Goose Creek CISD News
E.F. Green Students Compete in MATHCOUNTS Competition

Four students from E. F. Green Junior School represented Goose Creek CISD at the MATHCOUNTS state competition in Austin during spring break. Team members were Sadvi Koora, Ananya Sood, Anay Gupta and Alexander Romeo, coached by Janette Cruz.


MATHCOUNTS team and administrators pose with award certificates

E. F. Green’s MATHCOUNTS team competed at the state competition after winning second place in the chapter competition. Pictured are, from left, Dr. G; Earnest Brooks, E. F. Green principal; Janette Cruz, MATHCOUNTS coach; students Alexander Romeo, Anay Gupta, Sadvi Koora , Ananya Sood and Michelle Jackson, student support administrator.


Students must qualify in the chapter competition to earn the opportunity to compete at state. This year the team from Green won second place team and the team from Highlands Junior School took third place in the chapter competition.


“Texas Society of Professional Engineers organizes both the chapter and state competitions for MATHCOUNTS in Texas, and winners from the state competition attend a national competition. are excited to have students make it to state,” said Emily Makosa, 6-8 district math specialist.


The MATHCOUNTS program is a math enrichment initiative providing the structure and activities needed to encourage the formation of math club within the schools. The program is designed to increase enthusiasm for math and to engage students using a variety of math activities.

Eshbach Presents Bronze Sculpture to Goose Creek CISD

As the Art League of Baytown’s Sculpture Trail art was replaced after a year on display in Baytown, Jay Eshbach, philanthropist and former financial planner in Baytown, saw a sculpture that he knew would be perfect for the Goose Creek CISD Administration Building lobby.


ray lavan, dr obrien, jay eshbach, and matt bolinger pose with sculpture

Jay Eshbach (front) presents a bronze sculpture to Goose Creek CISD to display at the Administration Building for the next year. Pictured are (from left) Ray LaVan, director of fine arts; Dr. Randal O’Brien, superintendent of schools and Dr. Matt Bolinger, assistant superintendent of human resources. Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman.


“Saturday Distractions 1,” a 200-lb. bronze sculpture by Lee Leuning from Aberdeen, SD, features, in great detail, a young man so distracted by his book that he ignores his melting ice cream cone. His dog seems to be planning to take care of the drips.


Impressed by the sculpture, Eshbach entered into an agreement with the Art League of Baytown to lease it, along with another one, “May Flowers” by Susan Geissler of Youngstown, NY, which he leased for the lobby of the Baytown Sun. “Saturday Distractions 1” was delivered to the Administration Building March 22, and Eshbach was present for its arrival.


“When viewing the sculpture, be sure and note his baseball glove and slingshot,” Eshbach said.


Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, is pleased with the sculpture and hopes that community members will have the opportunity to view it at the Administration Building over the next year.


“Jay Eshbach has long been a supporter of Goose Creek CISD, and we appreciate his generosity and thoughtfulness in choosing our Administration Building for at least a temporary home for this magnificent work of art,” O’Brien said. “The boy’s passion for reading clearly overshadows the other distractions and sets a wonderful example for our students. We wouldn’t mind giving this art a permanent home!”

Goose Creek CISD Hosts Job Fair

Goose Creek CISD is looking for certified teachers to join our team of Giants at the upcoming Job Fair!


  • Date: April 15, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Goose Creek Memorial HS Gym (6001 East Wallisville Rd, Baytown, TX 77521)


Applicants must pre-register and upload their resume with current contact information to attend.


The registration window will be open now through April 14th. Apply online and register for the Job Fair at


*Only new to the district, fully certified teachers with a Standard Certificate are eligible for the signing bonus.

City of Baytown Youth Leadership Academy

Calling all student leaders ages 14-18! The City of Baytown - Government is seeking young leaders to participate in the Youth Leadership Academy.


The Baytown YLA promotes youth leadership and responsibility through service, community involvement, and civic education.


Apply Now!

