour competition list with VEX Robotics, Drone Racing, RC Racing (Flight and Ground), Animatronics, CAD Architecture, Architecture Design and several other speaking and team events.”
Photo by Susan Passmore
Stacy Fernandez of the Goose Creek CISD Communications Department prepares to hide platinum “goose eggs” as one of the events of the Goose Creek CISD 100th Anniversary Celebration. Community members will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs from February 22-28 and receive $100 or a $100 gift card if there is a sponsor’s name on the egg.
One of several activities highlighting Goose Creek CISD’s 100th anniversary, which will culminate in the Goose Creek CISD 100th Anniversary Celebration at Bicentennial Park April 13, is a “goose egg” hunt in the Baytown/Highlands area. Word has it that “geese,” also known as “The Geese That Laid the Platinum Eggs,” have gone wild laying 100 platinum eggs around the Baytown/Highlands area. If you find one, it might just bring you good luck or at least serve as a souvenir. However, if you find one that has a sponsor’s name on it, you will win $100 or a gift card worth $100!
The eggs will be hidden and ready for finding Friday, February 22, 2019. If you find one that has a sponsor’s name and number on it, call the sponsor by February 28th to arrange a time to take the egg to the sponsor to pick up your prize. You’ll have your picture taken with the sponsor and the egg, and the photo will be sent to us. Some of these photos will be posted on the Goose Creek CISD website and on social media, and we’ll send some to the local newspapers. Sponsors for the event include Chicken Express, El Toro Mexican Restaurant, Key Truck Sales, Patients ER and Rainforest Dental.
If you need a hint, check out parks and local attractions to find the eggs. They will not be hidden on school campuses. While you’re out there egg hunting, take a gander at the many historical sites our area has to offer. If you have any questions, please call the Goose Creek CISD Communications Department at 281-707-3629.
Photo by Susan Passmore
Goose Creek CISD third-grade UIL Storytelling winners are (from left) Abigail Garibay, Lamar, 1st place; Brooke Gaston, Highlands, 2nd place; Stella Barrow, Crockett, 3rd place: Chloe Ganze, Austin, 4th place; Taryn Langston, Austin, 5th place; Clara Symmons, Crockett, 6th place; Riley Sprang, Highlands, 7th place and Gabriella Russell, Alamo, 8th place.
Elementary UIL Photo Gallery
Photo by Carrie Pryor
Goose Creek’s annual Elementary UIL Academic Tournament was held February 1 at Sterling High School with 705 2nd-5th grade students competing in twenty-one events. Students from all elementary schools with 2nd-5th graders competed.
Sterling High School Auditorium was also the event location for the UIL Awards Ceremony held on February 8. Individual medals were awarded in creative writing, dictionary skills, listening skills, number sense, oral reading, ready writing, spelling, storytelling, and maps, graphs and charts. Team medals were awarded for art memory and music memory. Schools also received trophies for first through third place in each event. Certificates for perfect individual scores were awarded to 24 students.
The event was a district wide competition coordinated by the Goose Creek Advanced Academics department with individual campus coordinators and event coaches as well as event directors, judges, graders, time-keepers and monitors. Winning students and teams were announced by Dr. Melissa Duarte, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Winners in 2nd Grade Creative Writing were Kaelyn Nesselrode, Crockett, 1st; Kaylee Brown, Crockett, 2nd; Rocket Salazar, Harlem, 3rd; Devon Hancock, Austin, 4th; Avery Nieto, Ashbel Smith, 5th and June Reed, Highlands, 6th. Second Grade Spelling winners were Anay Gupta, Walker; Maliyani Mireles, Lamar, Tatiana Ramirez, Austin, and Abigail Rodriguez, Bañuelos, tied for 2nd place; Mia Manila, Crokett, 5th and Christopher Boykin, Austin, received 6th. Second Grade Storytelling winners were Edythe Truncale, Clark, 1st; Ryan McRee, Austin, 2nd; Myles Ebow, Harlem, 3rd; Reagan Benoit, Austin, 4th; Ivana Romero, Bowie, 5th; Ja’Kayla Griffith, Alamo, 6th; Chelsy Knox, Highlands, 7th, and Jacob Mejia, San Jacinto, 8th.
Third Grade Ready Writing winners were Sienna Turner, Harlem, 1st; Giselle Aguilar, San Jacinto, 2nd; Evan Harlow, Clark, 3rd; Anthony Asencio, Travis, 4th; Arianna Tello, Clark, 5th and Aliyah Itzep, Travis, 6th. Spelling winners from third grade were Sadvi Koora, Walker and Miley Ondap, Bañuelos, both tied for 1st; Troy Gnagy-Martinez, Bowie and Advita Shinde, Walker, both tied for 2nd; Juan Arteaga, Ashbel Smith, 5th and Malaika Vigier, Bowie, 6th. Winners in 3rd Grade Storytelling were Abigail Garibay, Lamar, 1st; Brooke Gaston, Highlands, 2nd; Stella Barrow, Crockett, 3rd; Chloe Ganze, Austin, 4th; Taryn Langston, Austin, 5th; Clara Symmons, Crockett, 6th; Riley Sprang, Highlands, 7th and Gabriella Russell, Alamo, 8th.
