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KISD Auxiliary Job FairKISD Auxiliary Job Fair2014-09-29T21:23:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6DAF705FA4AF4035A90BCB853C465F48"><p>​Katy ISD will host an Auxiliary Job Fair on <strong>Friday, October 3 </strong>from 2-4 p.m. at Morton Ranch High School. The District is seeking fo fill positions for Bus Drivers, Attendants, Food Service Workers, Crossing Guards, Custodians, Mechanics, Groundskeepers, Plumbers and many more.</p></div>
​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge​Secondary Students Participate in Summer Reading Challenge2014-09-26T20:56:47Z<div class="ExternalClass6BBC996E6AB94656BEEAD2A5462A1DDD"><p></p><p>This past summer, Katy ISD campuses participated in the "Secondary Summer Reading Challenge" for students in grades 6-12. More than 760 secondary students participated in the Challenge and logged 1,332 book titles. </p><p>As part of this program, students signed up in May and received two text messages per week with book recommendations and reminders to log completed books. Each participant was entered into a drawing, and 29 students won donated prizes such as iTunes and Amazon gift cards. </p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Summer%20Reading%20Challenge-%20by%20the%20numbers.jpg" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information on the Katy ISD Summer Reading Challenge. </p></div>
Semifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship ProgramSemifinalists Named in 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program2014-09-26T15:13:46Z<div class="ExternalClass1741CDA097CC4DDC9330BD95753184F2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">National Merit</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">®</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced the names of more than 1,600 high school seniors from across the country who have been designated as semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Three of these talented students are from Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship Awards worth more than $2.5 million to be offered next spring.</span></p><p><strong>The Katy ISD 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Brianna Aheimer</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Oluwatofe Alimi</strong>, Seven Lakes High School;</li><li><strong>Calistus Ezeokafor</strong>, Seven Lakes High School.</li></ul><p>More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT<strong>®</strong>). To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.  From the 1,600 semifinalists, approximately 1,300 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in January they will be notified of this designation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence WinnersKaty ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners2014-09-25T18:16:15Z<div class="ExternalClass076D0FBF6FD344B6B87686979EAF1D2F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl's Choir</strong>, directed by Janet Menzie</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Bryanna Porter and Kate Mathews</li><li><strong>Beck Junior High School Symphonic Band</strong>, directed by Brenden Steber</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School Chorale</strong>, directed by Dorothy Wilson</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Important Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT TestingImportant Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing2014-09-24T18:03:00Z<div class="ExternalClass320EBB929EFC4D77892354248F7BBA77"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD sophomores and junior are registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Taking the PSAT provides the following advantages to students:</p><p>- It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college (and for success in most jobs and careers in today's world). After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use it to find their "skill gaps" and then make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.<br></p><p>- The Student Search Service<sup>®</sup> gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.<br></p><p>- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.<br></p><p>- It provides practice for the SAT<sup>®</sup> Reasoning Test.<br></p><p>- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.<br></p><p>- Junior who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.<br></p><p>- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.<br><br>Score Reports are distributed the first day of the second semester at all Katy ISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT test takers receive a free personalized PSAT/NMSQT college planning kit online. Using a unique access code on the score report, students have access to an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, a customized SAT study plan, personalized lists of college majors and careers, a personalized list of colleges, and access to <em>MyCollegeQuickstart</em>—an interactive majors, college and career exploration program.<br><br>Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT prep booklet available on each high school campus. <br><br>Katy ISD provides all students the academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond.  Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college.<br><br><strong>What should students bring on test day?</strong></p><ul><li>No. 2 pencils and eraser</li><li>Approved calculator </li><li>Email address (optional)</li><li>Current and valid school or government issued photo ID</li></ul></div>
Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? Interested in Serving on an Instructional Materials Selection Committee? 2014-09-23T20:50:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1EC644804D5C4A2495E4DE66421AEA00"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for K-12 Social Studies, 9-12 Math, Fine Arts, AP Environmental Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, and Fashion Marketing. These materials will be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year. </p><p>If you would like to be part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a> and you will be considered for participation on the selection committee. </p><p>Keep in mind that these committees will meet during school hours and not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected to serve on a committee, you will have the opportunity to review proposed instructional materials in January 2015.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace"Golbow Elementary Hosts "Pinwheels for Peace"2014-09-23T20:23:03Z<div class="ExternalClassBA15055877B0403285790D8269AB0D56"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Golbow Elementary celebrated the International Day of Peace by hosting a </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">"Pinwheels for Peace"</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> event for their students, parents and community. Art teachers Elyse Brown and Kylie Keller organized the event and had students create pinwheels to represent their ideas of peace during art class.</span></p><p>On September 22, all Golbow students brought their pinwheels to the back field and stuck them into the ground on the outline of a peace symbol as music played. Student Council members read their ideas about peace as students listened and cheered. Many parents attended the event and it created a great visual from above. Fifth-grade students surrounded the peace symbol and posed for pictures after the event. </p><p>To see more photos from this event, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business PartnershipsKaty ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for Business Partnerships2014-09-22T20:25:45Z<div class="ExternalClass7993419941954494B71E0323F417FD7D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's business partnership program by hosting four regional open house events.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held every Friday morning in October starting Oct. 10 from 8-9:30 a.m. at four different campuses:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Mayde Creek High School (Oct. 10), Katy High School (Oct. 17), Tompkins High School (Oct. 24) and Taylor High School (Oct. 31).</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">All Katy ISD campuses will be participating.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The regional open houses will provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus partnership leaders and discuss this school year's business partnership activities.</span></p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through standing Partners in Education programs: KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read, and Sister Schools.  </p><p>For more information, contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>, 281-396-2428. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to register for this event online, or visit the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education website</a>, where guests will also find the list of campuses hosting each Friday's event. This and a number of other community involvement events are hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom.</p></div>

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