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By: Clear Creek ISD Office of Communications

Fill up your idle time in the car rider line with CCISD. This bi-weekly podcast dives deeper into a wide-range of educational news and resources with District leaders and area experts. Listeners can also join in on the conversation during the live recording on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/clearcreekisd).

Episode 316: Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22
#36
04/08/2021

Clear Creek ISD offers free full-day early learning programs for those who qualify, as well as a tuition-based Pre-K program for residents who live within the CCISD boundaries. Listen as district leaders talk through important information for the Pre-K and Kindergarten registration process for next school year. 

Click here for more information and to register.

 

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Episode 315: Special Edition - Clear Connections Virtual School Meeting
#35
04/05/2021

Clear Creek ISD is excited to introduce Clear Connections Virtual School, a web-based education offered to Pre-K through 12th grade students next school year. This virtual, tuition-free school of choice gives you real connections and real flexibility when it comes to your child's education. The school will feature consistent instruction from CCISD teachers certified in online learning, real connections with local students, and in-person opportunities for extracurriculars and clubs. Enrollment is now open through April 19, 2021. This audio is from the second Virtual Parent Meeting that was held in March.

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Episode 314: AP Exams Overview
#34
03/25/2021

District experts talk through the schedule for 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and give tips for students taking the tests. 

Click here for the complete schedule and information on 2021  AP exams.

Click here for more information about The College Board's Advanced Placement Program.

 

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Episode 313: Career & Technical Education in CCISD
#33
03/04/2021

Clear Creek ISD's CTE program reinforces state and national academic standards by providing students training in career areas of interest to them. The goal is to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in post secondary education and in a world that is increasingly oriented toward highly skilled jobs. Through rigorous technical instruction, students are able to gain hands-on experience by actively participating in authentic real-world problem solving and projects. 

Apply here: www.ccisd.net/cteapplications

More information: https://bit.ly/3c2ukoC

 

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Episode 312: Clear Horizons Early College High School Feature
#32
02/24/2021

Clear Horizons Early College High School, a CCISD school of choice, was established in 2007 on the South Campus of San Jacinto College to provide opportunities to student populations who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education environments. CHECHS students graduate from San Jac with an associate degree and from Clear Creek ISD with a high school diploma with endorsements. 

Incoming 9th grade students can apply for a spot in the lottery selection for the following school year beginning each January. 

Click here to learn more about Clear Horizons.

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Episode 311: All About Course Registration
#31
02/04/2021

CCISD Assistant Director of Counseling and Student Services Kristina Ford walks parents through the course registration process for incoming 6th through 12th grade students for next school year. She also answers some frequently asked questions from parents on the endorsement process, college and career readiness, honors and AP coursework, and more.

Visit your campus website for more information on course registration for next school year. Visit www.ccisd.net and click on the "Select a School" drop-down menu at the top.

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Episode 310: Clear View High School Spotlight
#30
01/21/2021

Clear View High School is a premier learning community of choice for life-changing education in Clear Creek ISD. Campus leaders talk through the school culture, educational initiatives, campus and district-wide programs offered, and the application process for students. They also touch on the exciting opportunities that the new school building will bring when construction is completed in January 2022.

Click here to learn more about Clear View High School

Click here to fill out an application

 

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Episode 309: Final Farewell to Dr. Smith
#29
12/18/2020

We sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith for the final time to reflect on his 40-year career in education and his time in CCISD before he retires at the end of December.

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Episode 308: Special Edition - Superintendent Finalist Search
#28
11/13/2020

CCISD Board President Dr. Laura DuPont and Board Vice President Jay Cunningham talk through the Superintendent search process and answer some frequently asked questions. 

Click here to learn more about  Dr. Eric Williams, the lone finalist for the CCISD Superintendent position.

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Episode 307: Gifted & Talented Program Update
#27
11/05/2020

District leaders give an important update on CCISD's Gifted & Talented program and provide more information on testing for all grade levels.

Click here for the Gifted & Talented Program in CCISD

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Episode 306: Why Choose CCISD Pre-Kindergarten
#26
10/27/2020

District leaders talk through the many benefits of enrolling your child in CCISD's Pre-Kindergarten program, which is now offering the option for virtual learning at home. You will also hear more about what to expect inside the classroom from a current Pre-K teacher. 

Enroll Now: www.ccisd.net/enrollment

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Episode 305: Mental Health Check-In
#25
10/12/2020

We talk with CCISD Coordinator of Counseling and Student Services Kristina Ford about ways to build resiliency in children and how to support their mental health during this time.

