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Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Openhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=853Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open2018-01-18T20:31:35Z<div class="ExternalClass7FEF873CE2F24457AD30079AAAF37A2E"><p>The Spring 2018 Katy ISD Community Education classes are now open for registration. The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Classes include learning opportunities pertaining to recreational activities, arts and crafts, health and personal development, foreign languages, business and industry skills, finance, computer applications, driver education, college preparatory, and multiple online courses.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Course_Catalog.pdf">Community Education catalog online</a> or call 281-396-6365. </p></div>
Katy ISD Schools and Facilities will be Open on Thursdayhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=852Katy ISD Schools and Facilities will be Open on Thursday2018-01-17T17:49:33Z<div class="ExternalClass45327344F3D74EAA87BE2E26567FCEF0"><p>Katy ISD campuses and school facilities will be open and operating on a regular schedule on Thursday, January 18.  Likewise, after-school activities and programs, including athletics and fine arts events, will continue as scheduled.<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and support during this weather event.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.</p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expohttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=848Katy ISD Invites Parents to Gifted and Talented Summer Program Expo2018-01-12T23:05:53Z<div class="ExternalClass1F0BCC9DF4F2497783C3FB18F2B934F7"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District invites parents to the Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Program Expo hosted by the Houston Area Cooperative for the Gifted and Talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The expo will be open to all Houston area parents with students identified as gifted and talented.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about summer programs and scholarships offered through the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), as well as a chance to visit with representatives from various camps open to K-12 students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Nine informational sessions, focused on a variety of topics, will be available for parents.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><span style="text-align:justify;">Pre-registration is recommended due to seating limitations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Click the </span><a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a8a628a4f58-houston" style="text-align:justify;">GT Summer Program Expo</a><span style="text-align:justify;"> link to register or for additional details.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Wilchester Elementary School (Spring Branch ISD)<br>13618 St. Mary's<br>Houston, TX  77079</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, January 20, 2018<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 12 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=845Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll2018-01-03T18:22:03Z<div class="ExternalClass67ECF89F25FF4800A48169BCD7DE7D05"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="text-align:left;">8</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>th</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> Annual </strong><strong style="text-align:left;">AP</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="text-align:left;"> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.</span><br></p><p>From 2015 to 2017, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 23 percent.  The number of students participating in AP exams increased 26 percent to 9,478 in 2017 and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 24.6% in those two years.  </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 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, 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="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Starthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=844Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Start2018-01-03T17:12:57Z<div class="ExternalClass68FD71E0EB65487FADCD7A9E60E6EB61"><p>Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor initiative, is hosting a mid-year program kick start on Friday, January 19<sup>th</sup>, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Legacy Stadium.  Katy ISD campus KEYS Liaisons will be on hand to greet and host their mentors along with any community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor.  </p><p>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 for up to one hour each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  Recent KEYS survey results showed that 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 80% decreased absences and 87% decreased discipline referrals.</p><p>Over its 22-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student's lives.  And although the school year is at the halfway point, hundreds of Katy ISD students are waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have <strong>ever thought about becoming a mentor</strong>, or if you are <strong>already a KEYS mentor</strong>, please join us at the KEYS Kick Start.  Please <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRQ7SBP"><strong>RSVP online</strong></a>, or go to <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> and click on "Partners in Education" under the "Community" tab to learn more about KEYS.  For additional information please contact Martha Brown at 281.396.2468, or <a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education </strong>– Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=841Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award2017-12-12T01:28:12Z<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
