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Katy Rebels-D’Addieco Basketball Team Wins Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2012

The eighth-grade Katy Rebels-D’Addieco basketball team recently won first place in the Primetime tournament in Humble, with a record of 4-0. Team members put in extra effort to complete every play, which made all the difference in the games. Their strong defense allowed them to control the pace of the games and overcome opponents early, resulting in large margins of victory against quality teams. Team members include Allison, LaShanda, Kim, Sydney, Natalia, Alyssa, Emily, Delaney, Tianna, and Anna.

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CRHS Announces Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads

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Posted July 06th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School recently announced it 2012-2013 varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads. Varsity squad members include Erika Brown, Madison Cook, Kayleigh Fisher, Co-Captain Melanie French, Ali Haddix, Co-Captain Maddie Kalenits, Captain Ashley Kirby, Lauren Littlejohn, Kory Luna, Taylor Morrison, Brittany Nguyen, Jordan Peterson, Ashlyn Wagner, and mascot Gwen Fuqua.

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CRJH Volleyball Team Wins Summer Championship

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Posted July 03rd 2012

The Cinco Ranch Junior High girls’ volleyball team recently competed against several other schools in the Katy south region for the Katy ISD Summer Volleyball League championship. The team advanced to the final bracket against McMeans Junior High School and won first place in the league.

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THS Student to Attend Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2012

Taylor High School student Zachary Burch was recently accepted to the Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio for the 2012-2013 season. Each year, the High School Voice Studio selects eight seniors from the greater Houston area to participate in the program, which includes weekly voice lessons, master classes, vocal coaching from Houston Grand Opera staff, and performances opportunities. Burch is a member of the THS chorale and Expressions group under the direction of Kevin Riehle. Burch was also selected for the 2012 Texas All -State Mixed Choir.

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Katy Students Earn Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted June 20th 2012

Three local athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Morton Ranch High School student Jarrell Beckett, Cinco Ranch High School studnet Catherine Long, and Katy High School student Victoria Costilla each received $1,000 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. Each student has big plans for their future. Beckett will attend Prairie View A&M University, Long will start her studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and Costilla will attend Texas Tech University this fall. For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, call 281-644-7000.

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Beck Student Council Gives Back

Katy Texas News
Posted June 20th 2012

The Beck Junior High School student council recently celebrated the end of another year of giving back to others. Students and their families were very generous in their contributions and in volunteering their time and talents.
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Spartans Out Serving Announces Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2012

Spartans Out Serving (SOS) is a Seven Lakes High School student volunteer organization founded by parents in 2005. This organization strives to educate, empower, and inspire the student members to volunteer and serve others. The members learn selflessness and community awareness as they make a positive impact in the community. During the past year, over 1,200 members reported 30,500 community service hours. They have volunteered at school, throughout Katy and the Houston area, and across the U.S. and the world. This year, 139 senior SOS members completed the requirements to wear a white community service cord at graduation. The group recently presented $1,000 scholarships to seven student volunteers to use toward their education after high school graduation.
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Seven Lakes Golfer Shoots Low Round in Waco Starburst

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2012

Seven Lakes High School student Susan Hagger recently competed in the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco. Katy ISD was well represented 28 local golfers participating in the three-day tournament, which included over 1,000 golfers from across 12 states and Mexico. Hagger fired a 74 on the second day, which was the low round of the competition for her. She finished in third place, earning her a spot in the Starburst Hall of Fame. Hagger will be a junior at SLHS in the fall.

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Katy Piano Students Earn Music Theory Medals

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2012

Several Katy music students under the direction of Mary Ann LaCour recently earned Texas Music Teachers Association Theory medals during a spring concert. Students honored include (front row, from left) Lindsay Chu, gold; Lexie Kwon, gold; Rajasi Kolhatkar, gold; Rachel Rodriguez, gold; (back row, from left) Scott Lennard, gold; Addie Kwon, silver; and Gloria Fernandes, silver. Not pictured are Ore Omidele, Allison Yang, Brian Lennard, all gold medal recipients; and Rachel Zhu, a silver medal recipient. The Texas Theory Test is administered twice each year by the Katy Music Teachers Association.

 

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Music Student Honored by Katy Music Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2012

Local piano student Linden Lanier recently earned a music scholarship and the Student Affiliate award from the Katy Music Teachers Association (KMTA), along with a senior award trophy, a plaque commemorating 13 years of piano study, and a Sonata Festival trophy. Lanier has studied with Katy area piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour from kindergarten through 12th grade and was recently to play at the KMTA Sonata/Sonatina Festival Honors Recital. She is the daughter of Margaret Lanier of Syracuse, NY and Pat Lanier of the Houston area. She will be majoring in music at the University of North Texas in Denton in the fall.

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Katy ISD Students Named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2012

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, according to Katy ISD. Nine students from Katy ISD are among these talented scholarship recipients.
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OKE Students Perform in District Honor Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2012

Kilpatrick Elementary students were recently selected by an audition process to be a part of Katy ISD’s District Honor Choir for 2012. Hundreds of students auditioned for this fine group, and Kilpatrick Elementary is very proud of its students who made the choir, including: Alana Chow, Induja Gautam, Thomas Holmes, Corey Johnson, Annie Lewis, Catherine Marchelli, Avery Marsh, Valeria Muhala, Sid Puranik, Nick Rager, Emily Sheen, and Victoria Stornello. They performed in a concert on May 6 at the Cinco Ranch High School Performing Arts Center. Their music teachers, Suzie Calarco and Michele Dial, are very proud of their representation for OKE in the District Honor Choir. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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BDJH PTA Hosts Eighth-Grade Dance

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2012

The Beckendorff Junior High PTA recently hosted the school’s eighth-grade dance, with a theme of “cruisin’ on, class of 2016.” The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by students and staff. Pictured (from left) are eighth-grade dance chairs Wanda Galicia, Jody Schultz, and Carol Bowman. All of the volunteers enjoyed planning and decorating for this fun end-of-the- year party… even after they inflated over 7,000 balloons for all the arches and balloon towers! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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OKE Teacher Makeover Raises Funds for Smart Boards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

The first-grade teachers at Kilpatrick Elementary School recently participated in a teacher makeover fundraiser. Parents were able to place a silent bid, and the top two winners from each class had the privilege of pampering their teacher. The money that was raised is being used to purchase Smart Boards. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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WoodCreek Students Perform at Pop Show

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Daniel Carbone, Cameron Connolly, and John Fly, outgoing eighth-graders at WoodCreek Junior High, recently performed their rendition of Howie Day’s “Longest Night” at the school’s pop show. The trio, whose group name is Vague 11:11, also made an appearance at Katy High School’s Dessert Cabaret in April. Carbone, Connolly, and Fly are a talented group who are in the process of composing their own music. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans NJHS Hosts Toy Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

The National Junior Honor Society at McMeans Junior High recently held a school-wide stuffed animal and toy drive for young patients at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Under the guidance of Mrs. Krolczyk and Ms. Canavati, the drive was a huge success and helped collect about 450 donations. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Student and Teacher Donate to Locks of Love

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Alexander Elementary reading teacher Karen Mabry and her student Reagan Kallina recently cut their hair together for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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FWA Announces Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Faith West Academy recently named Samuel Mote as valedictorian and Karis Kontilis as salutatorian of the class of 2012.
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McMeans Junior High Earns No Place for Hate Status

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2012

McMeans Junior High School recently received a No Place for Hate banner from the Anti-Defamation League in Houston for participating in the No Place for Hate program. Students participated in No Name Calling week, designed a T-shirt, made anti-bullying posters, and wrote letters to bullies on card stock hand prints, which were posted along the hallways. In 2011, only five Katy ISD schools earned the No Place for Hate status, with only one being a junior high. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Bravo for the 2012-2013 CRHS Bravo Show Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Congratulations to the new Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir members! After a rigorous audition process, these 12 girls and 12 boys have been chosen for the 2012-2013 Bravo Show Choir ensemble. The show choir members are looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances throughout the next school year. Mark your calendars for the soon-to-be-announced fall Bravo show, with performances scheduled for Sept. 20, 21, and 22 in the CRHS Performing Arts Center. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Special Buddies Host Special Olympics Sports Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

The Special Buddies program at Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School recently hosted a Special Olympics Texas Unified Sports event in May. The event was a part of the Project UNIFY program, activating youth around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change. The program’s goals are to foster dignity, respect, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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OKE Challenge Students Showcase Projects

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Kilpatrick fifth-grade students recently participated in Katy ISD’s Fifth-Grade Challenge Showcase at Morton Ranch. All fifth-grade Challenge students from around the district were invited to research a topic related to one of the units they have studied in the Challenge program. Kilpatrick had more than 15 students participate, with topics researched including tie dye and graffiti and products created including the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Emery Sisters Represent FWA by Earning State Championship in Tennis Doubles

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Posted May 29th 2012

Faith West Academy sisters Madison Emery (sophomore) and Erika Emery (senior) breezed past New Braunfels Christian in straight sets to take the TAPPS 3A State Championship in tennis doubles. “The matches (6-2 and 6-0) were actually closer than the score reflected,” says Erika of the state finals. “The Warren sisters (Janae and Kendall) are good players. I have played Kendall in competitive leagues, and she had me worried. Faith West fans got behind us, and that made it wonderful. It gave us the edge. Even our principal, Mrs. Strickland, was there with a sign.”
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THS Choir Hosts Banquet and Honors Scholarship Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

