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Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Selects Officershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1631Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Selects Officers2022-05-17T01:20:53Z<div class="ExternalClassBB75131F27414A5796632A675E2E69D3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">At the May Regular Board Meeting, Katy ISD's newly elected Board members Lance Redmon and Victor Perez took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.  Redmon will continue serving in Position 2, while Perez will serve in Position 1. 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><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also, as is customary following Katy ISD Board elections, Trustees elected its slate of officers to serve for the upcoming school year.  Greg Schulte was elected as the 2022-2023 president, Lance Redmon as vice president and Ashley Vann as secretary. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I feel humbled by the Board's trust in my leadership and thank them and our community for the confidence you have both instilled in me to continue as your school board president," said Greg Schulte, Board President at Katy ISD.  “It is an absolute privilege to serve the Katy ISD community and I look forward to working alongside the Trustees as we move into the 2022-2023 school year," added Schulte.<br></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 board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to leading an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Board%20Member%20Swear%20In%20May%2016,%202022%201.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:199px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Swearing-in of Victor Perez and Lance Redmon</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Schulte-%20KISD%20BOD%20Dec%202020%20-%2009%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Greg Schulte</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Redmon,%20Lance%20-%2009%205x7.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /></em> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Redmon</em><br><em> Vice President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/PublishingImages/Vann%20Web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" />​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ashley Vann</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Secretary of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><br></em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Educator Recognized as TASC High School Advisor of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1629Katy ISD Educator Recognized as TASC High School Advisor of the Year2022-05-13T20:15:08Z<div class="ExternalClassE5C22237517742A7A515552612C5288D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Mayde Creek High School (MCHS) Student Council Advisor Patricia “Patty" Wangler was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) as the recipient of the 2022 Eddie G. Bull TASC State Advisor of the Year Award.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wangler has been an advisor for 15 years, four of which have been in Katy ISD.  She executes her role with pride and has guided her council team to numerous <em>Outstanding Student Council </em>and<em> Sweepstakes </em>awards.  Wangler currently serves as the Coordinator of TASC District 13, as well as one of the Directors of Summer Leadership Workshops.  She has worked with several MCHS students who have held officer roles in TASC, including president of the Houston area association, and she is a former member of the TASC Board of Directors.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Patty is an advocate for all students and always wants what is best for them," said Mayde Creek High School Principal Gina Cobb. “She is a leader on our campus and her passion for the important work we do is contagious," added Cobb.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Ms. Wangler emits a sense of positive energy felt by even our newest council members.  She pushes students and peers to be the best version of themselves and allows them to truly see what they are capable of doing," said Jonathan Huang, MCHS student and TASC District 13 President.  “There can be no better person to represent the ideals of TASC," added Huang.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">TASC is the largest student council organization in the United States.  It helps develop leadership abilities in students, promotes democracy as a way of life and establishes and upholds high standards for local student councils.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/050522_MCHS_Patty%20Wangler.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Patricia Wangler</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>English Teacher and Student Council Advisor</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>at Mayde Creek High School</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces 2021-2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorianshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1624Katy ISD Announces 2021-2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorians2022-05-02T19:57:36Z<div class="ExternalClass4E420EB825C646EA9B88DD090938AFA6"><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 first day of their ninth-grade year until their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to renowned colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2021-2022 valedictorians and salutatorians are:</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>Christine Alexa Wu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Rice University</li><li>Major:  Biochemistry</li><li>GPA:  4.8696</li></ul><li>Jiyeon “Irene" Jeon – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Pepperdine University</li><li>Major: Biology</li><li>GPA:4.8636</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>Arman Joshua Saxena – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Rice University</li><li>Major:  Statistics and Business</li><li>GPA:  4.8525</li></ul><li>Ronak Aaron Saxena – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Rice University</li><li>Major:  Bio-Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.8525</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>Jonathan Huang – Valedictorian<br></li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Harvard University</li><li>Major :Molecular and Cellular Biology</li><li>GPA: 4.8082</li></ul><li>Grace Dayeon Lee – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  College of Natural Sciences Honor Program at University of Texas - Austin<br></li><li>Major:  Biology<br></li><li>GPA:  4.7963</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>Logan Eric Greenland – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Texas State University </li><li>Major: Music Education </li><li>GPA: 4.7547 </li></ul><li>Tyler Scott Specksgoor – Salutatorian </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Houston </li><li>Major: Psychology </li><li>GPA: 4.6885 </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>Michael Jiang Liu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Chemical Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.7667</li></ul><li>Fabian Zuluaga Zuluaga– Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Columbia University</li><li>Major:  Electrical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.7241</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>Samitha Vijay Nemirajaiah – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Rice University</li><li>Major:  Health Sciences</li><li>GPA: 4.8971</li></ul><li>Joshua J. Zhou – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Computer Science/Business</li><li>GPA:  4.8939 </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>Matthew Enping Xu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Electrical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.9057</li></ul><li>Lucy Heather Zeng – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Pennsylvania</li><li>Major:  Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research dual degree program, majoring in both science and engineering </li><li>GPA:  4.8533</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>Pranav Srinivasa Akkaraju – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas Austin</li><li>Major:  Double major in Computer Science and Business in the CSB Honors Program</li><li>GPA: 4.8592</li></ul><li>Shieun Lee – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: Rice University</li><li>Major:  Sociology</li><li>GPA: 4.8448</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzMCYR">Pictures of the 2021-22 Valedictorians and Salutatorians</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Enrollment of 90,000th Studenthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1598Katy ISD Recognizes Enrollment of 90,000th Student2022-03-04T21:57:17Z<div class="ExternalClassD947E1AEF9894BD7B5F771B27A67F69D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">This week, Katy ISD reached a monumental milestone with the enrollment of its 90,000</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> student. The student, Mayde Creek Elementary first-grader Jenna Mohamed Elshantaf, was surprised in her classroom by her family, Superintendent Ken Gregorski and other District officials. The surprise announcement also included balloons, several Katy ISD gifts and a “90,000</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> student" t-shirt that she wore proudly. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“When we decided to move to Texas, friends of ours told us that Katy ISD was a great school district and it had the best schools, so that's one of the reasons why we are here," said Asma Alhabahbeh, Jenna's mother. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">When Jenna's family moved to Texas from New Jersey, enrolling their daughter in Katy ISD was their top priority.  As the fifth-largest and one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Texas, Katy ISD remains a leader in educational excellence.  Its outstanding academic record, award-winning educators and staff members, as well as its commitment to providing unparalleled learning experiences continues to attract families from across the nation.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We can't celebrate the enrollment of our 90,000<sup>th</sup> student without also recognizing the immense growth we're experiencing," said Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  “As families continue to move to the area, it's important that Katy ISD be prepared to serve them.  Thanks to our voter-approved 2021 Bond, the District is able to provide the facilities and resources needed to prepare all students for the future," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's northwest quadrant continues to experience robust growth, including large neighborhoods and commercial developments.  Katy ISD recently opened its newest junior high school, Haskett Junior High, in the area and is expected to add three additional elementary schools, one junior high, one high school and a transportation and maintenance facility in the next few years.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/90K%20student%20MCE%20(51).JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="https://vimeo.com/684778122">Video of 90,000 student celebration for newscasts</a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qk34zksjso7oj77/AAAQF7UST-E7z8BYr8YlMvdGa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of 90,000 student celebration</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates "Of the Year" Employeeshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1596Katy ISD Celebrates "Of the Year" Employees2022-03-03T23:24:17Z<div class="ExternalClass9D98DE49C57C404C8CA84C3FCBDD6C43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Each year, Katy ISD recognizes its “Of the Year" employees for their contributions to student instruction and support services. The recognitions include various categories ranging from teaching and learning to District operations. These individuals go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and dedication to Katy ISD students, staff and the community.  Top honors include the elementary and secondary Principals of the Year, Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Principals of the Year: </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kelly Ricks – Wolman Elementary School</li><li>Dr. Melinda Stone – Taylor High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Teachers of the Year:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Tasha McDonald – Rylander Elementary School</li><li>Daxus Nesossi – Paetow High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Districtwide Rookie Teachers of the Year:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Hailey Burgower – Memorial Parkway Elementary School</li><li>John Shaw – Seven Lakes Junior High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“These educators were selected by their peers and community for making meaningful contributions in their classrooms and campuses," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “They are committed to personal and professional growth, and have demonstrated a dedication to inspiring students and colleagues to continually grow and learn," added Gregorski.