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Federal Programs Public Meeting – Wednesday, April 17, 2019http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1023Federal Programs Public Meeting – Wednesday, April 17, 20192019-03-19T13:12:42Z<div class="ExternalClassED01125E6DB84A20BEE92157BA808D81"><p>A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 1:00PM in the Katy Independent School District Education Support Complex, Room 1200 located at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented in the 2018-2019 school year and as proposed for 2019-2020 school year. The staff and the public are invited to comment on these programs. A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made. In addition, parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. The links to each electronic survey are listed below.</p><p><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/QHmvURtMGZJBM28V2" target="_blank">Parent Survey(English)</a> | <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/qd1GHhZSwaREgFPG2" target="_blank">Parent Survey(Spanish)</a>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Collegeshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1022Katy 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="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/prvucot7fh1syg5/AACgSepk551HNWs_Qd87_dsla?dl=0">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 Students Spelling out Victory!http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1021Katy ISD Students Spelling out Victory!2019-03-04T21:56:16Z<div class="ExternalClass93E9BC202BA140209AC232EECA7ED442"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">W-I-N-N-E-R-S that spells Winners!!  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the recent 2019 Katy ISD Spelling Bee Winners.  The winning word was "drupaceous" which Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan spelled out without hesitation.  The seventh-grader went through a rigorous 21 rounds of competition to ultimately be recognized as the Spelling Bee Champion of Katy ISD. Memorial Parkway Junior High seventh-grader Beck Beathard was named the Spelling Bee Runner-up and Janina Ojeiduma, an eighth-grader from Seven Lakes Junior High was named Spelling Bee Alternate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The hard work, determination and countless hours spent by these Katy ISD students to prepare for such competition is a clear demonstration of their passion to excel in whatever they set their minds to," said Katy ISD Instructional Officer for Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Wells.  "Students are excited for the District's competition and we know they will represent Katy ISD well," added Wells. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Keerthana and Beck will represent Katy ISD at the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee on March 23.  The Champion and Runner-up at the Regional Spelling Bee event will then advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to these students!<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/K.%20Krishnan%20B.%20Beathard%20J.%20Ojeiduma%20-%20Champion%20Runner%20Up%20Alternate.jpeg" alt="K. Krishnan B. Beathard J. Ojeiduma - Champion Runner Up Alternate.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:530px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Photo Attribution:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Left:  Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Center:  Memorial Parkway Junior High Beck Beathard</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Runner-Up</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Right:  Seven Lakes Junior High Janina Ojeiduma</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 8</p><p style="text-align:center;">Alternate<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Region IV Principal Honoreeshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1020Katy 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 Awardhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1019Educators 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="https://www.dropbox.com/s/notmxr8giezt1g5/HEB%20Excellence%20in%20Education%20Award%20Feb.19%2c%202019.mp4?dl=0">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 Leonardhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1018Katy 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>
2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten Registration Coming Soonhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=10172019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten Registration Coming Soon2019-02-26T22:08:01Z<div class="ExternalClass0439DDF299CE4E34A26C33F8BE9079D0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program registration for the 2019-2020 school year will take place April 16, </span>2019<span style="text-align:justify;"> for children who qualify and are zoned to the District.  Prior to registration day, parents of those students eligible for the program are encouraged to complete the online registration process through </span><a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's PowerSchool Registration website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, which will become available beginning March 4, 2019.</span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">English Speaking Classes</span>:  Alexander, Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Mayde Creek, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Rylander, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial and Winborn elementary schools.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spanish Speaking Classes</span>:  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools.Katy ISD had implemented certain exceptions for students zoned to elementary schools which do not offer the Pre-Kindergarten program.  These include:<br></p><ul><li>Students zoned to Wolfe Elementary will register at Bear Creek Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Randolph, Davidson, Stanley, Shafer, Wilson and Wolman will register at Griffin Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Bryant Elementary will register at Katy Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Bethke Elementary will register at King Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Pattison Elementary will register at Hayes Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Nottingham Country will register at Memorial Parkway Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to WoodCreek will register at Rylander Elementary.</li><li>Students zoned to Olga Leonard Elementary will register at Morton Ranch Elementary.</li></ul><p>The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state guidelines set for Pre-K which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as developing science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="/Documents/022619_Pre%20Kindergarten%20Registration.pdf">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for additional information about eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork Heads to Auctionhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1016Katy ISD Student Artwork Heads to Auction2019-02-22T17:13:47Z<div class="ExternalClass4763FB6AC3084F5FAA9681D1BFAFFC94"><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katy ISD art students number more than any other district in the 2019 School Art Program auction with 13 students advancing to the auction.  Katy ISD is pleased to have a total of 19 students earning cash school art program awards at this time.  This is the first year in the history of the auction and Katy ISD that our two junior high students have swept the top two awards over 120+ districts competing!