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New Cinco Ranch High School Head Football Coach Announcedhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1050New Cinco Ranch High School Head Football Coach Announced<div class="ExternalClass9864513CB60E405C8FBEC4260C2F8ADA"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees announced Chris Dudley as the new Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach during its monthly Work Study meeting.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Dudley recently completed his first season at Taylor High School (THS) as the Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Health Education Teacher.  In 2018, the Mustang defense gave up just 18.3 points per game (ppg), which was ninth best out of 64 playoff teams in Class 6A Region 3.  He was also a nominee as the 2019 Greater Houston Area Football Coaches Association (GHFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.  </p><p>Coach Dudley is no stranger to the CRHS Cougar Family.  Between July 2003 and February 2018, he helped create a successful football program at the school while he was serving as its varsity position coach.  The school was one of only six programs in the Greater Houston area to make the state playoffs for twelve straight years (2006-2017).  The program was one of eight in all of Class 6A to make the area playoffs or better, for seven straight years (2008-2014) and with the assistance of Coach Dudley, the Cougars also reached the state semifinals in 2009 and 2016. <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"I have had the privilege to work with many of the head coaches at Cinco Ranch High for several years and can leverage those great relationships to help bring Cougar athletics to the next level of excellence," said Coach Dudley.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"I'm also honored to follow in the footsteps of Coach Don Clayton, who helped build an elite program over a 20 year period," added Dudley.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Dudley will take the reins of the Cougar football team on May 21<sup> </sup>and is looking to infuse the team with discipline, character and leadership that will take them to the next level.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%20High%20Football%20Coach%20Dudley%20May%20201,%202019%208.JPG" alt="Cinco Ranch High Football Coach Dudley May 201, 2019 8.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Chris Dudley</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes Newly Elected Membershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1049Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes Newly Elected Members<div class="ExternalClassFB6B791A435D4511AD433CF0418D3630"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning today, the Katy Independent School District community will see two new faces as part of the District's Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Donald T. "Duke" Keller, Jr. and Lance Redmon were welcomed as the newest members of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Keller, who will serve as trustee for Position 1 and Redmond, who will serve in Position 2, took the oath of office and were officially sworn in tonight.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Immediately following the swearing in of these board members, both began their roles as part of the school district trustees for the remainder of the Work Study meeting and in a closed meeting.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as a board member are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Board%20Members%20Sworn%20in%20May%2020,%202019%2024.JPG" alt="Board Members Sworn in May 20, 2019 24.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left to Right):  Lance Redmond, Katy ISD Position 2 </p><p style="text-align:center;">&<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> Donald T. "Duke" Keller, Jr., Katy ISD Position 1 <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Shines Under the Stars at the Tommy Tunes Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1047Katy ISD Shines Under the Stars at the Tommy Tunes Awards<div class="ExternalClass8D4A52EA7FE44A6AAED5DCF12C37ADBC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">And the winners are…Seven Lakes High School and Tompkins High School!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the 17</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) Tommy Tunes Awards these campuses competed against 43 other Houston area high schools to receive several recognitions for their outstanding work on their full-length musical productions.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School's production of Disney's <em>Beauty and the Beast</em> received two awards, one for Senior Jared Guidry as Best Supporting Actor for his role as "<em>Lumiere" </em>and a second<em> </em>award for the orchestra group, which was named the Best Orchestra.  The lighting crew at Tompkins High School, made up of Samantha Hennig, Jeff Miller, Rene Thomas Rodriguez, Vibi Roopnarine and Cameron Strapp, received the Best Lighting Design for the musical <em>Once on This Island.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Competing in the TUTS Tommy Tunes Awards is a great opportunity for Katy ISD students to promote their creativity through theater, dance and music," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  "Such recognition oftentimes ignites the beginning of a lifelong career in performing arts for our Katy ISD students," added Archer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">TUTS also awards merit and financially-based scholarships to outstanding students, who range from performers, designers, directors, technicians, choreographers and musicians who have been involved in their school's Tommy Tunes production.  Tompkins High School Senior Addison Hurst was named a scholarship recipient this year.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS%20Accepting%20Award.png" alt="OTHS Accepting Award.png" style="margin:5px;width:337px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Students Receiving Award<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20accepting%20Award2.JPG" alt="SLHS accepting Award2.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:342px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Students Receiving Award<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Economics Challenge Team Heads to National Finalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1046Katy ISD Economics Challenge Team Heads to National Finals<div class="ExternalClassD515BC91E92142788A92E8DE47896467"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">They're packing their bags and headed to New York City!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School Economics Challenge Team is advancing to the 19</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual National Economics Challenge Finals, which will take place in New York City on May 18-20.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eight teams from around the country are advancing to the National Championship event.  Tompkins High School now joins Bellaire High School as the only schools to ever represent Texas in the Economics Challenge Advanced Placement (AP) Division during its 19 years of competition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The OTHS Economics Challenge Team will be making history when they attend this event," said Tompkins High School AP Economics Teacher Michael Clark. "To see how in this past school year this group of students has worked tirelessly to improve their microeconomics, macroeconomics as well as their international and current event knowledge is an award in itself.  I'm confident they will represent Katy ISD well," added Clark.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The National Champions will then face off against their Chinese counterparts in the final quiz bowl rounds at the end of the New York City event.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051319_OTHS_Economics%20Challenge%20Team%20Goes%20to%20Nationals.jpg" alt="051319_OTHS_Economics Challenge Team Goes to Nationals.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Attribution:  Daniel VanderKlay, Colin Weil, Kristi Zhang, Ridwana Islam </p><p style="text-align:center;">and AP Economics Teacher Michael Clark<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Its Valedictorians and Salutatorianshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1045Katy ISD Announces Its Valedictorians and Salutatorians<div class="ExternalClassDDE03A93603B4287B7679374199204A2"><p>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 2018-2019 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul><li>William Li Wang – Valedictorian<br></li><ul><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Chemistry</li></ul><li>Nevin George – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:  Math and Computer Science</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Joshua Aman Dierker – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li></ul><li>Sarah Catherine Hatcher – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Owais Hyder Ghulam – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Houston</li><li>Major:  Chemical Engineering</li></ul><li>Monica Arrambide Valdes – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Texas A&M University</li><li>Major:  Computer Engineering</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Frederica Anna Kizek – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Southern Methodist University</li><li>Major:  Biology on pre-med track and swimming for university</li></ul><li>Bao Khanh Hoang Vu – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Stanford University<br></li><li>Major:  Economics<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Surya Indukuri – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Hofstra University</li><li>Major:  Bio-Chemistry</li></ul><li>Naveen Kumar Venkat – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Major:  Computer Science & Math</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Houston</li><li>Major: Biology</li></ul><li>Sunny Ann Tang – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Harvard University</li><li>Major:  Chemistry</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Blake Austin Romero – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li></ul><li>Kristi Zhang – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Cornell University</li><li>Major:  Engineering</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS_William%20Li%20Wang_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="CRHS_William Li Wang_Valedictorian.JPG" style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">William Li Wang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS_Nevin%20George_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="CRHS_Nevin George_Salutatorian.JPG" style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Nevin George<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KHS_Joshua%20Aman%20Dierker_Valedictorian.jpg" alt="KHS_Joshua Aman Dierker_Valedictorian.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Joshua Aman Dierker<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KHS_Sarah%20Catherine%20Hatcher_Salutatorian.jpg" alt="KHS_Sarah Catherine Hatcher_Salutatorian.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sarah Catherine Hatcher</p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Salutatorian</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS_Owais%20Hyder%20Ghulam_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="MCHS_Owais Hyder Ghulam_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Owais Hyder Ghulam</p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS_Monica%20Arrambide%20Valdes_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="MCHS_Monica Arrambide Valdes_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Monica Arrambide Valdes</p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School Salutatorian</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Frederica%20Anna%20Kizek_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="MRHS_Frederica Anna Kizek_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Frederica Anna Kizek</p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Bao%20Khanh%20Hoang%20Vu_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="MRHS_Bao Khanh Hoang Vu_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bao Khanh Hoang Vu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Surya%20Indukuri_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="SLHS_Surya Indukuri_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Surya Indukuri</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Naveen%20Kumar%20Venkat_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="SLHS_Naveen Kumar Venkat_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Naveen Kumar Venkat</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Lauren%20Mary%20Huyentran%20Nguyen_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="THS_Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Sunny%20Ann%20Tang_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="THS_Sunny Ann Tang_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sunny Ann Tang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_Blake%20Austin%20Romero_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="OTHS_Blake Austin Romero_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Blake Austin Romero</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_Kristi%20Zhang_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="OTHS_Kristi Zhang_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kristi Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Salutatorian<br></p></div>
