Here are 12 of the biggest Cy-Fair education stories from 2018 and what could happen next

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Updates on Cy-Fair ISD as well as public, private and charter schools in the area

Middle School No. 19 (via rendering Courtesy PBK Architects)

Cy-Fair ISD

  1. Middle School No. 19 is planned at 7425 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress, next to Cypress Park High School. In September, the district awarded a $58.3 million contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction with a slated completion date of July 2020. This project was included in the $1.2 billion bond passed in 2014.

2. Windfern School of Choice is slated to relocate to the former Matzke Elementary School at 13102 Jones Road, Houston, after renovations are completed this August. A $15.9 million contract was awarded in September to ICI Construction, paid from 2014 bond funds. The school is currently located at 12630 Windfern Road, Houston.

3. The district’s College Academy program expanded to
A. Cypress Woods,
B. Cypress Park,
C. Cypress Ridge and
D. Langham Creek high schools at the start of the 2018-19 school year and is set to be at all CFISD high schools next year. In its first year, the pilot program launched at Cypress Lakes High School in 2017-18, allowing students to earn an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school.

4. After closing for nearly a full year for repairs following Hurricane Harvey, Moore Elementary School reopened with about 870 students in August at 13734 Lakewood Forest Drive, Cypress. VLK Architects and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction oversaw the nearly $14 million renovation project. Renovations included rebuilding classrooms, installing new floors, restoring the gym and restoring restrooms. The project also involved implementing measures to alleviate flooding in the case of a major rain event in the future. A detention pond was constructed on-site, and drainage improvements were made to the school’s parking lot.

5. With the help of federal grant money, CFISD launched the iConnect initiative at three mobile home communities in 2018:
A. Tanner Road Mobile Home Park,
B. West Houston Mobile Home Park and
C. Weiman Mobile Home Park

The program provides a secure Wi-Fi connection so students can access educational resources from home, either on their own devices or district-provided Chromebooks. Resources include various books available to them through the district. The program reaches students zoned to Kirk, Hairgrove and Owens elementary schools; Labay and Truitt middle schools; and Cypress Ridge and Cypress Falls high schools.

Updates on Cy-Fair ISD as well as public, private and charter schools in the area

YES Prep Northwest (via Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Charter schools

6. YES Prep Northwest opened at the start of the 2018-19 school year at 14741 Yorktown Plaza Drive, Houston, with its founding class of sixth-graders and eight full-time teachers under Director Laura Washington Dugan. This is the 18th school for the Houston-based charter school system, which focuses on college readiness at each grade level. Registration for students entering sixth or seventh grade in 2019-20 is open until Feb. 10. The school will admit no more than 155 students per grade level and will use a lottery system to select applicants at random when there are more applicants than available seats. Family tours are scheduled for Feb. 5, Feb. 19 and March 5.

Private schools

7. In fall 2018, Cypress Christian School implemented the AP Capstone program at 11123 Cypress N. Houston Road, Houston. The program encourages students to develop research, collaboration and communication skills in preparation for college through the AP Seminar and AP Research courses. More than 1,500 high schools worldwide are part of the AP Capstone program, including Langham Creek High School in CFISD.

8. Officials with Christ the Redeemer Catholic School celebrated the completion of the Redeemer Activity Center in August at the adjacent Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Road, Houston. The facility features a gymnasium, auditorium, youth room, music and arts rooms and a lab for science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math programs. In addition to being used by students, the center is also accessible to church parishioners.

Cy-Fair ISD news

  • Officials worked to increase safety and security throughout 2018, including setting aside $1 million in local funding. Many projects from the 2014 bond wrapped up in 2018, such as upgrading vestibules at front entrances with bullet-resistant glass and buzzer door releases. Officials also implemented a clear backpack policy for middle and high school students.
  • CFISD launched two districtwide mental health intervention teams at the start of the 2018-19 school year, consisting of licensed professional counselors, school psychologists and mental health officers. Teams were designed to implement initial screenings and follow-ups, individual counseling, consultation and referrals.
  • Following changes made during the 85th Texas Legislature, the Texas Education Agency released official A-F accountability ratings for districts for the first time in August. The system takes several factors into account, including standardized test results and closing academic achievement gaps. It replaces a system where campuses were rated Met Standard, Met Alternate Standard or Improvement Required. CFISD received an 89 rating, or a B.
  • The University Interscholastic League announced in February all CFISD athletic programs would be split into two separate districts as part of its 2018-20 realignment process. The 2018-19 school year is the first year student-athletes competed against non-CFISD teams since 2007.
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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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