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Katy ISD Slated to Host Education Summits https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1518Katy ISD Slated to Host Education Summits <div class="ExternalClass3FC03FB4EC12485B840FE52E7910DA5E"><p>Katy Independent School District will host two education summits open to all Katy ISD community members as it prepares to update the District’s strategic plan. <br></p><p>The District will seek input on a wide range of critical topics, including: <br></p><ul><li><p>​The skills and competencies needed for students now and in the future</p></li><li><p>Preparing schools to effectively deliver educational opportunities</p></li><li><p>Well-being/mental health resources to help students succeed in school </p></li></ul><p>“Participants will engage in facilitated brainstorming sessions designed to inform the development of the District’s upcoming two-year strategic plan. Those in attendance will also have the unique opportunity to learn about the Katy ISD K-12 experiences as described through the eyes of a student panel,” said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer. </p><p>The first education summit will take place on Thursday, October 21, at Morton Ranch High School, located at 21000 Franz Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second summit will happen on Tuesday, October 26, at Tompkins High School, located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at both events.   </p><p><a href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=4oq7MOZb2Ea0iUk_U8HEZUuhohe2YCVKhHonbZxNkBtUQ1VOSjNaR00yR01MTUYyWElKMVlNWVJZTy4u" target="_blank">Members of the community should RSVP</a>. </p><p> </p><p>For more information<a href="/strategicdesign/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> visit Katy ISD’s strategic plan​</a>.<br></p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Oct 15https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1517Return to School Updates - Oct 15<div class="ExternalClassF41FE5BCDA8745CDB584B4DAD51C22E8"><br>​ <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p style="text-align:center;">     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY LOCATION UPDATE</strong></span><strong>   </strong>  <br> Due to Cinco Ranch High School Homecoming Parade, Legacy Parent Academy will only be held at one site.<br> Title: Being an Upstander Against Bullying  <br> When: October 20, 2021  <br> Where: Legacy Stadium<br> Time: 6:00-7:30PM   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</strong></span>           <br> Please click here for Katy ISD's most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.     <br> <strong>NEW</strong> The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the district's main page.  Updates made to plan include: </p><p> <strong> Page 9 – Stage 4: MITIGATION</strong> </p><ol start="5" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Students and staff associated with a mitigated classroom(s) / program(s) can elect to return to school /work with a lab confirmed negative COVID-19 test, voluntarily provide vaccination documentation or elect to self-isolate for up to 10 days. </li></ol><p> <strong>Page 13 – Continuity of Services</strong> </p><p>In the event students are impacted by a communicable disease including COVID-19 and required to self-isolate, the District will offer Intermittent School to Home academic support during the extended absences from in-person learning.  </p><p> <strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>            <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid" style="width:237px;margin:5px;" /> <br>The District's online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District's Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.          </p><p> <strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>          <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child's campus.      </p><p> <strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>      <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid" style="width:247px;margin:5px;" /> <br>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Operation:</span>        <br> Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    <br> Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493        <br> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Eligibility</span>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.        </p><p>Appointments: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO836kTHFZug$">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>      <br> <em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>        <br> If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program.         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong></span>          <br> Students who attend in-person learning and elect to isolate due to COVID or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). Students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days utilizing this option.          </p><p>Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student's home campus.  If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>.        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES</strong></span><strong> </strong>     <br> All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.        </p><p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>      <br> <strong>WHEN: October 21st </strong>         </p><p> <strong>Time: </strong>2:00PM – 5:00PM      <br> <strong>Location:</strong> Martha Aki Project Tyke building       </p><p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:        <br> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured        <br> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS        <br> <strong>BRING</strong>:  Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child's Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured. Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards.      </p><p> <strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES </strong>  <br> * Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.         <br> * FLU vaccine for $15.00                 </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>         <br> In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Free</strong></span>        <br> Pre-K programs        <br> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra       <br> Career and Technical Education certification exams       <br> Summer Meals       </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Discounted</strong></span>       <br> Summer school tuition        <br> Advanced Placement exams        <br> SAT and ACT test fees        <br> College application fees        <br> Career and Technical Education fees        </p><p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pay N' Go</span>.               </p><p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students' continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong></span>           <br> Parents, as the school year progresses, we want to ensure that you have the resources at your fingertips.<strong> Follow the links below to find helpful resources. </strong>           <br> <strong>Parents/Students Technology Support Inquiries Online</strong>           <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page)         <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs            </a><br><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx"> </a> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>    </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> MESSAGE FROM THE KATY COUNCIL PTA PRESIDENT</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Dear Katy ISD family,    </p><p>Our PTAs are hard at work all over Katy ISD planning events to engage and support our students, families and Katy ISD staff! Now is a great time to jump and get involved with your school and PTA! </p><p>Congrats to Bonnie Holland Elementary PTA, Keiko Davidson Elementary PTA, and Jenks Elementary PTA for receiving the National School of Excellence award! The<a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.pta.org/docs/default-source/files/programs/school-of-excellence/2021/2020-2022-national-pta-school-of-excellence-roster_351.pdf__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21AZZoMsYh2vEapXyKHoygraYRDgqRN3IIwbyxAPmMzg6rgFeGQkDLwaDxBqyEaVuzpJg$"><strong> National PTA Schools of Excellence</strong></a> are designated in recognition of their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.</p><p>If you haven't already, I invite to join a Katy ISD PTA at  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.joinpta.org/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21AZZoMsYh2vEapXyKHoygraYRDgqRN3IIwbyxAPmMzg6rgFeGQkDLwaDxBqyEHOn0pjA$">www.joinpta.org</a>.  Everyone is welcome to join (moms, dads, guardians, grandparents, friends) via one transaction.   </p><p>Sincerely,  <br> Cathleen Pittman, President <br> Katy Council of PTAs <br> <a href="mailto:katycouncilpres@gmail.com">katycouncilpres@gmail.com</a> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY</strong></span><strong>   </strong>  <br> Title: Being an Upstander Against Bullying  <br> When: October 20, 2021  <br> Where: Legacy Stadium and Cinco Ranch High School PAC  <br> Time: 6:00-7:30   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UNITY DAY</strong></span>  <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/908cfc543fa4e3eab950da415fa7dcd5/UnityDay.png" alt="unity day" style="width:596px;margin:5px;" /> <br>As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Katy ISD will participate in Unity Day on October 20, 2021. Unity Day is an event created by PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) that invites school communities to come together to wear and share orange as a supportive and universal message of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.  </p><p>Click <a href="/parents/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx">HERE</a> to check out more about Bullying Prevention in Katy ISD.   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong></span>    <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speak up" style="width:129px;margin:5px;" /> <br>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT DEVICES</strong></span>     <br> Student Devices will be issued if a student needs to go on Intermittent Learning.          <br> After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. <em>Note: A student may use a personal device</em>.         <br> The librarian at the home campus will receive the request.          <br> The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student's home campus.           <br> If the parent does not receive an email, contact the<em> </em><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a><em>.</em>         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</strong></span>           <br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>           <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).           </li><li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.           </li></ul><p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.                 </p><p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>KATY VIRTUAL ACADEMY (KVA) GRADES K-6*</strong></span>           <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a4418f7785c0f1f71d224681d33c0930/kvak6.png" alt="KVA" style="width:151px;margin:5px;" /> <br>On Monday, October 4, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted to uphold the October 15 scheduled end date for Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Grades K-6 online learning program.  KVA students are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Monday, October 18.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Returning to In-Person Learning at Home Campus</strong></span>  <br> <strong>Parents planning to return their KVA enrolled child(ren) to in-person learning are NOT required to withdraw or re-enroll their child(ren).  </strong>Following the conclusion of the elementary nine-week grading period on Friday, October 15, the KVA administrative team will ensure all KVA students are re-enrolled at their home campus in preparation for in-person learning on Monday, October 18.  Homeroom teacher information for students in grades kindergarten through fifth will be available via the Home Access Center (HAC) on Sunday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. Schedules for sixth-grade students will also be accessible through the HAC on that same date and time. Questions regarding your child's return to in-person learning on October 18 may be directed to the KVA administrative team at (281) 234-2060 or <a href="mailto:kva@katyisd.org">kva@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Intermittent School to Home Learning</strong></span>  <br> We understand that many of our families are experiencing health and other challenges as a result of the pandemic.  As a reminder, the Intermittent School to Home learning option is available to students who elect to isolate due to any medical condition requiring an extended absence. This option is available to students for up to 20 total cumulative days. Intermittent School to Home learning allows students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas).   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Homebound Services</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>The District's homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which may require in-home academic support.</p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>WHO TO CONTACT?</strong></span>        <br> <strong>KVA Grades K-5:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>         <br> <strong>KVA Grade 6:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA6@katyisd.org</a>         <br> <strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a>        <br> <strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator           </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>KVA GRADES K-6 GRAB & GO FOOD SERVICE</strong></span>          <br> The last curbside meal distribution will be on Tuesday, October 12, to cover meals from October 13-15. All students will have access to free meals at their campus when they return to in-person learning on October 18.  </p><p>Katy ISD is excited to welcome back our 3,287 KVA Gr. K-6 students to in-person learning on October 18.  Please refer to the 2021-2022 <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf"><strong>Return to School Safety Plan</strong></a> for updated safety protocols information. Please note, that per the COVID-19 Dashboard, active cases have been on the decline since the start of the school year, and there have been no campus or classroom closures due to the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our utmost priority as we continue to safely support in-person learning and student programs.  </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Gifted and Talented</strong></span><strong> </strong>  <br> <strong>Deadline </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 29th, 2021</strong></span>  <br> <strong>1</strong><strong><sup>st</sup></strong><strong> through 4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grades parent checklist:</strong>  </p><p>Parents who wish for their child to be screened for GT services beginning 2022-2023 school year must fill out and submit the parent checklist on or <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before October 29</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><sup>th</sup></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">,  2021</span>.  For more information and to obtain a parent checklist, contact your child's regular campus Challenge teacher.     </p><p> <strong>Kindergarten and 5</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grade checklists:</strong>  <br> The submission windows for Kindergarten and 5<sup>th</sup> grades have closed.  If you submitted an online parent checklist for your KVA student, there is no need to resubmit.  The Challenge teacher on your child's campus has your information.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</strong></span><strong>      </strong>          <br> Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents' support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child's elementary campus communications.   <strong> </strong>      </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ATHLETICS</strong></span>           <br> Upcoming Seasons          <br> We are right around the corner from the start of HS Swim & Dive, HS Wrestling, and JH & HS Basketball.  For more information about each of these sports, reach out to your campus athletic department or head coach of the sport.   </p><p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>.   </p><p>The High School Team Tennis and Cross Country seasons are coming to a close.  The District Cross Country meets are scheduled for October 12 (6A) and October 14 (5A), both at Rushing Park.  Team Tennis playoffs are scheduled for Tompkins, Jordan, Seven Lakes, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, and Paetow for October 13.  