Testing Information for Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1043Testing Information for Katy ISD Students<div class="ExternalClassCE2603247FFB4E86B563DD9536D1A5E6"><p>Due to the closure of Katy ISD campuses and facilities today, testing information for elementary, junior high, and high school students is as follows:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Elementary and Junior High:</strong></span></p><p>STAAR 3-8 testing will continue as scheduled starting Monday, May 13.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School:</strong></span></p><p>STAAR EOC make-up tests for tests that were administered this week, will take place on Monday, May 13.  AP exams scheduled for Friday, May 10 will be administered on Thursday, May 23.</p><p>Campus principals intend to communicate the status of their campus events and activities scheduled for this evening and weekend via separate enews throughout today and later this evening.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair Recaphttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1041Katy ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair Recap<div class="ExternalClassDEEA31A3704D447E80878E11E0EAA86D"><p>​The Katy ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair, which happened April 27, was a great success! Hosted in the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), candidates had the opportunity to meet with representatives from each Katy ISD campus as well as the entire district Human Resources (HR)staff to learn what positions are available, get to know the individual campuses’ culture, and to potentially interview for an open job.</p><p>There was a total of 1,157 candidates who came to the event; 571 came to the secondary fair in the morning and 586 came for the elementary fair in the afternoon. In addition to the HR staff, representatives from the LMC, Katy ISD Police, Maintenance and Operations, Technology and Food Services, the Superintendent, General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Assistant Superintendents for School Leadership and Support and the Assistant Superintendent for Operations were in attendance.</p><p>Candidates where instructed to bring their resume and a copy of their certification and/or the TEA/SBEC content exam scores. Each campus had their own table with collateral and available job information. Candidates also had the opportunity to interview and be offered a job at the fair.<br></p><p>Thank you to each of our campuses for representing Katy ISD well and thank you to the candidates for their interest in our incredible district! We’ll see you next time!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%2011.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 11.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%202.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 2.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%2023_3.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 23_3.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p></div>
2019 Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=10402019 Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Results<div class="ExternalClass65A259E9A8AC4F90BA47170429556728"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Final votes for the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elections have been counted and the unofficial tally is as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 1 Candidates:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Sean M. Dolan<br></span><span style="font-size:13px;">Fin</span><span style="font-size:13px;">al Voting Total: 1,062</span></p><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><br>Rebecca Fox<br>Final Voting Total: 3,320<br><span style="font-size:14px;"><br>Donald T. ("Duke") Keller, Jr. </span></div><p style="text-align:justify;">Final Voting Total:  4,093</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 2 Candidate:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Lance Eugene Redmon<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">i</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nal Voting Total:  7,563</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">Click here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. </p><p><br></p></div>
The First-Ever Book Vending Machine Arrives at Katy ISDhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1039The First-Ever Book Vending Machine Arrives at Katy ISD<div class="ExternalClassDCBB913CE4E14B7A88E0FF4BF2F6BBEF"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary (BES) is now the home of the first-ever book vending machine in Katy ISD. Thanks to the fundraising efforts by the students and PTA group, the school was able to acquire a vending machine that holds books for students to purchase.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The idea for the book vending machine came from Dr. William H. Rhodes, Principal at BES, who saw a tweet about a school in New York unveiling a book vending machine for their students.  "I went straight to our Librarian, Nidia Casillas, and said, 'We have to have this. It is an amazing idea!'" Mrs. Casillas found the small company in New York and created a plan to present to the BES PTA Board. After an enthusiastic and quick approval, the PTA created the "Crazy Coin Competition" where students bring loose change and bills to donate. The homeroom class that collected the most money had their teacher crowned as King or Queen of the Annual Bryant Ball. Through the fundraiser, the students raised enough to cover half of the machine, and the PTA paid for the other half, along with covering the cost of books. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The book vending machine accepts special coins, which students will earn for good behavior and improvement on grades, as well as through drawings every Friday that are made over live announcements. Books are hand-selected by Librarian Casillas, who has chosen a wide variety of popular books for all grade levels. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our students LOVE going to the library," says Dr. Rhodes, "The library is the central focus of the school and students are always seeing the great things happening in the library. The book vending machine just makes our library even more special and helps attract kids to love reading even more." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Book Vending Machine unveiling took place on Friday, May 3. Students from each grade level, as well as the Queen of the Bryant Ball, had the opportunity to be the first to use the machine with coins they earned earlier this month. <br></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fudsooxyaswewxu/AABQ1s_Ps-Ox7TmOtTmPpoj-a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the new book vending machine</a></span><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/050319_BES_Book%20Vending%20Machine%20Unveiling%20(10).JPG" alt="050319_BES_Book Vending Machine Unveiling (10).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:653px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named the College Board's AP District of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1038Katy ISD Named the College Board's AP District of the Year<div class="ExternalClass7BFCC126297A4D7DA9CDC44E6208583E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is now known as the number one school district in the nation when it comes to expanding access to, and increasing performance in, Advanced Placement (AP) courses! Today, Katy ISD was named the College Board Advanced Placement</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">®</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Large District of the Year. Elected officials, students, teachers, district administration, and the College Board leadership, were all on hand to celebrate this outstanding achievement at a student assembly held at Morton Ranch High School this morning.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"During the year in which we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary, I'm proud to say that what we have achieved here today is evidence of a century of learning that is built upon in every classroom, every day," said Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Day in and day out, our teachers and staff are helping inquisitive minds expand their knowledge and skills in preparation for post-secondary education, careers and beyond," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD leads the nation in expanding access to AP while helping more AP students earn scores that translate into college savings," said Trevor Packer, College Board's Senior Vice President for AP & Instruction. "Administrators and teachers throughout Katy's schools - not just the many superb AP teachers - are doing tremendous work to prepare a wide range of students for AP classes," added Packer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In order to receive this recognition, the College Board requires a district of Katy ISD's size to increase student participation in AP courses by four percent over a three-year period. From 2017 to 2018 alone, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP courses increased by 25 percent, and the number of exams administered increased by 20 percent.<strong>  </strong>As far as performance, 77.4 percent of AP exams taken by Katy ISD students scored a three or better.</p><p>Participating in AP course work can lead to college savings for many families.  The typical student who scores a three or higher on two AP exams has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.  </p><p>In addition to today's event, Katy ISD will be honored in Orlando, FL during the 2019 AP Annual Conference in July 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/4lk73ieot7giq54/KATY%20ISD%20District%20College%20Board%20District%20of%20The%20Year%20.mp4?dl=0">Broll of the College Board AP District of the Year Recognition</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4p0h77r5mayznlg/AACqeW6VXWP_8uHbAq4MAMb4a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of College Board AP District of the Year Recognition</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/ZCAJ5vCtQfA">Katy ISD Advanced Placement Student Highlight Video</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISDhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1037Board of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISD<div class="ExternalClassC448228F3EDA45ABA320C6AEFD337D40"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During the Katy Independent School District April Board meeting this evening, Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Leslie Haack as the new Deputy Superintendent for the District.