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Katy ISD Teacher Surprised with Great Day Houston’s Red Apple Award ISD Teacher Surprised with Great Day Houston’s Red Apple Award2015-04-24T20:44:02Z<div class="ExternalClassD02276AC301746B58AF9428A614691D6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Friday, April 24, Griffin Elementary fifth-grade teacher <strong>Kristin LaFollett</strong> was surprised on live television with the Great Day Houston </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Red Apple Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">!  She was nominated for this honor by Kathy Blake, a parent who says Mrs. LaFollett deserves this award because she's so caring and compassionate, and goes the extra mile to help her students in so many ways, both inside and outside her classroom.  While Mrs. LaFollett is her daughter's social studies teacher, she has committed time outside her work schedule to help her daughter with reading too.</span></p><p>Mrs. LaFollett has been at Griffin Elementary for nine years and won Teacher of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year. </p><p>Check out the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">video</a> and <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">photos</a> of her surprise on live television.</p></div>
Early Voting Set for April 27 – May 5 Voting Set for April 27 – May 52015-04-24T19:44:19Z<div class="ExternalClass8F5FF44055FC42CC80FE144E676249B3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Monday, April 27, 2015 is the first day of early voting for the </span><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/2015-Board-Election.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015 Katy ISD Board Election</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> which will continue through May 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Election Day is May 9</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Early voting will be held at the following five locations:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br> 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Leonard Merrell Center</strong><br> Rooms 143 & 144<br> 6301 S. Stadium Ln.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong><br> 19202 Groeschke Rd.<br> Katy, TX 77084</p></li><li><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong><br> 9251 S. Fry Rd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Taylor High School</strong><br> 20700 Kingsland Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77450</p></li></ul><br><p>A special early voting date will be held at the five early voting sites on <strong>Saturday, May 2, 2015</strong>, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p><p>Candidates (as they appear on the ballot) are as follows:</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Position 6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Position 7</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">John Pendergraff</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Charles L. Griffin</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bryan Michalsky</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Leonard Ledford</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Residents may view the <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election%2015/Voter%27s%20Guide%202015_Website.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">2015 Voter's Guide</a> on the Katy ISD website, which includes information on all candidates, as well as polling locations and times.</p></div>
Katy ISD Public Meeting Notice ISD Public Meeting Notice2015-04-23T16:00:57Z<div class="ExternalClass25A8EDEFFA6043E683FCE2425B7023C4"><p></p><p>A public meeting has been scheduled for <strong>Monday, May 4, 2015 </strong>at <strong>1 p.m. </strong>in the Katy Independent School District Educational Support Complex, Room ​<span style="line-height:1.5;">1200 BCG located at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA B Special Education and High School Accelerated Instruction programs as implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, as well as proposed implementation for the 2015-2016 school year. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Information on the Title I Programmatic Ed-Flex Waiver will be presented. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">accompany all comments made.</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics Crime Scene Investigation ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics Crime Scene Investigation2015-04-22T20:02:38Z<div class="ExternalClass197DEEBC69B043089B53F7008A84A110"><p>​<em>Event possible thanks to partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office</em>​</p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Thanks to a partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office, nearly a thousand Katy ISD high school students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience and exposure to careers in the field of forensics and <span style="line-height:1.5;">crime scene investigation during Katy ISD's first-ever Forensics CSI Day. </span></p><p>High school 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: finger printing and blood spatter analysis to solve a crime scene created for them by FBCSO CSU investigators, Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel. </p><p>Students will also have the opportunity to tour FBCSO's mobile investigation unit and speak directly with CSU investigators, fire marshals and Sheriff Troy Nehls. </p><p>Currently Miller Career and Technology Center<strong>, </strong>Katy, Morton Ranch, Mayde Creek, Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Taylor high schools offer Forensic Science to their students.  This course will also be offered at Tompkins High School next year.  </p><p><strong>When: </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m.