Klein News
Record Attendance at Wunderlich’s CSI Science Night
Oct 22 2015 - 02:55:00 pm

On Oct. 20, 2015, Wunderlich Intermediate and the Klein ISD Police Department hosted their CSI Science Night featuring local law enforcement and many hands-on science activities. More than 1,000 including 725 students, 250 adults and 100 volunteer and emergency personnel attended the first-ever CSI Science Night.

 

“The relationships that Wunderlich Intermediate and the Klein ISD Police Department have developed with our local business partners, community members, and first responders were key to the success of this program, said Wunderlich Intermediate principal, Chris Ruggerio. “Their commitment to education was evident in the support and generosity they showed in support of the Science Family Engagement night. In addition, the support our feeder elementary schools provided through their theme- related science engagement booths further supported Wunderlich and Klein PD’s commitment to our students and our entire community.”

 

The event featured science experiments, hands-on learning demonstrations, the STEAM Express, the Science Dome, local law enforcement and emergency vehicles, a helicopter used by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, a DJ, free food and drinks and much more. Click here to see a photo album of the event and stay tuned to the district’s Facebook and Twitter pages for a video highlight.

 

“We have been inundated with positive feedback and support,” said Ruggerio. “Our students have been talking about the event since Tuesday and have been asking when our next event will be. One parent in particular said she works all day and this was one of the few opportunities she could witness in person how excited her son was about school. Other parents were excited about what their elementary students had to look forward to in the intermediate. Overall, this has proven to be one of our most successful Family Engagement events at Wunderlich.”

Schultz Elementary Wins Lounge Makeover
Oct 22 2015 - 02:54:00 pm

With a new DR Horton neighborhood opening on Mahaffey Rd., DR Horton Home Builders offered a contest for a $5,000 teachers’ lounge makeover. The idea was for each school to share information about the new community with parents and encourage them to visit the new model homes. While visiting the model home, participants were asked to nominate a school to win the teachers’ lounge makeover. The contest lasted one month and on Oct. 12, Schultz was named the winner! Sales counselors presented the school with a check and brought cake, punch, balloons and flowers to celebrate. Congratulations!

Nominate Your Favorite Math Teacher
Oct 22 2015 - 02:51:00 pm

Know of a math teacher who is making a difference in their classroom? Nominate them today for the ConocoPhillips Math Teacher of the Month award.

 

ConocoPhillips is again teaming up with the Houston Astros to recognize Houston-area math teachers who go above and beyond to help inspire student’s excitement and interest in mathematics. Students, parents or legal guardians, fellow teachers, school administrators and the community are all eligible to nominate a math teacher for recognition. To learn more about the award and nomination process, click here

Klein Teams Compete at District Cross Country Meet
Oct 16 2015 - 02:52:00 pm



Klein ISD students competed in the district 15-6A Cross Country Meet at Burroughs Park on Thursday, Oct. 15. Congratulations to students who qualified at the meet:

 

Regional Qualifiers (Top 3 Teams and Top 10 Individuals) from the Varsity Races include:

Boy’s=Klein High Team (2nd place finish), Klein Oak Team (3rd place finish), Connor Cooke-Klein Collins (2nd place as an Individual)

Girl’s=Klein High Team (1st place finish), Klein Oak Team (2nd  place finish), Nicole Butler-Klein Collins (2nd place as an Individual)

 

All District Finishers-Top 10 Finishers

Boy’s-1)Caleb Pickett-KHS, 2)Connor Cooke-KCHS, 5)Tyler Griffith-KOHS, 7)Edward Tonche-KHS, 8)Matthew Brown-KOHS, 9)Peter Myers-KHS, 10)Blake Stroud-KHS

 

Girl’s-1)Serena Montgomery-KHS, 2)Nicole Butler-KCHS, 4)Emily Cole-KHS, 5)McKenna Pouwer-KHS, 7)Amanda Garza-KHS, 8)Madelyn Berger-KOHS, 9)Kali-Jo Bentz-KOHS, 10)Kyla Miller-KOHS

Klein Collins Soccer Team Earns Academic Award
Oct 16 2015 - 02:50:00 pm

Congratulations to the Klein Collins men’s soccer program for earning the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) of America’s Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 school year. By posting a combined team GPA of 3.33, Klein Collins is one of only 148 men’s teams from around the country and one of only 6 men’s teams in the state of Texas to earn this honor. They are also the first men’s team in Klein ISD to receive this award.  

 

The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom in addition to their work on the field. To qualify, the team must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for the entire academic year.

 

“Our program puts a strong emphasis on excelling in areas of life, both on and off the soccer field,” said Klein Collins men’s soccer coach Darrell Hamlett. “Our players do a tremendous job of balancing their commitments and to see them achieve this goal is very rewarding.”

KleinBots Team Competes
Oct 16 2015 - 02:48:00 pm

Over the summer break, the district robotics team “The KleinBots” competed in an off-season competition in Austin where they won second place. Leading up to the Texas Robot Roundup Competition, they made extensive changes to their robot. Triumphant, the team is ready to embark on a new season and undertake new challenges. Be sure to catch them at their next competition in The Woodlands on Oct. 24. For more information check them out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or visit their website.
Klein Employee Gives Back to Students in Kenya
Oct 16 2015 - 01:29:00 pm

Her name is Beatrice but you can call her Ms. Bea. She was born in Kericho, Kenya and moved to Houston in 2009. She is new to Klein ISD and is a clinic assistant at Blackshear Elementary. She is married and has two sons that attend Blackshear Elementary. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking and traveling. She and her family enjoy discovering new places and she is working on a chronicle of their adventures. But there is so much more to Ms. Bea.

 

Growing up and attending school in Kericho, Ms. Bea remembers sometimes running to school because being late was not an option. The teachers encouraged the students to work hard but it was her father who encouraged her love of reading and learning. He would tell her that education was the only thing no one could take away. Her passion shows each day as she works with students at Blackshear.

 

“I have always loved working with children,” she said. “To see them learn. To see their eyes wide open when something has clicked, I love those moments.”

 

But there’s still more to Ms. Bea. Wanting to help spread this passion for learning, Ms. Bea and her family work to provide books to children in the village of Nduriri. This village is where her grandfather was raised and where her father attended school. After her father retired, he returned to the village to farm. Each day he would notice kids walking for miles to get to school, sometimes in the rain and with no shoes and he knew he wanted to help. He called Ms. Bea but she wasn’t sure how to make anything happen from here.

 

Then, she saw someone disposing of books in a recycling bin and at the risk of being called a dumpster diver, noticed they were perfectly good books. It was then she knew how she could help. Since 2012 Ms. Bea and her family have been sending books and much-needed school supplies to these students. As of this year, the donations are benefiting three schools with students that are in kindergarten through 8th grade.

 

“If we give these kids the chance for a quality education, they will have a chance for a better life, and a chance to improve the lives of those in the village,” she said.

 

Ms. Bea believes in teaching children about giving. She teaches children to be grateful for what they have and to realize others may not have as much as we have. She also believes that when children become aware of others who are in need, they develop compassion and learn to be caring and tolerant of others.

 

Ms. Bea and her family ask that people donate used reading books that need a new home. Books should be appropriate for children in grades K-8. They also collect school supplies including pencils, crayons, pens, notebooks and writing paper. Currently, T.F. Hudgins, Inc. donates warehouse space to store the collections of books and supplies. The biggest need of all is a means for shipping. They are looking for a shipping company that can ship by sea to Nairobi, Kenya. Donations can be made ya www.edexam.org. For information contact Beatrice Muyah.

 

“We are not just part of the Houston community,” she said. “We are one big community, this whole world, regardless of where we live. When we take the world as our community, we become more tolerant and compassionate for each other.”

Klein ISD High School Philanthropy Projects Help Others
Oct 15 2015 - 09:13:00 am


It’s that time of year again. School is in full swing, football season has opened and a cool, crisp fall is upon us. It’s also that time of year that our high school students are working on philanthropy projects benefiting our community.

