is School Board Recognition Month, and Klein ISD will join other districts
across the state to thank our Board members for their dedication and
willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public education. As
elected officials, they are the voice of the Klein community, serving first and
foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.
though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our
Board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round
commitment,” said Klein ISD Superintendent, Dr. Bret Champion. “They generously
give their time to ensure that decisions directly affecting our schools are made
by representatives of our community, people who are close to our schools, and
know our teachers, parents, and students.”
Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often difficult decision
making. Their ultimate goal focuses on the future success of the students in
our district which is more important than ever. Public schools prepare students
to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow, and our Klein ISD Board
members act as advocates for our students supplying the district with a vision
and strategic leadership. With the help and support of the Board, our district
experienced another great year for learning.
members serving Klein ISD are:
F. “Bill” Pilkington – President
Mann – Vice President
E. Smith – Secretary
Bret A. Champion – Superintendent
district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by
these local citizens who work without pay, serving as a crucial link between
the community and classroom,” said Champion. “Our board is responsible for an
annual budget of $702.2 million, more than 51,266 students, 6,945 employees,
and 48 campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their
efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued
success of our students now and in the future.”
Klein ISD Through Your Eyes community celebration is set for Thursday, Feb. 2,
2017 beginning at 7p.m. at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920,
Klein, TX 77379). The program honors the winners of the student multimedia
contest as well as Touch the Future honorees. These honorees are recognized for
their efforts in giving back to our students as well as their dedication to
making Klein ISD all it can be. This year’s celebration also features keynote
speaker, star of TLC’s The Little Couple, Bill Klein.
addition to being featured on this hit docu-series with his wife Jen and their
two children, Klein is also an entrepreneur who stands only four-feet tall.
However, his ability to persevere through difficult times, triumph over
adversity, and all the while find enthusiasm with ever challenge is what makes
him truly unique. Be sure not to miss this special event as he shares how we
can be bright beacons in our diverse community.
to 19 Klein ISD students who recently earned a spot in a Texas Music Educators
Association (TMEA) All-State Ensemble. Nearly 100,000 Texas students start this
process with just over 1,700 students selected to perform in one of 15
ensembles. These students represent less than 1.8 percent of the students who
begin the tryout process and approximately 0.2 percent of students enrolled in
a high school music class. These students will begin rehearsals in San Antonio
on Feb. 8, 2017, culminating with performances throughout the day of Saturday,
Feb. 11, 2017, to bring the annual TMEA convention to a close.
to the following students:
an exciting time of year for Klein Collins senior Dustin Cunningham and his
Virtuosi small ensemble orchestra group have been invited to perform at two of
the Presidential Inaugural events in Washington D.C. later this month.
of Houston if the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in the area
designed to increase musicians education and performance opportunities, thereby
preparing them for a career in music.
students will make an appearance on Great Day Houston on Wednesday, Jan. 11,
2017, and on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, the group will perform at the VIP
reception for the Black Tie and Boots, Texas Society Presidential Inaugural
Gala at the Gaylord Hotel in Bethesda, MD.
Congratulations to Dustin
and the Virtuosi members
spring musical season is sure to be a crowd-pleaser featuring comedies, a
murder mystery, and the classic, Sweeney Todd.
High School presents Sweeney Todd, a musical thriller with music
and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Set in 19th century
England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after
15 years of exile, to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, by
conspiring with a local baker. Show times are as follows:
Jan. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.
Feb. 2, 3, 4, & 6 at 7 p.m.
Visit www.kleindrama.com for more
Forest High School presents In the Heights, a musical with lyrics
and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The
story tracks a three-day period, involving characters in the largely
Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.
Reserved tickets are $12 and show times are as follows:
Jan. 21, 26, 27, & 28 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.
Visit www.kleinforestdrama.org for
Oak High School presents Curtains, a musical mystery comedy from
the book by Rupert Holmes, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander.
The musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston,
MA, and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood
of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Reserved
tickets are $12 and show times are as follows:
Jan. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.
Feb. 3, 4, & 6 at 7 p.m.
Visit www.kotheater.org for more
Collins High School presents Once Upon A Mattress, a musical comedy
with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson,
Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. First written as a shorter play, at the
Tamiment adult summer camp resort, at which Jack Sydow was present. The show
got expanded for the Broadway stage. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets
are $12. Show times are as follows:
Jan. 26, 27, & 28 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.
Feb. 2, 3, & 4 at 7 p.m.
Visit www.kleincollinsdrama.org for
Future Ready 21 cohort is in its first fulfillment stage and is quickly
changing the way students learn. The goal of the cohort is to place a device in
the hands of every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8, and a ratio of one
device for every two Kindergarten through second grade students over the next
five years. With the implementation of Future Ready 21 in full swing, the
program is now being introduced throughout the nine intermediate campuses.
school year, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich Intermediates received
their Lenovo Chromebooks. In the 2017-2018 school year Strack, Doerre,
Hildebrandt, and Klein Intermediate are scheduled to receive their devices.
teachers were more permissive of incorporating devices but the official rollout
has been much better because it creates consistency for all students to have
access,” said Dr. Curtis Simmons, Schindewolf Intermediate principal.
Future Ready 21 rollout has not come without challenges. Schindewolf
Intermediate rolled out 1,585 devices after hours of Google Apps for Education
training and implementing a Chromebook Camp. For Ulrich Intermediate, the
roll-out was a 13-hour day for staff and administration with countless hours of
prep work to ensure all 1,620 computers were allocated to students and staff.
think the cohort is helping our students think in terms of personal
responsibility in a way we haven’t seen before,” said Trevor Wooley, 7th grade
assistant principal at Ulrich. “I think it is forcing our adults to get beyond
the educational “box” that has been at the heart of education for so long. In
both cases, moving beyond the “comfort zone” has been both a challenge and a
blessing that is taking us to some very cool new places.”
the rollout, communication between students and teachers has improved. The
Chromebooks allow for instantaneous feedback through the use of Google tools.
level of student engagement has gone up since the Chromebook arrival,” said Dr.
Simmons. “Students are writing more. Whereas they may have fought to write out
a few thoughts on paper, they are very willing to type their answers. It’s
amazing that a keyboard could have such an impact.”
devices have brought about big change in terms of how students are learning and
engaging. The Chromebooks are used for email, intervention schedule delivery,
and assigning classwork/homework. In addition, teachers can facilitate
research, work cross-curricular with other departments, record lessons for
substitutes, and participate in digital conferencing.
see the classroom becoming the world,” said Wooley. “By being able to
collaborate with specialists and students from around the world, we’re opening
the door to instruction limited only by imagination.”