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Klein Oak Senior Named Student Hero by State Board of Education
Jun 24 2015 - 10:43:00 am

On Saturdays you won’t find Klein Oak alum Katherine Dodgen relaxing or taking in a sports event. You can find her hosting strings camps for students at Klein Intermediate.


During her junior year, Dodgen began organizing and conducting classes for orchestra students and providing them free of charge. This endeavor has earned her the Student Hero Award from the State Board of Education. This inaugural award recognizes students, in all regions of Texas, who do kind acts that benefit their classmates or other students in their school district. Only one student per each of the 15 districts can be recognized.


“My love of music began the first day of my fifth grade strings class,” said Dodgen. “I chose to play the cello because it is the stringed instrument that sounds most like the human voice.”


It was this love and passion, as well as Dodgen’s involvement with Girl Scouts that led her to the idea of providing a beginner strings instruction camp for low-income students who could not otherwise afford music lessons. Her vision quickly turned in to the Super Strings Saturday workshops which combined three of her passions: working with music, orchestra and students.


Dodgen enlisted the help of her friends and family as well as 50 student volunteers from the four high school orchestras. In its first year, the workshop had a total of 93 students. Currently the Klein Intermediate School orchestra has the highest retention rate and the largest orchestra in the school’s history, thanks to this program.


“Several parents whose child attended my workshops came up to personally thank me for what I did. I was pleasantly surprised to hear how much I positively affected many different students’ lives,” said Dodgen.


In its second year, the program increased by 20 students and the program will continue this fall with the help of students in the Klein Chapter of the Texas Future Music Educators Club. Most of the students that participated in the Super Strings Saturday have continued to play in their school’s orchestras and there has been an overall increase of students in the orchestra program.


 “I could not have done this without all of the students who volunteered, the support of the orchestra community and the Klein ISD administration,” she said. “My biggest thanks and appreciation goes to Mrs. Fishburn, Mrs. Arnold and Mr. Gist who were there to help and guide me along the way.”


Dodgen graduated from Klein Oak High School this year and will be attending the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a degree in music education. She plans to be an orchestra director and hopes to find a teaching position at home, in Klein ISD.


“It’s hard to describe what an amazing feeling you get when you put your heart into doing something for others,” Dodgen said. “I would encourage everyone to share their passion with others because that is what made a difference in my life.”

Klein Oak Alum Starts Web-Based Grocery Delivery Company
Jun 18 2015 - 12:59:00 pm

With the help of the University of Texas Longhorn Startup program, Klein Oak alum Aseem Ali launched Burpy Inc., a web-based grocery delivery company. This same-day grocery delivery service will do the shopping for you and deliver your goods to your doorstep.


Ali graduated from Klein Oak High School in 2010 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. While in college, he did not own or have access to a car and found it to be a burden to get to the grocery store. After a few discussions with some friends, Burpy Inc. was built.


“At first, I hated school,” said Ali. “I felt like I was never able to explore and learn topics that I wanted, but Klein ISD laid the foundation for my exploration. I credit a lot of my exploration to the IB Program at Klein Oak.”


After graduating college, Ali was accepted to the Techstars Startup Accelerator Program, which has a less than one percent acceptance rate. He was the youngest entrepreneur to be accepted. He has also been awarded the 2014 TechFlash Titan of the Future Nominee by the Austin Business Journal and Burpy Inc. has reached a milestone of more than 12,000 orders fulfilled.


“People interested in starting their own business should always ask for help until you get a no, then ask why,” he said. “There are numerous ups and downs of building a startup into a real business and you should be prepared to fight through them,” he added.


Currently Burpy Inc. provides mobile and web applications that are simple and intuitive but powerfully accurate at connecting customers to the right products. In the system of shopping the customer can communicate with the shopper as frequently or as hands-off as they like. Burpy Inc. primarily serves working professionals, dual income families and the sick and elderly.


“I think the most important part is to learn and engage with others who have been successful,” Ali stated. “Stop thinking about it so much and just do it. It’s never too late.”


