Klein ISD Board of Trustees Unanimously Names Dr. Bret A. Champion as Lone Finalist for Superintendent
Apr 28 2016 - 04:55:00 pm
Klein ISD Board of Trustees voted today to name Bret A. Champion, Ed.D. as the
lone finalist for Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Champion’s naming comes after a six-month nationwide search which
began when long-time Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain announced his retirement. Approximately 50 candidates applied to lead
the 50,600 student district in northwest Harris County.
Champion has served for the last eight years as the Superintendent of Leander
ISD, a fast-growth district outside of Austin, Texas, with currently more than
37,000 students and 4,500 employees. Dr.
Champion has been a part of Leander ISD for 23 years, previously working as an
assistant superintendent, executive director, principal, assistant principal
and teacher. Dr. Champion began his
career in the second corps of Teach for America, teaching in elementary schools
in Houston and Baton Rouge, La.
ISD Board President Steve Smith stated, “The Board of Trustees has worked hard
the last six months to find the best candidate to continue this District’s past
successes and lead us into new ones. We
thank the hundreds of community members and staff who gave valuable input into
the process. We are so fortunate that
Dr. Cain, his team, and our public have positioned this District as a
destination that attracts the very best.
And we believe that Dr. Champion is indeed the very best. We are eager for Dr. Champion and our Klein
community to begin to get to know each other and work together in the continued
best interests of our children.”
Dr. Champion’s leadership, Leander ISD has significantly closed the achievement
gap on graduation rates, increased elementary school literacy through community
partnerships, and increased participation and academic achievement on AP, SAT,
ACT and PSAT exams, as well as increased performance on IB exams. Over the past eight years, Dr. Champion has
managed a 30% increase in student growth and the district opened nine new
campuses. With Leander ISD having the
highest teacher retention rate among comparable Central Texas districts, Dr.
Champion has focused on ensuring a strong organizational culture based on
continuous feedback and improvement. Smith further stated, “We are especially
impressed with Dr. Champion’s successes in improved student performance as
student achievement is our primary goal.”
Champion earned his Doctor of Education at the University of Texas, his Master
of Education at Texas State University, and his Bachelor of Arts at the
University of Houston. Dr. Champion and
his wife, Marcee, also an educator, have two sons in college.
Champion stated, “I am so excited to be asked to join the Klein ISD
family. Klein’s culture and heritage are
unparalleled, and your successes both in the classroom and in extracurricular
activities are renowned throughout the state.
I look forward to working with the Board, staff, students, parents and
community of Klein ISD as we strive for continued academic excellence and
personal growth for all Klein ISD students.
Together, we will continue the tradition of making Klein students future
Texas law requires a 21 day period between the naming
of a lone finalist and the final selection of a superintendent. The Klein ISD Board is scheduled to take a
final vote on May 23.
Homegrown Employee Crowned Klein ISD Elementary Principal of the Year
Apr 28 2016 - 10:27:00 am
KLEIN, TX – She has vast knowledge about education, is tech savvy, a champion for her students and staff, and has the greatest rosy disposition. Her name is Dayna Hernandez, and she is the 2016 Klein ISD Elementary Principal of the Year.
Hernandez, who is now the principal at Mahaffey Elementary, earned this distinction during a principal's meeting this spring.
“To develop as a leader is a process, and to be surrounded by such quality educators and principals, this was the most humbling experience and award I have ever received throughout my entire career,” she expressed.
Hernandez is a homegrown product, having attended Theiss Elementary, Doerre Intermediate, and Klein High School. She received advice and encouragement from a beloved Klein High School English teacher, Sally Lane. Lane told Hernandez to harness her two greatest gifts and mold and cultivate them for her future career field.
“I am a proud Klein product, and I share that with everyone!” she exclaimed. “My senior English teacher, Sally Lane, inspired me to utilize my gifts of speech and relationship building in my future career choice. In college, I developed a love for education and poured both gifts into this field wholeheartedly.”
