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Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2017) – During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support – Area 2.

 

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Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district’s students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of Katy ISD children.

 

 

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Katy ISD Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted May 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – Five Katy ISD teams will be headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament on May 24-27.  Students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School are preparing to compete against teams from across the United States as well as groups representing many other countries throughout the world.

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Katy ISD Foundation Awards $284K to Local Educators

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2017) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation is committed to helping teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students through grants. The foundation has awarded approximately $1 million dollars to Katy ISD teachers in their first five years. This year, $284,000 in grants were awarded to schools at the elementary through high school lever. The a few of the lucky grant recipients are listed below.

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Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2017)  – This year Katy Magazine “Women’s Issue” included “Katy’s Top 100 Women” and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.

The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.

“We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes,” says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine. “There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women.”

Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place in our district. Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email editor@katymagazine.com with the person’s name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.

Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made “Katy’s Top 100 Women” list!

Courtesy of Katy ISD

View Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women of 2017.

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election Results

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – Katy ISD voters elected new members to serve of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • Ashley Vann won Position 3 with a total of 2,279 votes.
  • Courtney Doyle won Position 4 with a total of 2,364 votes.
  • William “Bill” Lacy won Position 5 with a total of 2,451 votes.

For full election results by precinct, please view the Katy ISD Board Election Tabulation.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Katy Student Awarded One of the Most Prestigious Scholarships in the World

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 3, 2017) – Alec, a year 13 student at the British International School of Houston has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship at the University of Toronto. The school is located in Katy off of Westgreen Blvd. and Franz Rd.

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Paetow Band and Color Guard Information

Katy Texas News
Posted April 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 28, 2016) Information for students who will be attending Paetow High School for the 2017 – 2018 school year and are interested in being a part of the band or color guard

  • Color Guard Auditions for the 2017 Paetow High School Guard will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; May 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, no experience is necessary. Please bring athletic attire and a good attitude. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com.
  • Students planning to be a part of the band program at Paetow High School are expected to attend our first mini-camp on Wednesday and Thursday; May 3rd and 4th  from 4 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Make sure to bring your personal instrument, athletic attire and water. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
  • All percussion students or piano players attending Paetow High School need to attend our percussion technique days Thursday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 10th from 4 – 6 PM at Morton Ranch High School. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
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Early Voting Begins for May Elections in Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 24, 2017) – Early voting for the May 6, 2017 election starts Monday, April 24 and ends on May 2. The Harris County Clerk’s office will conduct elections for eight political subdivisions serving over 900,000 registered voters in Harris County. Fifty-four additional political entities in Harris County will also conduct elections on the same day. The deadline to submit an application for a mail ballot is April 25.

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NFL Sportscaster Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD VIPS Celebration

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2017) – The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers.


This year’s guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year. He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers. Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans. Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country’s most notable companies.

The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district’s principals. The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year’s principal video homage to volunteers.
All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9th by visiting the “Community” page at www.katyisd.org and clicking “Partners in Education.” Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00. For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or marthabrown@katyisd.org.
Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus. To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.

SurveyMonkey Link to RSVP to the VIPS Celebration

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Katy ISD 2017 Board Election Dates and Information

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 19, 2017) – The dates for early voting and election day for the 2017 Katy ISD Board election have been announced. The Board is comprised of seven members who are elected at-large to fill available positions. In accordance with the provisions of the Texas Education Code, a person may not be elected as a trustee of Katy ISD unless the person is a qualified voter.

An individual seeking election as a member of the Board of Trustees must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the District six months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot. The following persons have filed as candidates for the upcoming election.

Dates, candidate information, polling information, and more below.

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TUTS Houston Will Host Local Auditions for Pippin

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 17, 2017) – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will hold auditions in Houston on May 6th and 7th for the upcoming production of PIPPIN, slated to run at the Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer. PIPPIN will be directed and choreographed by Michelle Gaudette who directed MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for TUTS last summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

“We are so looking forward to our annual summer shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Our relationship with our friends and colleagues at Miller Outdoor Theatre provides us with the opportunity to remember our beginnings there nearly 50 years ago. Our lineup for this summer, which includes PIPPIN, will build upon our tradition of providing access to some of Houston’s best musical theatre. We are delighted to be working with our long-time collaborator Michelle Gaudette and our immensely talented local actors to create a summer line-up that inspires, entertains, and celebrates all that is great about Houston and the Houston arts scene,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director of Theatre Under The Stars.

PIPPIN, a circus inspired production, features a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic Leading Player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life. PIPPIN, with book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, will play at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 11-16, 2017.

The Houston auditions will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in the Administration Building, located at 800 Bagby St., Houston, Texas 77002, and the schedule for the days will be as follows:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2-6 p.m.
Combined EPA / ECC
7-11 p.m.
Combined Male / Female Dance Call


Sunday, May 7, 2017 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By Appointment ONLY
3-7 p.m.
Callbacks
Anyone interested in this audition should come fully prepared. Auditioners should be aware that TUTS complies with all Actor’s Equity Association guidelines, and that all rehearsals for the production are held in the daytime during normal business hours.
To schedule an appointment or for any questions about the auditions, please email auditions@tuts.com. Rehearsals for PIPPIN will begin on June 23rd. For more information, visit www.TUTS.com/auditions.


