Boeing awards $100,000 grant to expand Makerspaces in CCISD intermediate schools

March 4th, 2019

Boeing presents the Clear Creek Education Foundation with a $100,000 grant to fund Makerspaces at all 10 CCISD intermediate schools. Pictured, from left, are CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, Boeing Global Engagement official Dayni Alba, Boeing ISS Program Manager and Houston Site Leader Mark Mulqueen and Clear Creek Education Foundation Executive Director Deborah Laine.

The Boeing Company: Houston, has generously awarded The Clear Creek Education Foundation a $100,000 grant to expand Makerspaces at all 10 intermediate schools in the Clear Creek Independent School District, making it the largest grant awarded in this region by Boeing.

Makerspaces are the center of innovation and these hands-on centers will expose students to subject matter that is typically taught in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) classes at the secondary level. The labs are specially designed to accommodate the needs of students taking on the challenge of learning cutting edge technology and engineering skills.

Libraries have always been the place to get a book, do research and spend time reading in quiet place. Today’s libraries still have those areas, but now with so much more. When you walk into CCISD libraries you see exploration, collaboration and creation. Students are utilizing 3D printers to create prototypes, leading classes and groups on robotic component design, Minecraft and coding. Students are flying drones, composing music on digital audio systems and using green screens to illustrate content knowledge such as scientific processes and animation.

School libraries have been transitioning from the “traditional” library to these learning commons and CCEF has been an instrumental partner in transforming these libraries. In the last three years, CCEF has funded 17 grants in variety of forms to teachers and students either developing or enhancing Makerspaces at their campus, totaling over $54,000 and impacting over 22,000 students each year.

Skills such as creation, exploration and innovation have now become part of state and national standards making the growing demand of these learning hubs apparent in CCISD. Funding from Boeing will provide Makerspace tools in all 10 intermediate schools focusing on the following concepts: Design and Production, Coding/Robotics and Real-World Challenges.

“Clear Creek ISD proves daily the success they’re having educating our kids. When community leaders, like The Boeing Company, share our vision to provide innovation, then we’ve all done our work,” CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine said. “We’re fortunate to have such a strong bond and shared vision with our community partners.”

“CCISD’s innovative Makerspaces put STEAM concepts in action by providing experiential learning for students,” said Dayni Alba, Boeing Global Engagement. “We’re excited to partner with CCEF to bring more Makerspaces to their schools and inspire students to explore cutting-edge technology.”

CCISD boundary panel changes some final recommendations

February 13th, 2019

Based on public input and further review, the Clear Creek ISD School Boundary Advisory Committee pulled back on several original boundary change recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year, moved forward with all high school boundary proposals and made some revisions for the elementary school recommendations.

Intermediate Schools

The Committee withdrew all of the original intermediate school changes, with one exception. The Coronado Apartments will still move to Clear Creek Intermediate to maintain a clean feeder from Ferguson Elementary, Clear Creek Intermediate and Clear Creek High School. There will be no other changes to the CCISD intermediate school boundaries.

Elementary Schools

The Committee withdrew its recommendation to move students from Parr Elementary to League City Elementary. The students who reside in Pecan Grove will remain at Parr Elementary. The Committee revised its recommendation to move students from North Pointe Elementary to Ward Elementary. Under the revised recommendation, College Park will stay at North Pointe Elementary and Stillwater Cove will move to Ward Elementary.

High School Changes

The Committee maintained all of its original boundary change recommendations. The District will implement high school boundary changes with the incoming 9th grade class. Students will stay at their current high school through graduation. Transportation will be provided for both the current high school students as well as the incoming 9th graders to the new high school campus. Click here for more information.

