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Paetow Band and Color Guard Information

Katy Texas News
Posted April 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 28, 2016) Information for students who will be attending Paetow High School for the 2017 – 2018 school year and are interested in being a part of the band or color guard

  • Color Guard Auditions for the 2017 Paetow High School Guard will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; May 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, no experience is necessary. Please bring athletic attire and a good attitude. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com.
  • Students planning to be a part of the band program at Paetow High School are expected to attend our first mini-camp on Wednesday and Thursday; May 3rd and 4th  from 4 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Make sure to bring your personal instrument, athletic attire and water. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
  • All percussion students or piano players attending Paetow High School need to attend our percussion technique days Thursday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 10th from 4 – 6 PM at Morton Ranch High School. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
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Cinco Ranch Named No. 2 Best Suburbs to Live in Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 27, 2017) – Niche, an online ranking site for colleges, k-12 schools, and places to live, has ranked the Katy suburb of Cinco Ranch as the second best place to live in Texas for 2017. Coming in second only to Rollingwood, a suburb of Austin, Cinco Ranch was given four out of five starts for it’s safety, clean streets, schools, and friendly neighbors. View the Top 100 list below:

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Early Voting Begins for May Elections in Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 24, 2017) – Early voting for the May 6, 2017 election starts Monday, April 24 and ends on May 2. The Harris County Clerk’s office will conduct elections for eight political subdivisions serving over 900,000 registered voters in Harris County. Fifty-four additional political entities in Harris County will also conduct elections on the same day. The deadline to submit an application for a mail ballot is April 25.

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Wood Group to Host Recycling Drive Benefiting Local Charities

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2017) –  On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Wood Group will host a community recycling drive at its Park Ten campus to support its environmental stewardship program. A portion of the recyclable proceeds will benefit the Heart of Mustang, Wood Group’s 501 (c3) charitable organizations.   Heart of Mustang raises money to benefit a variety of causes, and its success is a direct result of dedicated employees who generously volunteer their, time, labor and monetary gifts.

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NFL Sportscaster Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD VIPS Celebration

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2017) – The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers.


This year’s guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year. He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers. Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans. Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country’s most notable companies.

The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district’s principals. The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year’s principal video homage to volunteers.
All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9th by visiting the “Community” page at www.katyisd.org and clicking “Partners in Education.” Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00. For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or marthabrown@katyisd.org.
Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus. To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.

SurveyMonkey Link to RSVP to the VIPS Celebration

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Katy ISD 2017 Board Election Dates and Information

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 19, 2017) – The dates for early voting and election day for the 2017 Katy ISD Board election have been announced. The Board is comprised of seven members who are elected at-large to fill available positions. In accordance with the provisions of the Texas Education Code, a person may not be elected as a trustee of Katy ISD unless the person is a qualified voter.

An individual seeking election as a member of the Board of Trustees must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the District six months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot. The following persons have filed as candidates for the upcoming election.

Dates, candidate information, polling information, and more below.

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TUTS Houston Will Host Local Auditions for Pippin

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 17, 2017) – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will hold auditions in Houston on May 6th and 7th for the upcoming production of PIPPIN, slated to run at the Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer. PIPPIN will be directed and choreographed by Michelle Gaudette who directed MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for TUTS last summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

“We are so looking forward to our annual summer shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Our relationship with our friends and colleagues at Miller Outdoor Theatre provides us with the opportunity to remember our beginnings there nearly 50 years ago. Our lineup for this summer, which includes PIPPIN, will build upon our tradition of providing access to some of Houston’s best musical theatre. We are delighted to be working with our long-time collaborator Michelle Gaudette and our immensely talented local actors to create a summer line-up that inspires, entertains, and celebrates all that is great about Houston and the Houston arts scene,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director of Theatre Under The Stars.

PIPPIN, a circus inspired production, features a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic Leading Player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life. PIPPIN, with book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, will play at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 11-16, 2017.

The Houston auditions will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in the Administration Building, located at 800 Bagby St., Houston, Texas 77002, and the schedule for the days will be as follows:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2-6 p.m.
Combined EPA / ECC
7-11 p.m.
Combined Male / Female Dance Call


Sunday, May 7, 2017 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By Appointment ONLY
3-7 p.m.
Callbacks
Anyone interested in this audition should come fully prepared. Auditioners should be aware that TUTS complies with all Actor’s Equity Association guidelines, and that all rehearsals for the production are held in the daytime during normal business hours.
To schedule an appointment or for any questions about the auditions, please email auditions@tuts.com. Rehearsals for PIPPIN will begin on June 23rd. For more information, visit www.TUTS.com/auditions.


SEEKING:
Leading Player: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity. The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience. Ab4 – Db3

Pippin: Male, Any Ethnicity, 16 – 25, our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo. Ab4 – G2

Charles: Male, Any Ethnicity, 55 – 70, Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride. E4 – G2
Lewis: Male, Any ethnicity, 25 -35, the son of Charles and Fastrada. More brawn than brains. The perfect soldier, who loves Lewis above all else.
Fastrada: Female, Any Ethnicity, 35 – 55, Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. F5 – A3
Berthe: Female, Any Ethnicity, 60 – 80, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. C5 – E3
Catherine: Female, Any Ethnicity, 25 – 40, a widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Db5 – F#3
Ensemble: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity, All Ages. Strong Dancers. Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players.
The Theatre Under The Stars production of PIPPIN is sponsored in part by Wells Fargo, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Inc., the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars and the official sponsor of the 2016/17 Season. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars.

*Theatre Under The Stars is committed to diversity in casting, and will not discriminate against any Actor or applicant for a part in a cast by reason of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual or affectional preference, age, handicap, political persuasion, or belief.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tuts.com. Theatre Under The Stars is Houston’s leading Musical Theatre Company since 1968, with a focus on education and community engagement. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization that relies on the generous support of our donors to deliver first-rate theatre experiences.

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Katy YMCA to Host Free Healthy Kids Day

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2017) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is committed to healthy living and wants to share the activities that will keep children’s bodies and minds in good shape over summer break at YMCA Healthy Kids Day ® on April 22.

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University of Houston Names Director for Engineering Programs at Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2017) – Phaneendra Kondapi, a veteran engineering educator who helped develop the nation’s first subsea engineering program at the University of Houston, has been named founding director of engineering programs at the University of Houston at Katy.

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Katy ISD Named “Best Communities for Music Education”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – Katy Independent School District has again received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14th year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

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Houston Methodist West Hospital Receives an “A” Rating for Patient Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, yesterday released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades. Houston Methodist West was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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Katy Magazine Announces Their Top 100 Women

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – Katy Magazine released their list of influential, inspirational women who are leading the way in Katy.

(in alphabetical order)

1. CAROL ADAMS
Katy historian and community leader

2. MINDY ADAMS
Arts and community volunteer, CFO for Adams Law Firm

3. KATHY ALT
Executive Director of Cinco Charities

4. BJ ALVAREZ
Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt

5. DR. SANÉE BELL
Principal at Morton Ranch JH

6. CATHERINE “GIGI” BETHKE
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New Buc-ee’s Katy Store Rumored to Build Largest Car Wash in the World

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The popular Texas convenience store and gas station is rumored to be building the largest car wash in the world. It will be 255 feet long, and will accompany a 56,000 foot store and 120 gas pumps. The store was originally scheduled to open this spring, but construction timelines have been pushed back due to the installation of a generator powerful enough to keep the store running in the event of a power outage. The new anticipated opening is set for this fall, and will provide approximately 200 jobs to the area.

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Katy High School to Host Inaugural Tiger Hall of Fame Induction

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 11, 2017) – Katy High School invites you to celebrate the inaugural class of the Tiger Hall of Honor, which recognizes the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District.  Honorees include Clint Black, William Haskett, Patricia Wardlaw, Nancy Wilson, Renee Zellweger, Andy Dalton and Darren McPherson.

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Cane Island Car Show Gets a Big Turn Out

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2017) – Throngs of car enthusiasts and fans of classic cars flocked to Katy’s Cane Island for the master-planned community’s Get Away to the Car Show, sponsored by Sterling McCall Lexus and Rescue Realtor, on Saturday, April 8.

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Katy Chamber to Host Candidates’ Forum for 2017 Mayoral and Council Elections

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2017) – The Katy Chamber of Commerce  will host a candidates forum for the 2017 mayoral and city council member, ward B seats. Community members can email questions for the candidates to ann@katychamber.com or submit via web survey at surveymonkey.com/r/cityofkaty.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Katy ISD Administration Building
6301 S. Stadium Ln.


Candidates for Mayor
Hill Adams
Chuck Brawner
Steve Jurovic


Candidates for Council Member Ward B
Jessie Campbell
Kayse Kendall Johnson
Jimmy Mendez, Jr.

 

The candidates forum will follow the guidelines of the League of Women Voters.
Courtesy of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

 

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Texas Children’s Hospital First to Be Designated Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 6, 2017) – The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital is the first to be designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a level IV NICU, the highest level of care available for premature and critically-ill newborns. One of the first NICUs reviewed by the state, the hospital was officially designated following a rigorous site visit conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ NICU Verification Program.

The designation comes as a result of legislation passed in 2013 requiring Texas to establish and implement neonatal and maternal level of care designations by March 1, 2018, with the intent of ensuring that neonatal intensive care units have the resources and expertise to provide high-quality patient care that leads to the best outcomes for newborn patients and their families.

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Katy ISD Student Artwork Auctions for Record-Breaking Amount

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 6, 2017) – Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction.

McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang’s artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts. His project was a drawing titled “A Rare Connection.” This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level. Jang’s artwork earned “Class Champion” recognition and auctioned off for $65,000.

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The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi’s “Reserve Class Champion” three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece. The Taylor High School eleventh-grader’s artwork is titled “The Spirit Within.” Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi’s work broke a world record and sold for $102,000.

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Cane Island Welcomes New Lifestyle Director

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 5, 2017) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Maddy Burt as its new on-site Lifestyle Director where she will plan family move nights, wine dinners and tastings, culinary classes, signature and holiday festivals, arts workshops and photography classes, resident social clubs and many other events for residents and prospective homebuyers.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for event planning,” says Burt.  “Our Amenity Village, with its central lawn, conservatory, fire pit and multi-purpose event space, is ideal for year-round activities.”

Maddy Burt

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Katy ISD Develops Bond Referendum to Address Rapid Growth

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 3, 2017) – The Katy Independent School District will be hosting its first Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.
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YMCA, UT Health, & National MS Society Create Unique Fitness and Education Program

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – Moving Stronger, an exercise and education program specifically designed for people with multiple sclerosis, will be launched in April by three institutions that are national leaders in their respective fields.

The program, which is free of charge and the first of its kind in the country, was created in a collaboration between YMCA of Greater Houston, McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Houston.

MS participants preparing for an aquatics class. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston.
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YMCA Spring Golf Classic Raises Funds for Scholarships, Subsidized Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – The Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – raised more than $64,000 in the 11th Annual YMCA Spring Golf Classic.

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Commissioner Andy Meyers to Host Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 30, 2017) – Fort Bend County Libraries and Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner, Andy Meyers, will host the 4th Annual Literary and Fine Arts Festival & Parade on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (2620 Commercial Center Dr.). Fun for all ages, this annual community event celebrates the Fine Art & Literary talent of Fort Bend County Precinct 3 students. The day also includes a Character Parade where kids ages K-12 can dress up as their favorite story book character for a chance to win prizes, live entertainment from our local schools, animal adoptions, food trucks, tons of vendors, everything you need to know for 2017 Summer Camps, as well as a chance to meet & visit with local Police, K9 Unity, EMS & Fire Department. For more information, visit fortbendfafp.com.

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Amazon Announces Katy Area Fulfillment Center to Create 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz, and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.

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Houston Methodist West Hospital Now An Accredited Chest Pain Center

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.”

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Katy’s First-Annual Color Run Attracts More Than 700 Runners

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Over 700 local residents attended the first annual Katy Color Run. The event benefited three local organizations: Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith and Hope Impacts. The event got off to a colorful start with a 1K Kids’ Dash and was followed by a chalk filled 5k. The run was held at the APEX medical building at 25277 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy, and sponsored by Kingsland Baptist Church along with the City of Katy and Healthy Gourmet.

Jackson Potter, 12 and Alexia Diermeier, 15 were the top male and female finishers in the 5K. Potter finished with a time of 19:47 and Diermeier clocked in at 21:58. Paloma Medrano, 8 and Kian Ghilzadeh, 11 were the winners of the Kids’ Dash 1K.

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Photo by Tiffany Lanza

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Cinco Ranch Engineering Club Qualifies for State Competition in Waco

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 27, 2017) – The CRHS Engineering Club competed in its first ever Regional competition event as an affiliated member of the TSA (Technology Students Association). Students competed in a wide variety of events ranging from digital video production to structural engineering and biotechnology. The CRHS team advanced four students to the state level competition in Waco in April. Please congratulate the following students on their outstanding effort and success:

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Katy ISD School and Principal Recognized by Texas Alliance of Black School Educators

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 24, 2017) –  Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32nd Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.

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Katy ISD Campuses Qualify for Destination Imagination Tournament in Lubbock

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) – After months of practice, 19 teams from Katy ISD have qualified to compete at the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament held at Lubbock ISD on April 7-9.

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Katy ISD Pre-Registration Dates for 2017 – 2018 School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 24, 2017) – Katy ISD has released their pre-registration dates for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and new first grade. Pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Kindergarten and new first grade
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Pre-Kindergarten

Registration will be open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on both days. Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Student Assignment by Residential Address (SARA) application or mobile app.  This app provides the ability to search by a specific address or you can select any campus to see what subdivisions and apartment complexes it serves.  Visit katyisd.org for more information.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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Senate Education Committee Passes School Choice Bill

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) –  After little debate Thursday, the Senate Education Committee voted 7-3 to pass legislation that would create two public programs subsidizing private school tuition and homeschooling expenses.

Senate Bill 3, a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, now heads to the full Senate, where it’s also expected to pass. Corresponding bills have not been taken up by the House Public Education Committee.

Thursday’s vote came two days after a committee hearing that lasted more than eight hours, with more than 150 people filling the room to testify in support and opposition. The bill’s author, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, submitted a new version of the bill that he said would decrease the cost of the programs.

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Seven Lakes High School Nominated for Tommy Tune Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) – Theatre Under the Stars has announced the nominations for the 15th annual Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best in Houston’s high school musical productions, actors, and artists. Seven Lakes High School’s Studio VII is nominated in several categories for their production of the popular musical “Big Fish” including:

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Katy ISD Seeks Community Input at Education Summits

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (March 2, 2017) – Katy ISD has launched a strategic design process to create a community-inspired road map for its schools over the next three to five years.  Recently, a series of stakeholder meetings were held to gather baseline data from parents, business leaders, principals, teachers, clergy and students on where the District is currently and where the community hopes for the District to be in the near future.  The next steps in the strategic design process begins this week as Katy ISD hosts two of four education summits to provide the community an opportunity to share their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. The dates, times and locations for all of the education summits are listed below.

Wednesday, March 22

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Morton Ranch High School
    9th Grade Commons
    21000 Franz Rd.
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Cinco Ranch High School
    Main Commons
    23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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The Ballard House in Katy to Receive 2 Million Dollar Grant for Expansion

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 22, 2017)The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location.

Katy’s Ballard House provides patients battling life-threatening or critical illnesses, along with their families and caregivers, Texas-sized hospitality in a home away from home environment. “We are so grateful for this generous gift and wish to express our sincere gratitude to The Ballard Foundation and the entire Katy area for their continued support,” stated Kathy Alt, The Ballard House Director.

Families come from around the world travel to stay at The Ballard House, and once there can create bonds and friendships with those who are going through similar life experiences. The expanded facilities at The Ballard House-Katy will allow the local non-profit organization a chance to help more families in need. More information: www.theballardhouse.org.

