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Katy ISD Student Artists Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Student Art Exhibit and Contest ISD Student Artists Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Student Art Exhibit and Contest2014-07-29T14:11:31Z<div class="ExternalClass64D085973C4B4D9594080C2E183B4E5B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of five Katy ISD student art pieces recently won top awards in the annual </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This year's theme for the art pieces was "The Dog, Man's Best Friend."</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following Katy ISD students: </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Grade Awards</strong></span><strong>- $100.00 </strong><em>(Only one award given in each grade level)</em></p><p>Grade 6: <strong>Leo Parks</strong>, Seven Lakes Jr. High (art teacher – Gina Van Hoozer)</p><p>Grade 7: <strong>Jenna Seo</strong>, McMeans Jr. High (art teacher – Trevor Gibson)</p><p>Grade 10: <strong>Christie Jeong</strong>, Tompkins High School (art teacher – Christie Skinner)</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Committee Choice Awards</strong></span><strong>- $50.00 </strong><em>(20 awards were given based on the Jurors' Top Choices</em><em>.</em><em>)</em></p><p>Grade 8:<strong> Emily Liu</strong>, McMeans Jr. High (art teacher - Trevor Gibson)</p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Sarah Dohadwala</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (art teacher – Madelene Buzan)</p><p>Additionally, 21 students were awarded blue ribbons and 13 awarded red ribbons. All Katy ISD Dog Show pieces will be on public display at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex from <strong>Aug. 18-Sept. 30</strong>. </p><p>For more information on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Art Exhibit and Contest</a>, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows </a>website. </p></div>
Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced2014-07-23T18:57:33Z<div class="ExternalClassCB1126C81EFD471C81B3EB18AD3A614F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of the National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Among these talented students includes three from Katy ISD:</span></p><ul><li><p><strong>Christopher Erik Fisher</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship, probable career field: investment banking;</p></li><li><p><strong>Matthew A. Gaikema</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: applied mathematics;</p></li><li><p><strong>Kimberly A. Rogers</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship, probable career field: acting.</p></li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  </p><p>For more information about the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit website</a>.</p></div>
Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election2014-07-23T15:53:57Z<div class="ExternalClass72A414BBFD1D4884A75658209D0C0971"><p>It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Bond Committee</a>'s presentation recommending a <a href="/sites/bonds/Documents/Package/overview_flyer.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">$748 million bond package</a> to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.  </p><p>"Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities and businesses.  We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too," said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael.  "Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this."  </p><p>For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District's current and future needs.  </p><p>On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.  </p><p>The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee's recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p><p>​</p></div>
2014-2015 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is Aug. 15, 2014 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is Aug. 15, 20142014-07-29T21:33:41Z<div class="ExternalClassBABDD119F2B94024975CE0AF5599CD49"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">2014-15 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is Aug. 15, 2014.</strong></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="/parents/Pages/Registration.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-kindergarten registration</a> for the 2014-2015 school year for children in Katy ISD who qualify will be held on <strong>Aug. 15, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. </strong>at the following elementary schools: ​<br><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Alexander will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 6161 South Fry Rd., 281-237-7100<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Bear Creek and Wolfe will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Bear Creek</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 4815 Hickory Downs Dr., 281-237-5600<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Cimarron will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cimarron</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 1100 South Peek Rd., 281-237-6900<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Creech and Williams will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Creech</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 5905 South Mason Rd., 281-237-8850<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Exley will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Exley</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 21800 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8400<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Fielder will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Fielder</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 2100 Greenway Village, 281-237-6450<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Franz will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Franz</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 