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2015-2016 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is April 9 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is April 92015-03-02T21:38:13Z<div class="ExternalClass210E2B0D8AF14142B2BF595F37DDC213"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Pre-kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year for children in Katy ISD who qualify will be held on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">April 9, 2015 from 9:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">pm</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at the following elementary schools: </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>-       Students zoned to Alexander will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Alexander</strong></span>, 6161 South Fry Rd., 281-237-7100</p><p>-      Students zoned to Bear Creek and Wolfe will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Bear Creek</strong></span>, 4815 Hickory Downs Dr., 281-237-5600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Cimarron will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cimarron</strong></span>, 1100 South Peek Rd., 281-237-6900</p><p>-       Students zoned to Creech and Williams will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Creech</strong></span>, 5905 South Mason Rd., 281-237-8850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Exley will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Exley</strong></span>, 21800 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8400</p><p>-       Students zoned to Fielder will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Fielder</strong></span>, 2100 Greenway Village, 281-237-6450</p><p>-       Students zoned to Franz will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Franz</strong></span>, 2751 Westgreen Blvd., 281-237-8600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Golbow will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Golbow</strong></span>, 3535 Lakes of Bridgewater Dr., 281-237-5350</p><p>-       Students zoned to Griffin, Davidson ,Randolph, Stanley, Wilson, Shafer and Wolman  will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Griffin</strong></span>, 7800 S. Fry Rd., 281-237-8700</p><p>-       Students zoned to Hayes and Pattison will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hayes</strong></span>, 21203 Park Timbers Ln., 281-237-3200</p><p>-       Students zoned to Holland will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Holland</strong></span>, 23720 Seven Meadows Parkway, 281-234-0500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Hutsell will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hutsell</strong></span>, 5360 Franz Rd., 281-237-6500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Katy will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy</strong></span>, 5726 George Bush Ave.,281-237-6550</p><p>-       Students zoned to King will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>King,</strong></span> 1901 Charlton House Ln., 281-237-6850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Mayde Creek will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek</strong></span>, 2698 Greenhouse Rd., 281-237-3950</p><p>-       Students zoned to McRoberts will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>McRoberts</strong></span>, 3535 Fry Rd., 281-237-2000</p><p>-       Students zoned to Memorial Parkway and Nottingham Country will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Memorial Parkway</strong></span>, 21603 Park Tree, 281-237-5850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Morton Ranch will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch</strong></span>, 2502 Mason Rd., 281-234-0300</p><p>-       Students zoned to Rhoads will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rhoads</strong></span>, 19711 Clay Rd., 281-237-8500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Rylander and WoodCreek, will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rylander,</strong></span> 24831 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8300</p><p>-       Students zoned to Schmalz will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Schmalz,</strong></span> 18605 Greenland Way, 281-237-4500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Stephens will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Stephens,</strong></span> 2715 Fry Rd., 281-234-0200</p><p>-       Students zoned to Sundown will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sundown</strong></span>, 20100 Saums Rd., 281-237-5400</p><p>-       Students zoned to West Memorial will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>West Memorial</strong></span>, 22605 Provincial Blvd., 281-237-6600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Winborn will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Winborn</strong></span>, 22555 Prince George, 281-237-6650</p><p>-       Students zoned to Kilpatrick will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Kilpatrick</strong></span>, 26100 Cinco Ranch Blvd., 281-237-7600<span style="line-height:1.5;">       </span></p><p><strong>Pre-kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses for </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015-2016</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Spanish speaking classes will be held at Bear Creek, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, and Sundown. <br><br></li><li>English speaking classes will be held at Alexander, Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Mayde Creek, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Rylander, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, and Winborn.<br></li></ul><p>Children attend either morning (8:20-11:20) or afternoon (12:40-3:40) classes. Parents or guardians must provide transportation to and from school.</p><p>To qualify for the pre-kindergarten program, the child must reside in Katy ISD and be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.</span> The child must also meet <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>one</strong></span> of the following qualifications:</p><ul><li>Limited English proficient because a language other than English is the primary language spoken in the home. Students qualifying by language will be tested on the day of registration to determine placement in the program.</li><li>Qualify according to the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Parents must bring proof of income of <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>all</strong></span> persons employed within the home (documentation for at least one month of income).  Proof of income can include current check stubs, child support statement of payment, SNAP qualification letter, etc. <strong>All those who</strong> <strong>qualify by income at spring registration must have their income re-verified on </strong>August 16 at the pre-k campus they will attend.</li><li>The family is homeless.</li><li>Have a parent who is an active member of the armed forces.  Parent must present their Department of Defense photo identification (military ID).  An active member of the Texas National Guard must provide a "Statement of Service" document.</li><li>The child is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services. A letter from DFPS must be provided.<br><br>On the day of registration, parents must provide immunization records, a birth certificate, social security number, if available, proof of residency in Katy ISD (a home or apartment lease agreement, a recently paid utility bill with correct name and Katy ISD address of parent or guardian, or a letter from a mortgage company indicating approval of permanent financing for a residence in Katy ISD), and guardianship papers if the child resides with someone other than a parent.