CCISD Pre-K and Kindergarten registration information for the 2020-2021 school year

April 16th, 2020

Full day, half day and free Pre-K available for those who qualify

For the coming 2020-2021 school year, Clear Creek ISD will swing open the doors of 27 elementary schools to welcome in the Class of 2033 and Class of 2034, or, incoming Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students, respectively.

The current social distancing guidelines in place do not impact the initial registration process as the District utilizes a reliable online enrollment system which enables parents and guardians to easily register their student. Some required supporting documents can be uploaded during the registration process, and other documentation will need to be delivered to the child’s zoned campus beginning Aug. 10.

Follows are registration dates for parents and guardians planning to enroll their child in Clear Creek ISD’s Pre-K and Kindergarten programs for the fall.

Starting April 20, 2020 Online Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten Begins
www.ccisd.net/enrollment
Starting Aug. 10, 2020
Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration and Document Drop-Off Begins at Zoned Elementary Campuses

 

Additionally, Clear Creek ISD will host a live presentation and Q&A session to help navigate parents and guardians through the registration Virtual information session will assist families with how to prepare their student for school and what to expect in the first years of their formal education.

The A, B, Cs of Pre-K & Kindergarten Success:
Live Virtual Information Session for Parents & Guardians
April 22, 2020
10 a.m.
www.ccisd.net or www.facebook.com/clearcreekisd to ask questions

Clear Creek ISD offers free half-day and full-day early learning programs for those who qualify, as well as a tuition-based Pre-K program, for residents who live within CCISD boundaries. For the 2020-2021 school year, CCISD is offering full-day Pre-K programs for four-year-old children at the following 19 campuses: Armand Bayou, Bauerschlag, Bay, Campbell, Clear Lake City, Falcon Pass, Goforth, Greene, Hyde, Landolt, League City, McWhirter, North Pointe, Ross, Stewart, Ward, Weber, Wedgewood and Whitcomb elementary schools. For a complete listing of both half-day and full-day Pre-K campuses, visit www.ccisd.net/PreK and select “Pre-K Locations.”

Special Services
Through the Early Childhood Intake Center, Clear Creek ISD also provides evaluation services for children between the ages of two and five, who are not in a District Pre-K program and are not yet kindergarten age, to determine if a child has a special education disability and if there is a need for special education services. The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), serving children beginning on their third birthday, is the District’s special education program to meet the needs of students identified as needing these services.

To schedule an evaluation when schools reopen, parents and guardians may call 281-284-0330.

Visit www.ccisd.net/enrollment for more information on qualifications to enroll in Clear Creek ISD’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs as well as step-by-step registration instructions and list of necessary documentation.

CCISD Providing Drive Through Meals for Students

March 18th, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, CCISD will be offering drive-through meals on weekdays only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents can drive up to the front entrance of the campuses below to receive a meal for each child that is present in the vehicle. This service is free to any child 18 years and younger. Onsite dining will not be available.

News Club students keep up with current events

March 2nd, 2020

Extra, extra! Read all about it! News and media clubs have cropped up on CCISD elementary campuses over the past few years and they offer students a great opportunity to cover activities happening in their own schoolyard.

Fourth grade teacher Shaun Bright started the News Club at Ross Elementary during the 2017-18 school year and has seen it grow to 14 fourth and fifth graders in the past couple of years. They meet on two Tuesdays each month. “I have always had a fascination with news and when a fifth grader approached me about starting a news club, I jumped on the idea,” Bright said. She uses her iPhone and a tripod to record the club’s broadcasts in the kiva of the school’s library. Once recording is finished, she works with students to edit the video on her phone and then transfers it to a secure YouTube channel. Once uploaded, Bright sends a video link of the broadcast to the entire school.

While everyone participates on the production side, the broadcast itself only calls for two news anchors at a time so they take turns. “I use an app on my phone that randomly selects students for every segment,” Bright said. “That way, everyone has an opportunity to hone their on-air personality and the speaking skills.”

