Klein News
Yellow Bus Tours Peek in on Student Life at Lemm, Schindewolf and Klein Collins
Nov 21 2014 - 04:09:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Get a peek at what happens daily at several campuses in the Klein ISD! The district is extending a look via its new series of Yellow Bus Tours from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2014. During this adventure, patrons will hop on a Klein ISD school bus and relive student life at Lemm Elementary, Schindewolf Intermediate and Klein Collins High School. 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 Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (KMPC), 7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379 and receive their visitor’s badge (please bring your driver’s license) through the V-Soft system (visitor screening system). This tour is the second in multiple opportunities for patrons to visit campuses throughout the year. Space is limited to the first 75 respondents and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please contact Cindy Shrode at 832-249-4754 or cshrode@kleinisd.net. The Klein ISD will visit all four feeder patterns and community members interested in future tours should contact Cindy Shrode.
Sixteen Klein ISD Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Nov 21 2014 - 04:08:00 pm
Klein ISD once again had student-athletes from all four high schools participate in the fall early signing period. In all, 16 students signed NCAA national letters of intent (NLI) on Nov. 14, 2014.

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. To view photos of signees, click here. Congratulations to all the Klein ISD early signees.

Klein Collins had six student-athletes sign commitment letters in the fall. Signees included softball players Adriana Farris (Texas A & M at Corpus Christi), Kymber Green (North East TX Community College) and Demi Janak (Houston Baptist University). Volleyball athletes Tabitha Brown and Elyse Shaw will play at the University of Alabama and East Texas Baptist University respectively. Taylor Bennett signed a letter of intent with Baylor University for women’s track and field.

Klein High had eight students in five sports programs sign letters of intent. Baseball signees included Christian Trip (University of New Mexico) and Kendal Jefferies (Rice University). Two volleyball students Jasmine Koonts and Meagan Bauer signed letters for Arizona State University and Hardin Simmons respectively. Harry Sale (University of Missouri) and Elijah Hoehshel (University of Wisconsin-Milwakee) signed on to collegiate swim teams. Other signees included, Cole Lawson (tennis, Abilene Christian University) and Allyson Smith (soccer, Stephen F. Austin).

Klein Oak had two students, Tanner Nolan Bond and Tanner Lawson commit to the University of Houston baseball team.
Free ACT & SAT Preparation Offered for Students in the Klein ISD
Nov 13 2014 - 04:41:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – The Klein ISD is preparing students in grades 7-11 for the ACT and the SAT by offering the testing pathways to both of these college entrance exams district-wide at no charge. The SAT College Readiness Pathway includes the ReadiStep test in 8th grade and the PSAT in grades 10 and 11. Preparing for the ACT begins with challenging the grade level appropriate Aspire exams in both the 7th and 9th grades. The Klein ISD is also offering free ACT and SAT seminars to students in 11th and 12 grades. These seminars are on a first come, first served basis at several campuses. Students and parents may also visit their campus counseling office for more information.


To learn more about ACT & SAT preparation in the Klein ISD, click here.
Service to Country
Nov 13 2014 - 04:41:00 pm

Klein ISD honors and salutes American heroes

KLEIN, TX — The Klein ISD has a longstanding history of recognizing veterans and active duty military personnel. In keeping with its tradition, the district hosted its annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 11, 2014. The recognition was held at Kleb Intermediate School with more than 200 veterans and well-wishers in attendance.

At the breakfast, cadets from the Air Force JROTC unit at Klein Oak High School presented the colors. Cadet Senior Airman Sydney Sumner led the pledges to the American and Texas flags. The Kleb Intermediate School advance girls choir provided a medley of music.

During the breakfast, keynote speaker, Colonel Thomas Konicki, USAF (Retired) and Klein High alumnus, thanked veterans and active military for their service. Konicki recently completed a nearly 22 year career with the USAF and worked in capacities such as political-military affairs, director of international relations (England) and military satellites. Active duty Army specialist Adam O’Neill who is a graduate of Klein High School stationed in Savannah, Georgia, praised the participation of students in the ROTC program because it prepares students to enter the military.

 Community groups volunteered their time and efforts at the breakfast to ensure the success of the event. The district partnered with the Heritage Trails and SanJacinto Chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution, Sunrise Champions Rotary and the Klein Association of School Nutrition who helped with registration, flags and breakfast respectively. Veterans also received keepsakes which included student created artwork such as cards, placemats and banners from the schools listed below: 


Immediately following the breakfast, cadets from the district’s four high schools Air Force JROTC programs participated in a Pass in Review military parade where veterans were thanked once more for their service to our country.

