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Katy ISD Auxiliary Job Fairhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=947Katy ISD Auxiliary Job Fair<div class="ExternalClass4829FEE0A98B48D5B812A1CE56287309"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Auxiliary%20Job%20Fair%20Flyer.jpg" alt="Auxiliary Job Fair Flyer.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:476px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kickoffhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=946Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kickoff<div class="ExternalClass45149CE8378545A9B0AC57771B196027"><div>​Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Friday, September 21, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  Katy ISD campus KEYS Liaisons will be on hand to answer questions and network with veteran mentors and community members interested in joining the KEYS program. </div><div><br></div><div>KEYS is a relationship, not a tutoring, program that matches a caring adult with a student on the brink of success. Mentors make a one-school-year commitment and meet with their students each week, on campus, during the school day, during the school year.  KEYS survey results show that on average 88% of KEYS students increased grades, 79% decreased absences and 88% decreased discipline referrals.</div><div><br></div><div>Over its 20-year-history, thousands of mentors have changed the trajectory of their KEYS student’s lives.  When school began, hundreds of Katy ISD students were waiting for a mentor of their own.  If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, or if you are already a KEYS mentor, please join us at the KEYS Kickoff.  Please <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6KMWQRH">RSVP online​</a> today. For more information please contact Heather Sanders at 281.396.2468, or heatherasanders@katyisd.org.​</div><div></div></div>
Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materialshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=944Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materials<div class="ExternalClassD72F5B594D5D47E584EA260AD56FD75D"><p>Instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts are included in Proclamation 2019.  Materials will be reviewed and selected this year for implementation in the 2019-2020 school year.  The selection process has been designed to include input from administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, parents, community and special programs.  A schedule of meetings and dates are detailed below.  Committees for the Review of Instructional Materials (CRIM) members will be receive calendar invitations for the meetings.</p><p><em>Katy </em><em>I</em><em>SD is loo</em><em>k</em><em>ing for</em><em> </em><em>pare</em><em>n</em><em>t volunte</em><em>e</em><em>rs to serve</em><em> </em><em>on </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>s to r</em><em>e</em><em>v</em><em>i</em><em>e</em><em>w and s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>t new instru</em><em>c</em><em>tional materials</em><em> </em><em>that will be </em><em>i</em><em>mpl</em><em>e</em><em>m</em><em>e</em><em>nted during the</em><em> </em><em>2</em><em>0</em><em>19</em><em>- 2020 s</em><em>c</em><em>hool y</em><em>e</em><em>ar. The subject areas, days and times are indicated in the chart below. If </em><em>y</em><em>ou</em><em> </em><em>wo</em><em>u</em><em>ld like</em><em> </em><em>to be a part of one</em><em> </em><em>of the</em><em> </em><em>re</em><em>v</em><em>iew </em><em>c</em><em>o</em><em>m</em><em>m</em><em>i</em><em>tt</em><em>ee</em><em>s, </em><em>c</em><em>ompl</em><em>e</em><em>te the</em><em> </em><em>int</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>st fo</em><em>r</em><em>m at </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019</strong></em></span></a><em> </em><em>to be</em><em> c</em><em>onsid</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>d for participation on the s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>tion </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em><em> </em><em>K</em><em>ee</em><em>p in</em><em> </em><em>mind that not all volunt</em><em>e</em><em>e</em><em>rs may be</em><em> </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>ted to </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>v</em><em>e</em><em> </em><em>on a</em><em> </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>C</strong><strong>om</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>tee</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Final Day 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Reading & Word Study (Spelling)</p><p>(K-8 English & K-6 Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Writing & Handwriting </p><p>(K-5, English and Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Language Arts (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Learners Language Arts (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Personal Financial Literacy</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p>8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>El distrito escolar independiente de Katy busca a padres voluntarios para formar parte del comité que seleccionará los materiales educacionales nuevos de lectura, redacción, caligrafía y estudio de palabras (antes conocido como ortografía) para los grados escolares K-8. Estos materiales serán usados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Si usted quiere ser parte de uno de los comités de selección, complete el formulario en </em><em> </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n"><span lang="ES-MX" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n</strong></em></span></a><em> y usted será uno de los candidatos considerados para ser parte del comité. Por favor tenga en cuenta que no todos las personas interesadas en formar parte del comité serán seleccionadas.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Comité</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Último </strong><strong>Día</strong><strong> 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lectura y estudio de palabras (ortografía) (K-8 inglés y K-5 espaňol)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM  – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Escritura y caligrafía (K-5, inglés y español)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje en inglés (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje para estudiantes que aprenden inglés como segundo idioma (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educación financiera personal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=943Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacy<div class="ExternalClassCCA63BF150714AB8A1EB2D7FCABD2D55"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">An impressive milestone has been reached at Katy Independent School District. This year the District will celebrate a "Century of Legacy".</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Enacted on February 25, 1919, the legislature of the State of Texas established and created Katy ISD out of part of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During our centennial celebration, Katy ISD invites everyone to view the historical accomplishments through our </span><a href="/sites/100Year/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Century of Legacy website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, which details landmark accomplishments, the stories of affluential leaders and images that have survived the test of time.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the school year, Katy ISD will celebrate a century of dedication and commitment to our students, staff and community with campus celebrations and learning opportunities for our students, the future legacies of Katy ISD.   It is also a perfect opportunity for the District to partner up with those who can contribute additional information on the past achievements of one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past several months, dozens of Katy ISD employees along with namesakes and community members shifted through yesteryears and identified key events and timelines, all of which can now be found in a centralized location.  The goal is to make known a legacy filled with growth, tradition, culture and meaning.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD looks forward to celebrating this centennial, as well as commence on its next century of providing educational excellence.  </p></div>
Parent & Community Engagement Surveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=942Parent & Community Engagement Survey<div class="ExternalClass6BB93EF34AF54FF38155094535155EB1"><p>At Katy ISD, parent and guardian involvement on our campuses is a crucial aspect to the success of our nearly 80,000 students. For that reason, the District is asking for your input as we continue to improve upon our parent and community engagement opportunities across our 64 campuses.</p><p>During the week of September 10, you will receive a survey via your personal email account.  It will only take about 10 minutes to complete and it requests your feedback regarding engagement opportunities on your child(ren's) campus that are working well, those that could be improved, as well as your thoughts on future school planning and support initiatives. Katy ISD's efforts are focused on identifying new and enhanced ways to involve a greater number of parents and community in shaping the educational experience of our students while at this district.</p><p>The survey will be open until September 25.  Keep an eye out for it next week.</p><p>We look forward to your participation!</p><p>Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Coming Soonhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=941Katy ISD Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Coming Soon<div class="ExternalClass727475F7DA75485BAC418CEFE8E8C045"><p>Beginning September 17 through October 4, parents of kindergarten students in Katy Independent School District who would like their child to be part of the Challenge (Gifted and Talented, GT) program may refer them for screening.  Beginning the week of September 10, kindergarten students will have additional information placed in their take-home packet detailing how to refer a student.  Referral information can also be found in the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/Kindergarten-Screening.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics website</a>.<br></p><p>The referral forms and parent checklists are due on October 5.  The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kindergarten services will begin by February 25, 2019.</span>  The kindergarten program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills.  Students attend for 60 minutes each week in the Challenge classroom.  Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade.  Parents with questions can contact the counselor at their child's campus or the campus Challenge teacher.  </p><p>Parents of students who are referred and screened will receive placement notification during the last week of February.  Three hour-long informational sessions for parents will be held on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, October 2</span> at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and an evening session at 7 p.m.  Sessions will be held at Legacy Stadium in the Field House (Rooms A, B & C), 1830 Katyland Drive, Katy, TX  77493</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Secondary Gifted and Talented Screeninghttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=940Katy ISD Announces Secondary Gifted and Talented Screening<div class="ExternalClassA5F8A9173FD84C81AC9AC7E2AE004D32"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District encourages all parents who have a child who is gifted and talented (GT) and headed to junior high school to sign up for a secondary GT screening.  Students currently in fifth grade who are not identified as part of the elementary Challenge Program have the opportunity to be screened for GT program services. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">If parents would like to refer their child for secondary GT screening they must complete a <a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Secondary%20-%20(English)%2012.5.14.pdf">Secondary Parent Checklist</a> and return it to their child's elementary campus by <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>September 20, 2018.</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science and social studies.  Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas.  Screening will take place at the student's current campus in October and November.  Parents will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January 2019.  Students who qualify for the GT program will begin the program in the fall of their sixth-grade year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Contact the Challenge teacher at your child's school if you have additional questions.</p></div>
Technology for Parents & Studentshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=939Technology for Parents & Students<div class="ExternalClassC3326A74E46141E6B65052CCF6281786"><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you or your student having Technology issues? If so, Katy ISD Technology Department is here to help.  The District wants to ensure students and parents have access to all the technology resources Katy ISD has to offer. </p><ul><li>Home Access Center (HAC)</li><li>Katy <em>OnTheGo</em></li><li>Canvas</li><li>PowerSchool Registration (formerly InfoSnap)</li><li>MyKaty Cloud <em>(access for students only)</em></li><li>Digital Resources</li><li>Digital Textbooks</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">For further details on these resources click the link below:  <a href="/dept/technology/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Pages/default.aspx</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you have issues or concerns, please submit those on the form below and someone will get back to you within 24 business hours:</p><p><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/7NcZ90mM2ydZiZML2">Technology Parent HelpDesk</a></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=938Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!<div class="ExternalClassED27DFA8514C4B0DB56B9DC56D2D01C0"><p>It's hard to imagine that it has been a year since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast.  This storm would end up being one of the most devastating natural disasters in Texas history, and one that would have a huge impact on the Katy ISD community.  One year later, Katy ISD is Stronger Together!  Through the <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>, the District is highlighting the valiant acts of heroism and resilience, of which many silently took place before, during and after the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In total, 16 Katy ISD campuses sustained damages, and close to 15,000 students along with nearly 3,000 employees were directly impacted by the flooding.  Since then the indomitable Katy Spirit has shined brighter than the destruction.  Recognizing that we are stronger together, Katy ISD officials joined forces with government agencies and area residents to help our Katy residents.  The selfless service of individuals could be seen when shelters were opened and donations started pouring in.  Many Katy ISD employees even got on buses to conduct water rescues in flooded neighborhoods and the overwhelming donations at times brought even the strongest to tears.  <br><br>As we reflect on the first year since this catastrophic event, we would like to take time to recognize the people who turned a tragedy into a triumph of community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit our <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=937Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academy<div class="ExternalClass696831611A8445A294BC986A75915E48"><p>​Starting September, Katy Independent School District will launch an initiative created to equip all parents with tools to provide additional support to their children. It is called Legacy Parent Academy. In it, parents will hear from experts on topics that impact students and schools district-wide such as financial aid for college, mental health resources and bullying. </p><p>"Legacy Parent Academy is a new initiative designed as part of the District's Strategic Plan Goal 8, which focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of all learners," said Director of Counseling Services Christy Maeker.  "This is a great opportunity to provide parents with information and strategies to assist their children," added Maeker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Parent Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives. The topics of each session were selected based on the need expressed by parents and in response to concerns the District sees on campuses and the community.  Katy ISD looks forward to working with local media partners to promote and cover these sessions, which can be found on the district's <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  The first session "Emotional Well-being and Referral Processes" is on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Legacy Stadium from 6 – 8 p.m., with capacity for 325 attendees.  This is the first of 11 Legacy Parent Academy sessions planned for the 2018-19 school year.  Five of the academy sessions focus on social-emotional learning topics while six of them focus on academic topics.    </p></div>
Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=936Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Year<div class="ExternalClassD29DBBFFDA2F4B05B2D2535FD1488492"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Just in time for the beginning of the school year, Katy Independent School District announces its new Bullying Tip line.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students across the district can now anonymously report potential bullying incidents by simply using the new feature found on the already existing Katy </span><em style="text-align:justify;">OnTheGo</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> app.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the 2018-19 academic year, Katy ISD continues to support the emotional well-being of all its learners.  Several bullying prevention initiatives will be rolled out throughout the year encouraging students to <strong>"Don't just stand by -</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>Stand up against bullying."</strong>  All Katy ISD students will see a series of informational videos that address issues like   how to identify bullying, policies and procedures at our campuses, as well as highlighting prevention and other related programs found across the District. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Bullying Tip line is user friendly and students will be shown how the feature works during classroom time.  The Katy <em>OnTheGo</em> app is free on the App Store or Google Play.   ​ </p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancementshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=934Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancements<div class="ExternalClassB89FCB2BA1E34FC688FFAA266A4BD49F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">One of Katy Independent School District's top priorities is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents and community members, who visit our campuses and facilities. This school year, Katy ISD announces additional campus safety and security measures which include:</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Parent and Visitor Identification (ID) Requirement:</span><br>All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance.  Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance.  To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.</li></ul><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement:</span><br>Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on district property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue to use their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the <em>Student Code of Conduct</em>.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Campus Door Unlock Times</span>:<br>Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors are:<br><br>          Elementary Group 1                    7:35 a.m.<br><br>          Elementary Group 2                    7:55 a.m.<br><br>          Junior High                                 8:10 a.m.<br><br>          High School                                6:45 a.m.<br><br>Students who are dropped off before the doors are unlocked will not be able to enter the building, unless they are there for an official school activity or other exception.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clear Bag Regulation:<br></span>T<span style="text-align:justify;">o ensure visitor safety, along with a quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a clear bag regulation.  This will limit size and type of bag allowed at the sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">These enhancements are in addition to Katy ISD's existing multi-layered safety and security measures already in place across the District.  For additional information visit our <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx">Student Safety and Security webpage</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacyhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=933Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacy<div class="ExternalClass6602693D47804702BD0132847F15DF9A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">If anyone wanted to see the most notorious attires from the past decades, they needed to be at the 2018 Katy ISD Convocation, which was held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. Each campus selected a decade to represent and based on it, they chose their apparel. Thus, thousands of Katy ISD teachers, administrators and staff, hugged and shook hands as they participated in this annual event marking the official start of the 2018-2019 academic year and most importantly, the kickoff of the District's 100 year anniversary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The stories of our past add to the legacy we are all a part of today. It helps us define who we are. It's part of our family tree." said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The celebration's theme was "A Century of Legacy." Superintendent Hindt and Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle praised everyone's efforts in making Katy ISD, one of the best school districts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Thanks to you," said Doyle, "Our students are some of the top performing kiddos in the state and country, our community is thriving, and as a result, Katy is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Participants were reminded of the struggles brought on by Harvey, the passage of the 2017 bond that will provide campus renovations and new schools, and goals and strategies that will be employed in classrooms and campuses across the district to encourage personalized learning and strengthen student support systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With the presentation of commemorative rings, educators Leslyn Jacks of Katy Elementary and Amanda Sandlin of Tompkins High School were recognized as the two District's Teachers of the Year. For several educators, this event was a reminder of Katy's rich history and a source of encouragement.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is a tremendous amount of history and culture in Katy. I have worked for the District for 13 years and there are things I did not know. It is very inspirational," said Elise Allen, Assistant Principal at Griffin Elementary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Convocation also highlighted the legacy of Mr. Roosevelt Alexander, one of Katy ISD's namesakes and the Beckendorff family. <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ozezgfj6eg98cyw/AADFjrMt1qdk0Kl4IMlFNnPga?dl=0">Enjoy photos of this year's convocation!</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers Win Money to Decorate Classroomshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=931Katy ISD Teachers Win Money to Decorate Classrooms<div class="ExternalClassF6E4B424A9E940A3B37FC624C6141930"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy Independent School District teachers will be kicking off the 2018-19 school year in style after winning $500 in the 2</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">nd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Classroom Decorating Contest sponsored by the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU).  Kelly McGuire of Bethke Elementary, Lauren Guzman of Stockdick Junior High and Tracy Kotlar of Davidson Elementary each received the cash prize to help them decorate their classrooms just in time for back to school.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Bookcases, updated books and flexible seating are just some of the non-negotiables for my students' success," said Kotlar, a fourth grade English Language Art (ELA) teacher and winner of the contest.  "This grant gives me peace of mind and there are not enough words of gratitude to express how thankful I am to receive it," added Kotlar.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am very honored to have been chosen for this award," stated McGuire, a fifth grade language arts teacher at Bethke Elementary.  "I will be using the prize money to purchase flexible seating options for my students, along with bookshelf storage and language arts supplies which include anchor charts and appropriate grade-level books for the fifth grade classroom," added McGuire.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I'm thrilled to decorate my classroom!" affirmed Lauren Guzman, teacher of principles of human services at Stockdick Junior High. "I will use this money to organize my students sewing tools on a pegboard along with other ways to coordinate our cooking room," added Guzman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each applicant was required to submit "before" photos of their classroom and an essay detailing how the money would help benefit their students and classroom setup.   BVSCU received 82 contest applications and the winners were selected by a panel of five judges.  In total, there were six winners from various neighboring school districts in the region.  Three of those winners teach in Katy ISD.  Essays included topics about the importance of flexible seating options, organized classroom libraries and the value of having an appealing learning environments for learners. </p></div>
Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Programhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=928Katy ISD 2018-19 Free and Reduced Meal Program<div class="ExternalClass09DFBE87A409424C8C0A4D1056BBC0E4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District announces its policy for providing free and reduced-priced meals for children eligible under the current guidelines found at </span><a href="http://www.squaremeals.com/" style="text-align:justify;">www.squaremeals.com</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents can begin their new application process for the 2018-19 school year beginning the first week of August 2018.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Children living in households whose income is at or below the federally approved levels based on household size may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  Transfer students approved for the program from another school district may either complete a Katy ISD application or provide documentation of their eligibility status from that same school year.  Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.  Children with status as homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster also qualify for meals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Nutrition and Food Service Department encourages parents in all eligible households to complete an <a href="http://www.katyisdfoodservices.com/">online application</a> which will be available two weeks before the start of the new school year.  Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is working with local agencies to identify all children who are program eligible.  If a student receives a letter of approval on the first days of school, there is no need to complete a new application for the 2018-19 school year.  If a child was on the program at the end of the previous school year, they are eligible for the same benefit for the first 30 operating days of the new school year or until a new application is processed.  A new application per household is required each school year.  For families that do not receive a letter and believe they should have or for those missing students in the letter received, they can contact the Nutrition and Food Service Department at 281-396-6240.  Staff is also available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nutrition and Food Service Department located at 5364 Franz Road, Katy, TX  77493.  Please bring the names of all members of the household and their gross monthly income.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​2018-2019 School Year</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced-Price Benefits</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Effective from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019<br> <br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>FAMILY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SIZE</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>ANNUALLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>MONTHLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>TWICE PER MONTH</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>EVERY 2 WEEKS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;"><strong>WEEKLY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:9.09091%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>REDUCED</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FREE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PRICE</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$15,782</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$22,459</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,316</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,872</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$658</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$936</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$607</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$864</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$304</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$432</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$21,398</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$30,451</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,784</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,538</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$892</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,269</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$823</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,172</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$412</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$586</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>3</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$27,014</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,443</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,252</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,204</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,126</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,602</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,039</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,479</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$520</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$740</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>4</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$32,630</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$46,435</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,720</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,870</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,360</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,9​35</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,255</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,786</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$628</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$893</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$38,246</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$54,427</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,188</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,536</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,594</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,268</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,471</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$736</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,047</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$43,862</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$62,419</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,656</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,202</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,828</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,601</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,687</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,401</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$844</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,201</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$49,478</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$70,411</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,124</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$5,868</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,062</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,934</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,903</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,709</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$952</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,355</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>8</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$55,094</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$78,403</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$4,592</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$6,534</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,296</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,267</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$2,119</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$3,016</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,060</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>$1,508</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>For each additional family member, add</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$5,616</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$7,992</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$468</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$666</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$234</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$333</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$216</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$308</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$108</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>+$154</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:12px;">In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the </span><a href="http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf"><span style="font-size:12px;">USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, (AD-3027) found online at: </span><a href="http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html"><span style="font-size:12px;">http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: </span><a href="mailto:program.intake@usda.gov"><span style="font-size:12px;">program.intake@usda.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">.  </span><span style="font-size:12px;">This institution is an equal opportunity provider.</span></p><p></p></div>
Two Katy ISD High Schools are 'Best in Houston Area'http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=927Two Katy ISD High Schools are 'Best in Houston Area'<div class="ExternalClassCFAA0D957B9B44F48341BA499BBD87CD"><p>Looking for a good high school for your child?  Look no further. Katy ISD is known to have some of the best schools in the area, and just recently Cinco Ranch High and Seven Lakes High were recognized as part of the top 100 list of "the best high schools in the Houston area for 2018" according to the nonprofit organization Children at Risk. <br></p><p>For 13 years, Children at Risk has ranked Texas schools to help parents, educators and community members understand how their schools are performing and to spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas. This year Seven Lakes High School received an A+ and Cinco Ranch received an A.    </p><p>"Katy ISD has a total of 10 high schools, including our Miller Career & Technology School and Raines High School, and many of them often find themselves ranking high on these prestigious lists," said Assistant Superintendent for Secondary School Leadership and Support Jeff Stocks.  "Katy ISD continues to be a destination school district where families find great opportunities for their children to reach their fullest potential."</p><p>To rank the schools, researchers examine student achievement, achievement plus poverty level, student growth and college readiness. To view the full list of high school rankings, visit <a href="https://texasschoolguide.org/school-rankings/">Texas School Guide webpage</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Student Artwork Displayed at State Capitolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=926Katy ISD Student Artwork Displayed at State Capitol<div class="ExternalClass24AF4C808B084050A843B0BBC0A01D5D"><p>Two masterpieces created by Katy ISD students will be part of the Texas Youth Art Month Exhibit, soon-to-be on display at the Texas Capitol. The annual tradition compiles the artwork of students from all over the state. This year, out of the hundreds of pieces participating in the event, two paintings created by Katy ISD students were chosen by Governor Greg Abbott's wife, First Lady Cecilia Abbott.<br></p><p>Wolman Elementary (RJWE) Benjamin Hervey's art piece entitled "Owl Eyes" and Seven Lakes High School Yanran Wang's "Western Trinkets" will be shown at Governor Abbott's Business Office.  This yearly tradition was established in the 1990s and is coordinated by the Texas Art Education Association.  Each year, students from across Texas seek to be part of this prestigious recognition.  During the distinguished 2018 Governor's Gallery reception, school children in grades pre-k through high school had the opportunity to unveil their masterpieces.</p><p>"Our Katy ISD students put vast amounts of hours, as well as effort, into perfecting their works of art," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones. "To be able to display their hard work at such a respected and significant place for our state is an honor our students and the Fine Arts Department cherishes greatly," added Jones.</p><p>The Katy ISD Fine Arts Department encourages students to develop a vocabulary for art, and the skill to graphically express and communicate their own inner ideas and attitudes by creating original artwork.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/SLHS_Western%20Trinkets.jpg" alt="SLHS_Western Trinkets" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:341px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Western Trinkets</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Yanran Wang, Seven Lakes High School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Teacher:  Kim Glasgow​</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/RJWE_Owl%20Eyes.jpg" alt="RJWE_Owl Eyes" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:303px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Owl Eyes</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">Benjamin Hervey, Wolman Elementary</p><p style="text-align:center;">Teacher:  Ashley Bullard​</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Wolfe Elementary Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=925Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Wolfe Elementary School<div class="ExternalClass1FE82678080345C1B5D6B57D92709369"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">As students and parents head back to school on August 15, when the school bell rings this year, the Wolfe Elementary community will be greeted by their new principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Anna Hinojosa as the new leader of this school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa joins the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Wolfe Stars</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> from Fort Bend ISD.</span></p><p>"One of my many goals during this new leadership role is to establish relationships with all stakeholders and the staff.  These crucial conversations will ensure the continual success of our campus," said Hinojosa.  "Your honesty and candid conversations will allow for great discussions and will influence any future decisions for our students," added Hinojosa.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa has worked in the field of education for 17 years.  In 2001, she began her career at Lamar CISD where she served as an elementary teacher at Pink Elementary for three years.  In 2004, she joined the Katy ISD Family and began teaching at Nottingham Country Elementary.  She taught there for four years before accepting a position at Alief ISD.  While there, she taught at Youens Elementary for one year and shortly afterward, in 2009, she began her administrative career in Fort Bend ISD.  For the next three years she served as an assistant principal at Burton Elementary. In 2012, she was promoted to principal on that campus and remained there until 2014.  The following year she became the principal at Mission Bend Elementary where she has been until just recently when she decided to return to the Katy ISD Family.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hinojosa holds a Bachelor in Science/Psychology as well as a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.  She will start her new position on July 12, 2018.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062818_WE_Anna%20Hinojosa.jpg" alt="062818_WE_Anna Hinojosa.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:416px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Randolph Elementaryhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=924Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of Randolph Elementary<div class="ExternalClassF57753EA3878407BB8E4E48D775F0EC5"><p>The Randolph Retrievers Family has a new principal and it's someone who already has close ties to this community!  Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Michelle Gaskamp as the new principal of Randolph Elementary (JRE).  Ms. Gaskamp, who previously  served  as the school's assistant principal,  will now become its leader.<br></p><p>"We have such an amazing, supportive learning community.  I cannot wait to continue all of the wonderful things that we already have in place," said Gaskamp.  "I promise to continue doing whatever I can to make JRE successful in order to provide the best for our kids.  I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Randolph during the time I taught at Alexander Elementary. Now I am truly honored to serve the school that was named after him," added Gaskamp.<br><span style="text-align:justify;"><br>Ms. Gaskamp's acquaintance with the JRE community and staff as well as her 18 years of experience in education make her the perfect fit for this position.