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COLDSPRING — Coldspring Intermediate School students are rocketing toward a great future through hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects that are as fun as they are educational.

Just in time for the Halloween season, students in Courtney Bailes' GT classes are learning all about blood. 

"They studied the four components of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma and the functions of each," Bailes said. "They then created a slime model to represent each component."

On Friday, all CIS classes took turns visiting the Will Hatch Kidz Science Safari on exhibit in the CIS gym. The traveling STEAM show is a hands-on, interactive exhibit with over a dozen STEAM-related activities that provide students with a true immersion experience as they explore, play and learn. 

The exhibits included a gears table, domino race table, iPad animation station, dino dig, plasma sphere, bike generator, pixel play, digital microscopes, and more. 

 
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CIS student Beau Jackson shows off his slime model that represents each component of blood for a science project in Courtney Bailes' GT class. (Photo by Courtney Bailes)
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from left: Alex Stockton, Christopher King and Landon Anderson. (Photo by Nicholette Speers) The Gears Table was a big hit with CIS students at the Kidz Science Safari held in the CIS gym on Friday,

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Colt Nelson is able to explore the world of microorganisms with a digital microscope at the Kidz Science Safari exhibit at the CIS campus on Friday, Oct. 15. (Photo by Nicholette Speers)
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Who knew digging for dinosaurs could be so much fun? CIS students Jacob Gober, left, and Dakota Menard learned the ins and outs of an archaeological dig at the Fossil Discovery Station, one of the…

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Don't let the ring touch the metal tube! CIS students Ryder Terry, left, and Isabella Garcia learned science can be fun at the Circuit Station, just one of over a dozen STEAM exhibits at the Kidz…

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Board discusses new lab

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APPLE SPRINGS — The Apple Springs ISD Board of Trustees were treated to a large dose of life on Monday.

Superintendent Cody Moree said the district debuted its new Life Skills Learning Lab during the board’s regular meeting.  

“We've been doing some remodeling, which is now complete,” he said.  

The lab has a fully functioning kitchen and laundry room, and will be used to serve special education students.

“They can acquire the skills they need to hopefully be able to live independently one day,” Moree said.
The board approved only consent agenda items, such as paying bills and approving minutes.

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Sheriff’s Office investigating murder-suicide

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CLEVELAND — The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting deaths of two county residents.

Sheriff Greg Capers said that the shootings look to be a murder/suicide. Names have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

According to Capers, the shootings occurred at about 6:25 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Fostoria Tram Road in County Precinct 3, east of Cleveland.

The preliminary investigation shows 59-year-old male reportedly shot and killed his 81-year-old mother, then took his own life, Capers said. 

As of 9 p.m. Friday, law enforcement officials were still on the scene conducting the investigation.

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Coldspring wins homecoming tilt

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Easten Dean was the leading rusher for the night with  256 Yards on 19 carries and 2 Touchdowns. Photo by Charles Ballard. (Courtesy photos by Charles Ballard)Easten Dean was the leading rusher for the night with 256 Yards on 19 carries and 2 Touchdowns. Photo by Charles Ballard. (Courtesy photos by Charles Ballard)

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — After sweeping Tarkington 51-0 and Trinity 48-0, the Trojans finally faced a challenge with the Huntington Red Devils.

COCISD faced a team that could push through the its defense, but only during the first half; after making a few alterations, the defense returned to hold the Red Devils scoreless in the second half en route to a 48-14 homecoming win on Friday. 

The opening drive set the tone of the game, as the Trojans managed to hold the Red Devils to a 3 and out. At the 5:15 mark in the first quarter the Trojans posted the first score of the night, with a nice run off-tackle for a 7-0 lead. 

The Red Devils did manage to move the ball the second set of downs but could not post any points.  They turned the ball back over to the Trojans with a pick six, and 14-0 lead.

Huntington completed a few passes and set up their first of two scores sending the score to 14-7. The Trojans answered back early in the second quarter with 9:26 on the clock sending the score to 21-7. With only 3:35 left on the clock, the Red Devils managed to post one more TD during the first half. 

The Trojans were not finished scoring, as they posted another TD for the first half. Huntington almost scored in the last few seconds of the first half, but the clock was on the Trojans side and ran out of time.  The Trojans went into halftime with 14-point lead and the scoreboard showing 28-14. 

The second half was a different game altogether. Coldspring showed a new plan of attack and with 1:46 on the clock, they posted another set of scores, 35 -14. Huntington did not have an answer for Trojan’s adjusted defense and could not figure a way to push through. 