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Haack returns to Katy ISD, where she began her educational career back in 1998 at Taylor High School as a teacher and assistant coach.  The following year, she transferred to Cinco Ranch High School where she taught and coached for two years prior to being named Assistant Principal in 2001.  Ms. Haack held that position until she was promoted to Associate Principal in 2004.  Four years later, in 2008, she was named principal at Sealy High School in Sealy Independent School District and served in that capacity for one year prior to transferring to the same position at George Ranch High School in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.  While serving in Lamar CISD, she was named Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, and three years later, she was promoted to Deputy Superintendent for Support Services.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Haack will oversee School Leadership and Support Services, Operations, and Athletics.  Ms. Haack is a graduate of the University of Kansas and she earned a master's degree from Prairie View A&M University.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Board%20Recognitions%20April%2022,%202019%2031.JPG" alt="Board Recognitions April 22, 2019 31.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:575px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Re-Designated as a National School to Watchhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1034Seven Lakes Junior High Re-Designated as a National School to Watch<div class="ExternalClassACB04D1DEAEC4FBCAE6B1B50D0EAD425"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For the<span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> second time, Seven Lakes Junior High (SLJH) has been designated as a Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).  SLJH joins approximately 35 other campuses across Texas with this distinction and honor.  The school will be recognized nationally in Washington D.C. at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 27-29, 2019.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">SLJH was selected for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes.  In addition, the school is known to have a strong leadership team, which includes teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction as well as a shared commitment toward assessment and accountability for continuous improvement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"Receiving a National Schools to Watch re-designation is an honor for SLJH.  We couldn't have done it without our dedicated staff, students and parents who work together to ensure that this school is at a high-performing level," said Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Kristin Harper.  "Our goal is to meet the needs of our students and motivate them to create a bright future," added Harper.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met certain established criteria.  Schools were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, students work and interviewed administrators and teachers among other observation mechanisms.  Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of the third year, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated.  <br></span></p><p><br></p></div>
World Language 2019 Farrington Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1033World Language 2019 Farrington Competition<div class="ExternalClassF2763AA5A23147DF93AD6CFFBF0093F7"><p>On Saturday, April 6, over 200 students from all over the Houston area competed in the World Language 2019 Farrington Competition at Northbrook High School. Katy ISD is pleased to announce that our District was  well represented. <br></p><p>Below are the winners from Katy ISD at the 2019 Farrington Competition.</p><p>Also, a special thank you to the Katy ISD LOTE teachers that serve on the board as language chairs- Amber Warren from OTHS, Kandice McGrew from KHS, Érika Garza and Nitzia Guillén from THS and Heidi Kirby from CRHS. </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Language</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Place</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Student Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Teacher</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katylee Throbordeaux</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mallory Tipton</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Savannah Scheffler</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Juliana Jones</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>rd</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Chloe Nott</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Audrey Reyna</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Erin Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ellie Pitcock</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Audrey Reyna</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>ND</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kritika Gautam</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Michelle MacLachlan</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">MMJH</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Davide Noca</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Adriana Pacheco</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Kaul</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amne Kreiler</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Isabel Ebben</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Adriana Pacheco</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Min Ko Ko</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lucy Baugh</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">MCHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kane Thurman</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wilma Miramontes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paula Stenkamp</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kathryn Payne</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>ND</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Gabriela Morantes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yolanda Cáceres</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Carlos Mosquera</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yolanda Cáceres</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Advanced</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thaiss Loaeza</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kathryn Payne</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ashley Guillory</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Heloise Sturm</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elizabeth Witney</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yu Ting Lin</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">French 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ashita Raghuvanshi</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wendy Kirkle</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Twenty Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Scorehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1032Twenty Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score<div class="ExternalClassDB2CE57344A94858A8A1024715D2DB1F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is celebrating a rare feat:  20 of its high school students recently found out that they obtained a perfect score, a 36, on the ACT exam.  Not only is this a major achievement for the district but it's a rare one as well, considering that less than .1 percent of all test takers earn the top score.  Only 3,741 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a letter to these students ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda congratulated them for their outstanding performance and stated, "Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead."  The following Katy ISD students earned a perfect score on the ACT:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li>Jacob Severin</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li>Patrick White</li><li>Richard Zhu</li><li>Emma Dyson<br></li><li>Alexander Cho<br></li><li>Avery Dyson</li><li>Juan Lara<br></li><li>Sunny Tang<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></p><ul><li>Jianuo Wang</li><li>Ridwana Islam</li><li>Kalyyanee Nanaaware<br></li><li>Rishi Tummala</li><li>Elysia Wu</li><li>Kristi Zhang<br></li><li>Michael Han<br></li><li>Nicholas Khami<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong></p><ul><li>Justin Zhang<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></p><ul><li>Sean Heffernan</li><li>Waiz Khan<br></li><li>Alejandro Mantilla<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36.  ACT scores are accepted by all major United States four-year colleges and universities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wcds0xwyllm4w6y/AACS2kG_X9sWnWzKhcB_7n9La?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD Students with Perfect ACT Scores</a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_KHS_Jacob Severin.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_KHS_Jacob%20Severin.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jacob Severin</p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Patrick White.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Patrick%20White.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Patrick White</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Taylor High School</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Richard Zhu.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Richard%20Zhu.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Richard Zhu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Emma Dyson.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Emma%20Dyson.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Emma Dyson</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Alexander%20Cho.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Alexander Cho.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Cho<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Avery%20Dyson.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Avery Dyson.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Avery Dyson<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Juan%20Lara.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Juan Lara.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:216px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Juan Lara<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Sunny%20Tang.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Sunny Tang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:224px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sunny Tang<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Jianuo Wang.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Jianuo%20Wang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jianuo Wang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Ridwana Islam.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Ridwana%20Islam.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ridwana Islam</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Kalyyanee Nanaaware.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Kalyyanee%20Nanaaware.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:202px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kalyyanee Nanaaware</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Rishi Tummala.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Rishi%20Tummala.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:207px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Rishi Tummala</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Elysia Wu.