Board Highlights - 3-7-2013

RECOGNITIONS

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

  • the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Office, for 22 years of law enforcement services to the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

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

  • CFISD students, who raised more than $400,000 during the CFISD Livestock Show and Sale, held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the CFISD Exhibit Center. The community displayed an overwhelming amount of generosity and support in the live auction, freezer sale and via additional monetary contributions to students.  The high seller was the Grand Champion Steer, raised by Cypress Woods High School senior Clint Jozwiak, and purchased by Crane Rental Division for $40,000;
  • Science Olympiad teams from Cypress Falls, Langham Creek and Cypress Woods high schools, which won first, second and third place in the district Science Olympiad tournament;
  • the Langham Creek High School Air Force Junior ROTC drill team, which placed third overall at the annual AFJROTC Drill Competition at the Berry Center. Thirty-five schools throughout Texas participated in the event, which was judged by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and military training instructors from Lackland Air Force Base;
  • the Jersey Village High School cheerleading squad, which won first place in the Cheersport National Cheerleading and Dance Championship held in Atlanta. More than 900 teams competed in the event;
  • Swenke Elementary School life skills teacher Debbie Williams, who was named a regional finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Rising Star Teaching Award. The award celebrates public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. State winners will be announced at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony on May 3;
  • the Cypress Ridge High School girls’ wrestling team, which won its first state title in school history after winning its first regional title and 11th consecutive district title. The Cypress Woods High School boys’ wrestling team won district. Individuals placing at state are:
    • Cypress Ridge senior Shaterica Henderson (40-0), first place, 165-pound weight class;
    • Cypress Woods junior Taylor Alva (39-0), first place, 128-pound weight class;
    • Cypress Creek senior Gabby Long (38-1), first place, 102-pound weight class;
    • Cy-Fair senior Zachary Reese, second place, 132-pound weight class; and
    • Cypress Creek senior Isaac Johnson, second place, 220-pound weight class;
  • Cypress Woods High School sophomore Ashley Brem, who won the gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the state swim meet. The Cypress Ranch boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay team won bronze at state. At regionals, the Cypress Woods and Cypress Ranch girls tied for third, while Langham Creek sophomore Ashley Johnson won the 100-yard butterfly and tied the regional record in the 50-yard freestyle. At the district meet, the Cypress Woods girls and Cypress Ranch boys won their respective team titles;
  • the Cypress Woods High School girls’ basketball team, which won the district championship and finished the season as the regional quarterfinalist. The Cypress Ranch and Cypress Falls girls tied for second place in district and ended their seasons as area finalists, and the Cypress Creek girls placed fourth in district and advanced to the regional quarterfinals; and
  • the Cypress Falls High School boys’ basketball team, which won the district championship and finished as the area finalist. Cypress Ridge and Langham Creek tied for second place and advanced to the area finals, while Cypress Lakes placed fourth in district.

NEW PRINCIPAL

Becky Koop, the principal at Matzke Elementary School, was named the first principal for Elementary School No. 53, Sue Gratehouse Pope Elementary School, on Feb. 22. Sue Gratehouse Pope Elementary School will open in August 2013 at the corner of Bridge Cove Drive and North Bridgeland Lake Parkway in the Bridgeland community.

SUMMER SCHOOL DATES

CFISD administrators presented the 2013 summer school plans for elementary, middle and high school. Summer school will be held from Monday to Thursday throughout the summer, with campuses closed on Fridays.
The following dates were established for high school summer school at Cypress Lakes, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Woods, Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools:

