Tim Williams named Principal of Lake Creek HS

Williams currently serves as Principal of Oak Hills Junior High School

After a competitive and extensive interview process, the Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees has approved the selection of Tim Williams, current Principal at Oak Hills JH, as the next Principal of Lake Creek HS. Williams will lead Lake Creek HS following the retirements of Phil Eaton and Acting Principal Duane McFadden.

“Mr. Williams emerged from an impressive list of incredibly talented, qualified candidates for this role,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “His experience in Montgomery and knowledge of the community, ability to authentically connect with students, staff members and families and his proven strong leadership make him the ideal person for this role.”

Williams has been in Montgomery ISD since 2013, having served as Assistant Principal at both Montgomery Middle School and Montgomery Junior High prior to being selected as Principal of Montgomery Middle School and then opening Oak Hills JH as principal in 2017. During his tenure in Montgomery ISD, Williams has been recognized as Assistant Principal of the Year in 2014 by both the district and Region 6.

“The opportunity and trust the district gave me to open Oak Hills was a gift,” Williams said. “And together we have created an amazing campus where students and teachers can enjoy coming to school and can thrive.”

Williams is familiar with many Lake Creek HS students and their families from their time at Oak Hills JH and looks forward to growing those relationships deeper while working with the staff at Lake Creek HS.

“Tim’s foundation of strong relationships speaks volumes to making this transition a very smooth one for the entire Lion family,” Morrison said. “We’re excited for the next chapter and what lies ahead for the Lions under Mr. Williams’ leadership.”

Williams and his wife Jamie, a former junior high math teacher and counselor, have two daughters and one son. Jalynn is 14 and attends Oak Hills JH, Kennedy is seven and attends Keenan ES and baby Cooper is 9 months old and loves his sisters and smiling.

Williams received a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003 and his Master’s Degree in Education from Lamar University in 2010. Before joining Team Montgomery, Williams served as a teacher, coach and administrator in Sheldon ISD from 2003-2013. While in Sheldon ISD, he received the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2003-2004 school year as an 8th grade US History teacher and the Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. He coached JV and Varsity Football and Baseball at his alma mater, C.E. King High School.

“I could go on forever about what leading Oak Hills JH and working with that amazing staff has meant to me,” Williams said. “And then I could go on and on again about what the opportunity ahead of me means, as well. I’m humbled and thankful, and so very excited to lead the Lake Creek family.”

Montgomery HS Head Football Coach John Bolfing announces retirement after 19 years in Montgomery ISD

Winningest coach in Montgomery HS football history calls it a career after 34 years in education

Following the Montgomery Bears successful 11-1 season that included an undefeated regular season and district title, longtime Montgomery HS Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator John Bolfing has announced his retirement. Bolfing has coached at Montgomery HS since 2003, serving two years as the Defensive Coordinator before being named Head Coach in 2005.

Bolfing holds a record of 114-71 as the head coach of the Bears, having earned District Coach of the Year five times, including the 2021 season in which the Bears were undefeated and named District Champions.  

Bolfing received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas in 1987 and began his career as Head Football and Baseball Coach at Waco Christian in 1988. In 1990, he made the move to Reicher HS as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at his alma mater. From there, he spent three seasons at Midlothian HS and four at China Springs HS, both as Offensive Coordinator, before coming to Montgomery HS as the Defensive Coordinator in 2003.

“In the summer of 2005, Dr. Bob Smith, Bobby Morris and Athletic Director Leonard George took a chance on hiring me from a staff that hadn’t been very successful,” Bolfing said. “Clint Heard and Lori Polan have been with me since I arrived and I will forever be grateful to the individuals who have had such a great influence on my career.”

In his 17 years as Head Coach, the Bears have made the playoffs 11 times, advancing as far as Regional Finals in 2010, with a season ending loss to Friendswood at Rice Stadium. He holds the longest tenure for a football coach in Montgomery HS history, has the most wins by a head coach with 114 and has the third highest win percentage behind Jack Snipes (1969, one season, 12-0) and Howell Ferguson (1979-80, two seasons, 15-3). Over the last 17 seasons, the Montgomery Bears are the second winningest football program in Montgomery County.

