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…)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following students from Cy-Fair, Jersey Village and Cypress Woods high schools earned first-, second- and third-place or honorable mention honors:
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
2000 Willowbrook Mall Houston
Cy-Fair Music & Arts
7103 Glen Chase Ct. Houston
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.
Following the tragic loss of their son, the Bassett family started a foundation to give other students the opportunity Eric never had
Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photos by Margaret Chapman Photography
CY-FAIR (CFM) – Eric Bassett Jr. was a Cy Falls High School linebacker, a player for the school’s baseball team, and a master guitar player – but if you ask the people who knew him best, they will also tell you that Eric was a friend to everyone he knew. The Cypress community was deeply affected by Eric’s tragic passing in an automobile accident on Dec. 2, 2007 at age 17. Just a few days after the accident, friends approached his parents, Eric Sr. and Ana, about a memorial scholarship in Eric’s name.
Within a few weeks, the Bassetts received various donations, mostly through word of mouth and their church, Christ the Redeemer. “We received contributions from all types of people,” says Eric Sr. “Our intention was to try to create an endowed scholarship of $20,000. We realized we needed to raise some money, so we decided on a golf tournament fundraiser – the Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.”
Andrew, Ana, and Erik Bassett Sr., along with Tiffany and Michael Baker, have kept Eric’s legacy alive through the Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rodney and Lisa with their children, Little Miss K, Anna, Miss M, Tori, Joshua, and Grace
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.
After losing our only child Nicole to lung cancer, we began a non-profit organization that educates and assists others affected by the disease
Written by Colleen Dumas | Select photography by Sara Isola
Cypress, TX News - We were a normal family, or so we thought. My husband and I grew up on the west side of Houston, got married in 1982, and moved to the Cypress area in early 1999. We envisioned raising our daughter in the Cypress community until retirement, many years down the road, when suddenly life changed overnight.
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.
All moms agree that trusting the coaches and trainers is important; no son wants a “momma bear” running onto the field
Cypress Ranch High School graduate, Joshua Weissman, lost over 100 pounds after he discovered the Paleo diet and documented his dramatic transformation
Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Candace Cook
Cypress, TX News - Joshua Weissman was picked on verbally and physically because of his weight. But it got more intense when classmates, who he thought were his friends, began pinching, pushing, grabbing, and laughing at him during class. The teacher did nothing about it. “Eventually, I lost my cool and yelled at one of them, and then that kid said he wanted to fight me,” remembers Joshua. His classmates started berating him for yelling and called him lame. Joshua put his head down on his desk. He started tearing up, and he didn’t want anyone to see. “This wasn’t the first time I was humiliated, but it was one of the worst,” says Joshua.
After being repeatedly bullied
about his weight, Joshua Weissman
changed his lifestyle, lost over 100
pounds, and became the author of
his own Paleo-inspired cookbook
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…)
Local non-profit assists families caring for kids with disabilities
Written by Clare Jensen | Photography courtesy of Big Little JC Association
Cypress, TX News - Not many phone calls have as much impact as the one Franz and Yvette Carstens received following a routine ultrasound appointment. Their doctor informed them that their baby boy was unlikely to live through the pregnancy, and that if he did, he would be born with severe disabilities. Today, that phone call echoes a blessing in the lives of many due to the Carstens’ initiative in founding the Big Little JC Association.
Big Little JC Association is a local non-profit organization that assists families with
special needs children
A Birth and a Beginning
Following the doctor’s prognosis, the Carstens family prepared themselves for the challenges ahead. When Jesus Carstens was born on September 1, 2010, he was diagnosed with acampomelic campomelic dysplasia syndrome, severe scoliosis, tracheobronchomalacia, and a gene mutation never before reported. Most people require a medical dictionary for understanding of these terms, but for Jesus and his family, they became part of everyday life.
With these conditions came financial challenges in addition to the emotional ones. Family, friends, and even strangers helped the Carstens through these difficult times, but Yvette began to reflect that other families were not necessarily as blessed by these “angels.” These experiences inspired her to found a non-profit organization to help other families caring for children with severe disabilities. The result was the Big Little JC Association. (more…)
Men of Honor, an organization at Cypress Springs High School, mentors young men to become respectable role models of the community
Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography courtesy of Cy-Fair ISD
Cypress, TX News – When Antonio Briones, a class of 2014 graduate, walked into his first Men of Honor meeting, he never thought it would change his views, values, and way of life. Coming from a family of divorced parents, an absentee mother, and a father who was always working, Briones had no one to confide in. “Growing up, I never had someone telling me what’s right,” Briones says.
Despite joining the wrestling team, Briones didn’t fully find a sense of belonging until he became an active member of Men of Honor. It was the first time he didn’t feel alone. There was someone to ask him, “What’s wrong?” and a chance for him to let go of the anger he had held onto for so long. “[There’s] no judgment, no hate, no discrimination.” Briones says. “You go into a room, and you are brothers.”
