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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: ?
The counselors would like to encourage parents to start having conversations with their kids about healthy relationships.
For more information/resources, please visit the following website: http://www.loveisrespect.org/
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katy, TX News (September 3, 2014) – This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2014 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students’ grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. (more…)
Katy, TX News (August 19, 2014) – Last night at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $748 million bond referendum on the November ballot, as recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.
The bond package, designed primarily to address the District’s rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide, and new student activity facilities. (more…)
Katy, 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.
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.
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 (July 23, 2014) – It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the Katy ISD Bond Committee’s presentation recommending a $748 million bond package to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.
“Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities, and businesses. We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too,” said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael. “Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this.”
For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students, and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District’s current and future needs.
On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.
The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee’s recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.
For more information, visit www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds.
Katy, TX News (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 (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 (July 14, 2014) – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord was recently named a finalist for the 2013-2014 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards for secondary principals.
Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals, and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.
The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the Texas PTA website.
Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – Luis Enrique Rangel son of Ysabel and Andres Rangel and a Senior at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
Katy, TX News (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.
“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 (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.
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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 (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 (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 (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, 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:
Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) – On May 9, Katy Area leaders joined together for a day of inspiration from nine, world-renowned leaders while benefiting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. This year’s theme, Beyond You, challenged leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. As Leadercast so aptly describes their mission, “We believe the world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.” In keeping with the Beyond You theme, the proceeds of Leadercast Katy were donated to an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.
The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD. The organization strives to unite our community while providing a competitive advantage for Katy ISD students and teachers through targeted investments in our schools. This May, $209,599 for Inspiring Imagination grants was awarded to teachers at 26 different campus locations. Leadercast Katy is pleased to join the community in supporting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event, $2,250, enables two additional teacher grants to be fulfilled next year. (more…)
Katy, TX News (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.
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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 – The Cinco Ranch High School Chorale was recently selected as a 2015 Performing Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This year, 33 school choirs from across the state submitted CDs for evaluation by a panel of judges, which included university music professors.
The panel unanimously chose the Cinco Ranch High School Chorale to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention to be held in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
This is the highest honor that a choir in Texas can receive, and marks the first time that a high school choir from Katy ISD has received a second TMEA performance invitation. Director Dorothy Wilson also had the honor of conducting the CRHS Chorale in performance at the 2008 Convention.
Katy, TX News (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.
Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – One high school senior will receive a $16,000 college scholarship from the Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarship Program. The competitive program awards outstanding collegebound students whose parents work for Phillips 66 or one of its subsidiaries. The awards are based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.
The company announced Ana Hernandez of Katy as honoree this year. Ana, daughter of Phillips 66 employee Francisco Hernandez, is a senior at Seven Lakes High School.
“This scholarship program reflects Phillips 66’s commitment to the communities where we live and operate and builds on our corporate vision of improving lives,” said Claudia Kreisle Phillips 66 Director, Contributions and Community Engagement. Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, headquartered in Houston. “We congratulate Ana on her achievements inside and outside the classroom and wish her every success in college,” Kreisle said. (more…)
Katy, TX News (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.
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 (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:
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.”
One can follow Coalson’s journey (June 7 – 21) daily on her blog, sciencethenandnow.wordpress.com, as she will discuss adventures in seeing history firsthand (i.e. Galileo’s telescope, Newton’s principia and the apple tree on his estate, and Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook pages). (more…)
Katy, TX News (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 (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.
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 (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:
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
Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
Seven Lakes High School
Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
Cinco Ranch High School
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Katy, Texas 77494
Ft. Bend – 3014
Harris – 639 Ward A
Waller – 420
City of Katy Municipal Building
910 Avenue C
Katy, Texas 77493
Harris County – 119, 149,
639 Ward B
Waller – 418, 419
Katy Municipal Court Building
5432 Franz Rd.
Katy, Texas 77493
Harris – 362, 619, 644
Memorial Parkway Jr. High
21203 Highland Knolls
Katy, Texas 77450
Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,
751, 772, 993
Taylor High School
20700 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas 77450
Harris – 95, 120, 283,
502 Addicks-Howell Rd.
Houston, Texas 77079
Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,
Morton Ranch High School
21000 Franz Rd.
Katy, Texas 77449
Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804
879, 992, 1006
Mayde Creek High School
19202 Groeschke Rd.
Houston, Texas 77084
Harris – 398, 517,
523, 621, 622, 650, 771
Bear Creek Elementary
4815 Hickory Downs
Houston, Texas 77084
For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.
Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) – Katy ISD trustees approved VLK Architects to provide design services associated with elementary school #38 within Cinco Ranch Northwest Subdivision and elementary school #39 adjacent to Ventana Lakes Subdivision. The new elementary campuses will be designed to accommodate 1,030 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade to address the increased growth occurring in Katy ISD.
According to VLK Principal Todd Lien, AIA, “VLK looks forward to working with Katy ISD administrators and staff to develop plans for the new elementary schools, and provide the growing Katy community with age-appropriate, student-centric learning environments that are flexible, sustainable, secure, and integrated with the latest technology to serve the needs of the next generation of learners.”
VLK previously participated in a 21st century Learning Symposium hosted by the District to discuss ideas and examples of learning environments that are being designed and built in districts around the country and the state. Among the many items that were discussed were how these concepts could be designed into new schools for Katy ISD.
Approval of VLK Architects came at the recommendation of superintendent Alton Frailey, chief operations officer Thomas Gunnell, and district architect Peter McElwain. Trustees approved the measure as part of the board’s consent agenda.
Katy, TX News (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:
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 103,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development, and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions.
Katy, TX News (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.
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.
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.
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
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Katy, TX News (March 19, 2014) – During Monday’s Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation on potential transportation options for the 2014-2015 school year. To keep up with the continued growth in Katy ISD, the District is considering transportation options that would expand bus routes, while maintaining efficiency and high levels of safety.
The presentation reviewed potential transportation models and options. Among the options being considered is a multi-bell schedule that would stagger school start and end times across the District and increase the number of bus routes. However, it was noted that the insufficient number of bus driver candidates continue to remain a challenge to meeting the demand for increased service. (more…)
Katy, TX News (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.
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.
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.
In this picture, Sunny has just returned from the Mascot Olympics in Sochie, Russia where she took the first place medal in Curling. The winners of the contest were, from left to right, Adrian Eubank (fourth grade), Emily Roldan (third grade), and Hebert Cabrera Jimenez (third grade). Shown also in the picture are Crystal Matovich, SE Librarian, and Sunny the Armadillo.
Katy, TX News (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.”
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.
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.
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.
After getting into the area of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) through a position as Internet Safety Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie LeClerc Greer hasn’t stopped fighting to keep kids safe in these technology-driven times.
Under the supervision of one of the country’s best ICAC prosecutors, Katie developed a variety of proactive programs to deliver to students, parents, educatorsto students, parents, educators, communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
Katie’s presentations are delivered in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and at national conventions, and have been featured on CNN, USA Today and in Vanity Fair magazine. Katie also serves as the Director of Outreach for the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Additionally, Katie serves an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that create positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
Most recently, Katie was named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
Katy, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katy, Texas – Cinco Ranch High School Destination Imagination team, DI Harder, won first place in the world at the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries competing with over 15,000 people in attendance.
Katy, Texas – Martha McCullough of Katy’s Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR , awarded Rylander Elementary School pre-K aide, Veronica Lemberg, a USA flag and certificate for obtaining her American citizenship. Veronica, her husband, and son were recently sworn in as American citizens of the United States of America.
BRAVO! Congratulations to the recently named Cinco Ranch High School 2013-2014 Bravo Show Choir members. This talented group of students is looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances next school year. Mark your calendars for September 26, 27, and 28 for the Bravo Fall Show. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Watch for more information on the CRHS choir website or on KatyMagazine.com.
