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Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction2018-03-21T19:45:24Z<div class="ExternalClassA1FA07EFA31C43AF913D6B2F06357C33"><p>Residents voted for it. Now it's time to build it!!  </p><p>Katy Independent School District is kicking off the construction of its 2017 bond projects. The community is now invited to witness the process every step of the way through its newly designed, <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Build the Legacy</em></a><em> </em>website. In it the public can obtain project information, see designs, track the status of construction and witness the progress of various projects as they advance.    <br></p><p>"I'm excited to see each project come to fruition for our students and staff at Katy ISD," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD. "The future is being built right before our eyes and we couldn't have done it without our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The voter-approved $609.2 MM bond includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and three elementary schools). Additionally, it also covered a comprehensive renovation to Fielder Elementary School and some much-needed improvements to 61 of our campuses.  Ninety-one (91%) of the bond is for school facilities and 9% is for technology and infrastructure such as buses, portables and storage tank replacements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Community Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of parents, students, community leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and business owners dedicated several months to analyzing a facilities plan for the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is considered the second fastest growing school district in Texas and was recently recognized by Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, as the best school district in the Houston Metro Area.</p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2018-03-09T22:14:51Z<div class="ExternalClass6697999891E7435B8DD1A8193A6B1127"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As visitors walk along the main pathway at Katy Heritage Park, they will notice the names of several Katy Independent School District teachers etched, not just onto bricks, but into Katy ISD's legacy.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">A total of 63 bricks were dedicated to the 2016-2017 Campus Teachers of the Year who have devoted countless hours towards the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Behind every successful student there is an encouraging teacher who has been a guiding force for future leaders. These Katy ISD teachers never set out to be recognized but their commitment has made a difference in the lives of many students.  These bricks will leave a lasting legacy of their remarkable commitment to uphold the district's vision of education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Being a teacher in Katy ISD gives our educator a life of true meaning and purpose.  The district has some of the best teachers in the country. Because they see potential in students, many leaders in various professions carry on the district's vision to "<em>Be the Legacy</em>".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Rover Oaks and the Katy Heritage Society for providing a space for the brick laying.  During the ceremony, the Taylor High School Chamber Choir provided entertainment with several singing performances.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Pictures of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model2018-03-02T22:10:56Z<div class="ExternalClassD8A563DACAED4A2BB49C7D95C6DBC82A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After receiving input from the Katy Independent School District community, through Y</span><em style="text-align:justify;">our District, Your Voice</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> initiative, the Board of Trustees approved to change the 2018-19 transportation model.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy ISD will transition to a multi-bell schedule.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, the Katy ISD Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for these campuses will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The information will be announced at a later date.</p><p>Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
2018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule Transportation Model and Bell Schedule2018-03-01T20:05:46Z<div class="ExternalClass8BFE2709889D48469FB360D596750D30"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Your%20District%20Your%20Voice%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Your District Your Voice - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>March 1, 2018</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,</p><p>After careful consideration and review of feedback from 20,000 parents and community members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the 2018-19 Katy ISD transportation model at the February 26 Regular Board Meeting.</p><p>Beginning this fall, Katy ISD campuses will transition to a multi-bell schedule.  However, criteria for transportation eligibility will remain the same.   Elementary students residing outside of a ½-mile radius of their school and secondary students outside of a 1-mile radius, will continue to be eligible for transportation services. </p><p>The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  Elementary Group 1 will begin school at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m., and Elementary Group 2 will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:40 p.m.  All junior high campuses will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m.  High school start and dismissal times (7:25 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) will remain unchanged. </p><p>Katy ISD's Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for each elementary campus will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting on April 23, 2018.  In the meantime, please take a moment to review our <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Transportation Questions and Answers.</a> This Q & A will be updated as additional questions are brought to our attention.</p><p>We greatly appreciate the guidance of our parents and community as the 2018-19 model was developed over these past few months.  This model will allow the District to provide the same level of service to families in 2018-19 while enabling us to utilize our drivers more efficiently, as well as address safety concerns in areas of the District that are becoming increasingly congested.</p><p>Thank you for your continuous support and feedback.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years2018-02-28T16:24:21Z<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>
