ROBS Recognized for Development & Communications Achievements
This week the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognized River Oaks Baptist School with seven development and communications awards, including two gold and one silver in the prestigious Platinum category. CASE is an industry association for school advancement teams (development, communications, admission). Each year CASE recognizes outstanding work through the district awards program. In our 5-state district, ROBS is the only school below the college level to ever receive a Platinum award, much less three!
River Oaks Baptist School Breaks Ground On Expansion That Will Double Available Learning Space
River Oaks Baptist School begins construction on a 166,000-square-foot expansion that will include a new middle school building, leadership center, and underground parking garage. School leaders broke ground this morning in a ceremony that marked the beginning of the 18-month building project, with an expected opening just ahead of the 2020-21 school year.
Fort Bend Star: Sugar Land seventh grader selected for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
Aspiring writers watch out. Benjamin Who could be your next editor or media publishing giant. He may be only a seventh grader, but Who loves finding a good story and writing about it. Scholastic News Kids Press Corps acknowledged he has everything it takes to be the best Kid Reporter for Texas.
This was something I could not pass up. I opened the application to be a 2018 Houston-Chiba Youth Ambassador and realized this was a life-changing opportunity. I would be in a Japanese community for two weeks, learning about Japan, a modern country deep into its ancient roots, while sharing my own Houstonian culture. The results did not disappoint.
ROBS Student Ambassadors Represent Houston Well in Chiba, Japan
Congratulations to Lily, Camron, Ava, Amy, and Lucy for being selected to represent the City of Houston as Youth Ambassadors to Japan this summer.
The student exchange program between Houston and its sister city, Chiba, has been taking place for over 35 years. ROBS is honored to serve as the only host school in Houston for this program. Our students and teachers had an extraordinary experience representing the city of Houston as official ambassadors.
Thank you to the Japan-America Society of Houston, Inc. for the unforgettable experience!
Checkmate! ROBS Chess Team Takes Top Honors At Weekend Tournament
ROBS hosted a weekend invitational chess tournament with other area schools. The host team came away with four placement medals!
Lower School Division:
Middle School Division:
1st place Overall – Niko Laskaris
2nd place – Henry Hillard
Tied for 2nd place – Harrison Hadnott
Tied for 3rd place – Evie Laskaris and Scott Santana
Honorable Mention went to Olivia Smith
Eighth Grader Reed Hightower Brings Home The First Ever ROBS Tennis Championship Trophy
The ROBS tennis team competed in the 2018 Houston Junior Preparatory Conference tournament, which determines the singles and doubles conference championships. Eighth grader Reed Hightower dominated the championship match, beating the first and third seeds and losing only six games in four matches to wrap up a fantastic day of tennis and the Boys Singles title in decisive fashion.
Fifth Grader Charlotte Loweth Wins Gold in Regional Figure Skating Competition
Charlotte Loweth, 11, competed at the U.S. Figure Skating southwestern nine-states regional championship in Fort Collins, Colorado. The River Oaks Baptist School fifth grader won the first-place gold medal in her age group at the highly competitive skating championship.
Second Grader Morgan Norris Learns a Lesson In Perseverance and Pogo Sticks
On Dec. 24, 2017, there was a big brown box under our Christmas tree with a golden bow tied on top. It was almost as big as me, and the tag said “To Morgan.” It was from my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Tyler. I was begging my mom for clues, but she said she didn’t know what was inside. Waiting until Christmas to open it was so hard, and I kept trying to peek inside.
It has been a big year for our Middle School Quiz Bowl teams. The seventh and eighth grade team qualified for the national competition, which will be held in Chicago in May! The sixth grade team finished second in its division. Although there are only local competitions for this division, our students are ready and looking forward to next year.
Houston Texan DJ Reader Visits ROBS to Encourage Healthy Eating
Participating in a healthy eating contest and doing an impressive round with a hula hoop, Texans nose tackle D.J. Reader encouraged students at River Oaks Baptist to stay active.
Reader went to a school assembly Thursday to encourage and celebrate participation in a kids triathlon along with the benefits of exercise and a healthy diet. "It's important to them," Reader said. "They had a lot of fun. It was really good. I try to encourage them to get active and have fun and eat healthy and how important it is to do what you've got to do."
