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Nottingham Country Elementary Granted TEA Rating Appeal, Campus Rating Now Exemplary

Katy ISD has learned that the Texas Education Agency has granted the district’s appeal on behalf of Nottingham Country Elementary, resulting in an elevated accountability rating for the campus from Recognized to Exemplary. Katy ISD filed the appeal in August, requesting that the TAKS mathematics commended performance for a specific student sub-population be recalculated. (more…)

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Katy TaeKwonDo Academy Booster Club Raises $40,000 at Board Break-A-Thon

On October 15, splinters flew and broken boards mounded as the afternoon’s exciting annual Board Break-A-Thon event progressed from TaeKwonDo demonstrations to board smashing. Katy TaeKwonDo students, from Tiger Cub pre-schoolers to fifth degree black belts, broke hundreds of pine boards all in an effort to support the Katy TaeKwonDo Academy C3 Booster Club’s community program, “No Artist Left Behind” and the UT Mitochondrial Clinic in honor of Katy TaeKwonDo Academy’s Pohla family. (more…)

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Mayde Creek Wins Big at State Journalism Competition

Mayde Creek journalism students had an outstanding showing at the Texas Association of Journalism Education competition last weekend in San Antonio. Two students competing against 700 others received first place for their work.  (more…)

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Morton Ranch Student Named Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Winner

Morton Ranch High School Senior Felisa Cantu was recently selected as the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Gold Medallion winner in the Community Service category of the Houston Region. (more…)

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Safety Tips to Keep Your Furry Katy Friend Safe this Halloween

Fall is here and Halloween tricks and treats are just around the corner. It’s a timeless celebration that gives both kids and adults the excuse to eat lots of sugar and dress up in silly costumes. Those costumes may be fun to us humans, but they can frighten even the most well-behaved pet.  The Houston SPCA encourages pet parents to take the following precautions to make sure their pet stays safe and healthy this Halloween. (more…)

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Bridgeland Wins ‘Developer of the Year’ in Texas Star Awards

For a second consecutive year, Bridgeland has won the “Developer of the Year” Grand Award in the Texas Association of Builders’ Texas Star Awards. (more…)

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Pope John XXIII Students Win Big at TAPPS State Cross Country Championship

Senior Aaron Murray and Junior Maria Gonzales won medals at the TAPPS State Championship Cross Country Meet in Waco, Texas this past weekend. Murray, who joined the Pope John cross country team just last year, took home the first place medal for the second time. His 4800-meter course time of 15:30.6 minutes was the fastest time across all divisions. This first place win earned him the title of Boys 4A State Champion for the second year in a row. (more…)

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Pope John XXIII Names Homecoming King, Queen

Caitlin Auffenberg and Austin “Tex” Vinson were named Pope John XXIII High School‘s Homecoming Queen and King. Along with their members of their court, they were presented at the school’s Homecoming game on October 21. (more…)

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Solana’s Second Anniversary Celebration a Success

The Solana at Cinco Ranch, the senior living community in Katy, recently held a “Vegas Night” themed party to celebrate their second anniversary. The event benefited the National Parkinson’s Foundation and raised over $700 for the cause. (more…)

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KPGT Announces New Co-Presidents

Amy Schemidt and Janet Manning Shaw have been named the new co-presidents of the Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented organization. (more…)

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Inaugural Board Luncheon a Success

The newly formed Katy ISD Education Foundation recently held its inaugural luncheon for prospective Board of Directors to recruit area community leaders to participate in the organization.  More than 30 guests attended the event, with 25 of those committing to the Board of Directors. (more…)

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Board President Adams Reelected to Statewide Association Board

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) recently announced that Joe M. Adams,   president of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, has been reelected to a one-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing Region 4A.  Adams was appointed to the TASB Board in January 2011. (more…)

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District Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Katy ISD Police Department will join forces with members from the Houston Drug Enforcement Administration during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  This initiative will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Rd. Patrons may drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs for on-site destruction. (more…)

