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Katy ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office Suite ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office Suite2014-12-17T20:14:24Z<div class="ExternalClassBAECED8F137E4C519151DF122130B37A"><p></p><p>Katy ISD is in the final stages of setting up access for students and staff to be able to download for free up to 10 copies of the Microsoft Office Suite on their computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Once access is finalized, a message will be sent during early spring to all students and staff with instructions on how to obtain their license for Microsoft Office.  Katy ISD licensing will enable all students and staff to have this same application for use at home and on personal devices.  Instructions will also be sent to parents after the access has been completed and tested.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast2014-12-17T17:29:08Z<div class="ExternalClass8188518AE199488BB918BDF06F584F08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will host the <strong>Men Who Mentor Breakfast</strong> on <strong>Friday, January 30 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.</strong> at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The KEYS program needs men and, as such, many boys across the District are waiting for mentors.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This annual event provides information for men interested in becoming a mentor and support for those already in the program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two of our guy mentors, along with their students, will share their experiences in the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Campus liaisons and administrators will guide table discussions for learning and networking opportunities.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>​​​KEYS mentors spend up to one hour per week, during the school day, during the school year, with their students.  If you're a guy who has ever thought about being a mentor, please join us!  If you are a guy who already mentors, please join us!  <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to RSVP by January 27. KEYS is offered through Katy ISD's Partners in Education – the department that brings the community into the classroom.​</p></div>
2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retest TAKS March Exit Level Retest2014-12-17T15:54:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1F4D68E22384C7B9D9A9C022485D650"><p></p><p>Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March, 2015.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> from December 8, 2014 - February 6, 2015.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span>   The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  <strong>The online submission must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), on February 6, 2015.</strong>  Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>if the campus can accommodate them.</em></span>  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>March 2                        ELA</li><li>March 2                        ELA Writing (TAAS - eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>March 3                        Mathematics</li><li>March 4                        Science</li><li>March 4                        ELA Reading (TAAS - eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>March 5                        Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the March Exit Level retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, contact Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior Ratings ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior Ratings2014-12-16T15:41:50Z<div class="ExternalClassC39EBBBB46CF4DD0A1FF136A6CBE07F6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Moody's Rating Services recently upgraded Katy ISD's issuer credit rating (ICR) from AA2 to AA1.  This is one of the highest ratings achievable by this rating agency.  Likewise, Standard & Poor's Rating Agency increased its outlook for Katy ISD from 'stable' to 'positive', demonstrating the District's strong financial health.</span></p><p>These ratings are reflective of Katy ISD's:</p><p>- Participation in the broad Houston metropolitan statistical area (MSA) economy;</p><p>- Large and diverse property tax base, with strong historical and expected growth; and </p><p>- Strong financial management practices and policies, which have allowed for growth without a negative effect on fiscal operations.​</p></div>
District Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past Bonds Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past Bonds2014-12-16T15:41:13Z<div class="ExternalClass501DA358360746F69F5237DA459CE2CB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Last Monday night, during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported that the District saved $30,737,988 by refinancing past bonds. </span></p><p>By taking advantage of opportunities to refund/refinance bonds when the market allows, the District saves millions of dollars in interest costs.   </p><p>The District values financial transparency and has been recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new Platinum Leadership Circle Award. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p><p>Last week the Texas Comptroller's Office released its 2014 Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST).  Katy ISD received the highest rating of Five Stars.  FAST looks at academic, financial and demographic data, and identifies districts that produce high academic achievement while maintaining cost-effective operations.  Only 46 school districts across the state earned Five Stars. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second Stadium ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second Stadium2014-12-09T14:51:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1D4A7040DA24136A0E22B2BF5055D4B"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em>PBK withdraws from design services for second stadium</em>​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night during the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study, the District recommended HKS, in partnership with VLK Architects, as the new architect for the voter-approved second stadium following PBK's withdrawal from further participation in this project. </span></p><p>During the past few weeks, the District assessed and interviewed various highly-reputable architects for the stadium project.  The Board will vote on last night's recommendation at the Regular Monthly Board Meeting on December 15. </p><p>All reference and resource materials developed during the design phase of the 2013 proposed stadium have been provided by PBK.  