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STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=776STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portal<div class="ExternalClass3ED5044A8A314A44A7921514BBD457EF"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>TEA has redesigned the process and communication of reporting the student test results for the 2017 STAAR administrations. Parents may view the 2017 STAAR grades 3-8 test results using either the Home Access Center (HAC) or the online state Student Data Portal. The HAC contains STAAR test results and your child’s unique access code for the state student portal, please  <a href="/dept/assessment/Pages/State-Assessment.aspx">click here for directions</a>. </p><p>The new STAAR report card also known as a Confidential Student Report (CSR), will be posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 at <a href="https://www.texasassessment.com/">TexasAssessment.com</a>. The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  For additional details, about the new STAAR report card, parents can visit the <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">TEA website</a>.</p><p>If you do not have internet access or you have questions about STAAR test results, please contact your child’s campus for assistance. </p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Conventionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=775Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention<div class="ExternalClass9A155AA13B4A4CC4B4AEBC07FEDA0E53"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir has been selected to perform at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio next February!  This is the highest honor a choir in the state of Texas can achieve. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The SLJH Choir was chosen from over 180 schools that submitted recordings to this prestigious competition, and the only one to represent the Greater Houston Area.  It has been 15 years since a junior high choir in Katy ISD was selected to perform at a TMEA Convention.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is very proud of these students as well as their Choir Director Mrs. Kristin Likos and Choir Assistants Mr. David Lee and Mrs. Jennifer Hart for their hard work and excellent tutelage towards these performers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202016.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2016.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202017.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2017.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Schmalz Elementary Selected to Participate in Raising Family Partnership Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=774Katy ISD Schmalz Elementary Selected to Participate in Raising Family Partnership Program<div class="ExternalClass5A088E62D31B4693B45C21B0BC8BAB4F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Schmalz Elementary was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship.  The school is one of 20 from across the state selected to redesign and transform their family engagement plan based on best practices, personal experiences and lessons learned from other participants. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The year-long fellowship kicks off in the summer of 2017 with a design camp where school leaders will turn research into practice and engagement opportunities for their campuses during the upcoming school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Raising Your Hand Texas Leadership Program consists of an elite network of 1,000 Texas school leaders who contribute to creating a high-quality public school system that supports the success of all students.  Following the design camp, participants will remain connected, working together to implement and improve their plans and to collaborate and provide feedback on ways to strengthen partnerships on their campuses.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the staff at Schmalz Elementary School.</p></div>
Katy ISD Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=773Katy ISD Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy<div class="ExternalClass99D66719134A4375B7233DC02DBC05EC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Rylander Elementary student Nicole Lavrack has been selected to travel this summer to Austin and San Antonio to participate in the 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She was selected based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, as well as her successful completion of a previous Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nicole will join a delegation of outstanding students to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders.  As a participant of the academy, she will visit significant sites in the area, learn about future career and internship opportunities and will visit with her Texas State Representative and Senator, whom are well aware of Nicole's accomplishments.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Education in Action is a non-profit organization which hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp designed to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about the camps visit <a href="http://www.educationinaction.org/">www.educationinaction.org</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061417_Nicole%20Lavrack%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="061417_Nicole Lavrack - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teams Rank High in the Global Destination Imagination Tournamenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=772Katy ISD Teams Rank High in the Global Destination Imagination Tournament<div class="ExternalClass5803FA6AAEE04C3F855785B51CE01A2B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy ISD teams classified in the "Top 10 Teams" during the Global Destination Imagination Tournament, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 24-28.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 1,400 teams representing 45 states and 14 countries competed in the event to showcase their innovative challenge solutions.  In total, five Katy ISD teams attended the tournament, including students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the Improv Challenge, 3-Peat, the Katy High School "<em>Tie Di ers</em>" finished in 10<sup>th</sup> place.  This placed them as the highest ranking team in the state of Texas, who was in attendance.  Participating in the Scientific Challenge, Top Secret, the Hayes Elementary team "<em>It's Classified</em>" finished in third place.  The "<em>Altos Kryptos</em>," from Griffin Elementary won second place in the same category.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061217_DI%20Global%20Teams.JPG" alt="061217_DI Global Teams.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowlhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=771Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl<div class="ExternalClassC561DD21CFD245D7BA5A6ED33C85742D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation's premier high school sporting event, held every January.