Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, July 2016

| July 1, 2016

(L-R): Jim Parisi, CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy; Charlie Stevens, Katy ISD Assistant Athletic Director; Dallas Allmon, Head Athletic Trainer at Tompkins HS; Georgia Langford, Tompkins HS; Lyric Owens, Tomkins HS; Daniel Young, Assistant Athletic Trainer at Taylor HS; Lindsey Porter, Taylor HS; Bennett Johnson, Cinco Ranch Head Athletic Trainer; Madison Cummings, Cinco Ranch HS; Makensie Barbee, Seven Lakes HS; Sean May, Seven Lakes Athletic Trainer; John Kueven, COO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

(L-R): Jim Parisi, CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy; Charlie Stevens, Katy ISD Assistant Athletic Director; Dallas Allmon, Head Athletic Trainer at Tompkins HS; Georgia Langford, Tompkins HS; Lyric Owens, Tomkins HS; Daniel Young, Assistant Athletic Trainer at Taylor HS; Lindsey Porter, Taylor HS; Bennett Johnson, Cinco Ranch Head Athletic Trainer; Madison Cummings, Cinco Ranch HS; Makensie Barbee, Seven Lakes HS; Sean May, Seven Lakes Athletic Trainer; John Kueven, COO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

KATY ISD STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL

Six Katy ISD athletic trainers were recently awarded Sports Medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for KISD.

Each recipient was awarded a $500 sports medicine scholarship in recognition of the distinguished service the students provide to KISD athletic programs. This year’s recipients included Makensie Barbee from Seven Lakes High School; Lyric Owens and Georgia Langford from Tompkins High School; Madison Cummings from Cinco Ranch High School; Linsey Porter from Taylor High School; and Narda Guiterrez from Morton Ranch High School.

Barbee is heading to the University of Mississippi to study physical therapy. Owens will study athletic training at Louisiana State University. Both Cummings and Guiterrez plan to attend Texas A&M. Cummings wants to become a physician’s assistant, and Narda will study biology and athletic training in hopes of one day going to medical school.   Langford will attend Lone Star College and plans to attend law school afterward. Porter will attend Texas State University to study athletic training.

Memorial Hermann Katy is the official healthcare provider of KISD, providing education, training and medical services that support student athletes, their coaches and families. Memorial Hermann Katy also offers world-class, innovative orthopedic care. Services range from non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures, surgery, and rehabilitation for muscle, joint and bone injuries and abnormalities.

For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy, call 713-222-CARE (2273) or visit memorialhermann.org.

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20th Anniversary commemorative quilt commissioned by the Beck PTA.

20th Anniversary commemorative quilt commissioned by the Beck PTA.

BECK JH CELEBRATES “TWO BECK-ADES”

Beck Junior High in Katy ISD held a 20th Anniversary Community Celebration on Saturday, May 21 on the school campus located at 5200 S. Fry Road. The event featured indoor and outdoor performances by Beck’s choir, band, orchestra and theatre, as well as fun with inflatables and outdoor laser tag. Bahama Buck, It’s a Wrap and The Golden Grill food trucks kept the hungry crowd of hundreds happy. Many attendees were seen wearing a commemorative “2 Beck-ades” jersey, custom designed by Beck seventh- grader Maren Jensen.

As part of the festivities, Beck Principal Carra Daniels hosted a special presentation to recognize the previous principals of the school, as well as former students now teaching on campus and faculty who have served Beck since the doors opened in 1996. All three of the previous principals went on to quite successful leadership positions in the district, and all three attended the event. Founding Beck principal, Dr. Linda Menius, went on to serve as assistant superintendent for Katy ISD – Student Services before her recent retirement. Following Dr. Menius, James Cross served as Beck’s principal. Cross is currently the principal for Cinco Ranch High School. Jeff Stocks, Taylor High School’s principal, followed Cross’ service. Current principal Daniels was named when Stocks left for his position at Taylor.

Founding staff members still serving on campus (1996-2016) recognized include Kim Crandall, Ann Glasser, Libby Bell, Stephanie Baiter, Kaylene Berckenhoff, Leroy Etzler, Robert Grossie and Corrine Drom. Individuals who attended Beck and now serve on the staff include: Sarah Hudgens, Drew Armendinger, Stephen Harvey, Rachel Grubb, Allyson Walker, Taylor Peterson, Lauren Galyon and Ashley Gutierrez.

Beck PTA President Anna Marsh surprised Beck’s leadership with a 20th Anniversary commemorative quilt, which was created to serve as the 2015-2016 eighth grade legacy gift. Commissioned by the PTA and produced by a group of volunteers, the quilt was made using previous campus T-shirts and jerseys, as well as new created squares that included inspiring notes and well wishes by community leaders and ISD representatives, including Katy ISD superintendent Alton Frailey and Katy ISD trustee Rebecca Fox. Fox, who served on Beck’s PTA in past, also attended Saturday’s event and helped to present the special recognition gifts to previous leaders. Volunteers that produced the quilt included current and past Beck educators and parents: Jane Hargis, Lana Yelich, Ann Prados, Kaylene Berckenhoff, Belinda Schmitz, Marsha Dufner and Ruth Pickthal.

