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8 CALVARY C.O.R.E. Calvary Episcopal Preparatory opened the new school year with a program that features four cool houses and admirable expectations for staff and students.
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Calvary C.O.R.E. is 'a wonderful teaching and learning tool' by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | email@example.com
or most educational institutions, the new school year opened under the cloud of the pandemic and all the concerns and complications that came with it. Calvary Episcopal Preparatory in Richmond was no different, except in one significant way — Calvary educators and students also entered the year focused on laying the foundation for a new program that celebrates excellence, promotes teamwork, and strengthens ideal behavior and citizenship. This three-year program is called Calvary C.O.R.E., and according to the staff involved in its implementation, this program further complements the standards already in operation at the private school. Calvary C.O.R.E. reinforces “that scholarly outlook that we want to instill in our students,” said Gay Clark who teaches fourth and fifth graders. “It’s always been there, thanks to their parents, but is now doubly reinforced at school by setting expectations for work and behavior.” Inspired by the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, Calvary C.O.R.E. (Crusaders Obeying Rules for Excellence) program runs on a points system, in which both students and staff can earn points by following the C.O.R.E. 20, which is a list of rules, or rather expectations. The list, which was developed by Calvary staff and based on Ron Clark’s Essential 55 Rules for Success, covers a range of expectations, such as opening the door for others, sitting up straight, expressing gratitude and standing up for others. One rule reads: “If you win, do not brag; if you lose, do not show anger.” Some of the rules are narrow, like making eye contact; and some are broad, like taking ownership of your failures, said Paula Monteith, Calvary’s Head of Upper School who instructs sixth graders through seniors. “It’s a wonderful teaching and learning tool,” Monteith said of the program. “The thing that I admire about [it] is that it is ‘big picture’ based.” Monteith explained Calvary C.O.R.E. 20 exhibits behavioral, social and moral expectations, and it also addresses “not just the child-student, but the child-person.” “What I mean by that is that [the rules] were chosen not just for school situations, but life situations,” she said. “All of the C.O.R.E. program components strengthen, unify, and codify the wonderful traditions and practices of our school culture — those things for which we are widely known, admired, and loved.”
THE FOUR HOUSES Aside from the 20 rules, central to Calvary C.O.R.E is the organizational arrangement component, known as the house system. Calvary student Caden Brock said the house system was “a fun way to kick start the year.” At the beginning of the school year, on September 11 to be exact, students in fourth grade through 12th grade were sorted into one of four houses by spinning a color wheel since each house is represented by a different name and color.
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“I like the C.O.R.E. houses because we get to do fun things,” said Calvary student Aubree Kuperus.“And we are allowed to get a little competitive with the other houses.” The House of Merit sports maroon; the House of Integrity is showcased by indigo; the House of Generosity is highlighted by green and; the House of Resilience is identified by red. The house students were sorted into will remain their house for this year and the years to come. Additionally, each house is comprised of students from various grades. “The relational aspect to the multi-age grouping of the houses — and the activities involving them [like] battles, points, celebrations, etcetera — allows students a wider scope of interactions, giving them the opportunity to show leadership, demonstrate empathy, and develop family-like connections,” said Monteith. And, she added, teachers are included in this experience, too. “Faculty and staff are also part of the houses and earn points just like the students,” said Monteith. “A pseudo-employeewellness program if you will.” Student Landon Brock relishes the new program, saying “the whole idea of the C.O.R.E. and the houses is great.” “I believe it will help Calvary Episcopal Preparatory be greater than it already is.”