Hernandez has nearly 20 years in the Klein ISD and has worked as a teacher (Kuehnle Elementary), district technology trainer, assistant principal (Theiss Elementary and Krimmel Intermediate), and principal (Brill and Mahaffey Elementary schools). Hernandez stated that she is forever grateful to the people who shaped and molded her, throughout those years.
In those positions, her goal remained constant – to do what is in the best interests of children. This objective served her well as the former principal at Brill Elementary.
“She is a visionary leader, and I enjoy working with her,” stated Brill Elementary teacher Stacey Teer. “She brings out the greatness in everyone, and she helps teachers bring out the best in their kids.”
Before her selection as the Mahaffey principal (which opens August 2016), Hernandez served as the Brill Elementary principal for more than four years.
“I listened to staff, parents, and the community and learned what they wanted,” she said. “I made sure to spend a lot of time thinking about the needs of students and how to grow great students and teachers. Because of that, I feel that Brill is a model campus. Many different campuses have come to observe what we do at Brill to build successful students.”
Hernandez, who is an avid reader, spends a lot of time reading and researching how to best prepare kids for jobs in the future and how best to integrate technology throughout the learning process.
“Parents trust me to be their child’s mother while the are with me eight hours a day,” said Hernandez. “That’s a blessing and a privilege, so I get to know them at a personal level, and we personalize education for our students.”
During her tenure at Brill, she implemented several programs to benefit students and staff.
“She did great things for Brill,” expressed Teer. “She wrote a Klein ISD Education Foundation grant to transform our library with Makerspaces. We received a Chromebook pilot for students in the fourth grade, had the campus selected for a Google Classroom pilot, started a web club, and a code club. With the help of the community, a track and garden were installed at our campus.”
Hernandez plans to continue this good work at Mahaffey.
“It has been a great year for me,” said Hernandez. “I want Mahaffey students to have the same feeling as my students at Brill. Meaning, that Mahaffey is a great place to be a kid. It is an awesome responsibility and exciting at the same time because I am creating a legacy that will be here for years to come!”
Bailey has always known there was something special about Klein ISD. It’s where
he took his first teaching position, where he served as an administrator, and where
he has now been named the 2016 District Secondary Principal of the Year.
was like watching the lottery,” said Bailey. “Seeing all of the different
pieces of the puzzle come together when they announced it was me, was truly a
has served in Klein ISD for 12 years where he was worked in many capacities.
His first teaching job was at Klein High School, and worked as an assistant and
associate principal at Doerre, Klein Oak and Klein Collins. He has served as
the principal at Ulrich for the past three years.
says that this recognition has made him reflect on the people he’s had a chance
to work with and work for over the years.
had some amazing mentors; Randy Kirk, Cissy Saccomanno, and Ron Webster,” he
said. “Each one has their leadership style and being able to work with each
one, I’ve been able to choose different things that work for me.”
he has classroom experience with high school age students, Bailey says that
working with intermediate kids is his passion. He recognizes that this is a
unique time for the students he serves and that he has a lot of influence on
have an opportunity each day to work with students and help them find the best
ways to handle situations,” said Bailey. “We also have an amazing staff that
really goes out of their way to build relationships with students, which helps students
learn during this time of their life.”
are very knowledgeable with technology and at Ulrich, they embrace this changing
environment. They try to make learning opportunities using the latest
technology for staff and students and Bailey says that sometimes students are
teaching the teachers. Ulrich is in the early stages of setting up Skype
stations that will bring the real world directly to students.
says that it was hard leaving the classroom for administration but has made a
promise to himself, his staff and students to always be accessible and visible.
He makes the time to be in the hallways and in classrooms to support his
students and teachers. He says they know that he is there for them. This helps
students understand that what they do each day is very important.
“I truly am privileged to
have an amazing staff and students,” said Bailey. “I tell my staff the reason
this took place is because of them.”
