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Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=913Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction2018-05-24T19:33:17Z<div class="ExternalClassA622B8E8FDCD466FAA46E2628605D116"><p>Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). <br></p><p><br>"What a great way to end the school year by receiving this prestigious recognition.  This distinction speaks volumes of the great things happening in our schools. It takes a village to educate a child and our superstar staff and students should be proud of the work they have accomplished," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Pattison Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School</li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Texas Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 729 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" alt="2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p></div>
2018 Katy ISD Board Election Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=9012018 Katy ISD Board Election Results2018-05-06T02:36:14Z<div class="ExternalClassC5CF6D94358F4A45A7B30EA7EDE48108"><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>KATY [May 5, 2018]</strong> – Katy ISD voters elected candidates Susan Gesoff for Position 6 and Dawn Champagne for Position 7 to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.  Trustees Bryan Michalsky (Position 6) and Charles Griffin (Position 7) decided not to run again.  Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The unofficial results are:</p><ul><li>Susan Gesoff:  Position 6  -Total votes: 3,324</li></ul><ul><li>Scott Martin:  Position 6 - Total votes: 2,182</li></ul><p><br></p><ul><li><p>Dawn Champagne:  Position 7 - Total votes: 3,025</p></li><li><p>Don Massey: Position 7 - Total votes: 2,629</p></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">View for the <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">complete list of election results</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=900Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School2018-05-02T22:10:00Z<div class="ExternalClass804C03D39B9242F595228ECE717FFE9E"><p>​As community development continues around the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision, today the magnified sounds of the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartan Drumline could be heard for blocks as the groundbreaking ceremony of Junior High #16 and High School #9 took place.  Both schools will alleviate the thriving southwest quadrant of the district and provide relief to existing campuses that currently house students in the surrounding boundaries. </p><p>"Within the walls of these schools, future leaders will be taught, memories will be made and educational opportunities will prepare and inspire," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "The construction of these campuses will be a new opportunity for this neighborhood and our community at large, to invest in our students as they create their future," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The buildings will be constructed as part of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.  These educational facilities will not only be state-of-the-art buildings with collaborative spacing and leading edge technology, but they will be equipped with quality educators which make Katy ISD one of the best schools in the country. The construction of both facilities is another example of Katy ISD's promise to the community to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also participating in the ceremonial turning of dirt was the general contractors Drymalla and Satterfield & Pontikes as well as PBK Architects, Inc.  </p><p>​Missed the event?  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1810353372318077.1073742102.113148448705253&type=1&l=41ec9c6726">Click here</a> for pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JH16%20and%20HS9.jpg" alt="JH16 and HS9.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=896Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Event2018-04-26T19:09:12Z<div class="ExternalClass023A244E1DFE46BDA0555E3AE09DEDAD"><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;">"The majority of teenagers who are abusing prescription drugs usually get these medications from family and friends or simply by taking them from a family medicine cabinet," says Chief of Police Robert Jinks.  "Through take-back programs people have a better option to dispose of old drugs," adds Jinks.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong><strong>Katy ISD Police Department invites community to participate in the 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</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><strong><u>Saturday, April 28, 2018<br></u></strong><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/042618_Flyer_Drug%20Take%20Back%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="042618_Flyer_Drug Take Back - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=894Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Year2018-04-24T20:51:21Z<div class="ExternalClass0A6D99E2154948078100D2728A73FB62"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy Independent School District will transition to a </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">multi-</span><span style="text-align:justify;">bell schedule which will support the new district transportation model.  Last night, the Katy ISD </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">Board of Trustees</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> announced the elementary schools that will fall under Group 1 and 2.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>bell schedule will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  These changes will alleviate the challenges the district is facing with bus driver recruitment as well as safety concerns with congested traffic in areas within Katy.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  To verify what group your child's campus falls under, <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">click here</a>.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
Brookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=893Brookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration2018-04-24T15:10:09Z<div class="ExternalClassB0FFC15BC7F044C8B3037BEEFC794AA3"><p>​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 11<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>Guest speaker and Brookwood Founder Mrs. Yvonne Streit realized her life's work after her daughter suffered severe brain damage from mumps complications.  Recognizing the limited learning options available for her daughter, Mrs. Streit began a journey that would lead to the establishment of the Briarwood School, the Tuttle School and the Brookwood Community.  The fearless tenacity that initially drove her to help her own child has, over the past decades, ultimately led to helping thousands of children and adults by providing life opportunities unheard of when she began her journey.  Joining Mrs. Streit at the podium will be Jana Mullins, Brookwood's Director of Outreach and Community Engagement.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration will also include entertainment from junior high and high school performers along with the announcement of each school's 2018 Volunteer of the Year.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend, and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."</em><em>  </em><em>Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.</em><em>  </em><em>For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.</em><em>  </em></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>
Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Centerhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=892Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center2018-04-22T22:21:11Z<div class="ExternalClass1C508EC128DE43B68566F256D14FEB5A"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>**Rescheduled date due to effects of weather**</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><span>With one of the largest Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in the nation, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its new Agricultural Sciences Center.  Invaluable educational experiences involving plants and raising farm animals will take place at this new state-of-the-art facility. Thus, Katy ISD continues serving as an outstanding training ground for the next generation of farmers, scientists, veterinarians and a host of other fields.  The programs offered at this facility will provide an array of opportunities to students who wish to contribute to the world of agriculture, food and natural resources used by millions of citizens around the nation.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This project has become a reality for our FFA students and staff thanks to our voters," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "We expect the Agricultural Sciences Center to be ready for the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo scheduled for February 2019," added Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:          <br></strong>Groundbreaking ceremony of the Agricultural Sciences Center.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Future site of the Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Reschedule Date: Friday, April 27, 2018<br></strong></span>11 a.m. - Noon</p><p></p></div>
Human Trafficking Awareness Community Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=891Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event2018-04-20T21:19:19Z<div class="ExternalClass58161930F0934B17A0704DD9A3B208BC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD and Crime Stoppers of Houston are joining forces to create awareness to human trafficking. Known as "modern day slavery" it's estimated that currently there are 313,000 victims in Texas, according to the University of Texas in Austin.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through an eye-opening 45-minute presentation, attendees will hear about how to identify human trafficking and will gain valuable information about victims and traffickers. Most importantly, they will learn how to report suspected abuse.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Human trafficking is a crime that does not discriminate.  Victims can be any age, race, gender, education level or socioeconomic status," said Katy ISD Deputy Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "As part of our Katy ISD Strategic Plan, the district has made it a priority to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners and will be partnering with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish this goal together," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>       <br></strong>Join Katy ISD Police Department and Houston Crime Stoppers for a Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium, Community Room<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wednesday, April 25, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>7-8 p.m.</p><p>Note:  This presentation would not be appropriate for minors (under 18).</p><p></p></div>
"Hearing with my Heart" Conference Focuses on Katy ISD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=888"Hearing with my Heart" Conference Focuses on Katy ISD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students2018-04-12T11:48:18Z<div class="ExternalClassFDB908D32C214E299B46CFABF61CD15E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Growing up with a profound hearing loss is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness an even bigger challenge for Justin Osmond.  Katy Independent School District is proud to invite Osmond as keynote speaker to the Fifth Annual Communications Conference "Hearing with my Heart", where he will share his inspirational story of courage, determination </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> self-belief.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The conference is for deaf and hard of hearing students and their families as well as for staff who serve these students," said Elaine Robertson, Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision and Assistive Technology.  "Along with enjoying the motivating stories of Justin Osmond visitors will hear from a Katy ISD student speaker who will relate his journey as a deaf learner," added Robertson.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​What:           <br></strong>Join Katy ISD for an exciting evening of learning about overcoming challenges and adversities for deaf and hard of hearing students.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium Field House<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p> <strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Thursday, April 12<br></strong></span>5:00-5:30 p.m.        <br>Hands on technology and visits with Smash, Houston's deaf police horse</p><p>5:30-6 p.m.             <br>ASL Club performance, student presentation and visit with Smash</p><p>6 - 7 p.m.                <br>Keynote Speaker</p><p>7 - 8 p.m.                <br>Raffle, book signing and tour vendors</p><p> </p></div>
