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Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students June 2017


(L-R): Smith Elementary Principal Carla Thomas, former Smith Elementary assistant principal and current Dickinson Elementary principal Karen Mumphord, former Smith principal and current Wertheimer Middle School principal Irma Nurre, Smith Elementary School’s original principal Huey McCoulskey, former Smith assistant principal and current Executive Director of Elementary Education Linda Lane and former Smith assistant principal and current Hutchison Elementary principal Mark Melendez.

(L-R): Smith Elementary Principal Carla Thomas, former Smith Elementary assistant principal and current Dickinson Elementary principal Karen Mumphord, former Smith principal and current Wertheimer Middle School principal Irma Nurre, Smith Elementary School’s original principal Huey McCoulskey, former Smith assistant principal and current Executive Director of Elementary Education Linda Lane and former Smith assistant principal and current Hutchison Elementary principal Mark Melendez.

FORMER PRINCIPALS, STAFF AND STUDENTS RETURN FOR SMITH ELEMENTARY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

Teachers and students at Lamar CISD’s Erastus “Deaf” Smith Elementary celebrated 50 years of education in April, with a ceremony featuring singing, refreshments and former students and staff members, including the original principal, Huey McCoulskey. The celebration came six days before what would have been Smith’s 230th birthday. Smith Elementary opened in the fall of 1966.

Deaf Smith was born in New York, on April 19, 1787. A childhood disease caused him to lose his hearing. Smith first visited Texas in 1817 but did not remain long. He returned for good in 1821. After regaining his health, Smith served as a messenger for William B. Travis, who considered him “`the Bravest of the Brave’ in the cause of Texas.” Smith is most known for his scouting for Gen. Sam Houston during the Texas War for Indepen­dence. He later resigned his commission in the army but raised and commanded a company of Texas Rangers. He moved to Richmond after he resigned from ranger service, where he died at the home of Randal Jones on Nov. 30, 1837.

On hearing of his death, Sam Houston said, “My Friend Deaf Smith, and my stay in darkest hour, Is no more!!! A man, more brave, and honest never, lived. His soul is with God, but his fame and his family, must command the care of His Country!”

Although his exact burial place is in dispute, a monument in Smith’s honor was unveiled in Richmond on January 25, 1931, near Houston and Sixth streets.

Deaf Smith County is named in his honor.

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The Pavilion encompasses 7,000 square feet and is used as multi-purpose space for art, sculpture, jewelry making, industrial design and more.

The Pavilion encompasses 7,000 square feet and is used as multi-purpose space for art, sculpture, jewelry making, industrial design and more.

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ART PAVILION AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OF VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

Fort Bend Christian Academy celebrated the grand opening of its 7,000 square-foot Art Pavilion on April 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and art demonstrations. Guests enjoyed a cupcake truck celebrating the growth of the school over the past 30 years, and student’s award-winning artwork was on display to recognize their sixth State Championship at the TAPPS Art competition.

“This ribbon-cutting represents a gracious thank you to the FBCA community, nine years of continued legacy from our FBCA alumni in the arts, families of those alumni, FBCA administration, Sundance Construction, Merriman Holt Powell, FBCA Board of Trustees and my wife Sara and our two boys Bo and Justus,” fine arts department head Robert Sanders said. “Thank you to all the donors who invested in this building and made the new equipment possible.”

Head of School Dr. David Pitre, multiple board members, faculty, staff and families joined together for the celebration. Attendees were able to walk through the new building and see a fully-outfitted welding department with a blasting cabinet, compressor lines, a new plasma cutter, wood-working stations, Raku kiln for ceramics and more.

“This equipment establishes a stronger one-to-one teaching time so students develop quality and mastery in concept, composition and execution,” Sanders said. “The new Art Pavilion was key in getting four pieces finished for State,” Sanders said.

The Visual Arts Program at Fort Bend Christian Academy encompasses a wide variety of mediums including three-dimensional pieces, two-dimensional pieces, film and more, so students can discover their individual passions and express their creativity.

“The number of people who showed up Sunday afternoon for the dedication of the magnificent Arts Pavilion reflects how vibrant and successful the arts are at FBCA,” Dr. Pitre said.

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(Left side, front to back): Grant Fortune, Damauria Stovall, Anya Gerdes, Ryanne Dobbs, Jason Cannon, Sarah Nugyen; (back): Jason Cannon, Peyton Cole, Garrett Curry; (right side, front to back): Connor Steenbergen, Mia Rios, Crisanna Dishazo, Kendall Sullivan and Isabel Beale.

(Left side, front to back): Grant Fortune, Damauria Stovall, Anya Gerdes, Ryanne Dobbs, Jason Cannon, Sarah Nugyen; (back): Jason Cannon, Peyton Cole, Garrett Curry; (right side, front to back): Connor Steenbergen, Mia Rios, Crisanna Dishazo, Kendall Sullivan and Isabel Beale.

CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP STUDENTS HELP LUNCHES OF LOVE

Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade Calvary Episcopal Preparatory Crusaders teamed up recently to spend a morning of service at Lunches of Love at First United Methodist Church in Rosenberg, where they produced 2,200 lunches for students in the area.

Lunches of Love provides free nutritious sack lunches to Fort Bend County students who might otherwise go hungry during extended school holidays and weekends. Students at Calvary participate in service projects throughout the year with the mission of giving back to the community.

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Katie Clack

Katie Clack

FOSTER’S KATIE CLACK BANKS $1,500 IN FEDERAL RESERVE BANK ESSAY CONTEST

Foster High School senior Katie Clack won 1st place in the Houston Federal Reserve Bank Essay Contest earning $1,500.

The Federal Reserve Essay Contest is an annual contest during the FED’s financial literacy money week. The topic this year was “What is the Connection Between Financial Health and Physical Health?” The event was held at the Federal Reserve Building in Houston.

In addition to the check and recognition during Houston Money Week, Clack had the opportunity to meet NBA great Magic Johnson.

A Foster High School student has won the last three essay contests.

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Eagle Scout Sam Decal

Eagle Scout Sam Decal

SAM DECAL EARNS EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Sam Decal presented his Eagle Scout Project Proposal to the Greatwood HOA Board at the Board’s November 2016 monthly meeting. The Board approved his project for a picnic table to be built and installed at Knoll Park playground. Sam worked with the advice and approval of the Boy Scout District, Boy Scout Troop 1630 and the Greatwood HOA Board on all phases of his project.

Sam decided on the Knoll Park playground for the site of his project. He not only built the table but also included a concrete pad. The pad is 10’ x 12’ X 4” and reinforced utilizing 3/8-inch rebar. Allied Concrete generously provided its services at a significantly discounted rate for the project. Jason Giordano of Giordano Construction donated skilled labor services and materials for the concrete slab to ensure a quality job.

On Jan. 30, Sam’s project was completed successfully. On April 19 Sam earned his Eagle Scout Rank with the support of the Greatwood HOA Board, Giordano Construction, Allied Concrete and the many volunteers from Troop 1630 and George Ranch High School. The completed project will provide a much-needed amenity for Greatwood residents to enjoy for years to come.


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