Nottingham Elementary’s highly anticipated grand opening took place on Wednesday, September 27, with incredible community turnout.
Featuring a modern look, the new facility has 105,353 square feet of learning space, with unparalleled classroom views and functionality. The expansive grounds include an outdoor learning center, an open field with walking track, and colorful play equipment.
The celebration reflected the vibrant spirit of this community. As guests entered the courtyard, members of Stratford High School’s cheerleading squad and percussion drumline welcomed them and played celebratory music. The students created excitement and anticipation as attendees made their way into the beautiful new cafeteria.
Following welcoming remarks from Dr. Jennifer Blaine, Superintendent of Schools, student members of Cub Scout Pack 598 presented the colors and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the direction of Deborah Smith, the talented Nottingham choir led the standing room only crowd in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, setting a celebratory tone for the rest of the event.
Several special guests were on hand to offer congratulations during the event. SBISD Board President, Chris Earnest, thanked the community for passing the 2017 Bond and reflected on the important ways an elementary school brings together families and creates common bonds.
Melissa DeAyala, spouse of District 133 State Representative Mano DeAyala, and Houston City Council Member Mary Nan Huffman, representing District G, were special guest speakers. Mrs. DeAyala spoke of her and her husband’s fond memories of growing up in SBISD, and she presented a beautifully framed State of Texas Resolution on behalf of Rep. DeAyala.
Attendees were delighted when Council Member Huffman officially proclaimed Wednesday, September 27, 2023, as Nottingham Elementary Day in the City of Houston, on behalf of Mayor Sylvester Turner.
A highlight of the event was an energetic and impressive performance of Crazy Train by the Nottingham Dazzlers Dance Team. Led by teachers Alexus McNeil and Kandace Cortez, the Dazzlers touched the hearts of the crowd and highlighted the diverse talents of the Nottingham Knights.
PTA President Julie Walla expressed her gratitude to the community and spoke about the role parents and families play in a school’s success. She then introduced Principal Becky Hagan to close out the celebration.
After inviting guests, student performers, and Nottingham staff members to join her onstage, Principal Hagan called out “1, 2, 3…” and the crowd joyfully responded with “NHE!” as the ribbon was officially cut. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments and toured the campus, with current and former Nottingham families snapping pictures and sharing memories while walking the halls. Guests left inspired and eager to see what the future holds for Nottingham Elementary.
The project is part of the $898.4 million 2017 Bond, which was approved with 80 percent of the vote in November 2017. To learn more, visit the SBISD website at www.springbranchisd.com/bond.