Katy ISD Operating on Regular Schedule Todayhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=840Katy ISD Operating on Regular Schedule Today2017-12-08T11:59:14Z<div class="ExternalClassA44658C2DB52476E9C2433F37188428F"><p>The Katy Independent School District will be operating on a regular schedule today.  Drivers are advised to take extra precautions on potentially icy roads.  Parents, staff and community members should also continue to monitor local media and the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> for all updates. Our official channels of communication are:<br></p><ul><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">www.Katyisd.org</a></li><li>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/katyisd">@katyisd</a></li><li>Superintendent's Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/KatyISDSupt">@katyisdsupt</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/">Katy ISD Facebook</a></li></ul><p> </p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISDhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=838PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD2017-12-05T02:24:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Openhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=833Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Open2017-11-17T14:51:14Z<div class="ExternalClass39D307618588478E8552EDD42BE1AFCE"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Do you love science and are you interested in working with researchers as they gather data in the field? The Jason Learning Argonaut Adventure might be a good fit for you. One Katy ISD student (age 13-17 on June 1st, 2018) and one Katy ISD secondary teacher will be selected to participate in an all-expense paid Argonaut Adventure this summer. View the <a href="https://tinyurl.com/Argonaut2018">application and FAQs </a>for more information.   Application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2018.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=831Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=830Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign2017-11-07T15:33:31Z<div class="ExternalClass0214FBDF40A24DF39DC949870D0B1E5A"><p>​The<strong> </strong>Katy ISD Partners in Education's 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.</p><p>Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is <strong>December 7. </strong>To make a contribution online please <a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/ywdgdd/katy-isd-food-for-families" target="_blank">click here</a>. To donate via check, please remit to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  </p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/Lists/latestnews/www.katyisd.org" target="_blank">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" target="_blank">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=825Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2017-11-01T13:40:11Z<div class="ExternalClassB10455EB15BD4E85AE89C715C5E2FD21"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2018-2019 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 6, 2017</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2018-2019 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2017 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnershipshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=823Katy ISD Hosts Regional Open House Events for School-Business Partnerships2017-10-17T19:42:44Z<div class="ExternalClass964CFE7F859F4C9BA677AF7B14A7489B"><div>Katy ISD Partners in Education will kick off this year’s School-Business Partnership program at three regional events.  Hosted by Katy ISD campus partnership liaisons, an open house will be held three Friday mornings in October from 8-9:30 a.m. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>​October 20th at Tompkins High School, hosted by:</strong></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Alexander, Davidson, Fielder, Griffin, Holland, Jenks, Kilpatrick, Randolph, Rylander, Shafer, Stanley, Williams Wilson and WoodCreek Elementary Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Beck, Beckendorff, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek Junior High Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins High Schools</div><div><br></div><div><strong>October 27th at Taylor High School, hosted by:</strong></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Bear Creek, Cimarron, Creech, Exley, Hayes, Nottingham Country, Mayde Creek, Memorial Parkway, Pattison, Rhoads, Schmalz, West Memorial and Wolfe Elementary Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Cardiff, Mayde Creek, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and West Memorial Junior High Schools</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Mayde Creek and Taylor High Schools</div><div><br></div><div>The regional open houses provide a once-a-year opportunity for the business community to meet campus leaders from schools in their market area and allow in-depth conversation between the two regarding upcoming events for the school year.  </div><div><br>School-Business Partnerships do not provide advertising opportunities for participating businesses, but rather focus upon human resource involvement.  Partners are encouraged to volunteer via campus specific activities or through existing Partners in Education programs:  KEYS Mentoring, Junior Achievement, Volunteers in Public Schools, Promise to Read and Sister Schools.  </div><div><br>For more information contact Cassandra Hedgpeth, cassandrakhedgpeth@katyisd.org, 281-396-2428.  All guests should RSVP on the Katy ISD Partners in Education website via <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.katyisd.org</a> under the “Community” tab.  The RSVP site lists host campuses participating at each of the three events.  </div><div><br></div><div><a href="/dept/pie/Pages/School-BusinessEvents.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more about event locations and to RSVP. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Katy ISD Partners in Education</strong> – Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.katyisd.org</a>.</div><div><br></div></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=822Katy ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program2017-10-04T18:58:20Z<div class="ExternalClassCA6042A7BAA9474393B8F2F6D7E3AFC8"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year, the program anticipates an increased n</span><span style="text-align:justify;">umber of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As in the past, generous sponsors are needed.  Every year students, community organizations as well as district employees make this program a success.  The Katy ISD Police Department welcomes any and all who would like to participate.  If you or someone you know would like to donate and help children this year, please send an email to <a href="mailto:santacops@katyisd.org">santacops@katyisd.org</a>.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sponsor information will be sent out around the third-week of November.  After Harvey, the outpouring of love and generosity has been heartwarming and the Katy ISD Police Department would like to continue the community's support throughout the upcoming holidays.</p></div>
National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=820National Prescription Drug Take Back Event2017-10-02T17:29:58Z<div class="ExternalClass36B48BF111314F4BBB6FF8858D89513C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The DEA cannot accept needles or sharp objects.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Any liquids must be in prescribed containers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.</span><br></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center<br>20370 Franz Road<br>Katy, TX  77449</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><strong>Saturday, October 28, 2017<br></strong><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=818Katy ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harvey2017-09-29T17:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass03F2190B6963465AB3F74A3F2E5DD77A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved a resolution requesting the appraisal districts of Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties to reappraise Katy ISD zoned homes and businesses flooded as a result of Harvey.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">By law, property owners must continue to pay taxes on the full value of their property, even if it has been damaged or destroyed.  Additionally, only a taxing entity, such as a school district, can request a reappraisal of a property after a county has completed its appraisal process for the year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"While no homeowner will be required to seek a reappraisal of their home as a result of the Board's action, this resolution will clear the way for thousands of our families who are recovering from Harvey to seek tax relief on properties damaged by the storm," said Lance Hindt, Katy ISD superintendent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy area weathered a historical storm last month which left thousands of residents displaced and a number of neighborhoods destroyed.  When the three appraisal districts approve Katy ISD's request, the Board of Trustees will have created options for residents still facing housing, financial and recovery challenges due to the storm.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Extends Free Meals for Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=817Katy ISD Extends Free Meals for Students2017-09-28T21:46:16Z<div class="ExternalClassD9C9C4E2DF8A46EA8A32D75511D17C9D"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD was granted permission by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to extend their free breakfast and lunch service to all Katy ISD students through October 31.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The initiative was previously designated for the month of September.  However, because many Katy ISD families were impacted by the storm and the recovery efforts are ongoing, the District requested a program extension which was approved by the TDA.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the rebuilding process takes place in neighborhoods across the district, we encourage the public to visit our <a href="/Pages/Harvey-FAQ.aspx">Frequently Asked Questions</a> guide for more information.   </p></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=813Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time 2017-09-22T15:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Harvey Relief Fundraiserhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=806Katy ISD Education Foundation Harvey Relief Fundraiser2017-09-11T16:21:15Z<div class="ExternalClass1DBAE78160D84B2E93AD562C9579C31F"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ed_Found_Harvey_Cover_Photo.png" alt="Ed_Found_Harvey_Cover_Photo.png" style="margin:5px;width:603px;height:226px;vertical-align:middle;" />​<br><em style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>​Fundraiser for Katy ISD Families and Staff impacted by Hurricane Harvey</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em></em></p><p>In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, 15,007 students and 2,600 employees of Katy ISD are recovering from direct impact of the storm. Despite the destruction, the Katy community has proven to be "Katy Strong" in providing support to those in need.  