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Klein Schools Honoring Stay Family by Supporting a Local Battered Women’s Shelter
Jul 23 2014 - 05:07:00 pm

The Klein Collins Tiger Band Student Council and the Klein Collins Band Association parent organization are teaming up with Lemm Elementary to honor the work of Katie Stay, Cassidy’s mother.  Increasing the support for the battered women’s shelters was a cause that was very important to Katie. Now the schools are challenging the community to help continue her legacy.

 

Several drop-off locations in the area have been set up for families to donate items. Below are suggested items and list of drop-off locations. 

Hygiene Kit placed inside a one-gallon ziploc bag:
Shampoo
Conditioner
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Soap
Washcloths
Small Combs 
Small Brushes

Children's Activity kits place inside a one-gall ziploc bag:
Box of Crayons 
Pencils
Coloring books


Drop-Off Locations:

Brother's Pizza Expres - 163 Cypresswood Dr. 
Candlelight Hills - 3114 Flaming Candle
Cypresswood - 3651 Rolling Terrace
Cypresswood Glen - 20311 Forest Dr. 
Devonshire - 19830 Lajuana Lane
Enchanted Oaks - Lemm Elementary School 
Enchanted Oaks - 511 Leaflet Lane
Klein ISD Multipurpose Center - 7500 FM 2920
Staples - 19507 I-45 North, Suite 500
Stone Forest - 19202 Darby Ridge Court
Terranova West - 17626 Moss Point
Klein High Graduate Recognized As National Merit Scholar
Jul 23 2014 - 05:06:00 pm

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Klein High School graduate Jackson T. Crawford is among the list of additional winners. In August he will begin his undergraduate education at the University of Houston. He plans on pursuing a degree in economics.


The National Merit Scholarship Program was established in 1955. Over the past 59 years, more than 308,000 young men and women have been awarded scholarships worth over $1 billion


Board Approves District Raises
Jul 23 2014 - 05:05:00 pm

The Klein Independent School District School Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 Klein ISD Staff Compensation Plan at the July 14, 2014 board meeting. All full-time employees will receive a 5 percent raise against their job classification’s control point. The district’s largest group of employees, teachers, librarians, nurses, and speech pathologists will receive a $2,700 raise (5 percent against the control point of $54,000). Employees must have accrued 90 days of employment during their 2013-14 duty day calendar to be eligible for the increase.

Football Season Tickets On Sale Soon
Jul 23 2014 - 04:53:00 pm

Individuals who purchased 2013 season tickets may begin purchasing tickets for the 2014 season starting July 28. All tickets that are not purchased by Aug. 7, 2014, will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

The prices of tickets are as follows:

Season Tickets
Klein High & Klein Forest - $37 (5 home games and 2 visitor games at KMS included) 
Klein Oak & Klein Collins - $32 (5 homes games and 1 visitor game at KMS included)

Single Game Tickets
Students Pregame - $3
Adults Pregame - $6
All tickets at gate - $7


 Season tickets are available for purchase at the Klein ISD Athletic Administrative building only. The Athletic Administrative building is located at the north end of Klein Memorial Stadium directly behind the field goal at 16607 Stuebner-Airline Road. For parking, please go to the home side of the stadium. 

Office hours for sales are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On game day, the office stops selling tickets at noon. For more information contact the athletic office at 832.249.4299.

New Logo Introduced for Klein ISD
Jul 16 2014 - 02:28:00 pm

The Klein Independent School District unveiled a new logo and tagline on its website and social media accounts Wednesday morning.

After seven years of service, the previous yellow star logo is being replaced by the new logo, which emphasizes the “K” in Klein with a new, modern look. The new logo has an accompanying tagline, “Future Ready,” that is prominently featured below the large “K.” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain and his executive team selected the new logo.

“Today we are presenting the new Klein ISD logo that represents our vision of preparing students for their future,” Dr. Cain said. “As we move toward our 100th anniversary, we strive to build students of good character that are ready for life beyond graduation. We want them to be productive citizens of their community.”

The logo change comes one year after the Klein ISD celebrated its 75th anniversary.

“During the 2013 – 2014 school year, the Klein ISD community came together to commemorate our 75th anniversary,” Dr. Cain said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to reminisce about the “good ole days” and to celebrate all that our education community has accomplished. We will always embrace the wonderful and historic past that has given this district a strong foothold of academic excellence.”

The new logo, produced by Justin Keith of the Communications & Planning office, launches across all Klein ISD external and internal platforms effective immediately.