  • June 17-July 11 – first-session original credit courses; and
  • July 15-Aug. 7 – second-session original credit courses:
    • The courses will be held at Langham Creek and Cypress Woods high schools from 8 a.m. to noon, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Tuition for CFISD students is $200 for a half-credit course and $400 for a full-credit course, while tuition for out-of-district students is $300 for a half-credit course and $600 for a full-credit course;
  • June 17-July 2 – first-session ninth- and 10th-grade make-up credit courses;
  • July 8-23 – second-session ninth- and 10th-grade make-up credit courses; and
  • July 24-Aug. 8 – third-session ninth- and 10th-grade make-up credit courses:
    • The courses will be held at Jersey Village, Cypress Lakes and Cypress Ranch high schools from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuition for CFISD students is $150 for a half-credit course and $300 for a full-credit course, while tuition for out-of-district students is $250 for a half-credit course and $500 for a full-credit course. Transportation will be provided at the beginning of the day for the 8 a.m. start and at the end of the day for the 2:30 p.m. dismissal.
  • June 19-July 10 – first-session 11th- and 12th-grade make-up credit courses; and
  • July 15-Aug. 1 – second-session 11th- and 12th-grade make-up credit courses:
    • The courses will be held at Langham Creek and Cypress Woods high schools from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with lunch from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Tuition for CFISD students is $175 for a half-credit course and $350 for a full-credit course, while tuition for out-of-district students is $275 for a half-credit course and $550 for a full-credit course.

Summer school graduation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Berry Center.
The following dates were established for middle school summer school at Campbell and Kahla middle schools for original credit, make-up credit and ESL classes for sixth- through eighth grade, and at Langham Creek and Cypress Woods high schools for original credit high school classes for eighth-grade students:

  • June 17-July 11 – first-session original credit courses; and
  • July 15-Aug. 7 – second-session original credit courses:
    • The courses will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with lunch from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuition is $200 for a one-half credit course and $400 for a full-credit course; and
  • June 17-July 3 – first-session make-up credit courses; and
  • July 8-25 – second-session make-up credit courses:
    • The courses will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $175 for one course and $350 for two courses.

No out-of-district students will be permitted to attend middle school summer school. No transportation will be provided.
The following dates were established for elementary summer school at Danish, Duryea, Francone, Lee and McFee elementary schools:

  • June 10-27 – state-required bilingual/ESL pre-kindergarten and kindergarten summer school will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation will be provided and funded by Title III federal funds. Additionally, there will be an extended pre-kindergarten and kindergarten camp from 4 to 6 p.m., with parent-provided transportation required at 6 p.m.; and
  • June 17-20general education and special education tuition camp for kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be held from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuition is $65 for one course and $130 for two courses, with a late fee of an additional $25 per half-day course. No transportation will be provided. Out-of-district students are permitted to attend.

BOND UPDATE

The Board authorized the superintendent or designee to enter into the miscellaneous professional service contracts related to the following projects:

  • Package A-2010 Wilson Elementary School Miscellaneous Renovations – HVAC Testing and Balance Services: up to $75,000;
  • Package E-2012 Millsap Elementary School Miscellaneous Renovations – HVAC Testing and Balance Services: up to $75,000; and
  • Package K-2012 Yeager Elementary School Miscellaneous Renovations – HVAC Testing and Balance Services: up to $75,000.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

Educational Diagnosticians’ Week is March 4 -8. Dr. Henry complimented the district’s diagnosticians, who work diligently to evaluate and create personalized learning programs, addressing the unique educational needs of students in the special education program. 

March is National Nutrition Month. This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year is the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.

Spring break is March 11-15. All schools will be closed and classes will resume on Monday, March 18. Club Rewind is offering day camps for kindergarten through eighth-grade students every day over spring break, and the registration form can be found on the CFISD website. In case of emergency, security may be contacted at 281-897-4337. Dr. Henry wished students and employees a safe, enjoyable and well-deserved vacation.

Friday, March 29, Good Friday, will be a student and staff holiday, and district facilities will be closed.

Summer school programs will be held between June 17 and Aug. 8, 2013. Schools will not be in session on Fridays or July 4-5. 

Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend, so remember to set your clocks forward one hour. 

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • awarding bids and contracts and/or authorizing purchase orders;
  • 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, 2013;
  • tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;
  • the administration’s recommendation for the 2013-2014 Open/Closed Campus Designations for student transfers; and
  • on first reading additions, deletions or revisions to district policies:
    • GKD (LOCAL) Community Relations – Nonschool Use of School Facilities (REVISE).

ADDENDUM

The Board authorized the Board President to draft and send correspondence to legislators on behalf of the CFISD Board of Trustees expressing support and/or concerns related to proposed legislation.

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