Community Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of its Transportation Centers Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of its Transportation Centers2018-02-23T22:21:28Z<div class="ExternalClass345CF2B0BF5E4252BD449EB2606EBC89"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It takes a special kind of person to drive a school bus.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District takes great pride in its bus drivers because they make an impact!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">They are oftentimes the first and last district employee that many students see each day. In 1931, Katy ISD only had two school buses. Today it has over 650 buses which transport 51,000 students each day.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our bus drivers are amazing people!" said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews. "They are constantly building positive relationships with students and creating a legacy of outstanding service to our students, staff and district."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is honored to dedicate its three transportation centers after bus drivers who have left remarkable legacies.  Anna Baker, Cyndy Self and Lester Floyd Reinecker II touched the hearts of many, especially the students they transported every day.  With this ceremony, Katy ISD highlights the values of these great individuals for generations to come.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:<br></strong>Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lance Hindt invite you to the dedication ceremony of the West, South & East Transportation Centers.  Part of the dedication ceremony will include a performance by a Katy High School 2009 Alumni.  A special presentation will be delivered by Congressman John Culbertson, Representative John Zerwas and Mayor Pro Tem Duran C. Dowdle of the City of Katy</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Cyndy Self South Transportation Center<br>3151 Falcon Landing Blvd.<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sunday, February 25<br></strong></span>2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Reception in the Lounge<br>3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Program in the Bay</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival2018-01-31T16:31:47Z<div class="ExternalClass3E5A9F12D8BA4DBBA6A9676FD3EFC628"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 33</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Admission is only $1.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, April 7<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area2018-01-31T17:28:58Z<div class="ExternalClass91E94EBC57814372824E4B064099AB2A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="">2018 Best School Districts rankings</a> have been announced and looks like "</span><em style="text-align:justify;">The Best is in the West</em><span style="text-align:justify;">" for the Greater Houston area, with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts across America every year.  Katy ISD received an overall grade of "A+" for its outstanding educational accomplishments.  The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Learn more about the Niche 2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area​ on their <a href="">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Bad Weather Make-Up Days Weather Make-Up Days2018-01-23T20:59:11Z<div class="ExternalClass2280F6119EA34A048DF4776A717EFE46"><p></p><div>Texas weather has not been kind and continues to bring many challenges to our community.  Due to the wintery conditions that caused the District’s closure last Tuesday and Wednesday, we need to alert you to a change to our 2017-18 Instructional Calendar.</div><div><br></div><div>As you may know, Katy ISD, along with all Texas school districts, is required by state law to have 75,600 minutes of instructional time built into its calendar each year.  While the Texas Education Agency (TEA) granted our district a waiver for missed instructional time this past fall as a result of Hurricane Harvey related closures, the District has been informed that waivers will not be provided for last week’s bad weather days.</div><div> </div><div>Unfortunately, our students lost significant instructional time this year.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Monday, February 19</em></span><em> is currently designated as a bad weather day and will be used to make up instructional time </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>for all students</em></span><em>.  Additionally, in order to be in compliance with state law, </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>the secondary school day will be extended by ten minutes during the week of May 14-18, with dismissal being at 2:45 p.m. each day. </em></span><em> </em></div><div> </div><div>We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, and we apologize ahead of time for that.  Just as we must meet the requirements of the law, it is also just as important that we are in a position to ensure that we can effectively achieve our mission to provide educational excellence and opportunities that prepare our students for success in college, career and life.  With that said, having our students in school to grow and learn is of the utmost importance.    </div><div>As always, your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.  </div><div><br></div></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Community's Input on 2018-19 Instructional Calendar ISD Seeks Community's Input on 2018-19 Instructional Calendar2018-01-19T05:17:30Z<div class="ExternalClassECFE724FA82A498B81E2CE19FC23684A"><p>Every year, Katy Independent School District receives input from parents, students, staff and community members to develop an instructional calendar for the upcoming school year.  As part of the Katy ISD "<em>Your District, Your Voice</em>" initiative, the District is seeking community feedback on three instructional calendar options.</p><p>On Friday, January 19, the Katy ISD community will be able to provide their input through the <strong>2018-19 Instructional Calendar</strong> survey which will be sent via email and available through February 2.  The survey outlines proposed start and end dates, holidays and the total number of instructional days for each recommended calendar.  Below are the three options:</p><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 1</strong></span></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><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 2</strong></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>School Begins:  Monday, August 13</p><p>School Ends:  Wednesday, May 22</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  178</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 3</strong></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>School Begins:  Monday, August 27</p><p>School Ends:  Tuesday, June 4</p><p>Instructional Calendar Day:  178</p><p>Three Days off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Everyone's participation is important and will play a crucial role in the Katy ISD Board of Trustees' decision making process.  If one does not receive a survey link by the end of this week, they can contact K12<em>Insight</em>, the external research firm conducting the survey, at <a href=""></a> . </p><p>​<a href="">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video – English</a></p><p><a href="">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video - Spanish</a></p></div>
PreAP Course Information for 5th Grade Parents and Students Course Information for 5th Grade Parents and Students 2018-01-18T22:14:38Z<div class="ExternalClass02AD0368CFF64C04824FC7DD6F0F7D5B"><p>​Is your 5th grader interested in PreAP classes in junior high?  Information about PreAP can be found in the links below.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font color="#000000" size="3" style="font-family:calibri;"> </font><font color="#000000" size="3" style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-family:calibri;"><font color="#000000" size="3">English: </font><a href=""><span style="font-family:calibri;text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1" size="3"></font></span></a></span></font><font color="#000000" size="3" style="font-family:calibri;"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family:calibri;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Spanish: </font><a href=""><span style="font-family:calibri;text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1" size="3"></font></span></a></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open ISD Community Education Registration Now Open2018-01-18T20:31:35Z<div class="ExternalClass7FEF873CE2F24457AD30079AAAF37A2E"><p>The Spring 2018 Katy ISD Community Education classes are now open for registration. The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Classes include learning opportunities pertaining to recreational activities, arts and crafts, health and personal development, foreign languages, business and industry skills, finance, computer applications, driver education, college preparatory, and multiple online courses.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Course_Catalog.pdf">Community Education catalog online</a> or call 281-396-6365. </p></div>
Katy ISD Schools and Facilities will be Open on Thursday ISD Schools and Facilities will be Open on Thursday2018-01-17T17:49:33Z<div class="ExternalClass45327344F3D74EAA87BE2E26567FCEF0"><p>Katy ISD campuses and school facilities will be open and operating on a regular schedule on Thursday, January 18.  Likewise, after-school activities and programs, including athletics and fine arts events, will continue as scheduled.<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and support during this weather event.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.</p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expo ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expo2018-01-12T23:05:53Z<div class="ExternalClass1F0BCC9DF4F2497783C3FB18F2B934F7"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District invites parents to the Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Program Expo hosted by the Houston Area Cooperative for the Gifted and Talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The expo will be open to all Houston area parents with students identified as gifted and talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about summer programs and scholarships offered through the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), as well as a chance to visit with representatives from various camps open to K-12 students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Nine informational sessions, focused on a variety of topics, will be available for parents.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><span style="text-align:justify;">Pre-registration is recommended due to seating limitations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Click the </span><a href="" style="text-align:justify;">GT Summer Program Expo</a><span style="text-align:justify;"> link to register or for additional details.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Wilchester Elementary School (Spring Branch ISD)<br>13618 St. Mary's<br>Houston, TX  77079</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, January 20, 2018<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 12 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
