Katy ISD

Todd Knobbe Appointed Principal at West Memorial Junior High

Todd Knobbe (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Todd Knobbe has been appointed principal at West Memorial Junior High School. Knobbe has 17 years of experience, much of which is in the Katy Independent School District. He began his career in 2004 as a teacher and coach in the Alief Independent School District. The next year, he came to Katy and accepted a teaching and coaching position at Beckendorff Junior High. In 2007, Knobbe joined Seven Lakes High School where […]

Welcome to a Joyful July!

When July began, I took a deep breath and reflected on the year that we have had! We have made it to the halfway point thanks to your generosity and God’s guidance. God is Good, and he is continuing to lead us in a positive direction. As we head into the second half of the year, I want to highlight some of the incredible opportunities that KCM still has in front of us. In August, […]

Miller Career & Technology Center Students Named National Champions in Mechatronics

Daniel White and Levend Karayaka at SkillsUSA (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Two students from Katy ISD’s Miller Career & Technology Center were named national champions in the recent SkillsUSA mechatronics (mechanical and electrical engineering) competition. Daniel White and Levend Karayaka competed at various levels of mechatronics competitions during the school year and for part of the summer. They won first place at the regional level, and second at the state level. Getting to the national competition was made more challenging when the White […]

Six Katy ISD FFA Students Win Awards at State Convention

Madailein Fitch, Taylor High School (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Six Katy Independent School District Future Farmers of America (FFA) students won awards at the 93rd Annual Texas FFA Convention in Fort Worth. The convention’s theme – Elevate – encapsulated a movement that motivated students to use the pandemic as an opportunity to grow, learn and elevate themselves. “Our students have demonstrated an enduring resilience and have learned that amidst the challenges, they can overcome and grow,” Ashlee Laird, Katy ISD CTE […]

Davidson Elementary Teacher Selected as a Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist

Julia Arcuri (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Julia Arcuri, a teacher at Davidson Elementary, has been selected as a finalist for the Region 4 teacher of the year award. Being selected a finalist is just one honor Arcuri has received this year. Earlier this year, she was named Katy Independent School District teacher of the year. Arcuri said she has been hooked on loving and teaching children since she was 13 years old. “I truly believe that such passion […]

Katy ISD Announces its 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year

Bryce Foster (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Bryce Foster, of Taylor High School, and Ally Batenhorst, of Seven Lakes High School, have been named 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year by the Katy Independent School District’s athletics department. Foster and Batenhorst receive a $2,500 scholarship, donated to the district by BSN Sports, to the university or college of their choice. “We have many outstanding athletes in Katy ISD, making this a very difficult process to narrow down to just one […]

Katy ISD Recognized for Outstanding Financial Reporting

By George Slaughter The Association of School Business Officials International has honored the Katy Independent School District with a certificate of excellence in financial reporting. The association provides programs and services that promote the highest standards in school business, the district said in a news release. “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,” Chris Smith, Katy […]

Mayde Creek High School, Memorial Parkway Elementary Principals Named

Gina Cobb (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Gina Cobb has been appointed principal at Mayde Creek High School and Norma Veguilla-Martinez at Memorial Elementary School. Both principals have begun their duties in preparation for the upcoming school year. Cobb has been a part of the Katy Independent School District since 1999 when she began her education career. From 1999-2006, she taught and coached at Katy Junior High, Cinco Ranch High, Morton Ranch Junior High, and Morton Ranch High. In […]

Katy ISD CRyptonite Robotics Team Wins Big at UIL State Competition

Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 CRyptonite (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team received three recognitions at the 2021 UIL Robotics State Championship June 15-17 in San Antonio. The team, known as 624 CRyptonite, received Second Place UIL State Winner, Lone Star Division Winner, and Overall State Finalist. 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. […]

Katy ISD Officer Honored with School Safety Spotlight Award

Nicole Emidy (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Officer Nicole Emidy has been honored with the 2021 Fourth Quarter Texas School Safety Center Spotlight Award in the Outstanding Individual Service category. Emidy, an assistant emergency management coordinator, has been cited for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure special needs students are safe during an emergency. She has done this by including emergency operations plans, called EOPs, for these students. She has provided […]