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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>
THS StampedeYearbookshttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=322THS StampedeYearbooks2017-09-22T12:51:48Z<div class="ExternalClass5C6DCEE92DDF45F698F552A90A48B81D"><p><strong>​Stampede Yearbooks</strong> are on sale now for $80. Go to <a href="http://www.balfour.com/texas/katy/james-e-taylor-high-school/%E2%80%8B" target="_blank"><strong>http://www.balfour.com/texas/katy/james-e-taylor-high-school/</strong>​</a> . </p><p><strong>"When They Were Younger"</strong></p><p>Each year, the Stampede Yearbook features pictures of the senior class from when they were younger. Please submit a photo of your Senior to show everyone how cute they used to be….and still are, of course. PLEASE NOTE, THESE ARE NOT ‘BABY’ PICTURES! Please submit school pictures from elementary school! Please do not submit snap shots, sports pictures, or photos younger than elementary school.  Photos may be sent via hard copy or digital. If sending a digital version, please ensure the photo is 300 dpi minimum. Digital images may be emailed to <a href="mailto:stacedhitt@katyisd.org" style="text-decoration-line:underline;outline:0px;font-size:14px;"><strong>stacedhitt@katyisd.org</strong></a>​ </p><p>Deadline: Friday, November 17th</p><p>Contact Ms. Hitt at <a href="mailto:stacedhitt@katyisd.org" style="font-size:14px;"><strong>stacedhitt@katyisd.org</strong></a> or 281-237-9202 for more information​</p><p><strong>Student Ads</strong></p><p>Ads aren’t just for seniors!    Get a group together or just buy one for yourself! The deadline for accepting ads is November 17th or until all space is gone…DON’T WAIT…ORDER NOW! Ads may be emailed to <a href="mailto:stacedhitt@katyisd.org"><strong>stacedhitt@katyisd.org</strong></a> or delivered to the school on either a CD or flash drive.</p><p>Ad sizes: </p><p>Full Page-$325 (11H x 8W)</p><p>½ Page-$200 (5.5H x 8W) </p><p>¼ Page-$150 (5.5H x 4)</p></div>
College & Career Nightshttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=321College & Career Nights2017-09-22T13:30:08Z<div class="ExternalClass350780E0A94F4A8FBD7F7CA175C2241D"><p>​Because our annual Katy ISD College & Career Night had to be cancelled due to Harvey damage, we have partnered with neighboring school districts to ensure that Katy ISD students have the opportunity to access college recruiters.</p><p><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/College-Career-Nights-2017.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /></a><strong><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/College-Career-Nights-2017.pdf" target="_blank">College & Career Nights</a></strong><strong></strong></p><h2 style="background-color:#ffffff;">Naviance​</h2><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Naviance is the tool in Katy ISD for college searches and scholarship information. You can locate Naviance by searching for it in MyKatyCloud. </p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Please see the powerpoint at<strong><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/NAVIANCE-POWERPOINT-2017-2018.pdf" target="_blank"> this link​</a></strong> for more details.​​</p><p><br></p></div>
Upcoming Testing Dates PSAT, EOChttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=320Upcoming Testing Dates PSAT, EOC2017-09-15T13:50:54Z<div class="ExternalClass2C7381427C424ED388383105A24CA9E1"><p>​<strong>PSAT/NMSQT – Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:25 – 12:00</strong></p><p>ALL 10th and 11th grade students will be participating in the PSAT. Students in 10th and 11th grades who are enrolled in THS will automatically be enrolled in the PSAT test. [<a href="/campus/THS/Documents/PSAT-2017.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Read full story</strong></a>]</p><p><strong>December EOC Exams – December 4 to 8, 2017</strong></p><p>Students must meet standard on all EOC assessments - English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History -  in order to meet graduation requirements. If your student completed one or more of these courses but did not take the test and/or did not meet standard, he or she will need to take the relevant December EOC exam.  Students who were absent during the original testing window will also test in December.  These THS students will automatically be enrolled by the campus testing facilitator. </p><p>More information on exam preparation activities will be provided in the near future and students will be contacted about the sessions. </p><p>Please contact <strong>Carolyn DuBos, THS Testing Facilitator</strong> at 281-237-3622 or <a href="mailto:carolynkdubos@katyisd.org"><strong>email</strong></a> if you have any questions. </p><div><br></div></div>
School Pictures - Sept 25http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=319School Pictures - Sept 252017-09-13T15:37:51Z<div class="ExternalClass3730BE9A93FF47AC93912CB9072A7579"><p>​S<span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">chool pictures at THS for 9th, 10th and 11th grades will be taken during English classes on Monday, September 25<sup>th</sup></span>​.</p></div>
SAT Testers for October http://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=318SAT Testers for October 2017-09-13T14:14:46Z<div class="ExternalClassA0A114B3739C4B2F9F82C53F31A2CBE5"><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​A bit of good news to share with students and parents: The College Board is offering free registration for the October SAT for students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They are also offering refunds to impacted students who have already paid the fee. Information at the following link: </p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="https://pages.collegeboard.org/announcement-for-hurricane-harvey-impacted-students?affiliateId=00670-780&bannereId=pages-cms-learn_more%E2%80%8B" target="_blank">https://pages.collegeboard.org/announcement-for-hurricane-harvey-impacted-students?affiliateId=00670-780&bannereId=pages-cms-learn_more​​</a></p></div>
