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Katy ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week February 2-6http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=339Katy ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week February 2-62015-01-27T19:17:48Z<div class="ExternalClass8950080EE0654C1EACAD6350BBE13F22"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">At the regular January Board of Trustees Meeting, the Board approved a proclamation celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Counseling Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Katy ISD the week of February 2-6. National School Counseling Week is sponsored annually by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.</span></p><p>This year's theme, <em>Celebrate School Counseling,</em> highlights the contribution of professional school counselors to the academic, career and personal/social success of our children. National School Counseling Week focuses on not only celebrating our counselors, but on informing the public of the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. ​</p><p>Katy ISD school counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. Working in a partnership with parents and teachers, they focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development.  Counselors are involved with encouraging interpersonal skills, responsible behavior, as well as implementing programs to promote academic success. At the secondary level, counselors begin to focus on career development and post-secondary goals. </p></div>
School Report Cards on TEA http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=338School Report Cards on TEA 2015-01-22T18:20:33Z<div class="ExternalClass97A3C1EB5BCE4E34AA48BD4EC4DCA7BA"><p>​School Report Cards (SRC) are produced annually for each Texas public school campus. The reports contain some information from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) as well as some information from the Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts. Our campus SRC can be accessed at <a href="http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/src/2014/campus.srch.html" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/src/2014/campus.srch.html</span></a>. If you have any questions, please contact campus administration. If you would like a hard copy of the report, please contact the front office who will provide a hard copy to you. </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Campus Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Mayde Creek High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=337Katy ISD Announces New Campus Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Mayde Creek High School2015-01-21T01:57:07Z<div class="ExternalClassD67D4570437F4132AFE191798A9919F5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight Katy ISD announced Mike Rabe as the new Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach for Mayde Creek High School. </span></p><p>Rabe, who has 15 years of experience coaching and teaching, currently serves as the athletic director and head football coach at Waco Connally High School. </p><p>"We are thrilled that he has accepted the position at Mayde Creek High School," said Katy ISD Executive Director of Athletics Debbie Decker. "Coach Rabe will bring to Katy ISD a track record of turning programs around."</p><p>After serving as an assistant coach at Arlington High School and as an offensive coordinator at Cleburne, Rabe landed his first head coaching position at 1A Ganado where he launched a team with a 1-9 record in 2006 to back-to-back state semifinal appearances in 2008 and 2009.</p><p>He was then chosen to lead Waco Connally High School and again was successful in converting a team that went from an 0-10 record in 2010 to back-to-back Bi-District Championships in 2013 and 2014, only losing in the playoffs to eventual state runner-up Fairfield in 2013 and state champion Gilmer in 2014.  </p><p>Rabe's first day at Mayde Creek High School is Monday, January 26. </p></div>
Parents, Community Members Urged to Take Katy ISD’s Transportation Survey, Provide Critical Feedback to Districthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=336Parents, Community Members Urged to Take Katy ISD’s Transportation Survey, Provide Critical Feedback to District2015-01-21T00:50:18Z<div class="ExternalClass710D38F4B11E4CF99DDA52B1A5BD9B0C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD urges all parents and community members, regardless of whether or not they currently use Katy ISD's transportation services, to take its Transportation Sustainability Survey to provide the District feedback on proposed changes.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The survey closes on Wednesday, January 21.</strong></span></p><p>Due to challenges in bus driver recruitment and retention, alongside enrollment growth of nearly 3,000 students yearly, Katy ISD's transportation system is facing mounting pressure.  Therefore, the District is searching for solutions to adequately sustain the current transportation model such as implementing a multi-bell schedule which would impact the start and end times of all campuses and modifying the distance service.            </p><p>The community-at-large can also call the Transportation Services phone bank at 281-396-6008 tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to ask District representatives questions regarding the current transportation model or the survey.  The survey is available online at <a href="/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org</a>.  To date, more than 16,000 surveys have been submitted.</p><p>Once the survey closes on January 21, District leaders will use the results to provide transportation recommendations. Their recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees in February or March.