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Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Campshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=251Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps2014-08-29T19:18:44Z<div class="ExternalClass1FD5927A21FA4AD2A06C2B410088A387"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action's 2014 spring break and summer camps.  Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students' grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student's demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>During the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, selected students joined delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. They also completed problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercised creativity, and practiced presentation skills in leadership groups.  Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. </p><p><strong>Katy ISD students who participated in the 2014 Leadership Academy are: </strong></p><p><strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>: Caleb Oneal</p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>: Jake Dickson</p><p><strong>Holland Elementary</strong>: Ashlee Ballard, Eduardo Diaz, April Feng, Elena Yu and Grace Zhang </p><p><strong>Seven Lakes Junior High: </strong>Jake Wilson</p><p>For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy or to nominate outstanding students for 2015 programs, visit <a href="http://www.educationinaction.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.educationinaction.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparencyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=250Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparency2014-08-29T16:12:11Z<div class="ExternalClassF7E7420F8FAD4341BB367A6C2278716B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Monday, the Texas Comptroller's Office recognized the Katy Independent School District with the new</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for its exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency.</span></p><p>By scoring 20 of the 22 possible points on the ratings criteria, Katy ISD earned this prestigious award, which is valid for one year, and will be added to the District's listing on the <a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/local/leadership.php" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Transparency website</a>.    </p><p>Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.    </p><p>In January 2014, the Leadership Circle was enhanced by adding the Platinum Award level to spotlight entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency. </p><p>Leadership Circle Award levels are as follows:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Platinum </strong>- spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.</li><li><strong>Gold </strong>– highlighting entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts;</li><li><strong>Silver</strong> – encouraging entities who are making progress; and</li><li><strong>Bronze</strong> – inspiring those entities that are just beginning their transparency efforts.</li></ul><p>Launched in 2009, the Leadership Circle Awards spotlight cities, counties, school districts and other special districts across the state that: open their books to the public; provide clear, consistent pictures of spending; and share information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily access additional information.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Paradehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=249Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Parade2014-08-27T19:18:06Z<div class="ExternalClass57853539308B44BF9D86171680CCB26E"><p>​Come see and hear the sights and sounds of the Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard at its fourth annual March-A-Thon parade fundraiser on Saturday, September 6.  The band will begin the first leg of the parade in Grand Lakes at 1:00 p.m.  The second leg will occur in Seven Meadows at approximately 4:00 p.m.  </p><p>There will be a concert in Central Park in Seven Meadows immediately following the parade.  Donations of any amount will be accepted along the parade route.  For a $100 donation you can request a song along the route or at the concert in the park.  New this year on the song list will be three university fight songs to choose from!  Hot dogs and drinks will also be available at the end of the parade for a small donation.  </p><p>Visit slhsband. org to view the song list, to request a song and to view the maps of the routes.  ​</p></div>
2014 TAKS October Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2482014 TAKS October Exit Level Retest2014-08-26T14:32:57Z<div class="ExternalClass3FC95C65BE984A4B915E0479A1110146"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2014.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="https://tx.pearsonaccess.com/tclp/portal/tclp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pa2_tclp_oos_page" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2014 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 20                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         ELA Writing (TAAS eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>October 21                         Mathematics (TAKS and TAAS eligible examinees)</li><li>October 22                         Science</li><li>October 22                         ELA Reading (TAAS eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>October 23                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=247Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”2014-08-25T19:31:48Z<div class="ExternalClassC5A868E898D74A649BEC109EF407B164"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">As is customary this time each year, Katy ISD Partners in Education has debuted its 2014 volunteer video entitled "I Volunteer."  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by high school choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch High School, Sara Proodian from Taylor High School and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins High School. Along with Superintendent Alton Frailey, the video features members of the Volunteer Executive Board and their children, principals from across the District and teachers from Rylander Elementary. The video's high-stepping volunteers are the Katy ISD high school dance teachers:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, over 17,000 volunteers donated more than 820,000 hours to the schools of Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"I Volunteer" is an homage to just a few of the things they do for our campuses. </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-wAMqp7kw" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to view the video, or visit the Katy ISD </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katy-ISD-Partners-in-Education/322803651744" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education Facebook page</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">If you'd like to volunteer and win a million hearts, contact your campus VIPS Coordinator or Tammy Stringer at </span><a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Volunteers in Public Schools, Sister Schools, School-Business Partnerships and the KEYS Mentor Program are all initiatives offered through Partners in Education, the department that brings dancing volunteers into schools and the community into the classroom.