School Priority Day visitor Jeff Newman peeks through a microscope during his tour of a veterinary medicine classroom at Cy-Fair High School during CFISD's inaugural School Priority Month in 2016. The second event will take place in October and serve as an acknowledgment of engagement to promote our local public schools and foster important relationships with locally elected officials
School Priority Day visitor Jeff Newman peeks through a microscope during his tour of a veterinary medicine classroom at Cy-Fair High School during CFISD’s inaugural School Priority Month in 2016. The second event will take place in October and serve as an acknowledgment of engagement to promote our local public schools and foster important relationships with locally elected officials

CYPRESS — On Sept. 10, the CFISD Board of Trustees adopted a ‘School Priority Month Resolution’ as an acknowledgment of engagement to promote our local public schools and foster important relationships with locally elected officials from every level of government.

Recognized as a statewide event during the month of October, CFISD will share a vision where public school campuses across Texas open their doors to elected officials of every kind – from sheriffs, judges, commissioners, city councils, mayors and more – to walk the halls, see students in learning environments and visit with students and educators alike.

District 130 State Rep. Dr. Tom Oliverson speaks with his student tour guide at Woodard Elementary School on School Priority Day in 2016.
District 130 State Rep. Dr. Tom Oliverson speaks with his student tour guide at Woodard Elementary School on School Priority Day in 2016.

“Elected officials from every level of government are extremely important,” said Dr. John Ogletree, Board of Trustees president. “They are not only pillars and caretakers of their communities, but they’re important to public education as elected officials work with their constituents in making decisions that best benefit our students.”

‘School Priority Month’ is scheduled to take place during the month of October every other year prior to a legislative session. This 2018 event will make CFISD’s second ‘School Priority Month.’

School districts will have the opportunity to foster relationships and share positive experiences with elected officials based on classroom visits, student and teacher conversations and concluding with administrative debriefs as part of their campus tour.

School Priority Day visitor Chuck Brandman speaks with Principal Gary Kinninger during his tour of Cypress Woods High School in 2016.
School Priority Day visitor Chuck Brandman speaks with Principal Gary Kinninger during his tour of Cypress Woods High School in 2016.

“Opportunity for All students is a partnership that not only includes those working in the school district, but our elected officials who make legislation,” said Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools. “We welcome local representatives and dignitaries to tour our schools and visit with students and staff in the learning environment to strengthen that partnership moving forward.”

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