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Named to Texas “Schools to Watch” Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=335McMeans Junior High Named to Texas “Schools to Watch” Program2015-01-20T19:56:04Z<div class="ExternalClass7FC80969E5CF44D8AED77BEC41C6C6D6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> McMeans Junior High</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named as one of only seven exemplary Texas </span><a href="http://www.tmsanet.org/Schools-To-Watch" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"Schools to Watch"</strong></a><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">for 2015</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Middle School Association.</span></p><p>Schools involved in this program demonstrate that high-performing middle/junior high schools have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement. They also recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education. McMeans Junior High was selected for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. </p><p>Selection is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons and student work. The schools vary in size from several hundred to several thousand students and represent urban, suburban and rural communities.</p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Student Wins District Oratorical Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=334Cinco Ranch High School Student Wins District Oratorical Contest2015-01-20T19:53:46Z<div class="ExternalClass7DF4E473DF58414DB6592C66AA4ED8E3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Cinco Ranch High School's Lindsey Li recently won the District-level Oratorical Contest and a $500 scholarship representing VFW Post 164 as part of the American Legion Oratorical.</span></p><p>The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.</p><p>Li will advance to the Division level of the Oratorical Contest, which will be held on January 25, 2015 in Beaumont, Texas. For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.legion.org/oratorical" style="text-decoration:underline;">American Legion Oratorical website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Namesake Gerald D. Young Selected for National Lifetime Achievement Award http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=333Katy ISD Namesake Gerald D. Young Selected for National Lifetime Achievement Award 2015-01-20T23:12:20Z<div class="ExternalClass5E45C6EE83AF412E9D246A81854480A9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD namesake </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gerald D. Young</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as one of only six individuals nationwide for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Young was recognized for his many contributions to the profession of agricultural education at the NAAE annual convention in November.</span></p><p>Young began his service to Texas agricultural education in 1960 as a high school agriculture teacher. In January of 2002, he became the Executive Director of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT), where he served until 2011. During his time as Executive Director, he also served as the Texas FFA Association Treasurer, Texas FFA Foundation Treasurer, and on the Texas FFA Association board of directors. </p><p>Young was instrumental in providing professional development opportunities and resources to instructors to keep Texas agricultural education programs on the cutting edge and meet the demands of employers, colleges and students. He has been a member of NAAE and VATAT for more than 30 years. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD to Host Phone Bank, Answer Questions Regarding Transportation Services and Surveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=332Katy ISD to Host Phone Bank, Answer Questions Regarding Transportation Services and Survey2015-01-15T22:07:22Z<div class="ExternalClass28B10703CD2F46DF892C412D3DB8F424"><p><em>Address concerns regarding potential changes proposed in survey​</em><em>​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">District representatives will be on hand to answer questions from parents and community members regarding Katy ISD Transportation Services and the current Transportation Sustainability Survey during the phone bank on</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> January 16, 20 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">and</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> 21</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>The community-at-large can call with questions or concerns to 281-396-6008 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Bilingual representatives will also be available. </p><p>Due to challenges in bus driver recruitment and retention, alongside enrollment growth of nearly 3,000 students yearly, Katy ISD's transportation system is facing mounting pressure. Therefore, the District is searching for solutions to adequately sustain the current transportation model.  Some of the potential options include switching to a multi-bell schedule which would impact the start and end times of all campuses and modifying the distance service.  </p><p>Therefore, Katy ISD is asking all parents and community members to take the Transportation Sustainability Survey to provide the District feedback on current use and the proposed changes.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The survey will be available until Wednesday, January 21</strong></span><strong> </strong>and can be accessed online in English and Spanish at <a href="/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p><p>The Transportation Sustainability Survey covers four topics: current transportation methods, utilization of district transportation, transportation preferences, and school start and end times.</p><p>Once the survey closes on January 21, District leaders will use the results to provide transportation recommendations. Their recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees in February or March.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Hold Public Hearing for Texas Academic Performance Reporthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=331Katy ISD to Hold Public Hearing for Texas Academic Performance Report2015-01-12T19:57:45Z<div class="ExternalClass332CCC0A7B74460085B70E963674C313"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will hold a hearing for public discussion of the Annual 2013-2014 </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report.  