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.

CCISD announces free and reduced meal guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year

August 8th, 2019

Clear Creek ISD students who are unable to afford the full price of school meals will be able to participate in a free and reduced-price meal program. According to Fred Walker, Director of Child Nutrition Service, the District will use guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine eligibility for participation in the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. Reduced price meals will cost $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

Qualification standards are based on the number of family members and income. Applicants must turn in the following information in order to be considered for the program:

  • Eligibility Determination Group  number for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Families who do not have the above information must list the following:

  • Names of all household members
  • The last four digits of the Social Security number of primary wage earner or household member who signs the form
  • Last month’s income and how often it was received for each household member that receives an income
  • Signature of an adult household member

Information submitted on the application may be verified as required by law. For more information about the program call 281-284-0712.

Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of the state agency or court, are eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Applications will be available online at www.schoolcafe.com. To apply for free and reduced‐price meals, households must fill out the online application. Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced‐price meal policy, Rebecca Coronado, Free & Reduced Clerk, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis at 281-284-0712.

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally by calling 281-284-0700 or in writing to Child Nutrition Hearing Official, 2145 West NASA Blvd, Webster, TX 77598.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact Child Nutrition. Such changes may make the students of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels shown below:

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Clear Creek ISD teachers and staff get generous pay hike

August 1st, 2019

The Clear Creek School District has announced a significant compensation package for its nearly 5,000 employees — a package that includes a 4% to 9.49% pay raise for classroom teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses, new competitive hourly rate for school bus drivers, an increase in the district’s contribution to employee health care premiums and an across the board 3.5% increase for all other employees.

“The success of our school district is contingent on recruiting and retaining a high quality staff,” said Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent of schools. “This board-approved compensation package reflects our commitment to our employees and ensures Clear Creek ISD is a destination for those who have a heart for children.”

On Monday, July 22, the Clear Creek School Board unanimously approved $11.3 million in direct salary increases for existing employees as well as $370,000 to offset the rising cost of healthcare premiums for those employees on TRSActive Care. As part of the overall compensation package, the district will also increase the starting salary for teachers from $53,600 to $55,750.

Under House Bill 3, the Texas Legislature approved new funding for public education. Clear Creek ISD is projected to receive $14.7 million in additional school funding. The school district is investing more than $14.2 million of that increase in employees through pay raises, health care contributions, starting salaries, and new staff for a growing school district.

“The board is pleased to far surpass the legal requirements under House Bill 3. The school board values each employee, from our bus drivers to our teachers. We know what they do every day positively impacts children’s lives,” said Board President Dr. Laura DuPont.

Clear Creek ISD announces 2019 Teachers of the Year

July 2nd, 2019

Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith congratulates 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year Alaina Garza, left, of Clear Brook High and 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year Lyzette Ruiz of Ed White Elementary during the luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

The Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City honored Clear Creek ISD’s 44 campus teachers of the year and announced the 2019 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort May 20.

Lyzette Ruiz of Ed White Elementary was chosen 2019 CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. The kindergarten teacher has become a leader on her campus by supporting campus and district initiatives to build stronger literacy foundations and improve personalized learning strategies.

As she explained in her Teacher of the Year application, “I have a strong desire to empower students to take ownership of their own learning and give them the opportunity to rejoice in their capabilities.”

Clear Brook High School science teacher, Alaina Garza, is the 2019 CCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. A 12-year CCISD teacher, Garza works to cultivate a passion for science through a variety of techniques for different learning styles.

SELF ADVOCACY
Outside the classroom, she is dedicated to promoting self-advocacy in all her students by supporting student-centered platforms such as TEDxClearBrookHighSchool and Safe School Ambassadors. “By asking questions, students will generate their own ideas,” she said. “As educators, we must create platforms for them to express and exchange these ideas.”
“Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City for their ongoing support of our outstanding teachers in Clear Creek ISD,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith said. “Together with our Rotary Clubs, we are proud to applaud these special educators for inspiring their school communities.”

