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Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students January 2018


Claude Treece with the winner of last year’s Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Nhedrick Jabier, a fourth-grade student from Crespo Elementary.

Claude Treece with the winner of last year’s Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Nhedrick Jabier, a fourth-grade student from Crespo Elementary.

Claude Treece to Chair Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Fort Bend resident and Gardere CEO Claude Treece will once again serve as event chair of the 22nd Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition to be held Jan.12 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ in Houston. Treece has served as the event chair since its inception 22 years ago.

Continuing the tradition of honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, fourth- and fifth-grade students in Houston will deliver original three-to-five minute speeches answering the question: “What is your dream for today’s world?”

“These students possess such talent and passion every year, and it’s inspiring to see today’s youth understand the continued impact of Dr. King’s legacy on our country,” says Treece. “Gardere is honored to host this event each year, and we are excited to not only see the students in action but to get to know some of our future community leaders.”

More than 180 students representing 22 Houston ISD schools participated in the in-school competitions held in the fall. One student from each participating school was selected to advance to the semifinal round held Dec. 15 at Thompson Elementary. Of the 22 semifinalists, 12 students advanced to the final competition. The event is free and open to the public.

The Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition was established in Dallas in 1993 by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. The event is hosted in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage the community to remember and pay tribute to the late civil rights leader’s legacy. Gardere introduced the event not only to encourage students to learn more about Dr. King but also to help cultivate the writing and speaking skills of elementary school students. At all three levels of the competition, students are evaluated on delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation and memorization. The event’s success in Dallas led to the establishment of the competition in Houston in 1997.

 

 

(L-R):  Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

(L-R): Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

Lamar CISD Holds Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary School Dedication

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Lamar CISD dedicated its 24th elementary school in honor of a woman who dedicated her life to public service.

Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary  is Lamar CISD’s first school with a Katy address and is located in the Firethorne West subdivision.

Lindsey was valedictorian of the Class of 1932 at Rosenberg High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas and the UT Law School, where she was one of only three women in a class of 300 students. She is believed to be the first woman attorney in Fort Bend County.

Her efforts helped found the Fort Bend Public Library System and she was instrumental in bringing the Richmond State School to Fort Bend County.

Lindsey was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Joerger-Lindsey Parish Hall is in recognition of her contributions to the congregation. Lindsey’s friends and family were in attendance for the ceremony.

 

 

Fort Bend County Libraries Offer Online Homework Help

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Brainfuse HelpNow (Homework Tutoring) program enables the library system to provide online homework assistance in a broad range of subjects in both English and Spanish for students in grades K through 12, free of charge.

This tutoring program is an Internet-based service that provides library patrons with live, on-demand homework help, seven days a week, from 3-11 p.m. Certified tutors are experienced in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts. If live, real-time assistance is not needed, students may also submit questions any time of the day or night, and emailed responses will arrive within 24 hours.

Math tutors assist with basic skills, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, while science tutors are versed in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth-science subjects. Social studies tutors cover American history, world history, and political science. English/language arts instructors provide help with writing, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary skills, as well as help in English literature. Tutors are also able to assist with Advanced Placement (AP) subjects and introductory college courses.

The program includes a 24-hour writing lab, which allows students to submit papers online to trained writing instructors at any time; students receive feedback within 24 hours. Writing experts evaluate the submitted paper and provide constructive comments with the aim of helping students become better writers.

In addition to homework help, the homework tutoring program offers a Skills Building section in which students may receive additional exercises to help them master the concepts being taught in their homework lessons. These lessons involve one-to-one sessions with live instructors. Tutors utilize a library of field-tested, state-aligned lessons, including age-appropriate content, reading passages, simulated test questions, and worksheets to help students master key academic areas.

Students may access this resource from any computer (home, school or library) by going to fortbend.lib.tx.usphoto – , clicking on the “Research” tab, and then selecting “Homework Tutoring.”  To engage in the “Expert Help” section, type in the barcode number from a FBCL library card and then enter the Live Tutoring area or the SkillSurfer area.

All tutors are required to have a four-year college degree and undergo extensive background and reference checks. They are also subject to a rigorous selection-and-training process, multiple screening interviews, and skills-testing. For more information, call 281-633-4734.

 

 

(Front row, l-r): Jaxon, Hailey, Madison; (row 2): Deacon, Alex, Deangelo, Kasey, Angela; (row 3): Daniel, Jaden, Gael, Jayden, and Juilana.   photo - Evelyn Smith

(Front row, l-r): Jaxon, Hailey, Madison; (row 2): Deacon, Alex, Deangelo, Kasey, Angela; (row 3): Daniel, Jaden, Gael, Jayden, and Juilana. photo – Evelyn Smith

Sugar Mill Fourth-Graders Sing for Retired Teachers

Retired educators met on Dec. 7  for Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators December meeting, “Have a Souper Holiday Luncheon.”  Attendees brought a soup, appetizer, side dish or a dessert to share. The meeting was held at First United Methodist Church in the Great Hall where members decorated sacks for Lunches for Love and were entertained by Sugar Mill Elementary Fourth Grade’s program “Dear Santa: Letters and Songs to the North Pole.”

