July 24, 2018
July 24, 2018- (Austin, TX) On July 11th, Texas City High School (TCHS) earned the 2018 James E. Bottoms Pacesetter Award from the Southern Regional Education Board. The award recognizes schools that use High Schools That Work best practices to transform teaching and motivate students in school, work and life.
TCHS, which serves approximately 1,700 students in the Galveston County area, has adopted a number of innovative policies that contributed to its selection as a winner. Teachers work collaboratively in small focus teams to research and propose changes to improve the school. One team created a Summer Bridge program for incoming freshman to help them develop relationships with their classmates before they started high school. TCHS has also extended its school day by 15 minutes to give students more time to participate in extracurricular activities and receive additional academic support. Multiple anti-bullying campaigns and an effort to promote college acceptance with an academic "signing day" have also been proposed to transform the culture of the campus.
"Texas City High is most deserving of this honor," said Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). "Under the leadership of their Principal LaRoe and the rest of the Texas City staff I know that TCHS will continue to thrive and implement new, exciting ways to best educate our kids and prepare them for adult life."
Texas City High School Principal Holly LaRoe was on hand to accept the award at the SREB's annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. Of the award, Ms. LaRoe said, "We were so excited to hear that we won the SREB Pacesetter Award for High Schools That Work- our teachers deserve the praise. They feel connected and committed to our campus. We are so thankful for our teachers stepping up their game as leaders on campus to foster a productive, passionate and prosperous campus."
The Southern Regional Education Board works with states and educators to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through post secondary education. Learn more about SREB at www.sreb.org.