Spreading kindness catches on at school

February 1st, 2019

Landolt students Zander Marullo, first grade; Jayden Nguyen, second grade; Brooklyn Underwood, first grade; and Trinity Willingham, second grade; spread kindness with the “Kindness Club Drink Cart.”

Spreading kindness has quickly become a way of life at Landolt Elementary in the Clear Creek School District.

After hearing a lecture from professional speaker and co-founder of the organization CharacterStrong, Houston Kraft, teachers Bella Marks and Rachel Willard were moved by how he characterized kindness.

“He said, ‘Being nice is reactive, being kind is proactive,’” Marks said. “Rachel and I talked about it and decided to be proactive in bringing kindness into Landolt and our community. On Oct. 25 we kicked off the Kindness Club for first and second grade students.”

To their surprise, they had more than 60 students sign up to be a part of the club that meets once a week after school. Over the last three months, the students have come up with a different activity each week that reflects their mission of spreading kindness.

“The placemats we created for the homeless for their Thanksgiving meal was my favorite,” said second grade student Scout Towler. “I wanted them to feel good inside and be happy and excited.”

Some of the other activities the students have done are making kindness bookmarks that they placed in books throughout the library, writing nice and encouraging messages on the sidewalk as students and staff walk in, and delivering a cold soda to teachers with the “Kindness Club Drink Cart.” They are all motivated to continue to positively impact others in the years to come.

“Whenever you spread kindness when you’re a kid, you keep it inside you forever, and you never lose it,” said eight-year-old Taryn Gill. “Even if you don’t know it’s still in you, you have it, and you are still spreading it around.”

Interest in the club continues to grow each month as other students see the great things they are doing. Marks and Willard hope to expand the club to more grades next year and even to other schools across the District.

Ed White E-STEM Magnet School parent information meeting planned

April 12th, 2018

2018 application online now

Does your elementary student have an interest in science and enjoy problem solving? If so, the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in the Clear Creek School District may be the campus of choice for them.

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.

E-STEM education is implemented in every grade level for students who attend Ed White Elementary as their home school. In addition, the school district has approved the addition of extra spaces in kindergarten for students who are in CCISD but outside the Ed White attendance zone. The students for these spaces will be chosen through an application process and a lottery system. Students in grades 1-5 may transfer into the program through a first come, first served transfer request as space allows. See Student Transfers, and CCISD Policy FDA/FDB (LOCAL) for more information.

A parent information meeting is scheduled at Ed White Elementary STEM Magnet School, 1708 Les Talley Drive in El Lago, April 23 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The application deadline is 3:45 p.m. on May 18. Students who complete the online application by the deadline will be entered into a lottery system to determine which kindergarten students enroll in the E-STEM magnet school. The lottery will take place electronically on May 25. Transportation will not be provided for students unless zoned to Ed White Elementary. Parents may contact Laura Mackay at lmackay@ccisd.net or visit www.edwhite.ccisd.net/estemprogram for more information about the program.

CCISD cruises the sea to raise funds for academic enrichment

April 4th, 2018

CCISD Culinary Art students who prepped, cooked and served guests aboard the Boardwalk Fantasea yacht!

The Clear Creek Education Foundation and the Clear Creek School District partnered with the Kemah Boardwalk to provide a unique hands-on learning opportunity for CCISD Culinary Arts students aboard the Gulf Coast’s largest charter yacht, the Boardwalk FantaSea.

The sold out “Cruising the Sea with CCISD” culinary journey with over 100 guests in attendance raised more than $8,000 to support academic enrichment programs in CCISD.

This was truly an event that showcased the many great programs offered in CCISD:

  • Clear Creek ISD culinary students prepped, cooked and served an exquisite meal with executive chefs.
  • Clear Falls High Troubadours and Clear Brook High’s head choir director, Jon Marcum, put on quite a vocal and musical performance for all the guests;
  • Clear Springs Audio Visual Production student, Nicolas Mason, recorded great video footage of the night;
  • Centerpieces were created by Clear Springs High floral design students;
  • Event logo was designed by Clear Springs High junior, Lisa Kitchen.

“We are always looking for new and diverse opportunities for our students,” said Dana Morgan, CCISD director of Career and Technical Education. “Preparing and serving a gourmet dinner on a yacht for a dinner cruise was a unique experience that the students will always remember. We are so grateful tothe Kemah Boardwalk for their mentorship and partnership in this endeavor.”

