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Plantation Homes’ Charlie Russo Earns Sales Award in 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted March 31, 2011

Charlie Russo closed on an impressive 34 new homes representing $8.2 million in sales last year at Firethorne, earning him the MHI-Plantation Homes No. 1 Sales Counselor of the Year Award for 2010. Russo, a consistent standout with Plantation Homes-Firethorne, topped the homebuilder’s team of 100 sales counselors citywide. Firethorne is a 1,400-acre master-designed community located in Katy/Fulshear.

“We’re very proud of Charlie Russo’s performance for MHI-Plantation Homes in Firethorne during 2010. His professionalism and level of customer service creates a high benchmark for our entire team,” says James Miller, Houston Region President/MHI. He noted Russo’s 34 closings came with a 100 percent Customer Recommendation Rate on the Builder’s Survey to customers after closing.

Russo’s 2010 Firethorne home sales closings bring his total over the past five-plus years to more than $39 million. “He is truly a pacesetter in developing and sustaining relationships with Realtors, potential homeowners and clients. We congratulate him on his continued success,” says Firethorne Marketing Director Janet Burkett.

The Firethorne builder team also includes Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Parkwood Builders, David Weekley Homes and Partners in Building.  Firethorne, which has achieved 1,165 closings in five full years of development, has started construction on its next phase, just east of FM 1463, with three additional lakes that provide exclusive water-view home-sites.

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MHI Division President Nicky Lockard (left) and Plantation Homes Project Manager Ed Vaughn (right) presented Plantation Homes-Firethorne sales counselor Charlie Russo (center) with the MHI-Plantation Homes No. 1 Sales Counselor of the Year Award for 2010.

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Spring Break Experience

A Trip to the Rodeo Makes for a Memorable Day

Going on an outing as a family can be so fulfilling, and establish fond memories for your children for years to come.  We took a fun day trip with our kids over Spring Break, to the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show.  It was like a springtime mini-vacation, as we got out of the house for a day, and drove the half hour to the Houston event.

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Lettuce Wraps by Bess

A Quick and Healthy Alternative to a Restaurant Favorite

Always on the lookout for quick and healthy, I have reinvented Chili’s famous lettuce wraps and made my own version at home. I think this one is much easier and definitely does without all the sugar-filled sauces you’ll find at the restaurant. Try them for yourself, and let me know what you think.

This recipe is just about as easy as it gets for a healthy, filling, and quick dinner. All you need is a nice head of green lettuce (any type BUT iceberg), sliced grilled chicken, carrots, onion (purple or green are best), sliced almonds, and crispy rice noodles. You can add any extra ingredients that you might have a hankering for, like I did with bacon pieces in this picture below. Yellow or red bell peppers are also a strong addition, adding more than a naturally sweet taste and vibrant splash of color. They are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.

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Katy Memorial Hermann One of Six Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29, 2011

Six Memorial Hermann hospitals, including their location in Katy, have been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Memorial Hermann’s hospitals were the only ones in the Houston-area to earn the recognition.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Collectively, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital were awarded in the teaching hospitals category.  For the second year in a row, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was recognized in the medium community hospitals category.  And, for the first time, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital was awarded in the small community hospitals category.

“Memorial Hermann is gratified that six of our hospitals were rated by Thomson Reuters to be among the Top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2011,” says Michael Shabot, M.D., chief medical officer for Memorial Hermann.  “Thomson Reuters provides an objective evaluation based on calculations made on publicly reported quality, safety and patient satisfaction measurements from all hospitals in the country.  The result of those calculations is that six Memorial Hermann hospitals were ranked in the upper 1 percent of all hospitals in the country.  We want only the best for our patients and this recognition indicates we are delivering it.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform,” says Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence, which drove national benchmarks to new highs.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.  For more information on Memorial Hermann, visit www.memorialhermann.org.

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Outside Fun in Katy This Spring

Enjoying Weather, Nature and Making Memories

Getting outside in Katy this spring has been easy, due to the gorgeous weather and lack of offensive insects. As the grass and trees are turning green and coming alive again, the instinctual internal urge in some of us to get out and get dirty has taken over. Both Juan and I are nature lovers, and I guess the kids inherited our love (or adapted to it.) They are outside everyday now, leaving the long, dark days of winter behind them.

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Pattison Elementary Student Wins Southwest Regional Elks Free Throw Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28, 2011

Local student and state champion Macy Ray of Pattison Elementary School won the 2011 Southwest Regional Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest held in Dallas this past Saturday, March 26.

Ray won the 10-11-year-old girls division by sinking 23 free throws out of 25 attempts. She also won a later contest for top score at the tournament, sinking five of five baskets in a shoot off with the 12-13-year-old boys division winner.

Ray advances to the national finals in Springfield, Mass. On April 29-30. She will compete against 11 other regional champions for the national title and to have her name engraved on the Elks trophy in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Macy Ray

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Taylor Swim Team Finishes Season Strong

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25, 2011

Five members of the Taylor High School boys swim team competed at the Texas State UIL swimming championships the weekend of February 18-19. The team broke four school records during the State meet. Senior Captains Cooper Robinson and Albert Riley along with juniors David Harlan, Anurag Gupta, and James Taylor represented Taylor at the state meet.  The team finished eighth in State.