<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">All Auction work can be viewed online at:</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> </span><a href="https://www.rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">https://www.rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program</span></a><br style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Work will be auctioned on: <strong>Sunday, March 10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> starting at 11:45 am (NRG Arena in the Sales Pavilion)</strong></span></p><p><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><br></strong></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Katy ISD Art Auction:  </strong><strong>13 Students to participate</strong></span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Lot Number </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Award</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student First </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student Last </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Artwork Title </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Campus </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Art Teacher </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:12.5%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Grade </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> # 8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Junior High Class Champion</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Adriana</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Landin-Seneriz</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Midsummer Dreamin'</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tays Junior High</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katrina M Cerk</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>8</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"># 15</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Junior High Reserve Class Champion</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ashley</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chung</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Next to the Road</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Beck Junior High</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alycia Sundrla</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>7</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"># 3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Class Champion, Monochromatic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Madelyn</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Huynh</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Texas Stud</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>11</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 18</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seogene</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Lee</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Done for the Day </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Katy HS</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Natalie Rodriguez</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 21</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Nour</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Rashad</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Into the Sunset</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 23</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Luana</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Rodrigues do Sacramento</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">LiL Dreams and texas things</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 24</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Michele</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">DuPont</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">On Duty</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 33</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Angel</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Luo</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Spirit</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cinco Ranch High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Patricia Kuhn</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>11</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 34</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alekya</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Vejendia</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Morning Glory</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 35</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ruofan</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Zhang</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Lassoing the Prize</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>12</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 57</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chelsea</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tang</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Western Wear</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Seven Lakes High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Kimberly Glasgow</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">11t Gr</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 66</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot </em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Zoe</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Puno</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Future Rider</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em># 71</em></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Auction Lot</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chloe</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Low</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Hello Neigh-bor</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Christie Skinner</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><em>9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> Gr</em></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">It is a record-breaking year in Katy ISD for the three-dimensional art students as they earned a total of six automatic premiums in the Ceramic/Sculpture Category.  (These pieces do not auction; however, they earn the same premiums equivalent to the premiums paid to the two-dimensional work in Lots 17 and up)<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Automatic Premium Cash Awards:</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong> </strong><strong>6 Students</strong></span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Category</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student First</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Student Last</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Title of Artwork </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Campus </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Art Teacher </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:14.2857%;"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Grade </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Paula </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Villavicencio</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Chrome Valley</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Mayde Creek High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cathy Fuller</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Janet </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Cao</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Native Serpentine</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Emma </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Renner</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Geometric Coalition</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>11</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Jerzy</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Nowakowski</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">The Unknown</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Ceramic </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Carly</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Harville</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Alluring Acoma</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Tompkins High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">McKenzie Grimm</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>10</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Sculpture </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Emily </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Guerrero</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">de Lara</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Taylor High School</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;">Jason Smith</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Gr</strong></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-family:"times new roman", times, serif;font-size:17.3333px;"><br><br></span></p></div>
Six Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Head to Statehttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1015Six 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="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxdhaa4dbn8kxhm/AAC6uEAP7mRy7zDQhNCHevmra?dl=0">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>
