Board Highlights - 5-13-2013

RECOGNITIONS

The Board of Trustees recognized the following students, staff and community members for their achievements:

  • students who placed first in the University of Texas at Dallas ACM High School Programming Contest. Seniors Ben Lin and Nikoli Cartagena and junior Andrew Liu won first place in the Advanced Division, finishing all seven problems in just 56 minutes;
  • students who won silver medals at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Cypress Falls High School senior Leah Bydalek won one of 15 national scholarships for her gold-medal art portfolio, which includes a $15,000 cash scholarship along with the eligibility to earn more than $8 million in scholarships from more than 60 higher-learning institutes across the country. Bydalek was the only winner named from the state of Texas. Cypress Woods High School junior Simon Purrington won a gold medal in the Photography category for his work, entitled Invisible Graffiti. Four other students earned Art & Writing silver medals:
    • Jersey Village High School junior Brandon Harris, Photography, Antique Antiques;
    • Jersey Village High School junior Brandy Rodriguez, Photography, Self Portrait with Veils;
    • Cypress Woods High School senior Lauren Thawley, Portfolio, various works; and
    • Langham Creek High School senior Taylor McCaslin, Personal Essay/Memoir, Miss Pecos;
  • students who were selected and participated in Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra. The students will perform with the respective all-state organizations during the TMEA 2013 Clinic and Convention, to be held Feb. 13-16 in San Antonio. The following CFISD students were selected to the all-state groups:
    • Cy-Fair High School
    • Madi King, Julie Yu and Omar Soto.
  •  Cypress Creek High School
    • Michael Crocker.
  • Cypress Falls High School
    • Melissa Du, Lauren Lafferty, Marguerite Lavin, Jordan Svehla, Michael Fortner, Thomas Kang and Evan Moynihan.
  • Cypress Ranch High School
    • Caroline Compton, Katarina Galagaza, Akshay Daga, David Jew, Matt Pham, Ryan Willis and Avery Yebernetsky.
  • Cypress Ridge High School
    • Andrea Montano and Dustin Hoang.
  • Cypress Springs High School
    • Carla Garcia and Bryan Maynard.
  • Cypress Woods High School
    • Shu-Chi Chang, Amanda Curry, Alison Dooley, Colin Gay, Peyton Howard, Blake Paterson, Matthew Stephens and Luke Tseng.
  • Jersey Village High School
    • Tresor Brill, Jarell Comeaux, Caleb Knight, Jason Luo, Thomas Nguyen, Roland Rodriguez, Andrew Shiau and Jake Woodson.
  • Langham Creek High School
  • Jessica Branas, Dakota Crespo, Leah Douglas, Jennifer Terlouw, Dillon Cox, Brandon Melendez and Kyle Smith;
  • Anne Gill, Cy-Fair High School teacher, for being selected to receive the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The national award is one of the highest honors a high school biology teacher can receive. According to Texas OBTA director Robert Dennison, the selection committee was unanimous in selecting Gill for the honor;
  • students who placed in the following state and national art and photo competitions: Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) and National Scholastic Art Awards;
  • students who placed first or second in the SkillsUSA Texas State Conference Cosmetology Competition. The following CFISD high school cosmetology students earned first place awards:
    • Zarissa LeBlanc, first place, Langham Creek High School – Evening Wear;
    • Taylor Castleberry, first place, Langham Creek High School – Innovation;
    • Katelynn Woods, first place, Langham Creek High School – Braiding;
    • Marrisa Luera , first place, Langham Creek High School – Innovation;
    • Destiny Jackson, first place, Langham Creek High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Shelia Perez, first place, Langham Creek High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Danielle Berry, first place, Langham Creek High School – Innovation;
    • Marrysa Garcia, first place, Langham Creek High School – Innovation;
    • Vianney Rodrigues , first place, Langham Creek High School - Evening Wear;
    • Vivian Alcantar, first place, Cypress Creek High School – Fantasy Hairstyling -Ship Wreck;
    • Britti Sherwood, first place, Cypress Creek High School – Fantasy Hairstyling -Native Indian Beauty;
    • Marlen Zamora, first place, Cypress Creek High School – Fantasy Hairstyling – White Peacock;
    • Kim Aizi, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Keily Borjas, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Andria Charles, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Jie Jaynes, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Mariza Lashley, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Jazmine Munoz, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Madeleine Orrico, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Heidi Stahlman, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Shae’ Stewart, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Danielle Stover, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Brittany Swimburn, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Blanca Villagomez, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Mariah Williams, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Ashlyn Peters, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Cassidy Hultberg, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Hannah Hulsey, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Up-Do;
    • Dominique Coy, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Braiding;
    • Stephanie Posada, first place, Cypress Ranch High School – Innovation – Salon;
    • Kira Clark, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Abigail Coronado, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Make-up Application/Photo Panel Project;
    • Carolina Davalos, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Daytime/Evening Hairstyling Techniques;
    • Azaria Del Villar, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Manicure Procedures/Photo Panel Projects;
    • Zharya Diaz, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Fantasy Hairstyling;
    • Alyssa Lopez, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Make-up Application Evening Photo Panel Project
    • Michelle Parra, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Nail Art Design /Outstanding Creativity;
    • Estefani Perez, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Make-up Application Daytime Photo Panel Project;
    • Nicholas Putch, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Nail Art Design;
    • Liliana Sanchez, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Daytime/Evening Hairstyling;
    • Ginah Santiago, first place, Cypress Springs High School – Daytime/Evening Hairstyling;
    • Amanda Martinez, second place. Cypress Creek High School - Fantasy – Ice Princess; and
    • Grace Graf, second place, Cypress Ranch High School – Fantasy;
  • Cypress Falls High School students who won Gold Circle awards in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Journalism Contest. The following students won CSPA Gold Circle awards:
  • Christian Rumscheidt, first place, Video Commercial, “Cy Falls App,” News Feed; third place, Humor, “Homework excuse,” Wingspan E-edition; honorable mention, News Feature, “Principal cheats death,” News Feed; and honorable mention, Non Fiction Column, “Technology replaces textbooks,” Wingspan E-edition;
  • Zac Babb, third place, Sports Commentary, “Sportsmanship decline,” News Feed; honorable mention, Sports News, “Cy Falls trounces Cy Woods,” News Feed; honorable mention, Sports Feature, “Eagles football scholarships,” News Feed;
  • Claudia Lopez, honorable mention, General Feature, “Waking up to the unknown,” Wingspan E-edition; and honorable mention, Non-Fiction Column, “Textbook dilemma,” Wingspan E-edition; and
  • Leah Lebeau, honorable mention, Video Feature Package (2), “Auto tech,” Golden Eagle; and “Cosmetology,” Golden Eagle;
  • the CFISD music department, for receiving a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. CFISD joins 307 districts across the country that received the prestigious distinction this year. In its 14th year, BCME affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of their schools’ core curriculum; and
  • the annual top volume buyer from the 2013 CFISD Livestock Show and Sale. Sam and Peggy Ferrugia of Crane Rental Division, Inc. invested $63,050 in student projects at the show—the largest contribution by any one buyer this year.