Bañuelos Elementary Hosts Careers on Wheels 2023

Students at Dr. Antonio Bañuelos, Jr., Elementary School had the opportunity to explore numerous careers at the recent Careers on Wheels 2023. Planned and hosted by Mitzi Oliver, school counselor, the annual event includes career choices that do not require a degree.


“I want students to have the opportunity to experience and learn about careers that do not require a degree of higher education,” Oliver said. “The smiles, happiness and thanks from the students has encouraged me to make this an annual event for Bañuelos.


Guests for Careers on Wheels 2023 included Baytown Public Works, Baytown Fire Department, Goose Creek CISD Police Department, Gamers Van, Jeff Smith Towing, Frank’s Collision Racing Team (Bondo Ballers), Radio One Houston, CDL Future Trucking Academy and Kouzan’s Creole Kitchen. HEB provided snacks.


GCCISD Police Officer talks to students about his profession

Students from Bañuelos Elementary raise their hands enthusiastically when asked by Sgt. Kent Dowdy with the Goose Creek CISD Police Department if they were interested in becoming a police officer at the recent Careers on Wheels 2023.


“We appreciate all of our amazing volunteers, and I look forward to Careers on Wheels 2024,” Oliver said.


Photo Gallery


Photos by Carrie Pryor-Newman.

Dr. O’Brien Nominated for Citizen of the Year 2023

Dr. Randal O’Brien, superintendent of Goose Creek CISD, was honored recently by the Baytown Sun and the community as a nominee for Citizen of the Year 2023. He was nominated by Jay Eshbach, a philanthropist and financial planner in Baytown until his retirement 12 years ago.


“I met him when he moved to Baytown, and we really hit it off. A few months later, we asked them to go to Theatre Under the Stars,” Eshbach said. “I talk to him every few months – he’s in the paper so much I can’t keep up with him. I was Citizen of the Year in 2019, and when they asked me to nominate someone, he’s the first name that came into my head. I think he’s been one of the best, if not the best, superintendents in Baytown in my memory.”


O’Brien was named interim superintendent in 2014 and was confirmed as the 15th superintendent in the 100-year history of the district. He came to Baytown in 2013 as the deputy superintendent for administrative services from Hubbard ISD, where he was superintendent for four years.


Baytown Sun nominees for citizens of the year pose together

The Baytown Sun hosted its Community Leadership Celebration March 8 announcing the 2023 Citizens of the Year. Nominees pictured from left: Nick Jared, Finalist Nikki Rincon, Dr. Randal O’Brien, Harvey Oyler, 2023 Citizen of the Year R. D. Burnside (seated), Finalist Connie Tilton, 2023 Citizen of the Year Steve Daniele, Eloy Valdes, Chuck Chandler, Finalist Gina Guillory and Finalist Pete Lester. Photo by Carol Skewes.


O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from East Texas Baptist University, where he played basketball and tennis on scholarship. He later earned a master of education in administration from Sam Houston State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University. In his more than 30 years in education, he also has served as a CTE teacher/coordinator, assistant principal, campus principal and district administrator.


His accomplishments include his nominations as the Region 12 Superintendent of the Year by the Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees as well as the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year by the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees.


Giving back to the community is important to O’Brien. He serves as a Rotarian, a board member for the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center as well as a member of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation. He attends numerous galas to support community service organizations, and he always finds time to attend fine arts and athletic events at the district’s schools.


O’Brien’s wife Monica is a language arts specialist and their son Riley graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and will soon complete his degree at Trinity University. Son Tyler is a graduate of Baylor University and daughter Kendal, a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, is a registered nurse practitioner.


“I am so honored to be among the nominees for Citizen of the Year 2023, and I heartily congratulate the two deserving winners, R.D. Burnside and Steve Daniele. These two men have not only been active in the community, but also generous with their time and donations to numerous organizations and causes,” O’Brien said. “I also wish to congratulate finalists Gina Guillory, Pete Lester, Nikki Rincon and Connie Tilton, along with the other nominees. Thanks to Jay Eshbach for nominating me and to the Baytown Sun for hosting this annual event. I believe in the importance of giving back to the community, and I hope I have instilled this in my children and grandchildren as well as the students in our district.”


