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The superintendent recognized students and staff members for honors and achievements earned in recent weeks. Congratulations were extended to the following:
- The approximately 520 exhibitors and 785 projects at the CFISD Livestock Show and Sale:
- From Cypress Creek High School, Cooper Parisher had the grand champion steer, Kayla Patton had the grand champion rabbit and Casey Huff had the reserve champion heifer. From Cypress Woods High School, Ashley Abbott had the grand champion goat, Amanda Leal had the grand champion swine, Kyle Atkins had the grand champion turkey, Lindsey Cunningham had the grand champion heifer, Kacie Treichel had the reserve champion rabbit, Jamie White had the reserve champion turkey, Kyle Cox had the reserve champion broilers and Alex Whitnah had the reserve champion breeding rabbits. From Cypress Ranch High School, Dustin Polasek had the reserve champion swine. From Cy-Fair High School, Anthony Peet had the grand champion broilers, Kaylen Gonzalez had the grand champion breeding rabbits, Lindsey Grubbs had the grand champion lamb, Travis Black had the reserve champion goat and Austin Jasek had the reserve champion steer. From Cypress Falls High School, Austin Gonzalez had the reserve champion lamb.
Gross sales for the 2011 auction were $301,850. In addition, $175,013 were raised from freezer sales and there were $56,818 donated, bringing the grand total raised to $533,681. The district appreciates the community’s continued support of its students;
- Graffiti, Cypress Creek High School’s literary magazine, which has been selected to receive a rank of Superior in the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English program (NCTE), which recognizes excellence in student literary magazines. The magazine includes art, photography, poetry and prose from students and teachers. Twenty-four schools in Texas won an award in this program out of 413 entries. Cy Creek’s was the only award from CFISD;
- Recent student award winners in national journalism competitions:
- From Cypress Creek: Joy Atkinson won first place in Single Sports Photograph from the 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
- In the 2010 Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence Contest, Jersey Village High School student Katie Carvalho won a Sweepstakes Award in the Sports division; Cypress Ridge High School student Raven Brooks won a Sweepstakes award in Advertising; Cypress Creek High School student Wynne Davis won a National Gold Key Award in the Clubs and Organizations division and Jon McCauley won a National Gold Key Award for Feature Photo; and from Cypress Falls High School, Keeona Mitchell won a National Gold Key Award in the Clubs and Organizations division;
- Nine schools that were recognized as Higher Performing Schools in Texas by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA). The analysis was based on growth and college and career readiness. Since 1995, NCEA (formerly Just for the Kids) has provided K-12 educators, policymakers and the public at-large with important information regarding student achievement relative to college and career readiness. The schools are:
- Cypress Woods High School, Math and Social Studies; Cy-Fair High School, Social Studies; Jersey Village High School, Social Studies; Aragon Middle School, Social Studies; Dean Middle School, Social Studies; Goodson Middle School, Science and Social Studies; Hamilton Middle School, Science, Social Studies and Writing; Spillane Middle School, Science; Black Elementary School, Science; Hamilton Elementary School, Math, Science and Writing; Millsap Elementary School, Science; Moore Elementary School, Science; and Sampson Elementary School, Math and Science;
- Cypress Woods High School computer science teacher Stacey Armstrong, who has received the National Center for Women & Information Technology “Aspirations in Computing” Educator Award. This award is given to 20 high school educators across the U.S. who support young women’s participation in computing and technology;
- CFISD volleyball players who participated in the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association inaugural All-Star match on Feb. 5. Four of the nine players selected for this match were from CFISD:
- Carla Armstrong from Cypress Woods High School, Kameryn Hayes and Krissy Ordemann from Cy-Fair High School and Amy Davault from Jersey Village High School;
- The Cypress Creek High School boys wrestling team, which won their first district title while Cy-Fair placed second. The Cypress Ridge girls team won its ninth consecutive district championship, while Langham Creek placed second. Thirty boys and 20 girls qualified for wrestling regionals;
- Swimmers who won district and regional championships. The Cypress Creek boys team was the district winner, with Langham Creek placing second and Cypress Ranch placing third. Cypress Creek senior Jonathan Edwards was named male swimmer of the meet and Cypress Ridge senior Ryan Underwood was named male diver of the meet. The Cypress Creek girls team won district, with Jersey Village placing second and Cypress Ranch placing third. Cypress Creek junior Kathryn Eckhart was named female swimmer of the meet and Cy-Fair junior Sommer Meyers was named female diver of the meet. Swimming regionals were held last week at the University of Houston and the Cypress Creek boys team won the regional title and will advance to state. Cypress Creek’s Jonathan Edwards won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke and advances to state, as does Cypress Creek’s Kathryn Eckhart, who won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; and
- Cypress Woods senior football player Weston Card, who was named to The Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Football Team Second Team as a defensive back.