 

 

Tessa Cantrell (seated), with family and coaches, signed to play softball at Washington University.

Tessa Cantrell (seated), with family and coaches, signed to play softball at Washington University.

Kati Ray Brown (seated), surrounded by family and coaches, signed to play softball for University of Houston.

Kati Ray Brown (seated), surrounded by family and coaches, signed to play softball for University of Houston.

FBCA Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Two Fort Bend Christian Academy seniors signed letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level. To recognize and celebrate their hard work, determination and sacrifice, Fort Bend Christian Academy hosted a signing ceremony for the athletes.

Tessa Cantrell signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for the Washington University Bears, located in St. Louis. Washington University is a member of the University Athletic Association.

“By committing to WashU, Tessa shows that academic options coming out of FBCA are limitless,”  Coach Kelly Carroll said. “She is extremely smart on the field and in the classroom, and her intelligence plays a large role in her pitching success. Tessa has excelled in the pitching circle and will definitely make an immediate impact at WashU.”

With more than a decade of softball experience, Tessa has traveled all over the country to play ball, and she lettered the past three years at FBCA. Tessa’s current club team is Impact Gold. One of Tessa’s favorite memories are the bus rides with the FBCA team, especially after big wins. She also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii with the team and winning two state championships with her friends.

Her awards include: Three-time 1st Team All-District Award winner, MVP of TAPPS District 7, 2nd Team All-State her freshman and sophomore years, 1st Team All-State as a Junior, Academic All-State the last two seasons, Named to the 2017 TAPPS State All-Tournament teams in 2016 and 2017, KPRC Channel 2 Athlete of the Week and Sugar Land Skeeters Athlete of the Month.

“Thank you to Coach Jacoby and Coach Carroll for making me the player I am today,” Tessa said. “Thank you to Coach Bruce for teaching me everything I know about pitching. Thank you to Eagles on the Air and my friends and teammates on the FBCA softball team. Thank you to my parents and brother for having so much patience and encouraging me, and finally, thank you to the best catcher and friend a girl can have – Kati Ray Brown.”

Kati Ray Brown signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Houston Cougars in the American Athletic Conference.

Kati Ray has played softball for 13 years, including two years for the FBCA middle school team, and she has lettered for three years at FBCA. Her Club team is also Impact Gold.

“Kati Ray has bled Cougar red since she was little,” Coach Carroll said. “She commands the field from behind the plate and scares pitchers when she is at bat. Kati Ray has a great chance of going into UH and earning a starting position. She has the whole package: champion, strong, smart and an amazing leader.

Kati Ray’s favorite memories in softball are winning back-to-back state championships, every College Station tournament, playing her sophomore and junior years in the “Best of the Best” game in Colorado, and finally committing her freshman year to “the best college ever.”

Her awards include: Three-time 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All State in 2015, 1st Team All-State in 2016 and 2017, two-time TAPPS State All-Tournament Team, two-time Academic All State, 2016 TAPPS District MVP and two-time player choice Award at FBCA.

“Thanks to my Mom and Dad for always supporting me and encouraging me through my career,” she said. “Thank you to my sister for encouraging me to play softball. Thank you to my coaches for making me the player I am today. Thanks to God for giving me this talent; all the glory goes to Him. My final special thank you is to Tessa for being my favorite pitcher to catch, and helping me become the catcher I am today.”

 

 

Holy Rosary Students Observe Veterans Day 

Holy RosaryCatholic School honored the men and women of our Armed Forces with the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 10. This ceremony has been a part of school tradition for more than 16 years. It was founded by Mr. Jedlicka, a Holy Rosary church parishioner and veteran who earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his efforts in WWII.

The service is attended by the school and local community, dignitaries, representatives of each branch of the military and local Veteran organi­zations. A special part of the ceremony is the Remembrance Table with its symbolism and reverence toward those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Members of the Royal High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC presented the colors and presided in a flag folding ceremony. Each branch of the military was then recognized as its flag was carried in by a service member. Holy Rosary students participated in the ceremony by reading the presidential proclamation, singing patriotic songs and reading essays written on “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

All Holy Rosary students are taught about the significance of Veterans Day on an age-appropriate level. Every student created a thank-you card, which was presented at the conclusion of the ceremony to all military servicemen and women in attendance.

 

Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools, Sports, and Students January 2018


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