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Elysia%20Wu.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Elysia Wu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Kristi Zhang.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Kristi%20Zhang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:212px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kristi Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Michael%20Han.jpg" alt="040319_OTHS_Michael Han.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:209px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Michael Han<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Nicholas%20Khami.jpg" alt="040319_OTHS_Nicholas Khami.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:217px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Nicholas Khami<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_CRHS_Justin Zhang.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_CRHS_Justin%20Zhang.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:216px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Justin Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_SLHS_Sean Heffernan.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Sean%20Heffernan.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:224px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sean Heffernan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_SLHS_Waiz Khan.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Waiz%20Khan.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:232px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Waiz Khan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Alejandro%20Mantilla.JPG" alt="040319_SLHS_Alejandro Mantilla.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:244px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alejandro Mantilla<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><br></div>
Katy ISD Named 2019 Best Communities for Music Educationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1031Katy ISD Named 2019 Best Communities for Music Education<div class="ExternalClassCC3B71C440B04723BBA158FC114AAE22"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Seventeen out of 20 years, Katy Independent School District has received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  The District has received this recognition for 15 consecutive years. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year NAMM Foundation recognized 623 school districts and 98 individual schools.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Not only is Katy ISD considered one of the best music programs in the nation, but our fine arts educators have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to our students," said Executive Director of Fine Arts Mike Ouellette.  "Music is an important practice for students as it assists in brain development, increases human connections and can even serve as a stress reliever," added Ouellette.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040219_Best%20Communities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="040219_Best Communities for Music Education.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1030Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competition<div class="ExternalClass9309B8C8791743488DCD96A1D216F3C8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Fifteen Katy Independent School District Destination Imagination (DI) Teams headed to the 2019 Texas DI State Tournament, recently held in Corpus Christi, Texas, and of the 15 teams, five are now advancing to the Global Competition in Kansas City, Missouri on May 22-26.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following teams represented Katy ISD at the state tournament:<br></p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary – <em>Bird Brains </em></li><li>Alexander Elementary - <em>Exploding Tacos</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Holland Elementary – <em>RESPR</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li><li>Williams Elementary – <em>Blades</em></li><li>Winborn Elementary – <em>Nerd Herd</em></li><li>Wolman Elementary – <em>The Liberties</em></li><li>Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Houston, We have a Problem</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>WoodCreek Junior High & Katy Junior High – <em>Chicks with Kicks</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School – <em>24/7 Silly</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>RAD DI Orton</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li></ul><p>Advancing to Global Competition are:<br></p><ul><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li></ul><p>The <em>28 Eyes Team</em> from Seven Lakes High School finished first in the state and was awarded a DaVinci Award for Outstanding Design.  The <em>Game for Fame Team</em> from Griffin Elementary received first place in their category and were awarded a Renaissance Award for Outstanding Creativity.  The <em>Unknown Space Scientist Team</em> from Shafer Elementary finished third, the Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High the <em>Royal Challengers</em> <em>Team</em> finished fifth and the McMeans Junior High <em>It's Classified Team</em> finished six.</p><p>Destination Imagination is a school-based program devoted to helping students gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining and mind-boggling challenges.  The program is created and guided by parents, educators and community volunteers who support the art and skill of creative problem solving.  DI seeks to develop the creativity, innovation and imagination of students while working as team members to collaborate, stay within a budget and meet deadlines.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BDJH_Houston%20We%20have%20a%20Problem.jpg" alt="030619_BDJH_Houston We have a Problem.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:553px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:14px;">Houston</em><em>, We</em><em style="font-size:14px;"> have a Problem Team<br></em> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BHE_RESPR.jpg" alt="030619_BHE_RESPR.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>RESPR Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_FPSE_Unknown%20Space%20Scientists.jpg" alt="030619_FPSE_Unknown Space Scientists.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Shafer Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Unknown Space Scientists Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_JWE_Blades.jpg" alt="030619_JWE_Blades.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Williams Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Blades Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MGE_Game%20for%20Fame2.png" alt="030619_MGE_Game for Fame2.png" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Griffin Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Game for Fame Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MMJH_Its%20Classified%20at%20Tournament.jpg" alt="030619_MMJH_Its Classified at Tournament.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">McMeans Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>It's Classified Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Bird%20Brains.jpg" alt="030619_RAE_Bird Brains.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bird Brains</em><br></p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Exploding%20Tacos.jpg" alt="030619_RAE_Exploding Tacos.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Exploding Tacos Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RJWE_The%20Liberties.jpg" alt="030619_RJWE_The Liberties.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Wolman Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>The Liberties</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SJH%20BDJH_Royal%20Challengers.jpg" alt="030619_SJH BDJH_Royal Challengers.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Stockdick Junior High and Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Royal Challengers</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SLHS_All%20Three%20Teams%20Together.JPG" alt="030619_SLHS_All Three Teams Together.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:554px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>24/7 Silly Team, RAD DI ORTON Team and 28 Eyes Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_WCJH%20KHS_Chicks%20with%20Kicks.JPG" alt="030619_WCJH KHS_Chicks with Kicks.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>WoodCreek Junior High and Katy Junior High<br>Chicks with Kicks Team</em></p></div>
Katy ISD Public Relations Efforts Recognized by State Organizationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1028Katy ISD Public Relations Efforts Recognized by State Organization<div class="ExternalClassFFFC7C03AFE549E3B70A06F40A5E8001"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Katy Independent School District was awarded 13 Star Awards for outstanding work in communications, branding <span style="text-align:center;">and </span>school public relations by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), as part of that organization's annual awards program.  The District competed against 1,460 other entries from school districts across the state and won one "Best of Category," and five gold and seven silver <span style="text-align:center;">recognitions</span>.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"Our team's number one priority is to keep our parents, students and community members connected and informed through transparent and timely communication that reaches stakeholders where they are at, be it on-line or in-person," said Chief Communications Officer, Dr. Andrea Grooms.  "The staff's proactive approach to engaging the community through multiple communications campaigns and platforms provides unique opportunities for our community's voice to be heard and a part of decision-making that directly impacts our students' learning experiences," added Grooms.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The recognitions include:<br></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Best of Category:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> Katy ISD Update:  October 2017</span></li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Gold Star:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">2018 Student Excellence Event Program</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Transportation Centers Dedication Program</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Superintendent's 2017 Convocation Address</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Be the Legacy</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Update: October 2017</span></li></ol><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silver Star</span>:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">2018 Student Excellence Event Invitation</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Nurse of the Year</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"The Katy Bunch" - Video Script</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Hindt's Highlights – March 2018</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Texting and Driving PSA</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD JROTC Profile</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Maintenance & Operations Profile</span></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Communications Department and Internal and Community Relations Department are responsible for district-wide communications initiatives, media relations, website operations, district social media, videography projects, crisis communications, staff communications, events, and Community Education in a school district of 80,000+ students and more than 300,000 stakeholders.</span></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_5245.JPG" alt="IMG_5245.