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Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students Oct. 2015


Assistant Principal Jackie Boyd and Principal Melissa Bolding with students at the Popsicle Party.

Assistant Principal Jackie Boyd and Principal Melissa Bolding with students at the Popsicle Party.

COLONY MEADOWS ES PLANS A “SUPER” YEAR

Colony Meadows Elementary’s “Dynamic Duo,” new Principal Melissa Bolding and Assistant Principal Jackie Boyd, are gearing up for a super year. In July, they hosted a Meet & Greet in the school library for families of CME. Recently, they hosted a Popsicle Party on the playground for all CME students and families. Dressed in a Spiderman costume, Dr. Anthony Indelicato even surprised faculty, staff, volunteers, and students with a “heroic” appearance at the school. Dr. Indelicato’s visit pumped everyone up for a super year. Also, every hallway in Colony Meadows Elemen­tary reminds students that they have the ability and power to all be Super Heroes. With their theme in place, students and teachers are celebrating that, “At CME… everyone is a Super Hero!”

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Shown with their new backpacks and school supplies are students (from left) Morgan Williams, Lena Moton, Emiliano Ortiz with (back) Dr. Yvette Blake, principal at Lantern Lane Elementary School; Vicki Luna, Fluor community and public affairs coordinator; Barbara Jones, Fluor senior manager of community relations; and Sandra Adair, assistant principal at Lantern Lane Elementary School.

Shown with their new backpacks and school supplies are students (from left) Morgan Williams, Lena Moton, Emiliano Ortiz with (back) Dr. Yvette Blake, principal at Lantern Lane Elementary School; Vicki Luna, Fluor community and public affairs coordinator; Barbara Jones, Fluor senior manager of community relations; and Sandra Adair, assistant principal at Lantern Lane Elementary School.

FLUOR HELPS LANTERN LANE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

To help ensure that students are equipped with the materials they need to begin a successful school year, Fluor Corporation donated 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Lantern Lane Elementary School. Fluor employees donated more than $38,000 toward their backpack program that benefited students in three area school districts. Lantern Lane Elementary is the only Fort Bend ISD school to receive Fluor backpacks this year.

In appreciation of the generous donation, Lantern Lane Elementary Principal Dr. Yvette Blake presented Fluor Community Relations representatives Barbara Jones and Vicki Luna with a community service award in acknowledgement of Fluor’s commitment to serving others and their community.

“We appreciate Fluor for providing our students with backpacks and school supplies,” said Dr. Blake. “Their generosity will be felt by students and their families throughout the school year as they carry their backpacks to and from school each day.”

Fluor will continue its partnership with Lantern Lane Elementary School throughout the school year as employees serve as tutors, mentors, Career Day speakers, and in other volunteer capacities.

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Christian (left) and Justin Lee.

Christian (left) and Justin Lee.

TROOP 1845 BROTHERS EARN EAGLE SCOUT

Justin Lee of Boy Scout Troop 1845 received the rank of Eagle Scout in May, while his older brother Christian (also from Troop 1845) earned his Eagle Scout in January 2014. This is the highest rank awarded by the Boys Scouts of America.

Justin, a sophomore at the Medical Science Academy at Hightower High School, and Christian, a senior at Clements High School, began their scouting journey as Cub Scouts. The brothers started Cub Scouts in Pack 1882 at Commonwealth Elementary School – Christian as a Wolf Cub Scout in 2005 and Justin as a Tiger Cub Scout in 2006. Both completed the Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting.

Their path to Eagle Scout involved numerous camping nights, merit badges, leadership positions and service activities. As part of the Eagle requirement, each boy was required to complete an Eagle project demonstrating both leadership and planning skills. Christian, in addition to building picnic tables and moving and reassembling wooden shelves for the Gracewood Women’s Shelter, oversaw repairs of their sprinkler system. Justin led a group of friends, scouts and scouters in pouring concrete for a cement walkway at the Gracewood Women’s Shelter.

Since earning his Eagle Scout, Christian has also achieved the Bronze Palm award, while Justin is a member of the Order of Arrow – the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.

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(L-R): Kate Munson, Rifaa Tajani, Julia Black, Kathleen Durbin and Julie Black at Texana Center.

(L-R): Kate Munson, Rifaa Tajani, Julia Black, Kathleen Durbin and Julie Black at Texana Center.

LOCAL GIRLS RECEIVE GIRL SCOUT SILVER AWARD

Four girls from Girl Scout Troop 28028 – Julia Black, Kathleen Durbin, Kate Munson and Rifaa Tajani– of Brazos Valley Community have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The girls showed that they were leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community by completing a Take Action project that addressed a need in the community and makes a lasting difference.

The girls chose a project with Texana Center, whose mission is focused on creating and delivering life changing services to people needing behavioral, intellectual and developmental care, support and education. The girls created additions to the Center’s sensory room which is equipped to provide either stimulation or relaxation through touch, sounds, color and other visual features for adults with more profound intellectual disabilities. Munson and Durbin made 12 portable sensory boards used to enhance small motor skills. The boards also had various textures to touch and experience. Tajani and Black created CD’s with nature sounds and classical music to be played in the sensory room. Research shows that music stimulates the five senses. The girls also provided rain sticks and tambourines for patient use. The girls enjoyed choosing the music for the CD’s.

Christina Travis-Rivas, Texana Learning Center Manager said, “We were delighted to receive these sensory items for our clients. They will help encourage learning, motor development, emotional development, language and social interaction skills. We are very lucky to have teens that are so caring.”

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Faculty and staff at Austin High School launch the year with a pep rally.

Faculty and staff at Austin High School launch the year with a pep rally.

FORT BEND ISD KICKS OFF 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR WITH DISTRICT-WIDE RALLIES

– Excitement was felt throughout Fort Bend ISD as employees gathered for the 2015-2016 back to school rallies to kick off the new school year. The District hosted 14 mini events August 14–20 to accommodate more than 10,000 employees represented at each FBISD campus and facility. Employees enjoyed inspirational messages, spectacular student and staff performances, video presentations, roll calls of participating campuses, dance-offs, and lots of laughter and cheer.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre joined board members and members of the Executive Team in welcoming staff and emphasizing their commitment to working together to support employees in various roles in the District.

“We are focused on helping teachers deliver, because the heart of all we do is in the classroom,” said Dr. Dupre. “And teachers and campus employees can’t do their jobs without the support of bus drivers, cafeteria workers, facilities crews, central office staff and all other employees. We’re one team, and everyone’s job is important in ensuring that our students are successful.”

Relationship and team building were underlying themes throughout the rallies. Board President Grayle James spoke of the importance of forming relationships with students, saying, “There are many students coming to you this year, some brand new. I encourage you to build positive relationships with your students. Doing so makes all the difference in their educational experience.”

Motivational speaker Aric Bostick kicked off the rally for auxiliary and central office staff at Wheeler Field House.

One of the rally highlights took place when Dr. Dupre encouraged employees to embrace the fact that they represent Fort Bend ISD. “In everything you do, whether on campus or at a neighborhood grocery store, you represent Fort Bend ISD,” he said. Before employees returned to their worksites, they confirmed their commitment to the District and to each other by proclaiming, ”I AM FORT BEND ISD!”

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Han Wen Zhang in front of her mural at DePelchin’s Children Center.

Han Wen Zhang in front of her mural at DePelchin’s Children Center.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PAINTS MURAL FOR CHILDREN’S CENTER

Han Wen Zhang, a Sugar Land resident and senior at Clements High School volunteered her summer to paint a 24 foot by 6 foot mural at DePelchin’s Children Center in Richmond.

