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Harvey Assistance

For the families that have experienced some damage from Harvey, the deadline to apply for assistance is Nov 24. 

Call 1-(800)- 621-FEMA



New STAAR and EOC reports

TEA is redesigning the student reports to be more informative.  Check out the video on what to expect the reports to be like.



 EOC  Retest  Dates:

                  December 4 –  English I

               December 5 – Algebra I

               December 6 – English II

               December 7 – Biology / US History



Out of School Examinees must register online at for the December 2017 STAAR administration. The December 2017 STAAR EOC OOD and OOS registration window closes October 6, 2017

Based on recent legislative actions, the Texas Assessments of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests are no longer being administered. Former TAKS examinees (including former Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills [TAAS] and Texas Educational Assessment of Minimal Skills [TEAMS] examinees) can take the appropriate State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test. STAAR may be used as an alternate assessment to meet graduation testing requirements for former TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS examinees.


  • English language arts (ELA): Former TAKS, TAAS, or TEAMS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the ELA reading and/or writing tests may take the STAAR English II test.
    • The STAAR English II test (both paper and online) contains sub-headings for each section, Reading and Writing.
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for both reading and writing will take both Reading and Writing sections. Both sections must be completed the same day.
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the reading test only will take the Reading section only.
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the writing test only will take the Writing section only.
  • Mathematics: Former TAKS, TAAS, or TEAMS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the mathematics test may take the STAAR Algebra I test.
  • Science: Former TAKS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the science test may take the STAAR biology test.
  • Social Studies: Former TAKS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the social studies test may take the STAAR U.S. history test.



Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley 

This organization provides programs and resources to assist families and individuals with: healthy relationships, parenting, family financial management, and impact of adverse childhood experiences, amongst other things. Their website is also linked under my Educational Websites and RISD Parent Resources.  

For Grimes County residents, contact:  Chasitdy Love  by calling 936-873-3925 or email


Focusing Families

An organization helping victims who have been domestically abused or sexually assaulted in Hempstead, and they have recently opened up another location in Brenham. Hours are Mondays 8am-3pm, and Tuesday through Friday 8am-5pm. Closed 12pm-1pm for lunch. Walk-ins are welcome.  If you or someone you know needs help, please call 979-551-2152 or walk in to our new location: 105 E Main St, Suite 200A, Brenham, TX 77833


Agape Gifts

If you would like your family to be considered for seasonal offerings from various charitable organizations and community churches, please contact me at 936-851-2364.


SAT & ACT registration

Check out my “Educational Websites”.  You will find direct links to sign up for either test and other sites for free practice questions and tests.

The next ACT is Oct 28, sign up by Sep 22

The next SAT is Nov 4, sign up by Oct 5


FAFSA  – Parents, feel free to contact me for assistance in filling out the FAFSA application.  I will make private appointments with you to do so.


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There is NO term commitment, NO deposit, NO installation fee and NO charge for an in-home Wi-Fi capable gateway. 
AT&T wireline Internet coverage in your area may be limited. 

Visit their for complete program details, including: pricing, speed tiers, and eligibility requirements.

Please check back periodically as the Scholarship Bulletin (weekly) and the Educational Website side bar options will be continuously updated.

New scholarships will be posted weekly throughout the year.  Some scholarships will be just for senior students, others may be open for younger students.  So even if a student is in Kindergarten, they might be eligible to apply for the scholarship.  

It's never too early to start feathering that egg nest!


Examples of scholarship listings will be like the following (please note these are only examples, not the current scholarship information):


Great Pretenders Video Contest - ***13+ yrs old***- $1,000
Deadline: Oct 27
Create and submit a one minute video on a word from a selection on the website to depict the definition provided

In this example the name of the scholarship is Great Pretenders Video Contest.  It is open to anyone who is 13 years and older.  There is only one scholarship awarded and it is for $1,000.  The scholarship has to be submitted and there no later than October 27th.  A short description is given on what will need to be done for the scholarship or which students the scholarship is targeting.


The Horatio Alger Scholarship – 7 at  $5,000 for Texas Scholars, 106 at $20,000 for National Scholars

Deadline:  Oct 25

Household income <$55,000.  Involved in extracurricular and community service.  Display character integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity.  GPA 2.0/4.0.

For the above example, the Horatio Alger Scholarship is only for graduating SENIOR students because there is no indication it could be for someone younger.  It also lists that seven students from TEXAS will get a $5,000 scholarship and be eligible to compete for one of the other 106 national level scholarships for $20,000 each.  The deadline to have everything submitted and received is Oct 25.  This scholarship is for students whose parents filed an income tax return and had an adjusted taxable income of less than $55,000 for the year.  The students must have at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 gpa, have overcome some type of adversity, have the personal characteristics of dignity and perseverance, and be involved in school and community service and activities.  Most likely they will need letters of reference from community members and teachers to verify this information.

The educational websites will have direct links to things like registering for the SAT or ACT, college and career websites, study resources or help, hotline information, upcoming events, et cetera.

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