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Seven Lakes High School Studio VII Theatre Company Presents, "The Wizard of Oz" Lakes High School Studio VII Theatre Company Presents, "The Wizard of Oz"2015-10-08T15:20:32Z<div class="ExternalClass8EBC45576EF04E679C224343AC6352B8"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Seven Lakes High School and soar Over the Rainbow to see Studio VII Theatre Company's production of The Wizard of Oz on October 15 - 17, 2015 in the SLHS Performing Arts Center.</span></p><p>Bring the entire family and join this magical fantasy as Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man all journey to the wondrous Land of Oz. But, watch out! The Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys are out to steal the ruby slippers! Enjoy classic songs like <em>Over the Rainbow</em>, <em>Follow the Yellow Brick Road</em>, <em>We're off to see the Wizard</em>, and many more favorites.</p><p>Performances of The Wizard of Oz are October 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., and October 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the SLHS Performing Arts Center located at 9251 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77450. </p><p>Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $12 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Studio VII website at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>, or by calling the Box Office at 281-237-2836. Tickets will also be sold at the door, one hour prior to each performance. </p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks 57th in American School & University’s Top 100 Report ISD Ranks 57th in American School & University’s Top 100 Report2015-10-06T14:33:03Z<div class="ExternalClass9C52E75EC95C42E995F91321CF061DE7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">According to American School & University's (AS&U) Top 100 Report issued each year, Katy ISD has jumped 38 spots since 2007, and currently ranks 57</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> nationwide. Rankings in the Top 100 Report are based on enrollment in public school districts across the nation.</span></p><p>The report also shows that many of the districts that have grown significantly in the last 25 years are in suburban areas, and 20 of the 100 largest school districts in the nation are in Texas. </p><p>Since 1928, AS&U<em> </em>has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals — serving the nation's K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information. </p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses State and National Average SAT Scores ISD Surpasses State and National Average SAT Scores2015-10-06T14:16:28Z<div class="ExternalClassA66EE471660E499E88AB5780491A2C6E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2015 graduating class surpassed the state and national average SAT scores in all subject areas: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. Furthermore, Katy ISD graduates increased the mean scores in Critical Reading for the third consecutive year, and the mean scores in Writing for the second consecutive year. At the state and national levels, mean scores declined in all three subject areas.</span></p><p>This year, a total of 3,265 students participated in SAT testing, an increase of 147 students from 2014. </p><p>The SAT tests are designed to assess students' academic readiness for college. These exams keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">CollegeBoard website</a> for more information about testing and scoring.</p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction2015-10-06T14:14:29Z<div class="ExternalClass4D8483D87DF7432381AD659CD614D7C9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 21 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 14 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Katy ISD students sold $21,500 in auctioned art pieces this year, and received all proceeds minus the seven percent commission from the Fort Bend County Fair. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:​</p><ul><li><strong>Ben Graham, </strong>Grand Champion, "Hard Days Work," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Ruo Zhung, </strong>Reserve Grand Champion, "Ram," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Bona Yun,</strong> Best of Class, "Traditional Wheel," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Aigerim Zhumaguliyera, </strong>Best of Class, "Grandmother and her Granddaughter," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Daniel Pastrana, </strong>Best of Class,<strong> </strong>"Country Blues," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Savannah Ruddock, </strong>Best of Class,<strong> </strong>"Texas Sunset," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Lucy Chen</strong>, "Golden," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Christina Zhou</strong>, "Love at First Sight," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Angela Young</strong>, "May I?" Cinco Ranch HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, "Rope 'em," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Claire Bai</strong>, "Hay There," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang</strong>, "Big Horns, Bigger Dreams" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Isabella Riffle</strong>, "A Fowl Look," Cinco Ranch HS</li><li><strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, "Binge Eating" Tompkins HS​</li></ul><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Selected as TASP Award Finalist ISD Selected as TASP Award Finalist2015-10-05T19:13:42Z<div class="ExternalClass2B2DB661315943879DA9A118ADA50C01"><p>​Katy ISD's Counseling and Psychological Services was recently selected as a finalist for the Outstanding Delivery of School Psychological Services award given by the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP). This award recognizes school districts that implement best practices or innovative practices of school psychology that align with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Practice Domains.</p><p>As a finalist, Katy ISD will be honored at the 2015 Annual TASP Professional Development Convention in San Antonio this week. </p><p>For more information on this award, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">TASP website</span></a>.</p></div>