For more information about Burpy Inc., click here

Reading Express Mobile Library On the Move
Jun 09 2015 - 09:46:00 am

The Klein ISD Reading Express mobile summer reading program is on the move this summer and making many stops around the community to share reading fun with students.


The more children read, the better readers they become. Better readers are better learners. The purpose of the Reading Express is to ensure that all Klein students have access to library materials and programming throughout the summer. Don’t miss out on the Reading Express. Click here for a complete schedule. 

District Receives Award from American Heart Association
Jun 09 2015 - 09:43:00 am

Klein ISD has been named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This group of elite awardees is recognized for a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees.


Specifically, this recognition is awarded to employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.


In 2008, Klein ISD introduced Kleinwell, a wellness program designed to provide employees with valuable resources, programs and incentives to help improve their overall health and well-being. This program is free and is available to all Klein ISD employees, whether or not they are insured through the district medical plans. To learn more about Kleinwell, click here

Klein ISD Teachers Honored by Local Organization
Jun 09 2015 - 09:41:00 am

Two Klein ISD teachers were surprised by the KHOU Channel 11 Surprise Squad’s Darby Douglas and Chita Johnson when they were named recipients of the Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award by the Houston Association of Professional Landmen. The organization teamed up with the Surprise Squad to make the announcements.


Hassler Elementary’s Natalie Gibson and Klein Intermediate’s Kerry Boost were both taken by surprise when they received the news. They are two of only five Houston area teachers to receive this honor.


The Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award is presented in memory of former Spring Branch ISD teacher Elizabeth Brand. The annual award, initiated by Brand’s Husband, honors teachers who display outstanding performance and all-around personal development.


Congratulations to these teachers!

Klein ISD Receives Donation of CPR Training Kits
Jun 02 2015 - 02:05:00 pm

Members from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation, American Heart Association and local school district representatives gathered at Tomball High School on May 29, 2015, to take part in the Tomball Regional Health Foundation’s ceremony to donate 123 CPR training kits to Houston-area high schools.


The Texas Legislature has mandated that each student in grades 7-12 must receive Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instruction, including hands-on practice, at least once prior to graduation. Each training kit costs approximately $650 and will provide an avenue for training using the latest technology.


“Through the generous donation from the Tomball Health Foundation and Train-the-Trainer workshops provided by the America Heart Association, we will empower Klein ISD students to be lifesavers,” said Laurie Combe, Klein ISD Health Services Coordinator. 


This donation includes three kits to each high school, two kits for the Vistas program, two kits for the Therapeutic Education Program and two kits for the Alternative Education Program thus totaling nearly $30,000 for Klein ISD. 

Wunderlich Teacher Earns Top Award
Jun 02 2015 - 02:01:00 pm
Congratulations to Wunderlich Intermediate’s Daya Watkins who was recently named the Seventh Grade Outstanding Texas History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). She has been an educator for 28 years, 11 of those in Klein. Watkins was nominated by the New Kentucky Chapter (Tomball/Spring area) of the DRT and was then selected by DRT District VI to represent the greater Houston area at the state level. At the annual DRT convention, she spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 and even received a standing ovation. She was presented with the winner’s medallion, a check for $750, and a flag that was flown over the Alamo in her honor. As part of her award, Wunderlich Intermediate received $1,000 and a flag that also flew over the Alamo.
Destination Imagination Teams Compete at Globals
Jun 02 2015 - 01:41:00 pm

Nine Destination Imagination (DI) teams from Klein ISD recently attended the Global competition in Knoxville, TN and earned many awards for their efforts. 

DI is an organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Their challenge program enables student teams to compete in categories such as STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. For more information on Destination Imagination, click here


Congratulations to all Klein ISD teams for their hard work.

Klein High Student Earns National Merit Scholarship
Jun 02 2015 - 01:38:00 pm

Hunter Melton has been named a National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship winner. This announcement comes as the third release in 2015 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won nearly $34 million in National Merit Scholarships.


Melton is one of approximately 2,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.


Congratulations on this fantastic achievement!

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