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Katy was a rail-road town, a poem by George Knaak

Dear Editor,

I married a beautiful lady here in Katy, last December. She encouraged me to write poetry, after my brain surgery a year ago, to keep my mind (what’s left of it) sharp. So I began to try & then began to post what I wrote on my Facebook page.

I call them T.P.O.T.D, which stands for “The Poem Of The Day” in abbreviation. I refer to my postings as “Fruit from the Poet’s Tree” and today’s plucking was inspired by how much I’ve come to love Katy. I was born in Austin & still maintain a house there. I tell Roxanna (my sweet, amazing bride) that it’s now our vacation home, since we are in Katy the vast majority of our time.

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Katy, TX News – CSI Forensics Event at Katy ISD STEAM Center a Smash Hit

Katy, TX News – Thanks to a partnership with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Katy ISD students gained real-world experience to careers in the field of forensics and crime scene investigation this week during Katy ISD’s first-ever Forensics CSI Day at the Robert R. Shaw STEAM Center.

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Students were able to tour FBCSO’s mobile investigation unit, speak directly with CSU investigators, and utilize skills such as finger printing and blood splatter analysis to solve a crime scene created by the Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel.

 

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Katy, TX News – 1,400 Applicants Attend Katy ISD Teacher Job Fair

Katy, TX News – More than 1,400 certified teachers gathered at the Leonard E. Merrell Center for the Katy ISD Teaching Job Fair on April 25, hoping to acquire a new job at one of the fastest growing districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken Restaurant Coming to Katy Area

Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken, the popular thirteen-unit, Dallas-based fast casual wood fire rotisserie chicken brand, has done it again! Cowboy Chicken is thrilled to announce their newest franchise partner, Fisher Rothchild, LLC. The 15-store development agreement is the largest agreement signed to date, and will expand the concept to Houston, TX.Cowboy Chicken is excited to welcome Joe Rothchild and his operations partner, Barry Fisher to the family.

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Katy, TX News – Volunteers Make a Difference at Memorial Hermann

Katy, TX News (April 23, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.  Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week was created to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to make a difference by getting out and volunteering in their communities.

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From Katy to College Station, and Back Home Again

Growing up in Katy was one of the best things my parents could have done for me. I was raised a Winborn Eagle, A Katy Tiger, and a member of girl scouts, KYF, and more. Although I didn’t get to fulfill my dream of being a Katy Tiger, I was still able to appreciate everything Katy had to offer. However, besides a great education and amazing town experiences from little league games to the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, my most favorite treasures are my friends.

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Diane Winborn Eagles to Texas A&M Aggies
(Left to Right: Ashley McElmurry ’15, Brecklyn Gordon ’15, and Stephanie Ellis ’15)

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Student Hit in the Head by Stray Bullet

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – For Kim Karns, a junior at Cinco Ranch, her cell phone is her lifeline. “I was on Twitter or texting someone,” said Karns.

She was sitting by the pool with her family on Sunday. Her head was down, fingers typing away on a text that likely saved her life.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Residents Can Attend Buying & Selling Seminar

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2015) – Veronica Mullenix Real Estate Group will host Katy Homebuyer and Seller Seminars, a free community service initiative to educate and inform future and current Katy, Texas residents about the ever-changing regulations and protocols surrounding the home buying and selling process. One of the quarterly seminars will be held on Saturday May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Salt and Pepper Restaurant and Catering located on Ave. D and First St. in historic Katy.

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Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Surgeon-in-Chief Speaks at Texas Surgical Society

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – On Saturday, April 11, Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, presented at the Texas Surgical Society meeting in Galveston. Fraser, who is the son-in-law of Dr. Denton A. Cooley, spoke on the 60-year experience (1954-2014) in pediatric heart surgery and the roles played by Cooley and himself.

Photo by:  Phil Steffek, Texas Children's Hospital

Photo by: Phil Steffek, Texas Children’s Hospital

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher and Student Selected for JASON

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher Kim Thompson, and eighth-grade student Patrick Schumacher were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the JASON National Argonaut Adventure.

As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) -Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,

Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

On Monday, April 20 a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Support Complex.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in October 2015.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the redesigned SAT.  For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the College Board website.

Information courtesy of Katy ISD Communications Department

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Katy, TX News – Scholarships Awarded to Seven Lakes HS Seniors

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School seniors Brianna Aheimer and Oluwatofe Alimi are the recipients of a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship.

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Katy, Texas Businesses – News from April/May 2015

New Luxury Homes in Hidden Creek
281-304-5588 | bridgeland.com
Hidden Creek is the largest section in Bridgeland to date with 1,000 home sites set alongside 142 acres of lakes and waterways. New luxury homes range in price from $300,000 to over $1 million and offer premier access to an extensive array of amenities in Lakeland Village Park, a 20-acre green space that will anchor the community with a skate park, enclosed dog park, canoe launch, heated lap pool, and other unique features.

Excellent Care at MD Kids Pediatrics
281-206-2235 | mdkidspediatrics.com
At MD Kids Pediatrics, patients are the most important. From newborns to teens, your children will be cared for in a high-quality environment. MD Kids Pediatrics strives to continuously deliver the best healthcare solution to each of their patients. They are committed to your well-being and building a bond of trust between medical providers and the family. Visit MD Kids Pediatrics and see why they are considered one of the best pediatric practices in Katy.

