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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>
TJH Update #41https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=267TJH Update #412022-05-19T14:02:25Z<div class="ExternalClassAA7A59AA69114DD4961689F8B1A65AE9"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/89n6v-tjh-update-41?ref=email">​<span style="font-size:14px;">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!</span><br>​</a></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>
TJH Update #40https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=266TJH Update #402022-05-12T15:13:07Z<div class="ExternalClass3CFB80C4D8084B2990A98920401CC469"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="https://www.smore.com/1zwxn-tjh-update-40?ref=email">Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</a></span><br></p></div>
TJH Update #39https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=265TJH Update #392022-05-06T18:09:55Z<div class="ExternalClassB92B9822C76A42DB891D2C8A02FFF84B"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="https://www.smore.com/bar6u-tjh-update-39?ref=email-content#w-5175226193">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</a></span><br><br></p></div>
TJH Update #38https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=264TJH Update #382022-04-28T18:16:26Z<div class="ExternalClass6A18B47F63084F6A9C77267708291B14"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/gcx8b-tjh-update-38?ref=email-content#w-6106608597">​<span style="font-size:14px;">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</span></a><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>
TJH Update #37https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=263TJH Update #372022-04-21T15:26:08Z<div class="ExternalClassF8A15F308DCC479BA1833F1382D51FF1"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/1j7f3-tjh-update-37?ref=email">​​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​​</a><br></p></div>
TJH Update #36https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=262TJH Update #362022-04-14T16:42:06Z<div class="ExternalClass6C8C7E63EC294A55926D63D8893011D0"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/86nrj-tjh-update-36?ref=email-content#w-1966806623">​<span style="font-size:14px;">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</span>​</a><br></p></div>
Tays TNT Presents: Money To Burnhttps://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=261Tays TNT Presents: Money To Burn2022-04-13T14:29:33Z<div class="ExternalClass69FD000B2B2B413AA32543AC40039AF2"><p>​<img src="/campus/tjh/PublishingImages/TNT.PNG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
TJH Update #33https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=260TJH Update #332022-03-29T19:44:42Z<div class="ExternalClassA694A2DAA8CE4DA4B42901FEB70A04E2"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="https://www.smore.com/sd3zj-tjh-update-33?ref=email-content#w-3933168109">Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</a></span><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>
TJH Update #32https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=259TJH Update #322022-03-10T17:30:02Z<div class="ExternalClass4CA471B8C1A14CECB2D2C03722D7A9F6"><p><br><a href="https://www.smore.com/u4xne-tjh-update-32?ref=email-content#w-9184385884"><span style="font-size:14px;">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</span></a><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>
TJH Update #31https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=258TJH Update #312022-03-03T17:57:06Z<div class="ExternalClassD8FEF9C4A69E480394CCB687C9288178"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/xgucj-tjh-update-31?ref=email-content#w-9035948361">Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH Update!​</a><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>
TJH Update #30https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=257TJH Update #302022-02-24T17:45:12Z<div class="ExternalClass6906007EFC6F4B3395005F389E98E180"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/cu9zm-tjh-update-30?ref=email-content#w-2580446385"><span style="font-size:14px;">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH update!​</span>​</a><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competitionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1587Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competition2022-02-22T16:45:08Z<div class="ExternalClass10CAAB2304C745579DA2A4CF8765A86B"><p style="text-align:justify;">Ninety-eight Katy ISD teams showcased their imagination and creativity during this year's Destination Imagination (DI) Gulf Coast Regional Tournament, and in the end, students earned several trophies, medals, as well as some bragging rights.  Thirteen teams will now advance to the Lone Star Finals State Tournament to be held on March 25-26.  Elementary, junior high and high school learners from Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD and several private schools participated in the tournament held at Cinco Ranch High School on Saturday, February 12.  The following 1st-3rd place teams took home trophies:  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Team Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Recognition </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alexander Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Rumbling Rockets</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Campbell Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Golden Thinkers </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Jokers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DInoMite</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improv Einsteins</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Creative Crew</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Daredevils </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Morton Ranch Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Nerd Herd</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tricky Twix</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Goodfellas </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Houston We Have a Problem </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1st place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Bryant Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improvables</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Creech Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Celestial Comets </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Griffin Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Microscopic Masterminds</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Off topic !</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McMeans Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Radioactive Ducks</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Alexander Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Da Rainstormers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2nd place </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Campbell Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Campbell Frenzy</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Davidson Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Micro Dragons </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jenks Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Jester Jaguars</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McRoberts Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Box O' Brains</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wolman Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mission Possible Clown Protocol</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Beckendorff Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Dregs</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Innovative Thinkers </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Memorial Parkway Junior High </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DI Dynasty</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3rd place</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p>Among several recognitions, the following teams also earned “High Instant Challenge" medals:     <br>                    </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Team Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Recognition</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Exley Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>DInoMite</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hayes Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Pickle to Cucumber</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Mystic Tigers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">McRoberts Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Box O' Brains</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Shafer Elementary</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Improv Einsteins</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Tricky Twix</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Frenzied Revelers</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The Goodfellas</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High IC</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>“DI is a unique opportunity that challenges students to use 21<sup>st</sup>- century skills of collaboration, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking to solve complex problems," said Dr. Joan Otten, Director of Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics at Katy ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additionally, Katy ISD had one senior level team compete in an advanced Instant Challenge called “Extreme." The Seven Lakes High School team known as “Frenzied Revelers" won 2nd place and will advance to state as well. This year, the competition will take place in Arlington, Texas.  Hundreds of teams will compete during the event in hopes of earning awards and advancing to the final Global Level Tournament in May to be held in Kansas City, Missouri.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​DI is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity and teamwork. In preparation for a tournament, students choose a “Challenge," prepare a solution to the challenge, and present their solution in a highly creative skit. Additionally, all teams participate in an “Instant Challenge," which is a test of their improvisational skills. Their final score is a combination of the two events. Over 100,000 students in more than 30 countries participate in DI annually. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/022222_Picture_Trophies%20and%20Medals.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Destination Imagination Trophies and Medals</em><br></p></div>
TJH Update #28https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=256TJH Update #282022-02-11T19:08:14Z<div class="ExternalClass98F829A1165443E9BCB45DA61884E960"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/n5m9h-tjh-update-28?ref=email-content#w-4986043447">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's Latest TJH Update!​</a><br></p></div>
TJH Update #27https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=255TJH Update #272022-02-03T17:47:43Z<div class="ExternalClass9B9C551E12F1465CA99540F79F15DFDF"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/t5urx-tjh-update-26?ref=email-content#w-5313868234">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH Update!​</a><br></p></div>
TJH Update # 26https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=254TJH Update # 262022-02-01T19:36:39Z<div class="ExternalClass013C3FC419F74A01A44E4D0F8A603BAD"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/e93gs-tjh-update-26?ref=email">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH Update!​</a><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>
TJH Update #25https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=253TJH Update #252022-01-21T19:38:11Z<div class="ExternalClass0279B9A42BB44138B70703793E7BE646"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/fxywm-tjh-update-25?ref=email">​Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH Update!​</a><br></p></div>
TJH Update #24https://www.katyisd.org/campus/tjh/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=252TJH Update #242022-01-13T13:36:19Z<div class="ExternalClass8F975039648B488FA1A24945D28ECC4B"><p><a href="https://www.smore.com/7j4xs-tjh-update-24?ref=email-content#w-2321693856">​ Click here for Dr. Mitzner's latest TJH Update!​</a><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>

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