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Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub of Houston Area Announces Winners of “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway”

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Posted April 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2014) - Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” hosted the “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway” as an incentive for local men and women to commit to becoming fit or fitter this year. Five winners were chosen randomly from entries submitted through the contest conducted on Koko FitClub’s Houston area locations Facebook pages. The Ultimate Transformation Giveaway prize packages are valued at approximately $2,500 each and include a membership to Koko FitClub, nutritional foods and supplements, and massages for 12 full months, beginning March 2014.

The Koko FitClub Katy winner and prize package are listed below.

  • Koko’s Katy locations (19901 Kingsland Blvd. and 23010 Seven Meadows Pkwy.) presented winner Laura Ritchie with a yearlong Koko FitClub membership, smoothies from Smart Drinks & Nutrition, massages from Concierge Massage, and healthy meal options from Chick-fil-A on Mason Road or Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch.

    Laura with Travis Denson, co-owner of Koko FitClubs in the Houston area

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Katy, TX News – Educators to Receive Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Awards

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Posted April 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2014) - Three Houston-area educators have been chosen to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award at the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., May 2, at the Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, TX, 77056.  The ADL founded in 1913, is a leading civil rights organization with programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. The Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award pays tribute to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their schools that rejects prejudice and promotes respect for and understanding of diversity.

The recipients are first grade bilingual education teacher Beneranda Alvarez of Andre Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, sixth grade teacher Rebecca Ryan Millhench of the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy in the Houston Independent School District, and Texas history teacher and department chair Phyllis Nawrot of Cardiff Junior High in the Katy Independent School District.

Beneranda Alvarez recognized that her bilingual education students weren’t exposed to other cultures in Andre Elementary School because their language skills kept them segregated, so she created the Andre Cultural Museum.  The Museum is a two-week transformation of her classroom into a world of diverse cultures and traditions, helping her students learn about people who are different, and that their differences matter and enrich society.

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Katy, TX News – The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston

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Posted April 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2014) - The National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis will take place at Discovery Green with registration and health fair opening at 8 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. Walkers will follow a 1K and 5K route around the beautiful park. For more information, please go to npf.donordrive.com/event/houston.

This year, we are pleased to introduce you to three of our Walk to Cure Psoriasis Youth Ambassadors, six year old Melanee Martin from Kingwood, eleven year old McKenna Sheedy from Katy, and 17 year old Arianna Quazi from Houston. All three struggle with the challenges of having psoriasis, a disease that affects 7.5 million Americans and an estimated 180,000 Houstonians. Melanee, Arianna, and McKenna will join us for the walk and share their personal stories about the challenges of growing up with psoriasis. All have put together teams to walk and are actively involved in the walk.

McKenna Sheedy

 

The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston is the largest event of the year for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in finding a cure for psoriasis including the general public. Proceeds will go towards psoriatic disease research. We have made great progress in identifying the culprits that cause psoriasis in the last 2 years since the Houston walk program began. In addition, the National Psoriasis Foundation has invested $10 million to date in grants and fellowships that have led to discoveries about the genetic origins of psoriatic diseases and the link between psoriasis and other serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. A portion of those funds have gone to scientists in Texas.

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Katy, TX News – Grand Smiles Dental Now Open in Katy

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Posted April 16th 2014

Katy, TX (April 16, 2014) - Dr. Dat Pham has opened Grand Smiles Dental in Katy, located at 403 W. Grand Parkway S. Grand Smiles Dental provides general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants, oral surgery, and more. Their advanced technology will save you time because no matter what you need, they handle it there in the office.

Entrance to Grand Smiles Dental, now in Katy, TX

Patient exam room

 

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Katy, TX News- Energy Grows Here and There: Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support

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Posted April 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2014) - “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The hospital, a proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, CEO, Scott Barbe, says he is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The hospital’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Photo L-R: Scott Barbe, CEO, MH-Katy; Marsha Bourgeois, Physician Resources; John Kueven, Dir., Operations; Arlena Washington, Clinical Manager; Juan Hurtado, Engineering; Tianay Brown, Dir., Laboratory; Diana Schauer-Tran, Dir., Marketing; Dana Mersiovsky, Katy Area EDC; Lance LaCour, CEO, Katy Area EDC

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel.

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Katy, TX – Katy High School Graduate Needs Community Support

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Posted April 04th 2014

Katy, Texas (April 4, 2014) — Kurtis Gross, 38, of Katy, is participating in a contest that could mean him receiving a free wheelchair-accessible van from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). Kurtis, a 1994 graduate of Katy High School, survived a car accident that left him completely paralyzed at age 19 when he was on his way home from college. Kurtis is participating in the NMEDA’s Local Heroes contest, where participants from across the United States and Canada share their stories of how they have overcome the challenges of living with a disability. The winner of the Local Heroes contest will receive a custom wheelchair-accessible van. The winner is determined by votes cast by family, friends, neighbors, and community.

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Katy, TX News – Bond Meeting Schedule

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Posted April 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 3, 2014) – All Katy ISD Bond Committee Meetings are open to the public to listen to and observe the process.

Meeting Location: Katy ISD Educational Support Complex
6301 S. Stadium Lane
Katy, TX  77494

Light Supper/Meet & Greet: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (before every committee meeting)?

Meeting Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

View the bond meeting schedule here.

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Katy, TX News – New $10 Million Innovative Memory Care Community Now Open in Katy

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Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19,2014) – The LaSalle Group, a leader in memory care, just opened its ninth Autumn Leaves community in the Houston areas, dementia and memory impairment. s research and includes new high tech equipment to help keep the residents safe. The community will also offer free programs to the public, including seminars and support groups. 

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Considers Transportation Model Options

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Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2014) – During Monday’s Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation on potential transportation options for the 2014-2015 school year. To keep up with the continued growth in Katy ISD, the District is considering transportation options that would expand bus routes, while maintaining efficiency and high levels of safety.

The presentation reviewed potential transportation models and options. Among the options being considered is a multi-bell schedule that would stagger school start and end times across the District and increase the number of bus routes.  However, it was noted that the insufficient number of bus driver candidates continue to remain a challenge to meeting the demand for increased service. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Advanced Placement Exams Available for Katy ISD Students

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Posted February 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 18, 2014) – High school students in Katy ISD may register for Advanced Placement exams at their home campus Feb. 24-March 7, 2014. Late registrations will be accepted through March 19, 2014 with a late fee of $5/exam. Students interested in taking the AP Chinese or AP Japanese exam must submit registration to the campus by March 6. Each high school will announce the details of the registration process at the home campus.?

All students who are enrolled in AP courses in Katy ISD are strongly encouraged to participate in AP exams.  An Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of three or better is counted as an advanced measure for Distinguished Achievement graduation recognition (DAP). However, students are not required to take the exam, and the exam has no bearing on the high school course grade.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Spelling Bee

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Posted February 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Katy ISD recently selected spelling bee winners from each campus to move on to the 2014 Katy ISD Spelling Bee. Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus, and the top scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary (grades 4 and 5) and junior high campus (grades 6 through 8) are invited to the District Spelling Bee, where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win.

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Katy, TX News – Katy’s Jamie Wolman Receives Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award

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Posted February 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Jamie Wolman, executive director of Keep Katy Beautiful (KKB), was presented Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award at KAB’s National Awards ceremony, which recently took place during its National Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The Sue Smith Leadership Award is KAB’s highest professional honor and is given annually to KAB affiliate leaders who have built and sustained an affiliate program with outstanding success. Those honored have established model programs and fostered long-term partnerships between the public and private sector. The award is named after KAB’s long-time affiliate trainer Sue Smith, who retired in 2013 after a 25-year career with KAB.

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Katy, TX News – Sundown Elementary Students Win Contest

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Posted February 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 4, 2014) – Sundown Elementary students took place in a contest to tell where their mascot, Sunny, went on vacation. The students were to write a creative story telling where Sunny went. They wrote about Sunny going to Washington D.C.; Hollywood, CA; Galveston Beach and Outer Space.

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In this picture, Sunny has just returned from the Mascot Olympics in Sochie, Russia where she took the first place medal in Curling. The winners of the contest were, from left to right, Adrian Eubank (fourth grade), Emily Roldan (third grade), and Hebert Cabrera Jimenez (third grade). Shown also in the picture are Crystal Matovich, SE Librarian, and Sunny the Armadillo.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Board Members

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Posted February 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2014) – The Katy Family YMCA recently inducted new board members, Kevin Campbell, Robert Burns, Steve Reichardt, Ralph Fluker, George Adkins and Pat Sparks. The Board has 37 members which include two emeritus members, Gerri Ayers and Dr. Jerry Edmonson. All members are from the Katy area.

Renita King, the Chairperson of the Board Development Committee, says the YMCA board consists of a variety of caring individuals. “It’s a group of people who truly have a passion for service. We pool our time, talent, financial resources and community connection to assist the staff in fulfilling the organization’s mission.”

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Education Foundation Provides Field Trip to Morton Ranch Students

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Posted January 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2014) – The fourth grade students at Morton Ranch Elementary went on a field trip without ever leaving their campus. The Fort Bend Museum provided hands on activities and role play with their Texian Time Machine program. The students were engaged in activities that allowed them to compare their lives today to the lives of early settlers in Austin’s Colony. For more, visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

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Katy, TX News National Weather Service Forecasting Winter Precipitation

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Posted January 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 27, 2014) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong possibility of winter precipitation and below freezing temperatures beginning early Tuesday morning and continuing through Wednesday. Katy ISD will increase weather monitoring and consult with the District’s contracted meteorologist to prepare for possible dangerous weather.

Residents are reminded to monitor local media, the Katy ISD website and the NWS website for related warnings, potential school closings, or changes in the forecast over the next several days. Parents, particularly of elementary age children, are asked not to drop children off at school before the time students are allowed into the building.

As a reminder, the temperature will change over the course of the day, so children should wear several layers of lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Parents and guardians are asked to monitor media outlets throughout the day concerning school notifications and potentially unsafe driving conditions.

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Katy, TX News – Stanley Elementary and Shafer Elementary ABM Approved by Katy ISD Board

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Posted January 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 22, 2014) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommended Attendance Boundary Modification (ABM) associated with Shafer and Stanley Elementary Schools at last night’s Board meeting.

As you may recall, this past November the District’s demographic consultant, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), provided an attendance boundary recommendation for elementary schools #36 (in Pine Mill Ranch) and #37 (in Cross Creek Ranch).  After review of that recommendation and consideration of public feedback, that ABM was approved by the Board at its December 16 meeting.

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Katy, TX News – Christus St. Catherine Hospital Announces Emergency Department Closure

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Posted January 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (January 21, 2014) – CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced today that its emergency room will close Jan. 31 as it prepares to transition to a specialty care facility.

Emergency room physicians and staff will remain on staff until January 31. Patients arriving after that date will be directed to the nearest emergency room.  Local Emergency Management Services have been notified so rescue crews are aware of the closure.

