Pearland ISD Education Foundation eNews – April, 2015



President’s Note:

I am happy to announce that the Founder’s Campaign goal to raise $150,000 by Feb. 28 was successfully achieved! In fact, the goal was surpassed at $206,000.

Many thanks to the individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed to the campaign and have supported the establishment of the Foundation.

We now look forward to distributing these funds through our Innovative Teaching Grants Program, which benefits hundreds of students and teachers in Pearland ISD.

Be looking for our Surprise Patrol in late May and more to come on the 2nd Annual Grown-up Spelling Bee to be held this Fall.


Jeff Barry, Board President

Grant Spotlight: Award-Winning Music Projects

During the 2014-15 school year, four grants were awarded to innovative music projects. Foundation grants were used to fund musical instruments, classroom lessons, and special concert performances.

We are proud to support the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

Read more about Grants in Action

Pearland Crawfish Festival: April 10-12

The Pearland ISD Education Foundation has been selected as a beneficiary of the 2015 Pearland Crawfish Festival, being held April 10-12 at Pearland Parks & Recreation Grounds (4141 Bailey Road).

For each Advance Ticket sold online, the Foundation will receive $1.

Purchase Festival Tickets Online

2015-16 Grant Application Received!

We received 69 grant applications, totaling $62,234.22 in funding requests.

Our Grant Review Committee now has the arduous task of reviewing all applications and selecting our 2015-16 winners!

2015 winners will be awarded by our Surprise Patrol during the week of May 26 – 29!

Check out our 2014 Grant winners

The Pearland ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Although it coordinates its efforts with the school district, it operates as an independent charitable organization.

Mission: The Pearland ISD Education Foundation provides resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for Pearland ISD students.

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UHCL Hosts open House April 11

imagesUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake’s Office of Admissions welcomes prospective students to an Open House event at the UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus April 11, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, 77581.

Attendees will have a chance to sit down with admissions representatives, transfer advisers, financial aid, and more, including participating in on-the-spot admissions. Students that apply during the event will have the $45 application fee waived.

For more information or to register, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 281-283-2500.

Pearland Author to Hold Book Signing on April 4

551c2c4b01c79.imageCountry Place resident Robert Johnston has been invited to do a book signing of the new edition of his work, “Sanctification: A New Beginning, A New Life,” at Barnes and Noble, located at 7626 Westheimer Rd. in Houston on April 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Sanctification” is an “in-depth study of 2 Peter 1:3-7 [that] shows us that even though the church takes a leadership role in discipleship, it is only Christ who imparts the divine nature that bears fruit in His disciples.

“Knowing his death to be imminent, the apostle Peter was impressed by the Hold Spirit to leave a message to all believers concerning the essence of the new life Christ gives to us. Peter shows us that the qualities of this new life increasingly abound as we grow in the personal knowledge of Christ.

“Sharing with us Peter’s insights for developing strength and boldness, Robert Johnston leads us, in Sanctification, a New Beginning, a New Life, to the same spiritual highway traveled by the original disciples as they progressed from infancy to maturity in their walk with Christ,” according to the website.

“Johnston was born in 1936 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the home of his uncle Monroe Johnston near the end of the great depression era.

“He graduated from West Texas University in 1964 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1966, practicing in that profession for over 40 years.

“He left the field of accounting in 1987 to attend Jimmy Swaggart Bible College, known at the time as ‘The West Point of Bible Colleges,’ which name he believes is well deserved for its quality of education and discipline.

“He was called from his college pursuits to a ministry of teaching at a Christian Television station in Burlington, N.C. which was staffed by wonderful, dedicated Christians. He considers this time of Bible college and Christian ministry in a Christian environment as one of the most wonderful times in his life when he truly discovered what ‘brotherly love’ means.

“When the Christian Television station was sold he returned to the CPA profession in Texas and resolved to run his business according to tried and true Christian principles and also hosted weekly bible studies with business and professional men in his office for over twelve years before he retired.

“He continues today with his research strengths in Bible research and writing, fully understanding that those who teach are held to a higher standard when it comes to the truth in the gospel message,” according to his biography.