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Golbow Elementary Wins Safe Kids USA Photo Contest

Golbow Elementary recently won the Safe Kids USA/FedEx Facebook photo contest. Their winning photo was one of 72 entries from across the country. From these entries, program sponsors selected 10 finalists that were voted on using Facebook. For their prize, the campus will soon receive a visit from the Safe Kids Ambassador, Grover from Sesame Street, and a $5,000 check for educational materials. (more…)

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Helping Hands

Offering friends support in small ways can make a big difference

I’m writing this before the crack of dawn today. Why? Our household has been invaded by the virus of the month. You may have run across it – it’s the one that causes super-high temperatures, mostly in the middle of the night. It lasts a good three days for your children to feel better, which means parents are not sleeping. Now multiply that by the number of kiddos in your house, and you’ve got one tough virus and little rest. Our particular case has lasted about two weeks so far. Our oldest boy just got it a few days ago. (more…)

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Griffin Elementary Hosts 5th Annual Super Bowl

More than 200 fifth grade students participated in Griffin Elementary’s fifth annual Super Bowl. Since the beginning of the school year, Griffin PE coaches have taught students the rules of football, team positions, strategy, and tactics, and on Saturday, Oct. 24 students participated in a school-wide Super Bowl game. (more…)

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Katy TaeKwonDo Academy Announces Student Accomplishments

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy announced its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, black belt students reaching new milestones and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the October rank exam. (more…)

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Seven Lakes JV Cheer Earns First Place at UCA Camp

The Seven Lakes High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attended the UCA cheer camp this summer hosted at Moody Gardens. The JV squad received first place honors for Extreme Routine Dance as well as first place in the cheer category. The squad also received recognition as All around Superior Squad of the Week. (more…)

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Willowfork Fire Dept. Hosts Annual Open House

The Willowfork Fire Department held its annual Open House on Sunday, Oct. 9. Despite the welcome arrival of much needed rain, the event was well attended by the community. Visitors were able to view the various apparatus and get an explanation from the firefighters of how the equipment on the vehicles is used. Tower 11, the newest and largest apparatus, was also available for close inspection.  (more…)

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Holocaust Survivor Walter Kase to Speak at HCC Katy Campus

The Houston Community College Pandora’s Box Film and Speaker Series welcomes concentration camp survivor Walter Kase for an intimate speaking engagement. Kase will present at the HCC Katy Campus Wednesday, October 26 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.  (more…)

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Local Business Offering Two $1,500 Scholarships to Katy ISD Students

Doctors James Jacobs and Nicolas Manriquez of Your Total Foot Care Specialist announced they will award two $1,500 “Stepping Into The Future” scholarships to 2012 Katy ISD graduating seniors.  (more…)

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WoodCreek Students Named to TMEA Honor Choir

Twenty-seven students from WoodCreek Junior High were named to the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 Honor Choir. Members of this choir will perform Saturday, Nov. 5 at Morton Ranch High School. The choir includes top students from Katy and surrounding area schools.  (more…)

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Katy LDS Churches Join with Brookwood Community for Bike Rally

On October 16, Katy congregations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) joined with the Brookwood Community for a special bike rally and carnival. The Brookwood Community is a residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities.  The bike rally or BW15 provided residents with a fun, inclusive bike ride.  Some Brookwood residents rode tandem bikes with volunteers from the churches. Others rode independently on either regular or specially modified bikes. (more…)

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Local Girl Scout Council to Host National Convention Nov. 10-13

For a few days this November, the history and the future of Girl Scouts will come together in Houston, Texas for the 2011 National Council Session / 52nd Convention, which will be held Nov. 10-13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The event is also launching a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States. (more…)

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Team Impact Crusades Feature Power Athletes

Shattering five feet of concrete with one blow from their arms, bending steel bars or breaking baseball bats in half with bare hands is just a small part of Team Impact’s daily job. And in October, their crusade with Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, will be their largest outreach ever done in the United States.  (more…)

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Hutsell Elementary Earns Green Ribbon School Award

