Aug 22, 2019

Back to School 2019-2020


We are thrilled to launch the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, Aug. 26! As you may know, the first week of school can present challenges as we work to efficiently transport more than 80,000 students to and from school while welcoming thousands of parents on campus for drop-offs and pick-ups. As we fine-tune these processes, I ask for your patience while we work together for our 117,000 students.

Several departments have collaborated throughout the summer to improve your child’s learning environment this year. Dozens of renovation projects, like The Leonard Brautigam Center (formerly Windfern School of Choice), were completed and some will continue through the fall. Meanwhile, new facilities like Harold R. Rowe Middle School (#19) are under construction for future opening dates. I am so appreciative that this community continues to invest in our facilities through school bonds like the one that passed in May.

The Leonard Brautigam Center, formerly Windfern School of Choice, opens Aug. 26 at 13102 Jones Road

Harold R. Rowe Middle School (No. 19) will open in August 2020 on the Cypress Park multi-campus site.

In 2019-2020, you will continue to see improvements to our facilities that enhance student safety, including secured vestibules at each campus and additional fencing in strategic areas. Policies such as ID badges for every student and our Z Pass tracking system on each school bus help ensure that your child is as safe as possible on the way to, during and home from school each day. Our CFISD police department even added a fourth K-9, Scout, to assist in threat deterrence.

Meet Scout, our newest CFPD K-9 who is a Shepherd/Malinois mix.
Thank you for your continued support of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Our goal in 2019-2020 is to provide quality service to this community, plus give a little lagniappe, which means “a little extra, on purpose.”

Our teachers and staff are ready to partner with parents and guardians in order to provide Opportunity for All through a quality education to your children. I wish you an enjoyable last few days of summer as we transition into the routines of the school year.  

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

May 30, 2019

Reflecting on 2018-2019

It’s hard to believe, but today we wrapped up the 79th school year of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Each year that passes, I grow prouder to lead our school district and live in our wonderful community, and 2018-2019 did not disappoint.

We began planning this school year last summer by instituting some major safety initiatives including the purchase of three K-9s and a Mental Health Intervention Team. We know our schools’ bolstered safety and security measures were effective threat deterrents.

As the year kicked off, we celebrated our own Jeanna Peña of Lamkin Elementary School winning Region 4 Teacher of the Year. I was also humbled to accept the region’s nomination for Superintendent of the Year, representing the best district in Texas!

Students and staff at Moore Elementary were delighted to return to their freshly renovated campus on the first day of school, Aug. 27. Moore was flooded by Hurricane Harvey a year before, but the Armadillos stayed strong and had a great year in their “new” old home.

CFISD is the home of Opportunity for All, where students thrive through fine arts. Marching bands from Cy-Fair and Jersey Village high schools placed among the top 33 in the state, and 46 students earned TMEA All-State recognition. Cypress Ranch High School theatre students won two Tommy Tune awards this spring for their amazing production of The Little Mermaid.

Every year, students enter our doors as athletes and leave as champions. Two Cypress Creek High School students, swimmer Hayden Miller and wrestler Amanda McAleavey, captured individual state championships in their respective sports in February. Today, the Cypress Ranch baseball team is competing for a chance to return to the state tournament for the fourth time in eight years.

Our students continued to achieve at the highest possible levels academically. Eight students were accepted into MIT, including four from Langham Creek High School—the most from a single comprehensive school in the entire nation! We celebrated 17 National Merit semifinalists at the Berry Center in March. 

Community members supported a $1.762 billion bond referendum in May that will address district needs through the year 2025 with a telling 70-percent approval rate. 

We could not have achieved all we did this year without a supportive and involved school board. One of our trustees, Christine Hartley, announced her resignation earlier this month after eight years and will be dearly missed.

It’s easy to see why I’m so proud of this district and community. For eight decades we have worked together to produce successful citizens, and there is no better portrait of that than the 8,000-plus graduates walking our stage at the Berry Center from Wednesday through Saturday.

As the final set of caps are tossed on Saturday evening and we start to set our sights on 2019-2020, we’ll take pride in a year that gave us so many incredible things to cheer about.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

May 6, 2019

Thank You, CFISD Community

I was so proud to see that more than 15,000 voters came out to make their voices heard over the past two weeks in the 2019 CFISD Bond Election. The $1.762 billion referendum passed with a 70-percent approval mark, and will address instructional and support facilities; safety and security enhancements; transportation; technology; and facilities renovations and additions through the year 2025.  