​</strong></span> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM, 1730 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year ISD Announces 2015 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year2015-04-20T23:35:16Z<div class="ExternalClass6FAE8D1CFE1147C195E902DE4E46E8C2"><p>​<em>Honorees surprised with award by Superintendent during class </em></p><p>Katy ISD recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-Wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>. Morton Ranch Elementary teacher <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, and Beckendorff Junior High teacher <strong>Scott Lightle</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with each campus principal and family and friends surprised the teachers on their campus.</p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>"Mrs. Dismuke is truly one of the most gifted teachers with whom I have worked in my sixteen years in education," said Deb Hubble, principal at Morton Ranch Elementary. "It is no exaggeration to say that teachers of all age levels flock to her classroom to observe and learn from her. She masterfully exemplifies what elementary education should be about."</p><p>Lightle teaches Concepts of Engineering and Technology at Beckendorff Junior High. Outside of the classroom, Lightle sponsors the BDJH Science Olympiad team, serves on the Science Olympiad State Executive Board and is actively involved in his church.</p><p>"Mr. Lightle is extremely kind and patient with his students," said Mindy Dickerson, Beckendorff Junior High principal. "He is passionate about STEM education and real-world application of knowledge and skills. Many former students have thanked him for the profound impact he had on their education and their lives."</p><p>Both District-Wide Teachers of the Year will be recognized along with the Principals of the Year and Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year ​ during the Teacher of the Year Recognition and Reunion on April 21.</p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2015.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
College Board to Present to Katy ISD Board Overview of SAT Redesign Board to Present to Katy ISD Board Overview of SAT Redesign2015-04-20T16:58:33Z<div class="ExternalClass2C50FC95875D4BA8AC435F146909F55F"><p>​<em>New SAT to be administered in March 2016; New PSAT in October 2015</em></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for <span style="line-height:1.5;">students by </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</span></p><p>On Monday, April 20, a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students. </p><p>The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be <strong>March 2016</strong>; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in <strong>October</strong><strong> </strong><strong>2015</strong>.<em> </em></p><p><strong>When:</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. </span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494</p><p><br></p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut Adventure Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut Adventure2015-04-16T21:01:57Z<div class="ExternalClassFD0DDC0632CD44428348B1C86CE9CFB2"><p><em>Less than 30 individuals selected nationwide​</em><em>​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kim Thompson</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and eighth-grade student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Patrick Schumacher</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">JASON National Argonaut Adventure</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects. </p><p>JASON Learning is a non-profit organization that connects students to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Funded by Chevron, students and teachers in Katy ISD are able to access JASON Learning materials including inquiry-based labs, videos, lesson plans, assessments and comprehensive professional development programs. </p><p><a href="/students/Pages/The-JASON-Project.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on JASON Learning.</p></div>
Dr. Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast2015-04-15T19:17:02Z<div class="ExternalClass803CE9EACD604579A360E0E8DE59D48A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteer Celebration Breakfast will be held in the Merrell Center Arena on Friday, May 15 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time to our students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This year's guest speaker is Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies to developing countries around the world and named by </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Forbes</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as one of the top 200 charities in America.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Featured entertainment will highlight the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team along with students from every Katy ISD high school.</span></p><p>The Volunteer Breakfast celebrates parents and community members who support their campuses through the district's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program and features the announcement of each campus volunteer of the year via principal videos.  Last year, Katy ISD volunteers contributed over 838,000 hours in support of the district.</p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is one of five programs offered by Partners in Education, the</p><p> Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  Other initiatives include School-Business Partnerships, KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement and Sister Schools<em>.</em></p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here to RSVP by May 11</a>.  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition Announces Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition2015-04-14T21:42:57Z<div class="ExternalClassEF92B72805A44964B6E54D1024EE17B7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently announced that Cimarron Elementary Principal </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sanee Bell</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and Morton Ranch High School Principal </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lee Crews</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, were chosen for Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition.</span></p><p>Bell and Crews 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>Bell and Crews will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on June 8 at the Region IV Education Service Center. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Bell Headshot.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bell%20Headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:289px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Cimarron Elementary Principal Dr. Sanee Bell</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><p><img alt="Crews.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Crews.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:289px;" /> </p><p>Morton Ranch High School Principal Lee Crews</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High # 15 and High School # 8 ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High # 15 and High School # 82015-04-15T13:47:44Z<div class="ExternalClass308CC6B4CCE94C739151B097699C8B48"><p><em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em>​​</p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">What:  </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by staff, students and community members at the groundbreaking ceremony in recognition of the construction of Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8.  These campuses are two of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package.  Located in the Ventana Lakes area, these schools will provide enrollment relief to Katy and Morton Ranch junior highs, as well as Katy and Morton Ranch high schools, when both campuses open in fall of 2017.​</span></p><p><strong>When: </strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Grand Ventana Dr. off of Peek Rd. in Katy, TX</p><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;"><b>Individuals interested in attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8 can RSVP at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </b></span></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 12-18 ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 12-182015-04-13T15:10:42Z<div class="ExternalClass1FA2B92CF5CF47A394D14D9E28E1F71D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week, Katy ISD joins libraries in schools and communities nationwide in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National Library Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time to highlight the value of libraries and library workers. Katy ISD librarians work closely with teachers and administrators to develop engaging programs that enhance the overall educational experience on campus.</span></p><p>Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. </p><p>First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about National Library Week.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Seniors Win National Achievement Scholarship Award Lakes High School Seniors Win National Achievement Scholarship Award2015-04-13T19:00:18Z<div class="ExternalClass360EB76337E34D518C02E727F4EE945B"><p>​<em>Winners selected from more than 150,000 students nationwide</em></p><p>Seven Lakes High School seniors <strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong> and<strong> Oluwatofe Alimi</strong> are the recipients of a <strong>$2,500 Achievement Scholarship</strong> through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship. </p><p>More than 150,000 students from across the country were considered in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program after taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. </p><p>From that pool of students, the National Achievement Scholarship Program selected approximately 1,600 Semifinalists. The winners were selected based on their record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college. </p><p>The National Achievement Scholarship Program was established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and provide scholarships to the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. These awards, totaling more than $2 million, are financed by grants from 30 corporate organizations and professional associations, as well as the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Earn Top Honors in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition ISD Students Earn Top Honors in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition 2015-04-14T15:01:15Z<div class="ExternalClass7892C3F19278440A8A80C69D6FF8B5CB"><p>​<em>Katy ISD student art auctioned for $265,000</em>​</p><p>Four Katy ISD student artists recently earned top honors in the 2015 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. Pattison Elementary's Hannah Fan and WoodCreek Junior High's Michele Dupont were selected as the Reserve Champions for all elementary and junior high art, respectively. Seven Lakes High School's Diane Xu won the Class Champion award for the Quick Draw competition, and Katy High School's Sierra Schriefer was awarded the Reserve Class Champion award for all 3D art pieces. As a whole, Katy ISD student art brought in $265,000 in this year's art auction.</p><p>Additional Katy ISD students were selected for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Award finals. Congratulations to the following:​</p><p><strong>Western Art Academy:</strong></p><p>Zhining Chen, Tompkins HS</p><p>Ana Olvera, Taylor HS</p><p>Bona Yan, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Amy Yang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><em>(Intensive four-week workshop held in Kerville, Texas under the direction of Schreiner University focusing on oil painting/drawing and activities including field trips to local art studios)<br><br></em></p><p><strong>Glassell Junior School of Art Workshop Winners:</strong></p><p>Nameer Ahsan, Kilpatrick Elementary </p><p>Alexa Baeza,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Zhining Chen<strong>, </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Fatemeh Ebrahimi, Taylor HS</p><p>Hannah Fan, Reserve Champion, Pattison Elementary </p><p>Meredith McWhirter,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><em>(120 positions are awarded to students K-12 grade selected for one session in the summer or fall in the medium they wish to study.)