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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD School Tax Rate Approved for 2014-2015

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Posted September 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2014) – Last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved both the Debt Service and Maintenance and Operations tax rates for 2014-2015, which have remained the same for eight consecutive years. The tax rates combined equal a total school tax rate of $1.5266.

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Taste of Katy Tailgate Benefits Local Students

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Posted September 08th 2014

Katy, Texas News (September 8, 2014) - Large crowds attended the first Taste of Katy Tailgate on Aug. 20 in Old Town Katy where tailgaters had a chance to sample the fine food and drink of 17 Katy restaurants, pubs and food/drink companies. Tailgaters were asked to donate a backpack and/or school supplies for needy youth in Katy ISD.

Participating restaurants included D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Hasta la Pasta, Crawfish Café, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, No Label Brewing Co, Zoe’s Kitchen, What’s Poppin Popcorn, Chick Fil A, Los Cucos, Midway Barbeque, Wright’s of Texas Salsa and the Snowdog Ice Cream truck.

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Lacrosse Club Gains Popularity in Katy

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Posted September 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 4, 2014) – The Taylor Lacrosse Club, established in 2003, is the oldest high school lacrosse club in the Katy, Texas area. A number of players have gone on to play lacrosse at the college level at schools such as Marymount, Oklahoma, UT Austin, Texas State, Texas A&M, North Texas, Shenandoah College, Rollins and Sam Houston State.

Since lacrosse is not a UIL sport in Texas, it is considered a club in Katy ISD. Taylor club is looking to change its name to the Katy Kings for the 2016 season due to the wide range of players that come from schools all over the district, and many consider lacrosse to be the perfect off season sport for football players. Practice starts in September and the season runs from late January to late April.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

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Posted September 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 3, 2014) – This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2014 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students’ grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 Million Bond Referendum

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Posted August 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 19, 2014) – Last night at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $748 million bond referendum on the November ballot, as recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.

The bond package, designed primarily to address the District’s rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide, and new student activity facilities. (more…)

Katy, Texas News – Beckendorff Junior High Welcomes Incoming Students

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Posted August 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 18, 2014) – Beckendorff Junior High recently welcomed incoming sixth graders at Cub Camp. Students toured the campus, enjoyed a pizza lunch, and met with school staff.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Operation Backpack

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Posted August 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2014) – For the tenth consecutive year, YMCA Operation Backpack joins the forces of local churches, businesses, and other community partners to touch the lives of Katy area children and their families this school year.

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The Katy Family YMCA is collecting brand new backpacks filled with school supplies to help students in the Katy, Sealy and Royal ISDs. Thousands of supplies will be collected for children who might otherwise start school unprepared. Last year the Katy YMCA helped 2,500 kids and the goal this year is to help close to 4,000.

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Katy, TX News – Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) - It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the Katy ISD Bond Committee’s presentation recommending a $748 million bond package to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.

“Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities, and businesses.  We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too,” said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael.  “Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this.”

For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students, and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District’s current and future needs.

On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.

The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee’s recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.

For more information, visit www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds.

Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Choir

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) - After spring auditions, “Sensations”, the Seven Lakes Show Choir, selected their members for the 2014-2015 school year.  Members include Samantha Pedrosa, Cameron Connolly, Shreya Kaul, Stone Tejada, Nataley Lucas, Gabriel Prevallet, Mindy Keahey, Emily Sanders, Benjamin Calarco, Lyndsey Burton,  Corey Standley,  Stephanie Neff, Alex Chung, and Rabiaa Nguyen.

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 21st 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 21, 2014) - Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, Leema Weilein, recently earned a silver medal in the STAR Event Competition at the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills, and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.

FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state, and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the 2014 STAR Event Competition.

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards

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Posted July 14th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 14, 2014) - Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord was recently named a finalist for the 2013-2014 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards for secondary principals.

Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals, and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.

The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the Texas PTA website.

Katy, TX News – Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) - Luis Enrique Rangel son of Ysabel and Andres Rangel and a Senior at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many 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.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team CRyptonite Wins Texas Robotics Invitational

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) - Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) won the 2014 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament (TRI), which was hosted by Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.  This new off-season tournament attracted 32 teams from all over Texas. CRyptonite was Captain of the winning alliance, partnering with Team 3847 “Spectrum” from Strake Jesuit, Team 1429 “KAOS” from Galena Park ISD, and Team 5070 “Gearnotics” from Houston.

TRI also marked the debut of two brand new teams from KISD high schools: Team Ta.R.D.I.S. from Taylor HS and the Tompkins HS team. Because these teams have no robot of their own yet (teams will build 2015 robots when they receive their new challenge in January), CRyptonite set up the Taylor team with a loaner robot. They also provided a drive coach, along with help from CRyptonite team members in programming and maintaining their robot, while Team 1477, “Texas Torque” from The Woodlands did the same for the Tompkins team.

Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 “CRyptonite” and their robot “Sidewinder” won the first annual Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.

“The Taylor and Tompkins students had a great time experiencing the excitement of a full competition, not only running the robot, but working on it in the pit. We look forward to helping both teams in their upcoming rookie season. We’d also like to thank Texas Torque for their loaner robot and for helping the Tompkins team,” said Mike Outlaw, CRytponite Robotics Booster Club Secretary and Build Mentor.

The next off-season tournament for CRyptonite is the Indiana Robotics Invitational in Indianapolis. Held on July 18-19, this invitation-only tournament will bring together 70 of the top teams in North America.

Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon

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Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) - This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 am on Saturday, Aug. 16. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 am to 11 am, have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 pm to 3 pm, ending at Taylor High School.

Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.

Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at htmeredith@yahoo.com for a personal concert. Visit www.jetband.org for more information and the parade route.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic

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Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) - The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a Cheerleader Clinic for interested students ages five through 13 on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to 12 pm in the Tompkins High School dance gym.

The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Katy, TX News – Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2014) - During the regular June Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of Angelita Bateman as the new principal of Williams Elementary, and William Rhodes as the new principal of Fielder Elementary. Bateman is currently the assistant principal at Williams Elementary, and Rhodes is a Human Resources Coordinator for Katy ISD.

Bateman has been in education for 13 years and began her career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2001. She became the assistant principal of Williams Elementary in 2007. Bateman holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in elementary education.

Rhodes has been in education for 12 years and began his career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2006. He then served as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary before beginning his current role as a Human Resources Coordinator. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and is expecting to earn his Doctorate in educational administration in May 2015.

Katy, TX News – U.S. 4th Army Reunion Band Holds Free Public Concert

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2014) - The United States 4th Army Reunion Band is holding a free public concert on June 24, 2014 at 7 pm in the Spring Branch Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College. The concert will include orchestra, jazz band, and concert band performances. Katy’s community Lone Star Symphonic Band, directed by Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant, will also perform with the 4th Army Band.

The 4th Army Band staffed some of America’s finest musicians during the Korean and Vietnamese Conflicts. Between the years 1950 and 1971, the band regularly performed live concerts, as well as radio shows that inspired people throughout five states of the Southwest.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System

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Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX (June 25, 2014) - Katy ISD has earned a rating of Superior Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the 12 years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST.

Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, the highest being Superior Achievement, followed by Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement, and Substandard Achievement. More information regarding the FIRST rating system can be found on the Texas Education Agency website.

Katy, TX News – Board Approves 2014 – 2015 Teacher Salary Schedule

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Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 25, 2014) - ?During the regular June meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the new teacher salary schedule for 2014 – 2015, and an increase in pay for bus drivers and auxiliary positions C1 through C4.

The beginning teacher salary will increase 4.26 percent, and current Katy ISD teachers entering their sixth year with the District will receive a significant 7.09 percent increase.

Auxiliary positions C1 through C4 will receive an increase of $1.00 per hour for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Bus drivers will receive a $2.50 per hour increase, changing the starting salary rate from $13.75 to $16.25 per hour.

Katy ISD Residency Requirements and School Boundaries

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News - At the time of registration, parents must bring proof of residence dated within the past 30 days, showing the parent/guardian’s name and street address.  A recent utility bill (electric, water, or gas), a house or apartment lease agreement, or an earnest money or purchase contract and a letter from a mortgage company indicating loan approval or proof from the home builder/realtor of cash payment verification.

Notice: It is a felony to falsify residency information for enrollment purposes (Texas State Penal Code, Section 27.10).
Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Attendance Zone Locator.  You can search by a specific subdivision or apartment complex, or you can select a campus and see what subdivisions it serves.

The following items may also be required based on residency status:

  • Exhibit C: Application for Determination of Minor’s Bona Fide Residence – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Exhibit E: Temporary Power of Attorney – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian; may also need step-parent to complete.
  • Exhibit F: Affidavit of Student Admission Information (for nonresident student in a grandparent’s after-school care) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit G as well.
  • Exhibit G: Affidavit of Grandparent’s After-School Care (for nonresident student ) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit F as well.
  • Exhibit H:  Affidavit of Bona Fide Residence – to be completed by the person whose name is on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit I as well.
  • Exhibit I: Parent’s/Guardian’s Assurance of Bona Fide Residence - to be completed by the parent when his/her name is not on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit H as well. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Leadercast Katy Supports the Katy ISD Education Foundation

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Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) - On May 9, Katy Area leaders joined together for a day of inspiration from nine, world-renowned leaders while benefiting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. This year’s theme, Beyond You, challenged leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. As Leadercast so aptly describes their mission, “We believe the world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.” In keeping with the Beyond You theme, the proceeds of Leadercast Katy were donated to an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD. The organization strives to unite our community while providing a competitive advantage for Katy ISD students and teachers through targeted investments in our schools. This May, $209,599 for Inspiring Imagination grants was awarded to teachers at 26 different campus locations. Leadercast Katy is pleased to join the community in supporting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event, $2,250, enables two additional teacher grants to be fulfilled next year. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Galaxy Fireworks Partners with Local Schools and Students

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2014) – Galaxy Fireworks partners with Morton Ranch High School’s Maverick Band and Band Booster Organization throughout peak firework season, serving and assisting as the band’s main fundraiser for the year. Band Director Kyle Coleman says, “In today’s economy, raising the necessary funds to establish a top quality band program is extremely difficult.”

Through their partnership with Galaxy Fireworks, the Maverick Band is able to raise a significant amount of funds for their program. During firework season, eager students in the Morton Ranch High School band staff the Galaxy Fireworks warehouse west of Westgreen Road and I-10.

Galaxy Fireworks collaborates with the schools in various ways. The company offers volunteer hours to students within the community. For many student volunteers, Galaxy Fireworks is their first experience in a work place environment, and it allows them to gain experience in customer service, sales, time management, and understanding the importance of product knowledge. Galaxy Fireworks awards a scholarship to a graduating senior whom shows strong leadership skills and dedication to education and extracurricular activities.

This year, a scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to this year’s recipient, Ernesto Martinez. Martinez plans to attend the University of Houston in the Fall. He has also been hired by Galaxy as a daytime store manager to further help finance his college tuition and further grow his workplace skills. The 2013 recipient, Mathew Korioth, recently finished his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Pictured is Desiree Urrutia, 2013 recipient Matthew Korioth (who attends school at Texas A&M), 2014 recipient Ernesto Marinez, Tony Urrutia.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) – Summer is just around the corner and parents may be thinking about what their child will do for meals when school is out. This summer, Katy ISD will again participate in the USDA Summer Food Program at five District schools.

