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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
mentor is loyal, encouraging and she is smart,” said Deven, a student mentee.
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.”
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
learn more about the Klein ISD mentor program, click here.
Klein ISD Celebrates School Board Appreciation Month
Jan 14 2016 - 09:18:00 am
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.
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.
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
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!
Student Writing Featured in Texas School Business Magazine
Jan 11 2016 - 02:49:00 pm
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 SchoolBusiness magazine.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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