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Board Approves 2015-2016 Teacher Salary ScheduleBoard Approves 2015-2016 Teacher Salary Schedule2015-07-30T22:07:20Z<div class="ExternalClass2D7FE057983F42DBB678487CBEF5318F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">At the Board Meeting on Monday, July 27, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees adopted the 2015-2016 <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/Compensation/Copy%20of%202015-2016%20Teacher%20Salary%20Schedule%207_30.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">teacher salary schedule</a> and <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/Compensation/2015-16%20Non-Teacher%20Pay%20Ranges%20%20%20%20%207-28-15.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">non-teacher pay raises</a>.</span></p><p>Teachers will receive a salary increase of $1,200. The new beginning bachelor-level teaching salary is $50,100.</p><p>Additionally, employees paid on the non-teacher pay ranges will receive a 2 percent mid-point increase.​</p></div>
Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners AnnouncedAdditional College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced2015-07-29T16:19:05Z<div class="ExternalClass632C1A9F14E5487E9467F88074CCE5F5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced approximately 1,700 additional winners of the National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join 2,200 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Among these talented students includes six from Katy ISD:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Miles Hubscher</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: petroleum engineering;</li><li><strong>Jenny Kim</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship, probable career field: medicine;</li><li><strong>Krithika Kuppusamy, </strong>Taylor HS, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship, probable career field: biomedical engineering;</li><li><strong>Matthew Rossen</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship, probable career field: computer programming;</li><li><strong>Sarah Stokes, </strong>Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship, probable career field: chemical engineering;</li><li><strong>Spencer Taylor</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit University of North Texas Scholarship, probable career field: mechanical engineering.</li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  </p><p>For more information about the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships, visit the <a href="http://www.nationalmerit.org/sponsorship.php#college" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit Scholarship Corporation website</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership ConferenceSeven Lakes High School Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference2015-07-28T15:37:41Z<div class="ExternalClass382666D5E613442EB2068285A110AB27"><p><img alt="SLHS FBLA National Winners.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20FBLA%20National%20Winners.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:246px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p>Five Seven Lakes High School students were recently recognized with top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL. The students competed against more than 8,500 of America's best and brightest youth from across the United States to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in business-related competitive events. </p><p>In individual events, <strong>Naveen Chokkar</strong> placed fourth in Securities & Investments, <strong>Kirthi Dronamraju</strong> placed seventh in FBLA Principles & Procedures, <strong>Clio Sun</strong> placed eighth in Business Procedures and <strong>Prateek Mahajan</strong> placed tenth in Database Design & Application. <strong>Pranay Tamminayana</strong> placed first in the Leadership event, and currently serves as the Area V Vice President. As a chapter, Seven Lakes High School won the<strong> 2015 Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit</strong> and the <strong>FBLA Outstanding Chapter Award</strong>. </p><p><strong>About FBLA-PBL, Inc.</strong></p><p>Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.fbla-pbl.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.fbla-pbl.org</a>.</p></div>
McMeans Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch ConferenceMcMeans Junior High Receives Award, Presents at National Schools to Watch Conference2015-07-27T14:29:22Z<div class="ExternalClass4CCA834DDBC841E68A02BBFB58621C8E"><p><img alt="MMJH School to Watch Conference.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MMJH%20School%20to%20Watch%20Conference.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The McMeans Junior High administrative staff attended the <strong>Schools to Watch Conference</strong> in Washington D.C. in June to accept the "2015 Texas School to Watch" award, as well as give a presentation on "The Secrets to Success through Data Analysis, Interventions and Empowerment."</span></p><p>The presentation focused on providing targeted intervention programs to students with additional needs to increase their content knowledge and strengthen their skills.</p><p>McMeans Junior High was named as one of only seven Texas "Schools to Watch" in 2015 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Middle School Association. For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.texasschoolstowatch.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas School to Watch website</a>. </p></div>
Maintenance & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence AwardMaintenance & Operations' Peggy Caruso Receives Commitment to Excellence Award2015-07-21T22:10:21Z<div class="ExternalClass79BCB1761DA24DA3AB7FCB732E787079"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">K</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">aty ISD Assistant Director of Maintenance – Environmental, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Peggy Caruso</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, recently received the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Commitment to Excellence Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from the Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations Association. This annual award recognizes members who demonstrate knowledge, high standards and leadership skills in the field of Maintenance & Operations.</span></p><p>Caruso has been proactively promoting a healthy school environment since 2000. She has also been recognized as a national mentor and leader in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program and School Healthy Indoor Environments Leadership Development (SHIELD). </p><p>Visit the <a href="http://www.gulfcoastmando.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Gulf Coast Maintenance & Operations website</a> for more information. </p></div>
Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice PresidentKaty ISD Executive Athletic Director Elected as THSADA Vice President2015-07-21T20:05:30Z<div class="ExternalClassF27A3C238C02494A96D684692EFCD02E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Executive Athletic Director Debbie Decker was recently elected as the new vice president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA). THSADA provides members with professional development, leadership and support opportunities that encourage effective athletic administration.</span></p><p>Decker will assume her new position at the General Session of Athletic Directors on July 20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="http://thsada.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;">THSADA website</a>. </p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect GamesCinco Ranch High School Bowlers Achieve Perfect Games2015-07-15T19:26:13Z<div class="ExternalClassCD970DF260F445C3B3E1FCED58BBFFC7"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the 2014-2015 school year, three students from the Cinco Ranch High School Varsity Bowling team each achieved a perfect game. </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Zach Perez</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Braden Thom</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Gaw</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> all scored perfect 300 games within nine months of each other.</span></p><p>In addition to bowling perfect games, the students hold impressive bowling records. Perez was the Katy ISD District Bowling Champion in 2014, Thom was the District and Regional Runner-up in 2015, and Gaw was the District and Regional Champion in 2015. </p><p>The Cinco Ranch Varsity Bowling team also won the District Bowling Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Regional Championship in 2014 and 2015. The team placed seventh in the qualifying round in the Texas High School Bowling Club Tournament. </p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee DesignationKaty ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell Earns Master Trustee Designation2015-07-15T16:06:06Z<div class="ExternalClassADBF774193C24294AD12A54B9BBB6FA2"><p><em>Trustee completes year-long education leadership study program</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).</span></p><p>During the fifth session from June 18 to 20, school board members in the 2014–15 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following year-long research focused on topics such as statewide inequities, changing demographics, challenges to traditional public school models, achievement gaps and transformational education.</p><p>The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.</p><p>After the graduation ceremony on June 19, participants joined the ranks of more than 800 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.</p><p>The 2015 Leadership TASB class, composed of 35 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB. </p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.1 million students.</p></div>

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