The program is free of charge to any child under the age of 18, and includes breakfast service. Lunch and breakfast will only be served to children who come and eat in the school cafeteria.

Hutsell Elementary: June 16 – July 9
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Stephens Elementary: June 16 – July 9
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Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Chorale Invited to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News - The Cinco Ranch High School Chorale was recently selected as a 2015 Performing Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This year, 33 school choirs from across the state submitted CDs for evaluation by a panel of judges, which included university music professors.

The panel unanimously chose the Cinco Ranch High School Chorale to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention to be held in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

This is the highest honor that a choir in Texas can receive, and marks the first time that a high school choir from Katy ISD has received a second TMEA performance invitation. Director Dorothy Wilson also had the honor of conducting the CRHS Chorale in performance at the 2008 Convention.

Katy, TX News – Emily Couch Joins Professional Golfers in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – Emily Couch, a sophomore at Katy High School, is a member of the varsity golf team. During the 2014 school year, Couch was selected to play in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event, which is organized through the Houston Golf Association. She was paired with professional golfer Brandon Grace of South Africa and two male golfers Case Garrison and Sean Cleland. The foursome shot a score of 31, taking first place in the event.

Emily Couch

Katy, TX News – Student Wins Phillips 66 Scholarship

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) - One high school senior will receive a $16,000 college scholarship from the Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarship Program. The competitive program awards outstanding collegebound students whose parents work for Phillips 66 or one of its subsidiaries. The awards are based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.

The company announced Ana Hernandez of Katy as honoree this year. Ana, daughter of Phillips 66 employee Francisco Hernandez, is a senior at Seven Lakes High School.

“This scholarship program reflects Phillips 66′s commitment to the communities where we live and operate and builds on our corporate vision of improving lives,” said Claudia Kreisle Phillips 66 Director, Contributions and Community Engagement. Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, headquartered in Houston. “We congratulate Ana on her achievements inside and outside the classroom and wish her every success in college,” Kreisle said.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Katy Student Heads to Haiti Prior to George Washington University

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Koralie Barrau, a 2014 graduate of Katy’s James E. Taylor High School, will spend part of her summer on a service project working with YWCA Haiti. Barrau, who was a part of Taylor High School’s National Honor Society, a distinguished scholar with 54 hours of community service under her belt, and an active member of the French Club and Key Club, has felt a strong connection to Haiti her whole life, especially after the 2010 earthquake took the life of her beloved grandmother.

Koralie Barrau, a graduate of James E. Taylor High School’s class of 2014

Throughout high school, Barrau attended multiple leadership conferences and was a student council representative. She proudly co-edited the Taylor High School 2014 year book and is the proud recipient of the 2014 yearbook award. In the Fall of 2014, Barrau will attend George Washington University’s school of Media and Public Affairs. She plans to major in broadcast journalism and international relations.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Fund for Teachers Announces Houston 2014 Fellows

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) - ?This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will participate in the Fund for Teachers Fellows program, traveling to destinations like London, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to embark on self-designed learning experiences that they will bring home to Katy ISD classrooms. A total of eight Katy ISD teachers have been selected among only 46 in the Greater-Houston area for the grant program.?

This year’s Fund for Teachers 2014 Fellows are:

  • Stephanie Aromy and Charlotte Cook, Kilpatrick Elementary – Aromy and Cook will explore locations from Paris to the Seine Valley that inspired renowned Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, and Pissarro, to guide students’ discovery of the artists within themselves.
  • Mary Batycki, Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer Chapman, and Leigh Ann Sublette, Alexander Elementary – This group will participate in the Teachers College Summer Reading Program at Columbia University in New York City to develop the Readers’ Workshop model school-wide and train colleagues and parents for maximum student achievement.
  • Nancy Bradley and Kristen Brennan, Exley Elementary – Bradley will participate in the Teachers College Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University in New York City to train two elementary school staffs in the implementation of a writing workshop model that creates 21st century writers. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy Science Teacher Receives Grant

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) - Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher, has been awarded a $4,986 grant from Fund for Teachers. The grant will allow Coalson to research, across Western Europe, the great scientists of the 16th-19th centuries during the summer. Coalson will place an emphasis on physics, experimental science, and technology. “Fund for Teachers bridges the gap between what teachers have and what students need to advance academically,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fellows turn our initial investment into broadened perspectives and engaged learning – for themselves and their students. The result is a transformed career and classroom.”

Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher

One can follow Coalson’s  journey (June 7 – 21) daily on her blog, sciencethenandnow.wordpress.com, as she will discuss adventures in seeing history firsthand  (i.e. Galileo’s telescope, Newton’s principia and the apple tree on his estate, and Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook pages). (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars to Celebrate Memorial Day

Katy Texas News
Posted May 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 19, 2014) - The Katy Independent School District has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9182 to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the District on May 26 with a variety of campus activities that will educate students and staff on the importance of this national holiday.

“The Board of Trustees and I understand how important Memorial Day is for our families and staff,” Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  “Because school will be in session, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to create a day of instruction and learning that will include honoring fallen soldiers at campuses and District offices.”

Local veterans representing community members and staff will be at various campuses across Katy to lead the Pledges of Allegiance in the morning. They will also visit history and social studies classrooms throughout the day to share their experiences while serving our country and personally encourage all students and staff to value their freedom and honor those who died to protect it.

Additionally, the Katy Veterans Memorial Service at Katy Magnolia Cemetery will be broadcast live at many Katy ISD campuses.  “For those who served, this is a day with deep emotional roots,” said Katy VFW Post Commander Gary Drahos.  “It is a day for us all to honor those who lost their lives helping to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.”

Through the years, the VFW Post 9182 has also recognized servicemen on Memorial Day weekend by placing U.S. flags at the grave sites of soldiers, airmen, and sailors, and by hosting a memorial service.

 

Katy, TX News – Mayde Creek High School Students Receive Statewide Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 16, 2014) - Humanities Texas recently announced that five students from Mayde Creek High School are among the winners of the Humanities Texas inaugural President’s Vision poster contest.

Sarah Mavad and Megan Myers won a first-place prize for their poster on Lyndon B. Johnson, Akrama Khan and Fatema Shipchandler won a second-place prize for their posters on John Adams and Woodrow Wilson, and Sophia Carrico won a third-place prize for her poster on Franklin D. Roosevelt. All five individuals are students in Penny Rosas’s eleventh-grade class at Mayde Creek High School.

In order to participate in the President’s Vision poster contest, students had to identify the “vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued his vision during his time in office.

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Katy, TX News – Principals Discuss Technology and Safety Needs; Transportation Department Talks Costs and Services

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 14, 2014) - At the May 8 Bond Committee meeting, Katy ISD principals discussed the technology and safety needs on their campuses. Committee members also heard presentations on transportation and portable needs within the District, and shared observations from the April 30 facility tours.

This week committee members get to work on reviewing cost estimates for all the District-wide needs presented to them for their consideration over the course of the past five weeks. These needs include: school and student activity facilities, renovations and replacements, technology, safety and security, and transportation.

The next Bond Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public to listen and observe. For more information, agendas, and presentations from the meetings, visit the Katy ISD Bond webpage.

Katy, TX News – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Announces Katy ISD Winners

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Posted May 12th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 12, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of 10 Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Joey Gu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biochemical engineering
  • Austin Kuo, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Sarina Madhavan, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
  • Ojas Potnis, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Anthony Qi, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: corporate finance
  • Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Taylor High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: computer science
  • Vidisha Srivastav, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: bioengineering
  • Catherine Wu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Jonathan Zong, Taylor High School; probable career field: computer science

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5

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Posted May 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2014) - Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 10 various polling sites across the District:

KATY ISD VOTING
PRECINCT

COUNTY
PRECINCT(S)

POLLING
PLACE

1

Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
3143, 3144

Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, Texas 77494

2

Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
3132, 3133

Cinco Ranch High School

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77494

3

Ft. Bend – 3014

Harris – 639 Ward A

Waller – 420

City of Katy Municipal Building

910 Avenue C

Katy, Texas 77493

4

Harris County – 119, 149,

639 Ward B

Waller – 418, 419

Katy Municipal Court Building

5432 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77493

5

Harris – 362, 619, 644

Memorial Parkway Jr. High

21203 Highland Knolls

Katy, Texas 77450

6

Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,

751, 772, 993

Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

7

Harris – 95, 120, 283,

461, 711

Wolfe Elementary

502 Addicks-Howell Rd.

Houston, Texas 77079

8

Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,

813, 877

1005, 1061

Morton Ranch High School

21000 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77449

9

Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804

879, 992, 1006

Mayde Creek High School

19202 Groeschke Rd.

Houston, Texas 77084

10

Harris – 398, 517,

523, 621, 622, 650, 771

Bear Creek Elementary

4815 Hickory Downs

Houston, Texas 77084

 

For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.

Katy, TX News – VLK Architects to Design Two Schools in Katy ISD

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Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) - Katy ISD trustees approved VLK Architects to provide design services associated with elementary school #38 within Cinco Ranch Northwest Subdivision and elementary school #39 adjacent to Ventana Lakes Subdivision. The new elementary campuses will be designed to accommodate 1,030 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade to address the increased growth occurring in Katy ISD.

According to VLK Principal Todd Lien, AIA, “VLK looks forward to working with Katy ISD administrators and staff to develop plans for the new elementary schools, and provide the growing Katy community with age-appropriate, student-centric learning environments that are flexible, sustainable, secure, and integrated with the latest technology to serve the needs of the next generation of learners.”

VLK previously participated in a 21st century Learning Symposium hosted by the District to discuss ideas and examples of learning environments that are being designed and built in districts around the country and the state. Among the many items that were discussed were how these concepts could be designed into new schools for Katy ISD.

Approval of VLK Architects came at the recommendation of superintendent Alton Frailey, chief operations officer Thomas Gunnell, and district architect Peter McElwain. Trustees approved the measure as part of the board’s consent agenda.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins FFA Qualifies for Texas FFA State Career Development Event

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Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) - Members of the Tompkins FFA chapter traveled to Huntsville, TX April 10th to compete in the Area III Farm Business Management Career Development Event.

Tompkins’ Farm Business Management team qualified for the state competition by finishing first in one of the state’s 10 area competitions. 12,700 students began the statewide tournament in 28 different events, which reflect classroom instruction in basic technical, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

Tompkins FFA placed first in the Farm Business Management Contest. Team members included:

  • Jessica Stokan- 1st High Individual
  • Quyen Doan- 3rd High Individual
  • Mollie Franklin- 14th High Individual

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 103,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development, and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions.

Katy, TX News – Educators to Receive Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Awards

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Posted April 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2014) - Three Houston-area educators have been chosen to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award at the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., May 2, at the Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, TX, 77056.  The ADL founded in 1913, is a leading civil rights organization with programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. The Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award pays tribute to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their schools that rejects prejudice and promotes respect for and understanding of diversity.

