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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassB0C5400F09CD40EB9CFB739DEF90DF2B"><p>As Katy Independent School District prepares to construct several new schools as part of the voter-approved 2017 bond package, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment numbers and provide enrollment relief to campuses in neighboring vicinities.<br></p><p>Katy ISD is currently building two new campuses, Junior High #16 (southwest quadrant) and Elementary #42 (northwest quadrant) which are set to open in the fall of 2019-20.  During tonight's Work Study meeting, Chief of Operations Lee Crews presented trustees with preliminary ABM options to consider.  These options address enrollment numbers at campuses including Bethke, Hutsell, King and Winborn elementary schools; and Beck, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek junior highs.</p><p>"The ABM options presented tonight were collaboratively drafted and the district is allocating additional time to hear from our community," said Chief of Operations Lee Crews.  "A final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December 2018 and the district hopes to begin notifying families shortly after approval of the new boundaries," added Crews. </p><p>​From June 20 through November 30, parents who could potentially be impacted are asked to provide feedback on these preliminary options through a survey that will be available via email and online.  Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  Preliminary outcomes of the survey will be reported to the Board of Trustees during the September 2018 Work Study meeting.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Management ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Management<div class="ExternalClass847118273B994140911618BDA52F8BAF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Risk Management Department recently received an Excellence Award from the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Risk Management Fund, along with $1,000 to be used toward risk management efforts.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD was one of 10 Texas public school districts to receive the award during the association's conference in Austin, Texas.  The district was recognized for its <a href=""><em>No Texting and Driving</em></a> video, which was created shortly after new legislation passed making texting while driving illegal in Texas.  The video has now been shared with approximately three million people as well as with the 100 largest school districts across the nation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"What started out as a simple idea by risk management personnel has now turned into a life-saving approach," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.  "This video has received numerous prestigious awards and we are honored to receive an additional renowned recognition from TASB," added Nauman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The TASB Risk Management Fund was established in 2004 as a way of recognizing members who have demonstrated excellence in risk management initiatives, products or programs.  </p></div>
Several Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning" Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning"<div class="ExternalClass744B7E1011584718861EBFD59662FE77"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Five Katy Independent School District campuses are among 31 elite Texas schools who were named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning" by the Principal's Institute (PI).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The rigorous selection process takes several months but ultimately the schools selected have demonstrated an innovative learning environment for their students and have promoted challenge thinking for their staff members.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year the following Katy ISD campuses received this renowned award:</span><br></p><ul><li>Paetow High School</li><li>Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>Stockdick Junior High</li><li>Bethke Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's very rewarding to see our Katy ISD staff and campuses highlighted for the tremendous amount of work they perform in creating unparalleled learning opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Principals Institute (PI) consists of a year-long professional development series that works with principals to understand why the transformation of public education is necessary. As part of its project known as N2 Learning, this series also helps principals develop the necessary skills required to build and sustain transformation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_Various_School%20Transforming%20Learning%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="061418_Various_School Transforming Learning - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:246px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior High ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior High<div class="ExternalClass56F463EDA51E4E10BE19EDF57BCD22F6"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Steve Guzzetta as the new principal of McMeans Junior High (MMJH).</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am very excited to continue the success and traditions that have been established at McMeans Junior High," said Guzzetta.  "I opened the school as a teacher and coach before becoming an administrator there so I already have a deep connection with the community and a passion for the success of the students," added Guzzetta.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Guzzetta has an extensive level of experience that includes 24 years with Katy ISD.  He began his career in 1994 as a history teacher and a coach at Katy Junior High (KJH).  In 1995, he moved to Katy High School (KHS) and taught geography and coached for five years.  In 2000, he transferred to MMJH where he taught for two years prior to be promoted to assistant principal.  Four years later he was named the curriculum principal at MMJH and he served in that capacity until 2007.  At this time, he was named assistant principal at Taylor High School (THS).  In 2015, he was promoted to associate principal and has remained in that position for the past three years.  Mr. Guzzetta holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M.</p><p>Mr. Guzzetta joins MMJH on June 18. He will be replacing Dr. Susan Rice who will be retiring. </p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_MMJH_New%20Principal%20Steve%20Guzzetta.jpg" alt="061418_MMJH_New Principal Steve Guzzetta.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" />​​​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients<div class="ExternalClass3954C29E1627438D8EB75A4D44967539"><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its sixth year of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant recipients. Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 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 2018-2019 school year.</p><p>This school year, the Foundation raised and distributed more than one-half million dollars to its Katy ISD community: $250,000 in Harvey relief for Katy ISD staff and students followed by $314,691 in teacher grants. 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. The Foundation's Board of Directors launched its one-time Harvey Fund special project in response to the storm's effect on the Katy ISD community.</p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 18, 2018, and GROOVE on March 29, 2019. 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>.</p><div style="text-align:left;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%201.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%202.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> </div><p><strong>Photo Caption</strong>: The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $314,000 in teacher grants, bringing its six-year grant program total to $1.3 million.  Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2018-2019 school year.