students at six Klein ISD elementary schools recently took part in Project
Saving Smiles, an oral health program made possible by a partnership between
the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and Klein ISD.
are thankful for this six year partnership with Project Saving Smiles which
brings preventative dental services to our students, many of whom may not have
access to dental health care,” said Laurie Combe, Klein ISD Health Services
42% of young children experience cavities and 23% of those go untreated. This
can lead to pain, poor nutrition, infection, impaired concentration in the
classroom and even school absences. Its programs like Project Saving Smiles
that help students learn more about the prevention of cavities through oral
health education, and by receiving services such as free dental screenings,
dental sealants, and fluoride varnishes.
know that prevention always trumps treatment,” said Dr. DeYoung, Project Saving
Smiles dentist. “Whatever we can prevent is golden!”
day of the Project Saving Smiles program, students are transported by bus from
their schools to the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center to receive the treatment.
They also attend a 30-minute education session to learn about proper brushing
and flossing, nutrition that helps form strong teeth, sugary snacks that cause
tooth decay and drinking tap water because it is fluoridated.
also send home a newsletter with students to share with their families about
oral health,” said DeYoung. “We are addressing preventative care with the
students, we are addressing it with the parents, who will hopefully share it
with their neighbors.”
with the newsletter and child’s report from the screenings that is sent home to
parents, students found to have cavities are referred to a City of Houston
dental clinic for care. No drilling or filling takes place during this project.
ISD and Project Saving Smiles are able to work together to achieve the goal of
keeping students healthy, safe, and ready to learn,” said Combe.
was another record setting year for the Klein ISD FFA Livestock & Project
Show that took place last week at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. This year,
547 students presented more than 700 projects including animals, floral
arrangements, horticulture projects and science projects.
would like to say a special thanks to our supporters and the Klein community
for coming out and supporting these students,” said CTE coordinator Dennis
Pierce. “Without their support and dedication, the show would not be possible.”
show proceeds totaled $405,320. A new record was set for the grand champion
horticulture project by Klein High student Michael Klein which sold to Spring
Klein RV, Boat and Trailer Storage for $4,500.
year also featured another record-setting feat when Klein Collins freshman
Amanda Smee took home Grand Champion steer, heifer and broiler. Her broiler and
steer earned her more than $10,000 in the auction.
been participating in FFA and 4H since I was in third-grade,” said Smee. “I’ve
been waiting to show in Klein ISD for a while so I figured, my first year I
better start with a bang.”
to all students on the projects and to the following Grand Champions:
Congratulations to the following Reserve Champions:
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 20 teams of Harris County
Public Health (HCPH) staff and volunteers will be going door-to-door asking
Klein residents how well prepared they are for a variety of emergencies. The
goal of this survey, called Community
Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), is to assess the
community’s level of emergency preparedness. CASPER is a state-based health
department model and Klein neighborhoods are randomly selected by a computer
using census block information. Residents will not be asked their names,
addresses will not be included on the surveys and all answers are anonymous.
questions that residents will be asked are:
- Do they have an emergency
- Do they have a working
- Does anyone in the household
have a medical condition or disability that would make it difficult for
them to evacuate; and,
- If they have pets, what will
they do with them if they had to evacuate?
continue to seek information from our residents to help our public health
department evaluate the Klein community’s readiness and determine what
assistance we would need to provide in an emergency. This also gives us the opportunity to help
residents and families think about how they can become better prepared before
an emergency or disaster strikes,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director
A command center for
this event will be located at the Kleb Intermediate School located at 7425
Louetta, Klein, 77379. Survey teams will
leave the command center and begin entering the neighborhoods at 9:00 am.
is grateful for the help of many partners in planning, notifying the community
and providing volunteers for this survey: Klein ISD, Amateur Radio Emergency
Service, Medical Reserve Corp, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Harris
County Commissioner Jack Cagle Precinct 4, Harris County Office of Homeland
Security & Emergency Management, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris
County Constables’ Office, non-profit agencies, and community groups.
is invited to visit the Command Center before the teams leave. Call Martha Marquez (281) 409-6359 if you
would like an interview in advance or to accompany a survey team in the field. Survey participants have the right to be
anonymous and we ask that their homes not be identifiable or the addresses
the Feb. 13, 2017, Klein ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted to
approve the District of Innovation plan, therefore confirming that exemptions
outlined in the local innovation plan for implementation to benefit Klein ISD
are thrilled that Klein ISD is now a District of Innovation,” said Klein ISD
chief learning officer, Jenny McGown. “We look forward to leveraging this
increased local control to make our shared vision of every student entering
with a promise and exiting with a purpose a reality.”
the passing of House Bill 1842 in the spring of 2015, gave public school
districts the opportunity to become Districts of Innovation, which will allow
Klein ISD to obtain more local control in various areas that will make teaching
and learning more impactful for every student’s needs.
the help of our Klein ISD community, administrators, and staff, this would not
be possible. We want to thank each and every member who shared with us their
thoughts and feedback throughout this process. Additional thanks to everyone
who served on the Local Innovation Plan Team and the District Instructional
Development Council who helped to review and finalize the plan.
are so grateful to the outstanding educators, parents, and community members
who served on the local innovation plan team and for the support of our Klein
ISD Board of Trustees,” said McGown.
Click here to
view a video highlighting the District of Innovation process.
can read more about our District of Innovation by clicking here.
at Ulrich Intermediate have reached a new milestone through the Learning Ally
program and on Jan. 9 entered the Learning Ally Great Reading Games, a national
reading contest among schools. This program allows students to listen to their
favorite books while the program reads and highlights the words.
just one month, students have earned more than 1 million points in the program.