Fourth grade winners in Number Sense were Nikita Gupta, Walker, 1st; Andy Zamudio-Hernandez, Alamo, 2nd; Audel Herrera, Crokett, 3rd; Mia Cavanough, Alamo, 4th; Esteban Flores, Highlands, 5th and Justin Alvarenga-Sanchez, Clark, 6th. Fourth grade Oral Reading winners were Deborah Marquez, Clark, 1st; Kamari Thompson, Crockett, 2nd; Elena Foster, Crockett, 3rd; Leah Clifford, Clark, 4th; Rachel Currie, Austin, 5th; Makayla Banks, Lamar, 6th; London Merling, Austin, 7th and Marlyn Rodriguez, Lamar, 8th. Ready Writing winners from 4th grade were Natalie Hernandez, DeZavala, 1st; Mallory Garcia, Alamo, 2nd; Sloane Berklund, Clark, 3rd; Jedidiah Chapa, Crockett, 4th; Silas Salyer, Clark, 5th and Maya Martin, Bañuelos, 6th. Fourth grade Spelling winners were Joseph Vallagomesa, Crockett, 1st; Carolyne Torres, Crockett, 2nd; Celine Khan, Walker, 3rd; Vivian Martinez, Harlem, 4th; Santana Alfaro, Lamar, 5th and Chrisklein Baslot, Austin, 6th.
Fifth grade category winners were Ever Perez, Harlem, 1st; Layla Bryson, Austin, 2nd; Olivia Galvan, Bañuelos, 3rd; Arayia Polimis, Walker, 4th; Trae Clark, clark, 5th and Kealey Gunn, Crockett, 6th, in Dictionary Skills. In 5th Grade Listening Skills, winners were Rett Gaedchens, Crockett, 1st; Drew Collins, Walker, 2nd; Krystal Murillo, Bañuelos, 3rd; Kash McDaniel, Clark, 4th; Alia Rocha, Ashbel, Smith, 5th and Isabella Cook, Austin, 6th; Fifth grade winners in the Maps, Graphs and Charts category were Yaletzy Pulido, Walker, 1st; Mia Patel, Clark, 2nd; Marissa Gonzalez, Walker, 3rd; Stephanie Austin, DeZavala, 4th; Oscar Aguillon, Austin, 5th and Kailynn Orosco, Austin, 6th. In the 5th Grade Number Sense category, winners were Anushka Shukla, Clark, 1st; Michael Coker, Austin, 2nd; Ly Nguyen, Alamo, 3rd; Aayush Koora, Walker, 4th; Edgar Cervantes, Lamar, 5th and Juan Suarez, Austin, 6th.
Fifth Grade Oral Reading winners were Leilah Henry, Bañuelos, 1st; Maritza Vasquez, Highlands, 2nd; Jaclyn Verdin, Highlands, 3rd; Karol Reyes, Crockett, 4th; Evan Garnica, Austin, 5th; Annabelle Symmons, Crockett, 6th; Alana Bloice, Carver, 7th and Max Gerza, Clark, 8th. Ready Writing Winners in 5th grade were Cade Rector, Bañuelos, 1st; Sydni Godfrey, Bañuelos, 2nd; Ana Valerio, Lamar, 3rd; Alexa Banda, Harlem, 4th; Porsche Harrington, DeZavala, 5th and Zoe Romeo, Lamar, 6th. Fifth Grade Spelling Winners were Khyati Singh, Walker, 1st; Luke Murray, Clark, 2nd; Gabrielle Francisco, Crockett, 3rd; Laila Cardona, Bowie, 4th; Riley Bloom, Walker, and Jody Go Hiong, Bañuelos, both 5th.
In the 4th Grade Art Memory category, the team of Kylie Nesselrode (perfect score), Journie Farnsworth, Kyla Lawson (perfect score), Raegan Nichols from Crockett placed 1st; Kamdyn Neal and Zayleigh Sayer, Abbie Waltman (perfect score), Aubrie Waltman (perfect score), Breanna Deleon (perfect score) from Alamo placed 2nd. Highlands’ team of Kylie Kraemer, Samantha Page, Halima Sedtal, all with perfect scores, placed 3rd. Bowie’s team of Taylor Fisher, Ronnie Kimble, Airam Pacheco, Dayanara Sanchez and Yarianys Oquendo, both with perfect scores, placed 4th. Emma Parker, Moses Perales, Lia Vega from Clark placed 5th. Travis’ team of Lucio Rojas, Marley Ward, Farrah Torres and Emani Davis placed 6th.
