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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications2019-06-18T00:45:58Z<div class="ExternalClassDCE3E308DEA74138A355C9177036CCF3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Monday, June 17 at their Work Study meeting, Board of Trustees were presented with attendance boundary modification (ABM) options for Elementary #43 and High School #9 — two new schools being built out of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elementary #43 is located in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD, and High School #9 is in the southwest quadrant.  Both are set to open in the fall of 2020.  During the Work Study meeting, Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews, along with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), presented Trustees with a preliminary ABM option for each of the schools.  Bethke Elementary would be impacted with the opening of Elementary #43, and Katy, Tompkins and Seven Lakes high schools would see enrollment relief due to the opening of High School #9.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Input from families who could potentially be affected is highly valued during this process.  For this reason, we are asking parents and stakeholders to provide survey feedback, beginning the week of June 18 through September," said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "It is anticipated that a decision on the Attendance Boundary Modification for each of these schools will be made in October," added Crews.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video News Release – <a href="">Broll of Elementary #43 and High School #9</a><br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" unselectable="on"><iframe width="540" height="303" src="/_layouts/15/videoembedplayer.aspx?site=3df82ba04f66419596ea86be4b1d7f18&web=e4e0b8fb02594d0dbd09f77578439ba1&folder=753a60a7b2b3495b91b1f7de21b47dad&img=http%3a//" data-title="Katy ISD Bond 2017- VNR High School 9 and Elementary 43 Construction Progress" data-description="Elementary 43 and High School 9" data-duration="0"></iframe> </div><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Twenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Distinction 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>
Summer College & Career Lab Available to Katy ISD Students College & Career Lab Available to Katy ISD Students2019-06-13T14:55:56Z<div class="ExternalClassBFF853F68D5C403E9095060007E4AAAC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's never too early, nor too late, to prepare for college and jump-start a career plan.  This summer Katy Independent School District is offering a College & Career Lab to interested Katy ISD students and families.  The lab will provide extended access to career exploration, individualized guidance and post-secondary planning with personalized service from school counselors. </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As during the traditional school year, all students will be required to have their Katy ISD ID and parent/guardians will be required to show identification to access the lab.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In addition to a high school counselor, a college advisor will be on site to provide personalized service to students, including reviewing high school credits, exploring post-secondary opportunities and offering career guidance in preparation for the college application process," said Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services Rhonda Ward.</p><p>The summer College & Career Lab will be located at Paetow High School from June 17-20 and June 24-27 between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/counseling/Pages/ccl.aspx">Office of Counseling website</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremonies ISD Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremonies2019-06-06T21:38:13Z<div class="ExternalClass13120BB180F044DEB4B439949B99C9A9"><p>Thursday<span style="font-size:13px;">, June 6, 2019</span></p><div>Congratulations to all of our Spring 2019 graduates! It was our honor to celebrate your hard work in accomplishing your academic goals and moving forward to your next life phase. We are so proud of each of you! </div><div><br></div><div>Below you can find links to the graduation ceremonies so you can relive the fun! </div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Cinco Ranch High School</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Katy High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Mayde Creek High School</a><br></span><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Morton Ranch High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><a href="">Raines High School</a> <br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Seven Lakes High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Simon Youth Academy</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Taylor High School</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Tompkins High School</a></span></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of High School #9 ISD Appoints New Principal of High School #92019-05-30T14:44:07Z<div class="ExternalClassB81616FBE94D4D7E97085A7E9DE473FF"><p>​KATY May 28, 2019 – Katy ISD High School #9 has a new principal. During the May Board meeting, Trustees voted to name Dr. Ethan Crowell as the school’s new leader.  Dr. Crowell was previously the principal at Beckendorff Junior High but will now move to the newest Katy ISD high school, opening for the 2020-2021 school year.</p><p>“I’m honored and excited to begin this journey of opening Katy ISD’s newest high school.  My goal is to work together with staff, students and the community to continue to build the legacy of our district by focusing not only on academic success but also meeting the social and emotional needs of the student population,” said Dr. Crowell. “My number one priority is our students and ensuring they have the resources and support they need to succeed,” added Dr. Crowell.  <br></p><p><br></p><p>Dr. Crowell began his educational career as a teacher and coach in 2008 for Pasadena ISD. He taught Spanish and coached soccer for a year and a half prior to transferring to Ft. Bend ISD as an Assistant Principal/Academy Coordinator for Clements High School. He held that position for 4 years before coming to Katy ISD. From 2014-2016, he was the Student Support Administrator at Morton Ranch High School, and in 2016, he was named Principal at Beckendorff Junior High School. Dr. Crowell holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from University of North Texas, a Master’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p><br></p><p>Dr. Crowell will join the High School #9 family starting the 2019-2020 school year and help prepare staff for the opening.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dr.%20Ethan%20Crowell.jpg" alt="Dr. Ethan Crowell.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:202px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p><div> <br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces 2019 Teacher Grant Recipients ISD Education Foundation Announces 2019 Teacher Grant Recipients2019-06-05T21:54:58Z<div class="ExternalClassE57CE58619C8438C8D6D48A36E2DDAE9"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>$333,370 Awarded This Year; $1.6 Million Over Past Seven Years</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its seventh year of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant recipients. Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 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 2019-2020 school year. </p><p>The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. Grant funds are raised through annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts three major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 17, 2019, GROOVE and Reason2Race, both in the spring of 2020. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact <a href=""></a>, 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>–The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href=""></a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JWE%20-%20All%20grants%20(teachers).jpg" alt="JWE - All grants (teachers).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:375px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FPSE-%20Stokes.jpg" alt="FPSE- Stokes.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:375px;" /><br></p><p><strong>Photo Caption: </strong>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $333,000 in teacher grants, bringing its seven-year grant program total to $1.6 million.  Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2019-2020 school year. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Inspiring Imagination Grant Recipients</strong></p><p><strong>2019-2012 School Year</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Individual Grants </strong><em>– One teacher for up to $1,000</em></p><p><strong>King Elementary, </strong><em>S.M.I.L.E. it's Monday, Sa</em>rah Western; <strong>Williams Elementary, </strong>Princesses, <em>Dragons and Percussion, Oh My!</em>; Jennifer Patterson</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Team of Two Grants </strong><em>– Two teachers for up to $2,500</em></p><p><strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>3D Innovators</em>, Led by Nidia Casillas; <strong>Griffin Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Up Gardening</em>, Led by Carla Morgan; <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <em>Citizen Scientists: Weather Station</em>, Led by Stephanie Nady; <strong>Katy High School</strong>, <em>Pocket Prairie Plants</em>, Led by Rhonda Burrough; <strong>Katy Junior High</strong>, <em>Where's the Dirt???</em>, Led by Jennifer LeBlanc; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>Comfortable Seating for Building Reading</em>, Led by Laura Berg; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Brains & Brawn</em>, Led by Pamela Pfile; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Literacy Contagion</em>, Led by Alicia Blankenship; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Uke Can Be A Lifelong Musician!</em>, Led by Melanie Braddy; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>,<em> "Uke" can do it! All aBOARD the Ukelele Train!</em>, Led by Chrisinta Tschauner; <em>We Take Reading "Series"- ously</em>, Led by Stephanie Jones; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>World Drumming Initiative</em>, Led by Nancy Bransom; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Drunk Driving and Identifying Skeletal Remains</em>, Led by Stephanie Chronister; <em>Traumatic Brain Injuries</em>, Led by Lisa Gibbons; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Come Code With Me</em>, Led by Denise Harrell; <strong>WoodCreek Elementary</strong>, <em>Xenial Xylophones</em>, Led by Bonnie McSpadden</p><p><em> </em></p><p><strong>Team Grants </strong><em>– Three or more teachers for up to $5,000</em></p><p><strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <em>Sensory Path to Success</em>, Led by Amy Davies; <strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>, <em>Checking Out Mindful Learning</em>, Led by Alicia Leung; <strong>Bethke Elementary</strong>, <em>Creating a Culture of Curiosity</em>, Led by Katie Beard; <em>Expedition OSMO</em>, Led by Pamela Richardson; <em>Math in Action</em>, Led by Julie Fish; <em>Oh, The Places You'll Go!</em>, Led by Jennifer Johnson; <em>Sensory Pathway to Learning</em>, Led by Dana Stavinoha; <strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>Engagement and Beyond!</em>, Led by Stacey Colton; <em>Powerful Passion Projects!