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Katy ISD Announces Free/Reduced Meal Application and Charging Policyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1061Katy ISD Announces Free/Reduced Meal Application and Charging Policy2019-07-15T16:18:30Z<div class="ExternalClassEFAEEC479A4B47B6A374AA26B3EB7FD7"><p>Because every meal counts for students, prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year, the Katy Independent School District Food & Nutrition Department encourages all families to review the free/reduced meal income eligibility guidelines as well as the charge policy for purchasing meals from Katy ISD.  A copy of the policy may be viewed at: http://www.squaremeals.com/Publications/IncomeEligibilityGuidelines.aspx<br></p><p>Children living in households whose income are at or below the federally approved levels, based on household size, may be eligible for meal benefits. Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status for that same school year.  Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside, an application must be submitted.  Households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are also eligible. Children with status as homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.   </p><p>Eligible households must complete an online application prior to the start of school. The new online application can be submitted through <a href="http://www.schoolcafe.com/KatyISD">www.SchoolCafe.com/KatyISD</a> <strong>beginning the first week of August for the 2019-2020 school year.</strong><strong>  </strong>Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible.  *If your student receives a notification of approval the first days of school then you do not need to complete a new application for the 2019-2020 school year.<strong> </strong>Any household that does not receive a notification and feels it should have or are missing any students on the notification you received, please contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at 281-396-6240.  Additional information regarding the Nutrition and Food Service department can be found at the district website <a href="http://www.katyisdfoodservices.com/">www.katyisdfoodservices.com</a></p><p>Paper applications will NOT be distributed this upcoming school year; all applications must be submitted online.  If the online application is unavailable, paper applications are available at any district school and at the food service office.  If your children were part the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed.  <strong>A new application per household is required each school year. </strong></p><p>The Nutrition and Food Service Department is located at 5364 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77493. Staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to assist parents/guardians in completing the application, starting the second week of August. Bring names of all members of the household and their <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gross Monthly Income</span>. For any questions, call the Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department office at 281-396-6240.<strong>  </strong></p><p>Applications are accepted any time during the school year; the 2019-2020 online application will be available two weeks before school starts.<strong>  </strong>The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining meal eligibility.  Application information may be verified by school officials at any time during the school year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Charge Policy:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">District charge policy allows students without meal money to receive the menu choice with the expectation that the parent will reimburse all meals charged.  The elementary charge policy allows for the value of 10 breakfast meals and 10 lunch meals to be charged.  When the charge limit is reached, the elementary student will receive a milk for breakfast or a milk and cereal for lunch. The secondary charge policy allows for the value of three breakfast meals and three lunch meals to be charged.  When the charge limit is reached, the secondary student will be declined.  Parents will be alerted when their child charges a meal by receiving a courtesy call and/or email through the district automated call out system, if the district parent information is correct and up-to-date.  Parents are responsible for monitoring the amount of money in their child's account and paying back any borrowed money in a timely manner.  If a student owes money, he/she will not be allowed to purchase snacks and/or a la carte on this account until the account is paid in full.   </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>2019-2020 School Year</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced-Price Benefits</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020<br> <br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>FAMILY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SIZE</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><strong>TWICE PER MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:8.33333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$16,237</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$23,107</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,354</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,926</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$677</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$963</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$625</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$889</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$313</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$445</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,983</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$31,284</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,832</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$916</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$846</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,204</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$423</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$602</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$27,729</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$39,461</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,311</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,289</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,156</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,645</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,067</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,518</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$534</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$759</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$33,475</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$47,638</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,790</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,970</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,395</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,985</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,288</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,833</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$644</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$917</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$39,221</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$55,815</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