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Katy ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts SurveyKaty ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey2015-03-27T14:51:59Z<div class="ExternalClass14C18549AABA4D46B6AF0BDCA78866A8"><p>The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.</p><p>The <strong>Digital School Districts Survey</strong> showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations. </p><p>Katy ISD's second-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the District is adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies. </p><p>The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to view the full list of school districts honored, and selected survey findings and trends.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw CenterKaty ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent and Community to Celebrate Dedication of New Robert R Shaw Center2015-03-26T18:14:28Z<div class="ExternalClass3F8BEF896902464DA061B92C859A1FC6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">April 27 will be an historic day for Katy ISD when it officially dedicates the Robert R. Shaw Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with the District's first-ever interactive facility dedication.</span></p><p>After the 4 p.m. ceremony, an open house and student demonstrations will showcase this spring's projects and activities at the Shaw Center.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cell phones or tablets to get the most of the interactive experience.</p><p>The facility is named after the late Robert R. Shaw, who served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012. The school board selected Shaw as the namesake because of his long-time dedication to Katy ISD coupled with his lifelong interest in science and career in engineering.</p><p>Steve Adams, a former classroom teacher, instructional technology facilitator and curriculum specialist in Katy ISD, is the facility coordinator for the Center. Mariam Manuel, who was an instructional coach at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School and taught physics at Cinco Ranch High School, is the instructional specialist. They will coordinate all of the Center's activities, including STEAM-related curricular activities during the school day, support for robotics teams, science and engineering fairs, STEAM nights for families, STEAM summer camps and other special projects. ​</p><p>The Center is located at 1730 Katyland Dr., next door to the Miller Career and Technology Center.</p></div>
Ballot Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees ElectionBallot Set for 2015 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election2015-03-25T21:07:34Z<div class="ExternalClass1F52156ACD07474297EAEBCAA552BB8F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Election Day for Position 6 and Position 7 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees will be held </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, May 9, 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The last day for patrons to file for a place on the ballot was Friday, February 27. Candidates (as they will appear on the ballot) are as follows:</span></p><ul><li><strong>Position 6:</strong>  </li><ul><li>John Pendergraff</li><li>Bryan Michalsky<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Position 7:</strong>  </li><ul><li>Charles L. Griffin</li><li>Leonard Ledford</li></ul></ul><p>More information on the Board of Trustees Election can be found on the<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Candidate-Campaign-Reports.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the YearKaty ISD Chief Information Officer Honored as National Volunteer of the Year2015-03-20T15:29:48Z<div class="ExternalClass294BD5FCAEFA4184BFB52196099F602A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief Information Officer <strong>Dr. John Alawneh</strong> was recently honored with the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> award by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) at the annual conference in Atlanta. This award recognizes volunteers who provide exemplary voluntary support to the association. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>"Despite changing jobs and districts, John has remained an active contributor to CoSN's work and accomplishments. We thank John for his extraordinary commitment to our mission and for continuing to make a difference in the education community," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.</p><p>Alawneh has led CoSN's Technical Committee and guided a vast volunteer network of chief technology officers to produce the association's new Technical Interoperability Primer. Last year, he led CoSN's <em>Teaming for Transformation</em> group to an exclusive school site visit to Katy ISD. The site visit allowed participants to hear from local district leadership and industry leader and engage with Katy ISD students and educators.  </p><p>To learn more about the award, please visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">CoSN website</a>. </p><p><strong>About CoSN</strong> </p><p>CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DCKaty ISD Students to be Honored at White House Science Fair in Washington, DC2015-03-19T20:25:55Z<div class="ExternalClass550C5043BFED4912AECE248FD53F1D49"><p><em>Two Beckendorff Junior High Science Olympiad students and coach to be honored by President Barack Obama</em>​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Two Katy ISD Science Olympiad competitors and their coach will be honored by President Barack Obama at the Fifth Annual White House Science Fair, an event highlighting the achievements of outstanding students from major national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The students, Heather Sweeney and Erik Yu, from Beckendorff Junior High and their Science Olympiad Coach Scott Lightle will be recognized for being part of the Division B (middle school) winning team at the 2014 Science Olympiad National Tournament and for their excellence in Science Olympiad events like Crime Busters, Wheeled Vehicle, Robo-Cross, Simple Machines, Heredity and Can't Judge A Powder at the state and national level.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>MEDIA RSVP FOR OPEN PRESS REMARKS</em></strong></span><em>: The President's remarks are OPEN PRESS, but media must RSVP with the name, media outlet, phone and email for each person planning to cover the event to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>, by Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET, with the subject line "Science Fair." Press who do not have a White House hard pass must also send their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of citizenship, and current city and state of residence to </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> no later than Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.