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Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinctionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=913Twenty-One Katy ISD Schools Receive Texas Honor Roll Distinction2018-05-24T19:33:17Z<div class="ExternalClassA622B8E8FDCD466FAA46E2628605D116"><p>Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a <em>Texas Honor Roll School</em> by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). <br></p><p><br>"What a great way to end the school year by receiving this prestigious recognition.  This distinction speaks volumes of the great things happening in our schools. It takes a village to educate a child and our superstar staff and students should be proud of the work they have accomplished," said Christine Caskey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer.<br> <br>The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll includes:</p><ul><li>Alexander Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Holland Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Pattison Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Beck Junior High</li><li>Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li><li>WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School</li><li>Seven Lakes High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">After an extensive analysis of student data, these Katy ISD schools were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond.  The 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that consistently demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in student outcomes over time and a closing of the achievement gaps.  For high schools, Texas Honor Roll recognition includes college readiness.  This year, the program recognized 729 higher performing schools across the state.  These schools become an accepted example to other school districts seeking to learn and replicate the best practices employed at these campuses.</p><p>The Katy ISD schools will be provided with a banner to display at their campus.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" alt="2018-Honor-Roll-Logo-district.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:266px;" /><br></p></div>
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>
2018 Katy ISD Board Election Resultshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=9012018 Katy ISD Board Election Results2018-05-06T02:36:14Z<div class="ExternalClassC5CF6D94358F4A45A7B30EA7EDE48108"><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>KATY [May 5, 2018]</strong> – Katy ISD voters elected candidates Susan Gesoff for Position 6 and Dawn Champagne for Position 7 to serve on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees today.  Trustees Bryan Michalsky (Position 6) and Charles Griffin (Position 7) decided not to run again.  Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The unofficial results are:</p><ul><li>Susan Gesoff:  Position 6  -Total votes: 3,324</li></ul><ul><li>Scott Martin:  Position 6 - Total votes: 2,182</li></ul><p><br></p><ul><li><p>Dawn Champagne:  Position 7 - Total votes: 3,025</p></li><li><p>Don Massey: Position 7 - Total votes: 2,629</p></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">View for the <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">complete list of election results</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=900Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School2018-05-02T22:10:00Z<div class="ExternalClass804C03D39B9242F595228ECE717FFE9E"><p>​As community development continues around the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision, today the magnified sounds of the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartan Drumline could be heard for blocks as the groundbreaking ceremony of Junior High #16 and High School #9 took place.  Both schools will alleviate the thriving southwest quadrant of the district and provide relief to existing campuses that currently house students in the surrounding boundaries. </p><p>"Within the walls of these schools, future leaders will be taught, memories will be made and educational opportunities will prepare and inspire," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "The construction of these campuses will be a new opportunity for this neighborhood and our community at large, to invest in our students as they create their future," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The buildings will be constructed as part of the 2017 voter-approved bond program.  These educational facilities will not only be state-of-the-art buildings with collaborative spacing and leading edge technology, but they will be equipped with quality educators which make Katy ISD one of the best schools in the country. The construction of both facilities is another example of Katy ISD's promise to the community to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also participating in the ceremonial turning of dirt was the general contractors Drymalla and Satterfield & Pontikes as well as PBK Architects, Inc.  </p><p>​Missed the event?  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1810353372318077.1073742102.113148448705253&type=1&l=41ec9c6726">Click here</a> for pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/JH16%20and%20HS9.jpg" alt="JH16 and HS9.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Educationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=899Katy ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Education2018-05-02T21:52:35Z<div class="ExternalClass0CE4F1A7B7E0449A950B74F8D5311BCC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">With over 8,000 special education students currently enrolled at Katy Independent School District, a familiar face will now be the new Director of Compliance for Special Education.  Gwen Coffey's new role was formally announced to the public by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting.</span><br></p><p>Coffey is currently the principal at Roberta Rylander Elementary. As part of her new endeavors, she will direct the district's special education program to ensure the provision comprehensive services for students with disabilities.   She will also work to individualize educational plans that meet the needs of all students with disabilities and ensure compliance with state, federal and local requirements.  </p><p>​"My belief is that our students are our most valuable resource.  Increased student learning and achievement are my passion," said Coffey.  "I am honored to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our Katy community to help increase achievement for all students."</p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Coffey's educational experience extends to several </span><span style="text-align:justify;">professions within school campuses.  She began her career in 1997 as a teacher in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Two years later she joined the Katy ISD family as a teacher at Golbow Elementary where she taught both general education and special education for six years.  Her next endeavor was as a counselor at Huggins Elementary at Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.  Following that, she was a middle school counselor for one year at Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD, which lead to her taking the assistant principal position at that school.  However, Ms. Coffey knew that Katy ISD was her home and decided to come back as an Assistant Principal at Cimarron Elementary.  </span><br></p><p>Ms. Coffey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Education in Counseling, and she is currently in obtaining her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.  Coffey will begin her new endeavor in June 2018.</p><p></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/050217_Gwendolyn%20Coffey_Director%20of%20Compliance.jpg" alt="050217_Gwendolyn Coffey_Director of Compliance.jpg" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Agricultural Sciences Centerhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=897Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Agricultural Sciences Center2018-04-27T21:40:54Z<div class="ExternalClass9F5E81E95A0A47ED882775BCAC8F00D2"><p>​The Katy Junior High band created the perfect ambiance for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new Katy Independent School District Agricultural Sciences Center.  The 125 acres' expansion to the Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center is the last project of the voter-approved 2014 bond and it's expected to be ready for the 2019 Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo.</p><p>The new construction will include an outdoor pavilion, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>purpose show area, a project center building, a <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>purpose covered outdoor arena, eco-pond, parking and roadways.  As Katy ISD continues to grow every year, the center will accommodate eight high schools and the expansion of the agriculture education program curriculum.  Currently Katy ISD has approximately 3,300 Future Farmers of American (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">FFA</span>) students.  Previously, the livestock show and rodeo events took place at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion which was built in 2004.</p><p>​This project is a reality because of the collaboration between the general contractor Stewart Builders and the architectural firm VLK Architects.  To view photos of the groundbreaking event, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1807247899295291.1073742098.113148448705253&type=1&l=aace4d4fe9">click here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=895Katy ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education"2018-04-27T13:46:36Z<div class="ExternalClass1D03109B0BD14D56B34D223CBAC7CF3D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> year, Katy Independent School District has received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Receiving this recognition for more than a decade speaks for the passion of our music teachers, coordinators and everyone who makes our music programs thrive at Katy ISD," said Executive Director of Fine Arts Mike Ouellette<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.  </span>"Music education is an integral part of learning and we are fortunate to provide our community with one of the best programs in the nation." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a series of landmark studies, by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic successes, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance.  Other studies explain the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</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 Recognizes Nurse of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=890Katy ISD Recognizes Nurse of the Year2018-04-17T15:05:04Z<div class="ExternalClass2BE31A1127C54DD88E0144DC913FC2F0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">"</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Save one life and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives and you are a nurse." That is one of the most notorious quotes to describe nurses, the dedicated professionals who are critical to the medical field. Katy ISD, has 74 </span><span style="text-align:justify;">exceptionally well-prepared campus nurses, and Kim Cromie, from Bonnie Holland Elementary has been named the 2017-18 Nurse of the Year!</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominations for the "Nurse of the Year" recognition were submitted earlier this year by colleagues across the district who described why a particular nurse was outstanding.  