</em>, Led by Penelope Flores; <strong>Cardiff Junior High</strong>, <em>Living (and Learning) LARGE</em>, Led by Karen Edmundson; <strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Starring in a Breakout Role</em>, Led by Elizabeth Smalley; <strong>Coleman Support Annex</strong>, <em>Adaptive Behavior Social Skills through PE Activities</em>, Led by Abigail Wylie; <strong>Creech Elementary</strong>, <em>Once Upon a STREAM</em>, Led by Rebecca Fielden; <strong>Davidson Elementary</strong>, <em>Coaster Architects Wanted-May the Force Be With You</em>, Led by Reagan Harris; <strong>Early Childhood Intervention</strong>, <em>Movin' & Groovin'- Developing Infant & Toddler Motor Skills</em>, Led by Sara Katz; <strong>Fielder Elementary</strong>, <em>Junior Coding</em>, Led by Kathy Counterman; <em>STEM in Action</em>, Led by Jennifer Lowenthal; <em>Swivling Students to Success</em>, Led by Autumn Stewart; <strong>Golbow Elementary</strong>, <em>An Out Of The Box Experience: Breakout EDU!</em>, Led by Lauren Stewart; <strong>Hayes Elementary</strong>, <em>Celebrate Good W</em>riting, Come On!, Led by Kim Radzicki;<em> Inquiring Scientists Want to Know!</em>, Led by Frankie Morris; <em>Wild Weather</em>, Led by Brittney Brown; <strong>Jenks Elementary</strong>, <em>Capture the Moment</em>, Led by Casey Fragosa; <em>Clay and Music Connect the Creative Souls</em>, Led by Lisa Pickard; <em>Creating Science Critics</em>, Led by Ana Alonso; <em>Everyone Speak Up "Your Voice Matters"</em>, Led by Annalisa Matzen; <em>Inspiring the Science and Technology Leaders of Tomorrow</em>, Led by Karen Henao; <em>Rhythmic Rumbles with Rhythmical Movement,</em> Led by Kashif Aleem; <em>Up, Up and Away</em>, Led by Christina Mitchell; <strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <em>Boosting Brainpower Through Action Based Learning</em>, Led by Amber Kell; <em>SteamWorks</em>, Led by Andrea Taylor; <strong>Katy High School</strong>, <em>Inclusive Balls for CPE</em>, Led by Shanna Marhofer; <strong>Katy Junior High</strong>, <em>Close the Refrigerator Door!!!</em>, Led by Barbara Smith; <em>Friendship Grows Project</em>, Led by Lesley Craig Unkefer; <strong>Kilpatrick Elementary</strong>, <em>Hip Hip Hurray for Pretend Play!</em>, Led by Kelly Schuler; <em>Little Storytellers, Even Bigger Ideas</em>, Led by Laura Bennett; <em>Music for All</em>, Led by Jessica Guest; <strong>King Elementary</strong>, <em>Constructing Language Through Play</em>, Led by Martha Luna Loya; <em>On Board with Board Books</em>, Led by Michelle Teinert; <em>Readers' Theater to Increase Reading Readiness and Expertise</em>, Led by Katherine Treadaway; <strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong>, <em>Gucci Reads (Good Books)</em>, Led by Patricia Wangler; <strong>Mayde Creek Junior High</strong>,<em> Scholastic Scholars</em>, Led by Sarah Worthen; <strong>McMeans Junior High</strong>, <em>ESL High Interest Low Level Novels</em>, Led by Allison Farris; <em>Here Comes The Sun</em>, Led by Kristine Moline; <strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High</strong>, <em>TALONS Tournament</em>, Led by Miriam Udo; <strong>Miller Career & Technology Center</strong>, <em>Needles and Blood- Oh My! Certification Stacking Essentials</em>, Led by Jennifer Dugger; <em>Veterinary Assisting Collection and Analysis Lab Equipment</em>, Led by Ashlie Bowen; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong>, <em>Drumming As One: A Community of Culture and Performance</em>, Led by Paul Cimini; <em>Story Baskets</em>, Led by Amy Jones; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Spread Kindness Around Like Confetti School Pantry Project</em>, Led by Shaundra Kiser; <em>Step Into History</em>, Led by Sarah Gonzalez; <strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</strong>, <em>Building a Literate Life: Family Reading Time</em>, Led by Caroline Wolf; <em>READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover Part 2</em>, Led by Heather Villarreal;<strong> Paetow High School</strong>, <em>C-3PO- Programming for the Future</em>, Led by Mary Ann Miron; <strong>Rhoads Elementary</strong>, <em>Playing with STEM: There's Science in Music!</em>, Led by Stephanie Bradley; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Multisensory Project</em>, Led by Stephanie Sharifi; <em>Science on the Go - Thinking Outside the Classroom</em>, Led by Stacey Stokes; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <em>Sensory Overload</em>, Led by Cayla Solis; <strong>Stephens Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Leaners Outside the Classroom</em>, Led by Stacy Slater; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>The Genius Hour</em>, Led by Audra Gorsuch; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Exploring Soft Robotics</em>, Led by Stephen Bennett; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Let's Argue!</em>, Led by Victoria Wernau; <em>Mental Health Support for High School Students</em>, Led by Michelle Tuttle; <em>Student Centered STEM Investigations</em>, Led by Jason Daigle; <strong>West Memorial Junior High</strong>,<em> Do You See What I See?</em>, Led by Erin Wise; <strong>Williams Elementary</strong>, <em>Koding in Kinder- It's never too early to learn to code!</em>, Led by Stephanie Sparkman; <em>Oh the Places We'll Go With Our Chromebooks in Tow</em>, Led by Lindsey Zhang; <strong>Wilson Elementary</strong>, <em>Drum a Rhythm; Sing a Story!</em>, Led by Brooke Yubaile; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Full STEAM Ahead: Creating Sound Stories</em>, Led by Christen Jones; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>READ TO ME Project</em>, Led by Kristy Grubbs</p><p><em> </em></p><p><br></p></div>
New Cinco Ranch High School Head Football Coach Announced Cinco Ranch High School Head Football Coach Announced2019-05-21T00:35:24Z<div class="ExternalClass9864513CB60E405C8FBEC4260C2F8ADA"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees announced Chris Dudley as the new Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach during its monthly Work Study meeting.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Dudley recently completed his first season at Taylor High School (THS) as the Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Health Education Teacher.  In 2018, the Mustang defense gave up just 18.3 points per game (ppg), which was ninth best out of 64 playoff teams in Class 6A Region 3.  He was also a nominee as the 2019 Greater Houston Area Football Coaches Association (GHFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.  </p><p>Coach Dudley is no stranger to the CRHS Cougar Family.  Between July 2003 and February 2018, he helped create a successful football program at the school while he was serving as its varsity position coach.  The school was one of only six programs in the Greater Houston area to make the state playoffs for twelve straight years (2006-2017).  The program was one of eight in all of Class 6A to make the area playoffs or better, for seven straight years (2008-2014) and with the assistance of Coach Dudley, the Cougars also reached the state semifinals in 2009 and 2016. <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"I have had the privilege to work with many of the head coaches at Cinco Ranch High for several years and can leverage those great relationships to help bring Cougar athletics to the next level of excellence," said Coach Dudley.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"I'm also honored to follow in the footsteps of Coach Don Clayton, who helped build an elite program over a 20 year period," added Dudley.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Dudley will take the reins of the Cougar football team on May 21<sup> </sup>and is looking to infuse the team with discipline, character and leadership that will take them to the next level.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%20High%20Football%20Coach%20Dudley%20May%20201,%202019%208.JPG" alt="Cinco Ranch High Football Coach Dudley May 201, 2019 8.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Chris Dudley</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes Newly Elected Members ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes Newly Elected Members2019-05-21T00:35:38Z<div class="ExternalClassFB6B791A435D4511AD433CF0418D3630"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning today, the Katy Independent School District community will see two new faces as part of the District's Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Donald T. "Duke" Keller, Jr. and Lance Redmon were welcomed as the newest members of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Keller, who will serve as trustee for Position 1 and Redmond, who will serve in Position 2, took the oath of office and were officially sworn in tonight.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Immediately following the swearing in of these board members, both began their roles as part of the school district trustees for the remainder of the Work Study meeting and in a closed meeting.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as a board member are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Board%20Members%20Sworn%20in%20May%2020,%202019%2024.JPG" alt="Board Members Sworn in May 20, 2019 24.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left to Right):  Lance Redmond, Katy ISD Position 2 </p><p style="text-align:center;">&<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> Donald T. "Duke" Keller, Jr., Katy ISD Position 1 <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Shines Under the Stars at the Tommy Tunes Awards ISD Shines Under the Stars at the Tommy Tunes Awards2019-05-14T15:52:04Z<div class="ExternalClass8D4A52EA7FE44A6AAED5DCF12C37ADBC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">And the winners are…Seven Lakes High School and Tompkins High School!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the 17</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) Tommy Tunes Awards these campuses competed against 43 other Houston area high schools to receive several recognitions for their outstanding work on their full-length musical productions.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School's production of Disney's <em>Beauty and the Beast</em> received two awards, one for Senior Jared Guidry as Best Supporting Actor for his role as "<em>Lumiere" </em>and a second<em> </em>award for the orchestra group, which was named the Best Orchestra.  The lighting crew at Tompkins High School, made up of Samantha Hennig, Jeff Miller, Rene Thomas Rodriguez, Vibi Roopnarine and Cameron Strapp, received the Best Lighting Design for the musical <em>Once on This Island.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Competing in the TUTS Tommy Tunes Awards is a great opportunity for Katy ISD students to promote their creativity through theater, dance and music," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  "Such recognition oftentimes ignites the beginning of a lifelong career in performing arts for our Katy ISD students," added Archer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">TUTS also awards merit and financially-based scholarships to outstanding students, who range from performers, designers, directors, technicians, choreographers and musicians who have been involved in their school's Tommy Tunes production.  Tompkins High School Senior Addison Hurst was named a scholarship recipient this year.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS%20Accepting%20Award.png" alt="OTHS Accepting Award.png" style="margin:5px;width:337px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Students Receiving Award<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS%20accepting%20Award2.JPG" alt="SLHS accepting Award2.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:342px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Students Receiving Award<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Economics Challenge Team Heads to National Finals ISD Economics Challenge Team Heads to National Finals2019-05-13T20:31:19Z<div class="ExternalClassD515BC91E92142788A92E8DE47896467"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">They're packing their bags and headed to New York City!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School Economics Challenge Team is advancing to the 19</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual National Economics Challenge Finals, which will take place in New York City on May 18-20.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eight teams from around the country are advancing to the National Championship event.  Tompkins High School now joins Bellaire High School as the only schools to ever represent Texas in the Economics Challenge Advanced Placement (AP) Division during its 19 years of competition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The OTHS Economics Challenge Team will be making history when they attend this event," said Tompkins High School AP Economics Teacher Michael Clark. "To see how in this past school year this group of students has worked tirelessly to improve their microeconomics, macroeconomics as well as their international and current event knowledge is an award in itself.  I'm confident they will represent Katy ISD well," added Clark.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The National Champions will then face off against their Chinese counterparts in the final quiz bowl rounds at the end of the New York City event.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051319_OTHS_Economics%20Challenge%20Team%20Goes%20to%20Nationals.jpg" alt="051319_OTHS_Economics Challenge Team Goes to Nationals.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Attribution:  Daniel VanderKlay, Colin Weil, Kristi Zhang, Ridwana Islam </p><p style="text-align:center;">and AP Economics Teacher Michael Clark<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Its Valedictorians and Salutatorians ISD Announces Its Valedictorians and Salutatorians2019-05-15T14:49:46Z<div class="ExternalClassDDE03A93603B4287B7679374199204A2"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2018-2019 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul><li>William Li Wang – Valedictorian<br></li><ul><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Chemistry</li></ul><li>Nevin George – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:  Math and Computer Science</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Joshua Aman Dierker – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li></ul><li>Sarah Catherine Hatcher – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Owais Hyder Ghulam – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Houston</li><li>Major:  Chemical Engineering</li></ul><li>Monica Arrambide Valdes – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Texas A&M University</li><li>Major:  Computer Engineering</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Frederica Anna Kizek – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Southern Methodist University</li><li>Major:  Biology on pre-med track and swimming for university</li></ul><li>Bao Khanh Hoang Vu – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Stanford University<br></li><li>Major:  Economics<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Surya Indukuri – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Hofstra University</li><li>Major:  Bio-Chemistry</li></ul><li>Naveen Kumar Venkat – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Major:  Computer Science & Math</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Houston</li><li>Major: Biology</li></ul><li>Sunny Ann Tang – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Harvard University</li><li>Major:  Chemistry</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></span></p><ul><li>Blake Austin Romero – Valedictorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li></ul><li>Kristi Zhang – Salutatorian</li><ul><li>College/University:  Cornell University</li><li>Major:  Engineering</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS_William%20Li%20Wang_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="CRHS_William Li Wang_Valedictorian.JPG" style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">William Li Wang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS_Nevin%20George_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="CRHS_Nevin George_Salutatorian.JPG" style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Nevin George<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KHS_Joshua%20Aman%20Dierker_Valedictorian.jpg" alt="KHS_Joshua Aman Dierker_Valedictorian.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Joshua Aman Dierker<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KHS_Sarah%20Catherine%20Hatcher_Salutatorian.jpg" alt="KHS_Sarah Catherine Hatcher_Salutatorian.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sarah Catherine Hatcher</p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Salutatorian</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS_Owais%20Hyder%20Ghulam_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="MCHS_Owais Hyder Ghulam_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Owais Hyder Ghulam</p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS_Monica%20Arrambide%20Valdes_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="MCHS_Monica Arrambide Valdes_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Monica Arrambide Valdes</p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School Salutatorian</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Frederica%20Anna%20Kizek_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="MRHS_Frederica Anna Kizek_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Frederica Anna Kizek</p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Bao%20Khanh%20Hoang%20Vu_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="MRHS_Bao Khanh Hoang Vu_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bao Khanh Hoang Vu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Surya%20Indukuri_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="SLHS_Surya Indukuri_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Surya Indukuri</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Naveen%20Kumar%20Venkat_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="SLHS_Naveen Kumar Venkat_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Naveen Kumar Venkat</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Lauren%20Mary%20Huyentran%20Nguyen_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="THS_Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Sunny%20Ann%20Tang_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="THS_Sunny Ann Tang_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sunny Ann Tang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Salutatorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_Blake%20Austin%20Romero_Valedictorian.JPG" alt="OTHS_Blake Austin Romero_Valedictorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Blake Austin Romero</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Valedictorian<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_Kristi%20Zhang_Salutatorian.JPG" alt="OTHS_Kristi Zhang_Salutatorian.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:296px;height:370px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kristi Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School Salutatorian<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair Recap ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair Recap2019-05-06T19:36:49Z<div class="ExternalClassDEEA31A3704D447E80878E11E0EAA86D"><p>​The Katy ISD Spring 2019 Teacher Fair, which happened April 27, was a great success! Hosted in the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), candidates had the opportunity to meet with representatives from each Katy ISD campus as well as the entire district Human Resources (HR)staff to learn what positions are available, get to know the individual campuses’ culture, and to potentially interview for an open job.</p><p>There was a total of 1,157 candidates who came to the event; 571 came to the secondary fair in the morning and 586 came for the elementary fair in the afternoon. In addition to the HR staff, representatives from the LMC, Katy ISD Police, Maintenance and Operations, Technology and Food Services, the Superintendent, General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Assistant Superintendents for School Leadership and Support and the Assistant Superintendent for Operations were in attendance.</p><p>Candidates where instructed to bring their resume and a copy of their certification and/or the TEA/SBEC content exam scores. Each campus had their own table with collateral and available job information. Candidates also had the opportunity to interview and be offered a job at the fair.<br></p><p>Thank you to each of our campuses for representing Katy ISD well and thank you to the candidates for their interest in our incredible district! We’ll see you next time!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%2011.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 11.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%202.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 2.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Fair%20April%2027,%202019%2023_3.JPG" alt="Teacher Fair April 27, 2019 23_3.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /><br></p></div>
2019 Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Results Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Results2019-05-05T02:13:30Z<div class="ExternalClass65A259E9A8AC4F90BA47170429556728"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Final votes for the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elections have been counted and the unofficial tally is as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 1 Candidates:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Sean M. Dolan<br></span><span style="font-size:13px;">Fin</span><span style="font-size:13px;">al Voting Total: 1,062</span></p><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><br>Rebecca Fox<br>Final Voting Total: 3,320<br><span style="font-size:14px;"><br>Donald T. ("Duke") Keller, Jr. </span></div><p style="text-align:justify;">Final Voting Total:  4,093</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 2 Candidate:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Lance Eugene Redmon<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">i</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nal Voting Total:  7,563</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">Click here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. </p><p><br></p></div>
