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Katy ISD Celebrates 2016 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the YearKaty ISD Celebrates 2016 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year2016-04-28T21:08:31Z<div class="ExternalClass4DBC23A312404F7B9CB3AB3D6A2F2C00"><p>​</p><p>Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-Wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>. Pattison Elementary teacher <strong>Stephanie Rundell</strong>, and Morton Ranch High School teacher <strong>Tiffany Shirey</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. The campus principal and their family and friends joined Frailey as he personally visited their classrooms to surprise the teachers with this prestigious honor.</p><p><strong>Rundell</strong> teaches English as a Second Language with a focus on Language Arts at Pattison Elementary. A graduate of Katy High School, her passion for teaching came from spending summers working at her mother's child care center where she would tell stories in character voices and acted out scenes. Rundell's motto is "laugh while you learn," and she takes that to her classroom every day as she continues to develop and create innovative lessons, songs, skits and other ways to engage her students. </p><p><strong>Shirey</strong> teaches English, Yearbook, News Magazine, Journalism and Photojournalism at Morton Ranch High School. She vowed to become a teacher who not only teaches content, but more importantly, teaches young people how to be compassionate, well-informed and curious members of society.Through her 16 years in education, Shirey has focused on developing leadership skills in the classroom and finding creative ways for the student body's voice to be heard. </p><p>Both District-Wide Teachers of the Year were recognized along with the District-Wide Principals of the Year during the Teacher of the Year and Principals of the Year Reception and Reunion on April 26<sup>th</sup>. </p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2016.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates 2016 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the YearKaty ISD Celebrates 2016 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year2016-04-28T21:06:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6831CA3C199B46BCA8E62D6CBBF05AA8"><p>​Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-wide Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award</strong>.  Exley Elementary teacher <strong>Mary Martin</strong>, and Mayde Creek High School teacher <strong>Jennifer Hooker</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. The campus principal and their family and friends joined Frailey as he personally visited their classroom to surprise them with their award and thank them for their contributions to the District. </p><p><strong>Martin</strong> teaches Kindergarten at Exley Elementary. She focuses on engaging her students in activities that meet their individual needs, and leads discussions to help them discover new learning for themselves. With a compassionate heart that makes her students feel safe, Martin believes the biggest impact she can have on her students is to build relationships with them and their parents.</p><p><strong>Hooker</strong> teaches ninth through 12<sup>th</sup> grade Algebra at Mayde Creek High School.  A graduate of Taylor High School, her goal is to "make learning stick," and teaches her students to never settle for less than their very best. Hooker creates innovative lessons and activities in order to make learning fun and engaging. She continually works to find ways to create the right learning atmosphere and has used group settings, hallway learning, anchor charts and technology to help students find what works for them.</p><p>Both District-Wide Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year were recognized along with the District-Wide Principals of the Year during the Teacher of the Year and Principals of the Year Reception and Reunion on April 26<sup>th</sup>. </p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFYTOY-2016.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Outstanding First Year Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New CampusesKaty ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New Campuses2016-04-28T14:11:13Z<div class="ExternalClassE41490C9ED4B47FBB3B030952EEA7DAB"><p>​<em>Namesakes represent a legacy of educational excellence in Katy ISD</em></p><p>Last night during their monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees selected the namesakes for Elementary School No. 40, Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8, which will open in fall 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program.   </p><p>The Board unanimously voted to name <strong>Elementary School No.40</strong>, located in the Young Ranch Subdivision, after Robert and Felice Bryant.  Robert began his career in Katy ISD in 1983 as director of bands and fine arts department chair for Katy High School before being promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000.  During his tenure he was named the 2006 Texas Tech University Distinguished Educator, the 2007-2008 Texas Music Administrator of the Year, and the recipient of the 2015 Jacob L. and Sophia Meyer Farb School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education, among other awards. His wife Felice devoted 24 years teaching kindergarten and first grade students in Katy ISD, and was named the Katy Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1997.  She also served as a Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) Mentor and continues to impact students after her retirement through tutoring and mentorship.  Together this couple dedicated nearly 60 years of service to Katy ISD schools.</p><p>The Board also named <strong>Junior High No.15</strong>, located at 4777 Peek Road, in honor of the Stockdick family who have contributed to public education in Katy for more than a century.  In 1895, the Stockdick family was among one of the first families to arrive in Katy and played an instrumental role in opening a one-room schoolhouse on what is now known as Stockdick School Road. Since then, several generations of Stockdicks have attended Katy ISD schools and have served as teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators and board members.  They have also devoted countless hours as volunteers in our schools. </p><p>The Board also voted to name <strong>High School No.8</strong>, located at 23111 Stockdick School Road, in remembrance of Patricia E. Paetow, a lifelong educator who dedicated nearly 30 years to Katy ISD before losing her battle to cancer in July 2015.  Mrs. Peatow began her career in Katy ISD in 1987 as an educational diagnostician.  She then spent the next three decades working in different capacities, including assistant principal, principal, and director of campus administration and support, before retiring as Katy ISD's assistant superintendent of administrative support.  During her tenure, she led Wolfe Elementary to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education for the 1989-1990 school year, and opened Betty Sue Creech Elementary in 2000. </p><p>Katy ISD's namesakes have more than just years of education experience.  Living namesakes and their families mentor our students, participate in community projects, and volunteer their time and resources to continue to make Katy ISD the leader in educational excellence. </p></div>
Fielder Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Award for Second Consecutive YearFielder Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year2016-04-27T15:55:46Z<div class="ExternalClass6404981B29104C3FBC0949486CEBAC31"><p>​<img alt="Web StuCO.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Web%20StuCO.jpg" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The <strong>Fielder Elementary Student Council</strong> was recently announced as one of 164 recipients of the <strong>Student Council Excellence Award </strong>by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This prestigious award is indicative of the outstanding work done at Fielder to foster student leadership opportunities. </p><p>"I am very proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Fielder Elementary Principal Dr. William H. Rhodes. "They have excelled in all areas reflected in the goals of the Student Council Excellence Award including community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit." </p><p>The Fielder Student Council has worked to positively impact their school and community by conducting a campus rice drive for Katy Christian Ministries in which more than 3,000 pounds of rice was donated, developing school spirit days, purchasing needed school supplies and demonstrating the importance of recycling on campus. </p></div>
Winners of Katy ISD Office of Emergency Management and Power Board Severe Weather Awareness Week Contests AnnouncedWinners of Katy ISD Office of Emergency Management and Power Board Severe Weather Awareness Week Contests Announced2016-04-27T13:29:02Z<div class="ExternalClass94B1CF0CE4274F3A949A0C65115ED970"><p class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3">​In coordination with the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service Forecast Office’s Severe Weather Awareness Week from February 29th-March 5th, the Katy ISD’s Office of Emergency Management sponsored two contests for Katy ISD students with support from the Katy ISD Power Board.</p><p class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3">Elementary students participated in a poster contest, in which they had to create a poster with a weather safety theme. The contest winners will be recognized by the Office of Emergency Management with a certificate and challenge coin. The class from which the winning poster is submitted will receive an award of $100 for classroom supplies.<br> <br> <strong>Elementary poster contest winners:</strong></p><div class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3"><ul><li>Santiago Flores - West Memorial Elementary </li><li>Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez – Rylander Elementary</li><li>Aliyah Alfaro – Franz Elementary</li><li>Gabrielle Potts – Stephens Elementary</li><li>Jessica Ghijsen – Alexander Elementary </li><li>Cooper Middleton – Katy Elementary</li><li>Lucianna Cardozo – Morton Ranch Elementary</li><li>Julie Vo – Rhoads Elementary</li><li>Emery Rosas – Golbow Elementary </li><li>Sarah Gupta – WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Linda Wo – Holland Elementary </li><li>Rheiyln Rodabaugh – Fielder Elementary </li><li>Ayah Razaq – Cimarron Elementary </li><li>Alejandro Gallegos – Hutsell Elementary </li><li>Sydney Skelton – Pattison Elementary </li><li>Annelise Blake – Kilpatrick Elementary </li><li>Hannah Peveto – Mayde Creek Elementary </li></ul></div><p>Secondary students took part in a creative writing contest and wrote short stories about surviving a severe weather disaster and the benefits of preparing before a storm. The winning student from each participating school will receive an e-reader, a certificate, and a challenge coin from the Office of Emergency Management. The teacher who had the winning student will also receive a challenge coin and a $50 gift card.</p><p><strong>Secondary creative writing contest winners:</strong></p><ul><li>Chloe Thacker – Beck Junior High</li><li>Ariana Zenn – Cardiff Junior High</li><li>Daisani Acevedo – Katy Junior High</li><li>Aaliyah Wiley – McDonald Junior High </li><li>Abrielle Cordero – Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Ashley Kawila – Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>Avery Henry – WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Jossant Bonilla – Miller Career Center</li><li>Courtney Russell – Katy High School </li></ul><p>Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1108853979134690.1073741982.113148448705253&type=1&l=bf07415d0f" target="_blank">here </a>to view an album of winning posters.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses Recognized as Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified SchoolsKaty ISD Campuses Recognized as Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Schools2016-04-26T15:03:42Z<div class="ExternalClassF138DA8EF2AD41F78AFC78EDB85CB334"><p>​Katy ISD had 15 campuses recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.</p><p class="ExternalClassC39E782E03AB44BEB31FB8CB6BEBB312">The following schools have been recognized for demonstrating its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying: </p><div class="ExternalClassC39E782E03AB44BEB31FB8CB6BEBB312"><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Cimarron Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary </li><li>Fielder Elementary</li><li>Hayes Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Hutsell Elementary</li><li>Katy Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Rylander Elementary</li><li>Stanley Elementary</li><li>West Memorial Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Winborn Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li></ul></div><p>These schools have been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources to teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.</p><p>Click<u><font color="#0066cc"> </font></u><a href="https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification">here </a>to learn more on how to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School.</p></div>
Tompkins High School Junior Receives Johnson Space Center ResidencyTompkins High School Junior Receives Johnson Space Center Residency2016-04-25T14:29:50Z<div class="ExternalClass3B427755099C4B2390006C4E9190CF70"><p>​FULSHEAR, Texas (Covering Katy) – Movie fans know of the 2015 film The Martian about an astronaut stranded on Mars who shows skill and ingenuity to survive while awaiting rescue. A local high school student has been working with NASA engineers and scientists about a real manned spaceflight to Mars, and has been recognized for her work.</p><p>Brittany Taylor, a junior at Obra D. Tompkins High School, has been selected for a six-day residency at the Johnson Space Center this July. Her selection comes as recognition for her accomplishments in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program... <a href="http://coveringkaty.com/2016/04/21/tompkins-high-school-junior-receives-johnson-space-center-residency/">Click here to view full story on coveringkaty.com</a></p></div>
POSTPONED: Annual Katy ISD Spring Art ShowPOSTPONED: Annual Katy ISD Spring Art Show2016-04-22T21:05:18Z<div class="ExternalClassEC517D6665484E49ABF0C629A27C0AF6"><p>The <strong>Annual Katy ISD Spring Art Show </strong>scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th at the Leonard E. Merrell Center has been <strong>postponed</strong> <strong>until further notice</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span>due to the recent flooding in the area. ​</p></div>

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