The required criteria included professionalism, work experience, volunteerism and clinic management experience.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cromie was brought to tears when she learned she was the final candidate for Katy ISD.  "Being a school nurse is immensely rewarding because not only are you instrumental in keeping students healthy, you also provide valuable information to keep the entire campus safe," said Cromie. "It's very gratifying when I end my day knowing that my work protects the Bonnie Holland huskies.  Being able to serve our students and community in this way is a privilege and a gift," added Cromie. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Director of Health Services for Katy ISD, Therese Highnote, stated that a school nurse isn't just about taking temperatures and administering bandages.  All across the district, campus nurses are in a position to promote wellness, prevention and provide access to care for children to be healthy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the hospital setting during an emergency situation there is no red button to push and a team comes flying in with equipment and medications to give. The school nurse stands alone with her knowledge, experience and professionalism ready to react when needed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, the principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary indicated, "It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this recognition and to show Kim how much everyone at Bonnie Holland Elementary appreciates everything she does." In 2017, a collaboration between Nurse Cromie, the Bonnie Holland elementary staff and Texas Children's Hospital resulted in the campus being recognized as a "Project Adam Heart Safe School."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides keeping students healthy, nurse Cromie also mentors other nurses in Katy ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040918_BHE_Nurse%20of%20the%20Year%20(25)%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" alt="040918_BHE_Nurse of the Year (25) - smaller version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Picture attribution: (left to right)</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lance Hindt, superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kim Cromie, campus nurse at Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Huskie – campus mascot</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Therese Highnote – Director of Health Services, Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conferencehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=882Katy ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conference2018-04-02T20:52:27Z<div class="ExternalClass348DBC6080104DA2B1F4366D7BB100B3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District was well represented during the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) 56</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Conference when the Communications Department took home 14 star awards for their outstanding work in communication, branding and school public relations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD competed against 1,331 other entries from several school districts in the region and won five gold, five silver and four bronze recognitions.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our Communications Department does an outstanding job keeping our parents and community informed and up to date on District initiatives, activities and programs," said Dr. Lance Hindt, superintendent of schools.  "They represent the needs and voice of our school community in this day of instant communication.  Their collaborative efforts with campuses, departments and administration ensures that the information most important to our community is being shared and discussed across multiple platforms," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day, the experience, passion and enormous creativity of our team ensures there are opportunities for our community to learn about student and staff accomplishments, as well as engage in decision-making processes impacting our students," said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  <strong>"</strong>These recognitions affirm our commitment to ongoing and transparent communication with Katy ISD stakeholders," added Grooms.</p><p>The recognitions include:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gold Star:</span></p><ol><li>2017 Student Excellence Event Program </li><li>Stockdick Junior High Branding</li><li>Bryant Elementary Logo</li><li>Welcome Home Dr. Hindt Convocation Video</li><li>Katy ISD Update - January 2017</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silver Star</span>:</p><ol><li>2017 of the Year Program</li><li>Bethke Elementary Dedication Program</li><li>Cast Away Video Script</li><li>Heigh Ho Video Script</li><li>State of the District Prezi</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bronze Star</span>:</p><ol><li>Superintendent Keynote Speech at Katy Chamber of Commerce, Teacher of the Year Celebration</li><li>Jenks Dedication Program</li><li>K9 Officers Marcel and Juno Video</li><li>Superintendent's Message – April 2017</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Every day the Katy ISD Communications Department works to disseminate information to over 77,000+ students, their parents, community members and other stakeholders across the Katy community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0584%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="IMG_0584 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><img alt="" style="width:624px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:justify;">(left to right:  Courtney Doyle, Katy ISD Board Vice President, Maria DiPetta, Manager of Media Relations, Leah Marchione, Manager of Community Relations, Sarah Klein, Communications Specialist, Claudia Deschamps, Director of Communications, Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief of Communications)</p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Living Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=881Katy ISD Names New Elementary School after Living Legacy2018-04-02T22:04:08Z<div class="ExternalClassCD82DC08E12E4E528C459D573CB8DB9E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved to name its newest elementary school after retired educator Amy Campbell who has dedicated 33 years of her education career to the students at Katy ISD.