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Katy ISD String Orchestras Selected as TMEA Finalists ISD String Orchestras Selected as TMEA Finalists2015-06-25T16:02:22Z<div class="ExternalClass07158D0252914A4C9A7A04ED989C70C3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> were recently selected as finalists for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra, placing them among the top eight junior high string orchestras in the state.</span></p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. </p><p>The selected orchestra will be announced in late July and will receive a plaque in acknowledgment of their achievement. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TMEA website</a> for more information regarding the Honor Orchestra selection.</p></div>
Katy Elementary Volunteer Recognized for Outstanding Service Elementary Volunteer Recognized for Outstanding Service2015-06-29T13:12:50Z<div class="ExternalClassB85318A7FBD744B19BEAB541C4A8EBF4"><p><img alt="KE Volunteer.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KE%20Volunteer.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:290px;float:right;" /></p><p>Dedicated Katy Elementary volunteer, <strong>Chris Wilson</strong>, was recently honored by the campus as a 2015 Volunteer of the Year nominee. ​ Wilson began volunteering nine years ago as a Katy High School senior in the Vocational Adjustment Coordination program, and was assigned to Katy Elementary to fulfill the requirements of the program. </p><p>Since his graduation in 2006, Wilson has continued to volunteer at Katy Elementary. Although physically handicapped himself, he works in the Fine Motor Lab to help students who have issues with fine motor skills and development. </p><p>"He has a special understanding and compassion for these students," said Katy Elementary Principal Leslie Smuts. "He is a hard worker, excellent with the students and handles unexpected changes to the schedule." </p><p>Wilson was recently honored with a plaque at a school-wide assembly for his outstanding service to KE students.</p></div>
Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Recognized as CHPS Designed Facility R. Shaw Center for STEAM Recognized as CHPS Designed Facility2015-06-23T14:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClass2A280FD9B1F04587B330961D4E533812"><p><img alt="DSC_4358.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4358.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:315px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) recently recognized the <strong>Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics</strong> for achieving the necessary prerequisites and credits to be named a <strong>Texas CHPS Designed Facility</strong>. The Robert R. Shaw Center is now part of a distinguished rank of educational facilities who are leading the movement to build a new generation of healthy, green, high performance schools.</p><p>CHPS works nationally to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by promoting the construction and operation of the best possible school facilities with the smallest impact on the planet. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CHPS website</span></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Class of 2015 Graduates Accept More than $21 Million in Scholarships ISD Class of 2015 Graduates Accept More than $21 Million in Scholarships2015-06-22T20:45:45Z<div class="ExternalClass1D859749274847ABA5ACC38BBC4D2209"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 696 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2015 received more than $21,023,000 in academic and/or athletic scholarships.</span></p><p>The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $17,117,850 and athletic scholarships totaled $3,957,489.</p><p>Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Academic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Athletic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Total</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,066,372</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$830,332</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,896,704</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,966,436</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$852,619</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,878,855</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mayde Creek HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,912,439</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$122,458</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,034,897</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,952,073</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$887,480</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,727,790</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,486,270</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$641,720</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,127,990</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,732,260</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$622,880</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,355,140</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Raines HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">N/A</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Maintenance & Operations Department Celebrates Employees ISD Maintenance & Operations Department Celebrates Employees2015-06-17T13:19:40Z<div class="ExternalClass6CBECC73416047FEB65AFAAAFEEE56D0"><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 last week. At the annual awards ceremony, all were honored and more than 80 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>Angel Mancilla</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Mark Zahn</strong> in the grounds category, and <strong>Zenan Najera</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></div>
