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British International School of Houston Collaborates with Juilliard

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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.


Flaunt Hair Salon Celebrates Stylist Anniversary

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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”.



Katy ISD Releases Attendance Boundary Survey

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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.


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.



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.

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.


Katy ISD Meets to Discuss Enrollment Plan

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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.


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


LaCenterra Fashion Show a Hit in Katy

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Funeral Service for Deputy Goforth Announced

Katy Texas News
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

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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.



Typhoon Texas Coming to Katy in 2016

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy Teen Wins USA Gymnastics Championships

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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.



Katy Man Found Dead in Bahamas, Family Still Seeking Answers

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


City of Katy Resumes Testing of Alarm Systems

Katy Texas News
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.



New Katy City Hall Makes Progress

Katy Texas News
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.

Katy City Hall

Rendering by TurnerDuran Architects/Courtesy of the City of Katy


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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!



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

Katy Texas News
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.


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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

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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.


Katy, TX News – TxDOT Prepared for Hurricane Season

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – 2015 Varsity Football Season Tickets

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Dan Wolterman


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Ashley Coalson

Emma Estephan


Katy, TX News – Rate Changes Coming for Katy Tollway

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2015

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


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.



Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.”

Newly available, class A office space

Newly available, class A office space


Katy, TX News – Triathlon Training Tips

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Katy Texas News
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.”

Rep. Culberson With Congressional Art Competition Finalist 4


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

Katy Texas News
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.

3) Katy SunshineFest-GroupShot-Janet 4-11-15


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

Katy Texas News
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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.




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

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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


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

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Katy, TX News – Fort Bend County Public Meetings on Polling Locations

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Katy, TX – Retail and Entertainment Park to Open Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Salata Relocates Headquarters to West Houston

Katy Texas News
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.

Salata HQ


Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Encourages Healthy Snacking Habits

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.



Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fair

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

Second Katy YMCA  SiteSecond Katy YMCA Site


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Bridgeland's Tree House Park

Bridgeland’s Tree House Park


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Cane Island FountainsA rendering depicts the fountains planned for the entry to Cane Island.


Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names New Leadership Team

Katy Texas News
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.

Photo by A kramer

Photo by A. Kramer

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.


Katy TX News – New FDA Study on Miralax and Children

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Reinstated

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Katy Students Perform in London

Katy Texas News
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.

Amanda Brittany and Elena on Parade Day


Katy, TX News – Katy Veteran Wins Texas VFW Election

Katy Texas News
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.



Katy, TX News – Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Katy Texas News
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).

Linda Stephens


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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.

Sun Devils

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

Katy Texas News
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.

Cane Island Tree Planting


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

Katy Texas News
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).


Katy, TX News – Residents Beware of Ticket Scam

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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.


Katy, TX News – Seasonal Fire Safety Message

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.




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

Katy Texas News
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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.



Lacrosse Club Gains Popularity in Katy

Katy Texas News
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.



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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

Ruan de Villiers presenting backpacks


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

Skybox Rendering


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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”

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.


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.


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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

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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

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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

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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…)

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Ranks 4th Among Nation’s Best Pediatric Hospitals

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) – Texas Children’s Hospital is honored to be consistently named as a national leader among pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2014 – 2015 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals, Texas Children’s ranked fourth among all 183 pediatric institutions surveyed nationally and is one of only 10 hospitals to achieve the Honor Roll designation. Additionally, Texas Children’s is the only hospital in Texas – and the entire Southern region of the U.S. – awarded the Honor Roll distinction. For more information, visit usnews.texaschildrens.org.

“Renowned worldwide for our expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, we are thrilled that U.S. News continually recognizes Texas Children’s Hospital as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital. “This is a testament to our organization’s focus on quality and safety, as well as to the dedication our staff and employees have to our mission of leading in patient care, education, and research.”

In addition to ranking children’s hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. This year, Texas Children’s was ranked in the top 10 for nine out of 10 categories. Receiving high rankings in a minimum of three specialties qualifies Texas Children’s for the 2014 – 2015 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to only 10 pediatric hospitals nationwide. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and blood clots.

“The American College of Radiology sets very rigorous, high-quality standards,” said Steve Dinwiddie, director of imaging for Memorial Hermann Katy. “This accreditation illustrates our commitment to providing the best possible imaging services for our patients.”

Steve Dinwiddie, Director of Imaging, and Lamont Amos, CT Tech

ACR’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is only awarded to facilities that meet ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) – Summer is just around the corner and parents may be thinking about what their child will do for meals when school is out. This summer, Katy ISD will again participate in the USDA Summer Food Program at five District schools.

