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Primrose Schools to Host Lemonade Sale Benefitting Katy ISD Police Department on July 15thPrimrose Schools to Host Lemonade Sale Benefitting Katy ISD Police Department on July 15th2016-07-14T13:08:49Z<div class="ExternalClass20285BDE406B411B96CDEF510791D4C8"><p>​The Primrose Schools in Katy  will host their first annual lemonade sale benefitting the Katy ISD Police Department. Each location will begin selling lemonade at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15th. ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lemonade%20Sale%20for%20Katy%20ISD%20Police%20(2).jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Katy High School Graduate Travels to NYC to Accept Scholastic Art and Writing MedalKaty High School Graduate Travels to NYC to Accept Scholastic Art and Writing Medal2016-07-11T21:36:27Z<div class="ExternalClass6B757009E19C4A08AC63ED52C3565B76"><p>​​​Katy High School's Jasmine Mack was among nine Harris County student artists and writers to travel to New York City's Carnegie Hall to be honored at the 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Mack, who graduated this year, was selected as a gold medalist for her art piece "Musician."</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Mack4.jpg" alt="Mack4.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p>During the National Ceremony on June 2, nearly 700 teens from across the country were honored by filmmaker Ken Burns, Emmy award-winning writer and actor Sonia Manzano, Emmy award-winner and bestselling author Tim Gunn, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and surprise guest, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin.</p><p>"For more than 90 years, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of our students and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated," said Andrea Segraves, Harris County Department of Education coordinator for Scholastic Art & Writing. "With more than 320,000 entries nationally, we are proud of our Harris County medalists."</p><p>For more information, photos and videos from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit <a href="https://goo.gl/EnGcZY">https://goo.gl/EnGcZY</a>.</p></div>
Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education FoundationLocal Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation2016-07-07T17:43:24Z<div class="ExternalClassF49F547510624B548954BCB7B85D2ED9"><p>​<em>Dr. Randeep Suneja Pursuing Record-Setting $100,000 Raised for Teacher Grants</em></p><p>Cardiologist Dr. Randeep Suneja believes a quality, exceptional educational experience is the greatest gift the Katy community can give its children, and he's taking steps to support that effort.  Inspired by his own teachers from elementary through medical school, Suneja is a passionate advocate of education. As a result, Suneja is using his participation in the annual Katy Half-Marathon to rally the Katy community in support of its teachers. </p><p>"As a 25 year resident of Katy and former Katy ISD parent, I have seen firsthand the quality of Katy ISD's educational system. I believe our community can enhance that system and significantly impact a tremendous number of students by providing resources for their teachers," declared Suneja.</p><p>Dr. Suneja is setting his sights high, establishing a record-setting $100,000 goal raised for the Katy ISD Education Foundation and its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants. Of the funds raised by Dr. Suneja's campaign, 75% will support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classroom projects and 25% will fund student health awareness initiatives. "I believe this is very important, "states Suneja. </p><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">A</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ll Katy ISD teachers are invited annually to apply for Katy ISD Education Foundation grants. In its first four years, the Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, generating funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Raised in India, Dr. Suneja contributes his desire to become a cardiologist to all his teachers, but calls both his parents, "the greatest teachers of them all." This is his second year to raise funds for the Katy ISD Education Foundation.  The Katy Half-Marathon is slated for February 4, 2017, the date Dr. Suneja's campaign will end. </p><p>Click <a href="https://my.reason2race.com/RandeepSuneja/KatyHalf5K2017/">here ​</a>to support Dr. Suneja's campaign with a tax-deductible contribution. <span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Click <a href="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/default.aspx">here ​</a>to learn more about the Katy ISD Education Foundation.</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content and CurriculumKaty ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content and Curriculum2016-07-06T18:07:58Z<div class="ExternalClass28E2C541FC0749369B7BC500CBCE1A60"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">he Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the I</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">nternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced their Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCA) in Denver on June 29, 2016. High performing school districts from all over the country were honored for "taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"​</span></p><p>Katy ISD was honored as a K-12 Large District/School for "Connecting Learners to Create Unparalleled Learning Experiences".  