Klein News
State Representative Turner speaks at 4th annual Through Your Eyes Community Celebration
Jan 29 2015 - 03:45:00 pm
Marj Patten and Dr. Grace England accept their Touch the Future Awards from Board of Trustees members Rick Mann and Georgan Reitmeier at the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 22.

KLEIN, TX – Students, teachers, administrators, and community members across Klein ISD gathered at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center for the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 22.

In the fourth year for the event, the district recognized its Touch the Future honorees and the winners of the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) multimedia student competition. The evening was culminated with a moving presentation by keynote speaker State Representative Sylvester Turner.

State Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks to the crowd at the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 22 about his family and his belief that students should never give up no matter what obstacles they may face. Rep. Turner is the valedictorian of the Klein High School graduating class of 1973.Representative Turner is the valedictorian for the Klein High graduating class of 1973 and a graduate of the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. His speech focused on encouraging students to never give up no matter what obstacles they may face. The Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council was instrumental in having Rep. Turner speak at the event.

The Klein ISD has awarded the Touch the Future Award (originally named the Friend of Freedom Award) 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 zones and two awards are also given out at the district level.

Touch the Future Award honorees were, Eleanor Thompson and Susan McHenry from the Klein High attendance zone, Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, Dr. Grace England, and Marj Patten from the Klein Forest attendance zone, Amber Bowman and Rebecca Wilt from the Klein Oak attendance zone, and Jennifer Wammack and Andrea Langford from the Klein Collins attendance zone. Julie Stevens and Leanne Donelson were selected as the first recipients of the districtwide Touch the Future Award.

State Rep. Sylvester Turner congratulates Metzler Elementary student Jocelynn Durham on her second place win at the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 22.The KEF's student multimedia competition invited students in kindergarten through grade 12 to create projects based on themes related to learning new things about others, friendships, diversity, creativity, or overcoming the odds. Members of the Klein ISD educational technology department, as well as local community, clergy and business volunteers then judged these works.

First place winners got the opportunity to present their video or PowerPoint to teachers, families, friends, and community members during the event.

Winners of the multimedia student competition include:

KINDERGARTEN - 2ND GRADES: Katie Haines – Bernshausen (1st), Nathan Daquinag – Schultz (2nd), Lydia Alldredge – Metzler (3rd)

3RD - 5TH GRADES: Henry Haskin – Mittelstädt (1st), Jocelynn Durham – Metzler (2nd), Jonathan Huang – Bernshausen (3rd)

6TH - 8TH GRADES: Jay Dileep – Krimmel (1st), Rylie McBride – Schindewolf (2nd), Abby Stafford – Ulrich (3rd)

9TH - 10TH GRADES: Roman Kuhn, Haani Tai & Max Lin – Klein High (1st), Karishma Porbanderwala – Klein Forest (2nd)

11TH - 12TH GRADES: Arisha Mirza & Paige Smith – Klein Forest (1st)

Videos from all first place winners of the multimedia competition can be viewed at the Foundation’s Through Your Eyes website located at http://kleinisdeducationfoundation.net/through-your-eyes-multimedia-contest/.

For more information on the Foundation contact Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email cdoyle3@kleinisd.net. The Foundation can also be contacted through their website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF.
Zwink Elementary Named State School of Character
Jan 28 2015 - 03:07:00 pm

The State School of Character award is given to schools that focus on demonstrating effective implementation of the principles of character education as outlined in “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education” published by the national Character Education Partnership.


Since 2011, only 19 public and private schools and one school district across the state of Texas have earned this distinction.


“This is a very big deal,” said Zwink Principal Jenny McGown. “To date, we are the only school in Klein to receive this award and our community members, parents, students and staff had to engage in rigorous surveys, applications and more as part of this process.”


Zwink is being recognized for their Zwink Core Values that provide for building a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development: its caring school community, its initiative in service learning, its meaningful and challenging academic curriculum, the collaborative efforts and leadership of the entire school community in character education, and the partnership of its families and community members.

Dual Credit Information Night
Jan 28 2015 - 03:07:00 pm

The Klein ISD Advanced Academics department will host a Dual Credit Information Night for tenth and eleventh grade students and parents on Feb. 3, 2015, from 7-8 p.m., at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to get ahead in college.

