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Katy ISD Earns Place on 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll Katy ISD Earns Place on 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll 2015-11-23T20:37:45Z<div class="ExternalClass02BF9BA7A73146E0ABB5AEB7664028B1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">6th Annual AP</strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for increasing access to</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.</span></p><p>Since 2014, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 13 percent, and more than 7,700 students earned a 3 or higher on these exams.</p><p>Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. </p><p>Districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, <em>unless</em> the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p>For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranked Best School District in Greater Houston AreaKaty ISD Ranked Best School District in Greater Houston Area2015-11-19T18:15:35Z<div class="ExternalClass1AA68135D7F34928AB62422EABDB40D1"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD was recently ranked as the best school district in the Greater Houston Area by Niche, a review site providing rankings and insight into more than 120,000 K-12 schools.</span></p><p>Niche looked at data on academics, health and safety, and school resources to determine the best school districts in the region. Katy ISD received high marks across the board, and was additionally ranked 13<sup>th</sup> among school districts state-wide. </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to find more information on the Niche rankings. </p></div>
Family STEAM Night TonightFamily STEAM Night Tonight2015-11-19T14:52:12Z<div class="ExternalClass64E47F930E304585ABFD1BCDFB075D88"><p>The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM presents another Family STEAM Night tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for grades 3-8. </p><p>Come and enjoy hands-on activities with your family.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Family%20STEAM%20Night%20November%2019.jpg" alt="Family STEAM Night November 19.jpg" style="line-height:1.5;margin:5px;width:532px;" /> </p></div>
Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra Selected as TMEA FinalistTaylor High School Chamber Orchestra Selected as TMEA Finalist2015-11-18T18:47:40Z<div class="ExternalClass34E51E6D60E14948897A1B084D66635B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently selected as a finalist for the 2015-2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra and placed fifth among the top 10 string orchestras in the state.</span></p><p>This is the first time the Chamber Orchestra has been in the String Orchestra finals since 2002. </p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level. Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas. For more information, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">TMEA website</a>.</p></div>
Hundreds Attend 2015 Katy ISD State of the District AddressHundreds Attend 2015 Katy ISD State of the District Address2015-11-17T21:42:59Z<div class="ExternalClass721FDC254D494B05B5D87A214E094D4C"><p><em>Superintendent Celebrated Student and Staff Accomplishments </em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last week, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey spoke to hundreds of Katy community members, dignitaries, and staff during his annual State of the District Address. Along with a snapshot of the District's accomplishments and current enrollment growth, Frailey shared with attendees an update on 2014 bond projects, as well as his vision for the future of the District.</span></p><p>"We have a lot to celebrate," said Frailey. "I'd like to share with you the accomplishments of our students and our staff, as they are something in which the entire community can be proud."</p><p>During the address, Frailey shared some of the District's major accomplishments, such as being recognized on the College Board AP Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher, and being recognized as the 57<sup>th</sup> largest district in the nation. </p><p>During the 2014-2015 school year, Katy ISD had more than 60 students named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, 85 student athletes that signed letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities across the nation, and the Class of 2015 graduates accepted more than $21 million in scholarships. </p><p>Attendees also enjoyed special guest speakers Chuck Brawner, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Katy; Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council; Ann Hodge, President and CEO of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce; and Carol Adams, author of 'Historic Katy, An Illustrated History' and former City of Katy Councilmember.  </p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view a video of the 2015 State of the District Address.  Photos are available <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Katy ElementaryKaty ISD Board Appoints New Principal for Katy Elementary2015-11-17T21:22:45Z<div class="ExternalClass386A22AD32954B7BA3693F38B69B7C3C"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="Grimet 1 Small.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Grimet%201%20Small.