Celebrating Into Spring
Posted by Dr. Mark Henry on 3/10/2023 10:55:00 AM
Dear CFISD Community,
The winter season seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye, and the first official day of spring is only 10 days away! Before we head into spring break, I wanted to share some of our recent celebrations throughout the district.
- Cypress Woods High School swimmer Benjamin Scholl won two gold medals (50 & 100 freestyle), and two other swimmers placed in the top three at the UIL State Championships on Feb. 18;
- the Cypress Ranch High School girls’ wrestling team placed third overall and seven of our wrestlers medaled at the UIL State Championships at the Berry Center on Feb. 18;
- Cypress Ridge High School placed third for the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Sportsmanship Award on Jan. 26;
- nearly 90 athletes signed letters of intent on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
In fine arts,
- 10 students were named winners in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Program, and their artwork will be on display through March 19;
- Cy-Fair and Cypress Creek high schools (17-6A) and Cypress Ranch, Cypress Woods and Bridgeland high schools (16-6A) advanced past the UIL One-Act Play district contests to qualify for bi-district competition; and
- 45 musicians were named to TMEA 2022-2023 All-State ensembles.
In other achievements,
- Langham Creek High School senior Nitya Kodali won a Student Voice scholarship and represented CFISD on a student panel at TASB Governance Camp on March 3;
- Woodard Elementary School is one of the final four schools in the Read to the Final Four competition;
- student projects generated more than $760,000 at the 29th annual CFISD Livestock Show & Sale, Feb. 2-4;
- Bridgeland High School senior Haylie Stum was named Texas JEA Journalist of the Year;
- the Board of Trustees approved namesakes for Middle School #20 (Sprague Middle School) and Elementary School #58 (Brosnahan Elementary) on March 6; and
- we joined the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation in recognizing our campus Teachers of the Year, as well as districtwide Paraprofessional & Support Staff of the Year, at the Salute to the Stars Gala on March 9 at the Berry Center.
I am continually proud to be a part of a district that celebrates Opportunity for All. Each achievement reminds me of this!
The 88th Texas Legislative Session is underway, and one of the key priorities from our CFISD Community Leadership Committee is to increase the basic allotment (the method by which school districts are funded) of $6,160 by $1,000. This would help offset inflationary costs since the last increase in the allotment was in 2019. You can learn more on the CLC webpage, where there are instructions to sign up for Remind updates or follow the group on social media.
Today is the final day to register for the 10th annual CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run, an event that is very personal to me in that it funds student scholarships for graduates through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. The Fun Run has raised more than $764,000 for scholarships over nine years, and we’re hoping for another big turnout in year 10! Even if you can’t join us in person, a “sleep-in pass” is only $10 for a great cause. See details on the event webpage here.
I hope you all enjoy some well-earned rest, fun and time spent with loved ones during spring break. I will see you back on March 20!
Mark Henry, Ed.D.
Superintendent of schools