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Community to Dedicate SPARK Park at Franz Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=842Community to Dedicate SPARK Park at Franz Elementary2017-12-12T18:27:45Z<div class="ExternalClass29BBD3CE7EA049F0A9F7C39049702A7A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Franz Elementary family invites the community, parents, staff, students and media partners to the official dedication of their new SPARK Park.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Due to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Franz Elementary<br>2751 Westgreen Blvd.<br>Katy, TX  77449</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, December 14<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=841Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award2017-12-12T01:28:12Z<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISDhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=838PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD2017-12-05T02:24:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Katy ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Parkhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=837Katy ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park2017-12-04T18:11:48Z<div class="ExternalClass5F4FFBA92A9E42D3A8B4E0CAB9294F35"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) Choir officially kicked off the dedication ceremony of their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, MPE parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant in the amount of $129,331.  The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, modular playground equipment, an amphitheater and other amenities.  When visitors walk through the main entrance of the park, they will notice the school mascot, a panther, as well as 26 new trees from Trees for Houston.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our area was considered a park desert because there are no local parks where children could go to play," said Assistant Principal Sharlu Melville, who led the effort to create the park.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"With this park, we are benefitting not only the school and its students, but also strengthening this community and its families," added Ashley Vann, Board of Trustee President.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.  This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lvybvhecue7asmo/AACBDoAIAPpMPBtm-BQ7APCIa?dl=0">Pictures of MPE SPARK Park Event</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Assistant Principal Nominated as "Life Changer of the Year"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=836Katy ISD Assistant Principal Nominated as "Life Changer of the Year"2017-11-30T15:22:42Z<div class="ExternalClass103F48919E834181B06B13E93F1E1C14"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that Cardiff Junior High (CJH) Assistant Principal Lisa Forney has been nominated by a local business partner as a "Life Changer of the Year" for going above and beyond for her students and community.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">After Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Forney put pen to paper and outlined a comprehensive plan to meet the immediate needs of the Cardiff faculty and staff who were hardest hit by the storm.  Thus was born the "CJH Boots on the Ground Initiative" which consisted of a group of volunteers who cleaned out flooded homes, delivered food to work crews and collected donated items.  She went even further by reaching out to non-profit organizations to sponsor families and support them as they worked to get back on their feet. Because of Ms. Forney's detailed planning, communication skills and her dedication to the community, many families received the help they needed after the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, her work didn't end when the flood waters receded.  With the help of many staff members, she organized an essential needs pantry that efficiently served over 200 Cardiff families and community members.  Also, as the Thanksgiving season approached, Ms. Forney along with help from Tays Junior High volunteers, many local community partners and non-profit organizations led the coordination of the CJH Thanksgiving Pop-Up Market which provided turkeys and packaged food to over 100 families.  Her goal was to provide a stress-free Thanksgiving!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Forney's desire to give without expectation has inspired and changed the lives of many.  Together as a school community, let's help her win the National Grand Prize by visiting the <a href="https://goo.gl/Un65yx">Forney Life Changer of the Year profile</a> and leaving a comment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Life Changer of the Year is a national program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/113017_CJH_Lisa%20Forney%20Formal%20smaller.jpg" alt="113017_CJH_Lisa Forney Formal smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Openhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=833Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Open2017-11-17T14:51:14Z<div class="ExternalClass39D307618588478E8552EDD42BE1AFCE"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Do you love science and are you interested in working with researchers as they gather data in the field? The Jason Learning Argonaut Adventure might be a good fit for you. One Katy ISD student (age 13-17 on June 1st, 2018) and one Katy ISD secondary teacher will be selected to participate in an all-expense paid Argonaut Adventure this summer. View the <a href="https://tinyurl.com/Argonaut2018">application and FAQs </a>for more information.   Application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2018.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Katy Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TXhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=832Katy Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TX2017-11-13T21:32:20Z<div class="ExternalClassF3F900A3172B4A289A7F45B61E12F4F4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">As residents drive by Katy Elementary, a bright blue historical marker now sits on the campus at the same spot where the first City of Katy schoolhouse was built 119 years ago.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Friday, November 10, the Harris County Historical Society honored the founding fathers by granting a historical marker to the city's first public school.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A one-room schoolhouse was built in 1898 where children could learn, grow and develop.  Little did the visionaries know that their small town would blossom into a thriving community of more than 17,000 people.  The current Katy Elementary campus was built in 1965, renovated in 1989, and again in 1995.  Today, students play on the same location as the original playground and the first schoolhouse bell hangs in the main entrance of the current campus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Today's paw prints are tomorrow's legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony where past generations of students and staff members were present.  Among those in the crowd was 92-year-old Melvin Jordan who recalls riding on horseback with his brothers to and from school as a first grader.  Currently, there are 11 students attending Katy Elementary who are 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> generation members of the original class of Katy Tigers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1637174009636015">Pictures of Katy Elementary Historical Event</a> </p></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendumhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=831Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>
