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Channelview ISD names new Superintendent

DR. TORY C. HILL

CHANNELVIEW – The Channelview ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously named Dr. Tory C. Hill as the lone finalist to become the District’s next superintendent.

Dr. Tory C. Hill is currently the Superintendent for Sweeny Independent School District. Among his many accomplishments include being a Superintendent of the Year nominee for Region 4 in 2020. After serving as Superintendent for the past 5 years at Sweeny ISD, Dr. Hill was instrumental in passing a $28 million bond to address safety, health, and wellness of students as well as major infrastructure improvements. He also led a $1.7 million agreement with Chevron Phillips for the naming rights to the new Sweeny ISD CPChem CTE Center which opened for students in August 2020.

Dr. Hill earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. He also obtained a master’s degree in education from Florida A&M University and a bachelor’s of science degree in secondary education from Southern University.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hill to our Channelview ISD family,” said CISD Board President Patrick Lacy. “ We look forward to working with Dr. Hill to continue to advance our District’s commitment to develop and enhance our students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth .”

County raises COVID threat level

INCREASE IN COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS TRIGGERS INCREASE IN HARRIS COUNTY COVID-19 THREAT LEVEL

Harris County, Texas – On January 10, 2022, Judge Lina Hidalgo announced that she is raising the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level Indicator from Level 2: Orange to Level 1: Red. A surge of the highly contagious Omicron variant has contributed to an increase in COVID transmission across Harris County.

Level 1 signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 transmission in Harris County. Residents experiencing symptoms should get tested and avoid contact with others, assuming they have COVID until they confirm otherwise. Any gatherings should be held outdoors and ideally with masking. Unvaccinated residents should avoid all gatherings and get vaccinated immediately.

“We’re finding ourselves again at a point in this pandemic where hospital staff are being stretched way too thin,” said Judge Hidalgo. “We owe it to our nurses, doctors, and teachers to take steps to protect ourselves and give them a break. If you have been on the fence about getting vaccinated, now is the time to roll up your sleeve. We are in the midst of a COVID-19 tsunami and our best defense are vaccines and booster shots. We’ve been here before, but this time we have more tools available and a better understanding of this virus.”

The COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine booster continues to be available at no charge for all Harris County residents. To find out more information, locations and hours, click ReadyHarris.org.

Hidalgo said she made the decision because hospitalizations and ICU cases have spiked at area hospitals, along with the positivity rate.

North Shore Mustangs win State 6A Championship

ARLINGTON, DEC. 18 – The North Shore Mustangs defeated Duncanville by a score of 17-10 today, to win the State 6A Division I championship for the fourth time in recent years. As reported by our on-field reporters, Allan Jamail and Linda Jamail, freshman quarterback Kaleb Bailey threw a 39 yard pass to David Amador in the last three minutes of  the game, to score the winning touchdown.  Full details of the game to follow.

North Shore Coach Jon Kay selected Coach of the Year

Coach Jon Kay, North Shore head football coach, has been selected as the 2020-2021 Southwest Section Boys Football (11-player) Coach of the Year!

The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Coaches Association selected Coach Kay based upon his performance during the 2020-2021 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement, philosophy of coaching and his contribution to the students of the North Shore community.

Galena Park ISD added Congratulations, Coach Kay! Galena Park ISD and North Shore are lucky to have you as an outstanding coach in the District.

NORTH SHORE HEADED TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Junior David Amador scores on an 87 yd pass play from freshman quarterback Kaleb Bailey on the first play of the game; he made another Mustang TD later on another Bailey pass. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Defeats Austin Lake Travis 49-21

By Allan Jamail

AUSTIN, TX — Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Kelly Reeves Stadium, the visiting GPISD North Shore Mustangs wasted no time taking control of their destination to the 6A D1 State Championship football game by defeating Lake Travis 49-21. They have a 13-game winning streak with a 14-1 record.

Their game team captains were Caleb Flagg, Kent Battle, Jhalyn Bailey and Xavier Owens.