</p><p>All Katy ISD “Of the Year" employees will be recognized at a Districtwide ceremony on April 21. Additionally, the Principals of the Year, along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area, will be recognized at the Region 4 Principal Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 7 at Westin Oaks Hotel in the Galleria.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1p2a2l3opmst8ep/AAAiKZ6OqJYHm1hVggKaR9v0a?dl=0">Photo Gallery:  Of the Year Employees</a> <br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD FFA Auction Brings in Over $815Khttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1592Katy ISD FFA Auction Brings in Over $815K2022-02-25T17:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClassE00E2A894D504A6996BB86BABA6D2040"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The 2022 Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show auction totals have officially been announced.  Student livestock projects raised a record $815,480.  This year's livestock show consisted of over 450 student exhibitors.  Top auction winners included:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rabbits</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Mary Haseltine, Tompkins High School                                       $6,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Aubrey Elston, Katy High School                                             $5,500</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Jan Betancourt, Cinco Ranch High School                $3,000</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Ella Mirabelli, Cinco Ranch High School                 $1,700</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Broilers</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Kasen Colvin, Katy High School                                                  $16,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Madelyn Roxburgh, Taylor High School                                   $6,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Claire Butler, Taylor High School                                $2,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Jamie Hahn, Katy High School                                $2,700</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Goats</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Samantha Crumrin, Tompkins High School                                 $7,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Tabitha Jarrell, Taylor High School                                          $6,999</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Ja'Loni Haden, Mayde Creek High School                 $4,000</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, McKenna Guyton, Cinco Ranch High School        $3,000</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lambs</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Grayson Schneider, Taylor High School                                      $7,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Melanie Carcamo, Morton Ranch High School                        $6,500</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Grayson Schneider, Taylor High School                     $7,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Julissa Umanzor, Paetow High School                   $5,000</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Swine</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Trinity Reagan, Katy High School                                                 $12,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Caroline DeBou, Cinco Ranch High School                             $7,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Kennedy McDonald, Cinco Ranch High School        $6,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Abbey Boeker, Jordan High School                         $3,500</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Steers</strong></span>:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Grand Champion, Abigale Dilday, Taylor High School                                              $20,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Eric Scott, Morton Ranch High School                                     $12,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Lauren Sapp, Cinco Ranch High School                    $10,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Garrett Skinner, Cinco Ranch High School            $9,000<br></li></ul><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/THS_Abigale%20Dilday.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" />​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Taylor High School Sophomore Abigale Dilday</em><br><em>Top Auction Winner</em><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Athletes Sign with Colleges/Universities across the United Stateshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1579Katy ISD Athletes Sign with Colleges/Universities across the United States2022-02-08T21:41:14Z<div class="ExternalClassF963CC9D85CC456B9D88F3F8B58A108F"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">This month, over 50 Katy ISD student-athletes formally committed to their college or university of choice during</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">National Signing Day events across the District.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The countless hours of practice, sweat and effort of these competitors was recognized during memorable celebrations that documented each student-athlete signing a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Signees include the following:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Alison Mueller Hickler – Cross Country/Track – Colorado College</li><li>Krista Burg – Softball – Concordia University Texas</li><li>Mallorie Luitwieler – Golf – University of North Texas </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Toryn Turpin – Girls Track – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS)</li><li>Izzy Denton – Volleyball – Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li>Emily Parks – Softball – Galveston College</li><li>Ashley Piraneo – Softball – Connor State College</li><li>Brayden Powers – Baseball – Murray State College</li><li>Dominic Melchor – Baseball – Murray State College</li><li>Parker Kidwell – Baseball – Odessa College</li><li>Ryan George – Baseball – Houston Baptist University</li><li>Kailey Wykoff – Softball – Stephen F. Austin State University</li><li><li>Kate Raynal – Girls Soccer – East Texas Baptist University<br></li><li>Michael Dante – Football – Texas Wesleyan University<br></li><li>Dylan Bennett – Football – Benedictine College<br></li><li>Erynne