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Katy ISD Provides Free Summer Meals for Kids Beginning May 31https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1642Katy ISD Provides Free Summer Meals for Kids Beginning May 312022-05-27T20:09:27Z<div class="ExternalClass25C72D1203A84B9EAA6BD2ACFFFC0DF9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer, Katy ISD continues its commitment to ensuring all children in the Katy area have access to healthy, well-balanced meals through the Summer Meals Program. Beginning May 31 through July 28, designated Katy ISD schools will begin offering breakfast and/or lunch at no cost for kids 18 and younger. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Summer Meal Sites include:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Summer%20Meals.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Summer meals will consist of a hot breakfast and/or lunch, which will be served in the school cafeteria area," said Nutrition & Food Service Executive Director Donna Pittenger.  “All meals must be eaten on the campus and parents are welcome to purchase a meal to enjoy with their children," added Pittenger.</p><p>​Children must be present to receive a meal and identification is not required. <br></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;">###<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Approves Employee Pay Increasehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1638Katy ISD Board Approves Employee Pay Increase2022-05-26T19:48:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1D33251A170044A79E9C2E7D3904E33C"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">At the ​Special Board meeting, Katy ISD Trustees unanimously voted to approve mid-point pay grade increases of five percent (5%) for all District classroom teachers and hourly employees, and three percent (3%) for all other Katy ISD employees for the 2022-2023 school year.  </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Classroom teachers, specifically, will see an increase of $3,600, while the starting pay for a new teacher will be $60,700 – one of the highest starting teacher salaries in the region.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As a Board, it's a priority to invest in our hardworking staff and maintain competitive salaries to attract and retain high-quality employees," said Lance Redmon, Katy ISD Board Vice President. “Our employees have demonstrated an inspiring resilience over the last two years and consistently ensure that our students have access to resources and opportunities for success," added Redmon. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Selects Officershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1631Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Selects Officers2022-05-17T01:20:53Z<div class="ExternalClassBB75131F27414A5796632A675E2E69D3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">At the May Regular Board Meeting, Katy ISD's newly elected Board members Lance Redmon and Victor Perez took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.  Redmon will continue serving in Position 2, while Perez will serve in Position 1. Immediately following the swearing-in of these two Trustees, both assumed their roles as members of the Board for the remainder of the Closed and Regular Board meetings. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also, as is customary following Katy ISD Board elections, Trustees elected its slate of officers to serve for the upcoming school year.  Greg Schulte was elected as the 2022-2023 president, Lance Redmon as vice president and Ashley Vann as secretary. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I feel humbled by the Board's trust in my leadership and thank them and our community for the confidence you have both instilled in me to continue as your school board president," said Greg Schulte, Board President at Katy ISD.  “It is an absolute privilege to serve the Katy ISD community and I look forward to working alongside the Trustees as we move into the 2022-2023 school year," added Schulte.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to leading an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Board%20Member%20Swear%20In%20May%2016,%202022%201.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:199px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Swearing-in of Victor Perez and Lance Redmon</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Schulte-%20KISD%20BOD%20Dec%202020%20-%2009%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Greg Schulte</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Redmon,%20Lance%20-%2009%205x7.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /></em> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Redmon</em><br><em> Vice President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Vann%20Web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" />​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ashley Vann</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Secretary of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Adjusts Elementary Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1607Katy ISD Adjusts Elementary Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year2022-04-01T15:12:46Z<div class="ExternalClass6335C140AA9F41A5BF47F04F430375C5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When the 2022-2023 school year begins, Katy ISD elementary students will see a slight adjustment to their bell schedule.  The adjusted elementary bell schedule will help alleviate transportation challenges related to route times and driver shortages.  Effective August 2022, elementary campuses will fall under one of three tiers: </span><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Tier A (7:50 a.m. – 3 p.m.)</li><li>Mid-Tier (8:10 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.) </li><li>Tier B (8:30 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“In an effort to maximize bus routes, minimize service delays and accommodate for our current driver shortage, the adjusted elementary bell schedule is a mechanism to assist the Transportation Department in improving the services it offers eligible bus riders," said Ted Vierling, Chief of Operations at Katy ISD.  “Additionally, this allows the District to better utilize its drivers," added Vierling. </p><p>The bell schedule adjustment <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> affects elementary campuses.  There will be no change to the 2022-2023 Katy ISD junior high and high school bell schedules. Below are the three tiers with assigned campuses: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Tier A Elementary Ca</strong><strong>mpuses (7:50 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alexander</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hutsell</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Rylander</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Campbell</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McRoberts</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sundown</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cimarron</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Winborn</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hayes </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Rhoads</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">WoodCreek</td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Mid-Tier Elementary Campuses (8:10 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.)