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5 Easy Household Habits to Establish Now to Prevent More Work Later

Keeping It Clean In Katy

The key to keeping a house clean is not to perform a large cleaning job every so often.  It is doing a little, all the time, and is well worth the “trouble.”  If stains, dirt, and other offenders are left to build up over time, the cleanup becomes overwhelming and unpleasant.  Here are five easy tips to try at home:

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Taylor Golf Team Continues Successful Season

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28, 2011

Taylor High School Varsity Men’s Golf Team recently captured second place in the Corser/Kobza Memorial Golf Tournament held at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy. In addition, senior Eric Redeker received the 2010-2011 Sportsmanship Award from the Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT). The team continues a successful season that has seen several tournament wins, as well as individual awards. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

From left, Taylor High School Golf Team members: Thomas Reilly, Ryan Bingham, Eric Redeker, Mikie Veillette, and Taylor Mackay.

Eric Redeker is presented his award by Dave Jones, president of the TJGT.

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Everyday Exercise in Katy

Fun Ways to Burn Calories This Spring

With spring hinting at us around the corner here in Katy, the neighborhoods are beginning to look alive again.  People are out in their yards, cleaning up the garden beds, and washing the cars.  All of these activities are necessary to keep our hearts pumping, blood moving, and calories burning.

Did you know that gardening and yard work count as exercise?  So does washing the car, cleaning the house, and rough-housing with your kids.  Yes, according to the experts at Diet.com and Harvard Medical School, here are the calories you can burn by doing these everyday activities:

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Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheer Collect Food for Katy Christian Ministries

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

The Katy High School Bengal Brigade and Cheerleaders recently competed in a  team challenge to collected non-perishable food items to fill the Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry.  Collectively, the teams collected over 1,500 items to help the Katy community in this growing need. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Canine Country Club Opens in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

Canine Country Club recently opened in Katy. The facility offers pets a place to relax and be pampered while owners are out of town.

Jeff and Adrienne Murphrey, owners, say they’re proud of their professional training, boarding, grooming and doggie daycare business.

“We offer Katy something truly different; an affordable Country Club for dogs, giving them a home away from home,” says Jeff.

“We opened up to our customers December 17, 2010 and have had over 182 doggie customers,” adds Adrienne.

Canine Country Club prides itself on being a favorite spot for dogs. It has 79 kennels and features swimming pool and a splash pad as well as separate dog daycares for both small and large dogs. Dogs can live in his or her own private cabana suite with a flat screen high definition televisions and a view that overlooks the outdoor swimming pool. They will also have access to their very own backyard. For dogs who prefer to stay inside and lounge, Canine Country Club has indoor runs with “furnished” suites, beds included.

Canine Country Club includes Jeff Murphrey, a Certified Professional Trainer, Jessica Powell, a Certified-Professional Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, and Kathy Haley, an award-winning Master Groomer.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Delivers First Babies – Twins

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Brackin are very excited as their children – twins – were delivered on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14.  Baby boy Brackin was born at 10:24 a.m. weighing 6 lb 4 oz and baby girl Brackin at 10:26 a.m. weighing 6 lb 7 oz.

“It was so exciting and such an honor to take part in the symbolic ‘laying of the cornerstone’ for the Birthing Center at Methodist West Houston Hospital,” says Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Byron Holt.  “As always, it is such a joy and reward to help bring a new life into the world.”

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brackin!

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The Brackin Family

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WoodCreek Lady Timberwolf Teams Named District Champs

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

The WoodCreek Lady Timberwolves recently clinched the 8B Basketball District Championship. The girls come off an undefeated season. They are coached by Lindsay Burnell. Team members include: Maddie Williams, Micah Johnson, Skylar Dabney, Neha Bhat, Courtney Williams, Kaitlyn Matthey, Brooke Griffin, Abby Gentry, Carla Fischer, Samantha Dorisca, Kylie Liddell. and Kaija Blake.

In addition, the WoodCreek Lady Timberwolves 8C Basketball team also won their district championship. They are coached by Madison Wilson. Team members include: Savannah Stylianou, Laura Cusguen, Caitlyn Causey, Niana Pallat, Cierra Enabnit, Rebecca Serna, Laura Bohorquez, Megan Mendiola, Kaitlin Miller, Rachel Cecil, Lynette Botes, Courtney Burson, and Miranda Serna.

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Lady Timberwolves 8B District Champs Team

Lady Timberwolves 8C District Champs

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HCHS Announces National Honor Society Inductees

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

The Houston Christian High School (HCHS) National Honor Society installed 27 new members, including students from Katy, during the Candlelight Induction Ceremony on February 22.  Students must qualify based on scholarship (have an overall average of 93 or higher), character, leadership, and service to become a member of the NHS.  New members include senior Hayley Walden; juniors Katie Garbarino, Jack Kellner, Taylor Ratkiewicz, Faith Redding, Devon Sills, and Adrianna Thompson; and sophomores, Ramsey Al-Azem, Rachael Barnett, Katrina Benwell, Liz Constantinou, Shelby Corder, Madison DeLuca, Brendan Ehrenstrom, Joseph Embrey, Chris Evans, Katie Flores, Kyle Garman, Karina Giron, Meg Goode, Sam Herrera, Ariana Morgan, Nathalie Simoes, Gianna Tiedemann, Michael Vaughan, Ricky Wolfe, and Jordan Zeal.

New officers were also installed during the ceremony and include juniors Eric Hopper, President; Lauren Schulz, Vice President; Kathryn Quandt, Secretary; Chris Mosser, Public Relations; and Sarah Floris and Matthew Schwartz serving as Chaplains.  The outgoing officers who will graduate in May include seniors Lexi Peterson, President; Katie Brand, Vice President; Alex Bui, Secretary; Sarah Rommelmann, Public Relations; and Zack Dotson, Chaplain.

Current NHS members at Houston Christian include seniors Bayley Andrews, Taylor Birmingham, Reid Bishop, Anna Boucher, Priya Chacko, Sarah Corder, Carrie Craft, Arman Gonzalez, Trevor Johnson, Collin Leitko, Ryan Lloyd, Morgan Long, Tyler Look, Sarah Ott, Kaitlin Panaccione, Leah Slavens, Sakura Tantzen, Christopher Tutunjian, Lane Walla, and Julia Weeks; and juniors Katherine Allison, Jeremy Biar, Max Brown, Janice Byth, Alexandra Constantinou, Trey Dupree, Kaitlin Handel, Claire Hill, Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler, Evan Kirkland, Ashley Mack, Rachel Moore, Beth Powell, Hannah Shearer, Waverly Walla, and Logan Zoelle.

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Chocolate – Is It Really Good For Us?

Discovering the Health Benefits of a Favorite Sweet

When my family and I first embarked on our sugar-freeing journey a few weeks ago, we thought we were kissing all goodies goodbye.  Most “junk food” sweets contain over 20 grams of sugar per serving, and since our new daily quota is 15 grams of sugar, we can no longer dabble in the confections of our former sugar-filled days.  How relieved we were to find that we can still have chocolate, and some baked goodies, without the guilt and shame of “cheating” ourselves.

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Katy ISD Announces Band Camp Dates

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24, 2011

The ninth annual summer band camp, offered to next year’s seventh-ninth grade Katy ISD band students, will be held at Katy High School from July 18-22.

The camp will include daily section rehearsals, full band rehearsals, and fun music based electives. Lunch is also part of the camp. The cost of the camp is $100 and will include a T-shirt if payment is received by June 3. Late registration is an additional $30 for entries received after June 3.

The camp runs from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and concludes with the Grand Concert on Friday morning at 9 a.m. After the concert, those students wishing to extend the fun can join in the group’s optional trip to Splashtown Water Park in Spring, Texas for an additional $35 (park admission, meal, bus transportation, and drinks are included in price) for a total camp cost of $135 ($165 after June 3).

The Katy ISD Junior High Summer Band Camp has been a huge success each year and the district anticipates a large enrollment this year. Plan to register early in order to secure a spot. To receive a brochure and registration packet email bandcamp11@gmail.com.

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VFW Post 9182 Holds Vietnam Remembrance Service

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23, 2011

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 hosted a Vietnam Remembrance Service on in late January in conjunction with the Houston Vietnamese Veterans Association at the VFW Hall on George Bush Drive in Katy.  The date of the service coincided with the 38th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27, 1973 with the intention to establish peace in Vietnam and an end to the Vietnam War.

