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Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000 Student!!http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=975Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000 Student!!<div class="ExternalClass5A748F759DCB42329829082C02EE7D43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018.  Davidson Elementary third-grader Christopher Morcos was the lucky student.  He never expected his first week of school to be such an unforgettable experience.  Christopher received a warm welcome by Superintendent Lance Hindt and other district officials.  He was also recognized with several Century of Legacy gifts to celebrate the meaningful occasion.  The celebration comes precisely when Katy ISD is commemorating 100 years of educational excellence. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are very excited about the continued growth here in Katy ISD.  It is always great to welcome students and families to the proud traditions and exciting future here in Katy ISD," said Dr. Vonda Washington, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  "Gaining our 80,000 student while celebrating a legacy of 100 years dedicated to learning is remarkable," added Washington. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though Christopher was born in America this will be his first time attending a school in the United States.  Just this week, the Morcos family moved from Egypt to Katy, Texas. For them, finding a good school home for their son was a top priority.  "I did my research and everyone recommended Katy ISD as the best school district," said Peter Morcos, Christopher's father.  "We decided to move into Katy and look for a house in this area so that we are able to go to a Katy ISD school," added Morcos.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's been no secret that families are moving west of Houston into what was known as a small suburb.  Communities zoned to the district have been flourishing at outstanding rates making Katy ISD one of the fastest growing school district, not just in Texas, but in the nation.  The quality of education offered in Katy ISD classrooms has attracted families from all parts of the world to what is now being called a destination school district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/hy4wlNcTpIg" title="Katy ISD Reaches Historical Milestone of Enrolling 80,000 Students!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/110918_KDE_80000%20Student%20in%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" alt="110918_KDE_80000 Student in Katy ISD.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:393px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugakv368u3txdq2/AAD8v6dOSjy4DCep3cH0TjJ4a?dl=0">Photo gallery of 80,000 student celebration for newscasts and publications.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Communityhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=969Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the Community<div class="ExternalClass4033FAFC70404CEEA7707BA19666C838"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">If a snapshot of Katy Independent School District was taken today, what would it look like?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As Katy ISD celebrates 100 years of providing unparalleled learning experiences, on October 26, Superintendent Lance Hindt spoke to the Katy ISD community and its staff regarding how far the District has come.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that not only this year, but in the past 100 years there have been several memories, milestones and accomplishments that speak volumes of one the fastest growing school districts in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD staff, principals, department heads, teachers, along with the thousands of other employees will continue to do everything in their power to provide the best education and access to unique learning opportunities today, and for generations to come," said Superintendent of Schools Lance Hindt.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the hardest hitting obstacles Katy ISD faced in the past year was brought on by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey affected 16 campuses, including Creech Elementary, which was completely destroyed.  Employees at the Education Support Complex were also displaced for several months.  Despite the challenge, the District grew stronger and more united after this storm allowing for the passing of a Bond and continued implementation of several strategic design goals.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Strategic design discussion and input led to the creation of eight goals based on seven overarching beliefs, a learner profile and learner outcomes," said Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent of Katy ISD.  "We are now in the second year of our five-year plan," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is one of 447 districts nationwide and in Canada recognized on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  Our students also excelled in the annual Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo with nearly 465 projects, which totaled more than half a million dollars in sales.  Additionally, the District earned an "A" letter grade in the TEA's new accountability rating. Katy ISD was the largest school district, with close to 80,000 students to receive this grade.  Just recently Niche, an educational data analysis site, also announced their "Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area" and Katy ISD took all 10 spots, plus an additional six.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Providing exceptional instruction and learning, as well as a safe and secure environment, is a process that involves great teachers, parents, school staff, administrators, mentors, volunteers, businesses, parent support groups, along with local and state governments," said Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f8dixb0tfkx3op7/AAA_B7B_DB9EUauao-sXZwlaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of State of the District Event</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families Campaignhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=968Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families Campaign<div class="ExternalClassC80A1440D1CA478BA5B53CEA6CC5CA4E"><p><br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/PIE-FFF-SP-620x240-0718.jpg" alt="Community and hope during the holidays" style="margin:5px;width:520px;" />Katy ISD's Partners in Education is inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, Food for Families helped 676 families.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has raised over $190,000 helping over 4,000 families have a happier holiday.  <br></p><p>Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.  Those interested in helping a Katy ISD family in need this holiday season, should donate by <strong>December 7.