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11/16/2018
November 16, 2018 3rd six weeks Journal
PALs Prepare for 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar Grateful, Thankful, and Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season IMPACT Hosts Spartan Market Veterans Day at POINT Billy Haynes Gets the Job Done on Defense Despite Hearing Impairment REL Celebrates 90th Anniversary  View pep rally gallery here. View Game Photo Gallery Here

Pilot Club Donates to GCCISD Education Foundation
11/14/2018

 


The Pilot Club of Baytown makes a donation to the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation. Pictured from left to right are GCCISD Education Foundation Director Erika Foster, Pilot Education Co-Chair Susan Moore-Fontenot, GCCISD Education Foundation President Laurie Terry, Pilot Education Co-Chair Jenice Coffey and Pilot Past President Susan Passmore.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

The Pilot Club of Baytown makes a donation to the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation. Pictured from left to right are GCCISD Education Foundation Director Erika Foster, Pilot Education Co-Chair Susan Moore-Fontenot, GCCISD Education Foundation President Laurie Terry, Pilot Education Co-Chair Jenice Coffey and Pilot Past President Susan Passmore.

 


Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Day
11/14/2018

 


Fabiola Moreno (left) Lee College Cosmetology student, sprays eighth-grader Chloe Bradford’s hair during the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. The event is to promote College and Career Week to and match colleges and careers to the different endorsements since eighth-graders will make their selections within the next few weeks.

Photos by Susan Passmore

 

Fabiola Moreno (left) Lee College Cosmetology student, sprays eighth-grader Chloe Bradford’s hair during the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. The event is to promote College and Career Week and to match colleges and careers to the different endorsements since eighth-graders will make their selections within the next few weeks.

 


 


Highlands Junior School eighth-graders (from left) Alyssa Bernal, Hannah Lee and Ashlie Allen work with a model of a dog, assisted by Leia Vinson (right) and Andrea Garcia (front right), ninth-graders in the Vet Tech program at Stuart Career Tech High School. The students were attending the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair, designed to help eighth-graders make decisions on endorsements.

Photos by Susan Passmore

 

Highlands Junior School eighth-graders (from left) Alyssa Bernal, Hannah Lee and Ashlie Allen work with a model of a dog, assisted by Leia Vinson (right) and Andrea Garcia (front right), ninth-graders in the Vet Tech program at Stuart Career Tech High School. The students were attending the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair, designed to help eighth-graders make decisions on endorsements.

 


 


Clayton Fullbright, an eighth-grader at Highlands Junior School, visits with Bobbie, a toy schnauzer, and (from left) Kristian Foreman and Dr. Amy Chou from Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital at the Third Annual College and Career Fair. The event helps students match colleges and career to the different endorsements they will choose among in the next few weeks.

Photos by Susan Passmore

 

Clayton Fullbright, an eighth-grader at Highlands Junior School, visits with Bobbie, a toy schnauzer, and (from left) Kristian Foreman and Dr. Amy Chou from Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital at the Third Annual College and Career Fair. The event helps students match colleges and career to the different endorsements they will choose among in the next few weeks.

 


 


Highlands Junior School eighth-graders (from left) Vernon Duke, Saul Chavez, Alan Urenda, Alexander Hebrank and Christopher Hernandez look at a map at the Texas Department of Transportation booth at the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. The event is to promote College and Career Week and to match college and careers to the various endorsements so that students can make informed decisions on endorsements before the end of the semester.

Photos by Susan Passmore

 

Highlands Junior School eighth-graders (from left) Vernon Duke, Saul Chavez, Alan Urenda, Xander Hebrank and Christopher Hernandez look at a map at the Texas Department of Transportation booth at the Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. The event is to promote College and Career Week and to match college and careers to the various endorsements so that students can make informed decisions on endorsements before the end of the semester.

 


 


Layla Jennings (right), eighth-grader at Highlands Junior School, discusses her interest in the medical field with Patients ER staff (from left) Ashley Shibley, marketing coordinator; Whitley Dorsett, assistant marketing coordinator, and Tonya Smith, registered nurse, at the recent Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. Jennings and her eighth-grade classmates will make decisions about their endorsements for high school in the next few weeks.

Photos by Susan Passmore

 

Layla Jennings (right), eighth-grader at Highlands Junior School, discusses her interest in the medical field with Patients ER staff (from left) Ashley Shibley, marketing director; Whitley Dorsett, marketing coordinator, and Tonya Smith, registered nurse, at the recent Third Annual Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. Jennings and her eighth-grade classmates will make decisions about their endorsements for high school in the next few weeks.

 


Morgan Recognized for Receiving TETA Founders Award
11/14/2018

Phillip Morgan (middle), director of fine arts for Goose Creek CISD, is recognized by the board of trustees at a recent board meeting for receiving the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) Founders Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding service to TETA and to theatre education in the state of Texas. Morgan has been an active member of TETA, having served as president-elect from 2013-2014 and currently serving as the chair-elect for the Theatre Administrators Conference (TTAC). Tasked with investigating and ensuring proper financial transparency of TETA, Morgan reestablished full operational transparency and strong fiscal accountability, while also installing and training new members of the restructured board of directors. Congratulating Morgan are Randal O’Brien (left), Goose Creek CISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Phillip Morgan (middle), director of fine arts for Goose Creek CISD, is recognized by the board of trustees at a recent board meeting for receiving the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) Founders Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding service to TETA and to theatre education in the state of Texas. Morgan has been an active member of TETA, having served as president-elect from 2013-2014 and currently serving as the chair-elect for the Theatre Administrators Conference (TTAC). Tasked with investigating and ensuring proper financial transparency of TETA, Morgan reestablished full operational transparency and strong fiscal accountability, while also installing and training new members of the restructured board of directors. Congratulating Morgan are Dr. Randal O’Brien (left), Goose Creek CISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president.

 


Mulvaney Received Joe Bill Fox Distinguished Service Award
11/14/2018

Dr. Bernie Mulvaney (middle) is congratulated by Dr. Randal O’Brien (left), Goose Creek CISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president, at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD board of trustees for receiving the Joe Bill Fox Distinguished Service Award. The award, named for the first president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA), was presented to Mulvaney recently during the THSADA Hall of Honor program in San Antonio.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Dr. Bernie Mulvaney (middle) is congratulated by Dr. Randal O’Brien (left), Goose Creek CISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president, at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD board of trustees for receiving the Joe Bill Fox Distinguished Service Award. The award, named for the first president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA), was presented to Mulvaney recently during the THSADA Hall of Honor program in San Antonio.

 


Spartan Market Open for Business
11/14/2018

 


Brittney Norton (left), a junior at IMPACT ECHS, helps Michelle Preston (right), a student at Lee College, and her son Jamaska Marion select a frozen chicken at the Spartan Market, held at IMPACT in coordination with the Houston Food Bank.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Brittney Norton (left), a junior at IMPACT ECHS, helps Michelle Preston (right), a student at Lee College, and her son Jamaska Marion select a frozen chicken at the Spartan Market, held at IMPACT in coordination with the Houston Food Bank.

 


 


Lavender Deleon (left), a sophomore at IMPACT ECHS, and Stephanie Powell from Lee College arrange canned goods from the Houston Food Bank to be given out to clients of the Spartan Market.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Lavender Deleon (left), a sophomore at IMPACT ECHS, and Stephanie Powell, IMPACT ECHS staff member, arrange canned goods from the Houston Food Bank to be given out to clients of the Spartan Market.

 


 


David Isaacks (left) and Daniel Lucatero, both sophomores at IMPACT, help unload the Houston Food Bank truck for the Spartan Market. The goal of the Spartan Market is to provide healthy and fresh food for the Baytown area community.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

David Isaacks (left) and Daniel Lucatero, both sophomores at IMPACT, help unload the Houston Food Bank truck for the Spartan Market. The goal of the Spartan Market is to provide healthy and fresh food for the Baytown area community.

 

IMPACT Hosts Spartan Market

By: Susan Passmore

 

 

IMPACT Early College High School launched its first Spartan Market recently, with 97 clients taking home a variety of meat, fresh produce, beans, rice and even cleaning supplies. The market is held in coordination with the Houston Food Bank (HFB), and it will be open from 9-11 a.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month throughout the school year, excluding school holidays. The next Spartan Market will be December 7, 2018.

 

Laura Reyes, principal of IMPACT ECHS, heard about the program with the Houston Food Bank from a district coordinator and decided it would not only provide a helpful service for the community, but also an opportunity for students to volunteer. Approximately 75 IMPACT students worked on intake with clients, carried items from the HFB truck to the cafeteria, gave out merchandise and helped clients carry their bags to the car. For the first market, information was sent out to students’ families at IMPACT and the Peter E. Hyland Center as well as to Lee College students and a neighboring church. Mayra White, IMPACT nurse, serves as the liaison with the HFB, and she was pleased with the event, especially since they had to overcome a few obstacles.

 

“I think it went amazingly well, despite everything. The Houston Food Bank truck was about an hour and ½ late due to the rainy weather, and we had to set up in the cafeteria instead of outside. The HFB intake system was down, so we had to interview clients and write everything down. Our students had no experience with this type of volunteer work, but they did everything we needed,” White said.

 

Jacob Benitez, a senior at IMPACT, was more than willing to lend a hand.

 

“I wanted to volunteer to help out families who need this. We want to make an impact on the community, and there’s a lot of need in this area. We need to spread the word,” said Jacob Benitez, a senior at IMPACT.

 

Michelle Preston, a student at Lee College, received an email about the program and was happy to have a little help. She and her son Jamaska Marion anxiously awaited the distribution of the goods.

 

“I was really happy and surprised to find out about this. It’s just like the Lord came through,” Preston said.

 

Analisa Castillo heard about the Spartan Market from her daughter, an IMPACT student.

 

“I feel very blessed and thankful,” Castillo said.

 

Clients must go through an intake process, which takes about 10 minutes, before receiving items for their families. The process includes providing basic information, such as name, address, total number of family members with names and birthdates, monthly income, and social services, if any, the family receives. There are no official requirements for qualification except that clients should bring their own bags for this shopping experience. The goal of the Spartan Market is to provide healthy and fresh foods to the Baytown area community. Please contact the school at 281-420-4802 with any questions.

 


GCCISD 's Annual College Night
11/13/2018

Andrew Jackson (second from left) from Goose Creek Memorial and parents Mirna Jackson (left) and Greg Jackson talk to Tulrah Pantallion from the University of Texas at Goose Creek CISD’s annual College Night for all district students at GCM.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Andrew Jackson (second from left) from Goose Creek Memorial and parents Mirna Jackson (left) and Greg Jackson talk to Tulrah Pantallion from the University of Texas at Goose Creek CISD’s annual College Night for all district students at GCM.

 

View 2018 Annual College Night Photo Gallery

 


 


Dayna Amezcua (left) and Jennifer Martinez from IMPACT Early College High School discuss opportunities with Abigail McPhail from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at the recent College Night held at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Dayna Amezcua (left) and Jennifer Martinez from IMPACT Early College High School discuss opportunities with Abigail McPhail from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at the recent College Night held at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

 


 


Goose Creek Memorial High School students (from left) Trystan Johnson and Breanna Shelton get some helpful tips about college and Goose Creek CISD’s College Night from Joshua Perrodin with the University of Louisiana.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Goose Creek Memorial High School students (from left) Trystan Johnson and Breanna Shelton get some helpful tips about college and Goose Creek CISD’s College Night from Joshua Perrodin with the University of Louisiana.

 


 


Ross S. Sterling High School  AVID students (from left) Eydris Marquez, Julio Garcia and Jeele Joseph ask Melissa Morales with ATM San Antonio questions about the college experience during Goose Creek CISD’s annual College Night for all district students at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Ross S. Sterling High School AVID students (from left) Eydris Marquez, Julio Garcia and Jeele Joseph ask Melissa Morales with ATM San Antonio questions about the college experience during Goose Creek CISD’s annual College Night for all district students at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

 


Veterans Day at POINT
11/12/2018

Orton J. Lamb, 93-year-old WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps, was asked to speak to students at POINT Alternative Center by Yariana Vega, 10th grade. Lamb flew a C46 transport plane over the Himalaya Mountains Christmas of 1945 with 90 other planes, and only four made it safely.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Orton J. Lamb, 93-year-old WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps, was asked to speak to students at POINT Alternative Center by Yariana Vega, 10th grade. Lamb flew a C46 transport plane over the Himalaya Mountains Christmas of 1945 with 90 other planes, and only four made it safely.

 


 


Orton J. Lamb prepares to fly a C46 transport plane called Lil’ Tinker over the Himalaya Mountains while in the Army Air Corps in 1945.

 

 

Orton J. Lamb prepares to fly a C46 transport plane called Lil’ Tinker over the Himalaya Mountains while in the Army Air Corps in 1945.

 


PALs Sponsor Food Drive and Sterling Bazaar
11/11/2018

Sterling High School PALs turn out for a pep rally at Crockett Elementary to emphasize the importance of being Drug Free and Bully Free. The group will sponsor a holiday food drive November 16 and the 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar Saturday, November 17, at Sterling High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Sterling High School PALs turn out for a pep rally at Crockett Elementary to emphasize the importance of being Drug Free and Bully Free. The group will sponsor a holiday food drive November 16 and the 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar Saturday, November 17, at Sterling High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 


PALs Prepare for 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar
11/11/2018

Members of Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) prepare for the 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with yard decorations from one of more than 80 vendors. Chicken spaghetti dinners, sponsored by the Sterling Stars, will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will be at Sterling High School, 300 Baker Road, Baytown, TX. Pictured are Coach Jace Fontenot, Gauge Herrera, Autumn Jeria, Skylar Haver, Courtney Jackson, Priscila Garcia, Mellia Messer, Cade Sattelmaier, Matthew Rodriguez, Carson Champagne, Gaby Ybarra, Nicole Herrera, Peyton Moyers, Julia Lovett and Kyra Green.

 

Members of Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) prepare for the 41st Annual Sterling Bazaar Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with yard decorations from one of more than 80 vendors. Chicken spaghetti dinners, sponsored by the Sterling Stars, will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will be at Sterling High School, 300 Baker Road, Baytown, TX. Pictured are Coach Jace Fontenot, Gauge Herrera, Autumn Jeria, Skylar Haver, Courtney Jackson, Priscila Garcia, Mellia Messer, Cade Sattelmaier, Matthew Rodriguez, Carson Champagne, Gaby Ybarra, Nicole Herrera, Peyton Moyers, Julia Lovett and Kyra Green.

 


Lamar Teachers Celebrate REL 90th Anniversary
11/09/2018

Lamar Elementary teachers were working during the recent Robert E. Lee High School 90th Anniversary Pep Rally, but they wanted to show their spirit as REL alumni. Pictured are (bottom, from left) Theresa Campos Barrientes; Diana Hernandez Johns; Brittnee Andrew Duncan, 2007; Jessica Dagley Robinson, 2004; Mirna Garcia Espinoza, 2008; Kristina Bocardo Soto, 2008; Paula Ramirez, 2010; Alisha Beam Locke, 1990; (back, from left) ) Patricia Montalvo Aldrete, 1994; Aurelia Garcia Yznaga, 1994; Ruth Perez, 1997; Blanca Lucatero Valerio, 1997; Steffani Mitchell Massengale, 1984; Joy Meier Powers, 1979 and Judy Pequeno Lopez, 1996.

 

Lamar Elementary teachers were working during the recent Robert E. Lee High School 90th Anniversary Pep Rally, but they wanted to show their spirit as REL alumni. Pictured are (bottom, from left) Theresa Campos Barrientes; Diana Hernandez Johns; Brittnee Andrew Duncan, 2007; Jessica Dagley Robinson, 2004; Mirna Garcia Espinoza, 2008; Kristina Bocardo Soto, 2008; Paula Ramirez, 2010; Alisha Beam Locke, 1990; (back, from left) ) Patricia Montalvo Aldrete, 1994; Aurelia Garcia Yznaga, 1994; Ruth Perez, 1997; Blanca Lucatero Valerio, 1997; Steffani Mitchell Massengale, 1984; Joy Meier Powers, 1979 and Judy Pequeno Lopez, 1996.

 


City Donates Trees to BJS
11/05/2018

Chuck Jennings (left), City of Baytown Horticulturist, explains the proper way to plant a tree to students in the Go Green Club at Baytown Junior School, while City employees (from left) Dennis Prescott, Darrick Roussell, Joshua Walley and Omari Fry demonstrate. The trees were
donated by the City of Baytown to the campus.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Chuck Jennings (left), City of Baytown Horticulturist, explains the proper way to plant a tree to students in the Go Green Club at Baytown Junior School, while City employees (from left) Dennis Prescott, Darrick Roussell, Joshua Walley and Omari Fry demonstrate. The trees were donated by the City of Baytown to the campus.

 

View tree planting photo gallery here.

 


 


Members of the Go Green Club at Baytown Junior School help plant trees, donated by the City of Baytown. Pictured are (from left) Esmeralda Ochoa, Chandler Landry, Jacob Davis and Ja’Corey Boston.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Members of the Go Green Club at Baytown Junior School help plant trees, donated by the City of Baytown. Pictured are (from left) Esmeralda Ochoa, Chandler Landry, Jacob Davis and Ja’Corey Boston.

Crockett Bully and Drug Free Rally Walk
11/05/2018

Aliyah Rodriguez, kindergartener, walks through an archway created by the Ross S. Sterling High School PALs, drumline, athletes and  Lee College basketball players during the Bully and Drug Free Rally Walk at Crockett Elementary for Red Ribbon Week. All students participated in the event, which also featured a performance by the Sterling Stars and an appearance by Rooty Rebel, Lee College mascot.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Aliyah Rodriguez, kindergartener, walks through an archway created by the Ross S. Sterling High School PALs, drumline, athletes and Lee College basketball players during the Bully and Drug Free Rally Walk at Crockett Elementary for Red Ribbon Week. All students participated in the event, which also featured a performance by the Sterling Stars and an appearance by Rooty Rebel, Lee College mascot.

 


Future Teachers Tour Agriscience Center
11/02/2018

Lindsey Marek (second from left), Goose Creek CISD Career and Technology Education (CTE) coordinator, takes Dr. Candis Carraway (left), professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and SFA students and future Agriculture teachers Grant Stansberry, Abby Mitchell, Briana Guel, and Shania Simons for a tour of GCCISD’s new Agriscience Center. Marek also gave students tips about CTE funding, the importance of student certifications, expectations of Ag teachers and interviewing.

 

Lindsey Marek (second from left), Goose Creek CISD Career and Technology Education (CTE) coordinator, takes Dr. Candis Carraway (left), professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and SFA students and future Agriculture teachers Grant Stansberry, Abby Mitchell, Briana Guel, and Shania Simons for a tour of GCCISD’s new Agriscience Center. Marek also gave students tips about CTE funding, the importance of student certifications, expectations of Ag teachers and interviewing.

 


REL Celebrates 90th Anniversary
11/02/2018

Former Brigadier members meet up at the Robert E. Lee High School 90th Anniversary Celebration. Pictured are (front, from left) Renea Dillon, Class of 1982; Terrie Thompson Stephens, Class of 1971; Nancy Guardiola Rodriguez, Class of 1989; (back, from left) Regina Hernandez Harlan, Class of 1963; Judi Huckabee Mitchell, Class of 1964; Allison Mitchell Carsey, Class of 1993; Teresa Lastovica, Class of 1991 and Aleasha Ward Shipley, Class of 1999.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Former Brigadier members meet up at the Robert E. Lee High School 90th Anniversary Celebration. Pictured are (front, from left) Renea Dillon, Class of 1982; Terrie Thompson Stephens, Class of 1971; Nancy Guardiola Rodriguez, Class of 1989; (back, from left) Regina Hernandez Harlan, Class of 1963; Judi Huckabee Mitchell, Class of 1964; Allison Mitchell Carsey, Class of 1993; Teresa Lastovica, Class of 1991 and Aleasha Ward Shipley, Class of 1999.

 

View pep rally gallery here.

 

View the game photo gallery here.

 

 


 


Sherry Burr Smith, REL campus at-risk/intervention coordinator, enjoys the celebration with her grandmother Dovie Burr, Class of 1948.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Sherry Burr Smith, REL campus at-risk/intervention coordinator, enjoys the celebration with her grandmother Dovie Burr, Class of 1948.

 


 


REL teachers and football players enjoy the 90th Anniversary pep rally.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

REL teachers and football players enjoy the 90th Anniversary pep rally.


 


Tim Finn (left), REL campus athletic coordinator and head football coach, meets Eddie Gray (middle), Class of 1953 and Councilman Bob Hoskins, Class of 1976.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Tim Finn (left), REL campus athletic coordinator and head football coach, meets Eddie Gray (middle), Class of 1953 and Councilman Bob Hoskins, Class of 1976.


 


Bañuelos office staff dresses up as Skittles
11/01/2018

The Bañuelos Elementary office staff showed up as Skittles Halloween Day, much to the delight of the students.

Photo by Lisa Haymon

The Bañuelos Elementary office staff showed up as Skittles Halloween Day, much to the delight of the students.


GCM Pinks Out With Pink Ribbon
11/01/2018

Goose Creek Memorial High School students and staff “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of faculty members and friends who have had breast cancer.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Goose Creek Memorial High School students and staff “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of faculty members and friends who have had breast cancer.

 


Character Parade at SJE
10/26/2018

Siblings from the Lemus family dress up for the Character Parade at San Jacinto Elementary during Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are (from left) Jesse, kindergarten; Dominic, second grade; Sebastian, first grade and London, pre-kindergarten.

Photo by Margaret Ehlig

 

Siblings from the Lemus family dress up for the Character Parade at San Jacinto Elementary during Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are (from left) Jesse, kindergarten; Dominic, second grade; Sebastian, first grade and London, pre-kindergarten.

 

 


 

 

 

 


San Jacinto Elementary administrators and faculty members enjoy dressing up for the Character Parade during Red Ribbon Week.

