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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 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 Continues Legacy Parent Academy Forums with Topics That Impact Studentshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1497Katy ISD Continues Legacy Parent Academy Forums with Topics That Impact Students2021-09-02T23:53:00Z<div class="ExternalClassBAA4C287542D4790BE68DB2A8E937CDC"><p><br></p><p><img src="/parents/PublishingImages/Legacy%20Parent%20Academy%20on%20White.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:183px;" /><br><br></p><p>Since its inception in September 2018, the Katy Independent School District Legacy Parent Academy has equipped parents with the information and tools needed to provide additional support to their child(ren) related to topics that are currently impacting them.  Informational sessions for the 2021-22 school year will include the following topics:<br></p><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Date</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Session</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Location/Time</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">September 22, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">The Ugly Truth About Vaping*</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">October 20, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Being an Upstander Against Bullying</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">November 10, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Human Trafficking Awareness*</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">January 19, 2022</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Finding Balance in Our Digital World</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">February 16, 2022</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Angst:  Raising Awareness Around Anxiety</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School</p><p>6 – 7 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><em>*The Ugly Truth About Vaping and Human Trafficking Awareness will be live-streamed and recorded. All sessions will be posted in English and Spanish on the Legacy Parent A</em><em>cademy webpage following each event.</em></p><p>“Legacy Parent Academy sessions are designed to focus on issues pertaining to the health and safety and emotional well-being of all learners," said Edie White, Coordinator for School Leadership and Support.  “Topics are selected based on the needs expressed by parents and in response to concerns the District sees on campuses and the community," added White.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy ISD looks forward to working with local media partners to promote and cover these sessions, which can be found on the district's <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  The first session “The Ugly Truth About Vaping" is on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Legacy Stadium.  </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates its AP Capstone Diploma Recipientshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1494Katy ISD Celebrates its AP Capstone Diploma Recipients2021-08-30T20:40:11Z<div class="ExternalClassE10A7F83FA2C4CC2BFA46B23042165B3"><p>Walking across the stage and receiving a high school diploma is a lifetime milestone that opens up numerous opportunities for graduating seniors.  At Katy Independent School District, 91 students recently earned an additional diploma - the AP Capstone Diploma<sup>™</sup> - while seven students have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate<sup>™</sup> for the 2020-21 school year. The AP Capstone is a College Board diploma program that is based on two yearlong AP courses — the AP Seminar and the AP Research.  This program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.<br></p><p>“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program," said Dr. Christine Caskey, Chief Academic Officer for Katy ISD. “Our AP Capstone students and teachers showed extraordinary commitment while facing historic challenges. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school," added Caskey.  </p><p>To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of three or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, which lead to approximately 11,900 students earning the AP Capstone Diploma and 7,700 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.  </p><p>Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project-based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary. Students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest and they are assessed on critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects. <br></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bmzsw5kvj0hun9s/AAC50fAGObozMm4p3mfqHAvoa?dl=0">Pictures of some Katy ISD Seniors who received the AP Capstone Diploma</a> <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 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>
Three Seven Lakes High Coaches Recognized as Coaches of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1478Three Seven Lakes High Coaches Recognized as Coaches of the Year2021-07-29T21:34:19Z<div class="ExternalClassCD405ED057C942319720244A5F192B46"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During this year's Texas Girls Coaches Association annual banquet, three Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) athletic coaches took home the prestigious recognition of Coach of the Year.  Volleyball Coach Amy Cataline, Cheerleading Coach Amy Weaston and Sub-Varsity Cheerleading Coach Hailey Hann received their plaques during the recognition event, which took place in Arlington, Texas.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“To receive this recognition, especially during a school year that included many challenges for our student-athletes demonstrates our coaches' resilience to finish whatever the team set their minds to," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Athletic Department.  “Aside from being coaches, these three individuals serve as mentors to their athletes and encourage them to aim high both on the court as well as in the classroom," added Decker. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Each year coaches from across the Lone Star State aim to be named a recipient of one of the organization's coveted recognitions.  The Texas Girls Coaches Association is one of the largest associations of coaches and the largest association for coaches of girls' athletics in the United States.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/072921_SLHS_Three%20Coaches%20of%20the%20Year.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">(left to right:)  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sub-Varsity Cheerleading Coach Hailey Hann,</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Cheerleading Coach Amy Weaston and </em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Volleyball Coach Amy Cataline, </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1470Katy ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year2021-07-06T19:34:12Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5D3FFE8F6C4085B462C9C47499EA01"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As it has become tradition, each school year all nine Katy Independent School District high school campuses nominate one outstanding female and male student-athlete for the Katy ISD Student-Athlete of the Year award.  