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Cane Island to Hold Candidate Forum for City of Katy Election on 4/19

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 18, 2018 

With just weeks to go before elections for Katy City Council, the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will host a candidate forum on Thursday, April 19 starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Stranger Danger Alert Near Taylor High School in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 18, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis

 The Katy ISD police is warning parents and students about a recent stranger danger incident.

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Meet the Candidates: Katy ISD School Board Position 7, Dawn Champagne and Don Massey

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

April 19, 2018  

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

Jennifer Skelton  

 

We asked position 7 Board of Trustees candidates Dawn Champagne and Don Massey some questions to help voters learn more about these Board of Trustee candidates.

 ABOUT DAWN CHAMPAGNE

Dawn, her husband, Brett, and three children have lived in Katy for 17 years, currently residing in Kelliwood. Their three children attend and/or graduated from Taylor High School. Dawn has volunteered in Katy ISD  for over a decade at the school and district level. She also volunteers at her church, St. Peter’s UMC, and other organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Consumer Science Degree and also holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Houston.

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Katy, Texas Park to be Stocked With Catfish by Texas Parks & Wildlife

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

Katy Magazine News  
April 15, 2018  

Ashley Lancaster  

Starting April 20, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will travel the state restocking thousands of catfish at their “Neighborhood Fishin'” destinations. Find out where you can fish in Katy!

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Katy ISD Summer Band Camps Announced for 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 16, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis 

 Katy ISD has compiled a great list of camps for Katy ISD students entering 7th to 12th grades. We’ve divided it up by local band camps, University  band camps, and instrument specific band camps.

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Get to Know Your Katy ISD School Board Candidates (Position 6)

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

April 17, 2018  

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

Jennifer Skelton  

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Cane Island Hosts Community Garage Sale on 4/14

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

 

April 10, 2018 

 

Score some great deals at Cane Island’s annual community-wide garage sale on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Cane Island will host one of the area’s biggest community-wide garage sales of the spring when driveway after driveway in the Katy master-planned community of new homes presents bargains on electronics, toys and games, sports equipment, household items and more on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. – noon.

With many of the community’s residents expected to participate, Cane Island’s Community Garage Sale promises to be a great opportunity to pick up deals on unique finds and everyday items.  Shoppers can park their cars and walk from house to house or they can park conveniently in front of each driveway.

All sales are final with prices for items made at the sole discretion of each garage sale participant.  The event is rain or shine.

For a complete list of participating homes, go to www.CaneIslandLife.com.

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10. Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community of new homes.

The 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, Cane Island features traditional homes and lifestyle patio homes from the mid $200s, including those available for immediate move in, by CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison and Toll Brothers.

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Saudi-Based Company (SABIC) Moving U.S. Headquarters to Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

April 11, 2018  

Jennifer Skelton  

 

Many Katy residents noticed and were concerned about the huge police presence in the Grand Parkway/99 and Franz Rd area this past Saturday. They took to social media to attempt to find out what was going on. The answer was tied to an earlier mystery from March, that played out on social media, as well, and local news stations, when white domes were moved to an open area of land off Grand Parkway. The mystery to both questions has been solved.

Photo: HRH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with Secretary of Energy and former Governor Rick Perry at the SABIC event in Katy

Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s largest petrochemicals maker, said on Saturday that it plans to build a Katy headquarters for its operations in the Western Hemisphere, a project that would boost its Houston-area headcount from 400 to 1,000. The company plans to complete the expansion within two or three years.

On Saturday, Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia spent the day in Katy and Houston. First stop was meeting with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Jim Baker.

Next up, was a visit to a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood of Harold Park, where 176 homes where destroyed by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Aramco, a Saudi owned gas company that is headquartered in Houston, donated $3.7 million to Habitat for Humanity for Harvey relief.

Last stop was to Katy to meet guests at the event under the big white domes that now are placed off Grand Parkway and Franz Rd.

SABIC’s future location is on the land located Franz Road and Grand Parkway.

At the beginning of March, after the mysterious domes caused many a debate on social media, the company released this statement.

“The Houston area is home to SABIC’s Americas Region Head Office as well as research and innovation centers, including land we own on Franz Road. Site preparation is underway for a SABIC business event to take place in mid- to late March on the land. In recent months, we have taken steps to clear debris from the site and increase security. We have recently erected some temporary dome-like structures to create a venue for the upcoming event, and expect to keep them up for about a month.”

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STAAR Testing Glitch Affecting Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

April 11, 2018  

A technical issue, shortly after the STAAR test began on Tuesday, kicked out many students across the state including Katy ISD.

The delay in service persisted for about 20 minutes, the TEA said.

“We believe no student information was lost during this time. We are still collecting data on the issue – there were about 1,000 school systems statewide that had a least one student who experienced the disruption,” said DeEtta Culbertson, with the Texas Education Agency.

More than 1,200 school systems were testing at the time, she said.

Katy ISD released the following statement Wednesday afternoon.

Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians,

As you may be aware, STAAR testing began yesterday across the state of Texas including at all our Katy ISD campuses.  Unfortunately, soon after the test administration began, the Educational Testing Services (ETS), which is the state’s vendor for the STAAR exams, reported that a state-wide disruption to its server had caused multiple outages to its online system.  These outages impacted students taking grades 5 and 8 reading, grades 4 and 7 writing, and English I.  As a result, many students were inadvertently kicked out of the testing session and/or were unable to log back into the ETS system.

In addition, some students experienced the assessment “freezing” and had to temporarily log off and log back into the system. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and ETS were immediately notified of these disruptions. Students impacted by the outages were allowed to have missed time added back to their time limit.

Katy ISD is not currently aware of any students losing their responses.  However, we are working with the TEA and ETS and will be reviewing any testing trends once results are released to the district.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to monitor this situation which has impacted districts across the state.  We will update our parents with any additional information that comes to our attention.

Katy ISD

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CrimeStoppers Houston to Host Human Trafficking Awareness Event in Katy on 4/25

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Katy area citizens over the age of 18 are invited to join Crime Stoppers of Houston for a free presentation that will shed light on the victims of human trafficking, profile traffickers, and explain how to report and prevent abuse.

 

According to DoSomething.Org, the average age of children who enter the sex trade are between 12 and 14 years old.

“Human trafficking is a reality that many people come face to face with every day, in fact there are an estimated 313,000 human trafficking victims in Texas alone. Education and awareness are paramount to protecting yourself and your families. We hope many parents across the city will join us on April 25 as we shine a light on the second largest criminal industry that is strategically targeting young people. Exploiters can be anyone and they have various methods of recruitment and control tactics,” says Crime Stoppers of Houston Marketing Director, Tania Cruz.

The free presentation is 45-minutes long and will bring human trafficking out of the shadows, educate the public, and prevent children and families from being victimized in the future.

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 25 from 7 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:

Legacy Stadium

1830 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX 77493

To learn more, visit crime-stoppers.org.

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Katy ISD’s Teddy Cops Program Brings Happiness to Special Needs Children

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

Katy ISD’s Teddy Cop program needs our help to finish out the year with every special needs child having their own Teddy Cop.

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 6, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

Officer Luis Santiago founded the Teddy Cop program in Katy ISD in 2016 and runs the program. The bears (buddies) are purchased from Build-a-Bear with their unique outfit matching our local Katy ISD Police’s uniform. Katy ISD has 36 elementary schools with a special needs program totaling over 1,000 students.

The Teddy Bears, along with the interaction between the officer and the child, builds a trusting relationship as well as building rapport with the parents. Officer Santiago selflessly gives of his time fundraising and interacting with the children but as you can see by the smile on his face, these children give much more to his heart than he could ever give to them. He has a love for people and the children that have helped this program grow and succeed. 

Less than 150 bears (at 4 elementary schools) are left to reach the goal of every elementary special needs child in Katy ISD having their own Teddy Cop.

Donations come from many different businesses, Katy ISD school PTA’s and individual contributors. Teddy Cops is so close to its goal this school year. Click here to make a donation for Teddy Cops to reach each special needs child this year. Donations can also be made to any Katy elementary school as well as Build A Bear at Katy Mills Mall.

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UPDATE: Action Steps Taken by USPS Pin Oak Annex After Recent Article

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 6, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

 

In response to Katy Magazine’s article published on March 31, 2018 in regards to mail loss, customer complaints, and unsatisfactory service at the Katy Pin Oak Mail Annex, Postmaster Terri Taylor responded with a letter detailing their plan to improve service and efficiency at this location.

The following is the response we received from Terri Taylor, Postmaster, Katy Main Post Office:

 

April 06, 2018

Katy Magazine News Editor

605 A Park Grove Dr. Katy, TX 77450

“Dear Editor,

This letter responds to a recent article, regarding reports of unsatisfactory customer service and other issues at the Katy Annex Post Office. We value our customers and appreciate the opportunity to provide some additional information.

The Postal Service strives to provide excellent service. We are disappointed whenever we discover we’ve fallen short of that goal, and it appears that has happened in Katy, TX. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience  experienced by our customers. Whenever the Postal Service becomes aware of unsatisfactory service or issues, we take steps to resolve them as quickly as possible. (CONTINUED)

 

Local management is committed to addressing the specific issues brought to our attention in the editorial and we continue to work with our customers to resolve their concerns. Some specific actions we are taking immediately in Katy include: ensuring phone calls to the Katy Annex are answered promptly; deploying additional resources to ensure all mailbox keys needed by customers are provided as soon as possible; and working to make improvements in our national 1-800-ASK-USPS  number and handling of concerns directed by phone or online at usps.com.

