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CCISD Congratulates 2013 So You Think You Can Sing Champions

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, 22 elementary students, 10 intermediate students and 3 high school students competed in the 2013 So You Think You Can Sing contest. This is the third annual event hosted by the Clear Creek ISD Visual and Performing Arts Department.

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CCISD Announces 2013 Science Fair Winners

The Clear Creek Independent School District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2013 CCISD Science Fair. More than 400 4th and 5th graders competed at the district level science fair.

“We had teacher volunteers from each of our 26 elementary schools who helped make the district fair a success,” said elementary science coordinator Anne Smith. “Our community of judges worked very hard to evaluate the projects and assign the awards.”

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CCISD Board of Trustees – January Meeting Highlights

During the regular board meeting on January 21, 2013, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith
took a moment to recognize the Clear Creek ISD Trustees. In honor of Board Recognition Month each trustee was given a framed piece of artwork from Clear Springs High School student Elizabeth Wood. The artwork was titled, “The Magic of Imagination.” Dr. Smith made the presentation saying, “On behalf of the many thousands of students and staff you support and the stakeholders you represent, thank you for serving so unselfishly and always keeping the children of CCISD at the very heart of your leadership and decision-making.” Houston City Councilmember, Dave Martin was also on hand and read a proclamation honoring the CCISD board. Read More...

CCISD Board Calls for May 2013 School Board Election

A regular election of the Clear Creek ISD School Board of Trustees for Single Member District 1 and the At-Large Position B will be held on May 11, 2013. The election was approved during the January 21, 2013 regular meeting. Currently, Single Member District 1 is held by Robert Davee and the At-Large Position B seat is held by Ann Hammond. There's More...

Proclamation Designates National Drug Facts Week In Galveston

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the Mayor read a proclamation commemorating January 28th through February 3rd as National Drug Facts Week for the City of Galveston. The proclamation celebrates the efforts of Galveston County Community Coalition and community partners such as UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research to bring National Drug Facts Week Activities to local schools for the third year in a row. Teenagers from schools in La Marque, Dickinson, and Galveston ISDs have joined forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug Facts Week” (NDFW). This week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place Monday, January 28ththrough Sunday, February 3rd. NDFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and to get scientific answers from experts. As part of the NDFW celebration, students at participating schools will be doing poster contests, internet chats, and other activities to learn the facts about drugs. Read On...

Clear Lake Regional Donates 353 Coats for Bayside Intermediate Students

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center recently delivered 353 coats, jackets and hoodies to students at Bayside Intermediate School in League City. The coats drive was coordinated with Communities In Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts.

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CCISD Citizens Committee Releases District Needs for 21st Century Learning

League City, Texas- They started with a list of $600 million in needs for the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD), but after five months, numerous tours and exhaustive document reviews, a special citizens committee ranked $387 million worth of projects as the highest priorities to meet the district’s growth, safety, and technology needs for the next three to five years. The CCISD Citizens Facility Advisory Committee made its preliminary recommendations to the Board of Trustees on Monday, January 14, 2013. “We began this process in September.  The committee has reached consensus on all of the recommendations,” said Trent Martin, Committee Chair. “When we asked a question on a particular item, we received a detailed response from the district.” Read the Rest...

Butler Longhorn Museum Starting Yoga and Boot Camp Classes

The Butler Longhorn Museum has two new programs starting. We are offering Yoga several times a week, as well as a Boot Camp. Call for information and times. Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell in League City, TX 77573. 281-332-1393. See flyer for additional information.

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2013 With Krewe Babalu

Come celebrate Mardi Gras from the “other side”. Bring your own beads or buy at the door. This is the best balcony in Galveston. It overlooks the Strand and the stages at Sangerfest Park. All the parades through the Stand come by this balcony. We will have a DJ inside and live music will be playing across the street outside.

Don’t miss the fun!!! Float rides also available.
When: Friday February 8th, Saturday Feb. 9th and Fat Tuesday February 12, 2013.
Where: Corner of 23rd Street and Strand. (Overlooking Sangerfest Park)
Lots of Music, Food and Mardi Gras Fun!!
Friday $75.00 (5-midmight)
Saturday $115.00 (11 am-Midnight)
Tuesday $20.00 (5-midnight)
Group rates available for parties over 10.

Contact Gladden Walters at 281-703-3331 for more information or visit KreweBabalu.com.
Let the good times roll!!!

Junior League of Galveston, Inc. Shines This Holiday Season

Over the course of three days, the Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. was represented by Patient Perks, one of its seven community-focused committees, at the Ronald McDonald House where they decorated for the seventh annual Lights of Love event.

“It was just amazing to see everyone working together and so happy to decorate the house for the families that currently call it home,” said Lisa Higgins, Patient Perks Chair. “We had nearly 30 volunteers who helped decorate the front porch and entrance to the house, the outside balconies, second floor porch, lobby area, two television rooms, two playrooms and dining rooms.”

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Science Fair Judges Needed

Calling all science-minded volunteers!  Clear Creek ISD is looking for Science Fair judges. Each year students from 26 elementary schools, 10 intermediate schools and 7 high schools in Clear Creek ISD work diligently to complete an independent research topic of their own choosing. They then compete at their individual school for the opportunity to advance to the CCISD District Science Fair on January 14, 2013. Projects from approximately 800 students are then evaluated by teams of judges to be selected as Grand Award winners or place winners. Read More...

Get Your Zestival Tickets NowZ Krewe

Mardi Gras is right around the corner!
Get your tickets NOW for Z Krewe's Balcony Parties!
Our Zestival balcony parties are some of the premiere events during Mardi Gras Galveston!  And tickets are available online NOW!

