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The Time of Year for Giving and Being Thankful
Nov 18 2013 - 09:15:00 am

Student across the Klein ISD are preparing for the holiday season by participating in activities to show those things for which they are thankful. Many campuses are also coordinating events to help others in our community during this time of year. Below is a list of the events and activities scheduled. 



Brill Student Council is teaming up with the PTO to “can” principal Dayna Hernandez for their annual food drive. Students are encouraged to bring cans and boxes of non-perishable food items so that Mrs. Hernandez “can’t” work in her office. Additionally, kindergarten is having their annual Thanksgiving play involving all students followed by a Thanksgiving feast in classrooms. 

Ehrhardt will have a “Light Up Ehrhardt With Kindness” theme that begins Monday, Nov. 18, with a Holiday Food Drive for families in the community. Each student and staff member who donates will write their names on a decorative paper light bulb which will be posted around the building like strings of lights. 


Frank Elementary will conduct a food drive and all donations will be sent to Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM).

Grace England Early Childhood Center will have a feast for its two sessions in the hallways. Students will make and exchange friendship bracelets with each bead representing something to students such as respect and love. 

Kohrville Elementary has scheduled a canned food drive from Nov. 11 – 21.  The campus has a giant thermometer for each grade level that hangs on the wall to show how many cans have been collected each day. The campus will make its donation to NAM on Friday, Nov. 22.  

The McDougle Lion Leadership League (4th & 5th graders), also known as the L3s are gearing up to stock bins with books, food, toys, household cleaning supplies and other needed items.  As part of their community service project, L3s also volunteer hours in other classrooms as time permits.  Students will assist with reading, mentoring or helping another teacher with a project.  

Zwink Elementary is conducting a food/toy drive for families at Kaiser. The campus is also participating in an “attitude of gratitude” blitz.  Students are given a daily gratitude challenge to encourage a thankful perspective.   

Krimmel's K-Rock Coalition is asking for school and community support during its "CAN" CROWE food drive. The goal is to fill principal Crowe's office with canned goods that will be later donated to NAM. Click here to view the video.

The Schindewolf  National Junior Honor Society will host a Penny Wars event the week prior to Thanksgiving. The proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Ronald McDonald house. The Spanish Club is collecting rice, beans, brownie mix, mashed potatoes mix and other non-perishable items for NAM as part of a campus-wide service project for Thanksgiving. 


Klein Forest received 50 bags of food from Bridging for Tomorrow (a Faithbridge subsidiary) and will distribute them to families in need. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Klein Forest FFA will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 7 p.m. for its students in the new KFHS hall. The Klein Forest Spanish Honor Society and Spanish club will participate in the ‘I am thankful, therefore I give’ toy drive to benefit foster care kids in Houston and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The group will collect items Nov. 13- Dec. 13.

 

Wunderlich Farm to Host First Old Fashioned Christmas Market
Nov 14 2013 - 11:11:00 am

Early century themed Christmas event

Nov. 14, 2013 – The Klein, TX Historical Foundation is set to host its first Old Fashioned Christmas Market on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Wunderlich Farm (18218 Theiss Mail Rd. Klein, TX 77379) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

For years, the Wunderlich Farm and Klein, TX Museum have been tucked away behind the modern houses and most people in the area never knew that it existed. This Christmas event will hopefully be the beginning of changing that for new and old families in the Klein area.  The Wunderlich Farm Old Fashioned Christmas Market will offer families a low-cost Christmas tradition while teaching and educating visitors on what life was like for the early immigrants that settled in the Klein area. 

“I hope that this will continue to grow each year and become a family tradition so we can continue to introduce the next generation to the ways of the early pioneer way of life,” said Steve Baird, Wunderlich Farm living history director. 

This year’s Old Fashioned Christmas Market will consist of activities and demonstrations such as rag doll making, soap making, tin punching, sausage making and much more. This type of event wouldn’t be complete without authentic music provided by groups such as Das Ist Lustig, Gene Hackemack and local performances by Trinity Lutheran Children’s Choir and entertainment by the Kohrville Drama Club. 

The Wunderlich Farm Old Fashioned Christmas Market will also have nearly 30 vendors with items ranging from pet products, handcrafter German candles, jewelry, ornaments from Poland and lots more. Food and drinks will also be available. 

Entry into the festival is $1 per person and one canned food item. The canned foods will benefit the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry and all other proceeds from the event will be used to help preserve the many documents and artifacts that have been donated to the museum. Some proceeds will also be used to expand exhibits, facilities and help make tours more accessible to the public. 

Currently, all fourth graders in the Klein ISD attend a half-day hands-on tour of the farm with the help of volunteers. The public also may have a free tour of the farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of each month except November, December and May. 

“I encourage everyone to attend,” expressed Baird. “Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take a step back in time and celebrate the holidays like an early Klein settler.” 

