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Katy ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child Exploitationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=631Katy ISD Police Department Hosts Undercover Chat for Federal Initiative to Prevent Child Exploitation2016-06-23T20:38:27Z<div class="ExternalClassF6F2DA3B2D0D4FE4A83059E3C48A4B2A"><p><em>Three-day operation leads to 10 arrests</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department hosted an undercover chat operation as part of the Federal Initiative "Operation Broken Heart," a two-month investigative effort aimed at effectively identifying and arresting individuals engaging in the online sexual exploitation of children.   </p><p>Individuals involved in these types of crimes are likely to commit other crimes of opportunity including abductions and sexual assaults of children. The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and assisting agencies have committed to aggressively participate in the initiative. They are joined by 60 other coordinated task forces across the U.S., representing more than 3,300 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. </p><p>During the three-day operation held in Katy, Fort Bend County, 10 offenders were identified and arrested for online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault of a minor. The Katy ISD Police Department found the operation to be extremely successful due in large part to the support of surrounding police agencies and the community's dedication to keeping children safe from predators. </p><p>Agencies assisting in the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation included Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Waller County District Attorney's Office, Houston Police Department, Rosenberg Police Department, Harris County Multi Agency Gang Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety and Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.</p><p>Click <a href="/Documents/KISD%20ICAC%20Op%20Mugshots%20Combined.pdf">here</a> to view offenders arrested during the Katy ISD Police Department ICAC operation. </p></div>
Important Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to Districtshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=630Important Changes to STAAR Grades 3-8 Reporting Test Results to Districts2016-06-23T20:18:03Z<div class="ExternalClass7506BCAE67164785BAC01AD3D60DF512"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">TA</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">AR grades 3-8 test result information, originally scheduled to arrive in districts on June 15, was moved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Tuesday, July 5, 2016</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  The TEA apologizes for this delay, and understands the significant inconvenience that late reporting will cause students, parents, teachers and school district personnel.</span></p><p>Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of their child's Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  ​</p><p>Beginning on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, parents may view their child's 2016 STAAR grades 3-8 test results online using either the Katy ISD <a href="/Pages/Home-Access-Center.aspx">Home Access Center</a> (HAC) or the <a href="https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login?returnUrl=/list" style="line-height:1.5;">Texas Assessment Data Student Portal</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>However, please note that the HAC <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not</span> be available to parents from July 15 – July 17 but will be accessible again beginning on July 18, 2016.  </p><p>In order to access the Student Portal, parents must have the child's <em>Unique Access Code </em>and the date of birth. <em>The Unique Access </em>Code is assigned by the state and remains the same for the student during the entire state STAAR testing program.  The <em>Unique Access Code</em> is located on any past STAAR Confidential Student Report (CSR) at the bottom of the CSR or in the Home Access Center (HAC).  </p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (English) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(English).pdf">click here</a>.</p><p>Parent Directions to Access 2016 STAAR 3-8 STAAR Testing Results (Spanish) <a href="/Documents/Parent%20Directions%20to%20Access%202016%20STAAR%203-8%20STAAR%20Testing%20Results%20(Spanish).pdf">click here</a>. </p><p>If you do not have internet access or if you have questions about STAAR testing, please contact your child's 2015-2016 campus.</p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipientshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=629Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients2016-06-21T15:16:51Z<div class="ExternalClass5372FF3ECB2D4DE2A059A550C3630FF9"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;"> Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. This year, 200 Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants totaling $206,627. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.<br><br></span><p><strong>Individual Grant Recipients</strong> (One teacher for up to $1,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Bear Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Karen Baker</li><li><strong>Bethke Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Christina Dismuke </li><li><strong>Cardiff Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Stephen Bennett </li><li><strong>Creech Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Donna Parker</li><li><strong>Fielder Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Erica Foster</li><li><strong>Golbow Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Watt-Johnson</li><li><strong>Katy Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rose Marie Sager</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong><em> </em>Frances Ohanenye</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brette Kuretsch</li><li><strong>Taylor High School-</strong><em> </em>Lisa Estill </li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Brittany Brehm.