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Rededication of Memorial Parkway Junior Highhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=867Rededication of Memorial Parkway Junior High<div class="ExternalClass90FEE2E081314E8E8D2D58D01F662688"><p>​It was one of those moments. You had to see it to believe it!  Many guests attending the rededication ceremony of Katy Independent School District's Memorial Parkway Junior High (MPJH) were amazed to see the transformation of the 1982 school building. </p><p>The campus, which was part of the 2014 voter-approved bond package, no longer resembles the original school building.  Now the MPJH students will continue to soar like eagles after their school underwent a comprehensive renovation which added a variety of upgraded features.  The first thing one notices as they arrive to MPJH is the prominent curbside appeal that includes a safe student drop-off and pick-up location.  Inside the school, classroom functionality reflects a focused environment for students with added collaborative spaces.</p><p>"We are grateful to the Katy ISD community for the comprehensive renovation of our building, and we hope it is a place they are proud to call "their school" for many years to come," says Principal Emily Craig. </p><p>"Remodeling can change and update appearances but this project is more than that. Our school has been transformed," added Craig.</p><p>One of the goals of the school administration during the renovation was to have students and staff involved in the new design.  MPJH students who were part of the Concepts of Engineering program (along with assistance from their Sister School MCJH) teamed up with architects to repurpose the large wooden gym bleachers, which can now be seen along the hallways of the refurbished school.  </p><p>The rededication ceremony was a success with special performances by the MPJH Orchestra, choir and band.  Kala Grzesek was also announced as the MPJH Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Missed the event?  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1737829102903838.1073742090.113148448705253&type=1&l=48f70bc218">View pictures of the MPJH Rededication Ceremony</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD National Signing Dayhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=865Katy ISD National Signing Day<div class="ExternalClass4F2DCA2D94714E2A8849108A323CBAE8"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District celebrates National Signing Day events across its high schools.  Traditionally on the first Wednesday of February, high school seniors can sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport.  This is a day when the countless hours of practice, sweat </span>and<span style="text-align:justify;"> effort pay off for </span>student athletes<span style="text-align:justify;">. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is nothing more rewarding than to see our students signing and committing their future to one of many esteemed universities across the country," says Debbie Decker, Katy ISD Athletics Director.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"National Signing Day is a culmination of their hard work but it's also the start of a lifelong legacy," added Decker.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several Katy ISD students committed to numerous prestigious colleges across the country and more are expected to take place throughout the year.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Blake Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Brant Kuithe, Football, University of Utah</li><li>Josh Ofili, Football, Brown University</li><li>Tyler Worrell, Football, Columbia University</li><li>Katie Becker, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Olivia Futch, Soccer, University of Texas – San Antonio</li><li>Bryn Haden, Soccer, Roanoke College</li><li>Bryston Cain, Football, Texas A&M University - Commerce</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Josef Fisher, Football, Louisiana College</li><li>Evan Greathouse, Football, Southwestern Assemblies of God University</li><li>Jonah Lebischak, Football, Oklahoma Baptist University</li><li>Jacob Lighter, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Austin Marshall, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Josh Oglesby, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Santee Parker, Football, University of Mary Hardin - Baylor</li><li>KeShon Rowe, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Gavin Spangler, Football, Benedictine College</li><li>Jacob Thornton, Football, Missouri University of Science & Technology</li><li>Moro Ojomo, Football, University of Texas</li><li>Alex Koll, Golf, LeTourneau University – Longview</li><li>Paige Thompson, Soccer, University of Oklahoma</li><li>Keelin Garrity, Soccer, Our Lady of the Lake University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Keyonte' Fiakpui, Football, Trinity Valley Community College</li><li>Ikenna Nsoedo, Football, Tyler Junior College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Shentatious Knox, Soccer, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Rick Barrick, Football, Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Derek Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Trey Jones, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Keilan Johnson, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Garrett Scott, Football, Houston Baptist University</li><li>Tyler Strain, Football, Henderson State University</li><li>Jacqhuan Bloomfield, Football, University of Louisiana - Monroe</li><li>Felipe Latorre, Soccer, St. Edwards University</li><li>Trey Nickel, Soccer, University of Texas – Dallas</li><li>Ali Kyser, Tennis, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor</li><li>Sydni Dusek, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Morgan Goode, Soccer, University of Houston</li><li>Bri Mickshaw, Soccer, East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Megan Hu, Softball, Carnegie Mellon University</li><li>Tori Garcia, Softball, San Jacinto College</li><li>Alex