Community, fellow educators rally around displaced Moore ES staff

September 4, 2017

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Roy Garcia, CFISD associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, serves alongside other CFISD educators in organizing classroom supplies that were donated to Moore Elementary School teachers on Sept. 3 at the old Matzke Elementary School building.

Sept. 4, 2017—After the flood waters receded and Moore Elementary School Principal Patricia Myers was able to walk through her building on Sept. 1, she was floored by what she saw.

“I can’t even describe how devastating that was,” Myers said. “I drove up to the parking lot and there was a mound 10 feet high of demolished cabinets and furniture and boxes of supplies.”

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A sticky note with the word “Moore” covers up the word “Matzke” on the thumbprint tree that fifth-grade students marked at the campus that is transitioning into the temporary home of Moore until renovations are complete on the flood-damaged campus.

CFISD’s facilities team made the determination earlier in the week that the campus would need to be shut down for months while undergoing a large-scale renovation project. Moore was relocated to the vacant old Matzke Elementary School building at 13102 Jones Road, but many staff members were left with nothing from their classrooms.

“Having to communicate to my staff that you may be able to save a few things from your room and it will be boxed up for you, that was devastating to them,” Myers said.

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Dianna Passmore, Frazier Elementary School assistant principal, and Donna Calvert, CFISD substitute teacher, organize books for Moore Elementary School teachers during a supply drive on Sept. 3.

Myers’ colleagues quickly rose to the occasion. Matzke Principal Cathy Jacobs organized a volunteer sign-up with principals around the district, who dispatched staff to the old Matzke over the weekend to oversee a supply drive and help Moore teachers set up their new rooms.

“Every principal in the school district wanted to help,” Jacobs said. “I knew that was going to be a little overwhelming for the Moore staff, so I took that off Patricia’s plate. Our Matzke staff came in, they went to the room they were assigned to last year and took over helping the teachers set up their new classroom.”

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Volunteers, from left, Daljeet Singh, Angad Singh and Paul Singh of the nonprofit United Sikhs talk to Moore Principal Patricia Myers after droping off dozens of supplies for the school on Sept. 3.

Community members came by Moore’s new home in droves, dropping off everything from books to classroom decorations to art supplies. Neighboring campus Cypress Creek High School hosted a supply drive on Sept. 4 to help replenish the Moore educators.

Moore art teacher Heather Mitchell was one of the many beneficiaries who expressed gratitude at the community outreach.

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Dr. Jeanette Gerault, principal of Fiest Elementary School, left, and Dr. Laura Perry, principal of Campbell Middle School, deliver supplies to Moore teachers’ classrooms at the old Matzke Elementary School building on Sept. 3.

“It’s hard to imagine losing everything that me and the rest of the teachers did,” she said. “It’s our heart that’s in our school, it’s not just an office building. But this effort is incredible. I have received calls and emails from art teaches throughout the district offering to help and making this transition a lot easier. It’s humbling and it makes you realize that Cy-Fair really is a family.”

The first day of school is a week away on Sept. 11, and thanks to the volunteers and donors, many of the Moore classrooms at the old Matzke building are ready to welcome students to their new learning environment.

“A lot of the teachers were very worried, and now they don’t have to,” Myers said. “Just like Cy-Fair does, people all over the community came out to help. Knowing this was going on behind the scenes, this building was here for us and district staff were working around the clock to make sure it was ready for us… it’s incredible.”

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Keith Elementary School Principal Dawn Tryon, second from left, and M. Robinson Elementary School Principal Irene Ruiz greet a Moore teacher as she picks out classroom supplies outside the school on Sept. 3. 

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