Birkes Elementary School

Last updated: October 14, 2018

Curriculum - Elementary

  • CFISD elementary schools are comprised of students in grades K-5. Students who qualify for the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or for Pre-kindergarten are bused to sites that provide these programs.
  • Core subjects at the elementary level include reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology applications, health, physical education, art, music, and theatre arts.
  • Every campus faculty includes the following members: counselor(s), nurse, diagnostician, speech and language clinician, dyslexia specialists, reading specialist(s), and content-area liaisons, as well as specially trained/certified teachers in the following areas: art, music, physical education, technology applications, English as a Second Language, and gifted education.
  • The District's HORIZONS program is for academically-gifted students. In kindergarten, gifted instruction is provided in language arts and mathematics. In grades 1-5, the program addresses the four foundation areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • CFISD's Bilingual and ESL programs provide additional support in English language development for students who have a home language other than English and who have been identified as limited-English-proficient.
  • Elementary schools in Cypress-Fairbanks also feature enrichment activities such as student clubs, tutorial sessions, cultural arts programs, academic competitions, and field trips.
  • Report cards are issued every nine weeks. Academic progress reports are sent to parents after the fourth week of each grading period.


1111 students as of September 17, 2018.


Barbara Warren Birkes retired in 1994 as principal of Jowell Elementary after 35 years in education, of which 30 years were in CFISD. She was a teacher at Bane and Lamkin, an assistant principal for one year at Bane, and a principal at Post for 10 years and at Jowell for 8 years.


The Birkes PTO meets on a regular basis. The organization funds cultural arts activities and field trips, organizes volunteers, sponsors various student events, and conducts fund-raisers, which have provided technology, landscaping, books, and playground equipment.For more information, please contact Bridgette Harmon.

President: Shelley Gray  
Vice-President Membership: Becky Huber
Vice-President Academic Enrichment:
Wendye Ray  
Vice-President Homeroom Activities: Joy Manalili  
Vice-President Major Fundraising: Kim Dearing  
Vice-President Minor Fundraising: Deborah Prevatt  
Spirit Shop: Viki Young
Hospitality: Wendi Talton  


Partnerships with the community are vital in order to strengthen instructional outcomes for all students. We would like you to develop a collaborative relationship with us that will foster long-term student achievement ... one that offers opportunities for all students ... making a difference together. For more information, please contact Selena Henderson or Vicky Vecchione.

Birkes Elementary School


8500 Queenston Blvd. Houston TX 77095


8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stacie Everson


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