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Student Heroes Receive Recognition for Good Deeds Heroes Receive Recognition for Good Deeds2016-05-31T14:44:53Z<div class="ExternalClass7DAA55E97B6345C59FECFE3A64BAAC18"><p>​<em>Students from McMeans Junior High and Alexander Elementary among 15 State Board of Education Student Heroes</em></p><p>The State Board of Education (SBOE) recognized two Katy ISD students as Student Heroes for their outstanding volunteer efforts at their schools and communities. McMeans Junior High sixth-grader Lauren Forney and Alexander Elementary fourth-grader Jeremy Crabtree join 13 other public school students recognized by SBOE.</p><p>"I want to congratulate and praise these outstanding boys and girls who have given so much to their fellow students and their communities throughout Texas, said Donna Bahorich, State Board of Education chair. "It fills me with pride to know that in Texas public schools we have students who look beyond their own needs to provide help and support to others."</p><p> The 2016 Student Heroes are recognized for assisting with local fundraising efforts, creating programs to protect human rights, mentoring and overcoming personal obstacles to give back to their communities. Students at all grade levels were recognized during the previous weeks at district events with a certificate designating them as a Student Hero by their SBOE member and local school officials.</p><p><strong>Lauren Forney, 6</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grade, McMeans Junior High – SBOE District 6</strong></p><p>Forney has been helping her community and volunteering since kindergarten when she started the Teddy Bear Campaign, collecting and sharing teddy bears with newborn babies and sick children. Over the years, she has also collected for the annual community food drive, the Warm Scarf Initiative, tutored her fellow students and even volunteered to make more than 400 peanut butter sandwiches for the weekend backpack program for needy students.  <a href="">Click here</a> to see photos from Lauren Forney's surprise presentation.</p><p><strong>Jeremy Crabtree, 4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grade, Alexander Elementary – SBOE District 7</strong></p><p>Crabtree is described as someone who includes everyone in his life. He spends his days helping his fellow students by sitting next to the new student or the child without a friend at lunch, or helps his friend with Down Syndrome down the stairs. He is known to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, and shows true respect and gratitude for everyone.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2016 Top 10 Graduates ISD Announces Class of 2016 Top 10 Graduates2016-05-31T14:00:00Z<div class="ExternalClassF489CAB41591430892D3B903BB30773F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week, more than 4,000 seniors will walk across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during the 2016 graduation ceremonies. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </span></p><p>The District is proud to announce this year's<strong> Top 10 students </strong>from each of its seven comprehensive high schools. Congratulations to:</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Elizabeth Robinson</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Daniel Shipchandler</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Jaein Kim</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> William Xu</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Annie Huang</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Kunal Budhiraja</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Ethan Le</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Anish Pandit</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Jessica Leung</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Kutub Gandhi</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Amanda Isabella Rakoski</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Alexia Leigh Atwood</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Corey Michelle Burrough</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Garrett Michael Black</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Durian Vinh Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Emily Grace Shafer</li><li><strong>No. 7 :</strong> Thomas Martinez Britt</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Saman Ashgar</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Alec Zachary DaPra</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Ashley Ann Nassy</li></ul><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Mir Iqbal Ali</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Michael David Pinelis</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Briana Farias</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Rebeca Molina</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Laura Sofia Malcotti-Sanchez</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Jessit Thuy-Han Tran</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Reed Bronson Masek</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Lianna Tran</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Andrew Hall Scarano</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Gabriel Alejandro Pizano</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Peter Matthew Winski</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Deangelo Ray Barragan</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Ashley Nicole Thornhill</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Ayleen Alexandra Hernandez</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Gisselle Ramos</li><li><strong>No. 6 : </strong>Jonathan Bach-Viet Huynh </li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Maria Chekayenkova</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jose Angel Maldonado</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Chian Hen Tam</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Juan Carlos Huerta</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Pranay Tamminayana</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Anusha