Feel Good Friday Stories
January 21, 2022
Tomball Intermediate Celebrates Students through Various Types of Positive Referrals
Tomball Intermediate School has made an intentional effort to celebrate the small wins and big accomplishments of their students through positive referrals. This campus-wide initiative promotes positive behavior and can instantly improve a student’s mood and behavior while in school.
By sending these positive referrals, home-to-school relationships are being built, a cohesive and valued school environment is being fostered, and students’ social emotional learning is being supported.
These referrals come in various ways, whether it is in front of the class or during Cougar Cafe. Some teachers even send positive referrals in a written form in the mail home to parents. Ms. Melissa Janezich, a sixth grade ELA teacher is one that sends notecards home in the mail, which has proven to be a thoughtful way to share her praise for each of her students throughout the year.
“I remembered how excited I was when I used to get happy notes in the mail from my teacher. This year, I bought postcards online and made it a goal to send those out once every other month. I want to make sure at some point every single one of my students has a positive postcard sent home to their parents because every child has something good about them that I can brag about,” Janezich said.
Students have reacted in such an authentic way to the positive referrals. Whether it's cheering on a classmate who received one or being surprised and excited that they were recognized for something positive.
This intentional effort by TIS is one of many ways Tomball ISD teachers and staff continue to praise the work its students do on a daily basis across the district.
For Janezich, the reason for doing this was simple: “I take the time to do this for my students because I want them to feel good about themselves and know that their hard work is being noticed, seen and appreciated.”
January 14, 2022: Grand Lakes Junior High LOTC Cadets Give Back to Support Campus Custodians
January 14, 2022
Grand Lakes Junior High LOTC Cadets Give Back to Support Campus Custodians
Like many districts across the country, Tomball ISD is faced with staff shortages. Knowing this is occurring, Grand Lakes Junior High LOTC Cadets teamed up after winter break with the campus head custodian to help out. Each LOTC class assists the custodians in preparing and cleaning up for the next lunch after each lunch occurs. The group, if needed, also dedicates time helping clean classrooms, take out the trash, perform bathroom checks and restock. The LOTC Cadets have committed to helping out in any way possible.
Led by GLJHS Leadership Officer Training Corps teacher and Staff Sergeant Brittany Clark, this group has held multiple community service events throughout the year.
“A large part of being a high-quality leader is serving your community and those around you. If you ask any one of my students who have completed a Saturday Community Service Event, they will tell you how much they love supporting our community. Most of them continually ask me if we will have more opportunities,” Clark said.
When the group learned about custodian shortage, they knew that the best way to serve their community was by starting with their campus.
“Our campus is our community, and if I try to teach my students anything, it's always to help others when you are able. They are truly leaders in the making and they absolutely enjoy being selfless. I think we underestimate the positive feelings that kids get when they get a chance to forget their own problems and to help others,” Clark said.
January 7, 2022: Tomball Memorial High School Celebrates Students Exhibiting Campus Core Values
January 7, 2022
Tomball Memorial High School Celebrates Students Exhibiting Campus Core Values
Tomball Memorial High School staff recognizes and celebrates nearly 300 students for exhibiting its Campus Core Values.
TMHS Core Values are (BE CATS):
- Build Confidence (**WE BELIEVE prepared staff/students are the best staff/students)
- Earn Respect (**WE BELIEVE in the power of personal connection)
- Community (**WE BELIEVE a collaborative culture is key to high quality instruction)
- Act with Integrity (**WE BELIEVE how you do anything is how you do everything)
- Take Responsibility (**WE BELIEVE in taking initiative and a growth mindset)
- Strive for Excellence (**WE BELIEVE in challenging the status quo)
Each semester, teachers, administrators, counselors, custodians, cafeteria staff, substitutes and paraprofessionals all participate by recognizing at least two students each that they feel had exhibited the TMHS Core Values and had stepped up as leaders in the classroom or in the building that semester.
In December, over 280 students were nominated and celebrated with a card featuring the Core Values as well as encouraging words from the staff member. The students were also honored with a dessert and a gift card of choice.
As a campus, TMHS understands it is responsible for preparing well-rounded young men and women who have strong character traits and life skills to prepare them for when they leave TMHS and are out making their impact in the world. In addition, the campus knows it is important to celebrate and lift up everything positive that happens on campus and to show gratitude when TMHS students and staff embody what it means to be a Wildcat!