</span></p><p>"It is such an honor to serve the greater Katy community. I love living in Katy, I loved being a teacher and I am so excited to see what the future holds for all the children that will pass through Campbell Elementary. It is a truly humbling experience and I am delighted to be part of the Katy Legacy," says Amy Campbell, new Katy ISD namesake.</p><p>After the decision was announced, Campbell received a standing ovation by the audience in attendance.  She is a native of the Texas Panhandle who grew up in the Memorial-Houston area and attended grade school, middle school and high school in Spring Branch ISD, graduating from Westchester High School.  Katy ISD welcomed this educator in the fall of 1982 as a Katy High School adaptive behavior teacher, but her classroom was in the original Odessa Kilpatrick School.  In 1987, Campbell piloted the LIFE skills (Living in Functional Environments) program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the same time, she and a fellow teacher began the Occupational Lab, a place where students completed jobs for local businesses.</p><p>Eventually, they persuaded  the school district into letting them get their bus driver's licenses so they could take their students into the community and teach them job related skills in real life, hands-on situations by  partnering with local businesses. Today this program exists in every Katy ISD high school and is called the Work Based Learning Program.  While at Katy High School, she also helped start a swim program for students with special needs that later became known as the Adaptive Aquatics Program.  <br><br>In 1995, Campbell moved to Taylor High School to bring the Life Skills and Work-Based Learning programs to that campus.  While there, she and a fellow teacher founded the second Texas high school chapter of Best Buddies, a global program dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).  Today there are over 60 high school chapters in Texas. She remained a sponsor of the program until her retirement in 2015. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy ISD is honored to display the name of a living legacy on this new elementary school, which will serve the Cross Creek Ranch and Churchill Farms subdivisions.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040218_Amy%20Campbell2%20-%20cropped.jpg" alt="040218_Amy Campbell2 - cropped.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Constructionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=879Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction2018-03-21T19:45:24Z<div class="ExternalClassA1FA07EFA31C43AF913D6B2F06357C33"><p>Residents voted for it. Now it's time to build it!!  </p><p>Katy Independent School District is kicking off the construction of its 2017 bond projects. The community is now invited to witness the process every step of the way through its newly designed, <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Build the Legacy</em></a><em> </em>website. In it the public can obtain project information, see designs, track the status of construction and witness the progress of various projects as they advance.    <br></p><p>"I'm excited to see each project come to fruition for our students and staff at Katy ISD," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD. "The future is being built right before our eyes and we couldn't have done it without our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The voter-approved $609.2 MM bond includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and three elementary schools). Additionally, it also covered a comprehensive renovation to Fielder Elementary School and some much-needed improvements to 61 of our campuses.  Ninety-one (91%) of the bond is for school facilities and 9% is for technology and infrastructure such as buses, portables and storage tank replacements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Community Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of parents, students, community leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and business owners dedicated several months to analyzing a facilities plan for the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is considered the second fastest growing school district in Texas and was recently recognized by Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, as the best school district in the Houston Metro Area.</p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Brick Unveilinghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=877Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Brick Unveiling2018-03-29T15:59:59Z<div class="ExternalClass6697999891E7435B8DD1A8193A6B1127"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As visitors walk along the main pathway at Katy Heritage Park, they will notice the names of several Katy Independent School District teachers etched, not just onto bricks, but into Katy ISD's legacy.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">A total of 63 bricks were dedicated to the 2016-2017 Campus Teachers of the Year who have devoted countless hours towards the education of their students.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Behind every successful student there is an encouraging teacher who has been a guiding force for future leaders. These Katy ISD teachers never set out to be recognized but their commitment has made a difference in the lives of many students.  