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Instructional Technology Team Recognizes Logo Design Winners

Cypress Texas
Posted June 27, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (June 27,2016)
Members of Cy-Fair ISD’s instructional technology department surprised two Cypress Springs High School students at their school last month with the announcement that their respective logo designs were chosen to represent the 2017 Technology Festival and Digital Learning Conference.

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Instructional technology specialists Amy Kainer and Peggy Leonhardt visited Cypress Springs on May 12 to make the presentation in each student’s classroom.

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Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

Cypress Texas
Posted June 14, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (June 14,2016)
Angela Kelley, a 2016 summa cum laude graduate of Cy-Fair High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by raising awareness of and recruiting volunteers for Camp Blessing, a summer camp for children and adults with special needs.

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Watkins Middle School principal selected to attend Harvard institute

Cypress Texas
Posted May 27, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (May 27,2016)
—Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT), a nonprofit advocacy organization working to strengthen and improve public education, announced this week that Watkins Middle School Principal Dr. José Martinez will be among 95 principals participating in a summer leadership program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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CFISD Student of the Week: Blake Hughes

Cypress Texas
Posted May 16, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (May 18,2016) 
When flooding struck the CFISD community last month, Cypress Creek High School senior Blake Hughes—a volunteer with the Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department—spent nearly 39 hours helping those affected by the disaster. Hughes, whose father also works for the Cypress Creek VFD, performed multiple rescues in the days after the flood. He often volunteers overnight and attends school the following day. “I can’t think of a better example of a great young man,” said Jason Hawkins, Cypress Creek assistant principal.

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School: Cypress Creek High School

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Accomplishments: Member of PALs organization; Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department volunteer.

Favorite class: PALs. “It gives me a chance to make a difference in a young person’s life.”

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Flood Recovery Guide

Cypress Texas
Posted April 25, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (April 25,2016)

  1. What do I do for immediate Help or Rescue?
    If you are needing medical assistance or water rescue, please call 911. If you need help with debris removal or other city services, you can contact Harris County 311 at houston311.org or call 713-837-0311.
  1. How do I report flood damage to my home?
    If you have had water inside of your home during this storm event, visit readyharris.org and complete a Home Flooding Report. This report is designed to assist the Harris County Flood Control District and the Harris County Public Infrastructure Department in determining what areas have experienced structural flooding so damage assessment teams can quickly deploy to those locations in the wake of a flood event. Your information will be sent directly to those agencies and will not be shared with anyone outside of government.

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Memorial Hermann Adult Hotwheels Wheelchair Basketball Team Win National Championship

Cypress Texas
Posted April 11, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (April 11,2016) The TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult Hotwheels basketball team is the National Champion of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Division III. The adult Hotwheels defeated the Fort Lauderdale Sharks 60-33 Sunday to claim the title in Louisville, Ky.

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“This is a great win for our adult Hotwheels and a real testimony to all the hard work they’ve put in this season after finishing sixth at last year’s national tournament,” says Ava Skrabanek, coordinator, adaptive sports program, TIRR Memorial Hermann.

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Glasby Steps up For Her Students

Cypress Texas
Posted March 29, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (March 29,2016) Cy-Fair ISD second-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School is changing her students’ lives one step at a time, and doing so landed her on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest

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Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Select photography courtesy of Shani Glasby

Shani Glasby says teaching is what she was put on Earth to do. “It is my purpose in life,” she says. “Ever since second grade, I wanted to impact children the way my secondgrade teacher, Mrs. Miller, impacted my life.” As a child, Glasby was always involved in dierent activities. “Sheridan Elementary did not have any extracurricular activities because most parents could not aord it. So I brought a program to them.” is is how the Star Steppers program came to life.

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Let’s Rodeo Cy-Fair

Cypress Texas
Posted March 1, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (March 1,2016)Grab your boots and cowboy hats and head to NRG Stadium for a ton of Texas-sized rodeo fun

It is the best time of the year to be a Texan. Thousands of country music fans, animal-loving youngsters, and boot-wearing families will head to Houston’s NRG Arena for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Fan favorites like mutton bustin’, bull riding, livestock shows featuring everything from cattle to llamas, and a star-lled concert lineup are part of what makes rodeo season a celebration.

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Country Carnival Fun
A Cy-family favorite is the carnival with 43 games and over 70 ride attractions including the largest portable Ferris wheel in the western hemisphere, and a 1700-foot gondola skyride. For families looking to save a few bucks, take advantage of the half-price carnival packs that will be on sale through February 27 at rodeohouston.com.

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Superintendent’s Fun Run Raises More than $52,000 in Year Three

Cypress, TX (February 28, 2016) Approximately 5,000 community members converged on the Berry Center and Towne Lake on Feb. 27 for the third annual Superintendent’s Fun Run, a fundraiser that is expected to generate more than $52,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF).

