Carlton Center honors its Class of 2018 graduates

May 29, 2018—Graduation season will be in full swing May 31 through June 2 at the Berry Center, but it officially got underway with 10 graduates from the Dorothy Carlton Center leading the way May 25.

The Carlton Center offers specialized programs to serve students with disabilities. Several graduates completed a pre-vocational program, preparing them and gearing each toward independence and potential paid employment. The training can last one or multiple years with partnerships with community businesses.

A number of graduates already had jobs secured following graduation.

“It’s just a day of celebration for not only the students, but their parents and the educators who have worked with them,” said Rhonda Turns, the Carlton Center director.

Jessica Ann Powers of Jersey Village High School raises her arms in celebration after she and nine other Carlton Center graduates were honored at a ceremony May 25 at the center. She was among eight graduates who were part of the Vocational Independence and Training for Adult Living program and also previously walked with their home campuses.

Jerome Clinton Bell of Langham Creek High School and Jassiel Garcia of Jersey Village High School each donned or carried their respective caps and gowns representing the Class of 2018.

The remaining eight graduates honored were part of the Vocational Independence and Training for Adult Living (VITAL) program and previously walked with their home campuses:

  • Carson Travis Berg, Cy-Fair High School;
  • Zachary Renard Dumas Jr., Cypress Springs High School;
  • Jacob Ryan Dunshie, Cypress Creek High School;
  • Keyana Marie Hayes, Jersey Village High School;
  • Ericka Rubi Hernandez, Cypress Lakes High School;
  • Jesse Hernandez, Cypress Springs High School;
  • Jessica Ann Powers, Jersey Village High School; and
  • Ashley Renee Wilkinson, Jersey Village High School.

“It was really good. I learned a lot,” Dunshie said. “I think people can benefit from the Carlton Center because it teaches them skills that they need in the future. These people are really nice and really good. They’re actually the best teachers I’ve ever had.”

Jerome Clinton Bell of Langham Creek High School holds is diploma during the Carlton Center graduation May 25 at the center. Ten graduates were honored, as the center offers specialized programs to serve students with disabilities. Several graduates complete  pre-vocational training geared toward independence and potential paid employment.

Said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools: “We see that our motto comes to life – that it’s ‘Opportunity for All.’ Every student, no matter what their challenges are, we have a spot for them in Cy-Fair ISD.”

Members of the Cypress Woods High School wind ensemble performed before the ceremony and also during the processional, while the Cypress Woods Air Force JROTC color guard presented the colors.

Dan McIlduff, assistant superintendent for educational support services, gave the graduation address, while a reception followed for the graduates and guests.

“Thank you to the district for supporting us and providing all the resources we need to help our young people,” Turns said.


TAP Camp blends teamwork, ambition and perseverance for students

The week of spring break was an opportunity for some to get time away, but for others, it offered the chance for many CFISD students to come together for a fun, motivational and educational experience. It came together for approximately 100 students at the annual TAP (Teamwork – Ambition – Perseverance) Camp, held March 13-15 at Anthony Middle School.

Funded by the Texas Support for Homeless Education Program (TEXSHEP) grant, TAP Camp is a multi-department, collaborative effort in its seventh year that offers a fun and learning environment, while at the same time helping students pick up tips to help with STAAR and end-of-course exams.

“The goal for TAP Camp is to bring these select students together, give them fun-filled academic support over spring break in preparation for the upcoming STAAR test and EOC,” said Ify Ogwumike, assistant superintendent for student services. “And we have wonderful, wonderful math teachers, we have community programs (and) they work together to provide these students with some educational experiences and some strategies that they can then take back to their campuses.”

Added Bambi Robinson, community programs support staff member: “I love the fact that when they come, they’re a little down in the dumps because it’s spring break. Everybody wants to have fun and they have to go to ‘math camp.’ But after the first hour of TAP Camp, they are so excited and ready to come back the next day.”

Helping this year’s camp be even more of a success was more one-on-one instructional support from staff and volunteers.

Students were transported by bus to Anthony, beginning their day on campus with breakfast and a pep rally in the arena. Daily agendas included team-building activities, objectives for both large and small groups, and math instruction from CFISD teachers. Following a lunch provided by the nutrition services department, participating students went back into rotation activities before everyone came together for a session and prize giveaways in the cafeteria.