Pictured from front: three-year seniors; Connor Ughetta, Miles Ellis, Ryan Pierson; second row: three-year seniors; Victoria Sweitzer, Madison Rice; third row: two-year seniors; David Tait, Allie Kane, Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, Ashlee Shipp; back row: new members; Laura Walling, Allie Schauer, Nick Palm, Abby Rogers, Sarah Dray, Shreya Jois, Andre Oyardo, Amber Azinge, Johny Craner, Emily Smith, Jordyn White
The Alley Theatre recently announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). After two rounds of readings, 15 plays were chosen above all other submissions. Five of the 15 semi-finalists are Katy ISD students. Congratulations to Danielle Northcutt (Katy HS), Jake Brown (Katy HS), Camron Alexander (Taylor HS), Katie Morrison (Mayde Creek HS), and Gerardo Velasquez (Mayde Creek HS). These five students will continue with individual interviews, where the top six plays will be selected as finalists.
McMean’s junior high’s concepts of engineering and technology class won the annual KISD CO2 car competition.
Fifth grade girls in Girl Scout troop 17384 from several Katy-area schools worked together on their Bronze Award projects during the spring. Though they all worked together, half of the troop focused on hand-making ABC and 1-2-3 books and acquiring book donations from friends, family, neighbors, and local stores. The other half of the troop knitted caps for premature babies and cancer patients for those at a Katy-area hospital.
When the girls delivered their first collection of book donations, they enjoyed a tour of the 5th Ward Head Start preschool in Houston and meeting the students and teachers.
Caps were knitted by the troop girls as well as collected by other troops who knitted caps and will be donated to a Katy area hospital.
All eight girls of troop 17384 bridged into Cadettes and are already looking forward to working on their Silver Award project.
Bailey Aronson and Michelle Garland were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Faith West Academy’s class of 2013.
Faith West Academy senior Stan Stanulonis, 19, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He will report for duty with another FWA alumnus, Eric Pearson (class of 2009), and 1,150 new cadets for this incoming class of 2017.
Katy’s newest high school, Obra D. Tompkins, will open its doors to freshmen and sophomore students in August. The school hosted a “Meet the Falcons” night on Thursday, May 23. Hundreds of parents, potential students, and faculty members were in attendance at this exciting event. Parents and students were given the opportunity to meet staff members, ask questions about organizations, and get in the Falcon spirit.
Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Katy Independent School District will open the doors to a brand-new elementary school for families in the west Houston master-planned community of Cross Creek Ranch.
The Cinco Ranch High School County Line student media staff was recently recognized with an Award of Distinguished Merit and presented a Bronze Star Award by the UIL-Interscholastic League Press Conference at the Texas state ILPC Convention in Austin. This award recognizes the top scholastic newspapers in the state based on a master teacher critique and rating. The County Line staff is led by senior co-editors Michelle Chong and Jesse Sparks, and the student publications adviser is Ed Larsen.
Morton Ranch High School senior Elijah Hall-Thompson competed in the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. With this time, he became number one among high school athletes in the nation in the 200 meters. He has been invited to compete in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York in two weeks. Only the top athletes get an invite. He ran his personal best in both events.
Pictured is Sharon Zhu, Katy piano student of Mary Ann LaCour with awards received at the annual May Spring Recital held at Living Word Lutheran Church on May 4, 2013. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zhu, Sharon received (awards left to right) the Katy Music Teacher’s Association Student Affiliate Award, the Studio Senior Award trophy, the Katy Music Teachers Spring Festival trophy – for the second time – and the Studio Superior Award trophy – also for the second time. Zhu, a Senior at Cinco Ranch High School, has participated in many piano events including the Texas Music Teachers State Theory Test and has been selected to perform on the Katy Music Teachers Association Honors Recital at both the annual Sonata Festival and the KMTA Spring Festival, both adjudicated events. In addition to piano, Zhu participates in band and tennis.
The Katy and Fort Bend Family YMCAs each received a $5,000 grant from JCP Cares, JCPenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y. Specifically, the gifts are providing children at the Y afterschool programs at Stafford Elementary, Stafford, and Schmalz Elementary, Katy, with financial assistance to participate. The children that qualified for the assistance would not have been able to otherwise participate without the support of this grant. More importantly, it is providing the supported children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.
Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, recognized 29 participants from its 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo at an awards ceremony recently held at the Wortham Theater Center.