2016-17 Texas Academic Performance Reports Texas Academic Performance Reports2018-01-10T23:13:14Z<div class="ExternalClass631EEDADFBE245F9B807703FE9E0E9F3"><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/School%20Report%20Card%202016-2017.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />School Report Card 2016-2017.pdf</a></p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/Texas%20Academic%20Performance%20Report%20for%20KISD%202016-17.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Texas Academic Performance Report for KISD 2016-17.pdf</a></p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/Texas%20Academic%20State%20Performance%20Report%202016-17.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Texas Academic State Performance Report 2016-17.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p></div>
Junior High Curriculum Night for Current 5th Graders High Curriculum Night for Current 5th Graders2018-01-10T22:58:44Z<div class="ExternalClassF737F2EC2D7A40B4889983F4B2DC1F0D"><p>Do you have a 5th grader who will be attending junior high next year?  If yes, then you will be interested in the curriculum night for incoming 6th graders.  If you child will be attending MPJH, please see the attachment named "MPJH Curriculum Night 2018".  If your child will be attending a different junior high next year in Katy, please see the attachment named "6th Grade Orientation Night by School".</p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/6th%20Grade%20Orientation%20Night%20by%20School.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />6th Grade Orientation Night by School.pdf</a></p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/MPJH%20Curriculum%20Night%202018.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />MPJH Curriculum Night 2018.pdf</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll2018-01-03T18:22:03Z<div class="ExternalClass67ECF89F25FF4800A48169BCD7DE7D05"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="text-align:left;">8</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>th</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> Annual </strong><strong style="text-align:left;">AP</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="text-align:left;"> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.</span><br></p><p>From 2015 to 2017, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 23 percent.  The number of students participating in AP exams increased 26 percent to 9,478 in 2017 and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 24.6% in those two years.  </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 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, 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="">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Start ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Start2018-01-03T17:12:57Z<div class="ExternalClass68FD71E0EB65487FADCD7A9E60E6EB61"><p>Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor initiative, is hosting a mid-year program kick start on Friday, January 19<sup>th</sup>, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Legacy Stadium.  Katy ISD campus KEYS Liaisons will be on hand to greet and host their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.  </p><p>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  Recent KEYS survey results showed that 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 80% decreased absences and 87% decreased discipline referrals.</p><p>Over its 22-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student's lives.  And although the school year is at the halfway point, hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have <strong>ever thought about becoming a mentor</strong>, or if you are <strong>already a KEYS mentor</strong>, please join us at the KEYS Kick Start.  Please <a href=""><strong>RSVP online</strong></a>, or go to <a href="/"></a> and click on "Partners in Education" under the "Community" tab to learn more about KEYS.  For additional information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href=""></a>.  </p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award2017-12-12T01:28:12Z<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
Katy ISD Operating on Regular Schedule Today ISD Operating on Regular Schedule Today2017-12-08T11:59:14Z<div class="ExternalClassA44658C2DB52476E9C2433F37188428F"><p>The Katy Independent School District will be operating on a regular schedule today.  Drivers are advised to take extra precautions on potentially icy roads.  Parents, staff and community members should also continue to monitor local media and the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> for all updates. Our official channels of communication are:<br></p><ul><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/"></a></li><li>Twitter: <a href="">@katyisd</a></li><li>Superintendent's Twitter: <a href="">@katyisdsupt</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="">Katy ISD Facebook</a></li></ul><p> </p></div>
Pre-Printed Raptor Badge Request Forms for Winter Parties Raptor Badge Request Forms for Winter Parties2017-12-06T22:17:51Z<div class="ExternalClassD0B4350D446947E3A8F08374919D4F98"><p>Winter Classroom Parties will be on Friday, December 15.  Parents who will be attending may request a Raptor Badge be pre-printed for them to pick up when they check in at the office.  We have many visitors on party day, so please allow yourself extra time for check in.​  These requests must be returned to the school <strong>before</strong> December 13.</p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/Documents/Req%20for%20Raptor%20Badges%20Parties%202017.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Req for Raptor Badges Parties 2017.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD2017-12-05T02:24:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Katy ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park2017-12-04T18:11:48Z<div class="ExternalClass5F4FFBA92A9E42D3A8B4E0CAB9294F35"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) Choir officially kicked off the dedication ceremony of their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, MPE parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant in the amount of $129,331.  