“While closing any service is difficult, we believe this step continues the transformation of CHRISTUS St. Catherine from an acute care hospital into a long term care facility in early 2014,” said Gene Wright, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital interim CEO. “I urge the community to become familiar with the area emergency rooms.”

The new specialty hospital, operated in partnership with Houston Methodist, will offer dedicated services for long term  inpatient care and outpatient care including physical and speech therapy, diagnostic imaging including advance mammography.

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Katy, TX News – Tompkins Student Wins Best of Show in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Posted January 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2014) – Tompkins High School, Katy ISD’s newest campus, is proud to announce freshman student Lucy Chen as the winner of Best in Show in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo District Art Contest. Chen competed against seven high schools with some incredible artwork. Her piece will also now advance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for possible auction.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Katy, TX News – Grand Vision’s Focusing on Scholarships for 2014 Graduating Students

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Posted January 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2014) – Dr. Ryann and Dr. Brett Donaldson, therapeutic optometrists practicing at Grand Vision Center are proud to partner with schools in the Katy ISD boundaries to provide 2014 graduating students the “Always Focusing on You” scholarships. Continuing on our efforts from 2006, Grand Vision Center will provide four $1,000 scholarships to Katy area students meeting the requirements and submitting completed applications.

“We are extremely grateful to the community for their ongoing support of Grand Vision and we feel it’s our duty to support the future generation as others have supported us” said Dr. Ryann Donaldson.

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Katy, TX News – New Branding Campaign for City of Katy

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Posted January 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 8, 2014) – While No Label Brewing Company, Katy’s only micro brewery, might shy away from some labels, it’s decided that the new logo and tagline, “Katy – Energy Grows Here” suits them fine. So much so, that they’re incorporating the new Katy brand logo on the packaging of six-pack carriers starting this month.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Community Conversations

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Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Katy ISD, with the assistance of K12 Insight, an education consulting group, will hold a series of Katy Community Conversations to welcome perspectives on District programs and initiatives. Discussion topics will include budget priorities, student enrollment, and facility usage and construction to accommodate our growing population.

Your voice plays a critical role in Katy ISD’s decision-making process, so they encourage everyone to attend. The community will also be invited to participate in a spring Community Outreach Survey to continue this important conversation.

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Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub Expands with Second Facility in Katy

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Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” has expanded its footprint in the greater Houston area with the opening of its sixth club. Koko FitClub Katy-Kingsland opened to members and guests on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 19901 Kingsland Blvd. Suite G, at the intersection of Fry Road and Kingsland Boulevard. Special events and promotions will be held throughout January and February.

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Katy, TX News – Katy High School Swim Team is Committed to the Community

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Posted January 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 3, 2014) – The Katy High School Swim Team collected books to donate to the library at the Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus. The team also made holiday decorations for the residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson, with Brian Ballard, Library Coordinator for the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson with Brian Ballard, the library coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital

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Katy, TX News – Christus St. Catherine Hospital Announces Birthing Center Closure

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Posted December 23rd 2013

Katy, TX News (December 23, 2013) – Today, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced The Birthing Center, along with all Labor and Delivery and newborn nursery services will no longer accept scheduled patients after Friday, December 27, 2013 at  7am and will officially close December 30, 2013 at 12pm.  This closure is necessary since neonatology physician service will no longer be available after December, and the hospital places top priority on maintaining patient safety. The closure will also include triage and outpatient testing services offered within the Women’s Birthing Center.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board Approves Funding for S.T.E.M. Project Center

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Posted December 18th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 18, 2013) – During the regular December meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the use of available funds from the District’s General Operation Fund (GOF) for the construction of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Project Center for the District. The total project cost is estimated at $5 million.

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Katy, TX News – Firethorne Tops 350 Annual New Home Sales

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Posted December 17th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 17, 2013) – In 2013, Firethorne reached two major milestones: topping 300 new home sales in one year for the first time and surpassing the halfway mark for the community’s 3,400-home build-out.

The record-breaking 2013 new home sales – a total of 350 as of December 15, 2013 – represents a 25 percent increase over 2012 new home sales so far this year.  Located in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community has achieved 1,980 new home sales and 1,903 closings project-to-date.

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“Whether they are moving across town, across Texas, the country or the world, new Houston-area homebuyers are attracted to the Katy/Fulshear area and to Firethorne in record numbers,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.

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Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Student Council

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Posted December 16th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2013) – Taylor High School Student Council has been very busy this holiday season. They raised over $2,000 at their annual Big Feast event – which allowed them to feed over 200 Katy, TX families a Thanksgiving meal from Blake Eyed Pea. They also adopted 20 children from Katy ISD Santa Cops and spent $2,000 at Target getting presents for the children. Katy, TX News

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Don Massey Named General Manager at Katy Mills

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Posted December 04th 2013

Katy, TX (December 4, 2013) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is pleased to announce Don Massey as its new General Manager. The announcement was made by Paul Fickinger, Executive Vice President of Property Management for The Mills, a Simon Company.

“We are excited to welcome Don to the Katy Mills management team, which is focused on our shopper experience, tourism growth and increased sales and traffic,” Fickinger said. “His extensive mall-related experience will be a great asset as we further brand Katy Mills as a leading shopping destination.”

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GEICO to Open New Location in Katy, Bringing up to 1,000 Jobs

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Posted December 02nd 2013

Katy, TX (December 2, 2013) - Governor Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely today to announce the company is opening a new claims operation in Katy, Texas. GEICO expects the office to grow to 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates in the next three years. The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas.

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Texas Nurses Association Awards Katy Nurse at Christus St. Catherine Hospital

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Posted November 25th 2013

Katy, TX (November 25, 2013) – The Texas Nursing Association (TNA) District 9, which represents nurses in Harris County, has selected CHRISTUS St. Catherine Clinical Educator Linda Pitts, RN, BSN, MEd, as one of the top 20 nurses for 2013 Celebrate Nursing awards. Since 1991, TNA has recognized 20 outstanding nurses annually for their contribution to the profession.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Lazor and Director of Education Katie Cross congratulate Linda Pitts on her recognition as one of the top 20 nurses in Harris County at the Texas Nursing Association's Celebrate Nursing ceremony.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Lazor and Director of Education Katie Cross congratulate          Linda Pitts on her recognition as one of the top 20 nurses in Harris County at the Texas Nursing Association’s Celebrate Nursing ceremony.

 

“CHRISTUS St. Catherine’s nurses are the backbone of the high quality patient care we have been known for providing the Katy community for the last decade,” said Barbara Lazor, CHRISTUS ST. Catherine chief nursing officer, who also received the TNA Celebrate Nursing award in 2011. “Linda’s remarkable professional achievements showcase her passion for the nursing profession, for her patients and the Katy community. She is an incredible asset, and we are proud to call her one of our own.”

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Food for Families Fundraiser

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Posted November 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (November 23, 2013) – Last year, the Katy community supported students and their families by raising over $16,000. Help the Partners in Education continue to grow support for Katy ISD students and their families. Katy TX

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Taylor High School Student Council’s Big Feast Fundraiser Reaches $4,000 Goal

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Posted November 22nd 2013

Katy, TX (November 22, 2013) – Taylor High School Student Council held a Big Feast Fundraiser in conjunction with Katy Christian Ministries to raise funds to help needy families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

The class that raised the most money enjoyed a wonderful Big Feast Party with the Houston Rockets Mascot Clutch. Combined, Taylor High School raised $2,550. With assistance from John Eagle Honda, they were able to reach their $4,000 goal.

The funds raised will  help feed 200 families a Thanksgiving meal.

Pictured from left to right is: Student Council Representatives Haille David and Savannah Bottorff , Student Council Sponsor Missy Marvin, Mac Delaup from John Eagle Honda, Clutch, and Taylor High School Principal Jeff Stocks.

Pictured from left to right is: Student Council Representatives Haille David and Savannah Bottorff , Student Council Sponsor Missy Marvin, Mac Delaup from John Eagle Honda, Clutch, and Taylor High School Principal Jeff Stocks.

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Katy Highflyers Jump Rope Team Members to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Posted November 22nd 2013

Katy, TX (November 22, 2013) – When the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 28 in New York City, over 200 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the Parade. Featured in the Parade are Katy  jumpers Patrick Anaemejeh and Kalisia Brisco from the Highflyers Jump Rope Team of Katy, Texas.

Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). Jump Rope is a competition sport that has been featured on television in ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, many sports venues and most recently with the Chicago Boys performing jump rope on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives $1 Million from Matt Schaub

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Posted November 18th 2013

Katy, TX (November 18, 2013) – Last week, NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, his wife Laurie and their three children cut the ribbon on the newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. The expansion project was partially funded through a donation from their GR8 Hope Foundation as part of a $1 million pledge.

 

NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, wife Laurie, and three children cut the ribbon on newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area.

NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, wife Laurie, and three children cut the ribbon on newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area.

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Primrose School of Kelliwood Celebrate Veterans Day with Students at McMeans Middle School

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Posted November 13th 2013

Katy, TX (November 13, 2013) – In honor of Veterans Day, students from Primrose School of Kelliwood said “thank you” to Katy area veterans. The celebration was part of Primrose School of Kelliwood’s Balanced Learning system, which offers activities related to positive character development in children.

The school led the pledge of allegiance and joined the older students at McMeans Middle School to honor veterans from the Katy area.

“It’s important that our students know heroes don’t wear capes or know how to fly – true American heroes risk their lives for our country, for our children and families,” said Lou Ann McLaughlin, Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Kelliwood. “Honoring the bravery of our veterans teaches our students to be grateful for the unmerited gifts that others give to them every day.”

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

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Katy Chamber President, Ann Hodge Files for Republican Nomination for HD 132

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Posted November 12th 2013

Katy, TX (November 12, 2013) – Katy Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ann Hodge filed her paperwork for the Republican nomination in Texas House District 132.

“I seek this office after an outpouring of support from area residents for a candidate who will bring people together and campaign on an optimistic, conservative vision for the future,” said Hodge. “I have spent my entire life in the private sector, and the last 30 years bringing jobs and strategic growth to our region.”

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WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra Receives Honor

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Posted November 07th 2013

Katy, Texas (November 7, 2013) - The WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago in December.

Established in the fall of 2008, the WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra has given students the experience of learning and performing in a string orchestra setting. These committed WoodCreek Chamber Orchestra students attend a weekly 90 minute after-school rehearsal, in addition to their regular orchestra practices, sectionals, and private lessons.

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Katy Resident is the Voice of Zombie Civilizations

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Posted October 29th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 29, 2013) - Katy resident Patrick Freeman has a passion for voices. While growing up in Amarillo, Texas, he started mimicking cartoon character voices. Soon, he developed over 50 different character voices.

After twenty years of working in the financial services industry, Freeman decided to set up his own studio in a room sound-proofed and ready with equipment used to create voiceovers for audio books and commercials.