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Dr. Mark Henry, left, superintendent of schools; and Darcy Mingoia, right, CFISD Board of Trustees president; present a check worth $52,250 to Adrian Dominguez, chair of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, after the third annual Superintendent’s Fun Run.

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Cy-Fair ISD Student of the Week, Alyssa Lawrence

Cypress Texas
Posted February  8, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (February 8,2016) Cypress Springs High School sophomore Alyssa Lawrence, who earned commended results on all her STAAR exams, is an avid fan of the arts including dance and music. A member of the Cypress Springs book club, Lawrence reads for approximately two hours every day. She aspires to work in science, and find more effective ways to treat diseases.

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School: Cypress Springs High School

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Cy-Fair Athletes Signing Day

More than 60 Cy- Fair ISD athletes signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics for colleges or universities on National Signing Day, Feb. 3.

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“The athletics department is proud of the athletic and academic achievements of all of today’s signees,” said Ray Zepeda, associate director of athletics. “It is always amazing to see so many kids representing Cypress-Fairbanks ISD getting a chance to accomplish their dream of continuing to play their sport at the collegiate level. We congratulate our student-athletes and their families on this incredible achievement and look forward to watching them compete at the next level.”

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RODDY PARISHER

Cypress Texas
Posted February  1, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (February 1,2016) Retired Cy Woods agricultural science teacher has made a life-changing impact on students for 33 years through his dedication and compassion for the FFA program
Written by Leigh Ann Mitchell and Krista Friedli | Select photography by Candace Cook

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CFISD Student of the Week: Brenda Ventura

Cypress Texas
Posted December 14, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (December 14,2015) Thornton Middle School seventh-grade student Brenda Ventura, an active member of the school’s Soccer Start team in her sixth-grade year, also loves singing with the school choir. Ventura also makes a mean menudo and brownies in the kitchen, where she enjoys cooking after school. She hopes to be a lawyer one day.

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School: Thornton Middle School

Age: 13

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A Tale of Two Sisters

Cypress Texas
Posted November 30, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (November 30, 2015) An inside look at a bond between identical twin sisters whose love conquers all

Twins, Casey and Taylor Kirk, were born at 25 weeks old. Casey was born with a minor heart condition while Taylor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The girls have loved each other through life's obstacles.

Twins, Casey and Taylor Kirk, were born at 25 weeks old. Casey was born with a minor heart condition while Taylor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Written by Emme Enojado | Photography by Candace Cook

Seventeen years ago, on June 17, 1998, two newborns were born at 25 weeks old with their quality of life and chance of surviving questionable. Before the birth of the twins, parents Denise and John Kirk were told that one of the twins, Casey, had severe heart failure. She was taking too many essential nutrients from Taylor, causing Casey’s heart to work overtime.

Denise and John were forced to make the decision to either keep them in or give them a shot at survival outside. Neither choice was secure. “We leaned on our faith,” Denise says. “We had to be strong, condent, and positive. I felt that if we weren’t, the girls would pick up on that and not survive.”

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E! News Reporter Lindsey Caldwell

Cypress Texas
Posted November 25, 2015

Cy-Fair Bobcat alumni Lindsey Caldwell is chasing her journalistic dreams, interviewing celebrities and challenging herself in Hollywood
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Written by Debbie McDaniel | Photography courtesy of Lindsey Caldwell

Cy-Fair alumni, Lindsey Caldwell, took a leap of faith by pursuing a degree in theatre and business from the University of Southern California. rough the ups and downs, her faith has led her to becoming a broadcaster on E! News, where she interviews celebrities and reports on the red carpet. She has stuck to her roots while chasing her dream.

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Key Club T-O District Fall Rally

Cypress Texas
Posted November 9, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (November 9, 2015) Key Club has been one of the most influential organizations for volunteering and has reached out to a multitude of countries by unifying students to help their community. They have continued to show their compassion through numerous volunteering events. Also, their club has grown and spread worldwide.
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This year, the Fall Rally was held for the Texas-Oklahoma District of Key Club in Arlington, Texas. The event took place on October 3rd at Six Flags during their 6th annual Fright Fest! Key Clubbers from all over Texas and Oklahoma came to this event to learn more about Key Club and about the Governor’s and District Project! This was a very valuable opportunity to connect with other Key Club members and truly see the bigger picture of Key Club. They got updated on information about their upcoming district convention while creating bonding friendships.

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Crimson Cadettes Raise $1,500 To fight Breast Cancer

Cypress Texas
Posted November 2, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (November 2, 2015) At Cypress Woods High School, it is not just the football players embracing the color pink every October to raise awareness for breast cancer. The Cypress Woods Crimson Cadettes drill team came together to raise more than $1,500 for the fundraiser Pass the Boot for Friends thru the Fight.

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“Pass the Boot is something special to us because it is one of our girls’ aunts who started the foundation after she got breast cancer.” Crimson Cadette Director Lauren Reilly Gregory said. “It helps people that actually have breast cancer and their families.”