The hearing will be held on</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> January 20</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> during the Board of Trustees monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Katy ISD Administration Building located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.</span></p><p>These reports compile a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and low income status. The reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics.</p><p>Texas Education Code B39.053 requires each school district's board of trustees to publish an annual report that includes the TAPR report; campus performance objectives; a report of violent or criminal incidents; and information received under the Texas Education Code B51.403 (e) from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. </p></div>
Katy ISD Student Art Entries Advance in National PTA Reflections Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=330Katy ISD Student Art Entries Advance in National PTA Reflections Program2015-01-12T16:31:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB7E5B159E9C34BF4BC9888E3A9952B75"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 20 Katy ISD student art pieces were selected to advance to the state level of the </span><a href="http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2897&navItemNumber=3801" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>National PTA Reflections Program</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Reflections Program is a cornerstone arts program developed in 1969 to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.</span></p><p>The Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students of all ages are recognized for bringing the theme to life through choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for 2014-2015 is <em>"The world would be a better place if…" ​</em></p><p>The Katy ISD students advancing to the state level are:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Primary (K-2)</strong></span></p><p>Visual Arts- "Power of Family" by <strong>Kevin Kim</strong>, Pattison Elementary</p><p>Photography- "Pollution Needs a Solution" by <strong>Tomas Tellez</strong>, Fielder Elementary</p><p>Literature- "A Better World" by <strong>Tashvi Singla</strong>, Shafer Elementary</p><p>Musical Composition- "Please Don't Cut Down Trees" by <strong>Eunice Yi</strong>, Fielder Elementary</p><p>Film Production- "Iraqi Pledge of Allegiance" by <strong>Ali Kready</strong>, Rylander Elementary</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Intermediate (3-5)</strong></span></p><p>Visual Arts- "Uniqueness" by <strong>Melissa Finis</strong>, Williams Elementary</p><p>Photography- "Chasing the Future" by <strong>Luna Delgado</strong>, Fielder Elementary</p><p>Literature- "No Mean People" by <strong>Autumn Tran</strong>, Pattison Elementary</p><p>Musical Composition- "Didn't Pollute" by <strong>Pavitra Sreedhar</strong>, Shafer Elementary</p><p>Film Production- "Peace- The Movie" by <strong>Michael Kwee-Bintoro</strong>, Shafer Elementary</p><p>Choreography- "Believe in Yourself" by <strong>Selena Mori</strong>, Pattison Elementary</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Junior High (6-8)</strong></span></p><p>Visual Arts- "Harmonized Diversity Comes Within Peace" by <strong>David Lin</strong>, Beckendorff Junior High</p><p>Photography- "Splash" by <strong>Dylan DeCuir</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High</p><p>Literature- "World Peace" by <strong>Meghana Shenoy</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High</p><p>Musical Composition- "Steady Change" by <strong>James Parker</strong>, Cinco Ranch Junior High</p><p>Choreography- "Out of Sight" by <strong>Mia Nguyen</strong>, McMeans Junior High</p><p>Film Production- "Take on the World" by <strong>Cassandra Kintzel</strong>, Beck Junior High</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School (9-12)</strong></span></p><p>Visual Arts- "A Better World Together" by <strong>Miguel Lopez</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</p><p>Photography- "Family Time" by <strong>Ian Marshall</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</p><p>Literature- "What If" by <strong>Jonathan Kim</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</p><p>Film Production- "A Better Place" by <strong>Stephen Dean</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Special Artist</strong></span></p><p>Literature- "How the World Would be Better" by <strong>Rachel Ebert</strong>, Kilpatrick Elementary</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Wellness Fair January 28http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=329Katy ISD Hosts Wellness Fair January 282015-01-12T15:25:53Z<div class="ExternalClassADAE5651DFE041F3BD5EA07A6567C4A0"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">I</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">n an effort to raise awareness of health services available to children and families in the Katy area, Katy ISD Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services are hosting the </span><a href="/Documents/Calendars/Wellness%20Fair.pdf" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wellness Fair</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">January 28, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 9</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Grade Cafeteria at Tompkins High School.</span></p><p>Local wellness programs and agency representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about overall health and wellness services offered in the Katy/West Houston area.</p><p>The fair will include agencies such as: Texas Children's Hospital, Prevent Blindness Texas, Katy ISD Nutrition Services, Crisis Intervention of Houston and many more.