Katy ISD

Champagne Elected to Serve on State Association Board

Dawn Champagne (Dawn Champagne photo)

By George Slaughter Katy school board trustee Dawn Champagne has been elected to a one-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors, Region 4, Position E. The board, known as TASB, serves local Texas school boards. The association represents more than 7,999 publicly elected school board members who provide local governance and oversight for more than 5.4 million Texas students. It was established in 1949. “I look forward to serving Katy […]

VLK’ Gerald D. Young Ag. Sciences Center Project Awarded Five Stars of Distinction

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) have announced that 46 projects will be included in the 2021-22 Exhibit of School Architecture. 18 architectural firms submitted projects from 33 school districts and three colleges. Eligible projects are newly constructed or renovated public education facilities completed in the past five years and not previously submitted in this annual exhibit. This year, VLK Architects’ project, the Gerald D. Young Agricultural […]

Trustees Vote to End Katy Virtual Academy

By George Slaughter Katy school trustees Monday voted to end the Katy Virtual Academy, with its approximately 3,500 enrolled students returning to in-person learning Oct. 18. The district reinstated virtual learning for kindergarten through sixth grade students in August. It did so in response to concerns that no vaccine was available for students ages 11 and under, and the ongoing debate about mask mandates. When the district reinstated virtual learning, it did so with the […]

Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District students in grades 6-11 are now able to be referred for screening for the 2022-23 gifted and talented program, the district said. Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which is available both at the student’s school and the district website. The deadline for completing and returning the checklist is Nov. 12. Checklists not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2002-23 school […]

District Seeking Community Input on Website Redesign

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is seeking community input as it redevelops both its katyisd.org district website and campus websites, all of which are accessible through the district website. “The district and individual campus websites serve as vital communication tools,” Chief Communications Officer Dr. Andrea Grooms said. “As such, we want to know how we can work to provide more efficient and user-friendly websites that meet the informational needs of all users.” […]

Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Elementary Students

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District’s Gifted and Talented, or GT, program will soon be screening for students who want to apply for that program. The district said in a news release that the GT program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education. Beginning Oct. 12, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted […]

Katy School Trustees Defer Decision on Extending Katy Virtual Academy

By George Slaughter Citing a lack of data and the time needed to process it, Katy school trustees deferred a decision on whether to extend the Katy Virtual Academy for the remainder of the fall semester. Trustees will take up the measure at a special workshop set for next Monday. The district reestablished the Katy Virtual Academy in August for kindergarten through sixth grade students. It was an option for families and students with concerns […]

Katy ISD Set to Host College & Career Night

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District will host College & Career Night next Wednesday, providing district families and students a chance to learn about a variety of college and career paths that students can take after graduation. The event is set for 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. “Approximately 200 representatives from community colleges, universities, fashion and culinary institutes, military academies, and Reserve Officers’ Training […]

Katy ISD Ranked #1 School District in Houston Area

By George Slaughter The school ranking and review website Niche has ranked the Katy Independent School District as the No. 1 school district in the Houston area and No. 13 in Texas. The rankings are part of Niche’s 2022 best schools list. Each year, Niche assesses school districts from across the country. Niche also ranks 14 elementary schools, eight junior high schools, and three high schools among the best in the Houston area. Katy ISD […]

Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy Presents “The Ugly Truth About Vaping”

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Legacy Parent Academy presents “The Ugly Truth about Vaping,” an information session that will explore what vaping is, why it is so prevalent among students, and its consequences. The session is set for 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Legacy Stadium, 1830 Katyland Dr. The event will also be livestreamed and will be accessible here. The academy said in a news release that its goal is to equip parents […]