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" />(Left to right:  Sarah Klein – Coordinator of Events & Special Projects, Brian LePori – Web Manager, Maria DiPetta – Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia, Ray Cortez – Videographer, Leah Marchione – Director of Internal & Community Relations)</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Grand Champion Winners Win Big in Katy ISD Auctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1027Grand Champion Winners Win Big in Katy ISD Auction<div class="ExternalClassE90BC4A56B284C77AC53BF4BFA61395D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The final 2019 Katy Independent School District FFA Livestock Show auction totals were officially announced this week.  Student livestock projects raised $579,949.00.  This year's livestock show consisted of 540 student exhibitors.  Top live auction winners include:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rabbits:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Oliver Semrad                          $7,500.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, William Blake Griggs           $4,500.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Broilers:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Lauren Summers                    $7,000.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Zoe BeDell                           $4,700.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Goat:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Desiree Caramela Amstutz   $6,700.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Stephannie Gomez             $6,000.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lamb:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Blake Daniel Muesse             $6,700.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Skyler Weathers                  $6,699.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hog:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Collin Wade Wilson                $13,500.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Abigail May                           $13,499.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Steer:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Mikaela Flenner                      $21,000.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, April Villarreal                      $14,000.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mul0k43u5hg1l50/AAC5Iyms1qt7zhcS72geyl8Ea?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Winners</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Art Students Earn $316,000 in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Auctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1025Katy ISD Art Students Earn $316,000 in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Auction<div class="ExternalClass049698CB1F9A46269C8459AF4E98AF56"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was a Spring Break to remember for 13 Katy Independent School District art students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) Art Auction, which raised a total of $316,000. As with last year, Katy ISD had more students in the art auction than any other participating school district. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School 11<sup>th</sup> grader Madelyn Huynh's creation entitled "<em>Texas Stud</em>" won Class Champion over the monochromatic drawing entries and was the highest placed piece among high school entries, with bids reaching $75,000.  Adriana Landin-Seneriz from Tays Junior High auctioned her painting, "<em>Midsummer Dreamin</em>" for $49,000 and was named the Junior High Class Champion.  Likewise, Ashley Chung from Beck Junior High stepped onto the stage to be named the Reserve Class Champion for her creation entitled "<em>Next to the Road,</em>" which auctioned off for $32,000. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The details placed into each piece of artwork is breathtaking," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Even more impressive is that this year Katy ISD swept the junior high art division by taking the top two placements over all the junior high entries," added Jones.</p><p style="text-align:center;">To view all Katy ISD art submissions, visit the <a href="https://www.rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program#ArtGallery">HLS&R Art Gallery</a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2.%20Madelyn%20Huynh_Texas%20Stud_Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="2. Madelyn Huynh_Texas Stud_Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:490px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Madelynn Huynh</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Texas Stud"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Class Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;">$75,000<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1.%20Adriana%20Landin%20Seneriz_Midsummer%20Dreamin_Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="1. Adriana Landin Seneriz_Midsummer Dreamin_Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:493px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Adriana Landin-Seneriz</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tays Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Midsummer Dreamin"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Class Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;">$49,000<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/3.%20Ashley%20Chung_Next%20to%20the%20Road_Reserve%20Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="3. Ashley Chung_Next to the Road_Reserve Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:492px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ashley Chung</p><p style="text-align:center;">Beck Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Next to the Road"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Reserve Class Champion<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">$32,000<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD More Than Doubles in Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1024Katy ISD More Than Doubles in Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards<div class="ExternalClass0F6BBEE5654B40E880DC8C9F0DFFF77B"><p style="text-align:left;"><span>Two hundred and twenty-three students from Katy Independent School District were named Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners by the Harris County Department of Education.  In the regional art awards, there were 137 students while in regional writing there was a total of 86 recipients.  This included 79 Gold Keys, 109 Silver Keys </span><span style="text-align:center;">and </span>122 Honorable Mentions.  This year Katy ISD has nearly tripled its overall winners and increased its Gold Key winners, which is the highest honor.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The best part of this recognition is that so many Katy ISD campuses were included," said Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator Amanda Palmer.  "There are thousands of entries every year ranging from photography, poetry, mixed media to short stories.  Our Katy ISD students are part of "<em>Creating the Future</em>", through their art and writing pieces," added Palmer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Top award Gold Key recipients advance to national judging to be considered for Gold and Silver Medals which are announced March 12 and awarded June 6 through a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1923, provide young artists and writers in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to showcase their art and writing talents.  The goal of these competitions is to bring outstanding visual art and writing created by teens to a national audience by showcasing the work and encouraging creative development.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click the <a href="https://hcde-texas.org/scholastic-awards/awardees/">HCDE Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</a> for a full list of Katy ISD winners.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Collegeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1022Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Colleges<div class="ExternalClass4F6A03ABD8A74AC58198B232F1196E71"><p>During the month of February, Katy Independent School District celebrated National Signing Day events across its high schools.  This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat and effort pay off for several Katy ISD athletes, as well as a memorable moment in which high school seniors sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport. Several Katy ISD signees committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and additional student signing events are set to take place throughout the year.    <br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Aliana Marroquin, Softball, Tyler Junior College</li><li>Sanders Crawford, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Demetrius Martin, Football, Urbana University</li><li>Jake O'Neil, Football, Texas Lutheran University</li><li>Cameron Harper, Football, Midwestern State University</li><li>Conner Hughes, Football, Rice University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Cole Birmingham, Football, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Fernanda Gamez, Swim, University of Arkansas</li><li>Autumn Gentry, Volleyball, New Mexico State University</li><li>Deondrick Glass, Football, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Dawson Gonzales, Football, Southwestern University (Georgetown)</li><li>Ben Harter, Football, Trinity University*</li><li>Kaelyn Lance, Swim, McMurry University</li><li>Carmen Lozada, Female Soccer, St. Thomas University</li><li>Daniel Manibog, Wrestling, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Payton McVey, Female Soccer, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Amanda Meuth, Volleyball, University of Houston</li><li>Emma Sheehan, Volleyball, Texas A&M International</li><li>Bella Tablante, Female Soccer, Trinity University</li><li>Jianni Angulo, Football, Grand View State University</li><li>Garrett Madison, Football, Southern Methodist University</li><li>Kaleb Cue, Football, East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Jakoby Kenneth, Football, University of Texas of the Permian Basin</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Brian Lampton, Football, Southern Nazarene University</li><li>Jalon Strong, Football, Kilgore College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Amanda Hu, Softball, Carlow University</li><li>Xavier Luehr, Football, Blinn Jr. College*</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lakes</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Michael Batton, Football, University of Louisiana at Lafayette</li><li>Rasheen Green, Football, Angelo State University</li><li>John Harrington, Football, Wofford College</li><li>Daniel North, Football, Sam Houston State University</li><li>David Ugwoegbu, Football, Oklahoma State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Dillon Alam, Football, Texas Wesleyan University</li><li>Andrew Coker, Football, Texas Christian University</li><li>Josh Ferguson, Football, New Mexico State University</li><li>Conner Fremin, Baseball, Wharton County Jr. College</li><li>Parker Gregg, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li><li>Zain Kiblawi, Male Soccer, Southwestern University</li><li>Jeremy Kristynik, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li><li>Zac LeFevre, Football, Southwestern University</li><li>Ben Montgomery, Football, Dartmouth College</li><li>Cole Sorkness, Football, Carnegie Mellon University</li><li>Shaun Tolbert, Football, Lamar University</li><li>Joseph Ungaro, Baseball, Southwestern College in Kansas</li><li>Sawyer Underwood, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Chris Adams, Volleyball, Southeastern Louisiana University</li><li>Austin Bell, Baseball, Blinn Junior College</li><li>Justin Cardenas, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Kolby Crowe, Wrestling, Tiffin University</li><li>Colin Frimel, Golf, Capital University</li><li>Carrie Gerdes, Female Soccer, Howard Payne University</li><li>Brayden Gonzales, XC/Track, University of Montevallo</li><li>Mimi Heholt, Volleyball, Delaware State University</li><li>Jordan Holmes, Football, University of Texas of the Permian Basin</li><li>Tyler Marchelli, XC/Track, Trinity University</li><li>Rex Martin, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Jovan Prado, Male Soccer, University of Memphis</li><li>Justis Wineland, Baseball, Alvin Community College</li><li>Moyra Zulaica, Volleyball, Pittsburg State University</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/prvucot7fh1syg5/AACgSepk551HNWs_Qd87_dsla?dl=0">Photo Gallery of 2019 Signees</a></p><p>*picture not available<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_KHS_Signing%20Day.JPG" alt="020619_KHS_Signing Day.