Tickets are available for Friday night, February 8, and Saturday, February 9, 2013.  
The parties run from 6pm-midnight on Friday, and from noon-midnight on Saturday.  Tickets for Friday night are $75/person or $125 for a couple.  Saturday tickets are $125/person, or two for $200. Find Out More!

Fred B. Griffin Honored With 2013 Quasar AwardFred B. Griffin

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) will honor Fred B. Griffin with its prestigious 2013 Quasar Award for exceptional leadership in economic development to be presented during the organization’s 21st Annual Quasar Award Banquet on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the banquet is Prosperity through Leadership.

The Quasar Award is presented each year to a prominent individual who has contributed greatly to the economic wealth and diversity of the Bay Area Houston region.  The BAHEP leadership has announced that the 2013 Quasar Award will be presented to Fred Griffin, owner and Co-chairman of Griffin Partners, Inc., in appreciation and acknowledgment of his extraordinary contribution to the economic development of the region. Read On...

Clear Brook Speech & Debate Team Return From Competition

The Clear Brook High School Speech & Debate team recently returned from competing at the Bay City High School tournament with multiple awards and state points. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Rakesh Vijayakumar placed third followed by a team close-out in the novice division with Arian Shariatmadari, Samantha Farley, and Suketh Subramanya placing first, second and third respectively.

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Bay Area Turning Point Named Model Program for Texas

Bay Area Turning Point’s school-based curriculum “Redefining a Generation” has been named the model program for the State of Texas by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. The program is designed to increase interventions that change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors toward sexual violence. Read On...

Washburn Tunnel To Close For Two Weekends
 
Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Jack Morman announced that the Washburn Tunnel will be closed for the installation of incident management security cameras during the two upcoming weekends:

* 12 a.m. (midnight) Friday, November 30th until 4 a.m. Monday December 3rd.
* 12 a.m. (midnight) Friday, December 7th until 4 a.m. Monday December 10th

"We want to inconvenience our citizens as little as possible so we will expand the Lynchburg Ferry's weekend hours for those two weekends and encourage motorists to use alternate routes. We look forward to having an updated incident management system and the added security the cameras will bring." said Commissioner Morman

The Lynchburg Ferry will extend operating hours from 4:30 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. for the two weekends the tunnel is closed.  Alternate routes across the Ship Channel include the 610 East Loop Freeway bridge, the Sam Houston Parkway North bridge and Highway 146/Fred Hartman Bridge.

Emergency vehicles in route will be allowed to drive through the tunnel after stopping at the North or South Guard station for access.

Mossman Market Day Models ‘Real World’ Farmer’s Market Mossman Market

On a recent Thursday at Education Village in League City, TX, students from Mossman Elementary School set up tables to sell their home grown tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and more. The Farmers Market was designed, led and managed by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in the Garden Club. “This is incredible for my child, to be able to grow, harvest and then sell their produce. She loves the Garden Club,” said Mary McFarther, parent of Mossman 4th grader Lillianna McFarther.

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Miss Kemah Teen Wins 2nd Runner Up At Texas Teen USA

Miss Kemah Teen

101 Beautiful young ladies from all over the state of Texas competed in this year’s Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant, and Miss Kemah Teen, Tiffany Faul, won 2nd Runner Up and was the Winner of the Specialty Swimsuit Award. Miss Houston Teen, Logan Lester, was also in the Top 15, and Miss Dallas Teen, Brooklyn Young, was 4th Runner Up.

Miss Kemah Teen will continue her reign until she passes down her crown at the 2013 Miss Kemah Pageant in May, and represent the City of Kemah at many social and charity events. These young ladies have worked extremely hard and will continue to represent their communities and we are extremely proud of all of their hard work. Congratulations to each of them!

Marathon Petroleum Adopts Dropout Prevention Program at Barber Middle School 

The Communities In Schools-Bay Area (CIS-Bay Area) program at Barber Middle School in Dickinson recently benefited from a donation from the Texas City Refinery Diversity Team at Marathon Petroleum Co. CIS-Bay Area is a dropout prevention program serving at risk children. Read On...

Area 3 FFA Leadership Development Events

Members of the Clear Lake FFA chapter traveled to Brenham, Saturday, Nov. 17, to compete in Area 3 FFA Leadership Development Events.

The Public Relations team qualified for state competition by finishing second in the competition. Public Relations is one of the 12 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic leadership skills, which is part of the agriculture, food and natural resources curriculum. Read On...

Santa Needs A Children's Elf Chorus For Christmas

 
San Jacinto College Central’s theatre and film department will hold open public auditions for children ages 5 to 15 to be cast in the annual holiday production “Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical.”

Auditions for a children’s elf chorus (up to 50 members) will be held Wednesday, Nov.  28 and Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Powell Arena Theatre on the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The auditions are open for anyone in the community and enrollment at San Jacinto College is not required. There's More...

UHCL School Of Education Receives DOE Grant To Train Counselors

University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will be used to recruit and train bilingual counselors and counselor supervisors to work with English language learners with the intended goal of better assisting the area public school students achieve higher levels of academic success and increased access to post-secondary education. There's More...

“Stinger” Wins Lakewood’s Yacht of the Year Award

Stinger

At Lakewood Yacht Club’s Fall Ball Awards Ceremony held on the evening of Sat., Nov. 18, member and longtime racer Bee Bedner’s boat “Stinger” captured the “Yacht of the Year” for 2012.

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Holiday in the Park Grand Marshall Celebrates 87th Birthday!

Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, League city will end the milestone year in style with a weekend of Holiday in the Park activities.  To add to the festivities, HerbieMuehr, this year’s Grand Marshal of the Holiday in the Park Parade will be also be celebrating his 87th birthday on December 1st.

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Bay Area Hoodie Collection

The temperature has dropped, and for many at-risk families in the Bay Area, warm clothes are in short supply. For that reason, Assistance League of the Bay Area® is partnering with Communities in Schools - Bay Area by collecting hoodies and jackets for students in grade k-12 in the Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts.

To help, drop off your new or gently used hoodies, sweatshirts, and jackets before January 10, 2013, at one of these local businesses: Find Out More...

Clear Creek Independent School District Selected as a Top Workplace

The Clear Creek Independent School District is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of The Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces. CCISD ranked 23rd among large employers.  

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a National list of Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations and 1 in every 100 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Read On...

“Soap Opera” Claims Third Bacardi Cup Win In Harvest Moon Race

Scott Self’s “Soap Opera” claimed the coveted Bacardi Cup for the third time in the 26th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta® hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club held Oct. 25 – 27.  A life-long sailboat racer, Self also won the Bacardi cup in 2005 and 2006 and considers Lakewood’s Harvest Moon Regatta® to be one of his “must do” races every year.

 “Soap Opera”, a 33 ft. monohull crafted by Hobie in 1982, raced the 150 miles across the Gulf of Mexico along with 190 other boats that started the race in Galveston off the new Pleasure Pier and raced to Port Aransas, most arriving on Friday afternoon, Oct. 26.

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SAIL-A-THON RAISES $7500 FOR Ovarian Cancer Awareness

For the first time, a Sail-A-Thon was part of Lakewood Yacht Club’s 26th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta® which was raced from Galveston to Port Aransas over Oct. 25 – 27.  The beneficiary of the sailing event $7500 pledge is the Judith Liebenthal Robinson Ovarian Cancer Foundation (the JLR Foundation) which was created to honor Judy Robinson, a long-time member of Lakewood Yacht Club and participant in the Harvest Moon Regatta®.

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Junior League of Galveston, Inc. Inspires Health and Positivity

On Tuesday, November 27 in League City and Wednesday, November 28 in Galveston, The Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. (JLGC) will end its fifth season Girls on the Run (GOTR) with a 5k.

GOTR is a unique running program that teaches girls the significance of positive self-image, nutrition and owning the ability to make their own decisions. Coached by 15 volunteers, ten of whom are members of the JLGC, the girls spend two days a week learning life lesson.

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CIS Leaders Congratulate Southeast Harris County Chapter

CIS Leaders Congratulate Southeast Harris County Chapter on 25 Years Of Dropout Prevention Program. Dr. Peter Wuenschel (left), executive director of Communities In Schools-Bay Area, and Bill Milliken (center), founder of CIS, were on hand to congratulate Bob Garcia, executive director of CIS-Southeast Harris County, on his program's 25 years of service in dropout prevention.

CIS-Bay Area is a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts. For more information, visit www.cibsa.org.

Nov 14 thru 21 - ‘50 Years, 50 Stories, 50 Faces’ - Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake will honor the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the legends who helped build the Clear Lake area when it hosts the “50 Years, 50 Stories, 50 Faces” exhibition running Nov. 14-21 in the university’s Bayou Building, Atrium I. “We’re excited about having this incredible exhibition that salutes so many significant people in the history of Clear Lake,” said UHCL Coordinator of Outreach and Communications Mindi Funderburg, who volunteered her talents by designing a book to accompany the project. “We hope you will stop by the university and learn about several key leaders in this community.”

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Bay Area Houston Hosts United Kingdom Travel Professionals

In the true tradition of Texas hospitality, Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a group of travel professionals from Europe and the United Kingdom on a whirlwind tour of Bay Area Houston’s many attractions in cooperation with the Texas State Tourism office and Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Read on...

PROCLAMATION DESIGNATES OCTOBER AS SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

At Thursday’s Council meeting, the City of Galveston issued a Proclamation designating October 2012 as "Substance Abuse Prevention Month” in an official reading at City Hall. The Proclamation was presented to the citizens of the City of Galveston by Mayor Lewis Rosen and the City Council. It calls upon all Galvestonians to promote comprehensive substance abuse efforts in their communities. There's some more...

Lakewood’s Texas Navy Squadron Adds Patriotic Trophy To Christmas Boat Lane Parade

 Lakewood Yacht Club Past Commodore Jack Thomas has announced that the new Sam Houston Squadron of the Texas Navy will present a new Patriotic Trophy at the 51st Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.   Any participating boat in the parade with a patriotic theme can compete for this trophy. Read the Rest...

Clear Lake Regional Hospital 'Adopts' Bayside Intermediate

Clear Lake Regional Hospital (CLR) has "adopted" Bayside Intermediate in League City as part of the Communities In Schools-Bay Area (CIS-Bay Area) Adopt a School Program. CIS-Bay Area is a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts.

As part their commitment, CLR will assist CIS-Bay Area's on-campus staff with the needs of at-risk students by conducting food and clothing drives at the hospital. Hospital drives will donate directly to CIS-Bay Area or hospital staff will volunteer their time on the campus. For more information the dropout prevention program, visit www.cisba.org.

North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New President

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chairman Marissa Stidham is pleased to announce that Alicen Newman has accepted the position of President for the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce. After almost two months of interviews of the candidates, the Chamber Search Committee presented its recommendation of Ms. Newman for the position to the Chamber Board which approved the recommendation unanimously.  Ms. Newman will start her position on November 1, 2012. More...