The First-Ever Book Vending Machine Arrives at Katy ISD First-Ever Book Vending Machine Arrives at Katy ISD2019-05-03T20:50:27Z<div class="ExternalClassDCBB913CE4E14B7A88E0FF4BF2F6BBEF"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary (BES) is now the home of the first-ever book vending machine in Katy ISD. Thanks to the fundraising efforts by the students and PTA group, the school was able to acquire a vending machine that holds books for students to purchase.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The idea for the book vending machine came from Dr. William H. Rhodes, Principal at BES, who saw a tweet about a school in New York unveiling a book vending machine for their students.  "I went straight to our Librarian, Nidia Casillas, and said, 'We have to have this. It is an amazing idea!'" Mrs. Casillas found the small company in New York and created a plan to present to the BES PTA Board. After an enthusiastic and quick approval, the PTA created the "Crazy Coin Competition" where students bring loose change and bills to donate. The homeroom class that collected the most money had their teacher crowned as King or Queen of the Annual Bryant Ball. Through the fundraiser, the students raised enough to cover half of the machine, and the PTA paid for the other half, along with covering the cost of books. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The book vending machine accepts special coins, which students will earn for good behavior and improvement on grades, as well as through drawings every Friday that are made over live announcements. Books are hand-selected by Librarian Casillas, who has chosen a wide variety of popular books for all grade levels. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our students LOVE going to the library," says Dr. Rhodes, "The library is the central focus of the school and students are always seeing the great things happening in the library. The book vending machine just makes our library even more special and helps attract kids to love reading even more." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Book Vending Machine unveiling took place on Friday, May 3. Students from each grade level, as well as the Queen of the Bryant Ball, had the opportunity to be the first to use the machine with coins they earned earlier this month. <br></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of the new book vending machine</a></span><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/050319_BES_Book%20Vending%20Machine%20Unveiling%20(10).JPG" alt="050319_BES_Book Vending Machine Unveiling (10).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:653px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named the College Board's AP District of the Year ISD Named the College Board's AP District of the Year2019-04-25T20:53:09Z<div class="ExternalClass7BFCC126297A4D7DA9CDC44E6208583E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is now known as the number one school district in the nation when it comes to expanding access to, and increasing performance in, Advanced Placement (AP) courses! Today, Katy ISD was named the College Board Advanced Placement</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">®</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Large District of the Year. Elected officials, students, teachers, district administration, and the College Board leadership, were all on hand to celebrate this outstanding achievement at a student assembly held at Morton Ranch High School this morning.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"During the year in which we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary, I'm proud to say that what we have achieved here today is evidence of a century of learning that is built upon in every classroom, every day," said Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Day in and day out, our teachers and staff are helping inquisitive minds expand their knowledge and skills in preparation for post-secondary education, careers and beyond," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD leads the nation in expanding access to AP while helping more AP students earn scores that translate into college savings," said Trevor Packer, College Board's Senior Vice President for AP & Instruction. "Administrators and teachers throughout Katy's schools - not just the many superb AP teachers - are doing tremendous work to prepare a wide range of students for AP classes," added Packer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In order to receive this recognition, the College Board requires a district of Katy ISD's size to increase student participation in AP courses by four percent over a three-year period. From 2017 to 2018 alone, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP courses increased by 25 percent, and the number of exams administered increased by 20 percent.<strong>  </strong>As far as performance, 77.4 percent of AP exams taken by Katy ISD students scored a three or better.</p><p>Participating in AP course work can lead to college savings for many families.  The typical student who scores a three or higher on two AP exams has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.  </p><p>In addition to today's event, Katy ISD will be honored in Orlando, FL during the 2019 AP Annual Conference in July 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Broll of the College Board AP District of the Year Recognition</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of College Board AP District of the Year Recognition</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Katy ISD Advanced Placement Student Highlight Video</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISD of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISD2019-04-23T00:45:12Z<div class="ExternalClassC448228F3EDA45ABA320C6AEFD337D40"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During the Katy Independent School District April Board meeting this evening, Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Leslie Haack as the new Deputy Superintendent for the District.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Haack returns to Katy ISD, where she began her educational career back in 1998 at Taylor High School as a teacher and assistant coach.  The following year, she transferred to Cinco Ranch High School where she taught and coached for two years prior to being named Assistant Principal in 2001.  Ms. Haack held that position until she was promoted to Associate Principal in 2004.  Four years later, in 2008, she was named principal at Sealy High School in Sealy Independent School District and served in that capacity for one year prior to transferring to the same position at George Ranch High School in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.  While serving in Lamar CISD, she was named Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, and three years later, she was promoted to Deputy Superintendent for Support Services.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Haack will oversee School Leadership and Support Services, Operations, and Athletics.  Ms. Haack is a graduate of the University of Kansas and she earned a master's degree from Prairie View A&M University.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Board%20Recognitions%20April%2022,%202019%2031.JPG" alt="Board Recognitions April 22, 2019 31.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:575px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Re-Designated as a National School to Watch Lakes Junior High Re-Designated as a National School to Watch2019-04-15T14:17:10Z<div class="ExternalClassACB04D1DEAEC4FBCAE6B1B50D0EAD425"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For the<span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> second time, Seven Lakes Junior High (SLJH) has been designated as a Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).  SLJH joins approximately 35 other campuses across Texas with this distinction and honor.  The school will be recognized nationally in Washington D.C. at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 27-29, 2019.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">SLJH was selected for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes.  In addition, the school is known to have a strong leadership team, which includes teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction as well as a shared commitment toward assessment and accountability for continuous improvement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"Receiving a National Schools to Watch re-designation is an honor for SLJH.  We couldn't have done it without our dedicated staff, students and parents who work together to ensure that this school is at a high-performing level," said Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Kristin Harper.  "Our goal is to meet the needs of our students and motivate them to create a bright future," added Harper.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met certain established criteria.  Schools were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, students work and interviewed administrators and teachers among other observation mechanisms.  Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of the third year, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated.  <br></span></p><p><br></p></div>
World Language 2019 Farrington Competition Language 2019 Farrington Competition2019-04-09T17:09:29Z<div class="ExternalClassF2763AA5A23147DF93AD6CFFBF0093F7"><p>On Saturday, April 6, over 200 students from all over the Houston area competed in the World Language 2019 Farrington Competition at Northbrook High School. Katy ISD is pleased to announce that our District was  well represented. <br></p><p>Below are the winners from Katy ISD at the 2019 Farrington Competition.</p><p>Also, a special thank you to the Katy ISD LOTE teachers that serve on the board as language chairs- Amber Warren from OTHS, Kandice McGrew from KHS, Érika Garza and Nitzia Guillén from THS and Heidi Kirby from CRHS. </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Language</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Place</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Student Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Teacher</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:20%;"><strong>Campus</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katylee Throbordeaux</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mallory Tipton</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Savannah Scheffler</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Juliana Jones</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>rd</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Chloe Nott</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Audrey Reyna</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Erin Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Warren</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ASL 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ellie Pitcock</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Audrey Reyna</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>ND</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kritika Gautam</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Michelle MacLachlan</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">MMJH</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Davide Noca</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Adriana Pacheco</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amber Kaul</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Amne Kreiler</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">OTHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Isabel Ebben</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Adriana Pacheco</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Min Ko Ko</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lucy Baugh</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">MCHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kane Thurman</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wilma Miramontes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paula Stenkamp</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kathryn