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City of Katy Discusses Flood Mitigation Plans at November General Assembly

Katy Texas News
Posted November 17th 2017
City of Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner, Costello Inc., and nearly 100 members and guests gathered at YMCA at Katy Main Street to discuss flood mitigation plans for Katy. 
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Free Car Washes at Buc-ee’s to Celebrate the Arrival of Guinness World Records

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

The popular Texas gas station chain will offer free car washes to celebrate being recognized by Guinness of World Records.

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Katy Elementary School Receives Historical Marker as Site of First Schoolhouse in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

Katy ISD superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt along with members of the  school board, Katy Elementary School staff, Mayor Chuck Brawner, and State Representative Mike Schofield were among those in attendance for the unveiling of the new historical marker at Katy Elementary School, the site of the first schoolhouse in Katy.

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Katy ISD Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15th Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays.  This year, the program anticipates an increased number of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.

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KATY CRIME: This Week’s Crime Report at a Glance

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

Here is a compilation of this week’s top crimes November 4-11. Certain incidents such as car burglaries, theft, and criminal mischief were not included in this list.

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Cane Island Hosts Candy Cane Market in December

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2017

Cane Island and the Real Craftwives of Katy invites residents out for synchronized holiday lights, photos with Santa, food trucks, craft beers, live music, snow globe fun, great shopping and more seasonal fun. 

 

KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, TX 

November 9, 2017 

More than 60 local vendors presenting holiday gift finds of jewelry, clothing and accessories, items for the home and more will gather at Candy Cane Market with the Real Craftwives of Katy on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Keep Reading)

           

 

Free and open to the public, Candy Cane Market will be hosted in the Cane Island Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, where families will enjoy live music, food trucks, craft beer from Katy’s very-own Growler USA and free photos with Santa.

While at Candy Cane Market, individuals can take a free photo inside Cane Island’s life-sized snow globe, the perfect way to send holiday wishes to friends and family. 

Photos in the snow globe will continue in the Cane Island Amenity Village throughout December where visitors also can enjoy a nightly holiday light display of twinkle lights synchronized to holiday music.  For dates, times and more information, go to www.CaneIsland.com or call (281) 725-6555.       

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway straight into the community.

Cane Island features traditional homes and lifestyle patio homes from the mid $200s, including those available for immediate move in, by CalAtlantic Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Coventry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

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Katy ISD Kicks of Annual Food for Families Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
November 9, 2017

The Katy ISD Partners in Education’s 15th Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. Food for Families is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.

Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is December 7. To make a contribution online please click here. To donate via check, please remit to “Katy ISD Food for Families” and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.

 

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

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Dewberry Farm to Open Houston’s First Christmas Light Trail

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2017
The popular, kid-friendly destination in nearby Brookshire known for it’s Christmas tree farm and year-round farm fun will now transform into a Christmas Village for Katy families to enjoy. 
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
November 9, 2017
After years of bringing Fall fun to the Houston community, Dewberry Farm is adding The Trail of Lights to the Christmas season. The Trail of Lights is a 1.5 mile wagon ride through the prairie and woods. Guests will enjoy over a million lights dancing to Christmas music. “Nothing can compare to the brilliance of the lights across the country sky while listening to festive Christmas music,” said owner Mary Emerson. She added, “There is nothing like it this close to Houston.” The entire farm will be transformed into a Christmas Village; there will be entertainment, food, and Santa will be available for photos.

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Tickets are $24.95. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each day by online only. Walk-ups are welcome but cannot be guaranteed ticket availability. Tickets include admission to the Trail of Lights and to the farm. Most of the 40+ attractions will be open during the Christmas season. The Trail of Lights is open from 4 -11 pm, December 7-10, 15-23, and 26-30.
To learn more about Dewberry Farm please contact Jennifer Gorsché at Jennifer@DewberryFarm.com, or visit our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Dewberry Farm
Dewberry Farm, located on 115 acres just west of Katy, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and 20 acres of Christmas trees. The Fall festival runs through mid-November. Choose and Cut Christmas trees are available November 24 – December 10.
Visit DewberryFarm.com for more information, or “Like” Dewberry Farm on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive updates.
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LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony Celebrates 10 Years in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 08th 2017
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch invites families to their 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus on November 18.

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Katy Elementary School to Receive Historical Marker on Friday, November 10.

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

Katy ISD’s original elementary campus, built in 1965, will receive a historical marker on Friday, November 10, 2017 to celebrate it’s history and the many Tigers who have pass through it’s hallways. 

 

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Katy ISD Election Day is November 7, 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

 

Katy ISD Election Day is November 7, 2017, with a $609M bond referendum on the ballot. Read on for polling locations by county, early voting results, and bond details. 

 

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Katy’s Cane Island Marks the Opening of Cane Island Parkway

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – KATY, TX

The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island now can boast of a location “from I-10 in a minute” with the opening of Cane Island Parkway at Highway 90, a major step for the community of new homes now in its second year. 

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Motorists can now take the paved, four-lane north/south boulevard from Interstate 10 directly to and from Cane Island.

A major selling point for Cane Island
“One of our chief selling points is proximity to the Katy Freeway,” notes Lawren Eckhardt, director of marketing for Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year.  “It’s particularly important when it comes to reducing drive times to the Energy Corridor and other employment centers.”

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Fields of Faith: Over 150 Students Meet at Rhodes Stadium to Pray Openly for Community, Nation, Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted October 16th 2017

Katy students hold fast to their faith, share testimonies, and pray over the district and their community at Rhodes Stadium on October 15. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Tx

October 16, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster 

On October 15, approximately 200 high school and junior high-aged Katy students participated in Fields of Faith, a youth-led event where students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral rally point where a community can come together.

Fields of Faith 

In Katy, the familiar and historic Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium served as the meeting place for what was to be a truly touching and inspiring night for young people and adults alike. 

 

Youth in prayer

The kids, who come from different schools and churches all over the city, prayed for our country, for our national, state and local leaders, for unity in the nation, for all of our schools, teachers and administrators. They also shared their personal testimonies and encouraged and shared their faith with each other. There was a live band to lead them in worship, and volunteers and pastors from Powerhouse, First Baptist Church of Katy, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes all came together to organize the event and make hot dogs for the kids to eat, provide an inspirational message, and close the evening in prayer. 

