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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 Hosts Special Education Virtual Job Fairhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1634Katy ISD Hosts Special Education Virtual Job Fair2022-05-18T19:28:23Z<div class="ExternalClass5C325E1FE02B4C779628A825A952AEE1"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is hiring dedicated special education teachers, school speech-language pathologists (SLP), licensed specialists in school psychology (LSSP), diagnosticians and deaf education teachers.  Interested individuals are encouraged to participate in the District's virtual job fair on Monday, May 23. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD is home to some of the best educators in the nation who receive ongoing support from the District inside and outside the classroom.  Our virtual job fair is convenient to attend and a perfect opportunity for certified teachers to join a flourishing school district," said Human Resources Coordinator, Katye Shields.  “There are opportunities available across the District," added Shields.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In order to participate, applicants must:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Register for the <a href="https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/katyisd/e/5Pqe7">Special Education Virtual Job Fair</a></li><li>Complete a current <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">Katy ISD application online</a>, and </li><li>Hold a current Texas teaching certification, or</li><li>Have completed all TEA/SBEC content exams necessary for the teaching position candidates are seeking.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Paid and recommended probationary certificates will be accepted for registration.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:            <br></strong>Katy ISD Special Education Virtual Job Fair </p><p><strong>When:           <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Monday, May 23, 2022<br></strong></span>2 – 5 p.m.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Graphic_Facebook_Virtual%20Teacher%20Fair.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /></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 School Board Election Begins Todayhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1619Katy ISD School Board Election Begins Today2022-04-25T23:04:31Z<div class="ExternalClass5C5753323B3B4CE885DED3518A32DAD3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's election time! This year, voters have the opportunity to elect two Katy ISD Board of Trustees for Positions 1 and 2. Early voting starts today, April 25, and runs through May 3.  Polls will be open each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Election Day is May 7.</span><br></p><p>Early voting for the Katy ISD Board Election will be held at the following five locations. During the early voting period, voters can visit any of the locations.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School </strong><br>Performing Arts Center (PAC)<br> 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.<br> Katy, TX 77494</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong><br><strong> </strong>Gym Lobby</p><p>9251 S. Fry Rd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77494</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Leonard Merrell Center</strong></p><p>Rooms 143 & 144</p><p>6301 S. Stadium Lane</p><p>Katy, TX 77494</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Taylor High School</strong><br><strong> </strong>Performing Arts Center (PAC)</p><p>20700 Kingsland Blvd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77450</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></p><p>Gym Lobby</p><p>21000 Franz Rd.</p><p>Katy, TX 77449</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p>Residents can learn more about the candidates through the <a href="/dept/sb/Documents/Election_22/Katy_ISD_Board_Election-2022_Voters_Guide.pdf">Katy ISD 2022 Board Election Voters Guide</a>. Voters can find more information about the election on the <a href="/dept/sb/Pages/Board-Election.aspx">Katy ISD General Election website</a>.         <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Seven Lakes Junior High Earns National Distinction as a School to Watchhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1614Seven Lakes Junior High Earns National Distinction as a School to Watch2022-04-13T15:34:42Z<div class="ExternalClassDC3F1E0E868440A69727933DF37C4555"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For the third time, Seven Lakes Junior High (SLJH) has been designated as a Texas School to Watch (STW) by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).  SLJH joins approximately 50 other campuses across Texas with this distinction and honor.  The school will be recognized at the National Forum Schools to Watch Conference in Washington D.C. on June 23-25.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">SLJH was selected for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes.  In addition, the school is known to have a strong leadership team, which includes teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction as well as a shared commitment toward assessment and accountability for continuous improvement.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Receiving the National Schools to Watch designation for the third time is an honor for our junior high Spartan family.  Our dedicated staff, students and parents have come together in a collaborative effort to ensure that this school is at a high-performing level," said Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Kristin Harper.  “Every day we strive to set the example for our learners on the importance of DREAMING BIG and DOING BIG.  We are proud to know that other campuses and school districts across the country are looking at us as an example," added Harper.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met certain established criteria.  Schools were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, students' work and interviewed administrators and teachers among other observation mechanisms.  Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of the third year, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals to be redesignated.  <br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/040722_SLJH_Texas%20Schools%20to%20Watch.