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.
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
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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.
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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.