 

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Garth Brooks to Open and Close Rodeo Houston in 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted March 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 17, 2017) – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials announced that Garth Brooks will open and close 2018 RodeoHouston®, Feb. 27 and March 18.

“We are thrilled to welcome Garth Brooks back to the RodeoHouston® stage,” said Jack A. Lyons, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chairman of the board. “This is the first time in multi-entertainer Show history that one artist has opened and closed RodeoHouston®, and we could not think of a more engaging performer to take on this epic presentation.”

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Science-Based Summer Camp Comes to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 16, 2017) – Club SciKidz Houston, a franchise of Georgia-based, Club SciKidz, LLC is proud to announce its expansion into Katy, TX. With two Sugar Land, TX locations at Faith Lutheran Church and Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, Club SciKidz Houston is currently accepting Summer Day Camp registrations for its CrossPoint Community Church location at 700 S. Westgreen Blvd.

Club SciKidz Houston features in-school field trips, after school programs and summer day camp sessions for grades PK – 8 (or ages 4 – 15). While the week-long summer day camps are at churches, Club SciKidz also provides its other services at both public and private schools and day care centers.

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Former City Council Member Hill Adams Announces Candidacy for Mayor

Katy Texas News
Posted March 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 14, 2017) – Hill Adams, long time Katy resident and former City Council member, has declared his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Katy.

Hill and his wife Carol have lived in Katy for 25 years and from the beginning they have been very active in our community through schools, church, local charities and public service. Best known for their work with the Katy Heritage Society; Carol is best known for working with then-Mayor Doyle Callender to create Katy Heritage Park and Railroad Park. The Adams’ have been married for 37 years and have two children; Anne and Robert. Strongly rooted in protecting Katy’s past, Hill Adams is also committed to Katy’s future.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Welcomes New Medical Director

Katy Texas News
Posted March 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently appointed Peter Walker, M.D., as its new medical director of the bariatric program.  In his new role, Dr. Walker will oversee the growth of the program, which aims to help people lose weight after diet and exercise options have been exhausted.

“We are excited to have Dr. Walker lead the bariatric program here at Memorial Hermann Katy. He is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art surgical therapies using the least invasive, most advanced and safest techniques available. We know the Katy community will appreciate having his expertise close to home,” says Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy.

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British International School Boys Varsity Soccer Team Wins State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted March 10th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 10, 2017) – The British International School of Houston (BISH) varsity boys’ soccer team played an impressive game  and won the 2017 TAPPS Texas Division III State Soccer Championship title against Dallas Covenant with a final score of 5-2. The team notably played 21 matches over four months before winning this coveted title. Over the last six years they have been district champions four times and state champions twice.

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Chuck Brawner Announces Candidacy for Katy Mayor

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Posted March 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 7, 2017) – Chuck Brawner has filed to run in the open seat to be the next Mayor of the City of Katy.  Brawner served as Katy City Council Member since 2013 and Mayor Pro Tem since 2014. He was required to vacate his Council Seat to run for Mayor.  Brawner is committed to making the families of Katy and the city’s legacy the center of his campaign.

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Cane Island Conservatory, Event Center Now Taking Reservations

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory, the only one of its kind in the area, and its multi-purpose event center, both situated within the community’s resort-style Amenity Village, now can be reserved for business, civic and social gatherings.

Available for both residents and non-residents of the Katy master-planned community, both venues are located minutes north of the Cane Island entrance at 2100 Cane Island Parkway.

Cane Island’s 3,500-square-foot event center is serviced by a restaurant-quality commercial kitchen making it ideal for morning, afternoon or evening catered functions, receptions, meetings and networking events.  Ample covered space just outside the event center is available for pre-function activities.  The event center also can be converted into an indoor/outdoor venue by opening its large sliding doors.

For more intimate events, groups can reserve Cane Island’s 1,500-square-foot glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area.  Available for seasonal use in the fall and spring, the enclosed, air-conditioned space with its wall of fresh flowers is ideal for showers or smaller social events. The conservatory also is serviced by the Amenity Village’s full-service commercial kitchen.    Cane Island

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits Katy ISD

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Katy ISD will host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a special one-day event.  The tour bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility.  It allows students to write, record and produce songs, music videos and documentaries among other digital media projects – all in one day.

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Todd McVey Named New Head Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at Tompkins High School

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 28, 2017) – Katy ISD welcomes Todd McVey as the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Obra D. Tompkins High School. Coach McVey is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director for Katy ISD, and the Interim Head Coach at Tompkins. He has been the Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at McKinney HS and Killeen Harker Heights.  He was also a member of the staff at Texas City High school when they won the 4A state championship in 1997. The Falcons will introduce Mr. McVey to the Tompkins community at 7 p.m. in the Main Commons on Thursday, March 2.

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Legacy Stadium Approved as New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight “Legacy Stadium” as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of public recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose school facility will open up Fall of 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program and it will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Complex.

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YMCA at Katy Main Street to Host Grand Opening Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017)  – Its doors are open, and YMCA officials are ready to make their newest and state-of-the-art center, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., official. On March 3, the YMCA of Greater Houston will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the second YMCA in Katy and one of the most unique centers in the Greater Houston area.

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YMCA Now Recruiting Teams for Spring Classic Golf Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – On March 27, the Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – will be hosting the 11th Annual YMCA Golf Classic, sponsored by Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign and ultimately provide support for scholarships and subsidized programming.

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Katy ISD Elementary School Recognized with Prestigious Award

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Posted February 27th 2017

KATY, TX News (February 27, 2017) – Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook recently visited Pattison Elementary, one of six Katy Independent School District (KISD) schools whose Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) were awarded the 2015/2016 Voice for Every Child Award.

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Mayor Hughes Announces Withdraw from Last Term

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2017

Katy, TX (February 24, 2017) City of Katy Residents and Supporters:

After much thought, prayers, and with the support of my family and friends, I have  decided to withdraw from the race for my last term as Mayor of the City of Katy.

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With Cases on the Rise, Memorial Hermann Encourages Immunization, Proper Hygiene Practices to Stop Flu’s Spread

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2017

Katy, TX (February 24, 2017) As influenza continues to spread across the state, leading to a spike in hospital visits and doctor’s office visits throughout Texas, Memorial Hermann stresses the importance of vaccination and hygiene to protect against this dangerous and deadly virus.

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Tiff’s Treats is Coming to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2017

 

 

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Katy, TX News (February 24, 2017)  As it begins its 18th year in business, Tiff’s Treats announced today it will be opening its first 2017 store in Katy, the 6th location in the Houston area. The Katy location will be the company’s 28th store overall, the 25th store in Texas. In 2016, Austin-based Tiff’s Treats, the first in the nation to create the warm cookie delivery concept, also opened 3 other stores in Atlanta Georgia, its first locations outside the state of Texas. The Katy store, at 21788 Katy Fwy B-800, Katy, TX 77449, will celebrate with a grand opening event Saturday, March 4 from 9 am to 1 pm., with cookie sales benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital. More at https://cookiedelivery.com/Company/About/New-Store-Openings/Events/Katy.aspx

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Kingsland Baptist Church Celebrates 10 Years of Caring for Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23rd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 23, 2017 – Kingsland Baptist Church (KBC) will celebrate a decade of community service Sunday, February 26, when its members take part in their 10th annual Caring for Katy event.
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Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards at Foreign Languages Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 21, 2017) Katy ISD had 30 high school students win awards at the 2017 Farrington Contest and Awards, sponsored by the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language. This included six students who took home first place prizes in Spanish Advanced, Spanish Intermediate, German 2, German 3 and American Sign Language.

More than 200 Houston-area students participated in the language competition and schools were allowed to send three students from each language level. Participants completed a language exam including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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New Breakfast/Brunch Eatery Coming to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is pleased to announce that Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a fast growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway.

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Cinco Ranch High School Quartet to Perform With Touring Beatles Musical

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – The Cinco Ranch High School String Quartet have the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to “In My Life,” the musical retelling of the Beatles story. The musical, told through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.

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Penske Truck Rental Debuts New Katy Location

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new location in Katy, Texas. Located at 517 Stonegate Drive, it has full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services. This location contains four services bays in a 20,000-square-foot building on 2.5 acres.

