Car Rider Line

Clear Creek ISD Office of Communications

Fill up your idle time in the car rider line with CCISD. This bi-weekly podcast dives deeper into a wide-range of educational news and resources with District leaders and area experts. Listeners can also join in on the conversation during the live recording on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/clearcreekisd).

All Episodes

District leaders talk through parent and student technology resources and ways to utilize them at home. Click here for CCISD Technology Learning ToolsClick here for the Technology Support websiteClick here for the TOPdesk Support website Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 21

18 min 48 sec

The Bay Area Alliance Clear Creek is a community coalition that has been in existence since 2003 serving the Clear Creek and broader Bay Area Community. The Alliance serves, supports & inspires students and families to create a healthier community for all. Click here to learn more.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 7

15 min 54 sec

District leaders discuss current COVID-19 mitigation measures in Clear Creek ISD.Click here for the CCISD COVID-19 website and district dashboard. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 1

21 min 57 sec

District experts will talk through the Science Fair process for students, upcoming deadlines and ways to inspire students at home. Secondary students can submit their research plans to their campus sponsor by Oct. 1, 2021.Elementary students can reach out to their campus science fair sponsor.The application to volunteer as a science fair judge will open in October.Learn more about CCISD's Science and Engineering FairLearn more about CCISD's Science Magnet Program at Brookside and Seabrook Intermediate Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 24

31 min 19 sec

Dava West, CCISD director of counseling and student services, talks through the financial aid process, some frequently asked questions and what to expect during CCISD's Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29.Clear Creek ISD 2021 Financial Aid NightVirtual Edition via www.ccisd.net6:30-7:30 p.m.Wednesday, September 29, 2021Financial Aid Website Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 23

22 min 17 sec

A special COVID-19 information session with CCISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams and Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser.Click here for the CCISD COVID-19 page and district dashboard.Click here for the Galveston County Health District website. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 10

16 min 43 sec

District leaders discuss current COVID-19 mitigation measures in Clear Creek ISD.Click here for the CCISD COVID-19 website. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 8

24 min 47 sec

Remote conferencing is a new initiative in CCISD that will launch on September 7, 2021 to support the continuation of learning for students who are home temporarily due to a medical condition, illness, COVID-19 or quarantine. Remote conferencing will be available for core subjects in all grade levels based on an hourly program schedule. More information will be sent out to families this week. Click here for the transcript.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 1

22 min 10 sec

In response to COVID-19, Clear Creek ISD will offer synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction for students in grades K-6 starting September 7. Enrollment is required and closes on August 28. District leaders discuss this option in detail to help families make a decision. Click here to learn more about CCISD's Virtual Learning Program and to enroll by August 28.Click here for a transcript of the episode.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Aug 25

32 min 2 sec

CCISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams talks through the excitement of a new school year and provides an update on questions regarding COVID-19. Kristina Ford, assistant director of counseling services, also discusses strategies to support families at home during stressful times. New COVID-19 DashboardClick here for the counseling and student services departmentFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Aug 20

29 min 44 sec

District leaders talk through strategies to help families successfully transition into a new school year.  Guests:  Kristina Ford, CCISD Assistant Director of Counseling and Student Services - websiteTony Davila, CCISD Director of Parent Assistance and PBIS Coordinator - website 

Aug 13

20 min 21 sec

This recording is part of a special livestream series hosted by CCISD to help parents with transitioning students into 6th and 9th grade next school year. Click here for the video recordingClick here for the CCISD athletics departmentClick here for the CCISD visual and performing arts departmentClick here for the counseling and student services departmentFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram 

May 19

44 min 8 sec

This recording is part two of a special Tomorrow Begins Today livestream series hosted by CCISD to help parents with transitioning students into Kindergarten next school year. Click here for more information and to registerElementary Curriculum & Instruction ResourcesStandards Based GradingVideo Recording with PowerPoint Part 1 & Part 2 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

May 17

25 min 45 sec

This recording is part one of a special Tomorrow Begins Today livestream series hosted by CCISD to help parents with transitioning students into Kindergarten next school year. Click here for more information and to registerElementary Curriculum & Instruction ResourcesStandards Based GradingVideo Recording with PowerPoint Part 1 & Part 2 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram 

May 12

16 min 14 sec

Clear Creek ISD offers free full-day early learning programs for those who qualify, as well as a tuition-based Pre-K program for residents who live within the CCISD boundaries. Listen as district leaders talk through important information for the Pre-K and Kindergarten registration process for next school year. Click here for more information and to register. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram 

Apr 8

31 min 34 sec

Clear Creek ISD is excited to introduce Clear Connections Virtual School, a web-based education offered to Pre-K through 12th grade students next school year. This virtual, tuition-free school of choice gives you real connections and real flexibility when it comes to your child's education. The school will feature consistent instruction from CCISD teachers certified in online learning, real connections with local students, and in-person opportunities for extracurriculars and clubs. Enrollment is now open through April 19, 2021. This audio is from the second Virtual Parent Meeting that was held in March.Click here for more information & to apply today: clearconnections.ccisd.netLink to first Parent Meeting VideoLink to second Parent Meeting Video Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Apr 5

29 min 21 sec

District experts talk through the schedule for 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and give tips for students taking the tests. Click here for the complete schedule and information on 2021  AP exams.Click here for more information about The College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Mar 25

21 min 22 sec

Clear Creek ISD's CTE program reinforces state and national academic standards by providing students training in career areas of interest to them. The goal is to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in post secondary education and in a world that is increasingly oriented toward highly skilled jobs. Through rigorous technical instruction, students are able to gain hands-on experience by actively participating in authentic real-world problem solving and projects. Apply here: www.ccisd.net/cteapplicationsMore information: https://bit.ly/3c2ukoC Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Mar 4

21 min 27 sec

Clear Horizons Early College High School, a CCISD school of choice, was established in 2007 on the South Campus of San Jacinto College to provide opportunities to student populations who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education environments. CHECHS students graduate from San Jac with an associate degree and from Clear Creek ISD with a high school diploma with endorsements. Incoming 9th grade students can apply for a spot in the lottery selection for the following school year beginning each January. Click here to learn more about Clear Horizons.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Feb 24

29 min 58 sec

CCISD Assistant Director of Counseling and Student Services Kristina Ford walks parents through the course registration process for incoming 6th through 12th grade students for next school year. She also answers some frequently asked questions from parents on the endorsement process, college and career readiness, honors and AP coursework, and more.Visit your campus website for more information on course registration for next school year. Visit www.ccisd.net and click on the "Select a School" drop-down menu at the top.Click here for the Counseling & Student Services website.Click here for the Educational Planning Guides for intermediate and high school.Click here for the Career & Technical Education Application.Click here for the Clear Horizons Early College High School Application.Click here for the Clear View High School Application. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Feb 4

27 min 31 sec

Clear View High School is a premier learning community of choice for life-changing education in Clear Creek ISD. Campus leaders talk through the school culture, educational initiatives, campus and district-wide programs offered, and the application process for students. They also touch on the exciting opportunities that the new school building will bring when construction is completed in January 2022.Click here to learn more about Clear View High SchoolClick here to fill out an application Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Jan 21

21 min 53 sec

We sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith for the final time to reflect on his 40-year career in education and his time in CCISD before he retires at the end of December.Click here for more. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Dec 2020

13 min 20 sec

CCISD Board President Dr. Laura DuPont and Board Vice President Jay Cunningham talk through the Superintendent search process and answer some frequently asked questions. Click here to learn more about  Dr. Eric Williams, the lone finalist for the CCISD Superintendent position.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Nov 2020

55 min 4 sec

District leaders give an important update on CCISD's Gifted & Talented program and provide more information on testing for all grade levels.Click here for the Gifted & Talented Program in CCISDFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Nov 2020

21 min 42 sec

District leaders talk through the many benefits of enrolling your child in CCISD's Pre-Kindergarten program, which is now offering the option for virtual learning at home. You will also hear more about what to expect inside the classroom from a current Pre-K teacher. Enroll Now: www.ccisd.net/enrollmentEarly Learning DepartmentFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2020

19 min 9 sec

We talk with CCISD Coordinator of Counseling and Student Services Kristina Ford about ways to build resiliency in children and how to support their mental health during this time.Resources:Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build ResilienceThe Science of Resilience – Center on the Developing Child Harvard UniversityResilience – Center on the Developing Child Harvard UniversityTiger, Meerkats, and OwlsHope, Life Goals and Mastery WorksheetsCCISD Guidance and Counseling DepartmentFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2020

25 min 17 sec

We sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes and Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Karen Engle to give families an update on where we are at in successfully reopening CCISD and how to prepare students to transition at the 9-week mark if choosing to do so.Websites: Clear Creek ISD COVID-19 WebsiteCCISD Self-Health AssessmentFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2020

