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Katy ISD Announces Proposed Names for Elementary School No. 38, No. 39 and Junior High No. 14 ISD Announces Proposed Names for Elementary School No. 38, No. 39 and Junior High No. 142016-02-05T23:03:16Z<div class="ExternalClass9D9D990BF3EA4C21A88B81D6A7331C22"><p>The Katy ISD School Naming Selection Committee announced this week the proposed name for Elementary School No.38, located in the Cinco Northwest Subdivision, Elementary School No. 39, located in the Ventana Lakes Subdivision and Junior High No. 14, located within the Hawks Landing Subdivision. These campuses are scheduled to open in fall 2016, thanks to the 2014 voter approved bond program.<br> <br>Elementary No. 38, located at 27602 Westridge Creek Land is proposed to be named after retired educator <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Jenks.pdf">MayDell Jenks</a>. Elementary No. 39, located at 4535 East Ventana Parkway, is proposed to be named after former teacher <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Bethke.pdf">Catherine (Gigi) Bethke</a> and Junior High No. 14, located at 26721 Hawks Prairie Boulevard is proposed to be named after former educators <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Tays.pdf">James and Sharon Tays.​</a><br> <br>A public forum will take place on <strong>Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.</strong> in the Katy ISD Board Room, located at 6301 South Stadium Lane. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names. After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will review input and provide their recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their work study meeting on Monday, February 15.<br> <br>Katy ISD’s namesakes have more than just years of education experience. They are award winning, community-minded individuals. Living namesakes and their families mentor, participate in community projects, volunteer and offer their time and resources to continue to make Katy ISD the leader in educational excellence. </p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD’s 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees Announces Katy ISD’s 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees2016-02-02T20:48:03Z<div class="ExternalClass1BDD4ABD63754A0BAC8F907BD603A592"><p>Katy ISD recently announced that Winborn Elementary Principal <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Kris Mitzner</strong>, and Morton Ranch Junior High Principal <strong>Mark McCord</strong>, were chosen for Katy ISD's 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition.</p><p>MItzner and McCord were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff. </p><p>They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on April 6 at Hotel Zaza. </p></div>
Registration open for 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes open for 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes 2016-02-02T17:33:47Z<div class="ExternalClass5FCDC5B00C114710BE837BCBE5E6ADC4"><p>Registration is now open for Spring 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes.  The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Below are just a few of the course subjects starting in February and March:</p><p>West Coast Swing, <strong>Piano</strong>, Guitar, <strong>Zentangle,</strong> Archery,  <strong>Jewelry Making,</strong> Painting with Acrylics, <strong>License to Carry</strong>, CPR, <strong>U.S. Citizenship</strong>, Gun Law Seminar, Qi Gong , <strong>Stress Management</strong>, Cake Decorating, <strong>Floral Designing,</strong> Chinese I,  Arabic I, <strong>Franchising</strong>, Paralegal, <strong>Start your Business,</strong> Decision-Making, <strong>Financial Independence</strong>, Taxes and College Expenses, <strong>Budgeting</strong>, Know Your Mobile APPS, <strong>Microsoft Courses</strong>, Adobe Photoshop,  <strong>Scuba Diving</strong>,  Welding</p><p>For more information, how to register, and to view all the courses, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Education catalog online</span></a> or call 281-396-6365</p></div>
BP America donates $50,000 for STEM related teacher grants America donates $50,000 for STEM related teacher grants2016-01-29T22:08:09Z<div class="ExternalClassA30AADC9C9E241508ED7503A1E204D84"><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/BP%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" style="margin:0px 5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The <strong>Katy ISD Education Fo</strong><strong>undation</strong> is pleased to announce that BP America, Inc. returned for its second year as a Foundation <strong>Cornerstone Investor</strong> by contributing $50,000 for STEM related teacher grants.  The <strong> <em>BP STEM Grant Program</em></strong> is administered via the Foundation's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant initiative for grants in place this school year.  STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and represents the integration of science and mathematics into existing areas of study.   </p><p>"We are grateful for our alliance with BP America, Inc. and welcome its continued support," said Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President Ken Janda. "Our BP STEM Grant Program has already benefitted hundreds of Katy ISD teachers. This second BP contribution will reach even farther, providing teachers with countless opportunities to bring extraordinary classroom experiences to their students."