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District Saves $28 million, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond Saves $28 million, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond2014-10-21T21:55:04Z<div class="ExternalClass57276A14C7564693B4028B577A2CD65C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During last night's Board Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Chris Smith reported $28 million in savings resulting from refinancing past bonds and anticipates</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> a zero</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tax rate increase with the approval of the November 2014 bond referendum, under current assumptions. By taking advantage of opportunities to refund bonds and refinance, the District has demonstrated excellen</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t financial management and saved millions </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">over the years</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Even more so, the District has been able to maintain the same school tax rate for the last eight years. Katy ISD's exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency were recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new <strong>Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong>. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p></div>
Rival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness2014-10-21T16:52:42Z<div class="ExternalClass7F64904F38814F0896497DA8DF28EAC4"><p>​On Thursday, October 23, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch high schools are teaming up to create the largest <em>Pink Out</em> in Katy ISD history to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All football players, band members, cheerleaders and drill teams will be sporting their special 'Pink Out' t-shirts. In addition, both schools are encouraging all students, staff and community members to show their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention by wearing pink and purchasing their limited edition 'Pink Out' t-shirts, available for sell at the game for $5. </p><p><span data-mce-style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">All proceeds from shirt sales will go to The Rose, a local organization that assists women and families with early detection, treatment and support. More information on The Rose can be found at <span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank" data-mce-href=""><span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;"></span></a></span>. </span></p></div>
Parent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bond Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bond2014-10-21T01:44:43Z<div class="ExternalClass1FEDEEC9BA404CF18F960C72F038D7CE"><p><em>Options include additional portables, class size increases and evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among other items</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard feedback directly from the District's Advisory Committees on the potential options for managing growth, should the November 2014 bond fail.           </span></p><p>At the request of more than a hundred parents, staff and community members in four Advisory Committees, District officials researched neighboring school districts facing similar growth and presented a summary of options that could potentially be implemented in Katy to provide temporary relief to overcrowded campuses.  </p><p>"I appreciate the District giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions," said Parent Roundtable and Katy Improvement Council representative Laura Freeman.  "We understand these options are not the solution to our overcrowding problem, but it will hold us over until a bond passes."         </p><p>The alternatives discussed for managing current and future growth included additional portable classrooms, attendance boundary modifications, class size increases and program evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among others.  </p><p>Given that a May 2015 bond would not address immediate growth, the District would need to consider implementing several alternatives to accommodate approximately 6,000 new students over the next two years, if the bond is not approved by voters next month.  </p><p>"A bond next spring would push construction back at least one year, and then our immediate needs would be doubled," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "Bond or no bond, we still have to provide for student growth and programs we wish to keep."</p><p>The $748 million bond referendum, if approved, will provide six new campuses and renovations for nearly 50 District facilities, adding approximately 9,000 new classroom seats throughout Katy.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  To view the District's proposed alternatives to the 2014 bond, click <a href="/Documents/Bond-%20A%20Consideration%20of%20the%20Alternatives-%2010.20.14.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-24 ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-242014-10-16T20:54:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E66DF17F0374834934A7130799B0DF9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> we</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ek of Oct. 20-</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">24 is </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Bus Safety Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time fo</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">r Katy ISD and the community to join forces to address the importance of school bus safety.</span></p><p>"Each year, the Katy ISD school bus fleet travels more than 4 million miles, transporting more than 23,000 students each morning and afternoon," said Alan Anders, Director of Transportation for Katy ISD. "With school buses being such a common sight around Katy, we want to make sure that everyone, students and community members alike, is safe in and around school buses."</p><p>The 2014 national theme, "At My Stop, You Stop!" focuses on the importance of safety when boarding and exiting the bus. Additionally, Katy ISD has posted a list of key <a href="/dept/communications/Documents/School%20Bus%20Safety%20Tips%20Flyer%20092911.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>safety tips</strong></a> on the website. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching Contest ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching Contest2014-10-16T18:09:07Z<div class="ExternalClass881E65F7FA30439B82366439853436BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Region 23 Marching Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will be held at Rhodes Stadium on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 3 p.m. The Contest features marching bands from three different school districts: Houston ISD, Alief ISD and Katy ISD.</span></p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:</p><ul><li><strong>Tompkins High School</strong> – 4 p.m.</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Taylor High School</strong> – 4:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 5:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 6:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 7:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High</strong> <strong>School</strong> – 7:45 p.m.</li></ul><p><a href="/Documents/Marching%20Contest%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the full list of performances. There is a small admission fee of $3.00. </p></div>