Junior League of Galveston County Leadership Council

Galveston, Texas – The Junior League of Galveston County is proud to formally announce the council of Vice Presidents guiding the League for the 2012-2013 year.

Junior League of Galveston County Council of Vice Presidents:
·      Jocelyn Sullivan – President Elect/Parliamentarian
·      Sarah Sullivan – Communications Vice President
·      Jennifer Caffey – Community Vice President
·      Amy Lilly – Finance Vice President
·      Holly Pelletier – Fundraising Vice President
·      Kristen Lepo – Membership Vice President
·      Elizabeth McCarty – Secretary
·      Yvette Schulz – Past PresidentJunior League of Galveston

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Disability Discrimination

There are more than 43 million people in the United States have physical or mental limitations or differences. These limitations are often called “disabilities.” In the past, these people have faced discrimination in society, education, medical care and in the workplace. This continues today, although there is now legislation to limit the discrimination and protect their rights. There's more...

League City Chamber of Commerce Announces New President

On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, Chairwoman Bridget Bear is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chamber President/CEO. After almost two month’s of interviews of the candidates, the Chamber Search Committee presented its recommendation for the position to the Chamber Board. The Chamber Board approved the recommendation unanimously and is pleased to announce that Laurie Baldwin has accepted the position of President/CEO of the League City Chamber of Commerce. Read On...

Bay Elementary Eagles Hope to Walk Their Way to a Cure

The Clear Creek Independent School District encourages every school to promote student driven Community Service Projects. Bay Elementary is teaching students to help each other through an annual walk that benefits children with diabetes. 

James F. Bay Elementary was the top fall fundraiser in the greater Houston area for last year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes program. Led by Bay Physical Education Teacher Jan Alexander, the school’s students and staff raised more than $5,430 for JDRF. The school plans its second annual Kids Walk this year on Oct. 19, and Bay Principal Erin Tite has high hopes for another successful walk. There's more...

Assistance League to award free Turkey Dinner

Everyone seems to be looking for ways to save money these days, and with the holiday season approaching, "sale" is a welcome sign. Even better is "free!"Saving money happens every day for smart shoppers who frequent the Assistance League® of the Bay Area Resale Shop, and this Thanksgiving, shoppers can register to win a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Give-Away!  Just visit the shop anytime starting October 10 and register to win.  Only one entry per visit. No purchase is necessary. The drawing will be Saturday, November 10.  One need not be present to win. Read On...

Dr. Greg Smith Named Superintendent of the Year in Texas

Dr Greg Smith Named Superintendent of the Year in TexasGreg Smith, Superintendent of Schools for the Clear Creek Independent School District, has been named the 2012 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. “Of interest to the state selection committee was Smith’s belief that learning needs to be redefined. He stressed that kids need a love for learning, the ability to think, learn, and relearn and not just be test takers. He recognizes that we educate for jobs that don’t exist today. The committee also noted that through his love of children, Smith has made the community a better place”, said Barbara Williams with the Texas Association of School Boards.

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Bay Area Alliance Prescription Drug Advisory Committee Makes a Difference with Local Medication Take Back Event

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Prescription Drug Advisory Committee of the Bay Alliance for Youth and Families held their 5th Medication Take Back event at UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes.  With the help of Friendswood Police Department, DEA, University of Houston Police Academy Cadets, and University of Houston Pharmacy students, this group collected 685 pounds of unused, unwanted, and expired medications on Saturday.  This was their largest collection to date, and brings their total collection to 2,486 pounds. There's More...

Dr. James O’Malley Named 2012 CCISD Citizen Of The Year

League City, TX – The Clear Creek Independent School District is proud to announce Dr. Jim O’Malley is the 2012 Citizen of the Year. Dr. O’Malley will be honored at the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s annual gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas. Read on... 

New Principal Named At Clear Horizons High School

The Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees approved Brett Lemley as principal of Clear Horizons High School (CHECHS) during their regular September board meeting. Lemley moves from Clear Lake Intermediate School where he served as principal for five years. There's more...

2013 National Achievement Semifinalists Announced

The Clear Creek Independent School District is proud to announce three students at two schools were selected as semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Check them out...

Texas Education Agency Taps CCISD to Develop New Learning Standards

League City, Texas- The Clear Creek Independent School District is among 23 school districts selected to participate in the High Performance Schools Consortium. The consortium will work with the Texas Education Agency and legislators to develop new learning standards, assessments and accountability systems. “The school districts selected to participate in the consortium are already known for their innovative work and are looked to by many as educational leaders,” said State Education Commissioner Michael Williams. “This exciting project will help the Governor, legislative leaders and the Texas Education Agency crafts a sound, well-thought out plan to move all Texas schools to the next performance level.” There's more...

CCISD Earns Highest Finance Honors

League City – The Clear Creek Independent School District was recently awarded numerous awards honoring the work of CCISD’s Finance Department. The District received a Superior Achievement from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), an honor received every year since 2002. Read on...

Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club to Meet At Bay Oaks Country Club

BAWNC is a nonprofit social organization for women that was established in1978. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at Bay Oaks for a luncheon and program. Our club has numerous fun interest groups of which members can participate. We invite you to visit BAWNC. For more information, please contact Joan Yarborough at -  editor.bawnc@gmail.com or 281.334.0644.  

2013 National Merit Semifinalists Announced

The Clear Creek Independent School District is proud to announce 37 students at five high schools have been selected as semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. there's more...

