Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, July 2017

| July 1, 2017

Flags fly throughout Cross Creek Ranch seven days during the year — including Flag Day, June 14 — thanks to Scouts with Troop 1103.

Flags fly throughout Cross Creek Ranch seven days during the year — including Flag Day, June 14 — thanks to Scouts with Troop 1103.

BOY SCOUTS MAKING A MARK IN CROSS CREEK RANCH

Boy Scout Troop 1103 keeps the stars and stripes flying in Cross Creek Ranch — and that’s just the beginning of how these young volunteers serve the community. Andrew Van Chau, an assistant Scoutmaster in the troop, explained that the troop is active in the “Flags Across America” program.

For the fundraising effort, residents subscribe with individual Scouts to have an American flag placed in their yard on set days. Troop 1103 subscribers receive the service over seven days — Flag Day,Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, Sept. 11 and Memorial Day.

Proceeds from the program help the troop buy equipment, host campouts and Scout events, as well as cover other expenses. When they are not placing flags around the neighborhood for the holidays, Troop 1103 Boy Scouts can often be found at Cross Creek events, lending a helping hand — most recently at the Hit the Trails Family Festival.

“We do community activities and service projects whenever we can,” Van Chau said. A number of Scouts also participate in the Honor Guard, a group of scout volunteers who conduct formal flag ceremonies at school district and city events. Another way the troop is making a mark on the whole area is through Eagle Scout projects. To attain the prestigious designation, the boys have to complete a significant service project.

“Our Eagle Scouts have provided leadership and service from Katy to Brookshire and right here in Fulshear,” Van Chau said. He pointed out Scouts can often be seen on the trails in Cross Creek Ranch, preparing for hiking trips. “You’ll see them out in the neighborhood with a full backpack on, just breaking in their boots,” Van Chau said. Van Chau was a Scout when he was a child — and was glad when his own son joined at age 7. When the family moved from Chicago to Cross Creek Ranch in 2012, they started looking for a new troop to join and discovered 1103.

At first, Van Chau was drawn to the troop because a lot of the members went to the same school as his son. “The level of parent involvement was encouraging,” he said. “From the weekly meetings to the camp outs, you knew there would be a lot of parents there at the events, both moms and dads. The boys get a lot of support.”

Through its designation, the troop perpetually honors the late Stan Stanley, a leader in Katy and a major supporter of the Boy Scouts. When it was established, the troop adopted Stanley’s birthday — Nov. 3 — as the unit’s number.

“He was very active with our organization,” Van Chau said. “He’s an example of the high caliber of leaders who have been involved with our Scouts.” To continue to pay tribute to Stanley, Troop 1103 members also participate in the “Stan Stanley Day,” proclaimed by the Katy City Council and promoted by the Katy Economic Development Council as well as the Katy Chamber on Nov. 3 of each year.

“It’s a day of service in our community, and our Scouts contribute to that work to keep his vision and commitment alive,” Van Chau said.

Stanley and his wife Patsy mentored hundreds of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts over the years and were instrumental in the formation of Cub Scout Pack 1103 and Boy Scout Troop 1103 in the Katy area.

Van Chau encourages area boys of all ages and their parents to consider joining a Boy Scout troop in their community. Empowering boys to become leaders is the main goal, he added. “It’s about making friends with other Scouts,” he said. “And it’s a great way for a father and son to spend quality time together. The boys also learn a lot of skills, whether it’s tying a knot, how to fish, how to not cut yourself when using a knife or how to do first aid.”

Troop 1103 Scoutmaster Mark DeRouen pointed out that a great community also is important to the Scouting program. “Scouting is about having fun,” he said. “From participating in the Scarecrow Festival to hiking on community trails to canoeing in the lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has become our go-to place to have fun with our families and neighbors, as well as the Scouts in Troop 1103.”

Visit troopwebhost.org/Troop1103Katy for more information about the Scouts. For more information about Cross Creek Ranch, visit crosscreektexas.com.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Lance HIndt addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking for Elementary No. 41.