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:666px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_MCHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_MCHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:674px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_MRHS_Signing%20Day%20Hu%201.jpg" alt="020619_MRHS_Signing Day Hu 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:680px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_OTHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_OTHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:687px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_SLHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_SLHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:685px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_THS_SigningDay.jpg" alt="020619_THS_SigningDay.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:686px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Aliana%20Marroquin.JPEG" alt="021219_CRHS_Aliana Marroquin.JPEG" style="margin:5px;width:691px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Cameron%20Harper.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Cameron Harper.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:691px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Connor%20Hughes.jpg" alt="021219_CRHS_Connor Hughes.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Demetrius%20Martin.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Demetrius Martin.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:701px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Jake%20O%27Neil.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Jake O'Neil.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:698px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Sanders%20Crawford.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Sanders Crawford.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:700px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Spelling out Victory!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1021Katy ISD Students Spelling out Victory!<div class="ExternalClass93E9BC202BA140209AC232EECA7ED442"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">W-I-N-N-E-R-S that spells Winners!!  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the recent 2019 Katy ISD Spelling Bee Winners.  The winning word was "drupaceous" which Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan spelled out without hesitation.  The seventh-grader went through a rigorous 21 rounds of competition to ultimately be recognized as the Spelling Bee Champion of Katy ISD. Memorial Parkway Junior High seventh-grader Beck Beathard was named the Spelling Bee Runner-up and Janina Ojeiduma, an eighth-grader from Seven Lakes Junior High was named Spelling Bee Alternate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The hard work, determination and countless hours spent by these Katy ISD students to prepare for such competition is a clear demonstration of their passion to excel in whatever they set their minds to," said Katy ISD Instructional Officer for Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Wells.  "Students are excited for the District's competition and we know they will represent Katy ISD well," added Wells. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Keerthana and Beck will represent Katy ISD at the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee on March 23.  The Champion and Runner-up at the Regional Spelling Bee event will then advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to these students!<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/K.%20Krishnan%20B.%20Beathard%20J.%20Ojeiduma%20-%20Champion%20Runner%20Up%20Alternate.jpeg" alt="K. Krishnan B. Beathard J. Ojeiduma - Champion Runner Up Alternate.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:530px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Photo Attribution:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Left:  Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Center:  Memorial Parkway Junior High Beck Beathard</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Runner-Up</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Right:  Seven Lakes Junior High Janina Ojeiduma</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 8</p><p style="text-align:center;">Alternate<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Region IV Principal Honoreeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1020Katy ISD Announces Region IV Principal Honorees<div class="ExternalClassA277FEFEFAEC42AD9EB186C97179B1F9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District recently announced Golbow Elementary Principal Dr. Ann Lalime and Morton Ranch High School Principal Julie Hinson as Katy ISD Principals of the Year as well as honorees for the Region IV Principal Recognition.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both school administrators were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth as well as their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff to reach their goals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Lalime has worked in the field of education for 25 years including 10 years as a principal, eight years as assistant principal, one year as an instructional specialist and six years as a teacher.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff and community at Golbow Elementary," said Dr. Ann Lalime.  "I am always amazed by how our staff goes above and beyond to work together to help our students grow every day.  We have created a bright vision for the future and the possibilities are unlimited for our students," said Lalime.</p><p>Julie Hinson has 21 years of experience in education, 17 of which she has been at Katy ISD.  This is her fourth year as principal for the District.  Hinson opened up Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) as the first head swim coach and math teacher and has been at MRHS for 12 of the 15 years the school has been open.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"I am passionate about providing our students a voice to effect change in their world," said MRHS Principal Julie Hinson.  "When they shake my hand at graduation, they are young adults ready to take risks, accept challenges, and use their voice as proud Mavericks," added Hinson.  </span><br></p><p>Both principals, along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area, will participate in a recognition ceremony at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on April 3 at Hotel Zaza.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030419_GE_Dr.%20Ann%20Lalime4.jpg" alt="030419_GE_Dr. Ann Lalime4.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:416px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Dr. Ann Lalime – Principal at Golbow Elementary School<br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030419_MRHS_Julie%20Hinson.jpg" alt="030419_MRHS_Julie Hinson.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:516px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Julie Hinson – Principal at Morton Ranch High School<br></p></div>
Educators Named Finalists for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1019Educators Named Finalists for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award<div class="ExternalClassD930D5B7BC2144A39EB4A680B4C5DC05"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was the surprise of a </span>lifetime<span style="text-align:justify;"> for two Katy Independent School District educators who never imagined their busy school schedule would somehow include a twist of excitement.  Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks and Memorial Parkway Principal Doreen Martinez were shocked to see H-E-B representatives and camera crews arrive at their school with a large $1,000 check, balloons, cookies, flowers and the stunning news that they would be traveling to Austin, TX on May 4-5 to compete at a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides receiving $1,000 checks, Mrs. Jacks' school will also receive a $1,000 check and Principal Martinez' school will receive a $2,500 check.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's always great to celebrate the passion, dedication and creativity of our Katy ISD educators," said Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs.  "I'm proud to say that some of the best educators in Texas are part of the Katy ISD family," added Carlson-Scruggs.</p><p>H-E-B's Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation.  The Excellence in Educations Awards was launched by H-E-B in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/notmxr8giezt1g5/HEB%20Excellence%20in%20Education%20Award%20Feb.19%2c%202019.mp4?dl=0">Video of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Surprise</a> <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021919_KE_HEB%20Excellence%20in%20Education%20Leslyn%20Jacks%20(19).JPG" alt="021919_KE_HEB Excellence in Education Leslyn Jacks (19).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:547px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks with her music students.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021919_MPE_HEB%20Excellence%20In%20Education%20Surprise%20(85).JPG" alt="021919_MPE_HEB Excellence In Education Surprise (85).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:555px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Memorial Parkway Elementary School Principal Dr. Doreen Martinez with her students<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Olga Leonardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1018Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Olga Leonard<div class="ExternalClass2D1C6A565F6140A78790A408F0A1C3C0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the District's newest elementary school after Olga Leonard.  The new school is currently being built in the northwest quadrant of the District in the Morton Creek Ranch subdivision.  Leonard is known for her accomplishments as an elementary, junior high, and high school classroom teacher, an instructional specialist and as an elementary campus administrator in Katy ISD.  She first came to the District in 1985 as a first-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary, followed by K-6 instructional careers at West Memorial Elementary and Hutsell Elementary.</span><br></p><p>In 1987, Mrs. Leonard began collaborating with the district as a curriculum writer and teacher trainer, while providing bilingual instruction to students at Sundown Elementary where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1989.  After that, Olga served as a teacher, team leader and ESL teacher at Cimarron Elementary.<br><br>Following her years in the elementary setting, Olga began teaching Spanish at West Memorial Junior High and McDonald Junior High.  She earned her teaching certification for secondary Spanish, served as a member of the Texas Collaborative Transition Project Committee, and soon went on to teach Spanish at Taylor High School.  During this time, Olga delivered multiple professional development sessions at the state and national level, even winning "Best in State."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The end of the century marked the moment that Olga Leonard began her educational administrative journey.  