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ICI Construction Donates for Eighth Consecutive Year
Aug 09 2017 - 09:34:00 am


Imagine s
tarting school without school supplies because food, rent, and utilities were a much larger priority. Imagine sitting in class and watching all of your friends and classmates open their new school supply packets. Now, imagine having a complete stranger that you will never meet, donate money so that you can also have a packet of new school supplies on the first day of school, just like everyone else.

 


For the eighth consecutive year, ICI Construction has donated $10,000 to help purchase school supplies for students in need in Klein ISD. ICI set aside $2,500 of the donation to also buy backpacks.

 

“My wife, Kristi, taught at the elementary level for 20 years and during that time she had less fortunate students for which we were able to buy extra supplies to make sure they had a chance,” said ICI President Bart Cobb. “ICI feels it is important to give school supplies to the students who are in a financially challenging situation because the student cannot control their financial position, and yet we feel that they should have the same tools to succeed in getting a solid education as everyone else,” he added.

 

This year’s donation allows for the purchase of 854 customized kits. Eleven elementary, five intermediate, and two high schools are set to receive supplies thanks to ICI Construction's donation. These kits included items such as paper, notebooks, folders, glue, construction paper, pencils, pens, scissors, markers, and more. Each kit was customized to fit the need at a particular grade level.

 

“Klein ISD is extremely fortunate to have many community and business partners who wish to make a difference in the lives of our students,” said Klein ISD Community Relations and Education Foundation Director, Cindy Doyle. “For the eighth year, the Cobb brothers of ICI Construction will impact the lives of our students who will begin the school year with new school supplies, just like everyone else.”

Klein Cain High School Set to Open Doors to Inaugural Class
Aug 09 2017 - 08:34:00 am


Klein, TX
-  The graduating class of 2020 is set to take its first steps into Klein Cain High School on Aug. 21, 2017, when the doors open to roughly 1,450 ninth and tenth-grade students.

 

On Aug. 8, 2016, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees unanimously named High School #5 Klein Cain High School after former Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain, who retired from the district after 35 years of service, and more than 47 total years in public education. Under his leadership, three bonds successfully passed totaling more than one billion dollars in improvements for our students and the district.

 

The Klein Cain principal, Nicole Patin, began her first day on the job on Aug. 11, 2016, where she spent her first day taking a tour of the campus. Before Klein Cain High School, Patin served as the principal at Doerre Intermediate and as an assistant and associate principal at Klein High School. Before moving to Klein ISD, she also served as an assistant principal in Pearland ISD. Prior to her career in administration, she taught biology, anatomy, and physiology, and coached the women’s soccer teams at Westside High School, Clear Creek High School, and Dawson High School after playing at the collegiate level herself.

 

“It takes a lot to build a new school,” said Patin. “There is so much to do, and you know that you only have one chance to get this right. I wanted to make sure I was a good steward of my resources to ensure the students were getting an amazing educational experience.”

 

The first order of business was to begin meeting with future Klein Cain students to select school colors and a mascot. This task gave the first classes of students something historic to do as the campus began building the Klein Cain legacy. Patin met with students in different focus groups to get their opinions, and on Aug. 21, 2016, the school colors and mascot were announced. Students and staff would be the Klein Cain High School Hurricanes and would show their pride through purple, silver, black, and white.

 

But beyond colors and a mascot, a building had to be built and furnished. Patin picked out paint, tile, carpet, furniture, graphics, and more to adorn the school. Also, 160 staff members were hired throughout this process.

 

“It was a challenge making sure that each employee was the right fit and that their educational philosophy and vision matched what we wanted for the students,” said Patin.

 

Students attending Klein Cain High School will have access to a state-of-the-art facility that exposes them to an educational experience full of collaboration, innovation, and risk taking. The campus features classrooms with glass walls that retract to open into large collaboration spaces. Every classroom features flexible seating to maximize the student’s learning needs and styles. 

 

“These ninth and tenth graders will have an incredible opportunity to be leaders from day one,” said Patin. “They will be the ones who will establish the culture, build traditions, and make Klein Cain a fantastic place.”

 

With the opening of a new high school comes new and exciting experience for both students and staff. The first day is going to be one they all remember, forever.


STEAM Express Receives Grant
Aug 02 2017 - 09:41:00 am


 

The Klein ISD STEAM Express is one of the newest recipients of an $11,500 grant from Bosch Community Fund grant program.  The grant program supports STEM education and environmental sustainability by providing students an experience to approach science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy. 

 

“Although this grant is guided towards alternative energy and resources, people in Texas so go big, and we did,” said Klein ISD STEAM Express instructor, Bill Nebeker. “We were awarded the grant. And now we are in a whirlwind of what’s possible!”

 

The first part of this project will allow the STEAM Express to purchase a new laser cutter/engraver for students to receive a hands-on learning experience by cutting items in a safe environment and create new products from used items. By creating new items from old ones, it brings the recycling and reusing concepts to life for the visitors of the STEAM Express.

 

The second part of this project will provide learning activities that will give students great experiences varying from magnetic levitating cars, to solar cookers, to H2O powered vehicles. This portion will also work in conjunction with the laser cutter to create new ideas that students will bring to life.

 

“We always strive to ignite and inspire all students who visit us at all grade levels,” said Nebeker. “Companies and businesses that provide grants and donations to the STEAM Express are making a difference beyond what happens today. It allows us to focus on our lifelong learners and students who have “grown up” on the STEAM Express.”

 

The Klein ISD STEAM Express visits more than 23,000 students and about 6,000 community members each year.

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