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Katy ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-22 ISD is Powering Up for Back to School 2021-22<div class="ExternalClassBFF6F71E36E34BA0A8CC5480161AC8D5"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is excited to welcome back over 85,000 students on Wednesday, August 18 for the 2021-22 school year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Prior to the first day of school, Katy ISD encourages parents and students to </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Power Up for Back to School</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> through the District's online registration system, </span><a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">PowerSchool Enrollment</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.  A new student is defined as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">All Katy ISD students are required to enroll, or update their information, for the new school year using the online registration system.  Enrollment and updates will take place in two phases which include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday, July 26, 2021 – New student enrollment reopens</li><li>Monday, August 2, 2021 – Annual Student Update Opens (for current Katy ISD students)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Before beginning the online registration process for new students, it's recommended that parents have the following documentation ready to upload:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Proof of Residence:  A utility bill (light, water or gas), purchasing paperwork or lease agreement.  If a lease agreement or purchasing paperwork is provided at the time of registration, a utility bill must be provided within 30 days of occupancy.</li><li>Official Birth Certificate or Passport of Student</li><li>Government-issued Identification Care of Person Registering Student</li><li>Proof of Immunization</li><li>Report Card or Transcript at Recently Attended School</li></ul><p>Join Katy ISD as we <em>Power Up for Back to School</em> with PowerSchool Enrollment.  For more information, visit the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Online Registration webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Saves Over $4M by Implementing Energy Saving Strategies 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 Organizations 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 High 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 Mechatronics 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 Convention 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="">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 Finalist 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 Year 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 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 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>
Katy ISD Recognized for its Outstanding Financial Reporting ISD Recognized for its Outstanding Financial Reporting<div class="ExternalClass12B648E4733241FCBCA0E234D9E24072"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As one of the fast-growing school districts in the region, with more than 85,000 enrolled students, financial reporting and transparency are paramount at Katy Independent School District.  This week those efforts were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), an organization committed to providing programs, services and a global network that promotes the highest standards in school business.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Achieving this recognition takes an extreme amount of hard work among our financial services employees and those individuals at each one of our campuses and facilities," said Chris Smith, Katy ISD Chief Financial Officer.  “Our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in August 2020 is an important tool for building trust with our taxpayers and the school community," added Smith.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Applicants from around the world submit their reports for review by a team of financial professionals who provide feedback to improve future documents.  A district's participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.  In addition to receiving multiple recognitions from other financial institutions, the Katy ISD Financial Services Department has also made it a commitment to providing easy access to multiple financial documents and information through its <a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Financial Services webpage</a>.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Certificate%20of%20Excellence.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:171px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Principals for Upcoming School Year ISD Names New Principals for Upcoming School Year<div class="ExternalClass953FBBC9593C427BBD692C77D8E0128B"><div class="ExternalClass03BFD8E3B3A64F7C856CAF8556CF7634"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">When Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) and Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) students and staff return to their campuses this fall they will each be kicking off their school year with a new principal.  Today, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ken Gregorski appointed Norma Veguilla-Martinez as the new leader of MPE and Gina Cobb as the new principal of MCHS.  Both administrators will begin their roles this summer, just in time for the new school year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Martinez began her educational career as an elementary teacher in 2008 in Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.  In 2013, she joined the Katy ISD family as a third-grade teacher at Exley Elementary.  Three years later, in 2016, she became an interventionist at Morton Ranch Elementary.  Looking to expand her educational career, in 2017, she transitioned into administration as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary and most recently she held the same role at Beckendorff Junior High.  Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Educational Management and Instructional Technology from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.  She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I am honored to lead a school rich in family, community and education," said Norma Martinez, new MPE principal.  “I cannot wait to meet my new Panther family at Memorial Parkway Elementary, and I look forward to learning together<em>,</em>" added Martinez. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cobb has been a part of the Katy ISD family since 1999 when she began her career in education.  From 1999 to 2006, she taught and coached at Katy Junior High, Cinco Ranch High, Morton Ranch Junior High and Morton Ranch High.  In 2006, she began her administrative career in the District.  She has held several administrative titles from 2006 to 2012 at Morton Ranch High that includes a grade level assistant principal, administrative assistant principal, student support assistant principal and associate principal.  From 2013 until recently, she served as the principal for West Memorial Junior High.  Cobb holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I'm excited to join the MCHS Rams family to continue the academic excellence and culture they have passionately established, as well as the rich traditions which have made this high school what it is today," said Gina Cobb, new principal at MCHS.  “I look forward to meeting everyone very soon to collaborate in our mission to be “<em>Mayde to Believe, Lead and Achieve</em>," added Cobb.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/070121_MPE_Norma%20Veguilla%20Martinez.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:324px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="text-align:center;">Norma Veguilla-Martinez<br></em><em>Principal of Memorial Parkway Elementary</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/070121_MCHS_Gina%20Cobb4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:356px;" /><br></p><div style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;">Gina Cobb</em></div><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Mayde Creek High School</em></p><p><br></p></div></div>
Katy ISD Cryptonite Robotics Team Wins Big at UIL State Competition ISD Cryptonite Robotics Team Wins Big at UIL State Competition<div class="ExternalClassF1B2F6C892F449E0B1F18BF5CBFA7CD1"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Good things come to those who wait!</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">After facing a 14-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) Robotics Team 624 CRyptonite headed to the San Antonio Alamodome to compete in the 2021 UIL Robotics State Championship.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Their hard work paid off as they returned home with not one, but three coveted recognitions that include </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Second Place University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Winner</em><span style="text-align:justify;">, </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Lone Star Division Winner</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> and </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Overall State Finalist</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The students arrived energized and ready to compete.  They were extremely proud to showcase the robot they designed and constructed this year," said Mike Outlaw, long-time team mentor.  “The spikey green-haired students stole the show on multiple occasions and aside from winning the three prestigious recognitions they outwon 30 additional submissions and took home the <em>Best Decorated Game Ball</em>, which the students skillfully decorated with the CRyptonite hairdo," added Outlaw.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​A total of 73 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, divided into two divisions (Lone Star and Bluebonnet) participated in the annual tournament.  The following summarizes the winning results for Katy ISD CRyptonite Team:</p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UIL State Winner!</strong></span></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">After competing in 12 preliminary matches, across two days, the UIL rankings placed Team 624 CRyptonite in second place for the UIL State Robotics FIRST Division FRC 2021 Competition.  