Taylor Stronghttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=317Taylor Strong2017-09-11T20:59:41Z<div class="ExternalClass9491E93E45F44CEB81DA8A0C1C68362B"><p>​In the spirit of "Taylor Strong", THS staff members went out in the community on Friday, Sept 8 to help flood victims. <br>Video - <a href="https://youtu.be/AyhbCnjRkZI" target="_blank"><strong>https://youtu.be/AyhbCnjRkZI</strong></a><strong> </strong></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Harvey Relief Fundraiserhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=806Katy ISD Education Foundation Harvey Relief Fundraiser2017-09-11T16:21:15Z<div class="ExternalClass1DBAE78160D84B2E93AD562C9579C31F"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ed_Found_Harvey_Cover_Photo.png" alt="Ed_Found_Harvey_Cover_Photo.png" style="margin:5px;width:603px;height:226px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br><em style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>​Fundraiser for Katy ISD Families and Staff impacted by Hurricane Harvey</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em></em></p><p>In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, 15,007 students and 2,600 employees of Katy ISD are recovering from direct impact of the storm. Despite the destruction, the Katy community has proven to be "Katy Strong" in providing support to those in need.  In keeping with that theme, the Katy ISD Education Foundation is launching an initiative that will provide support for Katy ISD families and staff adversely impacted by flooding in their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Foundation will collect donations from the community, while Katy ISD campuses will identify students and staff in need of support. This initiative was set in motion by the Foundation Board of Directors in response to numerous requests from our community.<br></p><p>"The Katy ISD Education Foundation has an unprecedented opportunity to bolster our community during this devastating time," says Tara Wilson, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.  "With a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, this small but mighty initiative will provide the necessary support to Katy ISD staff and families that need to not only rebuild homes, but rebuild lives." Any donation amount is welcome and donors will receive a tax receipt when the gift is processed. </p><p>With sixteen campuses affected by floodwaters, including Creech Elementary re-locating students for the remainder of the year, Katy ISD faces a significant road to recovery. "While the district is in a strong position to support facility recovery, and will do so, we are grateful for our community's support for the thousands of Katy ISD staff members and their families whose lives have been profoundly impacted by Hurricane Harvey," says Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent. "We have already seen incredible acts of compassion all over Katy from hundreds of volunteers serving four thousand evacuees in three Katy ISD schools used as shelters to our staff working tirelessly to return facilities to working order."</p><p>The Education Foundation's mission is to provide extraordinary classroom experiences to students and teachers in our district. In this case, the extraordinary will, in fact, be the ordinary, everyday items that will return home-lives to normalcy.  To give, visit <a href="http://tinyurl.com/pledgecentskatyisdfamilies">http://tinyurl.com/pledgecentskatyisdfamilies</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=801Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Students2017-09-05T16:20:05Z<div class="ExternalClass25ED211DF5E94DB995BDB48C50C8CA4C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Sixteen Katy ISD schools were impacted by flooding that took place last week in the surrounding neighborhoods.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Two district campuses, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, saw more extensive damage than other campuses. While Bear Creek Elementary sustained minor water intrusion.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The damages and repairs include:</span><br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Creech Elementary</span>:  Operations crews have begun the building assessment, which includes air quality/mold testing and a number of other safety reviews.  Conditions near and around the campus have prevented our crews from fully assessing the building.  Katy ISD is working on a plan to relocate students and staff and will notify families of the alternate campus site by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 6.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beck Junior High</span>:  The campus is being assessed by operations crews and is being evaluated and remediated for damage due to water intrusion through the building's roof, skylights and a construction site within the building.  Mechanical and electrical systems, as well as air quality and mold testing, are being conducted throughout the building.  These tests will determine if the school is ready to reopen on Monday, September 11.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bear Creek Elementary</span>: The campus sustained minor water intrusion within the building. Operations crews are testing mechanical and electrical systems to ensure a safe return for students and staff. Evaluation and repairs to the damaged structure are expected to be completed by the end of the week, in time for the return of students on Monday, September 11.</li></ul><p>The safety of our students and staff returning to their campus is our number one priority.  Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  Parents and staff will be updated as conditions evolve and new information is received.