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Contents ON THE COVER: The Batchelder Family

Serving the Community of Cypress Creek Lakes






Family’s Foundation Battles Pediatric Cancer

19 CCL Garden Club Welcomes Community


CCL Food Truck Friday

20 Cypress School News

10 What’s Going On in Cypress

24 Mr. Mustang Pageant

12 Best of Cypress: Jaxton’s Bistro

26 Food Network Star Opens Beer Garden

14 Pinpointe Interview: Jeff Luhnow

28 Cypress Students Place at HLS&R Arts Program

16 Goat Yoga Texas

30 CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run

18 Cypress Belles

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CCL Family Battles Pediatric Cancer Through Laurel’s Army Foundation


“ “After witnessing first-hand the incredible patient care and research being done at TCCC, we knew we wanted to help...”” – Melissa Batchelder


hen Cypress Creek Lakes residents, Melissa and Steven Batchelder met and fell in love at Texas A&M, they would never have imagined the frightening turn that their lives would take just ten years into their marriage. As a result of a catastrophic event that would rock their world, the Batchelder family has earned the respect and gratitude of the Houston medical community. Melissa was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Science degree at TAMU, while Steven received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at TAMU. The couple married in June, 2000, then moved to Sugar Land to be close to work. After a year of city life, the Batchelder family moved to the suburbs, eventually landing in Cypress Creek Lakes in 2013. “I started my career as an auditor for a public accounting firm, then moved to the corporate energy sector, focusing on accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. After our first child came along, I decided to stay home and be a full-time mom,” explains Melissa. Steven began working in the energy industry “right out of Texas A&M, in accounting and finance. The last 10 years of my career have been focused on wholesale transactions, with a primary 6 April | May 2018

focus on the Texas electricity markets. I currently work in wholesale power originating at NRG’s primary office in downtown Houston,” relates Steven. The couple’s first child, Laurel, was born in early 2007. Grant was born in early 2010. This is where Laurel’s journey begins. Melissa shares her account of this painful time in their lives: “In February 2010, just a few weeks after Laurel’s 3rd birthday, and only 8 days after our son Grant was born, Laurel was complaining of excruciating

abdominal pain. After several trips to the pediatrician in an effort to figure out the cause of her pain, we were sent to Texas Children’s Hospital for further testing. An ultrasound and CT scan revealed a mass approximately the size of a softball invading her abdominal cavity, with additional spots on her lungs. Biopsy results concluded that the cancer she was facing was Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma - a rare and aggressive solid tumor, which had metastasized to her lungs. Over the next 52 weeks, Laurel endured weekly chemotherapy treatments, several weeks of radiation, and a 10-hour surgery to remove the tumor. At the end of her treatment program in February 2011, her oncologists declared ‘no evidence of disease’, and she has received the same great news at all of her checkups ever since.

set aside for ALL pediatric cancer, the money for sarcoma research is quite small. Research institutions like Texas Children’s Cancer Center rely heavily on private funding from businesses, individuals and non-profit foundations to bridge this large funding gap. After witnessing first-hand the incredible patient care and research being done at TCCC, we knew we wanted to help by creating a foundation to raise money and spread awareness to help these brave young warriors. The Laurel’s Army Foundation was born in 2013, and with the help of family and friends we started spreading our message and raising money. Through our

two major fundraisers each year and generous giving of our support network, we've been blessed with continued growth of our efforts, and to date we’ve donated over $230,000 to Texas Children’s Cancer Center.” Laurel, age 11, is a 5th grader at Warner Elementary. “My favorite subject is science. I play piano, dance and play golf. I like to do craft projects, hang out with my friends, read, and play with my dog.” Grant, age 8, is in the 2nd grade at Warner. He enjoys science, and extracurricular activities such as baseball, basketball, playing guitar and golf. “I also like to ride my bike, play street

One unfortunate statistic we learned as a result of Laurel’s journey was that Pediatric Cancers receive only a fraction (approximately 4%) of total federal funding for all cancer research. And of the 4% that is PinPointe Magazine


hockey, drive my remote-control car, and play with my friends,” says Grant. Melissa enjoys volunteering at Warner, attending a weekly Bible study class, and shares her family’s love of sports. Skiing, golf, and coaching youth baseball are high on Steven’s list. “We are a very close family and enjoy spending time together forging our own traditions,” says Steven. “We found ourselves at Texas Children's Hospital on Christmas morning in 2010 - Laurel was sick, and it was Grant's 1st Christmas. It’s not where we wanted to be, but we made the most of it and had a special celebration when we got home a few days later. Due to her age at the time, Laurel does not remember a lot of the details of her experience. We share pictures and stories with her, but for the most part it’s a distant memory for her. At times we wish she remembered more, simply so she would better grasp the incredible fight that she

