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Katy ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World ChampionshipKaty ISD Student Wins Division at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship2014-08-20T14:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD5B98DC84669467A9D5A46864C85E053"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Griffin Elementary student </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Treed Huang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recently competed against students from all over the world to win the nine-year-old division at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">U.S. Kids Golf World Championship</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> in Pinehurst. This tournament, played on nine different golf courses, is the world's largest event in junior golf.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Huang won the<em> </em>Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. </p><p>For more information on the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, visit the <a href="http://www.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/world/find-tournament/470371/world-championship-2014/results" style="text-decoration:underline;">tournament website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond ReferendumKaty ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 million Bond Referendum2014-08-19T19:32:31Z<div class="ExternalClassE6A678A91E8B4F2EAC77E343E86D065C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">place a $748 million </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">bond referendum</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">on the November ballot, as</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>The bond package, designed primarily to address the District's rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses.  Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide and new student activity facilities. </p><p>"Essentially, every student in Katy ISD would see the benefits of this bond," said Katy ISD Board President Bryan Michalsky.  "This is a bond package constructed by our community with the students' best interest at heart."</p><p>With student enrollment growing by almost 3,000 students every year, many campuses are already facing challenges resulting from overcrowding and aging facilities.  By building six new campuses, this proposed bond package would add nearly 9,000 seats in classrooms across the District and provide enrollment relief to more than 10 campuses. </p><p>"The area's exponential growth is exciting for the District, but we must continue to plan and accommodate for that growth," said Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  "As families and businesses continue to move to the area, it is imperative that we adequately serve the educational needs of current and future students."  </p><p>As recommended by the Bond Committee, nearly 50 percent of the total bond referendum will go towards new facilities and another 30 percent to existing facilities, impacting nearly 70,000 students.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Meanwhile, the </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>impact to the tax rate would only be zero to a maximum potential increase of a half cent.  </strong></span></p><p>The average homeowner with a home value of about $200,000 would pay $10 more annually, and residents 65 and older would remain exempt from any school tax increase.</p><p>The 227-member Bond Committee was comprised of parents, staff, students, principals, business professionals and senior citizens who engaged in 13 meetings over the course of four months to review the District's Long-Range Facilities Plan, visit impacted campuses and reach a consensus on the $748 million bond package. </p><p>For detailed information including a cost breakdown, projects by campus and the potential tax rate impact, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>. </p></div>
School Starts Soon - Watch for ChildrenSchool Starts Soon - Watch for Children2014-08-18T15:29:46Z<div class="ExternalClass59BEDE1F0BA7499BB75D1323CE91F942"><p><img alt="WFC.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/WFC.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:142px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">As a new school year begins, Katy ISD's police officers, crossing​ guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. Drivers can also take action to help ensure the safety of children walking or riding bicycles to school:​</span></p><ol><li><p><strong>Drive friendly</strong> – setting an alarm can ensure plenty of time to get to work, eliminating the anxiety and frustration of arriving late.</p></li><li><p><strong>Look right before turning right</strong> – in addition to looking left for oncoming cars at intersections, drivers need to check for pedestrians crossing on the right.</p></li><li><p><strong>No Phone in the Zone</strong> – remember that cell phone use is prohibited in most school zones. Wait to text, read texts, or talk until it is safe.</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>reat Bicycles as Vehicles</strong> – bikes on the street should be treated as vehicles by other drivers. Don't crowd the bike, or pass and turn in front of the rider.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Crossing Guards</strong> – they have legal authority to direct traffic. Respect them as they help children cross safely.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for Bus Flashing Lights</strong> – they warn drivers to stop. Passing the bus either direction can endanger children and is a serious traffic violation. </p></li><li><p><strong>Read School Zone Times</strong> – times are based on the start and end of the school day and are not uniform throughout the area, so please read the signs.</p></li><li><p><strong>Respect Drop Off Areas</strong> – they are established by the school to ensure students don't have to walk between buses or cross traffic lanes.</p></li><li><p><strong>Plan for Severe Weather</strong> – weather problems can include extreme heat, ice and thunderstorms. Develop a family plan for severe weather days.</p></li><li><p><strong>Watch for children!</strong></p></li></ol><p>For more tips and information to keep Katy ISD students safe, visit <a href="http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm</a> and <a href="http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/bicycling-and-skating/</a>. </p></div>