Fielder Elementary Student Wins Texas Summer THINK Challenge Elementary Student Wins Texas Summer THINK Challenge2015-10-05T15:17:25Z<div class="ExternalClassD84C927CFEE54EE9931E87F182977DF3"><p><img alt="DSC_0080.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0080.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:256px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Fielder Elementary student <strong>Joshua Okolo</strong> used the summer months to strengthen his math skills and participate in Think Through Math's <strong>2015 Texas Summer THINK Challenge</strong>. </p><p>Over the course of the eight-week challenge, Okolo completed and passed 158 math lessons, which equates to approximately 52 hours and 2,047 complex math problems. Because of this, Okolo was named the Grand Prize winner of the Challenge out of all students in Texas, and was recently awarded a Samsung Galaxy Tablet by Karen Tillett, and instructional coach with Think Through Math. </p><p>While students eagerly await summer vacation, teachers and parents know it can also be the beginning of the "summer slide." Research shows that the average child loses 1.8 months of math skills over the summer break, and it takes three to six weeks of teaching to get students back to where they were at the end of the prior year. </p><p>Based on the Texas TEKS standards, Think Through Math combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging, adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn—and love—math!</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Think Through Math website</span></a>. </p></div>
Board Presentations Show Steady Growth for Katy Area Presentations Show Steady Growth for Katy Area2015-09-30T20:57:36Z<div class="ExternalClassBDE9527E61AA44DFA1A42DA0F884F555"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During this month's Regular Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees viewed presentations by Kerry R. Gilbert & Associates and Katy Area Economic Development Council President Lance LaCour that showed continued growth for the Katy area.</span></p><p>Gilbert's presentation focused on Katy area growth trends including residential and commercial projections. The projections show that between 2013 and 2018, the Katy area will add more than 20,000 new single and multiple-family housing units.  </p><p>LaCour's presentation was a commercial development update for the area, including new businesses, lodging, entertainment and medial projects currently underway. New commercial projects include the West Ten Business Park, Mason Ranch Industrial Park, and the new "Typhoon Texas" waterpark. </p><p>Visit the Katy ISD website to view the full <a href="/Documents/092815%20Commercial%20Development%20Update%20-%20LaCour.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Commercial Development Update</a>.</p></div>
Area Bands to Perform in 30th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival Bands to Perform in 30th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival2015-09-29T17:26:48Z<div class="ExternalClassFCE06539E6AC45A58CD8C1ECA06B3573"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Rhodes Stadium will be filled with marching, music and movement as high school bands from all over the region perform in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">30</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>th </sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Rhodes Stadium on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 3, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., 26 high school marching bands will perform for 15 minutes each, while being evaluated by a panel of UIL certified judges. Now in its 30</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year, this event has become one of the premier high school marching festivals in the area.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Performers include five Katy ISD high school bands, as well as other bands from the Houston area. This event is open to the public with a small admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students to help offset the expenses of the contest.</p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:  </p><ul><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong> – 10:30 a.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 11:15 a.m.</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong> – 2:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School </strong>– 4:45 p.m. ​</li></ul><p>The Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival provides evaluation of marching bands and constructive strategies that are beneficial to the students and directors as they continue to work throughout the remainder of the marching and competition season. </p></div>
Team USA Road to Rio Tour Visits Katy ISD Merrell Center USA Road to Rio Tour Visits Katy ISD Merrell Center2015-09-28T20:31:51Z<div class="ExternalClass65A4ED19A7674457B9126E5F75F0E95A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The BP sponsored </span><a href="/Documents/BP-Ad_11%20625x10%205%20Road%20to%20Rio_TexasPIC.pdf" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Team USA Road to Rio Tour</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> is coming to Texas on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the Merrell Center parking lot, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy. The free tour offers Katy residents the opportunity to meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and enjoy hands-on exhibitions and sports demonstrations.</span></p><p>The athletes featured during the Road to Rio Tour are:</p><ul><li><strong>Sanya Richards-Ross</strong>, Olympic Gold Medalist (Track & Field)</li><li><strong>Melissa Stockwell</strong>, Paralympian, U.S. Army Veteran (Triathlete)</li><li><strong>Simone Biles</strong>, Olympic Hopeful (Gymnastics)</li><li><strong>Jonathan Horton</strong>, Olympic Silver Medalist (Gymnastics)</li><li><strong>Texas Regional Paralympic Sports Wheelchair Basketball Athletes</strong></li></ul><p>The featured athletes will also participate in the Katy Rice Harvest Festival Parade on October 3 at 10 a.m. before the Road to Rio Tour.</p></div>
