Cypress Falls High School

9811 Huffmeister, Houston, Texas 77095-2307
(281) 856-1000
Principal:  Becky Denton
School Hours:  7:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School Opened: 1992

last updated: 11/01/2013

 

 

 

Administrative Team

Principal

Becky Denton

Associate Principal

Elizabeth Wood

Assistant Principal

Ashley Hardin (A, U-Z)

Assistant Principal

Roberto Lopez (B-C)

Assistant Principal

S. Kyle Parsons (H-K,N)

Assistant Principal

Reginal Mitchell (D-G)

Assistant Principal

Wanda Figueroa (S, T)

Assistant Principal

John Zimmermann (L, M)

Assistant Principal

Chris Love (O-R)

Lead Counselor

Lori Battaglia

Counselor

Pamela Branch (A-CAM)

Counselor

Tashanna Boutte (CAN-ESP)

Counselor

Shayla Rodriguez-Bell (ESQ-HAS)

Counselor

Kristen Kitterman (NGU-RIN)

Counselor

Judy Hooper (HAT-LOF)

Counselor

Mary Kay Chapman (LOG-NGO)

Counselor

Amanda Brinkmeyer (RIO-SU)

Counselor

Nicole Rao-Flores (SV-Z)

Director of Instruction

Kenya Turner

Librarian

Susan Seiffert

Nurse

Denise Bishop

Helping Teacher

Cynthia Heldring

 

 

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Advanced to post season playoffs in football, volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, tennis, golf, track, swimming and this seasons win/loss record is better than any other year in Cy-Falls History.
  • Varsity mens’ choir was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Awards Ceremony – an invitation only very few choirs ever receive. And they received a standing ovation after their performance.
  • 6 of our Art students advanced to state and 4 of them received the highest rating.  One was chosen as one of the top 100 in the state out of 25,000 pieces of artwork.
    Volleyball team is 3rd in state
  • Lady Eagle Basketball team is 3rd in state
  • Mikayla Matthews in 3rd in State in Wrestling
  • Sadalia Ellis is 3rd in State Track Meet in the high jump.
  • Lady Eagle Basketball team won the state 5A award for the most 3 pointers made by a team for the 2nd year in row. – 258 for the year.
    18 students receive the National Merit Award
  • Our efforts with teen driving safety  were recognized by Texas Dept of Trans, Sec of State, Hope Andrade, and featured in USA Today.
    Every band, every choir, and every orchestra scored straight ones in the UIL competition – receiving Sweepstakes in all areas.
  • Cypress Falls on-line newspaper was the first ever high school paper to be interactive.
  • We have our own Cypress Falls App for your smart phone.
  • Christian Rumscheidt was named Texas Journalist of the year
  • Mitchell Badillo and Loryn Goodwin represented Cypress Falls in the TABC All Star Game
  • Our speech and debate team made Cy-Falls history qualifying 7 students for the national tournament in Indianapolis this summer
    Cheerleaders are named National Champs
  • Science Olympiad places at State, Destination Imagination receives 2nd at Regionals, Hola is 2nd in district, and girls bowling goes to state.
    8 students were selected as All Staters in Choir, Band, and Orchestra

Campus Goals

  • To provide a safe and productive learning environment where all students will become college and career ready.

  • To reach exemplary accountability status as a campus.

  • To offer quality extracurricular programs where students can develop socially, emotionally, and mentally.

 

Demographics

(as indicated in the 2012-13 AEIS Report)

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISPANIC WHITE NATIVE AMERICAN ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER TWO OR MORE RACES ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
18.8% 41.3% 25.6% 0.3% 11.3% 0.0% 26.6% 45.5%

Enrollment

3541 students as of 10/17/13

 

VIPS

Partnerships with the community are vital in order to strengthen instructional outcomes for all students. We would like you to develop a collaborative relationship with us that will foster long-term student achievement ... one that offers opportunities for all students ... making a difference together. For more information, please contact Cynthia Hughs at cynthia.hughs@cfisd.net.

 

Class Ranking

Beginning with courses taken between the eighth and ninth grade, all high school courses, including correspondence, night school, college courses taken for dual credit, credit-by-exam, and summer school, are averaged in the class rank with the exception of student assistance, local credit, and courses taken under the pass/fail option. High school courses taken by seventh- or eighth-grade students and completed by the end of the eighth-grade year will not count in class rank with the exceptions of Geometry, Biology, and the third or higher levels of a foreign language. (*See additional exceptions for Class of 2013.) Rank will be determined by grade point averages (G.P.A.) of the students. Estimated class rankings are to be determined at the end of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year for the express purpose of college entrance requirements. Another ranking shall be performed at the end of the fifth six-weeks’ grading period to identify summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude graduates. No valedictorian or salutatorian will be officially recognized at graduation.