See <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.rankonesport.com/Schedules/View_Schedule_All_Web.aspx?D=E60DB75B-3AB2-4FE7-B746-0735376AFB5B__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO836zv7PjIA$">Rank One Sport</a> for schedule details.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FINE ARTS</strong></span>        <br> <strong>Fine Arts Performances List</strong>   </p><p>For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</strong></span>     <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" style="width:132px;margin:5px;" /> <br> <strong>High School Transcript Request</strong>           <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.                 </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</strong></span>      <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" style="width:128px;margin:5px;" /> <br>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO8359R1b7JA$">Scribbles</a>.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> INTRODUCING SCHOOLINKS</strong></span> <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" style="width:135px;margin:5px;" /> <br>SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Katy ISD is accessible in 6th-12th grades by students and their parents. <br> <br>SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff. <br> <br> <strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys </li><li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges </li><li>Create course plans based on career pathways </li><li>Take virtual reality college campus tours </li><li>Search for scholarships </li><li>Learn about financial aid </li><li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities </li><li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields </li><li>Create digital portfolios / resumes </li><li>Communicate with counselors </li><li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan </li></ul><p> <strong>Student Login:</strong> <br> Students will login to SchooLinks via my Katy Cloud <br> Then select SchooLinks logo </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong> <br> Parents/Guardians will have login access to Schoolinks at a later date.   <br> If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/hello.schoolinks.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO837u1UvxLQ$">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong></span>    <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5e01975c3f73e649d41f04036e494fc5/Exempt2122_Icon.JPG" alt="exempt" style="width:131px;margin:5px;" /> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3c86ddff42d2192b8cf42f90c84ac4f4/image004.png" alt="exempt" style="width:128px;margin:5px;" /> <br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information" tile now available for quick and easy reference.     </p><p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form).   </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>CHILD FIND</strong></span><strong> </strong>          <br> Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student's school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.          </p><p> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</strong></span>           <br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:              </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;           </li><li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and           </li><li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.           </li></ul><p> <strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and           </li><li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.           </li></ul><p> <strong>Things to consider:</strong>           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.           </li><li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).           </li><li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.           </li><li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.           </li><li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student's transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student's GPA.            </li></ul><p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.             </p><p>Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>           </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</strong></span>          <br> <strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>          </p><p>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up", will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.              </p><p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.            </p><p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</strong></span>        <br> Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.          </p><p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.         </p><p> <strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong> </p><p> <br> </p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Elected to Serve on State Association Board https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1516Katy ISD Trustee Elected to Serve on State Association Board <div class="ExternalClassCE16474F20044FC1A02AE7D11B0EA6DE"><p>Dawn Champagne of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees has been elected to a one-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors, Region 4, Position E. </p><p>Established in 1949, TASB exists to serve local Texas school boards. The association represents more than 7,999 publicly elected school board members who provide local governance and oversight for more than 5.4 million Texas students.<br></p><p>“I look forward to serving Katy ISD in this capacity and working alongside other school board leaders to chart the best future for Texas public schools," said Champagne. <br></p><p>Champagne was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in 2018 and has been an active volunteer in the District and community since moving to Katy in 2001. Most recently, she was president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and vice-president of Project Grad 2018 at Taylor High School. She has served on campus and bond advisory teams, as well as the Katy Council of PTAs. Champagne has also served as a KEYS mentor since 2015, and was named Volunteer of the Year for McMeans Junior High in 2016 and Taylor High School in 2018.</p><p> <a href="https://www.tasb.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">​For more information visit TASB</a>.<br></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/DawnChampagne.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:227px;vertical-align:baseline;" /><br></div><div><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Serviceshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1514Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services<div class="ExternalClassF19328A5F62D4C038405EA6EC4B6315D"><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which include observations and standardized tests.  The secondary GT service model is a Specific Subject Matter Aptitude model.  Identified students in grades 6-12 are served in one or more of the four core content areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Advanced Placement (AP) and KAP curricula are differentiated to meet the unique needs of gifted learners.  AP/GT and KAP/GT courses are taught by teachers who have received training in the education of the gifted.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning October 4, 2021, Katy ISD students in grades 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted and talented program.  Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student's school or from the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/Secondary-GT-Service-Grades-6-12.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD website</a>.   KVA parents will receive an e-mail with a link to submit an online form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist for students in grades 6-11 is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>November 12, 2021</strong></span>.  Checklists that are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2022-2023 school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2021 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students who are currently receiving GT services and wish to be screened for services in additional areas must submit the <a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Request%20for%20Additional%20Service%2021-22%20-%20fillable.pdf" target="_blank">Request for Additional Services</a> on or before <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>November 12, 2021</strong></span>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.  Elementary and secondary parent checklists may be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a>. <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Serviceshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1511Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services<div class="ExternalClassB7F66F0908574378B083315C2DD17E60"><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which include observations and standardized tests.  The GT program for elementary students in Katy ISD consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning October 12, 2021, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted and talented program.  Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student's school or from the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/GT/Documents/Elementary%20Parent%20Checklist%20-%20%28English%29.pdf">Katy ISD website</a>.  To submit an online form, parents may contact the campus Challenge teacher.  KVA parents will receive an e-mail with a link to submit an online form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist for students in grades 1-4 is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 29, 2021</strong></span>.  Checklists that are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2022-2023 school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A GT Awareness presentation for parents of students in grades 1-4 will be available on the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented website on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2021 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.  Elementary and secondary parent checklists may be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Sept 24https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1510Return to School Updates - Sept 24<div class="ExternalClassD02FBA93EAA04D40B734FE08704AB450"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/16d21ffc812dca9698d55af7d3235383/_BackToSchool_email_%25284%2529.png" alt="RTS" width="700" height="120" /></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>September 24, 2021</strong>    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">            </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 ONEKaty Return to School Updates!        </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW </strong></span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.      </span></p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="ALL" width="699" height="86" style="display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" />  </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="background-color:#ffff00;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>Columbus Holiday for students and staff on Monday, October 11</u></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</u></strong>     </span>   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>         </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="COVID" width="220" height="37" /><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The District’s online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.       </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>       </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.      </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><u>Operation:</u> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><u>Eligibility</u>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.     </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Reservations: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>   <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program.      </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong>    </span>   <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who attend in-person learning and test positive for COVID-19, elect to isolate due to COVID, or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days utilizing this option.       </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus.  If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED:</u></strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong></span><strong> </strong>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost or the <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>Flu vaccine for $15.00.</strong>   </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>WHEN: <span style="color:#ff0000;">October 21st </span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">  </span>    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Time: </strong>2:00PM – 5:00PM  <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Location:</strong> Martha Aki Project Tyke building    </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WHO</strong>:  Accepting insured and uninsured     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS   <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>BRING</strong>:  Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION  DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child’s Personal Immunization Record, Insurance  Card if insured     </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">     </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES</strong>: Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.      </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">FLU vaccine for $15.00      </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ENROLLMENT UPDATE</u></strong>   </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Annual Student Update via PowerSchool</strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The deadline has passed to complete the annual update. If you have not completed the update, an email will be sent to the address on file, requesting completion as soon as possible. Parents can access their child’s Annual Student Update form directly from within the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>. For detailed instructions on accessing the Annual Student Update via the HAC: <a href="/registration/Documents/Parent_Single_Sign-On_Annual_Student_Update.pdf">Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual</a>, <a href="/registration/Documents/Parent_Single_Sign-On_Annual_Student_Update-SPA.pdf">Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual - Spanish</a>. <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Support ticket</a>   </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">      </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>     </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>Free</u></strong>     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Pre-K programs     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Career and Technical Education certification exams    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Summer Meals    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Summer school tuition     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Advanced Placement exams     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SAT and ACT test fees     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">College application fees     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Career and Technical Education fees     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <u>Pay N’ Go</u>.            </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ATHLETICS</u></strong>   </span>     </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Clear Bag Regulation</strong>       </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Spectators – this is a reminder that clear bags are required to enter Rhodes Stadium, Legacy Stadium, and the Merrell Center.  See the full details and exceptions here: <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx#ClearBagRegulation">https://www.katyisd.org/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx#ClearBagRegulation</a> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CANVAS INFORMATION GUIDES</u></strong>    </span>   <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Canvas<strong> </strong>is Katy ISD’s student learning management system that supports learning inside and outside of the classroom.  Parents and students can follow the links below for additional information.        <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-parent-user-guide">Canvas Parent Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>        <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-essential-expectations">Secondary Student Canvas Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>         <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-elementary-student-user-guide">Elementary Student Canvas Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHARACTER EDUCATION</u></strong><strong> </strong>        </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is continuing our partnership with CharacterStrong in our ongoing effort to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners. Schools will undoubtedly face a host of challenges with all students returning to in-person learning. We know that some of our students have not been on campus for 18 months. Therefore, re-establishing a strong community and fostering a positive school climate is a priority for all Katy ISD campuses. Relationships are the heart of a positive school climate. The foundation of the CharacterStrong curriculum is building connections at school, home, and in the community. ONEKaty - Stronger Together!          </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHILD FIND</u></strong><strong> </strong>   </span>    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;">SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/219c9d9555279ddcf7459463ee266f1c/SpeakUP.JPG" alt="speak up" width="138" height="120" /><br></u></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DEVICES</u></strong>  </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Student Devices will be issued if a student needs to go on Intermittent Learning.    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. <em>Note: A student may use a personal device</em>.      <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The librarian at the home campus will receive the request.       <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus.        <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If the parent does not receive an email, contact the <em> </em><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Parent Help Desk</em></a><em>.</em>      </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</u></strong>  </span>      </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:        </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.        </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.        </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT EMAILS</u></strong>       </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Secondary </strong>students have access to a <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/accessing-email-mykaty-cloud">Katy ISD email account</a>.  Students are required to use their District email for all school-related communications and to receive information from their teachers and campus. Student email addresses are available via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> District email tile.          </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Secondary students can setup their Katy ISD email on their smartphones. Setup instructions: <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-apple-device-setuphttps:/help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-apple-device-setup">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-android-device-setup">Android</a> phone.       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT ID CARDS</u></strong>   </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In accordance with Senate Bill 279, Katy ISD has updated student identification cards for students in grades 4 through 12 to include additional resources for crisis intervention and mental health support. Student ID cards will now have contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line. Additionally, Katy ISD includes a QR code for SpeakUP, our anonymous reporting app, as well as the Katy Connect Crisis Line. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT PASSWORD RESETS</u></strong>  </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD uses the MyKaty Cloud <strong>single sign on</strong> platform that allows students to access all District applications with one User ID and one password. Elementary students enrolled in in-person learning will receive an updated password from their classroom teacher by September 27. The parents of KVA enrolled students will receive an email with information on their child’s updated password by that same date.  Please note that elementary students <u>are not</u> required, or prompted, to update their passwords outside of this process. The deadline for secondary students to reset their passwords was September 22. <a href="https://passwordreset.katyisd.org/">Katy ISD Password Self-Service webpage</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT SCHEDULES</u></strong>      </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>“How-To Guide” for Parents on the Home Access Center (HAC)</strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Need to know how to view a report card, student grades, or other information? Check out the how to guides in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/homeaccess">Home Access Center</a> or click below.        </span><br><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> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a><strong> </strong>       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>New for 2021-2022! </strong>Behavior data will be available in the HAC for all secondary students.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</u></strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/1746630a0c74b18afd105a5891f57673/0001ScribOrder.jpg" alt="scriborder" width="282" height="109" /><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.        </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong>   </span>     </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents, as we begin the new school year, we want to ensure you have the resources at your fingertips.<strong> Follow the links below to find helpful resources. </strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Parents/Students Technology Support Inquiries Online</strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, a form is at the bottom of this page)      </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs         <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>    </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;color:#ff0000;"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><strong>: BUS SERVICE INFORMATION</strong>      </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://busroutes.katyisd.org/wqliveweb/webquery/">Transportation WebQuery</a> became available on August 9! Are you eligible for bus service? Katy ISD Transportation WebQuery can tell you. Find your bus number, bus stop, pick-up and drop-off times by using the WebQuery. Enter your house number and street, select your child's grade or school, and find out about your eligibility for service, or when and where your child can catch the bus.        </span></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>KATY VIRTUAL ACADEMY (KVA) GRADES K-6*</u></strong>      </span> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Questions regarding the KVA Grades K-6 online learning program may be directed to <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>. The KVA Grades K-6 Sunday newsletter will continue to be sent out every Sunday through the return of students to in-person learning on Monday, October 18. The KVA team appreciates the patience and flexibility of parents and students as we work to build this online learning opportunity option for Katy ISD K-6 students.         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Attendance</strong>  <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA students are required to be "present" online during their synchronous Zoom class period every school day.  Being considered present involves student camera turned on and student actively participating in class activities and assignments. <br><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who arrive in the Zoom classroom between the scheduled beginning time and 15 minutes, thereafter, are considered tardy.  </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who arrive 15 minutes from the start of the synchronous Zoom period will be counted absent.  Students may not leave the Zoom classroom early or they will be counted absent.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;">KVA REQUESTS TO RESTURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING</span><br></u></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA is accepting requests to return to in-person learning prior to October 15. Parents can submit their request to <a href="mailto:KVA@KatyISD.org">KVA@KatyISD.org</a> or to <a href="mailto:KVA6@KatyISD.org">KVA6@KatyISD.org</a> (for 6<sup>th</sup> graders) prior to 4:00 pm on Thursdays.  Please include the student's name, campus ID and grade level, as well as student home campus and whether the student is in the am or pm class in KVA. Enrollment will be switched back to the home campus building and scheduled to begin on the following Monday morning.    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>WHO TO CONTACT?</u></strong>     </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Grades K-5:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>      <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KVA Grades 6:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA6@katyisd.org</a>      <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a>     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>KVA GRADES K-6 GRAB & GO FOOD SERVICE</u></strong>   </span>    <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Grab and Go meal service is available to students enrolled in the KVA Grades K-6 program. The curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays only where breakfast and lunch meals are provided for the entire week of instruction. Grab and go breakfast and lunch 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 and Cinco Ranch High School from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for meals at the Grab and Go location. Grab and Go meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under who are enrolled in KVA and are <u>not</u> attending a school in person. If parents and/or guardians 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;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</u></strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span>   <br></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents’ support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child’s elementary campus communications.         </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</strong><strong> <u><span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY STUDENT ACCESS TO FIRST 6 WEEKS GRADES</span><br></u></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Secondary students’ report cards will be official 09/29/2021 and electronically viewable after 10 a.m. in the </span><a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Home Access Center (HAC)</a><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">.  To view the electronic grade report, please click on the “Grades” icon – IPR or Report Card Tab.  Should you need assistance in accessing an electronic grade notification, </span><strong style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">please complete this form and a member of the technology team will contact you: </strong><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parent and Student Technology Support Center</a><strong style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">.</strong><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/15faeb17dc5ecb29cae5d0573d62dbf1/HAC_Screenshot_for_IPRs.JPG" alt="hac" width="559" height="129" /></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br>Please note, by clicking PRINT, a printable, PDF version of the RC will be rendered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</u></strong>   </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</strong><strong><u> NO PASS NO FAIL (UIL ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY) – FIRST 6-WEEKS GRADING PERIOD<br></u></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The end of the first six weeks grading period was Thursday, Sept 23.  Students that began the school year academically ineligible for UIL participation and have passed all non-exempt courses for the first six weeks will regain their eligibility at the end of the school day on Thursday, Sept 30.  Students who received a failing or incomplete grade for the first six weeks grading period will become academically ineligible for UIL participation at the end of the school day on Thursday, Sept 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>: </strong><strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;">GPA Exempt Deadline Extended<br></span><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa exempt" width="149" height="156" /><br></u></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The deadline to GPA exempt a course for the 2021-2022 school year has been extended to October 15. The 2021-2022 GPA Exempt Courses Information can be found here <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/GPA_Exempt.pdf">GPA Exempt Course Information  </a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets all the criteria, they must:      </span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Complete the online GPA Exempt application located in MyKaty Cloud     </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a schedule change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course.      </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed.      </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester.            </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students, including move-in students, who miss the deadline for application for the first semester, may apply for exemption for the second semester if they meet the criteria.   </span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</strong> <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</u></strong> </span><br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form).  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>COLLEGE AND CAREER NIGHT</u></strong>     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD will be hosting College and Career Night on October 6, 2021 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, and military academies from across the country will be in attendance to answer questions regarding their specific schools and programs. All Katy ISD students and families are welcomed to attend.  More information will be provided through e-news soon. <a href="https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:f4fc5eaa-28ba-436c-819c-ccd81cdb1012">College and Career Night Flyer</a>    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong>     <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts GPA Exempt Eligible Course Information</strong>   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Students that are enrolled in fine arts programs and are interested in the GPA exempt program, please refer to the GPA Exempt Course Information 2021-2022 section in this communication. Fine arts GPA exemption is designed for the student who is continuously enrolled in year 2, 3, or 4 of the same fine arts discipline.        </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts Instrument Usage Fee<br></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Fine Arts students that use a school owned instrument, please contact your program director regarding the payment of the Instrument Usage Fee through Pay N’ Go.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</strong><strong> Fine Arts Performances List<br></strong></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>  <br></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" width="699" height="88" /></u></strong></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</u></strong>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:        </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.        </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:        </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.        </span> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Things to consider:</strong>        </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student’s transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA.         </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.        </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>        </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</u></strong>      <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>       <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up”, will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</u></strong>       <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.      </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>    </span></p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Ranked #1 School District in Houston Areahttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1509Katy ISD Ranked #1 School District in Houston Area<div class="ExternalClass263F438DC2A4453E8A2DCF352980B104"><p></p><p></p><p>Katy Independent School District continues to earn high marks and impressive recognitions. Out of the 1,018 school districts ranked in Texas, Katy ISD was named the #1 school district in the Houston area and #13 in the state by Niche’s 2022 Best Schools list.</p><p>“This recognition reflects the deep commitment of our staff and support of our local community to provide exceptional educational experiences to our more than 88,000 students,” said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “I am extremely proud of our educators and staff who work tirelessly to ensure our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and beyond.” </p><p>​Niche also ranks 14 elementary schools among the best schools in the Houston Metro area, along with eight junior highs and three high schools — all topping the 25 list in their respective categories. <span style="font-size:13px;">​</span></p><p><strong>Katy ISD Best Public Elementary Schools </strong> </p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>#1 Alexander Elementary</p><p>#2 Hayes Elementary</p><p>#3 Griffin Elementary</p><p>#4 Kilpatrick Elementary</p><p>#5 Stanley Elementary</p><p>#6 WoodCreek Elementary</p><p>#7 Wilson Elementary</p><p>#8 Jenks Elementary</p><p>#9 Pattison Elementary</p><p>#12 Rylander Elementary</p><p>#15 Katy Elementary<br></p><p>#19 Williams Elementary </p><p>#20 Exley Elementary</p><p>#21 Davidson Elementary </p></blockquote><p><strong>Katy ISD Best Public Middle Schools</strong></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>#1 Tays Junior High </p><p>#2 Seven Lakes Junior High</p><p>#3 Beckendorff Junior High</p><p>#4 Beck Junior High</p><p>#7 WoodCreek Junior High</p><p>#8 McMeans Junior High</p><p>#9 Cinco Ranch Junior High</p><p>#14 Memorial Parkway Junior High </p></blockquote><p><strong>Katy ISD Best Public High Schools</strong></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>#4 Seven Lakes High School</p><p>#6 Tompkins High School</p><p>#7 Cinco Ranch High School  </p></blockquote><p>Each year, Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts from across the country. The organization’s rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, and 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, among other criteria. ​ ​For more information,<a href="https://www.niche.com/k12/d/katy-independent-school-district-tx/rankings/" target="_blank"> visit Niche rank​ings​</a> for Katy ISD.<br></p></div>
Return to School Updateshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1507Return to School Updates<div class="ExternalClass11CA914E23FD48C9B2DE3C11E23D392E"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/16d21ffc812dca9698d55af7d3235383/_BackToSchool_email_%25284%2529.png" alt="RTS" width="700" height="120" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>September 17, 2021</strong>   <br>          </p> <p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,       </p> <p>Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!       </p> <p>Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW </strong></span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.     </p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="STUDENT UPDATES - ALL" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</u></strong>       </span><br> Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.      </p> <p><strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>        <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="COVID APP" width="237" height="40" /><br> The District’s online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.      </p> <p><strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>      <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.  </p> <p><strong>Stage 4: Mitigation: </strong>Protocols for one or more confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 at a campus have been expanded at Stage 4 and can be read in full on page 9 in the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>. </p> <p><strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>      </p> <p>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.     </p> <p><u>Operation:</u>    </p> <p>Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.    <br><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">New</span>:</strong> Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.<br>Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493   <br><u>Eligibility</u>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.    </p> <p>Reservations: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>  <br><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>    <br>If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program.     </p> <p>Beginning September 11, 2021 staff and students may be tested for COVID on Saturdays from 8:00am until 12:00pm.    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong> </span><br>All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.     </p> <p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost or the <strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">Flu vaccine for $15.00</span>.</strong>  <br><br> <strong>WHEN:<span style="color:#ff0000;"> October 21st </span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">  </span>   <br><strong>Time: </strong>2:00PM – 5:00PM    <br><strong>Location:</strong> Martha Aki Project Tyke building   </p> <p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:    <br><strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured    <br><strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS    <br><strong>BRING</strong>: Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child’s Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured    </p> <p>Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards    <br>    <br> <strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES</strong>: Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     <br>FLU vaccine for $15.00     </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ATHLETICS</u></strong>     </span>  <br> <strong>Clear Bag Regulation</strong>      <br> Spectators – this is a reminder that clear bags are required to enter Rhodes Stadium, Legacy Stadium, and the Merrell Center.  See the full details and exceptions here: <a href="/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx#ClearBagRegulation">https://www.katyisd.org/students/Pages/SafetySecurity.aspx#ClearBagRegulation</a>  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY</u></strong>   </span><br><strong>Topic:</strong> The Ugly Truth About Vaping   <br><strong>Date: </strong>September 22, 2021   <br><strong>Time:</strong> 6:00- 7:00 pm   <br><strong>Location:</strong> Legacy Stadium    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ENROLLMENT UPDATE</u></strong>       </span><br><strong>Annual Student Update via PowerSchool</strong>       <br> <strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</strong> The deadline has passed to complete the annual update. If you have not completed the update, an email will be sent to the address on file, requesting completion as soon as possible. Parents can access their child’s Annual Student Update form directly from within the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>. For detailed instructions on accessing the Annual Student Update via the HAC: <a href="/registration/Documents/Parent_Single_Sign-On_Annual_Student_Update.pdf">Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual</a>, <a href="/registration/Documents/Parent_Single_Sign-On_Annual_Student_Update-SPA.pdf">Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual - Spanish</a>. <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Support ticket</a>  </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED:</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">PASSWORD RESETS</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">  <br></span>Katy ISD uses the MyKaty Cloud <strong>single sign on</strong> platform that allows students to access all District applications with one User ID and one password. In order to promote a safe and secure online learning experience, secondary students (grades 6-12) are requested to rest their password by September 22 by visiting the <a href="https://passwordreset.katyisd.org/">Katy ISD Password Self-Service webpage</a>. After that, secondary students will be prompted to reset their single sign in password once every 180 days (about twice a year).  </p> <p>Elementary students enrolled in in-person learning will receive an updated password from their classroom teacher by September 27. The parents of KVA enrolled students will receive an email with information on their child’s updated password by that same date.  Please note that elementary students <u>are not</u> required, or prompted, to update their passwords outside of this process.       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong> </span>   <br>Students who attend in-person learning and test positive for COVID-19, elect to isolate due to COVID, or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days utilizing this option.          </p> <p>Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus.  If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>.    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>    </span> <br>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:       </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>    <br>Pre-K programs  <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra   <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams  <br>Summer Meals   </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>   <br>Summer school tuition    <br>Advanced Placement exams    <br>SAT and ACT test fees    <br>College application fees    <br>Career and Technical Education fees    </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <u>Pay N’ Go</u>.           </p> <p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.      </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CANVAS INFORMATION GUIDES</u></strong>      </span><br>Canvas<strong> </strong>is Katy ISD’s student learning management system that supports learning inside and outside of the classroom.  Parents and students can follow the links below for additional information.       <br><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-parent-user-guide">Canvas Parent Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>       <br><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-essential-expectations">Secondary Student Canvas Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>        <br><a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/canvas-elementary-student-user-guide">Elementary Student Canvas Guide</a> <em>English & Spanish available</em>       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT EMAILS</u></strong>       </span><br> <strong>Secondary </strong>students have access to a <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/accessing-email-mykaty-cloud">Katy ISD email account</a>.  Students are required to use their District email for all school-related communications and to receive information from their teachers and campus. Student email addresses are available via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> District email tile.         </p> <p>Secondary students can setup their Katy ISD email on their smartphones. Setup instructions: <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-apple-device-setuphttps:/help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-apple-device-setup">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://help.katyisd.org/help/microsoft-outlook-365-android-device-setup">Android</a> phone.      </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DEVICES</u></strong></span> <br>Student Devices will be issued if a student needs to go on Intermittent Learning.<br>After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. <em>Note: A student may use a personal device</em>.  <br>The librarian at the home campus will receive the request.      <br>The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus.       <br>If the parent does not receive an email, contact the <em> </em><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx"><em>Parent Help Desk</em></a><em>.</em>     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</u></strong>       </span><br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>       <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:       </p> <ul> <li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).       </li> <li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.       </li> </ul> <p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.       </p> <p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!  </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT ID CARDS</u></strong>     </span><br>In accordance with Senate Bill 279, Katy ISD has updated student identification cards for students in grades 4 through 12 to include additional resources for crisis intervention and mental health support. Student ID cards will now have contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line. Additionally, Katy ISD includes a QR code for SpeakUP, our anonymous reporting app, as well as the Katy Connect Crisis Line. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT SCHEDULES</u></strong>      </span><br><strong>“How-To Guide” for Parents on the Home Access Center (HAC)</strong>       <br> Need to know how to view a report card, student grades, or other information? Check out the how to guides in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/homeaccess">Home Access Center</a> or click below.       <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a><strong> </strong>      </p> <p><strong>New for 2021-2022! </strong>Behavior data will be available in the HAC for all secondary students.        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong>    </span>   <br> Parents, as we begin the new school year, we want to ensure you have the resources at your fingertips.<strong> Follow the links below to find helpful resources. </strong>       <br> <strong>Parents/Students Technology Support Inquiries Online</strong>       <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, a form is at the bottom of this page)     <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs        <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>           </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TRANSPORTATION</u></strong><strong>: BUS SERVICE INFORMATION</strong>  </span>    <br> <a href="http://busroutes.katyisd.org/wqliveweb/webquery/">Transportation WebQuery</a> became available on August 9! Are you eligible for bus service? Katy ISD Transportation WebQuery can tell you. Find your bus number, bus stop, pick-up and drop-off times by using the WebQuery. Enter your house number and street, select your child's grade or school, and find out about your eligibility for service, or when and where your child can catch the bus.         </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHILD FIND</u></strong><strong> </strong> </span><br>Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.      </p> <p><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHARACTER EDUCATION</u></strong></span><strong> </strong>     <br>Katy ISD is continuing our partnership with CharacterStrong in our ongoing effort to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners. Schools will undoubtedly face a host of challenges with all students returning to in-person learning. We know that some of our students have not been on campus for 18 months. Therefore, re-establishing a strong community and fostering a positive school climate is a priority for all Katy ISD campuses. Relationships are the heart of a positive school climate. The foundation of the CharacterStrong curriculum is building connections at school, home, and in the community. ONEKaty - Stronger Together!         </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SpeakUP Anonymous Reporting App</u></strong><strong> </strong>    </span><br>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.    </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="STUDENT UPDATES - ELEM" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>KATY VIRTUAL ACADEMY (KVA) GRADES K-6*</u></strong>   </span>   <br>Questions regarding the KVA Grades K-6 online learning program may be directed to <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>. The KVA Grades K-6 Sunday newsletter will continue to be sent out every Sunday through the return of students to in-person learning on Monday, October 18. The KVA team appreciates the patience and flexibility of parents and students as we work to build this online learning opportunity option for Katy ISD K-6 students.     </p> <p>Please note that in an effort to facilitate a quicker response to KVA questions and concerns for 6<sup>th</sup> grade students, a new designated email has been added just for 6<sup>th</sup> grade - <a href="mailto:KVA6@KatyISD.org">KVA6@KatyISD.org.</a>  The original email <a href="mailto:KVA@KatyISD.org">KVA@KatyISD.org</a> will remain open to all K-5 KVA questions/concerns. The contact phone number for all KVA will remain the same.   </p> <p>KVA is accepting requests to return to in-person learning prior to October 15. Parents can submit their request to <a href="mailto:KVA@KatyISD.org">KVA@KatyISD.org</a> or to <a href="mailto:KVA6@KatyISD.org">KVA6@KatyISD.org</a> (for 6<sup>th</sup> graders) prior to end of the day on Thursdays. Student enrollment will be switched back to the home campus building and scheduled to begin on the following Monday morning.   </p> <p>The application to enroll in KVA closed on Tuesday, August 17 and the program is no longer accepting enrollment.   </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><strong>KVA Attendance</strong> <br>KVA students are required to be "present" online during their synchronous Zoom class period every school day.  Being considered present involves student camera turned on and student actively participating in class activities and assignments. </p> <p>Students who arrive in the Zoom classroom between the scheduled beginning time and 15 minutes, thereafter, are considered tardy. </p> <p>Students who arrive 15 minutes from the start of the synchronous Zoom period will be counted absent.  Students may not leave the Zoom classroom early or they will be counted absent.  </p> <p><strong>KVA Progress Interim Report (IPR) Grades </strong> <br>KVA progress interim report (IPR) grades will not be provided for KVA students during this grading period. Parents and students can access their grades at any time by accessing HAC or by accessing Canvas at <a href="https://katyisd.instructure.com/">https://katyisd.instructure.com</a> and using the same log in credentials used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC).  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>WHO TO CONTACT?</u></strong>   </span> <br><strong>KVA Grades K-5:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>     <br><strong>KVA Grades 6:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA6@katyisd.org</a>     <br><strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a>    <br><strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>KVA GRADES K-6 GRAB & GO FOOD SERVICE</u></strong>    </span><br>The Grab and Go meal service is available to students enrolled in the KVA Grades K-6 program. The curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays only where breakfast and lunch meals are provided for the entire week of instruction. Grab and go breakfast and lunch meals are ready to heat and eat at home.      </p> <p>Curbside Grab and Go is available at Morton Ranch High School and Cinco Ranch High School from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.        </p> <p>Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for meals at the Grab and Go location. Grab and Go meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under who are enrolled in KVA and are <u>not</u> attending a school in person. If parents and/or guardians 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.     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</u></strong><strong>      </strong> </span>  <br>Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents’ support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child’s elementary campus communications.        </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="STUDENT UPDATES - SECONDARY" width="699" height="88" /></u></strong> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">:</span><span style="color:#ff0000;"> 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 High School Exemption Criteria</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span><br>The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference. </p> <p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form). </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW:</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">COLLEGE AND CAREER NIGHT</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">    <br></span>Katy ISD will be hosting College and Career Night on October 6, 2021 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, and military academies from across the country will be in attendance to answer questions regarding their specific schools and programs. All Katy ISD students and families are welcomed to attend.  More information will be provided through e-news soon. <a href="https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:f4fc5eaa-28ba-436c-819c-ccd81cdb1012">College and Career Night Flyer</a>   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>KATY VIRTUAL ACADEMY (KVA) GRADES K-6*</u></strong></span>      <br>Questions regarding the KVA Grades K-6 online learning program may be directed to <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>. The KVA Grades K-6 Sunday newsletter will continue to be sent out every Sunday through the return of students to in-person learning on Monday, October 18. The KVA team appreciates the patience and flexibility of parents and students as we work to build this online learning opportunity option for Katy ISD K-6 students.     </p> <p><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">New</span>:</strong>  Please note that in an effort to facilitate a quicker response to KVA questions and concerns for 6<sup>th</sup> grade students, a new designated email has been added just for 6<sup>th</sup> grade - <a href="mailto:KVA6@KatyISD.org">KVA6@KatyISD.org</a> The contact phone number for KVA is 281) 234-2060. </p> <p>KVA is accepting requests to return to in-person learning prior to October 15. Parents of 6<sup>th</sup> graders can submit their request to <a href="mailto:KVA6@KatyISD.org">KVA6@KatyISD.org</a> prior to end of the day on Thursdays. Student enrollment will be switched back to the home campus building and scheduled to begin on the following Monday morning.   </p> <p>The application to enroll in KVA closed on Tuesday, August 17 and the program is no longer accepting enrollment.   </p> <p><strong>NEW</strong> <strong>KVA Attendance</strong> <br>KVA students are required to be "present" online during their synchronous Zoom class period every school day.  Being considered present involves student camera turned on and student actively participating in class activities and assignments. </p> <p>Students who arrive in the Zoom classroom between the scheduled beginning time and 15 minutes, thereafter, are considered tardy. </p> <p>Students who arrive 15 minutes from the start of the synchronous Zoom period will be counted absent.  Students may not leave the Zoom classroom early or they will be counted absent. </p> <p><strong>KVA Progress Interim Report (IPR) Grades </strong> <br>KVA progress interim report (IPR) grades will not be provided for KVA students during this grading period. Parents and students can access their grades at any time by accessing HAC or by accessing Canvas at <a href="https://katyisd.instructure.com/">https://katyisd.instructure.com</a> and using the same log in credentials used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC). </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ENROLLMENT SCHEDULES/TRANSCRIPTS</u></strong>      </span><br><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong>       <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.       </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>GPA EXEMPT COURSE INFORMATION 2021-2022</u></strong>    </span><br>The 2021-2022 GPA Exempt Courses Information can be found here <a href="https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:0701521c-6f4c-43c7-be23-5dd44b3d836b">GPA Exempt Course Information</a>  Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, the GPA exemption application will be an online form located in My Katy Cloud.     </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</u></strong>  </span><br>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile.    </p> <p> </p> <p>Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank.     </p> <p>Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets all the criteria, they must:      </p> <ol> <li><u>Complete the online GPA Exempt application located in MyKaty Cloud</u></li> </ol> <p>     </p> <ol start="2"> <li>Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a schedule change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course.     </li> </ol> <p>     </p> <ol start="3"> <li>Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed.     </li> </ol> <p>     </p> <ol start="4"> <li>Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester.     </li> </ol> <p>     </p> <ol start="5"> <li>Students, including move-in students, who miss the deadline for application for the first semester, may apply for exemption for the second semester if they meet the criteria.     </li> </ol> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong>       </span><br> Students that are enrolled in fine arts programs and are interested in the GPA exempt program, please refer to the GPA Exempt Course Information 2021-2022 section in this communication. Fine arts GPA exemption is designed for the student who is continuously enrolled in year 2, 3, or 4 of the same fine arts discipline.     </p> <p>Course fees owed for Fine Arts programs may be paid through the Pay N’ Go app. If your Fine Arts program started before school, please refer to your campus director regarding beginning payment date; otherwise, you may begin making payments on the Pay N’ Go app.       </p> <p>Fine Arts students that use a school owned instrument, please contact your program director regarding the payment of the Instrument Usage Fee through Pay N’ Go. </p> <p>For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</u></strong>     </span> <br>Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.        </p> <p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.     </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="PARENT UPDATES" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</u></strong>       </span><br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:       </p> <ul> <li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;       </li> <li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and       </li> <li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.       </li> </ul> <p><strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:       </p> <ul> <li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and       </li> <li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.       </li> </ul> <p><strong>Things to consider:</strong>       </p> <ul> <li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.       </li> <li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).       </li> <li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.       </li> <li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.       </li> <li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student’s transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA.        </li> </ul> <p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.        </p> <p>Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>        </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</u></strong>     </span><br><strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>      </p> <p>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up”, will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.         </p> <p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.        </p> <p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.             </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>   </p> <p> </p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Encouraging Families to Apply for National School Lunch Program https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1505Katy ISD Encouraging Families to Apply for National School Lunch Program <div class="ExternalClassC93452D1CC014F13A50567D7F2EBE659"><p>Thousands of Katy ISD families are still eligible for free and reduced price benefits including discounted exam and course fees and reduced internet service costs. Those families who have not submitted their annual National School Lunch Program application are missing out on these and other benefits! <br></p><p>“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently providing free meals to all public school students because of the ongoing pandemic, though approximately 11,000 students who have not already submitted their meal application, are still eligible for a number of school related benefits," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service. “These include reduced SAT/ACT exam registration fees, discounts on home internet service, as well as discounted Katy ISD fine arts and athletic fees," added Pittenger.</p><p>Meal benefits applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available on the <a href="https://www.schoolcafe.com/katyisd" target="_blank">Katy ISD School Cafe</a>​. Families must submit a new meal benefits application each year, and only one application is required per household. The application should be completed by September 30 to take full advantage of all of the benefits.</p><p>For additional information about meal benefits, visit the <a href="https://katyisdfoodservices.com/" target="_blank">Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service website</a>. <br></p></div>
​Student Passwords for MyKaty Cloud https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1499​Student Passwords for MyKaty Cloud <div class="ExternalClassE1BD4AC55A84446F8093FBAF5270ACEE"><p>​Katy ISD uses the MyKaty Cloud <strong>single sign on</strong> platform that allows students to access all District applications with one User ID and one password. In order to promote a safe and secure online learning experience, secondary students (grades 6-12) are requested to rest their password by September 15 by visiting the <a href="https://passwordreset.katyisd.org/" target="_blank">Katy ISD Password Self-Service webpage</a>. After that, secondary students will be prompted to reset their single sign in password once every 180 days (about twice a year). </p><p>Elementary students enrolled in in-person learning will receive an updated password from their classroom teacher by September 27.  The parents of KVA enrolled students will receive an email with information on their child's updated password by that same date.  Please note that elementary students <span style="text-decoration:underline;">are not</span> required, or prompted, to update their passwords outside of this process. </p><p>Thank you for your support and understanding as we continuously work to improve upon and protect our students' safety and data privacy.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PasswordSelf-Service1.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:794px;height:130px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PaswwordSelf-Service_page.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:317px;height:388px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Legacy Parent Academy Forums with Topics That Impact Studentshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1497Katy ISD Continues Legacy Parent Academy Forums with Topics That Impact Students<div class="ExternalClassBAA4C287542D4790BE68DB2A8E937CDC"><p><br></p><p><img src="/parents/PublishingImages/Legacy%20Parent%20Academy%20on%20White.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:183px;" /><br><br></p><p>Since its inception in September 2018, the Katy Independent School District Legacy Parent Academy has equipped parents with the information and tools needed to provide additional support to their child(ren) related to topics that are currently impacting them.  Informational sessions for the 2021-22 school year will include the following topics:<br></p><p> </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Date</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Session</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Location/Time</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">September 22, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">The Ugly Truth About Vaping*</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">October 20, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Being an Upstander Against Bullying</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">November 10, 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Human Trafficking Awareness*</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">January 19, 2022</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Finding Balance in Our Digital World</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School<br> 6 – 7 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">February 16, 2022</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Angst:  Raising Awareness Around Anxiety</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Legacy Stadium & Cinco Ranch High School</p><p>6 – 7 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><em>*The Ugly Truth About Vaping and Human Trafficking Awareness will be live-streamed and recorded. All sessions will be posted in English and Spanish on the Legacy Parent A</em><em>cademy webpage following each event.