Students received a silver UIL trophy and medals.                       </p><ol start="2" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lone Star Division Winner!</strong></span></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">After 12 preliminary matches, Team 624 CRyptonite came in third place in the 36 Lone Star Division and were picked by the #1 ranked Team 2417 BBQ from Dallas, TX.  The team went on to compete in an eight alliance quarterfinal/semifinal/final playoffs in the Lone Star Division.  After six tough playoff games, the CRyptonite members swept through as the finalist in the Lone Star Division and won the FIRST Texas Cup 2021 Lone Star Division Finalist Member recognition.  The Katy ISD team received a large silver cup trophy for their hard work. </p><ol start="3" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Overall State Finalists!</strong></span></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">As winners of the Lone Star Division, the Katy ISD CRyptonite Team moved on to compete against the top team of the Bluebonnet Division.  It was a rigorous competition that ultimately landed the CRyptonite Robotics Team into second ranking, winning their third trophy and medals of the day.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to the CRHS CRyptonite Robotics Team, Katy ISD was also well represented at the tournament by Seven Lakes RoboSpartans and the Tompkins Steel Talons who both made the playoff portion of the Texas Cup Tournament.  </p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="width:494px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;">​​<img src="/PublishingImages/063021_CRHS_Cryptonite%20Team%20with%20all%20the%20trophies%20and%20metals.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) Robotics Team 624 CRyptonite</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:497px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/063021_CRHS%20SLHS%20OTHS_%20All%20Robotics%20Teams%20at%20State%20Championship.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" />(Robotics Teams Pictured from Left to Right:</em><em>  </em><em>Seven Lakes RoboSpartans, Tompkins Steel Talons and CRHS Team 624 CRyptonite</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Employees Rewarded with a Pay Increase ISD Employees Rewarded with a Pay Increase<div class="ExternalClass0F6BADBDC36243FD91BD42415D12AC22"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At the Regular Board meeting, Katy Independent School District Trustees made it a budget priority to ensure teachers and staff are recognized for their ongoing commitment to District students and families following a school year fraught with a pandemic, a winter freeze and many other challenges. Trustees approved a 2% pay increase to be distributed beginning in July 2021, or depending on the staff member's contract start date, with a 1% one-time lump sum payment to be provided this December. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Pay increases are calculated based on an employee's midpoint rates of pay found on the <a href="/dept/hr/Documents/2022%20Pay%20Ranges.pdf">Katy ISD Human Resources webpage</a>.  Regular part-time employees will also benefit from this increase approved tonight.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications for New Elementary School ISD Board of Trustees Discuss Attendance Boundary Modifications for New Elementary School <div class="ExternalClassB82B67632D0E4E23A6D3479AE91CEE3C"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Tonight during the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting, Chief Operations Officer Ted Vierling, along with Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented a proposed attendance boundary modification (ABM) for Bryant Elementary.  The proposal would address the rapid growth within the neighborhoods surrounding that campus and transition students who reside primarily in the Cane Island development to Elementary #44.  The feedback of parents impacted by the Bryant Elementary ABM proposal will be solicited, beginning tomorrow and through October 8, via an ABM survey. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A minor ABM was also proposed for Paetow High School (PHS) that would provide the campus enrollment relief, and increase the student population at Morton Ranch High School.  Only a small number of students who will be enrolled as eighth-graders during the 2021-22 school year, and currently zoned to PHS, would be affected by this proposed ABM which is set to take effect in Fall 2022.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Within the next two to three years, the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD will begin to see an increased growth that includes community developments," said Ted Vierling, Chief Operations Officer at Katy ISD.  “These minor ABM adjustments will ensure efficiency as it relates to campus usage and will balance high school enrollment prior to the opening of High School #10 in 2024," added Vierling. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elementary #44 is the first build-out of the 2021 voter-approved bond program, set to be located in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD in the Cane Island subdivision, with an open date of Fall 2022.  Bryant Elementary School would be the only elementary school impacted by the opening of Elementary #44.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A final ABM recommendation for both proposed ABMs will be presented at the October 2021 Regular Board Meeting.  For more information and to view current and proposed ABM visit the <a href="/ABM/pages/ABM.aspx">Katy ISD ABM website</a>.<img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="text-align:left;font-size:13px;width:558px;margin:5px;" /></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Officer Honored with School Safety Spotlight Award ISD Officer Honored with School Safety Spotlight Award<div class="ExternalClassDE25E34F9EF7460284B7A4A198832CE6"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Providing a safe and secure learning environment is essential to helping students and staff succeed.  At Katy Independent School District, Officer Nicole Emidy, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, has gone above and beyond her call of duty to ensure special needs students are safe during an emergency, by including emergency operations plans (EOPs) for this group of learners.  Because of her outstanding individual service, she was honored with the 2021 Fourth-Quarter Texas School Safety Center Spotlight Award in the Outstanding Individual Service category.  She provided support to the Katy ISD Special Education Department to develop safety protocols for the district's EOP, which includes a method to quickly identify classrooms occupied by students with special needs.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It's great to work at a school district that is supportive and prioritizes safety and inclusion for all students and staff," said Officer Nicole Emidy, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator with the Katy ISD Police Department Office of Emergency Management. “The implementation of the special needs annex to our emergency plan and the application of appropriate signage acknowledges and protects unique student needs as well as ensures the safety of learners, staff and first responders in the event of an emergency," added Emidy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the collaborative efforts between officers and special needs employees, Emidy educated staff members on the role of emergency responders during a crisis incident, as well as gathered feedback from teachers on best practices when approaching special needs students.  Across Katy ISD campuses, orange triangles can be seen on the doors of self-contained classrooms serving students with special needs.  These symbols alert first responders that the students may need additional assistance during an emergency.  In addition, she devised a way to repurpose strobes used for door-propped open alarms which would create a visual cue to assist hearing-impaired students in case of a school lockdown.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Nicole's overall versatility, commitment and tenacity to keep students and staff at Katy ISD safe and secure is truly extraordinary," said Ruben Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator at Katy ISD.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Nicole%20Emidy%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Nicole Emidy</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy ISD Police Department Office of Emergency Management</em></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support<div class="ExternalClassF49EB852483C42C59C595BA44BD9DEDF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Today Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Ronnie Edwards as the District's new Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  Prior to accepting this new role, Edwards was the principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held for the past five years.  He will be replacing Dr. Freda Creech who is pl</span><span style="text-align:justify;">anning for retirement this summer.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last day of their senior year," said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  “As a former principal, I can relate with the struggles and strengths of campus leaders.  I look forward to working with them and staff from across the district to ensure this growing school district continues providing an A+ education," added Edwards.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Edwards began his career in education as an English teacher and coach at Santa Fe Independent School District in 1991.  A year later, he accepted a head coaching position in Van Vleck Independent School District.  Known for his passion in the classroom as well as in athletics, in 1994, Edwards decided to move closer to his hometown where he began coaching and teaching in Abilene Independent School District.  But a few years later, South Texas was calling him back, this time to join Brazosport ISD as head basketball coach and English teacher.  It wasn't until 1999 that Edwards joined the Katy ISD family after accepting a head basketball and physical education (PE) teacher position at Katy High School.  Five years later, he accepted a position at Fort Bend Independent School District at Kempner High School as a head coach and English teacher.  In 2009, Edwards moved into administration at Fort Bend ISD at Clements High School as an Assistant Principal.  