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Message from Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski 2021-22 Updates Year End
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Katy ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to NormalKaty ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to Normal<div class="ExternalClass7D68DF67B949441890C8A517CB13D190"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">In just a couple of weeks, Katy Independent School District will be closing out another successful school year, this one undoubtedly a memorable one with the struggles and challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Yet it also included a year with many stories of resilience from both students and staff members. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are almost at the finish line!  Despite the stressors of this past year, there were so many accomplishments that continued our Katy ISD story of excellence and perseverance," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “Our teachers and staff provided extraordinary in-person and virtual learning experiences for all students when many schools across the nation could not.  Our students participated in all campus programs including athletics, fine arts and FFA," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Because the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) current public health guidelines will expire at the close of this academic year, the District anticipates returning to normal operations on June 1.  Students and staff members will no longer be required to wear facial coverings, daily COVID-19 notifications will cease, the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) will end and campuses will welcome back parents and volunteers at 100% capacity. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Throughout the pandemic, Katy ISD has continued to maintain an A+ rating by Niche as well as the prestigious recognition of being known as the second-best employer in Texas. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Pages/Superintendent-Message.aspx">Superintendent Gregorski's entire message can be found here</a> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie NightKaty ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Night<div class="ExternalClassC74CADD59AAD4D02AA6C0EE49BA7816F"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration May 7th</em></strong><br></p><p>(Katy, Texas) –The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held at Legacy Stadium on Friday, May 7<sup>th</sup> from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers.  <br><br></p><p>This year, the party goes beyond the walls of the annual Merrell Center event to a Family Movie Night under the stars at Legacy Stadium, featuring <em>The Greatest Showman</em>. For the first time ever, volunteers can welcome their families to participate in the celebration, where each school's 2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year will be announced. The VIPS Family Movie Night will also include entertainment from all nine Katy ISD high schools.<br><br></p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend, and should RSVP no later than May 3rd by clicking <a href="https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3307923/vips-family-movie-night-legacy-stadium-katy-academy-sports-outdoors-student-activities-complex">here</a>.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="mailto:kellyclarke@katyisd.org">kellyclarke@katyisd.org</a>.<br><br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>Katy ISD <strong>Partners in Education</strong> creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise, including at-home/ virtual options. We connect volunteers to every Katy ISD campus and for all grade levels. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Partners in Education</a> or contact Kelly Clarke at kellyclarke@katyisd.org .<br></p><p>​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></strong> </p><img src="file:///C:/Users/D1661065/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif" alt="" style="width:625px;margin:5px;" /><h2>Photo Caption:  Katy ISD Partners in Education will celebrate volunteers with a Family Movie Night on May 7<sup>th</sup>.</h2><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 9, 2021Smart Restart Weekly eNews - April 9, 2021<div class="ExternalClass91533AAF5ECB41F09B7932E3E5CAE75C"><p>​</p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="Weekly eNews" width="813" height="143" style="display:block;margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">April 9, 2021</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians and Staff,  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart web page</a>! </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong>Katy Corkboard</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Check out the new Katy Corkboard, a location for parents and staff to view campus and community flyers.  You can access your Campus Katy Corkboard on your campus webpage or on the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">District’s main website</a> by clicking on the Katy Corkboard Icon. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/227f2e89d68f9d23062a5c71c65bca1b/Corkboard.png" alt="Katy Corkboard" width="330" height="78" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong>Secondary Katy Summer Academic Term (KSAT) Information</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Secondary High School Credit Recovery & Junior High Course Recovery summer registration opens <strong>Monday,</strong> <strong>April 12</strong>.  KSAT for credit and course recovery are schedule from June 7 – July 1, Monday – Thursday.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Beginning April 12, parents may register and elect to take the summer recovery courses virtually with in-person teacher support and remediation. At the time of registration, a student will be prompted to select one of the following in person lab days/times for in person teacher support:  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday and Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary students eligible for summer school programs will be contacted directly by their respective home campuses in May 2021 via an invitation to attend an eligible program.