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Katy ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT ScoresKaty ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores2015-08-27T20:06:10Z<div class="ExternalClass0C0111D6E12246C48D7C2BC298612FBF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2015 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 49 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the state and national averages.</span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,611</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 300 students from 2011. </p><p>The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. ACT research shows that it is the rigor of the coursework that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. </p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">ACT website</a> for more information about ACT testing and scoring. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ACT%20Scores.jpg" alt="ACT Scores.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:766px;" /> </p><img alt="" style="width:720px;margin:5px;" /></div>
2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-08-26T20:24:05Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5E1A4C964842CBA606957B0B70183B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">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><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2015. The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 25, 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, if the campus can accommodate them. All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 19                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         Mathematics</li><li>October 21                         Science</li><li>October 22                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive. For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher GrantsFireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2015-08-26T15:25:03Z<div class="ExternalClass990F4D21A40141DEBECD695218A6A0BF"><p>​<em>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em>​</p><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 17, 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;">Over the last three years, the foundation has awarded over $500,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's fourth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2016. </span></p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.  For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to special No Label brews.  Groups of 10 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> shirt.  Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.</p><p>Current event sponsors include Cane Island; Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; and Jeff Poole, AXA Advisors.  Additional sponsorships are available.</p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment by the Earl Sanders, Jr. Band, a new beer garden area, valet parking, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative.  Find more information and register at <a href=""></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, <a href=""></a>.  </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>
Katy ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for StaffKaty ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff2015-08-26T12:34:25Z<div class="ExternalClass8224C5F8BC3044F2BA7082AAC54C661B"><p>​During tonight’s regular meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees considered a one-cent reduction on the Debt Service Tax Rate, reducing the rate from $.40 to $.39. The total tax rate for 2015-2016 would be $1.5166 (down from $1.5266 last year).</p><p>At tonight’s Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget, which is based on the proposed tax rate for the same school year. The proposed tax rate will be an item on the Board of Trustees agenda next month. </p><p>Tonight, the Board approved an additional one percent, one-time salary increase payment for staff.</p><p>The proposed tax rate reduction and additional salary increase for staff is possible due to the recent appraisal values for Fort Bend and Waller counties that came in approximately two percent higher than initially anticipated. </p><p>A $1,200 salary increase for teachers and two percent mid-point increase was already <a href="" target="_blank">approved by the Board in July 2015</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”2015-08-25T19:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE44DF0BC3C05454699E7C38CD7095DEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its 2015 video entitled <a href=""><strong>"Can You Do VIPS?"</strong></a> — the District's invitation to volunteers.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by Schmalz Elementary Music Teacher Michael Thomas, with choreography by Darby Boyd, Taylor High School Dance Teacher.</span></p><p>Along with the traditional cameo appearance by Superintendent Alton Frailey, dancers from 42 Katy ISD campuses participated in the video project.  In addition, the VIPS General Board, Watch ​​​DOGS, KEYS mentors and Friends of Sundown provided their own unique interpretive dance moves.</p><p>Last year, over 22,000 volunteers donated more than 968,000 hours to the stud​ents and teachers of Katy ISD.  "Can You Do VIPS?" is an homage to those volunteers, who hail from every campus and from a variety of volunteer groups.  The video is also a call to action as the District's volunteer program embarks on an historical, ground-breaking year of service.  ​</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>.​</p></div>
Dismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year FinalistDismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-08-24T21:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClassE70DE663B5234A79A174B857C7CED983"><p><img alt="DSC_0150.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0150.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:242px;float:right;" />Katy ISD's 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year, <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, was announced today as a <strong>2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist </strong>by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Dismuke is one of six finalists chosen from among the 40 semifinalists across the state.</p><p>Superintendent Alton Frailey, Morton Ranch Elementary Principal Deb Hubble and the Board of Trustees were joined by MRE students and Katy ISD staff today at a surprise assembly to honor Dismuke's outstanding accomplishment.</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><p>The Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced by TASA in October 2015.​</p></div>
Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Receives TASA/TASB Caudill Class of 2015 Award Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM Receives TASA/TASB Caudill Class of 2015 Award 2015-08-21T17:44:27Z<div class="ExternalClass318CB6A0FB7B40E8A834C2B1A9E1D96E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The new </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">designed by Stantec Architects, was recently announced as a recipient of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Caudill Class of 2015 Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as part of the TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. Additionally, the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM received five Stars of Distinction in Community, Design, Planning, Value and School Transformation.</span></p><p>The TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture showcases new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. With an emphasis on learning, community context, aspects of enhanced value, and designs that support learners, the exhibit becomes a digital resource for all engaged in improving student learning.</p><p>The TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture Juries represent Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Texas Society of Architects (TSA), and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TASA/TASB Convention website</a>.</p></div>
Crews Appointed as Area 3 Assistant SuperintendentCrews Appointed as Area 3 Assistant Superintendent2015-08-25T21:07:14Z<div class="ExternalClass864021C0A5534DA1BF93222CFBEF360E"><p><img alt="Crews 1.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Crews%201.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:239px;float:right;" /></p><p>Katy ISD announced this week that <strong>Lee Crews</strong>, principal at Morton Ranch High School, has been appointed to serve as the new <strong>Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Administrative Support for Area 3 </strong>effective Tuesday, September 1. 2015. He will begin his new role with the District within the next two weeks. </p><p>On Tuesday, September 1, Julie Hinson, associate principal at Morton Ranch High School, will assume the interim principal role. As interim principal, Hinson will oversee all campus operations. </p><p>Crews brings 26 years of experience at the secondary level, and has led five different campuses during his career. He holds a bachelor's degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, and a master's degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria.</p><p>As the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Administrative Support for Area 3, Crews will supervise and monitor a group of campuses and assist with school performance to support the District's Improvement Plan. He will also monitor the development and implementation of campus improvement plans and recommend policies, procedures, plans and programs for meeting current operating objectives.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools divided by area are:</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Campuses%20by%20Area.jpg" alt="Campuses by Area.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:636px;" /><br></p></div>


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