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U.S. Congressman Culberson Visits Katy ISD High SchoolsU.S. Congressman Culberson Visits Katy ISD High Schools2014-10-29T20:04:26Z<div class="ExternalClassD253368F5A7646E8A7879BAF47A61AEF"><p><img alt="DSC_5630.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_5630.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Today AP Government students at Mayde Creek and Taylor high schools received a visit from U.S. Congressman John Culberson, Superintendent Alton Frailey and members of the Katy ISD administration. Congressman Culberson met with the students, answered their questions and provided a brief overview of his role in the government. </p><p>Congressman Culberson was elected in 2000 to represent the 7th District, a seat formerly held by President George H. W. Bush. In Congress, Culberson's priorities include strengthening the economy by cutting taxes, creating jobs, and balancing the budget; advancing medical and scientific research; and improving Houston transportation.</p></div>
Population and Survey Analysts Project Katy ISD to Continue Growing, Reach Nearly 100,000 Students in 10 yearsPopulation and Survey Analysts Project Katy ISD to Continue Growing, Reach Nearly 100,000 Students in 10 years2014-10-28T17:15:16Z<div class="ExternalClass2C308A821B15462BB12BF3CEA823F7E4"><p>​<em>District to continue growing by approximately 3,000 new students every year</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">During tonight's Katy ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, Dr. Pat Guseman with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the District's 2014 Demographic Update and provided student enrollment projections for the next 10 years. </span></p><p>According to PASA, the District will continue to see an average of 3,000 new students every year.  Given such projections, Katy ISD is expected to reach 84,000 students by 2019 and 98,162 students by 2024.  Based on current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked the second fastest growing school district in Texas and the 23<sup>rd</sup> fastest in the nation.    </p><p>"This simply reaffirms the District's growing enrollment numbers across Katy campuses," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "We are growing at an exponential rate, and there is no slowing down."            </p><p>Student enrollment growth is projected across all grade levels.  However, elementary student population is expected to increase at the highest rate.  This past year, elementary student population grew by 5 percent.  Furthermore, kindergarten grew the fastest at 8.4 percent, the highest percentage increase experienced since 2004.</p><p>The update also projects approximately 46,200 new housing units in Katy over the next 10 years.  </p><p>Last year, the Annual PASA Demographic Update projected Katy ISD to have 69,857 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Currently, Katy ISD has 70,334 students.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/Demographic%20Update_Oct.%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> to view the 2014 Annual PASA Demographic Update.   </p></div>
Rhoads Elementary Participates in Artist-in-Residency ProgramRhoads Elementary Participates in Artist-in-Residency Program2014-10-28T14:12:32Z<div class="ExternalClass1012FE32F7F94BF58840FB4D4A892147"><p><img alt="DSC_4936.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_4936.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:263px;vertical-align:baseline;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">On October 15-16, Rhoads Elementary students received a visit from the </span><a href="http://www.crosspulse.com/" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Crosspulse Duo</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">, where musicians Keith Terry and Evie Ladin wove history, geography and culture together as they encouraged students to express themselves through music.</span></p><p>This two day artist-in-residency program, funded by the Target Arts, Culture and Design in Schools Grant, provided an opportunity for Rhoads students to attend a live performance by Crosspulse Duo. Students in the third and fifth grades also worked with these artists in a small group setting to learn about, experience and create body music.</p><p>"Bringing artists into our school allows our students to make connections with people, places and ideas from all over the world," said Rhoads Elementary Music Teacher Jennifer Patterson. </p><p><a href="https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about Target grants. </p></div>
Taylor High School Kicks Off K4K Project to Help Families Around the WorldTaylor High School Kicks Off K4K Project to Help Families Around the World2014-10-28T13:11:46Z<div class="ExternalClassBEA6A7706722484897433414E274CDBF"><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="THS K4K.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS%20K4K.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:285px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School National Honor Society students launched the Katy for Kids (K4K) project to help pack hundreds of medical kits to be used by families around the world. </span></p><p>These students have engaged nearly 7,000 Katy ISD students to help with their goal of packing more than 650 kits, which will be used for <a href="http://projectcure.org/programs/kidskits" style="text-decoration:underline;">Project CURE's Kits for Kids</a>, a program that provides everyday medical supplies to families in 132 countries. </p><p>Students from Hayes, Nottingham, Pattison, and West Memorial elementary schools, McMeans Junior High and Taylor High School are currently participating. Families can support their efforts by either donating items to fill the kits from a list of supplies or donating $5 to sponsor a kit to deliver supplies. Item collection bins will be available at all participating schools starting October 31.  </p><p>For more information, contact Janet Thomason at <a href="mailto:janetthomason@projectcure.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">janetthomason@projectcure.org</a> or text <strong>K4K</strong> to the number 72727. </p></div>
