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Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students
June 2017


(Back row, l-r): James Donald, Levi Gowen, John Larsen, Emi Plaza, Peyton Lien, Tori Osmond, Abby Prettyman, Amara Oguchi, Connor Tait; (front row): Ben Marek, Nancy Lee, Kirthi Chandra, Amber Navarra, Saylor Hark and Rohan Vaidya.

(Back row, l-r): James Donald, Levi Gowen, John Larsen, Emi Plaza, Peyton Lien, Tori Osmond, Abby Prettyman, Amara Oguchi, Connor Tait; (front row): Ben Marek, Nancy Lee, Kirthi Chandra, Amber Navarra, Saylor Hark and Rohan Vaidya.

COOPER MIDDLE SCHOOL ARTISTS TAKE HOMESIX SILVER MEDALS FROM JR. VASE COMPETITION

Each of the 11 John Cooper School student artists who entered their work in the Texas Art Education Association’s Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event (JrVASE) Competition that was held in College Station on May 6 scored at least one “Superior” rating. Out of 11 Silver Medals awarded in total, six were given to Cooper artists: Nancy Lee, Benjamin Marek, Amber Navarra, Amara Oguchi, Tori Osmond and Emi Plaza.

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Elementary Teacher of the of the Year, Travis Gasper (center), with Superintendent Dr. Stockton and TSTA-Conroe President Cheryl Dentler.

Elementary Teacher of the of the Year, Travis Gasper (center), with Superintendent Dr. Stockton and TSTA-Conroe President Cheryl Dentler.

Secondary Teacher of the Year, Michelle Beineman (center), with Superintendent Dr. Stockton and TSTA-Conroe President Cheryl Dentler.

Secondary Teacher of the Year, Michelle Beineman (center), with Superintendent Dr. Stockton and TSTA-Conroe President Cheryl Dentler.

2017 CONROE ISD TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

Conroe ISD and the Conroe chapter of the Texas State Teachers Association held the “Salute to Education” Banquet on May 2 at the Lone Star Convention Center. This event honors outstanding employees, teachers, and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of students and provide a positive influence on the culture of the schools they serve. Humanitarians of the Year, Teachers of the Year, and Friends of Education were recognized at the annual event.

During the evening, Travis Gasper, a fourth-grade teacher at Rice Elementary, was named Conroe ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Michelle Beineman, a science teacher at McCullough Junior High, was named Conroe ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

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The Woodlands High School Lady Highlanders Swim Team with Township Board of Directors.

The Woodlands High School Lady Highlanders Swim Team with Township Board of Directors.

TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZES LADY HIGHLANDERS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a regular meeting April 20 at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard.

Before addressing agenda items, the Board of Directors took time to honor The Woodlands High School Lady Highlanders Swim Team’s recent Class 6A state title championship with a proclamation recognizing the team’s achievement of setting several new state-record times.

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Silent Symphonies Editorial Staff - (front row,l-r): Peter Elliott (faculty advisor), Pamela Fojtasek, Sadie Robb, Elizabeth Morris; (middle row): Sophie Frusco, Vani Desabhotla, Claire Cromley, Susie Teuscher; (back row): Wesley Willgrubs, T.J. Gill, Nina Rivela, Gibson Field and Nikki Jusczcak.

Silent Symphonies Editorial Staff – (front row,l-r): Peter Elliott (faculty advisor), Pamela Fojtasek, Sadie Robb, Elizabeth Morris; (middle row): Sophie Frusco, Vani Desabhotla, Claire Cromley, Susie Teuscher; (back row): Wesley Willgrubs, T.J. Gill, Nina Rivela, Gibson Field and Nikki Jusczcak.

JOHN COOPER SCHOOL’S LITERARY MAGAZINE ONE OF 7 NATIONWIDE AWARDED “PULITZER OF STUDENT JOURNALISM”

For the first time in the school’s history, The John Cooper School’s literary and arts magazine, Inkblots, which is produced by a staff of Upper School students, has earned the highest honor given by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The 2016 edition, entitled Silent Symphonies, was one of seven schools in the country to be awarded a Pacemaker Award, described as “the Pulitzer of student journalism.”

The annual publication is a “triple crown winner” this year, according to faculty advisor Peter Elliott, because it is the only school to have received highest honors from the three top scholastic journalism organizations. In addition to the NSPA award, Silent Symphonies was one of 11 publications nationwide to be awarded a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The magazine also received the Highest Award, the top honor given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

As a Crown Award winner, Silent Symphonies was distributed digitally to over 3,000 CSPA member schools nationwide as an example of excellence. The CSPA summary stated, “Silent Symphonies is anything but silent. The well-written words, accomplished images and polished design can’t be ignored by readers. This fantastic magazine gives a professional feel, but never loses the identity of the students.”

Editors of the book included Sadie Robb, Gibson Field, Nikki Juszczak, Meredith Brus, Claire Cromley, Seth Dickens, Marina Ferguson and Nina Rivela. Staff members included Spencer Anderson, Catalina Cura, Vani Desabhotla, Cameron Fisher, Pamela Fojtasek, Sophie Frusco, Gurtej Singh Gill, Elizabeth Morris, Susie Teuscher, Connor Weinman and Wesley Wilgrubs.

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A Destination Imagination team from the Academy of Science & Technology poses with their 1st place trophy and medals.

A Destination Imagination team from the Academy of Science & Technology poses with their 1st place trophy and medals.

CONROE ISD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE

More than 172 teams from Conroe ISD competed in the Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional Tournament held at Oak Ridge High School with 19 CISD teams advancing to the D.I. State Tournament, which took place April
7-8 in Lubbock.

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 150,000 students across the U.S. participate. In Texas alone, the program reaches over 20,000 students annually across 16 D.I. Regions. Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenge and then take their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised.

“We’re so proud of the hard work put in by all participants in developing solutions to the Destination Imagination Challenges which integrate the core content areas with music, drama, art, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills,” stated Chris Reichelt, Conroe ISD gifted programs specialist. “The application of these skills will benefit them throughout their academic career.”

Schools with teams advancing to State:

  • Academy of Science & Technology – 5 teams
  • Broadway Elementary – 1 team
  • Collins Intermediate – 2 teams
  • Cox Intermediate – 1 team
  • Deretchin Elementary – 2 teams
  • Houser Elementary – 1 team
  • Knox Junior High – 1 team
  • McCullough Junior High – 1 team
  • Mitchell Intermediate – 2 teams
  • Ride Elementary – 1 team
  • Tough Elementary – 2 teams

In May, state tournament winners attended Global Finals held annually at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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The Rosehill Christian School Band.

The Rosehill Christian School Band.

RCS BAND PARTICIPATES AT TAPPS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Rosehill Christian School (RCS) Band participated in the TAPPS State Instrumental Championships, which took place on April 18 in Temple. The Solo & Small Ensemble portion of the contest was previously held at Houston Baptist University on March 21. RCS announced that, for the first time in school history, its band has placed at the state level, ranking fourth overall, as well as earning Henderson Cup points.

This is only the second time that RCS has even entered the Instrumental Championships. RCS band director Debbie Swindler is proud of the hard work and huge progress the RCS Band as made these past few years, and looks forward to even more successes in the future as the program continues to expand.


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