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One Small Step for National Insurers, One Giant Leap for Women’s Health

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) August 23 was a monumental day for women and women’s breast health, reported Solis Mammography. Cigna announced that they would begin providing insurance coverage for 3D mammograms, effective immediately, becoming the first national private insurer to cover 3D mammograms. Medicare announced coverage in January 2015, and for the past 20 months, certain private insurers have added coverage, but only in select regional markets.

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight Teaches Students at Dr. “Red” Duke Elementary about Their School’s Namesake

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) As part of the “40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks” campaign in honor of the 40th anniversary of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, Life Flight crew members recently visited Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary School to educate students about the important service the air ambulance program provides the community. They also taught the kids about the program’s founder, who is also their school’s namesake, and shared some important injury prevention tips.

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Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) Labor Day is a national toast to the American worker. It’s a time to relax with family and friends as we say cheers to another year of hard work and goodbye to another summer. Many Americans will come together this weekend over a well-earned beer, and as always, we’ll be encouraging drinkers to celebrate responsibly.

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Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy Will Host Board Break-A-Thon

Katy, TX (August30, 2016) “The students look forward to the event with anticipation. Some of our youngest students end up with stacks of boards taller than themselves and they break every one of them! We are thrilled by the enthusiasm our students put in to this event,” said Master Michael Reade, the lead instructor at the academy.

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Lamar Consolidated Begins Construction on Lindsey Elementary in Firethorne

Katy, TX (August 30, 2016) Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) has begun construction on Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary School, named in memory of a brilliant Fort Bend County attorney and distinguished community leader. The 92,324-square-foot school, located at 2431 Joan Collier Trace Road in Firethorne, is set to open for the 2017-18 school year. It will mark Lamar Consolidated ISD’s first school in Firethorne, its 24th elementary district-wide and its first school with a Katy address.

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Memorial Hermann’s Contributions to Operation Backpack Add Up to a Great Start for Hundreds of Area Students

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann recently teamed up with the YMCA of Greater Houston to help make sure hundreds of area students have the supplies they need to start the school year. Memorial Hermann physicians, employees and volunteers donated money and school supplies as part of the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Operation Backpack 2016.

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Memorial Hermann’s Contributions to Operation Backpack Add Up to a Great Start for Hundreds of Area Students

 

Katy, Texas – August 29, 2016 – Memorial Hermann recently teamed up with the YMCA of Greater Houston to help make sure hundreds of area students have the supplies they need to start the school year. Memorial Hermann physicians, employees and volunteers donated money and school supplies as part of the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Operation Backpack 2016.

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Memorial Hermann campuses have long supported Operation Backpack but this year Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann along with Memorial Hermann’s Partners in Caring, worked closely to consolidate the initiative across the system. Collection sites were set up at 10 locations across the Memorial Hermann system and employees could also donate online through the Memorial Hermann Foundation.

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Month-Long Apple Fest Debuts in October in Katy’s Cane Island

Katy, Texas – August 26, 2016 – One of the area’s newest master-planned communities, Katy’s Cane Island, will host Apple Fest, a month-long celebration of the most widely grown fruit symbolic of education, great-tasting sweets and fall family fun.

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Free and open to the public every weekend in October, Apple Fest will present all-things apple, from candied apples and pie-eating contests to apple cider and apple ale tastings.  Both Apple Fest celebrations will feature food trucks, DJ music along with apple-themed games and bounce houses for the kids.

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Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization: Medicare Shared Savings Program Performance Year 2015 Quality and Financial Results

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while achieving cost savings.

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Thursday, September 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Newest Art Gallery Installation is a Tribute to Dr. James H. “Red” Duke

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s latest installment in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann Atrium, is a tribute to the late UTHealth trauma surgeon, Dr. James H. “Red” Duke. “Our Dr. Duke,” which opens to the public today, features stories from some of Dr. Duke’s closest friends and colleagues in the Texas Medical Center who walked the hospital’s hallways with him every day. Also included in the exhibit are photographs and memorabilia from his legendary life that are as rich as the tales told in his memory.

