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Taylor High School to Present Les Misérableshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1002Taylor High School to Present Les Misérables<div class="ExternalClass96E7D1D40E54453A9E1120A655CE060B"><p>James E. Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents <em>Les Misérables</em> School Edition.  Considered to be in the top ten most popular musicals of all-time, <em>Les Misérables</em> is adapted by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg from the Victor Hugo's landmark novel set amidst 19<sup>th</sup> century France's social change and political revolution.</p><p>The story follows Jean Valjean (played by senior Jarrod Wells) imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to save his starving niece.  Upon release on parole, Inspector Javert (sophomore Jacob Lewis) tells Valjean that he will never be more than a thief.  Valjean finds life outside of prison harsh as a literally branded man.  After finding unexpected kindness from the bishop (senior Daniel Oluoha), Valjean breaks parole and creates a new identity and life for himself.  Time passes and Valjean is now the mayor and a successful businessman.  When he finds his former employee Fantine (senior Abigail Boyce) on death's bed, he vows to care for her daughter Cosette (fourth grader Maddie Derr,) whom he must buy off the con artist couple, the Thénardiers (senior James McCann and junior Ashleigh Townsend).  As Cosette (sophomore Caitlin Zimmerman) grows to become a woman, economic and political changes places Paris on the verge of a revolution.  Cosette falls in love with student revolutionary Marius (junior Ryan Lauer).  Valjean joins the revolution to protect the man his daughter loves while also being pursued by his nemesis Inspector Javert.  </p><p>Epic, grand and uplifting, <em>Les Misérables</em> packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with memorable melodies.  James E. Taylor's collaborative multi-disciplinary production features the talents of theatre, choir, band, and orchestra students.</p><p>Performances take place on January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the James E. Taylor Performing Arts Center. All general admission tickets are $10.  Reserved tickets are $15.  Premium Reserved Tickets (including hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive photo opportunity) are $35.  All tickets are available online at <a href="http://www.taylorplaymakers.org/">www.taylorplaymakers.org</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Performing Arts: Legally Blondehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1001Performing Arts: Legally Blonde<div class="ExternalClass4F593B34900644B1AC5D9880A1A53664"><p>Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department Presents:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:32px;">Legally Blonde</span></p><p>For the love of all things pink, join us as we present <em>Legally Blonde</em> at MCHS Performing Arts Center January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m., with an additional matinee on January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Follow our not-so-dumb blonde hero, Elle Woods, on her journey of self-discovery as she goes where no Delta Nu sorority girl has ever gone before - Harvard Law School! "What? Like it's hard?" Tickets can be purchased in advance at <a href="http://www.mchstheatre.org/">www.mchstheatre.org</a>. </p><p><strong><em>Legally Blonde </em></strong><strong>Performances: </strong></p><p><strong></strong>7:00 p.m.:  January 24th through the 26th</p><p>2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.:  January 26th </p><p><strong>TICKETS: </strong></p><p>Advanced: Students $10<br></p><p>Adults: $12</p><p>Door:Students: $12 and Adults: $15</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1000Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schools<div class="ExternalClass8DBFBD071CF2430A803710635295A9E1"><p>Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Ken Gregorski as the new superintendent of schools.<br></p><p>Gregorski is a veteran educator with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision, and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p>"It is my mission to provide leadership and direction for Katy ISD to ensure our educational system is based upon the needs of our students, standards of excellence and equity, and on community goals," said new Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.</p><p>During his tenure as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for the current model of student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources, and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's current direction, sustain its continuity of leadership, and guide the District toward fulfilling the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gregorski,%20Kenneth-%20017%204x5.jpg" alt="Gregorski, Kenneth- 017 4x5.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:444px;" /><br></p></div>
Men Who Mentor Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=999Men Who Mentor Event<div class="ExternalClassDA0B9E8A7A8E4E1985D83B562762DCB5"><p>Give your time to a young man in need.  <br></p><p>Join the Katy ISD Partners in Education "Men Who Mentor" Event.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/011819_Men%20Who%20Mentor.jpg" alt="011819_Men Who Mentor.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:484px;" /><br></p></div>
Opportunity to Review Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=998Opportunity to Review Instructional Materials<div class="ExternalClass5A2A1FE4AF804BC4B1ED1CD09E310D7B"><p>Parents of Katy ISD students will have an opportunity to review instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts, Grades 6-8 English Language Arts, Grades 7-8 English Learners Language Arts, and Personal Financial Literacy. These materials will be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. They will be on display during business hours (8:00 AM-4:00 PM) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex on January 14-25, 2019. In addition, instructional materials will be also available for review after working hours on Tuesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. </p><p> <br></p><p>Padres de estudiantes de Katy ISD tendrán la oportunidad de revisar materiales de enseñanza mismos que incluirán materiales para los grados K-5 en Artes lingüísticas en Inglés y Español, para los grados 6-8 en Artes lingüísticas en inglés, para los grados 7-8 en Artes lingüísticas para los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés e instrucción financiera personal. Estos materiales serán implementados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Dichos materiales de instrucción, estarán en exhibición durante horas de oficina (8:00 AM-4:0 PM) para los padres y la comunidad en el Complejo de Apoyo Educativo (ESC) del 14 al 25 de enero, 2019 durante horas de oficina. Además, los materiales de instrucción estarán disponibles para revisión, el martes, 15 de enero del 2019 y el jueves 24 de enero, 2019 de las 5:00 PM a las 8:00 PM.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Open Househttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=995Miller Career & Technology Open House<div class="ExternalClassE5D7F26F85464588839181681FD7CFA8"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010819_MCTC_Open%20House%20Event%20Flyer.jpg" alt="010819_MCTC_Open House Event Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:471px;" /><br></p></div>
