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Last SAT Redesign Information Session Tonighthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=430Last SAT Redesign Information Session Tonight2015-05-27T14:57:57Z<div class="ExternalClassEE1F23019F204190911D0DA66174BD87"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">This is a reminder that today, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">May 27,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> is the last Community Information Session on the redesigned SAT.  This is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the changes to the SAT and how it will impact students.  Students, parents and community from any area of the District are invited to attend tonight's information session.</span></p><p>Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</p><p><strong>WHAT:  </strong>Redesigned SAT Community Information Session</p><p><strong>WHEN:  </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Boulevard</p><p>The first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be <strong>October 2015</strong>, while the first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in <strong>March 2016</strong>. </p><p>Please take a moment to review the <a href="/parents/Pages/sat-redesign.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Frequently Asked Questions</a> regarding the redesigned SAT and the <a href="/parents/Documents/SAT%20Redesign%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">presentation</a> made by a College Board representative during the April 2015 Board of Trustees Work Study.  </p><p>For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and to sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the <a href="http://www.deliveringopportunity.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=429Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the Year2015-05-27T14:36:03Z<div class="ExternalClassB2341BB8DD504640A142038C28090C08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools initiative hosted its annual Volunteer Celebration Breakfast on May 15</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> honoring the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time supporting Katy ISD students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This school year, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">19,493 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">volunteers donated </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">968,380 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">hours to Katy ISD campuses, which, equates to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">621</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> full-time staff members, or </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">10.5</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em> </em></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">additional teachers at every campus.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 1,000 volunteers attended to hear this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">District-wide entertainment was provided by the Katy ISD High School Honor Choir and the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy High School Student Advisory Council served as greeters.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">High school drumlines from Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Seven Lakes closed the festivities with a loud and rousing drum-off.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is an initiative offered through Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  For more information please go to the "Community" tab on <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> to find Partners in Education. </p></div>
Eight Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarshipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=428Eight Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarships2015-05-27T15:32:33Z<div class="ExternalClass08D2196E4E924248930628B77161274E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Among these talented students includes eight from Katy ISD:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><ul><li><p><strong>Ryan Albosta</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: mechanical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Elissa Barnett</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: industrial engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Colby Brown</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Arizona Scholarship. Probable career field: computer science</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>ifenn Drouaud</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit George Washington University Scholarship. Probable career field: law</p></li><li><p><strong>Raymond Huang</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Adelaide Kwon</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship. Probable career field: biology</p></li><li><p><strong>Luis Plata</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Safiyya Zaidi</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Houston Scholarship. Probable career field: medicine</p></li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  </p><p>For more information about the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships, visit the <a href="http://www.nationalmerit.org/sponsorship.php#college" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduledhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=427Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled2015-05-22T19:30:34Z<div class="ExternalClass3FD5D269EC6F4C3CB9784C18856BA068"><p>Due to potential showers next week, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.</p><p>We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will still join the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Alton Frailey, and fellow staff and community members for this celebration. <br>This will be the fifth campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </p><p>Located in the Cinco Ranch Northwest area, this school will provide enrollment relief to Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016.</p><p><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/New-Schools.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more information about the six new campuses</a> to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=426Golbow Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month 2015-05-19T20:08:31Z<div class="ExternalClass558F9B3B00D84D23A58E67C63FB359D7"><p>​Golbow Elementary academic support teacher Lori Getz was named the KUBE's Teacher of the Month and surprised in her classroom last week with the award. Getz was nominated for going above and beyond to provide targeted reading instruction.