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6th Grade International Festival Preview6th Grade International Festival Preview2015-02-25T18:23:11Z<div class="ExternalClassF0FC2832A38F4614B034102B4C5F89C9"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong>6</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Grade International Festival Preview</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, March 20th, 2015</p><p> <strong>Asia</strong> - Explore the countries of Asia!  Visit Armenia, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Oman, Singapore, S. Korea, and Vietnam. Learn the ancient Japanese art of Origami. Test your skills with many games. Taste the delicious foods of Asia and experience the culture. Enjoy the performance of a Korean dance group.</p><p><strong>Australia</strong> - G'Day Mate. Welcome to the land down under. Join us and learn some Aussie Slang. Find out what a Didgeridoo is. Do boomerangs really come back? What are they used for? Experience some different taste sensations Vegemite and Chocolate crackles. Australians are known for sports what do they play that is different to America. Can you name four different Australian Animals? Why do Australians look down when they go bush walking, what creatures lurk there? Can you name four different Australian Animals?</p><p><strong>Antarctica</strong> - Visit the coolest place on earth. Here bringing your passport is optional, but we gladly check you in! See how the cold wind flows over the delicious ice blocks. Find out why others (not just the penguins!) come to Antarctica.</p><p><strong>Africa</strong> - Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent and contains 54 different countries. Tour Africa and experience an African drummer, go on safari and see wild animals, and discover the vast beauty that we are famous for. Liberia, Egypt, and South Africa welcome you!  </p><p><br><strong>Europe</strong> – Bog!  Hallo!  Ciao!  Sveiki!  Hei!  Hej! Experience Europe's diverse cultures in Croatia, England, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and Sweden. Savor Swedish Meatballs & Fish! Nibble on Croatian cookies & candy!  Try your luck in Ireland! Enjoy Scottish bagpipe tunes! Play Dutch shuffleboard!</p><p><br><strong>North America-</strong> Where would you like to go in North America? To visit the monument of President Abraham Lincoln?  Say "Howdy" to Mickey and his friends?  Visit the Statue of Liberty?  Check out Niagara Falls, Lake Louise and learn about a loony. Is the plural of moose, meese?!  Visit the home of the Aztecs, learn about pesos, and why January 6th is important to some North American children. Relax, kick back, play a few games and follow your nose to learn all you can about North America!  </p><p><strong>Latin America</strong> – "Bienvenidos/Bem-Vindos" a Ame'rica Latina!! Welcome to Latin America!! Are you ready for some challenge?  We have tongue twisters in Spanish and hammocks to be tied. What about trying some exotic food and beverages? Experience the aroma of the famous Colombian coffee!  All waiting for you to try!!! Come and check it out!!  </p></div>
Student Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month CelebrationsStudent Art Pieces Selected for Youth Art Month Celebrations2015-02-17T17:14:42Z<div class="ExternalClass08425596B17E4FA6B02FA832BBB0F56F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">A total of six Katy ISD student art pieces were selected to be displayed in the State Capitol Show during Youth Art Month celebrations in March, a show that features 100 pieces of student art from across Texas. The art pieces will be on display from March 1-7 at the Capitol Building, and March 8-22 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.</span></p><p>Congratulations to the following students being honored for their artwork at the Capital Show:</p><ul><li><strong>Amy Vaclavik</strong>, McMeans Junior High (teacher: Trevor Gibson) </li><li><strong>Mathias Pitzel</strong>, Davidson Elementary (teacher: Vanina Orendorff) </li><li><strong>Faith Hernandez</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Julie Brinson)</li><li><strong>Emily Wu</strong>, Holland Elementary (teacher: Judy Rounds) </li><li><strong>Akhil Ibrahim</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Marnie Morrie-Wishart) </li><li><strong>David Siebold</strong>, Stanley Elementary (teacher: Yuri Zaroli) </li></ul><p>Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  </p></div>
6th Grade International Festival to Purchase Full Set of UN Flags with Sponsorship6th Grade International Festival to Purchase Full Set of UN Flags with Sponsorship2015-02-13T17:19:00Z<div class="ExternalClass56DFC8F544D64E85BFAD6B5092E8A7E1"><p>​The 6<sup>th</sup> Grade International Festival has received sufficient funds from sponsors to purchase a full set of 193 United Nations country flags for the McMeans Social Studies Department. Those flags will not only benefit the International Festival, but also enhance our children's education in class room learning experience at McMeans for many years to come.</p><p>We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generosity and their willingness to support our children's education at McMeans Junior High. </p><p><br><strong>Gold</strong>: </p><p>Denny & Mei</p><p><br><strong>Silver</strong>:</p><p>Crest Capital Management Company</p><p>Forrest Orthodontics</p><p>Athena Learning Center of Katy - Cinco Ranch</p><p>Intempo Dance</p><p>Fairy Godmother Travel</p><p> </p><p>If you have any questions about the McMeans International Festival, please contact:</p><p> </p><p><strong>International Festival Chair:</strong></p><p>Karen Hartemink</p><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p></div>