</li></ul><p><strong>Team Grant Recipient Project Leaders </strong>(Three or more teachers for up to $5,000):</p><ul><li><strong>Alexander Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Rainosek and Terra Palmer</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High - </strong>Tricia Gragnano Reyes</li><li><strong>Cimarron Elementary –</strong>Angela Plut</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong><em> </em>- Yolanda Hiller</li><li><strong>Exley Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Bethany Paetow</li><li><strong>Franz Elementary - </strong>Tracy John</li><li><strong>Hayes Elementary -</strong> Sara Hernandez</li><li><strong>Holland Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Stephanie Nady</li><li><strong>Itinerant Teams (multiple campuses) -</strong> Luis Villanueva and Denise Cloyes</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High -</strong><em> </em>Candice Thomas</li><li><strong>Katy Junior High</strong> - Elizabeth Flowers</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Rhea Marsh </li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School -</strong> Ashley Griffiths,<em> </em>Sara Bauler,<em> </em>Kathie Fry,<em> </em>Mary Lee House,<em> </em>Amber Allen<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Mary Miron </li><li><strong>McRoberts Elementary - </strong>Jeanna Bruno</li><li><strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High </strong><em>- </em>Yasmina Walker</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School -</strong><em> </em>Myrea Schmidt </li><li><strong>Pattison Elementary - </strong>Christi Elrod</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School - </strong>Chad Meyer,<em> </em>Robert Perkins,<em> </em>Karl Burford,<em> </em>Nick Flora</li><li><strong>Shafer Elementary - </strong>Hillary Bartee,<em> </em>JeanAnn Naumann and Kim Forbes</li><li><strong>Stephens Elementary - </strong>Meghan Jones </li><li><strong>Sundown Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Leah Miller</li><li><strong>Taylor High School -</strong><em> </em>Nicole Brayton,Ryan Nutt and<em> </em>Elizabeth Trader</li><li><strong>Tompkins High School - </strong>Ryan Culver</li><li><strong>West Memorial Elementary -</strong><em> </em>Lisa Al-Saedi</li><li><strong>West Memorial Junior High - </strong>Tina Dycus</li><li><strong>Williams Elementary - </strong>Virginia Stout,<em> </em>Kara Lowery<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Brenda Pennington</li><li><strong>Winborn Elementary - </strong>Whitney Jackson</li><li><strong>Wolfe Elementary - </strong>Megan Barnett​​​​​</li></ul><p>In its first four years, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in Inspiring Imagination grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative created by the Foundation's Board of Directors to provide funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.  </p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for September 15, 2016, and its spring GROOVE jazz event. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. </p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">Click here</a> to learn more about the foundation.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Establishes Alton Frailey Endowment Fundhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=628Katy ISD Education Foundation Establishes Alton Frailey Endowment Fund2016-06-16T13:46:34Z<div class="ExternalClass6383904709DD438A90532D5AB18BC4DE"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently established the <strong>Alton Frailey Endowment Fund </strong>honoring the retiring Katy ISD Superintendent. Frailey played a pivotal role in the Education Foundation's launch during his tenure as superintendent.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The fund will provide a solid financial base for Foundation operations and the organization's <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  Contributions to the fund are currently being accepted. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible. Click <a href="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on the Katy ISD Education Foundation or contact them at <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">foundation@katyisd.org</span></a> or 281-396-6031. </p><p><img alt="06-15-16 KISD Ed Foundation Frailey Endowment.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-15-16%20KISD%20Ed%20Foundation%20Frailey%20Endowment.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:399px;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD to Receive Award at National Sports Security Conference http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=627Katy ISD to Receive Award at National Sports Security Conference 2016-06-15T14:05:37Z<div class="ExternalClassCCCBCA324D324640923B5B85305FD7A5"><p>​Katy ISD will receive the <strong>Facility of Merit Award</strong> at the <strong>National Sports Security Conference</strong> on July 13th, in Phoenix, Arizona. A total of 12 sports facilities will be recognized for their leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Katy ISD will receive the award in the National Federation of High School Associations category. </p><p>More than 300 security professionals are expected for the national conference, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. </p><p>"The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security," said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. "These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow."</p><p>Marciani noted that each league or organization selects the criteria and makes the determination as to which facility will be recognized. <a href="https://www.ncs4.com/about/ncs4-recognition-awards">Click here</a> for more information about the awards. </p></div>
Katy ISD Class of 2016 Graduates Accept More than $24 Million in Scholarshipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=626Katy ISD Class of 2016 Graduates Accept More than $24 Million in Scholarships2016-06-14T15:43:34Z<div class="ExternalClassB788036CCF334D69A36E8799C6DE4174"><p>​A<span style="font-family:calibri;"> total of 711 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2016 received $24,613,740 in academic and/or athletic scholarships. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:calibri;">The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $19,299,127 and athletic scholarships totaled $5,314,613.