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James E. Taylor High School



Building Tomorrow Together 2014 Bond
October 3-4, 2014
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Katy ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence WinnersKaty ISD Musical Groups Selected as 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners<div class="ExternalClass076D0FBF6FD344B6B87686979EAF1D2F"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Several Katy ISD student groups were recently selected as winners in the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Mark of Excellence Honors </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence Honors seek to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>National Winners </strong>in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</strong>, directed by Karel Butz</li><li><strong>Beckendorff Junior High Varsity Girl's Choir</strong>, directed by Janet Menzie</li></ul><p>The following groups were selected as <strong>Commended Winners</strong> in the Mark of Excellence:</p><ul><li><strong>James E. Taylor High School Orchestra</strong>, directed by Clinton Capshaw</li><li><strong>WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra</strong>, directed by Bryanna Porter and Kate Mathews</li><li><strong>Beck Junior High School Symphonic Band</strong>, directed by Brenden Steber</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony</strong>, directed by Damon Archer</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High School Chorale</strong>, directed by Dorothy Wilson</li></ul><p>Mark of Excellence Honors consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of bands are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Foundation for Music Education</a> website for more information on the individual Mark of Excellence Honors.</p></div>
Important Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT TestingImportant Information Regarding PSAT/NMSQT Testing<div class="ExternalClass320EBB929EFC4D77892354248F7BBA77"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD sophomores and junior are registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Taking the PSAT provides the following advantages to students:</p><p>- It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college (and for success in most jobs and careers in today's world). After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use it to find their "skill gaps" and then make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.<br></p><p>- The Student Search Service<sup>®</sup> gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.<br></p><p>- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.<br></p><p>- It provides practice for the SAT<sup>®</sup> Reasoning Test.<br></p><p>- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.<br></p><p>- Junior who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.<br></p><p>- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.<br><br>Score Reports are distributed the first day of the second semester at all Katy ISD high schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT/NMSQT test takers receive a free personalized PSAT/NMSQT college planning kit online. Using a unique access code on the score report, students have access to an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, a customized SAT study plan, personalized lists of college majors and careers, a personalized list of colleges, and access to <em>MyCollegeQuickstart</em>—an interactive majors, college and career exploration program.<br><br>Students can prepare for this exam by reviewing the information on the PSAT/NMSQT prep booklet available on each high school campus. <br><br>Katy ISD provides all students the academic opportunities needed to prepare them for college and beyond.  Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college.<br><br><strong>What should students bring on test day?</strong></p><ul><li>No. 2 pencils and eraser</li><li>Approved calculator </li><li>Email address (optional)</li><li>Current and valid school or government issued photo ID</li></ul></div>
Homecoming 2014 InformationHomecoming 2014 Information<div class="ExternalClass0B0D6BF536834826ACA01C2A6781A6FD"><p>​<span style="font-size:13px;">Homecoming is an exciting time for high school </span><span style="font-size:13px;">students as there are many events and activities to </span><span style="font-size:13px;">mark the occasion. This handout compiles all the information you </span><span style="font-size:13px;">need-to-know. </span></p><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/HC-Handout-2014.pdf" target="_blank"><p><span style="font-size:13px;"><strong>Click here for handout.</strong></span><span style="font-size:13px;">​​</span></p></a></div>
SAT BootcampSAT Bootcamp<div class="ExternalClass3FC990A6F9DF4CD383D9A5B86D922260"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">W</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">e</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will be offering the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">SAT Bootcamp</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Saturday, October 4th</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> & </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sunday, October 5th</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> from </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">1pm-5pm</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> at </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Seven Lakes</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">High School</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">.  