The implementation of the Calvary C.O.R.E. program is led by three Calvary instructors: Crystal Brock, Gay Clark, and Heather Shogren, all of whom participated in training at the Ron Clark Academy. “It was an amazing experience and it was really inspiring,” Shogren said of her Ron Clark Academy training that she completed three years ago with several other Calvary staff members. Shogren, who teachers sixth graders through seniors, said she hopes students recognize that Calvary C.O.R.E. 20 “are rules that all people should follow whether they are a child or an adult.” “I hope the students will follow these guidelines for their entire lives because it will help to make them the adults we know they can be,” she said.“We have truly wonderful students at Calvary, and this program will only help them to become even more respectful, responsible, and reverent.” Shogren is also enthusiastic about how the program recognizes students for their good deeds. “I love seeing the various grade levels interacting in such a positive manner,” she added. “All students get to be a role model in this program.”
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Calvary students and staff in the House of Resilience.
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‘A SENSE OF CONNECTIVITY’
Several faculty and staff members expressed the hope that the program instills an even stronger camaraderie among students and staff, and according to a few students, that has already begun. “The houses give me a sense of connectivity with my other peers and teachers,” said student Dori Soward. Fellow Calvary student Ella DeYoung added:“C.O.R.E. has made me feel closer to everyone in the school.”
HIGH EXPECTATIONS As an English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Clark stresses the importance of “confidence in any educational setting, but also proper manners in all situations, be they formal or informal settings.” This, Clark said, is what she hopes students gain through Calvary C.O.R.E. “Kids today are very good at informal communication, thanks to social media, but there is a time and place for informal,” Clark said.“The formal has been overlooked for too long.” The program, she said, will teach Calvary students how to demonstrate scholarly behavior, like what she witnessed at the Ron Clark Academy five years ago. Clark recalls the eighth-grader she met who served as the tour guide for two days. “He was so polished in conversation, so well-mannered, and so focused on what he planned to do for his future schooling,” Clark said.“Our students are being taught the same success strategies.”
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e sometimes think of the fallen leaves in our yards this time of year as a nuisance, or worse. People rake up and throw away fallen leaves for trash pickup without realizing that they are rich in nutrients for your landscape. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of the solid waste generated by Texans comes from landscape wastes, including tree leaves. So before you go through the process of raking and bagging up all of those leaves for the trash man, consider adding the leaves to your gardens. In fact, if your neighbors are bagging their fall leaves for the trash you can use those, too. Your plants will thank you, and your trash man will thank you, too!
WHY AMEND YOUR SOIL WITH LEAVES? Our soil along the Gulf Coast is generally a nutrient-poor, claydominated soil that needs nutrients added on a regular basis. While there are plenty of options that help to add nutrients to the soil, such as compost and fertilizers, we often overlook the value of our tree leaves as part of this solution. It has been established that one acre of trees will shed up to two tons of leaves each fall.That’s a lot of leaves that can benefit your soil. This natural carpet of leaves over the soil helps to conserve moisture, modify temperatures, and reduce clay compaction. The bacteria, fungi and other organisms already in the soil will decompose the leaves. This is like having a free, time-release fertilizer for your plants.
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Incredibly, they still contain 50-80 percent of the nutrients that they had as a living part of your tree. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service’s Earth-Kind® Landscaping program has published several articles about how to use fallen leaves. One article in particular,“Don’t Bag It – Leaf Management Plan,” is very helpful and can provide you with more detailed information. To read the article visit aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ earthkind/landscape/leaf. HOW TO USE YOUR LEAVES: Mowing • If there is a light covering of fallen leaves on your lawn,mowing them (mulching mowers are best) will shred and distribute them on the lawn. • You could use a mower with a bagging attachment to collect shredded leaves. Mulching • Apply a 2-3 inch mulch of shredded leaves in flower beds, and a 3-6 inch mulch of shredded leaves around shrubs and trees. Shredded leaves will decompose faster and stay in place better than leaves that have not been shredded. Direct application • Distribute raked, unshredded leaves onto flower bed soils. • Tilling the leaves into the soil will improve aeration and drainage, which is best done in the fall to allow time for decomposition. Composting • If you don’t have a compost pile, you can pile the leaves in an outof-the-way spot in your yard and let them decompose. When the pile of leaves has become dark, loose and crumbly you can use it to improve your soil and add nutrients to your lawn and gardens. For more information about composting, visit aggie-horticulture.tamu. edu/earthkind/landscape/ Be sure that the leaves that you’re putting into your flower beds or compost piles are healthy leaves. Leaves that are diseased should not be used and should be disposed of by sending them to the landfill. So when the leaves start falling, think about adding them to your lawn and your garden beds.Your plants will thank you! Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.