“It is so important for young people people to be encouraged to live their faith and share their faith with others,” says Pastor Robert Burdette. 

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Typhoon Texas WinterFest 2017 in Katy Cancelled Due to Hurricane Harvey Damage

Katy Texas News
Posted October 16th 2017
The popular Christmas light wonderland display will not be open this year due to damage sustained to decorations and equipment during hurricane Harvey. 

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
October 16, 2017
Ashley Lancaster

Looking forward to Winterfest 2018 

While Typhoon Texas managed to avoid damage from Harvey’s flood waters, the same can’t be said for the decorations and lights used for the park’s holiday celebration, WinterFest. Stored offsite in a nearby facility, decorations and lights for WinterFest were damaged due to flooding, leaving the waterpark with no choice but to cancel this year’s event. “We tried to save as much as we could, but the damage was just too much,” said Typhoon Texas General Manager Evan Barnett.  “We’ll certainly look at all options for 2018.”


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The good news

As for the waterpark, it re-opened to big crowds about a week after Harvey’s landfall with no reported damage from the storm. Typhoon Texas completed its second season weeks later in September. “It was another terrific summer season for the waterpark,” Barnett added. “As always, we’ll use the off season to look at ways to enhance every aspect of the Typhoon Texas experience.”Season passes for Typhoon Texas’ 2018 season are now on sale TyphoonTexas.com. For the latest updates, go to TyphoonTexas.com. Also follow Typhoon Texas at facebook.com/typhoontexas and on Twitter and Instagram @TyphoonTexas.

Courtesy of Kaplan PR

 

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Third Reservoir Needed to Prevent Future Katy Flooding: Local Action Needed

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

October 9, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis

To prevent future Katy Area flooding, Congressman Michael McCaul wants to direct the Army Corp of Engineers to build a third reservoir that was planned, but never built.

 

Congressman Michael McCaul, whose constituency encompasses much of Katy’s Harvey flooded areas, says a third reservoir is needed to protect Katy Area homes from future flooding. 

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TxDOT to Hold Public Meeting About the Widening of Grand Parkway in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

October 7, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis 

 

A special announcement from TxDOT about the widening of 99 from 1093 to I-10.

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Katy Kids Costume Contest Underway: Prizes Given and Winners Showcased in Katy Magazine!

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

Dress them up now and submit your Katy kids’ photo for Katy Magazine’s Official Halloween Costume Contest on or before October 30 at noon

 

Get ready! It’s Katy Magazine’s first ever Katy Kids Photo Costume Contest! We will be showcasing winners and honorable mentions on Halloween Day! (This means you’ll need to get us this year’s costume photo by Oct. 30 at noon). 

WHO CAN ENTER

This contest is for kids ages 2-12

HOW TO ENTER 

1. Post or email your child’s BEST PHOTO IN COSTUME. You can post in the comments below, post or in the Facebook comments when we share this post, OR email your best photo to editor@katymagazine.comDEADLINE: October 30, 2017

2. LIKE KATY MAGAZINE’S Facebook Page to complete your entry if you haven’t already. 

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES 

Four Main Winners 

BEST OVERALL $25

MOST CREATIVE COSTUME $15

SCARIEST COSTUME $15

CUTEST COSTUME $15

Ten Honorable Mention Winners

Honorable Mentions: Your photo will be showcased in our COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURE which will be posted  and shared on Halloween Day. 

 RULES

Must live in Katy ISD boundary areas and Like/Follow Katy Magazine and be between 2 and 12 years old. Group/theme photos may win, but prize must be shared among winners. Photo must be from this year, 2017. 

WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTIONS

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be showcased in our news feed and on social media on HALLOWEEN DAY. Watch our Facebook! Winners may pick up their prizes after Halloween between at our offices.  

DETAILS? Email editor@katymagazine.

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Cane Island Host Holiday Decorating Showcase Every Weekend in October

Katy Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Texas

October 2, 2017

 

The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will host its Fall Model Home Showcase, open to the public with free admission every weekend in October, when its 11 model homes are decorated with amazing holiday-themed settings.

Get decorating ideas

Bibbs & Burnett Realty and Design Partners will decorate an entry, kitchen, family room, entertaining space or some other area in each Cane Island model home with a magical look and feel for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years.  “If you’re looking for decorating ideas for the holidays, this is the place to be,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing.

                       

Open from noon to 6PM

Cane Island’s patio homes and traditional model homes are conveniently located within the community with signage directing visitors to their location.  Hours for Cane Island’s Fall Model Home Showcase are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. with some models open until 7 p.m.

 

$5000 gift card giveaway

As part of the Fall Model Home Showcase, those who sign a contract to purchase a new Cane Island home in October will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $5,000 gift card to High Fashion Home, a premier destination for home furnishings, fashion and gifts.

Visitor cash prize drawing

Visitors to the showcase also can stop by the Cane Island Welcome Center to enter into a weekly $250 cash prize drawing.

Getting there

To reach Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the temporary detour into the community. MAP IT

About Cane Island

Cane Island features traditional homes and lifestyle patio homes and traditional homes from the mid $200s, including those available for immediate move in by CalAtlantic Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Coventry Homes, Shea Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Toll Brothers.

For more information on Cane Island’s Fall Model Home Showcase, call (281) 725-6555. Also follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Twitter and Instagram @CaneIslandKaty.  Visit www.caneisland.com 

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 26th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 26, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster 

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

An injury late in the third

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

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

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

Surgery on the books

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

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

Continuing to lead 

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

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

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2017

September 22, 2017

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

A Message to Parents from Katy ISD

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Education Founation Reaches Harvey Relief Goal, Still Going

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 22, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster

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

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

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

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

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

Go to katyisdeducationfoundation.org for more information. 

