the Feb. 13, 2017, Klein ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted to
approve the District of Innovation plan, therefore confirming that exemptions
outlined in the local innovation plan for implementation to benefit Klein ISD
are thrilled that Klein ISD is now a District of Innovation,” said Klein ISD
chief learning officer, Jenny McGown. “We look forward to leveraging this
increased local control to make our shared vision of every student entering
with a promise and exiting with a purpose a reality.”
the passing of House Bill 1842 in the spring of 2015, gave public school
districts the opportunity to become Districts of Innovation, which will allow
Klein ISD to obtain more local control in various areas that will make teaching
and learning more impactful for every student’s needs.
the help of our Klein ISD community, administrators, and staff, this would not
be possible. We want to thank each and every member who shared with us their
thoughts and feedback throughout this process. Additional thanks to everyone
who served on the Local Innovation Plan Team and the District Instructional
Development Council who helped to review and finalize the plan.
are so grateful to the outstanding educators, parents, and community members
who served on the local innovation plan team and for the support of our Klein
ISD Board of Trustees,” said McGown.
Click here to
view a video highlighting the District of Innovation process.
can read more about our District of Innovation by clicking here.
at Ulrich Intermediate have reached a new milestone through the Learning Ally
program and on Jan. 9 entered the Learning Ally Great Reading Games, a national
reading contest among schools. This program allows students to listen to their
favorite books while the program reads and highlights the words.
just one month, students have earned more than 1 million points in the program.
Teacher Stephanie Taylor describes the students as “on fire” and excited to be
reading. Each day, students earn points for participating in the Reading Games
and earn points for the pages they read. Together, they have read 104,433
students have gone above and beyond my expectations,” said teacher Stephanie
Taylor. “I couldn’t be more proud of my students and this achievement.”
300 Klein Collins students took part in the campus’ annual Job Shadow Day on
Jan. 19. Students must submit applications and resumes to be considered for participation
in real-world work experiences for the day. The goal of the program is to
prepare young people for the work force by exposing them to potential career
job shadow program is truly amazing,” said Klein Collins principal Randy Kirk.
“It allows students to experience something they normally wouldn’t be a part
than 20 areas of business were available for students to explore and learn
about the different careers available. Students were able to see business
practices in action, observe real-world scenarios, and participate in hands-on
that participated included: Houston Methodist Hospital Willowbrook,
Surveying, Forterra, Lupher Surveying, Survtech, Harris
County Commissioners Office Precinct 4, Hooks Airport, VCA Animal Hospital of
Spring, Primrose School of Spring-Klein, H.E.B Spring Market, Best Buy of
Spring, Lowe’s Spring, Sprouts Farmers’ Market of Spring, VLK
Architects, SKF Solution Factory, Jetco, Gordon Foods, and Klein ISD
than 100 Klein ISD intermediate and high school students earned Harris County
Department of Education Scholastic Art Awards. This annual, national program
provides awards for thousands of art entries submitted by Harris County teens.
earn gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards. Gold key recipients go
on to compete at the national level.
regional gold key art and writing entries are nominated for the best-in-region
for the national American Voices/American Visions awards. These 10 awards are
judged nationally for medals. One of the five nominees in art and writing will
be selected for the national award. Congratulations to Klein Collins student Mary
Ann Hurtdao and Doerre Intermediate student Jillian Romero, both named as
nominees for the American Voices award, and to Kleb Intermediate student
Citlali Francisco, named one of five nominees for the American Visions award.
to all Scholastic Art award recipients! Click
here for a full listing.
ISD is among only 26 districts in the state invited to apply for a new
leadership institute by The Holdsworth Center, based in Austin. Founded by
H-E-B chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of
supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time,
the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas.
the 26 districts who elect to apply for this program, only six will be chosen
to be part of the inaugural class beginning this summer. The first cohort is by
invitation only, but in subsequent years the application process will be open
to all districts. Applicants will be selected based on an existing commitment
to human capital and talent development and alignment of vision among the
superintendent, key cabinet members and the Board of Trustees.
Holdsworth Center will work with selected districts over a five-year period to
empower individual leaders to reach their fullest potential. Center staff will
also assist districts in establishing a common vision and roadmap for
identifying, cultivating, training, and supporting future leaders.
more about the Holdsworth Center and the 26 districts invited to apply for the
inaugural class by clicking here.
Schindewolf student Shayne Wells will join 40
other junior cooks from across the country to compete in the upcoming season of
Fox’s MasterChef Junior, which premieres Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. CST.
Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi welcome the latest crop of
junior home cooks to the MasterChef Junior kitchen, where they will compete for
the MasterChef Junior trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight
and13 have been chosen for their final test – a culinary battle in the
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi.
Only the 20 best “chef-testants” who prove they have the chops to take home the
trophy will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.
season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including completing a
challenge from former First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than
50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s first-ever vegan challenge, from guest
judge Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”); and cooking for other VIPs, including
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and Muppets “Miss Piggy” and “Swedish Chef,”
until one talented kid is named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home
the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.
the season premiere episode, “The Quest for an Apron Part 1,” 40 junior home
cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. In
each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge – from steak, to
scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a
chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than
ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest.
All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, “The Quest
for an Apron Part 2,” airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (7:00-8:00 PM CST) on
a first look at this season featuring the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 40:
Look – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LSJ_ZGIkCHk
100 Klein ISD intermediate and high school students earned Harris County
Department of Education Scholastic Writing Awards. This annual, national
program provides awards for thousands of writing entries submitted by Harris
earn gold key, silver key and honorable mention awards. Gold key winners go on
to compete at the national level.
to the following students:
to six Klein High School music students who have been named to Texas Music
Educators Association (TMEA) All-State ensembles.
for All-State Choir are Savannah Boyd, Emmalie Hall, and Rebecca Walsh.
for All-State Orchestra are Andres Ayerbe, Kyle Victor, and Ruoxuan (Rosa) Su.
students will perform with the Texas All-State Choir and Texas All-State
Orchestra on Feb. 11th as part of the 2017 TMEA Clinic and
Convention. The students were chosen for
this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at
district, region and area levels. All
State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the All-State competition. This competitive process begins across the
state. More than 1,600 students are
selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around
the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands,
choirs, and orchestras).
the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All State musicians.
All-State musicians participate in three days of rehearsals directed by
nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention.
the All-State concert schedule, go to www.tmea.org/convention.
Campuses across the Klein ISD encourage parents to attend the open house events held at their child’s respective campus. These meetings provide an opportunity for campus personnel and parents to share information pertinent to the school and what’s happening during the spring semester. The schedule is as follows:
More than 50 seniors across the district joined thousands throughout the nation by taking part in National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017.
High schools in the Klein ISD celebrate the accomplishments of these student-athletes during special ceremonies on their respective campuses. The district had commitments made in nine sports including baseball, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track, and volleyball. Congratulations to the following students: