Klein News
Klein ISD Celebrates Board Appreciation Month
Jan 11 2017 - 09:39:00 am



January is School Board Recognition Month, and Klein ISD will join other districts across the state to thank our Board members for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public education. As elected officials, they are the voice of the Klein community, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.

 

"Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our Board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” said Klein ISD Superintendent, Dr. Bret Champion. “They generously give their time to ensure that decisions directly affecting our schools are made by representatives of our community, people who are close to our schools, and know our teachers, parents, and students.”

 

Our Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often difficult decision making. Their ultimate goal focuses on the future success of the students in our district which is more important than ever. Public schools prepare students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow, and our Klein ISD Board members act as advocates for our students supplying the district with a vision and strategic leadership. With the help and support of the Board, our district experienced another great year for learning.

 

Board members serving Klein ISD are:

 

William F. “Bill” Pilkington – President

Rick Mann – Vice President

Steven E. Smith – Secretary

Ronnie K. Anderson

Cathy M. Arellano

Georgan Reitmeier

Stephen J. Szymczak

Dr. Bret A. Champion – Superintendent

 

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay, serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom,” said Champion. “Our board is responsible for an annual budget of $702.2 million, more than 51,266 students, 6,945 employees, and 48 campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future.”

Star of The Little Couple Serves as Keynote Speaker for Multimedia Event
Jan 10 2017 - 03:45:00 pm

The Klein ISD Through Your Eyes community celebration is set for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 beginning at 7p.m. at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379). The program honors the winners of the student multimedia contest as well as Touch the Future honorees. These honorees are recognized for their efforts in giving back to our students as well as their dedication to making Klein ISD all it can be. This year’s celebration also features keynote speaker, star of TLC’s The Little Couple, Bill Klein. 

 

In addition to being featured on this hit docu-series with his wife Jen and their two children, Klein is also an entrepreneur who stands only four-feet tall. However, his ability to persevere through difficult times, triumph over adversity, and all the while find enthusiasm with ever challenge is what makes him truly unique. Be sure not to miss this special event as he shares how we can be bright beacons in our diverse community.

High School Students Earn Spot in Music Ensemble
Jan 10 2017 - 03:34:00 pm

Congratulations to 19 Klein ISD students who recently earned a spot in a Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Ensemble. Nearly 100,000 Texas students start this process with just over 1,700 students selected to perform in one of 15 ensembles. These students represent less than 1.8 percent of the students who begin the tryout process and approximately 0.2 percent of students enrolled in a high school music class. These students will begin rehearsals in San Antonio on Feb. 8, 2017, culminating with performances throughout the day of Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, to bring the annual TMEA convention to a close.

 

Congratulations to the following students:

Klein Collins Student to Participate in Presidential Inauguration
Jan 10 2017 - 03:32:00 pm

It’s an exciting time of year for Klein Collins senior Dustin Cunningham and his Virtuosi small ensemble orchestra group have been invited to perform at two of the Presidential Inaugural events in Washington D.C. later this month. 

 

Virtuosi of Houston if the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in the area designed to increase musicians education and performance opportunities, thereby preparing them for a career in music. 

 

The students will make an appearance on Great Day Houston on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, and on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, the group will perform at the VIP reception for the Black Tie and Boots, Texas Society Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Gaylord Hotel in Bethesda, MD. 

 

Congratulations to Dustin and the Virtuosi members
Spring Musicals Begin Later this Month
Jan 10 2017 - 03:19:00 pm

This spring musical season is sure to be a crowd-pleaser featuring comedies, a murder mystery, and the classic, Sweeney Todd.

 

Klein High School presents Sweeney Todd, a musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Set in 19th century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile, to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, by conspiring with a local baker. Show times are as follows:

                Jan. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.

                Feb. 2, 3, 4, & 6 at 7 p.m.

Visit www.kleindrama.com for more information.

 

Klein Forest High School presents In the Heights, a musical with lyrics and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The story tracks a three-day period, involving characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Reserved tickets are $12 and show times are as follows:

                Jan. 21, 26, 27, & 28 at 7 p.m.

                Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

Visit www.kleinforestdrama.org for more information.

 


Klein Oak High School presents Curtains, a musical mystery comedy from the book by Rupert Holmes, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander. The musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, MA, and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Reserved tickets are $12 and show times are as follows:

                Jan. 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.

                Feb. 3, 4, & 6 at 7 p.m.

Visit www.kotheater.org for more information.

 


Klein Collins High School presents Once Upon A Mattress, a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. First written as a shorter play, at the Tamiment adult summer camp resort, at which Jack Sydow was present. The show got expanded for the Broadway stage. Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $12. Show times are as follows:

                Jan. 26, 27, & 28 at 7 p.m.

                Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

                Feb. 2, 3, & 4 at 7 p.m.

Visit www.kleincollinsdrama.org for more information.

Future Ready 21 Program in Full Effect
Jan 06 2017 - 04:04:00 pm


The Future Ready 21 cohort is in its first fulfillment stage and is quickly changing the way students learn. The goal of the cohort is to place a device in the hands of every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8, and a ratio of one device for every two Kindergarten through second grade students over the next five years. With the implementation of Future Ready 21 in full swing, the program is now being introduced throughout the nine intermediate campuses.

 

This school year, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich Intermediates received their Lenovo Chromebooks. In the 2017-2018 school year Strack, Doerre, Hildebrandt, and Klein Intermediate are scheduled to receive their devices.

 

“Some teachers were more permissive of incorporating devices but the official rollout has been much better because it creates consistency for all students to have access,” said Dr. Curtis Simmons, Schindewolf Intermediate principal.

 

The Future Ready 21 rollout has not come without challenges. Schindewolf Intermediate rolled out 1,585 devices after hours of Google Apps for Education training and implementing a Chromebook Camp. For Ulrich Intermediate, the roll-out was a 13-hour day for staff and administration with countless hours of prep work to ensure all 1,620 computers were allocated to students and staff.  

 

“I think the cohort is helping our students think in terms of personal responsibility in a way we haven’t seen before,” said Trevor Wooley, 7th grade assistant principal at Ulrich. “I think it is forcing our adults to get beyond the educational “box” that has been at the heart of education for so long. In both cases, moving beyond the “comfort zone” has been both a challenge and a blessing that is taking us to some very cool new places.”

 

Since the rollout, communication between students and teachers has improved. The Chromebooks allow for instantaneous feedback through the use of Google tools.

 

“The level of student engagement has gone up since the Chromebook arrival,” said Dr. Simmons. “Students are writing more. Whereas they may have fought to write out a few thoughts on paper, they are very willing to type their answers. It’s amazing that a keyboard could have such an impact.”

 

The devices have brought about big change in terms of how students are learning and engaging. The Chromebooks are used for email, intervention schedule delivery, and assigning classwork/homework. In addition, teachers can facilitate research, work cross-curricular with other departments, record lessons for substitutes, and participate in digital conferencing.

 

“I see the classroom becoming the world,” said Wooley. “By being able to collaborate with specialists and students from around the world, we’re opening the door to instruction limited only by imagination.” 


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