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Katy ISD Teacher Surprised with Great Day Houston’s Red Apple AwardKaty ISD Teacher Surprised with Great Day Houston’s Red Apple Award2015-04-24T20:44:02Z<div class="ExternalClassD02276AC301746B58AF9428A614691D6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">On Friday, April 24, Griffin Elementary fifth-grade teacher <strong>Kristin LaFollett</strong> was surprised on live television with the Great Day Houston </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Red Apple Award</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">!  She was nominated for this honor by Kathy Blake, a parent who says Mrs. LaFollett deserves this award because she's so caring and compassionate, and goes the extra mile to help her students in so many ways, both inside and outside her classroom.  While Mrs. LaFollett is her daughter's social studies teacher, she has committed time outside her work schedule to help her daughter with reading too.</span></p><p>Mrs. LaFollett has been at Griffin Elementary for nine years and won Teacher of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year. </p><p>Check out the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">video</a> and <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">photos</a> of her surprise on live television.</p></div>
Early Voting Set for April 27 – May 5Early Voting Set for April 27 – May 52015-04-24T19:44:19Z<div class="ExternalClass8F5FF44055FC42CC80FE144E676249B3"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Monday, April 27, 2015 is the first day of early voting for the </span><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/2015-Board-Election.aspx" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015 Katy ISD Board Election</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> which will continue through May 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Election Day is May 9</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Early voting will be held at the following five locations:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br> 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Leonard Merrell Center</strong><br> Rooms 143 & 144<br> 6301 S. Stadium Ln.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong><br> 19202 Groeschke Rd.<br> Katy, TX 77084</p></li><li><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong><br> 9251 S. Fry Rd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</p></li><li><p><strong>Taylor High School</strong><br> 20700 Kingsland Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77450</p></li></ul><br><p>A special early voting date will be held at the five early voting sites on <strong>Saturday, May 2, 2015</strong>, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p><p>Candidates (as they appear on the ballot) are as follows:</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Position 6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Position 7</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">John Pendergraff</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Charles L. Griffin</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bryan Michalsky</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Leonard Ledford</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Residents may view the <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election%2015/Voter%27s%20Guide%202015_Website.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">2015 Voter's Guide</a> on the Katy ISD website, which includes information on all candidates, as well as polling locations and times.</p></div>
Katy ISD Public Meeting NoticeKaty ISD Public Meeting Notice2015-04-23T16:00:57Z<div class="ExternalClass25A8EDEFFA6043E683FCE2425B7023C4"><p></p><p>A public meeting has been scheduled for <strong>Monday, May 4, 2015 </strong>at <strong>1 p.m. </strong>in the Katy Independent School District Educational Support Complex, Room ​<span style="line-height:1.5;">1200 BCG located at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA B Special Education and High School Accelerated Instruction programs as implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, as well as proposed implementation for the 2015-2016 school year. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Information on the Title I Programmatic Ed-Flex Waiver will be presented. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">accompany all comments made.</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics Crime Scene InvestigationKaty ISD Students to Experience Hands-on Forensics Crime Scene Investigation2015-04-22T20:02:38Z<div class="ExternalClass197DEEBC69B043089B53F7008A84A110"><p>​<em>Event possible thanks to partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office</em>​</p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Thanks to a partnership with Fort Bend County Sheriff Office, nearly a thousand Katy ISD high school students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience and exposure to careers in the field of forensics and <span style="line-height:1.5;">crime scene investigation during Katy ISD's first-ever Forensics CSI Day. </span></p><p>High school students currently enrolled in Forensic Science will participate in the three-day event where they will utilize skills they have learned throughout the year such as: finger printing and blood spatter analysis to solve a crime scene created for them by FBCSO CSU investigators, Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel. </p><p>Students will also have the opportunity to tour FBCSO's mobile investigation unit and speak directly with CSU investigators, fire marshals and Sheriff Troy Nehls. </p><p>Currently Miller Career and Technology Center<strong>, </strong>Katy, Morton Ranch, Mayde Creek, Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Taylor high schools offer Forensic Science to their students.  This course will also be offered at Tompkins High School next year.  </p><p><strong>When: </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m.