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Dismuke Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year FinalistDismuke 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>
Katy ISD Graduates Receive Houston Marathon Foundation ScholarshipsKaty ISD Graduates Receive Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarships2015-07-07T19:12:03Z<div class="ExternalClass90EC6F24380347718069843F877A8FC6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) announced last week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Laine Zizka</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Taylor High School and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Chris Winski</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Morton Ranch High School were named the first recipients of the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship. The two Katy ISD graduates and former cross country runners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship annually for four years, totaling $20,000 in financial aid toward their college tuitions.</span></p><p>The scholarship was created in honor of Susan Poorman Blackie, co-founder of the HMF and long-time Houston Marathon Committee volunteer board member, and is designed to recognize student athletes in the Greater Houston Region who have demonstrated academic success, participated in high school cross country running, volunteered for extracurricular activities and applied to attend a college or university in the state of Texas.</p><p>Both student athletes were captains of their respective cross country teams and members of the National Honor Society. Winski plans on running track and cross country at the University of the Incarnate Word in the fall and Zizka plans to attend Texas Christian University. </p><p>In addition to supporting these two students over the next four years, the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship will also be awarded to two graduates in the summer of 2017. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Houston Marathon Foundation website</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD High Schools Place in UIL Lone Star CupKaty ISD High Schools Place in UIL Lone Star Cup2015-07-06T19:57:16Z<div class="ExternalClass25C6D2649CF54B9DAB2065C7390BB77D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Two Katy ISD high schools recently placed among the top 10 in the rankings for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Lone Star Cup</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> placed fourth and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cinco Ranch High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> placed eighth in the 6A division for the 2014-2015 school year.</span></p><p>The UIL Lone Star Cup honors the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas. The schools are selected based on their team performance in athletics and academics. </p><p>The rankings include State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track & Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball and Baseball.</p><p>For more information on the UIL Lone Star Cup, visit the<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">UIL website</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD String Orchestras Selected as TMEA FinalistsKaty ISD String Orchestras Selected as TMEA Finalists2015-06-25T16:02:22Z<div class="ExternalClass07158D0252914A4C9A7A04ED989C70C3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> were recently selected as finalists for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra, placing them among the top eight junior high string orchestras in the state.</span></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>The selected orchestra will be announced in late July and will receive a plaque in acknowledgment of their achievement. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TMEA website</a> for more information regarding the Honor Orchestra selection.</p></div>
Katy Elementary Volunteer Recognized for Outstanding ServiceKaty Elementary Volunteer Recognized for Outstanding Service2015-06-29T13:12:50Z<div class="ExternalClassB85318A7FBD744B19BEAB541C4A8EBF4"><p><img alt="KE Volunteer.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KE%20Volunteer.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:290px;float:right;" /></p><p>Dedicated Katy Elementary volunteer, <strong>Chris Wilson</strong>, was recently honored by the campus as a 2015 Volunteer of the Year nominee. ​ Wilson began volunteering nine years ago as a Katy High School senior in the Vocational Adjustment Coordination program, and was assigned to Katy Elementary to fulfill the requirements of the program. </p><p>Since his graduation in 2006, Wilson has continued to volunteer at Katy Elementary. Although physically handicapped himself, he works in the Fine Motor Lab to help students who have issues with fine motor skills and development. </p><p>"He has a special understanding and compassion for these students," said Katy Elementary Principal Leslie Smuts. "He is a hard worker, excellent with the students and handles unexpected changes to the schedule." </p><p>Wilson was recently honored with a plaque at a school-wide assembly for his outstanding service to KE students.</p></div>
Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Recognized as CHPS Designed FacilityRobert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Recognized as CHPS Designed Facility2015-06-23T14:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClass2A280FD9B1F04587B330961D4E533812"><p><img alt="DSC_4358.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4358.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:315px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) recently recognized the <strong>Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics</strong> for achieving the necessary prerequisites and credits to be named a <strong>Texas CHPS Designed Facility</strong>. The Robert R. Shaw Center is now part of a distinguished rank of educational facilities who are leading the movement to build a new generation of healthy, green, high performance schools.</p><p>CHPS works nationally to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by promoting the construction and operation of the best possible school facilities with the smallest impact on the planet. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CHPS website</span></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Class of 2015 Graduates Accept More than $21 Million in ScholarshipsKaty ISD Class of 2015 Graduates Accept More than $21 Million in Scholarships2015-06-22T20:45:45Z<div class="ExternalClass1D859749274847ABA5ACC38BBC4D2209"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 696 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2015 received more than $21,023,000 in academic and/or athletic scholarships.</span></p><p>The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $17,117,850 and athletic scholarships totaled $3,957,489.</p><p>Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Academic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Athletic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Total</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,066,372</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$830,332</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,896,704</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,966,436</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$852,619</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,878,855</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mayde Creek HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,912,439</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$122,458</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,034,897</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,952,073</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$887,480</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,727,790</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,486,270</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$641,720</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,127,990</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,732,260</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$622,880</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,355,140</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Raines HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">N/A</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Maintenance & Operations Department Celebrates EmployeesKaty ISD Maintenance & Operations Department Celebrates Employees2015-06-17T13:19:40Z<div class="ExternalClass6CBECC73416047FEB65AFAAAFEEE56D0"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations Department celebrated the hard work and achievements of its more than 600 team members last week. At the annual awards ceremony, all were honored and more than 80 individuals and campuses received awards.</span></p><p>The top recognition awarded this year was the coveted <em>Overall Outstanding Employee of the Year</em> <em>Award</em>, which was given in the maintenance, grounds and operations categories. This award was given to <strong>Angel Mancilla</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Mark Zahn</strong> in the grounds category, and <strong>Zenan Najera</strong> in the operations category.</p><p>Katy ISD's Maintenance & Operations team oversees the upkeep and operations of nearly 12 million square feet of property throughout the District every day. They are Katy ISD's largest support services organization and cover everything from minor construction projects, to energy management, facility maintenance and grounds upkeep. For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/maintops/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Maintenance & Operations webpage</a> online.</p></div>

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