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Katy ISD Police Department Named to Superintendent’s ABCD ClubKaty ISD Police Department Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club2014-04-22T21:12:13Z<div class="ExternalClassEB7F8BA7C49340D3A0F41E209B7C77D2"><p><img alt="DSC_0962web.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0962web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:251px;float:right;vertical-align:auto;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Police Department</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was named to the Superintendent's </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">ABCD Club</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> last week for going </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em><span style="line-height:1.5;">. This honor recognizes campuses, departments or individuals that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.</span></p><p>The Police Department was nominated by Rachael Walker of the Child Life Department at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. The annual Santa Cops program provides gifts for patients at Texas Children's Hospital who are hospitalized during the holiday. The Santa Cops donation is also used to acknowledge the accomplishments of patients who willingly and bravely cooperate during difficult or painful procedures. </p><p>"Because of the Katy ISD Police Department's support, the Child Life Department is better able to alleviate stress and anxiety, promote positive coping, and create special moments for our patients and families," said Walker. "We are so grateful for their support and donations to the patients."</p><p>To nominate a campus, department or individual for the Superintendent's ABCD Club, submit a letter to <a href="mailto:communications@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">communications@katyisd.org</a> with your contact information, explaining what the campus or central department did that you feel was <em>Above and Beyond the Call of Duty</em>. Nominations can be submitted by parents, community members, internal customers or students. To view the full list of ABCD Club recipients, visit the <a href="/dept/communications/Pages/ABCD-Club.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Campus Teacher of the Year FinalistsKaty ISD Announces Campus Teacher of the Year Finalists2014-04-22T13:27:44Z<div class="ExternalClass13F21C9A9894450D9F80540249EA9418"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District recently announced the six </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Campus Teacher of the Year Finalists</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> advancing to the next stage in the District-wide Teacher of the Year process. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The 2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalists are<strong> Jana Miller, </strong>Katy Elementary; <strong>Krista Mayzer,</strong> Kilpatrick Elementary; and<strong> Karla Teague</strong>, Mayde Creek Elementary. The Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalists are <strong>Stephen Bennett, </strong>Cardiff Junior High; <strong>Kelly Hume</strong>, Katy High School; and <strong>Jayson Hill, </strong>Tompkins High School.</p><p>Along with the Teacher of the Year Finalists, Katy ISD celebrates all of the 2014 campus-level nominees:</p><p><strong>Elementary: Julie Buller</strong>, Alexander Elementary<strong>; Judy Butler</strong>, Bear Creek Elementary;<strong> Kelli Tharp</strong>, Cimarron Elementary; <strong>Mary-Lou Iovine</strong>, Creech Elementary; <strong>Lora Hodges</strong>, Exley Elementary; <strong>Lucía Bayliss</strong>, Fielder Elementary; <strong>Jennie Smith</strong>, Franz Elementary;<strong> Rebecca Sustaita</strong>, Golbow Elementary; <strong>Ruth Turner</strong>, Griffin Elementary; <strong>Katie Silva</strong>, Hayes Elementary; <strong>Barbara Jinkins</strong>, Holland Elementary; <strong>Nanci McFarland</strong>, Hutsell Elementary; <strong>Tasneem Abousteit</strong>, King Elementary; <strong>Stephen Crawford</strong>, McRoberts Elementary;<strong> Rita Lozano</strong>, Memorial Parkway Elementary; <strong>Tamara Bryan</strong>, Morton Ranch Elementary; <strong>Brian Krauklis</strong>, Nottingham Country Elementary; <strong>Myla Fales</strong>, Pattison Elementary; <strong>Ashley Beierle</strong>, Rhoads Elementary; <strong>Linda Rowe</strong>, Rylander Elementary; <strong>Kiana Johnson</strong>, Schmalz Elementary; <strong>JeanAnn Naumann</strong>, Shafer Elementary; <strong>Heather Gower</strong>, Stanley Elemenary; <strong>Christie Ombrog</strong>, Stephens Elementary; <strong>Cynthia (Cindy) Guaman</strong>, Sundown Elementary;<strong> Celeste Bezner</strong>, West Memorial Elementary; <strong>Keri Morton</strong>, Williams Elementary; <strong>Jenny Heinold</strong>, Wilson Elementary; <strong>Sara Bergstrom</strong>, Winborn Elementary; <strong>Lindsay Campbell</strong>, Wolfe Elementary; <strong>Michele Hobizal</strong>, Wolman Elementary; and <strong>Anna Barnes</strong>, WoodCreek Elementary.</p><p><strong>Secondary: Kevin LaFollett</strong>, Beck Jr. High; <strong>Jamie Inlow</strong>, Beckendorff Jr. High; <strong>Amy Curwood</strong>, Behavior Transition Program; <strong>Sherri Wagner</strong>, Cinco Ranch High School; <strong>Erin Segreto</strong>, Cinco Ranch Jr. High; <strong>Elizabeth Flowers</strong>, Katy Jr. High; <strong>Mary Dawson</strong>, Mayde Creek High School;<strong> Aimee Cantrell</strong>, Mayde Creek Jr. High; <strong>Virginia Mosley</strong>, McDonald Jr. High; <strong>Jennifer Page</strong>, McMeans Jr. High; <strong>Melanie Beisert</strong>, Memorial Parkway Jr. High; <strong>Marlys Jaime</strong>, Miller Career & Technology Center; <strong>Karen Denise Sparks</strong>, Morton Ranch High School; <strong>Alisha Krcek</strong>, Morton Ranch Jr. High; <strong>Pat Spaulding</strong>, Opportunity Awareness Center; <strong>Jonathon Gutierrez</strong>, Raines High School;<strong> Jay Kolkman</strong>, Seven Lakes High School; <strong>Abel Acosta</strong>, Seven Lakes Jr. High; <strong>Kristi Kuzma</strong>, Taylor High School; <strong>Tina Dycus</strong>, West Memorial Jr. High; <strong>Jonathan Lawson</strong>, WoodCreek Jr. High.</p><p>All of the 2014 Teachers of the Year, along with the District-wide Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year, will be recognized at a special recognition on April 29.</p></div>
Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team Advances to World ChampionshipsCinco Ranch High School Robotics Team Advances to World Championships2014-04-21T14:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClass96F3D50C550440BB8494B71C30FC73AF"><p><img alt="CRHS Robotics World Champs.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS%20Robotics%20World%20Champs.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:285px;float:right;vertical-align:auto;" />​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Cinco Ranch High School "CRyptonite" Robotics Team 624, along with 400 teams from around the world, is heading to the <em></em><a href="http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/first-championship" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>FIRST</em>  World Championships</a> this week in St. Louis, Missouri. The team qualified for the Robotics Championships after taking first place at the regional level in San Antonio.</span></p><p>Team 624 is competing in the "Curie" division, playing a game that involves shooting a large exercise ball into goals at each end of the field. For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.team624.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">Team 624 website</a>.</p></div>
Katy High School Girls Win District 19-5A Track and Field ChampionshipsKaty High School Girls Win District 19-5A Track and Field Championships2014-04-17T21:05:23Z<div class="ExternalClass18315A6E0DE341DFA424FC949DD92F43"><p><font face="Arial"><span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;display:inline !important;font:14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;float:none;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;"><img alt="KHS Track Girls District Champs.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KHS%20Track%20Girls%20District%20Champs.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:266px;float:right;vertical-align:auto;" />​</span></font><font face="Arial"><span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;display:inline !important;font:14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;float:none;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;">The<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;font:bold 14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;">Katy High School</strong><span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;display:inline !important;font:14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;float:none;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>girls junior varsity and varsity track teams won the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><strong style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;font:bold 14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;">District 19-5A Track and Field Championships</strong><span style="text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;display:inline !important;font:14px/21px lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;white-space:normal;float:none;letter-spacing:normal;color:#444444;word-spacing:0px;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>last week. This win is the first ever District Championship in track and field for varsity, and the second championship for junior varsity. Additionally, these athletes qualified for the area track and field meet after placing in the top four of their respective events at the District Championships.</span></font>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive State Medals at Visual Art Scholastic EventKaty ISD Students Receive State Medals at Visual Art Scholastic Event2014-04-16T18:30:17Z<div class="ExternalClass4C752B39D0FE47B68ECE9A3C679550DA"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of 12 Katy ISD students received State Medallions, with one student winning the Gold Seal of Excellence Award, at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE)</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in early April. VASE provides students the opportunity to bring artwork created in their art classes to regional and state events for evaluation by certified jurors. The following students received State Medals and Gold Seals in this year's VASE competition:​</span></p><p><strong>State Medallions:</strong></p><p><strong>Mijee Bergbauer</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, "Serenaders"<br><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Chase Berry</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS, "Nature Always Wins"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Grace Carter</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS, "Still Beauty"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Erika Evasiuk</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS, "Giant"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Stephanie Garcia</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS, "Visions of Beauty"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Hareem Ali</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS, "Jigsaw Tower"<br><strong>Erin Lee</strong>, Taylor HS, "Altered Destruction"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Joanna