Klein News
Klein ISD Future Ready 21 Rolls Out Fall of 2016
Jun 15 2016 - 04:02:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Envision a day when students work on a group paper simultaneously through a Google app. Imagine teachers receiving instant comprehensive feedback from students about a math formula taught moments ago. Visualize students and staff utilizing an array of devices purposefully embedded into the curriculum to make learning engaging, relevant, challenging, and meaningful.

In the Klein ISD, this is not a dream, but reality. With the successful passing of the 2015 Bond, $51 million is designated for technology. A portion of these bond technology funds support and implement the Future Ready 21 project.

Future Ready 21 places a device in the hands of every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8 over the next five years. For Kindergarten through second grade, the project calls for a ratio of two students per one device.

Students at all four high schools in the district currently have a device and this successful program has helped to shape the Future Ready 21 project.

“Everything we do is impacted by technology,” Karen Fuller, Klein ISD chief technology officer said. “Students are coming to us expecting to use devices that allow them to touch and manipulate sounds and activities. Digital tools enable the student to be an active participant in his or her learning process.” 
As with all districtwide programs, much forethought and planning has gone into developing this program. Over the past two years, selected campuses and staff have piloted programs and devices including the Transform Academy for staff, the Chromebook project at Brill Elementary, and the bring your own device (BYOD) program at Wunderlich Intermediate. This research supported the need to move forward and expand the district’s 1:1 computer-to-student initiative.

“The power of a digital tool is very engaging,” said Dr. Susan Borg, Klein ISD associate superintendent for instruction and student services. “With appropriate guidance from the teacher and the collaboration of their classmates, students will accomplish a variety of learning experiences for success in the instructional programs offered in our district.” Borg also said the new Klein ISD classroom will be more colorful, have flexible/mobile furniture to meet all styles of learners, have a variety of digital devices, and have a myriad of instructional materials to engage students in the instructional program.

The Klein ISD Network Operation Center (NOC) staff is working to ensure devices, connectivity, and other digital resource needs are met.

“This has been a goal of the district for many years,” said Fuller. “The plan has always been to include 1:1 provisions for all campuses, but the cost was too high until now. Since the cost of devices has decreased and more resources to utilize the devices are available online and in the cloud, everything has come together at the right time.”

The NOC staff are implementing their plan to migrate to the cloud for storage for both students and staff. The team will increase bandwidth and manage it to ensure secure connectivity for all digital resources.

During the 2016-17 school year, four intermediate schools, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich, are set to receive devices. To prepare for that implementation, Future Ready 21 first includes focused training for Klein ISD teachers to meet this new charge. Earlier this semester, the district deployed the first cohort of professional development to thoroughly prepare staff for this shift in learning.

“In true Klein ISD style, parents will be included every step of the way,” Borg stated. Borg also said that parents will receive constant communication as to what instruction will look like with the device and how they can help their students use the device to benefit their school work. Parents will also be included in the digital citizenship courses Klein ISD provides the students.

“Students are preparing for their future, and that future involves the use of various forms of technology and learning environments,” Borg said. “Highly motivated students receiving a quality education with digital tools is a valuable component of our future in the Klein ISD and the state of Texas. We are thankful that our community is so supportive of the students, teachers, and district efforts to provide the best learning experience possible.”
TEA Cancels June 21-22 STAAR Retest and Delays STAAR Score Release; Klein ISD Summer School Continues to Prepare Students
Jun 13 2016 - 04:31:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath notified Texas school districts that, due to ongoing reporting issues with the STAAR testing vendor, the state will remove student consequences attached to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for fifth and eighth-grade students for the 2015 – 2016 school year. TEA also canceled the June 21-22 retest administration for those two grades.  
 
Per TEA’s instructions, campuses will conduct grade placement meetings as needed to promote or retain students not meeting the STAAR requirements in fifth and eighth-grade students. Klein ISD encourages parents whose children are impacted to contact the school to discuss the impact of this ruling.   
 
Klein ISD is continuing with all summer school academic programming, including accelerated instruction, as previously planned to ensure that students are academically prepared for school next year.   
 
Additionally, TEA sent notice today that STAAR scores for third through eighth-grade students, scheduled to arrive by June 15, 2016, will not be released to school districts until July 5, 2016.   
 
To stay up to date on STAAR information released by TEA or other general education information, visitwww.tea.state.tx.us.  
Klein ISD Earns Elite Financial Ranking
Jun 13 2016 - 03:27:00 pm

TXSmartSchools is the new program under State Comptroller Glenn Hegar that uses academic, financial, and demographic data to identify school districts and campuses that produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations. Klein ISD was recently awarded the highest, five-star, rating and is one of only 26 districts to do so, thus placing the district in the top 2.5% of districts in the state.

 

“We are excited to be receiving this honor again,” said associate superintendent of financial services, Thomas Petrek, CPA. “It truly shows the hard work and dedication by all of our staff to make sure we are not only getting the best bang for our buck, but also displaying strong academics and achievements across the district.”

 

This star rating indicates the district’s success in combining cost-effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress compared with other districts. The rating is derived from calculations using three-year averages. Klein ISD ranks at or above 87% of all districts with a very high academic progress.

 

Formerly known as the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) launched by Susan Combs during her tenure as State Comptroller, the new TXSmartSchools program was created by the 81st Texas Legislature, directing then-Comptroller Combs to identify districts and campuses that are using effective resource allocation practices effectively and are in return seeing high academic achievement.

 

The students of Klein ISD continue to make remarkable progress each year,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain. “Our spending index, as determined by the TXSmartSchools system, is “very low” reflecting our district’s careful use of each tax dollar.”

 

In addition to the district’s five-star rating, campuses also earn ratings. In Klein ISD, 12 of our 44 campuses received a 4.5 star rating or higher. For a complete list of how Klein ISD schools performed, click here.

 

For more information about the TXSmartSchools results, click here.

Three Students Named National Merit Scholarship Recipients
Jun 02 2016 - 01:35:00 pm

On June 1, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately 3,000 recipients of scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Recipients were selected from among the finalists who plan to attend that institution. These scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Congratulations to the following students:

 

Klein High – Kyle Sutherland

Klein Oak – Ross Hardin

Klein Oak – John McCrory

Students Compete at Global Destination Imagination Competition
Jun 02 2016 - 01:27:00 pm

 

Four teams from Klein ISD schools recently competed at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Tennessee. These students competed against other teams made up of more than 8,000 students from 20 countries. Congratulations to the following:



Principal Earns Opportunity to Attend Harvard Institute
Jun 02 2016 - 01:25:00 pm

Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to strengthen and improve public education, is sponsoring 95 principals from 61 school districts and four charter school organizations to participate in a summer leadership program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Epps Island Elementary principal LaToya Wynne has been selected as one of the 95 attendees for this exceptional leadership academy opportunity.

 

“Building strong campus leaders is one of the fastest, most effective ways to improve education for all kids in public schools across Texas,” said Dr. Andre Morgan, program director for Raise Your Hand Texas. “With this year’s cohort, Raise Your Hand will have sponsored more than 10 percent of all Texas principals to benefit from a rigorous weeklong program at the Harvard Leadership Institutes.”

 

Attendees will join campus leaders from around the globe in one of the following six institutes, and engage in training and workshops led by national and international experts in the fields of education and leadership.

 

  1. National Institute for Urban School Leaders
  2. Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership
  3. Leadership: An Evolving Vision
  4. Closing the Achievement Gap
  5. Family Engagement in Education
  6. School Turnaround Leaders

 

Each Institute lasts for 5-7 days, between June 6 and July 28, 2016. 
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