Caldwell Communities win 7 GHBA PRISM Awards

GHBA Honors include “Grand Award – Developer”

Caldwell Communities, the residential development unit of Caldwell Companies, was awarded highest honors in seven categories, more than any other developer, at the Greater Houston Builder’s Association 2014 PRISM awards, which recognizes the industry’s top performers in people, product and promotion.

Of special note, Caldwell Communities won the GHBA’s “Houston’s Best PRISM Grand Award –Developer” along with the PRISM for “Humanitarian of the Year” for its support of numerous events and causes benefiting Cy-Fair ISD, the school district that serves two of its master-planned communities.

Cy-Fair ISD Teacher Earns CISCO Networking Accolade

cable.jpg Cypress Creek High School technology teacher Tom Halbert has been selected by the Cisco Networking Academy as an Advanced Level Instructor.

The award recognizes Halbert’s achievements as one of the top 25 percent instructors globally in the following areas:

  • participation in online instructor communities;
  • number of professional development opportunities completed;
  • attention to student needs;
  • student performance; and
  • use of resources.

“I really did not see this coming, and while I am humbled by the recognition, it is really the kids that work so hard,” Halbert said. “I am blessed to work in Cy-Fair and be able to come to work every day and share with my student my technology world.”

Fall Gardening Tips for Houston Communities

pink-flower.jpgFall offers the best time for Houstonians and the surrounding area to plant a fabulous garden. First, we all must make the sacrifice of looking at gardening magazines or blogs that are written by and for those who live north of Dallas. Treat them as eye candy, because northern plants simply will not grow in the South.

  • Find a fairly sunny area with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine.
  • Soil must be prepared properly, incorporate compost and fertilizer.
  • Provide optimum drainage, raised beds are a great idea.
  • Water the soil before planting.
  • Follow recommended planting times religiously.
  • Use much mulch!
  • Attend to your garden daily.

Remember if you're gardening magazine doesn’t know what ya’ll, soil (like King Saul), or fixin’ means then they most likely don’t know about gardening in Houston. Remember gardens give back more than it receives.

What Not to Plant in The Garden

Although there are abounding options when it comes to planting flowers and landscaping such as Texas friendly flowers including phlox, primroses, snapdragons, lobelia, and alyssum. Here are some plants the National Arboretum recommends avoiding.

Bamboo. Some varieties of bamboo are so determined to spread that only extreme measures, such as plastic or concrete root barriers, can keep its rhizomes from running a muck in the yard. Running varieties include Chimono-bambusa, Indocalamus, Pleioblastus, and Sasa.

English Ivy. This popular ground cover and fence-grower has overstayed its welcome! Imported from Europe, where it adorns old buildings with charming effect, English ivy has overwhelmed American parks, forests, and suburban homes, climbing any kind of siding and drowning trees. It’s listed as a noxious weed in the Pacific Northwest and an invasive species along the Eastern seaboard.

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Investment With Curb Appeal

family-in-front-lawn.jpg Everyone knows your home is your castle! Your home is meant to be enjoyed, personalized. Your castle is a reflection of your taste and values. Following are “must haves” to increase the curb appeal and value of your home.

Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house, says landscape economist John Harris, and cut its time on the market 10% to 15%. Even taking your landscaping to the next level, upgrading from “good” to “excellent,” in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value, according to a Clemson University study. More than a good investment, it’s enjoyable. Viewing a tree can reduce stress in just 5 minutes! Here are some essential elements for a gorgeous, valuable landscape.

Essential #1: Trees
Maybe only Mother Nature can make a tree, but the National Tree Benefit Calculatorcan tell you what it’s worth! Enter your zip code to find out the value of various trees for your neighborhood. According to the Department of Energy 3 properly placed trees may save $100 to $250 in energy costs. Trees can reduce heating bills by 15% and air conditioning cost by up to 75%. A study from Texas A&M University found that looking at trees produces “significant recovery from stress” within 5 minutes.

