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Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards<div class="ExternalClass6CAEB7A5F5DE40A6BADA3EA205BAFC36"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Department recognized for electronic newsletter and video feature</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by <a href="">MarCom Awards</a>, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The <a href="">Katy ISD Update</a>, a monthly publication created by the Department and delivered via e-mail to nearly 20,000 subscribers, was recognized for its creative design and concept. </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Department was also awarded Honorable Mention by MarCom in the category of Information Video for its video feature on <a href="">K9 Officers Marcel and Juno</a>, four-legged heroes that sniff out trouble to keep Katy ISD safe, which was produced to honor the Katy ISD Police Department during the District's Police Week from August 28 – September 3.<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Nearly 6,000 entries are submitted every year from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers from across the United States and other countries.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals. </p><p><br></p></div>
Title I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting<div class="ExternalClass671B8877C32E490DB104E071758A0FF2"><p>​The District Parent Advisory Committee Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Education Support Complex in Room 1200BCG from 5:00PM to 6:00 PM. This is an opportunity for parents to provide input on the Title I program. If you are interested in serving on this committee, register at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>  Be advised that all volunteers may not be selected to serve on the committee.</p></div>
Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend<div class="ExternalClass3F10AE71EE574C6CAB40CBA095FBA580"><p>​<strong style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD, local organizations send backpacks home with food</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>​October 14, 2016</em></strong><strong> </strong>– Katy ISD has partnered with the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program and Members Choice Credit Union to fill backpacks with food and distribute to families in need.  This program works to fill the gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious food for students to take home over the weekend.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On October 7, 2016 volunteers at Schmalz Elementary stuffed more than 35 backpacks to feed nearly 35 families last weekend.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are just excited to see kids that are going home on the weekend with backpacks that have food," said Principal Jaime Shipley. "We know they are being taken care of, and they'll be back on Monday ready to learn."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">So far this year, the Backpack Buddy Program has distributed 362,258 backpacks to 603 schools across Southeast Texas.  Thanks to their partnership with various school districts the Houston Food Bank serves approximately 12,500 students a week.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD joined this partnership when administrators learned some of the District's children were going home to little or no food during the weekends and holidays. The generic black backpacks, which are discreet and do not reveal their content, consist of six meals for each child.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="">here</a> to see a video of our last Backpack Buddy Program at Schmalz Elementary. </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event<div class="ExternalClass297A2474531845EA813D4670DFCF64FA"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em>Community can return expired, unused and unwanted pills on October 22</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road. </p><p>The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</p><p>Last September, Americans turned in more than 617,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites operated by the DEA, and its state and local law enforcement partners. When combined with what was collected in its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 4.8 million pounds of pills.    </p><p>For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take-Back Day event, contact Officer James Grima at 281-237-4024.</p></div>
Katy ISD Invites Military Veterans to Mayde Creek vs Katy Football Game for Half Time Ceremony ISD Invites Military Veterans to Mayde Creek vs Katy Football Game for Half Time Ceremony<div class="ExternalClass4044CA6B32E74501B63360DDF5E17829"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Vets%20day%20invite%20kisd%202016.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:600px;" /></p><p>Katy ISD invites all military veterans and a guest to attend the Mayde Creek Rams vs Katy Tigers football game on Saturday, November 5th, for a half time ceremony in honor of those who have served, in peace time as well as in war. </p><p>RSVP to Lance Carter, Katy ISD Assistant Athletic Director at 281-396-2789 by November 3rd. </p></div>