Join the #1 School District in the Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=885Join the #1 School District in the Houston Area2018-04-06T15:08:45Z<div class="ExternalClassB268465B6BA14FF3A627D481294D8CFD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all educators to Katy Independent School District!!!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Preparations for the Katy ISD 2018 Teacher Fair are underway. Administrators from all Katy ISD campuses will be available to talk to educators who aspire to become part of this growing school district.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Some of the best teachers from across the country can be found at Katy ISD," says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  "Providing quality education to students begins with valuing the role of an educator.  Our district is looking for teachers who not only inspire students in a classroom, they mold them into future legacies."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, Katy ISD enrolls close to 2,000 additional students and it's expected to open up several schools in the coming years.  No pre-registration or fee is required.  Participants must show proof of certification and it is recommended that participants complete an application on the <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> in advance.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>           <br></strong>Katy ISD invites new interested individuals as well as current district employees to attend the 2018 Teacher Fair.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Saturday, April 21, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>Elementary Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br>Junior High & High School Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=884Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programs2018-04-04T18:55:40Z<div class="ExternalClassF82A3D23C9F7463498FC4F0159A195AC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District continues steadfast in its mission to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students, including those with special needs and disabilities.  The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Title I-IV, the Individuals and Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) are federal programs offered at Katy ISD campuses.  Public meeting discussions will focus on the programs current function as well as the proposed implementation for the upcoming school year. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           <br></strong>Public meeting to discuss federal programs offered at Katy ISD.  The public is invited to comment on these programs.  A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made.  Parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (English):  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (Spanish): <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP</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><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, May 1<br></strong></span>1 p.m.</p></div>
Katy ISD Host 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=883Katy ISD Host 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival2018-04-03T14:10:27Z<div class="ExternalClassC17E93C414034768B66B970DEA8BE6E3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?  At the upcoming 33</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.  Other activities include:  blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.  Admission is only $1.</span><br></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><strong><u>Saturday, April 7<br></u></strong><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD to Host Annual Certified Teacher Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=880Katy ISD to Host Annual Certified Teacher Fair2018-03-27T19:19:12Z<div class="ExternalClassA64A5070C44A47108708C9EE89824550"><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​​Katy ISD invites certified teachers to the <strong>2018 Katy ISD Teacher Fair </strong>on Saturday, April 21 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. The elementary session will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the junior high and high school session will be from 1 to 4 p.m.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">All Katy ISD campuses will be represented at the Teacher Fair. No pre-registration or registration fee is required, but participants must show proof of certification or TEA/SBEC content exam scores in order to be admitted. It is also advised that teachers submit an employment application via <a href="/" target="_blank">www.katyisd.org</a> in advance. The fair is open to current KISD employees who meet transfer eligibility requirements.</p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">Click <a href="/Documents/2018%20Teacher%20Fair%20Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">here </a>for more information on this event.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Constructionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=879Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction2018-03-21T19:45:24Z<div class="ExternalClassA1FA07EFA31C43AF913D6B2F06357C33"><p>Residents voted for it. Now it's time to build it!!  </p><p>Katy Independent School District is kicking off the construction of its 2017 bond projects. The community is now invited to witness the process every step of the way through its newly designed, <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Build the Legacy</em></a><em> </em>website. In it the public can obtain project information, see designs, track the status of construction and witness the progress of various projects as they advance.    <br></p><p>"I'm excited to see each project come to fruition for our students and staff at Katy ISD," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD. "The future is being built right before our eyes and we couldn't have done it without our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The voter-approved $609.2 MM bond includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and three elementary schools). Additionally, it also covered a comprehensive renovation to Fielder Elementary School and some much-needed improvements to 61 of our campuses.  Ninety-one (91%) of the bond is for school facilities and 9% is for technology and infrastructure such as buses, portables and storage tank replacements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Community Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of parents, students, community leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and business owners dedicated several months to analyzing a facilities plan for the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is considered the second fastest growing school district in Texas and was recently recognized by Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, as the best school district in the Houston Metro Area.</p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=877Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Brick Unveiling2018-03-29T15:59:59Z<div class="ExternalClass6697999891E7435B8DD1A8193A6B1127"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As visitors walk along the main pathway at Katy Heritage Park, they will notice the names of several Katy Independent School District teachers etched, not just onto bricks, but into Katy ISD's legacy.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">A total of 63 bricks were dedicated to the 2016-2017 Campus Teachers of the Year who have devoted countless hours towards the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Behind every successful student there is an encouraging teacher who has been a guiding force for future leaders. These Katy ISD teachers never set out to be recognized but their commitment has made a difference in the lives of many students.  