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates School Board Recognition Monthhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=328Katy ISD Celebrates School Board Recognition Month2015-01-09T16:16:57Z<div class="ExternalClass9931E76383664185B1DDBE39FCA90200"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD joins districts across the state to thank its Board of Trustees for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing their local school districts. January has been proclaimed </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">School Board Recognition Month</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> by the Governor, to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about our local schools. The theme for 2015 is </span><a href="https://www.tasb.org/Services/Communications-and-PR/Recognition-Programs/School-Board-Recognition-Month.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><em>A Work of Heart</em></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Those who serve on the seven-member Katy ISD Board are:  </p><ul><li><strong>Bryan Michalsky</strong>, President</li><li><strong>Henry Dibrell</strong>, Vice President</li><li><strong>Rebecca Fox</strong>, Secretary</li><li><strong>Charles Griffin</strong>, Treasurer</li><li><strong>Courtney Doyle</strong>, Sergeant-at-Arms</li><li><strong>Joe M. Adams</strong>, Member</li><li><strong>Ashley Vann</strong>, Member</li></ul><p>Katy ISD will honor its Board of Trustees during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Katy ISD ESC Board Room.<a href="/dept/sb/Pages/BoardMembers.aspx"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to read more about Katy ISD's 2015 Board of Trustees. </p></div>
Katy ISD Chief Information Officer Selected for CoSN Volunteer Hall of Famehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=327Katy ISD Chief Information Officer Selected for CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame2015-01-09T14:25:09Z<div class="ExternalClass4159CCAB91C349CFA64059E104E802AF"><p><img alt="Alawneh.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Alawneh.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Chief Information Officer, Dr. John Alawneh, was recently selected to be honored in the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer Hall of Fame</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Dr. Alawneh was selected for his tireless service, leadership and vision, as well as his work as Chair for the national committee on school district technology and standards for CoSN.</span></p><p>As the premier professional association for district technology leaders, CoSN provides management, community building and advocacy tools leaders need to succeed. CoSN currently represents more than 10 million students in school districts nationwide, and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.</p><p>Dr. Alawneh will join other Hall of Fame inductees for a special recognition event at the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference in March. For more information, visit the <a href="http://cosn.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">CoSN website</a>.</p></div>
Instructional Materials Under Review for Proclamation 2015http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=326Instructional Materials Under Review for Proclamation 20152015-01-07T19:21:21Z<div class="ExternalClass1F53164919CA4114BB955E2C217656F6"><p>​Instructional materials for grades K-12 Social Studies, grades 9-12 Math and grades K-12 Fine Arts are being reviewed and selected this year for implementation in the 2015-2016 school year. </p><p>Instructional materials under consideration will be on display during business hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex (6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, TX 77494) from January 12-23, 2015. In addition, instructional materials will be available for review from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015 and Tuesday, January 20, 2015.</p></div>
Katy ISD School Scene - Beckendorff Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=324Katy ISD School Scene - Beckendorff Junior High2015-01-06T14:18:43Z<div class="ExternalClass21552DFD03494310A00AAAC7170C0E68"><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><img alt="DSC_0298.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0298.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:245px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />In this week's School Scene, meet <strong>Ethan Rothschild</strong>, a <strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong> student who goes above and beyond to serve his school and community. Rothschild not only participates in the basketball program and takes all Pre-AP classes, he is also president of both National Junior Honor Society and Student Council at Beckendorff Junior High.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>What made you want to take on the responsibility of being president of two major student organizations? </em></strong><br>I want to make an impact and leave my school better than I found it. My goal is to take on the same kinds of leadership roles when I go into high school next year.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>Were you elected to these positions?</em></strong> <br>I was elected as the president of NJHS, but Student Council is half election, half teacher-driven, so the teachers ultimately decided who would be president of the organization.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>What types of service projects do you participate in as part of these organizations?</em></strong><br>The service projects for both organizations vary each year, with the exception of a dodge ball tournament for Alzheimer's each spring. This past fall, the NJHS service project helped out the Star of Hope organization, and Student Council's main project was to raise funds for Katy ISD's Food for Families Campaign. Through this project, Student Council raised more than $1,600 to help families in the area.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>Why did you choose Food for Families as your fall project?</em></strong><br>We wanted to find a way for our students to make a difference in our community, and donate to a cause they knew. Food for Families let us do that because all of the proceeds benefit kids in the District and at our school.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>What skills do you believe you're developing as president of two major student organizations?</em></strong><br><strong><em></em></strong>I'm definitely learning how to manage my time and general leadership skills. I'm also learning to delegate and how to bring out the best in those I lead.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong><em>Why do you believe student-led organizations are important?</em></strong><br>Student-led organizations are important because they help make students well-rounded and encourage them to become leaders, and I think it's important to give back to your peers, school and community. </p></div>