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more information, please visit the <a href="/dept/campusadmin/ksat/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KSAT web page</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED*</strong></span> <strong>2021-2022 New Student </strong><strong>Pre</strong><strong>-</strong><strong>Registration</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto"><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for the 2021-2022 school year opened</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> April 1</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for all </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">new</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 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class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">for next </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">school </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">year. A </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">current and </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> New families can </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">visit</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Pre</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Registration</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> application.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">If your student is </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">currently</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> enrolled in</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> Katy ISD</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 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SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0">email</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW119721224 BCX0" href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">centralregistration@katyisd.org</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> for questions.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119721224 BCX0"> </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119721224 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":276}"> </span> </span> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Folk Life Festival 2021</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Join us at the Outdoor Learning Center Open House and 35th Annual Folk Life Festival on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  10:00AM–12PM and 1:00PM-3:00 PM.  Visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated facility as they walk the grounds, visit the ponds, and see the new science and history classrooms. For more information:  <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KISD Virtual High School Interest survey</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Eighth-</strong><strong> through 11</strong><strong>th</strong> <strong>grade parents</strong><strong>:</strong><span data-contrast="auto"> Check your email for the Katy ISD Virtual High School Interest survey.  We would like your feedback on establishing a standalone Virtual High School for the 2021-22 school year.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Survey closes April 14.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Update </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Phase 2 Protocol Updates (Effective March 29, 2021) </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Outside Food or Gift Deliveries to campus</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary and secondary campuses will communicate their Pre-COVID campus specific procedure(s) for instructional day delivery of outside food and personal items for students.  This will vary by campus and parents are asked to refer to their student’s campus communication for clarification regarding drop-off of student food or personal items.   Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols remain in effect and will still require adherence.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD Athletics Department Updates</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Soccer playoffs begin this week.  Stay tuned to our website and Twitter feed for the latest information on soccer pairings as our teams look to advance through the playoffs.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As the district COVID Phase 2 Protocols take effect, our <strong>spectator</strong> seating capacities have been adjusted for all campuses and stadiums.  Effective March 22, all outdoor venues will admit 100% of the seating capacity.  Indoor venues will admit <strong>75</strong>% of the seating capacity.  When our teams travel to out of district sites, the host school district will establish their protocols.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">Katy ISD Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered in person during the first College Board AP exam administration from May 3</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">-</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">17, 2021 at students’ home campus</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">.  </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW250188145 BCX0">In-person administration of the AP exams includes students attending the KVA learning model.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW250188145 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":276}"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students - AP Testing Information</strong></span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The AP Exam Testing Schedule is listed </strong><strong>below</strong><strong> and students are expected to be on campus at </strong>least 45 minutes before the test begins.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA students may ride district transportation</strong> to and from their campus on their scheduled AP exam days. Students who arrive early or remain after the exam will be placed in a large room setting after the scheduled AP exam. Parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled AP exam day(s).  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all <strong>COVID-19 safety protocols</strong> including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the AP exams.  </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who have an AP exam and an EOC on the <span style="background-color:#ffff00;">same day and same time</span> will take the AP exam on the scheduled day.  The EOC assessment will be given on an EOC make-up day.</span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The College Board AP second testing window will only be utilized for rare circumstances and must be approved by the campus administrator. Katy ISD will not administer AP exams during the College Board third testing window.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding AP exams, please contact your campus AP Coordinator. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD AP Exam Testing Schedule</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time listed below.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/7ac715b9d0aaf8ad419f22b92e7f7dbe/AP_test_1.