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Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick UnveilingKaty ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling2018-03-09T22:14:51Z<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="">Pictures of the Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Transportation Centers Carry a LegacyKaty 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="">Photos of Dedication Ceremony</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation ModelKaty 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>
Instructional Materials Selection 2018-19Instructional Materials Selection 2018-192018-03-02T17:17:43Z<div class="ExternalClass360A78EF29C04C70BF49423138D21FD2"><p>​Katy ISD will be selecting new instructional materials for the following courses: Forensic Science, Earth Science, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Government, AP Economics, and AP World History. <br><br>These materials will be implemented during the 2018- 2019 school year. Instructional materials under consideration will be on display during business hours (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) for parent and community input at the Education Support Complex from March 5– 9 and March 19 – 23. In addition, instructional materials will be available for review from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.</p></div>
2018-19 Transportation Model and Bell Schedule2018-19 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>
Dedication of Katy ISD Paetow High SchoolDedication of Katy ISD Paetow High School2018-02-28T20:10:08Z<div class="ExternalClass5D71B05701BB416E9CC1AFA5B914E2F7"><p>As guest made their way into the Paetow High School (PHS) auditorium they were greeted with a huge smile.  Yet, it wasn't just any smile.  Patricia "Patti" Paetow's heart-warming image, displayed on two large screens, was the perfect touch to welcome those celebrating Patti's legacy and the dedication of PHS.<br></p><p>Known as everyone's biggest cheerleader, Patti was a servant-leader and a mentor to her students, fellow teachers and principals.  She once said that if she could get away with it, she would put her desk in the hallway to interact with students.  Her positive approach led her to become assistant principal at Hutsell Elementary and principal at both Wolfe and Creech Elementary.  She was also the director of campus administration and support and area assistant superintendent.  She retired as the assistant superintendent of administrative support.  </p><p>"If Patti were here today, she would be proud of Paetow High School.  Her goal-setting character lives on in our students, who proudly display the Paetow panther logo and uphold her core values," says Mindy Dickerson, principal of Paetow High." </p><p>"She left a legacy and I can only imagine all the lives she affected, both faculty and students," says John Paetow, Patti's husband.  "We love and miss her every day," he adds.  </p><p>Paetow High School is the first three-story campus design for Katy ISD.  At the school, learning is limitless.  Passion ignites learning and working together fuels excellence.  Students are empowered to become leaders, inspired by being prepared for the future with a willingness to service.</p><p><a href="">Photo Gallery of Paetow High School Dedication</a></p></div>

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