,269</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,652</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,635</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,326</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,509</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,147</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$755</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,074</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$44,967</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$63,992</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,748</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,333</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,874</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,667</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,730</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,462</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$865</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,231</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$50,713</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$72,169</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,227</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,015</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,114</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,008</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,951</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,776</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$976</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,388</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$56,459</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$80,346</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,705</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,696</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,353</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,348</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,172</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,091</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,086</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,546</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,746</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$8,177</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$479</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$682</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$240</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$341</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$221</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$315</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$111</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$158</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. </p><p>To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the <a href="http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf">USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form</a>, (AD-3027) found online at: <a href="http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html">http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html</a>, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: <a href="mailto:program.intake@usda.gov">program.intake@usda.gov</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
ATTENTION NEW KATY ISD PARENTS: PowerSchool Enrollmenthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1060ATTENTION NEW KATY ISD PARENTS: PowerSchool Enrollment2019-07-10T12:51:05Z<div class="ExternalClassC0BF81D65418418BAF06CAEE25BC85CB"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Enrollment%20logo.jpg" alt="Enrollment logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:172px;" /><br></p><p>July 10, 2019</p><p>Dear New Katy ISD Parents/Guardians,</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is excited that you are now part of our family!!  We welcome you to one of the best school districts – not just in Texas – but in the United States, where our goal is educational excellence for all our students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As one of the fastest-growing school districts, this year Katy ISD will welcome over 81,000 students, including your child/children on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 14</span>.  Prior to their first day of school, our goal is that your back to school registration experience is smooth.   Students and parents will be able to <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> online with our PowerSchool Enrollment system.  Even better, the process is much easier, with the "Online Registration" icon found in the upper right-hand side of any Katy ISD campus webpage.  <br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>All new and returning Katy ISD students are required to use PowerSchool Enrollment to either submit their New Student Registration or Annual Student Update. </strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span><br></p><p>Two important dates this year are:<br></p><ul><li>July 15, 2019 - New Student Enrollment Begins. <br><br></li><li>August 1, 2019 - Annual Student Enrollment Begins (for current Katy ISD students).  Parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each student currently enrolled in Katy ISD to their email address on file.  </li></ul><p>(Note:  Batches of SnapCodes will go out every day beginning August 1.) <br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>P</span><span style="text-align:justify;">arents of new Katy ISD students will still be required to visit their child's designated campus in order to submit certain documentation such as proof of residency and vaccination records.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Enrollment.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration</a> webpage.</p><p>Katy ISD<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks in Forbes List of Best Employers in Texashttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1058Katy ISD Ranks in Forbes List of Best Employers in Texas2019-06-25T22:51:52Z<div class="ExternalClass2C2172E9AE7E429B8FB3592919AA6701"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Looking to work for one of the "best-liked" organizations by its employees?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">That search is closer than many might think.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District was recently identified by Forbes Magazine as one of the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Best Employers in Texas</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In fact, it was the only school district in Texas to be included in the list of top 25 employers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p>"To be one of only two school districts included on the Forbes <em>Best Employers in Texas</em> list is a testament to the talent, dedication and hard work of the teachers and staff who serve the nearly 81,000 students of Katy ISD," said Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.  "Our employees fulfill roles not only as educators, but as caregivers, clerks, maintenance crews, and other professionals supporting the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms.  As superintendent of this great school district I am very honored to be working alongside each and every one of our Katy ISD employees," added Gregorski.</p><p>Market research was conducted by Forbes and Statista to identify its first-ever list of America's Best Employers by state.  