Cy Creek preps for STAAR with algebra carnival

May 9, 2016

Cypress Creek High School algebra team leader Christi Robertson assists freshman Shoshanah Davis with a problem at the school’s algebra carnival on April 29 in the school’s LGI 1. The carnival helped prepare students for upcoming STAAR Algebra I assessments.

May 9, 2016—Cypress Creek High School algebra teachers hosted a carnival on April 29 for every student enrolled in an Algebra I class to help prepare them for upcoming STAAR assessments.

Cypress Creek freshman Madison Luker participates in the hula hoop challenge at the school’s STAAR Algebra I carnival on April 29. 

The teachers transformed one of the school’s large-group instruction (LGI) rooms into an activity center with 15 varying game booths and more than 60 prizes available to win.

At each booth, students worked on a STAAR-like algebra problem in order to play the game. Those who answered the problem correctly earned a ticket. Tickets could then be placed in bags for the opportunity to win numerous prizes. 

Cypress Creek algebra teacher Danyang Salles assists students including Jimmy Ha with a problem before they play a game at the algebra carnival. 

Game booths included washers, pink flamingo ring toss, hula hoop challenge, pie in the face, candy wheel, balloon making, dice, ladder golf, shoot out, ticket pong, Frisbee golf, Frisbee 3-in-a-row, javelin, soccer bowling and Nerf range. 

Students took home prizes including ear buds, portable chargers, gift cards, a color printer and treats.

Cypress Creek algebra teacher watches as freshman Storm Buczek takes whipped cream to the face at the STAAR Algebra I carnival on April 29. 

“This carnival would not have been possible without the support of the entire Cypress Creek High School community,” said Dr. Teresa Hughes, Cypress Creek math department chair. “All of the spectacular gifts were donated by different departments and individuals at CCHS.” 

Participating algebra teachers were team leader Christi Robertson, David Hunt, Anne-Marie Hayduchok, Dan Trocquet, Danyang Salles, Kim Abbott, Doris Williams-Finch and Lisa Callie Burns.

Other math teachers, and even teachers in outside departments, volunteered to help make the event run smoothly and prepare students for STAAR Algebra I.

Cypress Creek’s PALS group, led by sponsor Amy King, ran the game booths while teachers worked with students on algebra problems.

“They attended the carnival every period and were a tremendous help,” Hughes said.

Hughes also credited the school’s administrative team, led by Principal Vicki Snokhous—who took a pie to the face during the event—for supporting the carnival.

“Cypress Creek High School is an extraordinary campus to work at,” Dr. Hughes said. “The support and commitment to student success is remarkable.”

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