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Dewberry Farm Offers Free Admission to 100 People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX  
September 26, 2017
Dewberry Farm wants to heal some of the hurts caused by Hurricane Harvey by offering 100 individuals free entry to pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more. Nominate a family you think deserves some fall fun below!
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Update on Taylor HS Defensive End and TAMU Commit Max Wright

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 26, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster 

The family of Taylor High School’s injured star defensive end and Texas A&M commit, Max Wright, opens up about surgery, recovery, and plans for college.

An injury late in the third

During last week’s match up against Fort Bend Austin, Mustang defensive end and A&M commit Max Wright left the game late in the third quarter complaining of a “muscle cramp” and did not make a reappearance. 

Late Saturday, an MRI confirmed that Wright had suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. 

True to form, the faithful football player encouraged his friends, teammates, and followers on Twitter with inspirational bible verses. And faith will play a huge role in the months to come while Max prepares for his big comeback with the Texas A&M Aggies. 

Surgery on the books

“Honestly, we are heartbroken that he will miss his senior year but are seeking to believe and trust that God has bigger and better things in store for Max down the road,” says his mother, Cydney Wright. 

According to Cydney, Max’s surgery is scheduled for October 5 by Dr. Walter Lowe, and he is already working out and attending physical therapy at Memorial Hermann Ironman. “He is ready to tackle this head on and feels incredibly strong!” says Wright.

Continuing to lead 

As a team captain, the 6’4″, 270 lb. athlete will continue to lead his team from the sidelines while continuing to focus on rehab and recovery and preparing to play college football for the Aggies. 

The Wright family would like to thank the Katy ISD community for their outpouring of love, support, and prayers.

 

(Photo by Sara Isola) 

We are truly grateful for all the love , prayers and support from the Texas A&M coaches and families as well as all our family and friends! Max is amazingly strong and his determination has proven that he can handle adversity and with God’s help he will be back stronger than ever and ready to hit Kyle Field when he reports to College Station after graduation. Setbacks bring amazing comebacks! Thank you for your continued prayers! Gig’em and Go Mustangs!” 

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No Make Up Days to Be Added to Katy ISD School Breaks Due to Harvey

September 22, 2017

Katy ISD says no make up days will be added over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks, but there will be four extended early release days

A Message to Parents from Katy ISD

 

As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.

Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. 

Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.

 Enrichment Resources for Families: Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction web page. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. 

Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students: Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.

Extending Four Early Release Days: The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six “early release” days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)’s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student’s progress on theHome Access Center.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain “early release” days since final exams are given on those dates.

Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school.

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Katy ISD Education Founation Reaches Harvey Relief Goal, Still Going

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 22, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster

On September 11, 2017, the Katy ISD Education Foundation launched an initiative to provide support for Katy ISD families and staff that were impacted by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey by collecting donations from the community. 

The response was overwhelming. In just four days, the foundation had raised approximately 50 percent of their original goal. As of this morning, the total funds raised was $56,249. The new goal – $75,000 to be given directly back to men, women, and children right here in Katy ISD who lost homes, personal possessions, and who need it most. 

Individual donations can be made in any amount, no matter how big or small, or the foundation provides options to donate up to $2500 at a time for those who are willing and able. 

The fundraiser will close on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Click here to contribute. 

“While the district is in a strong position to support facility recovery, the real need we see lies with the families in our community,” says Superintendent Lance Hindt. 

Go to katyisdeducationfoundation.org for more information. 

 

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Taylor High School Head Coach Trey Herrmann Placed On Administrative Leave Until Further Notice

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 20, 2017

From Katy ISD Communications: 

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 parents and guardians of the Taylor High School Football Team were notified that their head coach was placed on administrative leave till further notice. The leave is unrelated to his role with students.

In his absence, Katy ISD Assistant Coach Joe Sheffy will be taking his place in leading the Taylor High School football team this season.  Sheffy is a certified, highly experienced individual who is well versed on the needs of the team.

 

Katy ISD is committed to its students and will do everything necessary to ensure their continued success during this period. Because this is a personnel matter the District is unable to provide additional information.

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Katy Area EDC Releases Katy Area Workforce Results

Katy, TX News (September 15, 2017) – In June, the Katy Area Economic Development Council conducted a survey focused on the Katy area workforce.  The survey, which was organized in partnership with the newly created Katy, TX Human Resources Networking Group, was formulated to gather information from human resources managers/recruiters and business leaders on workforce trends in the Katy area.

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LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN) (F/T)

Legend Oaks of Katy is hiring a licensed vocational nurse to work 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Will perform various direct patient care assignments pertaining to daily living activities to assist in the care of patients in compliance with federal, state, and local standards. Must be licensed in the state of Texas or compact state.  Call 281-717-1302.

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Harris County Fire Chief Thanks Katy ISD for Relief and Rescue Efforts

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Texas

September 11, 2017

Harris County Fire Chief says, “Thank You” to Katy ISD for their relief and rescue contributions. 
 

All of Katy Stepped Up 

In a recent press release expressing his sympathies and to all families and residents who suffered water and wind damage from Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Emergency Services Fire Chief (Dist. 48) Jeffrey S. Hevey gave his sincerest thanks to several local organizations who stepped up to help rescue people from flooded areas in both HCESD No. 48 and FBESD No. 1. 

Among those listed were the Katy ISD Police Department, Katy ISD campuses, and Katy ISD Department of Transportation (school buses). 

