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Katy ISD Helps Parents and Students Save Money for College. ISD Helps Parents and Students Save Money for College.<div class="ExternalClass433A27CEBCC84D7AAF234500C8CE7DCE"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>2017 Financial Information Academy FREE for Katy ISD Parents</em></p><p style="text-align:left;"><em></em><span>Parents and students interested in learning how to save money for college, how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and how to apply for scholarships are encouraged to attend the 2017 Financial Information Academy.</span><span>  </span><span>Representatives at this event will also be able to answer questions about student loans and help families determine which ones will best serve their student's educational funding needs.</span><span>  </span><span>Registration is not required and the event is </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FREE</strong></span><span> for all parents of KISD students.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>  </p><p>Katy ISD Education Support Complex</p><p>Staff Development Entrance</p><p>6301 S. Stadium Lane</p><p>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p><strong></strong>Saturday, February 4, 2017</p><p>9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.</p><p>12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</p></div>
Proclamation 2017 Parent Input 2017 Parent Input<div class="ExternalClass9E5D752192594B0D8AD18B096AB5F8F0"><p>​​Proclamation 2017 includes instructional materials for Career and Technical Education, Languages Other Than English, Algebraic Reasoning, Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, and AP English Literature and Composition. These materials will be implemented during the 2017- 2018 school year. Instructional materials under consideration will be on display during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex from January 9-27, 2017. In addition, instructional materials will be available for review from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Thursday, January 19, 2017 and Thursday, January 26, 2017.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Campus Athletic Coordinators for Morton Ranch & Paetow High Schools ISD Announces New Campus Athletic Coordinators for Morton Ranch & Paetow High Schools<div class="ExternalClassDF0E994436324CE7BCDB5713DE55439E"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Counter and B.J. William Gotte as our new Campus Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach's for Morton Ranch High School and Paetow High School.  Both positions were approved unanimously during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees January Work Study meeting.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Counter comes to Morton Ranch High from Stafford High where he was the head football coach and athletic director for the last four years. During his time at Stafford, Coach Counter led the program into the playoffs four years in a row.  Prior to Stafford, Coach Counter made coaching stops at Strake Jesuit High, Round Rock Westwood High, Spring Woods High, Alief Hastings High and Klein Oak High. Coach Counter has also received several "Coach of the Year" honors.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For Coach Gotte, moving to Paetow High School means staying close to home.  Growing up he attended Cimarron Elementary, West Memorial Junior High and graduated "class of '97" at Katy High School, which is where he also began his career in 2001.  Coach Gotte made stops at Deer Park High, La Marque High and Flower Mound Marcus High prior to returning to Katy High in 2009. His role as an Offensive Coordinator at Katy High School has played an integral part in winning three state championships.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Athletic Department is excited to welcome both coaches to these new endeavors within the Katy ISD family.  Both coaches will begin this new journey on February 1<sup>st</sup>. </p></div>
Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score<div class="ExternalClassE5A8D7B1A8754463BD7A039C9A2A6F02"><p></p><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="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">th</span> grade</li><li>Dora Cecilia Gurfinkel, 12<span style="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">th</span> grade</li><li>Clio Sun, 12<span style="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">th</span> grade</li><li>Justin Zhang, 12<span style="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">th</span> grade</li></ul><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br></p><ul><li>Russell Ku, 11<span style="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">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="font-size:10.5px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">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="">here</a> to view pictures of these great achievers.</p><p> </p></div>
Studio VII Proudly Presents Big Fish VII Proudly Presents Big Fish<div class="ExternalClass6CBD09A7048147518870D638E56A3F51"><p>Stu<img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/SLHS_BigFish.jpg" style="margin:0px 5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />dio VII proudly presents Big Fish.  A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying fathers life.</p><p>February 2-4, 2017.  Performances are at SLHS Performing Arts Center.  Please contact Box Office for tickets <a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">281.237.2836</span></a> or on line purchase <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.  </p><p>Performances are 7pm each evening and 2pm Matinee on Saturday.   Tickets go on Sale 20 January for Seven Lakes Studio VII Theater Company.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA 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><span style="font-size:14px;text-align:justify;">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.</span><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>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 style="text-align:justify;">Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of "extra-terrestrial".  Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="">here</a> to see Lim's drawing and full calendar. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA<div class="ExternalClass01AAA27FEF744380A89E4327077362B3"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em>A small piece of Katy ISD will soon be orbiting in space.</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">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 style="text-align:justify;">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 style="text-align:justify;">Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of "extra-terrestrial".  Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Click <a href="">here</a> to see Lim's drawing and full calendar. </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Athletic Hall of Honor ISD Announces Athletic Hall of Honor<div class="ExternalClassF1EE4C831ED041D6BBAEEFB50427CFF9"><p>​<strong><em>Nominations being accepted for past and present athletic contributors</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce the establishment of an Athletic Hall of Honor to recognize the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominations are now being accepted through March 15, 2017.  Submissions will be reviewed by the Katy ISD Athletic Hall of Honor Honorary Board and voted on by the Katy ISD Athletic Hall of Honor Committee. Once submitted, a nominee's application will remain active for five years with the Honorary Board. Due to the sheer volume of alumni worthy of such an honor, nominations will be accepted annually. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Hall of Honor Committee has already selected the following four state championship teams to be honored in the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Honor:</p><ul><li>Katy High School 1959 Football State Champions</li><li>Katy High School 1997 Football State Champions</li><li>Taylor High School 1997 Tennis State Champions </li><li>Taylor High School 1998 Tennis State Champions. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Individuals and state championship teams will be honored at a 2017 fall banquet and a Katy ISD football game.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">State championship teams will continue to be added to the Athletic Hall of Honor every year.  </p><p>For more information and access to the requirements and nomination form, click <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Helps Hundreds of Children through Santa Cop Program ISD Police Department Helps Hundreds of Children through Santa Cop Program<div class="ExternalClass276D17E4B2D240268439A6E39DD559B2"><p style="text-align:left;"><em>Generous donations help families in need during the holidays</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Police Department's Santa Cop Program ended the year by successfully delivering gifts to nearly 700 elementary students from across the District. Thanks to the generosity of Katy ISD staff, the program provided families in need clothing items, in addition to gifts, during the holidays.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This program began 14 years ago when the Katy ISD Police Department and school employees saw a need at several schools.  Since then the program has brought police officers, Katy ISD staff members, student organizations, local businesses, churches and residents together to lend a helping hand to families facing hardships during the holidays. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This past year, the program kicked off in October 2016 and within days, hundreds of employees had volunteered to sponsor a student and/or family in Katy ISD for the holidays</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To view photos of this generous gesture, click <a href="">here</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll 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="">College Board website</a>.</p><p><br></p></div>
2017 March TAKS Exit Level Retest March TAKS Exit Level Retest<div class="ExternalClass730036793A3F42A4A60AA4B9C15927AE"><p style="text-align:justify;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March, 2017.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics tests.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> by 5:00 p.m. (CT), February 10, 2017.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href=""></a> .  The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  The online submission, beginning December 12, 2016, must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), by February 10, 2017.  Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2017 March TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>March 6, 2017                        ELA</li><li>March 7, 2017                        Mathematics</li><li>March 8, 2017                        Science</li><li>March 9, 2017                        Social Studies</li></ul><p> </p><p>Katy ISD is offering the March Exit retesting at Miller Career and Technology Center located at 1734 Katyland Dr.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281-396-2128. </p></div>
MCTC Architectural Students work with Real World Client Architectural Students work with Real World Client<div class="ExternalClass0EC04993876940BB819444551BBA10FA"><p>​Katy ISD students from Mr. Cornelius Cooley's Practicum in Architectural Design class took notes, reviewed blueprints, took measurements, snapped photos and asked local business owner, Kevin Franz, many questions during a tour of a shopping center in the Katy.</p><p>The commercial property, located at 5315 U.S. Highway 90, is set to undergo exterior renovations and students from the Miller Career & Technology Center will have the opportunity to work with an actual client during the process.  Franz spent over an hour generating ideas and inspiring students to create a facility encompassed around a detailed vision, which would impact the surrounding communities.  Students were given a budget and other design criteria as part of their participation.  Aspects of the students' work would be submitted and considered for the final renovation process. </p><p>This opportunity provided an important learning experience for students.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/12-14-16%20MCTC%20Architectural%20Design%20Students.jpg" alt="12-14-16 MCTC Architectural Design Students.