Lakes of Bella Terra Area School Grabs Another Award

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Local principal wins Principal of the Year award. Educator attributes after school programs, award winning academic clubs, sports and extracurricular activities for changing school's culture.

“Often when a child comes into junior high school, they feel insecure,” Briscoe Junior High School principal Mike Semmler said. “As educators we have to make sure they have everything they need. And it’s not just education.”

When looking for new custom homes, many homeowners consider the school district serving the community and value as two of the most important factors. Those choosing Lakes of Bella Terra will find value in an award-winning community and the top schools. For the second year in a row, the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District has awarded the Secondary School Principal of the Year award to one of the principals of the schools that serve Lakes of Bella Terra.

Principal Michael Semmler has been given the 2012 honor after spending nearly 10 years at Briscoe Junior High School. In 2011, Wertheimer Middle School principal Irma Nurre won the prestigious award.

Semmler attributes the award to changing the attitude and culture at Briscoe during the 10 years that he’s been on board, the last six as principal. “Often when a child comes into junior high school, they feel insecure,” Semmler said. “As educators we have to make sure they have everything they need. And it’s not just education.”

After school programs, extracurricular activities, sports, award-winning academic clubs and regular “academic pep rallies” all play a large role in Semmler’s philosophy. “When a kid comes here, they have the opportunity to find success in so many areas,” he said.

Semmler’s accomplishments are the latest in a line of accolades for the schools of Lakes of Bella Terra. In 2011, the Texas Education Agency awarded all four schools serving Lakes of Bella Terra with the distinguished titles of “Exemplary” and “Recognized.”

Hubenak Elementary, an “Exemplary” campus, is located in Lakes of Bella Terra and serves children grades Pre-K through 5. The school’s principal Diane Parks is the 2007 Texas National Principal of the Year and was also one of only four people in the nation to be awarded the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Wertheimer Middle School, also an “Exemplary” campus, serves 6th graders. This innovative 6th-grade-only campus provides a transition year between elementary and secondary schools. Wertheimer is known for its challenging curriculum, quality teachers, and an atmosphere that emphasizes communication and cooperation. Together, these elements create a safe and engaging learning environment where all students can excel.

Briscoe Junior High School, where Semmler is the principal, is a “Recognized” campus, which serves students grades 7 through 8. The school offers specialized courses, numerous electives and multiple computer labs to provide students the opportunity to become proficient in the area of technology.

Foster High school, also a “Recognized” campus, serves students grades 9 through 12. Foster High School is ranked as a 2010 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing school. Foster was also presented the 2010 College Readiness Awards by the Texas ACT Council in recognition of their significant increase in ACT scores over the past 5 years while maintaining or increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment.

Residents who call Lakes of Bella Terra their home expect high awards. Our community has been voted "Best New Community in Ft. Bend" twice consecutively. Homeowners enjoy a serenity they say they can’t find at other real estate developments in the Richmond area, as well as custom homes built by Houston’s leading builders. And when comparing our community, our homebuyers save 7% - 15% over similar developments in the area.

In addition to the community's current amenities such as a Junior Olympic pool, splash pad, volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields, state-of-the-art workout facility, expansive green space, community-wide events and convenient local shopping, residents now have a new dog park and expanded walking trails. Construction is underway for even more trails, additional lakes each with catch and release fishing ponds.

Lakes of Bella Terra boasts several floorplans including estate homes and family homes from the $160s - $1mil +.

Getting to the community is easier than ever with a new entrance directly off the Westpark Tollway/ FM 1093. Lakes of Bella Terra invites prospects to come out and see what "Everyday Living" at their "A+" community is all about.

View available homes, schedule a tour, and watch testimonials from real homeowners by visiting their website http://www.lakesofbellaterra.com. Contact a sales representative at 281-342-9920, or visit the community at 11620 W. Torino Reale Drive, Richmond, Texas, 77406.

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