Large mats of water hyacinth have landed on the beaches, covering spots in front on the seawall and beyond.
Excitement is in the air all around the Galveston Independent School District. This week, you will notice students moving busily about, extra traffic and a large number of cars parked around our school buildings and campuses. Teachers returned to the district today from holiday break and our students will return Tuesday.
With our Ball High School students and faculty working together, we accomplished our goal of making this year’s 36th annual “Share Your Holidays” food drive the most successful ever! In fact, the Galveston County Food Bank had to exchange their box truck for an eighteen-wheeler because they ran out of room in the smaller truck!
Members of the island community, you recently received your property tax bill from the Galveston County Tax Office. Unless you are a taxpayer age 65 or older or disabled for whom school property taxes are frozen, you noticed that your taxes are probably higher than last year because of property value increases. This is true for most taxpayers, even though the Galveston Independent School District tax rate remained the same as last year and at $1.155/100 valuation and continues to be the lowest tax burden of any school district in the county.
Continuing with our series of focusing on the “Schools of Choice” options in the Galveston Independent School District, this week we spotlight the Accelerated Instruction Model College and Career Preparatory. Through a vision of providing meaningful learning for meaningful lives, AIM’s mission prepares graduates to become active and successful leaders in their colleges, careers and communities.
Along with receiving campus specific training, it's an annual ritual for the entire district to gather for the Back to School Conference and Convocation. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
An innovative partnership that has emerged is the collaborative efforts of our Child Nutrition Department and those media savvy students at Ball High School Tor Nation Productions.
Strong Career and Technology Education programs are designed to meet the country’s education and skill needs. These programs create an educational environment that combines core academics with real-world applications.
Ball High School student council and Randalls have joined forces again this year for a special in-store food drive through Friday, which will kick off the 36th annual ABC 13 and Ball High School "Share Your Holidays" Food Drive in Galveston.
Galveston Independent School District officially welcomes our new Superintendent, Dr. Kelli Moulton, to the island. She officially takes over the helm July 25.
The IE Community focuses on developing business creation and production planning skills for students headed for the world of business and industry.
This week we invite you to learn more about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics community and the biomedical engineering and medical professions community.
Galveston ISD schools boast outstanding students, passionate teachers and award-winning programs and curriculum.
Join us at 5 p.m. tonight at the Ball High School Lecture Hall, 4115 Ave. O, in Galveston, to discuss maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our students through smart social media guidelines.
While everyone else is enjoying a summer break, Galveston ISD’s Child Nutrition Department is hard at work, feeding kids and planning for the school year ahead.
The Ball High School Speech and Debate team recently competed at the National Speech and Debate Association Gulf Coast District national qualifying tournament at Harlingen South High School in bringing home several national awards.
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere, even in Galveston Independent School District.
There’s no doubt that high school seniors have a lot on their plates. School, extracurricular activities, community service and athletics fill their days leading up to graduation, not to mention making enormous decisions about their next steps toward college and careers. The Galveston Youth Leadership Awards takes time to recognize these hardworking, local high school seniors for their academic success, cultural awareness, physical fitness and service to the Galveston community.
The winners are named at the annual Teacher and Employee of the Year Awards, which will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Scott Collegiate Academy, 4116 Ave. N 1/2, in Galveston, with a meet and greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, the club will honor these exceptional young students who have achieved excellence in academics.
Fifth- through eighth-grade students at the Media Arts Academies at Central Middle School and Scott Collegiate Academy received free computers last weekend through a program called “Comp-U-Dopt.”
Graduation isn’t the only thing Ball High School seniors are looking forward to — the 29th annual Project Graduation event is coming up, and the community needs your help.
Ball High School students went head-to-head against the seven other schools in University Interscholastic League District 23-5A, which includes Bush, Elkins, Marshall, Ridge Point, Santa Fe, Texas City and Willowridge high schools. The Tors secured a third-place finish in the total academic sweepstakes this year with 300 points, behind Ridge Point (426) and Elkins (402).
As industry surrounding Galveston continues to grow, Ball High is keeping pace with employment needs and trends. Beginning this fall, Galveston Career Connect will offer two new pathways in welding and electronics to meet these high demand career opportunities on the Gulf Coast.
Students from the Ball High Media Arts and Digital Technology Community headed for the bright lights of Hollywood this past spring break. Led by Media Arts Coach Mike Dudas and Education First Tours, students spent six days exploring Los Angeles and learning more about the movie industry, acting, leadership and more.
The Galveston Independent School District Robotics Team is dominating the field of statewide competition, as evidenced by recent placings and qualifications at the State Championship VEX Robotics Competition. With the guidance of Robotics coaches Brian Massey and Patrick Neff, a total of 13 robots represented Galveston ISD at the competition, including robots from Austin Middle School, Scott Collegiate Academy and Ball High School. At the middle school level, Galveston ISD teams received four of the six awards given and secured two of the three seats at the world championships. At the high school level, Ball High brought home four of the 10 overall awards given and secured three seats at the world championships.
Two Galveston Independent School District schools recently received top honors for their magnet programs. Scott Collegiate Academy and Weis Media Arts and Technology Preparatory Academy have both been named “National Magnet Schools of Distinction” by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.
Since 1957, the first week of March has been designated as a special week to celebrate Texas children and their educators. Many are unaware that this tradition originates from a long relationship with the Texas Freemasons, who initiated the week to encourage all citizens of Texas and especially Texas Freemasons to visit local public schools.
Galveston Independent School District’s communications team traveled to Horseshoe Bay Resort to attend the 2016 annual conference of the Texas School Public Relations Association.
Ready… set… read.
Ahoy, mateys. Soon it will be time to sink those anchors, strut off the plank and head for the Galveston Independent School District’s Educational Foundation’s annual Seaside Spring Soiree.
Galveston Independent School District is a Schools of Choice district, meaning that parents and students can select a campus based on a student’s interests or needs. The students are not assigned to a particular school because of where they live.
Members of the community can venture out to the Island Invitational that Ball High School will host Feb. 27 to see what a speech and debate tournament is all about.
The lesson in business ownership officially began on Jan. 21 with the Lemonade Day Galveston County Kickoff and Step Up For Education Expo hosted by the Media Arts Academies at Central Middle School.
In October, Austin STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Magnet Middle School was offered the opportunity to create centerpieces for the NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop — Frontiers in Human Space Exploration Research — scheduled for February.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, the Ball High School cafeteria was brimming with excitement and interest as parents and incoming freshman for the 2016-17 school year gathered at the school’s Communities and Careers Fair.
January is School Board Recognition Month.
The time to apply for Galveston ISD Schools of Choice is nearing. At GISD, a student’s educational experience is not bound to the confines of school zones. Instead, students can apply to campuses with specialized themes and focuses that meet their needs and interests.
At Galveston ISD, we’d liked to extend our gratitude for the county’s unparalleled generosity. With the Ball High School student council at the helm, this year’s 35th annual ABC13/BHS “Share Your Holidays” Food Drive was the most successful it has ever been.
On Dec. 1 and 2, teachers led instruction in their classrooms while keeping one ear cocked for the ringing of the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation bell. The signature sound fills campus hallways twice a year, and for those within earshot, the ringing signals that some good fortune is on the horizon.
On Dec. 8, pillars of Galveston’s community, Galveston ISD faculty and students assembled in Ball High’s media center to celebrate the launch of the Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program.
It’s almost time to dance.
For more than three decades, Ball High’s student council has partnered with ABC Channel 13 to sponsor the “Share Your Holidays” Food Drive in Galveston.
When Ball High School senior Hunter Carswell sits down for his Thanksgiving meal, it will be a very different experience than his celebration last year.
The music might’ve been borrowed from Michael Jackson and other artists, but the moves and the charisma belonged to the students at Parker Elementary in Galveston.
The third week of November offers students two very important opportunities to explore their futures: College Night and the Career, Technology, and Trades Fair.
In preparation for Battle by the Beach on Nov. 7, students in Brian Massey’s competitive robotics class at Ball High School put the finishing touches on their metal machines.
Students’ security and well-being are among the district’s primary concerns. As a result, Galveston ISD has put many programs into place to protect its student body.
Justin Stapleton, the Weekend Meteorologist for KPRC 2, took a break from his duties at the weather desk on Oct. 16 to visit Oppe Elementary School of Coastal Studies in Galveston. The campus’ theme was established during the Magnet School Assistance Project in 2010 and helps educate Oppe Dolphins about life on the coast Principal Helena Aucoin said.
It was still dark out when 16 students congregated in front of Ball High School’s auditorium on the morning of Oct. 6. At 5:50 a.m., the black sky was solely illuminated by a few stars and twinkles in students’ eyes as they anxiously awaited the school bus that would take them to “Great Day Houston.”
Students of Scott Collegiate Academy, Coastal Village Middle School, and the Media Arts Academies at Central Middle School attended the Tweens Read Book Festival on Oct. 3rd in Pasadena. A grant was awarded by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Phillips 66 to assist with the cost of transportation.