However, a new design will be developed based on site and facility needs identified.  The District remains on track to complete the second stadium by 2017 and within budget.</p><p>PBK, along with five other firms, will continue to work on a variety of projects for Katy ISD.  VLK Architects, Stantec and Texas IBI Group have worked on past District projects including additions and renovations at five elementary schools and two junior highs, music room and weight room additions at various junior highs, the Katy High School baseball facility, and the Center for Innovation and Imagination, among others. Likewise, PBK has completed many successful Katy ISD projects such as the Merrell Center, the performing arts centers at all high schools, the ninth grade campuses at Katy, Taylor and Mayde Creek high schools, and the renovations at Rhodes Stadium, among others.  In addition, PBK has built four high schools, five junior highs and an elementary.  </p><p>These firms, along with Pfluger and Huckabee, will be working on various 2014 bond projects, including upgrades to the South Transportation Center, Career and Technical Education (CTE) expansions at five junior highs, major renovation projects and new campuses, beginning as early as February 2015.</p><p>The proposed $58 million stadium complex, to be built adjacent to Rhodes Stadium, includes 12,000 seats, a press box, restrooms, concessions, a field house and approximately 4,000 parking spots.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. <strong>   </strong></p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority Students ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority Students2014-12-08T20:49:30Z<div class="ExternalClass4F8FA62818714A7596FE948C39E97F13"><p><em>​</em><em>Mayde Creek High School among elite group of Texas schools ​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School has been </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) to be the first of an elite group of only eight schools in the state to present at the TABSE State Demonstration Schools Collaborative. </span></p><p>Based on the school's strong application and compelling school data, Mayde Creek High School has been selected to present at the Dr. Jay Cummings Demonstration Schools Collaborative on February 25, 2015.  </p><p>"The staff at Mayde Creek High School is honored to be recognized for their creative and innovative approaches to educating our diverse student population," said Principal Dr. Cazilda Steele.  "We look forward to sharing our best practices and success with other schools."</p><p>The purpose of the Demonstration Schools Collaborative is to present conference attendees with exemplary models of high performing schools that are closing the achievement gaps for minority students in Texas.  </p><p>TABSE, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public-at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.</p></div>
Katy High School Alumnus Wins 2014 Grey Cup High School Alumnus Wins 2014 Grey Cup2014-12-08T20:27:53Z<div class="ExternalClass98A7BC8EB193457FA251863841F1A34C"><p><img alt="Grey Cup Bo Mitchell.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Grey%20Cup%20Bo%20Mitchell.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:292px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><strong>Bo Levi Mitchell</strong>, a 2008 graduate of Katy High School, recently led the Calgary Stampeders to a 20-16 win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award during the<strong> 2014 Grey Cup Canadian Championship Football Game</strong>. </p><p>The 2014 Grey Cup win adds to Mitchell's impressive list of athletic awards including the Katy High School State Championship in 2007; a National Championship at Eastern Washington University in 2010; and the 2011 Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.</p><p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on the 2014 Grey Cup. </p></div>
Beck Junior High Student Selected to Compete in International Math Contest Junior High Student Selected to Compete in International Math Contest2014-12-02T16:44:12Z<div class="ExternalClassA7B108D672834025B087800228E5071B"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​</span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Mathworks</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Texas State University has announced the four Texas students who have been selected to be members of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Primary Math World Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (PMWC) team. One of the four team members is </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Edward Lu</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a seventh-grade student at Beck Junior High.</span></p><p>Lu, along with his three teammates, will attend the 2015 Residential Junior Summer Math Camp program at Texas State University this coming June, and then compete in the PMWC in Hong Kong in July. Lu was selected from the 284 students who participated in the 2014 Mathworks Math Contest. </p><p>Mathworks is a center for innovation in mathematics education at Texas State University, whose programs raise mathematics achievement for all students, while developing future leaders in science, engineering and mathematics.</p></div>
Katy ISD School Scene - Memorial Parkway Elementary ISD School Scene - Memorial Parkway Elementary2014-12-01T21:11:46Z<div class="ExternalClass36D3DE9B55F746F88E4E3544AE196292"><p><img alt="DSC_0013.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0013.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:323px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><font face="Arial"><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">I</span><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">n this week's School Scene, meet a<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="font:bold 14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Memorial Parkway Elementary</strong><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>teacher who embodies the philosophy of support, on and off campus. Valerie Reeves is a Reading Intervention Teacher who has been at Memorial Parkway Elementary for 32 years, and leads the school's Diverse Support Team. Reeves also participates annually in Relay for Life and established the first Relay Recess program for Katy ISD students. Her students thrive under her care because of her support, encouragement and belief in them.</span></font></p><span style="line-height:21px;font-size:14px;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"></span><div style="font:13px/normal lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>Tell us about your position at Memorial Parkway Elementary.