Katy ISD Stands Out 

During the six days of the storm and continued flooding, the district opened it’s doors at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School to accept 4,000 displaced residents and donations for families in need. Katy High School served as the main operating headquarters for U.S. National Guard and other military while they carried out rescue and relief missions all over south Texas. Katy ISD bus drivers bravely volunteered to drive district vehicles into high water to rescue 450 people trapped by flood waters. Katy ISD police officers faithfully, dutifully served their community in every necessary capacity during the storm.  During a time when roughly 15,000 students and 2,600 Katy ISD employees were directly impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding, the impact that the district had on relief and rescue efforts is truly inspiring. 

Below is the full list of the partners and agencies named by Chief Hevey: 

– Powerhouse Church (Shelter)

– Katy ISD Police Department

– CrossPoint Church (Shelter) 

– Westlake Fire Department

– Harris County Sheriff

– Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

– Harris County Office of Emergency Management

– Fort Bend County Sheriff

– Precinct 5 Constables (Harris County)

– Precint 3 Constables (Fort Bend County) 

– Texas Department of Public Service (State Troopers)

– MIdland, Texas Police

– Webb County Sheriff

– Dallas County Sheriff

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Bear Creek Elementary Sewage Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Katy, TX News (September 8, 2017) – Neighborhoods surrounding Bear Creek Elementary suffered severe flooding last week.  While the school was left intact, the local service provider has placed restrictions on water usage, as nearby lift pumps, along with the waste water treatment plant were compromised by the storm.

These restrictions will limit the school’s access to water and waste treatment.  As such, Bear Creek Elementary students and staff will be transferred to Paetow High School, located at 23111 Stockdick School Rd., Katy, TX, for the reopening of schools on September 11.  Paetow is Katy ISD’s newest high school which opened its doors this fall to two grade levels – freshman and sophomore classes.  The elementary students will be housed in the east tower of the campus, currently unoccupied by secondary students.

Transportation for all Bear Creek Elementary zoned students will be provided, should they need it. Information regarding routes, pick up and drop off times/locations will be emailed to parents before Monday.

In the meantime, operations crews have completed their mechanical and electrical assessments, which met all standards.  Since there was no flood water intrusion within the building, Bear Creek students and staff will be returning to a safe and secure learning environment once restrictions are removed by the local service provider.

“Students and staff are our highest priority during this recovery process,” said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  “Though the relocation for Bear Creek students is temporary, multiple Katy ISD departments are working vigorously to make this a smooth transition for everyone, both now and when students and staff are able to return to their school.”

Katy ISD closed the district on August 25 in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.  Following the storm, the District announced that 16 campuses had been impacted by flooding in surrounding neighborhoods. One campus, Creech Elementary took on several feet of water and arrangements have since been made for students and staff to be relocated to the University of Houston Cinco Ranch campus while repairs are being made at the school.  Bear Creek Elementary will be the second school to relocate as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  The remaining 14 schools have cleared building assessments and will reopen in their home locations this Monday.

Schools reopen across Katy ISD on September 11.

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FREEBIE ALERT in Katy, Texas: Tide Truck Offers Free Laundry Services to Harvey Victims

Katy, Texas News (September 7, 2017) – The Tide Truck is here and toiletries too! 

 

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Whole Foods in Katy Offering Free Pasta Dinner to Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Katy, TX News (September 7, 2017) – Free pasta dinner for those impacted by hurricane or anyone in need.

Hooray for Whole Foods! They are hosting a free, family style pasta dinner for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, first responders, and their families, and anyone in the community who wants to join.

Dinner includes pasta with marinara sauce, salad, bread and bottled water.

Whole Foods Market Team Members and volunteers will be serving dinner to the community from 5 to 7 p.m.

Whole Foods Katy is located at 6601 S. Fry Road, Houston, TX 77494 

 

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Local Dance Studio to Host Dance-a-Thon Benefiting Katy ISD Teachers

Katy, TX News (September 7, 2017) – Local dance studio will donate 100% of proceeds to Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High teachers. 

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Clothed by Faith Continues to Serve in Katy: NEED DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS

 
KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas
September 7, 2017
By Ashley Lancaster
Christian clothing donation charity sets up a pop up location at a local to provide new and gently used clothing to families affected by hurricane Harvey.
When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the leadership at CBF knew that God would be able to use them to help people in Katy and surrounding areas. A partnership was CrossPoint Community Church was quickly established, and the call for volunteers and donations began.

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Katy ISD Prepares for the Returns of Students

KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas News
September 5, 2017
An update from the district on affected campuses and needed repairs.

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Houston Texans Cheerleaders Visit with Soldiers Stationed in Katy, Texas

KATY MAGAZINE  – Katy, Texas
September 5, 2017

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders visited and took photos with a group of Soldiers aiding the Hurricane Harvey relief at a responder support camp in Katy, Texas on Sep. 4. The Department of Defense is conducting Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. DSCA operations are part of the DOD’s response capability to assist civilian responders in saving lives, relieving human suffering and mitigating property damage in response to a catastrophic disaster. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Courtesy Texas Military Department News

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Cane Island Opens as a Temporary Dorm for First Responders in Katy, Texas

Katy, TX News (September 1, 2017) – The Katy community of Cane Island has opened its Amenity Village event center, converting it into a temporary dorm for Katy first responders, some of whom had been sleeping in a nearby parking lot.

Beds have been set up and showers in the community’s fitness center are available.  Meals also are being served.  The Cane Island Amenity Village is located at 2100 Cane Island Parkway, just north of Interstate 10.   On Site Contact: Dan Naef, 702-581-1956.

 

 

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