“It’s fun mixed with learning,” said Joshua Phong, a camp attendee and Cook Middle School sixth-grade student. “They show you so many things I didn’t realize.”

Every attending student had the opportunity to not only have fun and learning math and team-building skills, but also return home with a prize.

The camp even involved parents, as a workshop was offered. Melanie Dobney, assistant director of community programs presented to nearly 40 parents, offering mentoring opportunities and leading giveaways of free books provided by First Book and a number of prizes as well.

TAP Camp ends with a grand finale, as students perform skits to help celebrate. Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, visited attendees and helped provide support.

“They get their math,” Robinson said. “But they also get leadership skills (and) tools to help them succeed not just in school but in life. And I get the opportunity to see the kids at their schools throughout the semester and watch some of the seeds that we plant grow.”

TSA regional competition helps students bring CTE curriculum to life

To Steve Britt, a teacher at Cypress Woods High School, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum offered in CFISD and its partnering extracurricular activities is more than just teaching and learning inside a classroom.

It’s his genuine interests and likes.

“I have the best job on the planet,” said Britt, whose course load includes Robotics I and II, Principles of Manufacturing and Precision Metals Manufacturing, while he also serves as Cypress Woods’ sponsor for High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware program and on the Texas Technology Student Association (TSA) board of directors.

“I get to do my hobbies and take kids out and teach them how to make them their hobbies too.”

DSC_9119Cy-Fair High School students compete in VEX Robotics at the Brazos Valley TSA regional competition on March 8 at the CFISD Exhibit Center.

One event that helps CFISD offer this outlet to secondary students is the Brazos Valley TSA Regional Leadership Conference and Competition, which the district hosted March 8 at the CFISD Exhibit center. It was attended by 12 CFISD high schools and middle school, in addition to students from five visiting campuses.

Students enrolled in CTE courses showcased projects they designed and built, while the event also included a number of competitions including VEX Robotics, Rocket Launch and Carbon Dioxide Cars.

“Some of these kids do have experience coming from the home, whether their parents taught them,” said Mark Williams, CTE curriculum coordinator. “But, a lot of them, this is the first time they’ve ever picked up a handtool – a drill, a hammer – so they’re learning from my teachers.”

Regional competitions across Texas are held throughout February and March. Winners and qualifiers from the 16 regions advance to the TSA state competition, which will be April 15-17 in Fort Worth.

Cypress Woods has the largest TSA chapter in Texas, with students preparing and looking forward to competition from the beginning the school year, Britt said.

DSC_9132Cypress Woods HS CTE students prepare for the Rocket Launch competition at the BVTSA regional on March 8 at the CFISD Exhibit Center.

“It’s definitely helped me think in different ways, trying to figure out problems,” said Cypress Woods senior Ryan Johnson, the school’s TSA chapter president.

But even more so, Britt said regional competitions allow students to take the learning their doing in core classes and applying those lessons in real-life applications. The curriculum and competitions help prepare students for opportunities either entering those industries or higher education.

“I discovered a long time ago – don’t tell a kid that he can’t (because) he will,” Britt said. “I know that sounds cliché in a way but you encourage the kids in just a little bit, point them in the right direction, give them a little gentle shove and step out of the way, they will do astounding and amazing things.”

Cosmetology offers opportunities for high school students

CFISD’s career and technical education curriculum options are just another way the district offers traditional and non-traditional opportunities for every student. That includes a program like cosmetology, where classes not only educate students on a possible career in the field, but open doors to it upon graduation.

More than 1,200 students are enrolled in cosmetology across CFISD’s 12 comprehensive high schools. With some programs still growing at newer schools, the demand and enrollment is so large at others that some campuses require two teachers to meet the need.

CFISD even established, coordinated and operated its first-ever districtwide cosmetology competition, holding the contest Feb. 10 at Langham Creek High School.

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Langham Creek High School sophomore Anayah Dunbar stands beside her braiding project that won Best in Category at the inaugural CFISD Cosmetology Competition on Feb. 10 at Langham Creek.