</strong><strong>  </strong>Contributions are accepted<a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/kxbyky/katy-isd-food-for-families"><strong> online</strong></a><strong> </strong>or via check, remitted to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mailed to Partners in Education, Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  <br></p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houstonhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=967Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houston<div class="ExternalClass5578E13CF11E4DB2B3EFD5CB086D0BB3"><p>It wasn't just the first, the second, nor the third spot on the list of 2019 Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston area, Katy Independent School District took all 10 of them plus six additional ones, claiming the top 16 spots on the list!  </p><p>Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the school district.  Last year Katy ISD swept the list as well claiming the top 15 spots. </p><p>The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Jo Ella Exley Elementary</li><li>Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>Ray & Jamie Wolman Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li></ol><p>Katy ISD has a total of 41 elementary schools with an overall district enrollment of close to 80,000 students.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Studentshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=965Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students<div class="ExternalClass567B338AFD0147D9881072EA14E4B61E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2019-2020 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 5, 2018</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2019-2020 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.  Secondary GT students are clustered and served in Pre AP and AP classes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">GT Awareness sessions for parents in both English and Spanish are scheduled on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2018 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial Recognitionshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=963Katy ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial Recognitions<div class="ExternalClass70CE8F98AA854F9882326C1ECCC4C3DE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has been awarded the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) as well as the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both organizations awarded the prestigious recognitions to Katy ISD for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2016-17 fiscal year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Receiving this accolade represents a significant accomplishment for the Katy ISD Financial Services Department," said Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith.  "Our responsibility is to provide information in a user-friendly format is a clear indication of our commitment to transparency and to clearly communicate the District's financial condition to the public." added Smith.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All CAFR's are judged by an impartial panel which seeks to demonstrate standards of full financial disclosure.  In addition, an <em>Award of Financial Reporting Achievement</em> has been awarded to the Katy ISD employees responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.  For other recognitions and information visit the <a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Financial Department</a> website.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100218_Financial%20Department%20%20(1).jpg" alt="100218_Financial Department (1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:482px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom Row Left to Right:  Sally Smith, CPA / Elizabeth Haven, CPA / Anne Faichtinger, CPA<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Top Row Left to Right:  Stephen Johnson, CPA, CTSBO / Sterling Schiller, CTSBO<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art Auctionhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=961Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction<div class="ExternalClassFA15E0EFA7BB47609E4F757D63249662"><p>Twelve of the 20 pieces of artwork auctioned off at the Fort Bend County Fair Event were created by Katy Independent School District students, earning a cumulative total of over $20,000 this year.  Seven Lakes High School student Flora Hu's creation entitled <em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em> won the "Reserve Grand Champion" recognition while four additional students were ranked the highest in "Best of Class".<br></p><p>"It is inspiring to see the hard work our Katy ISD students put into these masterpieces and ultimately it's so rewarding to see their smiles when they are recognized," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Each piece has a stunning story attached to it which brings their art to life," added Jones.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Student</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Artwork Title</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Reserve Grand Champion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Flora Hu</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fabiana Muñoz</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Texas Hindrance"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Gray</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"American Rodeo Royalty"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Rachel Wang</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Strumming Along"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Tomalty</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Texas Prairie"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Zoe Puno</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Special Bond"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seah Chue</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Hollow Moment"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Christine Goh</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"My Good Side"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Isabella Concepcion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Gotcha"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Uma Kamath</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Blazing Eyes"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pooja Dave</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Best In Show"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ellice Gao</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Cattle Collie"</em></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Flora%20Hu%20SLHS.jpg" alt="Flora Hu SLHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:328px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Flora Hu - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Reserve Grand Champion<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fabiana%20Munoz%20CRHS.jpg" alt="Fabiana Munoz CRHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:330px;height:506px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Fabiana