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 20th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 20, 2017

From Katy ISD Communications: 

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

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

 

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

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Katy Area EDC Releases Katy Area Workforce Results

Katy Texas News
Posted September 15th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 11th 2017
KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Texas

September 11, 2017

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

All of Katy Stepped Up 

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

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

Katy ISD Stands Out 

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

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

– Powerhouse Church (Shelter)

– Katy ISD Police Department

– CrossPoint Church (Shelter) 

– Westlake Fire Department

– Harris County Sheriff

– Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

– Harris County Office of Emergency Management

– Fort Bend County Sheriff

– Precinct 5 Constables (Harris County)

– Precint 3 Constables (Fort Bend County) 

– Texas Department of Public Service (State Troopers)

– MIdland, Texas Police

– Webb County Sheriff

– Dallas County Sheriff

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Bear Creek Elementary Sewage Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools reopen across Katy ISD on September 11.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017
 
KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas
September 7, 2017
By Ashley Lancaster
Christian clothing donation charity sets up a pop up location at a local to provide new and gently used clothing to families affected by hurricane Harvey.
When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the leadership at CBF knew that God would be able to use them to help people in Katy and surrounding areas. A partnership was CrossPoint Community Church was quickly established, and the call for volunteers and donations began.

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Katy ISD Prepares for the Returns of Students

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2017
KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas News
September 5, 2017
An update from the district on affected campuses and needed repairs.

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Houston Texans Cheerleaders Visit with Soldiers Stationed in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE  – Katy, Texas
September 5, 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 01st 2017

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

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

 

 

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Katy ISD to Re-Open Schools on Monday, September 11

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (August 31, 2017) – Due to limited personnel as a result of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, it is projected that Katy ISD schools will reopen on Monday, September 11.  Staff who can safely commute to work are asked to return to their campuses or office on Wednesday, September 6.

Only two Katy ISD campuses, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, sustained severe water damage which will require a significant amount of time to repair and restore.  Fourteen Katy ISD campuses are located within neighborhoods directly impacted by flooding, though the school buildings remain intact.  Nevertheless, there is a tremendous amount of work ahead for Katy ISD over the coming days, weeks and months as the District prepares to welcome back students and restore facilities and structures impacted by the storm.

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Peli Peli Feeding First Responders in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 29, 2017) – Peli Peli Restaurant is stepping up in the chaos created by hurricane Harvey to fuel first responders as they attempt to save families affected by the devastation of the flood. 

Their Cinco Ranch restaurant, located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and directly across from Torchy’s Tacos, is currently open and working to prepare hot meals for rescuers. 

“Basically, we’re going to cook every bit of food on our shelves to feed Katy’s finest,” says Thomas Nguyen, co-founder and partner. If they run low, Nguyen says that they are asking Katy families who want to help to swing by with food for them to cook and prepare for Coast Guard, National Guard, FEMA, firefighters, volunteers, police, EMT, and others. “If we run out, we invite residents to donate food for us to prepare – our kitchen is ready and our doors are open. We’ll even make sandwiches.” 

For first responders in a hurry, Nguyen says not to worry about coming inside. Just call 281-257- 9500 or 832-259-2448 and someone will run a hot meal out to the curb. 

Today only, they will also be offering hot meals to first responders at their I-10 and Campbell location. 

If you know of a Katy business offering assistance, supplies, or services to those in need, email us!

 

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Katy Emergency Advisories – Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted August 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 27, 2017) – Here are a few important advisories, alerts and notes from Harris County.

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HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE: 5 Important Links Katyites Need to Be Checking  

Katy Texas News
Posted August 26th 2017
 Katy, TX News (August 26, 2017) – Sites you should be checking while hunkering down in Katy

1. Road Closures
2. River/Creek Flood Gages
3. Electricity Outage Tracker
4. Harris County Rainfall Map

5. Houston Traffic Map


Here’s the latest on the hurricane as it pertains to Katy 

Although it’s been downgraded to a CAT 1 Hurricane, we are definitely not out of the woods. Street and flash flooding expected for the next few days. 

Meteorologists are expecting 12″ inches of rain today with a total of 30″ over the next few days.

Harvey is expected to stay on Hurricane status through Saturday night and high winds may happen through Sunday. 

Flooding expected around bayous and river basins Brazos, Colorado,etc. 

Harvey is a tornado-happy Hurricane and we may have on/off tornado watches until 1 PM today or later.  TORNADO PREPARATION LINK


WHAT TO DO NOW

  • Stay put. Don’t be on the roads. 

  • If you must be on the roads, don’t drive in water. Cars have been carried away in just six inches of water. 

  • Use 911 only for emergencies. 

Katy Kindness Tip: It’s a great idea to check on your neighbors and friends who may be shut-ins, single moms, or senior citizens. 

Thank you to David Thelan for sending us these important links

 

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Hurricane Harvey Updates – Katy, Texas – Saturday 7 AM

Katy Texas News
Posted August 25th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 25, 2017) Overnight, Harvey slammed ashore and has downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. But that doesn’t mean Katy is out of the woods. Reduced wind speeds and persistent rain mean that we are still in for potentially disastrous flooding and possibly fast moving tornadoes.


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Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmages Rescheduled Due to Weather Concerns

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 24, 2017) – Several Katy ISD Varsity football scrimmages have been rescheduled due to tropical storm Harvey’s anticipated landfall on Friday afternoon.

Current Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmage Schedule:

  • Katy High School 
    8/25 @ 7:30 a.m.
    vs. Clear Springs/Paetow HS
    Legacy Stadium
  • Cinco Ranch High School
    8/25 @ 1:00 p.m.
    vs. Stratford
    Cinco Ranch High School
  • Mayde Creek High School
    8/25 @ 9:00 a.m.
    vs. Aldine Davis
    Rhodes Stadium
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Helpful Tips and Links for Tropical Depression Harvey in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 23, 2017) –  According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm Harvey has now reformed into a tropical depression and is anticipated to bring 10″ – 15″ of rainfall to the Texas coast through the weekend beginning on Friday. With flooding, property damage, and personal safety at stake, here are some helpful tips and links to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency.

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Election

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (August 22, 2017) –  With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees called a November 2017 bond election for the 239-project bond package presented by a community-led committee this past July.  The total bond package is $609.2 MM and would have no impact on the school tax rate.

