Cypress Elementary Readers Win Big in Reading Program

Cypress, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Two elementary schools won top-three awards and eight student readers placed among the top 100 individuals nationally in the myON second annual Summer SuperHero reading program.

CFISD placed fourth in the total number of students appearing in the top 100 nationally. The program, which featured 65,000 students in 4,200 schools, challenged participants to read as much as possible from May 15 to Aug. 15 using the myON Reader software.

Farney Elementary School placed second in the nation, winning an interactive white board from Steelcase Education.


Reading Lee

Lee Elementary School fourth-grade students Anh Nguyen, second from left, and Emann Loubani, third from left, placed 45th and 76th, respectively, in the nation in the myON Summer SuperHero reading program. Joining the students are (from left) Beth Haines, reading instructional specialist; Tonya Goree, principal; and Karen Wetzig, librarian.


“We were thrilled to learn that we had placed second in the myON SuperHero Summer Reading Program,” said Farney principal Tricia Reilly. “Winning the interactive white board will enhance our schoolwide focus on increasing student engagement through the use of technology.”

Birkes Elementary School placed third in the nation, winning a free, one-year subscription to the myON elementary school publisher bundle.

“Birkes’ theme this year is ‘Super Heroes: We have the POWER to make a difference!’ When we heard the news that we placed third in the myOn Summer SuperHero Reading Program, we realized Birkes’ super power is reading!” said Birkes principal Dr. Carla Brosnahan. “Our students and their families will be so excited to learn they have a subscription to continue using myOn all year.”

The following CFISD students ranked among the top 100 readers nationally:

  • Vuong Vu, fifth grade, Gleason Elementary, fifth place;
  • Dan Huynh, Bang Elementary, 21st place;
  • Anh Nguyen, fourth grade, Lee Elementary, 45th place;
  • An Duong, fifth grade, Copeland Elementary, 49th place;
  • Jaenelle Adams, third grade Rennell Elementary, 57th place;
  • Arya Uprale, fifth grade, Yeager Elementary (former student), 73rd place;
  • Emann Loubani, fourth grade, Lee Elementary, 76th place; and
  • Theresa Pham, sixth grade, Cook Middle School (formerly Bang Elementary), 93rd place.

myON Reader is a digital literacy program that provides 24/7 access to thousands of digital books, while recommending content to readers according to their interest and reading levels. The software uses embedded Lexile reading assessments that allows educators to measure and forecast reading growth. For more information, visit the myON website.

“It has been phenomenal to watch how myON has taken off at a grassroots level with parents and students,” said Todd Brekhus, myON president. “To have one district with this much representation among the nation’s best is outstanding. It is not easy to motivate that many children to do something like this, and I think that’s a pretty great sign of both the schools’ and the district’s leadership. Clearly, literacy has been a priority in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and we are happy to support that priority.”