Welcome Back Katy ISD!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=994Welcome Back Katy ISD!<div class="ExternalClass5545F7FE8FE441D2982A33B98688AD28"><p>With the holidays behind us, we say hello to 2019!!<br></p><p>Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski shares a special welcome back message for our teachers, staff, students and community.  </p><p>Happy new year Katy ISD!<br></p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/9clkwyMrPlE" title="Welcome Back Katy ISD!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010719_Thumbnail_Welcome%20Back%20Video.jpg" alt="010719_Thumbnail_Welcome Back Video.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=993Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClass8A14B14871EE4445AAD9456B0A90040B"><p>Katy Independent School District is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9<sup>th</sup> Annual AP<sup>®</sup> District Honor Roll<strong> </strong>for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work.<br></p><p>AP final scores are reported on a 5-point scale with 5 being extremely well qualified, 4 is well qualified, 3 is qualified, 2 is possibly qualified and 1 is a no recommendation.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"From 2017 to 2018, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 20 percent and the number of students participating in AP exams increased by 25 percent," said Alene Lindley, Katy ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"In Katy ISD, 77.4 percent of the 2018 AP exams were scored at a three (3) or better, validating the hard work of both students and teachers," added Lindley.</span><br></p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a three (3) or higher to those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/district-honor-roll">College Board website.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=992Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior High<div class="ExternalClass32927EB2AC0A40DF83B3134D3EE53714"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Junior High #16 set to be completed just in time for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustee members considered and discussed attendance boundary modification (ABM) options which would address the fast growth taking place in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-JH16.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p>"Thanks to the voter approved November 2017 Bond, Junior High #16 will open in August of 2019." said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "Junior High #16 will open near capacity enrollment and provide population relief to Tays, WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior high schools," added Crews.  </p><p>After careful consideration, Option #1 was determined to be the best long-term solution for balancing Junior High enrollment in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD. <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/121818_ABM%20Opt1%20for%20JH%2016.pptx.jpg" alt="121818_ABM Opt1 for JH 16.pptx.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:434px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Coach Joseph Receives Distinguished Honorhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=990Katy ISD Coach Joseph Receives Distinguished Honor<div class="ExternalClassB457878535FE48859D232E838092F942"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">He's been with Katy Independent School District for the past 36 years and is best known for his passion and dedication to the Katy High School Tigers Football team.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">However, Coach Gary Joseph's influence and devotion is not limited to athletes only.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">His guidance has been embraced by thousands of students who attend Katy High School.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">For this reason, it was no surprise when he was awarded the 2018 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sponsor Excellence Award. The accolade was created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who assist students in developing and refining their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Coach Joseph was one of 15 people statewide to win this outstanding award. It's great to see Coach Joseph receive this distinction for all that he does for the students at Katy High School," said Executive Director of Athletics Debbie Decker.  This is a true reflection of his commitment and devotion to create future Katy ISD legacies," added Decker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coach Joseph has made it a priority to know each and every football player on his team and daily emphasizes that excellence must begin in the classroom before it can succeed in the field.  He motivates his students to be more than ordinary and to thrive first to be the best with oneself before trying to defeat someone in any challenge.   </p><p>As a winner of the award, Coach Joseph will receive a $1,000 check as well as a distinctive trophy. </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0z7h16y2rrdoy91/AADhXqW-7U2mXd6O8IH3CK6ca?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Award Presentation.</a><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120718_KHS_UIL%20Sponsor%20Excellence%20Award%20Gary%20Joseph%20(20).JPG" alt="120718_KHS_UIL Sponsor Excellence Award Gary Joseph (20).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:599px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Gary Joseph<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Katy High School Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator <br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120718_KHS_UIL%20Sponsor%20Excellence%20Award%20Gary%20Joseph%20(16).JPG" alt="120718_KHS_UIL Sponsor Excellence Award Gary Joseph (16).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:601px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Attribution for left to right:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:center;">Dr. Rick Hull, Principal of Katy High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Coach Gary Joseph, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach of Katy High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Ken Gregorski, Acting Superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:center;">Debbie Decker, Executive Director of Athletics</p><p style="text-align:center;">Kyle Green, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p style="text-align:center;">Pat Dowling, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p style="text-align:center;">Charlie Stevens, Assistant Athletic Director</p><p> <br></p><p> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Ratinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=989Katy ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating<div class="ExternalClass19768379FA4F4B13A8934C04E3276BBE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has received a rating of "A" for "Superior Achievement" under the Texas Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The "Superior Achievement" rating is the state's highest level, demonstrating the quality of Katy ISD's financial management and reporting system.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is the 16<sup>th</sup> year of Schools FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76<sup>th</sup> Texas Legislature in 1999.  The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school district's financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas' school financial system.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers' dollars and it shows Katy ISD is high achieving in the classroom while accomplishing these results in a cost-effective and efficient way," said Katy ISD Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being "A" for "Superior Achievement", followed by "B" for "Above-Standard Achievement", "C" for "Standard Achievement" and "F" for "Substandard Achievement".<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Besthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=987Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Best<div class="ExternalClassC2E253A830FA42D9BAD07B30D83E7575"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District excels once again!! Several of the district's junior high and high schools were recognized as part of the Niche Top 25 Public Middle and High Schools for the Houston Metropolitan area.