Klein News
Vistas High School Program Now Accepting Applications
Apr 24 2015 - 02:40:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – The Klein ISD’s Vistas High School Program is now accepting applications for the fall of 2015. The program is a school of choice that provides a graduation oppurtunity for students who might be struggling in the traditional setting or might otherwise drop out without some change in their school experience.

Applications for admission are due by May 7, 2015. Applicants should have attended a traditional high school for at least one year before applying to Vistas. Application and interview are required. Admission is free and bus transportation is provided with pick up and return services to the students’ home high school campuses.

Applications can be found in the “Quicklinks” drop down menu located at the top right of the Vistas High School Program web page (http://vistas.kleinisd.net).

If you have questions, please call Peggy Ekster, Vistas High School Program director, at 832-484-7660.
Klein High Senior Receives National Merit Scholarship
Apr 24 2015 - 02:38:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Senior Claire M. Deacon was awarded a scholarship this past week from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Over 1.4 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

“I was really proud of myself,” Deacon, who plans to attend either the University of Texas or the University of Oklahoma to study Petroleum Engineering, said. “I was also very surprised and thankful. Not many people are awarded a scholarship by the NMSC. My family is very happy for me, but also a little shocked.”

Deacon’s scholarship is sponsored by Aon Corporation, an international, strategically-diverse company headquartered in Chicago.

By the conclusion of the 2015 competition, about 7,600 finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling about $34 million. Winners are judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
District theater programs earn 5 Tommy Tune Awards, 29 nominations
Apr 22 2015 - 03:06:00 pm

KLEIN, TX – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) held its 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts April 21. During the Tony Awards-style ceremony, Klein ISD schools were honored for their 29 overall nominations and, at the conclusion of the awards ceremony, exited the stage with five Tommy Tune Awards.

Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers. TUTS evaluated 45 Houston-area high school productions before a team of Houston-based theatre professionals nominated 164 participants in 15 award categories.

Klein Oak Cast & CrewAt the event, Klein Oak senior Alec Michael Ryan was named Best Leading Actor for his role as Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Ryan will compete in New York at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards against 30 other aspiring actors in June.

“I see this incredible honor not only as an award to an individual, but conversely a true testament to the support and dedication of the Klein Oak family,” Ryan said. “From our parents to our incredible staff and administration, we are supported in everything we do and that inspires us every day to not only be the best performers we can be, but the best people we can be.”

Klein Oak Theater Director Matthew Robinson mirrored Ryan’s excitement for the award.

“It is overwhelming to see a student, who is a picture of the collaborative nature of fine arts at Klein Oak High School, receive this honor,” Robinson said. “Alec takes dance, choir, and theatre at Klein Oak and to see all three art forms meet together in a student shows not only the strength of the student but also the fine arts staff as a team.”

Klein High Cast & CrewTaking home four of the five Tommy Tune Awards for Klein ISD was Klein High School’s production of Les Miserables School Edition. Klein High received the Tommy Tune Award for Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Musical Direction. For his portrayal of Enjolras in Klein High’s Les Miserables, senior Raheem Maughn received the Tommy Tune Award for Best Featured Performer.

“I could feel the adrenaline running through my veins when I heard my name called,” Maughn said. “I was thinking of all the hard work we all put in. All the rehearsals. All the backstage work the crew does that no one sees. All that was flashing back when they called me up. It was a fantastic experience.”

Wrapping up Klein High’s awards blitz, senior MarShae Morris received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue theatre at Brigham Young University.  For their nominations for Best Musical, both Klein High and Klein Oak performed numbers from their musicals during the award ceremony. Klein ISD Director of Fine Arts Monte K. Mast attended the awards ceremony.

“TUTS makes it a wonderful experience for the students,” Mast said. “It’s a tremendous experience to perform on that stage in front of such a talented audience. Our students put on a great show.”

Featured in the Best Leading Actor Nominee Medley were Ephraim Tallerine (KFHS), Brett Baker (KHS), Ian Tonroy (KHS), and Alec Michael Ryan (KOHS). Featured in the Best Leading Actress Nominee Medley were Hallie Chapman (KCHS) and MarShae Morris (KHS).

The awards show will air on TV Sunday, June 21 at noon on Channel 13.