In individual events, Albert Riley took third place in the 50-yard Freestyle and fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle earning All American Automatic and breaking a school record.  Cooper Robinson took third in the 100-yard backstroke earning American Automatic where he already has the school record and earned 17th place All-state in the 200 freestyle based on his region results. James Taylor took fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and received All American consideration.   David Harlan took 12th in the 200-yard freestyle.

The 400-yard Free Relay team took fourth place, breaking a school record and making All American Automatic. The 200-yard medley relay team won fifth place all state ranking and All American Automatic qualification based on their region 5 5A school record results.

The team also competed in the 2011 UIL Region 5 5A championships at the University of Houston. The team had outstanding results with all swimmers achieving personal bests, five swimmers making All-American, and two school records broken. The boys finished second as a team and the girls 11th.  Five team members qualified for the State Meet for All-American recognition including Albert Riley, Cooper Robinson, David Harlan, James Taylor, and Anurag Gupta.

Other regional finalists included Kasey Palfreyman, Simone Romero, Carmina Alvarez, Marie Saunders, Lauren Woltemate, Jordan Rodriguez, Megan Skinner, Grant Bolding, Stuart Mossop, Alan Tankovic, Patrick Rozum, Christian Martin (diving), and Kayvon Flynn (diving).

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Katy ISD Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25, 2011

Katy ISD is one of only 388 school districts nationwide being honored by the College Board with a place on its AP Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.

From 2008 to 2010, Katy ISD increased the number of students participating in the AP program from 1,934 to 2,329 while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit, from 82 percent in 2008 to 83 percent in 2010.

“This recognition by the College Board is further proof that we are accomplishing our mission to provide students unparalleled learning experiences here in Katy ISD,” says Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey. “I am proud of the work that everyone associated with the AP program has done to not only make the AP courses available to students, but to ensure that they succeed in achieving at exceptional levels.”

The AP Achievement List is comprised of all school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance. Inclusion on the list is based on the following criteria:

  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2008 to 2010;
  • Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least seven percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams in 2010 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2008, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

“Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” says College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The AP Achievement List identifies districts that are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.

“These districts are living proof that when access to AP is provided for the range and breadth of prepared and motivated students, districts can achieve even higher learning outcomes for their students — and the opportunity for so many more to earn college credit and placement — than when AP opportunities were restricted to a smaller segment of the high school population,” says Trevor Packer, vice president of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.

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Bess’s Famous Banana Walnut Bread

This has been a family favorite of mine for years, and the perfect amount of sweetness and moist texture of this recipe will make it a new family favorite of yours.  This recipe also makes 12 muffins, soft on the inside and chewy on the outside!

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Need More Carotene? Eat More Green!

Tips and Tricks to Get More Fresh Produce Into Your Diet This Spring

Fresh spring veggies are colorful, appetizing, and vital to our overall health. The nutrients and vitamins found in vegetables not only give our bodies the nourishment they need, they also work to combat the toxins in our systems. For instance, dark greens like mustard and collard greens, kale, and green leafy lettuce contain high levels of vitamins B6 and C, fiber, calcium, carotenes, manganese, and copper, just to name a few benefits. Green vegetables, especially leafy greens, give us cancer-fighting benefits. This is mostly due to their high content of antioxidant compounds including vitamins C and E, carotenes, and a high content of glucosinolates.*

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Ultimate Grilling Tips for Your Katy Barbeque

Time to Fire Up the Grill and Barbecue pit as Temperatures Rise

Now that it’s warming up outside, the Katy family is migrating into the backyard more, and its time to pull out the grill.  Are you in the mood for healthy family dinners that are easy to prepare and even easier on the tummy?  Juicy, tender meats aren’t the only whole foods that are good to grill; veggies, bread, and even fruit are delicious additions to the grillin’ family.

Here are some tips to ease you into warm weather dinnertime on the back porch.  Less time and effort spent on dinner equals more time to be active with the kids and spouse on these great days.

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66th Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show to Feature Field of 1,200

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23, 2011

Houston’s hometown annual horse show, the 66th Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, kicks off this week, attracting horse enthusiasts from around the world. The Pin Oak Charity Horse show is one of the longest-running and most prominent equestrian events in the country.

This year’s event, titled “Step Up & Step Out for Children,” is presented by BBVA Compass and will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. The show will span two weeks, March 23 through April 3, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

This year Pin Oak will fulfill its recent pledge to donate $300,000 over five years for the construction of Texas Children’s West Campus. Part of this year’s contributions will fund the oncology and hematology treatments in the new hospital. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has called Houston home for 66 years since it first debuted at the Pin Oak Stables in 1945. Since then, it has gained the reputation of being one of the premier horse shows in the country, attracting crowds by the tens of thousands, and providing millions in donations to fulfill its mission of helping children.

Pin Oak is one of few shows in existence that features both hunters and jumpers. Other breeds that compete include American Saddlebred, Welsh Ponies, Andalusian and Lusitanos, United Mountain, and for the first time in 2011, Irish Draught horses.

This year’s show is expected to draw approximately 1,200 competitors and over 1,500 horses to showcase some of the best international talent. Hunter and jumper events will take place during both weeks of the show’s two-week run with two Grand Prix events presented on each Saturday. Aside from a stunning lineup of events, show attendees will also enjoy an assortment of classes and exhibitions for a variety of different breeds during the first week of the show.

