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Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2015-08-28T20:14:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5103BB41FE7741D6B644E4626BF7F05A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another great year of mentoring on Friday, September 25 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">KEYS advocate Dr. Jerry Edmonson will share his insights and experiences with mentoring.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2014-2015 school year showed 91 percent of students participating in the program saw a decrease in discipline referrals, 92 percent decreased absences and 91 percent increased grades.  </p><p>Hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, please join us!  If you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us!  To RSVP or to complete a KEYS application, visit the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/Events.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>. ​For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href=""></a>.  ​</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full Orchestra2015-08-28T19:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass07D1033E2E124A6E8496B4E188E7B927"><p><img alt="SLHS TMEA Orchestra.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20TMEA%20Orchestra.png" style="margin:5px;width:171px;float:right;" />The <strong>Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra</strong> was recently selected as the <strong>2016 Honor Full Orchestra</strong> by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Desiree Overree and Damon Archer, and comprised of students from the top two string ensembles and top wind ensemble from the Seven Lakes High School bands.</p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. </p><p>This is the third time in the short 10-year history of Seven Lakes High School that the orchestra has been a semifinalist in this competition, earning fifth in 2014, third in 2015, and winning this distinction for 2016. </p><p>As Honor Full Orchestra, the Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra will perform at the TMEA Annual Convention in February 2016.</p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores2015-08-27T20:06:10Z<div class="ExternalClass0C0111D6E12246C48D7C2BC298612FBF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2015 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 49 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the state and national averages.</span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,611</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 300 students from 2011. </p><p>The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. ACT research shows that it is the rigor of the coursework that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ACT website</a> for more information about ACT testing and scoring. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ACT%20Scores.jpg" alt="ACT Scores.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:766px;" /> </p><img alt="" style="width:720px;margin:5px;" /></div>
2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-08-26T20:24:05Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5E1A4C964842CBA606957B0B70183B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2015. The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 25, 2015.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 19                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         Mathematics</li><li>October 21                         Science</li><li>October 22                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive. For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2015-08-26T15:25:03Z<div class="ExternalClass990F4D21A40141DEBECD695218A6A0BF"><p>​<em>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation will host its annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The event will benefit the foundation and its </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> teacher grant program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Over the last three years, the foundation has awarded over $500,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's fourth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2016. </span></p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.  For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to special No Label brews.  Groups of 10 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> shirt.  Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.</p><p>Current event sponsors include Cane Island; Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; and Jeff Poole, AXA Advisors.  Additional sponsorships are available.</p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment by the Earl Sanders, Jr. Band, a new beer garden area, valet parking, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative.  Find more information and register at <a href=""></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, <a href=""></a>.  </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff2015-08-26T12:34:25Z<div class="ExternalClass8224C5F8BC3044F2BA7082AAC54C661B"><p>​During tonight’s regular meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees considered a one-cent reduction on the Debt Service Tax Rate, reducing the rate from $.40 to $.39. The total tax rate for 2015-2016 would be $1.5166 (down from $1.5266 last year).</p><p>At tonight’s Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget, which is based on the proposed tax rate for the same school year. The proposed tax rate will be an item on the Board of Trustees agenda next month. </p><p>Tonight, the Board approved an additional one percent, one-time salary increase payment for staff.</p><p>The proposed tax rate reduction and additional salary increase for staff is possible due to the recent appraisal values for Fort Bend and Waller counties that came in approximately two percent higher than initially anticipated. </p><p>A $1,200 salary increase for teachers and two percent mid-point increase was already <a href="" target="_blank">approved by the Board in July 2015</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?” ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”2015-08-25T19:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE44DF0BC3C05454699E7C38CD7095DEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its 2015 video entitled <a href=""><strong>"Can You Do VIPS?"</strong></a> — the District's invitation to volunteers.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by Schmalz Elementary Music Teacher Michael Thomas, with choreography by Darby Boyd, Taylor High School Dance Teacher.</span></p><p>Along with the traditional cameo appearance by Superintendent Alton Frailey, dancers from 42 Katy ISD campuses participated in the video project.  In addition, the VIPS General Board, Watch ​​​DOGS, KEYS mentors and Friends of Sundown provided their own unique interpretive dance moves.</p><p>Last year, over 22,000 volunteers donated more than 968,000 hours to the stud​ents and teachers of Katy ISD.  "Can You Do VIPS?" is an homage to those volunteers, who hail from every campus and from a variety of volunteer groups.  The video is also a call to action as the District's volunteer program embarks on an historical, ground-breaking year of service.  ​</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>.​</p></div>
Dismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-08-24T21:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClassE70DE663B5234A79A174B857C7CED983"><p><img alt="DSC_0150.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0150.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:242px;float:right;" />Katy ISD's 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year, <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, was announced today as a <strong>2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist </strong>by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Dismuke is one of six finalists chosen from among the 40 semifinalists across the state.</p><p>Superintendent Alton Frailey, Morton Ranch Elementary Principal Deb Hubble and the Board of Trustees were joined by MRE students and Katy ISD staff today at a surprise assembly to honor Dismuke's outstanding accomplishment.</p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>The Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced by TASA in October 2015.​</p></div>
Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Receives TASA/TASB Caudill Class of 2015 Award R. Shaw Center for STEAM Receives TASA/TASB Caudill Class of 2015 Award 2015-08-21T17:44:27Z<div class="ExternalClass318CB6A0FB7B40E8A834C2B1A9E1D96E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The new </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">designed by Stantec Architects, was recently announced as a recipient of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Caudill Class of 2015 Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as part of the TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. Additionally, the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM received five Stars of Distinction in Community, Design, Planning, Value and School Transformation.</span></p><p>The TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture showcases new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. With an emphasis on learning, community context, aspects of enhanced value, and designs that support learners, the exhibit becomes a digital resource for all engaged in improving student learning.</p><p>The TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture Juries represent Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TASA/TASB Convention website</a>.</p></div>
Crews Appointed as Area 3 Assistant Superintendent Appointed as Area 3 Assistant Superintendent2015-08-25T21:07:14Z<div class="ExternalClass864021C0A5534DA1BF93222CFBEF360E"><p><img alt="Crews 1.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Crews%201.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:239px;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy ISD announced this week that <strong>Lee Crews</strong>, principal at Morton Ranch High School, has been appointed to serve as the new <strong>Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Administrative Support for Area 3 </strong>effective Tuesday, September 1. 2015. He will begin his new role with the District within the next two weeks. </p><p>On Tuesday, September 1, Julie Hinson, associate principal at Morton Ranch High School, will assume the interim principal role. As interim principal, Hinson will oversee all campus operations. </p><p>Crews brings 26 years of experience at the secondary level, and has led five different campuses during his career. He holds a bachelor's degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, and a master's degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria.</p><p>As the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Administrative Support for Area 3, Crews will supervise and monitor a group of campuses and assist with school performance to support the District's Improvement Plan. He will also monitor the development and implementation of campus improvement plans and recommend policies, procedures, plans and programs for meeting current operating objectives.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools divided by area are:</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Campuses%20by%20Area.jpg" alt="Campuses by Area.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:636px;" /><br></p></div>
Governor Abbott Appoints Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey to Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents Abbott Appoints Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey to Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents2015-08-18T18:46:19Z<div class="ExternalClass5589ED0FF12C48B8885C3A39381D537B"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Frailey Web.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Frailey%20Web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:148px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Governor Greg Abbott yesterday appointed Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with Nelda Blair of The Woodlands and Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston, to the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for terms set to expire on January 31, 2021.</span></p><p>As superintendent for Katy Independent School District, Frailey is responsible for the daily operations of Katy ISD's 60 campuses, over 70,000 students and more than 8,500 employees. Prior to joining Katy ISD, he served as superintendent for the DeSoto Independent School District, a suburb of Dallas, Texas and Cincinnati Public Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.  </p><p>Previously, Frailey served a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Spring Branch ISD, including: Assistant Superintendent in 2002, Area Superintendent from 1999-2002 and Executive Director of Governmental Operations from 1997-1999. Frailey's career started in 1983 as a teacher in Goose Creek ISD, where he eventually became an assistant principal, prior to joining Spring Branch ISD. </p><p>Currently, Frailey is the president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, the past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, treasurer of Texas School Alliance and secretary-treasurer of Urban Superintendents Association of America.  He serves on the board of directors for Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Katy Area Economic Development Council, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, West Houston Association and The Bible Seminary. He is a member of the Rotary Club. His professional associations have included leadership positions such as chair of Legislative Council for University Interscholastic League, president of Texas Association of Suburban/Mid Urban Schools and board member for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. </p><p>Frailey has received numerous honors and awards including Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator, Region 4 Superintendent of the Year, Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, Trailblazer Award by South Dallas Business & Professional Women's Club, Inc., Center for Children & Families Most Valuable Partner Award, Irvin Westheimer Medallion Award for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Recognized as "Most Influential" in Who's Who in Black Cincinnati and Outstanding Young Men of America. Frailey earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and master's degree in Educational Administration from Stephen F. Austin University. He received his superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler.</p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Serves as TEPSA Advocacy Committee Vice Chair ISD Principal Serves as TEPSA Advocacy Committee Vice Chair2015-08-18T18:22:05Z<div class="ExternalClass2499FA3C24BB4555A2EFAF536A88143C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Bear Creek Elementary Principal, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Lorena Zertuche</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, was recently selected to serve as </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Vice Chair of the Advocacy Committee</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Officers from the 20 TEPSA regions across the state were installed at the association's July Leadership Conference.</span></p><p>"TEPSA's committee chairs and vice chairs help guide the development of programs and services to better serve our members and ensure success for Texas students," said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart.</p><p>Dr. Zertuche's career in education spans 18 years. She was the 2014 National Assistant Principal for Texas and received the George Peabody College Educator Award from Vanderbilt University.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEPSA website</a>.   </p></div>
