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Katy ISD Officer Honored with School Safety Spotlight Awardhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1463Katy ISD Officer Honored with School Safety Spotlight Award<div class="ExternalClassDE25E34F9EF7460284B7A4A198832CE6"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Providing a safe and secure learning environment is essential to helping students and staff succeed.  At Katy Independent School District, Officer Nicole Emidy, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, has gone above and beyond her call of duty to ensure special needs students are safe during an emergency, by including emergency operations plans (EOPs) for this group of learners.  Because of her outstanding individual service, she was honored with the 2021 Fourth-Quarter Texas School Safety Center Spotlight Award in the Outstanding Individual Service category.  She provided support to the Katy ISD Special Education Department to develop safety protocols for the district's EOP, which includes a method to quickly identify classrooms occupied by students with special needs.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It's great to work at a school district that is supportive and prioritizes safety and inclusion for all students and staff," said Officer Nicole Emidy, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator with the Katy ISD Police Department Office of Emergency Management. “The implementation of the special needs annex to our emergency plan and the application of appropriate signage acknowledges and protects unique student needs as well as ensures the safety of learners, staff and first responders in the event of an emergency," added Emidy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the collaborative efforts between officers and special needs employees, Emidy educated staff members on the role of emergency responders during a crisis incident, as well as gathered feedback from teachers on best practices when approaching special needs students.  Across Katy ISD campuses, orange triangles can be seen on the doors of self-contained classrooms serving students with special needs.  These symbols alert first responders that the students may need additional assistance during an emergency.  In addition, she devised a way to repurpose strobes used for door-propped open alarms which would create a visual cue to assist hearing-impaired students in case of a school lockdown.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Nicole's overall versatility, commitment and tenacity to keep students and staff at Katy ISD safe and secure is truly extraordinary," said Ruben Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator at Katy ISD.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Nicole%20Emidy%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Nicole Emidy</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD Police Department Office of Emergency Management</em></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 Support<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 Students Awarded $20,000 Scholarships from Texas FFA Associationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1461Katy ISD Students Awarded $20,000 Scholarships from Texas FFA Association<div class="ExternalClass4AE2C65CD18E4F4D8B4F9C3DD8CFEBAD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy Independent School District FFA students just recently earned some extra college financial assistance as they head off to their post-secondary experiences.  Katy High School students, Camryn Wilder and Skyler Weathers, along with Taylor High School Chloe LaBard recently learned that they are recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from the Texas FFA Association, an award sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR).  Last week, the three deserving students traveled to Stephenville, Texas to the State FFA Degree and Scholarship Event to interview for this prestigious scholarship opportunity.  In Texas, there are currently over 115,000 FFA members and each year 140 scholarships (ranging in dollar amounts) are awarded by various donors, from all over Texas, to students who demonstrate leadership and a passion for agriculture.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These students have worked extremely hard in their four years of FFA at Katy ISD. All three of them are FFA State Champions in Poultry Judging, which is a very challenging and unique FFA Career Development Event (CDE) Contest. Camryn and Skyler are National FFA Poultry Judging Champions and Chloe will compete at the National FFA Poultry contest this year," said Ashlee Laird, Career and Technology Education (CTE) Instructional Specialist.  “Receiving a Texas FFA scholarship is a huge honor, that many students strive to earn each year. This scholarship is unique in that it is buildable, they can renew it after their first year enrolled in college and get an additional $20,000! We are so proud of their accomplishments," added Laird.  </p><p>​To be eligible to apply for the college scholarship, an applicant must be an active member of the Texas FFA Association for the current year and at least two of the three previous years.  They should be listed on the State FFA Roster and be in good standing with the Texas FFA Association and they must declare intent to attend a Texas college or university in the fall semester of the application year.  Upon graduation, the student should have completed at least three academic calendar years and at least five different semesters of instruction on agriculture, food and natural resources, during their 9<sup>th</sup> through 12<sup>th</sup>-grade years. Additionally, to be considered for a scholarship the student must score at least 1000 on the SAT, or at least 19 on the ACT and be in the upper half of his/her graduating class, based on scholastic rank, for the first three and half years of high school.  Aside from academic requirements, interview presentation is a contributing factor to be selected for the coveted scholarship.  Official FFA attire is required for all scholarship interviews, whether at district, area or state competitions.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wilder and Weathers will be attending Texas A&M University to study Poultry Science while LaBard will be attending Texas A&M University to study Animal Science & Agriculture Business.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Camryn%20Wilder.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="width:329px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Camryn Wilder</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Sklyer%20Weathers.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:547px;" /><br><br></em><em>Skyler Weathers</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> </em></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:245px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Chloe%20LaBard.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:534px;" /><br><br>Chloe LaBard</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Taylor High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Principals for Bethke and Winborn Elementary Schoolshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1460Katy ISD Names New Principals for Bethke and Winborn Elementary Schools<div class="ExternalClassB96EF4157E3A423CBC2762A196A4732D"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">When school resumes on Wednesday, August 18, students and staff members at two Katy Independent School District elementary schools will be beginning their academic year with a new pri</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ncipal.  This week, Superintendent of Schools</span><span style="text-align:justify;">,</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> Dr. Ken Gregorski appointed Kara Morgan as the new principal of Bethke Elementary and Lisa Frison as the new leader for Winborn Elementary.  Both educators hold over 20 years of experience in education and are familiar faces within Katy ISD.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kara Morgan has had the unique opportunity of educating students of all levels and demographics ranging from 3<sup>rd</sup> through 12<sup>th</sup> grades.  She began her career in education in 2001 at Sutton Elementary, just east of Katy ISD, at Houston Independent School District where she was a team leader for fifth-graders in addition to facilitating English as a Second Language (ESL) interventions for third through fifth-graders.  Morgan's dedication to improving her teaching skills moved her to teach sixth-graders in Fort Bend Independent School District in 2006. While there, in 2007, she moved into administration to serve as assistant principal at First Colony Middle School (2007-2010) and then Associate Principal at Bowie Middle School and Sugar Land Middle School between 2011 and 2017.  She joined Katy ISD in 2017 as an Assistant Principal at Tompkins High School.  Most recently, Morgan was given the opportunity to establish a new campus at Katy ISD in 2020, when she opened Jordan High School as the sophomore Assistant Principal.  Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.</p><p>“I would like to express how much of an honor it is to become a part of the Bethke family of educators and community members," said Kara Morgan, Principal of Bethke Elementary.  “My passion has always been working with students in their young transition years and growing their knowledge base with life experiences and a solid foundation. It is already evident to me that Bethke is a very special place to be and I look forward to continuing our partnerships," added Morgan.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lisa Frison has 27 years of exceptional teaching and leading experience, 15 of which have been with Katy ISD.  Her passion for teaching students began in 1994 when she joined Blue Valley Unified School District, found within the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, as a sixth-grade math teacher.  Two years later she moved to Texas when she took on the role of a third-grade and a fifth-grade teacher at Hunters Creek Elementary in Spring Branch Independent School District.  In 2006, Frison joined the Katy ISD family at Griffin Elementary where she spearheaded multiple roles, within the next 10 years of her career, including instructional coordinator, instructional coach, math liaison and fourth and fifth-grade math and science teacher.  In 2016, with a desire to continue growing professionally, and her love for helping students and teachers reach their full potential, she made a career move to Beck Junior High as the school's new Assistant Principal.  As Katy ISD continued to see an influx of student growth, Frison joined the Adams Junior High family as the campus's Assistant Principal where she assisted in the hiring process, the school's logo and branding initiative and ultimately the opening of the newest campus in Katy ISD.  Frison holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Educational Management with Principal Certification from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p>“Being named Principal of Winborn Elementary is the highlight of my career," said Lisa Frison, Principal of Winborn Elementary.  “I am excited to collaborate with staff, students, and parents as we continue to support the legacy of excellence in the Winborn community," added Frison.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both educators are beginning their roles as principals this summer in preparation for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/060921_CBE_Kara%20Morgan%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:467px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Kara Morgan</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Bethke Elementary</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/060921_DWE_Lisa%20Frison%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lisa Frison</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Winborn Elementary</em><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Powering Up for Back to Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1459Powering Up for Back to School<div class="ExternalClassC3B35BCB351445038F60DA5D0588FBA2"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is <em>Powering Up for Back to School </em>with<em> </em>PowerSchool Enrollment!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This fall, the District will welcome over 85,000 students when school starts on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 18.</span>  Resuming today, parents of new students* can pre-register for the 2021-22 Katy ISD fall semester through the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment webpage</a>. Parents of current Katy ISD students may update their child’s information in <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment</a> beginning August 2.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mark your calendar for these important dates:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 30 (until midnight)</span></strong>– New student online pre-registration and enrollment resumes</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, July 26</span></strong>– New student enrollment re-opens following the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">June 30</span> close date (2<sup>nd</sup> opportunity)</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, August 2</span></strong>– Annual student update begins (for current Katy ISD students) </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">*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.  A current student is defined as any student who was actively enrolled during the 2020-21 school year. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All new and current Katy ISD students are required to use PowerSchool Enrollment to submit a new student registration or their annual student update.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to submit a parent inquiry through the <a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support">Parent/Guardian & Student Technology Support Center</a> or email <a href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org">centralregistration@katyisd.org</a>.</span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p><br></p></div>