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Two Katy ISD Principals to be Honored at Region IV Principal Recognition Ceremony

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 16, 2017) – Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal Dr. David Paz, were chosen for Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition.

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Katy Grand Theatre Project Holds Fundraising Golf Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – Katy The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation (NFAF) will host the first annual Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 9am at the exclusive Club at Falcon Point in Katy.  All proceeds from this tournament are dedicated to The Katy Grand Theatre Project, an NFAF effort to build a $3.4 million dollar performing arts center in Katy.  The Katy Grand Theatre is to be a flagship fine arts venue for symphony, concerts, and year round musical theatre productions for the Katy community.  Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.

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The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch Selected as Assessment Center for Greater Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch is proud to announce that it has been selected as the new Assessment Center of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for the greater Houston area.

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Katy VFW Honors Outstanding Volunteers

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 13, 2017) – The Commander of Katy’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 recently honored outstanding volunteers of the Post the Community at the Third Annual Katy Military Dining Out held at the Club at Falcon Point in Katy, February 10th, 2017. The evening included recognition of each of these volunteer leaders for their exceptionally meritorious service to Veterans, the Community, and the Youth of Katy, Texas.

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Total Closure of I-45 Gulf Freeway This Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 10, 2017) – The Texas Department of Transportation will complete the final lane configurations on the southbound mainlanes of the I-45 S Gulf Freeway project from Dixie Farm Rd. to Nasa Bypass as well as other miscellaneous work. To complete the work, a total closure of the southbound mainlanes will take place beginning tomorrow night.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 10 through 5 a.m., Monday, February 13, the I-45/Gulf Freeway southbound mainlanes from Scarsdale to Nasa Bypass will be closed.

  • Motorists traveling southbound will need to exit the mainlanes at Scarsdale and detour to the frontage road through the Nasa Rd. 1 intersection. Motorists can re-enter the mainlanes at the Nasa Bypass/Nasa Rd. 1 entrance ramp.

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Katy ISD Announces KEYS Mentors of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 10, 2017) – Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors — while supporting KEYS Scholarships — at Ties & Tiaras on March 9th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at NOAH’S of Katy.  This year’s festivities include honoring the 2017 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors, along with entertainment provided by a stringed ensemble from Tompkins High School.  Also joining the event will be the Cinco Ranch High School student artists who created this year’s KEYS scholarship masterpiece.

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Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Naming of Second Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 9, 2017) – Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for the naming of the Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium, set to open Fall 2017.  Katy ISD will be providing its community with a state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose second stadium as part of its 2014 Bond.

Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines, and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form.  Click here for guidelines and form.
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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Welcomes New Senior Vice President and CEO Heath Rushing

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital will soon be connected by more than just the Grand Parkway.

Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce Heath Rushing as Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Rushing, who previously served as Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, will officially begin his role on Monday, February 6.

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Solis Mammography Discusses Advances in Women’s Health Technology

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – In honor of Solis Mammography’s 30th anniversary in 2016, three pioneers in women’s breast health – Dr. Timothy Freer, founder and practicing radiologist; Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer; and James Polfreman, CEO and president of Solis Mammography – gathered for a roundtable discussion.

Describing the origins of what is now Solis Mammography, Dr. Freer remarked, “It’s pretty amazing that what started off as one 600-square-foot location, one radiologist, one film mammography machine with one technologist in Plano, Texas, in 1986 has today grown into Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services with 38 centers across six major markets serving more than 600,000 patients each year.”

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YMCA Katy Main Street Grand Opens on February 4

Katy Texas News
Posted February 03rd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2017) – By taking the best designs from YMCA centers around the nation and incorporating them into one 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston has responded to Katy’s burgeoning population with extra modern amenities and a sleek, airy design.

After nine months of construction, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., will open its doors on Saturday and offer the latest exercise crazes including TRX and aerial yoga. Its outdoor pool is heated and connected to private changing rooms.

Katy Main Street cycle, courtesy of YMCA

Those are just some of the special features at the $12 million center. The center is expected to be a hub for Katy’s growing needs for child care, health and fitness, and educational programs.

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Fort Bend County and Willowfork Fire Department to Open New Station in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) – Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 (District) and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.

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Harris County Hosts Super Bowl 51 Safety Briefing for Elected Officials

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) –  Yesterday Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management hosted dozens of elected officials from across the area for a briefing about Super Bowl 51 and its week-long activation leading up to game day.

“Special events like the Super Bowl attract massive crowds that create many safety and traffic challenges,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We are doing all we can to help support the region and all the entities involved with this major task.”

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Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital Receives Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) – Dr. Lauren Kane, congenital heart surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF). Kane is the first congenital heart surgeon to receive the distinguished honor. For more information about the fellowship visit TSF’s website.

Established in 2013 in conjunction with Women in Thoracic Surgery, The Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship is an annual award presented to an established female thoracic or cardiac surgeon which provides them the opportunity to travel to another institution to learn a new skill or technology.

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Katy ISD National Letter of Intent Signing Day

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Posted January 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – National Letter of Intent Signing Day is February 1, 2017. Several Katy ISD high school athletes, accompanied by their family, friends and Katy ISD staff, will be signing a binding letter of intent offered by distinct college teams from across the United States.  Below are the times for signing day at each school:

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Your Total Foot Care Specialist Announces Scholarships for Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – Dr. James M. Jacobs and Associates with Your Total Foot Care Specialist, are pleased to announce two $1,500 “Stepping into the Future” scholarships for 2017 KISD graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted to the offices of Your Total Foot Care Specialist by March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. A third party committee will select the two winning applicants.

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Katy Tiger Aquatic Team Has Record-Breaking Weekend at District Meet

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – The Katy High School varsity swimming and diving team had a record-breaking weekend at the district meet located at Tompkins High School last weekend.

The team took third place over all in what was one of the fastest district meets Katy ISD has seen in a long time. Diver Chloe Ceyanes was crowned the district champion while fellow diver Hollie Schaper took fourth. In boys diving, Jacob Adkisson was fifth and John Salder placed sixth.

In swimming, their team broke two school records and received numerous medals. All six relay teams advanced to regionals, along with numerous individual swimmers. Massimo Gasponi broke the Boys 100 Fly record previously set in 2004 and Kaloyan Bratanov broke the Boys 100 Free record previously set in 2003.

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Katy ISD Invites Residents to Join 2017 Bond Advisory Committee

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Staff & Community Members,

It’s no secret that Katy ISD is considered one of the most successful school districts in the country due to a robust curriculum and the wealth of opportunities available to our students.  Likewise, our parents and community members take great pride in supporting our kids and schools and value the role we all play in building the legacy.

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Celebrity Chili Bowl and Football Game Brings Big Names to Katy, TX

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2017) –  The City of Katy will host this once-in-a-decade event happening at Rhodes Stadium on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, on February 4. The day will start with the Taste of Katy Chili Bowl, followed by a celebrity flag football game and an after party. On the celebrity roster are former Katy Tiger and Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Cowboys legend Michael Irvin, Doug Flutie, Seven Lakes High School alum and UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and more.

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Memorial Hermann Opens New Urgent Care in Katy/Fulshear

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25th 2017

Katy, TX News  (January 25, 2017) – Memorial Hermann has further expanded healthcare services in the Katy area with the opening of Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear. The clinic represents yet another major investment made by Memorial Hermann in the Katy community over the last few years.

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Katy ISD Releases 2017-18 Instructional Calendar Survey

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2017

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Community, Staff, and Students,

As you may be aware, it is anticipated that the Katy ISD Instructional Calendar will look a little different beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

State law currently prohibits a school start date before the fourth Monday in August. Faced with the annual challenges imposed by this start date, our Katy Improvement Council, along with staff, explored ways in which we might better meet the identified needs of our students and families. This led the District to pursue a District of Innovation (DOI) designation by the state which allows for greater local control and flexibility in constructing the school calendar.