The Trojans managed to score two more times during the second half sending the win of 48-14 — a wonderful win for homecoming.

Friday Night found Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 Touchdown. Photo by Charles Ballard.Friday Night found Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 Touchdown. Photo by Charles Ballard.Leading rushers for the Trojans were Eddie Brown with 77 yards on 12 carries and 1 TD: Easton Dean with 256 yards on 19 carries and 2 TDs; T.C. Chambers with 10 yards on 3 carries and 1 TD; and Luke Monroe with 67 yards on 4 carries and 1 TD. Other notable rushers were Andy Tyson, Max Irving, Scott Lane Jr. and K.D. Bookman. 

Luke Monroe led the passing attack, going 1 for 1 for 16 yds and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Easton Dean 1 reception for 16 yards and a touchdown

In all, the Trojans posted 441 yards of offense.

This week the Trojans head north to Elkhart High School for another district matchup. Elkhart is sitting on a record of 0-3 in district, falling to Westwood, Crocket and Diboll.

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SHEPHERD — The Pirates dropped a district match with the Madisonville Mustangs 27-18 on Friday.

Shepherd now holds a record of 2-4 (0-1 district).

Head Coach Miles Robison said Madisonville had a couple of big plays the first half that left the Pirates in a deficit, one they couldn’t make up for even with a strong second-half performance.

“We had a chance to take the lead and fumbled the football twice,” Robison said. “H.D. Green and Robert Thain both had some big runs.”

Green scored two TDs and two 2-point conversions on passes to Luke Moore. Landon Robbins had some good carries on plays up the middle. 

“Turnovers have cost us opportunities the past few weeks,” Robison said. “I thought the defense played well except on the couple of big plays they scored long TDs on.”

The Pirates now face Center in a home district game. Robison said they are very athletic and big up front, and as with the rest of the Pirate schedule, it’s a state-ranked team, which makes Shepherd’s record deceptive.

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Building tomorrow

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COHS teacher James Smith preps students for SAT - COHS students have been studying hard under the tutelage of COHS math teacher James Smith for their upcoming SAT tests on Oct. 13. COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo believes prepared students are successful students. "Nothing builds confidence like practice," said Pedigo. Courtesy photos by Kathryn PedigoCOHS teacher James Smith preps students for SAT - COHS students have been studying hard under the tutelage of COHS math teacher James Smith for their upcoming SAT tests on Oct. 13. COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo believes prepared students are successful students. "Nothing builds confidence like practice," said Pedigo. Courtesy photos by Kathryn Pedigo

By Kathryn Pedigo 

COCISD College, Career & Military Readiness Counselor 

COLDSPRING — Coldspring-Oakhurst High School students are getting set for future opportunities as they prepare for the SAT and visit colleges.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, more than 50 Coldspring-Oakhurst High School seniors traveled by bus to Lufkin to participate in Rowdy Week, a recruiting event for Angelina College. 

Upon arrival, student ambassadors divided the students into groups and handed each student a Rowdy Week T-shirt. They learned college information such as the application process, degrees/certificates offered, student activities, housing, scholarships and tuition costs. 

Students enjoyed a video presentation and walking tour, which were great ways to highlight college life at Angelina College. The students had a chance to view the various programs offered and also meet campus directors/professors at the Angelina Program Fair. With lunch at the campus cafeteria and a trip to the recreation center, the college field trip experience was complete. 

Additionally, on Wednesday, 30 High School seniors will participate in SAT School Day. SAT School Day provides schools a way to offer the SAT to students on a school day during the week instead of disrupting weekend plans, jobs or family time. It provides students an opportunity to test in a familiar environment with people they know. 

SAT School Day is another way COCISD is cultivating a college-going culture for the whole school. 

"Nothing builds confidence like practice," said COCISD CCMR Counselor Kathryn Pedigo. "And thanks to teachers like James Smith, COHS students are getting ready for the upcoming college entry test. They have volunteered to attend a study hall session on either side of lunch each Monday for the last month in preparation for the SAT."

Angelina College student ambassadors led COHS seniors on a walking tour of the college facilities as part of their Rowdy Week field trip on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Angelina College student ambassadors led COHS seniors on a walking tour of the college facilities as part of their Rowdy Week field trip on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

53 COHS students traveled to Lufkin to tour Angelina College on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for the college's Rowdy Week recruiting event.53 COHS students traveled to Lufkin to tour Angelina College on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for the college's Rowdy Week recruiting event.

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