CCISD Forms Citizens Facility Advisory Committee

The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees has established a citizens committee to prioritize and recommend a list of capital projects to meet the district’s growth and replacement needs for the next three to five years. The special purpose committee of educators, parents, and community members will tour schools, interview staff, review facility assessments, and make a final recommendation to the school board on the timing, funding, and priority of capital projects by February 25, 2013. “As with any growing organization, public or private, capital needs exceed available funding.  This creates the framework for CCISD to engineer cost effective solutions to its infrastructure deficiencies and capacity shortages, stretching limited dollars as far as possible,” said Ken Baliker, School Board President. “In my view, the FAC Committee will provide an important barometer to the Board of Trustees to prioritize infrastructure projects proposed throughout CCISD and to gauge public willingness to fund them.” read on...

Garden Club Awards $1000 Scholarship

The Nassau Bay Garden Club has a long history of awarding scholarships to students studying for a career in the field of horticulture. This year the Club has awarded $1000 to Rachel Nichols of Lake Jackson, TX. Rachel Nichols

Ms. Nichols attends Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and has maintained a 3.6 GPA going into her junior year of studies. As a horticulture major with a goal of a B.A. degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Rachel participates in several campus volunteer activities including the Student American Institute of Floral Design, Student Event Planners Association, and Big Event. She is an officer in the Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture honor society, a recipient of the American Society of Horticulture Science Collegiate Scholars award, and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success with the Sigma Alpha Pi sorority in College Station, a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, and service among its members.

Galveston Bay Foundation and Urban Harvest need your votes for Chase Community Giving!

Chase Community Giving is helping charities across the nation by donating $5 million to the ones who collect the most votes between Sept. 6 -19. GBF and Urban Harvest have teamed up so that you can "support local food and local conservation from the Bayou City to the Bay" with your votes! You can help by visiting the Galveston Bay Foundation or Urban Harvest Facebook pages on September 6 and following the steps to vote and share the information with Facebook friends and others. With your support, we hope to win at least $20,000 together to help us continue our missions of respecting, promoting, and protecting our local environment and natural resources.

CCISD Board Recognizes Exemplary Students and Staff

Some Special Olympians were honored during the August Clear Creek ISD Board meeting. The trustees and Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith recognized almost two dozen CCISD students who worked hard and took home Olympic gold or silver. Read on...

Estebans Café and Cantina Supports Communities in Schools - Bay Area Estebans and Communities in Schools

On Wednesday, August 15th several community members enjoyed a lunch, dinner or happy hour at Estebans Café and Cantina in League City. While enjoying their meal they were also helping kids stay in school. Ten percent (10%) of the proceeds from all meals, drinks and take-out orders that Wednesday were donated to Communities In Schools - Bay Area to help them continue to help local students stay in school and achieve in life.

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Clear Creek ISD Committees Need Volunteers

League City, TX -- The Clear Creek Independent School District is seeking community and business members to serve on the District Education Improvement Committee (DEIC) and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for the 2012-2013 school year.

 The DEIC Committee is involved in establishing and reviewing the District's educational goals, objectives, and major district classroom instructional programs. This includes planning, preparing and reviewing the District Improvement Plan. The Committee meets six times per year after school, with the first meeting scheduled for September 11, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Education Support Center.

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CCISD Board Approves a Balanced Budget

The Clear Creek Independent School District is committed to providing students a world-class education despite an additional $5 million less in revenue for the 2012-2013 school year. On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $275,560,359.00 operating budget for the school year. This balanced budget reflects more than $5.1 million less in expenditures from the prior year. In total, Clear Creek ISD has reduced $12.8 in expenditures over two years but yet has seen exponential growth in student enrollment. “This has been a team effort,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “This has been the most trying financial time in the history of public education. I am humbled to have weathered this storm with a great school board, dedicated staff, and a supportive community.” read on...

Calling All Volunteers For League City Reading Program

Volunteers are needed for the “Leaders Make Readers” program. This innovative program seeks to pair local mentors with children at League City Elementary School, which includes one of CCISD’s largest populations of underserved students. read on...

CCISD Students Develop Honor Code

League City, TX – The Superintendent’s High School Student Advisory Council recently developed an Honor Code. The students believe their Academic Integrity is being challenged in the face of high stakes testing and reports of periodic cheating. The Advisory Council is made up of students from every high school in Clear Creek ISD. There's some more...

Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Wins 2014 Conference Bid

Bay Area Houston CVB returned from Killeen in triumph on Friday, August 17 with a solid win at the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Annual Conference. The CVB presented a bid to bring the high impact conference to Bay Area Houston in 2014 against the stiff competition of popular meetings destination San Antonio. “This win reinforces our region’s identity as a great Texas destination for meetings,” says Bay Area Houston CVB President Pam Summers. “We have amenities that meeting groups look for -- upscale restaurants, luxurious hotel properties, and world-class attractions – all in a coastal atmosphere at a great value.” read on...

CCISD Board of Trustees Seek Citizen of Year

The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year. The award is given each year to honor a community member for their support of CCISD.  Former recipients include Sandra Johnson, Bob Forde, Gib Larson, and Lucien Q. Junkin. Read on...

Nassau Bay Garden Club Honors Service Veterans Nassau Bay Garden Club

It's one of those markers on the side of the road you drive by all the time but never read. But this is one you should be aware of, make note of, and understand the significance of. A Blue Star Memorial Highway marker denotes a section of highway as a living memorial and is "A Tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America" as stated on its face. Our local marker sits on NASA Road One in a small landscaped area next to Nassau Bay Town Square.