New to the show this year is Pin Oak’s first-ever International Hospitality Sponsor, Haras Dos Cavaleiros. An experienced breeder of the beautiful and legendary Portuguese Lusitano horses, Haras Dos Cavaleiros also specializes in dressage and training in Mexico and Texas. Referred to as the “Sons of the Wind,” Lusitanos are kin to the Spanish Andalusian breed. This ancient warhorse was once worshiped by the Greeks and Romans, and has been ridden for over 5,000 years, making it the oldest saddle horse.

Present-day Lusitanos are now revered for their championship talent in working equitation competitions. These competitions were developed to display the different equitation practices used on farms. Working equitation competitions are comprised of three tests, dressage, ease of handling, and speed obstacles. The first test requires competitors to perform certain movements, much like a traditional dressage competition. The next test is designed to simulate the country terrain. Riders must maneuver around a series of obstacles displaying confidence and ease. The last test measures the amount of time to complete an obstacle course. Haras Dos Cavaleiros has excelled in training and exhibiting World Champion Lusitanos within this new discipline, sparking much nationwide interest. Haras Dos Cavaleiros will host the Lusitano Lounge at Pin Oak to promote purebred Lusitanos.

The Lusitano Lounge will feature videos, presentations, and live demonstrations with a World Champion Lusitano, highlighting the physical characteristics, form, and functionality of the this exotic breed. Show-goers will also receive information about riding, equitation, and dressage. In addition to exhibiting, Haras Dos Cavaleiros will also be competing in events throughout the show.

Owners, Rafael Chavez and Carmina Zamorano have been preparing for this event. “As the International Hospitality Sponsor we have the unique honor to represent three countries. We are representing the Portuguese culture, with a Mexican tradition, in the United States. To be able to fuse these multiple cultures allows us to promote this magnificent breed worldwide. We look forward to meeting with show attendees to exhibit the Lusitano breed and we are elated to be partnered with Pin Oak and such a remarkable cause. As a local breeder, we take great pride in giving back to our community.”

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LifeGift Urges Texans to Say YES to Organ, Tissue Donation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21, 2011

The demand for transplantable organs continues to outweigh the supply as nearly 11,000 men, women and children across Texas wait for lifesaving transplants.

“During the month of April, which is National Donate Life Month, we honor those who made the generous decision to donate, providing others with the precious gift of life,” says Sam Holtzman, president and CEO of LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency. “As the transplant waiting list continues to grow, more Texans need to step up and show their support for donation by registering as organ and tissue donors.  Organ and tissue donation saves lives … it’s just that simple.”

Named for a kidney recipient and Texas legislator, the Glenda P. Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry is the official database of Texans who consent to be organ and tissue donors upon their deaths. It is free to register and one organ/tissue donor has the potential to save 80 lives.

In existence for almost five years, the registry gives Texans the opportunity to say “yes” to donation and help others one day in the future. There are three ways to register:

  • Electronically via www.donatelifetexas.org or its companion site, www.donevida.org;
  • In person at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or on the DPS website;
  • Online with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when renewing vehicle registration.

The red donor sticker, which once appeared on Texas driver’s licenses, is now obsolete. The sticker indicated a person’s intent, while registering on the Donate Life Texas Registry provides one’s consent and is legally-binding.

There are more than 110,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant. On average,18 people die of organ failure due to the lack of available organs for transplant and approximately 138 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list daily.

For more information about LifeGift, visit www.lifegift.org.  For more information about how to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.

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Katy ISD Announces Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21, 2011

Katy ISD recently surprised two deserving teachers with the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award.  Sue Creech Elementary teacher Jordan Stubbs and T.H. McDonald Junior High teacher Robin Barnes were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively.  Katy ISD superintendent Alton Frailey, assistant superintendent – area 2 Patricia Paetow, and each campus principal surprised the teachers in their classrooms.

“It was a distinct pleasure to join with family and colleagues to celebrate the great work of these two truly outstanding individuals and professional educators,” says Frailey.  “You can tell immediately upon meeting them that they each bring something very special to our team.  I know they will continue to have a stellar career and we are fortunate to have them.”

Robin Barnes is a graduate of Texas A&M University and teaches math at McDonald Junior High.  With this being her first year as a teacher, Barnes has already made great strides on campus having taken on the task of organizing and shaping the school’s Title I math pull-out program as well as sponsoring  the sixth through eighth grade pep squads.

“Robin’s relentless, positive attitude and willingness to help students learn, even when she has taken on multiple responsibilities, is what made her the candidate for Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year for our campus,” says Colleen Dale, assistant principal at McDonald JH.

Jordan Stubbs is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies, majoring in EC-12 Special Education and EC-6 Generalist.   Stubbs teaches Life Skills at Creech Elementary.

“Jordan knows what needs to be done every day.  She completes it with dignity and respect toward the student, all while making learning fun,” says Elena Thrun, Creech Elementary principal.  “Confidence, compassion and attitude seem to be the tri-fecta that made Jordan a standout during her first year.”