Payne</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>ND</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Gabriela Morantes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yolanda Cáceres</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Intermediate</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Carlos Mosquera</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yolanda Cáceres</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">CRHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Spanish Heritage Advanced</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thaiss Loaeza</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kathryn Payne</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ashley Guillory</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3<sup>RD</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Heloise Sturm</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Honorable Mention</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elizabeth Witney</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Latin 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Yu Ting Lin</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ben Powers</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">THS</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">French 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1<sup>ST</sup> place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ashita Raghuvanshi</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wendy Kirkle</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">KHS</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Twenty Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score Katy ISD Students Earn Highest Possible ACT Score2019-04-16T00:04:17Z<div class="ExternalClassDB2CE57344A94858A8A1024715D2DB1F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is celebrating a rare feat:  20 of its high school students recently found out that they obtained a perfect score, a 36, on the ACT exam.  Not only is this a major achievement for the district but it's a rare one as well, considering that less than .1 percent of all test takers earn the top score.  Only 3,741 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a letter to these students ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda congratulated them for their outstanding performance and stated, "Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead."  The following Katy ISD students earned a perfect score on the ACT:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></p><ul><li>Jacob Severin</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></p><ul><li>Patrick White</li><li>Richard Zhu</li><li>Emma Dyson<br></li><li>Alexander Cho<br></li><li>Avery Dyson</li><li>Juan Lara<br></li><li>Sunny Tang<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></p><ul><li>Jianuo Wang</li><li>Ridwana Islam</li><li>Kalyyanee Nanaaware<br></li><li>Rishi Tummala</li><li>Elysia Wu</li><li>Kristi Zhang<br></li><li>Michael Han<br></li><li>Nicholas Khami<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong></p><ul><li>Justin Zhang<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></p><ul><li>Sean Heffernan</li><li>Waiz Khan<br></li><li>Alejandro Mantilla<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36.  ACT scores are accepted by all major United States four-year colleges and universities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD Students with Perfect ACT Scores</a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_KHS_Jacob Severin.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_KHS_Jacob%20Severin.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jacob Severin</p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Patrick White.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Patrick%20White.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Patrick White</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Taylor High School</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Richard Zhu.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Richard%20Zhu.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:196px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Richard Zhu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_THS_Emma Dyson.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Emma%20Dyson.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Emma Dyson</p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Alexander%20Cho.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Alexander Cho.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Cho<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Avery%20Dyson.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Avery Dyson.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Avery Dyson<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Juan%20Lara.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Juan Lara.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:216px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Juan Lara<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_THS_Sunny%20Tang.JPG" alt="040319_THS_Sunny Tang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:224px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sunny Tang<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Jianuo Wang.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Jianuo%20Wang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jianuo Wang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Ridwana Islam.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Ridwana%20Islam.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:200px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ridwana Islam</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Kalyyanee Nanaaware.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Kalyyanee%20Nanaaware.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:202px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kalyyanee Nanaaware</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Rishi Tummala.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Rishi%20Tummala.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:207px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Rishi Tummala</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Elysia Wu.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Elysia%20Wu.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Elysia Wu</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_OTHS_Kristi Zhang.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Kristi%20Zhang.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:212px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Kristi Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Michael%20Han.jpg" alt="040319_OTHS_Michael Han.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:209px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Michael Han<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_OTHS_Nicholas%20Khami.jpg" alt="040319_OTHS_Nicholas Khami.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:217px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Nicholas Khami<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="040319_CRHS_Justin Zhang.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_CRHS_Justin%20Zhang.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:216px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Justin Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_SLHS_Sean Heffernan.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Sean%20Heffernan.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:224px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Sean Heffernan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="040319_SLHS_Waiz Khan.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Waiz%20Khan.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:232px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Waiz Khan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040319_SLHS_Alejandro%20Mantilla.JPG" alt="040319_SLHS_Alejandro Mantilla.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:244px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alejandro Mantilla<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School<br></p><br></div>
Katy ISD Named 2019 Best Communities for Music Education ISD Named 2019 Best Communities for Music Education2019-05-03T18:11:42Z<div class="ExternalClassCC3B71C440B04723BBA158FC114AAE22"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Seventeen out of 20 years, Katy Independent School District has received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  The District has received this recognition for 15 consecutive years. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year NAMM Foundation recognized 623 school districts and 98 individual schools.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Not only is Katy ISD considered one of the best music programs in the nation, but our fine arts educators have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to our students," said Executive Director of Fine Arts Mike Ouellette.  "Music is an important practice for students as it assists in brain development, increases human connections and can even serve as a stress reliever," added Ouellette.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040219_Best%20Communities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="040219_Best Communities for Music Education.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competition ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competition2019-06-04T12:52:59Z<div class="ExternalClass9309B8C8791743488DCD96A1D216F3C8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Fifteen Katy Independent School District Destination Imagination (DI) Teams headed to the 2019 Texas DI State Tournament, recently held in Corpus Christi, Texas, and of the 15 teams, five are now advancing to the Global Competition in Kansas City, Missouri on May 22-26.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following teams represented Katy ISD at the state tournament:<br></p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary – <em>Bird Brains </em></li><li>Alexander Elementary - <em>Exploding Tacos</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Holland Elementary – <em>RESPR</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li><li>Williams Elementary – <em>Blades</em></li><li>Winborn Elementary – <em>Nerd Herd</em></li><li>Wolman Elementary – <em>The Liberties</em></li><li>Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Houston, We have a Problem</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>WoodCreek Junior High & Katy Junior High – <em>Chicks with Kicks</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School – <em>24/7 Silly</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>RAD DI Orton</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li></ul><p>Advancing to Global Competition are:<br></p><ul><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li></ul><p>The <em>28 Eyes Team</em> from Seven Lakes High School finished first in the state and was awarded a DaVinci Award for Outstanding Design.  The <em>Game for Fame Team</em> from Griffin Elementary received first place in their category and were awarded a Renaissance Award for Outstanding Creativity.  The <em>Unknown Space Scientist Team</em> from Shafer Elementary finished third, the Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High the <em>Royal Challengers</em> <em>Team</em> finished fifth and the McMeans Junior High <em>It's Classified Team</em> finished six.</p><p>Destination Imagination is a school-based program devoted to helping students gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining and mind-boggling challenges.  