Katy ISD to Survey Parents and Community to Assess Transportation Options, Gain Feedbackhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=323Katy ISD to Survey Parents and Community to Assess Transportation Options, Gain Feedback2015-01-06T19:37:46Z<div class="ExternalClass3EEFFF03B1B24835A5EAD392DA2684D4"><p>​<em>Potential changes include new bus route modeling and multi-bell schedules</em></p><p></p><p>With ongoing community growth and development spurring a nearly 3,000-student annual increase in enrollment, Katy ISD's student transportation system is facing mounting pressure. To address this growing problem, District leaders are searching for a more sustainable solution and need the community's help to identify the best path forward.        </p><p>Katy ISD is asking all parents and community members to take its Transportation Survey to provide the District feedback on current use and potential changes like new bus route modeling and modified school bell schedules.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The survey will be available from Wednesday, January 7 to </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>, </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>January 21</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>. </strong></span></p><p>"Our community and our families remain our greatest resource when it comes to issues that impact people's daily lives," Superintendent Alton Frailey said. "It's important that we understand their experiences and preferences, so we can build a sustainable transportation system that considers these values and that can effectively serve our students now and into the future."</p><p>The Transportation Survey covers four topics: current transportation methods, utilization of district transportation, transportation preferences, and school start and end times.</p><p>The survey will be open to all Katy ISD parents and community members. Every person with a current email address on file will receive a personal survey invitation. Parents and community members will also be able to access the survey online at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>. Paper surveys will be available upon request, and surveys in Spanish will be sent home with students at select schools across Katy. </p><p>"Community feedback is an important component of our decision-making process. I encourage everyone to participate," Frailey said. "It is only by working together that we will be able to make Katy ISD the best educational experience for every student." </p><p>Katy ISD's enrollment surpassed 70,000 students this year and is projected to top 90,000 by 2023, causing District leaders to characterize the current transportation system as unsustainable.  The key variable for providing transportation services is the availability of drivers.  This is a challenge many school districts face, as it is a well-documented problem across the region, state, and country.</p><p>Once the survey closes on January 21, District leaders will use the results to provide transportation recommendations. Their recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees in February or March.</p></div>
2015 Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=3222015 Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fair2015-01-05T15:33:41Z<div class="ExternalClassEA6F483358A74B39B086A9D9AE989E60"><p>​<img alt="2015 Teacher Fair Flyer.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2015%20Teacher%20Fair%20Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:554px;vertical-align:middle;float:none;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Texas Honors Circle Award from Texas Comptroller http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=321Katy ISD Receives Texas Honors Circle Award from Texas Comptroller 2014-12-19T21:59:02Z<div class="ExternalClass0B7737B6C25747C581EA2AD7305FC050"><p><em>District recognized for cost-efficient spending and academic progress excellence</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller's 2014 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Only 46 Texas school districts and 347 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2014 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). </p><p>"Given that schools are funded by taxpayers, it is important to shine a spotlight on districts and campuses that are producing high academic achievement while maintaining cost effective operations," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "Your efforts to help our state and local governments wisely manage educational spending while preparing students for success in college or the work force is crucial to the future of Texas." </p><p>FAST, mandated by the 81st Texas Legislature, is an annual study that examines both academic performance and financial efficiency to identify school districts, charter operators and campuses that deliver high-quality education at relatively low costs. Combs created the Texas Honors Circle Award program to recognize districts and schools that receive high marks in the FAST analysis.</p><p>The Texas Honors Circle program awards certificates based on FAST results. Districts and charters receiving the Texas Honors Circle Award have achieved a Five-Star FAST rating. </p><p>To view FAST's results and to see the list of all Texas Honors Circle award recipients, go to <a href="http://www.fastexas.