November 15, 2019
Nov. 15, 2019—Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) leadership members visited Cypress Lakes High School on Nov. 8 as part of their tour of school districts across Texas.
TASB leadership consists of a cohort group of 36 school board members from across the state. The yearlong program is designed to help board members reach a new level of service and leadership by exposing members to a variety of issues, people, activities and school districts throughout the year. CFISD Trustees Dr. John Ogletree, Bob Covey and Tom Jackson have all completed the leadership program. Covey, who also serves as this year’s TASB secretary treasurer, suggested TASB leadership visit Cypress Lakes to showcase different programs offered to CFISD students at the high school level.
Cypress Lakes High School senior Uriel Muniz talks with TASB leadership members about his experience in Auto Tech, one of several career and technical education (CTE) courses offered at CFISD high schools.
During the tour, the 36 members divided into groups and toured three different programs offered at Cypress Lakes. First, members visited different career and technical education (CTE) classes, including Auto Tech and Cosmetology. Members heard from Cypress Lakes students who are currently enrolled in CTE classes and from Denise Kubecka, director of CTE.
Cypress Lakes students currently enrolled in the program introduced TASB leadership members to the College Academy, along with Director of Advanced Academics Katrina Nelson and Coordinator for College Academy Eric Hernandez. TASB leadership also had the opportunity to sit in on a College Academy history class. College Academy is a partnership between CFISD and Lone Star College that allows students to graduate with their high school diploma and their associate degree.
TASB leadership member Mark Anderson observes New Arrival Center (NAC) students work on a vocabulary lesson. NAC helps meet the needs of students who are immigrants to the United States by motivating them and helping them learn English through an accelerated learning model.
Members also toured the New Arrival Center (NAC). NAC helps meet the needs of students who are immigrants to the United States by motivating them and helping them learn English through an accelerated learning model. NAC students performed a short play for members to demonstrate what they have learned so far in the program.
Following the rotations, TASB leadership members were treated to lunch prepared by Cypress Lakes culinary students.
“I was super impressed with every program that we saw,” said Nichole Bentley, a Coppell ISD Trustee and TASB leadership member. “The one program that particularly touched me was the New Arrival Center. The way CFISD is assimilating kids to meet that first need of language success so well was really incredible.”
“I’m very proud of this district,” Covey said. “One of the things that amazes me the most is a lot of people perceive us as a wealthy district because we are successful, but we’re not. Just the fact that we have as much diversity as we have, not only ethnically but economically, it’s awesome that we’re able to offer this kind of education to all of our students. The motto ‘Opportunity for All’ is what I believe in.”