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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>
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>
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 Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program2017-10-04T18:58:20Z<div class="ExternalClassCA6042A7BAA9474393B8F2F6D7E3AFC8"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year, the program anticipates an increased n</span><span style="text-align:justify;">umber of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As in the past, generous sponsors are needed.  Every year students, community organizations as well as district employees make this program a success.  The Katy ISD Police Department welcomes any and all who would like to participate.  If you or someone you know would like to donate and help children this year, please send an email to <a href=""></a>.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sponsor information will be sent out around the third-week of November.  After Harvey, the outpouring of love and generosity has been heartwarming and the Katy ISD Police Department would like to continue the community's support throughout the upcoming holidays.</p></div>
Katy ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harvey ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harvey2017-09-29T17:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass03F2190B6963465AB3F74A3F2E5DD77A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved a resolution requesting the appraisal districts of Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties to reappraise Katy ISD zoned homes and businesses flooded as a result of Harvey.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">By law, property owners must continue to pay taxes on the full value of their property, even if it has been damaged or destroyed.  Additionally, only a taxing entity, such as a school district, can request a reappraisal of a property after a county has completed its appraisal process for the year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"While no homeowner will be required to seek a reappraisal of their home as a result of the Board's action, this resolution will clear the way for thousands of our families who are recovering from Harvey to seek tax relief on properties damaged by the storm," said Lance Hindt, Katy ISD superintendent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy area weathered a historical storm last month which left thousands of residents displaced and a number of neighborhoods destroyed.  When the three appraisal districts approve Katy ISD's request, the Board of Trustees will have created options for residents still facing housing, financial and recovery challenges due to the storm.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time ISD Lost Instructional Time 2017-09-22T15:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </p></div>
Back in the Saddle - Title I Night *Updated* in the Saddle - Title I Night *Updated*2017-09-11T18:20:02Z<div class="ExternalClass4EA0AFD594714039A88677C5E0442057"><p>The new time for Back in the Saddle Night is this Thursday, September 14th from 5:00 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner can be purchased. </p><p>Come and learn about what is happening new this year and how Title I is important to you and your child's school.</p><p>Come in and visit your child's classroom and meet their new teacher. We cannot wait to have you here!</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/campus/MRE/PublishingImages/MRE%20Logo%202018%20Purple%20Button.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:220px;" />​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:"comic sans", "comic sans ms", cursive;font-size:24px;color:#0000ff;">#WWofMRE</span></p></div>
Family STEAM Night December 2nd STEAM Night December 2nd2016-11-17T22:18:41Z<div class="ExternalClass37C47133EBF84D7690CEDB0405325A96"><p>​Join Katy ISD for a family STEAM night at the STEAM Center.</p><p>Check out this<a href="/campus/MRE/Documents/eNews/Family%20STEAM%20Night.pdf"> link</a> for details. All are welcome and come see all what is happening in Science!</p><p><img src="/campus/MRE/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/STEAM%20Center.jpg" alt="STEAM Center.jpg" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Monster Mash is coming Oct. 14th from 6-8:30 pm Mash is coming Oct. 14th from 6-8:30 pm2016-10-01T00:54:14Z<div class="ExternalClass005B3C44DAD84BFBA80AE43AE305704E"><p>​Come and join us for our biggest event of the year!</p><p>MONSTER MASH!</p><p>Come dressed to kill and thrill!</p><p>Come and dance the evening away!</p><p>We can't wait to see you!</p></div>
Home Access Online Access Online2016-05-20T18:35:20Z<div class="ExternalClassF46AEBB355E24808AFBEAEA9C754A709"><p>See Student Portal under the Students tab</p><p>to see how to access student learning online!</p><p>Have a GREAT Summer!​</p></div>
Dad's and Donuts!'s and Donuts!2016-05-12T18:46:10Z<div class="ExternalClassF165AB09651E4F2AA07C4600EA022A6B"><p>​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>DO-NUTS with DAD:  May 20th</strong></span></p><p><strong>Mark your calendar!</strong> Donuts with Dads (or Uncles or Grandfathers) will be Friday, May 20 @ 7:30am in the MRE Cafeteria</p><p>Please RSVP here to make sure your VISITOR BADGE is preprinted. You may enter by the cafeteria if you preregister!</p><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;"><a href="">Click Here to Pre-Register​</a></span></div>
