Katy Independent School District

District Seeks Feedback on Boundary Modifications

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is seeking feedback on two proposed attendance boundary modifications that, if adopted by trustees in October, would go into effect in Fall 2022. One proposed change involves Bryant Elementary School. The other involves Paetow High School. The Bryant Elementary 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 district […]

Katy ISD Plans to Drop Facemask Requirements, Other Restrictions by June 1

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District announced Friday that it expects to return to normal operations on June 1. Katy ISD students and staff will no longer be required to wear facial coverings, and campuses will welcome back parents and volunteers at full capacity. In addition, the Katy Virtual Academy and daily COVID-19 notifications will come to an end, the district said in a news release. The announcement comes as the Texas Education […]

Katy ISD Dedicates Jordan High School, McElwain Elementary School

Melvin Jordan sits with his daughter, Beverlye Jordan Shafer, at the dedication of Jordan High School (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District dedicated its two newest schools over the past few days, though the schools themselves have been going strong since opening last August The district dedicated Jordan High School, 27500 Fulshear Bend Dr., Monday night. It dedicated McElwain Elementary School, 6631 Greenwood Orchard Dr., Thursday. Both schools honor longtime contributors to the Katy community and the district. In the case of Jordan, the school honors an entire family. […]

Katy ISD Hosts Virtual Teacher Job Fair Saturday

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is hosting a virtual job fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday. “Katy ISD wants to continue the tradition of conducting our job fairs in a personal manner where interested candidates can interact with principals,” Kayte Shields, Katy ISD human resources coordinator, said in a news release. “Katy ISD is known as one of Texas’ premier school districts, and we continue to grow.” Administrators from […]

Katy ISD Named “2021 Best Communities for Music Education”

By George Slaughter For the 17th straight year, the Katy Independent School District has received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the District’s outstanding commitment to music education. Of the foundation’s 22 years of announcing the recognition, the district has been awarded the designation 19 times total, according to a news release. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is presented to districts that demonstrate […]

District Seeking Input for a Proposed Virtual High School

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is seeking public input about establishing a virtual high school for the upcoming school year. The district this week will send a virtual high school interest survey by email to parents of current eighth through 11th grade students to gauge interest and get feedback. At Monday’s board of trustees meeting, Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski said the “firm belief” was that all students should return to in-person learning […]

Hubble, Craig Named Katy ISD Principals of the Year

Deb Hubble (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District has named Deborah “Deb” Hubble and Emily Craig as its principals of the year. Hubble is principal at Morton Ranch Elementary School, 2502 N. Mason Road. Craig is principal at Memorial Parkway Junior High School, 21203 Highland Knolls Dr. Hubble and Craig were selected by their peers for their ability to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability […]

Two Katy ISD Principals Selected as Finalists for Texas National Distinguished Principal

Dr. Doreen Martinez (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Two Katy Independent School District principals have been selected as finalists for recognition as Texas National Distinguished Principal, which is granted by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Dr. Doreen Martinez, of Memorial Parkway Elementary, and Dr. William Rhodes, of Bryant Elementary, are among five finalists. All are from the Greater Houston area. One will receive the honor, along with $10,000 and the chance to represent Texas at the 2021 National […]

Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams to Participate in State Competition

Destination Imagination trophies (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Destination Imagination is a volunteer world-wide creative problem-solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career, and beyond. Students use their creativity to turn ideas into reality, while learning creative and critical thinking, team building, problem-solving and project management. Locally, 23 Katy Independent School District teams will participate in the 2021 Lone Star Finals Destination Imagine Tournament, which will be held virtually this month. The teams join the […]

Two Katy ISD Students Compete in Houston Public Media Spelling Bee

Kunsh Kaira (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Two Katy Independent School District students competed in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, which took place Wednesday. Ahdav Vijay, a fourth grader from Leonard Elementary School, and Kunsh Kalra, a fifth grader from Wilson Elementary, competed against other students from across the district last month to win spots in Wednesday’s spelling bee, according to a district news release. The competitions this year were virtual due to the pandemic and consisted of […]