Clear Brook wins “School of Character”
Only Texas public high school to receive the honor
Clear Brook High School in the Clear Creek Independent School District was named a 2020 National School of Character by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in schools and communities. The campus is also the only public high school in Texas to receive this honor out of a total of 84 schools in the country.
“We are pleased to announce and celebrate the schools and school districts who have earned this national recognition,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, president of Character.org. “Each of them have put in place a comprehensive approach to help their students understand, care about, and consistently practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace and as citizens.”
Since its inception, the National Schools of Character program has impacted nearly 3 million students, staff, parents and community members. The schools and school districts who apply must meet the rigorous standards articulated in Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools. Each school is evaluated by a team of trained educators and includes a site visit to assess how a school’s “shared values” are motivating students to do the right thing.
“This distinction means the world to the Clear Brook students, staff and parents,” said Dr. Sharon Lopez, principal of the school. “It is a testament to the leadership of the Character Action Team and the work of the whole campus to instill positive character traits into everyday life. Our staff truly feels honored to be members of such a focused team working to educate the whole student and making intentional character decisions to guide learning. We are Clear Brook!”
Character.org will honor the 2020 National Schools of Character during its next National Forum.
History of Character.org
Founded in 1993, Character.org is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The mission is to provide the voice, visibility, and resources for educators to build nurturing and supportive school cultures that focus on core values and character strengths vital to student and school success.
Character.org is widely known for its 11 Principles, a comprehensive framework developed by school leaders and character development researchers.
During the past 20 years, more than 900 schools and school districts – after an independent and rigorous evaluation process – have been certified a National School of Character.
The vision for Character.org is to expand the work to families, sports and the workplace.
For additional information, visit www.character.org/schools-of-character.
The 2020 hurricane season will begin Monday, June 1, and will continue through Nov. 30.
In their annual forecast, meteorologists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted nine to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), including four to eight hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). Of the hurricanes, four are predicted to be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) this season. Experts say this a more active season than average, with one named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, already formed prior to the official beginning of hurricane season.
South Belt residents should plan accordingly, in the event that a major storm should strike the area. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM), working in conjunction with the City of Houston and the State of Texas, has issued evacuation routes for community members, should the need arise to leave town.
The South Belt area, including ZIP codes 77089 and 77075, is located in what the OHSEM refers to as ZIP-Zone C.
In the case of a Category 4 or 5 storm, those residing in ZIP-Zone C are urged to evacuate by traveling west on Interstate 10 or by heading north on Interstate 45 and highways 290 and 59.
OHSEM warns against traveling east, as it will take evacuees closer to the coast and into the more vulnerable ZIP-Zone B.
Should the Texas Department of Public Safety issue a mandatory evacuation, contraflow operations will likely be put into effect to expedite the
flow of traffic.
On Interstate 10, eastbound lanes would be reversed at FM 359 in Brookshire, just east of Sealy. The contraflow lanes will end at Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
Southbound lanes on Interstate 45 would be reversed north of Highway 242, just south of Conroe. The contraflow lanes will end at US 287 near Ennis, 40 miles south of Dallas.
On Highway 290, contraflow operations will begin just west of FM 1960. Northbound traffic from State Highway 6 will be able to turn west onto 290 contraflow lanes.
Contraflow traffic operations will continue to FM 1948 near Burton.
Contraflow operations on Highway 59 will begin just south of Kingwood Drive and continue to Nacogdoches.
County officials recommend each household assemble a disaster-relief kit that includes key items such as flashlights, cell phones, extra batteries, battery chargers, a portable radio, a first-aid kit, emergency water and food, medical supplies, a nonelectric can opener, a highway map and important documents, such as driver’s licenses, passports, insurance policies and health cards.
Residents are urged to cover their windows with shielding materials and to secure or put up any loose items around their homes.
Evacuees should fill their vehicles with gasoline as early as possible and take only one automobile per household, as extra cars create traffic congestion.
Those leaving town are encouraged to bring extra cash in case banks are closed and ATMs are not working. Fleeing citizens are also urged to notify family and friends (especially those out of the area) of their plans and destinations.
Disabled individuals and seniors who require assistance leaving the area should call the state’s help line at 211 or visit www.211texas.org/211.
For more information, visit www.hcoem.org.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers the following tips:
When a hurricane warning is issued by the National Weather Service and the coastal area is threatened, residents should:
– Monitor local TV and radio stations.
– Fuel vehicles and generators.
– Check disaster supply kits.
– Cover windows with plywood.
– Bring in all furniture, toys and any other objects that could become missiles.
– Moor boats to a safe and secure place.
– Take pictures of property and contents for insurance purposes.
– Evacuate immediately, if advised.
If residents stay home during the hurricane and are not in a flood prone area:
– Fill bathtubs and all available containers with water.
– Turn off utilities, if requested.
– Remain indoors in a closet, bathroom or hallway on the lower level of the house, away from windows.
– Cover one’s self and family members with a mattress or a dining room table to protect one’s self from falling debris.
Disaster supply kit checklist
– Water: At least a seven-day supply (one gallon per person per day).
– Food: At least a seven-day supply of nonperishable/canned food. (Change out stored water and food supplies every six months).
– First-aid kit.
– Flashlight with a few extra batteries.
– Battery-powered radio.
– Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.).
– Tools and supplies.
– Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.).
– Change of clothes and bedding.
– Important family documents (birth certificates, insurance/ bank account information, etc.).
– Food, water and medicine for pets.
– Kennels or crates for pets.
If residents live in a low-lying, flood-prone area, they may be mandated to leave, because heightened seas and tides can affect such homes.
If residents live in a mobile home in any evacuation zone, plan to evacuate anytime a hurricane threatens. Powerful winds are capable of destroying mobile homes.
If residents are traveling with young children, elderly family members or people with functional access needs, they should leave early. Waiting for a general evacuation can put their health at risk and lengthen travel time.
Residents wishing to purchase flood insurance must do so at least 30 days before a storm in order to guarantee coverage.
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