Hutsell Elementary has been awarded the Green Ribbon Schools Award from the Texas Education Agency in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Green Ribbon Schools is an award program that recognizes schools participating in activities that promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment. (more…)

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‘Paws-itively’ Good Time Promised at Bridgeland’s Howl-O-Ween Fest

Tails are already wagging as Bridgeland embarks on a Fido favorite event: Howl-O-Ween Fest, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park. (more…)

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Superintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District Address

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey spoke last Thursday to a room of more than 100 Katy community members, dignitaries and staff members, during his annual State of the District Address.  Providing a snapshot of key issues and district growth, Frailey encouraged attendees to focus on preparing the students of Katy ISD for overall good citizenship beyond graduation.  Guests also enjoyed a special performance by a Katy High School jazz combo. (more…)

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Morton Ranch Celebrates Generation Texas College Week

Last week Morton Ranch High School participated in the Generation Texas College Week.  The counseling staff provided students with multiple exciting opportunities to learn more about college. (more…)

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Pattison Elementary Kicks Off PTA Reflections Contest

Pattison Elementary Arts in Education Chair Solveig Kyriakides and Pattison art teachers Valerie Maggitti and Kendra Martin recently hosted the kick off to their PTA Reflections Contest. This year’s theme is “Diversity Means.”  (more…)

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Katy/Brookshire DU Fall Banquet Offers Live, Silent Auction Items and Raffle Bonanza

Outdoor artwork, quality hunting firearms and more will be available at the 2011 Katy Ducks Unlimited Fall Banquet Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. The fall dinner and banquet will be held for the first time at Katy Tiger Hall, 811 Avenue D near First St. in Katy. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m. and ticket prices are $45 per person and $75 per couple. Sponsor tables are still available beginning at $500 with seating for eight and other company perks and recognition.  Kids age 17 and under can attend for $15. Prices include all event costs and a DU annual membership. (more…)

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Katy Youth Football Holds Annual Pink Sock Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

This past Saturday, Katy Youth Football (KYF) players and cheerleaders showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pick socks, mouthpieces, hair bows and other accessories during all KYF football games to help raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society to help support increased cancer research. There are close to 2,000 football players and cheerleaders in KYF, and the disease has personally affected many of the players and their families. (more…)

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Watch D.O.G.S. Comes to WoodCreek Elementary

WoodCreek Elementary is excited to implement Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a nationally recognized program aimed at providing positive male role models for students.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Parents Invited to Attend STAAR Orientation

Katy ISD parents and community members are invited to attend an upcoming orientation to learn more about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test that replaces TAKS for grades 3-8, and beginning 9th grade students this year. The orientation will help parents and community members better understand what to expect with STAAR. (more…)

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Heroes for Children Award presented to Katy ISD Volunteer

Melissa Mozer of Katy was recently presented the Heroes of Children award by the State Board of Education. Mozer has been a volunteer for 12 years at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy ISD. She has served as an executive board member of the CRHS Athletic Booster Club and chaired the club’s scholarship committee, a representative on the Katy PTA Council and has worked with Project Graduation for all four of her children. (more…)

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Christin Vogel Earns Silver Award

Christin Vogel, a member of Girl Scout Troop 17229, recently earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest recognition a Cadette Girl Scout can achieve.  Her project consisted of conducting book drives and creating activity kits. Vogel held two different book drives. (more…)

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Andrew Vogel Earns Eagle Rank

Andrew Vogel, a member of Boy Scout Troop 73, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Vogel resurfaced part of the walking trails of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. (more…)

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Pattison Elementary Kindergarteners Learning Fast During School Year

It’s been a busy start of the 2011-2012 school year for Pattison Elementary kindergarten students. From hosting a gingerbread man hunt to holding a red day, students are making the most of their first year of school at Pattison. (more…)

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Williams Elementary First Graders LASSO Good Health, Learn Good Manners

