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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 80,000 Student!!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=975Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000 Student!!2018-11-09T21:25:28Z<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 80,000 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>
Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Student Support Annexhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=960Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Student Support Annex2018-10-23T00:29:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5A6BAB5A72BC417FB9A979A0E35BF147"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"></span></p><p><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><p><strong>Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for the naming of the Student Support Annex.</strong> The Student Support Annex (SSA) served as a temporary school last year for Creech Elementary students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Prior to that, the building was home to the University of Houston satellite campus. It is now owned by Katy ISD. <br></p><p>The SSA will now house Katy ISD's Early Childhood Testing, the Work-Based Learning Program, Speech Therapy Testing, Vision Impaired and Braille staff, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and other special education related services working together toward the success of all students. <br></p><p>The deadline for submitting nominations is October 29, 2018. <br></p><p>Individuals interested in submitting a facility name are asked to fill out and submit the <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/School%20Naming/CWExhibitA.pdf"><strong>Nomination for Student Support Annex</strong></a>. Review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines.</p><p>It is recommended that nominations be made with a written statement containing:</p><ul><li><p>biographical data;<br></p></li><li><p>significant contributions; and</p></li><li><p>statement of why a school or facility should be named after the person.</p></li></ul><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"></span> <strong>Supplemental Materials​</strong></p><p>Other supplemental materials, such as in-depth biographies, news clippings, photos, letters of recommendation and/or other printed resources that would assist the board in making a decision should be sent via the Katy ISD Internal & Community Relations Department.</p><p>The public may submit the Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility form and supplemental materials in the following manner: </p><ul><li>​​via email to schoolnaming@katyisd.org<br></li><li>by mail to:  <br></li></ul></div><blockquote style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;border:none;padding:0px;"><blockquote style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Katy ISD School/Facility Naming<br>Department of Internal & Community Relations<br>P.O. Box 159<br>Katy, TX 77492-0159</p></blockquote></blockquote><div style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><ul><li>​​Personal delivery to: ​​<br></li></ul></div><blockquote style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;border:none;padding:0px;"><blockquote style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Education Support Complex (ESC)<br>Department of Internal & Community Relations<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494<br></p></blockquote></blockquote></p></div>
Family Night this Wednesday, October 17!! (No Homework assigned)http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=959Family Night this Wednesday, October 17!! (No Homework assigned)2018-10-15T14:59:01Z<div class="ExternalClassA28D5516F740495897895B68E6955613"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/090718_No%20Homework%20Family%20Night.jpg" alt="090718_No Homework Family Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:378px;" /><br></p></div>
Registration Open! Legacy Parent Academy: Mental Health Services in Texashttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=958Registration Open! Legacy Parent Academy: Mental Health Services in Texas2018-10-15T14:44:05Z<div class="ExternalClassAB510558886E404497D6FAD218B0F7FB"><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/LegacyParentAcademy_on_blue.jpg" alt="LegacyParentAcademy_on_blue.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:422px;" />Registration is now open for the next Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy event set for <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, October 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Legacy Stadium in Rooms ABC.</strong></span>  The session will focus on Mental Health Services in Texas. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The workshop will help identify mental health services and support available to Texas students, adults and families.  Participants will gain knowledge regarding the process for obtaining these services, possible barriers when requesting them as well as understanding the role both schools and parents have in getting access to various services. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This session will be presented in collaboration with the Katy ISD Police Department.  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>We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!</p><p><br></p></div>