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put up against that terrible disease. But some of those memories are tough for even us to re-live. We count it a huge blessing that she’s simply living her life, moving forward and growing up just like the other kids around her,” concludes Melissa. To make a donation to Laurel’s Army Foundation, go to:

Cypress Creek Lakes Residents Celebrate Spring at Food Truck Friday Event

Story and Photos by Patricia Hudson

The weather couldn’t have been better for the first Food Truck Friday event of spring, held in March at the Phase II Rec Center. HOA President, Robert Melloy, expressed his pleasure with the turnout and the planned activities. “We have some great food trucks, music, craft beer, and lots of activities for the kids! The community really enjoys coming out for this event.” President Melloy reminds CCL residents to mark their calendars for the “Spring Fling,” scheduled for April 28, from 4-9pm. “It’s going to be a great family event,” promises Melloy.

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F O R M O R E G O T O B E S T O F C Y FA I R . C O M

Caretakers of Aging Parents/Spouses Wednesday, April 11, 2018 • 11am-2pm From the Vine Ministries • 15818 Mueschke • Cypress, TX 77433 Veteran staff ladies and guest speakers provide personal and practical resources on various topics such as insurance, hospice and home issues... helping you journey through this new season filled with questions and fears.

The House at Pooh Corner Fairfield Women’s Club Garage Sale Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 7:00am - 2:00pm Visit website for Garage Sale Map Twice a year Fairfield Women's Club hosts a community garage sale to raise funds for all our schools, the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, the Fairfield Constable Precinct and several community events. The cost to each participating resident is $25. Register at

CCL Semi-Annual Garage Sale Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 • 2:00pm & 7:00pm Performed by the Bridgeland High School Theatre Arts students. For Ticket Sales:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Saturday, April 14, 2018 San Jacinto College in Pasadena - UIL Regionals (5th Round) The Cypress Ranch Theatre Production placed 1st Place in the One Act Play Area Contest. Visit for more info.

P31 Teen Bible Study Sunday, April 15, 2018 • 5:00 - 7:00pm From the Vine Ministries • 15818 Mueschke • Cypress, TX 77433

Parkland Village Grand Opening

Swenke Family Game Night

Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 10:00am - 4:00pm Live Music, Food Trucks, Rides & More! All who participate in the model home tour activity will be entered to win a $2,500 gift card! For more more information, visit

Friday, April 20 6:30 to 8:30 Entry Wristbands are $5 per person (Attendance limited to 700) Purchase your wristbands, bingo cards, food & beverages ONLINE ONLY by 4-14-18

Bridgeland Community Friday Night Bites Second Friday of every month Friday, April 13 & Friday, May 11, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm • Lakeland Village Center 16902 Bridgeland Landing • Cypress, TX 77433 Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and sample some great food truck fare!

Cypress Creek Lakes POA Scholarship The Cypress Creek Lakes POA is awarding a scholarship to a graduating high school senior whose primary residence is within the Cypress Creek Lakes community. To apply, complete the application and submit it to no later than May 18, 2018 to be considered.

Winefair Cy-Fair April 21, 2018 • Cypress Village Station Hwy 290 @ Skinner •

Harris Co. Master Gardeners Association 2018 Spring Sale Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 9:00am - Noon Farm & Ranch Lot at Bear Creek Open to the public featuring special Children Activities with our Open Garden Day Crew

Cy-Fair ISD Career Fair April 26, 2018 • 4:40-6:30 Berry Center 8877 Barker Cypress Rd. Cypress, TX 77433

11th Annual Nature Fest April 28, 2018 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Oak Meadow Park - Bridgeland • Cypress, TX 77433 See for updated information

Free Computer Classes at Lone Star College-CyFair

The winning recipient will be announced on the Cypress Creek Lakes HOA website on May 31, 2018. Application available at 10 April | May 2018

9191 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433 No registration required. Classes in Word, Excel & Powerpoint . All classes will take place in a computer lab, but you are free to bring your own computer as well. For more information, please visit

CFISD Substance Abuse Programs April 17, 2018 • 6:00pm Technology Addiction


Crystal Collier, PhD, Director of The Choices Program & Prevention Research for The Council on Recovery

May 30, 2018

Instructional Support Center • Board Room 10300 Jones Road • Houston, TX 77065


April 24, 2018 • 6:00pm How to Identify if My Teen is Addicted

Senior Awards

Marcia Baker, PhD, Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Ctr

Berry Center • Eagles Combo Room 8877 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433

May 14, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd • Cypress, TX 77433

Prom Cypress Senior (50+) Tripsters Bus Trips Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Yellowstone Paddlewheel Cruise Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the beautiful San Bernard River where we will learn about the history of the river and the Paddle-wheel. Followed by lunch at Dido’s Restaurant. Cost is $29 per person plus the cost of lunch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018: The Houston Museum of Natural Science We will see Knights, a special exhibit showing the exquisite craftsmanship of the objects used by the Knights. Additional exhibits included. Followed by lunch at the Downtown Aquarium. Cost of the trip is $17.50, which includes entry to the museum. Lunch is not included. We will depart promptly at 8:00am Be there no later than 7:45am. We should be back around 4:00pm.

