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Legacy Brick Unveiling in Honor of Katy ISD Teachers of the YearLegacy Brick Unveiling in Honor of Katy ISD Teachers of the Year<div class="ExternalClassB5DEDCBBE47D4E58914DB3D8DB5FE365"><p style="text-align:justify;">​The hard work and commitment of 143 Katy ISD Teachers of the Year will be etched into the City of Katy history as commemorative bricks are laid at Katy Heritage Park on December 7. </p><p>The District, along with Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control, and the Katy Heritage Society will honor the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year at this special brick unveiling event. <br></p><p><br></p><br><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:82%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:20%;"><p>What:​ </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:80%;"><p>2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year Brick Unveiling</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:20%;"><p>Where:           </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:80%;"><p>5990 George Bush Dr.<br>Katy, TX 77493</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:20%;"><p>When:            </p><p> <br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:80%;"><p>Tuesday, December 7, 2021<br>6:00 PM – 7:00 PM</p><p>Media Availability between 7:00 PM – 7:15PM<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Dec 3Return to School Updates - Dec 3<div class="ExternalClass226C79A87A2D43458F04F0ACD9AE2F20"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/16d21ffc812dca9698d55af7d3235383/_BackToSchool_email_%25284%2529.png" alt="RTS" width="700" height="120" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>December 3, 2021</strong>         <br>                      </p> <p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,             </p> <p>Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!           <br>Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span> denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.            </p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> KATY IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL (KIC) PUBLIC MEETING</u></strong> </span><br>The Katy Improvement Council will meet on December 9, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. to discuss and vote on the proposed Local Innovation Plan as part of the process to become a District of Innovation.  The meeting will be open to the public and is held in the Board Room of the Education Support Complex (6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas, 77494). </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>New</u></strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> Library Book Information<br></u></strong></span>Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change and request the notification. </p> <p>Parents of elementary and secondary students may also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out.   </p> <p><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW:</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> INTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong>                  </span></p> <p>Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester on <strong><u>Friday, December 17</u></strong>.  Beginning with the spring 2022 semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy regarding missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information.       </p> <p><span style="text-decoration:underline;background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED</u> </strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HOMEBOUND SERVICES </u></strong>      <br></span>The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.</p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</u></strong>             </span><br> Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.       </p> <p>The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the district’s main page.    </p> <p><strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>              <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="COVID" width="190" height="32" /><br>The District’s online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.            </p> <p><strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>            <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.        </p> <p><strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>        <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="APPT" width="247" height="53" /><br>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.           </p> <p><u>Operation:</u>          <br>Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      <br>Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493          <br><u>Eligibility</u>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.                </p> <p>Appointments: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>      <br><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>          <br>If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a>.            </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">UPDATED:</span> HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong>       <br></span>All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.          </p> <p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>        <br> <strong>WHEN: </strong> <strong>January 20</strong>          <br><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM         <br><strong>Location: </strong>Professional Development Annex Building         </p> <p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:          <br><strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured          <br><strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS          <br><strong>BRING</strong>:   Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child’s Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured. Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards.           </p> <p><strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES </strong>    <br>* Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.           <br>* FLU vaccine for $15.00             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>           <br></span>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:          </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>         <br>Pre-K programs          <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra         <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams         <br>Summer Meals         </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>         <br>Summer school tuition          <br>Advanced Placement exams          <br>SAT and ACT test fees          <br>College application fees          <br>Career and Technical Education fees          </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx">Pay N’ Go</a>.                  </p> <p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong> </span><br> <strong>Follow the links below to find helpful resources.</strong> <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page) <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a> </p> <p>Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only) </p> <p><strong><u>Library Book Notifications</u></strong> <br>Parents may be notified via email if their secondary student checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change.  Parents can also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong>      </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><br>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.           </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</u></strong>             </span><br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>             <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:             </p> <ul> <li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).            </li> <li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.            </li> </ul> <p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.                </p> <p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!      </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</u></strong><strong>      </strong>           <br></span>Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents’ support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child’s elementary campus communications.   <strong> </strong> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" width="699" height="88" /></u></strong> </p> <p>   </p> <p><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> ATHLETICS</u></strong>    </span>          <br> Katy ISD has two teams playing in the Region Football finals.  Paetow in the 5A, Katy in the 6A.  Both teams will play at Rice University this weekend.</p> <p><strong><u>PAETOW (v) vs Hightower<br> </u></strong><u>7 pm Friday, December 3<sup>rd<br> </sup></u>RICE STADIUM</p> <p><strong><u>Summer Creek vs KATY (h)<br> </u></strong><u>1 pm Saturday, December 4<sup>th<br> </sup></u>RICE STADIUM</p> <p>All Gameday Ticket Prices - $15</p> <p>Passes Accepted: </p> <p>District Passes (holder + Family), THSCA, THADA, TGCA</p> <p>**GOLD CARDS / Teacher IDs will not be accepted</p> <p>The Katy ISD Varsity Basketball Classic is this weekend.  56 boys and girls teams converge on Katy this weekend.  Folllow the brackets and get ticket information here at the <a href="https://sites.google.com/katyisd.org/katy-classic-bb/home?authuser=0">Tournament Program</a>.</p> <p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>.      </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong>     </span>       <br><strong>Holiday Concert Season is here!  </strong> <br>We encourage the Katy Community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the variety of concerts and events that held across the district.  For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>          </p> <p><strong>Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</strong>  <br>Junior high cheer camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</u></strong>         </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /><br><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> </span>   </span>         <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</u></strong>        </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><br>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SCHOOLINKS</u></strong>     </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="schoollinks" width="151" height="150" /><br>SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Katy ISD is accessible in 6th-12th grades by students and their parents.   </p> <p>SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff. </p> <p><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>   </p> <ul> <li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys  </li> <li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges  </li> <li>Create course plans based on career pathways  </li> <li>Take virtual reality college campus tours  </li> <li>Search for scholarships  </li> <li>Learn about financial aid  </li> <li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities  </li> <li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields  </li> <li>Create digital portfolios / resumes  </li> <li>Communicate with counselors  </li> <li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan  <br>      </li> </ul> <p><strong>Student Login:</strong>   <br>Students will login to SchooLinks via my Katy Cloud   <br>Then select SchooLinks logo   </p> <p><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>   <br>Parents/Guardians will have login access to Schoolinks at a later date.    <br> If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</u></strong>     <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5e01975c3f73e649d41f04036e494fc5/Exempt2122_Icon.JPG" alt="exempt" width="198" height="198" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3c86ddff42d2192b8cf42f90c84ac4f4/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="197" height="197" /></span><br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.       </p> <p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form).  </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHILD FIND</u></strong><strong> </strong>          </span><br>Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.            </p> <p><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</u></strong>             </span><br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:             </p> <ul> <li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;            </li> <li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and            </li> <li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.            </li> </ul> <p><strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:               </p> <ul> <li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and            </li> <li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.            </li> </ul> <p><strong>Things to consider:</strong>                  </p> <ul> <li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.            </li> <li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).            </li> <li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.             </li> <li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.            </li> <li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student’s transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA.             </li> </ul> <p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.               </p> <p>Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</u></strong>            <br></span><strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>            <br>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up”, will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.              </p> <p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.              </p> <p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</u></strong>            </span><br>Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.            </p> <p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.               </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>   </p> <p> </p></div><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD to Offer Advanced Academic Studies Information SessionKaty ISD to Offer Advanced Academic Studies Information Session<div class="ExternalClass0D24C41D7BE04E789BCDFE6601ADCB14"><p>​Parents of Katy ISD fifth graders who will be attending junior high in 2022-2023 are invited to learn more about the Katy Advanced (KAP) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. The informational session will be held via Zoom:  <br></p><ul><li><strong>Thursday, December 9</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at 6:00pm (</strong><a href="https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/82770762313"><strong>Zoom Link</strong></a><strong>) English</strong></li><li><strong>Thursday, December 9</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at 6:00pm (</strong><a href="https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/82878350819"><strong>Enlace para Zoom</strong></a><strong>) Spanish</strong></li></ul><p>“Administrators will present an overview of the advanced academics programs in Katy ISD and address commonly asked questions about student participation in program courses," said Dr. Joan Otten, Director of GT and Advanced Academics.<span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">KAP courses, offered to students in grades six through ten, provide above grade-level instruction designed to prepare them to be successful in AP courses taken in high school. AP courses provide students the opportunity to engage in college-level studies with the option of taking the AP exam to possibly qualify for college credit. Research indicates that students who participate in an AP course are more likely to complete an undergraduate program, choose academically challenging majors in college and are prone to pursue an advanced degree. Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign languages, computer science, music, and art.</p><p>This presentation can also be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/KAP_AP_DualCredit.aspx" target="_blank">GT & Advanced Academics website</a> .  </p><ul><li><p><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/KAP-Awareness.pdf" target="_blank">Access the English presentation</a>.</p></li><li><p><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/KAP-Awareness-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Access the Spanish presentation​</a>.<br></p></li></ul></div>
