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YMCA of Greater Houston Kicks Off 2016 Annual Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 4, 2016) The Katy Family YMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign on January 28 to help raise funds that will provide scholarships to local youth, teen, families, and seniors. Last year this effort raised $457,000 to benefit over 5,000 people in our community. Each of the 36 YMCAs across the greater Houston area work together to meet the $7.6 million goal.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Angel Blanco, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Angel I. Blanco, M.D. Dr. Blanco will direct radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery at MNI and serve as an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School’s Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Neurosurgeon Spiros Blackburn, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute  at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Sprios Blackburn, M.D. Dr. Blackburn will see patients at MNI and at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Memorial City, and will also serve as an assistant professor at the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School.

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Katy Brothers Introduce Students in India to FIRST Robotics

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Two students from Katy recently had the opportunity to introduce some students from India to the world of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics.

On a family vacation during winter break, Abhishek Routray, a 2015 graduate of the Cinco Ranch HS FIRST Robotics Competition Team 624, CRyptonite, and currently a Mechanical Engineering major at UT Austin, along with his brother, Anuraag, an eighth grade student on the Beck JH FIRST LEGO® League team, Naturally Beck, presented a robotics workshop to students of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) school (http://www.jnvkhurdaorissa.org/ ), in Khordha, Orissa, on the east coast of India. Their mother, Chetana Samal, a Mentor and for both the CRyptonite and Naturally Beck robotics teams, is originally from this part of India.

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Libraries Launce New Smartphone Checkout Capability

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) Want to check out something from the library, but don’t always carry your library card with you? Now patrons at Fort Bend County Libraries can use their smartphone to take a picture of their library barcode and use that picture to check out items at the library’s checkout desk!

Barcode scanners with the capability to read images have been installed at all checkout desks in the library system. These new barcode scanners are able to read the barcode from a picture taken with any type of smartphone. The barcode image on the smartphone must be clear and able to be read horizontally by the scanner. The picture should be taken directly over the card – not at an angle – and must not show any glare over the barcode.

“These days, when so many people carry their smartphones with them wherever they go, this new ability to check out items from the library simply by displaying their smartphone with an image of their barcode brings an added element of convenience for our patrons,” says Library Director Clara Russell.

The new barcode scanners are also able to read the actual library card, so patrons may choose to use the new technology to scan their own card, as well as the image of their card, themselves.

For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734, or ask at any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system.

 

Cinco Ranch High School Student Wins Young Artist Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (February 1, 2016) Congratulations to Ethan Le (2nd from the left), a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, for winning First Prize at the Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University on January 30, 2016.  As its first prize winner, Ethan received $2,000 and an appearance as guest soloist with the Stephen F. Austin Orchestra of the Pines on March 7, 2016.

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Memorial Hermann Opens Third Mental Health Crisis Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted February 01st 2016

Katy, TX (February 1, 2016) Memorial Hermann, continuing its effort to help close the behavioral and mental health resource gap in the greater Houston region, recently opened its third and most centrally located Mental Health Crisis Clinic.

The new clinic at 4850 West Bellfort, is located in Meyerland’s Meyer Park Shopping Center and joins two other Memorial Hermann Mental Health Crisis Clinics located in Humble and Spring Branch.

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Generous Donations Delivered to Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 29th 2016

Katy, TX (January 29, 2016) Earlier this month, United Airlines’ North Houston Contact Center Leadership team took time to deliver Adventure Bears to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Forty-eight “Ben Flyin” Bears will be donated to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the Emergency Center or are admitted to the hospital.

Additionally, a new neighbor recently gave back to the hospital.  Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highland Knolls presented a $1,000 check to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary.  The funds will be used to support hospital patients and staff.

Thank you to these generous organizations for giving back to their community!

For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, call 281.644.7000 or visit www.memorialhermann.org/katy.

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Katy ISD Open and Concealed Carry

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2015)

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

You may be aware of recent changes in Texas law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, regarding carrying firearms in open view in some locations. We would like to reassure you that Katy ISD has never allowed handguns or other prohibited weapons to be carried into any of our campuses or school facilities.

We would also like to assure you that the safety of your child is our top priority, and we are taking every precaution to keep them out of harm’s way.

School grounds have been considered “gun-free” zones under the federal Gun-Free Schools Act that was enacted more than 20 years ago. Texas law also does not permit handguns or certain other weapons to be taken into any school buildings or carried anywhere that school-sponsored activities are taking place. Handguns and firearms are not allowed at any school-sponsored activities, regardless of whether the events or activities take place on or off school property or on school passenger vehicles like school buses.

District officials are continuing to review the new Open Carry Law, and we will keep you informed regarding the implementation of this new law in Katy ISD. You can also view our FAQs online for more information.

Meanwhile, should you see any suspicious activity on or around your child’s campus or anywhere in the district, please call Katy ISD police at 281-237-4000 (24 hours a day) or call 911. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Parent & Patron Assistance Center (PPAC) at (281) 396-2441.

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Katy’s Got Talent!

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy’s New World Theater will be holding auditions for the Katy’s Got Talent Contest. The contest is open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded!

Auditions will be held at the World Theatre, 1012 South Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450. Initial auditions will begin on January 30th.

There are three ways to register:

  • On-line at www.worldtheater.us
  • Email worldoftheatertexas@gmail.com
  • Call 832-552-5115

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HCC President Honored for New Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2016) Houston Community College (HCC) has the largest international population of any community college in the country. In no small part by the efforts of HCC president Dr. Zachary Hodges to attract foreign students.

The World Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Dr. Hodges’ innovative thinking with the International Pioneer award.

“Houston Community College is an inclusive institution and is only strengthened by the diversity of our students,” said Dr. Hodges. “The programs that we implement are meant to help students grow in a 21st century economy and it’s wonderful that students around the world see the benefits of attending school in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the country. I am pleased to accept an award recognizing the hard work HCC puts in to grow the next generation of workers, entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Students from nearly 150 countries come to HCC for quality education. More than 900 from Vietnam and more than 500 from Mexico. Others are from as far away as Japan, Congo and India. As of fall 2014, 5,850 international students enrolled at HCC. That’s up 2.6% from fall 2012.

HCC students in the U.S. also have the opportunity to study abroad and attend a global seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

“It is programs like these that attract students to West Houston and enrich our communities,” said Victoria Bryant, World Chamber of Commerce Texas president. “Dr. Hodges is instrumental in attracting international students to the Houston area with his global mindset. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of 2015 International Pioneer award.”

 

“Stop Hunger Now” Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Stop Hunger Now is a nonprofit organization that works to end World Hunger by delivering meals, building hospitals, irrigation systems, wells, and much more in developing countries.

Wahibah Hannan and Huma Baig, juniors at Mayde Creek High School, are organizing a meal packaging event at their school. Wahibah has spent three months raising funds that are needed to pay for the food to pack the meals; $1,000 of which she saved herself.

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Mayde Creek High School will be open to volunteers who would like to help package 10, 152 meals for Stop Hunger Now. These meals will be sent to a developing country to feed the hungry. For some of these people, this is the only food they get. The students ask for any time that you can give for this campaign.

If you would like more information about Stop Hunger Now, please visit stophungernow.org.

Mumbai Suburb Rotary District Governor Elect Visits Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Dr. Chandrashekhar Kolvekar, the district Governor elect of Rotary International District 3142 passed through Katy on his way to Florida.

Dr. Kolvekar is an anesthesiologist and an active community social worker. He presided over a suburb Rotary club near Mumbai about 27 years ago and initiated milestone projects which helped many people in the area.

Dr. Chandu met with Rotarian and local Katy resident, Sanjay Bhatia. Mr. Bhatia is supporting his home club in some unique ways such as carpooling with coworkers and using saved money to sponsor poor children’s education. He calls this initiative “Educating Children by Saving the Environment” Mr. Bhatia and a Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar arranged a program for children in an orphanage in Ulhasnagar, near Mumbai.

Mr. Bhatia also supports the project “RApp – Make My App”. This program provides young people a platform to share their software application development ideas in a competition, and then guides them to copyrighting, patenting, and starting their own IT company. He has developed his own ERP App software products.

Odessa Kilpatrick’s Polar Express Day

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 21, 2016) Muralist George Bevill shares his illustration, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Polar Express, during Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School’s annual Polar Express Day.

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Pictured Front row: Alyssa Clutter, Timmy Hutchins, Brianna Cabral, Elizabeth Mower, Gonzalo  Garcia, and Brianna Cabral Back row: OKE Principal Malynn Rodriguez and Muralist George Bevill

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Activates Helipad

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently activated the hospital’s helipad and have fully trained their staff on how to receive patients via air transport. The activation of this helipad allows for faster transport and subsequently quicker treatment.

Previously, patients coming to West Campus via helicopter would land at an adjoining facility and then be brought to Texas Children’s via ambulance. With this activation, all helicopter services in southeast Texas are now able to bring patients directly to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Helipads will also be built at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands when it opens in 2017 and on the roof of the new pediatric tower being built at the main campus in the medical center.

For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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World Theater

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

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Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Katy’s new World Theater is spinning it! The Golden Buddha Jazz Orchestra, USA Premiere performances with talented professional musicians, playing original Jazz music with a combination of Ancient Chinese and Western musical instruments will take place at World Theater on February 18th and 19th.

Awesome Martial Arts featuring Katy and Houston area’s outstanding martial arts companies will showcase Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Ju Jitsu, Judo, Kick Boxing and other diverse Martial Arts on February 25th through 28th.

“Chinglish” is a play by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, It is a comedy about an American businessman desperate to launch a new enterprise in China. The play is scheduled to open at World Theater March 17th through 20th.

More information regarding the performances along with ticketing information can be found at the World Theater website: www.worldtheater.us

Texas Children’s Heart Center Welcomes Trio of Cardiologists

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Heart Center is excited to welcome three new pediatric cardiologists to the team –  Dr. Tobias Schlingmann, Dr. Betul Yilmaz and Dr. Justin Zachariah.

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Beck JH Wins Robotics Qualifier Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (December 5, 2015) Cinco Ranch Junior High was filled with the sound of cheering as Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Team hosted their fourth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics tournament.

For the second year in a row, Team 9066 (Naturally Beck) from Beck Junior High won the First Place Champions Award as the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition, beating out 23 other teams  from all over the Houston Metro area.

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Scholarship Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 20, 206) Join Texas Tech Parents Association on Saturday, February 20 at Wine Styles Tasting Station in Cypress, Tx. for a fundraising event to support eligible Texas Tech students through scholarships.

The cost is $40 per person and includes three drink tickets (wine or beer) and light snacks. The event includes information about wine parings as well as the drawing for the Pearl Fundraiser.

Register at http://www.texastechparents.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=637112&group=100016. Attendance is limited.

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Katy ISD Students Run in the Houston Marathon

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) Students from Katy High School, Morton Ranch High School, and Taylor High School, participated in the Houston Marathon this past weekend.

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Falcon Wrestlers Take First Place

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) After 3 years of opening the doors at Tompkins High School, the Falcon wrestlers took first place at the 2016 Seven Lakes Hall Of Fame Invitational. This is their first year with seniors, and was a huge moment for the team.

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Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes Sponsor Habitat for Humanity Home

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 15, 2016) Employees of Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes started the new year with a long-standing company tradition — giving back to the community.

More than two dozen corporate employees donned jeans, heavy jackets, rain gear and hard hats Jan. 6 to spend the day building a Habitat for Humanity home. This is the third consecutive year the company has participated in the KPRC Habitat Home.

Construction of the four-bedroom home got underway Tuesday in the parking lot of the KPRC Channel 2 studios when anchors, reporters, producers and other employees starting building the framework in the pre-dawn hours. Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes staff members followed on Wednesday, unloading and installing the finished frames, securing the frame to the foundation and attaching anchors and windstorm clips.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Stepping Down

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2016

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Katy, TX (January 12, 2016) Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey, announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his post this August. Mr Frailey has been a public school educator for 33 years, nine of those are as the Superintendent with Katy ISD. He made the announcement early so the Board of Trustees would have ample amount of time to recruit and select the best possible replacement.

Mr. Frailey acknowledged that there are still five months of the school to complete and he is dedicated to remain working to continue fostering learning environments beneficial to student success.

While in office, Mr. Frailey was a part of the vast achievements received by school in Katy ISD.  The eight consecutive years of sustaining the Texas Education Agency’s highest ratings, to being ranked this year by Niche as the number one school district in the Houston area, to students consistently outperforming the state in SATs and ACTs, the highly regarded fine arts departments, FFA and athletic programs, to two successful community developed bond referendums, to working with advisory councils such as the Superintendent’s Student, Employee, Parent and Community Roundtables, and the enhanced financial picture, and  becoming a national leader in the implementation of technology innovations.

In his letter to Katy ISD, Mr. Frailey thanks the Board members, parents, faith leaders, business partners, and volunteers for all of their hard work. He sent out a special thank you to the principals and office staff saying he respects and admires them and all the hard work they provided during the past nine years.

Warm Welcome for Rotary International President

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2016

Katy, TX News (January 12, 2016) Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes, as well as members of the Rotary Club of Katy and surrounding Fort Bend Rotary Clubs along with Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 extended a warm welcome to the Rotary International President, K.R. Ravindran. Mr. Ravindran and his wife, Vanathy, chose to visit the Freedom Park Memorial Tower as part of their tour across the United States.

The monument was built in collaboration between Fort Bend County, Rotary Club of Katy, VFW Post 9182 and its Auxiliary and was dedicated on September 11, 2015 to the women and men who have served our county in the five branches of our Military Services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as those who died on September 11, 2001. Commissioner Meyers, a long-standing Rotarian, presented the President with a proclamation which declared January 11, 2016 as Rotary International Day to commemorate the special occasion.

Rotary International is the largest humanitarian service organization in the world with a world-wide network of 1.2 million individuals from more than 200 countries. Rotary International in Fort Bend County and surrounding Texas Counties is proudly represented by 62 Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Katy is in its 70th year of service, providing much needed support to Fort Bend County and its citizens.

 

First Baby Born at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2016

Katy, TX  News (January 4, 2015)  The first baby born this year at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was Aaron Jacob Payan, born to proud parents Edgar and Mariana and big brother Cristian.

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Aaron weighed 5 lbs and 15 oz and measured 18.5 inches when he came into the world at 3:25 a.m. on 1/1/16.  Welcome to the world, Aaron!

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British International School of Houston Choir Sings at Economic Development Council Meeting

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 18, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its final General Assembly meeting of the year at the Katy ISD Education Service Center on Tuesday, December 15. As members and guests gathered for the meeting, they were treated to holiday music by choir students from British International School of Houston, setting the mood for a festive December meeting.

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This month’s meeting featured presentations by British International School of Houston and Katy ISD. Andrew Perry of British International School of Houston provided an overview of the world renowned school which is located in the Katy area. Perry discussed the outstanding educational opportunities the school provides as he detailed the school’s new $100 million dollar campus which is set to open in August 2016 at West Green and I-10, and its newly formed partnership with Julliard.  The school also boasts partnerships with Harvard University and MIT, and affords its students the opportunity to graduate with a prestigious International Baccalaurean diploma, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed while preparing them for the rigors of college.

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Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute Names Dr. Joseph Love Medical Director of Life Flight

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 16, 2015)Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce Joseph Love, D.O., trauma surgeon and associate professor of surgery at UTHealth, as the new Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

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After founding Life Flight in 1976, the late James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at UTHealth Medical School, served as the program’s first and only Medical Director until 2015.

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Local Salon Featured in National Salon Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2015

Katy, TX News – (December 14, 2015)– Mo Elkurdi, owner of BH Hair Studio in Katy, TX was interviewed for leading national salon magazine, American Salon. At 138 years old, American Salon is one of the most respected publications in the professional beauty industry. BH Hair Studio was of the  three studios across the nation included in the Culture Club article of American Salon’s December 2015 issue.

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The feature included a photograph of Elkurdi and his team, as well as, insight from him in regards to the culture of team building with tips for other salon owners. Elkurdi shared that team building “establishes relationships that breaks barriers, promotes creativity and continues to motivate team members for more than just a paycheck.”

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Fashion for Charity

Katy Texas News
Posted December 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (December 9, 2015) – What better excuse to have a fashion show than for charity.  The Flaunt Salon’s co-owners Mary Wesley and Oscar Aguilera were very excited to attend the Heart of Fashion show presented by Million Air right here in Houston Texas.  The pre-show had a red carpet entrance, drinks, and a live DJ.  Founder of the show Vivian Wise says it’s “a party with a purpose that you don’t want to miss.”
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The show ran three nights with 12 designers.  The Texas Legacy Foundation chose three charities for this year’s event.  Meals on Wheels, Butterflies & Bandages, and Legacy Community Health Services are the focus charities for Houston’s show in 2015. The goal for Heart of Fashion is creativity, art, and design-with mission to help humanity.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Renews Commitment as Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2015

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Katy ISD announced the continuance of Memorial Hermann Katy’s role as the Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics.

“We’re excited to extend our relationship with Katy ISD,” says Jim Parisi, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “As a long-time partner, we are committed to providing high-quality and safe sports medicine services to the District’s athletes to keep them healthy on and off the field.” (more…)

British International School of Houston Collaborates with Juilliard

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – The British International School of Houston today announces that they will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Starting September 2016, students at the school will use an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.

The collaboration between Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organization, is designed to enhance the British International School of Houston’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.

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Flaunt Hair Salon Celebrates Stylist Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – This November marks the one year anniversary for Erica Galvan at Flaunt Salon. Erica has made a home for herself alongside the Flaunt Salon Stylists and Co-owner Mary Wesley. Erica takes great pride in her work with a passion and vigor to help clients look their best. Erica is experienced in handling all hair services with her completion of classes that focus on techniques, new products, and current hair trends. She especially enjoys what we call “special occasion hair”.

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Katy ISD Releases Attendance Boundary Survey

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Katy ISD’s mission is to work with families and our community to provide students with unparalleled learning experiences. To that end, the District is sharing information about upcoming Attendance Boundary Modification proposals that are intended to provide long-range solutions to manage student enrollment growth as we see 2,000+ new students and their families move into the district on an annual basis. Successful ABMs are achieved through campus capacity reductions, capacity increases or a combination of both.

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New Physician Joins Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Family medicine physician, Prasuna Sajja, M.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Katy Convenient Care Center. Dr. Sajja received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, India. She completed her residency with the Houston Methodist Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Sajja sees patients of all ages and her clinical interests include preventive medicine for children, diabetes and weight management for adults and children.

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Tompkins High School First Signing Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 20, 2015) – Katy ISD’s newest high school campus, Tompkins High School, recently held their first-ever signing day for student athletes.
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Grand Vision Center receives the Art of Katy Award

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 17, 2015) – At KVPAC’s Roaring 20’s Ball at the Mall event, Grand Vision’s Dr. Brett Donaldson and his wife, Fatima were presented with the Art of Katy Award. Grand Vision sponsors the Grand Vision Children’s Theatre at KVPAC as well as the annual KVPAC Arts for All Festival in LaCenterra.

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Katy ISD Meets to Discuss Enrollment Plan

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 16, 2015) – As Katy ISD prepares to open two elementary schools and one junior high next year, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications to help balance enrollment numbers.

District administrators will review the ABM process, present preliminary ABM proposals, and discuss options for landlocked schools exceeding 125% capacity.

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Katy ISD Junior High Celebrates International Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 11, 2015) – Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High, located in Cinco Ranch, recently celebrated its annual “International Day” festival for sixth students. The event was chaired this year by PTA volunteer Usha Machiraju and supported by more than 30 parent volunteers.

Machiraju, who also helped to represent India at the event, commented that “This annual event allows Beck students to enjoy the culture, history and food from many countries in one setting hosted by student parents who proudly and playfully engage the students in a “trip around the world”. This year, more than sixteen different countries were represented.”

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Rancher’s Ball Attendees Win New BMW

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 9, 2015) – Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers was pleased to present the keys to the winners of the brand new BMW X1 at the BMW Dealership of West Houston. The luxury vehicle was raffled at the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball on October 24 for $100.00 per ticket with only 600 tickets available for purchase. Steven Gee and his wife, Suzanne, are now the proud owners of this beautiful SUV.

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Election Day Voting Locations for Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (November 3, 2015) Today is Election Day for the General and Special Elections. Voting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Use the resources below to find all Fort Bend County, Harris County, and Waller County voting locations.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ‘A’ in Patient Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (November 2, 2015) – An announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows that all nine of the acute-care hospitals within the Memorial Hermann Health System earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety.

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Katy ISD SARA App Helps Parents Find School Assignments

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 26, 2015) – Katy ISD’s new mobile app, SARA (Student Assignment by Residential Address), enables parents to find their school assignment according to their residential address. In order to determine which school your child is set to attend, simply visit, katyisd.or/pages/sara.aspx or download the SARA app on your mobile device. From there, select the student’s grade, enter your address, and click the “Find Address” button.

 

KCM Given $2,500 at Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Katy Texas News
Posted October 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (October 21, 2015) – On Saturday, October 17, members of the community gathered in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Katy Christian Ministries 5K Race Against Domestic Violence. At the event, Verizon presented a Domestic Violence Awareness Month grant of $2,500 to Katy Christian Ministries to support its annual 5K race, which raises awareness about domestic violence and the affect it has on the community.

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Early Voting for Harris County Election Dates

Katy Texas News
Posted October 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 19, 2015) – Early voting for the upcoming November 3, 2015 Election starts today and runs through Friday, October 30. There are 41 Harris County Early Voting locations, some of which have changed. The Houston Community College (HCC) Northeast Campus, the Alief Administration Building, the Riley Chambers Community Center in Crosby and the John Phelps Courthouse in Pasadena will serve as new Harris County early voting locations.

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Eagle’s Trace Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 14, 2015) – Honoring history and celebrating a bright future, Eagle’s Trace held a three-day celebration to commemorate its tenth anniversary.

The festivities at the Erickson Living retirement community began on October 8 during a ceremony that honored its “founding members,” 93 pioneer residents who moved or reserved in 2005 and the eight employees who began working at the campus the same year.

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SabinoCompTech to Provide Business Services Only

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Posted October 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2015) – SabinoCompTech, the family owned and operated computer repair center and IT company located in Katy, will be restructuring to focus on providing IT consulting, support and managed solutions to small and medium sized businesses.  The company has worked with health care offices, financial and consulting firms, and more in the Katy and surrounding areas since their inception and feel that it is right to return to its roots in order to provide the highest level of service. SabinoCompTech’s goal with this transition is to provide enterprise level expertise to businesses who would not normally have access to such level of IT support through customizable subscription based support packages or on a per incident consulting basis.

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Katy ISD Ranks 57th in AS&U Top 100 Report

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Posted October 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 12, 2015) – According to American School & University’s (AS&U) Top 100 Report issued each year, Katy ISD has jumped 38 spots since 2007, and currently ranks 57th nationwide. Rankings in the Top 100 Report are based on enrollment in public school districts across the nation.

The report also shows that many of the districts that have grown significantly in the last 25 years are in suburban areas, and 20 of the 100 largest school districts in the nation are in Texas.

Since 1928, AS&U has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals — serving the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. Click here for more information.

Katy to Develop Boardwalk District

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Posted October 09th 2015

Katy, TX News – (October 9, 2015) – The City of Katy is pleased to announce that the Katy Development Authority has taken a key step forward in the development of the Boardwalk District (as shown in the accompanying rendering) by entering into an agreement with Sueba USA Corporation for the development of a 22-acre parcel located adjacent to Katy Mills Mall.Boardwalk District

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LaCenterra Fashion Show a Hit in Katy

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Posted October 06th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 6, 2015) – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch brought high fashion to the streets of Katy, Texas in the form of the first-ever red carpet, runway fashion show. The night featured apparel from high-end retailers in the shopping center like J.Jill, Eddie Bauer, Scout & Molly’s, Jos. A. Bank, Luke’s Locker, White House Black Market, and more.

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Katy Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Katrina Katsarelis was the emcee, and donned a stunning coral gown from Scout & Molly’s. Several community leaders were chosen to model for the event, with familiar faces like Matt Katsarelis, owner and publisher of Katy Magazine, Ana Roman of Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM), Lori Ann Belin of Commissioner Andy Meyers’ Office, Sam Schultz of Country Park Portraits, and more. The evening, which benefited KCAM and its programs, also featured live paintings that were auctioned off to lucky recipients at the end of the night.

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New Regional CMO for Katy Hospital

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Posted September 30th 2015

KATY, Texas (September 30, 2015) – Dr. Khalid F. Almoosa has been appointed Regional Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.  In his role, Dr. Almoosa will provide leadership to affiliated physicians and clinical staffs to ensure the hospitals sustain Memorial Hermann’s long standing reputation for high-quality and safe care.

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Momentum Indoor Climbing Coming Soon, Katy

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Posted September 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2015) – Utah-based Momentum Indoor Climbing has purchased land at the intersection of Kingsland Blvd. and Katy Mills Pkwy. and is slated to open in the summer of 2016.

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Not only will this be Momentum Indoor Climbing’s first Houston location, it will also be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. There will be 36,000 square feet dedicated to providing a mountain climber’s paradise, with 50 feet of climbing, yoga classes, and a fitness area.

For more information about what’s coming soon or just opening in Katy, read the New to Katy section in every issue of Katy Magazine!

Katy Taylor HS Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer

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Posted September 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 24, 2015) – In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, various Taylor High School football, band, Pacesetters, cheer squad and flagmen will wear the color gold to help raise awareness.

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Katy’s Flaunt Salon at Las Vegas Hair Show

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Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – The Flaunt Salon Stylist team recently attended the TiGi (Tony and Guy) World Release Las Vegas Hair Show 2015. Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Fashion, and Photo Shoots were the main focus of instruction and education for the dedicated Team. The Hair Industry Show’s theme for 2015 is to “Reignite your creative inspiration”.

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HEB to Open New Location in Cross Creek Ranch

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Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – Approximately 30 acres has been purchased by HEB Grocery Co., LP at the northwest corner of FM 1463 and Fulshear Bend Dr. for a new store near Katy’s master-planned community, Cross Creek Ranch.

When completed, HEB will be surrounded by 200,000 square feet of retail space that will include restaurants and medical and real estate offices.

The complex will join the already completed CVS Pharmacy on Fry Rd. and FM 1463, as well as additional retail centers, and  is expected to boost sales tax revenues. The timing for construction and anticipated opening date have not yet been announced.

 

Cane Island Welcomes First Residents

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 22, 2015) – About a year after plans for Cane Island were first unveiled, the Katy master-planned community has welcomed its first residents, a Katy family drawn to the new community for its location, amenities and builders.
Ashley Warren, son Brayden and Ashley’s fiancé Justin Wagner may not have many neighbors now, but that’s expected to change soon with the completion of new luxury homes in Cane Island’s first phase.

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Katy Triathlon Benefits Local Programs

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Posted September 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 22, 2015)  – Since taking over management and planning of the Katy Triathlon in 1998, the Rotary Club of Katy has raised approximately $380,000 for scholarships to graduating Katy ISD seniors, community service projects, grants to rotary philanthropies, and most recently the construction of the Freedom Park Memorial tower near George Bush Park.

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The race attracts thousands of participants in a wide range of athletic abilities and ages every year, and features a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and 3-mile run in and around Firethorne’s 1,400 acre master-planned community.

Triathlon teams may be two or three people, and all-male, all-female, or co-ed. The youngest competing age category will be 11 – 14 years, with many participants over 70 years of age competing.

Computer Repair Center Celebrates 7 Years

Katy Texas News
Posted September 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 14, 2015) -SabinoCompTech, a family owned and operated computer repair center located at 5805 Highway Blvd in the Midway market center on Highway 90 and Avenue D in old Katy celebrates 7 years in business on October 1, 2015. To show their appreciation to the Katy community, SabinoCompTech is offering a Free Tune-up with every virus and spyware removal during the week of their anniversary October 1, 2015 – October 8, 2015.

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Katy ISD Student Killed in Car Crash

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Posted September 11th 2015

Katy, TX News – Courtesy of KPRC Channel 2 – (September 11, 2015) – A 17-year-old was killed and three others were injured in a wreck in George Bush Park in west Houston. The victim attended Taylor High School.

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Chick-fil-A Mason Road Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Posted September 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 9, 2015) – Chick-fil-A Mason Road celebrates their 20th anniversary on September 14th, 2015. Rusty Wylie, franchisee of the Mason Road location since its Grand Opening, also operates the Cinco Ranch and Greenhouse Chick-fil-A locations. “What an amazing journey it has been. To have started 20 years ago and been a part of the growth of Katy for the past 20 years is beyond what I ever imagined possible. It really has been a blessing to be a part of this community. We are thankful for the support of our guests, and the groups we partner with here in Katy,” Mr. Wylie commented. The Mason Road location was just the third free standing restaurant for Chick-fil-A in the Houston area when it opened in 1995. Now sixty-three stand-alone locations dot the local landscape. Mr. Wylie explained, “When we opened, Chick-fil-A was really struggling with results in the Houston area. Our brand awareness was low. People didn’t know who we were, what products we served, or even how to say our name!” However, it didn’t take long for Chick-fil-A’s popularity to soar.

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Freedom Park Memorial Tower Dedication on 9/11

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Posted September 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 8, 2015) – Fort Bend County, the Katy Rotary Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 will dedicate the Freedom Park Memorial Tower on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Fort Bend County Freedom Park fields on the south side of Westheimer Parkway, just east of Fry Road with music by the Katy High School Band beginning at 9:30 AM.

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Taylor High School Student Struck by Car, Hospitalized

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Posted September 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 2, 2015) – From KPRC Local 2 – A 15-year-old Taylor High School student was taken by Life Flight after being struck by a vehicle in Katy Wednesday morning.

According to Harris County deputies, a blue Mini Cooper struck the boy on Kingsland and Provincial Boulevard around 7:25 a.m.

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Funeral Service for Deputy Goforth Announced

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Posted August 31st 2015

Katy, TX News – Courtesy of KHOU 11 – Houston’s Second Baptist Church confirms that funeral services for fallen Deputy Darren Goforth will be held Friday. The public is invited to attend. The funeral is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 6400 Woodway. Visitation and burial plans have not yet been announced to the public.

Goforth was fatally shot during an ambush at a Cypress gas station last Friday. A suspect has been arrested in the case, officials say.

Memorial Service for Katy Firefighter

Katy Texas News
Posted August 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 25, 2015) – Katy Firefighter Jason M. Anderson passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the age of 30 years. He served the Katy Fire Department and the Atascocita Fire Department from 2013 to 2015.

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Typhoon Texas Coming to Katy in 2016

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Posted August 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2015) – Groundbreaking occurred today on Typhoon Texas, a new water park in Katy, Texas. The park is being constructed as part of a 43-acre development east of Katy Mills Mall on Katy Fort Bend Rd., just south of I-10.

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Burn Ban in Effect in Fort Bend County

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Posted August 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 19, 2015) – Fort Bend County took protective measures by placing a Burn Ban in the unincorporated areas. All county residents should postpone outdoor burning until conditions decrease and make sure to keep all allowed fires attended and report unattended fires immediately by calling 9-1-1. The Fire Marshal’s office will continue to monitor the drought index daily. For more information, visit fortbendcounty.tx.gov.

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Katy Teen Wins USA Gymnastics Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted August 17th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 17, 2015) – Katy, Texas teen Davis Grooms took top honors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, wrapping up the four-day USA Gymnastics tournament. Grooms won event champion in horizontal bar, but it was the all-around high scores in floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, and parallel and horizontal bars that won him the gold.

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Ryland Model Home Opens in Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 12, 2015) – Ryland Homes has opened a new model home, fully furnished and professionally decorated, in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the Houston home-builder will add more than 100 new homes with many on prized, waterfront and cul-de-sac home-sites.

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Katy ISD Teacher Named Region IV Teacher of the Year

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Posted August 06th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Christina Dismuke was named the Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year last night at the annual awards ceremony. Dismuke was selected out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Katy Man Found Dead in Bahamas, Family Still Seeking Answers

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Posted August 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 5, 2015) Courtesy of Channel 2 News – A Katy man was found dead in the Bahamas last week and his family is searching for answers.

“Mason grew up into such a dynamic young man. He could light up a room,” family friend Stacey Wasek said. Born and raised in Katy, Mason Hart, 24, had just graduated from Texas Tech University three months ago. Mason just happened to graduate, enjoys boats and kinda needed some time to decompress,” said Wasek.

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Miss Cane Island, Brianna Key, To Compete in Miss Texas USA

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Posted August 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 5, 2015) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island is poised to stand tall at this year’s Miss Texas USA Pageant with the selection of Brianna Key as its first-ever Miss Cane Island.

One of Cane Island’s first home-buyers, Brianna competed in last year’s Miss Texas USA as Miss Southeast Texas. “Having grown up in Katy, it means so much to represent the area,” she says.

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Harris County Emergency Website Mobile-Friendly

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Posted August 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (August 3, 2015) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has unveiled the third generation of its Regional Joint Information Center website, www.readyharris.org.

The website, officially launched in 2011, serves as the primary online emergency information site for the county’s more than 4.4 million residents. This updated version improves functionality and provides an optimal viewing experience for mobile devices.

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City of Katy Resumes Testing of Alarm Systems

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Posted July 31st 2015

Katy, TX News (July 31, 2015) – Beginning today at 12 p.m. the City of Katy will resume testing the three remaining outdoor sirens on the last Friday of each month. The warning sirens will be tested with a loud, short burst for about 30 seconds. In the event a tornado is spotted, the siren will be activated for a long continuous blast. Residents and business owners should have a plan to seek shelter, preferably in an interior room without windows and “hunker down” until the weather has cleared to a point they feel safe to come out. The City does not have an “all clear” signal and the sirens will not be tested on a Friday if the weather is bad. It is recommended that citizens utilize a weather radio or monitor local weather stations during this time. 

 

Renovation to Katy ISD Junior High Projected for Fall 2015

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2015) – Plans of comprehensive renovations are set to begin at Memorial Parkway junior high in fall 2015. The project, with an estimated budget at $23.5 million dollars, will provided comprehensive reconfiguration of the campus and will add classrooms, upgrade and replace mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components, and more.KL Learning MPJH Reno Photo

Modifications and upgrades to the 148,627 sq. ft. campus are expected to finish in August 2017 and will be the largest project funded by the 2014 Katy ISD bond measure. For updates on projects funded by the Katy ISD 2014 bond, visit katyisd.org.

District Rep Mike Schofield Will Seek Reelection

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2015) – Mike Schofield, Republican State Representative from House District 132 , announced his intention to seek reelection. First elected in 2014 with 66% of the vote, Mike’s hard work in the 84th Legislative Session earned him “Freshman of the Year” honors from his colleagues in the House as well as being named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition.

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New Katy City Hall Makes Progress

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Posted July 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2015) – The City of Katy has released the latest rendering of the new City Hall building that will be built adjacent to the current facility on 910 Avenue C. in historic downtown Katy. The building, which will encompass 33,000 sq. ft. and stand three stories high, is expected to open in spring 2016. According to Mayor Fabol Hughes, the best part is what this will mean for Katy residents. “When it’s finished, it’s paid for without a tax increase or bonding. It will totally belong to the citizens of Katy unencumbered,” he says.

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For more up-to-date information on the City Hall project and other news, follow the City of Katy on Facebook or visit cityofkaty.com.

 

Katy ISD Trustee Earns TASB Master Trustee Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 15, 2015) – Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Teacher Selected as Regional Finalist

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Posted July 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Christina Dismuke, was selected as a region IV Teacher of the Year finalist this week out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

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Posted July 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2015) –  The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Olivia Montagna as Lifestyle Coordinator where she will plan resident-only activities including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals.

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Katy ISD Students Accept Over 21 Million in Scholarships

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Posted June 30th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 30, 2015) – A total of 696 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2015 received more than $21,023,000 in academic and/or athletic scholarships.

The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $17,117,850 and athletic scholarships totaled $3,957,489.

Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:?

Campus Academic Scholarships Athletic Scholarships Total
Cinco Ranch HS $4,066,372 $830,332 $4,896,704
Katy HS $1,966,436 $852,619 $2,878,855
Mayde Creek HS $1,912,439 $122,458 $2,034,897
Morton Ranch HS $3,952,073 $887,480 $4,727,790
Seven Lakes HS $2,486,270 $641,720 $3,127,990
Taylor HS $2,732,260 $622,880 $3,355,140
Raines HS $2,000 N/A $2,000

 

Katy Fitness Facility to Begin Expansion Project

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2015) – Crews will begin construction on the west parking lot at the Katy Family YMCA on June 30, 2015. The project is expected take no longer than two weeks, and will add 25 new parking spaces for members. Once completed, the crew will build a sidewalk to connect the Y property with the sports fields on Westheimer Parkway. In addition, a misting station has been added to Camp Cinco for day campers.

Katy, TX News – Camp Bow Wow Chosen as Franchisee of the Month

Katy Texas News
Posted June 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (June 22, 2015) – The Featured Franchisees of the Month are José and Joan Morillo, owners of Camp Bow Wow Katy, TX, which is opening in late summer!

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Katy, TX News – Cane Island’s First Fully Furnished Model Home

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Posted June 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 19, 2015) – Cane Island’s first model home where homebuyers can tour a fully-furnished, exquisitely decorated home befitting Katy’s newest master-planned community.

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Katy, TX News – New Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach Named

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Posted June 17th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 17, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School would like to welcome their newest addition to the Spartan family — Kaitlyn Eidson, the new Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Prepares for Potential Inclement Weather

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Posted June 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating heavy rain and a possible tropical storm early this evening. In response, Katy ISD has elevated its readiness level to Readiness Level 3.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center Now Open in Katy

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Posted June 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – Memorial Hermann’s newest Convenient Care Center is now open in south Katy. The first visitors included community leaders, Memorial Hermann Health System leadership and Katy residents who attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the facility located on the corner of the Grand Parkway and Westpark Toll Road.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Campuses Receive No Place for Hate® Designation

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Posted June 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2015) – Eight Katy ISD campuses recently received the No Place for Hate® designation for 2014 to 2015 through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Houston.

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Katy, TX News – Ashleigh Wostarek Signs National Letter-of-Intent with Concordia Tornados

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Posted June 10th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2015) – Concordia University (Austin, TX) Head Volleyball Coach Nicole McCoy announced the signing of Faith West Academy’s Ashleigh Wostarek to the American Southwest Conference Tornados.

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Katy, TX News – Dine-In Movie Theater Coming to Katy Area

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Posted June 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 8, 2015) – Star Cinema Grill, which is building its flagship location at the Baybrook Mall, will build another location in the Katy area, Houston-based commercial real estate firm Wulfe & Co. announced May 28.

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Katy, TX News – Enhanced Convenience and Treatment for Patients at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute with Brand New Gamma Knife

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) has recently renovated and expanded its Gamma Knife facility, offering patients enhanced accommodations and technologies including a brand new, advanced Gamma Knife.

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Katy, TX News – TxDOT Prepared for Hurricane Season

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Posted June 04th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2015) – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has made preparations for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues through November 30, and encourages everyone to have an emergency kit and make a plan.

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Katy, TX News – Vehicle Registration Renewals Are Even More Convenient

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Posted June 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2015) – Patsy Schultz, Fort Bend County Tax Assessor Collector, would like to inform the public that places to renew their vehicle registration stickers has expanded.

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Katy, TX News – 2015 Varsity Football Season Tickets

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Posted June 01st 2015

Katy, TX News (June 1, 2015) – There are now options for new purchases when it comes to buying Varsity Football season tickets for the 2015 school year.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann President & CEO Named to Texas Business Hall of Fame

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Posted May 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Health System President & CEO Dan Wolterman will be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Wolterman joins five other Texas businessmen in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and is the only healthcare professional in this year’s class.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled

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Posted May 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 27, 2015) – Due to the rain, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

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Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015 Valedictorians Announced

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Posted May 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 26, 2015) – For the second time in Faith West Academy’s thirty-three year history, the honor of valedictorian is being awarded to two graduating seniors, as both have been named co-valedictorians for Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015. Ashley Coalson and Emma Estephan shared a four-year GPA of 4.73.

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Katy, TX News – Rate Changes Coming for Katy Tollway

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Posted May 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2015) – Major changes are coming to the Katy Tollway.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

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Posted May 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 20, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School was named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club today for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.

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Katy, TX News – Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

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Posted May 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 18, 2015) – Rhoads Elementary teacher Morgan Dear was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions

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Posted May 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2015) – Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

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Katy, TX News – Diversified Economy Will Help Katy Weather the Oil Slump

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Posted May 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council today announced that Katy is well positioned due to strong economic diversification to thrive as the oil industry continues to contract.

“Katy has kept pace with the greater Houston metro in terms of economic diversification,” said Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council.  “Between 2013 and 2014, the Katy area added nearly 5,000 new jobs in the engineering, accounting and research industries.  Couple this with strong growth (over 3,000 new jobs) in the services industry over the same time period as well as attractive, new class A office space coming online this year for prospective employers and the overall outlook is far from bleak.”

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Katy, TX News – Triathlon Training Tips

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Posted May 11th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2015) – Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute biomechanist provides triathlon training advice. Triathlons are events of varying distances that involve swimming, cycling and running in successive fashion. There are a wide variety of triathlon distances and events athletes can begin preparing for any time of year.

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Katy, TX News – Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

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Posted May 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2015) – A high school student from James E. Taylor took top honors in this year’s Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman John Culberson (TX-07).

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Congressman Culberson during a reception held for the finalists at his Houston office. “I’ve been hosting this event for 13 years, and this is one of the closest competitions we have ever had. The level of talent in our area is truly impressive.”

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Katy, TX News – Firethorne Supports Children’s Cancer Charities through Katy Sunshine Fest

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Posted May 05th 2015

 

Katy, TX News (May 5, 2015) – Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, (BHGRE) pulled out all the stops on its “Let’s Go To The Hop” Katy Sunshine Fest to raise funds for two children’s cancer charities, The Sunshine Kids and Triumph Over Kids Cancer. With the support of such longtime sponsors as Firethorne, ticket sales and matching funds by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the annual fundraiser brought in $45,000 to help bring hope and joy to children undergoing cancer treatment, as well as to fund research specific to pediatric cancer.

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Katy, TX News – CSI Forensics Event at Katy ISD STEAM Center a Smash Hit

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Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – Thanks to a partnership with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Katy ISD students gained real-world experience to careers in the field of forensics and crime scene investigation this week during Katy ISD’s first-ever Forensics CSI Day at the Robert R. Shaw STEAM Center.

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Students were able to tour FBCSO’s mobile investigation unit, speak directly with CSU investigators, and utilize skills such as finger printing and blood splatter analysis to solve a crime scene created by the Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel.

 

Katy, TX News – 1,400 Applicants Attend Katy ISD Teacher Job Fair

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Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – More than 1,400 certified teachers gathered at the Leonard E. Merrell Center for the Katy ISD Teaching Job Fair on April 25, hoping to acquire a new job at one of the fastest growing districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken Restaurant Coming to Katy Area

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Posted April 24th 2015

Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken, the popular thirteen-unit, Dallas-based fast casual wood fire rotisserie chicken brand, has done it again! Cowboy Chicken is thrilled to announce their newest franchise partner, Fisher Rothchild, LLC. The 15-store development agreement is the largest agreement signed to date, and will expand the concept to Houston, TX.Cowboy Chicken is excited to welcome Joe Rothchild and his operations partner, Barry Fisher to the family.

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Katy, TX News – Volunteers Make a Difference at Memorial Hermann

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Posted April 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 23, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.  Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week was created to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to make a difference by getting out and volunteering in their communities.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Student Hit in the Head by Stray Bullet

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Posted April 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – For Kim Karns, a junior at Cinco Ranch, her cell phone is her lifeline. “I was on Twitter or texting someone,” said Karns.

She was sitting by the pool with her family on Sunday. Her head was down, fingers typing away on a text that likely saved her life.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Residents Can Attend Buying & Selling Seminar

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Posted April 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2015) – Veronica Mullenix Real Estate Group will host Katy Homebuyer and Seller Seminars, a free community service initiative to educate and inform future and current Katy, Texas residents about the ever-changing regulations and protocols surrounding the home buying and selling process. One of the quarterly seminars will be held on Saturday May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Salt and Pepper Restaurant and Catering located on Ave. D and First St. in historic Katy.

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Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Surgeon-in-Chief Speaks at Texas Surgical Society

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Posted April 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – On Saturday, April 11, Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, presented at the Texas Surgical Society meeting in Galveston. Fraser, who is the son-in-law of Dr. Denton A. Cooley, spoke on the 60-year experience (1954-2014) in pediatric heart surgery and the roles played by Cooley and himself.

Photo by:  Phil Steffek, Texas Children's Hospital

Photo by: Phil Steffek, Texas Children’s Hospital

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher and Student Selected for JASON

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Posted April 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher Kim Thompson, and eighth-grade student Patrick Schumacher were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the JASON National Argonaut Adventure.

As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

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Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) -Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,

Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

On Monday, April 20 a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Support Complex.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in October 2015.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the redesigned SAT.  For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the College Board website.

Information courtesy of Katy ISD Communications Department

Katy, TX News – Scholarships Awarded to Seven Lakes HS Seniors

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Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School seniors Brianna Aheimer and Oluwatofe Alimi are the recipients of a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship.

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Katy, TX News – Commercial Development Projects Near Katy Mills Mall

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Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2015) – Information and photos courtesy of the City of Katy  – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a two-mile boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond.

Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District.Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo: City Of Katy

Note: This is only a rendering of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo courtesy of the City of Katy

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Takes Top Honors in Digital Education

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Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX (April 14, 2015) – The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Jewelry Store Robbed at Katy Mills Mall

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Posted April 13th 2015

Katy, TX News – It was a scary morning at Katy Mills Mall where smash-and-grab robbers hit a jewelry store.

A witness said the suspects cased the Jared Vault store around 11 a.m., and returned later with two hammers and a gun. They stormed in and one smashed high-end jewelry cases while the other held an employee at gunpoint. Another employee hid in the bathroom and called police.
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Katy, TX News – Fort Bend County Public Meetings on Polling Locations

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Posted April 10th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 10, 2015) – In order to provide additional information and to solicit comments from the public on a proposed plan to implement a county-wide polling place program, Katy residents within Fort Bend County limits can attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on April 23 at Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Court, 22333 Grand Corner Dr., Katy, TX 77494. If implemented, a voter in Fort Bend County on Election Day would no longer be required to vote in his or her home precinct polling location, but could vote at any polling place within the county.

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Seeks Progress for Cleft Palate Care

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Posted April 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 9, 2015 ) – Representatives from Texas Children’s Hospital joined an international group of medical professionals, patients and parents to determine a standard set of outcome measures for children born with cleft lip and palate. This work is the first of its kind in pediatrics on an international stage and these guidelines will help all institutions develop a standard treatment of care for this population of patients and will be available for implementation this spring.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Passes Resolution for Changes in STAAR Testing

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Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – The Katy ISD School Board recently passed a resolution calling for the elimination of state high-stakes testing beyond federal mandates, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation, also known as STAAR.  This message is really resonating with members in our community and many at the national level! We do not know of any teacher, parent or educator who believes the STAAR test to be a true test of a child’s ability or the STAAR test to be the right Accountability and Assessment system. There has been no measurable improvement in college readiness.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Cultural Diversity

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Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – Seven Lakes Junior High held a world premiere of a special video titled “Celebrating Diversity” at a recent PTA meeting. Seven Lakes Junior High students speak over 34 languages and their families come from countries all of the world.
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Katy, TX – Retail and Entertainment Park to Open Near Katy Mills Mall

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Posted April 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of the Katy Area Economic Development Council – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond. “We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall,” said former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.

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KATY, TX News – Search Continues for Missing Youth, Kyle Rugg

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Posted April 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – Volunteer searchers tackled the monumental task of searching the shores of Lake Livingston on Monday in connection with the one-month-old search for a missing 20-year-old from Katy.

Kyle Rugg vanished after a trip to Lake Livingston March 4th and has not been seen since.

A friend says Rugg left the lake with two other friends that only Rugg seemed to know. Missing persons flyers posted at various spots around the lake identify those two “friends” only as young Hispanic males driving a tan/yellowish two-door car. At the time Rugg was wearing a black tank top, black hoodie and jeans.

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Katy, TX News – Area Businesses Team Up to Host Pool Safety Event

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Posted April 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 2, 2015) – KATY Aquatics and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital will bring “April Pools Day” to families at Katy Mills on Wednesday, April 1. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the AMC Plaza near Entry 8, will feature water safety demonstrations, information booths, games, story time, giveaways and Simon Kidgits Club® activities plus a special appearance by Mayor Fabol Hughes and guest speaker Elizabeth Nuño who nearly lost her daughter last summer in a drowning accident.

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Katy, TX News – Literature Students Excel at Houston Christian High School

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Posted March 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 27, 2015) – Houston Christian High School students have recently participated in several reading and writing competitions with outstanding results. We are proud to announce high honors achieved in the literary arena  through the Library of Congress Letters About Literature competition and WordWright.

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Katy, TX News – Cane Island to Open First On-Site Sales Office

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Posted March 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 26, 2015) –  Cane Island’s first on-site builder sales offices will open this weekend, March 28-29, and remain open daily where buyers can review floor plans, elevations and pricing for both traditional family homes and luxury patio homes in the master-planned community’s first phase. Four of Cane Island’s first seven neighborhoods will be gated.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Teen Rewarded for Simple Act of Kindness

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Posted March 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (March 23, 2015) – At Freddy’s in Katy, Texas, people come for the burgers and fries but stay for the frozen custard. Travis Sattler is always ready to serve. On Wednesday, he took the order of a very special little boy.

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Katy, TX News – Salata Relocates Headquarters to West Houston

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Posted March 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2015) –  Houston-based custom salad restaurant Salata is relocating from downtown Houston to a 26,000-square-foot facility in West Houston. The new facility, which sits on two acres at 16720 Park Row, began in January and is expected to be completed this summer.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Encourages Healthy Snacking Habits

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Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – According to recent statistics, Texas has the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the country. When it comes to childhood obesity, the state isn’t faring much better. Obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even contribute to some forms of cancer.

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Katy, TX News – Student Robotics Team to Compete in World Championships

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Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – Cinco Ranch High School’s robotics Team 624 (CRyptonite) punched their ticket to the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) World Championship by winning the 2015 Dallas FRC Regional Tournament. The tournament marked the first week of the seven-week world-wide FRC qualifying tournament season, which culminates in the World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fair

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Posted February 25th 2015

Katy, TX  News – On April 25, 2015, Katy ISD will host a massive job fair for certified teachers to fill open positions in all grade levels throughout the rapidly growing district.

The fair will be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center (6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494) from 8 to 11 am for junior high and high school positions, and 1 to 4 pm for elementary positions. Applicants must bring a copy of their certification and/or TEA/SBEC content exam scores in order to be admitted, and the fair will be open to current Katy ISD teachers who meet transfer eligibility requirements.

All Katy ISD campuses will be represented at the fair, so applicants should bring enough resumes to share with representatives from 35 elementary schools, 13 junior high schools, and eight high schools.

Visit katyisd.org for more information and directions.

 

Katy, TX News – YMCA Purchases Land for Second Katy Location

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Posted February 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2015) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is proud to announce the purchase of a prime site that will serve as its second location in the Katy community. Located in the Katy Main Street development, the 6.58 acre property sits west of Pin Oak Road and I-10, on Main Street near Kingsland.

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Katy, TX News – Bridgeland Hosts Grand Opening Event for Hidden Creek

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Posted February 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2015) – Bridgeland is unveiling its newest community, Hidden Creek, and launching new homesites in its Traditional Neighborhood Design development (TND), Lakeland Heights®, with a grand opening event that offers participants a chance at winning $2,500. From Feb. 23 until March 8, the general public is invited to tour model homes located in the community. Upon completion of visiting all 11 homes, participants will be given a scratch-off ticket valued anywhere from $10 to $100. One lucky winner, selected at random, will walk away with the grand prize of $2,500. Additionally, homebuyers that sign a contract during the grand opening will receive a $1,000 gift card after closing.

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Katy TX News – Build-Out of Cane Island’s Lake System Now in Full Swing

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Posted February 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 18, 2015) – With the opening of on-site builder sales offices in Cane Island just weeks away, work crews and a team of field biologists have started the build-out of the community’s catch-and-release fishing lakes, fountains and geysers as the first phase of development as the Katy master-planned community continues.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names New Leadership Team

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Posted February 09th 2015

Katy, TX News – (February 9, 2015) – Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is proud to announce Chanda Cashen Chacón as president, Dr. Jeanine Graf as chief medical officer and Dr. Allen Milewicz as chief surgical officer of the hospital. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children, was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric health care in West Houston, one of the city’s most rapidly expanding communities. The hospital offers expert care in a location that is convenient and accessible for area families.

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Katy TX News – New FDA Study on Miralax and Children

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Posted February 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2015) – Dr. Eric Chiou, pediatric gastroentrologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, examines the safety of a commonly-used ingredient in medication recommended for constipated children:

“Recently, there have been several media reports on a new study sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looking at the main ingredient found in Miralax, an over-the-counter medication for constipation commonly recommended by pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists for use in children.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Reinstated

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Posted January 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 28, 2015) – After being placed on leave, possibly for linking to a Christian website in the Seven Lakes Junior High e-newlsetter, Principal Imelda Medrano has returned to her job. Katy ISD officials were not able to say exactly why the principal was suspended, but stated that Medrano had not been accused of any criminal activity nor any conduct that would risk the safety of the students.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Students Perform in London

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Posted January 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2015) – Brittany Bowles, Elena Irvine, and Amanda Stoner from St John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas are three of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who performed in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade, now in its 26th year.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Veteran Wins Texas VFW Election

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Posted January 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (January 21,2015) –  The election for the State of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior Vice Commander was recently held at the Texas State Convention in Dallas, and Colonel Peyton Lumpkin won by a resounding margin. There were approximately 48,000 delegate votes cast, and Lumpkin received over 70% of the votes. This win places him on track to assume Command of  the Texas VFW in 2016 at the annual VFW Convention in Dallas.  In this capacity, he will be serving approximately 78,000 combat veterans in the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Katy, TX News – Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

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Posted January 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 9, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has selected a new leader for its executive team with Linda Stephens, RN, MBA, BSN being named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD to Survey Parents for Transportation Feedback, Options

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Posted January 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2015) – With ongoing community growth and development spurring a nearly 3,000-student annual increase in enrollment, Katy ISD’s student transportation system is facing mounting pressure. To address this growing problem, district leaders are searching for a more sustainable solution and need the community’s help to identify the best path forward.

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Katy, TX News – Sun Devils Football Program Excels at National Level

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Posted December 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 29, 2014) – A few members of the Katy Sun Devils sixth-grade football team were recently won the Houston Football University national championship in Naples, Florida. The Katy Sun Devils are ranked #1 in the nation for sixth-grade by National Sports Report (NSR) and they will be competing in the NSR National Tournament to defend their ranking.

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Katy, TX News – Tree Planting in New Master-Planned Community

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Posted December 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2014) – A two-year effort to strategically plant close to 2,000 trees and transplant a collection of treasured live oaks is now well underway in Cane Island.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Area Named Top Location for Headquarters Operations

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Posted December 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 10, 2014)  – Written by Lance LaCour – President & CEO – Katy Area EDC 

Compared to five other west Houston office sub-markets, the Katy Area came out on top for location of headquarters operations, which was recently presented by Katy Area EDC CEO Lance LaCour at a recent meeting.  The analysis ranked the Katy area as the top sub-market for a 200 person headquarter operation seeking to lease  a 45,000 sq. ft. building,  and compared demographic, economic, real estate, and operational factors. The other sub-markets compared included The Woodlands, East Fort Bend /Sugar Land, Westchase, San Felipe/Voss, and Katy Freeway East. Chief among Katy’s location advantages were population growth rates, educational attainment, workforce participation, quality of life, office space under construction, and lowest overall operational cost for headquarters companies.

According to CoStar, the Katy area, which includes a portion of the Energy Corridor, has over 17 million in sq. ft. of office space with over 2.4  million sq. ft. under construction. Some of the new office buildings under construction in the Katy Area include West Memorial II (325,000 sq. ft.), Mason Creek Office Center II (129,000 sq.ft.), La Centerra Phase III (35,000 sq. ft.), and Katy Ranch Crossing (156,000 sq. ft.).

The study was commissioned by Katy Area EDC and conducted by DCG Corplan Consulting LLC, a site selection consulting firm based out of West Orange, New Jersey.

“Energy service office employers are our main target for business attraction. We have over 41,000 people employed in the energy cluster within a 30 minute drive time from Mason Road and I-10 (the center of the Katy area) and about 1,400 energy firms in that area,” says LaCour. The Office Market Comparison Analysis is part of a long term marketing plan called ‘HQ-Katy’ which involves marketing the Katy area to office developers and office employers.“We are pleased with the results of the analysis and will be using this information to competitively position Katy for recruitment of office headquarters and office related firms to the Katy Area,” noted LaCour.

Katy Area EDC recently won the Texas Economic Development Award primarily for the GEICO Insurance Claims Center, an office employer project that is bringing 1,000 jobs to the Katy area. Other office projects recently announced that are located in the Katy Area include Sasol (175,000 SF), Percheron (40,000 SF) DNV-GL (45,000 SF) and the expansion of Academy Sports and Outdoors (200,000 SF).

 

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s to Build Special Isolation Unit

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 5, 2014) –  As part of the hospital’s long-term vision to care for children with the most serious and complex medical conditions, Texas Children’s Hospital announces its plan to build an eight-bed special isolation unit at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. This unit will be specifically for children with highly contagious infectious diseases, such as pandemic influenza, enterovirus D68, Ebola, and many others. Additionally, Texas Children’s has been designated by the State of Texas as a pediatric Ebola treatment center following a recent visit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Katy, TX News – Residents Beware of Ticket Scam

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Posted December 01st 2014

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2014) – The Katy Police Department and the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office are issuing a scam alert concerning people posing as law enforcement officers or IRS agents in the Katy area. Numerous calls have been made to City of Katy residents where the caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer or an IRS agent, and informs the victim that they must pay a fine or risk being arrested for “red light” camera violations or back taxes. The victims are told to buy a pre-paid gift card to pay for the fines.

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Katy, TX News – Promise to Read Program Benefits Katy ISD Students

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Posted November 24th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 24, 2014) – Community members, businesses and organizations across Katy came together over the past two weeks to bring the love of reading into nearly 500 Katy ISD classrooms. The annual reading program is part of a 17-year-old tradition lead by the Katy ISD Partners in Education department that brings the community into the classroom. Through Promise to Read, the program provides the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom full of excited elementary students. The program currently runs for two weeks at 13 elementary campuses each year in November.

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Katy, TX News – Seasonal Fire Safety Message

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Posted November 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 10, 2014) – Harris County Emergency Service District #48 and the West I-10 Fire Department would like to remind homeowners it is time to prepare their homes for the holiday season and cold weather. Preparation now can reduce your chance of the West I-10 Fire Department responding to your residence for a fire, electrical emergencies, or carbon monoxide issue.

Last season (November 1 – March 1) the fire department responded to several residential fires involving alternate heating source fires (fireplace and chimneys) electrical fires involving holiday decorations.

Please follow the fire safety tips from the United States Fire Administration listed below:

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials; clear the area around and near the flue in the attic for accumulated leaves and pine needles.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces. Leave glass doors open while burning a fire.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces, otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

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Katy, TX News – New Convenient Care Center Coming to South Katy

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Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Memorial Hermman hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Convenient Care Center in South Katy this week. Executive officers from various branches posed for a photo to celebrate the construction of the new facility.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Bond Referendum Approved

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Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Katy ISD community voters approved the $748 million dollar School Bond Referendum that will provide new schools and student activity facilities, address growth trends, and improve existing campuses.

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Katy, TX News – Second Helping

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Posted October 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2014) – On Saturday, October 11, hundreds of volunteers mobilized to collect items at Houston-area grocery stores in support of local food banks, homeless shelters and returning military families.

This was Second Baptist Church’s sixth annual Second Helping food drive. Volunteers gathered at entrances of the area supermarkets to distribute lists of needed items. As shoppers exited the store, volunteers collected and consolidated their donations.

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Katy, TX News – Local Hospital Offers New Technology for Breast Cancer Treatment

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Posted October 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (October 6, 2014) – At Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, questions about tissue removal, clean margins, and patient communication just got easier to answer thanks to the deployment of the MarginProbe® System, a new FDA-approved intraoperative tissue-assessment tool for breast cancer surgery.

During a lumpectomy, the cancerous breast tumor and a small amount of tissue surrounding the tumor are removed. The purpose of removing normal tissue surrounding the tumor is to ensure “clear margins” so that no cancer cells remain.

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Katy, TX News – Houston Methodist Breaks Ground in Cinco Ranch

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Posted October 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (October 2, 2014) – Cinco Ranch and Fulshear residents will soon have access to Houston Methodist emergency care services in their community.

Houston Methodist West Hospital recently began construction on a new 9,600 sq. ft. emergency care center, scheduled to open in spring 2015 on the western side of Katy, located at FM 1093 and Cinco Rose Dr. The new facility will serve residents of the Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Katy and north Fort Bend County communities.

The Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer 10 private treatment rooms with onsite emergency care services, including the latest technology in diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.  Board-certified physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients will work alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff to provide care to patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

The hospital’s westward expansion will improve access to emergent care for Fulshear and neighboring communities while also offering the most sophisticated services and technology possible.  For conditions requiring hospital admission or further evaluation, patients will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist West.

“The new emergency care center gives Houston Methodist a physical presence in the fast-growing communities west of our hospital,” said Houston Methodist West CEO Wayne Voss. “Most importantly, this is an exciting development because it will give local residents a first-class medical facility within minutes of their homes.”

To learn more about Houston Methodist West, please visit houstonmethodist.org/west or call 832.522.5522.

Katy, TX News – Katy Area EDC Earns Community Economic Development Award

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2014) -The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently honored Katy Area Economic Development with the top award for communities over 250,000 in population. The awards will be presented at a special luncheon to be held at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

The Community Economic Development Awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member areas toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.

In the largest population category, the Katy Area competed with Austin, San Antonio and Williamson County and came out on top, marshalling numerous recruitment and expansion projects which created over 3,000 jobs and $218 million in capital investment in office and industrial sectors.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD School Tax Rate Approved for 2014-2015

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Posted September 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2014) – Last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved both the Debt Service and Maintenance and Operations tax rates for 2014-2015, which have remained the same for eight consecutive years. The tax rates combined equal a total school tax rate of $1.5266.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Offers Guides, Princesses, and Trails Program

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Posted September 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 15, 2014) – Registration is now open for the YMCA guides, princesses, and trails program at the Katy Family YMCA. The program is designed to foster companionship and understanding between father and child in a wholesome atmosphere that emphasizes both fun and adventure.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

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Katy, TX News – Most Technologically Advanced Senior Living Community in Texas

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Posted September 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 11, 2014) – PinPoint Commercial, LP, announced today the completion of The Legacy at Falcon Point, the most technologically advanced Senior Living community in the state of Texas.

The community is a 164 bed Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located at 1520 Katy Gap Rd in Katy, Texas. Through its collaboration with operating partner, Thrive Senior Living, PinPoint and The Legacy at Falcon Point will set a new standard of care for seniors by implementing a new philosophy on how it cares for its residents. (more…)

Taste of Katy Tailgate Benefits Local Students

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Posted September 08th 2014

Katy, Texas News (September 8, 2014) – Large crowds attended the first Taste of Katy Tailgate on Aug. 20 in Old Town Katy where tailgaters had a chance to sample the fine food and drink of 17 Katy restaurants, pubs and food/drink companies. Tailgaters were asked to donate a backpack and/or school supplies for needy youth in Katy ISD.

Participating restaurants included D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Hasta la Pasta, Crawfish Café, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, No Label Brewing Co, Zoe’s Kitchen, What’s Poppin Popcorn, Chick Fil A, Los Cucos, Midway Barbeque, Wright’s of Texas Salsa and the Snowdog Ice Cream truck.

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Lacrosse Club Gains Popularity in Katy

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Posted September 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 4, 2014) – The Taylor Lacrosse Club, established in 2003, is the oldest high school lacrosse club in the Katy, Texas area. A number of players have gone on to play lacrosse at the college level at schools such as Marymount, Oklahoma, UT Austin, Texas State, Texas A&M, North Texas, Shenandoah College, Rollins and Sam Houston State.

Since lacrosse is not a UIL sport in Texas, it is considered a club in Katy ISD. Taylor club is looking to change its name to the Katy Kings for the 2016 season due to the wide range of players that come from schools all over the district, and many consider lacrosse to be the perfect off season sport for football players. Practice starts in September and the season runs from late January to late April.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

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Posted September 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 3, 2014) – This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2014 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students’ grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Support Group Learns How Cancer Affects the Brain

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Posted August 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 27, 2014) – This month, Katy’s Breast Friends Support Group participated in an educational presentation from Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., on the ways the brain reacts to various cancer treatments, followed by a group discussion about their current challenges.

The breast cancer support group meets at the MD Anderson in Katy on the second Tuesday of every month with the goal of empowering, uplifting and supporting patients as they go through this challenging time. The meetings are open to all breast cancer patients, regardless of where they receive or received treatment.

 Monica Cerda-Suarez, Rachel Theriault, Laura Finney, Gwendolyn Lindsey

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Junior Helps Katy Family YMCA’s Operation Backpack

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Posted August 20th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2014) – Cinco Ranch High School Junior, Ruan De Villiers, completed his Eagle Scout project by presenting 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to Connie Stirgus, Katy YMCA outreach coordinator.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 Million Bond Referendum

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Posted August 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 19, 2014) – Last night at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $748 million bond referendum on the November ballot, as recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.

The bond package, designed primarily to address the District’s rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide, and new student activity facilities. (more…)

Katy, Texas News – Beckendorff Junior High Welcomes Incoming Students

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Posted August 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 18, 2014) – Beckendorff Junior High recently welcomed incoming sixth graders at Cub Camp. Students toured the campus, enjoyed a pizza lunch, and met with school staff.

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Katy, TX News – Vista Equities Group Announces Pure Barre as New Tenant at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

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Posted August 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 14, 2014) – Pure Barre, a new ballet barre-based studio has signed a 1,475 sq. ft. lease with Vista Equities Group for a new space at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Pure Barre, which is anticipated to open in Fall 2014 will be centrally located at LaCenterra. Pure Barre tones the body and creates the long and lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre. Although it is an intense athletic workout, Pure Barre is for everyone. As long as you can hold onto the ballet barre, you can participate in Pure Barre.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Skybox Datacenters Moving to Katy

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Posted August 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 13, 2014) – Data center developer Skybox Datacenters has great expectations for its new Houston One facility currently under construction at Franz and Mason Rd. in Katy. Skybox Managing Partner Rob Morris spoke at the Katy Area EDC General Assembly meeting where he reviewed the detailed plans for the new campus.

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Katy, TX News – H&M to Open at Katy Mills on August 14

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Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, will further distinguish itself with the addition of H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, scheduled to open Thursday, August 14 at noon. H&M will have special deals and offers during opening day in celebration of their new store.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch Honored for Outstanding Performance

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Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch has been honored for its outstanding performance at the tenth annual Mathnasium International Franchise Convention.

The Cinco Ranch Mathnasium center won the award for Top Performing Center, selected from a pool of more than 500 Mathnasium franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada for the fourth year in a row. (more…)

Katy, TX News – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Announces the Return of “Mondays with Mommy”

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Posted August 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2014) – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch announces the return of Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Mondays with Mommy takes children on a monthly fun, educational journey while utilizing music and movement.  LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is proud to have Mindy Janis with Kindermusik and Vivi Melody & Family as the returning hosts of the Mondays with Mommy program.

“I am so happy for the return of Mondays with Mommy this fall. We will sing, dance, play, and have lots of fun,” said Vivi Melody, Children’s Music Artist with Vivi Melody & Family.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Operation Backpack

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Posted August 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2014) – For the tenth consecutive year, YMCA Operation Backpack joins the forces of local churches, businesses, and other community partners to touch the lives of Katy area children and their families this school year.

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The Katy Family YMCA is collecting brand new backpacks filled with school supplies to help students in the Katy, Sealy and Royal ISDs. Thousands of supplies will be collected for children who might otherwise start school unprepared. Last year the Katy YMCA helped 2,500 kids and the goal this year is to help close to 4,000.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann to Open Convenient Care Center in Katy Area

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Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – In an effort to continue to provide patients with convenient access to high-quality health care, Memorial Hermann announced today that it will build its third convenient care center in one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.  The new facility in South Katy will join sister facilities in Summer Creek and Pearland.

“This new model of health care delivery provides patients with a highly accessible location for a variety of services, from 24-hour emergency care to screening mammograms,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy is slated to open in the spring of 2015 and will provide one-stop, coordinated access to a vast array of Memorial Hermann services in a single location. The Convenient Care Center will house primary care physicians (adult and pediatric), lab services, imaging, a 24-hour emergency room, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and more.

“The response from the communities where we currently operate Convenient Care Centers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dan Wolterman, CEO and President of Memorial Hermann Health System.  “Our patients say they appreciate the ease of scheduling appointments, the convenience of being able to drive up, park and walk in, and that our staff is friendly and professional.  We look forward to bringing this model of care to the Katy community.”

The $19.1 million, 30,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center is designed to take the stress out of scheduling appointments for routine health needs by offering families convenient options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours for primary care. For non-routine and more urgent needs, the Convenient Care Center will house a 24-hour, seven-day a week, emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained nurses. Patients in need of higher levels of care would be transferred to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Teleflora Make Patients Smile

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Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – On July 22, hospital patients, such as Deb Gdala at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, received an unexpected gift to brighten their day – a bouquet of flowers from Teleflora. Every year, Teleflora florists and community volunteers celebrate Make Someone Smile® Week by delivering thousands of bouquets to people most in need of a smile, like individuals recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation, Memorial Hermann, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, has 12 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area.

Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

For an inside peek at the surprise deliveries, click here.

Teleflora visits Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

 

Katy, TX News – The Best Kept Secret in Little Katy Texas

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Posted July 24th 2014

Courtesy of Erin Eder Entertainment

Katy, TX News (July 24, 2014) – Little miss Erin Eileen has come a long way since her debut at the Rice Harvest Festival at the age of 14.

With a new image and a new attitude, Erin will release her new single “Sound of Goodbye,” written and produced by Doug Driesel of Arkansas, July 29th. Erin teamed up with Lake Paradise Recording Studios to produce her second album, Back Road Country Soul. Erin Eder has proven to be one of the youngest seasoned performers in Katy, Texas.

Erin was introduced to country music by Houston entertainer and songwriter Randy Meadows. With his talent and expertise, Erin began entertaining crowds with her upbeat renditions of “Mustang Sally” and “Johnny B. Goode.” It did not take long for Randy’s respect for Willie Nelson and his music to rub off on Erin. Suddenly, Erin began performing a different kind of “crazy.”

Erin Eder’s rich vocals have been compared to LeAnn Rimes and legendary Patsy Cline. Erin Eder’s strong, sultry voice breaks through to compliment her upbeat country music with a lot of soul. She is determined to prove that a big star doesn’t have to come from big, glamorous, far away places, and plans to follow the footsteps of other local celebrities like Clint Black and Renee Zellweger by becoming the next big thing to come out of Katy, Texas.

Katy, TX News – 2014 Volunteers of the Year Announced at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – Katy residents Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh have been named the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

“Both Mary Ann and Doris’ passion for helping others, as well as their dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made them the ideal candidates for this award,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteer services.  “We typically pick just one volunteer of the year, but we couldn’t narrow it down this year.  Every day they both go above and beyond the call of duty.  They both deserve this honor.”

(L to R) Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. The manager of volunteer services and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner.  In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Active membership in the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
  • Demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of hospital patients, staff, and other customers of the hospital.
  • Performs extraordinary acts of kindness.
  • Has a positive effect on others.
  • Willingly performs duties, as requested or identified.
  • Day-to-day performance is dependable, consistent, and people-oriented.

Knowles began volunteering at Memorial Hermann Katy in 2005. In the years since, she has dedicated more than 2,600 hours of her personal time to the hospital.  She currently serves as the Volunteer Auxiliary Treasurer. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the Katy ISD Bond Committee’s presentation recommending a $748 million bond package to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.

“Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities, and businesses.  We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too,” said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael.  “Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this.”

For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students, and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District’s current and future needs.

On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.

The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee’s recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.

For more information, visit www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds.

Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Choir

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – After spring auditions, “Sensations”, the Seven Lakes Show Choir, selected their members for the 2014-2015 school year.  Members include Samantha Pedrosa, Cameron Connolly, Shreya Kaul, Stone Tejada, Nataley Lucas, Gabriel Prevallet, Mindy Keahey, Emily Sanders, Benjamin Calarco, Lyndsey Burton,  Corey Standley,  Stephanie Neff, Alex Chung, and Rabiaa Nguyen.

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition

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Posted July 21st 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 21, 2014) – Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, Leema Weilein, recently earned a silver medal in the STAR Event Competition at the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills, and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.

FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state, and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the 2014 STAR Event Competition.

Katy, TX News – Katy Resident Crowned Miss Plus America Lifetime

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Posted July 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 16, 2014) – Houston-area resident and 2009 Ms. Plus America, Steph DeWaegeneer, was crowned with the honorary title Miss Plus America Lifetime at the 2014 Miss Plus America Pageant™ on Friday evening, July 4, 2014 during the traditional Viva La Diva dinner party. The pageant festivities were held throughout the week at the Westin Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA

Women from all over the United States came to compete in three divisions (Miss, Ms., and Mrs.) in a week of preliminary competition, optional competitions, and a host of parties held in their honor. A highlight of the schedule included a break from the competition for a scavenger hunt clue chase at Lennox Sqaure, the premier shopping destination for Georgia fashionistas. This year’s delegates were also chronicled throughout the week by Time Magazine photojournalist.

Even after crowning her successor, Steph continued to support the mission of the Miss Plus America organization by emceeing state-level pageants, recruiting contestants, and serving as an Ambassador at charity events.

Ms. DeWaegeneer resides in Katy, TX and works as a professional improvisational comedian with CSz Houston, performing in their long running show ComedySportz™; and in the nationally recognized murder mystery Dinner Detective.  She also performs as voice-over talent for radio stations throughout the U.S. She is an active member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and Katy Lunch Bunch. She’s been married to Jim Collier an independent sales representative for Empire Today for 18 months. They have one adorable dog, named Sawyer. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards

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Posted July 14th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 14, 2014) – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord was recently named a finalist for the 2013-2014 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards for secondary principals.

Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals, and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.

The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the Texas PTA website.

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care

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Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Bronze Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The award recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures, including readmission rates.

“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. We are deeply committed to patient safety and to delivering high quality health care,” said Jim Parisi, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, Memorial Hermann Katy.

TMF Board of Trustee Starr West, Parisi, and William Riley, M.D., Memorial Hermann Katy chief medical officer

Out of the nearly 400 hospitals evaluated, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin last month.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Memorial Hermann Katy for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners like TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets high-quality and safe care every time,” added Parisi.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Ker & Downey to Provide 9,000 Mosquito Nets, Medical Care to Remote Villages in Uganda

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Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – This July, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are heading to Uganda to deliver medical supplies, care, and mosquito nets to two remote villages near Mbale. This marks their sixth trip with Nets For Africa, a Ker & Downey initiative established to serve the communities of Uganda. Last year the program provided six days of clinics and gave away 9,000 mosquito nets, a goal that will be matched on the 2014 trip. Committed to an ongoing and continual effort to assist the people of Uganda, Ker & Downey has acquired warehouse space to collect mosquito nets in the town of Mbale so that nets can be distributed throughout the year.

Over 300 Ugandans succumb to malaria every day. Almost 40% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean water, and 32% do not have access to basic vaccines and medicines. “Each net protects up to four children and with 9,000 nets we will help protect 36,000 children,” notes David Marek. These treated nets cost $7 each and are a proven way to reduce a child’s exposure to malaria.

“During our six days of handing out nets, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 of mostly women and children will be examined by a doctor, have their blood tested, and then receive any medications necessary,” says Marek.

Ker & Downey underwrites 100% of the cost of the administration for this project, assuring donors that their entire donation is used to purchase nets and medical supplies. Donations can be made at nets.kerdowney.com.

To learn more about Ker & Downey, please visit www.kerdowney.com.

Katy, TX News – EY Announces Igloo Products Corp. Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award Finalist

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Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – EY announced on May 5, 2014 that Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch of Igloo Products Corp. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Gulf Coast Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kiedaisch was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Downtown Houston.

In response to the announcement Kiedaisch said, “I am truly humbled to once again be a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ award. This nomination is a testament to all of the hardworking, talented people at Igloo. The successful growth of Igloo is a direct result of their dedication and teamwork, and I would be honored to bring this award home on their behalf.”

Furthermore, Kiedaisch said, “EY does such a wonderful job spotlighting talented entrepreneurs and their companies from all over the world and highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship to our economy.”

This is Kiedaisch’s third time participating in the program. He was nominated and became a finalist for the Central West Area first in 2007. In 2013, Kiedaisch was nominated for the second time and named as a finalist for the Gulf Coast Region.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Katy, TX News – Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

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Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – Luis Enrique Rangel son of Ysabel and Andres Rangel and a Senior at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Katy, TX News – New Screening Tool for Lung Cancer Now Offered at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) – The new Lung Cancer Screening Program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer detect lung nodules and potential lung cancer at an early stage when the disease is more treatable and curable.

Lung cancer typically does not cause symptoms in its early stages. A persistent cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonia, chest pain, hoarseness, weight loss, and bloody or rust-colored sputum, or mucus, may be signs of lung cancer.

Since lung cancer is difficult to detect in its earliest stages, it’s not often discovered until it has spread to other tissues or organs.  The good news is the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently issued its final recommendation approving low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screenings for those at high risk of developing lung cancer. A low-dose CT is a test that takes detailed pictures inside of the lungs.  The amount of radiation used is lower than standard chest CT scans.

“The new screening test for lung cancer has shown to be useful in the early detection of lung cancer, leading to a decrease of deaths,” said Terence O’Connor, M.D., medical director of radiology at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

Up to 90 percent of all lung cancers are thought to result from smoking. In addition to cigarette smoking, cigar smoking increases risk. Non-smokers who are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke also face an increased risk. Other risk factors include: exposure to asbestos, radon, or ionizing radiation and lung scarring from chronic infections.

Screenings at Memorial Hermann Katy are now being offered to current or former smokers 55 years of age or older who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day, and individuals who have any of the risk factors mentioned above.

To schedule a lung screening, call 877-704-8700.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team CRyptonite Wins Texas Robotics Invitational

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Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) won the 2014 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament (TRI), which was hosted by Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.  This new off-season tournament attracted 32 teams from all over Texas. CRyptonite was Captain of the winning alliance, partnering with Team 3847 “Spectrum” from Strake Jesuit, Team 1429 “KAOS” from Galena Park ISD, and Team 5070 “Gearnotics” from Houston.

TRI also marked the debut of two brand new teams from KISD high schools: Team Ta.R.D.I.S. from Taylor HS and the Tompkins HS team. Because these teams have no robot of their own yet (teams will build 2015 robots when they receive their new challenge in January), CRyptonite set up the Taylor team with a loaner robot. They also provided a drive coach, along with help from CRyptonite team members in programming and maintaining their robot, while Team 1477, “Texas Torque” from The Woodlands did the same for the Tompkins team.

Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 “CRyptonite” and their robot “Sidewinder” won the first annual Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.

“The Taylor and Tompkins students had a great time experiencing the excitement of a full competition, not only running the robot, but working on it in the pit. We look forward to helping both teams in their upcoming rookie season. We’d also like to thank Texas Torque for their loaner robot and for helping the Tompkins team,” said Mike Outlaw, CRytponite Robotics Booster Club Secretary and Build Mentor.

The next off-season tournament for CRyptonite is the Indiana Robotics Invitational in Indianapolis. Held on July 18-19, this invitation-only tournament will bring together 70 of the top teams in North America.

Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon

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Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) – This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 am on Saturday, Aug. 16. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 am to 11 am, have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 pm to 3 pm, ending at Taylor High School.

Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.

Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at htmeredith@yahoo.com for a personal concert. Visit www.jetband.org for more information and the parade route.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) – The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a Cheerleader Clinic for interested students ages five through 13 on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to 12 pm in the Tompkins High School dance gym.

The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Katy, TX News – More Grand Parkway Segments Move Toward Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 2, 2014) – In line with the goals of improving safety, enhancing connectivity, and relieving congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently moved forward on additional segments of Houston’s 180-mile outer loop known as the Grand Parkway. The Commission authorized a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development, design and construction, as well as the potential maintenance of all or part of Segments H, I-1 and I-2 of the SH 99 Grand Parkway as a design-build project.

“This design-build approach is helping expedite a critical project in the greater Houston area,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “These segments will enhance a dynamic transportation corridor that will help grow jobs and drive the state’s $1.5 trillion economy. I am pleased to see this project moving forward on behalf of the Houston area and the entire state of Texas.”

The project includes Segments H&I which run 37.5 miles from North US 59/I-69 to I-10 east and will include one to two lanes each direction with limited frontage roads through Montgomery and Liberty counties. It will also complete the toll lanes on Segment I-2 which runs 15.3 miles from I-10 east to SH 146. The estimated total construction cost is $1.2 billion.

Today, TxDOT has approximately 41 miles of the SH 99 Grand Parkway open to traffic, with another 38 miles anticipated to open in late 2015. When complete, the 180-mile highway will include seven counties and circle the Greater Houston region.

 

Katy, TX News – Elks Fish Fry Benefits Local Youth Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – Delicious fried fish, superb hushpuppies, and “to die for” designer fries were the order of the day at the Katy Elks Lodge when the Youth Committee, under the direction of Chair Kelly Minnick and co-chair Matthew Minnick, held its first Semi-Annual fish fry Sunday, June 29. Previously this had been an annual event in January each year, but by adding a June event to the offerings, it has now become semi-annual with the intent to be able to provide more and better scholarships to Katy’s young people.

If you missed Sunday, plan now to be at the January event. Your support goes directly to the community in the form of scholarships which are presented each May during National Elk Youth Week.

The Katy Elks thanks each of you who were able to attend. If you could not be present but would like to donate to this important endeavor, please contact Kelly through the lodge 281-392-2763 or send a check to her attention with youth Scholarships on the memo of the check (Katy Elks, 1050 Katy Fort-Bend Road, Katy, 77493).

One of the previous scholarship winners, Sydney Anderson granddaughter of Elk Wayne Harper, was present to assist with serving additional tea, more food, and provide a friendly atmosphere for diners. This is only one thing that reinforces the Elk motto:  Elks Care – Elks Share!

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Katy, TX News – The Vintage Hospital Urges Firework Safety This Fourth of July

Katy Texas News
Posted July 01st 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – With Independence Day just around the corner, the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital urges everyone to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2012.

“Fireworks create a great risk for injury,” says Dr. Darrell Calderon, Section Chief, Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital. “Most injuries include burns on fingers, hands and legs, and eye and face injuries.”

The CPSC suggests the following safety steps:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

“It is important for us to keep our community out of our Emergency Room,” said Dr. Calderon. “Our hope is that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July without any incidents,” he concluded.

Katy, TX News – Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2014) – During the regular June Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of Angelita Bateman as the new principal of Williams Elementary, and William Rhodes as the new principal of Fielder Elementary. Bateman is currently the assistant principal at Williams Elementary, and Rhodes is a Human Resources Coordinator for Katy ISD.

Bateman has been in education for 13 years and began her career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2001. She became the assistant principal of Williams Elementary in 2007. Bateman holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in elementary education.

Rhodes has been in education for 12 years and began his career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2006. He then served as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary before beginning his current role as a Human Resources Coordinator. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and is expecting to earn his Doctorate in educational administration in May 2015.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System

Katy Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX (June 25, 2014) – Katy ISD has earned a rating of Superior Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the 12 years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST.

Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, the highest being Superior Achievement, followed by Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement, and Substandard Achievement. More information regarding the FIRST rating system can be found on the Texas Education Agency website.

Katy, TX News – Board Approves 2014 – 2015 Teacher Salary Schedule

Katy Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 25, 2014) – ?During the regular June meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the new teacher salary schedule for 2014 – 2015, and an increase in pay for bus drivers and auxiliary positions C1 through C4.

The beginning teacher salary will increase 4.26 percent, and current Katy ISD teachers entering their sixth year with the District will receive a significant 7.09 percent increase.

Auxiliary positions C1 through C4 will receive an increase of $1.00 per hour for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Bus drivers will receive a $2.50 per hour increase, changing the starting salary rate from $13.75 to $16.25 per hour.

Katy, TX News – Women’s Services Floor at Memorial Hermann Katy to Undergo Facelift

Katy Texas News
Posted June 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 23, 2014) – The women’s services floor at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, which includes seven labor-and-delivery rooms and 27 post-partum rooms, will undergo a facelift starting tomorrow, June 24.

“We’re always working to enhance the patient experience and that includes the aesthetics of the hospital,” said Linda Salter, RNC-OB, MSN, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “Our new parents are with us anywhere from two to four days or longer, and we want to ensure they feel at home in their surroundings.”

Renovations include new wood vinyl flooring, sleep chairs for Dads or visiting family members, and atomic wall clocks that display room temperature.  Additionally, the walls in the unit will be adorned with lifestyle newborn and family photography.

“During the flooring install, construction crews will work around staff and patient needs so they don’t disturb the calm, quiet environment,” added Salter.

The hospital also will gift new keepsakes to families following the birth of their baby.  A time capsule stuffed with the newspaper of the day, an Aden & Anais swaddle blanket and a water bottle are just a few items that will be sent home with the family. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 19, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital announced today that it has achieved Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  The distinction places Memorial Hermann Katy within the top 10 percent of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

“The most important thing we can do for our patients is to keep them safe while in our care,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “This recognition is a testament to the daily commitment our employees and medical staff make to provide high-quality and safe patient care.”

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom 5 percent for patient safety, patients treated in Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals, on average, were:

  • 73 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 72 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 67 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.

“Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.” (more…)

Katy ISD Residency Requirements and School Boundaries

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News – At the time of registration, parents must bring proof of residence dated within the past 30 days, showing the parent/guardian’s name and street address.  A recent utility bill (electric, water, or gas), a house or apartment lease agreement, or an earnest money or purchase contract and a letter from a mortgage company indicating loan approval or proof from the home builder/realtor of cash payment verification.

Notice: It is a felony to falsify residency information for enrollment purposes (Texas State Penal Code, Section 27.10).
Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Attendance Zone Locator.  You can search by a specific subdivision or apartment complex, or you can select a campus and see what subdivisions it serves.

The following items may also be required based on residency status:

  • Exhibit C: Application for Determination of Minor’s Bona Fide Residence – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Exhibit E: Temporary Power of Attorney – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian; may also need step-parent to complete.
  • Exhibit F: Affidavit of Student Admission Information (for nonresident student in a grandparent’s after-school care) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit G as well.
  • Exhibit G: Affidavit of Grandparent’s After-School Care (for nonresident student ) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit F as well.
  • Exhibit H:  Affidavit of Bona Fide Residence – to be completed by the person whose name is on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit I as well.
  • Exhibit I: Parent’s/Guardian’s Assurance of Bona Fide Residence – to be completed by the parent when his/her name is not on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit H as well. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Medical Group Opens New Firethorne Location

Katy Texas News
Posted June 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 16, 2014) – Board-certified family medicine physician Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) is anchoring the newest MHMG location at Firethorne.

Dr. DeFriece provides highly personalized care for patients of all ages. Among the many conditions he treats, his special interests include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and acute care.

Patients can find the new Firethorne location at 2750 FM 1463, Suite 100, in Katy, TX 77494.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 832-658-3010, or online through ScheduleNow at mhmg.memorialhermann.org.

Memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne is the newest location of MHMG, a physician-led subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Health System.  Practicing within MHMG allows physicians to focus on each patient’s personal healthcare needs while drawing on the resources, innovations and technological advancements of a well-respected health system.

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Katy, TX News – New Video Service Helps Parents Capture Baby’s First Days of Life

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital now offers new parents the personal, private opportunity to capture and preserve their baby’s first moments of life on video.

With more than 25,000 births every year, Memorial Hermann was the first in Houston to offer this free, electronic service.

“We believe this new service is a great way for parents to relax and focus on their new baby, and not on their cameras,” said Linda Salter, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. “Parents have already told us they are excited to have such an expert product to show friends and family.”

Shawna and Violet Reeder

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann’s partner, Biovideo®, each family receives a fully customized video capturing the highlights of a newborn’s arrival. Following strict guidelines with a clear understanding of the medical components, a professional team of digital photographers unobtrusively films precious moments and emotions documenting the mother’s first minutes with the baby and the baby’s introduction to the rest of the family.

“The Biovideo team was very warm and extremely flexible as they captured Violet’s first moments in our arms and hearts,” said Memorial Hermann Katy patient and new mom Shawna Reeder. “We love the final product and can’t wait to show it to Violet when she’s older.” (more…)

Katy, TX News – Leadercast Katy Supports the Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) – On May 9, Katy Area leaders joined together for a day of inspiration from nine, world-renowned leaders while benefiting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. This year’s theme, Beyond You, challenged leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. As Leadercast so aptly describes their mission, “We believe the world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.” In keeping with the Beyond You theme, the proceeds of Leadercast Katy were donated to an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD. The organization strives to unite our community while providing a competitive advantage for Katy ISD students and teachers through targeted investments in our schools. This May, $209,599 for Inspiring Imagination grants was awarded to teachers at 26 different campus locations. Leadercast Katy is pleased to join the community in supporting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event, $2,250, enables two additional teacher grants to be fulfilled next year. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Galaxy Fireworks Partners with Local Schools and Students

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2014) – Galaxy Fireworks partners with Morton Ranch High School’s Maverick Band and Band Booster Organization throughout peak firework season, serving and assisting as the band’s main fundraiser for the year. Band Director Kyle Coleman says, “In today’s economy, raising the necessary funds to establish a top quality band program is extremely difficult.”

Through their partnership with Galaxy Fireworks, the Maverick Band is able to raise a significant amount of funds for their program. During firework season, eager students in the Morton Ranch High School band staff the Galaxy Fireworks warehouse west of Westgreen Road and I-10.

Galaxy Fireworks collaborates with the schools in various ways. The company offers volunteer hours to students within the community. For many student volunteers, Galaxy Fireworks is their first experience in a work place environment, and it allows them to gain experience in customer service, sales, time management, and understanding the importance of product knowledge. Galaxy Fireworks awards a scholarship to a graduating senior whom shows strong leadership skills and dedication to education and extracurricular activities.

This year, a scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to this year’s recipient, Ernesto Martinez. Martinez plans to attend the University of Houston in the Fall. He has also been hired by Galaxy as a daytime store manager to further help finance his college tuition and further grow his workplace skills. The 2013 recipient, Mathew Korioth, recently finished his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Pictured is Desiree Urrutia, 2013 recipient Matthew Korioth (who attends school at Texas A&M), 2014 recipient Ernesto Marinez, Tony Urrutia.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Ranks #2 Nationally in Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 11, 2014) – Texas Children’s Hospital has again been recognized as a national leader in cardiology and heart surgery among pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Improving their national ranking, Texas Children’s Heart Center placed second nationally in the Best Children’s Hospitals 2014-15 survey. To learn more about Texas Children’s Heart Center please visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

For more than half a century, the integrated, multidisciplinary team has combined cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to treat more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and perform more than 800 surgeries annually.

“We are thrilled that the dedicated work and passionate care our team provides children with heart diseases and defects has been recognized with this high ranking,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., chief of congenital heart surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. “We continually strive to improve the quality of care for our cardiac patients by tracking our outcomes and remaining committed to developing innovative cardiac interventions and surgical treatment options to ensure optimum results and outcomes for our patients.”

Texas Children’s Heart Center cardiologists and surgeons are world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiology, congenital heart surgery, and cardiovascular anesthesiology, and offer every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart diseases and defects for children of all ages, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns. Some of the services offered by the Heart Center include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, diagnostic and cardiac imaging, adult congenital heart disease treatment, congenital heart surgery, cardiac nursing, cardiac critical care (cardiovascular intensive care unit), and heart transplantation. (more…)

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