Fourth Grade Music Memory winners were Kaylee Yepez, Andrew Meismer, Dalilah Perez and Brenda Herrera from Lamar, 1st place. Second place winners from Walker were Rachel Lara, Ava Martinez, Traci Hawkins and Adison Escobedo. Highlands’ team of Aiden Barajas and Mia Ramirez placed 3rd. Kaylynn Fuqua, Evelyn Munguia and Ava Wygal, from Carver placed 4th. San Jacinto’s team of Sean Bailey, Christina Cerino, Jorge Cuellar, Makayla Gonzalez and Priscilla Herrera placed 5th. Bowie’s team of Ruby Castillo, Christopher Chapa, Trinitee Frederick and Luis Lozano placed 6th.
Fifth Grade Music Memory winners were Highlands’ team of Dulcinea Ajiatas and Kendall Megress, along with Marcus Krajewski (perfect score), 1st, and Lamar’s team of Sophia Fernandez, Eli Ortiz (perfect score), Trinton Hines, Isabell Espinoza placed 2nd. Bowie’s team of Alexa Lozano, Carys Richards (perfect score), Lissitte Sierra, placed 3rd. From Austin, Xahilyn Amador, Hailey Moore, Axel Ojeda, Leyton Moon, placed 4th. Walker’s team of Pamela Toledo, Adamaris Alcantar, Jaliyah Riddick-Grant and Kalyn Acosta placed 5th, and Clark team of Rylen Barrientos, Edmaida Diaz, Ella Bright and Josue Manzo, placed 6th.
Fifth Grade Art Memory winners were Jeikobs Mercado, Josue Cuevas (perfect score), Wendy Leija (perfect score), Chloe Jason (perfect score) and Alexa Prieto (perfect score) from Alamo, 1st, and Bowie’s team of Christian Velasco, Joselyn Oliva, Ydalie Curiel (perfect score) and Karly Esquivel (perfect score), 2nd. Crockett team of Mea Lawson and Lizette Sifuentes, both with perfect scores, Katelyn Brasfield and Jasmine Brown placed 3rd. The team of Mia Acuna, Madison Clark (perfect score), Cooper Moore and Brandon Wittbold from Bañuelos placed 4th. Carver’s team of Natalia Valverde, Wendy Padilla and Luis Martinez received 5th, and Clarks team of Cassandra Anderson (perfect score), Trini Richard and Ciara Keene placed 6th. In addition, Angel Vasquez from San Jacinto also had a perfect score.
School trophies for 2nd Grade Creative Writing went to Crockett, 1st; Harlem, 2nd and Austin, 3rd. Second Grade Spelling trophies were awarded to Austin, 1st; Walker, 2nd and Bañuelos and Lamar tied for 3rd. Second grade Storytelling trophies went to Austin, 1st; Clark, 2nd and Harlem, 3rd.
For 3rd Grade Ready Writing, trophies went to Clark, 1st; Harlem, 2nd and San Jacinto, 3rd. Third Grade Spelling trophies were received by Walker, 1st; Bañuelos, 2nd and Bowie, 3rd. For 3rd Grade Storytelling, Lamar took 1st; Austin and Crockett tied for 2nd and Highlands took 3rd.
Trophies for 4th Grade Art went to Crockett, 1st; Alamo, 2nd and Highlands, 3rd. For Spelling, trophies went to Crockett, 1st; Walker, 2nd and Harlem, 3rd. Fourth Grade Ready Writing trophies went to Clark, 1st; DeZavala, 2nd and Alamo, 3rd. Music Memory trophies went to Lamar, 1st; Walker, 2nd and Highlands, 3rd. Oral Reading trophies were awarded to Clark, 1st, and Crockett and Austin, tied for 2nd. Number Sense trophies went to Alamo, 1st; Walker, 2nd and Crockett, 3rd.
Fifth Grade Spelling trophies went to Walker, 1st; Clark, 2nd and Crockett, 3rd. Ready Writing trophies went to Bañuelos, 1st; Lamar, 2nd and Harlem, 3rd. Fifth Grade Oral Reading trophies were awarded to Highlands, 1st; Bañuelos, 2nd and Crockett, 3rd. Dictionary Skills trophies went to Harlem, 1st; Austin, 2nd and Bañuelos, 3rd. Art trophies went to Alamo, 1st; Bowie, 2nd and Crockett, 3rd. Listening Skills trophies went to Crockett, 1st; Walker, 2nd and Bañuelos, 3rd. Maps, Graphs and Charts trophies went to Walker, 1st; Clark, 2nd and Austin, 3rd. Music Memory trophies went to Highlands, 1st; Lamar, 2nd and Bowie, 3rd. Number Sense trophies were awarded to Austin, 1st; Clark, 2nd and Alamo, 3rd.