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CFISD students to perform in production of The Nutcracker

Cypress Texas
Posted October 26, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 26, 2015) - Twenty-three CFISD students have been cast in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 14th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring HRB alumni Elizabeth Keller (Principal, Ballet Idaho) as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jared Matthews (Principal, Houston Ballet and former CFISD student) as the Cavalier, with the Cypress Philharmonic directed by Glynnes Lanthier.

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Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB) is Houston’s premier pre-professional ballet company. Founded by nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, HRB is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. For the last several years, HRB’s productions of The Nutcracker have sold out, prompting HRB to add an additional performance in 2015.

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CFISD Student of the Week: Shourya Chawla

 

Cypress Texas
Posted October 12, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 12, 2015) - Moore Elementary School first-grade student Shourya Chawla says he can’t live without cars, robots or books. A recipient of the Best Student in Class award, the gymnast and dance enthusiast plans to be a scientist when he grows up.

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Choirs Combine to Sing National Anthem at Rockets Game

Cypress Texas
Posted October 9, 2015

Cy-Fair, Tx (Oct. 9, 2015)—Men’s choirs at Cypress Falls High School and Labay and Truitt middle schools combined to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the Toyota Center court prior to the Houston Rockets preseason basketball game on Oct. 7.

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Cypress Teen with Marfan Syndrome Honored with Isaiah Austin’s Dream Again Award

Cypress Texas
Posted October 8, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 8, 2015) – Owen Gray, 14, of Cypress , TX, was recently awarded the first annual Dream Again Award by the Isaiah Austin Foundation. The presentation was made by Isaiah Austin, the former Baylor Basketball star, at his Baylor Basketball Legends event in Waco on September 24.

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Owen was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, after he and his father, Rod Gray, watched NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make Isaiah a ceremonial selection in the 2014 NBA draft. Isaiah, who many experts projected to be a first round selection, had to withdraw from the draft because he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just days earlier. Rod noticed Isaiah’s Marfan features while watching the draft and immediately thought of his son. They saw a doctor the next day and Owen’s diagnosis was confirmed soon after.

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Student and Parent Volunteers Refurbish Cy Fall’s Football Lockers

Cypress Texas
Posted October 6, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 6, 2015) –  Cy Fall’s parent volunteer Cindy Trosellini and 22 other parent volunteers refurbished the Cy Fall’s locker-room for the football players.

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Trosellini put together a plan, discussed it with a committee of parents then presented it to the Coaches and the Principal.  The weekend of the Labor Day holiday a small core group of parents, two art students and friends of those parents took their time and money and refurbished the lockers.

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Cypress Christian School Student Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Cypress Texas
Posted October 2, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 2, 2015) – Landen Nealy, the kicker for Cypress Christian School Warriors in Houston Texas is raising money for children’s cancer research. Nealy decided to dedicate his last season of high school football to kids with cancer by becoming a Kick-It Champion.

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CY-FAIR ISD Student of the Week: Dylan Lee

Cypress Texas
Posted September 23, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (September 23, 2015) - Warner Elementary School fourth-grade student Dylan Lee is an enthusiastic reader and writer who placed third in his school’s spelling bee last year. Lee is also an accomplished musician who has won awards for his prowess as a pianist, and enjoys athletics such as soccer and Taekwondo—a discipline in which he has earned a purple belt.

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Cypress Falls Football Coach Earns Honda Coach of the Week Honors

Cypress Texas
September 21, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (September 21, 2015)KUBE Channel 57 named Cypress Falls High School head coach Kirk Eaton as its  High School SportsZone Honda Coach of the Week after the Eagles’ 33-30 win over Langham Creek on Sept. 10.

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John Eagle Honda president and managing partner Mac DeLaup presented Eaton with the Coach of the Week plaque, as well as a $500 check for the Cypress Falls Athletic Booster Club on behalf of the Greater Houston Honda Dealers.

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CFPD Pays Respects to Fallen Deputy in Unified Ceremony

Cypress, Texas( September 15,2015)
On Sept. 4, 2015 the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD police department paid a special tribute to slain Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Goforth and other fallen officers with a moment of silence and processional.

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Friday Night Lights – Shining the light on those that make Friday night football games unforgettable

Cypress, Texas (September 3, 2015)
Athletes sit in the locker rooms, channeling their nerves into the drive needed to gain a win for their school. Girls on the drill team reapply their scarlet red lipstick in the stands while cheerleaders stretch on the sideline. After countless hours of practicing, each group is ready to do its part to make a Friday night football game one to remember.
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New England Patriot Cameron Fleming

 

Cypress, Texas ( August 17, 2015)

From the moment you enter the stands of the Cy Creek student section, you can hear the chant, “We love our boys in blue!” The love of football is undeniable. For Cameron Fleming, now an offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, a love for sports started at an early age and was fostered by the program at Cypress Creek High School.

