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Texas Passes Law to Decriminalize TruancyTexas Passes Law to Decriminalize Truancy2015-09-01T20:46:25Z<div class="ExternalClassA0C9ABBB48E1499986B21F5685D68E9A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">House Bill 2398, recently passed during the 84</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Legislative Session, changes the way school districts and courts respond to children with unexcused absences from school. If students are sent to court for unexcused absences, they will no longer be charged with a criminal offense, but with a civil offense called "truant conduct."</span></p><p>Parents can still be held legally responsible for non-attendance of their child through a misdemeanor offense of Parent Contributing to Nonattendance (PCN). This offense is punishable by a fine ranging from $100 for a first offense, up to $500 for a fifth offense or subsequent offenses. </p><p>The legislation outlined a school district's responsibility in addressing student truant conduct, including additional requirements for implementation of truancy prevention measures, and referral of a student to truancy court. There are several implications that will now impact Texas schools. They include:​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Truancy Prevention Measures (TPM) must be developed when a student has three unexcused absences during a day or parts of days in a four-week period, and 10 or more unexcused absences during a day or parts of days during a six-month period (TEC 25.0915).</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Schools may refer a student to truancy court after receiving 10 or more unexcused absences. Prior to sending a student to court an Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP) must be developed. Schools may elect not to file if the truancy intervention measures are working in the AIP. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- A district may refer a student ages 12-18 to a truancy court. Students under age 12 may be placed on an AIP but will not be referred to truancy court. Parents may have misdemeanor charges filed against them if the AIP is not successfully fulfilled and unexcused absences persist. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">- Students must now attend school until they are 19 years old, unless they graduate or otherwise lawfully withdraw. Students who voluntarily attend school after turning 19 may be un-enrolled if they have five unexcused absences within a semester.</span></p><p>Katy ISD schools will be providing proactive attendance information to collaboratively partner with parents to assist students in reaching their educational goals.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Executive Director of Fine ArtsKaty ISD Appoints New Executive Director of Fine Arts2015-09-01T19:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClass073A9D3D5C034BB4A34E5C1C46F13441"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Former Katy ISD Assistant Director of Fine Arts, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Michael Ouellette, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">was appointed today as the new </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Executive Director of Fine Arts</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This appointment comes after the retirement of former Executive Director Bob Bryant.</span></p><p>Ouellette has worked in the field of education for 30 years, and began his career as a junior high band director in Cameron ISD. He joined Katy ISD in 2002 and served as a band director at both Mayde Creek and Cinco Ranch high schools before taking the position as the District's Assistant Director of Fine Arts in 2013.​</p><p>Ouellette holds two degrees including a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education in Educational Administration.</p></div>
Robert Jinks Appointed as Katy ISD Chief of PoliceRobert Jinks Appointed as Katy ISD Chief of Police2015-09-01T19:19:29Z<div class="ExternalClass19401A6CE0EE43CFA64DF0E8276CE438"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Chief Jinks.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Chief%20Jinks.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:154px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Katy ISD announced this week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Robert Jinks</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, former Assistant Police Chief, was appointed to the position of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief of Police</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This appointment comes after the retirement of former Chief of Police Mark Hopkins.</span></p><p>Chief Jinks began his law enforcement career in 1977, and worked with several law enforcement agencies before coming to Katy ISD in 1984 as a Security Specialist. At that time, he was appointed to the steering committee to study the feasibility of forming a school district police department, culminating in a school board resolution that established the Katy ISD Police Department in December of 1988.</p><p>Chief Jinks is on the Executive Board of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a member of the Houston Area Police Chief's Association. He was also a member of the Texas School District Police Chief's Association, where he held a seat on the executive board. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick OffKaty 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 OrchestraSeven 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 ScoresKaty 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 Retest2015 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 GrantsFireflies & 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>


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