2751 Westgreen Blvd., 281-237-8600<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Golbow will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Golbow</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 3535 Lakes of Bridgewater Dr., 281-237-5350<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Griffin, Randolph, Davidson, Stanley, Wilson, Shafer and Wolman will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 7800 S. Fry Rd., 281- 8700<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">-</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Students zoned to Hayes and Pattison will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Hayes</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 21203 Park Timbers Ln., 281-237-3200<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Holland will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Holland</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 23720 Seven Meadows Parkway, 281-234-0500<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Hutsell will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Hutsell</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 5360 Franz Rd., 281-237-6500<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Katy will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 5726 George Bush Ave.,281-237-6550<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to King will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">King, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">1901 Charlton House Ln., 281-237-6850<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">-</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Students zoned to Mayde Creek will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 2698 Greenhouse Rd., 281-237-3950<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to McRoberts will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">McRoberts</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 3535 Fry Rd., 281-237-2000<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Memorial Parkway and Nottingham Country will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Memorial Parkway</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 21603 Park </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Tree, 281-237-5850<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Morton Ranch will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 2502 Mason Rd., 281-234-0300<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Rhoads will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Rhoads</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 19711 Clay Rd., 281-237-8500<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Rylander and WoodCreek will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">24831 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8300<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Schmalz will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Schmalz, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">18605 Greenland Way, 281-237-4500<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Stephens will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Stephens, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">2715 Fry Rd., 281-234-0200<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Sundown will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sundown</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 20100 Saums Rd., 281-237-5400<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to West Memorial will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">West Memorial</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 22605 Provincial Blvd., 281-237-6600<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Winborn will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Winborn</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 22555 Prince George, 281-237-6650<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students zoned to Kilpatrick will register at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kilpatrick</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, 26100 Cinco Ranch Blvd., 281-237-7600</span></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Pre-kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses for 2014-2015:</strong></p><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p>Spanish speaking classes will be held at Bear Creek, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, and Sundown.</p></li><li><p>English speaking classes will be held at Alexander, Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz,Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Mayde Creek, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, and Winborn.<br></p></li></ul><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">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 style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">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.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">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 style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">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 style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">To qualify for the pre-kindergarten program, the child must reside in Katy ISD and be four years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. The child must also meet one of the following eligibility criteria:</p><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p>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.</p></li></ul><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p> Qualify according to the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Parents must bring proof of income of all 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. All those who qualify by income at spring registration must have their income re-verified in August at the pre-k campus they will attend.</p></li></ul><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p> The family is homeless.</p></li></ul><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p>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.</p></li></ul><ul style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><li><p> The child is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. A letter from TDFPS must be provided. </p></li></ul><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>For information you may call the above school closest to your home or Brenda Jones, Reading Intervention Specialist, at 281- 396-2475.</strong></p></div>