Board of Trustee George Scott is Reelected to the TASB Board of Directorshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=829Board of Trustee George Scott is Reelected to the TASB Board of Directors2017-11-06T21:21:16Z<div class="ExternalClass717BF94AEE19449AB09E19D0BC93A342"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Board of Trustee George Scott has been reelected to a two-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TA</span><span style="text-align:justify;">SB) Board of Directors, representing Region 4, Position E.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scott was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in May 2016.  He was the publisher of <em>The Katy Times</em> newspaper from 1983-86 before becoming a senior researcher and then president of the Tax Research Association of Houston and Harris County.  Scott also served on the executive committee of the Harris County Appraisal District, where he performed both internal and external media functions, as well as special projects.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his tenure in local media, Scott worked directly with hundreds of civic and service organizations and individuals to help publicize their positive work for the community, and he volunteered in various activities including the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, youth sports leagues, among other activities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards.  School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state.  The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/George%20Scott.jpg" alt="George Scott.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston Areahttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=826Katy ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston Area2017-10-27T17:09:12Z<div class="ExternalClassF9C90334951D46ADB60E2C7102B79B42"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">It's no secret that families are moving to Katy ISD because of the quality education being offered at its schools.  Once again Katy ISD dominates in the Niche rankings by sweeping the list of Top 15 Elementary Schools in the Houston area.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>Woodcreek Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Joella Exley Elementary</li><li>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li>Stanley C. Stanley Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>  Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>Katy Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has a total of 40 elementary schools.</p></div>
Katy ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awardshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=824Katy ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awards2017-10-23T16:21:24Z<div class="ExternalClass92A75AA043F44CD0816F7DB2AF00CAAD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has six winners in the Foundation for Music Education </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Mark of Excellence Competition</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This national event brings together 278 ensembles from 38 different states.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The following choir and orchestra groups were recognized as national winners:</span></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Honors Orchestra,</span> directed by Ragan Whatley, Commended Winner in the National Orchestra Honors projec</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir,</span> directed by Kristin Likos, National Choral Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the few nationally recognized competitions that represents band, orchestra and choir at the secondary level," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "The six performing groups from Katy ISD receiving this award are a representation of a district that values a high standard of arts education for all students."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i03qdt9zxle72vo/AADe_JYUgRGZWL1bn5cAYBUUa?dl=0">Click here for photos​</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=822Katy ISD Police Department Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program2017-10-04T18:58:20Z<div class="ExternalClassCA6042A7BAA9474393B8F2F6D7E3AFC8"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year, the program anticipates an increased n</span><span style="text-align:justify;">umber of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As in the past, generous sponsors are needed.  Every year students, community organizations as well as district employees make this program a success.  The Katy ISD Police Department welcomes any and all who would like to participate.  If you or someone you know would like to donate and help children this year, please send an email to <a href="mailto:santacops@katyisd.org">santacops@katyisd.org</a>.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Sponsor information will be sent out around the third-week of November.  After Harvey, the outpouring of love and generosity has been heartwarming and the Katy ISD Police Department would like to continue the community's support throughout the upcoming holidays.</p></div>
Katy ISD FFA Students Come Together to Rebuild Stanley Elementary Greenhousehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=819Katy ISD FFA Students Come Together to Rebuild Stanley Elementary Greenhouse2017-10-04T13:12:01Z<div class="ExternalClass3B2DF67EF4D740F2B31FD568DD72036A"><div class="ExternalClass38E2406AE33249DEA25DB98FE963834F" style="text-align:justify;"><p style="text-align:left;"><span>Stanley Elementary students are now enjoying a new greenhouse thanks to Morton Ranch High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Last spring, a severe thunderstorm completely destroyed the structure where various science experiments were being housed.  Replacing the greenhouse with its original components was projected to cost thousands of dollars.  However, the FFA students sprung into action with the assistance of several Katy ISD departments.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Risk Management Department provided assistance to purchase the needed materials, which allowed students to begin designing and building a larger framework with steel tubing.  The Maintenance and Operations Department worked hand in hand with the students to provide the finishing touches.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Collaboration among these groups ended with the successful completion of this project, along with a cost saving to the campus.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (1) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(1)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (2) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(2)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (3) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(3)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (4) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(4)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (5) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(5)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><img alt="100217_Stanley Greenhouse (6) - smaller.jpg" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100217_Stanley%20Greenhouse%20(6)%20-%20smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p><br> </p></div></div>
