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Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced2015-07-29T16:19:05Z<div class="ExternalClass632C1A9F14E5487E9467F88074CCE5F5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced approximately 1,700 additional winners of the National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join 2,200 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Among these talented students includes six from Katy ISD:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Miles Hubscher</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: petroleum engineering;</li><li><strong>Jenny Kim</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship, probable career field: medicine;</li><li><strong>Krithika Kuppusamy, </strong>Taylor HS, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship, probable career field: biomedical engineering;</li><li><strong>Matthew Rossen</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship, probable career field: computer programming;</li><li><strong>Sarah Stokes, </strong>Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: chemical engineering;</li><li><strong>Spencer Taylor</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit University of North Texas Scholarship, probable career field: mechanical engineering.</li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 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 Scholarship Corporation website</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference2015-07-28T15:37:41Z<div class="ExternalClass382666D5E613442EB2068285A110AB27"><p><img alt="SLHS FBLA National Winners.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20FBLA%20National%20Winners.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:246px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Five Seven Lakes High School students were recently recognized with top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL. The students competed against more than 8,500 of America's best and brightest youth from across the United States to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in business-related competitive events. </p><p>In individual events, <strong>Naveen Chokkar</strong> placed fourth in Securities & Investments, <strong>Kirthi Dronamraju</strong> placed seventh in FBLA Principles & Procedures, <strong>Clio Sun</strong> placed eighth in Business Procedures and <strong>Prateek Mahajan</strong> placed tenth in Database Design & Application. <strong>Pranay Tamminayana</strong> placed first in the Leadership event, and currently serves as the Area V Vice President. As a chapter, Seven Lakes High School won the<strong> 2015 Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit</strong> and the <strong>FBLA Outstanding Chapter Award</strong>. </p><p><strong>About FBLA-PBL, Inc.</strong></p><p>Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch Conference Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch Conference2015-07-27T14:29:22Z<div class="ExternalClass4CCA834DDBC841E68A02BBFB58621C8E"><p><img alt="MMJH School to Watch Conference.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MMJH%20School%20to%20Watch%20Conference.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The McMeans Junior High administrative staff attended the <strong>Schools to Watch Conference</strong> in Washington D.C. in June to accept the "2015 Texas School to Watch" award, as well as give a presentation on "The Secrets to Success through Data Analysis, Interventions and Empowerment."</span></p><p>The presentation focused on providing targeted intervention programs to students with additional needs to increase their content knowledge and strengthen their skills.</p><p>McMeans Junior High was named as one of only seven Texas "Schools to Watch" in 2015 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Middle School Association. For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas School to Watch website</a>. </p></div>
Maintenance & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence Award & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence Award2015-07-21T22:10:21Z<div class="ExternalClass79BCB1761DA24DA3AB7FCB732E787079"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">K</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">aty ISD Assistant Director of Maintenance – Environmental, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Peggy Caruso</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, recently received the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Commitment to Excellence Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations Association. This annual award recognizes members who demonstrate knowledge, high standards and leadership skills in the field of Maintenance & Operations.</span></p><p>Caruso has been proactively promoting a healthy school environment since 2000. She has also been recognized as a national mentor and leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program and School Healthy Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD). </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations website</a> for more information. </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice President ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice President2015-07-21T20:05:30Z<div class="ExternalClassF27A3C238C02494A96D684692EFCD02E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Debbie Decker was recently elected as the new vice president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA). THSADA provides members with professional development, leadership and support opportunities that encourage effective athletic administration.</span></p><p>Decker will assume her new position at the General Session of Athletic Directors on July 20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">THSADA website</a>. </p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect Games Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect Games2015-07-15T19:26:13Z<div class="ExternalClassCD970DF260F445C3B3E1FCED58BBFFC7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the 2014-2015 school year, three students from the Cinco Ranch High School Varsity Bowling team each achieved a perfect game. </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Zach Perez</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Braden Thom</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Gaw</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> all scored perfect 300 games within nine months of each other.</span></p><p>In addition to bowling perfect games, the students hold impressive bowling records. Perez was the Katy ISD District Bowling Champion in 2014, Thom was the District and Regional Runner-up in 2015, and Gaw was the District and Regional Champion in 2015. </p><p>The Cinco Ranch Varsity Bowling team also won the District Bowling Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Regional Championship in 2014 and 2015. The team placed seventh in the qualifying round in the Texas High School Bowling Club Tournament. </p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee Designation ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee Designation2015-07-15T16:06:06Z<div class="ExternalClassADBF774193C24294AD12A54B9BBB6FA2"><p><em>Trustee completes year-long education leadership study program</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>During the fifth session from June 18 to 20, school board members in the 2014–15 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following year-long research focused on topics such as statewide inequities, changing demographics, challenges to traditional public school models, achievement gaps and transformational education.</p><p>The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.</p><p>After the graduation ceremony on June 19, participants joined the ranks of more than 800 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.</p><p>The 2015 Leadership TASB class, composed of 35 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB. </p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.1 million students.</p></div>
2015-2016 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals2015-07-14T21:05:01Z<div class="ExternalClass242F6E17C81C4A2C8B2442AE681602DE"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children eligible under the federal income guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. A copy of the policy may be viewed at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><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 at <a href=""></a> prior to the start of school. 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 few days of school then you do not need to complete a new application for the 2015-2016 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>. </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 2015-2016 online application will be available <strong>two weeks prior to the start of the new school year</strong>. 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 style="line-height:1.5;">2015-2016 School Year</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>FAMILY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>TWICE/MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>SIZE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE​</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$15,301</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,775</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,276</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,815</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$638</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$908</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$589</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$838</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$295</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$419</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$20,709</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$29,471</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,726</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,456</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$863</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,228</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$797</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,134</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$399</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$567</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$26,117</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$37,167</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,177</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,098</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,089</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,549</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,005</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,430</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$503</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$715</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$31,525</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