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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…)

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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Catching Up with Rachel McNeill

Cy-Fair ISD alumna and KPRC anchor covers local news at national levels

Written by Gail G. Collins| Photography courtesy of Rachel McNeill

Rachel McNeill wasn’t born in Texas – in fact, she was born in Jamaica. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. The local gal spent many of her early years preparing for a career in broadcasting: playing talk show host and asking hardball questions on the playground at Moore Elementary; researching a ninth-grade study skills assignment on schools, skills, and salary at Cypress Creek High School; and earning an inevitable broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The KPRC Channel 2 anchor pushed forward the old-school way, working markets from Midland to Raleigh and New Orleans before coming home to Houston in 2001.

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Cy Creek graduate Rachel McNeill now works as an anchor on KPRC Channel 2


Cy-Fair High School

A historical look at Cy-Fair’s original high school

Written by Leigh Ann Mitchell | Select photography courtesy of Cy-Fair ISD

CY-FAIR, Texas (CFM) – Nestled on the side of a busy highway, Cy-Fair High School is enriched with pride and tradition. It all started in 1884 when a one-room school was built and named Big Cypress School House. At first, students of all ages attended this tiny school, but as the population grew, accommodations had to be made. The original one-room school was completely destroyed by the hurricane of 1900, rebuilt, and destroyed again by the storm of 1915. An empty house allowed students to continue classes. Big Cypress School House was eventually renamed Lamkin Elementary.

Cy-Fair High School received national acclaim after being dedicated by then first lady Eleanor Roosevelt when it first opened

Cy-Fair High School received national acclaim after being dedicated by then first lady Eleanor Roosevelt when it first opened


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.


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


Cy-Fair Texas Birthday Party Fun!

Cy-Fair parents know that planning the perfect birthday party is no small task. Themes, decorations, games, and refreshments are all important details that will help make your cutie’s birthday a blast. Make party planning fun for the whole family by letting the birthday boy or girl choose a theme or a favorite snack to serve, and check out our list of some great Cy-Fair area birthday party venues. For additional birthday resources, visit our Birthday Parties page.

Aerodome Ice Skating Complex
8220 Willow Place Dr. N. Houston

All-Star Martial Arts
14405 Telge Rd.

17190 Texas 249 Houston

Build-A-Bear Workshop
2000 Willowbrook Mall Houston

Cy-Fair Music & Arts
7103 Glen Chase Ct. Houston


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.

Easter Services & Celebrations

Cypress, TX News – With Easter right around the corner, many of you may be looking for a way to join in community to celebrate such an important holiday. Cy-Fair has many options to choose from when it comes to attending an Easter service. At Cy-Fair Magazine, we want to wish all of you a happy Easter!

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church
April 19 at 8:30 p.m.
April 20 at 7, 9, and 11 a.m.
11511 Huffmeister Rd.

Community of Faith
April 18 at 7 p.m.
April 19 at 4 and 6 p.m.
April 20 at 8:30, 9:50, and 11:30 a.m.
16124 Becker Rd.

Cypress Bible Church
April 18 at 7 p.m. Good Friday Service
April 20 at 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m.
11711 Cypress N. Houston Rd.

Cypress Crossing Christian Church
April 20 at 7, 8:15,  9:30, and 11 a.m.
15751 Cypress Rosehill Rd.


Family Fun Activities in Cy-Fair, TX

Cy-Fair offers many opportunities to keep your family from missing out on those delightful days. We have prepared a list of activities that are sure to make this season a memorable one.

Written by Kennan Buckner

Great Play
11808 Barker Cypress Rd.
Check out Great Play’s winter camps during Christmas break, or enjoy New Year’s Eve day celebrations like a super hero party or championship day.

The Dance Factory
17619 FM 529, Houston
Children as young as age 2 can begin their dance training at The Dance Factory. Take classes in jazz, tap, hip hop, and more! The Dance Factory’s competition team will be performing at Disney World in the summer of 2014.

Second Baptist Church Cypress
8877 Barker Cypress Rd.
Your little ones will enjoy big fun at Second Baptist’s TeamKid on Sunday mornings.


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!



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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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, 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.

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


Groups: Battle Red Wagon Tailgaters

Local award-winning group impacts community while cheering for the Houston Texans

Written by Liza Winkler | Select photography by Marisa Hugonnett

CY-FAIR (CFM) – Decked out in red, white, and blue attire, the Battle Red Wagon Tailgaters set up a tent at Reliant Stadium each week during the Houston Texans’ football season to cook meals, cheer on the team, and share a common love for football. These local tailgaters are unlike most other football-loving groups. This award-winning tailgating team has made an impact on Cy-Fair through community outreach by being involved with various local non-profit organizations for over 10 years.

The Battle Red Wagon Tailgaters are two-time winners of the prestigious title, "Tailgater of the Year"

The Battle Red Wagon Tailgaters are two-time winners of the prestigious title, “Tailgater of the Year”


Healthy Family Tips 2014

Cy-Fair Magazine speaks to local parents and experts to bring Cy-Fair families our top 14 tips for 2014.

Written by Cy-Fair Magazine’s Editors 

1. Be a Fire Smart Family
Does your family know where to go and what to do if there is a fire or emergency? Pick a location (like a mailbox or a stop sign at the end of the street) where you will always meet if there is a house fire or other crisis. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do if they hear them. Also, remind them where the exits are and never to hide during a fire. Consider visiting a fire station and letting your kids meet real-life firefighters to see what their uniforms look like so they won’t be afraid of them should they need to be rescued in an emergency.

2. Know Names, Phone Numbers, and Addresses
Teach children to memorize their parents’ phone numbers, street address, and names (not just “mom” and “dad”). As soon as children are verbal, they can learn this. Use fun, creative ways to teach them such as songs or by playing games. You can have them practice calling you and quiz them often to make sure they have the information correct.

3. Practice Hand Washing and Sneezing Basics
One of the easiest ways to avoid viral illness is to get your kids, and yourself, in the habit of washing hands before eating, sleeping, and after using the restroom – no exceptions. Young children often suck their thumbs or pick their nose at bedtime, so late night hand washing is important as well. Another great habit to teach is to sneeze into their elbow. Model these good habits, and your cuties will pick up on them in no time.


How To Be a Cy-Fair Football Mom

Managing the busy schedules that lead up to Friday Night Lights  

Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography by Sara Isola

1. Get Organized
Once the fall season arrives, football moms know it’s time to buckle up for a ride. In order to ease the stress of it all, Kay Routh’s family use the Cozi calendar to keep everyone organized and aware of each other’s schedules. “The key is to plan ahead, be flexible, and communicate with everyone in the family frequently,” Routh says.

2. Focus on Priorities
Moms also have to make sure their sons are tackling their goals in the classroom and not just the field. Cotrina Matthews admits her family’s schedule can be hectic due to the high expectations for her son, Carrington, a sophomore at Langham Creek. Apart from Lobos football, Carrington is very active in his church and community, maintains a part-time job, and has earned a spot on the distinguished honor roll. “I must give it my best to prepare for the real world,” Carrington says.

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All moms agree that trusting the coaches and trainers is important; no son wants a “momma bear” running onto the field


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…)

Miss Cy-Fair Houston

Recently crowned Elizabeth Medina will compete in the Miss Texas 2013 Pageant

Written by Kirsten Cornell |  Photos by Mike Kass and Epic Event Photography

CY-FAIR, Texas (CFM) –When discussing pageantry, the image often conjured up is rows of glittering dresses, radiant smiles, and crowns adorned with dazzling gemstones. But as any contestant will tell you, it entails hard work, dedication, education, talent, and passion. “Preparing for a pageant is exactly like preparing for a job,” explains current reigning Miss Cy-Fair Houston Elizabeth Medina. “As a contestant, you are essentially asking for the job as the local or state titleholder. It’s important to remember that.”

Blaire Pancake is the co-executive director of the Miss Cy-Fair Houston Pageant and believes that having this local pageant highlights beautiful, educated, and serviceminded young women that today’s youth can look up to. “We have so many outstanding young women and future leaders in our community,” Pancake says proudly. “These women let the rest of Texas, and potentially the entire country, know about how great the Cy-Fair area truly is and the caliber of young women we have living and going to school here.”

As Miss Cy-Fair Houston, 17-year old Elizabeth Medina will proudly represent the Cy-Fair area in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant

As Miss Cy-Fair Houston, 17-year old Elizabeth Medina will proudly represent the Cy-Fair area in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant


New Commmercial For Bridgeland Highlights Community Amentities



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…)

People: Christ Through Comedy

Christian comedian Bob Smiley shares his messages of faith through laughter

Written by Kirsten Cornell | Photography by Brian Braun

CY-FAIR, TX (CFM) – When Bob Smiley was first deciding what he wanted to be when he grew up, he leaned toward elementary education. In high school, he witnessed a growing trend of children growing up without father figures in their lives which influenced his choice. “I thought that maybe God could use me as a positive male role model for kids,” Smiley recalls. “Plus, I figured the classes in college would be easy because I already knew most of the alphabet.”

When the opportunity came to participate in a stand-up competition at Smiley’s alma mater, Abilene Christian University (ACU), he participated in it for the prize money, but the results would forever change the course of his career.

Originally pursuing a degree in education from Abilene Christian University, Bob Smiley discovered a talent and passion for comedy that he simply could not walk away from

Originally pursuing a degree in education from Abilene Christian University, Bob Smiley discovered a talent and passion for comedy that he simply could not walk away from


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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