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports.  This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America's youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left to Right):</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Trey Hermann, Head Coach for Taylor High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cydney Wright – mother of Max Wright</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant James Ross – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduateshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=770Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduates<div class="ExternalClass038DCF01F505426EBE6B8718EAA8ABB3"><p>​Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year's graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </p><p>The District is proud to announce the <strong>Top 10 graduates </strong>from each of its comprehensive high schools. They are:</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Trisha Neha Madhavan</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Tiffany Cheng Yu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Alyssa Shuang Wu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Nirmit Shah</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sarah Kyoko Halvorsen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Aidan Roy Gettemy</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Amol Milind Patil</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Sabrina Clare Hodgins</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sean Bao Ngo</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Jamie Liang Tan</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gpawcommvtngq78/AAAo3Lgk5DX-Pm66RyJh8gPEa?dl=0">CRHS photo gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Holly Grace Meier</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Bryan Daniel Marin</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Kendrick Tan Mendoza</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brandon Jay Komplin</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sophia Nicole Carmen Lecher</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Jacob Michael Clayton</li><li><strong>No. 7 :</strong> Sabrina Pereira Ghelardi</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alexandria Helen Woodward</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Thanh Tam Thi Vo</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Denali Evangeline Ibbotson</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c14t76me78zg4xu/AABUXcO3lkKQRixRiamQ3NYPa?dl=0">KHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Kunal Shailesh Jain</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Wahibah Hannan</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Juseung "Chris" Park</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Shourya Kashyap</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Thy Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Joseph Ola</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Andrew Duong</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Kassem Abusnineh</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Justin Ngov</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vivian Lam</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j385p145qvuoc8n/AACos2cm7nOdL8sDst7Xg3rza?dl=0">MCHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Pranav Jayaraman</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Uche Ogochukwu Okwo</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Nicholas Alexander Rose</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Victoria Belen Baltazar</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Alyssa Patricia Chuidian</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Alexander Octavio Viteri</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alyssa Ann Catoc Reyes</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Jeremy Sander See Bayangos</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Isra Rehman</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c63rm48mv6jv0wn/AABoVtT-kjCvqXUrP4pnlz4ra?dl=0">MRHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Naveen Chokkar</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Jessica Shu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Jingze Yu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Thomas Xiong</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Helen Zhou</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Eva Patel</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Rohan Sura</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Justin Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sharon Xu</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Moniish Elanchezhian</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bm9533bc0lhtv6l/AAAF0UcxIcC9j7BzzadhgKMBa?dl=0">SLHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Maria Sturzu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Shujian "Scott" Lin</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Irena Wan</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Oishik Saha</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Sheel Yerneni</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Ananya Subraman</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Angela Lin</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jessica Rao</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Alissa Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vincent Liu</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/upylf27idof0lnw/AACK8AxVHvFv92HJgu5-QbVDa?dl=0">THS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Kavya Chandran</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Lucy Haoyue Chen</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Saloni Patel</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brett Lawrence Dolotina</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Tanaya Pampattiwar</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Sudarshan Gopalakrishnan</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie):</strong> Tanvi Jadhav</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Audrey Liu</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Brian Bandaranaike</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Venkata Ravila</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0lpebinht1rj040/AACGkozNXzag4E8VXgH4FQWUa?dl=0">OTHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces School Nurse of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=769Katy ISD Announces School Nurse of the Year<div class="ExternalClass1DFA03E76E2A463192F81286F2C28FB8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce Ms. Jacqueline "Jackie" Rolf as the recipient of the 2017 Diane Hendry Excellence in School Nursing Award.