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She began her career in Alief ISD in 2000 as a teacher and in 2005 she joined Katy ISD as a teacher for the next seven years.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">In 2012, she became the instructional coach for Language Arts and Social Studies at Wolman Elementary (RJWE).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">A year later she was promoted to assistant principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It was in 2014 that she transferred to JRE to take on the role of assistant principal.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Gaskamp holds a Bachelor in Social Work from the University of Texas and a Masters of Education in Education Management from the University of Houston. </p><p style="text-align:left;"> She begins her new position on June 25.<br><br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/062518_JRE_Michelle%20Gaskamp.jpg" alt="062518_JRE_Michelle Gaskamp.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modificationshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=923Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassB0C5400F09CD40EB9CFB739DEF90DF2B"><p>As Katy Independent School District prepares to construct several new schools as part of the voter-approved 2017 bond package, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment numbers and provide enrollment relief to campuses in neighboring vicinities.<br></p><p>Katy ISD is currently building two new campuses, Junior High #16 (southwest quadrant) and Elementary #42 (northwest quadrant) which are set to open in the fall of 2019-20.  During tonight's Work Study meeting, Chief of Operations Lee Crews presented trustees with preliminary ABM options to consider.  These options address enrollment numbers at campuses including Bethke, Hutsell, King and Winborn elementary schools; and Beck, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek junior highs.</p><p>"The ABM options presented tonight were collaboratively drafted and the district is allocating additional time to hear from our community," said Chief of Operations Lee Crews.  "A final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December 2018 and the district hopes to begin notifying families shortly after approval of the new boundaries," added Crews. </p><p>​From June 20 through November 30, parents who could potentially be impacted are asked to provide feedback on these preliminary options through a survey that will be available via email and online.  Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  Preliminary outcomes of the survey will be reported to the Board of Trustees during the September 2018 Work Study meeting.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Managementhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=922Katy ISD Recognized for Excellence in Risk Management<div class="ExternalClass847118273B994140911618BDA52F8BAF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Risk Management Department recently received an Excellence Award from the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Risk Management Fund, along with $1,000 to be used toward risk management efforts.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD was one of 10 Texas public school districts to receive the award during the association's conference in Austin, Texas.  The district was recognized for its <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs"><em>No Texting and Driving</em></a> video, which was created shortly after new legislation passed making texting while driving illegal in Texas.  The video has now been shared with approximately three million people as well as with the 100 largest school districts across the nation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"What started out as a simple idea by risk management personnel has now turned into a life-saving approach," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.  "This video has received numerous prestigious awards and we are honored to receive an additional renowned recognition from TASB," added Nauman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The TASB Risk Management Fund was established in 2004 as a way of recognizing members who have demonstrated excellence in risk management initiatives, products or programs.  </p></div>
Several Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning"http://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=921Several Katy ISD Schools Named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning"<div class="ExternalClass744B7E1011584718861EBFD59662FE77"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Five Katy Independent School District campuses are among 31 elite Texas schools who were named "2018 Schools Transforming Learning" by the Principal's Institute (PI).</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The rigorous selection process takes several months but ultimately the schools selected have demonstrated an innovative learning environment for their students and have promoted challenge thinking for their staff members.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year the following Katy ISD campuses received this renowned award:</span><br></p><ul><li>Paetow High School</li><li>Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>Stockdick Junior High</li><li>Bethke Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's very rewarding to see our Katy ISD staff and campuses highlighted for the tremendous amount of work they perform in creating unparalleled learning opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Principals Institute (PI) consists of a year-long professional development series that works with principals to understand why the transformation of public education is necessary. As part of its project known as N2 Learning, this series also helps principals develop the necessary skills required to build and sustain transformation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_Various_School%20Transforming%20Learning%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="061418_Various_School Transforming Learning - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;height:246px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior Highhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=920Katy ISD Appoints New Principal of McMeans Junior High<div class="ExternalClass56F463EDA51E4E10BE19EDF57BCD22F6"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Steve Guzzetta as the new principal of McMeans Junior High (MMJH).</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am very excited to continue the success and traditions that have been established at McMeans Junior High," said Guzzetta.  "I opened the school as a teacher and coach before becoming an administrator there so I already have a deep connection with the community and a passion for the success of the students," added Guzzetta.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Guzzetta has an extensive level of experience that includes 24 years with Katy ISD.  He began his career in 1994 as a history teacher and a coach at Katy Junior High (KJH).  In 1995, he moved to Katy High School (KHS) and taught geography and coached for five years.  In 2000, he transferred to MMJH where he taught for two years prior to be promoted to assistant principal.  Four years later he was named the curriculum principal at MMJH and he served in that capacity until 2007.  At this time, he was named assistant principal at Taylor High School (THS).  In 2015, he was promoted to associate principal and has remained in that position for the past three years.  Mr. Guzzetta holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M.</p><p>Mr. Guzzetta joins MMJH on June 18. He will be replacing Dr. Susan Rice who will be retiring. </p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/061418_MMJH_New%20Principal%20Steve%20Guzzetta.jpg" alt="061418_MMJH_New Principal Steve Guzzetta.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" />​​​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipientshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=919Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients<div class="ExternalClass3954C29E1627438D8EB75A4D44967539"><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its sixth year of <em>Inspiring Imagination</em> teacher grant recipients. Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2018-2019 school year.</p><p>This school year, the Foundation raised and distributed more than one-half million dollars to its Katy ISD community: $250,000 in Harvey relief for Katy ISD staff and students followed by $314,691 in teacher grants. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. The Foundation's Board of Directors launched its one-time Harvey Fund special project in response to the storm's effect on the Katy ISD community.