Arnold Middle School Student Earns Spot in Houston Youth Symphony

Arnold Middle School student Steven Hopkins, who recently completed seventh grade, earned a spot in the Houston Youth Symphony for the 2018-2019 season following an audition process conducted in April and May.

Playing the double bass, Steven was placed in the symphony’s Preparatory Orchestra, which provides an introductory ensemble experience for developing string players.

“I felt amazed that I got in and excited,” Steven says. “Getting a spot means that I could meet new friends and do something I love—play in an orchestra.”

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jackson Guillén and one of four in the Houston Youth Symphony’s core program that includes approximately 300 musicians of varying skill levels.

CFISD Implements Clear Backpack Policy for All Middle and High Schools

CFISD Superintendent Mark Henry announced that all high school and middle school students will be required to use clear backpacks beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Band and athletic bags, as well as drill and cheer team bags, will still be permitted. Additionally, the maximum purse size permitted in grades 6-12 will be 6-by-9 inches.

Elementary school students will be allowed to continue using traditional backpacks. More details about these new policies can be found on at

“We are living in a difficult time requiring difficult decisions from school districts. While these changes present an inconvenience to our students and parents, we must continue to be vigilant to protect the safety of our students and staff,” Dr. Henry says.

Towne Lake Triathlon, Youth Triathlon Set for Labor Day Weekend

The Towne Lake Triathlon is Monday, Sept. 3. The annual event, presented by Onurmark Productions, raises money for local nonprofits. More than $400,000 has been raised for dozens of charities since the program’s inception in 2012. The course features both Olympic- and sprint-distance courses set throughout Towne Lake.

The Towne Lake Youth Triathlon is Sunday, Sept. 2 and one of only a handful of triathlon events in the Houston area. Kids ages 6-15 participate in an open-water swim triathlon on the shores of Towne Lake. The bike course is an easy, flat, fast out-and-back loop on closed roads. The run courses are simple, well-marked closed courses along the trails and sidewalks in Towne Lake. 

Two CFISD Graduates Earn Brockman Scholarship

Recent Cypress Ranch High School graduate Alexander O’Connor was among two CFISD students to earn a Brockman Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that covers four years of undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as one year to cover the Master of Science in Business program at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.

Four CFISD Students Earn Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor

Four CFISD high school students received the Gold Award Girl Scout, an honor less than five percent of Girl Scouts achieve.

Cypress Ranch High School student Kaitlin Carroll, Jersey Village High School student Madeline Daigle and Cypress Ridge High School students and sisters Cameryn and Parker Mountain all earned the distinguished honor. Kaitlin, Madeline and Cameryn all just completed their junior years at their respective high schools, while Parker graduated from Cypress Ridge in early June.

The Gold Award recognizes girls in high school who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to qualify.

Save the Date: Cy-Fair ISD Health Expo Oct. 13

The Cy-Fair ISD Health Expo, underwritten by Memorial Hermann Cypress, is a partnership with Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District and the Chamber. It is a community event welcoming more than 5,500 in attendance. The event will be held Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berry Center. The expo offers health screenings, flu shots, vendor booths, children’s activities, live performances, dance/gymnastics, martial arts and more. Visit for more details or to register for a vendor booth.

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