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Katy ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey2015-03-27T14:51:59Z<div class="ExternalClass14C18549AABA4D46B6AF0BDCA78866A8"><p>The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.</p><p>The <strong>Digital School Districts Survey</strong> showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations. </p><p>Katy ISD's second-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the District is adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies. </p><p>The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to view the full list of school districts honored, and selected survey findings and trends.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw Center ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw Center2015-03-26T18:14:28Z<div class="ExternalClass3F8BEF896902464DA061B92C859A1FC6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">April 27 will be an historic day for Katy ISD when it officially dedicates the Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with the District's first-ever interactive facility dedication.</span></p><p>After the 4 p.m. ceremony, an open house and student demonstrations will showcase this spring's projects and activities at the Shaw Center.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cell phones or tablets to get the most of the interactive experience.</p><p>The facility is named after the late Robert R. Shaw, who served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012. The school board selected Shaw as the namesake because of his long-time dedication to Katy ISD coupled with his lifelong interest in science and career in engineering.</p><p>Steve Adams, a former classroom teacher, instructional technology facilitator and curriculum specialist in Katy ISD, is the facility coordinator for the Center. Mariam Manuel, who was an instructional coach at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School and taught physics at Cinco Ranch High School, is the instructional specialist. They will coordinate all of the Center's activities, including STEAM-related curricular activities during the school day, support for robotics teams, science and engineering fairs, STEAM nights for families, STEAM summer camps and other special projects. ​</p><p>The Center is located at 1730 Katyland Dr., next door to the Miller Career and Technology Center.</p></div>
Ballot Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election2015-03-25T21:07:34Z<div class="ExternalClass1F52156ACD07474297EAEBCAA552BB8F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Election Day for Position 6 and Position 7 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees will be held </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, May 9, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The last day for patrons to file for a place on the ballot was Friday, February 27. Candidates (as they will appear on the ballot) are as follows:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Position 6:</strong>  </li><ul><li>John Pendergraff</li><li>Bryan Michalsky<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Position 7:</strong>  </li><ul><li>Charles L. Griffin</li><li>Leonard Ledford</li></ul></ul><p>More information on the Board of Trustees Election can be found on the<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Candidate-Campaign-Reports.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the Year ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the Year2015-03-20T15:29:48Z<div class="ExternalClass294BD5FCAEFA4184BFB52196099F602A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief Information Officer <strong>Dr. John Alawneh</strong> was recently honored with the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> award by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) at the annual conference in Atlanta. This award recognizes volunteers who provide exemplary voluntary support to the association. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>"Despite changing jobs and districts, John has remained an active contributor to CoSN's work and accomplishments. We thank John for his extraordinary commitment to our mission and for continuing to make a difference in the education community," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.</p><p>Alawneh has led CoSN's Technical Committee and guided a vast volunteer network of chief technology officers to produce the association's new Technical Interoperability Primer. Last year, he led CoSN's <em>Teaming for Transformation</em> group to an exclusive school site visit to Katy ISD. The site visit allowed participants to hear from local district leadership and industry leader and engage with Katy ISD students and educators.  </p><p>To learn more about the award, please visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">CoSN website</a>. </p><p><strong>About CoSN</strong> </p><p>CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DC ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DC2015-03-19T20:25:55Z<div class="ExternalClass550C5043BFED4912AECE248FD53F1D49"><p><em>Two Beckendorff Junior High Science Olympiad students and coach to be honored by President Barack Obama</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two Katy ISD Science Olympiad competitors and their coach will be honored by President Barack Obama at the Fifth Annual White House Science Fair, an event highlighting the achievements of outstanding students from major national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The students, Heather Sweeney and Erik Yu, from Beckendorff Junior High and their Science Olympiad Coach Scott Lightle will be recognized for being part of the Division B (middle school) winning team at the 2014 Science Olympiad National Tournament and for their excellence in Science Olympiad events like Crime Busters, Wheeled Vehicle, Robo-Cross, Simple Machines, Heredity and Can't Judge A Powder at the state and national level.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>MEDIA RSVP FOR OPEN PRESS REMARKS</em></strong></span><em>: The President's remarks are OPEN PRESS, but media must RSVP with the name, media outlet, phone and email for each person planning to cover the event to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>, by Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET, with the subject line "Science Fair." Press who do not have a White House hard pass must also send their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of citizenship, and current city and state of residence to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> no later than Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.</em></p><p><strong>When:    </strong>        <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, March 23 at approximately 11:55 a.m. ET </span></p><p>                       <span style="text-decoration:underline;">President's remarks to be live-streamed at </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           East Room of the White House, Washington, DC​</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>        Jenny Kopach, VP Marketing Communications, Science Olympiad at <a href=""></a>  </p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education2015-03-19T18:01:49Z<div class="ExternalClassDAEED125A2C44EC598A5E747603440B0"><p><em>District receives award for seventh consecutive year</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD was named among the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Best Communities for Music Education</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the seventh consecutive year by the </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National Association of Music Merchants</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the nation for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students. </span></p><p>"This is once again great recognition of the work that is being done by our music teachers who provide such a strong foundation through grade 5, and then our band, choir, and orchestra directors who work tirelessly continuing this quality of instruction in grades 6-12," said Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant. "We are thankful for the support we receive from parents, principals, administrators and our Board.  