All trips depart from the Fairfield Baptist Church, located at 27240 Highway 290. Please park along the property line near the storage facility only. To reserve your seat, email: Phone: 281-395-1385 Payment due upon signup. No Refunds. Make checks payable to: Lori Skadowski 16906 Thomas Ridge Ln., Cypress, TX 77433.

April 27, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm The Corinthian Houston 202 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002

Senior Breakfast (STUDENTS ONLY) Friday, June 1, 2018 • 8:00am • Cypress Ranch Commons Cap, Gown, Graduation Ticket Distribution & Prom Photo Distribution (After breakfast approximately 9am & Must have photo ID)

Graduation Saturday, June 2, 2018 • Noon Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd • Cypress, TX 77433

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Boardwalk at Towne Lake Restaurateur Shares Vision for Fine Dining, Family Casual at

The Best of Cy-Fair P L A C E S T O E AT Story & Photos by Patricia Hudson

JAXTON’S BISTRO If the Boardwalk at Town Lake is the crowning glory of the Caldwell planned community, Jaxton’s Bistro is one of its jewels. Opened just 22 months ago, 29-year-old Jason Howard has made his mark on fine dining in Cypress. “I’m half French by nationality. I spent nine years with my mentor, Tony Vallone; I knew as much or more about Italian cooking than I knew about French. I combined my background and created an American restaurant with a French and Italian twist, explains Howard. “I didn’t want to give a preconceived notion by choosing a name that was super French or Italian. I remembered having that same struggle when we were trying to name Jax, my first born, and only son. Ultimately, we decided on Jaxton’s. It was significant. The restaurant industry is tough. It is easier if you are passionate about what you are doing. Having his name on the doors, the building, on the menu, everywhere I looked, would be a great reminder of that passion and why I started this business.”

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Jason Howard, Owner of Jaxton’s Bistro

Jason didn’t plan to open his own establishment. Starting at Tony’s at 19, he worked his way up through the ranks, from host to manager and Maître d’. “I learned everything that I could from my mentor, and had planned to grow with him, but it was all about this location. I don’t know if I would have opened this restaurant if it wasn’t for the excitement that I had around the Boardwalk,” shares Jason. From a consumer standpoint, and spoiled by the fine dining experience at Tony’s, Howard realized that there was nothing comparable in the suburbs where he and wife, Sarah lived. “I would commute to town to work, and if we decided to go out, I’d pick up my wife, and we’d head back downtown,” relates Jason. “Passing the Boardwalk signs d a i l y, my entrepreneurial spirit took over. Fred Caldwell saw something in me; we clicked. We kind of had the same vision for the restaurant and the Boardwalk. I am grateful that he is gave me this

opportunity to do this,” shares Howard. “There are some people who come here who perceive us to be a steakhouse. They want to come here, wear a sports coat and heels, order a steak, a $100 bottle of wine, a threecourse meal. Our steaks sell like crazy. On the other hand, we’ve balanced the menu with items that aren’t quite so fancy. In my opinion, we have the best pizzas around. On Wednesdays, we have half-priced pizzas and wine. I love that our customers trust us enough to come for their special occasions, their date nights, but that they’re comfortable enough with us to relax and come for casual family nights.” Cypress Area Eats Foodie, Metta Archilla, is a fan. “Jaxton’s is a creative, trendy and contemporary eatery that serves good food. I've never walked away hungry and it's perfect for date night, just hanging out with the whole family or chilling with friends. Jaxton's is always cooking up something new and works tirelessly to improve the customer's overall dining experience.”

Courtney Johnson Chumley agrees. “It feels like you are dining at a classy marina restaurant that happens to be in your own backyard. The menu has price points for every budget. They have an owner who is willing to listen to constructive criticism and make changes to keep loyal customers happy, and new ones coming. Love the crab bruschetta, the burrata caprese salad, chicken cordon bleu!” Jason Howard’s personal meal selection reflects a cultured palate; “I

like wine paired dinners. I might start the night off with our Poblano soup, followed by a filet mignon Oscar style, a Bearnaise sauce with jumbo lump crab. I’d have a side of risotto or truffle mac and cheese, and afterwards, an original cream style, fluffy beignet, served with three dipping sauces: truffle honey, coffee cream sauce, and a Ghirardelli white chocolate sauce,” he says with a smile. Despite his youthful age, Howard explains his mature outlook, “Two things made me grow up fast; I settled down really young. I married my Cy Falls High School sweetheart, Sarah. We’ve been together since I was 15 years old. At Tony’s, I was the youngest among grown men. You learn you are either going to grow up, or you will get pushed out. It was not just Mr. Vallone’s expectations, but also the fact that I fell in love with the business. I decided that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Frequent customers, Shauna and Jason Barron, our Towne Lake featured couple, have a pizza named after them: The Barron.