She served as an instructional specialist for Bilingual Education, Languages Other than English (LOTE) and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Her success in paving the way to multiculturalism in the Katy granted her the opportunity to take bilingualism to a whole new level. Leonard implemented dual language programs serving both speakers of other languages and native English speaking students.  In 2001, she helped open Schmalz Elementary as an assistant principal, where she served until 2003.  The following year, she also assisted in the opening of Kilpatrick Elementary, also as an assistant principal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Always putting children first, her passion for student learning can be seen in the distinctive artistic seal Olga left in the murals she painted and donated to Schmalz Elementary and Memorial Parkway Elementary.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">After being an assistant principal in two Katy ISD schools, she went on to serve as principal of Memorial Parkway Elementary, interim principal at Polly McRoberts Elementary, and as supervisor of student teachers.</p><p>Olga Leonard graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1981, with a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education.  Her voyage into the classroom started the same year when she was hired as a bilingual teacher in Spring Branch ISD.  She later earned a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision with Principal Certification from the University of Houston.  Olga and her husband have two adult children.<br> <br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_6275.JPG" alt="IMG_6275.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork Heads to Auctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1016Katy ISD Student Artwork Heads to Auction<div class="ExternalClass4763FB6AC3084F5FAA9681D1BFAFFC94"><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katy ISD art students number more than any other district in the 2019 School Art Program auction with 13 students advancing to the auction.  Katy ISD is pleased to have a total of 19 students earning cash school art program awards at this time.  This is the first year in the history of the auction and Katy ISD that our two junior high students have swept the top two awards over 120+ districts competing!<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">All Auction work can be viewed online at:</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> </span><a href="https://www.rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">https://www.rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program</span></a><br style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Work will be auctioned on: <strong>Sunday, March 10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> starting at 11:45 am (NRG Arena in the Sales Pavilion)</strong></span></p><p><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><br></strong></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Katy ISD Art Auction:  </strong><strong>13 Students to participate</strong></span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong 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times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tays Junior High</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katrina M Cerk</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>8</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"># 15</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Junior High Reserve Class Champion</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ashley</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chung</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Next to the Road</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Beck Junior High</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alycia Sundrla</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>7</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"># 3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Class Champion, Monochromatic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Madelyn</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Huynh</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Texas Stud</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>11</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 18</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seogene</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Lee</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Done for the Day </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katy HS</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Natalie Rodriguez</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 21</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Nour</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Rashad</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Into the Sunset</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 23</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Luana</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Rodrigues do Sacramento</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">LiL Dreams and texas things</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 24</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Michele</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">DuPont</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">On Duty</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 33</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Angel</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Luo</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Spirit</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cinco Ranch High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Patricia Kuhn</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 34</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alekya</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Vejendia</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Morning Glory</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 35</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ruofan</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Zhang</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Lassoing the Prize</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 57</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chelsea</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tang</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Western Wear</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">11t Gr</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 66</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Zoe</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Puno</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Future Rider</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 71</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chloe</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Low</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Hello Neigh-bor</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">It is a record-breaking year in Katy ISD for the three-dimensional art students as they earned a total of six automatic premiums in the Ceramic/Sculpture Category.  (These pieces do not auction; however, they earn the same premiums equivalent to the premiums paid to the two-dimensional work in Lots 17 and up)<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Automatic Premium Cash Awards:</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong> </strong><strong>6 Students</strong></span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Category</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student First</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student Last</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Title of Artwork </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Campus </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Art Teacher </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Grade </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Paula </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Villavicencio</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chrome Valley</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Mayde Creek High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cathy Fuller</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Janet </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cao</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Native Serpentine</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Emma </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Renner</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Geometric Coalition</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>11</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Jerzy</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Nowakowski</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">The Unknown</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Carly</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Harville</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alluring Acoma</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Sculpture </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Emily </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Guerrero</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">de Lara</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Taylor High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Jason Smith</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><br><br></span></p></div>
Six Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to Statehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1015Six Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to State<div class="ExternalClass3DE2DE48DE264A8C8D4F6F048C65C14B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's a first for Katy Independent School District!</span><strong style="text-align:justify;">  </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">This year</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">a total of six high school teams will be headed to the Texas Academic Decathlon Event to be held on March 8-9 in San Antonio, TX.  The District has the most schools heading to State of all the districts competing at the 5A Large Schools Division level.  Katy, Morton Ranch, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> Tompkins high schools will each be sending a team of nine students to compete.  </span><br></p><p>"Participating in decathlon team activities provides our Katy ISD students the opportunity to experience the challenges of high-level academic tasks. It also promotes a sense of team effort to accomplish academic excellence," said Alene Lindley, Director of the Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum, Gifted and Talented (GT) and Advanced Academics Department. <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>Two weeks ago, the six teams participated in the Regional Academic Decathlon at Seven Lakes High School where they obtained the needed cumulative points to move onto the next level. The curriculum, provided by the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD), changes each year and includes roughly 1,000 pages of </span>a high-level<span style="text-align:justify;"> curriculum covering Math, Music, Economics, Science, Literature, Art and Social Studies.  Students also have to prepare and deliver a memorized speech and give an impromptu presentation. Additionally, they also have to sit in an interview and write an essay.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Academic Decathlon Event is the second largest academic program in the nation where students have the opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of $150,000 in scholarship.  The top scoring teams will head to the United States Academic Decathlon competition to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota from April 25-27.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxdhaa4dbn8kxhm/AAC6uEAP7mRy7zDQhNCHevmra?