February 19, 2018 – It was one of those moments. You had to see it to believe it! Many guests attending the rededication ceremony of Katy Independent School District’s Memorial Parkway Junior High (MPJH) were amazed to see the transformation of the 1982 school building.
The campus, which was part of the 2014 voter-approved bond package, no longer resembles the original school building. Now the MPJH students will continue to soar like eagles after their school underwent a comprehensive renovation which added a variety of upgraded features. The first thing one notices as they arrive to MPJH is the prominent curbside appeal that includes a safe student drop-off and pick-up location. Inside the school, classroom functionality reflects a focused environment for students with added collaborative spaces.
“We are grateful to the Katy ISD community for the comprehensive renovation of our building, and we hope it is a place they are proud to call “their school” for many years to come,” says Principal Emily Craig.
“Remodeling can change and update appearances but this project is more than that. Our school has been transformed,” added Craig.
One of the goals of the school administration during the renovation was to have students and staff involved in the new design. MPJH students who were part of the Concepts of Engineering program (along with assistance from their Sister School MCJH) teamed up with architects to repurpose the large wooden gym bleachers, which can now be seen along the hallways of the refurbished school.
The rededication ceremony was a success with special performances by the MPJH Orchestra, choir and band. Kala Grzesek was also announced as the MPJH Teacher of the Year.