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Posts published in October 2021

Crosby students receive National Merit commendations

Brynna CoVan and Georgia Jensen, with CHS Principal Jason Davila

CROSBY – Two Crosby High School students have just made their mark in the academic world. Seniors Brynna CoVan and Georgia Jensen have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, a national academic competition for high school students.

Georgia and Brynna were among 34,000 students to be recognized for their exceptional academic promise. This is a great achievement for both students as more than 1.5 million high school students enter the competition each year.

The two students qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program by achieving an impressive score on the PSAT/NMSQT or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Brynna spent many late nights studying the material. “It was a big relief to know my hard work paid off,” she said.

“These students represent a valuable national resource,” commented a spokesperson for National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

County starts affordable housing in Newport

CROSBY – A new project in Newport aims to lead the charge in innovative attainable housing programs. Harris County Single-Family New Construction and Harris County Community Land Trust have initiated construction of two affordable houses in the Newport neighborhood.

On Thursday, October 14th Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Executive Director of Harris County Community Services Department participated in a ribbon-cutting for the new homes.

The Harris County Community Service Department Single-Family New-Construction Program broke ground on the first of two SFNCP-constructed homes of its new Newport Project, a $466,612 attainable housing initiative in Precinct 2.

Voting Nov. 2 for TX Amendments

HARRIS COUNTY – Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 for a ballot that has attracted little interest among early voters.

The ballot contains 8 propositions to amend the state constitution, but most feel these are minor issues, and voter turnout is low.

The amendments deal with the following issues: taxes, gambling, bond issues, religious services, healthcare, constitutional rights, and veterans services.

State Rep. Huberty announces retirement

HOUSTON – State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, announced Tuesday he will not seek another term to the Texas House.

Huberty, who has represented House District 127 since 2011, said in a statement that “it is time for new opportunities in life.”

“I have thought long and hard about this decision,” Huberty said. “It’s been an honor to represent the people and communities of District 127 at the Texas Capitol, and I’m proud of the work our team has accomplished.

During the 2019 legislative session, Huberty helped spearhead reforms to the state’s school finance system, which included $6.5 billion to improve public education in the state and pay teachers, plus $5.1 billion to lower school district taxes.

Huberty said Tuesday that his “interest in and passion for public education remains at my core” and said he believed that the school finance reform legislation from 2019 “will have a lasting impact for the school children of Texas for a long time to come.”

HIGHLANDS Jamboree & Spooktacular set for Oct. 30

HIGHLANDS – Chamber of Commerce Director Jessica Woods has announced that after missing the Jamboree last year, due to the Pandemic, the community will be able to participate in a combined Jamboree and Halloween celebration, named a “Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 30. The Highlands 64th Annual Jamboree will include a parade, crafts show, Expo, and Children’s Pageant on Saturday, October 30th.

The Parade will begin at 10 am and travel south on Main Street.

The Craft Fair and Expo will open after the parade at Highlands Elementary Campus on E. Wallisvile Rd.

The popular Children’s pageant will start at noon following the parade awards, taking place in the elementary school multipurpose room.

Crosby ISD investigates racist graffiti

VIEW on Social Media site shows racist graffiti written on tile walls in the Crosby High School boys bathroom.

CROSBY – The school district is now investigating vandalism in the form of graffiti with racist remarks, discovered in one of the student restrooms at the high school. The markings may be the result of a national trend, promoted on the internet site TikTok, encouraging students to rebel against schools with this type of defacement.

Students and parents at Crosby High School have expressed shock and concern about the vandalism.

The district sent out a letter to parents informing them about “derogatory racial remarks” written on Crosby High School bathroom tiles. Now, the district is asking parents to talk with their students and remain vigilant in observing and reporting suspicious behavior.

“We need to make you aware of an incident that happened at Crosby High School this week. A bathroom was vandalized with derogatory racial remarks. Campus administration is investigating. Remember, any student involved in vandalism of any kind in our schools will be held to the strictest disciplinary action.

BHISD earns top scores in state testing

Texas Education Agency released 2020- 2021 state accountability scores in August, and Barbers Hill ISD ranked at the top of its 40-district comparison group statewide.

“Our outstanding scores can be attributed to the heroic effort of staff members who put students first despite obstacles, students who came to school and gave it their best, and a community who continued to trust and support us in these unprecedented times,” said Deputy Superintendent Sandra Duree.

The district’s overall passing rate was 89 percent, which is 22 points higher than the state average and ahead of second- and third-ranking Dallas-area districts Frisco ISD and Wylie ISD.

“State accountability scores are one measure of success,” said Duree. “Last year we celebrated so many successes, such as our highest number of Advanced Placement scholars, a National Merit Commended Student, and our new Social Emotional Learning program, not to mention our dozens of state qualifiers and state champions.”

NNO celebrated throughout Harris County

IT’S BACK! NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Harris County was busy Tuesday night, with residents gathering at their Pct. 2 community centers, or just in the street in their neighborhoods. The point of the night was to meet your neighbors, and your public safety officers, to form a friendship and strengthen community safety.

Harris County Precinct 2 held receptions and events in 12 of their community centers, from Aldine to Pasadena. In this area, residents gathered in Huffman, Crosby, Highlands, Barrett and JD Walker centers for several hours, starting at 5pm.

Each center had a contingent of Sheriff and Constable deputies and other first responders, often with specialized equipment to show the public.