Nearly 200 companies were ranked among the best in Texas, with Katy ISD identified as #22 on the list.  A sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees at companies, with at least 500 people, were surveyed.  <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers and Employees to See Six Percent Pay Increasehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1057Katy ISD Teachers and Employees to See Six Percent Pay Increase2019-06-25T00:29:14Z<div class="ExternalClassB0357914A5DC478DB02EDE8A32AD2C06"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This coming school year all Katy ISD employees will receive an approximate six percent pay increase, while teachers and instructional paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to earn up to eight percent. The additional two percent increase for those teachers and paraprofessionals will derive from an attendance-based performance incentive.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The base salary increase for employees will come in the form of an approximate four percent raise, with two other lump sums during the fall semester— one August 15 for returning staff, and the other in December for all employees.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"After making sure we reward all of our staff, there is some additional money we've set aside to focus on those folks who have the greatest impact on student performance — our classroom teachers," said Ken Gregorski, Katy ISD Superintendent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District also plans on providing stability through its benefits package. While some Texas school districts anticipate premium increases this coming school year, Katy ISD will be holding its benefit premiums at last year's rates. Likewise, the District's existing health insurance plans will remain unchanged. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"My commitment upon accepting this position was to focus on taking care of our employees through a competitive compensation package, thus ensuring we're able to recruit and retain the best teachers around," said Gregorski.  "This pay increase, alongside the stability in benefits costs, is the most significant investment in Katy ISD's employee compensation package in recent District history," he added. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's move to increase pay for all employees and offer additional compensation incentives for teachers, is in part due to the District's long term fiscal management practices, along with the passage of Senate Bill 500 that provides Harvey related refunds and House Bill 3, with the District's compensation plan exceeding the priorities established by the Texas Legislature.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Twenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Distinctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1055Twenty-Four Katy ISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Distinction2019-06-12T13:38:24Z<div class="ExternalClass48659A5DE8154C4FA5480B7ABA2B5E11"><p>What better way for Katy Independent School District to end the 2018-19 school year!  Out of its 65 campuses, Katy ISD is proud to announce that 24 of its schools were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP).  <br></p><p>"Receiving this prestigious recognition is a clear demonstration of how hard work and dedication produces positive results.  Likewise, it's a reflection of the collaborative efforts taking place among our school leaders, staff, parents, students and the community who strive to increase academic achievement and improve educational outcomes for all our students," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary </li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Stanley Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Wolman Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Katy Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High </li><li>Mayde Creek High </li><li>Seven Lakes High</li><li>Taylor High </li><li>Tompkins High</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, ERP found that these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2018-19 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, the Texas Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 855 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>Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD VIPS Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1048Katy ISD VIPS Celebration2019-05-14T18:48:30Z<div class="ExternalClass7209DF28F6084EF8A37E8461E2AE1231"><p><strong>Aidan Anderson returns to headline rescheduled Katy ISD VIPS Celebration on May 17</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong>  </strong></p><p>Due to district closure from severe weather on May 10<sup>th</sup>, the Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration is rescheduled to Friday, May 17<sup>th</sup> at the Merrell Center from 8:45-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools </p><p>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>Aidan Anderson, co-founder of Aidan Cares, returns back to headline this year's volunteer celebration in addition to extraordinary fine arts entertainment from McMeans Junior High, Tays Junior High, Paetow High School, Seven Lakes High School and </p><p>Taylor High School along with the announcement of each school's 2019 Volunteer of the Year.  </p><p>All Katy<em> ISD </em>volunteers are invited to attend and will need to <em>RSVP </em>again for new guest count by May 16<sup>th</sup> at<em> </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/vipscelebration2">https://tinyurl.com/vipscelebration2</a><em> or by</em> visiting "Partners in Education" under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"><em>www.katyisd.org</em></a><em>.  </em>Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:15.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org"><em>tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</em></a>. </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 on <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051719_VIPS_Celebration%20Flyer.jpg" alt="051719_VIPS_Celebration Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD and Non-District Activities http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1044Katy ISD and Non-District Activities 2019-05-10T23:35:26Z<div class="ExternalClassEF6BEAACDA044101A3906B542E8555A4"><p>Please be advised that <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>all Katy ISD activities and events scheduled for Saturday, May 11 will continue as planned.</strong></span><strong>  </strong>This includes non-Katy ISD events that are scheduled to be held in district facilities.</p><p>Thank you for your patience and support during this weather event.  We look forward to seeing our students and staff on Monday, May 13.<br></p></div>
Testing Information for Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1043Testing Information for Katy ISD Students2019-05-10T19:35:49Z<div class="ExternalClassCE2603247FFB4E86B563DD9536D1A5E6"><p>Due to the closure of Katy ISD campuses and facilities today, testing information for elementary, junior high, and high school students is as follows:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Elementary and Junior High:</strong></span></p><p>STAAR 3-8 testing will continue as scheduled starting Monday, May 13.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School:</strong></span></p><p>STAAR EOC make-up tests for tests that were administered this week, will take place on Monday, May 13.  AP exams scheduled for Friday, May 10 will be administered on Thursday, May 23.</p><p>Campus principals intend to communicate the status of their campus events and activities scheduled for this evening and weekend via separate enews throughout today and later this evening.<br></p></div>