Thanks to the Class of 2018, Director of Technology/Maker Space teacher Michael Honn will attend a workshop about maker spaces in Sonoma, California and Middle School Language Arts teachers Casey Lin and Julie Blackwell will be going to the Creativity Workshop in Florence, Italy.
The Johnny and Mia Carrabba Fund Faculty Grant was awarded to Middle School Dean Victor Pulich and Athletic Director Jesse Martin, who will travel to Israel to retrace the steps of Christ and, in turn, shape more powerful lessons in discipleship for our students.
Congratulations, Mr. Honn, Mrs. Lin, Mrs. Blackwell, Mr. Pulich, and Coach Martin! Thank you, Class of 2018 and the Carrabba family!
ROBS Honors MLK, Jr. Day with First All-School Day of Service
LOVE DOES was truly a living scripture as we all joined together to impact the lives of students and educators of Ernest McGowen Elementary. On the day that we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the ROBS community was present, engaged, and anything but silent. Together, all 339 registered volunteers at both service sites made a mark on the future library experiences of these students. When the kiddos of McGowen entered their new library, they had 2,400 new books at their fingertips along with several relaxing reading spaces that will encourage them to “curl up with a good book and let their curiosity take them places that they have never been”.
Seventh Grader Elisha Rabley Says Being Biracial Gives Her the Best of Two Worlds.
All my life, I have been confronted by curious questions like, “Where are you from?” Most people don’t mean harm, and I don’t take offense. I am half-English and half-Chinese. I have my dad’s fair skin but Asian eyes and hair. I am also petite, but get freckles in summer.
I don’t mind being biracial. I like how it makes me unique. When I was little, I enjoyed Chinese New Year celebrations every year. My grandparents are Methodist, so I don’t know much about Buddhism or Taoism. However, I would dress up in qipaos and receive red packets of money from them for good luck. They would invite us over for a huge meal. We don’t live near them any longer, but my mother tries to continue the tradition. She skips the red packets and takes us for dim sum instead!
Isabella Goytia Reflects on the Day Hurricane Harvey Hit
On Aug. 27, I woke up at 5 a.m. Walking to my parents’ room, I looked through the window toward the backyard and the bayou beyond. It was so dark that I couldn’t see anything, so my dad and I headed downstairs to get a better picture of the water level. We ran to the window and saw nothing but water.
We moved quickly toward the door that led to our bottom floor. Opening the door, we carefully walked down the steps. We were only able to descend to the first landing. There was water up to the top step, and our couch and pool table were floating. We were stunned.
Sasha Vermeil '14 Receives Gold Key in Photography
Sasha Vermeil '14 received a Gold Key for Photography in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Sasha's work was chosen from over 333,000 entries nationwide. Past recipents include, Andy Warhol; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; and actors Robert Redford, and John Lithgow.
Sixth Graders Recognized for Hurricane Relief Efforts
ROBS sixth graders found a sweet way to make a difference after Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston. Read More: Sweet Fundraising Success
School Supply Drive for Houston-Area KIPP Schools
This past week, as a school-wide display of LOVE DOES, students and staff collected 40 boxes of school supplies for KIPP Houston. After school today, Middle School students and fourth graders prepared the donations for Monday morning delivery, along with hand-written notes of encouragement.
2017 Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Exchange Program
The 2017 Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Exchange Program was an amazing success. Many thanks to the generous host families who helped share Texas hospitality with our Chiba friends in this the program's 35th year. We look forward to seeing friendships forged through the sharing of culture.
Leanne Reynolds Teaches, Learns in Zambia
Head of School Leanne Reynolds, along with Kindergarten teacher Mary Dunn and several ROBS families, went to Zambia on a Christian mission trip with Family Legacy, an organization connecting American families with the orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia to proclaim the gospel and transform lives. Leanne said, "I was given more than I gave. This is an amazing country with amazing people. God is definitely working hard in Zambia, and He has an army of disciples helping Him!"
Sally Walker Honored for Innovative Teaching In June 2017
Fourth grade teacher Sally Walker received the Teacher Trailblazer Award from the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The honor is given to one educator each year who fosters student leadership through the innovative use of instructional technology. It's great teachers like Sally that ignite our students' love of learning!