</p><p>BP, which has a long standing relationship with Katy ISD through the Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics Program, Junior Achievement and other programs, is eager to deepen their support through the BP S.T.E.M. Grant Program. </p><p>"BP is excited to support this innovative program for a second year, especially after seeing the initial grants in action and the enthusiasm they generated among the KISD teachers and students ," said Michael Moore, senior director of communications and external affairs at BP America.  "This donation reaffirms BP's commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities where we live and work." </p><p>In its first three years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in teacher grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fourth annual Inspiring Imagination teacher grant cycle launched November 1 with grant applications due March 30, 2016.  All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply. To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.</p></div>
Mayde Creek High Presents CHICAGO the Musical Creek High Presents CHICAGO the Musical2016-01-26T14:45:39Z<div class="ExternalClassB6C85196A9FA47AA99C0464533FFACB2"><p>​Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department proudly presents CHICAGO – a story of murder, greed, and corruption set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s. </p><p>With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.</p><p>The musical features Roxie Hart (freshman, Mariana Velandia) a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her boyfriend after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly (junior, Bianca Gonzalez), by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn (junior, Aiden Looney McClure) to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines aimed to kick start her jazz career. </p><p>Performances are February 4, 5, and 6 at 7:00 p.m. plus at 2:00 p.m. matinee on February 6. Tickets can be purchased starting in January at <a href="" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> Prices range from $10 to $14. And Gold Card members may purchase tickets for $5. For more information, consult the website or call the director, Kelley Hughes at 281-237-3803</p></div>
Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma! High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma!2016-01-21T19:27:28Z<div class="ExternalClassBC27E2D9162E4D9DBD59C240D85146EC"><p>​Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma!</p><p>February 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th<br>at the Taylor High School PAC</p><p>Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.<br>Sunday at 2:00 p.m.</p><p>Reserved Seating $15 and $12<br>General Admission $10</p><p>Tickets available online at <a href=""></a></p><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open ISD Community Education Registration Now Open2016-01-08T16:10:36Z<div class="ExternalClass16B55A7A3D324D12A8790F40412E65F5"><p style="text-decoration:underline;"></p><p>The Spring 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes are now open for registration. The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Classes include learning opportunities pertaining to recreational activities, arts and crafts, health and personal development, foreign languages, business and industry skills, finance, computer applications, driver education, college preparatory, and multiple online courses.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Pages/default.aspx">Community Education catalog online</a> or call 281-396-6365.​</p></div>
Instructional Materials Selection Materials Selection2016-01-07T21:09:03Z<div class="ExternalClass3BF5F6C7823145038407A52EFD162E2D"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review instructional materials for the following courses:  Agribusiness Management & Marketing, Financial Mathematics, AP Human Geography, American Sign Language I, II and III and Latin II, III and IV.  If you would like to be a member of one of the review committees, call the Department of Federal Programs and External Funding at 281-396-2243.  Keep in mind that some committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee.</p></div>
2015 Food for Families Campaign Raises $26,000 for Katy ISD Families Food for Families Campaign Raises $26,000 for Katy ISD Families2016-01-06T18:31:11Z<div class="ExternalClass9A3E8455E3A3499894D85F02F8797216"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Partners in Education is celebrating another successful Food for Families campaign, the District's annual community initiative that supports families in need.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Principals from every campus identify students, and $50 grocery gift cards are given to those students' families before the winter break.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Initially conceived as a way for Katy ISD employees at the administration building to help students and their families, Food for Families has burgeoned into a communitywide initiative that is now primarily supported by individual, private contributions.  And for the first time, local eateries Papa Murphy's, Smashburger, PDQ, Newks and the Glaser Group McDonald's donated a portion of their proceeds during the inaugural "Food for Families Restaurant Week," ultimately helping to provide gift cards for 40 families.  </p><p>Since its inception 14 years ago, Food for Families has raised more than $137,000 for Katy ISD families.  A principal shared a story of one of her student's family.  "A few years ago, they'd fallen on hard times and were the recipients of a Food for Families gift card.  This year, they were able to pay it forward by helping two families themselves.  This program makes a huge difference and lets people know that our Katy community cares for them."</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Break Ground on South Transportation Center Expansion ISD to Break Ground on South Transportation Center Expansion2016-01-05T20:47:26Z<div class="ExternalClass4230B972E11B455B9388851E86D9D99B"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">What: </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent will be joined by staff and community members as the District breaks ground on the expansion of the South Transportation Center. This expansion of the South Transportation Center is one of many projects included in the voter-approved </span><a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">2014 bond package</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> South Transportation Center</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">3151 Falcon Landing Blvd.</span></p><p>Katy, TX 77494</p><p><strong>When: </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. </span></p></div>
Morton Ranch High School Senior Receives Texas Department of Agriculture GROW Award Ranch High School Senior Receives Texas Department of Agriculture GROW Award2016-01-05T16:22:43Z<div class="ExternalClass3EAB99CD62634D2997CDD12F8FE9BAEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch High School senior </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Rodriguez</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was announced as the winner of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Texas Department of Agriculture's GROW award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> last month by Commissioner Sid Miller. The GROW award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence in the classroom and beyond.</span></p><p>Rodriguez was chosen from hundreds of Texas students for demonstrating leadership in school activities, as well as his commitment to community service. He was nominated for the GROW award by Casey Wilson, a former agricultural science teacher at Morton Ranch High School. </p><p>"Daniel truly is a well-rounded, diligent, dedicated and charismatic young man," said Wilson. "He is the epitome of hard work and dedication, and he understands exactly what it takes to be successful."</p><p>Rodriguez currently serves as the president of the Morton Ranch High School FFA, as well as committee chair for the leadership and recruitment committees. He has served as chapter vice president for the MRHS FFA, a member of the Maverick Band and member of the principal's roundtable. </p></div>
Katy High School Head Coach Selected for Texas High School Football Hall of Fame High School Head Coach Selected for Texas High School Football Hall of Fame2015-12-16T20:43:31Z<div class="ExternalClassB8A7BE4F363A42C8A9ACA21BDD527747"><p><em></em><em style="line-height:1.5;"></em> <em style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Coach Joseph.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Coach%20Joseph.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:156px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Class of 2016</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School's Head Football Coach </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gary Joseph</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, was recently selected as a 2016 inductee into the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Texas High School Football Hall of Fame</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Coach Joseph, along with eight other inductees, will be announced on Saturday, December 19, at NRG Stadium. The announcement will take place at approximately 3:45 p.m., between the first and second state championship games.</p><p>Coach Joseph began his coaching career at Luling High School 37 years ago.  After advancing in jobs at Brazosport and Austin Westlake, he then moved to Katy High School, where he has served for 33 years. He was the KHS defensive coordinator and then assistant head coach for 22 years before becoming the KHS head coach in 2004. </p><p>During his tenure as head coach, he has led the Katy Tigers to eight state final games with three of those appearances resulting in 6A State Championships.  His current coaching record stands at 167-14. </p><p>After the Tigers' most recent championship in 2012, they were named National Champions by the National Sports News Service, and Coach Joseph was named 2012 National High School Coach of the Year. </p><p>While individual and team accolades are greatly appreciated and honored, Coach Joseph also strives to build a strong group of student athletes who recognize, through the actions of their head coach, the necessity for integrity, loyalty, and the value of leading oneself and others through life's victories with humility and hardships with grace. </p><p>The induction banquet will be held on May 7, 2016 in Waco, Texas. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves 2016-2017 Attendance Boundary Modification ISD Board of Trustees Approves 2016-2017 Attendance Boundary Modification2015-12-15T20:50:23Z<div class="ExternalClassBEEA16C610AD45338D678B2E3A0FBF01"><p><em>ABM designed to address growth, balance enrollment</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night, during their regular monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve an attendance boundary modification (ABM) designed to address the opening of three new campuses and alleviate overcrowding at campuses landlocked with 125 percent capacity.</span></p><p>This ABM will provide much-needed relief to Rylander and West Memorial elementary schools, as well as, balance enrollment as the District prepares to open two elementary schools and one junior high next school year.  </p><p>During this entire process, the District welcomed feedback from the community through an online survey.  Nearly 9,000 parents, staff and community members completed the survey and dozens shared their feedback during the open forum at various Board meetings.  These comments helped shape the ABM and addressed major needs and concerns cited by parents and community. </p><p>The District presented to the Board a preliminary ABM proposal on November 16 and then an updated option on December 7 to better address the overcrowding at West Memorial Elementary.  The Board approved the updated ABM option on December 14. </p><p>The District estimates that approximately 3,600 students will be impacted by the approved attendance boundary modifications.  Katy ISD will be notifying all impacted families in January/February 2016.  </p><p>For more information about the ABM process, including maps of the approved attendance boundary modifications, visit the <a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">District's ABM webpage</a>. </p></div>
Community Invited to Support Teacher Grants Invited to Support Teacher Grants2015-12-15T18:25:29Z<div class="ExternalClassD50B25B9E3F840D08F724B768B70F0A9"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Hayes - Hernandez 5-8-15.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Hayes%20-%20Hernandez%205-8-15.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:249px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The Katy ISD Education Foundation is inviting parents, businesses and community members to contribute to its teacher grant initiative by becoming a Foundation Investor or making a one-time donation.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Foundation's annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">teacher grant program</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">awards funds to teachers to implement classroom projects that engage and excite Katy ISD students.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Formed in 2013 to support creative classroom programs in Katy ISD schools, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to teachers throughout the district, enriching the learning experience for more than 65,000 Katy ISD students.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Each spring, teachers are invited to apply for a grant through a competitive, three-step evaluation process.  Submissions are judged by community volunteers.  This year's grant application process launched in November with teacher grant applications due March 30, 2016. Grants will be awarded in May 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. </p><p>Foundation Investors pledge annual gifts that range from $1,000 to $50,000 per year.  One-time contributions of any amount are also welcome. "As the fiscal year comes to an end, we invite our community to consider the Katy ISD Education Foundation when deciding the allocation of year end giving," said Ken Janda, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. "Katy ISD has had a very positive impact on our community's reputation as a fantastic place to live and work.  Our grant program helps maintain and extend this reputation, and at the same time, rewards our excellent teachers.  Every dollar given to the Foundation helps reward another deserving teacher." </p><p>Additional information about the grant program and how to donate can be found at the Foundation's web site at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. Gifts can be made online or by check mailed to Katy ISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 159, Katy, Texas, 77492-0159.  In addition, the Foundation welcomes recurring automated contributions through electronic funds transfer. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible. Questions can be sent via email to<strong> </strong></p></div>
Katy High School Football Team Advances to State Championship High School Football Team Advances to State Championship2015-12-15T01:19:49Z<div class="ExternalClassD6621E1B98C54D1AA228F32B19D20674"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Tigers are heading to the 6A Division II State Championship after their 38-0 win over Cibolo Steele last Saturday.</span></p><p>"It's another big game for us," said Gary Joseph, Katy High School's head football coach.  "We're looking forward to a good ballgame and great support from our Katy Community."</p><p>The Tigers will take on the Lake Travis Cavaliers on Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium for a chance at their eighth State Championship.</p><p>"This opportunity is exciting not only for our players and coaches, but also for our trainers, band, Brigade and cheerleaders," said Katy High School Principal Dr. Rick Hull. "It truly is a community event and a source of community pride."