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.FASTexas.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office Suitehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=320Katy ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office Suite2014-12-17T20:14:24Z<div class="ExternalClassBAECED8F137E4C519151DF122130B37A"><p></p><p>Katy ISD is in the final stages of setting up access for students and staff to be able to download for free up to 10 copies of the Microsoft Office Suite on their computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Once access is finalized, a message will be sent during early spring to all students and staff with instructions on how to obtain their license for Microsoft Office.  Katy ISD licensing will enable all students and staff to have this same application for use at home and on personal devices.  Instructions will also be sent to parents after the access has been completed and tested.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfasthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=319Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast2014-12-17T17:29:08Z<div class="ExternalClass8188518AE199488BB918BDF06F584F08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will host the <strong>Men Who Mentor Breakfast</strong> on <strong>Friday, January 30 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.</strong> at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The KEYS program needs men and, as such, many boys across the District are waiting for mentors.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This annual event provides information for men interested in becoming a mentor and support for those already in the program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two of our guy mentors, along with their students, will share their experiences in the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Campus liaisons and administrators will guide table discussions for learning and networking opportunities.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>​​​KEYS mentors spend up to one hour per week, during the school day, during the school year, with their students.  If you're a guy who has ever thought about being a mentor, please join us!  If you are a guy who already mentors, please join us!  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1302015" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to RSVP by January 27. KEYS is offered through Katy ISD's Partners in Education – the department that brings the community into the classroom.​</p></div>
2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=3182015 TAKS March Exit Level Retest2014-12-17T15:54:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1F4D68E22384C7B9D9A9C022485D650"><p></p><p>Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March, 2015.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> from December 8, 2014 - February 6, 2015.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span>   The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  <strong>The online submission must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), on February 6, 2015.</strong>  Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>if the campus can accommodate them.</em></span>  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>March 2                        ELA</li><li>March 2                        ELA Writing (TAAS - eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>March 3                        Mathematics</li><li>March 4                        Science</li><li>March 4                        ELA Reading (TAAS - eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>March 5                        Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the March Exit Level retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, contact Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior Ratingshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=317Katy ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior Ratings2014-12-16T15:41:50Z<div class="ExternalClassC39EBBBB46CF4DD0A1FF136A6CBE07F6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Moody's Rating Services recently upgraded Katy ISD's issuer credit rating (ICR) from AA2 to AA1.  This is one of the highest ratings achievable by this rating agency.  Likewise, Standard & Poor's Rating Agency increased its outlook for Katy ISD from 'stable' to 'positive', demonstrating the District's strong financial health.</span></p><p>These ratings are reflective of Katy ISD's:</p><p>- Participation in the broad Houston metropolitan statistical area (MSA) economy;</p><p>- Large and diverse property tax base, with strong historical and expected growth; and </p><p>- Strong financial management practices and policies, which have allowed for growth without a negative effect on fiscal operations.​</p></div>
District Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past Bondshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=316District Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past Bonds2014-12-16T15:41:13Z<div class="ExternalClass501DA358360746F69F5237DA459CE2CB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Last Monday night, during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported that the District saved $30,737,988 by refinancing past bonds. </span></p><p>By taking advantage of opportunities to refund/refinance bonds when the market allows, the District saves millions of dollars in interest costs.   </p><p>The District values financial transparency and has been recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new Platinum Leadership Circle Award. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p><p>Last week the Texas Comptroller's Office released its 2014 Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST).  Katy ISD received the highest rating of Five Stars.  FAST looks at academic, financial and demographic data, and identifies districts that produce high academic achievement while maintaining cost-effective operations.  Only 46 school districts across the state earned Five Stars. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=315Katy ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second Stadium2014-12-09T14:51:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1D4A7040DA24136A0E22B2BF5055D4B"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em>PBK withdraws from design services for second stadium</em>​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night during the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study, the District recommended HKS, in partnership with VLK Architects, as the new architect for the voter-approved second stadium following PBK's withdrawal from further participation in this project. </span></p><p>During the past few weeks, the District assessed and interviewed various highly-reputable architects for the stadium project.  The Board will vote on last night's recommendation at the Regular Monthly Board Meeting on December 15. </p><p>All reference and resource materials developed during the design phase of the 2013 proposed stadium have been provided by PBK.  However, a new design will be developed based on site and facility needs identified.  The District remains on track to complete the second stadium by 2017 and within budget.</p><p>PBK, along with five other firms, will continue to work on a variety of projects for Katy ISD.  VLK Architects, Stantec and Texas IBI Group have worked on past District projects including additions and renovations at five elementary schools and two junior highs, music room and weight room additions at various junior highs, the Katy High School baseball facility, and the Center for Innovation and Imagination, among others. Likewise, PBK has completed many successful Katy ISD projects such as the Merrell Center, the performing arts centers at all high schools, the ninth grade campuses at Katy, Taylor and Mayde Creek high schools, and the renovations at Rhodes Stadium, among others.  In addition, PBK has built four high schools, five junior highs and an elementary.  </p><p>These firms, along with Pfluger and Huckabee, will be working on various 2014 bond projects, including upgrades to the South Transportation Center, Career and Technical Education (CTE) expansions at five junior highs, major renovation projects and new campuses, beginning as early as February 2015.</p><p>The proposed $58 million stadium complex, to be built adjacent to Rhodes Stadium, includes 12,000 seats, a press box, restrooms, concessions, a field house and approximately 4,000 parking spots.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. <strong>   </strong></p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=314Katy ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority Students2014-12-08T20:49:30Z<div class="ExternalClass4F8FA62818714A7596FE948C39E97F13"><p><em>​</em><em>Mayde Creek High School among elite group of Texas schools ​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School has been </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) to be the first of an elite group of only eight schools in the state to present at the TABSE State Demonstration Schools Collaborative. </span></p><p>Based on the school's strong application and compelling school data, Mayde Creek High School has been selected to present at the Dr. Jay Cummings Demonstration Schools Collaborative on February 25, 2015.  </p><p>"The staff at Mayde Creek High School is honored to be recognized for their creative and innovative approaches to educating our diverse student population," said Principal Dr. Cazilda Steele.  "We look forward to sharing our best practices and success with other schools."</p><p>The purpose of the Demonstration Schools Collaborative is to present conference attendees with exemplary models of high performing schools that are closing the achievement gaps for minority students in Texas.  </p><p>TABSE, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public-at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.</p></div>
Katy High School Alumnus Wins 2014 Grey Cuphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=313Katy High School Alumnus Wins 2014 Grey Cup2014-12-08T20:27:53Z<div class="ExternalClass98A7BC8EB193457FA251863841F1A34C"><p><img alt="Grey Cup Bo Mitchell.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Grey%20Cup%20Bo%20Mitchell.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:292px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><strong>Bo Levi Mitchell</strong>, a 2008 graduate of Katy High School, recently led the Calgary Stampeders to a 20-16 win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award during the<strong> 2014 Grey Cup Canadian Championship Football Game</strong>. </p><p>The 2014 Grey Cup win adds to Mitchell's impressive list of athletic awards including the Katy High School State Championship in 2007; a National Championship at Eastern Washington University in 2010; and the 2011 Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.</p><p><a href="http://globalnews.ca/news/1700015/mitchell-leads-stampeders-to-grey-cup-win/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on the 2014 Grey Cup. </p></div>
Beck Junior High Student Selected to Compete in International Math Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=312Beck Junior High Student Selected to Compete in International Math Contest2014-12-02T16:44:12Z<div class="ExternalClassA7B108D672834025B087800228E5071B"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​</span><a href="http://www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps/pmwc.html" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Mathworks</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Texas State University has announced the four Texas students who have been selected to be members of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Primary Math World Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (PMWC) team. One of the four team members is </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Edward Lu</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a seventh-grade student at Beck Junior High.</span></p><p>Lu, along with his three teammates, will attend the 2015 Residential Junior Summer Math Camp program at Texas State University this coming June, and then compete in the PMWC in Hong Kong in July. Lu was selected from the 284 students who participated in the 2014 Mathworks Math Contest. </p><p>Mathworks is a center for innovation in mathematics education at Texas State University, whose programs raise mathematics achievement for all students, while developing future leaders in science, engineering and mathematics.</p></div>