Help Paint the Community with Peace
Jan 28 2015 - 03:07:00 pm

The Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council is again proud to sponsor the Paint the Community with Peace Week (PCPW), Feb. 8 – 14, 2015. The district is encouraging everyone in the community to participate and is taking an interactive approach to this year’s event.


New strategies for this year include a stronger social media presence, themed days and the ability to become a Paint the Community with Peace Ambassador.


The district is encouraging participants to use #paintthecommunitywithpeace when uploading your photos and videos to any social media channel. By using this hashtag, the district will be able to compile and share all of the messages that week through our Storify page.  Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch the story as it happens.


For more information about Paint the Community with Peace Week, how to become an Ambassador and more click here

Health Services Coordinator Wins President’s Award
Jan 28 2015 - 03:04:00 pm

Congratulations to Klein ISD’s assistant health services coordinator, Yvonne Clarke, who was honored with the Texas School Nurse 

Organization (TSNO) Region 4 President’s Award.


Clarke has worked in the Klein ISD for eight years serving in many capacities. Originally a school nurse at Schultz Elementary, she helped initiate the Shape Up Schultz program which encouraged staff, students and their families to live healthier lifestyles through exercising and focusing on better nutrition.


She continues to be a leader among her peers having attended the Johnson & Johnson School Health Fellow Leadership Institute, as well as taking on additional projects. She serves as a member of the TSNO Region 4 Peer Review Committee and is currently working on her Master of Science in Nursing. 

44th Annual Klein German Festival Scheduled for Feb. 27 at Klein High School
Jan 27 2015 - 04:13:00 pm
Tickets for the 44th annual Klein German Festival, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Klein High School (Klein High School, 16715 Stuebner-Airline, Klein, TX 77379), will go on sale beginning on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children (grades 5 and under) and are available at each Klein ISD school, at the Klein ISD administrative offices, and at Trinity Lutheran Church School. There is no charge for preschool children accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Join us for an evening of German food, music and exhibition dances performed by students from Bernshausen Elementary and Trinity Lutheran Church schools. The Klein High School Men’s Choir will perform, as well as a professional performance by The Henry Tannenberger German band. The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m. and is prepared by the Klein ISD Food Service Association.

The program will immediately follow dinner. All tickets are handled by advance sales only, with a limited number available. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Zwink Math Team Finishes 5th in the Nation
Jan 27 2015 - 04:13:00 pm
Forty-five students from Zwink Elementary recently competed in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national elementary math problem solving contest held twice a year. More than 19,000 students representing 1,279 teams across the country participated in this year’s fall contest. Zwink’s third grade team finished 5th in the nation during this competition. Additionally, several Zwink students received the National Honor Roll title awarded to the top 10 percent of participating mathletes. Congratulations to the following Zwink Zebra mathematicians:

Ryan Amyx   Thong Nguyen
Maureen Cave  Alexa Phuong
Tyler Chadwick  Noah Richhart
Blake Corejo   Paula Rodriguez
Muneeba Ehtesham  Grace Skinner
Eria Farias   Tamya Smith
Saif Hamad    Kristina Tolman
Austin Haynes   Peyton Wessel
Devyn Noerger   Trenton Wessel

See Student Life through Klein ISD Yellow Bus Tours
Jan 27 2015 - 04:13:00 pm

See first-hand what happens at Klein schools on a daily basis via the Yellow Bus Tour scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, starting at 8:30 a.m. During the tour, participants will board a Klein ISD school bus and observe student life at Vistas High School Program, Wunderlich Intermediate and Klein Forest High School. Lunch will be provided and the tour will return to Vistas at 2 p.m. Each school will provide tours of classrooms and other spaces within the facility allowing community members to ask questions of tour leaders along the way.

Bus tour attendees will meet at the Vistas campus (12550 Bammel N. Houston, Houston, TX 77066) and receive your visitor’s badge (please bring your driver’s license) through the V-Soft system (visitor screening system). This tour represents one of many opportunities for participants to visit campuses throughout the year. Space is limited to the first 75 respondents. To RSVP, please contact Debbie Scheel at 832-249-4751 or dscheel@kleinisd.net. The Yellow Bus Tours will visit all four feeder patterns and community members interested in future tours should contact Debbie Scheel.
Klein ISD to hold its 46th Annual FFA Livestock and Project Show Starting Feb. 4
Jan 27 2015 - 04:12:00 pm
More than 600 high school FFA students from across the district will take part in the 46th annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock and Project Show on Feb. 4-7, 2015, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379). The events will conclude with the auction taking place on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 11:30 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.
Superintendent Hosts Spring Semester Community Dinner March 5
Jan 27 2015 - 04:12:00 pm
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 5, 2015, 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 832.249.4172 by Feb. 25, 2015. Free child care is available at Kids R Kids of Champions, 16722 Squyres Rd. Call 281.379.2998 and ask for Michelle Barr.
Klein ISD Calls for May 2015 Bond Election
Jan 14 2015 - 01:51:00 pm

Blueprint addresses growth, safety & security, renovations and more

KLEIN, TX - Growth and development are moving quickly in the Klein ISD, as more families and companies continue to move to the area. The district has been working on a capital needs plan for more than a year, and a 120 member Bond Steering Committee comprised of parents, community members, students and employees spent four months in the fall of 2014 studying demographic and capital needs data to develop a bond blueprint.

At the Jan. 12 board meeting, the Trustees unanimously approved a bond referendum for May 9, 2015 in the amount of $498,100,000 to address five general categories of items in the bond blueprint package that will impact all Klein ISD campuses. They include growth, facility renovations, safety & security, technology and buses.

Klein ISD is a fast growth district, and as such, four new campuses are slated for construction as well as facility renovations, remodels and repairs to campuses and facilities across the district, some more than 40 years old. Land purchases are included for future schools and facilities. The blueprint addresses expansions at nine schools to address student growth and instructional programs.

The bond steering committee studied items requested by the safety and security committee, including elementary school entry improvements, interior security doors to elementary classroom mod areas, a districtwide digital radio communication system, campus site improvements, Memorial Stadium emergency lighting, alarms and access control points.

The bond blueprint includes technology utilization in the curriculum by providing updated infrastructure, computers and other instructional classroom equipment as well as updated student information and business systems and equipment.

Buses are included to address the student growth and to replace those that have exceeded their useful life.

Within the last two years, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees reduced the tax rate by five cents, saving the average homeowner $6.47 per month. If the 2015 bond is approved, homeowners would see an anticipated incremental increase over a three year period of ten cents in the tax rate, amounting to an additional $12.99 per month for the average priced home valued at $155,866. Homeowners who are 65 years of age or older with a homestead exemption will see no tax increase as their taxes are frozen.

Klein ISD residents will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum on Saturday, May 9, 2015. In addition, early voting begins April 27 and runs through May 5. For more information, visit the district’s 2015 bond election website at www.kleinisd.net/2015bondelectioninformation.

Representative Turner Serves as Keynote Speaker for the Through Your Eyes Event
Jan 07 2015 - 02:29:00 pm
Klein ISD community celebration set for Jan. 22

The fourth annual Through Your Eyes event is a Klein ISD community celebration which starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2015, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920, Spring, TX 77379). The program honors the Touch the Future honorees, recognizes the student multimedia contest winners and features keynote speaker, State Representative Sylvester Turner.

The Touch the Future awards recognize 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 influential in having State Representative Turner speak at the event. State Representative and 1973 Klein High Valedictorian Sylvester Turner will serve as the keynote speaker to conclude the evening. Representative Turner has worked for the citizens of House District 139 for more than 25 years in Austin. He has received multiple awards including an honorable mention from the Texas Monthly magazine for "his passionate defense of the voiceless." Be sure not to miss this special event as Turner shares how we all can be bright beacons in our diverse community. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 832.249.4751.
Klein ISD Parents Invited to Attend Free Seminar about Dual Credit This Saturday
Jan 07 2015 - 02:27:00 pm

Help your student become college ready

Do you have questions about the Klein ISD Dual Credit program? Would you like to learn more about college entrance requirements? Help your student prepare for college now by sharpening your college readiness skills at the Advanced Academics seminar this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379) from 9-11 a.m. Parents of students in 7th-12th grades are encouraged to attend.

For more information visit http://www.kleinisd.net/dualcredit or contact Cynthia Galindo at 832-249-4705.
Open House Schedule Set across the Klein ISD
Jan 07 2015 - 02:21:00 pm

Campuses will hold informative events for parents 

The Klein ISD encourages parents of intermediate and elementary age students to attend the spring open house event for their respective campus. These evenings provide an opportunity for the campus to share information pertinent to the spring semester. Open houses will be held Jan. through March. The schedule is as follows:

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