Board Highlights - 03-13-2014

RECOGNITIONS

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

  • Darcy Mingoia, CFISD Board Trustee, for being awarded the Outstanding Women Award – Education Honoree by the American Association of University Women, North Harris County Branch;
  • Sean Stiewert and Becky Cushen, Spillane Middle School, for saving a student’s life; and
  • Cypress Ranch High School, for being recognized by Rep. John Culberson’s office with a U.S. House of Representatives Commendation for their musical education program.

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

  • CFISD and 36 campuses were honored as recipients of the Texas Comptroller’s 2013 Texas Honors Circle Award, recognizing schools and districts that achieve strong academic success through cost-effective operations, spending relatively little compared to their peers. CFISD was one of only 55 Texas districts to earn the five-star rating, its fourth straight. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently visited Holbrook Elementary School to congratulate the district on achieving this award;
  • more than 3,500 participants who helped the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation raise more than $30,000 at the inaugural Superintendent Fun Run on Feb. 15. The CFEF supports CFISD students and staff through scholarships and grants;
  • “Lunch Angel” Kenny Thompson of Feed the Future Forward, who recently paid negative lunch accounts at both Horne and Matzke elementary schools. Thompson also supplemented an “Angel Lunch Account” already established at Matzke that also covers negative lunch accounts for students;
  • Cypress Springs High School, for being one of five Texas schools and 10 in the nation to be selected by the Lemelson-MIT Program to participate in the Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam initiative. This program is designed to cultivate inventive curiosity and skills in ninth- and 10th-grade students traditionally lacking in enrichment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  • Cypress Woods High School students, who won their third consecutive HP CodeWars championship in the Advanced Division. The win was Cypress Woods’ fourth in the last five competitions since 2010;
  • thirty-one CFISD wrestlers, who placed in the top four at the Region III Wrestling Championships. Cypress Ridge finished the season placing second in state; and
  • basketball teams who advanced to the playoffs:
    • in girls’ basketball, the Cy-Fair Lady Bobcats were district champions with Cypress Woods second, Cypress Creek third and Cypress Ranch fourth. All four teams won their Region III-5A bi-district games and Cypress Woods and Cypress Ranch won their quarterfinal games to advance to regional semifinals. Cypress Woods continued on to the finals where they concluded their season.
    • in boys’ basketball, Cypress Lakes and Cypress Woods shared the district title with Langham Creek placing third and Cypress Springs finishing fourth. All four teams qualified for the UIL postseason. Cypress Lakes, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek each won their Region III-5A playoff games and Cypress Woods and Cypress Lakes won their UIL playoff games to advance to regional semifinals, ending their season there. 

NEW PRINCIPALS

CFISD announced two new principals during the March board meeting:

  • Sherma Duck, the former principal at Cook Middle School, was named the new principal at Anthony Middle School. CFISD’s 18th middle school, David Anthony Ed.D. Middle School will open in August 2014; and
  • Onica Mayers, an assistant principal at Bang Elementary School, was named the new principal at Kirk Elementary School. Mayers replaces Doug Ogilvie, who retired from CFISD in January.

BOND UPDATE

The administration reported on the sale of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Unlimited Tax Schoolhouse Bonds, Series 2014A and 2014B.

The Board adopted an order appointing election officials for the Bond Election to be held within the district on May 10, 2014.

SUMMER SCHOOL

CFISD administrators presented the 2014 summer school plans for elementary, middle and high school during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, March 13.
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 Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Falls, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high schools:

  • June 16-July 10 – first-session original credit courses; and
  • July 14-Aug. 6 – second-session original credit courses:
    • The courses will be held at Cypress Creek and Cypress Falls high schools from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 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 23-July 9 – first-session make-up credit courses; and
  • July 14-29 – second-session make-up credit courses:
    • The courses will be held at Cypress Creek and Cypress Falls 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 $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.
  • June 25-July 2EOC Prep Courses will be offered at Cy-Fair, Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high schools from 8-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

No transportation will be provided for summer school or EOC Prep courses. Summer school graduation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Berry Center.
The following dates were established for middle school summer school at Goodson and Truitt middle schools for original credit, make-up credit and ESL classes for sixth- through eighth grade, and at Cypress Creek and Cypress Falls high schools for original credit high school classes for eighth-grade students:

  • June 16-July 10 – first-session original credit courses; and
  • July 14-Aug. 6 – second-session original credit courses:
    • The courses will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuition is $200 for a one-half credit course and $400 for a full-credit course; and
  • June 23-July 9 – first-session make-up credit courses;
  • July 14-29 – second-session make-up credit courses:
    • The courses will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuition is $150 for one course and $300 for two courses; and
  • June 17-24 (math) or June 17-25 (reading) – Student Success Initiative (SSI) eighth-grade summer school will be held at Bleyl and Thornton middle schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided for SSI, an initiative funded with state compensatory education dollars.

The following dates were established for elementary summer school at Danish, Duryea, Francone, Lee and McFee elementary schools:

  • June 16-July 29 – state-required bilingual/ESL pre-kindergarten and kindergarten summer school will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Danish, Duryea, Emery, Frazier, Horne, Kirk, Matzke, McFee and Willbern elementary schools. Transportation will be provided;
  • June 16-July 19general education and special education tuition camp for kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 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 not permitted to attend; and
  • June 16-24 – Student Success Initiative (SSI) fifth-grade summer school for math and reading will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Andre’, Lamkin and Lee elementary schools. Transportation will be provided for SSI, an initiative funded with state compensatory education dollars.

SUPERINTENDENT’S BRIEFING

On Feb. 27, the Board unanimously approved calling a bond election for May 10, 2014. The bond package, recommended by a community long-range planning committee, is anticipated to meet the needs for CFISD through the year 2020.

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.  

Spring break is March 17-21. All schools will be closed, and classes will resume on Monday, March 24. Club Rewind is offering day camps for kindergarten to 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.

Summer school programs will be held between June 16 and Aug. 6, 2014. Schools will not be in session on Fridays or July 3-4. Other details for summer school such as program specifics, locations, and exact times will be posted to the district website.

AGENDA ITEMS

In other action, the Board approved:

  • awarding bids and contracts and/or authorizing purchase orders as recommended in the posted agenda item;
  • a request for a Texas Education Agency expedited waiver to allow the district to train staff on various strategies designed to improve student achievement in lieu of a maximum of three days of student instruction in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17;
  • the District K-12 science and K-8 mathematics textbook recommendations for 2014-2015;
  • on second reading additions, revisions or deletions to district policies:
    • BBE (LOCAL) Board Members: Authority (revise);
  • the tax refunds of $500 or greater for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; and
  • on first reading revisions to district policies:
    • DBA (LOCAL) Employment Requirements and Restrictions: Credentials and Records
    • DFFA (LOCAL) Reduction in Force: Financial Exigency
    • DFFB (LOCAL) Reduction in Force: Program Change
    • DGBA (LOCAL) Personnel-Management Relations: Employee Complaints/Grievances
    • FEA (LOCAL) Attendance: Compulsory Attendance
    • FEC (LOCAL) Attendance: Attendance for Credit
    • FFC (LOCAL) Student Welfare: Student Support Services.

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