Members Choice Credit Union Donates Books and Bears to Schmalz Elementary Choice Credit Union Donates Books and Bears to Schmalz Elementary2015-09-23T21:17:06Z<div class="ExternalClass42085301CC0D4B5C9476001229895EAF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On September 1,</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Katy ISD School-Business Partner Members Choice Credit Union made 650 Schmalz Elementary students very happy.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Through their newly created "Books and a Buddy" initiative, the credit union gave backpacks filled with seven books, along with a bear to snuggle with while reading, to students in kindergarten through second grade.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Prior to Schmalz's Curriculum Night where the backpacks were handed out, 30 Members Choice employees donated their time to not only stuff books and bears in bags, but also adhere labels into each book with a Members Choice and Books and a Buddy logo.  According to Schmalz Principal Jaime Shipley "The students, parents, and teachers have continued to talk about how excited they are about the books from MCCU. We are grateful for their generosity as they have helped us build the connection of reading from school to home."</p><p>"Books and a Buddy" was months in the making.  When Members Choice conceived the idea, employees and customers began donating and collecting books.  The credit union purchased over 9,000 books then collaborated with  Half Price Books on Highway 6 and 529 who donated 300 gently read books.  In addition, Venus Construction donated their "muscle" to pick-up and deliver all the boxes and bags of books to get where they needed to go.</p><p>Members Choice CEO Steve Gilman said "We want to encourage the love of reading and feel it is important for the students to have books at home. We think it's a great program and hope to continue for years to come."  The credit union has nine locations, seven of which are in Katy, and is a long-standing School-Business Partner with Katy ISD.  Along with Books and a Buddy, Members Choice supports the KEYS Mentor Program and Scholarship Fund and Promise to Read.  </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="/"></a>.</p></div>
Family STEAM Night at the Robert R. Shaw Center STEAM Night at the Robert R. Shaw Center2015-09-22T21:36:13Z<div class="ExternalClassFC4F7C38047C4D73856102C9D6B1AFE4"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Family%20STEAM%20Night.jpg" alt="Family STEAM Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:687px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Orchestras Selected as 2015 Mark of Excellence Winners ISD Orchestras Selected as 2015 Mark of Excellence Winners2015-09-28T17:43:58Z<div class="ExternalClassF96F4B820D7A4A2BA0C2E39D3AFCB00C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra</strong>, directed by Desiree Overree</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra, </strong>directed by Desiree Overree and Damon Archer</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.​</p><p>Visit the <a href="">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships ISD Partners in Education Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships2015-09-22T15:40:27Z<div class="ExternalClass305E42A1661B4409B943010C911C0BC4"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's School-Business Partnership program at three regional events.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held three Friday mornings in October from 8-9:30 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>October 9th at Tompkins High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Alexander, Creech Davidson, Fielder, Griffin, Holland, Kilpatrick, Randolph, Rylander, Shafer, Stanley, Williams and Wilson Elementary Schools</li><li>Beck, Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes Junior High Schools</li><li>Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 23</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> at Taylor High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Bear Creek, Cimarron, Exley, Hayes, Nottingham Country, Mayde Creek, Memorial Parkway, Pattison, Rhoads, Schmalz, West Memorial and Wolfe Elementary Schools</li><li>Cardiff, Mayde Creek, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial Junior High Schools</li><li>Mayde Creek and Taylor High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 30</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at the Robert Shaw Center for STEAM, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Franz, Golbow, Hutsell, Katy, King, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Stephens, Sundown, Winborn, Wolman and WoodCreek Elementary Schools</li><li>Katy, McDonald, Morton Ranch and WoodCreek Junior High Schools</li><li>Katy, Morton Ranch and Raines High Schools, and Miller Career and Technology Center</li></ul><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> regional open houses provide a once-a year opportunity for the business community to meet campus leaders from schools in their market area and allow in-depth conversation between campus leaders and partners about this school year's activities.</span></p><p> School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through standing Partners in Education programs: KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read and Sister Schools.  </p><p>For more information, contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, <a href=""></a>, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD <a href="">Partners in Education website​</a>.  The RSVP site lists host campuses participating at each of the three events.  </p><p><a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx"><strong>Click here</strong></a><strong> </strong>to learn more about event locations and to RSVP.<strong> ​</strong></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.  </p></div>
Hinson Appointed Principal of Morton Ranch High School Appointed Principal of Morton Ranch High School2015-09-22T15:35:15Z<div class="ExternalClassC8441464AB094B6992F5B30C227685F9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">D</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">uring last night's Work Study Board Meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey appointed </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Julie Hinson</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Morton Ranch High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This comes after former Morton Ranch High School Principal Lee Crews was appointed to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support for Area 3.</span></p><p>Hinson began her educational career as a teacher in Richardson ISD. In 2002, she came to Katy ISD and served as a teacher and coach prior to becoming an assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High in 2010. She later served as an assistant principal at Taylor High School before becoming the associate principal at Morton Ranch High School in 2013. </p><p>Hinson holds two degrees including a Bachelor of Science and a Master's of Education in Administration from Texas A&M University.  </p></div>
Golbow Elementary Holds 2nd Annual Pinwheels for Peace Event Elementary Holds 2nd Annual Pinwheels for Peace Event2015-09-21T16:19:03Z<div class="ExternalClass370A4BC79B164063B76B99E4BA3B9E8D"><p><img alt="DSC_5745.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_5745.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:306px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Golbow Elementary students, staff and parents celebrated International Day of Peace this morning at the school's <strong>2</strong><strong><sup>nd</sup></strong><strong> Annual Pinwheels for Peace</strong> event to encourage "whirled peace." </p><p>Each Golbow Elementary student created a unique pinwheel, and placed them outside in the shape of a peace sign as a visual representation of peace. As part of the event, student council officers Luis Morelos, Aidan Garcia, Jabori Dixson and Ava Kulhanek expressed what it means to strive for peace every day. The event was coordinated by art teachers Elyse Brown and Kylie Corken. </p><p>Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, art teachers at Monarch High School in Florida, as a way for their students to express their ideas of peace. The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community, and by millions of teachers, parents and children who desire peace in our world. </p><p>For more information about International Day of Peace, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Peace One Day website</span></a>.</p></div>
Redesigned SAT Fall Community Information Sessions SAT Fall Community Information Sessions2015-09-22T15:30:17Z<div class="ExternalClass45FF23FC915C45E99419D29E926A98F2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">We know how important it is for you to ensure that your child is prepared to succeed on the SAT.  In an effort to help you better understand the changes to the SAT, and how they will impact students, Katy ISD is hosting a Redesigned SAT Community Information Session on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">September</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> 29</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span></p><p>As you may already know, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT beginning March 2016.  It was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</p><p>Students, parents and community from any area of the District are invited to attend any of the Information Sessions listed below.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rte-paste-settablesizes ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>DATE:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>SCHOOL:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>ADDRESS:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>TIME:</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​September 29</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Tompkins School – Main Campus Commons</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><em>4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.</em></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">6:30 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p><p>The first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be <strong>October 2015</strong>, while the first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in <strong>March 2016</strong>. </p><p>In the meantime, your student may take advantage of the personalized SAT practice tests now offered by Khan Academy in partnership with College Board.  The <a href="">official SAT practice tests</a> will give students personalized practice recommendations and instant feedback on how they're doing.</p><p>We also urge you to take a moment to review the <a href="/parents/Pages/sat-redesign.aspx">Frequently Asked Questions</a> regarding the redesigned SAT and the <a href="/parents/Documents/SAT%20Redesign%20Presentation.pdf">presentation</a> made by a College Board representative during the April 2015 Board of Trustees Work Study.  </p><p>For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and to sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the <a href="">College Board website</a>.