The program is created and guided by parents, educators and community volunteers who support the art and skill of creative problem solving.  DI seeks to develop the creativity, innovation and imagination of students while working as team members to collaborate, stay within a budget and meet deadlines.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BDJH_Houston%20We%20have%20a%20Problem.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:553px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:14px;">Houston</em><em>, We</em><em style="font-size:14px;"> have a Problem Team<br></em> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BHE_RESPR.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>RESPR Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_FPSE_Unknown%20Space%20Scientists.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Shafer Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Unknown Space Scientists Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_JWE_Blades.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Williams Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Blades Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MGE_Game%20for%20Fame2.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Griffin Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Game for Fame Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MMJH_Its%20Classified%20at%20Tournament.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">McMeans Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>It's Classified Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Bird%20Brains.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bird Brains</em><br></p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Exploding%20Tacos.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Exploding Tacos Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RJWE_The%20Liberties.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Wolman Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>The Liberties</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SJH%20BDJH_Royal%20Challengers.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Stockdick Junior High and Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Royal Challengers</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SLHS_All%20Three%20Teams%20Together.JPG" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:554px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>24/7 Silly Team, RAD DI ORTON Team and 28 Eyes Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_WCJH%20KHS_Chicks%20with%20Kicks.JPG" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>WoodCreek Junior High and Katy Junior High<br>Chicks with Kicks Team</em></p></div>
Katy ISD Public Relations Efforts Recognized by State Organization ISD Public Relations Efforts Recognized by State Organization2019-03-28T17:20:13Z<div class="ExternalClassFFFC7C03AFE549E3B70A06F40A5E8001"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Katy Independent School District was awarded 13 Star Awards for outstanding work in communications, branding <span style="text-align:center;">and </span>school public relations by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), as part of that organization's annual awards program.  The District competed against 1,460 other entries from school districts across the state and won one "Best of Category," and five gold and seven silver <span style="text-align:center;">recognitions</span>.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"Our team's number one priority is to keep our parents, students and community members connected and informed through transparent and timely communication that reaches stakeholders where they are at, be it on-line or in-person," said Chief Communications Officer, Dr. Andrea Grooms.  "The staff's proactive approach to engaging the community through multiple communications campaigns and platforms provides unique opportunities for our community's voice to be heard and a part of decision-making that directly impacts our students' learning experiences," added Grooms.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The recognitions include:<br></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Best of Category:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> Katy ISD Update:  October 2017</span></li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Gold Star:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">2018 Student Excellence Event Program</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Transportation Centers Dedication Program</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Superintendent's 2017 Convocation Address</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Be the Legacy</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Update: October 2017</span></li></ol><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silver Star</span>:</span></p><ol><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">2018 Student Excellence Event Invitation</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Nurse of the Year</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"The Katy Bunch" - Video Script</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Hindt's Highlights – March 2018</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Texting and Driving PSA</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Katy ISD JROTC Profile</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Maintenance & Operations Profile</span></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The Communications Department and Internal and Community Relations Department are responsible for district-wide communications initiatives, media relations, website operations, district social media, videography projects, crisis communications, staff communications, events, and Community Education in a school district of 80,000+ students and more than 300,000 stakeholders.</span></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_5245.JPG" alt="IMG_5245.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" />(Left to right:  Sarah Klein – Coordinator of Events & Special Projects, Brian LePori – Web Manager, Maria DiPetta – Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia, Ray Cortez – Videographer, Leah Marchione – Director of Internal & Community Relations)</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Grand Champion Winners Win Big in Katy ISD Auction Champion Winners Win Big in Katy ISD Auction2019-03-26T20:31:13Z<div class="ExternalClassE90BC4A56B284C77AC53BF4BFA61395D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The final 2019 Katy Independent School District FFA Livestock Show auction totals were officially announced this week.  Student livestock projects raised $579,949.00.  This year's livestock show consisted of 540 student exhibitors.  Top live auction winners include:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rabbits:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Oliver Semrad                          $7,500.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, William Blake Griggs           $4,500.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Broilers:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Lauren Summers                    $7,000.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Zoe BeDell                           $4,700.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Goat:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Desiree Caramela Amstutz   $6,700.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Stephannie Gomez             $6,000.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lamb:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Blake Daniel Muesse             $6,700.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Skyler Weathers                  $6,699.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hog:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Collin Wade Wilson                $13,500.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, Abigail May                           $13,499.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Steer:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Mikaela Flenner                      $21,000.00</li><li>Reserve Champion, April Villarreal                      $14,000.00</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Winners</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Art Students Earn $316,000 in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Auction ISD Art Students Earn $316,000 in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Auction2019-03-20T20:55:37Z<div class="ExternalClass049698CB1F9A46269C8459AF4E98AF56"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was a Spring Break to remember for 13 Katy Independent School District art students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) Art Auction, which raised a total of $316,000. As with last year, Katy ISD had more students in the art auction than any other participating school district. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School 11<sup>th</sup> grader Madelyn Huynh's creation entitled "<em>Texas Stud</em>" won Class Champion over the monochromatic drawing entries and was the highest placed piece among high school entries, with bids reaching $75,000.  Adriana Landin-Seneriz from Tays Junior High auctioned her painting, "<em>Midsummer Dreamin</em>" for $49,000 and was named the Junior High Class Champion.  Likewise, Ashley Chung from Beck Junior High stepped onto the stage to be named the Reserve Class Champion for her creation entitled "<em>Next to the Road,</em>" which auctioned off for $32,000. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The details placed into each piece of artwork is breathtaking," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Even more impressive is that this year Katy ISD swept the junior high art division by taking the top two placements over all the junior high entries," added Jones.</p><p style="text-align:center;">To view all Katy ISD art submissions, visit the <a href="">HLS&R Art Gallery</a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2.%20Madelyn%20Huynh_Texas%20Stud_Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="2. Madelyn Huynh_Texas Stud_Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:490px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Madelynn Huynh</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Texas Stud"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Class Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;">$75,000<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1.%20Adriana%20Landin%20Seneriz_Midsummer%20Dreamin_Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="1. Adriana Landin Seneriz_Midsummer Dreamin_Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:493px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Adriana Landin-Seneriz</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tays Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Midsummer Dreamin"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Class Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;">$49,000<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/3.