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.

Community invited to help honor military heroes at football games

October 28th, 2016

thinkstockphotos-591848774As a way to kick off almost an entire week of events, Clear Creek ISD will honor those who serve, or have served, our country through military service during the district’s Nov. 4 football games.

The Clear Lake vs. Clear Springs Salute to Military Service game, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster, will honor about 60 wounded and recovering soldiers with the help from the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

Halftime will feature a patriotic arrangement performed by the Clear Lake High and Clear Springs High bands and a special video tribute to several CCISD staff members who have served their country as well as a spotlight on the District’s JROTC instructors. Weather permitting, fans will also be treated to an All-Veteran Parachute Team landing at the 50-yard line of Challenger Columbia Stadium to close out the military salute.

At both Challenger Columbia Stadium and during the Clear Falls vs. Clear Creek game at Veterans Memorial Stadium, all active duty, guard, reserves and retired military – and one guest – will be admitted free. Verification of affiliation, such as badge/ID, official uniform, etc. are required for free admittance.

In anticipation of all the Veterans Day celebrations planned around the district, the Salute to Military Service game gives Clear Creek ISD students and staff a chance to honor these outstanding men and women for their service and their tremendous sacrifice.

Clear Creek ISD believes in Character Education, a program that instills ethical values, respect for self and for others, responsibility, integrity and self-discipline. The Salute to Military Service game gives both students and staff the opportunity to recognize the character and selfless dedication shown by our community heroes.

Veterans Day activities open to the public across the district include:

  • Bauerschlag Elementary will have a Veterans Wall of photos representing students’ family members who are veterans. It will be on display in the school’s main hallway.
  • Bayside Intermediate is hosting its Veterans Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 11
  • Brookwood Elementary has a Veterans program planned at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
  • Clear Creek High is having a Veterans Day Ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 11 that will include performances from all of our musical groups as well as a speech from General Bailey (Ret. Army).
  • Clear Lake High will honor our veterans – past and present – on the morning of Nov. 11 at 6:45 a.m. for a sunrise ceremony. The ceremony will be held in front of the new building flagpole. The ceremony honors veterans and their families, many who are the children and faculty of Clear Lake, whom make tremendous sacrifices in protecting our way of life and serving our great nation.
  • North Pointe Elementary is hosting its annual Veterans Day program from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 11 put on by the school’s PTA. Veterans will be recognized and a speaker from NASA will attend.
  • Parr Elementary is hosting an event at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 11 in front of the school with all students. The campus’ scouts will raise the flags, the school’s choir will sing, and a veteran guest speaker will be in attendance.
  • Ward Elementary will have a Veterans Day program for the entire campus and community at 2:20 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. The campus’ second graders will be singing honoring veterans. The school’s annual Veterans Wall made of paper bricks with pictures, names and branch of service and awards earned by the family members of students will also be on display