WAVE Magnet Alignment

WAVE attendance zones are determined by a student’s high school feeder pattern. If an incoming 6th grade WAVE student and/or current WAVE student has had a change in his/her high school feeder pattern, he/she may now have a change in their WAVE campus for the 2019-2020 school year. For example, if you reside in the Kirby Woods Subdivision and attend WAVE, you will move to WAVE North (Westbrook) next year versus staying at WAVE South (League City Intermediate). Similarly, all of Greene Elementary will be moved to Clear Brook High School under this proposal, meaning any WAVE students who live in the Greene Elementary zone will now move to WAVE North (Westbrook Intermediate). If an existing WAVE student would like to stay at his/her current WAVE campus versus moving to the new WAVE campus, an intradistrict transfer request should be made. The intradistrict transfer process does not open until March 1, 2019. Click here for intradistrict transfer information. Transfer requests must be filed annually.

WAVE North (Westbrook Intermediate)
Clear Brook High School
Clear Lake High School
WAVE South (League City Intermediate)
Clear Creek High School
Clear Falls High School
Clear Springs High School

Visit www.ccisd.net/sbac to see the full list of maps for the final recommendations, which were considered for approval by the school board at its Feb.25 meeting. All approved boundary recommendations will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Clear Creek ISD seeks feedback on proposed attendance zones

January 9th, 2019

The Clear Creek Independent School District School Boundary Advisory Committee will host five public meetings throughout the month of January to seek public feedback on its proposed school boundary changes for the 2019-2020 school year.

“The committee has worked tirelessly on creating a proposal that impacts the least amount of students, addresses overcrowding in many schools, develops an attendance zone for the new Florence Campbell Elementary, and improves cohesive Pk-12 feeder patterns where practicable,” SBAC Committee Chairman Sara Holder said. “The next step of our process is to receive public input on our recommendations.”

Following the five public meetings, the committee will reconvene to determine if there is a need for an adjustment before making is final recommendation to the CCISD school board on February 25 during it regular scheduled meeting. The school board will have final approval on any attendance boundary changes.

Public Meetings Dates, Times and Locations

Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. – Clear Lake High School, 2929 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77062

*Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Clear Springs High School, 501 Palomino Ln., League City, TX 77573

Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Clear Creek High School, 2305 East Main Street, League City, TX 77573

Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Clear Brook High School, 4607 FM 2352, Friendswood, TX 77546

*Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. – Clear Falls High School, 4380 Village Way, League City, TX 77573

*Jan.17 and 29 meetings will be livestreamed as well at www.ccisd.net

The public may also provide written feedback via this form prior to Jan. 29 for consideration.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

North Pointe and Ward – The School Boundary Advisory Committee recommends moving 185 students from North Pointe Elementary to Ward Elementary. This recommendation involves the homes west of Highway 45 that are currently zoned to North Pointe. Ward Elementary is also closer to Highway 45 than North Pointe Elementary.

Brookwood and Robinson – This recommendation involves moving 30 students currently zoned for Brookwood Elementary to Robinson Elementary. This move provides for a continuous attendance zone along NASA Road 1 to Taylor Lake.

Landolt and Greene – It is recommended to move 64 students from Landolt Elementary to Greene Elementary. This minor boundary change includes removing two apartment complexes along FM 528 and moving them into Greene Elementary.

Hyde and Mossman – Due to overcrowding and projected growth in the furthest southwest side of the district, the committee recommends moving 237 students from Mossman Elementary to Hyde Elementary. This recommendation moves all the Lakes of South Shore neighborhoods from Mossman Elementary into Hyde Elementary School.

Goforth and Parr to League City – For the 2020-21 school year, the committee recommends extending the League City Elementary attendance zone from Texas Avenue to FM 270 and from SH 3 to IH 45 north of W. Main Street. Please note this would be a delayed boundary change due to the construction of the new League City Elementary.

Hall to Campbell – With the opening of the new Florence Campbell Elementary in August 2019, the committee is recommending the new school’s attendance zone is south of FM 518 and south of West League City Parkway. The attendance zone runs to the southernmost portion of the district in areas planned for future development as well as reduces the overcrowding at Hall Elementary.

