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Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility located in Humble, recently announced its schedule of programs and events for October.

Tadpoles Club Registration

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1

For the first time in nearly two years, community members strolled across the field of Texan Drive Stadium without needing a hardhat or a hammer.

Hundreds gathered in the community room of the new stadium to witness the ribbon cutting of New Caney Independent School District’s new 8,500-seat, $20 million facility.

“It’s an exciting night,” NCISD superintendent Kenn Franklin said. “To see people on the field taking all this in is just very exciting. This has been a dream and to see the dream become a reality is an amazing feeling. We couldn’t have done it without our community and their ability to see the vision and support us.”

Super Deal Sales Event for Coventry Homes!

This weekend, September 12 – 14, Coventry Homes is holding their Super Deal Sales Event. Purchase a Coventry home during the sales event and receive a $2,000 gift card to Best Buy! Sales office open daily in Oakhurst.

For the 56th year the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo kicks up a storm of events that includes not only a CPRA rodeo event, but livestock and non-livestock auctions, a Barbecue cookoff, and many other events that pay homage to Texas proud heritage.

The kick-off was the annual parade on February 16. Sponsored by the Conroe/Willis/The Woodlands Metro Go-Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and The Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce. Billed as a Go-Texan parade, it gets residents roped into thinking about the rodeo and is considered the official start of the rodeo season. (Go to Rodeo Parade hits the trail through Conroe )

This year s festivities not only include a carnival and midway, a Kid s Day will feature a petting zoo and a pet parade; Senior Citizen s Day will include meals and bingo. As with any Texas rodeo there will be no shortage of country and western entertainers, which the teen dance on April 11 will have the opportunity to experience.

Bill’s Café located on loop 494 will play host to an afternoon charity fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 from 1-6 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for Melanoma, one of the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide.

All proceeds will benefit the AIM at Melanoma Foundation and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Research Department.

The event is being organized by local Stage III Melanoma survivor Cheri Huber and a group of supportive volunteers.

The focus will be on sun safety and protection, skin cancer, early detection of melanoma and will raise vital funds to support melanoma research.

Kingwood women honored at GOP convention

Three local women were honored recently for exceptional volunteer service at the state GOP convention in Fort Worth.

Janie Branham, Casey Christman and Carole Covey, all members of Kingwood Area Republican Women, were recognized by the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Branham, who last year ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Lone Star College System board of trustees, serves as the local club's recording secretary.

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.

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