2014-2015 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals2014-07-22T13:16:44Z<div class="ExternalClass6261A544D1A4488FBEA04F5C499F8C48"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children eligible under the federal income guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. A copy of the policy may be viewed at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Children living in households with incomes at or below the federally approved levels, based on household size, may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children with statuses as homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an online application prior to the start of school. The online application can be found at the District website at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. If your student receives a letter of approval the first days of school then you do not need to complete a new application for the 2014-2015 school year. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels they should have, should contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at (281) 396-6240.</p><p style="text-align:left;">A Free and Reduced meal application form and an information letter will also be distributed in students' first day packets. <strong>A paper application will not need to be completed if you submitted the application online</strong>. If your child was on the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed. A new application is required each school year.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Nutrition and Food Service staff are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5364 Franz Road in Katy to assist parents in completing the application. Bring the names of all members of the household and their <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gross Monthly Income</span>. For any questions, call the Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service office at (281) 396-6240.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Applications are available online, at any District school, and at the Nutrition and Food Service office. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year, and the 2014-2015 online application will be available one week prior to the start of the new school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining meal eligibility. Application information may be verified by school officials at any time during the school year.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>2014-2015​ School Year</strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Free%20Reduced%20Meals.jpg" alt="Free Reduced Meals.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:659px;" /></p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p></div>
Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition2014-07-21T15:04:45Z<div class="ExternalClass0E35E739BF72468BABF48EBFA9FAB1AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">Leema Weilein,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> recently earned a silver medal in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">STAR Event Competition</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 STAR Event Competition</a>. </p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards2014-07-08T21:56:59Z<div class="ExternalClassE6D5402E676041CC9C4CC5DF1910AD6B"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named a finalist for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2013-2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for secondary principals. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.</p><p>The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas PTA website</a>.</p></div>
Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon2014-07-07T15:45:59Z<div class="ExternalClass613393193227461B946AC17EA8CEEBF6"><p style="text-align:left;">​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting <img alt="THS JET March-A-Thon.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS%20JET%20March-A-Thon.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:220px;vertical-align:baseline;float:right;" />tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 a.m. on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, Aug. 16</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., ending at Taylor High School.</span></p><p>Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.</p><p>Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> for a personal concert. Visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> for more information and the parade route.</p></div>
Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic2014-07-07T16:53:40Z<div class="ExternalClass2F499386DD4C4467A8A5918D41B52959"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cheerleader Clinic</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for interested students ages five through 13 on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the Tompkins High School dance gym.</span></p><p>The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August. </p><p><a href="/Documents/OTHS%20Cheer%20Clinic.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information or to register for this event.</p></div>