The opening ceremonies were followed by a twenty minute video showing the chronology of events from the beginning to the end of the Vietnam War.  Master of Ceremonies, VFW member George Rissky, introduced the American and Vietnamese guest speakers.  Brigadier General Nam Van Nguyen, who leads the local Houston Vietnamese Veterans Association, and Pastor Buu T. Chung, a former helicopter pilot with the South Vietnamese Air Force, who spent 14 years as a Prisoner Of War in North Vietnam, shared powerful personal recollections of the war.  Victoria Ai Linh Bryant, who spent the first few years of her life in Vietnam stuck emotion of all in attendance as she shared her family’s story, and how grateful she is for the sacrifices made by so many to help the south Vietnamese people.

Three American Vietnam Veterans, Raul Herrera, Purple Heart recipient David Lemark and Mike Warren shared a brief depiction of their personal experiences on the battlefield.  Students from Mayde Creek, Katy, Morton Ranch, Seven Lakes and Taylor High School heard first-hand how U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers aligned to fight “side by side”.  The students asked thoughtful questions of a joint panel of U.S. and Vietnamese members, hearing the kind of history that’s not found in their high school text books.

The afternoon concluded at the Flag Pole on the corner of George Bush Drive and Avenue D for a wreath laying ceremony and the firing of the 21 gun salute to honor our fallen comrades.

VFW meetings are held at the VFW Hall at 6206 George Bush Drive in Katy on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. preceded by a covered dish dinner at 6:15 p.m. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Colonel (Ret) Mike Mastrangelo, Commander, VFW Post 9182 makes a presentation to General Nam Van Nguyen, Houston Vietnamese Veterans.

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Katy Prairie Conservancy Seeks Volunteers for Great Grow Out

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23, 2011

The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is kicking off its annual Great Grow Out, a citywide effort where volunteers of all ages grow wildflowers and grasses from seeds until they are old enough to be transferred to prairie restoration sites in the Houston area. The Great Grow Out is in its second year and KPC’s goal is to have between 4,000 – 5,000 plants grown by volunteers this year. The program is already underway, with students at both Westside High School and Coulter Elementary School participating. Seedlings will be transferred to local schools, KPC’s Native Seed Nursery, and Hermann Park’s Whistlestop Prairie, providing much-needed plant material.

“Growing seeds into beautiful grasses and wildflowers is an easy way to get kids connected to citizen conservation,” says Jaime Gonzalez, KPC’s Community Education Manager. “Planting the seeds, nurturing them, and watching them grow into seedlings ensure a deeper connection with our hometown habitat.” March is an ideal time to grow-out seeds, as the warmer weather will induce plants to grow much faster. “This is a great service opportunity for schools and scout groups, as well as church groups, individuals, and corporations. You don’t need to have a green thumb, because we have seeds of all levels of difficulty.” Anyone can participate, from large groups to individuals.

The coastal prairie is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the United States. Grassland restoration is particularly difficult because of the lack of suitable locally-adapted seed and plant material. The Grew Grow Out bridges that gap by using seeds, which represent prairie indicator-species such as Texas coneflower, indiangrass, big and little bluestem, rattlesnake master, prairie blazing star, and swamp sunflower, gathered from prairie sites in and around the Houston area. While the plants may take a little longer to grow than typical mass-produced seeds, these plants provide many benefits, including food for a diverse mix of birds, mammals, frogs, lizards, and butterflies; building soil; controlling erosion; and absorbing rainwater to mitigate flooding. The also help promote a sense of place to Houston and our natural ecosystem in an increasingly globalized world. Once the seeds have sprouted and grown into seedlings, they can be returned to KPC for use in restoration projects.

“The kids really caught on to the native plant aspect,” says Frank Abbott, a teacher at Pershing Middle School whose students participated in the Great Grow Out last year by growing over 1,000 Texas coneflower seedlings at the campus. “They felt like this was their contribution to the environment.” Mr. Abbott is currently working approval to get a shade structure for seedlings at Pershing to help protect the seedlings from harsh weather conditions as part of his efforts to make the school a greener campus.

The Great Grow Out is an annual city-wide event focused on citizen conservation where volunteers grow local prairie plants from seeds for use in conservation projects. In 2010, over 3,000 plants totaling a cost of nearly $1,500 were grown by school groups, scouts, garden clubs, individuals, and more. Groups and individuals interested in obtaining seeds should call 713.523.6135 or email info@katyprairie.org. Seeds can be mailed or picked up.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy has been working since 1992 to preserve a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie, a flat out wonderful gem on Houston’s west side, for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever. KPC has conserved nearly 18,000 acres of land so that future generations can enjoy this amazing part of Texas’s natural heritage. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Maggie’s Easy Breezy Low-Sugar Shrimp Cocktail

Enjoy This Simple Recipe and Kick Off Spring

One of the things I love most about living in Katy is the wide array of cultures we have located right here!  We have met and made friends with people from all over: Colombia, Brazil, Phillippines, Mexico, Venezuela, Africa, Haiti, Peru, India, Afghanistan…We love learning about their culture, as well as sharing with them what we love about ours.  One of the things I love best about my friend’s cultures is tasting their delightful foods!  Here is a recipe for you to enjoy at home – to you, from Colombia.

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Kilpatrick Elementary Names Teacher of the Year, PTA Board

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23, 2011

Kilpatrick Elementary School recently named Tom D’Andrea as 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. D’Andrea is a physical education teacher who has taught at Kilpatrick since its opening in 2003. He has worked for Katy ISD for 27 years.

The elementary also named their 2011 Executive PTA Board. Members include: Lisa Askins, Shantania Loving-Leggins, Becky Morris, Heather Nichols, Tracy Wilson, Principal Malynn Rodriquez, Lisa Kana, Heather Sanders, Sherri Tandon, Chrisite VanderVliet, second grade teacher Brittany Sciba, Dina Schillinger, Traci Faulk, Fon Deuterio, Julia Purnell, Cindy Cruz-Davis, Debbie Conaway, Judi Smith, Patricia Gilarranz, Jennifer Lehane, Shannon Clarkson, Kendall Walters, and Anna Marsh.

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Principal Malynn Rodriguez and Kilpatrick Teacher of the Year Tom D'Andrea.

The Kilpatrick Elementary 2011 Executive PTA Board.

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Our Miracle Puppy

A Thoughtful Katy Resident Makes a Family’s Day!

We call Lacey our miracle puppy.  Our family has loved this dog since the summer of 2009, and she is officially a member of the Blanco family.  She was a treasure to find and has been a blessing to keep, but those aren’t the real reasons she’s our miracle.

Last month, she was not wearing a collar and nametag, and she did the inevitable.  She ran out while one of us was putting out the trash, and none of us noticed.  We didn’t notice the rest of the night that she was gone, either.  We didn’t even notice the next morning (a Saturday) until Daddy asked us where she was.  After calling for her and whistling (which usually brings her bounding to us within a few seconds) we began to realize with horror that she was gone.  I began to panic as I realized the reality of the situation.  It had been a hard freeze the night before, and I hadn’t even noticed my puppy was gone!  Because she was not wearing a tag, if someone did find her, they couldn’t call!

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Creech Elementary Places Third at Destination Imagination

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22, 2011

E2DJ represented Creech Elementary at the Destination Imagination tournament in late February. They placed third in the Versus Foiled Again competition. Their structure weighed in at 25 grams and held 160 pounds. Team members include: Ellen Pack, Danny Zhang, Elyssabeth Pratt and Joshua Pack. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Team E2DJ

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Hayes Elementary Students Enjoy Outdoor Learning Center

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22, 2011

Second graders, Jillian Simmons, Gabi Widmer, and Jacob Smith of Hayes Elementary show off their leaf drawings made during a recent visit to the Outdoor Learning Center.  The OLC is a place where plants and farm animals live and grow and where students can have a hand-on experience with science and social studies activities. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Students enjoy the Outdoor Learning Center at Hayes Elementary.

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Katy Mother Raising Funds for MD Anderson Sprint for Life

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22, 2011

Katy mother and cancer survivor Krista Guild is working to raise funds for the 14th Annual Sprint for Life 5K Run/Walk at MD Anderson.