Three Katy ISD Facilities Named after Lifelong Legacieshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1013Three Katy ISD Facilities Named after Lifelong Legacies2019-02-19T21:19:33Z<div class="ExternalClass02FEE56F3FA24995BCC6BD95962DC108"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Another successful Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show is in the books!  This year's event was especially ecstatic as students, teachers </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> guests enjoyed a newly constructed complex, like no other in the state of Texas, where opportunities for agricultural sciences education are limitless.  Though physically the buildings are new, there's a wealth of history behind the construction of the three new facilities named after Gerald D. Young, L.D. Robinson and William Edward "Billy" Morgan.</span><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On Saturday, February 16, the portraits of the three Katy ISD namesakes were revealed during a dedication ceremony.  Among the crowd was living legacy, Gerald D. Young, whom until this day plays an active role in the Katy ISD Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Mr. Young, who was hired to work in Katy ISD in 1980, worked with the 74 vocational agricultural students attending Katy High School.  He was also in charge of the District 2 Livestock Judging Contest, which later became the Katy Invitational Judging Contest.  With his leadership, the program continues to flourish today.  Through his 22 years as a teacher in Katy ISD, Young was responsible for training 60 teams that qualified for state contests.  Of those, 10 won state and seven went on to the national contest, where five teams place in the top five of their respective categories, with one national winner.  He was also instrumental in the advancement of agriculture sciences as part of the District's educational curriculum.  He helped write and lobby for House Bill 3485, which passed, allowing agricultural sciences courses to count for science, math, speech and fine arts.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I would tell the young students and teachers in Katy ISD, you have found a home," said Namesake Gerald D. Young.  "There is no better place to teach agricultural sciences than at this new facility," added Young.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1942, L.D. Robinson and his family moved to Katy, TX to pursue his ultimate dream:  to create an FFA chapter like no other.  The visionary educator wanted to create a chapter that included a science farm, livestock show and rodeo, complete with a lighted rodeo arena, among other amenities, which would not cost the district any money.  In 1943, with just $45, Robinson bought nine pigs to raise and auction.  They were housed in the old PTA shack he bought for $12.50, creating a hands-on learning experience for the Ag students.  To gather a crowd for the auction, Robinson had the ingenuity to organize a "Cowboy Sports Rally Rodeo" as entertainment to coincide with the pig sale.  Thus marked the very first Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo.  In 1947, a farm complex, barns, bleachers and an arena were completed just south of Katy High School.  The event developed into the first full-service K-12 program of its kind in the nation.  Because of Robinson's dream and vision, Katy ISD's FFA programs now exists in every high school and more than 3,200 students benefit from the lessons, mission and education offered.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">About the same time that L.D. Robinson was hoping to auction his pigs, William Edward "Billy" Morgan saw it as a perfect opportunity to get the community involved.  At 19, Morgan found himself and several of his friends performing at the rodeo sports rally and working to ensure it would be successful.  He loved that the livestock show and rodeo was a community project that connected people while providing funds to invest in the FFA program and facilities.   For many years, he as the arena director and was known to many as "Uncle Billy," because of how closely he supported the program and those involved.  When the aging arena needed to be replaced, Morgan and three others took out a $10,000 loan to build it.  They believed in the program and in Robinson's plan that it would one day pay for itself.  The loans were paid back in just three years.  Morgan was also a founder of the Katy Rodeo Committee and served as chairman for more than 30 years.  His passion for agriculture, farming and ranching went far beyond the boundaries of the Katy program.  He wanted to model the importance of volunteering and participating in the community.  Morgan attended every rodeo held up until his death.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y5un8ukj1pdbp7t/AABEh3a6ZVfixATIFICvepAVa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Dedication Ceremony</a> </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zf201m2niufay2z/AACRcQltQG6JLD7QhSnb5GBPa?dl=0">Video/Broll and Sound-on-Tape (SOT) of the Dedication Ceremony</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Prestigious Recognitions to Katy ISD Studentshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1011Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Prestigious Recognitions to Katy ISD Students2019-03-01T22:05:58Z<div class="ExternalClass12ABDA2FE05D4347BE06AD1C1BBD1773"><p><strong style="text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">The artwork of 27 Katy Independent School District students has been recognized by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R), with many of those creations now advancing to Grand Prix Judging and to auction.  Best of Show, Gold Medal </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> Special Merit were among some of the prominent achievements of Katy ISD art students who have worked tirelessly to perfect their masterpieces.</span><br></p><p>"Our art students take great pride in selecting personal western heritage resources and turning them into works of art," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Rodeo art competition allows students to sharpen their skills, think critically and finalize newly developed ideas into a champion piece," added Jones. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HLS&R School Art Program provides students, Pre-K through 12<sup>th</sup> grade, the opportunity to compete in district shows, earn scholarships, travel to summer workshops and display artwork at the Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Center for viewing between February 25 – March 17.  The Grand Prix judging consists of all the 100+ school districts and private schools that participate in the annual competition.  Grand Prix selects which pieces of art will be awarded the Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Class Champions recognitions.  Those art pieces will then advance to the March 10 HLS&R Art Auction.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/Documents/020619_HLSR%20Art%20Winners.pdf">Complete list of Katy ISD winner</a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Sarah Kim - Best of Show Elementary.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Sarah%20Kim%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20Elementary.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:499px;" />Sarah Kim, Davidson Elementary, Best of Show for artwork titled "The Past Before Us"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Ashley Chung - Best of Show Junior High.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ashley%20Chung%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20Junior%20High.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:506px;" />Ashley Chung, Beck Junior High, Best of Show for artwork titled "Next to the Road"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Angel Luo - Best of Show High School.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Angel%20Luo%20-%20Best%20of%20Show%20High%20School.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:506px;" />Angel Luo, Cinco Ranch High School, Best of Show for artwork titled "Spirit"<br></p><p><br></p></div>
MCTC Automotive Center is Open!http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1010MCTC Automotive Center is Open!2019-02-08T21:03:48Z<div class="ExternalClass0FD1CB17905849879D6A7B9DB90FF869"><p>​Miller Career & Technology Automotive Center is open to customers.  </p><p>Student technicians work on most makes and models and are happy to service your vehicle.  </p><p>Set up an appointment and support our MCTC automotive students.! <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020519_MCTC_Auto%20Tech%20Flyer.jpg" alt="020519_MCTC_Auto Tech Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Represented at 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Awards Eventhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1007Katy ISD Represented at 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Awards Event2019-02-06T14:17:09Z<div class="ExternalClass68C546E068074DFCA7C1B02036875D19"><p>Each year 10 Texas library districts are represented at the Texas Library Association's (TLA) annual conference and this year Katy Independent School District librarian Diane Austin, as well as 4th grader Charlotte Baker,<sup style="text-align:justify;"></sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> will be representing District 8 in addition to Katy ISD's Wolman Elementary School.  Charlotte will be a part of a student group who will be announcing the grand winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.