In addition, proactive steps are being taken now to reinforce the importance of providing prompt, professional, and courteous interactions with all customers.  Refresher training is being given to managers, supervisors, and all employees at the Katy Annex, to ensure customers who visit this location – or with whom we communicate via phone – are served in a professional manner.  We contine to monitor the growth in the city, and in the mail volume, to ensure all deliveries are current, accurate and timely.

 

The Postal Service continually develops innovative ways to improve our service. One offering that may be of interest to your readers is Informed Delivery.  This free and optional notification service gives residential consumers the ability to digitally preview their letter-sized mailpieces and manage their packages scheduled to arrive soon. Sign-up is easy at: https://informeddelivery.usps.com.

 

The core mission of the Postal Service is to provide prompt, reliable, and efficient service to all communities we serve.  We appreciate being made aware of issues and will work as hard as we can to make improvements.  Thank you again for the opportunity to share this information with your readers.

Sincerely,

Terri Taylor

Postmaster, Katy Main Post Office

Email:  Terri.T.Taylor@usps.gov”

READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE 

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Katy ISD to Hold Teacher Job Fair on April 21

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

Preparations for the Katy ISD 2018 Teacher Fair are underway. Administrators from all Katy ISD campuses will be available to talk to educators who aspire to become part of this growing school district.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 8, 2018

“Some of the best teachers from across the country can be found at Katy ISD,” says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  “Providing quality education to students begins with valuing the role of an educator.  Our district is looking for teachers who not only inspire students in a classroom, they mold them into future legacies.”

Each year, Katy ISD enrolls close to 2,000 additional students and it’s expected to open up several schools in the coming years.  No pre-registration or fee is required.  Participants must show proof of certification and it is recommended that participants complete an application on the Katy ISD website in advance. Click here.

What:           Katy ISD invites new interested individuals as well as current district employees                       to attend the 2018 Teacher Fair.

Where:        Leonard E. Merrell Center

                    6301 South Stadium Lane

                    Katy, TX  77494

When:         Saturday, April 21, 2018

                    Elementary Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                    Junior High & High School Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Job Fair is only open to teachers. If you would like to apply for current openings at Katy ISD, visit their website to apply now. Current openings include bus driver, food service, maintenance, Asst. Principal, Aides, and Clerical. For current openings, click here.

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Katy’s Jamie Wolman Wins Leadership Award from Keep Texas Beautiful

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2018
Wolman Elementary namesake, retired Katy ISD educator, and dedicated member of Keep Katy Beautiful (KKB), was given the Keep Texas Beautiful 2018 Leadership Award.
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Opening photo by Katy Magazine
Inset photo courtesy of City of Katy
Wolman is the worthy recipient of the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award. She serves as secretary on the board of directors for KKB, which partners with other groups in Katy to promote a clean, litter free community, educate citizens about recycling, landscaping, tree planting and maintenance, as well as waste reduction.
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This is, “A once-in-a-lifetime distinction award for a person who provides leadership in the areas of improving and enhancing the Texas environment,” according to the Keep Texas Beautiful website.
“Jamie has been instrumental in countless projects for KKB, where she has served for 23 years, she has also served on the board of directors for Keep Texas Beautiful for over 20 years. She is proactive in enhancing the quality of life for all members of the Katy community, and her heart for volunteerism goes above and beyond. Jamie embodies all that KKB and KTB stand for, ” says Jess Marshburn, tourism and marketing assistant for the City of Katy.
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Along with the rest of the volunteers and staff at KKB, she attended a special presentation to the City Council last week, which celebrated KKB’s Governor’s Community Achievement Award for Keep Texas Beautiful.
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The group took home first place in their category for communities with a population between 15,001 and 25,000 residents, and was awarded 180,000.

 

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Mail Loss, Delays, and Customer Service Complaints at Katy Texas Pin Oak Mail Annex

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
 

March 31, 2018  
 

Katy Magazine Editors
 

After multiple reports of unsatisfactory service and mail delivery at the Katy Pin Oak Mail Annex for USPS, Katy Magazine reached out for answers and basically got nowhere. What can Katy postal customers do?

 

The Katy Pin Oak Annex, located at 1331 Pin Oak Road, has received numerous community complaints from residents in reviews and all over social media. The majority of complaints are lost, undelivered, incorrectly delivered, difficulty of getting mailbox keys, extremely delayed mail, hang ups or no answers at the facility, and a lack of customer service primarily at the Katy Annex location.

 We noticed an extensive amount of posts and complaints on social media describing numerous unpleasant encounters, bad customer service, and lost/delayed mail reports from Katy residents and decided to make some calls, and the results were…frustrating.

REVIEWS AND COMPLAINTS

On Google Reviews, the Katy Annex has a rating of 1.3 with approximately 130 one-star reviews out of 142 total reviews.  Katy Magazine also received all negative complaints when we posed the question on social media.

Just tried to pick up a mailbox key for a new house. First time I was there, they said the key is not ready and ask me to come back again in 2-3 weeks. I called a week later to check on the status, the staff answered the phone not even familiar to the name community. After I clarified the name of the community, she told me the key is not available without even ask my address!…” R. C.

Keep losing our packages, or they are delivered to the wrong mailbox in our subdivision. My mailman only delivers every few days at this point. S. V.

Worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life. I called this post office today to get a few details to resolve a situation with my mail. The “supervisor” I was dealing with on the phone said his name was “Paul”, although I highly doubt that is his real name. When the conversation turned south between “Paul” and I, I asked him to speak to his boss. He told me it was not necessary and refused to give me any phone number or email address to anyone that is his superior. He then proceeded to hang up in my face, and then ignore the next two calls I tried to make! . J. J.

Worst Customer service i have ever received, While waiting, i witnessed a lady ask to speak to the supervisor, Mrs. Twitty, Not sure of spelling because she had previously ignored her calls and hung up on her. The supervisor decided it was a good idea to IGNORE the lady who requested to speak with her and she didnt not even leave her office to come address the situation. Extremely terrible way to handle a customer service issue. If this was a Private owned business she would be fired immediately. R. F.

KATY MAGAZINE ATTEMPTS TO REACH A REPRESENTATIVE FOR COMMENT

On Monday, Katy Magazine editors took some time exploring options on the best way to contact the Postmaster General to file a complaint or ask for assistance.

By Location Phone

When we called the number provided on their site, the phone rang 20+ and was disconnected with no option to leave a voicemail. Couldn’t even get them to pick up the phone.

By Hotline/Customer Service Line

We called 1-800-ASK-USPS, and there is no option available to file a complaint or speak to customer service. When we looked online, complaints on mail delivery are routed back to the customer service page (below).

Via Email

Next, we sent a message  through the USPS “Email Us” option – requesting a call back from the postmaster/manager to offer feedback on possible causes and creative solutions to the problem.

UNPROFESSIONAL RESPONSE RECEIVED ON TUESDAY
On Tuesday, we finally received a call from a representative claiming to be from the Katy Annex. The caller ID said USPS.  When questioned about the various complaints and difficulty reaching anyone, the representative declined to comment further and refused to give her name. The representative also refused to give us another name or contact info for the Postmaster or any other supervisor.

REACHED OUT TO HOUSTON CONSUMER AFFAIRS

After more research, we dug up the name of a Houston Consumer Affairs representative and left  a message on Thursday, March 29.

PHONE CALL WITH USPS MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, NIKKI JOHNSON

On Friday, March 30, 2018, an editor poke to the Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts, Nikki Johnson.

Ms. Johnson informed Katy Magazine on March 30 at 12:30 p.m. that a response would be issued as soon as possible addressing the concerns of residents who use the Katy Pin Oak Annex as their primary postal location. In the phone interview, we were also told that the District Manager for Houston would be notified.

UPDATED 3/31 at 8:56 AM:

STATEMENT FROM USPS REPRESENTATIVE NIKKI JOHNSON RECEIVED

“The Postal Service strives to always provide the best possible service to our valued customers. We apologize for any unsatisfactory service that may have been experienced by customers served by the Katy Annex PO. In this specific case, local management is committed to making improvements in service, including improving communications, and ensuring that all customer interactions are positive and professional. We will continue to work with customers to ensure every effort is being made to meet or exceed their expectations. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we continue to successfully resolve their concerns. Customers are reminded that, if they need assistance, they can also contact our national Customer Care Center by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or they can visit our website at www.usps.com/help”  Nikki Johnson, Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts

Katy residents can also contact the Postmaster General by mail. Here are a few tips on how to effectively send a letter to the Postmaster General at the U.S. Postal Service Consumer Advocate Office, Megan J. Brennan:

CONTACTING THE POSTMASTER GENERAL

Address:

United States Postal Service

Office of the Consumer Advocate

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2200

Salutation/Correspondence:

The proper way to begin the letter is:

“To The Honorable Megan J. Brennan,

Dear Madam Postmaster General,”

Body Text:

The more detailed the description of the problem, the better. Mailing/delivery complaints are less likely to reach the office of the Postmaster General themselves.

MORE IDEAS FOR SPEEDING UP MAIL DELIVERY

 Informed Delivery:

“I discovered Informed Delivery by USPS from other Army families….I get an email every morning with scanned pictures of what mail is expected to be delivered that day. It might help with at least figuring out where the hold-ups are in the process,” Katy resident, N. H.

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Katy ISD Communications Department Takes Home 14 Honors at State Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 

April 2, 2018 

 

The Katy Independent School District was well represented during the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) 56th Annual Conference. The Communications Department took home 14 star awards for their outstanding work in communication, branding and school public relations.  Katy ISD competed against 1,331 other entries from several school districts in the region and won five gold, five silver and four bronze recognitions.

 

“Our Communications Department does an outstanding job keeping our parents and community informed and up to date on District initiatives, activities and programs,” said Dr. Lance Hindt, superintendent of schools.  “They represent the needs and voice of our school community in this day of instant communication.  Their collaborative efforts with campuses, departments and administration ensures that the information most important to our community is being shared and discussed across multiple platforms,” added Hindt.

