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.
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
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
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
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
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…)
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
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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
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.