I appreciate the overwhelming support for CFISD. My commitment to our community is that we will continue to be good stewards of your trust as we move forward with the bond program. We will continue to update the district on the progress of bond projects on our website ( and social media channels (#CFISDbond).

Voting is a necessary component of a successful democracy, and it delighted me to see so many of you sharing your voting selfies and stickers on social media throughout the last two weeks. Thank you for being a key part of the CFISD community that I am proud to call my home.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

May 1, 2019

CFISD Bond Election Day: Saturday, May 4

Early voting for the CFISD 2019 Bond Election concluded yesterday (April 30), and I was encouraged by the amount of people who shared that they voted. Election Day is this Saturday, May 4, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As I mentioned in last week’s message, the Bond 2019 page of our district website ( includes several helpful resources:

Additional voting locations within Harris County are available at As a reminder, Harris County has implemented the Countywide Polling Place Program, making this the first election in which voters can cast a ballot anywhere in the county on Election Day.

Thank you again to those of you who took the time to exercise an important civic responsibility by casting votes during the early voting period. Please encourage your friends, co-workers and family members who have not yet voted to do so between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Saturday, May 4.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

Apr 22, 2019

CFISD Bond Election Early Voting: April 22-30

Today is the first day of early voting for the CFISD 2019 Bond Election. The nine-day early voting period concludes on Tuesday, April 30. This helpful listing of early voting dates and times is also available on our bond webpage:

Here are some of the convenient early voting sites in or near our community:
  • Lone Star College – Cypress Center (19710 Clay Road, Katy, 77449);
  • Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center (8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress, 77433);
  • Juergen’s Hall Community Center (26026 Hempstead Highway, Cypress, 77429);
  • Prairie View A&M University - Northwest (9449 Grant Road, Houston, 77070);
  • Champion Forest Baptist Church (4840 Strack Road, Houston, 77069);
  • Trini Mendenhall Community Center (1414 Wirt Road, Houston, 77055); and
  • Fallbrook Church (12512 Walters Road, Houston, 77014).

To prepare for the election, please visit the Bond 2019 page of our district website at Here you will find an overview of the bond package, including a video that breaks down the components and potential financial impact to taxpayers. The page contains many frequently asked questions about the bond and campus-specific project sheets that highlight the work planned for each school. We have also included a list of Election Day voting locations within the CFISD community on our website.

Voting is a key component of the freedom and democracy we enjoy in the United States, and a voter’s impact holds even greater significance in local elections. Harris County had record-breaking voting numbers in the November 2018 elections, and I hope our community continues that trend of turning out for the CFISD Bond Election.

I encourage each of you to exercise your right to vote, either during the early voting period or on Election Day.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

Mar 27, 2019

Staying Prepared in CFISD

Following events like the Deer Park chemical fire last week, I often field questions from the community about the procedures we have in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD to decide potential actions to take as a district.

CFISD works closely with organizations such as the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as well as fellow superintendents from every school district in the county to make important decisions on opening or closing schools and procedures we may implement during the school day.  In the case of ongoing events such as the fire, Hurricane Harvey flooding and the ice days we had in 2018, I joined at least one conference call a day with various Harris County organizations and other school districts to hear the latest on the key factors impacting our schools – be it weather, water levels, road conditions or air quality.

We take this obligation very seriously in CFISD. We want to keep our students, staff and parents sufficiently informed and our schools safe and secure. I am grateful for the preparation and collaboration of our county agencies and school districts during major events to try to make the best decision for hundreds of thousands of students and families across the county.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

Feb 26, 2019

Recognizing lawmakers for prioritizing public ed

You may have read Monday’s story about the Senate Finance Committee passing Senate Bill 3, a piece of legislation that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers.

Even though the bill doesn’t meet everyone’s expectations, I am extremely appreciative that our senators and representatives recognize the great contributions that teachers have made to the lives of our students. SB3 is a positive sign that our state leaders are serious about addressing the needs in our public school system.

As the 86th Texas Legislative Session moves forward, I am confident that our lawmakers will also find a way to reward the essential contributions that our campus leaders, librarians, counselors, diagnosticians and other professionals provide to the success of our school system. We are grateful to have thousands of operations support personnel and instructional aides in CFISD. These hard-working employees make sure our campuses are operational and our students succeed in the classroom.

I applaud our legislators from both sides of the aisle for uniting on an issue that impacts more than 90 percent of the school-aged children in Texas who attend public schools. Government works best when our leaders work together!

When you get a chance, thank our state leaders for taking this first step toward helping Texas public schools be the best that they can be. You can find out who represents you by entering your address on the Texas Legislature website.

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.