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Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=790Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium<div class="ExternalClass1F51D4C889B14495ABC62A125498A138"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After nearly two years of construction, Katy ISD welcomed parents, students, staff and community members to Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Special performances by all eight high school bands and choir directors resonated across the facility where countless attendees came to take part in a historical moment, not just for Katy ISD, but for the entire Katy community.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Stadium was approved by voters as part of the 2014 bond to provide Katy ISD students and its community with a state of the art multipurpose second stadium.  The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents.  It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District's history of excellence and tradition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lt6o3uun714uj78/IMG_6730.jpg?dl=0">Photos of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive Awards at the Houston World Series Dog Show Art Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=789Katy ISD Students Receive Awards at the Houston World Series Dog Show Art Competition<div class="ExternalClass55065FC81B034C09AF64C25CAD6F857A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">A total of 117 Katy ISD students, from 17 campuses, participated in the Houston World Series Dog Show Art Competition held at NRG Center.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit & Contest has been an iconic part of the dog show since the early 1980's.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It recognizes student involvement in honoring man's best friend, the dog.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Since the art show's inception, it has grown to nearly 1,000 entries.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year, several Katy ISD students won in the top honor categories, which include:</span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best of Show</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>1.  Jenna Seo, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Grade Awards</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>1.  Kalina Gotowala, second-grader at Winborn Elementary<br>      Art teacher:  Mr. Clinton Orsak<br> 2.  Shai Guerrero, sixth-grader at Morton Ranch Junior High<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Malvina Castillo<br> 3.  Yunju Lee, eight-grader at Tays Junior High<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Kendra Vreeland<br> 4. Kevina Seo, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 5.  Jenna Seo, 10<sup>th </sup>grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Committee Choice Awards</strong></span><br> 1. Riley Capps, Kindergartener at Davidson Elementary<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Rachel Fortenberry<br> 2.  Charles Jang, eighth-grader at McMeans Junior High<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Casi Corbin<br> 3.  Michelle Li, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 4.  Nahyun Kim, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 5.  Andrea Liu, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Seven Lakes High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Lisa Matschek<br> 6.  Ruofan Zhang, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Seven Lakes High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Madelene Buzan<br> 7.  Yvonne Kim, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 8.  Eujen Lee, 12<sup>th</sup> grader at Cinco Ranch High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Cindy Reilly<br> Top award winners and their art teachers were invited to participate in a very special awards ceremony.  All Katy ISD artwork will be on display at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, from August 28 through October 13, during regular business hours.</p><p>Link to Student Artwork:<br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qdvv6xd5urlc4gk/AAC8Nrs1t-mazi3wPmepfunva?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qdvv6xd5urlc4gk/AAC8Nrs1t-mazi3wPmepfunva?dl=0</a>​<br></p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
Morton Ranch High School Students Compete in National STAR Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=788Morton Ranch High School Students Compete in National STAR Event<div class="ExternalClassF940409149BE44B1A9639394BE8BA730"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School 11</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grader Kyle Triplett and ninth-grader Michael Hurley received gold medals in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Students Taking Action with Recognition</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> (STAR) Competition at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers and guests from across the country, including the MRHS FCCLA organization, benefited from leadership and program training, national speakers and the possibility to explore several colleges and careers.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">FCCLA offers over 30 STAR events during the conference, which include early childhood education, job interviewing and sports nutrition, among others.  This year, Kyle and Michael were among over 4,200 STAR event participants.  They competed in the <em>Promote and Publicize</em> category and their project focused on showcasing all of the benefits FCCLA offers in our community such as community service activities that the Chapter's 124 members participated in.  Chapter members mentored elementary reading students, promoted breast cancer awareness, organized food drives, purchased Christmas gifts for needy children, encouraged physical activity among the family and participated in programs to promote cultural awareness and acceptance.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Congratulations to both Kyle and Michael who represented their school and the District well during this year's leadership conference!