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Katy ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=263Katy ISD Campuses Participate in "Digital Footprint Day"2014-09-19T16:13:56Z<div class="ExternalClass06450B206A80409AB57FCEBFDE77A7E2"><p>​Katy ISD campuses will participate in <strong>"Digital Footprint Day"</strong> on <strong>Wednesday, September 24</strong> to promote the importance of digital citizenship. Campuses across the District have activities and lessons planned around this topic, and students are even encouraged to show off their crazy socks and shoes.</p><p><a href="/dept/technology/instructionalinnovations/cybersafety/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to find more information about digital citizenship. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=262Katy ISD Police Department to Take Back Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs2014-09-17T21:05:19Z<div class="ExternalClass04F6E178C17349109B2C0E0AB93E8BE7"><p>​<em>Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at Law Enforcement Center</em>​</p><p><strong>What: </strong>The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by dropping them off at the Take Back event being held at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center.  This year, however, sharp objects such as needles are not being accepted.  According to the DEA, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue as medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  </p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">Where: </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Rd., Katy, TX </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">77449</span></p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">When:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. </strong></span></p><p><strong>Contact:</strong> Katy ISD Police Department, 281-237-4000 </p></div>
Katy Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorushttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=261Katy Junior High Teacher Selected to Perform with Houston Symphony Chorus2014-09-17T20:32:42Z<div class="ExternalClass4D7F4FEE02FC405F8742AA05D07A35CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Junior High teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mischa Brinkmeyer</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently accepted into the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Symphony Chorus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and will perform in concerts with the Chorus throughout the year.</span></p><p>Founded in 1946 by Alfred Urback, the Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. It is a chorus of volunteer singer-musicians who are committed to rehearsing and performing at the highest level of choral artistry. The Chorus provides a variety of experiences and opportunities that entice the most skilled and talented singers.</p><p>For more information on the Houston Symphony Chorus, or to view a schedule of the concerts, visit <a href="http://www.houstonsymphony.org/Concerts-Tickets" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.houstonsymphony.org/Concerts-Tickets</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the Districthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=260Katy ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District2014-09-16T21:22:43Z<div class="ExternalClassB84A129298D946DC9FF9D09E4E1C278B"><p>​<img alt="DSC_4305.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4305.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:203px;float:right;" />Katy ISD celebrated a significant milestone today as it welcomed the District's <strong>70,000th student</strong>, Michael Thomas, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High. Superintendent Alton Frailey and West Memorial Junior High Principal Gina Cobb welcomed Thomas and his family this afternoon. </p><p>"Everyone at West Memorial Junior High has been very welcoming to Michael and he feels at home," said Kelly Thomas, mother of the 70,000 student. "It's a great place to be."</p><p>Since the 2013-2014 school year ended, Katy ISD has enrolled nearly 3,000 new students, bringing the total enrollment to 70,063.</p><p>West Memorial Junior High is Katy ISD's second-oldest junior high school. The school opened its doors in 1976, and now serves more than 740 students. </p></div>
Nominate an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=259Nominate an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award2014-09-16T17:11:16Z<div class="ExternalClass948539D3B1FB45CE9EE28C6EE175A1AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Do you know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board for a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward winning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nominations for the awards are being accepted online at </span><a href="http://www.heb.com/education" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">www.heb.com/education</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> through December 7, 2</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">014.</span></p><p>Nominees will be sent an invitation to complete an online application to be used for judging purposes. The application asks each nominee to provide written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences, and insights on key issues facing educators in Texas today. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2015.</p><p>Last year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards gave out more than $800,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants. Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has awarded nearly $7.5 million to Texas educators, schools and districts. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Nominations are not required for participation. Educators, school districts, early childhood facilities and school boards can go to <a href="http://www.heb.com/education" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.heb.com/education</a> and complete an application. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts College and Career Nighthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=258Katy ISD Hosts College and Career Night2014-09-16T18:31:06Z<div class="ExternalClass77B168B76F044B88AF660D9BD260F2AB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 200 representatives from colleges, universities and post-secondary career training programs from all over the country will be available at the Leonard Merrell Center on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Wednesday, October 1</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD College and Career Night.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">   <a href="/Documents/College%20and%20Career%20Night%20List%20of%20Schools_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for a complete list of the schools that will be attending.</a>  They will answer questions and provide information about their programs to students and parents. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event continues until 8 p.m.