Cy Creek student Emil Dillon has the opportunity to meet Crane Worldwide Logistics executive, Cedrick Young, at a Men of Honor event
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
Cy Creek graduate and YouTube sensation Jon Cozart shares his creativity behind his ingenious spoofs
Written by Clare Jensen and Kennan Buckner | Photos courtesy of Jon Cozart
CY-FAIR (CFM) – Jon Cozart’s music video parody of what happened after the Disney princesses’ “happily ever after” took him to the world of videos gone viral. The self-created video titled “After Ever After” was once featured on the Yahoo homepage and the flick has over 15 million views. It’s been fitted with subtitles in French, Italian, and Spanish. As a 2011 Cypress Creek High School graduate, Cozart balances a YouTube career with his film major studies at the University of Texas.
Cy Creek graduate Jon Cozart’s Disney princess parody, “After Ever After,” has over 15 million views on YouTube.
A rising country singer/songwriter from Cypress reaches new heights with her iTunes-charting music, performances with Scotty McCreery, and aims for country music stardom
Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Micah Kandros
CY-FAIR, TX (CFM) – Kayla Conn is a busy teenager. Her debut album, Kayla Conn - EP, soared to the Top 40 on iTunes’ country album chart; she writes songs and records in Nashville, has toured with American Idol country sensation Scotty McCreery – all before her 16th birthday.
At age 3, Kayla Conn was already showcasing her musical talent, and her parents have been encouraging her to chase her dreams ever since
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.
How Cy-Fair parents can foster a love of reading in their children
Written by Clare Jensen
Cypress, TX News – Cy-Fair is well-known for its high-quality education. Sometimes, the academic rigor can be intimidating for parents and students, but there is a tried-and-true method that has proven over and over again to help prepare kids for academic success – and it has nothing to do with expensive tutoring or competitive pre-school or rigorous scholastic drills. Cy-Fair experts all agree, the magic technique is making time to read with your children.
“Children need to see their parents reading a variety of text. They should see you reading a book for pleasure, reading the newspaper and discussing current events, and reading materials to gain information,” says Cypress Christian School librarian Amy Mitton. “Even asking your child to read the grocery list aloud while in the store is helpful for them. We want to surround our children with reading so that it becomes second nature to them.”
Cypress Christian School believes that reading is the foundation for all other areas of learning
How to navigate the twists and turns of parenting and celebrate each child’s unique gifts.
Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Select photography by Sara Isola
Kira Fisher, mom of 7-month-old twins Blake and Jade, says the difference in having twins is that she does everything twice. “I change two diapers, put two babies in their car seats, make two bottles, and get two babies dressed,” she says. But Fisher admits there are some things she was able to do with her first child Luke, 3, that she couldn’t do with both of her twins – like hold them both when they eat or hold them both for an extended period of time.
Although twice the effort can be a challenge, Fisher says, “I don’t know of many feelings better than the one that comes from waking up to two wiggly, happy babies smiling up at you from their crib. The work may double, but so does the love.”
Kira Fisher admits that having twins means twice the work, but the love is also multiplied.
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Cy Woods District Cross Country
The Cypress Woods High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both placed first in the District 17-5A Cross Country Championships at Spring Creek Park.
Cy Woods District Cross Country
The Social Media
Important advice and tips Cy-Fair parents should know about how teens are using social media and what they’re using it for.
There are two things we can count on in this world: The sun will always shine, and social media is not going away any time soon. More than ever before, today’s digital-age teens are immersed in social media as a means to connect with their friends, share their photos and videos, and express their feelings and opinions. To make it even harder for parents, there are newer, more sophisticated social media venues sprouting up all the time. How are Cy-Fair parents supposed to keep up with all of it? Cy-Fair Magazine’s editorial team shares our best advice for how to be a social media savvy parent.
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Cy Woods High School teens work to educate and donate to causes combatting human trafficking
Written by Gail G. Collins | Photography by Candace Cook
Cypress, TX News - Students at Cy Woods High School rev up a gym packed with an audience of high schoolers. Multiple performers take to the stage, including the talented vocalist, Holly Tucker, from the hit show, The Voice. It would be easy to think it is just teens groovin’ to the tunes. This is a benefit event, hosted by an abolitionist group with a mission to inform, fundraise, and contribute to combatting human trafficking. Ironically, these students could be exploited by the trafficking trade in another set of circumstances.
Cy Woods Freedom Club sponsored this benefit and previous concerts to draw attention and educate the public regarding this violation of human rights. This year, Freedom Club sold 135 tickets and raised $2,100. Love 146 chair rep Derielle Keiser says, “We work to fundraise and bring awareness to organizations such as Love 146, Free the Captives, A21, and As Our Own. It is important that our members are passionate about our cause – ending human trafficking.”
Members of the Cy Woods High School Freedom Club Derielle Keiser, Ryan Lucker, Rachael Hearn, Drishti Wadhwa, and Kristen Stubbe
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.