</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Picture attribution:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Kyle Triplett</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Kyle Triplett</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Kyle Triplett</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=787Katy ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts Elementary<div class="ExternalClass02DD6071A5D64A448DA9741D65CEEAA3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Rahsan Smith</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for McRoberts Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Smith has worked in the field of education for 17 years.  He began his career with Houston ISD in 2001 as an elementary teacher, serving as a literary specialist and intermediate classroom teacher at JFK Elementary.  He also worked with Pre-K students at Gabriela Mistral early Childhood Center and as a student behavior specialist at Fondren Middle School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">He came to Katy in 2012 and served as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High, a principal for Katy Summer Academic Term in 2016 and 2017 and before moving to McRoberts Elementary, he was an assistant principal at Seven Lakes High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"To become the principal of McRoberts Elementary is truly an honor," says Principal Smith. "It is a reflection of the Katy community.  A community that is built on integrity, honor, kindness, relationships and success.  As the new principal of McRoberts Elementary, one of my main goals will be to establish a rapport with each and every one of my students and help them to reach their highest potential.  Go Dolphins!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Rahsan%20Smith%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Rahsan Smith - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=786Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary<div class="ExternalClass2EBAA2BE345B42F1AF7EDFFDD8F2BB47"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to welcome </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Doreen Martinez</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years.  She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  She has also work in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She came to Katy ISD in 2001, where she served as an instructional technology facilitator, technology training supervisor, Parent & Patron Center Coordinator and then as an assistant principal at Morton Ranch Junior High.  In 2015, Dr. Martinez returned to Angleton ISD as Principal of Angleton Junior High.  However, it's the District's pleasure to have her back home at Katy ISD where she will lead the Memorial Parkway Elementary family.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Coming back to Katy ISD is such a proud honor and a dream come true," says Principal Martinez. "My goal is to work to build trust, establish relationships and create a positive environment where our Panthers can excel and achieve their dreams.  Working together as a team we will be 'the best school in the land!'"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Doreen%20Martinez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Doreen Martinez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7852017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board<div class="ExternalClass543A4EAD4D7F41EE9784F72BFE136307"><div class="ExternalClassECD570E404FD486085BB3622C9C5F5AC" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>During the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman presented the Committee's $609.2 MM recommended bond package which addresses rapid growth and the near-term needs of the district.</span><br></p><p>Since early April, Committee members have attended numerous meetings as well as received and assessed extensive and detailed information in order to develop a bond package.  Members agreed on a final bond package which includes funds for six new schools, renovations and expansions at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items.  The Committee's bond package also ensures a zero tax rate increase.  </p><p>Student enrollment has grown by approximately 2,800 students per year in Katy ISD.  The district currently has an enrollment of more than 76,000 students.  According to the district's demographer, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 nearly 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools and over 98,000 students will call the district their home by 2026.  </p><p>For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package please visit:</p><p> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage"><strong>http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage</strong></a></p><p><br> </p></div></div>
Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=784Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year<div class="ExternalClass178C2EC09E2C4AA9930111BD6CE2DE3C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">and Secondary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She's a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that "there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Nguyen teaches 10<sup>th </sup>- 12<sup>th</sup> grade students in the area of Principles of Health Science, Health Science Technology and Clinical Rotations at Taylor High School.  As a teacher, she creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful in every endeavor.  Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasis on the importance of a moral compass.  Ms. Nguyen also initiated the Katy Students Run program at her school to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach the necessary skills to be successful in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step into the National Teacher of the Year selection process.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to both Katy ISD teachers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kristal%20Parrish.jpg" alt="Kristal Parrish.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish - Fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Phuong%20Nguyen.jpg" alt="Phuong Nguyen.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen - 10-12th grade teacher at Taylor High School</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=782Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medals<div class="ExternalClassF83B3C315623430AA20090E6F578DFC0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Four Katy ISD students recently traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City to be honored with the Gold Key Metals from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Akhil Thadani from Seven Lakes High School, Connie Lau, Asma Mashal and Fatemeh Ebrahimi from Taylor High School were among 25 of the best artists and writers who were recognized.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 330,000 entries were submitted and in total, 59 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were received by students from Katy ISD and other neighboring school districts as well as private schools in Harris County.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's amazing what happens when you mix extraordinary talent with the resources, leadership and support our district offers," stated Lisa Matschek, art teacher for Seven Lakes High School. "To share in the experience of recognizing students at a national level, in the top one percent, was really special.  Katy ISD was well represented with five gold national winners in New York City." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It truly was a life changing experience for our students," adds Ashley Niemi, art teacher for Taylor High School. "At the ceremony the key note speaker talked about how his scholastic award was the kick start to him believing he could live a creative life!  It was truly an inspirational recognition for us all!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision, ingenuity and talent of students and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.  Harris County Department of Education serves as the regional sponsor of this prestigious national program and hosts yearly judging and awards ceremonies for thousands of writing and art entries.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic">www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic</a> .</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
University Student Pledges to Protect Katy ISD Police Officershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=781University Student Pledges to Protect Katy ISD Police Officers<div class="ExternalClass1ADF5EBC99BC4C36808CDF38A6864E2C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Sam Houston State University student Liza Viera surprises Katy ISD police officers with Saint Michael's medallions, as part of her support campaign, "Back the Blue – Liza's Mission."</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The campaign started after last year's deadly shooting of four Dallas police officers.  With encouragement from her father, who is also a law enforcement officer, Liza has presented over 22,700 Saint Michael's medallions to police officers across Texas.  Whether it's in the form of a prayer card, medal token or car visor clip with the image of St. Michael, many law enforcement officers have expressed a sense of security and peace in carrying the image of the saint with them.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Chief Robert Jinks and Deputy Chief Robert Meier recently surprised Liza with two challenge coins from the Katy ISD Police Department and the Katy ISD Police Officers Association, a department patch and a teddy cop for her efforts in bringing awareness and support to police officers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Saint%20Michael%20Medallions%204%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Saint Michael Medallions 4 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Qualified for U.S. Olympic National Championshiphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=780Katy ISD Student Qualified for U.S. Olympic National Championship<div class="ExternalClass1E4FCE20BCF949CDB22CDE584140DB06"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Seven Lakes Junior High sixth grader Rowan Dumond, recently competed at the 2017 U.S. Men's Junior Olympic National Championships in Kissimmee, FL.  Over 800 of the country's top male gymnasts competed in the regional team, all-around and individual apparatus events.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">After two days of competition, Rowan tied for first place earning ​​the title of National Champion for Floor in his division.  He had a career high score of 13.45 on Floor during the preliminary competition.  Rowan is an honors student at Seven Lakes Junior High, and when he's not training at the gym, he enjoys playing percussion with the SLJH Honors Band, designing with Legos and solving Rubix cube puzzles.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond2%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond1%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond3%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/070517_Rowan%20Dumond4n%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="070517_Rowan Dumond4n - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Staff Member Selected as 2017 Texas A&M Dean Roundtable Honoreehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=779Katy ISD Staff Member Selected as 2017 Texas A&M Dean Roundtable Honoree<div class="ExternalClass7B1868E248C048FF86C0322352892077"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Elizabeth Moreland-Mason, Instructional Officer for Special Education Curriculum and Instruction K-12 for Katy ISD, has been selected as a 2017 Texas A&M University Dean's Roundtable honoree.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) recently honored Moreland-Mason among 28 other transformational leaders from across the state for being excellent role models, mentors and servant leaders in their communities.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Established by Dr. Jane Stallings in 1991, the Dean's Roundtable has recognized more than 550 individuals who positively impact the lives of people throughout Texas and beyond.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Moreland-Mason's goal is to ensure that Katy ISD campuses and teachers have the support they need to implement high quality programming in their classrooms for special education students.  She supervises programs for students in LIFE Skills, Resource and In-Class Support.  As part of her 33-year career, she has worked collaboratively in many different settings, from special opportunity support, autism programs as well as in a general classroom environment.  Teaching children with special needs has always been her passion.  She is the author of two books and has conducted staff development and training related to goal writing, state assessment for students with intellectual disabilities and programming for students with multiple disabilities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062917_Moreland%20Mason%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="062917_Moreland Mason - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