Williams Elementary School kicked off another year of LASSO programs with first graders learning about health and the human body. The children checked their heart rate, measured their lung capacity, studied the bones in their body, learned how to take good care of their teeth, and had a visit from local Firefighters and EMTs.  (more…)

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Katy Tech Entrepreneurs Announces Speaker Series

Katy Tech Entrepreneurs has announced a new series that will feature Austin, Texas-based technical business owners as the speakers. Topics covered during the Speaker Series include:

  • “Secret Weapon for Small Business Success – Student Talent” hosted by Nathan Green, Founder of Campus2Careers.com
  • “How to Guerilla/Viral Market When You Are Not Sure What You Are Marketing (Yet)” hosted by Elizabeth Quintanilla, Founder of EQ Consultants Group
  • “How to Make Money Following Your Passion” hosted by Breanne Hull of educlone.com (more…)
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Katy ISD Education Foundation Inaugural Board Luncheon a Success

The newly formed Katy ISD Education Foundation recently held its inaugural luncheon for prospective Board of Directors in an effort to recruit area community leaders to participate in the organization.  More than 30 guests attended the event, with 27 of those committing to the Board of Directors. (more…)

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At Kids R Kids Learning Academies, your child will be using an curriculum designed
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Katy ISD Celebrating Generation TX Week

Katy ISD is celebrating Generation TX Week with multiple opportunities for students and parents to learn about higher-education opportunities. Generation TX Week, formerly known as Education: Go Get it Week, is part of a statewide effort to promote and inform students about the importance of higher-education. (more…)

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Three Katy ISD Schools Make TBEC Honor Roll

Three Katy ISD campuses have been named 2011 Texas Business & Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll Schools. Congratulations to:

  • Bonnie Holland Elementary
  • Katy Elementary
  • Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary (more…)
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Morton Ranch Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with 7th Annual Latin Fest

Students and community members packed the Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center on Sept. 23 during the school’s annual Latin Fest. Guests enjoyed singing, dancing, and cultural showcases that represented every Latin country.  Now in its 7th year, the event has become a favorite among students and staff. (more…)

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Katy ISD Teacher Receives “A Day Made Better” Surprise from OfficeMax

Mayde Creek Elementary teacher Wellyna Olivier was one of 1,000 teachers nationwide to be surprised as part of the OfficeMax “A Day Made Better” program that provides school supplies to deserving teachers.  Olivier was nominated by Roy Moore, assistant principal for Mayde Creek Elementary. (more…)

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A Day Without School…Yay?

The other day the boys were all home from the Mothers’ Day Out program they attend twice a week. I had seen the marking on the calendar and was watching it approach with, I have to admit, some fear and trembling. A school holiday – yay!

Of course I love spending quality time with my four children, and I know that some parents spend each day with their children. I wasn’t complaining, it was just that I was worried about keeping the babies happy while showing some personal interest in the 4-year-old’s activities. Everyone likes to be held or directly played with which is impossible for one parent to do for the entire day. I just knew that someone was going to begin to cry or act up in order to get my attention. Our oldest boy is also beginning to stretch the limits of his independence. I know the parents reading this know exactly what I mean. (more…)

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Announce 10th Annual Food for Families

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education announced the start of their 10th annual “Food for Families” campaign. The campaign seeks to reach families in the school district in need of support.  Last year more than 250 Katy ISD students and their families received more than $13,000 in assistance. This year’s campaign runs through Dec. 2.  (more…)

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MD Anderson in Katy Brightens LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch with Pink Lighting in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy recently recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a soft pink blush in an event designed to celebrate survivors, inspire those still in treatment, honor those who have lost their battle and remind all women to get appropriate screenings. MD Anderson physicians and staff were on hand during the event to pass out free educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the light of breast cancer awareness and hope. (more…)

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Third Annual “Celebrate Your Princess” Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Scheduled for October 22

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and Cross Creek Ranch invite surrounding communities to join the third annual “Celebrate Your Princess Breast Cancer Awareness Walk” benefitting the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. The fun-filled event at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear will include a kids’ zone, pampering, shopping, pumpkin decorating, music and much more. (more…)