</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bear Creek</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Griffin</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Randolph</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bethke</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Holland</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bryant</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Stanley</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Mayde Creek</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">West Memorial</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fielder</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McElwain</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Williams</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Franz</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wilson</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Golbow</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Nottingham Country</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wolfe</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Tier B Elementary Campuses (8:30 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.)</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Creech</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">King</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Schmalz</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Davidson</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Leonard</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Stephens</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jenks</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pattison</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wolman</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kilpatrick</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Robertson</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Parents can determine if their child/children are eligible for bus service by visiting the <a href="https://busroutes.katyisd.org/wqsimweb/webquery/">Katy ISD Transportation WebQuery</a> page. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Enrollment of 90,000th Studenthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1598Katy ISD Recognizes Enrollment of 90,000th Student2022-03-04T21:57:17Z<div class="ExternalClassD947E1AEF9894BD7B5F771B27A67F69D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This week, Katy ISD reached a monumental milestone with the enrollment of its 90,000</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> student. The student, Mayde Creek Elementary first-grader Jenna Mohamed Elshantaf, was surprised in her classroom by her family, Superintendent Ken Gregorski and other District officials. The surprise announcement also included balloons, several Katy ISD gifts and a “90,000</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> student" t-shirt that she wore proudly. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“When we decided to move to Texas, friends of ours told us that Katy ISD was a great school district and it had the best schools, so that's one of the reasons why we are here," said Asma Alhabahbeh, Jenna's mother. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">When Jenna's family moved to Texas from New Jersey, enrolling their daughter in Katy ISD was their top priority.  As the fifth-largest and one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Texas, Katy ISD remains a leader in educational excellence.  Its outstanding academic record, award-winning educators and staff members, as well as its commitment to providing unparalleled learning experiences continues to attract families from across the nation.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We can't celebrate the enrollment of our 90,000<sup>th</sup> student without also recognizing the immense growth we're experiencing," said Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  “As families continue to move to the area, it's important that Katy ISD be prepared to serve them.  Thanks to our voter-approved 2021 Bond, the District is able to provide the facilities and resources needed to prepare all students for the future," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's northwest quadrant continues to experience robust growth, including large neighborhoods and commercial developments.  Katy ISD recently opened its newest junior high school, Haskett Junior High, in the area and is expected to add three additional elementary schools, one junior high, one high school and a transportation and maintenance facility in the next few years.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/90K%20student%20MCE%20(51).JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="https://vimeo.com/684778122">Video of 90,000 student celebration for newscasts</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qk34zksjso7oj77/AAAQF7UST-E7z8BYr8YlMvdGa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of 90,000 student celebration</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates "Of the Year" Employeeshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1596Katy ISD Celebrates "Of the Year" Employees2022-03-03T23:24:17Z<div class="ExternalClass9D98DE49C57C404C8CA84C3FCBDD6C43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Each year, Katy ISD recognizes its “Of the Year" employees for their contributions to student instruction and support services. The recognitions include various categories ranging from teaching and learning to District operations. These individuals go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and dedication to Katy ISD students, staff and the community.  Top honors include the elementary and secondary Principals of the Year, Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Principals of the Year: </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kelly Ricks – Wolman Elementary School</li><li>Dr. Melinda Stone – Taylor High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Teachers of the Year:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Tasha McDonald – Rylander Elementary School</li><li>Daxus Nesossi – Paetow High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Rookie Teachers of the Year:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Hailey Burgower – Memorial Parkway Elementary School</li><li>John Shaw – Seven Lakes Junior High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“These educators were selected by their peers and community for making meaningful contributions in their classrooms and campuses," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “They are committed to personal and professional growth, and have demonstrated a dedication to inspiring students and colleagues to continually grow and learn," added Gregorski.</p><p>All Katy ISD “Of the Year" employees will be recognized at a Districtwide ceremony on April 21. Additionally, the Principals of the Year, along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area, will be recognized at the Region 4 Principal Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 7 at Westin Oaks Hotel in the Galleria.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1p2a2l3opmst8ep/AAAiKZ6OqJYHm1hVggKaR9v0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery:  Of the Year Employees</a> <br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competitionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1587Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competition2022-02-22T16:45:08Z<div class="ExternalClass10CAAB2304C745579DA2A4CF8765A86B"><p style="text-align:justify;">Ninety-eight Katy ISD teams showcased their imagination and creativity during this year's Destination Imagination (DI) Gulf Coast Regional Tournament, and in the end, students earned several trophies, medals, as well as some bragging rights.  Thirteen teams will now advance to the Lone Star Finals State Tournament to be held on March 25-26.  Elementary, junior high and high school learners from Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD and several private schools participated in the tournament held at Cinco Ranch High School on Saturday, February 12.  