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Fielder Elementary received a tablet for the teacher, and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student to facilitate their participation in the project.

Fielder Elementary received a tablet for the teacher, and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student to facilitate their participation in the project.

FIELDER ELEMENTARY CHOSEN FOR GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS PIONEER PROGRAM

Twenty Fielder Elementary classrooms hosted virtual field trips on May 26 as part of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.

Expeditions is a new Google product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

“We are excited our school was chosen by Google for the Expedition Pioneer Program,” said Dr. William H. Rhodes, Fielder Elementary principal. “Our students will be virtually exploring sites such as underwater coral reefs, various biomes of the world and the Grand Canyon — definitely places a school bus cannot take us.”

Fielder Elementary received a tablet for the teacher and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality.

Once the devices are on, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. These “trips” are collections of virtual reality panoramas – 360-degree photo spheres, 3D images and video, and ambient sounds – annotated with details, points of interest and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in the school.

During their virtual field trip, students got up close and personal with sharks in the ocean, floated in space and saw scenes from the Apollo 17 mission to the moon.

The expanding list of possible destinations includes The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society and the Palace of Versailles. While nothing replaces hopping on a bus for a field trip, Expeditions provide an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning.

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SEVEN KATY ISD CAMPUSES AMONG TOP 25 GREATER HOUSTON SCHOOLS

Seven schools in Katy ISD ranked among the top 25 in the Children at Risk’s 2016 Greater Houston School Rankings.

Children at Risk, a local nonprofit, ranked more than 1,300 public schools in the eight-county Houston region.

At the elementary school level, Alexander Elementary ranked No. 24 out of 857 elementary schools. Meanwhile, Beckendorff, Seven Lakes, McMeans, Beck and WoodCreek junior highs ranked No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 13 and No. 21, respectively, out of 303 middle schools. At the high school level, Seven Lakes High School ranked No. 10 out of 171 high schools.

The school rankings, based mostly on student test scores, strive to serve as an accessible guide for parents, educators, and community members on the performance of local schools and to spark important community dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas.

Visit childrenatrisk.org for the complete 2016 Greater Houston School Rankings.

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Robert Bryant (far left), Felice Bryant and Katy ISD board member Henry Dibrell (far right) shovel the dirt with a little help from student labor.

Robert Bryant (far left), Felice Bryant and Katy ISD board member Henry Dibrell (far right) shovel the dirt with a little help from student labor.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW ROBERT AND FELICE BRYANT ELEMENTARY

The band, comprised of music directors from across the District, played in the background as Katy ISD Board members, Superintendent Alton Frailey, staff and community members celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary School.

Set to open in fall 2017 in the Young Ranch Subdivision, this school is one of new six campuses included in the 2014 voter-approved bond program. Earlier this year, the Board unanimously voted to name Elementary School No. 40 after Robert and Felice Bryant in honor of their dedication to the students and the schools.

Robert began his career in Katy ISD in 1983 as director of bands and fine arts department chair for Katy High School before being promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000. During his tenure he was named the 2006 Texas Tech University Distinguished Educator, the 2007-2008 Texas Musical Administrator of the Year, and the recipient of the 2015 Jacob L. and Sophia Meyer Farb School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education, among other awards.

Felice devoted 24 years teaching kindergarten and first grade students in Katy ISD, and was named the Katy Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1997. She also served as a Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) Mentor and continues to impact students after her retirement through tutoring and mentorship.

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Javlyn Cameron at the state finals with her head coach, Tom Ridenhour.

Javlyn Cameron at the state finals with her head coach, Tom Ridenhour.

KATY ISD STUDENTS PLACE IN STATE TRACK AND FIELD FINALS

Javlyn Cameron and Samara Hodges competed at the UIL State Track and Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on   May 13 and 14.

Despite the nasty weather and slick track, Cameron, a junior, had an outstanding performance in the 6A division of the 100 meter hurdles earning the silver medal in the event! Javlyn had a fast time of 13.73. Last year at State, she received the bronze medal and the hope is that she will bring home the gold next year.

Hodges, a senior, concluded her high school career with a fifth place finish in the 6A division of high jump. She had a jump of 5’6” bettering her place from her last appearance at the State meet during her sophomore year. Hodges has been a major component on the Mayde Creek track team and will continue her track career at Houston Baptist University.

Mayde Creek finished ahead of all other Katy ISD schools competing at the State Meet with both girls placing in their events. No other Katy ISD school had female athletes place.


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