2019 Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=10402019 Katy ISD Board Election Final Voting Results2019-05-05T02:13:30Z<div class="ExternalClass65A259E9A8AC4F90BA47170429556728"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Final votes for the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elections have been counted and the unofficial tally is as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 1 Candidates:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Sean M. Dolan<br></span><span style="font-size:13px;">Fin</span><span style="font-size:13px;">al Voting Total: 1,062</span></p><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;"></span><br>Rebecca Fox<br>Final Voting Total: 3,320<br><span style="font-size:14px;"><br>Donald T. ("Duke") Keller, Jr. </span></div><p style="text-align:justify;">Final Voting Total:  4,093</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 2 Candidate:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Lance Eugene Redmon<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">i</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nal Voting Total:  7,563</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">Click here</a> for the complete list of election results.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">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><br></p></div>
Katy ISD School Board Elections - Early Voting Set for April 22-30http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1036Katy ISD School Board Elections - Early Voting Set for April 22-302019-04-22T19:30:12Z<div class="ExternalClass92E86BA6226E4186ACAE3CC5376E4F94"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">It's election time!!!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year on the electoral ballot, voters will have the option of electing two positions on the Katy ISD </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Board of Trustees</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.  Katy ISD encourages all registered voters to head to the polls to exercise their civic duty.   Early voting started today and ends on Tuesday, April 30.  Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Election Day is May 4.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our Board of Trustees is such an essential component of our success in Katy ISD," said Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "They develop policy and make certain staff has access to the resources and support needed to deliver exceptional learning opportunities to our 80,800 students," added Gregorski.</p><p>Early voting will be held at the following five locations:</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School</strong><br> 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Seven </strong><strong>Lakes</strong><strong> High School</strong></p><p>9251 S. Fry Rd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77494</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Leonard Merrell Center</strong></p><p>Rooms 143 & 144</p><p>6301 S. Stadium Ln.</p><p>Katy, TX 77494</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Taylor High School</strong></p><p>20700 Kingsland Blvd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77450</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></p><p>21000 Franz Rd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77449</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>A special early voting date will be held at the five early voting sites Saturday<strong>, April 27, 2019</strong>, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Residents can learn more about the candidates through the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">2019 Candidate Campaign Information & Reports</a> website.  See you at the polls!<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Join the #1 Highly Acclaimed School District in the Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1035Join the #1 Highly Acclaimed School District in the Houston Area2019-04-23T21:09:02Z<div class="ExternalClassBBD731A4B1EF45C1B449E272E888F3E5"><p> <span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all educators to Katy Independent School District!!!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  Prep</span><span style="text-align:justify;">arations for the 2019 Katy ISD 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;">"This job fair is a perfect opportunity for a certified teacher to introduce themselves to Katy ISD," says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  "Katy ISD is known as a Texas premier school district because of its devoted educators who take pride in their role of helping students create a bright future," added Shields.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year, Katy ISD enrolled close to 2,800 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 they complete an application on the <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> in advance and bring enough resumes to share at the fair.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>What:</strong><strong>             <br></strong>Katy ISD 2019 Certified Teacher Fair</p><p> <strong>Where:</strong>           <br>Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494<br></p><p> <strong>When: </strong> <br> Saturday, April 27, 2019</p><p><ul><li>Junior High & High School Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br></li><li>Elementary Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.<br></li></ul></p><p> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/041819_Teacher%20Fair%20Flyer%202019.jpg" alt="041819_Teacher Fair Flyer 2019.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:461px;" /> <br> </p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competitionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1030Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to 2019 Global Competition2019-06-04T12:52:59Z<div class="ExternalClass9309B8C8791743488DCD96A1D216F3C8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Fifteen Katy Independent School District Destination Imagination (DI) Teams headed to the 2019 Texas DI State Tournament, recently held in Corpus Christi, Texas, and of the 15 teams, five are now advancing to the Global Competition in Kansas City, Missouri on May 22-26.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following teams represented Katy ISD at the state tournament:<br></p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary – <em>Bird Brains </em></li><li>Alexander Elementary - <em>Exploding Tacos</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Holland Elementary – <em>RESPR</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li><li>Williams Elementary – <em>Blades</em></li><li>Winborn Elementary – <em>Nerd Herd</em></li><li>Wolman Elementary – <em>The Liberties</em></li><li>Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Houston, We have a Problem</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>WoodCreek Junior High & Katy Junior High – <em>Chicks with Kicks</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School – <em>24/7 Silly</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>RAD DI Orton</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li></ul><p>Advancing to Global Competition are:<br></p><ul><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>28 Eyes</em></li><li>McMeans Junior High – <em>It's Classified</em></li><li>Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Royal Challengers</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Game for Fame</em></li><li>Shafer Elementary – <em>Unknown Space Scientists</em></li></ul><p>The <em>28 Eyes Team</em> from Seven Lakes High School finished first in the state and was awarded a DaVinci Award for Outstanding Design.  