Gandhi</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Liruonong Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Keerthana Chakka</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Tanmaya Shrivastava</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Daniel De Angulo</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Xiao Cai</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Aaron Liao</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Li Ting Kwan</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Rishabh Rai</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Megan Yu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Deepa Muthasamy</li><li><strong>No. 3 (tie):</strong> Catherine Xu</li><li><strong>No. 3 (tie):</strong> Michelle Wan</li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Cheryl Li</li><li><strong>No. 5 (tie):</strong> Jiasheng Qin</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Eric Liu</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Ricardo Sanchez Romero</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Robert Reese Costis</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Shantanu Sonthalia</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Melinda Wang</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Allen Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Andy Ye</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Michail Shaposhnikov</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Andrew Dinh</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Zhining Chen</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Leonardo Garcia</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Ishani Chakravarty</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Anoushka Giri</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Jeffrey Zhu</li></ul><p><a href="">Click here</a> to view a photo gallery of the 2016 Katy ISD top 10 graduates. </p></div>
Wilson Elementary Becomes 750th Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School Elementary Becomes 750th Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School2016-05-26T19:04:29Z<div class="ExternalClass99262286E34040F292987FCCD4E1078F"><p><em>​School commits to helping kids be safer and more responsible online.</em></p><p>Wilson Elementary has been recognized as the 750<sup>th</sup> <strong>Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School</strong>. Wilson joins 146 schools in Texas and 17 others in the Katy Independent School District in Common Sense Education's award-winning program that prepares kids to address critical issues related to using technology at home and at school -- from creative copyright and protecting student privacy to cyberbullying and sexting.</p><p>"Every time we hear about an incident with cyberbullying or basic privacy concerns, we are reminded that digital citizenship is an essential component to 21st century learning and student safety," said Hailey Schmidt, librarian at Wilson Elementary School. "By certifying our school, we are showing our community just how important this is, and enabling our students, families, and community members to make smarter choices."</p><p>Launched in 2012, the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certification program helps educators, schools and districts create a coherent, community-oriented approach to teaching kids (and grown-ups) the dos and don'ts of the Internet. Common Sense's K-12 curriculum corresponds to what kids are doing online at each developmental stage from kindergarten to high school, and includes community resources for parent and caregivers in English and Spanish. Certified schools and districts are qualified by Common Sense and awarded the designation on an annual basis.</p><p>"In Katy ISD we encourage the use of technology in- and out-side our classrooms," said Katy ISD Digital Learning Manager Jay Sonnenburg.  "It's our job along with the families, to make sure our students are productive, positive, and safe when working and living in this digital landscape."</p><p>The Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum has been adopted by all 59 campuses in Katy ISD, reaching over 70,000 kids, and is taught by school librarians and classroom teachers. </p><p>"By becoming a certified school, Wilson Elementary has demonstrated an important commitment to the safety and development of their kids and communities," said Rebecca Randall, vice president of Education Programs for Common Sense.  "As more schools integrate technology, often providing kids devices to take home through 1:1 programs, the responsibility of schools to teach digital citizenship continues to grow."</p><p><a href="">Click here</a> or more information about the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certification Program for educators, schools and districts. </p></div>
Fielder Elementary Chosen for Google Expeditions Pioneer Program Elementary Chosen for Google Expeditions Pioneer Program2016-05-26T18:17:20Z<div class="ExternalClassDF6266E18B42445DB707CD7E1DEF97AC"><p>​​T<span style="line-height:1.5;">wenty </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Fielder Elementary classrooms hosted virtual field trips on May 26, 2016 as part of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.</span></p><p>Expeditions is a new Google product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. </p><p>"We are excited our school was chosen by Google for the Expedition Pioneer Program," said Dr. William H. Rhodes, Fielder Elementary principal. "Our students will be virtually exploring sites such as underwater coral reefs, various biomes of the world, and the Grand Canyon—definitely places a school bus cannot take us."</p><p>Fielder Elementary received a tablet for the teacher, and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality. </p><p>Once the devices are on, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. These "trips" are collections of virtual reality panoramas – 360 degree photo spheres, 3D images and video, and ambient sounds – annotated with details, points of interest and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in the school. </p><p>During their virtual field trip, students got up close and personal with sharks in the ocean, floated in space and saw scenes from the Apollo 17 mission to the moon.</p><p>The expanding list of possible destinations includes: The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society and the Palace of Versailles. While nothing replaces hopping on a bus for a field trip, Expeditions provide an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view pictures from the Google Expedition at Fielder Elementary.</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Support Complex Closed Friday, June 3rd ISD Education Support Complex Closed Friday, June 3rd2016-05-25T19:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClassD06C365B213848B1BF16F00DA9EAA212"><p></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Support Complex (ESC) will be closed on <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, June 3</strong></span>, due to graduations taking place at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.  All Katy ISD campuses and other facilities, however, will remain open on June 3.  ​</p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your continued support.</p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Being Named "School to Watch" in Texas Lakes Junior High Celebrates Being Named "School to Watch" in Texas2016-05-25T13:48:50Z<div class="ExternalClass1FC95327EBDD45438902DEA2BF022E01"><p>In February, Katy ISD's Seven Lakes Junior High was named one of seven exemplary middle-grades schools in Texas that have been named "Schools to Watch" as part of a recognition program developed by the <strong>National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p>On Tuesday, May 24, the school received their Texas Schools to Watch banner during a special presentation from Dr. Susan Rice, Principal of McMeans Junior High. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey also spoke at and attended the event. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0675.JPG" alt="DSC_0675.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /> </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0685-1.jpg" alt="DSC_0685-1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/DSC_0683.JPG" alt="DSC_0683.JPG" style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p>Seven Lakes Junior High was selected for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, it was recognized for its strong leadership, devoted teachers, and commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. </p></div>
Guests Share Photos of 2016 Katy ISD Awards of Excellence Share Photos of 2016 Katy ISD Awards of Excellence2016-05-23T20:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClass473E34AEE6A045B8BEF2CEB4895FAA42"><p>​The Katy ISD Awards of Excellence event honors 12 students from each high school in Katy ISD who have risen to the top of the class in the following categories: English & Journalism, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Career & Technical Education, Performing & Fine Arts and At-Large. These students then select an Outstanding Teacher who has impacted their high school career. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Th</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">is year, event attendees were asked to help document the evening on social media. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to see the tweets and photos guests shared with Katy ISD!</a></span><br></p></div>
Taylor High School Students Win Top Honors at 2016 Congressional Art Competition High School Students Win Top Honors at 2016 Congressional Art Competition2016-05-17T20:10:58Z<div class="ExternalClassE5B47E48BED94F7F80BAD82D21A0A806"><p>Students from Taylor High School took home top honors at this year's Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman John Culberson (TX-07). </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Catherine Xu, Amber Wang and Kate Larsen won first, second and third place, respectively. Xu's drawing, "Close Up Encounter," will be displayed for one year at the United States Capitol.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">"The artwork we see here is truly remarkable," said Congressman Culberson at a ceremony held for the finalists in his Houston office. "Year after year, it is such a treat to witness the great level of talent these students from our district have. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Our office received 38 entries from six different schools in Houston and today we have the opportunity to celebrate their hard work."</span></p><p>Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Students from each congressional district in America submit their work to their Representative's office, and panels of local artists select the winning entries. </p><p>Since the competition was launched in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students across the nation have participated in the annual event.</p></div>
Beck Junior High 20th Anniversary Community Celebration is May 21st Junior High 20th Anniversary Community Celebration is May 21st2016-05-12T15:51:38Z<div class="ExternalClass770542EAF6B84959A6739F50A15EC971"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Beck.jpg" alt="Beck.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /></p></div>
Alexander Elementary Fifth-Grader Performs on NPR Elementary Fifth-Grader Performs on NPR 2016-05-10T14:27:37Z<div class="ExternalClass9362F898591F4F76B7A082ABB5A0FB61"><p>​Alexander Elementary fifth-grader Bryant Li was featured on NPR's "From the Top." A student of piano with John Weems, he performed for a March episode of the popular radio program. </p><p>Some of Li's musical accomplishments include first place in Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Completion, Overall Winner in Blinn College Young Pianists Competition and first place in Rochelle Liebling Kahan Competition for Child Piano Prodigies. He has also won the Houston Forum Young Artist and Houston Young Artist Concert Artist Award, and more. </p><p>Outside of music, Bryant enjoys public speaking and debate as well as playing soccer.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to hear Bryant Li's NPR performance.</p></div>
Katy ISD Elementary Schools to Host Receptions for Graduating Seniors ISD Elementary Schools to Host Receptions for Graduating Seniors2016-05-11T13:02:46Z<div class="ExternalClass7ABE4F6807CE41F6B39DCB06795D7D18"><p>​Seven Katy ISD elementary schools will be hosting reunions/receptions for alumni who are graduating from Katy ISD high schools this year. </p><ul><li>Bear Creek Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/BCE_Senior%20Reception%20Invitation%20Flyer%20May%2018%202016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier</span></a>.</li><li>Fielder Elementary - Thursday, May 26th from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the library.</li><li>Franz Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/FES%20_%202016%20Senior%20Reception%20Invitation.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier</span></a>.</li><li>Katy Elementary – Friday, May 20th at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library. </li><li>Rylander Elementary – Tuesday, May 17<sup>th</sup> from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/RRE_Senior%20reunion%20postcard%202016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier.</span></a></li><li>Williams Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> at 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the library.</li><li>Winborn Elementary – Wednesday, May 25<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library. </li></ul><p>For more information, please contact the hosting school. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2016 Visual Art Scholastic Event ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2016 Visual Art Scholastic Event2016-05-11T13:45:45Z<div class="ExternalClassAD1A97C29C95469285E8014CE4CA3012"><p>​A total of 36 Katy ISD students received State Medallions, with four students winning the Gold Seal of Excellence Award, at the state <strong>Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE)</strong> in April. VASE provides students the opportunity to bring artwork created in their art classes to regional and state events for evaluation by certified jurors. The following students received State Medallions and Gold Seals in this year's VASE competition:</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>STATE MEDALLIONS</strong></p><p><strong>Elissa Balke, </strong>Taylor HS<br> <strong>Jorge Berumen</strong>, Katy HS<br> <strong>Allyson Bishop</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Grace A. Carter</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Dani Cespesdes</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Camille Conner</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Luana Da Sacramento</strong>, Tompkins HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Fatemeh Ebrahami</strong>, Taylor HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Maddie Fossitt</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Veronica Hernandez</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Flora Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Yi Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Fernanda Huerta Lira</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Renee Josse De Lisle</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Iris Lee</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Andrea Liu, </strong>Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins HS<br><strong> Mahshad Majlessi</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Amina Moeen</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Natasha Nehra</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Daniel W. Pastrana</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Maria Prado</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br><strong> Brittany C. Roberts</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Josephine Schider, </strong>Cinco Ranch HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Chay Schmidt</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Allyson Su</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Chelsea Tang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Akhil Thadani</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Amber Wang, </strong>Taylor HS<br> <strong>Maddison Willmott</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS<br> <strong>Christina Zhou</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Stephanie P. Zhou</strong>, Seven Lakes HS</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>GOLD SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD</strong></p><p><strong>Andrea Arrangoiz</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Ophelia Hoffman</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS<br> <strong>Shaylee Madriz</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Kathy Wang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, the program is only eligible for Texas high school students in grades 9-12. <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on this event. </p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Junior Accepted to West Point Summer Leaders Seminar Lakes High School Junior Accepted to West Point Summer Leaders Seminar2016-05-06T19:56:01Z<div class="ExternalClass7D2157E9ED984E0A9E95ABA8B756781F"><p>​<img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cerda.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Seven Lakes High School junior Connor Cerda has been selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point's prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June. </p><p>More than 5,000 students from across the country applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives in general. </p><p>All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, military and physical fitness training and, in addition, each student selects three of 15 workshops offered. </p><p>The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located 50 miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader- development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America's Army. </p><p>Click <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information about West Point. </p></div>
Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy2016-05-03T18:18:59Z<div class="ExternalClass5B7BB0C4A77A47498A2C54F2C6642BFD"><p>​<img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Rylander.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:150px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />Rylander Elementary fourth-grader Nicole Lavrack, daughter of Stephen Lavrack and Erica Barbee, has been selected to travel to Dallas/Fort Worth to participate in a summer <strong>2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy</strong> camp. Lavrack's selection was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, and a nomination from her teacher, Jaclyn Clements.</p><p>Lavrack will join a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about Texas and its leaders. She will learn about future career and internship opportunities through career speaker presentations and visit significant sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These include the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Texas Civil War Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. She will also tour Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas educators will facilitate group discussions where participants can examine qualities of effective leaders, practice leadership skills and discuss what they learned during their site visits. </p><p>Education in Action, a non-profit organization, hosts Lone Star Leadership Academy camps to empower young people to be informed and 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=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on the Lone Star Leadership Academy.</p></div>
2016 July TAKS Exit Level Retest Registration Open Through June 17th July TAKS Exit Level Retest Registration Open Through June 17th2016-05-03T16:10:13Z<div class="ExternalClass7DEF6398BBC64EBDA10CFC88BC58A9B3"><p>​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) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in July, 2016. 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.</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), June 17, 2016.  Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  The online submission, beginning May 2, 2016, must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), by June 17, 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 July TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:</p><ul><li>July 11, 2016                          ELA</li><li>July 12, 2016                          Mathematics</li><li>July 13, 2016                          Science</li><li>July 14, 2016                          Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the July Exit retesting at Morton Ranch High School located at 21000 Franz Rd. For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Election Saturday, May 7 ISD Board Election Saturday, May 72016-05-02T20:56:37Z<div class="ExternalClass2578C1168CDD4EF1AB363BFBB9712C99"><p>​Election Day for Position 1 and Position 2 on the <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Board of Trustees</span></a> is <strong>Saturday, May 7, 2016</strong>.</p><p>Candidates (as they appear on the ballot) are as follows:<br> <strong>Position 1</strong>: Joe Adams and George Scott <br><strong>Position 2</strong>: Rebecca Fox</p><p>For voter information, including candidate information, polling locations and times, visit the <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">2016 Katy ISD Voters Guide</span></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Spring Art Shows Rescheduled for May 4th and May 10th ISD Spring Art Shows Rescheduled for May 4th and May 10th2016-04-29T19:39:22Z<div class="ExternalClassFB7DA97895AE430BB7B5DCFFD52DE759"><p><strong>Katy ISD Spring Elementary Art Show</strong><strong> Open House<br>Wednesday, <strong>May 4</strong><strong><sup><font size="2">th</font></sup></strong><strong> </strong> from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.<br></strong>Education Support Complex<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br> Katy, TX 77492</p><p><strong>Katy ISD Spring Secondary Art Show Open House</strong><br><strong>Tuesday, May 10th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.</strong><br><a href="/dept/rsc/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM</a><br>1730 Katyland Drive<br>Katy TX 77493<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates 2016 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year ISD Celebrates 2016 District-Wide Campus Teachers of the Year2016-04-28T21:08:31Z<div class="ExternalClass4DBC23A312404F7B9CB3AB3D6A2F2C00"><p>​</p><p>Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-Wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>. Pattison Elementary teacher <strong>Stephanie Rundell</strong>, and Morton Ranch High School teacher <strong>Tiffany Shirey</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. The campus principal and their family and friends joined Frailey as he personally visited their classrooms to surprise the teachers with this prestigious honor.</p><p><strong>Rundell</strong> teaches English as a Second Language with a focus on Language Arts at Pattison Elementary. A graduate of Katy High School, her passion for teaching came from spending summers working at her mother's child care center where she would tell stories in character voices and acted out scenes. Rundell's motto is "laugh while you learn," and she takes that to her classroom every day as she continues to develop and create innovative lessons, songs, skits and other ways to engage her students. </p><p><strong>Shirey</strong> teaches English, Yearbook, News Magazine, Journalism and Photojournalism at Morton Ranch High School. She vowed to become a teacher who not only teaches content, but more importantly, teaches young people how to be compassionate, well-informed and curious members of society.Through her 16 years in education, Shirey has focused on developing leadership skills in the classroom and finding creative ways for the student body's voice to be heard. </p><p>Both District-Wide Teachers of the Year were recognized along with the District-Wide Principals of the Year during the Teacher of the Year and Principals of the Year Reception and Reunion on April 26<sup>th</sup>. </p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2016.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates 2016 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year ISD Celebrates 2016 Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year2016-04-28T21:06:41Z<div class="ExternalClass6831CA3C199B46BCA8E62D6CBBF05AA8"><p>​Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-wide Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award</strong>.  Exley Elementary teacher <strong>Mary Martin</strong>, and Mayde Creek High School teacher <strong>Jennifer Hooker</strong>, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. The campus principal and their family and friends joined Frailey as he personally visited their classroom to surprise them with their award and thank them for their contributions to the District. </p><p><strong>Martin</strong> teaches Kindergarten at Exley Elementary. She focuses on engaging her students in activities that meet their individual needs, and leads discussions to help them discover new learning for themselves. With a compassionate heart that makes her students feel safe, Martin believes the biggest impact she can have on her students is to build relationships with them and their parents.</p><p><strong>Hooker</strong> teaches ninth through 12<sup>th</sup> grade Algebra at Mayde Creek High School.  A graduate of Taylor High School, her goal is to "make learning stick," and teaches her students to never settle for less than their very best. Hooker creates innovative lessons and activities in order to make learning fun and engaging. She continually works to find ways to create the right learning atmosphere and has used group settings, hallway learning, anchor charts and technology to help students find what works for them.</p><p>Both District-Wide Outstanding First Year Teachers of the Year were recognized along with the District-Wide Principals of the Year during the Teacher of the Year and Principals of the Year Reception and Reunion on April 26<sup>th</sup>. </p><p><a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFYTOY-2016.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to see all of the elementary and secondary Outstanding First Year Campus Teacher of the Year nominees.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New Campuses ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New Campuses2016-04-28T14:11:13Z<div class="ExternalClassE41490C9ED4B47FBB3B030952EEA7DAB"><p>​<em>Namesakes represent a legacy of educational excellence in Katy ISD</em></p><p>Last night during their monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees selected the namesakes for Elementary School No. 40, Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8, which will open in fall 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program.   </p><p>The Board unanimously voted to name <strong>Elementary School No.40</strong>, located in the Young Ranch Subdivision, after Robert and Felice Bryant.  Robert began his career in Katy ISD in 1983 as director of bands and fine arts department chair for Katy High School before being promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000.  During his tenure he was named the 2006 Texas Tech University Distinguished Educator, the 2007-2008 Texas Music Administrator of the Year, and the recipient of the 2015 Jacob L. and Sophia Meyer Farb School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Education, among other awards. His wife Felice devoted 24 years teaching kindergarten and first grade students in Katy ISD, and was named the Katy Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1997.  She also served as a Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) Mentor and continues to impact students after her retirement through tutoring and mentorship.  Together this couple dedicated nearly 60 years of service to Katy ISD schools.</p><p>The Board also named <strong>Junior High No.15</strong>, located at 4777 Peek Road, in honor of the Stockdick family who have contributed to public education in Katy for more than a century.  In 1895, the Stockdick family was among one of the first families to arrive in Katy and played an instrumental role in opening a one-room schoolhouse on what is now known as Stockdick School Road. Since then, several generations of Stockdicks have attended Katy ISD schools and have served as teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators and board members.  They have also devoted countless hours as volunteers in our schools. </p><p>The Board also voted to name <strong>High School No.8</strong>, located at 23111 Stockdick School Road, in remembrance of Patricia E. Paetow, a lifelong educator who dedicated nearly 30 years to Katy ISD before losing her battle to cancer in July 2015.  Mrs. Peatow began her career in Katy ISD in 1987 as an educational diagnostician.  She then spent the next three decades working in different capacities, including assistant principal, principal, and director of campus administration and support, before retiring as Katy ISD's assistant superintendent of administrative support.  During her tenure, she led Wolfe Elementary to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education for the 1989-1990 school year, and opened Betty Sue Creech Elementary in 2000. </p><p>Katy ISD's namesakes have more than just years of education experience.  Living namesakes and their families mentor our students, participate in community projects, and volunteer their time and resources to continue to make Katy ISD the leader in educational excellence. </p></div>