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Profs Receive NASA Grant For Space Station Education Project

Four professors in University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Science and Computer Engineering have been awarded an $86,185 grant from NASA for their proposal, “Collaboration of Graduate and High School Students for International Space Station Hardware Development Projects.” Read on...

UHCL Honors Supporters of Model Arab League Student Delegation

Model ArabsLongtime University of Houston-Clear Lake friends Ann Wismer-Landolt and Mike Landolt were honored during a special reception for their generous gift to assist the university’s Model Arab League student delegation attend a national conference in Washington, D.C. Held annually, the National University Model Arab League started as an informal demonstration simulation at Georgetown University in 1983. Over the years, the league has grown to host more than 300 students from 22 colleges and universities annually in an academic debate forum centered on issues relevant to the League of Arab States that comprises 22 Arab nations. Here's the rest of the story...

Neighbor to Neighbor Program helps Bay Area Turning Point, Inc.

The Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor program presents 501© (3) non-profits, churches and schools (K-12) the opportunity to receive a percentage of the $1 million that the grocer awards annually to local groups in Texas and Louisiana.

“Fundraising is essential to our organization because it allows us the ability to continue caring for the community,” says Development Director, Maria L. Longnecker. “We enjoy partnering with area businesses to raise money and Kroger’s Neighbor to Neighbor program makes it easy to involve our families and friends in the process.” There's some more...

Texas Sentinels Foundation Names Life Scholarship RecipientTimothy Seckel

Texas Sentinels Foundation recently named CPL Timothy Seckel, U.S. Army, as a 2012 Life Scholarship recipient. Seckel, a husband and father of three, was severely wounded in a 2007 IED explosion in Iraq. The foundation is providing a temporary home for CPL Seckel, his wife Sherri, their three children and their three dogs in the Dallas area.

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Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Named

More than 2,000 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities were announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on July 9, 2012, including eight students who graduated from high schools in the Clear Creek Independent School District. These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. read on...

Texas City-La Marque Chamber Of Commerce honored at TCCE Conference

The Texas City-La Marque Chamber placed second in the Website and Social Media Marketing divisions at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Excellence Awards Conference. Also, Chamber President, Jimmy Hayley, received a 25 year service award and Jenny Senter, Leanne Post and Lorrie Koster all received their 20 year service awards in recognition for outstanding service and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce. A total of 85 years of service! read on...

Passion for Coastal Sustainability Sends Student to the Capital

Growing up in the small coastal town of Stuart, Fla., University of Houston-Clear Lake graduate student Henry Hodde developed the kind of deep respect for coastlines that meaningful careers are made of.

Hodde, who is not only a student at UH-Clear Lake, but also research assistant in the School of Business Environmental Management program, was one of two candidates selected by the Texas Sea Grant College Program as a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. there's more...

Galveston Island to Offer New ‘Passport to Holiday Magic’ in 2012

Galveston is the "Winter Wonder Island" of Texas and this year the island will offer visitors a new experience with its Passport to Holiday Magic – a two-month celebration of more than 1,000 magical holiday events!

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July 14 |Young Leaders Annual Shrimp Boil |Pasadena

The 23rd Annual Shrimp Boil benefitting The Rose has been around longer than most of its current team of event planners have been alive. And for the nonprofit organization providing quality breast health for the insured and uninsured, that’s just one sign of the good times to come. there's some more...

Smith Named 2012 Region 4 Superintendent Of The YearGreg Smith

Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools for the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD), has been named the Superintendent of the Year for the region. Smith was nominated by the CCISD Board of Trustees for his student-centered leadership. Region 4 represents 53 school districts, seven counties, and over 1 million students. “Dr. Smith leads by example and will represent the Region 4 superintendents well in the state process,” saidRudy Okruhlik, Interim Executive Director for Region 4. read on...

CCISD Releases Preliminary TAKS & STAAR Results

LEAGUE CITY – The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) results show that passing rates for Clear Creek ISD students taking five rigorous high school end-of-course tests ranged from 97 percent on the biology test to 71 percent on the English I writing test. read some more...

Golf Tournament Nets $161,000 For Dropout Prevention Program

Organizers of the recent Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament have presented a check for $161,000 to Communities In Schools-Bay Area (CIS-Bay Area). CIS Bay Area is a dropout prevention program serving CIS Golf TournamentClear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts.

Pictured at the check presentation (from left) are Board and staff members Glenn Freedman, Janet Summers, Jane Sweeney, Rick Gornto, Peter Wuenschel, Ron Swofford, Suzanne Milby and Angela Jenkins.

For more information on the dropout prevention program, visit www.cisba.org.

Bike Around The Bay Registration Is Open!

This year's Bike Around the Bay sponsored by Shell will be held Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 AND that registration is OPEN! After you register, you'll have the opportunity to raise funds for the Galveston Bay Foundation. When you do so, you'll be entered into drawings for fun giveaways. See all the details about this year's route by visiting GalvBay.org

Dentist Gives 'At Risk' Students Care And Caring

When League City dentist Dr. Cindy R. Castille donates her services to "at risk" students from the Communities In Schools-Bay Area dropout prevention program, she always adds a dose of encouragement for staying in school. For the past nine years, Dr. Castille has added the CIS-Bay Area students to her busy practice. read on...

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin Opens a New Milk Depot inside Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

The demand for human donor milk in hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs or “nick-yous”) continues to rise, and a new milk bank depot in Clear Lake Regional Medical Center will give lactating mothers a new, convenient drop off location for their donations of the much-needed breast milk. The milk depot will be serviced by the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. Women who are currently breastfeeding infants under one year old are eligible to be screened at no charge to become human milk (aka breast milk) donors. there's more...