The Taylor High School choir recently celebrated another successful season at an end-of-the-year banquet held at CrossPoint Community Church. During the event, the Taylor Choir Booster Club awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four deserving seniors, including (pictured, from left) Emily Walt who is attending the University of Texas to major in chemical engineering, Melanie Piche who is attending the University of Tulsa for vocal performance and music education, Stephen Hargis who is attending Texas A&M University to study engineering, and Erin Connors who is attending Belmont College to study audio engineering technology. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Faith West Academy Hosts Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony

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Posted May 25th 2012

Kindergarten students at Faith West Academy recently took center stage, demonstrating what they learned throughout the past school year to parents and friends. One cherished moment occurred when the children sang “Walkin’ on Son-shine,” the theme of the evening. The ceremony concluded with teachers reading each student’s name as they were awarded a diploma of advancement to first grade by of FWA Elementary Principal Terry Boling.
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RAE Hosts Student-Teacher Basketball Game

Katy Texas News
Posted May 25th 2012

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary recently held a students-versus-teachers basketball game at Seven Lakes High School. Boys and girls from fourth and fifth grade played against the faculty, and girls of all ages cheered them on. The students beat the staff handily, but the staff is ready to show their stuff in 2013. Pictured are (from left) Emma Thompson, Daniella Chetta, and Jensen Vann. Please mention you found this in www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces Transportation Changes for 2012-2013 School Year

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Posted May 24th 2012

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a change in the eligibility requirements for students to receive transportation services. Starting in August 2012, the eligibility for bus transportation will change from the current 3/10 of a mile to approximately ½ mile for elementary students and approximately one mile for junior high and high school students. Bus transportation will continue to be provided for students for whom a hazardous condition may exist between home and school, as well as special needs bus routes.
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10 Tips for Making Summer a Promising Season of Learning

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2012

Your child worked hard all school year to perform at their best. But according to the National Summer Learning Association, when kids take an absolute break from education during the summer months – whether by circumstance or by design – they lose about two months’ worth of grade-level equivalency in math skills and more than two months’ worth of reading achievement. With all the potential excitement over field trips to amusement and waterparks, don’t let your child ride the slippery slide of taking too much of a mental break during summer.
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RAE PTA Members Donate Books

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2012

The Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School PTA recently delivered books to the Early Childhood Center (ECC) in Royal ISD in honor of campus namesake Roosevelt Alexander’s brother, David Alexander Sr., who passed away this spring. David Alexander was a longtime educator and prominent community leader for many years in the Brookshire area. On hand for the book donation were (pictured, from left) RAE Principal Kristin Harper, Roosevelt Alexander, ECC librarian Laketra Glover, and PTA president Debbie Kallina. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Stanley Elementary Students Complete Marathon Program

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2012

In its second year, 107 students at Stan Stanley Elementary completed the Marathon Kids program. Marathon Kids is a national fitness program for children. To complete the program, children must walk or run a marathon (26.2 miles) over several months of the school year and track their progress in quarter-mile increments. The goal of the program is to encourage healthy living through walking and running. During the school year, children had opportunity to participate in the Marathon Kids Houston Area Kick Off and Final Mile, Katy YMCA Turkey Dash, Texas Children’s Hospital Kids Fun Run, and other local runs. The children who completed the program closed out the year with a celebratory ice cream social. Program leads are Mary Jane Nowak and Jessica Wilson. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

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Posted May 22nd 2012

Katy ISD recently announced class of 2012 valedictorians and salutatorians from each of its six comprehensive high schools. In just a few short weeks, they will be joined by 3,500 Katy seniors during 2012 graduation ceremonies. Katy ISD and Katy Magazine congratulate all graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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McMeans Theater Students Honored

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2012

The McMeans Junior High Theater department recently announced Best Actor and Best Actresses of the year at an end-of-the-year awards ceremony. Jack Gammack was named Best Actor, and Tennille Faber and Carrie Drake were both named Best Actress. Theater director Ann Batten-Bishop presented the awards. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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KJHS Art Student Wins Best in Show

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2012

Katy Junior High eighth-grader Brayden Sattler recently won Best in Show among junior high students at the Katy ISD Spring Art Show. Sattler, who is multihandicapped, has a passion for art and has overcome many difficulties to create his inspired artwork. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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KHS Choir Association Awards Six Scholarships

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Posted May 17th 2012

The Katy High School Choir Association recently awarded scholarships to six Katy High School choir students in the class of 2012. Scholarship applicants wrote essays on the topic of music education and the role it has played in shaping their values and future plans. The essays were reviewed by a panel of judges from outside the KHS choir, and the winners were announced at the KHS Choir Awards Banquet held on May 14 in the KHS Commons. The KHS Choir Association presented a $1,000 scholarship to Sarah Reeves, for a student who will be majoring in music. Emmanuel Zacarias was selected to receive a $500 scholarship for a student who will be majoring in a field other than music. Additional $250 scholarships were presented to Emma Denning, Cathy Zhan, Tracy Richardson, and Alex Thurman. Congratulations to these KHS choir students! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katyites Vote in City Council and School Board Elections

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Posted May 16th 2012

The Katy City Council and the Katy ISD Board of Trustees recently held elections this past weekend, with two city council positions and two school board positions up for election. In the Katy City Council race, Steve Pierson and incumbent Larry Gore were elected to serve. In the Katy ISD Board of Trustees race, voters elected Brian Michalsky and Charles Griffin to serve. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

 

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Seven Lakes Tennis Player Signs with University of Louisiana

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2012

Seven Lakes High School senior Nicole Breaux recently signed with the University of Louisiana to play tennis. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row) her mom Tricia Breaux, Lanie Breaux, (back row) SLHS Principal Ted Vierling, Head Tennis Coach Kevin Mcilvain, her dad Barry Breaux, and Assistant Tennis Coach Joshua Martinez. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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SLHS Football Player Signs with University of Mary

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Posted May 16th 2012

Seven Lakes High School senior Kyle Fitch recently signed with the University of Mary to play football. He was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row) his mom Tina Fitch, brother Luke Fitch, (back row) SLHS Athletic Coordinator Lydell Wilson, Assistant Football Coach Scott Joseph, dad Lingard Fitch, sister Lauren Fitch, and Assistant Football Coach David Pollack. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Congratulates New Black Belts, Tiger Cubs, and Instructors

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2012

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Katy (formerly Katy TaeKwonDo Academy) recently announced its newest class of Black Belt students reaching personal milestones, instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level, and Tiger Cub graduates during the April belt rank exam.
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THS Chorale Performs for National Day of Prayer

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Posted May 16th 2012

The James E. Taylor High School chorale recently had celebrated National Day of Prayer by performing at an interfaith service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. The concert offered a moving and fitting conclusion of the end of the year. They will be joined by all THS choirs for a final performance May 22 at 7 p.m. in the THS Performing Arts Center. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MRHS Baseball Players Sign with University of Houston Victoria

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Posted May 15th 2012

Morton Ranch High School seniors Jose Muniz and Matt Herrera recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University of Houston Victoria for the upcoming school year. They were joined at the signing ceremony by their parents, MRHS Athletic Coordinator Dave Meadows, Senior Class Assistant Principal Rom Crespo, Head Baseball Coach Jim Janczak, and Principal Mark Grisdale. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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KHS Volleyball Player Signs with Texas Tech University

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Posted May 14th 2012

Middle blocker Lydia McKay, a senior at Katy High School, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Texas Tech University and play volleyball in fall 2012. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (first row) her mom Brenda Backs, (back row, from left) Assistant Athletic Coordinator Dianne Loftin, Head Volleyball Coach Karen Paxton, and Principal Dr. Steve Robertson. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Motivational Speaker Shares Encouraging Tips with Katy Students

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Posted May 11th 2012

Motivational speaker Alvin Law of Canada recently visited with sixth- and seventh-grade students at McMeans Junior High School. Law, born with no arms, had some great messages for the students on achieving their dreams. He shared stories of how being looked at in a different way his whole life helped him succeed and messages about treating those around us with respect and dignity. Pictured with Law are his niece and nephew Rebecca and Nicholas Reitsma. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MCHS Yearbook Staff Recognized for Excellence

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Posted May 10th 2012

The Mayde Creek High School yearbook staff led by advisor Shetye Cypher was recently honored for its accomplishments in yearbook design and coverage by Balfour Yearbooks. The MCHS yearbook is featured in the 26th edition of Yearbook Yearbook, which honors approximately 3% of yearbook staffs who use Balfour. Yearbooks published by Balfour for the 2011 school year were evaluated in one or more of the following areas: theme development, layout design, photo content, secondary packages, and cover design. Please mention you found this www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces Volunteers of the Year

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Posted May 09th 2012

Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools initiative recently hosted its annual VIPS Breakfast honoring the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time supporting Katy ISD students and teachers. This school year, 14,700 volunteers donated 761,321 hours, which, in human resource terms, equates to $16,588,988. This year’s speakers were music therapist Meagan Morrow, clinical coordinator Dawn Phillips, and speech pathologist Kelley Warren Kirst from TIRR Memorial Hermann.
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Katy ISD Announces Teachers of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2012

