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McRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=735McRoberts Elementary School Receives Two Prestigious TABSE Awards<div class="ExternalClassDE5F5013F6C1409AB8878B9EC5D52697"><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32<sup>nd</sup> Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">McRoberts Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah also accepted the 2017 TABSE Principal of the Year Crystal Award.  He dedicated the award to his students, parents and staff who he says "continually set high expectations for everyone who walks through their school doors."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, TABSE recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African-American educators and learners. </p><p>​​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/032417_Kwabena%20Mensah_TABSE%20(smaller%20size).jpg" alt="032417_Kwabena Mensah_TABSE (smaller size).jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Teams Advance to the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournamenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=734Katy ISD Teams Advance to the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament<div class="ExternalClass5F1CC93FBB954069B512EF76695C9D17"><p style="text-align:justify;">After months of practice, 19 teams from Katy ISD have qualified to compete at the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament held at Lubbock ISD on April 7-9.<strong>   </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Gulf Coast Regional Tournament was held on Saturday, March 4<sup>th</sup> at Seven Lakes High School.  Schools representing the Cy-Fair, Fort Bend, Pasadena, Friendswood and Alvin Independent School Districts along with area private schools attended the annual event.  Approximately 375 teams competed in eight different challenges.  The following Katy ISD schools are preparing to compete against more than 400 teams from districts throughout Texas:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Elementary</span></p><ul><li>Alexander, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Katy, Stanley, Williams and WoodCreek</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Junior High</span></p><ul><li>Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tays</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">High School</span></p><ul><li>Katy and Seven Lakes</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The Destination Imagination program fosters students' creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.  Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas and the collaborative problem solving process.  In Katy ISD, Destination Imagination teams form at participating campuses each September.</p><p>For more information about Destination Imagination visit: <a href="http://www.destinationimagination.org/">www.destinationimagination.org</a></p><p></p></div>
Superintendent's Message - Strategic Designhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=733Superintendent's Message - Strategic Design<div class="ExternalClassEEBEEDAEC7F241E2AE69432522F3F470"><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Students, Staff and Community,</p><p>It has been exciting and motivating to see how school and community groups have come together over the past month to offer feedback and guidance as Katy ISD launches its Strategic Design. Though we are still in the early stages of its development, one thing is for sure, this community-inspired road map for Katy ISD wouldn't be complete without your input on where we're at as a district and where you hope for us to be in the near future. </p><p>There are two ways you can get involved:</p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Participate in our <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KISD-SD"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">online survey</span></a>, available March 21-31, 2017</li><li>Or attend one of our community-wide education summits (Dates and times below)</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, March 22</strong></span></p><p>Location:        Education Support Complex<br>                             6301 S. Stadium Lane<br> Time:                11 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br>                             (Snacks and refreshments provided)</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, March 22</strong></span></p><p>Location:       Morton Ranch High School<br>                             9<sup>th</sup> Grade Commons<br>                             21000 Franz Road<br> Time:               6 p.m. – 8 p.m.<br>                             (Snacks and refreshments provided)</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, March 30</strong></span></p><p>Location:             Education Support Complex<br>                             6301 S. Stadium Lane<br> Time:                   11 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br>                             (Snacks and refreshments provided)</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, March 30</strong></span></p><p>Location:       Cinco Ranch High School<br>                             Main Commons<br>                             23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd<br> Time:                6 p.m. – 8 p.m.<br>                             (Snacks and refreshments provided)</p><p>During these four education summits, community members will have the opportunity to hear more about Katy ISD's strategic design process, as well as share their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop a much needed and long-term strategic direction with measurable action steps, we encourage all community members to attend at least one summit.  Please <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/LVmLRBtpiRglpCP33"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">RSVP</span></a> if you will be able to attend.</p><p>We look forward to your involvement!</p><p>Lance Hindt, Ed.D.<br> <em>Superintendent</em></p></div>
Federal Programs Public Meetinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=732Federal Programs Public Meeting<div class="ExternalClass5F074ABF5A754E0BBBB1C642318B3392"><p>A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the ESC in Room 1200BCG. This public meeting will address ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented in the 2016-2017 school year and as proposed for 2017-2018 school year. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made. In addition, parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. The links to each electronic survey are listed below. </p><p>• Parent Survey (English): <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRPCDGC"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRPCDGC</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p>• Parent Survey (Spanish): <a href="https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/J8BKNBN"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/J8BKNBN</strong></span></a><strong> </strong></p><p>• Campus Survey: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCT3XKV"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCT3XKV</strong></span></a><strong> </strong>(Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Paraprofessionals) </p></div>
