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All Katy ISD Schools and Facilities Close Due to Inclement Weatherhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=850All Katy ISD Schools and Facilities Close Due to Inclement Weather2018-01-16T00:13:02Z<div class="ExternalClassE7067968541A45729A864D3A851B2697"><p>Katy ISD will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday January 16, due to extremely cold and freezing temperatures anticipated to impact roads and driving conditions.<br></p><p>The District encourages all parents, staff and community members to continue monitoring local media and the Katy ISD website for updates on school closings, events cancellations or changes in the forecast.  The official Katy ISD channels of communication are:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">www.Katyisd.org</a></li><li>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/katyisd">@katyisd</a></li><li>Superintendent's Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/KatyISDSupt">@katyisdsupt</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/">Katy ISD Facebook</a></li><li>Hotline: 281-237-0175 or 1-888-543-5473 </li></ul></div>
Fashion Extravaganza http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=353Fashion Extravaganza 2018-01-15T13:23:42Z<div class="ExternalClass911E0B47C389441894455206088CC2D8"><p>​The Fashion Extravaganza is a senior fashion show at Taylor H.S. that raises money for Project Grad. Come watch 55 seniors "walk the runway." Tickets are only $5 for students and $8 (presale) for all others. You can buy them from any senior model, or at Taylor H.S. All money raised goes to help our students, so please support the school!</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.thsprojectgrad.com/fashion_extravaganza.html" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a> for more information.</p></div>
Katy ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expohttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=848Katy ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expo2018-01-12T23:05:53Z<div class="ExternalClass1F0BCC9DF4F2497783C3FB18F2B934F7"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District invites parents to the Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Program Expo hosted by the Houston Area Cooperative for the Gifted and Talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The expo will be open to all Houston area parents with students identified as gifted and talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about summer programs and scholarships offered through the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), as well as a chance to visit with representatives from various camps open to K-12 students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Nine informational sessions, focused on a variety of topics, will be available for parents.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><span style="text-align:justify;">Pre-registration is recommended due to seating limitations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Click the </span><a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a8a628a4f58-houston" style="text-align:justify;">GT Summer Program Expo</a><span style="text-align:justify;"> link to register or for additional details.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Wilchester Elementary School (Spring Branch ISD)<br>13618 St. Mary's<br>Houston, TX  77079</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, January 20, 2018<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 12 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
2016-2017 THS School Report Card http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=3512016-2017 THS School Report Card 2018-01-11T21:42:35Z<div class="ExternalClassC6AD0672E4BF4B4486FBCF7B5FF9E584"><p>​Katy ISD is sharing information about the state, district and THS as part of the state legislative requirements. Copies of the 2016-2017 School Report Card for the state, district and THS are available for your review in the front office of THS, or can be accessed online at <strong></strong><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ycdpexqd" target="_blank"><strong>https://tinyurl.com/ycdpexqd​​</strong></a></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Center Open House http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=350Miller Career & Technology Center Open House 2018-01-10T19:35:57Z<div class="ExternalClass1249F3B10E244ADE91EF7EE13EE2F0B0"><p>​Mark your calendar now for the open house on the evening of January 23<sup>rd</sup> at 6:30PM. This is an open house for Parents and Students. Also, if you need an application for next year, see the counselors' office. Application DEADLINE is 2/9/18​</p></div>
Course Selection for 2018-2019 http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=349Course Selection for 2018-2019 2018-01-15T20:31:20Z<div class="ExternalClass9B857DB48329458987080D73C67D7B3F"><p>​On Tuesday, January 16th students will watch the Course Selection PowerPoint during their Enrichment period. At that time they will be given a course selection sheet to complete for class selection for next year. These are due to English teachers by January 19th.   Beginning January 22nd, counselors will be meeting with each student to review course selection, Endorsements and graduation plans.​</p><p>Below are the videos from the Counselors' office explaining the process for each grade level.</p><p>9th to 10th – <a href="https://youtu.be/mqEQHAK3T5M" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/mqEQHAK3T5M</a> </p><p>10th to 11th – <a href="https://youtu.be/vlDn-yPULNI" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/vlDn-yPULNI</a> </p><p>​11th to 12th – <a href="https://youtu.be/fT7epezNG30" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/fT7epezNG30</a> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=845Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll2018-01-03T18:22:03Z<div class="ExternalClass67ECF89F25FF4800A48169BCD7DE7D05"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="text-align:left;">8</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>th</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> Annual </strong><strong style="text-align:left;">AP</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="text-align:left;"> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.</span><br></p><p>From 2015 to 2017, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 23 percent.  The number of students participating in AP exams increased 26 percent to 9,478 in 2017 and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 24.6% in those two years.  </p><p>To be included on the 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, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, 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="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Starthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=844Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Start2018-01-03T17:12:57Z<div class="ExternalClass68FD71E0EB65487FADCD7A9E60E6EB61"><p>Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor initiative, is hosting a mid-year program kick start on Friday, January 19<sup>th</sup>, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Legacy Stadium.  Katy ISD campus KEYS Liaisons will be on hand to greet and host their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.  </p><p>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  Recent KEYS survey results showed that 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 80% decreased absences and 87% decreased discipline referrals.</p><p>Over its 22-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student's lives.  And although the school year is at the halfway point, hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have <strong>ever thought about becoming a mentor</strong>, or if you are <strong>already a KEYS mentor</strong>, please join us at the KEYS Kick Start.  Please <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRQ7SBP"><strong>RSVP online</strong></a>, or go to <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> and click on "Partners in Education" under the "Community" tab to learn more about KEYS.  For additional information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