Our community realizes the importance of quality music and fine arts education as it is a huge component to the successful preparation of every child to be able to achieve their highest."</p><p>Last October, two musical groups from Beckendorff Junior High, the Honor Orchestra and Varsity Girls' Choir, were selected as winners in the National Mark of Excellence Honors by the Foundation for Music Education. Additionally, three musical groups from Exley Elementary, McMeans Junior High and Cinco Ranch High School were selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association in February, and Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant was named the recipient of the <strong>2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong>. There were also a total of 38 students in the District selected as All-State Musicians.</p><p>Among the music programs offered in the District are string orchestra, full orchestra, choir vocal ensemble, marching band, concert band, jazz band and multiple individual events of solos and small ensembles. </p><p>The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National</p><p>Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year2015-03-19T16:52:46Z<div class="ExternalClass25D316BD1F1E48CA9635BDA424D98791"><p>​<img alt="2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program celebrated mentors across the district at its annual Ties & Tiaras event on March 5, 2015 at NOAH'S of Katy.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Every year, campuses are asked to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the students they mentor and to the principles of the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Ties & Tiaras not only honored the Mentors of the Year but also supported KEYS Scholarships, which have awarded $200,000 to graduating KEYS seniors since 2006. </p><p>Partners in Education is proud to announce the <strong>2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year</strong>:</p><p><strong>First Year Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Carroll Aulbaugh</strong> – Cardiff Junior High </li><li><strong>Major Ray Bonney</strong> – Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Erica Sanchez</strong> – Franz Elementary </li><li><strong>Margaret Spieldenner</strong> – Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li><strong>Brian Whitten</strong> – Raines High School</li></ul><p><strong>Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christie Blaa – </strong>Fielder Elementary</li><li><strong>Bill Brown – </strong>Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Lynette Campbell –</strong> Schmalz Elementary</li><li><strong>Maria Cruz – </strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li><strong>Michael Darling – </strong>Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Meg Evans – </strong>Morton Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Elizabeth Hoover – </strong>Cimarron and Griffin Elementaries</li><li><strong>Cynthia Jennings – </strong>Raines High School</li><li><strong>Steve Jones – </strong>West Memorial Junior High</li><li><strong>Jerry Wells –</strong> Golbow Elementary</li><li><strong>Hartmut Wuttig</strong> – Katy High School</li></ul><p>The 2015 Mentors of the Year collectively represent 58 years of dedicated service to students in the KEYS program.  KEYS 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.  This twenty-year-old program extends to every Katy ISD campus and has over 1,000 mentors.​</p><p>For more information on the KEYS mentor program and scholarship fund, please contact Martha Brown at 281-396-2468 or <a href=""></a>.  The KEYS initiative, along with School-Business Partnerships, Volunteers in Public Schools, Junior Achievement and Sisters Schools are all offered through Partners in Education….the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Hosts Community Roundtable ISD Superintendent Hosts Community Roundtable2015-03-19T01:43:55Z<div class="ExternalClass716237396FC243B1923D7F40B77610F2"><p><em>Attendees provide feedback on transportation services and attendance boundary modifications </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey hosted the District's first-ever </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Community Roundtable</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tonight to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss directly with him issues impacting students and staff, and provide feedback on such matters.</span></p><p>"In Katy ISD, we truly value two-way communication with all of our constituents," said Frailey.  "It is only by working together that we will continue to provide the best educational experience for every student in the District." </p><p>This first roundtable experience was considered a "pilot" to provide an opportunity for a mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas between Katy ISD and the local community interested in, or potentially affected by, District-level decisions. Tonight's attendees discussed specific topics such as the recent Transportation Sustainability Survey and future attendance boundary modifications, and then engaged in discussions with the superintendent and other participants.  </p><p>"Our community and our families are our greatest resource when it comes to issues that impact our children," Frailey said. "It's important that we understand their experiences and preferences, so we can continue to effectively serve our students now and into the future."</p><p>Tonight's Community Roundtable was comprised of more than 40 community members who had demonstrated the desire to provide feedback and be actively involved in District and/or community initiatives, and had recently participated on the 2014 Bond Committee and/or Leadership Katy.  In addition, it was open to the general public, and attendees who were not directly participating in the meeting were allowed to sit in, observe the discussions and leave inquiries on question cards.</p><p>Moving forward, the District will be considering other means to broaden participation and allow an even greater number of interested individuals to take part in these roundtable discussions.  </p><p>Throughout the academic year, the superintendent also hosts various roundtables with staff, students and parents.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year ISD Announces 2015 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year2015-03-18T17:46:18Z<div class="ExternalClassEDEFE295C7F54713A7A72E9A79592E02"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently surprised two teachers with the </span><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFYTOY-2015.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>District-wide Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Bear Creek Elementary teacher</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Meagan Mankin</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and Beck Jr. High teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lauren Galyon</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with each campus principal and family and friends surprised the teachers in their classrooms.