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Klein ISD Receives More Than $43,000 in School Supplies from Kroger  
Aug 31 2016 - 10:36:00 am
KLEIN, TX – A big rig carrying 29 pallets of supplies pulled up to the Klein ISD Warehouse and unloaded an array of items to help many students throughout Klein ISD have a great start to the 2016-17 school year.  

Kroger, CBS Radio, KPRC2, and vitaminwater teamed up to help deserving students start the new school year. The program benefited Klein, Alief, Galena Park, Houston, and Humble school districts and KIPP.  

“We are thankful for the donation we received from Kroger and its partners,” said Cindy Doyle, Klein ISD community relations director. “As our kids begin a new school year, it is imperative that they have all the items they need to make this year successful. I am ecstatic because this gracious donation will make a difference in the lives of our students.”  


The two-week campaign ended on Aug. 9 and gave shoppers at any Greater Houston area Kroger to donate a Backpack Boosters school supply kit for $7, or donate $1, $3 or $5 via scan cards at the registers to help local students. The school supply kits featured much-needed items such as pencils, markers, notebook paper and other classroom essentials.  

Upon delivery to the district, Klein ISD director of warehousing, Todd Schultz and team swiftly sorted the pallets into groups for delivery to the campuses.Grace England Early Pre-K Center received a total of eight boxes, all 31 elementary schools received nine boxes, and the nine intermediate campuses each received two boxes of supplies.  

“I am also grateful for the efforts of all in the warehouse,” expressed Doyle. “Because they expedited the process and got our supplies in the hands of our campuses to distribute swiftly.”  

In total, the Kroger Backpack Boosters initiative donated $43,973 of school supplies to 41 campuses across the Klein ISD.  

“Backpack Boosters is a program that presents our customers and employees an easy way to help local students succeed in the classroom,” says Joy Partain, public affairs manager for Kroger. “Having the proper school supplies are important to a student’s emotional health and academic progression. Regardless of a student’s socio-economic environment, no child should have to go without the essential tools we collect during this initiative.”
Klein ISD Approves its 2016-17 Budget   
Aug 30 2016 - 04:23:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – On Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at a special meeting of the Klein ISD Board of Trustees, the 2016-17 budget for $702,165,844 was approved based upon a proposed tax rate of $1.43 per $100 assessed taxable value. The proposed General Fund (Maintenance and Operation) rate remains at $1.04. The Debt Service (Interest and Sinking) rate is proposed to increase to $.39, which is a $.02 increase to fund new debt. The $.02 increase is directly related to 2015 bond projects and is actually a $.05 decrease from what was projected during the bond planning sessions.   
 
The 2016-17 adopted budget incorporates a two percent raise applied to the control point for all returning employees and funding for two key district initiatives, Future Ready 21 and the Transform Academy.   
 
The Future Ready 21 project 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. During the start of the 2016-17 school year, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich Intermediates, along with pilot programs for fifth-graders at Klenk and Mahaffey Elementary schools, are the first students to receive the devices. The goal of Future Ready 21 is to personalize learning for students through increased feedback, collaboration, and creation.   
 
The Transform Academy has also been expanded this school year with invitations extended to all remaining Klein ISD schools, making it the largest cohort yet. Participating principals and teachers will learn about the innovator's mindset, visit other schools to observe school transformation in action, and visit local architects to explore future ready school design.   
 
The Board thanked the administration for the continued strong fiscal management of taxpayer money. Additionally, they welcomed students and staff back for the 2016-17 school year and Dr. Champion added that the first week of school was outstanding.  
 
For additional information about the budget, click here. ###
New Klein Superintendent Seeks Community Feedback
Aug 28 2016 - 05:36:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Klein Independent School District is seeking community input to inform Superintendent Bret Champion of your priorities for his tenure in the district.

The Superintendent Entry Community Survey asks parents, students, employees, and community members for feedback about the district’s overall quality, mission, core beliefs, and strategic plan. Participants are also asked to share their opinions about the district’s strengths and biggest challenges.

