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Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=831Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=830Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign2017-11-07T15:33:31Z<div class="ExternalClass0214FBDF40A24DF39DC949870D0B1E5A"><p>​The<strong> </strong>Katy ISD Partners in Education's 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.</p><p>Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is <strong>December 7. </strong>To make a contribution online please <a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/ywdgdd/katy-isd-food-for-families" target="_blank">click here</a>. To donate via check, please remit to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  </p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/Lists/latestnews/www.katyisd.org" target="_blank">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" target="_blank">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=826Katy ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston Area2017-10-27T17:09:12Z<div class="ExternalClassF9C90334951D46ADB60E2C7102B79B42"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">It's no secret that families are moving to Katy ISD because of the quality education being offered at its schools.  Once again Katy ISD dominates in the Niche rankings by sweeping the list of Top 15 Elementary Schools in the Houston area.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>Woodcreek Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Joella Exley Elementary</li><li>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li>Stanley C. Stanley Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>  Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>Katy Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has a total of 40 elementary schools.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=825Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2017-11-01T13:40:11Z<div class="ExternalClassB10455EB15BD4E85AE89C715C5E2FD21"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2018-2019 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 6, 2017</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2018-2019 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2017 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=822Katy 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="mailto:santacops@katyisd.org">santacops@katyisd.org</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 Harveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=818Katy 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 http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=813Katy 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>
Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=801Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Students2017-09-05T16:20:05Z<div class="ExternalClass25ED211DF5E94DB995BDB48C50C8CA4C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Sixteen Katy ISD schools were impacted by flooding that took place last week in the surrounding neighborhoods.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Two district campuses, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, saw more extensive damage than other campuses. While Bear Creek Elementary sustained minor water intrusion.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The damages and repairs include:</span><br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Creech Elementary</span>:  Operations crews have begun the building assessment, which includes air quality/mold testing and a number of other safety reviews.  Conditions near and around the campus have prevented our crews from fully assessing the building.  Katy ISD is working on a plan to relocate students and staff and will notify families of the alternate campus site by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 6.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beck Junior High</span>:  The campus is being assessed by operations crews and is being evaluated and remediated for damage due to water intrusion through the building's roof, skylights and a construction site within the building.  Mechanical and electrical systems, as well as air quality and mold testing, are being conducted throughout the building.  These tests will determine if the school is ready to reopen on Monday, September 11.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bear Creek Elementary</span>: The campus sustained minor water intrusion within the building. Operations crews are testing mechanical and electrical systems to ensure a safe return for students and staff. Evaluation and repairs to the damaged structure are expected to be completed by the end of the week, in time for the return of students on Monday, September 11.</li></ul><p>The safety of our students and staff returning to their campus is our number one priority.  Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  Parents and staff will be updated as conditions evolve and new information is received.</p></div>
Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=790Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium2017-08-18T14:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1F51D4C889B14495ABC62A125498A138"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After nearly two years of construction, Katy ISD welcomed parents, students, staff and community members to Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Special performances by all eight high school bands and choir directors resonated across the facility where countless attendees came to take part in a historical moment, not just for Katy ISD, but for the entire Katy community.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Stadium was approved by voters as part of the 2014 bond to provide Katy ISD students and its community with a state of the art multipurpose second stadium.  The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents.  It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District's history of excellence and tradition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lt6o3uun714uj78/IMG_6730.jpg?dl=0">Photos of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium</a></p></div>
Congratulations to Our Winners – Fort Bend County Literary and Fine Arts Festival!!http://www.katyisd.org/campus/OKE/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=29Congratulations to Our Winners – Fort Bend County Literary and Fine Arts Festival!!2016-05-04T19:57:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD0CF426840D24326975D371899F9E7F5"><p>​<img src="/campus/OKE/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/ian3.jpg" alt="ian2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:449px;" /></p><p>​On Saturday, April 16, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers hosted the Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade. The event was held at the Cinco Ranch Library. We had over 25 students submit essays for the festival and several students who had artwork that was chosen to participate. For the students who submitted an essay, they had to write about their favorite book and why it was their favorite book. Altogether the festival had over 400 entries for the essay and art contest. Any student enrolled in schools in Fort Bend County Precinct 3 are eligible to participate. Kilpatrick Elementary brought home two of the top awards from the festival - Best of Show in Kindergarten through 2<sup>nd</sup> grade went to Zihang (Ian) Chen in Kindergarten, Best of Show in 3<sup>rd</sup> grade through 5<sup>th</sup> grade went to Soha Jashwant in 5<sup>th</sup> grade. Zihang and Soha both took home a large trophy, a medal, and a $1,000 check from Fort Bend Charities. Kilpatrick Elementary also brought home 4 awards in the Judges' Choice category – Judges Choice in Kindergarten through 2<sup>nd</sup> grade went to Malachi Balakrishnan, Aaryaa Joshi, and Manha Khan, all 2<sup>nd</sup> grade students, as well as Aron Wang in 4<sup>th</sup> grade. These four students all received a medal and a scholarship to attend a local summer camp. All six of the students currently have their essays on display at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. We would like to say "CONGRATULATIONS" to all of the students that participated in the Fort Bend County Literary and Fine Arts Festival!</p></div>
Check out the latest Outback Outlookhttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/OKE/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=28Check out the latest Outback Outlook2016-04-14T13:32:57Z<div class="ExternalClass41B86333817D4F5482A8C3197544381C"><p>​Click <a href="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt02/messages/attachments/bb07896b078af2b64a41171968872500ca6ff194/April_13%2c_2016.pdf">HERE​</a>​​​​​​​​​​​<span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><a href="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt02/messages/attachments/aa34335a2637dfc04046186eb3ecd8447cc686db/October_28_2015.pdf">​</a>​​​</span>​​​​​</span>​ to read this week's Outback Outlook!</p></div>

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