In keeping with that theme, the Katy ISD Education Foundation is launching an initiative that will provide support for Katy ISD families and staff adversely impacted by flooding in their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Foundation will collect donations from the community, while Katy ISD campuses will identify students and staff in need of support. This initiative was set in motion by the Foundation Board of Directors in response to numerous requests from our community.<br></p><p>"The Katy ISD Education Foundation has an unprecedented opportunity to bolster our community during this devastating time," says Tara Wilson, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.  "With a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, this small but mighty initiative will provide the necessary support to Katy ISD staff and families that need to not only rebuild homes, but rebuild lives." Any donation amount is welcome and donors will receive a tax receipt when the gift is processed. </p><p>With sixteen campuses affected by floodwaters, including Creech Elementary re-locating students for the remainder of the year, Katy ISD faces a significant road to recovery. "While the district is in a strong position to support facility recovery, and will do so, we are grateful for our community's support for the thousands of Katy ISD staff members and their families whose lives have been profoundly impacted by Hurricane Harvey," says Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent. "We have already seen incredible acts of compassion all over Katy from hundreds of volunteers serving four thousand evacuees in three Katy ISD schools used as shelters to our staff working tirelessly to return facilities to working order."</p><p>The Education Foundation's mission is to provide extraordinary classroom experiences to students and teachers in our district. In this case, the extraordinary will, in fact, be the ordinary, everyday items that will return home-lives to normalcy.  To give, visit <a href="http://tinyurl.com/pledgecentskatyisdfamilies">http://tinyurl.com/pledgecentskatyisdfamilies</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=801Katy ISD Prepares Schools for the Return of Students2017-09-05T16:20:05Z<div class="ExternalClass25ED211DF5E94DB995BDB48C50C8CA4C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Sixteen Katy ISD schools were impacted by flooding that took place last week in the surrounding neighborhoods.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Two district campuses, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, saw more extensive damage than other campuses. While Bear Creek Elementary sustained minor water intrusion.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The damages and repairs include:</span><br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Creech Elementary</span>:  Operations crews have begun the building assessment, which includes air quality/mold testing and a number of other safety reviews.  Conditions near and around the campus have prevented our crews from fully assessing the building.  Katy ISD is working on a plan to relocate students and staff and will notify families of the alternate campus site by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 6.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beck Junior High</span>:  The campus is being assessed by operations crews and is being evaluated and remediated for damage due to water intrusion through the building's roof, skylights and a construction site within the building.  Mechanical and electrical systems, as well as air quality and mold testing, are being conducted throughout the building.  These tests will determine if the school is ready to reopen on Monday, September 11.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bear Creek Elementary</span>: The campus sustained minor water intrusion within the building. Operations crews are testing mechanical and electrical systems to ensure a safe return for students and staff. Evaluation and repairs to the damaged structure are expected to be completed by the end of the week, in time for the return of students on Monday, September 11.</li></ul><p>The safety of our students and staff returning to their campus is our number one priority.  Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  Parents and staff will be updated as conditions evolve and new information is received.</p></div>
Katy ISD Reopens Schools on Monday, September 11http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=800Katy ISD Reopens Schools on Monday, September 112017-09-01T02:52:29Z<div class="ExternalClassFEB8ECE658BD415699E48937A92EC89A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Due to limited personnel as a result of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, it is projected that </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Katy ISD schools will reopen on Monday, September 11</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Staff who can safely commute to work are asked to return to their campuses or office on </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, September 6</strong></span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Only two Katy ISD campuses, Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, sustained severe water damage which will require a significant amount of time to repair and restore.  