KLEIN, TX – Zwink Elementary has joined the
ranks of an elite group. The school is one of only eight elementary schools in
Texas to earn the title of Model PLC (Professional Learning Community) school.
"This honor represents the recognition of
an entire team's effort over the last four years to live our campus mantra of
high expectations and high support for every child, every day," said Katie
Turner, Zwink Elementary principal.
Zwink is the first elementary in Klein ISD to
receive this honor and is the only elementary school in the Greater-Houston
area designated as a Model PLC school.
The PLC model, which focuses on improving
student achievement through collaboration among staff, was implemented upon
Zwink’s opening in 2012 as part of the framework of the school’s daily
"Given how hard the Zwink team has worked
to build a true professional learning community since its opening in 2012,
members of the former and current leadership team collaborated on the
application to celebrate the amazing work happening at Zwink,” Turner added.
The team worked on submitting Zwink’s Model PLC
school application with founding principal Jenny McGown.
"I am so proud of the entire collaborative
community at Zwink," said McGown, former Zwink principal and current
Executive Director of Student Performance for Klein ISD. "This exceptional
team of educators has served students as a true professional learning community
since the school's opening.”
To receive this honor, Zwink had to demonstrate
a commitment to PLC concepts and implement those ideas for at least three
years. Even while going through a change in leadership, the school stayed the
course and continued their PLC efforts.
"The outcome of the team's collective
efforts is an exceptionally positive school culture, a relentless commitment to
Zwink's core values, and educational excellence for all students," McGown
added. "The honor is incredibly well-deserved."
As a model school, Zwink Elementary’s PLC story
has been included in an online database and may be called upon to help other
schools improve their education efforts in the future.
Klein Collins Student Named National Merit Scholarship Winner
Apr 25 2016 - 12:44:00 pm
than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored
National Merit Scholarship awards financed by corporations, company
foundations, and other business organizations. Klein Collins’ Eshaan Patel was
named a recipient of the National Merit New York Life Family Scholarship.
were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National
Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of scholarship sponsors. Most of
these scholarships are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate
study and provide annual stipends. Recipients can use their awards at any
regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.
Last week’s inclement weather led to the
cancellation of the Theater Under the Stars Tommy Tune Awards ceremony,
however; that didn’t rain on the parade of Klein theater students. The awards
ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook and Klein ISD students took home some
In 2002, Theater Under the Stars created the
Tommy Tune Awards in honor of the native Houstonian and nine-time Tony award
winner who has performed, directed, and choreographed many Broadway hit
musicals. The awards aim to recognize high school students for their musical
theater productions. Congratulations to the following students:
Klein Collins High School – Carleigh Newland:
$3,000 scholarship winner
Klein Oak High School – Best Orchestra
Klein High School – Sarah Harter: Best Supporting
Actress for her role as Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Klein ISD is proud to recognize six students
who recently won awards in the Pearl Fincher Student Art Contest. This contest
is held each spring and recognizes the artistic achievement of students in
Northwest Houston. On average, 300 entries are received each year and only 27
students are selected. Students in all grade levels from Aldine ISD, Conroe
ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Klein ISD, Magnolia ISD, Spring ISD, and Tomball ISD are
encouraged to participate, as well as students enrolled in private and home
Congratulations to the following students:
Mittelstädt Elementary: Reese Robinson, First
Place, Division III, for “The Blossom”; teacher Ruth Ackermann
Klenk Elementary: Melody Edwards, Third Place,
Division III, for “Fantasy Power”; teacher Tiffany Robinson
Blackshear Elementary: Tessa Nieto Alvarez,
Jurors’ Selection, Division III, for “Colorful Turtle”; teacher Jodi Territo
Doerre Intermediate: Erin Del Paggio, Second
Place, Division II, for “Three Faces of Creative Expression”; teacher Lorraine
Klein High School: Madileine Malo, Jurors’
Selection, Division I, for “Winter Crane”; teacher Jessica Hamilton
Klein Oak High School: Ashley Huang,
Jurors’ Selection, Division I, for “The Coat”; teacher Jennifer Schiebel
Klein Students Named Finalists in Writing Competition
Apr 25 2016 - 12:38:00 pm
ISD intermediate students were named finalists in the Houston/Harris
County Do the Write Thing Challenge. This academic, anti-violence
program provides students with the relational tools necessary to combat
violence in their lives. Students communicate how they can make a
difference, by example, and do the right thing in stopping violence. This
year, student writers submitted almost 14,000 pieces from 97 area schools.