</span></p><p>Parents and students are invited to begin exploring post-secondary opportunities through this free college and career night. For more information on this event, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at 281-396-6229. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=257Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program2014-09-15T15:36:52Z<div class="ExternalClass5CFA13FC84BD4A70A32D9C61760F73CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 63 of these talented seniors are from Katy ISD.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have a chance to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered in spring 2015.</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong> Sumeet Agarwal, Dylan Bray, Raeedah Choudhury, John Dial, Tifenn Drouaud, Alexandra Du, Jacqueline Huang, Raymond Huang, Yaokun Huang, Seo Yun Jang, Yeeun Jung, Jiwoo Lee, Qiuyu Li, Andrew Ni, Luis Plata, Spencer Taylor, Jenny Xiao, Christina Xu, and James Yoder.</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong> Keyon Amirpanahi, Tawsif Azad, Elissa Barnett, Deeksha Bidare, Michael Brenan, Colby Brown, Rohan Chakraborty, Linhan Chen, Nishant Deshmukh, Jana D'Souza, Melissa Fu, Laura Hu, Jenny Kim, Michael Pan, Sarah Stokes, Sameer Suresh, Michael Tian, Nicole Ting, Ashney Vyas, Eden Williams, and Diana Xu.</p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong> Ryan Albosta, Jeremiah Coholich, Ishani Desai, Matias Hanco, Miles Hubscher, John Kim, Krithika Kuppusamy, Adelaide Kwon, Albert Li, James Luo, Marianne Olsen, Cean Park, Matthew Rossen, Emily Saunders, Amrutha Srinivasan, Leah Stevenson, Jeannette Xu, Kevin Xu, Neel Yerneni, Mehrad Yousefi, Andy Yu, Safiyya Zaidi, and Emily Zhang.</p><p>In order to become a finalist, all semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.  </p></div>
Gifted and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=256Gifted and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade Students2014-09-12T20:22:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5229571FA73E482593BF5A719712F1BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">tudents in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.</span></p><p>Parents interested in referring their child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening need to complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to the elementary campus by September 19, 2014. Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after this date.</p><p>Students will be screened and tested at their home campuses in October and November. Parents will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.</p><p>Parents may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist and more information from their child's campus counselor beginning September 4, 2014. The checklist is also available on the <a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented website</a>.</p><p>For questions, contact the Challenge teacher at your child's campus.</p></div>
Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Screeninghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=255Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Screening2014-09-03T20:38:43Z<div class="ExternalClass0BE03E1F96F041A29E2E497A526D1EBE"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy ISD may refer their children for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Challenge (Gifted & Talented)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> screening starting</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> September 15, 2014.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> The deadline for submitting the referral form (parent checklist) is Oct. 8, 2014. The deadline will be enforced so that students can be tested on the testing days designated for this purpose. All kindergarten parents will receive information in their child's take-home packet on how to refer him or her beginning the week of Sept. 15.</span></p><p>The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.</p><p>Parents of referred and screened students will receive placement notification during the last week of February, and service will begin March 1, 2015. The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills. Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom. Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade. If you have questions, please contact the counselor at the home campus or the campus Challenge teacher.</p><p>Three information sessions for parents will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The day sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane between Interstate 10 and Katy High School (use the West Entrance of the Merrell Center). The evening session will take place at Stephens Elementary cafeteria located at 2715 Fry Road beginning at 7 p.m.  An interpreter will be available at the evening session for Spanish-speaking parents. All sessions will last approximately one hour, and students do not need to attend.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented</a> website or contact the counselor at any home campus. </p></div>
Katy High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASBhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=254Katy High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASB2014-09-03T16:24:04Z<div class="ExternalClassE7BB0F9EE93643868D273D5824620EB7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School West Campus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, designed by VLK Architects, was recently selected for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Innovation and Sustainability Criteria Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>"We don't need an award to know how blessed we are at Katy High to have such a beautiful facility that supports teaching and learning in so many wonderful ways," said Dr. Steve Robertson, principal of Katy High School. "We are grateful to VLK who made it possible!"</p><p>The Katy High School West Campus project will be on display at the Exhibit of School Architecture at the upcoming TASA/TASB Convention held this month in Dallas. The Exhibit of School Architecture showcases new construction and renovation educational projects in Texas that have been completed in the past five years.</p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grantshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=253Fireflies & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2014-09-02T20:18:55Z<div class="ExternalClassC75EB52BAED84A008AED8C681A633720"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation will host its annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The event will benefit the foundation and its </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, the foundation awarded more than $209,000 to one hundred seventy Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects to be implemented this school year.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's third grant cycle is underway and will award grants to teachers in May 2015.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> ​</span></p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's Adopt-a-Grant initiative.  Sponsorships for the event are available.  