He remained there until 2011.  That year, he accepted the Associate Principal position at William B. Travis High School in Fort Bend ISD.  In 2013, he was named Principal at John Foster Dulles High School.  Yet throughout his educational career, Katy ISD always held a special place in his heart.  In 2016, Edwards returned to Katy ISD as Principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held until today when he was appointed into his new role with the district leadership team.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in English from Tarleton State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston – Victoria.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/061421_Ronnie%20Edwards.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ronnie Edwards</em><br><em> Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support</em><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Awarded $20,000 Scholarships from Texas FFA Association ISD Students Awarded $20,000 Scholarships from Texas FFA Association<div class="ExternalClass4AE2C65CD18E4F4D8B4F9C3DD8CFEBAD"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Three Katy Independent School District FFA students just recently earned some extra college financial assistance as they head off to their post-secondary experiences.  Katy High School students, Camryn Wilder and Skyler Weathers, along with Taylor High School Chloe LaBard recently learned that they are recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from the Texas FFA Association, an award sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR).  Last week, the three deserving students traveled to Stephenville, Texas to the State FFA Degree and Scholarship Event to interview for this prestigious scholarship opportunity.  In Texas, there are currently over 115,000 FFA members and each year 140 scholarships (ranging in dollar amounts) are awarded by various donors, from all over Texas, to students who demonstrate leadership and a passion for agriculture.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These students have worked extremely hard in their four years of FFA at Katy ISD. All three of them are FFA State Champions in Poultry Judging, which is a very challenging and unique FFA Career Development Event (CDE) Contest. Camryn and Skyler are National FFA Poultry Judging Champions and Chloe will compete at the National FFA Poultry contest this year," said Ashlee Laird, Career and Technology Education (CTE) Instructional Specialist.  “Receiving a Texas FFA scholarship is a huge honor, that many students strive to earn each year. This scholarship is unique in that it is buildable, they can renew it after their first year enrolled in college and get an additional $20,000! We are so proud of their accomplishments," added Laird.  </p><p>​To be eligible to apply for the college scholarship, an applicant must be an active member of the Texas FFA Association for the current year and at least two of the three previous years.  They should be listed on the State FFA Roster and be in good standing with the Texas FFA Association and they must declare intent to attend a Texas college or university in the fall semester of the application year.  Upon graduation, the student should have completed at least three academic calendar years and at least five different semesters of instruction on agriculture, food and natural resources, during their 9<sup>th</sup> through 12<sup>th</sup>-grade years. Additionally, to be considered for a scholarship the student must score at least 1000 on the SAT, or at least 19 on the ACT and be in the upper half of his/her graduating class, based on scholastic rank, for the first three and half years of high school.  Aside from academic requirements, interview presentation is a contributing factor to be selected for the coveted scholarship.  Official FFA attire is required for all scholarship interviews, whether at district, area or state competitions.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wilder and Weathers will be attending Texas A&M University to study Poultry Science while LaBard will be attending Texas A&M University to study Animal Science & Agriculture Business.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Camryn%20Wilder.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image003.jpg" alt="" style="width:329px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Camryn Wilder</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Sklyer%20Weathers.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:547px;" /><br><br></em><em>Skyler Weathers</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Katy High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> </em></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg" alt="" style="width:245px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Chloe%20LaBard.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:534px;" /><br><br>Chloe LaBard</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Taylor High School FFA Student</em></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names New Principals for Bethke and Winborn Elementary Schools ISD Names New Principals for Bethke and Winborn Elementary Schools<div class="ExternalClassB96EF4157E3A423CBC2762A196A4732D"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">When school resumes on Wednesday, August 18, students and staff members at two Katy Independent School District elementary schools will be beginning their academic year with a new pri</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ncipal.  This week, Superintendent of Schools</span><span style="text-align:justify;">,</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> Dr. Ken Gregorski appointed Kara Morgan as the new principal of Bethke Elementary and Lisa Frison as the new leader for Winborn Elementary.  Both educators hold over 20 years of experience in education and are familiar faces within Katy ISD.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kara Morgan has had the unique opportunity of educating students of all levels and demographics ranging from 3<sup>rd</sup> through 12<sup>th</sup> grades.  She began her career in education in 2001 at Sutton Elementary, just east of Katy ISD, at Houston Independent School District where she was a team leader for fifth-graders in addition to facilitating English as a Second Language (ESL) interventions for third through fifth-graders.  Morgan's dedication to improving her teaching skills moved her to teach sixth-graders in Fort Bend Independent School District in 2006. While there, in 2007, she moved into administration to serve as assistant principal at First Colony Middle School (2007-2010) and then Associate Principal at Bowie Middle School and Sugar Land Middle School between 2011 and 2017.  She joined Katy ISD in 2017 as an Assistant Principal at Tompkins High School.  Most recently, Morgan was given the opportunity to establish a new campus at Katy ISD in 2020, when she opened Jordan High School as the sophomore Assistant Principal.  Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.</p><p>“I would like to express how much of an honor it is to become a part of the Bethke family of educators and community members," said Kara Morgan, Principal of Bethke Elementary.  “My passion has always been working with students in their young transition years and growing their knowledge base with life experiences and a solid foundation. It is already evident to me that Bethke is a very special place to be and I look forward to continuing our partnerships," added Morgan.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lisa Frison has 27 years of exceptional teaching and leading experience, 15 of which have been with Katy ISD.  Her passion for teaching students began in 1994 when she joined Blue Valley Unified School District, found within the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, as a sixth-grade math teacher.  Two years later she moved to Texas when she took on the role of a third-grade and a fifth-grade teacher at Hunters Creek Elementary in Spring Branch Independent School District.  In 2006, Frison joined the Katy ISD family at Griffin Elementary where she spearheaded multiple roles, within the next 10 years of her career, including instructional coordinator, instructional coach, math liaison and fourth and fifth-grade math and science teacher.  In 2016, with a desire to continue growing professionally, and her love for helping students and teachers reach their full potential, she made a career move to Beck Junior High as the school's new Assistant Principal.  As Katy ISD continued to see an influx of student growth, Frison joined the Adams Junior High family as the campus's Assistant Principal where she assisted in the hiring process, the school's logo and branding initiative and ultimately the opening of the newest campus in Katy ISD.  Frison holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Educational Management with Principal Certification from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p>“Being named Principal of Winborn Elementary is the highlight of my career," said Lisa Frison, Principal of Winborn Elementary.  “I am excited to collaborate with staff, students, and parents as we continue to support the legacy of excellence in the Winborn community," added Frison.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both educators are beginning their roles as principals this summer in preparation for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/060921_CBE_Kara%20Morgan%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:467px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Kara Morgan</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Bethke Elementary</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/060921_DWE_Lisa%20Frison%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lisa Frison</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Winborn Elementary</em><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Powering Up for Back to School Up for Back to School<div class="ExternalClassC3B35BCB351445038F60DA5D0588FBA2"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is <em>Powering Up for Back to School </em>with<em> </em>PowerSchool Enrollment!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This fall, the District will welcome over 85,000 students when school starts on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 18.