</li></ul><p>Immunization records must be certified by a doctor or public health official and include the month, date and year of the immunizations. For specific information regarding immunization, please visit the <a href="/dept/healthservices/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Health Services website</a>. ​​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Program Information:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>   </strong></span></p><p>Our Pre-kindergarten program follows the state guidelines set for Pre-k which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as developing science and social studies knowledge and skills. </p><p>All students are given a pre/mid-year/post assessment of basic skills.  Report cards are marked for social and academic skills for the first, second, third and fourth grading period.  A parent conference will be scheduled during the fall semester.  Other conferences may be held at parent and/or teacher request.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pre-kindergarten Enrollment and School Attendance:</strong></span></p><p><strong>Children attend either morning (8:20-11:20) or afternoon (12:40-3:40) classes.</strong>  <strong>Parents or guardians must</strong></p><p><strong>provide transportation to and from school.</strong></p><p>Pre-kindergarten is not a mandatory program.  However, if your child qualifies and is enrolled, he/she is subject to compulsory attendance law.  Your child must attend school each day, Monday through Friday.</p><p>For information you may call the above school closest to your home or Brenda Jones, Reading Intervention Specialist, at (281) 396-2475.</p></div>
2013-14 Federal Report Card Federal Report Card2015-03-02T16:25:34Z<div class="ExternalClassA643F53423E7498E9787A0E41017EA7A"><p>​Katy ISD is sharing information about the State, district and your child's campus as part of our obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). An information letter, along with a copy of the 2013-14 Federal Report Cards for the State, district and your campus are available for your review in the front office of your school, or online at <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></div>
Taylor High School Students Win Two National Debate Tournaments High School Students Win Two National Debate Tournaments2015-02-27T16:34:53Z<div class="ExternalClassEBFD447FE4B84ECF8AE4B1A3E6949CAD"><p><img alt="DSC_0680 small.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0680%20small.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:294px;float:right;" />Taylor High School Policy Debate students <strong>Zaki Alattar</strong> and <strong>Albert Li</strong> recently became the <strong>2015 California Round Robin Champions</strong>, as well as the <strong>2015 California Invitational Champions</strong> at UC Berkeley.</p><p>After sweeping the UIL District Policy Debate Tournament this month, Alattar and Li beat 13 of the nation's top-ranked debate teams at the California Round Robin Tournament held at the College Preparatory School. The California Round Robin is unique from traditional tournaments in that the school invites experts on the year's resolution to judge the final round. Teams must also be ranked in the top 25 debate teams in the nation to be invited to this event.</p><p>Alattar and Li also attended the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">California Invitational</a> at UC Berkeley and beat out 188 teams from across the country to become the 2015 California Invitational Champions.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction Winners ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction Winners2015-02-26T21:32:24Z<div class="ExternalClassE8C2187647494098AAD4AA0D02229216"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Sixteen Katy ISD FFA students were recently selected as Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, and Grand Champions for Showmanship in the Livestock Auction as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. During the auction, a total of 484 animals were sold, bringing in a District record of more than </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">$638,000</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Congratulations to the following Livestock Auction winners:</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><br></span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Grand Champion Rabbit:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Aaron Knight, Seven Lakes HS, $6,500</span></p><p><strong>Grand Champion Broiler:</strong> Cameron Colvin, Katy HS, $8,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Goat:</strong> Kaitlyn Funk, Katy HS, $7,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Lamb:</strong> Kasey Mitchell, Katy HS, $6,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Hog:</strong> Cole Carpenter, Cinco Ranch HS, $9,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Steer:</strong> Katelyn Bihm, Cinco Ranch HS, $15,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Rabbit:</strong> Dawson Richburg, Tompkins HS, $4,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Broiler:</strong> Jennifer Conrad, Katy HS, $5,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Goat:</strong> Lexi Martin, Cinco Ranch HS, $5,000</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Lamb:</strong> Kayla Powers, Katy HS, $6,499</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Hog:</strong> Nicole Shaw, Morton Ranch HS, $7,300</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Steer:</strong> Nathalie Hudson, Mayde Creek HS, $7,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Goat:</strong> Morgan Wells, Katy HS, $4,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Lamb:</strong> Haley Thompson, Morton Ranch HS, $3,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Hog:</strong> Kaitlyn Price, Morton Ranch HS, $4,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Steer:</strong> Heather Stenson, Mayde Creek HS, $6,500​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Click </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for more information on the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo.​</span><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program Competition ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program Competition2015-02-24T17:39:13Z<div class="ExternalClassAEE3095996664A46994E729CDC179605"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (HLSR) School Art Program competition for </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently held in the Merrell Center with more than 525 pieces of K-12 student art. Katy ISD is proud to announce the Katy ISD</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Best of Show</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Medal </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Special Merit Finalists </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">for the HLSR art competition.</span><em style="line-height:1.5;">                                                    </em></p><p>All of the winning student work listed below has been taken to the NRG Center to prepare for the <strong>Grand Prix Final Judging</strong> between 100 school districts participating in the School Art Program. The art will be on exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery from <strong>March 3 to March 22, 2015.