These bricks will leave a lasting legacy of their remarkable commitment to uphold the district's vision of education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Being a teacher in Katy ISD gives our educator a life of true meaning and purpose.  The district has some of the best teachers in the country. Because they see potential in students, many leaders in various professions carry on the district's vision to "<em>Be the Legacy</em>".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Rover Oaks and the Katy Heritage Society for providing a space for the brick laying.  During the ceremony, the Taylor High School Chamber Choir provided entertainment with several singing performances.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1754077981278950.1073742095.113148448705253&type=1&l=8c301612bd">Pictures of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Modelhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=875Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model2018-03-02T22:10:56Z<div class="ExternalClassD8A563DACAED4A2BB49C7D95C6DBC82A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After receiving input from the Katy Independent School District community, through Y</span><em style="text-align:justify;">our District, Your Voice</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> initiative, the Board of Trustees approved to change the 2018-19 transportation model.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy ISD will transition to a multi-bell schedule.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, the Katy ISD Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for these campuses will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The information will be announced at a later date.</p><p>Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
2018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedulehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=8722018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule2018-03-01T20:05:46Z<div class="ExternalClass8BFE2709889D48469FB360D596750D30"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Your%20District%20Your%20Voice%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Your District Your Voice - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>March 1, 2018</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,</p><p>After careful consideration and review of feedback from 20,000 parents and community members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the 2018-19 Katy ISD transportation model at the February 26 Regular Board Meeting.</p><p>Beginning this fall, Katy ISD campuses will transition to a multi-bell schedule.  However, criteria for transportation eligibility will remain the same.   Elementary students residing outside of a ½-mile radius of their school and secondary students outside of a 1-mile radius, will continue to be eligible for transportation services. </p><p>The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  Elementary Group 1 will begin school at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m., and Elementary Group 2 will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:40 p.m.  All junior high campuses will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m.  High school start and dismissal times (7:25 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) will remain unchanged. </p><p>Katy ISD's Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for each elementary campus will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting on April 23, 2018.  In the meantime, please take a moment to review our <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Transportation Questions and Answers.</a> This Q & A will be updated as additional questions are brought to our attention.</p><p>We greatly appreciate the guidance of our parents and community as the 2018-19 model was developed over these past few months.  This model will allow the District to provide the same level of service to families in 2018-19 while enabling us to utilize our drivers more efficiently, as well as address safety concerns in areas of the District that are becoming increasingly congested.</p><p>Thank you for your continuous support and feedback.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Yearshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=869Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years2018-02-28T16:24:21Z<div class="ExternalClassF7F5F6CCC16B427FB371474B760C525A"><p>As part of the Katy Independent School District, "<em>Your District, Your Voice</em>" initiative, the community has provided its input for the upcoming yearly instructional calendar.  The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved the following option for the 2018-2019 academic year: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Option #1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p>School Begins:  Wednesday, August 15</p><p>School Ends:  Thursday, May 23</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  177</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>"The District is required to have a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year," says Bonnie Holland, associate superintendent for administration, governance and legal affairs.  "With the options approved, Katy ISD has enough calendar minutes to cover two bad weather days," added Holland.</p><p>K-12 <em>Insight</em>, the external research firm conducting the survey, found that, out of the 22,169 participants, 65% favored option #1.   The Board also approved an instructional calendar for 2019-2020 school year.  This calendar mirrors the preferred components of the 2018-19 calendar.​​​​</p></div>
Community Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of its Transportation Centershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=868Community Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of its Transportation Centers2018-02-23T22:21:28Z<div class="ExternalClass345CF2B0BF5E4252BD449EB2606EBC89"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It takes a special kind of person to drive a school bus.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District takes great pride in its bus drivers because they make an impact!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">They are oftentimes the first and last district employee that many students see each day. In 1931, Katy ISD only had two school buses. Today it has over 650 buses which transport 51,000 students each day.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our bus drivers are amazing people!" said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews. "They are constantly building positive relationships with students and creating a legacy of outstanding service to our students, staff and district."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is honored to dedicate its three transportation centers after bus drivers who have left remarkable legacies.  