</span>  Resuming today, parents of new students* can pre-register for the 2021-22 Katy ISD fall semester through the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment webpage</a>. Parents of current Katy ISD students may update their child’s information in <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment</a> beginning August 2.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mark your calendar for these important dates:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 30 (until midnight)</span></strong>– New student online pre-registration and enrollment resumes</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, July 26</span></strong>– New student enrollment re-opens following the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">June 30</span> close date (2<sup>nd</sup> opportunity)</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, August 2</span></strong>– Annual student update begins (for current Katy ISD students) </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">*A new student is defined as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling.  A current student is defined as any student who was actively enrolled during the 2020-21 school year. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All new and current Katy ISD students are required to use PowerSchool Enrollment to submit a new student registration or their annual student update.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to submit a parent inquiry through the <a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support">Parent/Guardian & Student Technology Support Center</a> or email <a href=""></a>.</span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p><br></p></div>
Update to Katy Virtual High School #2 to Katy Virtual High School #2<div class="ExternalClassBBC313FDC7EB434692ED62807723EC52"><p>​Following the close of the regular Texas Legislature session on May 31, Texas school districts learned that the state did not pass legislation that would have provided funding for public school districts to offer virtual learning.<br> <br>In result, Katy ISD, like many school districts across the state, is unable to offer a standalone Katy Virtual School (KVS) High School during the 2021-22 school year.  We look forward to welcoming all Katy ISD students back to in-person learning on Wednesday, August 18. <br><br>Katy ISD, however, continues to offer supplemental paid online course programs through <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy Virtual School </a>for students interested in pursuing on-line course work outside of the regular school day.<br><br>Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we awaited further guidance and legislation regarding the future of virtual learning in Texas.<br> <br>In the meantime, enjoy your summer break, and take a moment to check out the <a href="/dept/ci/Pages/Enrichment.aspx">Summer Enrichment Activities​</a> webpage for other fun and educational activities for students and families this summer.<br></p>​<p>​<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts Signing Day ISD Hosts Fine Arts Signing Day<div class="ExternalClassB080720278644E78A746DC511A3154EF"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Signing Day includes more than just athletics! This past May, </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) hosted a collegiate fine arts signing day in recognition of their students who are committing to continue their Visual and Performing Arts careers at colleges across the country. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Family and friends of Trey Serrano, Leo Rosebure and Victoria Taylor cheered on these students who will be continuing their education in various areas of fine arts with the assistance of scholarship funding.  Serrano will be studying music education at Temple College, while Rosebure will concentrate on commercial music at Tennessee State University, and Taylor will be focusing on theatre at Sam Houston State University.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These students are paving the way for other fine arts students.  Their work and contributions emphasize the importance of artists not only in the Katy area, but all over the world," said Damon Archer, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Department.  “We are proud of them for aspiring to 'create a legacy' in the world of fine arts," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Students signed letters of intent during the event and will be attending their respective colleges this upcoming fall.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(1).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Leo Rosebure</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Tennessee State University</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>​</em><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(2).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Trey Serrano</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Temple College</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/MCHS%20Fine%20Arts%20Signing%20Day%20(5).jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Victoria Taylor</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Sam Houston State University</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationals ISD Students' Patriotic Artwork Heads to Nationals<div class="ExternalClass316AC7E82608486AA9974F45AD4ACEE5"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Showing patriotism through artwork lands two Katy Independent School District students a spot in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competition.  Memorial Parkway Elementary first-grader Daniel Torres and Katy Elementary third-grader Mackenzie McMeans both won first place in their respective age divisions in the Texas VFW </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Illustrated America</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> contest.  Their red, white and blue two-dimensional artworks will now compete against 50 other students across the nation for first, second and third places in distinct division levels.  This is the second year of the patriotic art contest for elementary and junior high school students. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is exciting to see our students display their pride in being an American through their drawings and paintings," said Susan Chiboroski, Assistant Fine Arts Director.  “Through art competitions and other programs offered by various VFW organizations, students also develop a respect for veterans and active servicemen and women who contribute to making our country one of the best in the world," added Chiboroski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​McMeans and Torres' artwork is currently at the VFW national headquarters being judged for the upcoming national competition.  The winners of the National VFW <em>Illustrated America</em> contest will be announced the week of July 25 via the <a href="">VFW Auxiliary National Organization Facebook page.</a>  Winners will receive a $100 gift card.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_KE_Mackenzie%20McMeans.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:302px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Mackenzie McMeans</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> 3</em><em><sup>rd</sup></em><em> Grader at Katy Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Jennifer Mabray</em>​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/052621_MPE_Daniel%20Torres%20artwork.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:307px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Daniel Torres</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>1</em><em><sup>st</sup></em><em> Grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em> Art Teacher:  Pedro Castro</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnership ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnership<div class="ExternalClassBE609C14734C4BC0B78DEFDD3914E730"><p>​ <span style="text-align:justify;">Since launching this past September, the Katy Independent School District COVID-19 & RediMD Testing Site has offered over 27,520 rapid tests to students, staff and their qualifying dependents to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  As the school year comes to an end and COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop across the region, the District will be closing the testing site.  The last day of operation will be Friday, May 28. The District, however, will maintain its COVID-19 Dashboard and Positive Self-Reporting options.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As focus shifts from testing to vaccination, Katy ISD has partnered with Randall's Pharmacy to offer a district location for the organization to provide optional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to eligible students, 12 years of age and older. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Due to high demand, Randall's Pharmacy has made three opportunities available to parents interested in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management Department. “The vaccination is available free of charge and is being administered at Katy ISD's Agricultural Science Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road," added Nauman. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented.  To schedule an appointment and to access the consent form, parents can visit the following link:  <a href=""></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Randall's Pharmacy COVID-19 Optional Vaccination Schedule is as follows: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>First Dose</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Second Dose</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 9</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 26</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thursday, June 17</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 23</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Katy ISD students are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs.  For questions regarding the optional COVID-19 vaccination offered by Randall's Pharmacy, individuals can contact <a href=""></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summer ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summer<div class="ExternalClass9FEE5F48501E42CC8BFAEAFC76E08306"><p>​A<span style="text-align:justify;">s Katy Independent School District's academic year comes to an end, its Nutrition & Food Service Department is preparing to fill the hunger gap that exists among some students during summer break.  