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Katy ISD Receives Texas Honors Circle Award from Texas Comptroller Katy ISD Receives Texas Honors Circle Award from Texas Comptroller 2014-12-19T21:59:02Z<div class="ExternalClass0B7737B6C25747C581EA2AD7305FC050"><p><em>District recognized for cost-efficient spending and academic progress excellence</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller's 2014 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Only 46 Texas school districts and 347 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2014 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). </p><p>"Given that schools are funded by taxpayers, it is important to shine a spotlight on districts and campuses that are producing high academic achievement while maintaining cost effective operations," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "Your efforts to help our state and local governments wisely manage educational spending while preparing students for success in college or the work force is crucial to the future of Texas." </p><p>FAST, mandated by the 81st Texas Legislature, is an annual study that examines both academic performance and financial efficiency to identify school districts, charter operators and campuses that deliver high-quality education at relatively low costs. Combs created the Texas Honors Circle Award program to recognize districts and schools that receive high marks in the FAST analysis.</p><p>The Texas Honors Circle program awards certificates based on FAST results. Districts and charters receiving the Texas Honors Circle Award have achieved a Five-Star FAST rating. </p><p>To view FAST's results and to see the list of all Texas Honors Circle award recipients, go to <a href="http://www.fastexas.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.FASTexas.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office SuiteKaty ISD to Offer Students and Staff Free Downloads of Microsoft Office Suite2014-12-17T20:14:24Z<div class="ExternalClassBAECED8F137E4C519151DF122130B37A"><p></p><p>Katy ISD is in the final stages of setting up access for students and staff to be able to download for free up to 10 copies of the Microsoft Office Suite on their computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Once access is finalized, a message will be sent during early spring to all students and staff with instructions on how to obtain their license for Microsoft Office.  Katy ISD licensing will enable all students and staff to have this same application for use at home and on personal devices.  Instructions will also be sent to parents after the access has been completed and tested.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor BreakfastKaty ISD Partners in Education Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast2014-12-17T17:29:08Z<div class="ExternalClass8188518AE199488BB918BDF06F584F08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will host the <strong>Men Who Mentor Breakfast</strong> on <strong>Friday, January 30 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.</strong> at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The KEYS program needs men and, as such, many boys across the District are waiting for mentors.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This annual event provides information for men interested in becoming a mentor and support for those already in the program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two of our guy mentors, along with their students, will share their experiences in the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Campus liaisons and administrators will guide table discussions for learning and networking opportunities.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>​​​KEYS mentors spend up to one hour per week, during the school day, during the school year, with their students.  If you're a guy who has ever thought about being a mentor, please join us!  If you are a guy who already mentors, please join us!  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1302015" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to RSVP by January 27. KEYS is offered through Katy ISD's Partners in Education – the department that brings the community into the classroom.​</p></div>
2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retest2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retest2014-12-17T15:54:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1F4D68E22384C7B9D9A9C022485D650"><p></p><p>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 style="text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March, 2015.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> from December 8, 2014 - February 6, 2015.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span>   The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  <strong>The online submission must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), on February 6, 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, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>if the campus can accommodate them.</em></span>  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 TAKS March Exit Level Retests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>March 2                        ELA</li><li>March 2                        ELA Writing (TAAS - eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>March 3                        Mathematics</li><li>March 4                        Science</li><li>March 4                        ELA Reading (TAAS - eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>March 5                        Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the March Exit Level retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, contact Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior RatingsKaty ISD Demonstrates Outstanding Financial Management with Superior Ratings2014-12-16T15:41:50Z<div class="ExternalClassC39EBBBB46CF4DD0A1FF136A6CBE07F6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Moody's Rating Services recently upgraded Katy ISD's issuer credit rating (ICR) from AA2 to AA1.  This is one of the highest ratings achievable by this rating agency.  Likewise, Standard & Poor's Rating Agency increased its outlook for Katy ISD from 'stable' to 'positive', demonstrating the District's strong financial health.</span></p><p>These ratings are reflective of Katy ISD's:</p><p>- Participation in the broad Houston metropolitan statistical area (MSA) economy;</p><p>- Large and diverse property tax base, with strong historical and expected growth; and </p><p>- Strong financial management practices and policies, which have allowed for growth without a negative effect on fiscal operations.​</p></div>
District Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past BondsDistrict Saves $30 Million Through Refinancing Past Bonds2014-12-16T15:41:13Z<div class="ExternalClass501DA358360746F69F5237DA459CE2CB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Last Monday night, during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported that the District saved $30,737,988 by refinancing past bonds. </span></p><p>By taking advantage of opportunities to refund/refinance bonds when the market allows, the District saves millions of dollars in interest costs.   </p><p>The District values financial transparency and has been recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new Platinum Leadership Circle Award. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p><p>Last week the Texas Comptroller's Office released its 2014 Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST).  Katy ISD received the highest rating of Five Stars.  FAST looks at academic, financial and demographic data, and identifies districts that produce high academic achievement while maintaining cost-effective operations.  Only 46 school districts across the state earned Five Stars. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second StadiumKaty ISD Recommends New Architect for Voter-Approved Second Stadium2014-12-09T14:51:52Z<div class="ExternalClassB1D4A7040DA24136A0E22B2BF5055D4B"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em>PBK withdraws from design services for second stadium</em>​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night during the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study, the District recommended HKS, in partnership with VLK Architects, as the new architect for the voter-approved second stadium following PBK's withdrawal from further participation in this project. </span></p><p>During the past few weeks, the District assessed and interviewed various highly-reputable architects for the stadium project.  The Board will vote on last night's recommendation at the Regular Monthly Board Meeting on December 15. </p><p>All reference and resource materials developed during the design phase of the 2013 proposed stadium have been provided by PBK.  However, a new design will be developed based on site and facility needs identified.  The District remains on track to complete the second stadium by 2017 and within budget.</p><p>PBK, along with five other firms, will continue to work on a variety of projects for Katy ISD.  VLK Architects, Stantec and Texas IBI Group have worked on past District projects including additions and renovations at five elementary schools and two junior highs, music room and weight room additions at various junior highs, the Katy High School baseball facility, and the Center for Innovation and Imagination, among others. Likewise, PBK has completed many successful Katy ISD projects such as the Merrell Center, the performing arts centers at all high schools, the ninth grade campuses at Katy, Taylor and Mayde Creek high schools, and the renovations at Rhodes Stadium, among others.  In addition, PBK has built four high schools, five junior highs and an elementary.  </p><p>These firms, along with Pfluger and Huckabee, will be working on various 2014 bond projects, including upgrades to the South Transportation Center, Career and Technical Education (CTE) expansions at five junior highs, major renovation projects and new campuses, beginning as early as February 2015.</p><p>The proposed $58 million stadium complex, to be built adjacent to Rhodes Stadium, includes 12,000 seats, a press box, restrooms, concessions, a field house and approximately 4,000 parking spots.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. <strong>   </strong></p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority StudentsKaty ISD School Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap for Minority Students2014-12-08T20:49:30Z<div class="ExternalClass4F8FA62818714A7596FE948C39E97F13"><p><em>​</em><em>Mayde Creek High School among elite group of Texas schools ​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School has been </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) to be the first of an elite group of only eight schools in the state to present at the TABSE State Demonstration Schools Collaborative. </span></p><p>Based on the school's strong application and compelling school data, Mayde Creek High School has been selected to present at the Dr. Jay Cummings Demonstration Schools Collaborative on February 25, 2015.  </p><p>"The staff at Mayde Creek High School is honored to be recognized for their creative and innovative approaches to educating our diverse student population," said Principal Dr. Cazilda Steele.  "We look forward to sharing our best practices and success with other schools."</p><p>The purpose of the Demonstration Schools Collaborative is to present conference attendees with exemplary models of high performing schools that are closing the achievement gaps for minority students in Texas.  </p><p>TABSE, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public-at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.</p></div>

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