Williams Elementary, with its western theme, opened in August, 2000. The school was named in honor of Dr. James Williams, who served on the Katy Board of Trustees for nearly three decades.
Since the day it opened, Williams has displayed the elegance of an established school with mature trees sheltering the play area. Inside its doors, the school’s western flair is fitting for a school situated on the historic Cinco Ranch where its children have always attended Katy ISD schools, the common thread binding the community.
VOLUNTEERS AND PARTNERS
Parents’ smiling faces and supportive attitudes are commonplace, as parents volunteer in various activities, events, and instructional programs in order to help our little Wranglers. Partnerships are invaluable to our success and continue to grow in participation each year. Our partners include, the YMCA, Junior Achievement, McDonald’s, and Kroger’s.
BP Corporation generously donated $10,000 in grant funds to provide an after school energy science club for Williams Elementary students. Because of the generous support of the Williams PTA, the school has purchased a myriad of teaching materials, technology hardware, equipment and furniture. The PTA has also sponsored multiple opportunities for the professional teaching staff to attend workshops all over the state of Texas.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
The building has 103,875 square feet with 57 classrooms, computer center, and a large music room that can be subdivided into two classrooms, two art rooms, a resource room and two 26-station computer labs. A technology center in every classroom includes 3 computers, document camera, laptop, and LCD Projector. The school also has a 25 unit mobile laptop computer lab and SMART boards that are located in almost every classroom. Williams was built to house approximately 1,030 students.
PROGRAMS AND ENRICHMENT
The 2012-2013 school theme is, “Life's a Movie -- Write Your Own Ending!”. We believe that our teachers, parents, and students all are superstars as they successfully hold hands as we enjoy great student academic accomplishments. Students stay actively involved as they leave their own brand on many featured programs. The PTA and school work hand-in-hand to offer challenging activities such as the LASSO enrichment program, Reflections, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Exhibit, Library Reading Incentive Programs, Junior Achievement, Destination Imagination, Energy Science Club, reading and math parent volunteer programs, Eureka Science Program for kindergarten through 5th grade, 5th grade W.I.S.E. Aerospace afterschool program, JWE Book Club, choir, safety patrol, student council, and and Read Deed and Run Program for 4th and 5th graders
Awards and Honors
• Texas Exemplary Campus, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• No Place for Hate award recipient, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
• Named to Texas Monthly’s "Best Public Schools" list, 2006, 2007
• Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll, 2007
• Fund for Teachers grant recipients, 2005, 2006, 2007
• Texas PTA Reflections Contest, 1st place, intermediate literature; National Reflections Contest qualifier, 2006
• Texas Music Educator’s Association Texas All-State Elementary Choir, 2005
• Texas PTA’s Outstanding Green School Award, 2005
• Student art selected for the Texas Art Education Association’s "Youth Art Month Show" at the State Capitol, 2006
• 2009 National Center for Educational Achievement -- Just For The Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas recipient
• BP Science Education Grant Recipient
• Green Ribbon Schools sm recognizes James E. Williams Elementary as a National Green Ribbon School
James E Williams Elementary TEA Accountability Ratings
What Students Say About Williams Elementary
"Wranglers love to learn."
"My teacher makes me learn and learn and love to learn and learn."
"We have great teachers and principals, but best of all it's named after a wonderful man who accomplished many great things."
"The teachers are oh so nice. Well, so are the principals. And man, I love this school."
"You get Happy Trails when you do something good."
"Williams is special because when I am in the school I have a wonderful feeling inside."
"Everyone is nice, they love us and we learn new things."
Previous bond packages authorized by voters in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002 funded the construction of 21 new schools, including Williams Elementary (1996 authorization). Bond funds have also provided technology retrofits and a new phone system including telephones for all teachers.