Home to a dozen children, DePelchin’s Richmond campus is a quaint, close-knit community providing regular therapy treatment to its young residents. The mural, painted in the interior gym, features five larger-than-life silhouettes. Facility manager Eva Armstrong stated, “The mural simply brings the blank walls to life!!!”

What rests behind the bold vivid colors, however, is an unexpected cultural memoir. Han Wen cites her inspiration back to childhood days with her grandparents, who kept a small Chinese cut paper collection. “Some­thing about those single-colored shapes evokes a sense of purity,” she said, “I remember sketching designs for the mural then abruptly thinking, ‘THIS is it!’”

At 17, Zhang is already an artist on the rise. A recipient of the Houston Mayor’s Art Scholarship, she met with Mayor Annise Parker in May to present and discuss her artwork. Her winning piece is still on exhibition with the Houston Arts Partners. In her sophomore year, Han Wen gained recognition at the Texas Visual Arts Scholastic Events where her piece earned a Gold Seal Rating, ranking it among the top one percent in the state. It has since been showcased in high schools over Texas. Using her talent to serve the community, she is the logo designer for local rising nonprofit Advocates of Healthy Minds and teaches a weekly pastel painting class at Sugar Land’s Harman Senior Recreation Center. A young entrepreneur, Han Wen is the founder and owner of her registered startup company, Studio Han Wen, where she dabbles with private commissions.

Han Wen’s work will be exhibited at the University Library in Sugar Land throughout October. More of her work can be found on studiohanwen.com. She can be reached at studiohanwen@gmail.com.

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(L-R): Joshua Bonnette, Ford Hash, Malik Wilson​ ​​and ​Anthony Lawn.

(L-R): Joshua Bonnette, Ford Hash, Malik Wilson​ ​​and ​Anthony Lawn.

TROOP 140 EAGLE SCOUT RECIPIENTS NAMED

Sienna Plantation’s BSA Troop 140 is celebrating its most recent Eagle Scout recipients. Joshua Bonnette, Ford Hash, Malik Wilson​ ​​and ​Anthony Lawn​ have camped, hiked and canoed with each other since they were 6 years old and in Cub Scouts.

Bonnette’s Eagle project benefited the Ridge Point High School Band whose band room was without adequate storage to protect their percussion equipment. Bonnette led a team of band students and Scouts to build storage cabinets for the band’s marching percussion instruments. Bonnette attended Ridge Point High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has been awarded the Mirabeau Presidential Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University.

Hash’s Eagle Project benefited the Dulles High School Band where their many trophies, dating back to the 1960s, were piling up on the floor and atop cabinets. Hash led a team to build and install eight trophy shelves in the band hall. Band students and Scout friends cleaned and arranged in chronological order all of the trophies and arranged them on the new shelves for future DHS students to be inspired by the legacy that has gone before them. Hash attended Dulles High School’s Math and Science Academy and graduated Cum Laude and is a National Merit Scholar. He has been awarded the Regent’s Gold Scholarship to study Computer Science at Baylor University.

Wilson’s Eagle Project benefited the Star of Hope which supports Houston’s homeless community. Wilson organized and held a clothing drive to replenish their diminished winter inventory, coordinating his effort with local churches. Wilson attended Hightower High School’s Medical Academy. He has been awarded the Morehouse Academic Scholarship to study Finance as a Pre-Law student at Morehouse College.

Lawn’s Eagle Project benefited Quail Valley Middle School. Lawn led a team to construct a kiosk to teach middle school students about computer science, and to teach basic concepts, especially Scratch, an MIT developed tool for learning how to program. The kiosk was placed in the school’s library. Lawn attended Ridge Point High School and graduated Cum Laude. He has been awarded the Academic Excellence Scholar­ship to study Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Adan Hernandez

Adan Hernandez

FOSTER STUDENTS HONORED AT TOUCHDOWN CLUB OF HOUSTON

Three senior Foster student Athletes were honored by the Touchdown Club of Houston at the 49th Spring Sports Scholar-Athlete Dinner in May. Foster wrestler Adan Hernandez was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Touchdown Club for 2015.The dinner was presented by the Bank of River Oaks and was held at the JW Marriott Hotel. Hernandez was one of four scholar-athletes from Lamar CISD nominated among 18 categories. The Foster nominees were Lindsey Etzler, who was named the category winner in volleyball, and Kendall Pryor, softball finalist. The Touchdown Club of Houston sponsors the event each year. Students were judged on academic prowess, athletic ability and citizenship, incorporated into extra-curricular activities.