The <em>Game for Fame Team</em> from Griffin Elementary received first place in their category and were awarded a Renaissance Award for Outstanding Creativity.  The <em>Unknown Space Scientist Team</em> from Shafer Elementary finished third, the Stockdick Junior High & Beckendorff Junior High the <em>Royal Challengers</em> <em>Team</em> finished fifth and the McMeans Junior High <em>It's Classified Team</em> finished six.</p><p>Destination Imagination is a school-based program devoted to helping students gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining and mind-boggling challenges.  The program is created and guided by parents, educators and community volunteers who support the art and skill of creative problem solving.  DI seeks to develop the creativity, innovation and imagination of students while working as team members to collaborate, stay within a budget and meet deadlines.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BDJH_Houston%20We%20have%20a%20Problem.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:553px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:14px;">Houston</em><em>, We</em><em style="font-size:14px;"> have a Problem Team<br></em> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_BHE_RESPR.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>RESPR Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_FPSE_Unknown%20Space%20Scientists.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Shafer Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Unknown Space Scientists Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_JWE_Blades.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Williams Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Blades Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MGE_Game%20for%20Fame2.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Griffin Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Game for Fame Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_MMJH_Its%20Classified%20at%20Tournament.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">McMeans Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>It's Classified Team</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Bird%20Brains.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bird Brains</em><br></p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RAE_Exploding%20Tacos.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Alexander Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Exploding Tacos Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_RJWE_The%20Liberties.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:557px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Wolman Elementary School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>The Liberties</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><i><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SJH%20BDJH_Royal%20Challengers.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></i></p><p style="text-align:center;">Stockdick Junior High and Beckendorff Junior High</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Royal Challengers</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_SLHS_All%20Three%20Teams%20Together.JPG" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:554px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School</p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>24/7 Silly Team, RAD DI ORTON Team and 28 Eyes Team</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/030619_WCJH%20KHS_Chicks%20with%20Kicks.JPG" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:556px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>WoodCreek Junior High and Katy Junior High<br>Chicks with Kicks Team</em></p></div>
Katy ISD Participates in 2019 National Prescription Drug Take Back Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1029Katy ISD Participates in 2019 National Prescription Drug Take Back Event2019-04-01T21:31:34Z<div class="ExternalClass2483F556F55E4CD694A7F4B8005C1799"><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 Prescription Drug Take Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue," said Katy ISD Police Chief Robert Jinks.  "Families could be harboring dangerous prescription drugs in their own medicine cabinet without even knowing it.  This event allows residents to have a better and safe option to dispose of these items," added Jinks.</p><p>Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Last April, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:             <br>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:            <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, April 27, 2019<br></strong></span><strong>10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</strong></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/032919_Drug%20Take%20Back%20April%202019.jpg" alt="032919_Drug Take Back April 2019.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:505px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 34th Annual Folk Life Festivalhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1026Katy ISD Hosts 34th Annual Folk Life Festival2019-03-21T14:54:14Z<div class="ExternalClassA3F47D0335C3467A8E7C22DE64D1F091"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?  At the upcoming 34</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Annual 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 </span>include:<span style="text-align:justify;">  blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> roping skills presentations.  Admission is only $1.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visitors will also be able to walk the nature trails, visit the duck ponds and see the exhibits in the science and history classrooms. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:             <br>34</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Folk Life Festival</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:            <br>Saturday, April 6, 2019<br></strong>9 a.m. – 3 p.m.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/032119_Folk%20Life%20Festival.jpg" alt="032119_Folk Life Festival.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:608px;" /><br></p></div>