31 min 44 sec

District leaders talk through tips and reminders for successfully transitioning students into Brick and Mortar for those returning on September 14, 2020. Websites: Clear Creek ISD COVID-19 WebsiteCCISD Self-Health Assessment EPISODE PRESENTING SPONSOR:At Code Ninjas League City (League City), kids learn to code by building their very own video games. Our flexible coding programs for kids make it easy on parents with convenient drop-in hours on weeknights and weekends.www.codeninjas.com/tx-league-city or 281-339-7482 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram  

Sep 2020

44 min 42 sec

District leaders sit down to talk through what parents and students can expect for the first week of school online and highlight some important reminders to prepare for by Monday, August 24.Websites mentioned:CCISD Single Sign-On PortalSkyward Family AccessTechnology SupportClear Connections Online Learning ProgramCCISD Safely ReopenFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Aug 2020

47 min 10 sec

CCISD Director of Parent Assistance Tony Davila talks through ways to set students up for success this school year. He gives tips on supporting students at home for online learning, ways to calm their nerves for the changes this school year brings, and how to reach out for assistance.Websites mentioned:CCISD Single Sign-On PortalTechnology SupportClear Connections Online Learning ProgramParent Assistance CenterFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Aug 2020

40 min 24 sec

We talk with Tony Davila, CCISD director of parent assistance, about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and how it is impacting our classrooms. He also goes through resources available to parents at home. Click here for PBIS parent resources.Click here for the state PBIS website. Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Feb 2020

32 min 9 sec

We sit down with CCISD Director of Safe and Secure Schools Brian Palazzi to talk through the final phase of security upgrades happening in CCISD and current emergency communication models in place for parents and community members.Click here to download the CCISD Emergency Alerts app.Click here to learn more about CCISD's Standard Response Protocols in the event of an emergency.Click here to access the See Something, Say Something anonymous reporting website.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Feb 2020

25 min 30 sec

Mentors play a big role in our success behind the scenes in CCISD. January is National Mentoring Month, so we sat down with Coordinator of Prevention and At Risk Services Dr. Jeanne deVezin and two current CCISD mentors to talk about ways the community can get involved and help inspire our students.  Click here to learn more about mentoring opportunities in CCISD.Be sure to tune in to the live recording Car Rider Line every other week on the CCISD Facebook page to get your questions answered by District leaders and area experts.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Jan 2020

16 min 45 sec

CCISD’s Director of Guidance and Counseling, Dava West, takes parents through the process of course registration for incoming 6th through 12th grade students and answers some frequently asked questions.Click here for more informationFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Jan 2020

22 min 20 sec

Leaders within the CCISD Technology Department talk through Digital Citizenship and the steps they take in regards to students safety online at the elementary and secondary levels. They also give tips on how parents can communicate with their students on best practices for social media sites and privacy protection.Click here for more resources for parents.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Dec 2019

28 min 22 sec

Now is a great time for parents and students to start focusing on the future, especially college and career goals. In this episode, CCISD Director of Counseling and Guidance Dava West talks through college preparedness, high school endorsement plans and how students can use Naviance to help with their goals. Click here for more informationFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2019

18 min 36 sec

Rigorous learning opportunities exist at all grade levels for students in the Gifted and Talented program in Clear Creek ISD. In this episode, Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted and Talented Glenda Holder covers resources to engage and develop GT students within the district. She also answers questions about testing, advanced placement, the WAVE program and the opportunities the new Alpha Park will bring.Click here to learn more about the Gifted and Talented programFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2019

20 min 59 sec

Do you have a student interested in science? Getting them involved in the Clear Creek ISD Science and Engineering Fair and the Science Magnet Program at Brookside Intermediate and Seabrook Intermediate might be a great fit! In this episode, the Science Magnet liaisons, elementary science coordinator and an intermediate science teacher talk through the Science Fair process for students in grades K-12 and give tips on ways to ignite inspiration. They also touch on the many opportunities available for students in grades 6-8 through the Science Magnet Program.Click here to learn more about the Clear Creek ISD Science and Engineering FairClick here to learn more about the Science Magnet Program at Brookside Intermediate and Seabrook IntermediateFollow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Oct 2019

19 min 54 sec

In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a panel session we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference. Representatives from our visual and performing arts, athletics, and career and technical education departments, as well as a few students and parents, talk through different options for student involvement at all levels. They also answer some frequently asked questions on extracurricular/co-curricular activities.Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent ConferenceVisit www.ccisd.net and click "Select a  School" at the top left corner to find your campus website.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on Instagram