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:calibri;">Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:</span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Academic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Athletic Scholarships</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Total</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$4,754,128</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,780,998</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$6,535,126</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,199,349</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,491,161</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$5,690,510</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mayde Creek HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,829,079</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$65,010</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,894,089</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,255,103</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$162,444</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,417,547</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Raines HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">N/A</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,000</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,707,288</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$216,400</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,923,688</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$1,799,400</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$342,600</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,142,000</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins HS</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$2,752,780</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$256,000</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">$3,008,780</td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Parents Stay Connected ‘On The Go’ with District Mobile Apphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=625Katy ISD Parents Stay Connected ‘On The Go’ with District Mobile App2016-06-13T18:04:59Z<div class="ExternalClass86E0CDA5A66C4687A589F6BB4B162A04"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District offers parents a way to access their student's information and much more while on the go with the District's free mobile app</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">.</span><p>Katy <em>OnTheGo</em> is designed to help parents stay connected with their student's campus and the District anywhere, anytime.  On this app, parents can find news feeds which can be customized to their child's campus, and calendar feeds which can be downloaded directly into their personal calendar.  Parents can also find links to many of the sites they would normally access from the main Katy ISD website such as MyPaymentsPlus, bus route information, and the District's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites. </p><p>Additionally, parents can access student data including meal balances, assignments, attendance, library information and grades using the "Student Information" icon.  </p><p>The app is free and available for download on all Android or Apple smart phones and devices.  <a href="/sites/mobileapp">Click here</a> for more information on Katy ISD's mobile app.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=624Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools2016-06-11T00:17:01Z<div class="ExternalClassC848971403E24781B3F22D51896E9E96"><p>​<strong>Katy ISD Board of Trustees Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools</strong></p><p>Today the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, during a special board meeting, named <strong>Dr. Lawrence Hindt</strong> as the lone finalist for the position of Katy ISD Superintendent of Schools. </p><p>Dr. Hindt has served as superintendent of Allen ISD since March 2014. Under his leadership, the school district has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including being named as a finalist in the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program and a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education School Board Award.  The Dallas Morning News also named Allen ISD as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2015. </p><p>Prior to his role at Allen ISD, Dr. Hindt served as superintendent of schools for the Stafford Municipal School District since May 2011.  </p><p>He began his career at Fort Bend ISD as a geography, health and physical education teacher at Dulles High School.  He later became assistant principal at the school and was promoted to director of the Fort Bend ISD Technical Education Center.  He then served as principal of Dulles High School until his appointment as assistant superintendent in 2007. </p><p>Dr. Hindt completed his post-doctorate work in educational leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont and earned his doctorate from the University of Houston, his master's degree from Prairie View A&M University and his undergraduate degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.</p><p>Dr. Hindt is also a proud 1983 graduate of James E. Taylor High School in Katy ISD.  He and his wife Kathryn have two children, Zach and Alex.</p><p>He will begin his role as superintendent of Katy ISD on August 1, 2016.</p><p> </p><p><img alt="Hindt Picture.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Hindt%20Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:279px;height:420px;" /> </p></div>
Katy ISD Maintenance and Operations Department Celebrates Employeeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=623Katy ISD Maintenance and Operations Department Celebrates Employees2016-06-09T20:00:05Z<div class="ExternalClassF34F4ECC5DF0409BAD5A2893371DED08"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">This week Katy ISD's Maintenance and Operations Department celebrated the hard work and achievements of its more than 700 team members. At the annual awards ceremony on June 8, all Maintenance and Operations employees were honored, and more than 80 individuals and campuses received awards.</span></p><p>The top recognition awarded this year was the coveted <em>Overall Outstanding Employee of the Year</em>, which was given in the maintenance, grounds and operations categories. This award was given to <strong>Alonzo Garza</strong> in the maintenance category, <strong>Albert Nanez</strong> in the grounds category and <strong>Violeta Vasquez</strong> in the operations category.</p><p>Katy ISD's Maintenance and Operations team oversees the upkeep and operations of nearly 12 million square feet of property throughout the District every day. They are Katy ISD's largest support services organization and cover everything from minor construction projects, to energy management, facility maintenance and grounds upkeep. For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/maintops/Pages/default.aspx">Maintenance & Operations webpage</a> online.</p><p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1133483300005091.1073742003.113148448705253&type=1&l=c7e2cc5fc9">Click here</a> to see photos from the awards. </p></div>
