KATY (Covering Katy News) – If anyone wanted to see the most notorious attires from the past decades, they needed to be at the 2018 Katy ISD Convocation, which was held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. Each campus selected a decade to represent and based on that time in our history, they chose their apparel. Thus, thousands of Katy ISD teachers, administrators and staff, hugged and shook hands as they participated in this annual event marking the official start of the 2018-2019 academic year and most importantly, the kickoff of the District’s 100 year anniversary.
“The stories of our past add to the legacy we are all a part of today. It helps us define who we are. It’s part of our family tree.” said Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt.
The celebration’s theme was “A Century of Legacy.” Superintendent Hindt and Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle praised everyone’s efforts in making Katy ISD, one of the best school districts.
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“Thanks to you,” said Doyle, “Our students are some of the top performing kiddos in the state and country, our community is thriving, and as a result, Katy is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation.”
Participants were reminded of the struggles brought on by Harvey, the passage of the 2017 bond that will provide campus renovations and new schools, and goals and strategies that will be employed in classrooms and campuses across the district to encourage personalized learning and strengthen student support systems.
With the presentation of commemorative rings, educators Leslyn Jacks of Katy Elementary and Amanda Sandlin of Tompkins High School were recognized as the two District’s Teachers of the Year. For several educators, this event was a reminder of Katy’s rich history and a source of encouragement.
“There is a tremendous amount of history and culture in Katy. I have worked for the District for 13 years and there are things I did not know. It is very inspirational,” said Elise Allen, Assistant Principal at Griffin Elementary.
Convocation also highlighted the legacy of Mr. Roosevelt Alexander, one of Katy ISD’s namesakes and the Beckendorff family.