Update to Katy Virtual High School #2https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1458Update to Katy Virtual High School #2<div class="ExternalClassBBC313FDC7EB434692ED62807723EC52"><p>​Following the close of the regular Texas Legislature session on May 31, Texas school districts learned that the state did not pass legislation that would have provided funding for public school districts to offer virtual learning.<br> <br>In result, Katy ISD, like many school districts across the state, is unable to offer a standalone Katy Virtual School (KVS) High School during the 2021-22 school year.  We look forward to welcoming all Katy ISD students back to in-person learning on Wednesday, August 18. <br><br>Katy ISD, however, continues to offer supplemental paid online course programs through <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy Virtual School </a>for students interested in pursuing on-line course work outside of the regular school day.<br><br>Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we awaited further guidance and legislation regarding the future of virtual learning in Texas.<br> <br>In the meantime, enjoy your summer break, and take a moment to check out the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Summer Enrichment Activities​</a> webpage for other fun and educational activities for students and families this summer.<br></p>​<p>​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts Signing Dayhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1457Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts Signing Day<div class="ExternalClassB080720278644E78A746DC511A3154EF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Signing Day includes more than just athletics! This past May, </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) hosted a collegiate fine arts signing day in recognition of their students who are committing to continue their Visual and Performing Arts careers at colleges across the country. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Family and friends of Trey Serrano, Leo Rosebure and Victoria Taylor cheered on these students who will be continuing their education in various areas of fine arts with the assistance of scholarship funding.  Serrano will be studying music education at Temple College, while Rosebure will concentrate on commercial music at Tennessee State University, and Taylor will be focusing on theatre at Sam Houston State University.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These students are paving the way for other fine arts students.  Their work and contributions emphasize the importance of artists not only in the Katy area, but all over the world," said Damon Archer, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Department.  “We are proud of them for aspiring to 'create a legacy' in the world of fine arts," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Students signed letters of intent during the event and will be attending their respective colleges this upcoming fall.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(1).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Leo Rosebure</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Tennessee State University</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>​</em><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(2).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Trey Serrano</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Temple College</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(5).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Victoria Taylor</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sam Houston State University</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Update to KVS High Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1456Update to KVS High School<div class="ExternalClass4CB76CE7250F45DBBC6845C069560C63"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20High%20School%20JPG.PNG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p>​This week, the Texas legislature expanded access to virtual school programs statewide by providing guidance and funding for public school districts.  In result, Katy Virtual School (KVS) High School, a standalone, instructional day on-line learning program will become a school option for all eligible 9<sup>th</sup> through 12<sup>th</sup> grade students during the 2021-22 school year.</p><p><strong>About KVS High School</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>KVS High School is tuition-free, full-time and a stand-alone campus.</li><li>Interested students must submit an online application and meet required criteria for acceptance.</li><li>Enrollment is for one calendar school year (fall and spring semester).</li><li>Enrolled students may elect to withdraw and return to their zoned campus at the close of the spring semester, prior to the new school year.</li><li>KVS HS students earn a GPA, class rank (i.e. top 10%) and quartile rank with their virtual school graduating class.</li><li>Campus UIL and/or extracurricular activities are not offered via KVS HS, nor are enrolled students eligible to participate in such activities at other physical Katy ISD campuses.</li></ul><p>Beginning on June 1, more information on the KVS High School will be available on the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/KatyISD-Virtual-School.aspx">KVS webpage</a>.</p><p><strong>KVS Supplemental Online Course Program:</strong>  Students who do not apply for full-time status at KVS High School and remain enrolled for in-person instruction at their home campus, may continue to earn KVS original credit through paid, supplemental online course offerings available outside of the regular school day.  Additional information regarding KVS supplemental courses may be found on the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">KVS - Supplemental Paid Online Course Program webpage</a>.</p><p>Beginning next Tuesday, any questions regarding KVS High School may be directed to <a href="mailto:KVShighschool@katyisd.org">KVShighschool@katyisd.org</a> or (281) 396-2028.</p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationalshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1455Katy ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationals<div class="ExternalClass316AC7E82608486AA9974F45AD4ACEE5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Showing patriotism through artwork lands two Katy Independent School District students a spot in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competition.  Memorial Parkway Elementary first-grader Daniel Torres and Katy Elementary third-grader Mackenzie McMeans both won first place in their respective age divisions in the Texas VFW </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Illustrated America</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> contest.  Their red, white and blue two-dimensional artworks will now compete against 50 other students across the nation for first, second and third places in distinct division levels.  This is the second year of the patriotic art contest for elementary and junior high school students. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is exciting to see our students display their pride in being an American through their drawings and paintings," said Susan Chiboroski, Assistant Fine Arts Director.  “Through art competitions and other programs offered by various VFW organizations, students also develop a respect for veterans and active servicemen and women who contribute to making our country one of the best in the world," added Chiboroski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​McMeans and Torres' artwork is currently at the VFW national headquarters being judged for the upcoming national competition.  The winners of the National VFW <em>Illustrated America</em> contest will be announced the week of July 25 via the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/VFWAuxiliary/">VFW Auxiliary National Organization Facebook page.</a>  Winners will receive a $100 gift card.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_KE_Mackenzie%20McMeans.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:302px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Mackenzie McMeans</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> 3</em><em><sup>rd</sup></em><em> Grader at Katy Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Jennifer Mabray</em>​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_MPE_Daniel%20Torres%20artwork.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:307px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Daniel Torres</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>1</em><em><sup>st</sup></em><em> Grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Pedro Castro</em></p><p><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 Partnership<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 Summer<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>
Several 2021 Katy ISD Bond Projects Receive Green Light from Boardhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1452Several 2021 Katy ISD Bond Projects Receive Green Light from Board<div class="ExternalClassF6B5A236AFE74874B1794E3B2DEB5B66"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/000.LO-Bond%202021-%20Official.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:95px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">T</span><span style="text-align:justify;">his past May, Katy ISD voters approved the District's four bond propositions that include the building of new campuses for projected enrollment growth, school improvements and renovations, and safety and technology upgrades. At tonight's Regular Board Meeting Trustees approved moving forward with contractor selection and several key projects aimed to address the District's rapid growth.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following projects received a unanimous vote of approval from Trustees:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Approval of the construction delivery methods and contractor selection criteria for capital construction projects associated with the $676 million bond authorization</li><li>Approval of a contract for the construction of Elementary #44</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the construction of High School #10 and Junior High #18</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the renovation and addition to Katy Elementary School</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the renovation of Winborn Elementary School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD has built a reputation for educational excellence and as one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Texas, it is our responsibility to be prepared for the arrival of new families to Katy ISD," said Ted Vierling, Chief Operations Officer.  “Katy ISD currently has over 85,000 students.  Demographers project that by 2026 that number will be well over 100,000 students," added Vierling. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The $676,226,420 bond package is comprised of over 400 campus and facility projects that include five new schools and a transportation facility, major renovations and/or additions for seven existing campuses, safety and security improvements, component replacements that include chiller replacements, re-roofing and kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, and other projects. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information, visit the <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx">2021 Bond webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Look to Move Forward with Future Katy ISD Virtual High Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1451Board of Trustees Look to Move Forward with Future Katy ISD Virtual High School<div class="ExternalClassD8A4235A30794CDEA71E401F9AA1E72D"><p>​K<span style="text-align:justify;">aty Independent School District is preparing to move forward with the establishment of a virtual high school after trustees discu</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ssed and voted to approve the item at tonight's Regular Board Meeting, pending future guidance and funding from the state. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD Virtual High School would be tuition-free and considered a full-time stand-alone virtual high school campus.  The virtual high school criteria and student eligibility include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The virtual campus would have its own Texas Education Agency (TEA) campus code.</li><li>Students would be required to submit an online application during a designated window of time.</li><li>Students would need to meet the required criteria for acceptance into the virtual high school.</li><li>Enrollment in the virtual high school would be for one calendar school year. Students would be able to elect to withdraw and return to their home campus during the summer and before the start of a new school year.</li><li>Students would graduate from the Katy ISD virtual high school and would earn a GPA, class rank (top 10%) and quartile rank with their virtual school cohort.</li><li>Students attending the virtual high school would not be eligible to participate in their home campus UIL and/or extracurricular activities. <br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have an excellent framework for a Katy ISD Virtual High School that could effectively support the delivery of unparalleled learning experiences to those students and families who may be interested in that learning option, should the state provide the necessary funding," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  </p><p>This past April, the District sought input from parents of secondary students through an interest survey. More than 1,200 responses were received from parents who expressed an interest in their child(ren) attending a stand-alone virtual high school during the 2021-22 school year.  ​<br></p><p><br><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 Officers<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>
Board of Trustees Approve New Principals for Wilson Elementary, Katy and Beck Junior Highhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1449Board of Trustees Approve New Principals for Wilson Elementary, Katy and Beck Junior High<div class="ExternalClass20A044A079D24B14B2ACF9E58D4315B0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Regular Board meeting, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved new leaders for three District campuses.  Shae Harwell was named the principal of Wilson Elementary, while Leah Lowry will be the principal of Beck Junior High and Carrie Lowery will be the principal of Katy Junior High.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Harwell began her career as a second-grade teacher in 2001 in Dallas, TX.  In 2005 she moved to the Houston metro area to work in Spring Branch ISD as a first-grade teacher, and in 2007 she became a counselor in the district.  She joined the Katy ISD family as the assistant principal at Fielder Elementary in 2010 and then transitioned to Hayes Elementary in 2014.  Harwell is excited to begin her position as the leader at Wilson Elementary.  Harwell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Colorado State University and a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.​ </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For Ms. Lowry, Katy ISD has been her home since the beginning of her educational career.  She began in Katy ISD as a science educator in 2005 at Memorial Parkway Junior High.  In 2009, she assumed the role of instructional coach on that campus and remained in that position until 2010.  At that time, she became the assistant principal at Winborn Elementary.  Six years later, she was named the principal of the campus and has served in that role since 2016.  Ms. Lowry holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Lowery began her career in education in Lubbock, Texas as an elementary teacher in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, she taught fourth grade at Metcalf Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  In 2001, she joined Katy ISD as a fourth-grade teacher at Memorial Parkway Elementary.  The following year, she began teaching at Katy Elementary and taught there until 2007.  That year, Ms. Lowery became the assistant principal at Hutsell Elementary.  In 2011, she was named principal at Rhoads Elementary, and in 2015 was named principal at one of Katy ISD's newest elementary campuses, Bethke Elementary.  Ms. Lowery holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_TWE_Shae%20Harwell.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Shae Harwell</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Wilson Elementary</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_BJH_Leah%20Lowry.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Leah Lowry</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Beck Junior High</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_KJH_Carrie%20Lowery.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Carrie Lowery</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Katy Junior High</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorianshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1447Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians<div class="ExternalClassE4A5A07A3237446D8056E1E3B12EDBFA"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who have ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth-grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to renowned colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2020-2021 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Natalie Wang – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology/PreMed</li><li>GPA:  4.8281</li></ul><li>Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Layne Smith – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology with an emphasis on Epidemiology</li><li>GPA:  4.8148</li></ul><li>Chelsea Crow – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Chelsea will be pursuing volunteer opportunities abroad after graduating and will teach Spanish literacy for a year.