</p><p><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Inspiring Imagination Grant Recipients </strong><strong>2018-2019 School Year</strong></p><p><strong>Individual Grants </strong><em>– One teacher for up to $1,000</em></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Mobile Motor Lab</em>, Brittany Vega; <strong>Creech Elementary, </strong><em>You CAN Do the Rubix!</em>, Donna Parker; <strong>Kilpatrick Elementary, </strong><em>Little Storytellers-Big Ideas</em>, Laura Bennett; <strong>King Elementary, </strong><em>Charging Up Science!,</em> Barbara Minenko; <strong>McDonald Junior High, </strong><em>"Unlocking" Advanced Learners' Potential with Breakout EDU</em>, Heather Anderson; <strong>Taylor High School, </strong><em>On Campus Coffee Delivery Service</em>, Edward Skaggs</p><p><strong>Team of Two Grants </strong><em>– Two teachers for up to $2,500</em></p><p><strong>Exley Elementary</strong><em>, Uke Are My Sunshine and Tubanos, </em>led by Sabrina Silva; <strong>Fielder Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding For All</em>, led by Kathy Counterman; <strong>King Elementary,</strong> <em>Bringing Brain-Work to Physical Education</em>, led by Sarah Dockery; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>"Scope-ing" Out Informational Literacy in Science and ELA</em>, led by Kristin Vaughn; <em>A Cardboard Springboard: Virtual Reality as Visual Supports</em>, led by Felicia Hood; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong><em>, Checkmate!,</em> led by Hilda Vargas; <em>Lego We Do Coding 2.0</em>, led by Jennifer Schnaidt; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong><em>, Music: The Great Escape</em>, led by Anna Villanueva; <em>Sensory on Wheels</em>, led by Sarah Simmons; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>It's a "BOT" Learning</em>, led by Stacey Stokes; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <em>Creative Inspiration</em>, led by Jennifer Shortt; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Micro:bit GO,</em> led by Trevor Gibson, <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Wild Things Nature Club</em>, led by Jennifer Lightsey; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>"BOOST" Student Learning with Computer Science</em>, led by Diane Austin</p><p><strong>Team Grants </strong><em>– Three or more teachers for up to $5,000</em></p><p><strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <em>ELA STEAM for the Win!,</em> led by Mary Batycki; <em>Thinkers and Tinkers Full STEAM Ahead</em>, led by Rachael McKnight; <strong>Bear Creek Elementary</strong>, <em>Striving for STEM Innovation</em>, led by Colleen Dominguez; <strong>Bethke Elementary</strong>, <em>Classroom Collaboratory</em>, led by Alicia Lambert; <em>Ready Bodies, Ready Minds</em>, led by Kesley Thompson; <em>Teaching with Tech</em>, led by Jennifer Johnson; <em>What is this "new" math?</em>, led by Kevin Weekley; <strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>#BOTSquad: Ozobots, Robot Mouse, Dash & LEGO Boost</em>, led by Nidia Casillas; <em>Fun + Algebra = Yes!,</em> led by Paige Hellman; <strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Exploring World Cultures Through Virtual Reality</em>, led by Lauren Rowe; <em>MAKING A Difference</em>, led by Caitlin Graham; <em>Movement Makes a Difference</em>, led by Ashley Johnson; <strong>Creech Elementary</strong>, <em>Connecting With Our World Through Blogging</em>, led by Alicia Osen; <em>Empowering Minds Through Play</em>, led by Rebecca Fielden; <strong>Davidson Elementary</strong>, <em>Clay and Drums Making an Impact in </em><em>Young Minds</em>, led by Vanina Orendorff; <strong>ECI Project TYKE</strong>, <em>Developmental Buddy</em>, led by Anna Gonzalez; <em>Ready, Set, Take it Home</em>, led by Denise Cloyes; <strong>Golbow Elementary</strong>, <em>STEAM-rolling past Hurricane</em> <em>Harvey</em>, led by Ashley Brewer; <strong>Hayes Elementary</strong>, <em>Blast into Phonics in a Snap!,</em> led by Amanda Pulido; <em>Buy Buy Books</em>, led by Pat Mitchell; <em>HACK Creativity</em>, led by Allyson Patterson; <em>Solid Foundation</em>, led by Laurie Funes; <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <em>Voices Heard: A Student Run Newspaper</em>, led by Stephanie Nady; <strong>Hutsell Elementary</strong><em>, Robotics and STEM: It's Elementary!,</em> led by Thomas Miller; <strong>Jenks Elementary</strong>, <em>Beautiful Bars Project</em>, led by Mary White;</p><p><strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <em>Books! Beats! Boogie!,</em> led by Leslyn Jacks; <strong>King Elementary</strong>, <em>Fairy Tales to Further Learning</em>, led by Katherine Treadaway; <em>Math in the Real World</em>, led by Julia Faber; <strong>Mayde Creek Junior High</strong>, <em>Miniature Skeletons and Miniature Interactive Torsos</em>, led by Kaitlin Bartuska; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>Transforming Intervention Reading with Flexible Seating</em>, led by Allison Fields; <strong>McMeans Junior High</strong>, <em>We've Got The Beat</em>, led by Kristine Moline; <em>World Cultures Outreach</em>, led by Lee Anne Butts; <strong>Memorial Parkway Elementary</strong>, <em>Re-LT</em>, led by Steve Kowalski; <strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High</strong>, <em>Growing Together</em>, led by Brenda Williams; <em>Our Place</em>, led by Suzanne Kujawa; <strong>Miller Career and Technology Center</strong>, <em>A Crash Course on Emergency Crash Carts</em>, led by Jennifer Dugger; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong>, <em>Bilingual & Biliterate in the 21st Century Round Two</em>, led by San Juana Esquivel;  <em>Kindergarten Enrichment</em>, led by Tamara Bryan; <em>Multi-Sensory Environment/Room</em>, led by Angela Rippley; <strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</strong>, <em>READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover-Reading With Your Parents</em>, led by Megan Sullivan; <em>Recipe for Success</em>, led by Gina Vidal; <strong>Raines High School</strong>, <em>Immersive Virtual Reality Education</em>, led by Payton Bartee; <em>STEM Discovery Center</em>, led by Asrar Maye; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong>, <em>All Aboard the STEM Train!,</em> led by Lindy Davis; <strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong>, <em>Transforming Students into Escape Room Artists</em>, led by Kelli Andrascik; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music</em> <em>Collaboration</em>, led by Melanie Braddy; <em>Little Scientists: Exploring Their Way Into the Future</em>, led by Becky Pecot; <em>Math Tools in Action</em>, led by Amanda Saldana; <em>Skip and Jump</em>, led by Sara Ballard; <strong>Stockdick Junior High</strong>, <em>Flight</em>, led by Malvina Castillo; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Scientist</em>, led by Angelique Ramon-Valdez; <em>Help Our Gardens and Minds Grow</em>, led by Mary Smith; <strong>Taylor High School</strong>, <em>Forensics Cumulative Activity - The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti,</em> led by Jessica Mixon; <em>SmartMicroScope USB Microscopes Cross-Curricular Technology</em>, led by Lisa Estill; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Establishing a Mars Colony</em>, led by Stephen Bennett; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Engaging and Differentiating Investigations in Physics</em>, led by Tina Vu; <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Train Your Brain!,</em> led by Brittany Brehm; <strong>West Memorial Junior High</strong>, <em>Force and Motion through the Years</em>, led by Kendall Zurbuchen; <strong>Williams Elementary</strong>, <em>Drum Jam Community</em>, led by Jennifer Patterson; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding Creations</em>, led by Dawn Gray; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>Read React Respond (R3) Book Club</em>, led by Jennifer Studdard; <strong>WoodCreek Junior High</strong>, <em>Partners PE</em>, led by Abbie Wylie</p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principals ISD Appoints New Principals<div class="ExternalClassC924E71F247C47E2A1947A3B84822C16"><p>Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Dr. Diego Linares as the principal of Raines High School (RHS) and the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC), and Cheryl Glasser as the principal of Rylander Elementary (RRE). </p><p>"I am excited to join Katy ISD as the leader of these unique campuses," said Linares. "I believe it is important to educate the whole student, and I am looking forward to working with our community and teachers to provide pathways for all students to achieve success."