All five Goose Creek CISD junior schools competed in the recent Battle of the Books, a reading-incentive program aimed at introducing new genres, series and authors to students. Led by campus librarians, the competition requires teams to answer questions about the books from their assigned reading lists. Following a school meet, the winning team in each grade level advances to the district meet.
In the district Battle of the Books, sixth-grade teams took home the following awards: Baytown Junior School (BJS), first place; Horace Mann Junior School (HMJ), second place; Highlands Junior School (HJS), third place; Gentry Junior School (GJS), fourth place and Cedar Bayou Junior School (CBJ), fifth place.
In the seventh-grade competition, awards were given to HJS, first place; CBJ second place; GJS, third place; BJS, fourth place and HMJ, fifth place. In the eighth-grade competition, winners were HJS, first place; GJS, second place; CBJ, third place; HMJ, fourth place and BJS, fifth place.
“Every team that made the district meet had to beat out other teams at their school, so it was an honor to participate in Battle of the Books,” said Janie West, Baytown Junior librarian. “There were 15 books on the reading list for each grade, so each team split them up. It took quite a bit of preparation, and we’re proud of everyone for representing their schools in this competition.”
Photo by Ruth Perez
Photo by Amy George
By: Amy George
Culinary Arts teams representing Lee, Sterling and Stuart Career Tech High Schools competed in Aramark’s annual Lone Star Chef Competition February 7 for the right to represent Goose Creek CISD at the state competition in March.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Eat the Truck.” Students are challenged to create a recipe that has food truck appeal, while still meeting the nutritional requirements of the TDA School Lunch Program.
Lee’s team, coached by Chef Ginger Zoidis, created “Trash Can Nachos” and Sterling’s team, coached by Chef Alesha Tate, concocted “Freestyle Tostadas.” But in the end, the dish that won the judges taste buds was “Nathan’s Crunch Wrap,” prepared by the team representing Stuart Career Tech High School, coached by Chef Kylie Sobczak.
The competition was judged by Dr. Anthony Price, Deputy Superintendent for Goose Creek CISD; Chef Cheyenne Peer of H-E-B’s Cooking Connection; and Rex Miller, Stuart Meat Processing instructor at Stuart Career Tech HS.
The Stuart Career Tech team, calling themselves “Hehejandro and The Boys,” includes Destiny Whitener, Nathan Garza and Alejandro Alcantar. They will now face off against 14 other school districts at the Aramark Lone Star state competition at Minute Maid Park in Houston on March 29.
Four two-man teams from Stuart Career Tech High School (SCTHS) competed in the recent Universal Technical Institute (UTI) – Houston Campus Top Tech Challenge for local high schools. The teams competed in hands-on and written automotive testing on vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems.
Under the supervision of Jim Ornelas, SCTHS diesel/auto tech instructor, and Steve Barron, auto tech instructor, two of the four teams, composed of juniors and seniors, placed in the top 10. Austin Grothe and Cameron Cramer, Barbers Hill High School students in the automotive program at SCTHS after school, each won a $10,000 scholarship to UTI, and SCTHS students Juan Hinojosa and Alvaro Chavez each won a $1,000 scholarship. The team of Octavio Mendez and Epi Sanchez, sophomores, placed 13th out of the 58 teams scored. Other competitors were Jon’Rylan Bohannon and Joshua Eastman. SCTHS received a trophy and a tool box.
“As instructors, Steve and I are very proud of them all, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition because the sophomores will be juniors next year. This experience will give them a positive advantage for next year,” said Ornelas.
Ian DeTorre, a seventh-grader at Baytown Junior School, tries out a riot shield and baton while discussing career options with representatives (from left) Stacey LeBlanc, senior warden; Officer Robyn Lacy and Captain Bruce Katchmark from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at Goose Creek CISD’s 7th Annual Career Night at Robert E. Lee High School.
Photo by Susan Passmore
Bailey Freeman (left), a junior at Robert E. Lee High School, talks with Chef Kylie Sobczak from Stuart Career Tech High School and Chef Ginger Zoidis from Robert E. Lee High School about the Culinary Arts program while attending the recent 7th Annual Career Night for all GCCISD students.
GCCISD 7th Annual Career Night a Success
By Susan Passmore
Goose Creek CISD’s recent 7th Annual Career Night, hosted by the GCCISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and held at Robert E. Lee High School, provided an opportunity for students and parents to meet business and industry professionals as well as representatives from high school and post-secondary programs and technical schools all in one location.
High School Option Information Sessions were available with presentations on the career academies – STEM at Robert E. Lee High School, Global Business at Goose Creek Memorial High School and Health Science at Ross S. Sterling High School – and IMPACT Early College High School, Stuart Career Center, Stuart Career Tech High School and the Cosmetology program. College and Career Readiness counselors assisted with FAFSA applications.