These bricks will leave a lasting legacy of their remarkable commitment to uphold the district's vision of education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Being a teacher in Katy ISD gives our educator a life of true meaning and purpose.  The district has some of the best teachers in the country. Because they see potential in students, many leaders in various professions carry on the district's vision to "<em>Be the Legacy</em>".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD thanks Venus Construction, Rover Oaks and the Katy Heritage Society for providing a space for the brick laying.  During the ceremony, the Taylor High School Chamber Choir provided entertainment with several singing performances.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1754077981278950.1073742095.113148448705253&type=1&l=8c301612bd">Pictures of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Transportation Centers Carry a Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=876Katy ISD Transportation Centers Carry a Legacy2018-03-05T18:56:19Z<div class="ExternalClassA61F46C166BA4B4DB9763C983F79F955"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">They are known as three individuals who personify the history of care Katy Independent School District is known for.   The names of Anna Baker, Lester Floyd Reinecker II and Cy</span><span style="text-align:justify;">nthia "Cyndy" Self will now be on display at one of the three Katy ISD transportation centers.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"These namesakes are not only known as bus drivers who transported thousands of children to and from school every day, they were mentors, teachers, leaders and friends," said Dr. Bill Wood, executive director of the Transportation Department.  "Together these individuals have served Katy ISD for nearly 90 years," added Dr. Wood.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's nice to be part of something that impacts so many people," said Tammy Powell, a school bus driver of 17 years.  "This ceremony means that in all these years, what we do has an effect.  I am proud to be part of a ceremony that reminds us of the efforts of those who came before us." added Powell.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Anna Baker became the first woman school bus driver for Katy ISD in 1955.  She loved driving teams and other school groups to out-of-town games and activities.  She arrived early, and made sure the bus was clean before anyone boarded.  In 1959, she transported local fans to see the Katy Tigers win their first state championship.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1970, Coach Lester Reinecker II began teaching at Katy Junior High.  Over the course of several years, Reinecker taught and coached at Katy High and Taylor High.  In 1983, he left coaching to assume the role of assistant director of transportation.  He taught bus driver certification classes, gave regular workshops and took pride in helping others.  He loved his role as a supervisor because he was able to interact with kids and adults.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cyndy Self's compassion and love for special education students led to an annual tradition that is kept alive today.  She organized a trip for students with special needs to attend the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Barbeque Cook-Off.  What started as a small group of kids and teachers in the eighties, has grown to a yearly tradition known as "Kid's Friday."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy ISD has 610 buses and more than 655 employees. Drivers average 15 years of experience.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1746781912008557.1073742092.113148448705253&type=1&l=a938198a20">Photos of Dedication Ceremony</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Modelhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=875Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model2018-03-02T22:10:56Z<div class="ExternalClassD8A563DACAED4A2BB49C7D95C6DBC82A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After receiving input from the Katy Independent School District community, through Y</span><em style="text-align:justify;">our District, Your Voice</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> initiative, the Board of Trustees approved to change the 2018-19 transportation model.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy ISD will transition to a multi-bell schedule.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, the Katy ISD Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for these campuses will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The information will be announced at a later date.</p><p>Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
2018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedulehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=8722018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule2018-03-01T20:05:46Z<div class="ExternalClass8BFE2709889D48469FB360D596750D30"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Your%20District%20Your%20Voice%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="Your District Your Voice - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>March 1, 2018</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,</p><p>After careful consideration and review of feedback from 20,000 parents and community members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the 2018-19 Katy ISD transportation model at the February 26 Regular Board Meeting.</p><p>Beginning this fall, Katy ISD campuses will transition to a multi-bell schedule.  However, criteria for transportation eligibility will remain the same.   