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Katy ISD and VLK Architects Celebrate Grand Opening of Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary School

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2017
Katy, TX News (August 16, 2017) – VLK Architects and Katy ISD are pleased to celebrate the opening of Bryant Elementary School. The new school, designed for 1030 students, is located in the Young Ranch Subdivision, south of I-10 at Pederson Road and Kingsland Boulevard. The facility was designed to allow for ease of student circulation while providing a safe and secure learning environment. The school was named after Robert & Felice Bryant. Robert Bryant, who retired in 2015, started his career as the director of bands and fine arts department chair in 1983. Felice Bryant, who retired in 2012, started her legacy at KISD in 1987 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. The couple collectively dedicated nearly 60 years to the Katy Independent School District.
“It was an honor to work with Katy ISD and an added bonus to have this facility named after our friend Bob Bryant and his wife Felice who served the district for so many years” commented Todd Lien, VLK Partner.

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Katy Magazine Announces New, All-Digital Platform

Katy Texas News
Posted August 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 15 2017) – After nearly 15 years of publishing award-winning local content in a printed format, Katy Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Katy’s first, all-digital magazine designed to be viewed on phones and iPads. This decision comes after extensive market research, which shows that while print readership continues at a steep decline industry-wide (3%) digital readership has grown to an unprecedented rate (40%).  

 

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Outback Steakhouse Opening a New Location in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 14, 2017) – Baker Katz recently announced that they will be opening two new, 6,500 SF locations in the Houston area, one in Katy at the intersection of IH-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. The new location will be close to popular spots like Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium,  Typhoon Texas, Katy Mills Mall, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Waffle Tour to Honor Katy First Responders in August

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2017)First Service Credit Union is using a “Waffle Tour” to show appreciation to public servants in Katy for what they do for the community.

August 24 has been designated National Waffle Day, and in connection with that special day, the whole week of August 21-25 has been proclaimed Waffle Week in Katy. First Service is planning a multi-day event in the city to deliver free delicious and fresh-made waffles to educators and first responders.

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Katy Fire Department Awarded $2+Million SAFER Grant to Hire 16 Firefighters for Station #2

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 9, 2017) – The Katy Fire Department was honored today as a recipient of a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded for Fiscal Year 2016 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Cane Island Developer, Rise Communities, Wins Texas Association of Builders’ Developer of the Year Award

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2017) – Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, has won the prestigious Developer of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Builders. The award was presented at the association’s 2017 Star Awards program, part of the Sunbelt Builders Show in Dallas. “When the top minds in home construction and real estate development give you a thumbs up, that’s certainly speaks volumes for the quality of our work,” says Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities.

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Seven Lakes Students Win Award for Outstanding Best Buddies Chapter at National Conference

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2017) – Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies President, Anna Celeste Fedewa, and co- Vice President, Reagan Kallina, represented their chapter at the 2017 Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana this summer.

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Katy Resident to Be Featured in National Down Syndrome Society Video

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 4, 2017) – Isaiah Brodie of Katy, Texas, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Isaiah, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost 500 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

Isaiah is pictured in his Houston Texan jersey with his parents at a Texan game.

 

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 23rd Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October with over 325,000 people participating around the globe. For information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.

ABOUT NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the National Buddy Walk® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.

 

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Christ Clinic in Katy Announces New Executive Director

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 4, 2017) – Christ Clinic, a charity medical clinic in Katy, has announced the selection of Lara Hamilton, RN as its new executive director.  Hamilton, who served as the interim executive director, will fill the vacancy created by former director Kara Hill’s departure to join the Christus Foundation. The selection was made by the Christ Clinic’s board of directors in July.

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Dedication of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium on August 17

Katy Texas News
Posted August 02nd 2017

Katy, TX News (August 2, 2017) – Parents, students, staff, and other community members, as well as media outlets, are invited to join Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt and the Board of Trustees for the official dedication of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium.  Katy ISD namesakes and local officials will also participate in the celebration.   

Photo by Bob McSpadden

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Kingsland Baptist Church Announces Opening of Second Location

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (August 1, 2017) – Beginning on October 1, 2017, Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy will open their doors for families on the north side of Katy. Services will be held at Bethke Elementary, 4535 E. Ventana Pkwy.  in the Ventana Lakes subdivision.

This development comes hot on the heels of KBC celebrating 40 years of serving Christ and helping people reach true spiritual fullfilment at their original campus at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. near Taylor High School.

 


For more information about Kingsland Baptist Church, their service times, events, ministries, and more, visit kingsland.org.

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Katy ISD High Schools Rank in Top 10 Best Overall SAT Scores in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (August 1, 2017) – Texas Education Agency (TEA)  has released SAT scoring data for Houston area high schools in 2015, and three Katy ISD high schools ranked within the top 10 highest overall performance scores in the region.

The schools and their combined SAT scores from 2015 are listed below:

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Bryant Elementary Staff Meet at Katy’s Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2017) – Teachers and staff of Katy’s ISD’s new Bryant Elementary School pause for a group photo during a recent get-together at the Cane Island Amenity Village Event Center.  Residents of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will attend the all-new school located at 29801 Kingsland Boulevard.

 

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New Groundbreaking at West Ten Business Park in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – NAI Partners is pleased to announce that VAHLE Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of mobile electrification products with over 100 years of innovation and tradition, is the latest tenant to break ground at West Ten Business Park, a premier master-planned business park located on Interstate 10 and Cane Island Parkway in Katy, Texas, that John Simons and Holden Rushing of NAI Partners are marketing on behalf of Parkside Capital.

VAHLE Inc.’s July 10 groundbreaking celebration. From left, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. General Superintendent, Booker White, Acosta Architecture L.L.C. Project Architect, Jerry Acosta, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. President, Rusty Monk, VAHLE Inc. Chief Financial Officer, Evelyn Clark, VAHLE Inc. President, Scott Gardner, and VAHLE Inc. Controller, Andrew Clark.

 

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Cane Island to Host Back to School Bash and School Supply Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – Katy’s Cane Island will conclude its Summer of Fun and Music with RadioKaty as the master-planned community of new homes hosts three music performances in August – all free and open to the public – including two at its Back to School Bash and school supply drive on Saturday, August 19.

