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Katy ISD is Hiring!https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1559Katy ISD is Hiring!2022-01-07T14:33:24Z<div class="ExternalClass59C89684F7414A3AB05547DDD04E9C23"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the start of 2022, how about a new job at a thriving school district identified by Forbes as one of the top employers in the state of Texas?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is seeking to fill vacancies in classroom instruction and support, maintenance, operations, transportation and law enforcement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From educating our students, keeping our campuses clean and safe, and providing transportation to and from school, these men and women are essential to the success of our school district," said Brian Schuss, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Katy ISD offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to those interested in joining our team," added Schuss.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring, the District will also host its annual Certified Teacher Job Fair on <strong>Saturday, March 26, 2022</strong>.  Elementary campus leadership will meet interested candidates between 8:30-11:30 a.m., and secondary personnel between 1-4 p.m. at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Candidates interested in any Katy ISD position may apply at:  <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a>.​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD and Gulf Coast Host Blood Drivehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1557Katy ISD and Gulf Coast Host Blood Drive2022-01-03T20:12:15Z<div class="ExternalClass8DFC3752B0A34D51AB0DCF4C880C2C69"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">January is National Blood Donor Month, and this year Katy Independent School District is partnering with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to offer its staff, students and parents an opportunity to donate.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 3 and 4, the Blood Center will operate a mobile site at Legacy Stadium from 1-7 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for Katy ISD staff and community members to give back to others in need of blood supply.  </p><p>​When donating blood, participating individuals are encouraged to highlight the campus they are associated with.  The outcomes of campuses wishing to participate in the Gulf Coast Blood Drive Challenge, and other spring community blood drive gatherings, will be shared at the end of each event.  Appointments are recommended and can be made at the QR code below:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KatyISD-Blood-Donation-Challenge.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:482px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:             <br></strong><strong>ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NEWSCAST AND PUBLICATIONS – </strong>Katy ISD Partners with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for Blood Drive Challenge<br></p><p><strong>Where:           <br></strong>Legacy Stadium<br>5175 Franz Road, Gate 1<br>(Enter on Katy Hockley Road near Walgreens)<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:           <br>January 3-4, 2022<br></strong>1-7 p.m.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courseshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1556Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courses2022-01-03T20:08:19Z<div class="ExternalClass821775789D86435A892A023252EAA462"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, maybe take some computer skills classes, or learn how to dance salsa?  If so, look no further!  Spring enrollment has begun for a variety of Katy Independent School District Community Education classes which aim to provide participants the opportunity to build expertise, learn a different skill or enjoy a new activity. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">With a variety of topics and options, the Community Education courses at Katy ISD provide the general public with learning opportunities that include self-improvement, enrichment, recreation, professional skills courses and best of all, an opportunity to make new friends.  Spring semester classes take place at various Katy ISD high schools during evening hours, and interested individuals can view course availability through the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Catalog.pdf">Community Education Spring 2022 Online Course Catalog.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“For over 30 years, the Katy ISD Community Education Program has grown to include almost 2,000 participants per semester," said Karen Lewis, Director of Internal & Community Relations.  “We have found that many participants who take a course, return in following semesters to take more classes," added Lewis.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Registration is available online. Everyone is invited to register for classes, even if you live outside of the Katy ISD district. Certificates of completion are issued for most classes. For questions, call the Community Education Department at 281-396-6365. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Seeking Community Input on State Exemptionshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1553Katy ISD Seeking Community Input on State Exemptions2021-12-15T19:35:31Z<div class="ExternalClass2B387CE7216545999CA4651616C7CE5E"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For the past five years as a state-designated District of Innovation (DOI), Katy Independent School District has been allowed to exempt certain Texas Education Code provisions to most effectively meet the needs of the students it serves.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is now seeking to renew its District of Innovation designation as well as include additional exemptions.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The current 2017-2022 Katy ISD Local Innovation Plan reflects exemptions for the school start date, teacher certification and the designation of campus behavior coordinators.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The 2022-2027 proposed plan will add the following additional elements to existing exemptions:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Operation of Minutes</li><li>Student Suspension</li><li>Attendance for Class Credit or Final Grade</li><li>Excused Absences (Related to College Visits) </li><li>Compulsory Attendance </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“The proposed exemptions will provide the District greater flexibilities in meeting the educational needs and interests of over 88,000 students that we serve," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator.</p><p>The District is seeking feedback from the community on <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Proposed_Local_Innovation_Plan-2021.pdf">Katy ISD's proposed District of Innovation Plan</a> before it is presented to the Board of Trustees next month for review and approval.  Interested individuals can share their input by emailing <a href="mailto:districtofinnovation@katyisd.org">districtofinnovation@katyisd.org</a> up until 4 p.m. on January 18, 2022.</p><p>Additional information about the <a href="/dept/legal/Pages/District-of-Innovation.aspx">District of Innovation</a> can be found on the Katy ISD webpage.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendarhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1552Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar2021-12-14T15:11:31Z<div class="ExternalClassBE5366FB6ADC4E28A3343E0D452D08EC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District monthly board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the instructional calendar for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The calendar includes the following highlights:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Wednesday, August 16, 2023:  First Day of School</li><li>Friday, May 17, 2024:  Last Day of School for Seniors</li><li>Thursday, May 23, 2024:  Last Day of School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Every fall Katy ISD seeks community feedback for the development of future instructional calendars," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator.  “Through a community survey sent out in November, participants provided input indicating this calendar as the favorable option," added Ashorn.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As a District of Innovation, authorized under House Bill 1842, Katy ISD has the flexibility to obtain exemptions from certain provisions in the Texas Education Code that allow changes to the instructional calendar.  The approved calendar also provides teachers two professional development days in August 2023 as well as five additional days of professional learning throughout the school year.  Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day are District holidays.  Katy ISD will continue providing a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas and New Year's, as well as one week off for Spring Break. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2023-24%20Instructional%20Calendar%20-%20Option%20A%20-%20DOI.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:777px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveilinghttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1548Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveiling2021-12-08T15:22:12Z<div class="ExternalClass313EFEE14C6A41A282D3F2939F5DBCBC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District's annual tradition of celebrating the talents and dedication of its Campus Teachers of the Year continued this fall at Katy Heritage Park where the names of 143 teachers were etched into bricks that pave the site. Yesterday evening, the District and local event sponsors, hosted a brick unveiling ceremony where hundreds gathered to recognize their remarkable accomplishments.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We honor the achievements of these outstanding educators who have made significant contributions to our schools, students and families as they navigated COVID-19, the deep freeze and other challenges these past two years," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “These teachers have shown phenomenal fortitude, perseverance, creativity, adaptability and leadership as well a sense of strength and stability in these tumultuous times," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The brick unveiling event honors not only Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, but the Katy community as well. The bricks at Katy Heritage Park serve as a permanent tribute to the decades of unparalleled learning experiences provided across more than 70 Katy ISD campuses.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control and the Katy Heritage Society sponsored the occasion and provided the space for the bricklaying. The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir also performed at the ceremony.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event recognized the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year.  The 2019-2020 event was delayed due to COVID-19. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/scjb1qfqv0qbbdk/AACmw6IcZHjh_QaHzcC9br8ba?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Campus Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2038.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2047.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Offer Advanced Academic Studies Information Sessionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1545Katy ISD to Offer Advanced Academic Studies Information Session2021-11-30T20:53:05Z<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 Closes for Thanksgiving Breakhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1542Katy ISD Closes for Thanksgiving Break2021-11-19T17:01:05Z<div class="ExternalClass58976DD740854FCDAAA66DEB9A490FA1"><p>​All Katy Independent School District campuses and facilities will be closed for the <strong>Thanksgiving Holiday from Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26</strong>. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will resume normal operations on Monday, November 29. <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Requesting Community Feedback on 2023-2024 Instructional Calendarhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1540Katy ISD Requesting Community Feedback on 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar2021-11-17T18:21:58Z<div class="ExternalClass111F6D4B11524C13A1D25D0BF5858C64"><p>​Katy Independent School District seeks input from the community on its 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar. </p><p>“Building a school calendar that works best for Katy ISD families is an important step to ensure our students reach their full academic potential," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator. </p><p>This week, parents, students, staff, and community members with an email on file with the District were invited to participate in a brief survey that will provide helpful direction in the development of the 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar. </p><p>All parents, students, employees, and community members are encouraged to participate before the survey closes on Dec. 7. <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Addresses Human Trafficking Awareness as Part of Legacy Parent Academyhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1534Katy ISD Addresses Human Trafficking Awareness as Part of Legacy Parent Academy2021-11-10T21:32:58Z<div class="ExternalClass4899D13276D44AE0A374CDCA0A4BB4B6"><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy Independent School District will present “Human Trafficking Awareness" as the third topic of this year's Legacy Parent Academy. The session will present information on human trafficking and its consequences. </p><p>The academy's goal is to equip parents with additional resources and tools to help support their child(ren) as they navigate challenging issues impacting school-age students.