Klein News
Klein ISD Students Receive Dental Care Through City of Houston Partnership
Feb 23 2017 - 03:56:00 pm

Second-grade 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.

 

“We 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 coordinator.

 

Nationally, 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.

 

“We know that prevention always trumps treatment,” said Dr. DeYoung, Project Saving Smiles dentist. “Whatever we can prevent is golden!”

 

Each 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.

 

“We 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.”

 

Along 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.

 

“Klein 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.

Another Record Setting Year for Klein ISD FFA Students
Feb 21 2017 - 10:13:00 am

It 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.

 

“We 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.”

 

Overall, 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.

 

This 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.

 

“I’ve 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.”

 

Congratulations to all students on the projects and to the following Grand Champions:



Congratulations to the following Reserve Champions:

Harris County Public Health to Survey Klein Residents
Feb 20 2017 - 02:24:00 pm

On 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.

 

Some questions that residents will be asked are:

  • Do they have an emergency supplies kit;
  • Do they have a working generator;
  • 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? 

 

“We 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 of HCPH.

 

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. 

 

HCPH 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.

Media 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 shown.  

Board Approves District of Innovation Plan
Feb 14 2017 - 03:32:00 pm

At 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 students.

 

“We 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.”

 

With 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.

 

Without 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.

 

“We 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.

 

You can read more about our District of Innovation by clicking here.

Students Reach New Milestone in Reading Program
Feb 14 2017 - 09:30:00 am

Students 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.

 

In 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 pages!

 

“My students have gone above and beyond my expectations,” said teacher Stephanie Taylor. “I couldn’t be more proud of my students and this achievement.”



UPDATE:
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!"

Klein Collins Students Take Part in Job Shadow Program
Feb 14 2017 - 09:24:00 am

Nearly 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 pathways.

 

“The 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 of.”

 

More 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 activities.

 

Businesses that participated included: Houston Methodist Hospital Willowbrook, ExxonMobil, S&V 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 Police Department.

Klein ISD Students Earn Scholastic Art Awards
Feb 14 2017 - 09:21:00 am

More 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.

 

Students earn gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards. Gold key recipients go on to compete at the national level.

 

Ten 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.

 

Congratulations to all Scholastic Art award recipients! Click here for a full listing.

Klein ISD Among 26 Districts Invited to Apply for Leadership Program
Feb 08 2017 - 03:14:00 pm

Klein 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.

 

Of 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.

 

The 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.

 

Learn more about the Holdsworth Center and the 26 districts invited to apply for the inaugural class by clicking here.

Schindewolf Student Featured on MasterChef Junior
Feb 08 2017 - 03:13:00 pm

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.

 

After 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.

 

This 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. 

 

In 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 FOX.

 

Watch/share a first look at this season featuring the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 40:

 

First Look – YouTube: https://youtu.be/LSJ_ZGIkCHk

Klein ISD Students Earn Scholastic Writing Awards
Feb 08 2017 - 03:13:00 pm

Nearly 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 County teens.

 

Students earn gold key, silver key and honorable mention awards. Gold key winners go on to compete at the national level.

 

 

Congratulations to the following students:


Klein High Students Named All-State Musicians
Feb 08 2017 - 03:12:00 pm

Congratulations to six Klein High School music students who have been named to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State ensembles.

 

Selected for All-State Choir are Savannah Boyd, Emmalie Hall, and Rebecca Walsh. 

Selected for All-State Orchestra are Andres Ayerbe, Kyle Victor, and Ruoxuan (Rosa) Su.

 

These 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.

 

The 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).

 

Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All State musicians.

 

These All-State musicians participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention.

 

For the All-State concert schedule, go to www.tmea.org/convention.

Klein ISD Spring Open House Schedule
Feb 08 2017 - 02:57:00 pm
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:

Klein ISD Athletes Participate in National Signing Day
Feb 01 2017 - 10:32:00 am
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:
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