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Tristin Brandt, Staff Writer

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The face of Tomball is changing, with teachers and coaches retiring, and a new head football coach.

On top of all these new teachers and coaches, THS is also getting a new principal as Chris Scott replaces Greg Quinn, who is moving into a new role with the district.

Scott was a THS graduate 25 years ago. While he was a Tomball Cougar, he was in the Mr. Debonair show, Theater, Football, Baseball, Cougars for Christ, and National Honor Society.

After graduating, Scott went to the University of Houston which led to him to becoming a teacher/coach for five years at the high school level. Then he went back got his Masters and started on the administration side of Education.

Scott’s vision for THS is “… for everybody to have a sense of belonging, everybody has a sense of what is relevant, and what is meaningful to them. And how do you tap into that 25 years now past when I was here.”

Scott expects to see improvement next year, not only with the students but with the staff.

“A non-negotiable for me is Growth and Improvement,” he said. “We do that by setting some common goals that we can all buy into and achieve together.

“And the second part of that is Teamwork, and whether that is a team on the court or field, or in a classroom, even us collectively as a school. It’s about putting our arms together and saying that this is important to us. And how do I lean on you and you lean on me, to get that accomplishment.”

Of these expectations and visions THS one common goal is “…defining what is education in today’s society, what is it that you need as a student to be successful… what are those core skills that you can build so no matter where you go in life you can be successful,” Scott said, stressing the importance of “Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity”

Even though we are losing a good handful of teachers and coaches due to retirement or different circumstances. Scott plans to communicate with the faculty and teachers and talk about what is going well right now and what is it that we really love about THS, as well as what are some things that we need to consider improving.

He will have a familiar face by his side, as he named his current assistant principal, Terrance Slaughter, as the new associate principal at THS.

New principal Chris Scott was a member of the Cougar football team as a senior in 1992.

New THS principal Chris Scott played baseball for the Cougars in 1992.

And even though this current year has been a series of up’s and down’s with several things this year has caught the public eye and has skewed the public face of Tomball High School.

“It takes 10 positives for every negative, which it goes back to telling the story of Tomball High School not just the bad things that have happened, but to tell the good things that Tomball High School does and goes through,” Scott said. “Which is something that our society as a whole forgets to do.”

The 2017-2018 school year will open with new visions, goals, and expectations set for THS. Scott also plans to stay in contact with the teachers and faculty to get a good idea on how to start the school year off right.

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