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Miller Career & Technology Center New Principal Career & Technology Center New Principal<div class="ExternalClassFA1EB72932B54199BFB565C140FDE22A"><p>​During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Russell Faldyn as the new principal for Miller Career & Technology Center.  Mr. Faldyn will be replacing Dr. Anna Webb-Storey, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.</p><p>Mr. Faldyn has worked in education for 30 years.  He began his educational career in 1987 as an agricultural science teacher in Linden-Kildare CISD.  He worked for Spring ISD from 1992-1999 as an agricultural science teacher.  Mr. Faldyn joined Katy ISD in 1999 as an assistant principal at Katy High School.  In 2005, he moved to Taylor High School where he served as an assistant principal, curriculum principal and associate principal.  In 2015, Mr. Faldyn was named Community Education/Election Administrator. </p><p>Mr. Faldyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, a Master of Education/Vocational Education Degree, as well as an Educational Mid-Management Certification from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Faldyn will begin his new role as principal of the Miller Career & Technology Center on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Faldyn a warm welcome at MCTC and wish him the best in his new position!​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCTC_Russell%20Faldyn.jpg" alt="MCTC_Russell Faldyn.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Taylor High School New Principal High School New Principal<div class="ExternalClassAA8BA40292E1445091E7EBA5AE748A9E"><p>During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support - Area 2.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan has worked in education for 22 years.  He began his educational career in 1995 as an elementary teacher in Irving ISD.  In 1998, he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Paul Keyes Elementary.  In 2006, his career moved him to Fort Bend ISD, where he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. Mr. Morgan has served as Principal of Kempner High School since 2014.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education in Administration Degree from Texas Women's University.  Mr. Morgan will begin his new role as principal of Taylor High School on July 1, 2017. </p><p>We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Morgan a warm welcome to the  Katy ISD Taylor High School family, and wish him the best in his new position!</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Christopher%20Morgan%20THS%202.jpg" alt="Christopher Morgan THS 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours<div class="ExternalClass7B1C283746ED4239B2373DB723130BA7"><p>For the second year in a row, Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district's students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of our children.  </p><p>At the Volunteer Celebration hosted on May 12<sup>th</sup>, Katy ISD announced this year's hours achievement along with honoring each campus Volunteer of the Year:  Alexander Elementary, Kara Floyd; Bear Creek Elementary, Tiffany Barlas; Beck Junior High, Claudina Lovalvo; Beckendorff Junior, Katie Roberts; Bethke Elementary, Danielle Wachter; Cardiff Junior High, Maria Teresa Zataratous; Cimarron Elementary, Jan Guess; Cinco Ranch High, Cris Bowden; Cinco Ranch Junior, Gresha Saenz; Creech Elementary, Jan Killam; Davidson Elementary, Cubendri Bach; Exley Elementary, Reeca McCrory; Fielder Elementary, Tess Hall; Franz Elementary, Andrea Silva; Golbow Elementary, Amy Heppen; Griffin Elementary, Maureen Lee; Hayes Elementary, Diane Jacobson; Holland Elementary, Kim Greene; Hutsell Elementary, Judy Lee; Jenks Elementary, Kelli Melancon; Katy Elementary, Amy Kagay; Katy High, Rosario Harter; Katy Junior, Autumn Christiansen; Kilpatrick Elementary, Kim Beidle; King Elementary, Dawn Goodwin; Mayde Creek Elementary, Michelle Espinoza; Mayde Creek High, Maria Torbit; Mayde Creek Junior, Donna Ward; McDonald Junior, Dolly Sanchez; McMeans Junior, Elita Roos; McRoberts Elementary, Aron James; Memorial Parkway Junior, Laci Costagliola; Memorial Parkway Elementary, Blanca Bagatella; Morton Ranch Elementary, Claudia Rodriguez; Morton Ranch High, Lisa Wycoff; Morton Ranch Junior, Anitra Ondrush; Nottingham Country Elementary, Shelly Hannon; Pattison Elementary, Colleen Cooper; Randolph Elementary, Michele Keppler; Rhoads Elementary, Kimberly Hood; Rylander Elementary, Devon Hulyk, Schmalz Elementary, Claudia Ceron; Seven Lakes High, Vanessa Heintz; Seven Lakes Junior, Sarah Thai; Shafer Elementary, Angela Kunkel; Stanley Elementary, Elizabeth Uptmore; Stephens Elementary, Lisa Garza; Sundown Elementary, Sara Tijerina; Taylor High, Sharon Mitchell; Tays Junior High, Becky Morris; Tompkins High, Julie Donnelly; West Memorial Elementary, Angela Jones; West Memorial Junior, Robin Stone-Loftin; Williams Elementary, Christy MacDonald; Wilson Elementary, Carmen Capuchino; Winborn Elementary, Lauren Ryan; Wolfe Elementary, Autumn Sharp; Wolman Elementary, Jen DeVries; WoodCreek Elementary, Carla Cotton; WoodCreek Junior, Kelly Goering.  </p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p></div>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards STAAR Report Cards <div class="ExternalClass1CC69AB545F2458E975417D0DF9FA3C2"><p>The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has redesigned the STAAR report cards also referred to as confidential student reports (CSRs) to improve communication and transparency with educators and families.  The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  The new two-page CSR features are listed below:</p><ul><li>Growth and progress information</li><li>A summer reading list</li><li>Lexile levels and trend data</li><li>New performance level descriptors </li><li>Resources and suggestions for parents to use at home</li><li>Suggested questions for parents to ask teachers and counselors </li></ul><p>At this time, TEA has published <a href="">learning resources</a> which include a short video to explain the changes, as wells as, a link to download the presentation and talking points, templates of STAAR report cards for each grade, and online tools and resources. The new CSRs will be available online beginning June 13, 2017 for STAAR EOC and June 30, 2017 for STAAR 3-8.</p><p>On June 13th, TEA is also launching a new CSR website, which will include item-level analysis for each question on the STAAR, informational videos, and links to additional resources. For the first time, parents and teachers who log in will be able to see actual test questions from the current year's STAAR exam. They will also find information on boosting reading levels and developing student-specific summer reading lists. </p></div>
