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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports,
Students January 2016

| January 1, 2016

(Front row, l-r): Jacob Hearen and Dylan Suarez; (back row): Reynol Vazquez, Craig Lowe, Billy Myers, Elizyah Bradford and Eriqka Grant.

(Front row, l-r): Jacob Hearen and Dylan Suarez; (back row): Reynol Vazquez, Craig Lowe, Billy Myers, Elizyah Bradford and Eriqka Grant.

TEEN LEADERSHIP STUDENTS HELP ‘PICK UP THE TAB’ FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

CFISD Teen Leadership programs from area middle and high schools participated in a district-wide initiative to collect soda tabs for the Houston area Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC).

Partnering with campus groups, as well as local community organizations, students collected more than 500 pounds of aluminum soda tabs over a monthlong period.

“They were working really hard; collecting at lunch and other times during the day,” said Amanda Moreno, Cypress Ridge Teen Leadership teacher.

The collection amounted to more than 633,000 aluminum tabs that were collected by students, which will in turn be recycled. When asked about the impact the project had on his classes, Cypress Woods teacher Marcus Romanelli said, “the kids were really into it and everyone got involved.”

The funds generated from the tabs will go to help support the continued mission of the RMHC, which is to provide a “home away from home” for families as their children receive treatment for serious illnesses and/or injuries. The RMHC, due to the generosity of donors and volunteers such as CFISD’s Teen Leadership students, are able to provide accommodations at little or no cost to the families.

“I am incredibly thankful to the students who embraced this service project, and to their teachers for their commitment to educating their students about the importance of philanthropy,” said Timothy Estelle, Teen Leadership coordinator.

CFISD’s Teen Leadership program is an activity-oriented course that emphasizes leadership, personal responsibility and business skills. Students learn appropriate and effective techniques necessary to enhance self-concept and build healthy relationships, while also learning about emotional intelligence through self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation and social skills.

For more information, visit rmhc.org.

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Jessie Barrow holds her ornament that looks like the State Capitol.

Jessie Barrow holds her ornament that looks like the State Capitol.

LANGHAM CREEK STUDENT’S ORNAMENT CHOSEN FOR CAPITOL TREE DISPLAY

Chosen from among all student artists at Langham Creek High School, senior Art AP student Jessie Barrow was tasked with creating an ornament for Texas’s 138th Legislative District that is placed on the 2015 Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree at the State Capitol in Austin.

“[District 138 State Rep.] Dwayne Bohac chose one high school in Houston to make the ornament,” Barrow said, “and he chose Langham Creek this year.”

Starting out with a single clear-glass ornament, Barrow had free realm to decorate it how she wanted. “I built a box around the glass to make the shape of the Capitol building,” Barrow said, “then I painted the box and glass to look like the Capitol.”

Barrow’s teacher, Bohye Na, said she “was inspired by the beauty of the Capitol’s architecture and wanted to showcase its grand size as well as its beautiful façade.”

After three weeks of working on the ornament, Barrow shipped it to Rep. Bohac to be hung on the tree in Austin.

“It’s always a thrill when our students share their creativity and skills at the community level. We couldn’t be more proud of Jessie and her teacher, Bohye Na,” said Sarah Sanders, CFISD art coordinator.

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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing honors Cypress Creek High School teacher and coach Erin Bryant, center. Bryant was nominated by sophomore student Payton Hughston, right.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing honors Cypress Creek High School teacher and coach Erin Bryant, center. Bryant was nominated by sophomore student Payton Hughston, right.

 

Brian Cushing recognized journalism teacher Samantha Berry (center), as a FCCU Stars in the Classroom winner. Berry was nominated for the award by senior Chloe Trejo, left.

Brian Cushing recognized journalism teacher Samantha Berry (center), as a FCCU Stars in the Classroom winner. Berry was nominated for the award by senior Chloe Trejo, left.

TEXANS’ CUSHING SURPRISES CY CREEK TEACHERS AS STARS IN THE CLASSROOM

Cypress Creek High School journalism teacher Samantha Berry and coach Erin Bryant recently won the First Community Credit Union (FCCU) Stars in the Classroom award through a student-nominated competition. As part of the award, each teacher won an autographed jersey from Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing, who made a surprise visit to the campus on Nov. 10.

The teachers, who were nominated for the honor by senior Chloe Trejo (Berry) and sophomore Payton Hughston (Bryant), also won a pair of tickets to the Dec. 13 Texans vs. Patriots football game, including sideline passes as Cushing’s guest. For nominating their teachers, both Trejo and Hughston met Cushing alongside their teachers and received an autographed football.

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(Clockwise from left): Will Garodnick, Jillian Janner, Kasey Almaraz, Madison Hedblom, Jonas Villabroza, Ella Gurbuz, Kate Debetta, Caden Luu, Ethan English, Chloe Wilson, Carter Holbert, Arav Karnik, Preston Harris, Sophie Filer, Ben Rodionov, Brandon Balmos, Holly Ranney, Manan Verma and Deeksha Lankala.