2015 Tommy Tune Nominations and Awards for Klein ISD 

Best Musical:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Best Leading Actor:
Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ephraim Tallerine as Chairman/Sapsea/Hitchens
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Brett Baker as Marius
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Ian Tonroy as Javert
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Alec Michael Ryan as Lawrence (Tommy Tune Award Winner)

Best Leading Actress:
Klein Collins High School, Pippin, Hallie Chapman as Leading Player
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, MarShae Morris as Fantine

Best Supporting Actor:
Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Raul Alberto as Bazzard/Bax
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Nicholas Lammey as Thénardier

Best Featured Performer:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Raheem Maughn as Enjolras (Tommy Tune Award Winner)
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sophia Clarke as Jolene

Best Ensemble/Chorus:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition

Best Scenic Design:
Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition (Tommy Tune Award Winner)

Best Costume Design:
Klein Collins High School, Pippin
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition

Best Lighting Design:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition (Tommy Tune Award Winner)

Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition

Best Musical Direction:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition (Tommy Tune Award Winner)
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Best Orchestra:
Klein Collins High School, Pippin
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Best Choreography:
Klein Collins High School, Pippin
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Best Direction:
Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition
Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Family Fitness Fair Provides Entertainment for All Ages
Apr 20 2015 - 02:34:00 pm

Don’t miss the 4th annual Kleinwell Family Fitness Fair taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Klein Memorial Stadium. This event is free to everyone and will include entertainment and demonstrations for all ages.


The event will kick off with a One Mile Fun Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. Lots of prizes will be offered for male and female winners. Prizes for craziest tennis shoes, craziest socks and coolest sun glasses will also be given away during the race. To learn more or to register, click here.


The fair is sponsored by Next Level Urgent Care and will feature more than 50 door prizes including a bike from Sun & Ski Sports. BoBo Bouncers and Moonwalks will once again provide bounce houses, obstacle courses and more for people of all ages. Don’t miss local vendors including Top Golf and Sprouts Farmers Market, health demonstrations, Houston Texans Cheerleaders, the Klein ISD STEAM Express and many more.


For more information, click here.  

Lemm Students Lead After-School Puppet Show
Apr 20 2015 - 02:29:00 pm

While waiting for their child care bus after school, a group of about 30 Lemm Elementary School students is treated to a puppet show led by a group of fourth grade students.


“We started handing out stickers, but the kids got really bored with that so we changed it up by starting a puppet show,” said Abby Chambers, one of the creators.


These fourth grade students got the idea from a puppet in a teacher’s classroom. Borrowing it and others from the counselor’s office, they have been able to entertain students while they are waiting for their bus. Each day’s show features a different theme such as anti-bullying or something more interactive such as becoming a superhero.


The shows are created and led entirely by this small group of students. This group even acquired a refrigerator box and spent several weeks after school converting it into a decorated puppet stage.


 “I like participating because it’s something for us to do as well,” said Myah Ellison, fourth grade student and puppeteer.

Student Receives Volunteer Award
Apr 20 2015 - 02:26:00 pm

Congratulations to Klein Forest senior Venkata Adusumilli, who has been awarded a President’s Volunteer Service Award which recognizes people of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.


Adusumilli is a member of the Klein Forest Interact Community Service Organization and has helped coordinate and implement service projects for the school and for the community, supporting causes such as Spina Bifida, Polio, breast cancer, child hunger, child literacy and many more.


“At Klein Forest High School we dedicate ourselves to providing learning opportunities for our students in order to respond to the needs of the community and to deepen student awareness of social issues through direct learning,” said Jarrod Collins, Interact Community Service Organization sponsor. “We encourage students to make a lifelong commitment to responsible citizenship and community involvement.”

Elementary Students Make Videos to Teach Peers
Apr 15 2015 - 02:47:00 pm
Supergirl is teaching electrical engineering in room 728 and Starfire is teaching decimal division in the room next door. It’s a normal Monday morning for the Zebras.

Students in the 5th grade bilingual program are making tutorial videos as part of their service-learning project. Zwink Elementary principal Jenny McGown said staff decided to focus on service learning this year to teach students leadership skills.

“What we are trying to do is train kids to utilize their leadership skills to help other people,” McGown said. “We have been asking them the question, ‘What is the problem here?’ and ‘What can you do to help solve the problem?’ The idea of making these tutorial videos came from a student who used that process.”

