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P.A.W.S. Program Hosts First Show at Klein High School
Mar 28 2014 - 11:18:00 am

Program also gives back to student in need 

March 28, 2014Klein High School hosted its first ever dog show with the help of the Partnering Animals With Success (P.A.W.S.) program. While P.A.W.S. students enjoy the same therapeutic benefits experienced in animal therapy, this animal assisted learning program provides participants with more: an emotionally safe environment to identify, practice and generalize skills necessary for successful academic, social and occupational interactions. 

For the past seven months, a select number of students have been involved in a curriculum that assists in developing social skills and higher level thinking which are the foundations of the P.A.W.S program. Once the necessary social skills were acquired, the students then began applying their knowledge to training the dogs.  

“I really like working with the dogs because I love animals,” said Klein High School P.A.W.S. student Justin Goss. “That was a big reason why I joined the program. Plus, I get to make new friends and even see new dogs,” he added. 

Every Tuesday, Lesley Zentz, the director of P.A.W.S., brings her dogs to the campus for the students to train. The participating students work with these dogs on obedience training and rally obedience.  After maintaining a certain level of confidence, general education students are partnered with special education students and they begin coaching them on how to train the dogs.  Through these experiences all students have become more confident in social interactions, and have strengthened skills in teamwork, patience, respect, responsibility, self-awareness, communication, and showmanship.

“I think what people don’t understand is how difficult it is for the students, and how far they come from the beginning of the program to where they end up at the end,” said Cindy Cole, parent of Klein High School P.AW.S. student. 

On March 25, P.A.W.S. students demonstrated their progress, hard work and showmanship by participating in a dog show at Klein High School. The participating students performed obedience commands and rally commands such as 90 degree turns and start/finish commands with the dogs. To conclude the show, ribbons were awarded for first, second, third and fourth place in each command category as well as a Best in Show award. 

“Today’s show was great,” said Klein High School transitions unit teacher Carlos Munoz. “It made a difference in dealing with their emotions, accepting correction and I think we are a closer knit group after doing the P.A.W.S. program for the past seven months.” 

In conjunction with the dog show, the Klein High School students raised awareness for Xander, a student at Ehrhardt Elementary, who is in need of a service dog. Xander was diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder and was recently cleared for the placement of a service dog bred and trained by the Northstar Foundation. During the dog show, Ehrhardt principal, Charles Hall, presented Xander with funds that was raised by his school, and the additional $390 in donations was raised during the show. To learn more about the Northstar Foundation and how you can donate to A Dog for Xander, click here 

To view a video of the day’s events, click here

The P.A.W.S. program would like to give a special thanks to all of their partners:

Dr. Mary Rosenberg
Smoothie King
Jimmy John’s
My Pizzeria
Ms. Jody Simpson
Al Haines
Stan Romney
Trent Kaminski
Klein High School Administrators, Staff and Stars Students
P.A.W.S. classroom teachers, students and parents 

Klein ISD Technology Ranks as One of the Top Ten across the Nation
Mar 27 2014 - 11:23:00 am
Klein ISD was recently ranked as a top ten school district for its continuous efforts concerning technology by the tenth annual Digital School District Survey sponsored by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Board Association (NSBA). The rankings are awarded to those school districts across the country that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented by the survey questions. Questions included emerging technologies such as mobile and curriculum integration; strategic planning, data management and safety; and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for teachers and students. Klein ISD was ranked 7th in the large school district classification. To learn more about the survey, click here.
Klein’s Fine Arts Program Earns Sixth Straight Best Communities for Music Distinction
Mar 27 2014 - 11:23:00 am
The Klein ISD fine arts program earned its sixth national designation in support of music education on the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The Klein ISD was among 32 school districts in Texas and 376 nationwide to earn this distinction. The survey reviews how a district funds music education, as well as graduation requirements, music class preparation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music program as part of the core curriculum. For more information or to view the survey results in its entirety, click here.
Klein Students to Take Part in Dental Health Awareness
Mar 27 2014 - 11:21:00 am
Second grade students in Klein ISD will be taking part in The Project Saving Smiles dental project sponsored by the Houston Department of Health. Students will receive dental education, dental exams, preventative dental sealants (if eligible), and referral for dental care if warranted.