Veterans and members of the armed services stood as the Klein Oak band played the songs/hymns of each
branch of the military.

As the review ended, a horse without a rider ceremony closed the program in memory of those who have died in service to our country.

Vietnam Navy veteran, Larry Milberger stated that it is important to honor military personnel.

“We lost a lot of friends and family,” he said. “We need to honor them. I think the country needs to honor them. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to me what you all did today.”

To view a photo album of Klein ISD Veterans Day celebrations, click here.
Klein High School Holds Community Open House
Nov 13 2014 - 04:40:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Come out for a firsthand look at the newly constructed Klein High School. The campus will host a community open house from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

The process of rebuilding the campus took four years continued with construction being completed in phases. This new campus replaced the former structures which were built more than 50 years ago. The 2014-15 school year marked the conclusion of the project as students and staff began the year in the redesigned facility. During the open house, the community will have the opportunity to visit the entire building in its final state. Phase two of construction was recently completed which includes the cafeteria, kitchen, auditorium, fine arts spaces and career technology classrooms.

Parking will be available in the student lot (Lyons School Road) and the stadium parking lot (facing Stuebner-Airline). For more information, contact the campus at 832.484.4000.
Education Foundation Golf Classic Raises $94,400
Nov 12 2014 - 09:27:00 am
KLEIN, TX. – The annual A.K. Buddy Brown Klein ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic and silent auction raised $94,400 in its 13th year. The tournament, which was held at the Gleannloch Pines Golf Club, had 184 golfers participate this year. 

 Every dollar raised from the golf classic is used to fund classroom teacher grants in the Klein ISD. To date, the golf tournament has funded $1,161,152 in teacher grants.

According to Education Foundation director Cindy Doyle, the A.K. Buddy Brown Klein ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic is a perfect opportunity for golf enthusiasts to join together in support of the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) and a great way to help fund classroom teacher grants for the students of the Klein ISD.

The tournament began in 2002 with 93 golfers and raised almost $20,000. In the 13 years the tournament has been running, over 2,000 golfers have participated and net proceeds have exceeded $1 million.

“We’ve been so privileged over the years,” said A. K. “Buddy” Brown, golf tournament chair. “We are very thankful for the business and community sponsors that make this possible and the players and all the volunteers who help us.”

Generous business and community sponsors underwrite the tournament. Campus Kids LLC, Diamond Sponsor for the 2014 tournament, has been a sponsor since 2008.
“We’ve been partnering with the Klein ISD Education Foundation since I started my business in 2008,” said Larry Drown, owner of Campus Kids LLC. “I was at Klein Forest for 21 years and I know how difficult it is sometimes to raise money and get things that you need for your program and for your school. After I retired and started my business, I knew that if I could give back to the district, I was going to.”

Drown said that his time spent in the classroom as a teacher showed him how important it is to give back to the school system.

“I want to make a difference for kids in this district. The district was good to me and I want to be good to the district and the children in the district. The Klein ISD Education Foundation is a great way for me to do that,” he said. “I want to encourage all other businesses to support the foundation and all the schools because they need it.”

The American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) also came on board this year as a tournament Diamond Sponsor. 
“We recognize the great need for quality education in our area in all aspects of learning,” AADE said in a group statement.
 “The Foundation’s promotion of science and technological curriculum are of special interest knowing that the future well-being of our industry depends on the quality of students that our schools produce, and we hope to help make some positive impact with our support. We are proud of the KEF's efforts and glad to support them.”

Ray Stanley, 1st vice president on the Foundation’s board of directors, said the tournament is one of the most important events the Foundation hosts all year long and that the success of the tournament can be attributed to a lot of hard work.

“As our signature fund raising event for the Foundation, it is so important that we do it right,” Stanley said. “I have been involved with many events and understand what it takes to make an event successful. We are blessed to have some fantastic board members, staff and community supporters that log untold hours and effort to make the golf tournament a success. It gives me great satisfaction to be involved with our golf tournament and working with our dedicated team members to make the day the best it can be.”
Klein ISD Salutes Veterans and Armed Forces on Nov.
Nov 10 2014 - 04:33:00 pm
District and campuses host special celebrations to salute American heroes


KLEIN, TX — The Klein ISD will pay tribute to American veterans and armed forces during its annual celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A breakfast for veterans will be served at 8 a.m. in the Kleb Intermediate School Cafeteria, 7425 Louetta Rd., Klein, TX 77379 During the breakfast keynote speaker Tom Konicki will talk about his 22 years of service in the Air Force.