Community Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Robert and Felice Bryant Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=622Community Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary2016-06-09T13:33:54Z<div class="ExternalClassB23D5B9C929147649609B678C9B49363"><p><span style="font-family:arial;font-size:11pt;">​<span><font color="#000000">School to open in Fall 2017 in the </font></span><span style="color:#222222;background:white;">Young Ranch Subdivision</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial;">The band, comprised of music directors from across the District, played in the background as Katy ISD Board members, Superintendent Alton Frailey, staff and community members celebrated the groundbreaking of the new <strong>Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary School</strong>.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial;">Set to open in fall 2017 in the Young Ranch Subdivision, this school is one of new six campuses included in the </span><a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 voter</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">-</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">approved bond program</span></span></a><span style="font-family:arial;">.  Earlier this year, the Board unanimously voted to name Elementary School No. 40 after Robert and Felice Bryant in honor of their dedication to the students and the schools.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial;">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 Musical 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.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial;"></span><span style="font-family:arial;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial;">To see photos of the groundbreaking ceremony, click </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1132866503400104.1073742002.113148448705253&type=1&l=29fffc451a" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:arial;text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a><span style="font-family:arial;">.</span></p></div>
Two Katy ISD Schools Place at National Science Olympiad Tournamenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=621Two Katy ISD Schools Place at National Science Olympiad Tournament2016-06-07T20:57:13Z<div class="ExternalClass55F2034470174312B800E2D234D15A05"><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:tahoma;">Seven Lakes High School and Beckendorff Junior High place at national competition. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:tahoma;">The Beckendorff Junior High and Seven Lakes High School Science Olympiad Teams competed on May 21st at the </span><a href="https://www.soinc.org/2016_national_tournament"><span style="font-family:tahoma;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>National Science Olympiad Tournament</strong></span></a><span style="font-family:tahoma;"> at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:tahoma;"></span><span style="font-family:tahoma;">The Beckendorff Junior High team of 21 students competed against the top 60 middle school teams in the nation and received fourth place overall and top 10 in 13 individual events, including three first-place finishes.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:tahoma;">The Seven Lakes High School team of 15 students competed against the top 60 high school teams in the nation in 23 events and received third place overall and top 10 in 14 individual events, including four first-place finishes.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:tahoma;">One of the nation's most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, industry and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in robotics, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, coding and engineering. </span><a href="http://soinc.org/2016_national_tournament"><span style="font-family:tahoma;text-decoration:underline;">A full list of 2016 national tournament award recipients and official tournament results, including event-by-event scoring is posted here</span></a><span style="font-family:tahoma;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img alt="06-07-16 Science Olympiad.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-07-16%20Science%20Olympiad.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:620px;height:413px;" /> </p><p><img alt="06-07-16 Science Olympiad2.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-07-16%20Science%20Olympiad2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:620px;height:412px;" /> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br> </p></div>
Katy ISD to break ground on Robert & Felice Bryant Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=620Katy ISD to break ground on Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary2016-06-07T15:06:49Z<div class="ExternalClass7CCC6CCC60194A22A22ABFFB4455574F"><p>​<strong>What:  </strong>The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Alton Frailey will be joined by staff and community members as the District breaks ground on the new Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary School.  This new educational facility is one of many projects included in the voter-approved <a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">2014 bond package.</span></a>  </p><p><strong>Where:  </strong>Willow Creek Farms Recreation Center</p><p>                    29933 Kingsland Blvd.</p><p>                    Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:  </strong>Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2 pm.  </p><p> </p></div>