SEEKING:
Leading Player: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity. The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience. Ab4 – Db3

Pippin: Male, Any Ethnicity, 16 – 25, our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo. Ab4 – G2

Charles: Male, Any Ethnicity, 55 – 70, Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride. E4 – G2
Lewis: Male, Any ethnicity, 25 -35, the son of Charles and Fastrada. More brawn than brains. The perfect soldier, who loves Lewis above all else.
Fastrada: Female, Any Ethnicity, 35 – 55, Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. F5 – A3
Berthe: Female, Any Ethnicity, 60 – 80, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. C5 – E3
Catherine: Female, Any Ethnicity, 25 – 40, a widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Db5 – F#3
Ensemble: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity, All Ages. Strong Dancers. Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players.
The Theatre Under The Stars production of PIPPIN is sponsored in part by Wells Fargo, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Inc., the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars and the official sponsor of the 2016/17 Season. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars.

*Theatre Under The Stars is committed to diversity in casting, and will not discriminate against any Actor or applicant for a part in a cast by reason of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual or affectional preference, age, handicap, political persuasion, or belief.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tuts.com. Theatre Under The Stars is Houston’s leading Musical Theatre Company since 1968, with a focus on education and community engagement. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization that relies on the generous support of our donors to deliver first-rate theatre experiences.

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University of Houston Names Director for Engineering Programs at Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2017) – Phaneendra Kondapi, a veteran engineering educator who helped develop the nation’s first subsea engineering program at the University of Houston, has been named founding director of engineering programs at the University of Houston at Katy.

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Katy ISD Named “Best Communities for Music Education”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – Katy Independent School District has again received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14th year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

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Katy High School to Host Inaugural Tiger Hall of Fame Induction

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 11, 2017) – Katy High School invites you to celebrate the inaugural class of the Tiger Hall of Honor, which recognizes the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District.  Honorees include Clint Black, William Haskett, Patricia Wardlaw, Nancy Wilson, Renee Zellweger, Andy Dalton and Darren McPherson.

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Katy ISD Student Artwork Auctions for Record-Breaking Amount

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 6, 2017) – Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction.

McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang’s artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts. His project was a drawing titled “A Rare Connection.” This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level. Jang’s artwork earned “Class Champion” recognition and auctioned off for $65,000.

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The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi’s “Reserve Class Champion” three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece. The Taylor High School eleventh-grader’s artwork is titled “The Spirit Within.” Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi’s work broke a world record and sold for $102,000.

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Cinco Ranch Engineering Club Qualifies for State Competition in Waco

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 27, 2017) – The CRHS Engineering Club competed in its first ever Regional competition event as an affiliated member of the TSA (Technology Students Association). Students competed in a wide variety of events ranging from digital video production to structural engineering and biotechnology. The CRHS team advanced four students to the state level competition in Waco in April. Please congratulate the following students on their outstanding effort and success:

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Katy ISD School and Principal Recognized by Texas Alliance of Black School Educators

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 24, 2017) –  Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32nd Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.

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Katy ISD Campuses Qualify for Destination Imagination Tournament in Lubbock

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) – After months of practice, 19 teams from Katy ISD have qualified to compete at the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament held at Lubbock ISD on April 7-9.

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Katy ISD Pre-Registration Dates for 2017 – 2018 School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 24, 2017) – Katy ISD has released their pre-registration dates for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and new first grade. Pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Kindergarten and new first grade
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Pre-Kindergarten

Registration will be open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on both days. Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Student Assignment by Residential Address (SARA) application or mobile app.  This app provides the ability to search by a specific address or you can select any campus to see what subdivisions and apartment complexes it serves.  Visit katyisd.org for more information.

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Seven Lakes High School Nominated for Tommy Tune Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) – Theatre Under the Stars has announced the nominations for the 15th annual Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best in Houston’s high school musical productions, actors, and artists. Seven Lakes High School’s Studio VII is nominated in several categories for their production of the popular musical “Big Fish” including:

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Katy ISD Seeks Community Input at Education Summits

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (March 2, 2017) – Katy ISD has launched a strategic design process to create a community-inspired road map for its schools over the next three to five years.  Recently, a series of stakeholder meetings were held to gather baseline data from parents, business leaders, principals, teachers, clergy and students on where the District is currently and where the community hopes for the District to be in the near future.  The next steps in the strategic design process begins this week as Katy ISD hosts two of four education summits to provide the community an opportunity to share their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. The dates, times and locations for all of the education summits are listed below.

Wednesday, March 22

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Morton Ranch High School
    9th Grade Commons
    21000 Franz Rd.
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Cinco Ranch High School
    Main Commons
    23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Science-Based Summer Camp Comes to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 16, 2017) – Club SciKidz Houston, a franchise of Georgia-based, Club SciKidz, LLC is proud to announce its expansion into Katy, TX. With two Sugar Land, TX locations at Faith Lutheran Church and Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, Club SciKidz Houston is currently accepting Summer Day Camp registrations for its CrossPoint Community Church location at 700 S. Westgreen Blvd.

Club SciKidz Houston features in-school field trips, after school programs and summer day camp sessions for grades PK – 8 (or ages 4 – 15). While the week-long summer day camps are at churches, Club SciKidz also provides its other services at both public and private schools and day care centers.

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British International School Boys Varsity Soccer Team Wins State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted March 10th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 10, 2017) – The British International School of Houston (BISH) varsity boys’ soccer team played an impressive game  and won the 2017 TAPPS Texas Division III State Soccer Championship title against Dallas Covenant with a final score of 5-2. The team notably played 21 matches over four months before winning this coveted title. Over the last six years they have been district champions four times and state champions twice.

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits Katy ISD

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Katy ISD will host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a special one-day event.  The tour bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility.  It allows students to write, record and produce songs, music videos and documentaries among other digital media projects – all in one day.

