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Around the District and Across the State
02/05/2019
I hope everyone has started 2019 out with energy and enthusiasm as we enter what could be the busiest time of year with fall activities carrying over and spring activities just getting started. I won’t even ask about those New Year’s resolutions as it is too soon to have realized results at this point.

 

 

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The Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the Citizens Bond Planning Committee (CBPC) and unanimously called for a school bond election. We thank these 42 community leaders, parents and teachers for devoting their time to attend meetings, tour campuses, review demographic projections and hear presentations on school finance, current program offerings and needs, safety and security as well as the district’s technology plan.

 

Through the CBPC’s vision for the future of education in GCCISD, the 2019 Bond includes renovations and repairs to schools and facilities; new construction, including a new elementary and a new junior school along with a replacement school for San Jacinto Elementary; improvements to Stallworth Stadium and four-lane tracks with field lighting at the five junior schools; safety and security improvements and technology improvements and replacements. The $335,725,000 bond will be presented to voters Saturday, May 4; however, early voting is April 22-30 at a variety of locations. Stay updated on the details of the 2019 Bond on our website at www.gccisd.net.

 

Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department recently hosted the 7th Annual Career Night for all district students and parents at Robert E. Lee High School. Thirty business and industry partners were represented along with 12 post-secondary institutions or programs. Information tables and/or High School Options sessions for all GCCISD clusters, our three academies at the high schools, Stuart Career Tech High School, Impact Early College High School and the Cosmetology program were available. The GCCISD Counseling Department/College Career Readiness also hosted a FAFSA assistance session. I enjoyed seeing so many parents at one of our evening events.

 

Around the district, we have recently had the opportunity to view the amazing student art display at the Administration Building for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Competition. We obviously have some talented artists, as well as teachers, who have provided the skills and encouragement they needed to shape and mold their talent. I simply could not tell whether some of the work was by hand or an actual photograph. Best wishes to the students whose artwork has advanced to the HLS&R Competition at the NRG Center in hopes that they will advance to the rodeo’s auction. Art students also are preparing to compete in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE).

 

Other recent highlights include the announcement of four of our high school students selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir and three high school dancers recognized as All-State Dancers by the Texas Dance Educators Association. Students are participating in UIL Academic Meets, and the District Spelling Bee is just around the corner. Cedar Bayou Junior’s Robotics Team placed second in Core Values at a recent meet, advancing to the next level in March, and the high school Robotics Team is preparing for the regional competition at San Jacinto College.

 

We are finishing our winter sports with the Goose Creek Memorial High School’s girls basketball team competing for the district championship and the Robert E. Lee High School boys basketball team battling for a playoff spot. GCM and REL’s boys soccer teams are proving to be two strong teams in 22-5A, and all spring sports are gearing up.

 

As I visit classrooms, I am amazed at the use of technology by our students and teachers and the variety of engaging activities happening every day. While I recognize that there is ongoing preparation for the upcoming State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course (EOC) exams, I would like to encourage all students to apply themselves, but at the same time to relax and exhale, as we know that a single test on any given day cannot, nor will it define who you are as a person. We are about developing the whole you, with every little detail as unique and individual as you are a person.

 

Finally, I want to share that I visited Austin, Texas, recently for our annual administrator conference. It happens to coincide with the beginning of our legislators biannual general session. I am cautiously optimistic about the possibility of our elected officials setting aside their personal agendas and delivering meaningful reform. I encourage you to follow the progress of the 86th Legislative Session.

 

Meanwhile, I will be joining forces with you right here on the home front ensuring that we are providing the highest quality education possible for all our students. Thank you for what you do each and every day for our students and community!

 

 


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