Taylor High School freshman Megan Yu (right) and mom Puchin show winning smiles. Yu’s artwork titled “Deep Family Roots” was awarded third place at Society for the Performing Arts 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest.
Katy ISD Creech Elementary’s administration and teachers celebrated National Volunteer Week with a volunteer recognition event, chaired by Creech teacher Stefanie Huddleston and a “Sunshine” committee comprised of teachers and administrative staffers. The lunch event included heartfelt thanks by teachers from all grades popping by to say “thanks” and special, original cheers from the 4th through 5th grade Pep Squad, led by teacher Shelly Watson. The big finale was the announcement of the school’s six 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year nominees.
The Beck Junior High Math team won the Texas Math and Science Coaches Associationstate (TMSCA) championship in general math in the 5A division. The TMSCA held the state-wide competition at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. There were 84 schools from all over the state that participated in 5A division competition. The Beck team beat many powerhouses to claim the state championship. Beck math club also advanced to the mathcounts state competition, and ranked number eight in Texas at this prestigious national competition. Beck math club is led by Mrs. Stidham and many parent volunteers.
Join Westland Baptist Church for an open house on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. for a preview of High Voltage – Houston’s premier rock camp which features top-notch musiciancs who teach kids how to write their own music. The open house will feature free pizza and drinks, live performances from former campers, and raffle prizers.
High Voltage Rock Camp is for kids ages 9 to 16. With a staff of experienced professional musicians and certified music educators, High Voltage Rock Camp is your destination for becoming a better musician. Whether you are an experienced player or just beginning, you will learn what it takes to write a song, create your own parts, and play with a band, while simultaneously improving your technique, theory and musicality on your chosen instrument.
Beckendorff Jr. High’s Teen Leadership classes held its annual ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their ‘Pennies for Patients’ program. Students and faculty donate spare change to help treat patients with blood cancers. BDJH raised $25,000 bringing the schools total in the past seven yearly campaigns to $106,000.
Grace Primary and Lower School students were challenged by their teachers to participate in a two-week long reading challenge. To complete the challenge, two-year-olds through second grade had to read up to nine picture books and third through fifth grade were challenged to read 500 minutes per student.
Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. The students performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. Congratulations to David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona for their dedicated hard work!
Pictured: David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona.
For the eleventh time in the past 12 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 21 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2013.
The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team recently visited Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and went behind the scenes in the Operating Room to experience the hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System. Sixteen students and their parents suited up in sterile gear to participate in simulation demonstrations with Dr. Arturo Gonzalez, a general surgeon affiliated with the hospital. For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy and its robotic surgery program, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).
For the third year in a row, Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) was invited by ExxonMobil Chemical Company to represent FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics at an Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day event. Held annually by ExxonMobil Chemical, this program helps junior high girls envision careers in engineering and encourages them to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and activities in high school. ExxonMobil Chemical supports FIRST and Team CRyptonite as one of the team’s corporate sponsors.
Fourteen members of Team CRyptonite, along with last season’s basketball-shooting robot, “Panzer” travelled to ExxonMobil’s west Houston office on February 15 to show how helping to design and build a robot as part of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team has allowed them to experience solving real-world engineering and technology problems.
An all-freshmen group of Team 624 girls was called upon to handle much of this demo for about 200 girls from KISD’s West Memorial and McDonald Junior Highs.
Zoe Burch and Nasa Xu showed how the robot works and talked about the build process. Aided by Daniel Lambert and Bill Waters, some of the junior high girls got to try their hand at driving the robot and shooting baskets. (more…)
Cinco Ranch High School students, Indy Rajan (11th grade) and Ethan Le (9th grade), received the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. After multiple rounds of competitions, they were selected from over 5,000 students throughtout the state to perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 16, 2013. Indy received a ranking of 9th in viola while Ethan received a ranking of 3rd in violin among all the students in the state of Texas. Congratulations to both for their musical accomplishments.
A group of Katy ISD educators were among more than 400 teachers who met with state legislators to discuss key public education issues during the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Lobby Day Feb. 11 at the Texas State Capitol.
