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Posts published in November 2022

Message from the Crosby Superintendent

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

I want to start this holiday column with a great example of kindness in action. The Crosby High School Boys’ Golf Team jumped into action when a car stalled near the intersection of FM 2100 and Krenek Road earlier this month. The morning commute was jammed until the teens helped push the car off the road. They cleared up the commute and helped a stranger who was having a rough start to the morning. All this before 8am! They also competed in a tournament in Texas City later that day and played well. Later, the PGA Superstore saw the district’s social media post about the team and generously donated much-needed golf items! Our students set a great example, and they’re why so many of our educators live and work in Crosby ISD.

I want to congratulate the newly-elected members of the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees. Local construction manager, Mr. Phillip Chapman, has been elected to the At-Large Position 6 seat, and Ms. Lisa Kallies, a proud Crosby ISD retiree, will represent Position 4. Our members will be sworn in during the regularly-scheduled Board meeting on December 12th.

November included a big honor for Crosby ISD’s Visual Arts Program. District Art Lead, Ms. Meighgan Gladden, and Crosby High School Visual Arts teacher, Ms. Debbie Willows, accepted the District of Distinction honor by the Texas Art Education Association during a ceremony in Read To The Final Four Literacy rally: McAllen. The distinction designates that Crosby ISD has a visual arts program that is among the top 4% in the state. We appreciate the efforts of our fine arts teachers, discovery lab instructors, and interventionists, including: Ms. Gladden, Ms. Willows, Ms. Hilary Scullane, Ms. Melanie Sortore, Ms. Ginny Blaha, Ms. Kim Houser, Ms. Crystal Hammond, Ms. Kristi Hardy, Ms. Dovie Williams, and Ms. Abigail Markley. Next month, we will recognize our visual arts team during a District-wide salute to Fall Semester achievements.

New Hospital Tower opens in Baytown

BAYTOWN – Houston Methodist Baytown officially opened a new five-story building to patients last week. The new state-of- the-art tower is named Unity Tower and features 75 private rooms, an intensive care unit, and an entire floor dedicated to childbirth and obstetrics services.

“This is an exciting time for Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, our staff, physicians and the community,” said Chief Executive Office David Bernard. “I am proud to expand the hospital and our services so that we can better serve the community that has supported us for nearly 75 years.”

The Unity Tower project includes vital infrastructure, including a new pharmacy, expanded laboratory, hospital kitchen, dialysis unit and many other clinical enhancements to serve our patients.

EPA to hold Waste Pits meeting Dec. 5th; work starts on Southern Impoundment


The cleanup is starting at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site according to THEA director Jackie Medcalf, and an announcement from the EPA in Dallas. Initially the work will involve the Southern Impoundment site, not the Northern Impoundment.

In addition to the announcement, EPA is planning a Community Town Hall Meeting on December 5. According to Jackie Medcalf, here is what we know about the plan:

Phase One of the cleanup started this week. This includes removing vegetation from the site, building fences, and building a water treatment facility on location.

Physical removal of the waste will start in late December or early January. About 25-30 trucks will haul the toxic waste away to disposal facilities.

Top chef visits Crosby ISD to help with Thanksgiving meal

Crosby High School Students cook Thanksgiving Meal with “Hell’s Kitchen” Contest Chef

Crosby, TX – Students in the Culinary Arts CTE program at Crosby High School will have a very special guest instructor this month. “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant, Executive Chef Abe Sanchez, will mentor students as they provide Thanksgiving lunch service to the Crosby and Barrett Station communities.

The students operate a fully-functional restaurant, called the “Cougar Bistro,” inside Crosby High School each month. Students will serve a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings on Thursday, November 17. Chef Sanchez will coach students on meal prep and then guide them through the meal service itself.

It’s a change of pace for Chef Sanchez, who is currently competing in Season 21 of “Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages” on the Fox Television Network. He has two children who attend Crosby High School, and he is actively giving back to our communities as he continues deeper into the season on the intense cooking show competition.


Democrats retain control of County Government

Beto defeated; Texas remains Republican

HARRIS COUNTY – Despite warnings of a Republican “Red Wave” sweeping the voting booths, it didn’t materialize in most of the country, and especially in Harris County.