The recipients are first grade bilingual education teacher Beneranda Alvarez of Andre Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, sixth grade teacher Rebecca Ryan Millhench of the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy in the Houston Independent School District, and Texas history teacher and department chair Phyllis Nawrot of Cardiff Junior High in the Katy Independent School District.

Beneranda Alvarez recognized that her bilingual education students weren’t exposed to other cultures in Andre Elementary School because their language skills kept them segregated, so she created the Andre Cultural Museum.  The Museum is a two-week transformation of her classroom into a world of diverse cultures and traditions, helping her students learn about people who are different, and that their differences matter and enrich society.

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Katy, TX News – The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston

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Posted April 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2014) - The National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis will take place at Discovery Green with registration and health fair opening at 8 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. Walkers will follow a 1K and 5K route around the beautiful park. For more information, please go to npf.donordrive.com/event/houston.

This year, we are pleased to introduce you to three of our Walk to Cure Psoriasis Youth Ambassadors, six year old Melanee Martin from Kingwood, eleven year old McKenna Sheedy from Katy, and 17 year old Arianna Quazi from Houston. All three struggle with the challenges of having psoriasis, a disease that affects 7.5 million Americans and an estimated 180,000 Houstonians. Melanee, Arianna, and McKenna will join us for the walk and share their personal stories about the challenges of growing up with psoriasis. All have put together teams to walk and are actively involved in the walk.

McKenna Sheedy

 

The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston is the largest event of the year for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in finding a cure for psoriasis including the general public. Proceeds will go towards psoriatic disease research. We have made great progress in identifying the culprits that cause psoriasis in the last 2 years since the Houston walk program began. In addition, the National Psoriasis Foundation has invested $10 million to date in grants and fellowships that have led to discoveries about the genetic origins of psoriatic diseases and the link between psoriasis and other serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. A portion of those funds have gone to scientists in Texas.

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Katy, TX News – Bond Meeting Schedule

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Posted April 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 3, 2014) – All Katy ISD Bond Committee Meetings are open to the public to listen to and observe the process.

Meeting Location: Katy ISD Educational Support Complex
6301 S. Stadium Lane
Katy, TX  77494

Light Supper/Meet & Greet: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (before every committee meeting)?

Meeting Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

View the bond meeting schedule here.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Considers Transportation Model Options

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Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2014) – During Monday’s Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation on potential transportation options for the 2014-2015 school year. To keep up with the continued growth in Katy ISD, the District is considering transportation options that would expand bus routes, while maintaining efficiency and high levels of safety.

The presentation reviewed potential transportation models and options. Among the options being considered is a multi-bell schedule that would stagger school start and end times across the District and increase the number of bus routes.  However, it was noted that the insufficient number of bus driver candidates continue to remain a challenge to meeting the demand for increased service. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Advanced Placement Exams Available for Katy ISD Students

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Posted February 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 18, 2014) – High school students in Katy ISD may register for Advanced Placement exams at their home campus Feb. 24-March 7, 2014. Late registrations will be accepted through March 19, 2014 with a late fee of $5/exam. Students interested in taking the AP Chinese or AP Japanese exam must submit registration to the campus by March 6. Each high school will announce the details of the registration process at the home campus.?

All students who are enrolled in AP courses in Katy ISD are strongly encouraged to participate in AP exams.  An Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of three or better is counted as an advanced measure for Distinguished Achievement graduation recognition (DAP). However, students are not required to take the exam, and the exam has no bearing on the high school course grade.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Spelling Bee

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Posted February 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Katy ISD recently selected spelling bee winners from each campus to move on to the 2014 Katy ISD Spelling Bee. Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus, and the top scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary (grades 4 and 5) and junior high campus (grades 6 through 8) are invited to the District Spelling Bee, where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win.

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Katy, TX News – Sundown Elementary Students Win Contest

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Posted February 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 4, 2014) – Sundown Elementary students took place in a contest to tell where their mascot, Sunny, went on vacation. The students were to write a creative story telling where Sunny went. They wrote about Sunny going to Washington D.C.; Hollywood, CA; Galveston Beach and Outer Space.

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In this picture, Sunny has just returned from the Mascot Olympics in Sochie, Russia where she took the first place medal in Curling. The winners of the contest were, from left to right, Adrian Eubank (fourth grade), Emily Roldan (third grade), and Hebert Cabrera Jimenez (third grade). Shown also in the picture are Crystal Matovich, SE Librarian, and Sunny the Armadillo.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Education Foundation Provides Field Trip to Morton Ranch Students

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Posted January 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2014) – The fourth grade students at Morton Ranch Elementary went on a field trip without ever leaving their campus. The Fort Bend Museum provided hands on activities and role play with their Texian Time Machine program. The students were engaged in activities that allowed them to compare their lives today to the lives of early settlers in Austin’s Colony. For more, visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

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Katy, TX News National Weather Service Forecasting Winter Precipitation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 27, 2014) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong possibility of winter precipitation and below freezing temperatures beginning early Tuesday morning and continuing through Wednesday. Katy ISD will increase weather monitoring and consult with the District’s contracted meteorologist to prepare for possible dangerous weather.

Residents are reminded to monitor local media, the Katy ISD website and the NWS website for related warnings, potential school closings, or changes in the forecast over the next several days. Parents, particularly of elementary age children, are asked not to drop children off at school before the time students are allowed into the building.

As a reminder, the temperature will change over the course of the day, so children should wear several layers of lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Parents and guardians are asked to monitor media outlets throughout the day concerning school notifications and potentially unsafe driving conditions.

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Katy, TX News – Stanley Elementary and Shafer Elementary ABM Approved by Katy ISD Board

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Posted January 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 22, 2014) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommended Attendance Boundary Modification (ABM) associated with Shafer and Stanley Elementary Schools at last night’s Board meeting.

As you may recall, this past November the District’s demographic consultant, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), provided an attendance boundary recommendation for elementary schools #36 (in Pine Mill Ranch) and #37 (in Cross Creek Ranch).  After review of that recommendation and consideration of public feedback, that ABM was approved by the Board at its December 16 meeting.

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Katy, TX News – Tompkins Student Wins Best of Show in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Posted January 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2014) – Tompkins High School, Katy ISD’s newest campus, is proud to announce freshman student Lucy Chen as the winner of Best in Show in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo District Art Contest. Chen competed against seven high schools with some incredible artwork. Her piece will also now advance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for possible auction.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Katy, TX News – Katy Community Conversations

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Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Katy ISD, with the assistance of K12 Insight, an education consulting group, will hold a series of Katy Community Conversations to welcome perspectives on District programs and initiatives. Discussion topics will include budget priorities, student enrollment, and facility usage and construction to accommodate our growing population.

Your voice plays a critical role in Katy ISD’s decision-making process, so they encourage everyone to attend. The community will also be invited to participate in a spring Community Outreach Survey to continue this important conversation.

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Katy, TX News – Katy High School Swim Team is Committed to the Community

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Posted January 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 3, 2014) – The Katy High School Swim Team collected books to donate to the library at the Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus. The team also made holiday decorations for the residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson, with Brian Ballard, Library Coordinator for the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson with Brian Ballard, the library coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board Approves Funding for S.T.E.M. Project Center

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Posted December 18th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 18, 2013) – During the regular December meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the use of available funds from the District’s General Operation Fund (GOF) for the construction of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Project Center for the District. The total project cost is estimated at $5 million.

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Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Student Council

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Posted December 16th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2013) – Taylor High School Student Council has been very busy this holiday season. They raised over $2,000 at their annual Big Feast event – which allowed them to feed over 200 Katy, TX families a Thanksgiving meal from Blake Eyed Pea. They also adopted 20 children from Katy ISD Santa Cops and spent $2,000 at Target getting presents for the children. Katy, TX News

Katy ISD Partners in Education Food for Families Fundraiser

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Posted November 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (November 23, 2013) – Last year, the Katy community supported students and their families by raising over $16,000. Help the Partners in Education continue to grow support for Katy ISD students and their families. Katy TX

Primrose School of Kelliwood Celebrate Veterans Day with Students at McMeans Middle School

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Posted November 13th 2013

Katy, TX (November 13, 2013) – In honor of Veterans Day, students from Primrose School of Kelliwood said “thank you” to Katy area veterans. The celebration was part of Primrose School of Kelliwood’s Balanced Learning system, which offers activities related to positive character development in children.

The school led the pledge of allegiance and joined the older students at McMeans Middle School to honor veterans from the Katy area.

“It’s important that our students know heroes don’t wear capes or know how to fly – true American heroes risk their lives for our country, for our children and families,” said Lou Ann McLaughlin, Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Kelliwood. “Honoring the bravery of our veterans teaches our students to be grateful for the unmerited gifts that others give to them every day.”

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra Receives Honor

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2013

Katy, Texas (November 7, 2013) - The WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago in December.

Established in the fall of 2008, the WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra has given students the experience of learning and performing in a string orchestra setting. These committed WoodCreek Chamber Orchestra students attend a weekly 90 minute after-school rehearsal, in addition to their regular orchestra practices, sectionals, and private lessons.

WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra

WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra

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Morton Ranch Junior High Receives Recognition

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Posted October 24th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 24, 2013) – Morton Ranch Junior High became an official “No Place for Hate School.” Morton Ranch is the second junior high school in Katy ISD to receive this prestigious recognition.

 

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Assistant principal David Schaefer and principal Mark McCord

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Beckendorff Junior High, Katy ISD Host Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer

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Posted October 17th 2013

 Katy, Texas (October 17, 2013) - Beckendorff Junior High hosted internet safety expert Katie Greer for a presentation of internet safety for Katy ISD parents. She also held assemblies at different Katy ISD schools to stress the importance of safety, security, and being a good digital citizen. 

 

Katie LeClerc Greer

Katie LeClerc Greer

 

After getting into the area of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) through a position as Internet Safety Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie LeClerc Greer hasn’t stopped fighting to keep kids safe in these technology-driven times.

Under the supervision of one of the country’s best ICAC prosecutors, Katie developed a variety of proactive programs to deliver to students, parents, educatorsto students, parents, educators, communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.  

Katie’s presentations are delivered in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and at national conventions, and have been featured on CNN, USA Today and in Vanity Fair magazine. Katie also serves as the Director of Outreach for the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Additionally, Katie serves an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that create positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Most recently, Katie was named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Katy ISD’s Second Stadium and Multipurpose Facility

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Posted October 15th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 15, 2013) – As enrollment in Katy ISD continues to increase, there is a direct impact on the District’s facilities. Katy ISD currently has more than 15,000 student athletes participating in athletic programs, including six high schools participating in varsity football and soccer. In addition, all seven high schools participate in marching contests at Rhodes Stadium.

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Former Katy ISD Student Finds Passion for Mechanical Engineering

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Posted October 08th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 8, 2013) - High school is a time for students to participate in organizations, discover and develop their interests, and realize the potential for future job opportunities. For Elizabeth Waters, a 2012 Cinco Ranch High School graduate, that realization came at the beginning of her freshman year.

