Last year, Cindy Northington decided to step down from the administrative role of Head of Child Enrichment Center to focus on her recovery from battling Leukemia and to teach Middle School Christian Education. After almost 25 faithful years with Holy Spirit Episcopal School, Cindy has decided to retire…again!
Cindy has played an integral role in the growth of HSES, wearing many hats to further this safe haven. Her roles included breaking ground and launching the Christian Education curriculum for Middle School in 1997, Interim Head of School, Head of CEC and Christian Education teacher for Lower and Middle School, among others. But her most memorable role as the “oldest whitewater rafter” on the Costa Rica Cultural Exchange program is the one she holds dearest to her heart.
Cindy graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a bachelor’s in Banking and Finance and from The University of Texas, Austin with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. She holds a Lifetime Director License for Early Childhood and is also certified in all areas of Early Education. She is a member of the Bible Study Fellowship International, an interdenominational Bible study congregation around the world that allows Cindy to equip young leaders to serve and teach children the Word of God.
Although Cindy is retiring, she will always remain a beloved member of the Holy Spirit Episcopal family. Please join us in wishing Cindy a blessed recovery and happy retirement by sharing a comment of your best memory or impactful experience. The faculty and staff will shower Cindy with a farewell luncheon and intends to surprise her by reading all the comments from her cherished students, school families and peers.
TEN HSES TEACHERS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS!
We are honored to announce that 10 CEC and Primary School teachers were awarded full scholarships to attend a professional development conference of a lifetime! This Saturday, the teachers will participate in the Fall Early Literacy Summit, a full-day training presented by Rice School Literacy and Culture (SLC) and Save the Children, an international nonprofit organization.
The summit will include sessions on socio-emotional development through dramatic play, quality children’s literature, process art, blocks and sensory play, among other topics to promote research-based activities for children in early education through kindergarten.
Save the Children will also facilitate “Caregivers’ Journey of Hope” sessions for teachers to review adult reactions to stress, learn self-care techniques and create an environment that promotes emotional wellness.
Full scholarships, sponsored by Rice SLC and Save the Children, were awarded to early childhood educators in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Recipients will also receive $150 in resources and classroom materials to create safe places for children.
Congratulations to Lynne Brown, Bernadette Cano, Alexa Da Costa, Jennifer Dudley, Jennifer Emde, Jessica Kyburz, Leticia Landres, Jenna McKim, Elia Natareno and Norma Resendez for completing the scholarship application and persevering to achieve such an award!
PLANTING A SEED ONE STEP AT A TIME
I had a wonderful time gardening with 3rd and 4th grades; an initiative led by parent and master gardener, Celina Long!
We are very grateful to Celina for guiding us through this process. We also want to thank Texas A&M AgriLife for providing supplies to plant the first seeds of the school year. With these amazing resources, we are able to harvest a Fall and Spring garden as part of the science program. They also place HSES as an environmentally-conscious organization that integrates our campus ecosystem with the academic curriculum and student wellness.
In the summer, a few teachers and I attended the Edible Academy sponsored by Urban Harvest and I'm excited to implement one of their techniques in our next step: Harvest to Cook. In this garden-to-classroom session, 3rd and 4th graders will cook what they planted in the garden.
School-wide future projects for our outdoor classrooms include two raised beds, a butterfly garden and composting. I'm proud to invest in an outdoor education program that cultivates a sustainable environment and nurtures learning through nature.
Michelle Symonds, Head of School
- Girls 8th grade ⇒4 x 400 meter relay ⇒New record 4:46:58 ⇒Previous record 4:48:40
- Girls 6th grade ⇒High jump ⇒New record 4’10” ⇒Previous record 4’8”
- Girls 6th grade ⇒ 1st place
- Girls 8th grade ⇒ 2nd place
- Boys 6th grade ⇒ 3rd place
- Boys 8th grade ⇒ 4th place
- Savannah Tutor ⇒ New record and 1st place, high jump
- Margaret Rogan, Cay Cay Hill, Savannah Tutor, Katherine Anderson ⇒ New record and 1st place, 4 x 400 meter relay.