Katy ISD Varsity Choir Showcase ISD Varsity Choir Showcase2014-10-14T21:01:35Z<div class="ExternalClassC521629A2864436AB06235B5FD45A976"><p>​The Katy ISD Fine Arts Department presents the second annual <strong>Varsity Choir Showcase</strong> on Monday, October 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. The showcase will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center, and feature performances from all seven Katy ISD high school choirs. There will also be a combined performance at the end of the show, featuring more than 340 voices. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Choir%20Showcase%20Flyer%202014_Page_1.jpg" alt="Choir Showcase Flyer 2014_Page_1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:366px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
District Participates in National Food Day Participates in National Food Day2014-10-14T16:12:26Z<div class="ExternalClass43FFBB7349754527B2262FC1C36C7C1E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is collaborating with Physical Education, Elementary and Secondary Curriculum, and Career and Technical Education to celebrate National Food Day on Friday, October 24. This is national day of celebration for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. </span></p><p>At the elementary level, schools were sent daily announcements regarding healthy eating and fun facts which can be used during the week, and teachers will integrate activities and resources into their lessons. In conjunction with National School Lunch Week, each campus will also hold coloring and writing contests. Entries will be displayed in the cafeterias and the winners at each campus will be announced October 24. ​</p><p>Campuses are also participating in activities at the secondary level including creating posters, and researching and developing presentations on various food items. Additionally, there will be a table in the dining room of each high school's main campus displaying posters, giving out fruit and vegetable samplings, and providing information about careers in the produce, farm and food production fields.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night 2014-10-14T15:33:00Z<div class="ExternalClass6F70C8DE73B444A09CF3061EE1303BB8"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will host <strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Documents/FineArts_8%205x11FLYER.2.pdf">"The Importance of Fine Arts in College Readiness and Admissions"</a></strong> on<strong> October 29</strong> in the Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. Students and parents are invited to attend the informational session beginning at 7 p.m., featuring directors of admissions from Rice University, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.</span></p><p>This session will take place as a panel discussion and will provide information on student preparation for college readiness, the process of university admissions, and successful student transition from high school to college. </p><p><strong>Meet the panelists:</strong></p><p><strong>Tamara L. Siler</strong> is Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Minority Recruitment at Rice University. This is Tamara's 23rd year in the Office of Admission at Rice. In addition to coordinating Rice's minority recruitment efforts, she directs the transfer admission process and administers several scholarships and programs, including the Barbara Jordan Scholars program and QuestBridge. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History. A native Houstonian, she grew up in the Fifth Ward and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Siler is a past president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and currently serves on the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) E-Committee.  She has served on the advisory board for the Linda Lorelle Scholars Foundation, on the Program Planning Committee for the College Board National Forum and the selection committee for the Coca Cola Scholars. She has appeared in more than 70 productions with professional and community theatre companies throughout the Houston area.</p><p><strong>Karoline Liu</strong> is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Liu holds a BFA in Theatre and a Master's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She began her work with high school and transfer students as a student ambassador for SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. She has invested her professional career in advocating for young artists and encouraging their pursuit of a degree in the fine arts. She feels grateful for the opportunity to speak often at high schools and college access events to educate students and parents on applying to fine arts programs and career pathways in the arts. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy live music, breakfast tacos and an eclectic community of good friends. </p><p><strong>Tiffany Anderson</strong> is the Assistant Director for Freshman Admissions for the University of Houston. Tiffany is a native Houstonian and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Sociology with a double minor in African-American Studies and Philosophy.  During her time at UT, Ms. Anderson served as UT Ambassador, Orientation Advisor, Resident Advisor and a Peer Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office.  She has been part of the Admissions Office at the University of Houston for more than four years and currently serves as the Admissions Manager. Anderson is also the co-chair of the Houston National College Fair, an annual event that attracts approximately 300 colleges and universities and more than 5,000 Houston-area students and parents.</p></div>
