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Campus Updates: April 20 – 26

Academy of Science & Technology
More than 50 students from Conroe ISD traveled to the State Science and Engineering Fair last weekend with sponsors. Of this number, the Academy sent 33 students-a record number. The results for the Academy appear below: Intel Finalist – Daniel Duran; First Place:  Daniel Duran, Hannah Meiseles, Andrew Yu, and the team of Megan Alam and Juliana Steward. Second Place:  Margaret Steiner and the team of Vidisha Ganesh and Jenny Qu. Third Place:  Kevin Svetlitski and Matthew Winningham. Special Awards: Office of Naval Research- Margaret Steiner and Hannah Meiseles. Texas Board of Professional Engineers Future Engineers-team of Hina Akbar and Annie Zhang.

State Destination Imagination

The Academy sent six teams to State. Ultimately, five of the teams advance to DI Global in Knoxville, TN in May.  Congratulations to all of the students who participated in DI this year!


The five teams that are advancing to DI Global are: The Circle:  Jack Overbeck, Makenzie Higdon, Caroline Booth, Nick Esposito, Anna Cunningham, Dylan Stobart, and Jheri Richards. Challenge: Technical. Be-leaf-ers: Smita Centala, Yashi Prasad, Alice Cao, Blake Conklin, Will Beaty, Kaustubh Gopal, and Daniel Pallares.  Challenge: Scientific. Brow-hemian Rhapsody:  Maria Rossi, Mary Robbins, Annie Turney, Victoria Li, Justin Stobart, Luis Berardi, and Matthew Liu. Challenge: Fine Art. Spoiler Alert:  Kristen Bohnet, Kathleen Cahill, Kelly Conlon, Rachel Luomala, Sania Zia, Alex Kremer and Ryan Weeratunga. Challenge: Fine Art. The DI Bookworms: Abbey Madeley, Jana Hustedt, Krystal Cardinal, Nivva Emmi, Jack Fluth, Pravin Sivagnanakumar, and Franklin Shi. Challenge: Outreach.


The Academy made history as the first time a school had teams place first and second in the same challenge. Brow-hemian Rhapsody and Spoiler Alert took first and second respectively.


Envirothon: Two of the four Academy teams competed in the recent State Envirothon competition. Team Salamander took first place in Soils and team Alpaca took first place in Oral Presentation. Our teams earned second place overall. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work this year.


The FIRST Robotics team, also known as Texas Torque, competed in the FIRST Lone Star Regionals last weekend. Although they made it into the quarter finals, they were ultimately defeated. However, the team received the Creativity Award. This award along with the Entrepreneurship Award won at the Utah Regional and the Chairman’s Award and Industrial Safety Award won at the Alamo Regional have made this year an incredible competition year!


Bush Elementary
Congratulations to our Paws for Pride (Humanitarian) winners for the month of March: Kindergarten, Juan Aguirre; First Grade, Peyton Harthcock; Second Grade, Arete Bolka; Third Grade, Ben Cole; and Fourth Grade, Daniel Palomo.  These Bobcats exhibit extraordinary acts of kindness.


On April 25, our Fourth Grade students will visit Mitchell Intermediate.


On April 26, Progress Reports go home.


Caney Creek High School
The Powderpuff game will be on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30.  The community and over 20 clubs and organizations will be participating.  There will be contests, prizes, food, and fun! The special halftime show will feature the “cheerleaders” doing an intricate dance routine that will get everyone involved.  All are invited to attend.


Collins Intermediate
April 25th 6th grade Colossal Cobra Awards 3pm.


April 26th 5th grade Colossal Cobra Awards 3pm.


Congratulations to all the band participants in the 6th Grade Solo & Ensemble Contest at Wilkerson Intermediate School on Saturday, April 9th.  We would like to congratulate everyone on all their hard work.  The following students received medals for their effort:


Natalia Bautista, Nicholas Dale, Emily Dieu, Madi Dominguez, Joseph Estraca, Madison Faith, Matthew Fife, Lannon Fitzsimons, Alex Fonseca, Ali Gaber, Graham Henrichsen, Haley Higgins, Kendall Higgins, Matthew Lansangan, C.J. Liotta, Tiffany Ozols, Holly Pawlowski, Victoria Petrosino, Madelyn Pierce, Vito Salvaggio, Morgan Schaefer, Reagan Schaefer, Karis Smith, Elizabeth Stallons, Katelyn Trinh, Reid Valencia, Ian Westwood, Sydney Wood.