Family Movie Night: Friday, April 1st Movie Night: Friday, April 1st2016-03-22T17:20:22Z<div class="ExternalClass3DFC291453264E0384F4F3B70C1536F2"><p>​Join us for a free movie at MRE on April 1st at 6pm. </p><p>Movie is Minions!</p></div>
Chuy's Night Tonight!'s Night Tonight!2016-03-22T17:19:25Z<div class="ExternalClass222BC20298204CD6BBE3664AED8964E2"><p>Come out to Chuy’s tonight and help raise money for Teacher Appreciation at MRE. Just tell the waiter that you are from MRE and 20% of what you spend will be donated to our Teacher Appreciation Fund. ​</p></div>
MRE Talent Night February 25th Talent Night February 25th2016-02-24T18:59:26Z<div class="ExternalClassF1A2086BC7644699BF45F66BC25F14C4"><p>Come and join us for a Talent Show on Thursday the 25th at 6:00!</p><p>Come laugh, cry, and wonder at the talent of Morton Ranch Elementary!​</p></div>
Thursday, Feb. 11: Family Literacy Night and Book Fair, Feb. 11: Family Literacy Night and Book Fair2016-01-27T20:24:26Z<div class="ExternalClass43D131B8FFAE4862A393886A097F6426"><p>​What a great night to come out and see our student's work? And a book fair to boot! Come on in and enjoy MRE at its finest!</p><p>Mark Thursday Feb. 11th on your calander! </p><p><br></p></div>
Spring Creek BBQ Night: Tuesday, Feb. 16 Creek BBQ Night: Tuesday, Feb. 162016-01-27T20:22:49Z<div class="ExternalClass62268C815F1F4618B921C9CEB7BCAD88"><p>Come and enjoy some really grat BBQ with your teachers at Spring Creek BBQ at Westgreen abd I-10 on Feb. 16th!</p><p>W really want you there!​</p></div>
Order your Valentine carnation! your Valentine carnation! 2016-01-19T19:21:44Z<div class="ExternalClassF2C3A9888ECB491C92311A5CDC576B91"><p>Visit the E-News link to get your Valentine Carnation Form to order a flower for your special student or teacher!</p><p>Love is in the air and someone would be very happy to receive their own flower from  a special someone!​</p></div>
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: Coming Monday, January 25 Spirit Night: Coming Monday, January 252016-01-12T18:25:52Z<div class="ExternalClassAF15543EFD5148B3BF2359A870BAC0E9"><p>​Join the fun at Chick-fil-A from 5-8 pm. Teachers will be participating in fun contests such as nugget eating and lemon squeezing. Teachers will also be serving as dessert hostesses. 20% of all sales are donated to our school, so make plans to come and bring a friend.</p><p>There will also be a class spirit contest. The class with the most students at Spirit Night will win kids' meal coupons and a Chick-fil-A backpack clip.</p></div>
Little Mermaid Field Trip Wednesday Jan 20th Mermaid Field Trip Wednesday Jan 20th2016-01-12T18:25:07Z<div class="ExternalClass05C931F4793F43218D94267C02FB70C2"><p>​Santa gave an amazing gift to the students at MRE. We purchased tickets to take all Kinder-5<sup>th</sup> grade students to see "The Little Mermaid" at Morton Ranch High School on Jan. 20<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Grades K, 1, and 5 will go to the 9:30 am performance. Grades 2-4 will go to the 11:45 am performance. Lunch and Specials schedule have been adjusted for the day, so no lunch visitors please. No parent chaperones are permitted due to limited seating.</p><p>Please review and sign your child's permission slip for this exciting field trip.</p><p>If your family would like to go the musical, you may purchase tickets for a weekend performance by going to this website: <a href=""></a> </p></div>
Special Parent Info Night - Thursday Jan. 7th Parent Info Night - Thursday Jan. 7th2016-01-05T14:26:28Z<div class="ExternalClassFA10CDD455014A8AAE3AB250770AD689"><p>Come on in and hear about:</p><p>As we start a new semester, we have some important info to share with all of our families.  So we are having a special Parent Info Night on Thursday, Jan. 7<sup>th</sup> in the Gym.</p><p>Grades PK-2 from 5:30-6:00 pm</p><p>Grades 3-5 from 6:30-7:00 pm</p><p>At this meeting, you will pick up your child's report card and hear a brief presentation from Principal Deb Hubble and Asst. Principals Cheryl Glasser and Kelley Carr.  Topics to be discussed include:</p><ul><li>New boundaries for Morton Ranch Elementary:  Who stays at MRE next year?  Who will go to the new school?</li><li>PBIS:  What is this new behavior initiative?</li><li>Social media consent:  How do I give permission for my child to participate in social media?</li><li>School-home communication:  How do I stay informed about what's happening at MRE?​</li></ul><p>​</p></div>
Breakfast with Santa! with Santa!2015-12-01T00:44:38Z<div class="ExternalClass073CEE8967B34B55925DAA97AD4FF05B"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:1.5;">Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12</span><p>from 9:00-11:00 am</p><p>RSVP with the PTA</p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:'times new roman', serif;color:#212121;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:red;">Don't miss </span><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:green;">Breakfast with Santa</span><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:red;"> on Saturday, December 12th hosted by the PTA.  See enclosed flyers for more info.</span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:'times new roman', serif;color:#212121;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:green;">RSVPs are due this Friday.