New Principal for Sundown Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=778New Principal for Sundown Elementary<div class="ExternalClass1CC160FF2311416D828115F3EABF32DC"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Martha Pulido as the new principal for Sundown Elementary School.  Mrs. Pulido will be replacing Steve Pustejovsky, who will be retiring.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Pulido has worked in the field of education for 21 years.  She began her educational career in 1996 as a teacher in Houston ISD.  In 1999, Mrs. Pulido joined Katy ISD where she served at Sundown Elementary from 1999-2012 as a teacher, instructional coach and instructional coordinator.  She is currently an Assistant Principal at Morton Ranch High School, a position she has held since 2012.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Pulido holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Thomas University and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University.</p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mrs. Pulido a warm welcome to the Sundown Elementary family, and wish her the best in her new position!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062717_Martha%20Pulido%20-%20cropped.jpg" alt="062717_Martha Pulido - cropped.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
New Principal for Mayde Creek Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=777New Principal for Mayde Creek Elementary<div class="ExternalClassCCE054232FE647FE9AD7E05AC4F0DB63"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Felicia Sheedy as the new principal for Mayde Creek Elementary School.  Mrs. Sheedy will be replacing Karen Raymond, who will be retiring at the end of this summer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Sheedy has worked in the field of education for 22 years.  She began her educational career in 1995 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  In 2000, Mrs. Sheedy's career led her to Spring Branch ISD, where she served as an instructional specialist and then an assistant principal from 2001 to 2006.  On July 2006, she joined Katy ISD and has since served as Assistant Principal of WoodCreek Elementary.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Sheedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University, as well as a Master of Education in Education Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.</p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mrs. Sheedy a warm welcome to the Mayde Creek Elementary family, and wish her the best in her new position!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062717_Felicia%20Sheedy%20-%20cropped%20smaller.jpg" alt="062717_Felicia Sheedy - cropped smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=776STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portal<div class="ExternalClass3ED5044A8A314A44A7921514BBD457EF"> ​ <p>TEA has redesigned the process and communication of reporting the student test results for the 2017 STAAR administrations. Parents may view the 2017 STAAR grades 3-8 test results using either the Home Access Center (HAC) or the online state Student Data Portal. The HAC contains STAAR test results and your child’s unique access code for the state student portal, please  <a href="/dept/assessment/Pages/State-Assessment.aspx">click here for directions</a>. </p><p>The new STAAR report card also known as a Confidential Student Report (CSR), will be posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 at <a href="https://www.texasassessment.com/">TexasAssessment.com</a>. The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  For additional details, about the new STAAR report card, parents can visit the <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">TEA website</a>.</p><p>If you do not have internet access or you have questions about STAAR test results, please contact your child’s campus for assistance. </p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Conventionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=775Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention<div class="ExternalClass9A155AA13B4A4CC4B4AEBC07FEDA0E53"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir has been selected to perform at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio next February!  This is the highest honor a choir in the state of Texas can achieve. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The SLJH Choir was chosen from over 180 schools that submitted recordings to this prestigious competition, and the only one to represent the Greater Houston Area.  It has been 15 years since a junior high choir in Katy ISD was selected to perform at a TMEA Convention.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is very proud of these students as well as their Choir Director Mrs. Kristin Likos and Choir Assistants Mr. David Lee and Mrs. Jennifer Hart for their hard work and excellent tutelage towards these performers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202016.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2016.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202017.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2017.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Schmalz Elementary Selected to Participate in Raising Family Partnership Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=774Katy ISD Schmalz Elementary Selected to Participate in Raising Family Partnership Program<div class="ExternalClass5A088E62D31B4693B45C21B0BC8BAB4F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Schmalz Elementary was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship.  The school is one of 20 from across the state selected to redesign and transform their family engagement plan based on best practices, personal experiences and lessons learned from other participants. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The year-long fellowship kicks off in the summer of 2017 with a design camp where school leaders will turn research into practice and engagement opportunities for their campuses during the upcoming school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Raising Your Hand Texas Leadership Program consists of an elite network of 1,000 Texas school leaders who contribute to creating a high-quality public school system that supports the success of all students.  Following the design camp, participants will remain connected, working together to implement and improve their plans and to collaborate and provide feedback on ways to strengthen partnerships on their campuses.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the staff at Schmalz Elementary School.</p></div>
Katy ISD Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=773Katy ISD Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy<div class="ExternalClass99D66719134A4375B7233DC02DBC05EC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Rylander Elementary student Nicole Lavrack has been selected to travel this summer to Austin and San Antonio to participate in the 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She was selected based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, as well as her successful completion of a previous Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nicole will join a delegation of outstanding students to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders.  As a participant of the academy, she will visit significant sites in the area, learn about future career and internship opportunities and will visit with her Texas State Representative and Senator, whom are well aware of Nicole's accomplishments.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Education in Action is a non-profit organization which hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp designed to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about the camps visit <a href="http://www.educationinaction.org/">www.educationinaction.org</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061417_Nicole%20Lavrack%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="061417_Nicole Lavrack - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teams Rank High in the Global Destination Imagination Tournamenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=772Katy ISD Teams Rank High in the Global Destination Imagination Tournament<div class="ExternalClass5803FA6AAEE04C3F855785B51CE01A2B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy ISD teams classified in the "Top 10 Teams" during the Global Destination Imagination Tournament, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 24-28.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 1,400 teams representing 45 states and 14 countries competed in the event to showcase their innovative challenge solutions.  In total, five Katy ISD teams attended the tournament, including students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the Improv Challenge, 3-Peat, the Katy High School "<em>Tie Di ers</em>" finished in 10<sup>th</sup> place.  This placed them as the highest ranking team in the state of Texas, who was in attendance.  Participating in the Scientific Challenge, Top Secret, the Hayes Elementary team "<em>It's Classified</em>" finished in third place.  The "<em>Altos Kryptos</em>," from Griffin Elementary won second place in the same category.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061217_DI%20Global%20Teams.JPG" alt="061217_DI Global Teams.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowlhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=771Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl<div class="ExternalClassC561DD21CFD245D7BA5A6ED33C85742D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation's premier high school sporting event, held every January.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports.  This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America's youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left to Right):</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Trey Hermann, Head Coach for Taylor High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cydney Wright – mother of Max Wright</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant James Ross – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduateshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=770Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduates<div class="ExternalClass038DCF01F505426EBE6B8718EAA8ABB3"><p>​Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year's graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </p><p>The District is proud to announce the <strong>Top 10 graduates </strong>from each of its comprehensive high schools. They are:</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Trisha Neha Madhavan</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Tiffany Cheng Yu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Alyssa Shuang Wu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Nirmit Shah</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sarah Kyoko Halvorsen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Aidan Roy Gettemy</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Amol Milind Patil</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Sabrina Clare Hodgins</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sean Bao Ngo</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Jamie Liang Tan</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gpawcommvtngq78/AAAo3Lgk5DX-Pm66RyJh8gPEa?dl=0">CRHS photo gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Holly Grace Meier</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Bryan Daniel Marin</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Kendrick Tan Mendoza</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brandon Jay Komplin</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sophia Nicole Carmen Lecher</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Jacob Michael