GCCISD Employee Appointed to National Organization Board

Anna Espinoza


Anna Espinoza, Coordinator of Counseling and College & Career Readiness, was recently named as the Secondary Member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Engagement Commissioner team.


According to their website, “The Engagement Commission’s main function is to recruit new members in support of the organization’s goals, provide professional development and support to all members and serve as a conduit in collecting and sharing the successes and issues of members and other other commissions.


Other appointees include Adam Whalen, Chair and Board member from Willamette ESD and Brandon Baskett, Vice Chair from Lexington County School District.

District Programs Receive Recognition from City & Local Industry

By: Kristyn Hunt Cathey, APR – Director of Communications

City officials with superintendent obrien and board member berrott tims pose with proclomation

Jason Reynolds, City Manager; Helen Berrott-Tims, Assistant Secretary; Baytown Mayor Brandon Capetillo and Superintendent Dr. Randal O’Brien, pose with the proclamation from the City of Baytown in honor of the district’s FFA program.


The Goose Creek CISD Future Farmers of America (FFA) received a proclamation during the February 20th Board meeting, with a second reading with Baytown Mayor Brandon Capetillo on February 23rd. According to, “FFA is an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.” The organization was established in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, there are over 850,000 members, aged 12-21, in close to 9,000 chapters in all states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


district leaders, exxon representatives, and blarglefish members pose with check and robot dog

ExxonMobil of Baytown made a generous donation of $50,000 to the Goose Creek CISD Robotics program during a special presentation at the February 20th Board meeting. The donation will be used to provide resources and outreach for the program, which is currently being housed in the district’s Robotics Center, which opened in October 2022. The district hosted a formal recognition presentation on March 8th at the Robotics Center.

Lee Girls’ Powerlifting Team Heads to State

After an incredible display of strength and determination, Baytown Lee's Girls' Powerlifting team placed 2nd out of 11 teams in the 5A Large school classification during the Region 4 Division 1 5A Large tournament, held in Alvin ISD on February 28th. Alyssa Dickens (Junior) placed 1st in the 105-weight class with a 605-pound total. Celera Bejarano (Junior) placed 1st in the 220-weight class with a 780-pound total. In the 259-weight class, Valeria Rivera (Sophomore) placed 1st with an 805-pound total and Stephanie Martinez (Sophomore) placed 2nd with a 795 pound total. All four students are advancing to the 5A Large State competition in Frisco, TX on March 17-18. Additionally, Sheyla Ortiz (Freshman) placed 5th in the 114-weight class. Alejandra Garcia (Sophomore) placed 7th in the 148-weight class. Finally, Christina Buenrostro (Sophomore) placed 7th in the 198-weight class.



The medalists appear in the attached photo (from left to right): Celera Bejarano (1st place), Valeria Rivera (1st place), Stephanie Martinez (2nd place), Alyssa Dickens (1st place), and Sheyla Ortiz (5th place).


Four lifters (Bejarano, Rivera, Martinez, and Dickens) qualified for the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association (THSWPA) State Championship that will be held in Frisco, TX on March 18th.

Oh, the Places You Will Go, When You Read in GCCISD

By: Kristyn Hunt Cathey, APR – Director of Communications


Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998. The goal of the day, which falls on the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, is designed to support literacy and promote the importance of reading to children of all ages.


united way representative reads to students in a classroom

Rusty Scenac, United Way Board member, reading “Cat in the Hat” to Cindy Botting’s first grade class. United Way also handed out books to the class. Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman.


Goose Creek CISD elementary schools celebrated literacy the week of February 27th with various activities, including Dr. Seuss costume parades, classroom readings with district leaders and more. In a special twist, Travis Elementary School was one of several schools from around the country featured on the official Dr. Seuss Instagram page.

GCCISD Students Have “Permission” to Win Big at Spelling Bee

By: Kristyn Hunt Cathey, APR – Director of Communications


Goose Creek CISD held their annual district Spelling Bee on February 23rd. The contest went for 21 rounds, with the correct spelling of the word “permission” as the final qualifier.