</p><p>According to her principal Dr. Ann Lalime, Lorie teaches with passion and excitement every day as she works with hundreds of students on campus to provide targeted reading instruction. She also spearheads a before-school tutoring program for fifth grade students that is structured in a way that has students excited to attend. In addition, she developed daily detailed lesson plans based on her analysis of student data, and provided meaningful, engaging intervention activities.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=425Seven Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive Year2015-05-19T20:00:10Z<div class="ExternalClass5EFCA6B49B074397A86B5E7B581CF96F"><p>​<em><strong>Siblings perform more than 1,000 community service hours</strong></em></p><p><br>Seven Lakes High School twins <strong>Smriti</strong> and <strong>Siddhant Ahuja </strong>were recently honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the third consecutive year for performing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. </p><p>This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered a significant amount of time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by Arya Samaj of the Greater Houston Area on behalf of President Barack Obama. “Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said Ted Vierling, principal of Seven Lakes High School. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”</p><p>Moving from India at the age of four, Smriti and Siddhant learned the value of giving back to the community at an early age, which grew significantly as they entered high school and became members of the Seven Lakes High School’s “Spartans Out Serving” program. Additionally, they co-founded “Helping Hands,” a club at Seven Lakes High School that promotes peace, education, nutrition and environment.</p><p>Besides volunteering in their school, both students have been involved with community service organizations such as the Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Mahatma Gandhi Library, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston’s “iLead” and “Meals on Wheels” Program, the Houston Food Bank and the Alzheimer’s Center. </p></div>
Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=424Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy2015-05-13T19:30:25Z<div class="ExternalClassFFFB7A92F9E044DBBA5A108710256C88"><p><img alt="Dear_RES Mickelson Academy.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dear_RES%20Mickelson%20Academy.png" style="margin:5px;width:151px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Rhoads Elementary teacher <strong>Morgan Dear</strong> was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the <strong>2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy</strong>. The Academy is a one-week, all-expense-paid intensive professional development program that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.</p><p>Dear will be joined by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, who design the curriculum and manage the daily activities and logistics of the Academy.</p><p><a href="http://www.sendmyteacher.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 39http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=423Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 392015-05-13T18:59:04Z<div class="ExternalClassA5AB94C1AD294C0D8D5FCFB4D043C5E1"><p>​<em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em>​</p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">What:  </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by students, staff and community members as they celebrate the groundbreaking of Elementary School No. 39.  This will be the third campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </span></p><p>Located in the Ventana Lakes area, this school will provide enrollment relief to King and Morton Ranch elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016. </p><p>Click <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information on the six new campuses to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where: </strong>4535 E. Ventana Parkway, Katy, TX, </p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Center Spring Showcasehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=422Miller Career & Technology Center Spring Showcase2015-05-13T12:58:44Z<div class="ExternalClassF449C105ADC041BFA9F7EAA7CF1CE3BD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD students attending Miller Career & Technology Center for Engineering Design & Development, the PACE Business Internship Program, Automotive Technology and the Online Independent Study & Mentorship course will present their year-long capstone projects at a Spring Showcase on May 19 at the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM from 6-7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.</span></p><p>Engineering students researched and developed products in mechanical, civil, electrical, and other engineering fields. Projects include a rail station for a proposed high-speed train to Houston, a solar-powered water pump for rural villages, a phone app for controlling an electronic scoreboard and a motorized dumbwaiter for a townhome. </p><p>Automotive technology students will host a car show and display projects, including their state award-winning projects. </p><p>PACE students, who participate in a year-long internship with doctors, engineers, and business and industry professionals, will present independent research projects in the fields of health science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), business and law. </p><p>Online Independent Study & Mentorship students seek to identify a real-world problem and find a creative and innovative solution with the guidance of a mentor in that field. Their wide-ranging projects include an ergonomically designed smart chair, a protocol for reducing corruption in businesses that work overseas, a smartphone app to help teachers prevent cheating, and a football helmet designed to help monitor possible concussions. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Win Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarshipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=421Katy ISD Seniors Win Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarships2015-05-12T20:27:39Z<div class="ExternalClass213823157FF2440385C639984443E139"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 12 Katy ISD seniors recently received scholarships in a variety of categories from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The scholarship categories include Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art, Military, Technical and Exhibitor.