The Pass in Review is set to follow the breakfast, starting at 9:15 a.m. The military parade features all of the Klein ISD Air Force JROTC cadets and will be held at the Klein ISD Memorial Stadium, 16715 Steubner Airline Rd., Klein, TX 77379. In addition to the district celebration, numerous campuses are also hosting Veterans Day activities in honor of the national holiday. Please contact your child’s campus for more information. For more information and photos of the events, visit www.facebook.com/kleinisd.

Click here to view the list of events.
Klein ISD November 2014 Unofficial Results
Nov 06 2014 - 12:58:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – The unofficial results from the Tues. Nov. 4, 2014, election for two seats on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees indicate that Georgan Reitmeier and Steven E. Smith were elected to Position 1 and 2 respectively.

For Position 1, Reitmeier, who was first elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees in 2005, ran unopposed and received 25,778 votes (100 percent). She has been involved with the Klein ISD for 30 years, serving more than 15 years as a parent volunteer, and 15 years as an employee with the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Keep Pace program. She retired as the director of the ECI Keep Pace program for the Harris County Department of Education. Reitmeier and her husband Tom have lived in the district for more than 40 years. Their two children graduated from Klein Forest High School.

For Position 2, Smith who was first elected in 2011, drew 21,395 votes (75.40 percent). He obtained a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Prior to retiring, he held a variety of technical, financial and executive positions in the energy and banking sectors. Smith also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. His wife, Debbie, works for the Klein ISD as the lead counselor at Kleb Intermediate, and both of their children are graduates of Klein High School.

Official results from the election will be canvassed and members will be sworn in during the Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, Board of Trustees’ meeting.
Get a Glimpse of Student Life through Klein ISD Yellow Bus Tours
Nov 06 2014 - 12:57:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – When was the last time you rode a school bus? Are you interested in what a typical day is like for students and staff in the Klein ISD? The district is extending a look via its new series of Yellow Bus Tours from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 14, 2014. During this adventure, patrons will hop on a Klein ISD school bus and relive student life at Klein Oak High School, Krimmel Intermediate and Zwink Elementary. 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 Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (KMPC), 7500 FM 2920 Klein, TX 77379 one half mile east of Steubner-Airline and receive your visitor’s badge (please bring your driver’s license) through the V-Soft system (visitor screening system). This tour represents the first in multiple opportunities for patrons 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 Klein ISD will visit all four feeder patterns and community members interested in future tours should contact Debbie Scheel.
Vistas Program is Taking Applications until Dec. 4
Nov 06 2014 - 12:57:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – The Vistas High School Program is an alternative campus for students who are willing to do whatever is necessary to receive a diploma. This magnet campus is now accepting applications for the spring of 2015. Vistas is open to all Klein ISD students; however, students must have attended a traditional high school for at least one year prior to applying.

Vistas provides an opportunity for students who would likely not graduate without some change in their school experience. Students attend Vistas at no charge. Free bus transportation is provided with the pick-up and drop-off location at the student's home high school campus.

Applications are due by Dec. 4, 2014. To learn more about the Vistas program, click here.
Wunderlich Farm set to Host an Old Fashioned Christmas Market
Nov 06 2014 - 12:56:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Come and experience an 1880s style Christmas at the second annual Wunderlich Farm Old Fashioned Christmas Market starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at 18218 Theiss Mail Route Rd. Klein, TX 77379. The 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. Community members will participate in activities such as rag doll making, soap making, tin punching, basket weaving and much more. The day will feature performances by accordion player, Gene Hackemack as well as Krahn Elementary and Trinity Lutheran School. 

Entry into the festival is $1 per person and one canned food item. The canned foods will benefit the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry and 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. For more information about the Old Fashioned Christmas Market or Wunderlich Farm, contact Steven Baird at the museum office at 832.249.5800.
Klein ISD Education Foundation Donates Mobile Classroom to District
Nov 05 2014 - 02:25:00 pm
STEAM Express set to start visiting schools in December


KLEIN, TX – Hands-on education took a giant leap forward in the Klein ISD last week with the addition of the STEAM Express mobile classroom.