BAHEP Board Supports Broadening Of Houston’s Airline Market

The Board of Directors of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership has given its support toward initiating international service at Houston’s Hobby Airport. Board Chairman Richard E. Allen, Jr., stated, “Texas has earned an international reputation as being arguably the most business-friendly state in the nation. BAHEP’s board believes that it is equally important for Houston to be viewed as a forward thinking, international city, and having two international airports would definitely send that message.” read on...

New Federal Guidelines Increase Cost Of School Lunches

On Monday, May 21, 2011, the Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees approved a school lunch increase of $.05 for elementary schools and $.15 for intermediate and high schools for the 2012-2013 school year. According to Child Nutrition Director Fred Walker, “This is the second time in 10 years CCISD has raised rates and it’s only because a change in federal guidelines mandates we charge more. This is not a local decision.” more...

CCISD Launches Summer Fun

The Clear Creek ISD Office of Communications just launched a new resource for parents looking to plan and book their kids’ summer activities: www.ccisd.net/SummerFun .

This website features great information and direct links to many camps and activities available throughout the Bay Area during the summer months. The website is www.ccisd.net/SummerFun and is also available through a link off of CCISD’s home page. there's more...

Sailors Invited To Bay Area Houston Area This Fall

     When the sailing season ends in most parts of the country, there is still a full calendar of racing activities during the fall and winter seasons on the Gulf Coast and Galveston Bay. “With our temperate climate, we have year-round racing on Galveston Bay,” related Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau President Pam Summers. the rest of the story...

Galveston Bay Foundation launches Clean Water Partnership with Marina Del Sol Galveston Bay Foundation

The Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) recently launched its new Clean Water Partnership program, a community-led effort to create change towards improved water quality. The first partner organization, Marina Del Sol, is leading the way with the help of its proactive marina management team and supportive local businesses like Maritime Sanitation and Redfish Island Marine. Marina Del Sol recently sponsored the official launch party for GBF’s Clean Water Partnership program, giving GBF the opportunity to introduce marina tenants to the program with a festive crawfish boil, blues band, and raffle prizes. read on...

Students Complete Experiments on Microgravity Plane

Three University of Houston-Clear Lake and two San Jacinto College North students got the chance of a lifetime in April when they received the opportunity to test their research on a microgravity aircraft.

Microgravity PlaneThe UH-Clear Lake/San Jacinto College team was one of approximately dozen a student teams from universities throughout the country to participate in NASA’s Microgravity University - Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program. UH-Clear Lake students involved in the program include math student and team leader Chris Burns, math student Henry Ascencio and computer engineering student Paul Cusco. Mathematical science student Elizabeth Hewer served as ground crew/school outreach director for the project. San Jacinto students involved include Ryan Page, Jarrett Lockridge and Michael Norman, with much assistance from San Jacinto North Professor of Mathematics and Engineering Nathanial Wiggins, who was a former professor and mentor to Burns during his San Jacinto College North days. there's more...

Two CCISD High Schools Ranked As Best In The U.S.

U.S. News & World Report released the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings at www.usnews.com/best-high-schools this week. Clear Horizons Early College High School is ranked 48th among charter schools and 387 among all high schools in the United States. It is ranked 34th in Texas. Clear Lake High School is listed as 690 in the nation and 63rd in the state. there's more...

Registration for Summer Arts Camp at The Arts Alliance Center Begins!

TAACCL offers the widest variety of art classes for children, taught by some of the best certified teachers and professional artists in Bay Area Houston. Here at TAACCL, students are taught themes, new concepts, and specific skills in art. Classes are appropriate for students age 5 to 16. We take pride in the high level of instruction that takes place in our classes. read on...

Taxi Voucher Program Gulf Coast Center – Connect Transit

The results of the 2010 census have been announced. As a result, it has been determined that over 90% of the City of League City (City) is Urban.  In addition, the census draws boundary’s and defines urbanized areas which are used by various federal and state programs for the distribution of federal and state funds. As a result of the census effort, the City is now located entirely within the existing Houston Urbanized Area, in which public transportation is served by Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO). read on...

Jeanette Williams Foundation - Tenth Anniversary aboard the Spirit of Texas

Jeanette Williams FoundationThe Jeanette Williams Foundation and a host of supporters set sail on the Spirit of Texas Paddleboat at South Shore Harbor Resort, April 28th, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  A pre cruise champagne staging started at 6:30 p.m. at South Shore Resort and Conference Center lobby bar, courtesy of generous supporter, Roy Green, General Manager. find out more...

2012 FIRST Championship Celebrates Science, Technology and Robots

Over the weekend of April 25-28, 30,000 participants, fans, families, educators and industry leaders celebrated students’ engineering and robotics prowess at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held in St. Louis, Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome. The Clear Creek ISD robotics team, The Robonauts, qualified to participate in the FRC championships after winning the Lone Star Regional competition in Houston. read on...

2012 National Merit® $2500 Scholarship & Corporate Sponsored Winners
 
League City -- National Merit $2500 Scholarships winners were announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. These Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. there's more...

Clear Springs High School Wins Tommy Tune Award

The 2012 Tommy Tune Awards winners were announced to a crowd of more than 2,500 people. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) declared the winners of TUTS’ tenth annual Tommy Tune Awards on the evening of Tuesday, April 17, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.  Adding extra excitement to the evening, the award ceremony’s namesake and nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune made a special appearance to kick off the show and to present the night’s top honor. read on and see photo...