Led by Principal Dr. Jeff Bailey, TMHS makes student voice a priority. The campus has a Principal Student Advisory Committee made up of over 100 students. These students serve in leadership roles across all our organizations, and Dr. Bailey meets with them monthly to discuss different topics to help better improve the TMHS campus and support all students. This recognition idea came from one of those collaborative activities.
Along with this larger recognition, TMHS also celebrates with weekly shouts.
At TMHS, character education and building strong relationships is one of the campus’ major goals in order to continue improving the overall culture of the school.
December 17, 2021: Wildwood Elementary Creates Culture of Reading within School Community through Raising Readers Night
Wildwood Elementary Creates Culture of Reading within School Community through Raising Readers Night
Wildwood Elementary has made it a priority on its campus to create a culture of reading in families and the community, ensuring that children have the tools they need to grow as readers. Through the campus’ Raising Readers, a free monthly family night, students are invited to participate in academic, artistic and physical activities throughout the building. During Raising Reader Nights families may checkout additional library books on a family account to read and share together at home.
All Wildwood students and their families are invited to attend. Former students have shared with the campus leaders that they love coming back to campus with their younger siblings to participate. We frequently see multiple generations of families attend Raising Readers whether its from grandparents, to baby brothers and sisters. Everyone who attends is encouraged to participate in the activities as they work their way around the building.
There is growing recognition that a partnership between families and school staff is not only required to achieve educational excellence for all children, but also to improve the overall culture of a campus. The WES staff has learned that Raising Readers is a great way to stay connected to its families and show them their enthusiasm for their children’s success. Each month families interact with dedicated teacher volunteers and build relationships that will last for years as their children move through Tomball ISD schools.
Wildwood students are excited about participating at Raising Readers and showing off their school to their loved ones. The campus averages about 200 Wildwood students in attendance for our Raising Readers Nights and looks forward to welcoming more families each month as our program continues to grow throughout this year. Building relationships with its students and families while promoting literacy is what Wildwood Elementary and the library are all about.
December 10, 2021: Tomball Star Academy Enhances Campus Culture through ‘Motivational Mondays’
December 10, 2021
Tomball Star Academy Enhances Campus Culture through ‘Motivational Mondays’
Tomball Star Academy has made an intentional effort to enhance campus culture by hosting ‘Motivational Mondays’. This initiative began with a group of teachers who wanted to enhance campus culture by building relationships with students, strengthening student character, and recognizing/celebrating its school community, including students and staff.
Motivational Mondays create a way for the TSA campus to start each week on a positive note. Character Strong plays an integral role in what makes up a Motivational Monday. TSA focuses on a character trait each month and they kick off each week by engaging in team building activities related specifically to those Character Strong traits. This allows students to connect with each other on a different level, it encourages the TSA juniors and seniors to embrace student leadership and lead the activities, and it is a huge part of the culture that makes Tomball Star Academy so special and unique.
For example, in October, the Character Strong trait was “commitment.” The campus gathered as a whole in the gym, talked about commitment and broke students into groups (multi-grade levels). Each student shared with their group one thing in their school or personal life they wanted to improve and were committed to improving and/or changing. Each student then completed their commitment cards and shared their commitment card to an accountability partner within their group. The cards were collected, and the students were able to monitor their goals through their PCC (path college career) course.
In November, TSA focused on kindness. For Motivational Monday, they kicked the week off with a “Compliment Car Wash.” Students formed two lines and shouted compliments to the students who walked through the car wash. The whole campus then engaged in a canned food drive for the month of November and collected over 1,800 items for our local food bank as our campus act of Kindness.
Through Motivational Mondays, Tomball Star Academy has continued to embrace what truly makes this campus unique and special.
December 3, 2021: Northpointe Intermediate Encourages Running with “Run for Your Life” Girls Run Club
December 3, 2021
Northpointe Intermediate Encourages Running with “Run for Your Life” Girls Run Club
10 years ago, Northpointe Intermediate School teacher Susanne Whitley started “Run for Your Life”, an afterschool run club for any girl who attends NIS. She started this club because she wanted to share her love for running with others and instill in young ladies that running will develop strength, healthy lifestyles and friendships that will last a lifetime.
“Run for Your Life” has grown into a popular club on campus with 68 members. They meet every Tuesday after school. Before every run, Whitley talks to the girls about encouraging others, positive self talk and pacing. She, along with other club sponsors, always join the girls every week in their run.
