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Area Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival2014-10-01T17:51:11Z<div class="ExternalClass426137F156D84E78B9BFA1E5147C02C6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Rhodes Stadium will be filled with marching, music and movement as high school bands from all over the region perform in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">29</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>th </sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Rhodes Stadium on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 11, 2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., approximately 30 high school marching bands will perform for 15 minutes each, while being evaluated by a panel of UIL certified judges. Now in its 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year, this event has become one of the premier high school marching festivals in the area.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Performers include four Katy ISD high school bands, as well as other bands from the Houston area. This event is open to the public with a small admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students to help offset the expenses of the contest.</p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:  </p><ul><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong> – 1:00 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 1:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 4:15 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m. </li></ul><p>The Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival draws between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators and participants throughout the day. The Festival provides evaluation of marching bands and constructive strategies that are beneficial to the students and directors as they continue to work throughout the remainder of the marching and competition season. </p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction2014-10-01T16:37:54Z<div class="ExternalClass5532C8F8552D4831BA0B3897BA6D9B6F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 23 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 17 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Katy ISD students sold $37,900 in auctioned art pieces this year, and received all proceeds with the exception of the seven percent commission from the Fort Bend County Fair. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:</p><ul><li><strong>Lucy Chen, </strong>Grand Champion, "Morning Routine," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Christine Jeong, </strong>Reserve Grand Champion, "Sunday Stroll," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu,</strong> Best of Class, "Big Red," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Jordan Rodriguez, </strong>Best of Class, "Charge," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Makenna Prey, </strong>"Bluebonnet Texas Trail," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Paula Achang, </strong>"Three Musketeers," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Harrison Xue</strong>, "Alone at Last" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Ben Graham</strong>, "Almost Home" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Nina Truong</strong>, "Taking a Break" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, "Boy with Horse" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Alexandra Beall</strong>, "The Violinist" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Callie Whitbeck</strong>, "Sweet Baby" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Megan Villanueva</strong>, "Only Time Will Tell" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Cayla Dodd</strong>, "Laying in the Grass" Katy HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang</strong>, "Waiting" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Hannah Liu</strong>, "Where is the Newborn" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Lisa Li</strong>, "Grazing in the Spring" Seven Lakes HS​</li></ul><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
KISD Auxiliary Job Fair Auxiliary Job Fair2014-09-29T21:23:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6DAF705FA4AF4035A90BCB853C465F48"><p>​Katy ISD will host an Auxiliary Job Fair on <strong>Friday, October 3 </strong>from 2-4 p.m. at Morton Ranch High School. The District is seeking fo fill positions for Bus Drivers, Attendants, Food Service Workers, Crossing Guards, Custodians, Mechanics, Groundskeepers, Plumbers and many more.</p></div>
​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge2014-09-26T20:56:47Z<div class="ExternalClass6BBC996E6AB94656BEEAD2A5462A1DDD"><p></p><p>This past summer, Katy ISD campuses participated in the "Secondary Summer Reading Challenge" for students in grades 6-12. More than 760 secondary students participated in the Challenge and logged 1,332 book titles. </p><p>As part of this program, students signed up in May and received two text messages per week with book recommendations and reminders to log completed books. Each participant was entered into a drawing, and 29 students won donated prizes such as iTunes and Amazon gift cards. </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Summer%20Reading%20Challenge-%20by%20the%20numbers.jpg" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on the Katy ISD Summer Reading Challenge. </p></div>
Semifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program2014-09-26T15:13:46Z<div class="ExternalClass1741CDA097CC4DDC9330BD95753184F2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">National Merit</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">®</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced the names of more than 1,600 high school seniors from across the country who have been designated as semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Three of these talented students are from Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards worth more than $2.5 million to be offered next spring.</span></p><p><strong>The Katy ISD 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Oluwatofe Alimi</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Calistus Ezeokafor</strong>, Seven Lakes High School.</li></ul><p>More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT<strong>®</strong>). To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.  