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Host Pre-AP Parent Information Session January 12 ISD to Host Pre-AP Parent Information Session January 12<div class="ExternalClass1F85E833137541C28ECDFEAF0893F388"><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of fifth-grade students who will attend a KISD junior high in 2017-2018 are invited to attend an orientation to Katy ISD's Pre-AP and AP Program on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Three sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex Room 1200, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane and last approximately one hour.  Information in Spanish will be available at the 7 p.m. session in the Board Room.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Alene Lindley, Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics, and Nancy Hess, GT and Advanced Academic Studies Instructional Officer, will present an overview of the advanced academic studies in Katy ISD and will address commonly asked questions about student participation in Pre-Advanced Placement courses.​​</p><p>A Pre-AP course is designed to prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP courses are generally available to juniors and seniors at each of the Katy ISD high schools. AP courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college level studies with the option of taking an AP exam and possibly qualifying for college credit. In addition, research indicates that students who participate in an Advanced Placement course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, more likely to choose academically challenging majors in college and more likely to pursue an advanced degree. Katy ISD offers Advanced Placement courses in the following disciplines – English, social studies, science, mathematics, languages other than English, computer science, music and art.</p></div>
Chef Chelsea Gumm Receives Golden Fork Award Chelsea Gumm Receives Golden Fork Award<div class="ExternalClass9BB45908D36544CC9DB053A8C87FAEDB"><p>The Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) has selected Katy ISD's Chef Chelsea Gumm as this year's <strong>GHRA Educator of the Year</strong>.   Chef Gumm's leadership, innovation and service to students and the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation has been exceptional and has paved the way for the next generation of culinary students.</p><p>"Chef Gumm pushes us," said William Carey Crutcher, a senior from Katy High School.  "When we mess up she says, 'it's okay, let's try again' instead of losing hope and assigning someone else to the dish or dressing."</p><p>Chef Gumm has been with Katy ISD's Miller Career & Technology Center for the past two years where she dedicates her time to teach students extensive hands-on cuisines along with leadership and management skills. </p><p>"She inspires me through her passion and success," said Isaac Thompson, a senior at Taylor High School.</p><p>Chef Gumm will receive a Golden Fork at GHRA's annual awards gala on February 18, 2017.  This event brings together 600 industry leaders to raise funds for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the ProStart culinary curriculum, local scholarships funds and the GHRA.</p><p>Congratulations Chef Gumm!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/12-14-16%20Chef%20Gumm%20Receives%20Honor.jpg" alt="12-14-16 Chef Gumm Receives Honor.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants 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=""></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 Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex ISD Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex<div class="ExternalClass7C9F7C167430462E93706412C95580F9"><p style="text-align:left;">Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district's Student Activities Complex, as part of a new ten-year deal.  The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017. </p><p style="text-align:left;">"As the Houston area's hometown sporting goods retailer, this partnership is especially meaningful to our team, as Katy is home to more than 3,000 of our team members, our corporate headquarters, two of our store locations, and one of our distribution centers," said J.K. Symancyk, President and CEO, Academy Sports + Outdoors. "Academy has partnered with Katy ISD for over 25 years, and we are proud to extend our support in the Katy community over the next decade."</p><p style="text-align:left;">Under the terms of the deal, Katy ISD Student Activities Complex will be named "<strong>Academy Sports + Outdoors Student Activities Complex</strong>." The state-of-the-art facility will host district-wide athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities, as well as non-Katy ISD events at the local and regional level. </p><p style="text-align:left;">"We are grateful for Academy's support of Katy ISD's students and community and are proud to be able to grant the organization the naming rights for the Student Activities Complex," said Rebecca Fox, Board of Trustees President, Katy ISD. "This is an exciting time for our school district and we look forward to our long-term partnership with Academy on a complex that will be a destination for local residents to enjoy for many years to come." </p><p style="text-align:left;">The 10-year, $2.5 million naming rights agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"I want to commend the administration, staff and community members who worked so diligently with the Board to make this partnership a reality," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent, Katy ISD.  "Community partnerships contribute largely to our legacy of excellence, and we couldn't be more excited to join forces with Academy."</p><p style="text-align:left;">Headquartered in Katy since 1990, Academy Sports + Outdoors is dedicated to supporting the community, particularly youth athletics. Through sponsorships, equipment donations and volunteer efforts, Academy supports more than 120 Houston-area youth sports organizations, serving more than 80,000 area kids. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>About Academy Sports + Outdoors</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor, and recreation lifestyle retailer with a unique assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4.6 billion company operates over 225 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a unique selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a>,<a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications 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 src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bryant%20Elem%20ABM.jpg" alt="Bryant Elem ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;height:963px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br></strong></p><p><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" alt="Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" alt="Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">click here</span></a></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">. </span><br></strong></p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast<div class="ExternalClass8CF66306DC5E45C9864229F06074DF52"><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will host the Men Who Mentor Breakfast on Friday, January 13th from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex.  This annual event provides support for existing male mentors and information for men interested in becoming a mentor. Campus liaisons and administrators will guide table discussions for learning and networking opportunities. </p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Every Katy ISD campus has boys and young men who are waiting for a male mentor to serve as a listener and encourager.  Recent KEYS program statistics showed that:</p><ul style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"><li>88% of KEYS students increased grades</li><li>80% of KEYS students decreased absences</li><li>87% of KEYS student decreased discipline<br><br>Together those numbers prove that one hour a week can make a difference in a child's life.<br><br>If you're a guy who has ever thought about being a mentor, please join us!  If you are a guy who already mentors, please join us!  <a href="">RSVP HERE </a>to attend.  </li></ul><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Through programs like KEYS, Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Partners in Education</a>.</p></div>
Community Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award<div class="ExternalClass4C486976418D4B93A39690311697F146"><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.<strong> </strong>For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CFA%20Katy%20%20ISD%20Ed%20Foundation%20True%20Inspiration%20Vote.jpg" alt="CFA Katy ISD Ed Foundation True Inspiration Vote.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration awards recognizes community organizations that align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to enable children to be all they were created to be.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation rewards teacher inspiration of students by funding innovative classroom projects that go beyond district budget limitations. The Foundation was nominated by local Chick-fil-A operator, Rusty Wylie who said "Our community has more than its fair share of the brightest kids around.   If we can help our children develop a love for learning while giving them hands-on, fun educational experiences, we'll give them the tools and encouragement they need to be great leaders. I'm just grateful Chick-fil-A can be a part of what is great about our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Chick-fil-A, Inc .- </strong>Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 45 states and Washington, D.C.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 "Best Companies to Work For" by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's website located at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> - The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that, in its first four years, has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fifth year of grants will be awarded in May 2017. Learn more at or contact 281-396-2461,​</p></div>
Katy ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and Recommendations ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and Recommendations<div class="ExternalClass09F06A67F31B426E8FB3BD0C821C989F"><p><em>Thousands of participants competed the ABM survey, provided feedback​</em></p><p><strong>What:      </strong>Nearly 9,000 Katy ISD parents, staff and community members completed the survey on the proposed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to the Board of Trustees on November 14.</p><p>The proposed ABMs, designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and prepare for the opening of three new schools next fall, would potentially impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. </p><p>The survey results will be presented to the Board during the Work Study Meeting on Monday and posted online at <a href="/"></a> following the presentation.</p><p>Final recommendations and actions are anticipated to take place during the regular Board Meeting on December 12.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABM, <a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx">click here</a>. <br></p><p><strong>Where</strong>:    Education Support Complex - Board Room, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, 77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong>     <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span></p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program 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>
Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program<div class="ExternalClass3EDF4C5F26D842559264711EA176DE1C"><p><strong>(Katy, Texas)  – </strong>This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during <em>Promise to Read</em>.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD's Partners in Education.  P<em>romise to Read</em> affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.</p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> was hosted at Bear Creek, Hutsell, Exley, Randolph, Williams, Davidson, Morton Ranch, Kilpatrick, Pattison and Wilson Elementary Schools.   Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a four-year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</p><p>Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including:  Aberdare Business Solutions, ABM Industries, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Altitude Katy, AmCap Mortgage, American Kids Athletics, AXA Advisors, Bass Pro Shops, Big Frog, Bolli Bros Pizza, Books Alive, Brainy Learning Club, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Bridges of Healing, CenterPoint Energy, Chick-fil-A, Christian Brothers Automotive, Citgo, City of Katy, Community Health Choice, Cross Creek Ranch, Dahl Team Properties, Dignity Memorial-Katy Funeral Home, Duffey and Grissom CPA's, GNA Inspections, Goddard School, Grand Vision Center, HCC Northwest, H-E-B, Herff Jones Houston, Heritage Texas Properties, Homewood Suites Katy, Houston Community College, Houston SPCA, Junior Achievement, Katy Council PTA, Katy Independent School District, Katy Magazine, Keep Katy Beautiful, Kind Bars, Listl Translating Services & More LLC, LPL Financial, Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, Maude Marks Branch Library, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Must See Katy, Nutty Scientists Fort Bend, Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, PBK, PDQ, Pepper Lawson, PrimeLending, Prosperity Bank, Pump It Up, Second Baptist Church, Signarama Katy, Sovereign Wealth Advisors LLC, Spring Creek Barbeque, Stanley Signature Signs, Star Learning, State Farm Insurance, Sylvan Learning, Target, The Glaser Group McDonald's, The Shady Lady Window Covering, The Tutoring Center Katy, Tilt Studio, Times Square Entertainment, Wee Kare Pediatrics, Which Wich, Whole Foods Market Katy/Sugar Land, Wood Group, Yellow Rose Properties and YES Youth Fitness and Sports Performance.</p><p>"<em>Promise to Read</em> has become a treasured community event thanks to hundreds of devoted community volunteers, many of whom join us every year, and our Katy ISD host campuses," says Janet Theis, Katy ISD's Director of Community Partnerships. "<em>Promise to Read</em> continues to open the door for our business community to embrace and inspire the love of reading and share that magic with classrooms across the district."</p><p><strong>​About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Through programs like <em>Promise to Read</em>, Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a>.<strong> </strong></p><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read1.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /><br><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read2.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK Park ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK Park<div class="ExternalClass65920A7CB6FA456B99333A0415E5E721"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em> SPARK Park, located at Winborn Elementary, to benefit students and entire community.</em></strong></p><p><strong>November 17, 2016 </strong>– During Thursday's grand opening ceremony, the Winborn Elementary Choir energetically sang a gratitude song to thank all those involved in creating the District's first SPARK Park on their school grounds.</p><p>"We are very grateful for this partnership with the SPARK program and the donors," said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. "It's partnerships like these that make Katy ISD the premiere school district in the state."</p><p>The idea came to flourish when, Dr. Kris Mitzner, former Winborn Elementary principal, noticed a need for a community park to benefit all of the children in the surrounding neighborhoods.  After lots of research, Mitzner came across the SPARK program, which dedicates its efforts to developing neighborhood parks on public school grounds, and made this park a reality for the community.</p><p>"I love math and other subjects, but the best part of my day is recess," said Hunter Ondrush, president of the Student Council at Winborn Elementary.  In addition to monkey bars, slides, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables and an outdoor classroom setting, the park also features a public art component which consists of multiple tile displays adorned with artistic drawings created by students. </p><p>To date, the SPARK program has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> to see photos from the awards.</p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p></div>
Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies<div class="ExternalClass1F6B67D5E5164835B61010C08A165174"><p>​<span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">T</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">he Learning Counsel recognized Katy ISD for their work to integrate digital curriculum and technology into the teaching and learning process. The announcement was made on November 15th at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Orlando.</span></p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy was among 12 school districts from across the nation who were honored.</p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">For more information and to read more about this award, click <a href="">here​</a>.</p></div>
Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children<div class="ExternalClass6B0D96FE8CFB4FE29AFED7F543DF40A6"><p>​</p><p>Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.  </p><p>Much of what the Monty Ballard YMCA does for Katy ISD students often goes unnoticed except by the grateful beneficiaries of their generosity.  They provided 243 pairs of jeans for homeless teens and 100 blankets for elementary children.  Our YMCA supported 80 students in the KEYS "Katy Students Run" program, helped kids receive braces at no cost to their families and provided books to children attending Camp Cinco.  </p><p>Through their campus partnership with Shafer Elementary, the YMCA collectively donated canned goods for Ballard House and Eternal Food Ministries along with 100 coats for children who needed them.  Individually, employees serve as KEYS mentors and Sundown Elementary Carnival volunteers, while District Executive Director Brian Haines serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board and often lends his skills as a guest speaker.  </p><p>But the epitome of the YMCA community outreach is their backpack drive – an initiative of Greater Houston YMCAs – that impacts thousands of regional children annually.  This year in Katy alone, our local YMCA collected 49,351 items….that went into 2,459 backpacks….that benefitted children at 32 elementaries, 8 junior highs and 4 high schools.   According to Outreach Coordinator Connie Stirgus, "When I started in 2011, we collected 250 backpacks my first year.  I knew this community could do more, and we have!  The generosity of Katy is sometimes overwhelming." </p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships have one requirement:  human resource involvement that will ultimately benefit a child.  And because of their philosophical promise and commitment to families, the Monty Ballard YMCA of Cinco Ranch is a stellar example of a business partner who does just that.​</p></div>