 

San Jacinto Elementary administrators and faculty members enjoy dressing up for the Character Parade during Red Ribbon Week.

Two Goose Creek CISD Students Named Commended Students
10/25/2018

 


Soham Datar, a senior at Goose Creek Memorial High School,  was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Soham Datar, a senior at Goose Creek Memorial High School, was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 


 


Jia Lin, a senior at Ross S. Sterling High School, was announced as a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Jia Lin, a senior at Ross S. Sterling High School, was announced as a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

Two Goose Creek CISD Students Named Commended Students

 

By Susan Passmore

 

 

Soham Datar from Creek Memorial High School and Jia Lin from Ross S. Sterling High School have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by their respective principals to these scholastically talented seniors.

 

Soham is ranked first in his class at GCM and serves as president of the Student Council and the Math Honor Society. He is Key Club secretary and is in the Art Honor Society. Soham plays varsity tennis and is active with the Keep Baytown Beautiful Committee. He hopes to attend Stanford University to pursue medicine. He is the son of Sandeep and Shilpa Datar.

 

Jia is ranked 13th in her class at RSS. She is active in UIL Math and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jia plays soccer and works at the Kroger Sushi Bar and at Kumon Learning Center teaching students advanced math. Her interests are economics and English Composition, and she hopes to go to Harvard University. She is the daughter of Cindy Li and Ricky Lin.

 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

 

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them.”


Parent Resource Fair
10/23/2018


Superman Osbaldo Padron, third-grader at Lamar Elementary, won first place in the costume contest for ages 6-10 at Goose Creek CISD’s recent Parent Resource Fair at Ross S. Sterling High School.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Superman Osbaldo Padron, third-grader at Lamar Elementary, won first place in the costume contest for ages 6-10 at Goose Creek CISD’s recent Parent Resource Fair at Ross S. Sterling High School.

 

View the Parent Resource Fair photo gallery.

 


 


Gary the Gander from Robert E. Lee High School, the Chick-fil-A Cow and Rooty the Rebel from Lee College team up at Goose Creek CISD’s recent Parent Resource Fair.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Gary the Gander from Robert E. Lee High School, the Chick-fil-A Cow and Rooty the Rebel from Lee College team up at Goose Creek CISD’s recent Parent Resource Fair.

 


 


The Parent Resource Fair at Ross S. Sterling High School was a good place for Andrea Rivera, a seventh-grader at Highlands Junior School, to get her free flu shot from Herminia Caras, medical assistant at Harris Health System.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

The Parent Resource Fair at Ross S. Sterling High School was a good place for Andrea Rivera, a seventh-grader at Highlands Junior School, to get her free flu shot from Herminia Caras, medical assistant at Harris Health System.

 


 

 


Alice Ricks (left), counselor at POINT Alternative Center and coordinator of Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair, and Julissa Trejo, a junior AVID student from Robert E. Lee High School, prepare door prizes for the drawing at the event. The event, which included more than 50 vendors,  drew in 378 students and parents.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Alice Ricks (left), counselor at POINT Alternative Center and coordinator of Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair, and Julissa Trejo, a junior AVID student from Robert E. Lee High School, prepare door prizes for the drawing at the event. The event, which included more than 50 vendors, drew in 378 students and parents.

 


 


Camille Gomez (right) from ReAct In A Heartbeat shows (from left) Odelia Cabrera, Leanora Cabrera, Adrian Lucatero, first-grader, and Anthony Lucatero, kindergartener, both at Bowie Elementary, choking prevention and CPR. ReAct was one of more than 50 vendors at the Goose Creek CISD Parent Resource Fair
at Ross S. Sterling High School.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Camille Gomez (right) from ReAct In A Heartbeat shows (from left) Odelia Cabrera, Leanora Cabrera, Adrian Lucatero, first-grader, and Anthony Lucatero, kindergartener, both at Bowie Elementary, choking prevention and CPR. ReAct was one of more than 50 vendors at the Goose Creek CISD Parent Resource Fair at Ross S. Sterling High School.

 


 


Having fun at Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair are (from left) Elijah Cromie, four-year-old; Alex Cromie, kindergartener; Josh Cromie, second-grader and Andrew Cromie, third-grader at San Jacinto Elementary. More than 50  vendors provided resources for 378 students  and parents, and children enjoyed trick or treating, a costume contest, food and door prizes at the event at Ross S. Sterling High School.  Harris Health System was on hand for flu shots and other immunizations.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Having fun at Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair are (from left) Elijah Cromie, four-year-old; Alex Cromie, kindergartener; Josh Cromie, second-grader and Andrew Cromie, third-grader at San Jacinto Elementary. More than 50 vendors provided resources for 378 students and parents, and children enjoyed trick or treating, a costume contest, food and door prizes at the event at Ross S. Sterling High School. Harris Health System was on hand for flu shots and other immunizations.

 


 


Ixzel Amador (right), a member of the Blarglefish Robotics Team from Ross S. Sterling High School, shows Renae Lewis how the robot works at Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Ixzel Amador (right), a member of the Blarglefish Robotics Team from Ross S. Sterling High School, shows Renae Lewis how the robot works at Goose Creek CISD’s Parent Resource Fair.

Harlem Elementary Kicks Off Red Ribbon Week
10/23/2018

Harlem Elementary kicks off Red Ribbon Week with the theme, “Emojin Your Life Without Drugs.” Pictured are (front from left) Leah Perez, Saniyah Vialva, Ana Victoria Quezada, Diana Piedra, (middle, from left)
Tripp Isas, Juliet Cruz, Viviana Bañuelos, Felipe Hernandez, Angelica Sandoval, (back, from left) Brian Stephens, Jacobi Bradford, Adrian Martinez and Emma Lozoya.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Harlem Elementary kicks off Red Ribbon Week with the theme, “Emojin Your Life Without Drugs.” Pictured are (front from left) Leah Perez, Saniyah Vialva, Ana Victoria Quezada, Diana Piedra, (middle, from left) Tripp Isas, Juliet Cruz, Viviana Bañuelos, Felipe Hernandez, Angelica Sandoval, (back, from left) Brian Stephens, Jacobi Bradford, Adrian Martinez and Emma Lozoya.

 

View Harlem Elementary's Red Ribbon photo gallery.

 


Crazy Hair and Socks Day During Red Ribbon Week at SFA
10/23/2018

Kiley Odom, Chris Boykin and Reagan Benoit, second-graders at Stephen F. Austin Elementary, show off their attire for Crazy Hair and Socks Day during Red Ribbon Week.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Kiley Odom, Chris Boykin and Reagan Benoit, second-graders at Stephen F. Austin Elementary, show off their attire for Crazy Hair and Socks Day during Red Ribbon Week.

 

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Anielie Garcia (left), kindergarten, Kinsley Kay (right), kindergarten and Samuel Gordon, second grade, have fun with their crazy hair on Crazy Hair and Socks Day during Red Ribbon Week at Stephen F. Austin Elementary.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Anielie Garcia (left), kindergarten, Kinsley Kay (right), kindergarten and Samuel Gordon, second grade, have fun with their crazy hair on Crazy Hair and Socks Day during Red Ribbon Week at Stephen F. Austin Elementary.

State Representative Ana Hernandez Visits Ashbel Smith for Red Ribbon Week
10/23/2018
Ashbel Smith Elementary kicked off Red Ribbon Week with a special speaker, State Representative Ana

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Ashbel Smith Elementary kicked off Red Ribbon Week with a special speaker, State Representative Ana Hernandez. Hernandez encouraged students to say "no" to drugs and to work hard to reach their goals.

GCCISD Students Perform in "Mary Poppins"
10/23/2018

Sadie Atkins (left) from Goose Creek Memorial High School plays the lead role of Mary Poppins, and Ashton Rohus, Gentry Junior School, plays Michael Banks in San Jacinto College’s production of “Mary Poppins.” Ashton will perform October 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Slocomb Auditorium at the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Sadie Atkins (left) from Goose Creek Memorial High School plays the lead role of Mary Poppins, and Ashton Rohus, Gentry Junior School, plays Michael Banks in San Jacinto College’s production of “Mary Poppins.” Ashton will perform October 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Slocomb Auditorium at the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

GCCISD Choir programs take top honors at recent All-Region audition
10/18/2018

 


Goose Creek CISD choir students at All-Region auditions.

Goose Creek CISD choir students at All-Region auditions.

 

GCCISD Choir programs take top honors at recent All-Region audition

 

Goose Creek CISD high school choir programs have qualified a combined 89 students to the TMEA All-Region Choirs. GCCISD, which is aligned to the Texas Music Educators Association’s Region 19, travelled students to Pasadena ISD’s Frank Dobie High School recently for the initial audition round of competition.

 

Goose Creek Memorial led the qualifications with 44 students, followed by Ross S. Sterling with 42 and Robert E. Lee with 3. Students in the region contest competed against students from all other schools in their unique TMEA geographic alignment, memorizing and performing highly rigorous vocal musical selections for judges, as assigned by the state. Students will compete on Monday, October 29 at Goose Creek Memorial High School for a chance to qualify for the Pre-Area TMEA round of competition, in route to an Area birth and ultimately, placement into one of the coveted TMEA All-State choirs in February 2019.

 

At the contest, GCCISD led all districts with 89 All-Region qualifiers, followed by Deer Park ISD (85), Pasadena ISD (71), Pearland (61), Barber’s Hill (36), Channelview (7) and La Porte (5). Directors, students and choral support staff have worked tireless to teach and master the required music and are highly pleased with their superior results in the region contest. Ross S. Sterling directors are Levi Duncan and Michelle White. Goose Creek Memorial directors are Holly Lewallen and Mireya Mejia. Robert E. Lee director is Michael Grauvogl.

 

Campus/Individual results:

Soprano 1

Makiyla McKenzie (RSS) – 3rd chair

Jennifer Sanchez (RSS) – 4th chair

Taylor Prickett (RSS) – 5th chair

Brooke Coffey (RSS) – 6th chair

Jazmine Huarachi (RSS) – 7th chair

Kristen Barnett (GCM) - 8th chair (tie)

Brooklyn Barnes (GCM) – 8th chair (tie)

Jennifer Tijerina (RSS) – 10th chair

Kennedy Jacquet (GCM) - 12th chair

Mariah Guerrero (GCM) – 14th chair

Loriann Raliff (RSS) – 18th chair

Kaylee Laird (RSS) – 19th chair

Jazmine Mendez (RSS) – 20th chair (tie)

Isabella Sandoval (RSS) – 20th chair (tie)

Aly Sanchez (REL) – 21st chair

Gessell Enciso (RSS) – 24th chair (tie)

Asiah Henderson (GCM) – 24th chair (tie)

 

Soprano 2

McKenzie Comeaux (RSS) – 1st chair

Zoe Johnson (GCM) – 3rd chair

Christina Mendoza (GCM) – 4th chair

Kayla Bannis (RSS) – 5th chair

Brianna Martinez (GCM) – 6th chair

Julia Lovett (RSS) – 7th chair

Yvonne Perez (GCM) – 8th chair

Inaara Ali (RSS) – 11th chair

Sarah Scott (RSS) – 14th chair (tie)

Britney Martinez (RSS) – 14th chair (tie)

Alexa DeLa Garza (GCM) – 14th chair (tie)

Abby Ponder (GCM) – 16th chair (tie)

Vanessa Ponce (GCM) – 16th chair (tie)

Adrianna Torres (GCM) – 17th chair

 

Alto 1

Skylar Newton (GCM) – 3rd chair

Ashlee Meyer (RSS) 8th chair

Kailey Flores (RSS) – 18th chair

Lindsey Cortez (RSS) – 24th chair

 

Alto 2

Olivia Cottar (GCM) – 2nd chair

Jaida Mooring (GCM) – 8th chair (tie)

Brooklyn Poor (GCM) – 8th chair (tie)

Ashley Widow (GCM) – 9th chair (tie)

Autumn Jeria (RSS) – 9th chair (tie)

Christel Vallagomesa (RSS) – 13th chair

Ximena Reyes (RSS) – 14th chair

Madison Miller (RSS) – 16th chair

Tasha Griffith (GCM) – 17th chair

Faith Coates (GCM) – 18th chair

Jackie Ponder (GCM) – 19th chair

Anna Keyes (GCM) – 20th chair

Johanna Gonzalez (RSS) – 21st chair (tie)

Samantha Delgado (RSS) – 21st chair (tie)

Alexis Lengl (GCM) – 22nd chair

Perla Perez (GCM) – 24th chair

 

Tenor 1

Luca Lux (GCM) – 2nd chair

Bryce Comeaux (RSS) – 3rd chair

Abigail Brookreson (RSS) – 4th chair

Robert Bailey (GCM) – 9th chair

Jacob Benitez (REL) – 12th chair

Joel Lopez (RSS) – 25th chair

Tryntan Crump (GCM) – 25th chair

Cristian Tellez (GCM) – 28th chair

Travis Cain (GCM) – 33rd chair

 

Tenor 2

Edgar Landa (GCM) – 1st chair

Kevyn Salazar (GCM) – 5th chair

Justin Molina (GCM) – 9th chair

Michah Lofton (GCM) - 14th chair

Xavier Collins-Flores (GCM) – 15th chair

Richie Rodney (GCM) – 17th chair

Seth Dickens (RSS) – 18th chair

Javier Flores (GCM) – 19th chair

Jason Drude (RSS) – 20th chair

Abraham Mendez (GCM) – 30th chair

 

Bass 1

Shane Thompson (RSS) – 2nd chair

Colton Howard (RSS) – 9th chair

Jaydon Wright (RSS) – 11th chair

Justo Rodriguez (REL) – 14th chair

Andrew Martinez (RSS) – 19th chair

Eddie Cortez (GCM) – 20th chair

 

Bass 2

Seth Baal (GCM) – 2nd chair

Stefan Abmayr (RSS) – 4th chair

Tommy Guillory (GCM) – 7th chair

Michael Fuege (GCM) – 10th chair

Gabriel Brock (GCM) – 11th chair

Aaron Garvia (RSS) – 15th chair

Yahir Martinez (RSS) – 17th chair

DeMarco Villegas (RSS) – 18th chair

Jackson Dobbs (RSS) – 20th chair


Billy Haynes Gets the Job Done on Defense Despite Hearing Impairment
10/15/2018

 


Billy Haynes, a defensive lineman for the Robert E. Lee High School Ganders, displays the gift given to the school by Santa Fe High School before their recent football game.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Billy Haynes, a defensive lineman for the Robert E. Lee High School Ganders, displays the gift given to the school by Santa Fe High School before their recent football game.

 


 


Billy Haynes (71), heads into the locker room with his teammates during halftime of a recent game. Despite not being able to wear his hearing aid during the games, he gets his job done, relying on help from an interpreter as well as cues from his coaches.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Billy Haynes (71), heads into the locker room with his teammates during halftime of a recent game. Despite not being able to wear his hearing aid during the games, he gets his job done, relying on help from an interpreter as well as cues from his coaches.

 

 


 


Coach Tim Finn (right), athletic coordinator and head football coach for the Robert E. Lee High School Ganders, calls a play as Leticia Arredondo, deaf ed interpreter, signs for Billy Haynes (left).

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Coach Tim Finn (right), athletic coordinator and head football coach for the Robert E. Lee High School Ganders, calls a play as Leticia Arredondo, deaf ed interpreter, signs for Billy Haynes (left).

 

 

Billy Haynes Gets the Job Done on Defense Despite Hearing Impairment

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

 

Cheering from the crowd doesn’t distract Billy Haynes when he’s on the football field. In fact, he doesn’t even hear it, but the junior defensive lineman for the Robert E. Lee High School Ganders, hearing impaired since birth, gets the job done. Using signals his coaches created and a little help from his interpreter, Billy gets the information that allows him to be an integral part of the REL defense.

 

“Instead of communicating verbally, we do a few things like pat his shoulder pad if he has to change his normal alignment. He knows to make adjustments,” said Tim Finn, athletic coordinator and head football coach. “He’s a super kid, hard-working, dependable – what I refer to as a maintenance-free student athlete. He takes care of academics, has no behavior issues, is here on time every time, works out hard and he’s a good teammate.”

 

Billy loves football and doesn’t consider his hearing to be a limitation. He started playing when he was in seventh grade at Horace Mann Junior School and earned a spot on the REL varsity team last year as a sophomore.

 

“I like football because you get to hit people and not get in trouble, but also because we treat each other like we’re family. The coaches communicate and talk to me like I’m one of their sons,” Billy said.

 

Last year, when Billy realized that he might need a little help getting information about the plays, since he doesn’t wear his hearing aid during games or practice, a deaf education interpreter was asked to sign for him during the games. Since August, Leticia Arredondo has interpreted for him at practices as well as at games.

 

“The job was available, so I decided to take it. I’ve worked with Billy since he was in elementary school, so we have a good relationship. He has a passion for the game,” Arredondo said.

 

Billy has no problem with relying on an interpreter when he needs clarification.

 

“I like it when she’s out there. I can get all the information and find out what I need to do better,” Billy said. “She has learned a lot more about football. Some of the other players take ASL classes and some just find it interesting, but I’m not the only player watching her when she signs.”

 

Billy, who is friendly and exudes self-confidence, is grateful for the support he has always received from his family – Yvette and Quinn Haynes and brother Blake. He also credits the Tri-County East Regional Day School Program for the Deaf for helping him gain the confidence he needs to do whatever he chooses in life. Goose Creek CISD is the fiscal agent for the Tri-County East RDSPD, which provides services for deaf or hard of hearing students in 15 school districts. He attended Ashbel Smith Elementary before going to Horace Mann Junior and Lee High School, all schools housing the Deaf Education program, so he is proficient at sign language and communicates well verbally.

 

In his free time, Billy enjoys hanging out with his family and playing video games or games on the phone. He loves Patty Melts from Whataburger and hopes to go to the University of Texas after graduating from high school.

 

“If I can’t go to UT, I’ll go to any college in Texas. I really want to be a coach,” Haynes said.

 

His prediction for the rest of Lee’s football season?

 

“As long as we work together, big things can happen,” Haynes said.

 


Students Recognized for TETA Playwriting
10/15/2018

 


Goose Creek Memorial High School students are recognized at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees for their awards from the 2018 TETA State Playwriting Competition.
Pictured are (from left) Alicia Green, teacher, who earned a School Bell Award; Christian Lewis and Melissa Herrera, both two-year TETA Playwriting Champions; Citlali Lara and Gabriel Baeza.
Not pictured are Nina Saunders, theatre teacher, who earned a School Bell Award; Sadie Aiken, two-year TETA State Playwriting Champion, and Jesus Torres.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Goose Creek Memorial High School students are recognized at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees for their awards from the 2018 TETA State Playwriting Competition. Pictured are (from left) Alicia Green, teacher, who earned a School Bell Award; Christian Lewis and Melissa Herrera, both two-year TETA Playwriting Champions; Citlali Lara and Gabriel Baeza. Not pictured are Nina Saunders, theatre teacher, who earned a School Bell Award; Sadie Aiken, two-year TETA State Playwriting Champion, and Jesus Torres.

Baytown Junior Recycles to Go Green
10/15/2018

 


Students and staff from Baytown Junior School, committed to the recycling program at BJS, along with city employees, Scott Sheley from Keep Baytown Beautiful and Charles Johnson, City Councilman, distribute the 80 recycling bins donated to the school by the City of Baytown. BJS’s Go Green Club meets monthly to discuss new initiatives and implement goals. Major projects include educating students about recycling and participating in recycling plastic and aluminum campus wide, joining the Crayola recycling program and planting 12 trees to be donated by ExxonMobil in the spring.

 

Students and staff from Baytown Junior School, committed to the recycling program at BJS, along with city employees, Scott Sheley from Keep Baytown Beautiful and Charles Johnson, City Councilman, distribute the 80 recycling bins donated to the school by the City of Baytown. BJS’s Go Green Club meets monthly to discuss new initiatives and implement goals. Major projects include educating students about recycling and participating in recycling plastic and aluminum campus wide, joining the Crayola recycling program and planting 12 trees to be donated by ExxonMobil in the spring.

SJE Hosts First CATCH Night
10/15/2018

 


Jace Valladares, preschool student, takes a shot at the American Ninja Warrior-themed obstacle course like his big brother Jacob at San Jacinto Elementary CATCH Night.

Photo by Pricila Garza

Jace Valladares, preschool student, takes a shot at the American Ninja Warrior-themed obstacle course like his big brother Jacob at San Jacinto Elementary CATCH Night.

 

 


 


Celece Bejarano, third-grade student, sorts fruits in a food sorting game with her teacher Ms. Dominquez, at San Jacinto Elementary CATCH Night.

Photo by Pricila Garza

Celece Bejarano, third-grade student, sorts fruits in a food sorting game with her teacher Ms. Dominquez, at San Jacinto Elementary CATCH Night.

 

SJE Hosts First CATCH Night

 

By: Priscila Garza

 

San Jacinto Elementary (SJE) hosted their first CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Family Fun Night on Thursday, September 27, 2018. CATCH is an evidence-based K-8 program that incorporates multiple aspects of the school environment including the classroom, school food services, physical education, families, and the broader school community.

 

SJE staff made the Family Fun Night possible with their overwhelming support of 26 volunteers plus hours of preparation. San Jacinto’s American Ninja Warrior-themed CATCH Night engaged students in a giant obstacle course in the gym and had nutrition games in the cafeteria.

 

Aramark, the district’s food service provider, showed students and their families how to make healthy eating fun for the whole family. Overall, the family-friendly event was a big success with over 100 families in attendance. The CATCH Program in GCCISD is supported by Be Well™ Baytown, an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sponsored by ExxonMobil.

 


GATE Program Nominations
10/11/2018

Beginning October 15th, nominations will be accepted for the Goose Creek CISD Gifted and Talented (GATE) Program. With the exception of kindergarten, nominations are open to students who are currently enrolled in Goose Creek CISD schools. Nominations for kindergarten students are not necessary as all kindergarten students are being screened for the gifted/talented program. If you would like to nominate your child to be assessed for the program, please ask your child’s teacher for a nomination form. Completed nomination forms are due no later than December 13, 2018.

 


 

A partir del 15 de octubre, se aceptarán las nominaciones para el programa dotados/talentosos (GATE) de Goose Creek CISD. Con la excepción de kínder, las nominaciones están abiertas para los estudiantes que actualmente están inscritos en las escuelas de Goose Creek CISD. Las nominaciones para los estudiantes de kínder no son necesarias ya que todos los estudiantes de kindergarten están siendo evaluados para el programa de dotados/talentosos. Si desea nominar a su estudiante para que sea evaluado para el programa, pídale al maestro de su estudiante un formulario de nominación. Los formularios de nominación completos deben entregarse a más tardar el 13 de diciembre del 2018.


Parent Resource Fair
10/09/2018
Parent Resource Fair Flyer

Second Six Weeks 2018 Journal
10/09/2018
Second Six Weeks - October 2018 Journal
Rangers Are Out of this World - Homecoming Week Display Smooth start–Busy Year Ahead A Taste of Goose Creek REL Students Take Challenge Inspired by Columbine Victim RSS MCJROTC Trains Crockett Flag Crew Alamo Earns Six-STAAR Rating Parent Resource Fair A New York State of Mind

A New York State of Mind
10/09/2018

Avid coordinator and Former student at a restauran

Will Miller (left) former AVID coordinator at Robert E. Lee High School, takes time to check on his former student Adrian Pantoja. Pantoja graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is the dining room manager at Charlie Palmer Steak in New York City. Miller, now an advisor to first-year students at Yale University and a private college admissions consultant, lives in Princeton, NJ.

 

 

Adrian Pantoja greets a customer at restaurant

Adrian Pantoja, a Robert E. Lee High School graduate and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, greets a customer at Charlie Palmer Steak in New York City, where he is now the dining room manager.

 

A New York State of Mind

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

Adrian Pantoja’s head told him to earn a degree leading to a financially profitable career after high school graduation, but his heart told him to take a chance and pursue his dream. Without looking back, he headed off to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. After earning a BBA in culinary management, he is now the dining room manager at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Archer Hotel in New York City, and he’s loving the experience.

 

A product of Goose Creek CISD schools, Pantoja attended Carver Elementary and Baytown Junior, graduating 16th in the Class of 2014 from Robert E. Lee High School. As an elementary student, Pantoja enjoyed watching his parents and grandparents cook, and he eventually started helping out. In high school, he bused tables at Texas Roadhouse on Garth and was promoted to expediter in the kitchen.

 

“A friend recommended the Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to me, thinking the program would help me reach my expectations of leaving home to go across the country to a prestigious school,” Pantoja said.

 

He was accepted into AVID as a sophomore. Through the program, he kept up with his academics, stayed organized, interacted with others and learned to take effective notes. With the help of AVID tutors, usually former AVID students attending college, he learned to solve problems and to find answers to questions as well as to make sure he understood why those were the answers.

 

“When I step back from this, I realize that my AVID skills helped me in college. From a management perspective, I use those skills to resolve problems and to help people clearly understand the answers to their questions. As I became a leader in AVID, we went to the junior schools to interview students to decide which candidates had the qualities needed for AVID. Now, I interview people and look for those same qualities,” Pantoja said.

 

Pantoja exceled as a high school student, serving as president of the Interact Club and as vice president of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. He was caught up in the school spirit at Lee, has fond memories of their lip dub, and believes, “Once a Gander, always a Gander.” While he had many post-secondary education opportunities, he disregarded suggestions from others that he go into engineering or the medical field, never losing his passion for culinary arts.

 

“For me, it’s not only the cooking, it’s the whole aspect of the restaurant and hospitality industry that fascinates me. It starts with the service side and how great the food quality is and goes to the overall experience we offer. That’s why I love what I do,” Pantoja said.

 

Several obstacles stood in the way of attending CIA. Pantoja had never lived in a big city, and he was scared that he might not be successful at the school. He also knew he would have to supplement his scholarships with hefty loans to realize his dream. Fortunately, the support he received from the faculty at CIA and his cohort group helped him achieve his educational goal. Now he’s living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, working, paying back his loans and riding the train to work like a local.

 

Will Miller, former AVID coordinator at Lee and now advisor to first-year students at Yale University and private college admissions consultant, encouraged Pantoja as he “went against the grain,” choosing to attend CIA instead of pursuing an academic track at a university. Now residing in Princeton, NJ, he had the opportunity to have dinner with Pantoja recently at Charlie Palmer Steak, and he was pleased to see his former student thriving in his position as dining room manager and handling the rooftop bar and room service.

 

“Adrian took what many considered a risk to attend CIA instead of UT or TAMU to pursue something that better aligned with the academic profile he built for himself at Lee,” Miller said. “His success story reinforces the fact that everyone gets to decide for themselves what’s best for them. And what was clearly best for Adrian was to follow his passion and allow it to be his compass that provided direction for not only how to make a living, but how to live.”

 

Pantoja has a few jobs on his resume, including his time at Texas Roadhouse, a few months as a banquet cook at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston shortly after graduating from CIA as well as a short stint at Buc-ee’s, but at age 22, this Baytown native is still garnering experience. He spends his free time exploring the city.

 

“I hope to stay where I am for a few years, but my goal is to move to other states and to travel around the world to get a feel for other cultures and environments. This restaurant group has other properties, so Vegas might be my next stop,” Pantoja said.

 

As for settling down, Pantoja thinks there’s time for that later.

 

“My 20s are for adventure, travel, gaining experience, making connections and working with people. Family planning I’ll leave for my 30s. That’s my goal!”


Hopper Character Book Parade
10/05/2018

 


Hopper Primary School faculty and staff dress up for the Character Book Parade, portraying characters from their favorite books.


Faculty and staff at Hopper Primary School  dress up for the Character Book Parade, portraying characters from their favorite books.

 

Faculty and staff at Hopper Primary School dress up for the Character Book Parade, portraying characters from their favorite books.

Rangers Are Out of this World - Homecoming Week Display
10/04/2018


Juniors Jacob Hotchkiss (left) helps Brittany Topete out of the homecoming display, “Rangers Are Out of This World,” as the Ross S. Sterling High School Rangers celebrate Decades Day in honor of the homecoming game against Channelview High School Friday at Stallworth Stadium.
Sterling students and staff created the fantastic display, including a spaceship, an astronaut, planets and stars, in the RSS Commons.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Juniors Jacob Hotchkiss (left) helps Brittany Topete out of the homecoming display, “Rangers Are Out of This World,” as the Ross S. Sterling High School Rangers celebrate Decades Day in honor of the homecoming game against Channelview High School Friday at Stallworth Stadium. Sterling students and staff created the fantastic display, including a spaceship, an astronaut, planets and stars, in the RSS Commons.


 


Students dress up for Decades Day during homecoming week at Ross S. Sterling High School as the Rangers prepare to take on the Channelview Falcons Friday night at Stallworth Stadium. RSS students and staff created a detailed display, depicting the theme, “Rangers Are Out of This World.”
Pictured are (from left) Gabriela Cardenas, ninth grade; Sunay Bhakta, 11th grade; Brittany Topete, 11th grade; Jacob Hotchkiss, 11th grade and Brittany Lewis, 12th grade.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Students dress up for Decades Day during homecoming week at Ross S. Sterling High School as the Rangers prepared to take on the Channelview Falcons Friday night at Stallworth Stadium. RSS students and staff created a detailed display, depicting the theme, “Rangers Are Out of This World.” Pictured are (from left) Gabriela Cardenas, ninth grade; Sunay Bhakta, 11th grade; Brittany Topete, 11th grade; Jacob Hotchkiss, 11th grade and Brittany Lewis, 12th grade.

 


 


Ross S. Sterling students and staff created a display, depicting the theme, “Rangers Are Out of This World,” in the Commons for homecoming week.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Ross S. Sterling students and staff created a display, depicting the theme, “Rangers Are Out of This World,” in the Commons for homecoming week.

 

 



Grand Opening of GCCISD's Agriscience Center
10/04/2018

Enjoying face painting at the recent grand opening of Goose Creek CISD’s Agriscience Center are (from left)  April Wadel, pre-k, and Ariel Lara, fourth grade at Bañuelos Elementary with Amaly Wadel. The new facility includes two classrooms; a practice arena; separate hog, lamb/goat and cattle barns, each with wash, groom and feed areas; student locker rooms and large equipment storage areas. Following a joint meeting of FFA students from Goose Creek Memorial, Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling and Stuart Career Tech high schools, guests participated in stick horse races, rope making, calf roping, face painting and super-sliding. Former Baytown City Councilman Terry Sain, a former FFA student, spoke to students about how their sense of pride can drive them to become successful citizens of the future. Kevin Parker, former Goose Creek CISD CTE director, told students and parents about the certifications students can earn in their Agriculture Science classes.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Enjoying face painting at the recent grand opening of Goose Creek CISD’s Agriscience Center are (from left) April Wadel, pre-k, and Ariel Lara, fourth grade at Bañuelos Elementary with Amaly Wadel. The new facility includes two classrooms; a practice arena; separate hog, lamb/goat and cattle barns, each with wash, groom and feed areas; student locker rooms and large equipment storage areas. Following a joint meeting of FFA students from Goose Creek Memorial, Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling and Stuart Career Tech high schools, guests participated in stick horse races, rope making, calf roping, face painting and super-sliding. Former Baytown City Councilman Terry Sain, a former FFA student, spoke to students about how their sense of pride can drive them to become successful citizens of the future. Kevin Parker, former Goose Creek CISD CTE director, told students and parents about the certifications students can earn in their Agriculture Science classes.

 

View Agriscience Center photo gallery.

 


 


Terry Swindoll, a student from Stuart Career Tech High School, tries his hand at roping during the grand opening of Goose Creek CISD’s Agriscience Center. The facility, which will be used by FFA students from Goose Creek Memorial,. Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling and Stuart Career Tech high schools, includes two classrooms, a practice arena, student locker rooms, large equipment storage areas and separate animal barns with wash, groom and feed areas. Former councilman Terry Sain spoke to students about pride, and Kevin Parker, former Goose Creek CISD CTE director, provided information about the many certifications students can earn in Agriculture Science classes.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Terry Swindoll, a student from Stuart Career Tech High School, tries his hand at roping during the grand opening of Goose Creek CISD’s Agriscience Center. The facility, which will be used by FFA students from Goose Creek Memorial,. Robert E. Lee, Ross S. Sterling and Stuart Career Tech high schools, includes two classrooms, a practice arena, student locker rooms, large equipment storage areas and separate animal barns with wash, groom and feed areas. Former councilman Terry Sain spoke to students about pride, and Kevin Parker, former Goose Creek CISD CTE director, provided information about the many certifications students can earn in Agriculture Science classes.