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following Katy ISD students:</p><ul><li><strong>Leen Basharat</strong>, Morton Ranch High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Karla Bautista</strong>, Katy High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Andres Castillo</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Sarah El-Agha</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Bridget Franz</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Jessica Granados</strong>, Katy High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Zachary Janda</strong>, Seven Lakes High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Nabil Khan</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Alireza Mehmandoost</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Andres Rivera-Vazquez</strong>, Katy High School – Opportunity Scholarship</li><li><strong>Fatema Shipchandler</strong>, Mayde Creek High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li><li><strong>Emily Zhang</strong>, Taylor High School – Metropolitan Scholarship</li></ul><p>Scholarship awards are presented in May at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Banquet. For more information on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarships, visit the <a href="http://www.rodeohouston.com/Scholarships/ScholarshipTypes.aspx#1315174-metropolitan" style="text-decoration:underline;">HLSR website</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent's ABCD Clubhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=420Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent's ABCD Club2015-05-12T15:57:40Z<div class="ExternalClass7A0A33AD73E649FF9ECF74E6EE1CE66F"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was named to the Superintendent's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">ABCD Club</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> today for going </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.</span></p><p>Seven Lakes was nominated by a parent whose child suffers from Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. The Seven Lakes High School administrators and staff joined forces to ensure this student's needs were met and encouraged him to participate in extracurricular activities such as Science Olympiad. Because of their support, the student is graduating seventh in his class and attending Rice University in the fall.</p><p>"Principal Ted Vierling and his staff set a great example," said Lisa Wu, Seven Lakes High School parent. "They are encouraging, supportive and always there to help."</p><p>To nominate a campus or department for the Superintendent's ABCD Club, submit a letter to <a href="mailto:communications@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">communications@katyisd.org</a> with your contact information, explaining what the campus or central department did that you feel was <em>Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em>. Nominations can be submitted by parents, community members, internal customers or students. To view the full list of ABCD Club recipients, visit the <a href="/dept/communications/Pages/ABCD-Club.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
2015 July TAKS Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=4192015 July TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-05-12T13:03:50Z<div class="ExternalClassA1B5F7BD97AA4E548510BB96129CBD80"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in July, 2015.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="https://tx.pearsonaccess.com/tclp/portal/tclp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pa2_tclp_oos_page" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on June 12, 2015.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 July TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>July 6                          ELA</li><li>July 7                          Mathematics</li><li>July 8                          Science</li><li>July 9                          Social Studies​</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the July Exit retesting at Morton Ranch High School located at 21000 Franz Rd.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Monthhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=418Katy ISD Recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month2015-05-12T12:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass8430A5F05F14440790752BF264899EEC"><p><img alt="BHSM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BHSM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;float:right;" /></p><p>May is <strong>Better Hearing and Speech Month </strong>to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options to improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking, understanding or hearing.</p><p>Katy ISD currently employees more than 100 Speech Language Pathologists who treat a variety of disorders such as issues with articulation, social communication and stuttering. </p><p>For more information on Better Hearing and Speech Month, visit <a href="http://www.asha.org/bhsm/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.asha.org/bhsm/</span></a>. </p></div>
TEA Identifies Stephens Elementary as a Title I High-Performing Reward Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=417TEA Identifies Stephens Elementary as a Title I High-Performing Reward School2015-05-11T18:32:25Z<div class="ExternalClassD9AC275BEF8A45ADA3EE17B9665842AD"><p>​<em>Recognition based on reading and math performance</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified Stephens Elementary as a high-performing Title I school for 2014-2015. </span></p><p>A high-performing reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance, as well as the highest graduation rates at the high school level.  For 2014-2015, TEA identified 192 campuses across Texas as high-performing schools.</p><p>The identification of high-performing Title I schools is a part of the state's conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). </p><p>Title I schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40 percent low-income.</p><p>Click <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/Priority%2c_Focus%2c_and_Reward_Schools/" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to view the complete list of 2014-2015 high-progress and high-performing schools across Texas. </p></div>
