Events, projects start school year
Parents and students are running down to-do lists and schools and colleges in the Friendswood area are bustling with activity as classes begin.
School supply lists available on TeacherLists
Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year as all of their school’s supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com.
With one or two clicks, parents can find their child’s exact supply list and then click to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office Depot and Amazon to purchase their list and have it shipped to their home. Target, Walmart and Office Depot also offer in store pick-up.
The site includes lists for numerous schools in the region, such as St. Helen Catholic School in Pearland, Barbara Cockrell Elementary in Pearland, White Elementary School in El Lago, Clear Brook High School and Bales Intermediate School in Friendswood, Deer Park Elementary School in Deer Park, Jennie Reid Elementary in La Porte and Burnett Elementary School and Rick Schneider Middle School in Pasadena.
All the lists are available at www.teacherlists.com/parents.
Westwood Elementary hosts Kinder Kamp
On Aug. 3, Westwood Elementary School incoming kindergartners attended the first-ever Kinder Kamp. The students took a tour of the building, saw the classrooms and learned the basic skills they will need for Friendswood school.
Students learned how to walk in a line, rotate through stations and raise their hand to ask questions. They also played with blocks had a story time and danced to children’s songs.
While the students were in classrooms working with their teachers, parents were invited to attend a meeting where they were able to get information on forming a kinder-parent network, learn about Westwood and get questions answered.
Cline Elementary School will host “Kick-Off to Kinder” on Aug. 13 from 8-10 a.m.
CCISD’s guidelines for free, reduced meals
Clear Creek Independent School District students who can’t afford to pay the full price of school meals will be able to participate in a free and reduced-price meal program.
According to Fred Walker, the district’s director of child nutrition service, the district will use guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine eligibility for participation in the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. Reduced price meals cost 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
Qualification standards are based on the number of family members and income. Applicants must turn in the eligibility determination group number for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
Families who do not have those must list the following:
names of all household members
the last four digits of the Social Security number of the family’s primary wage earner or the household member who signs the form
last month’s income and how often it was received for each household member with an income, and
signature of an adult household member.
Information submitted on the application may be verified as required by law. For more information, call 281-284-0712.
Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of the state agency or court are eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household where they live.
Applications are available at schoolcafe.com. To apply, households must fill out the online application. Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year.
Foundation to host fundraising events
The Clear Creek Education Foundation will host its fifth annual “Dine Out to Donate” event on Oct. 1 and its “Ride to Give,” in partnership with the Kemah Boardwalk on Oct. 5-7.
Residents can enjoy a meal at one of the 64 participating restaurant on Oct. 1, and restaurant proprietors will donate a portion of the proceeds to CCEF.
The top three Clear Creek ISD elementary, intermediate and high school campuses with the highest percentage of participation based on student population will win cash awards, with $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.
On the “Ride to Give” at the Kemah Boardwalk dates, patrons can purchase discounted amusement ride wristbands. Discounted wristbands are $20.99 for anyone 48 inches and taller and $15.99 for anyone under 48 inches. The Kemah Boardwalk will also donate $4 for every discounted wristband purchased to support the CCEF. To purchase a discounted wristband, bring the printable flier that can be found on the foundation’s website. The first 50 wristbands sold will receive a free ticket to Stingray Reef.
Patrons are encouraged to bring the printable flier for both “Dine Out to Donate” and “Ride to Give” that can be found on the foundation’s website at clearcreekeducationfoundation.org.
On the “Ride to Give” at the Kemah Boardwalk dates, patrons can purchase discounted amusement ride wristbands. Discounted wristbands are $20.99 for anyone 48 inches and taller and $15.99 for anyone under 48 inches. The Kemah Boardwalk will also donate $4 for every discounted wristband purchased to support the foundation. To purchase a discounted wristband, bring the printable flier that can be found on the foundation’s website. The first 50 wristbands sold will receive a free ticket to Stingray Reef.
Patrons are encouraged to bring the printable flier for both “Dine Out to Donate” and “Ride to Give” that can be found on the foundation’s website.
UHCL offers awards to qualifying transfer students
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers financial support for students transferring from other institutions. UH-Clear Lake’s Automatic Transfer Scholarship does not require a separate application. Qualifying students need only to meet the Aug. 27 admissions deadline to be eligible.
New, first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students transferring from another college or university with at least 30 transferable credit hours and a transfer GPA of 2.75 or higher can receive a $750 award for each long semester (fall and spring, excluding summer semesters) if they enroll in more than nine credit hours of classes at UHCL. The funds are automatically deducted from the student’s tuition fee and no application is needed.
Students are eligible to renew the scholarship if they maintained consecutive enrollment in their first two long semesters at UHCL, earned a minimum of 18 hours of academic credit before the start of the third long semester, and maintained a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher. They must also be enrolled in nine or more credit hours at UHCL in their third consecutive long semester.
Nearly two-thirds of students at UHCL receive financial aid. For more information about the Automatic Transfer Scholarship and other financial aid options offered at UHCL, visit uhcl.edu/costs-aid/apply-for-aid.
Fall construction to start on San Jac facilities
Funded through voter approval of a $425 million San Jacinto College bond package in November 2015, progress on infrastructure updates and new facilities on each of the San Jac campuses has begun, with four buildings set for groundbreaking this fall.
On the Central Campus, the 145,000-square-foot Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is taking shape on the edge of the campus along Fairmont Parkway. When it opens in 2019, it will be a petrochemical training facility for industry and will house programs in process technology, instrumentation, electrical technology, non-destructive testing and craft trades.
Set to break ground this fall on the Central Campus is a $16.6 million, 43,000-square-foot welcome center offering enrollment services, advising, financial aid, tutoring and other related services.A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 19, and the building is expected to open summer 2019.
The San Jacinto College North Campus is set to break ground on a cosmetology/culinary arts center at 8 a.m. Sept. 21. The 57,000-square-foot facility at a cost of $22.3 million will house the college’s culinary arts and North Campus cosmetology programs. The center is scheduled to open fall 2019.
At the South Campus, groundbreaking for a $27.7 million, 74,000-square-foot Center for Engineering and Technology is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 5. The center will house programs in engineering, engineering technology, biomedical equipment repair technology, engineering design graphics, electronics, and computer information technology. The San Jacinto College engineering program has seen a 108 percent enrollment increase since the 2015 semester.
Also set for construction this fall at the South Campus is a $15.8 million, 39,300-square-foot cosmetology center. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 7, and the building is anticipated to be completed late summer 2019.
FISD hires a new communications specialist
The Friendswood Independent School District Communication Department has welcomed communications specialist Kelsey Purcell to the team.
Purcell is a May 2018 graduate from Midwestern State University. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication with a minor in Public Relations and advertising. Purcell has a background in website design and social media, but her passion is writing. She fell in love with journalism during her time writing for her campus newspaper, The Wichitan.
Purcell grew up in Alvin and attended Alvin High School.
Purcell will be responsible for maintaining the district website, writing articles and press releases, helping maintain social media platforms and generating content for the website and social media. She will assist director of communications Dayna Owen.
St. Thomas School gets a new look
St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School in Nassau Bay is in the process or renovating and upgrading its classroom hallway, the library and establishing a unique learning space to be called the Studio.
With a view of Clear Lake and ample natural light, the Studio is a creative environment for students to explore the world. It is part art studio, part maker space, and part science lab.
For more information about the school, contact Moisina Sanxhaku, director of admissions at 281-333-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.