Last night’s Music 4 a Mission benefit concert supporting four Deer Park ISD students battling cancer was an outstanding success. Early estimates are that the event raised over $32,000, which means each of the four students will receive $8,000 to help pay for medical expenses. Hundreds of listeners showed up for the concert, which included performances by headliner and former The Voice singer Chris Crump, the Deer Park High School Swing Choir, the Deer Park Junior High Band, and school choirs from Dabbs Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, and DPJH. The event was coordinated by the DPJH BIG RED Community Service Class, a group of students who must complete a community service project each year.
DPJH Principal Tiffany Regan said this year’s benefit raised more than either of the previous two fun run events hosted by BIG RED. “I am so proud of our students and their hard work. They did a fantastic job of making this event happen, and they did it out of a genuine desire to give back to our community and help the families,” she said.
“This kind of event cannot succeed without a lot of people helping behind the scenes,” Regan continued. “We want to thank everyone who was involved, particularly our volunteers, our performers, our NFL special guests, 93Q, our auction donors, and Kendra Scott. But, most importantly, we want to thank the people who bought a ticket or participated in the silent auction. One hundred percent of your donation is helping to make a difference for these families that are facing cancer with grace and strength.”
Even though the event is over, community members can still donate to support the benefit at http://music4amission.weebly.com/.
The Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized several guests, including representatives of two high school athletics teams and the District's architects.
Deer Park High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team - District 22 6-A Co-Champions
Pictured are, from left, School Board President Lee Giddens, Head Coach Theresa White, Assistant Coach Cheryl Ray, and players Shaila G., Brianna M., and Hope H.
DPHS Boys and Girls Swim Teams - District 22 6-A Champions
Pictured are, from left, (front row) Giddens, Caitlyn B., Sara B., Jordyn W., Melia D., Emily P., Mikayla W., Sierra M., Head Coach Chris Moralez, White, (second row), Riley M., Jimmy B., Arden M., and Assistant Coach Lacey Henry. These athletes broke five high school records as relay team members or individuals. Sierra competed in the state meet in the 100 meter breaststroke, and the boys competed at the state meet in the 400 meter free relay.
School Architecture Awards
The Board's final guests of the evening represented the District's architecture firm, cre8. The group's designs for two DPISD campuses---DPHS-North Campus and DPHS-Wolters Campus---each received prestigious awards. The Deer Park High School-North Campus construction and renovation project received the Caudill Award, the highest honor given for Texas school design. Projects in the Caudill Class exhibit best of class design for educational environments. San Jacinto Elementary received the Caudill Award in 2013.
Deer Park High School-Wolters Campus, the District's oldest facility, received the Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston. Good Brick Awards are annually presented to recognize outstanding local contributions to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of local architectural and cultural heritage of projects that are restored, renovated, or adaptively reuse buildings that are 50 or more years old. The Wolters Campus was honored with a 2017 Good Brick Award for its transformation into a model 21st century educational environment within a 1930 building. Wolters was previously honored with the 2013 Outstanding Renovation Award from the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards.
Pictured are Giddens, cre8's Jerry Bevel, Mike Huang, and George Watanabe, and White.
Opening Exercises for the meeting were led by Deer Park High School Junior ROTC members Doyle D., Victoria R., and Shelby R. They were joined by JROTC sponsor Capt. Antonio Hernandez.
Three Deer Park ISD students took the top three spots in this year’s annual RESPECT Contest.
Carpenter Elementary student Madison L. was the first place winner from Deer Park ISD. She will receive a $100 prize for herself, $1,000 for the school, and a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice. Madison said she plans to support a charity that protects elephants.
Deer Park Elementary fifth-grader Allison B. was the second place winner from DPISD. She will receive a $100 cash prize, a $500 donation for DPE, and $500 to a charity of the student’s choice. Allison chose to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Carpenter student Emma V. was the third place winner from DPISD. She will receive a $100 prize, a $350 donation to WAC, and a $350 donation to her favorite charity, the Houston Zoo's wildlife program.
Sponsored by Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin LLP, the contest was created to help foster respect in our schools and throughout the community. Participating fifth-graders were asked to draw a picture and explain what “respect” means to them or why it is important in two sentences or less. "Whether in the classroom or the courtroom, civility is a fundamental component of our society that is becoming increasingly rare," owners Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin stated. "In partnering with teachers across the Houston area, we hope to bring awareness to the importance of respect."
The winners of the contest, along with their homeroom teachers, school representatives, and/or parents, will be honored in a ceremony at the Harris County Civil Courthouse on April 27.
Parkwood Elementary’s students and staff members recently had a Fill the Boot fundraiser to provide breakfast and goody bags for first responders, who reciprocated by stopping by the school to visit with the children. Parkwood students toured emergency vehicles from the City of Deer Park, the City of Pasadena, and Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas.
Five Deer Park High School-South Campus Culinary Arts students swept the top awards in two different areas at the recent state competition. The DPHS students---the Culinary Arts team of Christian H., Lorenzo M., and Ivan V. and as well as Matthew G. and Addison B., who participated in an individual event---bested students representing 30 schools from across the state.
The DPHS group won first place in the team event and will advance to nationals. Matthew and Addison won first and second place, respectively, in the Mystery Basket event, which is similar to the popular television show, Chopped.
According to DPHS Culinary Arts teacher Reggie Vincent, no school has taken first place in both state culinary events before.
The list of winners was posted the night before the awards, but students don’t learn how they placed until the awards ceremony. “We stood up at a podium on a big stage in front of 1,000 kids or so,” Christian explained. “They announced sixth place up to first place, and once it got down to second place, we were all just looking at each other.”
“Our team was all giddy,” Ivan added. “We were just jumping up and down!”
The awards ceremony included another memorable moment when Matthew was announced as the first place Mystery Basket winner. But when his name was called as the top winner, he went to stand at third place. “He had won third place at regionals, so he just assumed that he was going to win third place at state, too,” Addie said.
Their success was made even more important because it resulted from teamwork and dedication. “It was nice to win, but also the group bonded together, and that wasn’t the case at first,” Christian explained. “At the beginning of the year, we didn’t really know each other. Nobody even wanted to be on our team. They said we weren’t serious enough for it.”
National competition will take place in Nashville beginning on July 3.
Teachers at the District’s Early Childhood Center recently baked up a day of fun for students. The teachers went above and beyond the call of duty when they volunteered to allow students to smash pie in their faces as an incentive for the school’s fundraiser. Students and families were challenged to raise at least $500 through the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and teachers volunteered to get pied by students. Assistant Principal Jenny Martinez said the school raised over $1,500.
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