(Clockwise from left): Will Garodnick, Jillian Janner, Kasey Almaraz, Madison Hedblom, Jonas Villabroza, Ella Gurbuz, Kate Debetta, Caden Luu, Ethan English, Chloe Wilson, Carter Holbert, Arav Karnik, Preston Harris, Sophie Filer, Ben Rodionov, Brandon Balmos, Holly Ranney, Manan Verma and Deeksha Lankala.

 

(L-R): Stephanie Grahmann, Charlotte Gibbs and Elle Howard.

(L-R): Stephanie Grahmann, Charlotte Gibbs and Elle Howard.

 

SAMPSON STUDENTS GROW OWN FOOD FOR 10TH ANNUAL SALAD PARTY DAY

On the 13th anniversary of the installment of their school garden, Sampson Elementary School third-grade students picked enough vegetables from the garden to feed each student in the grade during Salad Party Day on Dec. 4.

Organized by Stephanie Baker and her local school gardening organization, Ready to Grow Gardens, the school’s 10th annual Salad Party Day rewarded the students who planted seeds at the end of September and cared for the crops throughout the fall.

The students picked lettuce, carrots and broccoli in the morning, and all 235 third-grade students were served a side salad for lunch. According to Baker, Sampson is the only school that grows enough vegetables to feed the whole grade level a salad.

“My favorite part about Sampson’s Salad Party Day is watching the excitement, energy and smiles that a small bowl of salad can bring to a cafeteria full of 8- and 9-year-olds,” Baker said. “For months these students took great care in learning all the science concepts that surround what is needed to grow a successful organic vegetable garden. They did the work themselves, starting with preparing the soil back in September, planting the tiny seeds and then cared for the plants all leading up to this day.

“Watching students eat a salad while laughing and cheering about the great taste is so much fun to watch! Every year we have more than half the grade level begging for seconds and thirds. They just can’t get enough of it.”

Ready to Grow Gardens’ Garden Day program is taught during third-grade science classes three Thursdays a month throughout the school year. Baker said the next big event is in January, when each student will take home a large carrot from the garden to share with family.

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(L-R): Krystal Morales, Ana Nguyen, Manuela Arcos, Whitney Ochiam, Nikesha Keith, Taylor White, Taylor Richard and Raiza Santillan. (Photo - Alexis Parada, Cypress Springs HS)

(L-R): Krystal Morales, Ana Nguyen, Manuela Arcos, Whitney Ochiam, Nikesha Keith, Taylor White, Taylor Richard and Raiza Santillan. (Photo – Alexis Parada, Cypress Springs HS)

YOUNG WOMEN CELEBRATE GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT WEEK AT CY SPRINGS

The Cypress Springs High School Girls RULE club hosted Girls’ Empowerment Week for the fourth year at the campus, during the week of Nov. 9-13.

The week, dedicated to empowerment, fellowship and confidence, sought to boost female students’ self-esteem by reminding them of their favorable qualities and worthiness to be better than average.

The Girls RULE club, which stands for Respect – Understanding – Love – Each Other, was established in 2010 to promote sisterhood, camaraderie and leadership development at Cypress Springs. The 22-member organization’s signature event is Girls’ Empowerment Week.

“Not every girl has someone to tell her that she’s great, beautiful or important, so this week helps,” said senior Cypress Springs student Rolake Haastrup.

The week’s activities included “Mascara and Muscles” on Monday, during which girls were encouraged to wear jerseys to show their confidence and athleticism; “Awesome Girls Wear Pearls” on Tuesday, which encouraged the young ladies to show their purity and beauty; “Reign as Queens” on Wednesday, encouraging wearing crowns and dresses from home countries to show honor and culture; “All My Sisters Wear Scarves” on Thursday, promoting individualism and fashion sense; and “Hot Pink and Turquoise Day” on Friday, focusing on their pride and school spirit.

Cypress Springs welcomed special guests and speakers throughout the week, many of whom presented at the Girls Rule & Reign Conference on Nov. 11: Dr. Kimberly Ellison; Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability; Tara Tatum; Kenya Turner director of high school curriculum and instruction; Ruqayya Gibson, Cypress Springs teacher and coach; Soul-Lana Singh, Cypress Ridge special education administrator; Rekka Muddaraj, KHOU; Alissa Cana, University of Houston; and Kirstin Clark, Prairie View A&M University.

Honored guests during the week also included Board of Trustees members Christine Hartley and Darcy Mingoia.

“[The girls] are able to see different aspects of different careers…so I think the guests are important,” said assistant principal Colette Vallott.

According to heartofleadership.org, one out of four girls experience depression, eating disorders, cutting and other mental health issues. Girls also report that they are anxious, sleep deprived and face significant pressure.

Girls’ Empowerment Week serves to dispel these problems and change girls’ perspective. The guest speakers reinforced the goals of this week – acceptance, positivity and sociability – to give girls the tools they need to overcome the statistics. They inspired girls to strive for success by sharing their achievements, challenging stereotypes and motivating girls to pursue secondary education in order to rise to their full potential.

“This week is important because all girls need to feel they can do anything they want,” said Sandra Cahee, assistant principal and Girls RULE sponsor. “They believe in themselves and can be successful in terms of goals, dreams and objectives.”


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