Cheetah News

September 18, 2016

What's Happening at Cypress on Tuesday Night?

Our First PTA Meeting of the 2016 - 2017 school year! However, this meeting is a special one with breakout sessions for all of the many ways you can get involved this year. The first 20-30 minutes will be spent covering important PTA business including reviewing and approving the budget for this fiscal year. The rest of the evening will be an opportunity to attend breakout sessions for Watch DOGS, Room Reps, volunteering, etc. In addition to these areas, booths will be set up throughout the foyer for you to learn more about the various committee and volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.

The entire event will take place at Cypress Elementary from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. We will begin in the cafeteria. We hope you plan to join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Progress Reports

Progress reports will either be sent home with students in Wednesday folders or be available via TxConnect on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Progress reports are only sent home with students that may be showing difficulty in one or more areas. All students will not receive a progress report.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Timing for beginning of the year parent/teacher conferences has changed. District timing of beginning of the year testing has changed and we would like to have this information to share and discuss with you during the conference. We are excited about the additional time that our students are getting to get back in to the routine of school, have time to become comfortable with their classroom teacher and surroundings, etc. before beginning testing.

As a result of these changes, we have set parent/teacher conferences for the afternoon of October 26th this year. This is an early release day for the children. Please know that it may not be possible for teachers to complete all conferences on this afternoon, but I know they will do their best to work with you to schedule a time to discuss your child either before, during or after this time.

7 Habits Flash: 2016 - 2017 Campus W.I.G.s

What in the world is a W.I.G.? W.I.G. stands for Wildly Important Goal. Each year at Cypress, we set and track a few goals in key target areas to help our campus continually improve. This year, we have three main areas of focus: 1) students reading on or above grade level 2) supporting students in making 7 habits connections to their academic, personal and community successes, and 3) attendance. Our specific goals are listed in bold print below. We have also included some additional information on ways you can help us at home. We appreciate your support as we all work together to support the children in reaching success while meeting each of our campus W.I.G.s this year!!

Wildly Important Goal #1: ​90% of Cypress students will read at or above grade level as measured by DRA (reading level testing) by the end of the 16 - 17 school year.

You might remember this was a W.I.G. at Cypress last year. During the 15-16 school year, we increased our percentage of students reading on grade level from 86% to 88% school-wide. However, we believe this area is one of the main reasons we are here and we want to continue to work on supporting all of our students in reaching this milestone.

While we are working diligently at school on this goal, you can help us reach this goal by encouraging your child to practice reading as much as possible outside of school. Just like anything else we want to get better at, reading takes a great deal of practice! We thank you in advance for your support in reading to and with your child, and making it a priority in their education.

Wildly Important Goal #2: ​In each classroom, the 7 Habits will be connected to student academic, personal and community success at least 3 times per week throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

You can help us recognize their connections by making note of and celebrating when they use one of the habits outside of school as well. Thank you in advance for completing the attached form and returning it to school, so that we can celebrate them as well. You can help deepen your child’s understanding and application of the habits by talking about them at home and connecting them to various family activities such as putting first things first when taking the initiative to do homework before watching T.V./playing or seeking first to understand, then to be understood when working out conflicts with siblings or friends.

Wildly Important Goal #3: We will increase our overall attendance from 96.7% to 96.8% by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Encourage your child to come to school every day that they possibly can. Of course, if they are sick, we want them to stay home and rest, but if they are well it is important for them to be at school on time every day. Every minute counts for student success!​