His tone was appreciated he received his first three audio book jobs – narrating zombie and science fiction books. “I must express my appreciation to Steven Ehrman, the author, who gave me a chance,” says Freeman. ”As result of working with Steve, I have already received several other audio book offers.”

Freeman recently wrapped up his first book, Zombie Civilization: Genesis, written by Steven Ehrman. His voice over coach Randy Hames at Edgewater Studios in Sugar Land says, “It is not very often you see someone with such immediate success.”Katy, Texas Zombie

 

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Morton Ranch Junior High Receives Recognition

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Posted October 24th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 24, 2013) – Morton Ranch Junior High became an official “No Place for Hate School.” Morton Ranch is the second junior high school in Katy ISD to receive this prestigious recognition.

 

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Kasty ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2013

Katy, Texas (October 22, 2013) - The week of Oct. 21-25 is National School Bus Safety Week and Katy ISD is encouraging students and the community to “Stay Back from the Yellow and Black,” through this year’s national theme. Throughout the week, Katy ISD police and DPS officers will ride on selected school buses to ensure that safety measures are taking place among bus riders, drivers and nearby cars.

“Each year, the Katy ISD school bus fleet travels more than 4 million miles, transporting more than 20,000 students each morning and afternoon,” said Alan Anders, Director of Transportation for Katy ISD. “With school buses being such a common sight around Katy, we want to make sure that everyone, students and community members alike, is safe in and around school buses.”

 

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Beckendorff Junior High, Katy ISD Host Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2013

 Katy, Texas (October 17, 2013) - Beckendorff Junior High hosted internet safety expert Katie Greer for a presentation of internet safety for Katy ISD parents. She also held assemblies at different Katy ISD schools to stress the importance of safety, security, and being a good digital citizen. 

 

Katie LeClerc Greer

Katie LeClerc Greer

 

After getting into the area of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) through a position as Internet Safety Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie LeClerc Greer hasn’t stopped fighting to keep kids safe in these technology-driven times.

Under the supervision of one of the country’s best ICAC prosecutors, Katie developed a variety of proactive programs to deliver to students, parents, educatorsto students, parents, educators, communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.  

Katie’s presentations are delivered in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and at national conventions, and have been featured on CNN, USA Today and in Vanity Fair magazine. Katie also serves as the Director of Outreach for the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Additionally, Katie serves an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that create positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Most recently, Katie was named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

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Baby Born with Heart Outside Body Celebrates First Birthday

Katy Texas News
Posted October 16th 2013

One year ago today, baby Audrina Cardenas  underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery where a team of heart surgeons, plastic surgeons, and general surgeons put her heart back into her body. She was born with a rare  condition called Ectopia Cordis where one-third of her heart was born outside of her body. Only 8 per 1 million babies are born with this rare condition and of those, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life.

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Audrina Cardenas

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Katy ISD’s Second Stadium and Multipurpose Facility

Katy Texas News
Posted October 15th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 15, 2013) – As enrollment in Katy ISD continues to increase, there is a direct impact on the District’s facilities. Katy ISD currently has more than 15,000 student athletes participating in athletic programs, including six high schools participating in varsity football and soccer. In addition, all seven high schools participate in marching contests at Rhodes Stadium.

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Former Katy ISD Student Finds Passion for Mechanical Engineering

Katy Texas News
Posted October 08th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 8, 2013) - High school is a time for students to participate in organizations, discover and develop their interests, and realize the potential for future job opportunities. For Elizabeth Waters, a 2012 Cinco Ranch High School graduate, that realization came at the beginning of her freshman year.

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Elizabeth Waters

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Katy ISD Plans for Student Activity Facilities Bond

Katy Texas News
Posted October 01st 2013

Katy, Texas  (September 30, 2013) – Katy ISD has a proud and rich history of FFA and agricultural sciences excellence. As one of the District’s oldest and most storied programs, it boasts one of the state’s largest FFA chapters at Katy High School. Across all campuses, more than 3,000 students are involved in agricultural sciences programs.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Hosts Groundbreaking

Katy Texas News
Posted September 27th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 27, 2013) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $85 million expansion. Construction is set to begin in November on the new medical plaza and early 2014 on the six-story patient tower. 

Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez

Pictured left to right: Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez.

For more information on the hospital, visit memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

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Katy Family YMCA’s District VP Shares his Passion for Helping Others

Katy Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 25, 2013) – One of the things that Brian Haines loves about the Katy Family YMCA is the financial help the Y provides to individuals who can’t afford the full membership rate, or maybe they need help in after school child care, or being able to send their children to one of the youth programs at the Y.

“We want to insure that individuals or families who want to utilize YMCA programs get help when they need it.” This financial assistance is made possible through generous donations to its Annual Campaign and fundraising events, such as the Turkey Dash, which collectively raised $385,000 last year.

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Katy’s Baby Boot Camp Owner, Maria Gorosito, Wins Award

Katy Texas News
Posted September 17th 2013

Katy, TX (September 17, 2013) – National stroller fitness program Baby Boot Camp awarded its prestigious 2013 Owner of the Year to Maria Gorosito of Baby Boot Camp in Katy, Texas, at its annual conference in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 13. 

2013 Owner of the Year     Maria Gorosito

2013 Owner of the Year Maria Gorosito

Available in over 500 locations across the United States, Baby Boot Camp offers innovative fitness and nutrition programs designed specifically to help moms get fit in the years following childbirth.

Parents incorporate their children and stroller as an integral part of the small-group training classes. Weekly play dates and monthly moms’ night out events provide additional social support for new moms.

Gorosito is an owner and instructor for her franchise. Baby Boot Camp client Tricia Richardel of Katy, Texas, nominated Gorosito for leading her to discover her “inner athlete.”

“When I joined Baby Boot Camp, I was a depressed, overweight, out of shape and newly stay-at-home mom,” Richardel said. “Maria gave me an outlet for all that pent-up stress and anxiety. She motivated me to change my lifestyle of sedentary misery to a healthy, active one. With her help and encouragement, I not only lost over 35 pounds and two dress sizes, but I completed my first half-marathon!”

As part of her prize package, Gorosito received a Mountain Buggy terrain stroller. Eighty-five Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness owners and instructors represented locations worldwide at the 2013 Annual Conference, where attendees enjoyed a semi-formal three course meal using local, sustainable ingredients and organic wine provided by CalNaturale.

 

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Katy ISD’s Beckendorff Junior High Hosts Eighth Grade Games

Katy Texas News
Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) – The Beckendorff Junior High recently hosted its first annual “8th grade games” and students were divided into 24 teams, as each team rotated through various challenges to participate in team and character building activities.  A few stations included solving a mystery with their teammates in their classrooms,  a low ropes/trust course outside, an academic challenge in the gym, and a digital safety seminar in the LGI. 

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Trinity Charter Schools Names Daniel Smith Principal at Krause Children’s Center Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) - Trinity Charter Schools has named Daniel Smith as Principal of Trinity Charter Schools’ Krause Campus, the education source for children at Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, Texas, for children ages 12-17.  Smith brings a robust background in education to the Krause team along with entrepreneurial and technological experience. Betsy Guthrie, chief executive officer of Trinity Charter Schools, made the announcement.

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Texas Children’s Cancer Center Patients Make a Mark with Art

Katy Texas News
Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) - The Periwinkle Foundation celebrated the opening of the 23rd Annual Making A Mark, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The Auxiliary Bridge on the Third Floor of the Clinical Care Center was adorned with over 330 unique pieces of artwork, 30 of which were awarded Purple Ribbons by a panel of judges.

Nodi Rahman

Nodi Rahman

All of the artwork will be on display at Texas Children’s Hospital until October 7, 2013, and will then travel throughout the region.

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Katy’s Beck Junior High PTA Volunteers Enjoy Open House

Katy Texas News
Posted September 10th 2013

Katy, TX (September 10, 2013) – The Beck Jr. High PTA volunteers welcome returning parents and new to Beck Jr. High parents to their annual Open House Night.

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

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Creech Elementary Starts New Year with Fun

Katy Texas News
Posted September 06th 2013

Katy, TX (September 6, 2013) - Katy ISD’s Creech Elementary announced its theme for the new school year, “Creech Rocks” and the fun began. The first day of school included the annual Tears and Cheers event for parents, hosted by PTA. And Principal Elena Thrun hosted a school assembly to welcome students.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

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Trader Joe’s Announces New Location Coming to Katy’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted September 04th 2013

Katy, TX (September 4, 2013) – Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, has signed a lease to open two additional Texas locations  – Katy and Dallas (Southlake) both scheduled to open in 2014. This announcement will mark the third Trader Joe’s slated to open next year.

The LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch store is located at 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard in the city of Katy and is approximately 12,500 square feet.  

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Krause Children’s Center, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hosts Back to School Party

Katy Texas News
Posted August 28th 2013

Katy, TX (August 28, 2013) - Krause Children’s Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for children ages 12-17, recently joined forces with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to host a Back to School Celebration for Krause’s on-site Trinity Charter School.

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MD Anderson Expert Shares Health Tips to Stay Fit and Cancer Free

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2013

Katy, TX - (August 22, 2013) - Life changes with every decade and maintaining a strong, healthy body throughout life may seem like the battle of the ages.

Just as people set personal and work-related milestones, they should also set health goals for every stage of life. MD Anderson has created a plan to help guide health-conscious individuals along the way.

“Practicing these healthy behaviors is important for all men and women, regardless of age,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men and women older or younger than you.”

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Katy EDC Helps Persuade Grocery Giant Costco to Open New Store in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 14, 2013) – Costco, the giant grocery store chain with locations worldwide, is planning to open a Katy area store in the southwest corner of the Interstate 10/Grand Parkway intersection, about one mile east of the border between Fort Bend and Harris counties. The new store will be built by early spring 2014 and will be Costco’s fourth Houston area location.

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Katy ISD Receives State Accountability Ratings

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 12, 2013) – Katy ISD final accountability ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that outstanding student achievement produced a “Met Standard” rating for the District under the new state accountability system.

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Firethorne Reaches Community’s Halfway Mark with 1,871 New Home Sales

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 5, 2013) – Each year since its founding in 2005, Firethorne has reached a significant milestone in its build-out.  Now, just six months into 2013, the Katy/Fulshear master-planned community has realized its next impressive benchmark: 1,871 new home sales and 1,739 closings, project-to-date.  This represents attaining the halfway mark for Firethorne, designed for 3,400 homes on 1,400 acres, with 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities. 

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Premier Baseball Sophomore Championship Includes Three Katy Area Athletes

Katy Texas News
Posted July 30th 2013

Fifty teams from across the nation traveled to Lubbock this past week in the battle for Premier Baseball’s National Sophomore Championship Title. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from Texas. Three of the athletes photographed from Katy are: Taylor Jiral – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; Hunter Wells – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; and Ryan Hill– Taylor High School sophomore.