 

“Every day, the experience, passion and enormous creativity of our team ensures there are opportunities for our community to learn about student and staff accomplishments, as well as engage in decision-making processes impacting our students,” said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  “These recognitions affirm our commitment to ongoing and transparent communication with Katy ISD stakeholders,” added Grooms.

The recognitions include:

Gold Star:

  1. 2017 Student Excellence Event Program

  2. Stockdick Junior High Branding

  3. Bryant Elementary Logo

  4. Welcome Home Dr. Hindt Convocation Video

  5. Katy ISD Update – January 2017

Silver Star:

  1. 2017 of the Year Program

  2. Bethke Elementary Dedication Program

  3. Cast Away Video Script

  4. Heigh Ho Video Script

  5. State of the District Prezi

 

Bronze Star:

  1. Superintendent Keynote Speech at Katy Chamber of Commerce, Teacher of the Year Celebration

  2. Jenks Dedication Program

  3. K9 Officers Marcel and Juno Video

  4. Superintendent’s Message – April 2017

Every day the Katy ISD Communications Department works to disseminate information to over 77,000+ students, their parents, community members and other stakeholders across the Katy community.

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Katy ISD Investigates After Junior High Student is Approached at a Bus Stop

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 

April 2, 2018

According to one Katy-area teen, a man approached her at a bus stop near Memorial Parkway Elementary on Thursday at around 6:40 in the morning.

 

The Memorial Parkway Junior High student was standing at the 21300 block of Park Brook when she said that a man in a dark-colored pick up truck rolled down his window and said, “Hey, it’s chilly outside. I have a jacket inside the truck if you want to get in.” At that point, she ran away.

No other details were provided about the man or the truck.

Katy Magazine reached out to the district communications department as well as the Katy ISD Police department for an update on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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Kids Night at Citizens for Animal Protection in Katy Tonight, 3/30

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

Looking for the purrfect date night? Drop off your elementary age children (6 years+) for a night of animal themed fun & games!

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 30, 2018  

 

 

The CAP staff and volunteers provide activities and entertainment on March 30 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, while you enjoy a three hour well deserved night off!

The cost is a $15 donation per child. We’ve even got dinner covered with donation by Papa John’s!    No reservation required.

Citizens for Animal Protection, CAP, strives to encourage the curiosity, optimism and exuberance of children — traits often found in our furry pups and kittens! Help your child discover the joy and wonder of befriending animal companions while in the company of other kids that share their natural love of pets. All proceeds raised benefit the many homeless pets cared for at the CAP Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center.

 

FEATURED ANIMAL ABOVE

Animal ID: 38089896

Breed: Retriever, Labrador/Cur, Black-Mouth

Age: 6 months 12 days

Gender: Female

Size: Medium

Color: Tan/White

Location: Doggie Domain

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Free Prom Dress Event for Katy ISD Girls

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

Free prom dress event for all Katy ISD girls on Thursday, March 29th at Cinco Rach High School from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 28, 2018  

Prom season is upon up and with seven high schools, Katy has hundreds of girls out shopping for the perfect dress.  Prom can be an expensive event and one Katy group is hoping to help parents and teenagers by giving away FREE Prom dresses.

Kim Noska and Jennifer Skelton each began receiving donated formal dresses after Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Katy. Their goal was to make sure that no girl had to miss her homecoming due to finances. During this process, Noska and Skelton joined forces eventually receiving over 1,500 dresses, plus shoes and accessories, as well as some men’s wear.

 In the fall, over 500 Katy ISD girls wore dresses to Homecoming from this effort. The group received over 300 dresses that would be more suited for Prom so the women decided to save the dresses and offer them in the spring.

All of the dresses are in excellent condition and in fact, many have never been worn and still have the tags attached.

This one time event, on Thursday, March 29th from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Cinco Ranch High School is open to ALL Katy ISD students.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Skelton.

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Memorial Benefit for Jordan Muesse of Katy, Texas on Saturday, 3/31

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

A memorial benefit to honor Jordan Muesse is being held this Saturday, 3/31/18, 11am-4pm, at Seven Lakes High School.

 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 30, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

Jordan Muesse, was tragically killed in a work-related accident on January 30, 2018. He was a 25-year old, graduate of Seven Lakes High School and was a life-long resident of Katy.

Jordan was general manager and co-owner of Premier Offroad and Performance in Katy Texas, where he used his artistic ability which surfaced early in life and applied it to designing trucks/car modifications/customizations, for which he won several awards.

His childhood sweetheart and wife, Chelsea Muesse, discovered shortly after Jordan’s death that she was pregnant. She is expecting identical twins (due October 2018; arriving September 2018). “He truly was (an amazing man) and it’s amazing at how many lives he has touched through our story”, says Chelsea.

A memorial benefit held in Jordan’s honor/memory this Saturday, 3/31/18, 11am-4pm, at Seven Lakes High School (their alma mater; Class of 2011). This has been organized by the custom truck/car community in the greater Houston area.

Benefit will include…

*a truck/car show, which is open to all participants

*food, drinks

*bounce house for kids

*raffle

*Memorial t-shirts and decals will be sold

*music

Click here for benefit details ; please take note of the specific designated use of the parking areas at SLHS.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Chelsea and her twins. Click here.

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Katy Teen Kills Woman During High-Speed Police Chase at Highway 6

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2018

Chidi Onunkwo, 17, led police on a high speed chase Saturday morning, ending when he struck a Nissan driven by Adorn Strambler, 60.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

March 25, 2018

Jennifer Skelton 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 25, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

Police in Rosenburg attempted to stop the 2012 red Ford mustang around 6:00 am for a traffic violation. Chidi Onunkwo, sped off and led police on a high-speed chase. The mustang had been reported stolen earlier Saturday morning after a carjacking in Houston.

After running several red lights and reaching speeds of 83mph, the mustang hit a Nissan driven at the intersection of Shiller and State Highway 6. Onunkwo fled the scene but was caught by police and taken to the hospital for his injuries.

 Adorn Strambler, who was driving the Nissan, was killed. She was a 26-year employee of the City of Houston in the paralegal department.

Chidi Onunkwo was formally charged with murder on Sunday where his bond was set at $250,0000. His next court appearance is Tuesday, March 27th.

Onunkwo lists his address at the Waterstone Apartments in Cinco Ranch. Although he is of school age, we are unsure if he is a current Katy ISD student.

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Easter Services and Events in Katy, Texas 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 22, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

A list of Easter services, family events, and more in Katy, Texas.

Easter Services

Kingsland Baptist Church 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Central Campus
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

3, 5, & 7 p.m., 6:30 Spanish Service

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Central Campus
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

8, 9, & 11 a.m.

North Katy Campus
4535 E. Ventana Pkwy.
9:30 a.m.

Bear Creek Baptist Church
5901 N. Fry Rd.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
6 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m.

BridgePoint Bible Church 

2700 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Houston

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday Service @ 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9 & 10:45 a.m.

Central Baptist Church 
2855 Greenhouse Rd., Houston

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday service @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9 & 11 a.m.

Easter program and service.

Crosspoint Community Church
700 Westgreen Blvd.

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday service @ 6 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , @ 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Current Christian Church
26600 Westheimer Pkwy.

Friday, March 30, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

The Fellowship

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cinco Ranch Campus

22765 Westheimer Pkwy.
8, 9:15, & 10:45 a.m.

Katy Main Street Campus
Sunday, April 1, 2018
1350 Main St.

9:20 & 10:45 a.m.

Katy’s First Baptist Church 
Sunday, April 1, 2018
600 Pin Oak Rd.

9:30 & 10:45 a.m.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Sunday, April 1, 2018
22101 Morton Ranch Rd.
10:30 a.m.

Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Original Campus
2655 S. Mason Rd.

7 a.m. Sunrise Service, 8:45 & 10:45 a.m. traditional service.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
North Campus
19407 Park Row, Ste. 180, Houston
9 & 10:45 a.m.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 1, 2018
22111 Morton Ranch Rd.
7 a.m. Sunrise service, 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. traditional service

 

Parkway Fellowship

Westpark Campus
27043 FM 1093 Rd.

Saturday, March 31 @ 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 @ 7:45, 9, 10:15, and 11:30 a.m.

North Campus
Raines High School at Rhodes Stadium

Sunday, April 1, 2018 9, 10:15, and 11:30 a.m.


Second Baptist Church  

West Campus

19449 Katy Fwy., Houston

Friday, March 30 @ 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 @ 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April  @ 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Easter Bunny Pictures

Cane Island
2100 Cane Island Pkwy.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hop in for a picture and crafts with the Easter Bunny in the conservatory! The easter bunny will also hand out easter eggs to the children.  This event is for Cane Island Residents only.

Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

Neighborhood 6 in front of American Eagle

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Easter Weekend Fun & Events

Easter Egg-stravaganza
Blessington Farms

510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton

Saturday – Sunday, March 24 – 25, 2018

Saturday – Sunday, March 30 – 31, 2018
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A continuous egg hunt throughout the day, photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter game and strawberry picking.

Chick-fil-A Preschool Playhouse: Easter Party

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch

23860 Westheimer Pkwy.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chick-fil-A Mason Road

369 S. Mason Rd.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Easter with us by decorating a salt dough Easter ornament. Enjoy sparkle dough, singing, dancing, Easter stories and more.

Chick-fil-A Family Night : Easter Fun

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch
23860 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Chick-fil-A Mason Road
369 S. Mason Rd.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join them in celebrating Easter by making a colorful paper egg and sampling our New Seasonal Frosted Sunrise. Plus, complimentary balloon animals and face painting by Sweet Honey the Clown.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at St. Peter’s UMC

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
20775 Kingsland Blvd.