The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, modular playground equipment, an amphitheater and other amenities.  When visitors walk through the main entrance of the park, they will notice the school mascot, a panther, as well as 26 new trees from Trees for Houston.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our area was considered a park desert because there are no local parks where children could go to play," said Assistant Principal Sharlu Melville, who led the effort to create the park.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"With this park, we are benefitting not only the school and its students, but also strengthening this community and its families," added Ashley Vann, Board of Trustee President.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.  This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Pictures of MPE SPARK Park Event</a> </p></div>
Community to Dedicate SPARK Park at Memorial Parkway Elementary to Dedicate SPARK Park at Memorial Parkway Elementary2017-11-29T16:28:01Z<div class="ExternalClass522D113514504106972F0452691C5818"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Memorial Parkway Elementary family invites the community, parents, staff, students and media partners to the official dedication of their new SPARK Park.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Thanks to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> <br>Memorial Parkway Elementary<br>21603 Park Tree Lane<br>Katy, TX  77450</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, November 30<br></strong></span><strong>2 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Elementary Gifted and Talented Screening Gifted and Talented Screening2017-11-09T22:58:37Z<div class="ExternalClass8E8CB52F233B4C76BA7259157F94406B"><p>Parent requests for Challenge screening for the 2018-2019 has begun.  Please see the attached document for details.</p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/Elementary%20Gifted%20and%20Talented%20Screening.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Elementary Gifted and Talented Screening.pdf</a></p></div>
Dylexia Parent Education Canvas Course Available Parent Education Canvas Course Available2017-11-09T22:49:45Z<div class="ExternalClassDBAF1699EFBA4298B5C34F4862E37203"><p>​This course goes live on November 28, 2017.  See the attached flyer for details.</p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/Dyslexia%20Parent%20Education%20Canvas%20Course.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Dyslexia Parent Education Canvas Course.pdf</a></p></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign2017-11-07T15:33:31Z<div class="ExternalClass0214FBDF40A24DF39DC949870D0B1E5A"><p>​The<strong> </strong>Katy ISD Partners in Education's 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.</p><p>Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is <strong>December 7. </strong>To make a contribution online please <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. To donate via check, please remit to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  </p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/Lists/latestnews/" target="_blank"></a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2017-11-01T13:40:11Z<div class="ExternalClassB10455EB15BD4E85AE89C715C5E2FD21"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2018-2019 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 6, 2017</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2018-2019 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2017 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships2017-10-17T19:42:44Z<div class="ExternalClass964CFE7F859F4C9BA677AF7B14A7489B"><div>Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year’s School-Business Partnership program at three regional events.  Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held three Friday mornings in October from 8-9:30 a.m. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>​October 20th at Tompkins High School, hosted by:</strong></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Alexander, Davidson, Fielder, Griffin, Holland, Jenks, Kilpatrick, Randolph, Rylander, Shafer, Stanley, Williams Wilson and WoodCreek Elementary Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Beck, Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek Junior High Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins High Schools</div><div><br></div><div><strong>October 27th at Taylor High School, hosted by:</strong></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Exley, Hayes, Nottingham Country, Mayde Creek, Memorial Parkway, Pattison, Rhoads, Schmalz, West Memorial and Wolfe Elementary Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Cardiff, Mayde Creek, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial Junior High Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Mayde Creek and Taylor High Schools</div><div><br></div><div>The regional open houses provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus leaders from schools in their market area and allow in-depth conversation between the two regarding upcoming events for the school year.  </div><div><br>School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through existing Partners in Education programs:  KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read and Sister Schools.  </div><div><br>For more information contact Cassandra Hedgpeth,, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD Partners in Education website via <a href="/Pages/default.aspx"></a> under the “Community” tab.  The RSVP site lists host campuses participating at each of the three events.  </div><div><br></div><div><a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more about event locations and to RSVP. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education</strong> – Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at <a href="/Pages/default.aspx"></a>.</div><div><br></div></div>

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