Cane Island’s August live music schedule features the folk and pop sounds of singer/songwriter Allison Bishop on Friday, August 4 from 7 – 9 p.m.  Guests also can enjoy fine wines from Haak Winery available for purchase.

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Young Katyite Donates Over 500 Gallons of Gatorade to Houston Firefighters

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – When six-year-old Katyite Kylee WalkingStick learned that her favorite uncle Kevin, a firefighter at Station 68 in Houston, and his comrades only had water to drink during the sweltering summer months, she decided to take action, and created Mission: Hydrate Houston.

Photography by Steven Meador Photography

 

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Debbie Decker Named 2017 – 2018 President of Texas High School Athletic Directors Association

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – Katy ISD’s head athletic director, Debbie Decker, was recently appointed president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA). Decker is the first person from Katy ISD to serve in this capacity.

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day business of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, Decker will also be responsible for writing columns for quarterly newsletters, appointing committees and committee members, and serving on the special events committee, among other tasks.

 

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New South African Fusion Restaurant, Peli Peli, Now Open in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is proud to announce that the highly anticipated Peli Peli, a popular South African fusion restaurant, has officially opened its third location at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Peli Peli will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., in Phase I of the mixed-use development, adjacent to Central Green Park.

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Katy ISD Announces New Principals for Memorial Parkway, McRoberts Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2017) – Katy ISD is pleased to welcome Dr. Doreen Martinez as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary, and Mr. Rashan Smith at McRoberts Elementary.

Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years.  She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  She has also work in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.

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Two Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted July 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 18, 2017) – Katy ISD’s 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Kristal Parrish and Secondary Teacher of the Year Phuong Nguyen have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.

Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She’s a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that “there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student.”

 

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Making Katy PONY History: Six-Year-Old All-Star Team to Compete in World Series

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX (July 13, 2017) – The Katy Disciples 6U All-Stars team is going to the PONY World Series in Youngsville, Louisiana on July 13-15.  “What makes this so special is that it is the first six–year-old team to make it from the Houston area,” says Shaye Mathew, one of the team parents.

Submitted by Neil & Shaye Mathew | Edited by Katy Magazine

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Cane Island Residents Now Have Access to Herb & Vegetable Gardens

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2017) – Residents of Katy’s Cane Island now can pick their own herbs, vine-ripe tomatoes, flavorful peppers and a handful of other fresh produce thanks to a new collection of raised gardens in the community’s Amenity Village.

Hub’s Garden, aptly named after the Cane Island’s popular canine ambassador, features several raised planter boxes adjacent to the Amenity Village conservatory where residents can pick herbs, fruits and vegetables at no cost.  The gardens are managed by Cane Island’s landscaping team. 
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Morton Ranch High School Students Earn Gold Medal at National STAR Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2017) – More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, TN for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.  The meeting provided MRHS FCCLA members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, and explore colleges and careers. Kyle Triplett, an 11th grader  and Michael Hurley a 9th grader at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.

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Katy ISD Student Qualifies for U.S. Olympic National Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 11, 2017) – Katy ISD Seven Lakes Junior High sixth grader Rowan Dumond, recently competed at the 2017 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Kissimmee, FL.  Over 800 of the country’s top male gymnasts competed in the regional team, all-around and individual apparatus events.

After two days of competition, Rowan tied for first place earning the title of National Champion for Floor in his division.  He had a career high score of 13.45 on Floor during the preliminary competition.  Rowan is an honors student at Seven Lakes Junior High, and when he’s not training at the gym, he enjoys playing percussion with the SLJH Honors Band, designing with Legos and solving Rubix cube puzzles.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Operation Backpack to Kick-Off for YMCA of Greater Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – YMCA Operation Backpack, an initiative of the YMCA of Greater Houston, is one of Texas’ largest back-to-school supply drives. In its 13th year, YMCA Operation Backpack is expecting to reach its highest goal to date by giving school supplies and/or a new backpack to 120,000 youngsters whose families struggle to make ends meet. Last year, the YMCA delivered backpacks and supplies to more than 105,000 children. Thirty-six school districts in the Houston area will benefit from the event.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Receives TAPE Award

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

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University of Houston Katy Campus to Offer Subsea Engineering Courses

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – As of fall 2017, the University of Houston’s Katy campus will offer engineering courses that may be applied toward a Master’s degree in electrical, subsea, and environmental engineering upon successful admission into the respective graduate programs. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree may apply at egr.uh.edu/engineering-katy. Courses can be taken on campus or online.

There will be an information session on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1550 Foxlake Dr. Interested parties must RSVP by Monday, July 10, 2017 t0 subsea-advisor@me.uh.edu.

Courtesy of University of Houston, Engineering

 

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Announces New President and CEO

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, effective immediately. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim President and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse, is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

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Patients at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Experience the Joy of Summer Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 6, 2017) – Last week, Camp For All 2U brought the joy of summer camp to patients at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The program transforms areas of the hospital into camp, providing patients who may not get the experience of camp outside of the hospital the opportunity to enjoy a variety of games and activities. A different theme each day, camp activities included archery, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and much more.

“We are so excited to have Camp For All 2U here at West Campus for the first time,” says Matt Schaefer, president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. “For many of these patients, this is the only opportunity they will have to experience camp this summer due to their current medical condition. To provide them with the chance to temporarily forget what they are going through and just enjoy being a kid is what it’s all about.”

Camp For All 2U at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus was generously sponsored by Wood Group. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus. For more information about Camp For All, visit www.campforall.org.”

 

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Katy Asian Town Officially In Progress

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Asian Town, the 100,000 square foot shopping center anchored by H Mart, is set to begin construction soon, with plans to open in early 2018. The 15-acre property, located at 23119 Colonial Pkwy. on the northwest corner of Grand Pkwy. and IH-10 will be the third H Mart location in the Greater Houston area, and will offer fresh meat, seafood, organic produce, and a food court.  Other store locations offer services like Smart Cards for discounts, in-store savings, and special entry into sweepstakes.

