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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>
Katy ISD Teachers Win Money to Decorate Classroomshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=931Katy ISD Teachers Win Money to Decorate Classrooms2018-07-17T18:09:49Z<div class="ExternalClassF6E4B424A9E940A3B37FC624C6141930"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy Independent School District teachers will be kicking off the 2018-19 school year in style after winning $500 in the 2</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">nd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Classroom Decorating Contest sponsored by the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU).  Kelly McGuire of Bethke Elementary, Lauren Guzman of Stockdick Junior High and Tracy Kotlar of Davidson Elementary each received the cash prize to help them decorate their classrooms just in time for back to school.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Bookcases, updated books and flexible seating are just some of the non-negotiables for my students' success," said Kotlar, a fourth grade English Language Art (ELA) teacher and winner of the contest.  "This grant gives me peace of mind and there are not enough words of gratitude to express how thankful I am to receive it," added Kotlar.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am very honored to have been chosen for this award," stated McGuire, a fifth grade language arts teacher at Bethke Elementary.  "I will be using the prize money to purchase flexible seating options for my students, along with bookshelf storage and language arts supplies which include anchor charts and appropriate grade-level books for the fifth grade classroom," added McGuire.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I'm thrilled to decorate my classroom!" affirmed Lauren Guzman, teacher of principles of human services at Stockdick Junior High. "I will use this money to organize my students sewing tools on a pegboard along with other ways to coordinate our cooking room," added Guzman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each applicant was required to submit "before" photos of their classroom and an essay detailing how the money would help benefit their students and classroom setup.   BVSCU received 82 contest applications and the winners were selected by a panel of five judges.  In total, there were six winners from various neighboring school districts in the region.  Three of those winners teach in Katy ISD.  Essays included topics about the importance of flexible seating options, organized classroom libraries and the value of having an appealing learning environments for learners. </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>
Two Katy ISD High Schools are 'Best in Houston Area'http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=927Two Katy ISD High Schools are 'Best in Houston Area'2018-07-25T16:24:40Z<div class="ExternalClassCFAA0D957B9B44F48341BA499BBD87CD"><p>Looking for a good high school for your child?  Look no further. Katy ISD is known to have some of the best schools in the area, and just recently Cinco Ranch High and Seven Lakes High were recognized as part of the top 100 list of "the best high schools in the Houston area for 2018" according to the nonprofit organization Children at Risk. <br></p><p>For 13 years, Children at Risk has ranked Texas schools to help parents, educators and community members understand how their schools are performing and to spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas. This year Seven Lakes High School received an A+ and Cinco Ranch received an A.    </p><p>"Katy ISD has a total of 10 high schools, including our Miller Career & Technology School and Raines High School, and many of them often find themselves ranking high on these prestigious lists," said Assistant Superintendent for Secondary School Leadership and Support Jeff Stocks.  "Katy ISD continues to be a destination school district where families find great opportunities for their children to reach their fullest potential."</p><p>To rank the schools, researchers examine student achievement, achievement plus poverty level, student growth and college readiness. To view the full list of high school rankings, visit <a href="https://texasschoolguide.org/school-rankings/">Texas School Guide webpage</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork Displayed at State Capitolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=926Katy ISD Student Artwork Displayed at State Capitol2018-07-02T19:19:22Z<div class="ExternalClass24AF4C808B084050A843B0BBC0A01D5D"><p>Two masterpieces created by Katy ISD students will be part of the Texas Youth Art Month Exhibit, soon-to-be on display at the Texas Capitol. The annual tradition compiles the artwork of students from all over the state. This year, out of the hundreds of pieces participating in the event, two paintings created by Katy ISD students were chosen by Governor Greg Abbott's wife, First Lady Cecilia Abbott.<br></p><p>Wolman Elementary (RJWE) Benjamin Hervey's art piece entitled "Owl Eyes" and Seven Lakes High School Yanran Wang's "Western Trinkets" will be shown at Governor Abbott's Business Office.  This yearly tradition was established in the 1990s and is coordinated by the Texas Art Education Association.  Each year, students from across Texas seek to be part of this prestigious recognition.  During the distinguished 2018 Governor's Gallery reception, school children in grades pre-k through high school had the opportunity to unveil their masterpieces.</p><p>"Our Katy ISD students put vast amounts of hours, as well as effort, into perfecting their works of art," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones. "To be able to display their hard work at such a respected and significant place for our state is an honor our students and the Fine Arts Department cherishes greatly," added Jones.</p><p>The Katy ISD Fine Arts Department encourages students to develop a vocabulary for art, and the skill to graphically express and communicate their own inner ideas and attitudes by creating original artwork.