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Nearly 500 Katy ISD Classes Impacted by the 17th Annual Promise to Read ProgramNearly 500 Katy ISD Classes Impacted by the 17th Annual Promise to Read Program2014-11-21T21:38:02Z<div class="ExternalClass6BF0D10B6BF642D19DDDCD4F1E713D1F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Community members, businesses and organizations across Katy came together over the past two weeks to bring the love of reading into nearly 500 Katy ISD classrooms. The annual reading program is part of a 17-year-old tradition lead by the Katy ISD Partners in Education department that brings the community into the classroom.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Through </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Promise to Read</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">, the program provides the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom full of excited elementary students. The program currently runs for two weeks at 13 elementary campuses each year in November.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> event was hosted with Partners in Education at: Hays, Holland, Katy, Memorial Parkway, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wolfe, Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools. Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a three year period, every <span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</span></p><p>"<em>Promise to Read</em> has become a treasured community event thanks to hundreds of devoted community volunteers, many of whom join us every year, and our Katy ISD host campuses," says Janet Theis, Katy ISD's Director of Community Partnerships. "<em>Promise to Read</em> continues to open the door for our business community to embrace and inspire the love of reading and share that magic with classrooms across the district."</p><p>Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including: H-E-B, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, AXA Advisors, McDonald's, Tradition Bank, Second Baptist Church, Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital, CenterPoint Energy,  Members Choice Credit Union, The Shady Lady Window Coverings, Children's Lighthouse, Pepper Lawson Construction, Omni Hotels, Christian Brothers Automotive, Pump It Up, Junior Achievement, Herff Jones Graduation Center, Firethorne, Bicycle World, Spring Creek Barbeque, Katy Fire Department, Mar-Mar's Candy Jar, KCC Orthodontics, HCC NW, Edward Jones, Johnny's Pizza House, Two Forks Catering, Adams Law Firm, Sylvan Learning, Harris County Public Library, Houston SPCA, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Chick-fil-A Mason Road and Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch, KVPAC, Dignity Memorial Katy Funeral Home, Houston Museum of Natural Science, PUPS - Prevent Unwanted Pets, Tutor Doctor, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Texas Taxi, Cross Community Church, Cotton Holdings, Costco Wholesale, Thomas C. Harrison, DDS, Inc., Amegy Bank, Westpark Springs Hospital, Spectra Energy, City of Katy Senior Center, Keep Katy Beautiful, Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, PBK Architects, Grand Vision Center, Gina Cornelius Swim Academy, Krenzien, Krenzien & Associates, Tista's Fine Furniture and many other Katy community members and area businesses. </p><p>Promise to Read is one of several community involvement programs offered by Katy ISD Partners in Education and essentially fulfills the mission of bringing the community into the classroom.  Find more information about Partners in Education on the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on College Board AP District Honor Roll Katy ISD Earns Place on College Board AP District Honor Roll 2014-11-18T16:26:08Z<div class="ExternalClass586F7BF2C34E4BD984D1EAE9EB1C5A15"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">5th Annual AP</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for increasing access to</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Since 2012, Katy ISD has increased the number of students participating in AP exams by more than 800, while the number of students who received a 3 or higher on an AP exam increased from 6,205 in 2012 to 7,056 in 2014.</p><p>Data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential. Katy ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. </p><p>Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP<strong><strong style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;"><span style="font-size:11px;line-height:0;vertical-align:baseline;top:-0.5em;">®</span></strong>​ </strong>District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria. </p><p>Districts must: </p><ul><li><p>Increase participation/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </p></li><li><p>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;</p></li><li><p>Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </p></li></ul><p><a href="https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/5th-annual-ap-district-honor-roll.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view the complete listing of school districts named to the College Board's 5th Annual AP<strong>® </strong>District Honor Roll.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Consider Architects for 2014 Bond ProjectsKaty ISD Board of Trustees Consider Architects for 2014 Bond Projects2014-11-18T18:43:10Z<div class="ExternalClassC205B4C068BC4147A1257DD5B3DE8CC5"><p>​<em>Architects selected for major campus renovations, upgrades to South Transportation </em>​</p><p>During tonight's Work Study Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees reviewed the architectural firms selected to work on seven major projects including a comprehensive renovation of Mayde Creek High School, upgrades to the South Transportation Center, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) expansions at five junior highs. </p><p>The firms identified for seven projects in the bond package are <strong>Stantec</strong>, <strong>Pfluger Architects</strong>, <strong>Huckabee Inc.