“It’s growing and the interest in cosmetology just seems to keep increasing,” said Dr. Sharon Hogue, coordinator for career and technical education.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors can take Introduction to Cosmetology and Cosmetology I, where they explore areas such as hair styling, manicuring, sterilization and sanitation, the principles of hair cutting, coloring, facial makeup, requirements and expectations, and career opportunities.

Upon completion, juniors and seniors can take Cosmetology II and Principles of Cosmetology Design and Color Theory. The curriculum combines to allow a student to earn the 1,000 clock hours of supervised classroom instruction and demonstration needed to meet the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requirement. A student is also qualified to take the state board test and earn a Texas Cosmetology Operator License following the advanced training upon passing the exam.

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Cypress Ranch High School senior Arianna Foster won Best of Show in fantasy braiding at the SkillsUSA Texas District 8 Leadership Conference and qualified for state competition.

That not only gives each student the opportunity to move right into the workforce following graduation, but does so at a fraction of the cost. The only fees associated with the curriculum are the cost of a $25 permit, the student’s kit and his or her test fee.

“People are blown away to know that instead of spending $27,000 someplace else, they can get it essentially free – or close to free – and come out ready to work as soon as they exit high school,” Hogue said.

CFISD added the cosmetology competition to give students a more cost-effective opportunity to showcase their work and compete. Almost all schools were represented among the 85 projects that were entered.

The event also served as a precursor to regional and statewide competitions held through SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization which serves nearly 400,000 students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The state competition is April 5-8 in Corpus Christi.

Plans are in place for the districtwide competition to grow, just as cosmetology continues to in CFISD.

“Teachers here are trained (and) they’re competing with any school that’s out there,” said Lynette Mosby, a Langham Creek cosmetology instructor. “So, if your student is thinking about doing something like this, Cy-Fair is an awesome place for them to get started.”

GoNoodle stimulates active learning in CFISD

Thanks in part to a sponsorship from community partner Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, CFISD educators and students have been able to take their teaching and learning to another level during the 2017-2018 school year with GoNoodle.

A movement program used in approximately 80 percent of U.S. public elementary schools, GoNoodle aims to fuel learning through the power of movement. Using short, interactive videos and games, GoNoodle incorporates movement (dancing, stretching, running and other activities) that can be used in the classroom and at home.

Memorial Hermann Cypress sponsored the Plus version of GoNoodle for CFISD for the 2017-2018 school year at a value of $165,000. The hospital was recognized for its giving and the sponsorship during the Board of Trustees meeting in October.

1020 Memorial Hermann Cypress 3Students throughout CFISD are getting moving thanks to the brain-based classroom movement program, GoNoodle. District partner Memorial Hermann–Cypress funded GoNoodle Plus in CFISD for 2017-2018. 

“We know that creating healthy habits in young people puts them on the right track to maintain healthy lifestyles as adults,” said Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress senior vice president and CEO. “We are thankful that our community partners like Cypress-Fairbanks ISD also place a high priority on instilling healthy habits in the young people they impact every day.”

Memorial Hermann Cypress also sponsored professional development for teachers to go with GoNoodle Plus for the district.

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Dawn Tryon (left), Keith Elementary School principal, and Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability, move alongside students to a learning activity on GoNoodle Plus during a media event on Nov. 14 at Keith Elementary School. Memorial Herman Cypress Hospital sponsored GoNoodle Plus technology and professional development for teachers for CFISD for the 2017-2018 school year at a value of $165,000.

Launched in 2014, GoNoodle allows teachers and students to use “brain breaks” and other movement activities to not only break the mantra of stationary learning from a desk, but instead continue the learning process with academic-incorporated games while also promoting physical activity. A number of the learning activities have game-like attributes, helping keep a student’s attention even more during the day as levels are earned or characters successfully complete challenges.

“When we get kids moving and learning, they retain information longer,” said Erika Sanchez, a preschool programs for children with disabilities (PPCD) teacher at Copeland Elementary School and GoNoodle ambassador. “Our whole goal is to want kids to have fun in the class and GoNoodle is one of the ways we can utilize technology in a platform that gets the kids up and moving, and learning the different content areas.”

