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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary ModificationsKaty ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications2019-06-18T00:45:58Z<div class="ExternalClassDCE3E308DEA74138A355C9177036CCF3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Monday, June 17 at their Work Study meeting, Board of Trustees were presented with attendance boundary modification (ABM) options for Elementary #43 and High School #9 — two new schools being built out of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elementary #43 is located in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD, and High School #9 is in the southwest quadrant.  Both are set to open in the fall of 2020.  During the Work Study meeting, Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews, along with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), presented Trustees with a preliminary ABM option for each of the schools.  Bethke Elementary would be impacted with the opening of Elementary #43, and Katy, Tompkins and Seven Lakes high schools would see enrollment relief due to the opening of High School #9.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Input from families who could potentially be affected is highly valued during this process.  For this reason, we are asking parents and stakeholders to provide survey feedback, beginning the week of June 18 through September," said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "It is anticipated that a decision on the Attendance Boundary Modification for each of these schools will be made in October," added Crews.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video News Release – <a href="">Broll of Elementary #43 and High School #9</a><br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" unselectable="on"><iframe width="540" height="303" src="/_layouts/15/videoembedplayer.aspx?site=3df82ba04f66419596ea86be4b1d7f18&web=e4e0b8fb02594d0dbd09f77578439ba1&folder=753a60a7b2b3495b91b1f7de21b47dad&img=http%3a//" data-title="Katy ISD Bond 2017- VNR High School 9 and Elementary 43 Construction Progress" data-description="Elementary 43 and High School 9" data-duration="0"></iframe> </div><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Twenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll DistinctionTwenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Distinction2019-06-12T13:38:24Z<div class="ExternalClass48659A5DE8154C4FA5480B7ABA2B5E11"><p>What better way for Katy Independent School District to end the 2018-19 school year!  Out of its 65 campuses, Katy ISD is proud to announce that 24 of its schools were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP).  <br></p><p>"Receiving this prestigious recognition is a clear demonstration of how hard work and dedication produces positive results.  Likewise, it's a reflection of the collaborative efforts taking place among our school leaders, staff, parents, students and the community who strive to increase academic achievement and improve educational outcomes for all our students," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary </li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Stanley Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Wolman Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Katy Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High </li><li>Mayde Creek High </li><li>Seven Lakes High</li><li>Taylor High </li><li>Tompkins High</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, ERP found that these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, the Texas Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 855 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Summer College & Career Lab Available to Katy ISD StudentsSummer College & Career Lab Available to Katy ISD Students2019-06-13T14:55:56Z<div class="ExternalClassBFF853F68D5C403E9095060007E4AAAC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's never too early, nor too late, to prepare for college and jump-start a career plan.  This summer Katy Independent School District is offering a College & Career Lab to interested Katy ISD students and families.  The lab will provide extended access to career exploration, individualized guidance and post-secondary planning with personalized service from school counselors. </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As during the traditional school year, all students will be required to have their Katy ISD ID and parent/guardians will be required to show identification to access the lab.