</li><li>Major:  N/A</li><li>GPA: 4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Min Ko Ko – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:   Political Science</li><li>GPA: 4.8143</li></ul><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Columbia University</li><li>Major:  Sociology</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Jennie Le – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major: Exercise Science</li><li>GPA: 4.7037</li></ul><li>Walter Pham – Salutatorian (photo unavailable)</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Biology</li><li>GPA: 4.7<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>John Pershing Abney – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Brown University</li><li>Major:  Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.7778</li></ul><li>Camila Silva – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Chicago</li><li>Major:  Astrophysics & Astronomy</li><li>GPA:  4.75</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sameer Gupta – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science (Turing Honors Program)</li><li>GPA: 4.9079</li></ul><li>Surya Chokkar – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science and Business Honors Program</li><li>GPA:  4.9079</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ecaterina Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8406</li></ul><li>Jeongwook Yun – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.8302 </li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sahil Adhawade – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Stanford University</li><li>Major:  Computer Science with a Concentration in Bio-Computation</li><li>GPA:  4.9048</li></ul><li>Pranav Narayanan – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Biosciences</li><li>GPA: 4.85333<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gl936cV5i91q5znhWT4QYvGyelQ_7MgH?usp=sharing">Pictures of the 2020-21 Valedictorians and Salutatorians</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - May 7, 2021https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1446Smart Restart Weekly eNews - May 7, 2021<div class="ExternalClass8480926AC98D4D928B7EC439B46DFC95"> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="Smart Restart Weekly Enews Logo" width="620" height="109" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">May 7, 2021 </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart web page</a>!  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW* </strong></span><strong>CLASS OF 2021 & FINAL TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Don’t forget to go into ScribOrder <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEVqXk1Ay$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a> to order your final transcript for your college or university. If students need to send a transcript to the NCAA, be sure to choose “Educational Institute.” NCAA is listed in the drop-down. Campus Registrars can help with any questions.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Report cards for seniors will be available in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a> on 05/21/2021 by 8 pm. To view the electronic grade report, please click on the “Grades” icon and then click on the Report Card tab.  If you require a printed version of the report card, click on the Print button to get a printable PDF version of the report card.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/983a145dd3b7902ae46280976d612592/HAC_new_pic.png" alt="Home Access Center" style="width:600px;height:159px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Updated, unofficial GPA and class rank will be available for 12th grade students and will include grades through the spring 2021 semester, in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a> on May 25, 2021 by 8 am <em>(*Please note, the GPA and/or class rank for underclassman will not yet be updated, but will still reflect the prior semester’s data)</em> </span></p><p><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69f19371f771557d2329e187dade6019/Transcripts_Icon.jpg" alt="Transcripts Icon" style="width:600px;height:122px;" /> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>UIL Activity Physical Examinations 2021-2022 </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Appointments and prepayments required: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://katyisd.revtrak.net/athletics-physicals/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEaobb2aG$">https://katyisd.revtrak.net/athletics-physicals/</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All students participating in UIL marching band and/or UIL athletic activities will be required to complete the UIL Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE), after May 1 for the 2021-2022 school year. All students must have a current physical on file in order to participate in summer strength and conditioning camp. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Physical examinations will only be given to Katy ISD students participating in UIL activities grades 7-12. The UIL physical form will be the only physical form accepted.</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Although Katy ISD recommends the use of your family doctor for the physical examination, the following mass screenings are available as an economical convenience for its patrons. Katy ISD sponsored physical examinations will cost a nominal fee of $25. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">A schedule of physical examinations offered in Katy ISD can be found here: <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/Physical_Dates.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Documents/Physical_Dates.pdf</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">You may download a current blank physical or upload your completed physical for athletics at: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://katyisd.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEQjHP0AX$">https://katyisd.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx</a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Strength & Conditioning Camp 2021 </strong>  <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Registration for all Strength & Conditioning Camps can be completed at the link below: <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://katyisd.store.rankonesport.com/Camp/List__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEY3c81jo$">https://katyisd.store.rankonesport.com/Camp/List</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">High School students will register at their campus.  Junior High students will register at their feeder high school. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>2021 Varsity Football Schedule</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The 2021 Varsity Football Schedule has been released and can be found <a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/2021%20Katy%20ISD%20Var%20FB%20Schedule%20-%20DEC%20Approved.pdf">here</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">View our most up to date information at our <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">website</a> or follow us on Twitter - <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://twitter.com/KatyISDAthletic__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpES1STM6U$">@katyisdathletic</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Spring STAAR & EOC Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Federal and state laws require that all eligible STAAR test takers be provided an opportunity to test. To ensure equity for all students, Katy ISD will administer the 2021 state assessments to all students, including KVA students, at their home campus. All testing students should arrive at their campus by the start of the school day. Parents will receive more information from students’ campuses regarding details for participating in STAAR assessments this spring.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><u>To limit testing disruptions and to ensure safety measures are in place, certain grade levels of non-testing students will remain at home and engage in Intermittent School to Home instruction on STAAR testing days while other grade levels will continue with the normal school schedule.</u> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For graduation requirements, students must meet standard on all five EOC subjects - English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History to be eligible to graduate. Missing a STAAR EOC testing opportunity will potentially impact meeting the graduation testing requirement outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Further, students must attempt to test to be eligible to utilize substitute assessments and/or graduate by Individual Graduation Committee (IGC). </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students enrolled in self-contained specialized programs will be permitted to attend class on campus.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>KVA Students- STAAR/EOC Testing Information</u></strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA students may ride district transportation to and from their campus on their scheduled campus STAAR administration day(s). KVA parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day. KVA students may opt to stay at the campus and ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment. </span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled STAAR administration days. </span>  </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the STAAR assessments. </span>  </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students will report to their home campus on the specific testing days as noted by the home campus.  Eligible test takers who do not participate in testing will have an answer document submitted which will reflect this decision.  </span> </li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>STAAR, EOC Absence Clarification:</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if the student is not present to participate in a state assessment.  However, should a parent choose not to send their in-person or virtual student to campus on the day of a scheduled assessment, there are no academic expectations for attending school virtually or academic consequences.  Students may return to their in-person or virtual learning the next day following the state assessment. </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>STAAR, EOC Make-Up Date Expectations:</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Virtual students who elect to not take the state assessment on the make-up date must participate in the virtual learning model or will be marked absent.  In-person students present on a make-up assessment day and eligible for the make-up assessment must be provided an opportunity to test.  Therefore, parents of in-person students who elect for their child to not take the state assessment on the make-up scheduled date should contact a campus administrator or counselor.  In-person students should follow their regular instructional day schedule if confirmed they will not be taking the state assessment on the scheduled date. </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">If you have questions regarding STAAR administration, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf">Click here to view the below assessment schedules for important dates.</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/72de71081aad3c4cfb0e16927752223e/elementary_testing.jpg" alt="Elementary Testing" style="width:600px;height:425px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/618fc84ffcb08cfea88b6cf0aa8d33b9/JH_testing.jpg" alt="Junior High testing" style="width:600px;height:287px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2eecda1d1c8eefcf4e908146a404a91d/HS_testing.jpg" alt="High School Testing" style="width:600px;height:324px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>District Student Transfer Application Closes May 31, 2021</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The District Student Transfer application period for the 2021-2022 school year is open and closes on May 31, 2021.  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your child is currently on a District Student Transfer, a renewal application must be submitted for them to remain at their transferred-to campus.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Transfers will be processed after the application, documents (if needed), and fees are paid. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information regarding transfers, application fees, payment methods, and the application link, please visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Student-Transfers.aspx">Student Transfers</a> web page. If you have any additional questions, please contact Edie White or Bitsy Cobb (281-396-2357). </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Superintendent Message: Year End & 2021-22 Updates! </strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/Superintendent-Message.aspx">Click here to read an important message from the Superintendent.</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Katy ISD Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered in person during the first College Board AP exam administration from May 3-17, 2021 at students’ home campus.  In-person administration of the AP exams includes students attending the KVA learning model. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>KVA Students - AP Testing Information</strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The AP Exam Testing Schedule is listed below and students are expected to be on campus at least 45 minutes before the test begins.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA students may ride district transportation to and from their campus on their scheduled AP exam days. Students who arrive early or remain after the exam will be placed in a large room setting after the scheduled AP exam. Parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA testing students are eligible for meals served on the scheduled AP exam day(s).  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the AP exams.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students who have an AP exam and an EOC on the same day and time will take the AP exam on the scheduled day.  The EOC assessment will be given on an EOC make-up day.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The College Board AP second testing window will only be utilized for rare circumstances and must be approved by the campus administrator. Katy ISD will not administer AP exams during the College Board third testing window.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">If you have questions regarding AP exams, please contact your campus AP Coordinator. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy ISD AP Exam Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time listed below.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf">Click here to view the below testing schedule.</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6e0d5045c79e10d46718e7977c99f1b7/AP_test_2.jpg" alt="AP Testing 2" width="527" height="456" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Technology Device End of the Year Check-In</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> In preparation for the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the following student device check-in schedule information is now available for review.  Following spring break, additional information regarding fees associated with lost/damaged devices and how to utilize the Pay N Go APP to pay fees will be communicated.  Information <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://share.peachjar.com/flyers/2048816/districts/50001__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEePVuTjL$">here</a>. </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>12<sup>th</sup> Grade Students: </strong> Seniors are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian prior to picking up their cap and gown and/or by Wednesday, May 19 prior to the start of the Class of 2021 Legacy Stadium graduation ceremonies.  Questions regarding technology device check-in may be directed to your student’s senior class assistant principal or librarian.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>PK-11<sup>th</sup> Grade Students:  </strong>All students are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian by the last day of school on Thursday, May 27.  Additional information regarding technology device check-in will be provided by your student’s campus. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Summer School:  Katy Virtual School (KVS): </strong> Students enrolled in an original credit summer school course via KVS may check out a device for their summer online course from their home campus librarian beginning on Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Summer School:</strong> Students enrolled in a high school credit recovery, junior high course recovery or elementary summer program may check out a device from their assigned summer school campus beginning on Monday, June 7.  All devices must be checked in by Thursday, July 1 – the last day of the summer school session. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>2021-2022 New Student Pre-Registration</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Pre-Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1 for all <strong>new</strong> to Katy or students not currently enrolled and will be returning to Katy for next school year. A current and valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit. New families can visit <a href="https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx</a> for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool Pre-Registration application. If your student is currently enrolled in a Katy ISD school, there is no need to do anything at this time. Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or email <a href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org">centralregistration@katyisd.org</a> for questions. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Pre-K Registration</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1, 2021.  Parents must complete the online registration process through <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website</a> in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="/dept/Interv/Pages/Prekindergarten.aspx">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><em>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</em></strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">English Speaking Classes:  Alexander, Bear Creek, Bethke, Bryant, Campbell, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Leonard, Mayde Creek, McElwain, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Nottingham, Pattison, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wilson, Winborn, Wolfe, Wolman and Wood Creek elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Spanish Speaking Classes:  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>MyKaty Now Available For Parents/Guardians</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The MyKaty Login is now available to parents and guardians! This Parent Portal will now provide parents access to applications and resources in one location. Parents applications available are PayNGo, School Calendars, Bus Routes, and more. To login, you will use your same parent/guardian login that is used in the Home Access Center (HAC).   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">To access MyKaty, click on the MyKaty Login icon at the top of <a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/default.aspx">KatyISD.org</a> and campus web pages.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/10011d9ef30cabdeff55fa173c69ba78/My_Katy_Parents.png" alt="My Katy Log in" width="469" height="120" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information, visit <a href="https://katyisd.org/mykaty/Pages/default.aspx">https://katyisd.org/mykaty/Pages/default.aspx</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy Corkboard</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Check out the new Katy Corkboard, a location for parents and staff to view campus and community flyers.  You can access your Campus Katy Corkboard on your campus webpage or on the <a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/default.aspx">District’s main website</a> by clicking on the Katy Corkboard Icon. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/227f2e89d68f9d23062a5c71c65bca1b/Corkboard.png" alt="Katy Corkboard" width="330" height="78" /> </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong><em> </em> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>COVID-19 Safety Protocols</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><em>Katy ISD’s safety protocols align with the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34 that gives school districts the ability to operate under the </em><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21F7XAPinhDdnblc10WK7m_JUnAH1OxfQb3k9qqyeUyn7OHsJSqqUb7tqnhxgpEfdMwsav$"><em>TEA 2021 Public Health Planning Guidance</em></a><em> standards.</em> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>COVID-19 FREE Testing Site</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Testing services are FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students and employees. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aa5a82aa1fb6-katy__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HJQ2tK1S8KPZ4aZBubto-2X1jNwO9NwsKilKhZZ21gByKnDtwJnSFu_ICpeI85JG9c42$">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a><u>. </u>Employees do not require an appointment to be tested for free. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Continued Campus Phase 2 Safety Protocols</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Katy ISD Campus Phase 2 Safety Protocols took effect March 2 with an update on March 29. Please visit the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><strong>District COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.</strong></a><strong> </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Visit the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Smart Restart webpage</a> for information on: </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="https://www.katyisd.org/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx" href="/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspxhttps://www.katyisd.org/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f4446035ccd45e84be296252250a03bd/COVID_19.PNG" alt="Covid -19 Self Reporting" width="305" height="53" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html*/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402__;Iw!!N081aGSY!CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwauWSsRiS$" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html%2a/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402__%3bIw%21%21N081aGSY%21CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwauWSsRiS$"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5bca5a1b466e426871b1985acc6074d4/Dashboard_icon.png" alt="Covid-19 Dashboard" width="312" height="52" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student__;!!N081aGSY!CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwavel4mO0$" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html%2a/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402__%3bIw%21%21N081aGSY%21CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwauWSsRiS$"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c4335ff25f1f4a145b599eba1acb225a/COVID_TESTING_APPT_BUTTON.png" alt="Covid-19 Testing Appointment" width="303" height="48" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec741e87c41cee2a126b6f6e1f8d57ba/Mitigation_Plan.PNG" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="310" height="56" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements are available on page 6 of the Katy ISD COVID Mitigation Plan.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>Secondary Information</u></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/9a45977cc097fc1a0f3d2654386aa078/Class_of_2021.jpg" alt="Class of 2021" width="281" height="137" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Senior Graduation Information</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Graduation information released on Katy ISD Graduation webpage at: <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Class of 2021 Graduation Information about ceremonies can be found at: <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Campus specific information will be shared by the administration. Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey through Naviance found in MyKaty Cloud beginning March 15 and return any borrowed instructional material and devices prior to picking up graduation caps and gowns. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ca4ad3a4289a68f46eb71b4544fc246d/prom_schedule.jpg" alt="Prom Schedule" style="width:600px;height:286px;" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Secondary Katy Summer Academic Term (KSAT) Information</strong>    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Registration is open for parents to elect for their student(s) to take summer recovery courses virtually with in-person teacher support and remediation. At the time of registration, a student will be prompted to select one of the following in person lab days/times for in person teacher support:  </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">   </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Monday and Wednesday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Monday and Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span>   </li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KSAT for credit and course recovery are schedule from June 7 – July 1, Monday – Thursday. Elementary students eligible for summer school programs will be contacted directly by their respective home campuses in May 2021 via an invitation to attend an eligible program.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information, please visit the <a href="https://katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/ksat/Pages/default.aspx">KSAT web page</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries</u></strong><strong> </strong>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Online:</strong>   </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support Important Links</strong>  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/"><strong>Technology Device Request Form</strong></a></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy ISD </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> <strong>#KatyStrong</strong> </span></p><br></div>
2021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Resultshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=14452021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Results<div class="ExternalClass3EDC43A5BBDE410986ED4DB5F61FB39B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Unofficial voting results for the May 2021 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election and Bond are as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Position 6 Candidate: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Bonnie Anderson<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Unoffi</span><span style="text-align:justify;">cial Voting Total:  1,598 votes (19.18%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">William X. Branch II<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  80 votes (0.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Garima DasGupta<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  732 votes (8.79%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Rebecca Fox<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  3,002 votes (36.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Susan Gesoff<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,754 votes (33.06%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Joseph Wojcik<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  164 votes (1.97%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 7 Candidates: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Walter Butler<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,128 votes (26.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Dawn Champagne<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  5,766 votes (73.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>Bond 2021 Propositions:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">P</span><span style="text-align:left;">roposition A<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  6,142 votes (71.76%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 2,417 votes (28.24%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition B<br></span>For:  6,187 votes (72.74%)<br>Against: 2,319 votes (27.26%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition C<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">For:  5,423 votes (63.72%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,088 votes (36.28%)<br></span><br>Proposition D<br><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  5,433 votes (63.81%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,081 votes (36.19%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A special board meeting will take place to conduct the official canvass of returns. The deadline to canvass final election results is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Discuss Future of a Katy ISD Virtual High Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1444Board of Trustees Discuss Future of a Katy ISD Virtual High School<div class="ExternalClassE0683B3885E240AEB6BAEB144F3E4DAE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The results of the Katy ISD Virtual High (VHS) School Interest Survey were discussed by district Trustees at tonight's monthly board meeting. Of the 37,469 parent survey invitations administered by outside research firm K12 Insight, 1,238 responses were received from parents who stated an interest in their child attending a stand-alone virtual high school during the upcoming school year.  The total number of currently enrolled Katy ISD students who would be eligible to attend a potential VHS next school year is 26,332. </span><br></p><p>“If the Board decides to move forward with exploring this option, which seems to be a consensus tonight, as a District we will also need to wait for guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on how they also would approve the District to move forward," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “I am confident that we have a course framework with the Katy Virtual School model that would allow us to deliver an excellent education model to those students and families who would like a virtual high school option," added Gregorski. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Survey results also showed that many parents who expressed an interest in a VHS for the fall said they would prefer an online learning environment due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, perceptions about better learning experiences online, and/or they believed virtual learning to be less stressful for their child.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The Board is continuing to review and consider this item, alongside any future guidance the state may issue on virtual schools. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Appoint New Executive Director and Principalhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1442Katy ISD Board of Trustees Appoint New Executive Director and Principal<div class="ExternalClass14028DE6874D4466AD4E01455647D48C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved two new leaders during tonight's monthly meeting.  Nathan Fuchs was named Executive Director of the Maintenance & Operations Department, while Richard Merriman will become the new principal for Raines Academy. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Fuchs is no stranger to the District.  He began his Katy ISD career in 2003 as an Assistant Project Manager.  The following year he was promoted to Construction Project Manager and remained in that position until 2016.  At that time, he was selected to be the Director of Maintenance and Special Projects.  Prior to joining Katy ISD, Fuchs was a Specialist in the United States Army and was later employed by the Drymalla Construction Company.  Fuchs holds a Bachelor in Industrial Supervision from the University of Houston.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Another familiar face at Katy ISD, as well as at Raines Academy, is that of Richard Merriman.  He will head back to his old stomping grounds, Raines Academy, to lead students and staff for the upcoming school year.  Merriman has worked at Katy ISD since 2007 when he began his educational career as a teacher and coach at both Mayde Creek Junior High and Cardiff Junior High from 2007 to 2012.  Later in 2012, he was named Assistant Principal at Raines High School, and he remained there for three years.  In 2015, he moved to Katy High School (KHS) where he served as the ninth-grade Assistant Principal for one year.   The following year he was named Associate Principal at KHS, and he has held that title since 2016.  Mr. Merriman holds two Bachelor's Degrees from Saginaw State University in the fields of History and Public Administration and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Nathan%20Fuchs%20headshot_Edited.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:310px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Nathan Fuchs</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Executive Director of the Maintenance & Operations Department</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Richard%20Merriman.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Richard Merriman​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Raines Academy</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Excellence in Financial Management Awardhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1441Katy ISD Earns Excellence in Financial Management Award<div class="ExternalClass4F0DBEFFBF664046AAF86DEB2208B9B4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Ensuring unparalleled learning experiences at Katy Independent School District expands far beyond the classroom.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The financial aspect of managing day-to-day monetary operations and long-term District goals is a process overseen by dedicated staff in the Katy ISD Financial Services Department.