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Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy 2016-09-23T15:35:42Z<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=""></a>. </p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Studio VII Presents Romeo and Juliet Lakes High School Studio VII Presents Romeo and Juliet2016-09-22T20:25:37Z<div class="ExternalClass53A5054EF3174438A3DB44F1E0B02A43"><p>Tickets go on sale  September, 23 for Seven Lakes Studio VII Theater Company:  Romeo and Juliet, <strong>October 6-8, 2016</strong>.  </p><p>Performances are at SLHS Performing Arts Center.  Please contact Box Office for tickets <a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">281.237.2836</span></a> or on line purchase <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.  </p><p>Performances are 7pm each evening and 2pm Matinee on Saturday</p></div>
Student Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th 2016-09-22T12:28:47Z<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 to Host College and Career Night ISD to Host College and Career Night2016-09-21T12:33:34Z<div class="ExternalClass945881F904E04EF99DBDDF9E8D1A74DB"><p>​<strong><em>Parents and students invited to explore post-secondary opportunities​</em></strong></p><p><strong>What: </strong>Katy ISD's annual College and Career Night is a free college and career fair for secondary students and their parents. Representatives from more than 200 colleges, universities and career training programs from all over the country will be available to answer questions and provide information about their programs.</p><p>Click <a href="/dept/counseling/Pages/College-and-Career-Night.aspx">here</a> for a list of participating colleges and organizations.</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>                  6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>                  Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ​</strong></span></p></div>
New Instructional Materials Selection Committee Instructional Materials Selection Committee2016-09-15T20:23:54Z<div class="ExternalClassC7F9B540F65948899C2AEA64CAD879B5"><p>​Katy ISD is looking for parent volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instructional materials for Career and Technical Education, Languages Other Than English, Algebraic Reasoning, Statistics, several new courses and other courses needing updated materials. These materials will be implemented during the 2017- 2018 school year. If you would like to be a part of one of the review committees, complete the interest form at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> to be considered for participation on the selection committee. Keep in mind that not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee.</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships2016-09-13T18:00:16Z<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=""></a>, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD Partners in Education website via <a href="/"></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 Conference Creek Senior Places Ninth at National FBLA Conference2016-09-12T16:41:54Z<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 Students Screening for Current 5th Grade Students2016-09-12T14:07:58Z<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 Screening Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening2016-09-13T16:44:58Z<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="/"></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 Math Ranch Junior High Sixth-Grader Wins Prize from Think Through Math2016-08-29T17:40:34Z<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" ISD Partners in Education Debuts "Good to Volunteer"2016-08-29T15:51:28Z<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="" 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 Off ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off2016-08-25T20:47:55Z<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="">HERE</a> to RSVP or click <a href="">HERE</a> to complete a KEYS mentor application.  For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></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>
Katy ISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academy ISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academy2016-08-25T13:14:01Z<div class="ExternalClass0218CB92212F4482BDC2C355E098F811"><p>​Twenty-one Katy ISD 4<sup>th</sup>-8<sup>th</sup> graders participated in Education in Action's summer <strong>2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy</strong> camps. The group were among 1,144 students who traveled to Fort Worth (4<sup>th</sup>, 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> graders), Austin/ San Antonio (5<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> graders), and Houston/Galveston (6<sup>th</sup>, 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> graders) to take part in the camps. </p><p>The following students were selected for the program based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities. <br></p><p><strong>Alexander Lee</strong>, Beckendorff Junior High<br><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Timothy Lin, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Alexia Partouche, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High <br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Santiago Pinzon, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jeffrey Song, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Becke</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ndorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Chen, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Holland Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jessica Kizer Trompiz, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Holland Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Braden LeFoll, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Cimarron Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lily Sherman, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Cimarron Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Natalia Childress, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Shafer Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cayman Terbrock, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Shafer Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Megan Green, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Schmalz Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sophie Hartono, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Exley Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Andre Athari, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Brett Dolejsi, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dani McCarthy, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lilly Nove, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kirsten Kam, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Nicole Lavrack, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Andy Liu, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Roger Liu, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Samuel Yin, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Max Chen, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Miranda Li, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">LuLu Ma, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Vincent Xia</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Nathan Yuan, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gavin Wang, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Creech Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ryan Zhou, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Creech Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ashley Nam, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Giselle Miko, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Junior High</span></p><p>During the week-long, overnight camps, these distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to notable and historically significant Texas sites. Venues included places such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program and the offices of participants' state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, among many other sites. In addition, professionals at the sites visited introduced students to a wide variety of unique careers during each camp.</p><p>Education in Action, a non-profit organization, hosts Lone Star Leadership Academy camps to empower young people to be informed,active leaders in their communities. Outstanding Texas students are invited to participate in Lone Star Leadership Academy camps in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio and Houston/Galveston.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information on the Lone Star Leadership Academy.</p></div>
Don't miss out on the Parent Technology Information Night - August 25th't miss out on the Parent Technology Information Night - August 25th2016-08-19T21:14:07Z<div class="ExternalClass2DD7B1F0604249E987D94A55C4785BA6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Mark your calendars for the first-ever </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Parent Technology Information Night</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.  Come and learn about the digital resources have available for students in Katy ISD.  Katy ISD's Technology and Curriculum departments will be on hand to inform you about the amazing tools available to students such as:  Home Access Center, Canvas, Online Textbooks, MyKaty, Curriculum Search, InfoSnap and much more.​</span></p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> to RSVP.</p></div>
2016 October TAKS Exit Level Retest October TAKS Exit Level Retest2016-08-17T14:27:02Z<div class="ExternalClassE817D8A939754052ADD8FA4960DD0046"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2016.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics test.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> by 5:00 p.m. (CT), September 23, 2016.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href=""></a>.   The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  The online submission, beginning August 8, 2016, must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), on September 23, 2016.  Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>if the campus can accommodate them.</em></span>  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2016 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:​</p><ul><li>October 17, 2016                      ELA</li><li>October 18, 2016                      Mathematics</li><li>October 19, 2016                      Science</li><li>October 20, 2016                      Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career and Technology Center located at 1734 Katyland Dr.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15th & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15th2016-08-17T19:37:18Z<div class="ExternalClassA3444B530BE34BCAA6627E6C74BC0709"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fireflies.jpg" alt="Fireflies.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation announces the return of its annual <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> fundraising event on Thursday, September 15, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.  The event will benefit the Foundation and its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  Over the last four years, the foundation has awarded over $725,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.  The Foundation's fifth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2017. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Ad</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">mission for the event is $50 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to exclusive No Label brews.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Groups of 8 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> shirt. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability. Click <a href="">here ​</a>to purchase tickets to the event. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current event sponsors include Phillips 66; Thompson & Horton, LLP; Cane Island; Firethorne; VLK Architects; CrossCreek Ranch; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; DBR Engineering; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; LJA Engineering; PBK Architects. Additional sponsorships are available and can be secured at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or by contacting the Foundation office.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Returning as features of the event are The Earl Sanders, Jr Band, beer garden area, variety of food trucks, valet parking and more,</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative. Last year's event sold out. Early ticket and sponsorship purchases are both encouraged. Find more information and register at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Jump Their Way to Junior Olympic Gold ISD Students Jump Their Way to Junior Olympic Gold2016-08-11T20:06:43Z<div class="ExternalClassDC1282BE27514225859BDB41419C56FA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Three Katy ISD students won 13 medals in jump roping at the 50</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>AAU Junior Olympic Games</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> held in Houston July 27 – August 6.</span></p><p>The Rope Warriors' Miyo Fujiwara of Randolph Elementary, Aileen Liang of Kilpatrick Elementary and Justin Liang of Tays Junior High earned seven gold medals total, with 9-year-old Aileen Liang taking home a gold medal in the All-Around competition. The team also won two silver medals, including one for Justin Liang, age 11, in the All-Around event. They rounded off their competition with four bronze medals and several other top 10 finishes.  </p><p>The AAU Junior Olympic Games are known as the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States. The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information and competition results.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Aileen-Miyo-Justin.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:421px;height:278px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
All Katy ISD Campuses and ESC Closed Monday, August 15th Katy ISD Campuses and ESC Closed Monday, August 15th2016-08-12T19:47:09Z<div class="ExternalClass6725165B48E3436FB257BE6C9F156612"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">P</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">lease be aware that </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>all Katy ISD campuses, including the Education Support Complex (ESC) located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, will be closed to the public on Monday, August 15, 2016</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> while staff attend the Superintendent's Convocation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center.</span></p><p>There will also be increased traffic in the area as nearly 100 school buses transport staff to and from the Merrell Center that day. </p><p>If you had planned to visit a campus or the ESC on Monday, we urge you to reschedule.</p></div>
Katy ISD Graduate Receives Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship ISD Graduate Receives Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship2016-08-10T20:31:31Z<div class="ExternalClassB08A384E55E14CFE888E33118E20416E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) announced last week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Abigail Smith</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Seven Lakes High School was selected as one of two recipients of the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship. The Katy ISD graduate and former track and cross country runner will receive a $5,000 scholarship annually for four years, totaling $20,000 in financial aid toward college tuition.</span></p><p>The scholarship was created in honor of Susan Poorman Blackie, co-founder of the HMF and long-time Houston Marathon Committee volunteer board member, and is designed to recognize student athletes in the Greater Houston Region who have demonstrated academic success, participated in high school cross country running, volunteered for extracurricular activities and applied to attend a college or university in the state of Texas.</p><p>Smith was a member of Seven Lakes High School's record-setting 4x800m and 4x1600m relay teams. She was also the volunteer communications director for Achilles International – Houston Chapter, where she handled the social media channels and website for the organization. Smith will be attending Baylor University – Honors College. </p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students2016-08-08T18:55:22Z<div class="ExternalClassC64BD9EC10DB48F2BF7D5F17DED1C620"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">With the start of the school year just around the corner, it's important for drivers to remember to slow down near school zones and pay attention when kids are present, especially before and after school.</span></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department, in conjunction with area law enforcement, will be enforcing speed limits and other traffic codes in our school zones.  We ask everyone to drive cautiously in the school zones, obey the crossing guards, and help us keep all students and parents safe.</p><p>Please be aware of the following regulations:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>If You're Dropping Off</strong></span></p><ul><li>Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles</li><li>Don't load or unload children across the street from the school</li><li>Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians</strong></span></p><ul><li>Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic</li><li>In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection</li><li>Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign</li><li>Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas</li><li>Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way</li><li>Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians</li><li>Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with School Buses</strong></span></p><ul><li>Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children</li></ul><ul><li>If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop</li><li>The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus</li><li>Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with Bicyclists</strong></span></p><ul><li>When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist</li><li>When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass</li><li>If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals</li><li>Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this</li><li>Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods</li><li>Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars</li><li>Check side mirrors before opening your door</li></ul><p>By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones. ​</p></div>
Sweet Gesture for Katy ISD Police Officers Gesture for Katy ISD Police Officers2016-08-29T17:51:06Z<div class="ExternalClass217B2EAA06DF4839BA7E0F8D3A02B33A"><p style="text-align:center;"><em><strong>Primrose School students show appreciation with homemade lemonade</strong></em></p><p><strong>August 1, 2016</strong> – As a gesture of support for law enforcement officers, students from the Primrose Schools of Katy came together to express their appreciation for Katy ISD Police Officers in a rather sweet way with freshly made thirst-quenching lemonade!  Lemonade stands were set up at several of the Primrose Schools of Katy on July 15 to benefit the Katy ISD Police Department.  </p><p>This week the students stopped by the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center to present the department with a check in honor of their valiant work in the community.  Officers were very touched by the gesture and took time out of their busy day to provide a tour of the police department and explained the core values of the department which are:  <strong><em>Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All.</em></strong></p><p>Deputy Chief Robert Meier presented all of the students and teachers with an official Katy ISD challenge coin to thank them for their effort.</p><p>Click <a href="">here </a>for pictures of the lemonade stands and tour of the Katy ISD Police Department.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p></div>
