CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Darcy Mingoia

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Darcy Mingoia, a CFISD Trustee who enjoys giving back to CFISD students as a Bus Buddy during the first week of school.

 

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

40 years.

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

Education is the great equalizer. It opens the door to opportunity for students. With education, you can accomplish whatever you want. In CFISD it doesn’t matter where you start or what zip code you live in; every campus, every principal, every teacher is committed to giving students what they need to be successful. I am proud of what we do!

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

My husband, Bob, and I bought our first home in CFISD because we did the research and knew that this district was the best in the Houston area. Our kids were 2 years and 6 months old when we got here. We had great experiences from day one. The academics were strong, the administrators and teachers were capable and committed to student learning and a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities were available. Both kids were well prepared for college. I am grateful for that preparation and for the success each experienced in college and in their careers.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Invest in yourself by taking advantage of everything that is offered at your school. Listen. Read. Join a study group. Get to know your teachers. Participate in extracurricular activities. You will be prepared for your future–the workforce or further education. Hard work always pays off.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I can’t just select one! Riding the school bus with my friends at Hancock and Yeager. Having the opportunity to mentor students. Visiting our schools–we have amazing principals and teachers. Reading to elementary kids. Football at the Berry Center. Dinner at Jaxton’s. Shopping at The Vintage. Christmas at Champions Golf Club.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Butch Milks

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Butch Milks, sales professional for Balfour All-American and a long-time announcer at CFISD football games.

Business:

Balfour All-American

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

I feel that my passion for being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community is largely because of the people that I have had the opportunity to meet over the years. Living in other parts of the country for a few years has given me the perspective to see the differences in other areas. While there are nice people everywhere, I have never seen or interacted with so many genuine, nice, concerned, involved and talented individuals as I have right here in Cypress-Fairbanks.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

Obviously, because of our business relationship with the school district, the impact because of the growth of the district has had enormous business consequences. But much more than that, having two children who attended CFISD K-12 and watching the teachers and administrators become our partners in helping to develop our children’s potential has been even more important.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

If there were any advice I could give to CFISD students it would be to take full advantage of the resources offered in CFISD. Working with other schools districts and knowing what a good job most of them do has given me a perspective about CFISD. There is not another school district anywhere that does more to give every student the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

Announcing football games for close to 40 years in CFISD, there is nothing better to see than about 700 young people out on that football field each Friday or Saturday supporting their teams. This includes not just the football players but also the bands, the drill teams, the student trainers and the cheerleaders of each school.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Keith Barber

cheerleader-barber-33As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of Houston Methodist.

Business:

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

 

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

Cypress-Fairbanks is home to one of our emergency care centers and the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group practice on State Hwy. 290. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is committed to faithfully serving the health care needs of residents in this area and I personally see myself as a part of the Cy-Fair community.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

CFISD is a rapidly growing school district with a long history of pursuing academic excellence. The district is not only a prized member of the immediate Cypress-Fairbanks community, but a contributor to the progress and success of the greater Northwest Houston community. Thanks to the publicity opportunities available in CFISD, our organization regularly places advertisements and other informational materials in the district’s newsletters and through other promotional avenues.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Stay focused on academics while taking advantage of the district’s various offerings from enhanced educational programs to arts and athletics to volunteering opportunities. Be open to new things and seek experiences that broaden your horizon. Take risks and see mistakes as learning opportunities. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the journey itself!

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I enjoy attending the community events at the Berry Center.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Todd Ray

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Todd Ray of the Allstate Insurance Todd Ray Agency, a committed business partner of the school district and a CFISD parent.

Business:

Allstate Insurance – Todd Ray Agency

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

11 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

I have traveled the country and the world for business and pleasure, so I can say with conviction that the Cy-Fair community is one of the best places to live on the planet! We are blessed with so many attributes such as affordable housing, excellent schools and many employment and entertainment opportunities. My wife and I have lived, worked and raised our family in this community and we plan to be here for a very long time!

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

CFISD has impacted both my family and my business in a very positive way. From a family perspective, CFISD has provided both of my children with an excellent education in a safe, fun and challenging environment. On the business side, my Allstate agency has partnered with CFISD students, faculty and administration for the past several years and the benefits are countless. The most impactful engagement has been the CFISD mentoring program. The students we have mentored at Goodson Middle School have enriched our lives and our business beyond words. We are so grateful for that experience.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

I would advise the students of CFISD to simply enjoy their time in school and to follow their dreams. There are so many career and life opportunities presented by CFISD, and if they embrace those opportunities they will be setup for successful life, no matter what career path they ultimately pursue.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

One of my favorite things to do in our community is to watch a Friday night football game at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. The Berry Center is an awesome facility, and the sense of community and the experience at the football games is second to none.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Jill Smith

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Jill Smith, team leader of The Jill Smith Team with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Gary Greene and a Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) trustee.

Business:

The Jill Smith Team with Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

Nine years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

Cy-Fair ISD is an outstanding school district that offers so many opportunities for our students. I enjoy volunteering at the schools as well as being a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

I have two children who are currently attending or have attended Cy-Fair schools. My daughter just graduated from Langham Creek High School and will be attending college in the fall. Prior to moving to Cy-Fair, my daughter was very unhappy at the elementary she attended. We relocated to Cy-Fair when she was in the middle of third grade when she begin attending Birkes Elementary School. I was amazed at the transformation in her and how happy she was to go to school. The move was such a blessing for our family. A year after we moved to the district I began a career in real estate. The growth in our area is so tremendous that my business continues to thrive year after year.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Follow your dreams. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve or do what you want. Take advantage of our district’s relationship with Lone Star College–CyFair so that you can get some college hours out of the way while you are in high school. Get involved in your school.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

Our family really enjoys dining and spending time at the new Towne Lake Boardwalk. I have personally enjoyed my new role as a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. It is so rewarding to see the money we are able to provide to Cy-Fair ISD students to attend college that otherwise might not be able to attend because of financial constraints. I have also met many other business leaders and leaders within our district through my role as trustee that are so committed to helping these students.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Tracie Barton

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Tracie Barton, chairman of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board, as well as a parent volunteer and student mentor.