</em></p><p><strong>When:    </strong>        <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, March 23 at approximately 11:55 a.m. ET </span></p><p>                       <span style="text-decoration:underline;">President's remarks to be live-streamed at </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           East Room of the White House, Washington, DC​</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>        Jenny Kopach, VP Marketing Communications, Science Olympiad at <a href=""></a>  </p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music EducationKaty ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education2015-03-19T18:01:49Z<div class="ExternalClassDAEED125A2C44EC598A5E747603440B0"><p><em>District receives award for seventh consecutive year</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD was named among the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Best Communities for Music Education</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the seventh consecutive year by the </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">National Association of Music Merchants</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the nation for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students. </span></p><p>"This is once again great recognition of the work that is being done by our music teachers who provide such a strong foundation through grade 5, and then our band, choir, and orchestra directors who work tirelessly continuing this quality of instruction in grades 6-12," said Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant. "We are thankful for the support we receive from parents, principals, administrators and our Board.  Our community realizes the importance of quality music and fine arts education as it is a huge component to the successful preparation of every child to be able to achieve their highest."</p><p>Last October, two musical groups from Beckendorff Junior High, the Honor Orchestra and Varsity Girls' Choir, were selected as winners in the National Mark of Excellence Honors by the Foundation for Music Education. Additionally, three musical groups from Exley Elementary, McMeans Junior High and Cinco Ranch High School were selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association in February, and Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant was named the recipient of the <strong>2015 School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education</strong>. There were also a total of 38 students in the District selected as All-State Musicians.</p><p>Among the music programs offered in the District are string orchestra, full orchestra, choir vocal ensemble, marching band, concert band, jazz band and multiple individual events of solos and small ensembles. </p><p>The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National</p><p>Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information, visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the YearKaty ISD Partners in Education Announces the 2014-2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year2015-03-19T16:52:46Z<div class="ExternalClass25D316BD1F1E48CA9635BDA424D98791"><p>​<img alt="2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2015-TiesTiaras-74949.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program celebrated mentors across the district at its annual Ties & Tiaras event on March 5, 2015 at NOAH'S of Katy.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Every year, campuses are asked to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the students they mentor and to the principles of the KEYS program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Ties & Tiaras not only honored the Mentors of the Year but also supported KEYS Scholarships, which have awarded $200,000 to graduating KEYS seniors since 2006. </p><p>Partners in Education is proud to announce the <strong>2015 KEYS Mentors of the Year</strong>:</p><p><strong>First Year Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Carroll Aulbaugh</strong> – Cardiff Junior High </li><li><strong>Major Ray Bonney</strong> – Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Erica Sanchez</strong> – Franz Elementary </li><li><strong>Margaret Spieldenner</strong> – Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li><strong>Brian Whitten</strong> – Raines High School</li></ul><p><strong>Mentors of the Year:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christie Blaa – </strong>Fielder Elementary</li><li><strong>Bill Brown – </strong>Seven Lakes High School</li><li><strong>Lynette Campbell –</strong> Schmalz Elementary</li><li><strong>Maria Cruz – </strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li><strong>Michael Darling – </strong>Bear Creek Elementary</li><li><strong>Meg Evans – </strong>Morton Ranch High School</li><li><strong>Elizabeth Hoover – </strong>Cimarron and Griffin Elementaries</li><li><strong>Cynthia Jennings – </strong>Raines High School</li><li><strong>Steve Jones – </strong>West Memorial Junior High</li><li><strong>Jerry Wells –</strong> Golbow Elementary</li><li><strong>Hartmut Wuttig</strong> – Katy High School</li></ul><p>The 2015 Mentors of the Year collectively represent 58 years of dedicated service to students in the KEYS program.  KEYS is a relationship initiative that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success for up to one hour a week, during the school day, during the school year.  This twenty-year-old program extends to every Katy ISD campus and has over 1,000 mentors.​</p><p>For more information on the KEYS mentor program and scholarship fund, please contact Martha Brown at 281-396-2468 or <a href=""></a>.  The KEYS initiative, along with School-Business Partnerships, Volunteers in Public Schools, Junior Achievement and Sisters Schools are all offered through Partners in Education….the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Hosts Community RoundtableKaty ISD Superintendent Hosts Community Roundtable2015-03-19T01:43:55Z<div class="ExternalClass716237396FC243B1923D7F40B77610F2"><p><em>Attendees provide feedback on transportation services and attendance boundary modifications </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey hosted the District's first-ever </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Community Roundtable</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tonight to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss directly with him issues impacting students and staff, and provide feedback on such matters.</span></p><p>"In Katy ISD, we truly value two-way communication with all of our constituents," said Frailey.  "It is only by working together that we will continue to provide the best educational experience for every student in the District." </p><p>This first roundtable experience was considered a "pilot" to provide an opportunity for a mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas between Katy ISD and the local community interested in, or potentially affected by, District-level decisions. Tonight's attendees discussed specific topics such as the recent Transportation Sustainability Survey and future attendance boundary modifications, and then engaged in discussions with the superintendent and other participants.  </p><p>"Our community and our families are our greatest resource when it comes to issues that impact our children," Frailey said. "It's important that we understand their experiences and preferences, so we can continue to effectively serve our students now and into the future."</p><p>Tonight's Community Roundtable was comprised of more than 40 community members who had demonstrated the desire to provide feedback and be actively involved in District and/or community initiatives, and had recently participated on the 2014 Bond Committee and/or Leadership Katy.  In addition, it was open to the general public, and attendees who were not directly participating in the meeting were allowed to sit in, observe the discussions and leave inquiries on question cards.</p><p>Moving forward, the District will be considering other means to broaden participation and allow an even greater number of interested individuals to take part in these roundtable discussions.  </p><p>Throughout the academic year, the superintendent also hosts various roundtables with staff, students and parents.  </p></div>

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