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Katy ISD Superintendent Appoints New Principal for West Memorial Junior HighKaty ISD Superintendent Appoints New Principal for West Memorial Junior High2021-07-22T20:57:51Z<div class="ExternalClass3B90653AC9FB425F8551E0B1AFBD9A5B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The West Memorial Junior High (WMJH) Jaguar Family will be welcoming Todd Knobbe as their new principal this upcoming school year after Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed him to lead Katy Independent School District's second-oldest junior high school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Knobbe holds 17 years of experience in education, much of which he has earned at Katy ISD.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Since opening in 1976, West Memorial Junior High has demonstrated a rich history of academic success among its students and staff and I'm excited to be joining this group of individuals who aim to R.O.A.R (<em>Be Respectful, Organized, Active Learners and Reliable</em>)," said Todd Knobbe, the new principal of WMJH.  “Junior high is an important time in the lives of many learners and it's during these three years that educators inspire and mold these students to become future leaders of society," added Knobbe.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Knobbe began his career as a teacher and coach in 2004 for Alief Independent School District.  The following year, he joined the Katy ISD family when he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Beckendorff Junior High.  In 2007, he joined Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) where he taught and coached for eight years.  Looking to expand his career opportunities he began his administrative career in Katy ISD as a grade level assistant principal at Tays Junior High.  In 2017, he returned to SLHS to serve as assistant principal and two years later he was promoted to associate principal at that campus.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Knobbe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an English Endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Educational Administration from Lamar University. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/072221_WMJH_Todd%20Knobbe.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:542px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Todd Knobbe</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of West Memorial Junior High</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Students Named National Champions in MechatronicsMiller Career & Technology Students Named National Champions in Mechatronics2021-07-13T21:17:28Z<div class="ExternalClass76F295F611604159AACF71BD3EE5F607"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For two Katy Independent School District students, giving up part of their summer vacation was well worth it after landing a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">2021 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.  </em><span style="text-align:justify;">Even more rewarding was that after several levels of competition, against students from across the nation, Katy ISD Miller Career & Technology (MCTC) Students Daniel White and Levend Karayaka were named National Champions in SkillsUSA Mechatronics.  Throughout the school year, both students competed at various levels of mechatronics (mechanical and electrical engineering) competitions, including first at region and second at the state level.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">While getting to nationals was a challenge in itself, the two students were tasked with showcasing a design solution to a judge virtually from the MCTC manufacturing lab to adhere to safety protocols for the national event.  Both students were presented with a task that required an automated system setup. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The Katy ISD SkillsUSA chapter is a fairly new group of students who came together during the 2019-2020 school year.  In total we have 45 students who are part of the group, many of which qualified at various competitions throughout the year," said Dallas Bergstrom, MCTC Instructor of Manufacturing Engineering. “I am so proud of their willingness to try something new.  To earn a national championship on their first attempt speaks to their commitment to representing MCTC and Katy ISD," added Bergstrom. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Thousands of students competed in over 100 occupational and leadership skill areas at the annual event that included educational sessions as well as interaction with business, industry and government representatives.  Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics.  The goal of SkillsUSA events is to empower students to succeed at work and in life while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of industry positions go unfilled.   <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/071321_Daniel%20White%20and%20Levend%20Karayaka1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:284px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Left to Right:</em><em>  </em><em>Daniel White & Levend Karayaka</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> National Champions for SkillsUSA Mechatronics</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/071321_Daniel%20White%20and%20Levend%20Karayaka2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:353px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Left to Right:</em><em>  </em><em>Levend Karayaka and Daniel White</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>at MCTC Manufacturing Lab</em></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD FFA Students Win Awards at State ConventionKaty ISD FFA Students Win Awards at State Convention2021-07-12T19:29:49Z<div class="ExternalClass24C018B572E5488DB2018E86885429FE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After a year of virtual gatherings and obstacles resulting from a global pandemic, Katy Independent School District FFA students ended their school year with numerous recognitions at the 93</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Texas FFA Convention.  The convention's theme – </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Elevate</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> – encapsulated a movement that motivated Katy ISD FFA students, and others from across the Lone Star State, to use the insurmountable odds of the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to grow, learn and elevate themselves. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Our students have demonstrated an enduring resilience and have learned that amidst the challenges, they can overcome and grow," stated Ashlee Laird, Katy ISD CTE Instructional Specialist.  “Part of that growth was making it a priority to also support their peers in achieving their goals during this difficult school year," added Laird.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following Katy ISD students placed during the convention:<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Student</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Recognition</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Category</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Madailein Fitch<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">State Champion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agriscience Fair – Food Products & Processing Systems – Division 3</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hailey Tucker</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Soil Stewardship Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jacob Grimes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paetow High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior Prepared Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Sapp</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">5<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agricultural Policy Public Speaking </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eliza Thomas</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agricultural Technology & Communication Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elizabeth McFadin</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Extemporaneous Speaking</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Madailein Fitch will be advancing to the National FFA Convention Agricultural Science Fair in October 2021 being held in Indianapolis, IN.  Additionally, Katy High School FFA Student Hailey Tucker won a $2,000 scholarship for her achievement in soil public speaking during this year's state convention.  </p><p>The 93<sup>rd</sup> Annual Texas FFA Convention was held in Fort Worth, Texas last week.</p><p><a href="">Pictures of Katy ISD FFA State Winners</a> ​<br></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher Selected as a Region 4 Teacher of the year FinalistKaty ISD Teacher Selected as a Region 4 Teacher of the year Finalist2021-07-09T15:34:46Z<div class="ExternalClass3C1C0AD5A7EC4F27BABF5308E370B939"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a school year in which teachers across the nation stepped up and went to incredible lengths to help their students stay engaged, one Katy Independent School District teacher, Julia Arcuri, has received the exciting news that she is among four finalists for the coveted </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Region 4 Teacher of the Year</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> award. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Ever since I was 13 years old, I was hooked on loving and teaching children.  I truly believe that such passion has helped me throughout my educational career," said Julia Arcuri, Katy ISD Davidson Elementary teacher.  “Even though I have taught both high school and elementary students, I believe it is crucial to start reaching out to learners early in their lives.  My goal has always been to get children out of their seats and on their feet and most importantly to make them feel comfortable and loved," added Arcuri.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Earlier this year, Arcuri was also named the Katy ISD District-wide Teacher of the Year.  Throughout her 26-year career, Arcuri has dedicated herself to helping each student feel successful and important.  As a third and fourth-grade teacher, her focus continues to be on her students' well-being and health, while coaching children to strive for success.  She integrates a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies to differentiate learning for all students and maintains a positive relationship with them and their parents.  During the pandemic, she served as a Katy Virtual Academy teacher.  She holds an English degree and in her spare time, she loves reading and taking advantage of continued learning opportunities.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> The <em>Region 4 Elementary Teacher of the Year </em>award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, August 4 at the Hilton Americas Houston hotel.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Davidson%20ES-Arcuri,%20Julia.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Julia Arcuri</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy ISD District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year &</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the YearKaty ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year2021-07-06T19:34:12Z<div class="ExternalClassCC5D3FFE8F6C4085B462C9C47499EA01"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As it has become tradition, each school year all nine Katy Independent School District high school campuses nominate one outstanding female and male student-athlete for the Katy ISD Student-Athlete of the Year award.  After a thorough review by the District's Athletic Department, one female and a male student is chosen as the district-wide Student-Athlete of the Year and receives a $2,500 scholarship, donated to Katy ISD by BSN Sports, to the university or college of their choice.  The Katy ISD Athletic Department is honored to announce Bryce Foster from Taylor High School and Ally Batenhorst from Seven Lakes High School as the Katy ISD 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have many outstanding athletes in Katy ISD, making this a very difficult process to narrow down to just one male and one female athlete," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of Athletics.  “This past year, Bryce and Ally capped off outstanding careers and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them," added Decker.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster is best known for being an extremely hard-working, respectful and genuine young man who has established himself as one of the most accomplished athletes in Katy ISD history.  In both football and track and field, Foster has performed at an elite level and his numerous awards and recognitions are a reflection of his accomplishments.  A true champion both on and off the competition field, Foster is a first-class student-athlete.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster awards, honors and recognitions include:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area/Regional/State Shot Put</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area Discus</li><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place Regional Discus</li><li>3rd Place State Discus</li><li>Texas Track and Field Coaches Association - 2021 Male Field Athlete of the Year</li><li>Finished season as the #1 throw in both Shot Put and Discus</li><li>Texas A & M signee in both Football and Track & Field</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Honorable Mention Academic All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Unanimous All-District Football 2019, 2020</li><li>Dave Campbell 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Max Preps 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Texas Sports Writers Association 1<sup>st</sup> team All-State</li><li>Whataburger Super Team</li><li>Adidas All-American </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Batenhorst is known as a hard-working student that leads with class.  She is humble even though her awards are numerous.  She is dedicated to her studies as well as her performance on the court.  Some of her school records include having the most career kills, the most career digs and the most kills in a match.  Batenhorst awards, honors and recognitions include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>2020-21 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Finalist </li><li>2020 AVCA/Under Armour All American First Team</li><li>2020 HS All American First Team</li><li>2020 All VYPE Public School First Team</li><li>2020 Texas Sports Writers Association Player of the Year and All State 1<sup>st</sup> Team</li><li>2020 TGCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 TGCA Legacy All Star Team</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship All Tournament</li><li>2020 6A State Tournament Record Holder – Most Kills in a Match, 35 (State Semifinals vs. Reagan)</li><li>2020 19-6A Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 19-6A First Team All-District</li><li>2020 19-6A Academic All District</li><li>2020 THSCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 Fox 26 “Making the Grade" Student of the Week</li><li>2020 USA Women's Junior National Training Team </li><li>2020 Listed as #3 in 2021 Recruiting Class according to PrepVolleyball</li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List </li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Week 9/21/20</li><li>2020 Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch </li><li>2020 All-VYPE Houston 1<sup>st</sup> Team Member</li><li>2020 MaxPreps Preseason HS VB All American</li><li>2020 Varsity Captain</li><li>2019-20 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Candidate<img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="font-size:13px;width:201px;margin:5px;" /><br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Bryce%20Foster.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bryce Foster</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Taylor High School Student-Athlete in Football / Track & Field</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Ally%20Batenhorst.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:202px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ally Batenhorst</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Seven Lakes High School Student-Athlete in Volleyball</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Recognized for its Outstanding Financial ReportingKaty ISD Recognized for its Outstanding Financial Reporting2021-07-02T23:06:19Z<div class="ExternalClass12B648E4733241FCBCA0E234D9E24072"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As one of the fast-growing school districts in the region, with more than 85,000 enrolled students, financial reporting and transparency are paramount at Katy Independent School District.  This week those efforts were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), an organization committed to providing programs, services and a global network that promotes the highest standards in school business.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Achieving this recognition takes an extreme amount of hard work among our financial services employees and those individuals at each one of our campuses and facilities," said Chris Smith, Katy ISD Chief Financial Officer.  “Our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in August 2020 is an important tool for building trust with our taxpayers and the school community," added Smith.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Applicants from around the world submit their reports for review by a team of financial professionals who provide feedback to improve future documents.  A district's participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.  In addition to receiving multiple recognitions from other financial institutions, the Katy ISD Financial Services Department has also made it a commitment to providing easy access to multiple financial documents and information through its <a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Financial Services webpage</a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Certificate%20of%20Excellence.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:171px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>


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