Guild, a mother of three small children, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 37 in March 2009. She was diagnosed again with cancer in June 2010. She is participating in the event to raise funds for research and increase awareness of ovarian cancer.

To contribute to her fundraising efforts, visit firstgiving.com/fundraiser/krista-guild. Guild also invites Katy residents to participate in the event, taking place May 7 at MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd. in Houston. Spring for Life is hosted by the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine.

Since 1998, Sprint for Life has raised over $2.7 million for the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at MD Anderson. For more information, visit www.mdanderson.org/how-you-can-help/community-events/sprint-for-life/index.html.

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Krista Guild

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Kilpatrick Choir Students Compete in San Antonio

Katy Texas News
Posted February 21, 2011

Eight choir students from Kilpatrick Elementary participated in the Katy ISD Elementary Honor Choir’s command performance at the Texas Music Educator Association’s Convention in San Antonio on February 10. Those who participated are: Madison Beall, Neel Bhobe, Victoria Delgado, Thomas Holmes, Katrina Kier, Andrea Nunez, Sid Puranik, and Celeste Waters.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Kilpatrick choir students with Katy ISD honor choir director and Kilpatrick music teacher Michele Dial.

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Katy TKD Academy Announces New Black Belts, Instructors, Tiger Cub Grads

Katy Texas News
Posted February 21, 2011

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy announced its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, new first degree black belt students and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the February rank exam.

Students who earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt are: Brandon Baker, Jake Brown, Kishore Mugundhan, and Luke Parmenter.

Students who earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt are: Christopher Duan, Adolfo Alzate, Emma Duncan, Kent Gonzales, John Jones, Ishaan Lahoti, Joshua Lopez, Luke Schaefer, and Michael Schaefer.

Students who earned their Second Degree Black Belts are: Amanda Barnett-Saez, Mira Bhat, Neha Bhat, Jacob Cummins, and Skylar Galicia.

Students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program are: Aura Maria Mosquera, Adam Mitchell, Kayla Mitchell, Isabel Salazar, Luke Stoddard, and Megan Stubbs.

In addition, student Carlos E. Trujillo earned his Third Degree Black Belt and River Silversmith passed testing requirements to become a Level 1 Instructor.

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Local Business Looking for “One Day Without Shoes” Partners

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18, 2011

Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc. is teaming up with TOMS Shoes to support One Day Without Shoes on April 5.

TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by American traveler Blake Mycoskie who befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need over the course of their childhood.

As of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. TOMS now gives in over 20 countries including the United States, and works with charitable partners in the field who incorporate shoes into their health, education, hygiene, and community development programs.

One Day Without Shoes is a day in April when TOMS asks people to go without shoes to raise awareness of children growing up barefoot and the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. The first One Day Without Shoes took place in 2008, primarily fueled by university students on the West Coast. Since then, it’s grown far beyond college campuses, and in only its third year, people of all ages got involved — in 2010, over a quarter of a million people went barefoot and over 1,600 barefoot events took place globally.

Along with donating one percent of all 2011 sales in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas to charitable organizations benefiting children in Rockford and Houston, Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc., is organizing One Day Without Shoes in the Houston area, and they are looking to Cy-Fair residents to participate. They want high schools and elementary schools, corporations, colleges, and non-for-profits to help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by going without shoes on April 5.

The movement is simple and easily carried out. On April 5 Wet Will-E want to see teachers and students, office managers and ancillary staff, loan officers, salespeople, waiters and librarians spend One Day Without Shoes and make a statement to the world. If you are interested in participating, contact wetwille@charter.net for more details regarding coordination and outreach. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Local Photographer Helping Katy Family

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17, 2011

Local photographer Nena Metcalf will be donating 50 percent of all April photography session fees to the Waugh family of Katy. The Waugh’s recently lost their three-year-old daughter Maisie.

The Waugh family, originally from Scotland, has lived in Katy for several years and have three other children, a daughter and two sons. One of their sons has been battling Leukemia. “They are great members of our community, and I feel that supporting others in our area when they need it is what makes a city like Katy great!” says Metcalf.

The money collected by Metcalf will be donated to the family to help cover funeral expenses. In addition, Katy residents can also visit Metcalf’s website where she has set up a PayPal donation that goes directly to the family. The donation page is located here: http://blog.nenametcalfphotography.com/2011/02/fundraiser-for-maisie-waugh.html.

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McMeans Junior High Student Wins District Spelling Bee

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17, 2011

McMeans Junior High student Lance Gopilan won First Place in the 2011 Katy ISD Spelling Bee that took place this week. Gopilan’s winning word was “mortician” in the bee that went 18 rounds for more than two hours. The 2011 Runner Up is Hrishikech Srinivasan, a student at Creech Elementary. Both students went home with a large trophy donated by Custom Awards & Engraving in Katy, and both students will advance as equals HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee in March.

“This is the first year that Katy ISD has been able to send two students to the regional competition,” says Deborah Hubble, assistant principal at Morton Ranch Elementary and one of the organizers of the 2011 Spelling Bee. “Both students did an outstanding job and will represent the district well.”

Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus. The top 20 scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary (grades 4-5) and junior high campus (grades 6-8) are invited to the district spelling bee where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win. First place winners, and alternates when applicable, participate in the district bee for a chance to move on to the regional level.

The HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee covers 42 counties and will take place on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the PBS studios at the University of Houston, and will be broadcast live on HoustonPBS. The regional competition is the qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will take place this June in Washington, D.C.

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Chris Crockett, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Lance Gopilan, 2011 First Place Winner; Hrishikech Srinivasan, 2011 Runner Up; and Dr. Christine Caskey, Katy ISD Chief Academic Officer.

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Rylander Elementary Seeking Vendors for Rhinofest April 9

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17, 2011

Rylander Elementary will host Rhinofest, its annual spring fundraising event on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The school is currently seeking small businesses in Katy to support the school as a vendor at the event. For a vendor application, visit rylanderpta.org. Rhinofest will feature shopping, class baskets, games, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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WoodCreek Junior High Holds Soap Drive for Haiti

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16, 2011

Social studies students at WoodCreek Junior High recently held a Soap Drive for Haiti. Members of Mrs. Wilson’s and Ms. Sternadel’s eight grade U.S. history classes alone brought in more than 2,000 bars of soap. Overall, the school donated more than 7,000 bars of soap to sent to Haiti and help fight the Cholera outbreak. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Social studies students at WoodCreek Junior High collected over 7,000 bars of soap for Haiti.

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Cinco Ranch High School Students Receive All-State Honors

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16, 2011

Six Cinco Ranch High School choir students advanced through the rigorous selection process and received placement in the prestigious All-State Choir and the opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention, which took place the weekend of February 12 – 13 in San Antonio.

The students selected for women’s Choir are: junior and second year All-State Lindsay Bartlett; junior Sara Marquis; senior Amanda Menzie; and junior Melanie Mozer (alternate).  Selected for Men’s Choir are seniors Christopher Deyo and Kale Harris. Directors Dorothy Wilson and Eric West are pleased with the accomplishments of these dedicated musicians.

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Members of Cinco Ranch choir received placement in the All-State choir this past weekend.

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Katy ISD Students to Participate in Statewide Tobacco Summit

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16, 2011

Twenty-seven students from five Katy ISD high schools will participate in one of six Texas Tobacco-Free Teen Leadership Summits at the Mo-Ranch in Hunt, Texas, February 25 and 26. The students were chosen to attend based on their leadership roles within the district’s P.O.W.E.R. (Police Officers Working to Empower students and Reinforce prevention) Role Model program. This year’s Summit will focus on launching a statewide movement in addition to activities the students can host and participate in to make Texas a smoke-free state.

The Texas Tobacco-Free Summit, sponsored by the Texas School Safety Center, is an opportunity for young people across Texas to join a collaborative movement to eliminate the negative influence tobacco has on our communities. During the two-day event, students will hear from law enforcement, researchers, and educators about the negative effects of tobacco on our youth and society. They will leave not only with new friendships and knowledge, but also leadership skills, advocacy skills and practice, media training and public speaking skills, and the latest tobacco statistics and health reports.

