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  1. Our son was very late in being diagnosed on the Autism spectrum (7th grade) as he is high functioning, but greatly struggles with social interactions and understanding social cues. Any guidance for navigating this at the Junior High Level and Beyond in Conroe ISD (CISD) school district? Before diagnosis, we had started looking for private schools with more limited class sizes, but have also been advised he may find more of a friend/peer group in the larger public school system. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  2. http://www.yourhoust...19bb2963f4.html Congrats to Cy-Fair ISD for being named best large district in the State of Texas! Additionally, Hamilton Elementary principal, Catherine Bartlett was named best principal in Texas! My son goes to this school and he loves it!
  3. I heard rumors of this last week, but dismissed them as over the top. Apparently not. Wow- I bet CyFair ISD phone lines are ringing off the hook! http://www.cfisd.net/dept2/transp/Cancellation%20of%20Service%20letter.pdf
  4. Saw this in "VYPE", the new High School Sports magazine being distributed around town. Great magazine btw.
  5. Cy-Fair is one again, the largest Recognized school district in the State. Cypress-Fairbanks may be winning praise for students' high test scores, but they're getting an "unacceptable" for secret-keeping ability. District leaders spilled the beans Thursday that Cy-Fair has reclaimed a "recognized" rating, the second-highest label issued by the Texas Education Agency. Ratings for the rest of the state will be released at 1 p.m. today. "We couldn't keep good news like this quiet," Cy-Fair spokeswoman Kelli Durham said. Cy-Fair will likely be the largest school district in Texas with a "recognized" rating. Only Houston and Dallas are bigger and neither is expected to crack that category. District officials also revealed that 49 of the district's 70 campuses earned "exemplary" or "recognized" ratings, an increase from 36 in 2007. "Teachers, staff members and parents have worked tirelessly so that our students' success rate increased each year in an environment of rising academic standards and state mandates," said David Anthony, superintendent of the 98,000-student district. The Texas Education Agency made ratings available to districts Thursday via a secured state Web site, so administrators could review the data and alert the state of any mistakes, officials said. "They should have waited," TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said, warning that rating won't be official until 1 p.m. In past years, last-minute fixes have changed data moments before the release, she said. "It's highly unlikely, but one year there was a glitch in the calculation and some ratings changed," Culbertson said. Cy-Fair officials said they're confident in their good news and didn't want to keep families waiting. "We share news with our public as soon as we receive it," Durham said. HISD's Terry Abbott declined to offer a sneak peek at his district's rating: "Not till (today) at 1 p.m.!" he said in an e-mail. He did, however, offer this hint in a press release: "HISD will announce Friday a record number of Houston schools have earned the state's highest academic ratings." Other highlights, Abbott said, will include the first recognized rating for a comprehensive high school in HISD.
  6. We are going to be moving to the Katy area and I have some questions for those of you who are in the know. If you had to choose between Cinco Ranch High School and Seven Lakes High School which would you choose? Is there a Jr. High we should stay away from? Is there a problem with Seven Lakes H.S.? The reason I ask this question is we know some people who are moving so their kids won't have to go to Seven Lakes and will go to Cinco Ranch. I have also noticed that 7 out of 8 houses for sale in Cinco Ranch feed into Seven Lakes High School. What have you heard? What has been your experience? Thanks!
  7. Hey, gang, I have a rather personal situation and I need your help. We were told on Wednesday, after a very long evaluation, that Phoebe is on the autism spectrum (non-verbal, but high-functioning, possibly even PDD-NOS). For those who do not know, we currently live in the Memorial area, in Spring Branch ISD, which has excellent programs for autistic or special needs students. Currently we are working with a speech therapist and an occupational therapist through ECI until she turns three. She will then be eligible for Pre-K. We are scheduled to move to The Woodlands July 5. I am a little paranoid since her diagnosis that we are doing the WRONG thing by moving...but that's only because I am rather ignorant about what CISD has to offer. According to CISD's site, we are zoned to David Elementary, which does not offer a Pre-K program for 3 & up, but we have been told Glen Loch has one and she would probably end up going to that. Can anyone give us a heads-up as to the quality of services of CISD for special needs students, specifically autistics? We've heard horror stories about Klein, great things about Katy, and as mentioned, great things about Spring Branch. Your opinions as parents mean a lot...thanks in advance!