Elizabeth Waters

Elizabeth Waters

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Katy ISD Plans for Student Activity Facilities Bond

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Posted October 01st 2013

Katy, Texas  (September 30, 2013) – Katy ISD has a proud and rich history of FFA and agricultural sciences excellence. As one of the District’s oldest and most storied programs, it boasts one of the state’s largest FFA chapters at Katy High School. Across all campuses, more than 3,000 students are involved in agricultural sciences programs.

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Katy ISD’s Beckendorff Junior High Hosts Eighth Grade Games

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) – The Beckendorff Junior High recently hosted its first annual “8th grade games” and students were divided into 24 teams, as each team rotated through various challenges to participate in team and character building activities.  A few stations included solving a mystery with their teammates in their classrooms,  a low ropes/trust course outside, an academic challenge in the gym, and a digital safety seminar in the LGI. 

Beckendorff Junior High

Beckendorff Junior High

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Trinity Charter Schools Names Daniel Smith Principal at Krause Children’s Center Campus

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) - Trinity Charter Schools has named Daniel Smith as Principal of Trinity Charter Schools’ Krause Campus, the education source for children at Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, Texas, for children ages 12-17.  Smith brings a robust background in education to the Krause team along with entrepreneurial and technological experience. Betsy Guthrie, chief executive officer of Trinity Charter Schools, made the announcement.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

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Katy’s Beck Junior High PTA Volunteers Enjoy Open House

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Posted September 10th 2013

Katy, TX (September 10, 2013) – The Beck Jr. High PTA volunteers welcome returning parents and new to Beck Jr. High parents to their annual Open House Night.

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

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Creech Elementary Starts New Year with Fun

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Posted September 06th 2013

Katy, TX (September 6, 2013) - Katy ISD’s Creech Elementary announced its theme for the new school year, “Creech Rocks” and the fun began. The first day of school included the annual Tears and Cheers event for parents, hosted by PTA. And Principal Elena Thrun hosted a school assembly to welcome students.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

Krause Children’s Center, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hosts Back to School Party

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Posted August 28th 2013

Katy, TX (August 28, 2013) - Krause Children’s Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for children ages 12-17, recently joined forces with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to host a Back to School Celebration for Krause’s on-site Trinity Charter School.

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Katy ISD Receives State Accountability Ratings

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Posted August 12th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 12, 2013) – Katy ISD final accountability ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that outstanding student achievement produced a “Met Standard” rating for the District under the new state accountability system.

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Premier Baseball Sophomore Championship Includes Three Katy Area Athletes

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Posted July 30th 2013

Fifty teams from across the nation traveled to Lubbock this past week in the battle for Premier Baseball’s National Sophomore Championship Title. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from Texas. Three of the athletes photographed from Katy are: Taylor Jiral – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; Hunter Wells – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; and Ryan Hill– Taylor High School sophomore.

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Katy ISD Board Approves Design Services for New Proposed Stadium

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Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (June 18, 2013) – During the June Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by Superintendent Alton Frailey to retain the services of PBK Architects for the design services associated with the proposed construction of a new second stadium. Available 2010 Bond funds are proposed to fund the initial design work.

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State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy Honored by the Texas Retired Teachers Association

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Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (July 19, 2013) – State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy, TX, was honored in Austin by the Texas Retired Teachers Association for his successful efforts to improve the Teacher Retirement System pension fund with the passing of Senate Bill 1458.

 

719 (3)Pictured (from left) Marcy Cann, TRTA District 4 incoming president, Callegari, Brenda Ritter, TRTA District 4 outgoing president, and Tom Ritter.

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Emily Stepanek Wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to Study in Malaysia

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Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Emily Stepanek, a high school student in Katy, TX, one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

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Destination Imagination Team Wins First Place at Global Competition

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Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – Cinco Ranch High School Destination Imagination team, DI Harder, won first place in the world at the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries competing with over 15,000 people in attendance.

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Katy Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR, Awards Rylander Elementary Teacher a United States Flag

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Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas – Martha McCullough of Katy’s Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR , awarded Rylander Elementary School pre-K aide, Veronica Lemberg, a USA flag and certificate for obtaining her American citizenship. Veronica, her husband, and son were recently sworn in as American citizens of the United States of America.

newcitizen    Martha McCullough (left) presenting flag to Veronica Lemberg

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Cinco Ranch High School Choir Warms Up For Fall Entertainment

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Posted June 18th 2013

BRAVO! Congratulations to the recently named Cinco Ranch High School 2013-2014 Bravo Show Choir members. This talented group of students is looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances next school year. Mark your calendars for September 26, 27, and 28 for the Bravo Fall Show. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Watch for more information on the CRHS choir website or on KatyMagazine.com.

BravoPictured from front: three-year seniors; Connor Ughetta, Miles Ellis, Ryan Pierson; second row: three-year seniors; Victoria Sweitzer, Madison Rice; third row: two-year seniors; David Tait, Allie Kane, Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, Ashlee Shipp; back row: new members; Laura Walling, Allie Schauer, Nick Palm, Abby Rogers, Sarah Dray, Shreya Jois, Andre Oyardo, Amber Azinge, Johny Craner, Emily Smith, Jordyn White

 

KISD Students Selected as Semi-Finalists for 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2013

The Alley Theatre recently announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). After two rounds of readings, 15 plays were chosen above all other submissions. Five of the 15 semi-finalists are Katy ISD students. Congratulations to Danielle Northcutt (Katy HS), Jake Brown (Katy HS), Camron Alexander (Taylor HS), Katie Morrison (Mayde Creek HS), and Gerardo Velasquez (Mayde Creek HS). These five students will continue with individual interviews, where the top six plays will be selected as finalists.

Greg CoteDanielle Northcutt (playwright) is pictured with actor Dan Cote, who played the part of Tin Man.

KISD Concepts of Engineering and Technology Wins Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

McMean’s junior high’s concepts of engineering and technology class won the annual KISD CO2 car competition. 

CO2 car winners 2013Pictured from left are Cadence Mckinney, Layla Hooshmand, teacher Dallas Bergstrom, and Emily Resch. Each earned first or second place in their respective competition.

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Girl Scout Troop Donates Books and Knitted Caps

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2013

Fifth grade girls in Girl Scout troop 17384 from several Katy-area schools worked together on their Bronze Award projects during the spring. Though they all worked together, half of the troop focused on hand-making ABC and 1-2-3 books and acquiring book donations from friends, family, neighbors, and local stores. The other half of the troop knitted caps for premature babies and cancer patients for those at a Katy-area hospital. 

When the girls delivered their first collection of book donations, they enjoyed a tour of the 5th Ward Head Start preschool in Houston and meeting the students and teachers.  

Caps were knitted by the troop girls as well as collected by other troops who knitted caps and will be donated to a Katy area hospital.

All eight girls of troop 17384 bridged into Cadettes and are already looking forward to working on their Silver Award project. 

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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2013 Announces Top Graduates

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

Bailey Aronson and Michelle Garland were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Faith West Academy’s class of 2013.

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Katy Teen, Stan Stanulonis, Accepts Appointment to West Point

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

Faith West Academy senior Stan Stanulonis, 19, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He will report for duty with another FWA alumnus, Eric Pearson (class of 2009), and 1,150 new cadets for this incoming class of 2017. 

John Talhelm and Stan Stanulonis

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Tompkins HS Hosts ‘Meet the Falcons’ Night

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2013

Katy’s newest high school, Obra D. Tompkins, will open its doors to freshmen and sophomore students in August. The school hosted a “Meet the Falcons” night on Thursday, May 23. Hundreds of parents, potential students, and faculty members were in attendance at this exciting event. Parents and students were given the opportunity to meet staff members, ask questions about organizations, and get in the Falcon spirit.

Tompkins HSPictured are Tompkins cheerleaders and the school’s namesake Mr. O.D. Tompkins.

New Katy ISD Elementary School to Open This Fall

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2013

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Katy Independent School District will open the doors to a brand-new elementary school for families in the west Houston master-planned community of Cross Creek Ranch.

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Cinco Ranch Student Media Staff Wins Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2013

The Cinco Ranch High School County Line student media staff was recently recognized with an Award of Distinguished Merit and presented a Bronze Star Award by the UIL-Interscholastic League Press Conference at the Texas state ILPC Convention in Austin. This award recognizes the top scholastic newspapers in the state based on a master teacher critique and rating. The County Line staff is led by senior co-editors Michelle Chong and Jesse Sparks, and the student publications adviser is Ed Larsen.

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Morton Ranch Student to Compete in Adidas Dream 100

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

Morton Ranch High School senior Elijah Hall-Thompson competed in the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. With this time, he became number one among high school athletes in the nation in the 200 meters. He has been invited to compete in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York in two weeks. Only the top athletes get an invite. He ran his personal best in both events. 

Elijah Hall-Thompson

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Katy Cinco Ranch High School Senior Receives Music Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2013

Pictured is Sharon Zhu, Katy piano student of Mary Ann LaCour with awards received at the annual May Spring Recital held at Living Word Lutheran Church on May 4, 2013. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zhu, Sharon received (awards left to right) the Katy Music Teacher’s Association Student Affiliate Award, the Studio Senior Award trophy, the Katy Music Teachers Spring Festival trophy – for the second time – and the Studio Superior Award trophy – also for the second time.  Zhu, a Senior at Cinco Ranch High School,  has participated in many piano events including the Texas Music Teachers State Theory Test and has been selected to perform on the Katy Music Teachers Association Honors Recital at both the annual Sonata Festival and the KMTA Spring Festival, both adjudicated events. In addition to piano, Zhu participates in band and tennis. 

Sharon Zhu

Grants From JCPenney Helps Area Children Participate in YMCA Afterschool Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2013

The Katy and Fort Bend Family YMCAs each received a $5,000 grant from JCP Cares, JCPenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y.  Specifically, the gifts are providing children at the Y afterschool programs at Stafford Elementary, Stafford, and Schmalz Elementary, Katy, with financial assistance to participate.  The children that qualified for the assistance would not have been able to otherwise participate without the support of this grant. More importantly, it is providing the supported children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.

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Megan Yu, Katy ISD Student Receives Third Place at Society for Perfoming Arts

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2013

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, recognized 29 participants from its 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo at an awards ceremony recently held at the Wortham Theater Center.

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Taylor High School freshman Megan Yu (right) and mom Puchin show winning smiles. Yu’s artwork titled “Deep Family Roots” was awarded third place at Society for the Performing Arts 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest.

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Creech Elementary Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2013

Katy ISD Creech Elementary’s administration and teachers celebrated National Volunteer Week with a volunteer recognition event, chaired by Creech teacher Stefanie Huddleston and a “Sunshine” committee comprised of teachers and administrative staffers. The lunch event included heartfelt thanks by teachers from all grades popping by to say “thanks” and special, original cheers from the 4th through 5th grade Pep Squad, led by teacher Shelly Watson. The big finale was the announcement of the school’s six 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year nominees.

