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Community Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=692Community Support Helps Katy ISD Education Foundation Win Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award<div class="ExternalClass4C486976418D4B93A39690311697F146"><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.<strong> </strong>For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CFA%20Katy%20%20ISD%20Ed%20Foundation%20True%20Inspiration%20Vote.jpg" alt="CFA Katy ISD Ed Foundation True Inspiration Vote.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration awards recognizes community organizations that align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to enable children to be all they were created to be.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation rewards teacher inspiration of students by funding innovative classroom projects that go beyond district budget limitations. The Foundation was nominated by local Chick-fil-A operator, Rusty Wylie who said "Our community has more than its fair share of the brightest kids around.   If we can help our children develop a love for learning while giving them hands-on, fun educational experiences, we'll give them the tools and encouragement they need to be great leaders. I'm just grateful Chick-fil-A can be a part of what is great about our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Chick-fil-A, Inc .- </strong>Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 45 states and Washington, D.C.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 "Best Companies to Work For" by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's website located at <a href="http://www.chick-fil-a.com/">www.chick-fil-a.com</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> - The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that, in its first four years, has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fifth year of grants will be awarded in May 2017. Learn more at www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org or contact 281-396-2461, foundation@katyisd.org.​</p></div>
Katy ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and Recommendationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=690Katy ISD to Present Attendance Boundary Modification Survey Results and Recommendations<div class="ExternalClass09F06A67F31B426E8FB3BD0C821C989F"><p><em>Thousands of participants competed the ABM survey, provided feedback​</em></p><p><strong>What:      </strong>Nearly 9,000 Katy ISD parents, staff and community members completed the survey on the proposed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to the Board of Trustees on November 14.</p><p>The proposed ABMs, designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and prepare for the opening of three new schools next fall, would potentially impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. </p><p>The survey results will be presented to the Board during the Work Study Meeting on Monday and posted online at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> following the presentation.</p><p>Final recommendations and actions are anticipated to take place during the regular Board Meeting on December 12.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABM, <a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx">click here</a>. <br></p><p><strong>Where</strong>:    Education Support Complex - Board Room, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, 77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong>     <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.</strong></span></p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=689Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program<div class="ExternalClass644B19C64E8F44F28C62CE3BDA03A80B"><p>The Wood Group Founders Legacy program, which is committed to giving back to the community, donated $10,000 to Morton Ranch Junior High (MRJH). The focus of the program is to invest in the lives of middle school children, which is typically the age when students begin to define their sense of self, their vision of the future and their career path.  </p><p>Michele McNichol, CEO of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - West, presented the check to MRJH Principal, Dr. Sanée Bell on October 20, 2016.  In addition to the monetary contribution, Wood Group also participates in volunteer engagement activities throughout the school year, such as mentoring, Journal Pals program, staff appreciation, student incentives and instructional support, Junior Achievement and school beautification.  </p><p>The funds donated to the school will be used to support student leadership programs and opportunities, career exploration and community engagement initiatives.  ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FoundersLegacyMRJHCheckOct2016_05.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>​Listed in photo from left to right: Dr. Sanée Bell and CEO Michele McNichol</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p></div>
Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=688Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program<div class="ExternalClass3EDF4C5F26D842559264711EA176DE1C"><p><strong>(Katy, Texas)  – </strong>This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during <em>Promise to Read</em>.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD's Partners in Education.  P<em>romise to Read</em> affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children's literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.</p><p>This year's <em>Promise to Read</em> was hosted at Bear Creek, Hutsell, Exley, Randolph, Williams, Davidson, Morton Ranch, Kilpatrick, Pattison and Wilson Elementary Schools.   Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a four-year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.