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Katy ISD National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – National Letter of Intent Signing Day is February 1, 2017. Several Katy ISD high school athletes, accompanied by their family, friends and Katy ISD staff, will be signing a binding letter of intent offered by distinct college teams from across the United States.  Below are the times for signing day at each school:

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Your Total Foot Care Specialist Announces Scholarships for Katy ISD Students

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – Dr. James M. Jacobs and Associates with Your Total Foot Care Specialist, are pleased to announce two $1,500 “Stepping into the Future” scholarships for 2017 KISD graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted to the offices of Your Total Foot Care Specialist by March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. A third party committee will select the two winning applicants.

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Katy Tiger Aquatic Team Has Record-Breaking Weekend at District Meet

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – The Katy High School varsity swimming and diving team had a record-breaking weekend at the district meet located at Tompkins High School last weekend.

The team took third place over all in what was one of the fastest district meets Katy ISD has seen in a long time. Diver Chloe Ceyanes was crowned the district champion while fellow diver Hollie Schaper took fourth. In boys diving, Jacob Adkisson was fifth and John Salder placed sixth.

In swimming, their team broke two school records and received numerous medals. All six relay teams advanced to regionals, along with numerous individual swimmers. Massimo Gasponi broke the Boys 100 Fly record previously set in 2004 and Kaloyan Bratanov broke the Boys 100 Free record previously set in 2003.

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Katy ISD Invites Residents to Join 2017 Bond Advisory Committee

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Staff & Community Members,

It’s no secret that Katy ISD is considered one of the most successful school districts in the country due to a robust curriculum and the wealth of opportunities available to our students.  Likewise, our parents and community members take great pride in supporting our kids and schools and value the role we all play in building the legacy.

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Celebrity Chili Bowl and Football Game Brings Big Names to Katy, TX

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2017) –  The City of Katy will host this once-in-a-decade event happening at Rhodes Stadium on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, on February 4. The day will start with the Taste of Katy Chili Bowl, followed by a celebrity flag football game and an after party. On the celebrity roster are former Katy Tiger and Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Cowboys legend Michael Irvin, Doug Flutie, Seven Lakes High School alum and UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and more.

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Memorial Hermann Opens New Urgent Care in Katy/Fulshear

Katy, TX News  (January 25, 2017) – Memorial Hermann has further expanded healthcare services in the Katy area with the opening of Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear. The clinic represents yet another major investment made by Memorial Hermann in the Katy community over the last few years.

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Katy ISD Releases 2017-18 Instructional Calendar Survey

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Community, Staff, and Students,

As you may be aware, it is anticipated that the Katy ISD Instructional Calendar will look a little different beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

State law currently prohibits a school start date before the fourth Monday in August. Faced with the annual challenges imposed by this start date, our Katy Improvement Council, along with staff, explored ways in which we might better meet the identified needs of our students and families. This led the District to pursue a District of Innovation (DOI) designation by the state which allows for greater local control and flexibility in constructing the school calendar.

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Two Katy Teachers Place in Houston Marathon

Katy, TX (January 23, 2017) – Two teachers at British International School in Katy, Texas did exceptionally well at the Houston Marathon earlier this month. Mr. Tim Barnett (primary, year six) placed second in his age category and third place overall with a race time of 39:20 and Mr. Ben Brown (primary, year one) placed second in his category at the Choco Loco 10K.

 

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Katy EDC Passes Resolution to Support Widening of FM 1463

Katy, TX News (January 19, 2017) – On January 11, 2017, the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) and its Board of Governors passed a resolution to support the widening of FM 1463 in the Katy area between I-10 and FM 1093, which will provide for enhanced mobility.  TxDOT has identified $15 million in funding for widening a segment of FM 1463 between I-10 and Spring Green Boulevard.
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Katy ISD Announces New Athletic Directors for Morton Ranch and Paetow High Schools

Katy, TX News (January 18, 2017) – Katy ISD is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Counter and B.J. William Gotte as our new Campus Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach’s for Morton Ranch High School and Paetow High School.  Both positions were approved unanimously during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting tonight.

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Katy’s Top Models

Katy, TX January 17, 2017

Models don’t just live in Milan, Paris, or New York. There are stunning and talented models who were raised or live right here in Katy.

Written by Lacey Kupfer Wulf 

Modeling is not an easy profession. It comes with harsh criticism, working long hours in uncomfortable clothing or weather, and demanding bosses. These five beautiful girls and women share how to look past the hard stuff and revel in the spotlight of being a top model.

Legendary Model
Tatiana LaBello, formerly Tatiana Anderson, is a model with ambition. By age 9, she had over 150 trophies in modeling, beauty pageants, dance, pep squad, cheerleading, and baton twirling. She even taught aerobics classes in Katy at age 14. After graduating from Katy High School, LaBello became a professional cheerleader for three major sports teams: the NFL Denver Broncos, the NBA Houston Rockets, and the USFL Houston Gamblers; wrote a fitness book, and received many fitness pageant titles.

 

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Photography by Michael Helms

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Local Foundation Seeks Applicants for $1 Million in Scholarships

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – The Galleria and Katy Mills are once again proud to help a deserving graduating senior pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near The Galleria, Katy Mills and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2017. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

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Seven Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score

Katy, TX (January 17, 2017) This year seven Katy ISD high school students earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  On average, less than .1 percent of all test takers earn the top score.  Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT in 2016 earned a composite score of 36.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” says ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda, in a letter recognizing the students’ exceptional achievement.  “While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

The following Katy ISD students earned a perfect score on the ACT:

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Willowfork Fire Department Announces Third Station in Katy

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station.   A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.

