Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students March 2016
COOPER STUDENTS’ ART ON DISPLAY AT PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM
Third- and fourth-grade students from The John Cooper School created fused glass fish in their art classes that will be on display in the Hillery Community Gallery at The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts from Feb. 27 – March 29. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, March 3 between 5 and 7 p.m. and the museum will also have art activities for those who wish to participate on March 3 as part of Texas Art Educators Association (TAEA) Big Art Day.
Cooper’s Lower School art teacher, Amy Dietrich, said the approximately 150 students who learned to make the fused glass combined creativity with problem solving skills to create the unique pieces. Students cut clear glass into the fish body shape, then selected and arranged colored glass on top of the fish body, layering up to four pieces high. When fused in a kiln, the layers melt and overlap in a fluid way.
“That is the magical part of working with glass,” she said. “The way the layers interact with each other and the light. Students learn art/science terms of transparent, opaque, states of matter (liquid and solid), hypothesis of what might happen during fusing, problem solving and evaluation. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers prevail, in the arts, ideas and expression prevail.”
The Pearl Fincher Museum is located at 6815 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. For more information, hours and directions, visit the website, pearlmfa.org.
ASTROS CARAVAN VISITS ST. ANTHONY OF PADUS STUDENTS
Astros Caravan members shook the roof of St. Anthony of Padua gymnasium Thursday, Jan. 21. Three All-Star Astros, Dallas Keuchel, Jose’ Altuve, and Ken Giles, along with Astros mascot Orbit and a host of media and crew, delivered a strong and clear message to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School students.
Keuchel, a Golden Glove Award winner, attended Catholic school as a youth in Oklahoma. He stressed the importance of building and keeping the friendships you make in school, not only with peers, but with the teachers and staff of the school you grow up with. “I always strive to honor each school I attended as I gained everything in my career from my education,” said Keuchel.
3D PRINTING COMES TO THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN
Lower school students at The Woodlands Christian Academy are experimenting with 3-D printing in their art classes. Art teacher Susan Peterson is excited to integrate this new technology in her classroom. Students will work collaboratively on their computers to design objects that will then be printed in 3-D. “I can get students thinking in 3-D in another medium, almost like architecture. They will be able to look at an object from all sides which will lead to more creative problem solving skills,” said Peterson
2016 SCI://TECH EXPOSITION DAY
The 2016 Sci://Tech Exposition Day took place Jan. 30 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe. The event is organized by the Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA), and is one of the largest science and technology fairs in the nation with events spanning four weekends.
As part of Exposition Day, Conroe ISD elementary schools hosted interactive booths at the Huntsman Elementary Science Festival where students were able to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for discovery. Those present also had the opportunity to watch students and student teams participate in a Math Bowl, Forensics Demonstration, Robotics Demonstration, and PBK Sci.Math.e.Lon in which they shared their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math.
An awards ceremony was held that afternoon recognizing the High School Science Fair first place winners. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady congratulated winners along with Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton. Student winners are as follows:
Ninth Grade Division – Animal Science, Ruth Simpson; Behavioral/Social Science, Ava Henson; Biochemistry/Microbiology, Andrew Yu; Chemistry, Kyle Mrosko; Computer Science, Matthew Winningham; Earth/Space Science, Mitchell Novak; Energy & Transportation, Praneel Joshi; Engineering, Harrison Potter; Environmental Science, Hudson Nash; Mathematics, Sithija Manage; Medicine/Health, Cody Pursifull; Physics & Astronomy, Zach Boudreaux; Plant Science, Mason Machicek; Team – Life Science, Khoa Ho and Trevor Underwood; Team – Physical Science, Emily Campbell and Dhwaani Chaturvedi;
Senior High Division – Animal Science, Amanda Doyle; Behavioral/Social, Annanya Chaturvedi; Biochemistry, Andrea Santa Cruz; Chemistry, Victoria Hunt; Computer Science, Oliver Abdulrahim; Earth/Space, Andrew Kim; Energy and Transportation, Adithya Chunangad; Engineering, Nicholas Bracci; Environmental Science, Zoha Khan; Mathematics, Fernando Montes; Medicine/ Health, Sreshta Margan; Physics & Astronomy, Zivan Vasquez; Plant Science, Cindy Yu; Team – Life Science, Ajitha Anand and Nandika Nair; Team – Physical Science, Hina Akbar and Annie Zhang;
Grand Awards – Ninth Grade – Life Science, Andrew Yu; Ninth Grade – Physical Science, Praneel Joshi; Senior High – Life Science, Margaret Steiner; Senior High – Physical Science, Adithya Chunangad.