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Beck Junior High Math Team Wins State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted April 25th 2013

The Beck Junior High Math team won the Texas Math and Science Coaches Associationstate (TMSCA) championship in general math in the 5A division. The TMSCA held the state-wide competition at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. There were 84 schools from all over the state that participated in 5A division competition. The Beck team beat many powerhouses to claim the state championship. Beck math club also advanced to the mathcounts state competition, and ranked number eight in Texas at this prestigious national competition. Beck math club is led by Mrs. Stidham and many parent volunteers.

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Westland Baptist Hosts High Voltage Rock Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

Join Westland Baptist Church for an open house on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. for a preview of High Voltage - Houston’s premier rock camp which features top-notch musiciancs who teach kids how to write their own music. The open house will feature free pizza and drinks, live performances from former campers, and raffle prizers.

High Voltage Rock Camp is for kids ages 9 to 16. With a staff of experienced professional musicians and certified music educators, High Voltage Rock Camp is your destination for becoming a better musician. Whether you are an experienced player or just beginning, you will learn what it takes to write a song, create your own parts, and play with a band, while simultaneously improving your technique, theory and musicality on your chosen instrument.

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Beckendorff Junior High Students are “Ready to Roll”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High’s Teen Leadership classes held its annual ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their ‘Pennies for Patients’ program.  Students and faculty donate spare change to help treat patients with blood cancers.  BDJH raised $25,000 bringing the schools total in the past seven yearly campaigns to $106,000.

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Grace School Celebrates a Successful Reading Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Grace Primary and Lower School students were challenged by their teachers to participate in a two-week long reading challenge. To complete the challenge, two-year-olds through second grade had to read up to nine picture books and third through fifth grade were challenged to read 500 minutes per student.

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CRHS Choir Students Receive All-State Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2013

Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. The students performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. Congratulations to David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona for their dedicated hard work!

Cinco Ranch Choir Students - David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona

Pictured: David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona.

Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2013

For the eleventh time in the past 12 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 21 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2013.

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Cougar Robotics Team goes behind the scenes

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2013

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team recently visited Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and went behind the scenes in the Operating Room to experience the hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System. Sixteen students and their parents suited up in sterile gear to participate in simulation demonstrations with Dr. Arturo Gonzalez, a general surgeon affiliated with the hospital. For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy and its robotic surgery program, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team

Congratulations Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21st 2013

The Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers won 1st Place in the Youth Division in the 2013 Katy ISD FFA Livestock and Rodeo Parade.

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Cinco Ranch High School’s “CRyptonite” Robotics Team Demos Robot At ExxonMobil’s Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

For the third year in a row, Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) was invited by ExxonMobil Chemical Company to represent FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics at an Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day event. Held annually by ExxonMobil Chemical, this program helps junior high girls envision careers in engineering and encourages them to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and activities in high school.  ExxonMobil Chemical supports FIRST and Team CRyptonite as one of the team’s corporate sponsors.

Fourteen  members of Team CRyptonite, along with last season’s basketball-shooting robot, “Panzer” travelled to ExxonMobil’s west Houston office on February 15 to show how helping to design and build a robot as part of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team has allowed them to experience solving real-world engineering and technology problems.

An all-freshmen group of Team 624 girls was called upon to handle much of this demo for about 200 girls from KISD’s West Memorial and McDonald Junior Highs.
Zoe Burch and Nasa Xu showed how the robot works and talked about the build process. Aided by Daniel Lambert and Bill Waters, some of the junior high girls got to try their hand at driving the robot and shooting baskets. (more…)

Students Chosen to Perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2013

Cinco Ranch High School students, Indy Rajan (11th grade) and Ethan Le (9th grade), received the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. After multiple rounds of competitions, they were selected from over 5,000 students throughtout the state to perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 16, 2013. Indy received a ranking of 9th in viola while Ethan received a ranking of 3rd in violin among all the students in the state of Texas. Congratulations to both for their musical accomplishments.

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Katy ISD Educators Among Hundreds to Lobby at State Capitol

Katy Texas News
Posted February 14th 2013

A group of Katy ISD educators were among more than 400 teachers who met with state legislators to discuss key public education issues during the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Lobby Day Feb. 11 at the Texas State Capitol.

“As professional educators, we believe that our voice must be heard,” said Katy ATPE President Heidi Kirby. She teaches at Cinco Ranch High School. “We support restoring funds that were cut from public education in 2011 and reforming the accountability system in Texas public schools. We do not support any type of voucher program that would take money away from public schools and use public tax dollars for private schools and for-profit schools.” (more…)

Rhodes Elementary Annoucements

Katy Texas News
Posted February 13th 2013

Jack and Sharon Rhoads Elementary is proud to announce the 2012-2013 teacher, first year teacher, and para professional of the year.

Gretchen Dehoyos was honred as the teacher of the year. Gretchen teaches 5th grade science. Travis Bailey was announced as first year teacher of the year. Travis teaches PE. Ms. Rita Branch was announced as the para professional of the year. (more…)

Congratulations to Seven Lakes High School Choir Student, Erin Dunnahoo

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2013
Seven Lakes High School Junior, Erin Dunnahoo, earned second chair at the Texas All State Choir auditions.  Earning membership in the All- State Choir is the highest accomplishment for an individual musician in the state of Texas.  This is Dunnahoo’s second year making the All State Choir.

Ms. Dunnahoo traveled to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio to perform with the All -State Choir in February.

Katy ISD Outperforms State on STAAR Test

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2013

Test scores released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from the 2012 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) accountability test for grades 3-8 show that Katy ISD outperformed the state in every grade level assessment. The district also exceeded the state passing rate by an average of 13 points.

“While we are very pleased that our students outperformed the state, that is not our only goal,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey. “While we will remain competitive with our peer districts within the state accountability system, our primary objective is to provide each student high quality and comprehensive learning experiences.” (more…)

Beckendorff Junior High Particpates in Rachel’s Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted February 05th 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in Rachel’s Challenge presentation in January.  Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.  This program was sponsored by the BDJH PTA.

Katy HS Coach Gary Joseph Named National Coach of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

American Football Monthly announced their college and high school coaches of the Year for 2012. Topping the list is Katy High School’s Gary Joseph, having been named the high school football National Coach of the Year.  A total of six high school Coaches of the Year were selected this year – the coveted National Coach of the Year and five regional winners.

Joseph has served the Katy High School football program for 31 years, becoming head coach in 2004. During his time, the Katy Tigers have won three 5A state championships and advanced to the state finals on three additional occasions.  Joseph’s coaching record stands at 120-11.

Among Coach Joseph’s awards include being named District 18/19 5A Coach of the Year eight times; the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Houston Texans’ 5A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Joseph was named by the Texas Sports Writers Association as Coach of the Year and was also honored by the Katy Chamber of Commerce being named Katy’s Citizen of the Year.  Joseph received the Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2008 for the southwest region of the United States, and was named one of Houston’s Top 100 Professionals in 2010. Additionally, he was voted into the 2012 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor and just received the 2013 Semper Fi Coaching Award – Houston Area. (more…)

Board Approves High School No. 7 Name: Obra D. Tompkins High School

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees last night approved the name of the district’s newest campus, High School No. 7, after retired educator Obra D. Tompkins. Obra D. Tompkins High School is located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., and is slated to open in August 2013.
 
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of its newest high school after retired educator, Obra D. Tompkins. Pictured from left to right: Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Obra D. Tompkins, and Tompkins HS Principal Mark Grisdale.

Tompkins served more than 39 years in the field of education, serving the bulk of his years as principal for Mayde Creek High School. He has been called a ‘trailblazer’ among his colleagues and has served in a number of capacities in education during his career. Tompkins retired in 2012 from his most recent position as Katy ISD’s executive director for campus administrative support.  (more…)

Stephens Stompin’ Hooves Invited to Annual Clinic and Convention of the Texas Music Educators Association

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2013

Ursula Stephens Elementary of Katy ISD, located on Fry Road, is proud to announce that our music instrumental group, Stephens Stompin’ Hooves ensemble, led by director, Ms. Pay-Sung Chew, will be performing at the Annual Clinic and Convention of the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio on  February 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. We are very proud and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious state event among music educators all over the state. This is the first time an elementary instrumental group from the Katy district has been chosen to perform at the convention. (more…)

PROJECT V.O.T.E.

Katy Texas News
Posted January 15th 2013

The Presidential Election of 2012 was an opportunity to foster civic responsibility in KATY ISD Students by teaching the social studies strands of government and citizenship in a meaningful way.

The Project V.O.T.E. committee members worked together to create the mechanism by which the KISD schools could participate in a district wide mock election.

The results of the district election were sent to the statewide mock election Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow Thru Education) which was sponsored by the Texas Secretary of State. (more…)

Katy Music Teachers’ Association Grant Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted January 08th 2013

Katy Music Teachers’ Association is pleased to present our three grant recipients:  Nicoletta Sarabtidis, Cameron Vhalkamp, and Spencer Taylor.  These students were chosen by Brett Nelsen, Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Director, and Brandon Amison, private string instructor to receive the first ever KMTA String Outreach Grant.  The grant was provided jointly by Music Teachers’ National Association and KMTA to encourage string students to continue music study, reach out to the community, and excel in leadership in their school orchestra program.

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Foundations Academy Awarded Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2013

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced today that Foundations Academy has been awarded Accreditation.

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Cinco Ranch HS Robotics Team Showcase’s Robot Basketball Skills at Toyota Center

Katy Texas News
Posted January 03rd 2013

Cinco Ranch High School’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) showcased their robot’s basketball shooting and mobility skills at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston prior to the Houston Rockets NBA basketball game on December 22.  Based on their robot’s performance in last season’s  “Rebound Rumble” competition at the Lone Star Regional Robotics Tournament, Team 624  was chosen by the Rockets organization, along with Clear Lake ISD’s Team118, for this first-time event.

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Cardiff and McMeans Junior High Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

Katy Texas News
Posted January 02nd 2013

Cardiff and McMeans Junior High were honored last week for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and were named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community. These two campuses join Bear Creek Elementary as recipients of this prestigious award.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Delivery

Katy Texas News
Posted December 27th 2012

On December 19, The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club delivered 62 hand-made fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and at the Heritage Park of Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

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Seven Lakes High School Teacher Organizes Holiday Bear Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2012

For Robin Stauffer’s English classes, it has been a bear of a season. When Stauffer, a Seven Lakes High School teacher, first decided to hold the teddy bear drive for the local Joe Joe Bear Foundation in Katy, students from her eleventh grade Advanced Placement classes agreed to help and donate. What was initially a few stuffed bears has become a mountain of plush animals, which the foundation will donate to children undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening diseases to area hospitals.

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Beck Junior High Robotics Team Advances to Lone Star FLL Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted December 17th 2012

The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team 624 “CRyptonite” held its second annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL®) robotics Qualifier Tournament on December 8 at Cinco Ranch Junior High.  Robotics teams of  4th to 8th grade students from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. Team Cryptonite also organized a tournament toy drive to collect board games for the Krause Children’s Center in Katy.

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Creech Elementary Students Create Nearly 900 Gingerbread Houses in One Day

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2012

Every year in mid-December, the students at Sue Creech Elementary participate in Gingerbread Day festivities during their “specials” time. Emily Silva, a Creech Mom, chairs the annual event.

