Celebrations Abound Throughout the District

As we begin the third six weeks of school, we have much to celebrate! We are excited about the increase in attendance shown by so many of our schools since the beginning of the school year, and we encourage you to continue to stress the importance of good attendance habits to your students. Missing School = Missing Out! Every Minute Matters!


November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the countdown to semester exams, where students may demonstrate their proficiency. Please encourage your students to continue to work hard now, since a break from their school schedule is fast approaching.



 In case you haven’t heard, we recently received some big news! Robert E. Lee High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School (2019-2022) for the third time! REL, home of the STEM Academy, was identified for its unique implementation of technology in an innovative and compelling learning environment as evidenced by student engagement and academic achievement. Congratulations, and thanks to our students, staff and specialists for the important work you are doing with technology.


Another unprecedented event involved the Goose Creek Memorial, Robert E. Lee and Ross S. Sterling High School marching bands all earning Superior ratings at the recent Regional UIL Marching Contest in Channelview. Since 1A, 3A and 5A schools were eligible to advance to Area this year, we are proud that both 5A schools, GCM and REL, advanced to the UIL Area E 5A Marching Contest. Perfecting these routines takes an amazing amount of time and energy, including long hours in the Texas heat, but it all paid off! Thanks to our students for their hard work and dedication as well as to our band directors and parents for their guidance and support!


Tangible evidence that our 2019 Bond is underway includes the 30 school buses that have been purchased and are expected to arrive by midyear. They are currently being equipped with the latest camera and security technology. Major building projects include Junior School #6, which will be built next to Goose Creek Memorial High School to accommodate the overcrowding at our current middle schools, and the San Jacinto Replacement Elementary School, which will provide the latest in facility and curricular design for our West Baytown community. Other projects are still in the review and design phase prior to the Citizens Bond Oversite Committee Review for the spring.


This legislative session produced many important bills for our state, none more important than House Bill 3. While viewed as the finance bill for public education, it accomplished so much more than an award of money to be spent on the biennium. It restructured the funding mechanism in order to increase teacher pay and increase funding for schools that implement various programs, such as full day pre-kindergarten, incentivizing early childhood initiatives and accounting for such improvement measures.


Finally, we are proud that Giants are being recognized across our district, including students, staff and alumni who exemplify attributes of success in many different ways. If you’d like to nominate a Giant, go to our website at and click on Here We Grow Giants.