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Katy ISD Students Spelling out Victory!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1021Katy ISD Students Spelling out Victory!2019-03-04T21:56:16Z<div class="ExternalClass93E9BC202BA140209AC232EECA7ED442"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">W-I-N-N-E-R-S that spells Winners!!  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the recent 2019 Katy ISD Spelling Bee Winners.  The winning word was "drupaceous" which Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan spelled out without hesitation.  The seventh-grader went through a rigorous 21 rounds of competition to ultimately be recognized as the Spelling Bee Champion of Katy ISD. Memorial Parkway Junior High seventh-grader Beck Beathard was named the Spelling Bee Runner-up and Janina Ojeiduma, an eighth-grader from Seven Lakes Junior High was named Spelling Bee Alternate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The hard work, determination and countless hours spent by these Katy ISD students to prepare for such competition is a clear demonstration of their passion to excel in whatever they set their minds to," said Katy ISD Instructional Officer for Curriculum and Instruction Lisa Wells.  "Students are excited for the District's competition and we know they will represent Katy ISD well," added Wells. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Keerthana and Beck will represent Katy ISD at the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee on March 23.  The Champion and Runner-up at the Regional Spelling Bee event will then advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May 2019.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to these students!<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/K.%20Krishnan%20B.%20Beathard%20J.%20Ojeiduma%20-%20Champion%20Runner%20Up%20Alternate.jpeg" alt="K. Krishnan B. Beathard J. Ojeiduma - Champion Runner Up Alternate.jpeg" style="margin:5px;width:530px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Photo Attribution:</p><p style="text-align:center;">Left:  Beckendorff Junior High Keerthana Krishnan</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Champion</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Center:  Memorial Parkway Junior High Beck Beathard</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 7</p><p style="text-align:center;">Runner-Up</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Right:  Seven Lakes Junior High Janina Ojeiduma</p><p style="text-align:center;">Grade 8</p><p style="text-align:center;">Alternate<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Registration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? Sessionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1014Registration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? Session2019-02-21T22:31:34Z<div class="ExternalClass71CDAD1DD0104957938B41F03BA0C062"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Registration Now Open for</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Is it Mean?  Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying?</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Session</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nowadays bullying has become a well-known term among parents and students.  However, often times other behaviors are categorized as bullying, when they are not.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the next Legacy Parent Academy education session entitled, "Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying," participants will explore the key differences between bullying and being rude and/or mean.  Attendees will learn about the various forms of bullying and how campus administrators are taking steps to determine if an incident is considered bullying or another offense, as defined by the Katy ISD Discipline Management Plan.  The session will also include strategies that parents can use to help prevent and respond to an incident of bullying.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Registration is required via the <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:     <br> Is it Mean? Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying Education Session</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>  <br>Legacy Stadium<br>Rooms ABC<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493<br></p><p><b>When:            </b><br><b>Wednesday, February 27, 2019<br></b>6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</p><p><br></p></div>
Taylor High School to Present Les Misérableshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1002Taylor High School to Present Les Misérables2019-01-18T15:36:43Z<div class="ExternalClass96E7D1D40E54453A9E1120A655CE060B"><p>James E. Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents <em>Les Misérables</em> School Edition.  Considered to be in the top ten most popular musicals of all-time, <em>Les Misérables</em> is adapted by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg from the Victor Hugo's landmark novel set amidst 19<sup>th</sup> century France's social change and political revolution.</p><p>The story follows Jean Valjean (played by senior Jarrod Wells) imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to save his starving niece.  Upon release on parole, Inspector Javert (sophomore Jacob Lewis) tells Valjean that he will never be more than a thief.  Valjean finds life outside of prison harsh as a literally branded man.  After finding unexpected kindness from the bishop (senior Daniel Oluoha), Valjean breaks parole and creates a new identity and life for himself.  Time passes and Valjean is now the mayor and a successful businessman.  When he finds his former employee Fantine (senior Abigail Boyce) on death's bed, he vows to care for her daughter Cosette (fourth grader Maddie Derr,) whom he must buy off the con artist couple, the Thénardiers (senior James McCann and junior Ashleigh Townsend).  As Cosette (sophomore Caitlin Zimmerman) grows to become a woman, economic and political changes places Paris on the verge of a revolution.  Cosette falls in love with student revolutionary Marius (junior Ryan Lauer).  Valjean joins the revolution to protect the man his daughter loves while also being pursued by his nemesis Inspector Javert.  </p><p>Epic, grand and uplifting, <em>Les Misérables</em> packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with memorable melodies.  James E. Taylor's collaborative multi-disciplinary production features the talents of theatre, choir, band, and orchestra students.</p><p>Performances take place on January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the James E. Taylor Performing Arts Center. All general admission tickets are $10.  Reserved tickets are $15.  Premium Reserved Tickets (including hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive photo opportunity) are $35.  All tickets are available online at <a href="http://www.taylorplaymakers.org/">www.taylorplaymakers.org</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Course Selection Timeline and Web Pagehttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/SLJH/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=281Course Selection Timeline and Web Page2019-01-24T18:36:35Z<div class="ExternalClassD9389F41E1CB4AC8A9F890AC58947FFB"><p>​</p><h2 style="margin:auto;color:#f95300;text-transform:none;line-height:1.4;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:lato-bol;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:300;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Course Selection Page</h2><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#222222;text-transform:none;line-height:1.5;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#222222;text-transform:none;line-height:1.5;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Visit the following link to view any course selection related information or presentation:</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#222222;text-transform:none;line-height:1.5;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:lato-reg, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><a href="/campus/SLJH/Pages/SLJH-Course-Selection.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#c40000;text-decoration:none;">Course Selection Page</a></p><p></p><p></p></div><div class="ExternalClassD9389F41E1CB4AC8A9F890AC58947FFB"><p><img alt="Course selection timeline Seven Lakes Junior High.png" src="/campus/SLJH/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Course%20selection%20timeline%20Seven%20Lakes%20Junior%20High.png" style="margin:5px;" /></p></div>
Performing Arts: Legally Blondehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1001Performing Arts: Legally Blonde2019-01-17T14:09:17Z<div class="ExternalClass4F593B34900644B1AC5D9880A1A53664"><p>Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department Presents:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:32px;">Legally Blonde</span></p><p>For the love of all things pink, join us as we present <em>Legally Blonde</em> at MCHS Performing Arts Center January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m., with an additional matinee on January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Follow our not-so-dumb blonde hero, Elle Woods, on her journey of self-discovery as she goes where no Delta Nu sorority girl has ever gone before - Harvard Law School! "What? Like it's hard?" Tickets can be purchased in advance at <a href="http://www.mchstheatre.org/">www.mchstheatre.org</a>. </p><p><strong><em>Legally Blonde </em></strong><strong>Performances: </strong></p><p><strong></strong>7:00 p.m.:  January 24th through the 26th</p><p>2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.:  January 26th </p><p><strong>TICKETS: </strong></p><p>Advanced: Students $10<br></p><p>Adults: $12</p><p>Door:Students: $12 and Adults: $15</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1000Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schools2019-01-15T04:28:34Z<div class="ExternalClass8DBFBD071CF2430A803710635295A9E1"><p>Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Ken Gregorski as the new superintendent of schools.<br></p><p>Gregorski is a veteran educator with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision, and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p>"It is my mission to provide leadership and direction for Katy ISD to ensure our educational system is based upon the needs of our students, standards of excellence and equity, and on community goals," said new Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.</p><p>During his tenure as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for the current model of student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources, and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's current direction, sustain its continuity of leadership, and guide the District toward fulfilling the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gregorski,%20Kenneth-%20017%204x5.jpg" alt="Gregorski, Kenneth- 017 4x5.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:444px;" /><br></p></div>
5th Grade Parent Night Presentationhttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/SLJH/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2805th Grade Parent Night Presentation2019-01-16T18:33:18Z<div class="ExternalClassA085758B969746AEB6EFD9167251FC60"><p class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"></p><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div><p class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><strong>Tuesday, Jan. 15</strong> – 5</font><sup><font size="2">th</font></sup><font size="3"> Grade Parent Night (for parents of incoming 2019-2020 6</font><sup><font size="2">th</font></sup><font size="3"> graders) as follows:</font></font></font></p><p class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font></p><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">If you missed the presentation, click to view:</font></div><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font></div><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"><a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRIRtvTLfzdVY7FnGkU_5owDxO9hPrpVBckdXyWf9euIXa2i2WRQuoLILVgTSNkyGPAoDAHNJZDiO5j/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000" target="_blank">5th Grade Presentation</a></font></div><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font></div><div class="ExternalClass114B78D960BA462D8F46B16876E8CE44"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div></div>