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Former Patients & Crew Members Give Thanks for 40 Years of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®

Katy, TX (August 25, 2016) To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® has dedicated 40 days to giving thanks to the Houston community for supporting the award-winning air ambulance program over the years. Today, a few former patients and crew members returned the favor by coming together to show their appreciation for the lifesaving service that was the first of its kind in Texas, and the second such program in the nation.

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Drop-Off Ritual for Back to School

Katy, Texas – August 25, 2016

Heading back to school can be an exciting time of transition for families with preschool and Kindergartners, but it’s important to develop healthy habits – starting with your drop-off ritual – that set everyone in the family up for success for the year to come. That’s why Kiddie Academy developed an infographic outlining some of our kid-tested, mom-approved drop-off tips to start your school year off strong – starting when you get out of the car and head into school. They even include bonus tips from professionals who have been there: moms and dads like you! (more…)

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Houston Methodist Recommends Next Level Urgent Care for Convenience and After Hours

Katy, TX (August 24, 2016) Houston Methodist Primary Care Group recently announced it’s plans to collaborate with Next Level Urgent Care for the provision of after-hours care for its patients.

In an effort to allow patients greater access to care at night and on the weekends without over-utilizing the emergency departments, organizations such as Kelsey-Seybold, Oak Bend Medical Center and Community Health Choice also recommend Next Level Urgent Care to their patients when primary care physician offices are closed.

“We are working with Next level Urgent Care to be sure our patients always have access to care when they need it,” said Stephen Spielman, president of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. “This partnership offers an important alternative to the emergency room for non-life threatening issues.”

With hours extending to 9pm seven days per week, Next Level Urgent Care can treat a variety of conditions, including fever, allergies, wounds needing stitches, broken bones, and sports or work injuries. Next Level can also provide sports and work physical examinations and can identify and refer chronic illnesses to primary care physicians to be managed on an on-going basis. “We are honored to be the trusted medical facility for after-hours care by such high quality healthcare organizations” stated Juliet Breeze, MD, CEO of Next Level Urgent Care.

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Former NICU Babies Reunite with Caregivers at Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy, TX (August 24, 2016) More than 400 parents and children and over 100 doctors, nurses and staff members from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) attended a “Made in Texas” themed reunion, celebrating babies who were born prematurely or critically-ill and spent the first weeks or months of their lives in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. The reunion offers a special opportunity for families and their “NICU graduates” to reunite with the doctors, nurses and staff members that cared for them.

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New Businesses in Katy

Katy, Texas – August 24, 2016
Just Opened

Aerial Fitness
11605 S. Fry Rd.
302-753-7247

Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Katy
3750 S. Mason Rd.
832-916-5500

Bling Out Loud
623 S. Mason Rd.
727-282-5464

Define Body & Mind
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
832-437-7704

Frio To Go
24449 Katy Fwy.
713-338-1350
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West Nile Virus Case

Katy, TX (August 23, 2016) Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) human case in our portion of Harris County. The virus was confirmed in an elderly patient who resides in the City of Katy limits.

West Nile fever is a mosquito-borne infection by the West Nile virus. Approximately 80% of West Nile virus infections in humans have few or no symptoms. As this case is an isolated incident, it is a good reminder that we depend on our community to help in the efforts of controlling the breeding and habitats of the mosquito population. Infection from the mosquitos can be a real concern. Historically, July through September have been the peak timeframe for West Nile Virus transmission.

The City’s Mosquito Control Department began mitigation efforts to control the mosquito population in May. The City does weekly spraying as well as placing larvacide pellets in multiple areas of the City. City owned property is regularly patrolled after rain events to make sure there is not accumulated or standing water. In efforts to combat the complication of recent rains, the City has modified their spraying to accommodate weather events and better keep up with the retention of the mosquito spray.

Your best defense against being bitten is by being prepared. Remember to “Prevent the Bite, Day & Night!”

Personal Protection:
– When outdoors, prevent the bit by using an EPA-registered insect repellant that contains one of the following DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow product instructions.
– If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks. For infants, place mosquito netting over infant carriers, cribs, and strollers.

