Montgomery County education briefs: Jan. 7-11

January 12, 2019 GMT

Conroe ISD employee named counselor of the year

Ashley Wright, a Bradley Elementary School counselor, was recently named Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Texas School Counselor Association.

Wright said she was nominated by several people and chosen based on the comprehensive counseling program she and her staff are building at Bradley. The school’s staff and parents held a surprise celebration for her Jan. 10.

Wright said she was overwhelmed with joy.

“I’m still trying to let it all sink in…I’m so blessed by my staff,” Wright said.

The Woodlands High School Art Trust reception

A reception is scheduled at The Woodlands High School from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18 to view 12 nominated artworks from Texas artists up for consideration by high school’s Art Trust.

The group currently has a collection of 39 pieces, voted for by the student body, displayed through the trust. This is the ninth year the trust is building the collection of student selected and purchased works to display both at the high school and ninth grade campus.


John Cooper Empty Bowls event is Feb. 23

The John Cooper School plans to host the 14th annual Empty Bowls event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. While students and staff have raised more than $90,000 from previous events, the school’s National Art Honor Society and Cooper Art Society are determined to raise more this year.

The event seeks to help fight hunger in the community, and all proceeds raised will benefit the Interfaith of The Woodlands’ food pantry. Tickets cost $10, and preregistration is preferred at the school’s website.

At the event, which is open to the public, attendees can eat soup, bid in a silent auction, view student art and leave with a handmade bowl.

Government shutdown affects LSC federal student aid

Officials with the Lone Star College System reported a modest impact on the distribution of federal student financial aid due to the partial government shutdown.

“We plan to continue to award students and then once the government reopens we will then review the files again,” said LSC’s Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Mott in an email.

According to a statement from the federal Department of Education, the Federal Student Aid office is not directly impacted by the partial government shutdown. However, some of the operations depend on information from other agencies that have been impacted.

The DOE claims to be working to limit the impact this has on students, schools, borrowers and lenders.