Katy ISD's Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe School ISD's Bonnie Holland Elementary Recognized as a Heart Safe School<div class="ExternalClass730609C5A2EF4989884FA8CF5394BFFD"><p style="text-align:justify;">Bonnie Holland Elementary School has been recognized by Texas Children's Hospital as a Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) Heart Safe School.  The project has a mission to educate school systems, nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and others about pediatric sudden cardiac death.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Holland Elementary nurse, Kimberly Cromie has worked hard to implement a comprehensive plan of awareness at the campus to make sure anyone can save a life. This included all adults who work at the school, specific training for designated first responders, cardiac arrest drills to practice skills and improvements for campus communication methods in case of an emergency situation.</p></div>
Katy ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Tournament ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Tournament<div class="ExternalClass6A21EAA7973E45C2A2486D47DEA518DF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Five Katy ISD teams will be headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament on May 24-27.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School are preparing to compete against teams from across the United States as well as groups representing many other countries throughout the world.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On April 11, nineteen Katy ISD Destination Imagination teams traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete against more than 370 teams where they showcased their creativity and problem solving skills.  The hard work of these students has paid off.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Destination Imagination is a world-wide creative problem solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Teams use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about Destination Imagination visit <a href=""></a> and to learn about the Destination Imagination program in Katy ISD, contact Nancy Hess at <a href=""></a></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers<div class="ExternalClassB18B388DF47142D5938D7EB985092ADF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William "Bill" Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also u​nanimously elected new officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Ashley Vann was elected as president, Courtney Doyle as vice president and Charles Griffin as secretary.  George Scott was appointed to fill the position of the Texas Association of the School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors for Region 4, Position E.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath.jpg" alt="Oath.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Oath2.jpg" alt="Oath2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent Search 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke Tip Talent Search<div class="ExternalClass2A358DD0B45D45F49DB7C50AB8F91E97"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 566 seventh grade students participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) this year demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade level assessments which qualifies them to take either the PSAT and ACT test.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Approximately 344 of those testers qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.  State recognition was given to 251 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test and 36 students earned Grand Recognition for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subtest.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Duke Tip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education Duke Tip works with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.</p></div>
Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller<div class="ExternalClassA90E294BE89249DFA1DB4D9FF2611A54"><p>Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Katy ISD Financial Services Department is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Transparency Stars program. Katy ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue transparent and easily accessible to the public.<br></p><p>"By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Katy ISD's Financial Services Department has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office's Transparency Stars program," Hegar said. "I am pleased to award Katy ISD a star for its accomplishments." </p><p>The Comptroller's office launched the Transparency Stars program in March to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of:</p><ul><li>Traditional Finances</li><li>Contracts and Procurement</li><li>Economic Development</li><li>Public Pensions </li><li>Debt Obligations</li></ul><p>​After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller's <a href="">Transparency Stars website</a>.</p></div>
Nineteen Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctions Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctions<div class="ExternalClassCCFA1F2827694C45811C362CC22C22C2"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Nineteen Katy ISD campuses were named as an Honor Roll school by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). The schools include:</span><br></p><ul><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary </li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary </li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Woodcreek Elementary</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>Garland McMeans Junior High</li><li>Rodger & Ellen Beck Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High </li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li><li>Tompkins High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 727 high performing, higher poverty schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.​</p></div>
Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine's Top 100 Women ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine's Top 100 Women<div class="ExternalClass963DE591D28E451CB83CB4A4884F6A4B"><p>This year Katy Magazine "Women's Issue" included "Katy's Top 100 Women" and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.</p><p>The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.  </p><p>"We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes," says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine.  "There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women."</p><p>Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place at our District.  Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email <a href=""></a> with the person's name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.</p><p>​Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made <a href="">"Katy's Top 100 Women"</a> list! </p></div>