Microsoft Office 365 Now Available to Katy ISD Students and Staff Office 365 Now Available to Katy ISD Students and Staff2015-06-10T21:24:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE2719E53D6DD42B8A8C9FB9C82E4403F"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The District is pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 365 is now available for download for all Katy ISD students and staff. Office 365 allows users to store traditional Office files, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, online and access these files from any device anytime.</span></p><p>Students and staff can install Office 365 for free on up to 10 personal devices including desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets to easily create and share documents online. Five licenses are designated for mobile and five licenses are for full operating systems such as laptops and desktop computers.</p><p>Click <a href="/sites/portalsec/Pages/Office-365.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information, resources, and instructions on how to download and install Microsoft Office 365 on personal devices.</p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program2015-06-09T19:14:05Z<div class="ExternalClassEC4F1ABA96D04CAC93FD4D3E07E586D5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This summer, Katy ISD will again participate in the USDA Summer Food Program at six campuses. The program is free of charge to any child under the age of 18. Lunch and breakfast will be served Monday-Thursday to children who come and eat in the school cafeteria.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>Sundown Elementary: June 15 – July 8<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 Elementary</strong><strong>: June 15 – July 8<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>Cardiff Junior High: June 15 – June 30</strong><br>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</p><p><strong>Mayde Creek Junior High: June 16 – June 30</strong><br>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.<br></p><p><strong>Morton Ranch High School: June 16 – July 16</strong><br>8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.</p><p><strong>Raines High School: June 16 – July 16</strong><br>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>
Message for Parents of Katy ISD 7th Grade Students for Parents of Katy ISD 7th Grade Students2015-06-08T22:30:09Z<div class="ExternalClass068DDFB69B1248ED8E49687E05448D8E"><p>Parents of Katy ISD 7<sup>th</sup> Grade Students – </p><p>Katy ISD has just been alerted by Pearson, the test contractor for STAAR exams, of a reporting error on all 7<sup>th</sup> grade Confidential Student Reports (CSR) that were sent home. In the STAAR Writing section, there are two scores reported for the writing compositions. One score for the Expository composition, and one score for the Personal Narrative composition. The scores are reversed on the report you received. </p><p>For example, if your child's CSR shows 10/16 for Expository, and 8/16 for Personal Narrative, your child actually scored 8/16 for Expository and 10/16 for Personal Narrative.</p><p>This error does not impact your child's overall writing score, Level II: Met Satisfactory standard, or Level III: Advanced standard. Accurate CSRs will be sent home in early fall with correct composition scores and will be updated to include the new math standards when they are set.  </p><p>If you have any questions, please contact your child's Principal. </p></div>
Katy ISD Adds Junior High Soccer Program ISD Adds Junior High Soccer Program2015-06-09T18:39:56Z<div class="ExternalClass3DDA635A1BCC4C1193CC29D325062E0C"><p><em>​</em><em>Tryouts to be held in spring of 2016​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently announced the addition of soccer to the junior high school athletic program for the 2015-2016 school year, pending final approval of the school district budget. Teams will be created for seventh and eighth grade girls and boys at every Katy ISD junior high school.</span></p><p>Junior high soccer tryouts will be held in the spring of 2016, with competition games starting in the late spring. </p><p>"Students and parents have expressed an interest in this popular sport for several years," said Executive Director of Athletics Debbie Decker. "We look forward to developing a program that provides additional opportunities for our junior high students to engage in positive school activities."</p><p>More information on the junior high soccer program, including specific dates for tryouts and competitions, will be available on the <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Athletics website​</a> this fall. </p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses Receive No Place for Hate® Designation ISD Campuses Receive No Place for Hate® Designation2015-06-02T20:33:19Z<div class="ExternalClass90AC5295B07F418E81ABE089F75C0BF7"><p>​Eight<span style="line-height:1.5;"> Katy ISD campuses recently received the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">No Place for Hate</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">®</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> designation for 2014-2015 through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Houston. This initiative helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference.</span></p><p>The following Katy ISD campuses received the No Place for Hate<strong>® </strong>designation for 2014-2015:</p><ul><li>Cimarron Elementary</li><li>Fielder Elementary</li><li>Franz Elementary</li><li>Stephens Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Mayde Creek High School</li></ul><p>No Place for Hate® provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. For more information on this initiative, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ADL website</a>.</p></div>
Last SAT Redesign Information Session Tonight SAT Redesign Information Session Tonight2015-05-27T14:57:57Z<div class="ExternalClassEE1F23019F204190911D0DA66174BD87"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">This is a reminder that today, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">May 27,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> is the last Community Information Session on the redesigned SAT.  This is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the changes to the SAT and how it will impact students.  Students, parents and community from any area of the District are invited to attend tonight's information session.</span></p><p>Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</p><p><strong>WHAT:  </strong>Redesigned SAT Community Information Session</p><p><strong>WHEN:  </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Boulevard</p><p>The first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be <strong>October 2015</strong>, while the first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in <strong>March 2016</strong>. </p><p>Please take a moment to review the <a href="/parents/Pages/sat-redesign.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Frequently Asked Questions</a> regarding the redesigned SAT and the <a href="/parents/Documents/SAT%20Redesign%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">presentation</a> made by a College Board representative during the April 2015 Board of Trustees Work Study.  </p><p>For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and to sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the Year ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the Year2015-06-09T19:13:33Z<div class="ExternalClassB2341BB8DD504640A142038C28090C08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools initiative hosted its annual Volunteer Celebration Breakfast on May 15</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> honoring the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time supporting Katy ISD students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This school year, <strong>22</strong></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">,246 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">volunteers donated </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">968,380 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">hours to Katy ISD campuses, which, equates to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">621</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> full-time staff members, or </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">10.5</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em> </em></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">additional teachers at every campus.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 1,000 volunteers attended to hear this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">District-wide entertainment was provided by the Katy ISD High School Honor Choir and the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy High School Student Advisory Council served as greeters.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">High school drumlines from Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Seven Lakes closed the festivities with a loud and rousing drum-off.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is an initiative offered through Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  For more information please go to the "Community" tab on <a href="/"></a> to find Partners in Education. </p></div>
Eight Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarships Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarships2015-05-27T15:32:33Z<div class="ExternalClass08D2196E4E924248930628B77161274E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Among these talented students includes eight from Katy ISD:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><ul><li><p><strong>Ryan Albosta</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: mechanical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Elissa Barnett</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: industrial engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Colby Brown</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Arizona Scholarship. Probable career field: computer science</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>ifenn Drouaud</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit George Washington University Scholarship. Probable career field: law</p></li><li><p><strong>Raymond Huang</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Adelaide Kwon</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship. Probable career field: biology</p></li><li><p><strong>Luis Plata</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Safiyya Zaidi</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Houston Scholarship. Probable career field: medicine</p></li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2015 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’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled2015-05-22T19:30:34Z<div class="ExternalClass3FD5D269EC6F4C3CB9784C18856BA068"><p>Due to potential showers next week, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.</p><p>We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will still join the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Alton Frailey, and fellow staff and community members for this celebration. <br>This will be the fifth campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </p><p>Located in the Cinco Ranch Northwest area, this school will provide enrollment relief to Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016.</p><p><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/New-Schools.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more information about the six new campuses</a> to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month 2015-05-19T20:08:31Z<div class="ExternalClass558F9B3B00D84D23A58E67C63FB359D7"><p>​Golbow Elementary academic support teacher Lori Getz was named the KUBE's Teacher of the Month and surprised in her classroom last week with the award. Getz was nominated for going above and beyond to provide targeted reading instruction.</p><p>According to her principal Dr. Ann Lalime, Lorie teaches with passion and excitement every day as she works with hundreds of students on campus to provide targeted reading instruction. She also spearheads a before-school tutoring program for fifth grade students that is structured in a way that has students excited to attend. In addition, she developed daily detailed lesson plans based on her analysis of student data, and provided meaningful, engaging intervention activities.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive Year Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive Year2015-05-19T20:00:10Z<div class="ExternalClass5EFCA6B49B074397A86B5E7B581CF96F"><p>​<em><strong>Siblings perform more than 1,000 community service hours</strong></em></p><p><br>Seven Lakes High School twins <strong>Smriti</strong> and <strong>Siddhant Ahuja </strong>were recently honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the third consecutive year for performing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. </p><p>This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered a significant amount of time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by Arya Samaj of the Greater Houston Area on behalf of President Barack Obama. “Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said Ted Vierling, principal of Seven Lakes High School. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”</p><p>Moving from India at the age of four, Smriti and Siddhant learned the value of giving back to the community at an early age, which grew significantly as they entered high school and became members of the Seven Lakes High School’s “Spartans Out Serving” program. Additionally, they co-founded “Helping Hands,” a club at Seven Lakes High School that promotes peace, education, nutrition and environment.</p><p>Besides volunteering in their school, both students have been involved with community service organizations such as the Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Mahatma Gandhi Library, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston’s “iLead” and “Meals on Wheels” Program, the Houston Food Bank and the Alzheimer’s Center. </p></div>
Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy2015-05-13T19:30:25Z<div class="ExternalClassFFFB7A92F9E044DBBA5A108710256C88"><p><img alt="Dear_RES Mickelson Academy.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dear_RES%20Mickelson%20Academy.png" style="margin:5px;width:151px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Rhoads Elementary teacher <strong>Morgan Dear</strong> was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the <strong>2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy</strong>. The Academy is a one-week, all-expense-paid intensive professional development program that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.</p><p>Dear will be joined by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, who design the curriculum and manage the daily activities and logistics of the Academy.</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 39 ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 392015-05-13T18:59:04Z<div class="ExternalClassA5AB94C1AD294C0D8D5FCFB4D043C5E1"><p>​<em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em>​</p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">What:  </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by students, staff and community members as they celebrate the groundbreaking of Elementary School No. 39.  This will be the third campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </span></p><p>Located in the Ventana Lakes area, this school will provide enrollment relief to King and Morton Ranch elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016. </p><p>Click <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information on the six new campuses to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where: </strong>4535 E. Ventana Parkway, Katy, TX, </p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Center Spring Showcase Career & Technology Center Spring Showcase2015-05-13T12:58:44Z<div class="ExternalClassF449C105ADC041BFA9F7EAA7CF1CE3BD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD students attending Miller Career & Technology Center for Engineering Design & Development, the PACE Business Internship Program, Automotive Technology and the Online Independent Study & Mentorship course will present their year-long capstone projects at a Spring Showcase on May 19 at the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM from 6-7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.</span></p><p>Engineering students researched and developed products in mechanical, civil, electrical, and other engineering fields. Projects include a rail station for a proposed high-speed train to Houston, a solar-powered water pump for rural villages, a phone app for controlling an electronic scoreboard and a motorized dumbwaiter for a townhome. </p><p>Automotive technology students will host a car show and display projects, including their state award-winning projects. </p><p>PACE students, who participate in a year-long internship with doctors, engineers, and business and industry professionals, will present independent research projects in the fields of health science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), business and law. </p><p>Online Independent Study & Mentorship students seek to identify a real-world problem and find a creative and innovative solution with the guidance of a mentor in that field. Their wide-ranging projects include an ergonomically designed smart chair, a protocol for reducing corruption in businesses that work overseas, a smartphone app to help teachers prevent cheating, and a football helmet designed to help monitor possible concussions. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Win Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarships ISD Seniors Win Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarships2015-05-12T20:27:39Z<div class="ExternalClass213823157FF2440385C639984443E139"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 12 Katy ISD seniors recently received scholarships in a variety of categories from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The scholarship categories include Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art, Military, Technical and Exhibitor.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following Katy ISD students:</p><ul><li><strong>Leen Basharat</strong>, Morton Ranch High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Karla Bautista</strong>, Katy High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Andres Castillo</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Sarah El-Agha</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Bridget Franz</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Jessica Granados</strong>, Katy High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Zachary Janda</strong>, Seven Lakes High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Nabil Khan</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Alireza Mehmandoost</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Andres Rivera-Vazquez</strong>, Katy High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Fatema Shipchandler</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Emily Zhang</strong>, Taylor High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li></ul><p>Scholarship awards are presented in May at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Banquet. For more information on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarships, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">HLSR website</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent's ABCD Club Lakes High School Named to Superintendent's ABCD Club2015-05-12T15:57:40Z<div class="ExternalClass7A0A33AD73E649FF9ECF74E6EE1CE66F"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was named to the Superintendent's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">ABCD Club</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> today for going </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.</span></p><p>Seven Lakes was nominated by a parent whose child suffers from Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. The Seven Lakes High School administrators and staff joined forces to ensure this student's needs were met and encouraged him to participate in extracurricular activities such as Science Olympiad. Because of their support, the student is graduating seventh in his class and attending Rice University in the fall.</p><p>"Principal Ted Vierling and his staff set a great example," said Lisa Wu, Seven Lakes High School parent. "They are encouraging, supportive and always there to help."</p><p>To nominate a campus or department for the Superintendent's ABCD Club, submit a letter to <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> with your contact information, explaining what the campus or central department did that you feel was <em>Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em>. Nominations can be submitted by parents, community members, internal customers or students. To view the full list of ABCD Club recipients, visit the <a href="/dept/communications/Pages/ABCD-Club.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