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as from student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school rating and the overall quality of the school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every year we are proud to see that a number of our campuses make the Niche Top List of Schools," said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Christine Caskey.  "The dedication and passion that goes into educating our students is a reflection of our tradition of educational excellence," added Caskey.</p><p>The following Katy ISD schools made the list:<span style="text-align:center;"> </span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Junior High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beck Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">WoodCreek Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#11</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#14</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#6</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High School</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Katy ISD has a total of 15 junior highs and 8 comprehensive high schools with an overall district enrollment of 80,000 students.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=986Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling<div class="ExternalClass20147BB4871C42559DFF12F2CAA485B5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When walking down the brick sidewalk located at Katy Heritage Park, there's a piece of Katy Independent School District history you simply can't miss.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Hundreds of bricks at the park are dedicated to the past and present Katy ISD teachers who have devoted countless hours towards the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Wednesday, December 5, Katy ISD along with Venus Construction and Country Park Portraits, unveiled a new set of bricks honoring the 67 Campus Teachers of the Year, for the 2017-2018 school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"As a former administrator of Katy ISD, we cannot be the school district we are today without quality teachers in every classroom," said Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Our teachers put smiles on our students every day and these bricks are only a small token of appreciation for everything they do," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has some of the best teachers in the country and with these commemorative bricks their legacy will be etched in the history of the District as well as in the community.  This year, as Katy ISD celebrates a Century of Legacy, the district recognizes that the priority of its founders of providing quality education, lives on today in our current teachers.</p><p>Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Country Park Portraits and Katy Heritage Society for providing a space for the brick laying.  During the ceremony, the Katy High School Choir provided entertainment with several singing performances.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/69to7lsyb2q0bd0/AACW0x7G3f6_SSnA6YYLzhA0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120518_TOY%20Brick%20Unveiling%20(67).JPG" alt="120518_TOY Brick Unveiling (67).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:611px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Collegeshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=985Katy ISD Students Sign with Prestigious Colleges<div class="ExternalClassB7F2F6EF45A1428E8DA5334064E7D8FA"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District celebrates National Signing Day events across its high schools.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat and effort pay off for several Katy ISD athletes, as well as a memorable moment in which high school seniors sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport. Several Katy ISD signees committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and more are expected to take place throughout the school year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Ali Russell, Soccer, Texas A&M University</li><li>Sophie Green, Soccer, Oklahoma State University</li><li>Makayla Wang, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Shay Govan, Softball and Cheer, Stephen F. Austin State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Cameron Pina, Baseball, Salem University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Kyle Stulce, Track and Field, Texas A&M University</li><li>William Coakley, Swimming, Texas A&M University</li><li>Tonni (Beth) McNeese, Swimming, University of Kentucky</li><li>Morgan Janda, Volleyball, Sam Houston State University</li><li>Isha Dhruva, Golf, Penn State University</li><li>Alexis Stumbough, Volleyball, University of Central Arkansas</li><li>Lance Broome, Track and Field, Texas A&M University</li><li>Natalie Winter, Volleyball, West Virginia University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Austin Arnold, Basketball, University of St. Thomas</li><li>Kailee Moon, Volleyball, Central Arkansas</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Kendall McGary, Softball, University of the Incarnate Word</li><li>Morgan Wright, Softball, Iowa State University<br></li><li>Kyle Sonduck, Baseball, University of the Incarnate Word</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hjwufn6oshuda4u/AADDH9FtKX6CLhwT-k_87-Yza?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD 2018 Signees</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Ali Russell signs with Texas AM to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Ali%20Russell%20signs%20with%20Texas%20AM%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:554px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Ali Russell  signs with Texas A&M to continue her soccer career. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Makayla Wang signs with the University of Texas at San Antonio to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Makayla%20Wang%20signs%20with%20the%20University%20of%20Texas%20at%20San%20Antonio%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Makayla Wang signs with the University of Texas at San Antonio to continue her soccer career.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Cinco Ranch's Sophie Green signs with Oklahoma State to continue her soccer career.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cinco%20Ranch%27s%20Sophie%20Green%20signs%20with%20Oklahoma%20State%20to%20continue%20her%20soccer%20career.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:559px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Cinco Ranch High School Sophie Green signs with Oklahoma State to continue her soccer career.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MCHS Softball-Shay Govan Signing 11-14-18 (1).jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS%20Softball-Shay%20Govan%20Signing%2011-14-18%20(1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MCHS Softball-Shay Govan Signing 11-14-18 (2).jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MCHS%20Softball-Shay%20Govan%20Signing%2011-14-18%20(2).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:563px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Mayde Creek High  School Shay Govan signing with Stephen F. Austin State University for s<span style="font-size:14px;">oftball and cheer. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="MRHS_Cameron Pina_Salem Univ_Baseball 004.JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/MRHS_Cameron%20Pina_Salem%20Univ_Baseball%20004.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:573px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Morton Ranch High School Cameron Pina signing with Salem University for baseball<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="SLHS.