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Todd McVey Named New Head Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at Tompkins High School

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 28, 2017) – Katy ISD welcomes Todd McVey as the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Obra D. Tompkins High School. Coach McVey is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director for Katy ISD, and the Interim Head Coach at Tompkins. He has been the Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at McKinney HS and Killeen Harker Heights.  He was also a member of the staff at Texas City High school when they won the 4A state championship in 1997. The Falcons will introduce Mr. McVey to the Tompkins community at 7 p.m. in the Main Commons on Thursday, March 2.

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Legacy Stadium Approved as New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted February 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight “Legacy Stadium” as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of public recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose school facility will open up Fall of 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program and it will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Complex.

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Katy ISD Elementary School Recognized with Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2017

KATY, TX News (February 27, 2017) – Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook recently visited Pattison Elementary, one of six Katy Independent School District (KISD) schools whose Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) were awarded the 2015/2016 Voice for Every Child Award.

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Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards at Foreign Languages Contest

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (February 21, 2017) Katy ISD had 30 high school students win awards at the 2017 Farrington Contest and Awards, sponsored by the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language. This included six students who took home first place prizes in Spanish Advanced, Spanish Intermediate, German 2, German 3 and American Sign Language.

More than 200 Houston-area students participated in the language competition and schools were allowed to send three students from each language level. Participants completed a language exam including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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Cinco Ranch High School Quartet to Perform With Touring Beatles Musical

Katy Texas News
Posted February 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – The Cinco Ranch High School String Quartet have the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to “In My Life,” the musical retelling of the Beatles story. The musical, told through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.

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Two Katy ISD Principals to be Honored at Region IV Principal Recognition Ceremony

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 16, 2017) – Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal Dr. David Paz, were chosen for Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition.

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The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch Selected as Assessment Center for Greater Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch is proud to announce that it has been selected as the new Assessment Center of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for the greater Houston area.

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Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Naming of Second Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (February 9, 2017) – Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for the naming of the Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium, set to open Fall 2017.  Katy ISD will be providing its community with a state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose second stadium as part of its 2014 Bond.

Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines, and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form.  Click here for guidelines and form.
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Katy ISD National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2017

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

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Your Total Foot Care Specialist Announces Scholarships for Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2017

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2017

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Invites Residents to Join 2017 Bond Advisory Committee

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2017

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

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

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Katy ISD Announces New Athletic Directors for Morton Ranch and Paetow High Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2017

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

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Local Foundation Seeks Applicants for $1 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2017

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

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

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Mayde Creek Soccer Team Shows Exemplary Character at Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Drill Team Students Will Perform in Washington, DC

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12th 2017

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

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

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Seven Lakes High School Girl Scout Receives National Honor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11th 2017

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

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

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Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt Addresses TEA Letter Grade Ratings

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2017

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

“Dear Katy ISD Parents and Community,

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

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

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BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2016

Katy, TX (December 14, 2016) The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently launched its fifth Inspiring Imagination teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  “The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s partnership with BP represents the best of our community,” said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students.”

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Katy ISD Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district’s Student Activities Complex, as part of a new ten-year deal. The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.

The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded.

These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017.

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Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2016

Katy, TX (December 1, 2016) This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during Promise to Read.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD’s Partners in Education.  Promise to Read affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.

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Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers with Virtual Victory Lap for $25,000 Raised

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2016

Katy, TX (November 30, 2016) Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016.  The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.

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Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted October 21st 2016

Katy, TX (October 20, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by MarCom Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award

Katy Texas News
Posted October 07th 2016

Katy, TX (October 7, 2016) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17. (more…)

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Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted September 30th 2016

Katy, TX (September 30, 2016) Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium.

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Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board

Katy Texas News
Posted September 28th 2016

Katy, TX (September 27, 2016) The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 4, Position E. Dibrell currently serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Katy ISD board. He joined the board in 2011 and has held the positions of vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.

A graduate of Leadership TASB and a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems, he also invests time volunteering with the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentoring and coaching flag football athletes. Dibrell is the owner of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm.

Dibrell is a licensed minister who holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Northwestern State University. He is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award, and serves on the board of the Katy Pachyderm Club.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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Katy ISD to Host College and Career Night

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (September 22, 2016) Parents and students are invited to explore post-secondary opportunities.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges, universities, and career training programs from all over the country will be available to answer questions and provide information about their programs. Click here for a list of participating colleges and organizations.

The event is being held at the Merrell Center on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Katy ISD Communications Office at 281-396-2298.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off

Katy Texas News
Posted August 26th 2016

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Thursday, September 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.

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All Katy ISD Campuses Will Be Closed Monday, August 15th

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2016

Katy, TX (August 11, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department sent an email regarding the closure of all campuses on Monday, August 15th.

Please be aware that all Katy ISD campuses, including the Education Support Complex (ESC) located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, will be closed to the public on Monday, August 15, 2016 while staff attend the Superintendent’s Convocation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center.

There will also be increased traffic in the area as nearly 100 school buses transport staff to and from the Merrell Center that day.

If you had planned to visit a campus or the ESC on Monday, we urge you to reschedule for tomorrow or Tuesday during regular business hours.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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InfoSnap – Katy ISD Online Registration

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2016

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) Katy ISD is changing the way students and parents fill out the First Day Packet. Instead of having to sign and fill out multiple pages, parents will be able to update their child’s or children’s information electronically.

Starting on August 8th, all parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each child currently enrolled in Katy ISD to their email address on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter will be mailed to you. A returning student is defined as any student that is currently enrolled in Katy ISD. You are a returning student even if you have moved within the Katy ISD boundaries and are attending a new campus in 16-17 or if you are attending a new school due to promotion (i.e. moving from 5th grade elementary to attend 6th grade Junior High or moving from 8th grade Junior High to attend 9th grade High School).