%20Ashley%20Chung_Next%20to%20the%20Road_Reserve%20Class%20Champion.jpg" alt="3. Ashley Chung_Next to the Road_Reserve Class Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:492px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ashley Chung</p><p style="text-align:center;">Beck Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>"Next to the Road"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Reserve Class Champion<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">$32,000<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD More Than Doubles in Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ISD More Than Doubles in Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards2019-03-20T20:31:44Z<div class="ExternalClass0F6BBEE5654B40E880DC8C9F0DFFF77B"><p style="text-align:left;"><span>Two hundred and twenty-three students from Katy Independent School District were named Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners by the Harris County Department of Education.  In the regional art awards, there were 137 students while in regional writing there was a total of 86 recipients.  This included 79 Gold Keys, 109 Silver Keys </span><span style="text-align:center;">and </span>122 Honorable Mentions.  This year Katy ISD has nearly tripled its overall winners and increased its Gold Key winners, which is the highest honor.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The best part of this recognition is that so many Katy ISD campuses were included," said Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator Amanda Palmer.  "There are thousands of entries every year ranging from photography, poetry, mixed media to short stories.  Our Katy ISD students are part of "<em>Creating the Future</em>", through their art and writing pieces," added Palmer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Top award Gold Key recipients advance to national judging to be considered for Gold and Silver Medals which are announced March 12 and awarded June 6 through a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1923, provide young artists and writers in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to showcase their art and writing talents.  The goal of these competitions is to bring outstanding visual art and writing created by teens to a national audience by showcasing the work and encouraging creative development.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click the <a href="">HCDE Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</a> for a full list of Katy ISD winners.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Colleges ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Colleges2019-03-06T17:46:07Z<div class="ExternalClass4F6A03ABD8A74AC58198B232F1196E71"><p>During the month of February, Katy Independent School District celebrated National Signing Day events across its high schools.  This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat and effort pay off for several Katy ISD athletes, as well as a memorable moment in which high school seniors sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport. Several Katy ISD signees committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and additional student signing events are set to take place throughout the year.    <br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Aliana Marroquin, Softball, Tyler Junior College</li><li>Sanders Crawford, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Demetrius Martin, Football, Urbana University</li><li>Jake O'Neil, Football, Texas Lutheran University</li><li>Cameron Harper, Football, Midwestern State University</li><li>Conner Hughes, Football, Rice University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Cole Birmingham, Football, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Fernanda Gamez, Swim, University of Arkansas</li><li>Autumn Gentry, Volleyball, New Mexico State University</li><li>Deondrick Glass, Football, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Dawson Gonzales, Football, Southwestern University (Georgetown)</li><li>Ben Harter, Football, Trinity University*</li><li>Kaelyn Lance, Swim, McMurry University</li><li>Carmen Lozada, Female Soccer, St. Thomas University</li><li>Daniel Manibog, Wrestling, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Payton McVey, Female Soccer, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Amanda Meuth, Volleyball, University of Houston</li><li>Emma Sheehan, Volleyball, Texas A&M International</li><li>Bella Tablante, Female Soccer, Trinity University</li><li>Jianni Angulo, Football, Grand View State University</li><li>Garrett Madison, Football, Southern Methodist University</li><li>Kaleb Cue, Football, East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Jakoby Kenneth, Football, University of Texas of the Permian Basin</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Brian Lampton, Football, Southern Nazarene University</li><li>Jalon Strong, Football, Kilgore College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Amanda Hu, Softball, Carlow University</li><li>Xavier Luehr, Football, Blinn Jr. College*</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lakes</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Michael Batton, Football, University of Louisiana at Lafayette</li><li>Rasheen Green, Football, Angelo State University</li><li>John Harrington, Football, Wofford College</li><li>Daniel North, Football, Sam Houston State University</li><li>David Ugwoegbu, Football, Oklahoma State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Dillon Alam, Football, Texas Wesleyan University</li><li>Andrew Coker, Football, Texas Christian University</li><li>Josh Ferguson, Football, New Mexico State University</li><li>Conner Fremin, Baseball, Wharton County Jr. College</li><li>Parker Gregg, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li><li>Zain Kiblawi, Male Soccer, Southwestern University</li><li>Jeremy Kristynik, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li><li>Zac LeFevre, Football, Southwestern University</li><li>Ben Montgomery, Football, Dartmouth College</li><li>Cole Sorkness, Football, Carnegie Mellon University</li><li>Shaun Tolbert, Football, Lamar University</li><li>Joseph Ungaro, Baseball, Southwestern College in Kansas</li><li>Sawyer Underwood, Baseball, St. Thomas University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2019 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Chris Adams, Volleyball, Southeastern Louisiana University</li><li>Austin Bell, Baseball, Blinn Junior College</li><li>Justin Cardenas, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Kolby Crowe, Wrestling, Tiffin University</li><li>Colin Frimel, Golf, Capital University</li><li>Carrie Gerdes, Female Soccer, Howard Payne University</li><li>Brayden Gonzales, XC/Track, University of Montevallo</li><li>Mimi Heholt, Volleyball, Delaware State University</li><li>Jordan Holmes, Football, University of Texas of the Permian Basin</li><li>Tyler Marchelli, XC/Track, Trinity University</li><li>Rex Martin, Football, Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Jovan Prado, Male Soccer, University of Memphis</li><li>Justis Wineland, Baseball, Alvin Community College</li><li>Moyra Zulaica, Volleyball, Pittsburg State University</li></ul><p><a href="">Photo Gallery of 2019 Signees</a></p><p>*picture not available<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_KHS_Signing%20Day.JPG" alt="020619_KHS_Signing Day.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:666px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_MCHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_MCHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:674px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_MRHS_Signing%20Day%20Hu%201.jpg" alt="020619_MRHS_Signing Day Hu 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:680px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_OTHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_OTHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:687px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_SLHS_Signing%20Day.jpg" alt="020619_SLHS_Signing Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:685px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020619_THS_SigningDay.jpg" alt="020619_THS_SigningDay.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:686px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Aliana%20Marroquin.JPEG" alt="021219_CRHS_Aliana Marroquin.JPEG" style="margin:5px;width:691px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Cameron%20Harper.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Cameron Harper.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:691px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Connor%20Hughes.jpg" alt="021219_CRHS_Connor Hughes.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Demetrius%20Martin.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Demetrius Martin.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:701px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Jake%20O%27Neil.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Jake O'Neil.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:698px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021219_CRHS_Sanders%20Crawford.JPG" alt="021219_CRHS_Sanders Crawford.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:700px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Region IV Principal Honorees ISD Announces Region IV Principal Honorees2019-03-04T17:28:13Z<div class="ExternalClassA277FEFEFAEC42AD9EB186C97179B1F9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District recently announced Golbow Elementary Principal Dr. Ann Lalime and Morton Ranch High School Principal Julie Hinson as Katy ISD Principals of the Year as well as honorees for the Region IV Principal Recognition.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both school administrators were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth as well as their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff to reach their goals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Lalime has worked in the field of education for 25 years including 10 years as a principal, eight years as assistant principal, one year as an instructional specialist and six years as a teacher.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff and community at Golbow Elementary," said Dr. Ann Lalime.  "I am always amazed by how our staff goes above and beyond to work together to help our students grow every day.  We have created a bright vision for the future and the possibilities are unlimited for our students," said Lalime.</p><p>Julie Hinson has 21 years of experience in education, 17 of which she has been at Katy ISD.  This is her fourth year as principal for the District.  Hinson opened up Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) as the first head swim coach and math teacher and has been at MRHS for 12 of the 15 years the school has been open.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"I am passionate about providing our students a voice to effect change in their world," said MRHS Principal Julie Hinson.  "When they shake my hand at graduation, they are young adults ready to take risks, accept challenges, and use their voice as proud Mavericks," added Hinson.  </span><br></p><p>Both principals, along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area, will participate in a recognition ceremony at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on April 3 at Hotel Zaza.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030419_GE_Dr.%20Ann%20Lalime4.jpg" alt="030419_GE_Dr. Ann Lalime4.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:416px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Dr. Ann Lalime – Principal at Golbow Elementary School<br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030419_MRHS_Julie%20Hinson.jpg" alt="030419_MRHS_Julie Hinson.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:516px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Julie Hinson – Principal at Morton Ranch High School<br></p></div>