Levine</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS "Ancient Days"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Meredith McWhirter</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS, "Iron Maiden"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Courtney Morris</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Cinco Ranch HS, "Isolation"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Xiao Ying (Wendy) Wu-Zhen</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS, "Listening to Sunshine"<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Megan Yu</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS, "A Few Of My Favorite Things"</span></p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gold Seal of Excellence Award:</strong></p><p><strong>Aigerim Zhumagaliyeva</strong>, Seven Lakes HS "Cultural Beauties"</p><p>VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, the program is only eligible for Texas high school students in grades 9-12. <a href="http://www.taea.org/VASE/default.asp" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on this event. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 13-19Katy ISD Celebrates National Library Week, April 13-192014-04-16T14:34:40Z<div class="ExternalClass8E9214CD85024706A8CC46417AF09D87"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week, Katy ISD joins libraries in schools and communities nationwide in celebrating </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National Library Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time to highlight the value of libraries and library workers. Katy ISD librarians work closely with teachers and administrators to develop engaging programs that enhance the overall educational experience on campus.</span></p><p>Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. </p><p>First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. <a href="http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about National Library Week.</p></div>
Katy ISD's Partners in Education Hosts Volunteer Celebration BreakfastKaty ISD's Partners in Education Hosts Volunteer Celebration Breakfast2014-04-16T14:32:34Z<div class="ExternalClassF2C808EFD2B649A39F04BDD22C94C1D2"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">Katy ISD's annual </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">Volunteer Celebration Breakfast</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;"> will be held in the Merrell Center Arena on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">Friday, May 16 from 9-10:30 a.m.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">Hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education and the Volunteer Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time to our students and teachers. This year's guest speaker is Katy High School graduate Dr. Adam Saenz, author of </span><em style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">"The Power of a Teacher." </em><span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;">Featured entertainment will highlight students from every Katy ISD high school along with surprise performances from elementary and junior high students.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;color:#222222;"> </span></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">The Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Breakfast celebrates parents and community members who support their campuses through the District's VIPS program and features the announcement of each campus volunteer of the year via principal videos. Last year, Katy ISD volunteers contributed 782,000 hours in support of the District.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Volunteers in Public Schools is one of five programs offered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom. Other initiatives include School-Business Partnerships, KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement and Sister Schools<em>.</em></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 12 by visiting the "Community" page at <a href="/" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org</a>and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00 a.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Liaison or <a href="mailto:marthbrown@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration:underline;">marthbrown@katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Help Raise Funds for DiabetesKaty ISD Students Help Raise Funds for Diabetes2014-04-14T19:03:30Z<div class="ExternalClassC1C3BD381A1C49069E0652C01D34D7C4"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="JDRF Promise Ball.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JDRF%20Promise%20Ball.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:123px;float:right;" /></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Three Katy ISD students from Alexander and Kilpatrick elementary schools recently attended the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) </span><a href="http://houston.jdrf.org/2014-promise-ball-brings-in-1-3-million/" style="line-height:1.5;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 Promise Ball</span></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to help raise funds for research for Type 1 diabetes.</span></p><p><strong>Laurel Akelstad</strong>,<strong> Grayson Schnellhardt </strong>and<strong> Jaci Graham</strong> are official JDRF ambassador​s and were responsible for interacting with the gala attendees and aiding the auctioneer during live auctions. Additionally, these students also attend various events held throughout the year by JDRF's multiple corporate sponsors.​</p><p><a href="https://jdrf.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.</p></div>

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