Klein News
French Elementary Set to Welcome First Students, Teachers
Jul 20 2015 - 04:15:00 pm

Aug. 24 is not just the first day of classes at French Elementary, it’s the first day for the building to be filled with students, parents, teachers and excitement! With a new building, a new mascot, and a new staff, students can enjoy a creative, interactive, hands-on approach to learning.

 

Despite a rainy spring, the construction of French Elementary was able to stay on track. Staff members have started moving and settling into the new campus located at 5802 W. Rayford Rd. Spring, TX 77389.

 

“The majority of French staff has transferred from other Klein schools and our very experienced staff is excited to begin the year,” said Principal Carole Mason.

 

In true Klein fashion, French Elementary received its name in honor of the many French families who settled in the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of those children attended the French School between 1914-1927. To read more about the French family history, click here. This new elementary school is proud to honor the following French families: 


Arceneaux, Bonin, Boudreaux, Boulet, DeChaumes, Haggerty, Henry, LeLeux, Melancon, Pevateaux, Pillot, Roland and Sellers.

 

French Elementary’s leader, principal Carole Mason, has been in education for 27 years. She began in Klein ISD as a music teacher at Haude Elementary and has had the privilege to help open Hassler Elementary and served as the assistant principal at Metzler Elementary when it opened. Mason became the principal at Krahn Elementary in 2011 and served there until accepting her position as the principal for French Elementary in January 2015.

 

“I consider it a great honor to be given the opportunity to serve as the principal and am excited to see French become an amazing place of learning,” said Mason.

 

This summer, the French PTO held a start-up meeting and had 33 parents in attendance. The PTO has held meetings, elected positions and have already hosted events with local business partners to benefit the school. They are grateful to the businesses that have already partnered with them including Campus Kids, Alexan Apartments at Auburn Lakes, Kroger Marketplace, Dairy Queen and Bahama Bucks.

 

“Our building is beautiful and is designed to support instruction,” said Mason. “I can’t wait to see the faces of the children as they enter the building and see it for the first time.”
Simmons Named Schindewolf Principal
Jul 20 2015 - 04:12:00 pm

Curtis Simmons, former assistant principal at Schindewolf Intermediate School, has been named the new school principal. Simmons replaces Debbie Hamilton who now serves as an executive director of school administration.

 

Simmons has been with Klein ISD for 15 years. Beginning as a science teacher at Strack Intermediate, he taught for five years before becoming the assistant principal at Schindewolf in 2006.

 

“The most significant improvement to our student’s educational experience comes from the efforts of our parents, teachers and staff, and they are what make Schindewolf great,” he said. “I feel it is my duty to support those individuals who make the biggest enhancements in the lives of students.”

 

Simmons is a graduate of Baylor University and Sam Houston State University and is from the Houston area. He recognized the great reputation that Klein ISD has in the community and knew that was where he wanted to interview. Simmons said he feels humbled by the faith that the Klein community has placed in him and he is excited to see the students come back refreshed and eager to start a new year.

 

“I love to help others and be around the students,” said Simmons. “Administration creates so many chances to help people and work through challenging situations. The ability to work with such a great community, faculty and staff is what makes my job great. I am looking forward to new challenges and to continue all of the great work that has gone on in our school.”

2015 Football Season Tickets Go On Sale
Jul 14 2015 - 12:23:00 pm

Season ticket holders from the 2014 football season may buy tickets for the 2015-16 school year starting July 27-Aug. 6, 2015. Starting Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, remaining season tickets will be sold at the Klein ISD Athletic Administrative building only. The Athletic Administrative building is located at Klein Memorial Stadium directly behind the north end zone at 11607 Stuebner-Airline Rd. For parking, please go to the home side of the stadium and walk through gate 1A or 2. Click here for ticket pricing.

 

Office hours for sales are 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, office hours are from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. On game days, the office will stop selling tickets at noon to prepare for game night. For more information contact the athletic office at 832.249.4299.

Local Editor Recognized by School Board
Jul 14 2015 - 12:19:00 pm

At the July 13, 2015, Board of Trustees meeting, Klein ISD named Community Impact Newspaper editor Matt Stephens to the 2015 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools.

 

Criteria for this selection include, efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president, and the district’s mission and goals, reporting school news in a fair, accurate, and balanced manner, giving a high profile to positive news about schools and maintaining a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.

 

“Districts across Texas appreciate these reporters for their balanced and accurate approach to sharing both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by local teachers, students, and school boards,” said Andra Self, TASB president. “Their work aids local communities in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for every child.”

 

Stephens exudes each of these criteria and so much more. He is in attendance at most board meetings and has taken extra time to get to know the district and understand the issues firsthand. He also attended the bond Futures Conferences, steering committee meetings, and community forums and has also met with administration multiple times as he shared the district’s bond development over the last year. His reporting has always been fair and balanced and included graphics help to emphasize important story components.

 

The Klein ISD congratulates Matt Stephens on this recognition.

Klein Forest Selected as part of Advise Texas Program
Jul 13 2015 - 02:35:00 pm

The 2015-16 school year will bring an exciting new opportunity for students attending Klein Forest High School. The campus was recently selected to house an adviser from the Advise Texas Program in order to assist students with college applications and provide post-secondary financial aid information and guidance.

 

Klein Forest competed with many campuses across the state to receive this program and Advise Texas staff was particularly impressed with the College Center and the focus on post-secondary planning at Klein Forest.

 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sponsors the Advise Texas College Advising Corps through the College Access Challenge Grant as well as private foundations and businesses. The program helps to place recent college graduates from all fields of study as near-peer collegiate advisers who serve the entire school and foster a school-wide college ready culture.

School Orientations Kick-Off Next Month
Jul 13 2015 - 02:33:00 pm
Each Klein ISD high school and intermediate campus host freshman or sixth grade orientation activities in Aug. prior to the start of school on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Several intermediate campuses will also host orientations for seventh and eighth grade students as well before the start of school. New high school and intermediate students are also encouraged to attend. Orientation allows both the students and parents to acclimate to every aspect of attending high school or transitioning to intermediate school. During the meetings, groups may tour the facility, get campus information, receive academic advisement, participate in activities, visit with various clubs, and get counseling advice about transitioning and more. For dates and times listed, click here
New Student Enrollment Begins in August
Jul 13 2015 - 02:27:00 pm

 

To help streamline the new student registration process, Klein ISD has scheduled dates and times for enrollment. Enrollment will take place Monday-Thursday, Aug. 3-13, 2015, and again Monday-Friday, Aug. 17-21, 2015, at each campus. Times are as follows:



Parents must present student’s proof of identity (birth certificate preferred) and a complete immunization health record from a licensed physician at the time of registration. Proof of residence in Klein ISD is required. A lease agreement, light, water or gas bill with the parent's name and address are accepted. If a student was enrolled in Klein ISD during the 2014-2015 school year, he/she is automatically enrolled for 2015-2016. 
Zwink Students Give Scholarship to Klein Collins Seniors
Jul 07 2015 - 09:04:00 am


These days, it is evident how expensive college is becoming. Zwink fifth graders now have a better understanding of the expense of college, thanks to a year-long project.

 

At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, fifth grade teachers Lauren Munn and Kelsey Leon challenged their students to choose a college and research it using assigned criteria. Students researched college programs and majors offered at different universities, studied athletic programs, history and tuition costs. When wrapping up the project, the students began having discussions about how expensive college is and how hard it must be to pay for it. These discussions led to the grand idea of raising scholarship money for a local senior as Zwink’s service learning project.

 

“It was so neat so see students so young learning and becoming so aware about college,” said Munn. “They were asking so many questions, you knew they were interested in making the college experience easier for someone else.”

 

Within weeks several fundraisers were planned and a student committee was formed that was in charge of deciding what criteria was to be met in order to qualify for the scholarship. Students also set a $500 goal for the scholarship.

 

In December, students made and served hot chocolate at Zwink’s Prime Time event and raised nearly $400. After hosting a car wash, students had made another $900. An additional school-wide fundraiser called ‘Coins for College’ also helped raise money. After generous donations from the school PTO and other staff members at Zwink, the students had raised $1,800 for a local senior.

 

“It’s a humbling experience to be able to give to others,” said fifth grader Chloe Rawlinson. “I’m glad we took the time to work on this type of project because in the end it was so rewarding.”

 

But their giving didn’t stop there. The students were so excited about nearly tripling their goal that they decided to award two seniors with $900 each.

 

“With service learning projects, the students are in control,” said Leon. “So for this to be so successful, shows how thoughtful these kids are.”

 

After the student committee reviewed all submitted scholarship applications, Zwink fifth graders selected Klein Collins seniors Evelyn Mata, who will be the first person in her family to go to college, and Raquel Freese, a future educator, as scholarship recipients.

 

Awards were presented to these students at the fifth grade appreciation assembly earlier this month. This project is proof of what kids can do when they are committed to serving and helping others.

 

“It feels really good to be thoughtful and to give to others,” said Zwink fifth grader Manny Tijerina. “ I feel like doing more giving projects.”

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