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Seven Lakes Junior High among Seven Exemplary Middle-Grades Schools Named “Schools to Watch” in TexasSeven Lakes Junior High among Seven Exemplary Middle-Grades Schools Named “Schools to Watch” in Texas2016-02-11T21:56:04Z<div class="ExternalClass74B4ADAE40F84B50B6858648F5A02B36"><p>Katy ISD's Seven Lakes Junior High is one of seven exemplary middle-grades schools in Texas that have been named "Schools to Watch" as part of a recognition program developed by the <strong>National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  </strong></p><p>Seven Lakes Junior High was selected for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, it was recognized for its strong leadership, devoted teachers, and commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. </p><p>The campuses designated as "Schools to Watch" have demonstrated that high-performing middle grades schools have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement. They also recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that each and every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education. </p><p>Selection is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum.  Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years must repeat the process in order to be re-designated. The schools vary in size from several hundred to several thousand students and represent urban, suburban, and rural communities.</p><p>The other 2016 <strong>Texas Schools to Watch®</strong> campuses include:</p><ul><li>Crocket Intermediate School, Paris ISD</li></ul><ul><li>McMath Middle School, Denton ISD</li></ul><ul><li>Melissa Middle School, Melissa ISD</li></ul><ul><li>Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School, McKinney ISD</li></ul><ul><li>Sharyland North Junior High School, Sharyland ISD</li></ul><ul><li>Smithfield Middle School, Birdsville ISD</li></ul></div>
Katy ISD Invites Parents and Students to Upcoming 2016 Financial Information AcademyKaty ISD Invites Parents and Students to Upcoming 2016 Financial Information Academy2016-02-09T22:07:11Z<div class="ExternalClassEB4258D2C16D45C580BA1BC20766D083"><p>Katy ISD is hosting the 2016 Financial Information Academy to aid parents and students in identifying resources that will assist them in funding post-secondary education.  This event will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 South Stadium Lane on Saturday, February 27 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.  </p><p>There will be presenters and representatives from various agencies to provide information on saving for college, completing the FAFSA, scholarships, finding the right student loan and much more.</p><p>This event is free, and registration is not required. </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Proposed Names for Elementary School No. 38, No. 39 and Junior High No. 14Katy ISD Announces Proposed Names for Elementary School No. 38, No. 39 and Junior High No. 142016-02-05T23:03:16Z<div class="ExternalClass9D9D990BF3EA4C21A88B81D6A7331C22"><p>The Katy ISD School Naming Selection Committee announced this week the proposed name for Elementary School No.38, located in the Cinco Northwest Subdivision, Elementary School No. 39, located in the Ventana Lakes Subdivision and Junior High No. 14, located within the Hawks Landing Subdivision. These campuses are scheduled to open in fall 2016, thanks to the 2014 voter approved bond program.<br> <br>Elementary No. 38, located at 27602 Westridge Creek Land is proposed to be named after retired educator <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Jenks.pdf">MayDell Jenks</a>. Elementary No. 39, located at 4535 East Ventana Parkway, is proposed to be named after former teacher <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Bethke.pdf">Catherine (Gigi) Bethke</a> and Junior High No. 14, located at 26721 Hawks Prairie Boulevard is proposed to be named after former educators <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/School%20Naming%20Bio-Tays.pdf">James and Sharon Tays.​</a><br> <br>A public forum will take place on <strong>Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.</strong> in the Katy ISD Board Room, located at 6301 South Stadium Lane. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names. After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will review input and provide their recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their work study meeting on Monday, February 15.<br> <br>Katy ISD’s namesakes have more than just years of education experience. They are award winning, community-minded individuals. Living namesakes and their families mentor, participate in community projects, volunteer and offer their time and resources to continue to make Katy ISD the leader in educational excellence. </p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD’s 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition NomineesDistrict Announces Katy ISD’s 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees2016-02-02T20:48:03Z<div class="ExternalClass1BDD4ABD63754A0BAC8F907BD603A592"><p>Katy ISD recently announced that Winborn Elementary Principal <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Kris Mitzner</strong>, and Morton Ranch Junior High Principal <strong>Mark McCord</strong>, were chosen for Katy ISD's 2016 Region IV Principal Recognition.</p><p>MItzner and McCord were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff. </p><p>They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on April 6 at Hotel Zaza. </p></div>