Anna Baker, Cyndy Self and Lester Floyd Reinecker II touched the hearts of many, especially the students they transported every day.  With this ceremony, Katy ISD highlights the values of these great individuals for generations to come.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:<br></strong>Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lance Hindt invite you to the dedication ceremony of the West, South & East Transportation Centers.  Part of the dedication ceremony will include a performance by a Katy High School 2009 Alumni.  A special presentation will be delivered by Congressman John Culbertson, Representative John Zerwas and Mayor Pro Tem Duran C. Dowdle of the City of Katy</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Cyndy Self South Transportation Center<br>3151 Falcon Landing Blvd.<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sunday, February 25<br></strong></span>2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Reception in the Lounge<br>3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Program in the Bay</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=861Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival2018-01-31T16:31:47Z<div class="ExternalClass3E5A9F12D8BA4DBBA6A9676FD3EFC628"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 33</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Admission is only $1.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, April 7<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=859Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area2018-01-31T17:28:58Z<div class="ExternalClass91E94EBC57814372824E4B064099AB2A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">2018 Best School Districts rankings</a> have been announced and looks like "</span><em style="text-align:justify;">The Best is in the West</em><span style="text-align:justify;">" for the Greater Houston area, with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts across America every year.  Katy ISD received an overall grade of "A+" for its outstanding educational accomplishments.  The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Learn more about the Niche 2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area​ on their <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Bad Weather Make-Up Dayshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=858Bad Weather Make-Up Days2018-01-23T20:59:11Z<div class="ExternalClass2280F6119EA34A048DF4776A717EFE46"><p></p><div>Texas weather has not been kind and continues to bring many challenges to our community.  Due to the wintery conditions that caused the District’s closure last Tuesday and Wednesday, we need to alert you to a change to our 2017-18 Instructional Calendar.</div><div><br></div><div>As you may know, Katy ISD, along with all Texas school districts, is required by state law to have 75,600 minutes of instructional time built into its calendar each year.  While the Texas Education Agency (TEA) granted our district a waiver for missed instructional time this past fall as a result of Hurricane Harvey related closures, the District has been informed that waivers will not be provided for last week’s bad weather days.</div><div> </div><div>Unfortunately, our students lost significant instructional time this year.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Monday, February 19</em></span><em> is currently designated as a bad weather day and will be used to make up instructional time </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>for all students</em></span><em>.  Additionally, in order to be in compliance with state law, </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>the secondary school day will be extended by ten minutes during the week of May 14-18, with dismissal being at 2:45 p.m. each day. </em></span><em> </em></div><div> </div><div>We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, and we apologize ahead of time for that.  Just as we must meet the requirements of the law, it is also just as important that we are in a position to ensure that we can effectively achieve our mission to provide educational excellence and opportunities that prepare our students for success in college, career and life.  With that said, having our students in school to grow and learn is of the utmost importance.    </div><div>As always, your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.  </div><div><br></div></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Community's Input on 2018-19 Instructional Calendarhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=854Katy ISD Seeks Community's Input on 2018-19 Instructional Calendar2018-01-19T05:17:30Z<div class="ExternalClassECFE724FA82A498B81E2CE19FC23684A"><p>Every year, Katy Independent School District receives input from parents, students, staff and community members to develop an instructional calendar for the upcoming school year.  As part of the Katy ISD "<em>Your District, Your Voice</em>" initiative, the District is seeking community feedback on three instructional calendar options.</p><p>On Friday, January 19, the Katy ISD community will be able to provide their input through the <strong>2018-19 Instructional Calendar</strong> survey which will be sent via email and available through February 2.  The survey outlines proposed start and end dates, holidays and the total number of instructional days for each recommended calendar.  Below are the three options:</p><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 1</strong></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p>School Begins:  Wednesday, August 15</p><p>School Ends:  Thursday, May 23</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  177</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 2</strong></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>School Begins:  Monday, August 13</p><p>School Ends:  Wednesday, May 22</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  178</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Option 3</strong></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>School Begins:  Monday, August 27</p><p>School Ends:  Tuesday, June 4</p><p>Instructional Calendar Day:  178</p><p>Three Days off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Everyone's participation is important and will play a crucial role in the Katy ISD Board of Trustees' decision making process.  If one does not receive a survey link by the end of this week, they can contact K12<em>Insight</em>, the external research firm conducting the survey, at <a href="mailto:SouthwestRegion@k12insight.com">SouthwestRegion@k12insight.com</a> . </p><p>​<a href="https://youtu.be/J_73XqM9xP4">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video – English</a></p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/AA6dokyIBCo">2018-19 Instructional Calendar Video - Spanish</a></p></div>
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>

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