</p><p>Katy High School will hold a community pep rally on Friday, December 18 at 12:15 p.m. with a "meet and greet" with the players and coaches at 11:45 a.m. in the courtyard.  All visitors are encouraged to wear red to support the Tigers, and park in the student section at the back of the campus. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast ISD Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast2015-12-11T15:29:54Z<div class="ExternalClassB793AEB8215C4BA4B3D846FFA535768B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS), the Katy ISD mentor program, will host the Men Who Mentor Breakfast on Friday, January 22 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Education Support Complex. This annual event provides support for existing male mentors and information for men interested in becoming a mentor.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's three area superintendents will share their considerable insight and experiences with mentoring. Campus liaisons and administrators will guide table discussions for learning and networking while the West Memorial Junior High Trash Can Band will provide the entertainment.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Boys across the District are waiting for mentors because KEYS needs men.  If you're a guy who has ever thought about being a mentor, please join us!  If you are a guy who already mentors, please join us!  To RSVP, visit <a href="/dept/pie" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education webpage</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Helps Students in Need through Santa Cops Program ISD Police Department Helps Students in Need through Santa Cops Program2015-12-10T17:53:11Z<div class="ExternalClassB723E3C36C354B718E192555FB59EABF"><p><img alt="Santa Cops.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Santa%20Cops.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:216px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />This year, approximately 565 children from elementary schools in Katy ISD will have a brighter holiday thanks to the Katy ISD Police Department's <strong>Santa Cops</strong> program. The 11-year-old program was created in response to a need recognized by the Police Department and school employees.</p><p>In order to participate in the program, school counselors first identify students whose parents are in need of assistance. These families, along with their children, develop their own "wish list" that is distributed to various individuals and groups within the Katy ISD community who are interested in sponsoring a family. The Police Department then matches those sponsors to appropriate children. All donations are anonymous and are limited to $100 per child.</p></div>
Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling ISD Campus Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2015-12-10T16:58:39Z<div class="ExternalClassD786646178A04B48B3C3D40FAB2C7C14"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD, along with Venus Construction, Rover Oaks Pet Resort and the Katy Heritage Society, celebrated the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> last night at a special brick unveiling at Katy Heritage Park.</span></p><p>For the past several years, Venus Construction, Rover Oaks and the Katy Heritage Society have come together to dedicate bricks in honor of the Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, and place them in the walkway at Katy Heritage Park.</p><p>During the unveiling ceremony, Ida Franklin, president of Venus Construction, Steve Smith, president of Rover Oaks Pet Resort and Carol Adams with the Katy Heritage Society recognized the teachers for their dedication to Katy ISD students. </p><p>"As the daughter of a teacher, they hold a special place in my heart," says Franklin. "It is an honor and a privilege to be able to commemorate these amazing individuals with their own brick in Heritage Plaza."</p><p>Superintendent Alton Frailey and Board of Trustees President Charles Griffin also thanked the Campus Teachers of the Year for providing all Katy ISD students with a quality education, and for making each child feel empowered, loved and worthy.</p><p>Attendees enjoyed a performance by the Mayde Creek High School Show Choir <em>Taking Notes</em>, directed by Clarence Appleby, during the event.</p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2015.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for a complete list of 2015 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year. Photos from the brick unveiling are available <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>.</p></div>
Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Impacted by 18th Annual Promise to Read Program 400 Katy ISD Classes Impacted by 18th Annual Promise to Read Program2015-12-07T21:50:56Z<div class="ExternalClass2696C8A65FE84A648A62E7B3985FC76A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Last month, 173 community members, businesses and organizations from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into nearly 400 Katy ISD classrooms during </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Promise to Read</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The annual initiative is part of an 18-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD's Partners in Education.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Promise to Read</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> affords the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.