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January 2017

(L-R): School Principal-Stephen Zeal, Head of School – Julie Ambler, Director of Technology & Innovation – Janet Coe

(L-R): School Principal-Stephen Zeal, Head of School – Julie Ambler, Director of Technology & Innovation – Janet Coe

The Woodlands Christian Academy Named Apple Distinguished School

The Woodlands Christian Academy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016–2018 for its blended digital learning environment for all students on campus. The school environment is designed to prepare students to enter college and career with the potential to create and invent as prominent and innovative leaders. Students are provided a myriad of digital devices: iPads in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade; second – eighth grade students each have a MacBook Air; and every high school student has a MacBook Pro. Classrooms at Woodlands Christian are equipped with wireless internet access, MacBook Pro, Smart Board, projector and Apple TVs, allowing teachers to integrate technology across all curriculum.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Head of School Julie Ambler said, “I’m very proud of the efforts of our administration, teachers, and students to bring such a distinction to our campus for a second time. By combining 21st century learning with our college preparatory curriculum, we are preparing and inspiring our students to reach their highest potential – spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. Recognition as an Apple Distinguished School for the second time affirms our initiative to bring an innovative learning environment to our students.”

“The selection of Woodlands Christian as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” said Director of Technology & Innovation, Janet Coe. “Only 183 schools across the globe have the privilege of calling themselves an Apple Distinguished School. Once achieved, we aren’t allowed to rest on our laurels! Every two years we must demonstrate that as educators we are continuing to improve our instructional practices to meet the needs of our students. Woodlands Christian strives to offer an innovative and creative classroom learning environment. The ultimate goal of this technology-infused environment is to prepare our students to meet the demands as a 21st-century digital citizen as they enter college and then on to careers. Recertification as an Apple Distinguished school for the next two years helps us to achieve that goal.”


The 2016 TAPPS State Champion Rosehill Christian School Cheer Squad.

The 2016 TAPPS State Champion Rosehill Christian School Cheer Squad.

The Rosehill Christian School Eagle Pride Dance Team won bronze medals at the state competition.

The Rosehill Christian School Eagle Pride Dance Team won bronze medals at the state competition.

Rosehill Christian School Cheer Team Takes Tapps State Championship; Dance Team Earns Bronze

The Rosehill Christian School (RCS) Cheerleaders competed at the TAPPS State Cheer Championship in Arlington and came home as the 2016 TAPPS Cheer Champions! Members of the Championship team include: Caleigh Barbato (sophomore), Payton Browning (sophomore), Matthew Carroll (junior), Ashley Cronin (junior), Meghan Dauterive (senior-CAPT), Brianne Hicks (sophomore), Brittany Hicks (junior), McCray Kelton (sophomore), Maddy Lund (junior), MaKenna McGee (sophomore), Emily Winkler (junior-CAPT),and Jessica Wright (senior-CAPT).

Individual results were awarded to the
following girls:

  • 1st Team All State –Ashley Cronin, Meghan Dauterive and Jessica Wright
  • 2nd Team All State – Emily Winkler

The RCS Eagle Pride Dance team also had a very strong showing at the TAPPS State Dance Championships, which were held Dec. 8-9 at the Arlington Convention Center. RCS Dance Director Rochelle Lauve said she was proud of the attitude and effort demonstrated by the students on the team. As a small group performing a lyrical and pom routine, the Rosehill Team placed third overall, receiving state bronze medals.

The dance team members are: Katie Hebert (Senior-CAPT), Brooke Knighten (freshman, Co-Captain), Yaminel Arzola (senior), Mackensey Doyle (freshman), and Madison Stoyak (freshman).

There were also individual all-state honors:

  • 1st Team All-State – Katie Hebert
  • 2nd Team All-State – Brooke Knighten and Madison Stoyak



Second graders enjoyed learning the ways of the Pilgrims, including cooking over an open fire.

Second graders enjoyed learning the ways of the Pilgrims, including cooking over an open fire.

Cooper Second-Graders Exper­Ience A Day In The Life Of A Pilgrim

Second-grade students at The John Cooper School ended a study of the Pilgrims with a day of hands-on activities to bring that period of history to life. Students learned games that Pilgrim children played, weaved placemats, churned butter, washed using a scrub board, cooked over an open fire (pretend, of course), and made corn husk dolls. Even Cooper’s Assistant Head of Lower School, James Choi, joined the action for a game of marbles.