What does the future hold for Jaxton’s Bistro? “We definitely have plans for expansion. I can’t give you details, but it is already underway.” Jaxton’s Bistro 9955 Barker Cypress • Suite 104 Cypress, TX 77433 (832) 653-2297 •

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Pinpointe Interview:

Jeff Luhnow


by M.A. Haines


hen the Houston Astros raised the World Series trophy in 2017, it was the first baseball title by any Texas team (One more thing we can hang over our northern neighbors from the Big D). There may be plenty of credit to go around, but none more deserving than the entrepreneur turned baseball’s preeminent general manager, Jeff Luhnow. To say that he is an analytics guy is an understatement; he is reinventing the term. Jeff Luhnow is now a pioneer among baseball operatives. Not only have they done it through trades and the draft, Luhnow and the Astros have navigated the waters of free agency, international signings and the complicated Rule V draft to bring Houston possibly the first of many titles. Our sister publication, Intown, caught up with the undaunted General Manager as spring training was getting underway. Photos © Houston Astros

Repeating as World Champs in baseball is no easy undertaking. As defending champs, what expectations do you have for 2018? Nobody has repeated since the Yankees almost twenty years ago, and since that time, almost every team has made the playoffs… so it is very hard to do. The Phillies, Rangers and Royals all made it back to the World Series in consecutive years since the Yankees won three in a row, but nobody has repeated. When a team wins, they face obstacles that perhaps are more challenging than the year they won. Every team gears up to play last year’s champion. 14 April | May 2018

Schedules become tougher with more televised night games and tough travel routes. We know we have our work cut out for us to repeat, but the good news is that we are the only team that can do it right now, and we are focused and doing our best to minimize the distractions.

You acquired a front of the rotation starter for the upcoming season and gave up a lot. What about that trade and any other new players we might see on this year's roster? As our owner Jim Crane likes to say… it’s all about the pitching. We acquired Gerrit Cole to make a very good rotation even better. We gave up some very good young players, but that is the cost of getting a top of the rotation starter for two years, and we hope it pays off for us. We also signed Joe Smith and Hector Rondon to add to an already strong bullpen. Our focus this off-season was to continue to build the best pitching staff we could to compliment the best offense

in the league last year, (and) that is mostly returning this year. The strategy is to score runs, lots of them, and prevent runs with good defense and pitching. Easier said than done, but we have the players to do it. Who are some of the young players you will be looking at in camp, and do they have a chance to make the big league roster? Derek Fisher has a chance to be a regular or a role player this year and he is a top talent; he runs well, can play defense well, and he can hit, and hit for power. Francis Martes can be a force out of the bullpen or rotation, depending upon the opportunity. Rogelio Armenteros could be a factor this summer after a terrific year last year. Max Stassi could be a regular player for us behind the dish. Those are just a few as our system is still deep. In what particular areas are the Astros looking to improve?

Our moves suggest we want to improve our pitching staff and take it to an elite level. I think we can do that. Overall, we need to stay focused and overcome the challenges that we know are ahead. It will take mental toughness and discipline. This team won 112 games last year, so it’s hard to improve too much from there! Was there one thing that happened last year that you believe turned the tables from the Astros contending, to winning it all? Bringing in Justin Verlander for September, and the post season was big for us. August was our toughest month, but by September, our players were healthy and we had added Justin. That helped us win it all. Charlie Morton and Mike Fiers were a few players last season who really

filled a void. Do you see some up and comers on the current roster or in the minors that may make a big jump and possibly contribute to a new World Series title? Morton and Fiers were critical to the summer and fall. We will have some heroes step up this year, and I don’t know who it will be, but it’s fun to think about that question. I think any of the young players we talked about, (Fisher, Martes, Armenteros, and Stassi), could play a crucial role. Many others could too.

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Cypress Area Yoga Enthusiasts Welcome

GOAT YOGA TEXAS By Minnie Payne Photo Credits: Patricia Hudson

before, but had not really looked into it, thinking that it was sort of silly. She started her first official goat yoga class in Cypress in September 2017.

