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Highlands Rotary collects books for the World

Monday, August 21, with the cooperation of Ms. Dorie Butterworth of Crosby ISD textbook procurement (at right) Highlands Rotary Club members Sam Al Rasheed, Charley Ward, president Johnny Gaeke, Robert Woodall, and past President Steve Miller loaded up eight 4‘x4‘x4‘ pallets of old text books to ship to Africa, along with 13 pallets with Baytown.


By LEWIS SPEARMAN
HIGHLANDS/CROSBY – Local Rotarians are providing the means to answer the literacy needs for impoverished areas throughout the world.
With the ideal that the rest of the world does not have many of the advantages we tend to take for granted in this country, several local Texas Rotary Districts undertook a project to collect books and ship them to places of need.
According to Johnny Gaeke, “This project started out as a joint project with the Baytown Rotary and Goose Creek Schools. We are promised at least six pallets from Baytown right now. This wonderfull project has snowballed. The books are taken to a Houston Shipping Facility owned by a Rotarian, from there they will accumulate until they have enough for a shipping container and them ship them to South Africa. There they will be turned over to Rotarians to be distributed to where they are needed in small villages. Everything is used, even the Shipping Container. Once they are distributed the containers are turned into libraries and classrooms. Our main focus on this end is procuring the books. Our only cost is a little time and effort to accumulate and deliver to the locations.”

Crosby High misses federal math standards

By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY— While each of Crosby ISD’s campuses received “Academically Acceptable” from the TEA (Texas Education Agency) based on their 2006 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills), Crosby High School failed to meet criteria established under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A preliminary report from the TEA’s Office of Accountability and Data Quality for (AYP) Adequate Yearly Progress showed that the high school missed the performance level in mathematics.
District Superintendent Dr. Don Hendrix said he was not surprised by the report. The campus, he said, has trouble with the passage rate among African American students and the report just proves what they have already known—that more work was needed.
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The AYP looks at the areas of reading/ language skills, mathematics and graduation/ attendance rates.
District wide, Hendrix said, Crosby did well coming just a few students from hitting the TEA’s “Recognized” status. The test results, he added, gives the district guidance and where extra focus needs to be made.
According to the TEA’s report in mathematics, Crosby had a 44% passage rate. With 176 students in that group taking the test 11 more would have broken the 50% plateau.
African Americans weren’t the only group with math troubles. Economically Disadvantaged students had a 40% passage rate in math. Hispanics students had a 49% passage rate, just two students away from the 50% mark. Hispanics were also the only group to show improvement from 2005, with the passage rate going up 4%.
While a “failed to meet criteria” will not cost Crosby federal funds, Hendrix said that it is an important tool in focusing their efforts.
To help students, Hendrix said they will begin hosting after school test sessions to help students prepare for the tests. “We are going to do what we can, but in the end the students have to step up and pass the test,” he said.
Mike Joseph, the assistant superintendent for instruction, said that they have also set up teams of four teachers who work with groups of students to give extra instruction in the testing areas of math, reading, writing and social studies.
The high school has also created a separate ninth grade lunch to help students transition from junior high to school as well bring them together for study sessions.
While Huffman’s Hargrave High was found “Unacceptable” by the TEA based on scores by its Special Education students, as a whole the high school met federal AYP criteria in all areas.
The same could not be said for Baytown’s Lee High School, which failed to meet criteria in both reading participation and math participation and performance.
Under the criteria, districts are required to have 95% of special education students take the tests. This year, Lee had 92% take the tests, or a lack of two students.

Keating celebrates 40 years in Crosby

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY – John Keating Chevrolet celebrated 14 successful years in tandem with Joe Keating’s 1966 establishment of the family tradition here of “Famous for Fairness.”
The 14th Year Anniversary Clearance Sale was held from August 17 through 19. Special incentives and discounts were in effect for the period.
“I have a lot of friends I’ve made during the past few years, and I can’t think of a better way to say thanks than to put them in the new car they deserve…regardless of credit problems or hard times,” said John Keating.


At last Saturday’s event, the dealership offered hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks with a background of Rock and Country Music played by local talents “Crazy Train.” Customers dropped by in waves.
The Keating family tradition of referral from satisfied customers sprouted seven Keating dealerships beginning in 1955 when brothers Joe and Paul Keating retired after long careers from Humble Oil in Baytown to form a dealership in Groveton. Paul moved to Winnie and established a dealership that he kept until just a few years ago. Paul’s son, John, established the Crosby location in 1992 with the motto, “One Man tells another.”
Dale Burch, General Sales Manager, stated, “We would like to thank everyone that came out and made this a successful occasion. It was nice to visit with old friends and new customers and we trust it was as pleasant for everyone as it was for those of us working here. We would like to invite everyone to come out and experience why so many family and friends send those needing a car to us.”

New Officers at Highlands Pilot Club

The Pilot Club of Highlands installed its new officers for 2006-07 recently at The Teapot Dept in Highlands. Pictured, front row from left, are Laura Dean, president; Janette Walker, president-elect; Susan Precht, vice- president; back row, Becky Baumbach, director; Dehlia Mulllins, director; Sue Norris, director; Barbara Reeves, treasurer; Shyanne Melton, corresponding secretary; and Susan Kalke, recording secretary.

Crosby school district honors local media and school staff

By LEWIS SPEARMAN

CROSBY – The school board gave plaques and certificates of merit to local media representatives, staff and educators at their August 21 meeting.
In addition to the regular business and problems tackled by the school board, they awarded a Crosby ISD Media 2006 Honor Roll to Gilbert Hoffman, Publisher of the Star-Courier and to David Taylor, editor of the Sentinel.
Dr. Don Hendrix said, “Sometimes in society today, we see the media vilified as the enemy of public education, quite frankly, Crosby ISD is lucky to have two local papers that treat education as important.”

“Before the meeting today I was sitting here discussing some of the problems other districts are having and some solutions with the owner, sometimes writer, sometimes janitor, and full time architect of the Highlands – Crosby Star-Courier. He also visits schools in Huffman, Baytown, Barbers Hill, Dayton, has intense interest and concern for North Forest ISD, Aldine and other districts. We are lucky to have the Association of School Boards give this award to Gil Hoffman for being part of the Media Honor Roll.”
With that recognition the board then honored In-Service Staff contributions with certificates and of course pay for the extra work. The first certificate awarded went to Ms. Deloise Richardson and Ms. Ann Hill 5th and 6th Grade Language Arts Teachers for their “Guided Reading” presentation.
Frieda Berotte and Dana Akers Fourth Grade Language Arts Teachers were honored for “Using Effective Teaching Techniques and Strategies to Support Student Learning.”
Karen Walthall, Francis Tisdale, Alicia Price, Debbie Holmelin and Donna Davenport are third through sixth grade teachers that constructed a workshop “Manipulatives Are the Tendons of Learning.”
At Summer conferences Crosby was well represented. Patricia Franta, Karen Walthall and Francis Tisdale made presentations at the biggest Math Conference in the state.
Lynda Kubin and Rosanne Joseph presented “Sharing the Workload” at the TCASE Conference.
Staff development required special attention to development of reading skills in the lower grades. Suzanne Day, Rosanne Joseph, Kim Houser, Barbara Barrett, Nancy Stephens, Gail Bartz, Carol Swenson, Asa Kinnebrew, Debbie Vincent, Phyllis Gilliam and Renee Guillory were specially recognized for “Implementations: Small Group Phonics in grades Kindergarten through Third Grade.