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Katy ISD Decathlon Teams</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_CRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_CRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row, from Left to Right: Jeanie Xu, Mahin Ahsan, William Wang, Xavier Williams, Danielle Defreitas, and Camila Santos</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row, from Left to Right: Emmanuel Jaimes, Hana Chaudhry, and Victoria Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Susan Shank and Ashley Miller<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_OTHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_OTHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins HS:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Back row: Courtney Cherry, Dax Nesossi</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Middle row:</p><p>Adhrik</p><p style="text-align:center;">Chethan, Jiya Mathuria, Bianca Chen, Paul Davis</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right:  Front row: Graham Brown, Carly Chen, Noor Gulrajani, Tori Morales, Cory Graham</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Dax Nesossi and Courtney Cherry<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_THS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_THS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back row from Left to Right: Eric Brunsell, Andrew Zhebrak, William Li, Eric Tang, Catherine Batchelor, Jenny Brunsell</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front row from Left to Right: Akash Jothi, Dale Kang, Ashna Rahman, Sakshi Mohta, Sienna Fisher</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches:  Jenny Brunsell and Eric Brunsell (husband and wife) J</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_MRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_MRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Top:  Aryan Botani, Isaac Lozano, Savannah Espinoza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Middle: Thomas Walters, Preston Taylor, Annamarie Ruley, Iman Olajide</p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom: Karen Tseng, Sarah Munoz, Darian Johannsen</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Carrie McDaniel and Divya Kaushal</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_KHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_KHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Grace Goerig, Anjola Oyemade, Dalton Bolen, Kirk Priddy, Tim Chiu, Oscar Villanueva, Stone Garza, Josh Dierker, CJ Arienza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Kevin Walker and Caitlin Phillips</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_SLHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_SLHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lakes</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row from Left to Right: Emily Burns, Katelyn Luong, Joyee Chakrabarti, Cristina Pontaza, Anagha</p><p style="text-align:center;">Kenikar</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row from Left to Right: Jonathan Frishman, Jonathan Nguyen, Shaunak Dabir, Patrick Schumacher, Allen Cui</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Jonathan Frishman and John Mitchell<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Three Katy ISD Facilities Named after Lifelong Legacieshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1013Three Katy ISD Facilities Named after Lifelong Legacies<div class="ExternalClass02FEE56F3FA24995BCC6BD95962DC108"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Another successful Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show is in the books!  This year's event was especially ecstatic as students, teachers </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> guests enjoyed a newly constructed complex, like no other in the state of Texas, where opportunities for agricultural sciences education are limitless.  Though physically the buildings are new, there's a wealth of history behind the construction of the three new facilities named after Gerald D. Young, L.D. Robinson and William Edward "Billy" Morgan.</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On Saturday, February 16, the portraits of the three Katy ISD namesakes were revealed during a dedication ceremony.  Among the crowd was living legacy, Gerald D. Young, whom until this day plays an active role in the Katy ISD Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Mr. Young, who was hired to work in Katy ISD in 1980, worked with the 74 vocational agricultural students attending Katy High School.  He was also in charge of the District 2 Livestock Judging Contest, which later became the Katy Invitational Judging Contest.  With his leadership, the program continues to flourish today.  Through his 22 years as a teacher in Katy ISD, Young was responsible for training 60 teams that qualified for state contests.  Of those, 10 won state and seven went on to the national contest, where five teams place in the top five of their respective categories, with one national winner.  He was also instrumental in the advancement of agriculture sciences as part of the District's educational curriculum.  He helped write and lobby for House Bill 3485, which passed, allowing agricultural sciences courses to count for science, math, speech and fine arts.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I would tell the young students and teachers in Katy ISD, you have found a home," said Namesake Gerald D. Young.  "There is no better place to teach agricultural sciences than at this new facility," added Young.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1942, L.D. Robinson and his family moved to Katy, TX to pursue his ultimate dream:  to create an FFA chapter like no other.  The visionary educator wanted to create a chapter that included a science farm, livestock show and rodeo, complete with a lighted rodeo arena, among other amenities, which would not cost the district any money.  In 1943, with just $45, Robinson bought nine pigs to raise and auction.  They were housed in the old PTA shack he bought for $12.50, creating a hands-on learning experience for the Ag students.  To gather a crowd for the auction, Robinson had the ingenuity to organize a "Cowboy Sports Rally Rodeo" as entertainment to coincide with the pig sale.  Thus marked the very first Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo.  In 1947, a farm complex, barns, bleachers and an arena were completed just south of Katy High School.  The event developed into the first full-service K-12 program of its kind in the nation.  Because of Robinson's dream and vision, Katy ISD's FFA programs now exists in every high school and more than 3,200 students benefit from the lessons, mission and education offered.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">About the same time that L.D. Robinson was hoping to auction his pigs, William Edward "Billy" Morgan saw it as a perfect opportunity to get the community involved.  At 19, Morgan found himself and several of his friends performing at the rodeo sports rally and working to ensure it would be successful.  He loved that the livestock show and rodeo was a community project that connected people while providing funds to invest in the FFA program and facilities.   For many years, he as the arena director and was known to many as "Uncle Billy," because of how closely he supported the program and those involved.  When the aging arena needed to be replaced, Morgan and three others took out a $10,000 loan to build it.  They believed in the program and in Robinson's plan that it would one day pay for itself.  The loans were paid back in just three years.  Morgan was also a founder of the Katy Rodeo Committee and served as chairman for more than 30 years.  His passion for agriculture, farming and ranching went far beyond the boundaries of the Katy program.  He wanted to model the importance of volunteering and participating in the community.  Morgan attended every rodeo held up until his death.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y5un8ukj1pdbp7t/AABEh3a6ZVfixATIFICvepAVa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Dedication Ceremony</a> </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zf201m2niufay2z/AACRcQltQG6JLD7QhSnb5GBPa?dl=0">Video/Broll and Sound-on-Tape (SOT) of the Dedication Ceremony</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Prestigious Recognitions to Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1011Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Prestigious Recognitions to Katy ISD Students<div class="ExternalClass12ABDA2FE05D4347BE06AD1C1BBD1773"><p><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">The artwork of 27 Katy Independent School District students has been recognized by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R), with many of those creations now advancing to Grand Prix Judging and to auction.  Best of Show, Gold Medal </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> Special Merit were among some of the prominent achievements of Katy ISD art students who have worked tirelessly to perfect their masterpieces.</span><br></p><p>"Our art students take great pride in selecting personal western heritage resources and turning them into works of art," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Rodeo art competition allows students to sharpen their skills, think critically and finalize newly developed ideas into a champion piece," added Jones. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HLS&R School Art Program provides students, Pre-K through 12<sup>th</sup> grade, the opportunity to compete in district shows, earn scholarships, travel to summer workshops and display artwork at the Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Center for viewing between February 25 – March 17.  The Grand Prix judging consists of all the 100+ school districts and private schools that participate in the annual competition.  Grand Prix selects which pieces of art will be awarded the Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Class Champions recognitions.  Those art pieces will then advance to the March 10 HLS&R Art Auction.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/Documents/020619_HLSR%20Art%20Winners.pdf">Complete list of Katy ISD winner</a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Sarah Kim - Best of Show Elementary.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Sarah%20Kim%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20Elementary.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:499px;" />Sarah Kim, Davidson Elementary, Best of Show for artwork titled "The Past Before Us"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Ashley Chung - Best of Show Junior High.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ashley%20Chung%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20Junior%20High.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:506px;" />Ashley Chung, Beck Junior High, Best of Show for artwork titled "Next to the Road"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Angel Luo - Best of Show High School.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Angel%20Luo%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20High%20School.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:506px;" />Angel Luo, Cinco Ranch High School, Best of Show for artwork titled "Spirit"<br></p><p><br></p></div>
MCTC Automotive Center is Open!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1010MCTC Automotive Center is Open!<div class="ExternalClass0FD1CB17905849879D6A7B9DB90FF869"><p>​Miller Career & Technology Automotive Center is open to customers.  </p><p>Student technicians work on most makes and models and are happy to service your vehicle.  </p><p>Set up an appointment and support our MCTC automotive students.! <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020519_MCTC_Auto%20Tech%20Flyer.jpg" alt="020519_MCTC_Auto Tech Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /><br></p></div>

 

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