BP America, Inc. Supports Katy ISD Education Foundation STEM Grants America, Inc. Supports Katy ISD Education Foundation STEM Grants2014-10-14T13:19:25Z<div class="ExternalClassD58C490877B54D1AB627F505495BFF12"><p><img alt="BP KISD Ed Found Seven Lakes HS.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BP%20KISD%20Ed%20Found%20Seven%20Lakes%20HS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:285px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">The beginning of the 2014-2015 school year marked implementation of Katy ISD's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">BP STEM Grant Program</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, an initiative made possible through BP's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cornerstone Investment</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  BP America contributed $50,000 to the Foundation's </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant initiative, specifically for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related teacher grants.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>"In order to continue to play a leading role in securing America's energy future, BP will require cutting edge innovation and the minds of the brightest scientists and engineers" said Kathleen Martinez, Sr. Director National Strategic Relationships.  "Our partnership with the Katy ISD Education Foundation is a great example of our commitment to help equip teachers for strong STEM success in the classroom."  </p><p>The BP STEM Grant Program adds yet another dimension to BP's longstanding involvement in Katy ISD.  The company and its employees provide critical support for Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics, Junior Achievement and other programs.  "BP's investment in our Foundation clearly translates into a significant investment in the students and teachers of Katy ISD," says Chris Crockett, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.  "We are honored to be a part of that effort."</p><p>This year's BP STEM Grants include <em>Super STEM Lab</em>, Creech Elementary; <em>GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and</em> <em>Science), </em>Hayes Elementary; <em>If We Build it, They Will Come STEM Lab K-2</em>, Nottingham Country Elementary; <em>Mobile iPad Lab</em>, Miller Career & Technology Center; <em>Inspiring 8</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Grade Math Students with the TI-Nspire Navigator System, </em>Morton Ranch Junior High<em>; Wait Just a Momentum!, </em>Seven Lakes High Schoo<em>l; Journey to the Edge of Space, </em>Taylor High School;<em> Recycled Robots, </em>Winborn Elementary.</p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation's 2014-2015 <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants are all being implemented in Katy ISD classrooms this school year.  In this, its second annual grant cycle, the Foundation awarded more than $200,000 to Katy ISD teachers for innovative classroom projects.   To learn more, contact Janet Theis at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in our children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.   The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. ​</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About BP</strong></p><p>Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light the entire country for a year. Employing approximately 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs total through all of its business activities. For more information, go to <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts High School Band Marching Showcase ISD Hosts High School Band Marching Showcase2014-10-14T17:48:26Z<div class="ExternalClassD4BE8B31EA8C4FF4884CF2238EB4D7E2"><p><img alt="SLHS Band.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20Band.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:214px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>The District will host the <strong>Katy ISD High School Band Marching Showcase</strong> at Rhodes Stadium on Wednesday, October 15. The showcase will begin at 6 p.m., and feature back-to-back performances from all seven Katy ISD high school bands. This is an opportunity for those in our community to show support for these talented musicians as they enter their UIL Marching competition season. Admission is free.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Trustee Dibrell Participates in Leadership TASB Program ISD Board Trustee Dibrell Participates in Leadership TASB Program2014-10-09T18:57:39Z<div class="ExternalClass1FDFCA6DF1C54DDFB54E1412C124AA75"><p>​Katy ISD Board of Trustees Vice President, <strong>Henry Dibrell</strong>, joined 35 other school board members from across Texas September 25-27 at the kickoff session of the<strong> Leadership TASB</strong> class of 2015. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a year-long education leadership study program. </p><p>Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB. </p><p>Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB convention in Dallas, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine. DeLisle, a recognized authority on leadership training, focused on characteristics of effective leadership and team building. Fine is a nationally known motivational speaker and author of <em>The Fine Art of Small Talks</em>. Board members also received training at convention sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the Association's annual business meeting. </p><p>Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Austin, November 20-22; Houston, January 29-31; El Paso, April 9-11; and Forth Worth, June 18-20. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 700 graduates to date. </p><p>TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.</p></div>
Katy High School FFA Participates in #AgItForward Movement High School FFA Participates in #AgItForward Movement2014-10-09T16:25:32Z<div class="ExternalClass56FB3293431646259990FA3EE231EC7D"><p><img alt="AgItForward KHS FFA.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/AgItForward%20KHS%20FFA.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:275px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The Katy High School FFA recently participated in a community service project at the Katy VFW Hall as part of the #AgItForward movement. The purpose of #AgItForward is to promote the importance of agriculture in communities throughout the country.</p><p>The movement began in San Luis Obispo, California and is spreading across the country. When an FFA chapter completes a service project, they use social media to "tag" one chapter in their state and one outside of the state to also participate in a community service project. </p><p>The Katy High School FFA tagged the Cedar Park FFA chapter in Texas, and the Big Sky FFA chapter in Montana. <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on this movement. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates National School Lunch Week ISD Celebrates National School Lunch Week2014-10-07T15:30:54Z<div class="ExternalClass1D329D0B7E4C44119C3D866DD1147CB0"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National School Lunch Program operates in nearly 95 percent of America's schools, providing lunches to more than 31 million children every day. In recognition of the breakfast and lunch Katy ISD serves to students at all campuses, the District will celebrate </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Lunch Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (NSLW) the week of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Oct. 13</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup> </sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">– 17, 2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The 2014 theme, "Get in the Game with School Lunch," emphasizes the importance of balancing healthy eating and physical activity for kids.