Tompkins High School Closed on Wednesday, August 10th High School Closed on Wednesday, August 10th2016-08-04T13:54:04Z<div class="ExternalClassCFF6E6EE54C24FF5ACEF7C769165F63B"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This message is to inform you that Tompkins High School will be without power on </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, August 10</strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> while CenterPoint does work in the area. </span></p><p>As a result, the school will be closed and registration will be canceled for that day. </p><p>Registration will resume normal hours on Thursday, August 11.</p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your continued support. </p></div>
Taylor High School Symphony Orchestra Places Second in Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra High School Symphony Orchestra Places Second in Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra2016-08-18T21:27:58Z<div class="ExternalClass73D51E30A8D64262B41A4C49DD8A4C0D"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Taylor High School Symphony Orchestra (THSSO) was recently selected as a finalist for the 2015-2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra and placed second among the top 6 full orchestras in the state.</span></p><p>This is the first time the Symphony Orchestra has been selected for the Full Orchestra finals since 2004.</p><p>The Honor Orchestra selection process seeks to recognize and honor quality musicianship in the performance of advanced literature at the highest level.  Showcasing quality instrumental groups promotes the growth and development of orchestra programs throughout Texas.  <a href="">Click here</a> for more information. </p></div>
Henry Dibrell Joins State Association Board Dibrell Joins State Association Board2016-08-02T14:41:42Z<div class="ExternalClassC64BAF78004A4F758E2681108D4F1FA2"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to a three-year term, representing TASB Region 4E on the TASB Board of Directors. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Dibrell, who has served on the Katy ISD board since May 2011, devotes time to the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentors and coaches flag football athletes at CrossPoint Church in Katy.</span></p><p>A graduate of Leadership TASB, Dibrell is a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems and member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award. One of his most recent endeavors has been the start-up of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm. Dibrell also was recently elected to the board of the new Katy Pachyderm Club. Dibrell is a 10-year resident of Katy and a licensed minister. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Northwestern State University. ​</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 5.2 million students.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards in 2016 Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest ISD Students Win Top Awards in 2016 Houston Dog Show Art Exhibit and Contest2016-08-18T20:40:35Z<div class="ExternalClass786EE1884DF0442F8BC32A3B6074A0EB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Se</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ven Katy ISD student art pieces recently won top awards in the annual </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, which featured 882 art entries, as part of the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Houston World Series of Dog Shows</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Ruofan Zhang of Seven Lakes High School won the show's top award, "Best in Show." </span></p><p>Congratulations to the following Katy ISD students: </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Show Award </strong></span><strong>- $600.00 </strong><em>(Top Award - Only one award given for show)<br></em><span style="line-height:1.5;">R</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">uofan Zhang, Grade 9, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher Madelene Buzan)</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> <br></em><em style="line-height:1.5;"><img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Best%20in%20Grade%209%20and%20Best%20in%20Show%20Ruofan%20Zhang.png" style="margin:5px;width:300px;vertical-align:middle;" /></em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Grade Awards</strong></span><strong>- $100.00 </strong><em>(Only one award given in each grade level)<br></em><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 6: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Grace Zhang</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Beckendorff JH (art teacher – Lisa Hiscocks)<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">G</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">rade 9: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ruofan Zhang,</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Madelene Buzan)</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Committee Choice Awards</strong></span><strong>- $50.00 </strong><em>(35 awards were given based on the Jurors' Top Choices</em><em>.</em><em>)<br></em><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 6:</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> Juliana Lightsey</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, West Memorial JH (art teacher – Darleen Deupree)<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 9: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kelsey McGinn</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Lisa Matschek)<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 9: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jenna Seo</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS (art teacher – Nancy Viola)<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 10: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kiley Torres</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Seven Lakes HS (art teacher – Lisa Matschek)<br></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Grade 11: </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Iris Lee</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Taylor HS (art teacher – Nancy Viola)</span></p><p><a href="/Documents/2016%20HWSDS%20Art%20Show%20-%20Top%20Award%20Winners%20List.pdf">Click here</a> for the complete list of winners. <a href="">Click here</a> for gallery of winning artwork.</p></div>