Gilmore to Hall – Under this recommendation, Rustic Oaks along Bay Area Blvd will shift west to Hall Elementary.

Bauerschlag to Gilmore – The Landing subdivision is proposed to be zoned to Gilmore Elementary; no longer split between Gilmore Elementary and Bauerschlag Elementary as in the past. A small portion of Brittany Lakes south of League City Parkway west of Landing Boulevard will move to Gilmore Elementary under the proposal.

 

Intermediate Schools

Space Center to Clear Lake – The committee recommends moving all students who attend Clear Lake City Elementary to Clear Lake Intermediate. This move cleans up a feeder pattern issue so that all of Clear Lake City Elementary students can attend the same Pk-12 schools.

Seabrook to Space Center – This recommendation ensures students who attend Robinson Elementary will attend the same intermediate school. Currently, Robinson Elementary students split between Seabrook Intermediate and Space Center Intermediate. Under this plan, all of Robinson Elementary will attend the same intermediate school.

League City and Bayside to Clear Creek – The committee recommends moving 215 students from League City Intermediate and 157 students from Bayside Intermediate to Clear Creek Intermediate. This recommended change will result in all of Hyde Elementary attending Clear Creek Intermediate, rather than the current split between two schools.

 

HIGH SCHOOLS

Clear Springs to Clear Brook – The committee recommends extending the Clear Brook High boundary to FM 528, as well as bringing in Emerson Park Apartment Homes and the Reserve at Autumn Creek Apartments. This move of 243 students will reduce overcrowding at Clear Springs High. Under this scenario, students who attend Greene Elementary will all attend Clear Brook High, cleaning up a split feeder pattern.

Clear Falls to Clear Lake – To address overcrowding at Clear Falls High, the committee recommends bringing the subdivisions along Kirby Road into Clear Lake High. This change results in a feeder pattern of Robinson Elementary, to Space Center Intermediate to Clear Lake High.

Clear Falls to Clear Creek – The proposal is to bring the Coronado Apartments back to Clear Creek High.

 

The preliminary recommendations are listed on www.ccisd.net and below in summary. More detailed maps will be available on Jan. 14.

Local family pays it forward this holiday season

January 3rd, 2019

The Collins gather at McWhirter Elementary where it all started. They are, from left, Lisa Collins, Clare Collins, Ify Nnabuife, their mother, Beverly Collins and Manly Collins.

By Monique Sennet

It’s often said that it is better to give than to receive, and that saying hits very close to home for Lisa Collins and her family.

Back in 2001, Lisa was an energetic fifth grader at McWhirter Elementary, and like most kids her age, December was filled with class parties and writing wish lists to Santa. But the reality of her holidays were a far cry from that of her peers.

Growing up as the child of a single mother, Lisa learned at an early age that not even the magic of the holiday season could erase her family’s financial hardships and burdens. Her Christmas morning often consisted of a modest gift exchange of second-hand clothing and hand-me-downs. That is until a very special Secret Santa from McWhirter took Lisa and her siblings under her wing to give them a Christmas they would never forget.

One McWhirter case worker took notice of the Collins family and asked Lisa and her siblings, Beverly, Collins, Manly and Clare, to write a Christmas wish list. And from there, the gifts started pouring in.

“At the time, I don’t think we really took it to heart because in elementary school they have you make Santa lists all the time,” Lisa said. “So I don’t think we really realized that someone was going to try to get these things for us. I thought someone wants us to make a list again because that’s just the activity you do in school.”

Although Lisa is unsure of how exactly the gift-giving effort was coordinated so many years ago, she does remember that this simple act of kindness forever changed the dynamic of Christmas for her family.

“We were just on cloud nine that we got a Christmas at all,” Lisa said. “It wasn’t even so much about the things from our list that we got. It was that we got to open something at all.”

The heartwarming gesture continued every year until the youngest Collins student graduated from high school, and now, in 2018, the family has decided to pay it forward by donating Christmas gifts to other McWhirter students in need.

