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Katy ISD Communications Department
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Katy ISD Franz Elementary Celebrates New SPARK ParkKaty ISD Franz Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park2017-12-14T21:42:34Z<div class="ExternalClass861447E6E392427CBD5FC98B9D15673F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Waving "Thank You" signs and singing along to a melodious gratitude song, the Franz Elementary (FES) Choir officially dedicated their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, FES parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant which was just under $130,000.  Fundraising efforts included a $5,000 donation from the PTA and a week-long of SPARK fundraising activities at the school, that included taping the principal to a wall, crazy hair day and water games that included popsicles, of which $2,150 was collected.  Other funding included $1,000 from the West Harris County MUD #7, $1,000 from Raintree Village Homeowner's Association and the design work was paid for by Katy ISD.  SPARK contributed $116,000 from The Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment park desert initiative.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, musical instruments and four bollards covered with tiles painted by students and staff.  When visitors walk through the park, they will notice a variety of trees, which include Monterrey oaks, Mexican plums and anacua trees.  In total, 34 trees were donated by Trees for Houston.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Principal Sylvan shared, "It has been said that 'A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or a part of the same social network'.  It's about feeling connected and responsible for what happens.  Humanity is our ultimate community and everyone plays a crucial role."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We hope during the break you will come and enjoy this park," added Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board of Trustees 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/tjnxswiv6xqje3b/AADjMB2xBpeWZCU_J2txuwx2a?dl=0">Pictures of FES SPARK Park Event.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation AwardKaty 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 ISDPASA 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 ParkKaty 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"Katy 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 OpenJason 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>

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