Men Who Mentor Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=999Men Who Mentor Event2019-01-11T21:08:13Z<div class="ExternalClassDA0B9E8A7A8E4E1985D83B562762DCB5"><p>Give your time to a young man in need.  <br></p><p>Join the Katy ISD Partners in Education "Men Who Mentor" Event.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/011819_Men%20Who%20Mentor.jpg" alt="011819_Men Who Mentor.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:484px;" /><br></p></div>
Opportunity to Review Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=998Opportunity to Review Instructional Materials2019-01-10T22:03:42Z<div class="ExternalClass5A2A1FE4AF804BC4B1ED1CD09E310D7B"><p>Parents of Katy ISD students will have an opportunity to review instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts, Grades 6-8 English Language Arts, Grades 7-8 English Learners Language Arts, and Personal Financial Literacy. These materials will be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. They will be on display during business hours (8:00 AM-4:00 PM) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex on January 14-25, 2019. In addition, instructional materials will be also available for review after working hours on Tuesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. </p><p> <br></p><p>Padres de estudiantes de Katy ISD tendrán la oportunidad de revisar materiales de enseñanza mismos que incluirán materiales para los grados K-5 en Artes lingüísticas en Inglés y Español, para los grados 6-8 en Artes lingüísticas en inglés, para los grados 7-8 en Artes lingüísticas para los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés e instrucción financiera personal. Estos materiales serán implementados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Dichos materiales de instrucción, estarán en exhibición durante horas de oficina (8:00 AM-4:0 PM) para los padres y la comunidad en el Complejo de Apoyo Educativo (ESC) del 14 al 25 de enero, 2019 durante horas de oficina. Además, los materiales de instrucción estarán disponibles para revisión, el martes, 15 de enero del 2019 y el jueves 24 de enero, 2019 de las 5:00 PM a las 8:00 PM.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Pre-Advanced Placement Information Session Coming Soonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=996Katy ISD Pre-Advanced Placement Information Session Coming Soon2019-01-09T20:19:26Z<div class="ExternalClass6F51DCF2FD15476896857C2F21B10424"><p>Parents of Katy ISD fifth graders who will be attending junior high in 2019-2020 are invited to learn more about the Pre-AP and AP program.  Three educational sessions will be held on <strong>Thursday, January 17 at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Room 1200 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.</strong> Information in Spanish will be available at the last session in Room 1030. <br></p><p>"Administrators will be presenting an overview of the advanced academic studies in Katy ISD and we will address commonly asked questions about student participation in Pre-Advanced placement courses," said Alene Lindley, Director of the Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum, Gifted and Talented (GT) and Advanced Academics Department.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Pre-AP courses, offered during grades 6-10, are designed to prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken during high school.  These courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college-level studies with the option of taking the AP exam to possibly qualify for college credit.  Research indicates that students who participate in an AP course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, choose academically challenging majors in college and are prone to pursue an advanced degree.  Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign languages, computer science, music and art.</p><p>Information can be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx">GT and Advanced Academics website</a>.  Event parking is available on the west side of the Merrell Center.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Open Househttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=995Miller Career & Technology Open House2019-01-09T15:02:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE5D7F26F85464588839181681FD7CFA8"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010819_MCTC_Open%20House%20Event%20Flyer.jpg" alt="010819_MCTC_Open House Event Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:471px;" /><br></p></div>
8th Grade to High School Infohttp://www.katyisd.org/campus/SLJH/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=2798th Grade to High School Info2019-01-08T16:42:10Z<div class="ExternalClass3CCC2EFE7CA04F6BBDEA5B5652EF76BE"><p></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><h2>Attention Future Seven Lakes High School Parents (students currently in 8th grade)! </h2><p>On Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, Seven Lakes High School is hosting an informational night regarding course selection for parents only.  This meeting will be held in our Performing Arts Center and will last approximately an hour.  We will also have representatives from many of our school organizations. For parents who are interested in our advanced academic classes (PreAP and AP)  we will hold a short informational meeting Immediately following our course selection night. The purpose of this meeting is to deliver information regarding the expectations of our advanced academic courses.  </p><p><br></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><h2>Attention Future Tompkins High School Parents (students currently in 8th grade)!</h2><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Future Falcon Course Selection Parent Meeting</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Wednesday, January 16, 2019</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>5:30pm-6:30pm Clubs/Organizational Fair</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>6:30pm Course Selection Presentation</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Location: Tompkins High School PAC</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Welcome Back Katy ISD!