Both Stubbs and Barnes will be honored, along with campus teachers of the year, at a special event in May.  At that time, Katy ISD will also announce the two District-Wide Teachers of the Year.

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Creech Elementary teacher Jordan Stubbs was named Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year for elementary schools in Katy ISD.

McDonald Junior High teacher Robin Barnes was named Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year for secondary schools in Katy ISD.

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Kids’R’Kids of Cinco Ranch Earns ‘Learning Academy’ Distinction

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21, 2011

Due to its long history of exceeding state, corporate, and industry standards of health, safety, and educational excellence for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, the Kids ‘R’ Kids School of Quality Learning in Katy, Texas located at 21955 Westheimer Parkway, has earned Kids ‘R’ Kids International’s highest acclamation by being named a Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy.

To parents of children in the Cinco Ranch area, this means the newly named Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy has achieved these outstanding benchmarks:

  • For at least two consecutive years it has earned Kids ‘R’ Kids International’s Platinum award for Healthy and Safety
  • It has earned Kids ‘R’ Kids International’s “Pride and Joy” award for educational achievement
  • It is currently a candidate for AdvancED Accreditation through (SACS/CASI), among the most prestigious accreditation achievements available in the early childhood education arena

For preschoolers and school age children who attend the newly named Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Cinco Ranch their parents can rest assured the best practices for health, safety, and education are upheld continuously by the academy’s owners, directors, teachers, and support staff.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Announces Renewal of American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is pleased to announce it has again achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital first received the designation in 2008.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

“Nurses are the lifeblood of our institution, and we strive to provide a rewarding work experience for them,” says Barbara Lazor, chief nurse executive of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We know that in working to ensure our nurses’ – and all our employees’ – happiness, we also are contributing to patient satisfaction, so it is doubly gratifying to be named a Pathway to Excellence institution again.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.”  For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence-designated organization, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital also has been recognized as one of Houston’s Best Places to Work by the Houston Business Journal every year since 2007.

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Girl Scouts Announce Openings at Local Residents Camps for Members and Non-members

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15, 2011

Whether it’s horseback riding or canoeing or dance or drama, there’s something for every girl, ages six to 17, at one of three San Jacinto Council resident camps this summer: Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Misty Meadows and Camp Casa Mare. Each camp has activities that match any girl’s interests and sessions to pique her curiosity. Send her to camp solo or with a buddy. Either way, she’ll come back home with new friends, news skills and lots of great memories.

Campers who visit Camp Agnes Arnold located in Conroe, Texas will enjoy a number of accommodations, including lodging near the water in a fishing village, up near the treetops in Treehouses or nestled in the middle of camp in tents, yurts or cabins.  Girls will also participate in traditional camp activities including swimming, making crafts, going on hikes and cooking outdoors.

The blossoming equestrian might enjoy a stay at Camp Misty Meadows, also located near Conroe, Texas. The Robert and Janice McNair Equestrian Center includes four riding arenas and a herd of 40 horses waiting to be ridden, loved, hugged and groomed by summer campers. Campers will also enjoy splashing around in the pool or sharpening their marksman skills at the site’s archery and rifle ranges.

The sea breeze is always blowing at Camp Case Mare. Located on Galveston Bay, campers will enjoy relaxing on porch swings located on the camp’s grounds or sailing on the bay. There are plenty of activities for landlubbers, including fencing, arts and crafts and drama.

All three camps have activities geared to every camper. With the Council’s Camp Like a Girl sessions, girls can tailor their own camping experience by choosing the sessions that they are most interested in. In addition, girls can participate in adventure trips at each camp, including visits to Enchanted Rock, Dixie Dude Ranch, Armand Bayou, Nasa and much more.

Those interested in sending their girl to camp can register one of two ways, online or by submitting a registration form through the mail.  Camp placement is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. San Jacinto Council encourages campers to register as a Girl Scout before going to camp. The fee is $12. Those who are not interested in becoming a member will be charged a nonmember fee of $75 per camp session.

For more information about Girl Scout Resident Camp, visit www.gssjc.org/residentcamp or call (713) 292-0300.

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Firethorne Stampede Auction Team Supports Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Sale

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15, 2011

The Firethorne Stampede auction team continued its support of the Katy ISD Future Farmers of America (FFA) Livestock Show and Sale scholarships by purchasing 13 animals, including the Grand Champion Pig, Reserve Champion Lamb. Reserve Champion Pig and the Grand Showman/Fourth Place Lamb.

“We especially were thrilled to purchase the showmanship lamb raised by one of our own Firethorne Visitor Center Guides, Hanna Holsapple, who is a junior at Cinco Ranch High School,” says Firethorne Stampede spokesman Wayne Meyer.  “Hanna has done an outstanding job as a Future Farmers of America student, raising an award-winning lamb, and at Firethorne, where she helps showcase our community to future homeowners.”

The Firethorne Stampede participants included: Firethorne, Jefferson Development Company, Allen Boone & Humphries, BKD LLP, Bluegrass Maintenance, Canady & Canady, Clearwater Utilities, Inc., First Southwest Co., Founders Bank, Freed Advertising, HBC Terracon, Jones & Carter, Inc., Lake Management, Perry Homes, RHC Investments, Southwest Water Co., Storm Water Solutions, Susan Farb Public Relations and Tax Tech Inc.