​</strong></span> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM, 1730 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2015 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the YearKaty ISD Announces 2015 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year2015-04-20T23:35:16Z<div class="ExternalClass6FAE8D1CFE1147C195E902DE4E46E8C2"><p>​<em>Honorees surprised with award by Superintendent during class </em></p><p>Katy ISD recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-Wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>. Morton Ranch Elementary teacher <strong>Christina Dismuke</strong>, and Beckendorff Junior High teacher <strong>Scott Lightle</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with each campus principal and family and friends surprised the teachers on their campus.</p><p>Dismuke teaches second grade at Morton Ranch Elementary and is a master teacher, second grade Team Leader and Lead Mentor on campus. She is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the community where she spends time volunteering for her church and regularly attends her students' extracurricular activities.</p><p>"Mrs. Dismuke is truly one of the most gifted teachers with whom I have worked in my sixteen years in education," said Deb Hubble, principal at Morton Ranch Elementary. "It is no exaggeration to say that teachers of all age levels flock to her classroom to observe and learn from her. She masterfully exemplifies what elementary education should be about."</p><p>Lightle teaches Concepts of Engineering and Technology at Beckendorff Junior High. Outside of the classroom, Lightle sponsors the BDJH Science Olympiad team, serves on the Science Olympiad State Executive Board and is actively involved in his church.</p><p>"Mr. Lightle is extremely kind and patient with his students," said Mindy Dickerson, Beckendorff Junior High principal. "He is passionate about STEM education and real-world application of knowledge and skills. Many former students have thanked him for the profound impact he had on their education and their lives."</p><p>Both District-Wide Teachers of the Year will be recognized along with the Principals of the Year and Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year ​ during the Teacher of the Year Recognition and Reunion on April 21.</p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2015.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
College Board to Present to Katy ISD Board Overview of SAT RedesignCollege Board to Present to Katy ISD Board Overview of SAT Redesign2015-04-20T16:58:33Z<div class="ExternalClass2C50FC95875D4BA8AC435F146909F55F"><p>​<em>New SAT to be administered in March 2016; New PSAT in October 2015</em></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for <span style="line-height:1.5;">students by </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</span></p><p>On Monday, April 20, a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students. </p><p>The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be <strong>March 2016</strong>; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in <strong>October</strong><strong> </strong><strong>2015</strong>.<em> </em></p><p><strong>When:</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. </span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494</p><p><br></p></div>
Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut AdventureMorton Ranch Junior High Teacher, Student Selected for JASON National Argonaut Adventure2015-04-16T21:01:57Z<div class="ExternalClassFD0DDC0632CD44428348B1C86CE9CFB2"><p><em>Less than 30 individuals selected nationwide​</em><em>​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kim Thompson</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, and eighth-grade student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Patrick Schumacher</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">JASON National Argonaut Adventure</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects. </p><p>JASON Learning is a non-profit organization that connects students to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Funded by Chevron, students and teachers in Katy ISD are able to access JASON Learning materials including inquiry-based labs, videos, lesson plans, assessments and comprehensive professional development programs. </p><p><a href="/students/Pages/The-JASON-Project.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on JASON Learning.</p></div>
Dr. Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration BreakfastDr. Douglas Jackson to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast2015-04-15T19:17:02Z<div class="ExternalClass803CE9EACD604579A360E0E8DE59D48A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteer Celebration Breakfast will be held in the Merrell Center Arena on Friday, May 15 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time to our students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This year's guest speaker is Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies to developing countries around the world and named by </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Forbes</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as one of the top 200 charities in America.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Featured entertainment will highlight the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team along with students from every Katy ISD high school.</span></p><p>The Volunteer Breakfast celebrates parents and community members who support their campuses through the district's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program and features the announcement of each campus volunteer of the year via principal videos.  Last year, Katy ISD volunteers contributed over 838,000 hours in support of the district.</p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is one of five programs offered by Partners in Education, the</p><p> 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>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here to RSVP by May 11</a>.  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 VIPS Liaison or <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.  </p></div>

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