2017 Katy ISD Board Election Results Katy ISD Board Election Results<div class="ExternalClass58EADD9CF4844D86B29ACF404F48E50B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD voters elected candidate William "Bill" Lacy and incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The unofficial results are:</p><ul><li>Ashley Vann:  Position 3 <br>To<span style="text-align:justify;">tal votes:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">2,279</span></li></ul><ul><li>Courtney Doyle: Position 4 <br>Total votes:  2,364<br><br></li><li>William "Bill" Lacy:  Position 5<br>Total v<span style="text-align:justify;">otes:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">2,451</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election_17/2017_KISD_Board_Election_Results.pdf">Click here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year<div class="ExternalClassA707F56F330046FC8D111572C6FDEB73"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>.  WoodCreek Elementary teacher Kristal Parrish and Taylor High School teacher Phuong Nguyen were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Randolph Elementary teacher Connie Summerford and McMeans Junior High teacher Sarah Brown were also recognized by the superintendent as <strong>District-wide Rookie Teachers of the Year</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Family members along with campus principals and District staff joined all of the Campus Teachers of the Year to make their annual recognition ceremony an amazing and unforgettable event.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click to see all the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2017.aspx">Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year</a> and the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFTOY-2017.aspx">Rookie Teachers of the Year</a> nominees.</p><p>​</p></div>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/"></a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href=""></a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Confidential Student Reports, Score Results, and Performance Label Changes Student Reports, Score Results, and Performance Label Changes <div class="ExternalClass7790D65EB05A47ECBA8DDE3943F901E4"><p>Beginning on<strong> Monday, April 24, 2017</strong>, parents may view the 2017 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading test results using either the Home Access Center (HAC) or the state Student Portal. Starting in 2017, this is the only way to access your child's scores for STAAR. If you do not have internet access, please contact your child's campus. In order to access the Student Portal, parents must have the child's Unique Access Code and the date of birth.</p><p>The Unique Access Code:</p><ul><li><p>remains the same for the student during the entire state testing program,</p></li><li><p>located on any past Confidential Student Report (CSR) in the bottom right corner of the CSR, and</p></li><li><p>located in the Home Access Center (HAC).</p></li></ul><p>To obtain directions on how to access test scores and the unique access code - <a href="/dept/assessment/Documents/Directions%20to%20locate%20test%20results%20in%20HAC%20and%20student%20portal%20english%20version.pdf" target="_blank">English version </a> </p><p>To obtain directions on how to access test scores and the unique access code - <a href="/dept/assessment/Documents/Directions%20to%20locate%20test%20results%20in%20HAC%20and%20student%20portal%20spanish%20verison.pdf" target="_blank">Spanish version </a>​</p><p>The new and improved redesigned CSR will include the new performance labels. An adopted amendment which establishes a final set of performance standards for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Grades 3-8 and end-of-course (EOC) assessments beginning with the 2016-2017 school year was approved.   The table below provides the change from the old performance labels to the new performance labels.  </p><div align="center"><table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="padding:0in 5.4pt;border:1pt solid windowtext;width:233.75pt;"><p>Old Performance Label</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:1pt 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:solid solid solid none;border-color:windowtext windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>New Performance Label</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Level III: Advanced Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Masters Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Final Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Meets Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Phase-in Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Approaches Grade Level</p></td></tr><tr><td width="312" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt;border-style:none solid solid;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:233.75pt;"><p>Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance</p></td><td width="246" valign="top" style="border-width:medium 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:none solid solid none;border-color:currentcolor windowtext windowtext currentcolor;padding:0in 5.4pt;width:184.5pt;"><p>Did Not Meet Grade Level </p></td></tr></tbody></table></div><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education' ISD Named 'Best Communities for Music Education'<div class="ExternalClass670381E5786448D7AB2754134EE4EA3E"><p style="text-align:left;">Katy Independent School District has again received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14<sup>th</sup> year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.  </p><p> </p></div>
June 2017 TAKS Exit Level Retest 2017 TAKS Exit Level Retest<div class="ExternalClass1FA4717A4E2D468BB5BE3EC50A902EC7"><p style="text-align:left;">Students who did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject tests in June 2017.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school need to register online by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>5 p.m. (CT), May 26</strong></span> by accessing the website at <a href=""></a>.  The registration process will be online only and any submissions received after May 26 <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>will not</strong></span> be processed.  Those wishing to take the exam can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them.  Additionally, they should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated start time of 7:30 a.m.  A picture identification, such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card must be presented to test.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The 2017 June online TAKS tests will be administered on the following dates:</p><ul><li>June 19, 2017          English Language Art</li><li>June 20, 2017          Mathematics</li><li>June 21, 2017          Science</li><li>June 22, 2017          Social Studies</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is offering the June Exit Level retest at Taylor High School located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128.