KATY/FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – The Katy Independent School District recently enrolled its 80,000th student, an American born boy who is returning from Egypt. He is 8-year-old Christopher Morcos. The milestone comes the same year that the school district is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The third-grade students in Ms. Grubert’s class at Davidson Elementary School, in Pine Mill Ranch, were treated to a big surprise Friday morning. Superintendent Lance Hindt, School Board President Cortney Doyle, school namesake Keiko Davidson, school board member Rebecca Fox, and several other district leaders made a special visit with balloons and a lunch box filled with school supplies for their classmate Christopher.
“I need our newest student,” Dr. Hindt said as he motioned to Christopher.
“Christopher, check it out,” Hindt said as he referenced the balloons. “How are you, young man? This is our school board president and she’s got a little gift for you,” Hindt said in his well known cheerful manner.
“Welcome to Katy ISD. This is for you,” Doyle said. “We’re so excited that you are here!”
Christopher’s parents, who moved the family from Egypt, were overwhelmed by the celebration. They knew there would be a presentation on Friday, but did not expect so many dignitaries and members of the media to be in attendance.
“It’s great to be here and it’s a great honor to be the 80,000th,” said Christopher’s father Peter Morcos. “It’s really exciting,” he added.
His wife Amira Boutros was surprised by the large celebration.
“I did not know it was going to be that big,” Boutros said. “It’s really a nice surprise,” she said with a laugh.
Christopher was born in New York and his father said he’s thrilled to be back in America.
“He loved to go back to America and to start back in an American school. He actually loves the school,” Morcos said. “I didn’t expect it, but the transition was very smooth. He liked school from the first day.”
Morcos said he did his homework and selected Katy ISD after checking out all the school districts in the Houston area.
Katy ISD is one of the most diverse school districts in Texas, and perhaps in the United States. The diverse makeup is something that those who live inside the loop of nearby Houston may not realize.
“I don’t think they realize how diverse we are and how global we are here in Katy,” said Davidson Elementary School Principal Jessie Miller. “I think there are still a lot of ideas of what Katy used to be and I don’t really think everybody understands how we’ve evolved as a community,” Miller said. “We have people from all over the world, all walks of life and this is an incredible melting pot just here in Katy, Texas.”
Miller also mentioned that Davidson Elementary is not only a melting pot of students, it was also recently ranked as the tenth best elementary school in the Houston area.