Cypress Woods High School

Principal:  Mr. Gary Kinninger
13550 Woods Spillane Blvd, Cypress, TX  77429
Phone: 281.213.1727 ~ Fax: 281.213.1827
School Hours:  7:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

School Opened: 2006

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last updated: 01/07/2014

 

 

Administrative Team

Principal

Gary Kinninger

Associate Principal

Dirk Heath

Assistant Principal

Lisa Bergeron

Assistant Principal

Jacob Chacon

Assistant Principal

Kyle Cooper

Assistant Principal

Andrea Lagard

Assistant Principal

Chelle Rauch

Assistant Principal

Jimmy Williams

Lead Counselor

Mary Blaschke

Counselor

Brenda Armstrong

Counselor

Kathy Benz

Counselor

Robbie Condit

Counselor

Lori Hilsher

Counselor

Karen Jacobs

Counselor

Debbie Robbins-Williams

Director of Instruction

Kelly Ellis

Librarian

Lauren Zachos

Nurse

Annette Small

Academic Achievement Specialist Christina Hoover

Academic Achievement Specialist

Barb Lesselyong

Spec. Ed. Support Specialist

Francine Lockhart

Testing Coordinator

Karen Payne

Athletic Coordinator

Trent Faith

admin

     

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Advanced Placement Exams, 1071 tests taken by 489 students
  • National Merit Scholarships – Six (6) students named as finalists in the 2011 competition for National Merit Scholarships
  • UIL Academics 2010-2011 (English only)
  • Literary Criticism - 1st  Team District; 3rd place Individual finish, Region; 6th place individual in State
  • Ready Writing - 1st place and 2nd place in District competition; 1st place in Region; 4th place in State
  • Spelling and Vocabulary - 1st place team, District
  • UIL Computer applications – placed 1st and 5th at State

Choir

  • 11 - Region Choir Members
  • 2 - All-State Choir Members
  • TMEA Honor Choir (Entire Mixed Choir)

Orchestra

  • Two All State Orchestra students
  • Orchestra Festival Contest: All three orchestras receive superior ratings

                         Top two orchestras received best in call trophy
                         Top orchestra receive best overall trophy

  • Orchestra UIL:  Sweepstakes for two orchestras
  • Superior Sight-reading for one orchestra

   
Fine Arts:

  • Culture Shapers: 5th Place in Sculpture Category; Scholastic Event: 5 Gold Key Winners and 4 Silver Key Winners; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Contests 2 Top 10 Finalists, 12 Blue Ribbon Winners, 10 Red Ribbon Winners, 9 White Ribbon Winners

 

Theatre Arts

  • 4 National Qualifiers - Texas Thespian Festival
  • 1,895 lbs collected for Cypress Assistance Ministries (Trick-or-Treat, so Kids can Eat)
  • District Qualifying UIL One-Act Play - Edith Stein

Industrial Technology / STEM

  • 34 Best in State Awards
  • 126 First Place Awards
  • 24 Second Place Awards
  • 14 Third Place Awards
  • 2 Texas LoneStar Awards
  • Winner of the 2011 Second place 5A Outstanding School Award at State TSA Competition
  • Participated in the NASA HUNCH Program
  • Participated in the 2011 Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program at Ellington Field

Cross Country

  • Boys Team: 2010 District Champions, Regional Qualifiers
  • Girls Team:  Regional Qualifiers

Track

  • State Champion in the Mile

Tennis - Fall 2010  

  • Top 4 finish in team tennis
  • All 8 Varsity Boys made all district teams
  • 3 Varsity girls made all district teams
  • Coach Calhoun, Coach of the Year in 5-A,  runner up

Tennis - Spring 2011

  • Boys individuals were 2nd in Team points for spring tennis
  • Coach Calhoun was named Coach of the Year in Houston by the Houston area coaches.

Volleyball 2010

  • V CFISD and SBISD Tournament Champions
  • V  District Champions 18-0 District Record
  • V Season Record 45 and 3 Schools First 40+ Season
  • V  Bi-District, Area Champions, Regional Quarter Finals, Regional Semi-Finals, Regional Champions! State Tournament Semi-Finalist!
  • 14 Academic All District Players and the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 5th year straight

 
Golf  2010

  • The girls golf team has been to the regional tournament every year in school history. The team finished 2nd in District and placed at every tournament this past season.

Wrestling

  • 8 boys and 3 girls advanced to Regionals.  5 boys and 2 girls qualified and 3 boys and 1 girl were alternates. 
  • 2 boys and 2 girls advanced to State.  1 boy qualified and the other was an alternate.  Same with the girls.
  • 5th place finish in State
  • Cy Woods Invisible Children Schools for Schools fundraising contest - November Challenge Winner out of over 1,600 schools worldwide and Southwest Cluster winner for the second consecutive year with over $17,000 raised in less than 3 weeks.

Softball

  • Bi-District Champions
  • Individual student placed 2nd in the pole vault at the UIL Regional Track and Field Meet
  • English Teacher, Stacey Leonard – Rockets Teacher of the Game

Citizen Bee

  • First Place in the Houston Regional Citizen Bee competition

National Latin Exam Awards

  • Twenty National Latin Exam awards--8 for Latin I, 5 for Latin II, and 7 for Latin III

National Spanish Exam Awards (emailed Marcos Antuna for info.)

  • Seven National Spanish Exam awards, 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze awards


:Other Awards:

  • Individual student placed 2nd in team Computer Science event at the UIL State Academic Meet
  • Individual student placed 1st in Experimental Design in the Texas Science Olympiad
  • Individual students won the Excellent award in the Write-Off Contest of the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring National Convention
  • Individual student won 2nd place in Sumo Bots in the Texas Science Olympiad
  • Individual student won 2nd place in Technical Problem Solving in the Texas Science Olympiad
  • Individual student won 2nd place in Astronomy, Sumo bots and Optics in the Texas Science Olympiad
  • Individual student won 2nd place in Disease Detectives in the Texas Science Olympiad

 

Demographics

(as indicated in the 2012-13 AEIS Report)

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISPANIC WHITE NATIVE AMERICAN ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER TWO OR MORE RACES ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
11.1% 25.6% 54.6% 0.0% 5.8% 0.0% 2.8% 19.0%

 

Campus Goals

Students’ academic performance and achievement level will reflect excellence in learning and attainment of both high expectations and high standards.  100% of students will pass TAKS with a score of 2100 or higher.  At least 50% will receive “commended performance” on TAKS with a score of 2400 or higher in all TAKS tested areas.

 

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 Kim Fritz, Dawn Soukup or Becky Bulgerin.

 

 

Enrollment

3149 students as of 9/16/13

 

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.