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program2015-09-09T13:54:48Z<div class="ExternalClass84D2E23E4FB04357894A88ED4DB3B298"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Today, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 51 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 7,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered in spring 2016.</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD's 2016 semifinalists are:</strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong> Ruan de Villiers, Sadid Khan, Jaein Kim, Justin Kleiber, Elizabeth Robinson and William Xu.</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong> Harini Balakrishnan, Michael Burton, Sarah Campbell, Keerthana Chakka, Brandon Chang, James Chen, Kevin Cheng, Daniel De Angulo, Anusha Gandhi, Jonathan Gomez, Connie Guo, Avni Halabe, Grace Kim, Li Kwan, Aaron Liao, Alice Liu, Akshay Punnoose, Rishabh Rai, Tanmaya Shrivastava, Pranay Tamminayana, Ruoning Xu, Congxi Ye, and Stephanie Zhou.</p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong> Minse Cha, Shawna Chen, Yongseok Choi, Robert Costis, Carol Cox, Jayne Hubscher, Cheryl Li, Chufan Liang, Eric Liu, Deepa Muthusamy, Thomas Nguyen, Kyler Powell, Jiasheng Qin, Shawn Xu, James Yang, and Megan Yu.</p><p><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong> Spandana Akkaraju, Ishani Chakravarty, Esther Lee, Melinda Wang, Emily Yang, and Andy Ye.​</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>
GT Screening for Current 5th Grade Students Screening for Current 5th Grade Students2015-09-03T15:38:30Z<div class="ExternalClassD1D649D9A53A4EAD95199C12254FF617"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students in fifth grade </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> 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>If you would like to refer your child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening, complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to your child's elementary campus by September 21, 2015. <strong>Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after September 21.</strong></p><p>You may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist from your child's campus counselor beginning September 3, 2015.  You may also access the checklist on the <a href="/dept/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p><p>If you refer your child for screening, testing will take place at your child's campus in October and November.  You will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.​</p><p>Contact the Challenge teacher at your child's elementary school if you have questions.  </p></div>
Mayde Creek High School NJROTC Team Wins National Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C. Creek High School NJROTC Team Wins National Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C.2015-09-02T21:59:05Z<div class="ExternalClass40E89594BCCC4563AF80BEA39A437EBB"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="2015 JLAB.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2015%20JLAB.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:243px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> academic team recently won the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Navy JROTC Academic Bowl Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year.</span></p><p>The Academic Bowl Championship is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students and sponsored by the United States Navy NJROTC program. </p><p>Students who participate in the competition are tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, and learn the values of citizenship, academic competition and college opportunity. One of the main goals of the Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams, as well as college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. <strong> </strong></p><p>This year's Mayde Creek High School NJROTC academic team consisted of <strong>Austin Watts</strong> (Captain), <strong>Ian Campbell</strong>, <strong>Sabrina Hernandez</strong>, <strong>James Ong</strong> and <strong>Laura Delcid</strong>. </p></div>
Texas Passes Law to Decriminalize Truancy Passes Law to Decriminalize Truancy2015-09-01T20:46:25Z<div class="ExternalClassA0C9ABBB48E1499986B21F5685D68E9A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">House Bill 2398, recently passed during the 84</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Legislative Session, changes the way school districts and courts respond to children with unexcused absences from school. If students are sent to court for unexcused absences, they will no longer be charged with a criminal offense, but with a civil offense called "truant conduct."</span></p><p>Parents can still be held legally responsible for non-attendance of their child through a misdemeanor offense of Parent Contributing to Nonattendance (PCN). This offense is punishable by a fine ranging from $100 for a first offense, up to $500 for a fifth offense or subsequent offenses. </p><p>The legislation outlined a school district's responsibility in addressing student truant conduct, including additional requirements for implementation of truancy prevention measures, and referral of a student to truancy court. There are several implications that will now impact Texas schools. They include:​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Truancy Prevention Measures (TPM) must be developed when a student has three unexcused absences during a day or parts of days in a four-week period, and 10 or more unexcused absences during a day or parts of days during a six-month period (TEC 25.0915).</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Schools may refer a student to truancy court after receiving 10 or more unexcused absences. Prior to sending a student to court an Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP) must be developed. Schools may elect not to file if the truancy intervention measures are working in the AIP. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- A district may refer a student ages 12-18 to a truancy court. Students under age 12 may be placed on an AIP but will not be referred to truancy court. Parents may have misdemeanor charges filed against them if the AIP is not successfully fulfilled and unexcused absences persist. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students must now attend school until they are 19 years old, unless they graduate or otherwise lawfully withdraw. Students who voluntarily attend school after turning 19 may be un-enrolled if they have five unexcused absences within a semester.</span></p><p>Katy ISD schools will be providing proactive attendance information to collaboratively partner with parents to assist students in reaching their educational goals.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Executive Director of Fine Arts ISD Appoints New Executive Director of Fine Arts2015-09-01T19:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClass073A9D3D5C034BB4A34E5C1C46F13441"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Former Katy ISD Assistant Director of Fine Arts, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Michael Ouellette, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">was appointed today as the new </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Executive Director of Fine Arts</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This appointment comes after the retirement of former Executive Director Bob Bryant.</span></p><p>Ouellette has worked in the field of education for 30 years, and began his career as a junior high band director in Cameron ISD. He joined Katy ISD in 2002 and served as a band director at both Mayde Creek and Cinco Ranch high schools before taking the position as the District's Assistant Director of Fine Arts in 2013.​</p><p>Ouellette holds two degrees including a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education in Educational Administration.</p></div>
Robert Jinks Appointed as Katy ISD Chief of Police Jinks Appointed as Katy ISD Chief of Police2015-09-01T19:19:29Z<div class="ExternalClass19401A6CE0EE43CFA64DF0E8276CE438"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Chief Jinks.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Chief%20Jinks.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:154px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Katy ISD announced this week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Robert Jinks</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, former Assistant Police Chief, was appointed to the position of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief of Police</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This appointment comes after the retirement of former Chief of Police Mark Hopkins.</span></p><p>Chief Jinks began his law enforcement career in 1977, and worked with several law enforcement agencies before coming to Katy ISD in 1984 as a Security Specialist. At that time, he was appointed to the steering committee to study the feasibility of forming a school district police department, culminating in a school board resolution that established the Katy ISD Police Department in December of 1988.</p><p>Chief Jinks is on the Executive Board of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a member of the Houston Area Police Chief's Association. He was also a member of the Texas School District Police Chief's Association, where he held a seat on the executive board. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2015-09-22T17:47:06Z<div class="ExternalClass5103BB41FE7741D6B644E4626BF7F05A"><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 Friday, September 25 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">KEYS advocate Dr. Jerry Edmonson will share his insights and experiences with mentoring.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </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 a relationship, not a tutoring, program 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 each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2014-2015 school year showed 91 percent of students participating in the program saw a decrease in discipline referrals, 92 percent decreased absences and 91 percent increased grades.  </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! <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to RSVP or to complete a KEYS application</a>. ​For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href=""></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="/"></a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full Orchestra2015-08-28T19:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass07D1033E2E124A6E8496B4E188E7B927"><p><img alt="SLHS TMEA Orchestra.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20TMEA%20Orchestra.png" style="margin:5px;width:171px;float:right;" />The <strong>Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra</strong> was recently selected as the <strong>2016 Honor Full Orchestra</strong> by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Desiree Overree and Damon Archer, and comprised of students from the top two string ensembles and top wind ensemble from the Seven Lakes High School bands.</p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. </p><p>This is the third time in the short 10-year history of Seven Lakes High School that the orchestra has been a semifinalist in this competition, earning fifth in 2014, third in 2015, and winning this distinction for 2016. </p><p>As Honor Full Orchestra, the Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra will perform at the TMEA Annual Convention in February 2016.</p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores2015-08-27T20:06:10Z<div class="ExternalClass0C0111D6E12246C48D7C2BC298612FBF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2015 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 49 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the state and national averages.</span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,611</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 300 students from 2011. </p><p>The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. ACT research shows that it is the rigor of the coursework that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ACT website</a> for more information about ACT testing and scoring. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ACT%20Scores.jpg" alt="ACT Scores.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:766px;" /> </p><img alt="" style="width:720px;margin:5px;" /></div>
