to the Klein High School Chamber Orchestra, and directors Creston Herron and
Tanatchaya Chanphanitpornkit, for being named as the Texas Music Educators
Association (TMEA) 2016-17 Honor String Orchestra. This honor is equivalent to
being named state champion.
school resumed in Aug. 2016, these students began preparing their selections
and held a taping concert Oct. 14, 2016, only eight weeks after school started.
They submitted their tape along with 46 other schools across the state and
earned the Honor Orchestra selection for the state. As a result, they will now
prepare a program and perform at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in Feb.
Klein High School Chamber Orchestra is now the 36th Klein ISD Music Ensemble
selected to perform at the TMEA Convention since 1986, the most for any school
district. Remarkably, this is the very first time that any Klein ISD high
school string orchestra has been honored in this capacity. Past campuses
selected include: Hildebrandt ('86, '88) and Doerre ('04) Intermediate String
Orchestras, Klein Oak ('89, '93, '95), Klein Forest ('90, '94), and Klein High
('98, '01, '03, '08) Full Orchestras have also been selected previously.
Sept. 2016, the C-STEM Youth Commission traveled to Washington D.C. and
successfully advocated for STEM Public Policy to address the need for a
standard STEM definition to be adopted nationally. Klein Collins High School student
Kindall Walker was among only 10 high school students selected from the Houston
and Detroit areas.
felt honored to be chosen,” said Walker. “The high-status of the C-STEM
organization was a bit daunting, so to be chosen was an honor and a privilege.”
C-STEM Youth Commission was formed about a year ago thanks to a grant of
$86,000 to launch the program from local State Farm agent Tiffany Jones.
am excited about the STEM public policy advocacy work being led by students on
behalf of students,” said Jones. “The C-STEM Youth Commission project helps
students gain a better understanding of STEM-focused education. Who better than
these high school students to share and advocate for improvements in STEM
education on behalf of youth nationally.”
in Washington D.C., the Youth Commissioners briefed The White House and the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on their white paper, “The
Case for Implementing a Common Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) Definition to Improve Upon Access to High-Quality Enrichment Programs
for Minorities and Females.” Additionally, the Youth Commissioners share their
work at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) discussion and Congresswoman Eddie
Bernice Johnson’s STEM Brain Trust, “The STEM Melting Pot: Addressing the
Importance of Diversity.”
these successful presentations, the C-STEM Youth Commissioners have been
invited back to The White House to share their white paper through
participation on a panel later this month.
was an amazing opportunity to get to go to Washington D.C. as a 15 year-old and
work on public policy,” said Walker. “We were able to meet so many important
people including an advisor to President Obama, a congresswoman, and other
advisors to our state representatives.”
School Bus Safety Week is October 17-21, 2016. Klein ISD Police officers will
once again team up with Department of Public Safety Troopers, Harris County
Sheriff’s Deputies and Harris County Pct. 4 Constables to encourage
drivers to obey state laws by not passing school buses while loading or
unloading, if visual lights are flashing or stop signs displayed. Officers will
follow and/or ride school buses to identify drivers who break the law.
the period when children are entering or exiting the buses, drivers who fail to
follow state law place the children at substantial risk of injury or
is our hope that through the continuation of this initiative we can maintain a
proactive approach for the public’s awareness of traffic laws related to buses
when loading and unloading and avoid any potential tragedies,” stated Klein ISD
Police Chief David Kimberly.
the United States approximately 26 million students ride a school bus daily
(NHSTA). Texas Education Agency estimates 1.5 million students ride school
buses daily in Texas. In Klein ISD, approximately 20,000 students ride
school buses daily. The National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration (NHTSA) states that “an average of 18 school age occupants die
in transportation related crashes each year.”
to Texas statute, drivers traveling in either direction must stop when
approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The
driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus
resumes motion, the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed or the
visual signal is no longer activated.
is also important to know that if a road is divided only by a left-turning
lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses when red
flashing lights are activated.
Chebetar, currently a ninth-grade student at Klein Oak High School, has earned
the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest service award a Girl Scout in sixth,
seventh or eighth grade can achieve.
To earn the award, Chebetar revitalized the arboretum located at Hildebrandt
Intermediate School and started the first-ever Botany Club to maintain the
school arboretum hadn’t been used or fixed since 2008, and there was trash
cluttering and killing the overgrown plants,” said Chebetar. “This motivated me
to make our community eco-friendly and beautiful again.”
also wanted to offer students interested in natural science an opportunity to
explore more of what they are passionate about, so she started the Botany Club
and promoted the group to the student body by creating posters and making
announcements over the public address system. The Botany Club met in the spring
to plant flowers and maintain the flower beds.
project really taught me how to take action,” said Chebetar. “I spoke to Ace
Hardware, Lowes, and other people in our community willing to donate and I
learned business skills that will help me in the long run.”
project took nearly 70 hours and was completed in early August. Congratulations
to Chebetar on her accomplishments.
The Texas Association of
Student Council (TASC) named Antoinette Hernandez, Klein Forest Student Council
advisor, as the state nominee for the Warren Shull National Advisor of the Year
Hernandez has been an extremely
active student council advisor who has guided her council to numerous
Outstanding Student Council and Sweepstakes Awards. Under her leadership, Klein Forest has served
as a TASC state officer school more than once.
She currently serves on the TASC Board of Directors. Hernandez is a long time leadership
consultant for the TASC summer leadership workshop program. In addition, she is an instructor for the
TASC Student Leadership Course Curriculum Academy.
TASC is the largest student
leadership organization in the United States, and Hernandez represents those
council advisors across the state who give their time and knowledge to ensure
Dietitian Chantal Dybala shares her story about the excitement of being the district dietitian
Originally, I’m from
Louisiana, but got to Texas as soon as I could. My love for food actually
developed from the outstanding cuisine native to central Louisiana. I’ve been
the dietitian menu planner for Klein ISD for a short three months; however,
child nutrition is not new to me. I’ve worked with the district for over 4
years and have 8 years of experience in the child nutrition field. I’ve been
married to my husband for 11 years. We have a 7 year old son and a 4 year old
daughter. My family is my inspiration for what I do. Nutrition and health are
directly related. I believe in making a positive impact on health through
proper nutrition. Nothing is more important than providing 1.48 million
breakfasts, 4.71 million lunches and 8400 suppers annually to the students of
this community to help shape their futures.
My day consists of supporting
our customers, our students. I do this by creating healthy menus that meet federal
guidelines and planning special diets. Menu planning really happens all year.
90% of the menu is complete in April for the following school year. Our menus
are partially created from the taste tests we conduct with our students
biannually. The menu planner is like a puzzle solver. Some of the puzzle pieces
are cost of food items, student acceptability, availability, federal, state and
local compliance, variety, quality, safety, sanitation, operational
implementation, ease of recipes or menu item, and nutrition guidelines.
We offer some of the same
trends you see at some of your favorite restaurants. Trending now is
homemade/scratch items, clean label, whole grains, whole foods, and going
local. We already do several homemade items, like homemade whole grain cinnamon
rolls, homemade whole grain kolaches, homemade whole grain rolls, lasagna and
several sauces. Many of our products have clean labels, like our burgers,
orange chicken, roasted turkey and pulled pork. We have a build your own salad
bar line at high schools, similar to Salata. It is our goal to continue these
trends. We are constantly innovating our program and strive to be the best in
all we do.
We have some exciting
projects we've been working on. We are proud to participate in a few local
programs. October we participated in Texas Department of Agriculture's local
challenge. We are very proud to serve 13 local products, like Texas watermelon,
oranges, grapefruit, pizza from Waller Texas, sausage from Yoakum, Texas, and
biscuits from San Antonio, just to name a few. We also participate in farm to
school, where we bring in fresh US produce, and Texas produce when possible.
Our plan is to continue to source and serve more local products in the
Last year, at high schools,
we started a sandwich of the month concept. A few of the sandwiches were, pork
Cuban, chicken cordon bleu, and twice spice sandwich (spicy chicken and
jalapeños) It was a great success, this year we are not only doing sandwich of
the month, we’re also featuring pizza of the month. We’ve already offered BBQ
pork and buffalo chicken. November we will do a play on thanksgiving with a
gobble turkey hoagie (roasted turkey, mozzarella and gravy) and gobble, gobble
pizza (turkey two ways: roasted turkey and turkey bacon). It offers some
variation and a bit of an upscale flair.
Two years ago, we started our
fresh vegetable line. We found that many of the vegetables we are required to
offer, cooked vegetables, we going into the trash. As a result, we created a
fresh veggie line. Students and staff can select from fresh vegetables, like
baby carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, edamame, and romaine. Homemade reduced
fat, low sodium dressings are available for dipping, like ranch, cool down
(chili lime), and fire up (sriracha) sauces.
There are also a few
misconceptions I’d like to touch on. We do not fry. In fact you won't find one
single fryer in any of our kitchens. Almost all of our grains are whole grain,
even our cookies. We offer fresh healthy produce items daily, not just frozen
or canned items. In fact, last year we served just under 1 million dollars of
fresh produce to our students. Most products are reduced fat, like cheeses,
sour cream and lean cuts of meat. We use real products, like real eggs, and
burgers without soy fillers. All of our chips are baked, not fried. Our menus
also have low sodium requirements. This is a challenge to meet, but we do a
good job by offering other flavors and herbs, like chipotle cinnamon on our
sweet potato fries and herb garnishes and seasonings.
I couldn't do my job without the support of all
involved in the department, especially our hardworking kitchen managers and
specialists in the campuses. They are the ones who make it all happen out there
on the lines