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 1" width="558" height="321" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6e0d5045c79e10d46718e7977c99f1b7/AP_test_2.jpg" alt="AP test schedule 2" width="433" height="375" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Spring STAAR & EOC Testing Schedule</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Federal and state laws require that all eligible STAAR test takers be provided an opportunity to test. To ensure equity for all students, Katy ISD will administer the 2021 state assessments to all students, including KVA students, at their home campus. All testing students should arrive at their campus by the start of the school day. Parents will receive more information from students’ campuses regarding details for participating in STAAR assessments this spring.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">To limit testing disruptions and to ensure safety measures are in place, certain grade levels of non-testing students will remain at home and engage in Intermittent School to Home instruction on STAAR testing days while other grade levels will continue with the normal school schedule.<br></span>For graduation requirements, students must meet standard on all five EOC subjects - English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History to be eligible to graduate. Missing a STAAR EOC testing opportunity will potentially impact meeting the graduation testing requirement outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Further, students must attempt to test to be eligible to utilize substitute assessments and/or graduate by Individual Graduation Committee (IGC). </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in self-contained specialized programs will be permitted to attend class on campus.   </span></p><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Students- STAAR/EOC Testing Information<br></strong></span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0"><strong>KVA students</strong> <strong>may ride district transportation</strong></span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0"> to and from their campus on their scheduled campus STAAR administration day(s). KVA parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day. KVA students may opt to </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW145377592 BCX0">stay at the campus and ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW145377592 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA testing students are <strong>e</strong><strong>ligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled STAAR administration days. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the STAAR assessments. </span></li><li data-leveltext="·" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students will report to their home campus on the specific testing days as noted by the home campus.  Eligible test takers who do not participate in testing will have an answer document submitted which will reflect this decision.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>STAAR, EOC- Absences<br></strong></span>TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if they are not present to participate in a state assessment. However, should a parent choose to not send their in-person or virtual student to school to take a state assessment, there are no academic consequences and no expectation for students to engage in virtual instruction for being absent on an assessment day.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have questions regarding STAAR administration, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor. Please see the following charts for the state assessment schedule.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/72de71081aad3c4cfb0e16927752223e/elementary_testing.jpg" alt="elementary testing schedule" width="661" height="468" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/618fc84ffcb08cfea88b6cf0aa8d33b9/JH_testing.jpg" alt="junior high testing" width="868" height="415" style="margin:5px;" /></span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2eecda1d1c8eefcf4e908146a404a91d/HS_testing.jpg" alt="high school testing" width="686" height="370" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Device End of the Year Check-In</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/Device_Check-In.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Link to Check in PDF for more information</a></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the following student device check-in schedule information is now available for review.  Following spring break, additional information regarding fees associated with lost/damaged devices and how to utilize the Pay N Go APP to pay fees will be communicated.   </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>12</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students: </strong>Seniors are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian prior to picking up their cap and gown and/or by Wednesday, May 19 prior to the start of the Class of 2021 Legacy Stadium graduation ceremonies.  Questions regarding technology device check-in may be directed to your student’s senior class assistant principal or librarian.   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>PK-11</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Grade Students:  </strong>All students are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian by the last day of school on Thursday, May 27.  Additional information regarding technology device check-in will be provided by your student’s campus. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:  Katy Virtual School (KVS): </strong> Students enrolled in an original credit summer school course via KVS may check out a device for their summer online course from their home campus librarian beginning on Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="7" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Summer School:</strong>  Students enrolled in a high school credit recovery, junior high course recovery or elementary summer program may check out a device from their assigned summer school campus beginning on Monday, June 7.  All devices must be checked in by Thursday, July 1 – the last day of the summer school session. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/9a45977cc097fc1a0f3d2654386aa078/Class_of_2021.jpg" alt="class of 2021 logo" width="182" height="89" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong><strong>Senior Graduation Information<br></strong>Graduation information released on Katy ISD Graduation webpage at: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx<br></a>Class of 2021 Graduation Information about ceremonies can be found at: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf<br></a>Campus specific information will be shared by administration. Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey through Naviance found in MyKaty Cloud beginning March 15 and return any borrowed instructional material and devices prior to picking up graduation caps and gowns.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ca4ad3a4289a68f46eb71b4544fc246d/prom_schedule.jpg" alt="prom and graduation schedule" width="775" height="369" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Pre-K Registration </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year will open April 1, 2021.  