JA Inspire models career awareness to eighth-grade students

Connecting nearly 9,000 eight-grade students across CFISD’s 18 middle school with potential career opportunities and industry personnel was just one of the many benefits afforded to attendees at the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas (JASET)’s annual job awareness fair, JA Inspire.

Held over three days (Feb. 5-7) at the Berry Center, JA Inspire is in its fifth year. Each day was filled with sessions, presentations, hands-on product displays and demonstrations with experts from more than 50 Houston-area businesses in a variety of industries.

To help streamline the process for students and better their experience, attendees selected one of four endorsement tracks (STEM, business and industry, public services and arts and humanities) beforehand.

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KPRC Channel 2 anchor Rachel McNeill, a 1992 Cypress Creek High School graduate, spoke to eighth graders to end the second day of the three-day JA Inspire, held Feb. 5-7 at the Berry Center.

“The kids are just so well-prepared,” said Rick Franke, JASET president. “They’re well-focused. They’re respectful to our speakers. And they engage, and that’s the most important aspect of this.”

Each day began with a welcome session for all students in the Berry Center arena, as they filled the seats with color-coded shirts. They were then divided into three groups, rotating between presentations in the conference center, a soft-skills demonstration in the arena and exhibitors in the second-flood concourse.

While exploring in the concourse, students could visit with company employees and industry experts in a variety of fields, ranging from law enforcement to banking, and engineering to electrical.

“People think banking is only banking,” said Brenda Oehlke, an assistant vice president for commercial lending at Plains Capital Bank who represented the Texas Bankers Association at JA Inspire. “We need IT people. We need security people. It’s endless.”

Speakers also closed each day. They included KPRC Channel 2 anchor Rachel McNeill, a Cypress Creek High School graduate, and Heritage Texas Properties realtor associate Lily Jang, a Langham Creek High School graduate.

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“We have so many kids who don’t have the exposure to what’s out there for them” said Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability. “(There are) so many resources for so they can truly be knowledgeable about what types of careers are out there, what types of courses they need to be looking at and taking in school, but also what type of skills – soft skills – they need to refine or acquire to be successful through an interview or through a job.”

Students were divided up by four endorsement tracks (STEM, business and industry, public services and arts and humanities) that they selected beforehand to receive a more specialized experience.

While exploring career stations on the concourse, students spoke with company employees and industry representatives to learn more about their businesses.

Speakers in different career fields closed each day. They included KPRC Channel 2 anchor Rachel McNeill, a Cypress Creek High School graduate, and Heritage Texas Properties realtor associate Lily Jang, a Langham Creek High School graduate.

“Our eighth-grade students are fortunate to be able to participate in an interactive experience that provides them with information on a variety of careers and local employers from the greater Houston area,” said Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability. “This will assist them in making informed decisions when selecting an endorsement and course selections for high school.”

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Campbell Middle School eighth-grade student Cameron Rice explores a virtual reality simulator during JA Inspire. As part of the three-day job awareness fair, students visited career stations, which included hands-on products to show what the career entails.

Livestock Show and Sale an exclamation mark for FFA students

The program’s highlight came to a finish with a live premium auction Feb. 10, but the CFISD Livestock Show Association’s 24th annual Show and Sale is just part of what CFISD students and community members can experience through FFA and Agriculture Science education.

It’s still a topic that can open one’s eyes, said Corey Taylor, a Cypress Falls High School FFA adviser and Agriculture Science teacher, thanks in large part to Houston’s enormous urban footprint and the overall lack of exposure.

Sometimes, it’s just as simple as getting past that first question.

“We hear, ‘Does a student have to raise an animal to be a member of take the class?’” said Katie Dale, a Cypress Woods High School FFA adviser and Agriculture science teacher. “And we start off by saying you do not have to raise an animal to become involved.”

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The CFISD Livestock Show and Sale – like FFA – is way beyond animals in the show ring at the CFISD Exhibit Center during the Premium Sale during the show’s final day. Every aspect, which includes agriculture science certifications, showing livestock, agriculture mechanics and horticulture, can offer lifelong skills for students. The program can prepare them for careers and become confident in the decision-making process.

“Beyond this, it allows students to get a hands-on feeling for what it takes to become dedicated, responsible and invested in something that will make them grow as young people in both humble wins as well as defeat,” Taylor said. I like to tell my students involved in the program that ‘You either win or you learn.’ Either way, you aren’t losing.”