Find more information and RSVP at <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">foundation@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers all food and beverage costs.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FandF.jpg" alt="FandF.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:302px;" /><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current sponsors: Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Your Total Footcare Specialist; La Centerra; and VLK Architects.</span></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Offhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=252Katy ISD Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2014-09-03T15:58:28Z<div class="ExternalClass296F2E1C6D034167A8043E35BC3777C7"><h2 style="text-align:center;">**LOCATION CHANGE**</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">KEYS Kick Off<br>September 11 8-9:30 a.m.<br>Tompkins High School​<br><br></h2><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another great year of mentoring on Thursday, September 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Tompkins High School, 6301 South Stadium Lane.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour per week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2013-2014 school year showed 90 percent of students participating in the program saw a decrease in discipline referrals, 80 percent decreased absences and 90 percent increased their grades.  These numbers clearly indicate that mentoring changes lives!   </p><p>Hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, please join us!  If you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us!  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2BZL8WK" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to RSVP</a>. For more information, contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.  KEYS is offered through Katy ISD's Partners in Education – the department that brings the community into the classroom.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Campshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=251Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps2014-08-29T19:18:44Z<div class="ExternalClass1FD5927A21FA4AD2A06C2B410088A387"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action's 2014 spring break and summer camps.  Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students' grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student's demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>During the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, selected students joined delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. They also completed problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercised creativity, and practiced presentation skills in leadership groups.  Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. </p><p><strong>Katy ISD students who participated in the 2014 Leadership Academy are: </strong></p><p><strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>: Caleb Oneal</p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>: Jake Dickson</p><p><strong>Holland Elementary</strong>: Ashlee Ballard, Eduardo Diaz, April Feng, Elena Yu and Grace Zhang </p><p><strong>Seven Lakes Junior High: </strong>Jake Wilson</p><p>For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy or to nominate outstanding students for 2015 programs, visit <a href="http://www.educationinaction.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.educationinaction.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparencyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=250Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparency2014-08-29T16:12:11Z<div class="ExternalClassF7E7420F8FAD4341BB367A6C2278716B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Monday, the Texas Comptroller's Office recognized the Katy Independent School District with the new</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for its exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency.</span></p><p>By scoring 20 of the 22 possible points on the ratings criteria, Katy ISD earned this prestigious award, which is valid for one year, and will be added to the District's listing on the <a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/local/leadership.php" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Transparency website</a>.    </p><p>Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.    </p><p>In January 2014, the Leadership Circle was enhanced by adding the Platinum Award level to spotlight entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency. </p><p>Leadership Circle Award levels are as follows:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Platinum </strong>- spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.</li><li><strong>Gold </strong>– highlighting entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts;</li><li><strong>Silver</strong> – encouraging entities who are making progress; and</li><li><strong>Bronze</strong> – inspiring those entities that are just beginning their transparency efforts.</li></ul><p>Launched in 2009, the Leadership Circle Awards spotlight cities, counties, school districts and other special districts across the state that: open their books to the public; provide clear, consistent pictures of spending; and share information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily access additional information.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Paradehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=249Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Parade2014-08-27T19:18:06Z<div class="ExternalClass57853539308B44BF9D86171680CCB26E"><p>​Come see and hear the sights and sounds of the Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard at its fourth annual March-A-Thon parade fundraiser on Saturday, September 6.  The band will begin the first leg of the parade in Grand Lakes at 1:00 p.m.  The second leg will occur in Seven Meadows at approximately 4:00 p.m.  </p><p>There will be a concert in Central Park in Seven Meadows immediately following the parade.  Donations of any amount will be accepted along the parade route.  For a $100 donation you can request a song along the route or at the concert in the park.  New this year on the song list will be three university fight songs to choose from!  Hot dogs and drinks will also be available at the end of the parade for a small donation.  </p><p>Visit slhsband. org to view the song list, to request a song and to view the maps of the routes.  ​</p></div>