The registration fee is $175 and students can register online at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or by calling </span><a style="line-height:1.5;">800-235-0056</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Selected topics include:</span></p><ul><li>How to spot hidden clues that instantly reveal the main idea in long reading passages</li><li>How to shortcut math problems that stump more than 90% of test-takers</li><li>How to avoid the four sneakiest ways SAT grammar questions try to trick students</li><li>How to compose a perfect score essay – no matter what question the SAT asks</li></ul><p>Catalyst's SAT Bootcamp is a momentum-boosting weekend seminar designed to make sure students march into the SAT with every key strategy fresh in their mind.  <strong>Students receive Catalyst's prep materials, self-study materials, diagnostic tests, and copies of essays that have earned perfect scores on actual SATs.​</strong></p><p><strong><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/KISD_SAT_BC_Weekend_2014.pdf">Click for Flyer​</a></strong></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts College and Career NightKaty ISD Hosts College and Career Night<div class="ExternalClass77B168B76F044B88AF660D9BD260F2AB"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">More than 200 representatives from colleges, universities and post-secondary career training programs from all over the country will be available at the Leonard Merrell Center on </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Wednesday, October 1</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD College and Career Night.</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">   <a href="/Documents/College%20and%20Career%20Night%20List%20of%20Schools_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for a complete list of the schools that will be attending.</a>  They will answer questions and provide information about their programs to students and parents. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event continues until 8 p.m.</span></p><p>Parents and students are invited to begin exploring post-secondary opportunities through this free college and career night. For more information on this event, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at 281-396-6229. </p></div>
Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship ProgramKaty ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program<div class="ExternalClass5CFA13FC84BD4A70A32D9C61760F73CD"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 63 of these talented seniors are from Katy ISD.  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">As semifinalists, these students now have a chance to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered in spring 2015.</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD's 2015 semifinalists are:</strong></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong> Sumeet Agarwal, Dylan Bray, Raeedah Choudhury, John Dial, Tifenn Drouaud, Alexandra Du, Jacqueline Huang, Raymond Huang, Yaokun Huang, Seo Yun Jang, Yeeun Jung, Jiwoo Lee, Qiuyu Li, Andrew Ni, Luis Plata, Spencer Taylor, Jenny Xiao, Christina Xu, and James Yoder.</p><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong> Keyon Amirpanahi, Tawsif Azad, Elissa Barnett, Deeksha Bidare, Michael Brenan, Colby Brown, Rohan Chakraborty, Linhan Chen, Nishant Deshmukh, Jana D'Souza, Melissa Fu, Laura Hu, Jenny Kim, Michael Pan, Sarah Stokes, Sameer Suresh, Michael Tian, Nicole Ting, Ashney Vyas, Eden Williams, and Diana Xu.</p><p><strong>Taylor High School:</strong> Ryan Albosta, Jeremiah Coholich, Ishani Desai, Matias Hanco, Miles Hubscher, John Kim, Krithika Kuppusamy, Adelaide Kwon, Albert Li, James Luo, Marianne Olsen, Cean Park, Matthew Rossen, Emily Saunders, Amrutha Srinivasan, Leah Stevenson, Jeannette Xu, Kevin Xu, Neel Yerneni, Mehrad Yousefi, Andy Yu, Safiyya Zaidi, and Emily Zhang.</p><p>In order to become a finalist, all semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.  </p></div>
National Merit Semi-FinalistsNational Merit Semi-Finalists<div class="ExternalClass8ED725017AE34AEE8B6896700E601568">​The following Taylor student have been named as National Merit Semi-Finalists; <strong>Jeremiah Coholich, Marianne Olsen, Amrutha Srinivasan, Adelaide Kwon, Leah Stevenson, Albert Li, Safiyya Zaidi, Emily Zhang, Emily Saunders, Andy Yu, Cean Park, Krithika Kuppusamy, Jeannette Xu, Ishani Desai, John Kim; James Luo; Miles Hubscher, Ryan Albosta; Matthew Rossen, Kevin Xu, Matias Hanco, </strong><strong>Neel Yerneni, Mehrad Yousefi</strong> <strong>(</strong><a href="/campus/THS/Pages/National-Merit.aspx"><strong>see photo</strong></a><strong>)</strong><br><div><br>The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.<br></div></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts “I Volunteer”<div class="ExternalClassC5A868E898D74A649BEC109EF407B164"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">As is customary this time each year, Katy ISD Partners in Education has debuted its 2014 volunteer video entitled "I Volunteer."  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The soundtrack is sung by high school choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch High School, Sara Proodian from Taylor High School and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins High School. Along with Superintendent Alton Frailey, the video features members of the Volunteer Executive Board and their children, principals from across the District and teachers from Rylander Elementary. The video's high-stepping volunteers are the Katy ISD high school dance teachers:</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Last year, over 17,000 volunteers donated more than 820,000 hours to the schools of Katy ISD.