The three-day CFISD Livestock Show and Sale is the peak for most students involved in the program, as they are able to showcase their work to the CFISD community and business partners. Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 show and sale saw approximately 800 students combine for nearly 900 entries.

The first two days are the shows and judging to determine champions in 11 separate divisions (Broiler, Turkey, Ag Mechanics, Horticulture, Goat, Lamb, Steer, Heifer, Market Rabbits, Breeding Rabbits and Swine).

The final day brings the sales, with first the silent auction and freezer sale before the Premium Sale (live auction) ends the showcase event. A final amount for total sales generated is not yet available, but the Premium Sale unofficially raised nearly $340,000.

Students are expected to seek out buyers and donations, tying those marketing and social skills back to what the learn in the classroom. Sales, pledges and donations to show entries are used to help fund higher education or further a student’s experience in the program. The 2017 Volume Buyer Award went to Mike and Darlene Jarrar of Jarrar & Company, Inc., which contributed $93,600 to the nearly $800,000 in sale generated at last year’s event.

“You can see the passion in the students’ eyes and all their hard work surface, and it is a privilege to cheer for them on the side lines,” Dale said. “To watch my students in their big moment makes every late night and early morning worth it. I believe that FFA helps grow students into the best version of themselves. It teaches them responsibility, manners, sportsmanship, and financial responsibility. Watching a student transform into the best version of themselves through their livestock project and through everything else our chapter has to offer has been a major blessing and the best feeling in the world.”

Carlton Center prepares students for future success

The top of the school’s stationery states “Carlton Center…Opportunity is Here” and that’s what is available for students at the campus named for a former educator instrumental in CFISD’s development of a comprehensive program for students with disabilities.

The Carlton Center provides its students with two distinct programs:

  • LIFE Skills classes and programming for students primarily middle school age through 21 years old requiring a highly structured setting; and
  • four specialized vocational programs focusing on pre-vocational, training and social skills to promote independence and readiness for paid employment. The programs are for students in their later high school years, providing both campus- and community-based instruction.

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Cypress Falls High School senior Andrea Mendieta measures out ingredients during Commercial Foods Service at the Carlton Center, which provides vocational programs focusing on pre-vocational, training and social skills to promote independence and readiness for paid employment.

The campus currently serves 71 students, with attendance varying annually based on the recommendations from their home campuses. Of those, 37 students are in the vocational training programs, which include Commercial Foods Service, Business Media Production and VITAL (Vocational Independence and Training for Adult Living).

“In CFISD, we can meet the diverse needs of all of our learners,” said Leigh Ann Crank, an instructional specialist at the Carlton Center. “Carlton Center provides a specific pathway for that. For our students with disabilities, particularly those that are adults with disabilities, we can offer them specialized training to grow their independence within their preferred job field.”

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Jersey Village High School senior Lamon Hanna organizes place settings during VITAL (Vocational Independence and Training for Adult Living) at the Carlton Center. The program helps students develop skills for after graduation, which may include readiness for employment or independence in their home.

Vocational programs are for students who have completed all their course requirements for graduation and continue to need vocational training. Commercial Foods Service and Business Media Production serve as two-period block classes, while VITAL is a full-day program.

In the vocational training, students go out and work with community partners, using skills learned in the classroom and using them as they transition closer to independence. It could be job readiness skills for potential employment or simply becoming more independent in one’s home.

“It’s such a great feeling to see our students you’ve seen for so many years go through some of those classes and progress and have that paid job and a paycheck,” said Heather Browarek, Carlton Center vocational team leader. “It’s very rewarding. A lot of hard work, a lot of teachers, a lot of influential people have helped these students and it’s amazing to see the end product, which is a happy working young man or young lady.”

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Cypress Creek High School senior David Granados uses a jig saw to cut out an outline of Texas during Business Media Production at the Carlton Center, which provides vocational programs focusing on pre-vocational, training and social skills to promote independence and readiness for paid employment.

The center is named for Mrs. Dorothy Carlton, who was hired by CFISD in 1957 as the district’s first and only teacher for special education. Carlton helped shape the program, serving as supervisor and director of special education before retiring in 1977.

