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My kids write about their 1st day of School for Cochrans Crossing - Powell, Mitchell, McCullough ~ The Woodlands Texas

My kids all wanted to help me write this article on their first day of school ..........

The Woodlands, Texas Schools are part of CISD, Conroe School District ... Powell Elementary in The Village Cochrans Crossing, Mitchell Intermediate in Alden Bridge and McCullough (the largest Jr High in Texas) located in Panther Creek ... First Day of School. 

I had all of my children in private school until last year.  I chose a specific neighborhood in The Woodlands because of the Exemplary School Status!  I was nervous at first about the education that they would recieve and I have been overwhelmingly impressed with the teachers, the staff, the extra tutoring (and support) and the willingness to help my kids adjust to this new environment last year.  I felt that I was getting a private school education at a public school price! 

Today was the first day back to school!  The parking lots were full of parents taking their kids this special day, the sidewalks were full of parents walking and biking their children for the first day and EVERYONE was soooo excited for this wonderful day!  (except for the Kindergarten parents .. there were quite a few tears from the parents - not the kids, in this section of the building!)

This year I had 3 kids going to 3 schools and I asked each of them to share their experience.

Powell Elementary:


This is Abby she is going into 3rd grade at Powell Elementary, in Cochrans Crossing and her first day is described as:

"I saw old friends, I met some new people, I learned how to write a spelling test, I didn't learn cursive, I like to buy cafeteria lunch, there are no cute boys in my class but there are cute boys in other classes and I had fun."

Powell Panthers:


The Kindergarten Parents:

The crosswalk guards in Cochrans Crossing help the children get to school safely .. Thank you!

Remember if you pass a School Bus with flashing lights and the STOP sign you WILL get a $1000 fine!

My son, going to Mitchell Intermediate, decided he was way to cool to go to school with mom so he went on the bus with his friends.

Here is his description of his first day at Mitchell, in Alden Bridge:

 "I went inside the school, I went upstairs, I saw my dad and gave him a hug.  I went to my locker, put my backpack in it and then got some pencils.  Then I had to go back because I forgot some paper and then I went back in the class.  I know some kids.  I ate lunch with some of my friends from Powell Elementary.  After that we went outside and played soccer for recess.  Then we changed classes to something, I don't remember the name, and then we went to the next class, and I still don't remember the name.  Then we went to gym and after that we went to fine arts.  After that we went back to the class and went to Ms Higginbottoms class, then we did a math game.  We then went to Mr O'Kelly's class, sat down, did a paper, then we went to the board and wrote down if we took the bus, walked or went home in a car.  The bell rang and then we went home."

My daughter going into 8th grade at McCullough Jr High, in The Woodlands, TX described her day as:

 "At first, school is just plain confusing. With nearly 2000 middleschoolers trying to find there way around a huge building, it gets overwhelming. After the rush of it all and everything starts to settle down, Mcc is super fun! The teachers there are amazing and they are extremely dedicated to there jobs. The only thing i would change about it is D lunch (There is A, B, C, and D lunches) Dlunch starts at about 1:15; Luckily i have A! After the first day at Mcc, you'll love it. I could not wate to go back to school!"

The first day of school in The Village of Cochrans Crossing, The Woodlands, Texas. 

 McCullough Junior High honors Veterans ... HERE


The Woodlands



  • #1 Best Selling master-planned community in the state of Texas
  • 27 miles North of Houston
  • 16 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Close to I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion outdoor amphitheater 
  • 190 miles of hike and bike trails
  • Exemplary public schools and Acclaimed private schools
  • Ranked one of the top 10 safest communities in Texas
  • Click here to see a video of "The Woodlands"



Comment balloon 16 commentsPippa Mac • August 25 2008 09:30PM


Hi Pippa;

I wish the kids a very successful school year.


Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thank you Anthony ...

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 10 years ago

Cute blog Pippa!  Cute kids.

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) almost 10 years ago

Kristin .. thanks .. they were so excited to write an article!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 10 years ago

cool idea to have the kids write about their first day, The Woodlands has great schools and teachers!

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) almost 10 years ago

I really like the idea of getting your kids involved. This kind of first-hand experience will set your blog apart, as well as show that you're someone of strong family values -- both admirable qualities to look for in a real estate agent.  

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 10 years ago

Crystal, Kristin thank you for you comment

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 10 years ago

Outstanding ariticle! Not only from the adult perspective but from the eyes of the kids.

Well done.


Posted by Mike Herron almost 10 years ago

Mike ... thank you for your comments about perspective

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 10 years ago

That is such a cool idea and SIMPLE! You did great!


Posted by Bo Kociuba & Buster Elliott, HOME is Where Your Story Begins (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties ) over 9 years ago

I attended your rival on the "other side of the tracks"...little Oak Ridge High School....the Woodlands has grown so much...it is crazy.  My little sister just built a home over there...I love your blog...You are giving us great ideas that hopefully we can implement.

Posted by Jeff and Lisa Sellers (The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX) over 9 years ago

Great ideas

Posted by Ryan Newlin (ERA Newlin and Company) over 9 years ago

Love the kid input! Thanks for a great idea ... we are going to interview my assistant's 12 year old sister to get her input on school and life in Austin etc.

Posted by Julie Nelson, Smart real estate. (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Pippa,

I can see why you are excited about the area where you live.  The schools and kids addition to your blog is a great idea.

Posted by Anja Kerstens, GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

This is a  very creative way to get people interested in your schools.  Your kids are adorable!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 9 years ago

Pippa -

I am thinking of switching my kids to public school next year...your words were comforting.  It is such a huge decision.  Once we leave we won't be able to get back in as they teach a grade level above

Posted by Tracy Saunders (Chase International) over 9 years ago