Spearheaded by Lisa, the family reached out to the district in October to express their interest in helping out in any way that they could.

“I was wondering why we hadn’t become like those people who did that for us because we are all in a position now where we can do it,” Lisa said. “So we decided instead of exchanging these elaborate gifts amongst each other, let’s do for kids that were like us.”

Once they got the green light, it took no time for them to spring into action. They began coordinating a gift collection for 12 students selected by the school, and together bought gifts and gathered donations from community businesses. The gifts collected, both big and small, reminded the Collins family that even the smallest gift can have a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of children.

Although this is the family’s first year to coordinate this gift-giving effort at McWhirter Elementary, they plan to continue each year and want to remind others that this spirit of giving is what truly defines the holiday season.

“You don’t need to have a lot of money to help someone,” Lisa said. “If it wasn’t for someone choosing to not only do for their family, but to also do for others, we wouldn’t have had a Christmas. I think every child should be able to open something from under their Christmas tree, even if it’s one or two gifts. But no child should have nothing to open on Christmas.”

CCISD celebrating 70th anniversary

January 2nd, 2019

District calls on community to help honor CCISD’s past

As the Clear Creek Independent School District marks its 70th anniversary throughout this school year, there is a rich history of tradition and excellence to be celebrated.
The District was initially named the Clear Creek Consolidated Independent School District. Board members voted to change the name to the Clear Creek Independent School District on Jan. 11, 1965.

From initial consolidation in 1948 to the founding of the Johnson Space Center in 1961 and surpassing 40,000 students in 2014, the CCISD family has grown by leaps and boundaries throughout its history.

The four independent school districts of Kemah School District, Webster School District, Seabrook School District and the League City School District joined together in 1948 to better serve the educational needs of 1,000 students.

Back then, there were 119 employees, five schools and nine school buses. In 2018, Clear Creek ISD is leading the way with 5,191 staff members, a fleet of 400 buses and 42,082 students from the 13 cities of Bacliff, Clear Lake Shores, El Lago, Friendswood, Kemah, League City, the Clear Lake City neighborhoods of Houston, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village and Webster.

The stories and history of the Clear Creek Independent School District lie within the memories of residents and stakeholders of these 13 cities. Three longtime residents, educators and legends of CCISD shared their recollections of the District’s history. Visit ccisd.net/70years for a listen into the abbreviated conversation with former CCISD teacher, principal and School Board member Ralph Parr, former CCISD educator Sylvia Barker Streater, and former CCISD educator, Gaylynne Robinson Wenzel.

In conjunction with the anniversary, CCISD is looking for blasts from the past. Parents and great grandparents, former teachers and bus drivers, mayors and community members: All are invited to share their unique memories and perspectives on the history and growth of the Clear Creek Independent School District.

Written stories, photos and photo essays may be featured in one of CCISD newsletters, social media sites or the District’s 70th Anniversary webpage at www.ccisd.net/70years. Send photos and memories from years past to photos@ccisd.net.

CCISD launches Special Ed Parent Advisory Committee

November 2nd, 2018

The Clear Creek School District is seeking parent participation in the newly formed Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.

This committee will be comprised of one parent of a special education student from each of school, 44 CCISD parents. The group will meet quarterly with the CCISD superintendent, special services executive director, and other pertinent staff members to discuss topics and services related to special education.

“We are excited about this additional layer of communication and two-way partnership with our families,” said Superintendent of Schools Greg Smith. “Clear Creek ISD is already home to the first Special Education PTA in Texas, and this committee will serve as another avenue to deepen our shared commitment for students with special needs.”

The working guidelines for this committee are to consider the best interest of each student, value the perspective of each committee member, work as a team to examine services, practices and recommend improvements, and serve the needs of each student receiving special education services, Dr. Smith explained.