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championshiphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=246Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship2014-08-20T14:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD5B98DC84669467A9D5A46864C85E053"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin Elementary student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Treed Huang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recently competed against students from all over the world to win the nine-year-old division at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">U.S. Kids Golf World Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Pinehurst. This tournament, played on nine different golf courses, is the world's largest event in junior golf.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Huang won the<em> </em>Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. </p><p>For more information on the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, visit the <a href="http://www.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/world/find-tournament/470371/world-championship-2014/results" style="text-decoration:underline;">tournament website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=245Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum2014-08-19T19:32:31Z<div class="ExternalClassE6A678A91E8B4F2EAC77E343E86D065C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">place a $748 million </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond referendum</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on the November ballot, as</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and new student activity facilities. </p><p>"Essentially, every student in Katy ISD would see the benefits of this bond," said Katy ISD Board President Bryan Michalsky.  "This is a bond package constructed by our community with the students' best interest at heart."</p><p>With student enrollment growing by almost 3,000 students every year, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats in classrooms across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses. </p><p>"The area's exponential growth is exciting for the District, but we must continue to plan and accommodate for that growth," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "As families and businesses continue to move to the area, it is imperative that we adequately serve the educational needs of current and future students."  </p><p>As recommended by the Bond Committee, nearly 50 percent of the total bond referendum will go towards new facilities and another 30 percent to existing facilities, impacting nearly 70,000 students.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Meanwhile, the </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>impact to the tax rate would only be zero to a maximum potential increase of a half cent.  </strong></span></p><p>The average homeowner with a home value of about $200,000 would pay $10 more annually, and residents 65 and older would remain exempt from any school tax increase.</p><p>The 227-member Bond Committee was comprised of parents, staff, students, principals, business professionals and senior citizens who engaged in 13 meetings over the course of four months to review the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, visit impacted campuses and reach a consensus on the $748 million bond package. </p><p>For detailed information including a cost breakdown, projects by campus and the potential tax rate impact, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p></div>
School Starts Soon - Watch for Childrenhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=244School Starts Soon - Watch for Children2014-08-18T15:29:46Z<div class="ExternalClass59BEDE1F0BA7499BB75D1323CE91F942"><p><img alt="WFC.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/WFC.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a new school year begins, Katy ISD's police officers, crossing​ guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. Drivers can also take action to help ensure the safety of children walking or riding bicycles to school:​</span></p><ol><li><p><strong>Drive friendly</strong> – setting an alarm can ensure plenty of time to get to work, eliminating the anxiety and frustration of arriving late.</p></li><li><p><strong>Look right before turning right</strong> – in addition to looking left for oncoming cars at intersections, drivers need to check for pedestrians crossing on the right.</p></li><li><p><strong>No Phone in the Zone</strong> – remember that cell phone use is prohibited in most school zones. Wait to text, read texts, or talk until it is safe.</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>reat Bicycles as Vehicles</strong> – bikes on the street should be treated as vehicles by other drivers. Don't crowd the bike, or pass and turn in front of the rider.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Crossing Guards</strong> – they have legal authority to direct traffic. Respect them as they help children cross safely.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for Bus Flashing Lights</strong> – they warn drivers to stop. Passing the bus either direction can endanger children and is a serious traffic violation. </p></li><li><p><strong>Read School Zone Times</strong> – times are based on the start and end of the school day and are not uniform throughout the area, so please read the signs.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Drop Off Areas</strong> – they are established by the school to ensure students don't have to walk between buses or cross traffic lanes.</p></li><li><p><strong>Plan for Severe Weather</strong> – weather problems can include extreme heat, ice and thunderstorms. Develop a family plan for severe weather days.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for children!</strong></p></li></ol><p>For more tips and information to keep Katy ISD students safe, visit <a href="http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm</a> and <a href="http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/</a>. </p></div>
Board Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=243Board Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary School2014-08-22T19:41:02Z<div class="ExternalClassF24DFCDD635B4B0292702ABAD47FD2A5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During a Special Board Meeting on August 11, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees named </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Teresa <span style="font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Ybarguen-Garcia </font></span></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of Wolfe Elementary. Garcia is currently the principal at Dawson Elementary in Corpus Christi ISD.</span></p><p>Garcia has been in education for 20 years, with seven of those years spent in her current position. Prior to becoming principal at Dawson Elementary, she was an assistant principal and a counselor. </p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=242Katy ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence2014-08-14T20:15:25Z<div class="ExternalClassE8F68744F6E64F8FAEB3ED2380780D26"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Commissioner of Education Michael Williams recently announced that eight teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (PAEMST). Alexander Elementary third-grade math teacher, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Suzanne Nguyen</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, was one of the eight teachers selected as a finalist, and will advance for a chance to be a national award winner.