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Western%20Trinkets.jpg" alt="SLHS_Western Trinkets" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:341px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Western Trinkets</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Yanran Wang, Seven Lakes High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Teacher:  Kim Glasgow​</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/RJWE_Owl%20Eyes.jpg" alt="RJWE_Owl Eyes" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:303px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Owl Eyes</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Benjamin Hervey, Wolman Elementary</p><p style="text-align:center;">Teacher:  Ashley Bullard​</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Wolfe Elementary Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=925Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Wolfe Elementary School2018-06-28T21:53:11Z<div class="ExternalClass1FE82678080345C1B5D6B57D92709369"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">As students and parents head back to school on August 15, when the school bell rings this year, the Wolfe Elementary community will be greeted by their new principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Anna Hinojosa as the new leader of this school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa joins the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Wolfe Stars</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> from Fort Bend ISD.</span></p><p>"One of my many goals during this new leadership role is to establish relationships with all stakeholders and the staff.  These crucial conversations will ensure the continual success of our campus," said Hinojosa.  "Your honesty and candid conversations will allow for great discussions and will influence any future decisions for our students," added Hinojosa.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa has worked in the field of education for 17 years.  In 2001, she began her career at Lamar CISD where she served as an elementary teacher at Pink Elementary for three years.  In 2004, she joined the Katy ISD Family and began teaching at Nottingham Country Elementary.  She taught there for four years before accepting a position at Alief ISD.  While there, she taught at Youens Elementary for one year and shortly afterward, in 2009, she began her administrative career in Fort Bend ISD.  For the next three years she served as an assistant principal at Burton Elementary. In 2012, she was promoted to principal on that campus and remained there until 2014.  The following year she became the principal at Mission Bend Elementary where she has been until just recently when she decided to return to the Katy ISD Family.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa holds a Bachelor in Science/Psychology as well as a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.  She will start her new position on July 12, 2018.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062818_WE_Anna%20Hinojosa.jpg" alt="062818_WE_Anna Hinojosa.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:416px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Randolph Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=924Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Randolph Elementary2018-06-25T20:51:09Z<div class="ExternalClassF57753EA3878407BB8E4E48D775F0EC5"><p>The Randolph Retrievers Family has a new principal and it's someone who already has close ties to this community!  Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Michelle Gaskamp as the new principal of Randolph Elementary (JRE).  Ms. Gaskamp, who previously  served  as the school's assistant principal,  will now become its leader.<br></p><p>"We have such an amazing, supportive learning community.  I cannot wait to continue all of the wonderful things that we already have in place," said Gaskamp.  "I promise to continue doing whatever I can to make JRE successful in order to provide the best for our kids.  I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Randolph during the time I taught at Alexander Elementary. Now I am truly honored to serve the school that was named after him," added Gaskamp.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>Ms. Gaskamp's acquaintance with the JRE community and staff as well as her 18 years of experience in education make her the perfect fit for this position.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She began her career in Alief ISD in 2000 as a teacher and in 2005 she joined Katy ISD as a teacher for the next seven years.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In 2012, she became the instructional coach for Language Arts and Social Studies at Wolman Elementary (RJWE).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">A year later she was promoted to assistant principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It was in 2014 that she transferred to JRE to take on the role of assistant principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Gaskamp holds a Bachelor in Social Work from the University of Texas and a Masters of Education in Education Management from the University of Houston. </p><p style="text-align:left;"> She begins her new position on June 25.<br><br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062518_JRE_Michelle%20Gaskamp.jpg" alt="062518_JRE_Michelle Gaskamp.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modificationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=923Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications2018-06-19T00:28:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB0C5400F09CD40EB9CFB739DEF90DF2B"><p>As Katy Independent School District prepares to construct several new schools as part of the voter-approved 2017 bond package, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment numbers and provide enrollment relief to campuses in neighboring vicinities.<br></p><p>Katy ISD is currently building two new campuses, Junior High #16 (southwest quadrant) and Elementary #42 (northwest quadrant) which are set to open in the fall of 2019-20.  During tonight's Work Study meeting, Chief of Operations Lee Crews presented trustees with preliminary ABM options to consider.  These options address enrollment numbers at campuses including Bethke, Hutsell, King and Winborn elementary schools; and Beck, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek junior highs.</p><p>"The ABM options presented tonight were collaboratively drafted and the district is allocating additional time to hear from our community," said Chief of Operations Lee Crews.  "A final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December 2018 and the district hopes to begin notifying families shortly after approval of the new boundaries," added Crews. </p><p>​From June 20 through November 30, parents who could potentially be impacted are asked to provide feedback on these preliminary options through a survey that will be available via email and online.  Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  Preliminary outcomes of the survey will be reported to the Board of Trustees during the September 2018 Work Study meeting.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Managementhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=922Katy ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Management2018-06-18T15:56:57Z<div class="ExternalClass847118273B994140911618BDA52F8BAF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Risk Management Department recently received an Excellence Award from the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Risk Management Fund, along with $1,000 to be used toward risk management efforts.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD was one of 10 Texas public school districts to receive the award during the association's conference in Austin, Texas.  The district was recognized for its <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs"><em>No Texting and Driving</em></a> video, which was created shortly after new legislation passed making texting while driving illegal in Texas.  The video has now been shared with approximately three million people as well as with the 100 largest school districts across the nation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"What started out as a simple idea by risk management personnel has now turned into a life-saving approach," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.  "This video has received numerous prestigious awards and we are honored to receive an additional renowned recognition from TASB," added Nauman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The TASB Risk Management Fund was established in 2004 as a way of recognizing members who have demonstrated excellence in risk management initiatives, products or programs.  </p></div>
Several Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=921Several Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning"2018-06-14T22:01:19Z<div class="ExternalClass744B7E1011584718861EBFD59662FE77"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Five Katy Independent School District campuses are among 31 elite Texas schools who were named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning" by the Principal's Institute (PI).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The rigorous selection process takes several months but ultimately the schools selected have demonstrated an innovative learning environment for their students and have promoted challenge thinking for their staff members.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year the following Katy ISD campuses received this renowned award:</span><br></p><ul><li>Paetow High School</li><li>Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>Stockdick Junior High</li><li>Bethke Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's very rewarding to see our Katy ISD staff and campuses highlighted for the tremendous amount of work they perform in creating unparalleled learning opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Principals Institute (PI) consists of a year-long professional development series that works with principals to understand why the transformation of public education is necessary. As part of its project known as N2 Learning, this series also helps principals develop the necessary skills required to build and sustain transformation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_Various_School%20Transforming%20Learning%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="061418_Various_School Transforming Learning - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:246px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=920Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior High2018-06-14T20:20:39Z<div class="ExternalClass56F463EDA51E4E10BE19EDF57BCD22F6"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Steve Guzzetta as the new principal of McMeans Junior High (MMJH).</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am very excited to continue the success and traditions that have been established at McMeans Junior High," said Guzzetta.  "I opened the school as a teacher and coach before becoming an administrator there so I already have a deep connection with the community and a passion for the success of the students," added Guzzetta.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Guzzetta has an extensive level of experience that includes 24 years with Katy ISD.  He began his career in 1994 as a history teacher and a coach at Katy Junior High (KJH).  In 1995, he moved to Katy High School (KHS) and taught geography and coached for five years.  In 2000, he transferred to MMJH where he taught for two years prior to be promoted to assistant principal.  Four years later he was named the curriculum principal at MMJH and he served in that capacity until 2007.  At this time, he was named assistant principal at Taylor High School (THS).  In 2015, he was promoted to associate principal and has remained in that position for the past three years.  Mr. Guzzetta holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M.</p><p>Mr. Guzzetta joins MMJH on June 18. He will be replacing Dr. Susan Rice who will be retiring. </p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_MMJH_New%20Principal%20Steve%20Guzzetta.jpg" alt="061418_MMJH_New Principal Steve Guzzetta.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" />​​​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipientshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=919Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients2018-06-11T14:30:43Z<div class="ExternalClass3954C29E1627438D8EB75A4D44967539"><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its sixth year of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant recipients. Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2018-2019 school year.</p><p>This school year, the Foundation raised and distributed more than one-half million dollars to its Katy ISD community: $250,000 in Harvey relief for Katy ISD staff and students followed by $314,691 in teacher grants. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. The Foundation's Board of Directors launched its one-time Harvey Fund special project in response to the storm's effect on the Katy ISD community.