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Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy CampsKaty ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps2014-08-29T19:18:44Z<div class="ExternalClass1FD5927A21FA4AD2A06C2B410088A387"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action's 2014 spring break and summer camps.  Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students' grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student's demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>During the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, selected students joined delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. They also completed problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercised creativity, and practiced presentation skills in leadership groups.  Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. </p><p><strong>Katy ISD students who participated in the 2014 Leadership Academy are: </strong></p><p><strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>: Caleb Oneal</p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>: Jake Dickson</p><p><strong>Holland Elementary</strong>: Ashlee Ballard, Eduardo Diaz, April Feng, Elena Yu and Grace Zhang </p><p><strong>Seven Lakes Junior High: </strong>Jake Wilson</p><p>For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy or to nominate outstanding students for 2015 programs, visit <a href="http://www.educationinaction.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.educationinaction.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial TransparencyKaty ISD Receives New Platinum Award for Superior Financial Transparency2014-08-29T16:12:11Z<div class="ExternalClassF7E7420F8FAD4341BB367A6C2278716B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Monday, the Texas Comptroller's Office recognized the Katy Independent School District with the new</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for its exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency.</span></p><p>By scoring 20 of the 22 possible points on the ratings criteria, Katy ISD earned this prestigious award, which is valid for one year, and will be added to the District's listing on the <a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/local/leadership.php" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Transparency website</a>.    </p><p>Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.    </p><p>In January 2014, the Leadership Circle was enhanced by adding the Platinum Award level to spotlight entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency. </p><p>Leadership Circle Award levels are as follows:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Platinum </strong>- spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.</li><li><strong>Gold </strong>– highlighting entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts;</li><li><strong>Silver</strong> – encouraging entities who are making progress; and</li><li><strong>Bronze</strong> – inspiring those entities that are just beginning their transparency efforts.</li></ul><p>Launched in 2009, the Leadership Circle Awards spotlight cities, counties, school districts and other special districts across the state that: open their books to the public; provide clear, consistent pictures of spending; and share information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily access additional information.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon ParadeSeven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard March-A-Thon Parade2014-08-27T19:18:06Z<div class="ExternalClass57853539308B44BF9D86171680CCB26E"><p>​Come see and hear the sights and sounds of the Seven Lakes High School Band and Color Guard at its fourth annual March-A-Thon parade fundraiser on Saturday, September 6.  The band will begin the first leg of the parade in Grand Lakes at 1:00 p.m.  The second leg will occur in Seven Meadows at approximately 4:00 p.m.  </p><p>There will be a concert in Central Park in Seven Meadows immediately following the parade.  Donations of any amount will be accepted along the parade route.  For a $100 donation you can request a song along the route or at the concert in the park.  New this year on the song list will be three university fight songs to choose from!  Hot dogs and drinks will also be available at the end of the parade for a small donation.  </p><p>Visit slhsband. org to view the song list, to request a song and to view the maps of the routes.  ​</p></div>
2014 TAKS October Exit Level Retest2014 TAKS October Exit Level Retest2014-08-26T14:32:57Z<div class="ExternalClass3FC95C65BE984A4B915E0479A1110146"><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, 2014.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">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.</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="https://tx.pearsonaccess.com/tclp/portal/tclp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pa2_tclp_oos_page" 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 5, 2014.</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 2014 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 20                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         ELA Writing (TAAS eligible examinees for writing)</li><li>October 21                         Mathematics (TAKS and TAAS eligible examinees)</li><li>October 22                         Science</li><li>October 22                         ELA Reading (TAAS eligible examinees for reading)</li><li>October 23                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Arthur Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive.  For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”2014-08-25T19:31:48Z<div class="ExternalClassC5A868E898D74A649BEC109EF407B164"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">As is customary this time each year, Katy ISD Partners in Education has debuted its 2014 volunteer video entitled "I Volunteer."  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by high school choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch High School, Sara Proodian from Taylor High School and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins High School. Along with Superintendent Alton Frailey, the video features members of the Volunteer Executive Board and their children, principals from across the District and teachers from Rylander Elementary. The video's high-stepping volunteers are the Katy ISD high school dance teachers:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, over 17,000 volunteers donated more than 820,000 hours to the schools of Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"I Volunteer" is an homage to just a few of the things they do for our campuses. </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-wAMqp7kw" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to view the video, or visit the Katy ISD </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katy-ISD-Partners-in-Education/322803651744" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education Facebook page</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">If you'd like to volunteer and win a million hearts, contact your campus VIPS Coordinator or Tammy Stringer at </span><a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Volunteers in Public Schools, Sister Schools, School-Business Partnerships and the KEYS Mentor Program are all initiatives offered through Partners in Education, the department that brings dancing volunteers into schools and the community into the classroom.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World ChampionshipKaty ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship2014-08-20T14:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD5B98DC84669467A9D5A46864C85E053"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin Elementary student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Treed Huang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recently competed against students from all over the world to win the nine-year-old division at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">U.S. Kids Golf World Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Pinehurst. This tournament, played on nine different golf courses, is the world's largest event in junior golf.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Huang won the<em> </em>Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. </p><p>For more information on the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, visit the <a href="http://www.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/world/find-tournament/470371/world-championship-2014/results" style="text-decoration:underline;">tournament website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond ReferendumKaty ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum2014-08-19T19:32:31Z<div class="ExternalClassE6A678A91E8B4F2EAC77E343E86D065C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">place a $748 million </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond referendum</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on the November ballot, as</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and new student activity facilities. </p><p>"Essentially, every student in Katy ISD would see the benefits of this bond," said Katy ISD Board President Bryan Michalsky.  "This is a bond package constructed by our community with the students' best interest at heart."</p><p>With student enrollment growing by almost 3,000 students every year, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats in classrooms across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses. </p><p>"The area's exponential growth is exciting for the District, but we must continue to plan and accommodate for that growth," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "As families and businesses continue to move to the area, it is imperative that we adequately serve the educational needs of current and future students."  </p><p>As recommended by the Bond Committee, nearly 50 percent of the total bond referendum will go towards new facilities and another 30 percent to existing facilities, impacting nearly 70,000 students.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Meanwhile, the </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>impact to the tax rate would only be zero to a maximum potential increase of a half cent.  </strong></span></p><p>The average homeowner with a home value of about $200,000 would pay $10 more annually, and residents 65 and older would remain exempt from any school tax increase.</p><p>The 227-member Bond Committee was comprised of parents, staff, students, principals, business professionals and senior citizens who engaged in 13 meetings over the course of four months to review the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, visit impacted campuses and reach a consensus on the $748 million bond package. </p><p>For detailed information including a cost breakdown, projects by campus and the potential tax rate impact, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p></div>
School Starts Soon - Watch for ChildrenSchool Starts Soon - Watch for Children2014-08-18T15:29:46Z<div class="ExternalClass59BEDE1F0BA7499BB75D1323CE91F942"><p><img alt="WFC.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/WFC.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a new school year begins, Katy ISD's police officers, crossing​ guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. Drivers can also take action to help ensure the safety of children walking or riding bicycles to school:​</span></p><ol><li><p><strong>Drive friendly</strong> – setting an alarm can ensure plenty of time to get to work, eliminating the anxiety and frustration of arriving late.</p></li><li><p><strong>Look right before turning right</strong> – in addition to looking left for oncoming cars at intersections, drivers need to check for pedestrians crossing on the right.</p></li><li><p><strong>No Phone in the Zone</strong> – remember that cell phone use is prohibited in most school zones. Wait to text, read texts, or talk until it is safe.</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>reat Bicycles as Vehicles</strong> – bikes on the street should be treated as vehicles by other drivers. Don't crowd the bike, or pass and turn in front of the rider.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Crossing Guards</strong> – they have legal authority to direct traffic. Respect them as they help children cross safely.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for Bus Flashing Lights</strong> – they warn drivers to stop. Passing the bus either direction can endanger children and is a serious traffic violation. </p></li><li><p><strong>Read School Zone Times</strong> – times are based on the start and end of the school day and are not uniform throughout the area, so please read the signs.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Drop Off Areas</strong> – they are established by the school to ensure students don't have to walk between buses or cross traffic lanes.</p></li><li><p><strong>Plan for Severe Weather</strong> – weather problems can include extreme heat, ice and thunderstorms. Develop a family plan for severe weather days.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for children!</strong></p></li></ol><p>For more tips and information to keep Katy ISD students safe, visit <a href="http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm</a> and <a href="http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/</a>. </p></div>

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