Katy ISD Schools Host Educators from China ISD Schools Host Educators from China <div class="ExternalClassFB099605B5C649CAAF004F7121D81B64"><p>​Wilson Elementary and Seven Lakes Junior High hosted 25 elementary and secondary Information Technology teachers from Hangzhou, China as part of a <strong>Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University</strong> program on October 5-6.</p><p>The exchange program provided an opportunity for the participating Chinese educators to visit area schools and see American teaching in action. The visits were also a chance for international exchange of ideas, allowing Katy ISD employees to share information and learn more about education in China. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/exchange.jpg" alt="exchange.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:374px;" /> <br><strong>Sev​en Lakes Junior High staff and teachers welcome 25 Chinese educators.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Group.jpg" alt="Group.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /><br><strong>Wilson Elementary teachers exchanged ideas with visiting Chinese educators.</strong><br></strong></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award ISD Education Foundation among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award<div class="ExternalClass940A0C4BBE1A45988853D2712993BCE5"><p><em>​Voting ends at midnight Monday, October 17</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17.</p><p>Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration awards recognizes community organizations that align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to support and inspire youth.  The Katy ISD Education Foundation rewards teacher inspiration of students by funding innovative classroom projects that go beyond district budget limitations. The Foundation was nominated by local Chick-fil-A operator, Rusty Wylie and is the only organization in the Greater Houston Area under consideration. True Inspiration awards are a national contest; therefore voting is open to everyone regardless of location.</p><p>Votes are cast exclusively through the Chick-fil-A One app, one vote per person. To vote on the app, select "Vote" on the home screen, then "Southwest Region," "Katy ISD Education Foundation," and "Confirm Vote."  </p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that, in its first four years, has awarded more than $725,000 in grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district.  Its fifth year of grants will be awarded in May 2017. Learn more at <a href=""></a> or contact 281-396-2461, <a href=""></a>.  </p></div>
South Transportation Center Expected to be Ready to Roll in 2017 Transportation Center Expected to be Ready to Roll in 2017<div class="ExternalClassFB2487BEDB09421DAF9EE35906FEA8E4"><p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">South Transportation Center</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> occurred on January 6, 2016. Despite the challenges of an unusually wet year, and with the help from Katy ISD Project Manager Scott Walker, progress has been steady. The tentative Opening date is January 2017. The South Transportation Satellite Center opened its doors in January of 2011 with 34 routes. Today, the center has 95 routes and 119 employees. In January, the South Transportation Center will have the capacity for up to 250 buses. Click </span><a href="" target="_blank" data-mce-href="" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">here</a><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> to view photos of construction progress.</span>​</p></div>
Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium on Track for 2017-2018 Activity Facility: Second Stadium on Track for 2017-2018 <div class="ExternalClassD66C87CB5EDF4937978CC30F21297E9C"><p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Construction of the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> continues. This stadium, along with neighboring J</span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">ack Rhodes Stadium</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">, will form the </span><strong style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex</strong><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">. The Complex will create a unique experience for fans, students, parents and the community as sporting and fine arts events can be played concurrently thanks to the infrastructure and road construction the will allow spectators and game participants easy access in and out of the Complex. Click </span><a href="" target="_blank" data-mce-href="" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">here</a><span style="color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;"> to view photos of the construction progress</span>.​</p></div>
Backpack Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend Buddy Program Feeds Students over the Weekend<div class="ExternalClass0583E815D3F848F69D6ABF825528F32D"><p>​<em>Katy ISD, local organizations send backpacks home with food</em></p><p><em>​</em><strong style="text-align:justify;">What:             </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has partnered with the Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program and Members Choice Credit Union to fill backpacks with food and distribute to families in need.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The program works to fill the gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious food for students to take home over the weekend.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">So far this year, the Backpack Buddy program has distributed 362,258 backpacks to 603 schools across Southeast Texas.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Friday, approximately 40 students from Schmalz Elementary will go home with a backpack full of food.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other Katy ISD schools will be participating in the near future.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           Schmalz Elementary School </p><p>                        18605 Green Land Way</p><p>Houston, TX  77084</p><p>                        </p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>            </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. </strong></span></p><p> </p><p><strong>Contact:</strong>        Maria Corrales, Katy ISD Communications Office, 281-396-2298</p><p><em><br></em></p></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex<div class="ExternalClassAE929B6B83734CD9B04CD8808CA8948F"><p><em>Complex to be comprised of Rhodes Stadium and second stadium​</em></p><p>Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium. <br></p><p>The minimal term for this agreement will be 10 years, and the final negotiated price can be paid in yearly increments. </p><p>This Complex will not only be the home base for Districtwide athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities, but will also host non-Katy ISD events at the local and regional level. </p><p>Jack Rhodes Stadium opened in 1982 and is located at 1733 Katyland Drive in Katy. The stadium is home for seven high school varsity teams with the eighth high school to open its doors in the fall of 2017.  