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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 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"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=651Katy 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="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 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="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>
Katy ISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=649Katy 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="http://educationinaction.org/">here</a> for more information on the Lone Star Leadership Academy.</p></div>
Don't miss out on the Parent Technology Information Night - August 25thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=648Don'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="http://tiny.cc/katyparent">here</a> to RSVP.</p></div>
2016 October TAKS Exit Level Retesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=6472016 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="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos">http://www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</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 15thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=646Fireflies & 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="http://tinyurl.com/firefliestickets2016">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="http://tinyurl.com/sponsorfireflies" style="line-height:1.5;">http://tinyurl.com/sponsorfireflies</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="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/" style="line-height:1.5;">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, </span><a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org" style="line-height:1.5;">foundation@katyisd.org</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 Goldhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=645Katy 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="http://aaujrogames.org/" 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="http://aaujrogames.org/">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 15thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=644All 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 Scholarshiphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=643Katy 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="http://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/foundation/houston-marathon-foundation/">here</a> for more information.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=642Katy 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 Officershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=641Sweet 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="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid%3D1168957326457688%26id%3D113148448705253&width=500%22%20width=%22500%22%20height=%22689%22%20style=%22border:none%3boverflow:hidden%22%20scrolling=%22no%22%20frameborder=%220%22%20allowTransparency=%22true%22%3e%3c/iframe%3e">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 10thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=640Tompkins 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 Orchestrahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=639Taylor 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="https://www.tmea.org/divisions-regions/orchestra/honor-orchestra">Click here</a> for more information. </p></div>
Henry Dibrell Joins State Association Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=638Henry 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 Contesthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=637Katy 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="https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ABpYoC5WHkVI3tk&v=photos&id=48A2ECED5F932945%213363&cid=48A2ECED5F932945">Click here</a> for gallery of winning artwork.</p></div>
Primrose Schools to Host Lemonade Sale Benefitting Katy ISD Police Department on July 15thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=636Primrose 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 Medalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=635Katy 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="https://goo.gl/EnGcZY">https://goo.gl/EnGcZY</a>.</p></div>
Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=634Local 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="https://my.reason2race.com/RandeepSuneja/KatyHalf5K2017/">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="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/default.aspx">here ​</a>to learn more about the Katy ISD Education Foundation.</span></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content and Curriculumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=633Katy 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="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-content-curriculum/Schools-Honored-for-Innovative-Implementations-of-Digital-Content-and-Curriculum.html"><strong>click here</strong></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Finalist Signs Contracthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=632Katy 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>
Katy ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child Exploitationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=631Katy ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child Exploitation2016-06-23T20:38:27Z<div class="ExternalClassF6F2DA3B2D0D4FE4A83059E3C48A4B2A"><p><em>Three-day operation leads to 10 arrests</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department hosted an undercover chat operation as part of the Federal Initiative "Operation Broken Heart," a two-month investigative effort aimed at effectively identifying and arresting individuals engaging in the online sexual exploitation of children.   </p><p>Individuals involved in these types of crimes are likely to commit other crimes of opportunity including abductions and sexual assaults of children. The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and assisting agencies have committed to aggressively participate in the initiative. They are joined by 60 other coordinated task forces across the U.S., representing more than 3,300 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. </p><p>During the three-day operation held in Katy, Fort Bend County, 10 offenders were identified and arrested for online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault of a minor. The Katy ISD Police Department found the operation to be extremely successful due in large part to the support of surrounding police agencies and the community's dedication to keeping children safe from predators. </p><p>Agencies assisting in the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation included Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Waller County District Attorney's Office, Houston Police Department, Rosenberg Police Department, Harris County Multi Agency Gang Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety and Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/KISD%20ICAC%20Op%20Mugshots%20Combined.pdf">here</a> to view offenders arrested during the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation. </p></div>
Important Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to Districtshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=630Important Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to Districts2016-07-25T14:07:30Z<div class="ExternalClass7506BCAE67164785BAC01AD3D60DF512"><p><em>Elementary Home Access Center (HAC) will be unavailable from Tuesday, August 2 - Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Parents may contact their child's campus during this time for support. ​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">TA</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">AR grades 3-8 test result information, originally scheduled to arrive in districts on June 15, was moved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Tuesday, July 5, 2016</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  The TEA apologizes for this delay, and understands the significant inconvenience that late reporting will cause students, parents, teachers and school district personnel.</span></p><p>Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of their child's Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  ​</p><p>Beginning on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, parents may view their child's 2016 STAAR grades 3-8 test results online using either the Katy ISD <a href="/Pages/Home-Access-Center.aspx">Home Access Center</a> (HAC) or the <a href="https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login?returnUrl=/list" style="line-height:1.5;">Texas Assessment Data Student Portal</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>However, please note that the HAC <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not</span> be available to parents from July 15 – July 17 but will be accessible again beginning on July 18, 2016.  </p><p>In order to access the Student Portal, parents must have the child's <em>Unique Access Code </em>and the date of birth. <em>The Unique Access </em>Code is assigned by the state and remains the same for the student during the entire state STAAR testing program.  The <em>Unique Access Code</em> is located on any past STAAR Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the bottom of the CSR or in the Home Access Center (HAC).  </p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (English) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(English).pdf">click here</a>.</p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (Spanish) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(Spanish).pdf">click here</a>. </p><p>If you do not have internet access or if you have questions about STAAR testing, please contact your child's 2015-2016 campus.</p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipientshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=629Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients2016-06-21T15:16:51Z<div class="ExternalClass5372FF3ECB2D4DE2A059A550C3630FF9"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;"> Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. This year, 200 Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants totaling $206,627. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.<br><br></span><p><strong>Individual Grant Recipients</strong> (One teacher for up to $1,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Bear Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Karen Baker</li><li><strong>Bethke Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Christina Dismuke </li><li><strong>Cardiff Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Stephen Bennett </li><li><strong>Creech Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Donna Parker</li><li><strong>Fielder Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Erica Foster</li><li><strong>Golbow Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Watt-Johnson</li><li><strong>Katy Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rose Marie Sager</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong><em> </em>Frances Ohanenye</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brette Kuretsch</li><li><strong>Taylor High School-</strong><em> </em>Lisa Estill </li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brittany Brehm.</li></ul><p><strong>Team Grant Recipient Project Leaders </strong>(Three or more teachers for up to $5,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Alexander Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Rainosek and Terra Palmer</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High - </strong>Tricia Gragnano Reyes</li><li><strong>Cimarron Elementary –</strong>Angela Plut</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong><em> </em>- Yolanda Hiller</li><li><strong>Exley Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Bethany Paetow</li><li><strong>Franz Elementary - </strong>Tracy John</li><li><strong>Hayes Elementary -</strong> Sara Hernandez</li><li><strong>Holland Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Nady</li><li><strong>Itinerant Teams (multiple campuses) -</strong> Luis Villanueva and Denise Cloyes</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Candice Thomas</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High</strong> - Elizabeth Flowers</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rhea Marsh </li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong> Ashley Griffiths,<em> </em>Sara Bauler,<em> </em>Kathie Fry,<em> </em>Mary Lee House,<em> </em>Amber Allen<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Mary Miron </li><li><strong>McRoberts Elementary - </strong>Jeanna Bruno</li><li><strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High </strong><em>- </em>Yasmina Walker</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School -</strong><em> </em>Myrea Schmidt </li><li><strong>Pattison Elementary - </strong>Christi Elrod</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School - </strong>Chad Meyer,<em> </em>Robert Perkins,<em> </em>Karl Burford,<em> </em>Nick Flora</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary - </strong>Hillary Bartee,<em> </em>JeanAnn Naumann and Kim Forbes</li><li><strong>Stephens Elementary - </strong>Meghan Jones </li><li><strong>Sundown Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Leah Miller</li><li><strong>Taylor High School -</strong><em> </em>Nicole Brayton,Ryan Nutt and<em> </em>Elizabeth Trader</li><li><strong>Tompkins High School - </strong>Ryan Culver</li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Lisa Al-Saedi</li><li><strong>West Memorial Junior High - </strong>Tina Dycus</li><li><strong>Williams Elementary - </strong>Virginia Stout,<em> </em>Kara Lowery<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Brenda Pennington</li><li><strong>Winborn Elementary - </strong>Whitney Jackson</li><li><strong>Wolfe Elementary - </strong>Megan Barnett​​​​​</li></ul><p>In its first four years, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in Inspiring Imagination grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative created by the Foundation's Board of Directors to provide funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.  </p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for September 15, 2016, and its spring GROOVE jazz event. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. </p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">Click here</a> to learn more about the foundation.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Establishes Alton Frailey Endowment Fundhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=628Katy ISD Education Foundation Establishes Alton Frailey Endowment Fund2016-06-16T13:46:34Z<div class="ExternalClass6383904709DD438A90532D5AB18BC4DE"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently established the <strong>Alton Frailey Endowment Fund </strong>honoring the retiring Katy ISD Superintendent. Frailey played a pivotal role in the Education Foundation's launch during his tenure as superintendent.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The fund will provide a solid financial base for Foundation operations and the organization's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  Contributions to the fund are currently being accepted. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible. Click <a href="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on the Katy ISD Education Foundation or contact them at <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">foundation@katyisd.org</span></a> or 281-396-6031. </p><p><img alt="06-15-16 KISD Ed Foundation Frailey Endowment.