<br></p><p>Linares comes to Katy ISD with 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he has served as a school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He has also been a principal at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as a high school assistant principal and bilingual teacher. Linares received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota Colombia, his Masters in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and his Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p>For Glasser, this new role offers an opportunity to spread her enthusiasm for cultivating transformational learning experiences.</p><p>"I am honored and thrilled to become a part of the Rylander family," said Glasser. "I am a leader who puts kids first in all decision making and promotes a community of learners.  My passion is to foster positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders of the Rylander community and I am committed to providing authentic, challenging learning experiences for each and every child. I look forward to working with my new Rhino family as we continue to charge to excellence."</p><p>Glasser has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She joined Katy ISD in 2013 as the assistant principal of Morton Ranch Elementary. She had previously served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional specialist and teacher. Glasser received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University.</p><p>Linares and Glasser will join their new campuses on June 18 and June 11, respectively. Linares will replace Kerri Finnesand, who was recently named principal of Seven Lakes High School. Glasser will replace Gwen Coffey, who was recently named as the district's new director of compliance for special education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Diego%20Linares%20RHS.jpg" alt="Diego Linares RHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cheryl%20Glasser%20RRE.jpg" alt="Cheryl Glasser RRE.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge<div class="ExternalClass1CAFE9553AC94A3A93818D7B2E8A2052"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer two Katy Independent School District students will enjoy their school break thanks to the quick thinking of three Katy ISD Police Officers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Officer Christopher Pickering, Officer Michael Seiss and Officer Jose Gonzalez used their law enforcement and crisis management skills to save the lives of two students contemplating suicide.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief of Police Robert E. Jinks, along with his staff, honored them with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Chief's Meritorious Citation Award.</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 8, 2018, Officer Pickering was dispatched to a residence in reference to a possible suicidal student.  Officer Pickering's crisis intervention skills and his ability to develop a rapport with the student led to a voluntary mental health evaluation which saved the student's life.  After receiving treatment, the student informed the police department that Officer Pickering's dedication to his duty and his show of concern prevented him from taking his life that evening.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On March 7, 2018, Officer Seiss and Officer Gonzalez were dispatched to Cinco Ranch High School in reference to a possible suicide.  Upon arriving both officers quickly assessed the severity of the incident and immediately began life-saving measures, that included creating a make-shift tourniquet with a leather belt, in order to halt the loss of blood from the victim. The actions of these two officers were instrumental in saving his life. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day there is an abundance of heroism displayed by our officers throughout our campuses," said Chief Jinks.  "Although we don't often witness these acts of bravery, the work our law enforcement officers conduct at our schools proves to be a life-changing one," added Jinks. </p><p>The <em>Chief's Meritorious Citation Award</em> is presented to recognize and reward the actions of law enforcement officers and staff for their meritorious service to our school district.  This recognition reflects a commitment to the Katy ISD Police Department's core values which are <em>Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All.</em><em>  </em>All three officers will now wear the merit pin as part of their uniform. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Christopher%20Pickering.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Christopher Pickering.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Christopher Pickering</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Jose%20Gonzalez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Jose Gonzalez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Jose Gonzalez</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Michael%20Seiss%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Michael Seiss - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Michael Seiss</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes Junior High ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes Junior High<div class="ExternalClassF4E5DB06CB094B48B88C1F7E2FD1827F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kristin Harper as the new principal of Seven Lakes Junior High (SLJH).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper will be replacing Principal Imelda Medrano.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I'm honored and excited to begin this new journey with the junior high Spartan family.  My goal is to collaborate with all of you to continue the amazing things already happening at SLJH and to maintain the level of academic success while at the same time meeting the social and emotional needs of the student population," said Kristin Harper.  "I am passionate about kids and will promise to make every decision based on what is best for the students of Seven Lakes Junior High," added Harper.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper has an extensive level of experience that includes 24 years in education.  Her service includes 10 years of teaching, four years as an assistant principal and 10 years as a principal at the elementary level.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wyoming and a Masters of Education from the University of Houston.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper will join the junior high Spartan family on June 4.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/053018_Kristin%20Harper%20SLJH.JPG" alt="053018_Kristin Harper SLJH.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes High School ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes High School<div class="ExternalClass7468E440E20E4741B1C5AB3542FD623E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kerri Finnesand as the new principal of Seven Lakes High School (SLHS).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Finnesand will be replacing Ted Vierling who was named the new assistant superintende</span><span style="text-align:justify;">n</span><span style="text-align:justify;">t of operations during the monthly Katy ISD board meeting.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Becoming a Spartan is a distinction I will value tremendously," says Kerri Finnesand, new principal for SLHS.  "I will uphold the great work that has taken place by the campus students and staff and also strive to advance the educational excellence values as well as the character and service we offer at this campus that I now call my new home," added Finnesand.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Finnesand has 22 years of experience in education.  