</p><p>Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 18, 2018, and GROOVE on March 29, 2019. BP, the Foundation's Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact <a href="mailto:foundation@katyisd.org">foundation@katyisd.org</a>, 281-396-6031 or visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Katy ISD Education Foundation </strong>–The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit <a href="http://www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org/">www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org</a>.</p><div style="text-align:left;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%201.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Teacher%20Grants%202.jpg" alt="Teacher Grants 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> </div><p><strong>Photo Caption</strong>: The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $314,000 in teacher grants, bringing its six-year grant program total to $1.3 million.  Over 300 Katy ISD teachers at 42 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2018-2019 school year.</p><p><strong>Katy ISD Education Foundation Inspiring Imagination Grant Recipients </strong><strong>2018-2019 School Year</strong></p><p><strong>Individual Grants </strong><em>– One teacher for up to $1,000</em></p><p><strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Mobile Motor Lab</em>, Brittany Vega; <strong>Creech Elementary, </strong><em>You CAN Do the Rubix!</em>, Donna Parker; <strong>Kilpatrick Elementary, </strong><em>Little Storytellers-Big Ideas</em>, Laura Bennett; <strong>King Elementary, </strong><em>Charging Up Science!,</em> Barbara Minenko; <strong>McDonald Junior High, </strong><em>"Unlocking" Advanced Learners' Potential with Breakout EDU</em>, Heather Anderson; <strong>Taylor High School, </strong><em>On Campus Coffee Delivery Service</em>, Edward Skaggs</p><p><strong>Team of Two Grants </strong><em>– Two teachers for up to $2,500</em></p><p><strong>Exley Elementary</strong><em>, Uke Are My Sunshine and Tubanos, </em>led by Sabrina Silva; <strong>Fielder Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding For All</em>, led by Kathy Counterman; <strong>King Elementary,</strong> <em>Bringing Brain-Work to Physical Education</em>, led by Sarah Dockery; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>"Scope-ing" Out Informational Literacy in Science and ELA</em>, led by Kristin Vaughn; <em>A Cardboard Springboard: Virtual Reality as Visual Supports</em>, led by Felicia Hood; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong><em>, Checkmate!,</em> led by Hilda Vargas; <em>Lego We Do Coding 2.0</em>, led by Jennifer Schnaidt; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong><em>, Music: The Great Escape</em>, led by Anna Villanueva; <em>Sensory on Wheels</em>, led by Sarah Simmons; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>It's a "BOT" Learning</em>, led by Stacey Stokes; <strong>Stanley Elementary</strong>, <em>Creative Inspiration</em>, led by Jennifer Shortt; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Micro:bit GO,</em> led by Trevor Gibson, <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Wild Things Nature Club</em>, led by Jennifer Lightsey; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>"BOOST" Student Learning with Computer Science</em>, led by Diane Austin</p><p><strong>Team Grants </strong><em>– Three or more teachers for up to $5,000</em></p><p><strong>Alexander Elementary</strong>, <em>ELA STEAM for the Win!,</em> led by Mary Batycki; <em>Thinkers and Tinkers Full STEAM Ahead</em>, led by Rachael McKnight; <strong>Bear Creek Elementary</strong>, <em>Striving for STEM Innovation</em>, led by Colleen Dominguez; <strong>Bethke Elementary</strong>, <em>Classroom Collaboratory</em>, led by Alicia Lambert; <em>Ready Bodies, Ready Minds</em>, led by Kesley Thompson; <em>Teaching with Tech</em>, led by Jennifer Johnson; <em>What is this "new" math?</em>, led by Kevin Weekley; <strong>Bryant Elementary</strong>, <em>#BOTSquad: Ozobots, Robot Mouse, Dash & LEGO Boost</em>, led by Nidia Casillas; <em>Fun + Algebra = Yes!,</em> led by Paige Hellman; <strong>Cinco Ranch Junior High</strong>, <em>Exploring World Cultures Through Virtual Reality</em>, led by Lauren Rowe; <em>MAKING A Difference</em>, led by Caitlin Graham; <em>Movement Makes a Difference</em>, led by Ashley Johnson; <strong>Creech Elementary</strong>, <em>Connecting With Our World Through Blogging</em>, led by Alicia Osen; <em>Empowering Minds Through Play</em>, led by Rebecca Fielden; <strong>Davidson Elementary</strong>, <em>Clay and Drums Making an Impact in </em><em>Young Minds</em>, led by Vanina Orendorff; <strong>ECI Project TYKE</strong>, <em>Developmental Buddy</em>, led by Anna Gonzalez; <em>Ready, Set, Take it Home</em>, led by Denise Cloyes; <strong>Golbow Elementary</strong>, <em>STEAM-rolling past Hurricane</em> <em>Harvey</em>, led by Ashley Brewer; <strong>Hayes Elementary</strong>, <em>Blast into Phonics in a Snap!,</em> led by Amanda Pulido; <em>Buy Buy Books</em>, led by Pat Mitchell; <em>HACK Creativity</em>, led by Allyson Patterson; <em>Solid Foundation</em>, led by Laurie Funes; <strong>Holland Elementary</strong>, <em>Voices Heard: A Student Run Newspaper</em>, led by Stephanie Nady; <strong>Hutsell Elementary</strong><em>, Robotics and STEM: It's Elementary!,</em> led by Thomas Miller; <strong>Jenks Elementary</strong>, <em>Beautiful Bars Project</em>, led by Mary White;</p><p><strong>Katy Elementary</strong>, <em>Books! Beats! Boogie!,</em> led by Leslyn Jacks; <strong>King Elementary</strong>, <em>Fairy Tales to Further Learning</em>, led by Katherine Treadaway; <em>Math in the Real World</em>, led by Julia Faber; <strong>Mayde Creek Junior High</strong>, <em>Miniature Skeletons and Miniature Interactive Torsos</em>, led by Kaitlin Bartuska; <strong>McDonald Junior High</strong>, <em>Transforming Intervention Reading with Flexible Seating</em>, led by Allison Fields; <strong>McMeans Junior High</strong>, <em>We've Got The Beat</em>, led by Kristine Moline; <em>World Cultures Outreach</em>, led by Lee Anne Butts; <strong>Memorial Parkway Elementary</strong>, <em>Re-LT</em>, led by Steve Kowalski; <strong>Memorial Parkway Junior High</strong>, <em>Growing Together</em>, led by Brenda Williams; <em>Our Place</em>, led by Suzanne Kujawa; <strong>Miller Career and Technology Center</strong>, <em>A Crash Course on Emergency Crash Carts</em>, led by Jennifer Dugger; <strong>Morton Ranch Elementary</strong>, <em>Bilingual & Biliterate in the 21st Century Round Two</em>, led by San Juana Esquivel;  <em>Kindergarten Enrichment</em>, led by Tamara Bryan; <em>Multi-Sensory Environment/Room</em>, led by Angela Rippley; <strong>Nottingham Country Elementary</strong>, <em>READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover-Reading With Your Parents</em>, led by Megan Sullivan; <em>Recipe for Success</em>, led by Gina Vidal; <strong>Raines High School</strong>, <em>Immersive Virtual Reality Education</em>, led by Payton Bartee; <em>STEM Discovery Center</em>, led by Asrar Maye; <strong>Randolph Elementary</strong>, <em>All Aboard the STEM Train!,</em> led by Lindy Davis; <strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong>, <em>Transforming Students into Escape Room Artists</em>, led by Kelli Andrascik; <strong>Shafer Elementary</strong>, <em>Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music</em> <em>Collaboration</em>, led by Melanie Braddy; <em>Little Scientists: Exploring Their Way Into the Future</em>, led by Becky Pecot; <em>Math Tools in Action</em>, led by Amanda Saldana; <em>Skip and Jump</em>, led by Sara Ballard; <strong>Stockdick Junior High</strong>, <em>Flight</em>, led by Malvina Castillo; <strong>Sundown Elementary</strong>, <em>Growing Scientist</em>, led by Angelique Ramon-Valdez; <em>Help Our Gardens and Minds Grow</em>, led by Mary Smith; <strong>Taylor High School</strong>, <em>Forensics Cumulative Activity - The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti,</em> led by Jessica Mixon; <em>SmartMicroScope USB Microscopes Cross-Curricular Technology</em>, led by Lisa Estill; <strong>Tays Junior High</strong>, <em>Establishing a Mars Colony</em>, led by Stephen Bennett; <strong>Tompkins High School</strong>, <em>Engaging and Differentiating Investigations in Physics</em>, led by Tina Vu; <strong>West Memorial Elementary</strong>, <em>Train Your Brain!,</em> led by Brittany Brehm; <strong>West Memorial Junior High</strong>, <em>Force and Motion through the Years</em>, led by Kendall Zurbuchen; <strong>Williams Elementary</strong>, <em>Drum Jam Community</em>, led by Jennifer Patterson; <strong>Winborn Elementary</strong>, <em>Coding Creations</em>, led by Dawn Gray; <strong>Wolman Elementary</strong>, <em>Read React Respond (R3) Book Club</em>, led by Jennifer Studdard; <strong>WoodCreek Junior High</strong>, <em>Partners PE</em>, led by Abbie Wylie</p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principalshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=918Katy ISD Appoints New Principals<div class="ExternalClassC924E71F247C47E2A1947A3B84822C16"><p>Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Dr. Diego Linares as the principal of Raines High School (RHS) and the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC), and Cheryl Glasser as the principal of Rylander Elementary (RRE). </p><p>"I am excited to join Katy ISD as the leader of these unique campuses," said Linares. "I believe it is important to educate the whole student, and I am looking forward to working with our community and teachers to provide pathways for all students to achieve success."