Oppe Elementary featured in Galveston Daily News

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GALVESTON — Green Ribbon Schools, a reward and recognition program for K-12 students, recently recognized Oppe Elementary Campus of Coastal Studies among 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community’s highest level of participation during the 2011-12 school year.

Oppe was recognized for their 2011-12 leadership projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness. The name of the school’s projects included:

Project 1 – Students from Oppe formed a group called the Green Team under the supervision of science specialist Kathryn Pistone. The Green Team’s main goal was to start a recycling program at school. The students collected recycle bins containing paper from each classroom and partnered with the Eco-Center for pickup.

Project 2 – Oppe Elementary hosted a beach cleanup in the spring and more than 130 people were in attendance. Oppe became an official beach guardian granted by the Texas General Land Office and adopted one mile of Texas coast.

The mile stretches between 45th and 61st streets in Galveston, a popular spot for island tourists.

The goal was to inform the community about the importance of taking care of our beaches so oceans stay clean and safe.

Project 3 – The Green Team also hosted a fundraiser to install motion sensors in the hallways at school to conserve electricity. The funds from this project were matched by Oppe’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Motion sensors were installed in all of the hallways. A special thank you went to Paul Byers at the district’s administration building for overseeing this project.

Project 4 – Third- and fourth-grade students at Oppe participated in the Junior Master Gardeners program. Two community garden parties were held so that the students and their families could help maintain Greta’s Garden, the school’s outdoor classroom.

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The Pearland Journal recognizes St. Helen Catholic School for being third time Green Ribbon School Award Winners

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The Pearland Journal (Houston Texas) recognizes St. Helen Catholic School for being third time Green Ribbon School Award Winner. “[St. Helen Catholic School] is one of 63 schools in the nation to receive this distinction for its “green” activities during the school year 2011-2012. St. Helen is also recognized as one of the founding members of the Green Ribbon Schools program.

Kindergarten and 1st grade sang earth-friendly songs; Environmental Leadership students presented skits and PowerPoint presentations. Many families participated in Keep Pearland Beautiful and worked in the school garden on a Saturday as part of the Earth Day project. The Girl Scouts earned their Bronze Award with their work for the compost bin. Environmental Leadership students completed a service project at Galveston Island for dunes restoration.

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Pflugerville ISD News Spotlights Timmerman Elementary after earning GRS Award

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Green Ribbon Schools, a reward and recognition program for K-12 students, recognized Timmerman Elementary School among 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community’s highest level of participation during the 2011-2012 school year.

To be named a recipient, Timmerman Elementary was required to publish at least four projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness. The campus’s projects included:

“The students really enjoyed the program and the projects they took part in,” 5th grade teacher Suzie Neuenschwander said. “They just loved the hands-on materials and the real-life experiences they received while doing the projects. It really brought the curriculum to life for them.”

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Stars and Stripes Guam Newspaper features GRS Award Recipient

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Stars and Stripes Guam Newspaper features Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School for being one of the 63 schools that received a Green Ribbon Schools Award for the 2011-2012 school year.

Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School in Guam learned about a local limestone forest and wetlands by meeting with a scientist, building observation areas and posting their findings in a school hallway dedicated to the project (Jean Tuquero and Elizabeth Atoigue, teachers). They also had a Media Blast of ways to be healthy using their in school closed circuit television news program (Cynthia Barcinas, teacher). The eighth-grade team completed a recycling program (Gina Gonzales, teacher) and students created healthy choice video games to share with other students (Debora Moore, teacher).

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2011-2012 Green Ribbon Schools Award Recipients Announcement

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Green Ribbon Schools is proud to be awarding a Green Ribbon Schools Award to 63 schools for the 2011-2012 school year. You can view all of the Green Ribbon Schools Award recipients by visiting the participating schools page on greenribbonschools.org.

The schools recognized for their 2011-2012 leadership published a minimum of 1 project under each of the 4 Green Ribbon Schools’ Cornerstones (Eco-Campus, Natural Classroom, Health & Fitness, and Nature Adventure.)

Here are some of our favorite projects from this year’s award recipients:

  • St. Mary’s City School in an isolated Alaskan village learned the role of hunting and trapping in their cultural history. (Woody Woodgate, teacher)
  • Commander William C. McCool School in Guam learned about a local limestone forest and wetlands by meeting with a scientist, building observation areas and posting their findings in a school hallway dedicated to the project. (Debora Moore, teacher)
  • Meiners Oaks School in Ojai, Calif. developed an educational campaign (public announcements, websites, newsletter, raps, and poems) that motivated the entire student body to create an “eco-campus” that focused on daily campus-wide activities (saving electricity, reducing waste, “green” commuting, recycling).  The school celebrated achieving its goal with a final assembly that included a theme-based outdoor concert, student art and skits.  (Janis Duncan, teacher)
  • Doss Elementary in Austin, Texas sent their entire 5th grade class on a 3 day, 2 night camping trip to the Outdoor Learning Center at the Highland Lakes Camp in Spicewood, TX. While on the trip students spent time at many different outdoor learning stations including the climbing wall, the problem solving bomb diffuser and Mohawk Walk, Topsoil Tour, fishing, Energy, Whale Watch and Mt. Tops, orienteering, and archery. (S. Sherwod, teacher)

2011-2012 Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners Include:

Academy of the Pacific – Hawaii
Armando Chapa Middle School – Texas
Arthur Kramer Elementary – Texas
Ascension Catholic School – Florida
Berry Elementary – Texas
Bethesda Elementary – Maryland
Billy Mitchell Elementary – California
Brooks Wester Middle School – Texas
Bryker Woods Elementary – Texas
Cardinal Ritter High School – Indiana
CDR William C. McCool – Guam
Chandler Oaks Elementary – Texas
Coppell High School – Texas
Doss Elementary – Texas
East Central High School – Texas
Eisenhower High School – Kansas
Ennis Junior High – Texas
Feagin Mill Middle School – Georgia
Fernbank Elementary School – Georgia
Forth Worth Country Day School – Texas
General Ray Davis Middle School – Georgia
Greenbriar Elementary – Texas
James E Williams Elementary -Texas
Lakehill Preparatory – Texas
Learning Gate Community School – Florida
Lehman High School – Texas
Magellan International School – Texas
Matilija Junior High – California
Meiners Oaks Elementary – California
Mira Monte Elementary – California
Navo Middle School – Texas
Negley Elementary – Texas
New Horizon School Pasadena – California
No 76 Reilly Middle School – New Jersey
Nordhoff High School – California
Northstar School – Texas
Oppe Elementary – Texas
Ore City High School – Texas
Pescadero Elementary and Middle School – California
Red Oak High School – Texas
Redeemer Lutheran School – Texas
San Antonio Elementary – California
Schuylerville Elementary School – New York
Simon Middle School – Texas
Skyline High School – Arizona
St. Helen Catholic School – Texas
St Johns Episcopal – Texas
St. Mary’s City School – Alaska
St. Paul Inter Parochial School – New Jersey
Summit Elementary – California
Susie Fuentes Elementary – Texas
Temple EmanuEl – Texas
The Green Magnet School for Career Exploration – New York
Timberview Middle School – Texas
Timmerman Elementary – Texas
Topa Topa Elementary – California
Travis Elementary – Texas
Travis High School – Texas
Wakeland High School – Texas
Westwood Elementary – Texas
Willis Lane Elementary – Texas
Wyatt Elementary – Texas
Zelma Hutsell Elementary – Texas

Learn how to earn a Green Ribbon Schools Award for your school by visiting our website.