Kimberly Brooke, owner/instructor of Cypress’ new Goat Yoga Texas, teaches weekend goat yoga classes at Murdoch’s Backyard Pub, Cypress, after earning her yoga certification in 2012, and teaching yoga in Cypress since that time. Brooke relates that she was getting requests from friends about promoting goat yoga and had seen it

“I saw the change that goes over people,” she relates. “Stressed shoulders disappeared by the time class was over, everyone gave a big sigh, and tension was gone. Interaction with the goats brings smiles to participants’ faces, and there is nothing that can be faked. In September 2017, Goat Yoga Texas came online, and we did our first official class.”

Brooke teaches traditional y o g a that concentrates on holding poses and breathing deep. It is geared for all levels – beginners to those participating in yoga for years and years. “I like to tell people to do what is comfortable. If you are a novice and want to try new things – great. If you just want to play with the goats – great. The class is whatever members want it to be.” Tickets for weekend classes at the permanent location, Murdoch’s Backyard Pub, a local burger place in Cypress, are $29. “My ‘babies’ live with me in our backyard, and we

She and her husband, whom she met and married in 2013, acquired their goats with the intention of starting a home dairy for their family. They moved to Magnolia and first got chickens for fresh eggs. They now have on their Micro Farm 18 goats, 40 chickens, two dogs, and one cat. The Brookes are in the process of bringing up a second goat generation. One goat, Heidi, just gave birth to a baby boy. The original 10 goats have s o m e w h a t Te x a s outlaw scene names.

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1st row (from left): Sharon Mosmeyer, Haley Jackson, Rita Goebel, Heather Belen, Nancy Padilla, Kekoa Padilla, Dana Faulk, Dena Arosell • 2nd row: Mikayla Ward (Wrangler), Tanya Padilla, Kimberly Brooke, Tuya Batzorig, Chrissy Ward, Tina Davis

load them onto a trailer which is hooked up to our Jeep and drive them to the pub. We like to refer to it as the goat chariot. They [goats] have plenty of water and hay in the tr a i l e r. Sometimes my husband helps, and sometimes I transport them alone. I do have at least one helper, usually a local young woman who belongs to the FFA. She is called a wrangler and assists if a baby goat gets stuck on the back of a participant while I’m teaching.” Fees for different events such as private parties, wedding events, etc. vary according to the particular event. Brooke comments that she has the availability to do small or large classes, depending on the location and the number of participants. She also shares that sometimes a private event can seem intimidating, so she has started doing individual home visits with baby goats. “We pack up three or four baby goats for an hour and just have a good time. You just want to go up to it [goat] and pet it. They are amazing little creatures.” Goat Yoga Texas

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Cypress Belles

By Patricia Hudson

Graduating Class Presented at Formal Event

The 2018 Cypress Belles Senior Class, as pictured are: Front Row, Left to Right: Lauryn Davis, Reagan Waligura, Sabita Taylor, Caroline Hoehner, Delaney Anderson, Whitney Foreman, Mary Banks, Katie Patrick, Janna Skinner, Rachel Horne Back Row, Left to Right: Alicia Piper, Jamie Sahlberg, Savannah Griffin, Megan Gibson, Lyndsay Dow, Aubrey Parks, Braedyn Boston, Sarah Williams, Katie Hogan, Sydney Janner, Julianna Vecchio, Julia Williams, Alison Pinkerton, Rylie Wilson Photo Credit: Margaret Chapman Photography


wenty-four young women representing the Cypress Belles Chapter of the National Charity League senior class were recently recognized at a formal event held at the Omni Westside. The Cypress Belles graduating class of 2018 was presented by their families and honored for their contributions to their chapter and their communities. National Charity League, NCL, is a motherdaughter service organization which focuses on community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. The Cypress Belles chapter of NCL is comprised of girls from Cypress Ranch, Langham Creek, Cypress Woods, Cypress Falls, Cypress Christian Academy and the Awty International School.

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Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club Welcomes Community to Dig Up Some Dirt By Patricia Hudson Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club…where neighbors grow together… Spring has finally arrived, and Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club President, Ellen Jones, and the garden club members are eager to pull on their garden gloves and grab their hand tools, rakes and shovels. Founded in 2007, the club’s mission is to “create and care for a responsible environment and cultivate new ideas and friendships.” “Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club meetings are held from 7 – 9 p.m., the second Monday of every month, September through May, at the CCL Clubhouse, 10701 Cypress Creek Bend. The meetings are open to the public,” explains Ellen. “We always have an informative guest speaker that presents a topic of interest to our gardeners. Our April garden club guest speaker is Master Gardener, Louise Rugaard. The topic is ‘Hits and Misses in Cypress Creek Lakes …Creating a landscape using plants best suited for our area.’” The CCL gardeners are especially proud of their collaborative effort to beautify the community. The butterfly garden, at the park at Sunny Springs Lane and Cypress Creek Lakes Drive, is a perfect example of the group’s work. “We are in the planning process and hope to begin breaking ground on our second butterfly garden in the next few months,” says Ellen. “It will be located at the park at Brazos Sage Drive.” The CCL Garden Club is responsible for selecting Yard of the Month; only residents of CCL are eligible to receive this honor. “Our Junior Gardening event is coming up at the CCL Clubhouse on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Toddlers to teenagers are welcome to come and paint a pot, plant a pot, as a little ‘take away’ for Mother’s Day. We’ll even have a fire truck on site! Cost of the event is just $5, and is open to Cypress Creek residents, only.” To register in advance, email Visit the CCL Garden Club blog at