Muñoz - Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Texas Hindrance"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Gray%20OTHS.jpg" alt="Lauren Gray OTHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:331px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Gray - Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"American Rodeo Royalty"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Rachel%20Wang%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Rachel Wang SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:329px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Rachel Wang - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Strumming Along"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Tomalty%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Lauren Tomalty SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:327px;height:430px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Tomalty - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Texas Prairie"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winnershttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=951Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winners<div class="ExternalClass460E89E7CF3B4DFEA57C994A59C2C781"><p>Once again this year Katy Independent School District has numerous winners in the Foundation for Music Education <em>Mark of Excellence Competition</em>.  This year seven Katy ISD groups were recognized as national winners in this prestigious event.  This national gathering brings together over 250 ensembles from 38 different states.  The following choir, orchestra and band groups were recognized in various honors projects:<br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WoodCreek Junior High Varsity Treble Choir</span>, directed by Anne M. Guess, National Choral Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch Junior High Honors Band</span>, directed by Rachelle Isaacson, National Wind Band Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra and Symphony Strings </span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra</span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree and John Mays, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">James Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's an honor for Katy ISD students to be recognized for the Mark of Excellence Award and to be provided the opportunity to compare their performances with those from across the United States," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "Katy ISD is known for its academic excellence as well as its support and advancement of music education," added Ouellette.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaignhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=949Katy ISD Collaborates with FBI in Think Before You Post Campaign<div class="ExternalClass30B08DA3ECDC4FD78281ACC6C8A067BE"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Hoax threats are not a joke.  This type of action can lead to serious legal consequences, even if there was never an intent to carry out the threat.  Katy Independent School District has joined forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Houston Division and various other law enforcement agencies to launch a public awareness campaign entitled #ThinkBeforeYouPost. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Members of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, police chiefs from Houston, Katy, Fort Bend and Aldine Independent School Districts as well as Crime Stoppers of Houston and Clear Channel Outdoor seek to educate the public about the consequences of making hoax threats of violence to schools and other public places.  Every threat is taken seriously and this type of behavior is considered a crime which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison, if escalated to a federal crime.  If a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I would like to give a word of commendation to the federal authorities for putting together an effort including law enforcement agencies from area school districts. This is a campaign that creates awareness with young people and also with their parents," said Robert Jinks, Katy ISD Chief of Police.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to authorities, posting false threats through social media platforms or any electronic means, not only requires countless hours of investigation by law enforcement agencies but it also drains school resources and ends up costing taxpayers' money.   In some cases, schools shut down resulting in the loss of instructional time for students and teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Misguided attempts at humor are no laughing matter and can end up ruining a student's future aspirations and career opportunities.  Katy ISD seeks the public's assistance to curb hoax threats among our student population.  Below you will find additional resources to share with family and friends.  Remember hoax threats are not a joke, so <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>think before you post!​</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span><strong style="text-align:left;">Resources:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/think-before-you-post-psa.mp4/view">Think Before You Post PSA</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-hoax-threats-campaign-052318.mp3/view">FBI, This Week: Campaign Addresses Consequences of Hoax Threats</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-espanol-hoax-threats-campaign-053118.mp3/view">Esta Semana en el FBI: Por Medio de una Campaña se Abordan las Consecuencias de las Amenaza</a></li><li>​</li><li></li></ul><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:607px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Think%20Before%20You%20Post%20Picture2.jpg" alt="Think Before You Post Picture2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:589px;" /><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14px;"><br></span></div></div>
Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materialshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=944Proclamation 2019 – Instructional Materials<div class="ExternalClassD72F5B594D5D47E584EA260AD56FD75D"><p>Instructional materials for K-5 English Language Arts and Spanish Language Arts are included in Proclamation 2019.  Materials will be reviewed and selected this year for implementation in the 2019-2020 school year.  The selection process has been designed to include input from administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, parents, community and special programs.  A schedule of meetings and dates are detailed below.  Committees for the Review of Instructional Materials (CRIM) members will be receive calendar invitations for the meetings.