</p><p>Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including:  Aberdare Business Solutions, ABM Industries, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Altitude Katy, AmCap Mortgage, American Kids Athletics, AXA Advisors, Bass Pro Shops, Big Frog, Bolli Bros Pizza, Books Alive, Brainy Learning Club, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Bridges of Healing, CenterPoint Energy, Chick-fil-A, Christian Brothers Automotive, Citgo, City of Katy, Community Health Choice, Cross Creek Ranch, Dahl Team Properties, Dignity Memorial-Katy Funeral Home, Duffey and Grissom CPA's, GNA Inspections, Goddard School, Grand Vision Center, HCC Northwest, H-E-B, Herff Jones Houston, Heritage Texas Properties, Homewood Suites Katy, Houston Community College, Houston SPCA, Junior Achievement, Katy Council PTA, Katy Independent School District, Katy Magazine, Keep Katy Beautiful, Kind Bars, Listl Translating Services & More LLC, LPL Financial, Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, Maude Marks Branch Library, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Must See Katy, Nutty Scientists Fort Bend, Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, PBK, PDQ, Pepper Lawson, PrimeLending, Prosperity Bank, Pump It Up, Second Baptist Church, Signarama Katy, Sovereign Wealth Advisors LLC, Spring Creek Barbeque, Stanley Signature Signs, Star Learning, State Farm Insurance, Sylvan Learning, Target, The Glaser Group McDonald's, The Shady Lady Window Covering, The Tutoring Center Katy, Tilt Studio, Times Square Entertainment, Wee Kare Pediatrics, Which Wich, Whole Foods Market Katy/Sugar Land, Wood Group, Yellow Rose Properties and YES Youth Fitness and Sports Performance.</p><p>"<em>Promise to Read</em> has become a treasured community event thanks to hundreds of devoted community volunteers, many of whom join us every year, and our Katy ISD host campuses," says Janet Theis, Katy ISD's Director of Community Partnerships. "<em>Promise to Read</em> continues to open the door for our business community to embrace and inspire the love of reading and share that magic with classrooms across the district."</p><p><strong>​About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Through programs like <em>Promise to Read</em>, Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.<strong> </strong></p><p><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read1.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /><br><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Promise_to_Read2.JPG" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK Parkhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=686Katy ISD Celebrates Official Grand Opening of District's First SPARK Park<div class="ExternalClass65920A7CB6FA456B99333A0415E5E721"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em> SPARK Park, located at Winborn Elementary, to benefit students and entire community.</em></strong></p><p><strong>November 17, 2016 </strong>– During Thursday's grand opening ceremony, the Winborn Elementary Choir energetically sang a gratitude song to thank all those involved in creating the District's first SPARK Park on their school grounds.</p><p>"We are very grateful for this partnership with the SPARK program and the donors," said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. "It's partnerships like these that make Katy ISD the premiere school district in the state."</p><p>The idea came to flourish when, Dr. Kris Mitzner, former Winborn Elementary principal, noticed a need for a community park to benefit all of the children in the surrounding neighborhoods.  After lots of research, Mitzner came across the SPARK program, which dedicates its efforts to developing neighborhood parks on public school grounds, and made this park a reality for the community.</p><p>"I love math and other subjects, but the best part of my day is recess," said Hunter Ondrush, president of the Student Council at Winborn Elementary.  In addition to monkey bars, slides, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables and an outdoor classroom setting, the park also features a public art component which consists of multiple tile displays adorned with artistic drawings created by students. </p><p>To date, the SPARK program has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p>Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1267135569973196">here</a> to see photos from the awards.</p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p></div>
Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategieshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=685Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies<div class="ExternalClass1F6B67D5E5164835B61010C08A165174"><p>​<span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">T</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;">he Learning Counsel recognized Katy ISD for their work to integrate digital curriculum and technology into the teaching and learning process. The announcement was made on November 15th at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Orlando.</span></p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy was among 12 school districts from across the nation who were honored.</p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">For more information and to read more about this award, click <a href="http://thelearningcounsel.com/article/12-school-districts-honored-their-innovative-digital-curriculum-transition-strategies">here​</a>.</p></div>
Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Childrenhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=684Monty Ballard YMCA's School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children<div class="ExternalClass6B0D96FE8CFB4FE29AFED7F543DF40A6"><p>​</p><p>Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.  </p><p>Much of what the Monty Ballard YMCA does for Katy ISD students often goes unnoticed except by the grateful beneficiaries of their generosity.  They provided 243 pairs of jeans for homeless teens and 100 blankets for elementary children.  Our YMCA supported 80 students in the KEYS "Katy Students Run" program, helped kids receive braces at no cost to their families and provided books to children attending Camp Cinco.  </p><p>Through their campus partnership with Shafer Elementary, the YMCA collectively donated canned goods for Ballard House and Eternal Food Ministries along with 100 coats for children who needed them.  Individually, employees serve as KEYS mentors and Sundown Elementary Carnival volunteers, while District Executive Director Brian Haines serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board and often lends his skills as a guest speaker.  </p><p>But the epitome of the YMCA community outreach is their backpack drive – an initiative of Greater Houston YMCAs – that impacts thousands of regional children annually.  This year in Katy alone, our local YMCA collected 49,351 items….that went into 2,459 backpacks….that benefitted children at 32 elementaries, 8 junior highs and 4 high schools.   According to Outreach Coordinator Connie Stirgus, "When I started in 2011, we collected 250 backpacks my first year.  I knew this community could do more, and we have!  The generosity of Katy is sometimes overwhelming." </p><p>Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships have one requirement:  human resource involvement that will ultimately benefit a child.  And because of their philosophical promise and commitment to families, the Monty Ballard YMCA of Cinco Ranch is a stellar example of a business partner who does just that.​</p></div>
Mayde Creek High School to Present A Christmas Carolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=683Mayde Creek High School to Present A Christmas Carol<div class="ExternalClassB6AD749089BD460FB9EF9E4682624828"><p>With the holidays fast approaching, Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company cordially invites you to come see <em>A Christmas Carol</em>. The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from an inhumane and heartless grouch to a generous and caring soul with the aid of three Christmas spirits who show him the meaning of life one Christmas night. </p><p>Performances take place December 8, 9, and 10 at 7:00 p.m. with an additional 2:00 p.m. </p><p>matinee on December 10. Tickets can be purchased now at <a href="http://www.mchstheatre.org/">www.mchstheatre.org</a>. Student tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Adult tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Gold card members may purchase tickets for $5.00. For more information call (281) 237-3803 or visit <a href="http://www.mchstheatre.org/">www.mchstheatre.org</a>. </p></div>
Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program, Grades 1-4 and 6-11http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=681Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program, Grades 1-4 and 6-11<div class="ExternalClass4F77AABF11904229BC7C5EA70DB5588A"><p>​Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2017-2018 gifted and talented (GT) program.</p><p>To initiate a referral, parents need to complete a Parent Checklist, which can be obtained at all elementary, junior high and high school campuses or <a href="/dept/gt/Pages/default.aspx">online</a>.  Parents of students in grades 1-4 must complete the Elementary Parent Checklist, and parents of students in grades 6-11 must complete the Secondary Parent Checklist.   </p><p>Parents may receive more information about GT screening and program at the <strong>GT Program Awareness</strong> session on November 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Room 1200 at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Please enter through the doors on the south side of the building marked "Staff Development".</p><p>Elementary Parent Checklists must be completed and returned to the elementary school office by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 9, 2016</strong></span>.  Secondary Parent Checklists must be completed and returned to the secondary school office by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>January 10, 2017</strong></span>.   </p><p>Students whose Parent Checklists are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2017-2018 school year.  </p><p>The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs. In Katy ISD, screening instruments include the Parent Checklist, classroom observations and standardized tests. </p><p>The program for elementary students consists of a one-day-a-week pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.</p><p>The program for secondary students consists of subject specific coursework in math, science, social studies and language arts.</p><p>Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary and/or secondary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions. Students already identified and experiencing success in the G/T program do not need to be re-screened.</p><p>Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2016 must wait one full academic year before they can be re-screened.​</p></div>
Katy ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=680Katy ISD's Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign<div class="ExternalClass94018947674B4C3488A6F3498AD9EBF9"><p>The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, our Katy ISD community raised $25,000 to support students and their families during the holidays.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has blessed over 3,000 Katy ISD families thanks to the generous support of our community.    </p><p>Those interested in participating may contribute cash or check by <strong>Thursday, Dec. 8</strong>.  Donations of any amount are welcome and will be accepted by Partners in Education in person or by mail:  Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, room 1520, Katy 77494.  Please make checks payable to<strong> "Katy ISD Food for Families."</strong> </p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
High School String Honor Orchestra Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=677High School String Honor Orchestra Awards<div class="ExternalClass871A3E3F634F469D9C42E241FCCDBC11"><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level.   </p><p>Showcasing the quality teaching these exemplars represent promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas.   </p><p>The following Katy ISD High School Orchestra programs were named to the HS String Honor Orchestra Final Round.   </p><ul><li><p>Seven Lakes High School</p></li><li><p>Taylor High School</p></li><li><p>Tompkins High School</p></li></ul><p>Congratulations to these schools for being selected for this most prestigious honor.</p></div>
Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=675Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards<div class="ExternalClass6CAEB7A5F5DE40A6BADA3EA205BAFC36"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Department recognized for electronic newsletter and video feature</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by <a href="http://marcomawards.com/">MarCom Awards</a>, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The <a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Katy-ISD-Update--August-2016.html?soid=1121577589067&aid=Icb_uGll2V8">Katy ISD Update</a>, a monthly publication created by the Department and delivered via e-mail to nearly 20,000 subscribers, was recognized for its creative design and concept. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Department was also awarded Honorable Mention by MarCom in the category of Information Video for its video feature on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPeX1JPz8dk">K9 Officers Marcel and Juno</a>, four-legged heroes that sniff out trouble to keep Katy ISD safe, which was produced to honor the Katy ISD Police Department during the District's Police Week from August 28 – September 3.<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Nearly 6,000 entries are submitted every year from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers from across the United States and other countries.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals. </p><p><br></p></div>
Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekendhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=673Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend<div class="ExternalClass3F10AE71EE574C6CAB40CBA095FBA580"><p>​<strong style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD, local organizations send backpacks home with food</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>​October 14, 2016</em></strong><strong> </strong>– Katy ISD has partnered with the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program and Members Choice Credit Union to fill backpacks with food and distribute to families in need.  This program works to fill the gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious food for students to take home over the weekend.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On October 7, 2016 volunteers at Schmalz Elementary stuffed more than 35 backpacks to feed nearly 35 families last weekend.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are just excited to see kids that are going home on the weekend with backpacks that have food," said Principal Jaime Shipley. "We know they are being taken care of, and they'll be back on Monday ready to learn."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">So far this year, the Backpack Buddy Program has distributed 362,258 backpacks to 603 schools across Southeast Texas.  Thanks to their partnership with various school districts the Houston Food Bank serves approximately 12,500 students a week.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD joined this partnership when administrators learned some of the District's children were going home to little or no food during the weekends and holidays. The generic black backpacks, which are discreet and do not reveal their content, consist of six meals for each child.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/h3hmru7">here</a> to see a video of our last Backpack Buddy Program at Schmalz Elementary. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=672Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event<div class="ExternalClass297A2474531845EA813D4670DFCF64FA"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em>Community can return expired, unused and unwanted pills on October 22</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road. </p><p>The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</p><p>Last September, Americans turned in more than 617,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites operated by the DEA, and its state and local law enforcement partners. When combined with what was collected in its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 4.8 million pounds of pills.    </p><p>For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take-Back Day event, contact Officer James Grima at 281-237-4024.</p></div>
Katy ISD Schools Host Educators from China http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=670Katy ISD Schools Host Educators from China <div class="ExternalClassFB099605B5C649CAAF004F7121D81B64"><p>​Wilson Elementary and Seven Lakes Junior High hosted 25 elementary and secondary Information Technology teachers from Hangzhou, China as part of a <strong>Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University</strong> program on October 5-6.</p><p>The exchange program provided an opportunity for the participating Chinese educators to visit area schools and see American teaching in action. The visits were also a chance for international exchange of ideas, allowing Katy ISD employees to share information and learn more about education in China. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/exchange.jpg" alt="exchange.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:374px;" /> <br><strong>Sev​en Lakes Junior High staff and teachers welcome 25 Chinese educators.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Group.jpg" alt="Group.