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Cypress School News Cypress Ranch Classics Winter Ball 2018 - February 3, 2018 held at Noah's Event Venue Katy, Texas. Senior Classics pictured below with their escorts are: left to right - Seth Gunderson, Natalie Epperson, Matt McClure, Ally Buckley, Adam Herrera, Natalie Crowninshield, Aaron Thevenote, Kiley Evans, Logan Compton, Maggie Lucas, Matt Irwin, Allison Monacelli, Chris Castro, Mia Soto, Calum Main and Nikki Hy.

UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet Feb. 16-17 at the Texas Swim Center in Austin. Bridgeland High School freshman Allie Thome was the only CFISD swimmer to medal. Thomas placed third in the Class 5A 500 freestyle with a time of 5:00.70. CFISD Top Ten Female Finisher: Bridgeland freshman Allie Thome – fifth place, Class 5A 200 freestyle (1:52.48). CFISD Top Ten Male Finisher: Bridgeland freshman Jackson Dement – eighth place, Class 5A 500 freestyle (4:43.95).

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Bridgeland Band & Color Guard Members of the Bridgeland Band received 53 superior ratings on Solos, and 48 superior medals for Ensemble members at the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. In their first ever competition, the Bridgeland Color Guard took 1st place at the Morton Ranch Show last month.

Cy-Ranch Band & Color Guard Congratulations to Cy Ranch band members, Alicia Piper and Seth Coleman. They were selected as members of the Texas All-State Band. Cypress Ranch Color guard took 3rd place at the Morton Ranch Show and at the Jersey Village competition, with their program, XOXO.

Left: Seth Coleman, Right: Alicia Piper

CFISD Livestock Show Association Show and Sale The 24th annual CFISD Livestock Show Association Show and Sale was held last month at the CFISD Exhibition Center, 11206 Telge Road. The Premium Sale, the live auction, unofficially raised nearly $340,000. Final results from the Freezer Sale, animals not placing high enough for the live auction, and additional gifts to the students were not available at press time. Approximately 800 student exhibitors from all CFISD high schools and almost 900 student projects and animals were exhibited and judged. Cypress Ranch student, Caleb Abercrombie, was named Livestock Royalty Representative Show King. GRAND CHAMPIONS

Cypress Ranch High School Students

Cypress Ranch High School Students

Breeding Rabbits: Jessica Green

Goat: Cierra Cadena Joe Myers Ford- $10,000

Goat: Hunter Castellese Joe Myers Ford- $8,500

Goat Showmanship: Emily Dennison Heifer: Brooke Blackshear

Steer: Brooke Blackshear Jarrar & Co- $20,000

Heifer Showmanship: Brooke Blackshear

Steer Showmanship: Brooke Blackshear


Swine: Taylor Bielamowicz Joe Myers Ford- $8,500

Bridgeland High School Student Left: Hunter Castellese, Cypress Ranch senior Right: Ilyn Bielamowicz, Cypress Ranch junior

Rabbit: Shaelyn Marlborough John Fox Chamber Herd- $3,500

National Merit Scholars, Hispanic Scholars Named Gavin, Samuel Haygood, Sathwik Iyer, Manish Koleti, A total of 27 CFISD students who were confirmed as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program were honored at a National Merit recognition program at the Berry Center on Feb. 5. Commended and National Hispanic scholars were also recognized. National Merit Semifinalists from Cypress Ranch High School are: Carissa Kumar, Thomas Seaver and Andrew Wang. Cypress Ranch High School had 21 National Merit Commended students: Nafisa Ahmed, Grant Deyoe, Collin Elliott, Kiley Evans, Luca Freitas, Madison

Dongwon Lim, Enzo Mesarick, Alexander O’Connor, Michael Ostrowski, Sarah Philip, Jacob Rodenbeck, Paul Roy, Andres Serina, Sargun Singh, Steven Wang, Emily Yang and Karen Yuan. The National Hispanic Recognition Program provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school seniors and identifies them for postsecondary institutions. Six Cypress Ranch High School students were named Hispanic Scholars: Antonio Delgado, Luca Freitas, Elizabeth Hail, Andres Serina, Mia Soto and Riley Zepeda. PinPointe Magazine 21