After a thorough review by the District's Athletic Department, one female and a male student is chosen as the district-wide Student-Athlete of the Year and receives a $2,500 scholarship, donated to Katy ISD by BSN Sports, to the university or college of their choice.  The Katy ISD Athletic Department is honored to announce Bryce Foster from Taylor High School and Ally Batenhorst from Seven Lakes High School as the Katy ISD 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have many outstanding athletes in Katy ISD, making this a very difficult process to narrow down to just one male and one female athlete," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of Athletics.  “This past year, Bryce and Ally capped off outstanding careers and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them," added Decker.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster is best known for being an extremely hard-working, respectful and genuine young man who has established himself as one of the most accomplished athletes in Katy ISD history.  In both football and track and field, Foster has performed at an elite level and his numerous awards and recognitions are a reflection of his accomplishments.  A true champion both on and off the competition field, Foster is a first-class student-athlete.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster awards, honors and recognitions include:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area/Regional/State Shot Put</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area Discus</li><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place Regional Discus</li><li>3rd Place State Discus</li><li>Texas Track and Field Coaches Association - 2021 Male Field Athlete of the Year</li><li>Finished season as the #1 throw in both Shot Put and Discus</li><li>Texas A & M signee in both Football and Track & Field</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Honorable Mention Academic All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Unanimous All-District Football 2019, 2020</li><li>Dave Campbell 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Max Preps 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Texas Sports Writers Association 1<sup>st</sup> team All-State</li><li>Whataburger Super Team</li><li>Adidas All-American </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Batenhorst is known as a hard-working student that leads with class.  She is humble even though her awards are numerous.  She is dedicated to her studies as well as her performance on the court.  Some of her school records include having the most career kills, the most career digs and the most kills in a match.  Batenhorst awards, honors and recognitions include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>2020-21 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Finalist </li><li>2020 AVCA/Under Armour All American First Team</li><li>2020 VolleyballMag.com HS All American First Team</li><li>2020 All VYPE Public School First Team</li><li>2020 Texas Sports Writers Association Player of the Year and All State 1<sup>st</sup> Team</li><li>2020 TGCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 TGCA Legacy All Star Team</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship All Tournament</li><li>2020 6A State Tournament Record Holder – Most Kills in a Match, 35 (State Semifinals vs. Reagan)</li><li>2020 19-6A Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 19-6A First Team All-District</li><li>2020 19-6A Academic All District</li><li>2020 THSCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 Fox 26 “Making the Grade" Student of the Week</li><li>2020 USA Women's Junior National Training Team </li><li>2020 Listed as #3 in 2021 Recruiting Class according to PrepVolleyball</li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List </li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Week 9/21/20</li><li>2020 VolleyballMag.com Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch </li><li>2020 All-VYPE Houston 1<sup>st</sup> Team Member</li><li>2020 MaxPreps Preseason HS VB All American</li><li>2020 Varsity Captain</li><li>2019-20 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Candidate<img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="font-size:13px;width:201px;margin:5px;" /><br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Bryce%20Foster.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bryce Foster</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Taylor High School Student-Athlete in Football / Track & Field</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Ally%20Batenhorst.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:202px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ally Batenhorst</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Seven Lakes High School Student-Athlete in Volleyball</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p><br></p></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 Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1450Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officers2021-05-18T01:48:49Z<div class="ExternalClass17D85A0418BF428B85604A50414A1C51"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At tonight's Regular Board Meeting, Katy Independent School District's newly elected Board members Dawn Champagne and Rebecca Fox took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.  Champagne continues in Position 7, while Fox will serve in Position 6. 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></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also, as is customary following Katy ISD Board elections, Trustees elected a new slate of officers to serve for the upcoming school year.  Greg Schulte was elected as the 2021-22 president, Lance Redmon as vice president and Dawn Champagne as secretary.  </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 a board member are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Schulte-%20KISD%20BOD%20Dec%202020%20-%2009%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Greg Schulte<br></em><em>President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Redmon,%20Lance%20-%2009%205x7.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Redmon<br></em><em>Vice President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KISD%20BOD%202018-%20049%204x5%20Champagne.