In addition to the award winners, Clear Creek ISD also congratulated the other four 2019 finalists: Ashley Hosek, Bauerschlag Elementary 1st grade teacher; Angela Sanders, Greene Elementary 3rd grade teacher; Kelly Boultinghouse, League City Intermediate science teacher; and Laura Dunham, Clear Lake High School Family and Consumer Science teacher.

NEXT STEP
Ruiz and Garza will now advance to the regional and then possibly state selection process for Texas Teacher of the Year. In addition to $1,500 from the Rotary Clubs of League City, Seabrook and Space Center, the Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year will each receive a custom commemorative ring from Balfour. Finalists received $750 each.
A total of 44 teachers were selected to represent their respective campus in the community’s search for the District’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Education Teacher of the Year. They also were recognized at the luncheon.

Beyond educating students, the following teachers have also been identified as a leader on their campus, working collaboratively with co-workers to improve the school culture. The CCISD 2019 Teachers of the Year are:

Elementary
Armand Bayou Elementary
Jenifer Gilmore
Bauerschlag Elementary
Ashley Hosek
Bay Elementary
Micaela Cowan
Brookwood Elementary
Kathryn Grindstaff
Clear Lake City Elementary
Natalie Szczypien
Falcon Pass Elementary
Caitlin Turner
Ferguson Elementary
Rebecca Nations
Gilmore Elementary
Jason Gardner
Goforth Elementary
Julia Simon
Greene Elementary
Angela Sanders
Hall Elementary
Heather Weger
Hyde Elementary
Allison Etzel
Landolt Elementary
Rachel Willard
League City Elementary
Janice Green
McWhirter Elementary
Lucero Munoz Raba
Mossman Elementary
Josephine Burke
North Pointe Elementary
Melody Tanigawa
Parr Elementary
Christie Morgan
Robinson Elementary
Rhonda Koenig
Ross Elementary
Alexandra Adams
Stewart Elementary
Erika Greer
Ward Elementary
Krysta Walthall
Weber Elementary
Bao Khanh Truong
Wedgewood Elementary
Cal Hitchman
Whitcomb Elementary
Melissa Hedrick
White Elementary
Lyzette Ruiz

Secondary 
Bayside Intermediate
Tiffany Levesque
Brookside Intermediate
Emily Soderdahl
Clear Creek Intermediate
Gilberto Bonet
Clear Lake Intermediate
Terri Nicolosi
Creekside Intermediate
Amy Watkins
League City Intermediate
Kelly Boultinghouse
Seabrook Intermediate
Katharine Moore
Space Center Intermediate
Crystal Delaney
Victory Lakes Intermediate
Veronica Quiballo
Westbrook Intermediate
Danielle Muesse-Caples
Clear Brook High School
Alaina Garza
Clear Creek High School
Elizabeth Radicioni
Clear Falls High School
Hany Rezk
Clear Horizons High School
Carmen Hampton
Clear Lake High School
Laura Dunham
Clear Path High School
Rafael Sepulveda
Clear Springs High School
Melody Hermes
Clear View High School
Ann Sebastian

CCISD honors community partners, names its Volunteers of the Year

June 1st, 2019

CCISD Assistant Director of Marketing Eva deCardenas, left, and Stewart Elementary Principal Dr. Britani Moses, right, present Brandon Williams with the award for 2019 Elementary Volunteer of the Year. He is joined by his wife, Erin Williams, and daughters, Ally and Avery.

Clear Creek ISD paid tribute to the many community partners and volunteers who were a big part of the success of its students and schools over the past year during a Texas-sized Volunteer and Partnership Roundup.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital was named the Community Partner of the Year, Brandon Williams as the Elementary Volunteer of the Year and Tim Kropp as Secondary Volunteer of the Year.

As the special guests entered the Challenger Columbia Stadium fieldhouse, they were greeted by cattle and their student owners who are members of the CCISD FFA program and represented every chapter in the District. In keeping with the roundup theme of the morning, the Mossman Elementary second grade choir, directed by JoAnn Burke, sang and performed a musical medley of western selections, complete with square dancing to entertain the crowd.

