Board Highlights - 2-11-2013

RECOGNITIONS

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

  • two representatives of Cy-Hope, Lynda Zelenka and Dr. Betty Devine, for presenting CFISD with a $10,000 donation to support elementary and secondary music programs;
  • students from Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Jersey Village and Cypress Creek high schools who won awards at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association 2012 National Convention. Eight students earned Superior or Excellent awards in the nationwide competition, held Nov. 15-18. The following students won awards:
    • Alex Edwards, Cy-Fair High School, Superior, Feature Writing; Peter Scales, Cy-Fair High School, Superior, Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life; Leah Lebeau, Cypress Falls High School, Superior, Broadcast Feature Story; Tashrima Hossain, Cypress Falls High School, Superior, Newswriting; Rebeca Moscoso, Jersey Village High School, Superior, Yearbook Copy/Caption: Sports; Natalie Berry, Cy-Fair High School, Excellent, Commentary Writing; Skylar Campbell, Cypress Creek High School, Excellent, Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life; and Amy Cunningham, Cypress Falls High School, Excellent, Feature Writing; and
  • Students from Cypress Falls, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Creek, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Woods high schools who were successful at the Educational Theatre Association State Thespian Convention, allowing them to compete at the ETA National Thespian Festival. The following students will advance to the National Thespian Convention, to be held in June in Nebraska:
    • Marlen Ammoune, Cypress Falls High School (second place, Solo Musical); Thomas Valdez, Cypress Falls High School ($1,000 scholarship); Jackson Howden, Cypress Lakes High School (second place, Monologue); Genesis Murcia and Kayla Badia, Cypress Lakes High School (second place, Duet Acting); Ben Granger and Anna Barnes, Cypress Creek High School (second place, Duet Acting); Andi Dinehart, Lindsey Vrana and Alex Martinez, Cypress Creek High School (second place, Group Musical); Chad Dyer, Cypress Creek High School (first place, Solo Acting); Nathan Crooks, Cypress Creek High School (first place, Solo Musical); Brice Phillips, Cypress Creek High School (first place, Stage Management); Huynh Pham, Cypress Creek High School (first place, Sound Design); Logan Ayers, Ryan Armistead, Cason Day, Asia Kreitz, Tyler Larson, Dominyck McCargo, Kerensa McMurphy and Alec Quintero, Cypress Ranch High School (second place, Group Musical Theatre); Kyndal Irwin, Cypress Ranch High School (second place, Monologue); Dylan Marlow, Cypress Ranch High School (second place, Sound Design); Kaitlyn Knippers and Rebekah Stanley, Cypress Ranch High School (second place, Duet Musical Theatre); Logan Harper, Cypress Ranch High School (first place, Solo Musical Theatre); Mary Kate Baker, Meredith Ball, Richard Evan Brighi, Bianca Galindo, Matt Jones, Maegan Knight, Joe Pedoto and Kyle Wilganowski, Cypress Ranch High School (first place, Group Acting); Amy Fan and Shannon Sutton, Cypress Ranch High School (first place, Short Film); Michelle Nguyen, Cypress Ridge High School (second place, Monologue and first place, All Star Troupe Video); Elizabeth Sanders, Cypress Ridge High School (stage manager for all-state show); Ashton Croft, Cypress Woods High School (second place, Costume Construction); Phoebe Matkin, Cypress Woods High School (second place, Monologue); Adayre Bevill and Bethany Eggleston, Cypress Woods High School (second place, Duet Musical); Brooke Boyd, Kristen Stubbe, Megan Tupa and Georgiana Xenos, Cypress Woods High School (second place, Group Musical); and Trent Strahan, Cypress Woods High School (first place, Short Film).

SUMMER SCHOOL DATES

CFISD announced the 2013 summer school dates for elementary, middle school and high school. Summer school programs will be held between June 17-Aug. 8, 2013. Schools will not be in session on Fridays or July 4-5.

BOND UPDATE

The Board approved the CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC Blanket Utility Easement to provide electrical service for Pope Elementary School (No. 53).

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

The PTO Presidents Council Annual Vendor Fair provides an opportunity for booster clubs, sports associations, school supply and school spirit chairpersons to view the goods and services our fund raising vendors have available. All CFISD-approved fund raising vendors have been invited to display their products at this event at the Berry Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

February is Black History month, and CFISD recognizes and acknowledge the contributions of Black Americans to the country. Curriculum activities and some cultural arts programs will focus on the influence of Black history and its impact on the diversity of the nation and world. Community members can gain further insight into the district’s history by watching a video on the district website about the early settlers of Independence Garden, currently known as the Carverdale community.

One-hundred ninety-nine high school students identified as National Merit Scholars were honored along with their family members at a special-called Board meeting on Feb. 4 for their academic excellence.  The National Merit ceremony will be rebroadcast throughout February and March on Cy-Fair TV Comcast Channel 16. The entire program can be viewed on the district website, www.cfisd.net.

Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, is a student holiday and a staff work day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • awarding bids and contracts to the recommended vendors;
  • budget amendments for the period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012;
  • on second reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • CFB (LOCAL) Accounting – Inventories (REVISE);
    • FNG (LOCAL) Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances (REVISE);
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • a resolution to suspend portions of EIA (LOCAL) for the 2012-2013 school year only;
  • granting an extension to Metropolitan Baptist Church for the rental of Hopper Middle School per GKD (Local); and
  • the superintendent’s recommendation to give notice to Joe DeAlba that it is proposed that his employment with the District under a multi-term contract be discharged.

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