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Miller Career & Technology Center New PrincipalMiller Career & Technology Center New Principal2017-05-24T15:07:52Z<div class="ExternalClassFA1EB72932B54199BFB565C140FDE22A"><p>​During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Russell Faldyn as the new principal for Miller Career & Technology Center.  Mr. Faldyn will be replacing Dr. Anna Webb-Storey, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.</p><p>Mr. Faldyn has worked in education for 30 years.  He began his educational career in 1987 as an agricultural science teacher in Linden-Kildare CISD.  He worked for Spring ISD from 1992-1999 as an agricultural science teacher.  Mr. Faldyn joined Katy ISD in 1999 as an assistant principal at Katy High School.  In 2005, he moved to Taylor High School where he served as an assistant principal, curriculum principal and associate principal.  In 2015, Mr. Faldyn was named Community Education/Election Administrator. </p><p>Mr. Faldyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, a Master of Education/Vocational Education Degree, as well as an Educational Mid-Management Certification from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Faldyn will begin his new role as principal of the Miller Career & Technology Center on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Faldyn a warm welcome at MCTC and wish him the best in his new position!​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCTC_Russell%20Faldyn.jpg" alt="MCTC_Russell Faldyn.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Taylor High School New PrincipalTaylor High School New Principal2017-05-24T14:48:08Z<div class="ExternalClassAA8BA40292E1445091E7EBA5AE748A9E"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support - Area 2.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan has worked in education for 22 years.  He began his educational career in 1995 as an elementary teacher in Irving ISD.  In 1998, he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Paul Keyes Elementary.  In 2006, his career moved him to Fort Bend ISD, where he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. Mr. Morgan has served as Principal of Kempner High School since 2014.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education in Administration Degree from Texas Women's University.  Mr. Morgan will begin his new role as principal of Taylor High School on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Morgan a warm welcome to the  Katy ISD Taylor High School family, and wish him the best in his new position!</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Christopher%20Morgan%20THS%202.jpg" alt="Christopher Morgan THS 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer HoursKaty ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours2017-05-22T13:55:13Z<div class="ExternalClass7B1C283746ED4239B2373DB723130BA7"><p>For the second year in a row, Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district's students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of our children.  </p><p>At the Volunteer Celebration hosted on May 12<sup>th</sup>, Katy ISD announced this year's hours achievement along with honoring each campus Volunteer of the Year:  Alexander Elementary, Kara Floyd; Bear Creek Elementary, Tiffany Barlas; Beck Junior High, Claudina Lovalvo; Beckendorff Junior, Katie Roberts; Bethke Elementary, Danielle Wachter; Cardiff Junior High, Maria Teresa Zataratous; Cimarron Elementary, Jan Guess; Cinco Ranch High, Cris Bowden; Cinco Ranch Junior, Gresha Saenz; Creech Elementary, Jan Killam; Davidson Elementary, Cubendri Bach; Exley Elementary, Reeca McCrory; Fielder Elementary, Tess Hall; Franz Elementary, Andrea Silva; Golbow Elementary, Amy Heppen; Griffin Elementary, Maureen Lee; Hayes Elementary, Diane Jacobson; Holland Elementary, Kim Greene; Hutsell Elementary, Judy Lee; Jenks Elementary, Kelli Melancon; Katy Elementary, Amy Kagay; Katy High, Rosario Harter; Katy Junior, Autumn Christiansen; Kilpatrick Elementary, Kim Beidle; King Elementary, Dawn Goodwin; Mayde Creek Elementary, Michelle Espinoza; Mayde Creek High, Maria Torbit; Mayde Creek Junior, Donna Ward; McDonald Junior, Dolly Sanchez; McMeans Junior, Elita Roos; McRoberts Elementary, Aron James; Memorial Parkway Junior, Laci Costagliola; Memorial Parkway Elementary, Blanca Bagatella; Morton Ranch Elementary, Claudia Rodriguez; Morton Ranch High, Lisa Wycoff; Morton Ranch Junior, Anitra Ondrush; Nottingham Country Elementary, Shelly Hannon; Pattison Elementary, Colleen Cooper; Randolph Elementary, Michele Keppler; Rhoads Elementary, Kimberly Hood; Rylander Elementary, Devon Hulyk, Schmalz Elementary, Claudia Ceron; Seven Lakes High, Vanessa Heintz; Seven Lakes Junior, Sarah Thai; Shafer Elementary, Angela Kunkel; Stanley Elementary, Elizabeth Uptmore; Stephens Elementary, Lisa Garza; Sundown Elementary, Sara Tijerina; Taylor High, Sharon Mitchell; Tays Junior High, Becky Morris; Tompkins High, Julie Donnelly; West Memorial Elementary, Angela Jones; West Memorial Junior, Robin Stone-Loftin; Williams Elementary, Christy MacDonald; Wilson Elementary, Carmen Capuchino; Winborn Elementary, Lauren Ryan; Wolfe Elementary, Autumn Sharp; Wolman Elementary, Jen DeVries; WoodCreek Elementary, Carla Cotton; WoodCreek Junior, Kelly Goering.  </p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p></div>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards Redesigned STAAR Report Cards 2017-05-19T15:33:35Z<div class="ExternalClass1CC69AB545F2458E975417D0DF9FA3C2"><p>The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has redesigned the STAAR report cards also referred to as confidential student reports (CSRs) to improve communication and transparency with educators and families.  