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Cy-Fair Business Sept 2015

| September 1, 2015

Reginal Mitchell

Reginal Mitchell

Kimberley Criswell

Kimberley Criswell


Reginal Mitchell, the associate principal at Cypress Falls High School, was named the new principal at Thornton Middle School on July 23. Mitchell replaces Dr. Laura Perry, who was named principal at Campbell Middle School in June.

Mitchell has 15 total years in education, including 11 in CFISD. His path through administration began as a math helping teacher and coach in 2007, a role he held until 2009 when he was named instructional specialist at Andre’ Elementary School. He was promoted to assistant principal at Holbrook Elementary School in 2010, serving two years before being named assistant principal at Hopper Middle School for one year.

He served as an assistant principal at Cypress Falls High School from June-December 2013, when he accepted his current role of associate principal. He has also served as math facilitator for Cypress Lakes High School summer school (2010) and a student services department facilitator (2009-2012).

Mitchell earned his undergraduate degree from Southern University and his master’s in education and administration from Concordia University.

“I am very thankful and blessed to be selected to serve and lead as principal of Thornton Middle School,” Mitchell said. “I look forward to building meaningful and purposeful relationships with students, staff, parents and community members.”

Kimberley Criswell, an assistant principal at Danish Elementary School, was named the new principal for Jowell Elementary School on Aug. 7. Criswell replaces Dr. Julie Manuel, who retired from the district in June.

Criswell has 26 years of educational experience, including 2 1/2 years as an educational volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. She has served the last 20 years in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, beginning with three years as an educational diagnostician at Owens, Holmsley and Reed elementary schools. She transitioned into the assistant principal role at McFee Elementary School, serving three years before accepting her current position at Danish Elementary School in 2010.

Criswell earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and her Master of Education in special education from the University of St. Thomas. She received principal certification from the University of Houston.

“I am honored to serve as the next principal of Jowell Elementary,” Criswell said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the staff and the community to continue the tradition of high academic standards for all students and the commitment to making a difference in each student’s life.”


Bridgeland recently won the Texas Association of Builders’ 2015 ‘Community of the Year’ award.

Bridgeland recently won the Texas Association of Builders’ 2015 ‘Community of the Year’ award.


The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced that Bridgeland, an 11,400-acre master planned development in Cypress, has been recognized as the 2015 “Community of the Year” by the Texas Association of Builders (TAB). The honor was a coveted part of TAB’s Star Awards, an annual competition showcasing the outstanding work of developers, builders and other real estate professionals in Texas. Bridgeland was evaluated, judged and ultimately selected by esteemed industry professionals from across the U.S.

As the largest master planned community in West Houston, Bridgeland features more than 3,000 acres devoted to lakes, trails and parks. The community plan is designed to preserve, enhance and restore the natural environment, with existing lakes and creeks incorporated as one-of-a-kind amenities, including the enhancement of Cypress Creek Corridor, where 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians seek refuge. The area’s natural amenities are combined with a carefully planned system of community parks and activity centers. On-site schools, churches and other recreational facilities are also easily accessible within Bridgeland.

“We are very proud of our efforts to provide residents with a beautiful, thoughtfully planned community that offers outstanding amenities, all in an ideal location and setting,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of Bridgeland.

Since opening in 2006, Bridgeland has been awarded “Master Planned Community of the Year” and “Developer of the Year” among more than 100 other accolades, by organizations like National Association of Home Builders and the TAB.



North Cypress Medical Center hosted its 7th Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 15 at Blackhorse Golf Club. The hospital donated $45,000 in proceeds to the Lone Survivor Foundation, the tournament’s beneficiary.

The Lone Survivor Foundation founded by retired Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, restores hope to wounded warriors and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support by helping them adjust to the effects of their experiences and assisting them with transition into what may be looked at as their “new normal.”

The successful tournament hosted approximately 200 golfers and featured lunch, dinner and a silent auction. “We were thrilled with the community’s response to this year’s tournament and are excited to be making a sizable donation to a wonderful organization that helps our nation’s true heroes,” stated Stacy Thornton, director of marketing/professional relations and tournament organizer.

Lunch was provided by Jimmy John’s Cypress and Cane’s Cypress. Dinner was donated by Spring Creek BBQ Cypress.