Clayton</li><li><strong>No. 7 :</strong> Sabrina Pereira Ghelardi</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alexandria Helen Woodward</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Thanh Tam Thi Vo</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Denali Evangeline Ibbotson</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c14t76me78zg4xu/AABUXcO3lkKQRixRiamQ3NYPa?dl=0">KHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Kunal Shailesh Jain</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Wahibah Hannan</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Juseung "Chris" Park</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Shourya Kashyap</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Thy Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Joseph Ola</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Andrew Duong</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Kassem Abusnineh</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Justin Ngov</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vivian Lam</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j385p145qvuoc8n/AACos2cm7nOdL8sDst7Xg3rza?dl=0">MCHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Pranav Jayaraman</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Uche Ogochukwu Okwo</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Nicholas Alexander Rose</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Victoria Belen Baltazar</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Alyssa Patricia Chuidian</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Alexander Octavio Viteri</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alyssa Ann Catoc Reyes</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Jeremy Sander See Bayangos</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Isra Rehman</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c63rm48mv6jv0wn/AABoVtT-kjCvqXUrP4pnlz4ra?dl=0">MRHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Naveen Chokkar</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Jessica Shu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Jingze Yu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Thomas Xiong</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Helen Zhou</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Eva Patel</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Rohan Sura</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Justin Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sharon Xu</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Moniish Elanchezhian</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bm9533bc0lhtv6l/AAAF0UcxIcC9j7BzzadhgKMBa?dl=0">SLHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Maria Sturzu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Shujian "Scott" Lin</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Irena Wan</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Oishik Saha</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Sheel Yerneni</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Ananya Subraman</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Angela Lin</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jessica Rao</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Alissa Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vincent Liu</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/upylf27idof0lnw/AACK8AxVHvFv92HJgu5-QbVDa?dl=0">THS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Kavya Chandran</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Lucy Haoyue Chen</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Saloni Patel</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brett Lawrence Dolotina</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Tanaya Pampattiwar</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Sudarshan Gopalakrishnan</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie):</strong> Tanvi Jadhav</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Audrey Liu</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Brian Bandaranaike</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Venkata Ravila</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0lpebinht1rj040/AACGkozNXzag4E8VXgH4FQWUa?dl=0">OTHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces School Nurse of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=769Katy ISD Announces School Nurse of the Year<div class="ExternalClass1DFA03E76E2A463192F81286F2C28FB8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce Ms. Jacqueline "Jackie" Rolf as the recipient of the 2017 Diane Hendry Excellence in School Nursing Award.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Rolf has been a nurse in Katy ISD since 2009 and is currently working at Cinco Ranch Junior High.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Rolf makes it a priority to keep her students and staff healthy throughout the school year.  Her health initiatives, volunteerism and excellent communications skills have allowed her to implement various health programs at the school, which include immunization clinics, a fun run as well as a weight control program for her campus staff.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"She is a heads up nurse," states Cinco Ranch Junior High Principal Elizabeth Nicklaus.  "She keeps excellent records, communicates beautifully with parents, and serves as a wonderful member of the overall team."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations Nurse Jackie Rolf!</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jacqueline%20Jackie%20Rolf%20-%20extra%20smaller.jpg" alt="Jacqueline Jackie Rolf - extra smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Picture Attribution: </p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Jacqueline "Jackie" Rolf – Cinco Ranch Junior High nurse</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Therese Highnote – Director of Health Services – Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=768Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitol<div class="ExternalClassF310C4FD14854989A85DC79B0189CBA1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School art student Ana Olvera has won the Congressional Art Competition with her oil painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">"Chasing the Storm."