</span><br></p><p>"I love the Texas Bluebonnet Program because not only are children motivated to read books but students have the opportunity to choose the winner unlike many other publishing awards," said Diane Austin, library media specialist at Wolman Elementary. </p><p>Twenty books are chosen each year for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.  Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students in grades 3<sup>rd </sup>- 6<sup>th</sup> to read a minimum of five books from the list.  In January, participating students all over the state of Texas cast their vote for their favorite title.  The author of the book receiving the most votes is the winner and is given their award at the Texas Bluebonnet Luncheon.  This year the TLA Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 17 in Austin, Texas.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/020519_RJWE_Blue%20Bonnet%20Award%20Teacher%20and%20Student%20Picture.jpg" alt="020519_RJWE_Blue Bonnet Award Teacher and Student Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Junior High after Joe M. Adamshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1004Katy ISD Names New Junior High after Joe M. Adams2019-02-01T20:57:52Z<div class="ExternalClass4784A1FE80A74BDB819E80FF9A3B12F5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the District's newest junior high school after Joe M. Adams.  The new school is currently being built in the southwest quadrant of the District in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.  Adams served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees for 27 years in every board position and continues to be actively involved in various school and community functions.</span><br>Adams served as director on the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and was also part of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).  During his time on that Board, he earned the distinguished honor of being a graduate of Leadership TASB and was named a Master Trustee.</p><p>A<span style="text-align:justify;">dams was a Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) mentor and volunteer at Taylor High School where he was named Mentor of the Year in 2013.  He actively participated as a Promise to Read and Junior Achievement volunteer.  Adams was also a member of various PTA/PTO organizations and a Taylor High School Band Booster over the years.  He also participated in various bond and attendance boundary modification committees and was a founding director of the Katy ISD Education Foundation.  Adams' dedication to these initiatives showcased and reflected his character, vision </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> values.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">His commitment to Katy went beyond his involvement in the District as he has served as a member, deacon, and adult Sunday school director at Kingsland Baptist Church, a Katy Christian Ministries volunteer, and a member of the Katy A&M Club, Houston A&M Club, 12<sup>th</sup> Man Association and IMPACT.  Adams was also a former soccer coach for local leagues.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his 27-year tenure at the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Adams experienced the district's exponential growth and was instrumental in ensuring that Katy ISD's reputation for educational excellence continued.   He brought a wealth of knowledge to his position, and along with his genuine passion for public schools, made decisions based on what was in the best interest of the District's students and employees.  His contributions impacted thousands of students and their families.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to his steadfast devotion to the students of Katy ISD, his professional career consisted of 30 years in the oil and gas industry working for several serviced/drilling companies in New Orleans, Dallas, London, and Cairo, Egypt.  He is also a small-business owner in Katy, TX. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Adams holds a B.B.A in Marketing from Texas A&M University.  He and his wife, Donna, have two children and seven grandchildren. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img alt="Joe Adams - Professional Picture.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Joe%20Adams%20-%20Professional%20Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:508px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Principal for Stephens Elementaryhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1003Katy ISD Names New Principal for Stephens Elementary2019-01-22T22:43:27Z<div class="ExternalClass8ED46FA67AED4812BD3C097BF622EA68"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ursula Stephens Elementary has a new principal. During the January Board meeting, Trustees voted to name Michael Schwartz as the school's new leader.  Mr. Schwartz was previously the assistant principal at Wolfe Elementary but will now be moving westward to his new home campus off of Fry Road.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I have heard so many great things about the students, staff and community and I am eager to get to know the Stephens Elementary community," said Mr. Schwartz.  "The school has such a great reputation and my mission will be to ensure that this school continues to be a high performing Title I campus in the years ahead," he added. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With 13 years of experience in the field of education, Mr. Schwartz has spent the majority of his career at Katy ISD.  He began in the district in 2006 as a teacher at Cimarron Elementary.  After five years in the classroom, he served for one year as an English Language Arts/Social Studies (ELA/SS) instructional coach at Cimarron Elementary before briefly leaving the district in 2012.  At that time, he began his first administrative role at Spring Branch Independent School District, where he was an assistant principal at the secondary level for two years.  He returned to Katy ISD in 2014 and became an assistant principal at Bear Creek Elementary for four years before joining Wolfe Elementary in 2018. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University and he obtained his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/012219_USE_Principal%20Michael%20Schwartz.jpg" alt="012219_USE_Principal Michael Schwartz.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:368px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schoolshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1000Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schools2019-01-15T04:28:34Z<div class="ExternalClass8DBFBD071CF2430A803710635295A9E1"><p>Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Ken Gregorski as the new superintendent of schools.<br></p><p>Gregorski is a veteran educator with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision, and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p>"It is my mission to provide leadership and direction for Katy ISD to ensure our educational system is based upon the needs of our students, standards of excellence and equity, and on community goals," said new Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.</p><p>During his tenure as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for the current model of student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources, and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's current direction, sustain its continuity of leadership, and guide the District toward fulfilling the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gregorski,%20Kenneth-%20017%204x5.jpg" alt="Gregorski, Kenneth- 017 4x5.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:444px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Rollhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=993Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Roll2018-12-20T16:03:17Z<div class="ExternalClass8A14B14871EE4445AAD9456B0A90040B"><p>Katy Independent School District is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9<sup>th</sup> Annual AP<sup>®</sup> District Honor Roll<strong> </strong>for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work.<br></p><p>AP final scores are reported on a 5-point scale with 5 being extremely well qualified, 4 is well qualified, 3 is qualified, 2 is possibly qualified and 1 is a no recommendation.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"From 2017 to 2018, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 20 percent and the number of students participating in AP exams increased by 25 percent," said Alene Lindley, Katy ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"In Katy ISD, 77.4 percent of the 2018 AP exams were scored at a three (3) or better, validating the hard work of both students and teachers," added Lindley.</span><br></p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a three (3) or higher to those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/district-honor-roll">College Board website.