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  1. Caldwell companies announces a new 15-acre, upscale town center-style development akin to CityCentre and Market Street for the Cypress area at FM 1960 and Hwy 290. The development will include a central park area, hotel and conference center, retail, restaurants, Class A offices, etc. More details here: http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/cy-fair/cypress-crossing-development-to-serve-as-new-mixed-use-cente/
  2. There is ground work happening at the corner of Spring Cypress and Skinner Roads in Cy-Fair Town Center. Any know what's going in? NewQuest sold the development to Inland American (http://inlandamerican.propertycapsule.com/properties/40040102/#overview) a few years ago. Neither company lists this activity. Inland plans show the area as part of the parking lot but it's still grass.
  3. 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!
  4. The Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) has issued its annual Honor Roll of public schools, The TBEC honor roll is unusual in that it gives accolades to schools which have higher commended rates on the TAKS than those schools with students of similar demographics. (Most other rankings just use the usual minimum passing rates.) This year, just 252 schools in all of Texas made this Honor Roll, which is less than 4% of all the schools in the state. LINK TO ENTIRE LIST CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD's TBEC HONOR ROLL SCHOOLS for 2010: HAMILTON ELEMENTARY received a score of 67 from the TBEC and had 51 percent of students performing at the commended level. SAMPSON ELEMENTARY received a score of 67 from the TBEC and had 49 percent of students performing at the commended level. MOORE ELEMENTARY received a score of 54 from the TBEC and had 39 percent of students performing at the commended level. GLEASON ELEMENTARY received a score of 50 from the TBEC and had 37 percent of students performing at the commended level.
  5. In another thread it was briefly mentioned that there is talk of incorporating a city of Cypress. Or a city of Cy-Fair. What are the pro's and con's of something like this? And what should it be called? Cypress? Cy-Fair? Something else entirely?
  6. I just moved to the Cy-Fair area from Sugar Land and I'm not really familiar with the area beyond the massive traffic problems on Hwy. 290 every single day. Is there any big stuff going on around here besides transportation? I want to get involved, but have no idea what the issues are out here.
  7. 21 Cy-Fair ISD schools were honored as National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) Just for the Kids 2009 Higher Performing Schools in Texas. Hamilton Elementary School for Math, Reading, Writing and Science; Hamilton Middle School for Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies; Sampson Elementary School for Math, Reading and Science; Cypress Woods High School for Math, Science and Social Studies; Danish Elementary School for Reading and Science; Goodson Middle School for Science and Social Studies; Keith Elementary School for Math and Science; Black, Lamkin, Millsap and Moore elementary schools for Science; Aragon and Spillane middle schools for Social Studies; Copeland, Emmott, Jowell, Owens, Sheridan and Willbern elementary schools for Math; and Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools for Social Studies. LINK
  8. 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
  9. In the Superintendent's "state of the district" address on June 04, 2009, he has stated his intention to have the 20% homestead exemption eliminated, which would immediately result in an increase in taxes of approximately $248/yr. per $100,0000 home value. In the address, Superintendent David Anthony said, "On June 15, I am going to recommend the removal of the optional homestead exemption, and it is my expectation that the board will take action on the item." It is also the only item on the agenda of the CFISD Board of Trustees special-called meeting on June 09, 2009, at 6 p.m. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ In your opinion, is this the right course of action? Or should CFISD cut other non-essentials first? i.e.: the 100% Bus Rider policy (every child in the district gets a seat on a bus, no matter how close they live to the school); cut extra-curricular and sports programs; etc. Or perhaps, should a year-round calendar once again be implemented? (They're being used by more and more burgeoning districts around the country and with good success.)
  10. Can anyone tell me more about Tuscany (Grant and N. Eldridge)? I know there are some apartments near it like at Lakewood Forest Dr. and Cedar Point. Should I let those apartments drive me away? I'm not from the area so I want the opinion of those who live there. I also want your opinion of whether a house in Tuscany would hold its value.....