Parents must complete the online registration process through <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website</a> in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/Interv/Pages/Prekindergarten.aspx">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><em>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</em> </span></strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">English Speaking Classes:</span>  Alexander, Bear Creek, Bethke, Bryant, Campbell, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Leonard, Mayde Creek, McElwain, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Nottingham, Pattison, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wilson, Winborn, Wolfe, Wolman and Wood Creek elementary schools. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Spanish Speaking Classes:</span>  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Transfer Application</strong><strong> </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The District Student Transfer application for the 2021-2022 school year will <strong>open</strong> on <strong>Monday, March 1, 2021. </strong>Students who are currently on a transfer must submit their requests by <strong>Monday, May 31, 2021</strong>. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2021-2022 school year. The transfer application is located on the Katy ISD Student Transfers webpage: <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Student-Transfers.aspx">Student Transfers</a>. Contact the transfer office at 281-396-2357 with questions.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SAT School Day Administration Information</strong><strong> <br></strong>As a reminder, the 11th grade SAT School Day administration that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 was rescheduled by College Board to Tuesday, April 13, 2021.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The intermittent school to home virtual learning plan for 9th, 10th and 12th grade students is rescheduled to Tuesday, April 13. If you have any questions regarding the administration of the SAT, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong><em> </em> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.     </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Update</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Phase 2 Protocol Updates (Effective March 29, 2021</strong>) </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Outside Food or Gift Deliveries to campus</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Elementary and secondary campuses will communicate their Pre-COVID campus specific procedure(s) for instructional day delivery of outside food and personal items for students.  This will vary by campus and parents are asked to refer to their student’s campus communication for clarification regarding drop-off of student food or personal items.   Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols remain in effect and will still require adherence.   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><br></span><strong>Continued </strong><strong>Campus </strong><strong>Phase 2 </strong><strong>Safety </strong><strong>Protocols</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">Katy ISD Campus Phase </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">2</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> Safety Protocols </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">took</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> effect</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> March 2.</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0"> Please </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">visit </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW52715682 BCX0">the</span></span> <a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><strong>District COV</strong><strong>ID</strong><strong>-19 Mitigation Plan.</strong></a><strong> </strong>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Click the below image to access Katy ISD COVID-19 Resources or v</strong><strong>isit the </strong><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx"><strong>Katy ISD Smart Restart webpage</strong></a><strong> for information on:</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f4446035ccd45e84be296252250a03bd/COVID_19.PNG" alt="APP" width="305" height="53" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/59923222919e05c66d158153cefd24b3/Case_Dashboard.PNG" alt="Dashboard" width="311" height="62" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a11c01b8970d03cc93dd2671584ca463/appointment_Scheduler.PNG" alt="Appintment" width="313" height="49" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec741e87c41cee2a126b6f6e1f8d57ba/Mitigation_Plan.PNG" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="321" height="58" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements </strong>are available on page 6 of the Katy ISD COVID Mitigation Plan.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 FREE Testing </strong><strong>S</strong><strong>ite</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The district’s testing site service is FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students and employees. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Employees do not require an appointment to be tested for free, though are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes before the posted closing time, to abide by the facilities schedules. Employees’ dependents who are not on their Katy ISD insured parents’ health care plan may elect to pay the $125 fee to test with their parents at the site, or if the child is a Katy ISD enrolled student, he/she may schedule an appointment through the <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-student">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>, and test for free. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The COVID-19 rapid testing site is located at the District’s Agricultural Sciences Center at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road. </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 BCX0">Secondary</span></span><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW159218876 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW159218876 BCX0"> Information</span></span></span></strong><span class="EOP SCXW159218876 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED* </strong></span><strong>Secondary Course Selection Window Now Closed</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The course verification window closed on Wednesday, April 7th at 3PM. Changes to course selections for the 2021-2022 school year are no longer available. Course requests for the 2021-2022 school year will be available “read only” in HAC through Friday May 28th.