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Spring ISD Asks the Community to Exercise Caution in Neighborhoods and School Zones as More Students Walk and Ride Bikes to School

August 23, 2011

Spring – Aug. 19, 2011 – With students heading back-to-school Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Spring ISD administration is asking the community to show extra caution when driving through neighborhoods, especially during the times when students will be traveling to and from school.

“With the reduction in bus transportation to the two-mile state limit like neighboring districts, we expect more of our students will be walking and riding bikes to school than ever before. We want to enlist the support of our community in helping to keep our children safe,” said Dr. Ralph H. Draper, superintendent.

Due to the state’s reduction in school funding, the decision was made to reduce bus transportation to the two-mile state limit, which is projected to save the district $1.5 million. Spring ISD is one of the last in the Houston area to change to the two-mile limit.

The change in transportation also made it necessary to change the arrival and dismissal schedule for schools. Elementary schools will be in session from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and middle schools from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High schools will be in session from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. except for Thursdays when the starting time will be 9:30 a.m. to allow for Extended Professional Learning Time for staff. The new schedule will extend the regular day at high schools by 35 minutes and at middle schools by 15 minutes.

“We need community members to be aware of the change in school schedules and plan their own travel time accordingly. They might want to allow extra drive time if their schedule coincides with before-and-after school schedules,” said Chief Alan Bragg, Spring ISD police department.

Bragg said community members should also be reminded that school zone speed limits will be in effect and using cell phones in a school zone is prohibited. In addition, although bus transportation has been reduced, the district will still have school buses on the streets and drivers are asked to be aware of traffic laws regarding school buses.

“Drivers should pay close attention when red lights are flashing on a school bus. Vehicles traveling in both directions must stop unless there is a median dividing the street. On streets with medians, only vehicles traveling the same direction as the bus are required to stop,” Bragg said.

During the first week of school, the Spring ISD Police Department will have officers directing traffic at each campus, and campus staff members are also trained to assist during student arrival and dismissal times.

“With the change in bus transportation, we expect there will be more parents dropping their children off at school this year. We ask parents to be patient and help us make this transition as smooth as possible,” said Bragg.

A crossing-guard program is being developed, primarily for elementary schools, to assist walkers and bike riders at off-site locations and will be implemented soon. More information will be provided to parents as this new program becomes operational.

“We are preparing for a safe and orderly start to the new school year, which is always a priority, and looking forward to working with parents and the community to ensure our students’ safety throughout the year,” said Draper.

For  more information about hazardous walking routes, contact the safety and risk management department at 281-891-6440; bus transportation, contact the transportation department at 281-891-6490; and the crossing guard program, contact the police department at 281-891-6911.


Spring ISD’s New ‘Green’ School – Marshall Elementary – is Set to Welcome Students for the First Time Aug. 24

August 3, 2011

Gloria Marshall Elementary Houston – July 26, 2011 – When children enter the new Gloria Marshall Elementary School for the first day of classes, it will be unlike any school they have ever seen. The 105,000 square-foot facility is one of the “greenest” schools in Texas, using resource conservation techniques throughout the building.

Each classroom has natural light available. Solar panels will supplement some of the energy needs, and a wind turbine in the playground will produce power as well. Under the parking lots and playground, a series of water wells will cycle water from deep underground to assist in heating and cooling the school. This geothermal system is a first for Spring ISD and is expected to save 25 percent in energy consumption over other comparably-sized schools.

“Much of the oak, elm, and pine used in the school building were reclaimed from trees that absolutely had to be removed to make room for construction of the building and parking lots. No trees were removed from the site unnecessarily,” said Jeff Windsor, Spring ISD director of construction and energy.

The school is named for Gloria Marshall who joined the district in 1974 as a teacher at Spring Elementary School. She later became principal at Jenkins Elementary School and served over two decades as principal of Spring High School. Marshall is excited about the role the building will play in educating children.

“It is just such an amazing place and when I walk in, I think, ‘What a great place for kids to learn, and for teachers to teach.’ Everywhere you look,
everything you see, is a teaching tool in this building,” she said.

The students will study the amount of energy that the wind turbine and the solar panels are able to produce. They will also have access to outdoor
classrooms, a pond area to study various ecosystems, and a large water cistern that will collect water from the roof of the school. This water will visibly
pass through one of the classrooms on its way to the cistern. The students and staff will then be able to drain various amounts of water from the cistern into the school’s pond to study different environmental conditions.

Kathy Morrison, principal at the new school, says the Spring ISD staff has been hard at work creating a curriculum that takes advantage of the new
school’s features.

“We are going to use project-based learning. The students will learn through projects that are created with the learner in mind, where they are
actually discovering why things work and how they are going to solve a problem. All other curriculum is going to be integrated into these projects,” Morrison said.

Opening this new facility, which has already gained state and national attention, and the engaged learning that will take place within it, are big
steps toward the district’s vision of becoming recognized nationally as a leader among learning organizations.

“I look forward to the day that students and teachers will be in this building.  It will come alive then. It’s a beautiful facility now. The heartbeat will begin the day that school begins in this building,” said Marshall.