$44,863</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,628</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,739</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,314</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,870</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,213</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,726</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$863</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$36,933</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$52,559</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,078</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,380</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,539</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,190</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,421</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,022</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$711</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,011</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$42,341</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$60,255</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,529</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,022</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,765</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,511</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,629</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,318</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$815</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,159</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$47,749</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$67,951</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,980</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,663</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,990</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,832</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,837</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,614</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$919</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,307</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$53,157</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$75,657</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,430</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,215</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,152</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,045</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,910</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,023</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,455</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,408</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$7,696</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$451</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$642</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$226</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$321</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$208</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$296</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$104</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$148</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;">The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the form found online at </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:12px;"></span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:12px;"></span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.</span></p></div>
Online Classes Available Through Katy ISD Virtual School Classes Available Through Katy ISD Virtual School2015-07-13T22:37:15Z<div class="ExternalClass580FA1FF4EA649D4AB1212D896FBD106"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Online classes are available for high school students throughout the 2015-2016 school year through the Katy ISD Virtual School (KVS). KVS expands learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous online courses developed by Katy ISD.</span></p><p>KVS courses allow students to attend specialized programs, fulfill required courses for graduation when moving into the District from outside the state, and access courses not available on campus due to low enrollment. </p><p>All online classes are taught by Katy ISD teachers who hold Texas certification for their courses, as well as a Virtual Instructor's Certification through Texas A&M. </p><p>KVS courses offered for the 2015-2016 school year are: </p><ul><li>Health</li><li>Professional Communications</li><li>Creative Writing</li><li>Practical Writing</li><li>Pre-AP World Geography</li><li>AP U.S. History</li><li>AP Economics</li><li>AP Government</li><li>AP European History</li><li>AP Art History</li><li>P.E. Individual & Team Sports<br></li></ul><p>For registration information, dates and FAQ's, visit the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Virtual School website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest ISD Students Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest2015-07-16T00:33:25Z<div class="ExternalClassB06B30E748CA40799A26CB1DE53CE3C2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">en 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;">Houston World Series of Dog Shows</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This year's theme for the art contest 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 9: <strong>Sri Varanas</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Madelene Buzan)</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 6:<strong> Hyun Seok Jang</strong>, McMeans JH (art teacher – Terrie Weaver)</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 7: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Alfonso Cabezas</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Esca</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">milla)</span></p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Luana Sacramento</strong>, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Escamilla)</p><p>Grade 8:<strong> Michelle Dupont</strong>, WoodCreek JH (art teacher – Robert Hall)</p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Jenna Seo</strong>, McMeans JH (art teacher – Trevor Gibson)</p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Ruofan Zhang</strong>, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Escamilla)</p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Hannah Liu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Madeline Buzan)</p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Allyson Su</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Lisa Matschek)</p><p>Grade 12: <strong>Jiyeon Lee</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS (art teacher – Cindy Reilly)</p><p>Additionally, 16 students were awarded blue ribbons. All Katy ISD Dog Show pieces will be on public display at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex from <strong>August 17-October 9</strong>. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the complete list of winners. </p></div>
Dismuke Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-07-07T20:09:30Z<div class="ExternalClass1A773583548E4E8591ADB44A9C5ECA96"><p><img alt="Dismuke Headshot.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dismuke%20Headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:167px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy ISD's <strong>2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Christina Dismuke, </strong>was selected as a <strong>Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist</strong> this week out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts. </p><p>One elementary and one secondary teacher will be chosen from the finalists to represent the area and compete against the other Texas Regions at the state level. </p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p></div>
Katy ISD Graduates Receive Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarships ISD Graduates Receive Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarships2015-07-07T19:12:03Z<div class="ExternalClass90EC6F24380347718069843F877A8FC6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) announced last week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Laine Zizka</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Taylor High School and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Chris Winski</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Morton Ranch High School were named the first recipients of the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship. The two Katy ISD graduates and former cross country runners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship annually for four years, totaling $20,000 in financial aid toward their college tuitions.</span></p><p>The scholarship was created in honor of Susan Poorman Blackie, co-founder of the HMF and long-time Houston Marathon Committee volunteer board member, and is designed to recognize student athletes in the Greater Houston Region who have demonstrated academic success, participated in high school cross country running, volunteered for extracurricular activities and applied to attend a college or university in the state of Texas.</p><p>Both student athletes were captains of their respective cross country teams and members of the National Honor Society. Winski plans on running track and cross country at the University of the Incarnate Word in the fall and Zizka plans to attend Texas Christian University. </p><p>In addition to supporting these two students over the next four years, the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship will also be awarded to two graduates in the summer of 2017. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Houston Marathon Foundation website</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD High Schools Place in UIL Lone Star Cup ISD High Schools Place in UIL Lone Star Cup2015-07-06T19:57:16Z<div class="ExternalClass25C6D2649CF54B9DAB2065C7390BB77D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Two Katy ISD high schools recently placed among the top 10 in the rankings for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Lone Star Cup</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> placed fourth and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cinco Ranch High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> placed eighth in the 6A division for the 2014-2015 school year.</span></p><p>The UIL Lone Star Cup honors the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas. The schools are selected based on their team performance in athletics and academics. </p><p>The rankings include State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track & Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball and Baseball.</p><p>For more information on the UIL Lone Star Cup, visit the<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">UIL website</a>. </p></div>
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>

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