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Katy EDC Passes Resolution to Support Widening of FM 1463

Katy Texas News
Posted January 19th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 19, 2017) – On January 11, 2017, the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) and its Board of Governors passed a resolution to support the widening of FM 1463 in the Katy area between I-10 and FM 1093, which will provide for enhanced mobility.  TxDOT has identified $15 million in funding for widening a segment of FM 1463 between I-10 and Spring Green Boulevard.
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Katy ISD Announces New Athletic Directors for Morton Ranch and Paetow High Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 18, 2017) – Katy ISD is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Counter and B.J. William Gotte as our new Campus Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach’s for Morton Ranch High School and Paetow High School.  Both positions were approved unanimously during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting tonight.

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Local Foundation Seeks Applicants for $1 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – The Galleria and Katy Mills are once again proud to help a deserving graduating senior pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near The Galleria, Katy Mills and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2017. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

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Willowfork Fire Department Announces Third Station in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station.   A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.

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Rep. Mike Schofield Files Bill to Cap Growth of State Spending

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Posted January 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2017) – State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 936 this week to prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population, allowing for inflation. The bill would change the spending cap currently in the Texas Constitution to prevent the state budget from growing above the previous budget by more than the increase in the number of people and the cost of providing the same level of services.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Open New Location in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group and Amstar Group, its equity partner, are pleased to announce that the Final Phase of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be anchored by a new 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema anticipated to open in Spring 2018.  The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and will consist of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an additional 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 6-story parking garage.

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Mayde Creek Soccer Team Shows Exemplary Character at Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) During a tournament in College Station this week, the Mayde Creek High School men’s JV soccer team showed that there is more to competition than points on a scoreboard. When the players learned from their coach that one of the opposing team members had down syndrome, they banded together to show a level of sportsmanship that is seldom seen in competitive tournaments. Read the story below:

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Katy ISD Drill Team Students Will Perform in Washington, DC

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Posted January 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 12, 2017) Texas Dance Educator’s Association is proud to announce the invitation from the Texas State Society to perform at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala in Washington D.C. on January 19, 2017.  The 2017 Ball promises to live up to its spectacular reputation as the “hottest ticket in town” during Inauguration weekend, and far exceed expectations.  The Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the banks of the Potomac River. This facility is the largest and most elegant facility in the entire DC Metropolitan area. Guests include Texas state officials, dignitaries, thousands of guests from all over the United States.

Only 25 All-State members will be performing at this prestigious event. The following Students are thrilled to be selected from Katy ISD:

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Seven Lakes High School Girl Scout Receives National Honor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11th 2017

KATY, TX News (January 11, 2017) According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Chloe Bartine, a senior at Seven Lakes High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

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YMCA at Katy Main Street Slated to Open in February

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) It’s just weeks away from the Feb. 1 grand opening of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street. As the final touches are put on the 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston is inviting the public to preview the premises on designated days beginning Jan. 7.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt Addresses TEA Letter Grade Ratings

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) In a letter to parents, Dr. Lance Hindt, Ed. D., Superintendent of Katy ISD, addressed the validity of the unofficial letter grade ratings released by the TEA.

“Dear Katy ISD Parents and Community,

Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will release unofficial letter grades for every campus and district throughout the state — a requirement of House Bill 2804.  This unofficial ratings report is considered a trial run for the new 2017-18 accountability system and is designed to provide districts with a benchmark to track progress and make improvements ahead of releasing the official August 2018 ratings.

It is no secret that Katy ISD is one of the best school districts in the state, consistently earning TEA’s highest accountability rating year after year.  In addition, our community is highly regarded for its family values and business growth.  However, I and many others believe that TEA’s new methodology for calculating ratings does not accurately reflect where we are as a district and community. In fact, the unofficial ratings show that our district and some of our schools have received less than average ratings in one or more areas (see FAQs for more information on House Bill 2804).

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Katy Taste Fest to Serve Food and Fun for a Good Cause

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) Katy Taste Fest is set to serve up good food for a good cause. The festival is an event for foodies to experience fare from Katy’s diverse restaurant scene. Emphasis is on fun for the whole family with a variety of local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a large kids zone, a dessert oasis, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The festival will debut at Villagio Town Center on March 4, 2017. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

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UHV Katy Campus Lands Top-10 List for Best Texas Online College Education

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree. Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.

“UHV leaders realized early on that significant numbers of our students were unable to take a traditional, face-to-face class schedule,” says David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “If they couldn’t come to us, we wanted to come to them. The university has spent a lot of time and energy coming up with effective ways to teach online. This ranking reaffirms that what we are doing is working and that UHV’s online education remains a great value.”

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Representative Mike Schofield Files Faithless Elector Bill

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 4, 2017) State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 771 to disqualify and replace faithless electors in the Electoral College.  Senator Paul Bettencourt will sponsor the bill in the Senate. HB 771 would require electors to cast their vote for the candidates for president and vice president who received the most votes in Texas.  If an elector attempted to change their ballot, that elector would be removed and replaced by an alternate elector.  Under HB 771, alternate electors would be chosen in the same process that electors are chosen.

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BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2016

Katy, TX (December 14, 2016) The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently launched its fifth Inspiring Imagination teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  “The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s partnership with BP represents the best of our community,” said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students.”

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Katy ISD Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district’s Student Activities Complex, as part of a new ten-year deal. The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.

The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded.

These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017.

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Katy Magazine Announces Katy People of the Year Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

The publishers of Katy Magazine honored 10 extraordinary citizens at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s general assembly meeting

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Today, Katy Magazine officially announced their People of the Year award winners at the Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting held at the Education Support Complex. Ten outstanding Katy area residents were presented with awards in front of a large audience of business and community leaders at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s monthly assembly meeting. The 10 honorees are also featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Katy Magazine and will be showcased in their upcoming Katy Business Magazine launching in early 2017.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Joins Forces with LifeGift to Address Nation’s Critical Shortage of Organs

Katy Texas News
Posted December 09th 2016

Katy, TX (December 9, 2016) More than a dozen new people joined the organ donor registry Friday as part of an initiative by Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and LifeGift to address the growing national organ shortage by raising awareness for the mission while celebrating those who make the selfless decision to share the gift of life.

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Katy Magazine Competes in National Publishing Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted December 07th 2016

Katy,TX (December 7, 2016) This fall, Katy Magazine competed in the FOLIO Awards, a national awards program which showcases the best editorial content and designs in the magazine industry. A panel of more than 300 judges narrowed 2,800 entries down to 1,000 finalists. In total, over 250 awards were given across 33 categories.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Makes Babies’ Health a Top Priority

Katy Texas News
Posted December 07th 2016

Katy, TX (December 7, 2016) Research has long-touted the benefits of breastfeeding for newborns, as well as mothers, and that’s why Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is proud to once again receive the Texas Ten Step Designation from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.  This is the fifth year in a row Memorial Hermann Katy has received this designation.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Wins Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 07th 2016

Katy, TX (December 7, 2016) – Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit. For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.

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El Tiempo Katy Plans to Rebuild Following the Destructive Fire

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2016
Katy, TX (December 5, 2016) Chef Laurenzo and the El Tiempo Cantina- Katy Family have released the following statement:
To the residents and businesses of Katy, Texas,
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for all of the wonderful support from the people of Katy. We are grateful for everyone’s help and outpouring of support and words of encouragement. Thank you to the businesses in Katy who were able to, and have, offered employment to those who lost their jobs as a result of the fire. The El Tiempo family is so very grateful for such kind acts in helping us out in this challenging time. Thanksgiving this year was one which we will never forget as it was marred by the loss of our Katy location and many of our employees sacrificed their Thanksgiving to help out in any way they could. It was an unexpected, tough, and sad sacrifice, one in which we were grateful that no one was hurt. We thank the Katy and surrounding fire and police departments for their hard work.

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Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2016

Katy, TX (December 1, 2016) This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during Promise to Read.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD’s Partners in Education.  Promise to Read affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.

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Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers with Virtual Victory Lap for $25,000 Raised

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Posted November 30th 2016

Katy, TX (November 30, 2016) Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016.  The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.

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Medicare Aims to Cover the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23rd 2016

Katy, TX (November 23, 2016) After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast track the process of establishing medical coverage for the program – including in the Katy area. Coverage could come as early as 2018.