 

Honor Graduate Designation

At graduation ceremonies, graduates will be recognized in the following categories: summa cum laude (6.5 G.P.A.), magna cum laude (6.25 G.P.A.), and cum laude (6.0 G.P.A.) . A final calculation of G.P.A. and class rank is determined at the end of the senior year and will be reflected on the final transcript which is sent to colleges.

 

Grading Scale

CFISD uses a weighted 6.0 grading scale.  Grade points are allocated for a course of study based on the designation of the course as indicated in the chart below.

GRADE

LEVEL OR COURSE

 

K, AP, and HORIZONS Levels

L-Level
(on level)

Below Level
Adaptive Behavior, ICS-M, NAC, Resource

Life Skills

A (90-100)

7 grade points

6 grade points

5 grade points

4 grade points

B (80-89)

6 grade points

5 grade points

4 grade points

3 grade points

C (75-79)

5 grade points

4 grade points

3 grade points

2 grade points

D (70-74)

4 grade points

3 grade points

2 grade points

1 grade points

F (below 70)

0 grade points

0 grade points

0 grade points

0 grade points

The semester grades are computed by allocating a weight of 2/7 for each six weeks’ grade and 1/7 for a semester exam. A student will receive credit for each semester passed.  If the course is a two-semester sequence and the student passes the second semester after having failed the first, he/she may receive the credit for both semesters if the yearly average is passing (70+).

*For the Class of 2013, four mathematics and four science courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student takes Algebra I in 8th-grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the four math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student takes Algebra I in 8th-grade and only takes three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

 

Participation in Commencement

To be eligible to participate in commencement exercises a student must meet state graduation requirements by earning a minimum of 22 credits in designated courses.  Beginning with the class of 2015 (ninth graders entering high school in fall 2011), students must meet all credit and testing requirements to participate in commencement exercises.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2013

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 must enroll in courses necessary to complete the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for the Recommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program. Then, using the list of course descriptions, students should select and register for courses.  Note that students graduating under the Recommended High School Program will need to schedule additional courses not required for the Minimum High School Program. These courses include Algebra II, Chemistry, World Geography, foreign language (two credits), fine arts (one credit), and three state-approved electives. Additionally, beginning with the Class of 2011, students must earn 26 total credits including four math and four science credits. Counselors at each high school will furnish all other information necessary for students to complete registration.

 

Courses

Recommended
High School
Program

Minimum
High School
Program

 

Notes

English

4

4

 

Advanced Academic Strategies
or

 

½
or

 

½
or

  • One-half credit is required and may be taken in grade 8 or 9.

Skills for Academic Success

1

1

  • One credit is required for all 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade reading, math, science, and social studies TAKS test.
  • Beginning ESL students, intermediate ESL students, and special education students in need of in-class support are also required to take this year-long class.

Mathematics

 

4
Algebra I,
Geometry,
Algebra II, and an additional math course

3
must include Algebra I, Geometry

  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, students are required to complete 4 math credits for the Recommended Program.
  • CFISD recommends that all students take 4 math courses in grades 9-12.
  • Math Models with Applications may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken prior to Algebra II.
  • AP Computer Science may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken after successful completion of Algebra II. The course will not count as both a 4th math credit and the Technology Application required credit.
  • Four mathematics courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the 4 math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes only three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

Science

4
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology,
Chemistry, and Physics or an additional science course
or
4
Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, and an additional science course

2
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology
or
3
Biology,
Chemistry, and
Physics

  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, students are required to complete 4 science credits for the Recommended Program.
  • CFISD recommends that all students take 4 science courses in grades 9-12.
  • Students without IP&C credit must take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to meet the Recommended Program’s science requirements. The students may choose any additional science course to meet the 4th required credit.
  • Four science courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation.

U.S. History

1

1

 

World History

1

1

 

World Geography

1

 

 

Government

½

½

 

Economics

½

½

 

Health
            or
Principles of
Health Science

½
or
1

½
or
1

  • Health may be taken in any grade or taken through correspondence, summer school, or through credit-by-exam.

 

Physical Education

  • Students may earn a maximum of two (2) credits in P.E. toward graduation—including athletics. Students enrolled in the regular physical education program must take Foundations of Personal Fitness.
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC. Students may also meet the physical education requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program.
  • Physical education credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses.

Languages other than English (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students may take any two levels of the same foreign language to meet the requirements for the Recommended High School Program. Foreign language credits earned in middle school will count toward this requirement.

Speech

½

½

  • These courses meet the requirement:  Communication Applications (½), Professional Communications (½), Debate I (1), or Oral Interpretation I (1).
  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, Debate III and Independent Study in Speech (4th year of Debate) will earn K-level credit.