 
The superintendent recognized students and staff members for honors and achievements earned in recent weeks. Congratulations were extended to the following:

  • Roy Garcia, associate superintendent for school administration and leadership development, for being elected to the board of directors for the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD);
  • McFee Elementary School, for being accepted as a No Excuses University (NEU), joining elementary and middle schools across the US that promote a model of college readiness at their campus;
  • CFISD’s New Arrival Center (NAC) program, which was named one of 15 honorable mention recipients in the 19th annual Magna Awards program by the American School Board Journal;
  • The Cypress Lakes High School indoor percussion drumline, for placing first in the Scholastic Marching AA class of the 2013 Texas Color Guard Circuit Championship. Seeded in fifth place, the drumline advanced to first place to win the title;
  • Cypress Woods High School, for winning the District 17-5A Academics Spring Meet. Cypress Creek High School placed second and Cypress Falls High School placed third. The event included speech and debate, a computer science contest, and a one-act play competition;
  • four teams from CFISD that placed at state and qualified for the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., later this month. The winning teams are from A. Robison Elementary School, Hamilton and Spillane middle schools and Cypress Ranch High School;
  • CFISD middle and high school students who recently competed in the Texas Science Olympiad. Cypress Ranch placed first at the Gulf Coast Regional tournament to qualify for state;
  • CFISD, for being named the No. 1 school district in the state for academic and financial performance according to a report by the Education Resource Group. CFISD also ranked third in the Financial Performance Index and 25th in the Academic Performance Index rankings;
  • Cy-Fair High School head baseball coach Woody Champagne, for celebrating his 600th career victory in April; and Cypress Ridge High School head football coach and athletic coordinator Gary Thiebaud, for being inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in May;
  • Cypress Ranch High School senior Courtney Anderson, for winning a silver medal at the state tennis tournament in the girls’ singles competition;
  • CFISD softball teams, for winning their bi-district playoff matchups and advancing to the area playoffs. Cy-Fair won district, while Cypress Falls placed second, Cypress Woods placed third and Cypress Lakes placed fourth. Cy-Fair and Cypress Lakes advanced to the regional quarterfinals last weekend;
  • the Cy-Fair boys and Cypress Woods girls golf teams, for winning the district golf championships. The Cypress Woods boys and Cy-Fair girls placed second. The Cy-Fair boys placed second at regionals and advanced to the state meet;
  • track and field teams, for placing at the district meet. The Cypress Springs boys placed first, followed by second-place Langham Creek and third-place Cypress Ranch. The Cypress Creek girls were district champions, followed by second-place Cypress Ridge and third-place Cy-Fair. More than 150 CFISD student athletes advanced to regionals, where the Cypress Springs boys placed second and the Cypress Creek girls placed first, followed by Langham Creek in second place and Cypress Springs in third. Four boys and 17 girls qualified for the state meet, held last weekend in Austin;
  • the Cypress Ranch, Jersey Village, Cypress Woods and Cypress Falls high school baseball teams, for finishing first through fourth in District 17-5A, respectively. All teams advanced to the area round of the playoffs; and
  • the Jersey Village High School girls’ and boys’ water polo teams, for winning the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association regionals and each placing among the top five in state.