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Cy Creek Cougar makes his way to the NFL and a Super Bowl championship

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DESIREE ELLIOTT SPIKES IN SWITZERLAND

 Cy-Fair, Texas (July 31, 2015)

Volleyball star plays her way from the court at Cy Woods High School to a professional Swiss team

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble

Desiree Elliott constantly wanted to be around her mom when she was younger. But the shy, budding athlete started playing volleyball at the Cypress YMCA at age 9 and fell in love with the sport. Now a 5’10” 22-year-old, she’s gained her independence as her journey led her to play professional volleyball for the Power Cats Team in Dundigen, Switzerland. But Elliott says she didn’t get there by herself. She reached her goal with the support of her family, friends, and others.

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Fayes Fighters

Cy-Fair, Texas ( July 23, 2015)

Cy-Fair’s Meldrum family shares how their daughter’s devastating diagnosis has become a journey of hope. Faye Meldrum was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare type of cancer. Her parents, Nick and Stacey, say the support of the Cy-Fair community has helped their family throughout Faye’s treatment process.

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Football Season Tickets Eligible for Renewal Beginning July 27th

Cy-Fair, Texas ( July 21, 2015)

 Existing Cy-Fair ISD football season ticket holders may renew their season tickets beginning Monday, July 27 -Thursday, Aug. 6.

Tickets may be renewed online at www.cy-fairtix.com, in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the athletic department office in Suite 1401 of the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road, use Entrance No. 2) or through the online ticketing provider, Etix, call center at 919-653-0516.

The season ticket price is $7 per ticket plus a $4.50-per-order fee for online purchases or renewals. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check and credit card for in-person purchases and credit card for online purchases.

Football: Cypress Falls High School quarterback Casey Rosellini prepares to throw over Cypress Creek High School defensive lineman Patrick Morrison (87) during the Golden Eagles’ 57-56 overtime win over the Cougars on Nov. 1 at Pridgeon Stadium. 2015 CFISD season tickets go on sale July 27 for existing season ticket holders, and on Aug. 10 for new subscribers.

Cypress Falls High School quarterback Casey Rosellini prepares to throw over Cypress Creek High School defensive lineman Patrick Morrison (87) during the Golden Eagles’ 57-56 overtime win over the Cougars on Nov. 1 at Pridgeon Stadium.

 

Tickets not renewed by 4 p.m. on Aug. 6 will be released to the general public beginning Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.

Call the athletic department at 281-894-3982 or visit the athletics webpage for additional information.

Cypress Assistance Ministries Celebrates 25th Anniversary

CY-FAIR, TX – Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), a local nonprofit organization providing services to individuals and families needing financial, food and employment assistance, today announces the 25 anniversary of the founding of CAM and the introduction of new branding to usher in a new era.  CAM will introduce a new logo and mission statement, in addition to implementing new strategies to assess and then meet the changing community needs.

Cypress Assistance Ministries was founded in July of 1990 as the ministry of a local church, serving macaroni and cheese meals from the backseat of a car.  Within a year CAM was its own entity, with nonprofit status in place, poised to grow.  Today, CAM serves members of the community in crisis, providing financial assistance primarily toward rent and utilities, food for individuals and families with children, offering resume updates and mock interviews, along with job counseling and job leads through the Operation Jobs program, and ESL and GED classes on a year-round basis.     (more…)

Cy-Fair ISD Alum, WNBA Star Inspires Cy Springs Female Athletes

Cy-Fair High School graduate and WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike visited her hometown Cypress yet again in May to inspire young female athletes and academically successful women at Cypress Springs High School.

Cypress Springs Principal Travis Fanning thanks Chiney Ogwumike for visiting the school on May 8.

Cypress Springs Principal, Travis Fanning, thanks Chiney Ogwumike for visiting the school

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Your Family Psychiatrist

After years of working together in other medical settings, Dr. Wilfrido Dominguez, Dr. Jared Heathman, and Dr. Matthew Hinthorn are moving to Cypress to open a psychiatry clinic dedicated to providing treatment to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.  Your Family Psychiatrist opens full-time on July 1, 2015, but they have already begun scheduling appointments to help local residents obtain quality mental health care.  Appointments will be longer than typical doctor appointments.  New appointments can last up to 90 minutes, and follow-up appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes.

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Cypress Ranch Key Club Presidential Awards

Key club is an international organization that has contributed to communities all around the world. Their members show compassion, ambition and integrity by helping those around them altruistically. Some members have contributed so many hours that they have achieved the Presidential Service Award. This award considers age, the amount of hours, and the part of their community they are focused on helping.

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Food Service Department Unveils 2015 Summer Feeding Schedule

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD food service department has announced its 2015 schedule for the Seamless Summer Option Program.