What is a Returning Student Update?
This electronic, online process will replace the First Day Packet where many various forms had to be filled out manually and returned to the campus. With InfoSnap, you will be able to update all of your child’s information in one spot and electronically review and sign all documentation. All parents will be updating their student’s information, yearly, using InfoSnap.

If your child(ren) is(are) currently enrolled, you will receive a SnapCode the week of August 8th, you will be directed to the Katy ISD website to begin the updating process.

Starting August 8th, if you have any questions about the Returning Student Update, you can contact your child’s campus during business hours. For after hours (5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday) you can call 281-396-7663.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Katy ISD Statement Regarding Teacher’s Arrest

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2016

Katy, TX (July 29, 2016) Katy ISD delivered a statement regarding the recent arrest of Robert Milton, an art teacher at Katy High School.

At Katy Independent School District, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students.  Yesterday the district was informed that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against, Robert Milton, a Katy High School teacher, for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

As soon as the District became aware of the concern an investigation was launched. Milton was immediately placed on administrative leave.  Several days later, the teacher resigned from Katy ISD.  The District is cooperating fully with prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office during this investigation and will continue to do so.

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Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills Under Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2016

Katy, TX (July 27, 2016) Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national leader in dropout recovery and prevention, has begun building classrooms inside of Katy Mills mall that will be open to students this fall. The non-profit is partnering with the Katy Independent School District to build Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills and to adopt Martha Raines High School into its network. A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on September 22.

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Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Giving HISD Teachers Lessons in Real World Healthcare Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted July 21st 2016

Katy, TX (July 20, 2016) For Chardai Grays, her second stint shadowing healthcare professionals at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital was more focused, allowing her to glean practical ideas to apply to teaching students in her Algebra I class at Heights High School. Grays, along with a contingent of Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) instructors, spent a week in the hospital as part of the district’s “Teacher Externship” program.

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Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2016

Katy, TX (July 7, 2016) Cardiologist Dr. Randeep Suneja believes a quality, exceptional educational experience is the greatest gift the Katy community can give its children, and he’s taking steps to support that effort. Inspired by his own teachers from elementary through medical school, Suneja is a passionate advocate of education. As a result, Suneja is using his participation in the annual Katy Half-Marathon to rally the Katy community in support of its teachers. “As a 25 year resident of Katy and former Katy ISD parent, I have seen firsthand the quality of Katy ISD’s educational system. I believe our community can enhance that system and significantly impact a tremendous number of students by providing resources for their teachers,” declared Suneja.

Dr. Randeep Saneja 2016 Katy Half-Marathon

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St. John XXIII College Preparatory Coach Named TAPPS 4A Male Coach of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted June 16th 2016

Katy, TX (June 15, 2016) St. John XXIII Swim Coach Dana Abbott was recently chosen as the TAPPS 4A Male Coach of the Year for 2015-2016 and received the organization’s Edd Burleson Leadership Award.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2016

Katy, TX (June 15, 2016) The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. Two hundred Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.

 2016-2017 Katy ISD Ed Foundation Grant Recipients

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ER Katy Medical Scholarships Awarded to Katy-Area High School Seniors

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2016

Katy, TX (June 3, 2016) The 3rd Annual ER Katy Medical Scholarship Awards ceremony was held at ER Katy where five Katy area high school seniors were awarded scholarships ranging from $300 to $1000. This year ER Katy received 48 applications up almost 3x from last year. With such a great collection of essays and outstanding resumes, the scope of the scholarship was expanded to five winners and two honorable mentions.

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Common Sense Education Certifies Tom Wilson Elementary as 750th School in Award-Winning Digital Citizenship Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2016

Katy, TX (May 31, 2016) Tom Wilson Elementary in Katy, Texas was recognized today as the 750th Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School. Tom Wilson joins 146 schools in Texas and 17 others in the Katy Independent School District in Common Sense Education’s award-winning program that prepares kids to address critical issues related to using technology at home and at school — from creative copyright and protecting student privacy to cyberbullying and sexting.

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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2016

Katy, TX (May 19, 2016) Faith West Academy announced its valedictorian as Jamie Coalson (GPA 4.74), and two co-salutatorians for the Class of 2016. Salutatorians Rebecca Lockyear and Allison Klimple shared a four-year GPA of 4.70.

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International Baccalaureate Programme Scholarships Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2016

Katy, TX (May 9, 2016) The British International School of Houston (BISH) is now accepting applications to award two rising Grade 11/Year 12 students a full-tuition scholarship to its International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. Each scholarship, good for two years of study, is valued at more than $55,000.

The application deadline is May 26. For more details and to apply, visit the BISH website.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New Campuses

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2016

Katy, TX (April 26, 2015) Last night during their monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees selected the namesakes for Elementary School No. 40, Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8, which will open in fall 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program.

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Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team Advances to Final of Alamo Regional Robotics Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2016

Katy, TX (March 23, 2016) In an exciting kick off to the 2016 qualifying tournament season, FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 624, CRyptonite, from Cinco Ranch High School, advanced to the finals of the Alamo Regional, winning a heart-stopping third and deciding match 116-106 in an extremely close best-of-three semifinal.

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Katy ISD Students Compete in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (March 22, 2016) Three Katy ISD student artists recently earned top honors in the 2016 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. Taylor High School’s Allyson Bishop was selected as the Class Champion for all 3D artworks. Cinco Ranch High School’s Ashley Coleman won the Reserve Class Champion award for all mixed media art pieces. Tompkins High School’s Lucy Chen won the Reserve Grand Champion award for all high school art and broke the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo record for highest auction amount, $220,000. As a whole, Katy ISD student art brought in $468,000 in this year’s art auction. Additional Katy ISD students were selected for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Award finals.

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Pattison Elementary PTA Reflections Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2016

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) Pattison Elementary is proud to highlight their 2015/2016 PTA Reflections winners for this year’s theme “Let your Imagination Fly”.

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Michael Griffin Elementary Teams Head to State Destination Imagination Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted March 04th 2016

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) On Saturday, February 27th, 8 teams from Michael Griffin Elementary participated in the Gulf Coast Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held at Seven Lakes High School.  DI is a world-wide creative problem solving competition for students in grades K-university.  The competition is divided into “challenges” which enable students to showcase their research and creativity while learning about science, fine arts, engineering and community service.  The teams began to work on their solutions to their challenge in early October.

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Magician Visits Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) Magician Chad Chesmark performed at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School’s annual Bluebonnet Bash.  In order to attend the Bluebonnet Bash, students had to read eight books from the Texas Library Association’s current list of books nominated to receive the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

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Pictured: student Luke DesJardin and Magician Chad
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Award Winning Presentation on Keeping Your Family Safe Online

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) The PTAs of Beck Junior High, Beckendorff Junior High, and Seven Lakes Junior High partnered to showcase the award winning presentation “Keeping You and Your Family Safe Online–Public & Permanent.” The presentation, created by Richard Guerry, focused on the reasonable use of technology and internet safety. This program received the 2010 & 2011 Exemplary School Safety Program Award by the School Safety Advocacy Council. Mr. Guerry has appeared as an internet safety expert on CNN, Radio Disney, and MTV’s Thin Line Campaign.  The event was held at each junior high for students as well as a parent only presentation in the evening.

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Pictured: BDJH VP of Programs Carrie Zamora, Richard Guerry, BDJH PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, and BDJH Principal Mindy Dickerson

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Beckendorff Junior High Celebrates School Bus Drivers

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) Beckendorff staff and parent volunteers, led by Principal Mindy Dickerson and PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, celebrated the school’s bus drivers during the recent Bus Driver Appreciation Week.  Bus drivers were given gift bags filled with goodies from the PTA and BDJH as a token of thanks for their hard work and dedication.

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Pictured:BDJH Prinicpal MIndy Dickerson, PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, BDJH staff/administration, BDJH parent volunteers, and members of the BDJH bus driving team.

 

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Beckendorff Junior High PTA Hosts Carnation Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 18, 2016) The Beckendorff Junior High PTA hosted the Annual Carnation Fundraiser around Valentine’s Day. Proceeds will be used for the BDJH 8th grade dance to be held in May. This is one of BDJH’s most popular events/fundraisers.

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Pictured: Principal Mindy Dickerson with BDJH PTA parent volunteers
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Wood Group Mustang and Morton Ranch Junior Develop Multi-Faceted Partnership

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) Katy ISD’s Morton Ranch Junior High is celebrating its second year of a unique partnership with Wood Group Mustang via the company’s Founders Legacy program.  Launched in 2007 in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, Founders’ Legacy honors Mustang founders -Paul Redmon, Bill Higgs and Felix Covington – and fulfills a company core value of giving back to its community.  The program encourages Wood Group Mustang employees to become personally involved in campus activities throughout the school year.  “The Founders Legacy program focuses on middle school youth because of their impressionable age and the critical crossroads they face in terms of future education and career choices,” said David Jackson, community support program manager at Wood Group Mustang.

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McDonald Junior High School Has a Big Heart

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) The PTO and staff of McDonald Junior High School hosted a dance which also acted as a community service project. There were 275 students in attendance who donated approximately 1,000 mom-perishable food items for the Katy Food Pantry.

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Over 120 Attend the Katy ISD Men Who Mentor Breakfast

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS), the Katy ISD mentor program, hosted the Men Who Mentor Breakfast on January 22nd.  Comprised of existing and potential mentors, this annual event served as networking and encouragement for men who already mentor and information and recruiting for those interested in becoming a mentor.

The West Memorial Junior High Trash Can band provided exciting and invigorating entertainment, after which Superintendent Alton Frailey shared his personal thoughts on the impact a mentor can have in a child’s life.  Area Superintendents Dr. Steve Robertson, Lee Crews and Dr. Tory Hill gave campus perspectives on the KEYS program and how they’ve seen first-hand how mentors change lives.

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Cinco Ranch JH Promoting Healthy Relationships

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Awareness education for students is part of the Texas Education Code Section 37.0831. This week, the CRJH counseling staff will promote healthy relationships by: ?

  • Providing information about healthy relationships and respect during morning announcements ?
  • Wearing orange February 9, 2016 to promote respect and healthy relationships ?
  • National Respect Announcement on February 12, 2016. ?
  • Displaying information regarding healthy relationships throughout the school

The counselors would like to encourage parents to start having conversations with their kids about healthy relationships.

FACTS:

  • 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their kids about domestic violence or sexual assault. ?
  • 44 percent of all students have been in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate college. ?
  • Talking about what it means to have a healthy relationship is the first step to preventing dating violence and abuse. ?

For more information/resources, please visit the following website: http://www.loveisrespect.org/

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Cinco Ranch High School Students do Good for Animals

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Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (January 30, 2016) The members of the Cinco Ranch High School Future Business Leaders of America came together to make dog toys for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals during a school holiday.

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Katy Brothers Introduce Students in India to FIRST Robotics

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Posted February 04th 2016

Two students from Katy recently had the opportunity to introduce some students from India to the world of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics.