Her service includes five years of teaching, three years as an assistant principal, two years as an intermediate principal and 13 years as a principal at all three levels.  Ms. Finnesand holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master of Education from the University of Houston.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. ​Finnesand will join the Spartan family on May 31.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent of Operations ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent of Operations<div class="ExternalClassBFF04B140E5544E38F9CBBAFCC310E30"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With a unanimous vote of 6-0, tonight the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees named Ted Vierling as the new assistant superintendent of operations. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Vierling has 20 years of experience in Katy ISD.  His service includes four years of teaching and two years serving as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek High School and two years as an assistant principal followed by five years as the principal at Beckendorff Junior High.  For the past seven years, he has served as the principal at Seven Lakes High School.  </p><p>Mr. Vierling is a graduate of Katy High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education Leadership from the University of Houston.  Mr. Vierling will begin his new position on July 1, 2018.​</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ted%20Vierling%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Ted Vierling - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction<div class="ExternalClassA622B8E8FDCD466FAA46E2628605D116"><p>Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). <br></p><p><br>"What a great way to end the school year by receiving this prestigious recognition.  This distinction speaks volumes of the great things happening in our schools. It takes a village to educate a child and our superstar staff and students should be proud of the work they have accomplished," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Pattison Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School</li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2017-18 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, Texas Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 729 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>The Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" alt="2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools<div class="ExternalClass21627E26FF9B4001B74DF6F88450A235"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2017-2018 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School:</p><ul><li>Shreya Budhiraja – Valedictorian</li><li>Subhiksha Srinivasan– Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy High School:</p><ul><li>Marie-Anne Barron - Valedictorian</li><li>Piper Mackenzie Harris – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School</p><ul><li>Arman Thomas Yazdian– Valedictorian</li><li>David Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><ul><li>Penelope Nicole Meranio Gadia – Valedictorian</li><li>Kelly Tseng – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School</p><ul><li>Anusri Dharmendra Shah – Valedictorian</li><li>Dennis Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School</p><ul><li>Sachi Khemka – Valedictorian</li><li>Hachem Bey El-Murhbi – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School</p><ul><li>Viraaj Singh Punia - Valedictorian</li><li>Rohit Ramesh Kamath – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Pictures of the 2017-18 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.</a>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Director of Purchasing ISD Announces Director of Purchasing<div class="ExternalClassB8A4D132CFD24E03BD095B878EFF6DFB"><p>During the monthly Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, the Board of Trustees announced Gloria Truskowski as the new director of purchasing. <br></p><p>"To work for such a great school district is an honor.  I look forward to creating new relationships and contributing to a department that is vital to the overall function of Katy ISD," said Truskowski.  "As a thriving school district, devoting my skills to its success is one of my utmost objectives during this new chapter in my life," added Truskowski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Truskowski's 12 years of detailed experience in educational procurement specializing in facilities, transportation and technology have made her the perfect fit for this district.  She previously served at Fort Bend ISD, as assistant director of purchasing and material management.  She led a staff of ten employees whose focus was customer service, efficiency and increased productivity.  Prior to being the assistant director, Ms. Truskowski was a buyer and warehouse specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double minor in Management and Marketing from the University of Houston. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Ms. Truskowski will start her new job in June. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gloria%20Truskowski.jpg" alt="Gloria Truskowski.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C. ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C.<div class="ExternalClass5F3226FF6AFD46EB8705D7535B6D5632"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The breathtaking masterpieces of two Katy Independent School District students will soon be on display in Washington D.C., as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman John Culberson announced that Taylor High School student Soah Kim's drawing, </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Girl with Boots</em><span style="text-align:justify;">, was the overall winner from his district.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She will receive two complimentary airfare tickets to Washington D.C. to view her work on display at the U.S. Capitol.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman Pete Olson awarded Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker and her painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sequined Sweetheart </em><span style="text-align:justify;">the first runner-up recognition</span><em style="text-align:justify;">.</em><em style="text-align:justify;">  </em><span style="text-align:justify;">Her creation will be hung in Olson's D.C. office for a year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kevina Seo, from Taylor High School won second place for her painting titled <em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em>.  Her picture will be framed and hung in Congressman Culberson's D.C. office for one year.  Additionally, Cinco Ranch High student Phuongthy Tran's <em>Goatee</em> piece was third runner up and his piece will be part of Pete Olson's Sugar Land office for an entire year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's through these artistic pieces that our Katy ISD students can explore the connection between art and storytelling," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "The classic creations of our students are not just stunning, they engage viewers to interpret and create narratives," added Jones.</p><p>The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the talents of their young constituents.  Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Girls%20with%20Boots_Soah%20Kim%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Girls with Boots_Soah Kim - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Girl with Boots</em> by Taylor High School Soah Kim<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Sequined%20Sweetheart_Mya%20Stalnaker%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Sequined Sweetheart_Mya Stalnaker - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sequined Sweetheart</em> by Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Horse%20rider%20with%20Texas%20Flag_Kevina%20Seo%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Horse rider with Texas Flag_Kevina Seo - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em> by Taylor High School Kevina Seo<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Goatee_Phuongthy%20Tran%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Goatee_Phuongthy Tran - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Goatee</em> by Cinco Ranch High School Phuongthy Tran<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members<div class="ExternalClass83FE3A9ECD854DA9995296DB025D3447"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, Susan Marie </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;"> and Dawn Champagne were welcomed as the newest members of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.  </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;">, who will serve as trustee for Position 6 and Champagne, who will serve in Position 7, took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.   </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This is a fabulous community with a school district that delivers outstanding results and entices thousands to settle and raise their families here," said Susan Gesoff, Trustee for Position 6.  "In order to continue to improve the 'product' the district delivers to its students, we must foster more open-minded, two-way, solution-oriented dialogue between educators, administrators, parents and community members," added Gesoff.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I believe that Katy ISD provides a wonderful, well-rounded education for our children.  My aim is to keep all the wonderful parts of our district while simultaneously working on improving the parts that might need help, especially as our district continues to grow," said Dawn Champagne, Trustee for Position 7.  "No matter how good we are, we can always improve." added Champagne.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also unanimously elected new officers for the 2018-19 school year.  Courtney Doyle was elected as president, Bill Lacy as vice president and Ashley Vann as secretary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school district and the main advising group that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/New%20Board%20Members%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="New Board Members - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Picture attribution left to right:  Susan Gesoff, Position 6 and Dawn Champagne, Position 7)</p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent Search 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent Search<div class="ExternalClassCBD0E96E6FC64999A3327A289DF8E062"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 502 seventh grade stude</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nts participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) this year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Duke TIP program helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges and celebrates their accomplishments.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both students and their parents are provided the resources to allow participants to reach their full educational potential.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The first talent search took place in 1980 and every year nearly 100,000 new students enroll.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students participating in the talent search demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade level assessment which qualifies them to take both the PSAT and ACT test.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is very fortunate to have a variety of academically talented students.  The commitment of the district's GT (Gifted and Talented) and Advanced Academics Department is to keep all our students engaged and thriving in diverse educational challenges," said Dr. Christine Caskey, Chief Academic Officer at Katy ISD.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Duke TIP allows students with advanced intellectual abilities the opportunity to assess the extent of their skills through a variety of enrichment benefits," added Alene Lindley, Director of Secondary Curriculum – GT and Advanced Academics.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​This year 309 of those students who took the test, qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.   State recognition was given to 250 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile ranks for college-bound seniors taking the test. Additionally, 36 students earned <em>Grand Recognition</em> for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subject.</p></div>
Katy ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious Award ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious Award<div class="ExternalClass4C5660A409764ACABA475C2D5A644EBD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn Sheroke, a senior at Katy Independent School District Seven Lakes High School (SLHS), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Scholastic Writing Award for her short story titled </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sirenia</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn will be traveling to New York City to be recognized during the annual Carnegie Hall ceremony on June 7.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are over-the-moon proud of our young scholar who has been a student in Katy ISD since her elementary school days," said SLHS English Department Chair Pam Cannon.  "Kaitlyn's writing is more than just an assignment, she pours out her heart into each and every one of her pieces.  The SLHS Spartans are proud to see her work receiving the national attention it deserves," added Cannon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To receive this award, students must first go through regional judging in order to advance to national review.  This year, Kaitlyn along with nine other Katy ISD students became regional Gold Key participants.  The history of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is known for its rich notable alumni, like Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates, who have gone on to write a variety of contemporary works of literature which are read around the world.</p><p>After graduation, Kaitlyn will be attending Baylor University.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn%20Sheroke%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn Sheroke - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Attribution:  Seven Lakes High School Senior Kaitlyn Sheroke)</p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to Watch ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to Watch<div class="ExternalClass00ACBD2894FB4B5B985DBEDCFBE6746A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a celebration ceremony, Katy Independent School District McMeans Junior High (MMJH) students proudly held up a new banner that will soon be displayed at their school, recognizing them as a </span><em style="text-align:justify;">National School to Watch</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is not the first time MMJH has received this prestigious recognition by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, in 2015 the school received the award as well.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Schools who receive this honor are high-performing campuses that have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every student at McMeans Junior High matters!  We take our role as educators very seriously because we are instrumental in creating the future legacies of this world," said Dr. Susan Rice, principal at McMeans Junior High.  "We are proud that other schools and school districts are watching our example and we're excited to continue our legacy of excellence," added Rice.</p><p>With the upbeat tunes and harmonious songs of MMJH orchestra, band and choirs, the campus staff celebrated this milestone accomplishment after meeting rigorous criteria.  Part of the process of re-designation included national forum representatives visiting the campus to conduct interviews with students, teachers, staff and PTA members to ensure MMJH was meeting student academic requirements as well as their social/emotional needs.  </p><p>​Campus administrators and teachers will be traveling to Arlington, VA in June for the national recognition.  <a href="">Click here</a> to view picture of <em>School to Watch</em> celebration.  </p><p>​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/For%20Latest%20News%20Post.jpg" alt="For Latest News Post.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Madison Carr (NJHS President), Kevin Jimenez (NJHS Officer), Vyshnavi Viju (Student Council Officer) and Zach Darby (Student Council Officer) display new designation banner.</span><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School<div class="ExternalClass804C03D39B9242F595228ECE717FFE9E"><p>​As community development continues around the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision, today the magnified sounds of the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartan Drumline could be heard for blocks as the groundbreaking ceremony of Junior High #16 and High School #9 took place.  Both schools will alleviate the thriving southwest quadrant of the district and provide relief to existing campuses that currently house students in the surrounding boundaries. </p><p>"Within the walls of these schools, future leaders will be taught, memories will be made and educational opportunities will prepare and inspire," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "The construction of these campuses will be a new opportunity for this neighborhood and our community at large, to invest in our students as they create their future," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The buildings will be constructed as part of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.  These educational facilities will not only be state-of-the-art buildings with collaborative spacing and leading edge technology, but they will be equipped with quality educators which make Katy ISD one of the best schools in the country. The construction of both facilities is another example of Katy ISD's promise to the community to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also participating in the ceremonial turning of dirt was the general contractors Drymalla and Satterfield & Pontikes as well as PBK Architects, Inc.  </p><p>​Missed the event?  <a href="">Click here</a> for pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JH16%20and%20HS9.jpg" alt="JH16 and HS9.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Education ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Education<div class="ExternalClass0CE4F1A7B7E0449A950B74F8D5311BCC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With over 8,000 special education students currently enrolled at Katy Independent School District, a familiar face will now be the new Director of Compliance for Special Education.  Gwen Coffey's new role was formally announced to the public by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting.</span><br></p><p>Coffey is currently the principal at Roberta Rylander Elementary. As part of her new endeavors, she will direct the district's special education program to ensure the provision comprehensive services for students with disabilities.   She will also work to individualize educational plans that meet the needs of all students with disabilities and ensure compliance with state, federal and local requirements.  </p><p>​"My belief is that our students are our most valuable resource.  Increased student learning and achievement are my passion," said Coffey.  "I am honored to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our Katy community to help increase achievement for all students."</p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Coffey's educational experience extends to several </span><span style="text-align:justify;">professions within school campuses.  She began her career in 1997 as a teacher in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Two years later she joined the Katy ISD family as a teacher at Golbow Elementary where she taught both general education and special education for six years.  Her next endeavor was as a counselor at Huggins Elementary at Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.  Following that, she was a middle school counselor for one year at Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD, which lead to her taking the assistant principal position at that school.  However, Ms. Coffey knew that Katy ISD was her home and decided to come back as an Assistant Principal at Cimarron Elementary.  </span><br></p><p>Ms. Coffey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Education in Counseling, and she is currently in obtaining her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.  Coffey will begin her new endeavor in June 2018.</p><p></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/050217_Gwendolyn%20Coffey_Director%20of%20Compliance.jpg" alt="050217_Gwendolyn Coffey_Director of Compliance.jpg" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Agricultural Sciences Center ISD Breaks Ground on New Agricultural Sciences Center<div class="ExternalClass9F5E81E95A0A47ED882775BCAC8F00D2"><p>​The Katy Junior High band created the perfect ambiance for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new Katy Independent School District Agricultural Sciences Center.  The 125 acres' expansion to the Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center is the last project of the voter-approved 2014 bond and it's expected to be ready for the 2019 Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo.</p><p>The new construction will include an outdoor pavilion, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>purpose show area, a project center building, a <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>purpose covered outdoor arena, eco-pond, parking and roadways.  As Katy ISD continues to grow every year, the center will accommodate eight high schools and the expansion of the agriculture education program curriculum.  Currently Katy ISD has approximately 3,300 Future Farmers of American (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">FFA</span>) students.  Previously, the livestock show and rodeo events took place at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion which was built in 2004.</p><p>​This project is a reality because of the collaboration between the general contractor Stewart Builders and the architectural firm VLK Architects.  To view photos of the groundbreaking event, <a href="">click here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education" ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education"<div class="ExternalClass1D03109B0BD14D56B34D223CBAC7CF3D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> year, Katy Independent School District has received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Receiving this recognition for more than a decade speaks for the passion of our music teachers, coordinators and everyone who makes our music programs thrive at Katy ISD," said Executive Director of Fine Arts Mike Ouellette<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.  </span>"Music education is an integral part of learning and we are fortunate to provide our community with one of the best programs in the nation." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a series of landmark studies, by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic successes, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance.  Other studies explain the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Year ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Year<div class="ExternalClass0A6D99E2154948078100D2728A73FB62"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy Independent School District will transition to a </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">multi-</span><span style="text-align:justify;">bell schedule which will support the new district transportation model.  Last night, the Katy ISD </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">Board of Trustees</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> announced the elementary schools that will fall under Group 1 and 2.