Appraisal Values Up; Katy ISD Board to Consider Tax Rate Drop and Additional Salary Increase for Staff Values Up; Katy ISD Board to Consider Tax Rate Drop and Additional Salary Increase for Staff2015-08-18T21:55:21Z<div class="ExternalClassBA73EEBB54DF4252B5AD54DDEEC23BB1"><p>​The appraisal values for Fort Bend and Waller counties recently came in approximately two percent higher than initially anticipated.</p><p>This increase in local revenue has enabled the District administration to propose a one-cent deduction on the Debt Service Tax Rate and a one-time salary increase payment for staff.</p><p>This means, should the Board of Trustees approve this action, staff will receive an additional one percent increase for the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p>A $1,200 salary increase for teachers and two percent mid-point increase was already <a href="/Pages/news-item.aspx?Title=%22Board%20Approves%202015-2016%20Teacher%20Salary%20Schedule%22">approved by the Board in July 2015</a>.</p><p>The teacher salary increase in 2014-2015 was a weighted average of 5.65 percent to remain competitive in the region.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Highest Possible TEA Accountability Rating ISD Receives Highest Possible TEA Accountability Rating2015-08-19T14:05:01Z<div class="ExternalClass3929397FAEF6461E88AB57520F99609F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Texas Education Agency (TEA) last week released the 2015 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, with Katy ISD receiving the highest possible accountability rating of "Met </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Standard."</span></p><p>Additionally, every Katy ISD campus met the state standards, with six secondary schools earning all seven possible distinctions and two elementary schools earning all five possible distinctions.</p><p>Districts and campuses are assigned one of three ratings under the accountability system: "Met Standard," "Met Alternative Standard" or "Improvement Required." The rating of "Met Standard" is assigned to districts and campuses that meet performance index targets on all indexes for which they have performance results.</p><p>For more information on the state accountability ratings, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA website</a>.</p></div>
Nutrition and Food Service Dept. Recognized by Texas Department of Agriculture and Food Service Dept. Recognized by Texas Department of Agriculture2015-08-18T01:50:21Z<div class="ExternalClass1A065451F7034392A7B491427382D81D"><p><img alt="NFS Group.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/NFS%20Group.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:218px;vertical-align:middle;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Nutrition and Food Service Department was recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture at the Annual Convention in July for its use of local products in school breakfasts during National School Breakfast Week held in March 2015.</span></p><p>Local products used during the week included 14,494 gallons of milk, 3,120 pounds of oranges, 2,960 pounds of grapefruit and 2,960 pounds of apples.</p></div>
Katy ISD Bus Schedules Now Available ISD Bus Schedules Now Available2015-08-11T19:07:50Z<div class="ExternalClass39B2D2E21B8F4DFA9D91B587D9E307AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD parents can now find their child's bus schedule and transportation eligibility through Edulog's WebQuery on the </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. To be eligible for transportation services, an elementary student must live beyond an approximate ½-mile radius from school property, and for secondary students, beyond an approximate one-mile radius from school property.</span></p><p>Katy ISD's <strong>Transportation Call Center</strong> is available to answer parents' questions about bus route schedules or eligibility until Friday, September 4. The call center is available Monday-Friday at (281) 396-6008 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. </p></div>
Katy Junior High Student Selected to Perform at TCDA Convention Junior High Student Selected to Perform at TCDA Convention2015-08-11T18:31:53Z<div class="ExternalClass5C7E85FC72E340079192A710178E2441"><p><img alt="Grimet.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Grimet.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:246px;vertical-align:middle;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy Junior High's <strong>Conley Grimet</strong> recently performed in the Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir on July 25 at the <strong>2015 Texas Choral Directors Association Convention</strong> in San Antonio. Conley was among approximately 700 who auditioned for the choir, and was selected to sing in the 180-member choir under the direction of Dr. Andrea Ramsey, a nationally known composer, conductor-teacher and presenter.  </p><p>Conley is pictured with Katy Junior High Assistant Choir Director Mischa Brinkmeyer and TCDA Elementary Vice President and Wolman Elementary Music Teacher Michele Hobizal. Conley will be a freshman this year at Katy High School.</p></div>
Dismuke Named Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year Named Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year2015-08-06T14:06:36Z<div class="ExternalClassFA07640124BF43959700F4AF9DAB0E0A"><p><img alt="Dismuke.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dismuke.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:139px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Christina Dismuke</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was named the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> last night at the annual awards ceremony. Dismuke was selected out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.</span></p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>"Mrs. Dismuke is truly one of the most gifted teachers with whom I have worked in my sixteen years in education," said Deb Hubble, principal at Morton Ranch Elementary. "It is no exaggeration to say that teachers of all age levels flock to her classroom to observe and learn from her. She masterfully exemplifies what elementary education should be about."</p><p>Dismuke is one of four Katy ISD teachers to be named a Region IV Teacher of the Year. Others include Barbara Sue Walker (1989), Theresa Fallwell (2008), and Janie Spies (2014). She will move on as the Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year to compete against the other Education Service Centers for a finalist spot at the state level, and ultimately an opportunity to be named Texas Teacher of the Year.</p></div>