Board Approves 2014-2015 Teacher Salary Schedule Approves 2014-2015 Teacher Salary Schedule2014-06-26T16:15:16Z<div class="ExternalClass30EDD95ADD6F4173A9239A581CADEEEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular June meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the new </span><a href="/dept/hr/Documents/2014-15%20Teacher%20Salary%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">teacher salary schedule</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for 2014-2015, and an increase in pay for bus drivers and auxiliary positions C1 through C4.</span></p><p>The beginning teacher salary will increase 4.26 percent, and current Katy ISD teachers entering their sixth year with the District will receive a significant 7.09 percent increase. </p><p>Auxiliary positions C1 through C4 will receive an increase of $1.00 per hour for the 2014-2015 school year. Bus drivers will receive a $2.50 per hour increase, changing the starting salary rate from $13.75 to $16.25 per hour.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System2014-06-24T15:12:55Z<div class="ExternalClass8CB6F9773647423094E87E3AC3804428"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD has earned a rating of</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><em style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Superior Achievement</strong></em><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">under the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (FIRST) for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the 12 years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST.</span></p><p>Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, the highest being <em>Superior Achievement</em>, followed by <em>Above Standard Achievement</em>, <em>Standard Achievement</em> and <em>Substandard Achievement</em>. More information regarding the FIRST rating system can be found on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Education Agency</a> website.  </p></div>
Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools2014-06-24T15:10:42Z<div class="ExternalClass6E6AF4130D824E45930C53553C9D2727"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular June Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Angelita Bateman</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of Williams Elementary, and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">William Rhodes </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as the new principal of Fielder Elementary. Bateman is currently the assistant principal at Williams Elementary, and Rhodes is a Human Resources Coordinator for Katy ISD.</span></p><p>Bateman has been in education for 13 years and began her career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2001. She became the assistant principal of Williams Elementary in 2007. Bateman holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and a master's degree in elementary education.</p><p>Rhodes has been in education for 12 years and began his career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2006. He then served as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary before beginning his current role as a Human Resources Coordinator. Rhodes holds a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in educational leadership, and is expecting to earn his Doctorate in educational administration in May 2015.</p></div>
Board Names New Principal of Franz Elementary Names New Principal of Franz Elementary2014-06-19T17:26:36Z<div class="ExternalClass34C3224AE22E4F7B8D611E940B6E4856"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During their monthly Work Study Meeting on Monday, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced <strong>Yvette Sylvan</strong> as the new principal of Franz Elementary School. Sylvan began in Katy ISD in her current role as assistant principal of Stephens Elementary in 2007, and previously served as a teacher for Alief Independent School District for nine years. </span></p><span class="paragraph1"><p class="x_MsoNoSpacing">Sylvan holds a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Science in education management from the University of Houston.</p></span></div>
U.S. 4th Army Reunion Band Holds Free Public Concert 4th Army Reunion Band Holds Free Public Concert2014-06-19T13:21:04Z<div class="ExternalClass528CF1983F7C4715B2CE89F71638D7CB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The United States </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">4th Army Reunion Band</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> is holding a free public concert on</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> June 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the Spring Branch Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College. The concert will include orchestra, jazz band and concert band performances. Katy's community </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Lone Star Symphonic Band</a>, directed by Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant,<span style="line-height:1.5;"> will also perform with the 4th Army Band.</span></p><p>The 4th Army Band staffed some of America's finest musicians during the Korean and Vietnamese Conflicts. Between the years 1950 and 1971, the band regularly performed live concerts, as well as radio shows that inspired people throughout five states of the Southwest. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the United States 4th Army Band.</p></div>
Katy ISD Musicians Named Outstanding Performers in UIL State Competition ISD Musicians Named Outstanding Performers in UIL State Competition2014-06-17T20:33:29Z<div class="ExternalClassB0BFB985135443F4939CEA35EBCD2867"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of six Katy ISD student musicians were recently named </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Outstanding Performers</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the 2014 </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> held in May. More than 700 Katy ISD students advanced to the prestigious state competition held at the University of Texas at Austin by earning a Superior Rating at the Regional UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest.</span></p><p>Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Performers:</p><ul><li><strong>Morgan Hollingshead</strong>, Katy High School, Girls' Voice – Director: Robert Dierdorf</li><li><strong>Helen Zhou</strong>, Seven Lakes High School, Violin – Director: Desiree Overree</li><li><strong>Jessica Mortensen</strong>, Katy High School, Alto Saxophone – Director: Terence Gorton</li><li><strong>Amber Park</strong>, Seven Lakes High School, Clarinet – Director: Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Kara Miller</strong>, Seven Lakes High School, French Horn – Director: Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Evan Toler</strong>, Taylor High School, Clarinet – Director: Christopher Bailey</li></ul><p>Additionally, the District had 131 student musicians who earned Gold medals and 244 students who earned Silver medals in the state competition. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition.</p></div>
