March 6, 2020
Eagle alumni participated in a panel to share their postsecondary experiences with Cypress Falls High School parents and students at the Eagle Flight Night event on Feb. 13.
By Hunter King, Cypress Falls HS
March 5, 2020—Students and parents attended the first-ever Eagle Flight Night at Cypress Falls High School on Feb. 13 to obtain information regarding college and see what high school courses are available to take in preparation for the future.
Eagle Flight Night was designed with two parts—a series of college informational courses and an elective fair, both of which were open to Cypress Falls parents and students. Christy Taylor, the campus college and career specialist, previously helped organize and plan districtwide college and career events at the Berry Center, and said she wanted to bring the same opportunities on a large scale to the high school.
“There are many first-generation students who will be the first in their families to go to college,” Taylor said. “Navigating the college and career process can be overwhelming and Eagle Flight Night evolved in an effort to assist our Cy Falls students and families with this endeavor.”
Helping throughout the night were the counselors, headed by Lori Battaglia, who helped answer questions from parents and students and give directions throughout the night. Battaglia expressed why an event like Eagle Flight Night was important for families to attend.
The elective fair at Eagle Flight Night allowed Cypress Falls students and parents to learn more about programs the school offers, including instructional practices in education training (formerly Ready, Set, Teach!) and child development.
“The electives fair gives our students and our elective teachers the opportunity to show off their program,” Battaglia said. “It gives them a chance to encourage students, either in eighth grade coming into ninth grade or current underclassmen, about what the class is, requirements, prerequisites, and what it involves. That’s very important to us as counselors because then we’re able to talk to students about what they saw. The college fair is kind of the same thing, but it’s looking more forward, to what the options and post-graduation opportunities are.”
Taylor described how the event at Cypress Falls was an opportunity for students to explore their options in a familiar place and how it gives them a chance to feel a sense of comfort.
“Eagle Flight Night afforded a lot of opportunities in the area of college and career planning all in one night close to home,” Taylor said. “Students were excited to speak with over 30 different college representatives at the college fair. Both parents and students stated they appreciated the session topics and the wealth of information about the college application process, scholarships and more. Our art students got to share their portfolios and receive feedback from experts at the college level. There was literally something for everyone.
“I am very excited to say that there are plans for Eagle Flight Night to become an annual event in hopes of continuing to serve our families with postsecondary information and opportunities,” Taylor said.
Representatives from Lone Star College—CyFair were on hand to share workforce options and associate degree plans to Cypress Falls students at Eagle Flight Night on Feb. 13.