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September 2017


Principals join the new teachers for a lunch sponsored by Woodforest Bank.

Principals join the new teachers for a lunch sponsored by Woodforest Bank.

CONROE ISD WELCOMES NEW TEACHERS AT INTRO TO CISD CONFERENCE

Conroe ISD hired approximately 500 teachers for the 2017-18 school year and welcomed them to the District during the Intro to CISD staff development that took place Wednesday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 4, at The Woodlands High School. Over the three days, teachers participated in a conference style event that helped them become acquainted with all things CISD.

The event was not only a time for new teachers to learn about District-focused initiatives and curriculum, but it was also a time for them to meet new colleagues. Additionally, teachers had the opportunity to visit a Classroom Showcase designed to highlight the best instructional practices for all grade levels and contents. At the Showcase, attendees were treated to instructional demonstrations with groups of students.

A Community Services Fair kicked off the conference by providing teachers access to community information all while enjoying a breakfast sponsored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Principals joined the new teachers for a lunch sponsored by Woodforest Bank later that day. On Thursday, Capri Villas at The Lake provided breakfast to welcome the new hires.

Community services and organizations participating in the fair include: Appreciation Financial, ATPE, AXA Advisors, Capri Villas at The Lake, Crisis Assistance Center, CrossFit Town Center, Davam Urgent Care, Edward Jones Investment, Ergotron, GYMGUYZ, Horace Mann, Inspired Living, Lamar University Academic Partnerships, Life Fit Gym, Memorial Hermann, Momentum Financial, MWA Financial Services, Inc., RODAN+FIELDS, Rodgers Stein Chiropractic Center, Shaklee, Smart Financial Credit Union, Texas AFT Organizing Project, Tex-Dent Inc., The Teacher Creature Store, and TSTA.

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Pablo Flower

Pablo Flower

COOPER SOPHOMORE TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT IN NYC

Pablo Flower, a sophomore at The John Cooper School, will attend the 14th Annual International Human Rights Summit in New York City, Aug. 24-26 as a Youth Observer. Flower will shadow Cooper alumna Demme Durrett (’15), who will serve as an Ambassador. The summit teaches students about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Flower’s attendance is the latest step in his commitment and advocacy for human rights.

Flower has gone on mission trips with his parents to Honduras, Costa Rica, and soon, Guatemala. He also volunteers at Interfaith of The Woodlands and through a Student Community Ambassador program. At Cooper, Flower is active in the school’s annual Habitat for Humanity project and Junior States of America. He wants to become a constitutional lawyer before going into politics to serve as a voice for those in need. This summer, when Flower heard about the Duke TIP Human Rights Advocacy: Social Justice Law program from a family friend, he applied for the opportunity.

The program, held at Duke University, allows high school students from across the country to learn about a chosen subject while spending time with like-minded peers. Flower was one of 24 students studying human rights. He said his favorite part of the program was to learn more about serving others with people who were also interested in making a difference in the lives of others.

At Duke, Flower and his peers learned about different genocides and human rights violations throughout history, studying actions taken in real life as well as submitting their own ideas and solutions. They presented both solo and group projects concerning contemporary human rights issues to the whole program, 120 students in total. Besides classroom activities, Flower visited the International Civil Rights Center & Musuem in Greensboro, a refugee center and a Fair Trade organization.

Flower will again serve as the Student Director of the Human Rights Walk and Festival (founded by Durrett seven years ago), to be held in The Woodlands on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Town Green Park. Flower hopes to expand the annual festival and encourages the community to join in the festivities. For more information, go to humanrightswalk.org.

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Lucille J. Bradley Elementary

Lucille J. Bradley Elementary

LUCILLE J. BRADLEY ELEMENTARY READY TO WELCOME STUDENTS

Lucille J. Bradley Elementary opened its doors for the first time in August. Built to accommodate the burgeoning population in the newly developed Grand Oaks area, the school will accommodate grades Pre-K to 4. Dr. Christine Butler is the new principal. The school is named after Lucille J. Bradley, a dedicated member of the community who taught second-graders in Conroe ISD for 30 years.

Bradley became the first black president of the Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association, held the position of president and board member of the Metropolitan Child Development Center, and was honored in 1999 by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. among many other awards and honors. Bradley passed away in 2014. She considered her students as her children and was admired by many for her compassion, kindness, and caring nature, as evidenced by the decision to name an elementary school in her honor. She lived in Conroe for 90 of her 100 years. There will be a dedication ceremony in October to celebrate the opening of the school and the life of Lucille Bradley.


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