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Cinco Ranch High School Junior Hanna Holsapple, center, poses with her Grand Showman Fourth Place lamb, along with Firethorne Stampede representative and Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer at the recent Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Sale. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Copeland.)

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Katy ISD Student Wins Grand Champion at Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted March 11, 2011

Komal Agarwal, a Seven Lakes High School student, took home the top Grand Champion award in the 2011 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition.  Agarwal’s winning artwork “Teamwork” characterizes the bond between a cowboy and his horse.  Agarwal’s artwork will be entered into the art scholarship auction, the world’s largest student art auction, on Sunday, March 13, at Reliant Arena.

“Everyone in the Katy ISD Fine Arts Department is proud of Komal and her art teacher, Kim Glasgow, for this great accomplishment,” says Mitzi Jones, Katy ISD assistant director of Fine Arts.  “Komal’s artwork is a special piece. Knowing how many pieces of art that this was judged along with, it is a great honor to celebrate this victory with her as we look to the art auction this Sunday.”

Also big winners in the HLSR art competition are Pattison Elementary student Michelle Gelman, who won Overall Champion – Elementary for her sculpture “Don’t Mess with Texas,” and Seven Lakes HS student Alice Xie who was named Reserve Class Champion – High School Mixed Media.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo competition included 100 school districts and 60 private schools.  Katy ISD students received more Glassell Art School scholarships and Western Art Academy scholarships than any other district.  Additionally, eight pieces of student artwork was selected for the art scholarship auction.  Katy ISD received the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo “Super Show Hall of Fame” award for having its local event achieve Super Show status for five consecutive years.

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Komal Agarwal

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Katy ISD Awarded FCC E-rate Grant for Wireless Pilot Projects

Katy Texas News
Posted March 11, 2011

Katy ISD is one of only 20 districts in the country, and the only district in Texas, to be named a recipient of an E-rate grant as part of the 2011 “Learning On-The-Go” wireless pilot program implemented by the Federal Communications Commission.  Schools and districts across the country had an opportunity to apply for their share of more than $9.5 million in grant monies earlier this year.

Though Katy ISD does not yet know exactly how much of the $9.5 million they will receive, the grant application was submitted to help sustain the district’s Mobile Learning Device (MLD) program for fifth grade students at 11 elementary campuses; or to expand the MLD program to fifth grade students district-wide (32 elementary campuses).

“Katy ISD is now two years into the MLD program and, since its inception, we have seen significant improvements in benchmark testing scores, and student engagement,” says Lenny Schad, chief information officer for Katy ISD.  “We definitely see a positive impact on student learning at the 11 campuses and this grant will allow Katy ISD to sustain and possibly expand the MLD program.”

Katy ISD’s MLD program started at Cimarron Elementary during the 2009-10 academic year, and expanded to 10 additional elementary campuses in 2010-11.  As part of the program, students are issued a Smartphone for the academic year – with disabled phone and texting capabilities.  In November 2010, Katy voters passed a Bond Referendum that included $35.5 million for technology retrofits and infrastructure improvements throughout the district.  Approximately $2 million of the $35 million is allocated to campus improvements such as technology changes in math and science, web tools, and the continued expansion of mobile learning technologies.

“By law, E-rate funds cannot be used to purchase MLD devices, or for the purchase any other technology items outside of specific programs outlined in the grant application,” adds Schad. “Therefore, a small portion of bond funds set aside for technology will still be used to purchase the MLD devices, with the E-rate grant being used for monthly data costs.”

The E-rate grant will be awarded over the next three years.  Katy ISD plans to utilize the funds in MLD roll-outs beginning in 2011-12.

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Top Five Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Budget go Further

There are a few good pointers to remember when shopping for today’s Katy family.  Some of these tips you’ve heard before, yet some may be new to you.  Applying even one of these money-saving ideas to your own family’s grocery budget will stretch your dollars, and that’s a good thing.

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Katy Music Teachers Association Spring Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted March 10, 2011

The Katy Music Teachers Association recently held their Spring Festival Honors Recital at Houston Community College’s northwest campus performing arts center.

Students who performed included Addie Kwon and Katherine Doan. Addie is the daughter of Victoria H. and Vincent C. Kwon and studies piano with Mary Ann LaCour. Katherine is the daughter of Thao Vo and Cuong Doan and is a piano student of Catherine Tetreault.

Honors Recital participants are selected based on outstanding performance ability. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Addie Kwon and Katherine Doan.

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The Goddard School located in Katy Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

Katy Texas News
Posted March 9, 2011

The Goddard will participate in World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 Earth Hour for the third year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour.

The Goddard School located in Katy, will join more than 370 Goddard Schools nationwide to help spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard School located in Katy will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 21st leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 25th at 10 a.m., a day before the global event.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and children to get creative in ’stepping up’ awareness about saving energy and the environment,” says Asli Remlinger, owner. “Joining Earth Hour enables our students to learn an important lesson and get the message out to their families and in their communities.”

Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. The Goddard School located in Katy will integrate learning about the environment into art projects, science lessons and even snack time. Classes will nominate an official “Lightning Bug,” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. Students will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.