The 2014 bond referendum provided funding to construct the second stadium, which is also located on the same grounds as Rhodes Stadium, thus creating the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex. </p><p>This Complex will create a unique experience for fans, students, parents and the community as sporting and fine arts events can be played concurrently thanks to the infrastructure and new road construction that will allow spectators and game participants easy access in and out of the Complex. Another exciting element of the second stadium is a multi-purpose room that can also serve as a venue for various community events such as banquets, receptions and recognitions. </p><p>Businesses interested in submitting proposals can do so by mail to the Katy ISD Purchasing Department at 5364 Franz Road, Katy, Texas 77493 by October 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.  All proposals are to be submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked: <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2:00 PM., OCTOBER 10, 2016 – RFCSP #1609 – NAMING RIGHTS FOR KATY ISD STUDENT ACTIVITY FACILITIES COMPLEX.​</strong></span> </p></div>
Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board<div class="ExternalClass23658ED585274C8C8F13DA77BD78EE7A"><p>​<em>Henry Dibrell reelected to three-year term </em></p><p>The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 4, Position E. Dibrell currently serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Katy ISD board. He joined the board in 2011 and has held the positions of vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. </p><p>A graduate of Leadership TASB and a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems, he also invests time volunteering with the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentoring and coaching flag football athletes. Dibrell is the owner of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm.</p><p>Dibrell is a licensed minister who holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Northwestern State University. He is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award, and serves on the board of the Katy Pachyderm Club.</p><p>TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students. </p></div>
Mayde Creek High School to Present Poe’s Midnight Dreary October 13 - 15 Creek High School to Present Poe’s Midnight Dreary October 13 - 15<div class="ExternalClassAFE55DE816AC4971AC27800F4A4A20D7"><p>​In anticipation of Halloween, Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company will present <em>Poe's Midnight Dreary</em>."Edgar Allen Poe's life works are hauntingly dramatized in this play. The story is cleverly told through a series of dramatizations of the master's works: <em>The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial </em>and<em> Annabel Lee.</em> These stories are threaded together with the events of Poe's life as he deliriously remembers them on an anonymous deathbed in a Baltimore Hospital. The production features senior Aiden Looney as Poe, junior Brenda Palestina as Maria Clemm, and freshman Madison Wiese as Virginia Poe.</p><p>Performances take place October 13 at 7:00 p.m., October 14 at 7:00 p.m., and October 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Mayde Creek High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased online at <a href="">​</a>. Prices range from $6 to $10.  And Gold Card members may purchase tickets for $5.   For more information call 281-237-3803.</p></div>
Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy ISD Police Safety Bureau Begins Fourth Class of Award Winning Academy <div class="ExternalClass59DFB01F558F4BCC8B309C5DEAA8F52D"><p>​The Katy ISD Police Safety Bureau is about to begin its fourth Katy ISD Board and Texas School Safety Center recognized <strong><em>Safe Schools Parent's Academy</em></strong><em>. </em>Modeled after citizen's police and fire academies, this monthly program is designed for those already actively engaged with Katy ISD as volunteers, partners, or supporters of the District.</p><p>Attendees will get an inside look at various areas designed to keep students safe and secure. Topics are designed to showcase how Katy ISD approaches school safety. Presentations may include police operations, emergency management, the campus safety task force, the internet crimes against children task force, the gang task force, the weather service, and others. Tours of the police communications center, specialty equipment and emergency vehicles, along with demonstrations of canine search techniques, police bicycle procedures, and police communications are also anticipated.</p><p>The Safe Schools Parent Academy is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for a future class, please email <a href=""></a>. </p></div>
Student Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th Art Pieces for Sale at Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction September 24th <div class="ExternalClassED916F6F69D74FE0A97D179D23BD59B5"><p>​The Fort Bend County Fair recently selected a total of 24 student art auction pieces from surrounding schools, of which 17 are Katy ISD student art pieces. Art pieces will be auctioned on Saturday, September 24<sup>th</sup> beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the <a href="/Documents/FBCFA%20Map.pdf">fairgrounds in Rosenberg</a>.​</p><p>The Katy ISD student art pieces selected for auction were:</p><ul><li><strong>Erica Smolik, </strong>Grand Champion, "Qualifying Run," Katy HS</li><li><strong>Sharon Wang, </strong>Best of Class, "Caretaker," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Amy Yang,</strong> Best of Class, "Buckets of Love," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Hannah Purvis, </strong>Best of Class, "Real Cowboy," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>TuHan Ngo, </strong>Best of Class,<strong> </strong>"Summer Storms," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Christina Mei Zhou,</strong> "Around the Barrel," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Audrey Liu, </strong>"Ride!" Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Alexa Baeza</strong>, "Mornin' Chores," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Allyson Su</strong>, "All Around Roping," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Frances Lapid</strong>, "Shadow Ride" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Flora Hu</strong>, "A Love Like No Other" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Ellice Gao</strong>, "Lean on Me," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Alexandra Hernandez</strong>, "Bridles and Bits," Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Ruofan Zhang</strong>, "Strike a Pose" Seven Lakes HS </li><li><strong>Claire Bai</strong>, "Through the Wire," Tompkins HS</li><li><strong>Savannah Ruddock</strong>, "River Reflections" Seven Lakes HS</li><li><strong>Luanna R. Sacramento</strong>, "Holding on For Dear Life," Tompkins HS</li></ul><p>Click <a href="/Documents/Art_Auction_Fort_Bend_County_Fair.pdf">here</a> to see artwork.</p><p>The School Art Auction Program is designed to reward the effort and showcase the artwork for Fort Bend County students. This competition brings out the creativity in students and enables them to earn money for their future. Exhibitors compete with their original pieces of art in hopes of winning the coveted Grand Champion ribbon.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships<div class="ExternalClass227527DEA28143EF9393F3F06456FC70"><p>​Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year's School-Business Partnership program at three regional events.  Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held three Friday mornings in October from 8-9:30 a.m.</p><p><strong>October 7th at Cinco Ranch High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Alexander, Creech, Davidson, Fielder, Griffin, Holland, Kilpatrick, Randolph, Rylander, Shafer, Stanley, Williams and Wilson Elementary Schools</li><li>Beck, Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tays Junior High Schools</li><li>Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 14</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> at Taylor High School, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Bear Creek, Cimarron, Exley, Hayes, Nottingham Country, Mayde Creek, Memorial Parkway, Pattison, Rhoads, Schmalz, West Memorial and Wolfe Elementary Schools</li><li>Cardiff, Mayde Creek, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial Junior High Schools</li><li>Mayde Creek and Taylor High Schools</li></ul><p><strong>October 28</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at the Robert Shaw Center for STEAM, hosted by:</strong></p><ul><li>Bethke, Franz, Golbow, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, King, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Stephens, Sundown, Winborn, Wolman and WoodCreek Elementary Schools</li><li>Katy, McDonald, Morton Ranch and WoodCreek Junior High Schools</li><li>Katy, Morton Ranch and Raines High Schools, and Miller Career and Technology Center​</li></ul><p>The regional open houses provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus leaders from schools in their market area and allow in-depth conversation between the two regarding upcoming events for the school year.  </p><p>School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through existing Partners in Education programs:  KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read and Sister Schools.  </p><p>For more information contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, <a href=""></a>, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD Partners in Education website via <a href="/"></a> under the "Community" tab.  The RSVP site lists host campuses participating at each of the three events.  </p><p>​<a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx"><strong>Click here</strong></a><strong> </strong>to learn more about event locations and to RSVP.<strong> </strong></p></div>
Mayde Creek Senior Places Ninth at National FBLA Conference Creek Senior Places Ninth at National FBLA Conference<div class="ExternalClass34D0D9576E944E71A7E4C2A9559818F8"><p>​Mayde Creek High School senior David Fernandez won ninth place in Public Speaking II at the <strong>National FBLA Conference. </strong>Fernandez competed against students throughout the United States, Canada, China, Bermuda, Korea, Taiwan and Haiti, as well as online competitors in FBLA virtual chapters. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/David%20Fernandez.png" alt="David Fernandez.png" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
GT Screening for Current 5th Grade Students Screening for Current 5th Grade Students<div class="ExternalClass5D50E2908C814DC590F1331198B08DF4"><p>​Students in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.</p><p>If you would like to refer your child for secondary Gifted and Talented screening, complete a Secondary Parent Checklist and return to your child's elementary campus by September 29, 2016. <strong>Secondary Parent Checklists will not be accepted after September 29th.</strong></p><p>You may obtain a Secondary Parent Checklist from your child's campus counselor beginning September 12, 2016.  You may also access the <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Secondary</strong></span> Parent checklist on the Katy ISD website <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx">here​</a>.  </p><p>If you refer your child for screening, testing will take place at your child's campus in October and November.  You will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January.</p><p>Contact the Challenge teacher at your child's elementary school with any questions.  </p></div>