Using superhero names to make the videos more fun, students produce their videos to teach the concepts they have mastered in class to their peers.

According to McGown, the videos can be viewed in class as well as at home and allow students to receive targeted instruction using the same methodology that is used in class.

“Our students started noticing that within their classroom and within their grade level, different students were mastering different concepts at different speeds,” she said. “Some students were able to pick up a concept the first time and were awesome at teaching it and some students were having a harder time and needed to see it multiple times to master the concept.”

Fifth grade bilingual teacher Kathy Vergara said these videos are helping more than just the viewer.

“By making these videos, students are building their vocabulary in a way I’ve never seen before,” she said. “They are having to explain complex concepts to their classmates using vocabulary they have learned in class. This process helps them to retain that knowledge.”

In Vergara’s classroom, students can be found working in small groups in every corner of the room. In the reading nook, two students use an iPad to film each other teaching math concepts. On a table in the back of the room, three students work together to make and film a working electrical circuit.

Vergara, a member of the Klein ISD Transform Academy where teachers learn about transforming the way kids engage with instruction and re-teaching, said she has high hopes for the program.

“I would love to see this program expand to the whole district where students could search a database and find current strategies taught by students in their own language,” she said. “Other classes and grades at Zwink have already started to adopt the program in their classes.”

According to McGown, this program is already a success at Zwink Elementary.

“I think it’s wonderful that this program is giving students a powerful voice,” she said. “It’s letting them be part of the solution to the problem that teachers and educators face in trying to educate everyone and achieve a high level of educational excellence for everyone.”
Creating a Culture of Wellness
Apr 15 2015 - 01:55:00 pm

In August of 2008, the Kleinwell Healthy Living Program was launched by Winni Attaway, Klein ISD Wellness Coordinator.  By helping employees become proactive about their health, many lives have greatly improved and in some cases, been saved thanks to this program.


“The program has also increased employee morale, reduced absenteeism, improved productivity, and provided healthy role models for the Klein students,” said Attaway.  “Both teachers and students have a better chance of being successful when they feel good every day.”


The Kleinwell Healthy Living Program provides preventive services that help employees not miss work.  This year employees have been able to receive flu vaccines, Tdap vaccines, Pneumonia vaccines, health screenings, and on-site mammograms.  In addition, employees have participated in healthy eating challenges, exercise challenges, and attended healthy living seminars featuring doctors, nutritionists, and professionals in the health industry who have shared information on various health topics. 


Klein ISD was honored by The Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s healthiest places to work in 2013 and 2014. The success of the Kleinwell program can be attributed to strong senior leadership support by Dr. Jim Cain, Superintendent of Klein ISD, a diverse and committed wellness committee, and at least one wellness ambassador at each district office and campus.  The wellness ambassadors each have a desire to help others improve their overall health and well-being.  They attend meetings and then share information, educate, and encourage the employees on their campuses to participate in the Kleinwell program. The overall goal of the Kleinwell program is to create a culture of wellness in Klein ISD and the Klein community. 


The upcoming Kleinwell Family Fitness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Klein Memorial Stadium ,16715 Stuebner-Airline Rd., Klein, Texas. It is a great opportunity for families to have fun together.  The free health fair for the entire Klein community features more than 40 community vendors, moonwalks, games, obstacle course, water slide, rock climbing, music, lots of giveaways, prizes, and much more.  There is also a Kleinwell One Mile Fun Run/Walk for all ages.  Registration is $10 and includes a t-shirt, awards, and prizes.  To register visit https://kleinisd.schoolcashonline.com, click on items, click on 4th Annual Kleinwell One Mile Fun Run/Walk.


You can stay up to date on all Kleinwell community activities by following Kleinwell on Facebook at Kleinwell Healthy Living Program or contact Winni Attaway at 832.249.4162 or wattaway@kleinisd.net.