Students at McWhirter Elementary are also keeping their classmates informed by participating in the Media Club, which started in October of last year. Fifth grade teacher Lucero Muñoz Raba and resource paraprofessional Angela Cancino-Burns currently mentor eight 5th grade students on how to relay news through video and print media in both English and Spanish. They cover school events and they interview members of the McWhirter community who have a story to tell.

“The media club opens up a space for students to express themselves, improve their writing and ask questions,” Muñoz Raba said. “These are skills that students need for their academic and personal lives so this club gives them a great opportunity to practice them.” During their weekly afternoon meetings, members review what the issues are, what they should talk about in the next edition, and then assign out tasks that include coming up with story ideas, interviewing, recording and editing. Though Muñoz Raba and Cancino-Burns guide them, the students are ultimately responsible for completing all tasks themselves.

“The idea is that all students go through the different jobs and learn different skills,” Muñoz Raba said.  Some students enjoy participating in the club because it allows them to acquire new skills. Others like Sabino Banuelos like keeping their fellow students in the know. “I wanted to join the media club because I like being able to tell other people what’s going on in the news,” he said.

A fellow classmate, however, saw it as an opportunity to brush up on his public speaking skills. “I knew that it would help me with my stage fright,” said fifth grader Jimmy Rodriguez. Muñoz Raba says that they began with a broadcast version only, but then added a print component called “Bulletin Boards,” which they post in the hallway for students and staff to read as they walk by. If there is a school-wide assembly at the end of the month, the video broadcast is presented to the whole student body. If there is no assembly, all teachers receive the link via email so they can share the broadcast with their students during their morning meetings.

Though the club just started recently, Muñoz Raba enjoys working with her students on how best to cover the issues going on in their community. “All this is a learning process for them and for us too,” she said.

CCISD students win big at Livestock Show and Auction

February 27th, 2020

Clear Brook High’s Naomi Browning with her Grand Champion Steer at the 38th Annual CCISD Livestock Show and Auction.

Future Farmers of America students work throughout the summer and fall semester raising animals, designing and constructing agriculture mechanics projects, as well as planning and creating a multitude of food science, floriculture, horticulture, and visual arts projects to showcase in the annual Clear Creek ISD Livestock Show and Auction.

This year’s show, the 38th, was held at the West Agriculture Barn — the culmination of months of hard work for these students within the FFA programs across CCISD’s five comprehensive high schools.

“These students put in a lot of time and care raising these animals and completing other non-livestock projects,” said JT Buford, career and technical education program manager in CCISD. “They are required to feed their animals a minimum of two times a day, morning and evening, seven days a week no matter the weather or temperature. Hours are spent feeding, grooming, and training with animal projects trying to perfect showmanship for the animal and exhibitor while trying to unlock the animal’s greatest genetic potential.”

A total of more than $153,000 was raised for FFA students across the District this year. The CCISD Livestock Auction benefits students by providing an opportunity for them to explore and develop a passion for production agriculture, learn valuable lessons in money and time management, and offers the opportunity to potentially fund additional animal projects or future education expenses.

“The CCISD Livestock Show and Auction would like to thank the community for deeply believing in the CCISD FFA members and programs by continuing to support us each year,” said Buford. “Lastly, I’d like to thank all of the CCISD Ag teachers for their selfless dedication to their students and FFA programs. Without them, the Livestock Show wouldn’t be nearly as successful.”