2014 TAKS October Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2482014 TAKS October Exit Level Retest2014-08-26T14:32:57Z<div class="ExternalClass3FC95C65BE984A4B915E0479A1110146"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2014.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="https://tx.pearsonaccess.com/tclp/portal/tclp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pa2_tclp_oos_page" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2014 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 20                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         ELA Writing (TAAS eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>October 21                         Mathematics (TAKS and TAAS eligible examinees)</li><li>October 22                         Science</li><li>October 22                         ELA Reading (TAAS eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>October 23                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=247Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”2014-08-25T19:31:48Z<div class="ExternalClassC5A868E898D74A649BEC109EF407B164"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">As is customary this time each year, Katy ISD Partners in Education has debuted its 2014 volunteer video entitled "I Volunteer."  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by high school choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch High School, Sara Proodian from Taylor High School and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins High School. Along with Superintendent Alton Frailey, the video features members of the Volunteer Executive Board and their children, principals from across the District and teachers from Rylander Elementary. The video's high-stepping volunteers are the Katy ISD high school dance teachers:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, over 17,000 volunteers donated more than 820,000 hours to the schools of Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"I Volunteer" is an homage to just a few of the things they do for our campuses. </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-wAMqp7kw" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to view the video, or visit the Katy ISD </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katy-ISD-Partners-in-Education/322803651744" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education Facebook page</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">If you'd like to volunteer and win a million hearts, contact your campus VIPS Coordinator or Tammy Stringer at </span><a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Volunteers in Public Schools, Sister Schools, School-Business Partnerships and the KEYS Mentor Program are all initiatives offered through Partners in Education, the department that brings dancing volunteers into schools and the community into the classroom.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championshiphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=246Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship2014-08-20T14:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD5B98DC84669467A9D5A46864C85E053"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin Elementary student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Treed Huang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recently competed against students from all over the world to win the nine-year-old division at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">U.S. Kids Golf World Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Pinehurst. This tournament, played on nine different golf courses, is the world's largest event in junior golf.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Huang won the<em> </em>Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. </p><p>For more information on the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, visit the <a href="http://www.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/world/find-tournament/470371/world-championship-2014/results" style="text-decoration:underline;">tournament website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=245Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum2014-08-19T19:32:31Z<div class="ExternalClassE6A678A91E8B4F2EAC77E343E86D065C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">place a $748 million </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond referendum</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on the November ballot, as</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and new student activity facilities. </p><p>"Essentially, every student in Katy ISD would see the benefits of this bond," said Katy ISD Board President Bryan Michalsky.  "This is a bond package constructed by our community with the students' best interest at heart."</p><p>With student enrollment growing by almost 3,000 students every year, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats in classrooms across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses. </p><p>"The area's exponential growth is exciting for the District, but we must continue to plan and accommodate for that growth," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "As families and businesses continue to move to the area, it is imperative that we adequately serve the educational needs of current and future students."  </p><p>As recommended by the Bond Committee, nearly 50 percent of the total bond referendum will go towards new facilities and another 30 percent to existing facilities, impacting nearly 70,000 students.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Meanwhile, the </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>impact to the tax rate would only be zero to a maximum potential increase of a half cent.  </strong></span></p><p>The average homeowner with a home value of about $200,000 would pay $10 more annually, and residents 65 and older would remain exempt from any school tax increase.</p><p>The 227-member Bond Committee was comprised of parents, staff, students, principals, business professionals and senior citizens who engaged in 13 meetings over the course of four months to review the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, visit impacted campuses and reach a consensus on the $748 million bond package. </p><p>For detailed information including a cost breakdown, projects by campus and the potential tax rate impact, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p></div>
School Starts Soon - Watch for Childrenhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=244School Starts Soon - Watch for Children2014-08-18T15:29:46Z<div class="ExternalClass59BEDE1F0BA7499BB75D1323CE91F942"><p><img alt="WFC.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/WFC.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a new school year begins, Katy ISD's police officers, crossing​ guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. Drivers can also take action to help ensure the safety of children walking or riding bicycles to school:​</span></p><ol><li><p><strong>Drive friendly</strong> – setting an alarm can ensure plenty of time to get to work, eliminating the anxiety and frustration of arriving late.</p></li><li><p><strong>Look right before turning right</strong> – in addition to looking left for oncoming cars at intersections, drivers need to check for pedestrians crossing on the right.</p></li><li><p><strong>No Phone in the Zone</strong> – remember that cell phone use is prohibited in most school zones. Wait to text, read texts, or talk until it is safe.</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>reat Bicycles as Vehicles</strong> – bikes on the street should be treated as vehicles by other drivers. Don't crowd the bike, or pass and turn in front of the rider.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Crossing Guards</strong> – they have legal authority to direct traffic. Respect them as they help children cross safely.