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Katy Mills Shoppers and Tenants Surpass $1 Million Fundraising Goal for Susan G. Komen

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Posted July 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Mills, along with more than 180 Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide, has surpassed its $1 million fundraising goal for 2017 in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.  Katy Mills participated in a range of activities from October 2016 through October 2017 to raise funds.

“It is thanks to the tremendous support and engagement we have received from our retailers, shoppers, community partners and employees that we were able to achieve, and exceed this fundraising goal in support of Susan G. Komen,” said Sabrina Scruta, Katy Mills Director of Marketing. “From selling discount cards to honoring survivors through photos and messages to hosting race events at our centers – we are so grateful to all who participated and contributed as part of this campaign to reduce deaths from breast cancer.”

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Monty Ballard YMCA Offering Free Swimming Classes to Katy Apartment Complexes

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Posted June 29th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – Of the 107 child drownings in Texas last year, Harris County experienced the most with 18 children losing their lives.

In Texas, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Many drownings occur at apartment swimming pools, which typically have no lifeguards on duty.

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Katy Woman Thanks Memorial Hermann Doctor Who Helped Save Her Life

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Posted June 29th 2017
Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – A Katy woman recently returned to thank the physician who she says helped saved her life. Back in March, Danisha Henry was home alone when she collapsed. After reviving enough to call 911, she was taken to the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. That’s when Dr. Mikael Lucas, an emergency medicine physician affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy, discovered a ruptured brain aneurysm and sent her to Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center. There, neurosurgeons fixed her aneurysm and Henry has since made a full recovery.
 
“If you met me today, you wouldn’t know that I had a life-threatening aneurysm. I don’t think it was until after I recovered that I realized how rare it is for people who experienced a brain aneurysm to recover without any lasting neurological damage. I believe Dr. Lucas’ care and quick action made a big difference in my recovery. I had to come back and say thank you,” says Henry.
“As an emergency medicine physician, you don’t always get to see how a patient recovers after they leave the emergency center. I can remember what she looked like when she came in, and it was like seeing two different people. It was such a nice surprise to see Danisha again and learn how well she’s doing,” says Dr. Lucas.
Memorial Hermann Katy has a level IV trauma center staffed with specially-trained nurses and physicians prepared to provide critical care services. The neuroscience program at Memorial Hermann Katy brings together a collaborative group of fellowship-trained, board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons who are prepared to treat some of the most acute brain, spinal cord and neural conditions, so patients can receive advanced treatment close to home.  In cases where additional treatment is critical, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® can transport patients to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the highly-acclaimed Mischer Neuroscience Institute.
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Katy ISD Accepting Naming Nominations for South, East, and West Transportation Centers

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Posted June 29th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for naming the South, East and West transportation centers.  Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.

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.

Please submit other supplemental materials, such as in-depth biographies, news clippings, photos, letters of recommendation and/or other printed resources that would assist the naming committee in making a recommendation to the Board.

The Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form and all supplementary materials may be submitted in the following manner:

  • Via email to schoolnaming@katyisd.org
  • By mail to:                 Katy ISD School/Facility Naming
    Communications Department
    P.O. Box 159
    Katy, TX 77492-0159
  • Personal delivery to: Education Support Complex (ESC)
    Communications Department
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    Katy, TX  77494

Submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 1, 2017.

Click here to learn more.
Katy ISD

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Texas Children’s Hospital Ranked #4 in the Nation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 27, 2017) – The 2017-18 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Children’s Hospital fourth in the country among the nearly 200 pediatric centers. For the ninth straight year, Texas Children’s Hospital was placed on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll of best pediatric institutions.

Texas Children’s is one of only 10 children’s hospitals across the country to achieve the Honor Roll designation, and the only hospital in Texas – and the southern U.S. – awarded this distinction. Over the last decade, no other pediatric hospital in the state has ever achieved an overall ranking as high as Texas Children’s.

Each year, in addition to ranking pediatric hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. This year, Texas Children’s Heart Center® ranks as the best cardiology and heart surgery service in the country. In addition, six subspecialties ranked in the top five.

#1     Cardiology and Heart Surgery
#2     Pulmonology
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#4     Cancer
#4     Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#4     Nephrology (kidney disorders)

#4     Neurology and Neurosurgery
#6     Diabetes and Endocrinology
?#6     Urology
#11   Neonatology
#16   Orthopedics

Visit the U.S. News website for more information.

Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
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New to Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2017) – A list of newly opened and coming soon retail, dining, and businesses in Katy, Texas.

 

JUST OPENED

Abuelo’s The Flavor of Mexico
24600 Katy Fwy.

AGU Ramen Bistro
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Aji Ramen
1645 Winding Hollow Dr.

The Cheese Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Alicia’s Bakery
3616 N. Fry Rd.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks
9555 Spring Green Blvd.

Chipotle
24600 Katy Fwy.

DR34M Home Rug & Design
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

F45 Training Cinco Ranch West
4950 Katy Gaston Rd.

Iconic Eyecare
9722 Gaston Rd.

Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy Hardware
559 Pin Oak Rd. 

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Texting & Driving Simulator Coming to Monty Ballard YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted June 21st 2017

Katy, TX News (June 21, 2017) –  The AT&T* IT CAN WAIT campaign has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Houston to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving. Research shows that seven in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** And, people are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel.

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Katy ISD Elementary Participates in Raising Family Partnership Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2017) – Schmalz Elementary was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship.  The school is one of 20 from across the state selected to redesign and transform their family engagement plan based on best practices, personal experiences and lessons learned from other participants.

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Construction Underway for Katy Boardwalk District

Katy Texas News
Posted June 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 14, 2017) – “Located off of Kingsland Blvd, just south of I-10 in Katy Texas, The Katy Boardwalk District is an approximately forty acre development conceptualized by the City of Katy and the Katy Development Authority to transform the underutilized property and existing detention lake into an exciting retail, residential and recreational destination.

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Cane Island Named Among Nation’s 50 Best Communities for Retirees

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2017) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, where active retirees enjoy culinary classes to wine and book clubs, has been recognized by Where to Retire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

Cane Island’s selection follows a nine-month process when the magazine’s editors reviewed of hundreds of communities across the country to create its 50 Best Master-Planned Communities list.