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior Highhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=992Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior High2019-02-04T20:40:59Z<div class="ExternalClass32927EB2AC0A40DF83B3134D3EE53714"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Junior High #16 set to be completed just in time for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustees have spent this past summer and fall reviewing and discussing  attendance boundary modification (ABM) options to address the fast growth in the southwest quadrant of the district. </span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-JH16.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p>"Thanks to the voter approved November 2017 Bond, Junior High #16 will open in August of 2019," said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "It will open near capacity enrollment and provide population relief to Tays, WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior high schools," added Crews. <br></p><p>For five months, families who could potentially be impacted by the opening of this new school were able to provide feedback on three attendance boundary options. Thousands of families participated by giving their input via surveys, phone calls and Open Forum comments at various Board meetings. After careful consideration, Option #1 was determined to be the best long-term solution for balancing Junior High enrollment in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD. <br></p><p><img alt="121818_ABM Opt1 for JH 16.pptx.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018_ABM_Opt1_JH16-Approved.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:504px;height:285px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Coach Joseph Receives Distinguished Honorhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=990Katy ISD Coach Joseph Receives Distinguished Honor2018-12-11T02:46:07Z<div class="ExternalClassB457878535FE48859D232E838092F942"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">He's been with Katy Independent School District for the past 36 years and is best known for his passion and dedication to the Katy High School Tigers Football team.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">However, Coach Gary Joseph's influence and devotion is not limited to athletes only.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">His guidance has been embraced by thousands of students who attend Katy High School.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">For this reason, it was no surprise when he was awarded the 2018 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sponsor Excellence Award. The accolade was created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who assist students in developing and refining their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Coach Joseph was one of 15 people statewide to win this outstanding award. It's great to see Coach Joseph receive this distinction for all that he does for the students at Katy High School," said Executive Director of Athletics Debbie Decker.  This is a true reflection of his commitment and devotion to create future Katy ISD legacies," added Decker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Joseph has made it a priority to know each and every football player on his team and daily emphasizes that excellence must begin in the classroom before it can succeed in the field.  He motivates his students to be more than ordinary and to thrive first to be the best with oneself before trying to defeat someone in any challenge.   </p><p>As a winner of the award, Coach Joseph will receive a $1,000 check as well as a distinctive trophy. </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0z7h16y2rrdoy91/AADhXqW-7U2mXd6O8IH3CK6ca?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Award Presentation.</a><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120718_KHS_UIL%20Sponsor%20Excellence%20Award%20Gary%20Joseph%20(20).JPG" alt="120718_KHS_UIL Sponsor Excellence Award Gary Joseph (20).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:599px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Gary Joseph<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120718_KHS_UIL%20Sponsor%20Excellence%20Award%20Gary%20Joseph%20(16).JPG" alt="120718_KHS_UIL Sponsor Excellence Award Gary Joseph (16).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:601px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Attribution for left to right:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:center;">Dr. Rick Hull, Principal of Katy High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Gary Joseph, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach of Katy High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ken Gregorski, Acting Superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:center;">Debbie Decker, Executive Director of Athletics</p><p style="text-align:center;">Kyle Green, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p style="text-align:center;">Pat Dowling, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p style="text-align:center;">Charlie Stevens, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p> <br></p><p> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Ratinghttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=989Katy ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating2018-12-10T16:20:11Z<div class="ExternalClass19768379FA4F4B13A8934C04E3276BBE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has received a rating of "A" for "Superior Achievement" under the Texas Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The "Superior Achievement" rating is the state's highest level, demonstrating the quality of Katy ISD's financial management and reporting system.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the 16<sup>th</sup> year of Schools FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76<sup>th</sup> Texas Legislature in 1999.  The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school district's financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas' school financial system.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers' dollars and it shows Katy ISD is high achieving in the classroom while accomplishing these results in a cost-effective and efficient way," said Katy ISD Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being "A" for "Superior Achievement", followed by "B" for "Above-Standard Achievement", "C" for "Standard Achievement" and "F" for "Substandard Achievement".<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Besthttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=987Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Best2018-12-07T17:22:19Z<div class="ExternalClassC2E253A830FA42D9BAD07B30D83E7575"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District excels once again!! Several of the district's junior high and high schools were recognized as part of the Niche Top 25 Public Middle and High Schools for the Houston Metropolitan area.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as from student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school rating and the overall quality of the school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every year we are proud to see that a number of our campuses make the Niche Top List of Schools," said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Christine Caskey.  "The dedication and passion that goes into educating our students is a reflection of our tradition of educational excellence," added Caskey.</p><p>The following Katy ISD schools made the list:<span style="text-align:center;"> </span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Junior High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beck Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">WoodCreek Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#11</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#14</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#6</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High School</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Katy ISD has a total of 15 junior highs and 8 comprehensive high schools with an overall district enrollment of 80,000 students.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveilinghttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=986Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2019-01-31T20:58:05Z<div class="ExternalClass20147BB4871C42559DFF12F2CAA485B5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When walking down the brick sidewalk located at Katy Heritage Park, there's a piece of Katy Independent School District history you simply can't miss.