</p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 18, 2018, and GROOVE on March 29, 2019. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org">foundation@katyisd.org</a>, 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>–The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><div style="text-align:left;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%201.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%202.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> </div><p><strong>Photo Caption</strong>: The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $314,000 in teacher grants, bringing its six-year grant program total to $1.3 million.  Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2018-2019 school year.</p><p><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Inspiring Imagination Grant Recipients </strong><strong>2018-2019 School Year</strong></p><p><strong>Individual Grants </strong><em>– One teacher for up to $1,000</em></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Mobile Motor Lab</em>, Brittany Vega; <strong>Creech Elementary, </strong><em>You CAN Do the Rubix!</em>, Donna Parker; <strong>Kilpatrick Elementary, </strong><em>Little Storytellers-Big Ideas</em>, Laura Bennett; <strong>King Elementary, </strong><em>Charging Up Science!,</em> Barbara Minenko; <strong>McDonald Junior High, </strong><em>"Unlocking" Advanced Learners' Potential with Breakout EDU</em>, Heather Anderson; <strong>Taylor High School, </strong><em>On Campus Coffee Delivery Service</em>, Edward Skaggs</p><p><strong>Team of Two Grants </strong><em>– Two teachers for up to $2,500</em></p><p><strong>Exley Elementary</strong><em>, Uke Are My Sunshine and Tubanos, </em>led by Sabrina Silva; <strong>Fielder Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding For All</em>, led by Kathy Counterman; <strong>King Elementary,</strong> <em>Bringing Brain-Work to Physical Education</em>, led by Sarah Dockery; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>"Scope-ing" Out Informational Literacy in Science and ELA</em>, led by Kristin Vaughn; <em>A Cardboard Springboard: Virtual Reality as Visual Supports</em>, led by Felicia Hood; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong><em>, Checkmate!,</em> led by Hilda Vargas; <em>Lego We Do Coding 2.0</em>, led by Jennifer Schnaidt; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong><em>, Music: The Great Escape</em>, led by Anna Villanueva; <em>Sensory on Wheels</em>, led by Sarah Simmons; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>It's a "BOT" Learning</em>, led by Stacey Stokes; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <em>Creative Inspiration</em>, led by Jennifer Shortt; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Micro:bit GO,</em> led by Trevor Gibson, <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Wild Things Nature Club</em>, led by Jennifer Lightsey; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>"BOOST" Student Learning with Computer Science</em>, led by Diane Austin</p><p><strong>Team Grants </strong><em>– Three or more teachers for up to $5,000</em></p><p><strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <em>ELA STEAM for the Win!,</em> led by Mary Batycki; <em>Thinkers and Tinkers Full STEAM Ahead</em>, led by Rachael McKnight; <strong>Bear Creek Elementary</strong>, <em>Striving for STEM Innovation</em>, led by Colleen Dominguez; <strong>Bethke Elementary</strong>, <em>Classroom Collaboratory</em>, led by Alicia Lambert; <em>Ready Bodies, Ready Minds</em>, led by Kesley Thompson; <em>Teaching with Tech</em>, led by Jennifer Johnson; <em>What is this "new" math?</em>, led by Kevin Weekley; <strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>#BOTSquad: Ozobots, Robot Mouse, Dash & LEGO Boost</em>, led by Nidia Casillas; <em>Fun + Algebra = Yes!,</em> led by Paige Hellman; <strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Exploring World Cultures Through Virtual Reality</em>, led by Lauren Rowe; <em>MAKING A Difference</em>, led by Caitlin Graham; <em>Movement Makes a Difference</em>, led by Ashley Johnson; <strong>Creech Elementary</strong>, <em>Connecting With Our World Through Blogging</em>, led by Alicia Osen; <em>Empowering Minds Through Play</em>, led by Rebecca Fielden; <strong>Davidson Elementary</strong>, <em>Clay and Drums Making an Impact in </em><em>Young Minds</em>, led by Vanina Orendorff; <strong>ECI Project TYKE</strong>, <em>Developmental Buddy</em>, led by Anna Gonzalez; <em>Ready, Set, Take it Home</em>, led by Denise Cloyes; <strong>Golbow Elementary</strong>, <em>STEAM-rolling past Hurricane</em> <em>Harvey</em>, led by Ashley Brewer; <strong>Hayes Elementary</strong>, <em>Blast into Phonics in a Snap!,</em> led by Amanda Pulido; <em>Buy Buy Books</em>, led by Pat Mitchell; <em>HACK Creativity</em>, led by Allyson Patterson; <em>Solid Foundation</em>, led by Laurie Funes; <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <em>Voices Heard: A Student Run Newspaper</em>, led by Stephanie Nady; <strong>Hutsell Elementary</strong><em>, Robotics and STEM: It's Elementary!,</em> led by Thomas Miller; <strong>Jenks Elementary</strong>, <em>Beautiful Bars Project</em>, led by Mary White;</p><p><strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <em>Books! Beats! Boogie!,</em> led by Leslyn Jacks; <strong>King Elementary</strong>, <em>Fairy Tales to Further Learning</em>, led by Katherine Treadaway; <em>Math in the Real World</em>, led by Julia Faber; <strong>Mayde Creek Junior High</strong>, <em>Miniature Skeletons and Miniature Interactive Torsos</em>, led by Kaitlin Bartuska; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>Transforming Intervention Reading with Flexible Seating</em>, led by Allison Fields; <strong>McMeans Junior High</strong>, <em>We've Got The Beat</em>, led by Kristine Moline; <em>World Cultures Outreach</em>, led by Lee Anne Butts; <strong>Memorial Parkway Elementary</strong>, <em>Re-LT</em>, led by Steve Kowalski; <strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High</strong>, <em>Growing Together</em>, led by Brenda Williams; <em>Our Place</em>, led by Suzanne Kujawa; <strong>Miller Career and Technology Center</strong>, <em>A Crash Course on Emergency Crash Carts</em>, led by Jennifer Dugger; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong>, <em>Bilingual & Biliterate in the 21st Century Round Two</em>, led by San Juana Esquivel;  <em>Kindergarten Enrichment</em>, led by Tamara Bryan; <em>Multi-Sensory Environment/Room</em>, led by Angela Rippley; <strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</strong>, <em>READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover-Reading With Your Parents</em>, led by Megan Sullivan; <em>Recipe for Success</em>, led by Gina Vidal; <strong>Raines High School</strong>, <em>Immersive Virtual Reality Education</em>, led by Payton Bartee; <em>STEM Discovery Center</em>, led by Asrar Maye; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong>, <em>All Aboard the STEM Train!,</em> led by Lindy Davis; <strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong>, <em>Transforming Students into Escape Room Artists</em>, led by Kelli Andrascik; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music</em> <em>Collaboration</em>, led by Melanie Braddy; <em>Little Scientists: Exploring Their Way Into the Future</em>, led by Becky Pecot; <em>Math Tools in Action</em>, led by Amanda Saldana; <em>Skip and Jump</em>, led by Sara Ballard; <strong>Stockdick Junior High</strong>, <em>Flight</em>, led by Malvina Castillo; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Scientist</em>, led by Angelique Ramon-Valdez; <em>Help Our Gardens and Minds Grow</em>, led by Mary Smith; <strong>Taylor High School</strong>, <em>Forensics Cumulative Activity - The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti,</em> led by Jessica Mixon; <em>SmartMicroScope USB Microscopes Cross-Curricular Technology</em>, led by Lisa Estill; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Establishing a Mars Colony</em>, led by Stephen Bennett; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Engaging and Differentiating Investigations in Physics</em>, led by Tina Vu; <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Train Your Brain!,</em> led by Brittany Brehm; <strong>West Memorial Junior High</strong>, <em>Force and Motion through the Years</em>, led by Kendall Zurbuchen; <strong>Williams Elementary</strong>, <em>Drum Jam Community</em>, led by Jennifer Patterson; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding Creations</em>, led by Dawn Gray; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>Read React Respond (R3) Book Club</em>, led by Jennifer Studdard; <strong>WoodCreek Junior High</strong>, <em>Partners PE</em>, led by Abbie Wylie</p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=918Katy ISD Appoints New Principals2018-06-06T18:52:20Z<div class="ExternalClassC924E71F247C47E2A1947A3B84822C16"><p>Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Dr. Diego Linares as the principal of Raines High School (RHS) and the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC), and Cheryl Glasser as the principal of Rylander Elementary (RRE). </p><p>"I am excited to join Katy ISD as the leader of these unique campuses," said Linares. "I believe it is important to educate the whole student, and I am looking forward to working with our community and teachers to provide pathways for all students to achieve success."<br></p><p>Linares comes to Katy ISD with 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he has served as a school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He has also been a principal at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as a high school assistant principal and bilingual teacher. Linares received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota Colombia, his Masters in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and his Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p>For Glasser, this new role offers an opportunity to spread her enthusiasm for cultivating transformational learning experiences.</p><p>"I am honored and thrilled to become a part of the Rylander family," said Glasser. "I am a leader who puts kids first in all decision making and promotes a community of learners.  My passion is to foster positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders of the Rylander community and I am committed to providing authentic, challenging learning experiences for each and every child. I look forward to working with my new Rhino family as we continue to charge to excellence."</p><p>Glasser has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She joined Katy ISD in 2013 as the assistant principal of Morton Ranch Elementary. She had previously served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional specialist and teacher. Glasser received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University.</p><p>Linares and Glasser will join their new campuses on June 18 and June 11, respectively. Linares will replace Kerri Finnesand, who was recently named principal of Seven Lakes High School. Glasser will replace Gwen Coffey, who was recently named as the district's new director of compliance for special education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Diego%20Linares%20RHS.jpg" alt="Diego Linares RHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cheryl%20Glasser%20RRE.jpg" alt="Cheryl Glasser RRE.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><br></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 Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=916Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes Junior High2018-05-31T13:39:45Z<div class="ExternalClassF4E5DB06CB094B48B88C1F7E2FD1827F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kristin Harper as the new principal of Seven Lakes Junior High (SLJH).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper will be replacing Principal Imelda Medrano.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I'm honored and excited to begin this new journey with the junior high Spartan family.  My goal is to collaborate with all of you to continue the amazing things already happening at SLJH and to maintain the level of academic success while at the same time meeting the social and emotional needs of the student population," said Kristin Harper.  "I am passionate about kids and will promise to make every decision based on what is best for the students of Seven Lakes Junior High," added Harper.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper has an extensive level of experience that includes 24 years in education.  Her service includes 10 years of teaching, four years as an assistant principal and 10 years as a principal at the elementary level.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wyoming and a Masters of Education from the University of Houston.