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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off Food for Families Campaign

Katy, TX (October 31, 2016) The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, our Katy ISD community raised $25,000 to support students and their families during the holidays.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has blessed over 3,000 Katy ISD families thanks to the generous support of our community.    (more…)

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Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department Introduction

Katy, TX (October 27, 2016) Harris County ESD 48’s Annual Open House on Sunday October 23rd was a spectacular success this year with well over 3,000 people in attendance at all 3 participating stations. With the early unveiling of the brand new Station 5, the new multi-building complex drew the largest crowd with just over 1,600 people throughout the day.  Those who came out not only got to see equipment and apparatus that will be stationed there when it officially opens but they also got to take guided tours of the three buildings that make up the new Station 5 Complex.

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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign

Katy, TX – October 27, 2016 The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, our Katy ISD community raised $25,000 to support students and their families during the holidays.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has blessed over 3,000 Katy ISD families thanks to the generous support of our community.

Those interested in participating may contribute cash or check by Thursday, Dec. 8.  Donations of any amount are welcome and will be accepted by Partners in Education in person or by mail:  Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, room 1520, Katy 77494.  Please make checks payable to “Katy ISD Food for Families.”

Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, tammyrstringer@katyisd.org.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Celebrates Volunteers

Katy, TX (October 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated volunteers, both past and present, who have supported the hospital’s operations throughout its 35-year history of serving the Katy community.

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24555 Katy Fwy.

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Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Teams Up With Sewa International to Promote Science and Technology to Young Immigrants and Refugees

Katy, TX – October 26, 2016 The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 624 (CRyptonite) recently collaborated with the Houston chapter of Sewa International to organize a science event at the Katy ISD Robert Shaw STEAM Center (RSC) to foster interest in science and technology among children. The event was devoted to youth involved in ASPIRE – a Sewa program that provides education and mentoring services after school for young refugees and immigrants.

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70+ Memorial Hermann Nurses Honored for Extraordinary, Compassionate Care

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) More than 70 Memorial Hermann nurses were recently honored by the Good Samaritan Foundation with Excellence in Nursing Awards.  Nominated by their peers for their passion, leadership, mentorship, and service to the Houston community, Excellence in Nursing Award winners are leaders in hospital, outpatient and academic settings who provide extraordinary and compassionate care and service.

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Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital: Seena John, RN, MSN, CCRN and Karen Coulson, MSN, RN

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Stan Stanley Day – November 3rd

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) If you ever had the pleasure of knowing Stan Stanley, one of the first questions he asked was, “How can I help you?” He genuinely looked for ways to help others by offering advice, assistance, or just an encouraging word. Stan mentored hundreds of students, teachers, and boy scouts throughout the years and made sure each of them knew how unique and important they were. After an undiagnosed heart condition claimed his life earlier this year, thousands of people showed up at his memorial service to celebrate the man who made an enormous impact on Katy and enriched so many people’s lives.

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Blue Brunch at Centerra Ranch Montessori School

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) Centerra Ranch Montessori School in Katy invited local law enforcement officers to their facility to show their appreciation and respect. Officers visited with students, let them sit in their vehicles, and explained the various technology they used. Students had a great time meeting officers and learning more about what they do. Owner Angeline Labbè-Auzenne adds, “We wanted our children to tour their police cars in hope of dismissing any anxiety our young children may have recently developed.”

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Katy’s Texans Cheerleader

Katy, TX (October 24, 2016)

Cinco Ranch graduate, Brianna Garcia, shares her dream and journey to cheer for the big leagues.

Written by Debbie McDaniel | Select photography courtesy of See What Develops

As a child, Brianna grew up watching the Texans play football and remembers the anticipation of going to the stadium with her dad every season. Brianna was starstruck by the cheerleaders and couldn’t wait to be one of them. “Ever since I was little, I would tell him, ‘I can’t wait to try out for the Houston Texans Cheerleaders as soon as I turn 18!’” Her dad, Joey Yadi Garcia, has been a season ticket holder since day one, when the team first took the field as the Houston Texans. When Brianna heard her name called as one of the Texans Cheerleaders, she felt a rush of adrenaline like she had never felt before.

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Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary’s “Outbackers of the Month”

Katy, TX – October 24, 2016  

“Outbacker of the Month” is Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary ‘s most prestigious award. Kilpatrick Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character: they always lend a helping hand, have a smile on their face, serve as role models, and go above and beyond to make OKE an exemplary school. Each month, one student from each grade level, a staff member, and a volunteer are selected “Outbacker of the Month.”  Our September  Outbackers are teacher Rhonda Miller, students Edward Barbee, Grayson Sanchez, Declan Hoeferlin, Racheet Bedi, Caroline MacLellan , Tyler Cline and volunteer Felicia Schubert.