Johnston is also the author of “The Last Trumpet: The Mystery of God Is Finished and a New Age Begins,” which was published in 2010.

For more information, please email the author at

Both books are available for purchase on

Pearland ISD eNews – April, 2015


Berger named statewide H-E-B finalist


PHS’s Larry Berger (second from left) is an H-E-B regional principal finalist.

Pearland High School principal Larry Berger may not have been sporting his Captain America costume, but he moved at superhero speed to get to the scene of a reported school emergency March 11.

When Berger arrived, however, he found not a campus crisis but a drum line and cheer squad leading into a teaching theatre packed with students, administrators, H-E-B representatives, balloons and cake.

Then he learned the big news: He is one of five H-E-B Excellence in Education secondary principal finalists. As a finalist, Berger received a $1,000 check for himself and $2,500 for PHS.

Read more…

Early kindergarten enrollment now open

Save time. Enroll online. Beginning March 30, parents may begin early kindergarten enrollment online. Whether enrolling online or in person, everyone must bring the required documents to the student’s zoned campus during enrollment times April 6-9.  Read more…

Krishnakumar advancing to Scripps Bee

Photo courtesy of Houston Public Media/Craig Hartley

Photo courtesy of Houston Public Media/Craig Hartley

Pearland Junior High West’s Siddharth Krishnakumar won the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee co-championship on March 28. Next stop: Scripps National Spelling Bee!  Read more…

‘Guys and Dolls’ nominated for 12 awards

Pearland High School garnered 12 Tommy Tune award nominations, in addition to “Best Musical.” Winners will be announced April 21.  Read more…

District celebrates school libraries

April is National School Library Month! Pearland ISD salutes campus librarians who bridge the worlds of print and technology to create unlimited learning opportunities for students.  Read more…

District announces 2014-15 employee awards

Serving with a smile. Going beyond their job responsibilities. Putting students first. This describes Pearland ISD’s 2014-15 principal, teacher, paraprofessional and employee honorees.  Read more…

Two positions on ballot for board election

Voting in the May 9 board of trustees election? Remember these important dates:

APRIL 9: Last day to register to vote

APRIL 27: First day for early voting by personal appearance

MAY 5: Last day for early voting

Election Information


The Pearland ISD Education Foundation exceeds its Founders’ Campaign goal by $50,000.  Read more…


Twelve students are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Read more…


Athletes, cheerleaders, dancers and ROTC cadets currently in grades 6-11 are invited to get their physicals during athletic physical days this spring.  Read more…

8th Annual Diamond Dazzle Spring Show May 8-9

Start spreading the news! Do you want to be a part of it? The Dawson High School Diamonds Dance Team invites you to an evening out in New York, New York. The Diamonds will be holding their 8th annual Spring Show “Diamond Dazzle” Friday, May 8, 2015, and Saturday, May 9, 2015, in the Dawson High School Auditorium located at 2050 Cullen, Pearland, TX. The show begins both evenings at 7:00 pm. Come out and watch the team in its final performance of the year. It’s up to you – New York, New York!!

Tickets for both days ($10 for regular seating and $12 for premium seating) may be purchased at the door or online at Refreshments and flowers will also be sold at the Spring Show. All proceeds benefit the drill team.

Injured Pearland Firefighter Needs Your Help

11081260_1425668497745636_4799221125368420478_nJason Corthell has spent most his adult life serving others. He joined the CCVFD in 2004 and soon after went to fire school at Lone Star Community College, where he excelled as a fire cadet.

In 2006, Corthell heard the calling and joined the USMC where his MOS was air crash rescue until he switched to legal services where he worked in the elite JAG offices. Jason received a honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2010.

Jason was hired by the City of Pearland in 2011, where he has been a valuable asset to the department and his ambitions have allowed him to climb through the ranks. He was promoted to Driver/Operator in 2013 and is on pace to promoting to Fire Dept. Lieutenant this calendar year.

On March 27, 2015 Firefighter Corthell was injured while battling a apartment fire In Cypress, Texas where he and other firefighters were trapped in a structural collapse prompting several “maydays” to be called.