The program provides nutritious meals at no charge to all children age 18 and younger at participating feeding sites. Those who wish to participate are invited to simply show up and enjoy a meal. Children do not need to register or get meal tickets, and neither proof of income or age is required.

Food service employee Eliza Bagui serves a guest at the Annual Food Tasting at the Berry Center on Jan. 15. The food service department will offer the Seamless Summer Option program at 26 CFISD schools this summer.

Food service employee Eliza Bagui serves a guest at the Annual Food Tasting at the Berry Center on Jan. 15. The food service department will offer the Seamless Summer Option program at 26 CFISD schools this summer.

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Cultivating Champions On and Off the Field

Former Houston Astro, Larry Dierker, is hitting a home run in Cy-Fair with little league players of all skill levels

Written by Kimberly P. Taylor and Kirsten Cornell | Photography by Louie Galvez

Larry Dierker, former All-Star MLB pitcher, announcer, and Houston Astros team manager, and Ray Hughes, pastor at Foundry United Methodist Church, saw a chance to influence young athletes. These inspiring men, along with the support of Cy-Hope, created Dierker’s Champs, an organization that is committed to helping develop champions on and off the baseball field.

Larry Dierker began Dierker's Champs to develop both coaches and players

Larry Dierker began Dierker’s Champs to develop both coaches and players

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CYFEN Women Recognized for Excellence

The annual Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) of the American Business Woman’s Association (ABWA) recognition luncheon selected and honored  outstanding business women from the membership.

Jessica Smith of Iberia Bank, recipient of Women of the Year                                             Melanie Kay Hugele of MK Events Floral Designs, recognized as Top Ten Candidate

     Jessica Smith of Iberia Bank,                                                 Melanie Kay Hugele of MK Events Floral Designs,
recipient of Woman of the Year                                                            recognized as Top Ten Candidate

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Heritage Texas Properties Welcomes Newest Agents

Heritage Texas Properties is pleased to welcome their newest agent additions to their Cypress Village office!

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Father’s Day Specials in Cy-Fair

Shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Check out all of these awesome specials going on in the Cy-Fair area!

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Cy-Fair Magazine’s Burger Bucket List

A meat lover’s guide to the best burger joints in Cypress.

Written by Kirsten Cornell | Select photography by Kevin Falcon

Few things are as tantalizing as the smell of a burger sizzling on the coals of a grill. Based on the recommendations of Cy-Fair Magazine readers, we have pinpointed some of the juiciest, most mouthwatering dishes in Cy-Fair. Get ready to dive in.

Black's Market Table Akaushi Beef Burger - $14

Black’s Market Table Akaushi Beef Burger – $14

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Cy-Fair ISD Student of the Week

Cypress Lakes High School senior Hailey Taylor was an academic all-state and all-district performer for the Lady Spartans golf team this season. A fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a top performer in her calculus class, Taylor stays driven and determined to succeed. She will graduate from Cypress Lakes in June and enroll at Trinity University in the fall.

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Cy-Fair ISD Board Approves Continuation of Residence Homestead Exemptions

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to continue the residence homestead exemptions for CFISD residents for the 2015 tax year during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 11.

CFISD is among a select group of Houston-area school districts that offer a 20-percent Local Optional Homestead Exemption to all resident homeowners. Coupled with a state-mandated $15,000 homestead exemption, CFISD residents pay less per year than residents of most neighboring districts on homes of the same value.

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Cypress, Texas Businesses – News from Summer 2015

New Luxury Homes in Hidden Creek
281-304-5588 | bridgeland.com
Hidden Creek is the largest section in Bridgeland todate with 1,000 home sites set alongside 142 acres of lakes and waterways. New luxury homes range in price from $300,000 to over $1 million and offer premier access to an extensive array of amenities in Lakeland Village Park, a 20-acre green space that will anchor the community with a skate park, enclosed dog park, canoe launch, heated lap pool, and other unique features.

Skin Cancer Screenings
713-554-4688 | dermtexas.com
As the weather heats up, the sun’s rays grow stronger. The best way to decrease the impact of skin cancer on your health is two-fold: prevent and detect. Preventing skin cancer requires diligent sun protection. Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, reapplying every two hours. In order to guarantee early detection of skin cancers, it is important to establish routine care with a dermatologist. Call Dermatological Association of Texas today to schedule a skin cancer screening!

For a Pure, Healthy Smile
832-653-5705 | pureperiocypress.com
Pure Periodontics & Implant Specialists are new to the Cypress area. They specialize in prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, periodontal therapy, periodontal plastic surgery, and placement of dental implants. Their beautiful, new office allows patients to relax in a serene environment. Dr. Tamaara Morris DDS, MS and her friendly staff want to help you love your smile. Call to schedule a consultation today!