Courtesy of The City of Katy
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Memorial Hermann-TMC’s Ertan Digestive Disease Center Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety

Katy, TX (August 17, 2016) The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized the Ertan Digestive Disease Center, a Gastroenterology Center of Excellence at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The Ertan Digestive Disease Center is one of only 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.

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Mini Cheer Camp Hosted by the Texans Cheerleaders

Katy, TX (August 17, 2016) On Tuesday, Aug. 16, patients at Texas Children’s Hospital were treated to a Mini Jr. Cheer Camp hosted by the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

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SHOPPING

 

ALKU Modern Jewelers New at LaCenterra (Next to Snooze)281.394.2236 Katy TX 77494

Alku Modern Jewelers is a family-owned jewelry & custom design boutique, located in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Our collections offer something for everyone and for any occasion. Alku is dedicated to accessible luxury while also providing digital solutions for custom design engagement rings, diamond and gemstone jewelry. We showcase Omega timepieces, pendants, bracelets, rings, earrings, fashion jewelry and one of kind pieces.

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  • ALKU Modern Jewelers 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste J-110 (Next to Snooze) Katy TX 77494 ph 281-394-2236  alkujewelers.com
  • Beau Kisses 281-395-4445
  • Chico’s 281-574-1980
  • Claire’s 281-574-1663
  • Crazy 8 281-395-5045
  • Eddie Bauer 281-574-3700
  • Francesca’s 281-394-7006
  • Gymboree 281-395-5033
  • Hauerland’s Gifts 281-394-9272
  • J. Barton Clothiers 281-392-7500
  • J. Jill 281-574-1600
  • Jos. A. Bank Clothiers 281-395-9510
  • Justice 281-574-4129
  • Kirkland’s 281-391-4404
  • LOFT 281-371-2540
  • Mattress 1One 281-394-7260
  • Music & Arts Center 281-391-1933
  • Natural Pawz 281-394-9164
  • Relax The Back 281-693-6325
  • RIZ Cosmetic Eye Boutique 281-392-7890
  • RueBird Market 281-394-9365
  • Runway Seven 281-394-2600
  • Simply Mac 832-913-1252
  • Soma 281-392-5223
  • Springfree Trampoline 346-262-0024
  • Talbots 281-574-1640
  • The Round Top Collection Gallery 281-395-5533
  • White House I Black Market  281-574-4200
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MUSIC & MOVIES

Katy Mills Mall Music & Movies

  • AMC Theatres 281-644-4262
  • Bose Factory Store 281-644-2673
  • GameStop 281-644-5588
  • Sprint 281-574-6820
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DESSERTS

Katy Mills Mall Desserts

  • Churromania 281-644-5015
  • Cinnabon and Nestle Toll House 281-644-5015
  • Great American Cookie Co 281-644-4444
  • Marble Slab Creamery 281-644-4866
  • Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip 281-644-4088
  • Yogurt Mountain 281-644-2665
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DEPARTMENT STORES & ANCHORS

Katy Mills Mall Department Stores & Anchors

  • Bed Bath & Beyond 281-644-2550
  • Burlington Coat Factory 281-644-2626
  • Marshalls 281-644-7676
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call 281-644-2000
  • Ross Dress for Less 281-391-7145
  • Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH 281-644-4200
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ELECTRONICS & TECHNOLOGY

Katy Mills Mall Electronics & Technology

  • AT&T 281-644-6444
  • GameStop 281-644-5588
  • I-Tech & Repair 281-665-4362
  • Metro PCS 281-574-5786
  • T-Mobile 281-644-6656
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SERVICES

Katy Mills Mall Services

  • AT&T 281-644-6444
  • Bamboo Massage 832-863-3888
  • Eyebrow Designer 21 281-574-6746
  • Guest Services 281-644-5000
  • MasterCuts 281-644-6666
  • Metro PCS 281-574-5786
  • Pro Laser Skin Center by Euroskin 281-392-0295
  • Robin’s Jewelry 281-644-4499
  • T-Mobile 281-644-6656
  • T-Mobile 281-644-2606
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SPECIALTY SHOPS

