Tomball ISD

March 2021 eNewsletter

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Tomball ISD students will lead in creating the future.


Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences.

Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora

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Tomball ISD Cabinet

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Pictured: (L-R) Dr. Steven Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Amy Schindewolf, Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Jim Ross, Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Jeff McCanna, Chief of Human Talent

Tomball ISD Board of Trustees

Tomball ISD is governed by an elected seven-member board. School Board members are guardians of the public trust and, through the policies they make, are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of local public education. The board serves as the advocate for educational excellence for the community’s youth and puts those interests first.

School Board

Pictured: (Back L-R) Michael J. Pratt, Assistant Secretary John E. McStravick, President Matt Schiel, Mark Lewandowski; (Front L-R) Justin Unser, Vice President Kathy Handler, Secretary Lee McLeod

Tomball ISD Earns Top Regional Ranking (Click to Read)

Tomball ISD was named the best district in the Houston region and fifth best in Texas by Children at Risk’s annual school rankings.

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Tomball ISD was named the best district in the Houston region and fifth best in Texas by Children at Risk’s annual school rankings. It knocked Katy ISD from the top local spot after four years. Creekside Forest Elementary was ranked as the second best elementary school in the region, just behind Houston ISD’s T.H. Rogers School.

Tomball has been considered among the top local districts for years, said Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of the Children at Risk nonprofit. What put them over the edge this year, Sanborn said, was the ranking’s new component focusing on the outcomes of lower income students of color. While Tomball serves a smaller percentage of students of color than the region as a whole — with 31 percent of its students identifying as Latino and about 5 percent as Black — Sanborn said the data shows the district has put in extra effort to make sure those students achieve.

Courtesy: Houston Chronicle

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Tomball ISD has extended the deadline for the Change of Learning Environment window to March 11.

All families have the opportunity to make a change to their child(ren)’s current learning environment (F2F/TVS) for the fourth and final grading period. Due to the extended window for the Change of Learning Environment, the effective date of change moves from Monday, March 22 to Monday, March 29. Any changes made will be effective from March 29 through May 27.

This process is open and will remain open through March 11. During this window, families will log in to Home Access Center (HAC) to make any necessary changes.

Deanna Porter - Lakewood Elementary

“I truly feel blessed to work with an amazing group of educators at Lakewood Elementary,” Porter said. “Without the hard work and dedication of every staff member, this recognition would not be possible. At Lakewood, we strive to create a collaborative atmosphere, where we are not just colleagues; we are family members. We all work together to support each student and cheer them on to success.”

Read more here.

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Dr. Mike Metz - Tomball Memorial High School

"I am so very humbled to be named the Secondary Principal of the Year,” Metz said. “But to me, this is a celebration of the entire campus of TMHS. Our teaching staff is passionate about inspiring students to achieve beyond their potential, our front office staff believes their positions are critical in supporting the campus vision, and the admin team has gone above and beyond to champion teachers and students. It is their hard work that makes Tomball Memorial the premier high school in the state of Texas, and I am lucky to serve as the principal.”

Read more here.

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Spelling Bee Winner - Ishika Varipilli

Congratulations to Ishika Varipilli from Creekside Forest Elementary on winning the TISD Spelling Bee. After 10 rounds, she correctly spelled ‘disparate’.
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Bilingual Spelling Bee Winner - Linda Farias

Congratulations to Linda Farias from Tomball Intermediate School on winning the TISD Bilingual Spelling Bee. An impressive 74 rounds later, she correctly spelled ‘maleable'.
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Science Fair Results (Click Here)

Top students from each campus across Tomball ISD participated in the District’s annual Science Fair in January.

45th Annual FFA Project Show Results (Click Here)

Tomball ISD FFA students from Tomball High School and Tomball Memorial High School showcased their hard work and commitment to the FFA program by participating in the 45th Annual FFA Project Show in January.

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Nominate a Tomball ISD Alumnus or Alumna Today!

Tomball ISD is very excited to be able to recognize our accomplished Alumni throughout the years. We encourage you to nominate yourself or a graduate of a TISD high school.

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