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Katy Area Youth Selected to Participate in National All-Star Bowl in Orlando

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2013

Katy, TX (July 29, 2013) – While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer, Katy area youth Channing P. Dumas, JR., age 9 years old, of Katy, TX, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 8th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group “Breast Friends” Encourages and Inspires

Katy Texas News
Posted July 26th 2013

Katy, Texas (July 26, 2013) – The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 13.

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Katy Resident and Transplant Patient Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital to Compete at World Transplant Games

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

 KATY, TX – (July 25, 2013)  – Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Williams, a Katy, TX resident, is a liver and kidney transplant recipient who, at age 7, was diagnosed with hyperoxaluria with oxalosis type 1, a rare genetic disorder in which a liver enzyme is defective which impacts the function of a person’s kidney. Originally from Louisiana, Jasmine and her family would drive to and from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for appointments and treatment. At age 8, Jasmine received her much needed donor liver and kidney and was given a second chance at life.

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Margaret Sparkman Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps as Firethorne Community HOA Manager

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 24, 2013 – Firethorne has named longtime Katy resident Margaret Sparkman manager of its 1,700-member homeowners association (HOA.)  Located on FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community, will have 3,400 homes when completed.       

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Lennar Opens Two New Model Homes in Grand Mission Estates

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 25, 2013 – Lennar, one of Houston’s largest home builders, recently opened two new model homes in Grand Mission Estates, one of the newest communities by Friendswood Development Company. The models showcase Lennar’s Brookstone and Vista collections. The Vista collection is part of Lennar’s new livable luxury line. 

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Katy Spartans Bring Home Championship Title

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (July 23, 2013) – The Katy Spartans 9u AAA team, comprised of players from Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, and Weston Lakes areas, recently competed in the USSSA Global World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Katy Spartans 9u AAA Team

Katy Spartans 9u AAA Team

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Katy ISD Board Approves Design Services for New Proposed Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (June 18, 2013) – During the June Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by Superintendent Alton Frailey to retain the services of PBK Architects for the design services associated with the proposed construction of a new second stadium. Available 2010 Bond funds are proposed to fund the initial design work.

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State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy Honored by the Texas Retired Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (July 19, 2013) – State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy, TX, was honored in Austin by the Texas Retired Teachers Association for his successful efforts to improve the Teacher Retirement System pension fund with the passing of Senate Bill 1458.

 

719 (3)Pictured (from left) Marcy Cann, TRTA District 4 incoming president, Callegari, Brenda Ritter, TRTA District 4 outgoing president, and Tom Ritter.

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Katy YMCA Focuses on Giving Back to the Community

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2013

Katy, TX (July 12, 2013) – The YMCA to most people means a great place to work out and swim. It’s Ganesh Venkataramanan’s task to remind people that the “C” stands for Christian. He heads up the Christian emphasis committee for the Katy YMCA. “One of the things we wanted to do is see how we can give back in a measurable way to the Katy YMCA membership and the Katy community beyond providing a gym and swimming pool.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital Receives “Most Wired Innovator” Award

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2013

Katy, Texas (July 10, 2013) – Texas Children’s Hospital announced today that they have received the “Most Wired Innovator” Award from Hospitals and Healthcare Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, for the pediatric  hospital’s Rapid Communication System, a comprehensive communication system for its mobile healthcare workers.  The Most Wired Innovator Award is given annually to three hospitals that apply technology in new and innovative ways to more effectively serve their patients, staff and communities.

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Nottingham Country Swim Team in Katy Honors the Roberson Family

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

 Katy, Texas – July 3, 2013 – The Nottingham Country Swim Team recently honored Les and Pam Roberson for their 23-year involvement with Nottingham Country Swim Team (NCST). 

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The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

Katy, Texas (July 3, 2013) – The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital hosted an all-day Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Workshop on June 15, 2013 in Houston. Under the direction of the center’s co-director, Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., who is also a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UTHealth Medical School, physicians and nurse representatives from 13 lead TTTS centers in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands gathered together to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of the disease.

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Emily Stepanek Wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to Study in Malaysia

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Emily Stepanek, a high school student in Katy, TX, one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

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Destination Imagination Team Wins First Place at Global Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – Cinco Ranch High School Destination Imagination team, DI Harder, won first place in the world at the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries competing with over 15,000 people in attendance.

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Katy Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR, Awards Rylander Elementary Teacher a United States Flag

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas – Martha McCullough of Katy’s Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR , awarded Rylander Elementary School pre-K aide, Veronica Lemberg, a USA flag and certificate for obtaining her American citizenship. Veronica, her husband, and son were recently sworn in as American citizens of the United States of America.

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Composites One Constructing 40,000 Square Foot Distribution Center in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas — Composites One, the nation’s leading distributor of composite materials serving customers from more than 30 locations in North America, has begun construction of its 40,000-squarefoot, concrete tilt-up distribution center in Katy.

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Memorial Hermann Launches Sports Medicine Mobile App

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2013

Katy, TX – Memorial Herman is the first health system in Houston to launch a sports medicine mobile application (app) targeted at coaches, trainers, athletes and parents. Available to download for free on any iPhone, the new app is a guide to the most common sports-related injuries and treatments, as well as related tips and information from Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute experts.

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Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Welcomes Texas One Volleyball/Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a ribbon cutting at Texas One Volleyball/Athletics, which is located on FM 723, north of Foster High School. The beautiful new indoor athletic facility has four full-size volleyball courts, batting, pitching cages and much more. If you have a young athlete, this is a great place to hone those skills – out of the Texas heat! For more information, call 713-446-0275 or visit www.texasonevolleyball.org.

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Cinco Ranch High School Choir Warms Up For Fall Entertainment

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2013

BRAVO! Congratulations to the recently named Cinco Ranch High School 2013-2014 Bravo Show Choir members. This talented group of students is looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances next school year. Mark your calendars for September 26, 27, and 28 for the Bravo Fall Show. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Watch for more information on the CRHS choir website or on KatyMagazine.com.

BravoPictured from front: three-year seniors; Connor Ughetta, Miles Ellis, Ryan Pierson; second row: three-year seniors; Victoria Sweitzer, Madison Rice; third row: two-year seniors; David Tait, Allie Kane, Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, Ashlee Shipp; back row: new members; Laura Walling, Allie Schauer, Nick Palm, Abby Rogers, Sarah Dray, Shreya Jois, Andre Oyardo, Amber Azinge, Johny Craner, Emily Smith, Jordyn White

 

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Students Receive Sports Medicine Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2013

Five local athletic trainers were recently awarded Sports Medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Katy High School recipients Danielle Carlin and Alyssa Carlin, Cinco Ranch High School’s Dakota Brower, Taylor High School recipient Juliana Jimenez and Seven Lakes High School’s Whitney White each received $600 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. 

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Local Autistic Teen Artist is Recognized at the Texas Senate

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2013

The Senate of The State of Texas is pleased to recognized Grant Manier (maun-yea), 17 years old, for his outstanding achievements as an artist.

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KISD Students Selected as Semi-Finalists for 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2013

The Alley Theatre recently announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). After two rounds of readings, 15 plays were chosen above all other submissions. Five of the 15 semi-finalists are Katy ISD students. Congratulations to Danielle Northcutt (Katy HS), Jake Brown (Katy HS), Camron Alexander (Taylor HS), Katie Morrison (Mayde Creek HS), and Gerardo Velasquez (Mayde Creek HS). These five students will continue with individual interviews, where the top six plays will be selected as finalists.

Greg CoteDanielle Northcutt (playwright) is pictured with actor Dan Cote, who played the part of Tin Man.

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KISD Concepts of Engineering and Technology Wins Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

McMean’s junior high’s concepts of engineering and technology class won the annual KISD CO2 car competition. 

CO2 car winners 2013Pictured from left are Cadence Mckinney, Layla Hooshmand, teacher Dallas Bergstrom, and Emily Resch. Each earned first or second place in their respective competition.

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Girl Scout Troop Donates Books and Knitted Caps

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2013

Fifth grade girls in Girl Scout troop 17384 from several Katy-area schools worked together on their Bronze Award projects during the spring. Though they all worked together, half of the troop focused on hand-making ABC and 1-2-3 books and acquiring book donations from friends, family, neighbors, and local stores. The other half of the troop knitted caps for premature babies and cancer patients for those at a Katy-area hospital. 

When the girls delivered their first collection of book donations, they enjoyed a tour of the 5th Ward Head Start preschool in Houston and meeting the students and teachers.  

Caps were knitted by the troop girls as well as collected by other troops who knitted caps and will be donated to a Katy area hospital.

All eight girls of troop 17384 bridged into Cadettes and are already looking forward to working on their Silver Award project. 

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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2013 Announces Top Graduates

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

Bailey Aronson and Michelle Garland were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Faith West Academy’s class of 2013.

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Katy Teen, Stan Stanulonis, Accepts Appointment to West Point

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

Faith West Academy senior Stan Stanulonis, 19, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He will report for duty with another FWA alumnus, Eric Pearson (class of 2009), and 1,150 new cadets for this incoming class of 2017. 

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Tompkins HS Hosts ‘Meet the Falcons’ Night

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2013

Katy’s newest high school, Obra D. Tompkins, will open its doors to freshmen and sophomore students in August. The school hosted a “Meet the Falcons” night on Thursday, May 23. Hundreds of parents, potential students, and faculty members were in attendance at this exciting event. Parents and students were given the opportunity to meet staff members, ask questions about organizations, and get in the Falcon spirit.

Tompkins HSPictured are Tompkins cheerleaders and the school’s namesake Mr. O.D. Tompkins.

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New Katy ISD Elementary School to Open This Fall

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2013

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Katy Independent School District will open the doors to a brand-new elementary school for families in the west Houston master-planned community of Cross Creek Ranch.

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Cinco Ranch Student Media Staff Wins Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2013

The Cinco Ranch High School County Line student media staff was recently recognized with an Award of Distinguished Merit and presented a Bronze Star Award by the UIL-Interscholastic League Press Conference at the Texas state ILPC Convention in Austin. This award recognizes the top scholastic newspapers in the state based on a master teacher critique and rating. The County Line staff is led by senior co-editors Michelle Chong and Jesse Sparks, and the student publications adviser is Ed Larsen.

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Robert Rankin Wins Outstanding Chapter and Americanism Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

The Robert Rankin Chapter (Katy area) was awarded the Outstanding Texas Chapter by the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) for the nineth time in eleven years for its efforts to encourage patriotism, participate in historical programs, and educate the public.

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Morton Ranch Student to Compete in Adidas Dream 100

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

Morton Ranch High School senior Elijah Hall-Thompson competed in the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. With this time, he became number one among high school athletes in the nation in the 200 meters. He has been invited to compete in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York in two weeks. Only the top athletes get an invite. He ran his personal best in both events. 