High School String Honor Orchestra Awards School String Honor Orchestra Awards<div class="ExternalClass871A3E3F634F469D9C42E241FCCDBC11"><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level.   </p><p>Showcasing the quality teaching these exemplars represent promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas.   </p><p>The following Katy ISD High School Orchestra programs were named to the HS String Honor Orchestra Final Round.   </p><ul><li><p>Seven Lakes High School</p></li><li><p>Taylor High School</p></li><li><p>Tompkins High School</p></li></ul><p>Congratulations to these schools for being selected for this most prestigious honor.</p></div>
Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards<div class="ExternalClass6CAEB7A5F5DE40A6BADA3EA205BAFC36"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Department recognized for electronic newsletter and video feature</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by <a href="">MarCom Awards</a>, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The <a href="">Katy ISD Update</a>, a monthly publication created by the Department and delivered via e-mail to nearly 20,000 subscribers, was recognized for its creative design and concept. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Department was also awarded Honorable Mention by MarCom in the category of Information Video for its video feature on <a href="">K9 Officers Marcel and Juno</a>, four-legged heroes that sniff out trouble to keep Katy ISD safe, which was produced to honor the Katy ISD Police Department during the District's Police Week from August 28 – September 3.<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Nearly 6,000 entries are submitted every year from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers from across the United States and other countries.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals. </p><p><br></p></div>
Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend<div class="ExternalClass3F10AE71EE574C6CAB40CBA095FBA580"><p>​<strong style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD, local organizations send backpacks home with food</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>​October 14, 2016</em></strong><strong> </strong>– Katy ISD has partnered with the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program and Members Choice Credit Union to fill backpacks with food and distribute to families in need.  This program works to fill the gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious food for students to take home over the weekend.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On October 7, 2016 volunteers at Schmalz Elementary stuffed more than 35 backpacks to feed nearly 35 families last weekend.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are just excited to see kids that are going home on the weekend with backpacks that have food," said Principal Jaime Shipley. "We know they are being taken care of, and they'll be back on Monday ready to learn."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">So far this year, the Backpack Buddy Program has distributed 362,258 backpacks to 603 schools across Southeast Texas.  Thanks to their partnership with various school districts the Houston Food Bank serves approximately 12,500 students a week.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD joined this partnership when administrators learned some of the District's children were going home to little or no food during the weekends and holidays. The generic black backpacks, which are discreet and do not reveal their content, consist of six meals for each child.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="">here</a> to see a video of our last Backpack Buddy Program at Schmalz Elementary. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event<div class="ExternalClass297A2474531845EA813D4670DFCF64FA"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em>Community can return expired, unused and unwanted pills on October 22</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road. </p><p>The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</p><p>Last September, Americans turned in more than 617,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites operated by the DEA, and its state and local law enforcement partners. When combined with what was collected in its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 4.8 million pounds of pills.    </p><p>For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take-Back Day event, contact Officer James Grima at 281-237-4024.</p></div>
Katy ISD Schools Host Educators from China ISD Schools Host Educators from China <div class="ExternalClassFB099605B5C649CAAF004F7121D81B64"><p>​Wilson Elementary and Seven Lakes Junior High hosted 25 elementary and secondary Information Technology teachers from Hangzhou, China as part of a <strong>Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University</strong> program on October 5-6.</p><p>The exchange program provided an opportunity for the participating Chinese educators to visit area schools and see American teaching in action. The visits were also a chance for international exchange of ideas, allowing Katy ISD employees to share information and learn more about education in China. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/exchange.jpg" alt="exchange.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:374px;" /> <br><strong>Sev​en Lakes Junior High staff and teachers welcome 25 Chinese educators.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Group.jpg" alt="Group.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /><br><strong>Wilson Elementary teachers exchanged ideas with visiting Chinese educators.</strong><br></strong></p></div>


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