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Campus Updates: October 9 – 15


Academy of Science & Technology
During his junior year while a student in SRD II class, Noah Tatman, was tasked with submitting a project to a competition. He selected the Future Engineers organization Think Outside The Box.  As part of the challenge Noah had to design an object that 3D printing. He was to design an object that assembles, telescopes, hinges, accordions, grows or expands to become larger than the printing bounds of the AMF3D printer (14cmlong x 10 cm wide x 10cm tall). The assembled or expanded item should be useful for an astronaut living in microgravity on the international space station. Noah did indeed design an item. As a result Noah designed a space clamp. He was selected a semi-finalist and just recently a finalist in the competition.

The National Merit Scholarship Program announced the students who have been recognized as Commended Scholars as a result of their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT taken in their junior year. Congratulations to the following 26 students as Commended Scholars:Daniel Balledos, Rishabh Bhatnagar, Michael Bohnet, Michael Calizzi, Kelly Conlon, Amanda Doyle, Daniel Duran, Davis Fridley, Jana Hustedt, Moonhee Kang, Glen Lauritsen, Mason Loss, Rachel Luomala, Alexander Nutt, Jiayi Qu, Roshni Sen, Pravin Sivagnanakumar, Janet Sonka, Juliana Steward, Jordan Sterling, Kevin Svetlitski, Alessandro Topini, Zivan Vasquez, Tori Windrich, Annie Zhang, and Claire Zhang.

Our next lecture is Thursday, October 20 Brittany Rhodes, MSOP Prosthetics and Orthotics- A Career Improving Individuals’ Lives.

On Tuesday, November 8; Dusty Alexander, Global Shop Solutions-Using Technology to Solve Manufacturing Problems.

Buckalew Elementary
October 10 to 14 is the Kindergarten Coat Drive.  New and lightly used coats for children of all ages will be collected for CISD students at other schools. Please bring your coats and deposit them in the large boxes around the school entrances.

Each week students have the opportunity to be nominated as “Student of the Week” when they demonstrate any of the 7 Keys to Success we teach at our school.  Students nominated receive a special certificate to take home.  They are then entered into a weekly drawing. The winners are on the announcements and are presented a “Principal’s Medallion.”  One student per grade level is drawn weekly.  The winners for this week are:  Charlie Baer, Diego Pina, Parthiv Ramadugu, Maddox Johnson, and Dylan Day.

Bush Elementary
On Tuesday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m., the Love and Logic seminar will continue our Activity Room

On Friday, October 22, report cards will go home. Also on that date, Kona Ice will be at our school to reward the children who have earned the NEAT (Never Ever Absent or Tardy) award with snow cones. Author Liesel Shurtliff will visit Bush on this date. Lastly, Third grade will have a lock-in.


Collins Intermediate
Monday, October 10 at 1:15 p.m., there will be a PTO meeting.

Tuesday, October 11 at 9 a.m., Junior Achievement volunteers training.

Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m., Junior Achievement make-up training.

Thursday, October 13, Cobra Council will have their first iPod Day to raise money for the Collins Scholarship fund.

Thank you to Grub Burgers for hosting our Collins Spirit Night we appreciate your support.

Cox Intermediate
Timberwolf teachers are Recognizing Our Committed Kids. Teachers are keeping their eyes out for students who are making great choices in behavior. Congratulations to the following students, you rock. Emily Hill, Landon Coutee, Jazlyne Dockins-Azpeitia, Camden Partridge, Adrian Tapia, Emma Vincent,  Ashlyn Roberts, Jaime Ramirez, Kaitlyn Belcher, Emma Engle, Halle Manners, Rusetsa Karamagi, Katherine Hart, Breanna Flores, Nidhi Hebbar, Jorja Bragg, Landen Lara, Thy Ho, Jannet Vences, Rachel Jimenez, Chiamaka Anude, Sophia Winston, Natalia Quezada, Gian Carlo Iragorri-Salazar, Houston Cortez, Mayci Coe, Mark Garcia, Robert Stringer,  Bailey Bruschke, Liv Evely, Olivia Kirby, Madison Guss, Madeline Guajardo, Hudson Hamilton, Triniti Suarez, Mia Kellner, Abigail Thundathil, Asaiah Hubbard, Edwin Zheng, Paige Hass, Ryland Woods, Sheldon Baria, Jack Shields, Hailey Husley, Paetyn Calder, Garret Abernathy, Ryan Castillo, Logan Llorens, Gem Mani and Siera Pena.