“I have been truly blessed to work with some incredible coaches, but more importantly, outstanding men,” Bolfing said. “They have made my job easy and we have been given some amazing young men to coach over the years, who bought into what we were doing and showed that Montgomery football could compete with anyone.”

During his tenure in Montgomery, Bolfing has coached all three of his sons, Tyler, Josh and Brock, in the quarterback position, with his youngest son Brock set to graduate in May.

“My wife has been a huge blessing in my career,” Bolfing said. “Allowing me to do my job to the best of my ability while she took care of the day-to-day responsibilities of our four kids, often working herself and always being in attendance at Friday Night Lights. She and the kids, especially Brooke, have always been my biggest fans and spending 10 seasons with my sons on the field with me is something I never dreamed of.”

Bolfing has coached in every Montgomery HS game ever played at MISD Stadium and his wife, Gailey, has been in attendance at each one as well.

“It’s hard to imagine a Bears game that won’t have John on the sidelines,” MISD Athletic Director Clint Heard said. “His family is a staple of Montgomery and he has been instrumental to the success of our Bears and in growing young men to be outstanding student-athletes that represent our community well.”

Bolfing’s overall record as a Head Football Coach in the State of Texas is 162-111-1. He led Waco Christian to win the State Championship in TAPPS 2A in just his second year of coaching and has continued to carry teams to success. In only his second season as Head Coach of the Bears, Montgomery advanced to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

Bolfing believes that his family has been very fortunate to work and live in community with some amazing people through his 34-year career. Fred McNeil hired him at just 24 years old to be the Head Football Coach at Waco Christian and the late Father Leo Baysinger trusted him to lead the Athletic Department at Reicher. He also credits head coaches at Midlothian and China Spring, Danny Stout and Mark Bell, for teaching him more about the game of football than anyone else and preparing him for the success he has had in Montgomery.

“It is difficult to pick a most memorable season, but if I had to it would be 2014,” Bolfing said. “It was our first year in 6A and most people believed that would be the demise of our program. We were the smallest school in the state playing at the 6A level and achieved a winning season in what I believe was the toughest 6A district in the state. I’ve never been more proud of a group of players!”

Bolfing plans to spend next football season on the road, cheering from the stands as he supports his children who have supported him and his team all these years. Tyler, 2011 graduate of Montgomery HS, is currently a coach at Baylor while Josh, 2015 graduate of Montgomery HS, is coaching at The University of Louisiana. Brooke, a 2013 Montgomery HS graduate is engaged to a member of Texas Tech football team’s administrative staff and Brock will be beginning his college career playing at Blinn College.

“Gailey and I will be at a college football game every Saturday next fall,” Bolfing said. “Spending time with our kids and their growing families.”

Bolfing has experienced Montgomery through times of rapid growth and the addition of another high school and is truly thankful for the time spent with “some of the best people on the planet” at Montgomery HS. From teachers, cafeteria workers, to administrators, and he especially wants to thank the custodians, Carlton White, Jesse Alfred and the late Arthur Ford, believing that no one makes your job easier than good custodians.

“I’ve known John for 20 years now and there is no doubt that he is an incredible football coach with an amazing ability to inspire athletes,” Heard said. “His career here has been great for our community and the success of our football program and we wish him nothing but the best in his next journey.”

Montgomery ISD Praise Page: March, 2022

Each month during the school year, Montgomery ISD celebrates faculty and staff for their extraordinary contributions while serving the students of MISD. In the Praise Pages below, we celebrate the more than 80 MISD employees who were recognized by their peers this March. Congratulations!

Montgomery ISD Campuses “Hustle” for an MISD Education Foundation Grant

It’s Hustle season for all ten MISD campuses and the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation! For the next 25 days, campuses are competing to win a MISDEF grant for a special project they would like to add to their campus.

The Hustle Project competition is part of the upcoming MISDEF Spring Soirée, which is set to take place Saturday, April 23, 2022 on the grounds of the Old Community Center in Historic Montgomery. The event, which is open to the entire community, is the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation’s annual fundraising gala for scholarship and teacher grant programs. At the event, there will be parent hustle teams from each campus selling sponsorship tickets to anyone who wishes to support the cause. The elementary and secondary campus with the most “hustle” will each win a $2,000 grant for their Campus Hustle Project.