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Katy Cinco Ranch High School Senior Receives Music Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2013

Pictured is Sharon Zhu, Katy piano student of Mary Ann LaCour with awards received at the annual May Spring Recital held at Living Word Lutheran Church on May 4, 2013. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zhu, Sharon received (awards left to right) the Katy Music Teacher’s Association Student Affiliate Award, the Studio Senior Award trophy, the Katy Music Teachers Spring Festival trophy – for the second time – and the Studio Superior Award trophy – also for the second time.  Zhu, a Senior at Cinco Ranch High School,  has participated in many piano events including the Texas Music Teachers State Theory Test and has been selected to perform on the Katy Music Teachers Association Honors Recital at both the annual Sonata Festival and the KMTA Spring Festival, both adjudicated events. In addition to piano, Zhu participates in band and tennis. 

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Grants From JCPenney Helps Area Children Participate in YMCA Afterschool Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2013

The Katy and Fort Bend Family YMCAs each received a $5,000 grant from JCP Cares, JCPenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y.  Specifically, the gifts are providing children at the Y afterschool programs at Stafford Elementary, Stafford, and Schmalz Elementary, Katy, with financial assistance to participate.  The children that qualified for the assistance would not have been able to otherwise participate without the support of this grant. More importantly, it is providing the supported children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.

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Megan Yu, Katy ISD Student Receives Third Place at Society for Perfoming Arts

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2013

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, recognized 29 participants from its 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo at an awards ceremony recently held at the Wortham Theater Center.

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Taylor High School freshman Megan Yu (right) and mom Puchin show winning smiles. Yu’s artwork titled “Deep Family Roots” was awarded third place at Society for the Performing Arts 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest.

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Brothers Launch New Home Building Company

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

A brand new homebuilder in town is putting down its initial stakes in Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned residential community in Katy/Fulshear.  Houston-based Ravenna Homes is launching into the builder team of  the top-performing master-planned community this month.

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Creech Elementary Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2013

Katy ISD Creech Elementary’s administration and teachers celebrated National Volunteer Week with a volunteer recognition event, chaired by Creech teacher Stefanie Huddleston and a “Sunshine” committee comprised of teachers and administrative staffers. The lunch event included heartfelt thanks by teachers from all grades popping by to say “thanks” and special, original cheers from the 4th through 5th grade Pep Squad, led by teacher Shelly Watson. The big finale was the announcement of the school’s six 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year nominees.

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Premier Personal Training Motivates Katy for Fitness

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

Premier Personal Training is on the quest to motivate and inspire you to live a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Their services include personal training, group training, nutrition/lifestyle coaching, boot camps, community runs, and bike rides. Their studio is in an excellent location (27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite 600, Katy, Texas 77494) approximately five minutes drive from I-10 and Farm 1093.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Needs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14. The breast cancer support group meets at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital campus on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to all breast cancer patients or survivors, regardless of where they are receiving or received treatment.

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Beck Junior High Math Team Wins State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted April 25th 2013

The Beck Junior High Math team won the Texas Math and Science Coaches Associationstate (TMSCA) championship in general math in the 5A division. The TMSCA held the state-wide competition at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. There were 84 schools from all over the state that participated in 5A division competition. The Beck team beat many powerhouses to claim the state championship. Beck math club also advanced to the mathcounts state competition, and ranked number eight in Texas at this prestigious national competition. Beck math club is led by Mrs. Stidham and many parent volunteers.

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Firethorne Breaks Ground on First-Ever Gated Section

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear, broke ground on its first-ever gated section, a secluded neighborhood to be built exclusively by Perry Homes. Located just east of FM 1463, the expansion comprises 80 acres within Firethorne and will be developed in two phases.  There will be 163 homes upon completion.

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Local Hospital Earns National Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy wound care center has received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, Inc., a leading wound care management company.

The award recognizes the center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months.

“This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our employees and affiliated physicians,” said Noelle Lopez, executive director of operations, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy. “Appreciation and acknowledgement goes to them.”

To earn consideration for this award, a center must excel in several key performance indicators, including:

  • Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91%
  • Median Days to Heal – Fewer than or equal to 30

“We are honored and excited to receive this award,” said Steve Barnum, program director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy.We constantly strive for the best outcomes, and it’s gratifying when an independent organization recognizes the excellent care we provide.”

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Westland Baptist Hosts High Voltage Rock Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

Join Westland Baptist Church for an open house on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. for a preview of High Voltage - Houston’s premier rock camp which features top-notch musiciancs who teach kids how to write their own music. The open house will feature free pizza and drinks, live performances from former campers, and raffle prizers.

High Voltage Rock Camp is for kids ages 9 to 16. With a staff of experienced professional musicians and certified music educators, High Voltage Rock Camp is your destination for becoming a better musician. Whether you are an experienced player or just beginning, you will learn what it takes to write a song, create your own parts, and play with a band, while simultaneously improving your technique, theory and musicality on your chosen instrument.

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Beckendorff Junior High Students are “Ready to Roll”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High’s Teen Leadership classes held its annual ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their ‘Pennies for Patients’ program.  Students and faculty donate spare change to help treat patients with blood cancers.  BDJH raised $25,000 bringing the schools total in the past seven yearly campaigns to $106,000.

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Grace School Celebrates a Successful Reading Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Grace Primary and Lower School students were challenged by their teachers to participate in a two-week long reading challenge. To complete the challenge, two-year-olds through second grade had to read up to nine picture books and third through fifth grade were challenged to read 500 minutes per student.

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hermann was the lone Texas hospital cited for exceptional patient safety and quality performance when it was named this week as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.  

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Santikos Theatres Unveils the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Santikos Theatres has announced Thursday, May 16 as the grand opening date for the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend County. The cutting-edge, Greek-themed entertainment complex ushers in a deluxe movie-going experience unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. The new, luxury entertainment destination is located just west of Houston on Grand Parkway, one mile south of the Westpark Tollway near Long Meadow Farms. Santikos currently has seven multiplex theatres in San Antonio, and operates the Silverado IMAX in Tomball, TX.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2013

On Saturday, April 13, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted more than 1,500 participates at the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. In partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation, the non-competitive Fun Run included 1K and 3K courses for families with children of all abilities – including those needing walkers and wheelchairs.

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Jersey Mike’s donation to the Katy YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2013

Jersey Mike’s Subs recently presented a check to the Katy YMCA in the amount of $4,000. The new restaurant circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Katy Y’s Partners Campaign.

Brent Jones exemplifies Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women makes one year

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.

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CRHS Choir Students Receive All-State Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2013

Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. The students performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. Congratulations to David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona for their dedicated hard work!

Cinco Ranch Choir Students - David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona

Pictured: David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona.

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Girl Scouts receive packages for military

Katy Texas News
Posted April 01st 2013

Troop #17363 was thrilled to receive an anonymous donation of 100 packages of cookies for our military overseas.

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7th Grader named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2013

Beckendorff Junior High 7th grader Maura Spence-Carroll was named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013.

She competed in panel interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness, onstage question, and evening gown. For her talent selection, Maura performed a classical vocal solo “Con Te Partiro”.

She is a member of the Beckendorff Choir, track team, and Bear Buddies. Maura is coached by Bri David and receives further vocal training from Miss Amanda Shelton.

This was a qualifying title for the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen pageant to be held in conjunction with the Miss Texas competition this June in Allen, Texas. The Miss America Outstanding Teen is the’ little sister’ to Miss America and is for young women between the ages of 13 and 17.

Maura Spence-Carroll

Photo Credit: Kathy Whittaker

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Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2013

For the eleventh time in the past 12 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 21 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2013.

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West Houston Express Network names the 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

The American Business Women’s Association’s (ABWA) West Houston Express Network (WHEN) named Dawn Mortus as their 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate at their monthly meeting on March 14, 2013.

The Women of the Year and Top 10 awards recognize a member in the Network who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements in their ABWA group, in their profession and in their community.

Dawn is a Director for Keep Kids Connected, a local non-profit organization that provides Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Since August 2010, the organization has given away over 484 computers.  The organization was created by her daughter, Caitlyn, who is a 3 1/2 year cancer survivor and now, a junior at Seven Lakes High School.

For more information on WHEN, please visit www.whenabwa.org.

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Rebecca Blackmon, Bobbi Horne (past presidents of WHEN), Dawn Mortus (recipient), Mary Jane Brock (current president of WHEN)

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Sandra Byrd Seeks to Fill Unexpired Ward A Council Vacancy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2013

Long time Katy area resident Sandra Byrd filed last week to run for the Katy City Council Ward A seat recently vacated by Carol Adams. Adams declared her bid for mayor leaving one year remaining on her council term.

Byrd is proud to be a third generation resident of Katy. She and her husband of 32 years, Bill Byrd, have both been active in the Katy community. They have three children and four grandchildren who all live in the Katy area. They also have an adopted daughter who lives in Colombia, South America. Sandra attended Katy Elementary, Katy Junior High, and graduated from Katy High School. Her three children followed in her footsteps all graduating as Katy Tigers.

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Troop 584 CELEBRATES 50th Eagle Scout

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2013

On January 15, 2013, Chris Mohindroo became the 50th Troop 584 member to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.

Earning Eagle Scout Rank is an extraordinary accomplishment, since the requirements are demanding, and only 5% of Scouts reach that level. The fact that 50 young men from Troop 584 have done so is a testament to the strength of character of the dedicated men and women who lead and volunteer, and to the persistence and perseverance of the parents and young men in this troop.

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Cougar Robotics Team goes behind the scenes

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2013

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team recently visited Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and went behind the scenes in the Operating Room to experience the hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System. Sixteen students and their parents suited up in sterile gear to participate in simulation demonstrations with Dr. Arturo Gonzalez, a general surgeon affiliated with the hospital. For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy and its robotic surgery program, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team

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Congratulations Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21st 2013

The Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers won 1st Place in the Youth Division in the 2013 Katy ISD FFA Livestock and Rodeo Parade.

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The Bible Seminary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2013

Just over one year ago, ministry leaders from around the Katy/West Houston area gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC to hear about – and pray for God’s blessing on – a new venture called “The Bible Seminary” (TBS). At that time, the young school had no facilities of its own and only a couple of applicants for the new Master of Divinity program scheduled to begin with the Fall 2012 semester.

Recently, barely 12 months later, over 50 Katy/West Houston pastors and ministry leaders gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC again for the second annual TBS Pastors Prayer Lunch. This time, however, they were joined by some of the new seminary students and had the opportunity to tour TBS facilities, including a state-of-the-art classroom, Library/Conference Room, and seminary offices. (more…)

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Robotic thymectomy worth the ticket for a Methodist West Houston Hospital patient

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

A mother of four traveled to Houston from Cairo, Egypt, to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital on Thursday, February 7. She was released after a three-day stay and plans to return to Egypt following her final visit with her surgeon.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery removing Amani Kotb’s thymus gland with the assistance of two robotic arms inserted into the chest cavity through small intercostal (between the ribs) incisions.  Kotb and her husband made the decision to undergo the robotic procedure offered at Methodist West Houston with the hope of reducing her daily dependence on medication to treat myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  For the past 10 years, Kotb had been medically treating her disease but as symptoms worsened, thymectomy surgery became a consideration.