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In addition to a high school counselor, a college advisor will be on site to provide personalized service to students, including reviewing high school credits, exploring post-secondary opportunities and offering career guidance in preparation for the college application process," said Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services Rhonda Ward.</p><p>The summer College & Career Lab will be located at Paetow High School from June 17-20 and June 24-27 between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/counseling/Pages/ccl.aspx">Office of Counseling website</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Spring 2019 Graduation CeremoniesKaty ISD Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremonies2019-06-06T21:38:13Z<div class="ExternalClass13120BB180F044DEB4B439949B99C9A9"><p>Thursday<span style="font-size:13px;">, June 6, 2019</span></p><div>Congratulations to all of our Spring 2019 graduates! It was our honor to celebrate your hard work in accomplishing your academic goals and moving forward to your next life phase. We are so proud of each of you! </div><div><br></div><div>Below you can find links to the graduation ceremonies so you can relive the fun! </div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Cinco Ranch High School</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Katy High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Mayde Creek High School</a><br></span><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Morton Ranch High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><a href="">Raines High School</a> <br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Seven Lakes High School</a></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Simon Youth Academy</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Taylor High School</a></span><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><a href="">Tompkins High School</a></span></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of High School #9Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of High School #92019-05-30T14:44:07Z<div class="ExternalClassB81616FBE94D4D7E97085A7E9DE473FF"><p>​KATY May 28, 2019 – Katy ISD High School #9 has a new principal. During the May Board meeting, Trustees voted to name Dr. Ethan Crowell as the school’s new leader.  Dr. Crowell was previously the principal at Beckendorff Junior High but will now move to the newest Katy ISD high school, opening for the 2020-2021 school year.</p><p>“I’m honored and excited to begin this journey of opening Katy ISD’s newest high school.  My goal is to work together with staff, students and the community to continue to build the legacy of our district by focusing not only on academic success but also meeting the social and emotional needs of the student population,” said Dr. Crowell. “My number one priority is our students and ensuring they have the resources and support they need to succeed,” added Dr. Crowell.  <br></p><p><br></p><p>Dr. Crowell began his educational career as a teacher and coach in 2008 for Pasadena ISD. He taught Spanish and coached soccer for a year and a half prior to transferring to Ft. Bend ISD as an Assistant Principal/Academy Coordinator for Clements High School. He held that position for 4 years before coming to Katy ISD. From 2014-2016, he was the Student Support Administrator at Morton Ranch High School, and in 2016, he was named Principal at Beckendorff Junior High School. Dr. Crowell holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from University of North Texas, a Master’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p><br></p><p>Dr. Crowell will join the High School #9 family starting the 2019-2020 school year and help prepare staff for the opening.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Dr.%20Ethan%20Crowell.jpg" alt="Dr. Ethan Crowell.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:202px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p><div> <br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces 2019 Teacher Grant RecipientsKaty ISD Education Foundation Announces 2019 Teacher Grant Recipients2019-06-05T21:54:58Z<div class="ExternalClassE57CE58619C8438C8D6D48A36E2DDAE9"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>$333,370 Awarded This Year; $1.6 Million Over Past Seven Years</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its seventh year of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant recipients. Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2019-2020 school year. </p><p>The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. Grant funds are raised through annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts three major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 17, 2019, GROOVE and Reason2Race, both in the spring of 2020. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact <a href=""></a>, 281-396-6031 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>–The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href=""></a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JWE%20-%20All%20grants%20(teachers).jpg" alt="JWE - All grants (teachers).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:375px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/FPSE-%20Stokes.jpg" alt="FPSE- Stokes.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:375px;" /><br></p><p><strong>Photo Caption: </strong>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $333,000 in teacher grants, bringing its seven-year grant program total to $1.6 million.  Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2019-2020 school year. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Inspiring Imagination Grant Recipients</strong></p><p><strong>2019-2012 School Year</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Individual Grants </strong><em>– One teacher for up to $1,000</em></p><p><strong>King Elementary, </strong><em>S.M.I.L.E. it's Monday, Sa</em>rah Western; <strong>Williams Elementary, </strong>Princesses, <em>Dragons and Percussion, Oh My!</em>; Jennifer Patterson</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Team of Two Grants </strong><em>– Two teachers for up to $2,500</em></p><p><strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>3D Innovators</em>, Led by Nidia Casillas; <strong>Griffin Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Up Gardening</em>, Led by Carla Morgan; <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <em>Citizen Scientists: Weather Station</em>, Led by Stephanie Nady; <strong>Katy High School</strong>, <em>Pocket Prairie Plants</em>, Led by Rhonda Burrough; <strong>Katy Junior High</strong>, <em>Where's the Dirt???</em>, Led by Jennifer LeBlanc; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>Comfortable Seating for Building Reading</em>, Led by Laura Berg; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Brains & Brawn</em>, Led by Pamela Pfile; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Literacy Contagion</em>, Led by Alicia Blankenship; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Uke Can Be A Lifelong Musician!</em>, Led by Melanie Braddy; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>,<em> "Uke" can do it! All aBOARD the Ukelele Train!</em>, Led by Chrisinta Tschauner; <em>We Take Reading "Series"- ously</em>, Led by Stephanie Jones; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>World Drumming Initiative</em>, Led by Nancy Bransom; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Drunk Driving and Identifying Skeletal Remains</em>, Led by Stephanie Chronister; <em>Traumatic Brain Injuries</em>, Led by Lisa Gibbons; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Come Code With Me</em>, Led by Denise Harrell; <strong>WoodCreek Elementary</strong>, <em>Xenial Xylophones</em>, Led by Bonnie McSpadden</p><p><em> </em></p><p><strong>Team Grants </strong><em>– Three or more teachers for up to $5,000</em></p><p><strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <em>Sensory Path to Success</em>, Led by Amy Davies; <strong>Beckendorff Junior High</strong>, <em>Checking Out Mindful Learning</em>, Led by Alicia Leung; <strong>Bethke Elementary</strong>, <em>Creating a Culture of Curiosity</em>, Led by Katie Beard; <em>Expedition OSMO</em>, Led by Pamela Richardson; <em>Math in Action</em>, Led by Julie Fish; <em>Oh, The Places You'll Go!</em>, Led by Jennifer Johnson; <em>Sensory Pathway to Learning</em>, Led by Dana Stavinoha; <strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>Engagement and Beyond!</em>, Led by Stacey Colton; <em>Powerful Passion Projects!</em>, Led by Penelope Flores; <strong>Cardiff Junior High</strong>, <em>Living (and Learning) LARGE</em>, Led by Karen Edmundson; <strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Starring in a Breakout Role</em>, Led by Elizabeth Smalley; <strong>Coleman Support Annex</strong>, <em>Adaptive Behavior Social Skills through PE Activities</em>, Led by Abigail Wylie; <strong>Creech Elementary</strong>, <em>Once Upon a STREAM</em>, Led by Rebecca Fielden; <strong>Davidson Elementary</strong>, <em>Coaster Architects Wanted-May the Force Be With You</em>, Led by Reagan Harris; <strong>Early Childhood Intervention</strong>, <em>Movin' & Groovin'- Developing Infant & Toddler Motor Skills</em>, Led by Sara Katz; <strong>Fielder Elementary</strong>, <em>Junior Coding</em>, Led by Kathy Counterman; <em>STEM in Action</em>, Led by Jennifer Lowenthal; <em>Swivling Students to Success</em>, Led by Autumn Stewart; <strong>Golbow Elementary</strong>, <em>An Out Of The Box Experience: Breakout EDU!