According to Katy ISD Police Department’s Sergeant Tom Donalson, who supervises the P.O.W.E.R. program, The P.O.W.E.R. program has six specially trained, uniformed officers, five of which work full-time, that provide Katy ISD students with risk prevention instruction. The P.O.W.E.R. program consists of 11 lessons that are taught once a week to fifth graders throughout the district. “Although the P.O.W.E.R. program focuses on elementary students, it also benefits junior and senior high school students who learn leadership skills and serve as role models for the younger kids,” says Donalson.

The P.O.W.E.R. Role Model Club is offered at all Katy ISD high schools. However, in order to become a Role Model, students must complete a comprehensive written application before being granted an interview. Students who apply must also be in good standing academically and model exceptional school and lifestyle behavior. Once the application process is complete, each student must then pass an extensive screening and interview process with the Katy ISD Police Department, who then selects the final membership.

As role models, students learn leadership, mentoring, and counseling skills.  These skills are applied on their home campuses and by working with and talking to the fifth graders about developing a safe and healthy lifestyle, avoiding negative peer pressure, and positive social change.

“These high school students truly serve as a positive influence for many younger kids who may have no one else to look up to,” says Donalson.

Katy ISD’s P.O.W.E.R. Role Model program has approximately 500 members throughout the District. Students earn community service hours through various P.O.W.E.R. events such as summer camps and also have the opportunity to receive college scholarships awarded from the P.O.W.E.R. Advisory Board.

Currently, Katy ISD police officers Michelle Owens, Ivan Nelson, James Grima, JR Martinez, Don Shrum, and Neill Austin serve as the P.O.W.E.R. Officers. The P.O.W.E.R. program is part of the police department’s Community Involvement Division and has been in existence for the past 18 years.

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Chalk Artist Visits WoodCreek Junior High

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

Sixth and seventh grade students at WoodCreek Junior High recently enjoyed a visit from chalk artist Ben Glenn.

Glenn is a high-energy motivational speaker and artist, who shares positive messages about hope, while creating beautiful images out of chalk.  In this particular presentation, Glenn explained to the students that in our lives, there will always be a little bit of ugly.  Expressed through his artwork, he showed the students how “a little bit of ugly can get a little uglier before it gets better.”

Sharing his life story on how he struggled with ADHD as a child, Glenn’s presentation included a powerful message on never giving up, and moving forward, no matter what obstacles they face in their lives.  Students enjoyed the program, which was sponsored by the WCJH PTA.

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Principal Patti Shafer with Chalk Artist Ben Glenn and his inspirational work of art.

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Rylander Elementary Enjoys Busy Start to Spring Semester

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

Hoop Shoot
Rylander Elementary student Titan Doll was chosen to represent the school in the Elks National “Hoop Shoot” competition in the 8-9 year old division. Founded by Elks National Foundation, the “Hoop Shoot” national free throw contest is now in its 39th year. The ultimate goal is to advance to national competition and win a scholarship.

The contest begins within the physical education programs in the elementary and junior high levels. Each school holds free throw contests and winners are chosen to represent their school in the local competition. One boy and one girl from each school represents their age group (8-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years) and competes against other students in their school district.

The local competition this year was held in January at Mayde Creek High School. Each competitor had two rounds of free throws to make. Titan made 19 out of 25 free throws, putting him in a three-way tie and two rounds of tie-breaker shoot-offs. Out of almost 30 competitors in the 8-9 year old age group, Titan placed third and came home with a trophy.

Volunteers Honored
On February 9, Rylander Elementary volunteers enjoyed a luncheon hosted by school staff. Every year, teachers and staff of the school show their appreciation to their volunteers by treating them with a lunch, an array of desserts and goodies to take home. This year’s luncheon, “Volunteers Warm Our Hearts,” was coordinated by Gail Mikeska, teacher liaison of Rylander Elementary PTA. The volunteers had a wonderful time enjoying their meal, visiting with one another and took home a nice mug filled with coco mix, which was perfect for the chilly day.

Celebrating 100
First grade teachers led their Rylander Rhinos through the hallways of Rylander Elementary.  To celebrate the 100th day of school, Rylander held its annual parade. First and second grade students marched in the procession displaying their originality through their 100th day outfits.

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Student Titan Doll competes in the Elks National "Hoop Shoot."

On February 9, Rylander Elementary celebrated their volunteers with a special luncheon.

Students celebrate 100 days of Rylander Elementary.

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Cinco Ranch Debuts Original Production “The Evolution of Song”

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

The Cinco Ranch High School BRAVO show choir’s original production of “The Evolution of Song” debuted last week in the Cinco Ranch Performing Arts Center.

The members of BRAVO, and directors Dorothy Wilson and Eric West, would like to thank the community for their support, especially in light of the changed performance dates due to school closures. “The Evolution of Song” took audiences on a journey through time, as they explored the music of era’s gone by. From the beginning of time, through the roaring 20s, the tumultuous 60s and up to modern day pop, the talented performers entertained audiences with musical numbers and dancing representative of those decades. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Cinco Ranch Bravo Choir

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Pack 542 Shows Support to CRHS Basketball

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

The Bears Den of Pack 542 showed their community support by attending the Cinco Ranch High School varsity basketball game on January 28. The scouts provided encouragement by rooting and cheering for our Cougars in a competitive show-down with their opponent. Katy Pack 542 looks forward to applying the Scouting principle of “community involvement” with continued support to Coach King and the Cinco Ranch Cougars. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Bear Den of Boy Scout Pack 542 enjoys a recent Cinco Ranch High School basketball game.

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Katy Resident Publishes Young Adult Novel

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

O’Dell Hutchison of Katy, Texas published his first novel, “All About Daisy,” the first in a new young adult series focusing on an awkward young girl named Daisy Rose Brown. The book focuses on 14-year-old Daisy, who has spent the last three years being bullied in middle school. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and instead of allow herself to be beat down, she focuses on rising above. She just knows her first year of high school is going to lead her to be popular. Things, however, are not as easy as she hopes.

Daisy’s story is one that will resonate with young readers, particularly young women that may feel awkward or out of place in high school. Bullying is such a huge problem in schools these days, and the author gives us a character that is both lovable and relatable.

Part “Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret” and part “Mean Girls”, the book is both touching and hilarious. Daisy is a character you will not soon forget.

An official launch party and book signing will be held at The Country Playhouse on Saturday, February 26 immediately following the performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” A limited number of books will be available for purchase. The author will be on hand to sign copies.

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Taylor High School Swimming and Diving Team District Champions

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15, 2011

Taylor High School Swimming and Diving Team competed in the District 19 5A meet on January 28 and 29 where the girls  team finished fourth overall and the boys defended their title to win their third District Championship in a row.

Seven girls and 12 boys placed in the finals on Saturday with seven girls and 10 boys qualifying for the Regional Championships on February 5 and 7 by placing sixth or higher. Taylor swimmers taking gold medals home included Albert Riley for the 50 and 100 free, Cooper Robinson – backstroke,  Cooper Robinson, James Taylor, Anurag Gupta, and Grant Bolding – 200 medley relay, and Cooper Robinson, David Harlan, Anurag Gupta, and Albert Riley – 400 freestyle relay. Senior Captain Albert Riley was named District Swimmer of the Year 2011.

Heather Burgess was named District Diving Coach of the year and Rick Barker was named Boys District Swimming Coach of the Year.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Twelve Katy ISD Campuses Named NCEA Higher Performing Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11, 2011

The National Center for Education Achievement recently released the 2010 Higher Performing Schools List for Texas that includes 12 Katy ISD campuses. Higher Performing Schools are identified based on two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years and/or absolute student achievement at the school using Commended Performance results on the spring 2010 TAKS test. Schools opening after fall 2007 were not eligible for the list this year as NCEA requires three years of TAKS data.

The following Katy ISD campuses were named 2010 Higher Performing Schools in the following areas:

Alexander Elementary – Science and Writing
Creech Elementary – Writing
Exley Elementary – Writing
Kilpatrick Elementary – Math, Science and Writing
Winborn Elementary – Science
Beck Junior High – Math
Beckendorff Junior High – Math
Cinco Ranch Junior High – Writing
McMeans Junior High – Math, Science, Social Studies and Writing
Cinco Ranch High School – Math and Science
Seven Lakes High School – Math, Science and Social Studies
Taylor High School – Math and Social Studies

These campuses will be recognized during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, Feb. 28. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Based Weisser Engineering Employee Earns Local Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10, 2011

Mark H. Swanson, P.E. Director of Land and Site Development with Weisser Engineering & Surveying Company Inc. has been named by the Houston/Galveston Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as the Young Engineer of the Year. Swanson graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Agency Committee of SAME. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Mark Swanson

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Griffin Elementary Runs for American Heart Association

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10, 2011

Griffin Elementary school runners raised $1,086 for the American Heart Association at the school’s annual Grif”fun” Fun Run. Despite unseasonal icy temperatures that caused Katy school closures the day before, the intrepid students and their families sped around the Beckendorff Junior High track.

Led by the Griffin P.E. teachers Mark Fobian, Tara Hauhe and Lauren Adams, assistant principal Elise Allen and D.J. for the day music teacher Jason Ritchie everyone was cheered across the finish line at a fun filled event with a serious mission.

“At Griffin we want to give back to our community,” says P.E. teacher Mark Fobian. “Our fun run is a wonderful way to help others and help our students discover that fitness and healthy living are great choices. It was amazing to see the enthusiasm and determination to cross the finish line. Whether it was kindergarteners running 200m, fifth graders powering through 800m or whole families completing one mile.”

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Griffin Elementary raised over $1,000 for the American Heart Association with their fun run.

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Katy ISD Weather Update – February 9, 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

The district’s Emergency Management Team has been reviewing weather and road information from local authorities and there have been no reports of ice formation on any of the roadways in the Katy area, nor is there expected to be any ice formation on the roads prior to or during dismissal that would prevent the safe transportation of students. As such, all Katy ISD campuses will dismiss at their normal times, Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Because ice is expected to start forming on roads and bridges later this evening and tonight, all after-school extracurricular activities for Wednesday, Feb. 9 are cancelled.

District officials are continuing to monitor the developing weather situation for Thursday morning. At 3 a.m., officials with the Katy ISD Transportation and Police Departments will begin driving local roads to inspect bridges and overpasses for ice accumulation.

By 5:30 a.m., district officials will determine if road conditions warrant a delayed start. A notice of delayed start will be posted on the Katy ISD Web site and sent to all media by 6 a.m. Please note that if there is no delayed start posting on the website then all Katy ISD campuses are opening at their normal times.

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Katy ISD Announces 2011 KEYS Mentors of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is delighted to announce the 2011 KEYS mentors of the year and their campuses:  Judy Blanchard, Katy High School; Ruth Ann Casci, Morton Ranch High School; Elton Couch, Rylander Elementary and Cinco Ranch Junior High; Barbara Estes, Sundown and Mayde Creek Elementary Schools; Anne Hanaoka, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High; Carlton Johansson, Wolfe Elementary; George Lee, Cinco Ranch and Morton Ranch High Schools; Patty McDermott, Sundown Elementary; David Saenz, Mayde Creek Junior High; Brenda Stevenson, Kilpatrick and WoodCreek Elementary Schools; and Michelle White, Creech Elementary.

Collectively, this group represents a total of 84 years and, because some mentor more than one child, 25 students.

With over 600 mentors working with children on the brink of success all across Katy ISD, the designation of “Mentor of the Year” is a significant one. They are selected based on their years of service, the number of children they have mentored and their depth of commitment to those children. Mentors of the Year are nominated by campus KEYS Liaisons and will be honored on February 24 at Ties & Tiaras, the KEYS Scholarship Program’s fundraising event.

For more information on KEYS visit katyisd.org. To RSVP to Ties & Tiaras, visit the website or contact Martha Brown at marthabrown@katyisd.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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M/I Homes Enters Houston Market in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Katy’s reputation as the nation’s number one “most notable high-growth area” has attracted a major national homebuilder, Columbus, Ohio-based M/I Homes. Katy’s Cinco Ranch, along with its sister community of Eagle Springs in Humble, will be the first Texas location for this top national builder, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (MHO).

M/I Homes now has a model home under construction in Cinco Ranch. It plans to open the model in early April to showcase all-new floor plans and architectural designs created especially for the Houston market after extensive research with local homebuyers.

M/I Homes will offer new homes priced from the $450,000s to $550,000s in Cinco Ranch, with plans ranging from 3,200 to 5,200 square feet. M/I Homes will build on 80-foot-wide homesites in the Cedar Grove Village neighborhood in Cinco Ranch.

Founded in 1976, M/I Homes is one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, currently operating in 10 additional markets outside of Houston, mostly located in the Midwest and Eastern United States.

“With its strong employment base, Houston has one of the most vibrant economies in the United States, and it was a good fit for expansion outside of our current template in the Midwest and Southeast region,” says Dennis Bailey, region president for M/I Homes.

Bailey noted that Katy’s growth was particularly impressive within the Houston region, with the Gadberry Group naming it as the nation’s top high-growth area for 2010.

With its high customer satisfaction ratings from J.D. Power Associates and features such as a 30-year structural warranty on all new homes, M/I Homes is the type of homebuilder that Cinco Ranch developer Newland Communities looks for when expanding the community’s new-home offerings, said Heather Gould, marketing director for Newland Communities.

“We were already familiar with M/I Homes as one of the most successful homebuilders in Newland’s Briar Chapel community in North Carolina’s Research Triangle market,” Gould says. “M/I Homes’ longevity and financial stability perfectly fit what Newland seeks in our homebuilders. We were also very impressed by the care that M/I took to create all-new plans for Cinco Ranch and Houston.”

M/I Homes’ new plans for Cinco Ranch emphasize traditionally styled exteriors with lots of stately curb appeal.  With steeply pitched rooflines, these one- and two-story plans blend timeless materials such as stone, brick and stucco. Inside, the plans emphasize dramatic volume spaces such as soaring foyers and wide-open family rooms. The plans combine high-design details with functionality and flexibility. A rotunda-shaped foyer in one plan, for example, creates a memorable first impression while also providing easy access to several different rooms off the foyer. One plan has a master suite closet with a secret door to the laundry room, providing for convenience while preserving the suite’s privacy.

For more information on M/I Homes in Cinco Ranch, visit cincoranch.com or call Simply Cinco at 281-395-2200. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

An artist’s rendering of one of M/I Homes’ new plans for Cinco Ranch.

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Orange Leaf at Villagio Town Center to Celebrate Grand Opening

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt will hold a weekend long grand opening and Katy Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on February 18-21 during business hours. The ribbon cutting will be held on Mon., Feb. 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Planned for the weekend are free yogurt samples, special discounts, and food from local restaurants to sample. Activities for kids include face painting, games and crafts. Rodeo tickets will be given away to guests throughout the weekend that includes tickets for Kid Rock, Janet Jackson, Selena Gomez, KISS and Rascal Flatts and more.

Orange Leaf is co-owned by four couples that know each other through working relationships. The couple and family responsible for operating this store in the Villagio Town Center live in Katy. In addition to running a full-time business, Mark and Dara Sleeper are parents of four children and also hold down full-time day jobs in Houston. Dara said it has been her husband’s dream to open his own business.

“Mark always wanted to open up his own business for families to enjoy,” says Dara. “He also felt owning a shop like this would be good for our family as well. It is good for them to learn what it takes to own a business, and develop a good work ethic.”

The Sleepers also enjoy being able to offer a place for teenagers to work and learn about the business. They have already become involved in the Katy community and have participated in events at the YMCA, school fund raisers, and local mother’s groups. They look to expand by offering a comfortable and inviting place for groups to gather. Beverages including coffee are available as well as Wi-Fi, kids play area, and televisions with Wii.

With 71 stores across the country, Orange Leaf separates itself from other self-serve yogurt shops by the quality of yogurt as well as the variety of toppings. Orange Leaf boasts of its 16 different flavors and numerous toppings. The latest toppings are Girl Scout cookies and others include seasonal fresh fruit, gummies, candy hearts, chocolate, and nuts to name a few.

Orange Leaf is located in the Villagio Town Center, 22756 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 120 at the corner of Peek Road and Westheimer Parkway. Hours are Sunday – Thursday, 12 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Visit www.orangeleafyogurt.com for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Council Member Tours Texas Children’s Hospital’s West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Council Member Marsherria Wilson recently took a tour of the Katy hospital campus. Wilson is a member of the hospital’s advisory council, a volunteer board of civic and business leaders from the Katy area.