</p><p><em>Katy </em><em>I</em><em>SD is loo</em><em>k</em><em>ing for</em><em> </em><em>pare</em><em>n</em><em>t volunte</em><em>e</em><em>rs to serve</em><em> </em><em>on </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>s to r</em><em>e</em><em>v</em><em>i</em><em>e</em><em>w and s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>t new instru</em><em>c</em><em>tional materials</em><em> </em><em>that will be </em><em>i</em><em>mpl</em><em>e</em><em>m</em><em>e</em><em>nted during the</em><em> </em><em>2</em><em>0</em><em>19</em><em>- 2020 s</em><em>c</em><em>hool y</em><em>e</em><em>ar. The subject areas, days and times are indicated in the chart below. If </em><em>y</em><em>ou</em><em> </em><em>wo</em><em>u</em><em>ld like</em><em> </em><em>to be a part of one</em><em> </em><em>of the</em><em> </em><em>re</em><em>v</em><em>iew </em><em>c</em><em>o</em><em>m</em><em>m</em><em>i</em><em>tt</em><em>ee</em><em>s, </em><em>c</em><em>ompl</em><em>e</em><em>te the</em><em> </em><em>int</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>st fo</em><em>r</em><em>m at </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Proclamation-2019</strong></em></span></a><em> </em><em>to be</em><em> c</em><em>onsid</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>e</em><em>d for participation on the s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>tion </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em><em> </em><em>K</em><em>ee</em><em>p in</em><em> </em><em>mind that not all volunt</em><em>e</em><em>e</em><em>rs may be</em><em> </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>le</em><em>c</em><em>ted to </em><em>s</em><em>e</em><em>r</em><em>v</em><em>e</em><em> </em><em>on a</em><em> </em><em>c</em><em>om</em><em>m</em><em>itte</em><em>e</em><em>.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>C</strong><strong>om</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>tee</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Review D</strong><strong>ay 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Final Day 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Reading & Word Study (Spelling)</p><p>(K-8 English & K-6 Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Writing & Handwriting </p><p>(K-5, English and Spanish)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Language Arts (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">English Learners Language Arts (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Personal Financial Literacy</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p>8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>El distrito escolar independiente de Katy busca a padres voluntarios para formar parte del comité que seleccionará los materiales educacionales nuevos de lectura, redacción, caligrafía y estudio de palabras (antes conocido como ortografía) para los grados escolares K-8. Estos materiales serán usados durante el año escolar 2019-2020. Si usted quiere ser parte de uno de los comités de selección, complete el formulario en </em><em> </em><a href="https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n"><span lang="ES-MX" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>https://tinyurl.com/Comit-de-revisi-n</strong></em></span></a><em> y usted será uno de los candidatos considerados para ser parte del comité. Por favor tenga en cuenta que no todos las personas interesadas en formar parte del comité serán seleccionadas.</em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Comité</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 1</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Reunion Día</strong><strong> 2</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Último </strong><strong>Día</strong><strong> 3</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lectura y estudio de palabras (ortografía) (K-8 inglés y K-5 espaňol)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 15, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM  – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Escritura y caligrafía (K-5, inglés y español)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">September 25, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 11:00 AM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 29, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 22, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">1:00 PM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje en inglés (6-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 24, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 30, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM– 4:00 PM</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Artes del lenguaje para estudiantes que aprenden inglés como segundo idioma (7-8)</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educación financiera personal</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 18, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">October 30, 2018</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">January 29, 2019</p><p style="text-align:center;">8:00 AM – 4:00 PM</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacyhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=943Katy ISD Celebrates a Century of Legacy<div class="ExternalClassCCA63BF150714AB8A1EB2D7FCABD2D55"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">An impressive milestone has been reached at Katy Independent School District. This year the District will celebrate a "Century of Legacy".</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Enacted on February 25, 1919, the legislature of the State of Texas established and created Katy ISD out of part of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">During our centennial celebration, Katy ISD invites everyone to view the historical accomplishments through our </span><a href="/sites/100Year/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Century of Legacy website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, which details landmark accomplishments, the stories of affluential leaders and images that have survived the test of time.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Throughout the school year, Katy ISD will celebrate a century of dedication and commitment to our students, staff and community with campus celebrations and learning opportunities for our students, the future legacies of Katy ISD.   It is also a perfect opportunity for the District to partner up with those who can contribute additional information on the past achievements of one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past several months, dozens of Katy ISD employees along with namesakes and community members shifted through yesteryears and identified key events and timelines, all of which can now be found in a centralized location.  The goal is to make known a legacy filled with growth, tradition, culture and meaning.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD looks forward to celebrating this centennial, as well as commence on its next century of providing educational excellence.  </p></div>
Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=938Katy ISD is Stronger Together, One Year after Harvey!<div class="ExternalClassED27DFA8514C4B0DB56B9DC56D2D01C0"><p>It's hard to imagine that it has been a year since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast.  This storm would end up being one of the most devastating natural disasters in Texas history, and one that would have a huge impact on the Katy ISD community.  One year later, Katy ISD is Stronger Together!  Through the <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>, the District is highlighting the valiant acts of heroism and resilience, of which many silently took place before, during and after the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In total, 16 Katy ISD campuses sustained damages, and close to 15,000 students along with nearly 3,000 employees were directly impacted by the flooding.  Since then the indomitable Katy Spirit has shined brighter than the destruction.  Recognizing that we are stronger together, Katy ISD officials joined forces with government agencies and area residents to help our Katy residents.  The selfless service of individuals could be seen when shelters were opened and donations started pouring in.  Many Katy ISD employees even got on buses to conduct water rescues in flooded neighborhoods and the overwhelming donations at times brought even the strongest to tears.  <br><br>As we reflect on the first year since this catastrophic event, we would like to take time to recognize the people who turned a tragedy into a triumph of community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit our <a href="/community/Pages/Harvey.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Katy ISD </span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Stronger Together</em></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> website</span></a>.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academyhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=937Katy ISD Launches Legacy Parent Academy<div class="ExternalClass696831611A8445A294BC986A75915E48"><p>​Starting September, Katy Independent School District will launch an initiative created to equip all parents with tools to provide additional support to their children. It is called Legacy Parent Academy. In it, parents will hear from experts on topics that impact students and schools district-wide such as financial aid for college, mental health resources and bullying. </p><p>"Legacy Parent Academy is a new initiative designed as part of the District's Strategic Plan Goal 8, which focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of all learners," said Director of Counseling Services Christy Maeker.  "This is a great opportunity to provide parents with information and strategies to assist their children," added Maeker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Parent Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives. The topics of each session were selected based on the need expressed by parents and in response to concerns the District sees on campuses and the community.  Katy ISD looks forward to working with local media partners to promote and cover these sessions, which can be found on the district's <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  The first session "Emotional Well-being and Referral Processes" is on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Legacy Stadium from 6 – 8 p.m., with capacity for 325 attendees.  This is the first of 11 Legacy Parent Academy sessions planned for the 2018-19 school year.  Five of the academy sessions focus on social-emotional learning topics while six of them focus on academic topics.    </p></div>
Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Yearhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=936Katy ISD Bullying Tip Line Launches for New School Year<div class="ExternalClassD29DBBFFDA2F4B05B2D2535FD1488492"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Just in time for the beginning of the school year, Katy Independent School District announces its new Bullying Tip line.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students across the district can now anonymously report potential bullying incidents by simply using the new feature found on the already existing Katy </span><em style="text-align:justify;">OnTheGo</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> app.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the 2018-19 academic year, Katy ISD continues to support the emotional well-being of all its learners.  Several bullying prevention initiatives will be rolled out throughout the year encouraging students to <strong>"Don't just stand by -</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>Stand up against bullying."</strong>  All Katy ISD students will see a series of informational videos that address issues like   how to identify bullying, policies and procedures at our campuses, as well as highlighting prevention and other related programs found across the District. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Bullying Tip line is user friendly and students will be shown how the feature works during classroom time.  The Katy <em>OnTheGo</em> app is free on the App Store or Google Play.   ​ </p><p>​</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancementshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=934Katy ISD Announces Safety and Security Enhancements<div class="ExternalClassB89FCB2BA1E34FC688FFAA266A4BD49F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">One of Katy Independent School District's top priorities is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents and community members, who visit our campuses and facilities. This school year, Katy ISD announces additional campus safety and security measures which include:</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Parent and Visitor Identification (ID) Requirement:</span><br>All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance.  Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance.  To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.</li></ul><p></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement:</span><br>Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on district property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue to use their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the <em>Student Code of Conduct</em>.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Campus Door Unlock Times</span>:<br>Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors are:<br><br>          Elementary Group 1                    7:35 a.m.<br><br>          Elementary Group 2                    7:55 a.m.<br><br>          Junior High                                 8:10 a.m.<br><br>          High School                                6:45 a.m.<br><br>Students who are dropped off before the doors are unlocked will not be able to enter the building, unless they are there for an official school activity or other exception.<br> </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clear Bag Regulation:<br></span>T<span style="text-align:justify;">o ensure visitor safety, along with a quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a clear bag regulation.  This will limit size and type of bag allowed at the sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">These enhancements are in addition to Katy ISD's existing multi-layered safety and security measures already in place across the District.  