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Taylor High School Students Win Two National Debate TournamentsTaylor High School Students Win Two National Debate Tournaments2015-02-27T16:34:53Z<div class="ExternalClassEBFD447FE4B84ECF8AE4B1A3E6949CAD"><p><img alt="DSC_0680 small.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0680%20small.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:294px;float:right;" />Taylor High School Policy Debate students <strong>Zaki Alattar</strong> and <strong>Albert Li</strong> recently became the <strong>2015 California Round Robin Champions</strong>, as well as the <strong>2015 California Invitational Champions</strong> at UC Berkeley.</p><p>After sweeping the UIL District Policy Debate Tournament this month, Alattar and Li beat 13 of the nation's top-ranked debate teams at the California Round Robin Tournament held at the College Preparatory School. The California Round Robin is unique from traditional tournaments in that the school invites experts on the year's resolution to judge the final round. Teams must also be ranked in the top 25 debate teams in the nation to be invited to this event.</p><p>Alattar and Li also attended the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">California Invitational</a> at UC Berkeley and beat out 188 teams from across the country to become the 2015 California Invitational Champions.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction WinnersKaty ISD Announces 2015 FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo Auction Winners2015-02-26T21:32:24Z<div class="ExternalClassE8C2187647494098AAD4AA0D02229216"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Sixteen Katy ISD FFA students were recently selected as Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, and Grand Champions for Showmanship in the Livestock Auction as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. During the auction, a total of 484 animals were sold, bringing in a District record of more than </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">$638,000</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Congratulations to the following Livestock Auction winners:</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><br></span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Grand Champion Rabbit:</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Aaron Knight, Seven Lakes HS, $6,500</span></p><p><strong>Grand Champion Broiler:</strong> Cameron Colvin, Katy HS, $8,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Goat:</strong> Kaitlyn Funk, Katy HS, $7,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Lamb:</strong> Kasey Mitchell, Katy HS, $6,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Hog:</strong> Cole Carpenter, Cinco Ranch HS, $9,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Steer:</strong> Katelyn Bihm, Cinco Ranch HS, $15,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Rabbit:</strong> Dawson Richburg, Tompkins HS, $4,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Broiler:</strong> Jennifer Conrad, Katy HS, $5,200</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Goat:</strong> Lexi Martin, Cinco Ranch HS, $5,000</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Lamb:</strong> Kayla Powers, Katy HS, $6,499</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Hog:</strong> Nicole Shaw, Morton Ranch HS, $7,300</p><p><strong>Reserve Champion Steer:</strong> Nathalie Hudson, Mayde Creek HS, $7,000</p><p> </p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Goat:</strong> Morgan Wells, Katy HS, $4,500</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Lamb:</strong> Haley Thompson, Morton Ranch HS, $3,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Hog:</strong> Kaitlyn Price, Morton Ranch HS, $4,000</p><p><strong>Grand Champion Showmanship Steer:</strong> Heather Stenson, Mayde Creek HS, $6,500​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Click </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for more information on the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo.​</span><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program CompetitionKaty ISD Selects Student Artwork for HLSR School Art Program Competition2015-02-24T17:39:13Z<div class="ExternalClassAEE3095996664A46994E729CDC179605"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (HLSR) School Art Program competition for </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently held in the Merrell Center with more than 525 pieces of K-12 student art. Katy ISD is proud to announce the Katy ISD</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Best of Show</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Medal </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Special Merit Finalists </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">for the HLSR art competition.</span><em style="line-height:1.5;">                                                    </em></p><p>All of the winning student work listed below has been taken to the NRG Center to prepare for the <strong>Grand Prix Final Judging</strong> between 100 school districts participating in the School Art Program. The art will be on exhibit in the Hayloft Gallery from <strong>March 3 to March 22, 2015.</strong></p><p><strong>Elementary Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Hannah Fan</strong>, Pattison Elementary, Teacher: Kendra Martin</p><p>- Gold Medal – <strong>Nameer Ahsan</strong>, Kilpatrick Elementary, Teacher: Stephanie Aromy ​</p><p><strong>Junior High Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show – <strong>Michele Dupont</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall<strong> </strong></p><p>- Gold Medal –<strong> Samantha Gunderson</strong>, WoodCreek JH, Teacher: Rob Hall</p><p><strong>High School Students:</strong></p><p>- Best of Show –<strong> Rachel Bai</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Sierra Schriefer</strong>, Katy HS, Teacher: Brent Kramlich </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Patrick Zajac</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Lisa Matschek </p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Chase Berry</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Fatemeh Ebrahimi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Best of Show (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Shane Westcot</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Christine Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal- <strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ana Olvera</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi </p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Ben Whaley</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Jackie Walton</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Juliette Ragi</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Lulu Akingade</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Gold Medal (Three Dimensional) – <strong>Meredith McWhirter</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Ashley Niemi</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Brittany Roberts</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Bana Yun</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Alexa Baeza</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Lucy Chen</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Amy Yang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Madelene Buzan</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Rose Miao</strong>, Taylor HS, Teacher: Nancy Viola </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, Teacher: Kim Glasgow</p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>- Special Merit- <strong>Jaerin Jeong</strong>, Tompkins HS, Teacher: Christie Skinner </p><p>The HLSR Student Awards Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the NRG Center Main Arena.