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Power Up for Back to School - PowerSchool Registration Now Open for New Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=930Power Up for Back to School - PowerSchool Registration Now Open for New Katy ISD Students2018-07-16T21:54:36Z<div class="ExternalClass51B211F87AB943C89BF97A4FC0B0A460"><p>July 16, 2018</p><p>​Dear New Katy ISD Parents/Guardians,</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is excited that you are now part of our family!!  We welcome you to one of the best school districts – not just in Texas – but in the United States, where our goal is educational excellence for all our students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As one of the fastest-growing school districts, this year Katy ISD will welcome nearly 80,000 students, including your child/children on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 15</span>.  Prior to their first day of school, we want your back to school registration experience to be smooth.   Students and parents will be able to <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> online with our new PowerSchool Registration.  Even better, starting the process just got easier, with the new "Online Registration" icon found in the upper right-hand side of any Katy ISD campus webpage.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>All Katy ISD students are required to register for the 2018-19 school year using the online registration system.</strong></span></p><p>Two important dates this year are:</p><ul><li>New Student Registration – Opens on July 16, 2018</li><li>Annual Student Updates (for current Katy ISD students) – Opens on August 1, 2018.  Parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each student currently enrolled in Katy ISD to their email address on file.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of new Katy ISD students will still be required to visit their child's designated campus in order to submit certain documentation such as proof of residency and vaccination records.  Campus visits are assigned by dates which can be found by clicking on the <a href="/dept/counseling/Documents/Registration/Registration%20Dates%20and%20Times.pdf">2018-19 Registration Dates & Times document</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Registration.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" title="PowerSchool Registration Page">Katy ISD Online Registration</a> webpage.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Back to School Immunization Clinicshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=929Back to School Immunization Clinics2018-07-11T21:28:27Z<div class="ExternalClassA64FD5EB0A0D494EABA4E3801CAFD7BF"><p>Back to school is just around the corner and as parents prepare to send their children back to school, one item to check off the "to-do" list is their immunizations.  The Katy Independent School District Health Services Department in conjunction with other local entities offers immunization clinics at several district campuses and other locations in the area.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The law requires that all students be as up-to-date as medically feasible on their immunizations in order to attend school," said Katy ISD Director of Health Services Therese Highnote.  "Immunizing your child is one of the best things you can do to safeguard their health," added Highnote.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD follows the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendation for immunizations compliance for all students to attend school.  The immunization vaccine requirements for each grade level can be found on the <a href="/dept/healthservices/Pages/default.aspx"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Health Services webpage</span></a> in both English and Spanish as well as a list of immunization clinics and their costs.  Exemptions to the immunization requirements are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications or reasons of conscience, including religious belief.  Before entry into school, the original exemption affidavit must be submitted to the school.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Immunization_Clinics.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />​Immunization Clinics 2018</a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=928Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Program2018-07-05T23:37:29Z<div class="ExternalClass09DFBE87A409424C8C0A4D1056BBC0E4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District announces its policy for providing free and reduced-priced meals for children eligible under the current guidelines found at </span><a href="http://www.squaremeals.com/" style="text-align:justify;">www.squaremeals.com</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents can begin their new application process for the 2018-19 school year beginning the first week of August 2018.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Children living in households whose income is at or below the federally approved levels based on household size may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status from that same school year.  Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.  Children with status as homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an <a href="http://www.katyisdfoodservices.com/">online application</a> which will be available two weeks before the start of the new school year.  Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are program eligible.  If a student receives a letter of approval on the first days of school, there is no need to complete a new application for the 2018-19 school year.  If a child was on the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed.  A new application per household is required each school year.  For families that do not receive a letter and believe they should have or for those missing students in the letter received, they can contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at 281-396-6240.  Staff is also available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nutrition and Food Service Department located at 5364 Franz Road, Katy, TX  77493.  Please bring the names of all members of the household and their gross monthly income.