</strong></p><p><strong>Elementary Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Hannah Fan</strong>, Pattison Elementary, Teacher: Kendra Martin</p><p>- Gold Medal – <strong>Nameer Ahsan</strong>, Kilpatrick Elementary, Teacher: Stephanie Aromy ​</p><p><strong>Junior High Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Michele Dupont</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall<strong> </strong></p><p>- Gold Medal –<strong> Samantha Gunderson</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall</p><p><strong>High School Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show –<strong> Rachel Bai</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Sierra Schriefer</strong>, Katy HS, Teacher: Brent Kramlich </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Patrick Zajac</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Lisa Matschek </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Chase Berry</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Fatemeh Ebrahimi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Shane Westcot</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Christine Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ana Olvera</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ben Whaley</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Jackie Walton</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Juliette Ragi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Lulu Akingade</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Meredith McWhirter</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Brittany Roberts</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Bana Yun</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Alexa Baeza</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Lucy Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Amy Yang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Rose Miao</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Nancy Viola </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Jaerin Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>The HLSR Student Awards Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the NRG Center Main Arena.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards2015-02-24T17:33:28Z<div class="ExternalClass1F5C28A9B885474AB1849E6BBB20A559"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The results of the regional Scholastic Writing contest were recently announced, and a total of seven Katy ISD students won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards and 14 won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Silver Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards. Each of the winning students, along with their parents, teachers and principals, were honored at a reception on February 20 at the Glassell Junior School</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Congratulations to the following:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>Gold Key </strong>Winners:</p><ul><li><strong>Zach Mascorro</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Emily Burleson</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Sofia Guevara</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Snovia Moiz</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Rebecca Sharp</strong>, Morton Ranch High School (Whitrock, teacher)</li><li><strong>Avni Halabe</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Cannon, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li></ul><p><strong>Silver Key </strong>Winners:<strong> </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christopher Chen</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Cindy Tan</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Elena Welsh</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Alejandra Cristancho</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nathan Peng</strong> , Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Lauren Ross</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Kylie Warwick</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Stephanie Cham</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (De La Rosa, teacher)</li><li><strong>Connie Guo</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Frishman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li><li><strong>Ananya Venkat</strong>, Taylor High School (Porter, teacher)</li><li><strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Melinda Wang</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li></ul><p>All <strong>Gold Key</strong> winners will advance to the national competition in New York City. National winners will be announced in March and will be invited to attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a complete list of regional winners. </p></div>
Make the Grade with School Breakfast the Grade with School Breakfast2015-02-24T16:52:23Z<div class="ExternalClass12571A75C7474062ACCB1141AC2661CF"><p><em>Katy ISD Participates in National School Breakfast Week​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department joins districts across the United States in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (NSBW) the week of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">March 2-6, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week is a week-long celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.</span></p><p>The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, <strong>"Make the Grade with School Breakfast,"</strong> highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve success in the classroom and beyond. As part of the NSBW celebrations, campuses across the District will participate in coloring contests where entries will be displayed in the cafeteria.  </p><p>Every school day, Katy ISD's breakfast program offers students the healthy breakfast they need to get set for a busy school day. Every breakfast served in Katy ISD meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. </p><p>For more information on school breakfast, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Nutrition and Food Service website</a>.</p></div>
Jazz with a Katy Flair with a Katy Flair2015-02-24T16:49:47Z<div class="ExternalClassB717F9F2D06046E3959DB6A36A0CE6BC"><p><em>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation will host its second annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, April 23, at Palacio Maria, 21728 Highland Knolls Drive.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted in partnership with the Katy Jazz Festival, the event will benefit the foundation and its </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Now in its third year of operation, the foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects at campuses across the district.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation recently set a goal of awarding $1,000,000 in Katy ISD teacher grants over the next five years, an effort that is supported by events like </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><em>Jazz with a Katy Flair</em> features an evening of jazz music performed by The Carla Helmbrecht Quintet, artists in residence for the Katy Jazz Festival.  Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Carla Helmbrecht tours both nationally and internationally and has been a featured artist at events like the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Filmore Jazz Fest.  Her first two solo recordings with Heart Music (Austin, Texas) showcased a collection of jazz standards and originals, joined by a host of world-class musicians, resulting in three Grammy nominations.  </p><p>Thompson & Horton, LLP serves as the event title sponsor.  Other early event sponsors include Larry and Patricia Wright and Tradition Bank.  Additional sponsorships, including table sponsors, are available.  Single ticket admission is $75 per guest.  Find more information, RSVP or become a sponsor at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p><p>The Katy Jazz Festival will be held at Katy High School on April 24 and 25 and feature an incredible array of jazz performances, master classes and ARTkaty, a visual arts exhibit and sale.  Learn more about the Jazz Festival at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.​</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p></div>
