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Community Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 AwardCommunity Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award2016-12-08T14:01:30Z<div class="ExternalClass4C486976418D4B93A39690311697F146"><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.<strong> </strong>For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CFA%20Katy%20%20ISD%20Ed%20Foundation%20True%20Inspiration%20Vote.jpg" alt="CFA Katy ISD Ed Foundation True Inspiration Vote.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration awards recognizes community organizations that align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to enable children to be all they were created to be.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation rewards teacher inspiration of students by funding innovative classroom projects that go beyond district budget limitations. The Foundation was nominated by local Chick-fil-A operator, Rusty Wylie who said "Our community has more than its fair share of the brightest kids around.   If we can help our children develop a love for learning while giving them hands-on, fun educational experiences, we'll give them the tools and encouragement they need to be great leaders. I'm just grateful Chick-fil-A can be a part of what is great about our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Chick-fil-A, Inc .- </strong>Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 45 states and Washington, D.C.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 "Best Companies to Work For" by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's website located at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> - The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that, in its first four years, has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fifth year of grants will be awarded in May 2017. Learn more at or contact 281-396-2461,​</p></div>
Katy ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and RecommendationsKaty ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and Recommendations2016-12-05T14:37:03Z<div class="ExternalClass09F06A67F31B426E8FB3BD0C821C989F"><p><em>Thousands of participants competed the ABM survey, provided feedback​</em></p><p><strong>What:      </strong>Nearly 9,000 Katy ISD parents, staff and community members completed the survey on the proposed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to the Board of Trustees on November 14.</p><p>The proposed ABMs, designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and prepare for the opening of three new schools next fall, would potentially impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. </p><p>The survey results will be presented to the Board during the Work Study Meeting on Monday and posted online at <a href="/"></a> following the presentation.</p><p>Final recommendations and actions are anticipated to take place during the regular Board Meeting on December 12.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABM, <a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx">click here</a>. <br></p><p><strong>Where</strong>:    Education Support Complex - Board Room, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, 77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong>     <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span></p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy ProgramWood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program2016-12-08T19:51:28Z<div class="ExternalClass644B19C64E8F44F28C62CE3BDA03A80B"><p>The Wood Group Founders Legacy program, which is committed to giving back to the community, donated $10,000 to Morton Ranch Junior High (MRJH). The focus of the program is to invest in the lives of middle school children, which is typically the age when students begin to define their sense of self, their vision of the future and their career path.  </p><p>Michele McNichol, CEO of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - West, presented the check to MRJH Principal, Dr. Sanée Bell on October 20, 2016.  In addition to the monetary contribution, Wood Group also participates in volunteer engagement activities throughout the school year, such as mentoring, Journal Pals program, staff appreciation, student incentives and instructional support, Junior Achievement and school beautification.  </p><p>The funds donated to the school will be used to support student leadership programs and opportunities, career exploration and community engagement initiatives.  ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FoundersLegacyMRJHCheckOct2016_05.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>​Listed in photo from left to right: Dr. Sanée Bell and CEO Michele McNichol</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p></div>
Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read ProgramNearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program2016-12-02T17:20:48Z<div class="ExternalClass3EDF4C5F26D842559264711EA176DE1C"><p><strong>(Katy, Texas)  – </strong>This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during <em>Promise to Read</em>.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD's Partners in Education.  P<em>romise to Read</em> affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.</p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> was hosted at Bear Creek, Hutsell, Exley, Randolph, Williams, Davidson, Morton Ranch, Kilpatrick, Pattison and Wilson Elementary Schools.   Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a four-year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</p><p>Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including:  Aberdare Business Solutions, ABM Industries, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Altitude Katy, AmCap Mortgage, American Kids Athletics, AXA Advisors, Bass Pro Shops, Big Frog, Bolli Bros Pizza, Books Alive, Brainy Learning Club, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Bridges of Healing, CenterPoint Energy, Chick-fil-A, Christian Brothers Automotive, Citgo, City of Katy, Community Health Choice, Cross Creek Ranch, Dahl Team Properties, Dignity Memorial-Katy Funeral Home, Duffey and Grissom CPA's, GNA Inspections, Goddard School, Grand Vision Center, HCC Northwest, H-E-B, Herff Jones Houston, Heritage Texas Properties, Homewood Suites Katy, Houston Community College, Houston SPCA, Junior Achievement, Katy Council PTA, Katy Independent School District, Katy Magazine, Keep Katy Beautiful, Kind Bars, Listl Translating Services & More LLC, LPL Financial, Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, Maude Marks Branch Library, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Must See Katy, Nutty Scientists Fort Bend, Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, PBK, PDQ, Pepper Lawson, PrimeLending, Prosperity Bank, Pump It Up, Second Baptist Church, Signarama Katy, Sovereign Wealth Advisors LLC, Spring Creek Barbeque, Stanley Signature Signs, Star Learning, State Farm Insurance, Sylvan Learning, Target, The Glaser Group McDonald's, The Shady Lady Window Covering, The Tutoring Center Katy, Tilt Studio, Times Square Entertainment, Wee Kare Pediatrics, Which Wich, Whole Foods Market Katy/Sugar Land, Wood Group, Yellow Rose Properties and YES Youth Fitness and Sports Performance.