Burkhart, Basketball, LeTourneau University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2018 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Praise Amaewhule, Football, University of Texas - El Paso</li><li>Ean Beek, Football, Houston Baptist University (signed in December)</li><li>Austin LeFevre, Football, Southwestern University</li><li>Otito Ogbonnia, Football, University of California, Los Angeles</li><li>Levi Rucker, Football, University of Texas – Permian Basin</li><li>Max Wright, Football, Texas A&M University (signed in December)</li><li>Hudson Pullin, Baseball, Franklin Pierce University</li><li>Tyler Golden, Baseball, Oklahoma Wesleyan University</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1692464440773638.1073742083.113148448705253&type=1&l=ec0448c640">View photo gallery of Katy ISD National Signing Day</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Available to Studentshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=864Katy ISD Announces Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Available to Students<div class="ExternalClass0C328C2BDF964461AB66B198D5E8C139"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Registration for Advanced Placement (AP) exams are now taking place for all Katy Independent School District high school students.  From February 6 to February 25, enrolled students and </span>home schooled<span style="text-align:justify;"> students, can receive details and register at their designated campus.  Late registration takes place from February 26 to February 28 with a $5 late fee per exam. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Students who participate in AP courses experience college level instruction which builds academic confidence. Participation in AP exams provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate self-assurance and possibly earn college credit. By state law, all public colleges and universities must accept scores of 3 or higher for college credit," says Alene Lindley, Katy ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum, GT and Advanced Academics. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD strongly encourages students to participate," added Lindley.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Financial hardships should not be an impediment to take the exam.  Partial fee waivers are available for students in economic need.  A partial refund of $60 per exam is available for seniors who have been admitted to a college that does not accept AP exam scores for credit.  These refunds must be requested in writing to the home school counseling office by May 4 with documentation from the college or university's AP exam policy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">AP exams are scheduled for the week of May 7-14 and May 23-25.  Students who need special accommodations must adhere to the College Board timelines. To determine the exact date of a particular exam, please visit <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/">www.collegeboard.com</a>. </p></div>
Dedication of Katy ISD Bryant Elementaryhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=863Dedication of Katy ISD Bryant Elementary<div class="ExternalClass8BFBF877DB27477D83B4B4B7252AB498"><p>Katy Independent School District invited parents, students, staff and community members to the dedication ceremony of its 40<sup>th</sup> elementary campus, Bryant Elementary School (BES).  Its mascot is the Bengal tiger, known for its strength, intelligence and keen sense of curiosity. </p><p>          The school proudly displays Robert "Bob" and Felice Bryant's name because of their exemplary devotion to education and to Katy ISD students.  Both have been dedicated educators for a combined total of over 70 years, and together they have dedicated 55 years to Katy ISD.  "This couple has been an instrumental part of the Katy ISD legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "They are building upon the values and beliefs that our educational excellence was founded on."</p><p>          Both Bob and Felice have brought learning to life.  In 1982, they moved to Katy, Texas where Bob settled in as the head band director for Katy High School.  He later served as the fine arts department chair and was then promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000.  Felice began her career in Katy ISD as a kindergarten teacher at Williamsburg Settlement, now Winborn Elementary.  She spent the remainder of her career teaching kindergarten and first grade at Katy Elementary and was selected as the Campus Teacher of the Year in 1997. The Bryant family has made Katy their home and it is where they raised all three of their children.  They continue to be a huge part of the Bryant school community and can be found volunteering, as well as reading stories to students at the campus. </p><p>          "Today, 35 years later, we stand before you very overwhelmed and deeply humbled to be the namesakes of this amazing and remarkable school," said Felice Bryant. "With every high-five, every fist pump, every hug and smile, our hearts are overflowing with love," added Bob Bryant.      </p><p>          During the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special performance by the BES Singing Bengals.  Additionally, special presentations were made by the office of Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, Representative John Zerwas and Representative Mike Schofield. </p><p>          Click <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vsdwlp37sk06n5j/AAAwzovrpjEs17h-DpH0RWIma?dl=0">here</a> to see photos of the dedication ceremony.  </p></div>