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​2018-2019 School Year</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced-Price Benefits</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Effective from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019<br> <br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>FAMILY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SIZE</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>TWICE PER MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$15,782</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$22,459</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,316</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,872</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$658</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$936</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$864</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$432</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,398</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$30,451</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,784</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,538</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$892</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,269</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$823</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,172</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$412</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$586</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$27,014</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,443</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,252</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,204</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,126</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,602</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,039</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,479</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$520</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$740</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$32,630</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$46,435</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,720</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,870</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,360</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,35</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,255</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,786</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$628</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$893</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,246</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$54,427</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,188</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,536</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,594</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,268</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,471</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$736</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,047</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$43,862</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$62,419</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,656</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,202</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,828</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,601</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,687</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,401</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$844</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,201</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$49,478</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$70,411</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,124</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,868</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,062</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,934</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,903</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,709</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$952</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,355</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$55,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$78,403</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,592</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,534</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,296</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,267</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,119</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,016</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,060</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,508</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,616</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$7,992</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$468</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$666</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$234</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$333</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$216</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$308</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$108</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$154</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:12px;">In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the </span><a href="http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf"><span style="font-size:12px;">USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, (AD-3027) found online at: </span><a href="http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html"><span style="font-size:12px;">http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: </span><a href="mailto:program.intake@usda.gov"><span style="font-size:12px;">program.intake@usda.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">.  </span><span style="font-size:12px;">This institution is an equal opportunity provider.</span></p><p></p></div>
School Supplies - Date Extendedhttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/MPE/Lists/LatestNews/DispForm.aspx?ID=34School Supplies - Date Extended2018-07-02T17:14:51Z<div class="ExternalClass939E1A69A5D749F6BE11576AE87D637C"><p>​​School Supply orders have been extended to July 18th! Please click<a href="/campus/MPE/Documents/&#128218;%20LAST%20CHANCE%20FOR%20SUPPLIES%20&#128218;&#128397;.pdf"> here</a>​ to view flyer.</p></div>
Summer Reading Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/MPE/Lists/LatestNews/DispForm.aspx?ID=32Summer Reading Program2018-06-03T03:25:09Z<div class="ExternalClassA50607A5F4E4493199F2BC4D8BCAD725"><p>The summer reading program is now available for students!  See the attached flyer for details.</p><p><a href="/campus/MPE/PublishingImages/Lists/LatestNews/AllItems/KISD%20Super%20Summer%20Readers%20Flyer.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />KISD Super Summer Readers Flyer.pdf</a>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badgehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=917Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge2018-06-01T19:37:47Z<div class="ExternalClass1CAFE9553AC94A3A93818D7B2E8A2052"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer two Katy Independent School District students will enjoy their school break thanks to the quick thinking of three Katy ISD Police Officers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Officer Christopher Pickering, Officer Michael Seiss and Officer Jose Gonzalez used their law enforcement and crisis management skills to save the lives of two students contemplating suicide.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief of Police Robert E. Jinks, along with his staff, honored them with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Chief's Meritorious Citation Award.</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 8, 2018, Officer Pickering was dispatched to a residence in reference to a possible suicidal student.  Officer Pickering's crisis intervention skills and his ability to develop a rapport with the student led to a voluntary mental health evaluation which saved the student's life.  