Klein News
Klein ISD Earns 20 Star Awards
Feb 25 2015 - 03:43:00 pm

The Klein ISD Communications and Planning Department was recognized for 20 Star awards at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Conference that took place in late February in San Antonio. 


The group was named for a total of ten gold awards, seven silver awards and three bronze awards for their public relations programs, print/electronic publications, videos and more. A TSPRA Star award is given to an entry that not only achieves its purpose with notable skill, craft and creativity, but does so in an exceptional way in the opinion of the judges.


An awards banquet took place on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, where Klein ISD was named the winner of a Crystal Commendation for the 2014 superheroes themed staff banquet event that the department hosted last May to recognize district teachers and employees of the year. This is the second consecutive year that the department has earned this award. The Crystal Commendation is the most prestigious award of its kind issued for a school district or association special event or celebration. 

“ Our team really works well together to produce quality work for our district and community and it’s great when those efforts can be recognized,” said Judy Rimato, Klein ISD associate superintendent for communications and planning.

Fourth Annual Family Fitness Fair Announced
Feb 25 2015 - 03:34:00 pm


Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Kleinwell Family Fitness Fair taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Klein Memorial Stadium from 8 a.m. - noon. Come out to the biggest, free event of the year featuring community vendors, a one-mile Fun Run/Walk, healthy activities and demonstrations, food and fun for the entire family. For more information on vendor booths, email wattaway@kleinisd.net.


Farmers Market Offers Plant Exchange
Feb 25 2015 - 03:23:00 pm

Come out this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, to the Farmers Market at Wunderlich Farm. Open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the market will feature new vendors and lots of the original favorites as well. This weekend’s market will offer a plant exchange and a branding iron demonstration. While at the market, stop by and see new lambs Paisley, Daisy and Elle, courtesy of the Klein ISD FFA program. Make sure to check out all that the farm has to offer!

Klein Oak Hosts Showcase for Art Students
Feb 25 2015 - 03:14:00 pm

Klein Oak High School will host a Books Love Art event on Thursday, March 18, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. in the library. The evening will feature students’ work from all art classes, an orchestra performance and the Klein Oak child development class.


This event provides an in-depth look into students’ paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and digital artwork and of course music. This year’s event features art from three and four year-old students from the Klein Oak child development class as well as Klein Oak student Anna-Sophia Lago’s painting, which won Reserve Grand Champion at the recent Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo and sold for $6,000. 


Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend.

Klein FFA Show Sets New District Records
Feb 16 2015 - 11:40:00 am

The 46th Annual Klein ISD FFA Livestock and Project Show was held Feb. 4-7, 2015, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. This year, there were 667 FFA students who exhibited 785 projects. Overall show proceeds totaling $423,351 is the highest overall total in the Klein ISD FFA show history. These results show increased support from our community and exceed last year’s record of $386,416.

 

“FFA provides a lot of opportunities for bringing out leadership and integrity and responsibility,” said William Berryman, Klein Oak freshman.

 

Included in the show activities was a live auction and tent sale. Items sold during the auction included the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion projects, as well as top placing livestock and horticulture projects. The auction sales of $240,800 also set a new district show record.

 

New records were set in the sale of Madeline Kuhl’s, from Klein Oak High School, Grand Champion Lamb, which sold to Great American Title Company for $8,000 and for the sale of the Grand Champion Swine, project of Klein Collins’ Emily Ford which sold to Bussell & Sons, LLC also for $8,000. Congratulations to these students for setting new records and to all students on their Grand Champion projects.

 

“It means a lot because that means my name can stay on that display board for a long time,” said Madeline Kuhl, Klein Oak junior.

CLASS

Student

School

Buyer

Amount

New Record

Grand Champion Floral Design

Catherine Melton

KFHS

David Armstrong

$1,500

Grand Champion Fryer Rabbits

Mackenzie LaGrappe

 

KCHS

Bussell & Sons, LLC

$2,000

Grand Champion Broilers

 

Andrew Clardy

 

KHS

The Randy Nicholson Family

$1,700

Grand Champion Turkey

Olivia Clark

KHS

Chris Gillman

$1,700

Grand Champion Lamb

 

Madeline Kuhl

 

KOHS

Great American Title Company

$8,000

yes

Grand Champion Goat

Rachel Kincaid

KOHS

Charlie Odom

$3,250

Grand Champion Swine

Emily Ford

KCHS

Bussell & Sons, LLC

$8,000

yes

Grand Champion Horticulture

 

Carson Andersen

 

KHS

The Randy Nicholson Family

$2,000

Grand Champion Steer

Dane Kachel

KHS

Atlas Foundation

$27,000

Grand Champion Breeding Beef

Ashley Hays

KHS

n/a

n/a

 

Grand Champion Breeding Rabbits

Alix Fields

KCHS

n/a

n/a

Grand Champion Ag Mechanics

Klein Forest FFA

KFHS

n/a

n/a

Grand Champion SAEP

Mark (Hayden) Harris

KHS

n/a

n/a

 

 

New records were also set for reserve champion projects. Congratulations to these students:

 