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:300px;" />​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>(Assistant Principal James Thompson, Assistant Principal Allison Travis, Principal Kristin Harper, Assistant Principal Justin Williamson and Assistant Principal Colby Bohac)</em><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 36th Annual Folk Life Festivalhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1605Katy ISD Hosts 36th Annual Folk Life Festival2022-03-29T00:48:47Z<div class="ExternalClass87D64A9528E64E1FAC19CC43360D2645"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800s?  At the upcoming 36</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Annual Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, ho</span><span style="text-align:justify;">w they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even how their children engaged in learning.  Other activities include blacksmith demonstrations, weaving and spinning, Native American dancing, honey beekeeping and more. Admission is free!</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated facility as they walk the grounds, visit the ponds and see the exhibits in the science and history classrooms. Before the festivities begin, the community can also witness the unveiling of the Kenneth D. Welch portrait inside the Outdoor Learning Center.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit the <a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx">Katy ISD Outdoor Learning Center</a> webpage for additional information.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           </strong><strong> <br></strong><strong>36</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Folk Life Festival</strong></p><p><strong>​Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center – West of the Education Support Complex<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          <br>Saturday, April 2, 2022<br></strong>10 a.m. – 3 p.m.</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Certified Teacher Job Fair to Hire Passionate Educatorshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1602Katy ISD Hosts Certified Teacher Job Fair to Hire Passionate Educators2022-03-22T14:39:15Z<div class="ExternalClassF6838E04B1274E61A2BC906DC86DBCAD"><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em>More than 200 Teaching Positions Available</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all interested educators! Katy ISD is looking for certified teachers to work for one of the best school districts in the Houston-Metro area.  In preparation for the 2022-23 school year, Katy ISD is hosting its annual Certified Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 26, 2022.  Administrators from elementary and secondary campuses will be available to personally interact with candidates, review applications and conduct “on-the-spot" interviews with individuals seeking to join the Katy ISD family. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As the District grows, we continue to look for passionate educators to serve our students," said Katye Shields, Katy ISD Human Resources Coordinator.  “As one of Texas' premier school districts, Katy ISD is known for hiring and retaining some of the best educators in the state and nation," added Shields.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">No pre-registration or fee is required.  However, participants must show proof of certification, TEA/SBEC content exam scores and/or Statement of Eligibility (SOE).  It's recommended that candidates complete an application on the <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=7909">Katy ISD website</a> in advance and bring enough resumes to share at the fair. <a href="/dept/hr/Pages/jobfairs.aspx">Click here</a> for more information. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           </strong><strong> <br></strong>Katy ISD 2022 Teacher Job Fair</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Leonard E. Merrell Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          </strong><br>Saturday, March 26, 2022<br>8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Elementary Job Fair<br>1 – 4 p.m. – Secondary Job Fair</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 Wellness Center Temporarily Closed March 3-5https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1595Katy ISD Wellness Center Temporarily Closed March 3-52022-03-02T21:06:06Z<div class="ExternalClass87E18D5F60FE4E3C88F9F6987B1697F5"><p>The Katy ISD Wellness Center, located at the District's Agricultural Sciences Center, will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5 due to a large student event being hosted at the facility.  The Wellness Center will resume regular operations and hours on Monday, March 7.<br></p><p>Student appointments for next week can be made through the Student Appointment scheduler located via the Wellness Center icon on the Katy ISD website.</p><p>For a list of expanded Wellness Center services and other FAQs visit <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx">The Katy ISD Wellness Center website. </a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
It's Rodeo Time! The 79th Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show Kicks Off Soonhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1569It's Rodeo Time! The 79th Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show Kicks Off Soon2022-01-24T15:13:08Z<div class="ExternalClassEB3191A380944910A01BE954F9A50B3A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For 79 years now, the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show has provided opportunities for students to develop and showcase their talents in a diverse range of agricultural pathways.  This year, the District is excited to once again partner with the Katy Rodeo Committee to continue this tradition during the week of February 15-19 at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students will compete in categories including steers, goats, lambs, hogs, broilers and rabbits.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have over 450 FFA students participating in our livestock show. These students, with the support of their agriculture teachers, have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort with their animal projects. It takes commitment from not only the students but also their family, as these animals require care throughout the year," said Dr. Sarah Martin, Director of Career & Technical Education.  “The 'prize' is not limited to placing within your class, earning a buckle or a spot in the auction. It is the overall experience our students have from selection to show. This year is extra special as we will also formally dedicate the Gary A. Vos Project Center prior to the live auction. We are excited to honor the tradition of FFA and the people who have made this program the best in the state," added Martin.