After receiving treatment, the student informed the police department that Officer Pickering's dedication to his duty and his show of concern prevented him from taking his life that evening.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On March 7, 2018, Officer Seiss and Officer Gonzalez were dispatched to Cinco Ranch High School in reference to a possible suicide.  Upon arriving both officers quickly assessed the severity of the incident and immediately began life-saving measures, that included creating a make-shift tourniquet with a leather belt, in order to halt the loss of blood from the victim. The actions of these two officers were instrumental in saving his life. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day there is an abundance of heroism displayed by our officers throughout our campuses," said Chief Jinks.  "Although we don't often witness these acts of bravery, the work our law enforcement officers conduct at our schools proves to be a life-changing one," added Jinks. </p><p>The <em>Chief's Meritorious Citation Award</em> is presented to recognize and reward the actions of law enforcement officers and staff for their meritorious service to our school district.  This recognition reflects a commitment to the Katy ISD Police Department's core values which are <em>Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All.</em><em>  </em>All three officers will now wear the merit pin as part of their uniform. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Christopher%20Pickering.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Christopher Pickering.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Christopher Pickering</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Jose%20Gonzalez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Jose Gonzalez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Jose Gonzalez</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Michael%20Seiss%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Michael Seiss - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Michael Seiss</p><p><br></p></div>
2018 Katy ISD Board Election Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=9012018 Katy ISD Board Election Results2018-05-06T02:36:14Z<div class="ExternalClassC5CF6D94358F4A45A7B30EA7EDE48108"><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>KATY [May 5, 2018]</strong> – Katy ISD voters elected candidates Susan Gesoff for Position 6 and Dawn Champagne for Position 7 to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.  Trustees Bryan Michalsky (Position 6) and Charles Griffin (Position 7) decided not to run again.  Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The unofficial results are:</p><ul><li>Susan Gesoff:  Position 6  -Total votes: 3,324</li></ul><ul><li>Scott Martin:  Position 6 - Total votes: 2,182</li></ul><p><br></p><ul><li><p>Dawn Champagne:  Position 7 - Total votes: 3,025</p></li><li><p>Don Massey: Position 7 - Total votes: 2,629</p></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">View for the <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">complete list of election results</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=900Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School2018-05-02T22:10:00Z<div class="ExternalClass804C03D39B9242F595228ECE717FFE9E"><p>​As community development continues around the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision, today the magnified sounds of the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartan Drumline could be heard for blocks as the groundbreaking ceremony of Junior High #16 and High School #9 took place.  Both schools will alleviate the thriving southwest quadrant of the district and provide relief to existing campuses that currently house students in the surrounding boundaries. </p><p>"Within the walls of these schools, future leaders will be taught, memories will be made and educational opportunities will prepare and inspire," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "The construction of these campuses will be a new opportunity for this neighborhood and our community at large, to invest in our students as they create their future," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The buildings will be constructed as part of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.  These educational facilities will not only be state-of-the-art buildings with collaborative spacing and leading edge technology, but they will be equipped with quality educators which make Katy ISD one of the best schools in the country. The construction of both facilities is another example of Katy ISD's promise to the community to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also participating in the ceremonial turning of dirt was the general contractors Drymalla and Satterfield & Pontikes as well as PBK Architects, Inc.  </p><p>​Missed the event?  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1810353372318077.1073742102.113148448705253&type=1&l=41ec9c6726">Click here</a> for pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JH16%20and%20HS9.jpg" alt="JH16 and HS9.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=896Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Event2018-04-26T19:09:12Z<div class="ExternalClass023A244E1DFE46BDA0555E3AE09DEDAD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.  According to the DEA, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision.  Needles or sharp objects will not be accepted and any liquids must be in prescribed containers.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The majority of teenagers who are abusing prescription drugs usually get these medications from family and friends or simply by taking them from a family medicine cabinet," says Chief of Police Robert Jinks.  "Through take-back programs people have a better option to dispose of old drugs," adds Jinks.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong><strong>Katy ISD Police Department invites community to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center<br>20370 Franz Road<br>Katy, TX  77449</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><strong><u>Saturday, April 28, 2018<br></u></strong><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/042618_Flyer_Drug%20Take%20Back%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="042618_Flyer_Drug Take Back - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=894Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Year2018-04-24T20:51:21Z<div class="ExternalClass0A6D99E2154948078100D2728A73FB62"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy Independent School District will transition to a </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">multi-</span><span style="text-align:justify;">bell schedule which will support the new district transportation model.  Last night, the Katy ISD </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">Board of Trustees</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> announced the elementary schools that will fall under Group 1 and 2.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>bell schedule will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  These changes will alleviate the challenges the district is facing with bus driver recruitment as well as safety concerns with congested traffic in areas within Katy.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  To verify what group your child's campus falls under, <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">click here</a>.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
Brookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=893Brookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration2018-04-24T15:10:09Z<div class="ExternalClassB0FFC15BC7F044C8B3037BEEFC794AA3"><p>​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 11<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>Guest speaker and Brookwood Founder Mrs. Yvonne Streit realized her life's work after her daughter suffered severe brain damage from mumps complications.  Recognizing the limited learning options available for her daughter, Mrs. Streit began a journey that would lead to the establishment of the Briarwood School, the Tuttle School and the Brookwood Community.  The fearless tenacity that initially drove her to help her own child has, over the past decades, ultimately led to helping thousands of children and adults by providing life opportunities unheard of when she began her journey.  Joining Mrs. Streit at the podium will be Jana Mullins, Brookwood's Director of Outreach and Community Engagement.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration will also include entertainment from junior high and high school performers along with the announcement of each school's 2018 Volunteer of the Year.  </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."</em><em>  </em><em>Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.</em><em>  </em><em>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><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></div>
Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Centerhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=892Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center2018-04-22T22:21:11Z<div class="ExternalClass1C508EC128DE43B68566F256D14FEB5A"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>**Rescheduled date due to effects of weather**</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><span>With one of the largest Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in the nation, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its new Agricultural Sciences Center.  Invaluable educational experiences involving plants and raising farm animals will take place at this new state-of-the-art facility. Thus, Katy ISD continues serving as an outstanding training ground for the next generation of farmers, scientists, veterinarians and a host of other fields.  The programs offered at this facility will provide an array of opportunities to students who wish to contribute to the world of agriculture, food and natural resources used by millions of citizens around the nation.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This project has become a reality for our FFA students and staff thanks to our voters," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "We expect the Agricultural Sciences Center to be ready for the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo scheduled for February 2019," added Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:          <br></strong>Groundbreaking ceremony of the Agricultural Sciences Center.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Future site of the Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Reschedule Date: Friday, April 27, 2018<br></strong></span>11 a.m. - Noon</p><p></p></div>
Human Trafficking Awareness Community Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=891Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event2018-04-20T21:19:19Z<div class="ExternalClass58161930F0934B17A0704DD9A3B208BC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD and Crime Stoppers of Houston are joining forces to create awareness to human trafficking. Known as "modern day slavery" it's estimated that currently there are 313,000 victims in Texas, according to the University of Texas in Austin.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through an eye-opening 45-minute presentation, attendees will hear about how to identify human trafficking and will gain valuable information about victims and traffickers. Most importantly, they will learn how to report suspected abuse.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Human trafficking is a crime that does not discriminate.  Victims can be any age, race, gender, education level or socioeconomic status," said Katy ISD Deputy Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "As part of our Katy ISD Strategic Plan, the district has made it a priority to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners and will be partnering with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish this goal together," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>       <br></strong>Join Katy ISD Police Department and Houston Crime Stoppers for a Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium, Community Room<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wednesday, April 25, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>7-8 p.m.</p><p>Note:  This presentation would not be appropriate for minors (under 18).</p><p></p></div>
"Hearing with my Heart" Conference Focuses on Katy ISD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=888"Hearing with my Heart" Conference Focuses on Katy ISD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students2018-04-12T11:48:18Z<div class="ExternalClassFDB908D32C214E299B46CFABF61CD15E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Growing up with a profound hearing loss is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness an even bigger challenge for Justin Osmond.  Katy Independent School District is proud to invite Osmond as keynote speaker to the Fifth Annual Communications Conference "Hearing with my Heart", where he will share his inspirational story of courage, determination </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> self-belief.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The conference is for deaf and hard of hearing students and their families as well as for staff who serve these students," said Elaine Robertson, Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision and Assistive Technology.  "Along with enjoying the motivating stories of Justin Osmond visitors will hear from a Katy ISD student speaker who will relate his journey as a deaf learner," added Robertson.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​What:           <br></strong>Join Katy ISD for an exciting evening of learning about overcoming challenges and adversities for deaf and hard of hearing students.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium Field House<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p> <strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Thursday, April 12<br></strong></span>5:00-5:30 p.m.        <br>Hands on technology and visits with Smash, Houston's deaf police horse</p><p>5:30-6 p.m.             <br>ASL Club performance, student presentation and visit with Smash</p><p>6 - 7 p.m.                <br>Keynote Speaker</p><p>7 - 8 p.m.                <br>Raffle, book signing and tour vendors</p><p> </p></div>
