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Katy ISD Names New Principal for Beckendorff Junior HighKaty ISD Names New Principal for Beckendorff Junior High2019-06-25T23:08:37Z<div class="ExternalClass12AA1398E3C7406EA9231A8079024E94"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When the school bell rings to welcome the start of the 2019-20 school year, Beckendorff Junior High students and parents will notice a new face as part of their campus family. Today, Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Paul Moussavi as the new principal of Beckendorff Junior High (BDJH).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Moussavi's possesses 19 years of experience in public education, which include roles as principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am excited to continue the existing traditions with the Beckendorff Bears and to also create new unforgettable opportunities for our students," said Paul Moussavi, new principal for BDJH.  "I have a deep understanding of how to educate a student from pre-kindergarten all the way to their senior year.  I look forward to creating a bright future for those who walk our halls," added Moussavi.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to his career in education, Mr. Moussavi served in the United States Army where he learned many essential leadership skills.  However, in 2000, he decided to join Katy ISD and has since spent his entire educational career with the District.  His first job was as a kindergarten and fifth grade teacher at Mayde Creek Elementary (MCE).  Five years later, he moved westward to Franz Elementary (FES) to take on the role of assistant principal.  In 2007, Moussavi transitioned into secondary level education as the assistant principal at BDJH and he remained with the Beckendorff Bears for five years.  His next career move would come in 2012, when he joined the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartans as their assistant principal.  From 2016 until this month, Moussavi served as the principal at West Memorial Elementary (WME).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Moussavi received his Associates of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts from Alfred University in New York, as well as a principal certification from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062519_BDJH_Paul%20Moussavi.jpeg" alt="062519_BDJH_Paul Moussavi.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:490px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks in Forbes List of Best Employers in TexasKaty ISD Ranks in Forbes List of Best Employers in Texas2019-06-25T22:51:52Z<div class="ExternalClass2C2172E9AE7E429B8FB3592919AA6701"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Looking to work for one of the "best-liked" organizations by its employees?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">That search is closer than many might think.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District was recently identified by Forbes Magazine as one of the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Best Employers in Texas</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In fact, it was the only school district in Texas to be included in the list of top 25 employers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p>"To be one of only two school districts included on the Forbes <em>Best Employers in Texas</em> list is a testament to the talent, dedication and hard work of the teachers and staff who serve the nearly 81,000 students of Katy ISD," said Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.  "Our employees fulfill roles not only as educators, but as caregivers, clerks, maintenance crews, and other professionals supporting the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms.  As superintendent of this great school district I am very honored to be working alongside each and every one of our Katy ISD employees," added Gregorski.</p><p>Market research was conducted by Forbes and Statista to identify its first-ever list of America's Best Employers by state.  Nearly 200 companies were ranked among the best in Texas, with Katy ISD identified as #22 on the list.  A sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees at companies, with at least 500 people, were surveyed.  <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers and Employees to See Six Percent Pay IncreaseKaty ISD Teachers and Employees to See Six Percent Pay Increase2019-06-25T00:29:14Z<div class="ExternalClassB0357914A5DC478DB02EDE8A32AD2C06"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This coming school year all Katy ISD employees will receive an approximate six percent pay increase, while teachers and instructional paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to earn up to eight percent. The additional two percent increase for those teachers and paraprofessionals will derive from an attendance-based performance incentive.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The base salary increase for employees will come in the form of an approximate four percent raise, with two other lump sums during the fall semester— one August 15 for returning staff, and the other in December for all employees.