Teacher Stephanie Taylor describes the students as “on fire” and excited to be
reading. Each day, students earn points for participating in the Reading Games
and earn points for the pages they read. Together, they have read 104,433
students have gone above and beyond my expectations,” said teacher Stephanie
Taylor. “I couldn’t be more proud of my students and this achievement.”
Congratulations to these students who have been named the National Champions in the Learning Ally Great Reading Games. Three students also placed in the top 10 in the nation.
"As you may know, my students are dyslexic, and rarely feel successful academically because of this reading disability," said teacher Stephanie Taylor. "This is a huge accomplishment for them and they are very excited to have won!"
300 Klein Collins students took part in the campus’ annual Job Shadow Day on
Jan. 19. Students must submit applications and resumes to be considered for participation
in real-world work experiences for the day. The goal of the program is to
prepare young people for the work force by exposing them to potential career
job shadow program is truly amazing,” said Klein Collins principal Randy Kirk.
“It allows students to experience something they normally wouldn’t be a part
than 20 areas of business were available for students to explore and learn
about the different careers available. Students were able to see business
practices in action, observe real-world scenarios, and participate in hands-on
that participated included: Houston Methodist Hospital Willowbrook,
Surveying, Forterra, Lupher Surveying, Survtech, Harris
County Commissioners Office Precinct 4, Hooks Airport, VCA Animal Hospital of
Spring, Primrose School of Spring-Klein, H.E.B Spring Market, Best Buy of
Spring, Lowe’s Spring, Sprouts Farmers’ Market of Spring, VLK
Architects, SKF Solution Factory, Jetco, Gordon Foods, and Klein ISD
than 100 Klein ISD intermediate and high school students earned Harris County
Department of Education Scholastic Art Awards. This annual, national program
provides awards for thousands of art entries submitted by Harris County teens.
earn gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards. Gold key recipients go
on to compete at the national level.
regional gold key art and writing entries are nominated for the best-in-region
for the national American Voices/American Visions awards. These 10 awards are
judged nationally for medals. One of the five nominees in art and writing will
be selected for the national award. Congratulations to Klein Collins student Mary
Ann Hurtdao and Doerre Intermediate student Jillian Romero, both named as
nominees for the American Voices award, and to Kleb Intermediate student
Citlali Francisco, named one of five nominees for the American Visions award.
to all Scholastic Art award recipients! Click
here for a full listing.
ISD is among only 26 districts in the state invited to apply for a new
leadership institute by The Holdsworth Center, based in Austin. Founded by
H-E-B chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of
supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time,
the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas.
the 26 districts who elect to apply for this program, only six will be chosen
to be part of the inaugural class beginning this summer. The first cohort is by
invitation only, but in subsequent years the application process will be open
to all districts. Applicants will be selected based on an existing commitment
to human capital and talent development and alignment of vision among the
superintendent, key cabinet members and the Board of Trustees.
Holdsworth Center will work with selected districts over a five-year period to
empower individual leaders to reach their fullest potential. Center staff will
also assist districts in establishing a common vision and roadmap for
identifying, cultivating, training, and supporting future leaders.
more about the Holdsworth Center and the 26 districts invited to apply for the
inaugural class by clicking here.
Schindewolf student Shayne Wells will join 40
other junior cooks from across the country to compete in the upcoming season of
Fox’s MasterChef Junior, which premieres Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. CST.
Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi welcome the latest crop of
junior home cooks to the MasterChef Junior kitchen, where they will compete for
the MasterChef Junior trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight
and13 have been chosen for their final test – a culinary battle in the
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi.
Only the 20 best “chef-testants” who prove they have the chops to take home the
trophy will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.
season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including completing a
challenge from former First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than
50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s first-ever vegan challenge, from guest
judge Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”); and cooking for other VIPs, including
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and Muppets “Miss Piggy” and “Swedish Chef,”
until one talented kid is named America’s next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home
the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.
the season premiere episode, “The Quest for an Apron Part 1,” 40 junior home
cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. In
each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge – from steak, to
scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a
chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than
ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest.
All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, “The Quest
for an Apron Part 2,” airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (7:00-8:00 PM CST) on
a first look at this season featuring the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 40:
Look – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LSJ_ZGIkCHk
100 Klein ISD intermediate and high school students earned Harris County
Department of Education Scholastic Writing Awards. This annual, national
program provides awards for thousands of writing entries submitted by Harris
earn gold key, silver key and honorable mention awards. Gold key winners go on
to compete at the national level.
to the following students:
to six Klein High School music students who have been named to Texas Music
Educators Association (TMEA) All-State ensembles.
for All-State Choir are Savannah Boyd, Emmalie Hall, and Rebecca Walsh.
for All-State Orchestra are Andres Ayerbe, Kyle Victor, and Ruoxuan (Rosa) Su.
students will perform with the Texas All-State Choir and Texas All-State
Orchestra on Feb. 11th as part of the 2017 TMEA Clinic and
Convention. The students were chosen for
this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at
district, region and area levels. All
State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the All-State competition. This competitive process begins across the
state. More than 1,600 students are
selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around
the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands,
choirs, and orchestras).
the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All State musicians.
All-State musicians participate in three days of rehearsals directed by
nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention.
the All-State concert schedule, go to www.tmea.org/convention.
Campuses across the Klein ISD encourage parents to attend the open house events held at their child’s respective campus. These meetings provide an opportunity for campus personnel and parents to share information pertinent to the school and what’s happening during the spring semester. The schedule is as follows:
More than 50 seniors across the district joined thousands throughout the nation by taking part in National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017.
High schools in the Klein ISD celebrate the accomplishments of these student-athletes during special ceremonies on their respective campuses. The district had commitments made in nine sports including baseball, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track, and volleyball. Congratulations to the following students: