Archive for July, 2011

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Lone Star College System putting local heroes first with College Credit for Heroes

July 30, 2011

HOUSTON (July 28, 2011) – As part of the College Credit for Heroes program launched by Gov. Rick Perry in July, local military service members and veterans will be given college credit for skills they have mastered in the military.

The military members will be able to use those credits toward an associate degree at Lone Star College and several other Texas schools.

Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, the $3 million workforce development initiative is designed to recognize the exceptional knowledge and skills gained by military service members and award them college credits for their military experience.

“Lone Star College was chosen to participate in the program not only because we have a high veteran population in our service area, but because we are fiercely committed to helping educate those who have and are continuing to defend our freedom,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, chancellor of Lone Star College System.

Overall, seven Texas community colleges were selected to participate in the College Credit for Heroes program. The colleges will provide models for awarding college credit by evaluating military training, including testing and prior learning assessments, which other Texas colleges may replicate. There will be a focus on allied health careers, and the initiative will partner with the Military Education Training Center in San Antonio to provide current active duty service members with an accelerated degree plan.

LSCS received $544,000 to chair the Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans, comprised of Alamo Colleges, Central Texas College, Lee College, San Jacinto College, Houston Community College, and Temple College. The colleges will gather and share best practices.

In addition, LSCS will support, test and evaluate the College Credit for Heroes website to ensure the appropriate functioning and award of college credit for service members and veterans.

According to the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas is home to 1.8 million veterans, including 450,000 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. College Credit for Heroes helps address high unemployment rates that are seen for veterans who served on active duty after September 2001.

“Our veterans are an important asset to our community. They bring a whole new set of skills and knowledge,” said Carpenter.  “Lone Star College, along with College Credit for Heroes, can help our veterans go from serving their country afar to graduating with a degree.”

For more information about the College Credit for Heroes program, call Educational Partnerships and P16 Initiatives at 281-290-3709.

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Klein ISD Stays On Track for Success

July 30, 2011

KISD scores in Math, Science and Social Studies increase

Spring, TX. Klein ISD saw district-wide improvement on the 2011 TAKS and was rated as Recognized for the third consecutive year, according to the report released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). All 39 campuses also continued to successfully meet the State accountability standards, including 11 campuses receiving Exemplary status.

KISD student scores in math and science continue to improve, as 88 and 89 percent were reported passing in 2011, respectively. From 2009-2011, the district has had a three percent score increase in math, while marks in science have grown by five percent during the same time span. Additionally, student scores in social studies have also increased to 97 percent, while reading scores for all students maintained at an impressive 93 percent.

“Klein ISD is moving in a positive direction,” commented Dr. Jim Cain, superintendent at Klein ISD. “Our scores reflect the hard work and dedication by both our students and staff as we continue to work on becoming an Exemplary district. I applaud everyone’s effort and look forward to another successful year.”

Klein was also among the districts in the state to see increases in the graduation completion rates. TEA reported in May that the Class of 2010 soared to 84.3 percent statewide, the highest rate posted during the TAKS-testing era. KISD had a 92.6 percent completion rate, up from 91.7 percent in 2009.

This is the eighth year of the state accountability ratings, and more students across the state are passing the TAKS test and are graduating from high school than ever before. The calculating system changed and now includes 40 indicators used to determine ratings. The system currently rates more students than years past, and includes some students who previously have been omitted. For the first time since the TAKS program began, test results for all special education students are also included in the state accountability program.

Five base indicators are used to determine ratings: (1) percentage of students passing TAKS, (2) performance and progress of ELL students, (3) percentage of students scoring at commended performance levels on TAKS, (4) completion rate for 2010 graduating class, and (5) annual dropout rate for grades 7-8 during the 2009-2010 school year.

For a complete list of accountability ratings, visit http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/.

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Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide andbusiness directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local newsreal estate,jobscalendar & eventsfree press releasesfree classified adsfree garage sale adsmonthly photo contestsaffordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located athttp://www.explorespring.com.


				
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ExploreSpring.com Welcomes Brilliant Smile

July 24, 2011

Please welcome and support our newest sponsor Brilliant Smile, which offers safe, affordable, and convenient cosmetic laser teeth whitening. We are a mobile company, so we come to your for a session completed within an hour!
They are located at 2407 Autumn Springs Lane, Spring, TX, 77373

Phone: 832-275-0229
Web Site http://www.abrilliantsmile.org

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Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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Klein Collins High School TAP 2012 Car Wash – Today!!!!

July 23, 2011
Get your Car Washed and help the Class of 2012 Tiger After Prom Committee raise monies for a great event for the Tiger Seniors. TODAY at the Auto Zone on Kuykendahl @ Louetta from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Everything Spring Newsletter – Back To School News Deadline July 27, 2011

July 23, 2011

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About ExploreSpring.com

July 22, 2011

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program Presents Houston Astros Tickets

July 22, 2011

Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program announces ticket sales to several Houston Astros home games. The tickets, which were purchased through donations to Precinct 4’s nonprofit organization Fun4Seniors, are field box seats and are available to individuals 50 years of age and better.
Tickets and transportation must be reserved together. To secure a reservation and confirm ticket availability, please call (281) 893-3726. To help defray ticket costs, please send $12 per ticket to Fun4Seniors at Harris County Precinct 4, 1731 Hugh Road, Houston, Texas 77067. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Fun4Seniors. First-come, first-served reservations for the August and September games began Tuesday, June 14

Times and departure locations include:

Tuesday, August 2: Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros

Departs at 5:30 p.m. from Kingwood United Methodist Church-Family Outreach Center, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood. For directions call (281) 893-3726.

Wednesday, September 14: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros

Departs at noon from Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston. For directions call (281) 591-7830. 

Thursday, September 22: Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros

Departs at 6 p.m. from St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Road, Houston. For directions call (281) 893-3726.

Tuesday, September 27: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros

Departs at 5:30 p.m. from Tomball College and Community Library, 30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball. For directions call (281) 893-3726.

Reservations are available for 24 individuals, ages 50 and better, per game. Participation and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, with Harris County residents receiving priority. Individuals may only reserve tickets for one game each day, with a maximum of six (6) tickets per game.

About ExploreSpring.com

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.