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Meagan Mankin teaches fifth grade at Bear Creek Elementary, and utilizes reflection and feedback for enhancing students' learning. Her instructional strategies include motivational techniques to successfully and actively engage students in the learning process as she monitors their work. ​</p><p>"Meagan is creative, deeply conscientious, professional and hard working," said Dr. Lorena Zertuche, principal at Bear Creek Elementary. "She performs her duties as a teacher exceptionally well and is loved by both students and staff." </p><p>Lauren Galyon is a graduate of Katy ISD and teaches sixth-grade language arts at Beck Jr. High. She was instrumental in developing Beck's first Pup Camp, a summer activity for incoming sixth-grade students, and creatively involves parents, staff members and the community in school-wide programs. Galyon is also the Beck Jr. High Cheer Sponsor.</p><p>"Lauren is a very special individual with a true heart for learning and a unique drive to go well beyond the expected in all that she does," said Carra Fleming, principal at Beck Jr. High. "That spirit remains alive and grows within her each day that she teaches language arts at Beck Junior High." </p><p>Along with the District-wide Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year, Katy ISD celebrates all of the 2015 campus-level nominees:</p><p>Elementary: <strong>Haley Russell</strong>, Davidson Elementary; <strong>Kourtney Faldyn, </strong>Exley Elementary;<strong> Shannon Blankenship, </strong>Holland Elementary;<strong> Andrea Mayzer, </strong>Kilpatrick Elementary; <strong>Paige Arnoldy,</strong> Randolph Elementary;<strong> Kelsey Hawk, </strong>Schmalz Elementary;<strong> Stephanie Culbertson, </strong>Wilson Elementary; and<strong> Jordan Doss-Lomas, </strong>Winborn Elementary.</p><p>Junior High: <strong>Ralph Marron</strong>, Cardiff Jr. High; <strong>Jessica Ray</strong>, <strong>Penny Paraskis</strong>, and <strong>Twaski Parker</strong>, Mayde Creek Jr. High; <strong>Cal Varner</strong>, McDonald Jr. High; <strong>Yessica Gutierrez</strong>, McMeans Jr. High; <strong>Stacey Wood</strong>, Memorial Parkway Jr. High; <strong>Tamera Jones</strong>, Morton Ranch Jr. High; <strong>Toni Rae Craig</strong>, Seven Lakes Jr. High; <strong>Erin Wise</strong>, West Memorial Jr. High; and <strong>Rachel Kelly</strong>, WoodCreek Jr. High. </p><p>High School: <strong>Rebecca Roderick</strong>, Mayde Creek High; <strong>Richard Piwonka</strong>, Morton Ranch High; <strong>Kyle Summerfield</strong>, Seven Lakes High; and <strong>Megan Messman</strong>, Tompkins High. </p></div>
Superintendent's First-Ever Community Roundtable's First-Ever Community Roundtable2015-03-17T16:08:39Z<div class="ExternalClass2BFD0773AB574A318BFFCA4473F9B4A1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey will be hosting the District's first-ever <a href="/community/Pages/Community-Roundtable.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Roundtable</a> on Wednesday, March 18 to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss directly with him issues impacting students and staff, and provide feedback on such matters.</span></p><p>This first roundtable experience is considered a "pilot" to provide an opportunity for a mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas between Katy ISD and the local community interested in, or potentially affected by, District-level decisions.  Attendees will discuss topics such as the recent Transportation Sustainability Survey and future attendance boundary modifications, and then engage in discussions with the superintendent and other participants.  </p><p>Community members who have demonstrated the desire to provide feedback and be actively involved in District and/or community initiatives, and have recently participated on the 2014 Bond Committee and/or Leadership Katy were invited to attend.  The roundtable is also open to the general public, and attendees who are not directly participating in the meeting will be allowed to sit in, observe the discussions and leave inquiries on question cards.</p><p>Moving forward, the District will be considering other means to broaden participation and allow an even greater number of interested individuals to take part in these roundtable discussions.  </p><p>Throughout the academic year, the superintendent also hosts various roundtables with staff, students and parents.  ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Holds 30th Annual Folk Life Festival ISD Holds 30th Annual Folk Life Festival2015-03-17T14:24:12Z<div class="ExternalClassAC2A0E92C34346CB835E454562F85393"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is holding its </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Documents/2015%20Folk%20Life%20Festival.pdf">30th Annual Folk Life Festival</a></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at the District's Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each year, the OLC is transformed into a village from the 1800's with activities and demonstrations reminiscent of the pioneer days of Texas.</span></p><p>Among the activities include: soap-making, rag doll creation, tin punching, planting seeds, calligraphy, roping lessons and archery. Visitors will also be able to walk the nature trails, visit the duck pond, and see exhibits in the science and history classrooms.​​​</p><p>The OLC, home of the annual Folk Life Festival, is 35-acres of land kept in its natural state.  The buildings on the property were designed to blend with the natural setting and help students experience life as early Texans. These buildings consist of living history and science classrooms, as well as a museum and a barn with a blacksmith shop. The OLC is located west of the Katy ISD Education Support Complex at 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Place in Farrington Language Competition ISD Students Place in Farrington Language Competition2015-03-06T20:53:02Z<div class="ExternalClass34ED53C5B9F049199E0FA492A2827699"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recognizes the achievement of 14 students who recently placed in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Area Farrington Language Competition.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Students competed in multiple language categories including American Sign Language, French, German and Spanish. The following students placed in the competition:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>American Sign Language 1:</strong></p><p>Madison Meyer, Tompkins High School, 1<sup>st</sup> Place</p><p>Joi Benjamin, Seven Lakes High School, Honorable Mention</p><p><strong>American Sign Language 2:</strong></p><p>Isabella Hernandez, Tompkins High School, 2<sup>nd</sup> Place</p><p>Grace Yu, Seven Lakes High School, Honorable Mention</p><p><strong>American Sign Language 3:</strong></p><p>Casandra Seigerman, Tompkins High School, Honorable Mention</p><p><strong>French 2:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Eduarda de Souza, Cinco Ranch High School, 3<sup>rd</sup> Place</p><p><strong>German 1:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Dylan Hennig, Tompkins High School, 2<sup>nd</sup> Place</p><p><strong>German 2:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Garrett Graney, Tompkins High School, 1<sup>st</sup> Place</p><p><strong>Spanish 1:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Sandhya Raghavan, McMeans Junior High, 3<sup>rd</sup> Place</p><p><strong>Spanish 2:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Amy Wang, Cinco Ranch High School, 3<sup>rd</sup> Place<br> Meghan Reingwald, Cinco Ranch High School, Honorable Mention</p><p><strong>Spanish 3:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Raquel Domingos, Tompkins High School, 1<sup>st</sup> Place<br> Saloni Patel, Tompkins High School, Honorable Mention</p><p><strong>Spanish Heritage Intermediate:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Andres Blanco, Cinco Ranch High School, Honorable Mention</p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Tournament ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Tournament2015-03-05T20:03:25Z<div class="ExternalClass4B6846E920B14B4992CEAA6394A89029"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of eight Katy ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams were recently selected to advance to the Texas State Affiliate Tournament to be held April 10-11 in Dallas, Texas.