For more information about the Katy ISD program and to see the full list of honorees, <a href="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-content-curriculum/Schools-Honored-for-Innovative-Implementations-of-Digital-Content-and-Curriculum.html"><strong>click here</strong></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Finalist Signs ContractKaty ISD Superintendent Finalist Signs Contract2016-07-05T19:15:29Z<div class="ExternalClassC263E80DBB0E486CA3A5A2DE094DF9DC"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Lawrence Hindt</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, lone finalist for the superintendent position at Katy ISD, signed his contract as presented by the Board of Trustees d<span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">uring a special board meeting on Friday, July 1</span>.</span></p><p>"Today is a very happy day for Katy ISD," said Rebecca Fox, President of the Board of Trustees.  A unanimous vote of 4-0 solidified the hiring of Dr. Hindt, who is also a graduate of Taylor High School, located within the district.  He will begin his role as superintendent of Katy ISD on August 1, 2016.</p><p>Dr. Hindt has served as superintendent of Allen ISD since March 2014. Under his leadership, the school district has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including being named as a finalist in the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program and a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education School Board Award.  The Dallas Morning News also named Allen ISD as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2015. </p><p>Prior to his role at Allen ISD, Dr. Hindt served as superintendent of schools for the Stafford Municipal School District since May 2011.  </p><p>He began his career at Fort Bend ISD as a geography, health and physical education teacher at Dulles High School.  He later became assistant principal at the school and was promoted to director of the Fort Bend ISD Technical Education Center.  He then served as principal of Dulles High School until his appointment as assistant superintendent in 2007. </p><p>Dr. Hindt completed his post-doctorate work in educational leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont and earned his doctorate from the University of Houston, his master's degree from Prairie View A&M University and his undergraduate degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.</p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child ExploitationKaty ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child Exploitation2016-06-23T20:38:27Z<div class="ExternalClassF6F2DA3B2D0D4FE4A83059E3C48A4B2A"><p><em>Three-day operation leads to 10 arrests</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department hosted an undercover chat operation as part of the Federal Initiative "Operation Broken Heart," a two-month investigative effort aimed at effectively identifying and arresting individuals engaging in the online sexual exploitation of children.   </p><p>Individuals involved in these types of crimes are likely to commit other crimes of opportunity including abductions and sexual assaults of children. The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and assisting agencies have committed to aggressively participate in the initiative. They are joined by 60 other coordinated task forces across the U.S., representing more than 3,300 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. </p><p>During the three-day operation held in Katy, Fort Bend County, 10 offenders were identified and arrested for online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault of a minor. The Katy ISD Police Department found the operation to be extremely successful due in large part to the support of surrounding police agencies and the community's dedication to keeping children safe from predators. </p><p>Agencies assisting in the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation included Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Waller County District Attorney's Office, Houston Police Department, Rosenberg Police Department, Harris County Multi Agency Gang Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety and Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/KISD%20ICAC%20Op%20Mugshots%20Combined.pdf">here</a> to view offenders arrested during the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation. </p></div>
Important Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to DistrictsImportant Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to Districts2016-06-23T20:18:03Z<div class="ExternalClass7506BCAE67164785BAC01AD3D60DF512"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">TA</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">AR grades 3-8 test result information, originally scheduled to arrive in districts on June 15, was moved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Tuesday, July 5, 2016</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  The TEA apologizes for this delay, and understands the significant inconvenience that late reporting will cause students, parents, teachers and school district personnel.</span></p><p>Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of their child's Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  ​</p><p>Beginning on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, parents may view their child's 2016 STAAR grades 3-8 test results online using either the Katy ISD <a href="/Pages/Home-Access-Center.aspx">Home Access Center</a> (HAC) or the <a href="https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login?returnUrl=/list" style="line-height:1.5;">Texas Assessment Data Student Portal</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>However, please note that the HAC <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not</span> be available to parents from July 15 – July 17 but will be accessible again beginning on July 18, 2016.  </p><p>In order to access the Student Portal, parents must have the child's <em>Unique Access Code </em>and the date of birth. <em>The Unique Access </em>Code is assigned by the state and remains the same for the student during the entire state STAAR testing program.  The <em>Unique Access Code</em> is located on any past STAAR Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the bottom of the CSR or in the Home Access Center (HAC).  </p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (English) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(English).pdf">click here</a>.</p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (Spanish) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(Spanish).pdf">click here</a>. </p><p>If you do not have internet access or if you have questions about STAAR testing, please contact your child's 2015-2016 campus.</p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant RecipientsKaty ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients2016-06-21T15:16:51Z<div class="ExternalClass5372FF3ECB2D4DE2A059A550C3630FF9"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;"> Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. This year, 200 Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants totaling $206,627. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.<br><br></span><p><strong>Individual Grant Recipients</strong> (One teacher for up to $1,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Bear Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Karen Baker</li><li><strong>Bethke Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Christina Dismuke </li><li><strong>Cardiff Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Stephen Bennett </li><li><strong>Creech Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Donna Parker</li><li><strong>Fielder Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Erica Foster</li><li><strong>Golbow Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Watt-Johnson</li><li><strong>Katy Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rose Marie Sager</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong><em> </em>Frances Ohanenye</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brette Kuretsch</li><li><strong>Taylor High School-</strong><em> </em>Lisa Estill </li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brittany Brehm.</li></ul><p><strong>Team Grant Recipient Project Leaders </strong>(Three or more teachers for up to $5,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Alexander Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Rainosek and Terra Palmer</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High - </strong>Tricia Gragnano Reyes</li><li><strong>Cimarron Elementary –</strong>Angela Plut</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong><em> </em>- Yolanda Hiller</li><li><strong>Exley Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Bethany Paetow</li><li><strong>Franz Elementary - </strong>Tracy John</li><li><strong>Hayes Elementary -</strong> Sara Hernandez</li><li><strong>Holland Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Nady</li><li><strong>Itinerant Teams (multiple campuses) -</strong> Luis Villanueva and Denise Cloyes</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Candice Thomas</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High</strong> - Elizabeth Flowers</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rhea Marsh </li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong> Ashley Griffiths,<em> </em>Sara Bauler,<em> </em>Kathie Fry,<em> </em>Mary Lee House,<em> </em>Amber Allen<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Mary Miron </li><li><strong>McRoberts Elementary - </strong>Jeanna Bruno</li><li><strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High </strong><em>- </em>Yasmina Walker</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School -</strong><em> </em>Myrea Schmidt </li><li><strong>Pattison Elementary - </strong>Christi Elrod</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School - </strong>Chad Meyer,<em> </em>Robert Perkins,<em> </em>Karl Burford,<em> </em>Nick Flora</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary - </strong>Hillary Bartee,<em> </em>JeanAnn Naumann and Kim Forbes</li><li><strong>Stephens Elementary - </strong>Meghan Jones </li><li><strong>Sundown Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Leah Miller</li><li><strong>Taylor High School -</strong><em> </em>Nicole Brayton,Ryan Nutt and<em> </em>Elizabeth Trader</li><li><strong>Tompkins High School - </strong>Ryan Culver</li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Lisa Al-Saedi</li><li><strong>West Memorial Junior High - </strong>Tina Dycus</li><li><strong>Williams Elementary - </strong>Virginia Stout,<em> </em>Kara Lowery<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Brenda Pennington</li><li><strong>Winborn Elementary - </strong>Whitney Jackson</li><li><strong>Wolfe Elementary - </strong>Megan Barnett​​​​​</li></ul><p>In its first four years, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in Inspiring Imagination grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative created by the Foundation's Board of Directors to provide funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.  </p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for September 15, 2016, and its spring GROOVE jazz event. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. </p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">Click here</a> to learn more about the foundation.  </p></div>

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