“We had more than 200 students in attendance,” said Monica Swift, Student Workforce Connection liaison. “Thirty companies were represented as well as 12 post-secondary institutions or programs. This was the perfect place for students and parents to learn about the many different careers and pathways available to them. The GCCISD CTE Department wishes to thank the 126 representatives and volunteers, including 31 cluster teachers, for their assistance in making this a successful event.”
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After testing out the Squeebie Mixing Bowl with her class and Tiffany Craig, KHOU Channel 11 consumer reporter, Nicole Stalkfleet, Life Skills teacher at Ashbel Smith Elementary, was ready to purchase one. The bowl was featured on Shark Tank, and since Stalkfleet’s students cook every Friday and deliver their treats to the faculty and staff, this was as good a place as any to decide if the bowl was “Worth It?” as Craig’s segment is called.
Craig ordered the Squeebie Mixing Bowl by Lori Greiner from QVC for $20, bringing it with her to Stalkfleet’s class to use for mixing Hot Cocoa Dip. The students measured and mixed the ingredients, and their teacher demonstrated the “squeegee” attached to the bowl, which helps scrape out the ingredients. The bowl also transforms into a colander.
“I tried that later after rinsing raspberries, and it works, too,” Craig said.
The second- through fifth-grade television stars weren’t shy in front of the camera, and they had their own opinions about the Hot Cocoa Dip, the process and the bowl.
“Ninety calories!” volunteered one student.
Another emphatically shook his head, not certain that the bowl was any better than a regular mixing bowl, but Stalkfleet was sold.
“Look how not super-messy the bowl is. I think I really want one of these now,” said Stalkfleet.
Once the dip was placed in small cups and animal crackers were added, the students set out to deliver the snack to the faculty. Every Fun Food Friday, the students talk about what they made and how they made it as they pass out the treats, helping them with social and communication skills. Stalkfleet started this with her class a year ago after purchasing a bundle of simple recipes by Stephanie Delussey on “Teachers Pay Teachers.” Now, the kids get off the bus on Fridays excited about cooking day, but they were even more excited to be television stars!
Check out the segment “Worth It?” at https://youtu.be/2-Cx5e3X1ek and decide for yourself about the Squeebie!
Goose Creek CISD eighth-graders have more options than ever before when considering their high school plans, but the deadline to make their selections, February 3, is drawing near. Students must apply during the month of February during their eighth-grade year to be able to attend any of these programs. Goose Creek CISD offers something for everyone in preparation for college and careers, including seven career academies and two early college high school options.
Bus transportation is available for all students attending any of the career academies or early college high schools. Applications for these options for high school must be completed online by February 3, 2019. Students and parents needing assistance in completing the application can attend a special help session January 29 at Stuart Career Tech High School.
Goose Creek CISD has developed seven career academies through feedback from GCCISD’s business and industry partners to target some of the high-wage, high-demand jobs.
“Students in these academies will receive hands-on, project-based instruction in their area of interest that is focused on the goal of earning certifications and college credit toward their degree or employment immediately following high school graduation,” said Renea Dillon, director of CTE.
Each career academy focuses on one of the following career pathways: Agriculture Science, Automotive Technology and Collision Repair, Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Culinary Arts, Engineering, and Manufacturing & Industrial Maintenance.
Next year’s freshmen have the option to apply to one of the three academies offered at the three traditional high schools in GCCISD. The Global Business Academy is housed at Goose Creek Memorial (GCM) High School. Students in this academy complete a four-year pathway in a rigorous High School of Business curriculum, which can be supplemented with dual credit courses and other electives to learn the skills involved in the type of business they are interested in developing. Students can graduate from GCM prepared for a rigorous college business administration major with college credit and business certifications.
The Health Science Academy is located at Ross S. Sterling High School. Students in this career academy begin with a focus on biomedical science. Students are engaged by the rigorous Project Lead the Way curriculum, which provides weighted grade points toward their GPA, much like the other pre-AP classes they take. Students are provided many opportunities to explore the fast-growing number of medical occupations and even develop innovative ideas to improve areas in the various health-related occupations.
The third career academy that is on a traditional campus is the STEM-Engineering Academy at Robert E. Lee High School, which helps students learn the many different facets of engineering and engineering technology, especially as it relates to the petrochemical, aerospace and environmental industries on the Gulf Coast. This academy also uses a rigorous Project Lead the Way curriculum that can result in college credit. Mentors from local industry assist students in learning which type of engineering they want to pursue before they begin applying for college.
Four career academy options are available to students who apply to Stuart Career Tech High School (SCTHS), which is also an early college high school. SCTHS is focused on earning college degrees in Career and Technical Education (CTE) fields including Culinary Arts, Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance, Agriculture Sciences (including Environmental Studies and Veterinary Tech certifications), and Automotive and Collision Repair.
IMPACT Early College High School provides one more option for prospective freshmen. At this nationally-recognized school, students focus on academics with the goal of graduating with a high school diploma as well as an associate degree from Lee College or at least some college hours to apply to a degree.