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for Bus Flashing Lights</strong> – they warn drivers to stop. Passing the bus either direction can endanger children and is a serious traffic violation. </p></li><li><p><strong>Read School Zone Times</strong> – times are based on the start and end of the school day and are not uniform throughout the area, so please read the signs.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Drop Off Areas</strong> – they are established by the school to ensure students don't have to walk between buses or cross traffic lanes.</p></li><li><p><strong>Plan for Severe Weather</strong> – weather problems can include extreme heat, ice and thunderstorms. Develop a family plan for severe weather days.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for children!</strong></p></li></ol><p>For more tips and information to keep Katy ISD students safe, visit <a href="http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm</a> and <a href="http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/</a>. </p></div>
Board Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=243Board Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary School2014-08-22T19:41:02Z<div class="ExternalClassF24DFCDD635B4B0292702ABAD47FD2A5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During a Special Board Meeting on August 11, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees named </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Teresa <span style="font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Ybarguen-Garcia </font></span></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of Wolfe Elementary. Garcia is currently the principal at Dawson Elementary in Corpus Christi ISD.</span></p><p>Garcia has been in education for 20 years, with seven of those years spent in her current position. Prior to becoming principal at Dawson Elementary, she was an assistant principal and a counselor. </p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=242Katy ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence2014-08-14T20:15:25Z<div class="ExternalClassE8F68744F6E64F8FAEB3ED2380780D26"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Commissioner of Education Michael Williams recently announced that eight teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (PAEMST). Alexander Elementary third-grade math teacher, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Suzanne Nguyen</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, was one of the eight teachers selected as a finalist, and will advance for a chance to be a national award winner.</span></p><p>PAEMST recognizes kindergarten through sixth-grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. </p><p>"Math and science are critically important subjects, and these teachers clearly bring expertise and an excitement to their students each school day," said Commissioner Williams. "I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms."</p><p>To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.  </p><p>National award winners will be announced during the summer of 2015. All of the 2014 finalists for Texas will be recognized by the State Board of Education.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Accountability Ratingshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=241Katy ISD Receives New Accountability Ratings2014-08-11T22:25:22Z<div class="ExternalClass7C3F1B9E7366421789C5B4D10307A049"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently received an accountability rating of "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under the new state accountability system. Katy ISD Met Standards on all four Indexes: Index 1 - Student Achievement; Index 2 - Student Progress, Index 3 - Closing Performance Gaps and Index 4 - Postsecondary Readiness.</span></p><p>Districts and campuses are assigned one of two ratings under the new system: "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required." The rating of "Met Standard" is assigned to districts and campuses that meet performance index targets on all indexes for which they have performance results.</p><p>For more information on the state accountability ratings, visit the <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769815103" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA website</a>.</p></div>
House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reportshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=240House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reports2014-08-07T23:58:15Z<div class="ExternalClass215BED4206E74963AC6DA80F56D4BCFD"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">​Texas Education Code §39.0545, as added by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, requires all districts to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in community and student engagement. All school districts and charters are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Unacceptable to the district and each campus for overall performance and the following categories:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">• Fine arts<br>• Wellness and physical education<br>• Community and parental involvement<br>• The 21st Century Workforce Development program<br>• The second language acquisition program<br>• The digital learning environment<br>• Dropout prevention strategies<br>• Educational programs for gifted and talented students</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">Statute also requires that local committee(s) determine the criteria that the district uses to evaluate and assign a status regarding compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.</p><p>Please access the reports below.</p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20District.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB 5 Community and Student Engagement - District Response</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Elementary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Elementary Campuses</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Secondary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Secondary Campuses</a></p></div>
Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=239Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist 2014-08-07T14:16:40Z<div class="ExternalClass4C1ED85503F24DC2A8D721015C10595A"><p style="text-align:left;">​<img alt="Jana_TOY.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jana_TOY.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:117px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's 2014 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jana Miller,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. For the third year in a row, Katy ISD has had District-wide Teachers of the Year</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected as Region IV</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Teacher of the Year Finalists.</span></p><p>Through a completely anonymous judging process, whereby all personally identifiable references are removed from the application, Miller stood out from the crowd. This year, out of 89 nominations from 44 districts, Miller was selected as one of five elementary finalists.</p><p>Jana Miller teaches kindergarten at Katy Elementary. Miller is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the outside community volunteering for her church and contributing to the growth and prosperity of the community.</p></div>