Board Approves 2015-2016 Teacher Salary Schedule Approves 2015-2016 Teacher Salary Schedule2015-07-30T22:07:20Z<div class="ExternalClass2D7FE057983F42DBB678487CBEF5318F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">At the Board Meeting on Monday, July 27, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees adopted the 2015-2016 <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/Compensation/Copy%20of%202015-2016%20Teacher%20Salary%20Schedule%207_30.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">teacher salary schedule</a> and <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/Compensation/2015-16%20Non-Teacher%20Pay%20Ranges%20%20%20%20%207-28-15.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">non-teacher pay raises</a>.</span></p><p>Teachers will receive a salary increase of $1,200. The new beginning bachelor-level teaching salary is $50,100.</p><p>Additionally, employees paid on the non-teacher pay ranges will receive a 2 percent mid-point increase.​</p></div>
Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced2015-07-29T16:19:05Z<div class="ExternalClass632C1A9F14E5487E9467F88074CCE5F5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced approximately 1,700 additional winners of the National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join 2,200 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Among these talented students includes six from Katy ISD:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Miles Hubscher</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: petroleum engineering;</li><li><strong>Jenny Kim</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship, probable career field: medicine;</li><li><strong>Krithika Kuppusamy, </strong>Taylor HS, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship, probable career field: biomedical engineering;</li><li><strong>Matthew Rossen</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship, probable career field: computer programming;</li><li><strong>Sarah Stokes, </strong>Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: chemical engineering;</li><li><strong>Spencer Taylor</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit University of North Texas Scholarship, probable career field: mechanical engineering.</li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 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="" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit Scholarship Corporation website</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference2015-07-28T15:37:41Z<div class="ExternalClass382666D5E613442EB2068285A110AB27"><p><img alt="SLHS FBLA National Winners.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20FBLA%20National%20Winners.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:246px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Five Seven Lakes High School students were recently recognized with top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL. The students competed against more than 8,500 of America's best and brightest youth from across the United States to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in business-related competitive events. </p><p>In individual events, <strong>Naveen Chokkar</strong> placed fourth in Securities & Investments, <strong>Kirthi Dronamraju</strong> placed seventh in FBLA Principles & Procedures, <strong>Clio Sun</strong> placed eighth in Business Procedures and <strong>Prateek Mahajan</strong> placed tenth in Database Design & Application. <strong>Pranay Tamminayana</strong> placed first in the Leadership event, and currently serves as the Area V Vice President. As a chapter, Seven Lakes High School won the<strong> 2015 Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit</strong> and the <strong>FBLA Outstanding Chapter Award</strong>. </p><p><strong>About FBLA-PBL, Inc.</strong></p><p>Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch Conference Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch Conference2015-07-27T14:29:22Z<div class="ExternalClass4CCA834DDBC841E68A02BBFB58621C8E"><p><img alt="MMJH School to Watch Conference.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MMJH%20School%20to%20Watch%20Conference.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The McMeans Junior High administrative staff attended the <strong>Schools to Watch Conference</strong> in Washington D.C. in June to accept the "2015 Texas School to Watch" award, as well as give a presentation on "The Secrets to Success through Data Analysis, Interventions and Empowerment."</span></p><p>The presentation focused on providing targeted intervention programs to students with additional needs to increase their content knowledge and strengthen their skills.</p><p>McMeans Junior High was named as one of only seven Texas "Schools to Watch" in 2015 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Middle School Association. For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas School to Watch website</a>. </p></div>
Maintenance & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence Award & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence Award2015-07-21T22:10:21Z<div class="ExternalClass79BCB1761DA24DA3AB7FCB732E787079"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">K</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">aty ISD Assistant Director of Maintenance – Environmental, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Peggy Caruso</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, recently received the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Commitment to Excellence Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations Association. This annual award recognizes members who demonstrate knowledge, high standards and leadership skills in the field of Maintenance & Operations.</span></p><p>Caruso has been proactively promoting a healthy school environment since 2000. She has also been recognized as a national mentor and leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program and School Healthy Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD). </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations website</a> for more information. </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice President ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice President2015-07-21T20:05:30Z<div class="ExternalClassF27A3C238C02494A96D684692EFCD02E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Debbie Decker was recently elected as the new vice president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA). THSADA provides members with professional development, leadership and support opportunities that encourage effective athletic administration.</span></p><p>Decker will assume her new position at the General Session of Athletic Directors on July 20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">THSADA website</a>. </p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect Games Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect Games2015-07-15T19:26:13Z<div class="ExternalClassCD970DF260F445C3B3E1FCED58BBFFC7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the 2014-2015 school year, three students from the Cinco Ranch High School Varsity Bowling team each achieved a perfect game. </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Zach Perez</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Braden Thom</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Gaw</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> all scored perfect 300 games within nine months of each other.