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:573px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School students sign with various colleges:  Kyle Stulce - Texas A&M University (for track and field), William Coakley - Texas A&M University (swimming), Tonni (Beth) McNeese - University of Kentucky (swimming), Morgan Janda - Sam Houston State University (volleyball), Isha Dhruva - Penn State University (golf), Alexis Stumbough - University of Central Arkansas (volleyball), Lance Broome - Texas A&M University (track and field) and Natalie Winter - West Virginia University (volleyball)<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="THS_Austin Arnold - Boys Basketball, University of St. Thomas; Kailee Moon - Volleyball, Central Arkansas.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/THS_Austin%20Arnold%20-%20Boys%20Basketball,%20University%20of%20St.%20Thomas;%20Kailee%20Moon%20-%20Volleyball,%20Central%20Arkansas.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:584px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Taylor High School Austin Arnold signs with University of St. Thomas to continue his career in basketball.  Taylor High School Kailee Moon signs with Central Arkansas to continue her career in volleyball.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="OTHS_McGary, Wright and Sonduck.jpeg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/OTHS_McGary,%20Wright%20and%20Sonduck.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:590px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tompkins High School (OTHS) Kendall McGary signs with University of the Incarnate Word to continue her career in softball.  OTHS Morgan Wright signs  with Iowa State University to continue her career in softball.  OTHS Kyle Sonduck signs with University of the Incarnate Word  to continue his career in baseball.  <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Several New Leadershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=982Katy ISD Approves Several New Leaders<div class="ExternalClass8DC3E551672844689BCB89396035CFAF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District will be starting 2019 with several new principals.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During this week's regular Board meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Vaughan as the new principal of Elementary #42, Carrie Caruso as the principal of McDonald Junior High, Elisabeth Brodt as the principal of Junior High #16 and Brian Schuss as the assistant superintendent for the Human Resources Department.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elementary #42 is one of Katy ISD's latest school additions set to open its doors for the 2019-20 school year and Principal <strong>Stephanie Vaughan</strong> will be there to welcome students to their new school.  Her extensive experience in education is a perfect fit for this campus and its flourishing community.  Ms. Vaughan began teaching in Aldine ISD in 1999.  In 2001, she began her career in Katy ISD's Sundown Elementary (SE) where she taught for three years before being named as assistant principal.  She served in such role from 2004 until 2007.  Following her role at SE, she was chosen as the first principal of the newest Katy ISD campus, Ursula Stephens Elementary (USE).  She has served in that role since 2007.  Ms. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.  She will begin her new role in February 1, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Another new school set to open its doors to students in 2019 is Junior High #16.  The Board of Trustees named <strong>Elisabeth Brodt</strong> as its first principal.  Ms. Brodt began her career in education in the Oklahoma City Public Schools as a Strings Specialist in 1999.  In 2001, she relocated to Texas and joined Katy ISD as the Jr. High School Orchestra Director at Cinco Ranch Jr. High School (CRJH).  From 2005 to 2012, she served in various assistant principal roles at Beckendorff Junior High.  During her time there, she served in the capacity of 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> grade Assistant Principal, Student Support Assistant Principal and 8<sup>th</sup> grade Assistant Principal.  Ms. Brodt took an administrative position at Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) in 2012 where she served in the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior Assistant Principal roles until 2016.  At that time, she was named associate principal of the campus.  Ms. Brodt received her Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Educational Mid Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  She will begin her new role in January 7, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Carrie Caruso</strong> will be moving just down the street from her current campus to McDonald Junior High(MDJH).  She was named the principal of MDJH after serving as the Associate Principal at Morton Ranch High School.  Ms. Caruso began her teaching career at Cypress Falls High School in 2006.  Two years later, she joined the Katy ISD family when she accepted a position at Cardiff Junior High (CJH) as the Special Education Department Chair for one year before being named an Instructional Coach on the campus.  In 2011, she transferred to Taylor High School (THS) to become the Social Studies Instructional Coach.  In 2013, Ms. Caruso  became the Assistant Principal of Mayde Creek Junior High (MCJH).  In December of that same year, she became the Assistant Principal of Student Support at Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) and then took on the role of Associate Principal at that campus.  Ms. Caruso has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Texas and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  She will begin her new role on January 7, 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong></strong><strong>Brian Schuss</strong> joins Katy ISD from Flour Bluff ISD where he was serving as the district's superintendent. Before being named superintendent in 2016, Mr. Schuss was the District's Assistant Superintendent for Business Management for seven years and was responsible for finance, human resources and district operations.  Prior to his tenure at Flour Bluff ISD, he was the Executive Director of Business and Operations for Port Aransas ISD.  Mr.  Schuss also served as an Analyst and Performance Auditor for the New Mexico State Legislative Finance Committee.  His educational career began in the classroom as an Economics and Secondary Mathematics teacher.  Katy ISD Board of Trustee members welcomed him during the last monthly board meeting, where he was approved as the assistant superintendent for Human Resources Department.  Mr. Schuss will begin his new role in January 2019.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111518_Stephanie%20Vaughn%20headshot.JPG" alt="111518_Stephanie Vaughn headshot.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:576px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Stephanie Vaughan<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111518_Elisabeth%20Brodt%20headshot.jpg" alt="111518_Elisabeth Brodt headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:466px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Elisabeth Brodt<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/111418_Carrie%20Caruso%20headshot.JPG" alt="111418_Carrie Caruso headshot.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:515px;height:344px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Principal Carrie Caruso<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Brian%20Schuss%20-%20Area%20Superintendent%20of%20Human%20Resources.jpg" alt="Brian Schuss - Area Superintendent of Human Resources.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:522px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Brian Schuss<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources<br></p></div>
