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Katy ISD Students Bring Home Top Honors at Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Languages' Farrington Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=723Katy ISD Students Bring Home Top Honors at Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Languages' Farrington Contest<div class="ExternalClass0867092888804DBCA67A79AB04C394F1"><p>Katy ISD had 30 high school students win awards at the <strong>2017 Farrington Contest and Awards</strong>, sponsored by the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language. This included six students who took home first place prizes in Spanish Advanced, Spanish Intermediate, German 2, German 3 and American Sign Language. </p><p>More than 200 Houston-area students participated in the language competition and schools were allowed to send three students from each language level. Participants completed a language exam including reading, writing, listening and speaking.</p></div>
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Available for Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=722Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Available for Katy ISD Students<div class="ExternalClassBFF058DE9A004401888C24BB0125E80F"><p style="text-align:justify;">High school students in the Katy Independent School District may register for Advanced Placement (AP) exams at their home campus from <strong>February 27-March 20, 2017.</strong>  Late registrations will be accepted through March 26, 2017, with a late fee of $5/exam.  Each high school will announce the details of the registration process at the home campus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All students who are enrolled in AP courses in Katy ISD are strongly encouraged to participate in AP exams.  An AP exam score of 3 or better is counted as an advanced measure for Distinguished Achievement graduation recognition (DAP) and can be recognized for a distinction.  However, students are not required to take the exam, and the exam has no bearing on the high school course grade.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Fee waivers are available for students in economic need.  Home-schooled students may register in person at the high school campus in their attendance zone during the registration window.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A partial refund of $45 per exam is available for seniors who have been admitted to a college and who have documentation that the college will not accept AP exam scores for credit.  Refunds must be requested in writing to the home school counseling office by April 28, 2017, with documentation from the college or university's AP exam policy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students in special economic circumstances must identify that need during exam registration.  <strong>All request for addition fee waivers must be made during the registration period (February 27-March 20, 2017)</strong> to ensure that proper arrangements are made for the student.  AP Coordinators will confirm eligibility for any fee waivers.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students in need of testing accommodations must adhere to the College Board timeline for these requests.  Contact the Campus AP Coordinator with any questions. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">AP exams are scheduled for the weeks of May 1-5 and May 8-12, 2017.  To determine the exact date of a particular exam, visit <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/">www.collegeboard.com</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">State law requires Texas public colleges and universities to award credit for scores of 3 or better on AP exams.  Other institutions have their own policy on awarding college credit or advanced standing.  Students are responsible for checking the policy at the university or college they plan to attend by contacting thea university or by visiting the College Board's website at <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/">www.collegeboard.com</a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Contact the Campus AP Coordinator for more information about the AP program and AP exam registration.</p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nomineeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=721District Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees<div class="ExternalClass41F714882C6D4940A9F7CDB88443D409"><p>Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Kwabena Mensah</strong> and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal <strong>Dr. David Paz</strong>, were chosen for Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition.</p><p>Mensah and Paz were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff.</p><p>They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa. </p><img alt="Principal David Paz - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20David%20Paz%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img alt="Principal Kwabena Mensah - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:301px;height:442px;" /></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiarashttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=720Katy ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiaras<div class="ExternalClass55011DC5B3224E83B748FE383A377EF1"><p>​Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors -- while supporting KEYS Scholarships -- at <strong>Ties & Tiaras </strong>on March 9<sup>th</sup> from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at NOAH'S of Katy.  This year's festivities include honoring the <strong>2017 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors</strong>, along with entertainment provided by a stringed ensemble from Tompkins High School.  Also joining the event will be the Cinco Ranch High School student artists who created this year's KEYS scholarship masterpiece</p><p>Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD's family of mentors, who spend up to one hour each week with their students.  In particular, the event recognizes a few individuals who've sustained relationships and dedication to the KEYS program year after year.  The Katy ISD 2017 Mentors of the Year, and their respective KEYS campuses, are:  </p><ul><li>Fred Crist, McDonald Junior High</li><li>Kevin Drury, Rylander Elementary</li><li>James Grima, Wolfe Elementary</li><li>Kirsten Hampshire, Seven Lakes High School</li><li>Steven Herold, Bear Creek Elementary</li><li>Don Mach, Taylor High School</li><li>Karen Morey, Hayes Elementary</li><li>Donna Ortiz, Cardiff Junior High</li><li>Susan Reilly, Katy High School</li></ul><p>Collectively, this group represents 51 years of service to the KEYS program, having mentored a total of 35 students between them.  </p><p>Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded over <strong>$300,000</strong> to graduating KEYS seniors.  KEYS – Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – is a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success for up to one hour a week, during the school day, during the school year.  Piloted during the 1995-1996 school year, this program now extends to every campus in Katy ISD.  KEYS is not a tutoring program, but rather a relationship program, with many mentors and their students sustaining their friendship year after year.   To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Martha Brown, 281-396-2468, <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=714​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School<div class="ExternalClass267073C7EA924877B6EF492A8B30F38A"><p>​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School online courses begins February 1, 2017 for courses offered summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018.  The Katy ISD Virtual School's primary objective is to expand the learning opportunities for our students by offering choice and flexibility for challenging online courses developed by Katy ISD.  All courses are aligned to the KISD curriculum and taught by KISD teachers.  Summer courses are available for incoming 9<sup>th</sup> – 12<sup>th</sup> grade students. For more information or to register, click<a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> here</span></a>. </p></div>
Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Scorehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=708Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score<div class="ExternalClassE5A8D7B1A8754463BD7A039C9A2A6F02"><p style="text-align:justify;">This year seven Katy ISD high school students earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  On average, less than .1 percent of all test takers earn the top score. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT in 2016 earned a composite score of 36.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare," said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda, in a letter recognizing the students' exceptional achievement.  "While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following Katy ISD students earned a perfect score on the ACT:</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></p><ul><li>Luis Alfonso Pabon Madrid, 11<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Dora Cecilia Gurfinkel, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Clio Sun, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Justin Zhang, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li></ul><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br></p><ul><li>Russell Ku, 11<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li><li>Samuel Shenoi, 12 grade</li></ul><p><strong> Taylor High School</strong></p><ul><li>Richard Liu, 12<span style="top:-0.5em;line-height:0;font-size:10.5px;vertical-align:baseline;">th</span> grade</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36.  Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/hd8ttda">here</a> to view pictures of these great achievers.</p><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASAhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=706Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA<div class="ExternalClass3391A17508C646459C0B61C02C60EF33"><p>​<strong><em>A small piece of Katy ISD will soon be orbiting in space</em></strong></p><p>A Katy ISD student's dream of sending something into outer space has become an "out-of-this-world" reality when her artwork is selected by NASA's Commercial Crew Program to become a part of a space calendar.</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Sylvie Mei Lim, competed against submissions from across the world.  Yet her artistic masterpiece ended up winning the first spot in the Children's Artwork Calendar for the month of January 2017.  Drawings from Spain, Romania, India, Portugal, London and now even Katy, TX, will be beamed into orbit for astronauts to enjoy during their stay in the International Space Station (ISS).</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention.  </p><p>The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of "extra-terrestrial".  Congratulations!</p><p>Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/z6p588y">here</a> to see Lim's drawing and full calendar. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Athletic Hall of Honorhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=704Katy ISD Announces Athletic Hall of Honor<div class="ExternalClassF1EE4C831ED041D6BBAEEFB50427CFF9"><p>​<strong><em>Nominations being accepted for past and present athletic contributors</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce the establishment of an Athletic Hall of Honor to recognize the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominations are now being accepted through March 15, 2017.  Submissions will be reviewed by the Katy ISD Athletic Hall of Honor Honorary Board and voted on by the Katy ISD Athletic Hall of Honor Committee. Once submitted, a nominee's application will remain active for five years with the Honorary Board. Due to the sheer volume of alumni worthy of such an honor, nominations will be accepted annually. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Hall of Honor Committee has already selected the following four state championship teams to be honored in the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Honor:</p><ul><li>Katy High School 1959 Football State Champions</li><li>Katy High School 1997 Football State Champions</li><li>Taylor High School 1997 Tennis State Champions </li><li>Taylor High School 1998 Tennis State Champions. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Individuals and state championship teams will be honored at a 2017 fall banquet and a Katy ISD football game.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">State championship teams will continue to be added to the Athletic Hall of Honor every year.  </p><p>For more information and access to the requirements and nomination form, click <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=702Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClassAC4CF308893A420FB581A1E0D4043D0D"><p>​<em>District recognized for increased access to AP course work.</em></p><p>Katy ISD is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the <strong>7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll</strong> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. </p><p>Since 2015, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 16 percent, and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 11 percent.</p><p>To be included on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam; and</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll">College Board website</a>.</p><p><br> </p></div>