Two-way Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten Students Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten Students2015-02-19T20:29:43Z<div class="ExternalClassAA4EF99FA3B44482BB10A7B03952D7AF"><p>​The Office of Other Languages will be conducting TWI information sessions for students entering kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year. These sessions will provide parents with information regarding the application process, requirements for entry into the TWI program and the structure of the program.  Information sessions will be provided in English or in Spanish.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Two-Way%20Immersion%20Parent%20Info%20Sessions%202015-16.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />TWI Information Sessions</a></p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations2015-02-17T17:14:42Z<div class="ExternalClass08425596B17E4FA6B02FA832BBB0F56F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of six Katy ISD student art pieces were selected to be displayed in the State Capitol Show during Youth Art Month celebrations in March, a show that features 100 pieces of student art from across Texas. The art pieces will be on display from March 1-7 at the Capitol Building, and March 8-22 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following students being honored for their artwork at the Capital Show:</p><ul><li><strong>Amy Vaclavik</strong>, McMeans Junior High (teacher: Trevor Gibson) </li><li><strong>Mathias Pitzel</strong>, Davidson Elementary (teacher: Vanina Orendorff) </li><li><strong>Faith Hernandez</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Julie Brinson)</li><li><strong>Emily Wu</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Judy Rounds) </li><li><strong>Akhil Ibrahim</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Marnie Morrie-Wishart) </li><li><strong>David Siebold</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Yuri Zaroli) </li></ul><p>Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  </p></div>
2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo2015-02-17T17:12:17Z<div class="ExternalClassF7B0686BFBC248F6B0F663D70EF316B3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">will celebrate its 72</span><sup>nd</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year beginning Wednesday, February 18</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">through Saturday, February 21, </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">at the Fairgrounds located at I-10 and FM 1463 (next to the Merrell Center) in Katy</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Carnival and Katy ISD Student Night will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 5 p.m. The Katy Rodeo is the oldest community rodeo of its kind, and is held in conjunction with the District's annual FFA Livestock Show.​</span></p><p>The following is the schedule for the 2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show: </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u>Wednesday, Feb. 18<br></u></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">10 a.m. – Special Rodeo</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, Feb. 19</strong></span><br> 7:30 a.m. – Broiler Show<br><span style="line-height:1.5;">8 a.m. - Hog Show<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">2 p.m. - Goat Show<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">7 p.m. - Rodeo Performance</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, Feb. 20</strong></span><br> 7:30 a.m. – Rabbit Show<br> 11 a.m. – Lamb Show<br> 12 p.m. - Ag Mechanics Show <br> 1 p.m. – Steer Show<br> 7 p.m. - Rodeo Performance</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, Feb. 21</strong></span><br> 7 a.m. - Barn Sale<br> 9:30 a.m. - Parade<br> 11 a.m. – Buyers' Luncheon<br> 1 p.m. - Auction<br> 7 p.m. – Rodeo Performance<br> <br></p><p>The Katy ISD Livestock Show & Rodeo Parade will take place on <strong>Saturday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 a.m.</strong> Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy Rodeo website</a> for a full listing of <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Rodeo events</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Participates in Leadership Program ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Participates in Leadership Program2015-02-17T16:12:39Z<div class="ExternalClass70C7D4B86B4442058EC2AB95FFF1C8BF"><p>​<em>Trustee to earn Master Trustee status upon completion</em>​​<img alt="6Y9A7270.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/6Y9A7270.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:311px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;"><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Board of Trustee Henry Dibrell joined 34 other school board members from across Texas January 29-31 at the third session of the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards Class of 2015. </span></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Participants who complete all required elements of this year-long education leadership study program will graduate this year by earning Master Trustee status, which is the highest designation recognized by TASB.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">During their meeting in Houston, the trustees heard from featured speaker Amy Lynch, CEO of Generational Edge and a nationally recognized expert on understanding generational differences. Lynch provided the group with insights into recognized communication strategies when dealing with the general public who represent multiple generations.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">The participants also visited Cypress-Fairbanks ISD's Clear Falls High School and Berry Center, Clear Creek ISD's Stewart Elementary and Education Village, and La Porte ISD's Bayshore Elementary.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for El Paso in April and Forth Worth in June. 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. The current class is sponsored in part by H-E-B.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">TASB is a 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 5 million public school students.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High #14 ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High #142015-02-17T15:53:06Z<div class="ExternalClassE84DE9EE513741F98954F08F52872655"><p><em>​Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em></p><p>Katy ISD is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Febraury 19 at 10 a.m. in recognition of the construction of Junior High No. 14.  <span style="line-height:1.5;">Joining the celebration will be Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Board of Trustees, staff, students and community members.  </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">This campus is one of six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package.  Located at 26721 Hawks Prairie Blvd. in the Hawks Landing neighborhood, this school will provide enrollment relief to WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior highs when it opens in fall of 2016. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​Click here</a> for more information. </span></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiaras ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiaras2015-02-11T22:01:27Z<div class="ExternalClass0E0F6EA83E4E4A399854779F1492E5CA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors across the District while supporting KEYS Scholarships at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ties & Tiaras </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">on March 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">NOAH'S of Katy, located at </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">21402 Merchants Way, </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">was selected as this year's venue.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This year's festivities include honoring the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, along with back-to-back entertainment provided by five Katy ISD high school show choirs and the Mayde Creek High School Cripple Creek Fiddlers. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Also joining the event will be the Taylor High School student artists who created this year's KEYS scholarship masterpiece.</span></p><p>Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD's family of mentors who spend up to one hour each week with their students. Revenue from ticket sales, along with support from local corporate sponsors, benefits the <strong>KEYS Scholarship Fund</strong>. Ties & Tiaras <strong>2015 Platinum Sponsors</strong> include Firethorne, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union and the Pratt family.  Gold Sponsors include Memorial Hermann Katy, Wood Group, H-E-B and Members Choice Credit Union.  The event will be catered by Hasta La Pasta, a corporate underwriter. </p><p>Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded <strong>$200,000</strong> to graduating KEYS seniors.  KEYS – Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – 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.  Piloted during the 1995-1996 school year, this program now extends to every campus in Katy ISD.  KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship program, with many mentors and their students sustaining their friendship year after year.   </p><p>KEYS and KEYS Scholarships are offered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to RSVP. Additional questions may be directed to Martha Brown at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
School Bus Driver Appreciation Week: Katy High School Highlight Bus Driver Appreciation Week: Katy High School Highlight2015-02-11T17:16:07Z<div class="ExternalClass074E0624DDE14CDE950179237F7F85A9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">chool bus drivers in Katy ISD are dedicated and valued </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">employees who contribute significantly to the educational growth of our students. Every day, they play a critical role in student success by ensuring students get to and from school safely. The 19 school bus drivers at Katy High School are no exception. Supervised by Barbara Brannon, the drivers have more than 200 years of combined experience and transport approximately 3,000 students daily.</span></p><p>The Katy High School bus drivers, like drivers across the District, are made up of parents, grandparents, former businessmen, veterans, retirees, and even current teachers. For some, this job is a way to spend more time with their children or grandchildren. Others view driving as an opportunity to serve their community and school district. </p><p>While the reasons for becoming a bus driver differ, they all share one important quality – they love their job because of the relationships they build with other drivers and with Katy ISD students and their families.</p><p>"All of the drivers are very close, and we're thankful for the staff at Katy High School and our administrators for their support," says Pat Boatright, a bus driver since 2008. "We're able to work through challenges together because of the support we receive from the top."</p><p>Many of the Katy High School drivers have had the same students on their routes for many years and have been able to watch them grow up. "It's important for us to develop good relationships with students and their parents," said Katy ISD bus driver Maria Mercado. "When they see us smiling first thing in the morning, it can brighten their day." </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the Katy High School bus drivers. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Selected as Candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program ISD Students Selected as Candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program 2015-02-11T14:42:11Z<div class="ExternalClassA92A833EEE8948FE9FC5B4CE127DE16D"><p>​<em>Students selected based on academic or artistic success, among other criteria</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nineteen Katy ISD students have been selected as candidates for the highly prestigious </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">United States Presidential Scholars Program</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span></p><p>Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is <strong>by invitation only, and e</strong>very year up to 141 graduating seniors from across the nation are chosen to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for high school students.  </p><p>Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. During their trip, Scholars meet with important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, scientists and other accomplished people. </p><p>The following students have been selected as candidates: </p><ul><li><strong>Raeedah A. Choudhury</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Seo Yun Jang</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Andrew X. Ni</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Jenny A. Xiao</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>James E. Yoder</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Tawsif Azad</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Laura C. Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>David J. Shu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Yilun Wang</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Krithika Kuppusamy</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Adelaide J. Kwon</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Albert H. Li</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Marianne E. Olsen</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Cean K. Park</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Luis E. Rangel</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Matthew C. Rossen</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Amrutha Srinivasan</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Kevin Xu</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Andy C. Yu</strong>, Taylor High School</li></ul><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. </span><br></p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Student Earns Perfect Score on Advanced Placement Exam Ranch High School Student Earns Perfect Score on Advanced Placement Exam2015-02-10T21:12:27Z<div class="ExternalClass8DCE4BA9931F492C9C587B2D3795347E"><p><img alt="Lee_Perfect AP Score.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lee_Perfect%20AP%20Score.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:155px;float:right;" /></p><p>Cinco Ranch High School student <strong>Jiyeon Lee</strong> earned a <strong>perfect score</strong> on her Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio Exam in spring 2014.​ </p><p>AP Exams are reported on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to an "A" grade in the corresponding college course. Lee not only received the top score of 5, but in doing so, was one of only 13 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio Exam.