</span></p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> was hosted at Winborn, Rylander, Franz, Rhoads, McRoberts, Nottingham Country, Creech, Alexander, Golbow, Fielder and Mayde Creek elementary schools.  Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a three-year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</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, AXA-Advisors, Houston Community College, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Second Baptist Church, Tutor Doctor, Spring Creek Barbeque, Pepper Lawson Construction, The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, Firethorne, Sovereign Wealth Advisors, Geico, City of Katy, Tradition Bank, Chick-fil-A Mason Road and Cinco Ranch, The Shady Lady Window Coverings, Sylvan of Houston, McDonald's Glaser Group, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Rainforest Café, Eventsia Group, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Herff Jones Graduation Center, Epiphany Catholic Church, Sugar Land Skeeters, CenterPoint Energy, Fort Bend TaeKwonDo, PBK Architects, Memorial Hermann Hospital Katy, Hasta La Pasta, Christian Brothers Automotive, Two Forks Catering, Niche Medical Group, First Community Bank, American Kids Athletics, Grand Vision Center, TILT Studio, Keep Katy Beautiful, Omni Houston Hotel Westside, Project Linus Houston, Katy Funeral Home, Texas Taxi, Maud Marks Branch Library and Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center.  </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from this year's <em>Promise to Read</em> event.</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Through programs like <em>Promise to Read</em>, Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a>.</p></div>
Pre-AP Parent Information Session Parent Information Session2015-12-17T14:17:00Z<div class="ExternalClassBE38D35B8EAD4B16A02AC1E738068126"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Monday, January 11, 2016</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, parents of fifth-grade students who will attend a Katy ISD junior high in 2016-2017 are invited to attend an orientation to Katy ISD's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) Program.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Three information sessions, lasting approximately one hour, will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex Room 1200, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Information in Spanish will be available at the 7 p.m. session.</span></p><p>The Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics, Alene Lindley, and GT and Advanced Academic Studies Instructional Officer, Cathy Prudhomme, will present an overview of the advanced academic studies in Katy ISD and will address commonly asked questions about student participation in Pre-AP courses.</p><p>A Pre-AP course is designed to prepare students to be successful in AP courses. These courses are generally available to juniors and seniors at each of the Katy ISD high schools. AP courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college-level studies with the option of taking an AP exam and possibly qualifying for college credit. In addition, research indicates that students who participate in an AP course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, more likely to choose academically challenging majors in college and more likely to pursue an advanced degree. Katy ISD offers AP courses in the following disciplines: English, social studies, science, mathematics, languages other than English, computer science, music and art. </p><p>For more information about the Pre-AP and AP program, visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/Pre_AP_AP_DualCredit2.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>. </p></div>
Katy High School Senior Selected as U.S. Army All-American High School Senior Selected as U.S. Army All-American2015-12-02T14:43:46Z<div class="ExternalClass661427FB54AA48D8A9162BF86E2C396F"><p><img alt="DSC_7432 SMALL.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_7432%20SMALL.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:282px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Katy High School senior <strong>Kyle Porter</strong> was recently selected as one of only 90 high school football players in the nation to play in the <strong>U.S. Army All-American Bowl</strong>. Porter was recognized for this selection yesterday during a special ceremony. </p><p>The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 90 players in an East vs. West matchup every January in San Antonio's Alamodome. Throughout its 15 years, the game has featured the nation's most elite football players, including Andrew Luck, DeMarco Murray, Eric Berry, Patrick Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and many more.</p><p>"It's an honor for me and for Katy High School to be selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," said Porter. "This selection shows what hard work can lead to, as well as the great teachers and coaches our District provides in our schools to help our athletes continue to improve."</p><p>The 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place on Saturday, January 9 and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT. <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. </p></div>
Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Presents Science Movie Night (Grades 9-12) R. Shaw Center for STEAM Presents Science Movie Night (Grades 9-12)2015-12-03T23:37:44Z<div class="ExternalClass6813CC7D7CC44E708FBB7F89FD59ACCC"><p>​The Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics presents another Science Movie Night on Friday, December 4 from 6-9 p.m. </p><p>The movie night is for Katy ISD students grades 9-12. Please <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">RSVP HERE.​</span> </a></p><p><img alt="Science Movie Night - Dec 4th.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Science%20Movie%20Night%20%20-%20Dec%204th.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:614px;" /><br> </p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll ISD Earns Place on 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll 2015-11-23T20:37:45Z<div class="ExternalClass02BF9BA7A73146E0ABB5AEB7664028B1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is one of 425 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;">6th 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></p><p>Since 2014, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 13 percent, and more than 7,700 students earned a 3 or higher on these exams.</p><p>Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. </p><p>Districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, <em>unless</em> the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p>For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranked Best School District in Greater Houston Area ISD Ranked Best School District in Greater Houston Area2015-11-19T18:15:35Z<div class="ExternalClass1AA68135D7F34928AB62422EABDB40D1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD was recently ranked as the best school district in the Greater Houston Area by Niche, a review site providing rankings and insight into more than 120,000 K-12 schools.</span></p><p>Niche looked at data on academics, health and safety, and school resources to determine the best school districts in the region. Katy ISD received high marks across the board, and was additionally ranked 13<sup>th</sup> among school districts state-wide. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to find more information on the Niche rankings. </p></div>
Family STEAM Night Tonight STEAM Night Tonight2015-11-19T14:52:12Z<div class="ExternalClass64E47F930E304585ABFD1BCDFB075D88"><p>The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM presents another Family STEAM Night tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for grades 3-8. </p><p>Come and enjoy hands-on activities with your family.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Family%20STEAM%20Night%20November%2019.jpg" alt="Family STEAM Night November 19.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:532px;" /> </p></div>
Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra Selected as TMEA Finalist High School Chamber Orchestra Selected as TMEA Finalist2015-11-18T18:47:40Z<div class="ExternalClass34E51E6D60E14948897A1B084D66635B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as a finalist for the 2015-2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra and placed fifth among the top 10 string orchestras in the state.</span></p><p>This is the first time the Chamber Orchestra has been in the String Orchestra finals since 2002. </p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TMEA website</a>.</p></div>
Hundreds Attend 2015 Katy ISD State of the District Address Attend 2015 Katy ISD State of the District Address2015-11-17T21:42:59Z<div class="ExternalClass721FDC254D494B05B5D87A214E094D4C"><p><em>Superintendent Celebrated Student and Staff Accomplishments </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last week, 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 accomplishments and current enrollment growth, Frailey shared with attendees an update on 2014 bond projects, as well as his vision for the future of the District.</span></p><p>"We have a lot to celebrate," said Frailey. "I'd like to share with you the accomplishments of our students and our staff, as they are something in which the entire community can be proud."</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 57<sup>th</sup> largest district in the nation. </p><p>During the 2014-2015 school year, Katy ISD had more than 60 students named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, 85 student athletes that signed letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities across the nation, and the Class of 2015 graduates accepted more than $21 million in scholarships. </p><p>Attendees also enjoyed special guest speakers Chuck Brawner, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Katy; Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council; Ann Hodge, President and CEO of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce; and Carol Adams, author of 'Historic Katy, An Illustrated History' and former City of Katy Councilmember.  </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a video of the 2015 State of the District Address.  Photos are available <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Katy Elementary ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Katy Elementary2015-11-17T21:22:45Z<div class="ExternalClass386A22AD32954B7BA3693F38B69B7C3C"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Grimet 1 Small.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Grimet%201%20Small.