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When young Cross Creek Ranch scholars go back to school on Monday, many of them will be the first to walk the newly constructed halls of two state-of-the-art schools, Leaman Junior High and Fulshear High.
Faculty and staff at both schools have been working overtime preparing for that first bell. Facebook posts and tweets have been “charging” students up with pictures and videos introducing them to teachers, the competition gyms, the band halls – even the science rooms. Charger Camps, held earlier this month, offered tours. And everyone has been stocking up on Purple Pride athletic wear and coffee mugs.
All of it leading up to students spending their first full day exploring every nook and cranny of their academic environment. What will they find?
The schools boast top-of-the-line facilities. Although only a parking lot separates them, Leaman and Fulshear each have their own practice fields. Both schools have competition gyms decked out in purple with eye-catching graphics designed by Eyeful Art of Houston. The unique illustrations depict the Charger logo — a fierce horse, with a body that tails off into a lightning bolt — as well as words that encourage school pride.
Fulshear boasts not one, but two weight rooms outfitted with the latest strengthening and conditioning equipment and a dance studio. Coaches have held athletic team try-outs and summer practices. Both football teams have held scrimmages and Fulshear’s girls’ volleyball team has already won two games.
Artistically inclined students will practice in enormous band halls encompassing orchestra rooms, ensemble rooms and music libraries. They will perform in auditoriums featuring lighting and sound equipment rivaling that found in Broadway theaters.
Academically, students will have access to honors and pre-AP courses at the junior high school and a slew of AP classes at the high school. Students will be aided in their academic endeavors by the latest technology, including classrooms equipped with computers and Smartboards.
Leaman students will benefit from five computer labs, five laptop carts and three iPad carts. Including both the library and classrooms, Fulshear High has six computer labs and three laptop carts. iPad carts also will be available.
PTOs and sports booster clubs are already leaping into action with fundraisers and work days as parents prepare to support their children and their new schools through the first day and beyond.
Cross Creek Ranch students attend award-winning schools in both the Katy ISD and the Lamar CISD.