Join the #1 School District in the Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=885Join the #1 School District in the Houston Area2018-04-06T15:08:45Z<div class="ExternalClassB268465B6BA14FF3A627D481294D8CFD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all educators to Katy Independent School District!!!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Preparations for the Katy ISD 2018 Teacher Fair are underway. Administrators from all Katy ISD campuses will be available to talk to educators who aspire to become part of this growing school district.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Some of the best teachers from across the country can be found at Katy ISD," says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  "Providing quality education to students begins with valuing the role of an educator.  Our district is looking for teachers who not only inspire students in a classroom, they mold them into future legacies."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, Katy ISD enrolls close to 2,000 additional students and it's expected to open up several schools in the coming years.  No pre-registration or fee is required.  Participants must show proof of certification and it is recommended that participants complete an application on the <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> in advance.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong>Katy ISD invites new interested individuals as well as current district employees to attend the 2018 Teacher Fair.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Saturday, April 21, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>Elementary Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br>Junior High & High School Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=884Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programs2018-04-04T18:55:40Z<div class="ExternalClassF82A3D23C9F7463498FC4F0159A195AC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District continues steadfast in its mission to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students, including those with special needs and disabilities.  The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Title I-IV, the Individuals and Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) are federal programs offered at Katy ISD campuses.  Public meeting discussions will focus on the programs current function as well as the proposed implementation for the upcoming school year. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           <br></strong>Public meeting to discuss federal programs offered at Katy ISD.  The public is invited to comment on these programs.  A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made.  Parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (English):  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (Spanish): <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP</a></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy ISD Education Support Complex<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, May 1<br></strong></span>1 p.m.</p></div>
Katy ISD Host 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=883Katy ISD Host 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival2018-04-03T14:10:27Z<div class="ExternalClassC17E93C414034768B66B970DEA8BE6E3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?  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.  Other activities include:  blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.  Admission is only $1.</span><br></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:          <br></strong><strong><u>Saturday, April 7<br></u></strong><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD to Host Annual Certified Teacher Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=880Katy ISD to Host Annual Certified Teacher Fair2018-03-27T19:19:12Z<div class="ExternalClassA64A5070C44A47108708C9EE89824550"><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​​Katy ISD invites certified teachers to the <strong>2018 Katy ISD Teacher Fair </strong>on Saturday, April 21 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. The elementary session will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the junior high and high school session will be from 1 to 4 p.m.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">All Katy ISD campuses will be represented at the Teacher Fair. No pre-registration or registration fee is required, but participants must show proof of certification or TEA/SBEC content exam scores in order to be admitted. It is also advised that teachers submit an employment application via <a href="/" target="_blank">www.katyisd.org</a> in advance. The fair is open to current KISD employees who meet transfer eligibility requirements.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Click <a href="/Documents/2018%20Teacher%20Fair%20Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">here </a>for more information on this event.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Constructionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=879Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction2018-07-06T21:36:21Z<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 Annual Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=877Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Brick Unveiling2018-03-29T15:59:59Z<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="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1754077981278950.1073742095.113148448705253&type=1&l=8c301612bd">Pictures of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Modelhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=875Katy 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 Schedulehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=8722018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule2018-07-06T21:37:45Z<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 Yearshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=869Katy 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 Centershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=868Community 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 Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=861Katy 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 Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=859Katy 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="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">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="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Bad Weather Make-Up Dayshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=858Bad 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 Calendarhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=854Katy 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="mailto:SouthwestRegion@k12insight.com">SouthwestRegion@k12insight.com</a> . </p><p>​<a href="https://youtu.be/J_73XqM9xP4">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video – English</a></p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/AA6dokyIBCo">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video - Spanish</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Openhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=853Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open2018-07-06T21:39:07Z<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 Thursdayhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=852Katy 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>

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