</span></p><p>The teams from <strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <strong>Griffin Elementary</strong>, <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong>, <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong> and <strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> will join approximately 475 Texas DI regional winners to showcase their creative problem-solving skills at the State Tournament by presenting solutions to difficult challenges in highly creative skits. The various challenges represent technical and engineering skills, science knowledge, and research and theatrical skills.</p><p>Texas DI is a school-based program devoted to helping students gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining and mind-boggling challenges. The program is created and guided by parents, educators and community volunteers who support the art and skill of creative problem solving. While working on the challenges, students learn to work as team members, be cooperative, take risks, stay within a budget and meet deadlines. For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas DI website</a>.</p></div>
2015-2016 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is April 9 Pre-kindergarten Early Registration is April 92015-03-02T21:38:13Z<div class="ExternalClass210E2B0D8AF14142B2BF595F37DDC213"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Pre-kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year for children in Katy ISD who qualify will be held on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">April 9, 2015 from 9:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">pm</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at the following elementary schools: </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>-       Students zoned to Alexander will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Alexander</strong></span>, 6161 South Fry Rd., 281-237-7100</p><p>-      Students zoned to Bear Creek and Wolfe will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Bear Creek</strong></span>, 4815 Hickory Downs Dr., 281-237-5600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Cimarron will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cimarron</strong></span>, 1100 South Peek Rd., 281-237-6900</p><p>-       Students zoned to Creech and Williams will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Creech</strong></span>, 5905 South Mason Rd., 281-237-8850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Exley will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Exley</strong></span>, 21800 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8400</p><p>-       Students zoned to Fielder will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Fielder</strong></span>, 2100 Greenway Village, 281-237-6450</p><p>-       Students zoned to Franz will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Franz</strong></span>, 2751 Westgreen Blvd., 281-237-8600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Golbow will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Golbow</strong></span>, 3535 Lakes of Bridgewater Dr., 281-237-5350</p><p>-       Students zoned to Griffin, Davidson ,Randolph, Stanley, Wilson, Shafer and Wolman  will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Griffin</strong></span>, 7800 S. Fry Rd., 281-237-8700</p><p>-       Students zoned to Hayes and Pattison will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hayes</strong></span>, 21203 Park Timbers Ln., 281-237-3200</p><p>-       Students zoned to Holland will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Holland</strong></span>, 23720 Seven Meadows Parkway, 281-234-0500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Hutsell will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hutsell</strong></span>, 5360 Franz Rd., 281-237-6500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Katy will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy</strong></span>, 5726 George Bush Ave.,281-237-6550</p><p>-       Students zoned to King will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>King,</strong></span> 1901 Charlton House Ln., 281-237-6850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Mayde Creek will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek</strong></span>, 2698 Greenhouse Rd., 281-237-3950</p><p>-       Students zoned to McRoberts will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>McRoberts</strong></span>, 3535 Fry Rd., 281-237-2000</p><p>-       Students zoned to Memorial Parkway and Nottingham Country will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Memorial Parkway</strong></span>, 21603 Park Tree, 281-237-5850</p><p>-       Students zoned to Morton Ranch will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch</strong></span>, 2502 Mason Rd., 281-234-0300</p><p>-       Students zoned to Rhoads will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rhoads</strong></span>, 19711 Clay Rd., 281-237-8500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Rylander and WoodCreek, will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rylander,</strong></span> 24831 Westheimer Parkway, 281-237-8300</p><p>-       Students zoned to Schmalz will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Schmalz,</strong></span> 18605 Greenland Way, 281-237-4500</p><p>-       Students zoned to Stephens will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Stephens,</strong></span> 2715 Fry Rd., 281-234-0200</p><p>-       Students zoned to Sundown will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sundown</strong></span>, 20100 Saums Rd., 281-237-5400</p><p>-       Students zoned to West Memorial will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>West Memorial</strong></span>, 22605 Provincial Blvd., 281-237-6600</p><p>-       Students zoned to Winborn will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Winborn</strong></span>, 22555 Prince George, 281-237-6650</p><p>-       Students zoned to Kilpatrick will register at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Kilpatrick</strong></span>, 26100 Cinco Ranch Blvd., 281-237-7600<span style="line-height:1.5;">       </span></p><p><strong>Pre-kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses for </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015-2016</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Spanish speaking classes will be held at Bear Creek, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, and Sundown. <br><br></li><li>English speaking classes will be held at Alexander, Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Mayde Creek, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Rylander, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, and Winborn.<br></li></ul><p>Children attend either morning (8:20-11:20) or afternoon (12:40-3:40) classes. Parents or guardians must provide transportation to and from school.</p><p>To qualify for the pre-kindergarten program, the child must reside in Katy ISD and be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.</span> The child must also meet <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>one</strong></span> of the following qualifications:</p><ul><li>Limited English proficient because a language other than English is the primary language spoken in the home. Students qualifying by language will be tested on the day of registration to determine placement in the program.</li><li>Qualify according to the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Parents must bring proof of income of <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>all</strong></span> persons employed within the home (documentation for at least one month of income).  Proof of income can include current check stubs, child support statement of payment, SNAP qualification letter, etc. <strong>All those who</strong> <strong>qualify by income at spring registration must have their income re-verified on </strong>August 16 at the pre-k campus they will attend.