Fourteen Katy ISD campuses are located within neighborhoods directly impacted by flooding, though the school buildings remain intact.  Nevertheless, there is a tremendous amount of work ahead for Katy ISD over the coming days, weeks and months as the District prepares to welcome back students and restore facilities and structures impacted by the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During this catastrophic weather event the Katy ISD community, staff, parents and even students spent countless hours volunteering and caring for those who may have lost access to their homes and/or possessions due to the storm.  Katy ISD bus drivers rescued hundreds from flooded areas and several of the Katy ISD campuses opened their doors to state emergency agencies staging operations.  Superintendent Lance Hindt released a letter to parents and staff today notifying them of the district's closure and reflecting upon the kindness and unity of the Katy community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Documents/Superintendent/Superintendent_Update-District_Closure_Sept_2-10.pdf">Click here for Dr. Hindt's letter of appreciation.</a></p></div>
Katy ISD to remain closed through September 10.http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=797Katy ISD to remain closed through September 10.2017-09-01T00:20:41Z<div class="ExternalClass79CD3D5FCEA440B996CAF66CE3F5DBA8"><p>Due to limited personnel as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey and its impact on thousands of families, it is projected that Katy ISD schools will reopen on Monday, September 11.    All before and after- school activities are cancelled as well.  </p><p><a href="/Documents/Superintendent/Superintendent_Update-District_Closure_Sept_2-10.pdf" target="_blank">Read full statement from the Superintendent.</a></p><p>All 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 and any other changes. Our official channels of communication are:</p><ul><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">www.Katyisd.org</a></li><li>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/katyisd">@katyisd</a></li><li>Superintendent's Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/KatyISDSupt">@katyisdsupt</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/">Katy ISD</a> Facebook</li><li>Hotline: 281-237-0175 or 1-888-543-5473​</li></ul></div>
Tropical Storm Harvey: Katy ISD Prepareshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=793Tropical Storm Harvey: Katy ISD Prepares2017-08-24T14:32:09Z<div class="ExternalClassFA3BE102529744BCAEA446B7F494A669"><p>The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating heavy rain as Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall. Katy ISD continues to monitor the weather situation as it evolves over the next couple of days.  However, as of now, we anticipate no disruption to the instructional day on Thursday, August 24.  </p><p>​In anticipation of inclement weather, Katy ISD has elevated its readiness level to <a href="/Documents/Readiness%20Levels.pdf">Readiness Level 3. </a>As such, the District is taking the following steps: ​<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Fueling vehicles and equipment, and if needed, refilling storage tanks </li><li>Removing debris and anchoring items used or stored outside district facilities </li><li>Issuing advisories to staff to begin personal hurricane preparations </li><li>Moving valuable items and critical documents into interior rooms and elevating those items at least three inches above the floor </li><li>Inspecting roof and yards to prepare for high winds </li><li>Inspecting flood control features to ensure outfalls are clear of debris </li><li>Participating in state conference calls </li><li>Placing key staff on standby </li><li>Confirming emergency communications are working</li></ul><p>As the storm makes its way closer to the Gulf Coast and weather forecasters have a better idea of where landfall will occur, Katy ISD officials in conjunction with city and county Offices of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will determine when and if to move to <a href="/Documents/Readiness%20Levels.pdf">Readiness Level 2 or Readiness Level 1.</a></p><p>Katy ISD reminds families to take the following steps in order to prepare for heavy rain and possible high winds.  This includes:<br></p><ul><li>Check your family emergency plan</li><li>Update your emergency kit</li><li>Stay informed</li></ul><p>Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management has a number of tools for families to use, including a <a href="http://readyharris.org/Portals/43/PDFs/2017/2017_Hurricane%20Brochure_web.pdf?ver=2017-05-09-095106-050">brochure</a> on Hurricane Preparedness and an emergency supply <a href="http://readyharris.org/Portals/43/PDFs/2017/2017_HCOEM_EssentialsKit_Eng_web.pdf?ver=2017-05-09-095105-880">checklist</a>. The <a href="http://www.readyhoustontx.gov/">Ready Houston regional preparedness page</a> also has helpful information on how to prepare for disasters, including hurricanes.</p><p> Katy ISD</p><p> </p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Electionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=792Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Election2017-08-22T01:15:47Z<div class="ExternalClassAC19A255C2B0404BB1CA15A79A63B2D4"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees called a November 2017 bond election for the 239-project bond package presented by a community-led committee this past July.