Due to Jason’s injury, he will not be able to work for a unforeseen amount of time. This will cause a strain on Jason and his family. Local 4964 is committed to helping Jason in his time of need.

We are taking donations to assist Jason in his courageous journey and to give to a man who has given so much. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Keep Pearland Beautiful Partners with City and PISD Schools for an Earth Day Celebration


Exhibits, games, clowns, classes and crafts will all be part of an Earth Day Celebration sponsored by Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB), the City of Pearland and environmental clubs at Alexander, Jamison, Rogers and Sablatura middle schools in the Pearland Independent School District.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pearland Recreation Center, 4141 Bailey Road in Pearland, the FREE event will provide attendees of all ages a fun experience.

The event includes more than 30 games, exhibits and activities for the entire family and exposes attendees to ways to connect with the earth and take care of it in an environmentally responsible way.

There are more than 20 exhibitors, including Texas Snakes, Moody Gardens and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Middle school student from the KIPPERS (Kids In Pearland Preserving the Environment through Responsible Service) will staff the games and help with other activities.  There will also be four environment related classes presented at no cost: Urban Forestry by Pearland Urban Forester Tyler Froberg; Nature Center History by Tracey Prothro of the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center; Native Snakes and Reptiles by Clint Pustejovsky of Texas Snakes; and Composting by Brazoria County Master Gardener George Mills.

For more information about the Earth Day Celebration, visit or call the KPB office at 281-652-1659.

Pearland Ponders Priorities for Parks Plan

(Photo By Pin Lim) Consultant Dave Peterson with Greenplay LLC explains proposals for a new Pearland parks master plan to residents. A survey indicates community support for improving park amenities and shade structures

(Photo By Pin Lim) Consultant Dave Peterson with Greenplay LLC explains proposals for a new Pearland parks master plan to residents. A survey indicates community support for improving park amenities and shade structures

Supporters for construction of a skate park in Pearland aren’t giving up after the proposal didn’t rate high in a recent survey of residents on what they want in city recreation facilities.

When asked to rate needs for parks and recreation, survey participants put “improve park amenities” at the top at 81 percent and also place high importance on trails, playgrounds and shade structures. The skate park idea came in second to last, with development of a disc golf facility getting the least support.

Read more…

Summerfest Schedule Announced

Date: Friday nights, May & June
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Southdown Park (2150 Country Place Parkway)
Ages: All ages welcome
Admission: FREE
Parking: Free parking at Westside Event Center & Southdown Park

Come out and relax to the tunes of a live band every Friday night during the months of May and June at Southdown Park from 7-9 p.m. Food vendors will be on hand selling a delicious variety of foods while the Splash Pad and playground will be available for the kids. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets then sit back and enjoy an evening of fun and family entertainment. For more information and band schedule, call 281.412.8900.

Summerfest Entertainment Stage Schedule of Events

  • May 1: La Tropa F – Tejano
  • May 8: Hamilton Loomis – Blues
  • May 15: Level One Band – Variety
  • May 22: Kelly McGuire – Tropical
  • May 29: Mango Punch – Latin
  • June 5: Sheila Marshall – Country
  • June 12: Modulation Band – Variety
  • June 19: Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws – Zydeco
  • June 26: Rat Ranch – Rock

Events such as this are not possible without the help of volunteers. Come out and help us make this an event to make lasting memories for our community!  For volunteer opportunities at Summerfest, please contact Pat Wiley, Volunteer Coordinator, at 281.412.8903.

For sponsorship opportunities at Summerfest, please contact Carry Capers, Resource Development Manager, at 281.412.8906.

Pearland’s Krishnakumar to Compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Photo by Craig H. Hartley

Photo by Craig H. Hartley

Correctly spelling “fomites,” Pearland Junior High West student Siddharth Krishnakumar sealed his spot as a Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant.

On March 28, Krishnakumar was named co-champion of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee — the second largest local bee in the U.S.

This year’s bee drew 55 Houston-area contestants representing 1,000-plus schools in 42 counties.

Krishnakumar and his co-champion, former Pearland ISD student Shobha Dasari, win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Houston at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29.

The national championship carries more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.