Primrose Schools to Host Lemonade Sale Benefitting Katy ISD Police Department on July 15th Schools to Host Lemonade Sale Benefitting Katy ISD Police Department on July 15th2016-07-14T13:08:49Z<div class="ExternalClass20285BDE406B411B96CDEF510791D4C8"><p>​The Primrose Schools in Katy  will host their first annual lemonade sale benefitting the Katy ISD Police Department. Each location will begin selling lemonade at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15th. ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lemonade%20Sale%20for%20Katy%20ISD%20Police%20(2).jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Katy High School Graduate Travels to NYC to Accept Scholastic Art and Writing Medal High School Graduate Travels to NYC to Accept Scholastic Art and Writing Medal2016-07-11T21:36:27Z<div class="ExternalClass6B757009E19C4A08AC63ED52C3565B76"><p>​​​Katy High School's Jasmine Mack was among nine Harris County student artists and writers to travel to New York City's Carnegie Hall to be honored at the 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Mack, who graduated this year, was selected as a gold medalist for her art piece "Musician."</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Mack4.jpg" alt="Mack4.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p>During the National Ceremony on June 2, nearly 700 teens from across the country were honored by filmmaker Ken Burns, Emmy award-winning writer and actor Sonia Manzano, Emmy award-winner and bestselling author Tim Gunn, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and surprise guest, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin.</p><p>"For more than 90 years, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of our students and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated," said Andrea Segraves, Harris County Department of Education coordinator for Scholastic Art & Writing. "With more than 320,000 entries nationally, we are proud of our Harris County medalists."</p><p>For more information, photos and videos from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit <a href=""></a>.</p></div>
Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation2016-07-07T17:43:24Z<div class="ExternalClassF49F547510624B548954BCB7B85D2ED9"><p>​<em>Dr. Randeep Suneja Pursuing Record-Setting $100,000 Raised for Teacher Grants</em></p><p>Cardiologist Dr. Randeep Suneja believes a quality, exceptional educational experience is the greatest gift the Katy community can give its children, and he's taking steps to support that effort.  Inspired by his own teachers from elementary through medical school, Suneja is a passionate advocate of education. As a result, Suneja is using his participation in the annual Katy Half-Marathon to rally the Katy community in support of its teachers. </p><p>"As a 25 year resident of Katy and former Katy ISD parent, I have seen firsthand the quality of Katy ISD's educational system. I believe our community can enhance that system and significantly impact a tremendous number of students by providing resources for their teachers," declared Suneja.</p><p>Dr. Suneja is setting his sights high, establishing a record-setting $100,000 goal raised for the Katy ISD Education Foundation and its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grants. Of the funds raised by Dr. Suneja's campaign, 75% will support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classroom projects and 25% will fund student health awareness initiatives. "I believe this is very important, "states Suneja. </p><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">A</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ll Katy ISD teachers are invited annually to apply for Katy ISD Education Foundation grants. In its first four years, the Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Inspiring Imagination</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, generating funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p>Raised in India, Dr. Suneja contributes his desire to become a cardiologist to all his teachers, but calls both his parents, "the greatest teachers of them all." This is his second year to raise funds for the Katy ISD Education Foundation.  The Katy Half-Marathon is slated for February 4, 2017, the date Dr. Suneja's campaign will end. </p><p>Click <a href="">here ​</a>to support Dr. Suneja's campaign with a tax-deductible contribution. <span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Click <a href="">here ​</a>to learn more about the Katy ISD Education Foundation.</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content and Curriculum ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content and Curriculum2016-07-06T18:07:58Z<div class="ExternalClass28E2C541FC0749369B7BC500CBCE1A60"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">he Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the I</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">nternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced their Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCA) in Denver on June 29, 2016. High performing school districts from all over the country were honored for "taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"​</span></p><p>Katy ISD was honored as a K-12 Large District/School for "Connecting Learners to Create Unparalleled Learning Experiences".  For more information about the Katy ISD program and to see the full list of honorees, <a href=""><strong>click here</strong></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Finalist Signs Contract ISD Superintendent Finalist Signs Contract2016-07-05T19:15:29Z<div class="ExternalClassC263E80DBB0E486CA3A5A2DE094DF9DC"><p>​<strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dr. Lawrence Hindt</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, lone finalist for the superintendent position at Katy ISD, signed his contract as presented by the Board of Trustees d<span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">uring a special board meeting on Friday, July 1</span>.</span></p><p>"Today is a very happy day for Katy ISD," said Rebecca Fox, President of the Board of Trustees.  A unanimous vote of 4-0 solidified the hiring of Dr. Hindt, who is also a graduate of Taylor High School, located within the district.  He will begin his role as superintendent of Katy ISD on August 1, 2016.</p><p>Dr. Hindt has served as superintendent of Allen ISD since March 2014. Under his leadership, the school district has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including being named as a finalist in the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program and a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education School Board Award.  The Dallas Morning News also named Allen ISD as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2015. </p><p>Prior to his role at Allen ISD, Dr. Hindt served as superintendent of schools for the Stafford Municipal School District since May 2011.  </p><p>He began his career at Fort Bend ISD as a geography, health and physical education teacher at Dulles High School.  He later became assistant principal at the school and was promoted to director of the Fort Bend ISD Technical Education Center.  He then served as principal of Dulles High School until his appointment as assistant superintendent in 2007. </p><p>Dr. Hindt completed his post-doctorate work in educational leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont and earned his doctorate from the University of Houston, his master's degree from Prairie View A&M University and his undergraduate degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.</p></div>

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