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The total bond package is $609.2 MM and would have no impact on the school tax rate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Community Bond Advisory Committee's (CBAC) package focuses on meeting existing and near-term needs as the District continues to grow by 2,800 student annually and older campuses show signs of aging.  It's a growth bond that directly affects students, with 74% of the bond allocated for new schools.  The improvements proposed for existing campuses will ensure that classrooms adequately support the curriculum and meet legislative requirements across the district.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The bond package is comprised of six new schools, a comprehensive renovation of Fielder Elementary, repairs and replacements for components like school kitchens, roofs, floors and intercoms at 61 campuses and facilities, facility expansions at two schools, and safety and security upgrades at 40 campuses.  Students across the entire district will likewise benefit from technology network improvements.  The CBAC also included funds for new buses as well as fuel tanks and portable buildings to replace existing aging ones.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The bond touches every quadrant of Katy ISD, from the far northeast to the lower southwest.  The last day to register to vote is October 10 and Election Day is November 7.  <a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx">Click here for more information on the bond package.</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadiumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=790Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium2017-08-18T14:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1F51D4C889B14495ABC62A125498A138"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After nearly two years of construction, Katy ISD welcomed parents, students, staff and community members to Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Special performances by all eight high school bands and choir directors resonated across the facility where countless attendees came to take part in a historical moment, not just for Katy ISD, but for the entire Katy community.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Stadium was approved by voters as part of the 2014 bond to provide Katy ISD students and its community with a state of the art multipurpose second stadium.  The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents.  It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District's history of excellence and tradition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lt6o3uun714uj78/IMG_6730.jpg?dl=0">Photos of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium</a></p></div>
2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7852017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017-07-30T19:38:58Z<div class="ExternalClass543A4EAD4D7F41EE9784F72BFE136307"><div class="ExternalClassECD570E404FD486085BB3622C9C5F5AC" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>During the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman presented the Committee's $609.2 MM recommended bond package which addresses rapid growth and the near-term needs of the district.</span><br></p><p>Since early April, Committee members have attended numerous meetings as well as received and assessed extensive and detailed information in order to develop a bond package.  Members agreed on a final bond package which includes funds for six new schools, renovations and expansions at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items.  The Committee's bond package also ensures a zero tax rate increase.  </p><p>Student enrollment has grown by approximately 2,800 students per year in Katy ISD.  The district currently has an enrollment of more than 76,000 students.  According to the district's demographer, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 nearly 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools and over 98,000 students will call the district their home by 2026.  </p><p>For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package please visit:</p><p> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage"><strong>http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage</strong></a></p><p><br> </p></div></div>
2017 Bond Recommendation To Be Presented To The Katy ISD Boardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7832017 Bond Recommendation To Be Presented To The Katy ISD Board2017-07-17T18:48:14Z<div class="ExternalClass2DCA35172B974438BCC5B3BF0AB5AAE5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During the monthly Board of Trustees Work Study meeting, the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman will present the Committee's $609.2MM recommended bond package to address District growth and needs.  The bond package includes funds for new schools, improvements at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items, with a zero tax rate increase.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Student enrollment has grown by 2,800 students per year.  The district currently enrolls about 76,000 students.  According to Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 approximately 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools, and by 2026 over 98,000 students will call the district their home.  Since early April, the CBAC has met to assess this rapid growth and projects that would meet the district's near-term needs.