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

16 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

When moving to Texas from Louisiana 16 years ago, the deciding factor on which part of Houston to live was education since our oldest child was about to start kindergarten. We chose Cypress-Fairbanks because of the reputation of the school district. I began volunteering at Lamkin Elementary, where my daughter was a student and she has since graduated from college. My youngest will be a senior this year at Cypress Ranch High School and I hope to continue as a mentor and active volunteer for many years to come. I adore the students and employees of the district! This community is full of passionate, wonderful people. I am proud to live in the Cypress-Fairbanks community.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

Living in the school district has enabled my oldest daughter to attend her dream Ivy League school. With the guidance of her teachers starting in elementary school, they challenged her and planted the seed of dreaming big and to go after her dreams. Her teachers, coaches and staff members instilled in her that with hard work she could obtain anything she could imagine. They saw her potential and encouraged her.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

To follow your dreams because everything is within your reach if you just believe. We have Olympic athletes, professional athletes and television personalities who have all graduated from this district. No dream is too big!

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

Of course, my family would say SHOP! I would agree, along with working out at my local gym. Since moving to Cypress in 2001, our community has grown so rapidly. More great restaurants, the outlets and new gyms–all the while feeling like a small, quaint town. That’s what makes this community great!


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Cyndi Matteson

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Cyndi Matteson, a global volunteer and member of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring more than five students at five different CFISD schools.

Business:

Retired, sales management at US Foodservice

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

10 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

The CFISD community has allowed me the ability to “give back” to kids of all ages in several of the schools. I supported my own child in his CFHS activities while also being able to help in so many areas like hospitality, many school VIPS opportunities and mentoring.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

This district has allowed me to become involved in so many areas now that I am retired. I love being a global volunteer and traveling around the district meeting new people and helping out wherever there is a need. I’m blessed to be a part of many students lives as a mentor too.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Each student has so many opportunities to excel and be all that they can be and never feel like they don’t have the support of the teachers and staff in their school. The resources, both during school as well as after school, within this district are exceptional and need to be taken advantage of by each student for growth and valuable experience.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I enjoy being outside walking or biking the many trails around the community with my family and friends. Having been in the food service/restaurant industry for 25-plus years, I enjoy checking out all the great restaurants, especially the new ones, that are all over the Cypress area.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Amy Lippincott

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Amy Lippincott, The Lippincott Team leader with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene. The former CFISD PE teacher and mother of two CFISD students has worked in local real estate since 2008.

Business:

Real Estate — Better Homes and Gardens, The Lippincott Team

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

14 years.

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

Cy-Fair is an amazing place to work and also raise a family. The reason we moved here was because of the strong reputation of the school district. It is so important to live in a thriving and safe environment. The real estate values stay strong and the community continues to grow and prosper.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

I am a previous teacher of 16 years. I taught seven of those years in Cy-Fair so I experienced our great district as an employee. I have lived here for 14 years and my two children are very involved in their Cy-Fair schools, so I also have experience as a parent in Cy-Fair and I love these experiences.

Being a parent and a teacher are the two things that led to my success as a realtor here. When I earned my real estate license I knew there would be no better place to sell homes than in my own neighborhood. It was easy to sell homes here because I could personally relate to my buyers and share the good reasons to live in Cy-Fair.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Get involved! There are so many different opportunities out there to take advantage of. Enjoy your teachers and school. Give 110 percent at everything you do so that you can look in the mirror and be proud of yourself. Also, I would tell them to make good friends and develop strong relationships.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I love being involved in our school and community events such as the Superintendent’s Fun Run. Friday Night Lights are my family’s favorite events. We also enjoy trying all of the new restaurants in our growing area.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Tara Willis

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Tara Willis, the 2016-2017 Spotlight Teacher from Ault Elementary School who teaches in the same elementary campus where she once attended as a student!

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

I have lived in CFISD for 20 years and worked in CFISD for six years.

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

CFISD creates an amazing community and is well-known for being a leader in education throughout the state.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

CFISD is where I received my education from elementary through high school. For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me as a teacher.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Give your best effort in all that you do and always believe in yourself. You are capable of great things!

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I love running into other CFISD families as well as my students at community events. It is great that CFISD has helped our area establish a small-town feel within such a large suburban area.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Lily Jang

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Lily Jang, a CFISD “lifer” who attended Lowery Elementary School and Labay Middle School before graduating from Langham Creek High School. Jang worked as a reporter and anchor for KHOU Channel 11 for nearly five years before transitioning into her current career in real estate.

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

I graduated from Langham Creek High School.

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

I am a product of Cy-Fair ISD schools! I attended Lowery Elementary, Labay Junior High and Langham Creek High School. I am so proud of being a Lobo!

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

I owe everything I have to growing up in the Cy-Fair area my entire life. Langham Creek was a National Exemplary School while I was there and I am proud to have graduated in the top 10 percent of my senior class. My parents still live in the same home I grew up in!

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

You have the best teachers any district has to offer. Take every opportunity they give you and excel at it. This is the time of your life to learn who you want to be. And whatever that is, believe in yourself that you will crush your biggest dreams.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

The Cy-Fair area has one-of-a-kind restaurants and neighborhoods. I spent many weekends at Copperfield Parks with my friends. That was many years ago. You have so much more fun things to do these days where you will make amazing memories.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!