2015 Katy ISD Board Election Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=4162015 Katy ISD Board Election Results2015-05-10T02:19:37Z<div class="ExternalClassC66F5E766E594308B8F52FAAF1439746"><p>​<em>Incumbents Bryan Michalsky and Charles Griffin re-elected</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD voters elected incumbents </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Bryan Michalsky</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Charles Griffin</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.</span></p><p>Michalsky won Position 6 with a total of 1,604 votes, and Griffin won Position 7 with a total of 1,675 votes.</p><p>The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will canvass the results from the Board Election on Monday, May 18 at the regular Board meeting, making the May 9 election results official. The swearing in of Katy ISD's two elected Board members will also take place during this meeting.</p><p>Click <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election%2015/2015%20Board%20Election%20Results.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Celebrates Texas “Schools to Watch” Selectionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=415McMeans Junior High Celebrates Texas “Schools to Watch” Selection2015-05-08T21:07:35Z<div class="ExternalClass6B8B67D8A4484081B142CD67D551E02E"><p><em>One of only seven campuses across Texas</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Members of the Texas "Schools to Watch" Committee joined McMeans Junior High staff, students and parents this morning for a ceremony celebrating the campus' selection as one of only seven exemplary Texas "Schools to Watch" for 2015.</span></p><p>The ceremony included performances by the McMeans Junior High choir, band, orchestra and theatre, as well as a presentation of the "Schools to Watch" banner. </p><p>"It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of the students, staff and community," said McMeans Junior High Principal Dr. Susan Rice. "From the students who light this journey for us, to the outstanding staff who continue to amaze me on a daily basis, it is the teamwork we've built on campus over the years that has allowed us to do this."</p><p>McMeans Junior High received this honor for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. </p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.930124100341013.1073741901.113148448705253&type=3&uploaded=21" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from today's "Schools to Watch" ceremony.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2015 Top 10 Graduateshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=414Katy ISD Announces Class of 2015 Top 10 Graduates2015-05-13T16:08:00Z<div class="ExternalClassD801969DBCF74B2597CAD820938DC5DF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">In just a few weeks, more than 3,500 seniors will walk across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during the 2015 graduation ceremonies. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </span></p><p>The District is proud to announce this year's<strong> Top 10 students </strong>from each of its six comprehensive high schools. Congratulations to:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Haochen Peng</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Jenny Ailin Xiao</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> JiWoo Lee</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Raeedah Choudhury</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Gauri Bora</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie):</strong> Jacqueline Huang</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Chenxi Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Emily Liu</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Yeeun Jung</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Diana Zhang</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Carolyn Kate Baxter</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Manuel Jose Marin</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>John Paul Couvillion</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Andres Rivera-Vazquez</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Bryce Augusto Gutierrez</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> William Keith Boyles Kramer</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> John Michael Robertson</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> William Riley Shuping</li><li><strong>No. 8 (tie):</strong> Marisa Ann Braden</li><li><strong>No. 8 (tie): </strong>Kaitlin Elizabeth Elena Miller</li><li><strong>No. 10 (tie): </strong>Luke Adam Spies</li><li><strong>No. 10 (tie):</strong> Yijie Tang</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Sarah El-Agha</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Fatema Taha Shipchandler</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Andrew Soewito</li><li><strong>No. 4 (tie):</strong> Nabil Khan</li><li><strong>No. 4 (tie):</strong> Kyle Hunter McCaslin</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Sheikh Abrar Razzaque</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Brandon Bui</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jasmine Aleese Zenn</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Peter Soewito</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Alyssa Nicole Dubrow</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Jenna Dahyun Breedlove</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Kevin Saravia</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Marin Eder Cabrera</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Bridgette Stephanie Guzman</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Bunga Adlina Ghassani</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Austin Quentin Fullmer </li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Sarah Elaine Parker</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Kelly Michelle Rivas</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Kiara Mariana Salamonovitz</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Pauline Clerigo Lao</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> David Jiaqi Shu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Sameer Suresh</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Oluwatofe Temitola Alimi</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Laura Hu</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Deeksha Bidare</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Yilun Wang</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Felix Yanyi Wu</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Rohan Chakraborty</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Anirudh Mukhopadhyay</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Melissa Fu</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Andy Christopher Yu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Helen Kun Gai</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> James Yucheng Luo</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Ishani Amit Desai</li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Benjamin Aaron Hlousek<strong> </strong></li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Sung Yeon Kim</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Kevin Minh Khang Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> John Kim</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Kevin Xu</li></ul><ul><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Krithika Kuppusamy​</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners Announcedhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=413National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners Announced2015-05-06T15:10:11Z<div class="ExternalClass944064570EB240C19262A6F1E2916E10"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the 2015 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. Five Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.