Board Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary SchoolBoard Names New Principal for Wolfe Elementary School2014-08-15T20:56:16Z<div class="ExternalClassF24DFCDD635B4B0292702ABAD47FD2A5"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During a Special Board Meeting on August 11, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees named </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Teresa Yabarguen-Garcia</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> as the new principal of Wolfe Elementary. Garcia is currently the principal at Dawson Elementary in Corpus Christi ISD.</span></p><p>Garcia has been in education for 20 years, with seven of those years spent in her current position. Prior to becoming principal at Dawson Elementary, she was an assistant principal and a counselor. </p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for ExcellenceKaty ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence2014-08-14T20:15:25Z<div class="ExternalClassE8F68744F6E64F8FAEB3ED2380780D26"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Commissioner of Education Michael Williams recently announced that eight teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> (PAEMST). Alexander Elementary third-grade math teacher, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Suzanne Nguyen</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, was one of the eight teachers selected as a finalist, and will advance for a chance to be a national award winner.</span></p><p>PAEMST recognizes kindergarten through sixth-grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. </p><p>"Math and science are critically important subjects, and these teachers clearly bring expertise and an excitement to their students each school day," said Commissioner Williams. "I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms."</p><p>To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.  </p><p>National award winners will be announced during the summer of 2015. All of the 2014 finalists for Texas will be recognized by the State Board of Education.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives New Accountability RatingsKaty ISD Receives New Accountability Ratings2014-08-11T22:25:22Z<div class="ExternalClass7C3F1B9E7366421789C5B4D10307A049"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD recently received an accountability rating of "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under the new state accountability system. Katy ISD Met Standards on all four Indexes: Index 1 - Student Achievement; Index 2 - Student Progress, Index 3 - Closing Performance Gaps and Index 4 - Postsecondary Readiness.</span></p><p>Districts and campuses are assigned one of two ratings under the new system: "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required." The rating of "Met Standard" is assigned to districts and campuses that meet performance index targets on all indexes for which they have performance results.</p><p>For more information on the state accountability ratings, visit the <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769815103" style="text-decoration:underline;">TEA website</a>.</p></div>
House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement ReportsHouse Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reports2014-08-07T23:58:15Z<div class="ExternalClass215BED4206E74963AC6DA80F56D4BCFD"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">​Texas Education Code §39.0545, as added by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, requires all districts to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in community and student engagement. All school districts and charters are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Unacceptable to the district and each campus for overall performance and the following categories:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">• Fine arts<br>• Wellness and physical education<br>• Community and parental involvement<br>• The 21st Century Workforce Development program<br>• The second language acquisition program<br>• The digital learning environment<br>• Dropout prevention strategies<br>• Educational programs for gifted and talented students</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">Statute also requires that local committee(s) determine the criteria that the district uses to evaluate and assign a status regarding compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.</p><p>Please access the reports below.</p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20District.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB 5 Community and Student Engagement - District Response</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Elementary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Elementary Campuses</a></p><p><a href="http://kisd2.katyisd.org/assessment/Documents/HB5%20Community%20and%20Student%20Engagement%20-%20Secondary%20Campus.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Secondary Campuses</a></p></div>
Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist Miller Selected as Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist 2014-08-07T14:16:40Z<div class="ExternalClass4C1ED85503F24DC2A8D721015C10595A"><p style="text-align:left;">​<img alt="Jana_TOY.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jana_TOY.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:117px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's 2014 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jana Miller,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Region IV Teacher of the Year Finalist</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. For the third year in a row, Katy ISD has had District-wide Teachers of the Year</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">selected as Region IV</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Teacher of the Year Finalists.</span></p><p>Through a completely anonymous judging process, whereby all personally identifiable references are removed from the application, Miller stood out from the crowd. This year, out of 89 nominations from 44 districts, Miller was selected as one of five elementary finalists.</p><p>Jana Miller teaches kindergarten at Katy Elementary. Miller is not only involved in the classroom, but also in the outside community volunteering for her church and contributing to the growth and prosperity of the community.</p></div>

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