</em></strong><br>I teach Reading Intervention (Reading Academy), so I work with students in first through fifth grades for 30 minutes a day during extended learning times. I also lead the Diverse Support Team on campus, which includes reading and math specialists, dyslexia and ESL teachers.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>What do you think is the most important thing students take from your classes?</em></strong><br><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em></em></strong>One of the most important things for my students to understand is that they can trust me, so they know when I come to get them out of class, it's not something they need to be afraid of. If nothing else, I want it to be the best 30 minutes of their day because it's a place where they can come to feel good about themselves.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>Tell us about your involvement in Relay for Life and Relay Recess at MPE.</em></strong><br>My biggest outside involvement is Relay for Life. I'm a 16-year cancer survivor, so every year our campus does fundraising and has a Relay for Life team.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;">Relay Recess is similar to Relay for Life, but for our students. I brought the program to MPE three years ago, and every year we set up a track during the school day, and parents and community members can come walk with our students to benefit Relay for Life.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>What is your favorite thing about working at Memorial Parkway Elementary?</em></strong><br>I think it's been the connections I've made. I've made really deep friendships with the staff at Memorial Parkway Elementary, and even though I've seen a lot of change throughout the years, the climate on campus has always been caring.</p></div></div>
Schmalz Elementary Recognized as TEA Reward School Elementary Recognized as TEA Reward School2014-12-01T20:21:44Z<div class="ExternalClassD27B8056F9F4453EA47B639CA7522380"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Schmalz Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named a</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Reward School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for high-progress by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a high-progress school, Schmalz is one of 380 Title l schools in Texas that earned this designation for 2013-2014.</span></p><p>High-progress schools are identified as Title 1 schools in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or schools in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating the ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA's website</a> for the full list of Reward Schools. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Cardiff Junior High ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Cardiff Junior High2014-12-01T18:19:42Z<div class="ExternalClassA6DCCB84BC9340C8A109E3E72C2112EF"><p><em>Bryan 'Scott' Rounds brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During their Monthly Board Meeting last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Bryan 'Scott' Rounds</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cardiff Junior High</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>He first joined the District in 2005 as an assistant principal at Katy High School before moving up to associate principal at that campus in June 2009.   Prior to joining Katy ISD, he was a teacher and assistant principal with Alief ISD for nine years. </p><p>Rounds holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Ambassador University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Education from Prairie View A&M University. </p></div>
Nearly 500 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from 17th Annual Promise to Read Program 500 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from 17th Annual Promise to Read Program2014-12-16T16:05:06Z<div class="ExternalClass6BF0D10B6BF642D19DDDCD4F1E713D1F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Community members, businesses and organizations across Katy came together over the past two weeks to bring the love of reading into nearly 500 Katy ISD classrooms. The annual reading program is part of a 17-year-old tradition led by the Katy ISD Partners in Education department that brings the community into the classroom.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Through </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Promise to Read</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">, the program provides the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom full of excited elementary students. The program currently runs for two weeks at 13 elementary campuses each year in November.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> event was hosted with Partners in Education at: Hays, Holland, Katy, Memorial Parkway, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wolfe, Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools. Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a three year period, every <span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</span></p><p>"<em>Promise to Read</em> has become a treasured community event thanks to hundreds of devoted community volunteers, many of whom join us every year, and our Katy ISD host campuses," says Janet Theis, Katy ISD's Director of Community Partnerships. "<em>Promise to Read</em> continues to open the door for our business community to embrace and inspire the love of reading and share that magic with classrooms across the district."</p><p>Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including: H-E-B, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, AXA Advisors, McDonald's, Tradition Bank, Second Baptist Church, Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital, CenterPoint Energy,  Members Choice Credit Union, The Shady Lady Window Coverings, Children's Lighthouse, Pepper Lawson Construction, Omni Hotels, Christian Brothers Automotive, Pump It Up, Junior Achievement, Herff Jones Graduation Center, Firethorne, Bicycle World, Spring Creek Barbeque, Katy Fire Department, Mar-Mar's Candy Jar, KCC Orthodontics, HCC NW, Edward Jones, Johnny's Pizza House, Two Forks Catering, Adams Law Firm, Sylvan Learning, Harris County Public Library, Houston SPCA, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Chick-fil-A Mason Road and Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch, KVPAC, Dignity Memorial Katy Funeral Home, Houston Museum of Natural Science, PUPS - Prevent Unwanted Pets, Tutor Doctor, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Texas Taxi, Cross Community Church, Cotton Holdings, Costco Wholesale, Thomas C. Harrison, DDS, Inc., Amegy Bank, Westpark Springs Hospital, Spectra Energy, City of Katy Senior Center, Keep Katy Beautiful, Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, PBK Architects, Grand Vision Center, Gina Cornelius Swim Academy, Krenzien, Krenzien & Associates, Tista's Fine Furniture and many other Katy community members and area businesses. </p><p>Promise to Read is one of several community involvement programs offered by Katy ISD Partners in Education and essentially fulfills the mission of bringing the community into the classroom.  