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r. Nicholas Cox, a professor of U.S. and Texas History at Houston Community College, will talk about how Native Americans influenced the expansion and cultures of Texas in an online program hosted by Fort Bend County Libraries on Nov. 17. Dr. Cox received his doctorate in U.S. History from the University of Houston. In addition to his work at Houston Community College, Dr. Cox has taught at the Bronx Academy of Letters in New York City, the University of Houston, and UHVictoria. The virtual program, “Native Americans of Texas,” is being hosted by FBCL in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month. The program will be live-streamed through Zoom/WebEx at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
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organizations.There is also an opportunity to sponsor a team. Smaller sponsorships are also available: • “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200, where participants get to choose a word for the bee. “Bee a Word” sponsors will receive admission, dinner, and drink tickets for two, recognition on the website, and recognition at the event. • “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsor for $100, where participants can also select a letter in the “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet. You may opt to claim the first letter of your business, child, family, or pet’s name. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors will receive admission and dinner for one, recognition on the website, and recognition at the event. • Spectator Bee RSVPS for $50, where spectators watch their neighbors, co-workers, and friends compete against one another to win a coveted spot in the “Honey Hall of Fame.” Spectator Bee RSVPS include admission to the Bee, dinner, and a drink ticket. For more information, please visit www.ftbendliteracy.org or contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181.
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The 11th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee returns
here is a buzz around Fort Bend County for the Literacy Council’s 11th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling. The event, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Nov. 12, from 6 -9 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. This year’s Grown-Up Spelling Bee is co-chaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody. Funds raised through the Spelling Bee support the mission of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to improve families, the community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. Last year, the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee raised over $46,000. The council expanded its sponsorship opportunities this year. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, ranging from $500-$5,000 and have perks for businesses or
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fter the cancellation of its initial face-to-face 40thanniversary celebration, “Journey of Hope,” months ago, the Fort Bend Women’s Center announced the event would continue, but in a different fashion. The center plans to celebrate with a virtual event, complete with an eclectic mix of conversations, live performances, auction items, and testimonials featuring some of the most influential voices from within the agency and beyond. This virtual “Journey of Hope” will be held Nov. 12 from 7-8 p.m.To register and receive the Watch Party link, visit fbwc.org. About the Fort Bend Women’s Center Since 1980, Fort Bend Women’s Center has helped over 50,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2019, the center served more than 395 sexual assault survivors. The center’s services are free, and it operates a 24/7 emergency hotline (281-342-HELP) with a newly-launched online Chat feature at www.fbwc.org to help victims in danger.The Fort Bend Women’s Center also provides 24/7 emergency response for victims of sexual assault.