</li><li>The family is homeless.</li><li>Have a parent who is an active member of the armed forces.  Parent must present their Department of Defense photo identification (military ID).  An active member of the Texas National Guard must provide a "Statement of Service" document.</li><li>The child is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services. A letter from DFPS must be provided.<br><br>On the day of registration, parents must provide immunization records, a birth certificate, social security number, if available, proof of residency in Katy ISD (a home or apartment lease agreement, a recently paid utility bill with correct name and Katy ISD address of parent or guardian, or a letter from a mortgage company indicating approval of permanent financing for a residence in Katy ISD), and guardianship papers if the child resides with someone other than a parent.</li></ul><p>Immunization records must be certified by a doctor or public health official and include the month, date and year of the immunizations. For specific information regarding immunization, please visit the <a href="/dept/healthservices/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Health Services website</a>. ​​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Program Information:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>   </strong></span></p><p>Our Pre-kindergarten program follows the state guidelines set for Pre-k which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as developing science and social studies knowledge and skills. </p><p>All students are given a pre/mid-year/post assessment of basic skills.  Report cards are marked for social and academic skills for the first, second, third and fourth grading period.  A parent conference will be scheduled during the fall semester.  Other conferences may be held at parent and/or teacher request.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pre-kindergarten Enrollment and School Attendance:</strong></span></p><p><strong>Children attend either morning (8:20-11:20) or afternoon (12:40-3:40) classes.</strong>  <strong>Parents or guardians must</strong></p><p><strong>provide transportation to and from school.</strong></p><p>Pre-kindergarten is not a mandatory program.  However, if your child qualifies and is enrolled, he/she is subject to compulsory attendance law.  Your child must attend school each day, Monday through Friday.</p><p>For information you may call the above school closest to your home or Brenda Jones, Reading Intervention Specialist, at (281) 396-2475.</p></div>
2013-14 Federal Report Card Federal Report Card2015-03-02T16:25:34Z<div class="ExternalClassA643F53423E7498E9787A0E41017EA7A"><p>​Katy ISD is sharing information about the State, district and your child's campus as part of our obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). An information letter, along with a copy of the 2013-14 Federal Report Cards for the State, district and your campus are available for your review in the front office of your school, or online at <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></div>
Taylor High School Students Win Two National Debate Tournaments High School Students Win Two National Debate Tournaments2015-02-27T16:34:53Z<div class="ExternalClassEBFD447FE4B84ECF8AE4B1A3E6949CAD"><p><img alt="DSC_0680 small.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0680%20small.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:294px;float:right;" />Taylor High School Policy Debate students <strong>Zaki Alattar</strong> and <strong>Albert Li</strong> recently became the <strong>2015 California Round Robin Champions</strong>, as well as the <strong>2015 California Invitational Champions</strong> at UC Berkeley.</p><p>After sweeping the UIL District Policy Debate Tournament this month, Alattar and Li beat 13 of the nation's top-ranked debate teams at the California Round Robin Tournament held at the College Preparatory School. The California Round Robin is unique from traditional tournaments in that the school invites experts on the year's resolution to judge the final round. Teams must also be ranked in the top 25 debate teams in the nation to be invited to this event.</p><p>Alattar and Li also attended the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">California Invitational</a> at UC Berkeley and beat out 188 teams from across the country to become the 2015 California Invitational Champions.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction Winners ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction Winners2015-02-26T21:32:24Z<div class="ExternalClassE8C2187647494098AAD4AA0D02229216"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Sixteen Katy ISD FFA students were recently selected as Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, and Grand Champions for Showmanship in the Livestock Auction as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. During the auction, a total of 484 animals were sold, bringing in a District record of more than </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">$638,000</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Congratulations to the following Livestock Auction winners:</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><br></span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Grand Champion Rabbit:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Aaron Knight, Seven Lakes HS, $6,500</span></p><p><strong>Grand Champion Broiler:</strong> Cameron Colvin, Katy HS, $8,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Goat:</strong> Kaitlyn Funk, Katy HS, $7,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Lamb:</strong> Kasey Mitchell, Katy HS, $6,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Hog:</strong> Cole Carpenter, Cinco Ranch HS, $9,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Steer:</strong> Katelyn Bihm, Cinco Ranch HS, $15,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Rabbit:</strong> Dawson Richburg, Tompkins HS, $4,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Broiler:</strong> Jennifer Conrad, Katy HS, $5,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Goat:</strong> Lexi Martin, Cinco Ranch HS, $5,000</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Lamb:</strong> Kayla Powers, Katy HS, $6,499</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Hog:</strong> Nicole Shaw, Morton Ranch HS, $7,300</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Steer:</strong> Nathalie Hudson, Mayde Creek HS, $7,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Goat:</strong> Morgan Wells, Katy HS, $4,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Lamb:</strong> Haley Thompson, Morton Ranch HS, $3,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Hog:</strong> Kaitlyn Price, Morton Ranch HS, $4,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Steer:</strong> Heather Stenson, Mayde Creek HS, $6,500​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Click </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for more information on the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo.​</span><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program Competition ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program Competition2015-02-24T17:39:13Z<div class="ExternalClassAEE3095996664A46994E729CDC179605"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (HLSR) School Art Program competition for </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently held in the Merrell Center with more than 525 pieces of K-12 student art. Katy ISD is proud to announce the Katy ISD</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Best of Show</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Medal </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Special Merit Finalists </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">for the HLSR art competition.