5 – 7 p.m.

They will have food trucks, face painting, and Stations of the Cross coloring posters throughout the entirety of the event. At 6 p.m. we will gather in the Sanctuary to hear the Easter story and have a brief time of worship. At 6:20 p.m. they will break into age groups for Easter Egg hunts. We will also have beeping eggs for visually impaired children.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Diane Winborn Elementary
9 a.m.

Join Holy Covenant UMC for an Easter party and egg hunt with games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and more.

Family Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mark A. Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street
1350 Main St.

There will be Easter bag decorating, popcorn and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Registration for the event begins at 9:30 am, with the first Easter egg hunt starting at 10:30 am. This event is open to all members of the community.

Journey to the Cross Family Walk-Through & Lord’s Supper
Friday, March 30, 2018

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

5 – 8 p.m.

This brief, hands-on journey is for Preschool and Children’s families to gain a better understanding of the events that led up to Jesus’ultimate sacrifice. Interactive stations will encourage discussion and participation for the entire family. The Lord’s Supper is a come-and-go,powerful way to remember the sacrifice that Jesus offered for us on the cross. Personal Lord’s Supper guides will be provided to walk you through this intimate time of reflection personally or with your family.

Baskets & Bunnies
Katy City Park
5720 Franz Rd.

 

Bring your families out to celebrate Easter during Baskets and Bunnies at Katy City Park! Kids can enjoy bounce houses, animals at the petting zoo and crafts while they wait to visit and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Hunt

Nelson Water Gardens
1502 Katy Fort Bend Rd.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

9 -11 a.m.

Open for kids of all ages. Bring a basket and hunt for eggs and prizes. Lots of chances to win shopping sprees at Nelson’s and other stuff.

Journey Across Asia
Central Green Park

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
1 – 3 p.m.

An amazing cultural experience as Dance of Asian America  takes you on a Journey across Asia exploring various countries through dance and movement.  Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family!  Picnic and lawn chairs welcome.

Sunday Brunch Buffet
Drix Restaurant & Lounge
1850 S. Mason Rd.

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reserve your table now for our famous Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet.  In addition to regular buffet items, we will be adding holiday favorites like baked ham, deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail and more. The price per adult is $16 and don’t forget to ask about our mimosa specials. Kids 4 and under eat free.

Free Kids Meal
PDQ Cinco Ranch
23703 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hop to it and get a free kids mean with the purchase of any meals, bowl, or salad on Easter Sunday.

?Easter Service &  Free Community Party
Crosspoint Community Church
700 Westgreen Blvd.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Revel in the moment in history when hope was fulfilled and every heart offered the comfort of knowing Jesus was, in fact, exactly who he said he was. We will celebrate after second service with a free family carnival that will include bounce houses, music, food, balloon artist, face painters and more.

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Dead Cats Found in Katy Area Home, Launches Animal Cruelty Investigation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 21, 2018

Harris County Constables Office Precinct 5 Public information Officer

As part of the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, deputies in Precinct 5 rescued seven pet cats and launched a criminal investigation into the remains of three others discovered inside an abandoned Bear Creek home.

Precinct 5 deputies were called on Monday by a neighbor who saw one of the carcasses through a window and noticed a foul odor coming from the home in the 15600 block of Fern Basin.

Sgt. Charles Jantzen, who heads up Precinct 5’s Animal Crimes Unit and the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, coordinated the safe removal of seven severely malnourished cats. The home’s interior was covered in urine, feces and, in one room, the skeletal remains of another cat.

The results of Sgt. Jantzen’s investigation will be turned over to the Harris County District Attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.The surviving cats are being evaluated by a veterinarian. The Houston Humane Society will take over the recovery process while awaiting a court hearing on their legal custody.

Precinct 5 encourages anyone who suspects animal cruelty to report it to the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce at 927paws.org or 832-927-PAWS.

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Katy ISD Announces Proposed Name for Elementary #41

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018
 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 March 21, 2018

The new elementary will be located in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

The Katy ISD School Naming Selection Committee presented their recommendation for the naming of Elementary #41 at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting this week.

The school is proposed to be named after retired educator Amy Campbell. This campus, located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Lane in Fulshear, TX.

The public forum will take place today, Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Katy ISD Board Room, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names.

After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will reconvene to review input and provide their final recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Monday, March 26.

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Remembering Tompkins High School Student, Caleb Lane

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

Caleb “Dees” Lane, a freshman at Tompkins High student, was killed while on Spring Break in Provo, Utah.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 22, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

 

Caleb and his family moved to Katy in 2016. They were originally from Utah.

Caleb was home visiting family during Spring Break, when he was hit by a car on Friday, March 16th. After the doctors determined that Caleb no longer had brainstem activity, the family made the selfless decision to donate various organs to save others. Caleb was able to  gift his liver, a kidney and pancreas, and a single kidney to three strangers. He gave his corneas and the gift of sight to two individuals. He also gave tissue to research studies.

According to the beautiful tribute page created to honor Caleb, he loved math, physics and engineering. He loved it so much that the last three summers he attended UVU prep, where he was able to study the subjects further.

 Caleb was a kind and giving soul. In his short time in Katy, he made an impact on those that knew him. So much so that on Wednesday, March 21st, students wore blue to school in his honor.

Caleb leaves behind a sister, Hannah, and parents Kim and Jason, all of Katy.

Caleb’s memorial service will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 at 4 PM at the Provo Rec Center in Provo, Utah.

To read more about Caleb’s life, visit the page created in his honor. (Click here)

Friends and family started a GoFund Me to help the family with expenses. Click here.

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Katy, Texas: Massive Recall Issue for Popular Baby Teether and Pacifier

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 16, 2018  

 

A massive recall is in effect for pacifier and teether holders because national safety experts say the product pose choking hazards.

The recall was issued Thursday night. The name of the product is called Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a snap can detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children.

RECALL DETAILS

This recall involves Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders. The holders were sold in eight styles:

Giraffe

Zebra

Turtle

Reindeer (Special Holiday Edition)

Frog (Special Holiday Edition)

Spring Bunny (Special Holiday Edition)

Deer

Bunny

Only holders with the following lot codes are included in this recall: RICH0615; RICH0715; RICH0815; RICH1215; RICH0516; RICH0616; RICH0716; RICH1116; RICH1016; RICH0916; RICH1216; RICH0317; RICH0417; RICH0517; RICH0617; RICH0717; RICH0817; RICH0917. The lot codes are printed on the tag attached to the holder.

Consumers can confirm lot codes included in the recall at www.drbrownsbaby.com/recall-lovey.

 

WHAT TO DO

Consumers should immediately take the recalled holders away from young children and contact Handi-Craft for further instructions to receive a replacement product or comparable merchandise of equal or lesser value.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES

The firm has received a total of 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap detaching. No injuries have reported.

 SOLD AT

Bed Bath & Beyond

H-E-B Grocery

K-Mart

Target

Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us

Wal-Mart

Various stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from August 2015 to March 2018 for about $10

CONSUMERS MAY CONTACT

Handi-Craft toll-free at 833-224-7674 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at http://www.drbrownsbaby.com/ and click on Recall Information for more information.

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UHV Katy Campus Online Degree Program Ranked 17 Nationally

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

The Online Psychology Degrees national website recently recognized one of the University of Houston-Victoria’s graduate special education programs as among the best in the nation.

 

Katy Magazine News  

March 18, 2018  

The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development’s Master of Education in Special Education with an applied behavior analysis concentration was ranked 17th nationally in the website’s 2018 Top 30 Master’s in Behavioral Analysis Online list. The applied behavior analysis concentration is one of three options UHV students pursuing a master’s in special education can study.

When choosing programs for the ranking, the website considered programs in applied behavior analysis, human behavior, special education and criminal justice as well as general psychology programs that offer a specialization in behavioral analysis. From there, the website considered accreditation, accessibility, job training and coursework.

The coursework for the program has been vetted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which means students are taking courses that will prepare them for the national certification exam to become board-certified behavior analysts.

In addition, the online accessibility offers an advantage because most of the students are professionals already working in clinics or the classroom. That means many of the students already are in a position where they can get their supervision hours at their current place of employment.

University of Houston Victoria Katy campus, located at 2002 W. Grand Pkwy, offers face-to-face programs as well as many online classes for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.

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Katy ISD High Schools Receive 12 Nominations for Houston Tommy Tune Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 19, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis 

 

Katy ISD high schools received 12 nominations in everything from Best Leading Actress to Best Orchestra. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 17.

Following are the Katy ISD schools that received nominations:

Best Leading Actress nominee:
Caylie Howard from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Fiona from Shrek The Musical

Best Supporting Actor nominee:
Ryan Kearton from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Donkey from Shrek The Musical

Best Supporting Actress nominee :
Glendaliris Torres-Greaux from Mayde Creek High School as Daniela from In The Heights

Best Featured Performer nominee:
Nick Januhowski from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Pinocchio from Shrek The Musical

Best Orchestra nominees:
Cinco Ranch High School for The Music Man

Obra D. Tompkins High School for Shrek The Musical

Best Scenic Design nominee:
Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights

Best Costume Design nominee:
Cinco Ranch High School for The Music Man

Best Lighting Design nominee:
Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights

Best Musical Direction nominees:

Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights
Obra D. Tompkins High School for Shrek The Musical

James E. Taylor High School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the only Katy ISD participant in the awards that did not receive any nominations. The awards are limited 45 high Houston Area high schools not all Katy ISD high schools participate.

The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry, and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area.

Judges are an approved panel of qualified performing arts professionals that is assembled to adjudicate the 45 high schools participating in the TTA. They have  extensive backgrounds in professional theatre and performance in the capacity of directing, choreography, acting, musical directing, design, dramaturgy, arts administration, technical theatre, arts education, theatre production, etc.