</strong>, and <strong>IBI</strong>. Approval of these firms at the November 24 Board meeting will keep the District on track to meet the schedules set for these projects.</p><p>Additionally, the Trustees reviewed the VLK Architects designs proposed for <a href="/Documents/Elem38-39%20Images.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">new elementary schools #38 and 39</a>, as well as <a href="/Documents/HS8%20JHS15%20DD%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Junior High #15 and High School #8</a>, which were designed by PBK architects. </p><p>The voter-approved bond referendum, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth and aging facilities, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations, and improvements to 43 District facilities. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates District-wide and a second stadium.  Click <a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to learn more about the bond.</p></div>
Katy ISD Surpassing State and National Average ACT ScoresKaty ISD Surpassing State and National Average ACT Scores2014-11-14T22:03:09Z<div class="ExternalClass1E07048CBFC542F796EE893D0FB2900D"><p><em>District excelling in all ACT subject areas</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2014 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, algebra, social science and biology.  Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 46 percent, 20 percent higher than the state and national average. </span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,652</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 400 students from 2010. </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="http://www.actstudent.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">ACT website</a> for more information about ACT testing and scoring. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ACT%20Results.jpg" alt="ACT Results.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:646px;" /><br></p></div>
Superintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District AddressSuperintendent Frailey Delivers State of the District Address2014-11-18T14:58:08Z<div class="ExternalClassA8741CF963214EF98F79726F5C1D3507"><p><em>Celebrates students' achievements, recognizes staff's accomplishments </em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Today Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey spoke to hundreds of Katy community members, dignitaries, and staff during his annual State of the District Address.  Along with a snapshot of the District's endless accomplishments and current enrollment growth, Frailey shared with attendees Katy ISD's highly successful BEAM (Because Everyone's Attitude Matters) initiative.</span></p><p>"It is our commitment to engage employees, students, parents and our entire community," said Frailey in reference to the BEAM initiative based on the belief that everyone's attitude matters in building a culture of educational excellence supported by a nurturing, respectful, and safe environment for students and employees.  "Like a lighthouse, the BEAM initiative provides a strong foundation for students that helps them withstand waves and turbulence encountered in their development and being." </p><p>During the address, Frailey shared some of the District's major accomplishments, such as being recognized on the College Board AP Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher, and being recognized as the 60<sup>th</sup> largest district in the nation.  Just this fall, Katy ISD welcomed its 70,000<sup>th </sup>student. </p><p>"The purpose of a state of the district, it is to update the community on where we have been and the current reality of the District," said Frailey. "However, I also like to share the big wins from our students as they are something in which the entire community can be proud."</p><p>Katy ISD students surpassed state and national averages in SAT and ACT test scores, 80 percent of the students who took AP exams received a score of 3 or higher, and the Class of 2014 was awarded $22 million in scholarships, among other accomplishments. </p><p>Attendees also enjoyed special guest speaker Jamie Vollmer, author of the highly acclaimed book 'Schools Cannot Do It Alone' and award-winning champion of public education.  </p><p><a href="/Documents/Superintendent%20Messages/Katy%20ISD%20State%20of%20the%20District%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view the 2014 State of the District Address presentation.  Photos are available <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.841204299232994.1073741861.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p><p>View the Katy ISD TASA/TASB performance video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GljP7JDt-ds&feature=youtu.be" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented ProgramScreening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program2014-11-11T17:46:40Z<div class="ExternalClass333D0A7457484C09AAE2D8D3325B619F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2015-2016 gifted and talented program. To initiate a referral, parents can complete a Parent Checklist, which can be found on all campuses or the </span><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/gt/Pages/default.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Parents of students in grades 1-4 must complete the Elementary Parent Checklist, and parents of students in grades 6-11 must complete the Secondary Parent Checklist.