Deadline to Participate in ABM Surveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=956Deadline to Participate in ABM Survey2018-10-05T20:28:50Z<div class="ExternalClass46AE197ABB13476AB69FE1F065C08CFB"><p>With the construction of two new campuses in Katy ISD, which include Junior High #16 (southwest quadrant) and Elementary #42 (northwest quadrant), the District is seeking the input of families who could potentially be impacted by changes in attendance boundaries.  The deadline to participate in the survey is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, October 17</strong></span>.</p><p>Parents should have received the survey via email, however links to the survey can also be found at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> under the Highlights Section.  On Monday, September 17 preliminary results were presented to the Board of Trustees which can also be viewed in this section.  Attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) address enrollment numbers at campuses including Bethke, Hutsell, King and Winborn elementary schools as well as Beck, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek junior highs. </p><p>Your input is highly valued.  We invite all Katy ISD parents to also visit the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM website</a> for additional information <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=955Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Event2018-10-05T20:35:48Z<div class="ExternalClass73E2AE27FF3541F58B10767ED0BD9B25"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.  According to the DEA, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision.  Needles or sharp objects will not be accepted and any liquids must be in prescribed containers.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Many families could be harboring dangerous prescription drugs in their own medicine cabinet without even knowing it," said Katy ISD Police Chief Robert Jinks.  "Not disposing of these medications creates an easy access for students to obtain and abuse this types of prescriptions.  Through the drug take back program residents have a better and safe option to dispose of these items," added Jinks.  </p><p>Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Last April, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong><strong>National Prescription Drug Take Back Event</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center<br>20370 Franz Road<br>Katy, TX  77449<br></p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong> <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 27, 2018<br></strong></span><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100518_Drug%20Take%20Back%20Day.jpg" alt="100518_Drug Take Back Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:544px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winnershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=951Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winners2018-10-10T17:22:53Z<div class="ExternalClass460E89E7CF3B4DFEA57C994A59C2C781"><p>Once again this year Katy Independent School District has numerous winners in the Foundation for Music Education <em>Mark of Excellence Competition</em>.  This year seven Katy ISD groups were recognized as national winners in this prestigious event.  This national gathering brings together over 250 ensembles from 38 different states.  The following choir, orchestra and band groups were recognized in various honors projects:<br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WoodCreek Junior High Varsity Treble Choir</span>, directed by Anne M. Guess, National Choral Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch Junior High Honors Band</span>, directed by Rachelle Isaacson, National Wind Band Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra and Symphony Strings </span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra</span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree and John Mays, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">James Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's an honor for Katy ISD students to be recognized for the Mark of Excellence Award and to be provided the opportunity to compare their performances with those from across the United States," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "Katy ISD is known for its academic excellence as well as its support and advancement of music education," added Ouellette.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Auxiliary Job Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=950Katy ISD Hosts Auxiliary Job Fair2018-09-28T14:47:26Z<div class="ExternalClass72BD43864EC04712BC87137F2C0DA224"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Looking to work for one of the best school districts in the Houston-Metro area?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Then you're invited to the Katy Independent School District Auxiliary Job Fair taking place soon!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The District is looking to fill various positions for the Nutrition & Food Services, Maintenance & Operations, Police and Transportation departments.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Interested candidates should complete an application at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> prior to attending the job fair.  Hard copy resumes are recommended for attendees as well as preparation for onsite interviews.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD takes great pride in its support staff and we look forward to welcoming new members to the Katy ISD Family.  During this job fair there will be a variety of jobs available for kitchen workers, custodians, groundskeepers, scoreboard technicians, security guards and bus drivers among others," said Ted Vierling, Assistant Superintendent of Operations.  "Katy ISD's retention rate is impressive and compared with neighboring school districts, we offer competitive pay and flexible schedule opportunities," added Vierling.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>      </strong><strong>Katy ISD Auxiliary Job Fair.</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>   Leonard E. Merrell Center</p><p>                    6301 S. Stadium Lane</p><p>                    Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>     </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 8, 2018</strong></span></p><p><strong>                    </strong><strong>3:00 – 5:00 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Auxiliary%20Job%20Fair%20Flyer.jpg" alt="Auxiliary Job Fair Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:625px;" /><br></strong></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=949Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaign2018-09-28T19:55:12Z<div class="ExternalClass30B08DA3ECDC4FD78281ACC6C8A067BE"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Hoax threats are not a joke.  This type of action can lead to serious legal consequences, even if there was never an intent to carry out the threat.  Katy Independent School District has joined forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Houston Division and various other law enforcement agencies to launch a public awareness campaign entitled #ThinkBeforeYouPost. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Members of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, police chiefs from Houston, Katy, Fort Bend and Aldine Independent School Districts as well as Crime Stoppers of Houston and Clear Channel Outdoor seek to educate the public about the consequences of making hoax threats of violence to schools and other public places.  Every threat is taken seriously and this type of behavior is considered a crime which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison, if escalated to a federal crime.  If a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I would like to give a word of commendation to the federal authorities for putting together an effort including law enforcement agencies from area school districts. This is a campaign that creates awareness with young people and also with their parents," said Robert Jinks, Katy ISD Chief of Police.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to authorities, posting false threats through social media platforms or any electronic means, not only requires countless hours of investigation by law enforcement agencies but it also drains school resources and ends up costing taxpayers' money.   In some cases, schools shut down resulting in the loss of instructional time for students and teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Misguided attempts at humor are no laughing matter and can end up ruining a student's future aspirations and career opportunities.  Katy ISD seeks the public's assistance to curb hoax threats among our student population.  Below you will find additional resources to share with family and friends.  Remember hoax threats are not a joke, so <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>think before you post!​</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span><strong style="text-align:left;">Resources:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/think-before-you-post-psa.mp4/view">Think Before You Post PSA</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-hoax-threats-campaign-052318.mp3/view">FBI, This Week: Campaign Addresses Consequences of Hoax Threats</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-espanol-hoax-threats-campaign-053118.mp3/view">Esta Semana en el FBI: Por Medio de una Campaña se Abordan las Consecuencias de las Amenaza</a></li><li>​</li><li></li></ul><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:607px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture2.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:589px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><br></span></div></div>
Katy ISD Auxiliary Job Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=947Katy ISD Auxiliary Job Fair2018-09-14T20:04:39Z<div class="ExternalClass4829FEE0A98B48D5B812A1CE56287309"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Auxiliary%20Job%20Fair%20Flyer.jpg" alt="Auxiliary Job Fair Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:476px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kickoffhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=946Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kickoff2018-09-11T13:11:56Z<div class="ExternalClass45149CE8378545A9B0AC57771B196027"><div>​Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Friday, September 21, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  Katy ISD campus KEYS Liaisons will be on hand to answer questions and network with veteran mentors and community members interested in joining the KEYS program. </div><div><br></div><div>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results show that on average 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 79% decreased absences and 88% decreased discipline referrals.</div><div><br></div><div>Over its 20-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student’s lives.  When school began, hundreds of Katy ISD students were waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, or if you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us at the KEYS Kickoff.  Please <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6KMWQRH">RSVP online​</a> today. For more information please contact Heather Sanders at 281.396.2468, or heatherasanders@katyisd.org.​</div><div></div></div>
Family Night!! No Homework this Wednesday, September 12http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=945Family Night!! No Homework this Wednesday, September 122018-09-10T20:12:54Z<div class="ExternalClass73E0D20969E04C80877A26A1AFA32866"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/090718_No%20Homework%20Family%20Night.jpg" alt="090718_No Homework Family Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:552px;" /></p></div>
Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=944Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materials2018-09-07T20:25:15Z<div class="ExternalClassD72F5B594D5D47E584EA260AD56FD75D"><p>Instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts are included in Proclamation 2019.  Materials will be reviewed and selected this year for implementation in the 2019-2020 school year.  The selection process has been designed to include input from administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, parents, community and special programs.  A schedule of meetings and dates are detailed below.  Committees for the Review of Instructional Materials (CRIM) members will be receive calendar invitations for the meetings.</p><p><em>Katy </em><em>I</em><em>SD is loo</em><em>k</em><em>ing for</em><em> </em><em>pare</em><em>n</em><em>t volunte</em><em>e</em><em>rs to serve</em><em> </em><em>on </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>s to r</em><em>e</em><em>v</em><em>i</em><em>e</em><em>w and s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>t new instru</em><em>c</em><em>tional materials</em><em> </em><em>that will be </em><em>i</em><em>mpl</em><em>e</em><em>m</em><em>e</em><em>nted during the</em><em> </em><em>2</em><em>0</em><em>19</em><em>- 2020 s</em><em>c</em><em>hool y</em><em>e</em><em>ar. The subject areas, days and times are indicated in the chart below. If </em><em>y</em><em>ou</em><em> </em><em>wo</em><em>u</em><em>ld like</em><em> </em><em>to be a part of one</em><em> </em><em>of the</em><em> </em><em>re</em><em>v</em><em>iew </em><em>c</em><em>o</em><em>m</em><em>m</em><em>i</em><em>tt</em><em>ee</em><em>s, </em><em>c</em><em>ompl</em><em>e</em><em>te the</em><em> </em><em>int</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>st fo</em><em>r</em><em>m at </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019</strong></em></span></a><em> </em><em>to be</em><em> c</em><em>onsid</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>d for participation on the s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>tion </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em><em> </em><em>K</em><em>ee</em><em>p in</em><em> </em><em>mind that not all volunt</em><em>e</em><em>e</em><em>rs may be</em><em> </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>ted to </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>v</em><em>e</em><em> </em><em>on a</em><em> </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>C</strong><strong>om</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>tee</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Final Day 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Reading & Word Study (Spelling)</p><p>(K-8 English & K-6 Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Writing & Handwriting </p><p>(K-5, English and Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Language Arts (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Learners Language Arts (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Personal Financial Literacy</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p>8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>El distrito escolar independiente de Katy busca a padres voluntarios para formar parte del comité que seleccionará los materiales educacionales nuevos de lectura, redacción, caligrafía y estudio de palabras (antes conocido como ortografía) para los grados escolares K-8. Estos materiales serán usados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Si usted quiere ser parte de uno de los comités de selección, complete el formulario en </em><em> </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n"><span lang="ES-MX" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n</strong></em></span></a><em> y usted será uno de los candidatos considerados para ser parte del comité. Por favor tenga en cuenta que no todos las personas interesadas en formar parte del comité serán seleccionadas.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Comité</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Último </strong><strong>Día</strong><strong> 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lectura y estudio de palabras (ortografía) (K-8 inglés y K-5 espaňol)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM  – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Escritura y caligrafía (K-5, inglés y español)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje en inglés (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje para estudiantes que aprenden inglés como segundo idioma (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educación financiera personal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=943Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacy2018-09-07T15:33:11Z<div class="ExternalClassCCA63BF150714AB8A1EB2D7FCABD2D55"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">An impressive milestone has been reached at Katy Independent School District. This year the District will celebrate a "Century of Legacy".</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Enacted on February 25, 1919, the legislature of the State of Texas established and created Katy ISD out of part of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During our centennial celebration, Katy ISD invites everyone to view the historical accomplishments through our </span><a href="/sites/100Year/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Century of Legacy website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, which details landmark accomplishments, the stories of affluential leaders and images that have survived the test of time.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the school year, Katy ISD will celebrate a century of dedication and commitment to our students, staff and community with campus celebrations and learning opportunities for our students, the future legacies of Katy ISD.   It is also a perfect opportunity for the District to partner up with those who can contribute additional information on the past achievements of one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past several months, dozens of Katy ISD employees along with namesakes and community members shifted through yesteryears and identified key events and timelines, all of which can now be found in a centralized location.  The goal is to make known a legacy filled with growth, tradition, culture and meaning.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD looks forward to celebrating this centennial, as well as commence on its next century of providing educational excellence.  </p></div>