The 2016 GHBA Community of Year, Cane Island boasts lifestyle patio homes and larger, family homes in a resort-quality setting where social clubs, classes and workshops create a well-rounded, active lifestyle.

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Alba Energy Announces New Solar Office in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, Texas News (June 13, 2017) – Texas may be oil country, but another energy resource is taking the state by storm. Alba Energy, an industry-leading solar panel design and installation firm, announced today they have expanded operations to Katy, a suburb of Houston.

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Katy ISD Teams Rank High in Global Destination Imagination Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2017) – Three Katy ISD teams classified in the “Top 10 Teams” during the Global Destination Imagination Tournament, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 24-28.

More than 1,400 teams representing 45 states and 14 countries competed in the event to showcase their innovative challenge solutions.  In total, five Katy ISD teams attended the tournament, including students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School.

In the Improv Challenge, 3-Peat, the Katy High School “Tie Di ers” finished in 10th place.  This placed them as the highest ranking team in the state of Texas, who was in attendance.  Participating in the Scientific Challenge, Top Secret, the Hayes Elementary team “It’s Classified” finished in third place.  The “Altos Kryptos,” from Griffin Elementary won second place in the same category.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Memorial Hermann and Medistar Announce New Post-Acute Community in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2017

Katy, Texas News (June 7, 2017) – Vibra Healthcare, LLC (“Vibra”), Memorial Hermann Health System, and Medistar Corporation (“Medistar”) announced today their collaboration on the development of VibraLife of Katy, a new VibraLife post-acute and residential care community coming to the Houston area. The new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the Parkwest Business Park off Interstate 10, adjacent to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The facility will occupy 58,000 square feet and provide a total of 104 beds, including a 70-bed transitional care rehabilitation center, an 18-bed assisted living center, and a 16-bed secured memory care unit.

 

“We are delighted to be jointly pioneering a new post-acute care service model with Memorial Hermann,” said Brad Hollinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare.  “Memorial Hermann has an exceptional reputation for the delivery of outstanding, end-to-end patient care experiences. We are committed to delivering the same high quality, affordable care in this new state-of-the-art post-acute facility.”

 

Affiliated with Memorial Hermann, the largest non-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and Medistar, a long-standing Houston-based developer and owner of healthcare real estate, VibraLife of Katy will be expertly equipped to serve the Houston community. The new, innovative facility will deliver a fully integrated post-acute care continuum and provide personalized services and care options that will help address the unmet needs of local healthcare providers and patients.

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Governor Abbott Signs Into Law a Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2017

Katy, TX News – (June 7, 2017) – Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ban into law Tuesday, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road.

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Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2017

Katy, TX (June 7, 2017) Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance. In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school sporting event, held every January.


Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports. This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.

 

 

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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British International School Students Wow Crowd with Innovative Health Care Solutions

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

Katy, TX (June 6, 2017) By Christine Hall

Kids can invent the darnedest things—and the TMC Young Inventors Forum is an example of just how creative they can be.

For the past three years, the British International School of Houston and the Texas Medical Center have partnered on the TMC Young Inventors Forum, an eight-week program for 7- and 8-year-old students to learn the fundamentals of innovation and how to apply them to health care.

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Katy ISD Announces Top 10 Grads for Class of 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 6, 2017) – Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year’s graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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Katy ISD Schools Rank High in the Region

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

Katy, TX (June 6, 2017) Children at Risk releases annual school rankings based on four different measures: Student Achievement Index, Campus Performance Index, Growth Index, and College Readiness Index.

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Special Pals Searching for First-Responders to Feature in 2018 Calendar

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 5, 2017) – Special Pals, Inc., a no-kill animal shelter serving the Katy/West Houston community, is searching for 13 area first responders to be featured in our 2018 Red White & Rescue calendar.

The calendar will include male and female first responders from the Katy/West Houston/Fulshear areas along with pets from the shelter.  Special consideration will be given to first responders who currently own a pet adopted from Special Pals.

“Our goal for this calendar is to raise funds and awareness for Special Pals,” said Melissa Houser, member of the Board of Directors.  “We also want to recognize our local first responders who bravely protect our communities every day. They work hard to save human lives while we work hard to save animal lives.”

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Katy ISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (June 1, 2017) – Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2016-2017 valedictorians and salutatorians are:

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Katy ISD Students Receive Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 31, 2017) – Five Katy Independent School District (KISD) athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for KISD.

 

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Walmart Supercenter in Katy Creates up to 300 Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 31, 2017) – The Katy Walmart Supercenter at Grand Morton Town Center held a grand opening ribbon-cutting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, bringing a broad assortment of fresh groceries and general merchandise to the community at everyday low prices. At this store, customers can enjoy convenient on-site services such as a full pharmacy and a free in-store pickup service, providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com. The new store, located at 22850 Morton Ranch Road, will employ up to 300 full- and part-time associates.

“The associates have been working so hard to get this store ready for the community,” said Store Manager Jeremy Butler. “It’s exciting for everyone in Katy and we are ready to open our doors.”

Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries

The store includes a grocery department featuring a large selection of fresh organics, crisp greens, and premium products, the finest cuts of USDA choice meats and deli offerings. The in-store bakery offers freshly baked bread, personalized cakes, single-serve items and more.

Shop How, Where and When You Want

Walmart is innovating the shopping experience like no one else, so customers can shop when and how they want. Families in Katy can shop nearly 35 million items on walmart.com. The Pickup Discount gives customers a discount on select items if they choose to pick up their Walmart.com order at a store. In addition, Walmart offers free two day shipping with no extra cost for orders of $35 or more.

Courtesy of Walmart
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Katy ISD to Break Ground on Elementary School #41

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lance Hindt will be joining staff and community members as the district breaks ground on Elementary #41.  This new educational facility is being made possible in part from savings out of the 2014 bond package and will serve to address growing enrollment that is taking place in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD.   The school is expected to open in Fall 2018. The new school will be located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Ln. The groundbreaking will take place May 31, 2017 at 9 a.m.

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Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support.