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=994Welcome Back Katy ISD!2019-01-31T19:53:42Z<div class="ExternalClass5545F7FE8FE441D2982A33B98688AD28"><p>With the holidays behind us, we say hello to 2019!!<br>Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski shares a special welcome back message for our teachers, staff, students and community.  </p><p>Happy new year Katy ISD!<br><a title="Welcome Back Katy ISD!" href="https://youtu.be/9clkwyMrPlE"><img alt="010719_Thumbnail_Welcome Back Video.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010719_Thumbnail_Welcome%20Back%20Video.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=993Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Roll2018-12-20T16:03:17Z<div class="ExternalClass8A14B14871EE4445AAD9456B0A90040B"><p>Katy Independent School District is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9<sup>th</sup> Annual AP<sup>®</sup> District Honor Roll<strong> </strong>for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work.<br></p><p>AP final scores are reported on a 5-point scale with 5 being extremely well qualified, 4 is well qualified, 3 is qualified, 2 is possibly qualified and 1 is a no recommendation.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"From 2017 to 2018, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 20 percent and the number of students participating in AP exams increased by 25 percent," said Alene Lindley, Katy ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"In Katy ISD, 77.4 percent of the 2018 AP exams were scored at a three (3) or better, validating the hard work of both students and teachers," added Lindley.</span><br></p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a three (3) or higher to those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/district-honor-roll">College Board website.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=992Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior High2019-02-04T20:40:59Z<div class="ExternalClass32927EB2AC0A40DF83B3134D3EE53714"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Junior High #16 set to be completed just in time for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustees have spent this past summer and fall reviewing and discussing  attendance boundary modification (ABM) options to address the fast growth in the southwest quadrant of the district. </span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-JH16.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p>"Thanks to the voter approved November 2017 Bond, Junior High #16 will open in August of 2019," said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "It will open near capacity enrollment and provide population relief to Tays, WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior high schools," added Crews. <br></p><p>For five months, families who could potentially be impacted by the opening of this new school were able to provide feedback on three attendance boundary options. Thousands of families participated by giving their input via surveys, phone calls and Open Forum comments at various Board meetings. After careful consideration, Option #1 was determined to be the best long-term solution for balancing Junior High enrollment in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD. <br></p><p><img alt="121818_ABM Opt1 for JH 16.pptx.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018_ABM_Opt1_JH16-Approved.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:504px;height:285px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=991Katy ISD Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools2018-12-18T14:20:10Z<div class="ExternalClassCDC53C9C9AFE4776BCE5E5A2D479052C"><p>At this evening's Katy ISD Board meeting, Trustees voted 4-3 to name Acting Superintendent, Ken Gregorski, as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent of schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Gregorski is a seasoned professional with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past two years as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's educational excellence and sustain its continuity of leadership while also helping the District reach the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p>Per Texas code Sec. 552.126, a state mandated 21-day waiting period will follow before Gregorski will officially assume the superintendent role.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kenneth%20Gregorski%20headshot.jpg" alt="Kenneth Gregorski headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:356px;" /><br></p></div>
All Katy ISD After-School Activities Have Been Cancelledhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=988All Katy ISD After-School Activities Have Been Cancelled2018-12-07T21:04:38Z<div class="ExternalClassFA91A91903B0401F8E528090A38096D0"><p>Please be advised that all Katy ISD after-school activities are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">canceled</span> beginning at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, December 7 due to impending hazardous weather conditions in our region.  Harris County is advising all residents to stay off the roads beginning at sundown.  Many of our surrounding school districts are also taking similar action by canceling their after-school activities.</p><p>At this time, student-related and other activities that are scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 will resume as planned, as it is being reported that the weather event will have passed through our area by 5:30 a.m.  If there is a change to any group's schedule, those students and families will be directly notified.