“These past two years I have felt horrible, but I could not risk having my chest opened to take out this gland,” she said. “We have excellent physicians and surgeons at home, but we do not have a robot, so I came here.” (more…)

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Katy Fifth Grader Places First in Kansas Wrestling Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

Mary-Kate Cooper, a fifth grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School, recently competed in the Kansas Girls Wrestling State Championships.  The tournament, which is open to girls K-12 from any state, is held every year in McPherson, KS.

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SUCCESSFUL “GIVE KIDS A SMILE” DAY

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

Dr. Randall W. Hollenberg, a local pediatric dentist in Katy, hosted his first “Give Kids a Smile” Day at his office on February 15, 2013 in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give Kids a Smile Day was started over 10 years ago by the American Dental Association as a day to raise awareness of the high level of oral disease suffered by children primarily from low-income families. The event held at Dr. Hollenberg’s office was a day of free dental care open to the children of our community who are uninsured and in need of dental care. Dr. Hollenberg and his team set a goal of one hundred patients scheduled and that goal was accomplished one week prior to the event. Of the one hundred patients scheduled sixty-five children attended. With the help of Dr. Megha Patel, an associate dentist of Dr. Hollenberg, Dr. Ulpa Patel, a wonderful  volunteer dentist, and all of Dr. Hollenberg’s office staff, along with 7 other volunteers,  the team successfully  provided over $12,500 of dental services, such as exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, extractions, and stainless steel crowns.  Dr. Hollenberg greatly appreciates all the time and effort that went into this event and would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers. He would also like to thank Benco and Henry Schein for donating some of the dental supplies needed. Dr. Hollenberg looks forward to hosting Give Kids a Smile Day as an annual event with a bigger goal to help more children in the community.

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Cinco Ranch High School’s “CRyptonite” Robotics Team Demos Robot At ExxonMobil’s Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

For the third year in a row, Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) was invited by ExxonMobil Chemical Company to represent FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics at an Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day event. Held annually by ExxonMobil Chemical, this program helps junior high girls envision careers in engineering and encourages them to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and activities in high school.  ExxonMobil Chemical supports FIRST and Team CRyptonite as one of the team’s corporate sponsors.

Fourteen  members of Team CRyptonite, along with last season’s basketball-shooting robot, “Panzer” travelled to ExxonMobil’s west Houston office on February 15 to show how helping to design and build a robot as part of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team has allowed them to experience solving real-world engineering and technology problems.

An all-freshmen group of Team 624 girls was called upon to handle much of this demo for about 200 girls from KISD’s West Memorial and McDonald Junior Highs.
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Mr. Seven Lakes at the Seven Lakes High School Performing Art Center was AMAZING!

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

Mr. Seven Lakes is an annual event that features Senior Men contestants from various school groups and organizations.  Fifteen senior men performed their talent—singing, acting, comedy, dancing or even something “out of the box” like Slam Poetry or Tricking to win over a panel of judges.

Participants included: Dustin Kruthaupt, Andrew Cernosek, Joseph Nicholson, Stephen Schaefer, Zavier Mason, Jai Prakosh Baskaran, Carson Kuzawa, Sahil Ajmeria, Michael Schwin, Albert OK, Triet Tran, Jeffrey Alegria, Jacob Muggeridge, Shane Smith and Jefferson Alegria. Andrew Cernosek won the Mr. Seven Lakes crown this year.

Michael Schwin was voted by his fellow contestants as Mr. Congeniality. Jefferson Alegria was 1st Runner up in the Mr. Seven Lakes Contest and Albert OK was 2nd Runner up in the contest. (more…)

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Christ Clinic Names Kara Hill Executive Director

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2013

Christ Clinic, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable medical clinic serving the uninsured population in Katy, Texas, has named Kara Hill executive director. Hill is responsible for the overall management and operation of Christ Clinic under the direction of its board of directors.

Hill holds a bachelor of science in social work from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a licensed social worker. Her 15 years of experience in the social services field includes clinic management, program management, and development and expansion in the social services/nonprofit sector, primarily with the Salvation Army. She and her family recently moved to the Houston area from Ohio. (more…)

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Local Scout is One of Eight Selected to Share 2012 Scouting Achievements with Congress

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2013

A delegation of eight young people from across the country— including Matthew Miller of Sam Houston Area Council in Houston—will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23–28, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2012.

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for Matthew and the community that he represents. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. Miller was selected as a delegate for his great demonstration of leadership as the National Sea Scout Boatswain. (more…)

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Students Chosen to Perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2013

Cinco Ranch High School students, Indy Rajan (11th grade) and Ethan Le (9th grade), received the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. After multiple rounds of competitions, they were selected from over 5,000 students throughtout the state to perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 16, 2013. Indy received a ranking of 9th in viola while Ethan received a ranking of 3rd in violin among all the students in the state of Texas. Congratulations to both for their musical accomplishments.

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First Choice Emergency Room Opens New Facility in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2013

Hosts Ribbon Cutting & Open House in Honor of Grand Opening

First Choice Emergency Room, the leading freestanding emergency room system in the United States, opened its sixteenth facility in Katy, Texas today. The facility is located at 1510 S Mason Road and is open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

“We are very excited to serve the Katy community at our newest location,” said Dr. Shiraz Pirali, Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room’s Katy location. “First Choice ER provides our patients with individualized attention and the highest quality emergency medical care.” (more…)

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KEEP KATY BEAUTIFUL Honored by Keep America Beautiful for High Performance Achieved in 2012

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Local Organization Recognized as Among the “Best of the Best” Nationwide

Keep Katy Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary National Conference, which recently took place in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Katy Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening. (more…)

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New Robot at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expands Surgical Options for Patients

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is enhancing the experience of surgery through the use of a new surgical robot that minimizes risks and complications, as well as rates of conversion to open surgery, maximizing patient safety and quality of care.

The hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System is a third generation robot that offers technological advancements, including unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enables physicians to take a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures, such as removal of the uterus, uterine fibroids and the prostate gland.  These new advancements benefit patients by enabling smaller incisions and less blood loss, thus reducing the patient’s length of stay and recovery time.

“The da Vinci enables our patients to have a faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, and less pain after surgery,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy. “We want to offer our community the most advanced care close to home, and the new da Vinci allows us to do so.”  (more…)

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Vista Equities Group Welcomes New Retailers and Restaurants to LaCenterra

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group welcomes new retailers and restaurants to its mixed-use development in Katy: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Three new retailers opened for business in the fourth quarter of 2012, and six others have plans in place for first and second quarter openings this year. Lease locations include existing retail space in Phase I and in the new Phase II-A, currently under construction.

New retailers and restaurants include Brothers, The Flower Girls, LAVO Collections, The Sweet Boutique, Bonefish Grill, Emmanuel Salon, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, World of Beer and Zoës Kitchen. (more…)

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Katy ISD Educators Among Hundreds to Lobby at State Capitol

Katy Texas News
Posted February 14th 2013

A group of Katy ISD educators were among more than 400 teachers who met with state legislators to discuss key public education issues during the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Lobby Day Feb. 11 at the Texas State Capitol.

“As professional educators, we believe that our voice must be heard,” said Katy ATPE President Heidi Kirby. She teaches at Cinco Ranch High School. “We support restoring funds that were cut from public education in 2011 and reforming the accountability system in Texas public schools. We do not support any type of voucher program that would take money away from public schools and use public tax dollars for private schools and for-profit schools.” (more…)

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Rhodes Elementary Annoucements

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2013

Jack and Sharon Rhoads Elementary is proud to announce the 2012-2013 teacher, first year teacher, and para professional of the year.

Gretchen Dehoyos was honred as the teacher of the year. Gretchen teaches 5th grade science. Travis Bailey was announced as first year teacher of the year. Travis teaches PE. Ms. Rita Branch was announced as the para professional of the year. (more…)

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PURPLE BEAVER CREATIONS TURNS YOUR IMAGINATION INTO REALITY

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2013

Local Artist Cindy Jo Levine creates one-of-a-kind murals to transform your home

Local artist, Cindy Jo Levine, has turned a long-time hobby into a thriving new business.  With a minor in Art, Cindy began painting murals for family and friends while she raised a family and taught school.  After years of hearing “You should start your own business” from family and friends, Cindy founded Purple Beaver Creations.  The name of her business speaks of her passion to give her clients what they desire. If you want a beaver to be purple instead of brown, it is possible when Cindy Jo holds the paint brush.

Cindy has transformed bedrooms into the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and friends, dining rooms into a terrace with a view of a quiet green pasture and deep blue river and when walls aren’t enough, she turns furniture into magical pieces of art. (more…)

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Congratulations to Seven Lakes High School Choir Student, Erin Dunnahoo

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2013
Seven Lakes High School Junior, Erin Dunnahoo, earned second chair at the Texas All State Choir auditions.  Earning membership in the All- State Choir is the highest accomplishment for an individual musician in the state of Texas.  This is Dunnahoo’s second year making the All State Choir.

Ms. Dunnahoo traveled to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio to perform with the All -State Choir in February.

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Katy ISD Outperforms State on STAAR Test

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2013

Test scores released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from the 2012 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) accountability test for grades 3-8 show that Katy ISD outperformed the state in every grade level assessment. The district also exceeded the state passing rate by an average of 13 points.

“While we are very pleased that our students outperformed the state, that is not our only goal,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey. “While we will remain competitive with our peer districts within the state accountability system, our primary objective is to provide each student high quality and comprehensive learning experiences.” (more…)

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Katy/West Houston Celebrates More Birthdays in Overnight Event

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2013

Save the Date! Join us on March 22nd at 7pm as we fight back against cancer!

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and empower others to fight back against cancer. Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. The event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.  Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night.  Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. (more…)

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Beckendorff Junior High Particpates in Rachel’s Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted February 05th 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in Rachel’s Challenge presentation in January.  Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.  This program was sponsored by the BDJH PTA.

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Cinco Ranch is No. 4 Top Community in National Sales Study

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2013

Katy’s Cinco Ranch community is a national powerhouse in new-home sales. The 8,100-acre community ranks No. 4 in the nation – and No. 2 in Texas – for the number of new homes sold in 2012, according to a new report from RCLCO, a national real estate consulting firm.
 
A total of 982 new homes were sold in Cinco Ranch last year, representing a 14 percent increase for the community over last year’s report from RCLCO. For 2011, RCLCO reported 862 new-home sales in Cinco Ranch. (more…)

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Join Sprouts Team at Job Fair for New Katy Store

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2013

Natural foods store taking employment applications Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Sprouts Farmers Market will be accepting job applications for its newest store at 23105 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy, Texas, from January 31 through February 2. The new store, representing the natural foods chain’s 24th in Texas and the first of five slated to open in or near Houston, will open in late March and employ approximately 100 people in a friendly, upbeat work environment. (more…)

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Glamm Interiors, Official Sponsor of Couples, Cocktails & Causes February Dinner Party & Logo Launch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28th 2013

Glamm Interiors, Katy’s premier interior décor resource, is thrilled to announce that we will sponsor the February 9 Couples, Cocktails & Causes dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Join local couples (& singles) at Prohibition Restaurant & Speakeasy in Galleria III for an evening of fabulous food, great drinks, and new friends while raising funds for a wonderful cause.   

