CFISD NAMES 2015-2016 PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR
CFISD principals selected Francone Elementary School Principal Dr. Tonya Goree and Jersey Village High School Principal Ralph Funk as district representatives for the 2015-2016 Region 4 Principal of the Year award last week.
Goree, the elementary winner, and Funk, the secondary winner, will be recognized at the Region 4 Education Service Center Principal Recognition Ceremony on April 6 at the Hotel ZaZa.
Goree has 25 years of experience in classroom and administrative education, including six years as a principal in CFISD. This was her first year as principal at Francone.
“Being named CFISD’s Elementary Principal of the Year is truly an honor,” Goree said. “I have the privilege of working with a wonderful staff and remarkable students who bring out the very best in me. I share this recognition with each of them.”
Funk has served 38 years in education, including 32 years in administration and 16 with CFISD—all of them at Jersey Village.
“It is a humbling experience to be selected by my fellow CFISD secondary principals as Principal of the Year,” Funk said. “Principals do not seek recognition and awards but work for the teachers and students in their building. I am flattered by this honor and thank my friends for having faith in me to represent them.”
CYPRESS CREEK PUBLICATIONS ADVISER WINS JEA RISING STAR AWARD
The Journalism Education Association (JEA) announced that Cypress Creek High School publications adviser Samantha Berry is one of 13 journalism teachers and media advisers to receive the Rising Star Award in 2016.
The award honors scholastic student media advisers who have completed five or fewer years in the profession. Established in 2006, it honors new advisers who have shown a commitment to involvement and improvement for themselves and their students, according to the JEA release.
Berry, a third-year teacher at Cypress Creek, was named the school’s 2014-2015 Spotlight Teacher and earned the Texas Association of Journalism Educators (TAJE) Pathfinder Award last fall.
“I am so honored to be among the recipients for the Rising Star Award,” Berry said. “To be recognized by leaders in your professional field is an incredible feeling. I truly love this job and enjoy coming to work every day because of the dedication and heart my students put into their work. I’m thankful to work in CFISD with administrators and colleagues who support and celebrate each other.
Berry and her fellow 2016 Rising Star Award recipients will be honored at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Convention in Los Angeles April 14-17.
REGINALD LILLIE NAMED CHAIR OF HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has announced Reginald Lillie as the Chair of the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Board of Trustees. Lillie has been a trustee for the past seven years and active in the Greater Houston community since 1997. He resides and works in the Cypress-Fairbanks area. Among Lillie’s notable accomplishments are his efforts to help bring Houston Methodist care to the Cy-Fair community with the opening of the Houston Methodist Cypress Emergency Care Center.
“We are truly blessed to have a leader and community advocate of Reginald’s caliber serving as the chair of our Board of Trustees,” said Keith Barber, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital & senior vice president, Houston Methodist. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding community development to this role.”
Lillie was born and raised in Northeast Houston and educated in Houston and North Forest independent school districts. He also studied at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Lillie is a Northwest Corridor community leader and supporter. He has been asked to lend his support and community influence to organizations across the city of Houston because of his experience in business and community involvement. His professional work experience includes careers with the Grocer’s Supply Company, Southwestern Bell Corporation and MCI Corporation, Independent Life Insurance Company, Mutual of Omaha and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. In 1984 he became an independent insurance broker and sole proprietor of Reginald Lillie Insurance Service.
Lillie also an associate minister at Greater True Faith Missionary Baptist Church, where his father, Rev. Ben Roy Lillie, Sr. is pastor.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER WINS TASBO’S TOP INDIVIDUAL AWARD
Frankie Jackson, chief technology officer in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has been named the 2016 winner of the highest individual honor awarded by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) –– the Commitment to Excellence award. Jackson received the award during the second general session of the TASBO Annual Conference in Dallas on March 3.
The annual award, sponsored by TASBO strategic partner AXA, recognizes an outstanding TASBO member who best distinguishes themselves within their profession, their community and TASBO. TASBO evaluates each nominee’s past accomplishments, volunteerism, leadership and contributions at the district level—including impact on student achievement.
MEMORIAL HERMANN OPENS CONVENIENT CARE CENTER IN CYPRESS
Memorial Hermann officially opened its 45,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center today in Cypress. The facility provides highly coordinated access to adult and pediatric primary care via Memorial Hermann Medical Group, as well as specialty physicians, sports medicine and rehabilitation, lab services, outpatient imaging – including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care with Memorial Hermann – and a 24-hour emergency center.
“Bringing access to quality healthcare in Houston’s communities is priority for Memorial Hermann,” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “The opening of our Convenient Care Center in Cypress is the first step to giving the growing community the ability to receive specialty care close-to-home.”
Located at 27700 Northwest Freeway near the Grand Parkway, the Convenient Care Center is designed to take the stress out of scheduling appointments for routine health needs by offering families options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours for primary care – Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For added convenience, appointments also can be scheduled online by visiting www.memorialhermann.org/cypress-ccc.