Katy ISD recently announced the district-wide and campus teachers of the year for 2011-2012. Each campus selected one outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence and leadership among their peers and in their classrooms. From that selection of campus honorees, Katy ISD honored two as its district-wide teachers of the year. Brittany Spurlock of the Miller Career and Technology Center and Colleen Dominguez of Bear Creek Elementary School were named the district-wide teachers of the year.
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MCTC Engineering Student Wins First in Architectural Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted May 07th 2012

Gabriel Traknyak, a second-year engineering student at the Miller Career and Technology Center, recently won first place at the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architecture’s annual competition. The competition involved designing a museum to be sited opposite the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The three-month project involved a computer design, sketches, justification, artistic renderings, and a model. Judging was by prominent local architects, including a Rice architectural professor and the Menil Museum curator. Over 100 students from schools across the six counties of the greater Houston metro area entered to compete for awards and scholarships.
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KHS Volleyball Player Signs with Texas State University

Katy Texas News
Posted May 07th 2012

Volleyball setter Jordan Moore, a senior at Katy High School, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Texas State University and play volleyball in fall 2012. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row) her parents Ken and Kim, (back row, from left) Assistant Athletic Coordinator Dianne Loftin, Head Volleyball Coach Karen Paxton, Principal Dr. Steve Robertson,  Head Trainer Justin Landers, and Head Trainer Russell Sadberry. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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KHS Golfer Signs with St. Edwards University

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Posted May 07th 2012

Golfer Taylor Dillingham, a senior at Katy High School, recently signed a letter of intent to attend St. Edwards University and play golf in fall 2012. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row) her parents David and Lesley, (back row, from left) head golf coach Paul Donley, Principal Dr. Steve Robertson, and Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Gary Joseph. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans Students Achieve Highest Girl Scout Cadette Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

Four eighth-grade Girl Scouts at McMeans Junior High School recently earned the Silver Service Leadership Award. Each girl volunteered 70 hours or more this year by making fleece blankets for seniors at Christmas and hosting a pet collection drive to aid seniors with pets through Meals on Wheels. In addition, their troop earned the Girl Scout Community Service Award for volunteering with other organizations. Pictured are (from left) Keely Keeney, Harley Maldonado, Emily Ridgaway, and Insiyah Sulemanji. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MRHS Theater Student Earns Tommy Tune Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

Morton Ranch High School senior Cheryl Cedillo recently earned the Tommy Tune Award for Best Feature Actor at the Hobby Center. The Tommy Tune Awards program presented $10,000 in scholarship awards to 11 area students, as well as many outstanding performance awards to local students.
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Six Katy ISD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the 2012 winners of the prestigious $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of six Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

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KHS Football Player Signs with Trinity University

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Football linebacker Brandon Ebrecht, a senior at Katy High School, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Trinity University and play football in fall 2012. Seated between Brandon are his dad Daryn and mom Robin. Ebrecht was also joined by (back row, from left) defensive back coach Matt McDaniel, linebacker coach Joaquin Garcia, brother Hayden, brother Tanner, athletic coordinator and head football coach Gary Joseph, and Principal Dr. Steve Robertson. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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KHS Student to Play Soccer for Culver-Stockton College

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Katy High School senior Amanda Jones, who serves as defender on the school’s soccer team, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Culver-Stockton College and play soccer in fall of 2012. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row) her parents Jeff and Laura, (back row) Ronald Leftwich, assistant athletic coordinator and head girls soccer coach Dianne Loftin, Principal Dr. Steve Robertson, sister Allison, Ashley Fritsche, and athletic coordinator and head football coach Gary Joseph. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy GT Students Build the Great Wall of China and Design Computer Games

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Over 250 excited elementary students and their parents recently gathered at Taylor High School to build the Great Wall of China out of Legos at the design date, hosted by Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented (KPGT) and Katy ISD GT. Led by Bricks 4 Kidz, the students tackled the project with gusto. While their wall may not be visible from space, their creation was certainly more colorful than the original.
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Katy Student Wins First at State Culinary Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Meagan Peoples, a students at Miller Career and Technology Center, recently participated in the state mystery basket competition hosted by the Family, Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA). Peoples, a students at Katy High School, competed against 14 other students from across the state and placed first in the event. (more…)

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CRHS Bravo Show Choir to Perform “School Daze”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2012

The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir is gearing up to perform School Daze, celebrating the high school experience. The musical production will feature current hits like “Rumor Has It,” “Anyway You Want It,” and “Mad World,” to name a few. Brazo students have worked hard to produce the show in its entirety, coordinating everything from musical arrangements and set design to choreography.
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Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

Katy Texas News
Posted April 27th 2012

For the ninth time in the past 10 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 12 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2012.
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RAE Students Meet Children’s Book Author

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2012

Children’s book author Rob Scotton recently visited kindergarten students at Alexander Elementary, sharing his stories with them. Scotton is the author of Splat the Cat and Russell the Sheep. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Guest Speakers for Annual Katy ISD VIPS Celebration Breakfast Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2012

Katy ISD Partners in Education recently announced guest speakers for the annual VIPS celebration breakfast on May 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Merrell Center. This year’s speakers include TIRR Memorial Hermann music therapist Meagan Morrow; clinical coordinator Dawn Phillips; and speech pathologist Kelley Warren Kirst. Attendees may recognize this trio from features on CNN and ABC’s Diane Sawyer – Special Report, detailing the recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The celebration breakfast will also include the long-awaited announcement of each campus volunteer of the year and special performances by Katy ISD student groups.

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CRHS Volleyball Player Signs with Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School student Shayla Maldonado recently committed to playing volleyball at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi after graduation this year. She started playing volleyball here in Katy at the YMCA when she was 8 years old. She continued on to play club volleyball with Katy Volleyball Academy, Southwest Juniors, Kaboom, and Texas Elite. She is a three-time Junior Olympian.

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OKE Students Donate Books to School Library

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2012

Birthday Book Club members at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School recently celebrated their birthdays by donating books to their school library. Pictured are Jerry Kurinsky, Brennan Hart, Melina Crothers, Pranav Rajkumar, and Lenore Hudspeth. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Faith West Academy Alumnus to Play Jesus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2012

The president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Dr. Randy O’Rear, has selected Chase Riggs to play Jesus in the school’s 2013 Easter pageant. Each year, Dr. O’Rear chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude. (more…)

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Exley Kindergartners Participate in Egg Drop

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2012

Kindergarten students at Exley Elementary School recently participated in an egg drop science experiment. The students dropped their packaged eggs from the roof of the school to see which ones would break. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Beck Girls’ Relay Team Wins District & Sets New Record

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2012

The eighth-grade 4X400 girls’ relay team from Beck Junior High recently won the district track and field competition, breaking the district record with a time of 4 minutes, 13 seconds. Relay team members include Macey Esser, Nevita George, Sydney Wright, and Tori Boyle. Their coach is Kristi LeCroneir. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick PTA Honored at State PTA Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2012

Members of Kilpatrick Elementary, along with PTA leaders from across the state, recently gathered for the Texas PTA Convention. Texas PTA President Sharon Goldblatt welcomed local members Cindy Cruz-Davis, Traci Faulk, and Shantania Leggins, along with many other members to the event-filled weekend. Highlights included a founder’s day dinner, featuring keynote speaker and famous dad Ed Smart, and a general meeting dedicated to advocacy with keynote speaker Rep. Donna Howard. The event honored Kilpatrick Elementary and other PTA councils that have maintained a strong campus presence by sustaining and growing membership. Other convention attractions included an exhibit hall, parenting and leader training workshops, and networking activities for all attendees. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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WoodCreek Elementary Student Council Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2012

WoodCreek Elementary fifth-grade student council members recently raised over $1,800 for cancer patients through the Pennies for Patients program. Funds raised will go towards continued research and treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood and soft tissue cancers. The student council is continually inspired by fellow Katy area elementary student
Quonziah Ford (also known as Ziah the Victorious), who is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

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D’Addieco Basketball Team Places Second Place at Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2012

The eighth-grade Katy Rebels-D’Addieco basketball team placed second in the opening tournament of the season and qualified for Primetime Nationals in Dallas this summer. Tenacious defense and hustle led the team to the championship game, where they lost in the closing minutes. Congratulations to Allison, LaShanda, Kim, Sydney, Natalia, Alyssa, Emily, Delaney, Tianna, and Anna on a fantastic start to their AAU season together! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Student Teacher Earns Education Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 10th 2012

Lauren Redeker, a 2008 graduate of James E. Taylor High School, recently earned the Spring 2012 Always Expect More of Aggies Teacher Award. The award was established by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University with the purpose of recognizing outstanding TLAC student teachers who have demonstrated exceptional work ethic and commitment to the teaching profession. Recipients are recognized by the department and receive a certificate and a $200 scholarship award. Nominated by her university supervisor and cooperating teacher, Redeker received the award for her exceptional effort and dedication during student teaching in initiative, organization, professional integrity, and dedication. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick Celebrates March Outbackers of the Month