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Wolman Elementary Presents Special Business Partner Award to Firethorne

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2012

Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary School (RJWE) Principal Kelly Ricks and Assistant Principal Angela Kovar presented a Special Business Partner award to Wayne Meyer, General Manager of Firethorne at the school’s recent Dedication Ceremony. Ricks and Kovar described the award as “a small token of our appreciation to you and Firethorne’s developer.  You (Firethorne) have provided us with numerous monetary and human resources over the past several months to make our school a great place.”

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Seven Lakes Offensive Guard Caleb Benenoch Commits to UCLA

Katy Texas News
Posted December 11th 2012

Seven Lakes offensive guard Caleb Benenoch has seen progressively more interest in him as a player over the past year. Originally a Michigan State commit, the high three-star prospect received new offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA.

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STAAR Scores Will Not Affect Course Grades for 2012-2013

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2012

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced last week that he will again defer the requirement that states that STAAR end-of-course examinations be counted as 15 percent of a student’s final grade in each subject tested. With this announcement, local school districts have the option to move forward with the 15 percent rule for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year, Katy ISD opted to participate in the deferral as the district adjusted to the rigor of the new STAAR test.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Project

Katy Texas News
Posted December 03rd 2012

The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club has begun a service project to donate fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Katy.

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Characters on Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2012

Tom Wilson Elementary celebrated last month with book character studies all over campus by offering the students, teachers, and staff an opportunity to dress up as a favorite book character.  This year was the first annual TWE Character Parade.  Parents were invited to watch the parade as it progressed around the perimeter of the school and back into the classrooms for character reading instruction.

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Fall Book Fair and Family Reading Event

Katy Texas News
Posted November 28th 2012

The hectic holiday season is upon us and families in Katy will be scheduled to the max.  Tom Wilson Elementary offered an evening for families to slow down and spend quality time with each other while also supporting the school’s library.  On Tuesday, November 13, “I Love to Read Night” took place at the school. All members of the community were invited to bring family and lounge around the school to read newly purchased books from the Fall Book Fair.

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Katy ISD Art Student Participates in Via Colori Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted November 20th 2012

More than 200 artists transformed the pavement of downtown Houston into an unconventional art gallery last weekend for the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. The festival showcased the artistry of 10 of the city’s best emerging high school-age artists, including Cinco Ranch High School’s Samrath Kaur.

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KATY Aquatics Swimmer Signs Letter of Intent with The University of Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted November 19th 2012

Austin Vacek currently 18 years old, started swimming part time just 5 years ago and moved to year-round swimming with KATY Aquatics in 2009.  He has made rapid improvement over the past three years, including advancing to the Junior National Championships that were held in August at Indianapolis, IN and the Minneapolis Grand Prix that was held earlier this month in Minnesota.

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First Annual Beck Pink Out Week

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2012

The Beck Junior High Cheerleaders served as Ambassadors for the First Annual Beck Pink Out Week. They encouraged school-wide participation that included a pink out at the football games where the Bulldogs “Pinked the Panthers” as they played McDonald Junior High.

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Community Celebrates Seven Lakes Junior High

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2012

Seven Lakes Junior High was officially dedicated last week by Board Vice President Joe M. Adams. The ceremony included performances by the Seven Lakes JH Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Arts, Band, and a special presentation from the National Junior Honor Society. Special guests included Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey and Senator Glenn Hegar. Seven Lakes JH is led by Principal Dr. Imelda Medrano.

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More than 165 Participate in 15th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 13th 2012

Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read students in more than 345 classes as part of Katy ISD’s fifteenth annual Promise to Read program. Through Promise to Read, volunteers promise to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November.

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Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2012

Katy ISD held the official Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary in West Katy on October 18. Katy’s 35th elementary school opened in August to more than 800 students.

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Seven Lakes High School Band Advances to State

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2012

The Seven Lakes High School Band will represent KatyISD in the upcoming State marching contest in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, November 6th.  They will compete against other marching bands from across the state for top honors.  This is quite an achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the directors, band, and color guard members.

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Roger Clemens Visits Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29th 2012

This October, Roger Clemens, former Houston Astro,  spoke to Mrs. Poss’ Communication Applications classes at Taylor High School.

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KISD Band’s Receive Top UIL Rating

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2012

Congratulations to all six  Katy ISD high school band programs!  At the UIL Region 23 Marching Competition held at Rhodes Stadium October 23, all high school bands from Katy ISD earned the very top UIL rating, a Division I (Superior/Exemplary) from ALL three UIL adjudicators.  Each band’s performance was evaluated according to the State UIL Marching Band performance rubric which contains forty-three different indicators for music and marching performance.

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Beck Junior High Supports Susan B. Komen Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2012

Recently Beck Junior High School participated supporting in the Susan B. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer awareness. The school led thousands in raising awareness for breast cancer as well as raising funds.

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Griffin Elementary Boosterthon Promotes Good Choices

Katy Texas News
Posted October 19th 2012

Michael L. Griffin Elementary in Katy has been hosting the Boosterthon Fun Run event that began October 18. The Boosterthon Fun Run is a 9-day program designed to help local schools raise needed funds for education while inspiring students to live healthy, character-filled lives. This school year, Boosterthon’s new character theme, Highway USA, will show 500,000 students how to make good choices. (more…)

Radio Disney Arrives at Local Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 15th 2012

 

Radio Disney recently blasted the air waves of Kilpatrick Elementary.

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Cinco Ranch Homecoming Court

Katy Texas News
Posted October 11th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School recently announced it’s 2012 Homecoming Court.

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Katy ISD Shares Transportation Update

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

During the month of September, Katy ISD announced that it took several steps to address issues related to the change in eligibility requirements. Many of these initiatives are a direct result of input from parents, campus and district staff, and the community.
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Pope John XXIII High School Recognized for Excellence in Catholic Identity

Katy Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2012

The Cardinal Newman Society recently announced that Pope John XXIII High School of Katy has been named to its National Catholic High School Honor Roll. Pope John XXIII High School is one of only seven high schools in the nation honored for its Excellence in Catholic Identity and the only recognized school in the Houston area.
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THS Students Council Visits Star of Hope

Katy Texas News
Posted October 01st 2012

Taylor High School student council officers and representatives recently traveled to the Star of Hope, donating over $400 worth of shirts and toiletries. The group enjoyed the chance to give back to others and make a difference in the community. The student council’s next adventure will be traveling to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in downtown Houston to donate over 100 new toys and play with all the patients staying there.

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BHE Dads Kick off Watch DOGS Program

Katy Texas News
Posted September 28th 2012

Watch DOGS dads Mat Parker Cale Wenmohs are excited to kick off the first ever year for the program at Bonnie Holland Elementary School. The Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program provides opportunities for dads of students to volunteer at their child’s school.

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BDJH Students Gather for See You at the Pole

Katy Texas News
Posted September 26th 2012

Beckendorff Junior High students recently joined together for See You at the Pole, a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to pray for their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation. This is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. Originally initiated in 1990 by 10 students, millions of students now meet on the fourth Wednesday each September for this occasion.

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Katy ISD Bands Selected as 2012 Mark of Excellence Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted September 25th 2012

The McMeans Junior High Symphonic Band and Cinco Ranch High School Symphony Orchestra were recently recognized as Mark of Excellence honorees by the Foundation for Music Education. The Mark of Excellence award seeks to recognize outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands.
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Creech Elementary Celebrates Grandparent’s Day

Katy Texas News
Posted September 19th 2012

Every year in mid-September, students at Sue Creech Elementary in Katy ISD celebrate Grandparent’s Day by inviting all the “Grands” to lunch. More than 200 grandmothers and grandfathers attended lunch at the school this year.
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Katy ISD Golf Rivals Meet Again

Katy Texas News
Posted September 19th 2012

Eric Redeker, a 2011 Taylor High School graduate, and Cody Hebert, a 2012 Katy High School graduate, recently squared off in the John Bohmann Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament in Seguin. The two had previously played against each other while in high school. Redeker is currently a sophomore at Trinity University, and Hebert is a freshman at Southwestern University. Trinity took first place in the tournament, with Southwestern finishing a close second.
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Creech Elementary Students and Staff Enjoy Skeeter’s Game

Katy Texas News
Posted September 18th 2012

The student families and staff of Sue Creech Elementary spent an evening at Constellation Field early in the school year. Principal Elena Thrun threw out the first pitch of the game. Seen in the crowd wearing their custom Creech spirit tees were numerous Creech parents and students.
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Katy ISD Graduates Show Higher ACT Scores Compared to Students Statewide

Katy Texas News
Posted September 11th 2012

ACT reports that Katy ISD graduates for 2012 are more ready for college-level coursework when compared to students across the state. In 2012, more than 1,500 Katy ISD students participated in ACT testing and, as a district, had a higher average score in all four categories than the state average. The Katy ISD average composite score for 2012 was 23.5, while the average composite score for the state was 20.8.

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THS Pacesetters Host Dance Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2012

The Taylor High School Pacesetters recently hosted their annual Junior Pacesetter Clinic on Sept. 1. Approximately 250 girls participated in the clinic, where they learned a dance and had a showcase for the parents at the end. That evening, the clinic participants performed with the Pacesetters during the halftime show at the football game. The clinic is for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Everyone always has a fantastic time, so come join the fun next year!

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CRHS Bravo Show Choir Rehearses for Fall Show

Katy Texas News
Posted September 06th 2012

The talented members of Cinco Ranch High School Bravo show choir are preparing for their fall show, The World Goes Round, featuring a revue of the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The creative musicians and dancers have worked hard to present an energetic, entertaining  performance which will include longtime favorites such as "Me and My Baby," "All That Jazz," "Mr. Cellophane," "New York, New York," and "Maybe This Time," just to name a few. The show is full of humor, but also includes some beautiful ballads, along with choreographed dance numbers. Performances will take place Sept. 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the CRHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for gold card members. Advance tickets are available by contacting dorothyjwilson@katyisd.org or by calling 281-237-5204.

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Katy ISD Offers Guidelines for Insect Repellant Use During School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2012

As the temperature outside rises, so does the mosquito population. Warm weather means more mosquitoes, and with more mosquitoes comes an increased risk of West Nile Virus. Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES) encourages people to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats from their property and to take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by disease-carrying mosquitoes. To help students stay healthy this season, Katy ISD offers the following procedures for insect repellant use during school hours.

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RAE Host Meet the Teacher Night

Katy Texas News
Posted September 04th 2012

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary recently held its meet the teacher night. During the event, RAE students and their families got to meet their new teachers, visit the classroom, and say hello to staff members. The RAE PTA worked hard to make the evening a successful event, with members selling spirit wear, starting their membership drive, distributing and selling school supplies, and passing out the 2011-2012 yearbooks.