<br><br></em></p><p><strong>Auction:</strong></p><p>Sierra Schriefer, Katy HS,<strong> </strong>Reserve Class Champion</p><p>Liruonong Zhang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Lucy Chen, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Amy Yang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Brittany Clare Roberts, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Rachel Bai,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Alexa Baeza, Tompkins HS</p><p>Zhining Chen, Tompkins HS</p><p>Christine Jeong,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Jaerin Jeong,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Audrey Liu,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Rose Miao,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS<br><br></p><p><strong>Premium 3D Winners (these winners also received a $2,000 scholarship):</strong></p><p>Chase Berry,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS</p><p>Fatemeh Ebrahimi,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS<br><br></p><p><strong>Quick Draw Student Winner:</strong></p><p>Diane Xu, Class Champion, Seven Lakes HS</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo school art competition.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Passes Resolution Calling for Elimination of High-Stakes State Testing ISD Board Passes Resolution Calling for Elimination of High-Stakes State Testing2015-04-08T21:04:38Z<div class="ExternalClass7271E34CA5CB4EF291E68DA7855E2C78"><p>​<em>District fully in support of bills to reduce, eliminate high-stakes testing</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular monthly meeting on March 30, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a </span><a href="/dept/communications/Documents/Resolution%20on%20Assessment.pdf" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Resolution on Proposed Legislation on Assessment and Accountability</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> that calls for the elimination of state high-stakes testing, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation.</span></p><p>Currently several bills introduced by legislators in the Texas 84<sup>th</sup> Legislative Session propose the elimination of all high-stakes tests required by the state.  However, testing mandates under federal legislation, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), would remain intact.  </p><p>Although local school boards currently have no authority with regard to the administration of state-mandated testing, Katy ISD's Board fully supports bills that could reduce and/or eliminate such high-stake tests. </p><p>The Board resolution also calls for state-funded local assessments in lieu of the high-stakes tests.  Such local assessments would provide detailed diagnostics that could assist students in their learning.  However, these assessments would not be considered high-stakes, nor have any bearing on accountability ratings.       </p><p>Click <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to learn more about the proposed legislative bills.  As the legislative session proceeds, Katy ISD is committed to keep its staff, parents and community members informed on the outcome of such proposed bills that would impact the District.</p></div>
Mayde Creek High School Art Students Participate in ER Katy Art Competition Creek High School Art Students Participate in ER Katy Art Competition2015-04-07T20:03:06Z<div class="ExternalClass595C8C9200264C78991767793E86CD65"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Four Mayde Creek High School art students recently placed in the ER Katy Scholarship Fund Art Competition. In addition to placing among the top spots in the competition, Alondra Bentancourt, Nicolas Barney, Anna Twain and CJ Robertson also received scholarships ranging from $50 to $500. Each of the art pieces representing "The Spirit of Katy" were placed on display at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum.</span></p><p>ER Katy is a freestanding Emergency Room located at I-10 and Pin Oak and hosts the Art Scholarship Competition in conjunction with the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. The purpose of this competition is to increase awareness of arts and to provide funding for young artists in the Katy community.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Automotive Technology Students Place First at Texas SkillsUSA Competition ISD Automotive Technology Students Place First at Texas SkillsUSA Competition2015-04-07T15:44:39Z<div class="ExternalClassEB06B1C78EA94E75B9022CFA9167177E"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Automotive Technology students from the Miller Career and Technology Center recently took first place and earned State Superior ribbons in the Student Job Skill Exhibit as part of the SkillsUSA Texas State Competition.</span></p><p>The Student Job Skills Exhibit showcases students' abilities to rebuild or remanufacture components from automobiles, and are judged against industry standards for workmanship. Students are also expected to document their work including pictures, procedures, specifications and test results. </p><p>The following Automotive Technology students placed first in their respective categories: </p><ul><li><strong>Sebastian Moreno</strong> (THS) and <strong>Joshua Watson</strong> (CRHS): Student Job Skill Exhibit, Gasoline Engine Turbocharger</li><li><strong>Christian Penso</strong> (SLHS) and <strong>Heriberto Jimenez</strong> (THS): Student Job Skill Exhibit, Diesel Engine Turbocharger</li><li><strong>Miles Kohl</strong> (SLHS): Student Job Skill Exhibit, Automobile Suspension, McPherson Strut Assembly</li><li><strong>Richard Alexandre</strong> (MRHS): Student Job Skill Exhibit, Engine Electrical Component, Alternator</li><li><strong>Christopher Longoria</strong> (MCHS): Student Job Skill Exhibit, Engine Electrical Component, Starter</li></ul></div>