The Athlete Watch to Host Leadership Course in College Recruitinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=238The Athlete Watch to Host Leadership Course in College Recruiting2014-08-06T13:15:08Z<div class="ExternalClass93B21693A87E42409D94538B17817A05"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Wednesday, August 13, The Athlete Watch (TAW) will be "guiding student athletes to the next level" through a pro-active leadership course in college recruiting. The course will be held at 7 p.m. at Tompkins High School, located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.</span></p><p><a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/TAW_TOMPKINS_HIGH_FLYER_Circle.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on this event.</p></div>
Katy High School Presents 4th Annual "Roar Tour"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=237Katy High School Presents 4th Annual "Roar Tour"2014-08-05T18:24:55Z<div class="ExternalClass61784BDFE1C34DBD93BCE21E44D76A49"><p>​Join the Roarin' Band from Tigerland for their fourth annual Katy High School Band <strong>"Roar Tour"</strong> on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. <a href="/Documents/KTB%20Annual%20Roar%20Tour%2011x17%20Poster1.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for a schedule of the performances. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out Hackathonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=236Katy ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out Hackathon2014-08-04T20:38:24Z<div class="ExternalClass72CA9880409B4AFDA0AAAD48AC16C71C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Four Katy ISD students were recently named grand prize winners for their web application idea and development during the inaugural </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">School's Out Hackathon</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for high school students.</span></p><p>The School's Out Hackathon is an event that allows students to hone their coding skills by developing an idea and presenting it to their peers and mentors in the technology industry. More than 500 high school students from across the nation submitted 80 projects, with the Katy ISD team, GroupDesk, winning the grand prize.</p><p>The GroupDesk team, consisting of <strong>Michael Brenan</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Miguel Obregon</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Andy Sturzu</strong> (Taylor HS) and <strong>Chufan Liang</strong> (Taylor HS), created a web application that helps teachers and students collaborate on school projects. The application includes chat rooms, task lists, email lists, file management tools and more. </p><p>The winners were chosen based on problem solving, creativity, design and technical aptitude. As grand prize winners, each of the members of GroupDesk received a pair of Beats headphones and a new Occulus Rift.</p><p><a href="http://sohacks.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the School's Out Hackathon event. </p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band Presents 4th Annual March-a-Thonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=235Seven Lakes High School Band Presents 4th Annual March-a-Thon2014-07-31T18:42:06Z<div class="ExternalClass74EC2238EE934358BAF503DFF01A6E4B"><p>Everybody loves a parade!  This year, the Seven Lakes High School Band will participate in its fourth annual March-a-Thon beginning at 1 p.m. on <strong>Saturday, Sept. 6.</strong> The 300-piece band will march through sections of Grand Lakes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and through sections of Seven Meadows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a concert at Central Park in Seven Meadows.</p><p>Members of the band will be accepting pledges in advance of the March-a-Thon.  In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $100, the entire 300-piece marching band will provide a personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts will take place along the parade route.  Residents can also request a song to be played at the concert at the end of the parade.</p><p>Contact Seven Lakes High School March-A-Thon Chairmen Chris Simank and Jeff Garcia at <a href="mailto:vpfundraising@slhsband.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">vpfundraising@slhsband.org</a> for a personal concert.  Visit <a href="http://www.slhsband.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.slhsband.org</a> for more information and the parade route.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Maintenance & Operations Dept. Celebrates Employeeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=234Katy ISD’s Maintenance & Operations Dept. Celebrates Employees2014-07-30T17:13:29Z<div class="ExternalClassDF7BD1B2F63745B68F0F15944A489E05"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations Department celebrated the hard work and achievements of its more than 600 team members this summer. At the annual awards ceremony, all were honored and more than 60 individuals and campuses received awards. </span></p><p>The top recognition awarded this year was the coveted <em>Overall Outstanding Employee of the Year</em> <em>Award</em>, which was given in the maintenance, grounds and operations categories. This award was given to <strong>Gregory Perez</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Efrahin Martinez</strong> in the grounds category, and <strong>Maria Guzman</strong> in the operations category.</p><p>Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations team oversees the upkeep and operations of nearly 12 million square feet of property throughout the District every day. They are Katy ISD's largest support services organization and cover everything from minor construction projects, to energy management, facility maintenance and grounds upkeep. For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/maintops/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Maintenance & Operations webpage</a> online.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Greg%20Perez_Maintenance.jpg" alt="Greg Perez_Maintenance.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:158px;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;"> <br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Gregory Perez - Maintenance</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Efrahin%20Martinez_Grounds.jpg" alt="Efrahin Martinez_Grounds.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:160px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;">Efrahin Martinez - Grounds</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"> ​</span><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Maria%20Guzman_Operations.jpg" alt="Maria Guzman_Operations.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:159px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Maria Guzman - Operations</p><p><br></p></div>

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