Uptown Blow Dry Bar at Vintage Park
832-410-1010 | uptowndrybar.com
Uptown Blow Dry Bar is taking the blow dry bar concept and infusing luxury. Owner Bianca Huma wanted to bring something new to the area. You might expect to see this type of amenity downtown, but in Northwest Houston, it is new and exciting. The bar offers 17 stations where guests are treated to a myriad of blow out styles and a menu of hair treatments and masks. Uptown Blow Dry Bar is where simplicity and beauty meet. It is a luxury, but it’s also affordable.

Assisted Living and Memory Care
281-970-7979 | rcmseniorliving.com
Retirement Center Management has finished construction on the Assisted Living and Memory Care conversion at their Houston property, Village on the Park located at 12102 Steepleway Blvd. in Houston. Village on the Park focuses on each individual’s unique sense of self by honoring their life experiences through tailored programs, personalized care, and positive interactions so that they may “Live Life Well.” For more information, visit rcmseniorliving.com.

Mobile Storage and Moving Solutions
832-464-7174 | zippyshell.com
Zippy Shell provides secure, convenient, and affordable mobile self-storage and moving solutions delivered right to your door. Their mobile storage units are the best way to organize your home or office space. Deliver secure Zippy Shell mobile storage units to your home. You load it, or they can help. Then they place your belongings in their secure, climateprotected storage facility. When you are ready, they will deliver your unit to you.

Post-championship Honors Continue for Cy-Fair Woods Girls

The Cypress Woods High School girls basketball team celebrated two more major recognitions this week, in the wake of winning its first Class 6A state championship in March.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to the State Capitol on April 29, where they were recognized on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. District 126 State Rep. Patricia Harless introduced House Resolution No. 2268 to honor the team, which was then adopted by the House.

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Cy-Fair Students Win Press Women of Texas Awards

CFISD student journalists have been named winners in the Press Women of Texas Edith Fox King 2015 High School Journalism Contest. The winning entries in each of the categories have been forwarded to the national competition for judging.

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The following students from Cy-Fair, Jersey Village and Cypress Woods high schools earned first-, second- and third-place or honorable mention honors:

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Boys’ Soccer Players Earn Academic All-district Honors in Cy-Fair

CFISD boys’ soccer players qualified for the Academic All-District 17-6A Boys’ Soccer Team, released this week.

Soccer players named to the academic all-district team finished the season in good standing and earned a composite weighted grade point average of 5.5 or higher for all classes for the two identified six weeks that make up the majority of their regular season.

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Bleyl Middle School and Arnold Middle School chosen for JASON Argonaut program

 

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Bleyl Middle School eighth-grade student, Elaine Pham, and Arnold Middle School seventh and eighth grade science teacher, Adam Schmidtendorff, were notified on April 13, of their selection as student and educator Argonauts for a scientific expedition this summer through JASON learning.

JASON learning, the world-renowned science education organization, chose a select group of Argonauts to join the weeklong expedition to the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in July. There, they will participate in an intensive hands-on research experience with resident and visiting scientists engaged in a diversity of marine science projects. (more…)

New Commmercial For Bridgeland Highlights Community Amentities

 

 NEWEST COMMERICAL FOR BRIDGELAND® HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY AMENITIES WITH POWERFUL PRODUCTION

Spot Features ‘We’ve Arrived’ Sound Track with Break-out Artist Riley Deaver 

With striking cinematography and an unforgettable sound track, the newest television commercial for Bridgeland® highlights the amenity-rich and nature-oriented lifestyle for which the 11,400-acre master planned community has become known. With more than 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, Bridgeland offers the tranquility of a seemingly untouched natural environment while also providing the convenience of modern facilities – elements the community’s marketing team and advertising agency strived to depict in the newest spot.

 The commercial debuted in February to coincide with the grand opening of Hidden Creek, the largest section built within Bridgeland thus far with 1,000 homesites set along 142 acres of lakes and waterways.  (more…)

Cy-Fair ISD Schedule for Athletic Physicals for 2015-16 Season

Cypress, TX News (April 10, 2015) –  CFISD has scheduled its annual athletic physical examinations for the 2015-2016 school year at every district high school for incoming high school students as well as sixth- and seventh-grade middle school students.

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Lamkin Elementary Student Stands up to Diabetes

Maddilynn Kelly, 10, raises money to end diabetes

Written by Samantha Villarreal | Photography by Candace Cook

While most elementary students spend their free time watching cartoons or playing outside, 10-yearold Maddilynn Kelly has been investing her time in fundraisers to spread awareness and find a way to end type 1 diabetes (T1D). The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization funding T1D research, stated that more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults, approximately 80 people per day, are diagnosed with T1D in the U.S.

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This is a serious issue that Maddilynn is passionately fighting to end. T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and nothing you can do to get rid of it.

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Fire Chief Amy Ramon

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire chief shares what it takes to keep Cy-Fair safe

Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography by Kristofor Rodriguez

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department (CFVFD) searched across the nation for a qualified leader to champion their team. Little did they know, 25-year veteran Amy Ramon fit the bill perfectly. With roots running deep in Cy-Fair, Ramon beat out more than 50 applicants for the position and became the station’s first female fire chief.