Seven Lakes High School Musical Nominated for Tommy Tune Awards Lakes High School Musical Nominated for Tommy Tune Awards2015-04-07T15:39:38Z<div class="ExternalClass2A17F4AC5A6B48839234B8E860C28BDC"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">even Lakes High School's production of </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">The Music Man</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was nominated for multiple </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Tommy Tune Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The awards ceremony will be held on</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Tuesday, April 21 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.</span></p><p><em>The Music Man</em> was nominated for <strong>Best Featured Performer</strong> (Corey Standley, Stone Tejeda, Gabriel Prevallet and Cameron Connolly as the Barbershop Quartet); <strong>Best Orchestra</strong>; <strong>Best Musical Direction</strong>; <strong>Best Scenic Design</strong>; <strong>Best Lighting Design</strong>; <strong>Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution</strong>; <strong>Best Ensemble and Chorus</strong>; and <strong>Best Direction</strong>. </p><p>Developed by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), the Tommy Tune Awards honors musical theatre excellence at the high school level. After reviewing and evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2014-2015 school year, a team of Houston-based theatre professionals made 164 nominations in 15 award categories. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the full list of 2015 nominees. </p></div>
Taylor High School Graduate Receives 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award High School Graduate Receives 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award2015-04-07T13:14:15Z<div class="ExternalClassD475CCC299ED4158B8EA2A8114F89585"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">he American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation recently named Taylor High School graduate </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Silliman</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as one of 28 recipients of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Silliman was selected from more than 600 submissions nationwide, and will be recognized with the other award recipients at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards in May.</span></p><p>Established in 1979, the ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas.</p><p>For more information regarding the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ASCAP website</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Workshop Featuring Dr. Carol Flexer ISD Hosts Workshop Featuring Dr. Carol Flexer2015-04-06T15:37:12Z<div class="ExternalClass70BA3E44CA754DC2B441D7CAA5ACF11A"><p>​Katy ISD's Deaf Education Department is hosting Dr. Carol Flexer for an "Improving Communication" workshop on Thursday, April 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Merrell Center. Dr. Flexer has devoted her career to advocating for children with hearing loss, and lectures both nationally and internationally. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Find more information here.</a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey2015-03-27T14:51:59Z<div class="ExternalClass14C18549AABA4D46B6AF0BDCA78866A8"><p>The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.</p><p>The <strong>Digital School Districts Survey</strong> showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations. </p><p>Katy ISD's second-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the District is adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies. </p><p>The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to view the full list of school districts honored, and selected survey findings and trends.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw Center ISD Board of Trustees and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw Center2015-04-09T14:47:47Z<div class="ExternalClass3F8BEF896902464DA061B92C859A1FC6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">April 27 will be a historic day for Katy ISD when it officially dedicates the Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with the District's first-ever interactive facility dedication.</span></p><p>After the 4 p.m. ceremony, an open house and student demonstrations will showcase this spring's projects and activities at the Shaw Center.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cell phones or tablets to get the most of the interactive experience.</p><p>The facility is named after the late Robert R. Shaw, who served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012. The school board selected Shaw as the namesake because of his long-time dedication to Katy ISD coupled with his lifelong interest in science and career in engineering.</p><p>Steve Adams, a former classroom teacher, instructional technology facilitator and curriculum specialist in Katy ISD, is the facility coordinator for the Center. Mariam Manuel, who was an instructional coach at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School and taught physics at Cinco Ranch High School, is the instructional specialist. They will coordinate all of the Center's activities, including STEAM-related curricular activities during the school day, support for robotics teams, science and engineering fairs, STEAM nights for families, STEAM summer camps and other special projects. ​</p><p>The Center is located at 1730 Katyland Dr., next door to the Miller Career and Technology Center.</p></div>