Registration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? Sessionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1014Registration Now Open for Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying? Session2019-02-21T22:31:34Z<div class="ExternalClass71CDAD1DD0104957938B41F03BA0C062"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Registration Now Open for</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Is it Mean?  Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying?</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Session</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nowadays bullying has become a well-known term among parents and students.  However, often times other behaviors are categorized as bullying, when they are not.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the next Legacy Parent Academy education session entitled, "Is it Mean? Is it Rude? Is it Bullying," participants will explore the key differences between bullying and being rude and/or mean.  Attendees will learn about the various forms of bullying and how campus administrators are taking steps to determine if an incident is considered bullying or another offense, as defined by the Katy ISD Discipline Management Plan.  The session will also include strategies that parents can use to help prevent and respond to an incident of bullying.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Registration is required via the <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:     <br> Is it Mean? Is it Rude?  Is it Bullying Education Session</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>  <br>Legacy Stadium<br>Rooms ABC<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493<br></p><p><b>When:            </b><br><b>Wednesday, February 27, 2019<br></b>6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</p><p><br></p></div>
Taylor High School to Present Les Misérableshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1002Taylor High School to Present Les Misérables2019-01-18T15:36:43Z<div class="ExternalClass96E7D1D40E54453A9E1120A655CE060B"><p>James E. Taylor High School Fine Arts Department presents <em>Les Misérables</em> School Edition.  Considered to be in the top ten most popular musicals of all-time, <em>Les Misérables</em> is adapted by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg from the Victor Hugo's landmark novel set amidst 19<sup>th</sup> century France's social change and political revolution.</p><p>The story follows Jean Valjean (played by senior Jarrod Wells) imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to save his starving niece.  Upon release on parole, Inspector Javert (sophomore Jacob Lewis) tells Valjean that he will never be more than a thief.  Valjean finds life outside of prison harsh as a literally branded man.  After finding unexpected kindness from the bishop (senior Daniel Oluoha), Valjean breaks parole and creates a new identity and life for himself.  Time passes and Valjean is now the mayor and a successful businessman.  When he finds his former employee Fantine (senior Abigail Boyce) on death's bed, he vows to care for her daughter Cosette (fourth grader Maddie Derr,) whom he must buy off the con artist couple, the Thénardiers (senior James McCann and junior Ashleigh Townsend).  As Cosette (sophomore Caitlin Zimmerman) grows to become a woman, economic and political changes places Paris on the verge of a revolution.  Cosette falls in love with student revolutionary Marius (junior Ryan Lauer).  Valjean joins the revolution to protect the man his daughter loves while also being pursued by his nemesis Inspector Javert.  </p><p>Epic, grand and uplifting, <em>Les Misérables</em> packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with memorable melodies.  James E. Taylor's collaborative multi-disciplinary production features the talents of theatre, choir, band, and orchestra students.</p><p>Performances take place on January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the James E. Taylor Performing Arts Center. All general admission tickets are $10.  Reserved tickets are $15.  Premium Reserved Tickets (including hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive photo opportunity) are $35.  All tickets are available online at <a href="http://www.taylorplaymakers.org/">www.taylorplaymakers.org</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Performing Arts: Legally Blondehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1001Performing Arts: Legally Blonde2019-01-17T14:09:17Z<div class="ExternalClass4F593B34900644B1AC5D9880A1A53664"><p>Mayde Creek High School Fine Arts Department Presents:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:32px;">Legally Blonde</span></p><p>For the love of all things pink, join us as we present <em>Legally Blonde</em> at MCHS Performing Arts Center January 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m., with an additional matinee on January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Follow our not-so-dumb blonde hero, Elle Woods, on her journey of self-discovery as she goes where no Delta Nu sorority girl has ever gone before - Harvard Law School! "What? Like it's hard?" Tickets can be purchased in advance at <a href="http://www.mchstheatre.org/">www.mchstheatre.org</a>. </p><p><strong><em>Legally Blonde </em></strong><strong>Performances: </strong></p><p><strong></strong>7:00 p.m.:  January 24th through the 26th</p><p>2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.:  January 26th </p><p><strong>TICKETS: </strong></p><p>Advanced: Students $10<br></p><p>Adults: $12</p><p>Door:Students: $12 and Adults: $15</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1000Katy ISD Names New Superintendent of Schools2019-06-04T12:47:12Z<div class="ExternalClass8DBFBD071CF2430A803710635295A9E1"><p>Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Ken Gregorski as the new superintendent of schools.<br></p><p>Gregorski is a veteran educator with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision, and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p>"It is my mission to provide leadership and direction for Katy ISD to ensure our educational system is based upon the needs of our students, standards of excellence and equity, and on community goals," said new Superintendent of Schools Ken Gregorski.</p><p>During his tenure as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for the current model of student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources, and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's current direction, sustain its continuity of leadership, and guide the District toward fulfilling the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gregorski,%20Kenneth-%20017%204x5.jpg" alt="Gregorski, Kenneth- 017 4x5.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:444px;" /><br></p></div>
Men Who Mentor Eventhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=999Men Who Mentor Event2019-01-11T21:08:13Z<div class="ExternalClassDA0B9E8A7A8E4E1985D83B562762DCB5"><p>Give your time to a young man in need.  <br></p><p>Join the Katy ISD Partners in Education "Men Who Mentor" Event.<br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/011819_Men%20Who%20Mentor.jpg" alt="011819_Men Who Mentor.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:484px;" /><br></p></div>