School vs. Sports
Hard work and determination are key to balancing school and sports. With sports and bunches of homework, you must have a plan for the whole week for everything to work out well. Read More: School vs. Sport
Young Blacksmith Featured in 'The Buzz Magazines'
An article by a ROBS eighth grader about his passion for blacksmithing appeared in the June issue of the River Oaks/Tanglewood Buzz magazine. He writes, "It's not a matter of whether you'll get burned; it's where and how badly." Want to know more? Read More: From Popsicle Sticks to Steel
ROBS Mathletes Shine on CML Exam
Enthusiastic students and vigorous instruction add up to stellar results. A ROBS fifth grader placed first in the nation with a perfect score on the challenging Continental Math League Math Contest, a series of tests taken over several months. The fifth grade team also placed first in our multi-state region.
ROBS Coders Excel on Big Stage
ROBS Raiders put on an impressive showing in the Continental Math League Computer Science Exam, a series of tests evaluating programming skills in programming languages like Java and Python. One student received the highest score in the United States among all seventh graders. The seventh grade team also placed first in the U.S. Two sixth graders, the sixth grade team, and the third grade team brought home first-place honors in our multi-state region.
Students Master National Spanish Exam
ROBS students in grades 6 - 8 take the National Spanish Exam along with more than 150,000 high school and middle school students across the country who are enrolled in the same level of Spanish. In 2017, a remarkable 96 students at ROBS earned a gold, silver, or bronze medal, signifying placement in the top 5%, 15%, or 25% of all students taking the exam. Three ROBS students made perfect scores on the test. Because of their strong foundation in Spanish at ROBS, most of our alumni place out of Spanish 1 in high school, and some place out of Spanish 2.
Chess Team Shines in First Year of Competition
In its first year of competition, the ROBS chess team placed seventh in the U.S. in the National Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of our students placed seventh individually out of 5,522 contestants. Our three-person team was comprised of students in first and second grade.
Feeding the Hungry
As one of our all-school service projects, ROBS students packed over 3,000 sack lunches for Kids Meals, a local organization serving young children affected by food insecurity. This opportunity to help other children in the greater Houston community is one of the most meaningful and memorable projects undertaken by older and younger buddies throughout the school year.
Seventh Graders Earn Duke TIP Recognition
The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) enables high-achieving students to better assess their academic abilities by participating in above grade-level testing. Seventh graders who have performed in the top 5% nationally on part of a standardized test are invited to take the SAT or ACT along with high school juniors and seniors. Of the Class of 2017, 62 students qualified to participate last year, and 31 took one of the exams. Students who score at or above the 50th percentile relative to high school juniors and seniors receive state recognition, and those who place in the top 10% gain national recognition. Out of the Class of 2018, 19 students qualified for state recognition, and two received national honors.
Ellie Alban '17 Receives National Gold Medal in Scholastic Art Contest
Ellie Alban '17 was awarded a national gold medal for sculpture in the Scholastic Art Contest. Ellie was one of only two eighth graders in Texas to receive this honor. Her sculpture will be on display at Carnegie Hall for two years. For over 90 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have celebrated the talents of emerging artists and writers. The awards are the most prestigious and longest-running recognition program for young artists in the U.S.
Maxx Shearod '17 Receives Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award
Maxx Shearod '17 was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Award. In 2016, only 45 recipients were chosen from 2,100 applicants. The program offers exceptionally promising students the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support from eighth grade through high school. The award includes funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities.
Blake Fox '08 Drafted by Milwaukee Brewers
Left-handed pitcher Blake Fox '08 finished an outstanding collegiate baseball career at Rice University with a record of 31-9 and and ERA of 2.54. Blake was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016.
Haddon Hughes '11 Wins National Sailing Championship
In November 2015, Haddon Hughes '11 won a national championship for Georgetown University in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s Singlehanded event.
Ambitious academics rooted in abiding Christian values for children age 2 through grade 8
Located in Houston, Texas, River Oaks Baptist School is a private, Christian, co-educational day school for students in preschool, lower school, and middle school. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, Christian character education, competitive athletics, fine and performing arts, and a wide selection of extra-curricular activities.