Community Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of Bryant Elementary Schoolhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=862Community Invited to Join Katy ISD for Dedication of Bryant Elementary School<div class="ExternalClass9F28E7ED9F574E488C1A4150227AA1B7"><p style="text-align:left;">​Hundreds of parents, students, staff and community members will join the Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lance Hindt in the official dedication of the District's 40<sup>th</sup> elementary school.​</p><p style="text-align:left;">The Bryant Elementary dedication ceremony will include the school song by the 5<sup>th</sup> grade choir and a special presentation by Representative John Zerwas, with remarks from Representative Mike Schofield and students from each grade level. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>​Where:</strong>    <br>Bryant Elementary<br>29801 Kingsland Blvd.<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>When:</strong><strong>     <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sunday, February 4<br></strong></span> 2:00-2:45 p.m. Reception in the Library<br> ​3:00-4:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Gym​</p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festivalhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=861Katy ISD Hosts 33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival<div class="ExternalClass3E5A9F12D8BA4DBBA6A9676FD3EFC628"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 33</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual </span><a href="/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Katy Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Admission is only $1.</span></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, April 7<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Programhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=860Katy ISD Education Foundation Launches Legacy Investor Program<div class="ExternalClassA247CF1CA4C640E88268DB6673B4FF95"><p style="text-align:left;">​​<em>Payroll Deduction Program for Katy ISD Staff</em>​</p><p>The Katy ISD Education Foundation has launched a payroll deduction program for Katy ISD teachers and staff. For as little as $5 per pay-period and in as quickly as 5 minutes, Katy ISD Legacy Investors become an integral part of guaranteeing fin​ancial support for the Education Foundation's active investment in Katy ISD classrooms.</p><p>Katy ISD Legacy Investors are considered an equal partner in the Education Foundation’s Investor family, which includes early access to event tickets and recognition as a collective group in all promotions. The Katy ISD Legacy Investor funds come from Katy and stay in Katy through direct investment back into the school district through the Education Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grant.</p><p>In its first five years, the Education Foundation has invested more than $1,000,000 in Katy ISD classrooms through its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. “The Katy ISD Legacy Investor initiative presents an opportunity for Katy ISD staff and teachers to send a big thank you back to those who have built the Education Foundation,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our Inspiring Imagination teacher grants provide the financial means for creative teachers to fulfill their dreams of bringing unprecedented instructional resources into their classrooms. Now, we as employees of this great school district have the opportunity to help make those dreams come true by becoming Legacy Investors.”</p><p>This program can be joined or cancelled at any time during the year through MyKaty. Instructions on how to join can be found on the <a href="http://katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/Legacy.aspx">Katy ISD Education Foundation's website​</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Areahttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=859Katy ISD Ranks as the Top School District in the Greater Houston Area<div class="ExternalClass91E94EBC57814372824E4B064099AB2A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">2018 Best School Districts rankings</a> have been announced and looks like "</span><em style="text-align:justify;">The Best is in the West</em><span style="text-align:justify;">" for the Greater Houston area, with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts across America every year.  Katy ISD received an overall grade of "A+" for its outstanding educational accomplishments.  The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Learn more about the Niche 2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area​ on their <a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/m/houston-metro-area/">website​</a>.<br></p></div>
Bad Weather Make-Up Dayshttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=858Bad Weather Make-Up Days<div class="ExternalClass2280F6119EA34A048DF4776A717EFE46"><p></p><div>Texas weather has not been kind and continues to bring many challenges to our community.  Due to the wintery conditions that caused the District’s closure last Tuesday and Wednesday, we need to alert you to a change to our 2017-18 Instructional Calendar.</div><div><br></div><div>As you may know, Katy ISD, along with all Texas school districts, is required by state law to have 75,600 minutes of instructional time built into its calendar each year.  While the Texas Education Agency (TEA) granted our district a waiver for missed instructional time this past fall as a result of Hurricane Harvey related closures, the District has been informed that waivers will not be provided for last week’s bad weather days.</div><div> </div><div>Unfortunately, our students lost significant instructional time this year.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Monday, February 19</em></span><em> is currently designated as a bad weather day and will be used to make up instructional time </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>for all students</em></span><em>.  Additionally, in order to be in compliance with state law, </em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>the secondary school day will be extended by ten minutes during the week of May 14-18, with dismissal being at 2:45 p.m. each day. </em></span><em> </em></div><div> </div><div>We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, and we apologize ahead of time for that.  Just as we must meet the requirements of the law, it is also just as important that we are in a position to ensure that we can effectively achieve our mission to provide educational excellence and opportunities that prepare our students for success in college, career and life.  