CFISD welcomes an expected 117,000 students on first day of school

August 28, 2018

Sandra Paiz (left), Cypress Lakes High School assistant principal, assists students with their schedules on the first day of school Aug. 27. More than 117,000 CFISD students began classes at 91 campuses.

Sandra Paiz (left), Cypress Lakes High School assistant principal, assists students with their schedules on the first day of school Aug. 27. More than 117,000 CFISD students began classes at 91 campuses.

Aug. 28, 2018—This wasn’t just a regular first day of classes for Patricia Myers and everyone else at Moore Elementary School.

While more than 117,000 students filled the hallways and classrooms of 91 campuses Aug. 27, marking the first day of school in CFISD, it was a homecoming of sorts for the principal at Moore, her staff members and their students.

A year ago, Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding throughout the Houston area pushed back the start of the 2017-2018 year by two weeks. A number of schools and CFISD facilities suffered damage.

Patricia Myers, Moore Elementary School principal (left) leads Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, and Teresa Hull, chief of staff, through a classroom on Aug. 27. Moore Elementary School was displaced for the 2017-2018 school year due to damage suffered from Hurricane Harvey, opening its doors to a renovated campus to approximately 870 students.

Patricia Myers, Moore Elementary School principal (left) leads Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, and Teresa Hull, chief of staff, through a classroom on Aug. 27. Moore Elementary School was displaced for the 2017-2018 school year due to damage suffered from Hurricane Harvey, opening its doors to a renovated campus to approximately 870 students.

But significant damage to Moore resulted in the campus being displaced to the old Matzke Elementary School for the entire school year. A major renovation was completed, with the project designed by VLK Architects and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction serving as the general contractor.

Phase 1 (Nov. 2017-March 2018) included rebuilding classroom spaces, installing new floors, restoring the gym and renovating restrooms. Phase 2 (March 2018-July 2018) included adding an administrative suite and secured vestibule, expanding and renovating the kitchen and constructing a detention pond and other civil work including a new parking lot to address drainage.

“We’ve waited for this day for a whole year,” Myers said. “A year ago, we didn’t know what to expect and today is now really one of the best days ever. It’s so exciting to be home.”

Erwann Wilson, Bang Elementary School principal, visits with students on the first day of school Aug. 27.

Erwann Wilson, Bang Elementary School principal, visits with students on the first day of school Aug. 27.

A number of other campuses opened its doors to students following a variety of completed renovation projects to update the schools and improve learning environments.

New safety and security measures were also put in place following a summer of planning as part of the CFISD 2018-2019 action plan, while upgrades funded by the 2014 Bond Program continue to roll out. Additional layers were added to current security initiatives.

“We’re excited to kick off the 2018-2019 school year,” said Kimberly Childress, Cypress Lakes High School lead counselor. “We have so many changes in place, but they are all geared to help students be successful, safe and have a well-balanced school year.”

CFISD Board of Trustees member Debbie Blackshear (left holding sign) was among the countless volunteers who helped welcome students to the 91 CFISD campuses on the first day of school Aug. 27.

CFISD Board of Trustees member Debbie Blackshear (left holding sign) was among the countless volunteers who helped welcome students to the 91 CFISD campuses on the first day of school Aug. 27.

The first day allowed students and parents to see the tremendous support for CFISD. School namesakes and Board of Trustee members helped welcome students in the morning, while many visited elementary schools and joined countless other volunteers from community, business and faith-based partners in serving as Bus Buddies in the afternoon.

“We’re ready to rock and roll,” said Jeff Lacoke, Ault Elementary School principal. “It’s great to see all the kids back and it was a great first day. We had some awesome community support and it was great to return to some normalcy.”

Dr. Tricia Tsang, Thornton Middle School director of instruction, welcomes a student back to school. More than 117,000 CFISD students started classes Aug. 27.

Dr. Tricia Tsang, Thornton Middle School director of instruction, welcomes a student back to school. More than 117,000 CFISD students started classes Aug. 27.

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