“Our principals and other leaders you see in the room today know that our district – our campuses – would look very different today without your muscle, minds and monetary support,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith said during opening remarks.

70TH YEAR
In a community impact report, Smith traced the history and growth of Clear Creek ISD in this, the District’s 70th anniversary year. He then stepped through the past year’s challenges and successes and directly tied volunteers and partners to many positive outcomes. Smith remembered the Santa Fe and Parkland tragedies and shared how the CCISD community supported the Santa Fe family and rallied around improved crisis prevention and preparedness.

“This effort drew together parents and students, law enforcement and legislators, rallying as one for the sake of student safety,” Smith said.

In announcing Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital as the Community Partner of the Year, Smith pointed out that in addition to the nearly 30 years of support of the District’s student athletes through the hospital’s athletic trainers and expertise, Houston Methodist has demonstrated a deep commitment to the mission and expansion of The Leader In Me program at CCISD schools.

“We wanted to deepen our existing partnerships with CCISD and we saw a way to do that through The Leader In Me program,” said Houston Methodist Clear Lake Chief Executive Officer, Dan Newman.“This program changes our community so we are very excited to be a part of something that is so transformative for our students and this community.”

TOP VOLUNTEERS
After announcing the Volunteer of the Year at each campus, the District announced Brandon Williams from Stewart Elementary, and Tim Kropp from Clear View High School as the Elementary and Secondary Volunteers of the Year, respectively.

Williams was hailed for his commitment to support Stewart Elementary student safety over the past year’s significant renovations taking place on that campus. In addition to serving as a Watch D.O.G.S. parent for several years, Williams saw the campus was in need of help during the construction phase and began coming to the school every morning before heading to work to help with student drop off in the car rider line. “His dedication and calm and supporting demeanor has been encouraging for the parents, our staff and students,” said Stewart Principal Dr. Britani Moses. “In fact, sometimes people think he is an employee at our school!”

A Space Center Rotarian, Kropp was described as someone who understands the value of service to the community and leadership development, especially for the students of Clear View High School. Kropp, a former high school Interact member himself, is the Interact Rotarian Sponsor for that campus. Interact clubs bring together Rotarians with young people to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. The students of Clear View High School benefit immensely from Kropp’s caring involvement in other aspects of student life as well, from providing scholarships and paying for club t-shirts to collecting funds to help make prom memorable for students who may need a little help.

STUDENT GRATEFUL
Clear View High School senior, Jade Brown, made the surprise announcement in front of the crowd of more than 200. “It is because of Mr. Kropp that recently I was able to go to a student conference for NewGen Peacebuilders,” Brown said. “That two-day conference really impacted me. It made me realize that even though we come from different places and backgrounds, we can still work successfully towards a common goal. Without him, I never would have gotten to experience that.”

The morning celebration concluded with Clear Creek Community Council (CCCC) of PTAs President Laura Varley, announcing the campus with the highest number of PTA members, Bauerschlag Elementary. Principal Kelly Chapman accepted the award on behalf of her campus. Varley also announced that the CCCC of PTAs had earned the Diamond Membership Award from the Texas PTA, which is achieved when 100% of a council’s PTAs experience an increase in membership.

The 2019 Volunteer and Partnership Breakfast was made possible by event sponsors Balfour, Photo Texas Photography and T-Shirt Trends.

Clear View High School senior Jade Brown, left, surprised Tim Kropp with the 2019 Secondary Volunteer of the Year Award. He is joined by his wife, Debbie Kropp, and Clear View High School Principal Monica Speaks, right.

Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, right, congratulates Houston Methodist Clear Lake Chief Executive Officer Dan Newman. Houston Methodist Clear Lake, who was named the 2019 CCISD Community Partner of the Year.

Clear Lake Chatter: Batman, Superman add to the fun at ALBA Gala

May 2nd, 2019

Dr. Wynn McMullen and his wife, Mary, had a great time playing Batman and Cat Woman at the Assistance League Gala at Lakewood Yacht Club.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE members never fail to bring smiles to our faces with their annual gala, and, this year was no exception with their salute to the Super Heroes, while raising a cool $93,000 to help those in need in our community.

