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Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancementshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=934Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancements2018-08-08T21:53:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB89FCB2BA1E34FC688FFAA266A4BD49F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">One of Katy Independent School District's top priorities is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents and community members, who visit our campuses and facilities. This school year, Katy ISD announces additional campus safety and security measures which include:</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Parent and Visitor Identification (ID) Requirement:</span><br>All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance.  Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance.  To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.</li></ul><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement:</span><br>Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on district property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue to use their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the <em>Student Code of Conduct</em>.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Campus Door Unlock Times</span>:<br>Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors are:<br><br>          Elementary Group 1                    7:35 a.m.<br><br>          Elementary Group 2                    7:55 a.m.<br><br>          Junior High                                 8:10 a.m.<br><br>          High School                                6:45 a.m.<br><br>Students who are dropped off before the doors are unlocked will not be able to enter the building, unless they are there for an official school activity or other exception.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clear Bag Regulation:<br></span>T<span style="text-align:justify;">o ensure visitor safety, along with a quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a clear bag regulation.  This will limit size and type of bag allowed at the sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">These enhancements are in addition to Katy ISD's existing multi-layered safety and security measures already in place across the District.  For additional information visit our <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx">Student Safety and Security webpage</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=933Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacy2018-08-08T02:03:38Z<div class="ExternalClass6602693D47804702BD0132847F15DF9A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">If anyone wanted to see the most notorious attires from the past decades, they needed to be at the 2018 Katy ISD Convocation, which was held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. Each campus selected a decade to represent and based on it, they chose their apparel. Thus, thousands of Katy ISD teachers, administrators and staff, hugged and shook hands as they participated in this annual event marking the official start of the 2018-2019 academic year and most importantly, the kickoff of the District's 100 year anniversary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The stories of our past add to the legacy we are all a part of today. It helps us define who we are. It's part of our family tree." said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The celebration's theme was "A Century of Legacy." Superintendent Hindt and Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle praised everyone's efforts in making Katy ISD, one of the best school districts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Thanks to you," said Doyle, "Our students are some of the top performing kiddos in the state and country, our community is thriving, and as a result, Katy is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Participants were reminded of the struggles brought on by Harvey, the passage of the 2017 bond that will provide campus renovations and new schools, and goals and strategies that will be employed in classrooms and campuses across the district to encourage personalized learning and strengthen student support systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With the presentation of commemorative rings, educators Leslyn Jacks of Katy Elementary and Amanda Sandlin of Tompkins High School were recognized as the two District's Teachers of the Year. For several educators, this event was a reminder of Katy's rich history and a source of encouragement.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is a tremendous amount of history and culture in Katy. I have worked for the District for 13 years and there are things I did not know. It is very inspirational," said Elise Allen, Assistant Principal at Griffin Elementary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Convocation also highlighted the legacy of Mr. Roosevelt Alexander, one of Katy ISD's namesakes and the Beckendorff family. <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ozezgfj6eg98cyw/AADFjrMt1qdk0Kl4IMlFNnPga?dl=0">Enjoy photos of this year's convocation!</a></p></div>
PowerSchool Registration: Annual Student Update Now Openhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=932PowerSchool Registration: Annual Student Update Now Open2018-08-03T21:11:40Z<div class="ExternalClass32C17706CCB04986BAA289C26970E52D"><p>In just a few weeks, school bells will be ringing and Katy ISD will welcome nearly 80,000 students on <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, August 15!</strong></span>  </p><p>While many will be getting school supplies ready, and running last minute errands, we want to remind parents of returning students to <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> through PowerSchool Registration (formerly known as InfoSnap).</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>All returning Katy ISD students are required to submit an Annual Student Update for the 2018-19 school year using PowerSchool Registration. </strong></span></p><p>Parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each student currently enrolled in Katy ISD via their email address. If parents do not have an email address on file, they will receive a letter in the mail.  An email or letter should be received no later than August 6 and we ask parents to complete the process prior to the first day of school.</p><p>If parents do not receive a SnapCode by August 6 or they are having issues with PowerSchool Registration, please submit the <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/7NcZ90mM2ydZiZML2">Technology Parent Help Desk</a> form and someone will get back with them within 24 business hours.  The District is also aware that some parents have experienced delays during the registration process.  This is due to the high volume of visitors to the website.  If website visitors are facing issues, please revisit the PowerSchool Registration system at a later time. The deadline to complete studen​t online registration is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>August 15.</strong></span></p><p>Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Registration.  For more information, please visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration</a> website.</p><p></p></div>
Power Up for Back to School - PowerSchool Registration Now Open for New Katy ISD Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=930Power Up for Back to School - PowerSchool Registration Now Open for New Katy ISD Students2018-07-16T21:54:36Z<div class="ExternalClass51B211F87AB943C89BF97A4FC0B0A460"><p>July 16, 2018</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 nearly 80,000 students, including your child/children on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 15</span>.  Prior to their first day of school, we want your back to school registration experience to be smooth.   Students and parents will be able to <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> online with our new PowerSchool Registration.  Even better, starting the process just got easier, with the new "Online Registration" icon found in the upper right-hand side of any Katy ISD campus webpage.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>All Katy ISD students are required to register for the 2018-19 school year using the online registration system.</strong></span></p><p>Two important dates this year are:</p><ul><li>New Student Registration – Opens on July 16, 2018</li><li>Annual Student Updates (for current Katy ISD students) – Opens on August 1, 2018.  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 style="text-align:justify;">Parents 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.  Campus visits are assigned by dates which can be found by clicking on the <a href="/dept/counseling/Documents/Registration/Registration%20Dates%20and%20Times.pdf">2018-19 Registration Dates & Times document</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Registration.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" title="PowerSchool Registration Page">Katy ISD Online Registration</a> webpage.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Back to School Immunization Clinicshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=929Back to School Immunization Clinics2018-07-11T21:28:27Z<div class="ExternalClassA64FD5EB0A0D494EABA4E3801CAFD7BF"><p>Back to school is just around the corner and as parents prepare to send their children back to school, one item to check off the "to-do" list is their immunizations.  The Katy Independent School District Health Services Department in conjunction with other local entities offers immunization clinics at several district campuses and other locations in the area.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The law requires that all students be as up-to-date as medically feasible on their immunizations in order to attend school," said Katy ISD Director of Health Services Therese Highnote.  "Immunizing your child is one of the best things you can do to safeguard their health," added Highnote.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD follows the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendation for immunizations compliance for all students to attend school.  The immunization vaccine requirements for each grade level can be found on the <a href="/dept/healthservices/Pages/default.aspx"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD Health Services webpage</span></a> in both English and Spanish as well as a list of immunization clinics and their costs.  Exemptions to the immunization requirements are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications or reasons of conscience, including religious belief.  Before entry into school, the original exemption affidavit must be submitted to the school.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Immunization_Clinics.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />​Immunization Clinics 2018</a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=928Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Program2018-07-23T14:26:58Z<div class="ExternalClass09DFBE87A409424C8C0A4D1056BBC0E4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District announces its policy for providing free and reduced-priced meals for children eligible under the current guidelines found at </span><a href="http://www.squaremeals.com/" style="text-align:justify;">www.squaremeals.com</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents can begin their new application process for the 2018-19 school year beginning the first week of August 2018.