Poor dental health is a significant contributor to student school absence and warrants a wide range of health concerns for school nurses. Klein ISD school nurses have coordinated The Project Saving Smiles to provide a resource for teachers to include oral health in the curriculum and also provide resources to parents and the community for treatment and prevention of oral disease and dental health.

The schedule for The Project Saving Smiles is as follows: 
Klein Forest Interact Club Making a Difference in the Community
Mar 24 2014 - 10:53:00 am

The Klein Forest Interact Club currently has 170 members that truly believe in the value of helping others in the community and this sincere motivation breeds effective community service. The success that this club is having is primarily due to connecting students to a network of friendship, engagement and action in the community and striving to make a positive change. The club’s motto is “Having fun and helping others” which has been proven with their extensive list of causes they have been a part of.

To date, the Klein Forest Interact Club has helped with events such as the Spina Bifida Clinic Fun Run Day, the Epps Island Science Fair, the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Woodlands Marathon, the Kinsmen Lutheran Church’s 2nd Annual Run for your Turkey 5K/10K, the Be A Resource for CPS Kids: BEARing Gifts Christmas Toy Drive, the Color in Motion 5K run, the Interact District 5890 Roundup hosted by Klein Forest and many more.

Some of their keys to success are setting specific campus and individual goals, developing communication skills, cooperative learning and organizational skills, and of course taking pride in building cross cultural understanding while helping the community.

What a difference these students are making in our community. 

Hassler Math Club Multiplies Their Trophies
Mar 24 2014 - 10:46:00 am

The Math Club at Hassler Elementary has been earning many trophies lately. The Math Club consists of 17 students that compete in districtwide and local competitions. These “Mathletes” are really beginning to shine. 

In December, 2013, the Hassler Math Club earned the honor of the Third Place Sweepstakes at the Klein Collins Math Contest where they competed against dozens of other schools across the Houston area. Many awards were received in Number Sense, Calculator, General Math and Science. 

This February, the Hassler Math Club 4th and 5th grade teams won 4th place in Number Sense, Calculator, General Math and Science leading to a 4th place Sweepstakes Award among the 33 schools competing at the Doerre Math Competition. Congratulations to all of these Mathletes and their great accomplishments. 

Wunderlich Farm Makes Plans to Host a Monthly Farmer’s Market
Mar 18 2014 - 02:34:00 pm

The Historic Wunderlich Farm and Klein, TX Museum is excited to announce that they will now feature a true to life farmer’s market on the museum grounds from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, except November and December. The Farmer’s Market at Wunderlich Farm will feature home grown produce from local farmers along with other goods such as lotions, soaps, foods and other locally made items. The goal of the Farmer’s Market at Wunderlich Farms is to help support not only the small, local businesses and farmers, but also raise awareness about the turn of the century farmstead and houses located on the museum grounds. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Farmer’s Market or would like additional information, click here.

Klein Schools Earn 21 Tommy Tune Award Nominations
Mar 18 2014 - 02:29:00 pm

Klein ISD high schools garnered 21 nominations in 15 categories for the 12th annual Tommy Tune Awards sponsored by Theater Under The Stars (TUTS) in Houston. The district received the most nominations out of any other school district in the Greater Houston area. 

Klein Oak was nominated for 16 awards in 14 of the 15 categories for Guys & Dolls, the most nominations out of any other school district in the Greater Houston area. Klein High School received three nominations for its performance of The Pajama Game and Klein Collins’ The Drowsy Chaperone received two nominations. 

The 2014 Tommy Tune Awards show will start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Klein Oak, who received a Best Musical nomination for Guys & Dolls, will perform a selection from their musical at the awards show. Klein ISD students who earned either a Best Leading Actor or Actress nomination will also participate in a performance at the awards show. Those students are: Sarah Holevinski, Jonathan Lammey, Jake Maeker, Alec Michael Ryan and Brooke Shaw. 

For a complete list of nominations, click here

Wunderlich Intermediate and Bridging for Tomorrow to Host Health Fair
Mar 18 2014 - 02:24:00 pm

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 8 – 11 a.m., Wunderlich Intermediate and Bridging for Tomorrow will host a Health Fair open to the Wunderlich community. 