Resources:

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

The Science of Resilience – Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

Resilience – Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

Tiger, Meerkats, and Owls

Hope, Life Goals and Mastery Worksheets

CCISD Guidance and Counseling Department

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Episode 304: Reopening Update with Dr. Smith
#24
10/01/2020

We will sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes and Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Karen Engle to give families an update on where we are at in successfully reopening CCISD and how to prepare students to transition at the 9-week mark if choosing to do so.

Websites: 

Clear Creek ISD COVID-19 WebsiteCCISD Self-Health Assessment

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Episode 303: Phase 3 Brick & Mortar Transition
#23
09/09/2020

District leaders talk through tips and reminders for successfully transitioning students into Brick and Mortar for those returning on September 14, 2020. 

Websites: 

Clear Creek ISD COVID-19 WebsiteCCISD Self-Health Assessment

 

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Episode 302: Back to School! What to Expect
#22
08/20/2020

District leaders sit down to talk through what parents and students can expect for the first week of school online and highlight some important reminders to prepare for by Monday, August 24.

Websites mentioned:

CCISD Single Sign-On PortalSkyward Family AccessTechnology SupportClear Connections Online Learning ProgramCCISD Safely Reopen

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Episode 301: Tony's Tips for a New School Year
#21
08/20/2020

CCISD Director of Parent Assistance Tony Davila talks through ways to set students up for success this school year. He gives tips on supporting students at home for online learning, ways to calm their nerves for the changes this school year brings, and how to reach out for assistance.

Websites mentioned:

CCISD Single Sign-On PortalTechnology SupportClear Connections Online Learning ProgramParent Assistance Center

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Episode 211: Positive Behavioral Interventions
#20
02/28/2020

We talk with Tony Davila, CCISD director of parent assistance, about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and how it is impacting our classrooms. He also goes through resources available to parents at home. 

Click here for PBIS parent resources.

Click here for the state PBIS website.

 

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Episode 210: School Safety Update
#19
02/14/2020

We sit down with CCISD Director of Safe and Secure Schools Brian Palazzi to talk through the final phase of security upgrades happening in CCISD and current emergency communication models in place for parents and community members.

Click here to download the CCISD Emergency Alerts app.

Click here to learn more about CCISD's Standard Response Protocols in the event of an emergency.

Click here to access the See Something, Say Something anonymous reporting website.

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Episode 209: Becoming a Mentor in CCISD
#18
01/31/2020

Mentors play a big role in our success behind the scenes in CCISD. January is National Mentoring Month, so we sat down with Coordinator of Prevention and At Risk Services Dr. Jeanne deVezin and two current CCISD mentors to talk about ways the community can get involved and help inspire our students.  

Click here to learn more about mentoring opportunities in CCISD.

Be sure to tune in to the live recording Car Rider Line every other week on the CCISD Facebook page to get your questions answered by District leaders and area experts.

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Episode 208: What to Know About Course Registration
#17
01/21/2020

CCISD’s Director of Guidance and Counseling, Dava West, takes parents through the process of course registration for incoming 6th through 12th grade students and answers some frequently asked questions.

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Episode 207: Digital Citizenship in CCISD
#16
12/17/2019

Leaders within the CCISD Technology Department talk through Digital Citizenship and the steps they take in regards to students safety online at the elementary and secondary levels. They also give tips on how parents can communicate with their students on best practices for social media sites and privacy protection.

Click here for more resources for parents.

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Episode 206: Ready for College
#15
10/31/2019

Now is a great time for parents and students to start focusing on the future, especially college and career goals. In this episode, CCISD Director of Counseling and Guidance Dava West talks through college preparedness, high school endorsement plans and how students can use Naviance to help with their goals. 

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Episode 205: Gifted & Talented Programs in CCISD
#14
10/22/2019

Rigorous learning opportunities exist at all grade levels for students in the Gifted and Talented program in Clear Creek ISD. In this episode, Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted and Talented Glenda Holder covers resources to engage and develop GT students within the district. She also answers questions about testing, advanced placement, the WAVE program and the opportunities the new Alpha Park will bring.

Click here to learn more about the Gifted and Talented program

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Episode 204: Science Fair and Science Magnet Spotlight
#13
10/04/2019

Do you have a student interested in science? Getting them involved in the Clear Creek ISD Science and Engineering Fair and the Science Magnet Program at Brookside Intermediate and Seabrook Intermediate might be a great fit! In this episode, the Science Magnet liaisons, elementary science coordinator and an intermediate science teacher talk through the Science Fair process for students in grades K-12 and give tips on ways to ignite inspiration. They also touch on the many opportunities available for students in grades 6-8 through the Science Magnet Program.