For more information about The Lone Survivor Foundation, visit lonesurvivorfoundation.org. For more information about North Cypress Medical Center, visit ncmc-hospital.com.


cfisd annual Leadership conference


More than 30 CFISD business partners showed their support for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD by participating in the Business Partner Expo at the CFISD Annual Leadership Conference on Aug. 4 at the Berry Center.

Under the 2015-2016 school year theme, Every Student, Every Day, the Leadership Conference featured performances by the Jersey Village High School AFJROTC, CFISD Combined Chamber Choir, Cypress Springs High School poetry and prose readers, the CFISD Honor Drill Team and the Cypress Woods High School cheerleaders and percussion/drum line.

Best-selling author and award-winning speaker Chad Hymas delivered an inspirational message to district leaders as the keynote speaker. Hymas, whose life was altered when an accident left him a quadriplegic at age 27, turned the setback into an opportunity to prove what is possible.

Cypress Falls High School student Yasmin Chanthavong was recognized for creating the Every Student, Every Day logo. The logo was displayed on T-shirts worn by students in the CFISD School of Culinary Arts program, who made and served refreshments for attendees.

At the Business Partner Expo, community leaders shared information about their companies or organizations while offering incentives, discounts and freebies to district staff.

Shawna Dodd, the community relations director at Avanti Senior Living in Towne Lake, said she enjoyed making positive connections with the district leadership.

“A lot of people have shown genuine appreciation for us being here,” she said. “We are proud of our strong partnership with CFISD, and we truly want to give back to and be a part of this community.”

Texas Emergency Care community and physician liaisons Julia Gallagher and Aubree Gerardi were pleased with the turnout and interactions that resulted.

“The reason we have been successful is that people trust us with their family and healthcare needs, and it’s only right to give back to the community,” Gallagher said. “We believe in strong education, and we love the enthusiasm we have seen today from CFISD’s leaders.”



The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation to name High School No. 11 Cypress Park High School during the regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 10.

Like other CFISD high schools that are named after geographic landmarks throughout the district, Cypress Park High School was named in recognition of the nearby Texas State Highway 99, also known as the Grand Parkway.

“Similar to how the Grand Parkway is bringing physical growth and opportunity to the western boundaries of our district, Cypress Park High School will provide significant educational expansion and benefit to the residents and students of CFISD,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “We look forward to serving our rapidly growing community with the opening of this new state-of-the-art high school.”

Cypress Park High School is under construction at FM 529 and Westgreen Blvd. with a scheduled opening date of August 2016. Designed by PBK Architects, the 592,000-square-foot facility is being built by Satterfield & Pontikes.

The school will serve approximately 3,000 students and feature a three-story academic wing, community building for fine arts and indoor athletics, dining facility and central utility plant building. It will be part of a multi-campus educational village, with a middle school and elementary school planned for the future.



Chad Perry, an educational specialist with the Region 4 Education Service Center, has been named the new director of the Adaptive Behavior Center.

Perry has served 11 years in education. He began with the Denton County Special Education Cooperative in Sanger, serving four years as lead teacher, teacher and paraprofessional for the Challenge Journey program. He then served two years as a behavior specialist for Frisco ISD before accepting the education specialist position for Region 4, where he has served five years.

Perry received both his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in applied technology and performance improvement and his Master of Education from the University of North Texas.

“I am honored to be named the director of the Adaptive Behavior Center,” Perry said. “I am looking forward to building relationships with the staff, students, parents and community. Together, we can continue the tradition of a positive culture to support our students’ academic, social and vocational experiences and achieve success, in school and beyond.”


Progress is being made on the new hospital.

Progress is being made on the new hospital.


Construction of Memorial Hermann’s Cypress Campus is moving along. In the past month, the first four floors of both the new hospital tower and the medical plaza were raised using a method known as tilt-wall construction. This is a type of building where the concrete elements (walls, columns, structural supports, etc.) are formed horizontally on a concrete slab. After the concrete has cured, the elements are “tilted” to the vertical position with a crane and braced into position until the remaining building structural components (roofs, intermediate floors and walls) are secured. The final floors on both buildings are being added this month. Memorial Hermann is considered the leader for Tilt-wall construction of healthcare facilities.

For photos and more information on construction progress at Memorial Hermann Cypress and all Memorial Hermann facilities, visit breakingnewgroundproject.org.



