Crosby’s Gratitude; Secret Agents; Veterans Day

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

November is National Gratitude Month. This month, I wanted to share a few of the things for which I’m grateful. I cherish our student-volunteers. I’ll give you just one example. Each Thursday, Crosby High School students work together to check in families, bag perishable and non-perishable food, and distribute free groceries to families in need in our area. Our student-run food distribution helps about 100 families weekly on average.

Let’s also give kudos to the community members who spark creativity and coordinate wellness, nutrition, and exercise classes for our teachers on their monthly staff development Fridays. Our teachers can do yoga, dancing, and stretching. They also have the opportunity to take a drawing class or start researching their family tree. These classes are free and optional, but it’s great to see so many of our educators taking advantage of what our community businesses and organizations have to offer. Our teachers have the chance to recharge and reflect on our staff development Fridays, before engaging in another productive week with our students.

I am also grateful for the wonderful food served up by our Culinary Arts students at Crosby High School. Chef Espinosa and her students run a full-service restaurant inside Crosby High School known as the Cougar Bistro. Each week, staff members and community members are invited to place to-go orders or dine in. We share the menus each week in our “Cougar News Now” newsletter and on our social media platforms.

Our third-grade students are well underway in the competition for our District-wide reading contest “Mission: Possible.” It’s styled as a secret agent competition with missions each month. Each elementary campus has created team mascots: The Drew Secret Super Readers; The Newport Decoders; The Barrett Covert Coogs; and The Crosby Covert Chapter Chasers.

So far, our students have read an average of 271.25 minutes collectively each month. I am thankful to Elementary Librarian, Mrs. Henderson, for spearheading another annual competition to encourage reading at the third-grade level. It’s a critical time to make reading fun as students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Save this next date to your phone or calendar. The annual Crosby ISD Veterans Day program will happen on Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm at Cougar Stadium. All veterans and their families are invited. Our students work each year on their song and dance routines, and they love sharing their patriotism with those who have served and sacrificed for our country. I am personally grateful to my father, a disabled veteran, who demonstrates time and again what it means to serve with quiet heroism. I hope to see all our Crosby and Barrett Station veterans at our celebration later this month.

May your November be memorable and full of quality family time and may your gratitude list continue to grow this month.

We are Moving Forward! Go Coogs!