Rockets Chris Paul Makes Surprise Visit to Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=981Rockets Chris Paul Makes Surprise Visit to Katy ISD Students<div class="ExternalClassA5BE84A6C29C4B11AB6078F7A8F691ED"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Anxious to start their well-deserved Thanksgiving break, students at Katy Independent School District Paetow High School (PHS) never imagined that Rockets player Chris Paul would show up at their pep rally on Friday.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The visit was coordinated by the Chris Paul Family Foundation, which the point guard player and his family established in 2005, with the purposed of positively impacting individuals and families in education, sports and life.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Paetow High School was chosen by Chris Paul as the only campus in Houston to sponsor shirts for the students marking the beginning of the first PHS Varsity Basketball program.  Prior to joining the pep rally Paul met with the varsity boys' basketball team to present them with new Chris Paul basketball shoes.  A three-point challenge and photo opportunity kicked off the holiday break for students who took away with them a unique Paetow HS shirt as well as some inspiring words.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"A lot of times people forget that I went to school just like them.  I went to high school, college and I played junior varsity," said Rockets Player Chris Paul.  "I was so driven.  I understood that none of this things came without school work, so it's a partnership," added Paul.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris Paul's visit is part of a continual relationship with the school which started last year when basketball players attended a Rockets game and had the opportunity to hear Paul speak in the Rockets practice gym.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Newscast Elements</span>:<br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t42rl4c0p5iqipl/AAB27biBLPEDoWAWBe32yr1za?dl=0">Broll and Sound on Tape (SOT) of Event</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t23v1htwfg4yj3x/AAAergQfkCNd_QUqDv8LUPD7a?dl=0">Photo Gallery</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Elementary Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=980Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Elementary School<div class="ExternalClass73CE0F51637D46BA8EA8EAC4E60F627B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Elementary #42 set to be completed for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustee members considered and discussed attendance boundary modification (ABM) options.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">After seeking the public's consideration through a survey, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-Elementary42.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The survey, which was sent out in June 2018, contained three options which were sent to families who could potentially be impacted by the change.  On October 17, the survey was closed and District administrators along with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) collaboratively crafted the recommendations from the community.  The results showed that 40% of families that could be impacted by this change participated in the survey bringing the total participants to 1,442.  Option #1 resulted in the most favored choice with 47% of participants fully supporting the recommendation, 22% somewhat supporting the recommendation, 12% not supporting the recommendation and 20% indicating they were unsure.  This option represents a balance between building utilization, proximity for students and peer stability in the education environment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD invites all parents to review the new option as well as some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to ABMs via the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-Elementary42.aspx">ABM website</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Colemanhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=978Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Coleman<div class="ExternalClass397D9F9DF93B47F2A738A74FE84B9D31"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the Student Support Annex the "Jeanne Coleman Student Support Annex."</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The annex, recently known as "Creech University", served as the temporary campus for displaced Creech Elementary students and staff following Hurricane Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The facility, which is now property of Katy ISD, will house the District's Early Childhood Testing, Work-Based Learning Program, Speech Therapy Testing, Vision Impaired and Braille staff, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and other special education related services.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jeanne Coleman is well known in the Katy ISD Family for her passion and leadership skills.  She began her educational career as a speech-language pathologist and worked for 13 years in two different school districts. Coleman was hired by Katy ISD in 1998 where she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Nottingham Country Elementary (NCE). A year later, Coleman was promoted as an instructional officer.  Her role soon expanded to include the provision of speech therapy services for secondary students at the Opportunity Awareness Center and the Behavior Transition Program.  She also coordinated district-wide speech therapy, adapted physical education and related services for occupational therapy, physical therapy, music and art therapy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She worked tirelessly on establishing eligibility guidelines for the district, overseeing assessment teams and establishing service program guidelines, all while maintaining federal, state and local guidelines.  While in this role, her responsibilities continued to grow in size.  Coleman became responsible for the supervision and administrative responsibilities for roughly 120 direct hires and contract speech-language pathologists.  She also took on the instructional services for the visually impaired population throughout the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coleman's passion continues today for children with special needs as she advocates on their behalf to help them achieve their goals.  Coleman retired in 2016 with 31 years of dedication and service to students and parents.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jeanne%20Coleman%20headshot.jpg" alt="Jeanne Coleman headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:419px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=975Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!<div class="ExternalClass5A748F759DCB42329829082C02EE7D43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018.  Davidson Elementary third-grader Christopher Morcos was the lucky student.  He never expected his first week of school to be such an unforgettable experience.  Christopher received a warm welcome by Superintendent Lance Hindt and other district officials.  He was also recognized with several Century of Legacy gifts to celebrate the meaningful occasion.  The celebration comes precisely when Katy ISD is commemorating 100 years of educational excellence. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are very excited about the continued growth here in Katy ISD.  It is always great to welcome students and families to the proud traditions and exciting future here in Katy ISD," said Dr. Vonda Washington, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  "Gaining our 80,000 student while celebrating a legacy of 100 years dedicated to learning is remarkable," added Washington. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though Christopher was born in America this will be his first time attending a school in the United States.  Just this week, the Morcos family moved from Egypt to Katy, Texas. For them, finding a good school home for their son was a top priority.  "I did my research and everyone recommended Katy ISD as the best school district," said Peter Morcos, Christopher's father.  "We decided to move into Katy and look for a house in this area so that we are able to go to a Katy ISD school," added Morcos.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's been no secret that families are moving west of Houston into what was known as a small suburb.  Communities zoned to the district have been flourishing at outstanding rates making Katy ISD one of the fastest growing school district, not just in Texas, but in the nation.  The quality of education offered in Katy ISD classrooms has attracted families from all parts of the world to what is now being called a destination school district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/hy4wlNcTpIg" title="Katy ISD Reaches Historical Milestone of Enrolling 80,000 Students!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/110918_KDE_80000%20Student%20in%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" alt="110918_KDE_80000 Student in Katy ISD.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:393px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugakv368u3txdq2/AAD8v6dOSjy4DCep3cH0TjJ4a?dl=0">Photo gallery of 80,000th student celebration for newscasts and publications.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Communityhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=969Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Community<div class="ExternalClass4033FAFC70404CEEA7707BA19666C838"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">If a snapshot of Katy Independent School District was taken today, what would it look like?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As Katy ISD celebrates 100 years of providing unparalleled learning experiences, on October 26, Superintendent Lance Hindt spoke to the Katy ISD community and its staff regarding how far the District has come.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that not only this year, but in the past 100 years there have been several memories, milestones and accomplishments that speak volumes of one the fastest growing school districts in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD staff, principals, department heads, teachers, along with the thousands of other employees will continue to do everything in their power to provide the best education and access to unique learning opportunities today, and for generations to come," said Superintendent of Schools Lance Hindt.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the hardest hitting obstacles Katy ISD faced in the past year was brought on by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey affected 16 campuses, including Creech Elementary, which was completely destroyed.  Employees at the Education Support Complex were also displaced for several months.  Despite the challenge, the District grew stronger and more united after this storm allowing for the passing of a Bond and continued implementation of several strategic design goals.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Strategic design discussion and input led to the creation of eight goals based on seven overarching beliefs, a learner profile and learner outcomes," said Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent of Katy ISD.  "We are now in the second year of our five-year plan," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is one of 447 districts nationwide and in Canada recognized on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  Our students also excelled in the annual Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo with nearly 465 projects, which totaled more than half a million dollars in sales.  Additionally, the District earned an "A" letter grade in the TEA's new accountability rating. Katy ISD was the largest school district, with close to 80,000 students to receive this grade.  Just recently Niche, an educational data analysis site, also announced their "Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area" and Katy ISD took all 10 spots, plus an additional six.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Providing exceptional instruction and learning, as well as a safe and secure environment, is a process that involves great teachers, parents, school staff, administrators, mentors, volunteers, businesses, parent support groups, along with local and state governments," said Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f8dixb0tfkx3op7/AAA_B7B_DB9EUauao-sXZwlaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of State of the District Event</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houstonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=967Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houston<div class="ExternalClass5578E13CF11E4DB2B3EFD5CB086D0BB3"><p>It wasn't just the first, the second, nor the third spot on the list of 2019 Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston area, Katy Independent School District took all 10 of them plus six additional ones, claiming the top 16 spots on the list!  </p><p>Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the school district.  Last year Katy ISD swept the list as well claiming the top 15 spots. </p><p>The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Jo Ella Exley Elementary</li><li>Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>Ray & Jamie Wolman Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li></ol><p>Katy ISD has a total of 41 elementary schools with an overall district enrollment of close to 80,000 students.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial Recognitionshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=963Katy ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial Recognitions<div class="ExternalClass70CE8F98AA854F9882326C1ECCC4C3DE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has been awarded the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) as well as the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both organizations awarded the prestigious recognitions to Katy ISD for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2016-17 fiscal year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Receiving this accolade represents a significant accomplishment for the Katy ISD Financial Services Department," said Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith.  "Our responsibility is to provide information in a user-friendly format is a clear indication of our commitment to transparency and to clearly communicate the District's financial condition to the public." added Smith.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All CAFR's are judged by an impartial panel which seeks to demonstrate standards of full financial disclosure.  In addition, an <em>Award of Financial Reporting Achievement</em> has been awarded to the Katy ISD employees responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.  For other recognitions and information visit the <a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Financial Department</a> website.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100218_Financial%20Department%20%20(1).jpg" alt="100218_Financial Department (1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:482px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom Row Left to Right:  Sally Smith, CPA / Elizabeth Haven, CPA / Anne Faichtinger, CPA<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Top Row Left to Right:  Stephen Johnson, CPA, CTSBO / Sterling Schiller, CTSBO<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art Auctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=961Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction<div class="ExternalClassFA15E0EFA7BB47609E4F757D63249662"><p>Twelve of the 20 pieces of artwork auctioned off at the Fort Bend County Fair Event were created by Katy Independent School District students, earning a cumulative total of over $20,000 this year.  