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Professor Kris Yee and student Carmen Gaas.

Professor Kris Yee and student Carmen Gaas.

CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP OFFERS COURSE WITH HBU

This year Calvary Episcopal Preparatory students in grades 6-12 who have shown great aptitude in English and social sciences have an opportunity to enroll in a dual-enrollment course through Houston Baptist University. (HBU). The students are taking English 1320: Writing for Wisdom I: Greeks, Romans, and Early Christianity. Calvary currently has 10 students participating in this endeavor and the onsite professor is Kris Yee..

According to the course syllabus, “The Academy at Houston Baptist University exists to extend the challenge and rewards of university style classes to Houston area [high school] students, providing them with the opportunity to earn transferable college credit along the way. Each class is designed to immerse the student in an essential era or theme in western history, literature, philosophy and culture through reading of the original texts that shaped the world. Writing for Wisdom I: Greeks, Romans, and Early Christianity teaches the fundamentals of college reading, thinking, and writing from a classical, Christian perspective.”

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Travis High School Belles Dance Team 2015-2016: (front row, 3-year members, l-r): Lily Hurta, Sherry Zhang, Mikayla Bailey, Jordan Ivanignilio, Lauren Johnson, Krista Guthrie, Kaitlin Bailey, Taylor Davenport, Florencia Caceres, Aashia Wemigwans, Nathalie Alfaro; (center row, 2-year members): Alyssa Oberle, Chioma Dedeibe, Morgan Mitchell, Aleena Macumber, Aqsa Momin, Jordan Greer, Maddie Menke, Maddie Goodwin, MacKenzie Finlayson, Kirsten Hyde, Avery Dawson, Erin Criner, Ella Rodriguez, Casey Ferniz, Kaitlyn Chalmers; (back row, 1-year members): Raegan Levias, Daniella Obou, Mariah St.Germain, Navia White, Sydney Rutledge, AmyJo Farrar, Haley Wisnieski, Marissa Gonzalez, Brinley Peterson, Claire Brown, Crystal Arellano, Morgan Goloway, Brayda Blair, Elvia Barahona and Morgan Dittler.

Travis High School Belles Dance Team 2015-2016: (front row, 3-year members, l-r): Lily Hurta, Sherry Zhang, Mikayla Bailey, Jordan Ivanignilio, Lauren Johnson, Krista Guthrie, Kaitlin Bailey, Taylor Davenport, Florencia Caceres, Aashia Wemigwans, Nathalie Alfaro; (center row, 2-year members): Alyssa Oberle, Chioma Dedeibe, Morgan Mitchell, Aleena Macumber, Aqsa Momin, Jordan Greer, Maddie Menke, Maddie Goodwin, MacKenzie Finlayson, Kirsten Hyde, Avery Dawson, Erin Criner, Ella Rodriguez, Casey Ferniz, Kaitlyn Chalmers; (back row, 1-year members): Raegan Levias, Daniella Obou, Mariah St.Germain, Navia White, Sydney Rutledge, AmyJo Farrar, Haley Wisnieski, Marissa Gonzalez, Brinley Peterson, Claire Brown, Crystal Arellano, Morgan Goloway, Brayda Blair, Elvia Barahona and Morgan Dittler.

 

The Belles’ Dance Officers (l-r): Taylor Davenport, senior lieutenant; Maddie Goodwin, captain; Florencia Caceres, colonel; Sherry Zhang, senior lieutenant; Jordan Greer, junior lieutenant.

