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Cynthia Hipes » WELCOME to TAKE FLIGHT!


Welcome to the Butterfield Elementary TAKE FLIGHT Program!
This is my first year teaching TAKE FLIGHT in Sanger Independent School District, but it is my 13th year of teaching TAKE FLIGHT!
I have been coming to the Denton area to ride horses, and I have fallen in love with your area and Sanger ISD.
I became excited when I learned that an opening in TAKE FLIGHT was available, and I came over as quickly as I could!
I love working with my students! Thank you for sharing them with me!




                                                                                                                                                                                                           Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC).


TAKE FLIGHT contains the five components of effective reading instruction supported by the National Reading Panel research meta-analysis and mandated by No Child Left Behind.


The program is designed for small group instruction (four-six students) for a minimum of 45 minutes per day, five days each week. Alternatively, the lessons can be taught for 60 minutes each day for four days a week.


  • Phonemic awareness in TAKE FLIGHT includes a systematic exploration of the articulation of phonemes and is fully integrated with decoding and spelling instruction.
  • All phoneme-grapheme correspondence rules are introduced over a shorter period of time than the previous TSRHC programs, allowing time for practice toward accuracy and automaticity in the application of phonic skills and for more guided reading practice with controlled and regular text. Also, there is an expanded use of etymology in teaching word analysis strategies.
  • Vocabulary is expanded and enriched by developing morphological knowledge, word relationships, figurative language, syntax and semantics by direct instruction and in the context of reading.
  • Fluency instruction incorporates guided and timed repeated reading of decodable words, phrases, and connected text. Incentives, concrete measures of progress and daily home practice are also important elements of fluency training.
  • A combination of techniques is used for instruction in reading comprehension including comprehension monitoring, question generation, story structure, summarizing and inferencing. Students also learn how to utilize graphic and semantic organizers when reading narrative and expository texts.


                                                                                                                                                                                                Graduated- Baylor University

Masters- TWU


Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)

State Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT)




Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)



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