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“THE TASTE OF SUNRISE” OPENS NOV. 14 SPEAKING STUDENTS TO SHADOW ASL PERFORMERS
ocal actors from Fort Bend Christin Academy will present a unique play to the community this month called “The Taste of Sunrise.” It is a tale of two worlds — deafness and hearing. This is the second time in the academy’s history that its theatre and American Sign Language departments collaborated for a shadow production intended for a hearing and deaf audience. The production will include speaking students from the academy’s theatre department, led by Lana Thompson, and students from the academy’s American Sign Language (ASL) department, which is led by Tony Slate and Elyse DeBuck. “My prayer is that we can produce something that our local deaf community can enjoy and makes them feel 100 percent welcome at our school,” said Slate.“This is our second year, and this time the play centers around a deaf character.” Thompson said her passion for the deaf community was sparked by Slate and DeBuck, who explained the lack of theatre opportunities for deaf students. “I am beyond excited to be able to be a part of this shadow performance,” said Thompson.“To be able to open this door for our students is something that they will never forget while providing a way to minister to the community in a way that no one else can. “I am so proud of the students and their hard work and commitment to something new and challenging.What a blessing it is to be able to work with incredible teachers and students. “You don’t want to miss this beautiful performance.” THE HISTORY OF DEAF CULTURE Written by Suzan Zeder,“The Taste of Sunrise” centers around the life of a young deaf boy named Tuc who struggles to find his voice. His journey leads him to discover sign language, which opens his eyes to his true identity and opens the audience’s eyes to the history of deaf culture and the beauty of American Sign Language. “Performing this play is so exciting to me because I get to combine two of my passions while doing something great for the deaf community,” said senior Elizabeth Walker, who plays Tuc’s Shadow in the show. “Telling the story of an actual deaf character is doing so much for representation in the theatre industry, and I’m so glad to be able to participate at the high school level.” “It will be challenging, but the end product will mean so much to
those of us who worked on it.” Senior Madison Glenn, who is playing the role of Emma, is particularly excited about this production “diving into a culture that isn’t really talked about or embraced in our society right now.” “I feel like a lot of people don’t understand or know about the history of deaf culture, so I’m excited to share that with everyone,” Glenn said. “There will be a lot of ASL in this play so there are definitely going to be some challenges for the few of us who aren’t fluent, but I think we are ready to face it head-on and turn the play into something great.” “The Taste of Sunrise” opens Nov. 14 at the Fort Bend Christian Academy’s North Campus gym, 1250 Seventh St. in Sugar Land for hearing and deaf audiences.Three showings are scheduled at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit fortbendchristian.org/play.
From left, Jonas’ Shadow (senior Ashley Anderson), Tuc (senior Jessica Crocker), Jonas (junior Grant Haralson), Emma (senior Madison Glenn), and Emma’s Shadow (senior Rylie Marlow) perform in FBCA’s “The Taste of Sunrise.”
From left, Tuc (senior Jessica Crocker) & Maizie (senior Sarah Stubbs).
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CULLINAN PARK CONSERVANCY ANNOUNCES PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
very year, the Cullinan Park Conservancy hosts the photo contest to highlight the diverse natural scenery and a wide variety of plants and wildlife at the 754-acre Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park in Sugar Land, and this year turned out to be the most competitive contest to date. In all,258 entries were submitted from across the greater Houston area. The contest, which was sponsored by Oxbow Advisors, LLC, ran featured four adult categories and four youth categories. All photographs had to be taken at the 754-acre Cullinan Park, and judges included local photographers Mary Favre, Rod Craig and John Whitt. “This year was very challenging,”said judge Mary Favre.“There were so many creative entries that showcased a variety of viewpoints and photography styles. The beauty of Cullinan and its abundance of wildlife really came shining through. It’s an exceptional place for residents to enjoy.” Winners were announced on September 18. FIRST PLACE WINNERS Adult | Birds: “Hunting for Breakfast” by Mike Cassity; Wildlife: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by Tracey Woodard; Photographer’s Choice:“Orb Weaver in Golden Light” by Ken Conkle; Landscape:“Reflection” by Cynthia Azzam; and Flora:“Furry Friend” by Vedha Sampath. Youth | Wildlife:“Fishing” by Anika Patel; Photographer’s Choice: “Nectar Sack” by Bryan Berteaux; Landscape:“One Foggy Morning” by Anika Patel; and Flora:“Blooming Lotus” by Anika Patel. To view more winning photo contest entries and to learn more about Cullinan Park visit www.cullinanparkconservancy.org or visit the Conservancy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ CullinanParkConservancy.
