The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) has announced the names of over 16,000 semifinalists who participated in the 68th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and among them are 77 Katy ISD high school students.
GT screenings for incoming secondary students are now taking place at Katy ISD.
At Katy ISD, 106 students will have not one, but two diplomas after earning the AP Capstone Diploma™.
Parents of kindergarten students in Katy ISD who would like their child to be part of the Challenge (Gifted and Talented, GT) program may refer them for screening.
During the August monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees called for a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (TRE) to fund teacher and staff pay raises.
SECURITY DEVICES AT KATY ISD LARGE EVENT VENUES
Katy ISD, in its continued efforts to ensure student, staff, and patron safety, has purchased security devices to be staged at our four large event venues. These devices are already installed at the entrances of the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC). The devices are non-intrusive narrow towers that seamlessly screen visitors for objects prohibited within large event venues. They do not require removal of any personal effects prior to walking through them. Please take a moment to review the District’s guidelines for Clear Bags and Prohibited Items at large event venues. It is anticipated that the security devices will be available for installation at Legacy and Rhodes stadiums and the Agricultural Sciences Center, within the coming weeks.
Campus Exterior Doors Safety Signage
All campus exterior doors will include updated safety signage within the coming weeks that emphasizes that exterior doors must remain closed and locked. The purpose of the signage is to reinforce and remind all staff and students to take the extra precaution of ensuring that doors are closed and locked at all times, and to not open a door for anyone trying to enter.
All campus exterior doors already have signage directing visitors to utilize the main entrance for access to campuses and not side entrances. These stickers should be left in place, with the new yellow sticker above placed inside over this sticker, allowing the external message to remain outward. All staff and students should avoid allowing anyone without a District identification badge from “tailgating” or following them into a District facility.
TAX RATE ELECTION
Katy ISD's Tax Rate Election is designed to generate additional revenue through the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) portion of the school district tax rate to fund teacher and staff pay raises. The TRE asks voters to sustain the current school district tax rate of $1.35. Sustaining the tax rate means that the tax rate residents are paying today, would be the same school district tax rate residents would pay, should the TRE pass. More information can be found on the TRE webpage. Early Voting is October 24- November 4. Election Day is November 8.
Katy ISD Blood Drive Challenge
The Katy ISD Blood Drive Challenge will be held Tuesday, October 5 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. The Gulf Coast Donor Mobile Coach will be parked in front of the Merrell Center-Ticket Booth area. For additional information you may contact Therese Highnote at ThereseDHighnote@katyisd.org.
To have a Blood Drive on your own campus, you can do so by contacting your campus nurse.
Financial Aid Hotline
The Texas Financial Aid Information Center (TFAIC) offers year-round support on any issue related to student financial aid. The center serves as a one-stop resource for schools, students, and families who have questions about financial aid eligibility, the application process, state financial aid programs, education-related tax benefits, and more.
For help, call 1-888-311-8881.