</p><p>Parents, staff and community members should continue to monitor local media and the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> for updates on school closings, event cancellations or changes in the forecast. Our official channels of communication are:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">Katyisd.org</a></li><li>Twitter:<a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__twitter.com_katyisd&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=56J6LC_9iWZCAun2Ae_HEEwja1db05ZRcdzEGVB-1kw&e=">@katyisd</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_Katy-2DISD-2D113148448705253_&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=8Ru2L9AqJo_7B3pzd_N8iScfndX_Z-4pe3_7z2ACr5I&e=">Katy </a><a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_Katy-2DISD-2D113148448705253_&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=8Ru2L9AqJo_7B3pzd_N8iScfndX_Z-4pe3_7z2ACr5I&e=">ISD Facebook</a></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Besthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=987Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Best2018-12-07T17:22:19Z<div class="ExternalClassC2E253A830FA42D9BAD07B30D83E7575"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District excels once again!! Several of the district's junior high and high schools were recognized as part of the Niche Top 25 Public Middle and High Schools for the Houston Metropolitan area.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as from student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school rating and the overall quality of the school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every year we are proud to see that a number of our campuses make the Niche Top List of Schools," said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Christine Caskey.  "The dedication and passion that goes into educating our students is a reflection of our tradition of educational excellence," added Caskey.</p><p>The following Katy ISD schools made the list:<span style="text-align:center;"> </span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Junior High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beck Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">WoodCreek Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#11</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#14</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#6</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High School</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Katy ISD has a total of 15 junior highs and 8 comprehensive high schools with an overall district enrollment of 80,000 students.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=986Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2019-01-31T20:58:05Z<div class="ExternalClass20147BB4871C42559DFF12F2CAA485B5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When walking down the brick sidewalk located at Katy Heritage Park, there's a piece of Katy Independent School District history you simply can't miss.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Hundreds of bricks at the park are dedicated to the past and present Katy ISD teachers who have devoted countless hours toward the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Wednesday, December 5, Katy ISD along with Venus Construction and Country Park Portraits, unveiled a new set of bricks honoring the 67 Campus Teachers of the Year, for the 2017-2018 school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We could not be the school district we are today without quality teachers in every classroom," said Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Our teachers put smiles on our students every day and these bricks are only a small token of appreciation for everything they do," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has some of the best teachers in the country and with these commemorative bricks their legacy will be etched in the history of the District and the community. <br></p><p>Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Country Park Portraits and Katy Heritage Society for their sponsorship.  During the ceremony, the Katy High School Choir provided entertainment with several performances.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/69to7lsyb2q0bd0/AACW0x7G3f6_SSnA6YYLzhA0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p><p><img alt="120518_TOY Brick Unveiling (67).JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120518_TOY%20Brick%20Unveiling%20(67).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:611px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Family Night: No Homework Assigned!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=983Family Night: No Homework Assigned!2018-11-27T14:37:57Z<div class="ExternalClassD97ED38F2F3344E6BAAA341A6E67374A"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/090718_No%20Homework%20Family%20Night.jpg" alt="090718_No Homework Family Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:383px;" /><br></p></div>
Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Colemanhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=978Student Support Annex Named after Jeanne Coleman2018-11-15T21:37:33Z<div class="ExternalClass397D9F9DF93B47F2A738A74FE84B9D31"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to name the Student Support Annex the "Jeanne Coleman Student Support Annex."</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The annex, recently known as "Creech University", served as the temporary campus for displaced Creech Elementary students and staff following Hurricane Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The facility, which is now property of Katy ISD, will house the District's Early Childhood Testing, Work-Based Learning Program, Speech Therapy Testing, Vision Impaired and Braille staff, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and other special education related services.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jeanne Coleman is well known in the Katy ISD Family for her passion and leadership skills.  She began her educational career as a speech-language pathologist and worked for 13 years in two different school districts. Coleman was hired by Katy ISD in 1998 where she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Nottingham Country Elementary (NCE). A year later, Coleman was promoted as an instructional officer.  Her role soon expanded to include the provision of speech therapy services for secondary students at the Opportunity Awareness Center and the Behavior Transition Program.  She also coordinated district-wide speech therapy, adapted physical education and related services for occupational therapy, physical therapy, music and art therapy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She worked tirelessly on establishing eligibility guidelines for the district, overseeing assessment teams and establishing service program guidelines, all while maintaining federal, state and local guidelines.  