Opportunity to Review Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=998Opportunity to Review Instructional Materials2019-01-10T22:03:42Z<div class="ExternalClass5A2A1FE4AF804BC4B1ED1CD09E310D7B"><p>Parents of Katy ISD students will have an opportunity to review instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts, Grades 6-8 English Language Arts, Grades 7-8 English Learners Language Arts, and Personal Financial Literacy. These materials will be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. They will be on display during business hours (8:00 AM-4:00 PM) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex on January 14-25, 2019. In addition, instructional materials will be also available for review after working hours on Tuesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. </p><p> <br></p><p>Padres de estudiantes de Katy ISD tendrán la oportunidad de revisar materiales de enseñanza mismos que incluirán materiales para los grados K-5 en Artes lingüísticas en Inglés y Español, para los grados 6-8 en Artes lingüísticas en inglés, para los grados 7-8 en Artes lingüísticas para los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés e instrucción financiera personal. Estos materiales serán implementados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Dichos materiales de instrucción, estarán en exhibición durante horas de oficina (8:00 AM-4:0 PM) para los padres y la comunidad en el Complejo de Apoyo Educativo (ESC) del 14 al 25 de enero, 2019 durante horas de oficina. Además, los materiales de instrucción estarán disponibles para revisión, el martes, 15 de enero del 2019 y el jueves 24 de enero, 2019 de las 5:00 PM a las 8:00 PM.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Pre-Advanced Placement Information Session Coming Soonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=996Katy ISD Pre-Advanced Placement Information Session Coming Soon2019-01-09T20:19:26Z<div class="ExternalClass6F51DCF2FD15476896857C2F21B10424"><p>Parents of Katy ISD fifth graders who will be attending junior high in 2019-2020 are invited to learn more about the Pre-AP and AP program.  Three educational sessions will be held on <strong>Thursday, January 17 at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Room 1200 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.</strong> Information in Spanish will be available at the last session in Room 1030. <br></p><p>"Administrators will be presenting an overview of the advanced academic studies in Katy ISD and we will address commonly asked questions about student participation in Pre-Advanced placement courses," said Alene Lindley, Director of the Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum, Gifted and Talented (GT) and Advanced Academics Department.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Pre-AP courses, offered during grades 6-10, are designed to prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken during high school.  These courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college-level studies with the option of taking the AP exam to possibly qualify for college credit.  Research indicates that students who participate in an AP course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, choose academically challenging majors in college and are prone to pursue an advanced degree.  Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign languages, computer science, music and art.</p><p>Information can be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx">GT and Advanced Academics website</a>.  Event parking is available on the west side of the Merrell Center.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Open Househttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=995Miller Career & Technology Open House2019-01-09T15:02:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE5D7F26F85464588839181681FD7CFA8"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010819_MCTC_Open%20House%20Event%20Flyer.jpg" alt="010819_MCTC_Open House Event Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:471px;" /><br></p></div>
Welcome Back Katy ISD!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=994Welcome Back Katy ISD!2019-01-31T19:53:42Z<div class="ExternalClass5545F7FE8FE441D2982A33B98688AD28"><p>With the holidays behind us, we say hello to 2019!!<br>Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski shares a special welcome back message for our teachers, staff, students and community.  </p><p>Happy new year Katy ISD!<br><a title="Welcome Back Katy ISD!" href="https://youtu.be/9clkwyMrPlE"><img alt="010719_Thumbnail_Welcome Back Video.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/010719_Thumbnail_Welcome%20Back%20Video.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Rollhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=993Katy ISD Earns Place on AP District Honor Roll2018-12-20T16:03:17Z<div class="ExternalClass8A14B14871EE4445AAD9456B0A90040B"><p>Katy Independent School District is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9<sup>th</sup> Annual AP<sup>®</sup> District Honor Roll<strong> </strong>for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work.<br></p><p>AP final scores are reported on a 5-point scale with 5 being extremely well qualified, 4 is well qualified, 3 is qualified, 2 is possibly qualified and 1 is a no recommendation.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>"From 2017 to 2018, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 20 percent and the number of students participating in AP exams increased by 25 percent," said Alene Lindley, Katy ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">"In Katy ISD, 77.4 percent of the 2018 AP exams were scored at a three (3) or better, validating the hard work of both students and teachers," added Lindley.</span><br></p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a three (3) or higher to those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/awards/district-honor-roll">College Board website.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=992Attendance Boundary Modifications Approved for New Junior High2019-02-04T20:40:59Z<div class="ExternalClass32927EB2AC0A40DF83B3134D3EE53714"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the construction of Junior High #16 set to be completed just in time for the 2019-20 school year, Board of Trustees have spent this past summer and fall reviewing and discussing  attendance boundary modification (ABM) options to address the fast growth in the southwest quadrant of the district. </span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved Option #1 which can be viewed on the </span><a href="/abm/Pages/ABM-2019-2020-JH16.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Attendance Boundary Modification website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p>"Thanks to the voter approved November 2017 Bond, Junior High #16 will open in August of 2019," said Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews.  "It will open near capacity enrollment and provide population relief to Tays, WoodCreek and Seven Lakes junior high schools," added Crews. <br></p><p>For five months, families who could potentially be impacted by the opening of this new school were able to provide feedback on three attendance boundary options. Thousands of families participated by giving their input via surveys, phone calls and Open Forum comments at various Board meetings. After careful consideration, Option #1 was determined to be the best long-term solution for balancing Junior High enrollment in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD. <br></p><p><img alt="121818_ABM Opt1 for JH 16.pptx.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018_ABM_Opt1_JH16-Approved.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:504px;height:285px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=991Katy ISD Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools2018-12-18T14:20:10Z<div class="ExternalClassCDC53C9C9AFE4776BCE5E5A2D479052C"><p>At this evening's Katy ISD Board meeting, Trustees voted 4-3 to name Acting Superintendent, Ken Gregorski, as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent of schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Gregorski is a seasoned professional with 26 years of experience in public education. Having served as a teacher, associate principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent in school districts of different sizes and varying needs, he has demonstrated the ability to lead with determination, vision and a deep understanding of a community's priorities. He is also the father of two secondary students currently enrolled in Katy ISD schools. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past two years as deputy superintendent, Gregorski played an integral role in laying the groundwork for student learning in Katy ISD through his supervision of the School Leadership and Support Department, Human Resources and the Athletics Department. As superintendent of schools, it is expected that Gregorski will maintain Katy ISD's educational excellence and sustain its continuity of leadership while also helping the District reach the goals of its five-year strategic plan.<br></p><p>Per Texas code Sec. 552.126, a state mandated 21-day waiting period will follow before Gregorski will officially assume the superintendent role.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kenneth%20Gregorski%20headshot.jpg" alt="Kenneth Gregorski headshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:356px;" /><br></p></div>