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Named Merit Scholarship Winners Named2014-06-16T15:38:50Z<div class="ExternalClassB8B8A1ADF7B74346B27EEBD5240FEF1A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of more than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Among these talented students includes two from Katy ISD:​</span></p><ul><li><p><strong>JaeWook Lee</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship. Probable career field: journalism</p></li><li><p><strong>Elizabeth Zudock</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  </p><p>For more information about the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Auxiliary Job Fair June 18 ISD Hosts Auxiliary Job Fair June 182014-06-12T20:42:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB3831F3416E548448FA2C9AF67F44692"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">K</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">aty ISD will host an </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Auxiliary Job Fair</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Wednesday, June 18</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Morton Ranch High School Library located at 21000 Franz Road in Katy.</span></p><p>Katy ISD will be interviewing for mechanics, bus drivers, bus driver trainees, bus attendants, and food service workers. Interested individuals can apply on the <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Job%20Fair%20Flyer%206-11-14.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information, or call (281) 396-2347.</p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Chorale invited to perform at 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Convention Ranch High School Chorale invited to perform at 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Convention2014-06-09T21:10:42Z<div class="ExternalClass185A7FFCD94B42EFB5D3344B21EB2CAB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Cinco Ranch High School Chorale was recently selected as a 2015 Performing Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This year, 33 school choirs from across the state submitted CD's for evaluation by a panel of judges which included university music professors. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The panel unanimously chose the Cinco Ranch High School Chorale to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention to be held in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. </span></p><p>This is the highest honor that a choir in Texas can receive, and marks the first time that a high school choir from Katy ISD has received a second TMEA performance invitation. Director Dorothy Wilson also had the honor of conducting the CRHS Chorale in performance at the 2008 Convention.</p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program2014-06-09T14:59:53Z<div class="ExternalClassDFE8E91E933245588380FABA2C6C5CA7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Summer is just around the corner and parents may be thinking about what their child will do for meals when school is out. This summer, Katy ISD will again participate in the USDA Summer Food Program at five District schools. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The program is free of charge to any child under the age of 18, and includes breakfast service. Lunch and breakfast will only be served to children who come and eat in the school cafeteria. </p><p><strong>Hutsell Elementary: June 16 - July 9<br></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Stephens Elementary: June 16 - July 9<br></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Morton Ranch Junior High: June 17 - July 1<br></strong>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.<br></p><p><strong>McDonald Junior High: June 16 - June 25<br></strong>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</p><p><strong>Raines High School (OAC): June 17 - July 17<br></strong>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</p><p>For more information about the Summer Food Program, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service</a> website.</p></div>
Katy ISD junior high students receive superior rankings at the Junior High Visual Art Scholastic Event ISD junior high students receive superior rankings at the Junior High Visual Art Scholastic Event 2014-06-06T14:03:25Z<div class="ExternalClassC88DD7C6A66B48C6B0C10C8DB00F8030"><p>​Students from Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Katy, West Memorial and Woodcreek junior high schools submitted a total of 131 pieces of artwork to the Junior High Visual Art Scholastic Event. <br> <br>The Jr VASE program (formerly Junior VASE) is the only art event of its kind in the nation which provides students the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork.<br> <br>Of the 131 student entries, 93 were rated ‘Superior’ and advanced to compete for the ‘Best of the Superior Ratings’. The following six entries were rated ‘Best of the Superior Ratings’ and received an additional silver medal. <br> <br>Congratulations to the winners and all the participants!<br> <br><strong>Best of the Superior Ratings </strong></p><ul><li><p>Fabiana Munoz, “Lone Tulip”, Cinco Ranch JH, teacher- Hailey-Ann Booth</p></li><li><p>Conner Padron, “The Red Windown”, Beckendorff JH, teacher- Lisa Hiscocks</p></li><li><p>Karen Sun, “Flying Prints” and “Underwater Watercolor”,  Beckendorff JH, teacher- Lisa Hiscocks</p></li></ul><ul><li><p>Sierra Harriman, “Ben, Zeus, And Haley Blue”, Woodcreek JH, teacher- Robert Hall </p></li><li><p>Christina Zhou, “Wicked-A Sister’s Solo”, Woodcreek JH, teacher- Robert Hall </p></li></ul></div>