  11. Saw this in "VYPE", the new High School Sports magazine being distributed around town. Great magazine btw.
  12. 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.
  13. Cy-Fair VFD's newest Station, Station 12, went in service recently. They are having an open house this Saturday, July 26th, from 10-4. The station is on Keith Harrow between Fry Rd and Greenhouse. The public is invited to come tour the station and see several different types of fire trucks (engine, ladder, tanker, rescue, ambulance). It's a good chance to check out the inside of a fire station.
  14. They blame the state tax cuts. I can't believe this hasn't been brought up here yet, I guess everyone was too busy with the Klien Bond. Anyway, makes things seem pretty dire for Cy-Fair. It makes me think that Cy-Fair is getting too big without the industry/business tax basis of an inner city district (Houston and Dallas, the only two bigger entities). This is a big issue for the area, as schools play such an important role in property values and the desirability of a neighborhood. Lord knows I don't want to pay any more property taxes than I already do, but this looks like what it will be coming to. http://www.click2houston.com/education/15956050/detail.html
  15. http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...35448&rfi=6 1. Austin Westlake - 42 T 2. Houston Cypress Fairbanks - 38 T 2. Katy Cinco Ranch - 38 4. Conroe The Woodlands - 36 T 5. Fort Bend Dulles - 34 T 5. San Antonio Madison - 34 T 5. Southlake Carroll - 34 T 8. Harlingen South - 32 T 8. Humble Kingwood - 32 T 10. Dallas Skyline - 30 T 10. Pflugerville - 30
  16. Cy-Fair pushes passenger rail Local leaders say community supports project http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyf...ws/3915287.html By JENNIFER LEAHY Chronicle Correspondent Cy-Fair commuters will have a new transportation option if local leaders get their way. The 290 Passenger Rail Coalition, a coalition created by the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, is advocating the creation of a rail line that will travel between the Texas Medical Center and through Cy-Fair. "This is something that we have made a top priority," said Darcy Mingoia, Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce president. "Mobility issues, however, are the slowest moving, most tedious issues," she said. "We are now seeing concrete results, though, and that's exciting." The Houston-Galveston Area Council began a $750,000 study on the issue April 1, Mingoia said. The study's results will be released after Dec. 31. Daily service would be provided from downtown Houston, Cy-Fair, Hempstead and Prairie View. Daily or weekly service would be offered from downtown Houston to College Station. Proposed stops include downtown, Northwest Mall, Beltway 8/Gessner, FM 1960, Cypress, Waller, Prairie View, Hempstead, Navasota and Bryan/College Station. Supporters said the project will enhance the quality of life for area residents and spur economic development along the route, increasing tax revenue. "The research that we have done indicates that people whole-heartedly support the idea of rail," Mingoia said. METRO representative Raequel Roberts said a timeline and cost for the rail project is undetermined.
  17. Looks like Staples is finally entering the Houston market. Went to La Madeleine today and noticed a sign for a new Staples going in right next to Academy (290 @ FM 1960).
  18. Can't understand why someone would do this....hopefully, someone saw something, or they can follow some tracks and figure out who did this with a feaking tractor!!!! Bored teenagers or angry parent??? Link
  19. I attened Prairie View A&M University located about 45 miles northwest of downtown Houston. I have always loved Dallas Ft-Worth becasue of the type of retail and box-box establishments they have in the Metroplex. Last month while looking for a house in Plano, Texas I had the chance to go into the one-of-a-kind Upscale Expermental Wal Mart in West Plano on Parker Rd at the Dallas North Tollway. Reading the Wikipedia page for Cypress, Texas I see that 77429 (my current zip code) is considered once of the most affulent zip codes in USA becasue of the median incomes in the area. I think the Cy-fair area would be a great location for Wal Mart to build another upscale concept store...just an idea....
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. This must be Cy-Fair's year. Football looks promising as well.
  24. They'll play Harlingen South for the State Title, Saturday at 3pm on Fox Sports. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4870344.html
  25. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4876350.html Congrats to the Bobcats on a great year!
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