Below are the top awards and sale prices this year:

Grand Champion Steer – Naomi Browning – Clear Brook High – $6,500
Grand Champion Pig – Alexis Coffey – Clear Falls High – $5,000
Grand Champion Lamb – Mason Corona – Clear Brook High – $2,000
Grand Champion Goat – Yancey Grice – Clear Creek High – $1,500
Grand Champion Turkey – Aaron Douglas – Clear Lake High – $5,500
Grand Champion Broilers – Jacob Corrao – Clear Springs High – $1,000
Grand Champion Rabbits – Austin Robinson – Clear Springs High – $1,400
Best of Show Ag Mechanics – Dale Bragg – Clear Falls High – $5,000
Best of Show Horticulture – Yancey Grice – Clear Creek High – $800
Best of Show Floral Design – Alexandra Ruiz – Clear Brook High – $400
Best of Show Visual Arts – Mackenzie Zimbeck – Clear Lake High – $450
Best of Show Food Science – McKenzie Crow – Clear Falls High – $700
Reserve Champion Steer – Isabell Cranfill – Clear Springs High – $5,500
Reserve Champion Pig – Kaylyn Baugh – Clear Falls High – $2,200
Reserve Champion Lamb – Sarah Barrera – Clear Springs High – $1,500
Reserve Champion Goat – Kathleen Johnson – Clear Springs High – $1,500
Reserve Champion Turkey – Jessica Stewart – Clear Springs High – $1,700
Reserve Champion Broilers – Alexis Wright – Clear Creek High – $1,000
Reserve Champion Rabbits – Olivia Read – Clear Lake High – $1,200

Walter Hall and Ed White E-STEM open applications for magnet schools

February 27th, 2020

The Walter Hall E-STEM and Ed White E-STEM magnet programs in Clear Creek ISD are now accepting applications for incoming kindergarten students for next school year.

E-STEM is an acronym for Elementary – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students in E-STEM schools participate in a highly enriched curriculum that focuses on STEM subjects. They are expected to think critically and solve real-world problems. E-STEM schools have an increased focus on engineering through basic design application and technology that is infused throughout the entire curriculum.

The magnet programs accept kindergarten students who live outside the school’s attendance zone through a lottery system for the 2020-2021 school year. The application deadline is May 15, and the lottery selection for each school will take place on May 22. Incoming first through fifth grade students may also transfer into the programs through a first-come, first-served transfer request as space allows. The transfer application opens March 1. Transportation will not be provided for students outside of both attendance zones.

Parent information meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

Walter Hall Elementary
5931 Meadowside, League City, TX 77573
  • Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m.
Ed White Elementary
1708 Les Talley Dr., Seabrook, TX 77586
  • Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Ed White liaison Amanda Hughes at amhughes@ccisd.net or Walter Hall liaison Laura Mackay atlmackay@ccisd.net For more information, visit www.ccisd.net/estemprogram

New Clear Brook High head football coach named

January 31st, 2020

John Towels has been named the new athletic coordinator and head football coach at Clear Brook High School after a unanimous vote of approval by the Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees, during their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 20.

Towels joins the Wolverines with more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at Duncanville High in Duncanville ISD, where he led them to two 6A Division 1 State Championship games.

“Although I have been coaching for 20-plus years, the last four years have been an eye-opening experience,” Towels said. “Playing in a state championship game is a blessing, but the work, the dedication, and the sacrifice needed to get there is strenuous. I look forward to emphasizing hard work and development at Brook while creating a system of success.”

Rodeo Student Art Winners Announced

January 20th, 2020

A total of 13 Clear Creek School District students have been recognized as 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art winners.

Ranging from 1st to 12th grade, the winners are as follows: Cassie Toler, Ian Wood and Angelina Yoon from Clear Creek High; Jessie Chen, Ashlyn Ezzell, Grace Hawley and Tatiana Del Pilar Hennessey from Clear Falls High; Jessica Song and Alaina Sibley from Clear Springs High; Eliza Hoffman from League City Intermediate; Joann Geogi from Westbrook Intermediate; Evalyn Laughlin from Clear Lake City Elementary; and Conner Floyd from Mossman Elementary.

These students were honored at the district contest in the categories of Best of Show, Gold Medal, and Special Merit award winners. Their work will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery on the first floor of NRG Center during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo from March 3 through March 22. Each of these students is now under consideration for the School Art Auction and a variety of scholarships.

The public is invited to come view the winning artwork and the rest of the 400 student entries at the 2020 CCISD Rodeo K-12 Student Art Exhibition, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the CCISD Challenger Columbia Fieldhouse at 1955 W. NASA Blvd., Webster.

CCEF Honors 12 at Its Annual Gala

December 1st, 2019

Honorees Ron Masters, Debbie Kropp, Melissa Wiginton, Ann Hammond, Tim Kropp, Logan Reed, Jana Reed, Alexis Reed, Darren Ellisor, Jackie Mitchell, Daniel Okorodudu, Dale Okorodudu, Matthew Paulson (who was filling in for Lyzette Ruiz), and Alaina Garza, from left, get together for a photo at the gala.

By Mary Alys Cherry

EXCITEMENT filled theair when the Clear Creek Education Foundation hosted its always popular gala at South Shore Harbour Resort Nov. 2, honoring some of the area’s outstanding folks, while raising $85,000 for innovative educational programs – a new record for this event.

“Once again our community generously showed their support of our mission to provide innovative learning materials to our students,” CCEF Chairman Jonathan Cottrell said. “It was heartwarming to see our community come together to recognize these outstanding individuals and support education in CCISD.”

Each year CCEF honors an outstanding citizen with the Citizen of the Year Award. This year the award went to the late Chris Reed, a Clear Creek ISD trustee and Kemah police chief who was killed in a boating accident back in June, after spending much of his life helping improve the quality of life for children. His wife, Jana, accepted the award on his behalf.
Another former CCISD trustee honored was Ann Hammond, who was presented the George B. Carlisle Distinguished Service Award for her consistent demonstration of commitment to CCISD over time.

Other honorees at the 19th annual gala were:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award winners were CCISD alumni and are now accomplished professionals who support their community: Jacqueline Mitchell (Clear Creek High, 1983), Dr. Daniel Okorodudu (Clear Creek, 2000), Dr. Dale Okorodudu (Clear Creek, 2002),  and Melissa Wiginton (Clear Lake, 1976)
  • 
Valor Award in honor of a public servant (military, police, fire, etc.) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty: Darren Ellisor, (Clear Lake, 1992)
  • 
CCISD Superstar Award bestowed on a select group of individuals who support and enhance CCISD whether CCISD alumni or not: Ron Masters; Alaina Garza, CCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Lyzette Ruiz, CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award is presented to a small business owner within CCISD who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the district through active participation in multiple activities: Tim and Debbie Kropp – MRI Technologies

Gala Co-Chairmen Joyce Abbey and Suzanne Fair joined CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine and her husband, David, and Matt and Kelsey McNeil in welcoming the arriving crowd, including Greg and Pam Ploss, Richard and Traci Dvorak, Rebecca Lilly, Lisa Holbrook, Laura and Jamieson Mackey, Carrie and Jay Cunningham, Carl and Colene Joiner, Beth and T.J. Aulds, Nina and Chris Premont, Mike Pierce, Sarah and Dr. Glenn Freedman, Amy and Brent Cockerham and Tim and Debbie Kropp. 

Dan and Jill Reason were also in the crowd of nearly 350, as were CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith and his wife Kathy, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Katy and Bill Bastedo, Mike and Karen Engle, Scott Rainey and Martha Bowles, Ed and Elaina Polsen, Kippy Caraway, Mary Ann Shallberg, Dee Scott, Chris and Dr. Laura DuPont, Roy Green, Daniel and Win Weber, Jason Alcorn and Wendy Shaw, Joe and Kellie Byrd and Jennifer and Dr. Steven Ebell.

Elected officials you might have passed included Mayors Pat Hallisey of League City, Julie Masters of Dickinson, Mark Denman of Nassau Bay and Thom Kolupski of Seabrook and State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen. Others you might have spotted as CCEF Chairman Jonathan Cottrell welcomed the black-tie crowd were Gary and Sandy Mossman, Joan McKinney Mitchell, Jeanette and Joe Barlow, Elaine and Gary Renola, Ann and Jim O’Malley, Jayme and Arturo Sanchez, Janet and Randy Brown, Donna and Roy Montalbano, Gene Hollier and Emmeline Dodd, Bob and Macy Osoria, Stacy and Michael Houston, Scottie and Ron McLeod, Christie and Jason Reynolds and Carol and Jim Saxe. 