</em><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In addition to this honor, she received two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception at the U.S. Capitol where her artwork will hang for one year.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This national competition is coordinated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and takes place every year to recognize the creative talents of students across the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the second consecutive year that a Taylor High School student has received the honor of displaying their masterpiece in a legislative hall.  ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-02-17%20Congressional%20Art%20Contest-smaller.jpg" alt="06-02-17 Congressional Art Contest-smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Left to Right:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Ana Olvera, Taylor High School Student, U.S. Congressman John Culberson, 7th District of Texas</p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=767Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41<div class="ExternalClass1F0D67C0DB5A4352B509BC58E86810F3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The drum rol</span><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">l from the Seven Lakes Junior High Band marked the official groundbreaking on Elementary #41, which is set to be built in the fairly new community of Cross Creek Ranch.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This new campus is being made possible in part from savings from the 2014 bond and will serve to address growing enrollment taking place throughout Katy ISD.  The campus features diverse and transformative spaces that will blend learning with technology and opportunities for deepened engagement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In this area, we have four elementary schools which have opened up within the last five years and all of them have exceeded maximum capacity," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "Elementary #41 will probably also open up near maximum capacity." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Newly appointed Katy ISD Board of Trustees President Ashley Vann along with other board members also participated in the commemorative event. "The growth you see here in Katy serves as a testimony to the community, the culture and the legacy that we have built here together," added Vann.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To see photos of the groundbreaking ceremony <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1479521265401291">click here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Honors High School Seniors with Awards of Excellencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=766Katy ISD Honors High School Seniors with Awards of Excellence<div class="ExternalClass4F45E66E89394F31AE643D8CE2B1A86E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD recognized 88 high school seniors who were chosen by their campus administration for their dedication, perseverance and achievement during the 2016-2017 school year.  Alongside each one of them, an outstanding teacher, who was selected by the student, was also acknowledged for having a profound impact in that student's life.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">These students are the finest example of the character and commitment of the Katy ISD community.  Their passion for excelling embodies the Katy ISD mission and vision to prepare and inspire each student to live an honorable, fulfilling life….to create the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The accomplishments of this senior class are outstanding," said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony.  "It is gratifying to know that Katy ISD will be well represented in colleges, universities, the military and the work force throughout our nation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Awards of Excellence winners!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Student%20Excellence%20Large%20Group%20photo%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Student Excellence Large Group photo - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:904px;height:332px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=765Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools<div class="ExternalClass6AD90971F91E4314AF3D88DE67CBBE3D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2016-2017 valedictorians and salutatorians are:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School:<br></p><ul><li>​Trisha Madhavan – Valedictorian<br></li><li>Tiffany Yu – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy High School:</p><ul><li>Holly Grace Meier - Valedictorian</li><li>Bryan Daniel Marin – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School</p><ul><li>Kunal Shailesh Jain – Valedictorian</li><li>Wahibah Hannan – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><ul><li>Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona – Valedictorian</li><li>Pranav Jayaraman – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School</p><ul><li>Naveen Chokkar – Valedictorian</li><li>Jessica Shu – Saluatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School</p><ul><li>Maria Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><li>Shujian Lin – Salutatorian </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School</p><ul><li>Kavya Chandran- Valedictorian</li><li>Lucy Haoyue Chen – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! Click <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwyb9f2u8bopl6y/AACHU4w0KBXGXGi9Y53MhNGRa?dl=0">here</a> for photos.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Supporthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=763Katy ISD Announces Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support<div class="ExternalClass55A49DFC17A847E9B68294773824F81E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Carlson-Scruggs has worked in the field of education for 25 years.  She began her educational career in 1992 as a teacher in Lubbock ISD but she also worked in Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD and Fort Bend ISD.  She served as an assistant principal from 2001-2005 in Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD, respectively.  