Donated by the Klein ISD Education Foundation to the district for the students of the Klein ISD, the STEAM Express mobile classroom is set to join the Reading Express mobile library as a traveling classroom. While the Reading Express’ focus is offering summer reading opportunities to students who might not otherwise have access to a library, the STEAM Express will travel the district year-round to teach students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
A Klein ISD student interacts with a robot inside the STEAM Express mobile classroom. The STEAM Express will be used to bring age-appropriate interactive hands-on activities and experiments to district campuses and community centers within the school district.
“We’ve been looking forward to this day for more than two years,” said Judy Rimato, associate superintendent for communications & planning. “What started as a concept idea has grown over these two years into the wonderful STEAM Express.”

The Foundation began working on the concept for the STEAM Express in the summer of 2012. Fundraising began with the 2013 Diamonds & Denim Jubilee celebrating Klein ISD’s 75th anniversary where $105,000 in donations from community members and business partners enabled the foundation to order the custom-built STEAM Express trailer in early 2014. Over the past year, the Foundation raised an additional $145,000.

The Foundation has invested $225,000 for the custom-built trailer and materials and $73,500 for the 2015 Freightliner truck that will pull the trailer. Generous in-kind donations of technology totaled nearly $50,000.

According to Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation director, the STEAM Express is another way for the foundation to provide innovative and creative methods to enrich and expand programs to meet the district’s stated mission of excellence in education.

“Students will learn like a scientist in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” she said. “Students will gather data in real time and do field investigations while learning how each subject is utilized in real world applications.”

When students enter the STEAM Express mobile classroom, they will be greeted with colorful, area-specific graphics designed exclusively for the trailer to aide in the teaching of STEAM-related topics. The STEAM Express also features learning stations equipped with touch-screen computers dedicated to Architecture, Geology, Engineering, Robotics, Health, Meteorology, and Space Exploration. The purpose of the STEAM Express is to inspire young minds to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
A Klein ISD student demonstrates how to examine rock layers for the purpose of dating rocks. The STEAM Express will be used to bring age-appropriate interactive hands-on activities and experiments to district campuses and community centers within the school district
“I hope that by introducing students to the subjects contained within the STEAM Express, we can encourage them to consider educational courses that will guide them to STEAM careers in the future,” said Bill Nebeker, STEAM Express program coordinator. “This is all about inspiring young minds to expand what they think is possible. The STEAM Express will allow us to accomplish that goal in fun, student-engaging ways.”

The STEAM Express is a 48-foot-long custom-built enclosed trailer built by Featherlite Trailers and has 40 feet of classroom space. It includes a wheelchair lift, to ensure access for all Klein ISD students, a dropdown stage with a 19 foot awning and a 20 kilowatt diesel generator to power the air conditioning system and computer displays. The trailer weighs in at 16,960 pounds and will be towed by a 2015 Freightliner Industrial Truck.

PBK Architects Inc., one of the largest sponsors of the STEAM Express, donated employee experience and company resources to design and perfect the trailer interior while working with Featherlite Trailers’ engineers on everything from the wiring infrastructure and safety requirements to the interior placement of learning stations.

HP also took a leading role in support of the STEAM Express by donating computer hardware to make the trailer one of the best-equipped mobile labs in the nation. HP donated one 55-inch monitor, one 47-inch monitor, eight EliteOne 800 G1 All-in-One Business PCs, 15 Pro x2 laptop-tablet hybrids, one ZBook 15, and two HP Slate 21 Pros.

Additional donors recognized on the back of the trailer by their logo are the Lincoln Family Trust Foundation, PBK Architects Inc., HP, Campus Kids LLC, BBVA Compass Foundation, Featherlite Trailers, Fujitsu, SportChassis/Featherlite of Texas, Thomas C. Helm, HEB Tournament of Champions, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, AmeriStar Realtors, The Family of Kathleen Ann Rafferty True, CDW-G, Houston Northwest Medical Center, Tandus Centiva, Absolute Software, MOD Pizza, Verizon, ETA Hand to Mind, Texas Instruments, Fisher Scientific, Texas Education Foundation Network, and eInstruction.

Since 2001, the Klein ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.16 million in educator grants to the teachers of the Klein ISD. The Foundation can be contacted through their website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF.

For more information on the STEAM Express mobile classroom contact Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email cdoyle3@kleinisd.net.
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