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-15-16%20KISD%20Ed%20Foundation%20Frailey%20Endowment.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:399px;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD to Receive Award at National Sports Security Conference http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=627Katy ISD to Receive Award at National Sports Security Conference 2016-06-15T14:05:37Z<div class="ExternalClassCCCBCA324D324640923B5B85305FD7A5"><p>​Katy ISD will receive the <strong>Facility of Merit Award</strong> at the <strong>National Sports Security Conference</strong> on July 13th, in Phoenix, Arizona. A total of 12 sports facilities will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Katy ISD will receive the award in the National Federation of High School Associations category. </p><p>More than 300 security professionals are expected for the national conference, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. </p><p>"The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security," said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. "These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow."</p><p>Marciani noted that each league or organization selects the criteria and makes the determination as to which facility will be recognized. <a href="https://www.ncs4.com/about/ncs4-recognition-awards">Click here</a> for more information about the awards. </p></div>
Katy ISD Class of 2016 Graduates Accept More than $24 Million in Scholarshipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=626Katy ISD Class of 2016 Graduates Accept More than $24 Million in Scholarships2016-06-14T15:43:34Z<div class="ExternalClassB788036CCF334D69A36E8799C6DE4174"><p>​A<span style="font-family:calibri;"> total of 711 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2016 received $24,613,740 in academic and/or athletic scholarships. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:calibri;">The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $19,299,127 and athletic scholarships totaled $5,314,613.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:calibri;">Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:</span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Academic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Athletic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Total</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,754,128</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,780,998</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$6,535,126</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,199,349</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,491,161</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$5,690,510</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mayde Creek HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,829,079</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$65,010</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,894,089</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,255,103</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$162,444</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,417,547</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Raines HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">N/A</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,707,288</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$216,400</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,923,688</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,799,400</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$342,600</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,142,000</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,752,780</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$256,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,008,780</td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Parents Stay Connected ‘On The Go’ with District Mobile Apphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=625Katy ISD Parents Stay Connected ‘On The Go’ with District Mobile App2016-06-13T18:04:59Z<div class="ExternalClass86E0CDA5A66C4687A589F6BB4B162A04"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District offers parents a way to access their student's information and much more while on the go with the District's free mobile app</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">.</span><p>Katy <em>OnTheGo</em> is designed to help parents stay connected with their student's campus and the District anywhere, anytime.  On this app, parents can find news feeds which can be customized to their child's campus, and calendar feeds which can be downloaded directly into their personal calendar.  Parents can also find links to many of the sites they would normally access from the main Katy ISD website such as MyPaymentsPlus, bus route information, and the District's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites. </p><p>Additionally, parents can access student data including meal balances, assignments, attendance, library information and grades using the "Student Information" icon.  </p><p>The app is free and available for download on all Android or Apple smart phones and devices.  <a href="/sites/mobileapp">Click here</a> for more information on Katy ISD's mobile app.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=624Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools2016-06-11T00:17:01Z<div class="ExternalClassC848971403E24781B3F22D51896E9E96"><p>​<strong>Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools</strong></p><p>Today the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, during a special board meeting, named <strong>Dr. Lawrence Hindt</strong> as the lone finalist for the position of Katy ISD Superintendent of Schools. </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><p>Dr. Hindt is also a proud 1983 graduate of James E. Taylor High School in Katy ISD.  He and his wife Kathryn have two children, Zach and Alex.</p><p>He will begin his role as superintendent of Katy ISD on August 1, 2016.</p><p> </p><p><img alt="Hindt Picture.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Hindt%20Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:279px;height:420px;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD Maintenance and Operations Department Celebrates Employeeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=623Katy ISD Maintenance and Operations Department Celebrates Employees2016-06-09T20:00:05Z<div class="ExternalClassF34F4ECC5DF0409BAD5A2893371DED08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week Katy ISD's Maintenance and Operations Department celebrated the hard work and achievements of its more than 700 team members. At the annual awards ceremony on June 8, all Maintenance and Operations employees were honored, and more than 80 individuals and campuses received awards.</span></p><p>The top recognition awarded this year was the coveted <em>Overall Outstanding Employee of the Year</em>, which was given in the maintenance, grounds and operations categories. This award was given to <strong>Alonzo Garza</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Albert Nanez</strong> in the grounds category and <strong>Violeta Vasquez</strong> in the operations category.</p><p>Katy ISD's Maintenance and Operations team oversees the upkeep and operations of nearly 12 million square feet of property throughout the District every day. They are Katy ISD's largest support services organization and cover everything from minor construction projects, to energy management, facility maintenance and grounds upkeep. For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/maintops/Pages/default.aspx">Maintenance & Operations webpage</a> online.</p><p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1133483300005091.1073742003.113148448705253&type=1&l=c7e2cc5fc9">Click here</a> to see photos from the awards. </p></div>

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