Elementary students residing outside of a ½-mile radius of their school and secondary students outside of a 1-mile radius, will continue to be eligible for transportation services. </p><p>The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  Elementary Group 1 will begin school at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m., and Elementary Group 2 will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:40 p.m.  All junior high campuses will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m.  High school start and dismissal times (7:25 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) will remain unchanged. </p><p>Katy ISD's Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2.  Information on the start and end times for each elementary campus will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting on April 23, 2018.  In the meantime, please take a moment to review our <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/020118_Transp%20Q%20and%20A.pdf">Transportation Questions and Answers.</a> This Q & A will be updated as additional questions are brought to our attention.</p><p>We greatly appreciate the guidance of our parents and community as the 2018-19 model was developed over these past few months.  This model will allow the District to provide the same level of service to families in 2018-19 while enabling us to utilize our drivers more efficiently, as well as address safety concerns in areas of the District that are becoming increasingly congested.</p><p>Thank you for your continuous support and feedback.</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Principal of Schmalz Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=870Katy ISD Announces Principal of Schmalz Elementary2018-02-28T19:54:31Z<div class="ExternalClass14D322795CA84D66B7771EBFDB33766D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District welcomes Charlotte Gilder as the new principal of Schmalz Elementary School.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Gilder has worked in the field of education for 24 years.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She has been a teacher, counselor and assistant principal.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am looking forward to serving the Schmalz students, families and staff," said Charlotte Gilder, new principal for Schmalz Elementary. "I know it's going to be a fun-filled adventure as we work together to pave the way to excellence.  I can't wait to see how high we soar as a school and community!" she added.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1994, Ms. Gilder began her educational career as a teacher in Port Arthur ISD and Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.  She later became the reading/writing specialist for Kirk Elementary at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  Several years later, she became a counselor at both Lamar Consolidated ISD and Katy ISD.  Following her counseling career, she joined Katy ISD and became assistant principal first at Mayde Creek Elementary from then at Beckendorff Junior High and later at Tom Wilson Elementary.  Her most recent administrative position was at Morton Ranch Junior High where she was the student support assistant principal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Gilder holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University.  Additionally, she holds a Master's of Arts in Counseling and Development as well as a Master's of Education in School Administration. Both were awarded from Prairie View A&M.  </p><p>Ms. Gilder will begin her new role on March 15.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022718_SES_Charlotte%20Gilder%20new%20principal-cropped%20smaller.jpg" alt="022718_SES_Charlotte Gilder new principal-cropped smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></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>
Rededication of Memorial Parkway Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=867Rededication of Memorial Parkway Junior High2018-02-19T21:39:45Z<div class="ExternalClass90FEE2E081314E8E8D2D58D01F662688"><p>​It was one of those moments. You had to see it to believe it!  Many guests attending the rededication ceremony of Katy Independent School District's Memorial Parkway Junior High (MPJH) were amazed to see the transformation of the 1982 school building. </p><p>The campus, which was part of the 2014 voter-approved bond package, no longer resembles the original school building.  Now the MPJH students will continue to soar like eagles after their school underwent a comprehensive renovation which added a variety of upgraded features.  The first thing one notices as they arrive to MPJH is the prominent curbside appeal that includes a safe student drop-off and pick-up location.  Inside the school, classroom functionality reflects a focused environment for students with added collaborative spaces.</p><p>"We are grateful to the Katy ISD community for the comprehensive renovation of our building, and we hope it is a place they are proud to call "their school" for many years to come," says Principal Emily Craig. </p><p>"Remodeling can change and update appearances but this project is more than that. Our school has been transformed," added Craig.</p><p>One of the goals of the school administration during the renovation was to have students and staff involved in the new design.  MPJH students who were part of the Concepts of Engineering program (along with assistance from their Sister School MCJH) teamed up with architects to repurpose the large wooden gym bleachers, which can now be seen along the hallways of the refurbished school.  </p><p>The rededication ceremony was a success with special performances by the MPJH Orchestra, choir and band.  Kala Grzesek was also announced as the MPJH Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Missed the event?  