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Hundreds of bricks at the park are dedicated to the past and present Katy ISD teachers who have devoted countless hours toward the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Wednesday, December 5, Katy ISD along with Venus Construction and Country Park Portraits, unveiled a new set of bricks honoring the 67 Campus Teachers of the Year, for the 2017-2018 school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We could not be the school district we are today without quality teachers in every classroom," said Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Our teachers put smiles on our students every day and these bricks are only a small token of appreciation for everything they do," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has some of the best teachers in the country and with these commemorative bricks their legacy will be etched in the history of the District and the community. <br></p><p>Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Country Park Portraits and Katy Heritage Society for their sponsorship.  During the ceremony, the Katy High School Choir provided entertainment with several performances.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/69to7lsyb2q0bd0/AACW0x7G3f6_SSnA6YYLzhA0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p><p><img alt="120518_TOY Brick Unveiling (67).JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120518_TOY%20Brick%20Unveiling%20(67).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:611px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Collegeshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=985Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Colleges2019-01-29T20:58:48Z<div class="ExternalClassB7F2F6EF45A1428E8DA5334064E7D8FA"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District celebrates National Signing Day events across its high schools.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">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 more are expected to take place throughout the school year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Ali Russell, Soccer, Texas A&M University</li><li>Sophie Green, Soccer, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Makayla Wang, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Shay Govan, Softball and Cheer, Stephen F. Austin State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Cameron Pina, Baseball, Salem University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Kyle Stulce, Track and Field, Texas A&M University<br></li><li>William Coakley, Swimming, Texas A&M University</li><li>Tonni (Beth) McNeese, Swimming, University of Kentucky</li><li>Morgan Janda, Volleyball, Sam Houston State University</li><li>Isha Dhruva, Golf, Penn State University</li><li>Alexis Stumbough, Volleyball, University of Central Arkansas</li><li>Lance Broome, Track and Field, Texas A&M University</li><li>Natalie Winter, Volleyball, West Virginia University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Austin Arnold, Basketball, University of St. Thomas</li><li>Kailee Moon, Volleyball, University of Central Arkansas</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Kendall McGary, Softball, University of the Incarnate Word</li><li>Morgan Wright, Softball, Iowa State University<br></li><li>Kyle Sonduck, Baseball, University of the Incarnate Word</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hjwufn6oshuda4u/AADDH9FtKX6CLhwT-k_87-Yza?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD 2018 Signees</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Ali Russell signs with Texas AM to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Ali%20Russell%20signs%20with%20Texas%20AM%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:554px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Ali Russell  signs with Texas A&M to continue her soccer career. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Makayla Wang signs with the University of Texas at San Antonio to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Makayla%20Wang%20signs%20with%20the%20University%20of%20Texas%20at%20San%20Antonio%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Makayla Wang signs with the University of Texas at San Antonio to continue her soccer career.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Sophie Green signs with Oklahoma State to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Sophie%20Green%20signs%20with%20Oklahoma%20State%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:559px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Sophie Green signs with Oklahoma State to continue her soccer career.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MCHS Softball-Shay Govan Signing 11-14-18 (1).jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS%20Softball-Shay%20Govan%20Signing%2011-14-18%20(1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MCHS Softball-Shay Govan Signing 11-14-18 (2).jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS%20Softball-Shay%20Govan%20Signing%2011-14-18%20(2).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High  School Shay Govan signing with Stephen F. Austin State University for s<span style="font-size:14px;">oftball and cheer. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MRHS_Cameron Pina_Salem Univ_Baseball 004.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Cameron%20Pina_Salem%20Univ_Baseball%20004.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:573px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Cameron Pina signing with Salem University for baseball<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="SLHS.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:573px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School students sign with various colleges:  Kyle Stulce - Texas A&M University (for track and field), William Coakley - Texas A&M University (swimming), Tonni (Beth) McNeese - University of Kentucky (swimming), Morgan Janda - Sam Houston State University (volleyball), Isha Dhruva - Penn State University (golf), Alexis Stumbough - University of Central Arkansas (volleyball), Lance Broome - Texas A&M University (track and field) and Natalie Winter - West Virginia University (volleyball)<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="THS_Austin Arnold - Boys Basketball, University of St. Thomas; Kailee Moon - Volleyball, Central Arkansas.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Austin%20Arnold%20-%20Boys%20Basketball,%20University%20of%20St.%20Thomas;%20Kailee%20Moon%20-%20Volleyball,%20Central%20Arkansas.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:584px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Austin Arnold signs with University of St. Thomas to continue his career in basketball.  Taylor High School Kailee Moon signs with Central Arkansas to continue her career in volleyball.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="OTHS_McGary, Wright and Sonduck.jpeg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_McGary,%20Wright%20and%20Sonduck.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:590px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School (OTHS) Kendall McGary signs with University of the Incarnate Word to continue her career in softball.  OTHS Morgan Wright signs  with Iowa State University to continue her career in softball.  OTHS Kyle Sonduck signs with University of the Incarnate Word  to continue his career in baseball.  <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Several New Leadershttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=982Katy ISD Approves Several New Leaders2018-11-17T20:16:28Z<div class="ExternalClass8DC3E551672844689BCB89396035CFAF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District will be starting 2019 with several new principals.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During this week's regular Board meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Vaughan as the new principal of Elementary #42, Carrie Caruso as the principal of McDonald Junior High, Elisabeth Brodt as the principal of Junior High #16 and Brian Schuss as the assistant superintendent for the Human Resources Department.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elementary #42 is one of Katy ISD's latest school additions set to open its doors for the 2019-20 school year and Principal <strong>Stephanie Vaughan</strong> will be there to welcome students to their new school.  Her extensive experience in education is a perfect fit for this campus and its flourishing community.  Ms. Vaughan began teaching in Aldine ISD in 1999.  In 2001, she began her career in Katy ISD's Sundown Elementary (SE) where she taught for three years before being named as assistant principal.  She served in such role from 2004 until 2007.  Following her role at SE, she was chosen as the first principal of the newest Katy ISD campus, Ursula Stephens Elementary (USE).  She has served in that role since 2007.  Ms. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.  She will begin her new role in February 1, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Another new school set to open its doors to students in 2019 is Junior High #16.  The Board of Trustees named <strong>Elisabeth Brodt</strong> as its first principal.  Ms. Brodt began her career in education in the Oklahoma City Public Schools as a Strings Specialist in 1999.  