Fielder Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year Elementary Receives Student Council Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year2016-04-27T15:55:46Z<div class="ExternalClass6404981B29104C3FBC0949486CEBAC31"><p>​<img alt="Web StuCO.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Web%20StuCO.jpg" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The <strong>Fielder Elementary Student Council</strong> was recently announced as one of 164 recipients of the <strong>Student Council Excellence Award </strong>by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This prestigious award is indicative of the outstanding work done at Fielder to foster student leadership opportunities. </p><p>"I am very proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Fielder Elementary Principal Dr. William H. Rhodes. "They have excelled in all areas reflected in the goals of the Student Council Excellence Award including community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit." </p><p>The Fielder Student Council has worked to positively impact their school and community by conducting a campus rice drive for Katy Christian Ministries in which more than 3,000 pounds of rice was donated, developing school spirit days, purchasing needed school supplies and demonstrating the importance of recycling on campus. </p></div>
Winners of Katy ISD Office of Emergency Management and Power Board Severe Weather Awareness Week Contests Announced of Katy ISD Office of Emergency Management and Power Board Severe Weather Awareness Week Contests Announced2016-04-27T13:29:02Z<div class="ExternalClass94B1CF0CE4274F3A949A0C65115ED970"><p class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3">​In coordination with the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service Forecast Office’s Severe Weather Awareness Week from February 29th-March 5th, the Katy ISD’s Office of Emergency Management sponsored two contests for Katy ISD students with support from the Katy ISD Power Board.</p><p class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3">Elementary students participated in a poster contest, in which they had to create a poster with a weather safety theme. The contest winners will be recognized by the Office of Emergency Management with a certificate and challenge coin. The class from which the winning poster is submitted will receive an award of $100 for classroom supplies.<br> <br> <strong>Elementary poster contest winners:</strong></p><div class="ExternalClassBEB799B173054F1F8B14BCD687F412F3"><ul><li>Santiago Flores - West Memorial Elementary </li><li>Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez – Rylander Elementary</li><li>Aliyah Alfaro – Franz Elementary</li><li>Gabrielle Potts – Stephens Elementary</li><li>Jessica Ghijsen – Alexander Elementary </li><li>Cooper Middleton – Katy Elementary</li><li>Lucianna Cardozo – Morton Ranch Elementary</li><li>Julie Vo – Rhoads Elementary</li><li>Emery Rosas – Golbow Elementary </li><li>Sarah Gupta – WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Linda Wo – Holland Elementary </li><li>Rheiyln Rodabaugh – Fielder Elementary </li><li>Ayah Razaq – Cimarron Elementary </li><li>Alejandro Gallegos – Hutsell Elementary </li><li>Sydney Skelton – Pattison Elementary </li><li>Annelise Blake – Kilpatrick Elementary </li><li>Hannah Peveto – Mayde Creek Elementary </li></ul></div><p>Secondary students took part in a creative writing contest and wrote short stories about surviving a severe weather disaster and the benefits of preparing before a storm. The winning student from each participating school will receive an e-reader, a certificate, and a challenge coin from the Office of Emergency Management. The teacher who had the winning student will also receive a challenge coin and a $50 gift card.</p><p><strong>Secondary creative writing contest winners:</strong></p><ul><li>Chloe Thacker – Beck Junior High</li><li>Ariana Zenn – Cardiff Junior High</li><li>Daisani Acevedo – Katy Junior High</li><li>Aaliyah Wiley – McDonald Junior High </li><li>Abrielle Cordero – Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Ashley Kawila – Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>Avery Henry – WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Jossant Bonilla – Miller Career Center</li><li>Courtney Russell – Katy High School </li></ul><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here </a>to view an album of winning posters.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses Recognized as Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Schools ISD Campuses Recognized as Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Schools2016-04-29T21:31:50Z<div class="ExternalClassF138DA8EF2AD41F78AFC78EDB85CB334"><p>​Katy ISD had 16 campuses recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.</p><p class="ExternalClassC39E782E03AB44BEB31FB8CB6BEBB312">The following schools have been recognized for demonstrating its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying: </p><div class="ExternalClassC39E782E03AB44BEB31FB8CB6BEBB312"><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Cimarron Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary </li><li>Fielder Elementary</li><li>Golbow Elementary</li><li>Hayes Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Hutsell Elementary</li><li>Katy Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Rylander Elementary</li><li>Stanley Elementary</li><li>West Memorial Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Winborn Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li></ul></div><p>These schools have been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources to teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.</p><p>Click<u><font color="#0066cc"> </font></u><a href="">here </a>to learn more on how to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School.</p></div>
Tompkins High School Junior Receives Johnson Space Center Residency High School Junior Receives Johnson Space Center Residency2016-04-25T14:29:50Z<div class="ExternalClass3B427755099C4B2390006C4E9190CF70"><p>​FULSHEAR, Texas (Covering Katy) – Movie fans know of the 2015 film The Martian about an astronaut stranded on Mars who shows skill and ingenuity to survive while awaiting rescue. A local high school student has been working with NASA engineers and scientists about a real manned spaceflight to Mars, and has been recognized for her work.</p><p>Brittany Taylor, a junior at Obra D. Tompkins High School, has been selected for a six-day residency at the Johnson Space Center this July. Her selection comes as recognition for her accomplishments in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program... <a href="">Click here to view full story on</a></p></div>