</span><em style="line-height:1.5;">                                                    </em></p><p>All of the winning student work listed below has been taken to the NRG Center to prepare for the <strong>Grand Prix Final Judging</strong> between 100 school districts participating in the School Art Program. The art will be on exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery from <strong>March 3 to March 22, 2015.</strong></p><p><strong>Elementary Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Hannah Fan</strong>, Pattison Elementary, Teacher: Kendra Martin</p><p>- Gold Medal – <strong>Nameer Ahsan</strong>, Kilpatrick Elementary, Teacher: Stephanie Aromy ​</p><p><strong>Junior High Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Michele Dupont</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall<strong> </strong></p><p>- Gold Medal –<strong> Samantha Gunderson</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall</p><p><strong>High School Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show –<strong> Rachel Bai</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Sierra Schriefer</strong>, Katy HS, Teacher: Brent Kramlich </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Patrick Zajac</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Lisa Matschek </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Chase Berry</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Fatemeh Ebrahimi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Shane Westcot</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Christine Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ana Olvera</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ben Whaley</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Jackie Walton</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Juliette Ragi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Lulu Akingade</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Meredith McWhirter</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Brittany Roberts</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Bana Yun</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Alexa Baeza</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Lucy Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Amy Yang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Rose Miao</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Nancy Viola </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Jaerin Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>The HLSR Student Awards Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the NRG Center Main Arena.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards2015-02-24T17:33:28Z<div class="ExternalClass1F5C28A9B885474AB1849E6BBB20A559"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The results of the regional Scholastic Writing contest were recently announced, and a total of seven Katy ISD students won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards and 14 won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Silver Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards. Each of the winning students, along with their parents, teachers and principals, were honored at a reception on February 20 at the Glassell Junior School</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Congratulations to the following:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>Gold Key </strong>Winners:</p><ul><li><strong>Zach Mascorro</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Emily Burleson</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Sofia Guevara</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Snovia Moiz</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Rebecca Sharp</strong>, Morton Ranch High School (Whitrock, teacher)</li><li><strong>Avni Halabe</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Cannon, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li></ul><p><strong>Silver Key </strong>Winners:<strong> </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christopher Chen</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Cindy Tan</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Elena Welsh</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Alejandra Cristancho</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nathan Peng</strong> , Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Lauren Ross</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Kylie Warwick</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Stephanie Cham</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (De La Rosa, teacher)</li><li><strong>Connie Guo</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Frishman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li><li><strong>Ananya Venkat</strong>, Taylor High School (Porter, teacher)</li><li><strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Melinda Wang</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li></ul><p>All <strong>Gold Key</strong> winners will advance to the national competition in New York City. National winners will be announced in March and will be invited to attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a complete list of regional winners. </p></div>
Make the Grade with School Breakfast the Grade with School Breakfast2015-02-24T16:52:23Z<div class="ExternalClass12571A75C7474062ACCB1141AC2661CF"><p><em>Katy ISD Participates in National School Breakfast Week​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department joins districts across the United States in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (NSBW) the week of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">March 2-6, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week is a week-long celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.</span></p><p>The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, <strong>"Make the Grade with School Breakfast,"</strong> highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve success in the classroom and beyond. As part of the NSBW celebrations, campuses across the District will participate in coloring contests where entries will be displayed in the cafeteria.  </p><p>Every school day, Katy ISD's breakfast program offers students the healthy breakfast they need to get set for a busy school day. Every breakfast served in Katy ISD meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. </p><p>For more information on school breakfast, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Nutrition and Food Service website</a>.</p></div>
Jazz with a Katy Flair with a Katy Flair2015-02-24T16:49:47Z<div class="ExternalClassB717F9F2D06046E3959DB6A36A0CE6BC"><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 second annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, April 23, at Palacio Maria, 21728 Highland Knolls Drive.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted in partnership with the Katy Jazz Festival, 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;">Now in its third year of operation, the foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects at campuses across the district.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation recently set a goal of awarding $1,000,000 in Katy ISD teacher grants over the next five years, an effort that is supported by events like </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><em>Jazz with a Katy Flair</em> features an evening of jazz music performed by The Carla Helmbrecht Quintet, artists in residence for the Katy Jazz Festival.  Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Carla Helmbrecht tours both nationally and internationally and has been a featured artist at events like the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Filmore Jazz Fest.  Her first two solo recordings with Heart Music (Austin, Texas) showcased a collection of jazz standards and originals, joined by a host of world-class musicians, resulting in three Grammy nominations.  </p><p>Thompson & Horton, LLP serves as the event title sponsor.  Other early event sponsors include Larry and Patricia Wright and Tradition Bank.  Additional sponsorships, including table sponsors, are available.  Single ticket admission is $75 per guest.  Find more information, RSVP or become a sponsor at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p><p>The Katy Jazz Festival will be held at Katy High School on April 24 and 25 and feature an incredible array of jazz performances, master classes and ARTkaty, a visual arts exhibit and sale.  Learn more about the Jazz Festival at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.​</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p></div>