This year, Katy ISD will continue offering “Grab and Go" meals to </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">all</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> students, 18 years and younger, in the Katy area as well as enrolled Katy ISD students attending in-person summer school.  Below is the schedule for meal distribution.</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Summer Meal Programs</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>For</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Designated School/Dates/Times</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">All Katy area students <em>(including Katy ISD students)</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School </span></p><ul><li>Thursday, May 27</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p><ul><li>Every Tuesday (from June 1 – July 27)</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">In-person Summer School Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Enrolled Katy ISD summer school students</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Morton Ranch Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Williams Elementary and Taylor High School </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday - Thursday (June 7 – July 1)</li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch for Elementary Schools:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. </li><li>Lunch for High School:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy ISD enrolled special needs students </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exley Elementary, Memorial Parkway Junior High and McMeans Junior High</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday – Thursday (June 7-17 and July 12-22) </li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals:   </strong></span><br>The curbside “Grab and Go" meals will consist of ready to heat and eat breakfast and lunch.  Tuesday meal pick-ups will consist of four breakfasts and four lunches for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Monday. There is no school, nor meal pick-ups on Friday.  Pick-up directions will be marked at school entry sites.  If parents are picking up meals for their child(ren) who cannot be present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meals.   </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>In-person Summer School Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>In-person summer school meals will be served hot at the campus cafeteria to summer school students.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with the enrolled summer school students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Katy ISD will also be offering ESY students community meals during summer school activities at three campuses.  Students can enjoy a hot breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and a hot lunch between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Only enrolled Katy ISD special education students will be allowed to eat the meals in the cafeteria.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with Katy ISD enrolled special needs students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p>“Both the Curbside Grab and Go Meals, in-person summer school meals and meals for special education students will be free thanks to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department.  “Meal benefit applications will not be required this summer, nor for the upcoming school year as part of this federal program," added Pittenger.  </p><p>For additional information please visit the <a href="">Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department website</a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Several 2021 Katy ISD Bond Projects Receive Green Light from Board 2021 Katy ISD Bond Projects Receive Green Light from Board<div class="ExternalClassF6B5A236AFE74874B1794E3B2DEB5B66"><p><span style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/000.LO-Bond%202021-%20Official.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:95px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">T</span><span style="text-align:justify;">his past May, Katy ISD voters approved the District's four bond propositions that include the building of new campuses for projected enrollment growth, school improvements and renovations, and safety and technology upgrades. At tonight's Regular Board Meeting Trustees approved moving forward with contractor selection and several key projects aimed to address the District's rapid growth.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following projects received a unanimous vote of approval from Trustees:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Approval of the construction delivery methods and contractor selection criteria for capital construction projects associated with the $676 million bond authorization</li><li>Approval of a contract for the construction of Elementary #44</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the construction of High School #10 and Junior High #18</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the renovation and addition to Katy Elementary School</li><li>Approval to award a contract for design services for the renovation of Winborn Elementary School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD has built a reputation for educational excellence and as one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Texas, it is our responsibility to be prepared for the arrival of new families to Katy ISD," said Ted Vierling, Chief Operations Officer.  “Katy ISD currently has over 85,000 students.  Demographers project that by 2026 that number will be well over 100,000 students," added Vierling. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The $676,226,420 bond package is comprised of over 400 campus and facility projects that include five new schools and a transportation facility, major renovations and/or additions for seven existing campuses, safety and security improvements, component replacements that include chiller replacements, re-roofing and kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, and other projects. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information, visit the <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx">2021 Bond webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Look to Move Forward with Future Katy ISD Virtual High School of Trustees Look to Move Forward with Future Katy ISD Virtual High School<div class="ExternalClassD8A4235A30794CDEA71E401F9AA1E72D"><p>​K<span style="text-align:justify;">aty Independent School District is preparing to move forward with the establishment of a virtual high school after trustees discu</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ssed and voted to approve the item at tonight's Regular Board Meeting, pending future guidance and funding from the state. </span></p><p>The Katy ISD Virtual High School would be tuition-free and considered a full-time stand-alone virtual high school campus.  The virtual high school criteria and student eligibility include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The virtual campus would have its own Texas Education Agency (TEA) campus code.</li><li>Students would be required to submit an online application during a designated window of time.</li><li>Students would need to meet the required criteria for acceptance into the virtual high school.</li><li>Enrollment in the virtual high school would be for one calendar school year. Students would be able to elect to withdraw and return to their home campus during the summer and before the start of a new school year.</li><li>Students would graduate from the Katy ISD virtual high school and would earn a GPA, class rank (top 10%) and quartile rank with their virtual school cohort.</li><li>Students attending the virtual high school would not be eligible to participate in their home campus UIL and/or extracurricular activities. <br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have an excellent framework for a Katy ISD Virtual High School that could effectively support the delivery of unparalleled learning experiences to those students and families who may be interested in that learning option, should the state provide the necessary funding," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  </p><p>This past April, the District sought input from parents of secondary students through an interest survey. More than 1,200 responses were received from parents who expressed an interest in their child(ren) attending a stand-alone virtual high school during the 2021-22 school year.  ​<br></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officers ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officers<div class="ExternalClass17D85A0418BF428B85604A50414A1C51"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At tonight's Regular Board Meeting, Katy Independent School District's newly elected Board members Dawn Champagne and Rebecca Fox took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.  Champagne continues in Position 7, while Fox will serve in Position 6. Immediately following the swearing-in of these two Trustees, both assumed their roles as members of the Board for the remainder of the Closed and Regular Board meetings. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also, as is customary following Katy ISD Board elections, Trustees elected a new slate of officers to serve for the upcoming school year.  Greg Schulte was elected as the 2021-22 president, Lance Redmon as vice president and Dawn Champagne as secretary.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as a board member are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Schulte-%20KISD%20BOD%20Dec%202020%20-%2009%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Greg Schulte<br></em><em>President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Redmon,%20Lance%20-%2009%205x7.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Redmon<br></em><em>Vice President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KISD%20BOD%202018-%20049%204x5%20Champagne.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /><em>​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Dawn Champagne<br></em><em>Secretary of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Board of Trustees Approve New Principals for Wilson Elementary, Katy and Beck Junior High of Trustees Approve New Principals for Wilson Elementary, Katy and Beck Junior High<div class="ExternalClass20A044A079D24B14B2ACF9E58D4315B0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Regular Board meeting, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved new leaders for three District campuses.  