While in this role, her responsibilities continued to grow in size.  Coleman became responsible for the supervision and administrative responsibilities for roughly 120 direct hires and contract speech-language pathologists.  She also took on the instructional services for the visually impaired population throughout the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Coleman's passion continues today for children with special needs as she advocates on their behalf to help them achieve their goals.  Coleman retired in 2016 with 31 years of dedication and service to students and parents.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Jeanne%20Coleman%20headshot.jpg" alt="Jeanne Coleman headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:419px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Appoints Acting Superintendenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=976Katy ISD Board Appoints Acting Superintendent2018-11-13T01:43:02Z<div class="ExternalClass6D23AB53AA6C4EAF8AA20DC07F6B1098"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During Katy ISD's Regular Board meeting tonight, Trustees voted to appoint Deputy Superintendent Ken Gregorski as acting superintendent effective December 1, until a permanent district leader is identified.  Superintendent Lance Hindt will continue to work closely with Mr. Gregorski and the Board until his retirement this January.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"My fellow Trustees and I believe that Katy ISD needs a leader who will continue to support the high quality leadership within, maintain our standard of student excellence, and advance the groundwork that has already been laid," said Board President Courtney Doyle.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under Dr. Hindt's leadership, Katy ISD schools have taken the top spots in a number of regional, state and national rankings, graduation rates continue to trend upward each year, and students have consistently outperformed their peers across the state.  During Hindt's tenure the district also implemented its first ever strategic plan, and developed and passed a $609 million schools bond. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Gregorski has 26 years of experience in public education, which includes roles as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees continues to review and discuss options for its superintendent search. As this is the most important decision a school board makes, no definitive timetable has been set for the process at this time.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=975Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000th Student!!2018-12-03T15:52:38Z<div class="ExternalClass5A748F759DCB42329829082C02EE7D43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018.  Davidson Elementary third-grader Christopher Morcos was the lucky student.  He never expected his first week of school to be such an unforgettable experience.  Christopher received a warm welcome by Superintendent Lance Hindt and other district officials.  He was also recognized with several Century of Legacy gifts to celebrate the meaningful occasion.  The celebration comes precisely when Katy ISD is commemorating 100 years of educational excellence. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are very excited about the continued growth here in Katy ISD.  It is always great to welcome students and families to the proud traditions and exciting future here in Katy ISD," said Dr. Vonda Washington, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  "Gaining our 80,000 student while celebrating a legacy of 100 years dedicated to learning is remarkable," added Washington. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though Christopher was born in America this will be his first time attending a school in the United States.  Just this week, the Morcos family moved from Egypt to Katy, Texas. For them, finding a good school home for their son was a top priority.  "I did my research and everyone recommended Katy ISD as the best school district," said Peter Morcos, Christopher's father.  "We decided to move into Katy and look for a house in this area so that we are able to go to a Katy ISD school," added Morcos.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's been no secret that families are moving west of Houston into what was known as a small suburb.  Communities zoned to the district have been flourishing at outstanding rates making Katy ISD one of the fastest growing school district, not just in Texas, but in the nation.  The quality of education offered in Katy ISD classrooms has attracted families from all parts of the world to what is now being called a destination school district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/hy4wlNcTpIg" title="Katy ISD Reaches Historical Milestone of Enrolling 80,000 Students!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/110918_KDE_80000%20Student%20in%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" alt="110918_KDE_80000 Student in Katy ISD.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:393px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugakv368u3txdq2/AAD8v6dOSjy4DCep3cH0TjJ4a?dl=0">Photo gallery of 80,000th student celebration for newscasts and publications.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Honor All Veterans at Wreath Laying Ceremonyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=972Katy ISD to Honor All Veterans at Wreath Laying Ceremony2018-11-07T20:13:17Z<div class="ExternalClass9D56DA216A4D44258D87A30BA5474914"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District will honor all the fallen soldiers, prisoners of war, the missing in action and those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces at a commemorative wreath laying ceremony led by the Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) Naval JROTC.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD veterans as well as community veterans will be honored at the event.