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Six Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to StateSix Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to State<div class="ExternalClass3DE2DE48DE264A8C8D4F6F048C65C14B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's a first for Katy Independent School District!</span><strong style="text-align:justify;">  </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">This year</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">a total of six high school teams will be headed to the Texas Academic Decathlon Event to be held on March 8-9 in San Antonio, TX.  The District has the most schools heading to State of all the districts competing at the 5A Large Schools Division level.  Katy, Morton Ranch, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> Tompkins high schools will each be sending a team of nine students to compete.  </span><br></p><p>"Participating in decathlon team activities provides our Katy ISD students the opportunity to experience the challenges of high-level academic tasks. It also promotes a sense of team effort to accomplish academic excellence," said Alene Lindley, Director of the Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum, Gifted and Talented (GT) and Advanced Academics Department. <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>Two weeks ago, the six teams participated in the Regional Academic Decathlon at Seven Lakes High School where they obtained the needed cumulative points to move onto the next level. The curriculum, provided by the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD), changes each year and includes roughly 1,000 pages of </span>a high-level<span style="text-align:justify;"> curriculum covering Math, Music, Economics, Science, Literature, Art and Social Studies.  Students also have to prepare and deliver a memorized speech and give an impromptu presentation. Additionally, they also have to sit in an interview and write an essay.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Academic Decathlon Event is the second largest academic program in the nation where students have the opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of $150,000 in scholarship.  The top scoring teams will head to the United States Academic Decathlon competition to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota from April 25-27.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of the Katy ISD Decathlon Teams</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_CRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_CRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row, from Left to Right: Jeanie Xu, Mahin Ahsan, William Wang, Xavier Williams, Danielle Defreitas, and Camila Santos</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row, from Left to Right: Emmanuel Jaimes, Hana Chaudhry, and Victoria Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Susan Shank and Ashley Miller<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_OTHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_OTHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins HS:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Back row: Courtney Cherry, Dax Nesossi</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Middle row:</p><p>Adhrik</p><p style="text-align:center;">Chethan, Jiya Mathuria, Bianca Chen, Paul Davis</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right:  Front row: Graham Brown, Carly Chen, Noor Gulrajani, Tori Morales, Cory Graham</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Dax Nesossi and Courtney Cherry<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_THS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_THS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back row from Left to Right: Eric Brunsell, Andrew Zhebrak, William Li, Eric Tang, Catherine Batchelor, Jenny Brunsell</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front row from Left to Right: Akash Jothi, Dale Kang, Ashna Rahman, Sakshi Mohta, Sienna Fisher</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches:  Jenny Brunsell and Eric Brunsell (husband and wife) J</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_MRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_MRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Top:  Aryan Botani, Isaac Lozano, Savannah Espinoza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Middle: Thomas Walters, Preston Taylor, Annamarie Ruley, Iman Olajide</p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom: Karen Tseng, Sarah Munoz, Darian Johannsen</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Carrie McDaniel and Divya Kaushal</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_KHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_KHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Grace Goerig, Anjola Oyemade, Dalton Bolen, Kirk Priddy, Tim Chiu, Oscar Villanueva, Stone Garza, Josh Dierker, CJ Arienza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Kevin Walker and Caitlin Phillips</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_SLHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_SLHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lakes</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row from Left to Right: Emily Burns, Katelyn Luong, Joyee Chakrabarti, Cristina Pontaza, Anagha</p><p style="text-align:center;">Kenikar</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row from Left to Right: Jonathan Frishman, Jonathan Nguyen, Shaunak Dabir, Patrick Schumacher, Allen Cui</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Jonathan Frishman and John Mitchell<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Registration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? SessionRegistration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? Session<div class="ExternalClass71CDAD1DD0104957938B41F03BA0C062"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Registration Now Open for</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Is it Mean?  Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying?</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Session</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nowadays bullying has become a well-known term among parents and students.  However, often times other behaviors are categorized as bullying, when they are not.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the next Legacy Parent Academy education session entitled, "Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying," participants will explore the key differences between bullying and being rude and/or mean.  Attendees will learn about the various forms of bullying and how campus administrators are taking steps to determine if an incident is considered bullying or another offense, as defined by the Katy ISD Discipline Management Plan.  The session will also include strategies that parents can use to help prevent and respond to an incident of bullying.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Registration is required via the <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:     <br> Is it Mean? Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying Education Session</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>  <br>Legacy Stadium<br>Rooms ABC<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493<br></p><p><b>When:            </b><br><b>Wednesday, February 27, 2019<br></b>6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</p><p><br></p></div>