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /><br><strong>Wilson Elementary teachers exchanged ideas with visiting Chinese educators.</strong><br></strong></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=669Katy ISD Education Foundation among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award<div class="ExternalClass940A0C4BBE1A45988853D2712993BCE5"><p><em>​Voting ends at midnight Monday, October 17</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17.</p><p>Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration awards recognizes community organizations that align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to support and inspire youth.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation rewards teacher inspiration of students by funding innovative classroom projects that go beyond district budget limitations. The Foundation was nominated by local Chick-fil-A operator, Rusty Wylie and is the only organization in the Greater Houston Area under consideration. True Inspiration awards are a national contest; therefore voting is open to everyone regardless of location.</p><p>Votes are cast exclusively through the Chick-fil-A One app, one vote per person. To vote on the app, select "Vote" on the home screen, then "Southwest Region," "Katy ISD Education Foundation," and "Confirm Vote."  </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that, in its first four years, has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fifth year of grants will be awarded in May 2017. Learn more at <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a> or contact 281-396-2461, <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org">foundation@katyisd.org</a>.  </p></div>
South Transportation Center Expected to be Ready to Roll in 2017http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=668South Transportation Center Expected to be Ready to Roll in 2017<div class="ExternalClassFB2487BEDB09421DAF9EE35906FEA8E4"><p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">South Transportation Center</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> occurred on January 6, 2016. Despite the challenges of an unusually wet year, and with the help from Katy ISD Project Manager Scott Walker, progress has been steady. The tentative Opening date is January 2017. The South Transportation Satellite Center opened its doors in January of 2011 with 34 routes. Today, the center has 95 routes and 119 employees. In January, the South Transportation Center will have the capacity for up to 250 buses. Click </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/113148448705253/videos/1223336197686467/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="https://www.facebook.com/113148448705253/videos/1223336197686467/" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">here</a><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> to view photos of construction progress.</span>​</p></div>
Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium on Track for 2017-2018 http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=667Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium on Track for 2017-2018 <div class="ExternalClassD66C87CB5EDF4937978CC30F21297E9C"><p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Construction of the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> continues. This stadium, along with neighboring J</span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">ack Rhodes Stadium</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">, will form the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">. The Complex will create a unique experience for fans, students, parents and the community as sporting and fine arts events can be played concurrently thanks to the infrastructure and road construction the will allow spectators and game participants easy access in and out of the Complex. Click </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1222390321114388.1073742024.113148448705253&type=1&l=639e8922fc" target="_blank" data-mce-href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1222390321114388.1073742024.113148448705253&type=1&l=639e8922fc" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">here</a><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> to view photos of the construction progress</span>.​</p></div>
Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekendhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=666Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend<div class="ExternalClass0583E815D3F848F69D6ABF825528F32D"><p>​<em>Katy ISD, local organizations send backpacks home with food</em></p><p><em>​</em><strong style="text-align:justify;">What:             </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has partnered with the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program and Members Choice Credit Union to fill backpacks with food and distribute to families in need.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The program works to fill the gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious food for students to take home over the weekend.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">So far this year, the Backpack Buddy program has distributed 362,258 backpacks to 603 schools across Southeast Texas.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Friday, approximately 40 students from Schmalz Elementary will go home with a backpack full of food.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other Katy ISD schools will be participating in the near future.