On March 25, The Goddard School located in Katy will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will have various activities promoting environmental awareness and activities emphasizing the importance of reusing, reducing and recycling. Then, at 10 a.m., schools will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

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Child Advocates’ Magic Carpet Gala

Katy Texas News
Posted March 9, 2011

There’s not too much time left to get your tickets if you want to be a part of the Child Advocates of Fort Bend Magic Carpet Gala at Safari Texas Ranch! Reservation deadline is March 25. The Gala’s live auction offerings include dinner and four club seats to a Rockets game, dinner for 12 in the home of Congressman Pete and Nancy Olson, a pair of first class round-trip Continental Airlines tickets anywhere in the world, and much more.

Presented by Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Indo-American Forum of Fort Bend, and Sysco, the gala provides several opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child including attending the event ($125/person for reservations) and becoming a sponsor (sponsorships range from $1500 to $8,500). For more information visit www.cafb.org or call 281-344-5108. At the very heart of this event is the belief that every child deserves a safe and permanent home. Child Advocates of Fort Bend serves children in Fort Bend County whose lives have been torn apart by abuse or neglect through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Children’s Advocacy Center. With a force of more than180 program volunteers, the agency touches the lives of more than 400 children each month.

 If you are interested in becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) or Children’s Advocacy Center volunteer, your chance is just around the corner. Volunteer Training begins April 18. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5100.

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Mayde Creek Elementary Visited by Superintendent, Announces Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 9, 2011

Mayde Creek Elementary recently had a very important visitor drop by Mrs. Glenn’s second grade class: Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey. The class wrote the superintendent letters convincing him to call off school in early February when winter weather hit the area.

In addition, the school also named their teacher and paraprofessional of the year. Monica White was named Paraprofessional of the year, Sabrina Berger was named First Year Teacher of the Year and Christy Williams was named Teacher of the Year.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey recently visited Mrs. Glenn's second grade class at Mayde Creek Elementary.

From left are teacher David Fichera, First Year Teacher of the Year Sabrina Berger, principal Juli Noeldner, Paraprofessional of the Year Monica White, Teacher of the Year Christy Williams, and counselor Kim Wisener.

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Girl Scout Cookie Season Comes to Close March 27

Katy Texas News
Posted March 7, 2011

The annual Girl Scout Cookie sale happens only once a year, and the end of this year’s sale is in sight. Through March 27 Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. You can call the Cookie Hotline at 1-888-GS-COOKIE or visit the Cookie Finder site at www.gssjc.org to purchase cookies.

All eight varieties are still available, including Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, and Shout Outs. All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are zero trans fat per serving and the price for a box of cookies is still only $3.50.

The Girl Scouts Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether they goal is to start a business or a family.

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Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in February

Katy Texas News
Posted March 7, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of February, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Texas Borders Bar & Grill, 20940 Katy Freeway, Ste. H; Saratoga Homes; Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 22756 Westheimer Pkwy., Ste. 120; Titan Business Suites, 24044 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Ste, 100; Canine Country Club, 1440 Katy Ft Bend Rd.; and Katy Birth Center, 1002 Ave A.

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Texas Borders Bar & Grill

Saratoga Homes

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Titan Business Suites

Katy Birth Center

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Morton Ranch Names Teacher of Year, Kicks Off TAKS, Honors Teacher

Katy Texas News
Posted March 7, 2011

Teacher of the Year
Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) recently announced Jim Janczak as this year’s teacher of the year.  He is a sophomore English teacher and the head baseball coach at MRHS.  He has been teaching for 22 years, and his career has included teaching at Memorial Parkway Junior High, Taylor High School, and MRHS.

He was a football coach at Taylor High School, later serving as the school’s first softball coach before moving to baseball the next year. Janczak moved to Morton Ranch when it opened and became the school’s first baseball coach. This is Coach Janczak’s second teacher of the year award.

TAKS
To help kick off TAKS testing, MRHS varsity baseball players Jake Stewart, Jesse Davis, Anthony Gomez, and Joseph Heaton, along with Coach Janczak, joined Morton Ranch Elementary for TAKS spring training.  The boys visited with Morton Ranch Elementary students and talked about eating healthy, listening to their coaches, working hard, and doing the best they can do.  The team led students in warm-up exercises and gave principal Elisa Farris the game ball from their home opener that they won the night before as a reminder to students that hard work pays off.

Teacher Receives Award
Jeanna Bickerstaff, MRHS AP English language and composition teacher and English department chair, was recently honored at the March Katy ISD School Board meeting for the College Board Southwest Region Advanced Placement Award.  This award was given for her work in advancing the AP program at MRHS.  She was one of four winners to receive the award in the southwest region, which consists of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arizona.

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MRHS baseball coach Jim Janczak was named Teacher of the Year.

Members of the MRHS varsity baseball team visited with Morton Ranch Elementary students to kick off TAKS.

Jeanna Bickerstaff with Katy ISD Board of Education member Neal Howard.

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Katy ISD Cheerleaders to Host Charity Showcase

Katy Texas News
Posted March 3, 2011

Cheerleading squads from all Katy ISD high schools will host the district’s first ever Cheer for Charity Showcase, benefiting children’s playrooms at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.  The event will showcase the skills and talents of JV and Varsity squads, as well as mixed squad cheer routines – all taking place on Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.   Tickets are $2 and can be purchase from members of any Katy ISD high school cheerleading squad.

