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Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick OffKaty ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2015-08-28T20:14:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5103BB41FE7741D6B644E4626BF7F05A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another great year of mentoring on Friday, September 25 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">KEYS advocate Dr. Jerry Edmonson will share his insights and experiences with mentoring.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2014-2015 school year showed 91 percent of students participating in the program saw a decrease in discipline referrals, 92 percent decreased absences and 91 percent increased grades.  </p><p>Hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, please join us!  If you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us!  To RSVP or to complete a KEYS application, visit the <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/Events.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>. ​For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.  ​</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full OrchestraSeven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra Selected as TMEA Honor Full Orchestra2015-08-28T19:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass07D1033E2E124A6E8496B4E188E7B927"><p><img alt="SLHS TMEA Orchestra.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20TMEA%20Orchestra.png" style="margin:5px;width:171px;float:right;" />The <strong>Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra</strong> was recently selected as the <strong>2016 Honor Full Orchestra</strong> by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Desiree Overree and Damon Archer, and comprised of students from the top two string ensembles and top wind ensemble from the Seven Lakes High School bands.</p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. </p><p>This is the third time in the short 10-year history of Seven Lakes High School that the orchestra has been a semifinalist in this competition, earning fifth in 2014, third in 2015, and winning this distinction for 2016. </p><p>As Honor Full Orchestra, the Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra will perform at the TMEA Annual Convention in February 2016.</p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT ScoresKaty ISD Surpasses State and National Average ACT Scores2015-08-27T20:06:10Z<div class="ExternalClass0C0111D6E12246C48D7C2BC298612FBF"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD 2015 graduating class surpassed the state and national average ACT scores in all subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Furthermore, the percentage of Katy ISD students who met the ACT benchmark scores in all four subject areas was 49 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the state and national averages.</span></p><p>This year a total of <strong>1,611</strong> students took the ACT exams, an increase of nearly 300 students from 2011. </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%20Scores.jpg" alt="ACT Scores.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:766px;" /> </p><img alt="" style="width:720px;margin:5px;" /></div>
2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015 October TAKS Exit Level Retest2015-08-26T20:24:05Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5E1A4C964842CBA606957B0B70183B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2015. The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school must register online by accessing the <a href="https://tx.pearsonaccess.com/tclp/portal/tclp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pa2_tclp_oos_page" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Assessment website</a>. The registration process will be online only and must be completed by <strong>5 p.m. on September 25, 2015.</strong> Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2015 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>October 19                         ELA</li><li>October 20                         Mathematics</li><li>October 21                         Science</li><li>October 22                         Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) located at 1734 Katyland Drive. For additional information, <strong>contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at (281) 396-2128</strong>. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher GrantsFireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Benefitting Katy ISD Teacher Grants2015-08-26T15:25:03Z<div class="ExternalClass990F4D21A40141DEBECD695218A6A0BF"><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 annual </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">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;">Over the last three years, the foundation has awarded over $500,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The foundation's fourth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2016. </span></p><p>Admission for the event is $40 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.  For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to special No Label brews.  Groups of 10 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> shirt.  Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.</p><p>Current event sponsors include Cane Island; Thompson & Horton LLP; Firethorne; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; and Jeff Poole, AXA Advisors.  Additional sponsorships are available.</p><p><em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> will feature live entertainment by the Earl Sanders, Jr. Band, a new beer garden area, valet parking, and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative.  Find more information and register at <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org">foundation@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for StaffKaty ISD Board Considers Tax Rate Drop and Approves Additional Salary Increase for Staff2015-08-26T12:34:25Z<div class="ExternalClass8224C5F8BC3044F2BA7082AAC54C661B"><p>​During tonight’s regular meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees considered a one-cent reduction on the Debt Service Tax Rate, reducing the rate from $.40 to $.39. The total tax rate for 2015-2016 would be $1.5166 (down from $1.5266 last year).</p><p>At tonight’s Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget, which is based on the proposed tax rate for the same school year. The proposed tax rate will be an item on the Board of Trustees agenda next month. </p><p>Tonight, the Board approved an additional one percent, one-time salary increase payment for staff.</p><p>The proposed tax rate reduction and additional salary increase for staff is possible due to the recent appraisal values for Fort Bend and Waller counties that came in approximately two percent higher than initially anticipated. </p><p>A $1,200 salary increase for teachers and two percent mid-point increase was already <a href="https://swowa.katyisd.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=WJvRfFTpJEmmbNGCgJxKJl6ByxaSs9IIUykeYRvkAtBSuLd1smyHfH72OCHkox0YYRrJzXVzlDU.&URL=http://www.katyisd.org/Pages/news-item.aspx?Title%3d%2522Board%2520Approves%25202015-2016%2520Teacher%2520Salary%2520Schedule%2522" target="_blank">approved by the Board in July 2015</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Can You Do VIPS?”2015-08-25T19:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE44DF0BC3C05454699E7C38CD7095DEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its 2015 video entitled <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Sgi6cY7ds"><strong>"Can You Do VIPS?"</strong></a> — the District's invitation to volunteers.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by Schmalz Elementary Music Teacher Michael Thomas, with choreography by Darby Boyd, Taylor High School Dance Teacher.</span></p><p>Along with the traditional cameo appearance by Superintendent Alton Frailey, dancers from 42 Katy ISD campuses participated in the video project.  In addition, the VIPS General Board, Watch ​​​DOGS, KEYS mentors and Friends of Sundown provided their own unique interpretive dance moves.</p><p>Last year, over 22,000 volunteers donated more than 968,000 hours to the stud​ents and teachers of Katy ISD.  "Can You Do VIPS?" is an homage to those volunteers, who hail from every campus and from a variety of volunteer groups.  The video is also a call to action as the District's volunteer program embarks on an historical, ground-breaking year of service.  ​</p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>.​</p></div>
Dismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year FinalistDismuke Selected as 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist2015-08-24T21:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClassE70DE663B5234A79A174B857C7CED983"><p><img alt="DSC_0150.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0150.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:242px;float:right;" />Katy ISD's 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year, <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, was announced today as a <strong>2016 Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist </strong>by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Dismuke is one of six finalists chosen from among the 40 semifinalists across the state.</p><p>Superintendent Alton Frailey, Morton Ranch Elementary Principal Deb Hubble and the Board of Trustees were joined by MRE students and Katy ISD staff today at a surprise assembly to honor Dismuke's outstanding accomplishment.</p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>The Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced by TASA in October 2015.​</p></div>

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