The John Cooper School, established in 1988, is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school with a current enrollment of 1,232 students. The school’s annual Admission Open House, for interested families to learn more about enrolling for the 2017-18 school year, is scheduled at the school on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit johncooper.org.



Lt. Col. Mary Catherine “Catie” Hague and Cadet Seth Huskey.

Lt. Col. Mary Catherine “Catie” Hague and Cadet Seth Huskey.

Cadet Recognized At CISD Salute To Veterans

The Conroe ISD JROTC Programs took a moment at its annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Nov. 11 to recognize one of their own. Cadet Seth Huskey, TX-20062, The Wood­lands, Texas was presented the Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) Gold Valor Award at the event.

In his introduction, Lt. Col. David C. “Chris” McMartin, AFJROTC teacher at The Woodlands High School, shared that on Saturday, May 14, 2016, Cadet Huskey was serving as a lifeguard for an annual Ironman Triathlon. During the race, he noticed a man struggling in the open water of the lake, and calling for help during the swimming portion of the event. Huskey took immediate action by jumping off his kayak and swim­ming to rescue the man who was roughly twice his own body weight. He risked his own life to grab the man, take him to a nearby kayak for assessment, and keep him safe and calm.

“Cadet Huskey voluntarily assumed great personal risk and demonstrated a level of bravery in keeping with Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do,” stated McMartin.

The Gold Valor Award is the highest honor the AFJROTC can bestow upon a cadet and recognizes the most outstanding voluntary acts of self-sacrifice and personal bravery by a cadet involving conspicuous risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.

Lt. Col. Mary Catherine Hague, Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 003, University of Houston, presented Huskey with the AFJROTC Gold Valor Award along with the accompanying ribbon, certificate, and a personal letter of congratulations from the AFJROTC National Director, Col. Bobby Woods.


The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees congratulates and presents certificates to student scholars.

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees congratulates and presents certificates to student scholars.

Student Scholars Recognized By Cisd Board Of Trustees

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees recently gave special recognition to the 2016-2017 Conroe ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition Recipients.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants. Around 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores will qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalist. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. In February, approx­i­mately 15,000 semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist level.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from approximately 235,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Conroe ISD Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are:

  • The Woodlands College Park: Ryan Bailey, Kristen Bohnet, Meleah Caron, Andrew Daugherty, Nivva Emmi, Vidisha Ganesh, Zachary Hill, Meriel Kelly, Sebastian Lungu, Austin Nutt, Jake Paufler, Kaila Prochaska, Franklin Shi, Evelyn Tran, Brunon Walczak, Jessica Zhang
  • The Woodlands High School: Federico Aquique, Thomas Benavides, Scott Curtis, Jack Herdejurgen, Casey Irwin, Nicholas Monks, Michael Purcell, Carlos Ruffo, Nivedhitha Selvaraj, Mohit Talwalker, Ian Tudo

The National Hispanic Recognition Program recipients are:

  • Conroe High School: Yasmeen Santana, Cesar Martinez, Israel Lopez, Jacob Posten
  • Oak Ridge High School: Alexis Wert, Alexis McAlister
  • The Woodlands College Park High School: Andrea Santa Cruz, Noah Tatman, Daniel Duran, Kyle Smith, Daniela Rodriguez Tirad, Micah Gonzalez, Lindsey Collado, Zivan Vasquez, Juliana Steward, Julian Calderon-Espino
  • The Woodlands High School: Tomas Acin Chediex, Zakaria Almughrabi, Pablo Alvarado, Federico Aquique, Matthew Aschenbrenner, Thomas Benavides, Jay Bhatt, Daniela Braniff, Gabriel Carbajal, Mariana Castillo, Alan Contreras Castillo, Hugh Cosculluela, Mallory Eatson, Victoria Faulkner, Alyssa Fuentes, Sebastian Garcia-Casas, Asa Graham, Jacob Grimm, Franciesca Guerrero Jurado, Palmer Johnson, Loreno Maldonado, Aidan McQuaide, Nicholas Monks, Mauricio Montes, Broderick Moore, Nicole Soriano, Kirhyn Stein, Joseph Tombari, Andre Turati, Andrea Vanags-Louredo, Gavin Webster

James Kacur, assistant superintendent for secondary education, introduced the extraordinary scholars. Trustee Melanie Bush presented each student in attendance with a certificate. In her remarks to the students, Bush stated, “This is an incredible testimony to your hard work.” Quoting Abigail Adams she continued, “Learning is not obtained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. The dedication and hard work you have shown will serve you well throughout your life. We are very proud of you.”

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