Happy Birthday Powell Elementary!

Celebrating 25 Years!

August 2019

A Message from Mrs. Garrison

This year we celebrate our school's 25th Anniversary! It's going to be an exciting year as we celebrate our rich history. Powell Elementary School opened in the fall of 1994 under the direction of Principal, Dr. Dianne Reed. School began that first year housed at Galatas Elementary. Two classes shared a room, one Galatas Elementary class, and one Powell Elementary class. Construction was finally completed and students and staff were able to move into the new school building at 7332 Cochran’s Crossing Drive over the Thanksgiving holiday.

On January 30, 1995, General Colin Powell was in attendance at the dedication of the new facility. Powell Elementary had an enrollment of about 300 students at that time. As General Powell entered the gym, students were singing and waving American flags. It was truly an extraordinary experience!

Powell students and staff honor the General each Thursday by wearing Powell patriotic shirts.

General Colin Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Adviser (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf war.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, General Colin Powell sent a special message to share with our students!

I've also included information you will need to have a great start to the year. Please take some time and familiarize yourself with the CISD Elementary Handbook and our campus policies and procedures. Both documents are available on the Powell website.

CISD Elementary Handbook: https://www.conroeisd.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FINAL-Elementary-Handbook-19-20.pdf

Powell Student Handbook Addendum: https://www.smore.com/9a4gt-powell-elementary-handbook

Lisa Garrison


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Info Snap: You should have received an email from Conroe ISD concerning your child's continued enrollment at Powell. Please make sure you have completed the online form that was provided in the email. This requirement is vital for our records. If you have any questions, please contact our Registrar, Michelle Lutes, at mlutes@conroeisd.net.

Sign up for a Parent Access Center account (PAC) today: Parent Access Center

Once you register for an account, you will receive school announcements, newsletters, safety information, absence and tardy notifications, and other important updates. Throughout the year, you can log into PAC to view grades, report cards, attendance, discipline records, cafeteria accounts, and STAAR information. If you registered for an account last year, you will not need to re-register for an account this year.

Class Placement: Class placement will be distributed via email on the EVENING of Friday, August 9th. Please monitor your email so you won’t miss the exciting news! If for some reason you do not receive this information via-e mail, we will have a table set up at Meet the Teacher in the gym. We will not give class placement information over the telephone.

Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 12th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm:

Bring your children and enjoy the opportunities!

  • Meet your teacher(s) & Powell staff members
  • Visit your child’s classroom
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Explore the building
  • Pick up your 1st day of school information
  • Meet the PTO
  • Sign up to volunteer in your child’s classroom
  • Drop off medications to Nurse Melissa (if needed)
  • Purchase Powell t-shirts and other spirit items in the gym

Parent Information Night on Tuesday, August 27th:

  • 5:30- PPCD, PK, K, 1st, and 2nd
  • 6:30- 3rd and 4th

You won’t want to miss this event! Teachers will present an overview of grade level curriculum, assessments, and events. Parents will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Due to limited space in our classrooms and to allow our parents time with the teachers, we ask that only parents attend.

School Supplies: If you have not yet purchased school supplies, please find the grade level lists on the Powell website. Please bring your child’s supplies to Meet the Teacher.


The Positivity Project: We are excited to be participating in The Positivity Project again this year! The Positivity Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build strong relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The vision of the project is to create citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.” Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as the foundation. Positive psychology teaches that people have all 24 strengths within them — and that character is not just skills or behaviors, but rather an intrinsic part of each of us. The program encompasses character strengths, positive relationships, and positive experiences. We can’t wait to see our students grow and realize their strengths through this program.

Volunteering at Powell: We love our volunteers! If you are planning to volunteer at Powell, you must register and be approved. You must register each year. Volunteer in CISD

Join the PTO: Our Parent Teacher Organization is a vital part of our school, please consider joining! PTO is for all parents! It provides many avenues to volunteer, participate, and be involved in our school. https://powell.conroeisd.net/organization/get-involved/pto/

Beginning of the year dismissal: The first week of school EVERYTHING takes a little more time. Dismissal will begin 10 minutes early from August 14-23. We appreciate your patience as we perfect our dismissal procedures.

Cochran’s and Capstone Riders and Walkers: If you are meeting your child as a bike rider or walker, please plan to be there by 3:00 pm from August 14-23.

Bus Riders: Please be patient with our bus service during the first two weeks of school. The drivers are getting to know their students and ensuring that a parent is present to pick-up PreK and Kindergarten students. Buses may be running late to pick-up and drop-off.

Upcoming Events

August 12

Meet the Teacher

  • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

August 14

First Day of School

  • School begins at 8:00 am
  • Dismissal begins at 3:00 pm from August 14-23. (Dismissal for the remainder of the year is at 3:10.)

August 27

Parent Information Night

  • 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for PPCD, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for 3rd and 4th Grade

September 2

Labor Day Holiday

September 6

Fall Individual Pictures

September 13

Progress Reports Go Home

Mission Statement

Powell Elementary is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.