Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, September 2017

| September 1, 2017

Teachers and staff of Katy's ISD's new Bryant Elementary School pause for a group photo during a recent get-together at the Cane Island Amenity Village Event Center.

Teachers and staff of Katy’s ISD’s new Bryant Elementary School pause for a group photo during a recent get-together at the Cane Island Amenity Village Event Center.

ALL-NEW BRYANT ELEMENTARY OPENS FOR CANE ISLAND RESIDENTS

Residents of the fast-growing Katy master-planned community of Cane Island now attend the all-new Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary at 29801 Kingsland Boulevard.The school offfers new-age teaching technologies, spacious classrooms with ample natural light, collaborative learning areas and other features create outstanding learning experiences for students of all grade levels.

Now open for the 2017-18 school year, the new Katy ISD school is named after Felice and Bob Bryant, longtime educators with more than 70 years of combined public school experience.

Bob was named Head Band Director at Katy High School in 1983 and later was promoted to Katy ISD’s Executive Director of Fine Arts in 2000. Under his leadership, the Katy High School band grew to over 400 members while earning top honors at several music competitions. Felice spent 25 years with Katy ISD when she was named Katy Elementary’s 1997 Teacher of the Year.

Both continue to serve Katy ISD as Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) Mentors. Bryant Elemen­tary’s principal is Dr. William Rhodes.

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(L-R): Michael Hurley and Kyle Triplett.

(L-R): Michael Hurley and Kyle Triplett.

MORTON RANCH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN NATIONAL STAR EVENT

Morton Ranch High School 11th-grader Kyle Triplett and ninth-grader Michael Hurley received gold medals in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Competition at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville. More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers and guests from across the country, including the MRHS FCCLA organization, benefited from leadership and program training, national speakers and the possibility to explore several colleges and careers.

FCCLA offers over 30 STAR events during the conference, which include early childhood education, job interviewing and sports nutrition, among others. This year, Kyle and Michael were among over 4,200 STAR event participants. They competed in the Promote and Publicize category and their project focused on showcasing all of the benefits FCCLA offers in our community, such as community service activities that the Chapter’s 124 members participated in. Chapter members mentored elementary reading students, promoted breast cancer awareness, organized food drives, purchased Christmas gifts for needy children, encouraged physical activity among the family and participated in programs to promote cultural awareness and acceptance.

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Dr. Doreen Martinez

Dr. Doreen Martinez

KATY ISD ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR MEMORIAL PARKWAY ELEMENTARY

Katy ISD is pleased to welcome Dr. Doreen Martinez as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary.

Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD. She has also worked in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.

She came to Katy ISD in 2001, where she served as an instructional technology facilitator, technology training supervisor, Parent & Patron Center Coordinator and then as an assistant principal at Morton Ranch Junior High. In 2015, Martinez returned to Angleton ISD as Principal of Angleton Junior High. Now she is back home at Katy ISD where she will lead the Memorial Parkway Elementary family.

“Coming back to Katy ISD is such a proud honor and a dream come true,” says Martinez. “My goal is to work to build trust, establish relationships and create a positive environment where our Panthers can excel and achieve their dreams. Working together as a team we will be ‘the best school in the land!’”

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Rashan Smith

Rashan Smith

KATY ISD ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR MCROBERTS ELEMENTARY

Katy ISD has announced Rahsan Smith as the new principal for McRoberts Elementary.

Smith has worked in the field of education for 17 years. He began his career with Houston ISD in 2001 as an elementary teacher, serving as a literary specialist and intermediate classroom teacher at JFK Elementary. He also worked with Pre-K students at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center and as a student behavior specialist at Fondren Middle School.

He came to Katy in 2012 and served as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High, a principal for Katy Summer Academic Term in 2016 and 2017, and before moving to McRoberts Elementary, he was an assistant principal at Seven Lakes High School.

“To become the principal of McRoberts Elementary is truly an honor,” says Smith. “It is a reflection of the Katy community. A community that is built on integrity, honor, kindness, relationships and success. One of my main goals will be to establish a rapport with each and every one of my students and help them to reach their highest potential. Go Dolphins!”

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Kristal Parrish

Kristal Parrish

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

KATY ISD TEACHERS NAMED FINALISTS FOR REGION 4 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Katy ISD’s 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Kristal Parrish and Secondary Teacher of the Year Phuong Nguyen have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.

Parrish is a fifth-grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies. Since 2013, Parrish has also been the fifth-grade team curriculum and instruction leader. She’s a dedicated teacher who inspires her students to make an impact in the world. She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate. Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that “there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student.”

Nguyen teaches 10th – 12th grade students in the area of principles of health science, health science technology and clinical rotations at Taylor High School. As a teacher, she creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful in every endeavor. Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasis on the importance of a moral compass. Nguyen also initiated the Katy Students Run program at her school to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach the necessary skills to be successful in life.

The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part
of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step into the National Teacher of the Year selection process.

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(L-R): Anna Celeste Fedewa, Best Buddies founder Anthony K. Shriver, and Regan Kallina at the Leadership Conference in Indiana.

(L-R): Anna Celeste Fedewa, Best Buddies founder Anthony K. Shriver, and Regan Kallina at the Leadership Conference in Indiana.

SEVEN LAKES HS BEST BUDDIES CHAPTER OFFICERS ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies President, Anne Celeste Fedewa and co-Vice President, Reagan Kallina, represented their chapter at the 2017 Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana in July. The SLHS chapter, with 300 members, was awarded Out­standing High School Chapter in Texas for the second year in a row, the National Pacesetter Award, and was ranked in the top 15 chapters in the nation for fundraising. Fedewa and Kallina were also among only nine students chosen to have a position on the Friendship Walk committee, where they brainstormed with others and will aid in planning next year’s national fundraising walk. The Houston Best Buddies Friendship Walk will be held April 21, 2018. For more information visit bestbuddies.org.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is an international organization that has grown from one original chapter at Georgetown University to more than 2,300 chapters worldwide, positively impacting the lives of over 1.1 million people with and without intellectual and developmental disorders. Best Buddies programs engage participants in every U.S. state and in more than 50 countries around the world.


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