Klein News
Community Members Donate 1500 Dictionaries to Klein ISD Students
Jan 26 2016 - 04:49:00 pm



KLEIN, TX – In an effort to bridge the gap between students learning to read and reading to learn, local community members came together to donate 1500 dictionaries as a part of the Dictionary Project to third-grade students in the district at Nitsch, Epps Island, Greenwood Forest, Kaiser, Klenk, Eiland, McDougle, Kohrville, Zwink, Schultz, Mittelstadt and Bernshausen Elementary schools as a part of The Dictionary Project.

The project provides third-grade students with a personal dictionary to keep and use throughout their school careers. The Northwest Forest Republican Women first implemented the project for Klein ISD and Spring ISD students and rotates their donations annually to each district. Sue Kikis, Northwest Forest Republican Women member and Klein ISD local prompted the organization of individual donations to ensure Klein ISD students received the dictionaries.

 “I learned about The Dictionary Project about ten years ago when Northwest Forest Republican Women started sponsoring one school each year,” Kikis said. “The need was so great that some of us wanted to expand the project, so we collected donations from members and friends and distributed books to many more schools. This school year each third grade student in 12 Klein ISD schools received personal dictionaries.”

Together with individual donors, they raised over $5,000. With the dictionaries costing an average of $60 a case – this allowed for 1500 students to receive one. The need was prioritized by Title I schools and second to the schools nearing Title I status. The dictionaries are donated and delivered at a strategic time in the curriculum to optimize usage in the classroom and go into depth about important information.

“I coordinate the collection of donations, purchasing, scheduling, and distribution of the books, Kikis said. “Sue Ann Lurcott and I then deliver the dictionaries to the students in their classrooms. It is important to us to briefly present the book's contents which include the multiplication facts, weights and measures, the US Constitution, biographies of all US Presidents, information of all the states and world nations, in addition to over 35,000 words most appropriate to third-grade students,” Kikis said.

For more information on how you can help Klein ISD students, please contact Cindy Doyle: (832) 249-4753 or cdoyle3@kleinisd.net.
Magazine Names Klein ISD as Honoree for Award
Jan 22 2016 - 10:13:00 am

Building Operating Management magazine, the leading magazine for building owners and facility managers recently announced Klein ISD as one of its honorees for this year’s FMXcellence Recognition Program.

 

This annual award recognizes facilities management teams that add significant value to their organizations by helping to achieve broader goals. The honorees will be celebrated at a special event held at the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) 2016 Conference and Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center March 22, 2016.

 

Klein Independent School District was honored for upgrades to facility management processes and operations that reduced annual costs by more than 20 percent without sacrificing quality of services provided.

 

“I am excited for the directors, managers and support employees that produced the results that earned this recognition,” said Klein ISD Associate Superintendent for Facility and School Services Robert Robertson. “ And, rather than the public hearing from the district how well we are doing we have an organization knowledgeable of best practices in facility management recognizing the good work of Klein ISD in protecting the community’s assets.

 

“The FMXcellence honorees show a variety of ways that facility management departments are adding value to their organizations,” said Building Operating Management editor Edward Sullivan.

 


STEAM Express Awarded State-of-the-Art Technology
Jan 22 2016 - 10:09:00 am

Digital manufacturing leader Inventables announced that it is making it possible for 50 schools in the United States to have access to the latest digital manufacturing technology, 3D carving; a powerful technology capable of creating precision parts and designs from materials like wood, plastic and metal. The Klein ISD STEAM Express was selected from 24 entries throughout the state of Texas.

 

“I am so excited and can’t explain how proud I am,” said Bill Nebeker, STEAM Express program coordinator. “This will be awesome for the students of Klein ISD. We have a 3D printer, but having a carver takes it to the next level showing how items are designed and carved out of wood or metal.”

 

As part of a three-step application process, Nebeker had to complete a lesson plan and a video to show how the 3D carver would be used in the classroom. The video showed students working with wood on the STEAM Express and they explained how a carver would make learning faster and more exciting.

 

“The activities on the STEAM Express are always changing and adapting to experiences of the learners, so this keeps learning active,” said Nebeker. “Having another product that students can manipulate to create anything is great for visitors of the STEAM Express. The only limitation to what can be created is their own mind.”

 

For more information on the Klein ISD STEAM Express, click here. To learn more about Inventables and 3D carving, click here. To view the application video, click here

Klein Forest Plays Host to this year’s 45th annual German Fest on Feb. 26
Jan 21 2016 - 02:09:00 pm
Tickets for the 45th annual Klein German Festival, scheduled for February 26, 2016, at Klein Forest High School, will go on sale at every school in the Klein district, Klein administration buildings, and at Trinity Lutheran Church, starting Monday, February 8, 2016. The price of tickets is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children in grades 5 and under. There is no charge for preschool children accompanied by their parent or guardian. Dinner will be served from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.   