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Electionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=792Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Election2017-08-22T01:15:47Z<div class="ExternalClassAC19A255C2B0404BB1CA15A79A63B2D4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees called a November 2017 bond election for the 239-project bond package presented by a community-led committee this past July.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The total bond package is $609.2 MM and would have no impact on the school tax rate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee's (CBAC) package focuses on meeting existing and near-term needs as the District continues to grow by 2,800 student annually and older campuses show signs of aging.  It's a growth bond that directly affects students, with 74% of the bond allocated for new schools.  The improvements proposed for existing campuses will ensure that classrooms adequately support the curriculum and meet legislative requirements across the district.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The bond package is comprised of six new schools, a comprehensive renovation of Fielder Elementary, repairs and replacements for components like school kitchens, roofs, floors and intercoms at 61 campuses and facilities, facility expansions at two schools, and safety and security upgrades at 40 campuses.  Students across the entire district will likewise benefit from technology network improvements.  The CBAC also included funds for new buses as well as fuel tanks and portable buildings to replace existing aging ones.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The bond touches every quadrant of Katy ISD, from the far northeast to the lower southwest.  The last day to register to vote is October 10 and Election Day is November 7.  <a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx">Click here for more information on the bond package.</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=790Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium2017-08-18T14:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1F51D4C889B14495ABC62A125498A138"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After nearly two years of construction, Katy ISD welcomed parents, students, staff and community members to Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Special performances by all eight high school bands and choir directors resonated across the facility where countless attendees came to take part in a historical moment, not just for Katy ISD, but for the entire Katy community.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Stadium was approved by voters as part of the 2014 bond to provide Katy ISD students and its community with a state of the art multipurpose second stadium.  The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents.  It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District's history of excellence and tradition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lt6o3uun714uj78/IMG_6730.jpg?dl=0">Photos of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium</a></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>
2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7852017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017-07-30T19:38:58Z<div class="ExternalClass543A4EAD4D7F41EE9784F72BFE136307"><div class="ExternalClassECD570E404FD486085BB3622C9C5F5AC" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>During the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman presented the Committee's $609.2 MM recommended bond package which addresses rapid growth and the near-term needs of the district.</span><br></p><p>Since early April, Committee members have attended numerous meetings as well as received and assessed extensive and detailed information in order to develop a bond package.  Members agreed on a final bond package which includes funds for six new schools, renovations and expansions at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items.  The Committee's bond package also ensures a zero tax rate increase.  </p><p>Student enrollment has grown by approximately 2,800 students per year in Katy ISD.  The district currently has an enrollment of more than 76,000 students.  According to the district's demographer, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 nearly 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools and over 98,000 students will call the district their home by 2026.  </p><p>For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package please visit:</p><p> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage"><strong>http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage</strong></a></p><p><br> </p></div></div>
Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=784Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year2017-07-17T19:53:39Z<div class="ExternalClass178C2EC09E2C4AA9930111BD6CE2DE3C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">and Secondary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She's a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that "there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Nguyen teaches 10<sup>th </sup>- 12<sup>th</sup> grade students in the area of Principles of Health Science, Health Science Technology and Clinical Rotations at Taylor High School.  As a teacher, she creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful in every endeavor.  Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasis on the importance of a moral compass.  Ms. Nguyen also initiated the Katy Students Run program at her school to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach the necessary skills to be successful in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step into the National Teacher of the Year selection process.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to both Katy ISD teachers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kristal%20Parrish.jpg" alt="Kristal Parrish.