Cy-Ranch Athletes Sign Letters of Intent More than 80 CFISD athletes signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics for colleges and universities on National Signing Day, Feb. 7. The following Cypress Ranch High School students signed letters of intent: Madison Guidry, audio/visual - Stephen F. Austin University Adrian Stover, baseball - East Texas Baptist University Matthew West, football - Southern Nazarene University Myles McDowell, football - Stephen F. Austin University Ryan Fields, football - Grambling State University Shemar Bartholomew, football Northwestern State University Hayley Halliday, soccer - McNeese State University; Vanelly Aguirre, soccer - Delta State University Braxton Marion, swimming - Harvard University

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Warner Scholarship Opportunity for Cypress Ranch Seniors Seniors at Cy Ranch that attended Warner Elementary are eligible to apply for the Warner Student Council/PTO Scholarship. Deadline to apply is April 27th. Applications are available in the Counselors office at CyRanch, or email Angela Bowen at

CFISD Writers and Artists Named Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients Nearly 150 CFISD students were among the 1,696 regional winners from 18 Harris County school districts in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, hosted by the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provide teen artists and writers in grades 7-12 the opportunity to bring outstanding visual art and writing to a national audience by showcasing work and encouraging young students’ creative journeys and career development. Cypress students recognized with Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention include: GOLD KEY WINNERS Erika Noda (Bridgeland) Drawing and Illustration Are We in This Together, Or Not? Yasmine Adi (Cypress Ranch) Printmaking - Down Under

Jarea Fang (Cypress Ranch) Drawing and Illustration - Caroline

Emily Ellis (Salyards Middle School) Photography - Pink Flower

Rhianna Garcia (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Too Much Flower Power

Addison Kelley (Salyards Middle School) Photography Ring of Fire

Abigail Gleinser (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Oben


Reilly Jerding (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - Confused Creature Issa Legaspi (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - Goin’ Fishin’ Michelle Mwololo (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - The Three Fates Michelle Mwololo (Cypress Ranch) Art Portfolio - Faces to Reality Abigail Shull (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Molten Movement Anna Whetstine (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Deterioration Matthew Woods (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Mine My Frozen Empty Heart lexa Berube (Smith Middle School) Photography - The Smell Hits You First Katie Dulevitz (Smith Middle School) Photography - Figuratively and Literally

WINNERS Mackenzie Stuart (Bridgeland) Photography - Grace Madison Gavin (Cypress Ranch) Photography - Innocence Erica Ginaven (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Exposed Jayvion Harold (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - Emiree Bruce Kelly (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Milk-Man Casey Mass (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Rinoman Sophia Olsen (Cypress Ranch) Art Portfolio - Letters of a Traveler Tabitha Yates (Cypress Ranch) Sculpture - Masker-Piece

Jessica Harkness (Cypress Ranch) Photography - Ink Issa Legaspi (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - Good Night, Corgi Issa Legaspi (Cypress Ranch) Art Portfolio - Digital Art and Imagination Colin Vargas (Cypress Ranch) Photography - Frozen in a Moment Grace Wright (Cypress Ranch) Photography - Through the Looking Glass Katie Dulevitz (Smith Middle School) Photography - Perspective After Destruction

SILVER KEY WINNERS Chanel Deady (Bridgeland) Photography - Girl in Glasses Faith Neumann (Bridgeland) Photography - Create or Destroy Alexa Toribio (Bridgeland) Drawing and Illustration - What? Alyssa Cassity (Cypress Ranch) Digital Art - Reflection Sara Cremer (Cypress Ranch) Photography - Spring PinPointe Magazine


Mr. Mustang Pageant Draws Rave Results and Raises Funds for Classics and Theatre Arts Submitted by Casey Buckley “Cypress Ranch’s Mr. Mustang 2018 pageant was a huge success! This annual fundraising event was a collaboration between the Cy-Ranch Classics Drill Team and Cy-Ranch Theatre Arts. Senior men and their escorts entertained the crowd with amazing talent, couple’s swimwear and formal wear. The house went crazy for many favorites of the evening like a ‘Beach Ball Ballet’ routine, synchronized dancing and kick lines, a piano sing-along, an ‘Equestrian’ stick horse performance and so much more! These 50 seniors represented over 11 school clubs and put in a lot of planning and rehearsal to deliver a fun and great show. Many memories were made for all and it was definitely a highlight of their senior year.” -Casey Buckley, Mr. Mustang 2018 Coordinator

Mr. Mustang for 2018 Grant Deyoe, Talent winner 2nd Runner-Up Jonathan Thomas, Creative Swimwear winner 2nd Runner-Up Dawson McCarthy, Formal Wear winner