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing AwardsKaty ISD Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards2015-02-24T17:33:28Z<div class="ExternalClass1F5C28A9B885474AB1849E6BBB20A559"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The results of the regional Scholastic Writing contest were recently announced, and a total of seven Katy ISD students won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards and 14 won </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Silver Key</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> awards. Each of the winning students, along with their parents, teachers and principals, were honored at a reception on February 20 at the Glassell Junior School</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Congratulations to the following:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><strong>Gold Key </strong>Winners:</p><ul><li><strong>Zach Mascorro</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Emily Burleson</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Sofia Guevara</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Snovia Moiz</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School (Larsen, teacher)</li><li><strong>Rebecca Sharp</strong>, Morton Ranch High School (Whitrock, teacher)</li><li><strong>Avni Halabe</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Cannon, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li></ul><p><strong>Silver Key </strong>Winners:<strong> </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christopher Chen</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Cindy Tan</strong>, Beck Junior High (Walker, teacher)</li><li><strong>Elena Welsh</strong>, Beck Junior High (Schusterman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Alejandra Cristancho</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nathan Peng</strong> , Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Lauren Ross</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Kylie Warwick</strong>, Seven Lakes Junior High (Anderson, teacher)</li><li><strong>Stephanie Cham</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (De La Rosa, teacher)</li><li><strong>Connie Guo</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Frishman, teacher)</li><li><strong>Nicole Ting</strong>, Seven Lakes High School (Newland, teacher)</li><li><strong>Ananya Venkat</strong>, Taylor High School (Porter, teacher)</li><li><strong>Zhining Chen</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li><li><strong>Melinda Wang</strong>, Tompkins High School (Taylor, teacher)</li></ul><p>All <strong>Gold Key</strong> winners will advance to the national competition in New York City. National winners will be announced in March and will be invited to attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall. <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a complete list of regional winners. </p></div>
Make the Grade with School BreakfastMake the Grade with School Breakfast2015-02-24T16:52:23Z<div class="ExternalClass12571A75C7474062ACCB1141AC2661CF"><p><em>Katy ISD Participates in National School Breakfast Week​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department joins districts across the United States in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (NSBW) the week of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">March 2-6, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National School Breakfast Week is a week-long celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.</span></p><p>The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, <strong>"Make the Grade with School Breakfast,"</strong> highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve success in the classroom and beyond. As part of the NSBW celebrations, campuses across the District will participate in coloring contests where entries will be displayed in the cafeteria.  </p><p>Every school day, Katy ISD's breakfast program offers students the healthy breakfast they need to get set for a busy school day. Every breakfast served in Katy ISD meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. </p><p>For more information on school breakfast, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Nutrition and Food Service website</a>.</p></div>
Jazz with a Katy FlairJazz with a Katy Flair2015-02-24T16:49:47Z<div class="ExternalClassB717F9F2D06046E3959DB6A36A0CE6BC"><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 second annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, April 23, at Palacio Maria, 21728 Highland Knolls Drive.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted in partnership with the Katy Jazz Festival, 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;">Now in its third year of operation, the foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects at campuses across the district.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation recently set a goal of awarding $1,000,000 in Katy ISD teacher grants over the next five years, an effort that is supported by events like </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Jazz with a Katy Flair</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p><em>Jazz with a Katy Flair</em> features an evening of jazz music performed by The Carla Helmbrecht Quintet, artists in residence for the Katy Jazz Festival.  Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Carla Helmbrecht tours both nationally and internationally and has been a featured artist at events like the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Filmore Jazz Fest.  Her first two solo recordings with Heart Music (Austin, Texas) showcased a collection of jazz standards and originals, joined by a host of world-class musicians, resulting in three Grammy nominations.  </p><p>Thompson & Horton, LLP serves as the event title sponsor.  Other early event sponsors include Larry and Patricia Wright and Tradition Bank.  Additional sponsorships, including table sponsors, are available.  Single ticket admission is $75 per guest.  Find more information, RSVP or become a sponsor at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-6031, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p><p>The Katy Jazz Festival will be held at Katy High School on April 24 and 25 and feature an incredible array of jazz performances, master classes and ARTkaty, a visual arts exhibit and sale.  Learn more about the Jazz Festival at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.​</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p></div>
Two-way Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten StudentsTwo-way Immersion (TWI) Information Sessions for Incoming Kindergarten Students2015-02-19T20:29:43Z<div class="ExternalClassAA4EF99FA3B44482BB10A7B03952D7AF"><p>​The Office of Other Languages will be conducting TWI information sessions for students entering kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year. These sessions will provide parents with information regarding the application process, requirements for entry into the TWI program and the structure of the program.  Information sessions will be provided in English or in Spanish.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Two-Way%20Immersion%20Parent%20Info%20Sessions%202015-16.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />TWI Information Sessions</a></p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month CelebrationsStudent Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations2015-02-17T17:14:42Z<div class="ExternalClass08425596B17E4FA6B02FA832BBB0F56F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of six Katy ISD student art pieces were selected to be displayed in the State Capitol Show during Youth Art Month celebrations in March, a show that features 100 pieces of student art from across Texas. The art pieces will be on display from March 1-7 at the Capitol Building, and March 8-22 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following students being honored for their artwork at the Capital Show:</p><ul><li><strong>Amy Vaclavik</strong>, McMeans Junior High (teacher: Trevor Gibson) </li><li><strong>Mathias Pitzel</strong>, Davidson Elementary (teacher: Vanina Orendorff) </li><li><strong>Faith Hernandez</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Julie Brinson)</li><li><strong>Emily Wu</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Judy Rounds) </li><li><strong>Akhil Ibrahim</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Marnie Morrie-Wishart) </li><li><strong>David Siebold</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Yuri Zaroli) </li></ul><p>Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  </p></div>

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