2015 July TAKS Exit Level Retest July TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-05-12T13:03:50Z<div class="ExternalClassA1B5F7BD97AA4E548510BB96129CBD80"><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 July, 2015.</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 the appropriate part of the 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="" 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 June 12, 2015.</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 2015 July TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>July 6                          ELA</li><li>July 7                          Mathematics</li><li>July 8                          Science</li><li>July 9                          Social Studies​</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the July Exit retesting at Morton Ranch High School located at 21000 Franz Rd.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month ISD Recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month2015-05-12T12:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass8430A5F05F14440790752BF264899EEC"><p><img alt="BHSM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BHSM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;float:right;" /></p><p>May is <strong>Better Hearing and Speech Month </strong>to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options to improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking, understanding or hearing.</p><p>Katy ISD currently employees more than 100 Speech Language Pathologists who treat a variety of disorders such as issues with articulation, social communication and stuttering. </p><p>For more information on Better Hearing and Speech Month, visit <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. </p></div>
TEA Identifies Stephens Elementary as a Title I High-Performing Reward School Identifies Stephens Elementary as a Title I High-Performing Reward School2015-05-11T18:32:25Z<div class="ExternalClassD9AC275BEF8A45ADA3EE17B9665842AD"><p>​<em>Recognition based on reading and math performance</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified Stephens Elementary as a high-performing Title I school for 2014-2015. </span></p><p>A high-performing reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance, as well as the highest graduation rates at the high school level.  For 2014-2015, TEA identified 192 campuses across Texas as high-performing schools.</p><p>The identification of high-performing Title I schools is a part of the state's conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). </p><p>Title I schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40 percent low-income.</p><p>Click <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to view the complete list of 2014-2015 high-progress and high-performing schools across Texas. </p></div>
2015 Katy ISD Board Election Results Katy ISD Board Election Results2015-05-10T02:19:37Z<div class="ExternalClassC66F5E766E594308B8F52FAAF1439746"><p>​<em>Incumbents Bryan Michalsky and Charles Griffin re-elected</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD voters elected incumbents </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Bryan Michalsky</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Charles Griffin</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.</span></p><p>Michalsky won Position 6 with a total of 1,604 votes, and Griffin won Position 7 with a total of 1,675 votes.</p><p>The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will canvass the results from the Board Election on Monday, May 18 at the regular Board meeting, making the May 9 election results official. The swearing in of Katy ISD's two elected Board members will also take place during this meeting.</p><p>Click <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election%2015/2015%20Board%20Election%20Results.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Celebrates Texas “Schools to Watch” Selection Junior High Celebrates Texas “Schools to Watch” Selection2015-05-08T21:07:35Z<div class="ExternalClass6B8B67D8A4484081B142CD67D551E02E"><p><em>One of only seven campuses across Texas</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Members of the Texas "Schools to Watch" Committee joined McMeans Junior High staff, students and parents this morning for a ceremony celebrating the campus' selection as one of only seven exemplary Texas "Schools to Watch" for 2015.</span></p><p>The ceremony included performances by the McMeans Junior High choir, band, orchestra and theatre, as well as a presentation of the "Schools to Watch" banner. </p><p>"It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of the students, staff and community," said McMeans Junior High Principal Dr. Susan Rice. "From the students who light this journey for us, to the outstanding staff who continue to amaze me on a daily basis, it is the teamwork we've built on campus over the years that has allowed us to do this."</p><p>McMeans Junior High received this honor for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from today's "Schools to Watch" ceremony.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2015 Top 10 Graduates ISD Announces Class of 2015 Top 10 Graduates2015-05-13T16:08:00Z<div class="ExternalClassD801969DBCF74B2597CAD820938DC5DF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">In just a few weeks, more than 3,500 seniors will walk across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during the 2015 graduation ceremonies. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </span></p><p>The District is proud to announce this year's<strong> Top 10 students </strong>from each of its six comprehensive high schools. Congratulations to:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Haochen Peng</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Jenny Ailin Xiao</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> JiWoo Lee</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Raeedah Choudhury</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Gauri Bora</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie):</strong> Jacqueline Huang</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Chenxi Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Emily Liu</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Yeeun Jung</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Diana Zhang</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Carolyn Kate Baxter</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Manuel Jose Marin</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>John Paul Couvillion</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Andres Rivera-Vazquez</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Bryce Augusto Gutierrez</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> William Keith Boyles Kramer</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> John Michael Robertson</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> William Riley Shuping</li><li><strong>No. 8 (tie):</strong> Marisa Ann Braden</li><li><strong>No. 8 (tie): </strong>Kaitlin Elizabeth Elena Miller</li><li><strong>No. 10 (tie): </strong>Luke Adam Spies</li><li><strong>No. 10 (tie):</strong> Yijie