 


Bañuelos Backpack Project
10/04/2018

Linda LeDay’s fifth-grade GATE class at Dr. Antonio Bañuelos Elementary School shows off the recent backpack project students completed. Pictured are (front, from left) Nayely Trejo, Valeria Reyna, Daniela chapa, Brooklyn Nichols, Alyssa Brown, (back, from left) Sydni Godfrey, Krystal Murillo, Olivia Galvan, Ciara Briggs, Autymn Alfred, Madison Clark and Savannah Prickett. The backpacks were given out at the school’s Bilingual/AR Night.

Linda LeDay’s fifth-grade GATE class at Dr. Antonio Bañuelos Elementary School shows off the recent backpack project students completed. Pictured are (front, from left) Nayely Trejo, Valeria Reyna, Daniela chapa, Brooklyn Nichols, Alyssa Brown, (back, from left) Sydni Godfrey, Krystal Murillo, Olivia Galvan, Ciara Briggs, Autymn Alfred, Madison Clark and Savannah Prickett. The backpacks were given out at the school’s Bilingual/AR Night.


Students of the Month from CBJ
10/04/2018

 


Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month for sixth grade Oswaldo Garcia (middle) is congratulated by Rachel Vaughan (left), assistant principal, and Michael Curl, principal.
Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month for sixth grade Oswaldo Garcia (middle) is congratulated by Rachel Vaughan (left), assistant principal, and Michael Curl, principal.

 


 


Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month for seventh grade Heather Carter (middle) is recognized by Deborah Vanderhoef (left), assistant principal, and Michael Curl, principal.
Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month for seventh grade Heather Carter (middle) is recognized by Deborah Vanderhoef (left), assistant principal, and Michael Curl, principal.

 


 


Anan Masalamah, Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month (middle), is congratulated by Judy Mackyeon (left), student support administrator, and Michael Curl, principal.
Anan Masalamah, Cedar Bayou Junior School’s October Student of the Month (middle), is congratulated by Judy Mackyeon (left), student support administrator, and Michael Curl, principal.

Parent Resource Fair Set for October 20, 2018
10/03/2018
Parent Resource Fair Flyer with 4 children dressed in costumes

POINT Holds Open House
10/03/2018

 


Gabriel Butler (second from right), now at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and his family enjoy the POINT Open House.

Gabriel Butler (second from right), now at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and his family enjoy the POINT Open House.


 


Rachel Prettyman and Teresa Jones display books available to students at POINT Alternative Center to allow them to experience the joy of reading.

Rachel Prettyman and Teresa Jones display books available to students at POINT Alternative Center to allow them to experience the joy of reading.

 

 


 


Gabriel Butler (second from right), now at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and his family enjoy the POINT Open House.

Gabriel Butler (second from right), now at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and his family enjoy the POINT Open House.

 

 

POINT Holds Open House

 

By: Malikka Williams and Dr. Tricia Times

 

Three weeks into the 2018-2019 school year, POINT Alternative Center held its first Open House. Teachers and students had settled into the beginning of a promising year, and a fresh evening breeze touched the trees as parents parked their vehicles and walked into the doors at POINT.

 

Excitement filled the air and refreshments lined the beautifully adorned table as parents walked in and greeted teachers and administrators. It’s that special time when parents and teachers can build a strong community between home and school.

 

The general session provided parents with an overview of goals, school information and available supports for each student. Each family was able to select books for daily reading at home. Our focus this school year is literacy for all scholars.

 

The instructional committee introduced, “Reading enhances all discoveries and opens gateways to possibilities.” Research has accredited improved literacy with economic growth, reduced poverty, reduction in crime rates, increased civic engagement, increased participation in the democratic process and enhanced cultural diversity. Two out of three children living in poverty have no books at home to read. The basic ability to read and write is intertwined in every facet of life and is essential to the growth of the whole child. Therefore, literacy is so very important for the success of our city, town, state, and nation.

 

Parents were able to visit with each teacher to get acquainted with the academic and behavior expectations in every class. Everyone stayed focused on building positive relational capacity with parents and students. Warm salutations were heard as the parents exited the building for the evening. The POINT staff is grateful for the opportunity to have authentic connections and impart the importance of literacy to our scholars.

 

POINT also is honored to give a special thanks to Literacy for Texas CEO J’amie Garcia and Donna Mohlman of Academic Beginnings for Children for making the free book giveaway possible. Literacy for Texas and Academic Beginnings for Children donated 300 new bound library books published by Capstone and ABDO. Both agencies, together with POINT Alternative Center, are trying to make a positive impact on childhood literacy. Together we can and will make a difference!

 


Emergency Drill Dates Announced
10/03/2018

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Emergency Drill Dates Announced for 2018

 

 


RSS MCJROTC Trains Crockett Flag Crew
10/01/2018

Ross S. Sterling High School MCJROTC Cadets (top row) Maj Joshua Thompson, 2nd Lt Dillion Adams, LtCol Giovanni Cruz and (bottom row, middle) Sgt Xavier Rivera, under the direction of Col P.J. Ferral USMC(Ret),  train the Crockett Helping Hands Flag Crew. Crockett students are (middle row, from left) Yanichel Arroyo, Karol Reyes Suarez, Jimena Ruiz, Jocelyn Nunez, Katelynn Brasfield, Delaney Truesdale, Lizette Sifuentes, (bottom row, from left) Ashlyn Kelly,  Abby Zarate,  Kennedy Crain, Jonas Nichols, Brayden Jordan and Jonathan Diaz. (Not pictured is Annabelle Symmons.) The Helping Hands Flag Crew is supervised by Julie DaSilva, counselor.

 

Ross S. Sterling High School MCJROTC Cadets (top row) Maj Joshua Thompson, 2nd Lt Dillon Adams, LtCol Giovanni Cruz and (bottom row, middle) Sgt Xavier Rivera, under the direction of Col P.J. Ferral USMC(Ret), train the Crockett Helping Hands Flag Crew. Crockett students are (middle row, from left) Yanichel Arroyo, Karol Reyes Suarez, Jimena Ruiz, Jocelyn Nunez, Katelynn Brasfield, Delaney Truesdale, Lizette Sifuentes, (bottom row, from left) Ashlyn Kelly, Abby Zarate, Kennedy Crain, Jonas Nichols, Brayden Jordan and Jonathan Diaz. (Not pictured is Annabelle Symmons.) The Helping Hands Flag Crew is supervised by Julie DaSilva, counselor.

 


Gentry Students Learn Flag Etiquette from RSS MCJROTC
10/01/2018

Gentry Flag Students (from left) Leonel Garza, Hudson Chapman, Zachary Gonzalez, Jose Arqueta, Brytzeida Herrera, Avery Senn, Jordan Wright, Riley Hubert, Amy Rosas, Christopher Sandoval, Ashton JnMarie and Spain Tomlinson learn flag etiquette from RSS MCJROTC Cadets Maj Joshua Thompson, Lt Dillion Adams, Sgt Justyn Putnam and Lt Kaylin Eaton. Cadets are under the direction of Col Patrick Ferral USMC (Ret), and Gentry students are sponsored by Angela Putnam, student support administrator.
Gentry Flag Students (from left) Leonel Garza, Hudson Chapman, Zachary Gonzalez, Jose Arqueta, Brytzeida Herrera, Avery Senn, Jordan Wright, Riley Hubert, Amy Rosas, Christopher Sandoval, Ashton JnMarie and Spain Tomlinson learn flag etiquette from RSS MCJROTC Cadets Maj Joshua Thompson, Lt Dillion Adams, Sgt Justyn Putnam and Lt Kaylin Eaton. Cadets are under the direction of Col Patrick Ferral USMC (Ret), and Gentry students are sponsored by Angela Putnam, student support administrator.

 

 


Kindergarten Screening Process for the Gifted/Talented Program
09/27/2018

five kindergarteners stand in front of whiteboard.

All kindergarten students will be screened for the gifted/talented (GT) program during the month of October.

 

Based on the screening process, students who meet the established score criteria will proceed forward to the post-screening process with parental permission.

Parents of these students will be notified towards the end of October and given the opportunity to grant permission for their child to participate in the GT post-screening assessment process.

 

The post-screening assessment process will conclude in December.


Art students arrange their rainbow drip art outside the art rooms at Goose Creek Memorial High School. 
09/25/2018
Art students arrange their rainbow drip art outside the art rooms at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Art students arrange their rainbow drip art outside the art rooms at Goose Creek Memorial High School. Pictured are (from left) Brian Simental, 11th grade; Debbie Carlson, 11th grade; Soham Datar, 12th grade and Erin Ouano, 12th grade.

A Taste of Goose Creek
09/25/2018
Goose Creek CISD employees (from back right) Patricia Pena, Stella Gonzalez, Sherry Bell and Araceli DeLaCruz sample food, presented by Goose Creek’s catering service Classic Fare, at the recent “A Taste of Goose Creek” event.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Goose Creek CISD employees (from back right) Patricia Pena, Stella Gonzalez, Sherry Bell and Araceli DeLaCruz sample food, presented by Goose Creek’s catering service Classic Fare, at the recent “A Taste of Goose Creek” event. The event was held to introduce the updated catering menu.

 


 

The dessert table at “A Taste of Goose Creek” honored Goose Creek CISD’s 100th anniversary.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

The dessert table at “A Taste of Goose Creek” honored Goose Creek CISD’s 100th anniversary. The event allowed employees to sample the updated menu items offered by Classic Far, Goose Creek’s catering service.

REL Students Take Challenge Inspired by Columbine Victim
09/20/2018

 


Victor Barajas, Madison King, Lillian Campbell, Steven Smith, speaker Carnes, and Tiffany Joya.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

 


 


Carnes talking to Lillian Campbell

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

 


 


Carnes talking to Madison King

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

REL Students Take Challenge Inspired by Columbine Victim

 

By Beth Dombrowa

 

More than 20 years ago, a young, 13-year-old girl in Colorado traced her hand on her bedroom wall and wrote a prophetic message inside her drawing: “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts.” Just a few years later, Rachel was the first student killed in the Columbine massacre, but her vision for spreading kindness has been shared with more than 24 million people worldwide, including students at Robert E. Lee High School.

 

Rachel’s Challenge programs transform school climates, leading to more positive interactions, a greater awareness of what it means to bully and be bullied and stronger interpersonal relationships between student peer groups, as well as between students and teachers – all of which lead to a safer school environment.

 

Rachel Scott was a prolific writer, frequently adding her thoughts to her personal diary. A diary was in her backpack the day she was killed; a bullet penetrated the book, leaving a hole that almost resembles an exclamation mark under the words Rachel had printed on the back cover: “I won’t be labeled as average.” Other journal entries included thoughts such as “Look for the good in others” and “I’m going to have an imprint on the world.” In an essay she wrote two months before her death for a class assignment entitled, “My Ethics: My Codes of Life” Rachel twice challenged the reader to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that could have a lasting, positive effect. Using her own words, the Scott family launched “Rachel’s Challenge” and more than 19 years after her death, Rachel’s words continue to inspire young people.

 

The Rachel’s Challenge program actually consists of five separate challenges that were outlined in the presentation to Lee students by Crista Carnes, a volunteer with the organization who travels throughout the country to deliver Rachel’s message.