  8. From Cy-Fair ISD's Web site: At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees on January 22, 2008, the Board of Trustees will vote on the proposed action to declare as surplus approximately 15 acres of land just south of Willbern Elementary at the northwest corner of Legacy Park Drive and Round Up Drive. Community members wishing to provide written input may mail comments to Planning and Research, Suite 711, 10300 Jones Road, Houston, Texas, 77065. Those wishing to provide oral input during the citizens' participation segment of the board meeting may sign up between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. on January 22 at the Instructional Support Center, 10300 Jones Road. http://www.cfisd.net/aboutour/board/POSTING/2007/surplus.htm So I'm guessing they're going to sell the one patch of trees left in this area to Caldwell so they can put up some other commercial building that no one will rent.
  9. When this went to the voters it was billed as the Richard E. Barry Educational Support Facility. "Man we sure could use one of them thangs to help wit are kids edukayshun" I wonder how many people who voted for it, would have voted against it if it was labled truthfully as a football stadium and basketball arena. What do you think? CyKat
  10. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyf...ts/5085708.html Should be a neat matchup. Some of the highest rated prospects in the nation facing off in Cy-Fair's McGuffie and Stratford's Luck. McGuffie took his first carry to the house in last week's scrimmage vs. The Woodlands 7pm at Tully Stadium TV - FSN Southwest
  11. Here's a rendering of the new Conroe ISD stadium and nautitorium being built behind the Portofino shopping center: South County Stadium Images
  12. In February, the Cy Fair ISD Board of Trustees approved the construction contract in the amount of $11,506,000 for the construction of Elementary School #48 and $11,442,000 for Elementary School #49. Elementary #48 will be off of West Little York Road and Elementary #49 will be off of Westfield Village Road. Both campuses are new designs for the district but have characteristics of previous campuses. Elementary School #48 Siteplan/Aerial Design Elementary School #48 Floorplan Arrangement Elementary School #48 Exterior Design Elementary School #49 Siteplan/Aerial Design Elementary School #49 Floorplan Arrangement Elementary School #49 Exterior Design
  13. The Clear Creek ISD is conducting a Bond for 2007. The Bond will be $183 million. 5 new Campuses will be built and other district items such as buses, security will be included also. Clear Creek ISD Bond Informational Packet Clear Creek ISD Bond Story found on HCN
  15. Cy-Fair ISD Story found on Houston Community Newspapers
  16. Tommorrow Tuesday October 24th, 2006 Local High Schools in Harris and Montgomery Counties as well as other surrounding counties will be participating in the Area UIL Marching Band Competition. Each campus will have a specific performing time. The competition will be held at Moorehead Stadium at Conroe High School in Conroe ISD. It should really be a great event. The Klein Collins Band from Klein Collins High School in Klein ISD has a really great show this year, (Godzillia Eats Las Vegas). There use of props and visual techniques is very impressive. They also have great marching technique. I think they will advance to finals and eventually State. Klein Collins performs at 7:15 pm.
  17. Fahrenheit 451 flap in Conroe ISD
  18. School district to face 'amazing growth' Chamber says tax base needs business influx By ANITRA D. BROWN Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle If Cy-Fair ISD keeps growing at its current rate, the district will have 100,000 students by the 2008-2009 school year and will peak at about 130,000 students by 2020, said John Fourqurean, director of planning research and evaluation. Fourqurean said the estimates were rough, but reliable. "Anything can happen between now and then," he said. "But we will peak somewhere around 2020." The average increase for the district has been about 4,000 to 5,000 students a year, he said. In 2005-2006, enrollment was 87,500, about 7,000 more students than 2004-2005. That number, slightly inflated because of Hurricane Katrina, should begin to level off again as the district returns to its normal growth rate, Fourqurean said. He cited residential development along Fry Road, both north and south of FM 529, as the evidence of the increase in students and residents Cy-Fair could expect. "Everything's platted for homes, thousands and thousands of homes," he said. The expected growth in school enrollment and the escalation of new home construction in the area has some worried about the future demand on Cy-Fair's tax base. Cy-Fair Chamber President Darcy Mingoia said the area's tax base mix is about 65 percent residential and 30 percent business. A better ratio, she said, would be 50-50. "Unless we get industry and commercial growth to offset it, it's going to be very tough on the tax base," she said. "The land is being taken up by residential growth instead of business growth, so that's a real struggle for the chamber." The growth will likely outpace the district's current construction plans for new schools. In 2004, Cy-Fair voters approved a $713.2 million bond referendum. A total of $337.9 million of that was earmarked to build 11 new schools and acquire 18 school sites and 194 new buses. The district already has moved up the date of construction for some of the schools, planning to open five new schools in the next three years, all financed by that 2004 bond election. "We'll be opening up new high schools in 2008," he said. "And they'll be completely full a couple of years after they are open." "We're going to have to have another bond election in a few years," Fourqurean said. "And every year we're going to get more money for new schools." Fourqurean spoke to the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce transportation committee, which meets regularly to get updates on topics that affect growth and infrastructure throughout Cy-Fair. Cy-Fair's anticipated growth doesn't come as news to chamber members, but some were surprised to learn just what it meant for the school district. "It's amazing growth. We just have to make sure we can handle it," Mingoia said. Mingoia told the group that the districts' anticipated numbers also help indicate the area's future population in general. The Chamber multiplies the number of Cy-Fair ISD students by 7.5 to determine the region's population. If Cy-Fair ISD's numbers are on target, it means there will be about 750,000 people living in Cy-Fair by the fall of 2008 and more than 900,000 by 2020.