Sep 2019

37 min 19 sec

In the following episode, you will hear a live recording of a session on School Safety that we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference. Brian Palazzi, CCISD director of safe schools department, and Captain Josette Rivas of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department give insight into the District’s Standard Response Protocols and communication procedures in place during an emergency situation. Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference (Safety session begins at the 2 hr. 24 min mark) Click here for the CCISD Alerts Website Click here for the See Something, Say Something anonymous reporting tool Click here to download the CCISD Alerts Emergency App Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram

Sep 2019

32 min 3 sec

In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a panel session we streamed during our Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference this month. Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith moderates this discussion with district leaders on topics such as physical and emotional health, school preparedness, and teacher tips for student success throughout the year. Click here for the video recording of this episode Click here for the full video recording of the Team CCISD Virtual Parent Conference Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram

Aug 2019

47 min 28 sec

Three graduating Clear Creek ISD seniors sit down with Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith to talk through their experiences in high school and offer some great advice for underclassmen and their parents. Click here for more information on 2019 CCISD Graduation Ceremonies

May 2019

21 min 17 sec

May is Mental Health Month, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of health and wellness across America. In this episode of Car Rider Line, we sit down with CCISD Director of Counseling and Guidance Natalie Uranga, Executive Director of NAMI Gulf Coast Jan Melis, and Chief Executive Director of Gulf Coast Center Melissa Tucker to talk through adolescent mental health and the support and resources offered within our schools and community. Below are a few community resources: CCISD See Something, Say Something Annonymous Tipline National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAM) Gulf Coast Helpline - 281-585-3100 NAMI Ending the Silence Program Gulf Coast Center 409-763-2373 24-Hour Crisis Hotline - 866-729-3848 Mental Health First Aid Free 8-Hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Courses will be offered locally through the summer. Please contact akillgor@ccisd.net for more information. Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Texas Suicide Prevention - videos and online classes The Trever Project (for LGBTQ Youth) 866-488-7368 Texas Youth Hotline 800-989-6884 Text - 512-872-5777

May 2019

32 min 49 sec

Clear Creek ISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Holly Hughes, Early Childhood Coordinator Christy Lawrence, and Stewart Elementary Principal Dr. Britani Moses sit down to talk through the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration process and offer tips for parents to get students ready for school in August 2019. Click here for more information on Pre-K and Kindergarten enrollment Click here for more information on Early Childhood Education in CCISD

Apr 2019

32 min 34 sec

CCISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Natalie Uranga talks through everything you need to know about GPA, class rank, AP courses, dual credit classes and other useful information for future and current high school students.

Apr 2019

32 min 59 sec

CCISD Director of Parent Assistance Tony Davila talks through the Parent Assistance Center and his role within our district to take parent engagement and satisfaction to the next level. He brings a varied background in fostering positive and productive relationships with parents and other stakeholders in the public education system. Click here for more information

Mar 2019

24 min 31 sec

Host Elaina Polsen is joined by Holly Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, and Dr. Karen Engle, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, to talk through the recent school boundary changes and the District's implementation plan for the 2019-2020 school year. They also give an update on several Bond 2017 projects which will be completed by next school year. Click here to see if your address is impacted by new boundary changes. Click here for more information on the school boundary changes.

Mar 2019

21 min 43 sec

Welcome to Car Rider Line, a CCISD podcast designed to engage our community and parents on topics related to education. In this episode, you will hear a live recording of a virtual town hall meeting CCISD hosted on the dangers of a new teen trend: vaping and juuling. Links to the live video and other presentation materials are included below. Click Here for the Live Video Recording with Presentation Slides Click Here for a List of CDC Resources

Feb 2019

51 min 41 sec

Have you noticed that towards the end of the school year, apathy begins to kick in for both students and adults? Host Elaina Polsen sits down with CCISD Counseling and Guidance Coordinator Dava West, Principal Monica Speaks of Clear View High School, and Coalition Manager Amanda McLauchlin for the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families to talk through the signs parents and teachers can look for in students and tips on how to combat this behavior by instilling a sense of empowerment and empathy from within. They also give examples of what some of our campuses, such as Clear View, are already doing help.

Feb 2019

21 min 58 sec

CCISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Natalie Uranga and Director of Career and Technical Education Dana Morgan talk through the course registration process and the different opportunities for intermediate and high school to make sure students get started on the right foot and continue success through their educational careers.

Jan 2019

28 min 1 sec