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"America's veterans are a true symbol of patriotism demonstrated through their love for America and their willingness to sacrifice for the people of United States," said Lieutenant Travis Godwin, Senior Naval Science Instructor at MCHS.  "We honor our veterans for their valiant efforts and for allowing us to enjoy freedom every day in this beautiful country," added Godwin.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong><strong>Wreath Laying Ceremony</strong> </p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Mayde Creek High School – Front of the Building<br>1902 Groeschke Road<br>Houston, TX  77084</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><strong>Thursday, November 8<br></strong><strong>9:10  a.m.</strong></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Hold Public Forum for Naming of Student Support Annexhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=971Katy ISD to Hold Public Forum for Naming of Student Support Annex2018-11-05T16:17:27Z<div class="ExternalClassA64E4297E35E42CBACC0844A81D35050"><p><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:14px;">​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Student Support Annex Naming Advisory Committee will present a recommended name for the facility to the Board of Trustees at the Work Study meeting on Monday, November 5.  Community members will be invited to a public forum to provide input regarding the proposed name.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:14px;"><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wednesday, November 7</b><b><u><br></u></b></span></p><div style="font-weight:bold;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:14px;"><span style="text-align:left;">Education Support </span><span style="text-align:left;">Complex Board Room<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">6301 S. Stadium Lane<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Katy, TX  77494<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">6 p.m. – 7 p.m.</span></span></div><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:14px;">The Student Support Annex, recently known as "Creech University" for being a former University of Houston satellite campus, served as the temporary home for displaced Creech Elementary students and staff after Hurricane Harvey.   The facility, which is now property of Katy ISD, will house the District's Early Childhood Testing, Work-based Learning Program, Speech Therapy Testing, Vision Impaired and Braille staff, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology and other special education related services working together toward the success of all students. <br></span></p><p><br style="font-family:calibri;"></p></div>
Registration Now Open for Dual Legacy Parent Academy Sessionshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=970Registration Now Open for Dual Legacy Parent Academy Sessions2018-11-02T19:43:25Z<div class="ExternalClassDAC053A9B0174D44A6B9A7E0DF8B7BF8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"><img alt="LegacyParentAcademy_on_blue.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/LegacyParentAcademy_on_blue.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:396px;" />Katy ISD is doubling up on its upcoming Legacy Parent Academy educational events!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On November 7, parents and students will be able to attend the following two sessions:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><ul><li>Transitioning from Elementary to Junior High School</li><ul><li>Description:  To ease the transition from elementary to junior high, attendees will   learn about the differences in structure between elementary and junior high schedules as well as tips to help students with organizational skills.<br> </li></ul><li>Understanding High School Credits, GPA and Class Rank</li><ul><li>Description:  Attendees will learn about graduation requirements, endorsements, GPA and class rank, high school credits, including high school credit courses that can be taken in junior high.  Planning ahead and taking the right courses can help ensure students are well prepared for life beyond high school.  </li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Registration is now open for both events.  These sessions will be presented in collaboration with the Katy ISD junior high and high school counselors.  Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy educational sessions are free and specifically designed to equip parents with the strategies and techniques to support their children.  Sessions taking place throughout the school year will include experts on a variety of topics which can be viewed on our <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong><strong>Two Legacy Parent Academy Sessions</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493<br>Rooms ABC</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>November 7, 2018</strong></span></p><ul><li>Transitioning from Elementary to Junior High School<br>6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.</li><li>Understanding High School Credits, GPA and Class Rank<br>7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.<br></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Communityhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=969Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Community2018-11-01T13:48:54Z<div class="ExternalClass4033FAFC70404CEEA7707BA19666C838"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">If a snapshot of Katy Independent School District was taken today, what would it look like?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As Katy ISD celebrates 100 years of providing unparalleled learning experiences, on October 26, Superintendent Lance Hindt spoke to the Katy ISD community and its staff regarding how far the District has come.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that not only this year, but in the past 100 years there have been several memories, milestones and accomplishments that speak volumes of one the fastest growing school districts in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD staff, principals, department heads, teachers, along with the thousands of other employees will continue to do everything in their power to provide the best education and access to unique learning opportunities today, and for generations to come," said Superintendent of Schools Lance Hindt.