BOND UPDATE

The Board approved construction proposals and contracts paid from bond funds to the recommended contractors and authorized the superintendent or designee to execute all necessary documents related to such contracts as follows:

  • Package H-2012: Miscellaneous renovations at food production center and maintenance center; and
  • Package C-2013: Miscellaneous Renovations at Cypress Springs High School.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week (May 10-17).

District facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The last day of classes for the 2012-13 academic year is Wednesday, June 5. Thursday, June 6 is a professional day for district employees. Dr. Henry wished students, teachers, administrators, support personnel and community volunteers a well-deserved, restful and safe summer vacation. 

All CFISD graduation ceremonies will be held at the Berry Center, June 5-8. More than 7,000 graduating seniors are expected to walk the stage. The schedule for this year’s graduation ceremonies, as well as parking information, can be accessed on the district website at www.cfisd.net. Tickets are required and will be issued to the graduating seniors. Parents and guests are encouraged to carpool due to the large attendance expected. Traffic on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be extremely heavy on Barker-Cypress Road. Those participating in the graduations should allow extra time for travel and parking. For those family members who will not attend, the graduations will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 16 and streamed live on the district website.

The first secondary summer school session for original credit will be June 17-July 11, and the second session will run July 15 - Aug. 7. High School locations are Cypress Lakes, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Woods, Jersey Village, and Langham Creek. Middle school locations are Campbell and Kahla. Information on elementary general and special education, bilingual and ESL, make-up credit, summer camps and other summer programs can be accessed on www.cfisd.netthrough the Calendar or the Quick Links. Summer school graduation is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Berry Center.  

From June 14-Aug. 9, all district facilities and campuses will be closed on Fridays. Employees will work 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday. Closing the buildings will accomplish a cost savings and allow for a three-day weekend over a period of nine weeks.

The district recognized its Spotlight Teachers on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Berry Center. One Spotlight Teacher is selected from each campus during the 2012-2013 school year, and paraprofessional and ancillary Spotlight employee winners were also recognized for their contributions to the district. This event was taped and can be viewed on the CFISD website.

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation held the 25th Annual B.F. Adam Golf Classic on May 16 at Blackhorse Golf Club. Proceeds from the event help provide scholarships for Cy-Fair students.  For information, visit www.thecfef.org.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • bids and contracts and authorized purchase orders;
  • the District Advanced Placement Chemistry textbook recommendation for 2013-2014;
  • budget amendments for the period of Jan. 1 through March 31, 2013;
  • second reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • EFAA (LOCAL) Instructional Materials: Selection & Adoption (REVISE);
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • the superintendent’s contract recommendations for school year 2013-2014 of administrators, non-teaching professionals, paraprofessionals and teachers to issue probationary, term and annual contracts;
  • an update of the district’s Hazardous Traffic Conditions Resolution which, pursuant to TEA requirements for the district to receive supplemental transportation funding, defines hazardous traffic conditions applicable to the district and identifies the specific hazardous areas which exist;
  • authorizing the superintendent or designee to negotiate and execute the Interlocal Governmental Agreement between Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 167 and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD for the providing of funds for the installation of landscaping and irrigation at Sheridan Elementary School and Thornton Middle School;
  • authorizing the superintendent or designee to negotiate and execute the Interlocal Governmental Agreement between Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 167 and CFISD for the providing of funds for the installation of landscaping and irrigation at Cypress Lakes High School; and
  • upholding a Level II decision denying a public complaint filed by Mr. Dangerfield and Ms. Akins.

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