Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's up with all that graduation stuff?

Today's topic is what's on every senior's mind, GRADUATION!

Did you know?

Those “funny hats” that grads wear are called mortarboards because they resemble a tool used by bricklayers to hold mortar.

The cap and gown combination can be traced back to the academic and clerical dress commonly worn at the medieval universities of Europe. The early universities didn’t have buildings, so students would usually meet at churches. Since the churches were unheated, historians believe the students wore the long gowns and caps for warmth.

The tassel that hangs from the mortarboard rests on one side until the graduate has received his/her diploma. After the graduating class is announced, the students then switch the tassel to the other side and then many students toss their caps into the air.

The hat-tossing got started in Annapolis, Maryland in 1912. That year, students at the U.S. Naval Academy became officers for the first time (instead of having to serve two more years as midshipmen) and flung their hats into the air spontaneously.

The song Pomp and Circumstance also known as “Land of Hope and Glory” was written in Sir Edward Elgar in 1901. The title of “Pomp and Circumstance” comes from a line in Shakespeare’s Othello, “Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!” In 1902, lyrics were written by poet and essayist Arthur Christopher Benson to celebrate the crowning of King Edward the VII.

All this information is courtesy of our chemistry teacher Stacey Stancik

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CHS is going Viral!!!

Our First Conroe HS Lip Dub!!

We're going viral! We are doing our first CHS Lip Dub to the song "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors.

We have six (6) large groups involved, each group made up of several organizations, clubs and groups. Click here to see the list of groups. Each group is responsible for costumes, props and signs. We're also going to have a final scene that's open to anyone - we're spelling PRIDE out on the field - we'll need lots of students and faculty to make this happen. For this, you must wear jeans and a plain white t-shirt.

Filming is the week of April 28 - May 2! To be included, you must do the following:

Click here to complete the sign-up form. Take it to your APs office by Friday, April 28!

Click here to complete release to be in the video that will be posted to You Tube!

We must have a completed participation form and release on file in order for you to participate!

Diane Dunkel
Instructional Technology
Conroe High School, CISD

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Course Requests for Next Year

Students received their course requests for next year during Tiger Time yesterday.  The deadline to make changes is 4/11, students turn in the form found on the back of the requests to their counselor.  Any student with questions is encouraged to contact their counselor or consult our course selection webpage.

AP Prep Conference

Don't forget to sign up to attend the AP Prep Conference on 4/26!  Teachers will be there to help students prepare for various AP exams and students in attendance will get a free t-shirt.

Registration link

Thursday, March 6, 2014

AP Testing

AP testing is just around the corner!  Be sure you are prepared by attending our free test prep conference on April 26. Students that attend will also get a free t-shirt!

Next, be sure you know when your test is offered.  Check out the AP test calendar

And finally, be sure to pay your bill!  You can do so online via our webstore 

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Garcia- 936-709-5769 or

Monday, March 3, 2014

College workshops for juniors

Juniors will have two opportunities to learn about the college application process and transition this summer.

1. CISD will host it's annual Destination College workshop on 6/12 all day at College Park HS.  Registration information will be available soon.  This workshop will also include sessions for parents.

2. TACAC  (Texas Association of College Admission Counselors) also hosts an event called Camp College. Details are below:
This is a unique opportunity to spend 2 nights on a college campus working with mentors on the college admissions process.  Camp College will be hosted at UT-Arlington from Monday June 9, 2014 – Wednesday June 11, 2014.  Students will spend two nights and three days learning the ins and outs of how to select a college or university, write quality essays, and apply for financial aid.  Camp College is free to all participants, and free transportation will be provided from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio  metro areas.

Interested students must submit an on-line application as well as additional paperwork that will be emailed to them upon completion of the on-line application.  All applications and additional paperwork must be completed by April 1, 2014.   Students will be notified whether or not they are selected to attend by May 1, 2014.

If you or your students have questions about Camp College, please email Jordan Sass at or Cassie Kimbrough at

Camp College student application website:
Additional Required paperwork:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Parenting with Love and Logic

CISD parents are invited to take our Parenting with Love and Logic course for free!  The class at BB Rice has already started, but they are willing to take parents late.  


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Lead Counselor at Conroe High School