  19. Cy-Fair ISD made this announcement last week: "Trustees authorized the Superintendent or designee to enter into a purchase and sales agreement for the purchase of approximately 65 acres of land located west of Highway 6 and south of FM 529 and to complete final negotiations of the terms of the contract and to execute the documents on behalf of the district. The Board approved the administration
  20. Conroe school board OKs plans for sports complex The project must be approved by the Army Corps and city of Shenandoah By RENEE C. LEE Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle CONROE - Setting the stage for a late summer groundbreaking, school officials approved design plans for a new 10,000-seat stadium and swim complex Tuesday. Conroe Independent School District officials anticipated moving dirt on the 60-acre site in March, but the discovery of wetlands last year stalled the project. Although the school board unanimously approved the design for the sports complex, the district now must wait for permit approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Shenandoah. The project will be constructed behind the Portofino shopping center, just east of Interstate 45. If everything goes as planned, requests for proposals for construction will go out in July. A groundbreaking would take place in August, said Bob Burns, the district's director of facilities. The project would be complete about 18 months later. In addition to the 10,000-seat football stadium, the sports complex will include a 47,000-square-foot swimming center with an eight-lane pool and six diving boards. The complex will have 3,300 parking spaces. The estimated cost is $35 million, from a bond measure voters approved in 2004.
  21. Dec. 12, 2004, 12:34AM Cy-Fair approves bond issue The $713 million will allow for new schools, updates By PARIS ACHEN Chronicle Correspondent A record $713 million bond issue to build new schools and renovate older ones in Cypress-Fairbanks won overwhelming approval Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT The two-pronged bond referendum is the fourth voters have approved in the past decade in the Cy-Fair Independent School District, a system poised to become the third-largest in Texas. "This establishes once again that Cy-Fair ISD values education. Voters realize that with the phenomenal growth we must have more space to educate kids," Superintendent David Anthony said. The first proposition for $659 million garnered 75 percent of the vote. It allows the district to borrow money to build 11 schools, buy land for 18 school sites and purchase 194 buses. It also provides money to renovate 47 older schools and replace aging technology throughout the district. The second proposition for $54 million won with 72 percent of the vote. That money will give each high school expanded music and multipurpose facilities. Officials are expected to increase the property-tax rate for debt service by up to 3 cents per $100 of value in the next five years. That would be about $19.50 more per year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000. Opponents of the bond issue said they were not surprised by the outcome considering that only 5 percent of registered voters turned out. "The school district held the election on a date in December when nobody knew about it rather than a regular election date," said Paul O'Finan, a Cy-Fair resident who voted against both propositions. A political action committee collected about $72,000 in donations from corporations, including companies that make millions from school-construction contracts, to campaign for approval of the bond package. The committee, called Citizens for Cy-Fair ISD Bonds, placed 10 newspaper ads, distributed 1,500 yard signs and mailed 198,000 pamphlets and get-out-the-vote postcards. Earl Springer, a resident who led a steering committee that recommended the bond proposal, said he thinks the measure passed because taxpayers are educated about the need for more schools. Cy-Fair grew by 4,500 students this year, bringing enrollment to more than 79,000. Previous bond packages in 1994, 1998 and 2001 equaled $811 million and won by large margins. The 2001 referendum won support from 85 percent of voters, but only 2.4 percent of those registered participated. That election also was held in December. paris.achen@chron.com
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