</em></p><p>“Legacy Parent Academy sessions are designed to focus on issues pertaining to the health and safety and emotional well-being of all learners," said Edie White, Coordinator for School Leadership and Support.  “Topics are selected based on the needs expressed by parents and in response to concerns the District sees on campuses and the community," added White.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Katy ISD looks forward to working with local media partners to promote and cover these sessions, which can be found on the district's <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">Legacy Parent Academy website</a>.  The first session “The Ugly Truth About Vaping" is on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Legacy Stadium.  </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Employee Receives the 2021 TASB Risk Management Fund Excellence Awardhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1496Katy ISD Employee Receives the 2021 TASB Risk Management Fund Excellence Award<div class="ExternalClassE84DE15C32CF45DFB09362215B1C2FF6"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District Risk Management Director Lance Nauman has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Risk Management Fund Excellence Award</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.  Nauman is being recognized for implementing innovative solutions to ever-evolving risk management challenges at Katy ISD. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For the past two academic years, many school districts across the nation have been facing historic challenges related to COVID-19, and Katy ISD was not the exception.  When the District determined in-person learning would continue for the 2021-22 school year, the Risk Management Department committed resources to support that mission.  To define the value of this effort, the Katy ISD Emergency Operations Management (EOM) Team made the following resolutions which included:<br></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Katy ISD students must continue to learn despite the obstacles.</li><li>Protecting the health and safety of students and staff was paramount.</li><li>Cost savings could be realized through the utilization of urgent care centers and stand-alone and hospital emergency rooms.  Virtual medicine provided by RediMD, for example, reduced staff exposure in waiting rooms, as well as minimized additional community spread.</li><li>Quickly evaluating and clearing staff who were COVID-19 negative, was essential to keeping substitute personnel costs at manageable levels.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">“The driving force behind this program was to mitigate COVID-19 and provide medical care that was effective," said Lance Nauman, Director of the Katy ISD Risk Management Department.  “The most gratifying aspect of this effort was that lives were saved through this process," added Nauman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Up to 10 TASB members are being recognized with a $1,000 honorarium to be utilized by school departments toward their continued efforts.  Entries were evaluated on the following criteria:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Effectiveness</strong> – The solution directly improves the risk management practices, functions or processes</li><li><strong>Efficiency</strong> – The solution made good use of resources, including money and staff time.</li><li><strong>Impact</strong> – The solution addressed a critical or pressing need for your organization, demonstrated by specific and documented savings or reduced injuries.</li><li><strong>Innovation</strong> – The solution was creative and represented out-of-the-box thinking or a creative adaptation of an established idea.<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/090221_Lance%20Nauman.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Nauman</em><br><em>Director of Katy ISD Risk Management Department</em><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Participate in Global Tournamenthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1495Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Participate in Global Tournament<div class="ExternalClass3E0D2CC748954727A6AA6C4535C5600A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Seventeen Katy Independent School District teams recently participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Tournament and three groups earned medals for placing in one of the top five spots.  Beckendorff Junior High </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Flaw Law Fools Team </em><span style="text-align:justify;">won first place, while Hayes Elementary</span><em style="text-align:justify;"> Lights, Challenges, Action Team</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> and Beck Junior High </span><em style="text-align:justify;">FDI's Team</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> placed third.  Katy ISD students competed with teams from across the United States as well as China, Korea, Mexico, Canada and many other countries. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As much as students wanted to gather together, due to safety precautions this year's global tournament was virtual, but it was great to see that this decision motivated participants to give their best efforts during the competition," said Joan Otten, Director of Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics Department. “To see 17 Katy ISD teams headed to the global tournament is a true inspiration and speaks volumes of the talent in Katy ISD," added Otten.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following teams also placed in their respective areas:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Elementary:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>7<sup>th</sup> Place:  Five Leafed Clovers – Griffin Elementary</li><li>7<sup>th</sup> Place:  The Turtles from Salsa Lake – Alexander Elementary</li><li>14<sup>th</sup> Place:  DinoMite! – Exley Elementary</li><li>23<sup>rd</sup> Place:  Paws of Katy – Bryant Elementary</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Junior High:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>10<sup>th</sup> Place:  Fire Breathing Torpedoing Chickens – WoodCreek Junior High</li><li>12<sup>th</sup> Place:  The Ultimate Knights – Seven Lakes Junior High</li><li>14<sup>th</sup> Place:  Nerd Herd – Morton Ranch Junior High</li><li>25<sup>th</sup> Place:  The Senate – Beck Junior High</li><li>27<sup>th</sup> Place:  Glitter Chickens – Beck Junior High</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">High School:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>4<sup>th</sup> Place:  Mystical Pears – Tompkins High</li><li>6<sup>th</sup> Place:  24/7 Silly – Seven Lakes High</li><li>7<sup>th</sup> Place:  28 Eyes – Seven Lakes High </li><li>8<sup>th</sup> Place:  Houston We Have a Problem – Seven Lakes High and Beckendorff Junior High</li><li>22<sup>nd</sup> Place:  iSmart – Seven Lakes High</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Destination Imagination is a worldwide creative problem-solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, team building, problem-solving and project management.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mhe2xgfzb5vz9x6/AABM8vJ34I2kzCKyGghKagI2a?dl=0">Photos of Destination Imagination Teams who earned medals</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates its AP Capstone Diploma Recipientshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1494Katy ISD Celebrates its AP Capstone Diploma Recipients<div class="ExternalClassE10A7F83FA2C4CC2BFA46B23042165B3"><p>Walking across the stage and receiving a high school diploma is a lifetime milestone that opens up numerous opportunities for graduating seniors.  At Katy Independent School District, 91 students recently earned an additional diploma - the AP Capstone Diploma<sup>™</sup> - while seven students have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate<sup>™</sup> for the 2020-21 school year. The AP Capstone is a College Board diploma program that is based on two yearlong AP courses — the AP Seminar and the AP Research.  This program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.<br></p><p>“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program," said Dr. Christine Caskey, Chief Academic Officer for Katy ISD. “Our AP Capstone students and teachers showed extraordinary commitment while facing historic challenges. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school," added Caskey.  </p><p>To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of three or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, which lead to approximately 11,900 students earning the AP Capstone Diploma and 7,700 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.  </p><p>Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project-based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary. Students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest and they are assessed on critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects. <br></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bmzsw5kvj0hun9s/AAC50fAGObozMm4p3mfqHAvoa?dl=0">Pictures of some Katy ISD Seniors who received the AP Capstone Diploma</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Location for Free COVID-19 Testing Centerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1492Katy ISD Announces New Location for Free COVID-19 Testing Center<div class="ExternalClassB85D3DD2CB9344788909D329F8FD27DD"><div class="ExternalClass32A5630CF81B450EA6B5516A88D67E10" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>As part of Katy Independent School District's proactive approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, August 30, the District will transition its FREE rapid COVID-19 Testing Center to the Gary A. Voss Project Center located within the Agricultural Sciences Facility.  The testing center's address is:</span><br></p><p>Gary A. Vos Project Center</p><p>5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road</p><p>Katy, TX  77493</p><p>Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p><p>The FREE rapid COVID-19 test is for all enrolled Katy ISD students, as well as district employees and their dependents who are enrolled under the Katy ISD healthcare plan.  The free test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project.  <br></p><p>“The process is quick and simple and both students and staff will receive their results within a matter of minutes," added Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.<br></p><p>Parental/Guardian permission, as well as a reservation, is required for all students who are below 18 years of age.  Permission slips will be available at the testing site and reservations should be made through the following link: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week" target="_blank">https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week</a><br></p><p>Additional questions related to this program can be submitted to <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"># # ​#<br></p><p><br></p></div></div>
Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1490Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employers<div class="ExternalClassE2246C03C8B040FB801EF499DA701CFC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again earned a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Forbes List of Best Employers</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> in the state of Texas, coming in at #8.  Not surprisingly, Katy ISD was also the only school district in Texas to make the Top 10 list of employers along with renowned organizations such as NASA, Dell Technologies and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From our teachers, administrators, operations and support staff, every member of the Katy ISD family strives daily to provide supportive and unparalleled learning experiences to the more than 87,000 students we serve," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “They are the best staff I have ever had the privilege to work alongside.  It is our employees that truly makes Katy ISD such a special place," added Gregorski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to develop its third annual list of </span><em style="text-align:left;">America's Best Employers by State</em><span style="text-align:left;">.  The list is divided into 51 rankings – one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia – and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees.  Surveys were conducted from October 2020 to June 2021 and were anonymous, allowing participants to freely share their opinions. </span></p><p>This is the third consecutive year that Katy ISD has made the list.  To read the full Forbes article visit <a href="https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#3503e3e1487a"><em>America's</em> <em>Best Employers by State for 2021</em></a><em>.</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1488Katy ISD Teacher School Supply "Wishes" Become a Reality <div class="ExternalClass9EB0A7599B0740CDA41BDF58BA2FD943"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again partnered with Amazon to help teachers purchase some of those additional items they “wish" they could have to enhance their classroom experiences. The District is providing its teachers up to $200 each to spend through a district-funded account ​​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">for consumable classroom supply purchases such as pens, color pencils, paper and small student incentives. </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This is in addition to the instructional supplies and materials already provided through Katy ISD campus budgets. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These funds are intended to assist teachers with purchasing those few extra items they would love to have in their classrooms that may further supplement a learning experience they have planned for their students," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “Our educators have always gone above and beyond for our learners, especially during these past 18 months. We hope they will enjoy this opportunity to purchase some additional items for their classrooms," added Gregorski.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Instructional Teacher Supply Budget (KITSB)  is separate from campus budgets and does not affect Katy ISD's overall instructional material and supply budget.  Beginning next week, teachers will be able to log into Amazon to select the items they wish to purchase.  It is the expectation this initiative will help with personal out-of-pocket expenses incurred by some teachers. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instructionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1487Katy ISD Continues Curbside Grab and Go Meals for all Students Enrolled in Virtual Instruction<div class="ExternalClass355113DCE35247CF908AF8F184133C08"><p>​K<span style="text-align:justify;">aty Independent School District will continue to offer curbside Grab and Go meal students to students who have opted for virtual instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Grades K-6 program.  Beginning tomorrow August 24, the meal sites will </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">only</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> operate on Tuesdays and will provide breakfast and lunch meals for the entire week of instruction.  Distribution sites include:</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>School Name</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Hours of Operations</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">21000 Franz Road</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77449</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesdays Only</p><p style="text-align:center;">4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:justify;">Cinco Ranch High School</p><p style="text-align:justify;">23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy, TX  77494</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The grab and go breakfast and lunch meals are ready to heat and eat at home," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of Nutrition & Food Services.  “There is no cost to children 18 and under who are enrolled in KVA.  Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for meals at the Grab and Go locations," added Pittenger.</p><p>Identification for each child such as an ID, report card or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meal.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Welcomes Over 87,000 Students Back to Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1484Katy ISD Welcomes Over 87,000 Students Back to School<div class="ExternalClassE1D02EAAD13B4FA0888F14E1B176A56D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">In the heart of the growing northwest quadrant of Katy Independent School District, residents will find Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High, a state-of-the-art school named after two Katy ISD living legacies.  