</span></p><p>In addition to bowling perfect games, the students hold impressive bowling records. Perez was the Katy ISD District Bowling Champion in 2014, Thom was the District and Regional Runner-up in 2015, and Gaw was the District and Regional Champion in 2015. </p><p>The Cinco Ranch Varsity Bowling team also won the District Bowling Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Regional Championship in 2014 and 2015. The team placed seventh in the qualifying round in the Texas High School Bowling Club Tournament. </p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee Designation ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee Designation2015-07-15T16:06:06Z<div class="ExternalClassADBF774193C24294AD12A54B9BBB6FA2"><p><em>Trustee completes year-long education leadership study program</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>During the fifth session from June 18 to 20, school board members in the 2014–15 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following year-long research focused on topics such as statewide inequities, changing demographics, challenges to traditional public school models, achievement gaps and transformational education.</p><p>The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.</p><p>After the graduation ceremony on June 19, participants joined the ranks of more than 800 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.</p><p>The 2015 Leadership TASB class, composed of 35 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB. </p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.1 million students.</p></div>
2015-2016 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals2015-07-14T21:05:01Z<div class="ExternalClass242F6E17C81C4A2C8B2442AE681602DE"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children eligible under the federal income guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. A copy of the policy may be viewed at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Children living in households with incomes at or below the federally approved levels, based on household size, may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children with statuses as homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an online application at <a href=""></a> prior to the start of school. Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. If your student receives a letter of approval the first few days of school then you do not need to complete a new application for the 2015-2016 school year. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels they should have, should contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at (281) 396-6240.</p><p style="text-align:left;">A Free and Reduced meal application form and an information letter will also be distributed in students' first day packets. <strong>A paper application will not need to be completed if you submitted the application online</strong>. If your child was on the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed. A new application is required each school year.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Nutrition and Food Service staff are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5364 Franz Road in Katy to assist parents in completing the application. Bring the names of all members of the household and their <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gross Monthly Income</span>. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Applications are available online, at any District school, and at the Nutrition and Food Service office. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year, and the 2015-2016 online application will be available <strong>two weeks prior to the start of the new school year</strong>. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining meal eligibility. Application information may be verified by school officials at any time during the school year.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015-2016 School Year</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>FAMILY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>TWICE/MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09090909090909%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>SIZE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>FREE​</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$15,301</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,775</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,276</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,815</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$638</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$908</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$589</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$838</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$295</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$419</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$20,709</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$29,471</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,726</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,456</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$863</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,228</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$797</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,134</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$399</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$567</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$26,117</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$37,167</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,177</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,098</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,089</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,549</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,005</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,430</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$503</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$715</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$31,525</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$44,863</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,628</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,739</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,314</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,870</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,213</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,726</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$863</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$36,933</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$52,559</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,078</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,380</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,539</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,190</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,421</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,022</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$711</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,011</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