Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students
TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS VISIT WITH STUDENT SCIENTISTS
In mid-December, eighth-grade science students in Stef Groves’ and John LaBonte’s classes at The John Cooper School presented solutions to reducing marine debris to seventh grade science students, as part of a problem-based learning unit. Special guests who were in attendance for the informative presentations were community professionals from The Woodlands Township, including Environmental Services Manager John Geiger and Kathy Herrick with The Woodlands Earth Day GreenUp, as well as James Hampton with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Earlier in the semester, as part of their study of ecosystems, seventh-grade students researched the negative impacts of marine debris on the environment in order to develop and present a 30-second Public Service Announcement to raise awareness about this important environmental issue. Eighth graders, who heard the presentations, were then tasked with either creating a novel approach to reduce the amount of marine debris entering the ocean system or designing a museum exhibit to educate others about the issues associated with marine debris. The visiting professionals viewed the presentations and then shared their expertise and information about their own experiences in trying to come up with solutions for marine debris.
Established in 1988, The John Cooper School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent, college preparatory school that has a current enrollment of 1,232 students.
CISD TRUSTEES RECOGNIZE CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONS
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2016 UIL 6A Boys’ Cross Country State Champions from The Woodlands High School at their meeting Tuesday night.
The Woodlands High School Cross Country Team had a great season which culminated in winning the school’s 19th state championship. The team claimed their second consecutive Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The Woodlands High School Principal Gregg Colschen introduced Coach Juris Green who presented Assistant Coach Chris Bails and the team to the Board. Team members include: William Hunsdale, Gavin Hoffpauir, Noah Wells, Daniel Baker, Jacob Raiford, Ethan Mercado, and Michael Childree.
Trustee Scott Moore presented in the team with a plaque in honor of their accomplishment.
During his presentation, Moore said, “To accomplish 19 state championships in just under four decades, that’s absolutely amazing. Where ever we go in the state, wherever we go in the nation, people know The Woodlands High School Cross Country. The effort that you put in to this both in your studies and in your athletic endeavors is a shining example to the other students and the other student athletes in this District.”
Also in attendance at the Board Meeting was the former head coach of The Woodlands High School Cross Country Team, Dan Green, father of current coach, Juris Green. Under his leadership, the team won 15 of their 19 state championships. During the tenure of the current Coach Green, the team has won four to date.
CONROE ISD HOLDS MID-YEAR GRADUATION
Approximately 50 seniors from Conroe ISD’s six high schools were honored at the Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony held at Conroe High School on Thursday, Dec. 15. Each campus was represented in the ceremony. Selena Lott, Hauke High School, introduced the Conroe High School Army JROTC who presented the Colors; Kevin Cox, Conroe High School, and Skylar Smethers, Caney Creek High School, led the pledges; and Tareq Issa, The Woodlands College Park High School, Sadie Yoxall, The Woodlands High School, and Kathryn Wheelwright, Oak Ridge High School, offered words of welcome, encouragement and congratulations. Prior to the ceremony, the College Park High School Orchestra performed.
In her remarks to the graduates, Yoxall stated, “Ahead of all of us lies a new journey, possibly scarier than the last, but it is now our time to make our mark on this world.” She concluded with a quote from Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Curtis Null introduced a special graduate. “Over 50 years ago, a young man walked down the hallways of this very Conroe High School and made a sacrifice like many of his classmates did in his generation. He chose to serve his country and make the personal sacrifice that kept him from receiving his high school diploma at that time. He went on to serve in Vietnam the United States Navy, and today he is back. It is our honor as the Conroe Independent School District along with the Conroe community to recognize the final graduate of the night from Conroe High School, Michael Earle Sharpe.” Sharpe received a standing ovation from the graduating class and the audience as he received his diploma.
JOHN COOPER STUDENTS ATTEND PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
LEADERSHIP SUMMIT EVENTS
Senior Grace Reagan and freshman Pablo Flower, both students at The John Cooper School, took part in the historic events that coincided with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. They joined with high school students from around the country who were nominated and selected to participate through the Envision Impact Series, Jan. 18-22 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit.
Both students had the opportunity to witness history and gain inspiration from a diverse array of speakers such as Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Carly Fiorina, Martin O’Malley, Spike Lee, Gen. Colin Powell, Abby Wambach, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson. They attended the Presidential Inauguration on the National Mall, and participated in events that will assist them in becoming future leaders.
Summit delegates also worked together with other high school students toward national and global solutions to the challenges that are being faced today and in the future. Reagan helped develop solutions around the topic of “International Affairs – Maintaining Peace,” and Flower focused on ways to improve education.
Reagan and Flower both said they would like to pursue involvement in politics or international affairs. Reagan has been accepted into the Stern School of Business at New York University and says she is interested in learning more about pursuing a career that involves foreign affairs and diplomacy. Flower aspires to hold a political office on the national or international level.
K-2 COOPER STUDENTS BRING MUSICAL HOLIDAY CHEER
Kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students in Jackie Leon’s music classes at The John Cooper School shared their talents at a December concert before school got out for the winter break. Their sweet voices and choreography put everyone in the holiday spirit. The John Cooper School is an independent, college preparatory school in The Woodlands for students in Pre-K through Grade 12 (johncooper.org).