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Due to their commitment, the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) has recognized Katy ISD financial efforts with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Award of Excellence in Financial Management</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> at its recent annual conference.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Only 10 school districts across Texas received the award.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD was acknowledged for being a school district that has implemented professional standards, best practices and innovative ways in financial reporting.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p>​“This is a rigorous process, but it illustrates the quality of work done every day by some talented employees throughout the Financial Services Department.  More than 85,000 students, their parents and the thousands of staff members across the District are counting on our department to ensure that the resources they need are going to be available," said Chief Financial Officer Christopher Smith.  “Managing and reporting Katy ISD's financial information in a transparent format is a high priority for Financial Services," added Smith.<br></p><p>“In Texas, there are high expectations for public education to properly manage finances and report them clearly," said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director.  “This new awards program reflects efforts to adopt best practices and go above and beyond minimum standards," added Ginsburg. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A TASBO Accounting Subcommittee developed the criteria for the award based on state and federal guidelines.  Katy ISD submitted documentation in 11 areas that include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Finance department essentials</li><li>Staffing and training</li><li>Controls</li><li>Budget management</li><li>Processes</li><li>Cash management</li><li>Communications</li><li>Financial reports</li><li>Financial analyses and projections</li><li>External staff training</li><li>Innovation </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Click here for other Katy ISD Financial Information</a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/TASBO_2021%20Award%20of%20Excellence%20Recipient.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:429px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/042621_TASBO%20Award_Chris%20Smith%20Team.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:327px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 23, 2021https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1440Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 23, 2021<div class="ExternalClass026DAC9E4F4B43CCB0491309E1BF8109"><p>​</p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="Weekly eNews" width="813" height="143" style="display:block;margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">April 23, 2021</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians and Staff,  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart web page</a>! </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*</strong><strong>UPDATED</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">*</span> </strong><strong>REMINDER</strong><strong>!</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Spring STAAR & EOC Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Federal and state laws require that all eligible STAAR test takers be provided an opportunity to test. To ensure equity for all students, Katy ISD will administer the 2021 state assessments to all students, including KVA students, at their home campus. All testing students should arrive at their campus by the start of the school day. Parents will receive more information from students’ campuses regarding details for participating in STAAR assessments this spring.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">To limit testing disruptions and to ensure safety measures are in place, certain grade levels of non-testing students will remain at home and engage in Intermittent School to Home instruction on STAAR testing days while other grade levels will continue with the normal school schedule. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For graduation requirements, students must meet standard on all five EOC subjects - English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History to be eligible to graduate. Missing a STAAR EOC testing opportunity will potentially impact meeting the graduation testing requirement outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Further, students must attempt to test to be eligible to utilize substitute assessments and/or graduate by Individual Graduation Committee (IGC). </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in self-contained specialized programs will be permitted to attend class on campus.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students- STAAR/EOC Testing Information</strong> </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA students may ride district transportation</strong> to and from their campus on their scheduled campus STAAR administration day(s). KVA parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day. KVA students may opt to stay at the campus and ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled STAAR administration days. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the STAAR assessments. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students will report to their home campus on the specific testing days as noted by the home campus.  Eligible test takers who do not participate in testing will have an answer document submitted which will reflect this decision.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED</strong><strong>*</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span>STAAR, EOC Absence Clarification<br></strong>TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if the student is not present to participate in a state assessment.  However, should a parent choose not to send their in-person or virtual student to campus on the day of a scheduled assessment, there are no academic expectations for attending school virtually or academic consequences.  Students may return to their in-person or virtual learning the next day following the state assessment. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED</strong><strong>*</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong>STAAR, EOC Make-Up Date Expectations</strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Virtual students who elect to not take the state assessment on the make-up date must participate in the virtual learning model or will be marked absent.  In-person students present on a make-up assessment day and eligible for the make-up assessment must be provided an opportunity to test.  Therefore, parents of in-person students who elect for their child to not take the state assessment on the make-up scheduled date, should contact a campus administrator or counselor.  In-person students should follow their regular instructional day schedule if confirmed they will not be taking the state assessment on the scheduled date.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding STAAR administration, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here to view the below assessment schedules for important dates.</a>  <span style="font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><br><a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/72de71081aad3c4cfb0e16927752223e/elementary_testing.jpg" alt="elementary testing schedule" width="234" height="166" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/618fc84ffcb08cfea88b6cf0aa8d33b9/JH_testing.jpg" alt="junior high testing" width="366" height="175" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2eecda1d1c8eefcf4e908146a404a91d/HS_testing.jpg" alt="high school testing" width="309" height="167" style="margin:5px;" /></a></strong></span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*</strong><strong>UPDATED</strong><strong>* </strong></span><strong>District Student Transfer Application Closes May 31, 2021</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The District Student Transfer application period for the 2021-2022 school year is open and closes on May 31, 2021.  </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="13" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your child is currently on a District Student Transfer, a renewal application must be submitted for them to remain at their transferred-to campus.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="13" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Transfers will be processed after the application, documents (if needed), and fees are paid. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="13" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more information regarding transfers, application fees, payment methods, and the application link, please visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Student-Transfers.aspx">Student Transfers</a> web page. If you have any additional questions, please contact Edie White or Bitsy Cobb (281-396-2357). </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*</strong><strong>ICYMI* </strong></span><strong>Superintendent Message: Year End & 2021-22 Updates! </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/Superintendent-Message.aspx">Click here to read an important message from the Superintendent.</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered in person during the first College Board AP exam administration from May 3-17, 2021 at students’ home campus.  In-person administration of the AP exams includes students attending the KVA learning model. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students - AP Testing Information</strong> </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The AP Exam Testing Schedule is listed </strong><strong>below</strong><strong> and students are expected to be on campus at </strong>least 45 minutes before the test begins.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA students may ride district transportation</strong> to and from their campus on their scheduled AP exam days. Students who arrive early or remain after the exam will be placed in a large room setting after the scheduled AP exam. Parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled AP exam day(s).  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all <strong>COVID-19 safety protocols</strong> including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the AP exams.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who have an AP exam and an EOC on the same day and time will take the AP exam on the scheduled day.  The EOC assessment will be given on an EOC make-up day.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The College Board AP second testing window will only be utilized for rare circumstances and must be approved by the campus administrator. Katy ISD will not administer AP exams during the College Board third testing window.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding AP exams, please contact your campus AP Coordinator. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD AP Exam Testing Schedule</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time listed below.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf">Click here to view the below testing schedule.</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/7ac715b9d0aaf8ad419f22b92e7f7dbe/AP_test_1.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 1" width="326" height="187" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6e0d5045c79e10d46718e7977c99f1b7/AP_test_2.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 2" width="216" height="187" style="margin:5px;" /></a></strong></span></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Device End of the Year Check-In</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the following student device check-in schedule information is now available for review.  Following spring break, additional information regarding fees associated with lost/damaged devices and how to utilize the Pay N Go APP to pay fees will be communicated.   <span class="TextRun SCXW107658547 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW107658547 BCX0">Information </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW107658547 BCX0" href="https://share.peachjar.com/flyers/2048816/districts/50001" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW107658547 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW107658547 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">here</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW107658547 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW107658547 BCX0">.</span></span></span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>12</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students: </strong>Seniors are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian prior to picking up their cap and gown and/or by Wednesday, May 19 prior to the start of the Class of 2021 Legacy Stadium graduation ceremonies.  Questions regarding technology device check-in may be directed to your student’s senior class assistant principal or librarian.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>PK-11</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students:  </strong>All students are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian by the last day of school on Thursday, May 27.  Additional information regarding technology device check-in will be provided by your student’s campus. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:  Katy Virtual School (KVS): </strong> Students enrolled in an original credit summer school course via KVS may check out a device for their summer online course from their home campus librarian beginning on Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:</strong>  Students enrolled in a high school credit recovery, junior high course recovery or elementary summer program may check out a device from their assigned summer school campus beginning on Monday, June 7.  All devices must be checked in by Thursday, July 1 – the last day of the summer school session. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2021-2022 New Student Pre-Registration</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Pre-Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1 for all <strong>new</strong> to Katy or students not currently enrolled and will be returning to Katy for next school year. A current and valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit. New families can visit <a href="https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx</a> for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool Pre-Registration application. If your student is currently enrolled in a Katy ISD school, there is no need to do anything at this time. Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or email <a href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org">centralregistration@katyisd.org</a> for questions. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Pre-K Registration</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1, 2021.  Parents must complete the online registration process through <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website</a> in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="/dept/Interv/Pages/Prekindergarten.aspx">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><em>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</em></strong> <br>English Speaking Classes:  Alexander, Bear Creek, Bethke, Bryant, Campbell, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Leonard, Mayde Creek, McElwain, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Nottingham, Pattison, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wilson, Winborn, Wolfe, Wolman and Wood Creek elementary schools. <br>Spanish Speaking Classes:  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Folk Life Festival 2021</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Join us at the Outdoor Learning Center Open House and 35th Annual Folk Life Festival on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  10:00AM–12PM and 1:00PM-3:00 PM.  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. For more information:  <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc</a> </span></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>MyKaty Now Available </strong><strong>For</strong><strong> Parents/Guardians</strong> </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The MyKaty Login is now available to parents and guardians! This Parent Portal will now provide parents access to applications and resources in one location. Parents applications available are PayNGo, School Calendars, Bus Routes, and more. To login, you will use your same parent/guardian login that is used in the Home Access Center (HAC).   </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">To access MyKaty, click on the MyKaty Login icon at the top of <a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/default.aspx">KatyISD.org</a> and campus web pages.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/10011d9ef30cabdeff55fa173c69ba78/My_Katy_Parents.png" alt="MyKaty" width="442" height="113" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more information, visit <a href="https://katyisd.org/mykaty/Pages/default.aspx">https://katyisd.org/mykaty/Pages/default.aspx</a>.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy Corkboard</strong> </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Check out the new Katy Corkboard, a location for parents and staff to view campus and community flyers.  You can access your Campus Katy Corkboard on your campus webpage or on the <a href="https://katyisd.org/Pages/default.aspx">District’s main website</a> by clicking on the Katy Corkboard Icon. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/227f2e89d68f9d23062a5c71c65bca1b/Corkboard.png" alt="Katy Corkboard" width="330" height="78" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2021-2022 New Student </strong><strong>Pre</strong><strong>-</strong><strong>Registration</strong> </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto"><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for the 2021-2022 school year opened</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> April 1</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for all </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">new</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> to Katy</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> or students</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> not currently enrolled</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">and will be </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">returning to Katy</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">for next </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">school </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">year. A </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">current and </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> New families can </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">visit</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> application.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">If your student is </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">currently</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> enrolled in</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> Katy ISD</span></span><span class="TextRun 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class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">email</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">centralregistration@katyisd.org</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for questions.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":276}"> </span> </span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Folk Life Festival 2021</strong> </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Join us at the Outdoor Learning Center Open House and 35th Annual Folk Life Festival on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  10:00AM–12PM and 1:00PM-3:00 PM.  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. For more information:  <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong><em> </em> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.     ​</span></span></p><p> </p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:12pt;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong> <br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;"><em><span class="TextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0">Katy ISD’s safety protocols align with the Governor’s Executive Order </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0">GA-34 that gives school districts the ability to operate under the </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW225051949 BCX0" href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">TEA </span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">2021 P</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">ublic </span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">H</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">ealth </span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Planning G</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">uidance</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW225051949 BCX0"> standards.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW225051949 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></em></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>C</strong><strong>OVID-19 FREE Testing Site</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Testing services are FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students and employees. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aa5a82aa1fb6-katy__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HJQ2tK1S8KPZ4aZBubto-2X1jNwO9NwsKilKhZZ21gByKnDtwJnSFu_ICpeI85JG9c42$">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>. Employees do not require an appointment to be tested for free. </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><br></span><strong>Continued </strong><strong>Campus </strong><strong>Phase 2 </strong><strong>Safety </strong><strong>Protocols</strong> </span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">Katy ISD Campus Phase </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" 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src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f4446035ccd45e84be296252250a03bd/COVID_19.PNG" alt="APP" width="305" height="53" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/59923222919e05c66d158153cefd24b3/Case_Dashboard.PNG" alt="Dashboard" width="311" height="62" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a11c01b8970d03cc93dd2671584ca463/appointment_Scheduler.PNG" alt="Appintment" width="313" height="49" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec741e87c41cee2a126b6f6e1f8d57ba/Mitigation_Plan.PNG" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="321" height="58" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements </strong>are available on page 6 of the Katy ISD COVID Mitigation Plan.  </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 BCX0">Secondary</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 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Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey through Naviance found in MyKaty Cloud beginning March 15 and return any borrowed instructional material and devices prior to picking up graduation caps and gowns.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ca4ad3a4289a68f46eb71b4544fc246d/prom_schedule.jpg" alt="prom and graduation schedule" width="775" height="369" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Secondary Katy Summer Academic Term (KSAT) Information</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Secondary High School Credit Recovery & Junior High Course Recovery summer registration opens <strong>Monday,</strong> <strong>April 12</strong>.  KSAT for credit and course recovery are schedule from June 7 – July 1, Monday – Thursday.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Beginning April 12, parents may register and elect to take the summer recovery courses virtually with in-person teacher support and remediation. At the time of registration, a student will be prompted to select one of the following in person lab days/times for in person teacher support:  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary students eligible for summer school programs will be contacted directly by their respective home campuses in May 2021 via an invitation to attend an eligible program.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more information, please visit the <a href="https://katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/ksat/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KSAT web page</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Athletic</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> Updates</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Congratulations to Region Qualifiers in Track, Tennis, and Golf.  Athletes competed at the District and Area Meets over the past two weeks and competed exceptionally well. Region Tournaments will be held as follows: </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5A Tennis – April 28-29.  Willis High School. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">6A Tennis – April 27-28.  Deer Park High School. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5A Golf - April 19-20 (Girls) and April 21-22 (Boys). The Golf Club at A&M. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">6A Golf - April 19-20 (Girls) and April 21-22 (Boys). Gleannloch Pines. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5A & 6A Track & Field – April 23-24. Turner Stadium. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>State Qualifiers for Wrestling will compete at the State Meet at the Berry Center in Cy-Fair: </em></span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5A Wrestling – April 24. Berry Center. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">6A Wrestling – April 24. Berry Center. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The <a href="https://katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Documents/2021%20Katy%20ISD%20Var%20FB%20Schedule%20-%20DEC%20Approved.pdf">2021 Varsity Football Schedule</a> was released this week to campuses. Refer to our website for more details for all of our athletic events. </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>K</strong><strong>aty ISD Fine Arts Department Updates</strong> </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Congratulations</strong> to Rachelle Isaacson, Cinco Ranch Junior High School band directo, on being recognized as the District Wide the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Katy ISD!  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Congratulations</strong> to Jeff Tipps, McDonald Junior High band director and John Liner, Morton Ranch Junior High band director as being recognized as their respective campus teacher of the year. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Band, Orchestra, and Choir</strong> UIL events have been competed for this season!  Congratulations to all the students, parents, and directors for your support and achievement during these evaluations!   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Dance </strong>Spring Show season has begun. Shows will run April through May. Please check the Fine Arts calendar link for dates and times. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Continue to refer to the fine arts calendar line below for all the upcoming <strong>theatre</strong> productions and opportunities to witness the great work by these programs and directors. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce the Spring semester <strong>virtual </strong><strong>art</strong><strong> gallery</strong>.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Please take a moment to view the fantastic artwork that is being produced across the district.   </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery">https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">Fine Arts Calendar</a> </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for </strong><strong>Parents/Students</strong><strong> Support Inquiries </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Online:</strong>  </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support</strong><strong> Important Links</strong> </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="7" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="8" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="9" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="10" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="11" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="12" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/">Technology Device Request Form</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD </strong></span><br><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#KatyStrong</strong></span></p><p><br></p></div>
Weather Update #1 April 23 8:45 a.m.https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1439 Weather Update #1 April 23 8:45 a.m.<div class="ExternalClassAF83B073FC6C4920A7ED92E65590947A"><p>We are aware of the possibility of strong storms in the area. We will continue to monitor the weather and actively consult with local and state agencies. Additional updates will be provided if necessary to make changes to the school day or after school activities. Monitor our social media or our website for updates.<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Recognized for Outstanding Distance Learninghttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1438Katy Virtual School Recognized for Outstanding Distance Learning<div class="ExternalClassE9D09021230047329C2BD58A11BA95A3"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At Katy Independent School District, online learning has become an increasingly popular and effective method of education, by both students and parents, because of the expanded learning opportunities available.  Due to its commitment to offer distance education, the District's Katy Virtual School (KVS) has been recognized by the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) as the 2021 K-12 winner of the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Education </em><span style="text-align:justify;">recognition. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD was the only K-12 school district in Texas to receive such a prestigious award," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager.  “KVS has expanded over the years to provide secondary students quality instruction outside of normal school hours and during the summer to support their graduation plans," added Richards.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of offering choice and flexibility for rigorous online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  Over 45 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program and academic level courses were available to students this year with more courses being added each year.  Just last year, over 4,000 students utilized KVS to reach their educational goals.  KVS is a different program from the recently developed Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which was created for online learning during the pandemic. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, visit <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy Virtual School.</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20Recognition.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:223px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to Normalhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1437Katy ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to Normal<div class="ExternalClass7D68DF67B949441890C8A517CB13D190"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">In just a couple of weeks, Katy Independent School District will be closing out another successful school year, this one undoubtedly a memorable one with the struggles and challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Yet it also included a year with many stories of resilience from both students and staff members. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are almost at the finish line!  Despite the stressors of this past year, there were so many accomplishments that continued our Katy ISD story of excellence and perseverance," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “Our teachers and staff provided extraordinary in-person and virtual learning experiences for all students when many schools across the nation could not.  Our students participated in all campus programs including athletics, fine arts and FFA," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Because the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) current public health guidelines will expire at the close of this academic year, the District anticipates returning to normal operations on June 1.  Students and staff members will no longer be required to wear facial coverings, daily COVID-19 notifications will cease, the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) will end and campuses will welcome back parents and volunteers at 100% capacity. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Throughout the pandemic, Katy ISD has continued to maintain an A+ rating by Niche as well as the prestigious recognition of being known as the second-best employer in Texas. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Pages/Superintendent-Message.aspx">Superintendent Gregorski's entire message can be found here</a> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Nighthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1436Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Night<div class="ExternalClassC74CADD59AAD4D02AA6C0EE49BA7816F"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration May 7th</em></strong><br></p><p>(Katy, Texas) –The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held at Legacy Stadium on Friday, May 7<sup>th</sup> from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers.  <br><br></p><p>This year, the party goes beyond the walls of the annual Merrell Center event to a Family Movie Night under the stars at Legacy Stadium, featuring <em>The Greatest Showman</em>. For the first time ever, volunteers can welcome their families to participate in the celebration, where each school's 2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year will be announced. The VIPS Family Movie Night will also include entertainment from all nine Katy ISD high schools.<br><br></p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend, and should RSVP no later than May 3rd by clicking <a href="https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3307923/vips-family-movie-night-legacy-stadium-katy-academy-sports-outdoors-student-activities-complex">here</a>.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="mailto:kellyclarke@katyisd.org">kellyclarke@katyisd.org</a>.<br><br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>Katy ISD <strong>Partners in Education</strong> creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise, including at-home/ virtual options. We connect volunteers to every Katy ISD campus and for all grade levels. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Partners in Education</a> or contact Kelly Clarke at kellyclarke@katyisd.org .<br></p><p>​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></strong> </p><img src="file:///C:/Users/D1661065/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif" alt="" style="width:625px;margin:5px;" /><h2>Photo Caption:  Katy ISD Partners in Education will celebrate volunteers with a Family Movie Night on May 7<sup>th</sup>.</h2><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 9, 2021https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1435Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 9, 2021<div class="ExternalClass91533AAF5ECB41F09B7932E3E5CAE75C"><p>​</p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="Weekly eNews" width="813" height="143" style="display:block;margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">April 9, 2021</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians and Staff,  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart web page</a>! </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong>Katy Corkboard</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Check out the new Katy Corkboard, a location for parents and staff to view campus and community flyers.  You can access your Campus Katy Corkboard on your campus webpage or on the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">District’s main website</a> by clicking on the Katy Corkboard Icon. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/227f2e89d68f9d23062a5c71c65bca1b/Corkboard.png" alt="Katy Corkboard" width="330" height="78" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong>Secondary Katy Summer Academic Term (KSAT) Information</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Secondary High School Credit Recovery & Junior High Course Recovery summer registration opens <strong>Monday,</strong> <strong>April 12</strong>.  KSAT for credit and course recovery are schedule from June 7 – July 1, Monday – Thursday.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Beginning April 12, parents may register and elect to take the summer recovery courses virtually with in-person teacher support and remediation. At the time of registration, a student will be prompted to select one of the following in person lab days/times for in person teacher support:  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary students eligible for summer school programs will be contacted directly by their respective home campuses in May 2021 via an invitation to attend an eligible program.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more information, please visit the <a href="/dept/campusadmin/ksat/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KSAT web page</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED*</strong></span> <strong>2021-2022 New Student </strong><strong>Pre</strong><strong>-</strong><strong>Registration</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto"><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for the 2021-2022 school year opened</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> April 1</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for all </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">new</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" 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A </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">current and </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> New families can </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">visit</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> application.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">If your student is </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">currently</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> enrolled in</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> Katy ISD</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 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SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">email</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">centralregistration@katyisd.org</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for questions.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":276}"> </span> </span> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Folk Life Festival 2021</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Join us at the Outdoor Learning Center Open House and 35th Annual Folk Life Festival on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  10:00AM–12PM and 1:00PM-3:00 PM.  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. For more information:  <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KISD Virtual High School Interest survey</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Eighth-</strong><strong> through 11</strong><strong>th</strong> <strong>grade parents</strong><strong>:</strong><span data-contrast="auto"> Check your email for the Katy ISD Virtual High School Interest survey.  We would like your feedback on establishing a standalone Virtual High School for the 2021-22 school year.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Survey closes April 14.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Update </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Phase 2 Protocol Updates (Effective March 29, 2021) </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Outside Food or Gift Deliveries to campus</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary and secondary campuses will communicate their Pre-COVID campus specific procedure(s) for instructional day delivery of outside food and personal items for students.  This will vary by campus and parents are asked to refer to their student’s campus communication for clarification regarding drop-off of student food or personal items.   Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols remain in effect and will still require adherence.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD Athletics Department Updates</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Soccer playoffs begin this week.  Stay tuned to our website and Twitter feed for the latest information on soccer pairings as our teams look to advance through the playoffs.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As the district COVID Phase 2 Protocols take effect, our <strong>spectator</strong> seating capacities have been adjusted for all campuses and stadiums.  Effective March 22, all outdoor venues will admit 100% of the seating capacity.  Indoor venues will admit <strong>75</strong>% of the seating capacity.  When our teams travel to out of district sites, the host school district will establish their protocols.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">Katy ISD Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered in person during the first College Board AP exam administration from May 3</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">17, 2021 at students’ home campus</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">.  </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">In-person administration of the AP exams includes students attending the KVA learning model.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW250188145 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":276}"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students - AP Testing Information</strong></span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The AP Exam Testing Schedule is listed </strong><strong>below</strong><strong> and students are expected to be on campus at </strong>least 45 minutes before the test begins.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA students may ride district transportation</strong> to and from their campus on their scheduled AP exam days. Students who arrive early or remain after the exam will be placed in a large room setting after the scheduled AP exam. Parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled AP exam day(s).  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all <strong>COVID-19 safety protocols</strong> including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the AP exams.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who have an AP exam and an EOC on the <span style="background-color:#ffff00;">same day and same time</span> will take the AP exam on the scheduled day.  The EOC assessment will be given on an EOC make-up day.</span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The College Board AP second testing window will only be utilized for rare circumstances and must be approved by the campus administrator. Katy ISD will not administer AP exams during the College Board third testing window.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding AP exams, please contact your campus AP Coordinator. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD AP Exam Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time listed below.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/7ac715b9d0aaf8ad419f22b92e7f7dbe/AP_test_1.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 1" width="558" height="321" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6e0d5045c79e10d46718e7977c99f1b7/AP_test_2.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 2" width="433" height="375" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Spring STAAR & EOC Testing Schedule</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Federal and state laws require that all eligible STAAR test takers be provided an opportunity to test. To ensure equity for all students, Katy ISD will administer the 2021 state assessments to all students, including KVA students, at their home campus. All testing students should arrive at their campus by the start of the school day. Parents will receive more information from students’ campuses regarding details for participating in STAAR assessments this spring.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">To limit testing disruptions and to ensure safety measures are in place, certain grade levels of non-testing students will remain at home and engage in Intermittent School to Home instruction on STAAR testing days while other grade levels will continue with the normal school schedule.<br></span>For graduation requirements, students must meet standard on all five EOC subjects - English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History to be eligible to graduate. Missing a STAAR EOC testing opportunity will potentially impact meeting the graduation testing requirement outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Further, students must attempt to test to be eligible to utilize substitute assessments and/or graduate by Individual Graduation Committee (IGC). </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in self-contained specialized programs will be permitted to attend class on campus.   </span></p><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students- STAAR/EOC Testing Information<br></strong></span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0"><strong>KVA students</strong> <strong>may ride district transportation</strong></span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0"> to and from their campus on their scheduled campus STAAR administration day(s). KVA parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day. KVA students may opt to </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0">stay at the campus and ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW145377592 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>e</strong><strong>ligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled STAAR administration days. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the STAAR assessments. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students will report to their home campus on the specific testing days as noted by the home campus.  Eligible test takers who do not participate in testing will have an answer document submitted which will reflect this decision.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>STAAR, EOC- Absences<br></strong></span>TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if they are not present to participate in a state assessment. However, should a parent choose to not send their in-person or virtual student to school to take a state assessment, there are no academic consequences and no expectation for students to engage in virtual instruction for being absent on an assessment day.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding STAAR administration, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor. Please see the following charts for the state assessment schedule.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/72de71081aad3c4cfb0e16927752223e/elementary_testing.jpg" alt="elementary testing schedule" width="661" height="468" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/618fc84ffcb08cfea88b6cf0aa8d33b9/JH_testing.jpg" alt="junior high testing" width="868" height="415" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2eecda1d1c8eefcf4e908146a404a91d/HS_testing.jpg" alt="high school testing" width="686" height="370" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Device End of the Year Check-In</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/Device_Check-In.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Link to Check in PDF for more information</a></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the following student device check-in schedule information is now available for review.  Following spring break, additional information regarding fees associated with lost/damaged devices and how to utilize the Pay N Go APP to pay fees will be communicated.   </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>12</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students: </strong>Seniors are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian prior to picking up their cap and gown and/or by Wednesday, May 19 prior to the start of the Class of 2021 Legacy Stadium graduation ceremonies.  Questions regarding technology device check-in may be directed to your student’s senior class assistant principal or librarian.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>PK-11</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students:  </strong>All students are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian by the last day of school on Thursday, May 27.  Additional information regarding technology device check-in will be provided by your student’s campus. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:  Katy Virtual School (KVS): </strong> Students enrolled in an original credit summer school course via KVS may check out a device for their summer online course from their home campus librarian beginning on Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:</strong>  Students enrolled in a high school credit recovery, junior high course recovery or elementary summer program may check out a device from their assigned summer school campus beginning on Monday, June 7.  