</p><p>Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement. For more information about AP Exams, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</span></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education2015-02-10T17:31:30Z<div class="ExternalClass7A99616F6E304B7996D4CB60A883E116"><p><img alt="Bob Bryant_2015.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bob%20Bryant_2015.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:185px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant is the recipient of the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;">2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">This award recognizes educators who have committed over 25 years to building the state of music education throughout their local community, and who have had an impact across the state and the nation.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Bryant was selected for his work in the Houston community and beyond.  He was recommended for this award by his colleagues, and representatives of state and national organizations who are aware of his work in music education.  Bryant will be presented with this award at the Houston Symphony's Salute to Educators Concert on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">The Houston Symphony's Salute to Educators Concert honors Houston-area educators every year and celebrates the great work they do to develop the leaders of the future.  This concert features the winner from the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition in the first half and a performance of one of the best-known orchestral masterworks in the second half, with the Houston Symphony performing side-by-side one of our partnering youth orchestras.​</p></div>
Results of Katy ISD Transportation Sustainability Survey Presented to Board of Trustees of Katy ISD Transportation Sustainability Survey Presented to Board of Trustees 2015-02-10T02:19:07Z<div class="ExternalClass9C73BB1AAA2D462C832785BF049B0AD2"><p><em>More than 17,000 surveys submitted by parents and community</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study on Monday, the results of the Transportation Sustainability Survey, which was completed by more than 17,000 parents and community members in Katy, were presented.        </span></p><p>With ongoing community growth and development spurring a nearly 3,000-student annual increase in enrollment, Katy ISD's student transportation system is facing mounting pressure due to the lack of driver availability. To address this growing problem, District leaders sought the community's feedback on possible solutions to help sustain the current transportation model.  </p><p>Based on the results of the survey:</p><ul><li><p>The most preferred option among parents for addressing the transportation challenge was to make no changes at this time. The most preferred option among non-parents was the multi-bell schedule while keeping half-mile radius for elementary students and a one-mile radius for secondary students, which was also the second ranked option among parents.</p></li><li><p>When prompted to choose, participants prefer a multi-bell schedule that maintains the current distances, as opposed to modifying the distances and keeping a two-bell schedule.</p></li><li><p>The most popular option among those who preferred a multi-bell schedule keeps high school students starting school first at 7:25 a.m., followed by elementary students at 8:00, 8:10 and 8:25 a.m., and then junior high students at 8:55 a.m. </p></li><li><p>Twenty-four percent of all participants strongly prefer a later start time and end time for junior high and high school students, and 20 percent of participants somewhat prefer a later start time for secondary students. </p></li><li><p>However, when asked to select a preference among schedule options, more participants chose Option 1, which keeps high school students starting school first at 7:25 a.m., while moving junior high students to start last at 8:55 a.m.</p></li></ul><div><p><strong>The Board of Trustees will consider the data presented at tonight's meeting, as well as additional feedback that may be provided by community members as potential next steps are assessed.</strong></p><p>The survey was open to the public from January 7 – 21 and covered four topics: current transportation methods, utilization of district transportation, transportation preferences, and school start and end times.  Participants were asked to provide feedback on current use and potential changes like new bus route modeling and modified school bell schedules, among other items.</p><p>With Katy ISD's enrollment projected to top 90,000 by 2023, District leaders deem the current transportation system as unsustainable.  The key variable for providing transportation services is the availability of drivers.  This is a challenge many school districts face, as it is a well-documented problem across the region, state, and country.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/Katy_ISD_Transportation_Survey_Results-Feb%202015.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to view the results of survey. </p></div></div>
Katy ISD School Scene - Seven Lakes Junior High ISD School Scene - Seven Lakes Junior High2015-02-10T00:40:33Z<div class="ExternalClassD90474CA37EF47C2A0EAAB25C7D0DD3C"><p>​<span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">In this week's School Scene, meet the </span><strong style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes Junior High</strong><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;"> </span><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">students who are helping build a respectful and safe environment on campus with their</span><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;"> </span><strong style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;"><em>Help and Inspire</em></strong><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;"> </span><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">club. Eighth-graders Kharri Trotter, Juan Carreno and Camila Blumberg first created a YouTube channel with helpful and inspiring videos, and from that, developed a club for students to share and learn from each other.</span></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">This past winter break, Trotter, Carreno and Blumberg created a YouTube channel called <em>Help and Inspire</em> where they post videos about real issues teens go through, and how to overcome them. The issues discussed in the videos range from depression to bullying, and always encourage others to stay positive and join the conversation.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">When school started again in January, they decided to take this idea a step further and create a support group on campus.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">"We thought it was unique because we don't currently have a group on campus that goes into that type of depth," said Carreno. "We've all experienced these issues, so we wanted to provide an outlet for others to talk about the same issues."</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">After consulting with Team Leadership Teacher Katie Frazier, the students took their idea to Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Dr. Imelda Medrano.<em>Help and Inspire</em> is completely student-led, but has four sponsors who attend meetings and offer help when needed.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">The club now meets every Tuesday, and is open to any SLJH student after filling out an application with a parent. The meetings include positive activities and discussions covering a variety of topics.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">"<em>Help and Inspire</em> embodies the environment that Dr. Medrano has created at Seven Lakes Junior High," said Katie Frazier, Team Leadership teacher. "As a teacher, seeing kids take this initiative is so rewarding."</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Check out the <em>Help and Inspire</em> YouTube channel at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. Sponsors for this club are Seven Lakes Junior High teachers Katie Frazier, Natalie Meekins, Sandra Rodriquez and Sarah Heston.​</p></div>