82nd LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
The Board approved the 82nd Legislative Session Priorities developed by the Community Legislative Committee (CLC). The priorities were written as follows:
- Mitigate the size and impact of budget cuts on the quality of education in CFISD.
- Oppose across the board budget cuts to district funding that ignores the inequities of the current target revenue funding system.
- Consider a school district’s level of efficiency before budget cuts are made.
- Narrow gap in funding between districts across the State by eliminating the target revenue funding system. (This is commonly known as the Hold Harmless Provision.)
- Utilize a portion of the rainy day fund to reduce the overall size of cuts in education funding.
- Provide additional local control and flexibility, enabling districts to operate more efficiently.
- Legislate a moratorium on the current K-4 class size requirement of 22:1 to provide a district-wide average of 22:1 with a cap of 25 in order to prevent the majority of budget cuts occurring in grades 5 to 12.
- Eliminate the requirement that remediation provided to students who fail state assessments be delivered in a setting that requires a 10:1 student-teacher ratio.
- Repeal Chapter 42 spending requirements for special programs, such as compensatory and bilingual education.
- Allow flexibility for district developed online instructional programs by eliminating seat time requirements for funding and course credits.
- Eliminate standard start date.
- Eliminate the additional district costs associated with joint elections with the County or eliminate the mandate.
- Provide flexibility for districts to hold tax authorization referendums prior to the adoption of the annual budget.
- Require the identification of a district fiscal note for any proposed legislation. Fully support and fund all curriculum initiatives, assessments, instructional materials and training for the new state accountability and assessment system.
The Board approved the district technology plan for 2011-2014. The current plan will expire on June 30, 2011 and the approved plan will be submitted to the TEA for approval this spring. The district relied on the work of the Board and bond committee, as expressed in the 2007 Bond Referendum, as the foundational framework for the plan. Additionally, CFISD constituted a committee to assist in further development of the plan. The committee included students, parents, teachers and principals as well as staff members from the curriculum and instruction and school administration, facilities, financial services, human resources and technology departments. The committee provided valuable suggestions and additions to the plan and their work has resulted in the comprehensive plan presented for Board consideration.
TRS ACTIVECARE HEALTHCARE PLAN
The Board elected to hold a special-called meeting on Monday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. to consider approving a resolution expressing its intent to adopt the TRS ActiveCare Healthcare Plan.
All CFISD-approved fundraising vendors have been invited to display their products at the PTO Presidents Council Annual Vendor Fair at the Berry Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for booster clubs, sports associations, school supply and school spirit chairpersons to view the goods and services being offered by vendors.
TAKS testing for CFISD students in grades 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11 begins on March 1. Grades 4 and 7 will take TAKS writing; grade 9 will take TAKS reading; and grades 10 and 11 will take the TAKS English Language Arts test. Dr. Anthony encouraged parents to help their students get a good night’s rest, have a hearty breakfast and feel encouraged to do their best.
February is Black History month, during which the district recognizes and acknowledges the contributions of Black Americans to our country’s history. Curriculum activities and some cultural arts programs will focus on the influence of Black history and its impact on the diversity of our nation and world. A great way to celebrate is to spend a few minutes with early settlers of Independence Garden—currently known as the Carverdale community—by viewing the video-on-demand posted on the home page of the district website,www.cfisd.net.
Students who have been identified as CFISD 2010-2011 National Merit Scholars and their family members attended a special-called Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 so that the Board of Trustees could personally congratulate and recognize them for their achievement of academic excellence. The National Merit ceremony will rebroadcast throughout February and March on Cy-Fair TV Comcast Channel 16. You can also view the entire program on the district website, www.cfisd.net.
Monday, Feb. 21 is now an instructional day. Due to inclement weather, which closed the district on Friday, Feb. 4, the district has designated Feb. 21 as the make-up day.
In other action, the Board of Trustees approved:
- bids and contracts to the recommended vendors and authorized the superintendent, respective associate superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such bids and contracts;
- the external auditors, Hereford, Lynch, Sellars and Kirkham, P.C., to perform the annual audit of the district’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011;
- the budget amendments for the period of Oct. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010;
- tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
- on second reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
- DCB (LOCAL) EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES: Term Contracts
- DCC (LOCAL) EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES: Continuing Contract
- DCE (LOCAL) EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES: Other Types of Contracts;
- a resolution to Legislators: Make Education a Priority;
- on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
- CQ (LOCAL) ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT
- GKD (LOCAL) COMMUNITY RELATIONS NONSCHOOL USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES; and
- authorization of a settlement agreement in C.H. v. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Mediation Docket No. 015DM1010, Texas Education Agency.
- The Board authorized the superintendent to develop and implement an early notice incentive program;
- The Board approved on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policy:
- DFF (LOCAL): Termination of Employment: Reduction in Force; and
- The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to negotiate and execute a lease agreement with Miller Oil & Gas for the property utilized as Pit Stop Automotive located in the Instructional Support Center.