Congratulations to the following students:
Doerre Intermediate: Sandra Calderon and Joshua
Kleb Intermediate: Kristina Gusman and Victor
Schindewolf Intermediate: Tyler Taylor and Mia
Strack Intermediate: Kennedy Lightfoot and Luis
observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library
Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to
celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to
promote use and support of our libraries.
April 11, Klein ISD participated in the Sharing the Read Aloud Experience, a
program that encourages reading together at home. Students listened to district
personnel or high school students read several books by Eve
12, National Library Workers Day, is a day to celebrate the contributions of
librarians and assistants. Klein ISD employs 49 full-time librarians and 40
half-time library assistants. School librarians certified in Texas are required
to have a Master’s degree and at least two years classroom teaching experience.
These leaders assist students in finding books, helping with research projects,
and helping teachers find resources to use in their classrooms.
ISD libraries consist of 640,079 physical books and 3,488 eBooks on OverDrive. From
Aug. 2015 – March 2016, over 1 million books were checked out, and more than
43,000 eBooks were downloaded from Klein ISD libraries. Through StudentNet,
students also have access to an online resource portal that supports all
learning content areas.
provide technology for students and staff including audiobooks, computers,
iPads, Chromebooks, cameras and more. Several Klein ISD libraries are
Makerspaces that incorporate the use of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
and Math (STEAM) learning. Our libraries also host book fairs, book clubs,
coding clubs, and more.
week, take the time to thank our librarians and librarian assistants!
Due to a slight scheduling conflict, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees has altered the superintendent search schedule. The timeline for the second round of superintendent interviews and a special meeting to name the lone superintendent finalist are rescheduled for the latter part of April. The Board will now meet in late May to approve the employment contract for the new Klein ISD superintendent. Listed below is the updated schedule. For more information, visithttp://kisd.us/kleinsuptsearch2016.
Klein Oak wins state championship at Texas French Symposium
Apr 11 2016 - 04:58:00 pm
Klein Oak High School students participated in the Texas French Symposium on April 1-2 where they won the state championship for the fourth consecutive year. The students and teachers spent six months preparing to compete against more than 900 students from across 40 schools 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. Three of the top ten overall students were from Klein Oak: Clelia Piperno, 1st; Sofia Piperno, 7th; and Alexandra Varkarotas, 9th.
Each year, the top three students in the competition are awarded a three-week long, all-expense paid trip to France sponsored by ORCA and the French Consulate. This year one of these three trips was awarded to Clelia Piperno.
On March 25-26, 2016, the Miss Houston/Miss Houston Teen 2016 Pageant was held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel. Klein High junior Mary Frances Nance was crowned as Miss Houston Teen 2016 as well as Swimsuit and Most Photogenic Winner. Contestants also included Klein High senior Zoie Estay, who finished in the Top 10, Klein High junior Lauren Ferrell and Klein Forest senior Joanna Perea. Estay and Ferrell will be competing in Kemah at the end of the month and Nance will be competing in the Miss Teen Texas Pageant this November.
District Ranked in Top 10 for Digital School Survey
Apr 07 2016 - 10:03:00 am
ISD was again ranked in the top 10 participating districts for the Digital
School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National
School Boards Association.