The Klein ISD is located in north Harris County and has more than 48,200 students in its 29 elementary, one early childhood/pre-K center, nine intermediate, and four high schools. Visit the district online at www.kleinisd.net, and follow Klein ISD on Facebook, Twitter or through KleINTOUCH.
‘We Will Stay Strong’
Jul 14 2014 - 03:59:00 pm
Community gathers to show support for, celebrate local family



KLEIN, TX – Braving the blinding July sun, hundreds of supporters gathered at Lemm Elementary School Saturday, July 12 to be together as they celebrated the lives of the Stay family.

As the crowd began to swell and families and friends embraced for support, a sweet melody seemed to float above the hushed tones coming from the crowd.

“It was the day the world went wrong,” the song said. “I screamed ‘til my voice was gone. And watched through the tears as everything came crashing down.”
It was as if a singular nerve had been struck amongst the crowd. You could feel the electricity as everyone slowly tuned in to the lyrics, their attention now focused to the stage.

The song, "Beauty Will Rise" by Steven Curtis Chapman, went on to say, “Buried deep beneath all our broken dreams, we have this hope. Out of the ashes… beauty will rise.”

And that’s exactly what happened as Cassidy Stay made her way to the stage just one day after being released from the hospital.

"I am really thankful for all of the people who have been praying for me and keeping me and my family in their thoughts,” Cassidy said. “I want to thank all the first responders, nurses and doctors that have taken care of me. I am feeling a lot better and I am on a very straight forward path to a full recovery."

Cassidy, who was shot during the attack that took the lives of her parents, Stephen, 39, and Katie, 34, and four siblings, Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, Rebecca, 7, and Zach, 4, told the crowd that she “will be able to see my family again one day” and that they “are in a much better place now.”

Those in attendance also heard from Klein ISD teachers and principals of the younger Stay children. Lemm Elementary School Principal Kathy Brown addressed everyone first.

“I stand here not as one, but as one of thousands wanting to share memories and prayers with others about Katie, Stephen, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zachary,” she said. “If I was asked to describe this family with just one word, it would be love. The love they showed each other and everyone everyday was just amazing.”

Roger Lyon, Stay’s grandfather and father of Katie Stay, also talked of love. The love he and his family have received from the community.

“The outpouring of support from the community, from law enforcement, from our church, from the hospital personnel, from our neighbors, and even from people we’ve never met has been tremendous and overwhelming,” he said. “It has given us great strength and will continue to do so while we work through this difficult time.”

Cassidy ended the ceremony with a passage by character Albus Dumbledore from one of her favorite books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
“Dumbledore says: ‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,’ ” she said before continuing on. “Thank you all for coming and showing your support for me and my family. Stay Strong.”

The family is asking members of the community to make donations to help support Cassidy. Her family has created a trust called the Stay Family Memorial Fund. All funds in excess of burial and medical costs will be used to provide support for Cassidy and her family.

Donations can be made online at http://www.stayfamilyfund.org/.

Those wishing to donate by mail can do so at: Stay Family Memorial Fund c/o Amegy Bank, 18311 Kuykendahl Rd., Spring, TX 77379.
Kohrville Community Lends Helping Hand to Classmate
Jul 08 2014 - 10:15:00 am
Christian Evans fights leukemia


July 8, 2014 – School days for many Pre-K students are typically fun-filled with time for snacks, recess and even an occasional nap. The students at Kohrville elementary became more than typical when they were asked to help out one of their own in his time of need. That student is five-year-old Christian Evans, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March of this year.

Shortly before spring break, Christian experienced having constant fevers and swollen lymph nodes. When the symptoms showed no signs of stopping, He was taken to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with leukemia and immediately started him on treatment.

For Evans’ teacher, Samantha Eichenberg, his sickness was especially difficult. “It was devastating for me,” Eichengerg said. “As a teacher you bond with your students…so knowing someone you care about is going through such a terrible illness is hard.”

Still, the staff at Kohrville wasted no time in figuring out a way to help. “We decided to dedicate our yearly Caps for Cash event to help meet the financial needs of the family,” Kohrville Principal Vicki Bland said.

For many students at Kohrville, Christian was not just another student, he was a good friend. To do their part, the kids pitched in making many cards and pictures that were given to their friend. “I don’t think his classmates really understood the severity of the situation, but they frequently told me how much they missed him and loved him,” Eichenberg said. 

Counselor Karen Wilfong is a believer for getting students involved in service and giving to others in need. “The earlier our students see this example led by our staff, the greater chance we have of equipping them for a lifetime of compassion towards others, Wilfong said.