Find more information about Partners in Education on the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on College Board AP District Honor Roll ISD Earns Place on College Board AP District Honor Roll 2014-11-18T16:26:08Z<div class="ExternalClass586F7BF2C34E4BD984D1EAE9EB1C5A15"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">5th Annual AP</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for increasing access to</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Since 2012, Katy ISD has increased the number of students participating in AP exams by more than 800, while the number of students who received a 3 or higher on an AP exam increased from 6,205 in 2012 to 7,056 in 2014.</p><p>Data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential. Katy ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. </p><p>Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP<strong><strong style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;"><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">®</span></strong>​ </strong>District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria. </p><p>Districts must: </p><ul><li><p>Increase participation/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </p></li><li><p>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;</p></li><li><p>Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </p></li></ul><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view the complete listing of school districts named to the College Board's 5th Annual AP<strong>® </strong>District Honor Roll.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Consider Architects for 2014 Bond Projects ISD Board of Trustees Consider Architects for 2014 Bond Projects2014-11-18T18:43:10Z<div class="ExternalClassC205B4C068BC4147A1257DD5B3DE8CC5"><p>​<em>Architects selected for major campus renovations, upgrades to South Transportation </em>​</p><p>During tonight's Work Study Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees reviewed the architectural firms selected to work on seven major projects including a comprehensive renovation of Mayde Creek High School, upgrades to the South Transportation Center, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) expansions at five junior highs. </p><p>The firms identified for seven projects in the bond package are <strong>Stantec</strong>, <strong>Pfluger Architects</strong>, <strong>Huckabee Inc.</strong>, and <strong>IBI</strong>. Approval of these firms at the November 24 Board meeting will keep the District on track to meet the schedules set for these projects.</p><p>Additionally, the Trustees reviewed the VLK Architects designs proposed for <a href="/Documents/Elem38-39%20Images.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">new elementary schools #38 and 39</a>, as well as <a href="/Documents/HS8%20JHS15%20DD%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Junior High #15 and High School #8</a>, which were designed by PBK architects. </p><p>The voter-approved bond referendum, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth and aging facilities, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations, and improvements to 43 District facilities. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates District-wide and a second stadium.  Click <a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to learn more about the bond.</p></div>
Katy ISD Surpassing State and National Average ACT Scores ISD Surpassing State and National Average ACT Scores2014-11-14T22:03:09Z<div class="ExternalClass1E07048CBFC542F796EE893D0FB2900D"><p><em>District excelling in all ACT subject areas</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2014 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, algebra, social science and biology.  Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 46 percent, 20 percent higher than the state and national average. </span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,652</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 400 students from 2010. </p><p>The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. ACT research shows that it is the rigor of the coursework that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ACT website</a> for more information about ACT testing and scoring. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ACT%20Results.jpg" alt="ACT Results.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:646px;" /><br></p></div>
Superintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District Address Frailey Delivers State of the District Address2014-12-16T16:06:16Z<div class="ExternalClassA8741CF963214EF98F79726F5C1D3507"><p><em>Celebrates students' achievements, recognizes staff's accomplishments </em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Today Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey spoke to hundreds of Katy community members, dignitaries, and staff during his annual State of the District Address.  Along with a snapshot of the District's endless accomplishments and current enrollment growth, Frailey shared with attendees Katy ISD's highly successful BEAM (Because Everyone's Attitude Matters) initiative.</span></p><p>"It is our commitment to engage employees, students, parents and our entire community," said Frailey in reference to the BEAM initiative based on the belief that everyone's attitude matters in building a culture of educational excellence supported by a nurturing, respectful, and safe environment for students and employees.  "Like a lighthouse, the BEAM initiative provides a strong foundation for students that helps them withstand waves and turbulence encountered in their development and being." </p><p>During the address, Frailey shared some of the District's major accomplishments, such as being recognized on the College Board AP Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher, and being recognized as the 60<sup>th</sup> largest district in the nation.  Just this fall, Katy ISD welcomed its 70,000<sup>th </sup>student. </p><p>"The purpose of a state of the district, it is to update the community on where we have been and the current reality of the District," said Frailey. "However, I also like to share the big wins from our students as they are something in which the entire community can be proud."</p><p>Katy ISD students surpassed state and national averages in SAT and ACT test scores, 80 percent of the students who took AP exams received a score of 3 or higher, and the Class of 2014 was awarded $22 million in scholarships, among other accomplishments. </p><p>Attendees also enjoyed special guest speaker Jamie Vollmer, author of the highly acclaimed book 'Schools Cannot Do It Alone' and award-winning champion of public education.  </p><p><a href="/Documents/Superintendent%20Messages/Katy%20ISD%20State%20of%20the%20District%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view the 2014 State of the District Address presentation.  Photos are available <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p><p>View the Katy ISD TASA/TASB performance video <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program2014-11-11T17:46:40Z<div class="ExternalClass333D0A7457484C09AAE2D8D3325B619F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2015-2016 gifted and talented program. To initiate a referral, parents can complete a Parent Checklist, which can be found on all campuses or the </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Parents of students in grades 1-4 must complete the Elementary Parent Checklist, and parents of students in grades 6-11 must complete the Secondary Parent Checklist.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Parents may receive more information about GT screening and the GT program at a "GT <span style="line-height:1.5;">Program Awareness." This parent information session will be held at 7 p.m. on November 24 in Room 1200 at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Enter through the doors on the south side of the building marked "Staff Development."</span></p><p>Parent Checklists for students in grades 1-4 must be completed and returned to the elementary school office by the District-wide deadline of <strong>December 12, 2014</strong>. Secondary Parent Checklists for students in grades 6-11 must be returned to the junior high or high school office by</p><p><strong>January 9, 2015</strong>. Students whose Parent Checklists are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p>The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs. In Katy ISD, screening instruments include the Parent Checklist, classroom observations and standardized tests.</p><p>The program for elementary students consists of a one-day-a-week pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education. The program for secondary students is a subject specific aptitude program that targets the language arts, math, social studies and science disciplines.</p><p>Secondary students may be referred for screening in one, two, three or all four content areas.</p><p>After identification, students are served within the Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP programs. Secondary students currently identified for GT service may request screening for service in additional content areas. Requests must be made to GT Facilitator by January 9, <span style="line-height:1.5;">2015.</span></p><p>Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or secondary G/T facilitators if they have additional questions. Students already identified and experiencing success in the GT program do not need to be re-screened.</p><p>Transfer students who were screened in fall 2014 must wait one full academic year before they can be re-screened.</p></div>
Hundreds Gathered for Dedication of New James Randolph Elementary School Gathered for Dedication of New James Randolph Elementary School 2014-11-11T17:34:12Z<div class="ExternalClassF1FAC53A37EC4152B48E87B3E6F8C7B0"><p>​<em>School namesake's legacy is honored during ceremony</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nearly 600</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> parents, students, staff members and local officials joined members of Katy ISD's Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey at Randolph Elementary School for Sunday's official dedication of the District's 37th elementary school.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>James E. Randolph, the school's namesake, joined Katy ISD in 1996 as a math and science teacher at Winborn Elementary, and later moved on to coach P.E. at Alexander Elementary.  Although his battle with cancer forced him into an early retirement, he remained very active in the District as a volunteer before passing away in April 2013.</p><p>His wife, stepson and sister were all present for Sunday's dedication, along with other District namesakes.</p><p>"I wish I wasn't here, and James was still teaching P.E.  But I stand here with much honor as I know his joy and laughter will fill these halls for years to come," said Janet Randolph, the namesake's wife, as she fought back tears.  "He lived passionately and loved his students more than anything." </p><p>Students and administrators recognized Mr. Randolph's endless contributions to the District, and the many lives he touched with his contagious smile and passion for athletics and academics. </p><p>"He knew each of the 1,200 students by name and took a vested interest in their families," said Principal Kristin Harper, who worked alongside Randolph for many years at Alexander Elementary.  "He made every student feel loved, special and respected.  He called them his 'angels'."</p><p>Randolph Elementary, located at 5303 Flewellen Oaks Lane<em>, </em>was<em> </em>built with funds left over from the 2010 bond referendum and opened its doors to nearly 820 students in August 2014.   </p><p>During today's ceremony, a flag previously flown over the State Capitol was presented by the Honorable John Zerwas and the Honorable Lois Kolkhorst along with a proclamation read by Commissioner Andy Meyers.  </p><p>For pictures of today's dedication ceremony, click <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks Top 10 in the Nation for Digital Curriculum ISD Ranks Top 10 in the Nation for Digital Curriculum2014-11-10T20:58:53Z<div class="ExternalClass0B3D3A282FA44333AAE0C6C376B04AE3"><p>​<em>Awarded third place among suburban school districts nationwide</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District has been ranked nationally for transitioning to digital curriculum and content in an effective manner leading to greater student achievement and success. </span></p><p>The Learning Counsel selected Katy ISD as one of the Top 10 Districts based on the results of the 2014 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey. Specifically, Katy ISD ranks third among suburban school districts nationwide.            </p><p>The Learning Counsel surveyed K-12 school districts nationwide, as well as equivalent international primary educators, about their digital curriculum strategies to effect positive institutional change in an effort to transition to and utilize digital curriculum and content in the teaching and learning process. Schools and school districts along all points of a continuum of change in this transition completed the survey.  </p><p>The Top 10 Districts, selected by The Learning Counsel, were recognized at the National Gathering event this month for their achievements.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Excel on AP Exams ISD Students Excel on AP Exams2014-11-07T17:30:54Z<div class="ExternalClassED5CD1666CB3497188A74EA94104B0E8"><p><em>Participation and performance on AP exams on the rise</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD student participation in Advanced Placement (AP) exams continues to increase, helping to ease the transition from high school to postsecondary education.</span></p><p>A total of <strong>8,820</strong> students participated in AP exams in 2014, an increase of more than 1,500 students from 2011. </p><p>The number of students who received a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 80 percent, compared to 75.5 percent in 2013.  Furthermore, the number of students who received a 5, the highest score achievable on an AP exam, increased from 1,762 in 2011 to 2,141 in 2014.</p><p>AP exams measure a student's content mastery of college-level studies in specific academic disciplines. Students who do well on the AP exams have the chance to stand out in college admissions, earn college credits and even skip introductory classes. For more information on AP courses and exams, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">CollegeBoard website</a>.</p><p><br></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default" style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" colspan="5" style="width:20%;text-align:center;"><strong>​​​​​ Katy ISD AP Exam Analysis</strong><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>2014</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>2013</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>2012</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>2011</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>TOTAL TESTERS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">8,820</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">8,763</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">7,991</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">7,301</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Number of 3s</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">2,383</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">2,441</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">2,058</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">1,923</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Number of 4s</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">2,532</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">2,464</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">2,290</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">2,054</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Number of 5s</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">2,141</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">1,707</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">1,857</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">1,762</td></tr></tbody></table></div>
More than 150 Students Attend Katy ISD Superintendent’s Annual Student Leadership Conference than 150 Students Attend Katy ISD Superintendent’s Annual Student Leadership Conference2014-12-16T16:06:55Z<div class="ExternalClass23BD20AF9E284C2D875BAA2D100E1C46"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey met with approximately 150 high school students during his annual Student Leadership Conference last week.  The half-day conference included guest speaker Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">of the Institute for Community and Adolescent Resiliency – Unifying Solutions (ICAR-US).</span></p><p>Peterson's activity-based presentation was designed to inspire student leaders to 'find their voice.' Additionally, the students participated in various group exercises to help them gain new insights into their roles as leaders and practice building group cohesiveness through relationships.</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from the conference. </p></div>
Katy ISD Schools Bond: PASSES! ISD Schools Bond: PASSES!2014-11-05T04:40:30Z<div class="ExternalClass87FEBFA5571E4BEEAF069B635FB48DBA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Dear Katy ISD Community, Parents and Staff,​</span></p><p>On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Katy ISD community, thank you for passing the Katy ISD 2014 Schools Bond that will address growth, safety measures, renovation and student activity facility needs.  I am heartened to report that the bond referendum passed tonight with an unofficial count of 28,509 votes "FOR" the bond and 23,146 votes "AGAINST," for a 55.2 percent approval rating.</p><p>We recognize that you have placed a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in your district's servants to provide unparalleled learning opportunities for the tens of thousands of students that are here today, as well as those to come.  This bond represents an investment in the future for our students and our community.  You can rest assured that as project implementation begins, the Board of Trustees and staff will continue to efficiently manage bond funds to ensure the construction of carefully built learning spaces that will have the most significant and positive impact on our students and community for years to come.</p><p>This referendum reaffirms our community's commitment to Katy children—a commitment that could not have been realized without the work and time of more than <a href="/sites/bonds/Documents/Bond%20Website%20Committee%20Listing.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">200 volunteers</a> representing the entire Katy ISD.   These individuals spent tireless months and hours developing a bond package that will meet short- and long-term needs.  Likewise, our <a href="/Documents/Superintendent%20Messages/11_04_14-FINAL-Thank%20you%20hyperlink%20for%20Bond%20Message.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">staff and community members</a> who notably went above and beyond to educate residents and voters about the bond through community meetings, media engagements, and campus-based informational sessions, are to be commended for their efforts.  </p><p>Moving ahead, we welcome all community members to be a part of the next phases of the bond process.  Over the coming months, you will be hearing about meetings, discussions, and opportunities for community members to attend and join in the work.  </p><p>Again, thank you for your continued support of the students in Katy ISD.</p><p> </p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Alton Frailey</p><p>Superintendent of Schools</p></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $748 million Bond Referendum Approve Katy ISD $748 million Bond Referendum2014-11-05T04:36:45Z<div class="ExternalClassC01281E4887442F3972F4516096AA04A"><p><em>District to build six new campuses, add nearly 9,000 new classroom seats </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Inde</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">pende</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">n</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">chool</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> D</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">i</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">r</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">i</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">c</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will add nearly 9,000 new classroom seats as it builds six new campuses and renovates 43 facilities, </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">u</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">n</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">der</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">the 2014</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond p</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">r</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">opo</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">i</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">i</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ap</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">p</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ro</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">v</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ed</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">by voters on </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">u</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">e</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">sda</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">y</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>According to unofficial results, the $748 million measure was approved tonight with <strong>28,509</strong> votes "FOR" the bond and <strong>23,146</strong> votes "AGAINST," for a <strong>55.2% </strong>approval rating.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"Katy voters understand how fast this community has been growing and this trend will continue for at least the next 10 years," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "With the passage of this bond, we are ensuring that all 3,000 new students coming into our District every year receive the same educational opportunities our current students have in the classroom." </p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth and aging facilities, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations, and improvements to 43 District facilities.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and a second stadium.</p><p>"Essentially, every family in Katy will see the benefits of this bond," said Frailey.  "Our goal is to remain one of the nation's most desired destinations, and we thank our community for the outpouring of support."</p><p>With student enrollment projected to hit 100,000 students in 10 years, Katy ISD is ranked the second fastest growing school district in the state and 23<sup>rd</sup> in the nation.  Consequently, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses.  </p><p>For detailed information on the projects by campus, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
Nearly 900 Community Members Gather for Dedication of New Keiko Davidson Elementary School 900 Community Members Gather for Dedication of New Keiko Davidson Elementary School 2014-11-07T16:44:38Z<div class="ExternalClass8B1528698D3F4765BE1DD0636977FC70"><p>​<em>School's namesake joined by friends and family, honored during ceremony</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">There was a packed house inside the Davidson Elementary gymnasium on Sunday as nearly 900 parents, students, staff members and local officials joined Katy ISD's Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey for the official dedication of the District's 36th elementary school. </span></p><p>Keiko Davidson, the school's namesake, dedicated her 35-year professional career to serve children through education.  In 1984, she joined Katy ISD and spent 29 years in various roles including teacher and assistant principal, before becoming principal at Hutsell Elementary.</p><p>"I can hardly believe how fast 35 years went by," said Davidson.  "Like my father would say, it doesn't seem like work when you do what you love." </p><p>Davidson was joined by her spouse and her immediate family as students and administrators recognized her endless contributions to the District and to the school that now bears her name.</p><p>"How fortunate are we to have a namesake who was a lifelong educator, leader and inspiration for Katy ISD," said Davidson Elementary Principal Lisa Leethem.  "She is our rock star and our hero."</p><p>Davidson Elementary, located at 26906 Pine Mill Ranch Drive,<em> </em>was<em> </em>built with funds left over from the 2010 bond referendum and opened its doors to nearly 1,100 students in August 2014.   </p><p>During the ceremony, attendees enjoyed special performances by current Davidson Elementary students, WoodCreek Junior High cheerleaders and the Sound FX Choir from Tompkins High School.  Additionally, a flag was presented by the Honorable John Zerwas and a proclamation was read by Commissioner Andy Meyers.  </p><p>For pictures of the dedication ceremony, click <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 13th Annual Food for Families Campaign ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 13th Annual Food for Families Campaign2014-12-16T16:07:41Z<div class="ExternalClass9D4C082BCE0A4F348F0EA33B8D0DD8A3"><p>​The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season.  <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx">Food for Families</a> is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before the winter break.  During the month of November, McDonald’s will be supporting Food for Families by hosting four spirit nights every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.  McDonald’s will give 15 percent of sales from each spirit night to the Food for Families Campaign. <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a list of participating McDonald’s locations and dates.   ​</p><p>Last year, the Katy ISD community raised $18,000 to support 360 students and their families during the holidays. Those interested in participating may contribute cash or check by <strong>Thursday, Dec. 11</strong>.  Donations of any amount are welcome and will be accepted by Partners in Education in person or by mail:  Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, room 1520, Katy 77494. Please make checks payable to<strong> "Katy ISD Food for Families."</strong> </p><p>Food for Families, along with School-Business Partnerships, Volunteers in Public Schools, KEYS Mentoring, Promise to Read and Sister Schools, is a Partners in Education initiative that brings the community into Katy ISD classrooms. To learn more, visit the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>.</p></div>
U.S. Congressman Culberson Visits Katy ISD High Schools Congressman Culberson Visits Katy ISD High Schools2014-11-03T22:04:18Z<div class="ExternalClassD253368F5A7646E8A7879BAF47A61AEF"><p><img alt="DSC_5630.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_5630.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;float:right;" />Last week U.S. Congressman John Culberson and Superintendent Alton Frailey visited students at Mayde Creek and Taylor high school for an opportunity to speak directly with Congressman Culberson and learn more about his role in the government.​ </p><p>Congressman Culberson was elected in 2000 to represent the 7th District, a seat formerly held by President George H. W. Bush. In Congress, Culberson's priorities include strengthening the economy by cutting taxes, creating jobs, and balancing the budget; advancing medical and scientific research; and improving Houston transportation.</p></div>
Population and Survey Analysts Project Katy ISD to Continue Growing, Reach Nearly 100,000 Students in 10 years and Survey Analysts Project Katy ISD to Continue Growing, Reach Nearly 100,000 Students in 10 years2014-10-28T17:15:16Z<div class="ExternalClass2C308A821B15462BB12BF3CEA823F7E4"><p>​<em>District to continue growing by approximately 3,000 new students every year</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During tonight's Katy ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, Dr. Pat Guseman with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the District's 2014 Demographic Update and provided student enrollment projections for the next 10 years. </span></p><p>According to PASA, the District will continue to see an average of 3,000 new students every year.  Given such projections, Katy ISD is expected to reach 84,000 students by 2019 and 98,162 students by 2024.  Based on current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked the second fastest growing school district in Texas and the 23<sup>rd</sup> fastest in the nation.    </p><p>"This simply reaffirms the District's growing enrollment numbers across Katy campuses," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "We are growing at an exponential rate, and there is no slowing down."            </p><p>Student enrollment growth is projected across all grade levels.  However, elementary student population is expected to increase at the highest rate.  This past year, elementary student population grew by 5 percent.  Furthermore, kindergarten grew the fastest at 8.4 percent, the highest percentage increase experienced since 2004.</p><p>The update also projects approximately 46,200 new housing units in Katy over the next 10 years.  </p><p>Last year, the Annual PASA Demographic Update projected Katy ISD to have 69,857 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Currently, Katy ISD has 70,334 students.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/Demographic%20Update_Oct.%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to view the 2014 Annual PASA Demographic Update.   </p></div>
Rhoads Elementary Participates in Artist-in-Residency Program Elementary Participates in Artist-in-Residency Program2014-10-28T14:12:32Z<div class="ExternalClass1012FE32F7F94BF58840FB4D4A892147"><p><img alt="DSC_4936.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4936.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:263px;vertical-align:baseline;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">On October 15-16, Rhoads Elementary students received a visit from the </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Crosspulse Duo</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">, where musicians Keith Terry and Evie Ladin wove history, geography and culture together as they encouraged students to express themselves through music.</span></p><p>This two day artist-in-residency program, funded by the Target Arts, Culture and Design in Schools Grant, provided an opportunity for Rhoads students to attend a live performance by Crosspulse Duo. Students in the third and fifth grades also worked with these artists in a small group setting to learn about, experience and create body music.</p><p>"Bringing artists into our school allows our students to make connections with people, places and ideas from all over the world," said Rhoads Elementary Music Teacher Jennifer Patterson. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about Target grants. </p></div>
Taylor High School Kicks Off K4K Project to Help Families Around the World High School Kicks Off K4K Project to Help Families Around the World2014-10-28T13:11:46Z<div class="ExternalClassBEA6A7706722484897433414E274CDBF"><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="THS K4K.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS%20K4K.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:285px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School National Honor Society students launched the Katy for Kids (K4K) project to help pack hundreds of medical kits to be used by families around the world. </span></p><p>These students have engaged nearly 7,000 Katy ISD students to help with their goal of packing more than 650 kits, which will be used for <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Project CURE's Kits for Kids</a>, a program that provides everyday medical supplies to families in 132 countries. </p><p>Students from Hayes, Nottingham, Pattison, and West Memorial elementary schools, McMeans Junior High and Taylor High School are currently participating. Families can support their efforts by either donating items to fill the kits from a list of supplies or donating $5 to sponsor a kit to deliver supplies. Item collection bins will be available at all participating schools starting October 31.  </p><p>For more information, contact Janet Thomason at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> or text <strong>K4K</strong> to the number 72727. </p></div>

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