 

The Klein High School Drama Club and International Thespian Society are collecting canned goods for their annual, “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” campaign benefitting Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM). Students are working to collect canned goods from classmates and from the local community through Nov. 1. Thespian Troupes from around the country as well as internationally, compete to collect and donate the most canned foods to organizations. For more information on how you can help, contact tdomino@kleinisd.net.

 

Students in the Klein Oak Student Council are partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and are raising funds for three Klein ISD students. Everyone loves a T-shirt and this fundraiser is no exception. Shirts are being sold to benefit the students through the first week of Nov. As always, if anyone donates $100 or more, their business or club name will be listed on the back of the shirt. For more information on ordering a t-shirt, email kwalters1@kleinisd.net.

 

The Klein Oak Dance Company and DECA organization are joining forces again this year to host United by Dance, a performance that brings local dance companies together. This project includes a ‘Miracle Minute’ coin collection and proceeds from the Dec. 18, dance performance will benefit the Autism Speaks Texas Chapter. Stay tuned for more information on the United by Dance event.

 

Klein Oak Path students made paw prints designed and decorated for each teacher, counselor and administrator at Klein Oak. Students chose this activity to help promote school spirit as well as contribute to the Klein Oak beautification project which seeks to enhance the campus.

 

This year’s Klein Collins philanthropy project is benefitting one of their own. Football coach Jim Scott was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past summer. The Student Council is leading the ‘Be a Hero’ themed homecoming benefitting Coach Scott’s fight against cancer. Students are selling ‘Be A Hero’ homecoming ribbons for $10. A Spirit Night was also held at the Market Street Kendra Scott store where 20 percent of the evening’s sales benefited Coach Scott. At the Sept. 25 Klein Collins vs. Klein Oak football game, the two teams put rivalries aside and came together for one cause. The Klein Oak High School Football Booster Club presented a check at halftime to Coach Scott in the amount of $12,000. Click here to donate directly to coach Scott's GoFundMe account.

 

The Klein Collins Student Council’s year-long philanthropy project is collecting donations for The Star of Hope mission. Students are collecting socks for infants, toddlers, kids, teens, and adults, as well as, toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap and deodorant. For more ways you can help benefit the Klein Collins philanthropy projects, contact rdombrowski@kleinisd.net.

 

Klein Collins is also hosting a canned food drive to benefit local families in need. Each school club and organization is being asked to hold a food drive among their members. Their goal is to provide for 50 to 75 families this holiday season.

 

This is the most current information as of press time.

Klein Intermediate Opens Parent University
Oct 02 2015 - 10:48:00 am

Research shows that family and community involvement are directly related to higher achievement, increased student attendance and improved student behavior in school. Klein Intermediate has taken this one step further and created the Parent University to grow their community.

 

The Parent University is a tool used to allow parents the opportunity to become more involved in workshops and events. Those enrolled in the university are required to attend six or more workshops or events that are hosted throughout the year in the school’s Parent Center. Those who meet the required criteria will take part in a special graduation in May 2016.

 

“Parents appear to be very excited about the possibility of graduating,” said Klein Intermediate Parent Liaison Dr. Hope Luster-Calhoun. “I can see it on their faces as they attend each session.”

 

Along with the Parent University, Klein Intermediate is taking additional action to engage their parents and community. Recently, the school hosted a Family Engagement Night where parents and students had the opportunity to complete a survey on the types of classes they were interested in taking.

 

“What has proven to be successful thus far is when I have met with various school organizations on campus to tell them that I want to present information from the Practical Parent Education Curriculum,” said Luster-Calhoun. “The athletic department, band, No Place 4 Hate, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council have embraced the idea of partnering with me on this effort,” she added.

 

No idea could be this successful without a supportive faculty and staff who help make this type of program a success. Dr. Luster-Calhoun recognizes the Guiding Coalition Team who stepped up to support the Family Engagement Night. The Klein Intermediate family has been phenomenal in helping grow these outreach programs.

