Bear Creek Elementary School
Lisa Leethem, principal
Lorena Zertuche, assistant principal
4815 Hickory Downs Drive
Houston, Texas 77084
2012-2013 Enrollment: 780
Hours: 8:10 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Tardy Bell 8:20
Colors: green and gold
About Bear Creek Elementary
Bear Creek Elementary School recently celebrated thirty-five years of excellence in education. We are located in the northeast sector of Katy ISD and opened as the sixth elementary school in our district. The campus is rich in traditions and remembers the past while creating a future of continued student success. The Bear Creek community works in a family atmosphere to provide encouragement and high expectations for all students. Bear Creek Elementary School is a high performing Title I school which provides traditional educational program and a bilingual education program to qualifying students.
Bear Creek teachers are all highly qualified, ESOL certified and follow the Katy I.S.D. challenging curriculum. In addition, we expand the curriculum with activities and opportunities to maximize student achievement. The school’s curriculum is enriched by a hands-on problem solving approach to mathematics, a wonderful science lab for experiments, abundant literary resources in our book-leveled literacy library, classroom wireless lap top access, computer lab internet lessons, a distance learning lab, and an outstanding Accelerated Reader program. In addition, all classrooms have SmartBoards, projectors and document cameras. Many teachers have classroom i-Pad sets to enhance small group and independent instruction. Extended-day programs include tutorial enrichment in reading, mathematics, and science.
In addition to our academic excellence, BCE is known for its beautiful artwork and outstanding musical programs. Fourth and fifth graders may participate in the Cougar Choir, a musical group that performs both on and away from campus.
Students have opportunities to participate in our Student Council, Safety Patrols, Cougar Choir, Katy ISD Spelling Bee, and Destination Imagination. Student council practice their marketing and math skills by operating a School Supply Store that serves students and parents.
The BCE staff is committed to providing students with quality reading materials at low prices. An on-campus bookstore, Novelty Books, provides students, teachers and the community with opportunities to purchase books that cost only $1.25 each.
BCE provides many opportunities for the community to get involved in children’s education: Parent Reading Academies, Camp-Read-A-Lot, Family Fun Nights, STAAR Night for Parents, Family Fitness and Glow Run, Math and Science Night, Open House and more. Parent communication is enhanced through the Cougar Beat newsletter, E-news Communication, School Messenger, School Memos, and PTA Fliers.
Bear Creek loves to recognize student citizenship and academic achievement. Each six weeks, the Principal’s Pride Awards honor outstanding citizenship and the Principal’s Academy Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement. Students are also recognized for excellent citizenship in the cafeteria. Recognition for exemplary attendance and more. The principal and assistant principals reward excellent student behavior with “Paw”Some stickers. Even clean classrooms are spotlighted -- with the “Golden Trashcan” award from the custodial staff.
Bear Creek Elementary
Awards and Honors
· Katy ISD Superintendent’s ABCD Award- Going Above and Beyond
· 100% Smartboard Campus
· District Teacher of the Year & Region IV Finalist- Colleen Dominguez
· U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School
· Texas Recognized School
· Distinguished Region IV Title I Campus
· Ranked 192 out of 776 elementary schools in the Houston Area
· Katy I.S.D. Safe School Award
· 100% Staff Participation in PTA
· 100% Parent Volunteers Junior Achievement Campus
· Jump Rope for Heart Top Contributor Award
· Bear Creek’s Novelty Bookstore spotlighted in the Houston Chronicle
· Fund for Teachers grant recipients, 2007, 2010
What Students Say About Bear Creek Elementary
“School is fun because you get to do different things every day.”
“I like math because I get to do hands-on activities.”
“I like recess because we get to take a break from work and play on our cool playground.”
“I am excited about school in the morning because I know that I am going to do my best.”
“Science is great because you get to participate in exciting activities in our science lab.”
“We have good kids in our class, and I feel safe at school.”
“Our teachers care about us!”