Beckendorff Junior High named a School to Watch across 19 states Junior High named a School to Watch across 19 states2014-06-06T13:35:59Z<div class="ExternalClassEC64CC24BF714D1890549EE7B4575008"><p>​Beckendorff Junior High School has been named a School to Watch by the prestigious Schools to Watch® initiative, now in 19 states, for its capacity to promote academic achievement in a safe and caring learning environment where every student is positioned to succeed in high school and beyond. <br> <br>The National Forum’s Schools to Watch® program offers a powerful set of criteria against which educators and parents can assess their school’s performance, and identify and promote best practices in the middle grades. <br> <br>Beckendorff Junior High will be recognized at the 10th annual Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, DC from June 25-28, 2014. </p></div>
Seven Lakes and Taylor High School KEYS students and mentors honored Lakes and Taylor High School KEYS students and mentors honored 2014-06-06T13:35:32Z<div class="ExternalClassCDF6E2842F034D9EBF4F6D09D0932C92"><p>​On May 29 during the annual mentor breakfast, Seven Lakes High School honored 49 mentors and 56 KEYS students. Additionally, KEYS Scholarships were awarded to eight Seven Lakes graduates. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_THS_Keys.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:560px;" /><em>Pictured here with their mentors: Joshua Lewandowski, John Parks, Tobias Perez, Connie Pettitt, Meghan Rudie, Jamarques Varner, Hunter Wright and Victoria Zepeda. </em></p><p>Also, KEYS Scholarships were awarded to two Taylor High School graduates during their Mentor Appreciation Breakfast on May 1. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Keys.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:560px;height:392px;" /><br><em>Left to right: Martha Brown, Mentor Kathy Miesner, Taylor KEYS Liaison Stephanie Gowan with Chelsea Darling, Rish Agarwal, Mentor Tom Miesner, Taylor Principal Jeff Stocks</em></p><p><br>Congratulations to all the honorees and scholarship recipients! Visit our Partners in Education, to learn more about <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/KEYSMentoring.aspx">KEYS Mentoring Program</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Surprises Exley Elementary students as their Mystery Reader ISD Superintendent Surprises Exley Elementary students as their Mystery Reader2014-06-06T14:31:25Z<div class="ExternalClassA66CCC0BF45441DFB22A9DCE91FFD241"><p>​Every month, Exley Elementary teacher Natacha Isaac-Bonaventure surprises her fourth grade students with a Mystery Reader to read to them in class in an effort to promote literacy. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JEE_Frailey.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />On May 30, the students were surprised to learn Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey was their Mystery Reader for the month. During his visit, Frailey read to the students 'The Report Card', a story about a very bright student who didn't want others to know just how brilliant she was so she would purposely get low grades. </p><p>The students enjoyed his visit and engaged in a discussion about the book’s characters and plot.</p></div>
Fielder Elementary student presents business idea to Warren Buffett Elementary student presents business idea to Warren Buffett 2014-06-06T01:41:32Z<div class="ExternalClass853DB78E0E454DBD9C6800372B134783"><p>​Fielder Elementary student Kyna McGill had the opportunity to present her innovative business idea to Warren Buffett and a panel of judges during the Warren Buffett Grow Your Own Business Challenge.<br><br>Although Kyna did not get first place, she did an outstanding job as she faced her competitors, including the winner (Beaux Up), who had appeared on Shark Tank for a separate idea and sold the business.<br><br>While at the competition, Kyna was invited to participate in an invitation-only entrepreneur group and received a one-on-one advisory meeting with a group called The LaunchPad on how to start a business. Congratulations to Kyna!! </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kyna1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><em>Kyna at her Presentation Area</em></p><p><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kyna2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></em><em>Kyna Presenting to Warren Buffett</em></p></div>
McMeans Junior High Symphony Orchestra to perform in Chicago Junior High Symphony Orchestra to perform in Chicago2014-06-04T20:07:33Z<div class="ExternalClassB37D833D2BBB4E87A9C57BEC89507866"><p>​The McMeans Junior High Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform at the <strong>68th Annual Midwest Clinic and Conference </strong>in Chicago. <br> <br>The Midwest Clinic, the world’s largest instrumental music education conference, is attended annually by an international audience of more than 17,000 music educators, students, and professionals. The conference began more than 60 years ago as a way to introduce directors to new repertoire for their ensembles. <br> <br>The McMeans JH Symphony Orchestra, comprised of both band and orchestra students, was chosen through a rigorous selection process in March 2014. <br> <br>The group will travel to Chicago in December to represent McMeans JH and Katy ISD at the convention and perform for an audience of music educators, composers, and publishers from around the country. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MMJH_Orchestra.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High’s yearbook is nationally recognized Lakes Junior High’s yearbook is nationally recognized2014-06-04T20:06:33Z<div class="ExternalClass9CF11E365BF4424E9AEAED3517DCBC81"><p>​The Seven Lakes Junior High 2013-2014 yearbook has been awarded the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award for the second year in a row. <br> <br>This prestigious award is designed to recognize those schools across the nation who excel in the creation and distribution of their yearbook. <br> <br>Congratulations to the yearbook staff and yearbook adviser Katie Frazier!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLJH_yearbook.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p></div>