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Katy Magazine Announces Launch of Katy Business Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2016

Katy Business Magazine to reach 30,000 high level executives, business owners, and decision makeers in the greater Katy and West Houston areas.

Katy, TX (November 22, 2016) The publishers of Katy Magazine announced their newest product, Katy Business Magazine, to be released January 2017. The latest addition to a growing family of award-winning publications serving the greater Katy area, this new publication offers a one-stop resource for everything business in Katy, Texas.  “We are thrilled to provide Katy specific content and local purchasing resources that business owners and executive level decision makers just can’t find anywhere else,” says publisher Matt Katsarelis. Katy Business Magazine will be mailed and hand-delivered to local businesses, executives, and purchasing and HR directors in the greater Katy area. It will also tap into the burgeoning West Houston Energy Corridor where a majority of the Katy executives work.

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Katy Business Magazine covers important topics facing local businesses such as new laws pertaining to labor and health benefits, the latest IT viruses spreading in our community, commercial office space availability, and so much more.  More importantly, this innovative business magazine shines a light on the people that genuinely reflect the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Katy area. “I’ve been inspired by the sheer grit and determination of local business owners we’ve had the pleasure of working with through the years,” says Katrina Katsarelis, editor-in-chief. “We are delighted to be able to showcase these hardworking people in various features such as our family business success stories, entrepreneur’s panel, and Ask the Experts business forums.”

Katy Business Magazine publishers understand the struggles of growing a business first hand. In 2002, Katrina and Matt Katsarelis founded Katy Magazine out of their home office in Kelliwood Gardens with just a $2,000 investment.  After 14 years, they’ve grown the original publication to $2.5 million in annual sales and have 15 full-time employees. Their magazines have won over 100 national and state level industry awards and accolades in everything from general excellence, cover design, editorial excellence, and community service, to name a few. Katy Magazine also won the highly-coveted Katy Business of the Year Award from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2014 and the Katy ISD Media Honor Roll Award. The Katsarelis’ are heavily invested in the Katy community, and serve on multiple boards and committees including the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy ISD Education Foundation, and the Katy ISD Partners in Education.

Katy Business Magazine will have the same heart for the community that all our magazines have become known for,” says Katrina Katsarelis. “We live and work here in Katy, and wanted to create a magazine that has the top resources, exceptional stories, and features on the dedicated people in our growing Katy business community, which is most important.”

Katy Business Magazine welcomes submissions from local authors on pertinent business topics for consideration. Email info@katymagazine.com to submit editorial content or to get advertising information.

 CONTACT: Katrina Katsarelis, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Katy Magazine 281.579.9840 katrinak@katymagazine.com

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Seeks Public’s Feedback on Proposed Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2016

Katy, TX (November 21, 2016) During the Work Study meeting on Monday, the Board of Trustees discussed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment and prepare for the opening of three new campuses (Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School) in the fall of 2017.

Based on the preliminary ABMs discussed, the following schools would be impacted: Wolman Elementary, Katy Elementary, McDonald Junior High, Katy Junior High, Morton Ranch High School and Katy High School.

In an effort to gather feedback from the public on the proposed ABMs, the Board encourages everyone to complete the online survey, available in English and Spanish, from November 15 – 30.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at all campuses.

A final recommendation will be presented to the Board on December 5.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, click here.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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World-renowned Heart Surgeon and Medical Pioneer, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, Passes at Age 96

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2016

Katy, TX (November 18, 2016) Friends and colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute, join with his family in mourning the death of world-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

Cooley, who founded THI as a premier cardiovascular research and education institution in 1962, and served as its surgeon-in chief for more than 40 years, died today at the age of 96 after a long life.

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Traffic Alert for November 18 – November 21

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2016

Katy, TX (November 18, 2016) The Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor working on the US 290 Project H from Pinemont to W. Little York continues to progress with mainlane construction.  This weekend, crews will switch traffic on the US 290 westbound mainlanes from Hollister to Fairbanks N. Houston, signifying completion of a major milestone for the project.

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Receives 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Katy Texas News
Posted November 17th 2016

Katy, TX (November 17, 2016) Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker made the announcement today recognizing Memorial Hermann Sugar Land for its outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

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UH System and Parkside Capital Finalize Purchase of Land to Establish Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2016

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) The University of Houston System (UHS) has completed the purchase of 46 acres of land in Katy from Parkside Capital. The land is located at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway and will be developed into a campus serving West Houston. Academic programs from two UH System universities, the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria, will be offered at the new campus.

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Monty Ballard YMCA’s School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2016

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.

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Katy’s Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

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Posted November 07th 2016

Katy, TX (November 7, 2016) – Kat Garza never dreamed she would work for Cane Island when she moved to the new Katy master-planned community with her husband and two small children.

“We were looking for a community to raise our kids with good schools and a short work commute to the Energy Corridor where my husband works,” she says. “I never thought my new job would be right in my backyard!”

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Katy Area EDC Announces Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award Winner

Katy Texas News
Posted November 04th 2016

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) In March of 2016, the Katy area lost a beloved leader and community member in Mr. Stan C. Stanley.  To honor his contributions and continue his legacy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.  Today, on November 3, Stan’s birthday and what has been proclaimed Stan C. Stanley Day by the City of Katy, the Katy Area EDC is proud to announce Mr. Stan Goss as the winner of the inaugural Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.

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Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Invites Public to Nominate a Senior Who Could Use Some Holiday Cheer

Katy Texas News
Posted November 04th 2016

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) As part of their community outreach program, Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is sponsoring Celebrating the Light, a program created to deliver Christmas decorations to someone who could use an extra dose of cheer this holiday season.

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Dr. Larry H. Hollier Jr. honored as Press Ganey Physician of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted November 04th 2016

Katy, (November 4, 2016) Improving the experience for every patient and family who comes to Texas Children’s Hospital for surgery is a top priority for Dr. Larry H. Hollier Jr., associate surgeon-in-chief for clinical affairs and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s.

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Dozens of Kids at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital “Flying High” after Donation from United Airlines

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Posted November 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (November 2, 2016) A visit to the hospital isn’t always a pleasant one, especially for children. However, a special teddy bear aims to help kids through the process with flying colors. United Airlines recently donated 48 Adventure Bears, named “Ben Flyin” to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The bears will be given to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the emergency center, or are admitted to the hospital. This is the second year United Airlines has partnered with Memorial Hermann Katy for the Adventure Bear Program. (more…)

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Notice of Required Identification for Election Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2016

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) A voter must show one of the following forms of acceptable photo identification at the polling location before the voter may be accepted for voting, unless the voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of these forms of acceptable photo identification or the voter qualifies for one of the other exemptions identified below:

• Texas Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”)

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;

• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;

• United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;

• United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; or

• United States Passport.

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YMCA to Offer Free Childcare on Election Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2016

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) In an effort to provide busy parents and guardians an opportunity to vote on Election Day on Nov. 8, the YMCA of Greater Houston is offering two hours of free childcare through its Child Watch program.

At the Y, children ages 6 months through 11 years will be supervised by trained and attentive staff members and can engage in arts and crafts, games, puzzles, blocks, and storytelling.

Parents and guardians can register for this opportunity on or before Nov. 8 by visiting their local YMCA in person and completing the registration process. Child Watch hours and capacities will vary from center to center.

“The YMCA wants to make sure that all people are able to exercise their right to vote,” said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The YMCA is the largest provider of childcare in the nation.

To learn more about this opportunity or the YMCA’s Child Care programs, please visit ymcahouston.org or visit your local YMCA.

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

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Posted October 31st 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 27th 2016

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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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Celebrates Volunteers

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2016

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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70+ Memorial Hermann Nurses Honored for Extraordinary, Compassionate Care

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 25th 2016

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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Early Voting Locations October 24th

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 21st 2016

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 12th 2016

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 12th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 07th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 07th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted October 05th 2016

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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Houston Methodist Receives Vizient Quality Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2016

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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Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted September 30th 2016

Katy, TX (September 30, 2016) Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium.