The three-story campus building is the District's 17</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> junior high school, made possible by the 2017 Bond. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Today Superintendent Ken Gregorski, Principal David Paz, Area Superintendent Christopher Morgan and Bill and Cindy Haskett officially welcomed over 800 students and 87 staff members to the Huskies' new home.  The campus includes leading-edge technology, collaborative spaces for learning, energy-efficient components, learning stairs and other features to support academic excellence.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are proud to be the first school in this area to integrate an above-ground solar farm that powers the entire campus on sunny days," said Dr. David Paz, principal of Haskett Junior High.  “The solar farm will also be used as a learning tool in several classrooms, allowing students to track weather, climate and energy efficiency," added Paz.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We can hardly believe it is real. I am still pinching myself," said Cindy Haskett, namesake of Katy ISD.  “But we are humbled and honored to be associated with this school," added Cindy Haskett.  “This facility, the staff, and just everything overwhelm us," added her husband, Bill Haskett.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The stand-alone junior high is projected to serve over 1,500 students by 2025.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/Y767zBAYCzM">Video News Release (VNR) of Haskett Junior High's First Day of School</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-6https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1482Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Virtual Learning for Grades K-6<div class="ExternalClassE7C12480870F403E89B53A4980B1EF0D"><p>During tonight’s Katy Independent School District Special Board Meeting Trustees approved a <strong>Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) online learning program</strong> for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Parents can begin the online application process tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m. and must apply by midnight on Tuesday, August 17 to enroll in this virtual instructional model.  Online instruction through KVA Grades K-6 will officially begin on Monday, August 30 and extend through Friday, October 15, 2021.  <br></p><p>The KVA Grades K-6 program is being made available for parents of those students who may wish to immunize their child against COVID but do not currently have the option to do so due to minimum age requirements tied to the current iteration of the vaccine. <br></p><p>Additional information regarding this instructional model can be found on the Katy Virtual Academy K-6 webpage that will open tomorrow, August 11 at 10 a.m.  <br></p><p><strong>Additional items approved during the Katy ISD August Special Board Meeting include:</strong></p><p>• <strong>COVID-19 Paid Leave for Employees</strong> – The Board approved 10 additional days of paid leave for employees who are documented COVID-19 positive and require mandatory quarantining.  These days are in addition to employees’ existing leave bank.</p><p>• <strong>Employee and Student COVID-19 Testing Site</strong> – The Board approved expanding the employee testing site to include Katy ISD students.</p><p>• <strong>Intermittent School to Home Learning Mode</strong>l - The Board approved providing students who are required to isolate due to COVID-19, or any other medical condition, a learning option where they can access their assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas) to stay current on classroom assignments.  Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days.<br></p><p><br>​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tixhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1480Katy ISD Launches Pay N' Go Tix<div class="ExternalClass6570BC5734E04EE4B577567B718FF5AC"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/PayNGoTix%20fb.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:215px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">There's now an easy way to purchase Katy Independent School District tickets for select athletic events!  It's called </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Pay N' Go Tix</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.  This new purchasing option provides a convenient way to buy electronic tickets online and in advance of Katy ISD events.  Spectators have two options when purchasing passes to their favorite events:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Website</strong></span>:  Visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a>.  Click the <em>A+ Pay N' Go</em> icon on the upper right-hand corner of the website.  Select the <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> logo.  Choose your event category, the event and then click “Book Now".</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>QR Code:</strong></span>  Scan a QR code found across district campuses and displayed on facility signage located near the event entrance.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">At this time, only junior high and high school athletic events, with the exception of varsity football, will be available for purchase via <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>.  Fine Arts will be integrated into the system in spring 2022, while it is anticipated that varsity football tickets will be available in the system by the summer semester. Varsity football and fine arts will continue to utilize their existing ticketing sales platforms until they are transitioned to <em>Pay N' Go Tix.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Athletic tickets will no longer be sold at events and must be purchased online with a credit card.  Save time and secure your game day and event tickets through <em>Pay N' Go Tix</em>! </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video for Publications:  <a href="https://youtu.be/H6W-QsOttyc"><em>Pay N' Go Tix</em> Video</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Employee Recognized with 2021 Professional of the Year Awardhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1479Katy ISD Employee Recognized with 2021 Professional of the Year Award<div class="ExternalClass4FBA606B231149B4AA8EFC6542C60F7A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Another Katy Independent School District employee has earned a national recognition!  The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) announced Ben Rolens, Katy ISD General Manager for Facilities, Corporate Sponsorships & Marketing, as the recipient of the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">2021 Professional of the Year Award</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.  This award recognizes managers in the field that have, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing and improving safety and security issues at sporting events and venues.  In addition to enhancing safety measures, the recipient's contributions must set an example for others to follow.  The award is selected by various sports leagues, associations and advisory committees across the nation.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD has worked closely with the NCS4 over the past several years to help develop national standards and best practices related to sports and special events safety and security," said Rolens.  “We want our Katy ISD school community to feel safe when entering our events or athletics venues.  From graduation ceremonies, sporting events and after-school gatherings and activities – safety is paramount," added Rolens.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Rolens has worked closely with the Athletic Department and the Katy ISD Police Department to implement best practices in the area of large event safety and security.  Staff and facility workers have also undergone rigorous training to support these security measures.  Additionally, Rolens has collaborated with stadium personnel to craft pre-event messaging on stadium videoboards.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The award will be presented to Rolens during the 2021 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition held November 9-10.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/0721_Ben%20Rolens%20Headshot.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:405px;" /> <em>Ben Rolens<br></em><em>General Manager of Facilities, Corporate Sponsorships & Marketing</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Three Seven Lakes High Coaches Recognized as Coaches of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1478Three Seven Lakes High Coaches Recognized as Coaches of the Year<div class="ExternalClassCD405ED057C942319720244A5F192B46"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During this year's Texas Girls Coaches Association annual banquet, three Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) athletic coaches took home the prestigious recognition of Coach of the Year.  Volleyball Coach Amy Cataline, Cheerleading Coach Amy Weaston and Sub-Varsity Cheerleading Coach Hailey Hann received their plaques during the recognition event, which took place in Arlington, Texas.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“To receive this recognition, especially during a school year that included many challenges for our student-athletes demonstrates our coaches' resilience to finish whatever the team set their minds to," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Athletic Department.  “Aside from being coaches, these three individuals serve as mentors to their athletes and encourage them to aim high both on the court as well as in the classroom," added Decker. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Each year coaches from across the Lone Star State aim to be named a recipient of one of the organization's coveted recognitions.  The Texas Girls Coaches Association is one of the largest associations of coaches and the largest association for coaches of girls' athletics in the United States.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/072921_SLHS_Three%20Coaches%20of%20the%20Year.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">(left to right:)  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sub-Varsity Cheerleading Coach Hailey Hann,</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Cheerleading Coach Amy Weaston and </em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Volleyball Coach Amy Cataline, </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Saves Over $4M by Implementing Energy Saving Strategieshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1476Katy ISD Saves Over $4M by Implementing Energy Saving Strategies<div class="ExternalClass2A33388446EA40C28660A2238441E224"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Twenty-four Katy Independent School District campuses have earned the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Energy Star Certification</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and have saved the District over $4 million to date due to their efforts. Since 2019, Katy ISD has partnered with Cenergistic, a Texas-based company that helps school districts conserve energy through strategies that include fine-tuning air conditioning (AC) run times, identifying unused AC/lighting schedules, overnight equipment checks, updating technology and other protocols. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Through approved bond projects, the Katy ISD Operations Division has been able to install new equipment that is both energy-efficient and more reliable for campuses and District facilities," said Chief Operations Officer Ted Vierling.  “Small changes such as upgrading lighting from old technology to light-emitting diode (LED) to larger adjustments such as replacing boilers and chillers have improved efficiency for both energy and water consumption," added Vierling.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past three years, Katy ISD has committed to making energy conservation a priority due to the rising cost of electricity, gas and water.  Every dollar saved on these utilities amounts to greater funding that can be redirected to classrooms, teachers and students.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Looking to sustain conservation efforts now and well into the future, all new Katy ISD facilities are built with energy-efficient components such as LED lighting, automatic shut-off switches for classroom lighting, upgraded control systems and utilization of natural light whenever practical.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following campuses have been awarded the <em>Energy Star Certification</em>:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Elementary Campuses:</span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li> Alexander Elementary</li><li>Bear Creek Elementary</li><li>Cimarron Elementary</li><li>Creech Elementary</li><li>Davidson Elementary</li><li>Fielder Elementary</li><li>Golbow Elementary</li><li>Griffin Elementary</li><li>Hayes Elementary</li><li>Jenks Elementary</li><li>Leonard Elementary</li><li>McRoberts Elementary</li><li>Randolph Elementary</li><li>Shafer Elementary</li><li>Sundown Elementary</li><li>Williams Elementary</li><li>Wilson Elementary</li><li>Wolfe Elementary</li><li>Wolman Elementary</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Junior High Campuses:</span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li> McDonald Junior High</li><li>McMeans Junior High</li><li>Memorial Parkway Junior High</li><li>Tays Junior High</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">High School Campuses:</span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li> Tompkins High School</li></ol><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Smart Restart and SpeakUp Campaigns Recognized by State and National Organizationshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1475Katy ISD Smart Restart and SpeakUp Campaigns Recognized by State and National Organizations<div class="ExternalClassF16FEEE3E00C4835B0C95C0A7213729A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recently recognized the Katy Independent School District Communication Department with a Golden Achievement Award for its exemplary work on the District's </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Smart Restart – Return to School</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> campaign, which was executed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campaign focused on educating and engaging students, parents, staff and community members on the return to school plan, safety protocols and evolving initiatives impacted by the pandemic.</span></p><p>Also this year, the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) awarded the Communications Department with a Gold Star Award, the highest school public relations honor in the state, for the District's <em>SpeakUp</em> Safe Schools campaign — a multi-level marketing and communication initiative designed to build awareness around safety topics; encourage the use of the SpeakUp anonymous reporting app; emphasize student ownership of safety protocols; educate parents; and reinforce drug and alcohol awareness.  Print and promotional materials included posters, public service announcements (PSA) videos, and website and social media messaging.  Additionally, a Best of Category Award was earned for the Department's scripting, editing and filming of the PSA video titled “<em>Vaping, It's Up to You</em>," which was part of the campaign.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Clear, concise and timely messaging for our school community has always been a key component to our District's outreach efforts," said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  “While our Communications team is small, their responsibilities are immense and their outcomes, far-reaching.  They are an extremely talented and dedicated group of professionals — always prioritizing the informational needs of Katy ISD families and staff, no matter the time or circumstances," added Grooms.  <br></p><p>​The Katy ISD Communication Department was recognized during the annual TSPRA and NSPRA conventions this year. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Board%20Recognitions%20July%202021%208%20-%20Cropped.