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Katy ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction ISD Announces Kickoff of Bond 2017 Construction<div class="ExternalClassA1FA07EFA31C43AF913D6B2F06357C33"><p>Residents voted for it. Now it's time to build it!!  </p><p>Katy Independent School District is kicking off the construction of its 2017 bond projects. The community is now invited to witness the process every step of the way through its newly designed, <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Build the Legacy</em></a><em> </em>website. In it the public can obtain project information, see designs, track the status of construction and witness the progress of various projects as they advance.    <br></p><p>"I'm excited to see each project come to fruition for our students and staff at Katy ISD," said Lance Hindt, Superintendent of Katy ISD. "The future is being built right before our eyes and we couldn't have done it without our community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The voter-approved $609.2 MM bond includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and three elementary schools). Additionally, it also covered a comprehensive renovation to Fielder Elementary School and some much-needed improvements to 61 of our campuses.  Ninety-one (91%) of the bond is for school facilities and 9% is for technology and infrastructure such as buses, portables and storage tank replacements.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Community Bond Advisory Committee, which consisted of parents, students, community leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and business owners dedicated several months to analyzing a facilities plan for the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is considered the second fastest growing school district in Texas and was recently recognized by Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, as the best school district in the Houston Metro Area.</p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Proposed Name for Elementary #41 ISD Announces Proposed Name for Elementary #41<div class="ExternalClass0EDC136D4045494CAF3CF1980E502927"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District Naming Selection Committee presented their recommendation for the naming of Elementary #41 at the Board of Trustees Work Study meeting this week.  The school is proposed to be named after retired educator <a href="/Documents/Amy%20Campbell%20Biography.pdf">Amy Campbell ​</a>who dedicated 33 years of her education career to the students at Katy ISD. </span><br></p><p>Community members are invited to a public forum to provide input regarding the proposed name.  <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, March 21<br></strong></span>Education Support Complex Board Room<br>6301 S. Stadium Drive<br>Katy, TX  77494<br>6 p.m.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will reconvene to review input and provide their final recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their regular board meeting on Monday, March 26.  Elementary #41 is currently being built and is located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Lane in Fulshear, TX.  The campus is scheduled to open in fall of 2018, thanks to the 2017 voter-approved bond program.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p></div>
Katy ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling ISD Teachers of the Year Honored at Brick Unveiling<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 Legacy ISD Transportation Centers Carry a Legacy<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 Model ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model<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 2018-19 Materials Selection 2018-19<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 Schedule Transportation Model and Bell Schedule<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 School of Katy ISD Paetow High School<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>
Katy ISD Announces Principal of Schmalz Elementary ISD Announces Principal of Schmalz Elementary<div class="ExternalClass14D322795CA84D66B7771EBFDB33766D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District welcomes Charlotte Gilder as the new principal of Schmalz Elementary School.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Gilder has worked in the field of education for 24 years.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">She has been a teacher, counselor and assistant principal.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I am looking forward to serving the Schmalz students, families and staff," said Charlotte Gilder, new principal for Schmalz Elementary. "I know it's going to be a fun-filled adventure as we work together to pave the way to excellence.  I can't wait to see how high we soar as a school and community!" she added.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1994, Ms. Gilder began her educational career as a teacher in Port Arthur ISD and Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.  She later became the reading/writing specialist for Kirk Elementary at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  Several years later, she became a counselor at both Lamar Consolidated ISD and Katy ISD.  Following her counseling career, she joined Katy ISD and became assistant principal first at Mayde Creek Elementary from then at Beckendorff Junior High and later at Tom Wilson Elementary.  Her most recent administrative position was at Morton Ranch Junior High where she was the student support assistant principal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Gilder holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University.  Additionally, she holds a Master's of Arts in Counseling and Development as well as a Master's of Education in School Administration. Both were awarded from Prairie View A&M.  </p><p>Ms. Gilder will begin her new role on March 15.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/022718_SES_Charlotte%20Gilder%20new%20principal-cropped%20smaller.jpg" alt="022718_SES_Charlotte Gilder new principal-cropped smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years 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 High 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="">View pictures of the MPJH Rededication Ceremony</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD National Signing Day ISD National Signing Day<div class="ExternalClass4F2DCA2D94714E2A8849108A323CBAE8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District celebrates National Signing Day events across its high schools.  Traditionally on the first Wednesday of February, high school seniors can sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport.  This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> effort pay off for </span>student athletes<span style="text-align:justify;">. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is nothing more rewarding than to see our students signing and committing their future to one of many esteemed universities across the country," says Debbie Decker, Katy ISD Athletics Director.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"National Signing Day is a culmination of their hard work but it's also the start of a lifelong legacy," added Decker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several Katy ISD students committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and more are expected to take place throughout the year.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Blake Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Brant Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Josh Ofili, Football, Brown University</li><li>Tyler Worrell, Football, Columbia University</li><li>Katie Becker, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Olivia Futch, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Bryn Haden, Soccer, Roanoke College</li><li>Bryston Cain, Football, Texas A&M University - Commerce</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Josef Fisher, Football, Louisiana College</li><li>Evan Greathouse, Football, Southwestern Assemblies of God University</li><li>Jonah Lebischak, Football, Oklahoma Baptist University</li><li>Jacob Lighter, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Austin Marshall, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Josh Oglesby, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Santee Parker, Football, University of Mary Hardin - Baylor</li><li>KeShon Rowe, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Gavin Spangler, Football, Benedictine College</li><li>Jacob Thornton, Football, Missouri University of Science & Technology</li><li>Moro Ojomo, Football, University of Texas</li><li>Alex Koll, Golf, LeTourneau University – Longview</li><li>Paige Thompson, Soccer, University of Oklahoma</li><li>Keelin Garrity, Soccer, Our Lady of the Lake University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Keyonte' Fiakpui, Football, Trinity Valley Community College</li><li>Ikenna Nsoedo, Football, Tyler Junior College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Shentatious Knox, Soccer, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Rick Barrick, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Derek Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Trey Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Keilan Johnson, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Garrett Scott, Football, Houston Baptist University</li><li>Tyler Strain, Football, Henderson State University</li><li>Jacqhuan Bloomfield, Football, University of Louisiana - Monroe</li><li>Felipe Latorre, Soccer, St. Edwards University</li><li>Trey Nickel, Soccer, University of Texas – Dallas</li><li>Ali Kyser, Tennis, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Sydni Dusek, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Morgan Goode, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Bri Mickshaw, Soccer, East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Megan Hu, Softball, Carnegie Mellon University</li><li>Tori Garcia, Softball, San Jacinto College</li><li>Alex Burkhart, Basketball, LeTourneau University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Praise Amaewhule, Football, University of Texas - El Paso</li><li>Ean Beek, Football, Houston Baptist University (signed in December)</li><li>Austin LeFevre, Football, Southwestern University</li><li>Otito Ogbonnia, Football, University of California, Los Angeles</li><li>Levi Rucker, Football, University of Texas – Permian Basin</li><li>Max Wright, Football, Texas A&M University (signed in December)</li><li>Hudson Pullin, Baseball, Franklin Pierce University</li><li>Tyler Golden, Baseball, Oklahoma Wesleyan University</li></ul><p><a href="">View photo gallery of Katy ISD National Signing Day</a>. </p></div>
Dedication of Katy ISD Bryant Elementary of Katy ISD Bryant Elementary<div class="ExternalClass8BFBF877DB27477D83B4B4B7252AB498"><p>Katy Independent School District invited parents, students, staff and community members to the dedication ceremony of its 40<sup>th</sup> elementary campus, Bryant Elementary School (BES).  Its mascot is the Bengal tiger, known for its strength, intelligence and keen sense of curiosity. </p><p>          The school proudly displays Robert "Bob" and Felice Bryant's name because of their exemplary devotion to education and to Katy ISD students.  Both have been dedicated educators for a combined total of over 70 years, and together they have dedicated 55 years to Katy ISD.  "This couple has been an instrumental part of the Katy ISD legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "They are building upon the values and beliefs that our educational excellence was founded on."</p><p>          Both Bob and Felice have brought learning to life.  In 1982, they moved to Katy, Texas where Bob settled in as the head band director for Katy High School.  He later served as the fine arts department chair and was then promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000.  Felice began her career in Katy ISD as a kindergarten teacher at Williamsburg Settlement, now Winborn Elementary.  She spent the remainder of her career teaching kindergarten and first grade at Katy Elementary and was selected as the Campus Teacher of the Year in 1997. The Bryant family has made Katy their home and it is where they raised all three of their children.  They continue to be a huge part of the Bryant school community and can be found volunteering, as well as reading stories to students at the campus. </p><p>          "Today, 35 years later, we stand before you very overwhelmed and deeply humbled to be the namesakes of this amazing and remarkable school," said Felice Bryant. "With every high-five, every fist pump, every hug and smile, our hearts are overflowing with love," added Bob Bryant.      </p><p>          During the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special performance by the BES Singing Bengals.  Additionally, special presentations were made by the office of Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, Representative John Zerwas and Representative Mike Schofield. </p><p>          Click <a href="">here</a> to see photos of the dedication ceremony.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival<div class="ExternalClass3E5A9F12D8BA4DBBA6A9676FD3EFC628"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 33</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Admission is only $1.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, April 7<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Program ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Program<div class="ExternalClassA247CF1CA4C640E88268DB6673B4FF95"><p style="text-align:left;">​​<em>Payroll Deduction Program for Katy ISD Staff</em>​</p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation has launched a payroll deduction program for Katy ISD teachers and staff. For as little as $5 per pay-period and in as quickly as 5 minutes, Katy ISD Legacy Investors become an integral part of guaranteeing fin​ancial support for the Education Foundation's active investment in Katy ISD classrooms.</p><p>Katy ISD Legacy Investors are considered an equal partner in the Education Foundation’s Investor family, which includes early access to event tickets and recognition as a collective group in all promotions. The Katy ISD Legacy Investor funds come from Katy and stay in Katy through direct investment back into the school district through the Education Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grant.</p><p>In its first five years, the Education Foundation has invested more than $1,000,000 in Katy ISD classrooms through its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. “The Katy ISD Legacy Investor initiative presents an opportunity for Katy ISD staff and teachers to send a big thank you back to those who have built the Education Foundation,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our Inspiring Imagination teacher grants provide the financial means for creative teachers to fulfill their dreams of bringing unprecedented instructional resources into their classrooms. Now, we as employees of this great school district have the opportunity to help make those dreams come true by becoming Legacy Investors.”</p><p>This program can be joined or cancelled at any time during the year through MyKaty. Instructions on how to join can be found on the <a href="">Katy ISD Education Foundation's website​</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area<div class="ExternalClass91E94EBC57814372824E4B064099AB2A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="">2018 Best School Districts rankings</a> have been announced and looks like "</span><em style="text-align:justify;">The Best is in the West</em><span style="text-align:justify;">" for the Greater Houston area, with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts across America every year.  Katy ISD received an overall grade of "A+" for its outstanding educational accomplishments.  The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Learn more about the Niche 2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area​ on their <a href="">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Bad Weather Make-Up Days Weather Make-Up Days<div class="ExternalClass2280F6119EA34A048DF4776A717EFE46"><p></p><div>Texas weather has not been kind and continues to bring many challenges to our community.  Due to the wintery conditions that caused the District’s closure last Tuesday and Wednesday, we need to alert you to a change to our 2017-18 Instructional Calendar.</div><div><br></div><div>As you may know, Katy ISD, along with all Texas school districts, is required by state law to have 75,600 minutes of instructional time built into its calendar each year.  While the Texas Education Agency (TEA) granted our district a waiver for missed instructional time this past fall as a result of Hurricane Harvey related closures, the District has been informed that waivers will not be provided for last week’s bad weather days.</div><div> </div><div>Unfortunately, our students lost significant instructional time this year.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Monday, February 19</em></span><em> is currently designated as a bad weather day and will be used to make up instructional time </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>for all students</em></span><em>.  