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Harper will join the junior high Spartan family on June 4.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/053018_Kristin%20Harper%20SLJH.JPG" alt="053018_Kristin Harper SLJH.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=915Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Seven Lakes High School2018-05-30T19:50:53Z<div class="ExternalClass7468E440E20E4741B1C5AB3542FD623E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kerri Finnesand as the new principal of Seven Lakes High School (SLHS).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Finnesand will be replacing Ted Vierling who was named the new assistant superintende</span><span style="text-align:justify;">n</span><span style="text-align:justify;">t of operations during the monthly Katy ISD board meeting.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Becoming a Spartan is a distinction I will value tremendously," says Kerri Finnesand, new principal for SLHS.  "I will uphold the great work that has taken place by the campus students and staff and also strive to advance the educational excellence values as well as the character and service we offer at this campus that I now call my new home," added Finnesand.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Finnesand has 22 years of experience in education.  Her service includes five years of teaching, three years as an assistant principal, two years as an intermediate principal and 13 years as a principal at all three levels.  Ms. Finnesand holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master of Education from the University of Houston.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. ​Finnesand will join the Spartan family on May 31.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent of Operationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=914Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent of Operations2018-05-30T19:50:21Z<div class="ExternalClassBFF04B140E5544E38F9CBBAFCC310E30"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With a unanimous vote of 6-0, tonight the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees named Ted Vierling as the new assistant superintendent of operations. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Vierling has 20 years of experience in Katy ISD.  His service includes four years of teaching and two years serving as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek High School and two years as an assistant principal followed by five years as the principal at Beckendorff Junior High.  For the past seven years, he has served as the principal at Seven Lakes High School.  </p><p>Mr. Vierling is a graduate of Katy High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education Leadership from the University of Houston.  Mr. Vierling will begin his new position on July 1, 2018.​</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Ted%20Vierling%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Ted Vierling - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=913Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction2018-06-11T12:30:31Z<div class="ExternalClassA622B8E8FDCD466FAA46E2628605D116"><p>Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). <br></p><p><br>"What a great way to end the school year by receiving this prestigious recognition.  This distinction speaks volumes of the great things happening in our schools. It takes a village to educate a child and our superstar staff and students should be proud of the work they have accomplished," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Pattison Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School</li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Texas Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 729 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" alt="2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=912Katy ISD Announces Valedictorians and Salutatorians for its Seven High Schools2018-05-24T17:00:00Z<div class="ExternalClass21627E26FF9B4001B74DF6F88450A235"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2017-2018 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School:</p><ul><li>Shreya Budhiraja – Valedictorian</li><li>Subhiksha Srinivasan– Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy High School:</p><ul><li>Marie-Anne Barron - Valedictorian</li><li>Piper Mackenzie Harris – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School</p><ul><li>Arman Thomas Yazdian– Valedictorian</li><li>David Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><ul><li>Penelope Nicole Meranio Gadia – Valedictorian</li><li>Kelly Tseng – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Seven Lakes High School</p><ul><li>Anusri Dharmendra Shah – Valedictorian</li><li>Dennis Liu – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Taylor High School</p><ul><li>Sachi Khemka – Valedictorian</li><li>Hachem Bey El-Murhbi – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Tompkins High School</p><ul><li>Viraaj Singh Punia - Valedictorian</li><li>Rohit Ramesh Kamath – Salutatorian</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l478vsslwdce0xq/AAB8YNpzliI0MU8YOxUROZFua?dl=0">Pictures of the 2017-18 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.</a>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Director of Purchasinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=911Katy ISD Announces Director of Purchasing2018-05-23T22:21:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB8A4D132CFD24E03BD095B878EFF6DFB"><p>During the monthly Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, the Board of Trustees announced Gloria Truskowski as the new director of purchasing. <br></p><p>"To work for such a great school district is an honor.  I look forward to creating new relationships and contributing to a department that is vital to the overall function of Katy ISD," said Truskowski.  "As a thriving school district, devoting my skills to its success is one of my utmost objectives during this new chapter in my life," added Truskowski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Truskowski's 12 years of detailed experience in educational procurement specializing in facilities, transportation and technology have made her the perfect fit for this district.  She previously served at Fort Bend ISD, as assistant director of purchasing and material management.  She led a staff of ten employees whose focus was customer service, efficiency and increased productivity.  Prior to being the assistant director, Ms. Truskowski was a buyer and warehouse specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double minor in Management and Marketing from the University of Houston. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Ms. Truskowski will start her new job in June. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Gloria%20Truskowski.jpg" alt="Gloria Truskowski.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C.http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=910Katy ISD Student Artwork to be Displayed in Washington D.C.2018-05-22T21:13:50Z<div class="ExternalClass5F3226FF6AFD46EB8705D7535B6D5632"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The breathtaking masterpieces of two Katy Independent School District students will soon be on display in Washington D.C., as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman John Culberson announced that Taylor High School student Soah Kim's drawing, </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Girl with Boots</em><span style="text-align:justify;">, was the overall winner from his district.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She will receive two complimentary airfare tickets to Washington D.C. to view her work on display at the U.S. Capitol.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Congressman Pete Olson awarded Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker and her painting </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sequined Sweetheart </em><span style="text-align:justify;">the first runner-up recognition</span><em style="text-align:justify;">.</em><em style="text-align:justify;">  </em><span style="text-align:justify;">Her creation will be hung in Olson's D.C. office for a year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kevina Seo, from Taylor High School won second place for her painting titled <em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em>.  Her picture will be framed and hung in Congressman Culberson's D.C. office for one year.  Additionally, Cinco Ranch High student Phuongthy Tran's <em>Goatee</em> piece was third runner up and his piece will be part of Pete Olson's Sugar Land office for an entire year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's through these artistic pieces that our Katy ISD students can explore the connection between art and storytelling," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "The classic creations of our students are not just stunning, they engage viewers to interpret and create narratives," added Jones.</p><p>The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the talents of their young constituents.  Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Girls%20with%20Boots_Soah%20Kim%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Girls with Boots_Soah Kim - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Girl with Boots</em> by Taylor High School Soah Kim<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Sequined%20Sweetheart_Mya%20Stalnaker%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Sequined Sweetheart_Mya Stalnaker - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sequined Sweetheart</em> by Tompkins High School Mya Stalnaker<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Horse%20rider%20with%20Texas%20Flag_Kevina%20Seo%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Horse rider with Texas Flag_Kevina Seo - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Horse rider with Texas Flag</em> by Taylor High School Kevina Seo<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/052118_Goatee_Phuongthy%20Tran%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="052118_Goatee_Phuongthy Tran - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Goatee</em> by Cinco Ranch High School Phuongthy Tran<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New Membershttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=908Katy ISD Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members2018-05-22T01:11:11Z<div class="ExternalClass83FE3A9ECD854DA9995296DB025D3447"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District Work Study meeting, Susan Marie </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;"> and Dawn Champagne were welcomed as the newest members of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.  </span>Gesoff<span style="text-align:justify;">, who will serve as trustee for Position 6 and Champagne, who will serve in Position 7, took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.   </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This is a fabulous community with a school district that delivers outstanding results and entices thousands to settle and raise their families here," said Susan Gesoff, Trustee for Position 6.  "In order to continue to improve the 'product' the district delivers to its students, we must foster more open-minded, two-way, solution-oriented dialogue between educators, administrators, parents and community members," added Gesoff.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I believe that Katy ISD provides a wonderful, well-rounded education for our children.  My aim is to keep all the wonderful parts of our district while simultaneously working on improving the parts that might need help, especially as our district continues to grow," said Dawn Champagne, Trustee for Position 7.  "No matter how good we are, we can always improve." added Champagne.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Board also unanimously elected new officers for the 2018-19 school year.  Courtney Doyle was elected as president, Bill Lacy as vice president and Ashley Vann as secretary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school district and the main advising group that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/New%20Board%20Members%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="New Board Members - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Picture attribution left to right:  Susan Gesoff, Position 6 and Dawn Champagne, Position 7)</p></div>
Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent Searchhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=904Over 500 Katy ISD Students Participate in Duke University Talent Search2018-05-18T16:36:03Z<div class="ExternalClassCBD0E96E6FC64999A3327A289DF8E062"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that 502 seventh grade stude</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nts participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) this year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Duke TIP program helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges and celebrates their accomplishments.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both students and their parents are provided the resources to allow participants to reach their full educational potential.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The first talent search took place in 1980 and every year nearly 100,000 new students enroll.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students participating in the talent search demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade level assessment which qualifies them to take both the PSAT and ACT test.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is very fortunate to have a variety of academically talented students.  The commitment of the district's GT (Gifted and Talented) and Advanced Academics Department is to keep all our students engaged and thriving in diverse educational challenges," said Dr. Christine Caskey, Chief Academic Officer at Katy ISD.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Duke TIP allows students with advanced intellectual abilities the opportunity to assess the extent of their skills through a variety of enrichment benefits," added Alene Lindley, Director of Secondary Curriculum – GT and Advanced Academics.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​This year 309 of those students who took the test, qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.   State recognition was given to 250 students whose scores were equal to the 50<sup>th</sup> national percentile ranks for college-bound seniors taking the test. Additionally, 36 students earned <em>Grand Recognition</em> for achieving a score that is equal to the 90<sup>th</sup> national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subject.</p></div>
Katy ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=903Katy ISD Student Heads to New York to Receive Prestigious Award2018-05-17T14:12:38Z<div class="ExternalClass4C5660A409764ACABA475C2D5A644EBD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn Sheroke, a senior at Katy Independent School District Seven Lakes High School (SLHS), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Scholastic Writing Award for her short story titled </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Sirenia</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Kaitlyn will be traveling to New York City to be recognized during the annual Carnegie Hall ceremony on June 7.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are over-the-moon proud of our young scholar who has been a student in Katy ISD since her elementary school days," said SLHS English Department Chair Pam Cannon.  "Kaitlyn's writing is more than just an assignment, she pours out her heart into each and every one of her pieces.  The SLHS Spartans are proud to see her work receiving the national attention it deserves," added Cannon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To receive this award, students must first go through regional judging in order to advance to national review.  This year, Kaitlyn along with nine other Katy ISD students became regional Gold Key participants.  The history of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is known for its rich notable alumni, like Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates, who have gone on to write a variety of contemporary works of literature which are read around the world.</p><p>After graduation, Kaitlyn will be attending Baylor University.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn%20Sheroke%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="051618_SLHS_Kaitlyn Sheroke - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>(Attribution:  Seven Lakes High School Senior Kaitlyn Sheroke)</p></div>
Katy ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to Watchhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=902Katy ISD School Recognized as a 2018 National School to Watch2018-05-14T16:22:26Z<div class="ExternalClass00ACBD2894FB4B5B985DBEDCFBE6746A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a celebration ceremony, Katy Independent School District McMeans Junior High (MMJH) students proudly held up a new banner that will soon be displayed at their school, recognizing them as a </span><em style="text-align:justify;">National School to Watch</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is not the first time MMJH has received this prestigious recognition by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, in 2015 the school received the award as well.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Schools who receive this honor are high-performing campuses that have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every student at McMeans Junior High matters!  We take our role as educators very seriously because we are instrumental in creating the future legacies of this world," said Dr. Susan Rice, principal at McMeans Junior High.  "We are proud that other schools and school districts are watching our example and we're excited to continue our legacy of excellence," added Rice.</p><p>With the upbeat tunes and harmonious songs of MMJH orchestra, band and choirs, the campus staff celebrated this milestone accomplishment after meeting rigorous criteria.  Part of the process of re-designation included national forum representatives visiting the campus to conduct interviews with students, teachers, staff and PTA members to ensure MMJH was meeting student academic requirements as well as their social/emotional needs.  </p><p>​Campus administrators and teachers will be traveling to Arlington, VA in June for the national recognition.  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1820315637988517.1073742108.113148448705253&type=1&l=8020555be4">Click here</a> to view picture of <em>School to Watch</em> celebration.  </p><p>​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/For%20Latest%20News%20Post.jpg" alt="For Latest News Post.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Madison Carr (NJHS President), Kevin Jimenez (NJHS Officer), Vyshnavi Viju (Student Council Officer) and Zach Darby (Student Council Officer) display new designation banner.</span><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>

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