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1737829102903838.1073742090.113148448705253&type=1&l=48f70bc218">View pictures of the MPJH Rededication Ceremony</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD National Signing Dayhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=865Katy ISD National Signing Day2018-02-08T23:53:28Z<div class="ExternalClass4F2DCA2D94714E2A8849108A323CBAE8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District celebrates National Signing Day events across its high schools.  Traditionally on the first Wednesday of February, high school seniors can sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport.  This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> effort pay off for </span>student athletes<span style="text-align:justify;">. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is nothing more rewarding than to see our students signing and committing their future to one of many esteemed universities across the country," says Debbie Decker, Katy ISD Athletics Director.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"National Signing Day is a culmination of their hard work but it's also the start of a lifelong legacy," added Decker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several Katy ISD students committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and more are expected to take place throughout the year.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Blake Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Brant Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Josh Ofili, Football, Brown University</li><li>Tyler Worrell, Football, Columbia University</li><li>Katie Becker, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Olivia Futch, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Bryn Haden, Soccer, Roanoke College</li><li>Bryston Cain, Football, Texas A&M University - Commerce</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Josef Fisher, Football, Louisiana College</li><li>Evan Greathouse, Football, Southwestern Assemblies of God University</li><li>Jonah Lebischak, Football, Oklahoma Baptist University</li><li>Jacob Lighter, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Austin Marshall, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Josh Oglesby, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Santee Parker, Football, University of Mary Hardin - Baylor</li><li>KeShon Rowe, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Gavin Spangler, Football, Benedictine College</li><li>Jacob Thornton, Football, Missouri University of Science & Technology</li><li>Moro Ojomo, Football, University of Texas</li><li>Alex Koll, Golf, LeTourneau University – Longview</li><li>Paige Thompson, Soccer, University of Oklahoma</li><li>Keelin Garrity, Soccer, Our Lady of the Lake University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Keyonte' Fiakpui, Football, Trinity Valley Community College</li><li>Ikenna Nsoedo, Football, Tyler Junior College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Shentatious Knox, Soccer, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Rick Barrick, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Derek Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Trey Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Keilan Johnson, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Garrett Scott, Football, Houston Baptist University</li><li>Tyler Strain, Football, Henderson State University</li><li>Jacqhuan Bloomfield, Football, University of Louisiana - Monroe</li><li>Felipe Latorre, Soccer, St. Edwards University</li><li>Trey Nickel, Soccer, University of Texas – Dallas</li><li>Ali Kyser, Tennis, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Sydni Dusek, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Morgan Goode, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Bri Mickshaw, Soccer, East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Megan Hu, Softball, Carnegie Mellon University</li><li>Tori Garcia, Softball, San Jacinto College</li><li>Alex Burkhart, Basketball, LeTourneau University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Praise Amaewhule, Football, University of Texas - El Paso</li><li>Ean Beek, Football, Houston Baptist University (signed in December)</li><li>Austin LeFevre, Football, Southwestern University</li><li>Otito Ogbonnia, Football, University of California, Los Angeles</li><li>Levi Rucker, Football, University of Texas – Permian Basin</li><li>Max Wright, Football, Texas A&M University (signed in December)</li><li>Hudson Pullin, Baseball, Franklin Pierce University</li><li>Tyler Golden, Baseball, Oklahoma Wesleyan University</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1692464440773638.1073742083.113148448705253&type=1&l=ec0448c640">View photo gallery of Katy ISD National Signing Day</a>. </p></div>
Dedication of Katy ISD Bryant Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=863Dedication of Katy ISD Bryant Elementary2018-02-05T22:50:55Z<div class="ExternalClass8BFBF877DB27477D83B4B4B7252AB498"><p>Katy Independent School District invited parents, students, staff and community members to the dedication ceremony of its 40<sup>th</sup> elementary campus, Bryant Elementary School (BES).  Its mascot is the Bengal tiger, known for its strength, intelligence and keen sense of curiosity. </p><p>          The school proudly displays Robert "Bob" and Felice Bryant's name because of their exemplary devotion to education and to Katy ISD students.  Both have been dedicated educators for a combined total of over 70 years, and together they have dedicated 55 years to Katy ISD.  "This couple has been an instrumental part of the Katy ISD legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "They are building upon the values and beliefs that our educational excellence was founded on."</p><p>          Both Bob and Felice have brought learning to life.  In 1982, they moved to Katy, Texas where Bob settled in as the head band director for Katy High School.  