Students may apply for up to three of these high school options in a single application that is available on the district’s web page between now and February 3. Students will be notified February 15 which High School Option they were selected to attend.
Altogether, Goose Creek CISD eighth graders are able to choose among 41 programs of study in all five endorsement areas. Very few districts offer these diverse and specialized educational opportunities, so Goose Creek CISD eighth grade students should carefully consider their options as they create their graduation plans and begin their high school experience. Applications to the academies, Stuart Career Tech High School and IMPACT Early College High School are available on the Goose Creek CISD website at http://www.gccisd.net.
IMPACT ECHS Student Council members, with the guidance of their sponsor Keith Brown, collected toys to donate to needy children as they have for the past few years. This Christmas, though, they didn’t want to just drop off the toys to a church or other location. They wanted to actually hand out the toys to the children. They had the idea of hosting an event here on the IMPACT campus, and inviting children and their families to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and maybe even have a Santa give them the toys. Their idea started growing when they thought of what other clubs might be able to contribute to the event: the Dance Club could entertain with a performance, the Book Club could read Christmas stories, the Art Club could provide face painting, other clubs and general volunteers could play other games, greet families, and serve the cookies and cocoa, and so on. Since we partner with San Jacinto Elementary for our Big Brothers Big Sisters program, they provided a list of approximately 100 students and their siblings and helped us pass out invitations. On the day of the event, children who attended were given their photo with Santa to take home with them, had cookies and cocoa, participated in crafts, had their faces painted, played games, had a reading corner, and lots of other fun activities in addition to receiving gifts that were donated by our Spartans, our Baytown Chamber of Commerce Partner in Education Pure Salt, and one family took home a toy-filled stocking donated by Fischer’s Hardware. As excited as the children were to receive gifts, the time families spent together was a gift in itself, and they hope to make this an annual event.
With a 1980s theme, the recent Baytown Crime Stoppers Sponsor Appreciation Banquet honored the Baytown Crime Stoppers original board members from March 1981 along with the Lavon Heintschel Award winner and the Goose Creek CISD campus sponsors.
Special guests were original Baytown Crime Stoppers Board members Jay Eshbach (treasurer), Jim Ferris, Dottie Tickner, Geraldine Vara and Glen Walker, who were presented with a crystal award for their role in starting the successful program. Mayor Brandon Capetillo, who presented a proclamation to Casey designating January 2019 as Baytown Crime Stoppers Month in Baytown, and Goose Creek CISD Superintendent Randal O’Brien also were recognized as special guests.
Other members of the original board were Leon Brown, R.K. Carter, Towson Ellis, Bob Gillette, Wayne Gray (vice chairman), Clyde Messiah, Dr. Nofal Musfy, Jess Navarre, Don Northrup, Joy Ralls (secretary), Peggy Rutherford, Ron Smith, Jack Strickler, Lanell Stuart, Charles Tillery (chairman), and Hugh Wood.
All 21 original members are listed on a plaque that will hang on the Wall of Honor in the Baytown Crime Stoppers meeting room.
Randy Casey, Crime Stoppers board chair, welcomed guests, and original board member Walker, who traveled from Durango, Colorado, gave the invocation.
After dinner, catered by Rooster’s, Randy Strong, board member, presented the history of Crime Stoppers. The program was organized in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which had the highest crime rate per capita of any city in the United States at that time, and it was so successful that Crime Stoppers groups have been established all over the country and in several foreign countries. In Baytown, Police Chief Bo Turner discussed the program with Jean Shepherd, chair of the Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee, and she set up a study group, headed by Towson Ellis. After a unanimous vote, the Baytown Crime Stoppers program was incorporated in March 1981.
“The first call with a tip was received on March 28, 1981. The first arrest from a Baytown Crime Stopper tip was made on April 22, 1981, by Detective Gene Sutton. The report describing the offense read, ‘Henry Silas Killian III was charged with felony theft in connection with the Saturday night theft of 38 rabbits from Leola Greer’s yard,’” Strong said.
The year 1981 ended with 85 tips, 16 arrests $15,000 recovered narcotics/property/cash and $1,950 in rewards paid. At the end of December 2018, since the inception of the program, Baytown Crime Stoppers has received 12,068 tips, made 2,058 arrests, recovered $3,585,762 in narcotics/property/cash and paid $574,327 in rewards.
Wayne Hanson, Baytown Crime Stoppers Board member since 2005, having served as chair for four years and vice chair for five years, received the Lavon F. Heintschel Award, named for the long-time board member who passed away in 2011. Hanson was a member of the Campus Crime Stoppers Committee from 2006-2013, chairing it from 2011-2013, and he initiated the Sponsor Appreciation Dinner in 2007, chairing it for eight consecutive years. He was presented with a framed certificate, and his name has been added to the perpetual plaque on the Wall of Honor with that of Janet Sibley, the first and the only other recipient of the Lavon F. Heintschel Award. Sibley, a member of the Baytown Crime Stoppers Board for 29 years and current secretary, also received a framed certificate.