Seven Katy ISD Campuses among Top 25 Greater Houston Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=619Seven Katy ISD Campuses among Top 25 Greater Houston Schools2016-06-07T13:52:57Z<div class="ExternalClass2B8442D27FF749AEA4648960ED51F390"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Seven schools in Katy ISD ranked among the top 25 in the Children at Risk's </span><a href="http://childrenatrisk.org/content/?page_id=8074" style="line-height:1.5;">2016 Greater Houston School Rankings</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p> Children at Risk, a local nonprofit, ranked more than 1,300 public schools in the eight-county Houston region.  </p><p> At the elementary school level, <strong>Alexander Elementary</strong> ranked No. 24 out of 857 elementary schools.  Meanwhile, <strong>Beckendorff</strong>, <strong>Seven Lakes</strong>, <strong>McMeans</strong>, <strong>Beck </strong>and <strong>WoodCreek </strong>junior highs ranked No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 13 and No. 21, respectively, out of 303 middle schools.  At the high school level, <strong>Seven Lakes</strong> <strong>High School</strong> ranked No. 10 out of 171 high schools.  </p><p>The school rankings, based mostly on student test scores, strive to serve as an accessible guide for parents, educators, and community members on the performance of local schools and to spark important community dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas. </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.childrenatrisk.org/">www.childrenatrisk.org</a> to view the complete 2016 Greater Houston School Rankings.   </p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Place Top 10 at 2016 Global Finalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=618Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Place Top 10 at 2016 Global Finals2016-06-03T19:02:51Z<div class="ExternalClass5183C958A97341819CE7AD9C8916B95A"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Four Katy ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams finished in the top 10 in their challenges at the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals. </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Eight Katy ISD teams competed against more than 1,400 teams. The world's largest celebration of student creativity, Global Finals was held May 25 – 28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.</span></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 advanced to the Global Finals. Four teams from Katy ISD went on to finish in the top 10 of their challenges.</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary "DI Dominators" – Fourth Place</li><li>Griffin Elementary "Salsa Balsa" – 10th Place</li><li>Katy High School "Pi DI-ers" – Sixth Place</li><li>Seven Lakes High School "Smart Cookies" – Ninth Place</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.destinationimagination.org/">Destination Imagination</a> is a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. <a href="http://texasdi.org/">Texas DI</a> is the largest affiliate in the world with more than 3,200 teams.<br><strong> </strong><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Support Complex Closed Friday, June 3http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=617Katy ISD Education Support Complex Closed Friday, June 32016-06-02T17:07:23Z<div class="ExternalClass6CBE6B36AE2E40739A2545623BDD9853"><p>​​T<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">he Katy ISD Education Support Complex (ESC) will be closed on <strong>Friday, June 3</strong>, 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.  <br> <br> </span></p></div>
Katy ISD's Free Summer Meals for Kids Begin June 14http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=616Katy ISD's Free Summer Meals for Kids Begin June 142016-06-02T15:39:34Z<div class="ExternalClass9315F4B8B8414A97ABFC2FE616C74A72"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2016_Summer_School_Web_Flyer%20(002).jpg" alt="2016_Summer_School_Web_Flyer (002).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;" /></p></div>
Student Heroes Receive Recognition for Good Deedshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=615Student 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1109645025722252.1073741984.113148448705253&type=3">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 Graduateshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=614Katy 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1125770887442999.1073742001.113148448705253&type=1&l=0e998ed03d">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 Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=613Wilson 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="https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification">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 Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=612Fielder 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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1125687874117967.1073741999.113148448705253&type=1&l=2238a43792" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view pictures from the Google Expedition at Fielder Elementary.</p><p></p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Being Named "School to Watch" in Texashttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=610Seven 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 Excellencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=609Guests 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="https://storify.com/KatyISD/2016-katy-isd-awards-of-excellence" 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 Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=608Taylor 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 21sthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=607Beck 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 http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=606Alexander 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="http://www.fromthetop.org/musician/bryant-li/" 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 Seniorshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=605Katy 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 Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=604Katy 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="http://www.taea.org/VASE/default.asp"><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 Seminarhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=603Seven 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="http://www.usma.edu/admissions"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information about West Point. </p></div>
Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=602Rylander 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="http://educationinaction.org/"><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 17thhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=6012016 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="http://www.texasassessment.com/taksoos" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos</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>

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