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">"I Volunteer" is an homage to just a few of the things they do for our campuses. </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> to view the video, or visit the Katy ISD </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Partners in Education Facebook page</a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">If you'd like to volunteer and win a million hearts, contact your campus VIPS Coordinator or Tammy Stringer at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Volunteers in Public Schools, Sister Schools, School-Business Partnerships and the KEYS Mentor Program are all initiatives offered through Partners in Education, the department that brings dancing volunteers into schools and the community into the classroom.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">​</span></p></div>
Get the THS Phone AppGet the THS Phone App<div class="ExternalClass342D7478AA8F49B2A52FF6757CB3DC97"><table><tbody><tr><td></td><td><h2>Get the THS Phone App </h2><p>Receive <em>Push Notifications</em> of upcoming events, news and headlines.<br>Available in Apple and Android App Stores for FREE <br>- Search <em><strong>Taylor High School <br></strong>(not available for iPads or tablets)</em> </p><p><em>Update: 8/22/14 - 1867 subscribers</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table>​ <p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#c40000">THS Webmaster</font></a></p></div>
THS Project Graduation Booster ClubTHS Project Graduation Booster Club<div class="ExternalClass46AC01F76577404DA7ABC2698D66023C"><div>The purpose of the THS Project Graduation Booster Club is to provide a SAFE, alcohol and drug free celebration for the graduating class. Seniors and guests have the opportunity to attend a fun-filled lock-in with food, games, prizes and gifts following the graduation ceremony.</div><div>This year the THS Project Grad Event will be held on June 7, 2015 at Dave & Buster’s. Check-in will take place at Taylor High School and students will be shuttled aboard buses to and from the venue.​</div><div><br></div><div><strong><em><a href="/campus/THS/Documents/FINAL-2015-PG-First-of-Year-Letter-from-Co-Chairs.pdf">Read More...​</a></em></strong></div><br></div>
House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement ReportsHouse Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement Reports<div class="ExternalClass215BED4206E74963AC6DA80F56D4BCFD"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">​Texas Education Code §39.0545, as added by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, requires all districts to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in community and student engagement. All school districts and charters are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Unacceptable to the district and each campus for overall performance and the following categories:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">• Fine arts<br>• Wellness and physical education<br>• Community and parental involvement<br>• The 21st Century Workforce Development program<br>• The second language acquisition program<br>• The digital learning environment<br>• Dropout prevention strategies<br>• Educational programs for gifted and talented students</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;">Statute also requires that local committee(s) determine the criteria that the district uses to evaluate and assign a status regarding compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.</p><p>Please access the reports below.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB 5 Community and Student Engagement - District Response</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Elementary Campuses</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />HB5 Community and Student Engagement - Secondary Campuses</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out HackathonKaty ISD Students Named Grand Prize Winners at School’s Out Hackathon<div class="ExternalClass72CA9880409B4AFDA0AAAD48AC16C71C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Four Katy ISD students were recently named grand prize winners for their web application idea and development during the inaugural </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">School's Out Hackathon</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> for high school students.</span></p><p>The School's Out Hackathon is an event that allows students to hone their coding skills by developing an idea and presenting it to their peers and mentors in the technology industry. More than 500 high school students from across the nation submitted 80 projects, with the Katy ISD team, GroupDesk, winning the grand prize.</p><p>The GroupDesk team, consisting of <strong>Michael Brenan</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Miguel Obregon</strong> (Seven Lakes HS), <strong>Andy Sturzu</strong> (Taylor HS) and <strong>Chufan Liang</strong> (Taylor HS), created a web application that helps teachers and students collaborate on school projects. The application includes chat rooms, task lists, email lists, file management tools and more. </p><p>The winners were chosen based on problem solving, creativity, design and technical aptitude. As grand prize winners, each of the members of GroupDesk received a pair of Beats headphones and a new Occulus Rift.</p><p><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for more information about the School's Out Hackathon event. </p></div>

James E. Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

Principal: Jeff Stocks

Ph: 281.237.3100    Fax: 281.644.1760

School Hours: 7:25 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

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