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           Schmalz Elementary School </p><p>                        18605 Green Land Way</p><p>Houston, TX  77084</p><p>                        </p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>            </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. </strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>        Maria Corrales, Katy ISD Communications Office, 281-396-2298</p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complexhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=664Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex<div class="ExternalClassAE929B6B83734CD9B04CD8808CA8948F"><p><em>Complex to be comprised of Rhodes Stadium and second stadium​</em></p><p>Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium. <br></p><p>The minimal term for this agreement will be 10 years, and the final negotiated price can be paid in yearly increments. </p><p>This Complex will not only be the home base for Districtwide athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities, but will also host non-Katy ISD events at the local and regional level. </p><p>Jack Rhodes Stadium opened in 1982 and is located at 1733 Katyland Drive in Katy. The stadium is home for seven high school varsity teams with the eighth high school to open its doors in the fall of 2017.  The 2014 bond referendum provided funding to construct the second stadium, which is also located on the same grounds as Rhodes Stadium, thus creating the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex. </p><p>This Complex will create a unique experience for fans, students, parents and the community as sporting and fine arts events can be played concurrently thanks to the infrastructure and new road construction that will allow spectators and game participants easy access in and out of the Complex. Another exciting element of the second stadium is a multi-purpose room that can also serve as a venue for various community events such as banquets, receptions and recognitions. </p><p>Businesses interested in submitting proposals can do so by mail to the Katy ISD Purchasing Department at 5364 Franz Road, Katy, Texas 77493 by October 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.  All proposals are to be submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked: <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2:00 PM., OCTOBER 10, 2016 – RFCSP #1609 – NAMING RIGHTS FOR KATY ISD STUDENT ACTIVITY FACILITIES COMPLEX.​</strong></span> </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=663Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board<div class="ExternalClass23658ED585274C8C8F13DA77BD78EE7A"><p>​<em>Henry Dibrell reelected to three-year term </em></p><p>The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 4, Position E. Dibrell currently serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Katy ISD board. He joined the board in 2011 and has held the positions of vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. </p><p>A graduate of Leadership TASB and a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems, he also invests time volunteering with the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentoring and coaching flag football athletes. Dibrell is the owner of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm.</p><p>Dibrell is a licensed minister who holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Northwestern State University. He is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award, and serves on the board of the Katy Pachyderm Club.</p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=661Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy <div class="ExternalClass59DFB01F558F4BCC8B309C5DEAA8F52D"><p>​The Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau is about to begin its fourth Katy ISD Board and Texas School Safety Center recognized <strong><em>Safe Schools Parent's Academy</em></strong><em>. </em>Modeled after citizen's police and fire academies, this monthly program is designed for those already actively engaged with Katy ISD as volunteers, partners, or supporters of the District.</p><p>Attendees will get an inside look at various areas designed to keep students safe and secure. Topics are designed to showcase how Katy ISD approaches school safety. Presentations may include police operations, emergency management, the campus safety task force, the internet crimes against children task force, the gang task force, the weather service, and others. Tours of the police communications center, specialty equipment and emergency vehicles, along with demonstrations of canine search techniques, police bicycle procedures, and police communications are also anticipated.</p><p>The Safe Schools Parent Academy is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for a future class, please email <a href="mailto:oem@katyisd.org">oem@katyisd.org</a>. </p></div>
Student Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=659Student Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th <div class="ExternalClassED916F6F69D74FE0A97D179D23BD59B5"><p>​The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 24 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 17 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Art pieces will be auctioned on Saturday, September 24<sup>th</sup> beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the <a href="/Documents/FBCFA%20Map.pdf">fairgrounds in Rosenberg</a>.​</p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:</p><ul><li><strong>Erica Smolik, </strong>Grand Champion, "Qualifying Run," Katy HS</li><li><strong>Sharon Wang, </strong>Best of Class, "Caretaker," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang,</strong> Best of Class, "Buckets of Love," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Hannah Purvis, </strong>Best of Class, "Real Cowboy," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>TuHan Ngo, </strong>Best of Class,<strong> </strong>"Summer Storms," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Christina Mei Zhou,</strong> "Around the Barrel," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu, </strong>"Ride!" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Alexa Baeza</strong>, "Mornin' Chores," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Allyson Su</strong>, "All Around Roping," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Frances Lapid</strong>, "Shadow Ride" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Flora Hu</strong>, "A Love Like No Other" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Ellice Gao</strong>, "Lean on Me," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Alexandra Hernandez</strong>, "Bridles and Bits," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Ruofan Zhang</strong>, "Strike a Pose" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Claire Bai</strong>, "Through the Wire," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Savannah Ruddock</strong>, "River Reflections" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Luanna R. Sacramento</strong>, "Holding on For Dear Life," Tompkins HS</li></ul><p>Click <a href="/Documents/Art_Auction_Fort_Bend_County_Fair.pdf">here</a> to see artwork.</p><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnershipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=656Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships<div class="ExternalClass227527DEA28143EF9393F3F06456FC70"><p>​Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's School-Business Partnership program at three regional events.  Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held three Friday mornings in October from 8-9:30 a.m.</p><p><strong>October 7th at Cinco Ranch High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Alexander, Creech, Davidson, Fielder, Griffin, Holland, Kilpatrick, Randolph, Rylander, Shafer, Stanley, Williams and Wilson Elementary Schools</li><li>Beck, Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tays Junior High Schools</li><li>Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 14</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> at Taylor High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Bear Creek, Cimarron, Exley, Hayes, Nottingham Country, Mayde Creek, Memorial Parkway, Pattison, Rhoads, Schmalz, West Memorial and Wolfe Elementary Schools</li><li>Cardiff, Mayde Creek, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial Junior High Schools</li><li>Mayde Creek and Taylor High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 28</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at the Robert Shaw Center for STEAM, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Bethke, Franz, Golbow, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, King, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Stephens, Sundown, Winborn, Wolman and WoodCreek Elementary Schools</li><li>Katy, McDonald, Morton Ranch and WoodCreek Junior High Schools</li><li>Katy, Morton Ranch and Raines High Schools, and Miller Career and Technology Center​</li></ul><p>The regional open houses provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus leaders from schools in their market area and allow in-depth conversation between the two regarding upcoming events for the school year.  </p><p>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 existing 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="mailto:cassandrakhedgpeth@katyisd.org">cassandrakhedgpeth@katyisd.org</a>, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD Partners in Education website via <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> under the "Community" tab.  The RSVP site lists host campuses participating at each of the three events.  </p><p>​<a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx"><strong>Click here</strong></a><strong> </strong>to learn more about event locations and to RSVP.<strong> </strong></p></div>
Mayde Creek Senior Places Ninth at National FBLA Conferencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=655Mayde Creek Senior Places Ninth at National FBLA Conference<div class="ExternalClass34D0D9576E944E71A7E4C2A9559818F8"><p>​Mayde Creek High School senior David Fernandez won ninth place in Public Speaking II at the <strong>National FBLA Conference. </strong>Fernandez competed against students throughout the United States, Canada, China, Bermuda, Korea, Taiwan and Haiti, as well as online competitors in FBLA virtual chapters. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/David%20Fernandez.png" alt="David Fernandez.png" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
GT Screening for Current 5th Grade Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=654GT Screening for Current 5th Grade Students<div class="ExternalClass5D50E2908C814DC590F1331198B08DF4"><p>​Students in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.</p><p>If you would like to refer your child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening, complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to your child's elementary campus by September 29, 2016. <strong>Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after September 29th.</strong></p><p>You may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist from your child's campus counselor beginning September 12, 2016.  You may also access the <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Secondary</strong></span> Parent checklist on the Katy ISD website <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx">here​</a>.  </p><p>If you refer your child for screening, testing will take place at your child's campus in October and November.  You will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.</p><p>Contact the Challenge teacher at your child's elementary school with any questions.  </p></div>
Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screeninghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=653Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening<div class="ExternalClassA053AE8211DA4ABEA656796D2873E910"><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy Independent School District may refer their children for Challenge (Gifted & Talented) screening between September 19 and October 10.  All kindergarten parents will receive information in their child's take-home packet on how to refer him or her beginning the week of September 19.  Referral information is also available on the Katy ISD website: <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for submission of the referral form (parent checklist) is October 11th. The deadline will be enforced so that students can be tested on the testing days designated for this purpose.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kindergarten service will begin by March 1, 2017.  The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills. Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom. Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade. If you have questions, please contact the counselor at the home campus or the campus Challenge teacher. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of students who are referred and screened will receive placement notification during the last week of February.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Three informational session options for parents will be held on October 4th and 5th.   The first session on October 4th will be held at 7:00PM at Stephens Elementary School, 2715 Fry Road, in the cafeteria.  An interpreter will be available at this session for Spanish-speaking parents.  Two additional sessions will be held on October 5th at 5:00PM and 7:00PM at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, in the Commons. Students do not need to attend these sessions.  All session will last about one hour.</p></div>
Cinco Ranch Junior High Sixth-Grader Wins Prize from Think Through Mathhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=652Cinco Ranch Junior High Sixth-Grader Wins Prize from Think Through Math<div class="ExternalClassB18F062DBA164C60B9B193480C5697B4"><p>Cinco Ranch Junior High sixth-grader Joshua Okolo won one of 10 <strong>Big Kahuna </strong>prizes from <strong>Think Through Math (TTM)</strong> this summer. The Big Kahuna Texas Grand Prize Drawing is reserved for students who have passed at least three math lessons each week of the summer. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Okolo received a solar-powered backpack, a tablet, a TTM journal, pencils and t-shirt. Okolo was also one of the 2015 big summer TTM prize winners, and is the first student in TTM history to win twice. </span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Joshua%20Okolo.jpg" alt="Joshua Okolo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /></strong></span> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>​Pictured with Joshua Okolo and his family are some of the Cinco Ranch Junior High math department, Mr. Ruben Soliz, Assistant Principal Ms. Shan Smith, Math Instructional Coach Miss Erika Berk, Okolo's teacher Mrs. Mayra Rubio, Assistant Principal Mrs. Mona Cardin and TTM representative Ms. Karen Tillett.  </strong><br></span></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts "Good to Volunteer"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=651Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts "Good to Volunteer"<div class="ExternalClassE5665CBA6DF34AEB9060F342E9D70890">​<span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">​​</span><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its </span><a href="https://youtu.be/xlv2mT6Cv3M" style="font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0072c6;">2016 video "Good to Volunteer," </span></a><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">a cinematic reminder of how good (and fun) it is to volunteer at a school.  The soundtrack is sung by Katy ISD graduate, parent and volunteer John Cordes, who also stars in the production.  The video features the Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Hallelujah Dancers who, along with recent Volunteers of the Year and the VIPS Executive Board, shared their skills at last May's Volunteer Celebration.</span><div><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">This past school year, Katy ISD achieved an unprecedented accomplishment as 1,018,981 volunteer hours were donated to students and staff.  "Good to Volunteer" honors that ground-breaking year of service and also serves as a call to action as we welcome a new superintendent and open three new campuses.</span></div><div><font color="#222222" face="verdana, arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14.3px;"><br></span></font><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD Partners in Educ​​ation creat​​es school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Partners in Education</a>.​</p></div></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Offhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=650Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off<div class="ExternalClassC66AA2D2D3F64B11B7E719DD8D4A21FB">​<span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Thursday, September 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor. </span><div><font color="#222222" face="verdana, arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14.3px;"><br></span></font><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2015-2016 school year showed that 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 80% decreased absences and 87% decreased discipline referrals.</p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Over its 20-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student's lives.  As school starts this year, hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have <strong>ever thought about becoming a mentor</strong>, or if you are <strong>already a KEYS mentor</strong>, please join us at the KEYS Kick Off.  Click <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7DZRPWH">HERE</a> to RSVP or click <a href="https://apps.katyisd.org/public/KEYSMentorApplication/Default.aspx">HERE</a> to complete a KEYS mentor application.  For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">marthabrown@katyisd.org</span></a>. </p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Partners in Education.</a>​​</p></div></div>

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