Education briefs for Dec. 15.

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Posted 12/15/22

Education briefs for Dec. 15, 2022.

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Education briefs for Dec. 15.


Katy ISD honors its 2022 Teachers of the Year

Katy ISD and local event sponsors hosted a brick unveiling ceremony Dec. 7 to honor the 2022 Teachers of the Year. At the ceremony, hundreds gathered to recognize the accomplishments of these educators. The names of 73 teachers are now etched into bricks that pave the site at Katy Heritage Park, 6001 George Bush Dr.

“These honorees are exemplary instructional leaders who reflect educational innovation, outstanding contributions to student learning and a commitment to their schools and community,” Ken Gregorski, Katy ISD superintendent, said.  “Our teachers give countless hours of their time and energy to ensure every single Katy ISD student has the opportunity to create the future.”

The brick unveiling event honors not only Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, but the Katy community as well. The bricks at Katy Heritage Park serve as a permanent tribute to the decades of unparalleled learning experiences provided across more than 73 Katy ISD campuses.

Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control and the Katy Heritage Society sponsored the occasion and provided the space for the bricklaying. The Seven Lakes High School Sensations Choir also performed at the ceremony.

Royal ISD advisory committee submits bond package for trustee review

Royal ISD trustees are considering a proposed $144 million bond package for placement on the May 2023 ballot.

The package includes projects for campus safety and security, new construction, renovation and remodeling, athletics and improvements to existing facilities. A facilities advisory committee selected these projects over a series of meetings held since August.

The committee held its last meeting Dec. 8 at the Pattison House, 3602 North St. in Pattison. There, committee members reviewed their work, discussed how the projects can best be communicated with the public and selected representatives to present the package to trustees.

The proposal was submitted to trustees at a Dec. 12 board meeting. Trustees are expected to decide in January whether to place the package, or an amended version of the package, on the May 2023 ballot for voter consideration.

Two British International School of Houston students receive awards

The British International School of Houston (BIS Houston) announced that two of its students have received the highest marks in the United States for their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) test scores and are recipients of the Outstanding Pearson Learner Award.

Every year Pearson recognizes and celebrates Pearson learners from around the world who have demonstrated academic excellence at the highest level in their exam performance. Pearson Learner Awards are presented to those learners in each exam who have achieved the highest subject mark in the country, region, or world.

Abdul Rehman Maulana, a 10th grader at BIS Houston, received the highest marks in chemistry and physics, while Zoe Atherton, also a 10th grader at BIS Houston, received the highest marks in chemistry.

Students in the 10th grade are eligible to take the IGCSE exam, accredited by the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel organization in the United Kingdom. In addition, students receive an IGCSE certificate for each course they complete. After finishing their 11th-grade year, these students can obtain an International Baccalaureate diploma or enroll in an alternative career-related program. BIS Houston offers a high school pathways program that puts their students on the path to higher education and opens doors to their future.

“We are immensely proud of Abdul and Zoe for demonstrating such high academic excellence,” Helen Morgan, head of secondary education, said. “We commend them for their hard work and dedication to their studies. The sky is the limit for both students as they prepare for the next chapter of their academic careers. As part of the academic pathways programs we have in place at our school, we strive to offer opportunities to our students that open doors to anywhere, and well-rounded students walk through those doors and thrive through university and beyond.”

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