Digital School Districts Survey top-ten rankings are awarded to the school
boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the
evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All
U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate in the Digital School
annual survey questions incorporate the latest technology trends and allow
district leaders to utilize the survey instrument as a quick self-assessment
tool to compare their own districts’ use of technology against national trends,”
said National School Boards Association Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel.
April 11 the Klein ISD will participate in Sharing
the Read Aloud Experience in conjunction with the Texas Reads One Book initiative. This program encourages reading
together at home by providing every school with tools, resources, guidance and
year, classrooms at every Klein ISD elementary, intermediate, and high school
campus will listen to one of several picture books by Eve
Bunting being read aloud by either district personnel, or high school
learn more about the Texas Reads One Book
here. For more information on how your child’s campus will participate,
please contact the school.
Kohrville Elementary student Adam Wilfong earned the rank of Eagle Scout on
March 28, 2016. Staff and students at Kohrville are reaping the benefits of his
landscaping project. Wilfong organized a team that replaced trees in the front
of the school and added a flowerbed with blooming flowers.
currently attends Tomball Memorial High School where he is active in the
National Honor Society, plays in the marching band, wind symphony, jazz band,
jazz ensemble, and combined orchestra. He has been involved with the Boy Scouts
since first grade and currently serves as the Junior Assistant Scout Master for
Troop 928. He is actively involved in his youth group at Prince of Peace
am very proud to say that I was his music teacher before becoming an
administrator,” said Kohrville principal Vicki Bland. “Kohrville has always
been special to him and knowing he wanted to give back to this community made
this project even more special to us.”
Klein ISD Vistas High School Program is now accepting applications for the
2016-17 school year. The program is a school of choice that provides an
opportunity for students to graduate. Vistas is open to all Klein ISD students;
however, applicants must have attended a traditional high school for at least
one year prior to applying.
are due May 2, 2016. Click here to apply and to learn more about the Vistas program, click here.
to Klein ISD Board of Trustees member Georgan Reitmeier who was recently
elected to a three-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
Board of Directors, representing Region 4, position A.
a TASB Board member, I am privileged to have the opportunity to advocate for
all learners, their teachers and support staff,” said Reitmeier. “We get to
work together in achieving the vision of creating academic environments where
students can develop exemplary character and reach their full potential in
becoming lifelong learners.”
has been involved with Klein ISD for 30 years, serving more than 15 years as a
parent volunteer and 15 years as an employee with the Early Childhood
Intervention (ECI) Keep Pace program. Reitmeierwaselectedtothe KleinISDBoardofTrustees in 2005. Shehasalsobeen named PresidentoftheGulfCoast Area Association of School Boards and serves on
the Board of Trustees for the Lone Star Investment Pool. Reitmeier earned
master trustee certification from Leadership TASB.
Family Fun & Health Fair Returns for its Fifth Year
Apr 05 2016 - 04:11:00 pm
5th annual Kleinwell Family Fun and Health Fair, sponsored by
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, is set for Saturday, April 30, 2016, at
Klein Memorial Stadium. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and is free
and open to the community. There will be over 100 health and wellness booths,
exhibits, and free health screenings.
goal is for everyone attending the fair to have a great time and to promote a
culture of wellness throughout our school district and our community at the
same time,” said Kleinwell Healthy Living Program coordinator Winni Attaway.
“After spending the morning with fitness experts, physicians, nutritionists,
and other health specialists, you will be able to walk away with information to
help your family lead a healthier lifestyle.”
of this year’s fair include physicians available to answer your health-related
questions. Fitness demonstrations including Zumba, Jazzercise, and kickboxing
will be presented. The Klein ISD STEAM Express will be on hand providing tours
of the state-of-the-art mobile classroom. The Klein ISD Police Department will
have their “Street Smarts” program complete with the “Red Man Suit” to teach
self-defense tactics. As always, the fair will feature a Kid Zone complete with
face painting, balloon animals, games, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle
courses provided by BoBo Bouncers.