2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-08-26T20:24:05Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5E1A4C964842CBA606957B0B70183B"><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, 2015. 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.</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="" 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 25, 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, 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 2015 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 19                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         Mathematics</li><li>October 21                         Science</li><li>October 22                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive. For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2015-08-26T15:25:03Z<div class="ExternalClass990F4D21A40141DEBECD695218A6A0BF"><p>​<em>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em>​</p><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 17, 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;">Over the last three years, the foundation has awarded over $500,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's fourth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2016. </span></p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.  For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to special No Label brews.  Groups of 10 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> shirt.  Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.</p><p>Current event sponsors include Cane Island; Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; and Jeff Poole, AXA Advisors.  Additional sponsorships are available.</p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment by the Earl Sanders, Jr. Band, a new beer garden area, valet parking, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative.  Find more information and register at <a href=""></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, <a href=""></a>.  </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 Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff2015-08-26T12:34:25Z<div class="ExternalClass8224C5F8BC3044F2BA7082AAC54C661B"><p>​During tonight’s regular meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees considered a one-cent reduction on the Debt Service Tax Rate, reducing the rate from $.40 to $.39. The total tax rate for 2015-2016 would be $1.5166 (down from $1.5266 last year).</p><p>At tonight’s Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget, which is based on the proposed tax rate for the same school year. The proposed tax rate will be an item on the Board of Trustees agenda next month. </p><p>Tonight, the Board approved an additional one percent, one-time salary increase payment for staff.</p><p>The proposed tax rate reduction and additional salary increase for staff is possible due to the recent appraisal values for Fort Bend and Waller counties that came in approximately two percent higher than initially anticipated. </p><p>A $1,200 salary increase for teachers and two percent mid-point increase was already <a href="" target="_blank">approved by the Board in July 2015</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?” ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”2015-08-25T19:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE44DF0BC3C05454699E7C38CD7095DEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its 2015 video entitled <a href=""><strong>"Can You Do VIPS?"</strong></a> — the District's invitation to volunteers.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by Schmalz Elementary Music Teacher Michael Thomas, with choreography by Darby Boyd, Taylor High School Dance Teacher.</span></p><p>Along with the traditional cameo appearance by Superintendent Alton Frailey, dancers from 42 Katy ISD campuses participated in the video project.  In addition, the VIPS General Board, Watch ​​​DOGS, KEYS mentors and Friends of Sundown provided their own unique interpretive dance moves.</p><p>Last year, over 22,000 volunteers donated more than 968,000 hours to the stud​ents and teachers of Katy ISD.  "Can You Do VIPS?" is an homage to those volunteers, who hail from every campus and from a variety of volunteer groups.  The video is also a call to action as the District's volunteer program embarks on an historical, ground-breaking year of service.  ​</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 <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>.​</p></div>
Dismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-08-24T21:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClassE70DE663B5234A79A174B857C7CED983"><p><img alt="DSC_0150.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0150.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:242px;float:right;" />Katy ISD's 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year, <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, was announced today as a <strong>2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist </strong>by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Dismuke is one of six finalists chosen from among the 40 semifinalists across the state.</p><p>Superintendent Alton Frailey, Morton Ranch Elementary Principal Deb Hubble and the Board of Trustees were joined by MRE students and Katy ISD staff today at a surprise assembly to honor Dismuke's outstanding accomplishment.</p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>The Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced by TASA in October 2015.​</p></div>

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