Parent & Community Engagement Surveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=942Parent & Community Engagement Survey2018-09-07T13:33:11Z<div class="ExternalClass6BB93EF34AF54FF38155094535155EB1"><p>At Katy ISD, parent and guardian involvement on our campuses is a crucial aspect to the success of our nearly 80,000 students. For that reason, the District is asking for your input as we continue to improve upon our parent and community engagement opportunities across our 64 campuses.</p><p>During the week of September 10, you will receive a survey via your personal email account.  It will only take about 10 minutes to complete and it requests your feedback regarding engagement opportunities on your child(ren's) campus that are working well, those that could be improved, as well as your thoughts on future school planning and support initiatives. Katy ISD's efforts are focused on identifying new and enhanced ways to involve a greater number of parents and community in shaping the educational experience of our students while at this district.</p><p>The survey will be open until September 25.  Keep an eye out for it next week.</p><p>We look forward to your participation!</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Technology for Parents & Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=939Technology for Parents & Students2018-08-29T19:18:22Z<div class="ExternalClassC3326A74E46141E6B65052CCF6281786"><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you or your student having Technology issues? If so, Katy ISD Technology Department is here to help.  The District wants to ensure students and parents have access to all the technology resources Katy ISD has to offer. </p><ul><li>Home Access Center (HAC)</li><li>Katy <em>OnTheGo</em></li><li>Canvas</li><li>PowerSchool Registration (formerly InfoSnap)</li><li>MyKaty Cloud <em>(access for students only)</em></li><li>Digital Resources</li><li>Digital Textbooks</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">For further details on these resources click the link below:  <a href="/dept/technology/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Pages/default.aspx</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you have issues or concerns, please submit those on the form below and someone will get back to you within 24 business hours:</p><p><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/7NcZ90mM2ydZiZML2">Technology Parent HelpDesk</a></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=938Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!2018-08-28T17:35:28Z<div class="ExternalClassED27DFA8514C4B0DB56B9DC56D2D01C0"><p>It's hard to imagine that it has been a year since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast.  This storm would end up being one of the most devastating natural disasters in Texas history, and one that would have a huge impact on the Katy ISD community.  One year later, Katy ISD is Stronger Together!  Through the <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>, the District is highlighting the valiant acts of heroism and resilience, of which many silently took place before, during and after the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In total, 16 Katy ISD campuses sustained damages, and close to 15,000 students along with nearly 3,000 employees were directly impacted by the flooding.  Since then the indomitable Katy Spirit has shined brighter than the destruction.  Recognizing that we are stronger together, Katy ISD officials joined forces with government agencies and area residents to help our Katy residents.  The selfless service of individuals could be seen when shelters were opened and donations started pouring in.  Many Katy ISD employees even got on buses to conduct water rescues in flooded neighborhoods and the overwhelming donations at times brought even the strongest to tears.  <br><br>As we reflect on the first year since this catastrophic event, we would like to take time to recognize the people who turned a tragedy into a triumph of community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit our <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=937Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academy2018-08-27T20:57:00Z<div class="ExternalClass696831611A8445A294BC986A75915E48"><p>​Starting September, Katy Independent School District will launch an initiative created to equip all parents with tools to provide additional support to their children. It is called Legacy Parent Academy. In it, parents will hear from experts on topics that impact students and schools district-wide such as financial aid for college, mental health resources and bullying. </p><p>"Legacy Parent Academy is a new initiative designed as part of the District's Strategic Plan Goal 8, which focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of all learners," said Director of Counseling Services Christy Maeker.  "This is a great opportunity to provide parents with information and strategies to assist their children," added Maeker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Parent Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives. The topics of each session were selected based on the need expressed by parents and in response to concerns the District sees on campuses and the community.  Katy ISD looks forward to working with local media partners to promote and cover these sessions, which can be found on the district's <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  The first session "Emotional Well-being and Referral Processes" is on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Legacy Stadium from 6 – 8 p.m., with capacity for 325 attendees.  This is the first of 11 Legacy Parent Academy sessions planned for the 2018-19 school year.  Five of the academy sessions focus on social-emotional learning topics while six of them focus on academic topics.    </p></div>
Order your 2018-2019 WCJH Yearbook today!http://www.katyisd.org/campus/WCJH/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=19Order your 2018-2019 WCJH Yearbook today!2018-08-24T16:38:39Z<div class="ExternalClass914A2D33E3B14A2D8865A611CAD6DEBE"><p>​Order your 2018-2019 WoodCreek Junior High School Yearbook today! There's nothing like getting your yearbook.  It's the limited edition collection of our school's stories for this year.  Don't let your student miss out on sharing and reliving the big events that will make this year special.  </p><p>Yearbooks are now on sale for the lowest price of the year.  ORDER NOW AND SAVE $15.00! Act fast, as the price of $50 is only good until 9/21/2018!  After 9/21/2018, the price will increase. </p><p>ORDER YOURS TODAY!  <a href="http://www.jostensyearbooks.com/">www.jostensyearbooks.com</a> or 1-877-767-5217​</p><p>***if you missed out on ordering your son/daughter's 2017-2018 yearbook, we have a few available.  Please email <a href="mailto:melissamolina-annis@katyisd.org">melissamolina-annis@katyisd.org</a> if you are interested in purchasing last year's (2017-2018) book. </p></div>
Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=936Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Year2018-08-16T14:39:43Z<div class="ExternalClassD29DBBFFDA2F4B05B2D2535FD1488492"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Just in time for the beginning of the school year, Katy Independent School District announces its new Bullying Tip line.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students across the district can now anonymously report potential bullying incidents by simply using the new feature found on the already existing Katy </span><em style="text-align:justify;">OnTheGo</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> app.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the 2018-19 academic year, Katy ISD continues to support the emotional well-being of all its learners.  Several bullying prevention initiatives will be rolled out throughout the year encouraging students to <strong>"Don't just stand by -</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>Stand up against bullying."</strong>  All Katy ISD students will see a series of informational videos that address issues like   how to identify bullying, policies and procedures at our campuses, as well as highlighting prevention and other related programs found across the District. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Bullying Tip line is user friendly and students will be shown how the feature works during classroom time.  The Katy <em>OnTheGo</em> app is free on the App Store or Google Play.   ​ </p><p>​</p></div>
FINAL REMINDER: PowerSchool Registrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=935FINAL REMINDER: PowerSchool Registration2018-08-15T14:53:27Z<div class="ExternalClassDC0D65E304914A6CBF3EE09BD254D8B3"><p>School begins <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, August 15,</strong></span> and Katy ISD is excited for another great school year here in Katy ISD.</p><p>Aside from getting all their school supplies ready and running those last minute errands, Katy ISD wants to send a final reminder to parents of returning students, to <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> through PowerSchool Registration, formerly known as InfoSnap.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>All returning Katy ISD students are required to submit their child's Annual Student Update for the 2018-19 school year using PowerSchool Registration.  These updates are due by August 15</strong></span>.</p><p>All parents and guardians were emailed a unique SnapCode for each student currently enrolled in Katy ISD, to their email address on file. If you do not have an email address on file, you should have received a letter in the mail.</p><p>If you are having issues with PowerSchool Registration, please fill out the <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/7NcZ90mM2ydZiZML2">Technology Parent HelpDesk</a> form and someone will get back with you within 24 business hours.</p><p>Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Registration.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration</a> webpage.</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancementshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=934Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancements2018-08-08T21:53:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB89FCB2BA1E34FC688FFAA266A4BD49F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">One of Katy Independent School District's top priorities is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents and community members, who visit our campuses and facilities. This school year, Katy ISD announces additional campus safety and security measures which include:</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Parent and Visitor Identification (ID) Requirement:</span><br>All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance.  Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance.  To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.</li></ul><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement:</span><br>Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on district property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue to use their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the <em>Student Code of Conduct</em>.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Campus Door Unlock Times</span>:<br>Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors are:<br><br>          Elementary Group 1                    7:35 a.m.<br><br>          Elementary Group 2                    7:55 a.m.<br><br>          Junior High                                 8:10 a.m.<br><br>          High School                                6:45 a.m.<br><br>Students who are dropped off before the doors are unlocked will not be able to enter the building, unless they are there for an official school activity or other exception.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clear Bag Regulation:<br></span>T<span style="text-align:justify;">o ensure visitor safety, along with a quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a clear bag regulation.  This will limit size and type of bag allowed at the sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">These enhancements are in addition to Katy ISD's existing multi-layered safety and security measures already in place across the District.  For additional information visit our <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx">Student Safety and Security webpage</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div>

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