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Last SAT Redesign Information Session TonightLast SAT Redesign Information Session Tonight2015-05-27T14:57:57Z<div class="ExternalClassEE1F23019F204190911D0DA66174BD87"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">This is a reminder that today, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">May 27,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> is the last Community Information Session on the redesigned SAT.  This is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the changes to the SAT and how it will impact students.  Students, parents and community from any area of the District are invited to attend tonight's information session.</span></p><p>Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.</p><p><strong>WHAT:  </strong>Redesigned SAT Community Information Session</p><p><strong>WHEN:  </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Boulevard</p><p>The first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be <strong>October 2015</strong>, while the first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in <strong>March 2016</strong>. </p><p>Please take a moment to review the <a href="/parents/Pages/sat-redesign.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">Frequently Asked Questions</a> regarding the redesigned SAT and the <a href="/parents/Documents/SAT%20Redesign%20Presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">presentation</a> made by a College Board representative during the April 2015 Board of Trustees Work Study.  </p><p>For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and to sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the YearKaty ISD Partners in Education Announces Volunteers of the Year2015-05-27T14:36:03Z<div class="ExternalClassB2341BB8DD504640A142038C28090C08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools initiative hosted its annual Volunteer Celebration Breakfast on May 15</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> honoring the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time supporting Katy ISD students and teachers.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">This school year, </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">19,493 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">volunteers donated </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">968,380 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">hours to Katy ISD campuses, which, equates to </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">621</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> full-time staff members, or </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">10.5</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"><em> </em></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">additional teachers at every campus.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 1,000 volunteers attended to hear this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">District-wide entertainment was provided by the Katy ISD High School Honor Choir and the Rylander Elementary Hula Hoop Team.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy High School Student Advisory Council served as greeters.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">High school drumlines from Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Seven Lakes closed the festivities with a loud and rousing drum-off.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools is an initiative offered through Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom.  For more information please go to the "Community" tab on <a href="/"></a> to find Partners in Education. </p></div>
Eight Katy ISD Students Win National Merit ScholarshipsEight Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarships2015-05-27T15:32:33Z<div class="ExternalClass08D2196E4E924248930628B77161274E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Among these talented students includes eight from Katy ISD:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><ul><li><p><strong>Ryan Albosta</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: mechanical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Elissa Barnett</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: industrial engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Colby Brown</strong>, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit University of Arizona Scholarship. Probable career field: computer science</p></li><li><p><strong>T</strong><strong>ifenn Drouaud</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit George Washington University Scholarship. Probable career field: law</p></li><li><p><strong>Raymond Huang</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Adelaide Kwon</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship. Probable career field: biology</p></li><li><p><strong>Luis Plata</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship. Probable career field: chemical engineering</p></li><li><p><strong>Safiyya Zaidi</strong>, Taylor HS, National Merit University of Houston Scholarship. Probable career field: medicine</p></li></ul><p>Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  </p><p>For more information about the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships, visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">National Merit website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 RescheduledKaty ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled2015-05-22T19:30:34Z<div class="ExternalClass3FD5D269EC6F4C3CB9784C18856BA068"><p>Due to potential showers next week, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.</p><p>We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will still join the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Alton Frailey, and fellow staff and community members for this celebration. <br>This will be the fifth campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </p><p>Located in the Cinco Ranch Northwest area, this school will provide enrollment relief to Wolman and WoodCreek elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016.</p><p><a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/New-Schools.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more information about the six new campuses</a> to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p></div>
Golbow Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month Golbow Elementary Teacher Named KUBE Teacher of the Month 2015-05-19T20:08:31Z<div class="ExternalClass558F9B3B00D84D23A58E67C63FB359D7"><p>​Golbow Elementary academic support teacher Lori Getz was named the KUBE's Teacher of the Month and surprised in her classroom last week with the award. Getz was nominated for going above and beyond to provide targeted reading instruction.</p><p>According to her principal Dr. Ann Lalime, Lorie teaches with passion and excitement every day as she works with hundreds of students on campus to provide targeted reading instruction. She also spearheads a before-school tutoring program for fifth grade students that is structured in a way that has students excited to attend. In addition, she developed daily detailed lesson plans based on her analysis of student data, and provided meaningful, engaging intervention activities.</p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive YearSeven Lakes High School Twins Win President’s Volunteer Service Award for Third Consecutive Year2015-05-19T20:00:10Z<div class="ExternalClass5EFCA6B49B074397A86B5E7B581CF96F"><p>​<em><strong>Siblings perform more than 1,000 community service hours</strong></em></p><p><br>Seven Lakes High School twins <strong>Smriti</strong> and <strong>Siddhant Ahuja </strong>were recently honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the third consecutive year for performing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. </p><p>This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered a significant amount of time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by Arya Samaj of the Greater Houston Area on behalf of President Barack Obama. “Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said Ted Vierling, principal of Seven Lakes High School. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”</p><p>Moving from India at the age of four, Smriti and Siddhant learned the value of giving back to the community at an early age, which grew significantly as they entered high school and became members of the Seven Lakes High School’s “Spartans Out Serving” program. Additionally, they co-founded “Helping Hands,” a club at Seven Lakes High School that promotes peace, education, nutrition and environment.</p><p>Besides volunteering in their school, both students have been involved with community service organizations such as the Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Mahatma Gandhi Library, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston’s “iLead” and “Meals on Wheels” Program, the Houston Food Bank and the Alzheimer’s Center. </p></div>
Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers AcademyRhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy2015-05-13T19:30:25Z<div class="ExternalClassFFFB7A92F9E044DBBA5A108710256C88"><p><img alt="Dear_RES Mickelson Academy.png" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dear_RES%20Mickelson%20Academy.png" style="margin:5px;width:151px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Rhoads Elementary teacher <strong>Morgan Dear</strong> was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the <strong>2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy</strong>. The Academy is a one-week, all-expense-paid intensive professional development program that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.</p><p>Dear will be joined by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, who design the curriculum and manage the daily activities and logistics of the Academy.</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to learn more about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 39Katy ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking of Elementary School # 392015-05-13T18:59:04Z<div class="ExternalClassA5AB94C1AD294C0D8D5FCFB4D043C5E1"><p>​<em>Community to join Board of Trustees and Superintendent for celebration</em>​</p><p><strong style="line-height:1.5;">What:  </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by students, staff and community members as they celebrate the groundbreaking of Elementary School No. 39.  This will be the third campus the District breaks ground on as part of the six new schools to be built thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond package. </span></p><p>Located in the Ventana Lakes area, this school will provide enrollment relief to King and Morton Ranch elementary schools when it opens in fall of 2016. </p><p>Click <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/Bond-2014-Groundbreakings.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for more information on the six new campuses to be built with the 2014 bond package.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m.</span></p><p><strong>Where: </strong>4535 E. Ventana Parkway, Katy, TX, </p></div>

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