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>bell schedule will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  These changes will alleviate the challenges the district is facing with bus driver recruitment as well as safety concerns with congested traffic in areas within Katy.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  To verify what group your child's campus falls under, <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">click here</a>.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Nurse of the Year ISD Recognizes Nurse of the Year<div class="ExternalClass2BE31A1127C54DD88E0144DC913FC2F0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">"</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Save one life and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives and you are a nurse." That is one of the most notorious quotes to describe nurses, the dedicated professionals who are critical to the medical field. Katy ISD, has 74 </span><span style="text-align:justify;">exceptionally well-prepared campus nurses, and Kim Cromie, from Bonnie Holland Elementary has been named the 2017-18 Nurse of the Year!</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominations for the "Nurse of the Year" recognition were submitted earlier this year by colleagues across the district who described why a particular nurse was outstanding.  The required criteria included professionalism, work experience, volunteerism and clinic management experience.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cromie was brought to tears when she learned she was the final candidate for Katy ISD.  "Being a school nurse is immensely rewarding because not only are you instrumental in keeping students healthy, you also provide valuable information to keep the entire campus safe," said Cromie. "It's very gratifying when I end my day knowing that my work protects the Bonnie Holland huskies.  Being able to serve our students and community in this way is a privilege and a gift," added Cromie. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Director of Health Services for Katy ISD, Therese Highnote, stated that a school nurse isn't just about taking temperatures and administering bandages.  All across the district, campus nurses are in a position to promote wellness, prevention and provide access to care for children to be healthy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the hospital setting during an emergency situation there is no red button to push and a team comes flying in with equipment and medications to give. The school nurse stands alone with her knowledge, experience and professionalism ready to react when needed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, the principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary indicated, "It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this recognition and to show Kim how much everyone at Bonnie Holland Elementary appreciates everything she does." In 2017, a collaboration between Nurse Cromie, the Bonnie Holland elementary staff and Texas Children's Hospital resulted in the campus being recognized as a "Project Adam Heart Safe School."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides keeping students healthy, nurse Cromie also mentors other nurses in Katy ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040918_BHE_Nurse%20of%20the%20Year%20(25)%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" alt="040918_BHE_Nurse of the Year (25) - smaller version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Picture attribution: (left to right)</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lance Hindt, superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kim Cromie, campus nurse at Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Huskie – campus mascot</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Therese Highnote – Director of Health Services, Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conference ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conference<div class="ExternalClass348DBC6080104DA2B1F4366D7BB100B3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District was well represented during the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) 56</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Conference when the Communications Department took home 14 star awards for their outstanding work in communication, branding and school public relations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD competed against 1,331 other entries from several school districts in the region and won five gold, five silver and four bronze recognitions.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our Communications Department does an outstanding job keeping our parents and community informed and up to date on District initiatives, activities and programs," said Dr. Lance Hindt, superintendent of schools.  "They represent the needs and voice of our school community in this day of instant communication.  Their collaborative efforts with campuses, departments and administration ensures that the information most important to our community is being shared and discussed across multiple platforms," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day, the experience, passion and enormous creativity of our team ensures there are opportunities for our community to learn about student and staff accomplishments, as well as engage in decision-making processes impacting our students," said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  <strong>"</strong>These recognitions affirm our commitment to ongoing and transparent communication with Katy ISD stakeholders," added Grooms.</p><p>The recognitions include:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gold Star:</span></p><ol><li>2017 Student Excellence Event Program </li><li>Stockdick Junior High Branding</li><li>Bryant Elementary Logo</li><li>Welcome Home Dr. Hindt Convocation Video</li><li>Katy ISD Update - January 2017</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silver Star</span>:</p><ol><li>2017 of the Year Program</li><li>Bethke Elementary Dedication Program</li><li>Cast Away Video Script</li><li>Heigh Ho Video Script</li><li>State of the District Prezi</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bronze Star</span>:</p><ol><li>Superintendent Keynote Speech at Katy Chamber of Commerce, Teacher of the Year Celebration</li><li>Jenks Dedication Program</li><li>K9 Officers Marcel and Juno Video</li><li>Superintendent's Message – April 2017</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Every day the Katy ISD Communications Department works to disseminate information to over 77,000+ students, their parents, community members and other stakeholders across the Katy community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0584%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="IMG_0584 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><img alt="" style="width:624px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:justify;">(left to right:  Courtney Doyle, Katy ISD Board Vice President, Maria DiPetta, Manager of Media Relations, Leah Marchione, Manager of Community Relations, Sarah Klein, Communications Specialist, Claudia Deschamps, Director of Communications, Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief of Communications)</p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Living Legacy ISD Names New Elementary School after Living Legacy<div class="ExternalClassCD82DC08E12E4E528C459D573CB8DB9E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved to name its newest elementary school after retired educator Amy Campbell who has dedicated 33 years of her education career to the students at Katy ISD.</span></p><p>"It is such an honor to serve the greater Katy community. I love living in Katy, I loved being a teacher and I am so excited to see what the future holds for all the children that will pass through Campbell Elementary. It is a truly humbling experience and I am delighted to be part of the Katy Legacy," says Amy Campbell, new Katy ISD namesake.</p><p>After the decision was announced, Campbell received a standing ovation by the audience in attendance.  She is a native of the Texas Panhandle who grew up in the Memorial-Houston area and attended grade school, middle school and high school in Spring Branch ISD, graduating from Westchester High School.  