</span><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:red;"> </span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:'times new roman', serif;color:#212121;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:red;">If you can help donate food for this event, please fill out and return the enclosed form.  The more food we receive, the more we can serve. </span></p><p style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:12pt;font-family:'times new roman', serif;color:#212121;line-height:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:'comic sans ms';color:red;">We also need volunteers to help with set-up, serve breakfast, help with crafts, and to clean up. </span></p><p>​<a href="">RSVP Form - Click here</a></p><p><a href="">Volunteer Form - Click here​</a></p><p>It's FREE!!</p><p><br></p></div>
4th Grade Musical Thursday, December 10th Grade Musical Thursday, December 10th2015-12-10T19:32:42Z<div class="ExternalClassA5174DFD91F044E390786E5F2123EB23"><p>Come watch our 4th graders put on a great </p><p>musical for your entertainment! ​</p><p>Starts at 5:30!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;">​4th graders please arrive b</span><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;">y 5!</span><br></p></div>
MRE’s 8th Annual Glow Run’s 8th Annual Glow Run2015-12-10T19:32:08Z<div class="ExternalClass52AB228843354069A6E97870C1215B74"><p>​<span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">MRE’s 8<sup>th</sup> Annual Glow Run is on </span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Thursday, December 10<sup>th</sup> at 6:00 pm</span>​</p><p>4th graders please arrive by 5!</p></div>
3rd grade music program Nov 5th 6:00 grade music program Nov 5th 6:002015-10-21T21:16:50Z<div class="ExternalClass340C8004D18F4DE0AE71AA32C70512BA"><p>​Come and join us on Thursday November 5th for a special performance from our lovable third graders! Also, stayfor our Math Night and Smash Burger!</p></div>
Garden Party Nov 7th 8-12 p.m. Party Nov 7th 8-12 p.m.2015-10-14T00:18:30Z<div class="ExternalClassC6CDC51D458140728875BE4BE3B7E93A"><p>M.R.E. needs you to help out with our </p><p>learning gardens! Come on November 7th </p><p>and share in pancakes and pizza.</p><p>We will be weeding the gardens and clearing</p><p>them for the Spring planting. Our students need you!</p><p>Show up at 8 a.m. and stay as long as you like!​</p></div>
3rd Annual Moster Mash Oct. 16th! Annual Moster Mash Oct. 16th!2015-10-14T00:15:59Z<div class="ExternalClassB86DEF9A6C504FC58C241B09E2A654CC"><p>Come and join us for our 3rd annual Monster Mash</p><p>in the Gym on Friday Oct. 16th at 6:00 p.m.!</p><p>Fun, dancing, and food!</p><p>Wear your costume and join the fun!​</p></div>
PTA Movie Night Sept 25th Movie Night Sept 25th2015-09-23T13:21:23Z<div class="ExternalClass56B7F844273F430CAA243B66A08F8098"><p>Come in and see Big Hero 6 this friday </p><p>in the MRE Gym at 6:00! It's a family</p><p>movie night nd all MRE amily and friends</p><p>are invited!</p><p>Snacks will be available for $1...​</p></div>
Adventure Dash Fun Run Sept. 18th! Dash Fun Run Sept. 18th!2015-09-11T11:02:19Z<div class="ExternalClass3D95FA92A0004C33B070639EC3C2A30C"><h2 style="text-align:center;">​Parents come and join us for our first <strong style="color:#ff0000;">Adventure Dash Fun Run</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">on Sept. 18 during your child's Specials time! </h2><p style="text-align:center;">Check in at front office and let the adventure begin...<br></p><p><img src="/campus/MRE/PublishingImages/Adventure%20Dash%20Fun%20Run%20Schedule.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:584px;height:759px;" /><br></p></div>
InfoSnap - Registration info - IMPORTANT - Registration info - IMPORTANT2015-08-10T17:52:13Z<div class="ExternalClassC6BB79DFD02840C088F197C6B6872E78"><p></p><p><img src="/campus/MRE/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/InfoSnap%20REG.jpg" alt="InfoSnap REG.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:361px;height:148px;" /> </p><p>For returning students - English - <a href="/campus/MRE/Documents/InfoSnap%20FAQs_Returning%20Students%20ENGLISH.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here​</a></p><p>For returning students - Spanish - <a href="/campus/MRE/Documents/InfoSnap%20FAQs_Returning%20Students%20-%20SPANISH.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here</a></p><p>For <strong>New</strong>​ students - English - <a href="/campus/MRE/Documents/InfoSnap%20FAQs_New%20Students%20ENGLISH.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here</a></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;">For </span><strong style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;">New</strong><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:21px;">​ students - Spanish - <a href="/campus/MRE/Documents/InfoSnap%20FAQs%20NEW%20Students%20-%20SPANISH.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here​</a></span><br></p></div>
School Supplies List! Supplies List!2015-08-04T02:17:48Z<div class="ExternalClassF1526B41EA254A8EAB7253B69A0C2B8B"><p>Click the below link for your MRE School Supplies List!</p><p><span style="color:#005594;"><strong>                                               ​<a href="/dept/aas/School%20Supplies/MRE.pdf">Click Here!​</a> </strong></span></p></div>


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