“This event will showcase these students’ talents, in an event that is not focused on competition,” says Amy McConnell, Cinco Ranch High School teacher and Varsity Cheerleader Sponsor.  “The evidence of school spirit from our cheerleaders is contagious you walk the halls of any of the six high schools in Katy ISD.”

This event is a collaborative effort of all squads and cheer coaches.  Coaches and cheerleaders both assisted in selecting the charity for this year, and all team routines have been developed by cheerleaders and their coaches.

“We hope everyone who attends this event is inspired by the athletes who spend most of their time on the sidelines impacting the events on the field, the court and the campus,” says McConnell

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Local Art Delights Students at Goddard School

Katy Texas News
Posted March 3, 2011

A local artist entertained students at the The Goddard School of Katy last week when he conducted an art session, where he explained, and then demonstrated the two ways of sketching.

Larry Witte, former manager of Design Graphics and Printing, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he worked at a Houston branch, delighted the junior and pre-kindergarten students with his “magical moves” of art. Allowing each student to come up to his easel and “make a mark” on the paper, he then created pictures of a dog, clown, house, space shuttle, and even beautiful roses.

“You draw pictures in two ways. Number one, you do it while looking at the model; secondly, you imagine what you cannot see and draw it from your memory,” he told the students.

Recently retired and now residing in Fulshear, Witte “paints for fun” and often makes sketches for his granddaughter, Cameron, 5, a member of the Goddard School class.

“She (Cameron) knows my work. We do something everytime she visits me and my wife, Patty,” he says.

Witte enjoyed himself and promised to come back for another art teaching session. And the students? They took out their paints and paper, used their imaginations, and produced their own art products.

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5 Things To Do With Your Kids and Spend Less Money

Great Ideas for Spring Break Activities

In this economy, the frugal Katy parent is constantly on the lookout for ways to save bucks.  The good news is that there are plenty of fun activities to do with your kids that don’t cost much, or even any, money.  Here are five of them – enjoy these bonding and memory-making ideas with your kids without putting a hurt on your checkbook.

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Griffin Elementary Teams Win Big at Destination Imagination

Katy Texas News
Posted March 3, 2011

After months spent stretching their powers of innovation and creativity, Griffin Elementary sent 10 excited teams to the Gulf Coast Regional Destination ImagiNation tournament. All the teams did a fantastic job and four standout performances brought back trophies to school. The first placed Funky Folinators and the second placed RaDical Rescuers teams will now represent Griffin at the state tournament in Lubbock, Texas in April 2011.

“I’m thrilled for the teams and their volunteer leaders,” says challenge teacher Nancy Hess. Their hard work and determination meant all our students had fun, learnt about teamwork and discovered how using their imagination can lead to unexpected and unique solutions.”

Every year, 100,000 students across the U.S. and over 30 other countries participate in Destination ImagiNation. This educational activity requires student teams to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the specific requirements of the challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills – they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

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Funky Folinators – 1st Place

RaDIcal Rescuers – 2nd Place

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CrossPoint Community Church Pastor Serves as Pastor of the Day in the Texas Senate

Katy Texas News
Posted March 2, 2011

Senator Glenn Hegar (R) of Katy announced that Dan Hauser, Pastor of the SevenLakes Campus of  CrossPoint Community Church in Katy, recently served as Pastor of the Day in the Texas Senate. Senator Hegar and his family attend CrossPoint Community Church.

Every legislative day during the Session, a clergyman from one of the thirty-one Senators’ districts serves as the Pastor of the Day. On February 23, Pastor Hauser gave the blessing before the Senate passed the landmark SJR 1 which would place a call to Congress to consider a balanced budget amendment.

Hauser appropriately prayed, “Lord, today as we go about our business for this land with the decisions that need to be made and the justice that needs to be upheld, we ask for your wisdom, your discernment, and your blessing. May you work through all that we do to rule and lead well in a way that brings freedom, liberty, prosperity, and peace to the people of Texas.”

“Pastor Hauser’s prayer was a powerful and inspirational opening prayer for the Texas Senate that set the appropriate tone and focus for day,” says Senator Hegar.

Pastor Hauser earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Concordia University and was ordained at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He has been pastor of the SevenLakes Campus of CrossPoint Community Church since 2007. He and his wife Andrea and their three children reside in Katy, Texas.

Glenn Hegar is the Senator for Senate District 18, which covers 19 counties, including Waller and Fort Bend Counties. He and his wife Dara and their three children reside in Katy, Texas.

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Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Pastor Dan Hauser, and Senator Glenn Hegar on the Senate floor.

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Keep Katy Beautiful Announces Arrival of “The Landing”

Katy Texas News
Posted March 1, 2011

Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy are pleased to announce the arrival of “The Landing”, a 14-foot bronze sculpture featuring 5 large Canadian geese arriving on the Katy Prairie. Preparation of the site will begin soon anticipating an April 2011 installation. This beautiful entrance to our city has been four years in the planning. KKB has met with landscape architects, artist and the Texas Department of Transportation to create an entrance area reflective of the history and character of the City of Katy.

“The Landing” will be located at the intersection of Katy Mills Drive and Highway 90, the East entrance into the city where the current Welcome to Katy sign is located. The current sign will be relocated to Katy City Park at the corner of Avenue D and Franz Road.