Ethan Wheeler, a sixth grader at Gentry Junior School, won first place. Brenda Herrera, a sixth grader at Horace Mann, won second place and Anirudh Sunil, a fifth grader at Victoria Walker, won third place.


GCCISD Spelling Bee qualifiers pose with trophies, superintendent, and school principals

GCCISD Spelling Bee qualifiers Ethan Wheeler, first place; Brenda Herrera, second place and Anirudh Sunil, third place, pose with Michelle Duhon, Gentry Junior School principal, Superintendent Dr. Randal O’Brien, and Monica Juarez, Victoria Walker principal.


The winners will head to Houston Community College’s Southeast Campus Learning Hub to compete in the 2023 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 25th. The three top spellers will advance to the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held May 28 through June 3rd in National Harbor, Maryland.

SFA Presents Giant Opportunity to SCTHS Students

By: Kristyn Hunt Cathey, APR – Director of Communications


Stephen F. Austin State University representatives visited Stuart Career Technical High School last week to signify the new partnership between the district and the University. University representatives spent time speaking with students on several topics, including their Distinguished High School Program.


SFA University representatives pose with campus and district administration holding a partner banner

SFA present SCTHS with a banner to hang in the College and Career office. (L-R) Kelley Start, Principal of SCTHS, Sandy Conklin, Area Executive Director of Campus Leadership, Dr. Lorenzo Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs for SFA, Vanessa Wilbourn, Regional Coordinator for SFA, Dr. Demetrius McCall, Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services, Jade Godoy, Regional Coordinator for SFA, Kevin Foxworth, Area Executive Director of Campus Leadership and Evelyn Mexas, Counselor - College & Career. Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman.


The Distinguished High School Program partners with independent school districts to offer guaranteed admission, unique scholarships, and enhanced services to eligible students. Students ranking in the top 10% can receive up to $5,000 and students ranking in the top 11-25% with 3.0 high school GPA can earn up to $3,000. There are several benefits of the program to students. They include an application fee waiver, guaranteed admissions to students ranked in the top 30%, scholarship opportunities, SFA campus visit experience and more.


Before leaving the campus, SFA representatives presented the principal with a banner that will hang in their College & Career Office.

CBJ Student Competing for AHA Nomination

By: Kristyn Hunt Cathey, APR – Director of Communications

Jordan Jackson, a student at Cedar Bayou Junior School, is currently competing to be named the 2023 American Heart Association Teen of Impact for Houston. Each year, AHA chooses a select number of teens to compete in their Teen of Impact initiative. For eight weeks, teams compete to make the greatest impact by raising awareness and critically needed funds to support research and education initiatives around heart disease and stroke; both of which are in the top five killers in this country.


Jordan Jackson


Jordan, who has lost loved ones to cardiovascular disease, hopes to bring awareness to her community and potentially save lives. Her team goal is to raise $20,000 through April 6th. She is currently completing against seven other nominees from the Houston area. For more information on how to support Jordan and the American Heart Association, please visit h1p://

Kindergarten GCCISD GT Referral

Referrals for the Gifted & Talented (GT) program are open to kindergarten students who are currently enrolled in GCCISD.  Any kindergarten student may be referred using the online referral.  Students who are referred will be tested for the GT program in April or May.  Students who qualify for GT will begin services the 2023-2024 school year.

 Kindergarten students may be referred using the online referral March 6th-31st, 2023.


GT Referral Link (Parent) (English & Spanish)

GT Referral Link (Teacher)


Recomendación para el Kinder GT de GCCISD

Las recomendaciones para el programa de Dotados y Talentosos (Gifted & Talented) GT están abiertas a estudiantes del kínder que actualmente estén inscritos en GCCISD. Cualquier estudiante del kínder puede ser recomendado usando la referencia en línea. Los estudiantes que sean recomendados serán evaluados para el programa GT en abril o en mayo.

Los estudiantes que califiquen para GT comenzarán los servicios el año escolar 2023-2024.
Los estudiantes de kínder pueden ser recomendados utilizando la referencia en línea del 6 al 31 de marzo del 2023.


Enlace de referencia de GT

Enlace de referencia de GT (Maestro)