Texas Library Association Welcomes New Executive Director

Austin, Texas – After an extensive national search, the Texas Library Association (TLA) appointed Dana Braccia as the new Executive Director starting October 1, 2017. Braccia brings a diverse range of experience and expertise in innovative library and operational management as well as member relations and industry partnerships to the association. Braccia has been an active leader in the library community since becoming a librarian in 2005. She is a past- president of the Mountain Plains Library […]

Texas A&M Improves In U.S. News College Rankings

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M Marketing and Communications COLLEGE STATION, Sept. 12, 2017 – Texas A&M University is ranked No. 4 in the Best Value category among national public universities – the highest ranking of any Texas school – and is now ranked No. 25 overall among public universities, improving from No. 27 last year in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings released today. Texas A&M is ranked No. 69 among all public and private universities […]

Katy ISD Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Set for October

September 7, 2017 – Parents of kindergarten students in Katy ISD may refer their children for Challenge (Gifted & Talented) screening between September 18 and October 2.  Parents will receive information in their child’s take-home packet explaining how to refer them beginning the week of September 11. The referral forms and parent checklist are due on October 3.  The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the […]

Katy ISD Fifth Grade Gifted and Talented Screening Takes Place

September 7, 2017 – Katy ISD fifth graders who are not currently identified as part of the Elementary Challenge Program have the opportunity to be screened for the Gifted and Talented Program, which begins during the student’s sixth grade year.  Secondary gifted program options are available in the following subjects:  English, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  Students can be screened in any or all of these content areas. To refer a child for screening, a Secondary […]

Katy Prairie Conservancy and Wildlife Habitat Federation Empower  Landowners to Save and Restore Land with Two Fall Workshops  

HOUSTON, September 8, 2017 – The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) and Wildlife Habitat Federation (WHF) are excited to announce two fall workshops designed to empower Texas landowners to conserve and restore their land for themselves and to benefit local wildlife.  97% of Texas land is privately held and local landowners are critical to saving and restoring wildlife habitat and ensuring nature will be there for the next generation to enjoy. RESTORE YOUR LAND FOR CATTLE, GAME BIRDS, […]

Hurricane Recovery Public Health Safety Tips

As Katy homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey will be cleaning up and rebuilding in the weeks and months ahead, it’s important to remain cautious of health dangers. The following tips from UnitedHealthcare will help keep you safe: Mental Health Floods can have an immediate and long-term impact on people’s mental health. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is possible, as are strained interpersonal relationships, increased stress, depression, and loss of resiliency. If you or someone you […]

One Katy ISD Campus Sewage Impacted by Harvey

Bear Creek Elementary Students and Staff will be Relocated to Paetow High September 7, 2017 – Neighborhoods surrounding Bear Creek Elementary suffered severe flooding last week.  While the school was left intact, the local service provider has placed restrictions on water usage, as nearby lift pumps, along with the waste water treatment plant were compromised by the storm. These restrictions will limit the school’s access to water and waste treatment.  As such, Bear Creek Elementary […]

Mutant Slime Blob Breach

Happy kid looking through hole in blue slime

MUTANT SLIME BLOB BREACH Discovery Center invaded by glittery, gluey and goopy slime Make three types of slime in interactive workshop! Saturday, Sept. 9 beginning at 10:30 a.m. WHAT: Uh oh!  Looks like the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center – A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston is in a sticky situation!  Three types of slime have breached our walls, and each one has a mind of its own!  During this slime-filled […]

Should You Borrow From a Retirement Plan to Pay for Hurricane Damages?

Last week, the IRS granted additional relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey by making it easier for 401(k)s and other employer-sponsored retirement plans to give loans and hardship distributions to aid victims. The IRS reminds victims that hardship distributions are still generally taxable and subject to the 10 percent tax on early distributions from retirement accounts. While this might not be the best option, it’s more than likely the only choice available to some victims […]

Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High Ready to Reopen on September 11

September 7, 2017 – Beck Junior High was one of a number of Katy ISD campuses impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey. Damages to the building included water intrusion from the roof, skylights and at a site located on the campus where a building addition is being constructed. Immediately following the storm, it was unclear as to whether the school would be ready for the return of students onSeptember 11.  Operations crews have now completed a building evaluation […]