“I want to create a culture that puts student learning at the center of everything we do, and ensures our district becomes the first choice for every family in Texas,” said Dr. Champion. “That means using our community’s perspectives and priorities to guide my first 100 days as superintendent.”

Here are the survey details: The online survey will be open from Monday, Aug. 29, to Tuesday, Sept. 13. Employees, parents, and community members with a current email address on file will receive an invitation with a personal survey link. Parents and community members can also take the survey http://kisd.us/kleincommunity, or by clicking the link at http://www.kleinisd.net. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Students are also invited to take the survey.

The survey is being administered by independent research and communications firm K12 Insight. All responses are confidential to Klein ISD leaders, unless respondents identify themselves in the open-ended comments.

For more information about the survey, contact Judy Rimato at jrimato@kleinisd.net.
Klein ISD Counselor Experiences Trip of a Lifetime
Aug 25 2016 - 12:47:00 pm

In 2014, Amanda Davis returned home from her second short-term mission trip to an orphanage in Guatemala. It was then that she answered the call to do something bigger, something more long-term. In August, 2015, Davis resigned from Klein ISD, moved out of her apartment, put her belongings in storage, sold her car and left for Tanzania.

 

“I have always had a heart for serving others,” said Davis. “But I knew this was going to be the hardest, yet most rewarding experience of my life.”

 

After spending eight years in Klein ISD as a case manager and counselor at several intermediate campuses, Davis joined Village Schools International for a new and exciting journey. She was the only American when she arrived in Haraka Village, a remote, mountainous area in the Mbeya region of Tanzania, to share her work and passion as an English teacher with 160 ninth through twelfth-grade students at Selejele Secondary School.

 

Davis lived at the school in a room of the administration building amongst other female Tanzanian teachers. There she learned to fetch water, how to bathe out of a five-gallon bucket, how to prepare fire and how to cook and eat like Tanzanians. Swahili is the national language in the country, and while there were language barriers, Davis says that she and the other teachers laughed, joked around and had a great time.

 

“Tanzanians are some of the most hospitable, kind-hearted, welcoming people you will ever meet,” she said. “My students were extremely respectful and kind, and were intrigued by my life in America.”

 

Davis describes the Haraka Village as mountainous, complete with rolling hills and small farms with fields of coffee, maize, beans, vegetables, sunflowers, cassava, tomatoes, and more lining the roadsides.

 

“The people farm for just about all of their basic food needs,” Davis said. “The women in the villages are some of the hardest working people I’ve met. They plant their farms by hand, wash everything by hand, chop their firewood, and can often be seen carrying buckets on their heads with their water or wood inside.”

 

Davis walked everywhere. Only if supplies from a nearby village, or medical attention were needed, did anyone ride a motorcycle. 

 

“This trip has given me a perspective about life that I could have never learned in America,” she stated. “It has made me a stronger person and taught me many valuable life lessons.”

 

Davis describes her trip as life-changing because she learned not to be so selfish, to put others’ needs before her own, and to take a more active interest in people and relationships. She hopes that her experience will make a difference in the lives of her students now that she is again working in Klein ISD.

 

“I hope to use my experience to become more intentional with the parents, students, and staff that I work with,” she said. “I want to develop and nurture relationships so that people know I care. I want to share my experiences with those around me and open doors to a different perspective on life.”

 

When asked about the students she leaves in Tanzania, Davis said, “I hope that because of my teaching, more doors will open up for them in the future. I hope I at least planted a seed in their lives and taught them that they could do anything they set their minds to.”

 

Davis is currently serving as a special education case manager/counselor at Doerre Intermediate and is starting her ninth year in Klein ISD.
Klein ISD Offers Free and Reduced-Price Lunches and Breakfasts
Aug 22 2016 - 03:13:00 pm

The Klein ISD will again offer free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts to students eligible for the program during the 2016-2017 school year. Parents may contact their school for an application to enroll their child/children in the program, or can complete the application online at http://kleinfood.kleinisd.net.

 

The application must be filled out completely and returned to the campus principal as soon as possible for immediate processing. Note: incomplete applications will create a delay in the child’s participation in the program. Klein ISD students who were on the program during June 2016, will continue on the program when school starts, but will be deleted from the program if a new application for the 2016-2017 school year is not submitted within 30 operating days from the first day of school. Applications can be found by clicking here.

 

The application must include the following:
  • total household income or SNAP/TANF case number
  • names of all current Klein ISD students, with grade level and campus assignments
  • names of all household members
  • signature and the last four digits of the social security number (or mark "none" if not available) of one adult household member

The household income guidelines for determining free and reduced-price benefits are listed below:

 

 

Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services

All information provided on applications is handled confidentially and is used solely to determine eligibility and to verify data. The Klein ISD offers free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts for those students who live in households in which family finances temporarily or permanently make them eligible. Parents who have questions or who may need help in filling out the application may contact the Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services Office for assistance at 832-249-4610.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Accounting Office Receives 13th Consecutive Award
Aug 16 2016 - 12:24:00 pm

The Klein ISD Accounting Office has again been named a recipient of the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) award for having met or exceeded the high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2015.

 

In these economically challenging times, school districts must effectively and prudently manage funds. Since 1971, ASBO’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program has been the ‘gold standard’ for school districts striving to demonstrate superior accounting practices and reporting procedures to the communities they serve. 

Klein ISD Partners with Walmart to Help Teachers
Aug 16 2016 - 12:23:00 pm

Klein ISD is excited to partner with Walmart for this year’s back to school campaign, and to support our teachers and their school supply needs for their classrooms.

 

Teachers are encouraged to visit this Walmart website and create a classroom supplies wish list. Parents and the community will know exactly what teachers need in their classrooms and can purchase items directly from the wish list. 

Klein Collins Athletic Trainer Receives Award
Aug 16 2016 - 12:20:00 pm

Congratulations to Klein Collins High School athletic trainer Catherine Marr. Marr was selected as a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award.

"It was an unexpected honor to receive this summer," said Marr. "I am humbled and flatered that my peers have acknowledged me. I hope that this recognition will be positive for Klein Collins, Klein ISD and our athletic training program."

 

The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts, and provide services as a volunteer athletic trainer. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member for at least 20 years.

Future Ready 21 Device Rollout Updates
Aug 10 2016 - 04:25:00 pm

The new school year kicks off on Aug. 22 and students across the district will begin receiving devices as part of the Future Ready 21 initiative.

 

The successful passage of the 2015 Bond included a portion of funds designated to support the implementation of the Future Ready 21 project. This project 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. 

During the start of the 2016-17 school year, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich intermediates, along with pilot programs for fifth-graders at Klenk and Mahaffey elementary schools are the first students to receive the devices.

 

Parent Meetings

Parent meetings are being hosted at the campuses that are new to the device rollout. These meetings will provide information on the device, the rollout schedule, how they will be used and more. See a full schedule below: 



 Cost and coverage information

All devices are covered by a factory warranty for the entire year which covers all manufacturer’s defects. The devices are in good working order and are issued with Klein ISD standardized software loaded. The district offers two device payment options which are listed below. New this year is the ability to pay online. All payments are encouraged to be made ahead of the distribution day in order to receive a device in a timely manner.

 

  • Accidental Damage and Protection Coverage (ADPC):
This coverage may be purchased through School Cash Online for $60 (non-refundable) per year fee for high school, Vistas and Krimmel students. All other intermediate schools as well as Mahaffey and Klenk elementaries will pay a $30 (non-refundable) per year fee.

 

  • Tablet PC Security Deposit: (required for all students, unless the ADPC is purchased)
An annual $350 Tablet PC Security Deposit is required for all high school and Krimmel students whose parent or guardian chooses not to purchase the ADPC. All other intermediates as well as Mahaffey and Klenk are required to pay a $200 fully refundable deposit if the ADPC is not purchased. The Security Deposit is fully refundable at the end of the school year (or when a student checks out of school) when the device is returned to Klein ISD in acceptable working order.

 

To learn more about these options, please visit your school’s website for a complete Student Device Handbook. 

 

Device rollout dates 


For additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Klein ISD Board Election Set for Nov. 8
Aug 02 2016 - 02:31:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – The Klein ISD will hold a trustee election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, for positions 6 (Paul Lanham) and 7 (Rick Mann). The first day for candidates to file for a place on the ballot is Saturday, July 23, 2016, and the deadline to file is Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at 5 p.m. After July 25, 2016, interested candidates may request a candidate booklet in the superintendent’s office between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact Beverly McGlasson at 832.249.4171 or bmcglasson@kleinisd.net. The office is closed July 29, Aug. 5, and Aug. 12.
Klein High School Counselor Appointed to the State Board for Educator Certification
Aug 02 2016 - 02:31:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rohanna Brooks-Sykes as one of four to the State Board for Educator Certification with a term set to expire February 1, 2021. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers.

Klein High School counselor, Rohanna Brooks-Sykes serves as a related services counselor. She is nationally certified and a licensed professional counselor supervisor. Sykes is a member of the Texas School Counselors Association, Texas Counselors Association (TCA), chair of the TCA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and former co-chair of the TCA Human Rights Committee. She is chair of the Spring Creek Counseling Association (SCCA) Legislative Committee amd a member of Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Diversity Council.  Brooks-Sykes is a former president of SCCA, and former member of the Klein District Instructional Development Council, and Klein District Improvement Plan: Closing the Achievement Gap.  She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in counseling from Prairie View A&M University.
Season Tickets for all Four Klein ISD Campuses Now on Sale
Aug 02 2016 - 02:30:00 pm
KLEIN, TX – Season ticket holders from the 2015 season may buy tickets for the 2016 season starting July 25 – Aug. 3, 2016. All tickets that are not purchased by Aug. 3, 2016, will go on sale to the general public Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Tickets will be sold at the Klein ISD Athletic Administrative Building only. The Athletic Administrative Building is located at Klein Memorial Stadium (KMS) directly behind the north end zone at 16607 Stuebner Airline Road. For parking, please go to the home side of the stadium and walk through gate #1A or #2.

Office hours for sales are from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Beginning Aug. 15, 2016, office hours are from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. On game day, the office stops selling tickets at noon. For more information, contact the athletic office at (832) 249-4299.
Klein ISD Gears Up for a Successful School Year
Aug 01 2016 - 09:01:00 am

As another summer draws to a close, students can’t believe the summer went so quickly and parents are ready for a new routine. Classes for the 2016-17 school year begin on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in the Klein ISD and teachers and staff are ready to start the year off right.

 

For those who are new to the district, enrollment dates and times have been set up to streamline the registration process. Students new to Klein ISD and not pre-registered for the 2016-17 school year must enroll within their attendance zone. If a student was enrolled in the Klein ISD during the 2015-16 school year, they will be automatically enrolled for 2016-17. Enrollment will take place Aug. 1 – 19. For a complete schedule, click here. New this year is an online enrollment process complete with the ability to sign required forms. For more information on the new student enrollment process, click here.

 

High school and intermediate campuses will host orientations for freshman or sixth grade students to help them transition to a new school. Several campuses will also host orientations for seventh and eighth grade students before the start of school. Orientation activities allow parents and students to acclimate to every aspect of attending a new school and will include campus tours, information sessions, academic advisement, counseling advice and much more. For a complete schedule of orientation activities, click here.

 

Klein ISD has created a back to school website to provide information about school supplies, bus route information, school menus and much more. Please also check your school’s website for any specific information.

 

We are looking forward to another great school year to prepare #FutureReady students!

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