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CRHS Graduate Earns $50,000 Scholarship

Katy Texas News
Posted August 23rd 2012

Katy student Neel Bhan recently earned the NRG Howard Cosgrove Scholarship for $50,000 from NRG Energy, Inc. Bhan’s father works in the company’s information technology group in Houston. Scholarship winners were selected on the basis of merit. Bhan recently graduated from Cinco Ranch High School and plans to major in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. During his years at CRHS, he tutored younger students in math, competed in Academic Decathlon, and completed an internship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  

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Katy/West Houston Aggie Moms Host Howdy Social

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2012

The Katy/West Houston Aggie Moms Club (KWHAMC) recently hosted its annual Texas A&M Howdy Social at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Katy. The Aggie moms welcomed incoming freshman students and parents with special speakers, honored the graduating seniors, and announced the 2012 scholarship winners. The KWHAMC will have its first general meeting for the 2012-2013 year on Sept. 6, beginning at 6:45 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church, located at 3700 S. Mason Rd. To learn more, visit www.katywesthoustonaggiemoms.com or the group’s Facebook fan page at Katy/West Houston Aggie Moms.

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Katy ISD Reminds Drivers to Watch out for Students

Katy Texas News
Posted August 21st 2012

As the new school year begins, Katy ISD’s police officers, crossing guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers, and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. To that end, they ask drivers throughout the area to watch out for children.

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BDJH Sixth-Graders Kick off New School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 21st 2012

The Beckendorff Junior High PTA recently hosted a skate party mixer for all incoming sixth-graders. In addition to skating, there were many interactive activities to introduce students to each other. “We wanted to give our incoming sixth-graders the opportunity to meet students from other feeder schools,” shares event organizer Gina D’Agostino. “Our hope is to ease the first day junior high nerves with them seeing many familiar, friendly faces in the hallways and classrooms.”

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Katy ISD Launches New Parent Portal

Katy Texas News
Posted August 20th 2012

Katy ISD recently launched its new parent portal called the Home Access Center, giving parents instant access to their child’s information. The Home Access Center enables parents and guardians to access their child’s schedule, grades, assignments, and absences, and update basic contact information. Parents can also learn the name of their child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

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THS Student Named Lassie Queen

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2012

One of Katy's teenagers, Ciara Acton, daughter of Tom and Rhonda Acton, was recently named the Texas Shorthorn Lassie Queen at the State Shorthorn Show in Denison. As lassie queen, she will represent the Texas Shorthorn Association at cattle shows such as the Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth Livestock shows. Acton has been showing shorthorn cattle since she was 8 years old. She will be a senior at Taylor High school during the upcoming school year. In addition to being the lassie queen, she is an officer for the Taylor FFA program and a member of the National Honor Society and the Katy 4H.

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BDJH Sixth-Graders Attend Cub Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2012

Beckendorff Junior High recently hosted Cub Camp for all incoming sixth-graders and their parents. Cub Camp is designed to familiarize students and parents with junior high life. Activities included a school tour where students practiced opening lockers, a parent panel, and a presentation highlighting important policies and procedures.

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Local Student-Athletes Compete in National Tennis Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2012

The Houston duo of Xavier Gonzalez and Peter Leung recently reached the doubles quarterfinals during the U.S. Tennis Association’s Boys 16 National Championships played at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI. This is the most important tournament of the year for American junior tennis, and this year 196 of the nation’s finest players competed. Past winners in boys 16 doubles include John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Sammy Giammalva, and Mike Russell.  

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Wolman Elementary Welcomes Students with Lib Dub Video

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2012

With Wolman Elementary School opening on Aug. 27, Principal Kelly Ricks wanted to welcome the 722 students and their teachers to the new campus in a fun, approachable way. So, she, along with the teachers and staff and the school's namesakes, Ray and Jamie Wolman, created a lip dub video to the Katy Perry song, "Firework." To date, there are 3,131 views on the YouTube link at bit.ly/QcO4rg .

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Recycling Begins on Katy ISD Campuses

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2012

With the new school year comes new classes, books, teachers, and a new program in Katy schools – recycling. Starting with the new school year, Katy ISD will implement a single stream recycling program, allowing recycling of plastics, glass, and metals at each of its campuses and administrative facilities.

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Katy ISD’s 2012 Graduates Impact Local Economy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 08th 2012

A recent study by the Alliance for Excellent Education shows that 2012 Katy ISD graduates will have a significant impact on the Houston area economy throughout their lifetime. This year, approximately 4,083 high school seniors graduated from the district’s six high schools: Cinco Ranch, Katy, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Seven Lakes, and Taylor.

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Epsilon Mu Members Look Forward to Start of New School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2012

The Epsilon Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is gearing up for the start of the new school year. The group will be sponsoring membership meetings from September to December in Katy ISD schools. Interested women teachers who have been actively involved in education for at least two years and have been recommended by an Alpha Delta Kappa teacher are eligible for membership.

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Katy Music Student Honored by Texas Music Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2012

Katy music student Anurag Gupta recently earned several awards from the Texas Music Teachers Association during the organization’s senior awards reception. Gupta received the Campbell World of Music award, the 12-year theory medal plaque, the Student Affiliate Participation award, and the Whitlock Memorial Scholarship award.    These awards represent his consistent achievement at the highest levels of theory and performance from levels one through 12. Gupta was also a winner at the Chopin Contest in 2004 and played at Carnegie Hall the same year. He has been training in classical piano for over 14 years under professor Paul Krystofiak.

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Katy ISD to Post Bus Schedules Aug. 6

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2012

Starting Aug. 6, parents can find their child's bus schedule on the Katy ISD website including: transportation eligibility, bus number and stop, and drop-off and pick-up times. In addition, the district will also open a transportation hotline at 281-396-6008 on Aug. 6, dedicated to answering parents' questions about the new transportation eligibility guidelines.

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CRHS Robotics Team Competes at National Invitational

Katy Texas News
Posted July 30th 2012

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624, known as CRyptonite, recently advanced to the semi-finals during the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) held in Indianapolis. The competition was part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics program. Selected for the first time to participate in this event, CRyptonite climbed the individual team rankings in the qualifying rounds to the number two spot out of 70 top high school robotics teams from across the U.S. and Canada. In one of those qualifying rounds, their alliance scored 136 points, setting a world record for this year’s Rebound Rumble game.

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Katy Student-Athlete Wins Three World Taekwondo Titles

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2012

Katy has a new three-time world champion. Mikayla Francisco, age 8, recently took home three gold world champion titles in traditional form, sparring, and creative form at the American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships in Little Rock, AR. She competed in a total of seven top 10 divisions, placing in each event with three silver medals in traditional weapon, extreme form, and extreme weapon, and a bronze medal in creative weapon.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Returns as Katy ISD’s Official Healthcare Provider

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2012

Katy ISD and Katy Athletics are proud to announce the return of Memorial Hermann Katy as the official healthcare provider for the district’s athletic program. Memorial Hermann and Katy ISD originally entered into this agreement back in 2008. The agreement started out as a partnership with Memorial Hermann physicians and the district’s trainers to provide timely and cardiovascular screenings, nutrition letters, and Saturday morning athletic clinics. Katy ISD’s trainers work in tandem with Memorial Hermann’s team to constantly educate student-athletes, ensuring long-term wellness and short-term success in their athletic outings.

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Seven Lakes FBLA Team Wins National Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2012

Ever wanted to spend a whole week out of town with friends? This summer, that is exactly what 29 of Seven Lakes High School students did through the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program. The organization is dedicated to providing resources and premier opportunities to members interested in the business field. Not only does FBLA provide “real-world” experiences, but the club also offers several scholarships and hosts competitions at the district, state, and national levels.
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Five Katy ISD Students Named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted July 24th 2012

In the final group of National Merit Scholar designees, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced more than 2,000 winners of scholarships financed by colleges and universities across the country. Katy ISD had a total of five students named on this list, joining nine college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.
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Senator Glenn Hegar Reminds Katy Families of Sales Tax Holiday

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2012

The annual state sales tax holiday is right around the corner, according to Senator Glenn Hegar. The three-day annual event will begin on Friday, Aug. 17 and will continue through the weekend to its conclusion at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 19. The tax holiday offers Texas families the opportunity to save on needed back-to-school items.
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Katy ISD Graduates Earn More Than $21.3 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted July 18th 2012

A total of 735 students from the Katy ISD graduating class of 2012 earned academic and/or athletic scholarships totaling more than $21,286,000. The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $16,588,377, and athletic scholarships totaled $4,699,360.
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Teachers Look Forward to New Year at Wolman Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2012

For Katy elementary school teachers Andrea Tryon, Angela Sticker, and Lisa Campbell, every day will be “take your child to work day,” thanks to their new positions at Katy ISD’s soon-to-open Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary School. All three are residents of Firethorne, live a stone’s throw from the school, and have children enrolled at their neighborhood elementary, the first school to open within the 1,400-acre Katy/Fulshear master-planned community.

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SLHS Student Ambassador Travels to Australia and Samoan Islands

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2012

Seven Lakes High School student Batchlor Johnson IV recently served as a student ambassador on a 10-day tour of Australia. He was joined by several other students from around the U.S., who learned about Australian culture while touring major landmarks. He also spent eight days visiting the Samoan Islands – his mother’s native land – with his family, learning about the area’s unique culture. Johnson currently serves as president of the SLHS class of 2015.

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Katy Rebels-D’Addieco Basketball Team Wins Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2012

The eighth-grade Katy Rebels-D’Addieco basketball team recently won first place in the Primetime tournament in Humble, with a record of 4-0. Team members put in extra effort to complete every play, which made all the difference in the games. Their strong defense allowed them to control the pace of the games and overcome opponents early, resulting in large margins of victory against quality teams. Team members include Allison, LaShanda, Kim, Sydney, Natalia, Alyssa, Emily, Delaney, Tianna, and Anna.

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CRHS Announces Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2012

Cinco Ranch High School recently announced it 2012-2013 varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads. Varsity squad members include Erika Brown, Madison Cook, Kayleigh Fisher, Co-Captain Melanie French, Ali Haddix, Co-Captain Maddie Kalenits, Captain Ashley Kirby, Lauren Littlejohn, Kory Luna, Taylor Morrison, Brittany Nguyen, Jordan Peterson, Ashlyn Wagner, and mascot Gwen Fuqua.

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CRJH Volleyball Team Wins Summer Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2012

The Cinco Ranch Junior High girls’ volleyball team recently competed against several other schools in the Katy south region for the Katy ISD Summer Volleyball League championship. The team advanced to the final bracket against McMeans Junior High School and won first place in the league.

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THS Student to Attend Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2012

Taylor High School student Zachary Burch was recently accepted to the Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio for the 2012-2013 season. Each year, the High School Voice Studio selects eight seniors from the greater Houston area to participate in the program, which includes weekly voice lessons, master classes, vocal coaching from Houston Grand Opera staff, and performances opportunities. Burch is a member of the THS chorale and Expressions group under the direction of Kevin Riehle. Burch was also selected for the 2012 Texas All -State Mixed Choir.

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Katy Students Earn Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 20th 2012

Three local athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Morton Ranch High School student Jarrell Beckett, Cinco Ranch High School studnet Catherine Long, and Katy High School student Victoria Costilla each received $1,000 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. Each student has big plans for their future. Beckett will attend Prairie View A&M University, Long will start her studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and Costilla will attend Texas Tech University this fall. For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, call 281-644-7000.