24 April | May 2018

CONTESTANT Aiden Gannon Anthony Macotto Austin Reid

ESCORT Nikki Hy Madeline Gaul Macy Wagner

Brett Nesloney

Hailey Peters

Brighton Lucas

Natalie Hill

Chandler Price

Jakki Posada

Chase Collins Colin Fedor Dawson McCarthy Grant Deyoe

Alicia Piper Emma Jordan Jadyn Bell Gillian Sauer

Grant Poole

Alena Scotton

Jacob Rodenbeck

Leilani Lawton

Jonathan Thomas

Sydney Young

Jordan Austin Kyle Sanders Luca Freitas Matt McClure Morgan Simon Nicholas Spencer Nicholas Gusler Parker Lowe

Marleah Human Ally Buckley Mattie Wimberly Maggie Lucas Charlynn Hanes Megan Stevenson Kaitlyn Reist Danielle Postma

Ryan Murphy

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Trenton Hoyt

Victoria Dang

Zachary Turman Corey Jennings

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Food Network Star Opens Beer Garden in Cypress

NEW BUSINESS PROFILE Story and Photos by Patricia Hudson

ypress resident Eddie Jackson, former NFL player, Season 11 Winner of Food Network Star, food truck owner, private chef and personal trainer, has opened a new place in Cypress: The Rosehill Beer Garden. We caught up with Jackson at his three-day grand opening, and managed to ask about his newest business enterprise.


What motivated you to open a Beer Garden in Cypress? How did you decide on the design concept? “I came up with the concept from my travels on food network. I did a show in Austin called "Burgers, Brew and Que," at a BBQ joint called La Barbeque. It was tucked in a parking lot with a small area for beer and two BBQ food trucks. Since then, I've kind of played

with the idea of opening a beer garden food truck concept. I wanted a Texas rustic theme that you could enjoy being at all day. I just needed to find the right location. Having lived in Cypress for the past 5 years, I felt we needed something like this.”

What is your target audience? “We try not to target one particular group. I feel we have something for everyone. If you’re a foodie, we have amazing food trucks, and if you’re a beer enthusiast, we have over 25 taps with a room dedicated for craft beer.” What are the features of Rosehill Beer Garden? “We have a dedicated craft beer room, 12 TVs, 3,000 square foot pavilion, playground, seating for over 200 people, and a stage for live music. We also feature four or more food trucks on a daily basis. We operate from 11-11pm on weekdays, and 11-2am on weekends.”

26 April | May 2018

The food trucks were apparently a great hit, but when will you be cooking, Eddie?

“I can't wait to get in my own food truck and start producing delicious eats to serve here. My newest truck will be Eddie’s Smoke House, opening very soon at Rosehill Beer Garden.”

The Rosehill Beer Garden 14540 Cypress Rosehill Rd, Cypress, TX 77429 281-213-4347

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Cypress Art Students Named Winners in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program Young artists from Cypress CFISD schools were winners in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) School Art Program. Following two judging rounds of art teachers and professors, and members of the Texas Art Education Association board, the winners were selected. Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Alan Moon’s artwork, “The Cow in Troughs Time;” earned Best of Show in the Middle School division of the HLSR School Art Program. Spillane Middle School seventh-grade student Celeste Moreno won a gold medal for her artwork titled “It Was a Beautiful Day.” Bridgeland High School freshman Christen Lee‘s artwork, “The Country Life Is Sew Nice,” won a gold medal in the High School division. Bridgeland High School sophomore Alexa Toribio won a special merit artwork for her artwork titled “It’s Getting Crazy.”

Above: “The Cow in Troughs Time Below: “It Was a Beautiful Day” Bottom: “The Country Life Is Sew Nice”

Cypress Ranch High School junior Ruby He’s artwork, “The Llama,” won a gold medal in the High School division. Cypress Ranch High School freshman Amy Hammett won a special merit award for her artwork titled “Steady.” Above: “It’s Getting Crazy Left: “Steady” Below: “The Llama”

28 April | May 2018

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CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run: a Breeze in Perfect Weather Story and Photos by Patricia Hudson

Cypress-Fairbank’s 5th Annual Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival was held at the Berry Center on Saturday, March 24. CFISD staff and students, local business representatives and community members came together to support and fundraise for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. Nearly 5,000 registered to participate in the 5K and 1-mile event. This year, a “sleep-in” pass was offered for individuals that wanted to support the event, but either chose to catch a few extra winks, or could not attend. CFISD Superintendent, Dr. Mark Henry, expressed his delight at the success of the annual event, which has grown from a fun run to include a huge community festival, with food trucks, entertainment for the entire family, and vendors from local businesses. “I never dreamed that in our fifth year, a record $100,000 would be raised,” commented Henry.

CFISD and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital representatives presented a check worth $100,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and community relations; Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board of Trustees president; Marie Holmes, CFEF executive director; and Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy senior vice president and CEO.

30 April | May 2018

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