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Katy ISD FFA events and activities have continued to provide students with opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills.  The public can support Katy ISD FFA students through auction and barn sale purchases along with add-on donations via in-person or online.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:        </strong><strong>    <br></strong><strong>79</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Katy Rodeo</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:         <br> </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, February 15, 2022</strong></span></p><p>4 p.m.             Swine Weigh-In       <br>5 p.m.             Broiler Show            </p><p><strong></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, February 16, 2022</strong></span></p><p>10 a.m.           Special Rodeo         <br>7 a.m.             Broiler Barn Sale<br>2 p.m.             Rabbit Show<br>3 p.m.             Steers, Goats & Lambs Weigh-In</p><p> <strong>Thursday, February 17, 2022<br></strong>7 a.m.             Rabbit Barn Sale<br>8 a.m.             Swine Show            <br>1 p.m.             Steer Show  <br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance</p><p><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">​Friday, February 18, 2022</b><b><u><br></u></b>7 a.m.             Swine & Steer Barn Sale<br>8 a.m.             Goat Show                           <br>10 a.m.           Lamb Show<br>1 p.m.             Auction Sale Meeting                                 <br>5 p.m.             Goat & Lamb Barn Sale<br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, February 19, 2022<br></strong></span>7 a.m.             All Species Barn Sale        <br>9:30 a.m.        Katy Rodeo Parade            <br>11 a.m.           Buyers' Luncheon (By Invitation Only)                <br>1 p.m.             Live Auction <br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance           </p><p>For additional information:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/dept/cte/Pages/Katy-ISD-FFA-Livestock-Show-.aspx">Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show</a></li><li><a href="http://katyrodeo.org/index">Katy Rodeo</a></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soonhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1562Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soon2022-01-18T21:44:16Z<div class="ExternalClass36F0F4C11A1C443C80C82BEC723D5643"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For some Katy ISD soon to be 9</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> through 12</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grade students, supplemental virtual classes are an excellent option for earning graduation credits and expanding learning opportunities.  On Tuesday, February 1, Katy Virtual School (KVS), a paid, supplemental online course program, will begin registration for the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This paid, supplemental virtual model of e-learning is in high demand with our high school students because it supports graduation plans and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD learners, outside of normal school hours," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “KVS courses support students who need a flexible schedule to participate in programs during the school day. It's an excellent opportunity for students," added Richards.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS offers a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 45 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year.  Most KVS courses are $200 per semester. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 4,000 high school students enroll in the District's KVS program each year.  Since its launch in 2013, the primary goal of KVS is to offer choice and flexibility in challenging online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, students can visit with their campus counselor, email KVS at <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a> or visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy ISD Virtual School</a> website. ​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20transparent.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:132px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical Careerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1561Katy ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical Career2022-01-10T16:58:14Z<div class="ExternalClassFAD608FFC6B64C5CBDF6D6546D1DF947"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD students interested in enrolling and learning about car</span><span style="text-align:justify;">eer and technical (CTE) courses, will have the opportunity to attend upcoming Preview Night events hosted by Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC).  Due to large attendance in past years, MCTC will offer two opportunities to visit the facility.  The event for students in grades 9-11, and their parents, will take place on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Monday, January 31</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The Preview Night for junior high students, and their parents, will be held on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Tuesday, February 22</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“MCTC serves as a central site in Katy ISD for specialized CTE courses not offered at a student's home campus," said Kelley Kirila, principal of MCTC.  “Our mission is to develop college and career-ready students through engaging real-world experiences," added Kirila.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 30 courses will be offered at MCTC during the 2022-2023 school year, covering business, industry, public service, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as a new construction trades course.  Attached is additional information:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/010322_MCTC_Preview%20Night%20Final%20Flyer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Link to schedule: </p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
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 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>
Teenage Brainhttps://www.katyisd.org/campus/SLJH/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=290Teenage Brain2021-09-29T13:27:38Z<div class="ExternalClassE8111565A9CA4C3F896F8A02B2584CCA"><p>​<img src="/campus/SLJH/PublishingImages/Pages/TeenageBrain.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><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 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>


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