An evening of German food, with German music and exhibition dances performed by students from Klenk Elementary School and Trinity Lutheran Church School, as well as professional performances by The Henry Tannenberger German Band will be featured. The Klein Forest High School Men’s Choir will also perform.  

All tickets will be handled by advance sales only. Tickets will not be available at the door and there are only a limited number available.

Dr. Cain’s Community Dinner is Set for March 3
Jan 21 2016 - 02:09:00 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 3, 2016, at Kleb Intermediate School (7425 Louetta Rd., Klein, TX 77379). A pizza and salad dinner will be provided free of charge 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, 2016.

Free childcare is available at Kids R Kids of Champions, 16722 Squyres Rd. Call 281.379.2998 and ask for Michelle Barr.
47th annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock & Project Show Begins Feb. 3
Jan 21 2016 - 02:04:00 pm


More than 450 high school FFA students with more than 750 projects will take part in the 47th annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock and Project Show Feb. 3-6, 2016, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379). The events will conclude with the auction on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in the arena.

Students will showcase animals in categories such as poultry, swine, breeding rabbits, heifers, goats, lambs, and will also display projects for the horticulture show, ag mechanics show, and the floral design competitions.

Come out and support these students. For a complete list of times and events, click here.
Mentor Program Continues to See Growth
Jan 15 2016 - 12:43:00 pm

A mentor is defined as someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person, but a mentor is so much more than that. They establish open, friendly and trusting relationships with students, meet with a student one-on-one during the school day, play games and explore new ideas with their mentee.

 

The Klein ISD Mentor Program has been impacting the lives of hundreds of students across the district since 2008. Mentors come from all walks of life: retirees, grandparents, business leaders, parents, former teachers, and even former students.

 

“My mentor is loyal, encouraging and she is smart,” said Deven, a student mentee.

 

“I learned how to play checkers and about life,” said Alyzha, a student mentee. “She taught me to treat my friends the same way I want to be treated.”

 

“All children can benefit from having another positive role model in their life,” said Angie Mentz, Klein ISD mentor program coordinator. “You don’t need special skills to be a mentor. You just need to listen, show that you care and share your experiences.”

 

Over the past few years, the mentor program has seen significant growth thanks to the district enhancing its recruitment strategies, current members assisting with recruitment efforts, school staff identifying volunteers who would make great mentors, and targeted outreach to local churches and businesses. Currently more than a dozen partner organizations support mentoring in Klein ISD.

 

“Potential mentors should have a strong desire to help students succeed in school and a willingness to invest time and energy into mentoring a student,” said Mentz. “It’s important that they have a realistic understanding of their role as a mentor.”

 

Mentoring builds relationships that are as meaningful for the mentor as they are for the young person. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for growth and in fact, many mentors say that they are surprised and grateful for the chance to mentor because the experience is more rewarding than they imagined.

 

“It has been rewarding to have my mentee tell me what a difference she feels I have made in her life,” said a Klein ISD mentor. “To see her applying some of the strategies we discussed in our time together is exciting.”

 

The Klein ISD mentor program is beneficial to students of all ages. Research shows that one-to-one adult and student interaction on a regular basis can result in great dividends including improvements in grades, enhanced peer relationships, positive attitudes, and increased self-confidence. By sharing their own life experiences, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions. Mentors help provide students with a clear vision of what their future could look like.

                                                                                        

To learn more about the Klein ISD mentor program, click here

Klein ISD Celebrates School Board Appreciation Month
Jan 14 2016 - 09:18:00 am

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has designated January as School Board Recognition Month and at the Jan. 11, 2016, board meeting, a special presentation was made to our Board of Trustees thanking them for their commitment to our students, staff and our community.

 

Each year TASB selects a theme to help school districts recognize their leaders. This year’s theme centered on the ‘Super Heroes for Schools.’ Klein ISD administration, teachers and staff joined together to thank the board members for their dedication and hard work. Each member was recognized as an extraordinary volunteer who tackles the enormous job of governing the district. They were thanked for their actions and decisions that affect the present and future lives of Klein ISD students.

 

“Although January is designated as the month that we recognize our board members, we take the time to acknowledge their contribution as part of a year-round commitment,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain. “In these challenging and ever-changing times, they face difficult choices and critical responsibilities and each one continues to give selflessly to ensure the right decisions are being made for our students.”

 

The Klein ISD Board members include: Steven E. Smith (president), Ronnie K. Anderson (vice president), Stephen J. Szymczak (secretary), Paul Lanham, Rick Mann, Bill Pilkington and Georgan Reitmeier.

 

Click here to view the special video thank you was presented to our ‘super board’. 

Klein ISD Board passes Klein, Tx. designation resolution
Jan 12 2016 - 08:57:00 am
The Klein ISD Board of Trustees passed a resolution at the January meeting regarding the 88 square miles encompassing Klein ISD as Klein, Tx. The resolution includes the following: 1) recommends that residents living within the district boundaries refer to their community as Klein, Texas; 2) recommends that citizens within zip codes 77379, 77389 and 77391 use Klein, Texas as their address; and 3) directs that all Klein ISD buildings and facilities be identified as being in Klein, Texas.

While this may seem unorthodox by some, this move is actually steeped in history. In 1938, the school district was renamed the Klein Independent School District after Adam Klein, one of the earliest settlers of the area and the community’s namesake. If you have lived in the Klein ISD long, you will notice that many of the schools are named after the settlers that once toiled the land. As far back as the 1970’s, the district was honoring the community’s forefathers by naming schools after original families from the area.

By Texas legislative action in 1977, the area inside the boundaries of the Klein ISD was designated as Klein, Texas. In 1988, The Klein, Texas Historical Foundation was established as a non-profit Texas corporation with the mission of preserving buildings, sites, documents, photos and records of the community of Klein, Texas and to promote interest and encourage study in the community’s history. By 1994, the Foundation established the Klein Museum and in 1995, opened the Wunderlich Farm for tours.

The history of the community is being preserved; however, the district itself is not bounded by a township and within the 88 square miles are Houston, Spring, Klein and Tomball addresses. Currently, only the zip codes of 77379, 77389, and 77391 are recognized by the postmaster as Klein Texas. The Klein ISD Board resolution was passed to further define the Klein community that is rich in history and preserve the heritage for future generations.

So when you brag about your community and all the wonderful amenities it has to offer, be sure to call it Klein, Texas. Tell everyone you know that Jim Parsons, aka Sheldon Cooper, is from Klein, Texas. Talk up the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Klein, Texas. Together we can define our community and put Klein, Texas on the map!
Campuses Host Spring Open House Nights
Jan 11 2016 - 02:49:00 pm
Schools in Klein ISD have set the open house schedule for the spring. The schedule is as follows:
Student Writing Featured in Texas School Business Magazine
Jan 11 2016 - 02:49:00 pm

Klein Oak junior Julianna Teoh was awarded two Gold Keys in the recent Scholastic Awards and a sample of her writing was recently featured in the “Student Voices” section of the Texas School Business magazine.

 

Each year the Harris County Department of Education sponsors The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Area schools and districts submit students’ best artwork and writing to compete at the regional level. Entries are awarded Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Teoh earned Gold Keys for her Flash Fiction entry and Poetry entry. Teoh was one of only 80 Gold Key recipients who were invited to attend the national competition in New York City. Award recipients will be announced in March. 

 

Her article, published in the January/February edition of the magazine focuses on how the Scholastic Awards program has helped make her a better writer and helped provide opportunities for her work to be seen around the country. To read her full article, click here.

The Woodlands Junior League IMPACT Conference
Jan 05 2016 - 03:49:00 pm

The Woodlands Junior League hosts an annual conference to provide knowledge and skills needed to instill positive self-esteem in children, adolescents and peers to over 36,000 individuals including parents, educators, and students. This year's IMPACT (Increase and Motivate Positive Awareness in Children and Teachers) Conference will showcase and feature best-selling author and keynote speaker Jon Gordon, whose books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world including many NFL, NBA, and MLB coaches and teams. Click here for more information.







High Schools Present Spring Musicals
Jan 05 2016 - 03:48:00 pm

Beginning later this month, Klein ISD high schools will present their spring musicals which include comedies and even a rock opera that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

 

Klein High School presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book. The story concerns young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who, with the help of the book ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, rises from window washer to chairman of the board. Performances are as follows: Jan. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, click here.

 


Klein Forest High School will be performing Evita, a rock opera, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This production will feature a large cast of more than 40 singers and actors, 60 dancers and 20 children from Greenwood Forest Elementary School choir. It also features an orchestra of more than 30 students from the Klein Forest High School orchestra and band departments. Performance dates and time are as follows: Jan. 22, 23, 28 and 30th at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, click here.


 

Klein Oak High School brings us The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a long one-act musical comedy centered on a fictional spelling bee where six quirky adolescents compete. Conceived by Rebecca Feldmand with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, this show will not disappoint. Performance dates and time are as follows: Jan. 29, 30, Feb. 5, 6 and 8th at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, click here.

 

Klein Collins High School presents Seussical The Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. This family-friendly musical is based on many Dr. Seuss books and brings to life his many characters. This show features not just Klein Collins students, but intermediate and elementary students as well. A total of nearly 150 students representing nine Klein ISD schools are involved in this production.  Performances are as follows: Jan. 28, 29, 30 Feb. 1, 5, 6 at 7 p.m. and a Jan. 30 matinee at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, click here





Ehrhardt Earns Grant From Author James Patterson
Jan 05 2016 - 03:48:00 pm
Congratulations to Ehrhardt Elementary, recipient of a $2,500 grant from best-selling author James Patterson, supporting the Little Free Libraries program. Little Free Libraries provides year-round access to books for students and the community, inspiring the love of reading. In partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club, author James Patterson made a commitment to help school libraries nationwide. Ehrhardt was one of nearly 30,000 schools that applied. To read more about Little Free Libraries, click here
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