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Cane Island Reports Strong Phase One Sales Figures

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – As Cane Island begins its second summer since its grand opening, the Katy master-planned community reports more than 50% of its phase one homesites either sold or under construction as new home buyers continue to flock to the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year.

Upon build out, Cane Island’s first phase will include approximately 550 traditional and lifestyle patio homes from the $200’s to the millions amidst a resort-style setting which earned Cane Island the prestigious GHBA Community of the Year Award for 2016.

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The Vista Companies Breaks Ground on Final Phase of Development at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted May 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 26, 2017) – Today, Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group broke ground on the Final Phase of development at Katy-area’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The Final Phase will be anchored by a 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 5-story parking garage. “LaCenterra is on the heels of its 10th anniversary celebration, so breaking ground on the Final Phase shortly after is very meaningful and important not only for us, but for the Katy community,” said Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group. “We are thrilled to see our development continue to grow and to welcome Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, along with many other exciting new tenants, to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.”

 


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Dr. Gallas Named Top Doctor Once Again

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 24, 2017) – Realself empowers women and men to make sound decisions about cosmetic procedures by providing a unique platform for discussion between those considering cosmetic procedures and experts in their field, such as Dr. Gallas.  Based on decades of experience, continued medical and surgical education, and maintenance of  high ethical standards, Dr. Gallas has once again been named a “Top Doctor” with Realself.com.

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Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2017) – During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support – Area 2.

 

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Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district’s students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of Katy ISD children.

 

 

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Katy ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted May 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – Five Katy ISD teams will be headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament on May 24-27.  Students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School are preparing to compete against teams from across the United States as well as groups representing many other countries throughout the world.

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Katy’s First Under Armour Store to Open at Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is pleased to announce the addition of Under Armour to Katy Mills and the Katy area.

“We are thrilled to share this highly-anticipated brand with the community,” said Sabrina Scurta, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Katy Mills continually evolves to exceed shopper expectations and offer an elevated shopping experience for our visitors.”

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William “Bill” Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.  Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Vann

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YMCA to Host Free Activities Day at Camp Cullen

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2017) – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

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Katy ISD Foundation Awards $284K to Local Educators

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2017) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation is committed to helping teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students through grants. The foundation has awarded approximately $1 million dollars to Katy ISD teachers in their first five years. This year, $284,000 in grants were awarded to schools at the elementary through high school lever. The a few of the lucky grant recipients are listed below.

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Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2017

 

Katy, TX News (May 10, 2017) – Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Katy ISD Financial Services Department is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Transparency Stars program. Katy ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue transparent and easily accessible to the public.

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Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2017)  – This year Katy Magazine “Women’s Issue” included “Katy’s Top 100 Women” and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.

The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.

“We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes,” says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine. “There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women.”

Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place in our district. Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email editor@katymagazine.com with the person’s name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.

Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made “Katy’s Top 100 Women” list!

Courtesy of Katy ISD

View Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women of 2017.

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election Results

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – Katy ISD voters elected new members to serve of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • Ashley Vann won Position 3 with a total of 2,279 votes.
  • Courtney Doyle won Position 4 with a total of 2,364 votes.
  • William “Bill” Lacy won Position 5 with a total of 2,451 votes.

For full election results by precinct, please view the Katy ISD Board Election Tabulation.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Memorial Hermann Katy Nurse Among Houston’s Top Nurses of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – A total of 20 nurses across Memorial Hermann earned recognition among the best in their profession in the region, including Melissa Evans, RN, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, who was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, 19 other Memorial Hermann nurses across the System were named to the Chronicle’s overall Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” 2017 list.

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Katy Mayoral & City Council Election

Katy Texas News
Posted May 06th 2017

Katy, TX (May 5, 2017) – Polling locations for the City of Katy mayoral and city council election.

Election Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ward A
Katy City Hall
901 Ave. c

Ward B 
Katy Municipal Courthouse
5432 Franz Rd.

Click here to see the most current City of Katy Ward map.

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Katy Magazine Takes Top Honors in National Publishing Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 4, 2017) -This spring, Katy Magazine competed in the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Awards, a national program that seeks out the “best of the best” and showcases the highest quality publications in the United States. A panel of judges selected winners and finalists from over 1300 entries and 90 categories.

This year, Katy Magazine received 10 awards in categories such as general excellence, best single ad, cancer-awareness, community service, and best original writing. See all of the awards and the judge’s comments below:

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Katy Student Awarded One of the Most Prestigious Scholarships in the World

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 3, 2017) – Alec, a year 13 student at the British International School of Houston has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship at the University of Toronto. The school is located in Katy off of Westgreen Blvd. and Franz Rd.

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Union Pacific Locomotive, “The Katy” Part of Larger Heritage Fleet

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2017

Katy, Texas News (May 2, 2017) – Katy families may have seen and taken photos with the brightly-painted locomotive on the railroad tracks in Historic Katy. What Katyites may not know is that the train is more than a great photo op. The #1988 SD70ACe locomotive is part of a larger, Presidential Heritage fleet from Union Pacific that pays tribute to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad, and the historical significance it plays in American history.

 

Other locomotives in the fleet include: 

  • UP Western Pacific, #1996
  • UP Southern Pacific, #1983
  • UP Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad, #1989
  • UP Missouri Pacific Railroad, #1982
  • UP Chicago & North Western Railroad, #1995

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Recognition for Quality and High Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2017

KATY, TX (April 27, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

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Car Collectors Win Big Money at Cane Island Car Show

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 1, 2017) – Several Katy-area car collectors did more than just turn heads with their hot rods and roadsters at the recent Cane Island Car Show, they also won big cash prizes as the winners in several categories as selected by public vote.

Anel Brown was awarded $2,000 as the winner of Best in Show and Best Vintage; Jim Walters was awarded $1,000 for Best in Paint; Isac Ramos won $1,000 for Best Interior; and Mark Green took home $1,000 for Most Unique entry.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Statewide Recognition for Quality and High Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted April 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 28, 2017) The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

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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.”

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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.

Andy

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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.

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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

Katy Texas News
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.

Spring Golf Classic Tournament, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston

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Katy ISD Elementary School Recognized with Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
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.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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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

Katy Texas News
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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