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>Parents may receive more information about GT screening and the GT program at a "GT <span style="line-height:1.5;">Program Awareness." This parent information session will be held at 7 p.m. on November 24 in Room 1200 at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Enter through the doors on the south side of the building marked "Staff Development."</span></p><p>Parent Checklists for students in grades 1-4 must be completed and returned to the elementary school office by the District-wide deadline of <strong>December 12, 2014</strong>. Secondary Parent Checklists for students in grades 6-11 must be returned to the junior high or high school office by</p><p><strong>January 9, 2015</strong>. Students whose Parent Checklists are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p>The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs. In Katy ISD, screening instruments include the Parent Checklist, classroom observations and standardized tests.</p><p>The program for elementary students consists of a one-day-a-week pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education. The program for secondary students is a subject specific aptitude program that targets the language arts, math, social studies and science disciplines.</p><p>Secondary students may be referred for screening in one, two, three or all four content areas.</p><p>After identification, students are served within the Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP programs. Secondary students currently identified for GT service may request screening for service in additional content areas. Requests must be made to GT Facilitator by January 9, <span style="line-height:1.5;">2015.</span></p><p>Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or secondary G/T facilitators if they have additional questions. Students already identified and experiencing success in the GT program do not need to be re-screened.</p><p>Transfer students who were screened in fall 2014 must wait one full academic year before they can be re-screened.</p></div>
Hundreds Gathered for Dedication of New James Randolph Elementary School Hundreds Gathered for Dedication of New James Randolph Elementary School 2014-11-11T17:34:12Z<div class="ExternalClassF1FAC53A37EC4152B48E87B3E6F8C7B0"><p>​<em>School namesake's legacy is honored during ceremony</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Nearly 600</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> parents, students, staff members and local officials joined members of Katy ISD's Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey at Randolph Elementary School for Sunday's official dedication of the District's 37th elementary school.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>James E. Randolph, the school's namesake, joined Katy ISD in 1996 as a math and science teacher at Winborn Elementary, and later moved on to coach P.E. at Alexander Elementary.  Although his battle with cancer forced him into an early retirement, he remained very active in the District as a volunteer before passing away in April 2013.</p><p>His wife, stepson and sister were all present for Sunday's dedication, along with other District namesakes.</p><p>"I wish I wasn't here, and James was still teaching P.E.  But I stand here with much honor as I know his joy and laughter will fill these halls for years to come," said Janet Randolph, the namesake's wife, as she fought back tears.  "He lived passionately and loved his students more than anything." </p><p>Students and administrators recognized Mr. Randolph's endless contributions to the District, and the many lives he touched with his contagious smile and passion for athletics and academics. </p><p>"He knew each of the 1,200 students by name and took a vested interest in their families," said Principal Kristin Harper, who worked alongside Randolph for many years at Alexander Elementary.  "He made every student feel loved, special and respected.  He called them his 'angels'."</p><p>Randolph Elementary, located at 5303 Flewellen Oaks Lane<em>, </em>was<em> </em>built with funds left over from the 2010 bond referendum and opened its doors to nearly 820 students in August 2014.   </p><p>During today's ceremony, a flag previously flown over the State Capitol was presented by the Honorable John Zerwas and the Honorable Lois Kolkhorst along with a proclamation read by Commissioner Andy Meyers.  </p><p>For pictures of today's dedication ceremony, click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.838909332795824.1073741858.113148448705253&type=1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks Top 10 in the Nation for Digital CurriculumKaty ISD Ranks Top 10 in the Nation for Digital Curriculum2014-11-10T20:58:53Z<div class="ExternalClass0B3D3A282FA44333AAE0C6C376B04AE3"><p>​<em>Awarded third place among suburban school districts nationwide</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District has been ranked nationally for transitioning to digital curriculum and content in an effective manner leading to greater student achievement and success. </span></p><p>The Learning Counsel selected Katy ISD as one of the Top 10 Districts based on the results of the 2014 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey. Specifically, Katy ISD ranks third among suburban school districts nationwide.            </p><p>The Learning Counsel surveyed K-12 school districts nationwide, as well as equivalent international primary educators, about their digital curriculum strategies to effect positive institutional change in an effort to transition to and utilize digital curriculum and content in the teaching and learning process. Schools and school districts along all points of a continuum of change in this transition completed the survey.  </p><p>The Top 10 Districts, selected by The Learning Counsel, were recognized at the National Gathering event this month for their achievements.</p></div>

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