Referral Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Deadline for Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening<div class="ExternalClassA053AE8211DA4ABEA656796D2873E910"><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy Independent School District may refer their children for Challenge (Gifted & Talented) screening between September 19 and October 10.  All kindergarten parents will receive information in their child's take-home packet on how to refer him or her beginning the week of September 19.  Referral information is also available on the Katy ISD website: <a href="/"></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for submission of the referral form (parent checklist) is October 11th. The deadline will be enforced so that students can be tested on the testing days designated for this purpose.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kindergarten service will begin by March 1, 2017.  The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills. Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom. Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade. If you have questions, please contact the counselor at the home campus or the campus Challenge teacher. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of students who are referred and screened will receive placement notification during the last week of February.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Three informational session options for parents will be held on October 4th and 5th.   The first session on October 4th will be held at 7:00PM at Stephens Elementary School, 2715 Fry Road, in the cafeteria.  An interpreter will be available at this session for Spanish-speaking parents.  Two additional sessions will be held on October 5th at 5:00PM and 7:00PM at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, in the Commons. Students do not need to attend these sessions.  All session will last about one hour.</p></div>
Cinco Ranch Junior High Sixth-Grader Wins Prize from Think Through Math Ranch Junior High Sixth-Grader Wins Prize from Think Through Math<div class="ExternalClassB18F062DBA164C60B9B193480C5697B4"><p>Cinco Ranch Junior High sixth-grader Joshua Okolo won one of 10 <strong>Big Kahuna </strong>prizes from <strong>Think Through Math (TTM)</strong> this summer. The Big Kahuna Texas Grand Prize Drawing is reserved for students who have passed at least three math lessons each week of the summer. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Okolo received a solar-powered backpack, a tablet, a TTM journal, pencils and t-shirt. Okolo was also one of the 2015 big summer TTM prize winners, and is the first student in TTM history to win twice. </span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Joshua%20Okolo.jpg" alt="Joshua Okolo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /></strong></span> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>​Pictured with Joshua Okolo and his family are some of the Cinco Ranch Junior High math department, Mr. Ruben Soliz, Assistant Principal Ms. Shan Smith, Math Instructional Coach Miss Erika Berk, Okolo's teacher Mrs. Mayra Rubio, Assistant Principal Mrs. Mona Cardin and TTM representative Ms. Karen Tillett.  </strong><br></span></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts "Good to Volunteer" ISD Partners in Education Debuts "Good to Volunteer"<div class="ExternalClassE5665CBA6DF34AEB9060F342E9D70890">​<span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">​​</span><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD's Partners in Education has debuted its </span><a href="" style="font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0072c6;">2016 video "Good to Volunteer," </span></a><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">a cinematic reminder of how good (and fun) it is to volunteer at a school.  The soundtrack is sung by Katy ISD graduate, parent and volunteer John Cordes, who also stars in the production.  The video features the Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Hallelujah Dancers who, along with recent Volunteers of the Year and the VIPS Executive Board, shared their skills at last May's Volunteer Celebration.</span><div><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">This past school year, Katy ISD achieved an unprecedented accomplishment as 1,018,981 volunteer hours were donated to students and staff.  "Good to Volunteer" honors that ground-breaking year of service and also serves as a call to action as we welcome a new superintendent and open three new campuses.</span></div><div><font color="#222222" face="verdana, arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14.3px;"><br></span></font><span style="font-size:14.3px;color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Katy ISD Partners in Educ​​ation creat​​es school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Partners in Education</a>.​</p></div></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off<div class="ExternalClassC66AA2D2D3F64B11B7E719DD8D4A21FB">​<span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;">Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Thursday, September 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  Katy ISD campuses will host tables for their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor. </span><div><font color="#222222" face="verdana, arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14.3px;"><br></span></font><span style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results from the 2015-2016 school year showed that 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 80% decreased absences and 87% decreased discipline referrals.</p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Over its 20-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student's lives.  As school starts this year, hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have <strong>ever thought about becoming a mentor</strong>, or if you are <strong>already a KEYS mentor</strong>, please join us at the KEYS Kick Off.  Click <a href="">HERE</a> to RSVP or click <a href="">HERE</a> to complete a KEYS mentor application.  For more information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. </p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="color:#222222;font-family:verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.3px;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Partners in Education.</a>​​</p></div></div>
Katy ISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academy ISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academy<div class="ExternalClass0218CB92212F4482BDC2C355E098F811"><p>​Twenty-one Katy ISD 4<sup>th</sup>-8<sup>th</sup> graders participated in Education in Action's summer <strong>2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy</strong> camps. The group were among 1,144 students who traveled to Fort Worth (4<sup>th</sup>, 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> graders), Austin/ San Antonio (5<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> graders), and Houston/Galveston (6<sup>th</sup>, 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> graders) to take part in the camps. </p><p>The following students were selected for the program based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities. <br></p><p><strong>Alexander Lee</strong>, Beckendorff Junior High<br><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Timothy Lin, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Alexia Partouche, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High <br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Santiago Pinzon, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Beckendorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jeffrey Song, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Becke</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ndorff Junior High<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Daniel Chen, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Holland Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Jessica Kizer Trompiz, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Holland Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Braden LeFoll, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Cimarron Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lily Sherman, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Cimarron Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Natalia Childress, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Shafer Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Cayman Terbrock, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Shafer Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Megan Green, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Schmalz Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Sophie Hartono, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Exley Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Andre Athari, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Brett Dolejsi, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Dani McCarthy, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Lilly Nove, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Wolfe Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Kirsten Kam, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Nicole Lavrack, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Andy Liu, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Roger Liu, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Samuel Yin, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Rylander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Max Chen, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Miranda Li, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">LuLu Ma, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Vincent Xia</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Nathan Yuan, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Alexander Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Gavin Wang, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Creech Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ryan Zhou, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">Creech Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Ashley Nam, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Elementary<br></span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Giselle Miko, </strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">WoodCreek Junior High</span></p><p>During the week-long, overnight camps, these distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to notable and historically significant Texas sites. Venues included places such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program and the offices of participants' state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, among many other sites. In addition, professionals at the sites visited introduced students to a wide variety of unique careers during each camp.</p><p>Education in Action, a non-profit organization, hosts Lone Star Leadership Academy camps to empower young people to be informed,active leaders in their communities. Outstanding Texas students are invited to participate in Lone Star Leadership Academy camps in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio and Houston/Galveston.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information on the Lone Star Leadership Academy.</p></div>
Don't miss out on the Parent Technology Information Night - August 25th't miss out on the Parent Technology Information Night - August 25th<div class="ExternalClass2DD7B1F0604249E987D94A55C4785BA6"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Mark your calendars for the first-ever </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Parent Technology Information Night</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Education Support Complex located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane.  Come and learn about the digital resources have available for students in Katy ISD.  Katy ISD's Technology and Curriculum departments will be on hand to inform you about the amazing tools available to students such as:  Home Access Center, Canvas, Online Textbooks, MyKaty, Curriculum Search, InfoSnap and much more.​</span></p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> to RSVP.</p></div>
