For the past four years, Klein ISD has received a 4.5 rating from The Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST). This study measures how spending in every Texas public school district and campus translates to student academic progress.
On Dec. 19, the 2013 results for public and charter school districts and campuses were released with the Klein ISD receiving its first five star rating. Compared to last year, Klein ISD earned this five star rating by making huge progress in its academic results, therefore earning a five in both our financial responsibility and academic progress.
“While we have been very pleased the past three years to have a 4.5 rating, we are overly excited about going from a 4.5 rating to a 5 because of the progress that we have made in reading and math,” said Thomas Petrek, associate superintendent of financial services.
Each district and campus is assigned a FAST rating of one to five stars indicating its success in combining cost effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress. Five stars reflect the strongest relative progress combined with the lowest relative spending. The FAST rating is a simple average of an academic component, which is comprised of the district’s accountability rating as well as math progress percentiles and reading progress percentiles; and a financial component.
For more information on the FAST study, click here
Colin Jungman, a sixth grade student at Schindewolf has been contracted to perform in the Alley Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” as a schoolboy and an urchin. His role requires singing, acting and the use of a British accent.
The play will be at Alley Theatre and will run through Christmas Eve. There are two teams that share performances during this time and he will be a part of 28 performances. Jungman has been in other productions through the Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as other productions with the Alley Theatre.
Good luck to Colin and congratulations on being part of a professional production.
The Texas School Business Journal chose Klein ISD to be featured in this year’s edition of their Bragging Rights publication. This annual issue features 12 school districts chosen from nominations submitted by districts across Texas. Klein ISD submitted Wunderlich Intermediate’s OSCAR (Our Students Care About Reading) program for its brag-worthy nomination. The program’s success speaks for itself and the editors from the Texas School Business Journal took notice.
The inspiring OSCAR program that has made reading fun at Wunderlich was partially funded by a Lead the Spark Klein ISD Education Foundation grant. To view the Bragging Rights publication, visit the link below:
The Claus Project was started by the GLF Magazine to help support local schools and community members in need. With the help of sponsors and generous donations of new and gently worn coats, The Claus Project is able to provide families around the community and in our schools with coats, free of charge.
This year, more than 500 coats were collected, sorted by size and distributed to schools in the Klein ISD for students in need. A new addition this year was also the request for additional clothing items to be donated. Klein ISD students also received new socks, underwear, sweaters and polo style shirts.
With more than 15 drop off locations available across the area, donations were picked up by Brandon Billnoske with Zippy Shell Mobile Storage and Moving.
“We firmly believe everyone deserves to have a happy and joyous holiday, but in these tough economic times, there are countless individuals in our community who cannot afford a winter jacket,” said Brandon Billnoske of Zippy Shell. “We are thrilled to be involved in such a worthy cause and cannot wait to participate again next year,” he stated.
New running club proves life-changing for participants
Dec. 13, 2013 – When the Eiland P.E. Coaches learned about an opportunity for a girls running club, they knew that it was an opportunity that could not be missed. They shared the information about the Girls on the Run program with Sarah Brown, who is an assistant principal at the campus and avid runner. Brown knew the many positive benefits of running and she recruited second grade teacher Alisha Hulse to attend training and help co-sponsor Eiland’s first group of Girls on the Run.
Girls on the Run is more than just an opportunity, it is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The mission of the organization is to create a fun forum to inspire the girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Utilizing an experience-based curriculum, the girls integrate running into life lessons.
The Girls on the Run club at Eiland began with sixteen fourth and fifth grade girls eager to join. The group meets after school twice a week and the girls and their families have made a commitment that the girls will attend the practices and participate in a culminating 5K race. The race is not a timed event and participants are awarded medals for completion.
The participation charge is $145, however, as a Title 1 campus, Eiland’s runners were able to pay a $30 fee that included free running shoes provided by Francesca’s, Academy, Athleta and Fleet Feet. The $30 payment covers the cost of a team t-shirt, entry fee for the race, race day t-shirt and fun goodies to help create a celebratory environment for the big 5K race. Eiland teachers offered to pay for sponsorships for students who were unable to pay the fee and Sandra Castro, United Health Care representative, graciously provided scholarships for two of the Eiland runners.
