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.
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.
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.
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
Bonin, Boudreaux, Boulet, DeChaumes, Haggerty, Henry, LeLeux, Melancon,
Pevateaux, Pillot, Roland and Sellers.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Klein ISD congratulates Matt Stephens on this recognition.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
service learning projects, the students are in control,” said Leon. “So for
this to be so successful, shows how thoughtful these kids are.”
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
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.
feels really good to be thoughtful and to give to others,” said Zwink fifth
grader Manny Tijerina. “ I feel like doing more giving projects.”