Seven Lakes High School student Flora Hu's creation entitled <em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em> won the "Reserve Grand Champion" recognition while four additional students were ranked the highest in "Best of Class".<br></p><p>"It is inspiring to see the hard work our Katy ISD students put into these masterpieces and ultimately it's so rewarding to see their smiles when they are recognized," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Each piece has a stunning story attached to it which brings their art to life," added Jones.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Student</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Artwork Title</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Reserve Grand Champion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Flora Hu</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fabiana Muñoz</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Texas Hindrance"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Gray</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"American Rodeo Royalty"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Rachel Wang</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Strumming Along"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Tomalty</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Texas Prairie"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Zoe Puno</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Special Bond"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seah Chue</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Hollow Moment"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Christine Goh</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"My Good Side"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Isabella Concepcion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Gotcha"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Uma Kamath</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Blazing Eyes"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pooja Dave</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Best In Show"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ellice Gao</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Cattle Collie"</em></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Flora%20Hu%20SLHS.jpg" alt="Flora Hu SLHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:328px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Flora Hu - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Reserve Grand Champion<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fabiana%20Munoz%20CRHS.jpg" alt="Fabiana Munoz CRHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:330px;height:506px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Fabiana Muñoz - Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Texas Hindrance"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Gray%20OTHS.jpg" alt="Lauren Gray OTHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:331px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Gray - Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"American Rodeo Royalty"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Rachel%20Wang%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Rachel Wang SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:329px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Rachel Wang - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Strumming Along"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Tomalty%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Lauren Tomalty SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:327px;height:430px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Tomalty - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Texas Prairie"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winnershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=951Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winners<div class="ExternalClass460E89E7CF3B4DFEA57C994A59C2C781"><p>Once again this year Katy Independent School District has numerous winners in the Foundation for Music Education <em>Mark of Excellence Competition</em>.  This year seven Katy ISD groups were recognized as national winners in this prestigious event.  This national gathering brings together over 250 ensembles from 38 different states.  The following choir, orchestra and band groups were recognized in various honors projects:<br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WoodCreek Junior High Varsity Treble Choir</span>, directed by Anne M. Guess, National Choral Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch Junior High Honors Band</span>, directed by Rachelle Isaacson, National Wind Band Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra and Symphony Strings </span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra</span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree and John Mays, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">James Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's an honor for Katy ISD students to be recognized for the Mark of Excellence Award and to be provided the opportunity to compare their performances with those from across the United States," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "Katy ISD is known for its academic excellence as well as its support and advancement of music education," added Ouellette.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=949Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaign<div class="ExternalClass30B08DA3ECDC4FD78281ACC6C8A067BE"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Hoax threats are not a joke.  This type of action can lead to serious legal consequences, even if there was never an intent to carry out the threat.  Katy Independent School District has joined forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Houston Division and various other law enforcement agencies to launch a public awareness campaign entitled #ThinkBeforeYouPost. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Members of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, police chiefs from Houston, Katy, Fort Bend and Aldine Independent School Districts as well as Crime Stoppers of Houston and Clear Channel Outdoor seek to educate the public about the consequences of making hoax threats of violence to schools and other public places.  Every threat is taken seriously and this type of behavior is considered a crime which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison, if escalated to a federal crime.  If a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I would like to give a word of commendation to the federal authorities for putting together an effort including law enforcement agencies from area school districts. This is a campaign that creates awareness with young people and also with their parents," said Robert Jinks, Katy ISD Chief of Police.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to authorities, posting false threats through social media platforms or any electronic means, not only requires countless hours of investigation by law enforcement agencies but it also drains school resources and ends up costing taxpayers' money.   In some cases, schools shut down resulting in the loss of instructional time for students and teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Misguided attempts at humor are no laughing matter and can end up ruining a student's future aspirations and career opportunities.  Katy ISD seeks the public's assistance to curb hoax threats among our student population.  Below you will find additional resources to share with family and friends.  Remember hoax threats are not a joke, so <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>think before you post!​</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span><strong style="text-align:left;">Resources:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/think-before-you-post-psa.mp4/view">Think Before You Post PSA</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-hoax-threats-campaign-052318.mp3/view">FBI, This Week: Campaign Addresses Consequences of Hoax Threats</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-espanol-hoax-threats-campaign-053118.mp3/view">Esta Semana en el FBI: Por Medio de una Campaña se Abordan las Consecuencias de las Amenaza</a></li><li>​</li><li></li></ul><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:607px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture2.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:589px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><br></span></div></div>
Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=944Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materials<div class="ExternalClassD72F5B594D5D47E584EA260AD56FD75D"><p>Instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts are included in Proclamation 2019.  Materials will be reviewed and selected this year for implementation in the 2019-2020 school year.  The selection process has been designed to include input from administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, parents, community and special programs.  A schedule of meetings and dates are detailed below.  Committees for the Review of Instructional Materials (CRIM) members will be receive calendar invitations for the meetings.</p><p><em>Katy </em><em>I</em><em>SD is loo</em><em>k</em><em>ing for</em><em> </em><em>pare</em><em>n</em><em>t volunte</em><em>e</em><em>rs to serve</em><em> </em><em>on </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>s to r</em><em>e</em><em>v</em><em>i</em><em>e</em><em>w and s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>t new instru</em><em>c</em><em>tional materials</em><em> </em><em>that will be </em><em>i</em><em>mpl</em><em>e</em><em>m</em><em>e</em><em>nted during the</em><em> </em><em>2</em><em>0</em><em>19</em><em>- 2020 s</em><em>c</em><em>hool y</em><em>e</em><em>ar. The subject areas, days and times are indicated in the chart below. If </em><em>y</em><em>ou</em><em> </em><em>wo</em><em>u</em><em>ld like</em><em> </em><em>to be a part of one</em><em> </em><em>of the</em><em> </em><em>re</em><em>v</em><em>iew </em><em>c</em><em>o</em><em>m</em><em>m</em><em>i</em><em>tt</em><em>ee</em><em>s, </em><em>c</em><em>ompl</em><em>e</em><em>te the</em><em> </em><em>int</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>st fo</em><em>r</em><em>m at </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019</strong></em></span></a><em> </em><em>to be</em><em> c</em><em>onsid</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>d for participation on the s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>tion </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em><em> </em><em>K</em><em>ee</em><em>p in</em><em> </em><em>mind that not all volunt</em><em>e</em><em>e</em><em>rs may be</em><em> </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>ted to </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>v</em><em>e</em><em> </em><em>on a</em><em> </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>C</strong><strong>om</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>tee</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Final Day 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Reading & Word Study (Spelling)</p><p>(K-8 English & K-6 Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Writing & Handwriting </p><p>(K-5, English and Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Language Arts (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Learners Language Arts (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Personal Financial Literacy</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p>8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>El distrito escolar independiente de Katy busca a padres voluntarios para formar parte del comité que seleccionará los materiales educacionales nuevos de lectura, redacción, caligrafía y estudio de palabras (antes conocido como ortografía) para los grados escolares K-8. Estos materiales serán usados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Si usted quiere ser parte de uno de los comités de selección, complete el formulario en </em><em> </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n"><span lang="ES-MX" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n</strong></em></span></a><em> y usted será uno de los candidatos considerados para ser parte del comité. Por favor tenga en cuenta que no todos las personas interesadas en formar parte del comité serán seleccionadas.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Comité</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Último </strong><strong>Día</strong><strong> 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lectura y estudio de palabras (ortografía) (K-8 inglés y K-5 espaňol)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM  – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Escritura y caligrafía (K-5, inglés y español)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje en inglés (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje para estudiantes que aprenden inglés como segundo idioma (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educación financiera personal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=943Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacy<div class="ExternalClassCCA63BF150714AB8A1EB2D7FCABD2D55"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">An impressive milestone has been reached at Katy Independent School District. This year the District will celebrate a "Century of Legacy".</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Enacted on February 25, 1919, the legislature of the State of Texas established and created Katy ISD out of part of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During our centennial celebration, Katy ISD invites everyone to view the historical accomplishments through our </span><a href="/sites/100Year/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Century of Legacy website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, which details landmark accomplishments, the stories of affluential leaders and images that have survived the test of time.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the school year, Katy ISD will celebrate a century of dedication and commitment to our students, staff and community with campus celebrations and learning opportunities for our students, the future legacies of Katy ISD.   It is also a perfect opportunity for the District to partner up with those who can contribute additional information on the past achievements of one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past several months, dozens of Katy ISD employees along with namesakes and community members shifted through yesteryears and identified key events and timelines, all of which can now be found in a centralized location.  The goal is to make known a legacy filled with growth, tradition, culture and meaning.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD looks forward to celebrating this centennial, as well as commence on its next century of providing educational excellence.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Yearshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=869Katy 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>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=748Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>

 

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