Katy ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=818Katy ISD Board Approves Resolution for Reappraisal of Properties Affected by Harvey2017-09-29T17:27:59Z<div class="ExternalClass03F2190B6963465AB3F74A3F2E5DD77A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved a resolution requesting the appraisal districts of Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties to reappraise Katy ISD zoned homes and businesses flooded as a result of Harvey.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">By law, property owners must continue to pay taxes on the full value of their property, even if it has been damaged or destroyed.  Additionally, only a taxing entity, such as a school district, can request a reappraisal of a property after a county has completed its appraisal process for the year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"While no homeowner will be required to seek a reappraisal of their home as a result of the Board's action, this resolution will clear the way for thousands of our families who are recovering from Harvey to seek tax relief on properties damaged by the storm," said Lance Hindt, Katy ISD superintendent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy area weathered a historical storm last month which left thousands of residents displaced and a number of neighborhoods destroyed.  When the three appraisal districts approve Katy ISD's request, the Board of Trustees will have created options for residents still facing housing, financial and recovery challenges due to the storm.  </p></div>
Miller Career Cosmetology Services Available to the Publichttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=815Miller Career Cosmetology Services Available to the Public2017-09-27T13:18:41Z<div class="ExternalClass41EB4B0361044583ABDB3AD9E700FD39"><p>Miller Career and Technology Center (MCTC) Cosmetology Salon is now open for community customers!! </p><p>Katy ISD's Cosmetology program has some well qualified students who have been training in the fundamentals of skin, hair and nail care.  In a salon-like environment, the MCTC cosmetology students are constantly learning artistic business practices to prepare them for the workforce.  Some of the services include haircuts, thermal styling, formal up-dos, waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures among other services.</p><p>Book your beauty essentials today by calling 281-237-7566 or visit the <a href="/campus/MCTC/Documents/Cosmo%20Flyer%20Jan.%202017.pdf">MCTC Cosmetology Department website.</a></p><p>​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cosmo%202017%20flyer.jpg" alt="Cosmo 2017 flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=813Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time 2017-09-22T15:55:08Z<div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Conventionhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=775Seven Lakes Junior High Choir to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention2017-08-23T18:42:42Z<div class="ExternalClass9A155AA13B4A4CC4B4AEBC07FEDA0E53"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir has been selected to perform at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio next February!  This is the highest honor a choir in the state of Texas can achieve. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The SLJH Choir was chosen from over 180 schools that submitted recordings to this prestigious competition, and the only one to represent the Greater Houston Area.  It has been 15 years since a junior high choir in Katy ISD was selected to perform at a TMEA Convention.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is very proud of these students as well as their Choir Director Mrs. Kristin Likos and Choir Assistants Mr. David Lee and Mrs. Jennifer Hart for their hard work and excellent tutelage towards these performers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202016.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2016.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061517_Varsity%20Treble%202017.jpg" alt="061517_Varsity Treble 2017.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=767Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #412017-06-02T15:44:51Z<div class="ExternalClass1F0D67C0DB5A4352B509BC58E86810F3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The drum rol</span><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">l from the Seven Lakes Junior High Band marked the official groundbreaking on Elementary #41, which is set to be built in the fairly new community of Cross Creek Ranch.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This new campus is being made possible in part from savings from the 2014 bond and will serve to address growing enrollment taking place throughout Katy ISD.  The campus features diverse and transformative spaces that will blend learning with technology and opportunities for deepened engagement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In this area, we have four elementary schools which have opened up within the last five years and all of them have exceeded maximum capacity," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "Elementary #41 will probably also open up near maximum capacity." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Newly appointed Katy ISD Board of Trustees President Ashley Vann along with other board members also participated in the commemorative event. "The growth you see here in Katy serves as a testimony to the community, the culture and the legacy that we have built here together," added Vann.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">To see photos of the groundbreaking ceremony <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1479521265401291">click here</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=749Katy ISD Celebrates District-wide Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year2017-04-28T17:40:57Z<div class="ExternalClassA707F56F330046FC8D111572C6FDEB73"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt recently surprised two teachers with the <strong>District-wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award</strong>.  WoodCreek Elementary teacher Kristal Parrish and Taylor High School teacher Phuong Nguyen were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Randolph Elementary teacher Connie Summerford and McMeans Junior High teacher Sarah Brown were also recognized by the superintendent as <strong>District-wide Rookie Teachers of the Year</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Family members along with campus principals and District staff joined all of the Campus Teachers of the Year to make their annual recognition ceremony an amazing and unforgettable event.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click to see all the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/TOY-2017.aspx">Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year</a> and the <a href="/sites/toy/Pages/OFTOY-2017.aspx">Rookie Teachers of the Year</a> nominees.</p><p>​</p></div>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=748Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration2017-04-28T14:02:35Z<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalisthttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=740Katy ISD Principal Selected as 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist2017-04-10T20:24:22Z<div class="ExternalClassF588C9454BBB44399A41E4D108F54616"><p>McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).  </p><p>The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, DC.</p><p>TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award.  After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists.  These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.  Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin, TX.</p><p>Best of luck to Principal Mensah!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/04-10-17%20Dr.%20Kwabena%20Mensah%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="04-10-17 Dr. Kwabena Mensah - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p></p></div>

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