</p><p>"<em>Promise to Read</em> has become a treasured community event thanks to hundreds of devoted community volunteers, many of whom join us every year, and our Katy ISD host campuses," says Janet Theis, Katy ISD's Director of Community Partnerships. "<em>Promise to Read</em> continues to open the door for our business community to embrace and inspire the love of reading and share that magic with classrooms across the district."</p><p><strong>​About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Through programs like <em>Promise to Read</em>, Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a>.<strong> </strong></p><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read1.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /><br><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read2.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK ParkKaty ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK Park2016-11-18T21:07:20Z<div class="ExternalClass65920A7CB6FA456B99333A0415E5E721"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em> SPARK Park, located at Winborn Elementary, to benefit students and entire community.</em></strong></p><p><strong>November 17, 2016 </strong>– During Thursday's grand opening ceremony, the Winborn Elementary Choir energetically sang a gratitude song to thank all those involved in creating the District's first SPARK Park on their school grounds.</p><p>"We are very grateful for this partnership with the SPARK program and the donors," said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. "It's partnerships like these that make Katy ISD the premiere school district in the state."</p><p>The idea came to flourish when, Dr. Kris Mitzner, former Winborn Elementary principal, noticed a need for a community park to benefit all of the children in the surrounding neighborhoods.  After lots of research, Mitzner came across the SPARK program, which dedicates its efforts to developing neighborhood parks on public school grounds, and made this park a reality for the community.</p><p>"I love math and other subjects, but the best part of my day is recess," said Hunter Ondrush, president of the Student Council at Winborn Elementary.  In addition to monkey bars, slides, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables and an outdoor classroom setting, the park also features a public art component which consists of multiple tile displays adorned with artistic drawings created by students. </p><p>To date, the SPARK program has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> to see photos from the awards.</p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p></div>
Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition StrategiesKaty ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies2016-11-17T16:22:04Z<div class="ExternalClass1F6B67D5E5164835B61010C08A165174"><p>​<span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">T</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">he Learning Counsel recognized Katy ISD for their work to integrate digital curriculum and technology into the teaching and learning process. The announcement was made on November 15th at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Orlando.</span></p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy was among 12 school districts from across the nation who were honored.</p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">For more information and to read more about this award, click <a href="">here​</a>.</p></div>
Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD ChildrenMonty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children2016-11-11T16:32:18Z<div class="ExternalClass6B0D96FE8CFB4FE29AFED7F543DF40A6"><p>​</p><p>Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.  </p><p>Much of what the Monty Ballard YMCA does for Katy ISD students often goes unnoticed except by the grateful beneficiaries of their generosity.  They provided 243 pairs of jeans for homeless teens and 100 blankets for elementary children.  Our YMCA supported 80 students in the KEYS "Katy Students Run" program, helped kids receive braces at no cost to their families and provided books to children attending Camp Cinco.  </p><p>Through their campus partnership with Shafer Elementary, the YMCA collectively donated canned goods for Ballard House and Eternal Food Ministries along with 100 coats for children who needed them.  Individually, employees serve as KEYS mentors and Sundown Elementary Carnival volunteers, while District Executive Director Brian Haines serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board and often lends his skills as a guest speaker.  </p><p>But the epitome of the YMCA community outreach is their backpack drive – an initiative of Greater Houston YMCAs – that impacts thousands of regional children annually.  This year in Katy alone, our local YMCA collected 49,351 items….that went into 2,459 backpacks….that benefitted children at 32 elementaries, 8 junior highs and 4 high schools.   According to Outreach Coordinator Connie Stirgus, "When I started in 2011, we collected 250 backpacks my first year.  I knew this community could do more, and we have!  The generosity of Katy is sometimes overwhelming." </p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships have one requirement:  human resource involvement that will ultimately benefit a child.  And because of their philosophical promise and commitment to families, the Monty Ballard YMCA of Cinco Ranch is a stellar example of a business partner who does just that.​</p></div>
Mayde Creek High School to Present A Christmas CarolMayde Creek High School to Present A Christmas Carol2016-11-11T16:30:57Z<div class="ExternalClassB6AD749089BD460FB9EF9E4682624828"><p>With the holidays fast approaching, Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company cordially invites you to come see <em>A Christmas Carol</em>. The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from an inhumane and heartless grouch to a generous and caring soul with the aid of three Christmas spirits who show him the meaning of life one Christmas night. </p><p>Performances take place December 8, 9, and 10 at 7:00 p.m. with an additional 2:00 p.m. </p><p>matinee on December 10. Tickets can be purchased now at <a href=""></a>. Student tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Adult tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Gold card members may purchase tickets for $5.00. For more information call (281) 237-3803 or visit <a href=""></a>. </p></div>

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