The program is free of charge to any child under the age of 18, and includes breakfast service. Lunch and breakfast will only be served to children who come and eat in the school cafeteria.

Hutsell Elementary: June 16 – July 9
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Stephens Elementary: June 16 – July 9
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Chorale Invited to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News – The Cinco Ranch High School Chorale was recently selected as a 2015 Performing Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This year, 33 school choirs from across the state submitted CDs for evaluation by a panel of judges, which included university music professors.

The panel unanimously chose the Cinco Ranch High School Chorale to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention to be held in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

This is the highest honor that a choir in Texas can receive, and marks the first time that a high school choir from Katy ISD has received a second TMEA performance invitation. Director Dorothy Wilson also had the honor of conducting the CRHS Chorale in performance at the 2008 Convention.

Katy, TX News – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Give Kids A Smile

Katy Texas News
Posted June 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 9, 2014) – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry hosted Give Kids A Smile Day. Give Kids A Smile program is a way for dentists to join in the community and provide dental services to underserved children. The dentists and team members at Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry volunteered their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to forty-two Katy area children. The team performed $19,000 work of dental work for free with the support of the following sponsors: FastSigns, Pizza Hut, Selah Medi-Spa, Bagel Café, Brammer’s Athletic Sportswear, HEB, Chic-Fil-A, Jason’s Deli, Wal-Mart, and Red Bull.


Katy, TX News – Mischer Neuroscience Associates Now Seeing Patients in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 6, 2014) – Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA), a network of outpatient clinics affiliated with the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann – the largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program in Texas, is pleased to announce neurosurgeon Baraa Al-Hafez, M.D. is now seeing patients in Katy.  With expertise in both cranial and spine surgery, Dr. Al-Hafez can treat a variety of conditions ranging from brain tumors to lumbar degenerative disease.

Baraa Al-Hafez, M.D.

Dr. Al-Hafez received his medical degree at Tishreen University Medical School in Syria and followed up with a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.  He completed his general surgery internship at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and his neurosurgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  During his residency, he received the Kinjiro Iwata Award for excellence and leadership.  He went on to complete his fellowship in neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Emily Couch Joins Professional Golfers in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – Emily Couch, a sophomore at Katy High School, is a member of the varsity golf team. During the 2014 school year, Couch was selected to play in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event, which is organized through the Houston Golf Association. She was paired with professional golfer Brandon Grace of South Africa and two male golfers Case Garrison and Sean Cleland. The foursome shot a score of 31, taking first place in the event.

Emily Couch

Katy, TX News – Student Wins Phillips 66 Scholarship

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – One high school senior will receive a $16,000 college scholarship from the Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarship Program. The competitive program awards outstanding collegebound students whose parents work for Phillips 66 or one of its subsidiaries. The awards are based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.

The company announced Ana Hernandez of Katy as honoree this year. Ana, daughter of Phillips 66 employee Francisco Hernandez, is a senior at Seven Lakes High School.

“This scholarship program reflects Phillips 66’s commitment to the communities where we live and operate and builds on our corporate vision of improving lives,” said Claudia Kreisle Phillips 66 Director, Contributions and Community Engagement. Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, headquartered in Houston. “We congratulate Ana on her achievements inside and outside the classroom and wish her every success in college,” Kreisle said.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Largest Gallery Furniture Showroom in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Gallery Furniture officially broke ground on the new Gallery Furniture Fort Bend/Grand Parkway on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Jim “Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, along with Keenon Rayner of Identity Architects, Dave Cannon of Trend Development, Ft. Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson, and Yvonne Tuttle Streit of The Brookwood Community, were on hand to welcome Gallery Furniture to the Long Meadow Farms and Fort Bend County community.

Festivities included a special appearance from the Brookwood Community hand bell choir and ended with a surprise skywriter that will landscape the Houston skies this afternoon with #gfgp, a social media hashtag that will lead to information and renderings for the new Gallery Furniture location.

The store, which will be the third and largest Gallery Furniture location in Houston, is expected to open in late November/December and will be located at The Market at Long Meadow Farms, 7301 W. Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407 (next to the Santikos Palladium theater). (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Katy Student Heads to Haiti Prior to George Washington University

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Koralie Barrau, a 2014 graduate of Katy’s James E. Taylor High School, will spend part of her summer on a service project working with YWCA Haiti. Barrau, who was a part of Taylor High School’s National Honor Society, a distinguished scholar with 54 hours of community service under her belt, and an active member of the French Club and Key Club, has felt a strong connection to Haiti her whole life, especially after the 2010 earthquake took the life of her beloved grandmother.

Koralie Barrau, a graduate of James E. Taylor High School’s class of 2014

Throughout high school, Barrau attended multiple leadership conferences and was a student council representative. She proudly co-edited the Taylor High School 2014 year book and is the proud recipient of the 2014 yearbook award. In the Fall of 2014, Barrau will attend George Washington University’s school of Media and Public Affairs. She plans to major in broadcast journalism and international relations.



Katy, TX News – Raising Awareness of Chronic Wounds

Katy Texas News
Posted June 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 2, 2014) – The Wound Care Center ® at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week held June 2 – 6, 2014.

“As one of the leading hospitals in the area offering therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, is pleased to join the awareness campaign,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mary Ann Euliarte, at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. “One of our greatest concerns, is that untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life, including the possibility of amputation of the affected limb,” said Dr. Ebba Tsinopoulos, medical director, Wound Care Center, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.

“There are many patients living with non-healing wounds who are unaware of treatments available in their local communities,” said D. Scott Covington, M.D., Healogics, Inc., chief medical director. “Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would benefit but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer.”  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Rover Oaks Pet Resort Launches Operation: War Dogs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Rover Oaks Pet Resort has officially launched  its fourth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.  Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $15,000 for USWDA through Operation: War Dogs.

USWDA exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They facilitate adoptions of retiring War Dogs; support returning troops and service dog organizations such as Military Working Dogs, Police K-9 units, and Search and Rescue units; establish War Dog Memorials, and educate the public on the history of all U. S. Military War Dogs from all wars.

During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills mall to make a contribution or mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to United States War Dogs Association.  Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or USWDA bandana.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize.  These donations will provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding, and other necessities. The donations also cover travel costs and facilitate adoptions to bring our war dogs home. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Simon Kidgits Club® Welcomes All to Annual Super Duper Lil Chefs Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a leading global retail real estate company, is stirring up tasty fun for families as Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil ChefsSM makes its annual appearance at Katy Mills on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the AMC Plaza. Lil Chefs events are being presented at approximately 100 Simon® shopping centers nationwide to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and having fun with food.

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. Other food-inspired activities include pasta art, lollipop flowers, cereal jewelry making, and cookie decorating sponsored by Great American Cookie.

Additionally, Simon Kidgits Club® is teaming up with Lil Chefs presenting sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the launch of Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, coming to DVD, Blu-ray™, and Digital HD Tuesday, May 20. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and now families can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support in Branding Campaign Initiative

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 28, 2014) – “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of the PetroSkills Conference Center. A proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, PetroSkills is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager, says she is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The conference center’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Lance LaCour, Katy Area Economic Development Council CEO (Center), Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager (4th from left) and Don Massey, Katy Mills Mall General Manager and KAEDC Place Brand Committee Member (5th from right) are flanked by oil and gas industry professionals attending training sessions at the Katy Conference Center. These professionals represent 7 different countries and were excited to be part of the “Energy Grows Here” moment!

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

Katy, TX News – Fund for Teachers Announces Houston 2014 Fellows

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) – ?This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will participate in the Fund for Teachers Fellows program, traveling to destinations like London, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to embark on self-designed learning experiences that they will bring home to Katy ISD classrooms. A total of eight Katy ISD teachers have been selected among only 46 in the Greater-Houston area for the grant program.?

This year’s Fund for Teachers 2014 Fellows are:

  • Stephanie Aromy and Charlotte Cook, Kilpatrick Elementary – Aromy and Cook will explore locations from Paris to the Seine Valley that inspired renowned Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, and Pissarro, to guide students’ discovery of the artists within themselves.
  • Mary Batycki, Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer Chapman, and Leigh Ann Sublette, Alexander Elementary – This group will participate in the Teachers College Summer Reading Program at Columbia University in New York City to develop the Readers’ Workshop model school-wide and train colleagues and parents for maximum student achievement.
  • Nancy Bradley and Kristen Brennan, Exley Elementary – Bradley will participate in the Teachers College Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University in New York City to train two elementary school staffs in the implementation of a writing workshop model that creates 21st century writers. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy Science Teacher Receives Grant

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) – Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher, has been awarded a $4,986 grant from Fund for Teachers. The grant will allow Coalson to research, across Western Europe, the great scientists of the 16th-19th centuries during the summer. Coalson will place an emphasis on physics, experimental science, and technology. “Fund for Teachers bridges the gap between what teachers have and what students need to advance academically,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fellows turn our initial investment into broadened perspectives and engaged learning – for themselves and their students. The result is a transformed career and classroom.”

Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher

One can follow Coalson’s  journey (June 7 – 21) daily on her blog, sciencethenandnow.wordpress.com, as she will discuss adventures in seeing history firsthand  (i.e. Galileo’s telescope, Newton’s principia and the apple tree on his estate, and Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook pages). (more…)

Katy, TX News – Langford Market to Open Saturday May 24, 2014

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2014) – Langford Market, the Houston local women’s clothing boutique will be opening at La Centerra in Katy, Texas on Saturday May, 24. The Katy location will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite E140. Langford Market will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Langford Market provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, offering carefully chosen, classically feminine clothing, accessories, and gifts. They emphasize authenticity, quality, and impeccable service in a friendly and welcoming setting. Most importantly, they strive to help you select the perfect wardrobe, complete with dynamic finishing touches that will highlight your personality and make you feel beautiful and unique.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars to Celebrate Memorial Day

Katy Texas News
Posted May 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 19, 2014) – The Katy Independent School District has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9182 to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the District on May 26 with a variety of campus activities that will educate students and staff on the importance of this national holiday.

“The Board of Trustees and I understand how important Memorial Day is for our families and staff,” Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  “Because school will be in session, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to create a day of instruction and learning that will include honoring fallen soldiers at campuses and District offices.”

Local veterans representing community members and staff will be at various campuses across Katy to lead the Pledges of Allegiance in the morning. They will also visit history and social studies classrooms throughout the day to share their experiences while serving our country and personally encourage all students and staff to value their freedom and honor those who died to protect it.

Additionally, the Katy Veterans Memorial Service at Katy Magnolia Cemetery will be broadcast live at many Katy ISD campuses.  “For those who served, this is a day with deep emotional roots,” said Katy VFW Post Commander Gary Drahos.  “It is a day for us all to honor those who lost their lives helping to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.”

Through the years, the VFW Post 9182 has also recognized servicemen on Memorial Day weekend by placing U.S. flags at the grave sites of soldiers, airmen, and sailors, and by hosting a memorial service.


Katy, TX News – Mayde Creek High School Students Receive Statewide Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 16, 2014) – Humanities Texas recently announced that five students from Mayde Creek High School are among the winners of the Humanities Texas inaugural President’s Vision poster contest.

Sarah Mavad and Megan Myers won a first-place prize for their poster on Lyndon B. Johnson, Akrama Khan and Fatema Shipchandler won a second-place prize for their posters on John Adams and Woodrow Wilson, and Sophia Carrico won a third-place prize for her poster on Franklin D. Roosevelt. All five individuals are students in Penny Rosas’s eleventh-grade class at Mayde Creek High School.

In order to participate in the President’s Vision poster contest, students had to identify the “vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued his vision during his time in office.


Katy, TX News – Construction Ramps Up at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2014) – Construction on the new six-story patient tower and second medical plaza is now underway at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and officials are encouraging visitors to plan ahead and utilize on-site resources, including directional signage, to navigate around the campus.

To facilitate construction equipment and crews on the building sites, hospital officials have temporarily relocated the bulk of visitor parking to the north side, or backside, of the campus. During this time, patients visiting Medical Plaza I should park in the northwest corner of the campus, while those visiting the hospital should park in the northeast corner of the campus.  Handicap spots and dedicated parking for laboring moms are still in close proximity to the hospital and medical plaza entrances.

Directional signage has been installed around the campus to guide visitors to the appropriate lots.  Additionally, the hospital is running a shuttle for those who need help getting to and from their vehicles.  Visitors can call 281-644-7130 to access the shuttle service.

“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann and Katy area residents,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “The expansion will enable us to better meet the wide-ranging health needs of our community.”


Katy, TX News – Principals Discuss Technology and Safety Needs; Transportation Department Talks Costs and Services

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 14, 2014) – At the May 8 Bond Committee meeting, Katy ISD principals discussed the technology and safety needs on their campuses. Committee members also heard presentations on transportation and portable needs within the District, and shared observations from the April 30 facility tours.

This week committee members get to work on reviewing cost estimates for all the District-wide needs presented to them for their consideration over the course of the past five weeks. These needs include: school and student activity facilities, renovations and replacements, technology, safety and security, and transportation.

The next Bond Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public to listen and observe. For more information, agendas, and presentations from the meetings, visit the Katy ISD Bond webpage.

Katy, TX News – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2014) – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity announced they have formed a partnership to begin a program in Katy, Texas. Compassion Katy Executive Director Diane Walker and Houston Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Jerry Kovaly made the announcement following recent discussions between the two organizations.

“We are completely thrilled,” stated Walker. “The opportunity to partner with a great team like Houston Habitat to bless a Katy family with a decent, affordable place to live offers a great opportunity to make dreams come true and share Christ’s love.”

Compassion Katy is a registered not-for-profit (501c3) organization committed to developing and mobilizing partnerships between churches and the community within Katy, Texas to serve in the name of Jesus. Houston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Houston Habitat,” Kovaly said. “Not only are we extending our reach beyond geographical Houston, but in joining with Compassion Katy we are mobilizing a community through its churches’ volunteers, partners and supporters.”


Katy, TX News – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Announces Katy ISD Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 12, 2014) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of 10 Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Joey Gu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biochemical engineering
  • Austin Kuo, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Sarina Madhavan, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
  • Ojas Potnis, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Anthony Qi, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: corporate finance
  • Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Taylor High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: computer science
  • Vidisha Srivastav, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: bioengineering
  • Catherine Wu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Jonathan Zong, Taylor High School; probable career field: computer science


Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2014) – Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 10 various polling sites across the District:





Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
3143, 3144

Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, Texas 77494


Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
3132, 3133

Cinco Ranch High School

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77494


Ft. Bend – 3014

Harris – 639 Ward A

Waller – 420

City of Katy Municipal Building

910 Avenue C

Katy, Texas 77493


Harris County – 119, 149,

639 Ward B

Waller – 418, 419

Katy Municipal Court Building

5432 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77493


Harris – 362, 619, 644

Memorial Parkway Jr. High

21203 Highland Knolls

Katy, Texas 77450


Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,

751, 772, 993

Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450


Harris – 95, 120, 283,

461, 711

Wolfe Elementary

502 Addicks-Howell Rd.

Houston, Texas 77079


Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,

813, 877

1005, 1061

Morton Ranch High School

21000 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77449


Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804

879, 992, 1006

Mayde Creek High School

19202 Groeschke Rd.

Houston, Texas 77084


Harris – 398, 517,

523, 621, 622, 650, 771

Bear Creek Elementary

4815 Hickory Downs

Houston, Texas 77084


For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.

Katy, TX News – VLK Architects to Design Two Schools in Katy ISD

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) – Katy ISD trustees approved VLK Architects to provide design services associated with elementary school #38 within Cinco Ranch Northwest Subdivision and elementary school #39 adjacent to Ventana Lakes Subdivision. The new elementary campuses will be designed to accommodate 1,030 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade to address the increased growth occurring in Katy ISD.

According to VLK Principal Todd Lien, AIA, “VLK looks forward to working with Katy ISD administrators and staff to develop plans for the new elementary schools, and provide the growing Katy community with age-appropriate, student-centric learning environments that are flexible, sustainable, secure, and integrated with the latest technology to serve the needs of the next generation of learners.”

VLK previously participated in a 21st century Learning Symposium hosted by the District to discuss ideas and examples of learning environments that are being designed and built in districts around the country and the state. Among the many items that were discussed were how these concepts could be designed into new schools for Katy ISD.

Approval of VLK Architects came at the recommendation of superintendent Alton Frailey, chief operations officer Thomas Gunnell, and district architect Peter McElwain. Trustees approved the measure as part of the board’s consent agenda.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins FFA Qualifies for Texas FFA State Career Development Event

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) – Members of the Tompkins FFA chapter traveled to Huntsville, TX April 10th to compete in the Area III Farm Business Management Career Development Event.

Tompkins’ Farm Business Management team qualified for the state competition by finishing first in one of the state’s 10 area competitions. 12,700 students began the statewide tournament in 28 different events, which reflect classroom instruction in basic technical, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

Tompkins FFA placed first in the Farm Business Management Contest. Team members included:

  • Jessica Stokan- 1st High Individual
  • Quyen Doan- 3rd High Individual
  • Mollie Franklin- 14th High Individual

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 103,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development, and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2014

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

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

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

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


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

Katy Texas News
Posted April 21st 2014

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

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

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


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

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2014

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

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

McKenna Sheedy


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


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

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2014

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

Entrance to Grand Smiles Dental, now in Katy, TX

Patient exam room


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