 

Look For The Best In People

“Get rid of any prejudice you have of people who are different than you,” Carnes advised, before showing a video of Rachel’s younger brother, Craig, who was also at Columbine High School that day. Craig hid from the gunmen in the library, but was miraculously unharmed. However, he was crouched under a table with Isaiah Shoels and Matthew Kechter, both of whom were shot and killed. Shoels was one of the few black students at the school and before shooting him, the gunmen taunted him with racial slurs.

 

“Think about that,” Carnes told REL students. “The last words he heard in his life were hate-filled insults.”

 

Record Your Journey

Carnes encouraged students to keep diaries, like Rachel Scott.

 

“It keeps you focused and gives you a safe place to get stuff out. Dream big and write your goals down. And don’t you dare let anyone label you and don’t label yourself,” she said.

 

Choose Positive Influences

Rachel Scott wrote in her diaries about her desire to be friends with kids with special needs, new kids at school and students who were bullied. Carnes gave several examples of Rachel’s dedication to being a positive force in the lives of others, including sharing lunch with a brand-new student at school whose mother had recently passed away, and befriending – and encouraging others to befriend –a lonely fellow student with special needs.

 

Speak With Kindness

“There are people in this room right now who are going through things they will never talk about,” Carnes said. “If you’re not willing to speak to others with kindness, can you just agree to keep your mouth shut? Because words can hurt and words can heal.” She also emphasized the power of saying, “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.”

 

Start Your Own Chain Reaction

Carnes asked the students to, within three days, approach the people they care most about and tell them how meaningful they are.

 

Later in the day, after all students had learned about Rachel’s Challenge, a group of student leaders representing several clubs and organizations, were trained to start a school chapter of a Friends of Rachel Club, receiving specialized instructions on how to keep the momentum – and Rachel Joy Scott’s life purpose – alive and well at Robert E. Lee High School.

 


Alamo Earns Six-STAAR Rating
09/13/2018

Dr. Melissa Duarte (front), deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Randal O’Brien, superintendent, high five Alamo Elementary students and pass out stars to faculty members to recognize Alamo’s six Distinctions on the STAAR. The school received Distinctions for Academic Achievement in  ELA, Math and Science; Top 25 Percent Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent Comparative Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Pictured are (from left) Saytonya John, Lionzo Alaniz, Aquilla Edward and (back) Chanilah Rivera.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Dr. Melissa Duarte (front), deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Randal O’Brien, superintendent, high five Alamo Elementary students and pass out stars to faculty members to recognize Alamo’s six Distinctions on the STAAR. The school received Distinctions for Academic Achievement in ELA, Math and Science; Top 25 Percent Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent Comparative Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Pictured are (from left) Saytonya John, Lionzo Alaniz, Aquilla Edward and (back) Chanilah Rivera.

 


 


Andrea Zepeda (front), principal of Alamo Elementary, shows off her new shirt and glasses as her students and faculty are recognized by Goose Creek CISD administrators for earning six Distinctions on the STAAR. Alamo received Distinctions for Academic Achievement in  ELA, Math and Science; Top 25 Percent Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent Comparative Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Pictured are (from left) Dr. Melissa Duarte, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Becky Robins, director of curriculum and instruction and Randal O’Brien, GCCISD superintendent.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Andrea Zepeda (front), principal of Alamo Elementary, shows off her new shirt and glasses as her students and faculty are recognized by Goose Creek CISD administrators for earning six Distinctions on the STAAR. Alamo received Distinctions for Academic Achievement in ELA, Math and Science; Top 25 Percent Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent Comparative Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Pictured are (from left) Dr. Melissa Duarte, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Becky Robins, director of curriculum and instruction and Randal O’Brien, GCCISD superintendent.

 


Reach Out Walk 2018
09/10/2018

student throws graduation cap into air

 

Adult volunteers are needed for Goose Creek CISD’s annual Reach Out Walk which will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. The event is from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., beginning and ending at Ross S. Sterling High School.

 

The Reach Out Walk is an effort to get students to come back to school and to encourage others to become successful graduates. When a student fails to show up for class at the beginning of the school year or needs some guidance with respect to school work, volunteers go to the homes of these students and offer the encouragement and resources that they need in order to complete their high school education.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please register here.


From Custodian to Classroom Aide
09/07/2018


Silvia Miranda-Villegas helps students Kendallyn Saucedo (left) and Andrew Rodriguez learn their shapes as she works as an instructional aide in Jennifer Owens’ classroom at Carver Elementary.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Silvia Miranda-Villegas helps students Kendallyn Saucedo (left) and Andrew Rodriguez learn their shapes as she works as an instructional aide in Jennifer Owens’ classroom at Carver Elementary.

 

From Custodian to Classroom Aide

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

 

Silvia Miranda-Villegas knew she could help students in the classroom at Carver Elementary, where she worked as a custodian, but she also knew she had to prove herself first.

 

“She came to me last fall and wanted to know if she got her No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Certificate (required of instructional aides) if I would consider letting her work with students in a classroom. I think it took a lot for her to get the courage to say something to me about it. She’s super nice and hardworking, so I told her to get it first and then come back,” said Bart Cobb, Carver principal.

 

Miranda-Villegas, who had stayed home with her children, Kimberly, a 2011 Goose Creek Memorial High School graduate and an Army veteran, and Christopher, a 2015 GCM graduate, both students at the University of St. Thomas, had just started working at Carver the year before. With support from her children and her husband Fredy, she decided to take the NCLB class at San Jacinto College, and she passed with flying colors.

 

“It had been so long since I’d been in high school, I wanted to take the class to refresh my brain before taking the test. My family was so proud of me,” Miranda-Villegas said.

 

Cobb offered Miranda-Villegas a substitute position in a classroom, which meant she would have to give up her custodial position, but he told her it wasn’t guaranteed to be a permanent position. She chose to take the opportunity, and by the last two weeks of the school year, she had worked herself into a position in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) class.

 

“We asked for her,” said Jennifer Owens, PPCD teacher. “She’s amazing! She’s very patient, even with the most challenging students, and she’s able to keep that calm, low tone of voice with them.”

 

Miranda-Villegas could not be happier in her new role.

 

“At Carver, everyone is so nice. It’s a great place to work, and we’re like a family. I knew when I got here that this was ‘my place,’” she said.

 

Miranda-Villegas still likes to keep things clean in the classroom, but she’s pleased that she is now able to make a difference as an instructional aide.

 

“I see the needs of the little ones, and I love them and want to be someone they can trust. I want them to feel secure around me. There’s so much to teach them – colors, numbers, shapes, and even to use scissors,” she said.

 

Cobb feels that the positive classroom climate in the PPCD class helps the students succeed.

 

“They have the happiest team, and the three of them – Miranda Villegas, Owens and Sharon Robinson, another instructional aide – work like a well-oiled machine. They are three of the most caring individuals,” Cobb said.

 

Miranda-Villegas still plans to go back to school to improve her English skills, but for now, she is thankful to have fulfilled her goal of finding a way to further contribute to the success of her students at “her place.”


Guy Named TMEA Distinguished Administrator
09/05/2018

Gary Guy (middle), Highlands Junior School principal, is honored as a Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees. Nominated by Phillip Morgan, director of fine arts, for his commitment to the success of the fine arts programs at HJS, Guy is congratulated by Randal O’Brien (left), GCCISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Gary Guy (middle), Highlands Junior School principal, is honored as a Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator at a recent meeting of the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees. Nominated by Phillip Morgan, director of fine arts, for his commitment to the success of the fine arts programs at HJS, Guy is congratulated by Randal O’Brien (left), GCCISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board president.

 


Great Start to Second Week of School
09/04/2018

Milton Rich, Jr. enjoys a book from the library station of Jennifer Owens’ classroom at Carver Elementary as he starts the second week of school.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Milton Rich, Jr. enjoys a book from the library station of Jennifer Owens’ classroom at Carver Elementary as he starts the second week of school.

 


CBJ Enjoys Breakfast With City Council Members
08/31/2018

Cedar Bayou Junior School’s faculty and staff enjoyed breakfast, provided by Baytown City Council Members (left) Charles Johnson and Laura Alvarado in honor of the three distinctions CBJ received on the STAAR for Post Secondary Readiness, Closing the Gaps and Academic Growth.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Cedar Bayou Junior School’s faculty and staff enjoyed breakfast, provided by Baytown City Council Members (left) Charles Johnson and Laura Alvarado in honor of the three distinctions CBJ received on the STAAR for Post Secondary Readiness, Closing the Gaps and Academic Growth.

 


 


Cedar Bayou Junior School’s Sherry Otahal (left), campus academic specialist, and Clark Haney, teacher, enjoy breakfast, provided by Baytown City Council Members Charles Johnson and Laura Alvarado, to celebrate the three STAAR distinctions CBJ received for Post Secondary Readiness, Closing the Gaps and Academic Growth.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Cedar Bayou Junior School’s Sherry Otahal (left), campus academic specialist, and Clark Haney, teacher, enjoy breakfast, provided by Baytown City Council Members Charles Johnson and Laura Alvarado, to celebrate the three STAAR distinctions CBJ received for Post Secondary Readiness, Closing the Gaps and Academic Growth.

 


Austin Elementary Student Qualifies for TCDA Elementary Honor Choir
08/29/2018


Jaylee Anderson (right) is congratulated by Carol Colvin (left), music teacher at Stephen F. Austin Elementary, and Professor Ruth Dwyer, state director/conductor, on qualifying for the 2018 Texas Choral Director’s Association Elementary Honor Choir.

Jaylee Anderson (right) is congratulated by Carol Colvin (left), music teacher at Stephen F. Austin Elementary, and Professor Ruth Dwyer, state director/conductor, on qualifying for the 2018 Texas Choral Director’s Association Elementary Honor Choir.

 

Austin Elementary Student Qualifies for TCDA Elementary Honor Choir

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

Stephen F. Austin Elementary music student Jaylee Anderson qualified as a member of the 2018 Texas Choral Director’s Association’s Elementary Honor Choir last month. The Texas Choral Directors Association selects the top 150 elementary voices in the state to comprise the choir, which consists of 4th-6th graders. To qualify for the state choir, elementary vocalists were chosen via online audition from over 800 entries.

 

Jaylee’s music teacher, Mrs. Carol Colvin, insists that her work ethic and musicality have a great deal to do with her success in this year’s state audition.

 

“Of all the students that I work with, Jaylee’s work ethic and preparedness coming into the audition, coupled with her vocal talent, made it a strong opportunity for her success. She has such a unique quality in her voice and was very self-motivated to make the choir. The bar for performance groups at TCDA continues to get higher each year, with this year being no exception.”

 

This year’s TCDA state convention was held in San Antonio and consisted of two days of rehearsing under the direction of Ruth Dwyer, director of education with the Indianapolis Children's Choir and artistic director of the Columbus Indiana Children's Choir. Congratulations to Jaylee, her supportive parents and her GCCISD Music Teacher, Mrs. Colvin, who all made the trip to San Antonio to hear the state performance.  Jaylee and Mrs. Colvin will be recognized by the GCCISD board of trustees on Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018, at 6:30pm.