CLASS

Student

School

Buyer

Amount

New Record

Reserve Champion Floral Design

 

Matthew Juarez

 

KHS

Avenue J

$1,100

 

Reserve Champion Fryer Rabbits

 

Jasmine Zapien

 

KFHS

David & Melissa Rowe

$1,800

 

Reserve Champion Broilers

 

Thomas Nicholson

 

KHS

The Randy Nicholson Family

$6,000

yes

Reserve Champion Turkey

Mark (Hayden) Harris

 

KHS

Bussell & Sons, LLC

$5,000

yes

Reserve Champion Lamb

Peyton Farmer

KOHS

Chris Gillman

$5,500

yes

Reserve Champion Goat

 

Renee Territo

 

KHS

Great American Title Company

$4,000

yes

Reserve Champion Swine

 

Elizabeth Schultz

 

KCHS

WCA Waste Corporation

$6,000

yes

Reserve Champion Horticulture

Ty Yokem

KCHS

Travis Homes

$2,000

 

Reserve Champion Steer

Kylee Bishop

KOHS

Slab Services

$9,000

Reserve Champion Breeding Beef

N/A

N/A

n/a

n/a

Reserve Champion Breeding Rabbits

Madison Wedin

KOHS

n/a

n/a

 

Reserve Champion Ag Mechanics

Hunter Hess

KOHS

n/a

n/a

Reserve Champion SAEP

Taylor Bryan

KHS

n/a

n/a

 

“In addition to academic content, the Agriscience course curriculum, in partnership with the FFA, emphasizes soft skills such as leadership, responsibility, dedication and the ability to work with others,” said Dennis Pierce, Klein ISD Career and Technical Education Program Coordinator. “I feel that a student’s success both in and out of the classroom can be attributed to the lessons learned while participating in the supervised agricultural experience. The students work many hours on these projects in preparation for the show,” he added.

 

“It’s a really good organization and helps teach kids responsibility. You learn a lot about what work means,” said Klein Forest’s FFA President Catherine Melton.

Web Club Sparks Interest of Elementary Students
Feb 16 2015 - 10:15:00 am

As a modern version of the schools newspaper, the writers and creators of the Web Club are fourth and fifth grade students at Brill Elementary.

 

Students and teachers involved in the Web Club at Brill are using a web-hosting service called Weebly that allows the user to drag and drop while using a website builder. This idea of web design makes creating webpages easier and this free site encourages students to make pages of their own. The Web Club serves a dual purpose by also allowing students to create their own writing and become more involved in school.

 

“Students in the Web Club have become their own writer and producer,” said Maurine Whitney, Web Club teacher. “The kids just love it and it gives them a way to work on those writing techniques.”

 

With weebly, the students of the Web Club have created their own pages on the website that focus on their areas of interest such as a book review page, a how to make origami page, a DIY section and even a boys only page. Students have created webpages that include information, surveys, pictures and more. The Web Club meets after school and students spend time researching their subjects and deciding what they want to share on their webpages. They also spend time working on their stories and topics and then designing their pages and learning to incorporate new trends to their pages, such as videos.

 

“Students are thinking for themselves and learning on their own instead of asking us every single question,” said Beverly Harper, Web Club teacher. “They know they have an audience and they are working to make sure their sites are personal and perfect.”

 

“Being a part of the Web Club has given me a lot of typing and computer experience that I can use throughout the rest of my life,” said Samantha Taylor, fifth grade Web Club member.

 

Although it’s only in its first year, the Web Club has more than 20 student members and the webpage has received more than 1,000 hits. Students describe being part of the Web Club as interesting, terrific, lots of work but fun. Some students are interested in the club because they wanted to learn more about computers, others because they wanted to learn how to make a website.

 

“It’s fun because you get to create your own website, whatever you choose,” said Mckenzie Walker, fourth grade Web Club member.

 

“It will give you a lot of experience with computers and you will learn a lot,” said Jayce Martin, fourth grade Web Club member.

 

“It’s not as boring as you think it is,” added Walker.

 

Check out the student’s work at http://brillbroncos.weebly.com/
Top Spelling Bee Champs Prep for Citywide Competition
Feb 13 2015 - 03:02:00 pm
Culinarian and glorious were the words that earned Thien Hoang (Klenk Elementary) and Jay Dileep (Krimmel Intermediate) the championship title in the Klein ISD districtwide spelling bee competition. Hoang and Dileep will now participate in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting on the University of Houston campus, and will be broadcasted live on Channel 8 at 2 p.m. The top two spellers of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24, 2015 – May 29, 2015, in the Washington, DC area.
Klein Oak Divers & Swimmers Earn Spots to State Competition
Feb 13 2015 - 03:02:00 pm
Klein Oak divers and swimmers fared well at the Region IV 6A Championship Swim & Dive meet and earned spots to the state competition in Austin at the end of Feb. Klein Oak High School diver Casey Gebhart won the girls one meter diving for the second consecutive year in a row. Keith Gill was named the 50-yard freestyle champion. The boys 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brandon Ballesteros, Matthew Martin, Matthew Hogan and Keith Gill will also compete. Congratulations to the students and good luck!
Klein Students Lead at Scholastic Competition
Feb 13 2015 - 03:02:00 pm

Klein ISD intermediate and high school aged students recently competed at the Harris County Department of Education’s Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in which artists and writers from 18 area school districts and multiple charter and private schools compete.