Registration open for 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes Registration open for 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes 2016-02-02T17:33:47Z<div class="ExternalClass5FCDC5B00C114710BE837BCBE5E6ADC4"><p>Registration is now open for Spring 2016 Katy ISD Community Education classes.  The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Below are just a few of the course subjects starting in February and March:</p><p>West Coast Swing, <strong>Piano</strong>, Guitar, <strong>Zentangle,</strong> Archery,  <strong>Jewelry Making,</strong> Painting with Acrylics, <strong>License to Carry</strong>, CPR, <strong>U.S. Citizenship</strong>, Gun Law Seminar, Qi Gong , <strong>Stress Management</strong>, Cake Decorating, <strong>Floral Designing,</strong> Chinese I,  Arabic I, <strong>Franchising</strong>, Paralegal, <strong>Start your Business,</strong> Decision-Making, <strong>Financial Independence</strong>, Taxes and College Expenses, <strong>Budgeting</strong>, Know Your Mobile APPS, <strong>Microsoft Courses</strong>, Adobe Photoshop,  <strong>Scuba Diving</strong>,  Welding</p><p>For more information, how to register, and to view all the courses, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Education catalog online</span></a> or call 281-396-6365</p></div>
BP America donates $50,000 for STEM related teacher grantsBP America donates $50,000 for STEM related teacher grants2016-01-29T22:08:09Z<div class="ExternalClassA30AADC9C9E241508ED7503A1E204D84"><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/BP%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" style="margin:0px 5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The <strong>Katy ISD Education Fo</strong><strong>undation</strong> is pleased to announce that BP America, Inc. returned for its second year as a Foundation <strong>Cornerstone Investor</strong> by contributing $50,000 for STEM related teacher grants.  The <strong> <em>BP STEM Grant Program</em></strong> is administered via the Foundation's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant initiative for grants in place this school year.  STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and represents the integration of science and mathematics into existing areas of study.   </p><p>"We are grateful for our alliance with BP America, Inc. and welcome its continued support," said Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President Ken Janda. "Our BP STEM Grant Program has already benefitted hundreds of Katy ISD teachers. This second BP contribution will reach even farther, providing teachers with countless opportunities to bring extraordinary classroom experiences to their students."</p><p>BP, which has a long standing relationship with Katy ISD through the Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics Program, Junior Achievement and other programs, is eager to deepen their support through the BP S.T.E.M. Grant Program. </p><p>"BP is excited to support this innovative program for a second year, especially after seeing the initial grants in action and the enthusiasm they generated among the KISD teachers and students ," said Michael Moore, senior director of communications and external affairs at BP America.  "This donation reaffirms BP's commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities where we live and work." </p><p>In its first three years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in teacher grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fourth annual Inspiring Imagination teacher grant cycle launched November 1 with grant applications due March 30, 2016.  All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply. To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.</p></div>
Mayde Creek High Presents CHICAGO the MusicalMayde Creek High Presents CHICAGO the Musical2016-01-26T14:45:39Z<div class="ExternalClassB6C85196A9FA47AA99C0464533FFACB2"><p>​Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department proudly presents CHICAGO – a story of murder, greed, and corruption set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s. </p><p>With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.</p><p>The musical features Roxie Hart (freshman, Mariana Velandia) a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her boyfriend after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly (junior, Bianca Gonzalez), by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn (junior, Aiden Looney McClure) to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines aimed to kick start her jazz career. </p><p>Performances are February 4, 5, and 6 at 7:00 p.m. plus at 2:00 p.m. matinee on February 6. Tickets can be purchased starting in January at <a href="" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> Prices range from $10 to $14. And Gold Card members may purchase tickets for $5. For more information, consult the website or call the director, Kelley Hughes at 281-237-3803</p></div>
Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma!Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma!2016-01-21T19:27:28Z<div class="ExternalClassBC27E2D9162E4D9DBD59C240D85146EC"><p>​Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents Oklahoma!</p><p>February 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th<br>at the Taylor High School PAC</p><p>Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.<br>Sunday at 2:00 p.m.</p><p>Reserved Seating $15 and $12<br>General Admission $10</p><p>Tickets available online at <a href=""></a></p><p> </p></div>

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