Additionally, in order to be in compliance with state law, </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>the secondary school day will be extended by ten minutes during the week of May 14-18, with dismissal being at 2:45 p.m. each day. </em></span><em> </em></div><div> </div><div>We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, and we apologize ahead of time for that.  Just as we must meet the requirements of the law, it is also just as important that we are in a position to ensure that we can effectively achieve our mission to provide educational excellence and opportunities that prepare our students for success in college, career and life.  With that said, having our students in school to grow and learn is of the utmost importance.    </div><div>As always, your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.  </div><div><br></div></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 41 ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 41<div class="ExternalClassF4BEEBC21FA447D88888C9282B0EC32E"><p>Katy ISD announces Jaime Shipley as the new principal for Elementary School #41, which is set to open in Fall 2018 in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.<br></p><p>Ms. Shipley has 19 years experience in education including nine years as a building principal.  Her administrative experience began as an instructional facilitator at Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2006.  Shipley became an elementary assistant principal at Goose Creek CISD (GCCISD) in 2008.  The following year, she was promoted to building principal in GCCISD and remained there for four years.  In 2013, Shipley became the principal of Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD and has led the campus for the past five years.  </p><p>She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary and Early Childhood as well as her Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.</p><p>"I am excited about leading the way for a new school and a new legacy.  We, as a staff and community, will build the foundation together so students have unparalleled learning experiences," says Principal Shipley.</p><p>Congratulations!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/012218_Elem%2041_Jaime%20Shipley%20Cropped%20Smaller.jpg" alt="012218_Elem 41_Jaime Shipley Cropped Smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open ISD Community Education Registration Now Open<div class="ExternalClass7FEF873CE2F24457AD30079AAAF37A2E"><p>The Spring 2018 Katy ISD Community Education classes are now open for registration. The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Classes include learning opportunities pertaining to recreational activities, arts and crafts, health and personal development, foreign languages, business and industry skills, finance, computer applications, driver education, college preparatory, and multiple online courses.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Course_Catalog.pdf">Community Education catalog online</a> or call 281-396-6365. </p></div>
Dedication of Katy ISD Stockdick Junior High of Katy ISD Stockdick Junior High<div class="ExternalClassD573ECA836E54A41B14FCA7E7F5167DA"><p>Katy Independent School District opens the doors of Stockdick Junior High (SJH) to parents, students, staff and community members during a dedication ceremony of its 15<sup>th</sup> junior high.  SJH is home of the fierce sabercats where visitors can find a vision of "<em>Leaders & Learners, Today & Tomorrow!"</em><br></p><p>Adam Henry Stockdick was the first family member who applied and received approval to begin two of the original area schools.  The new SJH is located on a portion of the Stockdick family farm, near the site of one of the original one-room schoolhouses.  Country schools continued to operate for years after Katy ISD was formed in 1919.  The Stockdick School consolidated with Katy ISD in 1931, ending the era of unincorporated schools, but not the involvement of the Stockdick family in education.  From teaching, supporting and running some of the local schools, to several family members serving as trustees for the school board, education was, and continues to be, very important to the Stockdick's.  After almost 122 years, this family continues to love and nourish the community they call their own.  The historical stories and lessons of this family are ones of strength, will, focus, respect and faith in others which is a true Katy ISD legacy!</p><p>During the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special performance by the SJH Girls' Choir.  Additionally, a proclamation was read by a representative of Senator Lois Kolkhorst Office and a flag was presented by Representative Mike Schofield. </p><p><a href="">See photos of the dedication ceremony.</a>  </p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClass67ECF89F25FF4800A48169BCD7DE7D05"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="text-align:left;">8</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>th</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> Annual </strong><strong style="text-align:left;">AP</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="text-align:left;"> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.</span><br></p><p>From 2015 to 2017, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 23 percent.  The number of students participating in AP exams increased 26 percent to 9,478 in 2017 and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 24.6% in those two years.  </p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time ISD Lost Instructional Time <div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </p></div>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/"></a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href=""></a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/"></a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>


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