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:180px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><em>B</em></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em>eth Grimet brings nearly 25 years of experience to her new role</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last night during the Monthly Work Study Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees announced </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Beth Grimet </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as the new principal for</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Katy Elementary</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Grimet began her career in education 24 years ago as an elementary teacher before joining Katy ISD in 1995.  She became an assistant principal at Katy Elementary in 2001.  </p><p>Grimet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching and a Master's of Education in Administration, both from Sam Houston State University. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate SportsKaty ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sports2015-11-18T19:55:34Z<div class="ExternalClass66378916E72A4787A91BE0BF5CCABF3F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD student athletes signed letters of intent to participate in collegiate sports at colleges and universities across the U.S. last week during</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> National Signing Day 2015</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. To date, Katy ISD has 20 signees this year, and expects more commitments as the school year continues.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 Fall Signees:</strong></span></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Corin Evans</strong>, Volleyball, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li><strong>Katy Rutherford</strong>, Golf, University of Nevada</li></ul><p><strong>Mayde Creek HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Hailey Williams</strong>, Track, Memphis University</li></ul><p><strong>Seven Lakes HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Connor Capel</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball, University of Texas at Austin</li><li><strong>Austin Childs</strong>, Diving, St. Bonaventure University</li><li><strong>Kacie Jo Corbin</strong>,<strong> </strong>Cross Country/Track, University of North Texas</li><li><strong>Ashni Dhruva</strong>, Golf, Penn State</li><li><strong>Kristen Hepler</strong>,<strong> </strong>Swimming, Georgia Tech</li><li><strong>Andrew Knutson</strong>, Baseball, Weatherford Junior College</li><li><strong>Bryan Sturges, </strong>Baseball, Texas Christian University</li><li><strong>Carter Smith</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball, Sam Houston State University</li><li><strong>Zack Smith</strong>,<strong> </strong>Baseball,<strong> </strong>Blinn Junior College</li><li><strong>Carlos Varela Jr., </strong>Baseball, Oklahoma State</li></ul><p><strong>Taylor HS: </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Sophie Mitchell</strong>, Volleyball, University of New Orleans</li><li><strong>Trey Morris</strong>, Baseball, Texas Christian University</li></ul><p><strong>Tompkins HS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Drew Guthrie</strong>, Baseball, Harding Univserity</li><li><strong>Nick Hutchinson</strong>, Baseball, A&M Kingsville</li><li><strong>Marissa Langer, </strong>Golf, University of Texas at Dallas</li><li><strong>Brittany Panetti</strong>, Basketball, University of New Mexico</li><li><strong>Kendall Rollins</strong>, Basketball, University of Mary Harden Baylor</li></ul><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view an ongoing photo gallery of Katy ISD's 2015 signees.</p></div>
Taylor High School Drum Line Stands in at Katy High School Playoff GameTaylor High School Drum Line Stands in at Katy High School Playoff Game2015-11-12T20:48:27Z<div class="ExternalClass03FFED3BF3A64C62BDD3A2203564E43A"><p>​​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy High School percussion section was recently selected to compete at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in San Antonio.</span></p><p>Late last week, however, the band was informed that the competition would conflict with the Katy Tigers first playoff football game against Westside High School.  </p><p>Katy High School Band Director Terence Gorton reached out to Taylor High School Band Director Mike Ary to see if they would be interested in standing in at the playoff game so the KHS drum line could participate in the PASIC competition. </p><p>"I asked our students if they would be interested and they jumped at the opportunity," said Ary. "All of the Katy ISD bands have a great relationship and try to collaborate more than compete against each other."</p><p>In less than a week, the THS band has learned multiple songs to support the Katy Tiger football team during their game, including the halftime music and the KHS school song.</p><p>"It is an amazing feeling knowing that fellow Katy ISD students and staff are willing to give up their Friday night to perform at a different school's game," said Gorton. "The Katy High School Band is extremely appreciative and excited to perform with the tremendously talented JET drum line!"</p><p>Tomorrow night's playoff game against Westside High School at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium will be a demonstration of the kindness and support that exists between Katy ISD schools, and will further enhance the collaborative spirit of the Katy ISD community. </p></div>

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