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package, visit:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds/pages/default.aspx</a></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>        <br>Katy ISD Education Support Complex<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When: <br></strong><strong>Monday, July 17<br></strong><strong>6:30 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=776STAAR Grades 3-8 Test Results are Available in the Home Access Center and the State Student Portal2017-07-10T00:30:07Z<div class="ExternalClass3ED5044A8A314A44A7921514BBD457EF"> ​ <p>TEA has redesigned the process and communication of reporting the student test results for the 2017 STAAR administrations. Parents may view the 2017 STAAR grades 3-8 test results using either the Home Access Center (HAC) or the online state Student Data Portal. The HAC contains STAAR test results and your child’s unique access code for the state student portal, please  <a href="/dept/assessment/Pages/State-Assessment.aspx">click here for directions</a>. </p><p>The new STAAR report card also known as a Confidential Student Report (CSR), will be posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 at <a href="https://www.texasassessment.com/">TexasAssessment.com</a>. The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  For additional details, about the new STAAR report card, parents can visit the <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">TEA website</a>.</p><p>If you do not have internet access or you have questions about STAAR test results, please contact your child’s campus for assistance. </p></div>
Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hourshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=760Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours2017-05-22T13:55:13Z<div class="ExternalClass7B1C283746ED4239B2373DB723130BA7"><p>For the second year in a row, Katy ISD's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district's students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of our children.  </p><p>At the Volunteer Celebration hosted on May 12<sup>th</sup>, Katy ISD announced this year's hours achievement along with honoring each campus Volunteer of the Year:  Alexander Elementary, Kara Floyd; Bear Creek Elementary, Tiffany Barlas; Beck Junior High, Claudina Lovalvo; Beckendorff Junior, Katie Roberts; Bethke Elementary, Danielle Wachter; Cardiff Junior High, Maria Teresa Zataratous; Cimarron Elementary, Jan Guess; Cinco Ranch High, Cris Bowden; Cinco Ranch Junior, Gresha Saenz; Creech Elementary, Jan Killam; Davidson Elementary, Cubendri Bach; Exley Elementary, Reeca McCrory; Fielder Elementary, Tess Hall; Franz Elementary, Andrea Silva; Golbow Elementary, Amy Heppen; Griffin Elementary, Maureen Lee; Hayes Elementary, Diane Jacobson; Holland Elementary, Kim Greene; Hutsell Elementary, Judy Lee; Jenks Elementary, Kelli Melancon; Katy Elementary, Amy Kagay; Katy High, Rosario Harter; Katy Junior, Autumn Christiansen; Kilpatrick Elementary, Kim Beidle; King Elementary, Dawn Goodwin; Mayde Creek Elementary, Michelle Espinoza; Mayde Creek High, Maria Torbit; Mayde Creek Junior, Donna Ward; McDonald Junior, Dolly Sanchez; McMeans Junior, Elita Roos; McRoberts Elementary, Aron James; Memorial Parkway Junior, Laci Costagliola; Memorial Parkway Elementary, Blanca Bagatella; Morton Ranch Elementary, Claudia Rodriguez; Morton Ranch High, Lisa Wycoff; Morton Ranch Junior, Anitra Ondrush; Nottingham Country Elementary, Shelly Hannon; Pattison Elementary, Colleen Cooper; Randolph Elementary, Michele Keppler; Rhoads Elementary, Kimberly Hood; Rylander Elementary, Devon Hulyk, Schmalz Elementary, Claudia Ceron; Seven Lakes High, Vanessa Heintz; Seven Lakes Junior, Sarah Thai; Shafer Elementary, Angela Kunkel; Stanley Elementary, Elizabeth Uptmore; Stephens Elementary, Lisa Garza; Sundown Elementary, Sara Tijerina; Taylor High, Sharon Mitchell; Tays Junior High, Becky Morris; Tompkins High, Julie Donnelly; West Memorial Elementary, Angela Jones; West Memorial Junior, Robin Stone-Loftin; Williams Elementary, Christy MacDonald; Wilson Elementary, Carmen Capuchino; Winborn Elementary, Lauren Ryan; Wolfe Elementary, Autumn Sharp; Wolman Elementary, Jen DeVries; WoodCreek Elementary, Carla Cotton; WoodCreek Junior, Kelly Goering.  </p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p></div>
Redesigned STAAR Report Cards http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=759Redesigned STAAR Report Cards 2017-05-19T15:33:35Z<div class="ExternalClass1CC69AB545F2458E975417D0DF9FA3C2"><p>The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has redesigned the STAAR report cards also referred to as confidential student reports (CSRs) to improve communication and transparency with educators and families.  The goal of this new design was to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement.  The new two-page CSR features are listed below:</p><ul><li>Growth and progress information</li><li>A summer reading list</li><li>Lexile levels and trend data</li><li>New performance level descriptors </li><li>Resources and suggestions for parents to use at home</li><li>Suggested questions for parents to ask teachers and counselors </li></ul><p>At this time, TEA has published <a href="http://tea.texas.gov/studentreport/">learning resources</a> which include a short video to explain the changes, as wells as, a link to download the presentation and talking points, templates of STAAR report cards for each grade, and online tools and resources. The new CSRs will be available online beginning June 13, 2017 for STAAR EOC and June 30, 2017 for STAAR 3-8.</p><p>On June 13th, TEA is also launching a new CSR website, which will include item-level analysis for each question on the STAAR, informational videos, and links to additional resources. For the first time, parents and teachers who log in will be able to see actual test questions from the current year's STAAR exam. They will also find information on boosting reading levels and developing student-specific summer reading lists. </p></div>

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