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Rolf has been a nurse in Katy ISD since 2009 and is currently working at Cinco Ranch Junior High.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Rolf makes it a priority to keep her students and staff healthy throughout the school year.  Her health initiatives, volunteerism and excellent communications skills have allowed her to implement various health programs at the school, which include immunization clinics, a fun run as well as a weight control program for her campus staff.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"She is a heads up nurse," states Cinco Ranch Junior High Principal Elizabeth Nicklaus.  "She keeps excellent records, communicates beautifully with parents, and serves as a wonderful member of the overall team."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations Nurse Jackie Rolf!</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jacqueline%20Jackie%20Rolf%20-%20extra%20smaller.jpg" alt="Jacqueline Jackie Rolf - extra smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Picture Attribution: </p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Jacqueline "Jackie" Rolf – Cinco Ranch Junior High nurse</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Therese Highnote – Director of Health Services – Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=768Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitol<div class="ExternalClassF310C4FD14854989A85DC79B0189CBA1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School art student Ana Olvera has won the Congressional Art Competition with her oil painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">"Chasing the Storm."</em><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In addition to this honor, she received two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception at the U.S. Capitol where her artwork will hang for one year.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This national competition is coordinated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and takes place every year to recognize the creative talents of students across the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the second consecutive year that a Taylor High School student has received the honor of displaying their masterpiece in a legislative hall.  ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-02-17%20Congressional%20Art%20Contest-smaller.jpg" alt="06-02-17 Congressional Art Contest-smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Left to Right:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Ana Olvera, Taylor High School Student, U.S. Congressman John Culberson, 7th District of Texas</p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=767Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41<div class="ExternalClass1F0D67C0DB5A4352B509BC58E86810F3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The drum rol</span><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">l from the Seven Lakes Junior High Band marked the official groundbreaking on Elementary #41, which is set to be built in the fairly new community of Cross Creek Ranch.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This new campus is being made possible in part from savings from the 2014 bond and will serve to address growing enrollment taking place throughout Katy ISD.  The campus features diverse and transformative spaces that will blend learning with technology and opportunities for deepened engagement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In this area, we have four elementary schools which have opened up within the last five years and all of them have exceeded maximum capacity," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "Elementary #41 will probably also open up near maximum capacity." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Newly appointed Katy ISD Board of Trustees President Ashley Vann along with other board members also participated in the commemorative event. "The growth you see here in Katy serves as a testimony to the community, the culture and the legacy that we have built here together," added Vann.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To see photos of the groundbreaking ceremony <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1479521265401291">click here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Honors High School Seniors with Awards of Excellencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=766Katy ISD Honors High School Seniors with Awards of Excellence<div class="ExternalClass4F45E66E89394F31AE643D8CE2B1A86E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD recognized 88 high school seniors who were chosen by their campus administration for their dedication, perseverance and achievement during the 2016-2017 school year.  Alongside each one of them, an outstanding teacher, who was selected by the student, was also acknowledged for having a profound impact in that student's life.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">These students are the finest example of the character and commitment of the Katy ISD community.  Their passion for excelling embodies the Katy ISD mission and vision to prepare and inspire each student to live an honorable, fulfilling life….to create the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The accomplishments of this senior class are outstanding," said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony.  "It is gratifying to know that Katy ISD will be well represented in colleges, universities, the military and the work force throughout our nation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Awards of Excellence winners!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Student%20Excellence%20Large%20Group%20photo%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Student Excellence Large Group photo - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:904px;height:332px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=765Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools<div class="ExternalClass6AD90971F91E4314AF3D88DE67CBBE3D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2016-2017 valedictorians and salutatorians are:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School:<br></p><ul><li>​Trisha Madhavan – Valedictorian<br></li><li>Tiffany Yu – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy High School:</p><ul><li>Holly Grace Meier - Valedictorian</li><li>Bryan Daniel Marin – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School</p><ul><li>Kunal Shailesh Jain – Valedictorian</li><li>Wahibah Hannan – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><ul><li>Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona – Valedictorian</li><li>Pranav Jayaraman – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School</p><ul><li>Naveen Chokkar – Valedictorian</li><li>Jessica Shu – Saluatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School</p><ul><li>Maria Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><li>Shujian Lin – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School</p><ul><li>Kavya Chandran- Valedictorian</li><li>Lucy Haoyue Chen – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! Click <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwyb9f2u8bopl6y/AACHU4w0KBXGXGi9Y53MhNGRa?dl=0">here</a> for photos.