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Early Voting Locations October 24th

Katy, TX (October 24, 2016) To ensure the voting process is a pleasant experience, the chief election officer of the County  has a few suggestions for voters heading to the polls:

 

1.   Voters should confirm voter registration status. A voter registration search can be performed at http://www.hctax.net/voter/search;

2.   Voters should study a sample ballot, mark it, and take it to the poll. Voters can download a voter-specific ballot at www.HarrisVotes.com;

3.   Voters should identify the nearest or most convenient early voting location. Voters can vote at any one of the 46 early voting locations;

4.   Voters should find out what photo identification is acceptable to vote at the poll, what other identification options are now available to vote a regular ballot, and what identification expedites the qualification process. The voter identification guidelines are available at www.HarrisVotes.com;

5.   Voters should NOT wear clothing or paraphernalia that promotes a party, a candidate or a proposition to the poll;

6.   Voters should be aware that the use of electronic devices is prohibited inside the poll. The right to cast a secret ballot must be respected;

7.   Voters should not wait until the last minute to vote early. During peak voting hours, the wait time could be  longer than we wish.

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Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards

Katy, TX (October 20, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by MarCom Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter.

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Hundreds Reunite with Caregivers at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s 6th Annual NICU Reunion

Katy, TX – October 19, 2016  Halloween arrived early for hundreds of Houston area families on Sunday as Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital celebrated a record-high turnout for its 6th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion.

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Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

Katy, TX (October 17, 2016) The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road.

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Building on its Legacy, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® Offers Active Shooter Training for First Responders

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) For the past year and a half, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® crew members have been working alongside first responders throughout the Greater Houston area to prepare them to respond and provide timely emergency care in active shooter situations. Life Flight is the only air medical transport service in the Southeast region to offer this specialized training, which is part of a national training program called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). By coordinating emergency response efforts and operating under a single protocol, first responders can work quicker and more effectively to identify and treat the injured, helping prevent any additional fatalities and casualties.

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Cane Island Takes Home GHBA Community of The Year PRISM Award

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) Less than a year after its grand opening, Katy’s Cane Island has been named Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Home Builders Association.

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US 290 Project to be Completed by 2018

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) State Representative Mike Schofield issued a statement about the construction of US 290:

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Willow Fork Park Grand Opening

Katy, TX (October 12, 2016) Willow Fork Park is a passive-use park that will provide residents with another high-quality recreational environment. The project which is part of WFDD phase II of their master plan, improved flat land into a multipurpose environment with compelling topographical undulations, open lawns, trails, a lake, and other recreational features. Additional park components include boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, and pavilion with restroom facility, playground, 18-hole disk golf course, solar-powered lighting, rock outcroppings, bio swales, and educational signage.

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Texas Children’s NICU Nurses Sport Bad Pants for Fundraiser

Katy, TX – October 11, 2016 Recently, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses at Texas Children’s Hospital were celebrated for the care they provide to the hospital’s tiniest and most critically-ill babies. The nurses wore “bad pants” decorated with bright, colorful adornments in the spirit of the Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament that raises funds to support research and advanced education for NICU providers at Texas Children’s. Houston media personalities acted as “bad pants” judges, checking out each nurse’s bad pants and awarding the top three designs with hand-painted commemorative plates created by hospital patients.

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Solis Mammography Wants Women to “Rethink P.I.N.K.” This October

Katy, TX (October 12, 2016) Every October, it seems the United States is awash in pink. Pink ribbons spring up on vehicles and clothing, and even professional sports organizations trade in their team colors for pink. Many organizations have aided in breast cancer research, advocacy and education, and Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services, applauds this important work. Since 1982, the pink ribbon has made it acceptable for men and women to talk more openly about women’s breast health and associate the pink ribbon with breast cancer awareness. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 2D mammography is covered 100 percent by nearly all insurance plans. And yet the sad reality is that almost half of American women who have health insurance are still not getting their annual mammogram.

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UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates Welcome Interventional Pain Management Specialist Joseph Amos, M.D.

Katy, TX (October 11, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Joseph Amos, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and Interventional Pain Management Specialist at Mischer Neuroscience Associates in Katy and Memorial City.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award

Katy, TX (October 7, 2016) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17. (more…)

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Expands Hospital’s Perioperative Suite

Katy, TX (October 6, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently unveiled the newly expanded perioperative suite, which includes four new operating rooms, a new procedure room, three new call rooms, as well as a new doctor’s lounge, staff kitchen and break area. The expansion brings the total number of operating rooms at West Campus to eight and doubles the total number of procedure rooms.

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UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute Welcome Brain and Spine Tumor Neurosurgeon Yoshua Esquenazi, M.D.

Katy, TX (October 5, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of  Yoshua Esquenazi, M.D., an assistant professor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and Mischer Neuroscience Associates.

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Katy’s Cane Island Wins Award for Best Community Feature

Katy, Texas – October 5, 2016– Cane Island’s Living Arches, part of the Katy master-planned community’s impressive arrival experience, has won a Texas Star Award for Best Special Feature of a Community.

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Presented by the Texas Association of Builders, the Texas Star Awards showcase the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers and sales, marketing and construction professionals throughout Texas.  The award is the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.

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Houston Methodist Receives Vizient Quality Awards

Katy, TX (October 3, 2016) Two Houston Methodist hospitals received the highest honors today from Vizient (formerly UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

Both Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital were honored with the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Award given to hospitals and academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005.

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