This unique original artwork was designed by Edd Hayes, a well known bronze sculptor, whose work includes Dr. Michael DeBakey, multiple War Memorials as well as the bronze deer scattered throughout the Woodlands.

This project of Keep Katy Beautiful, 2007 winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award is funded through Keep Texas Beautiful by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Technology Incubator West Houston Holds First Event

Katy Texas News
Posted March 1, 2011

On February 23, the Technology Incubator West Houston (TIWH) held their first social event of the year at the Falcon Point Country Club in Katy, Texas. The event was billed as a Technology New Venture Social and guests were invited to mingle with entrepreneurs and investors within both technology and lifestyle industries. TIWH is a non‐profit technology business development corporation in the Katy / Greater West Houston area.

The “poster presentation” arrangement was a chance to get up close and personal with resident Katy Area entrepreneurs and investors in an informal, networking‐heavy environment.

The purpose of the event was to expose promising entrepreneurs to sources of capital including angel investors, bank representatives and other funding sources in a setting that makes it easy to get to know each other on a personal level. Falcon Point Country Club provided a mini‐tradeshow format where entrepreneurs were stationed around the perimeter of a banquet room while guests toured the area availing themselves of food, drinks and plenty of interesting conversation.

“We had a lot of interest generated in our selected firms,” says Lance LaCour, chairman of Technology Incubator West Houston. “Our main goal is to put the right people together in the room, and give them the best opportunity to learn about each other. We definitely accomplished that.”

Ten new businesses were stationed around the room representing a wide variety of industries, including: transportation, online security, medical devices, communications, home construction and maintenance, children’s fitness and several other emerging business models. Funding sources included individual investors, investment banks and companies in the energy industry.

Zach Bell, President of TIWH adds: “It was a great mix of funding sources and serial entrepreneurs; and everyone present has a strong interest in growing the Katy Area community.” Zach continues, “You could tell it was a good opportunity for building new relationships. Successful deals take a lot of due diligence, and people getting to know each other on both sides. We’ll definitely do more of these events because they are great for one‐on‐one first impressions.”

Entrepreneurs were selected for having successfully productized a new idea and completed the planning needed to go to market. There were also a few firms beyond the startup phase looking to progress to the next level of growth.

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A Peek at Spring in Southeast Texas

From Enjoying Fresh Foods to Being Surrounded by Nature, Katy is Ready for a New Season

We were an excited bunch when the temperatures started rising a little over a week ago, and hit the toasty 70s here in southeast Texas.  We didn’t need a weatherman to tell us that we could go outside and move our winterized bodies, warming ourselves in the fresh air and spring breeze.  In the last few days, we’ve danced at the park, planted our first spring flowers and veggies, and started the grillin’ get-togethers.  The Blancos are a family that lives outside, and this is our favorite time of year.

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Cinco Ranch FIRST Robotics Teams to Compete at Lone Star Regional

Katy Texas News
Posted March 1, 2011

Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics team CRyptonite will compete at the Lone Star Regionals March 18-19. The regional tournament will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The tournament will feature over 56 teams, with an expected attendance of over 1,000 people.

FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen. The vision of FIRST is to create a world that celebrates science and engineering, and encourages young people to pursue a career in these fields. Each year, FIRST presents teams with a unique challenge that pushes them to their creative limits, sparking the development of fundamental engineering skills such as analytical problem solving, cooperative brainstorming, task management, and experience in fabrication and machining. The team works with alumni, parent mentors, and professional engineers in an intense six-week period to create a robot for the new competition.

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Ties & Tiaras Celebrates KEYS Mentors, Raises Scholarship Funds

Katy Texas News
Posted March 1, 2011

Ties & Tiaras, Katy ISD’s fundraising event for the KEYS Scholarship Program, was hosted at Agave Road on February 24. Mentors of the Year were celebrated, corporate sponsors were honored and high school students from across the district entertained guests. This annual event is hosted to fund scholarships for graduating seniors who have participated in the district’s KEYS mentor program.

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. For more information, please go to www.katyisd.org and click on the KEYS logo or contact Martha Brown at marthabrown@katyisd.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy ISD’s 2011 Mentors of the Year were honored at Ties & Tiaras, Pictured from left are Barbara Estes, Judy Blanchard, Carlton Johansson, Ruth Ann Casci, David Saenz, Brenda Stevenson, Elton Couch, Ann Hanaoka, Michelle White. Not pictured: George Lee and Patty McDermott.

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Seven Lakes wins Spring Branch ISD Tournament

Katy Texas News
March 1, 2011

Seven Lakes High School’s softball team won the Spring Branch ISD tournament with an undefeated record. With first round wins on Thursday, February 24, against Langham Creek (11-4) and Stratford (6-1), the Lady Spartans began Saturday, February 26 with wins over Foster (1-0) and Dulles (9-5). Seven Lakes begins district play against Katy tonight.

In addition, Paige Ortiz received the tournament MVP. Those selected to the all-tournament team Paige Ortiz, Sloan Jenkins, Callie Abney, Jennifer Hudler and Maddie Stulce. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The Lady Spartans won the Spring Branch ISD Softball Tournament.

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