For more information about the Old Fashioned Christmas Market or Wunderlich Farm, call the museum office at 832.249.5800. 


Klein ISD Student Athletes Ink Scholarships with Colleges
Nov 13 2013 - 04:24:00 pm
Seventeen seniors take part in National Letter of Intent Day


Nov. 13, 2013 – Klein ISD once again had student-athletes from all four high schools participate in the fall early signing period. In all, 17 students signed NCAA national letters of intent (NLI) on Nov. 13, 2013.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. By signing, the prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, two semesters or three quarters and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year. Click here to learn more and see photos of signees at their respective campus, click here. Congratulations to all the Klein ISD early signees.

Klein Collins had three students commit to universities including Jake Jarvis (baseball, Texas A&M University), Sabrina Reyes (softball, Lamar University) and Brooke Garcia (volleyball, Harding University)

Klein Forest student Ekiya Gray will join the girls basketball program at Nicholls State University.

Klein Oak had 4 student-athletes sign commitment letters in the fall. KOHS signees included Damon Cunningham (wrestling, Wayland Baptist College), Brad Dohner (CC & track, Rice University), Barrett Poth (track, University of Texas) and Sasha Cedeno (girls basketball, Florida Atlantic University).

Klein High had nine students in six sports programs sign letters of intent. Softball signees included Hailee Rhodes (Northwestern State University), Alexis Lewis (St. Catharine College), and Lindsey Cassel (Ole Miss). Klein also had two volleyball signees, Courtney Taylor (Roberts Wesleyan) and Kayla Godwin (Elkins & Davis College). Other signees included, Lane Fritz (baseball, Sam Houston State), Hunter Fritter (diving, University of Missouri), Michael Oramas, (wrestling, Arizona State) and Quincy Baker (girls basketball, Incarnate Word).
Unofficial Board Election Results
Nov 06 2013 - 03:22:00 pm
The unofficial results from the Tues. Nov. 5, 2013, election for two seats on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees indicate that Paul Lanham and Rick Mann were elected to Position 6 and 7 respectively.

For Position 6, Lanham, who was first elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees in 2010, received 4,259 votes (53.46 percent). He is a business sales consultant in the green industry and is the managing director of CCD Rentals. Lanham has lived in the Klein community for more than 20 years. He and his wife Cindy are the parents of three sons, two in college and one currently attending Klein High School. This is Lanham's second term in office.

For Position 7, Mann drew 5,186 votes (62.72 percent) and has served in this capacity for more than 21 years. He has resided in the Willowood subdivision for 35 years. He and his wife Nancy have two children who are graduates of Klein Forest High School and Stephen F. Austin. He is involved in a variety of civic and community activities and currently serves as general manager of Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #133. This is Mann's eighth term in office. With this term, Mann is now the longest tenured trustee in the history of the Klein ISD Board of Trustees.

Official results from the election will be canvassed and members will be sworn in during the Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013, Board of Trustees meeting.
Salute To Veterans Taking Place Across Klein ISD
Nov 05 2013 - 02:23:00 pm

 


The Klein ISD is set to host their annual Salute to Veterans and Armed Forces ceremony at 9:15 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A breakfast for veterans will be served in the Kleb Intermediate School cafeteria (7425 Louetta, Klein) beginning at 8 a.m.

Across the district, many campuses are also hosting their own events and activities to salute veterans.

 Elementary

  • Benfer will have a second grade program beginning at 2 p.m. to honor veterans.
  • Benignus will feature a program to honor our nation’s heroes. The program will include the Klein Oak JROTC, a guest speaker, music by the Benignus choir and a tribute video to the community veterans. Students invited friends and family members who are serving or who have served in the military to the program.
  • Blackshear will have a music program at 2:15 p.m. Community and staff have given photos of Veterans that will be presented during the program.
  • Brill has invited student’s family members who are veterans or are employed by the Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force to attend their school program on Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Ehrhardt is to perform a choreographed musical number for veterans of the community at 7 p.m., on Nov. 7, 2013, in the school gym.
  • Haude will begin their salute to veterans with a march to patriotic music around the school with American flags which will be placed around the front of the school on Louetta Rd. Students will be given stars to take home to put photos of family members or friends that have served or are serving in the military. The students are also taking part in patriotic lessons at all grade levels.
  • Kaiser music students sang and recorded patriotic songs that will be played during the morning announcements.
  • Klenk will honor past present and future veterans at 2:00 p.m. in front of the school. The Junior Civil Air Patrol Squadron of TX179 will serve as color guard and the guest speaker is Robert Beeley, Lt. Col. of the Civie Air Patrol. Klenk Choir, Klenk Kids with Character, and Klenk Boy/Girl Scouts will participate in the ceremony and all students will wear or carry red, white and blue symbols of patriotism. The culmination of our ceremony will be the release of over 200 balloons by Klenk students.
  • Krahn students will gather around their flagpole at 8:20 a.m. for the raising of the flag by the Cub Scouts and will speak about freedom and our country. Students will also sing patriotic songs.
  • Kreinhop students will dress in red, white and blue on Veterans Day. The Student Council will hang flags around the school and a display of veteran photographs will line the hallways. A program will begin at 2p.m. by the fifth graders and will have participation by the Klein Collins JROTC. Handmade cards and a reception will also be available to veterans.
  • Mueller will have an assembly at 8:30 a.m. that will include a slideshow to honor teachers and teacher’s family members that have served in the military.
  • Northampton will remember Veterans Day by wearing red, white and blue and will set up their annual display with decorated photos of family members and friends who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
  • Schultz had students write a letter of appreciation thanking soldiers for their service. These letters will be sent to Operation Independence. Toiletries and hard candy were also collected to send to the soldiers.
  • Theiss has invited student’s family members who have served or are serving in the military to take part in their Veterans Day celebration. In honor of veterans, a wall has been constructed in their hallway with a crick commemorating past and present veterans, their time served and their branch of the military. A social will also take place for the veterans and their families in the school library.
  • Zwink third grade students will perform a Veterans Day concert and have created a Wall of Honor displaying all of the community veterans.