<br></p><p><br></p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:78%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>​What:​​</strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>​<strong>Human Trafficking Awareness  </strong><br></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:25%;height:32px;"><p>​<strong>Where:</strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:75%;height:32px;"><p><strong>​Legacy Stadium</strong><br>1830 Katyland Dr.<br>Katy, TX 77493</p><p><a href="/Media" target="_blank">The event also will be livestreamed</a><br></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>​When:</strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p><strong>​Wednesday, Nov. 10</strong><br>6 p.m. to 7 p.m. <br></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><p>​<span lang="FR"><strong>Contact:</strong></span><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>​Laura Davis, Media Relations<br>713-409-1480<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Presents “Being an Upstander” As Part of Its Legacy Parent Academyhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1519Katy ISD Presents “Being an Upstander” As Part of Its Legacy Parent Academy2021-10-20T14:45:51Z<div class="ExternalClassE2009949DD824E8787899B11FDBDED7B"><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District will present “Being an Upstander Against Bullying" as the second topic of this year's Legacy Parent Academy. The informational session will address how to defend against bullies and what to do if a student is bullied at school.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The academy's goal is to equip parents with additional resources and tools to help support their child(ren) as they navigate challenging issues impacting school-age students.  </p><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16%;"><p><strong>​Wha​t: </strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p>​<strong>Being an Upstander Against Bullying</strong><br></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16%;"><p>​<strong>Where: </strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​ <strong><em>Legacy Stadium</em></strong><br>1830 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX 77493<br></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16%;"><p>​<strong>When:</strong><br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​<strong>Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021</strong><br>6 p.m. to 7 p.m.<br></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:16%;"><p>​<strong>Contact:</strong>  <br></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​Laura Davis, Media Relations</p><p>713-409-1480<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table>​<span style="font-size:14px;"> </span><p><a href="/Media" target="_blank">The event also will be livestreamed</a> and will be accessible.<strong>  </strong></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Serviceshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1511Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services2021-09-30T21:24:09Z<div class="ExternalClassB7F66F0908574378B083315C2DD17E60"><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which include observations and standardized tests.  The GT program for elementary students in Katy ISD consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning October 12, 2021, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted and talented program.  Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student's school or from the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/GT/Documents/Elementary%20Parent%20Checklist%20-%20%28English%29.pdf">Katy ISD website</a>.  To submit an online form, parents may contact the campus Challenge teacher.  KVA parents will receive an e-mail with a link to submit an online form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist for students in grades 1-4 is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 29, 2021</strong></span>.  Checklists that are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2022-2023 school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A GT Awareness presentation for parents of students in grades 1-4 will be available on the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented website on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2021 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.  Elementary and secondary parent checklists may be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Encouraging Families to Apply for National School Lunch Program https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1505Katy ISD Encouraging Families to Apply for National School Lunch Program 2021-09-15T14:27:33Z<div class="ExternalClassC93452D1CC014F13A50567D7F2EBE659"><p>Thousands of Katy ISD families are still eligible for free and reduced price benefits including discounted exam and course fees and reduced internet service costs. Those families who have not submitted their annual National School Lunch Program application are missing out on these and other benefits! <br></p><p>“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently providing free meals to all public school students because of the ongoing pandemic, though approximately 11,000 students who have not already submitted their meal application, are still eligible for a number of school related benefits," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service. “These include reduced SAT/ACT exam registration fees, discounts on home internet service, as well as discounted Katy ISD fine arts and athletic fees," added Pittenger.</p><p>Meal benefits applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available on the <a href="https://www.schoolcafe.com/katyisd" target="_blank">Katy ISD School Cafe</a>​. Families must submit a new meal benefits application each year, and only one application is required per household. The application should be completed by September 30 to take full advantage of all of the benefits.