Tang</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Sarah El-Agha</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Fatema Taha Shipchandler</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Andrew Soewito</li><li><strong>No. 4 (tie):</strong> Nabil Khan</li><li><strong>No. 4 (tie):</strong> Kyle Hunter McCaslin</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Sheikh Abrar Razzaque</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Brandon Bui</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jasmine Aleese Zenn</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Peter Soewito</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Alyssa Nicole Dubrow</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Jenna Dahyun Breedlove</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Kevin Saravia</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Marin Eder Cabrera</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Bridgette Stephanie Guzman</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Bunga Adlina Ghassani</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Austin Quentin Fullmer </li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Sarah Elaine Parker</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Kelly Michelle Rivas</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Kiara Mariana Salamonovitz</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Pauline Clerigo Lao</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> David Jiaqi Shu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Sameer Suresh</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Oluwatofe Temitola Alimi</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Laura Hu</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Deeksha Bidare</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Yilun Wang</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Felix Yanyi Wu</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Rohan Chakraborty</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Anirudh Mukhopadhyay</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Melissa Fu</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Andy Christopher Yu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Helen Kun Gai</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> James Yucheng Luo</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Ishani Amit Desai</li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Benjamin Aaron Hlousek<strong> </strong></li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Sung Yeon Kim</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Kevin Minh Khang Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> John Kim</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Kevin Xu</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Krithika Kuppusamy​</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners Announced Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners Announced2015-05-06T15:10:11Z<div class="ExternalClass944064570EB240C19262A6F1E2916E10"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the 2015 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. Five Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.​</span></p><p>Katy ISD's National Merit Scholarship winners are:</p><ul><li><strong>Deeksha Bidare</strong>, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine</li><li><strong>Laura Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: economics</li><li><strong>Seo Yun Jang</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: chemical engineering</li><li><strong>Jiwoo Lee</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: engineering</li><li><strong>Leah Stevenson</strong>, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemistry</li></ul><p>These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.</p><p>To date this academic year, Katy ISD has a total of 13 seniors receiving scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation – six Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners, two National Achievement Scholarship winners, and the five students announced today. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are expected to be announced in late May. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Host First-Ever Young Inventors’ Showcase ISD to Host First-Ever Young Inventors’ Showcase2015-05-05T19:05:44Z<div class="ExternalClass79C8BF32E7764A1084FF98AD9634A804"><p>​<em>Community invited to view students' inventions</em></p><p><strong>What: </strong>The Katy ISD Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), in partnership with the Young Inventors Association of America, present's the District's first-ever Young Inventors' Showcase.  Nearly <span style="line-height:1.5;">30 Katy ISD students in grades 3 – 8 submitted projects to be showcased, and presented to judges and community members on Saturday.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The top winners will be selected to attend the 27<sup>th</sup> Annual Young Inventors' Showcase of Houston at the University of Houston, where the participants will have an opportunity to win a patent. </p><p>Click <a href="/dept/rsc/Pages/Young-Inventors%27-Showcase.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information on Katy ISD's Young Inventors' Showcase. </p><p><strong>When: </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Winners to be announced at 11:30 a.m. ​</strong></span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM, 1730 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives TBA 2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives TBA 2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award2015-05-05T17:49:59Z<div class="ExternalClass5049ABEC35D64A6795D89BA93C823E5A"><p><em>Recognized for outstanding career in music education </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant has been selected by the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) Board of Directors as the recipient of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>This award recognizes Bryant for his outstanding career in music education and his contributions to the profession as an administrator.  He will be presented with his award on July 23 at the 2015 TBA Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  </p><p>For the last half-century, members of Texas Bandmasters Association have worked diligently to further the cause of instrumental music education in communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas' elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities.</p><p>In February, Bryant was also recognized with the <strong>2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong>, which recognizes educators who have committed over 25 years to building the state of music education throughout their local community, and who have had an impact across the state and the nation. </p></div>

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