Those who joined Wilson on the hospital tour included Fabiola Ortiz, Lisa Jones, Naomi Williams, Iris Gerken, Doina Berea, Jinny Doerffer, Marsherria Wilson and Liz Bell. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1000. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus Council Member Marsherria Wilson recently toured the campus with a group of Katy women.



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First Birth at Katy Birth Center

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

The Katy Birth Center, along with Beth and Paul Strickland of Katy, celebrated the birth of Henry Thomas, 7 lbs 13.8 ozs, Wednesday, February 2. The birth was the first birth at the Katy Birth Center, 1002 Ave. A.

Henry is the second child for the Stricklands. He has a 2-year-old sister, Eleanor. Cathy Rude, administrative director of the Birth Center, says the goal of the Birth Center is to serve the needs of expectant mothers in the Katy area who choose midwifery services over standard hospital delivery.

The Center is holistic in its offered services…from pre-natal to post partum. Besides assisting families with the delivery of their babies, the Center offers mother support groups and classes in topics relative to childbearing families as well as a full range of lactation services.

The grand opening for the Katy community is February 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 832-378-8522 or visit katybirthcenter.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Paul Strickland and his new son, Henry, who was the first baby born at the Katy Birth Center.

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Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Gala

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Gala, “A Tribute to Katy” on Friday, February 4. The event was held at the Safari Texas Ballroom and included dinner as well as commemorative portraits for the guests and entertainment and dancing by the Password.

The Chamber recognized the 2010 Award for Exceptional Service, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented these awards at the Gala:

Exceptional Service Award
The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented Lori Gunn with the Exceptional Service Award for 2010.

With Lori’s hard work, dedication and long list of contributions, many of the most important yearly chamber events, including the Annual Gala, Katy Rice Harvest Festival and Home for the Holidays have enjoyed great success and have helped the chamber do its job in providing local businesses and the community with quality events and services.

Lori has been a Chamber member since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. A strong presence in the community, she is a founding member of the Katy Performing Arts Society, served as the treasurer for the Katy Heritage Society, and a board member and treasurer for ARTreach. Her service also includes chairing and supporting the Houston Aeros Charities from 2005-2009, a current member and past secretary for P-16 West Council, and continues with a seat on the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Advisory Council. In addition, she is a CAPS Foster Home volunteer and fills a vital role with Home Delivered Meals of Katy.

Professionally, Lori held the position of vice-president at Bricker + Cannady Architects for a number of years, controller for PWM Electronic Price Signs, and currently works as controller for Lamoureux Assc, Inc. She also serves as the Social Editor for Katy Lifestyles and Homes.

Lori’s family includes husband Alan, daughters Chelsea, Breann and her husband Doug Worthy and grandsons Trevor and Lawrence.

Volunteer of the Year
The 2010 Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year is Rick MacDonald. His service to the people of the Katy area and his tireless efforts to make the lives of others better is a shining example of what makes our area such a nice place to live.

Through the Katy Home Savers Association, a non-profit organization that aids and assists disadvantaged senior citizens and disabled Katy residents by making repairs to their homes, his group has enabled them to remain in their homes and to enjoy a more comfortable and much safer environment. Repairs include anything from a wheelchair ramp to new flooring or walls.

To the Katy Cowgirls and FFA students, Rick MacDonald has been a key figure in the support and success of those programs. After his own daughters were Cowgirls and seeing first-hand the benefits to the kids, he has remained involved by supplying hay to those who need it, buying projects for the kids to raise, promoting and taking part in the livestock auction, and creating scholarships for Katy ISD students.

Rick lives in Katy with his wife Doris and has two adult daughters. He is employed by El Paso.

Business of the Year
With over 20 years of serving the Katy Community as a business and community partner, the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Amegy Bank as the 2010 Business of the Year.

By partnering with the City of Katy, the Katy Police and Fire Departments, Katy Social Services and Keep Katy Beautiful, Amegy Bank has been able to raise funds to support many local projects and efforts, recently sponsoring the new scoreboard at Rhodes Stadium for the use of all Katy ISD Athletic departments. Last November, Amegy Bank collected toys for local children on behalf of the Katy Rotary Club.

Amegy Bank has recently added The ARC of Katy, ARTreach and the Katy Foundation to their roster of partnerships, which also includes Katy ISD FFA, the Katy Family YMCA, the National MS Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Walks in Katy. Amegy employees spend time giving back to Katy by being active volunteers in the Katy school district teaching Junior Achievement and reading during the Promise to Read annual event.

During the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, Amegy Bank serves as the financial headquarters and processing center for the event.

Amegy Bank is a proud member of the Katy Business Association, KISD Partners in Education, Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy Heritage Society, Katy Rotary Club, and the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Amegy Bank has partnered with the Katy Area EDC and the Katy Area Bank Alliance to assist local businesses access financing with the hopes of creating new jobs and investment in the Katy area.

Citizen of the Year
The 2010 recipient of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert.

Judge Hebert is especially proud of lowering the county tax rate by nine percent and since taking office, achieving a real reduction in property taxes this year. All of this was accomplished while reorganizing and streamlining the organizational structure of county government, modernizing the IT systems, building over $200 million worth of new county roads, initiating the largest modernization and expansion of county facilities in our history, including a new precinct office at Westpark Toll Road and the Grand Parkway, a second jail tower and the new Justice Center.

Personally, Judge Hebert notes the satisfaction he received from the county’s emergency management response to the four hurricanes in three years, including Katrina, Rita and Ike, the sense of history he felt celebrating the 100th birthday of the Old Courthouse in Richmond and the friendship and affectionate responses he gets from citizens around the county as he carries out his official duties.

Judge Hebert is a graduate of South Texas Junior College (now the University of Houston, Downtown), Pepperdine University and California Coast University. He founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Eco Resources, Incorporated in Sugar Land in 1972 through September of 1985, when the company was acquired by Southwest Water Company, Inc.

From 1985 through the present, Judge Hebert has served as a consultant to the public and private sectors, specializing in water utility and general management issues. His broad public service background includes president and trustee of the Alief Board of Trustees; vice-president and director of the Brazos River Authority; president, chairman and director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships; trustee and vice chairman of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council as well as offices held in several area chambers of commerce and service agencies.

Judge Hebert and his wife Pat have lived in Fort Bend County for over 26 years.

For more information, contact the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce at 281-391-5289 or visit katychamber.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

From left, Hon. Bob Hebert, Lori Gunn, Doyle Callender, Linda Nichols, and Rick Mac Donald.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Names Physician, Employee of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently honored the 2010 Physician and 2010 Employee of the Year. Physician of the Year, Jose Diaz, M.D., a neurologist affiliated with the hospital, was recognized for his dedication to patient-centered care, collaborative nature with physicians and hospital staff, and enduring smile. Employee of the Year, Jennifer Beebe, R.N., was praised by her colleagues for her warm and caring bedside manner, being a calm and confident leader during times of crisis, and her “team player” mentality. Congratulations to Dr. Diaz and Jennifer Beebe, R.N.

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From left, Jose Diaz, M.D.; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO Scott Barbe; and Jennifer Beebe, R.N.

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Stanley Elementary Launches WATCH D.O.G.S.

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

Stan C. Stanley Elementary’s PTA recently started a chapter of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). The group is for fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures to become more involved with Stanley students.

This program is an innovative national program of the National Center for Fathering. Its focus is to improve education in our nation’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers to provide a positive and active male role-model for students during their school day, and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security.

WATCH D.O.G.S. dads volunteer for at least one day each year wearing their official T-shirts and “dog tags” identifying themselves as WATCH D.O.G.S. These dads may read to a class, play at recess, help in the lunchroom, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and other assigned activities to actively engage with Stanley students.

Stanley Elementary is the only PTA sponsored WATCH D.O.G.S. program in the area, and the overwhelming participation has attracted national attention. The school averages more than one dad on campus a day, and is estimated to log around 1,200 volunteer hours from the dads this school year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

WATCH D.O.G.S. dad Dave Pergande helping out in his daughter Allison’s third grade class.

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Katy High School Seniors Participate in National Signing Day

Katy Texas News
Posted February 7, 2011

Four Katy seniors participated in National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2. On this day, high school seniors offered sporting scholarships officially sign their letter to play their sport with a particular college or university.