</p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist<div class="ExternalClassF588C9454BBB44399A41E4D108F54616"><p>McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).  </p><p>The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, DC.</p><p>TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award.  After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists.  These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.  Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin, TX.</p><p>Best of luck to Principal Mensah!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/04-10-17%20Dr.%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="04-10-17 Dr. Kwabena Mensah - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Money ISD Artwork Auctions Off for Big Money<div class="ExternalClass98AC0A5E68754A9BA10DEB946077E77D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang's artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts.  His project was a drawing titled "<em>A Rare Connection.</em>"  This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level.  Jang's artwork earned "Class Champion" recognition and auctioned off for $65,000!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi's "Reserve Class Champion" three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece.  The Taylor High School eleventh-grader's artwork is titled "<em>The Spirit Within."</em><em>   </em>Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi's work broke a world record and sold for $102,000!</p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Charles%20Jang.jpg" alt="Charles Jang.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><div><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fatemeh%20Ebrahimi%202.jpg" alt="Fatemeh Ebrahimi 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div></div>
Katy ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growth ISD to Begin Developing Bond Referendum to Address District's Rapid Growth<div class="ExternalClass1CE4F4ECCC5F4B8ABB246621D36CBEB4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District will be hosting its first Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting on </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 150-member committee is comprised of a broad base of community members representative of Katy ISD campuses, partner institutions, professional and civic organizations and the community at large. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At each bond committee meeting, the members will receive information on various topics such as growth projections, facility and technology needs and District finances.  This information will help members assess facility needs in order to develop a bond package for recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through data presented annually by the District's demographers, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), and discussions with residential developers, the District is projected to be adding approximately 2,500 new students each school year.  Katy ISD continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and by 2026 analysts predict that Katy ISD could be serving nearly 100,000 students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public to observe the process and stay informed.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx" title="Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee Meetings">Click here for more information on Katy ISD's 2017 bond referendum and the Community Bond Advisory Committee meetings</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous Awards ISD Communications Department Receives Numerous Awards<div class="ExternalClassAE730195DAF046CDA45A72930BCFB7F8"><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recently recognized by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards program.  The Department earned seven recognitions this spring.  The Star Awards honors outstanding work in print, graphics, video and other school communication tools and strategies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards presented to the Katy ISD team include the Gold Star Award for its Student Excellence Awards Program, Bethke Elementary logo, and Tays Junior High branding; the Silver Star Award for the Student Excellence Award invitation, Katy ISD Annual Report and Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center dedication program; and the Bronze Star Award for the "Thank You to 2014 Bond Voters" video.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring the Communications Department was also presented with a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman, Michael T. McCaul from Texas District 10.  The recognition was for being named a 2016 MarCom Gold Winner— an award the department won for its monthly Katy ISD Update newsletter.  The MarCom award acknowledges electronic publications that exceed a high standard of excellence and serve as a benchmark for the industry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to the Katy ISD Communications Department.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Communications%20Picture%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Communications Picture - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
District Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees Announces Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition Nominees<div class="ExternalClass41F714882C6D4940A9F7CDB88443D409"><p>Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal <strong>Dr.</strong> <strong>Kwabena Mensah</strong> and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal <strong>Dr. David Paz</strong>, were chosen for Katy ISD's Region IV Principal Recognition.</p><p>Mensah and Paz were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff.</p><p>They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa. </p><img alt="Principal David Paz - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20David%20Paz%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img alt="Principal Kwabena Mensah - smaller version.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Principal%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:301px;height:442px;" /></div>