Funds raised from this event will be split with 50% going to the CCISD Culinary Arts Program and 50% to CCEF to help Inspire educational excellence through the following programs:

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

CCEF is proud to offer the following Educational Grant Opportunities for CCISD teachers and students in order to help them take education to the next level:

  • Teacher Innovative Grants: Teachers apply for Teacher Innovative Grants to implement innovative, hands-on instructional ideas that enrich the classroom learning experience in academic areas such as math, science, language arts and technology.
  • Student – Teacher Innovative Grants: This program supports “Student Teacher Innovative Projects”. An individual student or a team of students may apply under the guidance and sponsorship of a teacher.
  • Mini – Grants: A Mini-Grant is intended to enhance classroom learning by providing needed resources that are not available.
  • Special Innovative Grants: A Special Innovative Grant is a large grant amount of up to $50,000 designed to encourage and support innovative teaching and learning on a large scale.
  • Science Fair Innovative Grants: Secondary students may apply for a Science Fair Innovative Grant to enhance their science fair project. Students must apply under the guidance and sponsorship of a teacher.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: CCEF encourages teachers to achieve the highest and most rigorous standards set by the U.S. Department of Education by offering its financial support.

CLEAR HORIZONS: CCEF supplements tuition for students at the early college high school who simultaneously earn a college associates degree and a high school diploma.

About CCEF

Established in 1992, the Clear Creek Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization located in League City, Texas. Comprised of volunteers with a passion for excellence, the Foundation raises funds to enrich academic achievement within CCISD. While the Foundation operates independently of the school district, it is aligned and collaborates closely with CCISD to promote excellence in education.

CCISD panel calls for new schools, expansions

February 1st, 2017

Clear Lake Intermediate

Preliminary proposal would result in a 4 cent tax increase, if voters approve

They started with a list of more than $1.2 billion in short and long-term needs for the Clear Creek School District, but after four months, numerous tours and exhaustive document reviews, a special citizens committee has ranked $499 million worth of projects as the highest and immediate priorities to meet the district’s growth, safety, and technology needs for the next three to five years.

The CCISD Citizens Facility Advisory Committee made its preliminary recommendations to the Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 9, recognizing that this is the first step towards a final number.

“Our committee members come from all over the district,” said Trent Martin, committee chairman, during the board presentation. “We feel this is what the school district needs. Now we want to go out and see what the public feels about the items.” Depending on public input, the committee may revise its recommendation before making a final presentation to the school board in February.

Whitcomb Elementary

Due to school overcrowding, especially in League City, the committee is recommending the construction of Elementary school No. 27 in the western part of League City. The land for the School has already been donated to CCISD by developer Travis Campbell. The school, if approved by voters, will be located along League City Parkway.

“Right now, Hall Elementary is over capacity and there is no more room for portables,” Deputy Superintendent Paul McLarty said. “Enrollment projections has Hall Elementary well over 1,000 students by 2020 and the school was built for 700 students.” To relieve overcrowding at other schools and remove portable buildings, the recommendation calls for the expansion of Stewart Elementary, Creekside Intermediate and Clear Lake Intermediate.

The committee’s preliminary recommendation not only addresses the need for new schools and expansions, but also ensures aging schools are brought up to today’s learning standards.

Under this proposal, League City Elementary, constructed in 1960, and Clear View High School, originally built in 1939 as Webster High School, would be completely rebuilt on land behind both dilapidated schools. Major improvements would be in order for schools that are 50 years and older such as Clear Lake City Elementary, Ross Elementary, Ed White Elementary and Whitcomb Elementary.

It is not just aging schools either. The committee overwhelmingly agreed the district must purchase 75 new school buses to replace a fleet of buses that are upwards of 25 years old and with mileage over 250,000 each.

Due to the lack of space, CCISD turns away approximately 200 students who apply to attend the district’s Science Magnet program at Seabrook Intermediate. Under this proposal, Brookside Intermediate in Friendswood would be expanded so the district can launch a second Science Magnet. “Science Exploration and experimentation are key hallmarks of the CCISD experience,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith.

“If we can duplicate the successful science magnet program on the other side of the school district, we will be in a better position to serve more kids and keep that interest in science going.”