Creighton Elementary
October 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Denise Cipolla, Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling, and Manuel Texidor, Crisis Counselor, will present Raising Healthy Children – Building Resiliency. This presentation will address the three C’s, Connecting, Communicating, and Coordinating. Teaching families to build a strong foundation using communication and resourcefulness and resiliency in times of distress and crisis.

October 14 is an Early Release day for students.


Galatas Elementary
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will take place from October 10-14.

There will be a PTO meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11.

There will be an early dismissal on Friday, October 14. Students will be released at 12:10 p.m.

Giesinger Elementary
We are very excited about our new Character Education program. Each month we will celebrate and learn about a new character trait. Toward the end of the each month, one student from each class will be chosen as the student that has been the best role model when it comes to that character trait. We will teach the students about the traits through morning announcements and classroom guidance lessons. In September, we focused on Respect. Children learned that respect is: treating others the way they want to be treated, using good manners, accepting others and their differences, and handling conflicts peacefully. Our goal at Giesinger is to create a culture of caring, respect, and personal responsibility by incorporating positive character traits throughout the school year.


Hailey Elementary
Attendance counts for every child every day. Congratulations to Mrs. Butler’s and Mrs. Williams’ third grade classes on achieving 10 Attendance Rockets for the whole class being on time and staying at school all day!

Wednesday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m., our students and staff will participate in The Woodlands College Park High School Red Wagon Parade at Woodforest Stadium.  Students are invited to wear a Hailey t-shirt or Hailey colors (red, white and blue) and come join the fun. Parents are asked to check-in students at the Hailey zone outside the north end of the stadium, and be seated in the stands on the west side of the stadium to watch the parade. All students will be directly supervised by a Hailey staff member throughout the parade until pick-up. Immediately after Hailey marches in the parade, parents are asked to pick up their children from the Hailey zone.

The Dads Club will sponsor Donuts with Divas October 12-13 at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students are invited to eat donuts with their mom, and second, third and fourth graders will come on Thursday, October 13. Children are welcome to bring another special adult if their mom is unable to attend.

Friday, October 14 is a district-wide early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. according to their normal transportation arrangements. Students will eat lunch at school before dismissal and are encouraged to bring a sack lunch on this day. Lunch will be sold in the cafeteria as usual.

Do you have coats and jackets in need of a new home? Our school is participating in the CISD Police Coats for Kids Drive through October 17.  Please place gently used coats, jackets and sweaters in the bin located in our front office. Children’s and adult sizes are welcome, with a particular need for adult size coats and jackets. If you have unwanted coats in your closets, please share them with this worthy cause and help some of our neighbors stay warm this winter.

Students can bring aluminum cans, foil, pans, and aluminum computer parts for recycling every Friday morning for our Cash for Cans program, which helps support our school. Please deliver recyclables to the front porch when arriving at school.

Kaufman Elementary
Friday, October 14, Kindergarten has a Nursery Rhyme Parade starting at 8:15.  Parents are welcome to attend this fun event.


Mitchell Intermediate
Friday, October 14 is the end of the 1st Quarter.

The school will be having an Evacuation and Severe Weather Drill on Friday, October 14 at 9 a.m.

On Friday, October 14, we will have an early dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

The Fifth Grade students will be hosting an Open House in their LCs on October, 18.  The times are as follows (by child’s last name):  5-5:45 p.m. -A-G; 6:15-7 p.m. -H-O; 7:15-8 p.m. -P-Z.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to the Mitchell Library from October 17 – 28 and will be open daily from 8:30-4:30 p.m. The fair will also be open late on the following dates and times: October 18 during 5th grade open house from 5-7:30 p.m. And during Wax Museum presentations on Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m.

Mitchell Intermediate will be hosting award winning author Liesl Shurtliff on October 21 for a school wide author visit. If you would like to order any of her books to have signed, please print off and complete the order form attached to the Messenger. Cash or checks made out to Mitchell Intermediate will be accepted, but please note that cash must be exact change. To learn more about the author and her books, please visit her website at:


Oak Ridge High School
The Oak Ridge High School Wind Ensemble has been named a National Winner in the 2016 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors project. The Mark of Excellence is a national school music competition that honors music programs and their ensemble for high standards in performance. The project received entries from 36 different states and this year received 236 entries. The Oak Ridge High School Wind Ensemble was one of 8 National Winners. We are very excited, it’s good to be a War Eagle!