If you haven’t been to Prohibition in Galleria III, the atmosphere, drink menu, and Moonlight Dolls burlesque show will make you feel like you have been transported back to the 1920′s.  And if you haven’t been to a Couples, Cocktails & Causes dinner yet, this location is the perfect setting for you to join the group for the first time and watch the unveiling of their fabulous new logo! (more…)

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Katy HS Coach Gary Joseph Named National Coach of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

American Football Monthly announced their college and high school coaches of the Year for 2012. Topping the list is Katy High School’s Gary Joseph, having been named the high school football National Coach of the Year.  A total of six high school Coaches of the Year were selected this year – the coveted National Coach of the Year and five regional winners.

Joseph has served the Katy High School football program for 31 years, becoming head coach in 2004. During his time, the Katy Tigers have won three 5A state championships and advanced to the state finals on three additional occasions.  Joseph’s coaching record stands at 120-11.

Among Coach Joseph’s awards include being named District 18/19 5A Coach of the Year eight times; the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Houston Texans’ 5A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Joseph was named by the Texas Sports Writers Association as Coach of the Year and was also honored by the Katy Chamber of Commerce being named Katy’s Citizen of the Year.  Joseph received the Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2008 for the southwest region of the United States, and was named one of Houston’s Top 100 Professionals in 2010. Additionally, he was voted into the 2012 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor and just received the 2013 Semper Fi Coaching Award – Houston Area. (more…)

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Board Approves High School No. 7 Name: Obra D. Tompkins High School

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees last night approved the name of the district’s newest campus, High School No. 7, after retired educator Obra D. Tompkins. Obra D. Tompkins High School is located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., and is slated to open in August 2013.
 
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of its newest high school after retired educator, Obra D. Tompkins. Pictured from left to right: Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Obra D. Tompkins, and Tompkins HS Principal Mark Grisdale.

Tompkins served more than 39 years in the field of education, serving the bulk of his years as principal for Mayde Creek High School. He has been called a ‘trailblazer’ among his colleagues and has served in a number of capacities in education during his career. Tompkins retired in 2012 from his most recent position as Katy ISD’s executive director for campus administrative support.  (more…)

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The Entrust Group Moving Into Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

Entrust Inc., a premier benefit management and consulting firm, is preparing to bring its corporate headquarters to the Fort Bend County section of the Katy area.

Founded in 1975, Entrust handles all areas of benefit management, including human resources consulting, benefit planning and administration management. Entrust is moving into a 34,000-sq. ft., two-storey office building being constructed at Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway 99.

The Entrust group of companies is set to occupy 22,500 square feet of the new building and will bring 85 employees to the new facility. Construction of the building and Entrust’s presence there amounts to a $6 million investment and is projected to be completed by August 2013. The Mission Companies are developing the building and plan to offer the additional office space for lease to other Katy-based businesses. (more…)

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BREAST FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP TO DISCUSS HEREDITY AND CANCER, FEBRUARY 12

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, February 12. Guest speaker Ashley H. Woodson, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor, Breast Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center will present on “Hereditary Causes of Breast Cancer” and be available for discussion and questions during the meeting.

The breast cancer support group meets at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital campus on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to all breast cancer patients or survivors, regardless of where they are receiving or received treatment. (more…)

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Stephens Stompin’ Hooves Invited to Annual Clinic and Convention of the Texas Music Educators Association

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2013

Ursula Stephens Elementary of Katy ISD, located on Fry Road, is proud to announce that our music instrumental group, Stephens Stompin’ Hooves ensemble, led by director, Ms. Pay-Sung Chew, will be performing at the Annual Clinic and Convention of the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio on  February 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. We are very proud and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious state event among music educators all over the state. This is the first time an elementary instrumental group from the Katy district has been chosen to perform at the convention. (more…)

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NEW PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF EXTREMITY NERVE SURGEONS

Katy Texas News
Posted January 15th 2013

At the recent Annual Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Robert Parker of Houston, was inducted as the new President of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons a specialty medical organization and affiliate American Podiatric Medical Association. The society focuses on advancing treatment and research of the extremity nerve, especially in relation to chronic pain, nerve damage neuropathy and nerve related issues. 

 Dr. Parker is a foot and ankle surgeon in whom has been in private practice in Houston, Texas for over 40 years. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Podiatric Surgeons, Fellow of American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and Fellow of Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. He did his BS pre-med studies and is a graduate of the University of Houston and doctorate at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is an alumni of Sigma Chi Fraternity. (more…)

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PROJECT V.O.T.E.

Katy Texas News
Posted January 15th 2013

The Presidential Election of 2012 was an opportunity to foster civic responsibility in KATY ISD Students by teaching the social studies strands of government and citizenship in a meaningful way.

The Project V.O.T.E. committee members worked together to create the mechanism by which the KISD schools could participate in a district wide mock election.

The results of the district election were sent to the statewide mock election Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow Thru Education) which was sponsored by the Texas Secretary of State. (more…)

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IRS Delays Tax Return Processing

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10th 2013

Liberty Tax Service is alerting consumers of another delay to the official beginning of the 2013 filing season. The Internal Revenue Service has announced it now plans to begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30, eight days later than originally targeted. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns starting January 30. To further complicate the situation, refunds could be delayed to mid to late February.

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Katy Music Teachers’ Association Grant Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted January 08th 2013

Katy Music Teachers’ Association is pleased to present our three grant recipients:  Nicoletta Sarabtidis, Cameron Vhalkamp, and Spencer Taylor.  These students were chosen by Brett Nelsen, Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Director, and Brandon Amison, private string instructor to receive the first ever KMTA String Outreach Grant.  The grant was provided jointly by Music Teachers’ National Association and KMTA to encourage string students to continue music study, reach out to the community, and excel in leadership in their school orchestra program.

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Announces Growing Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2013

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church viewed a new, professionally-created video supporting their new chapter of “Growing in Grace,” a strategic campaign with goals which include expanding the current facilities.

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Foundations Academy Awarded Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2013

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced today that Foundations Academy has been awarded Accreditation.

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Cinco Ranch HS Robotics Team Showcase’s Robot Basketball Skills at Toyota Center

Katy Texas News
Posted January 03rd 2013

Cinco Ranch High School’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) showcased their robot’s basketball shooting and mobility skills at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston prior to the Houston Rockets NBA basketball game on December 22.  Based on their robot’s performance in last season’s  “Rebound Rumble” competition at the Lone Star Regional Robotics Tournament, Team 624  was chosen by the Rockets organization, along with Clear Lake ISD’s Team118, for this first-time event.

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Cardiff and McMeans Junior High Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

Katy Texas News
Posted January 02nd 2013

Cardiff and McMeans Junior High were honored last week for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and were named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community. These two campuses join Bear Creek Elementary as recipients of this prestigious award.

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Igloo Corporation is Set to Occupy Major Distribution Facility in West Ten Business Park

Katy Texas News
Posted December 31st 2012

Igloo Corporation, a top-ranking company in the cooler industry and headquartered in Katy, recently announced plans to occupy a new distribution facility in the West Ten Business Park.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Delivery

Katy Texas News
Posted December 27th 2012

On December 19, The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club delivered 62 hand-made fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and at the Heritage Park of Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

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PinPoint Commercial Breaks Ground on Innovative Assisted Living Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 26th 2012

PinPoint Commercial broke ground today on a new assisted living and memory care facility in the Katy area. Located at Roesner Rd and Katy Gap Rd, The Legacy at Falcon Point will be a two-story, 104 bed community strategically located to be less than one mile from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Katy Mills Mall, and the planned St. Luke’s Hospital. It is designed to accommodate up to 44 memory care and 60 assisted living residents; however, the innovative building design will allow for adjustments to meet residents’ needs. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2013.

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Seven Lakes High School Teacher Organizes Holiday Bear Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2012

For Robin Stauffer’s English classes, it has been a bear of a season. When Stauffer, a Seven Lakes High School teacher, first decided to hold the teddy bear drive for the local Joe Joe Bear Foundation in Katy, students from her eleventh grade Advanced Placement classes agreed to help and donate. What was initially a few stuffed bears has become a mountain of plush animals, which the foundation will donate to children undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening diseases to area hospitals.

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New Year’s Day Hikes Offered by Texas State Parks

Katy Texas News
Posted December 19th 2012

Texas State Parks Again Offer Guided Hikes on New Year’s Day for First Day Hikes Program For years, two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions have been to begin a fitness program, and spend more time in nature. Now, for the second year in a row, you can combine both by participating in First Day Hikes at a Texas State Park near you on Jan. 1.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Awarded a Third Energy Star Label

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2012

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have recognized Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital as an ENERGY STAR facility for its leadership in energy efficiency. This designation indicates the hospital building performs in the top 10 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. It is the only hospital in HarrisCounty to achieve this designation.

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Beck Junior High Robotics Team Advances to Lone Star FLL Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted December 17th 2012

The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team 624 “CRyptonite” held its second annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL®) robotics Qualifier Tournament on December 8 at Cinco Ranch Junior High.  Robotics teams of  4th to 8th grade students from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. Team Cryptonite also organized a tournament toy drive to collect board games for the Krause Children’s Center in Katy.

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Creech Elementary Students Create Nearly 900 Gingerbread Houses in One Day

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2012

Every year in mid-December, the students at Sue Creech Elementary participate in Gingerbread Day festivities during their “specials” time. Emily Silva, a Creech Mom, chairs the annual event.

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Wolman Elementary Presents Special Business Partner Award to Firethorne

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2012

Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary School (RJWE) Principal Kelly Ricks and Assistant Principal Angela Kovar presented a Special Business Partner award to Wayne Meyer, General Manager of Firethorne at the school’s recent Dedication Ceremony. Ricks and Kovar described the award as “a small token of our appreciation to you and Firethorne’s developer.  You (Firethorne) have provided us with numerous monetary and human resources over the past several months to make our school a great place.”

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Seven Lakes Offensive Guard Caleb Benenoch Commits to UCLA

Katy Texas News
Posted December 11th 2012

Seven Lakes offensive guard Caleb Benenoch has seen progressively more interest in him as a player over the past year. Originally a Michigan State commit, the high three-star prospect received new offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA.