</p><p>For additional information about meal benefits, visit the <a href="https://katyisdfoodservices.com/" target="_blank">Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service website</a>. <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Resumes Regular Schedule on Wednesdayhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1504Katy ISD Resumes Regular Schedule on Wednesday2021-09-14T17:23:21Z<div class="ExternalClassF5486790120347178BEF808C2E41A440"><p>All Katy Independent School District campuses, Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), and facilities will resume a regular schedule on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. All before and after school practices, activities, and events will resume as well. <br></p><p>If families have been displaced from their homes due to the weather event, they are asked to fill out the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/fpef/Pages/Homeless.aspx" target="_blank">Student Residency Questionnaire</a> and return it to the closest Katy ISD campus. </p><p>This weeks' Grab and Go Meal Service for KVA students will take place on Wednesday, September 15 at Morton Ranch High School, located at 21000 Franz Rd. and Cinco Ranch High School, located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided at those sites tomorrow for the remainder of the school week.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Campuses and Facilities to Close on Tuesday Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1503Katy ISD Campuses and Facilities to Close on Tuesday Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas 2021-09-13T16:48:53Z<div class="ExternalClassA289823A71894D27921725027E6C6686"><p>​Due to inclement weather forecasted for later tonight and into tomorrow as a result of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Katy Independent School District has canceled all after-school activities scheduled for after 6 p.m. today. <br></p><p>Additionally, all Katy ISD campuses and facilities will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. </p><p>Katy ISD will continue to the monitor the unfolding weather situation. <br></p><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Seeks Community Feedback on Strategic Planhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1500Katy ISD Seeks Community Feedback on Strategic Plan2021-09-10T14:06:02Z<div class="ExternalClass4E508800AC764202B6161ECF67E65511"><p>​Katy Independent School District is requesting feedback on its five-year strategic plan to help evaluate outcomes and further define objectives the District and its campuses will pursue over the next two years.  </p><p>This week, parents, students, staff and community members with an email on file with the District were invited to participate in a survey that will provide helpful direction for enhancing programs and services, and sustaining student achievement. </p><p>"The success of our strategic plan relies heavily on community involvement, particularly that of parents and staff as we plan for the future of our District," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools. "We exist to serve our students and their families, which is why their feedback is a critical part of the process."  </p><p>In 2017, Katy ISD launched its first-ever strategic plan, which included goals for personalized learning, digital infrastructure, recruitment and retention, student well-being, and more. Stakeholder groups assess the plan annually to review progress and identify the next steps. The current strategic plan ends in 2022.  </p><p>All parents, students, employees, and community members are encouraged to participate before the survey closes on September 30. </p><p>For more information about the District's strategic plan, <a href="/strategicdesign/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">visit the KatyISD Strategic Design website.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2021 Secondary Gifted and Talented Screeninghttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1493Katy ISD Announces 2021 Secondary Gifted and Talented Screening2021-08-31T14:50:15Z<div class="ExternalClass39F3CBB954EE43FBAC4E7AE042A02D7D"><p>Gifted and talented (GT) screenings for incoming secondary students will soon begin at Katy Independent School District.  Students currently in fifth grade who are not identified as part of the elementary Challenge Program have the opportunity to be screened for GT program services, at the secondary level.<br></p><p>If parents would like to refer their child for secondary GT screening they must complete a <a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Secondary%20Parent%20Checklist%20-%20(English).pdf">Secondary Parent Checklist</a> in English or <a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Secondary%20Parent%20Checklist%20-%20(Spanish).pdf">Spanish</a> and return it to their child's elementary campus by <strong>September 22, 2021</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Gifted and talented education programs provide a variety of academic and social options for students who are advanced learners," said Katy ISD Director of Gifted, Talented and Advanced Academic Studies, Dr. Joan Otten.  “Students who qualify for the GT Program will begin in the fall of their sixth-grade year," added Otten.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Secondary gifted program options are available in English Language Arts & Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  Students may be screened at their current campus in October and November in any or all of these content areas.  Parents will be notified of the placement decision by U.S. mail in January 2022.    <br></p><p>Contact the Challenge teacher at your child's elementary school if you have additional questions.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Location for Free COVID-19 Testing Centerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1492Katy ISD Announces New Location for Free COVID-19 Testing Center2021-08-30T19:24:51Z<div class="ExternalClassB85D3DD2CB9344788909D329F8FD27DD"><div class="ExternalClass32A5630CF81B450EA6B5516A88D67E10" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>As part of Katy Independent School District's proactive approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, August 30, the District will transition its FREE rapid COVID-19 Testing Center to the Gary A. Voss Project Center located within the Agricultural Sciences Facility.  The testing center's address is:</span><br></p><p>Gary A. Vos Project Center</p><p>5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road</p><p>Katy, TX  77493</p><p>Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p><p>The FREE rapid COVID-19 test is for all enrolled Katy ISD students, as well as district employees and their dependents who are enrolled under the Katy ISD healthcare plan.  The free test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project.  <br></p><p>“The process is quick and simple and both students and staff will receive their results within a matter of minutes," added Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.<br></p><p>Parental/Guardian permission, as well as a reservation, is required for all students who are below 18 years of age.  Permission slips will be available at the testing site and reservations should be made through the following link: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week" target="_blank">https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week</a><br></p><p>Additional questions related to this program can be submitted to <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"># # ​#<br></p><p><br></p></div></div>
Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1490Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employers2021-08-27T20:45:47Z<div class="ExternalClassE2246C03C8B040FB801EF499DA701CFC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again earned a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Forbes List of Best Employers</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> in the state of Texas, coming in at #8.  Not surprisingly, Katy ISD was also the only school district in Texas to make the Top 10 list of employers along with renowned organizations such as NASA, Dell Technologies and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From our teachers, administrators, operations and support staff, every member of the Katy ISD family strives daily to provide supportive and unparalleled learning experiences to the more than 87,000 students we serve," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “They are the best staff I have ever had the privilege to work alongside.  It is our employees that truly makes Katy ISD such a special place," added Gregorski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to develop its third annual list of </span><em style="text-align:left;">America's Best Employers by State</em><span style="text-align:left;">.  The list is divided into 51 rankings – one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia – and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees.  Surveys were conducted from October 2020 to June 2021 and were anonymous, allowing participants to freely share their opinions. </span></p><p>This is the third consecutive year that Katy ISD has made the list.  To read the full Forbes article visit <a href="https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#3503e3e1487a"><em>America's</em> <em>Best Employers by State for 2021</em></a><em>.</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Deadlinehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1489Katy ISD Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Screening Deadline2021-08-27T13:44:26Z<div class="ExternalClassB1C9F4EEEAE740488BA67D4C4BBD927F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents of kindergarten students in Katy Independent School District who would like their child to be part of the Challenge (Gifted and Talented, GT) program may refer them for screening.  This week, kindergarten parents will receive information detailing how to refer a student.  Referral information can also be found in the </span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics website</a><span style="text-align:justify;"> and is due on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">October 1, 2021.</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​“The State of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as a child or youth who performs or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment," said Katy ISD Director of Gifted, Talented and Advanced Academic Studies Joan Otten. “The Katy ISD Kindergarten Program emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills," added Otten.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kindergarten services will begin the week of February 28, 2022 and will include students attending a Challenge classroom for 60 minutes a week.  Students identified in kindergarten move into the elementary pullout program in first grade.  Parents with questions can contact the counselor at their child's campus or the campus Challenge teacher.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents of students who are referred and screened will receive placement notification during the week of February 21, 2022.  Kindergarten GT Parent Information presentation will be available on the GT website by September 14, 2021.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1488Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality 2021-08-31T14:42:59Z<div class="ExternalClass9EB0A7599B0740CDA41BDF58BA2FD943"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again partnered with Amazon to help teachers purchase some of those additional items they “wish" they could have to enhance their classroom experiences. The District is providing its teachers up to $200 each to spend through a district-funded account ​​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">for consumable classroom supply purchases such as pens, color pencils, paper and small student incentives. </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is in addition to the instructional supplies and materials already provided through Katy ISD campus budgets. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These funds are intended to assist teachers with purchasing those few extra items they would love to have in their classrooms that may further supplement a learning experience they have planned for their students," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “Our educators have always gone above and beyond for our learners, especially during these past 18 months. We hope they will enjoy this opportunity to purchase some additional items for their classrooms," added Gregorski.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Instructional Teacher Supply Budget (KITSB)  is separate from campus budgets and does not affect Katy ISD's overall instructional material and supply budget.  Beginning next week, teachers will be able to log into Amazon to select the items they wish to purchase.  It is the expectation this initiative will help with personal out-of-pocket expenses incurred by some teachers. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instructionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1487Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instruction2021-08-24T00:06:39Z<div class="ExternalClass355113DCE35247CF908AF8F184133C08"><p>​K<span style="text-align:justify;">aty Independent School District will continue to offer curbside Grab and Go meal students to students who have opted for virtual instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Grades K-6 program.  Beginning tomorrow August 24, the meal sites will </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">only</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> operate on Tuesdays and will provide breakfast and lunch meals for the entire week of instruction.  