For additional information visit our <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx">Student Safety and Security webpage</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacyhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=933Convocation: Celebrating a Century of Legacy<div class="ExternalClass6602693D47804702BD0132847F15DF9A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">If anyone wanted to see the most notorious attires from the past decades, they needed to be at the 2018 Katy ISD Convocation, which was held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. Each campus selected a decade to represent and based on it, they chose their apparel. Thus, thousands of Katy ISD teachers, administrators and staff, hugged and shook hands as they participated in this annual event marking the official start of the 2018-2019 academic year and most importantly, the kickoff of the District's 100 year anniversary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The stories of our past add to the legacy we are all a part of today. It helps us define who we are. It's part of our family tree." said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The celebration's theme was "A Century of Legacy." Superintendent Hindt and Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle praised everyone's efforts in making Katy ISD, one of the best school districts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Thanks to you," said Doyle, "Our students are some of the top performing kiddos in the state and country, our community is thriving, and as a result, Katy is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Participants were reminded of the struggles brought on by Harvey, the passage of the 2017 bond that will provide campus renovations and new schools, and goals and strategies that will be employed in classrooms and campuses across the district to encourage personalized learning and strengthen student support systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With the presentation of commemorative rings, educators Leslyn Jacks of Katy Elementary and Amanda Sandlin of Tompkins High School were recognized as the two District's Teachers of the Year. For several educators, this event was a reminder of Katy's rich history and a source of encouragement.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is a tremendous amount of history and culture in Katy. I have worked for the District for 13 years and there are things I did not know. It is very inspirational," said Elise Allen, Assistant Principal at Griffin Elementary. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Convocation also highlighted the legacy of Mr. Roosevelt Alexander, one of Katy ISD's namesakes and the Beckendorff family. <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ozezgfj6eg98cyw/AADFjrMt1qdk0Kl4IMlFNnPga?dl=0">Enjoy photos of this year's convocation!</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modificationshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=923Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications<div class="ExternalClassB0C5400F09CD40EB9CFB739DEF90DF2B"><p>As Katy Independent School District prepares to construct several new schools as part of the voter-approved 2017 bond package, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment numbers and provide enrollment relief to campuses in neighboring vicinities.<br></p><p>Katy ISD is currently building two new campuses, Junior High #16 (southwest quadrant) and Elementary #42 (northwest quadrant) which are set to open in the fall of 2019-20.  During tonight's Work Study meeting, Chief of Operations Lee Crews presented trustees with preliminary ABM options to consider.  These options address enrollment numbers at campuses including Bethke, Hutsell, King and Winborn elementary schools; and Beck, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Tays and WoodCreek junior highs.</p><p>"The ABM options presented tonight were collaboratively drafted and the district is allocating additional time to hear from our community," said Chief of Operations Lee Crews.  "A final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December 2018 and the district hopes to begin notifying families shortly after approval of the new boundaries," added Crews. </p><p>​From June 20 through November 30, parents who could potentially be impacted are asked to provide feedback on these preliminary options through a survey that will be available via email and online.  Receiving the survey does not necessarily mean a child in that household will be effected by the ABM.  Preliminary outcomes of the survey will be reported to the Board of Trustees during the September 2018 Work Study meeting.  For more information and FAQs, click on the <a href="/abm/Pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM webpage.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Appoints New Principalshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=918Katy ISD Appoints New Principals<div class="ExternalClassC924E71F247C47E2A1947A3B84822C16"><p>Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Dr. Diego Linares as the principal of Raines High School (RHS) and the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC), and Cheryl Glasser as the principal of Rylander Elementary (RRE). </p><p>"I am excited to join Katy ISD as the leader of these unique campuses," said Linares. "I believe it is important to educate the whole student, and I am looking forward to working with our community and teachers to provide pathways for all students to achieve success."<br></p><p>Linares comes to Katy ISD with 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he has served as a school support officer in the Houston Independent School District. He has also been a principal at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as a high school assistant principal and bilingual teacher. Linares received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota Colombia, his Masters in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and his Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.</p><p>For Glasser, this new role offers an opportunity to spread her enthusiasm for cultivating transformational learning experiences.</p><p>"I am honored and thrilled to become a part of the Rylander family," said Glasser. "I am a leader who puts kids first in all decision making and promotes a community of learners.  My passion is to foster positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders of the Rylander community and I am committed to providing authentic, challenging learning experiences for each and every child. I look forward to working with my new Rhino family as we continue to charge to excellence."</p><p>Glasser has worked in the field of education for 28 years. She joined Katy ISD in 2013 as the assistant principal of Morton Ranch Elementary. She had previously served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional specialist and teacher. Glasser received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University.