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish - Fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Phuong%20Nguyen.jpg" alt="Phuong Nguyen.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen - 10-12th grade teacher at Taylor High School</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=782Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medals2017-07-12T13:57:36Z<div class="ExternalClassF83B3C315623430AA20090E6F578DFC0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Four Katy ISD students recently traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City to be honored with the Gold Key Metals from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Akhil Thadani from Seven Lakes High School, Connie Lau, Asma Mashal and Fatemeh Ebrahimi from Taylor High School were among 25 of the best artists and writers who were recognized.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 330,000 entries were submitted and in total, 59 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were received by students from Katy ISD and other neighboring school districts as well as private schools in Harris County.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's amazing what happens when you mix extraordinary talent with the resources, leadership and support our district offers," stated Lisa Matschek, art teacher for Seven Lakes High School. "To share in the experience of recognizing students at a national level, in the top one percent, was really special.  Katy ISD was well represented with five gold national winners in New York City." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It truly was a life changing experience for our students," adds Ashley Niemi, art teacher for Taylor High School. "At the ceremony the key note speaker talked about how his scholastic award was the kick start to him believing he could live a creative life!  It was truly an inspirational recognition for us all!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision, ingenuity and talent of students and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.  Harris County Department of Education serves as the regional sponsor of this prestigious national program and hosts yearly judging and awards ceremonies for thousands of writing and art entries.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic">www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic</a> .</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowlhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=771Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl2017-06-07T15:27:30Z<div class="ExternalClassC561DD21CFD245D7BA5A6ED33C85742D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation's premier high school sporting event, held every January.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports.  This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America's youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Max%20Wright%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Max Wright 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left to Right):</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Trey Hermann, Head Coach for Taylor High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Max Wright – Taylor High School student, Senior Class of 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cydney Wright – mother of Max Wright</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant James Ross – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Staff Sergeant Chance Jackowski – U.S. Army</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Jay Jensen – Taylor High School, Defensive Coordinator</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduateshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=770Katy ISD Announces Class of 2017 Top 10 Graduates2017-06-06T17:03:42Z<div class="ExternalClass038DCF01F505426EBE6B8718EAA8ABB3"><p>​Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year's graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. </p><p>The District is proud to announce the <strong>Top 10 graduates </strong>from each of its comprehensive high schools. They are:</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Trisha Neha Madhavan</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Tiffany Cheng Yu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Alyssa Shuang Wu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Nirmit Shah</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sarah Kyoko Halvorsen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Aidan Roy Gettemy</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Amol Milind Patil</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Sabrina Clare Hodgins</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sean Bao Ngo</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Jamie Liang Tan</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gpawcommvtngq78/AAAo3Lgk5DX-Pm66RyJh8gPEa?dl=0">CRHS photo gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Holly Grace Meier</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Bryan Daniel Marin</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Kendrick Tan Mendoza</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brandon Jay Komplin</li><li><strong>No. 5: </strong>Sophia Nicole Carmen Lecher</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Jacob Michael Clayton</li><li><strong>No. 7 :</strong> Sabrina Pereira Ghelardi</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alexandria Helen Woodward</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Thanh Tam Thi Vo</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Denali Evangeline Ibbotson</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c14t76me78zg4xu/AABUXcO3lkKQRixRiamQ3NYPa?dl=0">KHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Kunal Shailesh Jain</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Wahibah