Ballot Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election2015-03-25T21:07:34Z<div class="ExternalClass1F52156ACD07474297EAEBCAA552BB8F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Election Day for Position 6 and Position 7 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees will be held </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, May 9, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The last day for patrons to file for a place on the ballot was Friday, February 27. Candidates (as they will appear on the ballot) are as follows:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Position 6:</strong>  </li><ul><li>John Pendergraff</li><li>Bryan Michalsky<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Position 7:</strong>  </li><ul><li>Charles L. Griffin</li><li>Leonard Ledford</li></ul></ul><p>More information on the Board of Trustees Election can be found on the<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Candidate-Campaign-Reports.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the Year ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the Year2015-03-20T15:29:48Z<div class="ExternalClass294BD5FCAEFA4184BFB52196099F602A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief Information Officer <strong>Dr. John Alawneh</strong> was recently honored with the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> award by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) at the annual conference in Atlanta. This award recognizes volunteers who provide exemplary voluntary support to the association. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>"Despite changing jobs and districts, John has remained an active contributor to CoSN's work and accomplishments. We thank John for his extraordinary commitment to our mission and for continuing to make a difference in the education community," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.</p><p>Alawneh has led CoSN's Technical Committee and guided a vast volunteer network of chief technology officers to produce the association's new Technical Interoperability Primer. Last year, he led CoSN's <em>Teaming for Transformation</em> group to an exclusive school site visit to Katy ISD. The site visit allowed participants to hear from local district leadership and industry leader and engage with Katy ISD students and educators.  </p><p>To learn more about the award, please visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">CoSN website</a>. </p><p><strong>About CoSN</strong> </p><p>CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DC ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DC2015-03-19T20:25:55Z<div class="ExternalClass550C5043BFED4912AECE248FD53F1D49"><p><em>Two Beckendorff Junior High Science Olympiad students and coach to be honored by President Barack Obama</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two Katy ISD Science Olympiad competitors and their coach will be honored by President Barack Obama at the Fifth Annual White House Science Fair, an event highlighting the achievements of outstanding students from major national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The students, Heather Sweeney and Erik Yu, from Beckendorff Junior High and their Science Olympiad Coach Scott Lightle will be recognized for being part of the Division B (middle school) winning team at the 2014 Science Olympiad National Tournament and for their excellence in Science Olympiad events like Crime Busters, Wheeled Vehicle, Robo-Cross, Simple Machines, Heredity and Can't Judge A Powder at the state and national level.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>MEDIA RSVP FOR OPEN PRESS REMARKS</em></strong></span><em>: The President's remarks are OPEN PRESS, but media must RSVP with the name, media outlet, phone and email for each person planning to cover the event to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>, by Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET, with the subject line "Science Fair." Press who do not have a White House hard pass must also send their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of citizenship, and current city and state of residence to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> no later than Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.</em></p><p><strong>When:    </strong>        <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, March 23 at approximately 11:55 a.m. ET </span></p><p>                       <span style="text-decoration:underline;">President's remarks to be live-streamed at </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           East Room of the White House, Washington, DC​</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>        Jenny Kopach, VP Marketing Communications, Science Olympiad at <a href=""></a>  </p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education2015-03-19T18:01:49Z<div class="ExternalClassDAEED125A2C44EC598A5E747603440B0"><p><em>District receives award for seventh consecutive year</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD was named among the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Best Communities for Music Education</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the seventh consecutive year by the </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National Association of Music Merchants</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the nation for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students. </span></p><p>"This is once again great recognition of the work that is being done by our music teachers who provide such a strong foundation through grade 5, and then our band, choir, and orchestra directors who work tirelessly continuing this quality of instruction in grades 6-12," said Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant. "We are thankful for the support we receive from parents, principals, administrators and our Board.  Our community realizes the importance of quality music and fine arts education as it is a huge component to the successful preparation of every child to be able to achieve their highest."</p><p>Last October, two musical groups from Beckendorff Junior High, the Honor Orchestra and Varsity Girls' Choir, were selected as winners in the National Mark of Excellence Honors by the Foundation for Music Education. Additionally, three musical groups from Exley Elementary, McMeans Junior High and Cinco Ranch High School were selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association in February, and Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant was named the recipient of the <strong>2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong>. There were also a total of 38 students in the District selected as All-State Musicians.