Daniel Andre, David Asare, Gabriel Barrientos, Alex Bass-Hill, Simon Bebak, David Bergman, Alex Brigman, Ayden Cardiel, Aidan Crowe, Carter Deal, Hannah Dollar, Carson Draeger, Andrew Edmonson, Fernando Esterellas, Samantha Estraca, Bruno Fernandez, Zach Fraley, Malynne Frolick, Thomas Gault, Joe Golden, Mariela Gonzalez, Dylan Guerra, Neel Gundlapally, Matthew Hand, Liberty Hasselgren, Gavin Henderson, Jay Henshaw, Ashley Hensley, Owen Hulshof, Julia Hutton, Ellis Ibizugbe, Corbin Jeffers, Sarah Kelly, Cale King, Ty Kokinis, Ana Krayer, Kristen Lincoln, Grant Lothringer, Emily Madeley, Alana May, Cooper McDaniel, Thomas McLaughlin, Austin Meredith, Spencer Myers, Sanat Nair, Kenzington Nixon, Brandon Nye, Alex Oeswein, Anson Olive, Mason Paslay, David Pfister, Sarah Pickle, Jeffrey Pike, Alexei Pistoun, Grant Pruett, Zander Pruett, Rafe Pugh, Carli Rabson, Aidon Reynolds, Juan Pablo Ruiz, Sidharth Samudrala, Jacob Schaffer, Kristopher Schneider, Lorenzo Schnicer, Connor Scott, Lindsey Shea, Michael Shepherd, Cade Sickles, Madeline Smith, Caleb Stafford, Hayden Tompkins, Ashley Washburn, Madeline Welch, Zach Welton, Andrew West, Joshua Willingham, Sebastian Witteveld, Luke Wojciuch & Jason Yoffe.


Kaufman Elementary
Second graders will be hosting a Reading Restaurant on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21.  Each year parents get to attend this wonderful event, which highlights the hard work students are doing as well as show off how much they love to read.

On Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m., Kindergarten will perform a program for family and friends.  They will also be performing again for students and faculty on Friday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, April 22 classrooms will be celebrating Earth Day through a wide variety of fun learning activities.  There will also be a Cupstack Tournament in the gym during P.E. classes.

Tuesday, April 26 will be our Kendra Scott PTO Spirit Night from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.  Have fun shopping while supporting the Kaufman Cougars.


Lamar Elementary
Lamar Elementary will be having a spirit night at Fudruckers on April 21. Come support our school!


McCullough Junior High
As a reminder, May 2 at 4 p.m. is the final deadline for all elective requests, core course selections, physical education requirement choices, and submission of private physical education paperwork for the 2016-2017 academic year. Requests can be submitted electronically via email to your child’s counselor.


Recently McCullough was named a Texas Honor Roll school by the Education Results Partnership. This award is given to a select few schools statewide who demonstrate consistently higher levels of academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. More information is available at


11 of our students recently received the Duke TIP Grand Recognition. These students took the high school ACT or SAT college entrance tests as seventh graders! McCullough had almost 200 of those 7th graders who qualified to actually sign up to take these tests. These 11 students recognized represent those who scored among the top 3% across the nation!


Oak Ridge High School
Congratulations to the Oak Ridge High School Varsity Color Guard who traveled to Dayton, Ohio last week to compete in the Winterguard International World Championships.  There were 168 color guards in their classification and the ORHS guard was seeded 38th going into the contest.   We were not predicted to advance past the semi-final round, but in true War Eagle fashion our girls gave a phenomenal performance in the semi-final and earned a place in the FINALS competition.   By making the FINALS round our color guard is now one of the top 24 guards in the country.   The ORHS guard has not competed at the national level since 2011, we are incredibly proud of the work they have done and the way they have represented our program, our school and our community.


Powell Elementary
Photo Texas will take kindergarten graduation pictures April 22.


First and Second grade students will take a math benchmark April 26.


Travis Intermediate
Game Night for all students and their families is Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Join us for this fun family event!


Congratulations to the sixth grade Solo and Ensemble Competition students! Receiving a rating of 1, or superior performance was Lyndze Gattis, Carolina Lara, Francisco Alcaide, Omar Cabello, Nathaly Perales, Annie Espinoza, Zoie Hirsch, Ian Irvin, Jose Meza, Angel Garcia, Michelle Barcenas, and Raymond Kolb.  Receiving a rating of 2, or excellent performance was Bernardo Fernandez and Jackson McDonald.