The Belles’ Dance Officers (l-r): Taylor Davenport, senior lieutenant; Maddie Goodwin, captain; Florencia Caceres, colonel; Sherry Zhang, senior lieutenant; Jordan Greer, junior lieutenant.

 

The Belles’ Social Officers (l-r): Kaitlyn Chalmers, historian; Aleena Macumber, chaplain; Krista Guthrie, vice president; MacKenzie Finlayson, secretary; and Kaitlin Bailey, president.

The Belles’ Social Officers (l-r): Kaitlyn Chalmers, historian; Aleena Macumber, chaplain; Krista Guthrie, vice president; MacKenzie Finlayson, secretary; and Kaitlin Bailey, president.


TRAVIS HIGH BELLES DANCE TEAM 2015-2016

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Belles Dance Team consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors chosen annually by dance audition. More than dancers, the Belles also are student leaders inside and outside the classroom, promoting school spirit and good sportsmanship. The girls also hold monthly community service projects, such as collecting school supplies for those in need and supporting Lunches of Love by donating decorated lunch bags and ingredients for the children’s lunches. The team’s director is Gina Tolar and assistant director is Katherine McMullin.

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2015-2016 Stephen F. Austin Angels.

2015-2016 Stephen F. Austin Angels.

AUSTIN HS ANGELS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the award-winning Austin Angels celebrated the induction of new members in ceremonies held at Stephen F. Austin High School. The rookie class this year is made up of 24 young ladies from Austin High School. The Austin Angels are the school’s dance team. During the induction ceremony, each inductee recognizes her responsibility to the team as she is officially inducted into the Angels family by her “big sister.”

The Angels realize everything they do and think affects the people in their lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. There­fore, they also believe in community service. One of the goals for the Austin Angels 2015-2016 is Giving Back. The Angels’ adopt-a-family project is just one of many that the Angels could participate in as well as an Angels’ Junior Clinic in the spring for younger girls to learn about dance and what it means to be part of a team.

The Angels also recently held a “back to school” drive. While these drives usually focus on school supplies for kids, the Austin Angels held their event to address the fact that some students do not have “new” clothing to wear to school. The clothing drive was a partnership with Shared Dreams, a program that provides students in need with clothes and basic supplies so they can feel better about themselves. In turn, recipients are better able to focus on school work and being kids. Shared Dreams helps over 4000 FBISD students each year. Since Shared Dreams is run completely on donations, they were extremely appreciative of this donation of over 20 bags of clothing to ensure a high quality shopping experience for their customers.

For more information about Shared Dreams, visit forttbendisd.com/Page/198.

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(L-R): Alvin San Migel, vice president and general manager, The Johnson Development Company-Sienna Plantation; Tiffany Johnson, math/science specialist; Lavanta Williams, principal at Heritage Rose who “clowned around” all day; volunteer student Cecilia, Carrie DeSmith, special education aide; and volunteer student Kaylee.

(L-R): Alvin San Migel, vice president and general manager, The Johnson Development Company-Sienna Plantation; Tiffany Johnson, math/science specialist; Lavanta Williams, principal at Heritage Rose who “clowned around” all day; volunteer student Cecilia, Carrie DeSmith, special education aide; and volunteer student Kaylee.

HERITAGE ROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOSTS CARNIVAL-THEMED “MEET AND GREET”

To welcome students to the 2015-16 school year, Heritage Rose Elementary School hosted a “Meet and Greet” that welcomed students from all grade levels. The carnival-themed event gave students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to meet school administrators and staff members, and visit with teachers to discuss student expectations, curriculum, and classroom procedures. Families also enjoyed various carnival games and activities (including bean bag toss and face painting), as well as food and drinks.

Heritage Rose Elementary School staff and students thank The Johnson Development Company-Sienna Plantation for sponsoring the event.


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