2017 March TAKS Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7012017 March TAKS Exit Level Retest<div class="ExternalClass730036793A3F42A4A60AA4B9C15927AE"><p style="text-align:justify;">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, 2017.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics tests.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> by 5:00 p.m. (CT), February 10, 2017.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos">www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</a> .  The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  The online submission, beginning December 12, 2016, must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), by February 10, 2017.  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 <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 style="text-align:justify;">The 2017 March TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>March 6, 2017                        ELA</li><li>March 7, 2017                        Mathematics</li><li>March 8, 2017                        Science</li><li>March 9, 2017                        Social Studies</li></ul><p> </p><p>Katy ISD is offering the March Exit retesting at Miller Career and Technology Center located at 1734 Katyland Dr.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281-396-2128. </p></div>
MCTC Architectural Students work with Real World Clienthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=700MCTC Architectural Students work with Real World Client<div class="ExternalClass0EC04993876940BB819444551BBA10FA"><p>​Katy ISD students from Mr. Cornelius Cooley's Practicum in Architectural Design class took notes, reviewed blueprints, took measurements, snapped photos and asked local business owner, Kevin Franz, many questions during a tour of a shopping center in the Katy.</p><p>The commercial property, located at 5315 U.S. Highway 90, is set to undergo exterior renovations and students from the Miller Career & Technology Center will have the opportunity to work with an actual client during the process.  Franz spent over an hour generating ideas and inspiring students to create a facility encompassed around a detailed vision, which would impact the surrounding communities.  Students were given a budget and other design criteria as part of their participation.  Aspects of the students' work would be submitted and considered for the final renovation process. </p><p>This opportunity provided an important learning experience for students.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/12-14-16%20MCTC%20Architectural%20Design%20Students.jpg" alt="12-14-16 MCTC Architectural Design Students.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Chef Chelsea Gumm Receives Golden Fork Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=698Chef Chelsea Gumm Receives Golden Fork Award<div class="ExternalClass9BB45908D36544CC9DB053A8C87FAEDB"><p>The Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) has selected Katy ISD's Chef Chelsea Gumm as this year's <strong>GHRA Educator of the Year</strong>.   Chef Gumm's leadership, innovation and service to students and the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation has been exceptional and has paved the way for the next generation of culinary students.</p><p>"Chef Gumm pushes us," said William Carey Crutcher, a senior from Katy High School.  "When we mess up she says, 'it's okay, let's try again' instead of losing hope and assigning someone else to the dish or dressing."</p><p>Chef Gumm has been with Katy ISD's Miller Career & Technology Center for the past two years where she dedicates her time to teach students extensive hands-on cuisines along with leadership and management skills. </p><p>"She inspires me through her passion and success," said Isaac Thompson, a senior at Taylor High School.</p><p>Chef Gumm will receive a Golden Fork at GHRA's annual awards gala on February 18, 2017.  This event brings together 600 industry leaders to raise funds for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the ProStart culinary curriculum, local scholarships funds and the GHRA.</p><p>Congratulations Chef Gumm!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/12-14-16%20Chef%20Gumm%20Receives%20Honor.jpg" alt="12-14-16 Chef Gumm Receives Honor.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grantshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=696BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants<div class="ExternalClassC22E7F36812444A6BB55622045643F70"><p><em>Three Years of Support Helps Fifty Different Classroom Projects</em></p><p>The <strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> recently launched its fifth <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  "The Katy ISD Education Foundation's partnership with BP represents the best of our community," said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt.  "Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students."</p><p>BP's three years of support for the Foundation has helped fifty different classroom projects all over Katy ISD, reaching multiple campuses, subject areas and grade levels.  Projects have included GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) at Hayes Elementary, West Memorial Junior High's Robotics Club and a library S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace project at Mayde Creek High School.  "BP is pleased to continue its support of this outstanding program that provides Katy ISD teachers additional resources needed to further inspire their students," said Marta Vasel, BP Vice President Strategic Cooperation. "This donation reaffirms BP's commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities in which we live and operate."</p><p>In its first four years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers across the district.  All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply for a grant. Applications are due April 4, 2017.  To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><p> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BP%20Check%20Presentation%2011-4-16%202.jpg" alt="BP Check Presentation 11-4-16 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About BP</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p>Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 14,000 people across the country, BP supports more than 130,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modificationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=694Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassCB3FA1C95985482D898AE3313FE90931"><p>​<em>Approved ABMs to impact six campuses during the 2017-2018 school year </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017. </p><p><strong>December 12, 2016 – Approved ABM Maps</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Bryant Elem ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bryant%20Elem%20ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;height:963px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br></strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><img alt="Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, </span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">click here</span></a></span><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">. </span><br></strong></p><p><em><br></em> </p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=689Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program<div class="ExternalClass644B19C64E8F44F28C62CE3BDA03A80B"><p>The Wood Group Founders Legacy program, which is committed to giving back to the community, donated $10,000 to Morton Ranch Junior High (MRJH). The focus of the program is to invest in the lives of middle school children, which is typically the age when students begin to define their sense of self, their vision of the future and their career path.  </p><p>Michele McNichol, CEO of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - West, presented the check to MRJH Principal, Dr. Sanée Bell on October 20, 2016.  In addition to the monetary contribution, Wood Group also participates in volunteer engagement activities throughout the school year, such as mentoring, Journal Pals program, staff appreciation, student incentives and instructional support, Junior Achievement and school beautification.  </p><p>The funds donated to the school will be used to support student leadership programs and opportunities, career exploration and community engagement initiatives.  ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FoundersLegacyMRJHCheckOct2016_05.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>​Listed in photo from left to right: Dr. Sanée Bell and CEO Michele McNichol</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p></div>
Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Childrenhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=684Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children<div class="ExternalClass6B0D96FE8CFB4FE29AFED7F543DF40A6"><p>​</p><p>Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.  </p><p>Much of what the Monty Ballard YMCA does for Katy ISD students often goes unnoticed except by the grateful beneficiaries of their generosity.  They provided 243 pairs of jeans for homeless teens and 100 blankets for elementary children.  Our YMCA supported 80 students in the KEYS "Katy Students Run" program, helped kids receive braces at no cost to their families and provided books to children attending Camp Cinco.  </p><p>Through their campus partnership with Shafer Elementary, the YMCA collectively donated canned goods for Ballard House and Eternal Food Ministries along with 100 coats for children who needed them.  Individually, employees serve as KEYS mentors and Sundown Elementary Carnival volunteers, while District Executive Director Brian Haines serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board and often lends his skills as a guest speaker.  </p><p>But the epitome of the YMCA community outreach is their backpack drive – an initiative of Greater Houston YMCAs – that impacts thousands of regional children annually.  This year in Katy alone, our local YMCA collected 49,351 items….that went into 2,459 backpacks….that benefitted children at 32 elementaries, 8 junior highs and 4 high schools.   According to Outreach Coordinator Connie Stirgus, "When I started in 2011, we collected 250 backpacks my first year.  I knew this community could do more, and we have!  The generosity of Katy is sometimes overwhelming." </p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships have one requirement:  human resource involvement that will ultimately benefit a child.  And because of their philosophical promise and commitment to families, the Monty Ballard YMCA of Cinco Ranch is a stellar example of a business partner who does just that.​</p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=646Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15th<div class="ExternalClassA3444B530BE34BCAA6627E6C74BC0709"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fireflies.jpg" alt="Fireflies.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation announces the return of its annual <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> fundraising event on Thursday, September 15, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.  The event will benefit the Foundation and its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  Over the last four years, the foundation has awarded over $725,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.  The Foundation's fifth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2017. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Ad</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">mission for the event is $50 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to exclusive No Label brews.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Groups of 8 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> shirt. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability. Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/firefliestickets2016">here ​</a>to purchase tickets to the event. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current event sponsors include Phillips 66; Thompson & Horton, LLP; Cane Island; Firethorne; VLK Architects; CrossCreek Ranch; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; DBR Engineering; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; LJA Engineering; PBK Architects. Additional sponsorships are available and can be secured at </span><a href="http://tinyurl.com/sponsorfireflies" style="line-height:1.5;">http://tinyurl.com/sponsorfireflies</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or by contacting the Foundation office.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Returning as features of the event are The Earl Sanders, Jr Band, beer garden area, variety of food trucks, valet parking and more,</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative. Last year's event sold out. Early ticket and sponsorship purchases are both encouraged. Find more information and register at </span><a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/" style="line-height:1.5;">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, </span><a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org" style="line-height:1.5;">foundation@katyisd.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </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>

 

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