Katy ISD School Scene - Memorial Parkway Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=311Katy ISD School Scene - Memorial Parkway Elementary2014-12-01T21:11:46Z<div class="ExternalClass36D3DE9B55F746F88E4E3544AE196292"><p><img alt="DSC_0013.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0013.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:323px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><font face="Arial"><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">I</span><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">n this week's School Scene, meet a<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="font:bold 14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Memorial Parkway Elementary</strong><span style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>teacher who embodies the philosophy of support, on and off campus. Valerie Reeves is a Reading Intervention Teacher who has been at Memorial Parkway Elementary for 32 years, and leads the school's Diverse Support Team. Reeves also participates annually in Relay for Life and established the first Relay Recess program for Katy ISD students. Her students thrive under her care because of her support, encouragement and belief in them.</span></font></p><span style="line-height:21px;font-size:14px;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"></span><div style="font:13px/normal lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;color:#222222;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>Tell us about your position at Memorial Parkway Elementary.</em></strong><br>I teach Reading Intervention (Reading Academy), so I work with students in first through fifth grades for 30 minutes a day during extended learning times. I also lead the Diverse Support Team on campus, which includes reading and math specialists, dyslexia and ESL teachers.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>What do you think is the most important thing students take from your classes?</em></strong><br><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em></em></strong>One of the most important things for my students to understand is that they can trust me, so they know when I come to get them out of class, it's not something they need to be afraid of. If nothing else, I want it to be the best 30 minutes of their day because it's a place where they can come to feel good about themselves.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>Tell us about your involvement in Relay for Life and Relay Recess at MPE.</em></strong><br>My biggest outside involvement is Relay for Life. I'm a 16-year cancer survivor, so every year our campus does fundraising and has a Relay for Life team.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;">Relay Recess is similar to Relay for Life, but for our students. I brought the program to MPE three years ago, and every year we set up a track during the school day, and parents and community members can come walk with our students to benefit Relay for Life.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.5;font-size:14px;"><strong style="font-weight:bold;"><em>What is your favorite thing about working at Memorial Parkway Elementary?</em></strong><br>I think it's been the connections I've made. I've made really deep friendships with the staff at Memorial Parkway Elementary, and even though I've seen a lot of change throughout the years, the climate on campus has always been caring.</p></div></div>
Schmalz Elementary Recognized as TEA Reward Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=310Schmalz Elementary Recognized as TEA Reward School2014-12-01T20:21:44Z<div class="ExternalClassD27B8056F9F4453EA47B639CA7522380"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Schmalz Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named a</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Reward School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for high-progress by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a high-progress school, Schmalz is one of 380 Title l schools in Texas that earned this designation for 2013-2014.</span></p><p>High-progress schools are identified as Title 1 schools in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or schools in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating the ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.</p><p>Visit the <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/ESEAFlex_Principle2.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA's website</a> for the full list of Reward Schools. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Cardiff Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=309Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Cardiff Junior High2014-12-01T18:19:42Z<div class="ExternalClassA6DCCB84BC9340C8A109E3E72C2112EF"><p><em>Bryan 'Scott' Rounds brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During their Monthly Board Meeting last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Bryan 'Scott' Rounds</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cardiff Junior High</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>He first joined the District in 2005 as an assistant principal at Katy High School before moving up to associate principal at that campus in June 2009.   Prior to joining Katy ISD, he was a teacher and assistant principal with Alief ISD for nine years. </p><p>Rounds holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Ambassador University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Education from Prairie View A&M University. </p></div>

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