8th Grade Parent Night http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=3488th Grade Parent Night 2018-01-02T15:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassF91B8903580A4BBC80130B408658DA90"><p>​Tuesday, January 23, 2018</p><p>6:30 - 8:00pm    Main Campus Commons</p><p>If you have an 8th grade student that will be attending Taylor High School next year, this is the meeting for you.</p></div>
Accessing your PSAT/NMSQT scoreshttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=346Accessing your PSAT/NMSQT scores2017-12-12T15:02:47Z<div class="ExternalClass513E999E64224F56B3D116932A0C5F84"><p>​<span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Some THS students may already be getting emails from College Board about seeing their Oct. 2017 PSAT scores and the video below is a useful video.  We will distribute the actual printed materials at the start of second semester.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Accessing Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report ​- <a href="https://youtu.be/1I6f51n3-dc" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/1I6f51n3-dc</a><br></span></p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=841Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award2017-12-12T01:28:12Z<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISDhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=838PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD2017-12-05T02:24:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Katy ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=824Katy ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awards2017-10-23T16:21:24Z<div class="ExternalClass92A75AA043F44CD0816F7DB2AF00CAAD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has six winners in the Foundation for Music Education </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Mark of Excellence Competition</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This national event brings together 278 ensembles from 38 different states.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The following choir and orchestra groups were recognized as national winners:</span></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Honors Orchestra,</span> directed by Ragan Whatley, Commended Winner in the National Orchestra Honors projec</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir,</span> directed by Kristin Likos, National Choral Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the few nationally recognized competitions that represents band, orchestra and choir at the secondary level," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "The six performing groups from Katy ISD receiving this award are a representation of a district that values a high standard of arts education for all students."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i03qdt9zxle72vo/AADe_JYUgRGZWL1bn5cAYBUUa?dl=0">Click here for photos​</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
How to get ENews updates from Taylor HShttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=330How to get ENews updates from Taylor HS2017-10-02T12:20:41Z<div class="ExternalClass5561380F60F34A59A4F9CF34CA34C934"><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">T</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">he Parentlink messaging system allows community members to sub</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">scribe to campus enews messages, as well as District-level messages such as the KatyISD Update and Board Meeting Notices. The link (</span><a href="/dept/communications/Pages/subscribe.aspx" target="_blank" style="font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/communications/Pages/subscribe.aspx</font></span></a><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">) to subscribe to these messages is available on the home page in the box tit</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">led "Katy ISD Update." This link also includes a box next to each campus, which allows community members to subscribe to individual campus enews.</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:21px;">​</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">​</span><span style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​</span>​<br></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=813Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time 2017-09-22T15:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </p></div>
Student Parking for 2017 - 2018http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=311Student Parking for 2017 - 20182017-07-31T18:18:51Z<div class="ExternalClass9961A635EFDC406F8E7754D61229D5B4"><p>​<span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Student Parking information for the coming school year is available by clicking </span><strong style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="/campus/THS/Pages/Parking.aspx">here​</a></strong><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">.</span><span style="color:#222222;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">​</span>​</p></div>
Scholarships, Resumes, Colleges, Oh My!http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=267Scholarships, Resumes, Colleges, Oh My!2017-01-03T16:46:03Z<div class="ExternalClassBA9A0496D7CF48D7A71C06380C14622D"><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​Taylor High School Counselors’ office is pleased to offer our students access to Naviance. Students can access Naviance on MYKATYCLOUD.</p><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">• Scholarships</div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">• Career Planning</div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">• College Searches</div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">• Resumes</div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">• And much more!!</div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">How to Use Presentation - <a href="/campus/THS/Documents/Naviance%20Instructions.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Naviance Instructions.pdf</a></div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Flyer - <a href="/campus/THS/Documents/Naviance.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Naviance.pdf</a>​</div></div>
Get the Katy "On the Go" APP for your Phone! http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=181Get the Katy "On the Go" APP for your Phone! 2016-04-26T12:50:04Z<div class="ExternalClassA0AD7473A73842B891B2AAC7CF54140F"><p>The Katy ISD mobile app can be customized for Taylor High School. Here are all the instructions you will need. <strong><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Click Here.​</a></strong></p></div>

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