Distribution sites include:</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Hours of Operations</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">21000 Franz Road</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77449</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesdays Only</p><p style="text-align:center;">4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77494</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The grab and go breakfast and lunch meals are ready to heat and eat at home," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of Nutrition & Food Services.  “There is no cost to children 18 and under who are enrolled in KVA.  Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for meals at the Grab and Go locations," added Pittenger.</p><p>Identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meal.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-6https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1482Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-62021-08-11T01:13:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE7C12480870F403E89B53A4980B1EF0D"><p>During tonight’s Katy Independent School District Special Board Meeting Trustees approved a <strong>Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) online learning program</strong> for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Parents can begin the online application process tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m. and must apply by midnight on Tuesday, August 17 to enroll in this virtual instructional model.  Online instruction through KVA Grades K-6 will officially begin on Monday, August 30 and extend through Friday, October 15, 2021.  <br></p><p>The KVA Grades K-6 program is being made available for parents of those students who may wish to immunize their child against COVID but do not currently have the option to do so due to minimum age requirements tied to the current iteration of the vaccine. <br></p><p>Additional information regarding this instructional model can be found on the Katy Virtual Academy K-6 webpage that will open tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m.  <br></p><p><strong>Additional items approved during the Katy ISD August Special Board Meeting include:</strong></p><p>• <strong>COVID-19 Paid Leave for Employees</strong> – The Board approved 10 additional days of paid leave for employees who are documented COVID-19 positive and require mandatory quarantining.  These days are in addition to employees’ existing leave bank.</p><p>• <strong>Employee and Student COVID-19 Testing Site</strong> – The Board approved expanding the employee testing site to include Katy ISD students.</p><p>• <strong>Intermittent School to Home Learning Mode</strong>l - The Board approved providing students who are required to isolate due to COVID-19, or any other medical condition, a learning option where they can access their assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas) to stay current on classroom assignments.  Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days.<br></p><p><br>​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tixhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1480Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tix2021-08-06T20:58:43Z<div class="ExternalClass6570BC5734E04EE4B577567B718FF5AC"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/PayNGoTix%20fb.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:215px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">There's now an easy way to purchase Katy Independent School District tickets for select athletic events!  It's called </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Pay N' Go Tix</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.  This new purchasing option provides a convenient way to buy electronic tickets online and in advance of Katy ISD events.  Spectators have two options when purchasing passes to their favorite events:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Website</strong></span>:  Visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a>.  Click the <em>A+ Pay N' Go</em> icon on the upper right-hand corner of the website.  Select the <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> logo.  Choose your event category, the event and then click “Book Now".</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>QR Code:</strong></span>  Scan a QR code found across district campuses and displayed on facility signage located near the event entrance.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">At this time, only junior high and high school athletic events, with the exception of varsity football, will be available for purchase via <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>.  Fine Arts will be integrated into the system in spring 2022, while it is anticipated that varsity football tickets will be available in the system by the summer semester. Varsity football and fine arts will continue to utilize their existing ticketing sales platforms until they are transitioned to <em>Pay N' Go Tix.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Athletic tickets will no longer be sold at events and must be purchased online with a credit card.  Save time and secure your game day and event tickets through <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>! </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video for Publications:  <a href="https://youtu.be/H6W-QsOttyc"><em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> Video</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-22https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1477Katy ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-222021-07-27T14:47:51Z<div class="ExternalClassBFF6F71E36E34BA0A8CC5480161AC8D5"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is excited to welcome back over 85,000 students on Wednesday, August 18 for the 2021-22 school year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Prior to the first day of school, Katy ISD encourages parents and students to </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Power Up for Back to School</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> through the District's online registration system, </span><a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">PowerSchool Enrollment</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.  A new student is defined as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD students are required to enroll, or update their information, for the new school year using the online registration system.  Enrollment and updates will take place in two phases which include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday, July 26, 2021 – New student enrollment reopens</li><li>Monday, August 2, 2021 – Annual Student Update Opens (for current Katy ISD students)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Before beginning the online registration process for new students, it's recommended that parents have the following documentation ready to upload:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Proof of Residence:  A utility bill (light, water or gas), purchasing paperwork or lease agreement.  