Katy ISD Superintendent Lance HIndt addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking for Elementary No. 41.

KATY ISD BREAKS GROUND ON ELEMENTARY NO. 41

The drum roll from the Seven Lakes Junior High Band marked the official groundbreaking on Elementary No. 41, which is set to be built in the fairly new community of Cross Creek Ranch.

This new campus is being made possible in part from savings from the 2014 bond and will serve to address growing enrollment taking place throughout Katy ISD. The campus features diverse and transformative spaces that will blend learning with technology and opportunities for deepened engagement.

“In this area, we have four elementary schools which have opened up within the last five years and all of them have exceeded maximum capacity,” said Superintendent Lance Hindt. “Elementary No. 41 will probably also open up near maximum capacity.”

Newly appointed Katy ISD Board of Trustees President Ashley Vann along with other board members also participated in the commemorative event. “The growth you see here in Katy serves as a testimony to the community, the culture and the legacy that we have built here together,” added Vann.

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Katy ISD volunteers.

Katy ISD volunteers.

KATY ISD SURPASSES ONE MILLION VOLUNTEER HOURS

For the second year in a row, Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district’s students and staff. Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects. Each one of those million-plus hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of our children.

At the Volunteer Celebration hosted on May 12, Katy ISD announced this year’s hours achievement along with honoring each campus Volunteer of the Year: Alexander Elementary, Kara Floyd; Bear Creek Elementary, Tiffany Barlas; Beck Junior High, Claudina Lovalvo; Beckendorff Junior, Katie Roberts; Bethke Elementary, Danielle Wachter; Cardiff Junior High, Maria Teresa Zataratous; Cimarron Elementary, Jan Guess; Cinco Ranch High, Cris Bowden; Cinco Ranch Junior, Gresha Saenz; Creech Elementary, Jan Killam; Davidson Elementary, Cubendri Bach; Exley Elementary, Reeca McCrory; Fielder Elementary, Tess Hall; Franz Elementary, Andrea Silva; Golbow Elementary, Amy Heppen; Griffin Elementary, Maureen Lee; Hayes Elementary, Diane Jacobson; Holland Elementary, Kim Greene; Hutsell Elementary, Judy Lee; Jenks Elementary, Kelli Melancon; Katy Elementary, Amy Kagay; Katy High, Rosario Harter; Katy Junior, Autumn Christiansen; Kilpatrick Elementary, Kim Beidle; King Elementary, Dawn Goodwin; Mayde Creek Elementary, Michelle Espinoza; Mayde Creek High, Maria Torbit; Mayde Creek Junior, Donna Ward; McDonald Junior, Dolly Sanchez; McMeans Junior, Elita Roos; McRoberts Elementary, Aron James; Memorial Parkway Junior, Laci Costagliola; Memorial Parkway Elementary, Blanca Bagatella; Morton Ranch Elementary, Claudia Rodriguez; Morton Ranch High, Lisa Wycoff; Morton Ranch Junior, Anitra Ondrush; Nottingham Country Elementary, Shelly Hannon; Pattison Elementary, Colleen Cooper; Randolph Elementary, Michele Keppler; Rhoads Elementary, Kimberly Hood; Rylander Elementary, Devon Hulyk, Schmalz Elementary, Claudia Ceron; Seven Lakes High, Vanessa Heintz; Seven Lakes Junior, Sarah Thai; Shafer Elementary, Angela Kunkel; Stanley Elementary, Elizabeth Uptmore; Stephens Elementary, Lisa Garza; Sundown Elementary, Sara Tijerina; Taylor High, Sharon Mitchell; Tays Junior High, Becky Morris; Tompkins High, Julie Donnelly; West Memorial Elementary, Angela Jones; West Memorial Junior, Robin Stone-Loftin; Williams Elementary, Christy MacDonald; Wilson Elementary, Carmen Capuchino; Winborn Elementary, Lauren Ryan; Wolfe Elementary, Autumn Sharp; Wolman Elementary, Jen DeVries; WoodCreek Elementary, Carla Cotton; and WoodCreek Junior, Kelly Goering.

Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus. To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at katyisd.org or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.

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Ana Olvera, Taylor High School student, shows her artwork to U.S. Congressman John Culberson.

Ana Olvera, Taylor High School student, shows her artwork to U.S. Congressman John Culberson.

KATY ISD STUDENT ARTWORKTO BE DISPLAYED AT U.S. CAPITOL

Taylor High School art student Ana Olvera has won the Congressional Art Competition with her oil painting“Chasing the Storm.”   In addition to this honor, she received two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception at the U.S. Capitol where her artwork will hang for one year.

This national competition is coordinated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and takes place every year to recognize the creative talents of students across the nation.

This is the second consecutive year that a Taylor High School student has received the honor of displaying their masterpiece in a legislative hall.

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Class of 2017 Awards of Excellence winners.

Class of 2017 Awards of Excellence winners.

KATY ISD HONORS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WITH AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Katy ISD recognized 88 high school seniors who were chosen by their campus administration for their dedication, perseverance and achievement during the 2016-2017 school year. Alongside each one of them, an outstanding teacher, who was selected by the student, was also acknowledged for having a profound impact in that student’s life.

These students are the finest example of the character and commitment of the Katy ISD community. Their passion for excelling embodies the Katy ISD mission and vision to prepare and inspire each student to live an honorable, fulfilling life… to create the future.

“The accomplishments of this senior class are outstanding,” said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony. “It is gratifying to know that Katy ISD will be well represented in colleges, universities, the military and the work force throughout our nation.”

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OVER 500 KATY ISD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DUKE TIP TALENT SEARCH

Katy ISD has announced that 566 seventh grade students participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) this year demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade level assessments which qualifies them to take either the PSAT and ACT test.

Approximately 344 of those testers qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies. State recognition was given to 251 students whose scores were equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test and 36 students earned Grand Recognition for achieving a score that is equal to the 90th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subtest.

Duke Tip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education Duke Tip works with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.

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(L-R): Craig Cordola, president of West Region Memorial Hermann Health System; Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Natalie Fallert; Chris Whitten; Alexis Ali; Anjanette Koenig; Claire Schlicher; Bennett Johnson; Kaylin Michalec; Javet Forges; Se'Kenia Rinayo; Brianna Ungaro; Dallas Allmon; John Kueven, COO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Charlie Stevens; and David Wilkinson.

(L-R): Craig Cordola, president of West Region Memorial Hermann Health System; Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Natalie Fallert; Chris Whitten; Alexis Ali; Anjanette Koenig; Claire Schlicher; Bennett Johnson; Kaylin Michalec; Javet Forges; Se’Kenia Rinayo; Brianna Ungaro; Dallas Allmon; John Kueven, COO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Charlie Stevens; and David Wilkinson.

KATY ISD STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL

Five Katy Independent School District (KISD) athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for KISD.

Each recipient was awarded a $700 sports medicine scholarship in recognition of the distinguished service the students provide to KISD athletic programs. This year’s recipients included: Alexis Ali from Mayde Creek High School, Kaylin Michalec from Cinco Ranch High School, Se’Kenia Rinayo from Morton Ranch High School, Claire Schlicher from Taylor High School, and Brianna Ungaro from Tompkins High School.

Ali is heading to Texas State University to study athletic training. Michalec will study sports medicine at the University of Arkansas. Rinayo will attend Lone Star College and plans to study business. Schlicher is going to Sam Houston State University to study forensic chemistry. Ungaro is headed to Arizona State University to study nursing.

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 to surgery, and rehabilitation for muscle, joint and bone injuries and abnormalities. For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, visit memorialhermann.org/locations/katy or call 713-222-CARE.


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