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2014-2015 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals2014-2015 Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meals2014-07-22T13:16:44Z<div class="ExternalClass6261A544D1A4488FBEA04F5C499F8C48"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children eligible under the federal income guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. A copy of the policy may be viewed at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Children living in households with incomes at or below the federally approved levels, based on household size, may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children with statuses as homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an online application prior to the start of school. The online application can be found at the District website at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>. Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. If your student receives a letter of approval the first days of school then you do not need to complete a new application for the 2014-2015 school year. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels they should have, should contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at (281) 396-6240.</p><p style="text-align:left;">A Free and Reduced meal application form and an information letter will also be distributed in students' first day packets. <strong>A paper application will not need to be completed if you submitted the application online</strong>. If your child was on the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed. A new application is required each school year.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Nutrition and Food Service staff are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5364 Franz Road in Katy to assist parents in completing the application. Bring the names of all members of the household and their <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gross Monthly Income</span>. For any questions, call the Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service office at (281) 396-6240.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Applications are available online, at any District school, and at the Nutrition and Food Service office. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year, and the 2014-2015 online application will be available one week prior to the start of the new school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining meal eligibility. Application information may be verified by school officials at any time during the school year.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>2014-2015​ School Year</strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Free%20Reduced%20Meals.jpg" alt="Free Reduced Meals.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:659px;" /></p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p></div>
Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event CompetitionMorton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition2014-07-21T15:04:45Z<div class="ExternalClass0E35E739BF72468BABF48EBFA9FAB1AA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">Leema Weilein,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> recently earned a silver medal in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">STAR Event Competition</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;"> in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 STAR Event Competition</a>. </p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator AwardsMorton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards2014-07-08T21:56:59Z<div class="ExternalClassE6D5402E676041CC9C4CC5DF1910AD6B"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named a finalist for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2013-2014</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for secondary principals. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.</p><p>The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas PTA website</a>.</p></div>
Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-ThonTaylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon2014-07-07T15:45:59Z<div class="ExternalClass613393193227461B946AC17EA8CEEBF6"><p style="text-align:left;">​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting <img alt="THS JET March-A-Thon.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS%20JET%20March-A-Thon.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:220px;vertical-align:baseline;float:right;" />tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 a.m. on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, Aug. 16</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., ending at Taylor High School.</span></p><p>Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.</p><p>Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> for a personal concert. Visit <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> for more information and the parade route.</p></div>
Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader ClinicTompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic2014-07-07T16:53:40Z<div class="ExternalClass2F499386DD4C4467A8A5918D41B52959"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cheerleader Clinic</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for interested students ages five through 13 on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in the Tompkins High School dance gym.</span></p><p>The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August. </p><p><a href="/Documents/OTHS%20Cheer%20Clinic.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information or to register for this event.</p></div>
Board Approves 2014-2015 Teacher Salary ScheduleBoard Approves 2014-2015 Teacher Salary Schedule2014-06-26T16:15:16Z<div class="ExternalClass30EDD95ADD6F4173A9239A581CADEEEB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular June meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the new </span><a href="/dept/hr/Documents/2014-15%20Teacher%20Salary%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">teacher salary schedule</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for 2014-2015, and an increase in pay for bus drivers and auxiliary positions C1 through C4.</span></p><p>The beginning teacher salary will increase 4.26 percent, and current Katy ISD teachers entering their sixth year with the District will receive a significant 7.09 percent increase. </p><p>Auxiliary positions C1 through C4 will receive an increase of $1.00 per hour for the 2014-2015 school year. Bus drivers will receive a $2.50 per hour increase, changing the starting salary rate from $13.75 to $16.25 per hour.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating SystemKaty ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System2014-06-24T15:12:55Z<div class="ExternalClass8CB6F9773647423094E87E3AC3804428"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD has earned a rating of</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><em style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>Superior Achievement</strong></em><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">under the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (FIRST) for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the 12 years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST.</span></p><p>Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, the highest being <em>Superior Achievement</em>, followed by <em>Above Standard Achievement</em>, <em>Standard Achievement</em> and <em>Substandard Achievement</em>. More information regarding the FIRST rating system can be found on the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas Education Agency</a> website.  </p></div>
Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary SchoolsBoard Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools2014-06-24T15:10:42Z<div class="ExternalClass6E6AF4130D824E45930C53553C9D2727"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During the regular June Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Angelita Bateman</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of Williams Elementary, and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">William Rhodes </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as the new principal of Fielder Elementary. Bateman is currently the assistant principal at Williams Elementary, and Rhodes is a Human Resources Coordinator for Katy ISD.</span></p><p>Bateman has been in education for 13 years and began her career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2001. She became the assistant principal of Williams Elementary in 2007. Bateman holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and a master's degree in elementary education.</p><p>Rhodes has been in education for 12 years and began his career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2006. He then served as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary before beginning his current role as a Human Resources Coordinator. Rhodes holds a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in educational leadership, and is expecting to earn his Doctorate in educational administration in May 2015.</p></div>

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