From the 1,600 semifinalists, approximately 1,300 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in January they will be notified of this designation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners2014-09-25T18:16:15Z<div class="ExternalClass076D0FBF6FD344B6B87686979EAF1D2F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl's Choir</strong>, directed by Janet Menzie</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Bryanna Porter and Kate Mathews</li><li><strong>Beck Junior High School Symphonic Band</strong>, directed by Brenden Steber</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School Chorale</strong>, directed by Dorothy Wilson</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Important Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing2014-09-24T18:03:00Z<div class="ExternalClass320EBB929EFC4D77892354248F7BBA77"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD sophomores and junior are registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Taking the PSAT provides the following advantages to students:</p><p>- It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college (and for success in most jobs and careers in today's world). After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use it to find their "skill gaps" and then make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.<br></p><p>- The Student Search Service<sup>®</sup> gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.<br></p><p>- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.<br></p><p>- It provides practice for the SAT<sup>®</sup> Reasoning Test.<br></p><p>- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.<br></p><p>- Junior who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.<br></p><p>- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.<br><br>Score Reports are distributed the first day of the second semester at all Katy ISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT test takers receive a free personalized PSAT/NMSQT college planning kit online. Using a unique access code on the score report, students have access to an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, a customized SAT study plan, personalized lists of college majors and careers, a personalized list of colleges, and access to <em>MyCollegeQuickstart</em>—an interactive majors, college and career exploration program.<br><br>Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT prep booklet available on each high school campus. <br><br>Katy ISD provides all students the academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond.  Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college.<br><br><strong>What should students bring on test day?</strong></p><ul><li>No. 2 pencils and eraser</li><li>Approved calculator </li><li>Email address (optional)</li><li>Current and valid school or government issued photo ID</li></ul></div>
Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? 2014-09-23T20:50:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1EC644804D5C4A2495E4DE66421AEA00"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for K-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Math, Fine Arts, AP Environmental Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, and Fashion Marketing. These materials will be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year. </p><p>If you would like to be part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and you will be considered for participation on the selection committee. </p><p>Keep in mind that these committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected to serve on a committee, you will have the opportunity to review proposed instructional materials in January 2015.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace" Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace"2014-09-23T20:23:03Z<div class="ExternalClassBA15055877B0403285790D8269AB0D56"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Golbow Elementary celebrated the International Day of Peace by hosting a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">"Pinwheels for Peace"</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> event for their students, parents and community. Art teachers Elyse Brown and Kylie Keller organized the event and had students create pinwheels to represent their ideas of peace during art class.</span></p><p>On September 22, all Golbow students brought their pinwheels to the back field and stuck them into the ground on the outline of a peace symbol as music played. Student Council members read their ideas about peace as students listened and cheered. Many parents attended the event and it created a great visual from above. Fifth-grade students surrounded the peace symbol and posed for pictures after the event. </p><p>To see more photos from this event, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships2014-09-22T20:25:45Z<div class="ExternalClass7993419941954494B71E0323F417FD7D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's business partnership program by hosting four regional open house events.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held every Friday morning in October starting Oct. 10 from 8-9:30 a.m. at four different campuses:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School (Oct. 10), Katy High School (Oct. 17), Tompkins High School (Oct. 24) and Taylor High School (Oct. 31).</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">All Katy ISD campuses will be participating.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The regional open houses will provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus partnership leaders and discuss this school year's business partnership activities.</span></p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through standing Partners in Education programs: KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read, and Sister Schools.  </p><p>For more information, contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>, 281-396-2428. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to register for this event online, or visit the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>, where guests will also find the list of campuses hosting each Friday's event. This and a number of other community involvement events are hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom.</p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day" ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day"2014-09-19T16:13:56Z<div class="ExternalClass06450B206A80409AB57FCEBFDE77A7E2"><p>​Katy ISD campuses will participate in <strong>"Digital Footprint Day"</strong> on <strong>Wednesday, September 24</strong> to promote the importance of digital citizenship. Campuses across the District have activities and lessons planned around this topic, and students are even encouraged to show off their crazy socks and shoes.</p><p><a href="/dept/technology/instructionalinnovations/cybersafety/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to find more information about digital citizenship. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs2014-09-17T21:05:19Z<div class="ExternalClass04F6E178C17349109B2C0E0AB93E8BE7"><p>​<em>Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at Law Enforcement Center</em>​</p><p><strong>What: </strong>The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by dropping them off at the Take Back event being held at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center.  This year, however, sharp objects such as needles are not being accepted.  According to the DEA, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue as medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  </p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">Where: </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Rd., Katy, TX </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">77449</span></p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">When:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. </strong></span></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong> Katy ISD Police Department, 281-237-4000 </p></div>
Katy Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorus Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorus2014-09-17T20:32:42Z<div class="ExternalClass4D7F4FEE02FC405F8742AA05D07A35CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Junior High teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mischa Brinkmeyer</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently accepted into the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Symphony Chorus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and will perform in concerts with the Chorus throughout the year.</span></p><p>Founded in 1946 by Alfred Urback, the Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. It is a chorus of volunteer singer-musicians who are committed to rehearsing and performing at the highest level of choral artistry. The Chorus provides a variety of experiences and opportunities that entice the most skilled and talented singers.</p><p>For more information on the Houston Symphony Chorus, or to view a schedule of the concerts, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District2014-09-16T21:22:43Z<div class="ExternalClassB84A129298D946DC9FF9D09E4E1C278B"><p>​<img alt="DSC_4305.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4305.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:203px;float:right;" />Katy ISD celebrated a significant milestone today as it welcomed the District's <strong>70,000th student</strong>, Michael Thomas, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High. Superintendent Alton Frailey and West Memorial Junior High Principal Gina Cobb welcomed Thomas and his family this afternoon. </p><p>"Everyone at West Memorial Junior High has been very welcoming to Michael and he feels at home," said Kelly Thomas, mother of the 70,000 student. "It's a great place to be."</p><p>Since the 2013-2014 school year ended, Katy ISD has enrolled nearly 3,000 new students, bringing the total enrollment to 70,063.</p><p>West Memorial Junior High is Katy ISD's second-oldest junior high school. The school opened its doors in 1976, and now serves more than 740 students. </p></div>
Nominate an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award2014-09-16T17:11:16Z<div class="ExternalClass948539D3B1FB45CE9EE28C6EE175A1AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Do you know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board for a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward winning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nominations for the awards are being accepted online at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> through December 7, 2</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">014.</span></p><p>Nominees will be sent an invitation to complete an online application to be used for judging purposes. The application asks each nominee to provide written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences, and insights on key issues facing educators in Texas today. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2015.</p><p>Last year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards gave out more than $800,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants. Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has awarded nearly $7.5 million to Texas educators, schools and districts. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Nominations are not required for participation. Educators, school districts, early childhood facilities and school boards can go to <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and complete an application. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts College and Career Night ISD Hosts College and Career Night2014-09-16T18:31:06Z<div class="ExternalClass77B168B76F044B88AF660D9BD260F2AB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 200 representatives from colleges, universities and post-secondary career training programs from all over the country will be available at the Leonard Merrell Center on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Wednesday, October 1</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD College and Career Night.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">   <a href="/Documents/College%20and%20Career%20Night%20List%20of%20Schools_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for a complete list of the schools that will be attending.</a>  They will answer questions and provide information about their programs to students and parents. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event continues until 8 p.m.</span></p><p>Parents and students are invited to begin exploring post-secondary opportunities through this free college and career night. For more information on this event, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at 281-396-6229. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program2014-09-15T15:36:52Z<div class="ExternalClass5CFA13FC84BD4A70A32D9C61760F73CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 63 of these talented seniors are from Katy ISD.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have a chance to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered in spring 2015.</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong> Sumeet Agarwal, Dylan Bray, Raeedah Choudhury, John Dial, Tifenn Drouaud, Alexandra Du, Jacqueline Huang, Raymond Huang, Yaokun Huang, Seo Yun Jang, Yeeun Jung, Jiwoo Lee, Qiuyu Li, Andrew Ni, Luis Plata, Spencer Taylor, Jenny Xiao, Christina Xu, and James Yoder.</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong> Keyon Amirpanahi, Tawsif Azad, Elissa Barnett, Deeksha Bidare, Michael Brenan, Colby Brown, Rohan Chakraborty, Linhan Chen, Nishant Deshmukh, Jana D'Souza, Melissa Fu, Laura Hu, Jenny Kim, Michael Pan, Sarah Stokes, Sameer Suresh, Michael Tian, Nicole Ting, Ashney Vyas, Eden Williams, and Diana Xu.</p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong> Ryan Albosta, Jeremiah Coholich, Ishani Desai, Matias Hanco, Miles Hubscher, John Kim, Krithika Kuppusamy, Adelaide Kwon, Albert Li, James Luo, Marianne Olsen, Cean Park, Matthew Rossen, Emily Saunders, Amrutha Srinivasan, Leah Stevenson, Jeannette Xu, Kevin Xu, Neel Yerneni, Mehrad Yousefi, Andy Yu, Safiyya Zaidi, and Emily Zhang.</p><p>In order to become a finalist, all semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.  </p></div>
Gifted and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade Students and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade Students2014-09-12T20:22:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5229571FA73E482593BF5A719712F1BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">tudents in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.</span></p><p>Parents interested in referring their child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening need to complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to the elementary campus by September 19, 2014. Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after this date.</p><p>Students will be screened and tested at their home campuses in October and November. Parents will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.</p><p>Parents may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist and more information from their child's campus counselor beginning September 4, 2014. The checklist is also available on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented website</a>.</p><p>For questions, contact the Challenge teacher at your child's campus.</p></div>
Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Screening Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Screening2014-09-03T20:38:43Z<div class="ExternalClass0BE03E1F96F041A29E2E497A526D1EBE"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy ISD may refer their children for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Challenge (Gifted & Talented)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> screening starting</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> September 15, 2014.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> The deadline for submitting the referral form (parent checklist) is Oct. 8, 2014. The deadline will be enforced so that students can be tested on the testing days designated for this purpose. All kindergarten parents will receive information in their child's take-home packet on how to refer him or her beginning the week of Sept. 15.</span></p><p>The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.</p><p>Parents of referred and screened students will receive placement notification during the last week of February, and service will begin March 1, 2015. The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills. Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom. Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade. If you have questions, please contact the counselor at the home campus or the campus Challenge teacher.</p><p>Three information sessions for parents will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The day sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane between Interstate 10 and Katy High School (use the West Entrance of the Merrell Center). The evening session will take place at Stephens Elementary cafeteria located at 2715 Fry Road beginning at 7 p.m.  An interpreter will be available at the evening session for Spanish-speaking parents. All sessions will last approximately one hour, and students do not need to attend.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented</a> website or contact the counselor at any home campus. </p></div>
Katy High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASB High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASB2014-09-03T16:24:04Z<div class="ExternalClassE7BB0F9EE93643868D273D5824620EB7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School West Campus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, designed by VLK Architects, was recently selected for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Innovation and Sustainability Criteria Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>"We don't need an award to know how blessed we are at Katy High to have such a beautiful facility that supports teaching and learning in so many wonderful ways," said Dr. Steve Robertson, principal of Katy High School. "We are grateful to VLK who made it possible!"</p><p>The Katy High School West Campus project will be on display at the Exhibit of School Architecture at the upcoming TASA/TASB Convention held this month in Dallas. The Exhibit of School Architecture showcases new construction and renovation educational projects in Texas that have been completed in the past five years.</p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2014-09-02T20:18:55Z<div class="ExternalClassC75EB52BAED84A008AED8C681A633720"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation will host its annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The event will benefit the foundation and its </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, the foundation awarded more than $209,000 to one hundred seventy Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects to be implemented this school year.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's third grant cycle is underway and will award grants to teachers in May 2015.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> ​</span></p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's Adopt-a-Grant initiative.  Sponsorships for the event are available.  Find more information and RSVP at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers all food and beverage costs.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FandF.jpg" alt="FandF.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:302px;" /><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current sponsors: Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Your Total Footcare Specialist; La Centerra; and VLK Architects.</span></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off ISD Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2014-09-03T15:58:28Z<div class="ExternalClass296F2E1C6D034167A8043E35BC3777C7"><h2 style="text-align:center;">**LOCATION CHANGE**</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">KEYS Kick Off<br>September 11 8-9:30 a.m.<br>Tompkins High School​<br><br></h2><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another great year of mentoring on Thursday, September 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Tompkins High School, 6301 South Stadium Lane.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour per week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2013-2014 school year showed 90 percent of students participating in the program saw a decrease in discipline referrals, 80 percent decreased absences and 90 percent increased their grades.  These numbers clearly indicate that mentoring changes lives!   </p><p>Hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, please join us!  If you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us!  <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to RSVP</a>. For more information, contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  KEYS is offered through Katy ISD's Partners in Education – the department that brings the community into the classroom.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps2014-08-29T19:18:44Z<div class="ExternalClass1FD5927A21FA4AD2A06C2B410088A387"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action's 2014 spring break and summer camps.  Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students' grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student's demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>During the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, selected students joined delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. They also completed problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercised creativity, and practiced presentation skills in leadership groups.  Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. </p><p><strong>Katy ISD students who participated in the 2014 Leadership Academy are: </strong></p><p><strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>: Caleb Oneal</p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>: Jake Dickson</p><p><strong>Holland Elementary</strong>: Ashlee Ballard, Eduardo Diaz, April Feng, Elena Yu and Grace Zhang </p><p><strong>Seven Lakes Junior High: </strong>Jake Wilson</p><p>For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy or to nominate outstanding students for 2015 programs, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparency ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparency2014-08-29T16:12:11Z<div class="ExternalClassF7E7420F8FAD4341BB367A6C2278716B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Monday, the Texas Comptroller's Office recognized the Katy Independent School District with the new</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for its exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency.</span></p><p>By scoring 20 of the 22 possible points on the ratings criteria, Katy ISD earned this prestigious award, which is valid for one year, and will be added to the District's listing on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Transparency website</a>.    </p><p>Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.    </p><p>In January 2014, the Leadership Circle was enhanced by adding the Platinum Award level to spotlight entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency. </p><p>Leadership Circle Award levels are as follows:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Platinum </strong>- spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.</li><li><strong>Gold </strong>– highlighting entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts;</li><li><strong>Silver</strong> – encouraging entities who are making progress; and</li><li><strong>Bronze</strong> – inspiring those entities that are just beginning their transparency efforts.</li></ul><p>Launched in 2009, the Leadership Circle Awards spotlight cities, counties, school districts and other special districts across the state that: open their books to the public; provide clear, consistent pictures of spending; and share information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily access additional information.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Parade Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Parade2014-08-27T19:18:06Z<div class="ExternalClass57853539308B44BF9D86171680CCB26E"><p>​Come see and hear the sights and sounds of the Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard at its fourth annual March-A-Thon parade fundraiser on Saturday, September 6.  The band will begin the first leg of the parade in Grand Lakes at 1:00 p.m.  The second leg will occur in Seven Meadows at approximately 4:00 p.m.  </p><p>There will be a concert in Central Park in Seven Meadows immediately following the parade.  Donations of any amount will be accepted along the parade route.  For a $100 donation you can request a song along the route or at the concert in the park.  New this year on the song list will be three university fight songs to choose from!  Hot dogs and drinks will also be available at the end of the parade for a small donation.  </p><p>Visit slhsband. org to view the song list, to request a song and to view the maps of the routes.  ​</p></div>
2014 TAKS October Exit Level Retest TAKS October Exit Level Retest2014-08-26T14:32:57Z<div class="ExternalClass3FC95C65BE984A4B915E0479A1110146"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2014.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2014 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 20                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         ELA Writing (TAAS eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>October 21                         Mathematics (TAKS and TAAS eligible examinees)</li><li>October 22                         Science</li><li>October 22                         ELA Reading (TAAS eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>October 23                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer” ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”2014-08-25T19:31:48Z<div class="ExternalClassC5A868E898D74A649BEC109EF407B164"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">As is customary this time each year, Katy ISD Partners in Education has debuted its 2014 volunteer video entitled "I Volunteer."  