More than a hundred Bond Committee members working to build tomorrow, TOGETHER than a hundred Bond Committee members working to build tomorrow, TOGETHER2014-06-03T13:41:48Z<div class="ExternalClassD5F26E9B6FDA495BAFFDD3DF5468E756"><p>​After spending nearly two weeks reviewing costs associated with each of the projects presented for their consideration, the members gathered on May 29 at Taylor High School to begin deliberating on the list of potential projects to be included in a 2014 bond package based on their assessments of the District’s needs. <br> <br>The projects they’re currently deliberating on include new schools, new student activity facilities, campus renovations, and safety and security, among other items. Constructing new facilities accounts for about 48% of the potential bond projects, existing facilities about 28%, student activity facilities 10%, technology about 9%, and the remaining 5% on items that include buses, land purchases, infrastructure, and fees.<br> <br>On May 15, each Committee member received a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with each project, itemized in a <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-Matrix.aspx" target="_blank">spreadsheet format</a> to allow them to continue reviewing the proposed projects from home in preparation for the deliberation session ahead.<br> <br>Additionally, the committee members were provided detailed information on how the costs of each project are constructed and how factors such as lack of skilled labor, other ISD bond programs and demand for raw materials can impact cost.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/cof.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Reaching a consensus on which projects to include in a proposed bond package and the price tag for each has proven to be a challenging task. However, the committee members have approximately five weeks before making a recommendation to the Board on July 21. <br> <br>For more information, visit the<a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx"> Building Tomorrow TOGETHER, Bond 2014 website</a>. </p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High PE teacher returns from tour of duty Ranch Junior High PE teacher returns from tour of duty2014-05-28T22:43:29Z<div class="ExternalClass7C51B64185E649AE908D54451DF5A6EA"><p>​On April 2013, Morton Ranch Junior High P.E. teacher Holli Goddard left behind her family, her students and her entire school community when she was called to duty as an Army reservist.</p><p>After more than a year in Fort Hood, Goddard returned to Katy on May 12. She is now back in the classroom and excited to finish the academic year with her students.</p><p>“I’m thrilled to be back close to my son and my students,” said Goddard. “The staff has been very welcoming.”</p><p>During the monthly Board Meeting on May 27, the Morton Ranch Junior High PTSA President Laura Freeman recognized Goddard’s duty to the country and welcomed her back home.</p><p>“She provides an amazing example for the kids by demonstrating that you can commit as a reservist and still have a normal full-time job,” said Freeman. “Goddard shows just how much she cares, not only for her students, but everyone.”</p><p>Goddard has been at Morton Ranch Junior High for the last 10 years. </p></div>
Creech Elementary school nurse wins the 2014 Diane Hendry Award for Excellence in School Nursing Elementary school nurse wins the 2014 Diane Hendry Award for Excellence in School Nursing2014-05-28T18:06:56Z<div class="ExternalClass5253E391AD944206B981D40974734904"><p>​Creech Elementary school nurse <strong>Carol Stoltman </strong>is the winner of the <strong>2014 Diane Hendry Award for Excellence in School Nursing</strong>. <br> <br>This award was established in the spring of 2007 to honor the memory of beloved nurse Diane Hendry, who opened King Elementary. Given annually, the award is presented to a Katy ISD nurse who, nominated by her peers, best exemplifies the highest standards of nursing practice, clinical expertise, health and wellness promotion, volunteerism, and community service.<br> <br>This year’s recipient, Stoltman, has been with the District since 1996, and her work as a nursing professional, child advocate, and Katy community volunteer represents the standard of excellence worthy of this honor. </p></div><div class="ExternalClass5253E391AD944206B981D40974734904"><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CE_nurse.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><em>From left: Carol Moore, Instructional Officer for Health Services; Carol Stoltman, 2014 award recipient; Ellen McHale, Instructional Specialist for Health Services.</em></p><p> </p></div>
THS Athletic Trainer Daniel Young selected as 2014 All-Star Athletic Trainer Athletic Trainer Daniel Young selected as 2014 All-Star Athletic Trainer2014-05-28T17:51:07Z<div class="ExternalClass330C730F37ED4730BD5D287E72E4C431"><p>​Taylor High School’s athletic trainer Daniel Young has been selected to serve as an All-Star Trainer at the Texas Girls Coaches Association 2014 Summer Games.</p><p>Young will join five other athletic trainers from across Texas in taking care of the medical coverage for the athletes that have been selected to compete in the Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball All-Star games in Arlington, TX from June 9 – 11. </p><p>Young was nominated by peers for having outstanding qualities in athletic training. </p></div>

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