Applications are due no later than Nov. 14, 2018. A lottery drawing for each campus representative will be held on Nov. 15. Click here to apply. Parents should select the school in which their child attends. The group’s first meeting will be held on Thursday evening, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Pledges $500,000 to expand Leader in Me program

November 1st, 2018

Joining in to celebrate the CCISD Leader In Me Houston Methodist announcement at the Clear Creek Education Foundation Kick Off Breakfast were Armand Bayou Elementary students, from left to right, 5th grader Miller Skowron, 4th grader Sophia Tamayo, 5th grader Carmen Evans, and 1st grader Violet Van Haaren; along with Port Commissioner John Kennedy, who serves on the Houston Methodist Board of Directors; CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith and attorney Levi Benton with Mahomes Bolden PC and on the hospital Board of Directors and CCEF Board of Directors.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital has committed half a million dollars to the Clear Creek Education Foundation in support of the Clear Creek School District’s planned expansion of The Leader In Me program in 14 schools over the next five years.

The announcement was made at the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s Community Kickoff Breakfast held at the CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium Fieldhouse.

Clear Creek ISD is in its third year of progressively implementing The Leader In Me program at its schools. The Leader In Me program is a whole school transformation process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. This mindset leads to tangible improvements in the academic, behavioral and social wellbeing of participating students.

With funding made possible by the Clear Creek Education Foundation, Falcon Pass Elementary and Armand Bayou Elementary schools were the first two CCISD campuses to introduce The Leader In Me program into their school culture. Both campuses have seen the trajectory of their school’s academic performance rise along with student achievement and positive behaviors.

Over the next five years, the Houston Methodist Clear Lake contribution will have the power to substantially increase the footprint of The Leader In Me in CCISD and positively impact an additional 13,000 students in grades pre-k through 12 throughout the District.

“The impact of Houston Methodist’s generous commitment will be both measurable and immeasurable for years to come,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith. “Our students will be even better equipped to achieve their full potential, build the skill-set necessary for success in the 21st century and access more opportunities for a better life.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a similar commitment of $60,000 over three years by Space Center Rotary Club to begin the program at Space Center Intermediate.

Based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me allows administrators, faculty, staff and students the opportunity to practice and celebrate the 7 Habits daily, learning how to be proactive, set goals and collaborate with others.

The Leader In Me is aligned with many national and state academic standards and the process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation making and the ability to work in groups.

“The Leader In Me cultivates the qualities and attitudes employers look for in today’s highly competitive environment,” said Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital CEO Dan Newman. “Self-management, independent thinking, problem-solving and other important skills like these empower our students with the tools they need to achieve success. I applaud CCISD’s innovation and its commitment to adopt The Leader In Me. Houston Methodist Clear Lake is proud to play a role in providing this unique opportunity to potential future leaders.”

The District plans to continue to expand the program into even more schools until every CCISD campus and student has the opportunity to experience The Leader In Me and unleash their full potential. Business, government and community organizations interested in becoming a Leader In Me underwriter and partner may contact Deborah Laine, executive director of the Clear Creek Education Foundation (a 501c3 organization) at 281.284.0031 or at dlaine@ccisd.net.

CCISD forming boundary advisory committee

September 3rd, 2018

Clear Creek ISD is forming a School Boundary Advisory Committee to develop and present new boundary recommendations to the District’s Board of Trustees for Florence Campbell Elementary, which is scheduled to open in August 2019.

The panel will also propose elementary, intermediate and high school attendance zones to relieve overcrowding where feasible.

Anyone interested in volunteering his or her time may submit information online here or visit www.ccisd.net.  CCISD employees are not eligible to serve on the committee. All members shall be selected by random drawing in accordance with CCISD policy, FC (Local).

The deadline to apply to be on the committee is Sept. 26. A random drawing, based on membership criteria of policy FC Local, will occur on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Committee meeting dates will be:

  • Oct.17, 2018   
  • Oct. 24, 2018    
  • Nov. 7, 2018 
  • Nov. 14, 2018 
  • Nov. 28, 2018 
  • Dec. 5, 2018  
  • Dec.12, 2018 
  • Jan. 31, 2019

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will held at the CCISD Education Support Center, 2425 E. Main St. in League City.

Bay Area school districts get an A or Exemplary rating

September 1st, 2018

By Mary Alys Cherry

The TEA report card is in, and Clear Creek ISD and its 42,000 students earned an A or Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency.
So did Friendswood ISD and Pearland ISD, meaning this is certainly a good area for families with kids.

But first, Clear Creek ISD. Actually, the school district received three grades – A or 91 for student achievement, B or 84 for school progress, and an A or 95 for closing the gap – and an overall rating of A or 92.

So, where is this district doing exceptionally well? “Districts,” the TEA says, “earn an A (90–100) for exemplary performance when they serve most students well, encouraging high academic achievement and/or appropriate academic growth for almost all students. Most students will be prepared for eventual success in college, a career, or the military.”

The grade a district receives is based 40% on its STAAR performance, 40% on college, career and military readiness and 20% on its graduation rate, the education agency said. CCISD’s four-year graduation rate is 97.1% and rises to 98.5 after five years and 98.7 after six years with a 0.5% dropout rate.

How did students do academically? Most schools scored in the 80s with some scoring in the 70s and others in the 90s.

Clear Horizons Early College High School, where students are probably most focused on school work, scored a 98. But Clear Springs High was not far behind with a 95, along with Clear Falls High with a 92, Clear Lake High with a 91, Clear Creek with a 90 and Clear Brook, 87.

Highest scoring intermediate schools were Seabrook with a 94, and Westbrook and Victory Lakes, 91. At the elementary level, Gilmore took top honors with a 94, followed at 91 by Ralph Parr and Falcon Pass with a 90.

Friendswood ISD did even better than Clear Creek, scoring three A’s – 94 on student achievement, 91 on school progress and 96 on closing gaps, for an overall 94.

And, all its six schools scored A’s and in the 90s with a 93 for Friendswood High, 96 for Cline Elementary and Windsong Intermediate, 94 for Westwood and Bales Intermediate and 93 for Friendswood Junior High.

Pearland ISD also scored high with an A, B and A for scoring 92 on achievement, 89 on progress and 99 on closing the gap. Dawson High with a 92 and Turner Career High with a 93 both scored A’s while Pearland High had a B or 88 and Pace Center High had a 93.

Highest scoring middle schools were Pearland Junior High East; Miller and Alexander with a 94 and Pearland Junior High West, 93.

High scoring elementary campuses included Rusty Oaks, 94; Shadycrest and Silvercrest, 91; and Magnolia, 90.

Ratings for a number of school districts, including Pasadena, Dickinson, Alvin and Galveston, were delayed because of Hurricane Harvey.

CCISD forming boundary advisory committee

August 29th, 2018

Clear Creek ISD is forming a School Boundary Advisory Committee to develop and present new boundary recommendations to the District’s Board of Trustees for Florence Campbell Elementary, which is scheduled to open in August 2019 in League City.

The panel will also propose elementary, intermediate and high school attendance zones to relieve overcrowding where feasible.

Anyone interested in volunteering his or her time may submit information online here or visit www.ccisd.net.  CCISD employees are not eligible to serve on the committee. All members shall be selected by random drawing in accordance with CCISD policy, FC (Local).

The deadline to apply to be on the committee is Sept. 26. A random drawing, based on membership criteria of policy FC Local, will occur on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Committee meeting dates will be:

  • Oct.17, 2018   
  • Oct. 24, 2018    
  • Nov. 7, 2018 
  • Nov. 14, 2018 
  • Nov. 28, 2018 
  • Dec. 5, 2018  
  • Dec.12, 2018 
  • Jan. 31, 2019

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will held at the CCISD Education Support Center, 2425 E. Main St., League City, Texas 77573.