Hannan</li><li><strong>No. 3: </strong>Juseung "Chris" Park</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Shourya Kashyap</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Thy Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 6:</strong> Joseph Ola</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Andrew Duong</li><li><strong>No. 7 (tie):</strong> Kassem Abusnineh</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Justin Ngov</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vivian Lam</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j385p145qvuoc8n/AACos2cm7nOdL8sDst7Xg3rza?dl=0">MCHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Pranav Jayaraman</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Uche Ogochukwu Okwo</li><li><strong>No. 4: </strong>Nicholas Alexander Rose</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Victoria Belen Baltazar</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Alyssa Patricia Chuidian</li><li><strong>No. 7: </strong>Alexander Octavio Viteri</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Alyssa Ann Catoc Reyes</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Jeremy Sander See Bayangos</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Isra Rehman</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c63rm48mv6jv0wn/AABoVtT-kjCvqXUrP4pnlz4ra?dl=0">MRHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian: </strong>Naveen Chokkar</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Jessica Shu</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Jingze Yu</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Thomas Xiong</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Helen Zhou</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Eva Patel</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Rohan Sura</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Justin Zhang</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Sharon Xu</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Moniish Elanchezhian</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bm9533bc0lhtv6l/AAAF0UcxIcC9j7BzzadhgKMBa?dl=0">SLHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Maria Sturzu</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Shujian "Scott" Lin</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Irena Wan</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Oishik Saha</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Sheel Yerneni</li><li><strong>No. 6: </strong>Ananya Subraman</li><li><strong>No. 7:</strong> Angela Lin</li><li><strong>No. 8:</strong> Jessica Rao</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Alissa Nguyen</li><li><strong>No. 10:</strong> Vincent Liu</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/upylf27idof0lnw/AACK8AxVHvFv92HJgu5-QbVDa?dl=0">THS Photo Gallery</a></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Valedictorian:</strong> Kavya Chandran</li><li><strong>Salutatorian:</strong> Lucy Haoyue Chen</li><li><strong>No. 3:</strong> Saloni Patel</li><li><strong>No. 4:</strong> Brett Lawrence Dolotina</li><li><strong>No. 5:</strong> Tanaya Pampattiwar</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie): </strong>Sudarshan Gopalakrishnan</li><li><strong>No. 6 (tie):</strong> Tanvi Jadhav</li><li><strong>No. 8: </strong>Audrey Liu</li><li><strong>No. 9:</strong> Brian Bandaranaike</li><li><strong>No. 10: </strong>Venkata Ravila</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0lpebinht1rj040/AACGkozNXzag4E8VXgH4FQWUa?dl=0">OTHS Photo Gallery</a></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=768Katy ISD Student Artwork to be displayed at U.S. Capitol2017-06-21T12:45:05Z<div class="ExternalClassF310C4FD14854989A85DC79B0189CBA1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School art student Ana Olvera has won the Congressional Art Competition with her oil painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">"Chasing the Storm."</em><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In addition to this honor, she received two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception at the U.S. Capitol where her artwork will hang for one year.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This national competition is coordinated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and takes place every year to recognize the creative talents of students across the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the second consecutive year that a Taylor High School student has received the honor of displaying their masterpiece in a legislative hall.  ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/06-02-17%20Congressional%20Art%20Contest-smaller.jpg" alt="06-02-17 Congressional Art Contest-smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Left to Right:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Ana Olvera, Taylor High School Student, U.S. Congressman John Culberson, 7th District of Texas</p></div>
Taylor High School New Principalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=761Taylor High School New Principal2017-05-24T14:48:08Z<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>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=759Redesigned STAAR Report Cards 2017-05-19T15:33:35Z<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="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">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>
How to get ENews updates from Taylor HShttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/THS/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=269How to get ENews updates from Taylor HS2017-01-03T16:48:28Z<div class="ExternalClassAA79E1510CDF430FA070C407D9A32E1C"><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: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>​</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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