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The stressful and fearful healthcare visit by reducing anxiety, the need for pain medication and one’s blood pressure. For more information, please contact Cindy Reaves; firstname.lastname@example.org or 281.633.3169. Shown in the photo left to right are: Cindy Reaves - AccessHealth; Marchita Priest - The Art League of Fort Bend; and Diana Miller - The Art League of Fort Bend. See related article on page 3 STAAR is considered "high stakes" for eighth graders because passage is mandatory in order to move on to high school. In addition, 5,900 high school students will take Algebra I in an end-of-course exam next year. Existing policy states that students must also have a graphing calculator for EOC exams. In a workshop with the Board of Trustees on June 2, Curriculum Executive Director Ginger Carrabine said the calculator issue is a direct result of revisions made to the state math curriculum, or TEKS, back in 2012 by the State Board of Education. Those changes begin to take affect during the 2014-15 school year. "The new TEKS in grades 6 through 8 have increased emphasis on algebra readiness and that is why the TEA is saying every child needs a special graphing calculator", said Carrabine. After conducting an inventory, the district discovered that only two Fort Bend ISD middle school campuses had enough calculators to meet the testing requirement. FBISD, continued on page 5 County on 3rd year of health Mayor Scarcella heads to DC care transformation waiver in support of Passenger Rail This letter states that At the June 4th City Council Stafford City meeting, after a mid-year, state of Council will the city address by Councilman authorize their Willis, Mayor Scarcella presented full “support Council with a letter addressed to for this most METRO of Houston in support Leonard Scarcella needed of passenger rail on US 90A. The passenger rail.” Mayor spoke of a meeting the The proposed passenger rail prior week with Congressman route would run on 90A from Al Green, Congressman John downtown Houston to Present Culberson, Mayor Allen Owen Street, which is the dividing and “10 distinguished civil line between Missouri City and leaders who are all very much Stafford. However, METRO has interested in the 90A project.” other plans for the funds and their By Karen Daniels future transit. Congressman Al Green and Congressman John Culberson, according to Mayor Scarcella, are both in support of the 90A project, though normally these two Congressmen who are from “opposite poles, (are now) advocating the same thing.” Congressman Culberson is the US Representative of Texas’s 7th district. He is also a member of the House Appropriations Committee which is responsible SCARCELLA, continued on page 5 A do-over for Missouri City's Mayor Pro Tem election By Betsy Dolan Missouri City Councilman Jerry Wyatt said it best. "It was a mistake but it was done with good intentions". Turns out that Councilman Robin Elackatt was not elected Mayor Pro Tem on May 19 because Councilman Chris Preston, who was one of four to vote for Elackatt, had not been officially sworn in. At the start of the May 19 Ya ain’t from around here… By LeaAnne Klentzman There was this pair of b r o t h e r s visiting Sweet City; they came CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK for a party at a co-worker’s home. As the party grew all manner of strangers began to show up. Imagine the visitor’s surprise when the “locals” began to inquire just why they were there. Umm, you know the drill, Hey, you ain’t from around here…what you do’n here? DUMB YA AIN’T, continued on page 5 meeting, it appeared as though Preston had been sworn in by Councilwoman Yolanda Ford but she was not authorized to administer the oath of office because she is not a public notary. The mistake was not caught until the morning of May 20. Preston was then sworn in by City Secretary Maria Gonzalez. Because Preston's vote for Elackatt was not valid and Elackatt needed four votes to become Mayor Pro Tem, his election will be taken up at the next meeting on June 16. On June 2, the city council did ratify all actions taken at the May 19 ELECTION, continued on page 5 Special Crime Alert! By Elsa Maxey Fort Bend County, more regularly associated with mobility projects and other county infrastructure, is continuing its participation in a 1115 Waiver Program going on its third of a five year effort. In a recent workshop before Commissioners Court, Health and Human Services Director M. desVignes-Kendrick, M.D. presented an overview of the program with highlights of focus areas in behavior health and primary care. This has involved local collaboration with four hospitals in the area - Houston Methodist Sugar Land, Memorial Hermann, St. Luke’s Sugar Land and OakBend Medical Center – and many more partners including Access Health, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texana Center, Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Mental Health America Fort Bend and others. The waiver program was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with Texas as a participant. It allows for the expansion of Medicaid managed care, providing incentive payments for health care improvements and directing more funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured patients. Commissioners were told that one of the biggest projects locally is the one for crisis invention, which includes Fort Bend Sheriff’s Officer training. Extending the program past 2016 is considered to be beneficial as this is considered to be a program with minimal taxpayer investment as long as the federal government keeps it alive. Access Health Executive Director Carol Edwards extended appreciation to commissioners citing a notable example relating to the program’s impact. A patient of Access Health made 25 trips to the OakBend emergency room on Fort Bend County COUNTY, continued on page 5 A website for the “Mrs. Kravitz” in us all By LeaAnne Klentzman Frequently we complain about our “government” withholding information and making it hard to gather. Well, you are not going to believe this, but Fort Bend County is sharing, they are sharing public information with the public! Here is how it goes. Fort Bend County now makes available what they call Active Emergency Calls. So, like “Mrs. Kravitz”, the nosey neighbor lady in the Bewitched comedy of yesteryear, you too can have the neighborhood 411. In order to find the site, an inquiring mind would visit: www. fortbendcountytx.gov. Once on the County’s website, visit the Sheriff’s Office link. In the middle of the Sheriff’s page, one with an inquiring mind can find the link for Active Emergency Calls. Click on that link. Bingo! There you are, viewing what emergency calls they are sharing and some idea of where that ambulance that just passed your WEBSTIE, continued on page 5 Pct. 3 constables recognized for heroic efforts Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers Fort Bend County Crimes Stoppers, Inc. will pay up to a $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in home invasion-type Aggravated Robbery. Sunday evening, May 25, 2014, shortly after 6:30 pm, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion robbery in the 15100 block of Kingsbridge Way in Kingsbridge subdivision in northeast Fort Bend County. When officers arrived on the scene they learned that two Hispanic looking men forced their way into the home wielding guns. Once the pair had gained entry, a third man joined them. The female victim told officers that as the men forced their way into the home she was hit in the head with a gun and fell to the floor. ALERT, continued on page 5 Jail; a dangerous place By LeaAnne Klentzman Almost a month after an assault in the jail an inmate still suffers from his injuries. According sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, “On May 9, 2014, an inmate was collecting food trays from other inmates’ cells. When he approached one cell in particular, the inmate inside attacked him, punching him repeatedly in the head and neck.” Haenel went on to explain that the inmates were separated by guards but one JAIL, continued on page 5 In Commissioners Court on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Lt. Shawn Sayers and Deputy Phil Crowell were honored for their commitment to protect and serve the public. Commissioner Meyers presented each of them with a proclamation recognizing their quick thinking and fast action to rescue a trapped driver nearly submerged under water in a ditch along the Katy Hockley Cut off Road, on May 27. Commissioner Andy Meyers and Fort Bend County Commissioners Court commended the two law officers for their heroic action in saving a life. .Pictured from left to right: Precinct 3 Constable Rob Cook, Deputy Constable Phill Crowell, Lt. Shawn Sayers and Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers.