Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students Apr 2015
CONROE ISD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE
The Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 28 at Oak Ridge High School. Approximately 170 teams participated, with 135 of the teams being from Conroe ISD. Seventeen Conroe ISD teams advanced to the D.I. State Tournament, which will be in Dallas on April 10-11.
“We are so proud of how all our CISD teams applied their critical thinking and problem solving skills to tackle the D.I. Challenges. These skills will benefit them throughout their academic career,” stated Conroe ISD Gifted Programs Specialist Chris Reichelt.
Schools with teams advancing to State: Academy of Science and Technology – 6 Teams; Broadway Elementary – 3 Teams; David Elementary – 2 Teams; Grangerland Intermediate; Knox JHS – 2 Teams; Tough Elementary – 2 Teams; Travis Intermediate
D.I. is an extraordinary, extracurricular competition where student teams, grades kindergarten through 12, solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at competitive tournaments. D.I. has a high alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Additionally, the program is in more than 30 countries, and every year more than 100,000 students across the U.S. participate. In Texas alone, the program reaches over 16,000 students annually.
Texas is divided into 16 D.I. Regions. Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenge. Teams then take their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised. State tournament winners will attend Global Finals in May.
SACRED HEART RAISES OVER $50,000 FOR STEPS FOR STUDENTS
Raising more than $50,000, Sacred Heart Catholic School recently joined over 10,000 participants and more than 60 schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to come together and support Catholic awareness and education at the 10th Annual Steps for Students.
Steps for Students is an annual archdiocesan-wide event where all school and parish communities can come together as one to support Catholic education. It is a day of family fun that includes a 5k USA Track and Field Association sanctioned race, the David K. Guite Memorial 1k Family Fun Run, Catholic School Parade and Post Race Party. The goal of Steps for Students is to raise awareness of the importance of a Catholic education and provide much needed resources for Catholic schools.
“We are so proud to be a part of this wonderful tradition that unites all of us together,” said Deb Brown, Principal. “Supporting education is near and dear to our hearts and bringing this type of platform for our schools to encourage families and communities to get involved is absolutely a blessing for all of our children.”
Sacred Heart kicked off a local campaign in November setting the school’s first-ever goal for the event at $40,000. Led by a small committee and challenged by a competition between Brown, Father Philip Wilhite and Father Oscar Dubon to see who could raise the most support, the school engaged the students and the families into the event formulating several activities, including student incentives, top fundraising prizes and the first annual spaghetti dinner for the local community. Several students will get to throw a pie at their favorite teacher for raising donations and for reaching the $40,000 goal, the whole school earned a free day off school.
“This has been a humbling experience for all of us and we are so fortunate to have our school and parish communities come together and surpass our goal,” said Development Director Beth Istre. “I am amazed daily by the kindness and generosity of others and honored to be part of such a remarkable and dedicated staff and group of volunteers at Sacred Heart.”
The 264 registrants were students and parishioners who fundraised for Sacred Heart. While Brown just beat out Father Philip for top donations raised ($11,400 and $9,700), Father Oscar was the first of the three to cross the finish line at the Steps for Students 5k race.
COOPER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SCIENTISTS QUALIFY FOR STATE COMPETITION
Twenty five Middle School students from The John Cooper School qualified to continue in competition at the Science Engineering Fair of Houston by placing in the top five at the local EfTA SCI://Tech Competition. Based on results of the Houston competition, held on Feb. 28, five Cooper students will now continue in competition at the state level.
Kabir Jolly placed first (engineering/transportation) with “Windmill Blade Design: Creating More Electricity.” Placing second at Houston were Kate Fisher (engineering) with “Recycled Materials: An Insulated Bottle Brick,” Kate Burns and Olivia Goodridge (botany/environmental/zoology) for “Ocean’s Deathbed,” and Jessica Young (environmental science) for “Holey Grail of Natural Gas.” Bethan Holloway-Strong placed third in the chemistry category for “This Is To Dye For.” These students will compete at the state level in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair to be held in San Antonio, March 26-29.
“This year was the start of a revised approach to the seventh and eighth grade science fair curriculum,” said science faculty member John LaBonte, who teaches with Stef Groves. “Students have taken the
skills covered in class and demonstrated their knowledge of the scientific process. Each of these budding scientists showed perseverance throughout the project and demonstrated a comprehensive scientific approach to their work. We are very proud of all of them.”
Students were also given special recognitions at the Houston competition. Sammy Hari was given a special award in the chemistry category for “Old” Recycled Oils to “New” Biodiesel” and Aimery Methena for “Magnetic ‘Force’ on Oil Spill Clean-up” in the environmental category. Awarded honorable mentions were Bea Portela (botany) for “Duckweed: A Viable Bio-Indicator?” and William Cooper (social science) for “Facebook Battle: Positive vs. Negative Posts.”
Students who also qualified for and competed in the Houston science fair were Ale Chow, Tierney Gregory, Unity Hag, Daniel Floris, Vandana Venkatesh, Harrshavasan Congivaram, Emily Cooper, Katie Evans, Lisa Alexander, Ashley Wu, Rishi Wahi, Jared Ramirez and Rohan Zakharia.
ANTHONY OF PADUA CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUPPORTS HOUSTON FOOD BANK
Several students from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School joined together to help support the Houston Food Bank’s MLK Day – Day of Service, sponsored by Shell. The students worked 2.5 hours taping boxes, sorting food, loading boxes or breaking down boxes. The food was used in the backpack program for children who are at risk of not eating over the weekend.