CANCELLATION OF BOARD WORK STUDY OF BOARD WORK STUDY2016-05-02T17:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClassEAD072F1B123490A9825A352A86554A9"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:1.5;font-family:wf_segoe-ui_normal, "segoe ui", "segoe wp", tahoma, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></span> </div><div class="ExternalClassEAD072F1B123490A9825A352A86554A9"><p>Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Katy Independent School District has cancelled the Work Study Meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016 due to hazardous weather. <br></p><p>​The Work Study and Regular Board Meetings will be combined into one meeting held on Monday, April 25, 2016 and will be posted in accordance with the Texas Open Meeting Act.</p><p class="x_p2"><span class="x_s2"></span> </p></div>
Aric Bostick to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast Bostick to Headline Volunteer Celebration Breakfast2016-04-14T14:47:11Z<div class="ExternalClass66278829C7854678B9E42A682FEF9162"><p>​Katy ISD’s Volunteer Celebration Breakfast will be held in the Merrell Center Arena on Friday, May 13 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Katy ISD Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time to our students and teachers. This year’s guest presenter is nationally acclaimed motivational speaker Aric Bostick with entertainment provided by every Katy ISD high school.</p><p>The Volunteer Celebration honors parents and community members who support their campuses through the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program and features the announcement of each campus volunteer of the year via principal videos. Last year, Katy ISD volunteers contributed more than 986,000 hours in support of the district.</p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">RSVP </a>no later than May 10th. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or</p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus. </p><p>Click <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">here </a>to learn more about Partners in Education or to RSVP for the Volunteer Celebration Breakfast.</p></div>
Taylor High School Pacesetters Present Original 4D Performance High School Pacesetters Present Original 4D Performance 2016-04-12T19:08:45Z<div class="ExternalClass0CA0187F87E2424D951338E0B7573746"><p><em>​“Earth Forgotten” to run April 28th – May 1st </em></p><p><img alt="Earth Forgotten.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Earth%20Forgotten.jpg" style="margin:5px 10px;width:200px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />The three-time national champions <a href="" target="_blank">Taylor High School Pacesetters </a>will premiere their original show “Earth Forgotten” April 28 – May 1 at the Taylor High School Performing Arts Center, located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd. </p><p>Conceptualized and written by the Taylor Pacesetter Dance Officers and Director Darby Boyd, “Earth Forgotten” will transport the audience to the future through a 4D experience featuring heart-wrenching choreography, aerial dancers, elaborate backdrops and cutting-edge lighting technology. “Earth Forgotten” tells a futuristic story of the oppression of the human race and their struggle for survival against hostile aliens. </p><p><strong>Show times:</strong><br>Thursday, April 28 – 7 p.m.<br>Friday, April 29 – 7 p.m. <br>Saturday, April 30 – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.<br>Sunday, May 1 – 3 p.m.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here </a>for a preview of “Earth Forgotten.” Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by contacting the Taylor High School Dance Office at 281-237-9282. Group rates are also available<em>. </em></p></div>
Early Voting for 2016 Katy ISD Board Election is April 25 - May 3 Voting for 2016 Katy ISD Board Election is April 25 - May 32016-04-11T17:48:31Z<div class="ExternalClass2B55EE3EEE1646FA99E6AEB49C03CDD1"><p>Early voting for the <strong>2016 Katy ISD Board Election </strong>will be April 25 - May 3. Click <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election%2016/2016_Early_Voting_Locations.pdf">here </a>for early voting hours and locations. </p></div>
Eight Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to Global Competition Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to Global Competition2016-04-11T14:33:19Z<div class="ExternalClass8D2EFC3589664FD7906B6A4029ECA2FE"><p>​Eight Katy ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams are advancing to the <strong>Destination Imagination Global Finals</strong> to compete with more than 1,400 teams. The world's largest celebration of student creativity, Global Finals will be held May 25 – 28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. </p><p>DI students began preparing for competitions in September and 21 teams from Katy ISD advanced through the Gulf Coast Regional Tournament to the Texas Affiliate Tournament. Eight of these teams placed in their respective challenges and divisions and have advanced to the Global Finals. </p><ul><li>"DI Champions," Griffin Elementary – First Place</li><li>"The Six Benz," Griffin Elementary – First Place<br> "Creative DI Cookies," Griffin Elementary – First Place</li><li>"Salsa Balsa," Griffin Elementary – Third Place</li><li>"Cosmic Teddy Bears," Beckendorff Junior High – Fourth Place</li><li>"DI Dominators," Alexander Elementary – Fifth Place</li><li>"Smart Cookies," Seven Lakes High School – Fifth Place</li><li>"Pi DI-ers," Katy High School – Seventh Place</li></ul><p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Destination Imagination</span></a> is a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Texas DI</span></a> is the largest affiliate in the world with more than 3,200 teams.<br><strong> </strong><br></p></div>
CANCELLED: Katy ISD CSI Day Katy ISD CSI Day2016-04-20T15:25:51Z<div class="ExternalClass38865C944DA143999E1CB0B2A77F6636"><p><strong>This event has been cancelled due to school closures Monday, April 18 - Wednesday, April 20. ​</strong></p></div>

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