“As professional educators, we believe that our voice must be heard,” said Katy ATPE President Heidi Kirby. She teaches at Cinco Ranch High School. “We support restoring funds that were cut from public education in 2011 and reforming the accountability system in Texas public schools. We do not support any type of voucher program that would take money away from public schools and use public tax dollars for private schools and for-profit schools.” (more…)
Jack and Sharon Rhoads Elementary is proud to announce the 2012-2013 teacher, first year teacher, and para professional of the year.
Gretchen Dehoyos was honred as the teacher of the year. Gretchen teaches 5th grade science. Travis Bailey was announced as first year teacher of the year. Travis teaches PE. Ms. Rita Branch was announced as the para professional of the year. (more…)
Ms. Dunnahoo traveled to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio to perform with the All -State Choir in February.
Test scores released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from the 2012 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) accountability test for grades 3-8 show that Katy ISD outperformed the state in every grade level assessment. The district also exceeded the state passing rate by an average of 13 points.
“While we are very pleased that our students outperformed the state, that is not our only goal,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey. “While we will remain competitive with our peer districts within the state accountability system, our primary objective is to provide each student high quality and comprehensive learning experiences.” (more…)
Beckendorff Jr. High 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in Rachel’s Challenge presentation in January. Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. This program was sponsored by the BDJH PTA.
American Football Monthly announced their college and high school coaches of the Year for 2012. Topping the list is Katy High School’s Gary Joseph, having been named the high school football National Coach of the Year. A total of six high school Coaches of the Year were selected this year – the coveted National Coach of the Year and five regional winners.
Joseph has served the Katy High School football program for 31 years, becoming head coach in 2004. During his time, the Katy Tigers have won three 5A state championships and advanced to the state finals on three additional occasions. Joseph’s coaching record stands at 120-11.
Among Coach Joseph’s awards include being named District 18/19 5A Coach of the Year eight times; the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Houston Texans’ 5A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Joseph was named by the Texas Sports Writers Association as Coach of the Year and was also honored by the Katy Chamber of Commerce being named Katy’s Citizen of the Year. Joseph received the Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2008 for the southwest region of the United States, and was named one of Houston’s Top 100 Professionals in 2010. Additionally, he was voted into the 2012 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor and just received the 2013 Semper Fi Coaching Award – Houston Area. (more…)
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees last night approved the name of the district’s newest campus, High School No. 7, after retired educator Obra D. Tompkins. Obra D. Tompkins High School is located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., and is slated to open in August 2013.
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of its newest high school after retired educator, Obra D. Tompkins. Pictured from left to right: Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Obra D. Tompkins, and Tompkins HS Principal Mark Grisdale.
Tompkins served more than 39 years in the field of education, serving the bulk of his years as principal for Mayde Creek High School. He has been called a ‘trailblazer’ among his colleagues and has served in a number of capacities in education during his career. Tompkins retired in 2012 from his most recent position as Katy ISD’s executive director for campus administrative support. (more…)
Ursula Stephens Elementary of Katy ISD, located on Fry Road, is proud to announce that our music instrumental group, Stephens Stompin’ Hooves ensemble, led by director, Ms. Pay-Sung Chew, will be performing at the Annual Clinic and Convention of the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio on February 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. We are very proud and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious state event among music educators all over the state. This is the first time an elementary instrumental group from the Katy district has been chosen to perform at the convention. (more…)
The Presidential Election of 2012 was an opportunity to foster civic responsibility in KATY ISD Students by teaching the social studies strands of government and citizenship in a meaningful way.
The Project V.O.T.E. committee members worked together to create the mechanism by which the KISD schools could participate in a district wide mock election.
The results of the district election were sent to the statewide mock election Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow Thru Education) which was sponsored by the Texas Secretary of State. (more…)
Katy Music Teachers’ Association is pleased to present our three grant recipients: Nicoletta Sarabtidis, Cameron Vhalkamp, and Spencer Taylor. These students were chosen by Brett Nelsen, Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Director, and Brandon Amison, private string instructor to receive the first ever KMTA String Outreach Grant. The grant was provided jointly by Music Teachers’ National Association and KMTA to encourage string students to continue music study, reach out to the community, and excel in leadership in their school orchestra program.
The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced today that Foundations Academy has been awarded Accreditation.