- Caroline Kolb ⇒ 1st place, 400 meters
- Nina Bhakta ⇒ 1st place, discus
- Audrey Rogan ⇒ 1st place, 800 meters
- Savannah Tutor ⇒ 1st place, long jump, 100 meter hurdles, 200 meter hurdles
- Aurora Lane ⇒ 2nd place, 1600 meters
- Margaret Rogan ⇒ 2nd place, 800 meters
- Caroline Kolb, Audrey Rogan, Gyana Cevallos, Nina Bhakta ⇒ 2nd place, 4 x 400 meter relay
- Audrey Rogan ⇒ 2nd place, 200 meter hurdles
- Cay Cay Hill ⇒ 2nd place, 400 meters
- Katherine Anderson ⇒ 3rd place, shotput
- Cay Cay Hill ⇒ 4th place, high jump
- Audrey Rogan ⇒ 5th place, long jump
- Nina Bhakta ⇒ 6th place, shotput
- Addie Dutt ⇒ 6th place, 800 meters
- Katherine Anderson ⇒ 6th place, 200 meters
- Cay Cay Hill ⇒ 6th place, long jump
- Taylor Fuentes ⇒ 1st place, 400 meters
- Taylor Fuentes ⇒ 2nd place, 200 meters
- Evan Long, Jesus Cevallos, Emiliano Peña, Taylor Fuentes ⇒ 3rd place, 4 x 400 meter relay
- Ethan Beyer ⇒ 3rd place, shotput
- Kyle Hodges ⇒ 3rd place, shotput
- Rafael Rincon ⇒ 4th place, 800 meters
- Ethan Beyer ⇒ 4th place, discus
- Rafael Rincon ⇒ 5th place, 400 meters
- Jesus Cevallos ⇒ 6th place, 400 meters
- Jesus Cevallos ⇒ 6th place, 800 meters
- Kyle Moore ⇒ 6th place, 1600 meters
- Kyle Hodges ⇒ 6th place, discus
This summer, The Middle School math department will attend the “Getting to Know CMP” Workshop at Michigan State University courtesy of the Professional Development Fund, a generous scholarship implemented by the Bradford family.
The Connected Math training will provide strategies for teachers to develop interactive math learning models, enhance student learning, and implement grading techniques, among others.
The Professional Development Fund is a yearly scholarship aimed to expand the learning opportunities for faculty and staff at HSES. Participants must submit their applications for the committee to review and announce the award recipients.
For Meredith, school is home away from home. Not only did she attend HSES since her toddler years, but her aunt – Mrs. Richardson – was her teacher, and has been a part of Primary School for 40 years! And the connection continues, Meredith's mom – Linda McKim – was also a Primary School teacher at HSES for 18 years and now her sister – Jenna McKim – has taken over the role of Primary School teacher, following her family's footsteps.
When Meredith's daughter Addison started school at 18 months "it was a very difficult transition," mom confesses. But the fact that her family was watching over Addie in "a safe place that she could grow and become more independent while learning in a rich curriculum-based environment" gave Meredith peace of mind.
Now Addison walks into the school with the biggest smile on her face and she can't wait to share about her day when Meredith picks her up from carpool. "She eagerly hops out of bed in the morning," excited to see Mrs. Richardson and learn something new.
“We love the staff at HSES!” confesses a middle school parent. From the administration to the teachers, this family feels the faculty works side by side with their children to become well-rounded inside and outside the classroom.
Both kids participated in the 7th grade Ecolink trip to Catalina Island and the 8th grade Ecolink trip to Colorado and returned with unforgettable experiences. To this day, they continue to share their stories, strengthen friendships, and bond with their classmates and teachers.
The middle schoolers have also encountered a growth in faith as part of their HSES education. “I love the encouragement my daughter received to delve into her Bible,” says mom. She takes notes and highlights sections with sticky notes so the book does not become stagnant, but instead a resource for continued spiritual growth. “HSES is more than an education.”
Holy Spirit Episcopal School (HSES) came to Michela’s rescue when she was not receiving the attention she deserved. She was attending the pre-kindergarten program at a public school and managed to maintain good scores in a classroom with more than 20 students “but something was missing,” explains Dani, Michela’s mom. After extensive testing, Michela’s parents discovered she had a vision deficiency that was delaying her academic progress.
They realized Michela needed academic structure in a nurturing environment. HSES was the perfect solution. “We are so pleased with the school,” shares Dani, “Michela is finally receiving the attention she deserves in a smaller classroom environment.” The Lower School instruction specialists continuously work on strategies to strengthen Michela’s academic development and support her vision progress.
According to Michela’s family, the faculty and staff play a major role in her success. They are very proud of their daughter and grateful for “HSES’ hand in helping to shape her character and mind.” HSES is honored to provide the tools and resources for this young lady to conquer the world.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
HSES admits students of any race, creed, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded, or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational or admission policies, scholarship programs, athletics or any other school-administered programs.