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  • FFA members create and donate blankets to residents at local nursing home

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 2/9/2018

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    Deer Park High School FFA members recently collected fleece panels for over a month and got together to hand-make blankets for the residents at San Jacinto Manor. “These students worked many hours and many days preparing the blankets and making them perfect,” FFA Advisor Stephanie Rankin said.

     

    On Nov. 29, they met at San Jacinto Manor and hand-delivered a blanket to each resident at the home. They made a total of 96 blankets. Every resident received a blanket and the extras were saved to be given as Christmas presents for the residents. “We are very proud of all our FFA members’ hard work and dedication,” Rankin added.  “This was a fun project, and we hope to have put a smile on the seniors’ faces.”

     

     

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  • Remembering former Deer Park Elementary Principal John Simmons

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 1/31/2018

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    The District received word that retiree and longtime Deer Park Elementary Principal John Simmons passed away yesterday morning.  His career in Deer Park lasted four decades.

     

    Simmons joined the District as a teacher in 1952, worked for less than a year, then took military leave.  He returned to Deer Park in 1955 and resumed his teaching career, remaining a classroom teacher for a number of years.  Children first entered the doors of Deer Park Elementary in the fall of 1968, and Simmons opened the building as its first principal.  He remained in that position through his retirement in 1994.

     

    Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources Peaches McCroskey began working at DPE for the school’s fourth year.  “John was the absolute best person and boss,” she said.  “He was so warm and welcoming.  All the children who went through DPE loved him, and he loved them right back.  He was easy-going but always took care of business.  My first impression of him was how nice he was, and that impression never changed.  He was just a great guy.”

     

    Belinda Box, currently principal of Deepwater Elementary, worked for two years as an assistant principal under Simmons.  She describes him as a man of integrity who took his role as both an instructional and servant leader seriously.

     

    "He made it his business to know the personal struggles and triumphs of his staff, and his teachers knew he cared for and believed in them," Box said.  "I think my most precious memory of him is the way he made every child feel special and loved.  When I say he knew the name of every student, I literally mean every one!  It was uncanny!"

     

    When Simmons retired, Box succeeded him at DPE principal.  "I’ll never forget that when I was named principal at DPE, of all the things the superintendent could have directed me to do, his first charge was he hoped I’d get to know the names of all the kids like John," she said. "I never really could." 

     

    That level of professionalism and dedication led to Simmons being selected to open the District's first open concept school.   "They were considered very progressive at that time, and he managed it well," McCroskey added.  "Everyone considered it a great honor to be at that school and to work for him."

     

     

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  • ECC Snow Day [Photo Galleries]

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 1/21/2018

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  • Swing Choir shares holiday cheer at ESC [Photo Gallery]

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 12/22/2017 8:00:00 AM

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  • SJE students celebrate future vocations

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 12/21/2017 12:00:00 PM

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    San Jacinto Elementary students recently celebrated Generation TX by dressing up according to the career path they hope to follow.  The halls were filled with teachers, policemen, veterinarians, reporters, astronauts, movie directors, and more!

     

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  • WAC American Sign Language Club performs at ESC [Photo Galleries]

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 12/21/2017 8:00:00 AM

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  • DPHS-SC National Honor Society pays off cafeteria debt for 455 elementary students

    Posted by Matthew Lucas on 12/20/2017

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    Thanks to the generosity of a group of high school students and its supporters, 455 elementary students and their families received an unexpected gift this holiday season.

     

    The members of the Deer Park High School-South Campus National Honor Society wanted to celebrate the season of giving with a service project that would have an immediate impact on families in the District.  They chose to raise funds to pay off student cafeteria debt at the District's elementary campuses.

     

    NHS President Halle Perez said she came up with the idea for the fundraiser, which raised almost $1,600.  "I thought it was good to help little kids out," she said.

     

    The group received a sizable donation from Deer Park Lumber owner Dean Lawther, which, combined with several hundred dollars raised at South Campus, was enough to completely pay the debt of all elementary students.

     

    According to Director of Child Nutrition Michelle Keener, the debt usually resulted from parents losing their jobs, the ongoing impact of hurricane Harvey, or families not qualifying for the free/reduced meal program by just a few dollars.

     

    "I was overwhelmed by their generosity," Keener said.  "I was very impressed that high school students could be so selfless. I told them approximately how much the debt was and a few weeks later they had the money."

     

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    Pictured are DPHS-SC National Honor Society sponsor David Lawhorn, Honor Society members Brittany Tran, Sarah Hijazi, Halle Perez, Melaina Baggett, Madison Maas, Alysse Harrell, and Jillian Sikes, and DPHS-SC Principal Steve Corry.

     

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