​</span></p><p>Katy ISD's National Merit Scholarship winners are:</p><ul><li><strong>Deeksha Bidare</strong>, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine</li><li><strong>Laura Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: economics</li><li><strong>Seo Yun Jang</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: chemical engineering</li><li><strong>Jiwoo Lee</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: engineering</li><li><strong>Leah Stevenson</strong>, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemistry</li></ul><p>These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.</p><p>To date this academic year, Katy ISD has a total of 13 seniors receiving scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation – six Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners, two National Achievement Scholarship winners, and the five students announced today. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are expected to be announced in late May. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nationalmerit.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.nationalmerit.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Host First-Ever Young Inventors’ Showcasehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=412Katy ISD to Host First-Ever Young Inventors’ Showcase2015-05-05T19:05:44Z<div class="ExternalClass79C8BF32E7764A1084FF98AD9634A804"><p>​<em>Community invited to view students' inventions</em></p><p><strong>What: </strong>The Katy ISD Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), in partnership with the Young Inventors Association of America, present's the District's first-ever Young Inventors' Showcase.  Nearly <span style="line-height:1.5;">30 Katy ISD students in grades 3 – 8 submitted projects to be showcased, and presented to judges and community members on Saturday.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The top winners will be selected to attend the 27<sup>th</sup> Annual Young Inventors' Showcase of Houston at the University of Houston, where the participants will have an opportunity to win a patent. </p><p>Click <a href="/dept/rsc/Pages/Young-Inventors%27-Showcase.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information on Katy ISD's Young Inventors' Showcase. </p><p><strong>When: </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Winners to be announced at 11:30 a.m. ​</strong></span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM, 1730 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives TBA 2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=411Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Receives TBA 2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award2015-05-05T17:49:59Z<div class="ExternalClass5049ABEC35D64A6795D89BA93C823E5A"><p><em>Recognized for outstanding career in music education </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant has been selected by the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) Board of Directors as the recipient of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>This award recognizes Bryant for his outstanding career in music education and his contributions to the profession as an administrator.  He will be presented with his award on July 23 at the 2015 TBA Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  </p><p>For the last half-century, members of Texas Bandmasters Association have worked diligently to further the cause of instrumental music education in communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas' elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities.</p><p>In February, Bryant was also recognized with the <strong>2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong>, which recognizes educators who have committed over 25 years to building the state of music education throughout their local community, and who have had an impact across the state and the nation. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2015 Visual Art Scholastic Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=410Katy ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2015 Visual Art Scholastic Event2015-05-14T15:58:07Z<div class="ExternalClassC30344E196254E4391912A1B5640E2B1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 26 Katy ISD students received State Medallions, with four students winning the Gold Seal of Excellence Award, at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in April. VASE provides students the opportunity to bring artwork created in their art classes to regional and state events for evaluation by certified jurors. The following students received State Medallions and Gold Seals in this year's VASE competition:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>State Medallions:</strong></p><p><strong>Lulu Akingbade, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Hareem Ali, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Rachel Arthurs, </strong>Katy HS</p><p><strong>Grace Carter, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Patricia Castillo, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Emily Duffy, </strong>Katy HS</p><p><strong>Fatemeh Ebrahimi, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Kaleigh Fitzgerald, </strong>Katy HS</p><p><strong>Jason Funes, </strong>Morton Ranch HS</p><p><strong>Fernanda Huerta Lira, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Christina Jiang, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Sam Laws, </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p><strong>Helen Ma, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Rose Miao, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Julette Ostos, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Beatriz Rodriguez, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Morgan Thomas, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Nina Truong, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Sri Varanasi, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Michelle Wan, </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><strong>Patrick Zajac, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong>Liruonong Zhang, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Gold Seal of Excellence Award:</strong></p><p><strong>Yeeun Jung, </strong>Cinco Ranch HS</p><p><strong>Bertha Talancha</strong>, Morton Ranch HS<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Ben Whaley, </strong>Taylor HS<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Diana Xu, </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p>VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, the program is only eligible for Texas high school students in grades 9-12. <a href="http://www.taea.org/VASE/default.asp" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on this event. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School #38http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=409Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School #382015-05-11T18:16:01Z<div class="ExternalClassF9CE252727614B15863041BADD0F3BBB"><p>​<em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by staff, students and community members at the groundbreaking ceremony in recognition of the construction of Elementary School #38.  This is the fourth campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Located in the Cinco Ranch Northwest area, this school will provide enrollment relief to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> when it opens in fall of 2016.</span></p><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">Click </span><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for more information on the six new campuses to be built with the 2014 bond package.</span></p><p><strong>When:</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> 27602 Westridge Creek Lane, Katy, 77494</p></div>
