Eagle Scout Projects Benefit CFISD Nature Trails

The CFISD Nature Trails, located behind Millsap Elementary School, received Eagle Scout projects from two CFISD students this spring. Cy-Ranch junior Ivan Garcia built and installed new benches for one of the fifth grade stations at the trails, allowing a place for students to gather to discuss what they’ve learned on the trails. Langham Creek junior Joseph Puccio installed bat boxes across the trails, which will attract bats to nest inside of them and in return, help control the mosquito population.

Berry Center Employees Donate More Than 1,000 Items to Food Pantry

Thirty-one Berry Center staff members, along with the community engagement department, donated approximately 1,200 non-perishable food items to the CFISD Food Pantry. Beth Wade, director of the Berry Center, challenged her employees to donate $15 each to help buy food items. Terri Tyler, part of the building service crew, was a standout, raising $210 with the help of friends and neighbors. The donations were delivered to the CFISD Food Pantry, located at Campbell Middle School, and will benefit families in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD community.

CFISD Schools Named Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Pope and Wilson elementary schools and Hopper Middle School became designated Unified Champion Schools through Special Olympics Texas. Both Hopper and Pope held events the week before spring break, including a “Spread the Word” campaign and Disability Awareness Week that spotlighted why students and staff shouldn’t use certain words and why inclusion and respect are important in the classroom. During the campaign, students and staff also made an inclusion banner for students to sign at lunches. Hopper also participated in a unified soccer league on Thursdays during P.E. Each morning at Pope during Disability Awareness Week, a special announcement was made by students, which spotlighted a different celebrity with a disability. Students and staff also made a paper chain where every student wrote his or her name on a link, symbolizing inclusion. Any campus can sign up to become a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. For more information about Special Olympics and Unified Champion School, visit GenerationUnified.org.

Langham Creek Senior Wins Taylor Rhule Scholarship

Rosa Maria Franco, who is graduating from the school’s VITAL program at Langham Creek, won the Taylor Rhule Scholarship for her continued sports participation in the Special Olympics for 10 years, which included basketball, track and field, volleyball, bowling and swimming. She was a member of the Langham Creek JV swim team and earned a special medal at the annual swim meet at Spring Branch ISD’s Memorial High School. Rosa is also part of the Ice Skating Special Program in Northwest Houston.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Welcomes New Senior Pastor

Good Shepherd UMC welcomes Rev. Matt Neely as senior pastor. Matt spent seven years as a traveling evangelist and served as associate pastor of several Houston-area churches. He was the founding pastor of Watershed UMC in League City and since 2013 has been the senior pastor of Parkway UMC in Sugar Land. At Parkway, Matt revitalized the congregation, grew attendance, paid off the church debt, and built a new Worship Center. Matt and his wife, Ginger, have four children, Jessica, Jenna, Grace and Noah. GoodChurch.us

Cypress Academy Men Gymnasts Win National Championship

The Cypress Academy men’s gymnastics team won first place at the 2019 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships. Led by longtime head coach Tom Meadows, Laz Barnhill, Jack Freeman, J.R. Chou, Asher Hong and Garret Braunton won the Level 10 championship for a record fifth year in a row. In addition, three of the gymnasts were named Junior Elite Champion. Laz is the Level 10, 18-year-old champion; Asher is the Level 10, 15-year-old champion; and Caden Clinton is the Level 9, 14-year-old champion. CypressAcademy.com