Superintendent
Sharing Success With the Community
02/19/2020

We are so proud of our partnership with the City of Baytown! The community and our school district gathered at Town Square for the Here, We Grow Giants Launch Party to debut our second video commercial, featuring many of our programs and opportunities in Goose Creek CISD. Thanks to everyone who participated in the video and to Rick King and Kenny Benitez of Southall 7 Creative for their expertise in bringing it to fruition. I’m grateful for this opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful things happening in our district.

 

We announced our Principals of the Year at a recent meeting of the board of trustees. Dr. Tricia Times, principal of POINT Alternative Center, was named Secondary Principal of the Year, and Andrea Zepeda, principal of Alamo Elementary, was recognized as Elementary Principal of the Year. They will be honored at a Region 4 dinner later this year. Congratulations to both principals! We applaud their leadership, hard work and dedication in making these schools exceptional.

 

It’s exciting to see so many of our staff and schools joining the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, committing to a healthy lifestyle. The Administration Building staff kicked off the district challenge by walking a mile together and pitching the challenge to Victoria Walker Elementary and Baytown Junior. Creative efforts are being displayed by the schools accepting the challenge, such as a dance session at Robert E. Lee High School! The challenge ends March 1, so you still have time to register and earn points for our district and city. Just signing up will earn some points, so go to https://ittcommunitychallenge.com/ to register. The winning community in each category will receive funds for future health efforts!

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 The 2019 bond has been in the design and development phase as the district prepares to break ground on Junior School #6 and the replacement for San Jacinto Elementary. Meanwhile, Stuart Career Tech High School Phase 3 and Phase 4 are well underway, which will enable the campus to house 1,000 students or more. We are excited about the growth in our CTE Department as it provides even more opportunities for our students to explore pathways to their future.

 

Another project that has been completed is the renovation and relocation of our Police and Truancy departments as well as our Tax Office to 607 W. Baker Road. Some people remember this as the skating rink. Most recently, it has been used as the Technology Center, before the Technology Center moved to 5950 N. Main, remodeled after Hurricane Harvey to better suit our municipal partnering programs. We’re obviously excited that these bond projects, focusing on providing the facilities our students and their families deserve, are underway. As a non-bond project, all of our competition athletic fields were recently topped with field turf as a way of generating energy efficiency, reducing water consumption as well as labor cost.

 

Our culinary team from Stuart Career Center, Hehejandro and The Boys, including Nathan Garza, Destiny Whitener and Alejandro Alcantar under the direction of Chef Kylie Sobczak, dished up a second-place win at the Lone Star Chef Competition, sponsored by Aramark. The seniors, who won first place last year, will split a $1,500 scholarship.

 

Piloted at Carver Elementary and Harlem Elementary this school year, our Kindergarten Dual Language Two-Way Program has students reading, writing and speaking both English and Spanish. Families were amazed at their progress as the students showed off their skills during student-led conferences. As these students move to first grade, we will welcome a new group of kindergarten students. Informational meetings will take place at both schools later this month. Interested families should contact the Bilingual/ESL Department at 281-707-3372.

 

As we approach assessment season, we ask that parents provide the power assist our teachers need by ensuring that students have healthy eating and sleeping habits. Please encourage your children to always do their best and stress the importance of good attendance. As we all know, success is strongly correlated to preparation. I hope everyone is having a fantastic start to the new year! Have a great six weeks!