Throughout their journey, the girls set personal goals to increase their stamina, distance and speed. While each girl’s goal was different, the support for each other was the same…full on celebration for accomplishments, both big and small. Each session ended with the girls nominating a person who went above and beyond to win the Energy Award.
“Most days, all the girls receive a nomination because they are so supportive of each other,” said Brown. “In fact one young runner announced that everyone should be the nominee,” she added.
When asked what was the best part of being a Girl on the Run, the responses are resoundingly enthusiastic and positive…”You can have fun, and be yourself!”…”It brings you up when you’re down!”…”We learn to give our best effort and have the courage to try new things!
“We hope to have a different group of girls in the fall and another group in the spring so that as many girls as possible can benefit from the program,” Brown stated.
Currently in Houston there are 42 sites with 700 girls participating this spring in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties with 74 percent receiving scholarship funds. The Eiland Girls on the Run hope that other Klein Schools will join in on the fun…and valuable life lessons.
Dec. 6, 2013 – With the 2013-14 school year nearing the end of the first semester, the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) is revving up for its 13th year of giving back to students.
The Celebration Express made its first stop at the Klein ISD central office. The KEF was able to share money raised with the help of Larry Drown and other generous donors of the Diamonds & Denim Jubilee, with the district’s superintendent, Dr. Jim Cain. The foundation was provided $105, 011 toward the purchase of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) Express mobile classroom that will roll out in the fall of 2014. The STEAM Express is a custom built trailer complete with unique activities and experiments for all ages (K-12). The Express will visit campuses and communities year-round, with certified teachers ready to share exciting and unique hands-on-learning to students outside of the classroom. To learn more about the STEAM Express, click here.
“It is absolutely thrilling to know that the year-long commitment of 50 plus Diamonds & Denim Jubilee committee members culminated into net proceeds of $105,011 that will be used to purchase the STEAM Express,” said Cindy Doyle, Klein ISD director of community relations and the KEF. “I can think of no better gift from the foundation than to be able to give students the gift of education that provides outside of the box, hands-on learning. Imagine the work and planning that will go into preparing extraordinary activities and experiments for students of all ages.”
With three schools on the award list, the Celebration Express took off, headed to Grace England Early Childhood/Pre-K Center where Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PC, presented Grace England Early Childhood Center principal Ann Dristas a check for $2,000. With this grant, the center will be able to teach students how to ride a bicycle while enhancing the structured play component. This grant will provide experiences to students to help them develop background knowledge and engage their reading skills as well as their math and science concepts. This is the first grant that Grace England has received.
“This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Ann Dristas, Grace England principal. “Every little bit helps our students and this grant will help cover areas such as gross motor skills, fine motor skills, academics and more and we are glad that our community has shared this with us.”
The V-cubed: Voyaging via Videoconferencing grant will allow students at Blackshear Elementary to travel and experience museums, parks and wildlife preserves across the state. Videoconferencing will allow students to travel to these destinations to make observations, question experts, view artifacts and come to conclusions about new curriculum without leaving the classroom. Thanks to Superior Energy Services and their generous donation of $5,000 for this grant, students will get to see live animals, respond to stimuli, investigate and collect evidence, predict and solve problems while building content knowledge not offered in classroom textbooks.
Kuehnle Elementary was awarded $5,000 by White Oak Energy for their One School, One Book project. The money from this grant will allow every campus staff member, student and every family member to read the same book. A school-wide kickoff will introduce the book, The World According to Humphrey to all. A webinar conversation with the book’s author, Betty Birney, as well as writing letters to her, will help mark the end of the program leading in to summer reading.
For photos from the Fall 2013 Celebration Express, click here. For more information and to join in the spirit of giving, visit www.kleinisd.net/kef.
