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Human Trafficking Awareness Community EventHuman Trafficking Awareness Community Event2018-04-20T21:19:19Z<div class="ExternalClass58161930F0934B17A0704DD9A3B208BC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD and Crime Stoppers of Houston are joining forces to create awareness to human trafficking. Known as "modern day slavery" it's estimated that currently there are 313,000 victims in Texas, according to the University of Texas in Austin.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through an eye-opening 45-minute presentation, attendees will hear about how to identify human trafficking and will gain valuable information about victims and traffickers. Most importantly, they will learn how to report suspected abuse.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Human trafficking is a crime that does not discriminate.  Victims can be any age, race, gender, education level or socioeconomic status," said Katy ISD Deputy Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "As part of our Katy ISD Strategic Plan, the district has made it a priority to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners and will be partnering with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish this goal together," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>       <br></strong>Join Katy ISD Police Department and Houston Crime Stoppers for a Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium, Community Room<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wednesday, April 25, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>7-8 p.m.</p><p>Note:  This presentation would not be appropriate for minors (under 18).</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Nurse of the YearKaty ISD Recognizes Nurse of the Year2018-04-17T15:05:04Z<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 Celebrates Public School Volunteer Week Katy ISD Celebrates Public School Volunteer Week 2018-04-17T13:13:48Z<div class="ExternalClassA4EE2E2B83BB475FA6BAF18C533C80BF"><div>Katy ISD’s Board of Trustees invites the community to join them in thanking the thousands of parent and community volunteers who support the district by declaring April 16-20, 2018, as Public School Volunteer Week.  The proclamation salutes those who through their gift of time and resources have a profound impact upon Katy ISD’s schools.  From business partners, to parents, to community leaders, this diverse group of helping hands collectively spends over 1 million hours each school year investing in the lives of students, teachers and staff. </div><div><br></div><div>“Our district’s volunteer spirit and willingness to serve is second to none,” declares Ashely Vann, Katy ISD Board of Trustees President.  “We are profoundly grateful for each volunteer who chooses to give our district a most precious gift: their time.  Through their leadership and service, our campus communities provide exceptional support for not only their students, but their staff and families as well.  Our board is honored to lead the district in recognizing and celebrating their service.”</div><div><br></div><div>Volunteers support the district through varied district and campus opportunities, many of which are administered by Katy ISD’s Partners in Education department.  This cadres of volunteers include business partners, KEYS mentors, Junior Achievement volunteers and those who serve through the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools program. Whether at the district or classroom level, this extraordinary group of people are valuable contributors to the exceptional school experience offered each Katy ISD student. For information about volunteering in Katy ISD, visit the district’s website or contact Katy ISD Partners in Education,</div><div><br></div></div>
Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center Coming Soon!Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center Coming Soon!2018-04-11T22:40:21Z<div class="ExternalClass248B300936374A19A2C2661CC08B36DD"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​**Rescheduled Date**</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>With one of the largest Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in the nation, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its new Agricultural Sciences Center.</span><span>  </span><span>Invaluable educational experiences involving plants and raising farm animals will take place at this new state-of-the-art facility. Thus, Katy ISD continues serving as an outstanding training ground for the next generation of farmers, scientists, veterinarians and a host of other fields.</span><span>  </span><span>The programs offered at this facility will provide an array of opportunities to students who wish to contribute to the world of agriculture, food and natural resources used by millions of citizens around the nation.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This project has become a reality for our FFA students and staff thanks to our voters," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "We expect the Agricultural Sciences Center to be ready for the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo scheduled for February 2019," added Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong>Groundbreaking ceremony of the Agricultural Sciences Center.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Future site of the Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Reschedule Date: April 23, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>11 a.m. - Noon</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Aerial%20Shot%20of%20Agricultural%20Sciences%20Center%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Aerial Shot of Agricultural Sciences Center - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
Join the #1 School District in the Houston AreaJoin the #1 School District in the Houston Area2018-04-06T15:08:45Z<div class="ExternalClassB268465B6BA14FF3A627D481294D8CFD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all educators to Katy Independent School District!!!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Preparations for the Katy ISD 2018 Teacher Fair are underway. Administrators from all Katy ISD campuses will be available to talk to educators who aspire to become part of this growing school district.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Some of the best teachers from across the country can be found at Katy ISD," says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  "Providing quality education to students begins with valuing the role of an educator.  Our district is looking for teachers who not only inspire students in a classroom, they mold them into future legacies."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, Katy ISD enrolls close to 2,000 additional students and it's expected to open up several schools in the coming years.  No pre-registration or fee is required.  Participants must show proof of certification and it is recommended that participants complete an application on the <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> in advance.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong>Katy ISD invites new interested individuals as well as current district employees to attend the 2018 Teacher Fair.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Saturday, April 21, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>Elementary Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br>Junior High & High School Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal ProgramsKaty ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programs2018-04-04T18:55:40Z<div class="ExternalClassF82A3D23C9F7463498FC4F0159A195AC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District continues steadfast in its mission to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students, including those with special needs and disabilities.  The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Title I-IV, the Individuals and Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) are federal programs offered at Katy ISD campuses.  Public meeting discussions will focus on the programs current function as well as the proposed implementation for the upcoming school year. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           <br></strong>Public meeting to discuss federal programs offered at Katy ISD.  The public is invited to comment on these programs.  A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made.  Parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (English):  <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (Spanish): <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy ISD Education Support Complex<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, May 1<br></strong></span>1 p.m.</p></div>
Katy ISD Wins Big at TSPRA ConferenceKaty ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conference2018-04-02T20:52:27Z<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 LegacyKaty ISD Names New Elementary School after Living Legacy2018-04-02T22:04:08Z<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>


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