Statebound Apollos have built strong relationships within team despite language barriers
They’ve been dubbed the “seven-nation family” — 11 starters, seven countries, four languages, and one dream: to become state champions.
The Sharpstown Apollos varsity soccer team earned a regional title over the weekend with a win over Kingwood Park to advance to their first state tournament in school history.
“This is something we have visualized and dreamed about,” Coach Greg Boles said. “This is huge – this is what we’ve worked for, and I am just so proud of these guys.”
The championship-bound Apollos team features a diverse roster of players from seven different countries – USA, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Rwanda, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, despite some language barriers, the team has formed a strong bond during their time out on the pitch.
Each school day at the heart of Sharpstown High School is a bubbly campus officer whose contagious smile and positive attitude reflects on the students she waves to.
“Hey Michelle. How did you do on your test?” Community Outreach Officer Vanessa Losey says as she greets students walking between classes. “Hi ’mijo,’” — Spanish for son — “How are you doing?”
Though small in stature, Losey is known for her rapid walking pace, which, according to Sharpstown students, no one can keep up with. Every day, Losey can be found rushing between corridors and classrooms with four noisy radios in tow as she heads to her next post or assignment. Continue reading →
Decked out with yellow and green balloons and yellow flowers, Sharpstown High School’s two-story atrium and open-air dining commons became the focal point of the school’s grand opening ceremony on Thursday.
Scores of students, parents, staff, and community members gathered in the new space to celebrate the completion of construction on the new school, which opened to students in January after being rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program.
“It’s an ideal educational environment for our students and will inspire them, encourage their creativity, and challenge their imaginations,” HISD Board of Education Trustee Holly Flynn-Vilaseca said, looking around the room as she spoke to the crowd gathered for the celebration.
Lining the sidewalk outside the school, Sharpstown JROTC members lifted their ceremonial swords to the sky while band members played celebratory music to officially welcome their fellow students to their new campus.
Built as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, the new school formally opened its doors on Monday. To celebrate the occasion, students and teachers gathered first at their old building and then ceremoniously walked together to the new school. Continue reading →
With construction almost complete, Sharpstown High School students are on track to begin the 2018 spring semester in their new building.
Installation of flooring, kitchen equipment, doors, auditorium electrical wiring, exterior landscaping, and the elevator are all underway, project officials said. In addition, ceilings are being enclosed and exterior and interior painting is wrapping up. Furniture is set to be delivered in early November.
The $62.8 million project, which is a part of the HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, will accommodate 1,300 to 1,500 students.
The impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt at this year’s Marching Band Festival, which is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at Delmar Stadium (2020 Mangum). Admission is free.
The 10th annual showcase will feature fewer bands after Harvey shortened practice time and left some schools with damaged instruments.
Community and staff are invited to cheer on the nine participating bands as they perform in front of UIL-level adjudicators who will provide feedback on music, visual effects and performance. The lineup is:
Sharpstown High School has won a $100,000 customized sports equipment grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Let’s Play, and Good Sports!
After the field had been narrowed down to 20 schools from across the country, voting opened on Facebook on Sept. 8. Sharpstown then made the top 10, then the top three, and finally were selected by a committee to win the grand prize.
Coach Carlos Quintero spearheaded the winning campaign, and now the athletic department will have $100,000 worth of new equipment. The school would like to thank everyone who voted for them.
See Click2Houston’s video here, which captures the moment the coach and students found out they won, as well as part of the video that won them the prize.
Sharpstown High School is in the running to win a $100,000 customized sports equipment grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Let’s Play, and Good Sports, and they need your help.
Voting started today, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m., and you can vote once a day by visiting this Facebook link: http://woobox.com/vr6esa. You will need a Facebook account to vote. If you have trouble accessing this link, you can also visit the Let’s Play Facebook page here.
The field has been narrowed down to 20 finalists, and based on the number of votes, there will be 10 winners. One school receives the grand prize and the nine runners-up each receive a $1,000 PE kit that contains inflatables, pinnies, cones, and other PE essentials.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 17, and the winners will be notified the week of Sept. 25.
Construction of the new Sharpstown High School is nearly two-thirds of the way complete, with the new facility expected to open to students in January 2018 when they return from winter break.
Project officials said the concrete walls of the gym and exterior glass wall in the main building are nearly complete, and the interior painting and tiling are halfway done. In addition, air conditioning units have been installed on the roof, wooden cabinets are being installed in science labs, and the outdoor amphitheater is being formed. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services joined forces Friday to encourage communities to link health and education services to better support students.
HISD Superintendent Terry Grier welcomed acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King and Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield to Sharpstown High School, a model for health and education collaboration.
While there, they toured the campus-based Memorial Hermann clinic and Apollo Market — which provides free food, health screenings, and community resources to students and their families — and participated in a roundtable discussion. Continue reading →