Fine Arts

1

 

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Technology Applications
(Computer course)

1

1

  • Courses which meet the one-credit technology application requirement include: Computer Programming K, Computer Science AP, Animation, Business Information Management I, Digital & Interactive Media, Art II Electronic Multimedia, Web Technologies I, Practicum in Business Management, Business Information Management II–MOS, Journalism/Desktop Publishing, Engineering Design & Presentations, and Audio/ Video Production.  Students must earn one full credit in the same course to meet this requirement.
  • Beginning with the Class of 2011, AP Computer Science may count as a 4th math credit after successful completion of Algebra II. The course will not count as both a 4th math credit and the Technology Application required credit.

Academic Elective:
World Geography or Science Elective

 

1

 

Electives

3

3 to 5

  • Must be state-approved courses.

Total State Credits Required

26

22

 

Distinguished Achievement Program

Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options:

  • A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs and dual credit courses.
  • Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project.  Original research may not be used for more than two measures.
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways:  (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program.  Note:  The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student.

Note:   Math Models with Applications and AP Computer Science may not serve as math credits on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Additionally, Integrated Physics and Chemistry may not serve as a science credit on the DAP. 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2014 and Beyond

Students who enter the ninth grade in the fall 2010 and thereafter must enroll in courses necessary to complete the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Students should study the table below which outlines requirements for the Recommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program. Then, using the list of course descriptions that follow, students should select and register for courses.  Note that students graduating under the Recommended High School Program will need to schedule additional courses not required for the Minimum High School Program. Counselors at each high school will furnish all other information necessary for students to complete registration.

 

Courses

Recommended
High School
Program

Minimum
High School
Program

 

Notes

English

4

4

 

PACE
(Personal, Academic, & Career Exploration)
or

 

½

or

 

½

or

  • One-half credit is required in grade 9

 

PACE Plus

 

 

1

 

1

  • One credit is required for all 9th-grade students who did not pass all 8th-grade core academic classes (language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies) and who have not met the state standards on any 8th-grade reading, math, science, and social studies state assessments.
  • Beginning ESL students, intermediate ESL students, and special education students in need of support are also required to take this year-long class.

Mathematics

 

4
Algebra I,
Geometry,
Algebra II, and an additional math course

3
must include Algebra I, Geometry

  • Math Models with Applications may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken prior to Algebra II.
  • AP Computer Science may satisfy the requirement for the additional math credit only if taken after successful completion of Algebra II.
  • Four mathematics courses will be included in a student’s GPA calculation. If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes four math courses in grades 9-12, the 4 math courses taken in high school will be included in the student’s GPA. But, if a student took Algebra I in 8th grade and takes only three math courses in grades 9-12, the Algebra I course will be included in the student’s GPA calculation. Algebra I taken at any time will carry L-level grade points.

Science

4
Biology,

Chemistry, Physics, and an additional science course

2
Integrated Physics and Chemistry,
Biology
or
3
Biology,

Chemistry, and

Physics

  • Integrated Physics and Chemistry may satisfy the requirement for the additional science credit if taken prior to Chemistry and Physics.
  • All students entering high school in fall 2010 or beyond will take Biology in ninth grade.

U.S. History

1

1

 

World History

1

1

 

World Geography

1

 

 

Government

½

½

 

Economics

½

½

 

Health
            or
Principles of
Health Science

½
or
1

½
or
1

  • Health may be taken in any grade or taken through correspondence, summer school, or through credit-by-exam.

 

Physical Education

 

1

1

  • Students may earn a maximum of four (4) credits in P.E. toward graduation—including athletics. Students enrolled in the regular physical education program must take Foundations of Personal Fitness.
  • Students may meet the PE requirement through after school participation in the fall semester of marching band and cheerleading, and both semesters of drill team and JROTC. Students may also meet the physical education requirement if they participate in a district-approved Olympic caliber, off-campus training program. 
  • Physical education credit may be earned through approved correspondence courses.

Languages other than English (Foreign Language)

2

 

  • Students may take any two levels of the same foreign language to meet the requirements for the Recommended High School Program. Foreign language credits earned in middle school will count toward this requirement.

Speech

½

½

  • These courses meet the requirement:  Professional Communications (½), Communication Applications (½), Debate I (1), or Oral Interpretation I (1).

Fine Arts

1

1

  • Approved fine arts courses include art, music, dance, and theatre courses.

Academic Elective:
World Geography or Science Elective

 

1

 

Electives

3½  to 5½

  • Must be state-approved courses.

Total State Credits Required

26

22

 

 

Distinguished Achievement Program

Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options:

  • A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs and dual credit courses.
  • Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project.  Original research may not be used for more than two measures.
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways:  (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program.  Note:  The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student.

Note:  Math Models with Applications and AP Computer Science may not serve as math credits on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Additionally, Integrated Physics and Chemistry may not serve as a science credit on the DAP.