Maintaining and replacing elementary school playgrounds have long been the responsibility of PTAs. Under this bond proposal, the school district will take over the costs associated with replacements of these large structures with an allotment of $2.65 million. Essentially, PTAs will no longer carry the financial burden for playgrounds.

The committee’s preliminary recommendation calls for $499 million in improvements, likely sought through a voter-approved bond election in May 2017. The recommendation equates to a 4 cent increase on the tax rate or a $7.44 per month increase of property taxes on a median-priced home.

The current tax rate in CCISD is $1.40 per $100 valuation, significantly lower than in 2005 when it was $1.77 per $100 valuation. Homeowners 65 years and older would not be impacted by a tax rate increase as their property taxes are frozen by law.

The committee readily admits this is a preliminary recommendation and revisions will likely be made following public input over the next several weeks through public meetings and a phone survey. Based on that input, the committee may revise its recommendations prior to making a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees in February.

“We called on a diverse group of citizens to bring forward a recommendation that will ensure this high performing school district continues to provide physical learning environments that meet the community’s needs while maintaining the district’s fiscally responsible position,” said Dr. Laura DuPont, school board president.  “We thank them for the countless hours they volunteered and their willingness to seek public input before a final proposal is presented later in February.”  To view the entire recommendation, click here or visit www.ccisd.net.

CCISD announces 2016 Citizen of the Year

October 13th, 2016

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Joyce Abbey to be honored Nov. 5

Each year the Clear Creek School District takes great pride in naming and honoring a Citizen of the Year who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the district and excellence in public education through their volunteer efforts.

The 2016 Citizen of the Year is Joyce Abbey, who is both a CCISD alumna and known advocate for the advancement of STEM programming in public education.

“Joyce’s service to this district and community is a full circle success story of a Clear Creek High School graduate who takes every opportunity she has to advocate for what a good education can mean to a child,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith said.

As the Citizen of the Year, she will be honored at the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s Gala Saturday, Nov. 5 at South Shore Harbour Resort, along with the Foundation’s selected honorees.

As the SAIC employee communications and external relations director, Abbey is also known for her championing of human spaceflight. She spearheads the Aerospace Teacher Extern Program which equips teachers to connect educational skills with what is happening in the workplace and industry, and the vast number and variety of career options available to students.

The nomination reads in part: “A well-known ‘spark starter,’ Ms. Abbey advocates for support of STEM initiatives to her aerospace, and non-aerospace counterparts alike, rallying both businesses and volunteers onboard to support their local school district and student programs.” Abbey is also visibly dedicated to the greater community through her long-time support of many non-profit programs and organizations including Special Olympics, Hope Village, Feds Feed Families and Help Our Military Endure (HOME), to name a few.

For more information on the Clear Creek Education Foundation Gala or to purchase tickets, contact CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hanson at 281.284.0031.

Other awardees to be honored at the 2016 gala, “From Inspiration to Reality” include:

George G. Carlisle
Distinguished Service Award
Scott Rainey
 
Citizen of the Year
Joyce BK Abbey
 
Distinguished Alumni Award
Janet Norman Brown
Thomas W. Horton
Riley Salmon
Dr. Brian Woods
 
CCISD Superstar Award
Jerry Smith
Dale Jensen, CCISD Secondary & Region 4 Teacher of the Year
Kristi Roney, CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year 
Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award
Carol & Jim Saxe – Putt Putt Fun House

 

CCISD Rated Among Top Places to Work in Houston

November 12th, 2014

0514-topworkplacesThe Clear Creek School District — for the third consecutive year — has been selected as one of The Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces and ranked No. 17 out of 150 top places to work in Houston.

“What an honor to receive this designation again,” Dr. Greg Smith, CCISD superintendent, said. “It is special because the judges are our employees, who indicate they believe the district continues to move forward and strives to be a visionary leader in education.”

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback in a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, that shows CCISD employees are happy with the district’s direction, have confidence in their leader and believe CCISD operates with strong values and ethics.

According to one teacher who participated in the survey, “As our world moves into higher levels of technology and a computer based world, CCISD is moving right along with it. It is refreshing as a teacher to have the ability to create Internet-based lessons that are available to all students because of district supplied computers.

“CCISD is removing the barriers of low-income etc. to level the learning playing field, now the sky is the limit for all students, not just the well-off ones.” The Chronicle published the complete list of Top Workplaces Nov. 9. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit www.topworkplaces.com.