2016 October TAKS Exit Level Retest October TAKS Exit Level Retest<div class="ExternalClassE817D8A939754052ADD8FA4960DD0046"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Students who have not received a high school diploma because they did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) </span><span style="line-height:1.5;text-decoration:underline;">Exit Level</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject area tests in October, 2016.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">The TEAMS and TAAS tests are no longer being offered; however, individuals eligible to take TEAMS or TAAS will take the appropriate part of the TAKS Exit Level English language arts and/or mathematics test.</span></p><p>Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, <strong>those who are out of school must register online</strong> by 5:00 p.m. (CT), September 23, 2016.   Individuals will need to register online for the TAKS test by accessing the website at <a href=""></a>.   The registration process will be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">online</span> only.  The online submission, beginning August 8, 2016, must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CT), on September 23, 2016.  Online registrations received after this date <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will not be processed</span>.  Examinees can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>if the campus can accommodate them.</em></span>  All examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing start time of 7:30 a.m.  Examinees <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>must</strong></span> present picture identification (such as driver's license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card) to test.  </p><p>The 2016 October TAKS tests will be administered <strong>online only</strong> on the following dates:​</p><ul><li>October 17, 2016                      ELA</li><li>October 18, 2016                      Mathematics</li><li>October 19, 2016                      Science</li><li>October 20, 2016                      Social Studies</li></ul><p>Katy ISD is offering the October Exit retesting at Miller Career and Technology Center located at 1734 Katyland Dr.  For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128. </p></div>
Fireflies & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15th & Foodtrucks End-of-Summer Bash Set for September 15th<div class="ExternalClassA3444B530BE34BCAA6627E6C74BC0709"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fireflies.jpg" alt="Fireflies.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br>Sponsored by the Katy ISD Education Foundation</em></p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation announces the return of its annual <em>Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em> fundraising event on Thursday, September 15, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Katy's own No Label Brewery.  The event will benefit the Foundation and its <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant program.  Over the last four years, the foundation has awarded over $725,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects.  The Foundation's fifth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2017. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Ad</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">mission for the event is $50 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to exclusive No Label brews.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Groups of 8 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year's </span><em style="line-height:1.5;">Fireflies & Foodtrucks</em><span style="line-height:1.5;"> shirt. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability. Click <a href="">here ​</a>to purchase tickets to the event. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Current event sponsors include Phillips 66; Thompson & Horton, LLP; Cane Island; Firethorne; VLK Architects; CrossCreek Ranch; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; DBR Engineering; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; LJA Engineering; PBK Architects. Additional sponsorships are available and can be secured at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or by contacting the Foundation office.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;"></span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Returning as features of the event are The Earl Sanders, Jr Band, beer garden area, variety of food trucks, valet parking and more,</span><em style="line-height:1.5;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.5;">with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation's teacher grant initiative. Last year's event sold out. Early ticket and sponsorship purchases are both encouraged. Find more information and register at </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> or contact the Katy ISD Education Foundation at 281-396-2461, </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"></a><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>- The Katy ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD children and teachers to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Jump Their Way to Junior Olympic Gold ISD Students Jump Their Way to Junior Olympic Gold<div class="ExternalClassDC1282BE27514225859BDB41419C56FA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Three Katy ISD students won 13 medals in jump roping at the 50</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span><a href="" style="line-height:1.5;"><strong>AAU Junior Olympic Games</strong></a><span style="line-height:1.5;"> held in Houston July 27 – August 6.