Katy Mills Mall Specialty Shops

  • As Seen On TV New! 281-644-5015
  • B&B News and More 281-665-2113
  • Claire’s 281-644-4435
  • Coach Outlet 281-574-5673
  • Hot Topic 281-644-6440
  • Kitchen Collection 281-644-4077
  • Lids for Less 281-644-5437
  • Motherhood Maternity 281-644-4474
  • Perfumania 281-644-4030
  • Rare Denim Lounge 281-574-7413
  • Samsonite Factory Outlet 281-644-6686
  • Smoothie King 281-574-7001
  • Spencer’s Gifts 281-644-4438
  • Sunglass Hut 281-644-2323
  • T-Mobile New! 281-644-6656
  • Torrid 281-574-1867
  • Uniform Destination 281-644-4591
  • Victoria’s Secret 281-574-2500
  • Yankee Candle 281-574-8346
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Join Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician M. Nameer Sidiquee for Sports Physicals

Katy, TX (August 12, 2016) Playing school sports is a great way for students to get physically active and build life skills such as teamwork and communication. Each year, numerous students participate in school sports and one way to ensure students are performing at their best is through a sports physical, also called a preparticipation physical examination, which provides a detailed look at a student athlete’s health and fitness.

“With any sport there is risk for injury. Sports physicals are highly recommended because the exam provides insight into a student’s past injuries, personal and family medical history,” said M. Nameer Sidiquee, MD, CAQSM, MD, primary care sports medicine at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “The information gathered during the physical gives a better understanding of the risk of potential conditions that can prevent a student from reaching optimal performance,” said Sidiquee.

M. Nameer Sidiquee, MD, primary care sports medicine, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

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All Katy ISD Campuses Will Be Closed Monday, August 15th

Katy, TX (August 11, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department sent an email regarding the closure of all campuses on Monday, August 15th.

Please be aware that all Katy ISD campuses, including the Education Support Complex (ESC) located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, will be closed to the public on Monday, August 15, 2016 while staff attend the Superintendent’s Convocation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center.

There will also be increased traffic in the area as nearly 100 school buses transport staff to and from the Merrell Center that day.

If you had planned to visit a campus or the ESC on Monday, we urge you to reschedule for tomorrow or Tuesday during regular business hours.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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99 Ranch Market Grand Opening in Katy

Katy, Texas – August 10, 2016
99 Ranch Market is proud to announce the opening of new store in City of Katy. This is also going to be the 40th store of the Asian supermarket chain in the nation. Katy joins 99 Ranch Market’s Texas family which includes Houston, Plano, Sugar Land and Carrollton. Now, the best products in groceries, seafood, meat, produce and hundreds of Asian specialty items are even more convenient for local customers.

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First Harris County Zika Fatality Confirmed

Katy, TX (August 10, 2016) Harris County Public Health has confirmed the first Zika-related death in the State of Texas.  After receiving a positive Zika test result on a female infant who was born with birth defects, including microcephaly, HCPH confirmed the child died shortly after birth.

While the infant was born in Harris County, the mother is believed to have contracted Zika while traveling in Latin America.  HCPH still has no reason to believe that any Harris County citizens have been infected locally. (more…)

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Backpack Shopping Health Tips

Katy, Texas – August 4, 2016
With the upcoming sales tax holiday, parents may be considering the purchase of a new backpack for their child.

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Whether your child will be carrying books or a tablet computer to school, there are some important things to remember when making that very important backpack purchase.
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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Donation From Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group

Katy, TX (August 4, 2016) The Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi alumnae group recently presented $4,800 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. These funds will go toward West Campus’ library, which offers books, board games, puzzles and movies for patients and their families to enjoy. The library also houses medical and parenting resources, paperback fiction, magazines, foreign language books, computers and a fax machine.

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Finishing/Charm Schools

Katy Texas Finishing/Charm Schools.