“Through these hustle grants, we strive to raise awareness and much needed funds to help with the many needs of all MISD campuses,” MISD Education Foundation Director Tiffany Ortiz said. “While the campuses win the grants, the real winners are the students who benefit from these creative projects designed to enhance their education experiences.”

Ahead of the Spring Soirée, the entire community is invited to join the hustle to support their campus of choice. Here’s how:

  1. Check out the videos below from each campus, featuring administrators sharing their plans for the grant money if their campus wins. You can also view all of them here.
  2. Click this link to purchase (via PayPal) campus sponsorship tickets to help your campus of choice win. This is where the “hustle” happens!
  3. On the same page, you will also have the opportunity to purchase event tickets or take advantage of several sponsorship opportunities.
  4. You are encouraged to share the link and video supporting your campus hustle choice on all your social media platforms. Anyone can purchase tickets to support the hustle and attend the event.
  5. You are also invited to like and follow the MISD Education Foundation Page on Facebook.  Feel free to tag them when posting about the event!
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Keenan ES
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Lake Creek HS
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Lincoln ES
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Lone Star ES
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Montgomery ES
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Montgomery HS
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Montgomery Jr. HS
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Madeley Ranch ES
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Oak Hills Jr. HS
MISDEF Hustle Project Video, Stewart Creek ES

Montgomery ISD Fishing Team Earns District Title

Congratulations to the MISD Fishing Team on claiming their 7th Conference Title in 8 years! The Houston Division consists of 28 different high schools, so this is no small achievement.

Of the 46 teams that qualified for the Regional Championship, 29 of them are students from Montgomery ISD. This year’s Championship will be held on Lake Travis on April 8th and 9th.

The following update was contributed by MISD Fishing Team sponsor, Mark Hooker.

At the beginning of the Season back in September this Senior Laden Team put forth some strong, yet achievable goals. Repeat as the Texas High School Bass Association Conference Champions, have another Angler of the Year, qualify the most individual teams to regionals than any other program, repeat as the THSBA Regional Champions, qualify the most individual teams to State, and to win an elusive Second State Championship.

All of these goals are very difficult to obtain, but as mentioned above, this combined squad from both Lake Creek & Montgomery High Schools is deep with Senior Leadership. Students that know what it’s like to set goals, and work towards accomplishing them.

Three of our six goals were met last Saturday March the 12th. The Team won their 7th Conference Title in 8 years of competing. Cade Lipham repeated as the Angler of the Year for the Houston Division, and we qualified a record number of Individual Teams to Regionals, with 29 Teams earning the right to compete at the Regional Championship.
By winning the THSBA Lake Conroe Event, the Team won its’ 4th Conference Tournament out of 5, coming in 2nd last month at Toledo Bend. This put the Team’s point total at 499 out of a possible 500 points, easily outdistancing our closest competitor in the 28 High School Houston Division Conference by 7 points.

This Conference win was led by Colton Hatzold and Karson Rabern, who had a strong tournament, ending up in 7th Place out of 151 Individual Teams that braved the harsh winter like conditions on Saturday morning. Colton & Karson had a nice limit that weighed 11.59 pounds, which is even more impressive due to the fact that over half the field did not catch a keeper.

Following close behind in 8th place were Wyatt Lanier and Beau Massey, who brought 11.71 pounds of fish to the scales. Just a little more than a pound behind Lanier & Massey were Montgomery Seniors Jake Hird and Leslie Williams, who brought in 4 nice fish that weighed 10.63 pounds, landing them in 10th place. This put our total weight for our top 3 Teams, which is how the School Champion is determined at 33.93 pounds, securing the victory by over 5 pounds.
The 29 Teams that will move on to Regionals, will compete on Lake Travis on April the 9th. It will be there, that we will look forward to the opportunity to accomplish two more of our goals, win the Regional Championship for the 4th time in our 8 year history, and to qualify a record number of individual teams to the State Tournament.

The Team would like to thank all of the supporters in the community that came out to the weigh-in. Also high on our gratitude list would be to all of the Parents, Captains, & Sponsors, that give so much in order for these young men and women to accomplish many goals, and represent the community of Montgomery in such a positive manner.

Montgomery ISD Board Meeting Recap: March 22, 2022

The Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 for a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The meeting began with a special recognition of our district’s Educational Diagnosticians. The week of March 7 through March 11 was celebrated as “Educational Diagnosticians Week” in the State of Texas. Our district diagnosticians support students receiving specialized learning services by identifying needs and ensuring that accommodations and best practices are implemented to serve each student. The individuals pictured above are instrumental to the district’s work to provide an excellent standard of education to all students and we want to thank them for their commitment to our students and families.

Dr. Mark Weatherly appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Mark Weatherly as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. Dr. Weatherly follows Duane McFadden in the role, who is retiring at the end of this school year after serving in Montgomery ISD since 1996.

Dr. Weatherly is currently the district’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction and is also serving as the Acting Principal of Montgomery High School through the end of the current school year. He will officially begin his new role following the 2021-22 school year.

Dr. Weatherly has 29 years of experience in public education. Prior to joining Montgomery ISD as Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction in 2021, he served in New Caney ISD as Director of Secondary Instruction. Mark has also served as a principal at the high school, junior high school and elementary levels. He was named Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 6 High School Principal of the Year in 2017.

Mark holds a BS in Kinesiology and English from Sul Ross State University, a MS in Educational Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Cenergistic reports that MISD has generated significant cost avoidance through conservative energy consumption

Montgomery ISD partnered with energy management consultant Cenergistic during the 2020-21 school year to bring attention to and produce energy efficiencies across the district.

Representatives from Cenergistic presented reports at the meeting that the efforts of our employees have generated over $731,000 in cost avoidance throughout the partnership. Among many areas to generate energy savings, Cenergistic sends reminders to Montgomery ISD before holiday breaks, reminding district employees to unplug and save energy while our campuses are closed.

Montgomery Bears Win Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Community Connection School of the Year Award

School receives $2,500 donation presented by Suddenlink Communications

Montgomery High School is the winner of the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Community Connection School of the Year award presented by Suddenlink. As part of the recognition, the Bears received a $2,500 donation during a campus celebration.

“What a great day for Montgomery High School,” Montgomery ISD Board of Trustees President Dr. Matt Fuller said. “Our community has always strongly supported our Bears and this is another shining example. On behalf of the entire Montgomery HS family, thanks to Suddenlink, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, and everyone who cast their vote for the Bears!”

Montgomery High School was recognized as a school of the week by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Suddenlink during the October 8, 2021 football game against the Bryan Rudder Rangers. Fifteen schools across Texas were recognized as a school of the week throughout the 2021 fall football season, who were all in the running for the school of the year award. At the conclusion of the 2021 season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football launched online voting, where fans and community members could cast their vote for their favorite school. MHS received 44,365 of the nearly 300,000 votes cast.

“This year saw the most votes in this program’s 3-year history,” Robel Melesse, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Vice President of Operations said. “In fact, the votes Montgomery High School received surpassed the winners from the past years!”

“At Suddenlink, we’re all about community and connectivity,” Suddenlink Market Engagement Specialist Curt Allison said. “The connection Montgomery High School has with the Montgomery community is very strong, and that was clearly demonstrated by their support in earning this award. Congratulations, Bears!”

The accolade follows an exciting 2021 football season for the Bears, with two players earning spots on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State team, and the team earning the district champion title after going undefeated in the regular season. The Bears made it to the second round of the UIL football playoffs, finishing the season with an 11 – 1 overall record.

“It’s been a very exciting and rewarding year for the Bears,” Montgomery Bears Head Football Coach John Bolfing said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes, our school, and to be a part of the Montgomery community. I am forever grateful for their support.” For more information about the Community Connector School Program presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Suddenlink, visit www.texasfootball.com/suddenlink.

Montgomery ISD Praise Page: February 2022

Every month throughout the school year, Montgomery ISD celebrates faculty and staff for their extraordinary contributions while serving the students of MISD. In February, 167 MISD employees were recognized by their peers. They’re celebrated on the Praise Pages below. Congratulations!

Three Montgomery ISD Destination Imagination teams advance to state for their creative success

After months of collaboration, research and using their creative ideas to problem solve, three Montgomery ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams are traveling to the state DI competition in Arlington, Texas on March 26.