National Signing Day in Katy ISD Signing Day in Katy ISD2015-02-05T17:17:57Z<div class="ExternalClass82A8E05F643B447980E3175A734BD300"><p></p><p>A total of 46 ​Katy ISD student athletes recently signed letters of intent to participate in collegiate sports at colleges and universities across the U.S. during National Signing Day 2015, and many more signed letters of intent earlier in the academic year.   </p><p>Katy ISD also expects more commitments toward the end of the semester. <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/2015-National-Signing-Day.aspx" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to see the list of athletes who signed letters of intent. ​</p></div>
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Available for Katy ISD Students Placement (AP) Exams Available for Katy ISD Students2015-02-05T14:33:36Z<div class="ExternalClassA5D1EA894F68486E8BE1B99119E77574"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">High school students in Katy ISD may register for Advanced Placement exams at their home campus </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">February 16-March 1, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  Late registrations will be accepted through March 4, 2015 with a late fee of $5/exam. Each high school will announce the details of the registration process at the home campus.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>All students who are enrolled in AP courses in Katy ISD are strongly encouraged to participate in AP exams.  An Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or better is counted as an advanced measure for Distinguished Achievement graduation recognition (DAP) and can be recognized for a distinction. However, students are not required to take the exam, and the exam has no bearing on the high school course grade.</p><p>Fee waivers are available for students on free or reduced lunch. Home-schooled students may register in person at the high school campus in their attendance zone during the registration window. </p><p>A partial refund of $30 per exam is available for seniors who have been admitted to a college and who have documentation that the college will not accept AP exam scores for credit.  Refunds must be requested <span style="text-decoration:underline;">in writing</span> to the home school counseling office by May 1, 2015 with documentation from the college or university's AP exam policy.</p><p>Students in special economic circumstances (on free and reduced lunch) must identify that need during exam registration.  All requests for additional fee waivers must be made <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>during the registration period (February 16-March 4, 2015)</em></strong></span> to ensure that proper arrangements are made for the student. AP Coordinators will confirm eligibility for any fee waivers. Students in need of testing accommodations must adhere to the College Board timeline for these requests. Contact the AP Coordinator with any questions.</p><p>AP exams are scheduled for the weeks of May 4-8 and May 11-15.  To determine the exact date of a particular exam, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p><p>Scores of 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams are generally accepted for college credit; however each college or university has its own policy on awarding college credit or advanced standing.  Students are responsible for checking the policy at the university or college they plan to attend by contacting the university or by visiting the College Board's website at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p><p>Contact the AP Coordinator at the home campus for more information about the AP program and AP exam registration.</p></div>
Beckendorff Junior High Student Wins District Spelling Bee Junior High Student Wins District Spelling Bee2015-02-04T16:49:06Z<div class="ExternalClassED8EA25A984D4EBF8D7861AC84C85EA6"> </div><div class="ExternalClassED8EA25A984D4EBF8D7861AC84C85EA6"><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="DSC_0005.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0005.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:213px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Beckendorff Junior High</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">student<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;">Raksheet Kota</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>won First Place in the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;">2015 Katy ISD Spelling Bee</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, making it his third consecutive year as winner of the District Spelling Bee. Kota's winning word was "aperture" in the bee that went 15 rounds for nearly four hours. The 2015 Runner Up is<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;">Basil Gopilan</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a student at<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;font-weight:bold;">Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> <span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Both students will advance to the HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee in March.</span></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus. The top scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. <span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary and junior high campus are invited to the District Spelling Bee, where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win. First place winners, and alternates when applicable, participate in the District Spelling Bee for a chance to move on to the regional level.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">The HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee covers 42 counties and will take place on March 28 at the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting. The regional competition is the qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will take place at the end of May in Washington, D.C.</p></div>
Southland Conference Basketball Tournaments Return to the Merrell Center Conference Basketball Tournaments Return to the Merrell Center 2015-02-03T21:58:34Z<div class="ExternalClass7A0C24FCC23C4553B4B4DD6C9CB8C5C2"><p><img alt="Southland Basketball.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Southland%20Basketball.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:253px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy ISD and the Southland Conference have reached an<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>agreement for the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament to return to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy through 2017.  </p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">This year’s tournament will be held March 11-15. <span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>Southland teams from around the south central United States will vie for automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA tournament. Katy ISD has hosted this event for the eighth consecutive year. </p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Located in Katy, Texas, the Merrell Center provides a neutral site for<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>the conference tournament with many amenities for visitors, including a wide variety of hotel, shopping, entertainment, and restaurant options.  </p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">For more information about the tournament, visit<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="" style="color:#c40000;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>or call the Merrell Center at 281-396-2562.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>Tickets are available for sale<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="" style="color:#c40000;text-decoration:underline;">online</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>and at the box office during the event. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Substitute Appreciation Week ISD Celebrates Substitute Appreciation Week2015-02-03T21:04:40Z<div class="ExternalClass3DE93102BE8D47C0B3417E648CF05EB3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will celebrate Substitute Appreciation Week February 9-13 to recognize the many men and women who fill in for absent employees every day. On a typical day, Katy ISD places between 475 and 500 substitutes in classrooms and offices across the District.​</span></p><p>According to the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University, research shows that because of teacher absenteeism, one full year of a child's K-12 education is taught by substitute teachers. The District encourages students and campuses to recognize their substitutes next week for their dedication to our schools.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates School Bus Driver Appreciation Week ISD Celebrates School Bus Driver Appreciation Week2015-02-03T18:30:41Z<div class="ExternalClassDF94FFAC2DA14EE5BDBAC952C18D30B4"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">D</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">uring the week of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">February 9-13,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Katy ISD will celebrate </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">School Bus Driver Appreciation Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD encourages students and the community to recognize their bus drivers and transportation personnel during this week as they are key to ensuring that students get to and from school safely.</span></p><p>By understanding the value of student transportation to our education system, School Bus Driver Appreciation Week promotes the idea that every person involved in our schools is critical to our children's success. The following are suggested activities in which campuses can participate to show appreciation:</p><ul><li>Make a "Thank You" card for all of the safe rides to school </li><li>Host a school bus driver appreciation event to celebrate drivers</li><li>Create banners and signs to celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Week</li><li>Create Valentine's Day cards in appreciation of our bus drivers</li></ul><p>Additional information can be found at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
Nearly 70 Katy ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Art Awards 70 Katy ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Art Awards2015-02-03T19:22:45Z<div class="ExternalClass81DBFC1394BF49C48A889CD2B9FDA17D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Results for the regional Scholastic Art contest are out and nearly 70 Katy ISD students won. Thirty-six students won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards and 32 won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Silver Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards. Gold and Silver Key winners, along with their parents, teachers and principals, will be honored at a reception on February 24 at the Harris County Department of Education.</span></p><p>All Gold Key winners will advance to the national competition in New York City. National winners will be announced in March and will be invited to attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall. <a href="/Documents/Gold%20and%20Silver%20Key%20Winners.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a list of Katy ISD Gold and Silver Key winners. </p></div>
Katy ISD Among Finalists for 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award ISD Among Finalists for 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award2015-02-03T16:37:13Z<div class="ExternalClassD4433AB88A3142F4BF52680BE4023203"><p><em>Winning district to receive $100,000​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is one of six school districts across Texas to be selected </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">as a finalist for the large district category of the 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award.</span></p><p>As a finalist, Katy ISD will be awarded $5,000.  The winning school district will receive $100,000. </p><p>Katy ISD was selected as a finalist for this award based on the following criteria:</p><ul><li>Commitment to student achievement through innovative programs</li><li>Parent and community involvement </li><li>Professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators</li></ul><div><p>The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards celebrate public school professionals and school districts whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.</p><p>H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators. </p><p>The other finalists in the large district category include Arlington ISD, Dripping Spring ISD, Humble ISD, Valley View ISD and Harlingen CISD.  The winning district will be recognized in May 2015.</p></div></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week February 2-6 ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week February 2-62015-01-27T19:17:48Z<div class="ExternalClass8950080EE0654C1EACAD6350BBE13F22"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">At the regular January Board of Trustees Meeting, the Board approved a proclamation celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Counseling Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Katy ISD the week of February 2-6. National School Counseling Week is sponsored annually by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.</span></p><p>This year's theme, <em>Celebrate School Counseling,</em> highlights the contribution of professional school counselors to the academic, career and personal/social success of our children. National School Counseling Week focuses on not only celebrating our counselors, but on informing the public of the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. ​</p><p>Katy ISD school counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. Working in a partnership with parents and teachers, they focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development.  Counselors are involved with encouraging interpersonal skills, responsible behavior, as well as implementing programs to promote academic success. At the secondary level, counselors begin to focus on career development and post-secondary goals. </p></div>
School Report Cards on TEA Report Cards on TEA 2015-01-22T18:20:33Z<div class="ExternalClass97A3C1EB5BCE4E34AA48BD4EC4DCA7BA"><p>​School Report Cards (SRC) are produced annually for each Texas public school campus. The reports contain some information from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) as well as some information from the Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts. Our campus SRC can be accessed at <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. If you have any questions, please contact campus administration. If you would like a hard copy of the report, please contact the front office who will provide a hard copy to you. </p></div>

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