Reflecting on the Past and Focused on the Future

As I reflect on the events and activities of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year (as I like to do every year), I could not be prouder to be the superintendent of Goose Creek CISD for so many reasons.


We started off the school year at Convocation focusing on our theme, “Here, We Grow Giants,” with a video, a billboard, a digital billboard, bus ads, digital signage and email signatures. Our partnership with the City of Baytown benefits our entire community as we collaborate to align our vision for the future together due to our common interests. We recognized our first Giant Alumni, Giant Educator and Giant Students of the Month, which has been ongoing, thanks to your participation and willingness to nominate so many outstanding people who have made or are making an impact on Goose Creek CISD.


Speaking of making an impact on GCCISD, we join other school districts in Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. Our board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and make difficult choices for our district, focusing on the future success of the children in our district. Please take a moment to tell our school board members how much you appreciate their service and dedication to Goose Creek CISD. Thank you, Agustin Loredo, III, president; Jessica Woods, vice president; Ben Pape, secretary; Howard Sampson, assistant secretary; and Richard Clem, Shae Cottar and Tiffany Guy, board members, for caring about our district.


 We also were proud to announce that The Health Science Academy at Ross S. Sterling High School and the STEM Academy at Robert E. Lee High School achieved Model Status, the highest rating granted by the National Career Academy Coalition. Lee High School was recognized for the third time as an Apple Distinguished School.


Our Dual Two-Way Language Program was piloted at Harlem and Carver elementary schools, and these kindergarten students conducted student-led conferences showing how much they have learned in English as well as in Spanish.


And what about that Employee Wellness Clinic? This free clinic is such a benefit to this district, helping us all stay healthy! I have taken advantage of the clinic as I know many of you have, and I’ve been so pleased with the results of my visits.


The Education Foundation hosted its second All-Star Gala celebrating its tenth year of operation, having distributed more than 1 million in innovative education grants to teachers in Goose Creek, ultimately benefitting our students with new learning experiences.


In an attempt to reign in operational expenses with older facilities, Goose Creek has partnered with ABM energy to address our sustainable utility goals and technological upgrades across the district, and we are enthusiastic about the project paying for itself through the realized future utility savings.


Our 2019 school bond is underway as the planning and designing stages of San Jacinto Elementary replacement school and Junior School #6 are being finalized for construction to begin. Meanwhile, Stuart Career Tech High School has entered into phase three of the four-part construction of a stand-alone P-Tech high school that may ultimately house up to 900 students focused on obtaining industry certification rather than a four-year degree program.


Our partnership with Be Well™ Baytown is still thriving and as part of the community wide initiative, sponsored by ExxonMobil and facilitated by MD Anderson, Goose Creek CISD has received new walking trails at Bowie, Carver, Harlem and Lamar elementary schools as an incentive to get students, faculty and, yes, even parents on a healthy pathway of exercise.


Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments, which involves all of you in one way or the other, is our academic accountability rating of an 87, or a B, this year. This excellent rating is no accident – it took hours and hours of work from our teachers and administrators as well as from our students. Even if you are at any of our other facilities, you play a giant role in supporting those who work directly with our students. This is a team effort, and I am happy to be part of this team.


There are so many other things of which to be proud – fine arts programs, including our three high school bands receiving superior ratings at contest; UIL competitions; sports programs and more - it’s impossible to mention all of them.


We have already hit the ground running as we start this new year, but I want to let you know I appreciate everything you do for our district and pray for your continued prosperity and positive effect on your entire sphere of influence. I look forward to seeing you soon.