All devices must be checked in by Thursday, July 1 – the last day of the summer school session. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/9a45977cc097fc1a0f3d2654386aa078/Class_of_2021.jpg" alt="class of 2021 logo" width="182" height="89" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong><strong>Senior Graduation Information<br></strong>Graduation information released on Katy ISD Graduation webpage at: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx<br></a>Class of 2021 Graduation Information about ceremonies can be found at: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf<br></a>Campus specific information will be shared by administration. Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey through Naviance found in MyKaty Cloud beginning March 15 and return any borrowed instructional material and devices prior to picking up graduation caps and gowns.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ca4ad3a4289a68f46eb71b4544fc246d/prom_schedule.jpg" alt="prom and graduation schedule" width="775" height="369" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Pre-K Registration </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year will open April 1, 2021.  Parents must complete the online registration process through <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website</a> in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/Interv/Pages/Prekindergarten.aspx">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><em>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</em> </span></strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">English Speaking Classes:</span>  Alexander, Bear Creek, Bethke, Bryant, Campbell, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Leonard, Mayde Creek, McElwain, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Nottingham, Pattison, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wilson, Winborn, Wolfe, Wolman and Wood Creek elementary schools. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Spanish Speaking Classes:</span>  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Transfer Application</strong><strong> </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The District Student Transfer application for the 2021-2022 school year will <strong>open</strong> on <strong>Monday, March 1, 2021. </strong>Students who are currently on a transfer must submit their requests by <strong>Monday, May 31, 2021</strong>. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2021-2022 school year. The transfer application is located on the Katy ISD Student Transfers webpage: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Student-Transfers.aspx">Student Transfers</a>. Contact the transfer office at 281-396-2357 with questions.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SAT School Day Administration Information</strong><strong> <br></strong>As a reminder, the 11th grade SAT School Day administration that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 was rescheduled by College Board to Tuesday, April 13, 2021.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The intermittent school to home virtual learning plan for 9th, 10th and 12th grade students is rescheduled to Tuesday, April 13. If you have any questions regarding the administration of the SAT, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong><em> </em> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.     </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Update</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Phase 2 Protocol Updates (Effective March 29, 2021</strong>) </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Outside Food or Gift Deliveries to campus</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary and secondary campuses will communicate their Pre-COVID campus specific procedure(s) for instructional day delivery of outside food and personal items for students.  This will vary by campus and parents are asked to refer to their student’s campus communication for clarification regarding drop-off of student food or personal items.   Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols remain in effect and will still require adherence.   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><br></span><strong>Continued </strong><strong>Campus </strong><strong>Phase 2 </strong><strong>Safety </strong><strong>Protocols</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">Katy ISD Campus Phase </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">2</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> Safety Protocols </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">took</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> effect</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> March 2.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> Please </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">visit </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">the</span></span> <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><strong>District COV</strong><strong>ID</strong><strong>-19 Mitigation Plan.</strong></a><strong> </strong>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Click the below image to access Katy ISD COVID-19 Resources or v</strong><strong>isit the </strong><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx"><strong>Katy ISD Smart Restart webpage</strong></a><strong> for information on:</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f4446035ccd45e84be296252250a03bd/COVID_19.PNG" alt="APP" width="305" height="53" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/59923222919e05c66d158153cefd24b3/Case_Dashboard.PNG" alt="Dashboard" width="311" height="62" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a11c01b8970d03cc93dd2671584ca463/appointment_Scheduler.PNG" alt="Appintment" width="313" height="49" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec741e87c41cee2a126b6f6e1f8d57ba/Mitigation_Plan.PNG" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="321" height="58" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements </strong>are available on page 6 of the Katy ISD COVID Mitigation Plan.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 FREE Testing </strong><strong>S</strong><strong>ite</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The district’s testing site service is FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students and employees. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Employees do not require an appointment to be tested for free, though are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes before the posted closing time, to abide by the facilities schedules. Employees’ dependents who are not on their Katy ISD insured parents’ health care plan may elect to pay the $125 fee to test with their parents at the site, or if the child is a Katy ISD enrolled student, he/she may schedule an appointment through the <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>, and test for free. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The COVID-19 rapid testing site is located at the District’s Agricultural Sciences Center at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road. </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 BCX0">Secondary</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 BCX0"> Information</span></span></span></strong><span class="EOP SCXW159218876 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED* </strong></span><strong>Secondary Course Selection Window Now Closed</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The course verification window closed on Wednesday, April 7th at 3PM. Changes to course selections for the 2021-2022 school year are no longer available. Course requests for the 2021-2022 school year will be available “read only” in HAC through Friday May 28th.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/1ce17ffff079e9d0247a9b81111cef9a/Course_Selection_Updated.png" alt="Sec Course" width="589" height="335" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For questions in regards to the courses selected for next year, please contact your campus counseling office.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>K</strong><strong>aty ISD Fine Arts Department Updates</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">After the great success of our first <strong>ESC Virtual Gallery</strong> this Fall, the Fine Arts Department is happy to announce we have opened another gallery for the Spring semester.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Please take a moment to view the fantastic artwork that is being produced across the district.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery">https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">Fine Arts Calendar</a> </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for </strong><strong>Parents/Students</strong><strong> Support Inquiries </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Online:</strong>  </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support</strong><strong> Important Links</strong> </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="7" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="8" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="9" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="10" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="11" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="12" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/">Technology Device Request Form</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#KatyStrong​</strong></span></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Educationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1433Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Education<div class="ExternalClassC08D7665F5944FFE8900C3E6F0A25EC9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the past 17 years, Katy Independent School District has received the “Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the District's outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Of NAMM's 22 years of announcing the recognition, the District has been awarded the designation 19 times total. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is presented to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year, NAMM Foundation recognized 686 school districts and 80 individual schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The benefits of music education include brain development, social-emotional learning, relationship development, team building and learning a lifelong skill," said Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  “Our Katy ISD fine arts educators continually demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide quality music experiences and training for all of our students," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2021%20NAMM%20Best%20Commuinities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:400px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
NASA Takes One Katy ISD Student's Remote Learning to the Moon!https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1432NASA Takes One Katy ISD Student's Remote Learning to the Moon!<div class="ExternalClassE53A481C076D42FFBDCC8A8EF2B7C22E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was an “out-of-this-world" aspiration for Aditi Gokhale, a Katy Independent School District student whose heart desir</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ed to participate and place in the Houston National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) one-week student expedition on the moon.  Though the Adams Junior High (AJH) student is learning remotely from home through Katy Virtual Academy, that didn't stop her imagination from soaring 250,000 miles on a journey into outer space ultimately winning her a spot among the 155 NASA semifinalists in the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest.  The sixth grader's essay titled </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Enabling the Artemis Missions:  Landing a Permanent Supply of Oxygen</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> focuses on the icy outer rims of craters found on the lunar south pole which produce oxygen. </span><br></p><p>"I loved this challenge because through the research and revisions I did on my piece. I was able to learn so much about not just the moon, but the amazing opportunities that can be gained from exploring the moon," said Aditi Gokhale.  “I think that it is amazing how we can imagine the moon as a new habitable place and chart out a new life there with potential for further exploration into the space," added Gokhale.<br></p><p>Gokhale's essay was among approximately 14,000 submissions received from K-12 students across the country, which will now be space-bound on November 2021 aboard the Artemis I voyage around the moon.  On April 7, the contest will be narrowed down to nine national finalists.  One final grand prize winner will be selected in May and will be awarded a family trip to attend NASA's Artemis I launch at Kennedy Space Center.<br></p><p>Katy ISD wishes Gokhale the best of luck as she “Reaches for the Stars!"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/040121_AJH_Aditi%20Gokhale.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:544px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy Junior High Yearbook Nominated as NSPA Pacemaker Finalisthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1430Katy Junior High Yearbook Nominated as NSPA Pacemaker Finalist<div class="ExternalClass69A3DFB0751C4C9B9E737E08A7FDDF6E"><p>Every year, Katy Independent School District yearbook students and staff members work tirelessly to capture memories that took place at their respective campuses throughout the school year, all while meeting stringent deadlines. The 2020 Katy Junior High School (KJH) yearbook staff created an outstanding yearbook last school year with the theme of “<em>Vivid.</em>" Their yearbook, which is named 'Tiger Tracks', caught the eye of several judges and ultimately winning them a coveted National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker (NSPA) yearbook finalist recognition. The Pacemaker award is to recognize student publications that “set the pace" for what is on-trend for outstanding design and excellent student coverage. KJH was the only junior high school in the Houston metro area to receive this recognition. A total of 64 finalists, 13 of which were junior high schools, received the meritorious honor and will now head to the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Virtual Journalism Convention where on Saturday, April 10, twenty-eight Pacemaker winners will be announced. <br></p><p>“This past year was very different for everyone, including many yearbook staffs across the country, who were tasked with figuring out a way to deliver a finished book to their campuses, despite no longer being on campus. Finishing school virtually affected our staff tremendously. I am so very proud of my students for stepping up to the challenge and delivering an amazing book to their fellow classmates, despite all of its hurdles," said Candice Thomas, KJH Yearbook Adviser. “The cover of this year's KJH yearbook speaks for itself, with its vivid colors, hence this year's theme “<em>Vivid.</em>" Its content is energetic and spirited depicting the great accomplishments and events that took place during such an unforgettable and challenging year," added Thomas.</p><p>Approximately 380 yearbooks from across the United States submitted their publications to be considered for the NSPA Pacemaker Awards. When the judging process was complete, 64 yearbooks were chosen not only for showcasing exceptional coverage, writing, design and photography but for also providing visual and verbal ways to share their stories. </p><p>Due to the pandemic, the judging process faced changes that included nine judges, as opposed to six, working in three regional sites across the country. Yearbooks were shipped to the sites to allow the judges to experience the printed products rather than viewing digital files. Panels had to nominate and agree upon the nominees for the Pacemaker award. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/032921_KJH%20Vivid%20Tiger%20Tracks%20Yearbook.PNG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:506px;" />​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Theme: Vivid</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>46th Edition of the Katy Junior High 'Tiger Tracks</em><em>'</em><em> Yearbook</em>​<br></p><p><br></p></div>

 

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