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Star of Destiny, NSDAR Partners with Keep Katy Beautiful and Boy Scout Troop 584

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10th 2012

Katy’s chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Star of Destiny, partnered with Keep Katy Beautiful and Katy Boy Scout Troop 584 to plant trees generously donated by the Apache Corporation on 12/01/12.   (more…)

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William B. Riley, M.D. Named Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted December 06th 2012

William B. Riley, M.D. has been named chief medical officer (CMO) at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  In this role, Dr. Riley will serve as a member of the hospital’s administrative management team while providing leadership to the hospital’s affiliated physicians and clinical staff to ensure Memorial Hermann Katy continues its long standing reputation for high-quality care.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Earns Five Star Service Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2012

Methodist West Houston Hospital has been awarded the Exemplary Five Star Service Award for birth registration by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Vital Statistics Unit.  It is one of only 22 hospitals in Texas to achieve the exemplary rating.

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STAAR Scores Will Not Affect Course Grades for 2012-2013

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2012

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced last week that he will again defer the requirement that states that STAAR end-of-course examinations be counted as 15 percent of a student’s final grade in each subject tested. With this announcement, local school districts have the option to move forward with the 15 percent rule for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year, Katy ISD opted to participate in the deferral as the district adjusted to the rigor of the new STAAR test.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Project

Katy Texas News
Posted December 03rd 2012

The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club has begun a service project to donate fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Katy.

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Characters on Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2012

Tom Wilson Elementary celebrated last month with book character studies all over campus by offering the students, teachers, and staff an opportunity to dress up as a favorite book character.  This year was the first annual TWE Character Parade.  Parents were invited to watch the parade as it progressed around the perimeter of the school and back into the classrooms for character reading instruction.

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Katy Resident Raises the Real Estate Bar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2012

 In Jennifer Freeman Stence’s rookie year she has earned 4 real estate certifications: Certified Negotiation Expert, Master Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Home Marketing Specialist, and Farm and Ranch Certification; and has also earned her Accredited Buyer Representation designation.

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Fall Book Fair and Family Reading Event

Katy Texas News
Posted November 28th 2012

The hectic holiday season is upon us and families in Katy will be scheduled to the max.  Tom Wilson Elementary offered an evening for families to slow down and spend quality time with each other while also supporting the school’s library.  On Tuesday, November 13, “I Love to Read Night” took place at the school. All members of the community were invited to bring family and lounge around the school to read newly purchased books from the Fall Book Fair.

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Cheatheams Attend 2012 Canconstruction Houston Colossal Awards Event

Katy Texas News
Posted November 27th 2012

Building Designer Newell Cheatheam, President of Newell’s Designs, Katy, and wife Sharon Cheatheam, Office Manager of Wallace Garcia Wilson Architects, Inc. and 2010-2012 President of SDA –Society of Design Professionals Houston Chapter attended the 2012 Canstruction Houston Colossal Awards Banquet  at  Hotel Sorella CityCentre.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Free Heart Health Screenings and Seminar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 26th 2012

More than 100 Katy and West Houston community members visited Methodist West Houston Hospital in November to receive complimentary heart health screenings and learn about the latest treatments available for heart disease. Methodist West Houston’s cardiovascular specialists, Dr. Su Min Chang, Dr. Michael Mitschke, Dr. Nilesh Mathuria and Dr. Javier Lafuente, conducted a panel to discuss common heart problems and answer questions.

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Katy ISD Art Student Participates in Via Colori Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted November 20th 2012

More than 200 artists transformed the pavement of downtown Houston into an unconventional art gallery last weekend for the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. The festival showcased the artistry of 10 of the city’s best emerging high school-age artists, including Cinco Ranch High School’s Samrath Kaur.

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KATY Aquatics Swimmer Signs Letter of Intent with The University of Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted November 19th 2012

Austin Vacek currently 18 years old, started swimming part time just 5 years ago and moved to year-round swimming with KATY Aquatics in 2009.  He has made rapid improvement over the past three years, including advancing to the Junior National Championships that were held in August at Indianapolis, IN and the Minneapolis Grand Prix that was held earlier this month in Minnesota.

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First Annual Beck Pink Out Week

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2012

The Beck Junior High Cheerleaders served as Ambassadors for the First Annual Beck Pink Out Week. They encouraged school-wide participation that included a pink out at the football games where the Bulldogs “Pinked the Panthers” as they played McDonald Junior High.

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Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Katy Donates over $18k to Houston Food Bank

Katy Texas News
Posted November 15th 2012

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Katy recently celebrated the success of Houston Restaurant Weeks. Due to the overwhelming generosity of Katy-area residents, Perry’s was able to make a donation of $18,970 to the Houston Food Bank on their behalf. Over 26,000 people across seven Houston-area locations joined Perry’s in support, more than tripling the total Perry’s donation from 2011 to a record-breaking $131,155.

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Community Celebrates Seven Lakes Junior High

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2012

Seven Lakes Junior High was officially dedicated last week by Board Vice President Joe M. Adams. The ceremony included performances by the Seven Lakes JH Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Arts, Band, and a special presentation from the National Junior Honor Society. Special guests included Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey and Senator Glenn Hegar. Seven Lakes JH is led by Principal Dr. Imelda Medrano.

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More than 165 Participate in 15th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 13th 2012

Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read students in more than 345 classes as part of Katy ISD’s fifteenth annual Promise to Read program. Through Promise to Read, volunteers promise to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November.

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Houston Area Youth Bring Life to A Christmas Carol

Katy Texas News
Posted November 12th 2012

This holiday season a group of 26 area youth will join the Alley Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas . These young actors will be working with the Alley’s Company of Actors to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghosts that visit him on Christmas Eve. More than half of the cast is comprised of young actors. The cast members are from various neighborhoods in the Houston metropolitan area including Memorial, Cypress, Tomball, Katy and more.

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First Master of Divinity Class at The Bible Seminary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2012

The Bible Seminary (TBS), 2655 South Mason Rd, Katy, welcomed twelve inaugural students into its new Master of Divinity program this fall. The seminary began as a Bible Institute in 2008, and has enrolled more than 800 students in Bible Certificate classes over the last five years.

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Pawz for a Cauze

Katy Texas News
Posted November 08th 2012

Rover Oaks Pet Resort and Natural Pawz are joining forces to present Pawz for a Cauze, a fundraising drive to raise money and awareness for one of Houston’s most heartwarming charities.  PAWS Houston is a group that reunites chronic and terminally ill patients with their pets at a time when they need each other the most.  Rover Oaks’ Houston, Rover Oaks Katy, and ten Natural Pawz locations will begin collecting donations for the group from November 1st until Thanksgiving Day.

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Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2012

Katy ISD held the official Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary in West Katy on October 18. Katy’s 35th elementary school opened in August to more than 800 students.

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Parkside Capital Sells 56-Acre Tract in West Ten Business Park to Medline Industries, Inc.

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2012

Parkside Capital announced the sale of a 56-acre tract in West Ten Business Park to Medline Industries, Inc. for construction of a 500,000-square-foot facility in Katy/West Houston.

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Seven Lakes High School Band Advances to State

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2012

The Seven Lakes High School Band will represent KatyISD in the upcoming State marching contest in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, November 6th.  They will compete against other marching bands from across the state for top honors.  This is quite an achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the directors, band, and color guard members.

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MD Anderson in Katy Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2012

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a pink blush Friday, Oct. 12.  The Pink Lighting event is held each year to literally and publicly shine a light on breast cancer and resources available in the community to those facing the disease.

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Newell Cheatheam Designs RV-Storage and Spec Houses

Katy Texas News
Posted October 31st 2012

International and national award winning building designer Newell Cheatheam, C.P.B.D., A.I.B.D., T.I.B.D. of Newell’s Designs, Katy, www.newellsdesigns.com has completed project plans for a 58,588 s.f. two RV/Boat metal buildings and one  climate control building proposed to be built on 3.96 acres West of  Katy, by Ward-Brown Partners LLC with offices in Houston and Katy, Texas.

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Creekside Community Church Joins a Conspiracy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 30th 2012

Creekside Community Church believes that Christmas can [still] change the world and has partnered with the Advent Conspiracy  to celebrate Christmas by spending less, giving more, worshiping fully, and loving all this season.

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Roger Clemens Visits Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29th 2012

This October, Roger Clemens, former Houston Astro,  spoke to Mrs. Poss’ Communication Applications classes at Taylor High School.

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Anchor Dental Expands

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

Anchor Dental is growing! They have added 2 more chairs and a new doctor to better serve you. With all the support from Katy residents, Anchor wanted to offer more available appointment times and expanded services with the addition of Dr. Tim Brune.

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Paul Bing, M.D. Named Chief of Staff

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

Paul Bing, M.D. has been named chief of staff at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy.  During his one-year term, Dr. Bing will be responsible for ensuring the continuation of quality medical care throughout the hospital.  He also will serve as chairman of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and as a member of the Peer Review Team.

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KISD Band’s Receive Top UIL Rating

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2012

Congratulations to all six  Katy ISD high school band programs!  At the UIL Region 23 Marching Competition held at Rhodes Stadium October 23, all high school bands from Katy ISD earned the very top UIL rating, a Division I (Superior/Exemplary) from ALL three UIL adjudicators.  Each band’s performance was evaluated according to the State UIL Marching Band performance rubric which contains forty-three different indicators for music and marching performance.

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Cinco Ranch Wins Award for Best Recreational Amenity

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2012

Cinco Ranch has won a “Houston’s Best PRISM Award” from the Greater Houston Builders Association in the “Community Recreation Center of the Year” category.

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NCI Building Systems Sponsors Upcoming Heart Walk

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2012

Houston-based NCI Building Systems will sponsor the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA) Northwest Harris County Heart Walk, taking place Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lone Star College-Cy Fair. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. before the crowd of more than 2,000 participates in the non-competitive, 3-mile walk.

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Scarp Technologies To Participate in Start-Up Chile

Katy Texas News
Posted October 23rd 2012

Scarp Technologies (Scarp) secured initial funding by being selected for the Chilean Government’s increasingly competitive and prestigious Start-Up Chile program, garnering $40k of equity-free seed capital. Scarp was one of 101 companies chosen out of 1509 applicants from around the world. Selected participants, 101 in total, hail from 37 different nations and comprise the fifth round of Start-Up Chile applicants.

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Beck Junior High Supports Susan B. Komen Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2012

Recently Beck Junior High School participated supporting in the Susan B. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer awareness. The school led thousands in raising awareness for breast cancer as well as raising funds.

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Griffin Elementary Boosterthon Promotes Good Choices

Katy Texas News
Posted October 19th 2012

Michael L. Griffin Elementary in Katy has been hosting the Boosterthon Fun Run event that began October 18. The Boosterthon Fun Run is a 9-day program designed to help local schools raise needed funds for education while inspiring students to live healthy, character-filled lives. This school year, Boosterthon’s new character theme, Highway USA, will show 500,000 students how to make good choices. (more…)

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Lance LaCour Receives Council Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 18th 2012

Lance LaCour, President/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) hasearned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  With 21 years of economic development experience, Lance LaCour has helped create over 14,500 jobs and over $2 billion in capital investment.

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