On a family vacation during winter break, Abhishek Routray, a 2015 graduate of the Cinco Ranch HS FIRST Robotics Competition Team 624, CRyptonite, and currently a Mechanical Engineering major at UT Austin, along with his brother, Anuraag, an eighth grade student on the Beck JH FIRST LEGO® League team, Naturally Beck, presented a robotics workshop to students of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) school (http://www.jnvkhurdaorissa.org/ ), in Khordha, Orissa, on the east coast of India. Their mother, Chetana Samal, a Mentor and for both the CRyptonite and Naturally Beck robotics teams, is originally from this part of India.

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Cinco Ranch High School Student Wins Young Artist Competition

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Posted February 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (February 1, 2016) Congratulations to Ethan Le (2nd from the left), a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, for winning First Prize at the Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University on January 30, 2016.  As its first prize winner, Ethan received $2,000 and an appearance as guest soloist with the Stephen F. Austin Orchestra of the Pines on March 7, 2016.

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Katy ISD Open and Concealed Carry

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Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2015)

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

You may be aware of recent changes in Texas law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, regarding carrying firearms in open view in some locations. We would like to reassure you that Katy ISD has never allowed handguns or other prohibited weapons to be carried into any of our campuses or school facilities.

We would also like to assure you that the safety of your child is our top priority, and we are taking every precaution to keep them out of harm’s way. (more…)

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HCC President Honored for New Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2016) Houston Community College (HCC) has the largest international population of any community college in the country. In no small part by the efforts of HCC president Dr. Zachary Hodges to attract foreign students.

The World Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Dr. Hodges’ innovative thinking with the International Pioneer award.

“Houston Community College is an inclusive institution and is only strengthened by the diversity of our students,” said Dr. Hodges. “The programs that we implement are meant to help students grow in a 21st century economy and it’s wonderful that students around the world see the benefits of attending school in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the country. I am pleased to accept an award recognizing the hard work HCC puts in to grow the next generation of workers, entrepreneurs and innovators.” (more…)

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“Stop Hunger Now” Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Stop Hunger Now is a nonprofit organization that works to end World Hunger by delivering meals, building hospitals, irrigation systems, wells, and much more in developing countries.

Wahibah Hannan and Huma Baig, juniors at Mayde Creek High School, are organizing a meal packaging event at their school. Wahibah has spent three months raising funds that are needed to pay for the food to pack the meals; $1,000 of which she saved herself.

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Mayde Creek High School will be open to volunteers who would like to help package 10, 152 meals for Stop Hunger Now. These meals will be sent to a developing country to feed the hungry. For some of these people, this is the only food they get. The students ask for any time that you can give for this campaign.

If you would like more information about Stop Hunger Now, please visit stophungernow.org.

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Odessa Kilpatrick’s Polar Express Day

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 21, 2016) Muralist George Bevill shares his illustration, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Polar Express, during Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School’s annual Polar Express Day.

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Pictured Front row: Alyssa Clutter, Timmy Hutchins, Brianna Cabral, Elizabeth Mower, Gonzalo  Garcia, and Brianna Cabral Back row: OKE Principal Malynn Rodriguez and Muralist George Bevill

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Beck JH Wins Robotics Qualifier Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (December 5, 2015) Cinco Ranch Junior High was filled with the sound of cheering as Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Team hosted their fourth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics tournament.

For the second year in a row, Team 9066 (Naturally Beck) from Beck Junior High won the First Place Champions Award as the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition, beating out 23 other teams  from all over the Houston Metro area.

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Katy ISD Students Run in the Houston Marathon

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) Students from Katy High School, Morton Ranch High School, and Taylor High School, participated in the Houston Marathon this past weekend.

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Falcon Wrestlers Take First Place

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) After 3 years of opening the doors at Tompkins High School, the Falcon wrestlers took first place at the 2016 Seven Lakes Hall Of Fame Invitational. This is their first year with seniors, and was a huge moment for the team.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Stepping Down

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2016

 

Katy, TX (January 12, 2016) Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey, announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his post this August. Frailey has been a public school educator for 33 years, nine of those are as the Superintendent with Katy ISD. He made the announcement early so the Board of Trustees would have ample amount of time to recruit and select the best possible replacement.

Frailey acknowledged that there are still five months of the school to complete and he is dedicated to remain working to continue fostering learning environments beneficial to student success.

While in office, Frailey was a part of the vast achievements received by school in Katy ISD.  The eight consecutive years of sustaining the Texas Education Agency’s highest ratings, to being ranked this year by Niche as the number one school district in the Houston area, to students consistently outperforming the state in SATs and ACTs, the highly regarded fine arts departments, FFA and athletic programs, to two successful community developed bond referendums, to working with advisory councils such as the Superintendent’s Student, Employee, Parent and Community Roundtables, and the enhanced financial picture, and  becoming a national leader in the implementation of technology innovations.           (more…)

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British International School of Houston Collaborates with Juilliard

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – The British International School of Houston today announces that they will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Starting September 2016, students at the school will use an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.

The collaboration between Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organization, is designed to enhance the British International School of Houston’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.

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Katy ISD Releases Attendance Boundary Survey

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Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Katy ISD’s mission is to work with families and our community to provide students with unparalleled learning experiences. To that end, the District is sharing information about upcoming Attendance Boundary Modification proposals that are intended to provide long-range solutions to manage student enrollment growth as we see 2,000+ new students and their families move into the district on an annual basis. Successful ABMs are achieved through campus capacity reductions, capacity increases or a combination of both.

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Tompkins High School First Signing Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 20, 2015) – Katy ISD’s newest high school campus, Tompkins High School, recently held their first-ever signing day for student athletes.
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Katy ISD Meets to Discuss Enrollment Plan

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 16, 2015) – As Katy ISD prepares to open two elementary schools and one junior high next year, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications to help balance enrollment numbers.

District administrators will review the ABM process, present preliminary ABM proposals, and discuss options for landlocked schools exceeding 125% capacity.