</p><p>Among the music programs offered in the District are string orchestra, full orchestra, choir vocal ensemble, marching band, concert band, jazz band and multiple individual events of solos and small ensembles. </p><p>The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National</p><p>Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year2015-03-19T16:52:46Z<div class="ExternalClass25D316BD1F1E48CA9635BDA424D98791"><p>​<img alt="2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program celebrated mentors across the district at its annual Ties & Tiaras event on March 5, 2015 at NOAH'S of Katy.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Every year, campuses are asked to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the students they mentor and to the principles of the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Ties & Tiaras not only honored the Mentors of the Year but also supported KEYS Scholarships, which have awarded $200,000 to graduating KEYS seniors since 2006. </p><p>Partners in Education is proud to announce the <strong>2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year</strong>:</p><p><strong>First Year Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Carroll Aulbaugh</strong> – Cardiff Junior High </li><li><strong>Major Ray Bonney</strong> – Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Erica Sanchez</strong> – Franz Elementary </li><li><strong>Margaret Spieldenner</strong> – Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li><strong>Brian Whitten</strong> – Raines High School</li></ul><p><strong>Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christie Blaa – </strong>Fielder Elementary</li><li><strong>Bill Brown – </strong>Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Lynette Campbell –</strong> Schmalz Elementary</li><li><strong>Maria Cruz – </strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li><strong>Michael Darling – </strong>Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Meg Evans – </strong>Morton Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Elizabeth Hoover – </strong>Cimarron and Griffin Elementaries</li><li><strong>Cynthia Jennings – </strong>Raines High School</li><li><strong>Steve Jones – </strong>West Memorial Junior High</li><li><strong>Jerry Wells –</strong> Golbow Elementary</li><li><strong>Hartmut Wuttig</strong> – Katy High School</li></ul><p>The 2015 Mentors of the Year collectively represent 58 years of dedicated service to students in the KEYS program.  KEYS is a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success for up to one hour a week, during the school day, during the school year.  This twenty-year-old program extends to every Katy ISD campus and has over 1,000 mentors.​</p><p>For more information on the KEYS mentor program and scholarship fund, please contact Martha Brown at 281-396-2468 or <a href=""></a>.  The KEYS initiative, along with School-Business Partnerships, Volunteers in Public Schools, Junior Achievement and Sisters Schools are all offered through Partners in Education….the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Hosts Community Roundtable ISD Superintendent Hosts Community Roundtable2015-03-19T01:43:55Z<div class="ExternalClass716237396FC243B1923D7F40B77610F2"><p><em>Attendees provide feedback on transportation services and attendance boundary modifications </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey hosted the District's first-ever </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Community Roundtable</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tonight to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss directly with him issues impacting students and staff, and provide feedback on such matters.</span></p><p>"In Katy ISD, we truly value two-way communication with all of our constituents," said Frailey.  "It is only by working together that we will continue to provide the best educational experience for every student in the District." </p><p>This first roundtable experience was considered a "pilot" to provide an opportunity for a mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas between Katy ISD and the local community interested in, or potentially affected by, District-level decisions. Tonight's attendees discussed specific topics such as the recent Transportation Sustainability Survey and future attendance boundary modifications, and then engaged in discussions with the superintendent and other participants.  </p><p>"Our community and our families are our greatest resource when it comes to issues that impact our children," Frailey said. "It's important that we understand their experiences and preferences, so we can continue to effectively serve our students now and into the future."</p><p>Tonight's Community Roundtable was comprised of more than 40 community members who had demonstrated the desire to provide feedback and be actively involved in District and/or community initiatives, and had recently participated on the 2014 Bond Committee and/or Leadership Katy.  In addition, it was open to the general public, and attendees who were not directly participating in the meeting were allowed to sit in, observe the discussions and leave inquiries on question cards.</p><p>Moving forward, the District will be considering other means to broaden participation and allow an even greater number of interested individuals to take part in these roundtable discussions.  </p><p>Throughout the academic year, the superintendent also hosts various roundtables with staff, students and parents.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year ISD Announces 2015 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year2015-03-18T17:46:18Z<div class="ExternalClassEDEFE295C7F54713A7A72E9A79592E02"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently surprised two teachers with the </span><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFYTOY-2015.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>District-wide Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Bear Creek Elementary teacher</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Meagan Mankin</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and Beck Jr. High teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lauren Galyon</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with each campus principal and family and friends surprised the teachers in their classrooms.