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$84,000 awarded to Klein ISD educators
Dec 16 2014 - 10:47:00 am
KLEIN, TX – Christmas came early to students and teachers of the Klein ISD when the Klein ISD Education Foundation traveled the district last week aboard the Celebration Express.

The Foundation gathered together community members, local business owners, district officials, and Foundation directors to help in awarding $84,000 in educator grants. Participants loaded aboard the Celebration Express bus as it headed to its first stop of the day, Klein Forest High School.

Klein Forest High School was awarded $7,500 by Aquilae Management Corporation and AmeriStar Realtors for their “Composing Creativity” project. The Klein Forest Dance Department, Jazz Band, Dance Club, Digital and Theater Departments will collaborate to help prepare students for careers in the creative arts.

“It is such an honor and a privilege to award this grant to my school in honor of their Composing Creativity project,” Thomas Helm of Aquilae Management Corporation and Klein Forest alum said. “It’s a tremendous feeling to give back to the students. All the money raised by the Foundation goes directly back to the classrooms in the form of educator grants. It’s my favorite day of the year to ride the Celebration Express.”

During its second stop of the day, the Foundation awarded Wunderlich Intermediate School with a grant for $24,070 by the American Association of Drilling Engineers for their “Science Discovery Dome.” The interactive “Science Discovery Dome” will provide a planetarium experience for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science classes. The Dome will offer a new and engaging environment so students learn science in an interactive way.

“Our organization is intent on helping the Klein ISD with programs like this,” American Association of Drilling Engineers member Rusty Ritz said. “The excitement and passion the Klein ISD Education Foundation brings when awarding these grants is almost overwhelming. We are just extremely happy to be a part of it.”

Eiland Elementary and Kaiser Elementary received a joint grant from Houston Northwest Medical Center totaling $5,000 for their “AikiSkills—Developing Conflict Resolution Through Movement” project. AikiSkills is a unique project, based on the Japanese concept, which roughly translates as “compassionate energy,” that teaches pro-social conflict response skills through physical activities.

The Celebration Express continued its journey with a stop at Grace England Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten Center to award two grants totaling $14,725. The first grant was awarded by Campus Kids, LLC for the school’s “A.B.C.—Architects Building Connections” project, which is “hands-on” approach to support curriculum through tactile exploring of concrete objects and creating physical models of students’ homes, communities, and animal habitats in various ecosystems.

The second grant was awarded by Superior Energy Services, Inc. for the “Reading Restaurant—Food For Thought” project in which teachers and students will create a “Reading Restaurant” for parents, grandparents, siblings, special guests and teachers to enjoy reading with students in their classrooms. Students will create menus that include stories, poems and examples of their own writing.

Klein Intermediate was the next stop for the Celebration Express and was awarded $3,325 from Achieve3000, Inc. for their “Music Through Technology” project. Music teachers will use iPad Minis to engage students during class and section practices that take place before and after school. The project will help teachers target instruction in the time they have with students.

“This will really enhance our instruction in the classroom,” Klein Intermediate music teacher Chase DeBord said. “Students will be able to take the iPads into small groups and work on tone production, rhythm, or just playing the right notes. This really helps because a lot of our kids aren’t in private lessons so it’s a way to really help the students while they are in the classroom.”

Doerre Intermediate was awarded $2,000 by PBK, Inc. for their “Edible Car Challenge.” Students will work in teams to design an edible car that will compete in a speed and distance contest. They will utilize skills such as questioning, researching, problem solving and cooperative learning while participating in an exciting and fun hands-on activity. The Edible Car Challenge will provide an authentic STEM learning experience that promotes engineering and is scheduled for Doerre’s first ever STEM day on January 14, 2015.

Zwink Elementary was awarded $3,400 by InvesTex Credit Union for their “It Makes Perfect Sense” project. The goal of “It Makes Perfect Sense” is to use the natural curiosity of children to increase learning through sensory experiences with materials. “Sensory tables” will be created where children can sort groups and classify objects, predict whether materials will sink or float, write in shaving cream or sand, compare earth materials using water, sieves and hand lenses, and identify shapes using touch.

At its last stop of the day, the Celebration Express visited Klein Oak High School to award $24,000 for the “Panther Choice Project.” The grant, which was awarded by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, will consist of multi-cultural, multi-genre, high interest fiction and nonfiction books for in-class libraries and instructional guides. Students will self-select books, participate in project-based learning, investigate and respond to challenging questions and problems, create writing portfolios, and collaborate with peers to create digital class anthologies. At the end of the year, students will have an opportunity to present digitally enhanced, and visually appealing, presentations of written and creative work at the Panther’s Choice Awards Ceremony.

“We are looking at providing books of choice within our classrooms,” Klein Oak Principal Dr. Brian Greeney said. “Students will be able to read a book of their choosing and study it on their own terms with support. You can cover any literary concept with any book, but the great thing is that the students will be vested in the learning because they are able to choose the book. I’m excited that we have the opportunity to bring the power and inspiration of reading to another group of students. We have a great team of English teachers here at Klein Oak High School that will take this money and really empower students with knowledge.”

Klein Oak High school was also the 300th grant for the Foundation. Since 2001, the Klein ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.24 million in educator grants to teachers of the Klein ISD.

“Just the idea that the Foundation has given 300 grants is amazing,” Greeney said. “The Foundation just does so many wonderful things for children and so do the people who support the Foundation.”

To learn more about the Klein ISD Education Foundation, visit their website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF. Information can also be obtained by contacting Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email cdoyle3@kleinisd.net.
Donation facilitates purchase of truck for STEAM Express mobile classroom
Dec 16 2014 - 10:44:00 am
KLEIN, TX – The STEAM Express mobile classroom is now mobile thanks to a $25,000 donation from the American Association of Drilling Engineers. The donation made it possible for the Klein ISD Education Foundation to purchase a new 2015 Freightliner Industrial truck to pull the STEAM Express for years to come.

The STEAM Express is a 48-foot-long custom-built enclosed trailer built by Featherlite Trailers and has 40 feet of classroom space. The STEAM Express is already visiting schools and is bringing quality STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education to the students of the Klein ISD.

“The American Association of Drilling Engineers recognizes the need and the challenge to engage and energize our young people about the importance of the sciences and engineering,” said American Association of Drilling Engineers, Houston Chapter President Jeff Bruton. “We are excited about Klein ISD’s innovative effort and pleased to support this program with our commitment of funds and the hope of future collaborations in ways that will encourage and excite students to pursue careers in the sciences.”

The STEAM Express includes a wheelchair lift, to ensure access for all Klein ISD students, a drop-down stage with a 19-foot awning, and a 20-kilowatt diesel generator to power the air conditioning system and computer displays.

“The American Association of Drilling Engineers is very excited about the opportunity to support the Klein ISD Education Foundation,” said American Association of Drilling Engineers member Rusty Ritz. “We have sought opportunities to financially assist great organizations like the Foundation. Their efforts to promote excellence and innovation in education by supporting educators and school programs with the funds they raise have raised levels of achievement and awareness.”

The Foundation raised $317,000 to pay for the custom-built trailer and materials and another $30,000 toward the $73,500 needed for the 2015 Freightliner Industrial truck that will pull the trailer. The STEAM Express was donated by the Klein ISD Education Foundation to the district for the students of the Klein ISD at the November school board meeting.

“We recognize the great need for quality education in our area in all aspects of learning,” Ritz added. “KEF'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.”

Since 2001, the Klein ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.24 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.
MOD Pizza donates $3,700 to the Klein ISD Education Foundation
Dec 16 2014 - 10:38:00 am
KLEIN, TX – The Klein ISD Education Foundation has received two checks totaling $3,700 from MOD Pizza over the past two months to support the Foundation’s fundraising effort for the STEAM Express mobile classroom.

Donations will go to fund additional resources for the STEAM Express mobile classroom, which is a 48-foot-long custom-built enclosed trailer that will bring STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to K-12 students of the Klein ISD.

MOD Pizza, which is located at 10123 Louetta Rd., Houston, TX, 77070, chose to support the Foundation during its grand opening celebration as their charity of choice. During that event, MOD Pizza was able to raise and donate $2,100 to the Foundation.

“MOD exists to inspire. Not just with our pizza, but with our actions as well,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “When we opened the first MOD store over six years ago, we set out to put people first, celebrating our MOD Squad, our customers, and the communities we serve. In a response to our employees’ desire to connect with their communities, we try to provide as many opportunities as we can for our Squads to experience the joy and the inspiration that comes with giving back.”

MOD Pizza also chose to support the Foundation during its “Spreading MODness” campaign which took place over Thanksgiving break. As a result of the “Spreading MODness” push, they were able to raise and donate an additional $1,600 for the Foundation.  

“With our growth, we expect to help twice, if not three times, the number of people as last year,” Svenson said. “Spreading MODness is all about making a positive impact and we intend to do this in a very big way.”

The STEAM Express is equipped with 40 feet of classroom space, 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.

To learn more about the STEAM Express, visit the Foundation’s website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF. Information can also be obtained by contacting Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email cdoyle3@kleinisd.net.
Klein ISD Nurses Attend Johnson & Johnson Leadership Program
Dec 12 2014 - 09:40:00 am

In July 2013 six nurses from Klein ISD attended the highly competitive Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program in New Brunswick.  The program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Rutgers University and provides six days of intensive professional development that focuses on school communities. The Klein ISD team was comprised of nurses from all grade levels and included Yvonne Clarke (KIC), Brittany Lloyd (KFHS), Beth Pali (Strack), Linda Rosemeyer (Greenwood Forest), Regina Wysocki (Frank), and the executive team sponsor, Health Services Coordinator Laurie Combe.

 

Through the Harris County Youth Risk Behavior Study data and a community assessment, the Klein ISD team identified that social media education was needed for both parents and students.  In collaboration with the KISD Police Department they developed an educational parent program, titled Parents Are Primary.  This was presented at Strack Intermediate on April 10, 2014 to both parents and students. The program was well received by the Strack community and parents.

 

Following the event the KISD team developed a poster presentation to promote the Parents Are Primary program to the Klein ISD Community.  In June 2014 the poster was showcased at the 46th Annual National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Conference, where it won first place in the Health Promotion category.  This was a significant achievement as there were numerous poster presentations from school nurses around the country in competition with Klein ISD.

 

In addition to attending the NASN conference, the KISD team participated in a full day Johnson & Johnson School Nurse Fellowseminar to update and reconnect with the program facilitators and mentors.  It was there that Regina Wysocki was announced as the Johnson and Johnson School Nurse Fellow for 2014.  Regina has been integral to the work of the Klein ISD Johnson & Johnson team.  (Regina is photographed here with Martha Dewey Bergen and Laura Fenster Rothschild.) Martha is the lead faculty member for the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program and Laura serves as the Director of Education and Training at Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies.

 

Most recently, the Klein ISD School Health Leadership team partnered with the Unite for Understanding Council.  Utilizing Johnson & Johnson grant funding, the team provided t-shirts for all Cyberbullying Conference attendees that communicate the need to be mindful when utilizing social media. 

 

For more information about the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program visit http://kisd.us/1zUzKHM.

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