For more information on Sci://Tech events, visit efta-us.org/in-the- community/sci-tech.
ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDENT WINS STATE AWARD
Andy Kim, a sophomore at the Academy of Science and Technology at College Park High School in Conroe, placed first in his category (Botany/Zoology) at the 42nd annual Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (TJSHS) competition held in College Station on Jan. 21-23. His research project, “The Impact of Salinity on the Growth Dynamics of Marine Algae Nannochloropsis and Freshwater Algae Haematococcus,” looked at the viability of using salinity to enhance algae growth, thereby reducing the need to use valuable fresh water and reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.
The TJSHS goals are to promote original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. TJSHS provides an opportunity for Texas high school students to present the results of their original research in a professional arena. Through JSHS, over 10,000 talented youth annually compete in 48 regional symposia covering the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific to receive recognition, incentives and scholarships for their research achievements.
COOPER INTERACT OFFICERS REPORT TO WOODLANDS ROTARY CLUB
Interact Club executive board members and faculty sponsors from The John Cooper School attended The Rotary Club of The Woodlands luncheon on January 14. Interact Club President, senior Sydney Shannon gave an update on the club’s activities and introduced members of Cooper’s Interact executive committee who were in attendance.
Cooper’s Interact Club is one of the largest clubs on campus. The club is sponsoring two blood drives this school year, competed as a team in the YMCA Dragonboat Races, and helped host the annual Rotary Christmas Party for local senior citizens on campus and has more activities planned.
The Interact Club raises funds throughout the school year through special fundraisers for an international project. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people, ages 14 to 18. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands sponsors Interact clubs at area high schools, including Cooper, by providing support and guidance. The clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.
12th ANNUAL UST/ARCHDIOCESAN ESSAY CONTEST HONORS
Four students from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School were invited to attend a special mass and awards ceremony in January that honored Catholic school students throughout the Archdiocese who earned honorable mention and higher in this year’s annual essay contest. More than 6,000 students from Archdiocesan Catholic schools – third-graders through high school seniors – wrote essays for the contest. Students who placed from St. Anthony’s are:
eighth grade, 1st place – Kailey Dioron; seventh grade, honorable mention – Isabel Harwood; fourth grade, honorable mention – Megan Brady; and third grade, honorable mention – James Bollinger.
SACRED HEART’S ROBOTICS CLUB CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT FIRST COMPETITION
Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Robotics Club recently won several awards at the Engineering and Robotics Learned Young (EARLY) Neighborhood Tournament in Huntsville, which was their first competition.
According to Sacred Heart Robotics Coach Laura Landry, EARLY Robotics introduces youth to engineering and provides 7- to 12-year-olds the opportunity to participate in a robotics competition in fall and spring.
“This competition was our first since establishing the Sacred Heart Robotics Club last year, and we could not be more excited about the accomplishments of our team members,” Landry said. “We have such talented students at Sacred Heart and we are thrilled to give them this platform to exhibit their gifts for imagination and technology.”
The club competed and won awards in several areas. Fifth-graders Brady Landry and Jacob Paggioli won 1st place in the Board Challenge, fourth-graders Jerome Agleam and Karl Artates won 2nd place in the Teamwork Build Challenge, and second- graders Cambrie Clawson and Jeremiah McCranie won 2nd place in Robot Design / Sportsmanship. The club was also represented by sixth-graders Renzo Artates
and Micah Perreault, fourth-graders Gabriel Briers and Logan Ocampo, third-graders Braxton Landry, Chad Newman, Kayl Broussard and Patrick Naughton
and second-graders David Vincent and Liam Naughton.
EARLY tournament competition robots are built from LEGO Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Kits which have a comprehensive curriculum available for implementation into the classroom.
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HEAD OF SCHOOL HONORED
Julie Ambler was recently honored for 10 years of service as Head of School at The Woodlands Christian Academy. During her tenure, enrollment at Woodlands Christian has grown steadily to nearly double what it was in 2006. Ambler has strategically guided the construction of buildings and facilities to accomplish much of the campus master plan, all while reducing overall debt and positioning the school for continued growth.
Ambler said, “It has been a privilege to secure the solid financial foundation and strategic vision that have helped our young school to grow and thrive. I work with an exceptional team of administrators who manage the academic, financial, development, marketing, technical, facilities and admissions operations of our school.”
Ambler is an active member of The Woodlands community, serving on local boards and committees such as Leadership Montgomery County (LMC), the Executive Women’s Alliance (EWA), The Rotary Club of the Woodlands, Interfaith and United Way.