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/1ce17ffff079e9d0247a9b81111cef9a/Course_Selection_Updated.png" alt="Sec Course" width="589" height="335" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For questions in regards to the courses selected for next year, please contact your campus counseling office.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>K</strong><strong>aty ISD Fine Arts Department Updates</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">After the great success of our first <strong>ESC Virtual Gallery</strong> this Fall, the Fine Arts Department is happy to announce we have opened another gallery for the Spring semester.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Please take a moment to view the fantastic artwork that is being produced across the district.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery">https://tinyurl.com/ESC-Spring-2021-Gallery</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">Fine Arts Calendar</a> </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for </strong><strong>Parents/Students</strong><strong> Support Inquiries </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Online:</strong>  </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support</strong><strong> Important Links</strong> </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="7" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="8" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="9" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="10" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="11" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="12" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/">Technology Device Request Form</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD </strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#KatyStrong​</strong></span></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named "2021 Best Communities for Music Education"Katy ISD Named "2021 Best Communities for Music Education"<div class="ExternalClassC08D7665F5944FFE8900C3E6F0A25EC9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the past 17 years, Katy Independent School District has received the “Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the District's outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Of NAMM's 22 years of announcing the recognition, the District has been awarded the designation 19 times total. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is presented to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year, NAMM Foundation recognized 686 school districts and 80 individual schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The benefits of music education include brain development, social-emotional learning, relationship development, team building and learning a lifelong skill," said Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  “Our Katy ISD fine arts educators continually demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide quality music experiences and training for all of our students," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2021%20NAMM%20Best%20Commuinities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:400px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
NASA Takes One Katy ISD Student's Remote Learning to the Moon!NASA Takes One Katy ISD Student's Remote Learning to the Moon!<div class="ExternalClassE53A481C076D42FFBDCC8A8EF2B7C22E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It was an “out-of-this-world" aspiration for Aditi Gokhale, a Katy Independent School District student whose heart desir</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ed to participate and place in the Houston National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) one-week student expedition on the moon.  Though the Adams Junior High (AJH) student is learning remotely from home through Katy Virtual Academy, that didn't stop her imagination from soaring 250,000 miles on a journey into outer space ultimately winning her a spot among the 155 NASA semifinalists in the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest.  The sixth grader's essay titled </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Enabling the Artemis Missions:  Landing a Permanent Supply of Oxygen</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> focuses on the icy outer rims of craters found on the lunar south pole which produce oxygen. </span><br></p><p>"I loved this challenge because through the research and revisions I did on my piece. I was able to learn so much about not just the moon, but the amazing opportunities that can be gained from exploring the moon," said Aditi Gokhale.  “I think that it is amazing how we can imagine the moon as a new habitable place and chart out a new life there with potential for further exploration into the space," added Gokhale.<br></p><p>Gokhale's essay was among approximately 14,000 submissions received from K-12 students across the country, which will now be space-bound on November 2021 aboard the Artemis I voyage around the moon.  On April 7, the contest will be narrowed down to nine national finalists.  One final grand prize winner will be selected in May and will be awarded a family trip to attend NASA's Artemis I launch at Kennedy Space Center.<br></p><p>Katy ISD wishes Gokhale the best of luck as she “Reaches for the Stars!"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/040121_AJH_Aditi%20Gokhale.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:544px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
District and COVID-19 Testing Site ClosureDistrict and COVID-19 Testing Site Closure<div class="ExternalClass823B9128D07646249E57B2787B4C5CCB"><p>​<span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A</span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">pril 1, 2021</span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> -</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A few friendly reminders as we head into the holiday weekend -</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Tomorrow, April 2, and Monday, April 5, is a student and staff holiday.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Assessment Schedule – please remember to <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">check the Assessment Schedule</a> for updates on STAAR and EOC testing, which affects various grade level schedules.</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Site will be closed today, April 1, through Monday, April 5.  The testing site will reopen on Tuesday, April 6. To schedule an appointment for next week, <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-katystudent" target="_blank" rel="noopener">click here</a>.</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We hope you have a wonderful weekend!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD</span></p><p><br></p></div>

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