Some of the costumes got more than a smile.

Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, who is always grateful to the League for all the needy area students League members help each year, got lots of smiles as he arrived all dressed up as Superman. Not wanting to miss a great picture, CCISD Trustee Ann Hammond talked him into posing for a photo. Incidentally, Ann, came dressed as REG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg).

Badiha and Dr. John Nassar and Mary and Dr. Wynn McMullan followed close behind, both couples dressed as Batman and Cat Woman. No, Robin didn’t come. Remember when we used to play the role of Super Heroes? Fun!

League President Sarah Foulds joined Gala Chairman Jill Williams and her husband, Richard Lammers in welcoming the festive crowd to Lakewood Yacht Club, including John and Jill Smitherman, Gene and Eileen Hult, Matthew and Angie Weinman, Jill Reason, Jana Miller and Traci and Richard Dvorak.

Sharon and Dr. Howard Dillard were also in the crowd, as were John Gay and his wife, Becky Reitz, Elaine and Randy Lister, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Lisa Holbrook, Dave and Kim Barker, Emmelind Dodd and Gene Hollier, Gail and Steve Ashby, Kathleen and Mike Courville, Beverly Braden and her husband, Ed Smith, Sara and Dr. Glenn Freedman and recently retired Pam Culpepper and her husband, Peter Cronk.

Mary Pergande was the lucky winner of the Superman Golf Cart in the reverse draw, after which many headed to the dance floor, where they enjoyed the music of Password.

Four inducted into Hall of Fame
FOUR FAMOUS Americans were inducted into the 2019 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame during an Induction Luncheon on Friday, April 12 at the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field.

The four, selected from 110 candidates, include World War II U.S. Army Air Force Gen. Ira C. Eaker (deceased); Christopher C. Kraft, NASA’s first flight director; H. Ross Perot Jr., an aviation pioneer and entrepreneur who circumnavigated the world in a helicopter at age 23; and Dr. Peggy Whitson, the first woman spacewalker and the astronaut who spent more time in space than any American.

Gene Kranz, who served as a NASA flight director at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was the guest speaker. Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz and Dr. Whitson are all residents of the Bay Area Houston.

Ange Mertens spreads her wings on the runway at the end of the Dogs & Divas Fashion Show at South Shore Harbour Resort.

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1995 through a resolution by the 74th Texas Legislature and signed by then Gov. George W. Bush, to honor Texans and Texas organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of aviation.

There are currently 76 individuals and groups in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, in four categories which include: trailblazers and explorers, wartime aviators, leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Dogs & Divas make for fun times
NOTHING QUITE like turning puppy dogs into fashion models. Yep, you guessed it – they’re cute as can be but mostly scared to death.

Most of the models for the Bay Area Turning Point Dogs & Divas Fashion Show April 4 at South Shore Harbour Resort solved the problem by carrying the pooches down the runway. A few of the canines got brave enough to walk along with their model as the event raised $55,600.

Fashion models included Brenda Weber, Fay Picard, Jill Reason, Deborah Laine, Missy Rorrer and Kelli Williams, Diane and Jim Overman, Tyra Hodge, Brenda Sykes, Kerry Jo Humphrey, Kelli Williams, Jana Miller, Erin Wilrich, Lauren Leal, Susan Heffner, Michelle Holland, Deborah Laine, Jessica Bedore, Doreen Hughes and Blaine Ochoa wearing some beautiful outfits provided by Shoppe Girl, Dress Galaxy, Chico’s, Black House White Market and the BATP Resale Shop, as Executive Director Leigh Ann Fry and Marketing Director Angela Corn could be seen beaming their approval from the sidelines.

Bo Brinkman, right, says hello to Pat and Wendell Wilson as they arrive at the Bay Area Turning Point’s Dogs & Divas Fashion Show Luncheon.

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.”