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New Caney ISD to Issue Thousands of Chromebooks to Students

This fall, New Caney ISD will introduce close to 10,000 Dell Chromebooks to students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade as part of an on-going 1-to-1 initiative, known as 1:Vision, to prepare students for a technology-driven world. So, what is a Chromebook?

According to Google’s own description, “The Chromebook is a new computer from Google for getting stuff done in and out of the classroom. It’s simple and secure, and has access to the web and apps built-in so students and teachers can work and learn right out of the box.” While the devices are often mistaken for laptops because of their appearance, Google adds, “They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has multiple layers of security, built-in cloud storage, and the most popular Google products for education built-in.” At under $300 each, the Chromebooks require minimal support and are lightweight and fast.

“Whether it’s college classes, technical programs or entering straight into the workforce, our kids will have the skills they need to succeed,” said NCISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin. “We’ve spent three years preparing for this. Chromebooks will give our students the access they need to take their education to the next level and keep the cost down so the district can continue the program for years to come.” Additionally, he emphasized that every campus has reliable WiFi, as well as necessary security measures, and that the district has spent several months researching the most cost-effective and dependable device.

As part of that effort, a group of 49 students from both Porter High School and New Caney High School received the devices on a trial basis last school year, and, in May, they reported overwhelmingly positive results and experiences. Several students praised the device’s reliability, long battery life, and low incidence of computer viruses and operational issues, as well as its ease of transporting because it easily fits into a backpack. In fact, at the end of the one-month trial, none of the laptops were damaged or needed replacing. Parents were also introduced to the upcoming program at information meetings held in May.

Because of strong student interest in technological learning options, such equipment provides a more student-friendly learning environment beyond traditional note-taking and textbooks. While students will have some regular textbooks during the upcoming school year, the Chromebooks allow students to use more interactive resources and electronic textbooks, which is a trend among school districts. Technology will no longer be a separate part of learning but will be fully integrated into the student’s educational experience.

The Chromebook initiative will not only transform learning among students, but also profoundly expand teaching methods and opportunities for teachers who received online and hands-on training for the Chromebooks. Ongoing training will continue throughout the new school year.

Student introduction to the new equipment will differ by grade level. Pre-K through fifth grade students will have access to the Chromebooks at school, while all students in grades six through twelve will receive take-home Chromebooks. For the more than 6,000 devices which will be used at home, students will be assessed a yearly insurance fee of $30.

Through funding provided by federal and local sources including the 2013 Tax Ratification Election, NCISD has leased the computers for a three-year period and will then be able to upgrade to newer versions at the end of the lease. This will allow the district to continue its commitment to providing its students with the best available technology.

While New Caney ISD isn’t the first school district to issue technology to its students, this is the largest roll out of Chromebooks to students in Texas, and this undertaking has not gone unnoticed. The district has attracted the attention of school districts from other states around the nation, including Illinois, Louisiana and Arizona, who are looking to them as a leader in this effort.

Humble Citizens academy educates residents

The Humble Police Department is taking applications for the next Citizen's Police Academy class to be held at police department headquarters, starting Aug. 19.

The course, which runs for 12 weeks, is held Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and provides those who live in Spring, Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood instruction on law enforcement tactics and functions.

Humble Police Officer Rich Peters, who oversees the program, said the citizen's police academy provides residents an opportunity to learn about real law enforcement and be involved in their community.

Summer program immerses young singers in opera

What is it like to step on a stage for the first time to act and sing in an opera or a musical?

It is exciting, no doubt, but it can also be quite disconcerting as each performer must simultaneously sing memorized words — often in a foreign language — to the right notes and rhythms, with feeling and do so while acting in a dramatic but natural manner.

Welcome to Kingwood’s Summer Opera Young Artist Program at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

Sizzling Summer Savings

Right now homebuyers can take advantage of Village Builder's and Lennars Sizzling Summer Savings event. Sales offices are open daily all across Houston.

Amazon, the online marketplace, quietly opened its first fulfillment or warehouse center in the Greater Houston in June.

"They leased 250,000- square feet (of space) but we are not sure what they are doing there," said Charlie Dromgoole, president of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce. "We knew it's a new product line that is coming out, but they have not announced it. They have been pretty low key, but this is kind of their mantra."

Officials with Amazon did not return repeated requests for comment.

Free Fitness Class at Kingwood Community Center

Kay Caffey is a volunteer in the Kingwood area. She would like to inform you that the Kingwood Community Center is looking to host a free beginner fitness class called “Fitness for Beginners”.

The class is scheduled for Mondays from 10:30am to 11:30am . This would be open to the public and there would be no charge. Whether you are looking to get into shape or get back into shape this class will help you on your way. Different training techniques will be used each week to help you get fit. If you are a mother or a father of a young one, you can bring your stroller and still get into shape. This will be a fun time for everyone. This is currently a protective class, if you are interested please contact the Kingwood Community Center to register by phone at 281-348-2570 or stop by the center at 4102 Rustic Woods, 77345.

Kingwood Town Center July 4th Festival

When: July 4, 2014

Time: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Kingwood Town Center 

Grand Texas—the future 610-acre sports and entertainment district in New Caney—is scheduled to break ground on the first phases of construction late this summer and open to the public in early to mid-2015.

The development will feature a 150-acre theme park, 40-acre water park, 83-acre sports complex, RV park with 144 lots, more than 240 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail and dining once completed, said Monty Galland, CEO of the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District. Grand Texas, which is estimated to draw 1.2 million annual visitors, will be near the intersection of Hwy. 242 and Hwy. 59, about 35 miles east of Magnolia.

“We want what we refer to as ‘the district’ [to be] a destination and as a destination, that means it’s going to drive development,” Galland said. “We have a lot to offer that you just won’t find any place else.”

Texan 5K Run to benefit pro-military organization

Texan Drive will host a 5K run to benefit Banded Brigade Outdoors, a non-profit organization that gives active, retired and disabled military members as well as their families the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures.

The race will be held Saturday July 5, with sign-in at 7 a.m. at Texan Dodge located at 18555 U.S. Highway 59 in Humble.

In addition to the race, Texan Dodge has other festivities planned for participants.

A new real estate firm opened June 2 in Kingwood's Town Center, 17 N. Main Street.

Office Manager Cathy Trevino and her team have been working on the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties office for the past several weeks.

"Our future has never been brighter as a member of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network," said Trevino.

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