“Today marks a major milestone in our phased approach to bring unparalleled healthcare access to this community,” said Scott Barbe, CEO, Memorial Hermann Cypress. “Our Convenient Care Center offers flexibility to complement today’s busy lifestyles in a single location, and we are honored to become a trusted partner for the residents of Cypress.”
The Convenient Care Center, housed on the first floor of the newly opened Medical Plaza, is the first phase of Memorial Hermann’s $168 million medical campus in Cypress, which will be anchored by an 81-bed acute care hospital that is currently under construction. This development is part of Memorial Hermann’s growth initiative – Breaking New Ground – created to meet current and future healthcare needs in the greater Houston region.
Slated for completion in Spring 2017, the hospital will house eight operating rooms, a 16-bed intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, a cardiac catheterization lab, and a dedicated Memorial Hermann Life Flight® helipad, with room to expand.
Houston’s 12-county region has a projected five-year (2015-2020) population growth rate of 7.6 percent. The Cypress area alone has a projected population growth rate of more than 11 percent in the same time period. Cypress also is home to the three largest growing zip codes (77433, 77377, and 77499) as well as the three largest populated zip codes (77429, 77095, and 77433).
“As Cypress continues to grow so will Memorial Hermann,” added Barbe. The campus has the footprint to accommodate significant future growth, including two additional medical plazas and two additional patient bed towers, bringing the total bed count to more than 400 beds.
The economic impact also will serve the local community, as the new Convenient Care Center brings with it 50+ job opportunities, both clinical and administrative. More than 250 additional job opportunities will become available when the hospital opens next year. Qualified candidates can learn more at memorialhermann.org/careers/.
The Cypress Convenient Care Center joins sister facilities in Summer Creek, Sienna Plantation, Pearland and South Katy.
For more information, call 832-658-3100 or visit memorialhermann.org/cypress-ccc.
BRIDGELAND AND THE WOODLANDS OFFER NEW TIC TAG TOLL PROMOTION
Bridgeland and The Woodlands have announced the launch of their latest springtime promotion –– Tic Tag Toll. Following the recent opening of the Grand Parkway segments that connect the two award-winning master planned communities, the Tic Tag Toll promotion urges new homeowners to take advantage of a toll tag on the Grand Parkway, bisecting Bridgeland and now connecting US 290 to The Woodlands.
When homebuyers purchase a new home through April 30 in Bridgeland or The Woodlands, they can receive free tolls for one year or can choose a $2,000 gift card. Along with the toll promotion, select builders in both communities are offering incentives such as appliance packages, discounts on closing costs, Visa gift cards, up to $40,000 in free Design Center options and more.
Participating builders in Bridgeland who are offering incentives include Beazer, Chesmar, Coventry, Darling, J. Kyle, Meritage, Perry, Ryland, Taylor Morrison and Westin Homes. In The Woodlands, builders who are offering incentives include Connor Davis, Coventry, Darling, David Weekley, Gracepoint, J. Kyle, J. Patrick, M/I Homes, Pulte, Ryland, Shea, Taylor Morrison, Trendmaker Homes, Toll Brothers and Village Builders.
The Grand Parkway is now open for traffic between US 59 South and I-45 North and has been extended to 59 North. The newest segment between US 290 and I-45 substantially reduced commuting time between The Woodlands and Bridgeland and improved access to major employment centers. Both Bridgeland.com and TheWoodlands.com include information on the toll promotion. For homebuilder promotions, see builders for details. Some restrictions may apply.
ROGERS NAMED CYPRESS PARK CAMPUS ATHLETIC COORDINATOR, COACH
Greg Rogers, assistant coach for the Cypress Falls High School football team, has been named the inaugural campus athletic coordinator and head football coach for Cypress Park High School.
Cypress Park, CFISD’s 11th traditional high school, will open in August and begin competing in varsity athletics in the 2018-2019 school year.
Rogers has coached and taught at Cypress Falls since 2005. He has served as offensive coordinator since 2009, specializing in receivers (2009-2011) and quarterbacks (2011-present). Rogers has also served as the head girls’ track and field coach since 2009. Prior to Cypress Falls, Rogers coached and taught at Pflugerville High School from 1999-2005.
Rogers earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and his Master of Education in mid-management from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he also played free safety and special teams for the Lumberjacks’ football team.
“I am extremely blessed for this opportunity. I am honored and humbled by the responsibility to not only become a campus athletic coordinator and head football coach in this district, but to also start up a new school and new athletic program,” Rogers said. “I am looking forward to working alongside [Principal] Mr. [Chris] Hecker to create an atmosphere of excellence at Cypress Park. I can’t wait to get to work, start meeting the kids and developing our traditions. It is an exciting time!”