Educators Named Finalists for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Named Finalists for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award2019-02-28T21:33:14Z<div class="ExternalClassD930D5B7BC2144A39EB4A680B4C5DC05"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was the surprise of a </span>lifetime<span style="text-align:justify;"> for two Katy Independent School District educators who never imagined their busy school schedule would somehow include a twist of excitement.  Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks and Memorial Parkway Principal Doreen Martinez were shocked to see H-E-B representatives and camera crews arrive at their school with a large $1,000 check, balloons, cookies, flowers and the stunning news that they would be traveling to Austin, TX on May 4-5 to compete at a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides receiving $1,000 checks, Mrs. Jacks' school will also receive a $1,000 check and Principal Martinez' school will receive a $2,500 check.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's always great to celebrate the passion, dedication and creativity of our Katy ISD educators," said Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs.  "I'm proud to say that some of the best educators in Texas are part of the Katy ISD family," added Carlson-Scruggs.</p><p>H-E-B's Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation.  The Excellence in Educations Awards was launched by H-E-B in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. </p><p><a href="">Video of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Surprise</a> <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021919_KE_HEB%20Excellence%20in%20Education%20Leslyn%20Jacks%20(19).JPG" alt="021919_KE_HEB Excellence in Education Leslyn Jacks (19).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:547px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy Elementary Music Teacher Leslyn Jacks with her music students.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/021919_MPE_HEB%20Excellence%20In%20Education%20Surprise%20(85).JPG" alt="021919_MPE_HEB Excellence In Education Surprise (85).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:555px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Memorial Parkway Elementary School Principal Dr. Doreen Martinez with her students<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Olga Leonard ISD Names New Elementary School after Olga Leonard2019-02-28T19:06:58Z<div class="ExternalClass2D1C6A565F6140A78790A408F0A1C3C0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the District's newest elementary school after Olga Leonard.  The new school is currently being built in the northwest quadrant of the District in the Morton Creek Ranch subdivision.  Leonard is known for her accomplishments as an elementary, junior high, and high school classroom teacher, an instructional specialist and as an elementary campus administrator in Katy ISD.  She first came to the District in 1985 as a first-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary, followed by K-6 instructional careers at West Memorial Elementary and Hutsell Elementary.</span><br></p><p>In 1987, Mrs. Leonard began collaborating with the district as a curriculum writer and teacher trainer, while providing bilingual instruction to students at Sundown Elementary where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1989.  After that, Olga served as a teacher, team leader and ESL teacher at Cimarron Elementary.<br><br>Following her years in the elementary setting, Olga began teaching Spanish at West Memorial Junior High and McDonald Junior High.  She earned her teaching certification for secondary Spanish, served as a member of the Texas Collaborative Transition Project Committee, and soon went on to teach Spanish at Taylor High School.  During this time, Olga delivered multiple professional development sessions at the state and national level, even winning "Best in State."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The end of the century marked the moment that Olga Leonard began her educational administrative journey.  She served as an instructional specialist for Bilingual Education, Languages Other than English (LOTE) and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Her success in paving the way to multiculturalism in the Katy granted her the opportunity to take bilingualism to a whole new level. Leonard implemented dual language programs serving both speakers of other languages and native English speaking students.  In 2001, she helped open Schmalz Elementary as an assistant principal, where she served until 2003.  The following year, she also assisted in the opening of Kilpatrick Elementary, also as an assistant principal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Always putting children first, her passion for student learning can be seen in the distinctive artistic seal Olga left in the murals she painted and donated to Schmalz Elementary and Memorial Parkway Elementary.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">After being an assistant principal in two Katy ISD schools, she went on to serve as principal of Memorial Parkway Elementary, interim principal at Polly McRoberts Elementary, and as supervisor of student teachers.</p><p>Olga Leonard graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1981, with a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education.  Her voyage into the classroom started the same year when she was hired as a bilingual teacher in Spring Branch ISD.  She later earned a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision with Principal Certification from the University of Houston.  Olga and her husband have two adult children.<br> <br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_6275.JPG" alt="IMG_6275.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /><br></p></div>
Six Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to State Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to State2019-02-22T14:43:04Z<div class="ExternalClass3DE2DE48DE264A8C8D4F6F048C65C14B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's a first for Katy Independent School District!</span><strong style="text-align:justify;">  </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">This year</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">a total of six high school teams will be headed to the Texas Academic Decathlon Event to be held on March 8-9 in San Antonio, TX.  The District has the most schools heading to State of all the districts competing at the 5A Large Schools Division level.  Katy, Morton Ranch, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> Tompkins high schools will each be sending a team of nine students to compete.  </span><br></p><p>"Participating in decathlon team activities provides our Katy ISD students the opportunity to experience the challenges of high-level academic tasks. It also promotes a sense of team effort to accomplish academic excellence," said Alene Lindley, Director of the Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum, Gifted and Talented (GT) and Advanced Academics Department. <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>Two weeks ago, the six teams participated in the Regional Academic Decathlon at Seven Lakes High School where they obtained the needed cumulative points to move onto the next level. The curriculum, provided by the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD), changes each year and includes roughly 1,000 pages of </span>a high-level<span style="text-align:justify;"> curriculum covering Math, Music, Economics, Science, Literature, Art and Social Studies.  Students also have to prepare and deliver a memorized speech and give an impromptu presentation. Additionally, they also have to sit in an interview and write an essay.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Academic Decathlon Event is the second largest academic program in the nation where students have the opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of $150,000 in scholarship.  The top scoring teams will head to the United States Academic Decathlon competition to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota from April 25-27.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="">Photo Gallery of the Katy ISD Decathlon Teams</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_CRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_CRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row, from Left to Right: Jeanie Xu, Mahin Ahsan, William Wang, Xavier Williams, Danielle Defreitas, and Camila Santos</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row, from Left to Right: Emmanuel Jaimes, Hana Chaudhry, and Victoria Zhang</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Susan Shank and Ashley Miller<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_OTHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_OTHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins HS:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Back row: Courtney Cherry, Dax Nesossi</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Middle row:</p><p>Adhrik</p><p style="text-align:center;">Chethan, Jiya Mathuria, Bianca Chen, Paul Davis</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right:  Front row: Graham Brown, Carly Chen, Noor Gulrajani, Tori Morales, Cory Graham</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Dax Nesossi and Courtney Cherry<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_THS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_THS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back row from Left to Right: Eric Brunsell, Andrew Zhebrak, William Li, Eric Tang, Catherine Batchelor, Jenny Brunsell</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front row from Left to Right: Akash Jothi, Dale Kang, Ashna Rahman, Sakshi Mohta, Sienna Fisher</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches:  Jenny Brunsell and Eric Brunsell (husband and wife) J</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_MRHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_MRHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Top:  Aryan Botani, Isaac Lozano, Savannah Espinoza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Middle: Thomas Walters, Preston Taylor, Annamarie Ruley, Iman Olajide</p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom: Karen Tseng, Sarah Munoz, Darian Johannsen</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Carrie McDaniel and Divya Kaushal</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_KHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_KHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">From Left to Right: Grace Goerig, Anjola Oyemade, Dalton Bolen, Kirk Priddy, Tim Chiu, Oscar Villanueva, Stone Garza, Josh Dierker, CJ Arienza</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Kevin Walker and Caitlin Phillips</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022019_SLHS_Decathlon%20Team.jpg" alt="022019_SLHS_Decathlon Team.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven </strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lakes</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> HS</strong></span>:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Front Row from Left to Right: Emily Burns, Katelyn Luong, Joyee Chakrabarti, Cristina Pontaza, Anagha</p><p style="text-align:center;">Kenikar</p><p style="text-align:center;">Back Row from Left to Right: Jonathan Frishman, Jonathan Nguyen, Shaunak Dabir, Patrick Schumacher, Allen Cui</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coaches: Jonathan Frishman and John Mitchell<br></p><p><br></p></div>

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