</span></p><p>PAEMST recognizes kindergarten through sixth-grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. </p><p>"Math and science are critically important subjects, and these teachers clearly bring expertise and an excitement to their students each school day," said Commissioner Williams. "I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms."</p><p>To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.  </p><p>National award winners will be announced during the summer of 2015. All of the 2014 finalists for Texas will be recognized by the State Board of Education.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Accountability Ratingshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=241Katy ISD Receives New Accountability Ratings2014-08-11T22:25:22Z<div class="ExternalClass7C3F1B9E7366421789C5B4D10307A049"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently received an accountability rating of "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under the new state accountability system. Katy ISD Met Standards on all four Indexes: Index 1 - Student Achievement; Index 2 - Student Progress, Index 3 - Closing Performance Gaps and Index 4 - Postsecondary Readiness.</span></p><p>Districts and campuses are assigned one of two ratings under the new system: "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required." The rating of "Met Standard" is assigned to districts and campuses that meet performance index targets on all indexes for which they have performance results.</p><p>For more information on the state accountability ratings, visit the <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769815103" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA website</a>.</p></div>
House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reportshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=240House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reports2014-08-07T23:58:15Z<div class="ExternalClass215BED4206E74963AC6DA80F56D4BCFD"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">​Texas Education Code §39.0545, as added by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, requires all districts to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in community and student engagement. All school districts and charters are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Unacceptable to the district and each campus for overall performance and the following categories:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">• Fine arts<br>• Wellness and physical education<br>• Community and parental involvement<br>• The 21st Century Workforce Development program<br>• The second language acquisition program<br>• The digital learning environment<br>• Dropout prevention strategies<br>• Educational programs for gifted and talented students</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">Statute also requires that local committee(s) determine the criteria that the district uses to evaluate and assign a status regarding compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.</p><p>Please access the reports below.</p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20District.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB 5 Community and Student Engagement - District Response</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Elementary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Elementary Campuses</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Secondary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Secondary Campuses</a></p></div>
Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=239Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist 2014-08-07T14:16:40Z<div class="ExternalClass4C1ED85503F24DC2A8D721015C10595A"><p style="text-align:left;">​<img alt="Jana_TOY.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jana_TOY.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:117px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's 2014 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jana Miller,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. For the third year in a row, Katy ISD has had District-wide Teachers of the Year</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected as Region IV</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Teacher of the Year Finalists.</span></p><p>Through a completely anonymous judging process, whereby all personally identifiable references are removed from the application, Miller stood out from the crowd. This year, out of 89 nominations from 44 districts, Miller was selected as one of five elementary finalists.</p><p>Jana Miller teaches kindergarten at Katy Elementary. Miller is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the outside community volunteering for her church and contributing to the growth and prosperity of the community.</p></div>
The Athlete Watch to Host Leadership Course in College Recruitinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=238The Athlete Watch to Host Leadership Course in College Recruiting2014-08-06T13:15:08Z<div class="ExternalClass93B21693A87E42409D94538B17817A05"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Wednesday, August 13, The Athlete Watch (TAW) will be "guiding student athletes to the next level" through a pro-active leadership course in college recruiting. The course will be held at 7 p.m. at Tompkins High School, located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.</span></p><p><a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/TAW_TOMPKINS_HIGH_FLYER_Circle.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on this event.</p></div>
Katy High School Presents 4th Annual "Roar Tour"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=237Katy High School Presents 4th Annual "Roar Tour"2014-08-05T18:24:55Z<div class="ExternalClass61784BDFE1C34DBD93BCE21E44D76A49"><p>​Join the Roarin' Band from Tigerland for their fourth annual Katy High School Band <strong>"Roar Tour"</strong> on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. <a href="/Documents/KTB%20Annual%20Roar%20Tour%2011x17%20Poster1.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for a schedule of the performances. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out Hackathonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=236Katy ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out Hackathon2014-08-04T20:38:24Z<div class="ExternalClass72CA9880409B4AFDA0AAAD48AC16C71C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Four Katy ISD students were recently named grand prize winners for their web application idea and development during the inaugural </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">School's Out Hackathon</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for high school students.</span></p><p>The School's Out Hackathon is an event that allows students to hone their coding skills by developing an idea and presenting it to their peers and mentors in the technology industry. More than 500 high school students from across the nation submitted 80 projects, with the Katy ISD team, GroupDesk, winning the grand prize.</p><p>The GroupDesk team, consisting of <strong>Michael Brenan</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Miguel Obregon</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Andy Sturzu</strong> (Taylor HS) and <strong>Chufan Liang</strong> (Taylor HS), created a web application that helps teachers and students collaborate on school projects. The application includes chat rooms, task lists, email lists, file management tools and more. </p><p>The winners were chosen based on problem solving, creativity, design and technical aptitude. As grand prize winners, each of the members of GroupDesk received a pair of Beats headphones and a new Occulus Rift.</p><p><a href="http://sohacks.