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Katy ISD Junior High Celebrates International Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 11, 2015) – Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High, located in Cinco Ranch, recently celebrated its annual “International Day” festival for sixth students. The event was chaired this year by PTA volunteer Usha Machiraju and supported by more than 30 parent volunteers.

Machiraju, who also helped to represent India at the event, commented that “This annual event allows Beck students to enjoy the culture, history and food from many countries in one setting hosted by student parents who proudly and playfully engage the students in a “trip around the world”. This year, more than sixteen different countries were represented.”

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Katy ISD SARA App Helps Parents Find School Assignments

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 26, 2015) – Katy ISD’s new mobile app, SARA (Student Assignment by Residential Address), enables parents to find their school assignment according to their residential address. In order to determine which school your child is set to attend, simply visit, katyisd.or/pages/sara.aspx or download the SARA app on your mobile device. From there, select the student’s grade, enter your address, and click the “Find Address” button.

 

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Katy ISD Ranks 57th in AS&U Top 100 Report

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 12, 2015) – According to American School & University’s (AS&U) Top 100 Report issued each year, Katy ISD has jumped 38 spots since 2007, and currently ranks 57th nationwide. Rankings in the Top 100 Report are based on enrollment in public school districts across the nation.

The report also shows that many of the districts that have grown significantly in the last 25 years are in suburban areas, and 20 of the 100 largest school districts in the nation are in Texas.

Since 1928, AS&U has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals — serving the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. Click here for more information.

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Katy Taylor HS Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 24, 2015) – In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, various Taylor High School football, band, Pacesetters, cheer squad and flagmen will wear the color gold to help raise awareness.

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Taylor High School Student Struck by Car, Hospitalized

Katy Texas News
Posted September 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 2, 2015) – From KPRC Local 2 – A 15-year-old Taylor High School student was taken by Life Flight after being struck by a vehicle in Katy Wednesday morning.

According to Harris County deputies, a blue Mini Cooper struck the boy on Kingsland and Provincial Boulevard around 7:25 a.m.

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Katy ISD Teacher Named Region IV Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Christina Dismuke was named the Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year last night at the annual awards ceremony. Dismuke was selected out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Renovation to Katy ISD Junior High Projected for Fall 2015

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2015) – Plans of comprehensive renovations are set to begin at Memorial Parkway junior high in fall 2015. The project, with an estimated budget at $23.5 million dollars, will provided comprehensive reconfiguration of the campus and will add classrooms, upgrade and replace mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components, and more.KL Learning MPJH Reno Photo

Modifications and upgrades to the 148,627 sq. ft. campus are expected to finish in August 2017 and will be the largest project funded by the 2014 Katy ISD bond measure. For updates on projects funded by the Katy ISD 2014 bond, visit katyisd.org.

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Katy ISD Trustee Earns TASB Master Trustee Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 15, 2015) – Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Teacher Selected as Regional Finalist

Katy Texas News
Posted July 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Christina Dismuke, was selected as a region IV Teacher of the Year finalist this week out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Katy ISD Students Accept Over 21 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted June 30th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 30, 2015) – A total of 696 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2015 received more than $21,023,000 in academic and/or athletic scholarships.

The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $17,117,850 and athletic scholarships totaled $3,957,489.

Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:?

Campus Academic Scholarships Athletic Scholarships Total
Cinco Ranch HS $4,066,372 $830,332 $4,896,704
Katy HS $1,966,436 $852,619 $2,878,855
Mayde Creek HS $1,912,439 $122,458 $2,034,897
Morton Ranch HS $3,952,073 $887,480 $4,727,790
Seven Lakes HS $2,486,270 $641,720 $3,127,990
Taylor HS $2,732,260 $622,880 $3,355,140
Raines HS $2,000 N/A $2,000

 

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Katy, TX News – New Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach Named

Katy Texas News
Posted June 17th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 17, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School would like to welcome their newest addition to the Spartan family — Kaitlyn Eidson, the new Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Prepares for Potential Inclement Weather

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating heavy rain and a possible tropical storm early this evening. In response, Katy ISD has elevated its readiness level to Readiness Level 3.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Campuses Receive No Place for Hate® Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2015) – Eight Katy ISD campuses recently received the No Place for Hate® designation for 2014 to 2015 through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Houston.

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Katy, TX News – Ashleigh Wostarek Signs National Letter-of-Intent with Concordia Tornados

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2015) – Concordia University (Austin, TX) Head Volleyball Coach Nicole McCoy announced the signing of Faith West Academy’s Ashleigh Wostarek to the American Southwest Conference Tornados.

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Katy, TX News – 2015 Varsity Football Season Tickets

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2015

Katy, TX News (June 1, 2015) – There are now options for new purchases when it comes to buying Varsity Football season tickets for the 2015 school year.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled

Katy Texas News
Posted May 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 27, 2015) – Due to the rain, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

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Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015 Valedictorians Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted May 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 26, 2015) – For the second time in Faith West Academy’s thirty-three year history, the honor of valedictorian is being awarded to two graduating seniors, as both have been named co-valedictorians for Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015. Ashley Coalson and Emma Estephan shared a four-year GPA of 4.73.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 20, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School was named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club today for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.

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Katy, TX News – Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 18, 2015) – Rhoads Elementary teacher Morgan Dear was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2015) – Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

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Katy, TX News – Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2015) – A high school student from James E. Taylor took top honors in this year’s Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman John Culberson (TX-07).

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Congressman Culberson during a reception held for the finalists at his Houston office. “I’ve been hosting this event for 13 years, and this is one of the closest competitions we have ever had. The level of talent in our area is truly impressive.”