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Meagan Mankin teaches fifth grade at Bear Creek Elementary, and utilizes reflection and feedback for enhancing students' learning. Her instructional strategies include motivational techniques to successfully and actively engage students in the learning process as she monitors their work. ​</p><p>"Meagan is creative, deeply conscientious, professional and hard working," said Dr. Lorena Zertuche, principal at Bear Creek Elementary. "She performs her duties as a teacher exceptionally well and is loved by both students and staff." </p><p>Lauren Galyon is a graduate of Katy ISD and teaches sixth-grade language arts at Beck Jr. High. She was instrumental in developing Beck's first Pup Camp, a summer activity for incoming sixth-grade students, and creatively involves parents, staff members and the community in school-wide programs. Galyon is also the Beck Jr. High Cheer Sponsor.</p><p>"Lauren is a very special individual with a true heart for learning and a unique drive to go well beyond the expected in all that she does," said Carra Fleming, principal at Beck Jr. High. "That spirit remains alive and grows within her each day that she teaches language arts at Beck Junior High." </p><p>Along with the District-wide Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year, Katy ISD celebrates all of the 2015 campus-level nominees:</p><p>Elementary: <strong>Haley Russell</strong>, Davidson Elementary; <strong>Kourtney Faldyn, </strong>Exley Elementary;<strong> Shannon Blankenship, </strong>Holland Elementary;<strong> Andrea Mayzer, </strong>Kilpatrick Elementary; <strong>Paige Arnoldy,</strong> Randolph Elementary;<strong> Kelsey Hawk, </strong>Schmalz Elementary;<strong> Stephanie Culbertson, </strong>Wilson Elementary; and<strong> Jordan Doss-Lomas, </strong>Winborn Elementary.</p><p>Junior High: <strong>Ralph Marron</strong>, Cardiff Jr. High; <strong>Jessica Ray</strong>, <strong>Penny Paraskis</strong>, and <strong>Twaski Parker</strong>, Mayde Creek Jr. High; <strong>Cal Varner</strong>, McDonald Jr. High; <strong>Yessica Gutierrez</strong>, McMeans Jr. High; <strong>Stacey Wood</strong>, Memorial Parkway Jr. High; <strong>Tamera Jones</strong>, Morton Ranch Jr. High; <strong>Toni Rae Craig</strong>, Seven Lakes Jr. High; <strong>Erin Wise</strong>, West Memorial Jr. High; and <strong>Rachel Kelly</strong>, WoodCreek Jr. High. </p><p>High School: <strong>Rebecca Roderick</strong>, Mayde Creek High; <strong>Richard Piwonka</strong>, Morton Ranch High; <strong>Kyle Summerfield</strong>, Seven Lakes High; and <strong>Megan Messman</strong>, Tompkins High. </p></div>
Superintendent's First-Ever Community Roundtable's First-Ever Community Roundtable2015-03-17T16:08:39Z<div class="ExternalClass2BFD0773AB574A318BFFCA4473F9B4A1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey will be hosting the District's first-ever <a href="/community/Pages/Community-Roundtable.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Roundtable</a> on Wednesday, March 18 to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss directly with him issues impacting students and staff, and provide feedback on such matters.</span></p><p>This first roundtable experience is considered a "pilot" to provide an opportunity for a mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas between Katy ISD and the local community interested in, or potentially affected by, District-level decisions.  Attendees will discuss topics such as the recent Transportation Sustainability Survey and future attendance boundary modifications, and then engage in discussions with the superintendent and other participants.  </p><p>Community members who have demonstrated the desire to provide feedback and be actively involved in District and/or community initiatives, and have recently participated on the 2014 Bond Committee and/or Leadership Katy were invited to attend.  The roundtable is also open to the general public, and attendees who are not directly participating in the meeting will be allowed to sit in, observe the discussions and leave inquiries on question cards.</p><p>Moving forward, the District will be considering other means to broaden participation and allow an even greater number of interested individuals to take part in these roundtable discussions.  </p><p>Throughout the academic year, the superintendent also hosts various roundtables with staff, students and parents.  ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Holds 30th Annual Folk Life Festival ISD Holds 30th Annual Folk Life Festival2015-03-17T14:24:12Z<div class="ExternalClassAC2A0E92C34346CB835E454562F85393"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is holding its </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Documents/2015%20Folk%20Life%20Festival.pdf">30th Annual Folk Life Festival</a></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at the District's Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each year, the OLC is transformed into a village from the 1800's with activities and demonstrations reminiscent of the pioneer days of Texas.</span></p><p>Among the activities include: soap-making, rag doll creation, tin punching, planting seeds, calligraphy, roping lessons and archery. Visitors will also be able to walk the nature trails, visit the duck pond, and see exhibits in the science and history classrooms.​​​</p><p>The OLC, home of the annual Folk Life Festival, is 35-acres of land kept in its natural state.  The buildings on the property were designed to blend with the natural setting and help students experience life as early Texans. These buildings consist of living history and science classrooms, as well as a museum and a barn with a blacksmith shop. The OLC is located west of the Katy ISD Education Support Complex at 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy. </p></div>

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