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:180px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><em>B</em></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em>eth Grimet brings nearly 25 years of experience to her new role</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night during the Monthly Work Study Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Beth Grimet </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as the new principal for</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Katy Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Grimet began her career in education 24 years ago as an elementary teacher before joining Katy ISD in 1995.  She became an assistant principal at Katy Elementary in 2001.  </p><p>Grimet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching and a Master's of Education in Administration, both from Sam Houston State University. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sports ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sports2015-11-18T19:55:34Z<div class="ExternalClass66378916E72A4787A91BE0BF5CCABF3F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD student athletes signed letters of intent to participate in collegiate sports at colleges and universities across the U.S. last week during</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> National Signing Day 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. To date, Katy ISD has 20 signees this year, and expects more commitments as the school year continues.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 Fall Signees:</strong></span></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Corin Evans</strong>, Volleyball, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li><strong>Katy Rutherford</strong>, Golf, University of Nevada</li></ul><p><strong>Mayde Creek HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Hailey Williams</strong>, Track, Memphis University</li></ul><p><strong>Seven Lakes HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Connor Capel</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball, University of Texas at Austin</li><li><strong>Austin Childs</strong>, Diving, St. Bonaventure University</li><li><strong>Kacie Jo Corbin</strong>,<strong> </strong>Cross Country/Track, University of North Texas</li><li><strong>Ashni Dhruva</strong>, Golf, Penn State</li><li><strong>Kristen Hepler</strong>,<strong> </strong>Swimming, Georgia Tech</li><li><strong>Andrew Knutson</strong>, Baseball, Weatherford Junior College</li><li><strong>Bryan Sturges, </strong>Baseball, Texas Christian University</li><li><strong>Carter Smith</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball, Sam Houston State University</li><li><strong>Zack Smith</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball,<strong> </strong>Blinn Junior College</li><li><strong>Carlos Varela Jr., </strong>Baseball, Oklahoma State</li></ul><p><strong>Taylor HS: </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Sophie Mitchell</strong>, Volleyball, University of New Orleans</li><li><strong>Trey Morris</strong>, Baseball, Texas Christian University</li></ul><p><strong>Tompkins HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Drew Guthrie</strong>, Baseball, Harding Univserity</li><li><strong>Nick Hutchinson</strong>, Baseball, A&M Kingsville</li><li><strong>Marissa Langer, </strong>Golf, University of Texas at Dallas</li><li><strong>Brittany Panetti</strong>, Basketball, University of New Mexico</li><li><strong>Kendall Rollins</strong>, Basketball, University of Mary Harden Baylor</li></ul><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view an ongoing photo gallery of Katy ISD's 2015 signees.</p></div>
Taylor High School Drum Line Stands in at Katy High School Playoff Game High School Drum Line Stands in at Katy High School Playoff Game2015-11-12T20:48:27Z<div class="ExternalClass03FFED3BF3A64C62BDD3A2203564E43A"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy High School percussion section was recently selected to compete at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in San Antonio.</span></p><p>Late last week, however, the band was informed that the competition would conflict with the Katy Tigers first playoff football game against Westside High School.  </p><p>Katy High School Band Director Terence Gorton reached out to Taylor High School Band Director Mike Ary to see if they would be interested in standing in at the playoff game so the KHS drum line could participate in the PASIC competition. </p><p>"I asked our students if they would be interested and they jumped at the opportunity," said Ary. "All of the Katy ISD bands have a great relationship and try to collaborate more than compete against each other."</p><p>In less than a week, the THS band has learned multiple songs to support the Katy Tiger football team during their game, including the halftime music and the KHS school song.</p><p>"It is an amazing feeling knowing that fellow Katy ISD students and staff are willing to give up their Friday night to perform at a different school's game," said Gorton. "The Katy High School Band is extremely appreciative and excited to perform with the tremendously talented JET drum line!"</p><p>Tomorrow night's playoff game against Westside High School at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium will be a demonstration of the kindness and support that exists between Katy ISD schools, and will further enhance the collaborative spirit of the Katy ISD community. </p></div>

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