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /><em>​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Dawn Champagne<br></em><em>Secretary of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorianshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1447Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians2021-05-10T18:34:30Z<div class="ExternalClassE4A5A07A3237446D8056E1E3B12EDBFA"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who have ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth-grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to renowned colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2020-2021 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Natalie Wang – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology/PreMed</li><li>GPA:  4.8281</li></ul><li>Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Layne Smith – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology with an emphasis on Epidemiology</li><li>GPA:  4.8148</li></ul><li>Chelsea Crow – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Chelsea will be pursuing volunteer opportunities abroad after graduating and will teach Spanish literacy for a year.</li><li>Major:  N/A</li><li>GPA: 4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Min Ko Ko – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:   Political Science</li><li>GPA: 4.8143</li></ul><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Columbia University</li><li>Major:  Sociology</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Jennie Le – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major: Exercise Science</li><li>GPA: 4.7037</li></ul><li>Walter Pham – Salutatorian (photo unavailable)</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Biology</li><li>GPA: 4.7<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>John Pershing Abney – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Brown University</li><li>Major:  Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.7778</li></ul><li>Camila Silva – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Chicago</li><li>Major:  Astrophysics & Astronomy</li><li>GPA:  4.75</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sameer Gupta – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science (Turing Honors Program)</li><li>GPA: 4.9079</li></ul><li>Surya Chokkar – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science and Business Honors Program</li><li>GPA:  4.9079</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ecaterina Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8406</li></ul><li>Jeongwook Yun – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.8302 </li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sahil Adhawade – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Stanford University</li><li>Major:  Computer Science with a Concentration in Bio-Computation</li><li>GPA:  4.9048</li></ul><li>Pranav Narayanan – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Biosciences</li><li>GPA: 4.85333<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gl936cV5i91q5znhWT4QYvGyelQ_7MgH?usp=sharing">Pictures of the 2020-21 Valedictorians and Salutatorians</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
2021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Resultshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=14452021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Results2021-05-02T03:02:38Z<div class="ExternalClass3EDC43A5BBDE410986ED4DB5F61FB39B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Unofficial voting results for the May 2021 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election and Bond are as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Position 6 Candidate: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Bonnie Anderson<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Unoffi</span><span style="text-align:justify;">cial Voting Total:  1,598 votes (19.18%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">William X. Branch II<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  80 votes (0.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Garima DasGupta<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  732 votes (8.79%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Rebecca Fox<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  3,002 votes (36.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Susan Gesoff<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,754 votes (33.06%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Joseph Wojcik<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  164 votes (1.97%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 7 Candidates: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Walter Butler<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,128 votes (26.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Dawn Champagne<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  5,766 votes (73.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>Bond 2021 Propositions:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">P</span><span style="text-align:left;">roposition A<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  6,142 votes (71.76%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 2,417 votes (28.24%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition B<br></span>For:  6,187 votes (72.74%)<br>Against: 2,319 votes (27.26%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition C<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">For:  5,423 votes (63.72%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,088 votes (36.28%)<br></span><br>Proposition D<br><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  5,433 votes (63.81%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,081 votes (36.19%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A special board meeting will take place to conduct the official canvass of returns. The deadline to canvass final election results is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Educationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1433Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Education2021-04-30T18:45:00Z<div class="ExternalClassC08D7665F5944FFE8900C3E6F0A25EC9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the past 17 years, Katy Independent School District has received the “Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the District's outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Of NAMM's 22 years of announcing the recognition, the District has been awarded the designation 19 times total. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is presented to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year, NAMM Foundation recognized 686 school districts and 80 individual schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The benefits of music education include brain development, social-emotional learning, relationship development, team building and learning a lifelong skill," said Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  “Our Katy ISD fine arts educators continually demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide quality music experiences and training for all of our students," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2021%20NAMM%20Best%20Commuinities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:400px;" /><br></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>

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