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Katy ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the DistrictKaty ISD Welcomes 70,000th Student to the District2014-09-16T21:22:43Z<div class="ExternalClassB84A129298D946DC9FF9D09E4E1C278B"><p>​<img alt="DSC_4305.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4305.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:203px;float:right;" />Katy ISD celebrated a significant milestone today as it welcomed the District's <strong>70,000th student</strong>, Michael Thomas, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High. Superintendent Alton Frailey and West Memorial Junior High Principal Gina Cobb welcomed Thomas and his family this afternoon. </p><p>"Everyone at West Memorial Junior High has been very welcoming to Michael and he feels at home," said Kelly Thomas, mother of the 70,000 student. "It's a great place to be."</p><p>Since the 2013-2014 school year ended, Katy ISD has enrolled nearly 3,000 new students, bringing the total enrollment to 70,063.</p><p>West Memorial Junior High is Katy ISD's second-oldest junior high school. The school opened its doors in 1976, and now serves more than 740 students. </p></div>
Nominate an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education AwardNominate an Educator for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award2014-09-16T17:11:16Z<div class="ExternalClass948539D3B1FB45CE9EE28C6EE175A1AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Do you know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board for a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward winning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nominations for the awards are being accepted online at </span><a href="http://www.heb.com/education" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">www.heb.com/education</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> through December 7, 2</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">014.</span></p><p>Nominees will be sent an invitation to complete an online application to be used for judging purposes. The application asks each nominee to provide written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences, and insights on key issues facing educators in Texas today. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2015.</p><p>Last year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards gave out more than $800,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants. Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has awarded nearly $7.5 million to Texas educators, schools and districts. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Nominations are not required for participation. Educators, school districts, early childhood facilities and school boards can go to <a href="http://www.heb.com/education" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.heb.com/education</a> and complete an application. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts College and Career NightKaty ISD Hosts College and Career Night2014-09-16T18:31:06Z<div class="ExternalClass77B168B76F044B88AF660D9BD260F2AB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 200 representatives from colleges, universities and post-secondary career training programs from all over the country will be available at the Leonard Merrell Center on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Wednesday, October 1</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD College and Career Night.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">   <a href="/Documents/College%20and%20Career%20Night%20List%20of%20Schools_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for a complete list of the schools that will be attending.</a>  They will answer questions and provide information about their programs to students and parents. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event continues until 8 p.m.</span></p><p>Parents and students are invited to begin exploring post-secondary opportunities through this free college and career night. For more information on this event, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at 281-396-6229. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship ProgramKaty ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program2014-09-15T15:36:52Z<div class="ExternalClass5CFA13FC84BD4A70A32D9C61760F73CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 63 of these talented seniors are from Katy ISD.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have a chance to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered in spring 2015.</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong> Sumeet Agarwal, Dylan Bray, Raeedah Choudhury, John Dial, Tifenn Drouaud, Alexandra Du, Jacqueline Huang, Raymond Huang, Yaokun Huang, Seo Yun Jang, Yeeun Jung, Jiwoo Lee, Qiuyu Li, Andrew Ni, Luis Plata, Spencer Taylor, Jenny Xiao, Christina Xu, and James Yoder.</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong> Keyon Amirpanahi, Tawsif Azad, Elissa Barnett, Deeksha Bidare, Michael Brenan, Colby Brown, Rohan Chakraborty, Linhan Chen, Nishant Deshmukh, Jana D'Souza, Melissa Fu, Laura Hu, Jenny Kim, Michael Pan, Sarah Stokes, Sameer Suresh, Michael Tian, Nicole Ting, Ashney Vyas, Eden Williams, and Diana Xu.</p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong> Ryan Albosta, Jeremiah Coholich, Ishani Desai, Matias Hanco, Miles Hubscher, John Kim, Krithika Kuppusamy, Adelaide Kwon, Albert Li, James Luo, Marianne Olsen, Cean Park, Matthew Rossen, Emily Saunders, Amrutha Srinivasan, Leah Stevenson, Jeannette Xu, Kevin Xu, Neel Yerneni, Mehrad Yousefi, Andy Yu, Safiyya Zaidi, and Emily Zhang.</p><p>In order to become a finalist, all semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.  </p></div>
Gifted and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade StudentsGifted and Talented Screening for Current Fifth-Grade Students2014-09-12T20:22:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5229571FA73E482593BF5A719712F1BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">tudents in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.</span></p><p>Parents interested in referring their child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening need to complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to the elementary campus by September 19, 2014. Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after this date.</p><p>Students will be screened and tested at their home campuses in October and November. Parents will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.</p><p>Parents may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist and more information from their child's campus counselor beginning September 4, 2014. The checklist is also available on the <a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented website</a>.</p><p>For questions, contact the Challenge teacher at your child's campus.</p></div>
Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented ScreeningReferral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Screening2014-09-03T20:38:43Z<div class="ExternalClass0BE03E1F96F041A29E2E497A526D1EBE"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy ISD may refer their children for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Challenge (Gifted & Talented)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> screening starting</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> September 15, 2014.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> The deadline for submitting the referral form (parent checklist) is Oct. 8, 2014. The deadline will be enforced so that students can be tested on the testing days designated for this purpose. All kindergarten parents will receive information in their child's take-home packet on how to refer him or her beginning the week of Sept. 15.</span></p><p>The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.</p><p>Parents of referred and screened students will receive placement notification during the last week of February, and service will begin March 1, 2015. The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills. Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom. Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade. If you have questions, please contact the counselor at the home campus or the campus Challenge teacher.</p><p>Three information sessions for parents will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The day sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane between Interstate 10 and Katy High School (use the West Entrance of the Merrell Center). The evening session will take place at Stephens Elementary cafeteria located at 2715 Fry Road beginning at 7 p.m.  An interpreter will be available at the evening session for Spanish-speaking parents. All sessions will last approximately one hour, and students do not need to attend.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Gifted and Talented</a> website or contact the counselor at any home campus. </p></div>
Katy High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASBKaty High School West Campus Design Recognized by TASA/TASB2014-09-03T16:24:04Z<div class="ExternalClassE7BB0F9EE93643868D273D5824620EB7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy High School West Campus</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, designed by VLK Architects, was recently selected for </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Innovation and Sustainability Criteria Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>"We don't need an award to know how blessed we are at Katy High to have such a beautiful facility that supports teaching and learning in so many wonderful ways," said Dr. Steve Robertson, principal of Katy High School. "We are grateful to VLK who made it possible!"</p><p>The Katy High School West Campus project will be on display at the Exhibit of School Architecture at the upcoming TASA/TASB Convention held this month in Dallas. The Exhibit of School Architecture showcases new construction and renovation educational projects in Texas that have been completed in the past five years.</p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher GrantsFireflies & Foodtrucks End of Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2014-09-02T20:18:55Z<div class="ExternalClassC75EB52BAED84A008AED8C681A633720"><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 18, 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;">Last year, the foundation awarded more than $209,000 to one hundred seventy Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects to be implemented this school year.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's third grant cycle is underway and will award grants to teachers in May 2015.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> ​</span></p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's Adopt-a-Grant initiative.  Sponsorships for the event are available.  Find more information and RSVP at <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">foundation@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers all food and beverage costs.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FandF.jpg" alt="FandF.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:302px;" /><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current sponsors: Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Your Total Footcare Specialist; La Centerra; and VLK Architects.</span></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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