Art Students to Receive Recognition from Pearl Fincher Museum
Apr 15 2015 - 12:23:00 pm
Twenty-five Klein ISD students will receive recognition for their artwork that was entered in the ninth annual Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts juried Student Art Contest. The contest, which is held each spring, recognizes the artistic achievements of students in Northwest Houston. Each year, students are honored at the contest awards ceremony and their artwork is featured in an exhibition at the museum. All public, private, and home school students in grades K-12 from Aldine, Conroe, Cy-Fair, Klein, Magnolia, Spring, and Tomball are invited to participate.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Forum on April 19, 2015, at 4 p.m. located at 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring 77379. A reception will follow at the Pearl Fincher Museum, 6815 Cypresswood Drive, Spring 77379 (adjacent to the Forum). Student artwork will be on display at the Pearl Fincher Museum from April 9 – 25, 2015. Congratulations to the following students:

District’s Robotics Team Invited to World Championships
Apr 15 2015 - 12:22:00 pm
The 12 member district robotics team, the KleinBOTs, have been invited to compete in the 2015 First Robotics World Championship in St. Louis from April 22 - 25, 2015. KleinBOTs consists of students who attend all four high schools and this is the first time the group has achieved this honor.

The KleinBOTs have worked to improve their knowledge and skills since the start of the 2014-15 academic year. The team designed, built, and competed with a robot in this year's "Recycle Rush" themed competitions. Through their performance in regional competitions in Dallas, Lubbock, and Houston, and with support from the Klein ISD, community businesses, mentors, and families, the group is gearing up for the national competition. The team has shown their robots at various local events in order to educate the community about robots, STEM disciplines, and the enthusiasm of Klein ISD students.
Klein Oak’s French Symposium Team Takes State
Apr 15 2015 - 12:21:00 pm

For the third consecutive year, the Klein Oak French team, earned the state championship at the Texas French Symposium held in March. The team competed against 37 other high schools which included more than 1,000 students from all over Texas. Klein Oak students earned top rankings in oral events, academic tests, fine arts, and performing arts.

The Klein Oak students placed among the top students in each category and won first place overall in the large school division. In addition, Christian Bernard (senior) and Clelia Piperno (junior) were named two of the top 10 overall students at the symposium, receiving third and fourth place respectively. Members of the Klein Oak Symposium include:

Zwink Named National School of Character Finalist
Apr 13 2015 - 12:47:00 pm

Zwink students are taught core values to promote a character-based culture.  Zwink Elementary was named a National School of Character Finalist for 2015 for their core values.KLEIN, TX – Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership) named Zwink Elementary a State School of Character for the 2015 school year in February. Last week, Character.org selected Zwink Elementary as a National School of Character Finalist for 2015.

The National School of Character award is given to schools that focus on demonstrating effective implementation of the principles of character education as outlined in “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education” published by the national Character Education Partnership.

As a part of its Schools of Character program, Character.org recognizes Pre-K through 12th grade schools and districts that demonstrate that character development is having a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. Since the program’s launch in 1998, over 5,000 schools and districts have participated in Character.org’s Schools of Character process.

“Zwink is extremely proud to be recognized as a Texas State School of Character and as a finalist for National School of Character by Character.org,” said Janet Watson, counselor. “Our efforts in establishing a school culture that builds character and academic greatness in all of our students is paying off.”

Zwink is being recognized for their Zwink Core Values that provide for building a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development: its caring school community, its initiative in service learning, its meaningful and challenging academic curriculum, the collaborative efforts and leadership of the entire school community in character education, and the partnership of its families and community members.

The development of Zwink’s character-based culture began before the school was opened in 2012. Since that time, school staff has continued to build a school culture founded on their core values and guided by the “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education” as outlined by Character.org.

“Zwink is so excited to be honored as a National School of Character finalist,” said Jenny McGown, principal. “This recognition is the culmination of an entire community of stakeholders working together to define and live our Zwink core values and to prioritize character education.  Our school community is proof that when we work together to develop students’ character and leadership skills, a positive, successful school culture is developed for all.”

Schools that are named “State Schools of Character” based on the initial application review process go on to the national evaluation process that includes site visits by the Character.org staff, conference calls, and analysis of the impact of their character-related efforts on academics, student behavior, and school culture as part of the consideration to be named a National School of Character.

“The entire Zwink community is extremely excited by this honor,” McGown said. “It was a team effort to achieve this distinction and it’s a joy to share this accomplishment together."

The 2015 National Schools of Character will be announced in May. Character.org will honor these schools and districts at a press event in Washington, D.C. in May and during the 22nd National Forum on Character Education, to be held Oct 16 & 17, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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