In 2001, she relocated to Texas and joined Katy ISD as the Jr. High School Orchestra Director at Cinco Ranch Jr. High School (CRJH).  From 2005 to 2012, she served in various assistant principal roles at Beckendorff Junior High.  During her time there, she served in the capacity of 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> grade Assistant Principal, Student Support Assistant Principal and 8<sup>th</sup> grade Assistant Principal.  Ms. Brodt took an administrative position at Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) in 2012 where she served in the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior Assistant Principal roles until 2016.  At that time, she was named associate principal of the campus.  Ms. Brodt received her Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Educational Mid Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  She will begin her new role in January 7, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Carrie Caruso</strong> will be moving just down the street from her current campus to McDonald Junior High(MDJH).  She was named the principal of MDJH after serving as the Associate Principal at Morton Ranch High School.  Ms. Caruso began her teaching career at Cypress Falls High School in 2006.  Two years later, she joined the Katy ISD family when she accepted a position at Cardiff Junior High (CJH) as the Special Education Department Chair for one year before being named an Instructional Coach on the campus.  In 2011, she transferred to Taylor High School (THS) to become the Social Studies Instructional Coach.  In 2013, Ms. Caruso  became the Assistant Principal of Mayde Creek Junior High (MCJH).  In December of that same year, she became the Assistant Principal of Student Support at Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) and then took on the role of Associate Principal at that campus.  Ms. Caruso has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Texas and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  She will begin her new role on January 7, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong></strong><strong>Brian Schuss</strong> joins Katy ISD from Flour Bluff ISD where he was serving as the district's superintendent. Before being named superintendent in 2016, Mr. Schuss was the District's Assistant Superintendent for Business Management for seven years and was responsible for finance, human resources and district operations.  Prior to his tenure at Flour Bluff ISD, he was the Executive Director of Business and Operations for Port Aransas ISD.  Mr.  Schuss also served as an Analyst and Performance Auditor for the New Mexico State Legislative Finance Committee.  His educational career began in the classroom as an Economics and Secondary Mathematics teacher.  Katy ISD Board of Trustee members welcomed him during the last monthly board meeting, where he was approved as the assistant superintendent for Human Resources Department.  Mr. Schuss will begin his new role in January 2019.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111518_Stephanie%20Vaughn%20headshot.JPG" alt="111518_Stephanie Vaughn headshot.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:576px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Stephanie Vaughan<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111518_Elisabeth%20Brodt%20headshot.jpg" alt="111518_Elisabeth Brodt headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:466px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Elisabeth Brodt<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111418_Carrie%20Caruso%20headshot.JPG" alt="111418_Carrie Caruso headshot.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:515px;height:344px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Carrie Caruso<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Brian%20Schuss%20-%20Area%20Superintendent%20of%20Human%20Resources.jpg" alt="Brian Schuss - Area Superintendent of Human Resources.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:522px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Brian Schuss<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources<br></p></div>
Rockets Chris Paul Makes Surprise Visit to Katy ISD Studentshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=981Rockets Chris Paul Makes Surprise Visit to Katy ISD Students2018-11-16T23:14:42Z<div class="ExternalClassA5BE84A6C29C4B11AB6078F7A8F691ED"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Anxious to start their well-deserved Thanksgiving break, students at Katy Independent School District Paetow High School (PHS) never imagined that Rockets player Chris Paul would show up at their pep rally on Friday.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The visit was coordinated by the Chris Paul Family Foundation, which the point guard player and his family established in 2005, with the purposed of positively impacting individuals and families in education, sports and life.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Paetow High School was chosen by Chris Paul as the only campus in Houston to sponsor shirts for the students marking the beginning of the first PHS Varsity Basketball program.  Prior to joining the pep rally Paul met with the varsity boys' basketball team to present them with new Chris Paul basketball shoes.  A three-point challenge and photo opportunity kicked off the holiday break for students who took away with them a unique Paetow HS shirt as well as some inspiring words.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"A lot of times people forget that I went to school just like them.  I went to high school, college and I played junior varsity," said Rockets Player Chris Paul.  "I was so driven.  I understood that none of this things came without school work, so it's a partnership," added Paul.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris Paul's visit is part of a continual relationship with the school which started last year when basketball players attended a Rockets game and had the opportunity to hear Paul speak in the Rockets practice gym.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Newscast Elements</span>:<br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t42rl4c0p5iqipl/AAB27biBLPEDoWAWBe32yr1za?dl=0">Broll and Sound on Tape (SOT) of Event</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t23v1htwfg4yj3x/AAAergQfkCNd_QUqDv8LUPD7a?dl=0">Photo Gallery</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Elementary Schoolhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=980Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Elementary School2018-11-15T22:00:26Z<div class="ExternalClass73CE0F51637D46BA8EA8EAC4E60F627B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Elementary #42 set to be completed for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustee members considered and discussed attendance boundary modification (ABM) options.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">After seeking the public's consideration through a survey, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-Elementary42.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The survey, which was sent out in June 2018, contained three options which were sent to families who could potentially be impacted by the change.  On October 17, the survey was closed and District administrators along with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) collaboratively crafted the recommendations from the community.  The results showed that 40% of families that could be impacted by this change participated in the survey bringing the total participants to 1,442.  Option #1 resulted in the most favored choice with 47% of participants fully supporting the recommendation, 22% somewhat supporting the recommendation, 12% not supporting the recommendation and 20% indicating they were unsure.  This option represents a balance between building utilization, proximity for students and peer stability in the education environment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD invites all parents to review the new option as well as some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to ABMs via the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-Elementary42.aspx">ABM website</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Colemanhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=978Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Coleman2018-11-15T21:37:33Z<div class="ExternalClass397D9F9DF93B47F2A738A74FE84B9D31"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the Student Support Annex the "Jeanne Coleman Student Support Annex."</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The annex, recently known as "Creech University", served as the temporary campus for displaced Creech Elementary students and staff following Hurricane Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The facility, which is now property of Katy ISD, will house the District's Early Childhood Testing, Work-Based Learning Program, Speech Therapy Testing, Vision Impaired and Braille staff, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and other special education related services.