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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.

Sur-prize Patrol

July 1st, 2016

Amanda Mark and Crystal Bruning with the League City Intermediate PTA present Madeline Boehning with her grant for “Personalization and Pop Culture Improve Writing”. Also pictured is her excited principal from League City Intermediate Kim Brouillard.

Amanda Mark and Crystal Bruning with the League City Intermediate PTA present Madeline Boehning with her grant for “Personalization and Pop Culture Improve Writing”. Also pictured is her excited principal from League City Intermediate Kim Brouillard.

CCEF passes out over $100,000 in grants to students, teachers

The Clear Creek Education Foundation visited 34 outstanding CCISD teachers on 20 campuses during its annual Sur-Prize Patrol – leaving the teachers wide eyed and wearing big smiles as CCEF board members and community partners passed out Teacher Innovative Grants totaling more than $97,000.

In a surprise move, another $11,000 was awarded students.

The Clear Creek Education Foundation awards teachers with grant money each year through its Teacher Innovative Grant Program, giving them the opportunity to take education to the next level and providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom.  Since the Foundation’s inception in 1992, more than $2 million in Teacher Innovative Grants have been disbursed district-wide.

The impact of the Teacher Innovative Grants is tremendous, as CCISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Ebell, pointed out. “It not only changes classrooms, it enhances teaching and provides opportunities that students would not normally have in the classroom.”

Vy Tran of Clear Horizons Early College High School can hardly contain her excitement on winning her grant, “Community Health and Education Fair.” Helping her celebrate are sponsors Rebecca Lilley with Memorial Hermann Southeast, CHECHS principal Dr. Brett Lemley, Danny Brewster with IBI Architects and teacher sponsor Valerie Kahlich.

Vy Tran of Clear Horizons Early College High School can hardly contain her excitement on winning her grant, “Community Health and Education Fair.” Helping her celebrate are sponsors Rebecca Lilley with Memorial Hermann Southeast, CHECHS principal Dr. Brett Lemley, Danny Brewster with IBI Architects and teacher sponsor Valerie Kahlich.

From take-home makerspaces that will impact three campuses, a courtroom on wheels, Google Cardboard kits, writing while learning character building programs — and so many more — this year’s Teacher Innovative Grants were more innovative than ever and will impact over 20,000 students either directly or indirectly.

CCEF was excited to open the opportunity for high school students to apply this year through the Student – Teacher Innovative Grant program and will be funding over $11,000 to four high school students for the 2016 – 2017 school year.

“CCEF was excited to revamp our funding opportunities for teachers this year and decided to get a little innovative ourselves and allow CCISD’s students to apply,” said Danny Brewster, CCEF programs chairman. “We were very excited about the results and look to fund many more talented students in the future.”

Funding from the Clear Creek Education Foundation is made possible thanks to the many Friends of the Foundation, individuals and businesses, who have partnered together to Support Educational Excellence in CCISD through the Teacher Innovative Grant Program.  The Foundation feels the Teacher Innovative Grant Program is a vital and necessary strategy in assisting teachers in maintaining the high level of achievement in CCISD.

The  2016-2017 grant recipients are:
Brandy Magdos, Bauerschlag Elementary
Julie Edwards, Bayside Intermediate
Hope Taub, Clear Brook High
Ryan Davies, Clear Brook High
Kerry Whitfill, Clear Brook High
Patricia Medina, Clear Brook High
Stacey Lange, Clear Creek High
David Golden, Clear Creek Intermediate
Dawn Marcantel, Clear Creek Intermediate
Jana Hackett, Clear Creek Intermediate
Leah Bossi, Clear Falls High
Carla Burris, Clear Falls High
Natandra McGill, Clear Horizons
Heather Jefferson, Clear Lake High
Shirley Dickey, Clear Lake High
Molly Kistler, Clear Path
Ashlie Paige, Clear Springs High
Ashley Highsmith, Clear Springs High
Karen Haddad and Ivanell George, Clear Springs High
Alberto Perez, Creekside Intermediate
Kristie Graves, Falcon Pass Elementary
Vicki Mangum, Landolt Elementary
Nicole Transou, League City Elementary
Scarle) Walker, League City Intermediate
Madeline Boehning, League City Intermediate
Brandy Magdos, Ross Elementary
Catherine Wampler, Ross Elementary
Angela Deschner, Ross Elementary
Christine Hawthorne, Mossman Elementary
Katrina Zannier, Victory Lakes Intermediate
Miriam Bailey, Whitcomb Elementary
Tamiko Brown, White Elementary

Student Grant Winners
Syamantak Payra, Clear Brook High
Victoria Galindo and Linda Nguyen, Clear Falls High
Vy Tran, Clear Horizons
Emily Jue, Clear Springs High

Sponsors who helped made the grants possible include Perdue Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott, Joiner Architects, Bauerschlag PTA, Balfour, Lockheed Martin, Lewis Jewelers, DeBusk Services, CCEF Tennis Tourney, Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai employees, Marathon Petroleum, Steve Jackson, Mimi and Mike Huss, Gary and Dr. Sandra Mossman, Icon Bank, HEB, HydroChem, Gulf Coast Pipeline Services, CCISD cabinet and trustees, HomeTown Bank, McRee Ford, South Shore Grille, BP Texas City, PBK Architects, Chemical Process, Primrose-Clear Lake, VLK Architects, Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union, League City Intermediate PTA, Bartlett Cocke Contractors, Durotech, Norman Frede Chevrolet, Maxim Group, Raymond James Financial Services, LyondellBasell, BB&T, Memorial Herman Southeast and IBI Architects.