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ort Bend County Libraries will host a virtual Book Fest becoming a successful designer and bestselling author in New York Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event will City. be live-streamed through WebEx; it will not be in person. He is the creator of the trilogy of novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Kevin Kwan, author of the internationally bestselling novel Crazy Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems, which at one point Rich Asians, joins the festival as a special guest speaker. simultaneously occupied #1, #2, and #3 on the New York Times The Book Fest will feature several programs designed to encourage bestseller list. aspiring writers of all genres, from His latest novel, Sex and Vanity, was prose and poetry to song lyrics. The released on June 30, 2020. Photo by Jessica Chou | Author Kevin Kwan workshops will be presented online The Book Fest will wrap up with a throughout the day of the festival. “NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop” from Participants are invited to log on to 3:10 to 4:30 pm. November is National the video-conference link as time Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), permits. They may attend the whole and fledgling writers — or anyone day, or they can choose which who has ever wanted to write a novel individual session(s) they would like to — are encouraged to join in this coastattend. to-coast annual writing challenge by The writers’ workshops will begin at committing to writing 50,000 words of 10 a.m., with an“Author Readings Hour: a novel in the 30 days of November. Wake Up and Smell the Writing!” This session will introduce exercises Writers of various genres and that are designed to get inspiration and experience levels are invited to submit creative juices flowing! an excerpt of their work for ABOUT THE FBCL BOOK FEST consideration before the event. The #FBCLBookFest2020 celebrates Submissions must be family-friendly. books, authors, and the importance of Those writers whose work has been literature to the imagination. The selected will be invited to read or complete schedule of events can be perform these excerpts of their work found on the Fort Bend County during this session. Libraries website or the FBCL Facebook Guidelines for submissions will be page. emailed to all who register for this The event is presented with the session. generous support of the Friends of the From noon to 1 p.m., a panel of local George Memorial Library. Proceeds published authors will present “How from the Friends of the Library annual Do I Get Published?” membership dues help to underwrite Hear about their experiences while the costs of special programming and they discuss the pros and cons of smallvarious cultural events at the libraries. house printing, big-house printing, and The Book Fest is free and open to independent printing. They will also the public. Registration is required. A talk about the obstacles they faced and how to cope with the link to the live-streamed event will be sent to all who register. To challenges of being an author. register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click During the “Ask Me Anything with Kevin Kwan” session from 2 to 3 on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. p.m., Kevin Kwan will share his experiences from his early childhood Participants may also register by calling the library system’s in Singapore to moving to Clear Lake as an adolescent, and finally to Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
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t’s National Novel-Writing Month and Fort Bend County Libraries is encouraging fledgling writers or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge. Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a creative-writing project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. Throughout the month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host online programs that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists. Virtual Write-ins — informal gatherings where novice writers can network with each other for encouragement and inspiration — are scheduled on Mondays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. Join fellow writers for quiet writing time, word sprints, and feedback. These video conferences will be live-streamed via Zoom/ WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register. CREATE FROM A PROMPT The Missouri City Branch Library will host an online Short Stories Writer’s Challenge during the month of November. A story prompt and activity guidelines will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on Nov. 2. Writers are encouraged to create a story from the prompt, and submit it to email@example.com before the deadline on Nov.30. One of the stories will be selected to be featured on the Missouri City Branch Library Facebook page in early December. THE STORY SPINNERS The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet virtually on Thursdays, Nov.5, 12, and 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.. Each week will have a different topic. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work. These activities will be livestreamed via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register.
The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the live-streamed Zoom/WebEx events ONLY; a link to the Zoom/WebEx session will be emailed to participants who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend. lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).
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CARDIAC SURGERY Houston Methodist Welcomes Dr. Moritz C. Wyler von Ballmoos The surgeons at Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at Sugar Land provide patients with highly specialized care. Their expertise includes: • Minimally invasive valve surgery • Surgery for aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection • Surgery for coronary artery disease
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