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Supporthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=763Katy ISD Announces Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support<div class="ExternalClass55A49DFC17A847E9B68294773824F81E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Carlson-Scruggs has worked in the field of education for 25 years.  She began her educational career in 1992 as a teacher in Lubbock ISD but she also worked in Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD and Fort Bend ISD.  She served as an assistant principal from 2001-2005 in Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD, respectively.  While in Fort Bend ISD she served as a principal, coordinator of Leadership Development, Director of Special Education and most recently as Director of Student Affairs.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Carlson-Scruggs holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Peru State College, a Master of Education in Special Education from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcome to the Katy ISD family Dr. Carlson-Scruggs!​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dawn%20Carlson-Scruggs%202.jpg" alt="Dawn Carlson-Scruggs 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Miller Career and Technology Center New Principalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=762Miller Career and Technology Center New Principal<div class="ExternalClassFA1EB72932B54199BFB565C140FDE22A"><p>​During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Russell Faldyn as the new principal for Miller Career & Technology Center.  Mr. Faldyn will be replacing Dr. Anna Webb-Storey, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.</p><p>Mr. Faldyn has worked in education for 30 years.  He began his educational career in 1987 as an agricultural science teacher in Linden-Kildare CISD.  He worked for Spring ISD from 1992-1999 as an agricultural science teacher.  Mr. Faldyn joined Katy ISD in 1999 as an assistant principal at Katy High School.  In 2005, he moved to Taylor High School where he served as an assistant principal, curriculum principal and associate principal.  In 2015, Mr. Faldyn was named Community Education/Election Administrator. </p><p>Mr. Faldyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, a Master of Education/Vocational Education Degree, as well as an Educational Mid-Management Certification from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Faldyn will begin his new role as principal of the Miller Career & Technology Center on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Faldyn a warm welcome at MCTC and wish him the best in his new position!​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCTC_Russell%20Faldyn.jpg" alt="MCTC_Russell Faldyn.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Taylor High School New Principalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=761Taylor High School New Principal<div class="ExternalClassAA8BA40292E1445091E7EBA5AE748A9E"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support - Area 2.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan has worked in education for 22 years.  He began his educational career in 1995 as an elementary teacher in Irving ISD.  In 1998, he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Paul Keyes Elementary.  In 2006, his career moved him to Fort Bend ISD, where he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. Mr. Morgan has served as Principal of Kempner High School since 2014.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education in Administration Degree from Texas Women's University.  Mr. Morgan will begin his new role as principal of Taylor High School on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Morgan a warm welcome to the  Katy ISD Taylor High School family, and wish him the best in his new position!</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Christopher%20Morgan%20THS%202.jpg" alt="Christopher Morgan THS 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hourshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=760Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours<div class="ExternalClass7B1C283746ED4239B2373DB723130BA7"><p>For the second year in a row, Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district's students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of our children.  </p><p>At the Volunteer Celebration hosted on May 12<sup>th</sup>, Katy ISD announced this year's hours achievement along with honoring each campus Volunteer of the Year:  Alexander Elementary, Kara Floyd; Bear Creek Elementary, Tiffany Barlas; Beck Junior High, Claudina Lovalvo; Beckendorff Junior, Katie Roberts; Bethke Elementary, Danielle Wachter; Cardiff Junior High, Maria Teresa Zataratous; Cimarron Elementary, Jan Guess; Cinco Ranch High, Cris Bowden; Cinco Ranch Junior, Gresha Saenz; Creech Elementary, Jan Killam; Davidson Elementary, Cubendri Bach; Exley Elementary, Reeca McCrory; Fielder Elementary, Tess Hall; Franz Elementary, Andrea Silva; Golbow Elementary, Amy Heppen; Griffin Elementary, Maureen Lee; Hayes Elementary, Diane Jacobson; Holland Elementary, Kim Greene; Hutsell Elementary, Judy Lee; Jenks Elementary, Kelli Melancon; Katy Elementary, Amy Kagay; Katy High, Rosario Harter; Katy Junior, Autumn Christiansen; Kilpatrick Elementary, Kim Beidle; King Elementary, Dawn Goodwin; Mayde Creek Elementary, Michelle Espinoza; Mayde Creek High, Maria Torbit; Mayde Creek Junior, Donna Ward; McDonald Junior, Dolly Sanchez; McMeans Junior, Elita Roos; McRoberts Elementary, Aron James; Memorial Parkway Junior, Laci Costagliola; Memorial Parkway Elementary, Blanca Bagatella; Morton Ranch Elementary, Claudia Rodriguez; Morton Ranch High, Lisa Wycoff; Morton Ranch Junior, Anitra Ondrush; Nottingham Country Elementary, Shelly Hannon; Pattison Elementary, Colleen Cooper; Randolph Elementary, Michele Keppler; Rhoads Elementary, Kimberly Hood; Rylander Elementary, Devon Hulyk, Schmalz Elementary, Claudia Ceron; Seven Lakes High, Vanessa Heintz; Seven Lakes Junior, Sarah Thai; Shafer Elementary, Angela Kunkel; Stanley Elementary, Elizabeth Uptmore; Stephens Elementary, Lisa Garza; Sundown Elementary, Sara Tijerina; Taylor High, Sharon Mitchell; Tays Junior High, Becky Morris; Tompkins High, Julie Donnelly; West Memorial Elementary, Angela Jones; West Memorial Junior, Robin Stone-Loftin; Williams Elementary, Christy MacDonald; Wilson Elementary, Carmen Capuchino; Winborn Elementary, Lauren Ryan; Wolfe Elementary, Autumn Sharp; Wolman Elementary, Jen DeVries; WoodCreek Elementary, Carla Cotton; WoodCreek Junior, Kelly Goering.  </p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p></div>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=759Redesigned STAAR Report Cards <div class="ExternalClass1CC69AB545F2458E975417D0DF9FA3C2"><p>The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has redesigned the STAAR report cards also referred to as confidential student reports (CSRs) to improve communication and transparency with educators and families.  The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  The new two-page CSR features are listed below:</p><ul><li>Growth and progress information</li><li>A summer reading list</li><li>Lexile levels and trend data</li><li>New performance level descriptors </li><li>Resources and suggestions for parents to use at home</li><li>Suggested questions for parents to ask teachers and counselors </li></ul><p>At this time, TEA has published <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">learning resources</a> which include a short video to explain the changes, as wells as, a link to download the presentation and talking points, templates of STAAR report cards for each grade, and online tools and resources. The new CSRs will be available online beginning June 13, 2017 for STAAR EOC and June 30, 2017 for STAAR 3-8.</p><p>On June 13th, TEA is also launching a new CSR website, which will include item-level analysis for each question on the STAAR, informational videos, and links to additional resources. For the first time, parents and teachers who log in will be able to see actual test questions from the current year's STAAR exam. They will also find information on boosting reading levels and developing student-specific summer reading lists. </p></div>
Katy ISD Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=758Katy ISD Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe School<div class="ExternalClass730609C5A2EF4989884FA8CF5394BFFD"><p style="text-align:justify;">Bonnie Holland Elementary School has been recognized by Texas Children's Hospital as a Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) Heart Safe School.  The project has a mission to educate school systems, nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and others about pediatric sudden cardiac death.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Holland Elementary nurse, Kimberly Cromie has worked hard to implement a comprehensive plan of awareness at the campus to make sure anyone can save a life. This included all adults who work at the school, specific training for designated first responders, cardiac arrest drills to practice skills and improvements for campus communication methods in case of an emergency situation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=756Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers<div class="ExternalClassB18B388DF47142D5938D7EB985092ADF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William "Bill" Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also u​nanimously elected new officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Ashley Vann was elected as president, Courtney Doyle as vice president and Charles Griffin as secretary.  George Scott was appointed to fill the position of the Texas Association of the School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors for Region 4, Position E.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath.jpg" alt="Oath.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath2.jpg" alt="Oath2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent Searchhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=755Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent Search<div class="ExternalClass2A358DD0B45D45F49DB7C50AB8F91E97"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 566 seventh grade students participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) this year demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade level assessments which qualifies them to take either the PSAT and ACT test.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Approximately 344 of those testers qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.  State recognition was given to 251 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test and 36 students earned Grand Recognition for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subtest.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Duke Tip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education Duke Tip works with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptrollerhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=754Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller<div class="ExternalClassA90E294BE89249DFA1DB4D9FF2611A54"><p>Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Katy ISD Financial Services Department is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Transparency Stars program. Katy ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue transparent and easily accessible to the public.<br></p><p>"By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Katy ISD's Financial Services Department has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office's Transparency Stars program," Hegar said. "I am pleased to award Katy ISD a star for its accomplishments." </p><p>The Comptroller's office launched the Transparency Stars program in March to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of:</p><ul><li>Traditional Finances</li><li>Contracts and Procurement</li><li>Economic Development</li><li>Public Pensions </li><li>Debt Obligations</li></ul><p>​After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller's <a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/Local_Government/stars/">Transparency Stars website</a>.</p></div>
Nineteen Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctionshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=753Nineteen Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctions<div class="ExternalClassCCFA1F2827694C45811C362CC22C22C2"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Nineteen Katy ISD campuses were named as an Honor Roll school by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). The schools include:</span><br></p><ul><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary </li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary </li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Woodcreek Elementary</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>Garland McMeans Junior High</li><li>Rodger & Ellen Beck Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High </li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li><li>Tompkins High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 727 high performing, higher poverty schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine's Top 100 Womenhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=752Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine's Top 100 Women<div class="ExternalClass963DE591D28E451CB83CB4A4884F6A4B"><p>This year Katy Magazine "Women's Issue" included "Katy's Top 100 Women" and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.</p><p>The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.  </p><p>"We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes," says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine.  "There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women."</p><p>Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place at our District.  Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email <a href="mailto:editor@katymagazine.com">editor@katymagazine.com</a> with the person's name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.</p><p>​Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made <a href="http://www.katymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Katys-Top-100-Women-.pdf">"Katy's Top 100 Women"</a> list! </p></div>