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Bridgeland Celebrates 5-Year Mark with Record Sales

Party hats? Check! Birthday cake? Check! Favors? Come check and see! Bridgeland’s fifth anniversary is Oct. 14 and the master-planned community has much to celebrate. (more…)

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Taylor High School Show Choir Kicks Off Season

James E. Taylor High School’s show choir, Expressions, kicked off their season for the 2011-2012 school year with “Songfest”. This coffee bar musical delight held at the school on Oct. 4.  Audience members enjoyed an evening of ensemble, solo, and duet performances.  (more…)

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CAP Set to Complete Three-Month ASPCA Challenge

On Monday October 31, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), 17555 Katy Fwy., will end a three-month campaign titled “Save More Lives…One Tail at a Time and complete the ASPCA Challenge. (more…)

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Apricot Lane to Host Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness

Apricot Lane Boutique at LaCenterra Cinco Ranch is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, support from various brands of clothing, accessories and specialty gift items will lead up to a “Pink Party” in the store, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. C110, on Thursday, October 20 in honor of The Breast Cancer Society. (more…)

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Taylor High School Raises $5,000 for Fire Victims

The Taylor High School student council and National Honor Society united to raise money for local wildfire victims. The student organizations sold “Taylor United” T-shirts during lunches and were able to raise $5,000. (more…)

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Katy Baseball Team Goes Undefeated in Tournament

The 13U Katy Wildcats have reason to celebrate. The baseball team was named champions of the recent Best of the Best Tournament held at Bear Creek Park. The Wildcats scored a total of 65 runs and only allowed 18 runs against them throughout the whole tournament. (more…)

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Kilpatrick Students Learning with Special Visits from Author, Texans’ Mascot

Students at Kilpatrick Elementary are keeping busy this school year with many educational visits from author and illustrator Vuthy Kuon and Toro, the Houston Texans’ mascot.  (more…)

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Katy Rice Harvest Parade Kicks Off Annual Festival

The Katy Rice Harvest Parade is one of the kick-off events for the Annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival. Sponsored by Remedy Roofing, the parade was held in Historic Downtown Katy Saturday, Oct. 1. The parade judges were Stan Stanley, Cassie Richter, and Tracy Gallimore. (more…)

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Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in September

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of September, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: First Community Credit Union – Cinco Ranch, 23120 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; Good to Go, 23144C Cinco Ranch Blvd.; Learning Rx of Cinco Ranch, 24124 Cinco Village Center Blvd., #20; The Learning Experience, 21418 Kingsland; Fulbrook, 5530 Fulbrook Green, Fulshear; Health One 24 Hour Emergency Care West Campus, 5510 W. Grand Parkway S, Richmond; and Stadia Sports Grill, 20900 Katy Fwy., Ste. N1. (more…)

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Spartan Percussion Takes First Place at Foster Drumline Contest

The Seven Lakes Spartan Band Percussion Section earned a first place finish at the Foster High School Drumline Contest on Sept.24.  Additionally, the bass drum section was awarded the outstanding bass line at the competition. (more…)

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Morton Ranch Hosts Successful Latin Fest

The 7th annual Morton Ranch High School Latin Fest was held on Friday, Sept. 23 in the school’s performing arts center. The packed house was welcomed to the annual event by a slide show presentation of famous Hispanic-American achievements and tributes to different Spanish speaking Countries with music by Joe Arroyo and Chayanne. (more…)

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Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System

Katy ISD has earned a rating of Superior Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the nine years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST. (more…)

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Katy ISD Announces the Formation of an Education Foundation

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, during the Board of Trustees Work Study meeting of Monday, Sept. 19, gave a report regarding the creation of a Katy ISD Education Foundation.  Marcy Canady will lead the Foundation as executive director. (more…)

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Semifinalists Named in 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials this week announced the names of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors from across the country who have been designated as Semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Three of these talented students are from Katy ISD.  As Semifinalists, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.4 million to be offered next spring. (more…)

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