The Health Fair is free to everyone and will offer screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, weight management, cholesterol and other general health issues. 

The fair also features tours of the Champions Fire Department fire truck, car seat education, back care and safety, cooking demonstrations, a fun zone for kids, dance and fitness, raffle prizes and much more. For more information, contact Wunderlich Intermediate School at 832.249.5200.

Klein Collins Students Participate in Mock Job Fair
Mar 18 2014 - 02:18:00 pm

Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students at Klein Collins High School recently took part in a College and Career Fair. The purpose of the event is to present students with a mock job fair that will prepare them for thinking about their future career paths. 

Colleges, local businesses and many corporations were on hand for this year’s event. Representatives were able to greet students and talk with them about college entry requirements, financial aid, internships and much more. Incentives were offered to students who dressed professionally and showed manners and etiquette when meeting with these representatives. 

“When students think about getting that first job, they have to really think about how it will affect their career path,” said Chick Fil A owner Mike Ludwig.  “Colleges like to see work history from Chick Fil A because they know we help teach our employees about customer service.”

The College and Career Fair has been able to open students’ eyes to what a specific job is really about and eliminate some confusion when job paths seem the same, such as with engineering and construction or the Fire Marshall’s office versus the Fire Department. 

Tomball Regional Medical Center Sponsors Family Fitness Fair
Mar 17 2014 - 12:29:00 pm
Donation helps promote healthy living program to community

March 7, 2014 – The Kleinwell Healthy Living Program is excited to announce Tomball Regional Medical Center as this year’s Family Fitness Fair title sponsor.

“The best way to reach out to a community is to be involved in it,” stated Bud Wethington, Tomball Regional Medical Center president/chief executive officer. “We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity than to join the Klein ISD to educate its employees and the entire Klein community about how to get primary and hospital care in this ever-changing landscape of the healthcare industry.”

Kleinwell Healthy Living Program, winner of the 2013 Paragon Award for teamwork from the Houston Business Coalition on Health and finalist of the 2013and 2014 Houston Business Journal Healthiest Employer, has been changing the lives of Klein ISD employees since 2008. Throughout the year the program provides more than 6,000 employees with opportunities to gain information on living healthier, longer lives.

The program’s initiatives include annual health screenings, flu and other immunizations, exercise and healthy eating challenges, and health assessments. Healthy living seminars are offered monthly and feature doctors, nutritionists and professionals in the health industry who share tips and information on various health topics. In its third year the Family Fitness Fair is one of the program’s largest initiatives, with more than 1,800 in attendance last year.

“With the sponsorship of Tomball Regional Medical Center, we will be able to help make a bigger impact on our school district and our community by teaching, demonstrating and providing wellness tips and healthy living advice to people of all ages through the Family Fitness Fair,” said Kleinwell Wellness program coordinator, Winni Attaway.

The Family Fitness Fair is from 8 a.m. – noon, Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Klein Memorial Stadium - 16715 Stuebner-Airline Rd., Klein. The event is free to all ages and includes vendors from the community, demonstrations, activities including Zumba dancing, strength training, kickboxing, massage chairs, games such as a moon walk, face painting and much more. Houston’s Radio Disney 1590 AM will broadcast live from the event. 

During the fair the results and winners of the district’s Kleinwell Biggest Loser weight-loss challenge, a 12 week weight loss challenge for employees, will be announced. Also part of the Family Fitness Fair again this year is the One Mile Fun Run/Walk. Registration for the Fun Run/Walk is $10 per person and includes a t-shirt and awards. Click here to register.

“Our goal is for everyone attending the Family Fitness Fair to have a great time and to help promote a culture of wellness throughout our district and our community.”

Join the fun on the home side of Klein Memorial Stadium for opportunities to learn from the healthy living community and support the Kleinwell Healthy Living Program. For more information about the Kleinwell Family Fitness Fair sponsored by Tomball Regional Medical Center, click here.
Chad Greene Named Finalist TCEA Support Person of the Year
Mar 17 2014 - 10:52:00 am
Klein ISD technology department receives recognition for third-straight year

March 17, 2014 – Klein ISD network manager, Chad Greene was recently chosen as a finalist in the Technical Support Person of the Year category for the 2013-2014 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Educator Awards. In a ceremony held in Austin, during the latter part of February, Greene was recognized by his peers as he exemplifies the role of innovative educator.

Each year, TCEA recognizes some of the most tech-savvy educators in the country with the annual TCEA Educator Awards. The recipients of these awards are actively making a difference in their classrooms and on their campuses, innovating, teaching and learning every day.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Klein ISD employee from the technology department has been acknowledged, as Craig Gentry, manager of computer services (2012) and Valerie Wilson, network software analyst (2013) won in prior years.

"Providing a reliable service is a top priority for me,” expressed Greene. “It’s my goal and my team’s goal to make sure everyone has the most current systems available.”

Greene has offered tech support in various capacities to end users in the Klein ISD for nearly 13 years. He began with the district right after completing college in Nebraska in 2001. He started as a campus technician at Klein Forest, then moved to Klein High and eventually moved to the Network Operations Center (NOC).

Since coming to the NOC, he has worked as an assistant on the software team (then became the leader), helped to implement the first version of a software delivery system called Run Advertise Programs (RAP), and now currently serves as the network manager for application support services.

"Chad always gives more than 100 percent to make sure that administrators, teachers and staff have the most effective and efficient help possible," said Candace Threadgill, director of information technology. "He and his team ensure that when the district implements new and updated systems that the transition is flawless. This 'can do' attitude is something that we truly appreciate in this department."

Greene likes that his job changes from day to day and he enjoys making a difference in the lives of those tied to the Klein ISD.

“Technology changes so rapidly that keeping up sometimes can be a challenge,” he stated. “How you do things one day typically changes the very next day. What keeps me motivated is that my team makes a difference in Klein. We help so many different people. From simply logging into a computer, to helping a user install a piece of software, to ensuring everyone gets that oh so important email in a timely manner. It’s wonderful to help a student be able to use their computer in a new and unique way that helps them learn.”
State Comptroller Presents Klein ISD with the Texas Honors Circle Award
Mar 06 2014 - 03:17:00 pm

On Feb. 27, 2014, Klein ISD and Benignus Elementary were honored to host Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs who presented the Texas Honors Circle Award. In 2009, the legislature directed the State Comptroller's office to evaluate annual spending practices as they relate to academic performance in schools. Klein ISD is among only 55 school districts in Texas to receive the highest rating of five stars, demonstrating both academic and financial effectiveness.

Click here for a video of the day’s event.

Chief of Police Recognized for Supporting Boy Scouts
Mar 06 2014 - 03:15:00 pm
Klein ISD chief of police, David Kimberly, was selected to receive the Dr. Donald R. Collins Community Leadership Award, from the Phoenix District of Boy Scouts in mid-February. Named after longstanding former Klein ISD superintendent, Dr. Donald Collins for his support of scouting, the leadership award recognizes individuals who continue to provide exceptional assistance to the scouting program in the district. The award has been presented annually since 2005 and include recipients such as: Dr. Collins, Constable Ron Hickman, Judge J. Kent Adams, Debbie Rollinson (Sullins & Johnston, Attorneys at Law), Rich Eichler (Hart Energy Publishing), Tony Lawrence (Past Houston City Councilwoman) and Enrique Lima (REB Group and 2013 Chair of Houston NW Chamber of Commerce).
AAUW Awards Three Klein ISD Schools with Grants
Mar 06 2014 - 03:14:00 pm

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recognized three Klein ISD schools at its Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon on March 1, 2014. Epps Island Elementary, Zwink Elementary and the Vistas High School Program each received Educational Fellowship Fund grants. 

At Epps Island, the grant money will be used to purchase fairy tales, fables, legends and mythology books for the school library. With the nearest public library nearly 10 miles away, the Epps Island library is the only option for students to obtain reading materials such as fairy tales, folklore, legends or classic mythology which are not commonly used in day to day communication. By purchasing these books for the school library, cultural education can be enhanced by having access to these types of books. 

Zwink Elementary will be using the funds to afford its youngest students the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers by engaging them in hands-on learning experiences. 

