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Area Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching FestivalArea Bands to Perform in 29th Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival2014-10-01T17:51:11Z<div class="ExternalClass426137F156D84E78B9BFA1E5147C02C6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Rhodes Stadium will be filled with marching, music and movement as high school bands from all over the region perform in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">29</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>th </sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Annual Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at Rhodes Stadium on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 11, 2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., approximately 30 high school marching bands will perform for 15 minutes each, while being evaluated by a panel of UIL certified judges. Now in its 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> year, this event has become one of the premier high school marching festivals in the area.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Performers include four Katy ISD high school bands, as well as other bands from the Houston area. This event is open to the public with a small admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students to help offset the expenses of the contest.</p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:  </p><ul><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong> – 1:00 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 1:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 4:15 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m. </li></ul><p>The Katy ISD Invitational Marching Festival draws between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators and participants throughout the day. The Festival provides evaluation of marching bands and constructive strategies that are beneficial to the students and directors as they continue to work throughout the remainder of the marching and competition season. </p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art AuctionStudent Art Pieces Selected for Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction2014-10-01T16:37:54Z<div class="ExternalClass5532C8F8552D4831BA0B3897BA6D9B6F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 23 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 17 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Katy ISD students sold $37,900 in auctioned art pieces this year, and received all proceeds with the exception of the seven percent commission from the Fort Bend County Fair. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:</p><ul><li><strong>Lucy Chen, </strong>Grand Champion, "Morning Routine," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Christine Jeong, </strong>Reserve Grand Champion, "Sunday Stroll," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu,</strong> Best of Class, "Big Red," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Jordan Rodriguez, </strong>Best of Class, "Charge," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Makenna Prey, </strong>"Bluebonnet Texas Trail," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Paula Achang, </strong>"Three Musketeers," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Harrison Xue</strong>, "Alone at Last" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Ben Graham</strong>, "Almost Home" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Nina Truong</strong>, "Taking a Break" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Liruonong Zhang</strong>, "Boy with Horse" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Alexandra Beall</strong>, "The Violinist" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Callie Whitbeck</strong>, "Sweet Baby" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Megan Villanueva</strong>, "Only Time Will Tell" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Cayla Dodd</strong>, "Laying in the Grass" Katy HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang</strong>, "Waiting" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Hannah Liu</strong>, "Where is the Newborn" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Lisa Li</strong>, "Grazing in the Spring" Seven Lakes HS​</li></ul><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
KISD Auxiliary Job FairKISD Auxiliary Job Fair2014-09-29T21:23:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6DAF705FA4AF4035A90BCB853C465F48"><p>​Katy ISD will host an Auxiliary Job Fair on <strong>Friday, October 3 </strong>from 2-4 p.m. at Morton Ranch High School. The District is seeking fo fill positions for Bus Drivers, Attendants, Food Service Workers, Crossing Guards, Custodians, Mechanics, Groundskeepers, Plumbers and many more.</p></div>
​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge2014-09-26T20:56:47Z<div class="ExternalClass6BBC996E6AB94656BEEAD2A5462A1DDD"><p></p><p>This past summer, Katy ISD campuses participated in the "Secondary Summer Reading Challenge" for students in grades 6-12. More than 760 secondary students participated in the Challenge and logged 1,332 book titles. </p><p>As part of this program, students signed up in May and received two text messages per week with book recommendations and reminders to log completed books. Each participant was entered into a drawing, and 29 students won donated prizes such as iTunes and Amazon gift cards. </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Summer%20Reading%20Challenge-%20by%20the%20numbers.jpg" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on the Katy ISD Summer Reading Challenge. </p></div>
Semifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship ProgramSemifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program2014-09-26T15:13:46Z<div class="ExternalClass1741CDA097CC4DDC9330BD95753184F2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">National Merit</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">®</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced the names of more than 1,600 high school seniors from across the country who have been designated as semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Three of these talented students are from Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards worth more than $2.5 million to be offered next spring.</span></p><p><strong>The Katy ISD 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Oluwatofe Alimi</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Calistus Ezeokafor</strong>, Seven Lakes High School.</li></ul><p>More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT<strong>®</strong>). To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.  From the 1,600 semifinalists, approximately 1,300 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in January they will be notified of this designation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence WinnersKaty ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners2014-09-25T18:16:15Z<div class="ExternalClass076D0FBF6FD344B6B87686979EAF1D2F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl's Choir</strong>, directed by Janet Menzie</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Bryanna Porter and Kate Mathews</li><li><strong>Beck Junior High School Symphonic Band</strong>, directed by Brenden Steber</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School Chorale</strong>, directed by Dorothy Wilson</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.</p><p>Visit the <a href="http://www.foundationformusiceducation.org/mark-of-excellence" style="text-decoration:underline;">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Important Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT TestingImportant Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing2014-09-24T18:03:00Z<div class="ExternalClass320EBB929EFC4D77892354248F7BBA77"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD sophomores and junior are registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Taking the PSAT provides the following advantages to students:</p><p>- It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college (and for success in most jobs and careers in today's world). After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use it to find their "skill gaps" and then make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.<br></p><p>- The Student Search Service<sup>®</sup> gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.<br></p><p>- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.<br></p><p>- It provides practice for the SAT<sup>®</sup> Reasoning Test.<br></p><p>- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.<br></p><p>- Junior who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.<br></p><p>- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.<br><br>Score Reports are distributed the first day of the second semester at all Katy ISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT test takers receive a free personalized PSAT/NMSQT college planning kit online. Using a unique access code on the score report, students have access to an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, a customized SAT study plan, personalized lists of college majors and careers, a personalized list of colleges, and access to <em>MyCollegeQuickstart</em>—an interactive majors, college and career exploration program.<br><br>Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT prep booklet available on each high school campus. <br><br>Katy ISD provides all students the academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond.  Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college.<br><br><strong>What should students bring on test day?</strong></p><ul><li>No. 2 pencils and eraser</li><li>Approved calculator </li><li>Email address (optional)</li><li>Current and valid school or government issued photo ID</li></ul></div>
Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? 2014-09-23T20:50:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1EC644804D5C4A2495E4DE66421AEA00"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for K-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Math, Fine Arts, AP Environmental Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, and Fashion Marketing. These materials will be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year. </p><p>If you would like to be part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href="http://www.tinyurl.com/KatyProc2015" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.tinyurl.com/KatyProc2015</a> and you will be considered for participation on the selection committee. </p><p>Keep in mind that these committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected to serve on a committee, you will have the opportunity to review proposed instructional materials in January 2015.</p></div>

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