</span></p><p>The Rope Warriors' Miyo Fujiwara of Randolph Elementary, Aileen Liang of Kilpatrick Elementary and Justin Liang of Tays Junior High earned seven gold medals total, with 9-year-old Aileen Liang taking home a gold medal in the All-Around competition. The team also won two silver medals, including one for Justin Liang, age 11, in the All-Around event. They rounded off their competition with four bronze medals and several other top 10 finishes.  </p><p>The AAU Junior Olympic Games are known as the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States. The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports.</p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information and competition results.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Aileen-Miyo-Justin.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:421px;height:278px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Graduate Receives Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship ISD Graduate Receives Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship<div class="ExternalClassB08A384E55E14CFE888E33118E20416E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) announced last week that </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">Abigail Smith</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> of Seven Lakes High School was selected as one of two recipients of the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship. The Katy ISD graduate and former track and cross country runner will receive a $5,000 scholarship annually for four years, totaling $20,000 in financial aid toward college tuition.</span></p><p>The scholarship was created in honor of Susan Poorman Blackie, co-founder of the HMF and long-time Houston Marathon Committee volunteer board member, and is designed to recognize student athletes in the Greater Houston Region who have demonstrated academic success, participated in high school cross country running, volunteered for extracurricular activities and applied to attend a college or university in the state of Texas.</p><p>Smith was a member of Seven Lakes High School's record-setting 4x800m and 4x1600m relay teams. She was also the volunteer communications director for Achilles International – Houston Chapter, where she handled the social media channels and website for the organization. Smith will be attending Baylor University – Honors College. </p><p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students<div class="ExternalClassC64BD9EC10DB48F2BF7D5F17DED1C620"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">With the start of the school year just around the corner, it's important for drivers to remember to slow down near school zones and pay attention when kids are present, especially before and after school.</span></p><p>The Katy ISD Police Department, in conjunction with area law enforcement, will be enforcing speed limits and other traffic codes in our school zones.  We ask everyone to drive cautiously in the school zones, obey the crossing guards, and help us keep all students and parents safe.</p><p>Please be aware of the following regulations:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>If You're Dropping Off</strong></span></p><ul><li>Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles</li><li>Don't load or unload children across the street from the school</li><li>Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians</strong></span></p><ul><li>Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic</li><li>In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection</li><li>Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign</li><li>Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas</li><li>Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way</li><li>Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians</li><li>Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with School Buses</strong></span></p><ul><li>Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children</li></ul><ul><li>If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop</li><li>The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus</li><li>Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>When Sharing the Road with Bicyclists</strong></span></p><ul><li>When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist</li><li>When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass</li><li>If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals</li><li>Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this</li><li>Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods</li><li>Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars</li><li>Check side mirrors before opening your door</li></ul><p>By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones. ​</p></div>
Sweet Gesture for Katy ISD Police Officers Gesture for Katy ISD Police Officers<div class="ExternalClass217B2EAA06DF4839BA7E0F8D3A02B33A"><p style="text-align:center;"><em><strong>Primrose School students show appreciation with homemade lemonade</strong></em></p><p><strong>August 1, 2016</strong> – As a gesture of support for law enforcement officers, students from the Primrose Schools of Katy came together to express their appreciation for Katy ISD Police Officers in a rather sweet way with freshly made thirst-quenching lemonade!  Lemonade stands were set up at several of the Primrose Schools of Katy on July 15 to benefit the Katy ISD Police Department.  </p><p>This week the students stopped by the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center to present the department with a check in honor of their valiant work in the community.  Officers were very touched by the gesture and took time out of their busy day to provide a tour of the police department and explained the core values of the department which are:  <strong><em>Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All.</em></strong></p><p>Deputy Chief Robert Meier presented all of the students and teachers with an official Katy ISD challenge coin to thank them for their effort.</p><p>Click <a href="">here </a>for pictures of the lemonade stands and tour of the Katy ISD Police Department.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p></div>

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