Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students November 2015
NATIONAL MERIT NAMES COOPER SENIORS AS COMMENDED STUDENTS
Ten seniors from The John Cooper School were recognized in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) as Commended Students. Meredith Brus, Seth Dickens, David McDonald, Jack Parkerson, Richard Perry, Nicholas Ruffcorn, Zane Shah, Sydney Shannon, Ellen Teuscher and Hannah Weinstein were each sent a letter of commendation. Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise because they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“These young men and women have been named commended students for having demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a NMSC representative. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”
Established in 1988, The John Cooper School is a PK through Grade 12 college preparatory, independent school. Current enrollment is 1,202 students.
GIRL SCOUT TROUP HONORS SAOPCS
Girl Scout Troop 11697 presented each homeroom teacher at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School a beautiful plant to “green up” their classrooms. The girls in the troop have been together since kindergarten and are presently attending the eighth grade at SAOPCS. In working toward their silver award, they completed a leadership journey called “Breathe” which concluded with a service project. They chose SAOPCS to be the recipient of plants in hand-decorated pots that would not only bring beauty to each classroom but will also remind each student of the importance of caring for the world we live in and the air we breathe.
ANNUAL “READ FOR A BETTER LIFE” INITIATIVE KICKED OFF AT CISD BOARD MEETING
Dr. Don Stockton, superintendent of the Conroe Independent School District, began the ninth year of the district-wide initiative, “Read for a Better Life,” by reading to students from Mrs. Broughton’s second grade class from Stewart Elementary at the Sept. 15 board of trustees meeting.
“We started this initiative almost 10 years ago with the idea that if every adult would spend 30 minutes [reading] with every child every day, it would change the world,” stated Stockton. “Reading is the most critical thing we do in our schools.”
During the board meeting, Dr. Chris Hines, deputy superintendent, read a “Read for a Better Life” resolution, which proclaimed that Conroe ISD will support “Read for a Better Life” and authorizes the district to enlist the support of the parents and community of Conroe ISD to read aloud to every student 30 minutes of every day. The board agreed unanimously to the resolution.
“Read for a Better Life” is a simple mission that requires few resources and results in many benefits to students. The district is committed to this initiative and looks forward to the continued involvement of all members of the Conroe ISD community in reading aloud to students. Campuses across CISD celebrated the kick-off by inviting parents and community members to participate in a variety of reading activities.
CISD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LONE STAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CAMPS
Twenty-five fourth-eighth graders from Conroe ISD joined over 900 students from across Texas to participate in Education in Action’s summer 2015 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. The academy experience provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about Texas leaders and what it means to be from the Lone Star State.
Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity and practice presentation skills in leadership groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school.
Additionally, 30 student alumni returned to serve in a leadership role as youth facilitators. These young leaders were selected for the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities.
The participating students, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (fourth, fifth and sixth graders), Austin/San Antonio (fifth, sixth and seventh graders), and Houston/Galveston (sixth, seventh and eighth graders) to take part in the camps.
During the week-long, overnight camps, participants visited historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites. Venues included the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program; the Texas State Capitol, The Bullock Texas State History Museum, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, and The Alamo on the Austin/San Antonio program; and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens on the Houston/Galveston program. Career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities during each camp.
Austin/San Antonio Program: Taylor Leeder, grade 5, Bozman Intermediate; Bryan Mabray, grade 5, Grangerland; Intermediate; Marcelino Zuniga, grade 5, Grangerland Intermediate; Leah Austin, grade 7, McCullough Junior High; Shreya Sakiri, grade 6, Mitchell Intermediate; Emma Schimmel, grade 6, Mitchell Intermediate; Tanner Isaacs, grade 7, York Junior High.
Dallas/Fort Worth Program: Rhea Bell, grade 4, Milam Elementary; Aaron Donnelly, grade 4, Milam Elementary; Abbagayle Wilson, grade 4, Milam Elementary; Apryl Wilson, grade 4, Milam Elementary; Laura Haas, grade 5, Mitchell Intermediate; Robert Stacks, grade 5, Mitchell Intermediate; Brant de Groot, grade 6, Tough Elementary; Luc Gregoire, grade 5, Tough Elementary; Jessica Curry, grade 4, Birnham Woods Elementary; Lauren Green, grade 4, Birnham Woods Elementary.
Houston/Galveston Program: Dolapo Ayewale, grade 8, McCullough Junior High; Keerthi Bhoda, grade 7, McCullough Junior High; Marko Milosavljevic, grade 8, McCullough Junior High; Jamie Wong, grade 7, McCullough Junior High; Matthew Green, grade 8, Peet Junior High; Esteban Guerra, grade 8, Peet Junior High; Paige Holmes, grade 6, Wilkerson Intermediate.
Youth Facilitator: Julia Massey, grade 8, Moorhead Junior High. For more information, call 817-562-4957 or visit the website.
DISTRICT ART SHOW HIGHLIGHTS STUDENT TALENT
On Sept. 12, Conroe ISD hosted a District Art Show at the Dean L. Sadler Administration Building. The show featured student artwork from each campus highlighting the outstanding visual arts programs in local schools and the community.
Conroe ISD’s art program provides a quality, sequential and cumulative learning experience for all students. Student artwork has been featured in numerous periodicals and art books.The art show allowed families and members of the community to preview the exhibit which will be on display until August 2016.
CONROE ISD HOSTS YOUTH ACTIVITY FAIR
Conroe ISD sponsored a Youth Activity Fair offering “one-stop” shopping for families and community members on Oct. 3 at Irons Junior High. The fair provided time for attendees to learn about and/or sign up for community activities designed for school-aged children – including sports teams, recreational activities, service clubs and activities related to the fine arts of dancing, music and drama.
The district acknowledges the following groups who participated: Chos Taekwondo Academy, CrossFit of Aces-Kids, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Houston Dutch Lions FC Youth Soccer Academy, Jacobs Sports Academy, Legends Sports Complex, Rebels Basketball Academy, TCF/Family ATA, Texas Stallions Track Club and the TM Texas Baseball Academy.
Participating organizations are not related to or endorsed by the Conroe Independent School District. Organizations wishing to participate in a future fair should look for announcements at conroeisd.net.