There is so much to celebrate during the holiday season. This time of year also marks the mid-point in our school year and I wanted to take some time out to celebrate some of the wonderful accomplishments we’ve made in Tomball ISD.
We are all so excited about the launch of several construction projects approved under last year’s bond. New schools, campus upgrades, enhanced technology, a new stadium, and several other projects are now in motion as we are preparing for the future. Part of our preparation also includes the development of a new Strategic Plan for the school district. Work on the new plan began in late November with the first meeting of campus and community stakeholders including Tomball ISD parents, business owners, community leaders, teachers, administrators and board members.
Tomball ISD has once again received the honor of being listed on the AP Honor Roll by the College Board for significant gains in student access and success. Tomball ISD is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP®District Honor Roll. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
As the fall season wraps up, there is much to be proud of as Tomball ISD Athletics and Fine Arts represented the district at the highest levels both in the classroom and in competition. We are thrilled at the success our athletics teams had this fall and would like to again, congratulate all of our state playoff participants. TMHS volleyball captured Co-District and Bi-District Championship titles in its first year at the 6A level, while the Wildcat varsity football team finished second in district and advanced to the state playoffs. THS volleyball, football and tennis teams all advanced to the state playoffs at the 5A level.
Our Fine Arts department continues to thrive and is coming off a remarkable fall that featured several amazing theatre performances. Our high school marching bands showed well, receiving all 1’s at the UIL Region 9 Marching Contest, our junior high choirs combined for over 170 First Division Medals at the Solo Ensemble Contest and our orchestra students earned performance positions in the Region 9 Orchestra.
Lastly, as the holiday season is always full of decorations with shining stars, I want to share with you my congratulations to this fall’s winners of the Superintendent’s Shining Star Award, an educator recognition program designed to celebrate educators who approach teaching and learning creatively. The recipients use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, and critical thinking. Honorees were: Bethany McDowell (Timber Creek Elementary), Amy Jackson (Oakcrest Intermediate), Stacy Landgrebe (Creekside Park Junior High), and Reyna Herrmann (Tomball Star Academy). These Shining Stars are just an example of the many wonderful qualities of Tomball ISD and are representative of the hard work and commitment which Tomball ISD teachers and staff bring to work every day. They make “Destination Excellence” a reality.
As we end the first semester and take time to celebrate with our families, please be safe, enjoy your time together, and know that the spring will bring even more success as we continue our vision and mission.