Democrats kept their seats if incumbents, and in at least one critical race, Pct. 4 of the County Commissioners, they picked up a key vote. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the County is now run by a solid 4 out of 5 votes by Democrats.

Republicans spent a record amount of $9 million attempting to unseat Judge Lina Hidalgo, but she retained her position by defeating challenger Alexandra Mealer by over 17,000 votes, 549,999 to 532,602.

In other county races, Adrian Garcia defeated Jack Morman for Pct. 2 Commissioner, 53% to 47%, and Lesley Briones had 52% and Jack Cagle 48%.

Voters approved $1.2 billion in Bonds for the County, and $478 million in Bonds for the City.

Crosby Cougars vs Longview in Round 1 Playoffs Friday

CROSBY – Cougar fans and the whole community are excited about the football team reaching the playoffs, with their first game this Friday evening at 7pm against the Longview Lobos at Lobo stadium, 3012 Airline Road, Longview, Texas.

Longview’s record is 10- 0, and they are ranked #1 in 5A-1. Crosby is ranked #40 and will be the underdog in this game, but if they win they have a chance to go far in the standings.

Crosby is coming off a win over Goose Creek Memorial, 59-13 last week. Their overall record is 6-4. Coach Jerry Prieto says he will have his team ready for a real scrap, and high hopes to win.

Schools will have early dismissal Friday at 11:25am to allow time for the 3-1/2 hour trip to Longview.

Pct. 2 opens Mental Health Services POD

Access2Health Smart Pod is the third mobile clinic to open in Precinct 2

Harris County, TX — Monday, October 31, 2022 – Commissioner Garcia was joined by Baylor College of Medicine, Catholic Charities, and The Harris Center to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the third ACCESS2HEALTH Smart Pod in Precinct 2. The Smart Pod will bring mental health services to the community regardless of ability to pay. The event took place at 2:30 p.m.

Officials at the Ribbon Cutting were Commissioner Adrian Garcia; Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Baylor College of Medicine; Cynthia Colbert, Catholic Charities; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Wayne Young, The Harris Center.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place Monday, October 31, 2022, 2:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center parking lot at 10918 Bentley, Houston, Tx 77093.

Fans celebrate World Series win!

HOUSTON – It was a great night for baseball last Saturday evening, as the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the World Series.

Many fans from this area, from Mattress Mack to David and Deonicia Mendez to scores of others watched with excitement as Yordan Alvarez in the sixth inning, with two men on base, homered to the farthest point in center field, and the Astros went ahead 3-1 and led the rest of the way to win the game. Alvarez’s home run went at least 450 feet, and experts say he hit a 98mph fastball sinker. The MVP trophy went to Jeremy Pena, who continued his amazing hitting with a .400 batting average for the series. Fans also saw some amazing pitching throughout the series, with Valdez, Verlander, and Pressley. And who can forget that impossible catch by Chas McCormick against the centerfield wall in Phily?

Rotary club hosts Belgian Exchange Student

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club continues its long traditioin of hosting foreign exchange students, with this year’s student from Belgium.

Edouard VanHove arrived in Houston in August, and is staying with the Teel and Cotten families in Highlands. He is attending Goose Creek Memorial High School for the year he is in the U.S.

Edouard is 17 years old, and lives with his 2 sisters in Pietrain, a small town near Brussels, known for raising pigs.


Eagles QB plays in Houston Thursday night

CHANNELVIEW – The community and the School District want to honor the accomplishments of their favorite son, Quarterback Jalen Hurts, with a huge public celebration this Thursday night, November 3rd at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium.

The public is invited to the party, even though Hurts will be playing that evening in NRG Stadium and is not expected to attend the CVISD celebration. A video message from Jalen Hurts will take place on the big scoreboard screen at the Channelview ISD stadium.

The Event is in honor of Jalen Hurts and his return to the greater Houston area since graduating from Channelview High School in 2016, Channelview ISD will host a mass community celebration. Hurts’ team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will be playing the Houston Texans that evening.