The Evans family has expressed their gratitude towards the school and community. To help keep everyone in the loop, they have created a Facebook page named "Christian Evans Fights Leukemia”. The page is filled with daily updates and pictures of Christian as he goes through his treatment and recovery. In a letter, the Evans family wrote “So many of you deserve the credit and thanks that I wish I could give on a more personal level. Having Christian enrolled at Kohrville Elementary this last year has been such a blessing.”

Over the last few weeks, Christian has been home with his family awaiting the next phase of treatment. The members of the community have contributed over $7,000 to date to help the family.

Through it all, Principal Bland and the rest of the Kohrville community wish Christian a healthy and speedy recovery as he continues to undergo treatment. “We will have a place for him, should he be healthy enough to attend,” Bland said. “He will continue to be a Kohrville student on our minds and in our hearts.” To follow Christian Evans’ road to recovery, you can click here to see the updates on Facebook.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Aids Klein High Family In Need
Jul 07 2014 - 01:49:00 pm
Senior Trevor Pauley awarded at Make A Wish Foundation Dinner


July 2, 2014
- Two years ago, Klein High School sophomore, Trevor Pauley, was just like all the other 15 year olds around him. Like many of his friends he loved athletics and spent much of his time on the field with the Bearkat football team.

Pauley’s life changed when he unexpectedly fell sick. Two years later, he and his family are getting the much-needed assistance they deserve. Pauley has recently joined nearly 200 other Klein kids and community members that receive assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAW). Partnering with the King of Swing Charities, the MAW Foundation raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year that go towards granting the wishes of children. In June, Pauley was invited to a dinner where they presented him a Klein football jersey with the autographs of all his coaches and teammates. In addition, the foundation also organized a parade for him through his neighborhood.

His journey to recovery has been long and complicated after falling ill in 2012. When family and friends weren’t able to peg his illness, he was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital where doctors discovered a small brain tumor. After undergoing a difficult surgery to remove the tumor, Pauley started the road to recovery.

“After the surgery he felt great, spoke perfectly fine, and had all movement.” “Trevor was even starving like a typical teenager,” recalled Ronnie Anderson, family friend and Klein ISD Board president.

When all seemed to be going in the right direction, Pauley was rushed back to the emergency room days later. During his initial recovery, there was a blood clotting issue which caused him to bleed continuously after the surgery. Doctors performed what they considered a “lifesaving” surgery, opening the road to life-altering limitations and a recovery that would last years.

Spending birthdays 16 and 17 in the hospital, Pauley persistently fought through his disabilities. Since last summer he’s continued to attend rehab where he’s worked to become stronger and more independent.

“He jokes around, feeds himself, can walk with the use of the walker and has even attended his brother’s baseball games,” Anderson said.
“I showed a video his mother sent me of the first time he walked on his own in the locker room to the players”. “I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room,” Klein football coach Shane Hallmark said.

Like the foundation, his teammates also stepped up to show Pauley their support. The Klein High football team recognized him at during halftime at one of this year’s spring game. “He got to go through the big sign with the team and cheerleaders as they ran through.” “It was a really special moment for everybody,” explained Hallmark.

Along with the MAW Foundation, Klein High helped Pauley to complete one the biggest accomplishments. Since his illness had taken him away from the classroom the last few years, the school decided to honor him at graduation. Like the rest of his classmates, Trevor Pauley was announced as one of the school’s graduating seniors.
Faithbridge and the Klein ISD Pair Up for VBS Project
Jul 01 2014 - 01:49:00 pm
 
Each summer, Faithbridge Church opens its doors to hundreds of preschool and elementary-aged children for four days of fun and service at their vacation bible school.

As part of their vacation bible school program, Faithbridge chooses a local project to support. This year, they choose to support Klein ISD students by collecting new socks and underwear. Over 800 children attended the vacation bible school program at Faithbridge this year and together they were able to collect 2,641 pairs of new underwear and 3,083 pairs of socks.

The collected socks and underwear will be distributed by the Klein ISD to students whose parents/guardians could not otherwise purchase them.

Cindy Doyle, Klein ISD director of community relations & education foundation, expressed her joy and excitement while on stage to accept the donation.

"It is hard to express how exciting and overwhelming this experience has been," Doyle said. "We were so proud to be invited to accept this generous donation, but in no way was I prepared for the sheer generosity of the Faithbridge youth."

Also on stage to accept the new donated socks and underwear was Klein ISD Board of Trustees board member Georgan Reitmeier.

"What you have done this week to bless other children just like you makes my heart so happy and so full. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
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