“Generally, this award is intended for board members, police officers or citizens, who through their exceptional support, efforts, enthusiasm, contributions, participation and dedication have assisted the Baytown Crime Stoppers Program and the community in reducing crime and promoting public safety in Baytown and the surrounding area, thereby setting an example for the rest of us,” said John Mabry, chair of the Health/Records/Recognition committee.
Officer Randell Morris presented information about the Campus Crime Stoppers program, the cafeteria table wraps in several schools with Crime Stoppers Information and the new P3 apps the community and schools use for anonymously submitting tips. From the eight participating GCCISD schools in 2018, 193 tips, 21 disciplinary actions, 11 arrests, 32 cases cleared, $250 worth of narcotics recovered, $400 worth of property recovered and $3,590 total rewards paid are a result of the work of the Campus Crime Stoppers Boards and sponsors.
Sponsors in attendance received a gift card in appreciation of their work in the schools. Campus sponsors include Amy Kaminski, Baytown Junior; Roxie Brown, Stephenie Stults; Peggy Cayton and Michele George, Cedar Bayou Junior; Leanne Leslie, Sarah Capestani and Olivia Payne, Gentry Junior; Lauren Fox and Brenda Ayers, Highlands Junior; M.J. Nolan, David Garza, Melanie Eastman and Michael Knight, Horace Mann Junior; Shonda James, Diztorsha JeffersonLavon and Sam Laird, Goose Creek Memorial High Schooll; Enrique DeLeon, Robert E. Lee High School; and Steve Denton and Jody Roberts, Ross S. Sterling High School.
Keith Dougherty, Baytown Police Chief, expressed his appreciation of Baytown Crime Stoppers and campus programs for helping to keep the community and schools safe, and Casey concluded the program, thanking guests for attending.
Megan Winemiller’s fourth-grade students at Travis Elementary (from left) Jovan Banks, Natalie Marquez and Trevor Hogan
rehearse for a play they will perform Tuesday, January 22, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Highlands Junior School principal Gary Guy and daughters Katie and Allie pose for a photo near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
While many of us spent Christmas night admiring gifts or cleaning up after a family meal, Highlands Junior School principal Gary Guy and his two older daughters boarded a flight to Africa to embark on a unique and challenging adventure. Gary, Allie and Katie spent most of the remaining break climbing 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
A view of Mount Kilimanjaro during the Guy’s adventure.
The trip was actually Gary’s second time to climb the highest point on the African continent. He went solo about five years ago and after hearing stories about his trip for years, the trio ultimately decided to do it together to close out 2018.
“I was initially hesitant,” Katie, a 2017 graduate of Ross S. Sterling and sophomore at The University of Texas studying public relations, said. “But about six months ago, I decided I really wanted to do it.”
To train, Katie said she took “Kili walks” around Austin, wearing her hiking boots. Older sister Allie, a 2015 graduate of Sterling and current student at Texas Christian University studying youth advocacy, is training for a marathon and started taking longer runs. Gary admitted that the majority of his training consisted of walking his dog in Jenkins Park.
“About an hour into just the first day, I was wondering what I had gotten into,” Katie said. “It was raining and muddy. But your body adjusts.”
Only about 35,000 people around the world attempt to climb Kilimanjaro every year, and the exact number who do so successfully is unknown. Katie said she was motivated by stories of different climbers, including an accomplished marathon runner who didn’t make It to the summit and a man who had lost a leg who did.
Regardless of personal circumstances, scaling Kilimanjaro takes physical and mental strength. Trekkers go through five different climates on their ascent, so they may begin by wearing shorts and t-shirts, but they will also get snowed on.
Porters went ahead of the Guys and fellow climbers with tents and food supplies. They helped pitch camp, so after climbing uphill five to seven miles per day at varying altitudes and in rapidly changing weather conditions, the crew was ready to rest. Food was fairly simple – fruits, vegetables, rice – and a lot of porridge. It wasn’t terrible, Gary said, because it was difficult to maintain much of an appetite anyway. There were no showers available during their seven-day trip and sometimes melted snow was the only drinking water available.
“We had all of our meals together in a little tent,” Katie said. “It was fun being in there together.”
Reaching the summit is the pinnacle of the trip. About 30 minutes from the top, Katie said she started getting excited when she saw signs that they were near, even though her eyelashes and hair were frozen solid.
Climbers don’t spend much time at the summit, just enough to get a few photos, before beginning their descent.
“It’s not as easy as you might think,” Gary said. “You use different muscles on the way down.” And, of course, there are the same number of significant climbing changes.
The jury is out as to whether Allie and Katie will make a second trip like their dad.
“It would take a lot of memory loss, but maybe someday” Katie said.