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:298px;" /></p>​<p style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD Communication Department</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>(left to right:  Dr. Andrea Grooms – Chief of Communications, Maria DiPetta – Manager of Media Relations, Rachel Migues – Communications & Social Media Specialist and Ray Cortez – Videographer)</em></p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Appoints New Principal for West Memorial Junior Highhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1474Katy ISD Superintendent Appoints New Principal for West Memorial Junior High<div class="ExternalClass3B90653AC9FB425F8551E0B1AFBD9A5B"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The West Memorial Junior High (WMJH) Jaguar Family will be welcoming Todd Knobbe as their new principal this upcoming school year after Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed him to lead Katy Independent School District's second-oldest junior high school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Knobbe holds 17 years of experience in education, much of which he has earned at Katy ISD.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Since opening in 1976, West Memorial Junior High has demonstrated a rich history of academic success among its students and staff and I'm excited to be joining this group of individuals who aim to R.O.A.R (<em>Be Respectful, Organized, Active Learners and Reliable</em>)," said Todd Knobbe, the new principal of WMJH.  “Junior high is an important time in the lives of many learners and it's during these three years that educators inspire and mold these students to become future leaders of society," added Knobbe.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Knobbe began his career as a teacher and coach in 2004 for Alief Independent School District.  The following year, he joined the Katy ISD family when he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Beckendorff Junior High.  In 2007, he joined Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) where he taught and coached for eight years.  Looking to expand his career opportunities he began his administrative career in Katy ISD as a grade level assistant principal at Tays Junior High.  In 2017, he returned to SLHS to serve as assistant principal and two years later he was promoted to associate principal at that campus.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Knobbe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an English Endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Educational Administration from Lamar University. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/072221_WMJH_Todd%20Knobbe.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:542px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Todd Knobbe</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of West Memorial Junior High</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Miller Career & Technology Students Named National Champions in Mechatronicshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1473Miller Career & Technology Students Named National Champions in Mechatronics<div class="ExternalClass76F295F611604159AACF71BD3EE5F607"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For two Katy Independent School District students, giving up part of their summer vacation was well worth it after landing a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">2021 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.  </em><span style="text-align:justify;">Even more rewarding was that after several levels of competition, against students from across the nation, Katy ISD Miller Career & Technology (MCTC) Students Daniel White and Levend Karayaka were named National Champions in SkillsUSA Mechatronics.  Throughout the school year, both students competed at various levels of mechatronics (mechanical and electrical engineering) competitions, including first at region and second at the state level.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">While getting to nationals was a challenge in itself, the two students were tasked with showcasing a design solution to a judge virtually from the MCTC manufacturing lab to adhere to safety protocols for the national event.  Both students were presented with a task that required an automated system setup. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The Katy ISD SkillsUSA chapter is a fairly new group of students who came together during the 2019-2020 school year.  In total we have 45 students who are part of the group, many of which qualified at various competitions throughout the year," said Dallas Bergstrom, MCTC Instructor of Manufacturing Engineering. “I am so proud of their willingness to try something new.  To earn a national championship on their first attempt speaks to their commitment to representing MCTC and Katy ISD," added Bergstrom. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Thousands of students competed in over 100 occupational and leadership skill areas at the annual event that included educational sessions as well as interaction with business, industry and government representatives.  Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics.  The goal of SkillsUSA events is to empower students to succeed at work and in life while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of industry positions go unfilled.   <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/071321_Daniel%20White%20and%20Levend%20Karayaka1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:284px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Left to Right:</em><em>  </em><em>Daniel White & Levend Karayaka</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> National Champions for SkillsUSA Mechatronics</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/071321_Daniel%20White%20and%20Levend%20Karayaka2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:353px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Left to Right:</em><em>  </em><em>Levend Karayaka and Daniel White</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>at MCTC Manufacturing Lab</em></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD FFA Students Win Awards at State Conventionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1472Katy ISD FFA Students Win Awards at State Convention<div class="ExternalClass24C018B572E5488DB2018E86885429FE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After a year of virtual gatherings and obstacles resulting from a global pandemic, Katy Independent School District FFA students ended their school year with numerous recognitions at the 93</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">rd</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Texas FFA Convention.  The convention's theme – </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Elevate</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> – encapsulated a movement that motivated Katy ISD FFA students, and others from across the Lone Star State, to use the insurmountable odds of the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to grow, learn and elevate themselves. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Our students have demonstrated an enduring resilience and have learned that amidst the challenges, they can overcome and grow," stated Ashlee Laird, Katy ISD CTE Instructional Specialist.  “Part of that growth was making it a priority to also support their peers in achieving their goals during this difficult school year," added Laird.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following Katy ISD students placed during the convention:<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Student</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Recognition</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Category</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Madailein Fitch<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Taylor High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">State Champion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agriscience Fair – Food Products & Processing Systems – Division 3</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Hailey Tucker</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Soil Stewardship Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jacob Grimes</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paetow High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2<sup>nd</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior Prepared Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Sapp</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">5<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agricultural Policy Public Speaking </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Eliza Thomas</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Agricultural Technology & Communication Public Speaking</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elizabeth McFadin</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy High FFA</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Extemporaneous Speaking</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Madailein Fitch will be advancing to the National FFA Convention Agricultural Science Fair in October 2021 being held in Indianapolis, IN.  Additionally, Katy High School FFA Student Hailey Tucker won a $2,000 scholarship for her achievement in soil public speaking during this year's state convention.  </p><p>The 93<sup>rd</sup> Annual Texas FFA Convention was held in Fort Worth, Texas last week.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/useghl46kya6fov/AAD0UU7bBf0T7dL4Zqo0LLSZa?dl=0">Pictures of Katy ISD FFA State Winners</a> ​<br></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Teacher Selected as a Region 4 Teacher of the year Finalisthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1471Katy ISD Teacher Selected as a Region 4 Teacher of the year Finalist<div class="ExternalClass3C1C0AD5A7EC4F27BABF5308E370B939"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During a school year in which teachers across the nation stepped up and went to incredible lengths to help their students stay engaged, one Katy Independent School District teacher, Julia Arcuri, has received the exciting news that she is among four finalists for the coveted </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Region 4 Teacher of the Year</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> award. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Ever since I was 13 years old, I was hooked on loving and teaching children.  I truly believe that such passion has helped me throughout my educational career," said Julia Arcuri, Katy ISD Davidson Elementary teacher.  “Even though I have taught both high school and elementary students, I believe it is crucial to start reaching out to learners early in their lives.  My goal has always been to get children out of their seats and on their feet and most importantly to make them feel comfortable and loved," added Arcuri.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Earlier this year, Arcuri was also named the Katy ISD District-wide Teacher of the Year.  Throughout her 26-year career, Arcuri has dedicated herself to helping each student feel successful and important.  As a third and fourth-grade teacher, her focus continues to be on her students' well-being and health, while coaching children to strive for success.  She integrates a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies to differentiate learning for all students and maintains a positive relationship with them and their parents.  During the pandemic, she served as a Katy Virtual Academy teacher.  She holds an English degree and in her spare time, she loves reading and taking advantage of continued learning opportunities.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> The <em>Region 4 Elementary Teacher of the Year </em>award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, August 4 at the Hilton Americas Houston hotel.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Davidson%20ES-Arcuri,%20Julia.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Julia Arcuri</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy ISD District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year &</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1470Katy ISD Announces the 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year<div class="ExternalClassCC5D3FFE8F6C4085B462C9C47499EA01"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As it has become tradition, each school year all nine Katy Independent School District high school campuses nominate one outstanding female and male student-athlete for the Katy ISD Student-Athlete of the Year award.  After a thorough review by the District's Athletic Department, one female and a male student is chosen as the district-wide Student-Athlete of the Year and receives a $2,500 scholarship, donated to Katy ISD by BSN Sports, to the university or college of their choice.  The Katy ISD Athletic Department is honored to announce Bryce Foster from Taylor High School and Ally Batenhorst from Seven Lakes High School as the Katy ISD 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have many outstanding athletes in Katy ISD, making this a very difficult process to narrow down to just one male and one female athlete," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of Athletics.  “This past year, Bryce and Ally capped off outstanding careers and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them," added Decker.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster is best known for being an extremely hard-working, respectful and genuine young man who has established himself as one of the most accomplished athletes in Katy ISD history.  In both football and track and field, Foster has performed at an elite level and his numerous awards and recognitions are a reflection of his accomplishments.  A true champion both on and off the competition field, Foster is a first-class student-athlete.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Foster awards, honors and recognitions include:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area/Regional/State Shot Put</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Place District/Area Discus</li><li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place Regional Discus</li><li>3rd Place State Discus</li><li>Texas Track and Field Coaches Association - 2021 Male Field Athlete of the Year</li><li>Finished season as the #1 throw in both Shot Put and Discus</li><li>Texas A & M signee in both Football and Track & Field</li><li>1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Honorable Mention Academic All-State Football – 2020, 2021</li><li>Unanimous All-District Football 2019, 2020</li><li>Dave Campbell 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Max Preps 1<sup>st</sup> Team All-State</li><li>Texas Sports Writers Association 1<sup>st</sup> team All-State</li><li>Whataburger Super Team</li><li>Adidas All-American </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Batenhorst is known as a hard-working student that leads with class.  She is humble even though her awards are numerous.  She is dedicated to her studies as well as her performance on the court.  Some of her school records include having the most career kills, the most career digs and the most kills in a match.  Batenhorst awards, honors and recognitions include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>2020-21 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Finalist </li><li>2020 AVCA/Under Armour All American First Team</li><li>2020 VolleyballMag.com HS All American First Team</li><li>2020 All VYPE Public School First Team</li><li>2020 Texas Sports Writers Association Player of the Year and All State 1<sup>st</sup> Team</li><li>2020 TGCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 TGCA Legacy All Star Team</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 UIL 6A State Championship All Tournament</li><li>2020 6A State Tournament Record Holder – Most Kills in a Match, 35 (State Semifinals vs. Reagan)</li><li>2020 19-6A Most Valuable Player</li><li>2020 19-6A First Team All-District</li><li>2020 19-6A Academic All District</li><li>2020 THSCA Academic All State</li><li>2020 Fox 26 “Making the Grade" Student of the Week</li><li>2020 USA Women's Junior National Training Team </li><li>2020 Listed as #3 in 2021 Recruiting Class according to PrepVolleyball</li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List </li><li>2020 MaxPreps National Player of the Week 9/21/20</li><li>2020 VolleyballMag.com Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch </li><li>2020 All-VYPE Houston 1<sup>st</sup> Team Member</li><li>2020 MaxPreps Preseason HS VB All American</li><li>2020 Varsity Captain</li><li>2019-20 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Candidate<img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="font-size:13px;width:201px;margin:5px;" /><br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Bryce%20Foster.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Bryce Foster</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Taylor High School Student-Athlete in Football / Track & Field</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Picture_Ally%20Batenhorst.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:202px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ally Batenhorst</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Seven Lakes High School Student-Athlete in Volleyball</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p><br></p></div>

 

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