 

A list of remaining Parent University workshops and events for the fall are listed below:

 

Date

Title of Workshop

Audience

Time

Location

10/13/2015

Family Cyber Night

All grade levels

6 – 7 p.m.

Klein Intermediate library

10/21/2015

Helping Children Handle Peer Pressure

All grade levels

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Klein Intermediate gym

11/11/2015

Getting Ready for College: featuring Cynthia Galindo

All grade levels

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Klein Intermediate cafeteria

11/17/2015

De-Stressing Before the Holidays: Tips on How to Limit Stress in Your Family

7th & 8th grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Klein Intermediate gym

11/19/2015

Celebrating National Parent Involvement Day: The Importance of Parental Involvement

All grade levels

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Klein Intermediate room 106

12/1/2015

Cupcakes & Canvas: Celebrating Holidays and Traditions from around the World

All grade levels

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Klein Intermediate cafeteria

Yellow Bus Tour Kicks Off
Oct 02 2015 - 10:45:00 am


The first Klein ISD Yellow Bus Tour of the school year kicks off with stops at Vistas High School Program, Klein Forest High School, Klein Intermediate and Epps Island Elementary.

 

See first-hand what happens at Klein schools on a daily basis via the Yellow Bus Tour scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants will board a Klein ISD school bus and observe student life at several campuses. 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 a 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. Community members interested in future tours should contact Debbie Scheel.

Superintendent Hosts Community Dinner
Oct 02 2015 - 10:44:00 am
Parents and community members are invited to attend a dinner hosted by Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD superintendent, on Oct. 29, 2015 at Wunderlich Intermediate – 11800 Misty Valley, Houston, TX 77066. A pizza and salad dinner will be provided free beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a district update and a question and answer session from Dr. Cain. To reserve a seat, call 832.249.4172 by Oct. 22. Free child care is available at Kids R Kids of Champions, 16722 Squyres Rd. Call 281.379.2998 and ask for Michelle Barr.
College Information Night
Oct 02 2015 - 10:41:00 am

Klein ISD will host a College Night from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, at Champion Forest Baptist Church located at 15555 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston, TX 77069. College Night is a very informative evening for both students and parents. Representatives from approximately 200 colleges will offer mini-orientations concerning college life and requirements. They will also answer any questions from students and parents. 

Several sessions regarding financial aid will be offered during the evening for your convenience. 

Parents and students may contact their high school counselors for additional information.
District Earns Incentive on Energy Use
Oct 02 2015 - 10:40:00 am

The Klein ISD Energy Management department is committed to educating our staff and students about the importance of energy conservation. The district prides itself on its efforts to conserve energy and has shown substantial results over the years. Some of the main reasons the district chooses to save energy is of course to help save money but also to play an important role in our environmental stewardship.

 

Part of this stewardship includes Klein ISD’s participation in the CenterPoint Energy Energy SCORE Lite Program. This program, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, provides an incentive to participants who help reduce energy operating costs. CenterPoint has presented Klein ISD with an incentive check for $80,156.23.

 

"The CenterPoint SCORE Lite Program is invaluable to the district,” said Klein ISD Associate Superintendent for Facility & School Services Robert Robertson. “The program first recognizes the district’s efforts in energy conservation and secondly provides funds for further innovation in reducing the district’s consumption.”

 

Over the course of a year, Klein ISD implemented projects, made modifications and installed new equipment that provided energy savings. This included items such as lighting controls, nodular fixtures and air cooling controls. Overall, the district’s estimated annual kWh savings from these projects totals a greenhouse gas reduction of 369.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to eliminating the annual greenhouse emissions of 77.06 passenger vehicles, 41,467.04 gallons of gasoline and 18.48 homes.

"Klein ISD is thankful to Texas and CenterPoint Energy for their continuing support through energy efficiency programs," said Klein ISD Energy Manager Chad Corbitt. "These programs provide energy guidance, supplemental funding and engineering resources that assist in furthering the District's efforts to wisely spend every tax dollar." 

For more information on the Klein ISD Energy Department, click here
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