</span></p><p>Katy ISD menus are planned to follow the <strong>MyPlate </strong>healthy eating model, which includes the five components:  meats and meat alternates, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy.   </p><p>Look for colorful National School Lunch Week displays in District cafeterias as the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Nutrition and Food Service Department</a> continues to promote healthy eating by providing nutritious meals to students, staff and patrons.</p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in International Walk to School Day ISD Participates in International Walk to School Day2014-10-07T13:26:11Z<div class="ExternalClass7D44D24FC2D143B6BF771D1220ED1862"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Join Katy ISD and communities around the world on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">October 8</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><a href="/Documents/Walk_Bike%20to%20School%20Day.pdf" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>International Walk to School Day</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Walk or bike to school to boost memory, stay fit and protect the environment.</span></p><p>International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. </p><p>For more information, including walking and biking safety tips, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee?2014-10-07T13:15:24Z<div class="ExternalClass40D5A352C2554B30B1A5FFDF977833B1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for K-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Math, Fine Arts, AP Environmental Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, and Fashion Marketing. These materials will be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year. </span></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">If you would like to be part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and you will be considered for participation on the selection committee. </p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Keep in mind that these committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected to serve on a committee, you will have the opportunity to review proposed instructional materials in January 2015.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustee Adams Elected as TASB Secretary-Treasurer ISD Board of Trustee Adams Elected as TASB Secretary-Treasurer2014-10-03T16:02:32Z<div class="ExternalClass9DFEEA1C93704D279359BFF3D9599A5B"><p>​Katy ISD Board of Trustee<strong> Joe M. Adams</strong> was recently elected to serve as secretary-treasurer of the <strong>Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)</strong> during the Association's annual Delegate Assembly and Convention in Dallas.</p><p>Adams has served on the Katy ISD board since 1989, having held every position at least once, including four times as board president. Adams also serves as a director on the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and has served on the TASB board since 2011. A graduate of Leadership TASB and a master trustee, he also chairs the board of directors of the Southern Federal Credit Union. </p><p>Adams has been a KEYS volunteer for six years and a mentor at Taylor High School, where he was named Mentor of the Year in 2013. He has participated as a Promise to Read volunteer, director, Junior Achievement volunteer, member of various PTA/PTO organizations over the years, Taylor High School band booster, member of bond and rezoning committees, and a founding director of Katy ISD Education Foundation.</p><p>In addition, Adams is a member, deacon and adult Sunday school director at Kingsland Baptist Church; Katy Christian Ministries volunteer; Katy and Houston member of A&M Clubs and 12th Man Association; IMPACT; former AYSO soccer coach; and KGSA coach. Adams spent 30 years in the oil and gas business, working for several service/drilling companies in New Orleans, Dallas, London, and Cairo, Egypt. Since 2005, he has owned and operated Budget Blinds and Bluebonnet Painting and Renovation in Katy. Adams earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University.</p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million public school students.​</p></div>
Area Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival2014-10-01T17:51:11Z<div class="ExternalClass426137F156D84E78B9BFA1E5147C02C6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Rhodes Stadium will be filled with marching, music and movement as high school bands from all over the region perform in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">29</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>th </sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Rhodes Stadium on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 11, 2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., approximately 30 high school marching bands will perform for 15 minutes each, while being evaluated by a panel of UIL certified judges. Now in its 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year, this event has become one of the premier high school marching festivals in the area.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Performers include four Katy ISD high school bands, as well as other bands from the Houston area. This event is open to the public with a small admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students to help offset the expenses of the contest.</p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:  </p><ul><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong> – 1:00 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 1:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 4:15 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m. </li></ul><p>The Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival draws between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators and participants throughout the day. The Festival provides evaluation of marching bands and constructive strategies that are beneficial to the students and directors as they continue to work throughout the remainder of the marching and competition season. </p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction2014-10-01T16:37:54Z<div class="ExternalClass5532C8F8552D4831BA0B3897BA6D9B6F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 23 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 17 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Katy ISD students sold $37,900 in auctioned art pieces this year, and received all proceeds with the exception of the seven percent commission from the Fort Bend County Fair. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:</p><ul><li><strong>Lucy Chen, </strong>Grand Champion, "Morning Routine," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Christine Jeong, </strong>Reserve Grand Champion, "Sunday Stroll," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu,</strong> Best of Class, "Big Red," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Jordan Rodriguez, </strong>Best of Class, "Charge," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Makenna Prey, </strong>"Bluebonnet Texas Trail," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Paula Achang, </strong>"Three Musketeers," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Harrison Xue</strong>, "Alone at Last" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Ben Graham</strong>, "Almost Home" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Nina Truong</strong>, "Taking a Break" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, "Boy with Horse" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Alexandra Beall</strong>, "The Violinist" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Callie Whitbeck</strong>, "Sweet Baby" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Megan Villanueva</strong>, "Only Time Will Tell" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Cayla Dodd</strong>, "Laying in the Grass" Katy HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang</strong>, "Waiting" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Hannah Liu</strong>, "Where is the Newborn" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Lisa Li</strong>, "Grazing in the Spring" Seven Lakes HS​</li></ul><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
KISD Auxiliary Job Fair Auxiliary Job Fair2014-09-29T21:23:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6DAF705FA4AF4035A90BCB853C465F48"><p>​Katy ISD will host an Auxiliary Job Fair on <strong>Friday, October 3 </strong>from 2-4 p.m. at Morton Ranch High School. The District is seeking fo fill positions for Bus Drivers, Attendants, Food Service Workers, Crossing Guards, Custodians, Mechanics, Groundskeepers, Plumbers and many more.</p></div>
​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge2014-09-26T20:56:47Z<div class="ExternalClass6BBC996E6AB94656BEEAD2A5462A1DDD"><p></p><p>This past summer, Katy ISD campuses participated in the "Secondary Summer Reading Challenge" for students in grades 6-12. More than 760 secondary students participated in the Challenge and logged 1,332 book titles. </p><p>As part of this program, students signed up in May and received two text messages per week with book recommendations and reminders to log completed books. Each participant was entered into a drawing, and 29 students won donated prizes such as iTunes and Amazon gift cards. </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Summer%20Reading%20Challenge-%20by%20the%20numbers.jpg" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on the Katy ISD Summer Reading Challenge. </p></div>
Semifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program2014-09-26T15:13:46Z<div class="ExternalClass1741CDA097CC4DDC9330BD95753184F2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">National Merit</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">®</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced the names of more than 1,600 high school seniors from across the country who have been designated as semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Three of these talented students are from Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards worth more than $2.5 million to be offered next spring.</span></p><p><strong>The Katy ISD 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Oluwatofe Alimi</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Calistus Ezeokafor</strong>, Seven Lakes High School.</li></ul><p>More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT<strong>®</strong>). To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.  From the 1,600 semifinalists, approximately 1,300 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in January they will be notified of this designation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners2014-09-25T18:16:15Z<div class="ExternalClass076D0FBF6FD344B6B87686979EAF1D2F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl's Choir</strong>, directed by Janet Menzie</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Bryanna Porter and Kate Mathews</li><li><strong>Beck Junior High School Symphonic Band</strong>, directed by Brenden Steber</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School Chorale</strong>, directed by Dorothy Wilson</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Important Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing2014-09-24T18:03:00Z<div class="ExternalClass320EBB929EFC4D77892354248F7BBA77"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD sophomores and junior are registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Taking the PSAT provides the following advantages to students:</p><p>- It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college (and for success in most jobs and careers in today's world). After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use it to find their "skill gaps" and then make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.<br></p><p>- The Student Search Service<sup>®</sup> gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.<br></p><p>- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.<br></p><p>- It provides practice for the SAT<sup>®</sup> Reasoning Test.<br></p><p>- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.<br></p><p>- Junior who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.<br></p><p>- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.<br><br>Score Reports are distributed the first day of the second semester at all Katy ISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT test takers receive a free personalized PSAT/NMSQT college planning kit online. Using a unique access code on the score report, students have access to an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, a customized SAT study plan, personalized lists of college majors and careers, a personalized list of colleges, and access to <em>MyCollegeQuickstart</em>—an interactive majors, college and career exploration program.<br><br>Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT prep booklet available on each high school campus. <br><br>Katy ISD provides all students the academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond.  Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college.<br><br><strong>What should students bring on test day?</strong></p><ul><li>No. 2 pencils and eraser</li><li>Approved calculator </li><li>Email address (optional)</li><li>Current and valid school or government issued photo ID</li></ul></div>
Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? 2014-09-23T20:50:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1EC644804D5C4A2495E4DE66421AEA00"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for K-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Math, Fine Arts, AP Environmental Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, and Fashion Marketing. These materials will be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year. </p><p>If you would like to be part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and you will be considered for participation on the selection committee. </p><p>Keep in mind that these committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected to serve on a committee, you will have the opportunity to review proposed instructional materials in January 2015.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace" Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace"2014-09-23T20:23:03Z<div class="ExternalClassBA15055877B0403285790D8269AB0D56"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Golbow Elementary celebrated the International Day of Peace by hosting a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">"Pinwheels for Peace"</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> event for their students, parents and community. Art teachers Elyse Brown and Kylie Keller organized the event and had students create pinwheels to represent their ideas of peace during art class.</span></p><p>On September 22, all Golbow students brought their pinwheels to the back field and stuck them into the ground on the outline of a peace symbol as music played. Student Council members read their ideas about peace as students listened and cheered. Many parents attended the event and it created a great visual from above. Fifth-grade students surrounded the peace symbol and posed for pictures after the event. </p><p>To see more photos from this event, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships2014-09-22T20:25:45Z<div class="ExternalClass7993419941954494B71E0323F417FD7D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's business partnership program by hosting four regional open house events.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held every Friday morning in October starting Oct. 10 from 8-9:30 a.m. at four different campuses:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School (Oct. 10), Katy High School (Oct. 17), Tompkins High School (Oct. 24) and Taylor High School (Oct. 31).</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">All Katy ISD campuses will be participating.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The regional open houses will provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus partnership leaders and discuss this school year's business partnership activities.</span></p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through standing Partners in Education programs: KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read, and Sister Schools.  </p><p>For more information, contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>, 281-396-2428. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to register for this event online, or visit the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>, where guests will also find the list of campuses hosting each Friday's event. This and a number of other community involvement events are hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom.</p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day" ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day"2014-09-19T16:13:56Z<div class="ExternalClass06450B206A80409AB57FCEBFDE77A7E2"><p>​Katy ISD campuses will participate in <strong>"Digital Footprint Day"</strong> on <strong>Wednesday, September 24</strong> to promote the importance of digital citizenship. Campuses across the District have activities and lessons planned around this topic, and students are even encouraged to show off their crazy socks and shoes.</p><p><a href="/dept/technology/instructionalinnovations/cybersafety/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to find more information about digital citizenship. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs2014-09-17T21:05:19Z<div class="ExternalClass04F6E178C17349109B2C0E0AB93E8BE7"><p>​<em>Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at Law Enforcement Center</em>​</p><p><strong>What: </strong>The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by dropping them off at the Take Back event being held at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center.  This year, however, sharp objects such as needles are not being accepted.  According to the DEA, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue as medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  </p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">Where: </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Rd., Katy, TX </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">77449</span></p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">When:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. </strong></span></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong> Katy ISD Police Department, 281-237-4000 </p></div>
Katy Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorus Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorus2014-09-17T20:32:42Z<div class="ExternalClass4D7F4FEE02FC405F8742AA05D07A35CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Junior High teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mischa Brinkmeyer</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently accepted into the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Symphony Chorus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and will perform in concerts with the Chorus throughout the year.</span></p><p>Founded in 1946 by Alfred Urback, the Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. It is a chorus of volunteer singer-musicians who are committed to rehearsing and performing at the highest level of choral artistry. The Chorus provides a variety of experiences and opportunities that entice the most skilled and talented singers.</p><p>For more information on the Houston Symphony Chorus, or to view a schedule of the concerts, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District2014-09-16T21:22:43Z<div class="ExternalClassB84A129298D946DC9FF9D09E4E1C278B"><p>​<img alt="DSC_4305.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4305.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:203px;float:right;" />Katy ISD celebrated a significant milestone today as it welcomed the District's <strong>70,000th student</strong>, Michael Thomas, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High. Superintendent Alton Frailey and West Memorial Junior High Principal Gina Cobb welcomed Thomas and his family this afternoon. </p><p>"Everyone at West Memorial Junior High has been very welcoming to Michael and he feels at home," said Kelly Thomas, mother of the 70,000 student. "It's a great place to be."</p><p>Since the 2013-2014 school year ended, Katy ISD has enrolled nearly 3,000 new students, bringing the total enrollment to 70,063.</p><p>West Memorial Junior High is Katy ISD's second-oldest junior high school. The school opened its doors in 1976, and now serves more than 740 students. </p></div>

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