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Beck Student Council Gives Back

Katy Texas News
Posted June 20th 2012

The Beck Junior High School student council recently celebrated the end of another year of giving back to others. Students and their families were very generous in their contributions and in volunteering their time and talents.
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Spartans Out Serving Announces Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2012

Spartans Out Serving (SOS) is a Seven Lakes High School student volunteer organization founded by parents in 2005. This organization strives to educate, empower, and inspire the student members to volunteer and serve others. The members learn selflessness and community awareness as they make a positive impact in the community. During the past year, over 1,200 members reported 30,500 community service hours. They have volunteered at school, throughout Katy and the Houston area, and across the U.S. and the world. This year, 139 senior SOS members completed the requirements to wear a white community service cord at graduation. The group recently presented $1,000 scholarships to seven student volunteers to use toward their education after high school graduation.
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Seven Lakes Golfer Shoots Low Round in Waco Starburst

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2012

Seven Lakes High School student Susan Hagger recently competed in the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco. Katy ISD was well represented 28 local golfers participating in the three-day tournament, which included over 1,000 golfers from across 12 states and Mexico. Hagger fired a 74 on the second day, which was the low round of the competition for her. She finished in third place, earning her a spot in the Starburst Hall of Fame. Hagger will be a junior at SLHS in the fall.

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Katy Piano Students Earn Music Theory Medals

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2012

Several Katy music students under the direction of Mary Ann LaCour recently earned Texas Music Teachers Association Theory medals during a spring concert. Students honored include (front row, from left) Lindsay Chu, gold; Lexie Kwon, gold; Rajasi Kolhatkar, gold; Rachel Rodriguez, gold; (back row, from left) Scott Lennard, gold; Addie Kwon, silver; and Gloria Fernandes, silver. Not pictured are Ore Omidele, Allison Yang, Brian Lennard, all gold medal recipients; and Rachel Zhu, a silver medal recipient. The Texas Theory Test is administered twice each year by the Katy Music Teachers Association.

 

Music Student Honored by Katy Music Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2012

Local piano student Linden Lanier recently earned a music scholarship and the Student Affiliate award from the Katy Music Teachers Association (KMTA), along with a senior award trophy, a plaque commemorating 13 years of piano study, and a Sonata Festival trophy. Lanier has studied with Katy area piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour from kindergarten through 12th grade and was recently to play at the KMTA Sonata/Sonatina Festival Honors Recital. She is the daughter of Margaret Lanier of Syracuse, NY and Pat Lanier of the Houston area. She will be majoring in music at the University of North Texas in Denton in the fall.

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Katy ISD Students Named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2012

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, according to Katy ISD. Nine students from Katy ISD are among these talented scholarship recipients.
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OKE Students Perform in District Honor Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2012

Kilpatrick Elementary students were recently selected by an audition process to be a part of Katy ISD’s District Honor Choir for 2012. Hundreds of students auditioned for this fine group, and Kilpatrick Elementary is very proud of its students who made the choir, including: Alana Chow, Induja Gautam, Thomas Holmes, Corey Johnson, Annie Lewis, Catherine Marchelli, Avery Marsh, Valeria Muhala, Sid Puranik, Nick Rager, Emily Sheen, and Victoria Stornello. They performed in a concert on May 6 at the Cinco Ranch High School Performing Arts Center. Their music teachers, Suzie Calarco and Michele Dial, are very proud of their representation for OKE in the District Honor Choir. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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BDJH PTA Hosts Eighth-Grade Dance

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2012

The Beckendorff Junior High PTA recently hosted the school’s eighth-grade dance, with a theme of “cruisin’ on, class of 2016.” The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by students and staff. Pictured (from left) are eighth-grade dance chairs Wanda Galicia, Jody Schultz, and Carol Bowman. All of the volunteers enjoyed planning and decorating for this fun end-of-the- year party… even after they inflated over 7,000 balloons for all the arches and balloon towers! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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OKE Teacher Makeover Raises Funds for Smart Boards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

The first-grade teachers at Kilpatrick Elementary School recently participated in a teacher makeover fundraiser. Parents were able to place a silent bid, and the top two winners from each class had the privilege of pampering their teacher. The money that was raised is being used to purchase Smart Boards. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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WoodCreek Students Perform at Pop Show

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Daniel Carbone, Cameron Connolly, and John Fly, outgoing eighth-graders at WoodCreek Junior High, recently performed their rendition of Howie Day’s “Longest Night” at the school’s pop show. The trio, whose group name is Vague 11:11, also made an appearance at Katy High School’s Dessert Cabaret in April. Carbone, Connolly, and Fly are a talented group who are in the process of composing their own music. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans NJHS Hosts Toy Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

The National Junior Honor Society at McMeans Junior High recently held a school-wide stuffed animal and toy drive for young patients at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Under the guidance of Mrs. Krolczyk and Ms. Canavati, the drive was a huge success and helped collect about 450 donations. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Student and Teacher Donate to Locks of Love

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Alexander Elementary reading teacher Karen Mabry and her student Reagan Kallina recently cut their hair together for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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FWA Announces Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

Faith West Academy recently named Samuel Mote as valedictorian and Karis Kontilis as salutatorian of the class of 2012.
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McMeans Junior High Earns No Place for Hate Status

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2012

McMeans Junior High School recently received a No Place for Hate banner from the Anti-Defamation League in Houston for participating in the No Place for Hate program. Students participated in No Name Calling week, designed a T-shirt, made anti-bullying posters, and wrote letters to bullies on card stock hand prints, which were posted along the hallways. In 2011, only five Katy ISD schools earned the No Place for Hate status, with only one being a junior high. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Bravo for the 2012-2013 CRHS Bravo Show Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Congratulations to the new Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir members! After a rigorous audition process, these 12 girls and 12 boys have been chosen for the 2012-2013 Bravo Show Choir ensemble. The show choir members are looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances throughout the next school year. Mark your calendars for the soon-to-be-announced fall Bravo show, with performances scheduled for Sept. 20, 21, and 22 in the CRHS Performing Arts Center. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Special Buddies Host Special Olympics Sports Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

The Special Buddies program at Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School recently hosted a Special Olympics Texas Unified Sports event in May. The event was a part of the Project UNIFY program, activating youth around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change. The program’s goals are to foster dignity, respect, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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OKE Challenge Students Showcase Projects

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Kilpatrick fifth-grade students recently participated in Katy ISD’s Fifth-Grade Challenge Showcase at Morton Ranch. All fifth-grade Challenge students from around the district were invited to research a topic related to one of the units they have studied in the Challenge program. Kilpatrick had more than 15 students participate, with topics researched including tie dye and graffiti and products created including the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Emery Sisters Represent FWA by Earning State Championship in Tennis Doubles

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Faith West Academy sisters Madison Emery (sophomore) and Erika Emery (senior) breezed past New Braunfels Christian in straight sets to take the TAPPS 3A State Championship in tennis doubles. “The matches (6-2 and 6-0) were actually closer than the score reflected,” says Erika of the state finals. “The Warren sisters (Janae and Kendall) are good players. I have played Kendall in competitive leagues, and she had me worried. Faith West fans got behind us, and that made it wonderful. It gave us the edge. Even our principal, Mrs. Strickland, was there with a sign.”
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THS Choir Hosts Banquet and Honors Scholarship Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

The Taylor High School choir recently celebrated another successful season at an end-of-the-year banquet held at CrossPoint Community Church. During the event, the Taylor Choir Booster Club awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four deserving seniors, including (pictured, from left) Emily Walt who is attending the University of Texas to major in chemical engineering, Melanie Piche who is attending the University of Tulsa for vocal performance and music education, Stephen Hargis who is attending Texas A&M University to study engineering, and Erin Connors who is attending Belmont College to study audio engineering technology. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Faith West Academy Hosts Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony

Katy Texas News
Posted May 25th 2012

Kindergarten students at Faith West Academy recently took center stage, demonstrating what they learned throughout the past school year to parents and friends. One cherished moment occurred when the children sang “Walkin’ on Son-shine,” the theme of the evening. The ceremony concluded with teachers reading each student’s name as they were awarded a diploma of advancement to first grade by of FWA Elementary Principal Terry Boling.
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RAE Hosts Student-Teacher Basketball Game

Katy Texas News
Posted May 25th 2012

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary recently held a students-versus-teachers basketball game at Seven Lakes High School. Boys and girls from fourth and fifth grade played against the faculty, and girls of all ages cheered them on. The students beat the staff handily, but the staff is ready to show their stuff in 2013. Pictured are (from left) Emma Thompson, Daniella Chetta, and Jensen Vann. Please mention you found this in www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces Transportation Changes for 2012-2013 School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2012

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a change in the eligibility requirements for students to receive transportation services. Starting in August 2012, the eligibility for bus transportation will change from the current 3/10 of a mile to approximately ½ mile for elementary students and approximately one mile for junior high and high school students. Bus transportation will continue to be provided for students for whom a hazardous condition may exist between home and school, as well as special needs bus routes.
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10 Tips for Making Summer a Promising Season of Learning

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2012

Your child worked hard all school year to perform at their best. But according to the National Summer Learning Association, when kids take an absolute break from education during the summer months – whether by circumstance or by design – they lose about two months’ worth of grade-level equivalency in math skills and more than two months’ worth of reading achievement. With all the potential excitement over field trips to amusement and waterparks, don’t let your child ride the slippery slide of taking too much of a mental break during summer.
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RAE PTA Members Donate Books

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2012

The Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School PTA recently delivered books to the Early Childhood Center (ECC) in Royal ISD in honor of campus namesake Roosevelt Alexander’s brother, David Alexander Sr., who passed away this spring. David Alexander was a longtime educator and prominent community leader for many years in the Brookshire area. On hand for the book donation were (pictured, from left) RAE Principal Kristin Harper, Roosevelt Alexander, ECC librarian Laketra Glover, and PTA president Debbie Kallina. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Stanley Elementary Students Complete Marathon Program

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2012

In its second year, 107 students at Stan Stanley Elementary completed the Marathon Kids program. Marathon Kids is a national fitness program for children. To complete the program, children must walk or run a marathon (26.2 miles) over several months of the school year and track their progress in quarter-mile increments. The goal of the program is to encourage healthy living through walking and running. During the school year, children had opportunity to participate in the Marathon Kids Houston Area Kick Off and Final Mile, Katy YMCA Turkey Dash, Texas Children’s Hospital Kids Fun Run, and other local runs. The children who completed the program closed out the year with a celebratory ice cream social. Program leads are Mary Jane Nowak and Jessica Wilson. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2012

Katy ISD recently announced class of 2012 valedictorians and salutatorians from each of its six comprehensive high schools. In just a few short weeks, they will be joined by 3,500 Katy seniors during 2012 graduation ceremonies. Katy ISD and Katy Magazine congratulate all graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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McMeans Theater Students Honored

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2012

The McMeans Junior High Theater department recently announced Best Actor and Best Actresses of the year at an end-of-the-year awards ceremony. Jack Gammack was named Best Actor, and Tennille Faber and Carrie Drake were both named Best Actress. Theater director Ann Batten-Bishop presented the awards. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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