Vote for our State Champion Emma SticklenVote for our State Champion Emma Sticklen<div class="ExternalClass26DA14AD4C0C4E3897EEC228CDA7E05B"><p>Please take 30 seconds to click on the link below and vote for our <strong>STATE CHAMPION Emma Sticklen</strong> as Houston’s Girl Swimmer of the Year! She is currently in 10th place and that is simply not good enough for our girl. She needs your votes to get to number 1. You can vote every day and from multiple devices. Thank you in advance for taking the time to support Emma.  <strong>Fans will have the chance to vote until Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.</strong> <br></p><p>The website comes up fastest in google chrome. <br></p><p><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p><p>Sincerely, <br></p><p>Jessica Mixon <br>James E. Taylor High School <br>Assistant Swim Coach</p></div>
Taylor Pacesetters Winning PerformancesTaylor Pacesetters Winning Performances<div class="ExternalClassB443C07BC5E640F1AD52574400D1F2DE"><p>The Taylor Pacesetters competed in the Houston Coastal Sr. Classic competition and won all their dance categories. Congratulations Pacesetters on your fantastic performances.</p><p>• Solo – 1st and 2nd</p><p>• Team Kick – 1st</p><p>• Team Prop – 1st</p><p>• Judges Team Award – 1st</p><p>• Officer Prop – 1st </p><p>• Officer Novelty – 1st </p><p>• Officer Open – 1st </p><p>• Officer Modern – 1st</p><p>• Best Overall Officer – Platinum</p><p>• Best Overall Team – Platinum</p><p>• Best in Class Officers – 1st </p><p>• Best in Class Team – 1st </p><p>• Team Prop - Judges WOW Award</p><p>• Sportsman's Award</p><p>• Outstanding Director – Barbie Parker<br></p></div>
Swimming Sets Records at StateSwimming Sets Records at State<div class="ExternalClass496FBF4F729741A88515B2780DF067C1"><p>This past weekend the THS swim team competed in the State Championship meet in Austin and did an all-around amazing job! </p><p>Here are some notes:</p><ul><li>The boys finished 11<sup>th</sup> overall in the state – up from 22<sup>nd</sup> last year. <br></li><li>The girls finished 4<sup>th</sup> overall in the state – up from 5<sup>th</sup> last year.<img src="file:///C:/Users/c0208451/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="font-size:13px;width:427px;margin:5px;" /><br></li><li>Girls 200 Medley Relay - Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Emma Sticklen, and Kat Pashen – 3<sup>rd</sup> Place<br>Bronze Medalists (The first relay to medal at State in the 15 years I've been at Taylor)<br>All-American<br>School Record<br>In the top 50 ALL TIME fastest relays at the State meet </li></ul><ul><li>Boys Medley Relay – Tyler Kopp, Kevin Alvarez, Andrew Alcott, and Andrew Lee – 8<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 200 Freestyle – Natalia Casas – 11<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 200 Freestyle – Emma Clark – 14<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 200 IM – Abbie Alvarez – 11<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Boys 200 IM – Tyler Kopp – 7<sup>th</sup> Place<br>All-American<br><br></li><li>Girls 100 Butterfly – Emma Sticklen – <strong>State Champion</strong><br>GOLD MEDALIST<br>School Record<br>All-America<br>***STATE RECORD***<img src="file:///C:/Users/c0208451/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" alt="" style="font-size:13px;width:315px;margin:5px;" /></li></ul><ul><li>Girls 100 Freestyle – Natalia Casas – 13<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Boys 500 Freestyle – Tyler Kopp – 7<sup>th</sup> Place<br>All-American<br>School Record<br>In the top 50 ALL TIME fastest 500s in Texas<br><br></li><li>Girls 200 Free Relay – Natalia Casas, Abbie Alvarez, Amy Evans, Kat Pashen – 12<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 100 Backstroke – Emma Sticklen – <strong>State Champion</strong><br>GOLD MEDALIST<br>School Record<br>All-American<br>3<sup>rd</sup> Fastest ALL TIME at the State meet<br><br></li><li>Girls 100 Backstroke – Emma Clark – 9<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 100 Breaststroke – Abbie Alvarez – 7<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 100 Breaststroke – Amy Evans – 10<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Boys 100 Breaststroke – Kevin Alvarez – 9<sup>th</sup> Place</li><li>Girls 400 Free Relay – Emma Sticklen, Roxana Nolte, Natalia Casas, Abbie Alvarez – 4<sup>th</sup> Place<br>All-American<br><br></li><li>Boys 400 Free Relay – Andrew Lee, Andrew Alcott, Jared Morris, Tyler Kopp – 13<sup>th</sup> Place </li></ul><p>Our season is over, and the kids represented Taylor High School in a way we should all be proud of. If you see any of these kids, please congratulate them on a season well done. </p><p>Go 'STANGS!<br>Coach Matt Apple<br></p></div>
Matt Apple - Taylor's Teacher of the YearMatt Apple - Taylor's Teacher of the Year<div class="ExternalClass7DA0011D15164D3D8D0833EBAC198530"><p>I would like to announce our Teacher of the Year.  Please join me in congratulating  <strong>Mr./Coach Matt Apple</strong> on his selection.  He is a true representation of what it is to be a Taylor Mustang!!!   </p><p>Thank you Matt for all you do for students!!!  We had a lot of outstanding nominees this year and as Principal, I am very honored to work alongside all of you.   </p><p>The work you do for students is what makes Taylor such a great place.  I know for me I love coming to work every day because of the people I work with on a daily basis.  We truly are one big family at Taylor High School.  <br></p><p><strong>Chris Morgan<br></strong>Principal </p><p><a href="/campus/THS/Pages/Teacher-of-the-Year.aspx"><strong>See page for pictures</strong></a><br></p></div>

James E. Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

Principal: Chris Morgan

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