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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>
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>
Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1488Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality 2021-08-31T14:42:59Z<div class="ExternalClass9EB0A7599B0740CDA41BDF58BA2FD943"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again partnered with Amazon to help teachers purchase some of those additional items they “wish" they could have to enhance their classroom experiences. The District is providing its teachers up to $200 each to spend through a district-funded account ​​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">for consumable classroom supply purchases such as pens, color pencils, paper and small student incentives. </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is in addition to the instructional supplies and materials already provided through Katy ISD campus budgets. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These funds are intended to assist teachers with purchasing those few extra items they would love to have in their classrooms that may further supplement a learning experience they have planned for their students," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “Our educators have always gone above and beyond for our learners, especially during these past 18 months. We hope they will enjoy this opportunity to purchase some additional items for their classrooms," added Gregorski.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Instructional Teacher Supply Budget (KITSB)  is separate from campus budgets and does not affect Katy ISD's overall instructional material and supply budget.  Beginning next week, teachers will be able to log into Amazon to select the items they wish to purchase.  It is the expectation this initiative will help with personal out-of-pocket expenses incurred by some teachers. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instructionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1487Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instruction2021-08-24T00:06:39Z<div class="ExternalClass355113DCE35247CF908AF8F184133C08"><p>​K<span style="text-align:justify;">aty Independent School District will continue to offer curbside Grab and Go meal students to students who have opted for virtual instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Grades K-6 program.  Beginning tomorrow August 24, the meal sites will </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">only</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> operate on Tuesdays and will provide breakfast and lunch meals for the entire week of instruction.  Distribution sites include:</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Hours of Operations</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">21000 Franz Road</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77449</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesdays Only</p><p style="text-align:center;">4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77494</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The grab and go breakfast and lunch meals are ready to heat and eat at home," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of Nutrition & Food Services.  “There is no cost to children 18 and under who are enrolled in KVA.  Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for meals at the Grab and Go locations," added Pittenger.</p><p>Identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meal.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-6https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1482Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-62021-08-11T01:13:19Z<div class="ExternalClassE7C12480870F403E89B53A4980B1EF0D"><p>During tonight’s Katy Independent School District Special Board Meeting Trustees approved a <strong>Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) online learning program</strong> for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Parents can begin the online application process tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m. and must apply by midnight on Tuesday, August 17 to enroll in this virtual instructional model.  Online instruction through KVA Grades K-6 will officially begin on Monday, August 30 and extend through Friday, October 15, 2021.  <br></p><p>The KVA Grades K-6 program is being made available for parents of those students who may wish to immunize their child against COVID but do not currently have the option to do so due to minimum age requirements tied to the current iteration of the vaccine. <br></p><p>Additional information regarding this instructional model can be found on the Katy Virtual Academy K-6 webpage that will open tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m.  <br></p><p><strong>Additional items approved during the Katy ISD August Special Board Meeting include:</strong></p><p>• <strong>COVID-19 Paid Leave for Employees</strong> – The Board approved 10 additional days of paid leave for employees who are documented COVID-19 positive and require mandatory quarantining.  These days are in addition to employees’ existing leave bank.</p><p>• <strong>Employee and Student COVID-19 Testing Site</strong> – The Board approved expanding the employee testing site to include Katy ISD students.</p><p>• <strong>Intermittent School to Home Learning Mode</strong>l - The Board approved providing students who are required to isolate due to COVID-19, or any other medical condition, a learning option where they can access their assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas) to stay current on classroom assignments.  Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days.<br></p><p><br>​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tixhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1480Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tix2021-08-06T20:58:43Z<div class="ExternalClass6570BC5734E04EE4B577567B718FF5AC"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/PayNGoTix%20fb.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:215px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">There's now an easy way to purchase Katy Independent School District tickets for select athletic events!  It's called </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Pay N' Go Tix</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.  This new purchasing option provides a convenient way to buy electronic tickets online and in advance of Katy ISD events.  Spectators have two options when purchasing passes to their favorite events:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Website</strong></span>:  Visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a>.  Click the <em>A+ Pay N' Go</em> icon on the upper right-hand corner of the website.  Select the <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> logo.  Choose your event category, the event and then click “Book Now".</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>QR Code:</strong></span>  Scan a QR code found across district campuses and displayed on facility signage located near the event entrance.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">At this time, only junior high and high school athletic events, with the exception of varsity football, will be available for purchase via <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>.  Fine Arts will be integrated into the system in spring 2022, while it is anticipated that varsity football tickets will be available in the system by the summer semester. Varsity football and fine arts will continue to utilize their existing ticketing sales platforms until they are transitioned to <em>Pay N' Go Tix.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Athletic tickets will no longer be sold at events and must be purchased online with a credit card.  Save time and secure your game day and event tickets through <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>! </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video for Publications:  <a href="https://youtu.be/H6W-QsOttyc"><em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> Video</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-22https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1477Katy ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-222021-07-27T14:47:51Z<div class="ExternalClassBFF6F71E36E34BA0A8CC5480161AC8D5"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is excited to welcome back over 85,000 students on Wednesday, August 18 for the 2021-22 school year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Prior to the first day of school, Katy ISD encourages parents and students to </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Power Up for Back to School</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> through the District's online registration system, </span><a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">PowerSchool Enrollment</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.  A new student is defined as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD students are required to enroll, or update their information, for the new school year using the online registration system.  Enrollment and updates will take place in two phases which include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday, July 26, 2021 – New student enrollment reopens</li><li>Monday, August 2, 2021 – Annual Student Update Opens (for current Katy ISD students)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Before beginning the online registration process for new students, it's recommended that parents have the following documentation ready to upload:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Proof of Residence:  A utility bill (light, water or gas), purchasing paperwork or lease agreement.  If a lease agreement or purchasing paperwork is provided at the time of registration, a utility bill must be provided within 30 days of occupancy.</li><li>Official Birth Certificate or Passport of Student</li><li>Government-issued Identification Care of Person Registering Student</li><li>Proof of Immunization</li><li>Report Card or Transcript at Recently Attended School</li></ul><p>Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Enrollment.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD 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 Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnershiphttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1454Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnership2021-05-27T14:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClassBE609C14734C4BC0B78DEFDD3914E730"><p>​ <span style="text-align:justify;">Since launching this past September, the Katy Independent School District COVID-19 & RediMD Testing Site has offered over 27,520 rapid tests to students, staff and their qualifying dependents to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  As the school year comes to an end and COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop across the region, the District will be closing the testing site.  The last day of operation will be Friday, May 28. The District, however, will maintain its COVID-19 Dashboard and Positive Self-Reporting options.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As focus shifts from testing to vaccination, Katy ISD has partnered with Randall's Pharmacy to offer a district location for the organization to provide optional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to eligible students, 12 years of age and older. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Due to high demand, Randall's Pharmacy has made three opportunities available to parents interested in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management Department. “The vaccination is available free of charge and is being administered at Katy ISD's Agricultural Science Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road," added Nauman. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented.  To schedule an appointment and to access the consent form, parents can visit the following link:  <a href="https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Randall's Pharmacy COVID-19 Optional Vaccination Schedule is as follows: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>First Dose</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Second Dose</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 9</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 26</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thursday, June 17</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 23</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Katy ISD students are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs.  For questions regarding the optional COVID-19 vaccination offered by Randall's Pharmacy, individuals can contact <a href="mailto:covid19responses@katyisd.org">covid19responses@katyisd.org</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1453Katy ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summer2021-05-27T14:23:44Z<div class="ExternalClass9FEE5F48501E42CC8BFAEAFC76E08306"><p>​A<span style="text-align:justify;">s Katy Independent School District's academic year comes to an end, its Nutrition & Food Service Department is preparing to fill the hunger gap that exists among some students during summer break.  This year, Katy ISD will continue offering “Grab and Go" meals to </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">all</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> students, 18 years and younger, in the Katy area as well as enrolled Katy ISD students attending in-person summer school.  Below is the schedule for meal distribution.</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Summer Meal Programs</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>For</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Designated School/Dates/Times</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">All Katy area students <em>(including Katy ISD students)</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School </span></p><ul><li>Thursday, May 27</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p><ul><li>Every Tuesday (from June 1 – July 27)</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">In-person Summer School Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Enrolled Katy ISD summer school students</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Morton Ranch Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Williams Elementary and Taylor High School </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday - Thursday (June 7 – July 1)</li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch for Elementary Schools:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. </li><li>Lunch for High School:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy ISD enrolled special needs students </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exley Elementary, Memorial Parkway Junior High and McMeans Junior High</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday – Thursday (June 7-17 and July 12-22) </li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals:   </strong></span><br>The curbside “Grab and Go" meals will consist of ready to heat and eat breakfast and lunch.  Tuesday meal pick-ups will consist of four breakfasts and four lunches for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Monday. There is no school, nor meal pick-ups on Friday.  Pick-up directions will be marked at school entry sites.  If parents are picking up meals for their child(ren) who cannot be present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meals.   </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>In-person Summer School Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>In-person summer school meals will be served hot at the campus cafeteria to summer school students.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with the enrolled summer school students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Katy ISD will also be offering ESY students community meals during summer school activities at three campuses.  Students can enjoy a hot breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and a hot lunch between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Only enrolled Katy ISD special education students will be allowed to eat the meals in the cafeteria.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with Katy ISD enrolled special needs students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p>“Both the Curbside Grab and Go Meals, in-person summer school meals and meals for special education students will be free thanks to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department.  “Meal benefit applications will not be required this summer, nor for the upcoming school year as part of this federal program," added Pittenger.  </p><p>For additional information please visit the <a href="https://katyisdfoodservices.com/">Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department website</a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p> </p><p><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 Hosts 35th Annual Folk Life Festival at Newly Renovated Facilityhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1448Katy ISD Hosts 35th Annual Folk Life Festival at Newly Renovated Facility2021-05-12T17:19:34Z<div class="ExternalClass0C8B86FD2426482AA874E8449B1866F9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 35</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, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, weaving and spinning, Native American dancing, and honey beekeeping among other presentations. 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 new science and history classrooms.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The festival and open house will be scaled back in size to accommodate social distancing.  Because this is an outdoor event, facial coverings are optional but are required upon entrance to the event and in all common areas such as classrooms, restrooms and any spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.  Access to buildings will also be limited to 75% capacity.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>             <br></strong><strong>35</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Folk Life Festival</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           </p><p>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>            <br></strong><strong>Saturday, May 15, 2021<br></strong>10 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/051221_Folk%20Life%20Festival.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p>​<br><br></p></div>

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