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Episode 203: Getting Your Student Involved
#12
09/23/2019

In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a panel session we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference. Representatives from our visual and performing arts, athletics, and career and technical education departments, as well as a few students and parents, talk through different options for student involvement at all levels. They also answer some frequently asked questions on extracurricular/co-curricular activities.

Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference

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Episode 202: School Safety Procedures
#11
09/05/2019

In the following episode, you will hear a live recording of a session on School Safety that we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference. Brian Palazzi, CCISD director of safe schools department, and Captain Josette Rivas of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department give insight into the District’s Standard Response Protocols and communication procedures in place during an emergency situation.

Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference

(Safety session begins at the 2 hr. 24 min mark)

Click here for the CCISD Alerts Website

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Episode 201: Setting Your Students Up for Success
#10
08/22/2019

In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a panel session we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference this month. Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith moderates this discussion with district leaders on topics such as physical and emotional health, school preparedness, and teacher tips for student success throughout the year.

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Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference

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Episode 109: Seniors & the Superintendent
#9
05/22/2019

Three graduating Clear Creek ISD seniors sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith to talk through their experiences in high school and offer some great advice for underclassmen and their parents.

Click here for more information on 2019 CCISD Graduation Ceremonies


Episode 108: Adolescent Mental Health
#8
05/06/2019

May is Mental Health Month, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of health and wellness across America. In this episode of Car Rider Line, we sit down with CCISD Director of Counseling and Guidance Natalie Uranga, Executive Director of NAMI Gulf Coast Jan Melis, and Chief Executive Director of Gulf Coast Center Melissa Tucker to talk through adolescent mental health and the support and resources offered within our schools and community.

Below are a few community resources:

CCISD See Something, Say Something Annonymous Tipline

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAM) Gulf...


Episode 107: Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Readiness
#7
04/18/2019

Clear Creek ISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes, Early Childhood Coordinator Christy Lawrence, and Stewart Elementary Principal Dr. Britani Moses sit down to talk through the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration process and offer tips for parents to get students ready for school in August 2019.

Click here for more information on Pre-K and Kindergarten enrollment

Click here for more information on Early Childhood Education in CCISD


Episode 106: Preparing for High School & Beyond
#6
04/05/2019

CCISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Natalie Uranga talks through everything you need to know about GPA, class rank, AP courses, dual credit classes and other useful information for future and current high school students.


Episode 105: Parent Assistance Center
#5
03/22/2019

CCISD Director of Parent Assistance Tony Davila talks through the Parent Assistance Center and his role within our district to take parent engagement and satisfaction to the next level. He brings a varied background in fostering positive and productive relationships with parents and other stakeholders in the public education system.

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Episode 104: School Boundary Changes & Bond Update
#4
03/08/2019

Host Elaina Polsen is joined by Holly Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, and Dr. Karen Engle, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, to talk through the recent school boundary changes and the District's implementation plan for the 2019-2020 school year. They also give an update on several Bond 2017 projects which will be completed by next school year.

Click here to see if your address is impacted by new boundary changes.

Click here for more information on the school boundary changes.


Episode 103: Live Town Hall Meeting on Juuling & Vaping
#3
02/22/2019

Welcome to Car Rider Line, a CCISD podcast designed to engage our community and parents on topics related to education. In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a virtual town hall meeting CCISD hosted on the dangers of a new teen trend: vaping and juuling. Links to the live video and other presentation materials are included below.

Click Here for the Live Video Recording with Presentation Slides

Click Here for a List of CDC Resources


Episode 102: The Power of the Positive Word
#2
02/05/2019

Have you noticed that towards the end of the school year, apathy begins to kick in for both students and adults? Host Elaina Polsen sits down with CCISD Counseling and Guidance Coordinator Dava West, Principal Monica Speaks of Clear View High School, and Coalition Manager Amanda McLauchlin for the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families to talk through the signs parents and teachers can look for in students and tips on how to combat this behavior by instilling a sense of empowerment and empathy from within. They also give examples of what some of our campuses, such as...


Episode 101: Navigating Course Selection
#1
01/28/2019

CCISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Natalie Uranga and Director of Career and Technical Education Dana Morgan talk through the course registration process and the different opportunities for intermediate and high school to make sure students get started on the right foot and continue success through their educational careers.