Katy ISD Appoints Principal for Elementary #44Katy ISD Appoints Principal for Elementary #44<div class="ExternalClassF8E1557C06834951935B4F592F18A8AC"><p>Katy Independent School District has named Martha Pulido as the principal of Elementary #44, located in the Cane Island subdivision. <br></p><p>Pulido began her career in 1996 as an elementary teacher in the Houston Independent School District. She transitioned to Katy ISD in 1999 where she served as a second-grade teacher, reading intervention teacher, and an instructional coach and coordinator at Sundown Elementary. In 2012, Pulido became assistant principal at Morton Ranch High School, and in 2017 was appointed principal of Sundown Elementary. </p><p>“I look forward to my role in one of the District's newest communities and will continue to focus on unparalleled learning experiences for the thousands of inquisitive and eager students who will come through our new campus over the years to come," said Pulido. </p><p>A Katy ISD Advisory Committee will soon begin the process for identifying a name for Elementary #44. It is anticipated that the Board of Trustees will review and approve a name recommended by the Committee in January.</p><p>Elementary #44 opens in August 2022. The campus will provide relief to Bryant Elementary and is located at 7400 Innovation Drive.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/MPulido.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:441px;height:289px;" /><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Nov 19Return to School Updates - Nov 19<div class="ExternalClass4D1D119223744EEF949A80684115DF07"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/16d21ffc812dca9698d55af7d3235383/_BackToSchool_email_%25284%2529.png" alt="RTS" width="700" height="120" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>November 19, 2021</strong>         <br>                      </p> <p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,             </p> <p>Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!           <br>Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span> denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.            </p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;background:lime;">NOTE</span></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;background:lime;">:</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving student and staff holiday, the Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center will be closed beginning Saturday, November 20 through Saturday, November 27. The Testing Center will resume regular operations on Monday, November 29 at 7:00 a.m. </span></span>    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</u></strong>             </span><br> Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.       </p> <p>The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the district’s main page.    </p> <p><strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>              <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="COVID" width="190" height="32" /><br>The District’s online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.            </p> <p><strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>            <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.        </p> <p><strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>        <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="APPT" width="247" height="53" /><br>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.           </p> <p><u>Operation:</u>          <br>Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      <br>Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493          <br><u>Eligibility</u>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.                </p> <p>Appointments: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>      <br><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>          <br>If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program.           </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong>            <br></span>Students who attend in-person learning and elect to isolate due to COVID or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). If a student meets the requirements for ISH learning, they can opt in for as few as 2 days to stay on track with classwork. Students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days per school year utilizing this option.            </p> <p>Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus.  If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>.         </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW:</u></strong> </span>Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester on Friday, December 17.  Beginning with the spring 2022 semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy in regards to missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information. </p> <p><strong><u>Homebound Services </u></strong>  <br>The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which may require in-home academic support.   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>WHO TO CONTACT?</u></strong>          </span><br><strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a>          <br><strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong>       <br></span>All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.          </p> <p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>        <br> <strong>WHEN: </strong> <strong>December 2nd</strong>           <br><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM         <br><strong>Location: </strong>Professional Development Annex Building         </p> <p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:          <br><strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured          <br><strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS          <br><strong>BRING</strong>:   Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child’s Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured. Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards.           </p> <p><strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES </strong>    <br>* Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.           <br>* FLU vaccine for $15.00             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>           <br></span>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:          </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>         <br>Pre-K programs          <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra         <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams         <br>Summer Meals         </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>         <br>Summer school tuition          <br>Advanced Placement exams          <br>SAT and ACT test fees          <br>College application fees          <br>Career and Technical Education fees          </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx">Pay N’ Go</a>.                  </p> <p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong> </span><br> <strong>Follow the links below to find helpful resources.</strong> <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page) <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a> </p> <p>Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only) </p> <p><strong><u>Library Book Notifications</u></strong> <br>Parents may be notified via email if their secondary student checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change.  Parents can also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong>      </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><br>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.           </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</u></strong>             </span><br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>             <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:             </p> <ul> <li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).            </li> <li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.            </li> </ul> <p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.                </p> <p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!      </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</u></strong><strong>      </strong>           <br></span>Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents’ support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child’s elementary campus communications.   <strong> </strong> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" width="699" height="88" /></u></strong> </p> <p>    <br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ATHLETICS</u></strong>         </span>      <br> High School Volleyball and Football playoffs are in full swing.  Refer to our <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">website</a> for the most up-to-date playoff pairings. </p> <p>We would like to recognize the Jordan Warrior Tennis program.  In addition to advancing to the UIL State Team Tennis Tournament, they were awarded the UTSA Team Sportsmanship Award.  Inside High School Sports recently showcased the team with their ‘<a href="https://twitter.com/ihss_houston/status/1458117184765538317">Chevy Spotlight’ segment</a>.  </p> <p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>.       </p> <p><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong>            <br><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW:</strong></span><strong> Holiday Concert Season is here!  </strong> <br>We encourage the Katy Community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the variety of concerts and events that held across the district.  For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>          </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW:</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span>Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</strong>  <br>Junior high cheer camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</u></strong>         </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /><br><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> </span>   </span>         <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</u></strong>        </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><br>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SCHOOLINKS</u></strong>     </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="schoollinks" width="151" height="150" /><br>SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Katy ISD is accessible in 6th-12th grades by students and their parents.   </p> <p>SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff. </p> <p><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>   </p> <ul> <li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys  </li> <li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges  </li> <li>Create course plans based on career pathways  </li> <li>Take virtual reality college campus tours  </li> <li>Search for scholarships  </li> <li>Learn about financial aid  </li> <li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities  </li> <li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields  </li> <li>Create digital portfolios / resumes  </li> <li>Communicate with counselors  </li> <li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan  <br>      </li> </ul> <p><strong>Student Login:</strong>   <br>Students will login to SchooLinks via my Katy Cloud   <br>Then select SchooLinks logo   </p> <p><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>   <br>Parents/Guardians will have login access to Schoolinks at a later date.    <br> If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</u></strong>     <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5e01975c3f73e649d41f04036e494fc5/Exempt2122_Icon.JPG" alt="exempt" width="198" height="198" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3c86ddff42d2192b8cf42f90c84ac4f4/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="197" height="197" /></span><br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.       </p> <p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form).  </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHILD FIND</u></strong><strong> </strong>          </span><br>Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.            </p> <p><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</u></strong>             </span><br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:             </p> <ul> <li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;            </li> <li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and            </li> <li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.            </li> </ul> <p><strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:               </p> <ul> <li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and            </li> <li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.            </li> </ul> <p><strong>Things to consider:</strong>                  </p> <ul> <li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.            </li> <li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).            </li> <li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.             </li> <li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.            </li> <li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student’s transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA.             </li> </ul> <p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.               </p> <p>Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</u></strong>            <br></span><strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>            <br>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up”, will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.              </p> <p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.              </p> <p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</u></strong>            </span><br>Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.            </p> <p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.               </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>   </p> <p> </p></div><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Volunteers to Review Instructional MaterialsKaty ISD Seeks Volunteers to Review Instructional Materials<div class="ExternalClassC9A365BAF2054039A1DA4305487CDAD8"><p>Katy Independent School District is seeking parent and community volunteers to serve on committees to review and select new instruction materials for various courses to be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year. These courses include: <br></p><p><strong>Elementary Courses</strong><br>Health / PE</p><p><strong>Secondary Courses</strong><br>Elements of Data Science KAP<br>AP Comparative Government and Politics<br>AP Human Geography<br>AP Physics<br>Health / PE</p><p><strong>Career & Technical Education Courses</strong><br>Counseling and Mental Health<br>Computer Science II KAP<br>Unity Game Development KAP<br>Range Ecology Management<br>Correctional Services<br>Advanced Legal Systems<br>Principles of Construction<br>Construction Trades I & II<br></p><p><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#0e101a;">Those interested in serving on a committee should <a href="https://tinyurl.com/PROC2022COMMITTEE" target="_blank">complete the interest form</a>.</span><br></p><p>Not all volunteers may be selected to serve on a committee. The last day to submit an interest form is Dec. 15. </p><p>For more information, contact Nakia Coy at  <a href="mailto:NakiaRCoy@KatyISD.org" target="_blank">NakiaRCoy@KatyISD.org</a> or call 281-396-2243.<br></p></div>

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