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YMCA Offering FREE Classes to Cancer Survivors to Improve Quality of Life and Decrease Fatigue

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2016

Katy, TX (September 29, 2016) By far, Harris County sees the greatest amount of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases in women in the state. Every year, an average of 2,295 new cases are diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne is This Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2016

Katy, TX (September 28, 2016)

What:  24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne in Katy/Fulshear

When:  Sunday, October 2, 7 – 11 a.m. (North Firethorne Road to close at 5:30 a.m.; swim leg begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Where: In and around Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned community on 28100 N. Firethorne Rd. at FM 1463 

Course: 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and 3-mile run

Hosts:  Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy

Athletes:  Triathlon relay teams may be 2- or 3-person all male, all female or co-ed.  The youngest age category is 11-14, with age categories going up to 70+.

Temp:  65 degrees at the starting time

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Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board

Katy Texas News
Posted September 28th 2016

Katy, TX (September 27, 2016) The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 4, Position E. Dibrell currently serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Katy ISD board. He joined the board in 2011 and has held the positions of vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.

A graduate of Leadership TASB and a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems, he also invests time volunteering with the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentoring and coaching flag football athletes. Dibrell is the owner of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm.

Dibrell is a licensed minister who holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Northwestern State University. He is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award, and serves on the board of the Katy Pachyderm Club.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 28th 2016

Katy, TX (September 27, 2016) The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and screenings often find the disease before a patient has any symptoms. That’s why physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital urge men to consider beginning annual prostate cancer screenings between age 40 and 50.

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Katy ISD to Host College and Career Night

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (September 22, 2016) Parents and students are invited to explore post-secondary opportunities.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges, universities, and career training programs from all over the country will be available to answer questions and provide information about their programs. Click here for a list of participating colleges and organizations.

The event is being held at the Merrell Center on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Katy ISD Communications Office at 281-396-2298.

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Sod Webworms Taking Over Lawns

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (September 22, 2016) The Harris County Cooperative Extension has leased information about the sod webworms that seem to be causing extensive damage to St. Augustine grass in the Houston area.

Sod webworm larvae feed primarily at night and prefer areas in lawns that are hot and dry during daylight hours. Lawn damage occurs as the larvae chew off grass blades and retreat into their silken tunnels to consume the foliage. Lawns are particularly susceptible during July and August when the temperatures are hot and lawns are not growing vigorously.

For more information about sod webworms and how to treat them, visit http://harris.agrilife.org/files/2011/05/sodwebworm.pdf.

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The Zika Virus: Risks and Prevention

Katy Texas News
Posted September 21st 2016

Katy, TX (September 21, 2016) ER Katy put together important information about the Zika Virus: http://erkaty.com/2016/09/07/zika-virus-risks-prevention/.  Read below for further information.

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Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital Earns Accreditation for Total Hip and Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

Katy Texas News
Posted September 20th 2016

Katy, TX (September 20, 2016) Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement. It is the first hospital in Houston to earn this advanced certification, which is given to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcomes Neurologist Justin P. Morgan, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted September 15th 2016

Katy, TX (September 15, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Justin P. Morgan, M.D.

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Memorial Hermann-TMC CEO Named to Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

Katy Texas News
Posted September 14th 2016

Katy, TX (September 14, 2016) Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), has been named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Brian Dean, MPH, MBA. VP, Chief Financial Officer. Interim Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center

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Katy Family YMCA to be Renamed in Honor of Katy Philanthropist

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2016

Katy, TX (September 13, 2016) On Sept. 22, the Katy Family YMCA, which has been present in the Katy community since 2001, will receive a new name: Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. The center is being named after Ballard, whose foundation has contributed a seven-figure donation to support the work of the YMCA of Greater Houston. The gift was made specifically to expand YMCA services and programs in the Katy area – including the construction of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street, near Main Street and Kingsland Boulevard, slated to open in the first quarter of next year.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names Matt Schaefer as President

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2016

Katy, TX (September 13, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to announce Matt Schaefer as president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. For more information about West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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Katy Area EDC Receives $10,000 Small Business Award Grant

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2016

Katy, TX (September 8, 2016) The Texas Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to 10 nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promoting the development and success of small businesses in underserved markets, including $10,000 to the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

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Texas Children’s Cancer Center Kicks off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Ribbon Tying Ceremony

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2016

Katy, TX (September 7, 2016) To kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients, families and doctors came together at West Campus to tie more than 600 gold ribbons in honor of each child diagnosed with cancer in the past year at Texas Children’s. Gold is the symbolic color for childhood cancer awareness and the ceremony honored children and families who have been touched by pediatric cancer. The event began with the Go Gold parade, where patients, families and doctors wore their gold through the halls of West Campus and made their way outside to the ribbon tying ceremony. At the ceremony, guests enjoyed a moving speech from a patient family, encouraging words from Texas Children’s staff and a special performance by Christian Spear, long-term childhood cancer survivor and Purple Songs Can Fly staff songwriter, and Anita Kruse, Purple Songs Can Fly founder and executive director.

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HCESD 48 Introduces New Fire Safety Program

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2016

Katy, TX (September 7, 2016) Have you ever seen the result of a preventable fire and asked yourself, “Why?”

Fire is the second most frequent cause of death in the home and the vast majority of these incidents are preventable if you take the right steps. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2014 there were approximately 1,298,000 fires (up 4.7%) reported across the country and approximately 360,000 of those were residential. These fires resulted in 3,275 civilian fatalities, 15,775 civilian injuries and over $11.5 billion in property loss. Most of these fatalities could be easily prevented with a few simple precautions such as working smoke detectors, a well-rehearsed escape plan, and basic steps to limit hazardous conditions in the home.

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Memorial Hermann is Celebrating 35 Years of Caring in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted September 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (September 2, 2016) When Katy Hospital first opened in 1981 on Pin Oak Road, it had 100 beds, four operating rooms and two delivery rooms. Over the years, that small hospital grew as the community did, eventually   relocating and expanding into what is now known as Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  This month, the hospital celebrated 35 years of service in the Katy community.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 31st 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 31st 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 30th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 30th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 29th 2016

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 26th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 26th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 26th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 25th 2016

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 24th 2016

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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West Nile Virus Case

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 17th 2016

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

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Posted August 17th 2016

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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Join Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician M. Nameer Sidiquee for Sports Physicals

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2016

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.

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

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Posted August 12th 2016

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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First Harris County Zika Fatality Confirmed

Katy Texas News
Posted August 10th 2016

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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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Donation From Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group

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Posted August 04th 2016

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

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Posted August 04th 2016

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

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Posted August 02nd 2016

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

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Posted August 01st 2016

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

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Posted August 01st 2016

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 Texas News
Posted August 01st 2016

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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Katy ISD Statement Regarding Teacher’s Arrest

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2016

Katy, TX (July 29, 2016) Katy ISD delivered a statement regarding the recent arrest of Robert Milton, an art teacher at Katy High School.

At Katy Independent School District, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students.  Yesterday the district was informed that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against, Robert Milton, a Katy High School teacher, for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

As soon as the District became aware of the concern an investigation was launched. Milton was immediately placed on administrative leave.  Several days later, the teacher resigned from Katy ISD.  The District is cooperating fully with prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office during this investigation and will continue to do so.

Courtesy of Katy ISD Communications
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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Callegari Park

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2016

Katy, TX (July 23, 2016)  On Saturday, July 23, Groundbreaking took place for a new park inside the Lakeview Subdivision, hosted by Harris County M.U.D 64. The proposed Park will be a multi?use Park approximately 3.5 acres, and dedicated to the residents of the Municipal Utility District.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Says Goodbye to Retiring Therapy Dog “Gracie”

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2016

Katy, TX (July  28, 2016) Employees, physicians, and volunteers from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital came together yesterday for a special farewell ceremony to wish the hospital’s first therapy dog, Gracie, a happy retirement. Gracie is an Australian Shepherd who first started visiting patients in 2007 with the “Tender Loving K9’s” program. Unfortunately, arthritis is making it too difficult for Gracie to continue visiting with patients and recently her owner announced her retirement. In Gracie’s honor, Memorial Hermann Katy hosted a retirement party to send Gracie off with a tail-wagging good time.

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Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills Under Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2016

Katy, TX (July 27, 2016) Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national leader in dropout recovery and prevention, has begun building classrooms inside of Katy Mills mall that will be open to students this fall. The non-profit is partnering with the Katy Independent School District to build Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills and to adopt Martha Raines High School into its network. A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on September 22.

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Molina Healthcare and Memorial Hermann Announce Improved Access to Care for Medicaid, Medicare, and Chip Recipients in Greater Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2016

Katy, TX (July 26, 2016) Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) and Memorial Hermann Health Plan, Inc. jointly announced today that Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, has entered into an agreement with Memorial Hermann to enhance access to safe, high-quality care for Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP recipients in the greater Houston area. At the closing of the transaction, Molina’s approximately 14,000 STAR, CHIP and CHIP Perinate members residing in the Harris Service Delivery Area will become members of Memorial Hermann Health Plan. As part of the transaction, Memorial Hermann will become a contracted provider in Molina’s network serving STAR+PLUS, STAR+PLUS MMP and Medicare D-SNP members. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2017 subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Announces First-in-Texas Zika Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2016

Katy, TX (July 25, 2016) Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of the nation’s premier facilities for women’s, fetal and newborn health, is excited to announce a first-in-Texas Zika clinic to ensure that as the virus continues to be a global concern, pregnant women at risk of contracting it have access to a team of experts who can provide the latest testing and monitor their pregnancies.

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Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Giving HISD Teachers Lessons in Real World Healthcare Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted July 21st 2016

Katy, TX (July 20, 2016) For Chardai Grays, her second stint shadowing healthcare professionals at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital was more focused, allowing her to glean practical ideas to apply to teaching students in her Algebra I class at Heights High School. Grays, along with a contingent of Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) instructors, spent a week in the hospital as part of the district’s “Teacher Externship” program.

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s “Most Wired” for 12th Consecutive Year in Hospitals & Health Networks Survey

Katy Texas News
Posted July 18th 2016

Katy, TX (July 18, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Health System was named one of the country’s “Most Wired” for the 12th consecutive year in the Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) recently released annual survey conducted in partnership with the American Hospital Association.

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Memorial Hermann Earns American Hospital Association Awards for Commitment to Quality, Innovation in Palliative Care and Improving Community Health

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2016

Katy, TX (July 15, 2016) In a rare accomplishment for a U.S. health system, Memorial Hermann was nationally recognized for awards in multiple categories by the American Hospital Association (AHA) – notably for its commitment to quality, employing innovation in palliative and end-of-life care and for improving community health. Memorial Hermann will be the only Houston health system recognized at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego July 17-19.

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British International School of Houston Collaborates with MIT

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) The British International School of Houston today announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) programme based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Employees Donate Scrubs to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) In an effort to help victims of sexual assault, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital employees recently donated dozens of scrubs to Katy Christian Ministries. The like-new scrubs will be given to victims to wear after a hospital examination.

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Pictured: Lieet Benitez, Deysi Crespo, Dywane Gordon, Christina Ortega, Jacqueline Simpson, Paula White, Miti Willis, Sherry Winkelman

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First Harris County Zika Virus Case Diagnosed

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) State Representative Mike Schofield put out a letter about the recent Zika virus case in Harris County:

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Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Patients Spend a Magical Afternoon with Fairytale Royalty and Favorite Superheroes

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2016

Katy, TX (July 11, 2016)  The top floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital was recently transformed into a fairytale land, as princesses, princes and superheroes joined pediatric patients and their siblings for an afternoon of coloring, crafting and jewelry making.

The children got a chance to take a break from their treatment and spend time socializing with Cinderella, Prince Charming and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” as well as Captain America and Spiderman. The characters were members of the Fairytale Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at boosting the spirits of young children struggling with disabilities or illnesses by visiting them in hospitals and other facilities.

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Farm-Fresh Organic Veggies and Fruits Come to Katy’s Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2016

Katy, TX (July 11, 2016) Some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in Texas along with farm-fresh dairy, artisan baked goods, organic cuts of meat and local poultry are coming to Katy’s Cane Island.

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Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2016

Katy, TX (July 7, 2016) Cardiologist Dr. Randeep Suneja believes a quality, exceptional educational experience is the greatest gift the Katy community can give its children, and he’s taking steps to support that effort. Inspired by his own teachers from elementary through medical school, Suneja is a passionate advocate of education. As a result, Suneja is using his participation in the annual Katy Half-Marathon to rally the Katy community in support of its teachers. “As a 25 year resident of Katy and former Katy ISD parent, I have seen firsthand the quality of Katy ISD’s educational system. I believe our community can enhance that system and significantly impact a tremendous number of students by providing resources for their teachers,” declared Suneja.

Dr. Randeep Saneja 2016 Katy Half-Marathon

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2016

Katy, TX (July 6, 2016) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Announces New Exhibit at the Rick Smith Gallery: Holocaust Museum Houston’s “The Butterfly Project”

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2016

Katy, TX (July 5, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) are proud to partner together in order to bring The Butterfly Project, sponsored by Christensen Building Group, to the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium.  The Butterfly Project was created by HMH as a way to connect a new generation of children to the children who perished during the Holocaust.

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Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine Announce the Creation of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2016

Katy, TX (July 5, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine are excited to announce the launch of a national quality improvement center in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) was created to improve the quality of care and outcomes for children across the U.S. who are in need of urgent or emergency care. To learn more about this new center, visit www.EMSCImprovement.Center.

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Katy Fire-EMS Vehicles Now Carrying Blood Products

Katy Texas News
Posted June 30th 2016

Katy, TX (June 30, 2016) Harris County ESD 48 Fire-EMS, in conjunction with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and the Memorial Herman Red Duke Trauma Institute, will now be carrying blood products in the field.

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Grand Parkway Project Receives Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2016

Katy, TX (June 29, 2016) The partnership that successfully delivered the Grand Parkway segments F1, F2 and G (from US 290 to I-69/ US 59) has been recognized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for its innovative approach at achieving faster delivery, lower costs and better design.

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Physicians Encourage Safety While Celebrating Independence Day

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2016

Katy, TX (June 29, 2016) The upcoming Independence Day holiday may have people thinking about fireworks, barbecues, and outdoor activities. However, they are the very same activities that can make the holiday a dangerous one. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holiday weekends of the year. Emergency medicine physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital want to remind people to stay safe while celebrating.

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Shipt to Launch H-E-B Grocery Delivery in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2016

Katy, TX (June 28, 2016) Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that serves 26 major metropolitan areas across the country, and H-E-B, one of the nation’s largest and most respected grocery retailers, today announced the expansion of Shipt’s on-demand grocery delivery service to Houston beginning on June 29, 2016. This expansion follows Shipt and H-E-B’s recent partnership designed to bring the convenience of grocery delivery to customers across the state of Texas.

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Texas A&M Planning to Create Medical School for Physician Engineers at Houston Methodist Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 27th 2016

Katy, TX (June 27, 2016) Texas A&M University is planning to create an innovative engineering medical school at Houston Methodist Hospital to educate a new kind of doctor, pending appropriate approvals, who will invent transformational technology for health care, officials announced today.

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US-290 Weekend Travel Alert

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

Katy,TX (June 24, 2016) Expect heavy delays traveling through US 290 eastbound around BW 8 and US 290/IH 610 this weekend.

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Quick Action by an Attentive Neighbor Saves the Day

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

Katy, TX (June 20, 2016) On Monday (June 20th) evening around 5:30pm we responded to a fire call for a home in the Williamsburg Parish subdivision.  The family was not home when the fire broke out but an alert neighbor heard their smoke alarms going off and upon investigating further saw smoke and flames through a top floor window and called 911.  The first units were on scene five minutes later and were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the room of origin.

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UH System Universities to Launch Higher Ed Programs in Katy this Fall

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

Katy, TX (June 24, 2016) The University of Houston System will offer bachelor’s- and master’s- level degree programs in engineering, business, education and other high-demand fields in Katy starting this fall.

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