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the School's Out Hackathon event. </p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band Presents 4th Annual March-a-Thonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=235Seven Lakes High School Band Presents 4th Annual March-a-Thon2014-07-31T18:42:06Z<div class="ExternalClass74EC2238EE934358BAF503DFF01A6E4B"><p>Everybody loves a parade!  This year, the Seven Lakes High School Band will participate in its fourth annual March-a-Thon beginning at 1 p.m. on <strong>Saturday, Sept. 6.</strong> The 300-piece band will march through sections of Grand Lakes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and through sections of Seven Meadows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a concert at Central Park in Seven Meadows.</p><p>Members of the band will be accepting pledges in advance of the March-a-Thon.  In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $100, the entire 300-piece marching band will provide a 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 will take place along the parade route.  Residents can also request a song to be played at the concert at the end of the parade.</p><p>Contact Seven Lakes High School March-A-Thon Chairmen Chris Simank and Jeff Garcia at <a href="mailto:vpfundraising@slhsband.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">vpfundraising@slhsband.org</a> for a personal concert.  Visit <a href="http://www.slhsband.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.slhsband.org</a> for more information and the parade route.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Maintenance & Operations Dept. Celebrates Employeeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=234Katy ISD’s Maintenance & Operations Dept. Celebrates Employees2014-07-30T17:13:29Z<div class="ExternalClassDF7BD1B2F63745B68F0F15944A489E05"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations Department celebrated the hard work and achievements of its more than 600 team members this summer. At the annual awards ceremony, all were honored and more than 60 individuals and campuses received awards. </span></p><p>The top recognition awarded this year was the coveted <em>Overall Outstanding Employee of the Year</em> <em>Award</em>, which was given in the maintenance, grounds and operations categories. This award was given to <strong>Gregory Perez</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Efrahin Martinez</strong> in the grounds category, and <strong>Maria Guzman</strong> in the operations category.</p><p>Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations team oversees the upkeep and operations of nearly 12 million square feet of property throughout the District every day. They are Katy ISD's largest support services organization and cover everything from minor construction projects, to energy management, facility maintenance and grounds upkeep. For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/maintops/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Maintenance & Operations webpage</a> online.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Greg%20Perez_Maintenance.jpg" alt="Greg Perez_Maintenance.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:158px;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;"> <br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Gregory Perez - Maintenance</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Efrahin%20Martinez_Grounds.jpg" alt="Efrahin Martinez_Grounds.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:160px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;">Efrahin Martinez - Grounds</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"> ​</span><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Maria%20Guzman_Operations.jpg" alt="Maria Guzman_Operations.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:159px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Maria Guzman - Operations</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artists Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Student Art Exhibit and Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=233Katy 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="http://reliantdogshows.com/dr-mila-jon-filla-student-art-exhibit-and-contest-winners/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Art Exhibit and Contest</a>, visit the <a href="http://reliantdogshows.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows </a>website. </p></div>
Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announcedhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=232Additional 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="http://www.nationalmerit.org/index.php" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit website</a>.</p></div>
Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Electionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=231Community 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.784538104899614.1073741842.113148448705253&type=3" 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;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p><p>​</p></div>
2014-2015 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is Aug. 15, 2014http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2302014-2015 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is Aug. 15, 20142014-07-30T14:06:18Z<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, 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></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- 237-7062.</strong></p></div>
2014-2015 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Mealshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2292014-2015 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="http://www.squaremeals.com/" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">www.squaremeals.com</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="http://www.katyisdfoodservices.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisdfoodservices.com</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 Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=228Morton 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="http://www.fcclainc.org/content/star-events/" style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 STAR Event Competition</a>. </p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=227Morton 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="http://www.txpta.org/recognition/educator-awards/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas PTA website</a>.</p></div>
Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=226Taylor 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="mailto:htmeredith@yahoo.com" style="text-decoration:underline;">htmeredith@yahoo.com</a> for a personal concert. Visit <a href="http://www.jetband.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.jetband.org</a> for more information and the parade route.</p></div>
Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinichttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=225Tompkins 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 Schedulehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=224Board 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 Systemhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=223Katy 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="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3864" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Education Agency</a> website.  </p></div>
Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=222Board 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>

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