For more information on the nominees end up coming awards presentation, visit www.tuts.com.

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Reminder from HCSO for Katy, Texas & Houston Residents: Be Cautious Opening Suspicious Mail

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15th 2018

In light of the recent violence in Austin, Texas involving bombs placed inside unsolicited packages, Harris County Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to be extra cautious when accepting and opening mail. At this time, there is no evidence or indication of danger of this kind in the Katy community.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 14, 2018 

Posted by Ashley Lancaster

A Statement from HCSO

“As a matter of normal operations, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is always monitoring local, state and national affairs when it concerns the safety of our citizens. Our department along with other local agencies, are staying vigilant with the current situation in Austin, TX as they relate to suspicious packages.

As of this time there is no indication or evidence to suggest any danger from these types of incidents is imminent within our community. If any suspicious and unsolicited packages arrive to your home, please inquire with all of your family members and ensure no one is expecting the delivery. Business owners should also check with employees for any boxes or freight that may be delivered unexpectedly.

If you encounter any suspicious packages and believe that you are in danger, STOP immediately. Do not open or move it; leave the package and call 911 immediately. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone: if you “see something, say something!”

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Katy, Texas Allergy & Pollen Forecast 3/12 – 3/16

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Spring is in the air – and by that we mean tree, grass, and ragweed pollen is coating every surface with a fine yellow dust. Here’s a look at pollen counts for the week in Katy, Texas so you can prepare. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Pollen Levels:

High – between 9.7 and 12, strongly affects people who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of each season. Symptoms will be more severe.

 

Medium – between 4.9 and 9.6, will cause symptoms for people who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season.

Low – between 0 and 4.9, will effect very few individuals who suffer from allergies.

Monday – 10.4

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low

Tuesday – 9.7

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Wednesday – 9.0

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Thursday – 8.6

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Friday – 9.2

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

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Why Katy Women Over 40 Need Annual Mammograms

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Turning 40 is a benchmark birthday for many women in the United States. While a pessimist might view it as a signal that their glory days are over, more and more women are optimistic about the milestone, seeing it as a kickoff into the best years of their lives. But one thing is true for all women – health needs and preventative wellness routines should begin to change at age 40.

Katy Magazine News

March 7, 2018

“For some women, they have health history or specific reasons to begin mammography before age 40.  But for the average woman who has never had a breast screening, we recommend she begin a routine annual wellness mammogram, starting at age 40,” said Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer, Solis Mammography. “Simply put, women in their 40s have the most to gain from being proactive about early detection. Major studies have shown time and again that in addition to saving lives, early detection offers greater quality of life as treatment at earlier stages is less invasive and less costly.”

Home of the “Peace of Mind” Mammogram

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Solis Mammography is expected to complete nearly 1 million procedures in 2018. Making them the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services. With this, Solis Mammography has some of the nation’s most comprehensive research data supporting its claim that women should begin annual mammography starting at age 40. This is in contrast to some confusing and conflicting advice from various media and non-physician-led organizations.

“While it’s true that breast cancer treatment has come a long way in recent years, this should in no way deter a woman from participating in the benefits of annual mammography,” said Solis Mammography CEO James Polfreman. “The fact is that cell growth replicates at a faster rate in younger tissue.  So, the younger you are, the more important it is to find any anomaly earlier. Research and technological advances in mammography have led to an all-time high in survival rates from breast cancer diagnosis.  This tells us we’re on the right path, and annual mammography is a key part of that success story.”

Four compelling reasons to begin annual mammograms at 40

1. The numbers. According to the American Cancer Society, 20 percent of all breast cancers are found in women under 50. If the cancer is found early, in what is known as stage zero or stage one, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Simply stated, early detection is the closest thing to a cure, and mastectomies are no longer the first line of defense.

2. Women in their 40s have the most to gain. “Today’s high-quality screenings benefit 40-year-old women the most,” explained Dr. Rose, a radiologist with more than 25 years in the field of breast screening specialization, involved in several published national studies. “Advancements like 3-D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis), and breast specialization have a significant impact on the quality of the mammography result. Today, we know one mammogram isn’t the same as another. It’s important to know what to look for in your provider to ensure the most accurate results.”

3. A chance for women to take charge of their health. Conflicting recommendations from some non-physician led organizations have suggested a “reasonable trade-off” to the “fear, anxiety and stress” of a “false positive” (otherwise known as a recall for additional images) is to delay annual screenings for five to 10 critical years. This advice encourages a foolhardy “Russian Roulette” approach to monitoring breast health.  It suggests no alternative to mammography; instead suggesting screenings be ignored entirely.  The studies and clinical evidence are clear.  Early detection provides women with the greatest opportunity for long-term survival and quality of life through the least invasive treatment when caught at the earliest possible stage.

4. Treatment is an option; knowledge is not. Instead of focusing on overdiagnosis as the problem, the real question at hand is overtreatment. With the advancement of medicine and less invasive treatments, women have more options for success. And in some cases, patients may opt not to treat at all, rather to monitor changes over time. These are discussions a woman can and should have with her doctor AFTER getting all the facts. Avoiding the facts is not a solution.

Pea versus walnut: Why mammograms help with early detection

Dr. Rose suggests thinking of a pea versus a walnut, when considering why early detection is so important. The average size of a lump found in a woman who gets regular annual mammograms is the size of a pea. The size of a lump found by a woman who does only occasional self-exams is the size of a walnut.

“Imagine the difference in treating the pea versus the walnut.  It’s the pea that gives us our best options for treatment,” Dr. Rose advised. “Put simply, the larger the lump, the more invasive and costly the treatment options become, and the more risk that is associated with long-term outcomes.”

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Katy Area Crime Report March 3 – 9, 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Weekly updates on violent crime in Katy, Texas.


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 13, 2018

compiled by Jennifer Skelton

Assault with Deadly Weapon

20700 Block FAIR WALNUT WAY

Mar 9, 2018 around 9 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault

37XX S MASON RD, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

 

Assault

19600 Block BUCKLAND PARK DR

Mar 9, 2018 around 4 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Theft from Person (including Purse Snatch)

32XX LAUREMONT LN, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

65XX EMERALD CANYON, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault

19500 Block RIVER BOTTOM RD

Mar 9, 2018 around 8 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

03/09/2018 02:03 AM

23000 Block BENBURY DR, Katy, TX 77450

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/09/2018 12:49 AM

22700 Block HOCKADAY DR, Katy, TX

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/08/2018 08:00 PM

500 Block S FRY RD

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Child Neglect, Abandon, Non-Support

03/08/2018 03:56 PM

2600 Block LEOPARD CT, Katy, TX 77449

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

03/08/2018 02:41 PM

19300 Block GAGELAKE LN

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Synthetic Narcotic

03/08/2018 01:30 PM

23100 Block KATY FWY

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/08/2018 12:53 PM

1700 Block BROOK GROVE DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Missing Person

25XX KITTANSETT, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 8, 2018 at 5:30 am

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Robbery of a Individual

03/08/2018 04:40 AM

2000 Block WESTBOROUGH DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

03/07/2018 09:46 PM

1100 Block KATY GAP RD

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

03/07/2018 02:15 PM

23900 Block KATY FWY

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

BURGLARY

107XX SPRING GREEN, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

24400 Block FRANZ RD

Mar 7, 2018 02:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Sexual Assault Other (Child)

100 Block ASHEBORO DR
Mar 7, 2018 12:00 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Cocaine or Opium

20900 Block KATY FWY

Mar 7, 2018 10:27 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

2000 Block S MASON RD
Mar 7, 2018 10:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Sexual Assault Other (Child)

3600 Block LAKES OF BRIDGEWATER DR

Mar 7, 2018 10:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

19600 Block HUNT LAKE LN
Mar 7, 2017 7:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

1300 Block FRY RD
Mar 7, 2018 12:43 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

21600 Block PARK DOWNE LN
Mar 6, 2018 9:54 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

21100 Block KINGSLAND BL
Mar 6, 2018 5:59 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

19400 Block MONTCLAIR MEADOW LN

Mar 6, 2018 4:00 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

261XX PORTFIELD CT, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Terroristic Threat

Mar 6, 2018 9:00 AM

24700 Block GRAND HARBOR DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

24400 Block KESTREL VW

Mar 6, 2018 6:00 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault
5700 Block GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 5, 2018 10:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

700 Block WILD HORSE VALLEY RD

Mar 5, 2018 9:48 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

300 Block COBIA DR

Mar 4, 2018 9:25 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

41XX LUONG FIELD CT, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault-Family

20000 Block N NAVAHO TL

Mar 4, 2018 8:47 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

100 Block BAKER RD

Mar 4, 2018 7:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Synthetic Narcotic

19300 Block CYPRESS ARBOR DR

Mar 4, 2018 around 4 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

19300 Block LONG LAKE DR

Mar 4, 2018 2:34 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

33XX S FRY RD, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

22000 Block KATY FWY

Mar 4, 2018 11:15 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

22500 Block CLAY RD

Mar 4, 2018  4:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

6500 Block GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 4, 2018 2:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Terroristic Threat

24000 Block FRANZ RD

Mar 3, 2018 11:20 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

100 Block W GRAND PARKWAY S

Mar 3, 2018 06:53 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

KIETH HARROW BL & OLD GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 3, 2018 2:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

22200 Block CIMARRON PW

Mar 3, 2018 02:00 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

*This report consists of three reporting agencies so the reader will notice some differences between the City of Katy, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and Harris County Sheriff’s Office. (Parenthesis refers to the reporting agency.)

**City of Katy does not report location of event.

Editor’s Note: This report does not include crimes such as theft, auto theft or criminal mischief.