Shae Harwell was named the principal of Wilson Elementary, while Leah Lowry will be the principal of Beck Junior High and Carrie Lowery will be the principal of Katy Junior High.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Harwell began her career as a second-grade teacher in 2001 in Dallas, TX.  In 2005 she moved to the Houston metro area to work in Spring Branch ISD as a first-grade teacher, and in 2007 she became a counselor in the district.  She joined the Katy ISD family as the assistant principal at Fielder Elementary in 2010 and then transitioned to Hayes Elementary in 2014.  Harwell is excited to begin her position as the leader at Wilson Elementary.  Harwell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Colorado State University and a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.​ </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For Ms. Lowry, Katy ISD has been her home since the beginning of her educational career.  She began in Katy ISD as a science educator in 2005 at Memorial Parkway Junior High.  In 2009, she assumed the role of instructional coach on that campus and remained in that position until 2010.  At that time, she became the assistant principal at Winborn Elementary.  Six years later, she was named the principal of the campus and has served in that role since 2016.  Ms. Lowry holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Lowery began her career in education in Lubbock, Texas as an elementary teacher in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, she taught fourth grade at Metcalf Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  In 2001, she joined Katy ISD as a fourth-grade teacher at Memorial Parkway Elementary.  The following year, she began teaching at Katy Elementary and taught there until 2007.  That year, Ms. Lowery became the assistant principal at Hutsell Elementary.  In 2011, she was named principal at Rhoads Elementary, and in 2015 was named principal at one of Katy ISD's newest elementary campuses, Bethke Elementary.  Ms. Lowery holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_TWE_Shae%20Harwell.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Shae Harwell</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Wilson Elementary</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_BJH_Leah%20Lowry.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Leah Lowry</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Beck Junior High</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/051721_KJH_Carrie%20Lowery.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Carrie Lowery</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Katy Junior High</em><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians<div class="ExternalClassE4A5A07A3237446D8056E1E3B12EDBFA"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who have ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth-grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to renowned colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2020-2021 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Natalie Wang – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology/PreMed</li><li>GPA:  4.8281</li></ul><li>Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Layne Smith – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology with an emphasis on Epidemiology</li><li>GPA:  4.8148</li></ul><li>Chelsea Crow – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Chelsea will be pursuing volunteer opportunities abroad after graduating and will teach Spanish literacy for a year.</li><li>Major:  N/A</li><li>GPA: 4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Min Ko Ko – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:   Political Science</li><li>GPA: 4.8143</li></ul><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Columbia University</li><li>Major:  Sociology</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Jennie Le – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major: Exercise Science</li><li>GPA: 4.7037</li></ul><li>Walter Pham – Salutatorian (photo unavailable)</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Biology</li><li>GPA: 4.7<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>John Pershing Abney – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Brown University</li><li>Major:  Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.7778</li></ul><li>Camila Silva – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Chicago</li><li>Major:  Astrophysics & Astronomy</li><li>GPA:  4.75</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sameer Gupta – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science (Turing Honors Program)</li><li>GPA: 4.9079</li></ul><li>Surya Chokkar – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science and Business Honors Program</li><li>GPA:  4.9079</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ecaterina Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8406</li></ul><li>Jeongwook Yun – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.8302 </li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Sahil Adhawade – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Stanford University</li><li>Major:  Computer Science with a Concentration in Bio-Computation</li><li>GPA:  4.9048</li></ul><li>Pranav Narayanan – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Biosciences</li><li>GPA: 4.85333<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="">Pictures of the 2020-21 Valedictorians and Salutatorians</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - May 7, 2021 Restart Weekly eNews - May 7, 2021<div class="ExternalClass8480926AC98D4D928B7EC439B46DFC95"> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="Smart Restart Weekly Enews Logo" width="620" height="109" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">May 7, 2021 </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="">Smart Restart web page</a>!  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW* </strong></span><strong>CLASS OF 2021 & FINAL TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Don’t forget to go into ScribOrder <a href="$"></a> to order your final transcript for your college or university. If students need to send a transcript to the NCAA, be sure to choose “Educational Institute.” NCAA is listed in the drop-down. Campus Registrars can help with any questions.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Report cards for seniors will be available in the <a href="">Home Access Center (HAC)</a> on 05/21/2021 by 8 pm. To view the electronic grade report, please click on the “Grades” icon and then click on the Report Card tab.  If you require a printed version of the report card, click on the Print button to get a printable PDF version of the report card.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="Home Access Center" style="width:600px;height:159px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Updated, unofficial GPA and class rank will be available for 12th grade students and will include grades through the spring 2021 semester, in the <a href="">Home Access Center (HAC)</a> on May 25, 2021 by 8 am <em>(*Please note, the GPA and/or class rank for underclassman will not yet be updated, but will still reflect the prior semester’s data)</em> </span></p><p><img src="" alt="Transcripts Icon" style="width:600px;height:122px;" /> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>UIL Activity Physical Examinations 2021-2022 </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Appointments and prepayments required: <a href="$"></a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All students participating in UIL marching band and/or UIL athletic activities will be required to complete the UIL Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE), after May 1 for the 2021-2022 school year. All students must have a current physical on file in order to participate in summer strength and conditioning camp. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Physical examinations will only be given to Katy ISD students participating in UIL activities grades 7-12. The UIL physical form will be the only physical form accepted.</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Although Katy ISD recommends the use of your family doctor for the physical examination, the following mass screenings are available as an economical convenience for its patrons. Katy ISD sponsored physical examinations will cost a nominal fee of $25. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">A schedule of physical examinations offered in Katy ISD can be found here: <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/Physical_Dates.pdf"></a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">You may download a current blank physical or upload your completed physical for athletics at: <a href="$"></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Strength & Conditioning Camp 2021 </strong>  <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Registration for all Strength & Conditioning Camps can be completed at the link below: <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="$"></a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">High School students will register at their campus.  Junior High students will register at their feeder high school. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>2021 Varsity Football Schedule</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The 2021 Varsity Football Schedule has been released and can be found <a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/2021%20Katy%20ISD%20Var%20FB%20Schedule%20-%20DEC%20Approved.pdf">here</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">View our most up to date information at our <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">website</a> or follow us on Twitter - <a href="$">@katyisdathletic</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Spring STAAR & EOC Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Federal and state laws require that all eligible STAAR test takers be provided an opportunity to test. To ensure equity for all students, Katy ISD will administer the 2021 state assessments to all students, including KVA students, at their home campus. All testing students should arrive at their campus by the start of the school day. Parents will receive more information from students’ campuses regarding details for participating in STAAR assessments this spring.