The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  The new two-page CSR features are listed below:</p><ul><li>Growth and progress information</li><li>A summer reading list</li><li>Lexile levels and trend data</li><li>New performance level descriptors </li><li>Resources and suggestions for parents to use at home</li><li>Suggested questions for parents to ask teachers and counselors </li></ul><p>At this time, TEA has published <a href="">learning resources</a> which include a short video to explain the changes, as wells as, a link to download the presentation and talking points, templates of STAAR report cards for each grade, and online tools and resources. The new CSRs will be available online beginning June 13, 2017 for STAAR EOC and June 30, 2017 for STAAR 3-8.</p><p>On June 13th, TEA is also launching a new CSR website, which will include item-level analysis for each question on the STAAR, informational videos, and links to additional resources. For the first time, parents and teachers who log in will be able to see actual test questions from the current year's STAAR exam. They will also find information on boosting reading levels and developing student-specific summer reading lists. </p></div>
Katy ISD's Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe SchoolKaty ISD's Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe School2017-05-18T15:32:22Z<div class="ExternalClass730609C5A2EF4989884FA8CF5394BFFD"><p style="text-align:justify;">Bonnie Holland Elementary School has been recognized by Texas Children's Hospital as a Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) Heart Safe School.  The project has a mission to educate school systems, nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and others about pediatric sudden cardiac death.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Holland Elementary nurse, Kimberly Cromie has worked hard to implement a comprehensive plan of awareness at the campus to make sure anyone can save a life. This included all adults who work at the school, specific training for designated first responders, cardiac arrest drills to practice skills and improvements for campus communication methods in case of an emergency situation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global TournamentKaty ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Tournament2017-05-17T21:39:24Z<div class="ExternalClass6A21EAA7973E45C2A2486D47DEA518DF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Five Katy ISD teams will be headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament on May 24-27.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School are preparing to compete against teams from across the United States as well as groups representing many other countries throughout the world.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On April 11, nineteen Katy ISD Destination Imagination teams traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete against more than 370 teams where they showcased their creativity and problem solving skills.  The hard work of these students has paid off.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Destination Imagination is a world-wide creative problem solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Teams use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about Destination Imagination visit <a href=""></a> and to learn about the Destination Imagination program in Katy ISD, contact Nancy Hess at <a href=""></a></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New OfficersKaty ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers2017-05-17T13:33:40Z<div class="ExternalClassB18B388DF47142D5938D7EB985092ADF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William "Bill" Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also u​nanimously elected new officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Ashley Vann was elected as president, Courtney Doyle as vice president and Charles Griffin as secretary.  George Scott was appointed to fill the position of the Texas Association of the School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors for Region 4, Position E.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath.jpg" alt="Oath.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath2.jpg" alt="Oath2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent SearchOver 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent Search2017-05-16T14:07:22Z<div class="ExternalClass2A358DD0B45D45F49DB7C50AB8F91E97"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 566 seventh grade students participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) this year demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade level assessments which qualifies them to take either the PSAT and ACT test.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Approximately 344 of those testers qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.  State recognition was given to 251 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test and 36 students earned Grand Recognition for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subtest.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Duke Tip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education Duke Tip works with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.</p></div>

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