$42,341</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$60,255</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,529</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,022</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,765</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,511</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,629</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,318</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$815</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,159</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$47,749</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$67,951</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,980</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,663</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,990</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,832</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,837</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,614</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$919</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,307</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="text-align:center;"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$53,157</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$75,657</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,430</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,215</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,152</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,045</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,910</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,023</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,455</strong></td></tr><tr style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,408</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$7,696</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$451</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$642</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$226</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$321</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$208</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$296</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$104</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$148</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;">The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the form found online at </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:12px;"></span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:12px;"></span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.</span></p></div>
Online Classes Available Through Katy ISD Virtual School Classes Available Through Katy ISD Virtual School2015-07-13T22:37:15Z<div class="ExternalClass580FA1FF4EA649D4AB1212D896FBD106"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Online classes are available for high school students throughout the 2015-2016 school year through the Katy ISD Virtual School (KVS). KVS expands learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous online courses developed by Katy ISD.</span></p><p>KVS courses allow students to attend specialized programs, fulfill required courses for graduation when moving into the District from outside the state, and access courses not available on campus due to low enrollment. </p><p>All online classes are taught by Katy ISD teachers who hold Texas certification for their courses, as well as a Virtual Instructor's Certification through Texas A&M. </p><p>KVS courses offered for the 2015-2016 school year are: </p><ul><li>Health</li><li>Professional Communications</li><li>Creative Writing</li><li>Practical Writing</li><li>Pre-AP World Geography</li><li>AP U.S. History</li><li>AP Economics</li><li>AP Government</li><li>AP European History</li><li>AP Art History</li><li>P.E. Individual & Team Sports<br></li></ul><p>For registration information, dates and FAQ's, visit the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Virtual School website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest ISD Students Win Top Awards in Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest2015-07-16T00:33:25Z<div class="ExternalClassB06B30E748CA40799A26CB1DE53CE3C2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">en Katy ISD student art pieces recently won top awards in the annual </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston World Series of Dog Shows</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This year's theme for the art contest was "The Dog, Man's Best Friend."</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following Katy ISD students: </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Grade Awards</strong></span><strong>- $100.00 </strong><em>(Only one award given in each grade level)</em></p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Sri Varanas</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Madelene Buzan)</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Committee Choice Awards</strong></span><strong>- $50.00 </strong><em>(20 awards were given based on the Jurors' Top Choices</em><em>.</em><em>)</em></p><p>Grade 6:<strong> Hyun Seok Jang</strong>, McMeans JH (art teacher – Terrie Weaver)</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 7: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Alfonso Cabezas</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Esca</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">milla)</span></p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Luana Sacramento</strong>, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Escamilla)</p><p>Grade 8:<strong> Michelle Dupont</strong>, WoodCreek JH (art teacher – Robert Hall)</p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Jenna Seo</strong>, McMeans JH (art teacher – Trevor Gibson)</p><p>Grade 8: <strong>Ruofan Zhang</strong>, Seven Lakes JH (art teacher – Anthony Escamilla)</p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Hannah Liu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Madeline Buzan)</p><p>Grade 9: <strong>Allyson Su</strong>, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Lisa Matschek)</p><p>Grade 12: <strong>Jiyeon Lee</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS (art teacher – Cindy Reilly)</p><p>Additionally, 16 students were awarded blue ribbons. All Katy ISD Dog Show pieces will be on public display at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex from <strong>August 17-October 9</strong>. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the complete list of winners. </p></div>
Dismuke Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-07-07T20:09:30Z<div class="ExternalClass1A773583548E4E8591ADB44A9C5ECA96"><p><img alt="Dismuke Headshot.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dismuke%20Headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:167px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy ISD's <strong>2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Christina Dismuke, </strong>was selected as a <strong>Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist</strong> this week out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts. </p><p>One elementary and one secondary teacher will be chosen from the finalists to represent the area and compete against the other Texas Regions at the state level. </p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p></div>

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