The following 1st-3rd place teams took home trophies:  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Team Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Recognition </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alexander Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Rumbling Rockets</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Campbell Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Golden Thinkers </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Jokers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DInoMite</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improv Einsteins</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Creative Crew</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Daredevils </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Nerd Herd</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tricky Twix</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Goodfellas </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Houston We Have a Problem </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bryant Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improvables</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Creech Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Celestial Comets </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Griffin Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Microscopic Masterminds</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Off topic !</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Radioactive Ducks</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alexander Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Da Rainstormers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Campbell Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Campbell Frenzy</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Davidson Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Micro Dragons </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jenks Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Jester Jaguars</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McRoberts Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Box O' Brains</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wolman Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mission Possible Clown Protocol</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Dregs</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Innovative Thinkers </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DI Dynasty</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p>Among several recognitions, the following teams also earned “High Instant Challenge" medals:     <br>                    </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Team Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Recognition</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DInoMite</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hayes Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Pickle to Cucumber</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mystic Tigers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McRoberts Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Box O' Brains</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improv Einsteins</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tricky Twix</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Goodfellas</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>“DI is a unique opportunity that challenges students to use 21<sup>st</sup>- century skills of collaboration, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking to solve complex problems," said Dr. Joan Otten, Director of Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics at Katy ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additionally, Katy ISD had one senior level team compete in an advanced Instant Challenge called “Extreme." The Seven Lakes High School team known as “Frenzied Revelers" won 2nd place and will advance to state as well. This year, the competition will take place in Arlington, Texas.  Hundreds of teams will compete during the event in hopes of earning awards and advancing to the final Global Level Tournament in May to be held in Kansas City, Missouri.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​DI is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity and teamwork. In preparation for a tournament, students choose a “Challenge," prepare a solution to the challenge, and present their solution in a highly creative skit. Additionally, all teams participate in an “Instant Challenge," which is a test of their improvisational skills. Their final score is a combination of the two events. Over 100,000 students in more than 30 countries participate in DI annually. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/022222_Picture_Trophies%20and%20Medals.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Destination Imagination Trophies and Medals</em><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 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 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 Safety Protocols - March 2 Updatehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1419​Katy ISD Safety Protocols - March 2 Update2021-03-03T20:03:02Z<div class="ExternalClass27EA7D85C388466BAB49D752477F8E57"><p>Today Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order pertaining to the opening of Texas, which becomes effective on March 10, 2021.  Katy ISD is in the process of reviewing the order and awaiting updated public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency.<br></p><p>At this time Katy ISD continues to follow TEA's guidance concerning school COVID-19 safety practices, which includes the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing to mitigate spread and protect the health and safety of students and staff. <br></p><p>We appreciate our parents and employees' questions and concerns, and encourage you to email inquiries to <a href="mailto:COVID19responses@katyisd.org">COVID19responses@katyisd.org</a> or call (281) 396-7499.  A member of the Katy ISD team will be in contact with you shortly.  <br></p><p>Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the evolving guidance and updates concerning COVID-19.<br></p><p>Katy ISD<br></p></div>
Don't forget to read the weekly Stargazer Newsletterhttps://www.katyisd.org/campus/SCE/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=107Don't forget to read the weekly Stargazer Newsletter2021-01-01T22:33:02Z<div class="ExternalClassA7D6691064174F9CA1816AC5254216DA"><p>​Find the latest newsletter here: <a href="http://bit.ly/SCEstargazer">http://bit.ly/SCEstargazer</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Parent Center Courses for ELL Familieshttps://www.katyisd.org/campus/SCE/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=106Parent Center Courses for ELL Families2020-07-31T18:45:22Z<div class="ExternalClassBB61591A6D3C4BAA8706D7E3958588F1"><p>​Parent classes will be available for families of English Language Learners. Please see this video for more information. <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VqxE_SMrqncrKHbzimztA-g-zzu7pNlp/view" target="_blank">Click Here</a><br></p>During Return to School Phase 1, while visitors and non-essential personnel will not be given access to the campus, Parent Center classes will be offered virtually. Katy ISD Parent Center Facilitators and Nursery Workers will report to their campus-designated classrooms on August 24th. Classes will resume in person when Katy ISD communicates that parents are permitted on campus. <div><br></div><div>Classes for Creech Parents will be available at Hayes Elementary when we are no longer in phase 1 of reopening.  281.237.3262 <p><br></p></div></div>

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