  • Be Unique 5529 FM 359 Suite E, Richmond, TX 281-394-7004
  • Miss Academy 1121 Uptown Park Blvd. Suite 5 Houston, TX 713-622-MISS (6477)
  • National League of Junior Cotillions Katy 23030 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 281-224-1463

 

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Eagle’s Trace Gives Back to Area Children With School Supply Drive

Katy, TX (August 4, 2016) July is known as prime vacation season, but the residents and employees of Eagle’s Trace rolled up their sleeves for a good cause.

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Pictured (l to r): Betty Keith, Lisa Hadley, Kristen Kennedy, Fatema Malik, and Ernest Buschhaus

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Memorial Hermann Earns Top Recognition by U.S. News & World Report

Katy, TX (August 2, 2016) For the second consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann has ranked as the No. 2 rehabilitation hospital in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2016-2017. This is the 27th year TIRR Memorial Hermann has been included in the prestigious rankings.

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40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) Four decades after launching the innovative air ambulance service known today as Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, Memorial Hermann Health System will commemorate the program’s momentous 40th anniversary by expressing its gratitude to the community that has helped make the lifesaving service possible.

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InfoSnap – Katy ISD Online Registration

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) Katy ISD is changing the way students and parents fill out the First Day Packet. Instead of having to sign and fill out multiple pages, parents will be able to update their child’s or children’s information electronically.

Starting on August 8th, all parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each child currently enrolled in Katy ISD to their email address on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter will be mailed to you. A returning student is defined as any student that is currently enrolled in Katy ISD. You are a returning student even if you have moved within the Katy ISD boundaries and are attending a new campus in 16-17 or if you are attending a new school due to promotion (i.e. moving from 5th grade elementary to attend 6th grade Junior High or moving from 8th grade Junior High to attend 9th grade High School).

What is a Returning Student Update?
This electronic, online process will replace the First Day Packet where many various forms had to be filled out manually and returned to the campus. With InfoSnap, you will be able to update all of your child’s information in one spot and electronically review and sign all documentation. All parents will be updating their student’s information, yearly, using InfoSnap.

If your child(ren) is(are) currently enrolled, you will receive a SnapCode the week of August 8th, you will be directed to the Katy ISD website to begin the updating process.

Starting August 8th, if you have any questions about the Returning Student Update, you can contact your child’s campus during business hours. For after hours (5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday) you can call 281-396-7663.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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The Katy Area Mourns the Loss of Three

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) The Katy area is mourning the loss of three members of the community who were passengers in the hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed this weekend near Lockhart, TX.

Holly Smith Huckabee, age 50, completed her bucket list with the balloon ride.

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Joe and Tresa Shafer Owens, who were friends with Holly Smith Huckabee, were also killed in this tragic accident. Joe is described as a hard worker who was always willing to help out anyone in need. Tresa was a teacher at TigerLand Preschool who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young children, their families, and her co-workers. The couple leaves behind children and grandchildren. A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/2hat8t22) has been set up for them.

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The cause of the fire is still being investigated by police and detectives. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Robert Sumwalt told ABC News that they are making “a lot of progress” but they still have “a long way to go.” Also according to ABC News, the FBI found “14 cellphones, one iPad, and three cameras” which they are hoping will shed some light on exactly when the fire started.

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Swimmer’s Ear 101

Katy, Texas – August 1, 2016
Summer in Houston means hot, humid weather with many people going to swimming pools, lakes and the beach to find relief from the heat. With all of the water fun, we see more and more children with swimmer’s ear, otitis externa (OE).

A beautiful African American child swimming

OE can occur in both the ear and the ear canal and starts when excess water gets trapped in the canal, causing skin breakdown and allowing bacteria cultivation. The excess water usually comes from swimming, thus creating the term for the infection – swimmer’s ear. However OE can come from other causes as well, including moisture retention from showering, headphones, trauma of the canal from the use of cotton swabs, and alteration of the pH of the ear canal. Some kids can go swimming all summer long and not get swimmer’s ear, but some could get the infection right after a shower. No one can totally explain it.

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