additional feature to this year’s fair will be the Wunderlich Farm Farmers
Market complete, with fresh local produce, local honey, organic snack mixes and
coffee, artesian breads and pastries, salsa, all-natural pet treats, soaps and
other skin care products. Barrel Creations of Texas will be on-site making
furniture and home décor.
farmers market used to be a way of life,” said Living History Educator and
Wunderlich Farm historian Steve Baird. “By combining the Farmers Market and the
Health Fair we are moving beyond our walls of the museum to introduce products
to a larger audience. It’s one thing to exercise, but if you aren’t eating
healthy as well, you are only doing half the work. This is a great way to get
out and support our local farmers and small businesses by eating local and shopping
fair will provide something of interest for everyone including a silent auction
with gift cards and gift baskets with proceeds benefiting the Kleinwell Healthy
out and enjoy a morning full of fun and entertainment for all ages. Click
here for more information.
more than 30 years of coaching experience, Rosemary Rhodes earned her 500th
career win this season with the Klein Collins softball team.
am thankful to all my players, students and family members that have given me
the opportunity to be a part of their lives by coaching them,” said Rhodes.
has been with Klein Collins as the head softball coach for the past eight years
and also assists with the volleyball team. Previously, she served as the head
volleyball and softball coach, and the women’s athletic coordinator at Angleton
High School for 25 years. She spent one year at the University of Houston as
the assistant volleyball coach, and one year at Northshore High School as the
head softball and assistant volleyball coach. In 2013, she was inducted into
the Angleton High School Hall of Fame.
played volleyball for the University of Houston from 1976-79 and made her
transition into coaching after graduation. She was asked to be the assistant
volleyball coach for the World Games in Colorado Springs, CO. Today she is
entering her 35th year of coaching.
Rhodes’ passion for coaching started on the volleyball court but quickly spread
to the softball diamond. She has taken the Klein Collins Tigers to the playoffs
four times out of the last seven years. While at Klein Collins, her teams have
been named two-time Bi-District Finalists, two-time Regional Quarter Finalists,
and one-time State Finalist.
season, Rhodes achieved her 500th softball coaching win. She has two children,
Matthew and Amy, who have given her all the love and support a parent could
hard work and commitment that each athlete puts into the game and understanding
what it takes to be a teammate is the true measure of success.”
Klein ISD received 21 nominations for the 2016 Tommy Tune Awards in nine categories including “Best Leading Actress.” The Tommy Tune Awards recognize excellence in the production of musical theater by high school students and their teachers. All four Klein ISD high schools were nominated for this year’s awards. The district received more nominations than any other school district in the state of Texas. The awards ceremony, hosted by Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) will take place on April 19 at the Hobby Center in Downtown Houston. For ticket information, visit tuts.com or call 713-558-8887.
Klein Oak Coach awarded Assistant Coach of the Year
Apr 01 2016 - 12:03:00 pm
Jeffrey Poth, Klein Oak assistant football coach, was named by the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association (GHFCA) as the Assistant Coach of the Year. The award is presented to recognize and honor the dedication and hard work of assistant coaches in the greater Houston area.
“This is a great honor that he would be selected out of all the assistant coaches in our area,” David Smith said. “ We are very proud of Coach Poth for this distinguished recognition and appreciate all that he does for our athletes and students in his classroom.”
Poth will celebrate with family and friends at the GHFCA’s Annual Membership Drive and Awards Night on Wednesday, May 4.
Klein ISD earns 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Designation
Apr 01 2016 - 11:50:00 am
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation presented Klein ISD with a 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Designation. The district has received the NAMM designation for the eighth time in the last nine years.
“This is truly an award for the district as it is not a reflection of performance awards,” Klein ISD director of fine arts Monte Mast said. “It is based on educational opportunities for students to pursue and engage in music, staffing, budgets, facilities and community partnerships. This is a distinction the whole district and Klein ISD community should feel proud to receive.”
Klein ISD is one of 476 school districts across the United States and one of 40 school districts in the state of Texas to earn the distinction.
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