Katy Texas News
Posted April 10th 2012

Outbacker of the Month is the most prestigious award earned at Kilpatrick Elementary. Kilpatrick Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character continuously. Outbackers are those that always lend a helping hand, always have a smile on their face, serve as role models, and go above and beyond to make OKE the exemplary school that it is. One student from each grade level, staff member, volunteer, and partner in education is chosen every month to be Outbacker of the Month. Those honored with the title for month of March include volunteer Scott Griebe, students Nauman Shaikh, Ethan Jasman, Kaitlyn Lau, Induja Gautman, Ardyn Buchanan, and Mackenzie Fernandez, and fifth-grade teacher Amy Pinkerton. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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BDJH Choir Students Perform at National Conferences in Dallas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 10th 2012

The Beckendorff Junior High School choirs recently journeyed to Dallas, participating in two performances with national organizations. The mixed varsity choir performed during the Middle School/Junior High National Choral Music Conference at the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts. The varsity girls concert choir performed for the American Choral Directors Association, Southwest Division at Meyerson Symphony Hall. Congratulations to BDJH choir students who participated! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick Student Recognized at State Art Exhibit

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2012

Kilpatrick Elementary School student Nicki Baney was recently recognized at the Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibit in Austin. Her painting, “The Prickly Pear” was selected for the exhibit at the State Capitol building. Nicki was recognized at a ceremony celebrating Youth Art Month at the Capitol. Nicki is pictured here with her painting and her art teacher Stephanie Aromy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Piano Students Perform at Spring Music Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2012

Katy piano students Lindsay Chu and Lexie Kwon were recently selected to perform in the Katy Music Teachers Association spring festival honor’s recital at Houston Community College. Chu and Kwon are both students of piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour. Chu is the daughter of Eduardo Chu and Cecilia Sui-Chu, and Kwon is the daughter of Vincent and Victoria Kwon, all of Katy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars Face Seven Lakes Spartans to Win Third at State

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2012

The Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars hockey team recently skated home with a third-place trophy in the Texas Cup State Championship Silver Division, held in Dallas. The win topped off another stellar season for this high school hockey team. The Ice Cougars ended their regular season in first place in the Interscholastic Hockey League with some impressive statistics, including 19 wins, two losses, and one tie. The Ice Cougars took on hockey teams from Houston, Dallas, and Austin at the state championship.

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Kilpatrick Create Volcanoes During Science Program

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2012

Third-grade students at Kilpatrick Elementary recently made volcanoes during the parent-led Eureka science program. The students were introduced to the concept of plate tectonics and how they are the underlying cause of the three major forces that change the face of the Earth (earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes). They learned how these forces both destroy and create the earth. The best part was watching their volcanoes erupt lots of oozing “lava.” Students pictured include Christian McCool, Kyle Wagner, Ajay Tandon, Grant Hightower, Zachary Webb, and Sarah Grindal. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Two Katy Students Named National Achievement Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2012

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced approximately 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship Awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These awards, totaling over $2 million, are being financed by grants from 29 corporate organizations and professional associations. Katy ISD had two winners of this prestigious scholarship: Toluwani Alimi and Olamide Omidele, both from Seven Lakes High School.

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SLOPA Showcases Music at Family Arts Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2012

Members of the Seven Lakes Orchestra Parent Association (SLOPA) recently participated in the annual KVPAC Arts for All Family Festival at La Centerra, earning the best booth award. The booth displayed the art instruments for their annual Music to the Eyes raffle, provided an instrument “petting zoo” where children could try out a violin, and featured live serenades performed by SLHS orchestra ensembles throughout the day. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Students Learn About Katy’s Early Days

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2012

Second-graders at Franz Elementary recently studied the history of the City of Katy. To conclude their studies, fourth-generation Katy resident Rosanne Stockdick Lopez, presented a slide show full of historical pictures and stories about Katy in its beginnings. Stockdick Lopez’s great grandfather was Adam H. Stockdick, Katy’s first landman who helped bring many families to settle the area. Pictured are second-grade students displaying fact sheets about Katy or a copy of Adam H. Stockdick’s teaching certificate from 1886, including (front row, from left) Mahin Khasru, Bailey Dobbs, Hailea Middleton, Moses Salazar, (back row, from left) Lizette Garcia, teacher Alice Dobbs, Rosanne Stockdick Lopez, and Franchesca Vasquez. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Music Students Perform at KMTA Spring Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2012

The Katy Music Teachers Association recently held its annual spring festival, with 210 piano students participating in the event. Students performed for a judge, who gave them a rating between one and four. Students who earned a one or two received blue and red ribbons, respectively, and all students earned a certificate.
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MRHS Belles Win Two National Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2012

The Morton Ranch High School Maverick Belle Dance Team recently earned two National Champion titles. The team placed first in the medium ensemble division and tied with Oak Ridge High School for first place in the large ensemble division. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Students Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School recently hosted a Hunger Games food drive to support Katy Christian Ministries, with students collecting over 1,200 non-perishable items to donate to those in need. With every donation, students had the chance to win books, movie tickets, T-shirts, and posters from the popular Hunger Games series by author Suzanne Collins. The experience was a great way for students to learn the value of giving back and see that hunger is no game. Please mention you found this onwww.KatyMagazine.com.

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MRHS Girls’ Bowling Team Wins Fifth at State

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2012

The Morton Ranch High School girls’ varsity bowling team recently competed in the state championship in Euless, after placing second at the regional competition and second at the district level. The team entered the state finals ranked 18 out of 36 teams and advanced to the quarterfinals, beating out 31 teams and placing fifth in the state. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRJH Girls Basketball Team Celebrates District Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2012

The seventh-grade girls’ C basketball team at Cinco Ranch Junior High recently celebrated winning the district championship for the current season. The team was coached by JJ Haynie, and the girls finished the season with a record of 8-1. All of the team members were newbies to the sport this year, making their achievement that much greater. Team members include (back row, from left) Mackenzie Beard, Dana Pollack, Erin Spicer, Coach Haynie, Jasmine Rivera, Karla de la Luz, Jamie Shuerg, (front row, from left) Natalie Hagan, Megan Esch, Terra Kubala, Jean Blackwell, Paola Alcantara, and (not pictured) Sarah Foreman. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Sundown Students to Celebrate School’s 30th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2012

Students at Sundown Elementary are getting ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school’s opening! The celebration will be held on April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sundown gym. Shown in their celebration shirts are (from left) Cadin Gillingwater, Alicia De La Torre, Jaclyn Pulido, Anali Perez, Alex Matovich, and Sophia Phillips. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy GT Students Experience Archeological Adventure

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2012

More than 1,300 gifted students from every Katy ISD elementary campus recently visited the Katy Outdoor Learning Center over a two-week period to spend a day being archeologists. In budget-conscious times, Katy ISD and Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented (KPGT) joined forces to create a fantastic opportunity to put months of classroom research into practice. Specially prepared archeological pits were an unending source of fascinating artifacts leading students to hypothesize why bones, beads, arrow heads, and other items may be discovered. Energetic geocaching scavenger hunts through the woodlands introduced how archeologists use new technology. Archeology experts volunteered their time and knowledge to take students around the world on a virtual tour of ancient civilizations.
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Beck Robotics Team Wins Research Award

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21st 2012

The Beck Tech robotics team from Beck Junior High recently won the research award in the First Lego League competition, with the support of science teacher Joe Mikulas. Team members include (pictured, from left) Ryan Reese, Aditya Sudhakar, Jason Shenoi, William Ding, Michael Tian, Pranay Anand, and Oren Shed. Also shown are students Ryan and Aditya holding their team’s award. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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SLHS Art Student Honored at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Katy Texas News
Posted March 20th 2012

Taylor Power, a junior at Seven Lakes High School, was recently named the Reserve Grand Champion in this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest. Her colored pencil drawing titled, “Sergeant in Charge,” brought a new world record at $175,000 for this year’s HLS&R Education Fund. Buyers were Ken and Mary Hucherson; Terry and Kelly Pruitt; Jerrol and Pam Springer; and Kent and Betty Wiseman. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Student Earns Appointment to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 20th 2012

Bradley Edward Learned, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, recently earned an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY last week. Learned is the son of Albert and Mary Ann Learned. He is a member of the National Honor Society, plays varsity soccer, performs community services at Katy Christian Ministries, and has served as a referee for the Katy Youth Soccer Association. He also maintains a high grade point average in all classes, which are primarily AP or Pre-AP level, while also working a part-time job as a veterinarian technician. Learned was nominated for the appointment by U.S. Ron Paul. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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FWA Students Raise Funds for Pregnancy Help Center

Katy Texas News
Posted March 20th 2012

Debbie Stoddard, executive director of the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston, recently visited with students in grades six through 12 at Faith West Academy (FWA). Each student was challenged by their school chaplain to help raise $20 to donate to the center. At the end of their fundraising event, FWA raised and donated $1,500, in addition to a new play pen filled with diapers.
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Beck Student Advances to Texas National Geographic Bee

Katy Texas News
Posted March 20th 2012

Katy student, Kunal Budhiraja, an eighth-grader at Beck Junior High, was recently named a semifinalist eligible to compete in the upcoming Texas National Geographic Bee in Bedford on March 30. Preliminary bees were held at individual campuses, with each winner then taking a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents schools, and U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
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Primrose Students Fight Childhood Obesity at Healthy Hearts Hoedown

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2012

Katy area preschoolers recently laced up their dancing shoes for Texas Children’s Hospital and stepped up the fight against childhood obesity, one dance at a time. Five local Primrose Schools (North Mason Creek, Cinco Ranch, Eldridge Parkway, Kelliwood, and Copperfield) hosted a Healthy Hearts Hoedown to encourage the community to get moving for healthy lifestyles and enter the Primrose Schools Family Dance-off (www.familydanceoff.com) to win as much as $30,000 for the hospital.

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Katy ISD School Naming Committee Announces Proposed Namesakes

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16th 2012

The Katy ISD School Naming Committee recently announced the proposed names for the four new schools opening in the fall of 2012. A public forum will take place on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Katy ISD ESC 1200 rooms, located at 6301 South Stadium Ln. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names. After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will review input and provide their recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 26.

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Firethorne Stampede Auction Team Supports Katy ISD FFA Students

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16th 2012

It was full steam ahead for the Firethorne Stampede auction team, which purchased 17 animals at the recent Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Auction. The team had the winning bid on the Grand Champion Goat, Grand Showman Goat, and Grand Showman Pig. (more…)

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Stanley Elementary Students Donate to Food Pantry

Katy Texas News
Posted March 12th 2012

Students at Stanley Elementary have been learning the value of giving back to others through their campus newspaper, The Tumbleweed Times. The publication’s Get Involved section recently featured donating to the Katy Christian Ministries Food Bank, and SES students went above and beyond collecting necessary supplies for their fellow Katyites. Two cars were filled with donations, with over 1,500 items delivered to the food bank. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Reminds Families to Be Safe This Spring Break

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2012

It is spring break time, and many Katy ISD families have plans to hit the road for fun activities throughout the next week. Before starting vacation, the Katy ISD office of emergency management reminds families to be safe by planning ahead and taking necessary precautions. Katy ISD’s spring break is March 12 to 16.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2012

Girl Scout troops in the Silver Spur unit of Katy recently celebrated Girl Scout World Thinking Day, with a theme of, “we can save our planet.” Girls from Cadette Troop 17081 showcased Scotland, displaying the country’s dance costumes, food, history, and photos of the countryside. They also gave samples of Scottish shortbread to booth visitors and performed the Highland Fling accompanied by the bagpipes. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Rhoads Students Make Special Donation to Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2012

Rhoads Elementary School students in the Read, Deed, Run program recently delivered hand-crocheted fleece hats and birthday cards for the children at Texas Children’s Hospital.  Read, Deed, and Run is a program where students in grades three through five read 26 books, do 26 good deeds, and run 26 miles over the course of the school year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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JWE Students Host Sweetheart Tea

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2012

Second-graders at Williams Elementary School recently welcomed mothers and special friends to the annual Sweetheart Tea. The students politely welcomed their guests and served teatime treats. They shared songs, poems, and specially made projects honoring their sweethearts. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Griffin Students Jump Rope for American Heart Association

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2012

Students at Griffin Elementary School recently raised over $36,000 for the American Heart Association during a Jump Rope for Heart event. For two days, PE classes were filled with students leaping around an array of jump rope activities. Then they replenished their energy levels with healthy snacks supplied by the PTA. “I’m very proud of our Griffin Grizzlies,” shares PE teacher Sean O’Connor. “The kids got really excited about jumping rope, but even more excited about the chance to help save lives. Their efforts resulted in over $36,000 being raised for the American Heart Association!” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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THS Swim Team Celebrates Successful Season

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2012

The Taylor High School swim team recently celebrated the end of a very successful season. At the state swimming meet in February, David Harlan placed fifth in the 200 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Hanna Huston placed ninth in the 500 freestyle and 13th in the 200 freestyle. The boys’ 400 freestyle relay placed 10th overall. Additionally, many student athletes placed at the regional competition held earlier in the year and swim team coach Matt Apple was named district coach of the year and regional coach of the year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Aristoi Classical Academy Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2012

Kindergarten through second-grade students at Aristoi Classical Academy recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing like their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The day was a great way to honor the beloved children’s book author, while encouraging students to continue the adventure of reading. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MDJH Celebrates February as Black History Month

Katy Texas News
Posted March 05th 2012

McDonald Junior High recently celebrated February as Black History Month with a campus-wide event featuring inspirational guest speakers and student performances. Many community leaders attended the event, including MDHS Principal Dr. Kenneth Cummings, MDJH black history committee members Karla Beeek and Lisa Brooks, KIAH-TV weekday anchor and guest speaker Mia Gradney, Katy ISD campus namesake and former principal Roosevelt Alexander, and MDJH black history committee members Debra Patrick and Jessica Anderson. Please mention you found this onwww.KatyMagazine.com.

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Griffin Float Wins First Place in Rodeo Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted March 02nd 2012

The Griffin Elementary Fishing Club recently won first place in the schools division for their Dr. Seuss-themed float, named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Catfish, at the Katy ISD FFA Rodeo parade. The parade also paid homage to the children’s book author, with a theme of “oh, the places you will go.” Students were decked out in the iconic tall striped hats and colorful face paint found in Dr. Seuss books, while teachers added to the crowd-pleasing antics with decorations and costumes. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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OKE Names Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 29th 2012

Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary recently honored Blanche Wriborg as the campus teacher of the year. Wriborg has been teaching for 18 years and has taught at OKE for the past five years. She has an unwavering positive outlook, works to inspire students, and is a great mentor to student teachers. Wriborg (front row, left) was joined by Principal Malynn Rodriguez (front row, right), who presented her with the award, as well as (back row, from left) her husband Larry and sons Luke and Larry. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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THS Student Council Honored by National Association

Katy Texas News
Posted February 29th 2012

The Taylor High School Student Council recently received the Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The group was recognized for hosting its annual big feast event, which allowed students to give over 200 families a Thanksgiving meal. Other student council projects spotlighted include the group’s wildfire victim relief efforts, known as Taylor United, where students raised over $5,000 for the victims; giving back through Santa Cops; and volunteering during Students Performing Unselfish Deeds (SPUD) week. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Student Accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School senior Johnathan R. Leyba was recently invited to attend a dinner at the Taste of Texas, with U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions Capt. (Ret.) Stephen “Bruce” Latta. After dinner and several Naval Academy alumni speakers, Dean Latta presented Leyba with an official letter of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Leyba will begin his studies at the Academy in late June.
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McMeans Junior High Honors Principal for Service

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2012

McMeans Junior High School recently hosted a reception honoring Dr. Susan Rice for 10 years of service as campus principal. Teachers, staff members, PTA members, and her family surprised her with cake and punch. Rice (pictured, second from left) was joined at the event by Assistant Principals David Paz, Melanie Thomas, and Gary McHatton. Please mention you found this onwww.KatyMagazine.com.

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Decker Named Katy ISD Executive Director of Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23rd 2012

During a recent work study meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey announced the reassignment of Debbie Decker as the executive director of athletics for Katy ISD.  Decker has been serving as interim executive director of athletics since the retirement of Rusty Dowling in January 2012.
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Two Katy Youth Advance to Elks State Free Throw Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2012

One week after the Katy Elks Lodge hosted Hoop Shoot, an annual free throw competition, two of the six winners who advanced to the district level are now on their way to compete at the state level.
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National League of Junior Cotillions Celebrates Successful Season

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17th 2012

The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC) has recently completed its seventh season in Katy. The program, which features character education, etiquette, and social dance training for sixth- through eighth-grade students, includes five classes, a Fall Ball, and a five-course instructional dinner  over a seven-month period.

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BDJH Symphony Orchestra Earns Big Honors

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2012

The Beckendorff Junior High Symphony Orchestra recently received an invitation to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, won Texas State Honor Orchestra at the junior high level, and performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio.

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Katy Junior High Names Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2012

Katy Junior High School recently named Malinda Breen as Teacher of the Year and Dawn Hensley as Paraprofessional of the Year. Breen teaches eighth-grade science and is currently the science department chair. Hensley has worked for Katy ISD for eight years and is the school’s secretary. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans Celebrates Custodian’s Retirement from District

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2012

A retirement reception was held recently at McMeans Junior High School for custodian Jose Pena. His career with the Katy Independent School District spanned more than 15 years, and many friends, family members, and coworkers celebrated his retirements. Pictured are (from left) Susie Fonseca, Geronima Medina, Jose Pena, Yolaisy Gutierrez, Juan Reyez, and Paula Maldonado. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Student to Compete in Miss Teen Houston Pageant

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2012

Elizabeth Basler of Houston was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Houston pageant competition on March 4. Basler will compete in the Miss Teen division for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts. As part of the pageant, she will compete in casual wear, formal wear, and an interview. If Elizabeth were to win the title of Miss Teen Houston, she would represent Houston and the surrounding communities at the national competition in Orlando, FL. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick Koalas Learn About Australia

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10th 2012

Kilpatrick Koalas recently celebrated Australia Day. Students in Ms. Snow’s kindergarten class had fun decorating their own koala ears and wearing them in the Outback, while learning about Australia’s unique culture and history. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Creech Students Enjoy Cultural Dance Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted February 07th 2012

Students at Creech Elementary School recently enjoyed a cultural arts performance by the Asian American dance group of Young Audiences of Houston. Pictured are CES Principal Elena Thrun (center) and students (from left) Cameron Harper, Molly Chandler, Sofia Pham, and Chloe Jabel with dance group members who visited the campus. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans Theater Students Bring the Old West to Life

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2012

McMeans Junior High School theater students recently performed Saga of the Golden Horseshoe, an old west melodrama, under the direction of Ann Batten-Bishop. Pictured are (from left) Zachary Baker, Emily Kimmich, Jack Gammack, Tennille Faber, and Kiara Stewart. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Golbow Elementary Wins Safe Kids Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted February 03rd 2012

Golbow Elementary School was recently awarded $5,000 by Safe Kids Worldwide, with Sesame Street’s Grover, members of Safe Kids Greater Houston, and volunteers from FedEx Express attending the ceremony. In October 2011, Safe Kids hosted a photo contest on Facebook for schools that participated in Walk to School Day, an annual day dedicated to raising awareness about pedestrian safety. Schools that held Walk to School Day events were eligible to win a $5,000 prize and a visit from Grover as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way program. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Visit Stanley Elementary School

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2012

The author and illustrator of Fancy Nancy, one of the most popular children’s picture book series, recently visited Stan C. Stanley Elementary School. Students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade met author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser. The Fancy Nancy book series is based on a little girl named Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy. The talented duo of O’Connor and Glasser have written and illustrated numerous best-selling books. This author visit was made possible by Blue Willow Bookshops. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Grad Wins National Arbitration Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted February 01st 2012

Cinco Ranch High School graduate Kate Murphy recently competed on the Texas Tech School of Law’s mock trial advocacy team in the American Bar Association’s National Arbitration Competition in Chicago. Murphy’s team took top honors, winning the competition. The team is coached by Shery Kime-Goodwin and includes team members Murphy, Wade Iverson, Jared Mullowney, and Meredith Mills. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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BDJH to Host Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 01st 2012

Beckendorff Junior High School recently announced it will host the Katy Regional Science Olympiad Tournament on March 3, welcoming over 1,000 junior high and high school students from all over Texas.

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Faith West Academy Cheerleaders Place in National Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2012

Faith West Academy Varsity Cheerleaders recently attended the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders National Championships in Orlando, FL. Competing with teams from across the country, they earned fourth place in their division in the finals. In addition to competing and cheering at team events and pep rallies, cheerleaders also volunteer many hours serving the Katy community. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Elementary Gives Back to Wildfire Victims and Firefighters

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2012

Many families in Bastrop, Waller, Montgomery, and Grimes counties are still struggling after losing their homes to last year’s devastating wildfires. While it will take months and even years to fully recover, the students and staff at Katy Elementary have stepped up to help.
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McMeans Jr. High Participates in National No Name Calling Week

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2012

McMeans Jr. High students involved in the No Place for Hate program recently participated in National No Name Calling Week by making posters for the hallways. The group also designed their T-shirts. All students were given pledge cards for the week and earned rewards for upholding the pledge all week long. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Shearer Signs with Lady Cavaliers

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2012

Faith West Academy softball pitcher Valerie Shearer recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Johnson County Community College’s women’s softball team. Shearer was was named to the All-District team from 2007 to 2011 and the Academic All-State team, received an honorable mention at the All-State for 3-A TAPPS competition, and was named team captain in 2011. In the summer months she plays for Envy Gold, a select team in Waller. After six years of pitching, she has developed a screwball that will hit 57 miles per hour and a change-up at 38 miles per hour that keeps a low ERA.

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Cinco Ranch High School Members Earn All-State Choir Honors

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25th 2012

Six Cinco Ranch High School choir students, along with two alternates, recently advanced through the rigorous selection process to receive placement in the prestigious All-State Choir, earning the opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio in February. Directors Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are proud of these hard-working, talented students, as well as all of the other students who advanced through various stages of the process. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans Junior High Choir Performs at Rockets Game

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2012

Members of the McMeans Junior High School choir recently performed at a Houston Rockets basketball game. Students treated Rockets fans to a beautiful version of “The National Anthem” to kick off the game. (more…)

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Katy ISD to Hold Public Hearing for Academic Excellence Indicator System Report

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Katy ISD will hold a hearing for public discussion of the 2010-11 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) annual report released by the Texas Education Agency.  The joint public hearing for the Board of Trustees and Katy Improvement Council will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., Monday, January 23, in the board room at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.  Annual AEIS reports provide information on student/school performance, as well as information about staff, district finances and programs for the 2010-2011. (more…)

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Katy ISD Celebrates School Board Recognition Month

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Katy ISD joins districts across the state to thank its Board of Trustees for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing local school districts. January has been proclaimed School Board Recognition Month by the Governor, to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about our local schools. (more…)

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Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Becomes Katy ISD KEYS Platinum Sponsor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU) has committed to supporting Katy ISD students by becoming a 2012 KEYS Scholarship Platinum Sponsor.  As a KEYS sponsor, BVSCU is helping to create scholarships for students who have participated in KEYS through their senior year.  One-hundred percent of their contribution will go directly to KEYS Scholarships. (more…)

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Katy ISD Announces Principal Reassignments for 2012

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey announced principal reassignments during the December Board of Trustees work study meeting. These reassignments come in preparation for four new campuses that will open in fall 2012. (more…)

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2012 TAKS March Exit Level Retest

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Exit Level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March 2012. The TAAS test is no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TAAS will take Exit Level ELA and/or Mathematics, and the TAKS scores will be matched to the appropriate TAAS passing standard. (more…)

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Katy ISD Awarded GOLD Leadership Circle Award for Second Consecutive Year

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

The Texas Comptroller’s Office recently awarded the GOLD Leadership Circle Award to Katy ISD for the second consecutive year, recognizing the district’s transparency in financial reporting.  Katy ISD scored a total of 18 out of 20 possible points on the 2011 ratings criteria. This award is valid for one year and will be added to the district’s listing on the Texas Transparency website. (more…)

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Diane Winborn Elementary Nominated for 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Katy ISD’s Diane Winborn Elementary is among 13 public schools in Texas to receive the “High Performing Schools” nomination for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.  A total of 26 Texas public school nominees were announced by Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott this week.  These schools serve as models of best practices for schools across the state. (more…)

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Author/Illustrator Woody Kuon Visits Memorial Parkway Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12th 2012

Students at Memorial Parkway Elementary School recently enjoyed a visit from Author/Illustrator Woody Kuon who has published more than 80 books. Students enjoyed watching Kuon use his artistic talent to turn their teachers into book characters. (more…)

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Seven Lakes Fashion Design Classes Donate to Texas Children’s

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12th 2012

Students in the Seven Lakes High School fashion design classes put their skills to good use recently. Students were assigned to create lap quilts for a class project and donated eight completed quilts to Texas Children’s Hospital’s West Campus in Katy. Teacher Kathy Bassila plans to continue the project with future classes. (more…)

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Kilpatrick Celebrates December Outbackers of the Month

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11th 2012

Outbacker of the Month is the most prestigious award earned at Kilpatrick Elementary. Kilpatrick Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character continuously. Outbackers are those that always lend a helping hand, always have a smile on their face, serve as role models, and go above and beyond to make OKE the exemplary school that it is. One student, staff member, volunteer, and Partner in Education is chosen every month to be “Outbacker of the Month.” (more…)

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Stephens Elementary Student Council Holds Clothing Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16th 2011

The Stephens Elementary fifth grade student council recently completed a warm clothing drive. The 12-member Council organized the drive, distributed flyers throughout the school, and collected the items over a period of two weeks. Almost 400 items of warm winter clothing were collected and distributed through the Salvation Army, including blankets, coats,  gloves, and hats. (more…)

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Kilpatrick Elementary Celebrates Spelling Bee Winners, Shares Holiday Spirit in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15th 2011

Kilpatrick Elementary recently celebrated spelling bee winners following its annual school-wide spelling bee, open to fourth and fifth grade students. Nineteen students qualified for the bee, and Sid Puranik was crowned the champion after spelling the word “battalion”. Kalyanee Nanaware was named first runner up.  Puranik will participate in the district-wide spelling bee in February.   We are proud of all of the students that participated. (more…)

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WoodCreek’s Seventh Grade Cheer Team Holds DVD Drive for Texas Children’s

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15th 2011

WoodCreek Junior High seventh grade cheerleaders held a week-long DVD drive benefitting Texas Children’s Hospital in Katy.  They collected 380 DVDs from staff, students, and the community to donate to the hospital for use in their media and chemo rooms. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch High School Choir Students Receive All-State Honors

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15th 2011

Ten Cinco Ranch High School students, and two alternates, recently advanced through the rigorous selection process and were selected as Area Candidates for the TMEA All-State Choir. They will compete in the Area F Area Audition on Jan. 7, 2012 at Deer Park High School. (more…)

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Seven Lakes Theater Students Compete at Texas Thespian Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15th 2011

Members of Studio VII at Seven Lakes High School recently competed at the Texas Thespian Convention, held in Houston.  Keeping with their award winning tradition, Studio VII students proudly produced several outstanding performances. (more…)

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Mayde Creek National Honor Society Holds Successful Book Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15th 2011

Members of the Mayde Creek High School National Honor Society recently held a book drive to collect fiction and non-fiction books for the Jamali English School in Nagpur, India. The books were collected during lunch at the school. (more…)

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Taylor High School Raises Funds for Easter Seals

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2011

Students at Taylor High School participated in a city-wide pajama day on Dec. 9 to raise money for Easter Seals, an organization dedicated to assisting children and adults with autism and other disabilities and special needs. Students could either donate a pair of pajamas or pay $5 to wear their own, with all donations going to Easter Seals Greater Houston. Students raised approximately $1,500. (more…)

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Taylor High School Swim Team Completes in Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2011

The James E. Taylor swimming and diving team recently participated in the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Gulf Zone Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. The men’s team took fifth place and the women’s team took ninth place out of 37 teams. (more…)

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Hayes Elementary Celebrates Holidays by Giving Back to Katy Community

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2011

Students at Hayes Elementary School have been keeping busy this holiday season by focusing on giving back to others in the Katy community. (more…)

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees’ November Recognitions

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2011

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized several Katy ISD staff members and students for a variety of achievements at their November meeting. (more…)

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Commemorative Bricks Honor Katy ISD’s Teachers of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2011

Katy ISD’s 2011 Teachers of the Year were recently honored by the Katy Heritage Society. Each teacher’s name was etched into commemorative bricks, now on display in the patio of Katy Heritage Park. (more…)

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Men Who Mentor Breakfast to be Held Jan. 20, 2012

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2011

The KEYS mentor program brings adult role models into the lives of children on the brink of success. To date, the majority of Katy ISD’s KEYS mentors are women, yet there are so many male students in need of support. (more…)

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Holland Elementary Teachers Published in Arts and Activities Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2011

Bonnie Holland Elementary art teachers Judy Rounds and Debra Sweeney were recently published in the December edition of Arts and Activities Magazine. Their article, titled “Winter Birch Trees” after their lesson of the same name, explains how the teachers created an art activity inspired by the natural beauty of Birch trees. (more…)

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Taylor High School Golf Team Places Second at Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted December 09th 2011

The Taylor High School varsity boys golf team recently won second place in Division II at the Dick Harmon Memorial Golf Tournament held at Redstone. Team members are: Taylor MacKay, Thomas Reilly, Ben Stephens, Ryan Miller, and Austin Partin. (more…)

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Pattison Elementary Donates to District’s Santa Cops Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 09th 2011

Students at Pattison Elementary Student Council recently collected money to buy gift items for the Katy ISD Police Santa Cops Program.  The school collected enough money to sponsor 10 children.  On Dec. 3, students met at Target and purchased one outfit for each child (pants, shirt, shoes, jacket) and spent the rest of their funds on fun items for the kids.  All gifts were wrapped and delivered to the Katy ISD police station for pick up by parents. (more…)

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More than 200 Participate in 14th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 07th 2011

Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read students in more than 356 classes as part of Katy ISD’s 14th annual Promise to Read program.  Through Promise to Read, volunteers promise to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November. (more…)

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Williams Elementary School Welcomes New Students, LASSO Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 02nd 2011

Students at Williams Elementary School have been keeping busy with fall with their exciting New Wrangler Café and LASSO programs. (more…)

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SPA Accepting Entries for 14th Annual Student Visual Art Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted December 02nd 2011

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) will present the 14th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo. This art contest offers all kindergarten through 12th grade students in the greater Houston area and beyond a chance to showcase their talents and win prizes, while learning more about the performing arts. The deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (more…)

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Nominate Katy ISD Teachers in HEB Excellence in Education Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2011

Do you know a great teacher or principal who deserves recognition? If so, nominate them for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards recognize dedicated public school educators who go above and beyond to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to reach their full potential. More than $600,000 in prizes will be awarded to deserving educators. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch Junior High Volleyball Sweeps District Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2011

Members of all three eighth grade volleyball teams at Cinco Ranch Junior High swept the district championship for the first time ever is school history. Girls on the A, B, and C teams all earned spots to compete in the district championship, held Oct. 29. (more…)

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Griffin Elementary Food Drive Helps Local People in Need

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2011

Families kindly donated a record 2,608 items to the Annual Griffin Elementary Food Drive in aid of Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) Food Pantry. Every day for the past week, students have hauled in bags brimming with generosity and canned goods. As a result, Griffin collected 300 items more than last year’s total. The donations will help KCM provide local people in need with three nutritionally balanced meals each day. (more…)

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Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2011

Beginning in November, parents of Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2012-2013 gifted and talented program. To initiate a referral, parents must complete a Parent Checklist. Checklists may be obtained at all elementary, junior high and high school campuses or from the Katy ISD website at katyisd.org/GT.  Parents of students in grades 1-4 must complete the Elementary Parent Checklist.  Parents of students in grades 6-11 must complete the Secondary Parent Checklist. (more…)

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Kilpatrick Elementary Announces October, November Outbackers

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2011

Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary recently celebrated its October and November Outbackers. Students from each grade level, a staff member, volunteer and business partner are selected each month based on their outstanding citizenship and positive contribution to Kilpatrick Elementary.  (more…)

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Katy Gifted Students Get Creative with Trash

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2011

Hundreds of gifted and talented elementary students enjoyed getting together at the Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented (KPGT) GT Create Date to make puppets out of recyclable materials. Students and parents let their imaginations loose as they turned trash to treasure at this fun event co-sponsored by KPGT and KISD. Led by professional puppeteer Greg Ruhe from Puppet Pizzazz and professional artist Taylor Perry, the children enjoyed an inspiring and hilarious puppet show before launching into their own creations. (more…)

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Junior High TMEA All-Region Bands

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2011

Katy ISD junior high band students recently competed in head-to-head auditions seeking a position in one of the two TMEA Region 23 All-Region Junior High Bands.  At the end of the auditions, results revealed Katy ISD had 137 students earning membership to these prestigious ensembles.  This represents over 86% of the total membership in these two select groups:  All-Region Symphonic Band, All-Region Concert Band.  Every junior high in Katy ISD had students earning positions in the All-Region Band. (more…)

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Mayde Creek High School Students Win Big in Photo Journalism

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2011

Mayde Creek High School students recently competed in the Texas Association of Journalism Education competition in San Antonio.   Students Corissa Ayala and Dinora Rodriguez took Superior/first place ranks in Photography.  They competed against more than 700 high school photographers. (more…)

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Seven Lakes High School Student Wins Culture Shapers’ Heart in Art Award

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2011

Seven Lakes High School student Samantha Loos-Polk recently won the Heart in Art Award at Culture Shapers’ Annual Award Ceremony in Houston.  This award is distributed annually to students who are nominated by their teachers and peers.  (more…)

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Morton Ranch Elementary Students Create Campus Vegetable Garden

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2011

How does your garden grow? With lantana, snapdragons and Brussels sprouts at Morton Ranch Elementary as students recently planted a garden that may soon grow vegetables for the entire campus to enjoy.  In a project led by Kimberly Czubara, science coordinator at Morton Ranch Elementary, students from all grade levels planted herbs and vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, parsley, rosemary and mint to name a few.  The garden will serve as an extension to science classrooms for the entire campus, while adding an aesthetic appeal as well.  The campus hopes to soon have a fully functional vegetable garden. (more…)

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Seven Lakes Boys Varsity Bowling Takes Second Place at Second Annual Kat Cup Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2011

Sixteen state-qualified high school boys bowling teams competed in the Second Annual Kat Cup Tournament this past weekend in College Station sponsored by the Sam Houston State University Bearkats Bowling Team and Track Bowling.  Seven Lakes High School’s team walked away the second place winners. (more…)

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Kilpatrick Student Armeyah Ablola Wins iPad, $500 for School

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2011

Armeyah Ablola, a student at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary, entered and won the Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT) Pick the Pic contest.  The contest ran from Sept.7 – Oct. 7 and required Abola to submit a photo answering the question: “What two things inspire you to achieve success?” (more…)

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Preschool Offers $10K College Scholarship Opportunity for Graduates of The Goddard School

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2011

The Goddard School, located in Katy, is reaching out to all Goddard School alumni. The organization has just announced that it will be accepting applications for its fourth annual $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. (more…)

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WoodCreek Cheer Completes Service Project at Katy Retirement Communities

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2011

Members of the WoodCreek Junior High seventh grade cheerleading squad completed a community service project where they performed at two area retirement communities, Spanish Meadows and The Solana. The girls performed a dance, fight song, many cheers, tumbling and then afterwards mingled with residents as well as passed bows that they made out to help decorate for fall.  (more…)

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Demographic Update Shows Continued Growth for Katy ISD

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2011

During the October 24 Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Pat Guseman, president of Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), presented the 2011 Demographic Update, which shows steady growth for Katy ISD at a rate of approximately three percent each year during the next five years. While slightly slower than the rapid growth experienced between 2001 and 2009, the report shows approximately 23,000 additional students moving to the district during the next 10 years. (more…)

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Katy ISD Named to 2011 Texas Honors Circle

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2011

Katy ISD has been named to the Texas Comptroller’s 2011 Texas Honors Circle for earning five stars in the  2011 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).  Katy ISD is one of only 46 districts in the state to have earned the highest rating by achieving significant academic growth while keeping spending low.  Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Christine Caskey, and Chief Financial Officer, Bill Moore, were recognized for this achievement by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees during their Oct. 24 meeting. (more…)

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Thirteen Katy ISD Campuses Named NCEA Higher Performing Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2011

The National Center for Education Achievement recently released the list of 2011 Higher Performing Schools for Texas that includes 13 Katy ISD campuses. Higher Performing Schools are those elementary, middle, and high schools in Texas that have consistently outperformed their peers with similar student populations over a three-year period. NCEA identified the Higher Performing Schools based on one or both of two measures: 1) academic growth of students and/or 2) achievement of students on the TAKS Commended standard. (more…)

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Katy ISD Seeks Community Feedback on Attendance Boundary Modification Process

Katy Texas News
Posted November 03rd 2011

Katy ISD is asking the community to participate in upcoming Attendance Boundary Modification (ABM) discussions by either providing feedback online or by attending an upcoming Public Workshop on Nov. 15. (more…)

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Seven Lakes Band Competing in Pepsi Refresh Project

Katy Texas News
Posted November 03rd 2011

The Seven Lakes High School Spartan Band and Color Guard are competing to win a $50,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Band and color guard members encourage all Katy residents to vote for them daily. (more…)

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UHV Search Committee Names Three Finalists for Provost Position

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2011

Three educators with experience in Texas higher education were named this week as finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Houston-Victoria. (more…)

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Nottingham Country Elementary Granted TEA Rating Appeal, Campus Rating Now Exemplary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 31st 2011

Katy ISD has learned that the Texas Education Agency has granted the district’s appeal on behalf of Nottingham Country Elementary, resulting in an elevated accountability rating for the campus from Recognized to Exemplary. Katy ISD filed the appeal in August, requesting that the TAKS mathematics commended performance for a specific student sub-population be recalculated. (more…)

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Mayde Creek Wins Big at State Journalism Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted October 28th 2011

Mayde Creek journalism students had an outstanding showing at the Texas Association of Journalism Education competition last weekend in San Antonio. Two students competing against 700 others received first place for their work.  (more…)

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Morton Ranch Student Named Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Winner

Katy Texas News
Posted October 28th 2011

Morton Ranch High School Senior Felisa Cantu was recently selected as the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Gold Medallion winner in the Community Service category of the Houston Region. (more…)

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Pope John XXIII Students Win Big at TAPPS State Cross Country Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2011

Senior Aaron Murray and Junior Maria Gonzales won medals at the TAPPS State Championship Cross Country Meet in Waco, Texas this past weekend. Murray, who joined the Pope John cross country team just last year, took home the first place medal for the second time. His 4800-meter course time of 15:30.6 minutes was the fastest time across all divisions. This first place win earned him the title of Boys 4A State Champion for the second year in a row. (more…)

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Pope John XXIII Names Homecoming King, Queen

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2011

Caitlin Auffenberg and Austin “Tex” Vinson were named Pope John XXIII High School‘s Homecoming Queen and King. Along with their members of their court, they were presented at the school’s Homecoming game on October 21. (more…)

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Inaugural Board Luncheon a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

The newly formed Katy ISD Education Foundation recently held its inaugural luncheon for prospective Board of Directors to recruit area community leaders to participate in the organization.  More than 30 guests attended the event, with 25 of those committing to the Board of Directors. (more…)

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Board President Adams Reelected to Statewide Association Board

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) recently announced that Joe M. Adams,   president of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, has been reelected to a one-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing Region 4A.  Adams was appointed to the TASB Board in January 2011. (more…)

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District Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

The Katy ISD Police Department will join forces with members from the Houston Drug Enforcement Administration during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  This initiative will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Rd. Patrons may drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs for on-site destruction. (more…)

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Golbow Elementary Wins Safe Kids USA Photo Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

Golbow Elementary recently won the Safe Kids USA/FedEx Facebook photo contest. Their winning photo was one of 72 entries from across the country. From these entries, program sponsors selected 10 finalists that were voted on using Facebook. For their prize, the campus will soon receive a visit from the Safe Kids Ambassador, Grover from Sesame Street, and a $5,000 check for educational materials. (more…)

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Griffin Elementary Hosts 5th Annual Super Bowl

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2011

More than 200 fifth grade students participated in Griffin Elementary’s fifth annual Super Bowl. Since the beginning of the school year, Griffin PE coaches have taught students the rules of football, team positions, strategy, and tactics, and on Saturday, Oct. 24 students participated in a school-wide Super Bowl game. (more…)

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Seven Lakes JV Cheer Earns First Place at UCA Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted October 20th 2011

The Seven Lakes High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attended the UCA cheer camp this summer hosted at Moody Gardens. The JV squad received first place honors for Extreme Routine Dance as well as first place in the cheer category. The squad also received recognition as All around Superior Squad of the Week. (more…)

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Holocaust Survivor Walter Kase to Speak at HCC Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted October 20th 2011

The Houston Community College Pandora’s Box Film and Speaker Series welcomes concentration camp survivor Walter Kase for an intimate speaking engagement. Kase will present at the HCC Katy Campus Wednesday, October 26 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.  (more…)

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WoodCreek Students Named to TMEA Honor Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted October 20th 2011

Twenty-seven students from WoodCreek Junior High were named to the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 Honor Choir. Members of this choir will perform Saturday, Nov. 5 at Morton Ranch High School. The choir includes top students from Katy and surrounding area schools.  (more…)

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Katy LDS Churches Join with Brookwood Community for Bike Rally

Katy Texas News
Posted October 20th 2011

On October 16, Katy congregations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) joined with the Brookwood Community for a special bike rally and carnival. The Brookwood Community is a residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities.  The bike rally or BW15 provided residents with a fun, inclusive bike ride.  Some Brookwood residents rode tandem bikes with volunteers from the churches. Others rode independently on either regular or specially modified bikes. (more…)

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Hutsell Elementary Earns Green Ribbon School Award

Katy Texas News
Posted October 18th 2011

Hutsell Elementary has been awarded the Green Ribbon Schools Award from the Texas Education Agency in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Green Ribbon Schools is an award program that recognizes schools participating in activities that promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment. (more…)

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Superintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District Address

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2011

Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey spoke last Thursday to a room of more than 100 Katy community members, dignitaries and staff members, during his annual State of the District Address.  Providing a snapshot of key issues and district growth, Frailey encouraged attendees to focus on preparing the students of Katy ISD for overall good citizenship beyond graduation.  Guests also enjoyed a special performance by a Katy High School jazz combo. (more…)

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Morton Ranch Celebrates Generation Texas College Week

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2011

Last week Morton Ranch High School participated in the Generation Texas College Week.  The counseling staff provided students with multiple exciting opportunities to learn more about college. (more…)

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Pattison Elementary Kicks Off PTA Reflections Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2011

Pattison Elementary Arts in Education Chair Solveig Kyriakides and Pattison art teachers Valerie Maggitti and Kendra Martin recently hosted the kick off to their PTA Reflections Contest. This year’s theme is “Diversity Means.”  (more…)

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Watch D.O.G.S. Comes to WoodCreek Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2011

WoodCreek Elementary is excited to implement Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a nationally recognized program aimed at providing positive male role models for students.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Parents Invited to Attend STAAR Orientation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2011

Katy ISD parents and community members are invited to attend an upcoming orientation to learn more about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test that replaces TAKS for grades 3-8, and beginning 9th grade students this year. The orientation will help parents and community members better understand what to expect with STAAR. (more…)

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Heroes for Children Award presented to Katy ISD Volunteer

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2011

Melissa Mozer of Katy was recently presented the Heroes of Children award by the State Board of Education. Mozer has been a volunteer for 12 years at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy ISD. She has served as an executive board member of the CRHS Athletic Booster Club and chaired the club’s scholarship committee, a representative on the Katy PTA Council and has worked with Project Graduation for all four of her children. (more…)

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Pattison Elementary Kindergarteners Learning Fast During School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2011

It’s been a busy start of the 2011-2012 school year for Pattison Elementary kindergarten students. From hosting a gingerbread man hunt to holding a red day, students are making the most of their first year of school at Pattison. (more…)

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Williams Elementary First Graders LASSO Good Health, Learn Good Manners

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2011

Williams Elementary School kicked off another year of LASSO programs with first graders learning about health and the human body. The children checked their heart rate, measured their lung capacity, studied the bones in their body, learned how to take good care of their teeth, and had a visit from local Firefighters and EMTs.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Inaugural Board Luncheon a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2011

The newly formed Katy ISD Education Foundation recently held its inaugural luncheon for prospective Board of Directors in an effort to recruit area community leaders to participate in the organization.  More than 30 guests attended the event, with 27 of those committing to the Board of Directors. (more…)

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Katy ISD Celebrating Generation TX Week

Katy Texas News
Posted October 11th 2011

Katy ISD is celebrating Generation TX Week with multiple opportunities for students and parents to learn about higher-education opportunities. Generation TX Week, formerly known as Education: Go Get it Week, is part of a statewide effort to promote and inform students about the importance of higher-education. (more…)

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Three Katy ISD Schools Make TBEC Honor Roll

Katy Texas News
Posted October 10th 2011

Three Katy ISD campuses have been named 2011 Texas Business & Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll Schools. Congratulations to:

  • Bonnie Holland Elementary
  • Katy Elementary
  • Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary (more…)
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