Intermediate

  • Doerre band members wrote thank you cards to soldiers as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. Students also made posters honoring family members, friends and neighbors who have served our nation. The posters are on display outisde of Doerre along Warrior Way.
  • Kleb will host the breakfast for the districtwide Salute to Veterans and Armed Forces and will display poster tributes on the front lawn of the school that will stay on display throughout the weekend.
  • Schindewolf eighth grade students are creating veteran posters that will be placed outside of the building along Ella Blvd. on Nov. 8, 2013.
  • Ulrich will have multiple activities taking place in each core classroom to honor veterans. Students will be making a mural of family and friends who are veterans.
  • Wunderlich staff will continue their annual tradition of posting the names and photos of their veteran family members on a patriotic bulletin board. This year, the board will also include family members of students who are veterans. This display will be in the cafeteria where the veterans that currently teach at Wunderlich will be honored with cake. 
Klein ISD Men’s Choir Concert Scheduled for Nov. 12
Nov 05 2013 - 01:35:00 pm


The Klein ISD Men’s Choir Concert is in its twenty fourth year. The free concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Christchurch Baptist Fellowship located at 12501 Champion Forest Drive. This annual choral event features the singing talent of more than 650 male singers in grades 5 – 12 from across the district with more than 40 schools participating. 

What began as collaboration between high school and intermediate school choir directors has since expanded to include all of the Klein ISD elementary music and secondary choral programs. The purpose of the concert is to promote choral music, positive student involvement and camaraderie amongst the men of Klein ISD.

Both the high school men’s choir and the intermediate school men’s choir are set to perform selections during the evening. Both choirs and fifth grade students from all KISD elementary schools will perform A Tribute to the Armed Services as the grand finale to the concert. The Men of Moores, an acappella vocal ensemble from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, will entertain the audience with their renditions of old and new hits.
Stockton Selected as Texas PRIMA Risk Professional of the Year
Nov 05 2013 - 01:35:00 pm
Klein ISD director of risk and benefits was recently selected as 2013 Risk Professional of the Year by the Texas Chapter of Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA).This award, sponsored by the Texas Chapter PRIMA, is designed to recognize one professional whose responsibilities are in a risk management discipline and whose performance is exceptional.

Stockton oversees all employee benefits, student accidents, property, liability, and auto and crime insurance. He is also responsible for safety and fire marshal inspections, workers’ compensation contracts, and outside vendor contracts.

“I feel it’s important to help our employees understand benefits so they make informed decisions,” Stockton said. “Part of my job is to help employees not worry about insurance so they can focus on educating our students.”

The Texas Chapter PRIMA will present Stockton a plaque at a special luncheon during their annual conference on Nov. 12, 2013, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.
Strack Students Earn All-Region Orchestra
Nov 05 2013 - 01:34:00 pm
Nine Strack Intermediate orchestra students were recently accepted into the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region Orchestra. This accomplishment is the highest honor an intermediate orchestra student in the state of Texas can achieve. The students auditioned against more than 400 students from the Klein, Tomball and Conroe area. Congratulations to the following Strack students: violinist Clare Noel (eighth grade), violist Alisson Prewitt (eighth grade), cellists Kaili Mora-Duarte (eighth grade) and Lauren Carag (eighth grade), bassist Juliet Quezada (eighth grade), harpist Kaitlyn Swaim (eighth grade), violinists Michelle Chen (seventh grade) and Bradley Ung (seventh grade), and bassist Sophia Sagar (sixth grade).
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