The Vistas program is using the grant to develop a Career Options for My Future program. The goal of this program is to provide young women at Vistas the opportunity to explore options for further education and career development. Female students will take field trips to Lone Star College to learn about the various technical programs available to them with a focus on health care industry careers. 

The AAUW has established a renowned relationship with several Klein ISD schools over the years and has provided funding for a variety of character education and curriculum enhancement programs.

Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State Competition
Mar 06 2014 - 03:12:00 pm

Nine teams from across Klein ISD have won first place titles at the recent Destination Imagination competition, earning them a trip to the state tournament on April 11-12, 2014, in Pflugerville, TX.  Destination Imagination teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving to students from elementary, intermediate and high schools from across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. First place teams advancing to the state competition include: Brill Elementary- Laugh Art Loud Team, Brill Elementary- Going to Extremes Team, Benignus Elementary- Going to Extremes Team, Doerre Intermediate- Going to Extremes Team, Doerre Intermediate- Pitch & Play Team, Doerre Intermediate- Laugh Art Loud Team, Metzler Elementary- Pitch & Play Team, Hassler Elementary- Pandemonium Team, Northampton Elementary- Pandemonium Team, Northampton Elementary- Going to Extremes Team and Benignus Elementary- The Tension Builds Team. Congratulations to these students and to all students who competed in the recent competition. Click here for a list of student competitors.

Wunderlich Intermediate Hosts FMA Live! Forces in Motion
Mar 04 2014 - 02:14:00 pm

On Monday, March 3, 2014, Wunderlich Intermediate hosted the FMA Live! Forces in Motion show. The FMA Live! Forces in Motion show is an award winning, traveling hip-hop science education show that teaches Newton’s Universal law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Honeywell and NASA created FMA Live! to inspire middle school students to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and careers. 

“It was really fun and gave a good visual to what we were learning,” said 7th grade student volunteer Trevon Hardy. “I’m more intrigued about science now and will definitely pay more attention,” he added. 

Student and teacher volunteers were able to take an active part in the show by participating in demonstrations such as a sticky wall, and extreme sumo wrestling to re-enact the different Laws of Motion. 

"My hope is that for the 6th and 7th grade students it hooked their interest in physics and showed them how math and science work interdependently," said Wunderlich science teacher, Kimberly Echols. "I hope that our students are able to enjoy the learning experience and to see how science can be used in every day life," she added.

For more information about FMA Live! Forces in Motion, click here. To see a photo album of the event, click here.

Klein ISD District Spelling Bee Results
Mar 04 2014 - 02:09:00 pm

In mid-February, the Klein ISD hosted the 2014 District Elementary & Intermediate Spelling Bees. Richard Le, a fourth grade student at Mueller Elementary was declared the elementary winner and Syed Jafri, a third grade student at Greenwood Forest Elementary was the runner up. Mohammad Khan, an eighth grade student at Kleb Intermediate won the intermediate spelling bee and the runner-up was Andres Ayerbe, Doerre Intermediate, sixth grade student. Le and Khan will represent Klein ISD at each level respectively, in the Houston PBS Spelling Bee scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting in Houston. This event will be televised. The winners of the Houston PBS Spelling Bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington D.C.

Klein Students Cast in Local Community Theatre Production
Mar 04 2014 - 02:03:00 pm

Fifteen students from various Klein ISD elementary, intermediate and high schools have been chosen to perform in Into the Woods, Jr. at Playhouse 1960, a local community theatre. Congratulations to the following students: Will Ashworth, Finley Bell, Gareth Bell, Cole Caldwell, Emma Caldwell, Andrew Enloe, Ryan Esparza, Nick Grant, Aaron Herrera, Nicholas Lammey, Olivia Simpson, Elisabeth Thomas, Karoline Thomas, Timothy Thomas and Jada Vera. 

“Through this rehearsal process, I have watched every single one of these kids demonstrate an amazing level of talent that often takes decades to perfect,” said director Andrea Luyties. “I couldn't be more proud of the artistry we are seeing being created by children at one of the oldest community theatre venues in the Northwest area.” 

The students will be performing on weekends from March 15 through April 6. For more information, click here

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