- Schmalz Elementary
Superintendent 2022 End-of-Year Message
Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians and Staff,
As the school year comes to a close, the Board and I would like to thank our community for your support, partnership and contributions that have led to a successful 2021-22 instructional year.
We have a lot to celebrate as a school district — this past year we were named the #1 school district in the Houston area by Niche, ranked the #8 “Best Employer in Texas" by Forbes, and earned “Superior Achievement" from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. And across our campuses, Katy ISD student achievement continued to reflect the District's reputation for excellence. Many of our students were recognized this year for their accomplishments in academics, FFA, career and technical industries, athletics and fine arts, at both the state and national levels.
Summer break has begun for our students and families, though Katy ISD staff across the District are hard at work planning for the year ahead and beginning implementation of our next two-year strategic plan. That plan reflects our District's continued focus on personalized learning, improving operational and technology infrastructures, and an ongoing attention to student safety and supports for student well-being. Additionally, our 44th elementary school, Robertson Elementary, is scheduled to open this fall to help balance enrollment as Katy ISD steadily grows.
As I write this letter, I am mindful of the cyclical nature of public education, the magic of learning, and the excitement, and possibly angst, that looms amongst students this time of the year. So many youngsters across our District are preparing for grade school transitions. Preschoolers throughout our community are getting ready for kindergarten and beyond, our 5th- grade students are moving on to the critical formative years of junior high, 8th- graders will soon be considered “high schoolers" and our graduating seniors experienced their final days on Katy ISD campuses. Our Board, administration and staff especially wish to congratulate these young men and women, and their parents, as they prepare for post-secondary education, military, or the workforce.
Finally, I want to thank our nearly 12,000 staff for the incredible impact you've had on our students. All of us play a vital role in creating unparalleled learning experiences for Katy ISD students, and in ensuring they have access to the resources and supports to be successful. We could not do what we do, without you.
Best wishes for a restful and wonderful summer break.
Ken Gregorski, Ed.D.