Hemmenway Elementary School

Last updated: October 14, 2018

Campus Goals

Hemmenway Elementary provides appropriately challenging learning experiences for all students. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving, critical, and creative thinking skills. Citizenship and self-responsibility are key objectives in the social / emotional development of our students. Parents, as partners in their child’s education, are vital for our continued success.

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.


1034 students as of September 17, 2018.


John Edward Hemmenway

Elementary No. 48 was named Hemmenway Elementary School after John Edward Hemmenway. Mr. Hemmenway spent 31 years in education working for Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. prior to his retirement in May 2002. He was the first middle school choir director in the district; and served in that position for 30 years at Arnold Middle School and one year at Goodson Middle School.

Among other accolades, Mr. Hemmenway was one of five choral directors in Texas to receive the Choral Excellence Award given by the Texas Choral Directors Association in 2005. He was also selected as a district Wall of Fame recipient in 1999. Under Hemmenway’s direction, district choirs received more than 100 U.I.L. Sweepstakes awards. His choirs also received two invitations to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference. Mr. Hemmenway has written and published three sight-reading books and a vocal arrangement of “Texas Our Texas,” which was published in a state-adopted textbook.

He and his wife, Marian, who retired from Ault Elementary School, have two children; Jason, a 1996 Cy-Fair High School graduate living in San Francisco, and Meredith, a 2001 Cy-Fair graduate who is currently serving as an Assistant Principal at Ault Elementary School.


The Hemmenway PTO meets on a regular basis. The organization conducts fundraisers, which have provided books, school supplies and playground equipment. They also serve as the sponsor for Bingo Night, Winter Party, Spring Party, as well as the refreshment corner for Field Day.

President - Kisheia Mitchell - [email protected]

Vice President - Sakina Zakir - [email protected]

Treasurer - Meghan Bvunzawabaya - [email protected]

Secretary - Mayra Hernandez - [email protected]


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 school at (281) 856-9870.

Hemmenway Elementary School

Hemmenway Elementary school building

20400 West Little York Rd Katy TX 77449


8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jae Simpson-Butler, Ed.D.


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