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Children living in households whose income is at or below the federally approved levels based on household size may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status from 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.  Children with status as homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an <a href="http://www.katyisdfoodservices.com/">online application</a> which will be available two weeks before the start of the new school year.  Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are program eligible.  If a student receives a letter of approval on the first days of school, there is no need to complete a new application for the 2018-19 school year.  If a child was on 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.  A new application per household is required each school year.  For families that do not receive a letter and believe they should have or for those missing students in the letter received, they can contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at 281-396-6240.  Staff is also available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nutrition and Food Service Department located at 5364 Franz Road, Katy, TX  77493.  Please bring the names of all members of the household and their gross monthly income.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​2018-2019 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, 2018 to June 30, 2019<br> <br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><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:9.09091%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>TWICE PER MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</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></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></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$15,782</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$22,459</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,316</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,872</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$658</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$936</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$864</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$432</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,398</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$30,451</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,784</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,538</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$892</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,269</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$823</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,172</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$412</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$586</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$27,014</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,443</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,252</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,204</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,126</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,602</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,039</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,479</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$520</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$740</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$32,630</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$46,435</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,720</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,870</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,360</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,9​35</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,255</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,786</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$628</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$893</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,246</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$54,427</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,188</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,536</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,594</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,268</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,471</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$736</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,047</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$43,862</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$62,419</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,656</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,202</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,828</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,601</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,687</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,401</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$844</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,201</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$49,478</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$70,411</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,124</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,868</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,062</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,934</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,903</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,709</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$952</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,355</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$55,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$78,403</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,592</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,534</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,296</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,267</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,119</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,016</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,060</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,508</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,616</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$7,992</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$468</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$666</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$234</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$333</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$216</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$308</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$108</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$154</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:12px;">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. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the </span><a href="http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf"><span style="font-size:12px;">USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, (AD-3027) found online at: </span><a href="http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html"><span style="font-size:12px;">http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, 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: </span><a href="mailto:program.intake@usda.gov"><span style="font-size:12px;">program.intake@usda.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">.  </span><span style="font-size:12px;">This institution is an equal opportunity provider.</span></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badgehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=917Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge2018-06-01T19:37:47Z<div class="ExternalClass1CAFE9553AC94A3A93818D7B2E8A2052"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer two Katy Independent School District students will enjoy their school break thanks to the quick thinking of three Katy ISD Police Officers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Officer Christopher Pickering, Officer Michael Seiss and Officer Jose Gonzalez used their law enforcement and crisis management skills to save the lives of two students contemplating suicide.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief of Police Robert E. Jinks, along with his staff, honored them with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Chief's Meritorious Citation Award.</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 8, 2018, Officer Pickering was dispatched to a residence in reference to a possible suicidal student.  Officer Pickering's crisis intervention skills and his ability to develop a rapport with the student led to a voluntary mental health evaluation which saved the student's life.  After receiving treatment, the student informed the police department that Officer Pickering's dedication to his duty and his show of concern prevented him from taking his life that evening.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On March 7, 2018, Officer Seiss and Officer Gonzalez were dispatched to Cinco Ranch High School in reference to a possible suicide.  Upon arriving both officers quickly assessed the severity of the incident and immediately began life-saving measures, that included creating a make-shift tourniquet with a leather belt, in order to halt the loss of blood from the victim. The actions of these two officers were instrumental in saving his life. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day there is an abundance of heroism displayed by our officers throughout our campuses," said Chief Jinks.  "Although we don't often witness these acts of bravery, the work our law enforcement officers conduct at our schools proves to be a life-changing one," added Jinks. </p><p>The <em>Chief's Meritorious Citation Award</em> is presented to recognize and reward the actions of law enforcement officers and staff for their meritorious service to our school district.  This recognition reflects a commitment to the Katy ISD Police Department's core values which are <em>Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All.</em><em>  </em>All three officers will now wear the merit pin as part of their uniform. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Christopher%20Pickering.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Christopher Pickering.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Christopher Pickering</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Jose%20Gonzalez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Jose Gonzalez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Jose Gonzalez</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Michael%20Seiss%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Michael Seiss - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Michael Seiss</p><p><br></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 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>
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>
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>

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