Fielder Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=408Fielder Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Award2015-05-04T18:44:39Z<div class="ExternalClass67410AF74C8B4BE0A3953FFFB52E97A1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Fielder Elementary Student Council</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently announced as one of 104 recipients of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Student Council Excellence Award </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). This prestigious award is indicative of the outstanding work done at Fielder to foster student leadership opportunities.</span></p><p>"I am extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Fielder Elementary Principal Will Rhodes. "They have excelled in all areas reflected in the goals of the Student Council Excellence Award including community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit." </p><p>The FE Student Council has worked to positively impact their school and community by raising funds for a new "Buddy Bench," developing spirit days, purchasing needed school supplies and demonstrating the importance of recycling on campus. </p><p>The organization will be recognized at the TEPSA Student Council workshop this fall. </p></div>
Katy ISD Public Meeting Noticehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=407Katy ISD Public Meeting Notice2015-04-30T22:37:06Z<div class="ExternalClass0EB78602E4FE4B01A9100EB34DDF98AC"><p>​<span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">A public meeting has been scheduled for </span><strong style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;">Monday, May 4, 2015 </strong><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">at</span><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;"> </span><strong style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;">1 p.m. </strong><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;background-color:#ffffff;">in the Katy Independent School District Educational Support Complex, Room ​</span><span style="color:#222222;line-height:1.5;">1200 BCG located at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA B Special Education and High School Accelerated Instruction programs as implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, as well as proposed implementation for the 2015-2016 school year. </span></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="line-height:1.5;">Information on the Title I Programmatic Ed-Flex Waiver will be presented. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">accompany all comments made.​</span></p></div>
Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessionshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=406Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions2015-05-06T15:51:16Z<div class="ExternalClass2341B6C3BAC84DD1838E1F54A8247C7F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</span></p><p>In an effort to help the community better understand the changes, students, parents and community from any area of the District are invited to attend any of the following Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>DATE:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>SCHOOL:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>ADDRESS:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>TIME:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">May 5</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>21000 Franz Rd</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6:30 p.m. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">May 20</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>6331 Highway Blvd.</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6:30 p.m. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">May 26</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6:30 p.m. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">May 27</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>20700 Kingsland Blvd.</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6:30 p.m. </td></tr></tbody></table><p><br> </p><p>The first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be <strong>October 2015</strong>, while the first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in <strong>March 2016</strong>. </p><p>For additional information, view the <a href="/parents/Pages/sat-redesign.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Frequently Asked Questions</a> regarding the redesigned SAT and the <a href="/parents/Documents/SAT%20Redesign%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">presentation</a> made by a College Board representative during the April 2015 Board of Trustees Work Study. Information on the changes to the SAT and sample questions are also available on the <a href="http://www.deliveringopportunity.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>. </p></div>
Seven Katy ISD Campuses among Top 20 Greater Houston Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=405Seven Katy ISD Campuses among Top 20 Greater Houston Schools2015-04-30T14:32:07Z<div class="ExternalClass9BA7F9D29C4F441FBEE4D8C2FD3A29CA"><p><em>Children at Risk releases 2015 Public School Rankings</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Seven schools in Katy ISD ranked among the top 20 in the Children at Risk's </span><a href="http://childrenatrisk.org/content/?page_id=8074" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">2015 Greater Houston School Rankings</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Children at Risk, a local nonprofit, ranked more than 1,300 public schools in the eight-county Houston region.  </p><p>At the elementary school level, <strong>Alexander Elementary</strong> ranked No. 20 out of 870 elementary schools.  Meanwhile, <strong>Beckendorff</strong>, <strong>Seven Lakes</strong>, <strong>McMeans</strong> and <strong>Beck </strong>junior high ranked No. 3, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 12, respectively, out of 315 middle schools.  