On Saturday, if Coach Jon Kay’s “Eastside Boys” are successful, he will set a new record for coaching 3 teams in winning 6A D1 championship titles. He has also coached the 2015 Mustangs to a state title in the 5A conference. They will play for their fifth state championship next week (2003, 2015, 2018, and 2019) against a familiar foe, the 13-1 Duncanville Panthers, in the Cowboys Arlington AT&T Stadium. This is their third time in four seasons to be playing for the championship.

Wassail at Channelview ISD

Channelview ISD held their annual Wassail event on Thursday, December 9 at the Bill Neal Center. It was an opportunity for staff, parents and students to gather, eat cookies, drink punch, and celebrate the holidays. There were also several student performances to entertain those in attendance. Santa made a special visit to the event to take pictures with children.

Jacinto City has a Friendly Grinch

Jacinto City’s Friendly Grinch greets elementary kids with candy as they walk by her home next door to the school. Kids in the photo: Jay Balerio, Henry Lopez, Lydia Lopez, Jaime Hernandez Jr., Mateo Hernandez, Mateo Flores, Anthony Tolentino, Daniel Tolentino, Darius Lucero, Scarlett Flores, Martha Coyoy, Gianna Coyoy, Isael Renteria, Isabella Renteria, Anthony Zuriga, Priscila Zuriga, Katheryn Gonzalez and Aguirre. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — December, 13, 2021 — This is the second annual event the Jacinto City citizen has given Jacinto City’s elementary school kids: candy, treats, and to see that there’s a friendly Grinch.

The Grinch said, “At first some of the younger kids are scared, but then they change and are no longer afraid of me once they see the older ones getting candy and shaking my hand. It’s amazing how excited the kids get when they see I’m not a bad Grinch but a friendly one.”

Holiday Open House with Ana Hernandez in District 143

Photo by Allan Jamail

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANA HERNANDEZ 16TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Jacinto City, TX — December 7, 2021 at the District 143 state office, constituents came to begin this year’s holiday season festivities. They enjoyed refreshments, fellowshipping and their visit with Representative Hernandez. Toys that were donated will be given at Christmas to needy children.

North Shore advances by stopping Atascocita 44-20; Mustangs enter 4th consecutive semi-final game

Mustang defensive back Evan Jackson’s 47 yd pass interception run-back TD. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium – On Friday December 3, 2021, playing on a neutral field, Coach Jon Kay’s “Eastside Boys,” bested the Humble Atascocita Eagles, for the second time in less than 5 weeks this season, with a final score of 44-20.

North Shore’s game team captains: David Amador, Kent Battle, Caleb Flagg and Jaden Harris.

North Shore took the opening kickoff. Atascocita’s defense forced them to punt, and with only 3 minutes into the game, Eagles sophomore quarterback (QB) Zion Brown passed to a wide-open Spencer Henslee, as the Eagles took a 7-0 lead. Three minutes later, Mustangs freshman QB Kaleb Bailey ran for a game-tying TD. They made 24 unanswered points.

Atascocita fought back, making it a contest.

CITIZENS HOLD PROTEST ON GALENA PARK GOVERNING

ADVOCATE WAYNE DOLCEFINO AND OUT-OF-OFFICE COUNCILWOMAN MARICELA SERNA WERE AMONG THE GROUP THAT STAGED A PROTEST OUTSIDE GALENA PARK CITY HALL LAST TUESDAY NIGHT.

7th Police Chief fired, City Hall closed

GALENA PARK – About 3 dozen citizens of this community staged a noisy protest last Tuesday night, outside the City Hall Building. The regular bi-weekly Council meeting had been cancelled, which they said was typical of the problems with the current administration.

Protesters cited many issues, including the firing of the 7th police chief in the last 3 years, closed city hall, irregularities in the water department and water bills, and no public access to council meetings.

In addition, Councilwoman Maricela Serna said that she had been elected last year, but not allowed to join the meetings or speak, having access denied by Mayor Moya.