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jeanne Coleman is well known in the Katy ISD Family for her passion and leadership skills.  She began her educational career as a speech-language pathologist and worked for 13 years in two different school districts. Coleman was hired by Katy ISD in 1998 where she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Nottingham Country Elementary (NCE). A year later, Coleman was promoted as an instructional officer.  Her role soon expanded to include the provision of speech therapy services for secondary students at the Opportunity Awareness Center and the Behavior Transition Program.  She also coordinated district-wide speech therapy, adapted physical education and related services for occupational therapy, physical therapy, music and art therapy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She worked tirelessly on establishing eligibility guidelines for the district, overseeing assessment teams and establishing service program guidelines, all while maintaining federal, state and local guidelines.  While in this role, her responsibilities continued to grow in size.  Coleman became responsible for the supervision and administrative responsibilities for roughly 120 direct hires and contract speech-language pathologists.  She also took on the instructional services for the visually impaired population throughout the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coleman's passion continues today for children with special needs as she advocates on their behalf to help them achieve their goals.  Coleman retired in 2016 with 31 years of dedication and service to students and parents.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jeanne%20Coleman%20headshot.jpg" alt="Jeanne Coleman headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:419px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=975Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!2018-12-03T15:52:38Z<div class="ExternalClass5A748F759DCB42329829082C02EE7D43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018.  Davidson Elementary third-grader Christopher Morcos was the lucky student.  He never expected his first week of school to be such an unforgettable experience.  Christopher received a warm welcome by Superintendent Lance Hindt and other district officials.  He was also recognized with several Century of Legacy gifts to celebrate the meaningful occasion.  The celebration comes precisely when Katy ISD is commemorating 100 years of educational excellence. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are very excited about the continued growth here in Katy ISD.  It is always great to welcome students and families to the proud traditions and exciting future here in Katy ISD," said Dr. Vonda Washington, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  "Gaining our 80,000 student while celebrating a legacy of 100 years dedicated to learning is remarkable," added Washington. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though Christopher was born in America this will be his first time attending a school in the United States.  Just this week, the Morcos family moved from Egypt to Katy, Texas. For them, finding a good school home for their son was a top priority.  "I did my research and everyone recommended Katy ISD as the best school district," said Peter Morcos, Christopher's father.  "We decided to move into Katy and look for a house in this area so that we are able to go to a Katy ISD school," added Morcos.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's been no secret that families are moving west of Houston into what was known as a small suburb.  Communities zoned to the district have been flourishing at outstanding rates making Katy ISD one of the fastest growing school district, not just in Texas, but in the nation.  The quality of education offered in Katy ISD classrooms has attracted families from all parts of the world to what is now being called a destination school district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/hy4wlNcTpIg" title="Katy ISD Reaches Historical Milestone of Enrolling 80,000 Students!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/110918_KDE_80000%20Student%20in%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" alt="110918_KDE_80000 Student in Katy ISD.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:393px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugakv368u3txdq2/AAD8v6dOSjy4DCep3cH0TjJ4a?dl=0">Photo gallery of 80,000th student celebration for newscasts and publications.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Communityhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=969Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Community2018-11-01T13:48:54Z<div class="ExternalClass4033FAFC70404CEEA7707BA19666C838"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">If a snapshot of Katy Independent School District was taken today, what would it look like?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As Katy ISD celebrates 100 years of providing unparalleled learning experiences, on October 26, Superintendent Lance Hindt spoke to the Katy ISD community and its staff regarding how far the District has come.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that not only this year, but in the past 100 years there have been several memories, milestones and accomplishments that speak volumes of one the fastest growing school districts in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD staff, principals, department heads, teachers, along with the thousands of other employees will continue to do everything in their power to provide the best education and access to unique learning opportunities today, and for generations to come," said Superintendent of Schools Lance Hindt.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the hardest hitting obstacles Katy ISD faced in the past year was brought on by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey affected 16 campuses, including Creech Elementary, which was completely destroyed.  Employees at the Education Support Complex were also displaced for several months.  Despite the challenge, the District grew stronger and more united after this storm allowing for the passing of a Bond and continued implementation of several strategic design goals.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Strategic design discussion and input led to the creation of eight goals based on seven overarching beliefs, a learner profile and learner outcomes," said Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent of Katy ISD.  "We are now in the second year of our five-year plan," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is one of 447 districts nationwide and in Canada recognized on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  Our students also excelled in the annual Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo with nearly 465 projects, which totaled more than half a million dollars in sales.  Additionally, the District earned an "A" letter grade in the TEA's new accountability rating. Katy ISD was the largest school district, with close to 80,000 students to receive this grade.  Just recently Niche, an educational data analysis site, also announced their "Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area" and Katy ISD took all 10 spots, plus an additional six.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Providing exceptional instruction and learning, as well as a safe and secure environment, is a process that involves great teachers, parents, school staff, administrators, mentors, volunteers, businesses, parent support groups, along with local and state governments," said Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f8dixb0tfkx3op7/AAA_B7B_DB9EUauao-sXZwlaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of State of the District Event</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houstonhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=967Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houston2018-10-29T18:11:27Z<div class="ExternalClass5578E13CF11E4DB2B3EFD5CB086D0BB3"><p>It wasn't just the first, the second, nor the third spot on the list of 2019 Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston area, Katy Independent School District took all 10 of them plus six additional ones, claiming the top 16 spots on the list!  </p><p>Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the school district.  Last year Katy ISD swept the list as well claiming the top 15 spots. </p><p>The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Jo Ella Exley Elementary</li><li>Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>Ray & Jamie Wolman Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li></ol><p>Katy ISD has a total of 41 elementary schools with an overall district enrollment of close to 80,000 students.<br></p></div>

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