Caldwell Companies has added Partners in Building to their repertoire of premier builders for their newest section of Towne Lake, Sunset Harbor. Currently pre-selling homes, Sunset Harbor features a park, a boat marina, 90-foot home sites and homes built by Partners in Building and David Weekley.

Partners in Building is a Houston-based home builder known for constructing one-of-a-kind luxury homes designed to fulfill their customer’s dreams. They’ve built in other Caldwell communities such as Rock Creek. “We recognize that Towne Lake has become the ‘go-to’ community with great amenities and beautiful lots,” said Paul Womack, Partners in Building vice president of marketing.“The community demand and our long standing relationship with Caldwell Companiesmade this new project a perfect fit for us.”

A five-bedroom, four-and-a- half bath, 5,211-square-foot Partners in Building model home, is set to open in late August at 18015 Dockside Landing Dr. David Weekley is also constructing a model home in Sunset Harbor slated to open in October. The Ashgrove is a new 4,957-square-foot floor plan that has never been used in another community. David Weekley and Partners in Building homes start in the $600s and $700s respectively.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to sell in this exclusive area with water front houseson oversized home sites in a gated community,” said David Weekley Project Manager, Greg Grahmann. Sunset Harbor homes are located close to the community’s newest amenity, the TowneLake Waterpark, which includes a lazy river and beach area with lake access. The Lakehouse is also under construction and set to open in October. This residential amenity offers meeting and banquet facilities, an outdoor wedding venue and fitness center.



The story of the “Conroe 200” has prompted many to help these severely neglected horses. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Sponsor, Charlotte’s Saddlery, has partnered with the Houston SPCA to support the ongoing needs of these recovering horses.

For anyone interested in helping the SPCA care for these animals, Charlotte’s is collecting donations of needed items at their Houston, Tomball and Austin locations. The most requested items are halters, lead ropes, large rubber ground feeders, 8-quart feed buckets, muck bucket carts, muck buckets, “no chew” wood spray, equine sunscreen (for white horses), manure forks, apple-flavored electrolytes, hoof moisturizer, durasole, keratex hoof products and detangler (Cowboy Magic preferred). Monetary donations, too, are welcome.

Drop off your donation at any Charlotte’s Saddlery location. Items from the list are also available for purchase at Charlotte’s with a 20 percent discount. To learn more about Charlotte’s “Conroe 200” efforts, visit charlottes-saddlery.com. Contact csadd@charlottes-saddlery.com or phone 800-231-6530 for more information.


(Front row, l-r): Christine Hartley, secretary; Don Ryan, president; Tom Jackson, vice president; (top row): Bob Covey, trustee; Kevin H. Hoffman, trustee, Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., trustee; and Darcy Mingoia, trustee.

(Front row, l-r): Christine Hartley, secretary; Don Ryan, president; Tom Jackson, vice president; (top row): Bob Covey, trustee; Kevin H. Hoffman, trustee, Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., trustee; and Darcy Mingoia, trustee.


The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board of Trustees has been recognized as the Region 4 representative for the Texas Association of School Administra­tors (TASA) annual School Board Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for their commitment to their students and their communities.

The CFISD Board was selected by a committee of superintendents from other districts in the Region 4 Educational Service Center as the regional “Honor Board” nominee on July 14.

“This designation is a clear acknowledgement of the collaborative and supportive leadership provided by the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board, working with Dr. Mark Henry and the CFISD team in creating an environment where students and staff can ‘Learn, Empower, Achieve and Dream,’” said Dr. Pam Wells, Region 4 ESC executive director. “We congratulate the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees for this well-deserved award and wish them well as they join the prestigious group of school boards who were nominated for state Outstanding School Board.”

The criteria for consideration for Outstanding School Board is lengthy, with topics ranging from educational vision and fiscal management to community involvement and personal commitment to duty. The CFISD Board is one of 20 honorees in Texas. TASA will name the state’s Outstanding Board in September.

“The Region 4 Honor Board designation is validation of our Board’s unified commitment to the more than 113,000 students, 14,000 staff and a half-million community members who rely on their decisions, policies and support,” said Dr. Henry, superintendent of schools. “Many factors contribute to the continued success of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, but our board of trustees is the most critical. I thank these seven individuals for their service, and commend them for a well-deserved distinction from Region 4.”

The Region 4 ESC represents a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 50 public charter school districts. School districts in Region 4 serve more than 1.1 million children under the guidance and leadership of volunteer school board trustees.

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