Assisted Living for Seniors
281-249-7150
The continuing care neighborhood at Eagle’s Trace in West Houston offers assisted living and specialized, secure memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Your parents will benefit from the customized assisted living and memory care based on a holistic assessment of their needs. And you will enjoy priceless peace of mind and the financial flexibility of a monthly rental with no large entrance deposit. Call 218-249-7150 today for availability.

Maids Ready Offers Quality Cleaning
281-866-1087 | maidsready.com
Maids Ready will provide high-quality cleaning services with the best experience and affordable prices. They use a three-person team approach and each staff member is trained, bonded, and insured. Maids Ready does not charge by the hour. You will receive a flat rate and estimate. They offer services from on-call move in/move out to every six weeks, laundry services, and much more. Call today to receive a free estimate.

Parties for Your Princess
832-707-7834 | princessandtiarasspacelebrations.com
Princess & Tiaras is a family-owned business focused on making your daughter happy. With their spa on wheels they bring the fun to your door. Inside the spa, the girls enjoy manicures, pedicures, makeup, temporary tattoos, glitter, music, dance, and fashion shows. Sounds like fun, right? Enjoy watching your girls create memories in the company of their friends. Book your princess’ birthday party with Princess & Tiaras today!

The Spanish Learning Castle Experience
832-437-6479 | facebook.com/spanishlearningcastle
A new Spanish immersion preschool has opened in Katy. Their program is designed to incorporate the Spanish language for children who don’t speak Spanish or reinforce the language for those who do. Their activities enable your child to learn and have fun. While practicing early childhood education concepts like following instructions, social skills and math, their day is filled with group activities which include singing and playing games outside.

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Katy, TX News – Commercial Development Projects Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2015) – Information and photos courtesy of the City of Katy  – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a two-mile boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond.

Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District.Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo: City Of Katy

Note: This is only a rendering of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo courtesy of the City of Katy

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Takes Top Honors in Digital Education

Katy, TX (April 14, 2015) – The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Jewelry Store Robbed at Katy Mills Mall

Katy, TX News – It was a scary morning at Katy Mills Mall where smash-and-grab robbers hit a jewelry store.

A witness said the suspects cased the Jared Vault store around 11 a.m., and returned later with two hammers and a gun. They stormed in and one smashed high-end jewelry cases while the other held an employee at gunpoint. Another employee hid in the bathroom and called police.
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Katy, TX News – Fort Bend County Public Meetings on Polling Locations

Katy, TX News (April 10, 2015) – In order to provide additional information and to solicit comments from the public on a proposed plan to implement a county-wide polling place program, Katy residents within Fort Bend County limits can attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on April 23 at Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Court, 22333 Grand Corner Dr., Katy, TX 77494. If implemented, a voter in Fort Bend County on Election Day would no longer be required to vote in his or her home precinct polling location, but could vote at any polling place within the county.

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Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Seeks Progress for Cleft Palate Care

Katy, TX News (April 9, 2015 ) – Representatives from Texas Children’s Hospital joined an international group of medical professionals, patients and parents to determine a standard set of outcome measures for children born with cleft lip and palate. This work is the first of its kind in pediatrics on an international stage and these guidelines will help all institutions develop a standard treatment of care for this population of patients and will be available for implementation this spring.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Passes Resolution for Changes in STAAR Testing

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – The Katy ISD School Board recently passed a resolution calling for the elimination of state high-stakes testing beyond federal mandates, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation, also known as STAAR.  This message is really resonating with members in our community and many at the national level! We do not know of any teacher, parent or educator who believes the STAAR test to be a true test of a child’s ability or the STAAR test to be the right Accountability and Assessment system. There has been no measurable improvement in college readiness.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – Seven Lakes Junior High held a world premiere of a special video titled “Celebrating Diversity” at a recent PTA meeting. Seven Lakes Junior High students speak over 34 languages and their families come from countries all of the world.
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Katy, TX – Retail and Entertainment Park to Open Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of the Katy Area Economic Development Council – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond. “We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall,” said former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.

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KATY, TX News – Search Continues for Missing Youth, Kyle Rugg

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – Volunteer searchers tackled the monumental task of searching the shores of Lake Livingston on Monday in connection with the one-month-old search for a missing 20-year-old from Katy.

Kyle Rugg vanished after a trip to Lake Livingston March 4th and has not been seen since.

A friend says Rugg left the lake with two other friends that only Rugg seemed to know. Missing persons flyers posted at various spots around the lake identify those two “friends” only as young Hispanic males driving a tan/yellowish two-door car. At the time Rugg was wearing a black tank top, black hoodie and jeans.

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Katy, TX News – Area Businesses Team Up to Host Pool Safety Event

Katy, TX News (April 2, 2015) – KATY Aquatics and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital will bring “April Pools Day” to families at Katy Mills on Wednesday, April 1. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the AMC Plaza near Entry 8, will feature water safety demonstrations, information booths, games, story time, giveaways and Simon Kidgits Club® activities plus a special appearance by Mayor Fabol Hughes and guest speaker Elizabeth Nuño who nearly lost her daughter last summer in a drowning accident.

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