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Crosby Superintendent’s message to the community

Security Update; Crosby Fair & Rodeo; Summer School and Camps

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

I want to start by talking about steps forward in school security for the upcoming school year. This month, the District sent an email survey to parents and guardians regarding their thoughts and concerns. We are also forming a Security Steering Committee of internal and external stakeholders (students, parents, and staff) to gauge their feedback. The public input will then be acted upon by our Safety and Security Committee, a long-standing group of staff members, parents, community members, and school resource officers who carry out the logistics of security. District leadership is also spending the next few weeks on in-depth planning for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Administrators will gather for a team-building academy in July, and one of the major topics will be identifying if any safety and security procedures need to be updated before the new school year. Keeping our students and staff members safe is my top priority. I appreciate everyone who has shared input so far.

Next, we wanted to share a big “Thank You” to the Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association. Their annual event is one of the best of the year to put our Crosby kids on the map. From ag mechanic designs to blue ribbon steer and lamb, our students get to show off their hard work raising livestock and honing their skills with woodworking, welding, horticulture, and crafts. The Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association raised more than $450,000 for scholarships in their auction this month. An extraordinary achievement that will continue to bless our students.

It is now officially summer on the calendar, and I hope your families are enjoying vacations or planning quick getaways to rest and rejuvenate. Don’t forget to encourage reading and math skills among children. Reading 20 minutes a day helps avoid learning loss. Math skills are twice as likely to be forgotten during the summer, so don’t forget to keep quizzing your students on everything from fractions to simple addition. Every little bit helps.

Activists watching environmental activities in San Jacinto River

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Whether it’s toxic waste dumps in the San Jacinto River, or unauthorized dredging and barge facilities, the citizens of Channelview and Highlands have two active watchdogs to monitor and protest when activities threaten the environment.

Jackie Young Medcalf and Carolyn Stone can be heard at many public meetings, questioning public authorities and requesting the proper procedures be followed. This Thursday the EPA will be at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview to report on remediation work in the river, and the public will have an opportunity to question progress. Prior to the meeting, Medcalf issued the following statement:

Dear Community Members,

We have two important action items for the San Jacinto River Coalition.

Crosby Rodeo sets attendance, sales records

CROSBY LIVESTOCK SALE & AUCTION proceeds topped $480,000 in preliminary figures, more than previous years. ABOVE, the Grand Champion Steer sold for $17,500 and was shown by Shelby Kouba. Buyers were Ranger Roofing and Construction, and R. L. Doskocil Inc.

Reserve Champion Steer was sold for $9,750, shown by Peyton Givans and purchased by Scott Stephens and Associates. Photos courtesy CFR.

MORE photos and details next week.

EPA meeting June 23 will report on Waste Pits

Rachel Jordan, at left, of THEA updated CHIC members last Thursday, May 26. Above, Ginnie Ramsey and Carolyn Stone of CHIC at the meeting in Channelview.

CHANNELVIEW – CHIC members and guests heard of recent activity regarding the remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, at a meeting held last month at the Channelview FD Station 3.

Public interest remains high regarding the waste pits, and the EPA plans a public meeting for everyone on Thursday June 23rd at 6:30pm at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview.

Highlands native new Hospital CEO


Houston, Texas — HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division President Troy Villarreal announced Jeanna Bamburg has been named chief executive officer of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Bamburg will assume her new role Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A native Houstonian originally from Highlands, Bamburg has been the chief executive officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast since 2012. Prior to serving as CEO, Jeanna served as chief operating officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast when it was Bayshore Medical Center. Additionally, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in her 25 years with HCA Healthcare.

Bamburg has been named one of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs, Houston’s Women Who Mean Business and Houston’s Breakthrough Women.

“Jeanna has demonstrated expertise in improving patient safety and quality, expanding clinical service lines and HCA’s footprint in the community and transforming the hospital’s culture. She has dedicated herself to ensuring the hospital is a great place for patients, their families, staff and providers,” said Villarreal. “Her work ethic, talent and natural leadership ability make her a great fit to take the helm at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.”

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Additional info contact THEA Jackie Medcalf, Director at, Rachel Jordan, Asst. Director at, or Kristine Singleton at or any of them phone 281 315-5242.

Family of 11 Loses Everything in House Fire Near Dayton

House catches fire near Dayton

DAYTON – A mother, father and their nine children who live near Dayton lost everything in a house fire Wednesday.

“I’m going to be okay. I just wish my kids didn’t have to go through this,” mom Jerene Buckles said.

Some of their children have special needs and take medication.

The walls are the only thing left standing at Jerene Buckle’s home.

“I think I’m still in shock. I think I’m still numb,” she said.

Jerene and her husband have nine children. Their youngest is six and the oldest is 20 years old. On Wednesday, their lives were forever changed.

“This was our dream home,” Jerene said. “We had finally found a home that was going to work for not only just what we wanted but also for our three non-ambulatory children. It was big and had the land.”

Jerene shared pictures of the intense flames that destroyed the two-story home. The fire torched trees and melted the family’s van. Another car was also totaled.

Crosby Rodeo saddles up June 3rd

BAG OF DONUTS, a New Orleans party band, will open the Rodeo on June 3.

Events cover two weekends

By Gilbert Hoffman

CROSBY – The much anticipated return of the Crosby Rodeo, after a Pandemic hiatus, will open with the popular New Orleans group Bag of Donuts Friday night, June 3rd at 7:00pm playing classics from the 60s until today.

Also on Friday, the BBQ cook-off gets underway, at 5:00pm and will conclude on Saturday, with an awards ceremony.

On Saturday June 4 starting at 8am the BBQ Cook-off will continue, and at 10am a parade is scheduled. That evening the concert is by Drew Parker, starting at 7pm.

Student Exhibitors will show their animals for judging on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7 and 8, and then the Livestock Auction will be held Thursday, June 9.

Crosby ISD graduates 450 Seniors

Crosby’s 450 graduating seniors toss their caps into the air, a traditional symbol of passing into the next phase of their life. MORE PHOTOS on page 2.

By Brett Birkinbine

Congratulations to the Crosby High School Class of 2022. 450 seniors became proud Crosby Alumni on Friday, May 27. Cougar Stadium was packed with families and loved ones.

All of us here at Crosby ISD wish our graduates good luck in their next chapter. Dozens of students graduated with dual credits, including associate’s degrees from Lee and San Jacinto College.

Graduates heard speeches from Superintendent Paula Patterson as well as the Valedictorian Brynna CoVan and Salutatorian Emma Yates. Superintendent Patterson encouraged students to always remember their Crosby High School roots, nearly 30 years to the day after she herself graduated from Crosby High.

Patterson remarked, “Wherever life takes you, wherever you go, take Crosby with you, it’s helped you to grow. No matter the forecast, no matter the weather, we truly are Better Together.”

Crosby ISD is so proud of all the graduates as they write their next chapters.

Waste Pits meeting May 26 in Channelview to hear new information from THEA/SJRC

Channelview Health & Improvement Coalition will be holding an in-person meeting next Thursday night, May 26th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Channelview Fire Department Station 3 located at 1210 Dell Dale, Channelview, TX 77530. There will be a social time from 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. before the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.