Katy ISD Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalisthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=731Katy ISD Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist<div class="ExternalClass2636E152D36244EDBAE7DC5C5D589C24"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beckendorff Junior High eighth-grader </span>Prasaan<span style="text-align:justify;"> Singhal has been selected to compete in the 2017 Texas National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held in Bedford, TX on Friday, March 31, 2017.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29<sup>th</sup> year.  Fourth- through eighth-graders throughout the state of Texas participated in competitions at their campuses to determine the school champion.  These champions submitted a qualifying test to the National Geographic Society.  The organization invited the top-scoring students to compete in the State Bees. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each state champion will receive $100, the 4<sup>th</sup> Edition of the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World and a trip to Washington, DC to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship held at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit <a href="http://www.natgeobee.org/">www.natgeobee.org</a> for more information on the National Geographic Bee.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Prasaan%20Singhai.jpg" alt="Prasaan Singhai.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 32nd Annual Katy Folk Life Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=730Katy ISD Hosts 32nd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival<div class="ExternalClassFBCC3E45998D4D8CB45B80BDB249EB75"><p>Ever wondered what life was like in the late 1800's for the pioneers of early Texas?  At the upcoming 32<sup>nd</sup> Annual <a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><strong>, </strong>visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school, among other activities.  Admission is only $1.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center <br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br> Katy, TX 77494</p><p><strong>When: <br></strong>Saturday, April 1<br>9 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p></div>
Pre-registration Dates for 2017-2018 School Year http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=729Pre-registration Dates for 2017-2018 School Year <div class="ExternalClass6AAD7DB4980E424FB312DAA92C72A46D"><p>​Pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on elementary school campuses on the following dates:</p><p>Thursday, April 6              Kindergarten and New 1<sup>st</sup> grade </p><p>Tuesday, April 11               Pre-Kindergarten</p><p>Registration will be open on both days from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m  and from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</p><p>Refer to the registration page at <a href="/dept/counseling/Pages/Registration.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/counseling/Pages/Registration.aspx</a> for more information.</p></div>
Todd McVey: New Head Football Coach at OTHShttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=726Todd McVey: New Head Football Coach at OTHS<div class="ExternalClass9CB71A76B2FA4C24896B1E96224FA822"><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Todd%20McVey%202.jpg" style="margin:0px 10px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Please join the District in congratulating Todd McVey as the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Obra D. ​Tompkins High School (OTHS) !</p><p>Coach McVey is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director for Katy ISD, and the Interim Head Coach at Tompkins.  He has been the Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at McKinney HS and Killeen Harker Heights.  He was also a member of the staff at Texas City High school when they won the 4A state championship in 1997.</p><p>Todd will be introduced to the Tompkins community at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Commons on Thursday, March 2. You are cordially invited to attend (4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., Katy, TX  77494)</p><p>Coach McVey will start full-time at Tompkins on Tuesday, February 28.</p><p>Welcome to Tompkins High School Coach McVey!  It's a great day to be a Falcon!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
"Legacy Stadium" Approved As New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=725"Legacy Stadium" Approved As New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium<div class="ExternalClassAD5D67E702D24C9898BAFD9BBCAC6B19"><p>With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight "Legacy Stadium" as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of the Naming Committee's recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility will open up Fall of 2017 and will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Student Activities Complex.</p><div class="ExternalClass7723FF78827548DDAEA7C194019BB79C"><p>This February, the Second Stadium Naming Advisory Committee was tasked with identifying a name for the Second Stadium that would align with the values and core beliefs of Katy ISD.  The committee began with a solicitation of name nominations from the Katy ISD community from February 8-17.  After careful review, the committee presented a recommendation during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting on Tuesday, February 21.  Dozens of attendees, including parents, teachers, staff and community members offered their input at the forum.</p><p>Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/gl2vq2l">here</a> to see photos of recent Second Stadium construction.<br></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></div>
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>
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 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>
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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