The Varsity Tenor Bass Choir was selected as a Commended Winner in the 2016 Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honors project. They placed second in their category and were one of only nine choirs to receive an award. There were numerous submissions from 36 states this year. 2016 was the first year for the Men’s Choir to compete at UIL in over five years, which gave us the recording we used in the Mark of Excellence Competition. We are very proud of these young men and all of their hard work last school year!

Congratulations to Jennifer Nguyen who was the tournament champion in original oratory at the Houston Memorial tournament on September 16 and 17.  Jennifer earned 8 more points toward the state meet.


Powell Elementary
Students will be participating in The Woodlands College Park High School Red Wagon Homecoming Parade.  Students are invited to walk with the parade float at Woodforest Stadium, October 12 at 5:30 p.m.  Students will meet at the at the Powell Elementary parade float at the left end of the stadium at 5 p.m.

Skate Night will be held October 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sk8 Town on Rayford Road.  All students and siblings are invited to attend this Parent Teacher Organization sponsored event.

October 14 is an early release day.  School will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m.

Storybook Parade is October 14 at 8:30 a.m.  Students are welcome to dress as their favorite storybook character as we parade around the school.  Students must carry a copy of the book that features their character.

Rice Elementary
Wednesday, October 12 Rice students will take fall pictures.

Rice Open House will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Come joins us for our Color Run on Friday, October 14.
Our second graders will be going to P6 Farm for their field trip on Thursday, October 20.
Rice third graders will present their program on Friday, October 21 at 9 a.m.
Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated the week on October 24.
October 28 our Rice Way Pep Rally will be held.
The Conroe Fire Department will visit with our students on October 31.
Kona Ice will be at Rice on Wednesday, November 9.
Friday, November 11 Rice will host a Family Game Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Snyder Elementary
October 14 is an Early Release Day.  Dismissal will begin at 12:10 p.m.

Mark your calendars!  Coming up October 11 is the start of our Boosterthon.  October 21 is our Boosterthon Fun Run.  More information to come!


Tough Elementary
Tuesday, October 18 Coulson Tough Elementary will present “Drugs and Alcohol in Our community, What Every Parent Needs to Know”.  Featured speakers include CISD Chief William Harness, CISD Sergeant Julie Wright, EMS Supervisor Patrick Langan and David Parmer.  Topics of discussion will include drug and alcohol trends in our feeder zone, warning signs to watch for and how to talk to your children about drugs.  The presentation will take place at 6:00pm in the Coulson Tough Commons.  Due to the nature of the topic, please make childcare arrangements as this program is intended for adults only.

Coulson Tough had a wonderful visit from the Dogs of Character Program on Friday, September 23.  Dogs of Character bring very special rescued dogs to schools to teach children life lessons in perseverance, self-worth, loyalty and empathy.  The children loved hearing the inspirational stories of each of the dogs and enjoyed getting a chance to meet them up close.


Travis Intermediate
Congratulations Artists of the Month goes to Jonathan Aguayo, Isabel Sanchez, Fernanda Avila, Steven Lopez, German Ardon, Jade Mendoza, Cristian Porras, and Angel Martinez.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Choir Council. Council leaders are President Melanie Galvez, Vice President Belen Rangel, and Secretaries Jamari Lyons and Adrianna DeLeon.

In support of National Hunger Action Month and the Montgomery County Food Bank, the school participated in penny wars. Students were encouraged to bring in pennies to place in their team’s bucket at lunch. The lunch period with the most pennies will be announced for a special treat.

Early release will be on Friday, October 14.

Friday, October 14 will be the first pep rally. Travis PRIDE will be in full force for this special event.


Washington Junior High
The Fall Choir Concert will be October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The Fall Dance will be October 28 from 4 pm to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.


Wilkinson Elementary
Individual pictures will be Tuesday, October 11.

Friday, October 14 second grade Grandparents Day Celebration. Early release Friday, October 14 at 12 p.m.

The Wilkinson Lion Dash will be Saturday, October 22. There is a 5K fun Run/Walk and a 1 mile Run/Walk. Online registration for the Wilkinson Lion Dash Fun Run is available now at: or you can visit the Wilkinson Website.

Have a roaring good week.