Katy ISD welcomed this educator in the fall of 1982 as a Katy High School adaptive behavior teacher, but her classroom was in the original Odessa Kilpatrick School.  In 1987, Campbell piloted the LIFE skills (Living in Functional Environments) program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the same time, she and a fellow teacher began the Occupational Lab, a place where students completed jobs for local businesses.</p><p>Eventually, they persuaded  the school district into letting them get their bus driver's licenses so they could take their students into the community and teach them job related skills in real life, hands-on situations by  partnering with local businesses. Today this program exists in every Katy ISD high school and is called the Work Based Learning Program.  While at Katy High School, she also helped start a swim program for students with special needs that later became known as the Adaptive Aquatics Program.  <br><br>In 1995, Campbell moved to Taylor High School to bring the Life Skills and Work-Based Learning programs to that campus.  While there, she and a fellow teacher founded the second Texas high school chapter of Best Buddies, a global program dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).  Today there are over 60 high school chapters in Texas. She remained a sponsor of the program until her retirement in 2015. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy ISD is honored to display the name of a living legacy on this new elementary school, which will serve the Cross Creek Ranch and Churchill Farms subdivisions.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040218_Amy%20Campbell2%20-%20cropped.jpg" alt="040218_Amy Campbell2 - cropped.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction<div class="ExternalClassA1FA07EFA31C43AF913D6B2F06357C33"><p>Residents voted for it. Now it's time to build it!!  </p><p>Katy Independent School District is kicking off the construction of its 2017 bond projects. The community is now invited to witness the process every step of the way through its newly designed, <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Build the Legacy</em></a><em> </em>website. In it the public can obtain project information, see designs, track the status of construction and witness the progress of various projects as they advance.    <br></p><p>"I'm excited to see each project come to fruition for our students and staff at Katy ISD," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD. "The future is being built right before our eyes and we couldn't have done it without our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The voter-approved $609.2 MM bond includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and three elementary schools). Additionally, it also covered a comprehensive renovation to Fielder Elementary School and some much-needed improvements to 61 of our campuses.  Ninety-one (91%) of the bond is for school facilities and 9% is for technology and infrastructure such as buses, portables and storage tank replacements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Community Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of parents, students, community leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and business owners dedicated several months to analyzing a facilities plan for the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is considered the second fastest growing school district in Texas and was recently recognized by Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, as the best school district in the Houston Metro Area.</p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model<div class="ExternalClassD8A563DACAED4A2BB49C7D95C6DBC82A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After receiving input from the Katy Independent School District community, through Y</span><em style="text-align:justify;">our District, Your Voice</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> initiative, the Board of Trustees approved to change the 2018-19 transportation model.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy ISD will transition to a multi-bell schedule.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, the Katy ISD Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for these campuses will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The information will be announced at a later date.</p><p>Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
2018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule Transportation Model and Bell Schedule<div class="ExternalClass8BFE2709889D48469FB360D596750D30"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Your%20District%20Your%20Voice%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Your District Your Voice - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>March 1, 2018</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,</p><p>After careful consideration and review of feedback from 20,000 parents and community members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the 2018-19 Katy ISD transportation model at the February 26 Regular Board Meeting.</p><p>Beginning this fall, Katy ISD campuses will transition to a multi-bell schedule.  However, criteria for transportation eligibility will remain the same.   Elementary students residing outside of a ½-mile radius of their school and secondary students outside of a 1-mile radius, will continue to be eligible for transportation services. </p><p>The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  Elementary Group 1 will begin school at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m., and Elementary Group 2 will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:40 p.m.  All junior high campuses will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m.  High school start and dismissal times (7:25 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) will remain unchanged. </p><p>Katy ISD's Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for each elementary campus will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting on April 23, 2018.  In the meantime, please take a moment to review our <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Transportation Questions and Answers.</a> This Q & A will be updated as additional questions are brought to our attention.</p><p>We greatly appreciate the guidance of our parents and community as the 2018-19 model was developed over these past few months.  This model will allow the District to provide the same level of service to families in 2018-19 while enabling us to utilize our drivers more efficiently, as well as address safety concerns in areas of the District that are becoming increasingly congested.</p><p>Thank you for your continuous support and feedback.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years<div class="ExternalClassF7F5F6CCC16B427FB371474B760C525A"><p>As part of the Katy Independent School District, "<em>Your District, Your Voice</em>" initiative, the community has provided its input for the upcoming yearly instructional calendar.  The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved the following option for the 2018-2019 academic year: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Option #1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p>School Begins:  Wednesday, August 15</p><p>School Ends:  Thursday, May 23</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  177</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>"The District is required to have a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year," says Bonnie Holland, associate superintendent for administration, governance and legal affairs.  "With the options approved, Katy ISD has enough calendar minutes to cover two bad weather days," added Holland.</p><p>K-12 <em>Insight</em>, the external research firm conducting the survey, found that, out of the 22,169 participants, 65% favored option #1.   The Board also approved an instructional calendar for 2019-2020 school year.  This calendar mirrors the preferred components of the 2018-19 calendar.​​​​</p></div>


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