Students and staff across the district give back during the holidays
Dec. 6, 2013
— Student and staff groups from campuses across the Klein ISD have done an exceptional job organizing holiday gift-giving and food drives to benefit students and families in the Klein community as well as other organizations within the Houston area. Here is a list of how some campuses are giving back this holiday season:
annually helps between 15-20 of Benfer families by providing toys, clothes and food to them for the holidays with an Angel Tree project. The faculty and staff choose items from the tree, purchase them, wrap them and then return them to the school prior to break. The parents then come pick up the gifts, or they are delivered to them in time for the holidays.
is spreading cheer through its first ever Toy Drive and Angel Tree Project. Students will conduct the drive on Dec. 9-13, 2013. All Bengals are challenged to bring one new unwrapped toy. All toys will benefit the Bengal community, families and the Star of Hope Mission. Additionally, this holiday season the staff is participating in an Angel Tree project. Staff will sponsor Bernshausen families who are in need of extra assistance during the holiday by providing toys and clothing items for families.
students will participate in a toy drive Dec. 9-13, 2013. This effort is led by the Blackshear Buffalo Council (BBC). Students may bring new toys to be donated to Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) and delivered to needy families in the Klein community.
will “Share their Blessings” with other campuses. The Brill staff, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and parents plan to bake homemade goodies for elementary campuses who do not have a PTO. The pastries will be delivered to more than nine elementary campuses on Dec. 18, 2013. Students will collect “Coins for Christmas” to purchase educational games for students in need in the Klein ISD community. The student council will sponsor a toy drive and select families from Brill who are in need of a special Christmas.
will host its 2nd annual Santa’s Breakfast. Families will have breakfast and visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. More than 800 have responded for the event and children in attendance will receive a present, book and a wonderful experience. The gifts are provided by Eiland staff and donations from Bridging for Tomorrow.
is holding a toy drive which will benefit Greenwood Forest families as well as NAM. The campus is also holding their annual shoebox project where staff members fill shoeboxes with small toys, games, school supplies and goodies to be given as holiday gifts for students in need.
staff has adopted several families in the school community. The group will provide clothing or toy items that parents have requested for the children. The campus is also collecting items for the Klein ISD Therapeutic Education Program.
is conducting its annual Angel Tree Project where the staff provides Christmas gifts to 40 students that attend the school.
will collect new, unwrapped toys during the month, and distribute those toys as gifts to less fortunate children in the area.
will participate in its annual Angel Tree Project in which faculty and staff spread holiday cheer by providing Christmas gifts for some families in need at the campus.
is hosting a toy and food drive to benefit NAM this holiday season.
will support three families in need by providing food, family Christmas gifts and monetary donations. The campus also participated in Pasta for Pennies in which more than $2,000 was collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help people with blood cancer.
annual Winter Wonderland is being put together by the youth department from Faithbridge and McDougle staff members. Klein, Klein Collins, Klein Forest and Klein Oak high school students along with Tomball ISD students are planning a magical event for McDougle families which includes games, prizes and food. Additionally, donated gifts and toys will be given to students through a raffle on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
students along with the PTO will host a toy drive from Dec. 2-13, 2013. Patriots are encouraged to donate new toys to help support Patriot families. Each sponsored family will receive a holiday meal consisting of a turkey with many other food items along with holiday gifts for their family.
students will conduct a toy drive and to donate to a family in need within our Klein community.
will host its annual food and toy drive. In the spirit of Zwink's Core Values, "Attitude of Gratitude" and "Collaborative Community" the campus will be collecting toys and non-perishable food donations for many Klein ISD families.
Cheerleaders hosted a canned food drive and will donate more than 1,000 cans to NAM for the holiday season.
Krimmel student council is hosting a holiday toy drive from Dec. 2-16, 2013. Students are encouraged to bring toys during their 1st period classes. The toys brought in by students will be donated right back to Krimmel families that may be in need of support this holiday season.
student council will conduct a toy drive for children at Texas Children’s Hospital. Both the staff and students are being encouraged to help out by donating toys to lift the spirits of children at the hospital over the holidays. The group will also visit a nursing home in the area to provide Christmas wreaths for the residents.
student council is sponsoring their 4th annual food and toy drive. This drive which starts Dec. 5-18, 2013, encourages students and teachers to donate non-perishable food. Each 4th period class will collect donated toys and gifts to help out children in need. To date, students and teachers have raised more $2,400 through the sales of spirit links in the month of Nov. This money will be divided between three charities of the student council’s choosing and a portion of the money will help supplement the food and toy drive. The drive will help Ulrich families in need this holiday season.
4th annual Giving Tree is in full swing. Community, churches, faculty and staff adopt Wunderlich families that are in need. Families are given food from the pantry or gift cards to buy food or toys for this holiday season while teachers and staff deliver the gifts to the families in need prior to the Christmas break.
Klein High School No Place for Hate is holding a toy & blanket drive until Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The group is askin
g students and staff to donate new toys & blankets that will benefit the Texas Children's Hospital.
Klein Collins High School teachers and students are bringing non-perishable items that will be donated to Wounded Warriors and the Klein ISD Teen Pregnancy Program.
Klein Forest High School students are conducting a canned food drive for the holiday season.
Klein Oak High School Cheerleaders are sponsoring “Warm up for the Holidays.” The team is collecting new or gently used blankets school wide and will give them to the Star of Hope. In addition, the Spanish Club, Health Occupation Student Association, Future Farmers of America, Cheerleaders and Club Couture have adopted local Klein Oak community families for Christmas.
Klein ISD begins preparing for a May 2015 bond referendum
Dec. 5, 2013
—- The Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain along with the executive team, reviewed the October 2013 demographic study provided by the firm Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) at the Board of Trustees workshop meeting on Nov. 20, 2013. Cain outlined his plans for a long-range capital plan in anticipation of a bond referendum in 2015. The demographic data clearly reveals the need to open three elementary schools, one intermediate school and one high school during the next five years.
The 2008 bond plan, originally planned for four years, was extended due to the economic downturn resulting in a slower student growth pattern than anticipated. Through conservative fiscal management, the Board of Trustees approved use of bond funds originally earmarked for Intermediate #10 and partial funds from High School #5 to build Bernshausen Elementary, Elementary Schools #31 (scheduled to open in 2015) and #32 (scheduled to open in 2016), for the purchase of buses and for campus repairs and renovations.
The long-range capital plan kicks off with a visioning process early in the second semester that will focus on delivery of an excellent educational program for the district to ensure that classrooms and facilities meet the needs of current and future generations of Klein ISD students. During this same time period, a thorough facility needs assessment will be conducted by an outside engineering firm including a prioritized timeline and costs. A group of curriculum personnel will meet during mid-semester to review TEA and Klein ISD construction standards and offer input on incorporating instructional standards for future classroom configuration.
During the latter part of the spring semester, the district will host two Futures Conferences designed to inform the community about the guiding principles outlined during the visioning process. In the fall semester of the 2014-15 school year, a bond steering committee will study all material and data, prioritize the district needs and lay out a plan for a 2015 bond referendum.
Cain anticipates placing an item on the January 2015 agenda for the Board of Trustees to consider calling a bond referendum for May 2015. The superintendent anticipates that a 2015 bond plan could include one elementary, one intermediate and partial funding for High School #5. In addition, he anticipates funding needs for technology, safety and security, buses, campus repairs and renovations and future school sites.
Cain indicated that Klein ISD has successfully passed nine bond elections since 1971 to build all the Klein ISD schools and facilities, keep the buildings and equipment repaired and renovated, and purchase land, buses, technology equipment and security equipment.
“The Klein ISD community understands the importance of good schools; that is one of the main reasons families move to our area,” stated Cain. “As the schools go, so goes the community. We appreciate our community for supporting the district by approving bonds to ensure that students in the Klein ISD continue to receive a quality education in safe and suitable facilities.”
To view a video of Cain speaking with parents about a potential bond in 2015, click here
Campuses to hold special programs for students, parents and community
Dec. 2, 2013
— The schools in the Klein ISD have planned special seasonal programs for students, parents, and patrons before closing for the holidays. The schedule is as follows: