KATY ISD CAMPUS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED DURING BRICK UNVEILING EVENT
As the Morton Ranch High School “Jazzed” Show Choir entertained the guests gathered at Katy Heritage Park with holiday music on Dec. 9, 62 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year were recognized for their positive ipact on students during the unveiling of bricks dedicated in their honor.
For the past several years, Venus Construction, Rover Oaks and the Katy Heritage Society have come together to dedicate bricks in honor of the Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year and place them in the walkway at Katy Heritage Park.
“What you do for our children is indescribable,” said Katy ISD Board President Rebecca Fox. Superintendent Lance Hindt, along with the Board of Trustees, thanked the teachers for providing Katy ISD students with a high quality education and empowering each child to reach greater heights.
SEVEN LAKES STUDENT’S TINY LIBRARY RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR
Chloe Bartine, a senior at Seven Lakes High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Bartine designed and built two Little Free Libraries for Neighborhood Kidz Club in the communities of Western Pines and Trinity Hunters Place located in Katy. Bartine’s goal was to address the learning gaps that occur over the summer or holiday breaks when children do not have access to books.
“The Little Free Library is open all the time and the books are free,” said Bartine. “It is a way to promote literacy and nurture the love of reading through sharing.”
To stock the libraries with books, Bartine also hosted a book drive and led more than 15 volunteers to complete this project.
“I have always loved to read and feel that books can take you places you have never been, help you find the answers to questions you may have and give you opportunities to dream and explore,” said Bartine. “I wanted to give the kids an opportunity to be able to read any time.”
After graduation, Bartine will attend the University of Alabama to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in dance.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit girlscouts.org.
KATY ISD STUDENT’S SCOUT PROJECT RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Alexis Champagne, a sophomore at Taylor High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Champagne launched the Bob Cat Book Nook book sharing program at Garland McMeans Jr High School in Cinco Ranch. As part of the project, Champagne stocked shelves full of books that were donated during a book drive she hosted for two months. Students at McMeans can borrow the books free of charge and return them when they are done reading them or replace them with other books brought from home.
“The book nook is in a primary hallway that kids walk through all day long, so kids will be free to take books any time,” said Champagne. “The goal is that this will help increase reading and lead to higher test scores, and maybe kids will share with each other what they are reading and have discussions about their shared books. Maybe we will see more kids reading at lunch rather than engaging with social media on their phones.”
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turned 100 in 2016, visit girlscouts.org.
KATY ISD STUDENTS REACH FOR THE STARS AND NASA RECOGNIZES THEM
A Katy ISD student’s dream of sending something into outer space has become an “out-of-this-world” reality when her artwork is selected by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to become a part of a space calendar.
Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Sylvie Mei Lim, competed against submissions from across the world. Yet her artistic masterpiece ended up winning the first spot in the Children’s Artwork Calendar for the month of January 2017. Drawings from Spain, Romania, India, Portugal, London and now even Katy will be beamed into orbit for astronauts to enjoy during their stay in the International Space Station (ISS).
Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention. The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of “extra-terrestrial.” To view the full calendar, visit http://tinyurl.com/hqbnpcl
ACADEMY SPORTS+OUTDOORS GETS NAMING RIGHTS OF KATY ISD STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMPLEX
Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district’s Student Activities Complex, as part of a new 10-year deal. The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017.
“As the Houston area’s hometown sporting goods retailer, this partnership is especially meaningful to our team, as Katy is home to more than 3,000 of our team members, our corporate headquarters, two of our store locations, and one of our distribution centers,” said J.K. Symancyk, President and CEO, Academy Sports + Outdoors. “Academy has partnered with Katy ISD for over 25 years, and we are proud to extend our support in the Katy community over the next decade.”
Under the terms of the deal, Katy ISD Student Activities Complex will be named “Academy Sports + Outdoors Student Activities Complex.” The state-of-the-art facility will host district-wide athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities, as well as non-Katy ISD events at the local and regional level.
“We are grateful for Academy’s support of Katy ISD’s students and community and are proud to be able to grant the organization the naming rights for the Student Activities Complex,” said Rebecca Fox, Board of Trustees president, Katy ISD. “This is an exciting time for our school district and we look forward to our long-term partnership with Academy on a complex that will be a destination for local residents to enjoy for many years to come.”
“CAPS FOR CUBS” AT MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL
Recently, fourth-graders at Griffin Elementary gave the gift of warmth and advice to newborns and their mothers at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. As a part of their “Caps for Cubs” program, the students knitted caps for the newborns and wrote letters to the parents, offering “words of wisdom.”
Women who give birth at Memorial Hermann Katy will have the opportunity to take home the caps and letters over the next few weeks.
CINCO RANCH GRADUATE’S INTERACTIVE BIBLE STORIES FOR DISABLED RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Olivia Flagor, a graduate of Cinco Ranch High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
Flagor created a program that would make learning about the Bible fun, accessible and interactive for special needs children. She created two separate programs, one for Noah’s Ark and Jesus Feeds the 5000. Flagor incorporated auditory and texture sensory elements including puzzles, counting pieces, crafts and games.
“This will make it easier for churches to share with other churches and or missions with special needs ministries,” said Flagor. “I also challenged youth groups and other groups to add to the stories to keep the lessons going. I hope all special needs children, regardless of disability, enjoy and take part in learning about God and the Bible.”
Flagor was inspired by her sister, who is disabled. On Sunday mornings Flagor takes her sister to her Sunday school class and noticed the lack of lessons designed for children with disabilities. After speaking with her sister’s teacher, Flagor found out that the teacher would take stories and adapt them to engage her class. “Helping my sister and other special needs children is why I decided to help make cohesive lessons designed specifically for special needs children,” said Flagor. To learn more , visit girlscouts.org.