<br></p><p>Linares comes to Katy ISD with 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he has served as a school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He has also been a principal at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as a high school assistant principal and bilingual teacher. Linares received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota Colombia, his Masters in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and his Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p>For Glasser, this new role offers an opportunity to spread her enthusiasm for cultivating transformational learning experiences.</p><p>"I am honored and thrilled to become a part of the Rylander family," said Glasser. "I am a leader who puts kids first in all decision making and promotes a community of learners.  My passion is to foster positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders of the Rylander community and I am committed to providing authentic, challenging learning experiences for each and every child. I look forward to working with my new Rhino family as we continue to charge to excellence."</p><p>Glasser has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She joined Katy ISD in 2013 as the assistant principal of Morton Ranch Elementary. She had previously served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional specialist and teacher. Glasser received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University.</p><p>Linares and Glasser will join their new campuses on June 18 and June 11, respectively. Linares will replace Kerri Finnesand, who was recently named principal of Seven Lakes High School. Glasser will replace Gwen Coffey, who was recently named as the district's new director of compliance for special education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Diego%20Linares%20RHS.jpg" alt="Diego Linares RHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cheryl%20Glasser%20RRE.jpg" alt="Cheryl Glasser RRE.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badgehttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=917Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge<div class="ExternalClass1CAFE9553AC94A3A93818D7B2E8A2052"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer two Katy Independent School District students will enjoy their school break thanks to the quick thinking of three Katy ISD Police Officers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Officer Christopher Pickering, Officer Michael Seiss and Officer Jose Gonzalez used their law enforcement and crisis management skills to save the lives of two students contemplating suicide.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief of Police Robert E. Jinks, along with his staff, honored them with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Chief's Meritorious Citation Award.</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 8, 2018, Officer Pickering was dispatched to a residence in reference to a possible suicidal student.  Officer Pickering's crisis intervention skills and his ability to develop a rapport with the student led to a voluntary mental health evaluation which saved the student's life.  After receiving treatment, the student informed the police department that Officer Pickering's dedication to his duty and his show of concern prevented him from taking his life that evening.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On March 7, 2018, Officer Seiss and Officer Gonzalez were dispatched to Cinco Ranch High School in reference to a possible suicide.  Upon arriving both officers quickly assessed the severity of the incident and immediately began life-saving measures, that included creating a make-shift tourniquet with a leather belt, in order to halt the loss of blood from the victim. The actions of these two officers were instrumental in saving his life. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day there is an abundance of heroism displayed by our officers throughout our campuses," said Chief Jinks.  "Although we don't often witness these acts of bravery, the work our law enforcement officers conduct at our schools proves to be a life-changing one," added Jinks. </p><p>The <em>Chief's Meritorious Citation Award</em> is presented to recognize and reward the actions of law enforcement officers and staff for their meritorious service to our school district.  This recognition reflects a commitment to the Katy ISD Police Department's core values which are <em>Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All.</em><em>  </em>All three officers will now wear the merit pin as part of their uniform. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Christopher%20Pickering.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Christopher Pickering.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Christopher Pickering</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Jose%20Gonzalez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Jose Gonzalez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Jose Gonzalez</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Michael%20Seiss%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Michael Seiss - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Michael Seiss</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD 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 Watch<div class="ExternalClass00ACBD2894FB4B5B985DBEDCFBE6746A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a celebration ceremony, Katy Independent School District McMeans Junior High (MMJH) students proudly held up a new banner that will soon be displayed at their school, recognizing them as a </span><em style="text-align:justify;">National School to Watch</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is not the first time MMJH has received this prestigious recognition by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, in 2015 the school received the award as well.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Schools who receive this honor are high-performing campuses that have a clear focus on academic growth and achievement.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every student at McMeans Junior High matters!  We take our role as educators very seriously because we are instrumental in creating the future legacies of this world," said Dr. Susan Rice, principal at McMeans Junior High.  "We are proud that other schools and school districts are watching our example and we're excited to continue our legacy of excellence," added Rice.</p><p>With the upbeat tunes and harmonious songs of MMJH orchestra, band and choirs, the campus staff celebrated this milestone accomplishment after meeting rigorous criteria.  Part of the process of re-designation included national forum representatives visiting the campus to conduct interviews with students, teachers, staff and PTA members to ensure MMJH was meeting student academic requirements as well as their social/emotional needs.  </p><p>​Campus administrators and teachers will be traveling to Arlington, VA in June for the national recognition.  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1820315637988517.1073742108.113148448705253&type=1&l=8020555be4">Click here</a> to view picture of <em>School to Watch</em> celebration.  </p><p>​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/For%20Latest%20News%20Post.jpg" alt="For Latest News Post.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">Madison Carr (NJHS President), Kevin Jimenez (NJHS Officer), Vyshnavi Viju (Student Council Officer) and Zach Darby (Student Council Officer) display new designation banner.</span><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High Schoolhttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=900Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Junior High and High School<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 Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Yearshttp://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=869Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years<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 High<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>

 

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