Supporting America’s Troops & their Families in the Classroom

dad-reunites-with-daugher.jpgTexas is home for more troops including reserves than the rest of the States, outside of California, which means more families and children face the obligations of service to our country. A common phrase heard is that if one person joins the whole family joins. As a community, moreover as a nation there are a few recommended actions from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health we can take for America’s children.

Promote a caring, respectful school environment. Schools provide small learning environments, which foster more interaction. Teachers take steps to support positive peer relationships among their students. Staff members serve as mentors or advisors to individual students or groups.

Encourage academic excellence. School administrators and teachers demonstrate that academics are the focus of school. Schools and teachers develop high expectations for student achievement. In turn, teachers hold students accountable for work completion along with providing support for attaining academic goals, such as providing tutoring or “second-try” opportunities.

Conversations with your Child's Teacher

In an ideal world teachers would only have to teach, however with restrictions, shuffling papers, and administrative requirements teachers are faced with more responsibility each school year. As a parent, always be your child’s strongest advocate.Early on in the school year establish a connection with each of your child’s teachers and maintain communication throughout the year. Here are some valuable pointers from the Department of Education to remember:

Contact the teacher as soon as you suspect your child has a homework problem you may figure out that a problem exists before the teacher does. Alerting the teacher early on you can both work together to solve a problem in its infancy.

Request a meeting with the teacher to discuss homework problems. Tell her briefly why you want to meet. If English is your second language, you may need to make special arrangements, such as including someone who is bilingual in the meeting.

First Annual Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Community Expo

kids.jpgThe first annual Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Community Expo will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berry Center, offering parents and guardians with a series of helpful back-to-school services in one convenient location. “This expo will provide a great opportunity for the community to see another facet of our chamber,” said Leslie Martone, president of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, “the committee was formed to help keep our area and chamber members informed on matters of community interest; such as safety, emergency services, healthcare and sustainability practices.” If you are interested in getting involved please contact the chamber office for details.

The Community Expo is open exclusively to incoming CFISD students and families, and will include services such as:

  • online registration in English and Spanish
  • a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency are required
  • immunizations
  • please bring shot records
  • employment opportunities, including
  • transportation, food service, operations, community programs, substitute office, Berry Center, human resources and support staff
  • CHIP/SNAP/food stamp applications
  • athletic physicals andClub Rewind registration.

Additional booths will be set up throughout the Berry Center for transportation, food service, Club Rewind and health services.

FORE Cy-Fair Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament

cy-fair-golf-tournament.jpgFORE Cy-Fair, the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Sterling Country Club at Houston National on Monday, October 21, with a 1:30pm shotgun start.

The tournament provides a dynamic networking opportunity for those who do business – or want to do business – in this vibrant and growing community. Area businesses can sign on for a variety of sponsorship and marketing opportunities, which offer exposure to tournament participants, as well as, the more than 2,000+ Chamber members through e-mail and web marketing campaigns. The tournament kicks off with registration and lunch at 11:30am and the putting contest will begin at 12:00 noon. Golf gets underway at 1:30pm with a scramble shotgun start. The awards dinner and raffle starts at 6 p.m.

This is the third year Texas Emergency Care Center of Cypress has been the underwriter for the tournament. Community Impact Newspaper will be one of four True Texan Sponsors and will be hosting one of the choice craft beers from the Silver Eagle line-up; Karbach, St. Arnold or maybe Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. The Hole in One sponsor is Northwest Dodge and Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has signed up for the Cypress Sponsorship. Other sponsors include: BBVA, BB&T, Caldwell Companies, HCN Cypress Creek Mirror, Houston Chronicle, Jogler Inc. and Lone Star College-CyFair.

Northwest Harris County Aggie Moms Club

mother-daughter.jpgPlease join the Northwest Harris County Aggie Moms Club for their Howdy Party on August 13 at the Houston Distributing Center, 7100 High Life Dr. for a fun-filled Aggie evening beginning at 7pm where moms can meet other Aggie moms, find out about upcoming events and Aggieland trips, buy care packages for your student, and win door prizes!

Enjoy light refreshments while you shop our Boutique for that one-of-a-kind Aggie treasure. Our handcrafted items celebrate the heartwarming TAMU traditions. For more information visit Northwest Houston Aggie Moms online.

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