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How long have you been a part of the Cy-Fair community? Since I was in fifth grade. I attended Frances Holmes, Campbell Middle School, and Jersey Village High School.

How did you become a part of this organization? I’ve been part of CFVFD since 1990. I knew people that worked with the station, and I just got hooked on it.

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Cypress Lakes Educator Gains Notoriety for Artwork

Cypress, TX – (March 10, 2015) – Cypress Lakes High School art teacher Lee Ann Carrier will showcase her professional artwork in a number of mediums and venues over the next month. Carrier’s artwork was on display March 10 in the “Art Salon” gallery at Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, where Sen. Rodney Ellis was acknowledged during the fourth annual Art of Leadership dinner.

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Cypress, Texas Businesses – News from Spring 2015

Fostering Academic Excellence
281-469-8440 | ctrschool.com
Christ the Redeemer Catholic School fosters academic excellence with a love of God that inspires and challenges children to become leaders. They welcome Pre-K through sixth grade. Take a tour Wednesdays by appointment to see the most current educational resources, including tablets for all students, interactive whiteboards, participation in daily religious classes and weekly Mass, and experienced teachers who adapt to various learning styles.

Developing Homes in Cypress

281-373-1177 | friendswooddevelopment.com
In 1962, Friendswood Development Company introduced the Houston housing market to the concept of the master-planned community with the opening of Clear Lake City. Today, Friendswood Development Company master-planned communities span from the north to the south areas of the Houston market, offering new homes priced from the $100,000s to more than $1 million. Current communities include West Ranch, Fairfield, Grand Mission Estates, Graystone Hills, Lakes of Savannah, Wildwood at NorthPointe, Falls at Green Meadows, Tavola, and Woodtrace.

On-site Cosmetic Surgery Center
281-646-1114 | gallasplasticsurgery.com
At Gallas Plastic Surgery and Vein Center, they specialize in all areas of aesthetics. Their dedicated office features a beautiful location and medical spa. All consultations and non-surgical services take place in the office, and cosmetic surgeries are safely and conveniently performed in the area’s only on-site state licensed surgery center. Dr. Gallas believes that your care is a special privilege. You are unique, and so are they. You will find no better doctor, facility, or experience than when you visit Gallas Plastic Surgery.

Classical Christian Education
281-373-2233 | covenantacademyhouston.org
Covenant Academy is a classical Christian kindergarten through twelfth grade college preparatory school. Covenant does not simply add Bible courses and Bible memorization to the student’s day, they view all subjects through the lens of scripture. The Covenant curriculum also includes fine arts, athletics, small class sizes, and dual credit college courses. Please visit their website to schedule a tour and learn more about the difference a classical education makes.

The Cupcake Cowgirls Sweeten Parties
281-256-8824 | thecupcakecowgirls.com
The Cupcake Cowgirls stand for nostalgia, quality, and celebration! They celebrate everyday life and special events using old-fashioned baking methods to provide outstanding cupcakes for your family and friends. The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars declared their vanilla salted caramel a “winner.” They specialize in gourmet cupcakes, birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and more. Stop by or call them today. Located at 10750 Barker Cypress Rd.

Four Types of Cleaning
713-433-1300 | meanandclean.com
Mean and Clean is a professional cleaning service that meets and exceeds all of their customers’ needs. With over 25 years of industry experience, their staff is courteous, well-trained, and ready to meet each of your expectations. They provide four types of cleaning: basic, deep, and move-in and move-out cleans. Please feel free to contact them for a broader explanation of their services. They cherish your business, and they look forward to making your homes sparkle. They mean it!

Cy Springs Senior Saved by Teammates

Courtesy of: Joel Weckerly, CFISD Communication

Cypress, TX (February 7, 2015) – Hours after signing his National Letter of Intent to play football for Stephen F. Austin State University on Feb. 4, the symbolism of inking a new chapter in his life story was not lost on Cypress Springs High School senior Lawrence Ghansah. It was only seven months before that his life was nearly tragically cut short.

“Without these guys right here,” Ghansah says, pointing to Panther teammates Brian Harden, Roshad Dorsey and Christian Vasquez, “I’d be in a coffin. I’d be six feet under right now. I would not be signing a letter of intent.” (more…)

Choosing to Live

Devin Duncan, a Langham Creek High School alumna, shares the life lessons she learned while battling cancer…twice

Written by Devin Duncan | Select Photography courtesy of Devin Duncan

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Librarians Release Horned Toad Tales List

Courtesy of: Joel Weckerly, CFISD Communication

Cypress, TX (January 30, 2015) – Cy-Fair ISD elementary librarians released the 10th annual Horned Toad Tales list – a list of 20 recommended books for students in grades 3 through 5 for the 2015 to 2016 school year.

