As the old saying goes, the month of March typically “roars in like a lion,” but February sure hit us with one last punch on the way out the door. Many of us were impacted by lost power and water in our area, and we certainly had our share here in Celina ISD. Despite preventative measures, the extended days of cold were ultimately too much for some of our pipes, and each of our campuses were impacted by the weather. We are so grateful for the work of our CISD maintenance team as well as our district and campus custodial staff who answered the call to come in during the time our buildings were closed to make sure we were ready for learning the following Monday.
While dodging all the winter weather in February, we still have plenty to celebrate around Celina ISD. This past month, our elementary and middle school campuses participated in UIL A+ Academic competition. Over 240 students in grades 2-8 competed in a variety of academic contests against several other area school districts. Due to the number of students participating, the contest was held virtually this year. We were excited for the opportunity to challenge our students academically outside of the classroom.
In music news, CHS choir students competed in the UIL Solo & Ensemble contest, with 8 students achieving top ratings to advance to the state level. The CHS Band took 66 students to the Region 25 UIL Solo & Ensemble contest and received 49 First Division Superior ratings and 11 Second Division Excellent ratings. 25 of these students are advancing to the state level with several competing in two events. Two CHS students were named to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band and Choir. CHS Junior Bekah Stuart (Choir) and senior Zachary Flores (Band) were selected out of over 70,000 students throughout the State of Texas that auditioned.
The accolades in our CHS Fine Arts Department extended beyond music into the realm of dance and theater this month. The Celina High School Dance team, Las Gatitas, performed 17 different dances at their first competition of the year and came home with a host of awards in choreography and lyrical dance as well as an award for Best in Class for medium ensembles. Additionally, our ladies received an award for sportsmanship that truly demonstrates the class shown by our Bobcats. Gigi LaFreniere took home two top soloist awards as well. Meanwhile, our CHS Theater Department, under the direction of Cindy Baker, hosted the District 9-4A One Act Play contest with another strong showing by our theater troupe.
As our winter sports teams wind down successful seasons at both the junior high and high school, we do also want to celebrate CHS Junior, Taylor Zdrojewski, who has been named as a candidate for the Gatorade High School Female Athlete of the Year. Established in 1985, candidates for this prestigious national award are selected based upon athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character. Taylor is an amazing student athlete who is a member of the girls soccer team and a valued leader on and off the field.
Each month we have celebrated our theme, “Celina Connected,” which we share with the City of Celina as a calling to our community. Again, we are so grateful for the work of our CISD maintenance team after our schools were impacted by the weather, but we’d also like to celebrate so many people from around our community who reached out to ask how they could help our schools. So many friends of the district pitched in to help, including several local plumbers and technicians, to make sure we could be ready for kids. We cherish these relationships for it is our connectedness that makes us a community.
Superintendent, Celina ISD