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National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=747National Prescription Drug Take Back Event<div class="ExternalClassAC4DBE9329FA40E9A9EF74B2DCCFDEA2"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  The DEA cannot accept needles or sharp objects.  Any liquids must be in prescribed containers.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> <br>Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center<br>20370 Franz Road<br>Katy, TX  77449</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong> <br></strong><strong>Saturday, April 29, 2017<br></strong><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>       <br>Officer James Grima, Safe Schools Program Manager<br>281-237-4024</p></div>
Katy ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics and Crime Scene Investigationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=746Katy ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation<div class="ExternalClass7C58D5FAB32141CAA48CCFAD5B22B754"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Thanks to a partnership with the Fort Bend County She</span><span style="text-align:justify;">riff's Office, more than 700 Katy ISD high school students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience and exposure to careers in the fields of forensics and crime scene investigation during the 3</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Katy ISD Forensics CSI Event. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students currently enrolled in Forensic Science will participate in the three-day event where they will utilize skills they have learned throughout the year, such as fingerprinting and blood spatter analysis to solve a mock crime scene.  They will have the opportunity to work beside crime scene unit investigators and fire marshals, view canine arson detection, firearms and interrogation tactics demonstrations.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Forensic Science is offered at the Miller Career & Technology Center<strong>, </strong>Katy, Morton Ranch, Mayde Creek, Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch, Taylor and Tompkins high schools.</p><p><strong>Where:<br></strong>Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM<br>1730 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong> <br></strong><strong>April 26-28, 2017<br></strong><strong>9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>​</p></div>
Confidential Student Reports, Score Results, and Performance Label Changes http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=745Confidential Student Reports, Score Results, and Performance Label Changes <div class="ExternalClass7790D65EB05A47ECBA8DDE3943F901E4"><p>Beginning on<strong> Monday, April 24, 2017</strong>, parents may view the 2017 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading test results using either the Home Access Center (HAC) or the state Student Portal. Starting in 2017, this is the only way to access your child's scores for STAAR. If you do not have internet access, please contact your child's campus. In order to access the Student Portal, parents must have the child's Unique Access Code and the date of birth.</p><p>The Unique Access Code:</p><ul><li><p>remains the same for the student during the entire state testing program,</p></li><li><p>located on any past Confidential Student Report (CSR) in the bottom right corner of the CSR, and</p></li><li><p>located in the Home Access Center (HAC).</p></li></ul><p>To obtain directions on how to access test scores and the unique access code - <a href="/dept/assessment/Documents/Directions%20to%20locate%20test%20results%20in%20HAC%20and%20student%20portal%20english%20version.pdf" target="_blank">English version </a> </p><p>To obtain directions on how to access test scores and the unique access code - <a href="/dept/assessment/Documents/Directions%20to%20locate%20test%20results%20in%20HAC%20and%20student%20portal%20spanish%20verison.pdf" target="_blank">Spanish version </a>​</p><p>The new and improved redesigned CSR will include the new performance labels. An adopted amendment which establishes a final set of performance standards for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Grades 3-8 and end-of-course (EOC) assessments beginning with the 2016-2017 school year was approved.   The table below provides the change from the old performance labels to the new performance labels.  </p><div align="center"><table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="padding:0in 5.4pt;border:1pt solid windowtext;width:233.75pt;"><p>Old Performance Label</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:1pt 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:solid solid solid none;border-color:windowtext windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>New Performance Label</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Level III: Advanced Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Masters Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Final Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Meets Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Phase-in Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Approaches Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Did Not Meet Grade Level </p></td></tr></tbody></table></div><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=743Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'<div class="ExternalClass670381E5786448D7AB2754134EE4EA3E"><p style="text-align:left;">Katy Independent School District has again received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14<sup>th</sup> year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.  </p><p> </p></div>
June 2017 TAKS Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=742June 2017 TAKS Exit Level Retest<div class="ExternalClass1FA4717A4E2D468BB5BE3EC50A902EC7"><p style="text-align:left;">Students who did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject tests in June 2017.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school need to register online by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>5 p.m. (CT), May 26</strong></span> by accessing the website at <a href="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos">www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</a>.  The registration process will be online only and any submissions received after May 26 <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>will not</strong></span> be processed.  Those wishing to take the exam can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  Additionally, they should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated start time of 7:30 a.m.  A picture identification, such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card must be presented to test.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The 2017 June online TAKS tests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>June 19, 2017          English Language Art</li><li>June 20, 2017          Mathematics</li><li>June 21, 2017          Science</li><li>June 22, 2017          Social Studies</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is offering the June Exit Level retest at Taylor High School located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128.</p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalisthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=740Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist<div class="ExternalClassF588C9454BBB44399A41E4D108F54616"><p>McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).  </p><p>The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, DC.</p><p>TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award.  After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists.  These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.  Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin, TX.</p><p>Best of luck to Principal Mensah!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/04-10-17%20Dr.%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="04-10-17 Dr. Kwabena Mensah - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Moneyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=739Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Money<div class="ExternalClass98AC0A5E68754A9BA10DEB946077E77D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang's artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts.  His project was a drawing titled "<em>A Rare Connection.</em>"  This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level.  Jang's artwork earned "Class Champion" recognition and auctioned off for $65,000!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi's "Reserve Class Champion" three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece.  The Taylor High School eleventh-grader's artwork is titled "<em>The Spirit Within."</em><em>   </em>Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi's work broke a world record and sold for $102,000!</p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Charles%20Jang.jpg" alt="Charles Jang.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><div><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi%202.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div></div>
Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growthhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=738Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growth<div class="ExternalClass1CE4F4ECCC5F4B8ABB246621D36CBEB4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District will be hosting its first Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting on </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 150-member committee is comprised of a broad base of community members representative of Katy ISD campuses, partner institutions, professional and civic organizations and the community at large. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At each bond committee meeting, the members will receive information on various topics such as growth projections, facility and technology needs and District finances.  This information will help members assess facility needs in order to develop a bond package for recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through data presented annually by the District's demographers, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), and discussions with residential developers, the District is projected to be adding approximately 2,500 new students each school year.  Katy ISD continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and by 2026 analysts predict that Katy ISD could be serving nearly 100,000 students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public to observe the process and stay informed.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" title="Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee Meetings">Click here for more information on Katy ISD's 2017 bond referendum and the Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=736Katy ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous Awards<div class="ExternalClassAE730195DAF046CDA45A72930BCFB7F8"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recently recognized by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards program.  The Department earned seven recognitions this spring.  The Star Awards honors outstanding work in print, graphics, video and other school communication tools and strategies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards presented to the Katy ISD team include the Gold Star Award for its Student Excellence Awards Program, Bethke Elementary logo, and Tays Junior High branding; the Silver Star Award for the Student Excellence Award invitation, Katy ISD Annual Report and Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center dedication program; and the Bronze Star Award for the "Thank You to 2014 Bond Voters" video.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring the Communications Department was also presented with a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman, Michael T. McCaul from Texas District 10.  The recognition was for being named a 2016 MarCom Gold Winner— an award the department won for its monthly Katy ISD Update newsletter.  The MarCom award acknowledges electronic publications that exceed a high standard of excellence and serve as a benchmark for the industry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the Katy ISD Communications Department.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Communications%20Picture%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Communications Picture - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
McRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=735McRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE Awards<div class="ExternalClassDE5F5013F6C1409AB8878B9EC5D52697"><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32<sup>nd</sup> Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">McRoberts Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah also accepted the 2017 TABSE Principal of the Year Crystal Award.  He dedicated the award to his students, parents and staff who he says "continually set high expectations for everyone who walks through their school doors."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, TABSE recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African-American educators and learners. </p><p>​​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/032417_Kwabena%20Mensah_TABSE%20(smaller%20size).jpg" alt="032417_Kwabena Mensah_TABSE (smaller size).jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
Federal Programs Public Meetinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=732Federal Programs Public Meeting<div class="ExternalClass5F074ABF5A754E0BBBB1C642318B3392"><p>A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the ESC in Room 1200BCG. This public meeting will address ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented in the 2016-2017 school year and as proposed for 2017-2018 school year. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made. </p></div>
"Legacy Stadium" Approved As New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=725"Legacy Stadium" Approved As New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium<div class="ExternalClassAD5D67E702D24C9898BAFD9BBCAC6B19"><p>With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight "Legacy Stadium" as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of the Naming Committee's recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility will open up Fall of 2017 and will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Student Activities Complex.</p><div class="ExternalClass7723FF78827548DDAEA7C194019BB79C"><p>This February, the Second Stadium Naming Advisory Committee was tasked with identifying a name for the Second Stadium that would align with the values and core beliefs of Katy ISD.  The committee began with a solicitation of name nominations from the Katy ISD community from February 8-17.  After careful review, the committee presented a recommendation during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting on Tuesday, February 21.  Dozens of attendees, including parents, teachers, staff and community members offered their input at the forum.</p><p>Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/gl2vq2l">here</a> to see photos of recent Second Stadium construction.<br></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></div>
District Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nomineeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=721District Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees<div class="ExternalClass41F714882C6D4940A9F7CDB88443D409"><p>Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Kwabena Mensah</strong> and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal <strong>Dr. David Paz</strong>, were chosen for Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition.</p><p>Mensah and Paz were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff.</p><p>They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa. </p><img alt="Principal David Paz - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20David%20Paz%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img alt="Principal Kwabena Mensah - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:301px;height:442px;" /></div>
​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=714​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School<div class="ExternalClass267073C7EA924877B6EF492A8B30F38A"><p>​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School online courses begins February 1, 2017 for courses offered summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018.  The Katy ISD Virtual School's primary objective is to expand the learning opportunities for our students by offering choice and flexibility for challenging online courses developed by Katy ISD.  All courses are aligned to the KISD curriculum and taught by KISD teachers.  Summer courses are available for incoming 9<sup>th</sup> – 12<sup>th</sup> grade students. For more information or to register, click<a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> here</span></a>. </p></div>
Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Scorehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=708Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score<div class="ExternalClassE5A8D7B1A8754463BD7A039C9A2A6F02"><p style="text-align:justify;">This year seven Katy ISD high school students earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  On average, less than .1 percent of all test takers earn the top score. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT in 2016 earned a composite score of 36.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare," said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda, in a letter recognizing the students' exceptional achievement.  "While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following Katy ISD students earned a perfect score on the ACT:</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></p><ul><li>Luis Alfonso Pabon Madrid, 11<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Dora Cecilia Gurfinkel, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Clio Sun, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Justin Zhang, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li></ul><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br></p><ul><li>Russell Ku, 11<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Samuel Shenoi, 12 grade</li></ul><p><strong> Taylor High School</strong></p><ul><li>Richard Liu, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36.  Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/hd8ttda">here</a> to view pictures of these great achievers.</p><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASAhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=706Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA<div class="ExternalClass3391A17508C646459C0B61C02C60EF33"><p>​<strong><em>A small piece of Katy ISD will soon be orbiting in space</em></strong></p><p>A Katy ISD student's dream of sending something into outer space has become an "out-of-this-world" reality when her artwork is selected by NASA's Commercial Crew Program to become a part of a space calendar.</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Sylvie Mei Lim, competed against submissions from across the world.  Yet her artistic masterpiece ended up winning the first spot in the Children's Artwork Calendar for the month of January 2017.  Drawings from Spain, Romania, India, Portugal, London and now even Katy, TX, will be beamed into orbit for astronauts to enjoy during their stay in the International Space Station (ISS).</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention.  </p><p>The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of "extra-terrestrial".  Congratulations!</p><p>Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/z6p588y">here</a> to see Lim's drawing and full calendar. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=702Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClassAC4CF308893A420FB581A1E0D4043D0D"><p>​<em>District recognized for increased access to AP course work.</em></p><p>Katy ISD is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the <strong>7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll</strong> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. </p><p>Since 2015, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 16 percent, and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 11 percent.</p><p>To be included on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam; and</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll">College Board website</a>.</p><p><br> </p></div>
BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grantshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=696BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants<div class="ExternalClassC22E7F36812444A6BB55622045643F70"><p><em>Three Years of Support Helps Fifty Different Classroom Projects</em></p><p>The <strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> recently launched its fifth <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  "The Katy ISD Education Foundation's partnership with BP represents the best of our community," said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt.  "Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students."</p><p>BP's three years of support for the Foundation has helped fifty different classroom projects all over Katy ISD, reaching multiple campuses, subject areas and grade levels.  Projects have included GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) at Hayes Elementary, West Memorial Junior High's Robotics Club and a library S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace project at Mayde Creek High School.  "BP is pleased to continue its support of this outstanding program that provides Katy ISD teachers additional resources needed to further inspire their students," said Marta Vasel, BP Vice President Strategic Cooperation. "This donation reaffirms BP's commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities in which we live and operate."</p><p>In its first four years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers across the district.  All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply for a grant. Applications are due April 4, 2017.  To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><p> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BP%20Check%20Presentation%2011-4-16%202.jpg" alt="BP Check Presentation 11-4-16 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About BP</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p>Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 14,000 people across the country, BP supports more than 130,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modificationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=694Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassCB3FA1C95985482D898AE3313FE90931"><p>​<em>Approved ABMs to impact six campuses during the 2017-2018 school year </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017. </p><p><strong>December 12, 2016 – Approved ABM Maps</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Bryant Elem ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bryant%20Elem%20ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;height:963px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br></strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><img alt="Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, </span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">click here</span></a></span><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">. </span><br></strong></p><p><em><br></em> </p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=689Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program<div class="ExternalClass644B19C64E8F44F28C62CE3BDA03A80B"><p>The Wood Group Founders Legacy program, which is committed to giving back to the community, donated $10,000 to Morton Ranch Junior High (MRJH). The focus of the program is to invest in the lives of middle school children, which is typically the age when students begin to define their sense of self, their vision of the future and their career path.  </p><p>Michele McNichol, CEO of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - West, presented the check to MRJH Principal, Dr. Sanée Bell on October 20, 2016.  In addition to the monetary contribution, Wood Group also participates in volunteer engagement activities throughout the school year, such as mentoring, Journal Pals program, staff appreciation, student incentives and instructional support, Junior Achievement and school beautification.  </p><p>The funds donated to the school will be used to support student leadership programs and opportunities, career exploration and community engagement initiatives.  ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FoundersLegacyMRJHCheckOct2016_05.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>​Listed in photo from left to right: Dr. Sanée Bell and CEO Michele McNichol</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p></div>

 

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