He later served as the fine arts department chair and was then promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000.  Felice began her career in Katy ISD as a kindergarten teacher at Williamsburg Settlement, now Winborn Elementary.  She spent the remainder of her career teaching kindergarten and first grade at Katy Elementary and was selected as the Campus Teacher of the Year in 1997. The Bryant family has made Katy their home and it is where they raised all three of their children.  They continue to be a huge part of the Bryant school community and can be found volunteering, as well as reading stories to students at the campus. </p><p>          "Today, 35 years later, we stand before you very overwhelmed and deeply humbled to be the namesakes of this amazing and remarkable school," said Felice Bryant. "With every high-five, every fist pump, every hug and smile, our hearts are overflowing with love," added Bob Bryant.      </p><p>          During the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special performance by the BES Singing Bengals.  Additionally, special presentations were made by the office of Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, Representative John Zerwas and Representative Mike Schofield. </p><p>          Click <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vsdwlp37sk06n5j/AAAwzovrpjEs17h-DpH0RWIma?dl=0">here</a> to see photos of the dedication ceremony.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=860Katy ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Program2018-01-30T19:32:27Z<div class="ExternalClassA247CF1CA4C640E88268DB6673B4FF95"><p style="text-align:left;">​​<em>Payroll Deduction Program for Katy ISD Staff</em>​</p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation has launched a payroll deduction program for Katy ISD teachers and staff. For as little as $5 per pay-period and in as quickly as 5 minutes, Katy ISD Legacy Investors become an integral part of guaranteeing fin​ancial support for the Education Foundation's active investment in Katy ISD classrooms.</p><p>Katy ISD Legacy Investors are considered an equal partner in the Education Foundation’s Investor family, which includes early access to event tickets and recognition as a collective group in all promotions. The Katy ISD Legacy Investor funds come from Katy and stay in Katy through direct investment back into the school district through the Education Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grant.</p><p>In its first five years, the Education Foundation has invested more than $1,000,000 in Katy ISD classrooms through its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. “The Katy ISD Legacy Investor initiative presents an opportunity for Katy ISD staff and teachers to send a big thank you back to those who have built the Education Foundation,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our Inspiring Imagination teacher grants provide the financial means for creative teachers to fulfill their dreams of bringing unprecedented instructional resources into their classrooms. Now, we as employees of this great school district have the opportunity to help make those dreams come true by becoming Legacy Investors.”</p><p>This program can be joined or cancelled at any time during the year through MyKaty. Instructions on how to join can be found on the <a href="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/Legacy.aspx">Katy ISD Education Foundation's website​</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=859Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area2018-01-31T17:28:58Z<div class="ExternalClass91E94EBC57814372824E4B064099AB2A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">2018 Best School Districts rankings</a> have been announced and looks like "</span><em style="text-align:justify;">The Best is in the West</em><span style="text-align:justify;">" for the Greater Houston area, with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts across America every year.  Katy ISD received an overall grade of "A+" for its outstanding educational accomplishments.  The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Learn more about the Niche 2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area​ on their <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 41http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=857Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 412018-01-30T18:10:28Z<div class="ExternalClassF4BEEBC21FA447D88888C9282B0EC32E"><p>Katy ISD announces Jaime Shipley as the new principal for Elementary School #41, which is set to open in Fall 2018 in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.<br></p><p>Ms. Shipley has 19 years experience in education including nine years as a building principal.  Her administrative experience began as an instructional facilitator at Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2006.  Shipley became an elementary assistant principal at Goose Creek CISD (GCCISD) in 2008.  The following year, she was promoted to building principal in GCCISD and remained there for four years.  In 2013, Shipley became the principal of Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD and has led the campus for the past five years.  </p><p>She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary and Early Childhood as well as her Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.</p><p>"I am excited about leading the way for a new school and a new legacy.  We, as a staff and community, will build the foundation together so students have unparalleled learning experiences," says Principal Shipley.</p><p>Congratulations!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/012218_Elem%2041_Jaime%20Shipley%20Cropped%20Smaller.jpg" alt="012218_Elem 41_Jaime Shipley Cropped Smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>

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