</em>, Led by Lauren Stewart; <strong>Hayes Elementary</strong>, <em>Celebrate Good W</em>riting, Come On!, Led by Kim Radzicki;<em> Inquiring Scientists Want to Know!</em>, Led by Frankie Morris; <em>Wild Weather</em>, Led by Brittney Brown; <strong>Jenks Elementary</strong>, <em>Capture the Moment</em>, Led by Casey Fragosa; <em>Clay and Music Connect the Creative Souls</em>, Led by Lisa Pickard; <em>Creating Science Critics</em>, Led by Ana Alonso; <em>Everyone Speak Up "Your Voice Matters"</em>, Led by Annalisa Matzen; <em>Inspiring the Science and Technology Leaders of Tomorrow</em>, Led by Karen Henao; <em>Rhythmic Rumbles with Rhythmical Movement,</em> Led by Kashif Aleem; <em>Up, Up and Away</em>, Led by Christina Mitchell; <strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <em>Boosting Brainpower Through Action Based Learning</em>, Led by Amber Kell; <em>SteamWorks</em>, Led by Andrea Taylor; <strong>Katy High School</strong>, <em>Inclusive Balls for CPE</em>, Led by Shanna Marhofer; <strong>Katy Junior High</strong>, <em>Close the Refrigerator Door!!!</em>, Led by Barbara Smith; <em>Friendship Grows Project</em>, Led by Lesley Craig Unkefer; <strong>Kilpatrick Elementary</strong>, <em>Hip Hip Hurray for Pretend Play!</em>, Led by Kelly Schuler; <em>Little Storytellers, Even Bigger Ideas</em>, Led by Laura Bennett; <em>Music for All</em>, Led by Jessica Guest; <strong>King Elementary</strong>, <em>Constructing Language Through Play</em>, Led by Martha Luna Loya; <em>On Board with Board Books</em>, Led by Michelle Teinert; <em>Readers' Theater to Increase Reading Readiness and Expertise</em>, Led by Katherine Treadaway; <strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong>, <em>Gucci Reads (Good Books)</em>, Led by Patricia Wangler; <strong>Mayde Creek Junior High</strong>,<em> Scholastic Scholars</em>, Led by Sarah Worthen; <strong>McMeans Junior High</strong>, <em>ESL High Interest Low Level Novels</em>, Led by Allison Farris; <em>Here Comes The Sun</em>, Led by Kristine Moline; <strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High</strong>, <em>TALONS Tournament</em>, Led by Miriam Udo; <strong>Miller Career & Technology Center</strong>, <em>Needles and Blood- Oh My! Certification Stacking Essentials</em>, Led by Jennifer Dugger; <em>Veterinary Assisting Collection and Analysis Lab Equipment</em>, Led by Ashlie Bowen; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong>, <em>Drumming As One: A Community of Culture and Performance</em>, Led by Paul Cimini; <em>Story Baskets</em>, Led by Amy Jones; <strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong>, <em>Spread Kindness Around Like Confetti School Pantry Project</em>, Led by Shaundra Kiser; <em>Step Into History</em>, Led by Sarah Gonzalez; <strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</strong>, <em>Building a Literate Life: Family Reading Time</em>, Led by Caroline Wolf; <em>READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover Part 2</em>, Led by Heather Villarreal;<strong> Paetow High School</strong>, <em>C-3PO- Programming for the Future</em>, Led by Mary Ann Miron; <strong>Rhoads Elementary</strong>, <em>Playing with STEM: There's Science in Music!</em>, Led by Stephanie Bradley; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Multisensory Project</em>, Led by Stephanie Sharifi; <em>Science on the Go - Thinking Outside the Classroom</em>, Led by Stacey Stokes; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <em>Sensory Overload</em>, Led by Cayla Solis; <strong>Stephens Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Leaners Outside the Classroom</em>, Led by Stacy Slater; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>The Genius Hour</em>, Led by Audra Gorsuch; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Exploring Soft Robotics</em>, Led by Stephen Bennett; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Let's Argue!</em>, Led by Victoria Wernau; <em>Mental Health Support for High School Students</em>, Led by Michelle Tuttle; <em>Student Centered STEM Investigations</em>, Led by Jason Daigle; <strong>West Memorial Junior High</strong>,<em> Do You See What I See?</em>, Led by Erin Wise; <strong>Williams Elementary</strong>, <em>Koding in Kinder- It's never too early to learn to code!</em>, Led by Stephanie Sparkman; <em>Oh the Places We'll Go With Our Chromebooks in Tow</em>, Led by Lindsey Zhang; <strong>Wilson Elementary</strong>, <em>Drum a Rhythm; Sing a Story!</em>, Led by Brooke Yubaile; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Full STEAM Ahead: Creating Sound Stories</em>, Led by Christen Jones; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>READ TO ME Project</em>, Led by Kristy Grubbs</p><p><em> </em></p><p><br></p></div>


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