2017 Katy ISD Board Election Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7512017 Katy ISD Board Election Results<div class="ExternalClass58EADD9CF4844D86B29ACF404F48E50B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD voters elected candidate William "Bill" Lacy and incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The unofficial results are:</p><ul><li>Ashley Vann:  Position 3 <br>To<span style="text-align:justify;">tal votes:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">2,279</span></li></ul><ul><li>Courtney Doyle: Position 4 <br>Total votes:  2,364<br><br></li><li>William "Bill" Lacy:  Position 5<br>Total v<span style="text-align:justify;">otes:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">2,451</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election_17/2017_KISD_Board_Election_Results.pdf">Click here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=749Katy ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year<div class="ExternalClassA707F56F330046FC8D111572C6FDEB73"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>.  WoodCreek Elementary teacher Kristal Parrish and Taylor High School teacher Phuong Nguyen were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Randolph Elementary teacher Connie Summerford and McMeans Junior High teacher Sarah Brown were also recognized by the superintendent as <strong>District-wide Rookie Teachers of the Year</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Family members along with campus principals and District staff joined all of the Campus Teachers of the Year to make their annual recognition ceremony an amazing and unforgettable event.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click to see all the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2017.aspx">Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year</a> and the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFTOY-2017.aspx">Rookie Teachers of the Year</a> nominees.</p><p>​</p></div>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=748Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=743Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'<div class="ExternalClass670381E5786448D7AB2754134EE4EA3E"><p style="text-align:left;">Katy Independent School District has again received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14<sup>th</sup> year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.  </p><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalisthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=740Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist<div class="ExternalClassF588C9454BBB44399A41E4D108F54616"><p>McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).  </p><p>The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, DC.</p><p>TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award.  After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists.  These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.  Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin, TX.</p><p>Best of luck to Principal Mensah!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/04-10-17%20Dr.%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="04-10-17 Dr. Kwabena Mensah - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Moneyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=739Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Money<div class="ExternalClass98AC0A5E68754A9BA10DEB946077E77D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang's artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts.  His project was a drawing titled "<em>A Rare Connection.</em>"  This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level.  Jang's artwork earned "Class Champion" recognition and auctioned off for $65,000!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi's "Reserve Class Champion" three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece.  The Taylor High School eleventh-grader's artwork is titled "<em>The Spirit Within."</em><em>   </em>Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi's work broke a world record and sold for $102,000!</p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Charles%20Jang.jpg" alt="Charles Jang.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><div><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi%202.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div></div>
Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growthhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=738Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growth<div class="ExternalClass1CE4F4ECCC5F4B8ABB246621D36CBEB4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District will be hosting its first Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting on </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 150-member committee is comprised of a broad base of community members representative of Katy ISD campuses, partner institutions, professional and civic organizations and the community at large. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At each bond committee meeting, the members will receive information on various topics such as growth projections, facility and technology needs and District finances.  This information will help members assess facility needs in order to develop a bond package for recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through data presented annually by the District's demographers, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), and discussions with residential developers, the District is projected to be adding approximately 2,500 new students each school year.  Katy ISD continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and by 2026 analysts predict that Katy ISD could be serving nearly 100,000 students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public to observe the process and stay informed.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" title="Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee Meetings">Click here for more information on Katy ISD's 2017 bond referendum and the Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings</a>.</p></div>

 

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