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Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut AdventureMorton Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut Adventure2015-04-16T21:01:57Z<div class="ExternalClassFD0DDC0632CD44428348B1C86CE9CFB2"><p><em>Less than 30 individuals selected nationwide​</em><em>​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kim Thompson</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and eighth-grade student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Patrick Schumacher</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">JASON National Argonaut Adventure</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects. </p><p>JASON Learning is a non-profit organization that connects students to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Funded by Chevron, students and teachers in Katy ISD are able to access JASON Learning materials including inquiry-based labs, videos, lesson plans, assessments and comprehensive professional development programs. </p><p><a href="/students/Pages/The-JASON-Project.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on JASON Learning.</p></div>
Dr. Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration BreakfastDr. Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast2015-04-15T19:17:02Z<div class="ExternalClass803CE9EACD604579A360E0E8DE59D48A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteer Celebration Breakfast will be held in the Merrell Center Arena on Friday, May 15 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time to our students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This year's guest speaker is Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies to developing countries around the world and named by </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Forbes</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as one of the top 200 charities in America.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Featured entertainment will highlight the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team along with students from every Katy ISD high school.</span></p><p>The Volunteer Breakfast celebrates parents and community members who support their campuses through the district's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program and features the announcement of each campus volunteer of the year via principal videos.  Last year, Katy ISD volunteers contributed over 838,000 hours in support of the district.</p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is one of five programs offered by Partners in Education, the</p><p> Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  Other initiatives include School-Business Partnerships, KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement and Sister Schools<em>.</em></p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015vipscelebration?websitesource=%5bwebsitesource_value" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here to RSVP by May 11</a>.  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.  </p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal RecognitionDistrict Announces Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition2015-04-14T21:42:57Z<div class="ExternalClassEF92B72805A44964B6E54D1024EE17B7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently announced that Cimarron Elementary Principal </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sanee Bell</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and Morton Ranch High School Principal </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lee Crews</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, were chosen for Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition.</span></p><p>Bell and Crews were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff. </p><p>Bell and Crews will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on June 8 at the Region IV Education Service Center. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Bell Headshot.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bell%20Headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:289px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Cimarron Elementary Principal Dr. Sanee Bell</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"><p><img alt="Crews.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Crews.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:289px;" /> </p><p>Morton Ranch High School Principal Lee Crews</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High # 15 and High School # 8Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Junior High # 15 and High School # 82015-04-15T13:47:44Z<div class="ExternalClass308CC6B4CCE94C739151B097699C8B48"><p><em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em>​​</p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">What:  </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by staff, students and community members at the groundbreaking ceremony in recognition of the construction of Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8.  These campuses are two of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package.  Located in the Ventana Lakes area, these schools will provide enrollment relief to Katy and Morton Ranch junior highs, as well as Katy and Morton Ranch high schools, when both campuses open in fall of 2017.​</span></p><p><strong>When: </strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Grand Ventana Dr. off of Peek Rd. in Katy, TX</p><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;"><b>Individuals interested in attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8 can RSVP at <a href="mailto:RSVP@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">RSVP@katyisd.org</a>. </b></span></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 12-18Katy ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 12-182015-04-13T15:10:42Z<div class="ExternalClass1FA2B92CF5CF47A394D14D9E28E1F71D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week, Katy ISD joins libraries in schools and communities nationwide in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National Library Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time to highlight the value of libraries and library workers. Katy ISD librarians work closely with teachers and administrators to develop engaging programs that enhance the overall educational experience on campus.</span></p><p>Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. </p><p>First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. <a href="http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about National Library Week.