Over 700 students are expected to arrive at Gloria Marshall Elementary for the building’s very first day of school on Aug. 24. A dedication ceremony is
planned for 9 a.m. Oct. 20.

For more information about the school and to see a photo album of pictures from inside and outside the campus, go online to


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Spring ISD Back to School News Briefs

August 2, 2011

Visitors Welcome but Check-In is Required

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Spring ISD wants parents and other visitors to feel welcome on campuses districtwide. Because safety and security are of the highest priority, all visitors are required to check in at the front desk where they are routinely asked to submit their driver’s license or photo identification for scanning. Once the license has been scanned, a name tag is printed and must be worn by visitors while they are on campus. Upon leaving the campus, visitors are asked to stop by the front desk and turn in their name tag. This process helps school administrators know who may still be on their campus in case the school has to be evacuated for any reason.

School Supply Lists

Houston – July 27, 2011 – School supply requirements vary from school to school. For a list of supplies your child will need for the 2011-12 school year, visit your school’s website at Supply lists are also available at most area retailers who sell school supplies.

Early Childhood Services Available

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services are available in every Texas county for children, birth to age three, with disabilities or delays in development. Families living in Spring ISD who have children in this age group with disabilities or suspected delays may call the Special Services Department at 281-891-6265 to request information on how to schedule a free ECI screening for their child.

Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten Classes Offered

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Half-day prekindergarten classes are offered at all elementary schools and the Fallbrook Community Development Center to students who are four years old on or before Sept. 1 and qualify because they are economically disadvantaged, homeless, children of military personnel or speak a language other than English. For more information, call the school where your child would attend.

Kindergarten Requirements

Houston – July 27, 2011 – All-day kindergarten classes are offered districtwide for children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year. Registration for kindergarten is voluntary, however, once a child enrolls for kindergarten, he or she becomes subject to the state’s compulsory attendance law. That law requires a student to be in attendance at least 90 percent of the days that school is in session in order to receive credit.

VIPS Offers Volunteer Opportunities

Houston – July 27, 2011 – The Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program offers numerous opportunities for volunteers who want to help out in the district’s schools. Possibilities include classroom reading, career presentations, mentoring, tutoring, hall monitoring, copying and filing, to name a few. The volunteer opportunities are available to service organizations, businesses, community members, senior citizens, parents and students. High school students will be able to use the opportunities to earn hours toward completing their Dedicated Service Graduate requirement. Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering may call the community relations department at 281-891-6013, contact their nearest Spring ISD school or register online at

School Closing Procedures

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Should weather conditions require schools to be closed or open late, the district will send an automated message by phone and email, post the notice online at, and and on the Spring ISD Newsline at 281-891-6002. In addition, the message will be broadcast over major radio and TV stations. Please access these communications tools rather than calling the school district office or school for information. Weather-related decisions are usually made shortly before 6 a.m. since conditions that make roads hazardous may moderate overnight. If weather conditions worsen after buses have begun their scheduled runs, schools will operate on a regular schedule unless utility or weather conditions make the building unsafe.

Football Season Tickets On Sale

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Reserved season tickets for home football games at Spring, Westfield and Dekaney high schools may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Aug. 1-19 at the Spring ISD Athletic Office, Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center, 16717 Ella Blvd. For more information, call 281-891-6150.

Senior Gold Cards Available

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Spring ISD is offering free Senior Gold Cards to Spring ISD residents who are 62 years of age or older. The card entitles recipients to two free general admission tickets to specific Spring ISD athletic or fine arts events that are open to the public, excluding varsity football games and fundraising performances. To apply for the Spring ISD Senior Gold Card, complete the application form online at or call 281-891-6013.


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Everything Spring August Newsletter

August 13, 2008
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It’s back to school time! Back to school activities begin this week. Please check the community calendar do find your schools events. Tax Free Weekend is August 15 -17. The 1st day of school is August 25, 2008!’s Tip of the Month

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Back to School Events in Spring TX

August 7, 2008

The first day of school is around the corner, and on August 25, all Spring Schools will be back in session. Spring, Klein, and Conroe ISD have all published their back to school events in one form or another. To help the parents get ready ExploreSpring has consolidated all of the Back 2 School information for you on one calendar.  From tax free weekend to orientations, to textbook pickup, ExploreSpring, has pulled all the information together for you on one resource. So check out August’s calendar to see what your local Spring elementary, intermediate, junior high, or high school is doing, so you don’t miss a beat!


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Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce Announces School House Rock Back to School Drive!

August 6, 2008

Spring, Texas – The Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce (SKCC) announced its first ever School House Rock Back to School Drive. The event to be held at the Crabby Daddy Steakhouse on Thursday, August 14, 2008 from 5pm to 7 pm will collect school supplies for less fortunate children in our community. Crabby Daddy Restaurant is located at 25186 1-45 North, 1 block east on Rayford Rd, in Suite 4G, The Woodlands, TX 77386. So come on out and mix and mingle with business colleagues while helping our community’s children return to school with the supplies they need for a good start this school year!

For a list of needed items and details on this event, please e-mail the Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce at

This event and many others can be found on Spring’s community calendar visit Spring online Today!