If a lease agreement or purchasing paperwork is provided at the time of registration, a utility bill must be provided within 30 days of occupancy.</li><li>Official Birth Certificate or Passport of Student</li><li>Government-issued Identification Care of Person Registering Student</li><li>Proof of Immunization</li><li>Report Card or Transcript at Recently Attended School</li></ul><p>Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Enrollment.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Principals for Upcoming School Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1467Katy ISD Names New Principals for Upcoming School Year2021-07-01T20:32:28Z<div class="ExternalClass953FBBC9593C427BBD692C77D8E0128B"><div class="ExternalClass03BFD8E3B3A64F7C856CAF8556CF7634"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) and Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) students and staff return to their campuses this fall they will each be kicking off their school year with a new principal.  Today, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ken Gregorski appointed Norma Veguilla-Martinez as the new leader of MPE and Gina Cobb as the new principal of MCHS.  Both administrators will begin their roles this summer, just in time for the new school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Martinez began her educational career as an elementary teacher in 2008 in Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.  In 2013, she joined the Katy ISD family as a third-grade teacher at Exley Elementary.  Three years later, in 2016, she became an interventionist at Morton Ranch Elementary.  Looking to expand her educational career, in 2017, she transitioned into administration as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary and most recently she held the same role at Beckendorff Junior High.  Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Educational Management and Instructional Technology from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.  She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I am honored to lead a school rich in family, community and education," said Norma Martinez, new MPE principal.  “I cannot wait to meet my new Panther family at Memorial Parkway Elementary, and I look forward to learning together<em>,</em>" added Martinez. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cobb has been a part of the Katy ISD family since 1999 when she began her career in education.  From 1999 to 2006, she taught and coached at Katy Junior High, Cinco Ranch High, Morton Ranch Junior High and Morton Ranch High.  In 2006, she began her administrative career in the District.  She has held several administrative titles from 2006 to 2012 at Morton Ranch High that includes a grade level assistant principal, administrative assistant principal, student support assistant principal and associate principal.  From 2013 until recently, she served as the principal for West Memorial Junior High.  Cobb holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I'm excited to join the MCHS Rams family to continue the academic excellence and culture they have passionately established, as well as the rich traditions which have made this high school what it is today," said Gina Cobb, new principal at MCHS.  “I look forward to meeting everyone very soon to collaborate in our mission to be “<em>Mayde to Believe, Lead and Achieve</em>," added Cobb.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/070121_MPE_Norma%20Veguilla%20Martinez.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:324px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="text-align:center;">Norma Veguilla-Martinez<br></em><em>Principal of Memorial Parkway Elementary</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/070121_MCHS_Gina%20Cobb4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:356px;" /><br></p><div style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;">Gina Cobb</em></div><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Mayde Creek High School</em></p><p><br></p></div></div>
Katy ISD Employees Rewarded with a Pay Increasehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1465Katy ISD Employees Rewarded with a Pay Increase2021-06-29T03:00:05Z<div class="ExternalClass0F6BADBDC36243FD91BD42415D12AC22"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At the Regular Board meeting, Katy Independent School District Trustees made it a budget priority to ensure teachers and staff are recognized for their ongoing commitment to District students and families following a school year fraught with a pandemic, a winter freeze and many other challenges. Trustees approved a 2% pay increase to be distributed beginning in July 2021, or depending on the staff member's contract start date, with a 1% one-time lump sum payment to be provided this December. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Pay increases are calculated based on an employee's midpoint rates of pay found on the <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/2022%20Pay%20Ranges.pdf">Katy ISD Human Resources webpage</a>.  Regular part-time employees will also benefit from this increase approved tonight.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Supporthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1462Katy ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support2021-06-14T21:52:39Z<div class="ExternalClassF49EB852483C42C59C595BA44BD9DEDF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Today Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Ronnie Edwards as the District's new Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  Prior to accepting this new role, Edwards was the principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held for the past five years.  He will be replacing Dr. Freda Creech who is pl</span><span style="text-align:justify;">anning for retirement this summer.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last day of their senior year," said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  “As a former principal, I can relate with the struggles and strengths of campus leaders.  I look forward to working with them and staff from across the district to ensure this growing school district continues providing an A+ education," added Edwards.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Edwards began his career in education as an English teacher and coach at Santa Fe Independent School District in 1991.  A year later, he accepted a head coaching position in Van Vleck Independent School District.  Known for his passion in the classroom as well as in athletics, in 1994, Edwards decided to move closer to his hometown where he began coaching and teaching in Abilene Independent School District.  