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Nearly 500 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from 17th Annual Promise to Read Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=308Nearly 500 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from 17th Annual Promise to Read Program2014-11-24T18:11:25Z<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 http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=307Katy 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="https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/5th-annual-ap-district-honor-roll.pdf" 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 Projectshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=306Katy 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 Scoreshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=305Katy 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="http://www.actstudent.org/" 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 Addresshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=304Superintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District Address2014-11-18T14:58:08Z<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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.841204299232994.1073741861.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p><p>View the Katy ISD TASA/TASB performance video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GljP7JDt-ds&feature=youtu.be" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=303Screening 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="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" 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 http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=302Hundreds 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.838909332795824.1073741858.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks Top 10 in the Nation for Digital Curriculumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=301Katy 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 Examshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=300Katy 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="https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap" 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 Conferencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=299More than 150 Students Attend Katy ISD Superintendent’s Annual Student Leadership Conference2014-11-05T17:42:14Z<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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.836620526358038.1073741857.113148448705253&type=3&uploaded=8" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from the conference. </p></div>
Katy ISD Schools Bond: PASSES!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=298Katy 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 Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=297Voters 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;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p></div>
Nearly 900 Community Members Gather for Dedication of New Keiko Davidson Elementary School http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=296Nearly 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.834858576534233.1073741855.113148448705253&type=3&uploaded=14" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 13th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=295Katy ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 13th Annual Food for Families Campaign2014-11-03T22:14:28Z<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 Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=294U.S. 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 yearshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=293Population 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 Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=292Rhoads 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="http://www.crosspulse.com/" 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="https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants" 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 Worldhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=291Taylor 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="http://projectcure.org/programs/kidskits" 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="mailto:janetthomason@projectcure.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">janetthomason@projectcure.org</a> or text <strong>K4K</strong> to the number 72727. </p></div>
All Katy ISD Bands Earn Superior Ratings in UIL Region 23 Marching Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=290All Katy ISD Bands Earn Superior Ratings in UIL Region 23 Marching Contest2014-10-23T20:31:46Z<div class="ExternalClass5FE39CEB5D3A4E67BA560AB4C353B452"><p>​​All seven Katy ISD high school bands earned straight Division 1 (Superior/Exemplary) ratings at the UIL Region 23 Marching Contest on October 21 at Rhodes Stadium. This is the highest rating a marching band can achieve. Tompkins High School Band was the only class 5A band in the region to receive a Division 1 rating.<br><br>The six Katy ISD Bands, competing in the 6A classification, advanced to playoffs and will be competing at the UIL Area E Marching Contest this Saturday, October 25 at the Berry Center located at 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. <br><br>Performance times for the preliminary round of the contest are as follows:<br>· Seven Lakes HS – 9:00 AM<br>· JE Taylor HS – 9:15 AM<br>· Katy HS – 10:30 AM<br>· Mayde Creek HS – 12:45 PM<br>· Morton Ranch HS – 1:15 PM<br>· Cinco Ranch HS – 1:30 PM<br><br>Twenty bands will be competing in the preliminary round, and the 10 bands with the highest scores will advance to the finals, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. <br><br>At approximately 10 p.m. the four highest scoring bands will be announced and certified to compete in the UIL State Marching Championships on November 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.</p></div>
District Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current Assumptionshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=289District Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current Assumptions2014-10-22T19:00:24Z<div class="ExternalClass57276A14C7564693B4028B577A2CD65C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During last night's Board Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported $28 million in savings resulting from refinancing past bonds and anticipates</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> a zero</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tax rate increase with the approval of the November 2014 bond referendum, under current assumptions. By taking advantage of opportunities to refund bonds and refinance, the District has demonstrated excellen</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t financial management and saved millions </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">over the years</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Even more so, the District has been able to maintain the same school tax rate for the last eight years. Katy ISD's exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency were recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new <strong>Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong>. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p></div>
Rival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awarenesshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=288Rival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness2014-10-23T20:10:37Z<div class="ExternalClass7F64904F38814F0896497DA8DF28EAC4"><p>​On Thursday, October 23, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch high schools are teaming up to create the largest <em>Pink Out</em> in Katy ISD history to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All football players, band members, cheerleaders and drill teams will be sporting their special 'Pink Out' t-shirts. In addition, both schools are encouraging all students, staff and community members to show their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention by wearing pink and purchasing their limited edition 'Pink Out' t-shirts, available for sale at the game for $5. </p><p><span data-mce-style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">All proceeds from shirt sales will go to The Rose, a local organization that assists women and families with early detection, treatment and support. More information on The Rose can be found at <span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.the-rose.org/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://www.the-rose.org/"><span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;">www.the-rose.org</span></a></span>. </span></p></div>
Parent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bondhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=287Parent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bond2014-10-21T01:44:43Z<div class="ExternalClass1FEDEEC9BA404CF18F960C72F038D7CE"><p><em>Options include additional portables, class size increases and evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among other items</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard feedback directly from the District's Advisory Committees on the potential options for managing growth, should the November 2014 bond fail.           </span></p><p>At the request of more than a hundred parents, staff and community members in four Advisory Committees, District officials researched neighboring school districts facing similar growth and presented a summary of options that could potentially be implemented in Katy to provide temporary relief to overcrowded campuses.  </p><p>"I appreciate the District giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions," said Parent Roundtable and Katy Improvement Council representative Laura Freeman.  "We understand these options are not the solution to our overcrowding problem, but it will hold us over until a bond passes."         </p><p>The alternatives discussed for managing current and future growth included additional portable classrooms, attendance boundary modifications, class size increases and program evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among others.  </p><p>Given that a May 2015 bond would not address immediate growth, the District would need to consider implementing several alternatives to accommodate approximately 6,000 new students over the next two years, if the bond is not approved by voters next month.  </p><p>"A bond next spring would push construction back at least one year, and then our immediate needs would be doubled," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "Bond or no bond, we still have to provide for student growth and programs we wish to keep."</p><p>The $748 million bond referendum, if approved, will provide six new campuses and renovations for nearly 50 District facilities, adding approximately 9,000 new classroom seats throughout Katy.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>.  To view the District's proposed alternatives to the 2014 bond, click <a href="/Documents/Bond-%20A%20Consideration%20of%20the%20Alternatives-%2010.20.14.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-24http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=286Katy ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-242014-10-16T20:54:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E66DF17F0374834934A7130799B0DF9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> we</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ek of Oct. 20-</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">24 is </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Bus Safety Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time fo</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">r Katy ISD and the community to join forces to address the importance of school bus safety.</span></p><p>"Each year, the Katy ISD school bus fleet travels more than 4 million miles, transporting more than 23,000 students each morning and afternoon," said Alan Anders, Director of Transportation for Katy ISD. "With school buses being such a common sight around Katy, we want to make sure that everyone, students and community members alike, is safe in and around school buses."</p><p>The 2014 national theme, "At My Stop, You Stop!" focuses on the importance of safety when boarding and exiting the bus. Additionally, Katy ISD has posted a list of key <a href="/dept/communications/Documents/School%20Bus%20Safety%20Tips%20Flyer%20092911.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>safety tips</strong></a> on the website. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=285Katy ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching Contest2014-10-16T18:09:07Z<div class="ExternalClass881E65F7FA30439B82366439853436BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Region 23 Marching Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will be held at Rhodes Stadium on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 3 p.m. The Contest features marching bands from three different school districts: Houston ISD, Alief ISD and Katy ISD.</span></p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:</p><ul><li><strong>Tompkins High School</strong> – 4 p.m.</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Taylor High School</strong> – 4:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 5:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 6:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 7:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High</strong> <strong>School</strong> – 7:45 p.m.</li></ul><p><a href="/Documents/Marching%20Contest%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the full list of performances. There is a small admission fee of $3.00. </p></div>
Katy ISD Varsity Choir Showcasehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=284Katy ISD Varsity Choir Showcase2014-10-14T21:01:35Z<div class="ExternalClassC521629A2864436AB06235B5FD45A976"><p>​The Katy ISD Fine Arts Department presents the second annual <strong>Varsity Choir Showcase</strong> on Monday, October 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. The showcase will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center, and feature performances from all seven Katy ISD high school choirs. There will also be a combined performance at the end of the show, featuring more than 340 voices. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Choir%20Showcase%20Flyer%202014_Page_1.jpg" alt="Choir Showcase Flyer 2014_Page_1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:366px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
District Participates in National Food Dayhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=283District Participates in National Food Day2014-10-14T16:12:26Z<div class="ExternalClass43FFBB7349754527B2262FC1C36C7C1E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is collaborating with Physical Education, Elementary and Secondary Curriculum, and Career and Technical Education to celebrate National Food Day on Friday, October 24. This is national day of celebration for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. </span></p><p>At the elementary level, schools were sent daily announcements regarding healthy eating and fun facts which can be used during the week, and teachers will integrate activities and resources into their lessons. In conjunction with National School Lunch Week, each campus will also hold coloring and writing contests. Entries will be displayed in the cafeterias and the winners at each campus will be announced October 24. ​</p><p>Campuses are also participating in activities at the secondary level including creating posters, and researching and developing presentations on various food items. Additionally, there will be a table in the dining room of each high school's main campus displaying posters, giving out fruit and vegetable samplings, and providing information about careers in the produce, farm and food production fields.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=282Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night 2014-10-14T15:33:00Z<div class="ExternalClass6F70C8DE73B444A09CF3061EE1303BB8"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will host <strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Documents/FineArts_8%205x11FLYER.2.pdf">"The Importance of Fine Arts in College Readiness and Admissions"</a></strong> on<strong> October 29</strong> in the Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. Students and parents are invited to attend the informational session beginning at 7 p.m., featuring directors of admissions from Rice University, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.</span></p><p>This session will take place as a panel discussion and will provide information on student preparation for college readiness, the process of university admissions, and successful student transition from high school to college. </p><p><strong>Meet the panelists:</strong></p><p><strong>Tamara L. Siler</strong> is Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Minority Recruitment at Rice University. This is Tamara's 23rd year in the Office of Admission at Rice. In addition to coordinating Rice's minority recruitment efforts, she directs the transfer admission process and administers several scholarships and programs, including the Barbara Jordan Scholars program and QuestBridge. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History. A native Houstonian, she grew up in the Fifth Ward and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Siler is a past president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and currently serves on the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) E-Committee.  She has served on the advisory board for the Linda Lorelle Scholars Foundation, on the Program Planning Committee for the College Board National Forum and the selection committee for the Coca Cola Scholars. She has appeared in more than 70 productions with professional and community theatre companies throughout the Houston area.</p><p><strong>Karoline Liu</strong> is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Liu holds a BFA in Theatre and a Master's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She began her work with high school and transfer students as a student ambassador for SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. She has invested her professional career in advocating for young artists and encouraging their pursuit of a degree in the fine arts. She feels grateful for the opportunity to speak often at high schools and college access events to educate students and parents on applying to fine arts programs and career pathways in the arts. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy live music, breakfast tacos and an eclectic community of good friends. </p><p><strong>Tiffany Anderson</strong> is the Assistant Director for Freshman Admissions for the University of Houston. Tiffany is a native Houstonian and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Sociology with a double minor in African-American Studies and Philosophy.  During her time at UT, Ms. Anderson served as UT Ambassador, Orientation Advisor, Resident Advisor and a Peer Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office.  She has been part of the Admissions Office at the University of Houston for more than four years and currently serves as the Admissions Manager. Anderson is also the co-chair of the Houston National College Fair, an annual event that attracts approximately 300 colleges and universities and more than 5,000 Houston-area students and parents.</p></div>
BP America, Inc. Supports Katy ISD Education Foundation STEM Grantshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=281BP America, Inc. Supports Katy ISD Education Foundation STEM Grants2014-10-14T13:19:25Z<div class="ExternalClassD58C490877B54D1AB627F505495BFF12"><p><img alt="BP KISD Ed Found Seven Lakes HS.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BP%20KISD%20Ed%20Found%20Seven%20Lakes%20HS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:285px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">The beginning of the 2014-2015 school year marked implementation of Katy ISD's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">BP STEM Grant Program</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, an initiative made possible through BP's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cornerstone Investment</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  BP America contributed $50,000 to the Foundation's </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant initiative, specifically for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related teacher grants.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>"In order to continue to play a leading role in securing America's energy future, BP will require cutting edge innovation and the minds of the brightest scientists and engineers" said Kathleen Martinez, Sr. Director National Strategic Relationships.  "Our partnership with the Katy ISD Education Foundation is a great example of our commitment to help equip teachers for strong STEM success in the classroom."  </p><p>The BP STEM Grant Program adds yet another dimension to BP's longstanding involvement in Katy ISD.  The company and its employees provide critical support for Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics, Junior Achievement and other programs.  "BP's investment in our Foundation clearly translates into a significant investment in the students and teachers of Katy ISD," says Chris Crockett, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.  "We are honored to be a part of that effort."</p><p>This year's BP STEM Grants include <em>Super STEM Lab</em>, Creech Elementary; <em>GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and</em> <em>Science), </em>Hayes Elementary; <em>If We Build it, They Will Come STEM Lab K-2</em>, Nottingham Country Elementary; <em>Mobile iPad Lab</em>, Miller Career & Technology Center; <em>Inspiring 8</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Grade Math Students with the TI-Nspire Navigator System, </em>Morton Ranch Junior High<em>; Wait Just a Momentum!, </em>Seven Lakes High Schoo<em>l; Journey to the Edge of Space, </em>Taylor High School;<em> Recycled Robots, </em>Winborn Elementary.</p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation's 2014-2015 <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants are all being implemented in Katy ISD classrooms this school year.  In this, its second annual grant cycle, the Foundation awarded more than $200,000 to Katy ISD teachers for innovative classroom projects.   To learn more, contact Janet Theis at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in our children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.   The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. ​</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About BP</strong></p><p>Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light the entire country for a year. Employing approximately 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs total through all of its business activities. For more information, go to <a href="http://www.bp.com/us" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.bp.com/us</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts High School Band Marching Showcasehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=280Katy ISD Hosts High School Band Marching Showcase2014-10-14T17:48:26Z<div class="ExternalClassD4BE8B31EA8C4FF4884CF2238EB4D7E2"><p><img alt="SLHS Band.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20Band.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:214px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>The District will host the <strong>Katy ISD High School Band Marching Showcase</strong> at Rhodes Stadium on Wednesday, October 15. The showcase will begin at 6 p.m., and feature back-to-back performances from all seven Katy ISD high school bands. This is an opportunity for those in our community to show support for these talented musicians as they enter their UIL Marching competition season. Admission is free.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Trustee Dibrell Participates in Leadership TASB Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=279Katy ISD Board Trustee Dibrell Participates in Leadership TASB Program2014-10-09T18:57:39Z<div class="ExternalClass1FDFCA6DF1C54DDFB54E1412C124AA75"><p>​Katy ISD Board of Trustees Vice President, <strong>Henry Dibrell</strong>, joined 35 other school board members from across Texas September 25-27 at the kickoff session of the<strong> Leadership TASB</strong> class of 2015. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a year-long education leadership study program. </p><p>Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB. </p><p>Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB convention in Dallas, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine. DeLisle, a recognized authority on leadership training, focused on characteristics of effective leadership and team building. Fine is a nationally known motivational speaker and author of <em>The Fine Art of Small Talks</em>. Board members also received training at convention sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the Association's annual business meeting. </p><p>Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Austin, November 20-22; Houston, January 29-31; El Paso, April 9-11; and Forth Worth, June 18-20. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 700 graduates to date. </p><p>TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.</p></div>

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