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Katy, TX News – CSI Forensics Event at Katy ISD STEAM Center a Smash Hit

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – Thanks to a partnership with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Katy ISD students gained real-world experience to careers in the field of forensics and crime scene investigation this week during Katy ISD’s first-ever Forensics CSI Day at the Robert R. Shaw STEAM Center.

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Students were able to tour FBCSO’s mobile investigation unit, speak directly with CSU investigators, and utilize skills such as finger printing and blood splatter analysis to solve a crime scene created by the Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel.

 

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Katy, TX News – 1,400 Applicants Attend Katy ISD Teacher Job Fair

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – More than 1,400 certified teachers gathered at the Leonard E. Merrell Center for the Katy ISD Teaching Job Fair on April 25, hoping to acquire a new job at one of the fastest growing districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Student Hit in the Head by Stray Bullet

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – For Kim Karns, a junior at Cinco Ranch, her cell phone is her lifeline. “I was on Twitter or texting someone,” said Karns.

She was sitting by the pool with her family on Sunday. Her head was down, fingers typing away on a text that likely saved her life.

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher and Student Selected for JASON

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher Kim Thompson, and eighth-grade student Patrick Schumacher were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the JASON National Argonaut Adventure.

As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

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Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) -Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,

Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

On Monday, April 20 a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Support Complex.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in October 2015.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the redesigned SAT.  For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the College Board website.

Information courtesy of Katy ISD Communications Department

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Katy, TX News – Scholarships Awarded to Seven Lakes HS Seniors

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School seniors Brianna Aheimer and Oluwatofe Alimi are the recipients of a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Takes Top Honors in Digital Education

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX (April 14, 2015) – The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Passes Resolution for Changes in STAAR Testing

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – The Katy ISD School Board recently passed a resolution calling for the elimination of state high-stakes testing beyond federal mandates, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation, also known as STAAR.  This message is really resonating with members in our community and many at the national level! We do not know of any teacher, parent or educator who believes the STAAR test to be a true test of a child’s ability or the STAAR test to be the right Accountability and Assessment system. There has been no measurable improvement in college readiness.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – Seven Lakes Junior High held a world premiere of a special video titled “Celebrating Diversity” at a recent PTA meeting. Seven Lakes Junior High students speak over 34 languages and their families come from countries all of the world.
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Katy, TX News – Literature Students Excel at Houston Christian High School

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Posted March 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 27, 2015) – Houston Christian High School students have recently participated in several reading and writing competitions with outstanding results. We are proud to announce high honors achieved in the literary arena  through the Library of Congress Letters About Literature competition and WordWright.

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Katy, TX News – Student Robotics Team to Compete in World Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – Cinco Ranch High School’s robotics Team 624 (CRyptonite) punched their ticket to the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) World Championship by winning the 2015 Dallas FRC Regional Tournament. The tournament marked the first week of the seven-week world-wide FRC qualifying tournament season, which culminates in the World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fair

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Posted February 25th 2015

Katy, TX  News – On April 25, 2015, Katy ISD will host a massive job fair for certified teachers to fill open positions in all grade levels throughout the rapidly growing district.

The fair will be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center (6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494) from 8 to 11 am for junior high and high school positions, and 1 to 4 pm for elementary positions. Applicants must bring a copy of their certification and/or TEA/SBEC content exam scores in order to be admitted, and the fair will be open to current Katy ISD teachers who meet transfer eligibility requirements.

All Katy ISD campuses will be represented at the fair, so applicants should bring enough resumes to share with representatives from 35 elementary schools, 13 junior high schools, and eight high schools.

Visit katyisd.org for more information and directions.

 

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Reinstated

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 28, 2015) – After being placed on leave, possibly for linking to a Christian website in the Seven Lakes Junior High e-newlsetter, Principal Imelda Medrano has returned to her job. Katy ISD officials were not able to say exactly why the principal was suspended, but stated that Medrano had not been accused of any criminal activity nor any conduct that would risk the safety of the students.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Students Perform in London

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2015) – Brittany Bowles, Elena Irvine, and Amanda Stoner from St John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas are three of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who performed in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade, now in its 26th year.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD to Survey Parents for Transportation Feedback, Options

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Posted January 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2015) – With ongoing community growth and development spurring a nearly 3,000-student annual increase in enrollment, Katy ISD’s student transportation system is facing mounting pressure. To address this growing problem, district leaders are searching for a more sustainable solution and need the community’s help to identify the best path forward.

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Katy, TX News – Promise to Read Program Benefits Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted November 24th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 24, 2014) – Community members, businesses and organizations across Katy came together over the past two weeks to bring the love of reading into nearly 500 Katy ISD classrooms. The annual reading program is part of a 17-year-old tradition lead by the Katy ISD Partners in Education department that brings the community into the classroom. Through Promise to Read, the program provides the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom full of excited elementary students. The program currently runs for two weeks at 13 elementary campuses each year in November.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Bond Referendum Approved

Katy Texas News
Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Katy ISD community voters approved the $748 million dollar School Bond Referendum that will provide new schools and student activity facilities, address growth trends, and improve existing campuses.

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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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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…)

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

Katy Texas News
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…)

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Katy, Texas News – Beckendorff Junior High Welcomes Incoming Students

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Choir

Katy Texas News
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.

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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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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.

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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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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

Katy Texas News
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…)

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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.

 

 

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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
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (more…)

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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.

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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

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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…)

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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.

 

 

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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…)
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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…)

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

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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.

 

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Considers Transportation Model Options

Katy Texas News
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…)

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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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

Katy Texas News
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

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Katy, TX News – Katy Community Conversations

Katy Texas News
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

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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

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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

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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.

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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

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

Katy Texas News
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.

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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

Katy Texas News
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.

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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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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