But a few years later, South Texas was calling him back, this time to join Brazosport ISD as head basketball coach and English teacher.  It wasn't until 1999 that Edwards joined the Katy ISD family after accepting a head basketball and physical education (PE) teacher position at Katy High School.  Five years later, he accepted a position at Fort Bend Independent School District at Kempner High School as a head coach and English teacher.  In 2009, Edwards moved into administration at Fort Bend ISD at Clements High School as an Assistant Principal.  He remained there until 2011.  That year, he accepted the Associate Principal position at William B. Travis High School in Fort Bend ISD.  In 2013, he was named Principal at John Foster Dulles High School.  Yet throughout his educational career, Katy ISD always held a special place in his heart.  In 2016, Edwards returned to Katy ISD as Principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held until today when he was appointed into his new role with the district leadership team.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in English from Tarleton State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston – Victoria.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/061421_Ronnie%20Edwards.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ronnie Edwards</em><br><em> Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support</em><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationalshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1455Katy ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationals2021-05-27T19:08:25Z<div class="ExternalClass316AC7E82608486AA9974F45AD4ACEE5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Showing patriotism through artwork lands two Katy Independent School District students a spot in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competition.  Memorial Parkway Elementary first-grader Daniel Torres and Katy Elementary third-grader Mackenzie McMeans both won first place in their respective age divisions in the Texas VFW </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Illustrated America</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> contest.  Their red, white and blue two-dimensional artworks will now compete against 50 other students across the nation for first, second and third places in distinct division levels.  This is the second year of the patriotic art contest for elementary and junior high school students. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is exciting to see our students display their pride in being an American through their drawings and paintings," said Susan Chiboroski, Assistant Fine Arts Director.  “Through art competitions and other programs offered by various VFW organizations, students also develop a respect for veterans and active servicemen and women who contribute to making our country one of the best in the world," added Chiboroski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​McMeans and Torres' artwork is currently at the VFW national headquarters being judged for the upcoming national competition.  The winners of the National VFW <em>Illustrated America</em> contest will be announced the week of July 25 via the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliary/">VFW Auxiliary National Organization Facebook page.</a>  Winners will receive a $100 gift card.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_KE_Mackenzie%20McMeans.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:302px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Mackenzie McMeans</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> 3</em><em><sup>rd</sup></em><em> Grader at Katy Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Jennifer Mabray</em>​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_MPE_Daniel%20Torres%20artwork.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:307px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Daniel Torres</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>1</em><em><sup>st</sup></em><em> Grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Pedro Castro</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnershiphttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1454Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnership2021-05-27T14:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClassBE609C14734C4BC0B78DEFDD3914E730"><p>​ <span style="text-align:justify;">Since launching this past September, the Katy Independent School District COVID-19 & RediMD Testing Site has offered over 27,520 rapid tests to students, staff and their qualifying dependents to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  As the school year comes to an end and COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop across the region, the District will be closing the testing site.  The last day of operation will be Friday, May 28. The District, however, will maintain its COVID-19 Dashboard and Positive Self-Reporting options.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As focus shifts from testing to vaccination, Katy ISD has partnered with Randall's Pharmacy to offer a district location for the organization to provide optional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to eligible students, 12 years of age and older. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Due to high demand, Randall's Pharmacy has made three opportunities available to parents interested in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management Department. “The vaccination is available free of charge and is being administered at Katy ISD's Agricultural Science Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road," added Nauman. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented.  To schedule an appointment and to access the consent form, parents can visit the following link:  <a href="https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Randall's Pharmacy COVID-19 Optional Vaccination Schedule is as follows: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>First Dose</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Second Dose</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 9</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 26</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thursday, June 17</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 23</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Katy ISD students are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs.  For questions regarding the optional COVID-19 vaccination offered by Randall's Pharmacy, individuals can contact <a href="mailto:covid19responses@katyisd.org">covid19responses@katyisd.org</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br><br></p></div>

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