All Katy ISD Bands Earn Superior Ratings in UIL Region 23 Marching ContestAll Katy ISD Bands Earn Superior Ratings in UIL Region 23 Marching Contest2014-10-23T20:31:46Z<div class="ExternalClass5FE39CEB5D3A4E67BA560AB4C353B452"><p>​​All seven Katy ISD high school bands earned straight Division 1 (Superior/Exemplary) ratings at the UIL Region 23 Marching Contest on October 21 at Rhodes Stadium. This is the highest rating a marching band can achieve. Tompkins High School Band was the only class 5A band in the region to receive a Division 1 rating.<br><br>The six Katy ISD Bands, competing in the 6A classification, advanced to playoffs and will be competing at the UIL Area E Marching Contest this Saturday, October 25 at the Berry Center located at 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. <br><br>Performance times for the preliminary round of the contest are as follows:<br>· Seven Lakes HS – 9:00 AM<br>· JE Taylor HS – 9:15 AM<br>· Katy HS – 10:30 AM<br>· Mayde Creek HS – 12:45 PM<br>· Morton Ranch HS – 1:15 PM<br>· Cinco Ranch HS – 1:30 PM<br><br>Twenty bands will be competing in the preliminary round, and the 10 bands with the highest scores will advance to the finals, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. <br><br>At approximately 10 p.m. the four highest scoring bands will be announced and certified to compete in the UIL State Marching Championships on November 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.</p></div>
District Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current AssumptionsDistrict Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current Assumptions2014-10-22T19:00:24Z<div class="ExternalClass57276A14C7564693B4028B577A2CD65C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During last night's Board Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported $28 million in savings resulting from refinancing past bonds and anticipates</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> a zero</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tax rate increase with the approval of the November 2014 bond referendum, under current assumptions. By taking advantage of opportunities to refund bonds and refinance, the District has demonstrated excellen</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t financial management and saved millions </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">over the years</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Even more so, the District has been able to maintain the same school tax rate for the last eight years. Katy ISD's exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency were recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new <strong>Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong>. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p></div>
Rival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer AwarenessRival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness2014-10-23T20:10:37Z<div class="ExternalClass7F64904F38814F0896497DA8DF28EAC4"><p>​On Thursday, October 23, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch high schools are teaming up to create the largest <em>Pink Out</em> in Katy ISD history to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All football players, band members, cheerleaders and drill teams will be sporting their special 'Pink Out' t-shirts. In addition, both schools are encouraging all students, staff and community members to show their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention by wearing pink and purchasing their limited edition 'Pink Out' t-shirts, available for sale at the game for $5. </p><p><span data-mce-style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">All proceeds from shirt sales will go to The Rose, a local organization that assists women and families with early detection, treatment and support. More information on The Rose can be found at <span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.the-rose.org/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://www.the-rose.org/"><span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;">www.the-rose.org</span></a></span>. </span></p></div>
Parent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 BondParent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bond2014-10-21T01:44:43Z<div class="ExternalClass1FEDEEC9BA404CF18F960C72F038D7CE"><p><em>Options include additional portables, class size increases and evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among other items</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard feedback directly from the District's Advisory Committees on the potential options for managing growth, should the November 2014 bond fail.           </span></p><p>At the request of more than a hundred parents, staff and community members in four Advisory Committees, District officials researched neighboring school districts facing similar growth and presented a summary of options that could potentially be implemented in Katy to provide temporary relief to overcrowded campuses.  </p><p>"I appreciate the District giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions," said Parent Roundtable and Katy Improvement Council representative Laura Freeman.  "We understand these options are not the solution to our overcrowding problem, but it will hold us over until a bond passes."         </p><p>The alternatives discussed for managing current and future growth included additional portable classrooms, attendance boundary modifications, class size increases and program evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among others.  </p><p>Given that a May 2015 bond would not address immediate growth, the District would need to consider implementing several alternatives to accommodate approximately 6,000 new students over the next two years, if the bond is not approved by voters next month.  </p><p>"A bond next spring would push construction back at least one year, and then our immediate needs would be doubled," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "Bond or no bond, we still have to provide for student growth and programs we wish to keep."</p><p>The $748 million bond referendum, if approved, will provide six new campuses and renovations for nearly 50 District facilities, adding approximately 9,000 new classroom seats throughout Katy.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>.  To view the District's proposed alternatives to the 2014 bond, click <a href="/Documents/Bond-%20A%20Consideration%20of%20the%20Alternatives-%2010.20.14.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>

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