With that said, having our students in school to grow and learn is of the utmost importance.    </div><div>As always, your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.  </div><div><br></div></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 41http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=857Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Elementary School 41<div class="ExternalClassF4BEEBC21FA447D88888C9282B0EC32E"><p>Katy ISD announces Jaime Shipley as the new principal for Elementary School #41, which is set to open in Fall 2018 in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.<br></p><p>Ms. Shipley has 19 years experience in education including nine years as a building principal.  Her administrative experience began as an instructional facilitator at Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2006.  Shipley became an elementary assistant principal at Goose Creek CISD (GCCISD) in 2008.  The following year, she was promoted to building principal in GCCISD and remained there for four years.  In 2013, Shipley became the principal of Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD and has led the campus for the past five years.  </p><p>She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary and Early Childhood as well as her Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.</p><p>"I am excited about leading the way for a new school and a new legacy.  We, as a staff and community, will build the foundation together so students have unparalleled learning experiences," says Principal Shipley.</p><p>Congratulations!</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/012218_Elem%2041_Jaime%20Shipley%20Cropped%20Smaller.jpg" alt="012218_Elem 41_Jaime Shipley Cropped Smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Openhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=853Katy ISD Community Education Registration Now Open<div class="ExternalClass7FEF873CE2F24457AD30079AAAF37A2E"><p>The Spring 2018 Katy ISD Community Education classes are now open for registration. The purpose of Community Education is to provide the general public with learning opportunities including self-improvement, enrichment, recreation and academic courses.</p><p>Classes include learning opportunities pertaining to recreational activities, arts and crafts, health and personal development, foreign languages, business and industry skills, finance, computer applications, driver education, college preparatory, and multiple online courses.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Course_Catalog.pdf">Community Education catalog online</a> or call 281-396-6365. </p></div>
Dedication of Katy ISD Stockdick Junior Highhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=849Dedication of Katy ISD Stockdick Junior High<div class="ExternalClassD573ECA836E54A41B14FCA7E7F5167DA"><p>Katy Independent School District opens the doors of Stockdick Junior High (SJH) to parents, students, staff and community members during a dedication ceremony of its 15<sup>th</sup> junior high.  SJH is home of the fierce sabercats where visitors can find a vision of "<em>Leaders & Learners, Today & Tomorrow!"</em><br></p><p>Adam Henry Stockdick was the first family member who applied and received approval to begin two of the original area schools.  The new SJH is located on a portion of the Stockdick family farm, near the site of one of the original one-room schoolhouses.  Country schools continued to operate for years after Katy ISD was formed in 1919.  The Stockdick School consolidated with Katy ISD in 1931, ending the era of unincorporated schools, but not the involvement of the Stockdick family in education.  From teaching, supporting and running some of the local schools, to several family members serving as trustees for the school board, education was, and continues to be, very important to the Stockdick's.  After almost 122 years, this family continues to love and nourish the community they call their own.  The historical stories and lessons of this family are ones of strength, will, focus, respect and faith in others which is a true Katy ISD legacy!</p><p>During the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special performance by the SJH Girls' Choir.  Additionally, a proclamation was read by a representative of Senator Lois Kolkhorst Office and a flag was presented by Representative Mike Schofield. </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4en477pmosf7jwo/AACoacaJeXygzJVj3z-AJ1OTa?dl=0">See photos of the dedication ceremony.</a>  </p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Rollhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=845Katy ISD Earns Place on AP® District Honor Roll<div class="ExternalClass67ECF89F25FF4800A48169BCD7DE7D05"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:left;">Katy ISD is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by College Board with placement on the </span><strong style="text-align:left;">8</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>th</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> Annual </strong><strong style="text-align:left;">AP</strong><strong style="text-align:left;"><sup>®</sup></strong><strong style="text-align:left;"> District Honor Roll</strong><span style="text-align:left;"> for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.</span><br></p><p>From 2015 to 2017, the number of AP exams administered in Katy ISD increased by 23 percent.  The number of students participating in AP exams increased 26 percent to 9,478 in 2017 and the number of students receiving a 3 or higher increased by 24.6% in those two years.  </p><p>To be included on the AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must: </p><ul><li>Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.</li><li>Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.</li><li>Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on the AP District Honor Roll, visit the <a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll">College Board website</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Franz Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Parkhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=843Katy ISD Franz Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park<div class="ExternalClass861447E6E392427CBD5FC98B9D15673F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Waving "Thank You" signs and singing along to a melodious gratitude song, the Franz Elementary (FES) Choir officially dedicated their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, FES parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant which was just under $130,000.  Fundraising efforts included a $5,000 donation from the PTA and a week-long of SPARK fundraising activities at the school, that included taping the principal to a wall, crazy hair day and water games that included popsicles, of which $2,150 was collected.  Other funding included $1,000 from the West Harris County MUD #7, $1,000 from Raintree Village Homeowner's Association and the design work was paid for by Katy ISD.  SPARK contributed $116,000 from The Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment park desert initiative.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, musical instruments and four bollards covered with tiles painted by students and staff.  When visitors walk through the park, they will notice a variety of trees, which include Monterrey oaks, Mexican plums and anacua trees.  In total, 34 trees were donated by Trees for Houston.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Principal Sylvan shared, "It has been said that 'A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or a part of the same social network'.  It's about feeling connected and responsible for what happens.  Humanity is our ultimate community and everyone plays a crucial role."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We hope during the break you will come and enjoy this park," added Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board of Trustees President.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.  This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tjnxswiv6xqje3b/AADjMB2xBpeWZCU_J2txuwx2a?dl=0">Pictures of FES SPARK Park Event.</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Awardhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=841Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISDhttp://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=838PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time http://katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=813Katy ISD Lost Instructional Time <div class="ExternalClassF311D8DB26B041319FDCC2F4C340420B"><p>​As many families and staff continue recovery efforts in our neighborhoods, homes and community, we are also slowly but surely getting back on track with the business of teaching and learning across Katy ISD campuses.  As you ​​know, our students lost two weeks of instructional time as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be waiving up to 10 instructional days, there will be no need to extend the 2017-18 instructional calendar, or to modify the Thanksgiving, Christmas/winter, and spring breaks.​</p><p>Our Curriculum Department has worked diligently over the past few weeks to realign and restructure the curriculum unit plans to ensure that all state standards will be taught this school year.  As such, there will be no gaps in the taught and tested curriculum. </p><p>Also, to ensure that our students receive the full benefits of the Katy ISD learning experience, we have identified means to regain lost instructional time to deliver additional support to students.  This includes providing enrichment resources for our families, supplementary study opportunities for Advanced Placement (AP) students, and extending four early release days to full days of instruction.   </p><p><u>Enrichment Resources for Families:<br></u>Online instructional enrichment activities developed by our Curriculum Department are available for parents or guardians to work with their child(ren) at home.  These enhanced learning activities are ungraded and optional, and are available on the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Katy ISD Curriculum & Instruction website​</a>. Each core subject area will be covered for the remainder of the school year.  These subjects include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Support for Advanced Placement (AP) Students:<br></span>Additional study opportunities will also be offered to students preparing for the May 2018 AP exams. Review sessions and resources are currently being developed and will be shared with students, and published on the website later this Fall.</p><p><u>Extending Four Early Release Days:<br></u>The 2017-2018 instructional calendar included six "early release" days that are typically designated for professional development, teacher preparation, and parent conferences. Four of the previously designated early release days (Oct. 9, 20, Feb 16, April 13) will be extended to full instructional days.  This is designed to allow students more time in the classroom, as well as to serve the needs of so many of our families who are displaced by Harvey and depending, now more than ever, on the daily routine of school to bring a sense of normalcy to their child(ren)'s lives.  We understand that October 9 and 20 had been set aside for parent/teacher conferences at many campuses.  However, in lieu of the in-person conferences, parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers by email and/or phone.  Parents should also continue to monitor their student's progress on the <a href="/pages/home-access-center.aspx">Home Access Center</a>.  Friday, December 15 and Thursday, May 24 will remain "early release" days since final exams are given on those dates.</p><p>Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these post-Harvey initiatives to recapture lost instructional time and to provide additional support to our students and families. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school. </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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