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Rep. Mike Schofield Files Bill to Cap Growth of State Spending

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2017) – State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 936 this week to prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population, allowing for inflation. The bill would change the spending cap currently in the Texas Constitution to prevent the state budget from growing above the previous budget by more than the increase in the number of people and the cost of providing the same level of services.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Open New Location in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group and Amstar Group, its equity partner, are pleased to announce that the Final Phase of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be anchored by a new 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema anticipated to open in Spring 2018.  The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and will consist of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an additional 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 6-story parking garage.

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Mayde Creek Soccer Team Shows Exemplary Character at Tournament

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) During a tournament in College Station this week, the Mayde Creek High School men’s JV soccer team showed that there is more to competition than points on a scoreboard. When the players learned from their coach that one of the opposing team members had down syndrome, they banded together to show a level of sportsmanship that is seldom seen in competitive tournaments. Read the story below:

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Katy ISD Drill Team Students Will Perform in Washington, DC

Katy, TX News (January 12, 2017) Texas Dance Educator’s Association is proud to announce the invitation from the Texas State Society to perform at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala in Washington D.C. on January 19, 2017.  The 2017 Ball promises to live up to its spectacular reputation as the “hottest ticket in town” during Inauguration weekend, and far exceed expectations.  The Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the banks of the Potomac River. This facility is the largest and most elegant facility in the entire DC Metropolitan area. Guests include Texas state officials, dignitaries, thousands of guests from all over the United States.

Only 25 All-State members will be performing at this prestigious event. The following Students are thrilled to be selected from Katy ISD:

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Seven Lakes High School Girl Scout Receives National Honor

KATY, TX News (January 11, 2017) According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Chloe Bartine, a senior at Seven Lakes High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

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Katy ISD Art Students Recognized by NASA

Katy, TX (January 10, 2017) A Katy ISD student’s dream of sending something into outer space has become an “out-of-this-world” reality when her artwork is selected by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to become a part of a space calendar.

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Primrose Schools Promote Physical Activity Through Thumbs Up! Program

Katy, TX (January 10, 2017) It’s no secret that young children are full of natural energy, and it’s often more difficult getting them to sit still than be active. But did you know that the amount of time children spend daily being physically active is decreasing? Despite children’s active nature, it’s still important for parents to encourage and support their physical development starting from birth. Research shows that children who develop basic motor skills through physical activity are more likely to become healthy, active adults, and there is increasing evidence that daily physical activity helps children perform better academically and avoid anxiety and depression in their teenage years.

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Katy ISD Announces Athletic Hall of Honor

Katy, TX – January 6, 2017  Katy ISD is pleased to announce the establishment of an Athletic Hall of Honor to recognize the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District.

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YMCA at Katy Main Street Slated to Open in February

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) It’s just weeks away from the Feb. 1 grand opening of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street. As the final touches are put on the 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston is inviting the public to preview the premises on designated days beginning Jan. 7.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt Addresses TEA Letter Grade Ratings

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) In a letter to parents, Dr. Lance Hindt, Ed. D., Superintendent of Katy ISD, addressed the validity of the unofficial letter grade ratings released by the TEA.

“Dear Katy ISD Parents and Community,

Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will release unofficial letter grades for every campus and district throughout the state — a requirement of House Bill 2804.  This unofficial ratings report is considered a trial run for the new 2017-18 accountability system and is designed to provide districts with a benchmark to track progress and make improvements ahead of releasing the official August 2018 ratings.

It is no secret that Katy ISD is one of the best school districts in the state, consistently earning TEA’s highest accountability rating year after year.  In addition, our community is highly regarded for its family values and business growth.  However, I and many others believe that TEA’s new methodology for calculating ratings does not accurately reflect where we are as a district and community. In fact, the unofficial ratings show that our district and some of our schools have received less than average ratings in one or more areas (see FAQs for more information on House Bill 2804).

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Katy Taste Fest to Serve Food and Fun for a Good Cause

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) Katy Taste Fest is set to serve up good food for a good cause. The festival is an event for foodies to experience fare from Katy’s diverse restaurant scene. Emphasis is on fun for the whole family with a variety of local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a large kids zone, a dessert oasis, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The festival will debut at Villagio Town Center on March 4, 2017. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

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UHV Katy Campus Lands Top-10 List for Best Texas Online College Education

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree. Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.

“UHV leaders realized early on that significant numbers of our students were unable to take a traditional, face-to-face class schedule,” says David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “If they couldn’t come to us, we wanted to come to them. The university has spent a lot of time and energy coming up with effective ways to teach online. This ranking reaffirms that what we are doing is working and that UHV’s online education remains a great value.”

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Katy ISD Earns Place on 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll

Katy, TX – January 4, 2017 Katy ISD is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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Representative Mike Schofield Files Faithless Elector Bill

Katy, TX News (January 4, 2017) State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 771 to disqualify and replace faithless electors in the Electoral College.  Senator Paul Bettencourt will sponsor the bill in the Senate. HB 771 would require electors to cast their vote for the candidates for president and vice president who received the most votes in Texas.  If an elector attempted to change their ballot, that elector would be removed and replaced by an alternate elector.  Under HB 771, alternate electors would be chosen in the same process that electors are chosen.

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TAKS Exit Level Retest Scheduled for March 2017

Katy, TX – January 4, 2017  Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in March, 2017.  The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics tests.

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