Castillo – Softball – Blinn College<br></li><li>Adien Wendt – Football – Lincoln University<br></li><li>Carson Marshall – Football – University of Texas – Austin<br></li><li>Ronnie Schneider – Football – Texas Wesleyan University​<br></li></li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Greg Meeks – Football – West Texas A&M University </li><li>Nick Martinez – Wrestling – Lyons College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Madison Koteras – Girls Soccer – Concordia University Texas</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kayin Tillman – Baseball – Kansas Wesleyan University</li><li>Michael Jordan – Football – Lehigh University</li><li>Jacob Brown – Football – Houston Baptist University</li><li>Kole Wilson – Football – University of the Incarnate Word</li><li>Kentrell Webb – Football – Tulane University</li><li>Channing Dumas Jr. – Football – Prairie View A&M University</li><li>Jalyn Richardson – Football – McPherson College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School 2022 Signees: </strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Michael Amico – Football – Rice University</li><li>Grayson Medford – Football – University of Texas at San Antonio</li><li>Keegan Sneedon – Football – Sam Houston State University</li><li>Scott Stanford – Football – University of Tulsa</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2022 Signees: </strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Gracie Gibbens – Volleyball – University of Wisconsin – Platteville</li><li>Valor Chalker – Baseball – Ottawa University</li><li>Camden Champness – Baseball – Trinity University</li><li>Matthew Irwin – Baseball – East Texas Baptist University</li><li>Nate Lopez – Baseball – University of St. Thomas </li><li>Jared Schaeffer – Baseball – St. Edwards University </li><li>Blake Wolf – Baseball – West Texas A&M University</li><li>Javontae Yarbrough – Football – University of Arkansas at Monticello</li><li>Hollis Robinson – Football - Stephen F. Austin State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2022 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Paris Herrman – Volleyball – Texas Tech University</li><li>Natassia Baptiste – Volleyball – Oral Roberts University</li><li>Colton Howard – Cross Country – Dallas Baptist University</li><li>Cash Russell – Baseball – Temple College</li><li>Jodi Keener – Golf – Southwestern College Kansas</li><li>Regina Garcia Perez – Golf – University of St. Thomas </li><li>Samantha Mok – Swimming – Pace University</li><li>Matthew Aigner – Diving – Texas A&M University</li><li>Lorenza Kabuloglu – Diving – University of the Incarnate Word</li><li>Ashley Martinec – Softball – College of Central Florida</li><li>Kaitlyn Scribner – Softball – Southern Arkansas University</li><li>Daniel Aigbogun – Football – Texas Wesleyan University</li><li>Eti-ini Bassey – Football – Texas A&M University – Kingsville</li><li>Sean Dubose – Football – Abilene Christian University '</li><li>Maliik Edwards – Football – Black Hills State University</li><li>Dylan Erwin – Football – Midwestern State University</li><li>Cole Francis – Football – Texas Wesleyan University</li><li>Chidubem Lebechi – Football – Abilene Christian University</li><li>Jack Lynch – Football – Tufts University</li><li>Luke Snyder – Football – Black Hills State University</li></ul><p>The District also hosted signing days this past December at which 14 Katy ISD student-athletes committed to various colleges and universities. </p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ox3jc4wcq3j01la/AAD9yuMAHMPNRB_eGq8_NpQSa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD 2022 Signees</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Winter Graduationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1566Katy ISD Celebrates Winter Graduation2022-01-21T16:35:25Z<div class="ExternalClass29B60D5916C640AEB6ED3DC6E2D62914"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">High School Graduation is considered one of the most important milestones in a student's life, oftentimes described as a “rite of passage" to the next chapter in the graduate's journey.  Last night Katy ISD hosted the annual winter graduation ceremony honoring 105 seniors ready to begin the next chapter by pursuing a college or career path.  Seniors may elect to graduate mid-year for a variety of reasons and Katy ISD is proud to recognize their achievement.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“There are a variety of reasons why seniors elect to graduate mid-year.  Mid-year graduates may desire to enter the workforce immediately, enroll in college or a technical school for the spring or join the military, said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.   “Campus counselors and college & career facilitators are instrumental in advising students how to graduate mid-year if this is one of their goals" added Edwards. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Over the past two years, the Class of 2021 has faced much adversity, yet has consistently demonstrated strength and resilience," said Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board Trustee.  “They have learned remarkable academic and life lessons, and overcome challenges culminating in moments of triumph," added Vann. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to our Class of 2021 winter graduates!<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzzqXG">Pictures of the Winter Graduation Ceremony</a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soonhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1562Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soon2022-01-18T21:44:16Z<div class="ExternalClass36F0F4C11A1C443C80C82BEC723D5643"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For some Katy ISD soon to be 9</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> through 12</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grade students, supplemental virtual classes are an excellent option for earning graduation credits and expanding learning opportunities.  On Tuesday, February 1, Katy Virtual School (KVS), a paid, supplemental online course program, will begin registration for the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This paid, supplemental virtual model of e-learning is in high demand with our high school students because it supports graduation plans and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD learners, outside of normal school hours," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “KVS courses support students who need a flexible schedule to participate in programs during the school day. It's an excellent opportunity for students," added Richards.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS offers a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 45 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year.  Most KVS courses are $200 per semester. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 4,000 high school students enroll in the District's KVS program each year.  Since its launch in 2013, the primary goal of KVS is to offer choice and flexibility in challenging online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, students can visit with their campus counselor, email KVS at <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a> or visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy ISD Virtual School</a> website. ​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20transparent.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:132px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD is Hiring!https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1559Katy ISD is Hiring!2022-01-07T14:33:24Z<div class="ExternalClass59C89684F7414A3AB05547DDD04E9C23"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the start of 2022, how about a new job at a thriving school district identified by Forbes as one of the top employers in the state of Texas?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is seeking to fill vacancies in classroom instruction and support, maintenance, operations, transportation and law enforcement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From educating our students, keeping our campuses clean and safe, and providing transportation to and from school, these men and women are essential to the success of our school district," said Brian Schuss, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Katy ISD offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to those interested in joining our team," added Schuss.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring, the District will also host its annual Certified Teacher Job Fair on <strong>Saturday, March 26, 2022</strong>.  Elementary campus leadership will meet interested candidates between 8:30-11:30 a.m., and secondary personnel between 1-4 p.m. at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Candidates interested in any Katy ISD position may apply at:  <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a>.​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courseshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1556Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courses2022-01-03T20:08:19Z<div class="ExternalClass821775789D86435A892A023252EAA462"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, maybe take some computer skills classes, or learn how to dance salsa?  If so, look no further!  Spring enrollment has begun for a variety of Katy Independent School District Community Education classes which aim to provide participants the opportunity to build expertise, learn a different skill or enjoy a new activity. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">With a variety of topics and options, the Community Education courses at Katy ISD provide the general public with learning opportunities that include self-improvement, enrichment, recreation, professional skills courses and best of all, an opportunity to make new friends.  Spring semester classes take place at various Katy ISD high schools during evening hours, and interested individuals can view course availability through the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Catalog.pdf">Community Education Spring 2022 Online Course Catalog.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“For over 30 years, the Katy ISD Community Education Program has grown to include almost 2,000 participants per semester," said Karen Lewis, Director of Internal & Community Relations.  “We have found that many participants who take a course, return in following semesters to take more classes," added Lewis.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Registration is available online. Everyone is invited to register for classes, even if you live outside of the Katy ISD district. Certificates of completion are issued for most classes. For questions, call the Community Education Department at 281-396-6365. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sportshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1554Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sports2021-12-17T19:53:38Z<div class="ExternalClass6A030DE75B1B4D6A8EBAEA0284F511E1"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Before heading off for winter break, Katy Independent School District celebrated the hard work of student-athletes during its December Signing Day event.  High school senior athletes signed national letters of intent, officially committing to play a collegiate sport at colleges and universities across the nation.  Signees include the following: </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Malik Sylla – Football – Texas A&M University</li><li>Ty Kana – Football – Texas Tech University</li><li>Nick Anderson – Football – The University of Oklahoma</li><li>Hamilton McMartin – Football – University of Texas</li><li>Bobby Taylor – Football – Texas A&M University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>David Livingston – Cross Country/Track – Texas Southern University (TSU)</li><li>Isabel Macias – Softball – Sul Ross State University</li><li>Jordan Kelly – Football – Central Michigan University</li><li>Ty Ferguson – Wrestling – Lyons College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Victoria “Tori" Ruvalcaba – Soccer – Northwestern Oklahoma State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kerrym Jamal “K.J." Truehill – Football – The United States Air Force Academy</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2021 Signees: </strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Nolan Hay – Football – Houston Baptist University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Josh McMillan – Football – Houston Baptist University</li><li>Matthew Kumar – Pole Vault – Rice University</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dyfrcxbxuj4bqyg/AACT04vfMGpLvvXIQw54IBvaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD December 2021 Signees</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendarhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1552Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar2021-12-14T15:11:31Z<div class="ExternalClassBE5366FB6ADC4E28A3343E0D452D08EC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District monthly board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the instructional calendar for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The calendar includes the following highlights:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Wednesday, August 16, 2023:  First Day of School</li><li>Friday, May 17, 2024:  Last Day of School for Seniors</li><li>Thursday, May 23, 2024:  Last Day of School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Every fall Katy ISD seeks community feedback for the development of future instructional calendars," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator.  “Through a community survey sent out in November, participants provided input indicating this calendar as the favorable option," added Ashorn.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As a District of Innovation, authorized under House Bill 1842, Katy ISD has the flexibility to obtain exemptions from certain provisions in the Texas Education Code that allow changes to the instructional calendar.  The approved calendar also provides teachers two professional development days in August 2023 as well as five additional days of professional learning throughout the school year.  Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day are District holidays.  Katy ISD will continue providing a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas and New Year's, as well as one week off for Spring Break. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2023-24%20Instructional%20Calendar%20-%20Option%20A%20-%20DOI.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:777px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveilinghttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1548Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveiling2021-12-08T15:22:12Z<div class="ExternalClass313EFEE14C6A41A282D3F2939F5DBCBC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District's annual tradition of celebrating the talents and dedication of its Campus Teachers of the Year continued this fall at Katy Heritage Park where the names of 143 teachers were etched into bricks that pave the site. Yesterday evening, the District and local event sponsors, hosted a brick unveiling ceremony where hundreds gathered to recognize their remarkable accomplishments.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We honor the achievements of these outstanding educators who have made significant contributions to our schools, students and families as they navigated COVID-19, the deep freeze and other challenges these past two years," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “These teachers have shown phenomenal fortitude, perseverance, creativity, adaptability and leadership as well a sense of strength and stability in these tumultuous times," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The brick unveiling event honors not only Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, but the Katy community as well. The bricks at Katy Heritage Park serve as a permanent tribute to the decades of unparalleled learning experiences provided across more than 70 Katy ISD campuses.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control and the Katy Heritage Society sponsored the occasion and provided the space for the bricklaying. The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir also performed at the ceremony.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event recognized the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year.  The 2019-2020 event was delayed due to COVID-19. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/scjb1qfqv0qbbdk/AACmw6IcZHjh_QaHzcC9br8ba?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Campus Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2038.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2047.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1490Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employers2021-08-27T20:45:47Z<div class="ExternalClassE2246C03C8B040FB801EF499DA701CFC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again earned a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Forbes List of Best Employers</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> in the state of Texas, coming in at #8.  Not surprisingly, Katy ISD was also the only school district in Texas to make the Top 10 list of employers along with renowned organizations such as NASA, Dell Technologies and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From our teachers, administrators, operations and support staff, every member of the Katy ISD family strives daily to provide supportive and unparalleled learning experiences to the more than 87,000 students we serve," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “They are the best staff I have ever had the privilege to work alongside.  It is our employees that truly makes Katy ISD such a special place," added Gregorski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to develop its third annual list of </span><em style="text-align:left;">America's Best Employers by State</em><span style="text-align:left;">.  The list is divided into 51 rankings – one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia – and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees.  Surveys were conducted from October 2020 to June 2021 and were anonymous, allowing participants to freely share their opinions. </span></p><p>This is the third consecutive year that Katy ISD has made the list.  To read the full Forbes article visit <a href="https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#3503e3e1487a"><em>America's</em> <em>Best Employers by State for 2021</em></a><em>.</em></p><p><br></p></div>
​Katy ISD Safety Protocols - March 2 Updatehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1419​Katy ISD Safety Protocols - March 2 Update2021-03-03T20:03:02Z<div class="ExternalClass27EA7D85C388466BAB49D752477F8E57"><p>Today Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order pertaining to the opening of Texas, which becomes effective on March 10, 2021.  Katy ISD is in the process of reviewing the order and awaiting updated public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency.<br></p><p>At this time Katy ISD continues to follow TEA's guidance concerning school COVID-19 safety practices, which includes the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing to mitigate spread and protect the health and safety of students and staff. <br></p><p>We appreciate our parents and employees' questions and concerns, and encourage you to email inquiries to <a href="mailto:COVID19responses@katyisd.org">COVID19responses@katyisd.org</a> or call (281) 396-7499.  A member of the Katy ISD team will be in contact with you shortly.  <br></p><p>Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the evolving guidance and updates concerning COVID-19.<br></p><p>Katy ISD<br></p></div>

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