A Message from Dr. Z
Dear Tomball ISD Staff, Families and Community Members,
The holiday season always reminds us of how much there is to celebrate with family and friends. As we wrap up the first half of this school year I would like to share with all of you some of the outstanding accomplishments this year has already brought to our Tomball ISD family.
The construction of the new elementary school is fully underway with walls going up every day. The area around the new school is also being prepared for the new junior high school and stadium. It is so exciting to see the fruits of this bond which our community overwhelmingly supported in 2017. I am happy to share with you that the following names have been selected for the new elementary school and the facility - Grand Oaks Elementary, which will be located on the newly-named Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Complex. Opening along with the new elementary school next fall will be the newly approved and first of its kind in Texas, Academy for Energy and International Business. The new academy in an innovative program in partnership with BJ Services through which participating high school students will take specialized courses in the fields of energy or business which are scheduled at the BJ Services facility on 2920. This will allow the Tomball ISD students and teachers to have access to industry professionals as the class completes coursework leading to industry certifications. The program will open with the ninth grade class of 2020-2021 and students from both Tomball High School and Tomball Memorial High School are welcomed to apply. They will complete most of their coursework at their regular high school campus and will be transported to and from the BJ Services facility for particular specialty and core courses.
Along with new facilities, the district is putting the final touches on a new five-year Strategic Plan which will see us through 2025. The Strategic Plan which was structured by a large committee of community stakeholders such as parents, teachers, students, community members, and local business owners embodies the aspirations of this amazing district as we move towards our vision of Tomball ISD students leading in the creation of the future.
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 only 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. The pride only grew stronger as the district was then informed that it was also recognized among just 12 Texas school districts for outstanding programs in the Texas School Business magazine’s annual Bragging Rights issue. The particular program the district was recognized for is the Multi-Tiered System of Support which addresses student mental health. A final honor was bestowed upon the district with the recognition of Canyon Pointe Elementary School as a PLC Model School. Collaborative practice is a hallmark of the Tomball ISD way of doing things and it is a true honor that our schools are now being honored for the quality, commitment, and hard work of our PLC’s.
As the fall season wraps up, there is much to be proud of as Tomball ISD Athletics, Fine Arts and FFA 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 extend congratulations to all who represented our district. A few of our top honors include:
- Tomball Memorial High School Football finished with a 10-2 record and captured a District and a Bi-District Championship title.
- Tomball High School Cross Country won District and advanced to the State Meet.
- Tomball High School Tennis won a District and Bi-District Championship and advanced to the Area Round, ranking 17th at the end of the season.
Our Fine Arts department continues to thrive and is coming off a remarkable fall that featured outstanding performances that led to high recognition. A few of our top honors include:
- Tomball High School Marching Band received all one’s at UIL Region Marching Contest, placed first at the UIL Area Marching Contest and made a third consecutive appearance at the UIL State Marching Band Contest.
- Willow Wood Junior High Honors Band was recognized as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence competition by the National Foundation for Music Education.
- Tomball Memorial High School Wildcat Theatre was selected as one of a handful of schools to perform a full length play, “A Piece of My Heart”, on the mainstage at the Texas Thespian Convention.
Also, congratulations to Tomball High School FFA students Brennan Baskin and Travis Lubbe for finishing second in the nation in the Agriscience Fair Power, Structure & Technical Systems category at the National convention.
Finally, 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: Michelle Bisig (Creekside Forest Elementary); Patti Brownfield (Tomball Intermediate); Connie Johnson (Willow Wood Junior High); and Christopher King (Tomball Memorial High School). 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.
Wishing you a very happy holiday season,
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora
December 16, 2019