2012 Lunar Rendezvous King is Announced Lunar Rendezvous King 2012

At Sunday’s Lunar Rendezvous Festival Kick Off Party the new King was announced.  Jay Gurry will be presiding over the Festival, along with Queen Peyton Barrier, Queen Alternate Danni Cantu, and Captain Brooks Kubena.

King Jay Gurry is a Clear Lake home-towner who graduated with honors from Clear Creek High School then went on to Texas A&M University. 

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Bay Access Launches JF Fleet At Lakewood Yacht Club

     Bay Access President Thomas McAndrew has announced that it has purchased a fleet of 18 Flying Junior (FJ) sailboats to promote double-handed sailing and racing on Galveston Bay.

     “This is a great learn-to-sail boat for the family with children in middle and high school, which is an unmet need for our young sailors” explained McAndrew.  “The beginner sailor can go out as crew with an experienced Skipper, have fun on the water, and progress to an accomplished racer.  The FJ boat is also a great way for parents to sail with their children.” there's more...

Assisteens® Incoming 2012-2013 Board To Be Installed May 20

At their March meeting, The Assisteens® of the Bay Area elected their incoming Board for the 2012-2013 Assisteens 2012 Boardschool year, and Grace Baliker, a Clear Lake High School junior, will lead the teen 200+ volunteer member organization as Chairman.

The nine member Board will be installed at the last meeting of the year to be held on May 20, 2012 at the Terrace of Clear Lake. read some more...

Serbian artist visited UH-Clear Lake

Serbian artist Aleksandar Mladenović of Belgrade visited UH-Clear Lake to judge the work of the university’s Bachelor of Fine Art students whose multi-media creations are featured through May 17 in the university’s Exhibition Area, Bayou Building, Atrium I, Level 2, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058. read some more...

University Of Houston-Clear Lake Held Its Day Of Service In Early March

Almost 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni along with members of the greater Bay Area community worked in teams at 11 service project sites. Projects included helping to build a house with Baytown Habitat for Humanity, working shifts at the Houston Food Bank, the Moody Gardens Palm Beach Clean Up and working with animals from Triumphant Tails. The 11 projects were sponsored by 14 UH-Clear Lake student organizations. read on...

Dunbar Dropout Prevention Program Hosts Community Leaders

 The Communities In Schools-Bay Area (CIS-Bay Area) staff at Dunbar Middle School in Dickinson recently hosted community leaders to a campus visit. CIS-Bay Area is a dropout prevention program serving 12 schools in Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts. there's some more...

Educator Couple Works Together To Improve Student Learning

Classrooms figure prominently in the life of University of Houston-Clear Lake Assistant Professor Kent Divoll and his wife, Angelica Ribeiro, an English as a Second Language elementary school teacher in the Pasadena Independent School District. The two educators met in a classroom, were married in a classroom and now both spend much of their days working in classrooms. there's some more...

Student Group Hosts Special Needs Carnival

Games, good food and family fun are on tap for area families of children with developmental disabilities when University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Applied Behavior Analysis Student Organization hosts a Special Needs Family Carnival Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., in UH-Clear Lake’s Alumni Plaza, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Children of all ages and abilities are welcomed to the event that also includes information for parents from the area’s leading service providers. read on...

Garden Club Beautifies Bal Harbour Entrance

In a continuing effort to restore, preserve, and further beautify the City of Nassau Bay, the Nassau Bay Garden Club contributes to the maintenance of the esplanade at the entrance to the Bal Harbour neighborhood. Bal Harbour Drive is the main entry to these waterfront residences, and depending on the time of year you will see flowers and shrubs bringing color to this area. Spearheaded by resident and garden club member Brenda Hesse, the latest addition to this landscape is a 2400-lb. boulder of moss rock. Wayne's Landscape Supply delivered it on March 15 and it was promptly set in place. Moss rock creates a lush, timeless feel to gardens and in this case it will add both soft and hard textures. read on...

CCISD Superintendent Named Distinguished Administrator

League City – Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Greg Smith, Ph.D. was recently recognized by the CCISD Board of Trustees for his selection as a Texas Music Educators Assocation’s (TMEA) Distinguished Administrator. read on...

Houston Area Community College Students Featured in Juried Exhibition

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery and The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake are once again partnering to exhibit works from the brightest and most creative art students enrolled in Houston area community colleges. Presented at TAACCL and juried by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston curator Dean Daderko, the “12th Houston Area Community College Student Art Exhibition” will be on exhibit April 19 – May 17, 2012 at TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, Nassau Bay, Texas. Featuring varied works in both two dimensional and three dimensional media, the exhibition provides a broad scope of artistic themes prevalent among community college students today. read on...

Clear Brook Students Earn Nfl’s Highest Rank

Clear Brook High School students Hunter Bodiford and Rishi Suresh have earned the degree of Premier Distinction- the National Forensic League’s highest degree of student membership. “A degree of Premier Distinction reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds and service projects,” explained the NFL’s Executive Director J. Scott Wunn, “This achievement places these students in the top half of one percent of NFL student members.” there's more...

CCISD High Schools Musicals Earn Tommy Tune Nominations

John C. Breckenridge, President and CEO of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), announced the nominations for TUTS’ tenth annual Tommy Tune Awards which will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Three CCISD High Schools earned nominations with Clear Springs High School earning 14 out of a possible 15. The following Clear Creek ISD high schools and individuals were nominated: find out who...

Seabrook Students Head To National Competition

The Clear Creek Independent School District is proud to announce eight Seabrook Intermediate students attended the Business Professionals of America state leadership conference and seven of them qualified for national competition. The 8th student is the first alternate in his event. read on...

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