Originally dedicated in 1980 at the Cy-Fair Annex, the Carlton Center has been at its present home adjacent to Cypress Woods High School since 2006.

“I did a tour and just fell in love,” Browarek said. “I said the first year I feel like I hit the lottery.”

Board governs school district through servant leadership

In three sentences read aloud at the beginning of its meetings, the CFISD Board of Trustees expresses its roles and function as it relates to the district and its operations.

“As the Cypress-Fairbanks Board of Trustees, we are here to set goals, listen to reports, approve budgets, contracts and personnel appointments, and make policy for the district,” reads the president, which is currently Dr. John Ogletree following the two-year term of fellow trustee Darcy Mingoia. “It is not the role of the board to make day-to-day operational decisions. The management and day-to-day operations of the district are the responsibility of the superintendent.”

But for the seven Board members, all who have lived within the district’s boundaries for at least 20 years and in some cases, have more longstanding ties, their duties as trustees go deeper than just those three sentences.

“We are there to oversee the big picture,” said Christine Hartley, a trustee since 2011. “There are normal things like we can hire the superintendent and those types of things, but I really see it as being a voice for people in our community – they can come to me, I can ask the question maybe that they don’t always get to ask and I can represent them.

“But I also do the opposite where I can share information with the people in the community that might help them understand why the district made a certain decision.”

DSC_5791The current Board of Trustees includes, from left, Debbie Blackshear, Tom Jackson, Hartley, Dr. Ogletree, Bob Covey, Don Ryan and Mingoia.

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Trustees, candidates must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old and be a registered voter who resides within CFISD for at least six months prior to the regular filing deadline.

Members of the seven-member Board serve three-year terms, with elections held annually. The terms of approximately one-third of Board members expire each year. Members serve without compensation, though travel for Board business may be reimbursed.

Trustees attend orientation and receive training and continuing education, as well as also participating in team-building sessions.

The Board of Trustees has final authority to determine and interpret policies that govern the schools and district, doing so only by a majority vote of members present at a committee-of-the-whole meeting, which are held every month from August through June.

But there are numerous other occasions where CFISD students and community members will see trustees, who pride themselves on being representatives of the district and being out at events and functions. Members routinely visit campuses and attend district events ranging from athletic contests to graduations to musical and theatrical performances.

“And we don’t have to do that – we’re not required to do that and I don’t know of very many school boards that do the campus visits like we do,” Hartley said. “That’s just something that we wanted to do to get to know each school and let them see that we care and we’re invested in them.”

Ryan, a trustee for 17 years, credits the board’s at-large model in helping public education be the great equalizer for students. And while every board has deep ties to CFISD, Ryan and Hartley are both graduates of CFISD, making their service even more personal.

“It may sound cheesy but I take it personal to protect the legacy and tradition of Cy-Fair ISD,” Ryan said. “We’ve had people who served who had no desire to protect the students or protect the tradition that we have here in Cy-Fair ISD. That infuriated me.

“I’ll continue to serve as long as we continue to do what’s best for every student in the district.”

CFISD Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Tim Goode

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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 Tim Goode, a licensed irrigator in Texas who has worked in maintenance for CFISD’s grounds department since March 2010.

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

My wife and I decided to move to Cypress from Kerrville, Texas, in March of 2010 to be close to our family.

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

I enjoy doing what I do for CFISD and particularly I value the relationships with CFISD people. For me, carrying out my responsibilities as an irrigator as best as I can for the CFISD community at large and specifically with those I work with daily is a personal requirement.

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

My wife and I have benefited by being a part of CFISD in two areas. First, directly, I am employed by CFISD. Secondly, indirectly, our two grandchildren attend CFISD schools — Ryan Andrew at Cypress Woods High School and Tyler Matthew at Spillane Middle School.

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

Do not forget to be kind and polite, say “thank you,” “yes sir” and “no sir,” “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” Respect your teachers and yourself, read the Bible daily, put others before yourself, pick up after yourself and spend less time with your electronic devices and more time with your parents.

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

Without any doubt, my most enjoyable activity is centered with my wife and family while (to mention a few) worshiping, eating together and after-school activities with our grandsons. Being with family makes the most important 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 to cheer along with our team!