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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New and Improved GRS Website

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Have you stopped over to check out the newly redesigned GreenRibbonSchools.org? We may be bias, but we think it is pretty awesome!  There are lots on new features including…

    • Publishing projects and results pages is quick and easy
    • You can comment and “like” published projects
    • Share your published projects on social media networks with the click of a button.
    • Join different communities and chat with other GRS members.

You can take a full video tour of the new features here.