Erin Bailey signed a letter of intent to attend Lubbock Christian University on a cross country, track and field scholarship.  Michael Grant Clifton signed a letter of intent to play football and attend the United States Naval Academy.  Teresa Tauriello signed a letter of intent to attend Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi on a cross country, track and field scholarship. Donovonn Young signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Donovonn Young

Erin Bailey

Michael Clifton

Teresa Tauriello

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Katy Mills Adds ‘More’ with Delicious New Dining Options

Katy Texas News
Posted February 4, 2011

Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, will welcome three more dining options to its already popular shopping, dining and entertainment mix. Great Wraps, Asian Too and Lou’s Cajun are slated to open in the Katy Mills Food Court during spring 2011.

“We’re excited to welcome these new dining options, providing visitors even more selection when they need to refuel to enjoy more of our incredible outlet and value retail shopping,” says Mace Hirt, general manager at Katy Mills. “These delicious additions will continue to show why Katy Mills means more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun.”

Shoppers will enjoy fresh healthy dining options at Great Wraps, a high-quality national franchise known for its famous wraps and specialty sandwiches.

Asian Too offers an incredible selection of fresh Chinese cuisine, including several chicken, beef, rice and vegetable dishes.

Plus, shoppers will enjoy Lou’s Cajun, featuring its tasty homestyle Cajun menu, including meat, seafood, rice, vegetable dishes and more.

These new food court restaurants complement Katy Mills’ amazing shopping and dining mix, which already includes Rainforest Café, a popular nationally recognized full-service restaurant. For shopping, Katy Mills can’t be beat with more than 175 outlet and value retail stores, including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Juicy Couture, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Forever 21, Banana Republic Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Guess Factory Store and Nike Factory Store.

For more information about Katy Mills’ special events and promotions, and for a complete list of retailers and restaurants, call 281-644-5000 or visit www.KatyMills.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Launch of Katy Tech Entrepreneurs Provides Area Tech-Based Businesses with Valuable Networking Opportunities

Katy Texas News
Posted February 4, 2011

Arthur Chong, a local software entrepreneur, announced today the launch of a new online community networking organization, Katy Tech Entrepreneurs. KTE has been formed specifically to assist technology-based start-ups in Katy, Texas and West Houston; enabling local entrepreneurs to connect, meet and share valuable information and best practices for success.

Drawing support from organizations such as Tech Ranch Austin and BootStrap Austin, Katy Tech Entrepreneurs exists as a resources and networking forum for local tech entrepreneurs in the following areas: Software, Electronics and Alternative Energy. Meant as a service to the community, KTE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, resources and skills and will evolve according to members’ requests and needs. With its online discussion forums, KTE offers its members a choice for both virtual and face-to-face participation; this being especially beneficial to those unable to physically attend the meetings.

“Those thinking of starting their own new technology venture will benefit greatly from KTE,” says Arthur Chong. “Each meeting will have a casual yet informative setting allowing each member to meet like-minded individuals comfortably. As we also provide members with online discussion forums, members are able to join and participate at their convenience. We look forward to each individual that we connect with and look forward to seeing KTE grow and benefit others.”

Katy Tech Entrepreneurs is highly beneficial to those in the following areas:

• Technology Entrepreneurs
• Technologists looking to join startup companies • Founders looking for co-founders
• Marketing, Sales and Business Development Specialists
• Web Design, Graphics, Video, Advertising Specialists
• Technology Investors
• Banking, Financial and Accounting Specialists
• Project Managers

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Katy ISD Closed Friday, Feb. 4

Katy Texas News
Posted February 3, 2011

The district’s Emergency Management Team has reviewed the latest information from the National Weather Service this afternoon and based on the most recent weather reports and the high probability of hazardous driving conditions Thursday night and Friday, all Katy ISD campuses will be closed, Friday, February 4.

Extracurricular Activities
All afterschool and evening activities for both Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4 have been cancelled.

Make-up Day
The make-up day for students will be February 18, which is on the instructional calendar as a bad weather make-up day. The make-up day for staff and employees will be announced in the near future.

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Williams Read, Deed, Run Students Keeping Busy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 3, 2011

Students at Williams Elementary have been busy with the start of the spring semester. Student members of Read, Deed, Run participate in an afterschool program over a period of 25 weeks. Participants are required to run a marathon worth of miles, read a marathon worth of books and do a marathon worth of good deeds in the community. The program is concluded with a 1.2 mile race.

In addition, Read, Deed, Run teachers led by example by participating in the Houston Marathon. Teachers Angel Bateman, Courtney Calfee, Cecilia Escalona, Mindy Nash, and Nicole Walker completed either the half or the whole marathon.

Read, Deed, Run students also recently sent care packages to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Williams Elementary teachers participated in the Houston Marathon.

Students in Read, Deed, Run sent care packages to soldiers.

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Katy’s Only Hospital-Based Sleep Center Receives AASM and TJC Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted February 3, 2011

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center received its official accreditation on November 18 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the national accrediting body and gold standard for sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep related breathing problems. The AASM Standards for Accreditation ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to sleep disorder patients, and accreditation is earned upon demonstrated compliance in the several areas including:

  • Personnel
  • Patient Policies
  • Facility & Equipment
  • Data Acquisition, Scoring & Reporting
  • Patient Records
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Quality Assurance

“This accreditation reaffirms the hospital’s commitment to bringing rest and wellness to the Katy community,” says Jacqueline Johnson, RPSGT, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Clinical Coordinator for the Sleep Center. “Our study and treatment teams deserve such recognition and we’re thrilled to celebrate them.”

The Sleep Center also was accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the United States’ oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, which evaluates health care organizations and inspires them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center in Katy assesses patients’ habits and body functions during sleep, such as electrical activity of the brain, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort and blood oxygen levels. Clinic staffers monitor the patient’s sleep cycles throughout the night and recommend treatment according to the study results.

The sleep center is designed to simulate a private, home-like atmosphere to give patients a natural sleeping environment and enable clinicians to get a more accurate reading on patient tests. Rooms are completely furnished with queen-size beds, nightstands, temperature control, ceiling fans, cable television, bathrooms and closets.

“We truly have a state of the art facility designed with our patients’ comfort and ease in mind,” Dr. Salazar said. “It’s important to create a peaceful environment so that we can get better readings to accurately record sleep abnormalities we observe and effectively evaluate the severity of the patient’s sleep condition.”

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Katy ISD Winter Weather Update

Katy Texas News
Posted February 2, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, in effect from noon Thursday through noon Friday. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected across southeast Texas Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. The precipitation is expected to begin Thursday afternoon, continue Thursday night and then taper off around mid-morning Friday.

All Katy ISD campuses will be on a normal operating schedule for Thursday, Feb. 3. Throughout the day Thursday, district emergency management personnel will monitor the developing weather situation for winter precipitation. Should district officials determine that inclement weather or other conditions necessitate the cancellation of school on Friday, the district will notify all major Houston metro-area media, as well as post a notice on the Katy ISD website prior to the end of day on Thursday.

Because of the possibility of school cancellation on Friday, parents are encouraged to make arrangements for child care that may be needed in the event classes are cancelled.

Parents also have two ways to receive school closings via e-mail and text alerts (please note that these are third-party sites not administered by Katy ISD):

www.school-alerts.com

  1. On the left side of the page enter the name of the school for which you would like to receive alerts then click on “Find Your School.”
  2. Once found, select your school to continue. You will have the option of adding additional schools.
  3. Enter your e-mail address and cell phone number if you would like to receive alerts via text message.
  4. Click on “Subscribe Now” to complete the registration process.

www.safeschoolalerts.org

  1. From the main menu click “Join Mailing list.”
  2. From the drop-down menu, click on Katy ISD.
  3. Scroll down and enter your name and e-mail address in the appropriate fields. Enter you cell phone number in the appropriate field if you would also like to receive alerts via text message.
  4. Click “submit” and you should see a thank you message verifying that you have been placed on a mailing list to receive alerts.

Parents and staff can also call the Katy ISD School Closure Hotline at 281-237-0175 for school closure information.

Please continue to monitor the Katy ISD Web site and local media outlets for further information.

Safe Driving

Many of our students drive to jobs and other activities after school and for most this may be the first time they have driven in winter precipitation. Should local roadways become slippery due to snow and/or ice, it is recommended that drivers take the following precautions.