Klein ISD earned more awards than any other participating district and charter or private school. Additionally, two Klein ISD Students were awarded the American Voices Award which means they will advance to the national competition. Congratulations to Klein Collins’ Sanah Jivani and Doerre Intermediate’s Brooke Thorne on this award.

Congratulations to all students that earned an award and for a complete list of writing winners, click here and for a complete list of art winners, click here.
Klein High Wrestling Earns Top District Awards
Feb 13 2015 - 03:01:00 pm
For the second time in five years, Klein High School earned a triple crown with the boys, girls and junior varsity wrestling teams named as district champs. Senior wrestling team captain, Aaron Clayton was chosen as the most valuable player and Coach John Banas was named the 2014-15 Coach of the Year. Klein High has 13 varsity boys and nine girls competing in the UIL Region 3 meet on Feb. 13 & 14, 2015, at the Berry Center.
Student Athletes Take Part in National Signing Day
Feb 04 2015 - 03:54:00 pm

High school seniors in the Klein ISD joined thousands across the U.S. by participating in National Signing Day held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. More than 35 student-athletes from all four campuses across the Klein ISD took part in the day.

This day marks the initial signing period for football, cross country, field hockey, soccer, track & field and water polo, however, several athletes took advantage of the early signing period back on Nov. 12, 2014. High schools in the Klein ISD celebrate the accomplishments of these student-athletes in the spring during special ceremonies on their respective campuses. Congratulations to the following students:


Vistas Participates in a Tech Class in Austin
Feb 04 2015 - 03:53:00 pm
During the latter part of Jan., the Vistas High School Program was one of several schools that participated in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse and the Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation, which facilitated actual high tech school classrooms in the basement of the Capitol Rotunda using state-of-the-art educational technology.

“The participating schools clearly demonstrate their effective day-to-day use of educational technology in teaching their students and preparing them for the 21st century. Visitors to the Capitol will see and experience technology currently in use by Texas classrooms.” Schoolhouse organizer and Executive Director Dr. Deborah Jolly said.

The goal of the event is to bring the schools together to visually display to legislators the wonderful things their technology funding has done for Texas classrooms. During the day, legislators and invited guests have the opportunity to venture through actual classrooms to observe and experience educational technology in use by teachers and students.

“Educational technology brings high tech education tools deployed by our teachers and used by our students to prepare them to succeed in the 21st century,” added Jolly.
Spelling Bee Students Prepare for Districtwide Competition
Feb 04 2015 - 03:53:00 pm
Elementary and intermediate spelling bee winners from across the district, are preparing for the spelling competition which will be held next week at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center (7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX). Elementary students will compete at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, and intermediate students will compete at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

The top winners from the Klein ISD competition will then participate in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting on the University of Houston campus. The Houston Public Media Spelling Bee will also be televised LIVE on TV Channel 8 at 2 p.m. on that day. The top two spellers of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24, 2015 – May 29, 2015, in the Washington, DC area. Click here to view pictures of students competing in the district spelling bee.
Edible Cars Take to the Raceway
Feb 02 2015 - 01:31:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, cookies, whipped frosting and much more became more than a buffet at the recent Edible Car Challenge STEM Day at Doerre Intermediate on Jan. 14, 2015.

 

Sixth grade science students took part in this high interest, hands-on activity focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and allowed students to design and develop racecars, made out of edible foods, to compete in a speed and distance challenge, made out of edible foods.

 

“This event took the full support of our principal and administrative team for our STEM passion to become a reality,” said Cindy Tan, Doerre science teacher and Edible Car Challenge spokesperson.

 

The challenge allowed students to use the STEM skills they have been working on all year such as questioning, researching, problem solving, critical thinking and cooperative learning. As part of the challenge, student teams also created a team name and logo. Students also learned to work as engineers by using the three C’s: communicate, collaborate and create.

 

Students began the challenge by working on a blueprint design for their cars. Once a design was in hand, supplies were brought in and assembly began.

 

The Edible Car Challenge was made possible in part by a $2,000 grant from the Klein ISD Education Foundation that allowed them to purchase the supplies needed. Corporate sponsor ExxonMobil awarded each student a Mobil 1 T-shirt and backpack for participating.

 

To make this event possible, it took a collaborative effort from the sixth grade science teachers, Pam Green, Becky Teague, Erica Goedde, Kari Jernigan, Jerrod Russell and Tan. Math teacher Alex Collins who was on hand to support the math calculation of the average speed of the students’ cars.

 

“We recruited parent volunteers to come in for build and race day to help. Labs were set up and the halls were decorated with banners donated byExxonMobil to create the authentic feeling of being in a race car arena,” said Tan.

 

“It was all worth it because the students learned so much,” she said. “Best of all, they had an authentic STEM learning experience that enhanced their learning and interest in the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.”

For a complete photo album of the day's events, click here

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