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by high school choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch High School, Sara Proodian from Taylor High School and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins High School. Along with Superintendent Alton Frailey, the video features members of the Volunteer Executive Board and their children, principals from across the District and teachers from Rylander Elementary. The video's high-stepping volunteers are the Katy ISD high school dance teachers:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, over 17,000 volunteers donated more than 820,000 hours to the schools of Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"I Volunteer" is an homage to just a few of the things they do for our campuses. </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to view the video, or visit the Katy ISD </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education Facebook page</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">If you'd like to volunteer and win a million hearts, contact your campus VIPS Coordinator or Tammy Stringer at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Volunteers in Public Schools, Sister Schools, School-Business Partnerships and the KEYS Mentor Program are all initiatives offered through Partners in Education, the department that brings dancing volunteers into schools and the community into the classroom.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship2014-08-20T14:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD5B98DC84669467A9D5A46864C85E053"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin Elementary student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Treed Huang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recently competed against students from all over the world to win the nine-year-old division at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">U.S. Kids Golf World Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Pinehurst. This tournament, played on nine different golf courses, is the world's largest event in junior golf.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Huang won the<em> </em>Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. </p><p>For more information on the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">tournament website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum2014-08-19T19:32:31Z<div class="ExternalClassE6A678A91E8B4F2EAC77E343E86D065C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">place a $748 million </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond referendum</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on the November ballot, as</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and new student activity facilities. </p><p>"Essentially, every student in Katy ISD would see the benefits of this bond," said Katy ISD Board President Bryan Michalsky.  "This is a bond package constructed by our community with the students' best interest at heart."</p><p>With student enrollment growing by almost 3,000 students every year, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats in classrooms across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses. </p><p>"The area's exponential growth is exciting for the District, but we must continue to plan and accommodate for that growth," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "As families and businesses continue to move to the area, it is imperative that we adequately serve the educational needs of current and future students."  </p><p>As recommended by the Bond Committee, nearly 50 percent of the total bond referendum will go towards new facilities and another 30 percent to existing facilities, impacting nearly 70,000 students.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Meanwhile, the </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>impact to the tax rate would only be zero to a maximum potential increase of a half cent.  </strong></span></p><p>The average homeowner with a home value of about $200,000 would pay $10 more annually, and residents 65 and older would remain exempt from any school tax increase.</p><p>The 227-member Bond Committee was comprised of parents, staff, students, principals, business professionals and senior citizens who engaged in 13 meetings over the course of four months to review the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, visit impacted campuses and reach a consensus on the $748 million bond package. </p><p>For detailed information including a cost breakdown, projects by campus and the potential tax rate impact, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>
School Starts Soon - Watch for Children Starts Soon - Watch for Children2014-08-18T15:29:46Z<div class="ExternalClass59BEDE1F0BA7499BB75D1323CE91F942"><p><img alt="WFC.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/WFC.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a new school year begins, Katy ISD's police officers, crossing​ guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. Drivers can also take action to help ensure the safety of children walking or riding bicycles to school:​</span></p><ol><li><p><strong>Drive friendly</strong> – setting an alarm can ensure plenty of time to get to work, eliminating the anxiety and frustration of arriving late.</p></li><li><p><strong>Look right before turning right</strong> – in addition to looking left for oncoming cars at intersections, drivers need to check for pedestrians crossing on the right.</p></li><li><p><strong>No Phone in the Zone</strong> – remember that cell phone use is prohibited in most school zones. Wait to text, read texts, or talk until it is safe.</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>reat Bicycles as Vehicles</strong> – bikes on the street should be treated as vehicles by other drivers. Don't crowd the bike, or pass and turn in front of the rider.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Crossing Guards</strong> – they have legal authority to direct traffic. Respect them as they help children cross safely.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for Bus Flashing Lights</strong> – they warn drivers to stop. Passing the bus either direction can endanger children and is a serious traffic violation. </p></li><li><p><strong>Read School Zone Times</strong> – times are based on the start and end of the school day and are not uniform throughout the area, so please read the signs.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Drop Off Areas</strong> – they are established by the school to ensure students don't have to walk between buses or cross traffic lanes.</p></li><li><p><strong>Plan for Severe Weather</strong> – weather problems can include extreme heat, ice and thunderstorms. Develop a family plan for severe weather days.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for children!</strong></p></li></ol><p>For more tips and information to keep Katy ISD students safe, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. </p></div>

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