Newsweek Magazine Ranks Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch High Schools in Top Third in Nation

Once again, two Katy Independent School District high schools, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch, have garnered the distinguished honor of being ranked in the top third of 1,000 U.S. public high schools by Newseek Magazine.

More than 2,300 schools participated. The top 1,000 schools ranked based on six criteria that emphasized quality of education and effectivenss in turning out college ready graduates. Criteria included graduation and college matriculation rates, average SAT/ACT scores, the number of Advanced Placement courses offered per student and scores on AP tests and other exams.

Seven Lakes ranked #277 on the list and Cinco Ranch was #354.

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Firethorne’s New Elementary Featured on YouTube

With Katy ISD’s newest elementary school opening Aug. 27 with 722 students, Principal Kelly Ricks knew she wanted to introduce the K-5 grade students to their new school and new teachers in a fun, approachable way.  So, she, along with the teachers and staff and the school’s namesakes, Ray and Jamie Wolman, created a lip dub video to the Katy Perry song, “Firework.”  To date, there are 3,131 views on the YouTube link!  

Wolman is home of The Explorers (school mascot) in red, silver and black.  This is the first school to open within the 1,400-acre Firethorne  master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear.

Ms. Ricks, who is a prized Katy-based educator and administrator, says this assignments marks “a highlight of her career to start a school from the ground up.”  Her talents and achievements in primary school education are recognized statewide by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as well as nationally with a prestigious National Blue Ribbon nomination this year.

She is immediate past principal of Katy ISD’s Diane Winborn Elementary, a TEA Exemplary School also recognized multiple years by the Texas Business and Education Coalition, Texas Monthly and the Houston Chronicle, and one of 26 schools in the state nominated by the Texas Education Agency for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award.  Her former school was one of only 13 Blue Ribbon nominees in Texas to be designated “High Performing” schools in 2012. 

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Katy’s Firethorne Announces New Homebuilder

Firethorne Announces New Builder

M/I Homes is the newest homebuilder to join the builder team at Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed residential community located in Katy/Fulshear.   The builder’s 60-foot lot model home will be constructed in the new Firethorne West Model Park.  Firethorne is situated 10 and 15 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor, respectively.

M/I Homes’ one- and two-story homes, available in brick, stone and stucco exterior elevations, will range from 2,000 to 3,400 square feet and priced from the $220,000s. The builder’s signature features include soaring windows, rotundas, structural and designer options and a 30-year transferable structural warranty.

“We hand-select each of our builders based upon their high standards for design, quality, customer satisfaction and reputation,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Currently completing the Firethorne builder team are: Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Firethorne, located in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, new competitive swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. 

To tour Firethorne, visiting both new construction and resale homes, call me at 713-818-2404. I have sold Katy real estate for over 22 years and would be delighted to hear from you!

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Katy Independent School District Calls for November Bond Election

KISD Calls for Bond ElectionKaty’s Independent School District’s Board of Trustees have accepted a bond package recommendation by the School Facility Referendum Planning Task Force and called for a November 2nd bond election. The $459.7 million 2010 bond package was first presented to the board on July 12.

The authorization of the bond package would fund the building of new schools including three elementary, one junior high and one high school. Funds are also set aside for other capital project expenditures such as new buses, portable classroom buildings, land for future schools and costs associated with selling bonds. Substantial money will also be spent on upgrading technology and renovating existing schools and facilities.

With the $459 million authorization, it is projected that the tax rate will stay the same for the next two years, then increase by $.01 in 2012, and another $.03 for the 2013 and 2014 tax years. After 2014, the tax rate will begin to decrease.

For up-to-date detailed information about the 2010 Bond Referendum, visit Katy ISD’s “2010 Bond Referendum” page.

To tour homes in KISD, contact me via email or call me at 713-818-2404. I have sold Katy real estate for over 21 years and would love to share my expertise with you. Experience does matter!

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Katy ISD Redistricts Southside High Schools

KISD Redistricts High Schools

Article courtesy of KISD website:

On Monday, February 22, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation to modify the attendance boundaries for Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Taylor High Schools. Only the neighborhoods listed below are impacted by this Attendance Boundary Modification.

Grandfathering and Volunteer Enrollment Option

Under the recommendation approved by the Board, all current high school students are grandfathered to stay at their current campus through graduation. In addition, the Board approved a recommendation to provide families impacted by the Attendance Boundary Modification a one-time Volunteer Enrollment Option (VEO), which would allow those students grandfathered to remain at their current high school to instead choose to move to the new high school. See the Volunteer Enrollment Option webpage for more information.

Note: Students who are currently enrolled in high school this year are grandfathered to continue at their current school for the remainder of their high school career. No action is required to continue enrollment at the current school.

Sibling Transfers

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Katy Attendance Boundaries to be Decided by KISD Professionals

Katy Independent School District announced a new procedure for establishing campus attendance boundaries. The system will put a greater emphasis on effective use of tax dollars, staff accountability, objectivity and lessening the probability of neighborhood conflicts. Recently, there have been several very contentious episodes addressing new school boundaries; it is hoped that future disagreements will be minimal.

According to KISD, “The previous process of creating rezoning committees comprised of community members was designed to provide maximum public input. This process, however, put the burden of time consuming work, and accountability for the recommendation, on community members. After reviewing Read the rest of this entry »

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Katy’s Jewel: Cinco Ranch

Just 32 miles from downtown and a short commute from the Energy Corridor is Katy’s Cinco Ranch, the largest master-planned community, 7,600 acres, in the Houston area. Cinco Ranch is renowned for its gorgeous homes built by prestigious builders, award-winning schools, recreational facilities, abundance of professional landscaping and vistas of untouched green space.

The majority of home values have remained stable in Cinco Ranch even during these unsure economic times. This is one of the benefits of living in a true master-planned community.

Single family properties in Cinco Ranch include everything from small, comfy patio homes to one-of-a-kind custom estates. There are lake and golf course lots. There is even an over-55 community, Heritage Grand, known for it’s fun lifestyle, security and easy maintenance. Cinco Ranch prices range from under $200,000 to over $1million.

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Thousands Now Change Katy Schools Who Never Thought They Would

Katy ISD Opens Four New Schools

When my little ones were transferred to a brand new elementary school, Schmalz, they went “kicking and screaming”. The mascot wasn’t right and the colors were unacceptable. They missed their old principal and school song. A great deal of their friends were still districted to the old school. It was not a pretty picture at my house.

Are you facing the same resistance this year? Our wonderful school district is exploding in size with four new school opening on Monday, August 25th. Two elementary schools and two junior highs will be added to the school roster. A Ninth Grade Center is also opening. Read the rest of this entry »

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