Oak Hills JH sponsor Wendy Jebousek represented two teams at the Regional competition on February 26. The OHJH Scientific Team, The Naked Eyes, competed in the middle level of the Scientific category, challenged with the task of researching the science of microscopy. They were required to create and present a story of a character who encounters a mysterious object while in the microworld, design and build a scenery that brings the microworld to life and design and create a visual effect that enhances the mysterious object. The Naked Eyes earned a High 1C, 1st place in Instant Challenge, as well as receiving the Renaissance Award and placing 1st in the Scientific Category. Advancing to state from Oak Hills JH is Matthew Fitzgerald, Taylor Spier, Aubrie Shahan, Bethany Gordy, Noelle Potee, Aubrey Clevenger and Dillon Hight.

Lincoln ES sponsor Kristen Watkins represented the DonutMessWithUs! DI team, competing in the Fine Arts Challenge, Tricky Tales. The team of students, consisting of seven 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, planned and worked together to create a story about a trickster who attempts to overcome a Tricky Situation. They were required to include a costume transformation that uses technical methods and an illusion, along with two team choice elements and an instant challenge that gets factored into their overall score.

The team placed 1st out of twenty teams in the Southeast 6 Region and one team member, Stephanie Kaaz, received the DaVinci Award, given to a select few individuals in the entire tournament for their unique approach and outstanding creativity.

“I am so proud of their hard work, dedication and perseverance to complete the challenge and score higher than any other team in the region,” Watkins said. “They are already working to prepare for the state tournament!”

DonutMessWithUs! team members advancing to state are Brinly Fuller, Emery Hird, Eli Allen, Stephanie Kaaz, Cecilia Cole, Brianne Creswell and Pierce Welsh.

The Salty Popcorn team from Madeley Ranch Elementary was represented by Laurel Plunk and Robin Riley and competed in the Improv Festival Friendly Challenge. The students were required to research several specific festivals from around the world. After being told which festival was selected for them, the team had 2 minutes to prepare a storyline that has a goal to go along with the facts of that festival, with no props and only 10 random boxes that must be incorporated in the skit. In addition, the team was given a random “fork in the road” to include in their storyline and all of the performance had to be completed within five minutes.

“This team is a dynamite team full of creativity, dedication and friendship to pull off such a feat in a short amount of time,” Plunk said. “This fast-paced challenge always gets our hearts pumping because of their energy level and we never know what they’re going to perform!”

Placing 1st in the Improv category and advancing to state from Madeley Ranch ES are students Hudson Dellafranco, Kyndal Rodriguez, Kamdyn Small, Stella Sudduth and Elisabeth Wernecke.

Congratulations to these three teams and their campus sponsors on a job well done using their preparation skills and creativity.

Lone Star ES Principal Catherine Bartlett announces plans to retire following 2021-22 school year

Lone Star Elementary School Principal Dr. Catherine Bartlett has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

Bartlett, who is in her 31st year in public education and 9th year as principal of Lone Star ES, will continue to serve in her role through the remainder of this school year.

 “I am so proud of the accomplishments we achieved as a Lone Star ES family and am thankful for the life-long relationships I have been blessed with during my time as principal,” Bartlett said. “Our school community has the most amazing staff, students and families and I am grateful for the joy that each of them brought to my career in public education.”

Bartlett has served as principal of Lone Star ES for the last nine years. During her time as principal, Bartlett led Lone Star ES through the implementation of the Leader in Me campus transformation model, empowering students with the leadership skills to help them flourish. After only three years following the implementation of the program, Lone Star ES was recognized nationally as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School in January 2021 and continues to be a model campus throughout the region. Lone Star ES received an A-rating from the Texas Education Agency under Bartlett’s leadership. In 2012, Bartlett was named as the H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Principal of the Year.

Bartlett was also a key member of the MISD leadership team during the development of the Pathway to Premier Strategic Plan, which was adopted at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

“Dr. Bartlett’s servant leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence have served the Lone Star ES staff, students and families in ways that I am confident will continue long after her departure as principal,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “Though I am very excited for Dr. Bartlett and her family, this is a difficult farewell for Team Montgomery. I have such a deep appreciation for Dr. Bartlett’s leadership and contributions to Lone Star ES and Montgomery ISD.”