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Seniors Win National Achievement Scholarship AwardSeven Lakes High School Seniors Win National Achievement Scholarship Award2015-04-13T19:00:18Z<div class="ExternalClass360EB76337E34D518C02E727F4EE945B"><p>​<em>Winners selected from more than 150,000 students nationwide</em></p><p>Seven Lakes High School seniors <strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong> and<strong> Oluwatofe Alimi</strong> are the recipients of a <strong>$2,500 Achievement Scholarship</strong> through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship. </p><p>More than 150,000 students from across the country were considered in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program after taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. </p><p>From that pool of students, the National Achievement Scholarship Program selected approximately 1,600 Semifinalists. The winners were selected based on their record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college. </p><p>The National Achievement Scholarship Program was established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and provide scholarships to the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. These awards, totaling more than $2 million, are financed by grants from 30 corporate organizations and professional associations, as well as the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.</p><p><a href="http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Earn Top Honors in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition Katy ISD Students Earn Top Honors in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Competition 2015-04-14T15:01:15Z<div class="ExternalClass7892C3F19278440A8A80C69D6FF8B5CB"><p>​<em>Katy ISD student art auctioned for $265,000</em>​</p><p>Four Katy ISD student artists recently earned top honors in the 2015 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. Pattison Elementary's Hannah Fan and WoodCreek Junior High's Michele Dupont were selected as the Reserve Champions for all elementary and junior high art, respectively. Seven Lakes High School's Diane Xu won the Class Champion award for the Quick Draw competition, and Katy High School's Sierra Schriefer was awarded the Reserve Class Champion award for all 3D art pieces. As a whole, Katy ISD student art brought in $265,000 in this year's art auction.</p><p>Additional Katy ISD students were selected for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Award finals. Congratulations to the following:​</p><p><strong>Western Art Academy:</strong></p><p>Zhining Chen, Tompkins HS</p><p>Ana Olvera, Taylor HS</p><p>Bona Yan, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Amy Yang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p><em>(Intensive four-week workshop held in Kerville, Texas under the direction of Schreiner University focusing on oil painting/drawing and activities including field trips to local art studios)<br><br></em></p><p><strong>Glassell Junior School of Art Workshop Winners:</strong></p><p>Nameer Ahsan, Kilpatrick Elementary </p><p>Alexa Baeza,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Zhining Chen<strong>, </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Fatemeh Ebrahimi, Taylor HS</p><p>Hannah Fan, Reserve Champion, Pattison Elementary </p><p>Meredith McWhirter,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS</p><p><em>(120 positions are awarded to students K-12 grade selected for one session in the summer or fall in the medium they wish to study.)<br><br></em></p><p><strong>Auction:</strong></p><p>Sierra Schriefer, Katy HS,<strong> </strong>Reserve Class Champion</p><p>Liruonong Zhang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Lucy Chen, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Amy Yang,<strong> </strong>Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Brittany Clare Roberts, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>Rachel Bai,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Alexa Baeza, Tompkins HS</p><p>Zhining Chen, Tompkins HS</p><p>Christine Jeong,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Jaerin Jeong,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Audrey Liu,<strong> </strong>Tompkins HS</p><p>Rose Miao,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS<br><br></p><p><strong>Premium 3D Winners (these winners also received a $2,000 scholarship):</strong></p><p>Chase Berry,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS</p><p>Fatemeh Ebrahimi,<strong> </strong>Taylor HS<br><br></p><p><strong>Quick Draw Student Winner:</strong></p><p>Diane Xu, Class Champion, Seven Lakes HS</p><p><a href="http://www.rodeohouston.com/Events/SchoolArt.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo school art competition.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Passes Resolution Calling for Elimination of High-Stakes State TestingKaty ISD Board Passes Resolution Calling for Elimination of High-Stakes State Testing2015-04-08T21:04:38Z<div class="ExternalClass7271E34CA5CB4EF291E68DA7855E2C78"><p>​<em>District fully in support of bills to reduce, eliminate high-stakes testing</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular monthly meeting on March 30, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a </span><a href="/dept/communications/Documents/Resolution%20on%20Assessment.pdf" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Resolution on Proposed Legislation on Assessment and Accountability</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> that calls for the elimination of state high-stakes testing, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation.</span></p><p>Currently several bills introduced by legislators in the Texas 84<sup>th</sup> Legislative Session propose the elimination of all high-stakes tests required by the state.  However, testing mandates under federal legislation, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), would remain intact.  </p><p>Although local school boards currently have no authority with regard to the administration of state-mandated testing, Katy ISD's Board fully supports bills that could reduce and/or eliminate such high-stake tests. </p><p>The Board resolution also calls for state-funded local assessments in lieu of the high-stakes tests.  Such local assessments would provide detailed diagnostics that could assist students in their learning.  However, these assessments would not be considered high-stakes, nor have any bearing on accountability ratings.       </p><p>Click <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to learn more about the proposed legislative bills.  As the legislative session proceeds, Katy ISD is committed to keep its staff, parents and community members informed on the outcome of such proposed bills that would impact the District.</p></div>

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