While in Fort Bend ISD she served as a principal, coordinator of Leadership Development, Director of Special Education and most recently as Director of Student Affairs.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Carlson-Scruggs holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Peru State College, a Master of Education in Special Education from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcome to the Katy ISD family Dr. Carlson-Scruggs!​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dawn%20Carlson-Scruggs%202.jpg" alt="Dawn Carlson-Scruggs 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Miller Career and Technology Center New Principalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=762Miller Career and Technology Center New Principal<div class="ExternalClassFA1EB72932B54199BFB565C140FDE22A"><p>​During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Russell Faldyn as the new principal for Miller Career & Technology Center.  Mr. Faldyn will be replacing Dr. Anna Webb-Storey, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.</p><p>Mr. Faldyn has worked in education for 30 years.  He began his educational career in 1987 as an agricultural science teacher in Linden-Kildare CISD.  He worked for Spring ISD from 1992-1999 as an agricultural science teacher.  Mr. Faldyn joined Katy ISD in 1999 as an assistant principal at Katy High School.  In 2005, he moved to Taylor High School where he served as an assistant principal, curriculum principal and associate principal.  In 2015, Mr. Faldyn was named Community Education/Election Administrator. </p><p>Mr. Faldyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, a Master of Education/Vocational Education Degree, as well as an Educational Mid-Management Certification from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Faldyn will begin his new role as principal of the Miller Career & Technology Center on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Faldyn a warm welcome at MCTC and wish him the best in his new position!​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCTC_Russell%20Faldyn.jpg" alt="MCTC_Russell Faldyn.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Taylor High School New Principalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=761Taylor High School New Principal<div class="ExternalClassAA8BA40292E1445091E7EBA5AE748A9E"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support - Area 2.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan has worked in education for 22 years.  He began his educational career in 1995 as an elementary teacher in Irving ISD.  In 1998, he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Paul Keyes Elementary.  In 2006, his career moved him to Fort Bend ISD, where he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. Mr. Morgan has served as Principal of Kempner High School since 2014.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education in Administration Degree from Texas Women's University.  Mr. Morgan will begin his new role as principal of Taylor High School on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Morgan a warm welcome to the  Katy ISD Taylor High School family, and wish him the best in his new position!</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Christopher%20Morgan%20THS%202.jpg" alt="Christopher Morgan THS 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=759Redesigned STAAR Report Cards <div class="ExternalClass1CC69AB545F2458E975417D0DF9FA3C2"><p>The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has redesigned the STAAR report cards also referred to as confidential student reports (CSRs) to improve communication and transparency with educators and families.  The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  The new two-page CSR features are listed below:</p><ul><li>Growth and progress information</li><li>A summer reading list</li><li>Lexile levels and trend data</li><li>New performance level descriptors </li><li>Resources and suggestions for parents to use at home</li><li>Suggested questions for parents to ask teachers and counselors </li></ul><p>At this time, TEA has published <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">learning resources</a> which include a short video to explain the changes, as wells as, a link to download the presentation and talking points, templates of STAAR report cards for each grade, and online tools and resources. The new CSRs will be available online beginning June 13, 2017 for STAAR EOC and June 30, 2017 for STAAR 3-8.</p><p>On June 13th, TEA is also launching a new CSR website, which will include item-level analysis for each question on the STAAR, informational videos, and links to additional resources. For the first time, parents and teachers who log in will be able to see actual test questions from the current year's STAAR exam. They will also find information on boosting reading levels and developing student-specific summer reading lists. </p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptrollerhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=754Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller<div class="ExternalClassA90E294BE89249DFA1DB4D9FF2611A54"><p>Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Katy ISD Financial Services Department is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Transparency Stars program. Katy ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue transparent and easily accessible to the public.<br></p><p>"By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Katy ISD's Financial Services Department has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office's Transparency Stars program," Hegar said. "I am pleased to award Katy ISD a star for its accomplishments." </p><p>The Comptroller's office launched the Transparency Stars program in March to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of:</p><ul><li>Traditional Finances</li><li>Contracts and Procurement</li><li>Economic Development</li><li>Public Pensions </li><li>Debt Obligations</li></ul><p>​After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller's <a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/Local_Government/stars/">Transparency Stars website</a>.</p></div>

 

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