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"After making sure we reward all of our staff, there is some additional money we've set aside to focus on those folks who have the greatest impact on student performance — our classroom teachers," said Ken Gregorski, Katy ISD Superintendent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District also plans on providing stability through its benefits package. While some Texas school districts anticipate premium increases this coming school year, Katy ISD will be holding its benefit premiums at last year's rates. Likewise, the District's existing health insurance plans will remain unchanged. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"My commitment upon accepting this position was to focus on taking care of our employees through a competitive compensation package, thus ensuring we're able to recruit and retain the best teachers around," said Gregorski.  "This pay increase, alongside the stability in benefits costs, is the most significant investment in Katy ISD's employee compensation package in recent District history," he added. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's move to increase pay for all employees and offer additional compensation incentives for teachers, is in part due to the District's long term fiscal management practices, along with the passage of Senate Bill 500 that provides Harvey related refunds and House Bill 3, with the District's compensation plan exceeding the priorities established by the Texas Legislature.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Credit by ExaminationCredit by Examination2019-06-18T22:12:31Z<div class="ExternalClass01B9BA4D0C6247949D92BEA7E483C5EE"><p>​Credit by Examination (CBE) calendars for the 2019-2020 school year have been finalized.<br></p><p><a href="/dept/assessment/Documents/CBE_Calendar.pdf">Click here for the calendar.</a><br></p></div>
Twenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll DistinctionTwenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Distinction2019-06-12T13:38:24Z<div class="ExternalClass48659A5DE8154C4FA5480B7ABA2B5E11"><p>What better way for Katy Independent School District to end the 2018-19 school year!  Out of its 65 campuses, Katy ISD is proud to announce that 24 of its schools were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP).  <br></p><p>"Receiving this prestigious recognition is a clear demonstration of how hard work and dedication produces positive results.  Likewise, it's a reflection of the collaborative efforts taking place among our school leaders, staff, parents, students and the community who strive to increase academic achievement and improve educational outcomes for all our students," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary </li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Stanley Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Wolman Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Katy Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High </li><li>Mayde Creek High </li><li>Seven Lakes High</li><li>Taylor High </li><li>Tompkins High</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, ERP found that these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, the Texas Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 855 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
BDJH Science Olympiad Wins Big!BDJH Science Olympiad Wins Big!2019-06-06T18:30:19Z<div class="ExternalClass5768622EC6AB4D498FBB57B505ECA73C"><p>You might think the halls of Beckendorff Junior High School (BDJH) are quiet after 4pm, but the kids of Beckendorff's nationally ranked Science Olympiad team can be found hard at work for hours after school studying advanced science, experimenting with mysterious chemicals, and developing efficient engineering techniques for their events.</p><p> </p><p>Science Olympiad is one of the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competitions featuring 23 rigorous hands-on events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, and industries. Approximately 8,000 teams from middle and high schools from all 50 states, along with an international team from Japan, compete against each other in events in a variety of fields ranging from Life Sciences, Personal and Social Science, Earth and Space Science, Chemistry, Technology and Engineering. </p><p> <img src="/campus/BDJH/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/BDJH%20Nats%20pic.png" alt="BDJH Nats pic.png" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:342px;" /><br></p><p>The BDJH Science Olympiad team recently competed at the 35th Annual National Science Olympiad Tournament at Cornell University on June 1st, 2019, after being crowned State Champions at Texas A&M University last month. The top team from each state competes at the National competition, and BDJH placed 4th in the nation overall and had several students win individual medals in their events, an incredible feat in a very tough competition field. Led by Coaches Sara Morgan Allen and Pamela Ward, the team consists of students Aayushi Gandhi, Aidan Lai, Akanksha Acharya, Akash Joseph, Albert Yang, Andy Li, Darsh Shah, Emily Wu, Ethan Sun, Grace Dias, Guhan Periyasamy, Joshua Zhou, Karan Sura, Nora Xiao, Phoenix Wu, Sahil Gandhi, Shriman Thandra, Stephanie Wang, and Vishnu Indukuri. Congratulations to the whole team and the coaches on their incredible achievement!<br></p><p><br></p></div>

Beckendorff Junior High

8200 South Fry Road

Katy, TX 77494

Principal: Dr. Ethan Crowell

Ph: 281.237.8800    Fax: 281.644.1635

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