The list dates back to 2005, when a group of librarians felt the need to find books that are appropriate, safe and promote good literature and a lifelong love of reading.

The books that are nominated for this list have a ‘Wow’ factor,” says Paula Morgan, Sampson Elementary School librarian. “A book is only nominated if the reader thinks, ‘Wow, this was a great book’ as the last page is read.” (more…)

Gift of Life

Recipients of organ transplants share the heart and importance of choosing to donate

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Candace Cook

Across the country, there are more than 120,000 men, women, and children waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Eighteen of these people die every day while waiting for an organ. Thousands more are waiting for life-saving tissue transplants. In Texas alone, there are more than 11,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, according to Laura Frnka-Davis the director of communications for Life Gift. The following are the experiences of two Cy-Fair organ recipients.

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Fun and Fortune

Cy-Fair resident Ashley Rieck Wimberley shares her amazing experience on the popular TV show, Wheel of Fortune

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble

Ashley Rieck Wimberley, a 2004 graduate of Jersey Village High School, will most likely never forget the words “investment tips.” Why? Because those two words earned her $4,700 as a contestant on the TV show, Wheel of Fortune.

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Ashley won thousands of dollars as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Concert Lineup 2015

Cypress, TX – The word is out! At 12 midnight, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo released the long-anticipated 2015 concert lineup. Many are saying this is the best performance schedule in rodeo history. With chart-topping artists from various genres, this year’s rodeo is sure to be a hit for everyone.

Performing artists include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, John Legend, Fall Out Boy, Tim McGraw, Ariana Grande, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band.

For a full list of entertainers, and for ticket information, visit www.rodeohouston.com/concerts.

Happy Rodeo Season, Cy-Fair!

The Digitized Family

A look at the dangers of too much screen time and how Cy-Fair families can find the right balance for connecting and socializing with family

Written by Cy-Fair Magazine’s Editors

Go to any restaurant and you’ll see it: an entire family, silent, all looking down at their devices instead of talking with each other. Some “hip” new restaurants are even offering media-inspired entertainment at the table to keep everyone occupied throughout the meal. As we spend more and more time checking Facebook, Instagram, and playing Candy Crush Saga, we are spending less and less time connecting as a family.

With the ease of access to the Internet and the constant feeling of being in-touch with friends through social media, many Cy-Fairians, from kids to adults, admit to being tempted to be “on” digitally all hours of the day. Teens aren’t the only ones glued to their smartphones. Parents are also facing attention-span issues between their tablets with games, movies, work emails, app notifications, and the cries of young children that are pacified by handing over the device. But experts say this attempt to socially multitask is actually leaving negative imprints on families as they struggle to find ways to connect.

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Fireworks Prohibited on Cy-Fair ISD Property

Cypress, TX News (December 20, 2014) - Cy-Fair ISD reminds those celebrating the upcoming New Year’s holiday that Texas law prohibits the discharge of fireworks on school district property.

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Cypress Ranch State Game Tickets On Sale

Cypress, TX News (December 16, 2014) – Tickets for the Cypress Ranch High School football team’s Division I Class 6A state championship game against the Allen Eagles are on sale now.

The Mustangs, 13-2, will face the Allen Eagles, 15-0, in the state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Presale tickets will be sold for $8 to students and $12 to adults at the following locations:

  • the Cypress Ranch ticket window near the assistant principals’ office during lunch periods Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday;
  • the Cypress Ranch gym lobby Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.; and
  • the CFISD athletic department at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road, entrance 2) Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for $15 per ticket with a $10 charge for parking. Online ticketing is also available through Ticketmaster.

Call the athletic department at 281-894-3980 for more information.

Fostering Love

Cy-Fair family opens their arms and hearts to help children in need

Written by Lana Timbs | Photography by Candace Cook

Cypress, TX News (December 3, 2014) – Most every family says they love children, but one family has stepped up to welcome needy children into their home. Lisa and Rodney Johnson currently have six children at home, including biological, adopted, and fostered. They have had an additional six who were foster care scenarios and reunited with family members.

Through the fostering and adoption processes, the Johnson family has grown a family of five to a family of eight. They have three biological children: Anna, 14, Grace, 10, and Joshua, 9. They also have one adopted child, Tori, 5, and two foster children, Miss M*, 3, and Little Miss K*, 1. Lisa Johnson says they follow a spiritual calling from God to embrace children needing a better environment and extra love.

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Rodney and Lisa with their children, Little Miss K, Anna, Miss M, Tori, Joshua, and Grace

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Cy-Fair ISD Football Team Advances to Round Four of the Playoffs

Cypress Ranch football team advances to regional final

Courtesy of: Joel Weckerly, CFISD Communication

Cypress, TX News (December 1, 2014) – The Cypress Ranch High School football team won its Division I Region III-6A semifinal playoff game over Galena Park North Shore, 31-27, this past Friday at the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium. (more…)

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