​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School<div class="ExternalClass267073C7EA924877B6EF492A8B30F38A"><p>​Registration for Katy ISD Virtual School online courses begins February 1, 2017 for courses offered summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018.  The Katy ISD Virtual School's primary objective is to expand the learning opportunities for our students by offering choice and flexibility for challenging online courses developed by Katy ISD.  All courses are aligned to the KISD curriculum and taught by KISD teachers.  Summer courses are available for incoming 9<sup>th</sup> – 12<sup>th</sup> grade students. For more information or to register, click<a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> here</span></a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA ISD Students Reach for the Stars and are recognized by NASA<div class="ExternalClass3391A17508C646459C0B61C02C60EF33"><p>​<strong><em>A small piece of Katy ISD will soon be orbiting in space</em></strong></p><p>A Katy ISD student's dream of sending something into outer space has become an "out-of-this-world" reality when her artwork is selected by NASA's Commercial Crew Program to become a part of a space calendar.</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Sylvie Mei Lim, competed against submissions from across the world.  Yet her artistic masterpiece ended up winning the first spot in the Children's Artwork Calendar for the month of January 2017.  Drawings from Spain, Romania, India, Portugal, London and now even Katy, TX, will be beamed into orbit for astronauts to enjoy during their stay in the International Space Station (ISS).</p><p>Katy Junior High sixth-grader, Drew Alvarez, was also selected for an Honorable Mention.  </p><p>The odds of two Katy ISD students being recognized and being the only two from Texas, is kind of "extra-terrestrial".  Congratulations!</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> to see Lim's drawing and full calendar. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClassAC4CF308893A420FB581A1E0D4043D0D"><p>​<em>District recognized for increased access to AP course work.</em></p><p>Katy ISD is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the <strong>7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll</strong> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. </p><p>Since 2015, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 16 percent, and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 11 percent.</p><p>To be included on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; </li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam; and</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="">College Board website</a>.</p><p><br> </p></div>
BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants<div class="ExternalClassC22E7F36812444A6BB55622045643F70"><p><em>Three Years of Support Helps Fifty Different Classroom Projects</em></p><p>The <strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation</strong> recently launched its fifth <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  "The Katy ISD Education Foundation's partnership with BP represents the best of our community," said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt.  "Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students."</p><p>BP's three years of support for the Foundation has helped fifty different classroom projects all over Katy ISD, reaching multiple campuses, subject areas and grade levels.  Projects have included GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) at Hayes Elementary, West Memorial Junior High's Robotics Club and a library S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace project at Mayde Creek High School.  "BP is pleased to continue its support of this outstanding program that provides Katy ISD teachers additional resources needed to further inspire their students," said Marta Vasel, BP Vice President Strategic Cooperation. "This donation reaffirms BP's commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities in which we live and operate."</p><p>In its first four years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers across the district.  All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply for a grant. Applications are due April 4, 2017.  To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BP%20Check%20Presentation%2011-4-16%202.jpg" alt="BP Check Presentation 11-4-16 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for which contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About BP</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p>Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 14,000 people across the country, BP supports more than 130,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassCB3FA1C95985482D898AE3313FE90931"><p>​<em>Approved ABMs to impact six campuses during the 2017-2018 school year </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017. </p><p><strong>December 12, 2016 – Approved ABM Maps</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Bryant Elem ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Bryant%20Elem%20ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;height:963px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br></strong></p><p><strong><img alt="Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Stockddick_JH_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><img alt="Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Paetow_HS_ABM.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:744px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></strong> </p><p><strong><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, </span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><a href="/Pages/ABM.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">click here</span></a></span><span style="color:black;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">. </span><br></strong></p><p><em><br></em> </p></div>
Wood Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program Group Partners with Morton Ranch Junior High in Founders Legacy Program<div class="ExternalClass644B19C64E8F44F28C62CE3BDA03A80B"><p>The Wood Group Founders Legacy program, which is committed to giving back to the community, donated $10,000 to Morton Ranch Junior High (MRJH). The focus of the program is to invest in the lives of middle school children, which is typically the age when students begin to define their sense of self, their vision of the future and their career path.  </p><p>Michele McNichol, CEO of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions - West, presented the check to MRJH Principal, Dr. Sanée Bell on October 20, 2016.  In addition to the monetary contribution, Wood Group also participates in volunteer engagement activities throughout the school year, such as mentoring, Journal Pals program, staff appreciation, student incentives and instructional support, Junior Achievement and school beautification.  </p><p>The funds donated to the school will be used to support student leadership programs and opportunities, career exploration and community engagement initiatives.  ​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FoundersLegacyMRJHCheckOct2016_05.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>​Listed in photo from left to right: Dr. Sanée Bell and CEO Michele McNichol</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p></div>


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