  • Allow enough time for travel between destinations
  • Slow down when driving
  • Keep your seatbelt buckled
  • Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes
  • Be more observant. Visibility is often limited by winter weather

If you should encounter ice and begin to slide, stay off your brakes. Remove your foot from the accelerator and manage your skid. Slamming on the brakes will cause you to lose what little traction you have. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Seven Lakes Academic Decathlon Win Regional Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted February 2, 2011

The Seven Lakes Academic Decathlon team successfully defended their Regional Championship this past weekend, Jan. 28 – 29 at Morton Ranch High School. The Spartans, defending Regional and State Champions, defeated the state runner-up from last year and cross-town rival James E. Taylor High School by 3,000 points.

“This was a solid win for our program and that was our first goal of the year, successfully defend our Regional Title,” says John P. Irish, Seven Lakes AcaDec head coach. “We have four weeks to get ready for state, and we are going to need every day of that period in hopes to repeat as the State Champion.”

The Spartans enter the meet ranked no. 2 in the state behind Dobie High School, but that doesn’t concern the team as they head into the state meet.

“We’ve been in that position every time we’ve won state,” says Irish. “In 2008 when we won our first state championship, we were the no. 2 ranked team in the state and last year when we also won the state title. We feel ok at the no. 2 spot at this point in the season.”

Individually the Spartans dominated the meet, by having eight of their nine students finish in the top five. The scholastic team of Iana Ivanova, Matt Bernhard, and Victoria Tejeda finished first through third place, respectfully.

“Our scholastics have been our most consistent group this year, they have dominated at every meet we’ve been at,” says Irish.

The varsity team of Cesar Ortega, Mario Gutierrez, and Elizabeth Liberman finished second through second respectfully. And the honors team, Jonathan Xu, Sirus Jesudasen, and Catherine Tran, finished third, fourth and sixth respectfully.

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Camp Katy Technology Camp Now Enrolling

Katy Texas News
Posted February 2, 2011

It’s that time of year again to pull out the calendar and start planning summer activities. For students and local residents interested in improving their technological skills, Camp Katy offers a wide variety of affordable classes.

Camp Katy has revamped the curriculum of summer favorites, added the much requested Robotics Academy to their schedule, and have added fun classes for the littlest ‘geeks’ ages 5-7.

Camp Katy’s courses are comparable to other technology camps but cost half the price and are located right here in Katy. All courses are taught in an instructor-led environment, and instructors are carefully selected from industry experts and college students with a passion for the subject. Camp Katy says all their instructors are patient, enjoy working with children and are hired based on their in-depth knowledge of technological subjects.

To register for summer courses at Camp Katy, visit campkaty.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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HCC Katy Celebrates Black History Month

Katy Texas News
Posted February 1, 2011

This February, Houston Community College will celebrate Black History Month with cultural, educational and wildly entertaining attractions. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 10.

The HCC Student Life Office will sponsor a drive-in movie, Remember the Titans, at the Katy Campus, 1550 Foxlake Dr. on Friday, February 18. Remember the Titans, featuring Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington, is an inspirational movie about the fight for diversity and equality.

Enjoy the film from the comforts of your own car or bring your favorite blanket/lawn chair. If you choose to view the movie from inside your vehicle, you will be able to tune in on the radio. Snacks and refreshments will be available during the film. For more information, contact the HCC Student Life Office at 713-718-5702. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD to Hold Ties & Tiaras February 24

Katy Texas News
Posted February 1, 2011

Ties & Tiaras, a fundraiser for Katy ISD’s KEYS Scholarship Program, will be held on Thursday, February 24, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Agave Road. This annual event is hosted to fund scholarships for graduating seniors who have participated in the district’s KEYS mentor program. The event will also recognize the Katy ISD KEYS mentors of the year, honoring their years of service and dedication to students.

Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by Hasta La Pasta, and from 6 – 7:30 p.m. may bid on a beautiful collection of Katy ISD student artwork and gift baskets during a silent auction. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Katy ISD high school performing arts students.

Joining Hasta La Pasta in supporting the KEYS Scholarship Program are Perry Cummins, H-E-B, Firethorne, Tradition Bank, Brazos Valley School Credit Union, Cotton Development LP, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Hospital Katy, Walmart, WoodGroup and Grand Vision.

Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded a total of $61,000 to graduating KEYS seniors. KEYS – Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – is an initiative for children on the brink of success that matches a deserving child with a caring adult for one hour per week. KEYS and KEYS Scholarships are offered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.

An invitation to Ties & Tiaras may be accessed by going to katyisd.org and clicking on the Ties & Tiaras logo.  For more information, contact Martha Brown at marthabrown@katyisd.org or 281-396-2468. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Mayde Creek Junior High Teacher’s Lounge Receives Gallery Furniture Makeover

Katy Texas News
Posted February 1, 2011

Katy ISD’s Mayde Creek Junior High was one of 20 schools in the Houston area to win the 2010 Gallery Furniture $5,000 Teacher’s Lounge Makeover contest. The school was selected through an online voting contest that took place in fall 2010. Teachers are resting more comfortably with two new couches, new tables and chairs, and a fresh new coat of paint – all hand-picked by Mayde Creek staff.  “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is scheduled to visit Mayde Creek JH on May 18.

“Teachers were thrilled to learn that our campus won the makeover. The icing on the cake was that they were able to go on a shopping spree to select the furniture that would best fit our needs,” says Tory Hill, principal of Mayde Creek JH. “The Mayde Creek Junior High Gators really appreciate Mattress Mack’s generosity.”

Mayde Creek JH entered the contest in 2010 by writing in 420 words or less why their campus should be selected for a makeover. Patrons were able to vote on their favorite campus entry via the Gallery Furniture Facebook page. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Mayde Creek Junior High techers enjoy their newly refurbished teacher's lounge.

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Piecemakers Complete Nearly 100 Quilts for Lutheran World Relief

Katy Texas News
Posted February 1, 2011

Piecemakers of Living Word Lutheran Church, Katy, Texas is a group of ladies who create colorful tied quilts that provide comfort and warmth to those in need. During the past several months, the volunteers have been busy completing nearly 100 quilts that, along with health kits and school kits, will be displayed at our special dedication services on April 3. The quilts will be delivered to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse in Maryland. From there our quilts will be sent to LWR partners around the world to be distributed to people in areas of war, natural disasters, or other strife. The public is invited to services at 8:15, 9:40, 11 or 6 .

Volunteers from the church and the community gather three times each month to cut scraps of fabric to be sewn together as tops, prepare donated materials for use as middles or backs, and tie quilts. We depend largely on donations of used sheets, blankets, tablecloths, cotton shower curtains, mattress pads, and all types of fabric. Donations may be dropped off at the church office during office hours, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Lutheran World Relief project is supported by a matching grant from Fort Bend County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For more information, or if you need someone to pick up donations, contact Mary Beth Busch at mbbusch@att.net or 281-599-0845. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Members of Piecemakers display a quilt they will donate to Lutheran World Relief.

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HCHS Sponsors 17th Annual Sunday Bowl Fun Run

Katy Texas News
Posted February 1, 2011

The 17th annual Sunday Bowl Fun Run will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. on the campus of Houston Christian High School located at 2700 W. Sam Houston Parkway North and Kempwood Drive. This year marks the eighth consecutive year for the event to be held at HCHS. The first nine races were held at Stratford High School in the Spring Branch school district and were initially open to runners 14 years and younger. The event is open to the public, and runners of all ages are encouraged to participate in the one-mile run. Many runners from area schools and running clubs participate in the annual fun run as a means to increase their competitive advantage and better their times.

The primary purpose of the run is to get kids and adults out doing something on a day when many would just spend the entire time sitting in front of a television set. “I recently read in Newsweek Magazine that exercise is one of the best ways to maintain and improve brain function,” says HCHS cross country and track and field coach Dave Jantzen. “I can attest to this fact as a high percentage of our students on the cross country team make the Honor Roll.”

Another tradition of the run is everyone who finishes the race receives a gold medal, emphasizing the point that there are many more benefits to running than just winning.

Be sure to stay around after the race as there will be drawings for prizes, mostly donated by Houston Christian High School, Spring Branch/Memorial Track Club, and by Finish Strong, a local running store. The early registration fee is $4 per runner; late registration fee is $5 per runner (day of race). For more information and to access an entry form, go to houstonchristianhs.org, click on “Athletics Home,” then click on “HCHS Sunday Bowl Run.” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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