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the hardest hitting obstacles Katy ISD faced in the past year was brought on by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey affected 16 campuses, including Creech Elementary, which was completely destroyed.  Employees at the Education Support Complex were also displaced for several months.  Despite the challenge, the District grew stronger and more united after this storm allowing for the passing of a Bond and continued implementation of several strategic design goals.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Strategic design discussion and input led to the creation of eight goals based on seven overarching beliefs, a learner profile and learner outcomes," said Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent of Katy ISD.  "We are now in the second year of our five-year plan," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is one of 447 districts nationwide and in Canada recognized on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  Our students also excelled in the annual Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo with nearly 465 projects, which totaled more than half a million dollars in sales.  Additionally, the District earned an "A" letter grade in the TEA's new accountability rating. Katy ISD was the largest school district, with close to 80,000 students to receive this grade.  Just recently Niche, an educational data analysis site, also announced their "Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area" and Katy ISD took all 10 spots, plus an additional six.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Providing exceptional instruction and learning, as well as a safe and secure environment, is a process that involves great teachers, parents, school staff, administrators, mentors, volunteers, businesses, parent support groups, along with local and state governments," said Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f8dixb0tfkx3op7/AAA_B7B_DB9EUauao-sXZwlaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of State of the District Event</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=968Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families Campaign2018-10-30T16:12:55Z<div class="ExternalClassC80A1440D1CA478BA5B53CEA6CC5CA4E"><p><br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/PIE-FFF-SP-620x240-0718.jpg" alt="Community and hope during the holidays" style="margin:5px;width:520px;" />Katy ISD's Partners in Education is inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, Food for Families helped 676 families.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has raised over $190,000 helping over 4,000 families have a happier holiday.  <br></p><p>Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.  Those interested in helping a Katy ISD family in need this holiday season, should donate by <strong>December 7.</strong><strong>  </strong>Contributions are accepted<a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/kxbyky/katy-isd-food-for-families"><strong> online</strong></a><strong> </strong>or via check, remitted to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mailed to Partners in Education, Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  <br></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="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=965Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2018-10-30T18:43:49Z<div class="ExternalClass567B338AFD0147D9881072EA14E4B61E"><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 2019-2020 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 5, 2018</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2019-2020 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.  Secondary GT students are clustered and served in Pre AP and AP classes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">GT Awareness sessions for parents in both English and Spanish are scheduled on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2018 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. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
EVENT POSTPONED: Katy ISD Students Participate in First Time Ever Plein Air Painting Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=962EVENT POSTPONED: Katy ISD Students Participate in First Time Ever Plein Air Painting Competition2018-10-19T16:04:36Z<div class="ExternalClass3D4BD4AF50FE4391AF9EE6A25C899DF9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;color:#ff0000;"><strong>===EVENT POSTPONED==</strong></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District students step out of their classrooms and into mother nature to experience a different kind of painting and drawing experience known as "plein air", a French expression for "in the open air".  For the first time, 25 Katy ISD students will visit Willow Fork Park to create an inspirational on-site art piece which showcases the beauty of outdoor scenes.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Working in an outdoor painting site allows the students to capture the true details of the landscapes they live in," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Plein air painting is a growing trend among young students, allowing them the opportunity to see how their masterpieces come to life," added Jones.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           <br>Plein Air Painting at Willow Fork Park</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Willow Fork Park<br>Northwest Corner of Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd.<br>North of Cinco Ranch High School</p><p><a href="http://willowforkdrainagedistrict.com/parks/willow-fork-park/">http://willowforkdrainagedistrict.com/parks/willow-fork-park/</a></p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">New Date</span>:  Saturday, October 27, 2018</strong></span></p><p><strong>8 a.m.    Check in<br></strong><strong>9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Students work on art pieces<br></strong><strong>12 p.m.   Awards</strong></p><p><br></p></div>

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