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><u>To limit testing disruptions and to ensure safety measures are in place, certain grade levels of non-testing students will remain at home and engage in Intermittent School to Home instruction on STAAR testing days while other grade levels will continue with the normal school schedule.</u> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For graduation requirements, students must meet standard on all five EOC subjects - English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History to be eligible to graduate. Missing a STAAR EOC testing opportunity will potentially impact meeting the graduation testing requirement outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Further, students must attempt to test to be eligible to utilize substitute assessments and/or graduate by Individual Graduation Committee (IGC). </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students enrolled in self-contained specialized programs will be permitted to attend class on campus.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>KVA Students- STAAR/EOC Testing Information</u></strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA students may ride district transportation to and from their campus on their scheduled campus STAAR administration day(s). KVA parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day. KVA students may opt to stay at the campus and ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting after the assessment. </span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA testing students are <strong>eligible for meals</strong> served on the scheduled STAAR administration days. </span>  </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the STAAR assessments. </span>  </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students will report to their home campus on the specific testing days as noted by the home campus.  Eligible test takers who do not participate in testing will have an answer document submitted which will reflect this decision.  </span> </li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>STAAR, EOC Absence Clarification:</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">TEA requires public school districts to mark a student absent if the student is not present to participate in a state assessment.  However, should a parent choose not to send their in-person or virtual student to campus on the day of a scheduled assessment, there are no academic expectations for attending school virtually or academic consequences.  Students may return to their in-person or virtual learning the next day following the state assessment. </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>STAAR, EOC Make-Up Date Expectations:</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Virtual students who elect to not take the state assessment on the make-up date must participate in the virtual learning model or will be marked absent.  In-person students present on a make-up assessment day and eligible for the make-up assessment must be provided an opportunity to test.  Therefore, parents of in-person students who elect for their child to not take the state assessment on the make-up scheduled date should contact a campus administrator or counselor.  In-person students should follow their regular instructional day schedule if confirmed they will not be taking the state assessment on the scheduled date. </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">If you have questions regarding STAAR administration, please contact your child’s campus administrator or counselor.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf">Click here to view the below assessment schedules for important dates.</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> <img src="" alt="Elementary Testing" style="width:600px;height:425px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="Junior High testing" style="width:600px;height:287px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="High School Testing" style="width:600px;height:324px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>District Student Transfer Application Closes May 31, 2021</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The District Student Transfer application period for the 2021-2022 school year is open and closes on May 31, 2021.  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your child is currently on a District Student Transfer, a renewal application must be submitted for them to remain at their transferred-to campus.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Transfers will be processed after the application, documents (if needed), and fees are paid. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information regarding transfers, application fees, payment methods, and the application link, please visit the <a href="">Student Transfers</a> web page. If you have any additional questions, please contact Edie White or Bitsy Cobb (281-396-2357). </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Superintendent Message: Year End & 2021-22 Updates! </strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Click here to read an important message from the Superintendent.</a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Katy ISD Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered in person during the first College Board AP exam administration from May 3-17, 2021 at students’ home campus.  In-person administration of the AP exams includes students attending the KVA learning model. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>KVA Students - AP Testing Information</strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The AP Exam Testing Schedule is listed below and students are expected to be on campus at least 45 minutes before the test begins.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA students may ride district transportation to and from their campus on their scheduled AP exam days. Students who arrive early or remain after the exam will be placed in a large room setting after the scheduled AP exam. Parents may pick up their KVA students to transport home prior to the end of the school day.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KVA testing students are eligible for meals served on the scheduled AP exam day(s).  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including the wearing of a facial covering when on campus and participating in the AP exams.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students who have an AP exam and an EOC on the same day and time will take the AP exam on the scheduled day.  The EOC assessment will be given on an EOC make-up day.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The College Board AP second testing window will only be utilized for rare circumstances and must be approved by the campus administrator. Katy ISD will not administer AP exams during the College Board third testing window.  </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">If you have questions regarding AP exams, please contact your campus AP Coordinator. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy ISD AP Exam Testing Schedule</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time listed below.  <a href="/Documents/Testing%20Schedule.pdf">Click here to view the below testing schedule.</a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="AP Testing 2" width="527" height="456" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Technology Device End of the Year Check-In</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> In preparation for the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the following student device check-in schedule information is now available for review.  Following spring break, additional information regarding fees associated with lost/damaged devices and how to utilize the Pay N Go APP to pay fees will be communicated.  Information <a href="$">here</a>. </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>12<sup>th</sup> Grade Students: </strong> Seniors are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian prior to picking up their cap and gown and/or by Wednesday, May 19 prior to the start of the Class of 2021 Legacy Stadium graduation ceremonies.  Questions regarding technology device check-in may be directed to your student’s senior class assistant principal or librarian.   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>PK-11<sup>th</sup> Grade Students:  </strong>All students are required to check in technology devices to their campus librarian by the last day of school on Thursday, May 27.  Additional information regarding technology device check-in will be provided by your student’s campus. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Summer School:  Katy Virtual School (KVS): </strong> Students enrolled in an original credit summer school course via KVS may check out a device for their summer online course from their home campus librarian beginning on Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Summer School:</strong> Students enrolled in a high school credit recovery, junior high course recovery or elementary summer program may check out a device from their assigned summer school campus beginning on Monday, June 7.  All devices must be checked in by Thursday, July 1 – the last day of the summer school session. </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>2021-2022 New Student Pre-Registration</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Pre-Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1 for all <strong>new</strong> to Katy or students not currently enrolled and will be returning to Katy for next school year. A current and valid Katy ISD proof of residency is required in order to submit. New families can visit <a href=""></a> for more information, requirements for enrollment, and access to the PowerSchool Pre-Registration application. If your student is currently enrolled in a Katy ISD school, there is no need to do anything at this time. Families can reach out to the zoned campus registrar or email <a href=""></a> for questions. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Pre-K Registration</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year opened April 1, 2021.  Parents must complete the online registration process through <a href="">Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website</a> in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills.  