Two-way Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten Students Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten Students2015-02-19T20:29:43Z<div class="ExternalClassAA4EF99FA3B44482BB10A7B03952D7AF"><p>​The Office of Other Languages will be conducting TWI information sessions for students entering kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year. These sessions will provide parents with information regarding the application process, requirements for entry into the TWI program and the structure of the program.  Information sessions will be provided in English or in Spanish.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Two-Way%20Immersion%20Parent%20Info%20Sessions%202015-16.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />TWI Information Sessions</a></p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations2015-02-17T17:14:42Z<div class="ExternalClass08425596B17E4FA6B02FA832BBB0F56F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of six Katy ISD student art pieces were selected to be displayed in the State Capitol Show during Youth Art Month celebrations in March, a show that features 100 pieces of student art from across Texas. The art pieces will be on display from March 1-7 at the Capitol Building, and March 8-22 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following students being honored for their artwork at the Capital Show:</p><ul><li><strong>Amy Vaclavik</strong>, McMeans Junior High (teacher: Trevor Gibson) </li><li><strong>Mathias Pitzel</strong>, Davidson Elementary (teacher: Vanina Orendorff) </li><li><strong>Faith Hernandez</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Julie Brinson)</li><li><strong>Emily Wu</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Judy Rounds) </li><li><strong>Akhil Ibrahim</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Marnie Morrie-Wishart) </li><li><strong>David Siebold</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Yuri Zaroli) </li></ul><p>Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  </p></div>
2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo2015-02-17T17:12:17Z<div class="ExternalClassF7B0686BFBC248F6B0F663D70EF316B3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">will celebrate its 72</span><sup>nd</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year beginning Wednesday, February 18</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">through Saturday, February 21, </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">at the Fairgrounds located at I-10 and FM 1463 (next to the Merrell Center) in Katy</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Carnival and Katy ISD Student Night will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 5 p.m. The Katy Rodeo is the oldest community rodeo of its kind, and is held in conjunction with the District's annual FFA Livestock Show.​</span></p><p>The following is the schedule for the 2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show: </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u>Wednesday, Feb. 18<br></u></strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">10 a.m. – Special Rodeo</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, Feb. 19</strong></span><br> 7:30 a.m. – Broiler Show<br><span style="line-height:1.5;">8 a.m. - Hog Show<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">2 p.m. - Goat Show<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">7 p.m. - Rodeo Performance</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, Feb. 20</strong></span><br> 7:30 a.m. – Rabbit Show<br> 11 a.m. – Lamb Show<br> 12 p.m. - Ag Mechanics Show <br> 1 p.m. – Steer Show<br> 7 p.m. - Rodeo Performance</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, Feb. 21</strong></span><br> 7 a.m. - Barn Sale<br> 9:30 a.m. - Parade<br> 11 a.m. – Buyers' Luncheon<br> 1 p.m. - Auction<br> 7 p.m. – Rodeo Performance<br> <br></p><p>The Katy ISD Livestock Show & Rodeo Parade will take place on <strong>Saturday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 a.m.</strong> Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy Rodeo website</a> for a full listing of <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Rodeo events</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Participates in Leadership Program ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Participates in Leadership Program2015-02-17T16:12:39Z<div class="ExternalClass70C7D4B86B4442058EC2AB95FFF1C8BF"><p>​<em>Trustee to earn Master Trustee status upon completion</em>​​<img alt="6Y9A7270.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/6Y9A7270.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:311px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;"><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Board of Trustee Henry Dibrell joined 34 other school board members from across Texas January 29-31 at the third session of the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards Class of 2015. </span></p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Participants who complete all required elements of this year-long education leadership study program will graduate this year by earning Master Trustee status, which is the highest designation recognized by TASB.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">During their meeting in Houston, the trustees heard from featured speaker Amy Lynch, CEO of Generational Edge and a nationally recognized expert on understanding generational differences. Lynch provided the group with insights into recognized communication strategies when dealing with the general public who represent multiple generations.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">The participants also visited Cypress-Fairbanks ISD's Clear Falls High School and Berry Center, Clear Creek ISD's Stewart Elementary and Education Village, and La Porte ISD's Bayshore Elementary.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for El Paso in April and Forth Worth in June. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 700 graduates to date. The current class is sponsored in part by H-E-B.</p><p style="font:14px/1.5 lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million public school students.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High #14 ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High #142015-02-17T15:53:06Z<div class="ExternalClassE84DE9EE513741F98954F08F52872655"><p><em>​Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em></p><p>Katy ISD is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Febraury 19 at 10 a.m. in recognition of the construction of Junior High No. 14.  <span style="line-height:1.5;">Joining the celebration will be Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Board of Trustees, staff, students and community members.  </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">This campus is one of six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package.  Located at 26721 Hawks Prairie Blvd. in the Hawks Landing neighborhood, this school will provide enrollment relief to WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior highs when it opens in fall of 2016. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">​​​Click here</a> for more information. </span></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiaras ISD Partners in Education to Celebrate Mentors at Ties & Tiaras2015-02-11T22:01:27Z<div class="ExternalClass0E0F6EA83E4E4A399854779F1492E5CA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors across the District while supporting KEYS Scholarships at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ties & Tiaras </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">on March 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">NOAH'S of Katy, located at </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">21402 Merchants Way, </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">was selected as this year's venue.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This year's festivities include honoring the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, along with back-to-back entertainment provided by five Katy ISD high school show choirs and the Mayde Creek High School Cripple Creek Fiddlers. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Also joining the event will be the Taylor High School student artists who created this year's KEYS scholarship masterpiece.</span></p><p>Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD's family of mentors who spend up to one hour each week with their students. Revenue from ticket sales, along with support from local corporate sponsors, benefits the <strong>KEYS Scholarship Fund</strong>. Ties & Tiaras <strong>2015 Platinum Sponsors</strong> include Firethorne, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union and the Pratt family.  Gold Sponsors include Memorial Hermann Katy, Wood Group, H-E-B and Members Choice Credit Union.  The event will be catered by Hasta La Pasta, a corporate underwriter. </p><p>Since its inception in 2006, the KEYS Scholarship Fund has awarded <strong>$200,000</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.   </p><p>KEYS and KEYS Scholarships are offered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to RSVP. Additional questions may be directed to Martha Brown at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
School Bus Driver Appreciation Week: Katy High School Highlight Bus Driver Appreciation Week: Katy High School Highlight2015-02-11T17:16:07Z<div class="ExternalClass074E0624DDE14CDE950179237F7F85A9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">chool bus drivers in Katy ISD are dedicated and valued </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">employees who contribute significantly to the educational growth of our students. Every day, they play a critical role in student success by ensuring students get to and from school safely. The 19 school bus drivers at Katy High School are no exception. Supervised by Barbara Brannon, the drivers have more than 200 years of combined experience and transport approximately 3,000 students daily.</span></p><p>The Katy High School bus drivers, like drivers across the District, are made up of parents, grandparents, former businessmen, veterans, retirees, and even current teachers. For some, this job is a way to spend more time with their children or grandchildren. Others view driving as an opportunity to serve their community and school district. </p><p>While the reasons for becoming a bus driver differ, they all share one important quality – they love their job because of the relationships they build with other drivers and with Katy ISD students and their families.</p><p>"All of the drivers are very close, and we're thankful for the staff at Katy High School and our administrators for their support," says Pat Boatright, a bus driver since 2008. "We're able to work through challenges together because of the support we receive from the top."</p><p>Many of the Katy High School drivers have had the same students on their routes for many years and have been able to watch them grow up. "It's important for us to develop good relationships with students and their parents," said Katy ISD bus driver Maria Mercado. "When they see us smiling first thing in the morning, it can brighten their day." </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the Katy High School bus drivers. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Selected as Candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program ISD Students Selected as Candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program 2015-02-11T14:42:11Z<div class="ExternalClassA92A833EEE8948FE9FC5B4CE127DE16D"><p>​<em>Students selected based on academic or artistic success, among other criteria</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nineteen Katy ISD students have been selected as candidates for the highly prestigious </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">United States Presidential Scholars Program</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span></p><p>Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is <strong>by invitation only, and e</strong>very year up to 141 graduating seniors from across the nation are chosen to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors for high school students.  </p><p>Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. During their trip, Scholars meet with important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, scientists and other accomplished people. </p><p>The following students have been selected as candidates: </p><ul><li><strong>Raeedah A. Choudhury</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Seo Yun Jang</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Andrew X. Ni</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Jenny A. Xiao</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>James E. Yoder</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Tawsif Azad</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Laura C. Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>David J. Shu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Yilun Wang</strong>, Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Krithika Kuppusamy</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Adelaide J. Kwon</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Albert H. Li</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Marianne E. Olsen</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Cean K. Park</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Luis E. Rangel</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Matthew C. Rossen</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Amrutha Srinivasan</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Kevin Xu</strong>, Taylor High School</li><li><strong>Andy C. Yu</strong>, Taylor High School</li></ul><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. </span><br></p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Student Earns Perfect Score on Advanced Placement Exam Ranch High School Student Earns Perfect Score on Advanced Placement Exam2015-02-10T21:12:27Z<div class="ExternalClass8DCE4BA9931F492C9C587B2D3795347E"><p><img alt="Lee_Perfect AP Score.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lee_Perfect%20AP%20Score.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:155px;float:right;" /></p><p>Cinco Ranch High School student <strong>Jiyeon Lee</strong> earned a <strong>perfect score</strong> on her Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio Exam in spring 2014.​ </p><p>AP Exams are reported on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to an "A" grade in the corresponding college course. Lee not only received the top score of 5, but in doing so, was one of only 13 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio Exam.</p><p>Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement. For more information about AP Exams, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</span></a>. </p></div>

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