Clear Creek ISD unveils school start time options

October 30th, 2019

The Clear Creek School District School Start Committee is in the process of receiving public feedback regarding start time options for the 2020-2021 school year for elementary, intermediate and high school.

The committee of parents, students, medical professionals and CCISD staff have met on a weekly basis since Sept. 24, and examined available research on sleep patterns of youth of all ages, state instructional time requirements, current transportation operations and challenges, schedules of extracurricular and co-curricular programs, and survey results from students.

“The group was provided a great deal of information to process through,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith said. “They were committed to the guidelines and charges to ensure student safety K-12, maximize student opportunities to participate in special programs from WAVE and Science Magnet to the arts and athletics, and consider public feedback all the while making efficient use of taxpayer resources. I am thankful for their attention to the task at hand.”

The committee reviewed several model schedules and used a nominal group exercise to narrow the recommendation from the five potential schedules below. The group operated on the board approved consensus model. “As we started to draft recommendations, we followed these requirements. There must be a minimum of 45 minutes between school start times by level.  The school year must be 75,600 minutes by state law.  Finally, intermediate schools need to remain the last start time due to magnet transportation to six of the ten magnet schools,” said Rene Falls, committee chairman and parent.

Elementary Intermediate High School
Current 7:55 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 8:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 7:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Model 1 8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Model 2 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. 8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Model 3 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Model 4 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 

The group narrowed its options to three models, the current schedule, Model 1 and Model 4. Through another nominal group exercise, the current schedule and Model 1 emerged as the majority options to bring forward for public input. “After much discussion, the committee was unable to reach consensus on a single recommendation.  A large portion of the committee wanted to keep the current schedule and slightly smaller portion of the committee wanted to adjust the current schedule by 20 minutes,” said Falls.

Elementary Intermediate High School
Current 7:55 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 8:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 7:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Model 1 8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

 

These two options are open for public feedback. A public hearing was held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 and can be viewed online. The public can still provide their feedback electronically through the district’s website. The committee will make a final recommendation to present to the Clear Creek ISD School Board on Nov. 11, 2019. The Clear Creek ISD School Board will make the final decision on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 during its regular school board meeting.

Visit the committee’s website for more information.

CCISD opens new school

September 3rd, 2019

New Florence Campbell Elementary School in League City

By Mary Alys Cherry

As thousands of Bay Area students started a new school year, Clear Creek ISD opened its newest campus, Florence Campbell Elementary, in League City Aug. 19 with some 600 students calling it home.

CCISD’s newest school is named for Florence Campbell, a longtime educator within the District, and the mother of Travis Campbell, whose family donated the land on which the campus was built in her honor.

District officials said the new $43 million school was built to address the extreme overcrowding conditions down the road at Hall Elementary and throughout the western part of League City. Although enrollment initially is 600, the school has a capacity for 1,000 students.

Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired (GBCHI) students, formerly housed at Gilmore Elementary, are being relocated to their brand-new building on the Campbell campus.

Along with the new GBCHI building, some of the other features of CCISD’s 27th elementary school include designated collaborative and creative spaces for each grade level and an expanded stacking lane for vehicles in an effort to move cars off the main thoroughfares.

“The soil on the land in which we stand today will really go about planting the seeds of the future of tomorrow,” Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith said at the groundbreaking for the new school April 18, 2018. “I am confident that the students who will attend Florence Campbell Elementary will in fact experience the critical virtues of a strong public education and chart new pathways for learning.”

VLK architects designed the new school, which was built by general contractor Drymalla Construction and was part of the 2017 CCISD Bond program.