 

 


Former Crime Stoppers Board Members Receive Service Appreciation Awards
08/29/2018

Randy Casey (right), Baytown Crime Stoppers Board chair, presents service appreciation awards to retired board members  (from left) Clint Johnson, Judy Barrow and Byron Jones. Johnson is a former Baytown police officer, Crime Stoppers coordinator and board member/chair, and he was recognized for 16 years of service to the Baytown Crime Stoppers Board. Barrow served for 18 years on the Baytown Crime Stoppers Board and held the positions of chair, vice chair and secretary during her tenure. Jones served as the BPD Chief of Police and was a Crime Stoppers coordinator and later a board member for eight years.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Randy Casey (right), Baytown Crime Stoppers Board chair, presents service appreciation awards to retired board members (from left) Clint Johnson, Judy Barrow and Byron Jones. Johnson is a former Baytown police officer, Crime Stoppers coordinator and board member/chair, and he was recognized for 16 years of service to the Baytown Crime Stoppers Board. Barrow served for 18 years on the Baytown Crime Stoppers Board and held the positions of chair, vice chair and secretary during her tenure. Jones served as the BPD Chief of Police and was a Crime Stoppers coordinator and later a board member for eight years.

First Day of School Photos
08/27/2018

Haylee Cobb (left) and Quessia Trujillo, freshmen at Robert E. Lee High School, wait in the Band Hall for the bell to ring on the first day of school.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Haylee Cobb (left) and Quessia Trujillo, freshmen at Robert E. Lee High School, wait in the Band Hall for the bell to ring on the first day of school.

 


 


Alylin and Malillany Navarro get ready to go to pre-kindergarten at Carver Elementary on the first day of school.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Alylin and Malillany Navarro get ready to go to pre-kindergarten at Carver Elementary on the first day of school.

 

 



Students from Rashida Bellard-Frank’s kindergarten class at B.P. Hopper Primary School proudly show that they are the Class of 2031.
Pictured are (front, from left) Dominic Poitras, Deaven Kambitsch, Aiden Ibarra, (back from left) Lexi Newton, Brooklyn Griffith and Luke Grubbs.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Students from Rashida Bellard-Frank’s kindergarten class at B.P. Hopper Primary School proudly show that they are the Class of 2031. Pictured are (front, from left) Dominic Poitras, Deaven Kambitsch, Aiden Ibarra, (back from left) Lexi Newton, Brooklyn Griffith and Luke Grubbs.

 

 

 


Manuela Verastegui (left) from Nutrition Services at Carver Elementary gives Miranda Jimenez, third grade, her breakfast on the first day of school.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Manuela Verastegui (left) from Nutrition Services at Carver Elementary gives Miranda Jimenez, third grade, her breakfast on the first day of school.

 


 


Lisa Geiger (left), security officer at Robert E. Lee High School, helps Luis Munguia find his homeroom.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Lisa Geiger (left), security officer at Robert E. Lee High School, helps Luis Munguia find his homeroom.

 


 


Halie Johnican waits to enroll in Pre-K on the first day of school at Carver Elementary.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Halie Johnican waits to enroll in Pre-K on the first day of school at Carver Elementary.

 


 


San Jacinto Elementary kindergartner Honor Morris colors her “My First Day of Kindergarten” Crown in Mrs. Grothe’s classroom.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

San Jacinto Elementary kindergartner Honor Morris colors her “My First Day of Kindergarten” Crown in Mrs. Grothe’s classroom.

 



Chance Brasuel, 11th grade, and Felicity Brasuel, ninth grade, wait to register on the first day of school at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Chance Brasuel, 11th grade, and Felicity Brasuel, ninth grade, wait to register on the first day of school at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

 


 


Jesse High in Mrs. Homas’ first-grade class at San Jacinto Elementary, takes a break from his work.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Jesse High in Mrs. Homas’ first-grade class at San Jacinto Elementary, takes a break from his work.

 



Brycen Gardiner gets off the bus and heads into Travis Elementary for his first day of kindergarten.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

 

Brycen Gardiner gets off the bus and heads into Travis Elementary for his first day of kindergarten.

 


 


Richard Clem, Goose Creek CISD Board member, greets Maliah Poullard, kindergartner, on her first day of school at Travis Elementary.

Photo by Carrie Passmore

 

Richard Clem, Goose Creek CISD Board member, greets Maliah Poullard, kindergartner, on her first day of school at Travis Elementary.

 


New Principal at Bowie Elementary
08/27/2018

New James Bowie Elementary principal Regina Sims (back middle) enjoys the first day of school for 2018-19 with (front, from left) Bianney Davila, first grade; Emma Castillo, kindergarten; Jacob Ruiz, kindergarten; (back, from left) Alexa Lozano, fifth grade; Sims and Luis Lozano, fourth grade.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

New James Bowie Elementary principal Regina Sims (back middle) enjoys the first day of school for 2018-19 with (front, from left) Bianney Davila, first grade; Emma Castillo, kindergarten; Jacob Ruiz, kindergarten; (back, from left) Alexa Lozano, fifth grade; Sims and Luis Lozano, fourth grade.

 


HMJ and Ashbel Smith New Principals
08/27/2018

Christie Speights (second from right), new principal at Horace Mann Junior School, greets students on the first day of school.
Pictured are (from left) eighth-graders Kadence Morse, Isaac Hunter and Hannah Fudge-Adams.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Christie Speights (second from right), new principal at Horace Mann Junior School, greets students on the first day of school. Pictured are (from left) eighth-graders Kadence Morse, Isaac Hunter and Hannah Fudge-Adams.

 


 


Katherine Cruz (in back), new principal at Ashbel Smith Elementary, and (from left) Nayeli Sierra, third grade; Nevaeh Garcia, fourth grade; and Adalynn Arredondo, kindergarten, plan to have a good first day of school.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Katherine Cruz (in back), new principal at Ashbel Smith Elementary, and (from left) Nayeli Sierra, third grade; Nevaeh Garcia, fourth grade; and Adalynn Arredondo, kindergarten, plan to have a good first day of school.

 


GCCISD To Name Press Box After Jim Finley
08/27/2018

The Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium

Goose Creek CISD will honor Jim Finley by naming the press box at Stallworth Stadium after the iconic local journalist at a dedication ceremony at the stadium on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.

 

After starting his award-winning newspaper career in July 1962 at The Brazosport Facts, followed by stops at The Bay City Daily Tribune and The Victoria Advocate, Finley was hired by Baytown Sun Publisher Fred Hartman in May of 1969. Except for a period when Jim worked as a district administrative assistant for U.S. Rep. Jack Fields, his career has been focused in Baytown.

 

During his career, Finley has earned numerous writing awards for his work in contests sponsored by The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Texas Press Association. In his Baytown career, Jim has witnessed hundreds of games from the Stallworth Stadium press box and has worked more games there than any other reporter. In fact, he covered the very first game played at Stallworth Stadium on Friday Sept. 11, 1970, when Robert E. Lee beat Spring Branch, 27-3. Finley remains a fixture in the press box at Goose Creek CISD football games to this day.

 

Outside of sports, Jim’s proudest moment came when he chaired the Kiwanis Club of Baytown committee responsible for building the Kiwanis War Memorial, which stands in Bicentennial Park displaying the names of more than 100 casualties of various wars.

 

A group of former mayors, coaches, district administrators and co-workers of Finley formed to make the recommendation to the district that the press box be officially named The Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium in recognition of Finley’s accomplishments and presence in the community.

 

The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium. Please enter through Gate 1.


Student iPad Announcement
08/24/2018

iPad distribution dates


High school students iPad distribution will begin soon!

 

If you owe an iPad related charge from a previous school year, your parent/guardian selected NO on the iPad Loan Agreement in online registration, OR your online registration has not been completed, you WILL NOT receive an iPad on your campus distribution day.

 

In order to receive an iPad on your campus distribution day, you must complete the following by 3:30 p.m. Friday, September 7th :

  • Pay all iPad related charges to your grade level secretary OR return missing items to the CTS.

  • Mark YES on the iPad Loan Agreement in online registration.

  • Complete ALL sections of the online registration.

GCCISD Kicks off 100th Anniversary at Three Back-to-School Convocations
08/23/2018

Harlem Elementary staff with Betty Baca (far left), principal, prepares for the annual convocation at Goose Creek Memorial High School and for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Harlem Elementary staff with Betty Baca (far left), principal, prepares for the annual convocation at Goose Creek Memorial High School and for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

 


 


Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, welcomes faculty and staff members to the 2018-2019 school year at the recent back-to-school convocations, kicking off the 100th anniversary of the district.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, welcomes faculty and staff members to the 2018-2019 school year at the recent back-to-school convocations, kicking off the 100th anniversary of the district.

 


 


Liz Murray, a young woman who overcame tremendous obstacles, including homelessness, to graduate from Harvard, speaks to Goose Creek CISD faculty and staff members at the three back-to-school convocations.
Murray’s life and her journey from homeless to Harvard is chronicled in “Breaking Night.”

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Liz Murray, a young woman who overcame tremendous obstacles, including homelessness, to graduate from Harvard, speaks to Goose Creek CISD faculty and staff members at the three back-to-school convocations. Murray’s life and her journey from homeless to Harvard is chronicled in “Breaking Night.”

 


 


Choir members from Goose Creek CISD high schools rap at the recent convocations during the opening musical number, “One Hundred Years of Class,” lyrics and music by Phillip Morgan and transcribed by Kevin Coward and Michael Grauvogl.
Band, orchestra, choir, drill team and theatre students along with their directors from Goose Creek Memorial, Ross S. Sterling and Robert E. Lee high schools combined to kick off the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Choir members from Goose Creek CISD high schools rap at the recent convocations during the opening musical number, “One Hundred Years of Class,” lyrics and music by Phillip Morgan and transcribed by Kevin Coward and Michael Grauvogl. Band, orchestra, choir, drill team and theatre students along with their directors from Goose Creek Memorial, Ross S. Sterling and Robert E. Lee high schools combined to kick off the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD.

 


 


Robert E. Lee High School faculty and staff members charge into the recent back-to-school convocation, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD and the 90th anniversary of REL.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Robert E. Lee High School faculty and staff members charge into the recent back-to-school convocation, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD and the 90th anniversary of REL.

 


 


Combined theatre, drill team, orchestra, band and choir students from Goose Creek Memorial, Robert E. Lee and Ross S. Sterling High Schools wow the audience with a lively musical number, “One Hundred Years of Class,” lyrics and music by Phillip Morgan and transcribed by Kevin Coward and Michael Grauvogle. The opening number of the three convocations honored the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD.

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Combined theatre, drill team, orchestra, band and choir students from Goose Creek Memorial, Robert E. Lee and Ross S. Sterling High Schools wow the audience with a lively musical number, “One Hundred Years of Class,” lyrics and music by Phillip Morgan and transcribed by Kevin Coward and Michael Grauvogle. The opening number of the three convocations honored the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD.

 


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