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Katy EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour Named to Texas EDC Board of Directors

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2018

Katy Area Economic Development Council President/CEO Lance LaCour has been named to the Texas Economic Development Council Board of Directors.  LaCour replaces Paul Davis, former Pasadena Economic Development Council Director.  

 

 

Katy Magazine News
March 9, 2018

LaCour will serve the remainder of the board term vacated by Davis with the appointment ending in October 2018.

About Mr. LaCour

Since 2005, LaCour has led Katy Area EDC.  Under his leadership, Katy Area EDC has received several awards from Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) including Economic Excellence recognition (2016) and the Community Economic Development Award (2014) for communities over 250,001 in population. The EDC was also recognized by Site Selection Magazine for being part of Top 20 Deals in North America.

About TEDC

TEDC is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. TEDC is a one-stop shop for ideas, information, and influence and is the largest state association of economic development professionals, volunteers, and elected officials in Texas.  The goal of the organization is to bring new investment and jobs to Texas.

For more information on Katy Area EDC, please visit katyedc.org.

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Summer Camp for Adults with Disabilities in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2018

Applications are now being accepted for The Arc of Katy’s 2018 Summer Day Program that will provide a fun, memorable summer for individuals age 16 and above with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Katy Magazine News

March 6, 2018 

 

The Arc of Katy, a non-profit organization that provides programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 16 and above, offers three summer sessions, each with excursions, crafts, life skills, games… and much more. The cost is only $35 per day and each participant receives an Arc t-shirt. Visit The Arc of Katy website at thearcofkaty.org for more information and registration.

Day Programs
The Arc of Katy, located at 5819 Tenth Street, Suite C in the downtown Katy area offers a Day Program from September through May for individuals transitioning out of high school and a Summer Day Program for those 16 and above. The Arc of Katy Day Programs stand out for its highly trained, experienced staff, the majority having transitioned from public school settings with experience in providing services to students with disabilities. All participants of the Day Programs must be members of The Arc of Katy which also includes opportunities to participate in monthly socials. One of the goals of The Arc of Katy is to provide opportunities for its participants to be socially engaged with their peers and members of the community. The Arc of Katy participants not only enjoy life but are part of life as well.

Summer Fun
Participants in The Arc of Katy Day and Summer Programs have the opportunity to participate in the Be Strong Swim and Exercise Program. The program began with the desire from parents and staff to keep participants “moving” and as active as possible. For those who do not get a great amount of physical activity at home or have problems with muscle strength, participating in the Be Strong Swim and Exercise Program can help keep their weight in check and improve balance and muscle strength.

Water Aerobics or Water Therapy is available as well as use of exercise equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills, weights and various muscle strengthening equipment. Participants in the Be Strong Program are always accompanied by staff when using the exercise equipment or participating in the swim program.

Visit The Arc of Katy website at thearcofkaty.org or call 832-754-9802 for program information.

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Casting Call for Katy Moms and Daughters to Star in Documentary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018

Katy mothers and daughters who share a uniquely close bond can audition together for a new documentary. 

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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 6, 2018
Katy Chamber Announcement
Bodega Pictures, in conjunction with a major television network is producing a groundbreaking documentary series that profiles fun, fabulous, over-the-top and extremely close moms and daughters. They will showcase their one of a kind relationship and livelihood in a fun and feel good new series that celebrates the special mother daughter bond. This is the opportunity to take part in an brand-new and fun show with your mom/daughter, “bestie”, GET PAID, and star in your own TV episode!
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Casting directors are seeking nationwide for:
Moms and daughters who are extremely close:
 – Is your mom/daughter your best friend in the whole world?
 – Do you and your mom/daughter travel, live or work together?
– Has anyone ever thought that your relationship is “extreme” or “unusual?”
– To say that you two are, “close” is a major understatement?
– Do you have the exact same tastes, interests, and hobbies as your mother or your daughter?
– Do you two literally do EVERYTHING together?
– Are you closer with your mom/daughter than friends/family members and sometimes even spouses/significant others?
– Do you tell each other everything and hate it when you have to spend time a part?
– Are you at the center of one another’s worlds?
If you answer “Yes”
Email: momdaughtertvcasting@gmail.com with a brief bio, full contact information, names & ages of mom & daughter and several recent photos and a casting team member will be in touch.
NOTE: Daughters must be at least 18 years old or older.
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Katy EDC Leadership Awards Announced Today

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018
February 20, 2018
Katrina Katsarelis 
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Two prominent Katy Area citizens were recognized today by the Katy Area Economic Development Council as winners of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Awards.
Pictured: Left: Stan Goss (2016 Winner) Bill Callegari (2017 Winner) Sylvia Zerwas (Winner John Zerwas’s wife), Constable Wayne Thompson (Finalist), Patsy Stanley (Stan Stanley’s widow) Rick Lawlor (Finalist) Karen and Paul Kurt (Presenters) and Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC President)
Senator John Zerwas and retired state representative Bill Callegari were honored at the KAEDC General Assembly Breakfast as the 2017 recipients of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Award. The award recognizes volunteers (non-paid) who have made contributions to the Katy area in leadership and economic development.
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The award committee chooses recipients based on years of service, leadership skills, special achievements, and qualities Stan so greatly exhibited such as being faithful, conscientious, unselfish and committed to the Katy area community.
Sylvia Zerwas, accepted the award on behalf of her husband Senator John Zerwas, who was at a hearing for Hurricane Harvey.
 
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Stan C. Stanley (below) was the founder of the Katy Area Economic Development Council and spent many years volunteering on the board and mentoring hundreds of students, scouts, and local business leaders.
Stanley was a beloved community leader known and Katy ISD school namesake who died unexpectedly in March 2016 from an undiagnosed heart defect.

 

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Katy Area EDC Names 2018 Executive Committee and Officers

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018
Katy Area EDC names 2018 Executive Committee and Officers and welcomes new Board of Governor’s members.
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 5, 2018
Photo caption: From left to right: Paul Kurt, Dan Boggio, Woody Mann, Lance LaCour, Kent Rosenberger
Back row: Yvonne Kershner, Chad Carson, Richard Phillips, Bob Chalker, Rick Lawler, and Katrina Katsarelis
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The Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors appointed Executive Committee members and officers for 2018.
Executive Board Members
The 2018 Executive Committee includes Rick Lawler, Bob Chalker, Katrina Katsarelis, Dick Phillips, Yvonne Kershner, Stan Goss and Chad Carson, and officers Woody Mann, Jr., who will continue to serve as Chairman, Vice Chairman Dan Boggio, Treasurer Paul Kurt and Secretary Kent Rosenberger. Longtime committee member David Woodham stepped off the committee for 2018 and Katy Area EDC would like to thank him for his service from 2014-2017.

Executive Committee members and officers will provide guidance and leadership to the organization and help shape its direction for 2018. Terms for each committee member and appointed officer will last through 2018 with new appointments taking place in 2019.

New Board of Governor’s Members
Katy Area EDC also welcomed several new Board of Governors members to begin the year as well. Caroline Champion of Houston Methodist West Hospital is new to the board this year. Champion serves as the Director of Business Development and Services Lines at Houston Methodist West. Marc Deer, President of Capital Real Estate, will represent the organization. Capital Real Estate focuses on Industrial real estate services and Deer has been working in the area for 12 years.
Sara Montenegro joins the board representing Texas Children’s Hospital. Montenegro is the Assistant Vice President for Texas Children’s West Campus, a world leader in pediatric healthcare, and has been with the organization for 9 years. James Ross joins the board representing Katy Mills Mall. Ross recently moved to the area to take over the role of Katy Mills General Manager. The final new board member is Flint Risien, Director of Property Management Services/Community Services for Caldwell Companies. Caldwell Companies focuses on land brokerage and property management. Risien has been working in the community for roughly 10 years.
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“We are extremely fortunate to have great leaders on our Executive Committee and board, and I would like to thank them for their service to our organization and the Katy area,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour. “We look forward to a successful 2018.”
For information on becoming a member of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, please visit www.katyedc.com
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Katy ISD Announces Principal for Elementary #41

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 22, 2018

Katy ISD announces Jaime Shipley as the new principal for Elementary School #41, which is set to open in Fall 2018 in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.

 

 


Ms. Shipley has 19 years experience in education including nine years as a building principal. Her administrative experience began as an instructional facilitator at Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2006. Shipley became an elementary assistant principal at Goose Creek CISD (GCCISD) in 2008. The following year, she was promoted to building principal in GCCISD and remained there for four years. In 2013, Shipley became the principal of Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD and has led the campus for the past five years.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary and Early Childhood as well as her Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.
“I am excited about leading the way for a new school and a new legacy. We, as a staff and community, will build the foundation together so students have unparalleled learning experiences,” says Principal Shipley.

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Worn-Out American Flags Being Collected for Proper Disposal in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted January 09th 2018

On Saturday, January 20, American Legion 164 invites citizens with well-loved American flags to drop them off at sites all over town to be disposed of with dignity. 

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Katy’s Cane Island Welcomes New Homebuilders, Begins Phase II of Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted January 08th 2018

Two of the nation’s top-selling homebuilders are coming home to Cane Island.

Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes have announced plans to join the award-winning west Houston master planned community where both will add new family homes in Cane Island’s second phase.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

January 9, 2018

Cane Island 

 

Homesites from 60 – 80 feet

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Cinco Ranch Couple Ordered to Pay Enslaved Nanny $121,000

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2018

 Canyon Gate couple will also spend seven months in jail for human trafficking and falsifying government documents

A Cinco Ranch couple who forced a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours a day taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution. Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, also were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years’ probation.

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Former Seven Lakes High School Worker Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn, Other Charges

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2018

Allan McNeill, a former cafeteria worker at a Seven Lakes High School, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

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New General Manager Announced for Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2018

Simon Property Group is pleased to announce that James Ross was recently appointed General Manager of Katy Mills.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 5, 2018

By Ashley Lancaster

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Katy ISD Food for Families Raises $35K in Annual Donation Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2017
Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has raised almost $193,000, helping nearly 4,100 families have a happier holiday. 
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
December 18, 2017
Grocery Gift Cards for Katy Students
 
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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is delighted to announce that Food for Families raised $35,000 during its recent campaign.  Supported by both the community and Katy ISD employees, this initiative provides grocery gift cards to students and families in need during the holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. This year, Food for Families also supported families who were impacted by Harvey.
Blessing Families Since 2002
Katy ISD campuses identify students in need of assistance, and gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, Food for Families blessed 433 families.
   
Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at ww
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No Charges Filed Against OU Running Back and Katy Native, Rodney Anderson

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2017

The Katy high school graduate and OU running back will not be charged with sexual assault according to Cleveland County District Attorney, Greg Mashburn. 

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

December 14, 2017

Ashley Lancaster

Anderson, 21, who graduated from Katy High School in 2015, was accused of raping a woman in her apartment. She filed for a protective order after alleging the leading rusher forced her to have intercourse with him on November 16, and that she feared for her safety.

 

Mr. Anderson’s attorney has called the accusations, “patently false.” And today he was exonerated, after having cooperated with Cleveland County and the Norman Police Department. Late last week, Anderson submitted to and passed a three-hour lie-detector test, administered by former FBI polygraph examiner, Bill Brown.

“We want to make sure that sexual assault victims feel comfortable coming forward,” said Mashburn.

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State Rep Mike Schofield Seeks Reelection, Endorsed by Governor Abbott

Katy Texas News
Posted December 11th 2017
Republican Mike Schofield has served two terms at the Texas Capitol representing District 132 (Katy and Cy-Fair), and announced over the weekend that he has been endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott for reelection.
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 11, 2017
Ashley Lancaster
 
Below is an excerpt from his letter to Katy and Cypress residents:
 
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“During my two terms in office, I have passed bills to mandate that lawsuits affecting the school finance system are heard by a three-judge panel rather that by one liberal judge in Austin (to ensure that views of the rest of Texas are heard), protect the integrity of our elections by allowing the attorney general to go after organizations that conspire to commit election fraud, increase funding for non-profit groups providing counseling for alternatives to abortion, and I successfully sponsored an amendment to the state constitution to ensure that your vote counts and that laws enacted by the representatives you elected are not thrown out in court without the attorney general having a chance to defend them.
Most recently, I have been instrumental in the drive to ensure that the Republican caucus nominates a candidate for speaker, to prevent the minority party from conspiring with a few breakaway Republicans to pick a speaker beholden to the party the voters did not choose to give control of the House.
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Recognizing the work that I have done to fight for conservative Texas values, Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday that he is endorsing me for reelection so I can continue to work with him to enact a meaningful cap on state spending, reform the property tax system to provide relief to homeowners and business owners, protect property owners from wrongful annexation by cities they don’t want to live in, and continue to make Texas the best state in the nation in which to live and do business.
If you haven’t seen the video of Governor Abbott’s endorsement, you can find it here:
I intend to continue to keep you informed on what your legislature is working on so you can weigh in before the legislature takes action, when your views can affect how your government is run. And I intend to continue to work hard to ensure that your voice is heard in Austin.
I hope I can continue to earn your support.”

Quote from Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
“Mike Schofield is a conservative through and through, having demonstrated his commitment to education reform and lowering taxes as a member of the Texas House,” said Governor Abbott. “The constituents of House District 132 have been well represented by Mike over the last few years, and they can be assured that this trend will continue upon his re-election. That is why I am proud to endorse Mike for another term in the Texas House of Representatives.”

 

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Jimbo Fisher Visits Katy High School Staff, Athletes

Katy Texas News
Posted December 06th 2017

The Katy Tigers gave us the details on what Katy coaches talked about with Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

December 6, 2017 

By Ashley Lancaster

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Memorial Parkway Elementary Opens New Park to All

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2017

The Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) Choir officially kicked off the dedication ceremony of their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.

 

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Katy Magazine Announces 2017 People of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2017

 

Katy People of the Year Announced in Katy Magazine’s December Issue Launched today at www.katymagazineonline.com 
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KATY TEXAS NEWS  
December 1, 2017  
Katy Magazine’s announced it’s Katy People of the Year for 2017 in the current issue launched today. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s General Assembly Meeting on December 12. The eight Katy honorees include Superintendent Lance Hindt, Don Massey, Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, and more. VIEW THE ISSUE 

 

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Cardiff Junior High Teacher Receives Special Honor for Her Contributions After Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2017
Lisa Forney, assistant principal for the Cardiff Colts, has received the title of “Life-Changer of the Year” ” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that Cardiff Junior High (CJH) Assistant Principal Lisa Forney has been nominated by a local business partner as a “Life Changer of the Year” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
 
November 30, 2017
 
 
Meeting the needs of struggling faculty and staff
After Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Forney put pen to paper and outlined a comprehensive plan to meet the immediate needs of the Cardiff faculty and staff who were hardest hit by the storm.  Thus was born the “CJH Boots on the Ground Initiative” which consisted of a group of volunteers who cleaned out flooded homes, delivered food to work crews and collected donated items.  She went even further by reaching out to non-profit organizations to sponsor families and support them as they worked to get back on their feet. Because of Ms. Forney’s detailed planning, communication skills and her dedication to the community, many families received the help they needed after the storm.
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Providing a stress-free Thanksgiving to Katy ISD families
However, her work didn’t end when the flood waters receded.  With the help of many staff members, she organized an essential needs pantry that efficiently served over 200 Cardiff families and community members.  Also, as the Thanksgiving season approached, Ms. Forney along with help from Tays Junior High volunteers, many local community partners and non-profit organizations led the coordination of the CJH Thanksgiving Pop-Up Market which provided turkeys and packaged food to over 100 families.  Her goal was to provide a stress-free Thanksgiving!
 
Ms. Forney’s desire to give without expectation has inspired and changed the lives of many.  Together as a school community, let’s help her win the National Grand Prize by visiting the Forney Life Changer of the Year profile and leaving a comment.
 
The Life Changer of the Year is a national program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
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Community to Dedicate Spark Park at Memorial Parkway Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

Thanks to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.

 

 

 

The park will be open for public use during non-school hours and one weekends, and will feature modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment, and learning spaces.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

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Holy Covenant UMC Feeds Hungry Souls on Thanksgiving Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2017

Cheerful volunteers and community members at Holy Covenant UMC serves 1600 meals, provides clothing, books, and bibles to Katy families on Thanksgiving Day.

By Kathy Fraser

People who responded to the invitation for a free Thanksgiving meal, were greeted with hugs, offers of prayer, and music that warmed the heart, then their tummies were filled with traditional Thanksgiving favorite foods followed by a distribution of donated books, bibles, blankets, coats, clothing, diapers/wipes, and non-perishable food items, that helped to ease the struggle of tough times, even if it was only for a day.

A long-standing Thanksgiving tradition

This year’s community Thanksgiving celebration, hosted by Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, saw record numbers of guests come through its doors. The weather was deliciously cool and sunny, which set the scene for a beautiful outreach that was taking place both inside and outside the HCKaty campus. The tradition began in 2003 with Antioch Church and has been hosted by multiple church communities throughout the years.

Randalls provided the Katy Community Feast with all the necessary turkeys and Midway BBQ supplied all the ham. Good Ole boys cooked the turkeys at no charge with a nominal fee for slicing and packaging while Westside Chevrolet contributed financially. Other goods or services contributed by local Katy businesses are as follows: children’s books from Katy Budget Books, Spanish bibles from Lifeway Christian Store, racks and hangers from Brammers, multiple breads and bagels from Panera Bread, piano music by renowned musician, Steven Jones, and photography services from Photographyfray. Most of these Katy businesses have supplied services, goods, or funds every year since the start of this annual outreach for which the steering committee is so very grateful!

Bible donations, fun for kids, and meals delivered

In 2017, twelve Katy churches supplied the funds, side dishes, and volunteers in ministry needed to make the 2017 feast possible. Those churches include: Alief Baptist Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, The Church at Cane Island, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, First Baptist Church of Katy, First United Methodist Church of Katy, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Kingsland Baptist Church, New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church. There are some individual and classes from within the churches that provide goods, such as the Rejoice Sunday School Class at FUMC. They used their funds to purchase 35 bilingual bibles for donation. The Katy Community Feast has always been blessed by the services of Boy Scout Troop 557. Since 2011, those boy scouts and their supervising adults have directed traffic, received side dish donations as they are dropped off at the church, and assisted guests with carrying of packages to their cars.

 A Kidz Corner was in full swing during the event. Acorn turkeys were crafted, pin the tail on the turkey games were played, and colorful drawings were made by many of the children who dined in or passed through. Two talented face-painters delighted the younger guests by creating their favorite design atop their smiling faces.

Most people in need of a Thanksgiving meal this year found out about The Katy Community Thanksgiving Feast during their visit to Katy Christian Ministries. Others may have learned of it through flyers distributed at the KCM Food Pantry, Christ Clinic, The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, and Texas Children’s Pediatrics. Additional Feast invitations were posted in the local Katy newspaper and social media. People were asked to call in and pre-order their meals. Participants were invited to dine in, pick up meals to go, and if homebound, to sign up for meal delivery.

Help from nonprofit agencies for clothing donations and more

Five Katy non-profit agencies were on site this year to provide information about their services and answer any questions. They included: Christ Clinic (Lara Hamilton, Executive Director) Clothed by Faith (Abi Morton, Executive Director), Hope Impacts (Tina Hatcher Executive Director), Katy Christian Ministries (Deysi Crespo, Executive Director & Lily Rodgers, Social Services Director), and Pregnancy Help Center (Jeannie Z, Executive Director and Norma Zubiate, Volunteer Coordinator). Tina Hatcher has been bringing some of Katy’s homeless to the feast and distributing meals later in the day since 2013. Rona Lee, with Clothed by Faith, has been a part of the steering committee since 2015. Clothed by Faith sets up their large operation at the host church the day before and then on Thanksgiving Day is able to help address the clothing needs of those in attendance!

 This Feast Day saw a flurry of activity from start to finish. The first family arrived at 7:30am and the last ones to be served came late at 2:45pm! Meal orders exceeded 1600 this year and the clicker count indicated that there would not be enough food to feed everyone. However, just as with the story of the loaves and fishes, no one left unfed! Leftovers were shared with the Krause Center. God is good all the time!

 Katy, Texas is a special community. What makes it even more special is when businesses, churches, individuals, and organizations unite to serve a common good.  people who responded to the invitation for a free Thanksgiving meal, were greeted with hugs, offers of prayer, and music that warmed the heart, then their tummies were filled with traditional Thanksgiving favorite foods followed by a distribution of donated books, bibles, blankets, coats, clothing, diapers/wipes, and non-perishable food items, that helped to ease the struggle of tough times, even if it was only for a day. However, the reassurance that there are neighbors that love you, that reach out to care for your needs, and provide resources that can help you through the days ahead, gives hope, hope that feeds the soul.

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Where to Find Santa in Katy, Texas 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2017
Where to find, meet, and take photos with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick in Katy this year. 
 

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Solis Mammography Launches Hurricane Harvey Relief Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2017

Solis Mammography’s ‘Help Us Help Houston’ campaign will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through screenings and donations.

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 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 
November 21, 2017 
Giving the gift of restoration
Through the end of the year, Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – presents its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.
Ten dollars for every mammogram
For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center in the Houston area between Oct. 23 and Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.
About the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide some form of substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”
Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly-dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is uniquely designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy.
To schedule an appointment at any of Solis Mammography’s seven Houston locations, go to https://www.solismammo.com/schedule-appointment/.
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City of Katy Discusses Flood Mitigation Plans at November General Assembly

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

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2017

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

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Cane Island Hosts Candy Cane Market in December

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2017

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

 

KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, TX 

November 9, 2017 

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

           

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Kicks of Annual Food for Families Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
November 9, 2017

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

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

 

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

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Dewberry Farm to Open Houston’s First Christmas Light Trail

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

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

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

 

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Katy ISD Election Day is November 7, 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

 

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – KATY, TX

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

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 16th 2017

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

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Tx

October 16, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster 

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

Fields of Faith 

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

 

Youth in prayer

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

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

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

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

 

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

Looking forward to Winterfest 2018 

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


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The good news

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

October 9, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis

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

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

October 7, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis 

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2017

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

 

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

WHO CAN ENTER

This contest is for kids ages 2-12

HOW TO ENTER 

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

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

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES 

Four Main Winners 

BEST OVERALL $25

MOST CREATIVE COSTUME $15

SCARIEST COSTUME $15

CUTEST COSTUME $15

Ten Honorable Mention Winners

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

 RULES

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

WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTIONS

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

DETAILS? Email editor@katymagazine.

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Cane Island Host Holiday Decorating Showcase Every Weekend in October

Katy Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Texas

October 2, 2017

 

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

Get decorating ideas

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

                       

Open from noon to 6PM

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

 

$5000 gift card giveaway

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

Visitor cash prize drawing

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

Getting there

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

About Cane Island

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

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

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 26th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 26, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster 

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

An injury late in the third

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

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

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

Surgery on the books

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

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

Continuing to lead 

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

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

 

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2017

September 22, 2017

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

A Message to Parents from Katy ISD

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Education Founation Reaches Harvey Relief Goal, Still Going

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 22, 2017 

Ashley Lancaster

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

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

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

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

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

Go to katyisdeducationfoundation.org for more information. 

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 20th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

September 20, 2017

From Katy ISD Communications: 

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

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

 

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

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Katy Area EDC Releases Katy Area Workforce Results

Katy Texas News
Posted September 15th 2017

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

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

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

September 11, 2017

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

All of Katy Stepped Up 

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

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

Katy ISD Stands Out 

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

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

– Powerhouse Church (Shelter)

– Katy ISD Police Department

– CrossPoint Church (Shelter) 

– Westlake Fire Department

– Harris County Sheriff

– Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

– Harris County Office of Emergency Management

– Fort Bend County Sheriff

– Precinct 5 Constables (Harris County)

– Precint 3 Constables (Fort Bend County) 

– Texas Department of Public Service (State Troopers)

– MIdland, Texas Police

– Webb County Sheriff

– Dallas County Sheriff

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Bear Creek Elementary Sewage Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools reopen across Katy ISD on September 11.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Prepares for the Returns of Students

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

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Houston Texans Cheerleaders Visit with Soldiers Stationed in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE  – Katy, Texas
September 5, 2017

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

Courtesy Texas Military Department News

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 01st 2017

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

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

 

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2017

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

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

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Peli Peli Feeding First Responders in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 29th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Katy Emergency Advisories – Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted August 27th 2017

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

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

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

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

5. Houston Traffic Map


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

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

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

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

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

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


WHAT TO DO NOW

  • Stay put. Don’t be on the roads. 

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

  • Use 911 only for emergencies. 

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

Thank you to David Thelan for sending us these important links

 

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Hurricane Harvey Updates – Katy, Texas – Saturday 7 AM

Katy Texas News
Posted August 25th 2017

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


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Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmages Rescheduled Due to Weather Concerns

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2017

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

Current Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmage Schedule:

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 23rd 2017

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

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Election

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2017

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

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

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

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Katy Magazine Announces New, All-Digital Platform

Katy Texas News
Posted August 15th 2017

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

 

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Outback Steakhouse Opening a New Location in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2017

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

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Waffle Tour to Honor Katy First Responders in August

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2017

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

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

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Katy Resident to Be Featured in National Down Syndrome Society Video

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

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

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

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

 

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

ABOUT NDSS

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

 

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Christ Clinic in Katy Announces New Executive Director

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

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

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Dedication of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium on August 17

Katy Texas News
Posted August 02nd 2017

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

Photo by Bob McSpadden

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Kingsland Baptist Church Announces Opening of Second Location

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

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

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

 


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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

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

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

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Bryant Elementary Staff Meet at Katy’s Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2017

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

 

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New Groundbreaking at West Ten Business Park in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

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

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

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

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

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Young Katyite Donates Over 500 Gallons of Gatorade to Houston Firefighters

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

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

Photography by Steven Meador Photography

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

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

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

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Announces New Principals for Memorial Parkway, McRoberts Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 18th 2017

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

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

 

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Cane Island Residents Now Have Access to Herb & Vegetable Gardens

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

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

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

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Posted July 12th 2017

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

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

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Posted July 11th 2017

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

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

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Operation Backpack to Kick-Off for YMCA of Greater Houston

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Posted July 07th 2017

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

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Receives TAPE Award

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Posted July 07th 2017

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

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

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University of Houston Katy Campus to Offer Subsea Engineering Courses

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Posted July 07th 2017

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

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

Courtesy of University of Houston, Engineering

 

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Announces New President and CEO

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Posted July 06th 2017

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

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

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

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Posted July 06th 2017

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

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

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

 

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Katy Asian Town Officially In Progress

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Posted July 05th 2017

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

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

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Posted July 05th 2017

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

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

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Monty Ballard YMCA Offering Free Swimming Classes to Katy Apartment Complexes

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Posted June 29th 2017

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

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

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Katy Woman Thanks Memorial Hermann Doctor Who Helped Save Her Life

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

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Posted June 29th 2017

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

Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines, and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form.

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more.
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Texas Children’s Hospital Ranked #4 in the Nation

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Posted June 27th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2017

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

 

JUST OPENED

Abuelo’s The Flavor of Mexico
24600 Katy Fwy.

AGU Ramen Bistro
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Aji Ramen
1645 Winding Hollow Dr.

The Cheese Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Alicia’s Bakery
3616 N. Fry Rd.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks
9555 Spring Green Blvd.

Chipotle
24600 Katy Fwy.

DR34M Home Rug & Design
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

F45 Training Cinco Ranch West
4950 Katy Gaston Rd.

Iconic Eyecare
9722 Gaston Rd.

Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy Hardware
559 Pin Oak Rd. 

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Texting & Driving Simulator Coming to Monty Ballard YMCA

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Posted June 21st 2017

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

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Katy ISD Elementary Participates in Raising Family Partnership Program

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Posted June 15th 2017

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

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Construction Underway for Katy Boardwalk District

Katy Texas News
Posted June 14th 2017

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

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

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Posted June 13th 2017

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

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

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

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Alba Energy Announces New Solar Office in Katy

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Posted June 13th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Teams Rank High in Global Destination Imagination Tournament

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Posted June 13th 2017

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

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

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

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

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Posted June 07th 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Posted June 07th 2017

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

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

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Posted June 07th 2017

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


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

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

 

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Announces Top 10 Grads for Class of 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Schools Rank High in the Region

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2017

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

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

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Katy ISD Students Receive Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

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

 

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Walmart Supercenter in Katy Creates up to 300 Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2017

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

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

Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries

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

Shop How, Where and When You Want

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

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

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Cane Island Reports Strong Phase One Sales Figures

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 26th 2017

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

 


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Dr. Gallas Named Top Doctor Once Again

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

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

 

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Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2017

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

 

 

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