Yearbook NewsYearbook News2015-01-30T18:44:02Z<div class="ExternalClass68611A0D5CCD4C21B0D231EF87368F1A"><p>​Students who are interested in joining the 2015-16 publications team will need to submit an application to Mr. Gibson, the yearbook sponsor. The application form is posted below: </p><p><span style="background-color:#ffffff;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"segoe print";font-size:11pt;background-image:none;background-attachment:scroll;background-repeat:repeat;background-size:auto;background-origin:padding-box;background-clip:border-box;"><a href=""><span style="color:blue;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></span></a></span></span></p><p> It is not too late to order the 2014-15 yearbook! Click on the link below to place your order: </p><p><span style="background-color:#ffffff;"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:11pt;background-image:none;background-attachment:scroll;background-repeat:repeat;background-size:auto;background-origin:padding-box;background-clip:border-box;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;background-color:#ffffff;"><font color="#0563c1"></font></span></a></span></span></p></div>
McMeans Junior High Named to Texas “Schools to Watch” ProgramMcMeans Junior High Named to Texas “Schools to Watch” Program2015-01-20T19:56:04Z<div class="ExternalClass7FC80969E5CF44D8AED77BEC41C6C6D6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> McMeans Junior High</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> was recently named as one of only seven exemplary Texas </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>"Schools to Watch"</strong></a><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">for 2015</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Middle School Association.</span></p><p>Schools involved in this program demonstrate that high-performing middle/junior high schools have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement. They also recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education. McMeans Junior High was selected for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. </p><p>Selection is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons and student work. The schools vary in size from several hundred to several thousand students and represent urban, suburban and rural communities.</p></div>
Katy ISD to Host Phone Bank, Answer Questions Regarding Transportation Services and SurveyKaty ISD to Host Phone Bank, Answer Questions Regarding Transportation Services and Survey2015-01-15T22:07:22Z<div class="ExternalClass28B10703CD2F46DF892C412D3DB8F424"><p><em>Address concerns regarding potential changes proposed in survey​</em><em>​</em></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">District representatives will be on hand to answer questions from parents and community members regarding Katy ISD Transportation Services and the current Transportation Sustainability Survey during the phone bank on</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> January 16, 20 </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">and</span><strong style="line-height:1.5;"> 21</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>The community-at-large can call with questions or concerns to 281-396-6008 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Bilingual representatives will also be available. </p><p>Due to challenges in bus driver recruitment and retention, alongside enrollment growth of nearly 3,000 students yearly, Katy ISD's transportation system is facing mounting pressure. Therefore, the District is searching for solutions to adequately sustain the current transportation model.  Some of the potential options include switching to a multi-bell schedule which would impact the start and end times of all campuses and modifying the distance service.  </p><p>Therefore, Katy ISD is asking all parents and community members to take the Transportation Sustainability Survey to provide the District feedback on current use and the proposed changes.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The survey will be available until Wednesday, January 21</strong></span><strong> </strong>and can be accessed online in English and Spanish at <a href="/" style="text-decoration:underline;"></a>.</p><p>The Transportation Sustainability Survey covers four topics: current transportation methods, utilization of district transportation, transportation preferences, and school start and end times.</p><p>Once the survey closes on January 21, District leaders will use the results to provide transportation recommendations. Their recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees in February or March.</p></div>

Garland McMeans Junior High School

21000 Westheimer Parkway

Katy, TX 77450

Principal: Dr. Susan Rice

Ph: 281.237.8000    Fax: 281.644.1660

School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

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