Click the <a href="/dept/Interv/Pages/Prekindergarten.aspx">Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link</a> for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><em>Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at the following campuses:</em></strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">English Speaking Classes:  Alexander, Bear Creek, Bethke, Bryant, Campbell, Cimarron, Creech, Davidson, Exley, Franz, Golbow, Griffin, Hayes, Holland, Hutsell, Jenks, Katy, Kilpatrick, King, Leonard, Mayde Creek, McElwain, McRoberts, Morton Ranch, Nottingham, Pattison, Randolph, Rhoads, Rylander, Schmalz, Shafer, Stanley, Stephens, Sundown, West Memorial, Wilson, Winborn, Wolfe, Wolman and Wood Creek elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Spanish Speaking Classes:  Bear Creek, Campbell, Fielder, Franz, Hutsell, Jenks, King, McRoberts, Memorial Parkway, Morton Ranch, Rhoads, Schmalz, Stephens, Sundown and Williams elementary schools. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>MyKaty Now Available For Parents/Guardians</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The MyKaty Login is now available to parents and guardians! This Parent Portal will now provide parents access to applications and resources in one location. Parents applications available are PayNGo, School Calendars, Bus Routes, and more. To login, you will use your same parent/guardian login that is used in the Home Access Center (HAC).   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">To access MyKaty, click on the MyKaty Login icon at the top of <a href=""></a> and campus web pages.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="My Katy Log in" width="469" height="120" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information, visit <a href=""></a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy Corkboard</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Check out the new Katy Corkboard, a location for parents and staff to view campus and community flyers.  You can access your Campus Katy Corkboard on your campus webpage or on the <a href="">District’s main website</a> by clicking on the Katy Corkboard Icon. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="Katy Corkboard" width="330" height="78" /> </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong><em> </em> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>COVID-19 Safety Protocols</u></strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><em>Katy ISD’s safety protocols align with the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34 that gives school districts the ability to operate under the </em><a href="$"><em>TEA 2021 Public Health Planning Guidance</em></a><em> standards.</em> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>COVID-19 FREE Testing Site</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Testing services are FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students and employees. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="$">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a><u>. </u>Employees do not require an appointment to be tested for free. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Continued Campus Phase 2 Safety Protocols</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Katy ISD Campus Phase 2 Safety Protocols took effect March 2 with an update on March 29. Please visit the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><strong>District COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.</strong></a><strong> </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Visit the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Smart Restart webpage</a> for information on: </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="" href="/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="" alt="Covid -19 Self Reporting" width="305" height="53" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="*/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402__;Iw!!N081aGSY!CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwauWSsRiS$" href="$"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="" alt="Covid-19 Dashboard" width="312" height="52" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title=";!!N081aGSY!CpIvYpg31H9R7PxqF2tNPXH_WqnS5SEPFeraPe1QF7QZ05dQxJGN_QR4_WFwavel4mO0$" href="$"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="" alt="Covid-19 Testing Appointment" width="303" height="48" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><a title="" href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="310" height="56" /></span></a></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements are available on page 6 of the Katy ISD COVID Mitigation Plan.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>Secondary Information</u></strong> <br><img src="" alt="Class of 2021" width="281" height="137" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Senior Graduation Information</strong> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Graduation information released on Katy ISD Graduation webpage at: <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Pages/Graduation.aspx"></a> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Class of 2021 Graduation Information about ceremonies can be found at: <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Information.pdf"></a>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Campus specific information will be shared by the administration. Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey through Naviance found in MyKaty Cloud beginning March 15 and return any borrowed instructional material and devices prior to picking up graduation caps and gowns. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><img src="" alt="Prom Schedule" style="width:600px;height:286px;" /> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Secondary Katy Summer Academic Term (KSAT) Information</strong>    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Registration is open for parents to elect for their student(s) to take summer recovery courses virtually with in-person teacher support and remediation. At the time of registration, a student will be prompted to select one of the following in person lab days/times for in person teacher support:  </span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">   </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Monday and Wednesday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Monday and Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  </span>   </li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">KSAT for credit and course recovery are schedule from June 7 – July 1, Monday – Thursday. Elementary students eligible for summer school programs will be contacted directly by their respective home campuses in May 2021 via an invitation to attend an eligible program.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">For more information, please visit the <a href="">KSAT web page</a>. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong><u>Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries</u></strong><strong> </strong>  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Online:</strong>   </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Katy ISD Tech Help</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas   </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">Or, e-mail: <a href=""></a></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support Important Links</strong>  </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Parent Tech FAQs</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Parent Tech Help</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href=""><strong>Technology Device Request Form</strong></a></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><strong>Katy ISD </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"> <strong>#KatyStrong</strong> </span></p><br></div>
2021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Results Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Results<div class="ExternalClass3EDC43A5BBDE410986ED4DB5F61FB39B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Unofficial voting results for the May 2021 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election and Bond are as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Position 6 Candidate: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Bonnie Anderson<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Unoffi</span><span style="text-align:justify;">cial Voting Total:  1,598 votes (19.18%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">William X. Branch II<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  80 votes (0.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Garima DasGupta<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  732 votes (8.79%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Rebecca Fox<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  3,002 votes (36.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Susan Gesoff<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,754 votes (33.06%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Joseph Wojcik<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  164 votes (1.97%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 7 Candidates: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Walter Butler<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,128 votes (26.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Dawn Champagne<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  5,766 votes (73.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>Bond 2021 Propositions:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">P</span><span style="text-align:left;">roposition A<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  6,142 votes (71.76%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 2,417 votes (28.24%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition B<br></span>For:  6,187 votes (72.74%)<br>Against: 2,319 votes (27.26%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition C<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">For:  5,423 votes (63.72%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,088 votes (36.28%)<br></span><br>Proposition D<br><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  5,433 votes (63.81%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,081 votes (36.19%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A special board meeting will take place to conduct the official canvass of returns. The deadline to canvass final election results is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. <br></p><p><br></p></div>


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