Cinco Ranch High School’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) showcased their robot’s basketball shooting and mobility skills at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston prior to the Houston Rockets NBA basketball game on December 22. Based on their robot’s performance in last season’s “Rebound Rumble” competition at the Lone Star Regional Robotics Tournament, Team 624 was chosen by the Rockets organization, along with Clear Lake ISD’s Team118, for this first-time event.
Cardiff and McMeans Junior High were honored last week for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and were named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community. These two campuses join Bear Creek Elementary as recipients of this prestigious award.
On December 19, The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club delivered 62 hand-made fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and at the Heritage Park of Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
For Robin Stauffer’s English classes, it has been a bear of a season. When Stauffer, a Seven Lakes High School teacher, first decided to hold the teddy bear drive for the local Joe Joe Bear Foundation in Katy, students from her eleventh grade Advanced Placement classes agreed to help and donate. What was initially a few stuffed bears has become a mountain of plush animals, which the foundation will donate to children undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening diseases to area hospitals.
The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team 624 “CRyptonite” held its second annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) robotics Qualifier Tournament on December 8 at Cinco Ranch Junior High. Robotics teams of 4th to 8th grade students from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. Team Cryptonite also organized a tournament toy drive to collect board games for the Krause Children’s Center in Katy.
Every year in mid-December, the students at Sue Creech Elementary participate in Gingerbread Day festivities during their “specials” time. Emily Silva, a Creech Mom, chairs the annual event.
Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary School (RJWE) Principal Kelly Ricks and Assistant Principal Angela Kovar presented a Special Business Partner award to Wayne Meyer, General Manager of Firethorne at the school’s recent Dedication Ceremony. Ricks and Kovar described the award as “a small token of our appreciation to you and Firethorne’s developer. You (Firethorne) have provided us with numerous monetary and human resources over the past several months to make our school a great place.”
Seven Lakes offensive guard Caleb Benenoch has seen progressively more interest in him as a player over the past year. Originally a Michigan State commit, the high three-star prospect received new offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced last week that he will again defer the requirement that states that STAAR end-of-course examinations be counted as 15 percent of a student’s final grade in each subject tested. With this announcement, local school districts have the option to move forward with the 15 percent rule for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year, Katy ISD opted to participate in the deferral as the district adjusted to the rigor of the new STAAR test.
The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club has begun a service project to donate fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Katy.
Tom Wilson Elementary celebrated last month with book character studies all over campus by offering the students, teachers, and staff an opportunity to dress up as a favorite book character. This year was the first annual TWE Character Parade. Parents were invited to watch the parade as it progressed around the perimeter of the school and back into the classrooms for character reading instruction.
The hectic holiday season is upon us and families in Katy will be scheduled to the max. Tom Wilson Elementary offered an evening for families to slow down and spend quality time with each other while also supporting the school’s library. On Tuesday, November 13, “I Love to Read Night” took place at the school. All members of the community were invited to bring family and lounge around the school to read newly purchased books from the Fall Book Fair.
More than 200 artists transformed the pavement of downtown Houston into an unconventional art gallery last weekend for the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. The festival showcased the artistry of 10 of the city’s best emerging high school-age artists, including Cinco Ranch High School’s Samrath Kaur.
Austin Vacek currently 18 years old, started swimming part time just 5 years ago and moved to year-round swimming with KATY Aquatics in 2009. He has made rapid improvement over the past three years, including advancing to the Junior National Championships that were held in August at Indianapolis, IN and the Minneapolis Grand Prix that was held earlier this month in Minnesota.
The Beck Junior High Cheerleaders served as Ambassadors for the First Annual Beck Pink Out Week. They encouraged school-wide participation that included a pink out at the football games where the Bulldogs “Pinked the Panthers” as they played McDonald Junior High.
Seven Lakes Junior High was officially dedicated last week by Board Vice President Joe M. Adams. The ceremony included performances by the Seven Lakes JH Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Arts, Band, and a special presentation from the National Junior Honor Society. Special guests included Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey and Senator Glenn Hegar. Seven Lakes JH is led by Principal Dr. Imelda Medrano.