All Katy ISD After-School Activities Have Been Cancelledhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=988All Katy ISD After-School Activities Have Been Cancelled2018-12-07T21:04:38Z<div class="ExternalClassFA91A91903B0401F8E528090A38096D0"><p>Please be advised that all Katy ISD after-school activities are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">canceled</span> beginning at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, December 7 due to impending hazardous weather conditions in our region.  Harris County is advising all residents to stay off the roads beginning at sundown.  Many of our surrounding school districts are also taking similar action by canceling their after-school activities.</p><p>At this time, student-related and other activities that are scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 will resume as planned, as it is being reported that the weather event will have passed through our area by 5:30 a.m.  If there is a change to any group's schedule, those students and families will be directly notified.</p><p>Parents, staff and community members should continue to monitor local media and the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a> for updates on school closings, event cancellations or changes in the forecast. Our official channels of communication are:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD "OnTheGo" app</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">Katyisd.org</a></li><li>Twitter:<a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__twitter.com_katyisd&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=56J6LC_9iWZCAun2Ae_HEEwja1db05ZRcdzEGVB-1kw&e=">@katyisd</a></li><li>Facebook: <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_Katy-2DISD-2D113148448705253_&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=8Ru2L9AqJo_7B3pzd_N8iScfndX_Z-4pe3_7z2ACr5I&e=">Katy </a><a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_Katy-2DISD-2D113148448705253_&d=DwMFaQ&c=Bg75SrweeeOWjU7z0YJ1jg&r=moE6quFltvnDejA-y87OeNTWYARAFpbv6JQGaZ-CdcY&m=V7y55Hwo_W6aDne4nGLTXID75KoZ_LhXbyR-TGSv3ow&s=8Ru2L9AqJo_7B3pzd_N8iScfndX_Z-4pe3_7z2ACr5I&e=">ISD Facebook</a></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Besthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=987Katy ISD Middle and High Schools Acclaimed as Some of the Best2018-12-07T17:22:19Z<div class="ExternalClassC2E253A830FA42D9BAD07B30D83E7575"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District excels once again!! Several of the district's junior high and high schools were recognized as part of the Niche Top 25 Public Middle and High Schools for the Houston Metropolitan area.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as from student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school rating and the overall quality of the school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every year we are proud to see that a number of our campuses make the Niche Top List of Schools," said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Christine Caskey.  "The dedication and passion that goes into educating our students is a reflection of our tradition of educational excellence," added Caskey.</p><p>The following Katy ISD schools made the list:<span style="text-align:center;"> </span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Junior High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beck Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">WoodCreek Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#9</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#11</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#14</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ranking</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#4</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#6</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">#23</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High School</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>Katy ISD has a total of 15 junior highs and 8 comprehensive high schools with an overall district enrollment of 80,000 students.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=986Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2019-01-31T20:58:05Z<div class="ExternalClass20147BB4871C42559DFF12F2CAA485B5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When walking down the brick sidewalk located at Katy Heritage Park, there's a piece of Katy Independent School District history you simply can't miss.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Hundreds of bricks at the park are dedicated to the past and present Katy ISD teachers who have devoted countless hours toward the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Wednesday, December 5, Katy ISD along with Venus Construction and Country Park Portraits, unveiled a new set of bricks honoring the 67 Campus Teachers of the Year, for the 2017-2018 school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We could not be the school district we are today without quality teachers in every classroom," said Acting Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "Our teachers put smiles on our students every day and these bricks are only a small token of appreciation for everything they do," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has some of the best teachers in the country and with these commemorative bricks their legacy will be etched in the history of the District and the community. <br></p><p>Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Country Park Portraits and Katy Heritage Society for their sponsorship.  During the ceremony, the Katy High School Choir provided entertainment with several performances.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/69to7lsyb2q0bd0/AACW0x7G3f6_SSnA6YYLzhA0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p><p><img alt="120518_TOY Brick Unveiling (67).JPG" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/120518_TOY%20Brick%20Unveiling%20(67).JPG" style="margin:5px;width:611px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Family Night: No Homework Assigned!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=983Family Night: No Homework Assigned!2018-11-27T14:37:57Z<div class="ExternalClassD97ED38F2F3344E6BAAA341A6E67374A"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/090718_No%20Homework%20Family%20Night.jpg" alt="090718_No Homework Family Night.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:383px;" /><br></p></div>

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