At the high school level, <strong>Seven Lakes</strong> and <strong>Cinco Ranch</strong> high schools ranked No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, out of 163 high schools.  </p><p>The school rankings, based mostly on student test scores, strive to serve as an accessible guide for parents, educators, and community members on the performance of local schools and to spark important community dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas. </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.childrenatrisk.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.childrenatrisk.org</a> to view the complete 2015 Greater Houston School Rankings.   </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Rylander Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=404Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Rylander Elementary2015-04-29T17:07:44Z<div class="ExternalClass326BCE067E764E01B0F2CC3E37F77064"><p><em>Gwendolyn Coffey brings more than 15 years of experience to her new role</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During their Monthly Board Meeting on Monday, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gwendolyn Coffey </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as the new principal for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Coffey began her career in education in Katy ISD in 1999 as an elementary teacher, before moving to Lamar CISD to become a counselor and then to Spring ISD to serve as an assistant principal for two years.  </p><p>She returned to Katy ISD in 2012 as counselor and then assistant principal at Cimarron Elementary.  </p><p>Coffey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi. </p></div>
Hundreds Gather for Dedication of New Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=403Hundreds Gather for Dedication of New Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics 2015-04-28T17:06:22Z<div class="ExternalClass9A138FB585F949A5A384E57862D0C1EB"><p>​<em>District's first-ever interactive facility dedication</em>​</p><p>Last night Katy ISD parents, students, staff members and local officials joined the Board of Trustees at the Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics for the District's first-ever interactive facility dedication.</p><p>The dedication included a ceremony, open house, and student demonstrations showcasing this spring's projects and activities at the Shaw Center. Visitors were encouraged to utilize their cell phones or tablets during the dedication to get the most of the interactive experience.</p><p>Robert R. Shaw, the Center's namesake, served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012 and is described by his peers as the District's "biggest volunteer" and a "selfless servant who got excited about opportunities for all students." 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 and Morton Ranch high schools and taught physics at Cinco Ranch High School, is the instructional specialist. They 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 most recently a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.924447597575330.1073741893.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">Forensics CSI Day</a> for the District's Forensics Science classes.</p><p>The Center is located at 1730 Katyland Dr., next door to the Miller Career and Technology Center. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.926221447397945.1073741895.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view photos from the dedication ceremony.</p></div>
Winborn Elementary Selected for SPARK School Park Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=402Winborn Elementary Selected for SPARK School Park Program2015-04-28T17:05:06Z<div class="ExternalClass4CA270ED49D04283B4E1943BE276F0B8"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">K</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">aty ISD's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Winborn Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected to participate in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">SPARK School Park Program</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> during the 2015-2016 school year. The SPARK Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks that are available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span></p><p>In the past 30 years, SPARK has built more than 200 community parks throughout the Houston/Harris County area with designs based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom and a public art component.</p><p><a href="http://www.sparkpark.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on the SPARK School Park Program. </p></div>
Katy ISD’s First-Ever Forensics CSI Day Gives Students Hands-on Experiencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=401Katy ISD’s First-Ever Forensics CSI Day Gives Students Hands-on Experience2015-04-28T16:59:10Z<div class="ExternalClassE2162D8DA82F417FB77B677EBD56D0E3"><p>​<em>Event possible thanks to partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office</em></p><p>Thanks to a partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office, Katy ISD high school students gained real world experience and exposure to the field of forensics and crime scene investigation during the District's first-ever Forensics CSI Day.  </p><p>Nearly a thousand high school students, currently enrolled in Forensic Science, participated in the event from April 22 – 24 at the new Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM.  </p><p>"This event gave us a more realistic feel as to what happens out in the field," said Laura Spoonire, a senior at Morton Ranch High School who will be attending Sam Houston State University in the fall to major in forensic science.  "I enjoyed visiting the different stations, meeting presenters and seeing the tools that are currently being used in forensic science." </p><p>During the event, students put to the test their skills in finger printing and blood spatter analysis to solve a crime scene created for them by FBCSO CSU investigators, Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel. </p><p>"The event was made possible thanks to our hard-working teachers, our parent volunteers and FBCSO, who generously dedicated their time," said Manuel.  "Together they helped us create an unforgettable, unparalleled learning experience for our students."</p><p>Students also toured FBCSO's mobile investigation unit and spoke directly with CSU investigators and fire marshals. </p><p>Currently Miller Career and Technology Center<strong>, </strong>Katy, Morton Ranch, Mayde Creek, Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Taylor high schools offer Forensic Science to their students.  This course will also be offered at Tompkins High School next year.  </p><p>Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.924447597575330.1073741893.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to view photos of Katy ISD's Forensics CSI Day. </p></div>

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