Katy ISD

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Local Businesses to Recognize Local Educators

From left to right: Matthew Ferraro, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce; Yvonne Kershner, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Dr. Ken Gregorski, Katy Independent School District; Kyle Stanzel, Houston Methodist West Hospital, and Stephen Ives, YMCA of Greater Houston

By George Slaughter Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union is again joining local businesses to sponsor the Katy Independent School District “Teacher of the Year.” The community is invited to attend the virtual celebration, which is set for 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday. To register, visit http://bit.ly/bvscutoy21. At the gathering, local business and community leaders will honor outstanding teachers from each campus who have demonstrated excellence and leadership among their peers and in their classrooms. […]

Katy Virtual School Recognized for Outstanding Distance Learning

By George Slaughter The Texas Distance Learning Association has recognized the Katy Independent School District’s Katy Virtual School as the 2021 K-12 winner of the Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Education recognition. “Katy ISD was the only K-12 school district in Texas to receive such a prestigious award,” Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager, said in a news release. “Katy Virtual School has expanded over the years to provide secondary […]

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 […]

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 […]

J Jensen Named Mayde Creek Rams Coach and Athletic Director

Coach J Jensen (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter J Jensen, defensive coordinator at Taylor High School, has been named head coach and athletic director at Mayde Creek High School. Jensen begins his duties this month. Jensen knows about the school, as he’s a 1998 graduate and was a captain on a regional semi-finalist team there. He began his coaching career in 2003 at Morton Ranch Junior High School. He rejoined Mayde Creek as an offensive line coach in 2005, according […]

Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Win Numerous Virtual State Competitions

By George Slaughter Students from seven Katy Independent School Districts won honors at the 2021 Texas Academic Decathlon Event. The competition, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, is the second-largest academic program in the nation where students can be among the beneficiaries of $264,000 in scholarships. Curriculum subjects include Art, Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Science, and Social Studies. Here are the winners from the Katy Independent School District, according to a district news […]

Katy ISD to Keep Safety Protocols Through End of School Year

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District announced Tuesday that it will continue to follow Texas Education Agency-established protocols, including face masks, frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and social distancing, through the end of the school year. Gov. Greg Abbott last week issued an executive order, set to go into effect Wednesday, that lifts these pandemic-compelled protocols. Businesses can operate at 100% capacity as they wish and can choose—but are not required—to […]