Event and guest speaker Dave Roever inspires the entire community
Jan. 31, 2014
— Students, teachers, administrators and community members across Klein ISD gathered for the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 23, 2014, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. In the third year for the event, the district recognized its Friend of Freedom honorees and winners of the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF)
multimedia student competition. The evening was culminated with a moving presentation by keynote speaker Dave Roever.
“I think the most important thing people can take away, is to continue in well-doing,” said Roever. “It’s important for people to keep the focus on the kids. I want people to pass on their gifts, pass on their talents to our next generation.”
The Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council
was instrumental in having Roever speak at the event. Roever is an international public speaker who served in the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Division during the Vietnam War. He was burned beyond recognition when a grenade exploded in his hand. He was later awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Roever spoke about overcoming life’s challenges and perserving to be a testimony that will encourage and inspire others.
“His personal story is absolutely incredible,” said Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD superintendent. “What he said here tonight has resonated with all of us to the point where it has changed us. It has given us a different perspective and has made us better.”
The Klein ISD has awarded the Friend of Freedom designation since 2003. Honorees are individuals and businesses that perform outstanding volunteer service and are advocates for Klein ISD students. Two awards are presented in each of the four high school attendance areas.
The inductees for the 2014 Friend of Freedom award include: Leslie Dao, Diane Darwin and Kevin Caddenhead (Chick-fill-A) Susan Hamm, Tom Hargrove, Dawn
Harvey, Charlotte Holmes, Jenna Knight, Kim Ramsey, Steve Williams, Watch Dads of Great Students (Watch DOGS) members Melvin Adams, Anthony Ortery, Adrian Riley and Daniel Worner.
Inductee Harvey who was inducted expressed her gratitude about the event. She volunteers her time across the district, serving as a representative for the Unite for Understanding Council, zoning and steering committees, as well as having served in capacities of treasurer and vice president for several campus PTOs.
This experience was humbling,” said Harvey. “It’s unexpected. I do it because that is what I love to do. It is wonderful to be appreciated by teachers, students and administrators.”
The KEF's student multimedia competition invited students in kindergarten through grade 12 to create projects based on themes related to respect, learning new things, celebrating friendships and diversity and overcoming obstacles. These works were then judged by members of the Klein ISD educational technology department, as well as local community, clergy and business volunteers.
Klein Forest students Mauricio Sampogna, Kimberly Tran and Caroline Haywood received first place in the school division. Their documentary highlighted how one student overcame depression. Sampogna expressed overall gratitude for the event and contest.
“I am glad we got to participate in the project,” said Sampogna. “It’s pretty exciting. I arrived here tonight and saw the Board of Trustees and realized what a great deal this is! I loved coming here and having this awesome presentation. It was quite enjoyable.”
Winners of the multimedia competition included:
Kindergarten - 2nd Grades:
• 1st: Sarah Taylor - Kreinhop Elementary
• 2nd: Maidah Khan - Kreinhop Elementary
• 3rd: Cameron Christian - Bernshausen Elementary
• 1st: Malynn Ward - Benignus Elementary
• 2nd: Alex Edwards - Bernshausen Elementary
• 3rd: Isabelle Edmonson - Mittelstädt Elementary
6th - 8th Grades:
• 1st: Ryan Esparza & Katherine Menzer - Kleb Intermediate
• 2nd: Gabriel Guerrero - Krimmel Intermediate
• 1st: Mauricio Sampogna, Kimberly Tran & Caroline Haywood – Klein Forest
• 2nd: Aura Martinez & Jaki Martinez – Klein Forest
• 3rd: Barbara Morris, Priscila Robledo & Christian Araniva – Klein Forest
• 3rd: Ephraim Tallerine & Thami Smith – Klein Forest
Also during the evening, the Unite for Understanding Council was presented with its fifth-straight Community of Respect designation from Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
representative Emily Deakins. This award is in conjunction with the ADL's No Place for Hate® (NPFH) initiative, and joins businesses, organizations and places of worship with campuses that actively promote respect and diversity in their communities.
To view photos from the event, click here
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to view all first place winners of the multimedia competition.
Klein ISD Board of Trustees recognized at monthly meeting
Jan. 29, 2014
— During the month of January, the Klein ISD joined other districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Month. The month is an opportunity to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools. The Klein ISD Board consists of seven individuals elected at large to help guide the district. Board members include: Ronnie Anderson (president), Steven Smith (vice president), Rick Mann (secretary), Paul Lanham, William Pilkington, Georgan Reitmeier and Stephen Szymczak.
At the Jan. 13, 2014, Board of Trustees meeting the district, students and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle recognized the Klein ISD Board members. The theme, “Hearts and Hands for Children” expresses the commitment level of each member as they work to ensure a quality education for children.
“The reason I am so proud of this school board in that they always focus on what’s best for students,” expressed Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD superintendent. “They also focus on what’s good for all 6,000 Klein employees. They focus on what’s good for this school district in general. And they focus on what’s good for this community as the school district impacts the community. You can’t ask for more than that from a Board of Trustees.”
School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be. Their primary goal is preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. The Klein ISD board is charged with making tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students.
As part of the recognition ceremony, the Board room was decorated with thank you posters from across the district. Board members were escorted into the Board room by a Klein High cheerleader with a brief biography read about each individual. The cheer team also performed a routine for the Board and a video presentation featuring students across the district was viewed. Commissioner Cagle presented the Board with a proclamation.
“You are the cream of our community and to you we entrust our future of the students,” expressed Cagle. “It’s appropriate on this occasion that our county recognizes you.”
The Klein ISD sincerely thanks Trustees and their commitment to the children, staff and community. Click here to learn more about Trustees. To view the video presentation from students across the district, click here.
Jan. 23, 2014
- Klein Independent School District is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller’s 2013 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations. Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.
“We are so proud of the employees of Klein ISD that manage our budgets so efficiently, in addition to supporting the implementation of a successful, quality instructional program,” stated Dr. Susan Borg, associate superintendent of instruction and student services.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced that 55 Texas school districts and 317 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2013 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).
FAST, mandated by the 2009 Texas Legislature, is an annual study that examines both academic performance and financial efficiency to identify school districts, charter operators and campuses that deliver high-quality education at relatively low costs. Combs created the Texas Honors Circle Award program to recognize districts and schools that receive high marks in the FAST analysis.
“In these challenging times where schools are under pressure to do more with less, it is more important than ever to shine a spotlight on those that are achieving strong student performance with cost-effective spending,” Combs said. “Your efforts to help our state and local governments wisely manage educational spending while preparing students for success in college or the work force is crucial to the future of Texas.”
The Texas Honors Circle program awards certificates based on FAST results. Districts and charters receiving the Texas Honors Circle Award have achieved a Five-Star FAST rating. Elementary campuses receiving the award achieved a five-star FAST rating, while middle and high-school campuses tapped for the honor achieved at least a 4.5-Star FAST rating. (Middle and high schools have a slightly lower threshold because they are less likely than elementary schools to achieve high academic progress scores.)
To view FAST’s results and to see the list of all Texas Honors Circle award recipients, go to www.FASTexas.org
The Klein ISD had two students selected as two of four top exemplars for projects they submitted for the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). Both were selected from thousands of student projects state-wide. Klein ISD students Michael Pruski (Haude Elementary) and Sneha Shenoy (Brill Elementary) will have their projects featured on the TPSP website.
Pruski’s project was based on earthworms. His research detailed the parts of an earthworm and the makeup of an earthworm habitat. Shenoy presented a project based on creating an invention called the Triple Sip, an insulated device that will allow people to have up to three hot or cold drinks in one container that will stay well insulated with carbon fibers and insulation. Congratulations to both students.
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has announced that the Klein ISD received the ASBO’s Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for its 2013-2014 annual budget. The award represents a significant achievement by the Klein ISD and reflects the commitment by the staff and the school district to achieve the highest standards of school budgeting. This marks the ninth consecutive year Klein ISD has received this award.
Parents and community members are invited to attend a dinner hosted by Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD Superintendent, from 6:30 – 8 p.m on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Kleb Intermediate School (7425 Louetta Rd., Klein, TX 77379). A pizza and salad dinner will be provided free of charge beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a district update and a question and answer session with Dr. Cain. To reserve a seat, call 832.249.4173 by Feb. 25, 2014. Free child care is available at Kids R Kids of Champions, 16722 Squyres Rd. Call 281.379.2998 and ask for Michelle Barr.
The Klein ISD invites parents and community members to its annual Rodeo Art Show exhibit from at 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20-30, 2014, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center located at 7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379. This special preview features artwork from students across the district available on display at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo student art contest. For more information contact the Klein ISD fine arts department at 832.249.4464.
High school FFA students from across the district will take part in the 45th annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock and Project Show on Feb. 5-8, 2014, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379). The events will conclude with the auction taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 11:20 a.m. in the arena.
Students will showcase animals in categories such as poultry, swine, breeding rabbits, heifers, goats and lamb and will also have on display their projects for the horticulture show, ag mechanics show and the floral design competition.
Come out and support these students and for a complete list of times and events, click here
Campuses hold informative meetings for parents over the next two months
Jan. 8, 2014
— Intermediate and elementary 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 both the campus and parents to conference about their child’s progress, as well as share information pertinent to the school and the spring semester. Open houses begin in late January. The schedule is as follows:
Ten Klein ISD art students were selected as finalists or alternates for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quick Draw Contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Reliant Center. The Quick Draw Contest is a 50-minute sketching contest open to all junior high (grades 6 – 8) and high school (grades 9 – 12) students. During the competition, students will draw a still life, portrait or full figure from direct observation. Trophies and cash awards will be presented to the champion and class champions. Congratulations to the following Klein ISD students.
In its third year, Through Your Eyes is a Klein ISD community celebration starting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2014, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920, Spring, Texas 77379). The program honors the Friend of Freedom designees, recognizes the student multimedia contest winners and features keynote speaker and Vietnam War Veteran Dave Roever.
The Friend of Freedom awards recognizes community members and organizations that volunteer within the Klein ISD and have been advocates for students. The Through Your Eyes student multimedia competition is sponsored by the Klein ISD Education Foundation
(KEF). Students at all grade levels entered multimedia projects and the first place video or PowerPoint is unveiled at the ceremony.
The Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council
was instrumental in having Roever speak at the event. Roever is an international public speaker who served in the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Division during the Vietnam War. He was burned beyond recognition when a grenade exploded in his hand and he was later awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Roever will share messages of hope, courage, commitment and survival that touch and transform audiences of all ages. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 832.249.4751.