</p><p>Linares and Glasser will join their new campuses on June 18 and June 11, respectively. Linares will replace Kerri Finnesand, who was recently named principal of Seven Lakes High School. Glasser will replace Gwen Coffey, who was recently named as the district's new director of compliance for special education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Diego%20Linares%20RHS.jpg" alt="Diego Linares RHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cheryl%20Glasser%20RRE.jpg" alt="Cheryl Glasser RRE.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:267px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badgehttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=917Katy ISD Police Officers Honored for Demonstrating Bravery Behind the Badge<div class="ExternalClass1CAFE9553AC94A3A93818D7B2E8A2052"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This summer two Katy Independent School District students will enjoy their school break thanks to the quick thinking of three Katy ISD Police Officers.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Officer Christopher Pickering, Officer Michael Seiss and Officer Jose Gonzalez used their law enforcement and crisis management skills to save the lives of two students contemplating suicide.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief of Police Robert E. Jinks, along with his staff, honored them with the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Chief's Meritorious Citation Award.</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On January 8, 2018, Officer Pickering was dispatched to a residence in reference to a possible suicidal student.  Officer Pickering's crisis intervention skills and his ability to develop a rapport with the student led to a voluntary mental health evaluation which saved the student's life.  After receiving treatment, the student informed the police department that Officer Pickering's dedication to his duty and his show of concern prevented him from taking his life that evening.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On March 7, 2018, Officer Seiss and Officer Gonzalez were dispatched to Cinco Ranch High School in reference to a possible suicide.  Upon arriving both officers quickly assessed the severity of the incident and immediately began life-saving measures, that included creating a make-shift tourniquet with a leather belt, in order to halt the loss of blood from the victim. The actions of these two officers were instrumental in saving his life. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day there is an abundance of heroism displayed by our officers throughout our campuses," said Chief Jinks.  "Although we don't often witness these acts of bravery, the work our law enforcement officers conduct at our schools proves to be a life-changing one," added Jinks. </p><p>The <em>Chief's Meritorious Citation Award</em> is presented to recognize and reward the actions of law enforcement officers and staff for their meritorious service to our school district.  This recognition reflects a commitment to the Katy ISD Police Department's core values which are <em>Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All.</em><em>  </em>All three officers will now wear the merit pin as part of their uniform. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Christopher%20Pickering.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Christopher Pickering.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Christopher Pickering</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Jose%20Gonzalez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Jose Gonzalez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Jose Gonzalez</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/060118_Officer%20Michael%20Seiss%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="060118_Officer Michael Seiss - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Officer Michael Seiss</p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Yearshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=869Katy ISD Approves Instructional Calendars for Next Two Years<div class="ExternalClassF7F5F6CCC16B427FB371474B760C525A"><p>As part of the Katy Independent School District, "<em>Your District, Your Voice</em>" initiative, the community has provided its input for the upcoming yearly instructional calendar.  The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved the following option for the 2018-2019 academic year: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">Option #1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p>School Begins:  Wednesday, August 15</p><p>School Ends:  Thursday, May 23</p><p>Instructional Calendar Days:  177</p><p>Full week off for Thanksgiving</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>"The District is required to have a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year," says Bonnie Holland, associate superintendent for administration, governance and legal affairs.  "With the options approved, Katy ISD has enough calendar minutes to cover two bad weather days," added Holland.</p><p>K-12 <em>Insight</em>, the external research firm conducting the survey, found that, out of the 22,169 participants, 65% favored option #1.   The Board also approved an instructional calendar for 2019-2020 school year.  This calendar mirrors the preferred components of the 2018-19 calendar.​​​​</p></div>
Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebrationhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=748Spencer Tillman to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration<div class="ExternalClassB29190176E714E788625A380B386C456"><p>​​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 12<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.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. </p><p>This year's guest speaker is former NFL player and sportscaster Spencer Tillman.  A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tillman was part of the 1985 National Championship team and won MVP of the Orange Bowl that year.  He went on to have a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Houston Oilers and the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.  Tillman is now the Color Analyst for Fox Sports 1 alongside Tim Brando. He can be seen just about every College Football Saturday on FS1 and every NFL Sunday on KTRK, giving expert analysis on our Houston Texans.  Off-camera, Spencer Tillman has been the featured keynote speaker at some of the country's most notable companies.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration entertainment will include students from every high school, the West Memorial Junior High Theater Troupe and a surprise performance from one of the district's principals.  The morning will also honor the 2016-2017 Campus Volunteers of the Year and debut this year's principal video homage to volunteers.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."  Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/1Spencer%20Tillman_%20Headshot.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:435px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p></div>

 

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