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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…)

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.

Copy of Rachel McNeill 2010 Headshot

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


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.


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


Cypress, Texas Businesses – News from Spring 2015

Fostering Academic Excellence
281-469-8440 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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!

Cypress, Texas Businesses – News from Summer 2015

New Luxury Homes in Hidden Creek
281-304-5588 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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

Mobile Storage and Moving Solutions
832-464-7174 |
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.

Heritage Texas Properties Welcomes Newest Agents

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


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…)

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