The workouts include “Wildcats”, which are half-mile repeats around campus, runs around the bayou and sprints and track running. Each fall and spring semester, the club selects an organized run to participate in and this fall, the girls of “Run for Your Life” Run Club have selected to participate in the NIS ‘Deck the Trail’ 2.5 mile trail run.
Also noteworthy is that four girls are chosen to serve as Captains because of their positivity, leadership and encouragement of others.
November 19, 2021: DPES Connects with Families with Blackmon’s Bedtime Stories
November 19, 2021
Decker Prairie Elementary Connects with Families through Blackmon’s Bedtime Story
Like many of Tomball ISD’s campuses, Decker Prairie Elementary has made an intentional effort to connect with its families in a creative and innovative way by using technology all while inspiring a love for reading.
Blackmon’s Bedtime Story, led by Principal Brenda Blackmon, began during COVID and continues today. The initiative is interactive as Principal Blackmon leads the charge by asking students questions, getting them to respond with answers, or respond with heart emojis. It truly has become a family event for the DPES school community.
DPES reads approximately once a month on Facebook Live, working it around seasonal times to coordinate with books. It has become such a hit with the students and the overall school community that the students love to return to school and talk about it the next day. In an effort to support those who may have missed the reading on one specific night, DPES chooses to keep it on Facebook for an extended time. The school has often seen parents sharing the video with other families.
When choosing which book to read, Principal Blackmon says “often they are books we have read with our own children or currently read with our own children.” The DPES librarian also helps us with great choices when needed.
November 12, 2021: TISD SROs Go Above & Beyond
November 12, 2021
Tomball ISD SROs Go Above & Beyond
School Resources Officers (SROs) are an important connection between our local law enforcement agencies and our students, staff and families. But in Tomball ISD, our SROs are more than that.
This group of individuals go above and beyond to dedicate their time to building relationships with our students and their families. They are caring and share their servant-minded hearts as mentors. You may see them in a classroom reading books, educating children on safety practices, cheering on a team at a game, eating at the cafeteria table or offering a sounding board to those students who need someone to listen.
SROs play an integral role in the educational experience Tomball ISD offers its families and their continued engagement with each of their respective campuses, showcases the working relationship that Tomball ISD has built with the Tomball Police Department.
Thank you to our SROs: Keith Ferguson, Tomeko Henegan, Travendieal Foote, Matt Maglitto, Josh Littell, Mirando Torres, Courtnay White, Juliete Pommer, Tyson Hamilton.
November 5, 2021: Canyon Pointe Elementary Wellness Room
November 5, 2021
Canyon Pointe Elementary’s Wellness Room
Canyon Pointe Elementary campus leaders have made an intentional effort to invest in self-care by offering their staff a wellness room on campus to use throughout the school day.
Like many of the Tomball ISD schools, CPES strives to foster a work environment that promotes high expectations and provides attention to each staff member’s personal well-being.
The Wellness Room is strategically located next door to the counselor’s office and provides a relaxing space for any staff member that needs a break, needs privacy or just needs to relax.
October 29, 2021: Creekside Forest Elementary Peanut Butter Drive
October 29, 2021
Creekside Forest Elementary Peanut Butter Drive
The Creekside Forest Elementary School community stepped up and answered the Peanut Butter Drive call once again, producing 6,600 jars of peanut butter equating to 12,142 pounds, all of which were donated to local, non-profit organizations.
Purpose of the Drive: Through the Great Expectations program, students learn so much more than what can be found in a textbook. They learn life principles such as the importance of compassion, responsibility, how to be a good friend, why it is important to be honest and as seen through the Peanut Butter Drive, acts of service.
About the CFES Peanut Butter Display: Each year the CFES school community produces a display, located inside the front hallway of the school, of the peanut butter jars donated. This year, the 6,600 jar peanut butter display showcases a theme of different modes of air transportation. Playing off Destination Excellence, each mode of transportation represents education in some way and as expressed through creativity, ‘the knowledge acquired today will take you to your ‘destination’ tomorrow’.
Creekside Forest Elementary teamed up with Creekview Elementary and Creekside Park Junior High in this year’s initiative to support those in need.
After showcasing the show-stopping amount of jars, the peanut butter will be donated to local, non-profit organizations:
- Over 8,000 pounds to to Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM)
- 1,125 pounds to Montgomery County Food Bank, by H-E-B, on behalf of Tomball ISD
- Over 3,000 pounds to Keep Us Fed Montgomery County