Gary made it clear that despite the impressive feat of scaling the mountain twice, his Kilimanjaro days are behind him.
“I gave my hiking boots to our guide,” he said,. “I told him, ‘I will not be needing these boots again.’”
Photo by Rebecca Estrada
PUBLIC HEARING FOR DISCUSSION OF THE ANNUAL TEXAS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE REPORT (TEXAS EDUCATION CODE 51.403(e) on Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Administration Building Board Room, 4544 Interstate 10 East, Baytown, Texas 77521. Parents, community members, and school personnel are invited to attend this public hearing to participate in the discussion of the Goose Creek CISD Texas Academic Performance Report for 2017-2018.
AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA PARA LA DISCUSIÓN DEL INFORME ANUAL SOBRE EL RENDIMIENTO ACADÉMICO DE TEXAS (EDUCACIÓN DE TEXAS CÓDIGO 51.403 (e)
El lunes, 4 de febrero del 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Sala de juntas de la Mesa Directiva en el edificio
de la Administración, con domicilio en el 4544 Interstate 10 East, Baytown, Texas 77521.
Se invitan a los padres, maestros, y personal de la escuela a asistir a esta audiencia pública para expresar su opinión respecto al Informe del Rendimiento Académico de Texas de Goose Creek CISD del 2017-18.
Victoria Walker Elementary first-graders Amaya Richards-Wynn (left) and Emmett Cleveland work on poetry on their first day back to school after the Christmas holidays.
Ginger Mendisabol’s morning pre-kindergarten students from Victoria Walker Elementary show off the hats they made to celebrate 2019 and the first day of the second semester of school.
Students receiving the AP Scholar with Honor award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams are recognized at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD board of trustees.
Pictured are (from left) from Ross S. Sterling High School Karis Stockwell, Tramy Nguyen, Zhi Lin and Priscila Garcia; from Robert E. Lee High School Hannah Christensen and Paci Cantu; and from Goose Creek Memorial High School Austin Goodman.
AP Scholars, selected for completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher, are recognized at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD board of trustees. Students from Robert E. Lee High School are (from left) Kassandra Tovar, Lizeth Mendoza, Brianna Lopez, Kamila Gonzalez-Traverzo and Eliza Batongmalaki.
After nine meetings and more than 1,100 hours of volunteer service, the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee, a group of diverse community members, presented their proposed bond package to the GCCISD Board of Trustees at the Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, board meeting. As a next step, the Board will vote on calling for a May 2019 bond election at the February 4, 2019 board meeting.
Click the link below, to view the presentation members of the CBPC presented to the Board.
May 2019 Bond Recommendation
To watch a video of their presentation, go to the district’s YouTube channel.
GCCISD Holds Second Annual Employee Wellness Fair
More than 430 Goose Creek CISD employees and 58 vendors participated in the 2nd Annual Goose Creek CISD Employee Wellness Fair, “Step Into Wellness,” at Ross S. Sterling High School. The event was held January 7, 2019, which was the first day back to school for school employees after the Christmas holidays.
Sponsored by the Goose Creek CISD Benefits and Human Resources departments, the Wellness Fair provided valuable information and resources for employees, including health care, financial information, educational opportunities and food and nutrition.
“This is the second year we have offered the Employee Wellness Fair, and we were pleased with the increased participation this year,” Stephanie Myers, benefits coordinator, said. “We hope that employees enjoyed the variety of information available in one location, and we look forward to hosting it again next year.”
Participants included AFLAC, Allstate Benefits, AMBA, Ameritas Vision, Aramark, Area Agency on Aging, AXA, Bayshore, Baytown YMCA, Berkeley Eye Center, Camp Gladiator, Care Patrol, Celebrate Recovery, Center for Success and Independence, Chambers Health, Chick-fil-A, Community Resource Credit Union, DeVry University, Eagle Pointe, First Financial, Goose Creek CISD Benefits, Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation, Goose Creek CISD Healthy Community School Coordinator, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, H & R Block, Harris County Public Health, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, Humana Dental, Joint Chiropractic, Kelsey Seybold, Lamar University, Learner Dynamics, Lee College, Lee College Wellness, MetLife and MD Anderson.
Also participating were Next Level Clinic, Partners Resource Network, Patients ER, Rightway Imaging, Salata, Sam’s Club, San Jacinto College, Schlitterbaun Resorts, Smoothie King, Summit Dental Center, Sun Life, TCG Services, Texas Workforce Solutions, The Children Assessment Center, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, The Rose, Total Care, 24 Hour Fitness, United Way, UT Arlington Online, Walgreen’s and Weight Watchers.
2018 Goose Creek CISD Best of Show
Goose Creek Memorial High School
You are invited to a reception honoring the
Artists and Faculty
Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Recognition at 5:45 p.m.
Public Viewing January 9-11 & 14-17, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GCCISD Administration Building
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