Cypress Elementary School

County: Osceola
Number of Students: 780

2251 Lakeside Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34743
Phone: 407-344-5000
Fax: 407-344-5006
Website: www.cye.osceola.k12.fl.us

Principal: Matthew Phillips
Email: phillipm@osceola.k12.fl.us

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Grego
Phone: 407-870-4600
Email: gregom@osceola.k12.fl.us

School Board President: John McKay
Phone: 407-870-4600
Email: mckayj@osceola.k12.fl.us

PR Representative: Dana Schafer
Phone: 407-870-4600
Email: schaferd@osceola.k12.fl.us

Students served:

7.1 % Black
7.3 % White
78.3 % Hispanic
1.6 % Asian
5.5 % Other

Our Arts Teaching Team includes:

2 % Visual Art
2 % Music
0 % Theatre
2 % Dance

For more information, our teachers will be happy to answer your calls or e-mails. Contact us! schaferd@osceola.k12.fl.us

A Visit to Our School:
All the disciplines meet with all students a minimum of 50 minutes four days a week and 40 minutes one day a week. All classrooms contain the appropriate equipment for student engagement and effective instruction. Class sizes are reasonable. The music room is equipped with materials for successful instruction and practice. These include risers for chorus activities, sound rooms for vocal practice, a listening station for differentiation of sounds. In addition the stage is equipped with a state of the art sound system for theatrical productions. The art room is equipped with a kiln and plenty of space for storage. Dance is held in a portable with mirrors and productions are presented on the stage.

Our Special Arts Programs:
All students K-5 at Cypress Elementary participate in the arts as part of their curriculum. On a rotating basis, all students participate in all three disciplines. These classes are titled "ESSENTIALS" as Cypress students have multiple opportunities to participate in Arts experiences. Examples of this would be participation in VSA, Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Black History Month program, Holiday and Spring shows, and physical education events such at the Turkey Trot, Field Day, and Jump Rope For Heart. The school has a significant population of students with special needs. Many of these students are of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and are integrated into arts classes on a daily basis. In addition, several of these students choose to participate in extracurricular activities. At Cypress Elementary during the 2009-10 school year the school employs a certified music and art instructor. The dance instructor is an artist in residence who has recently become employed full time at Cypress as a paraprofessional. For the 2010-11 school year, a full time dance instructor will be employed.

Our Pride:
Students are motivated to achieve higher academic skills. The school has a 94.3% attendance rate for the year. Cypress has 83 students on out-of-zone contracts. These are students that live out of our attendance zone but request to attend our school often because of our arts program. In 2009 our school earned an "A" from the Florida Department of Education and achieved AYP. Students are afforded the opportunity to perform for the community at our school and at various venues in the community. This year, our school became a local theater by providing shows on Friday evenings that includes "dinner and a show". Estimated attendance at the shows were 200 guest a night at a charge of $5.00 per guest. Throughout the school year, events such as Literacy Day, Teach-In, Hispanic Heritage and Black History have afforded opportunities to students for the community to speak to students and share their passion for the arts with them. A relationship with the local church, Casa de Paz, has been formed in which the Pastor visits the school each Wednesday and serves as a club mentor. He invites the community to the church where he provides activities to the students to enrich their lives. A partnership has been created with the local music store Jammers in which the artist has come to the school and visited the classrooms. The music teacher has created a relationship with Lewis Music, another local music store, in which they assist her needs for her orchestral instruments.


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