Education briefs for Oct. 20, 2022.
The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will allow the public to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back event is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Road.
According to the DEA, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. Needles or sharp objects will not be accepted, and any liquids must be in prescribed containers.
“Last year, Katy ISD collected 385 pounds of expired and/or unused prescription drugs,” Henry Gaw, Katy ISD police chief, said. “We want to remind the community that this service is free and anonymous with no questions asked of those individuals who decide to participate. We encourage the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.”
Collection efforts will take place in the lobby of the police department where residents can safely drop off unwanted medications. Through the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, the DEA and its partners across the country have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unused prescription medications.
The 2023 Niche Best Schools list has named Katy ISD the #1 public school district in the Houston area for the second consecutive year, giving the district an A+ overall grade.
Out of 1,018 school districts ranked in Texas, Katy ISD took the top spot for the Greater Houston area and #12 in the state.
Each year Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses school districts from across the country. The organization’s rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics, reviews from students and parents, and data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, among other criteria.
“With over 92,000 students and four new schools in development, Katy ISD stands by its commitment to provide every student with a world-class education,” Ken Gregorski, Katy ISD superintendent, said. “Our educators and staff are proud of the A+ that is found in the heart of our name. I am very honored to work with our Katy ISD family as they passionately teach and guide our future generations.”
Several Katy ISD elementary, junior high and high schools also ranked among the Top 25 list for their respective categories.
Katy ISD Best Public Elementary School
Katy ISD Best Public Middle/Junior High School
Katy ISD Best Public High School
For more information on Katy ISD rankings, visit the Niche 2023 website at niche.com.
Members of the Royal ISD FFA Chapter competed at the Waller County Fair on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. The chapter had 61 overall participants.
Reserve Champion Junior Showmanship
Calf Scramble Heifer Show
Participating in the calf scramble this year were FFA members Raelee Hacke, Kaelyn Hein, Jazbel Marmolejo, Rafael Marmolejo, Jacob Pisor, Elyssa Pruner, Deysi Rivera, Tate Seward and Kevin Weatherford.
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