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Galindo Named a Top Administrator by Texas Association Gifted & Talented
Sep 30 2013 - 03:37:00 pm
Cynthia Galindo, Klein ISD instructional officer for advanced academics, earned the distinction of being named the 2013 Gulf Coast Area Administrator of the Gifted. Each year, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) recognizes five administrators across the state of Texas for their outstanding service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. Galindo has been the instructional officer since February 2010. Prior to serving the Klein ISD, she was an Advance Placement (AP) English teacher, gifted and talented facilitator and as an assistant principal. Currently, she provides leadership and coordinates the following programs: AP, Gifted and Talented, International Baccalaureate (IB), Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), Dual Credit and College and Career Readiness.

“Ms. Galindo’s passion and ongoing commitment to gifted education has given gifted children in Klein ISD the opportunity to pursue their passions, has given teachers of the gifted the opportunity to grow professionally, and has given parents of gifted students the opportunity to become advocates for their gifted children,” said Dr. Susan Borg, Klein ISD associate superintendent for instruction and student services. “We are honored that she has been recognized for her contributions and outstanding service to gifted education.”
Klein ISD Schedules College Night Schedule Oct. 10
Sep 30 2013 - 03:36:00 pm


The Klein ISD is set to host its annual College Night from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Champion Forest Baptist Church – 15555 Stuebner-Airline Rd., Houston, TX 77069. Approximately 200 college representatives from across the U.S. are scheduled to be in attendance to provide information about their respective schools and answer questions for students and parents.

The Lone Star College Go Center will be available to students throughout the event. Also new this year is a barcode system that students will be able to use to download information about perspective colleges.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this new process for College Night in action,” said Jeannie Connors, Klein ISD student support services officer. “This will be the first time that this process has been offered in the Houston area.”

Formal presentations are also scheduled on topics including financial aid for college and the application process. Students do not need to bring any formal documentation with them to the event. There will also be a school nurse available to provide information on the meningitis shot, which is required of all students entering college this year. For more information on this event, contact your child’s counselor.
Parents across the Klein ISD Engage in a Cultural Conversation
Sep 27 2013 - 04:01:00 pm
The Unite for Understanding Council hosts a diversity mixer



Sept. 27, 2013 – More than 200 people attended the Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council cultural mixer on Sept. 26, 2013, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. The goal of the meeting was to celebrate diversity, offer guidance and create an understanding of mutual respect for individuals. The Unite for Understanding is a community-wide council consisting of adult representatives from the schools, community leaders, social service organizations and parents.

Each Klein ISD principal selected parents to attend the event that focused on embracing differences and working together for the children of Klein ISD.

“As we increasingly have become a multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial school district, we need to recognize those same things that are being recognized on our campuses through the No Place for Hate activities and bring adults together as role models for our children,” expressed Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD superintendent. “The mixer was designed for the adults in our community to gather in one place and celebrate our diversity.”

Cain and Meghan Blakey, Benfer Elementary counselor, led the meeting which also consisted of campus representatives, community leaders and civic service organizations.

“The activities and the discussion that ensued during the mixer, provided great awareness on how we can unite and recognize what makes each of us eclectic,” said Blakey. “In acknowledging what makes us unique, it also allows us to see and understand what we all have in common, one of the most important things of course being our children and setting a good example for them to follow.”

During the evening, attendees viewed the documentary Interesting Times featuring Rice professor, Dr. Stephen Klineberg. The video discussed his 30-year-long study tracing both Houston’s economic and demographic transformation. The group also watched a We Are Klein diversity video, participated in engaging activities and sampled foods from other cultures. Click here to view the sponsors.

During the evening, attendees discussed how to draw together as a community despite having different beliefs and cultures, which is the focal point of the Unite Council.

“This is a wonderful community and the school district in many ways is the focal point of the community,” stated Cain. “Our hope by hosting events like this mixer is to become a model community. One that others will look to because we work together and embrace our diversity as a strength.” 

Parents were thankful that the district provided an opportunity to learn more about the Klein community.

“The evening was very informative,” said Klein ISD parent, Tricia Floyd. “It was nice to meet so many new people in our great school district.”

Because of its goals to increase mutual respect, the Unite for Understanding Council earned the distinction of being named a Community of Respect from the Anti-Defamation League for the fourth consecutive year. The Klein ISD is the only district to earn this mark for this length of time.

To view the Flickr album, click here. For more information on future Unite for Understanding Council meetings contact Klein ISD associate superintendent for communications and planning, Judy Rimato.
Klein ISD Grad Wins Coca-Cola Sweepstakes and Apprenticeship Experience
Sep 19 2013 - 01:46:00 pm
Tabitha Elder, Klein Forest High School 2013 magna cum laude graduate, was selected amongst thousands of entries as the winner of the 2013 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Sweepstakes and Apprenticeship Experience.

The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Sweepstakes selects individuals to receive a week long apprenticeship experience with Basketball hall of famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Los Angeles Dodger co-owner, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The criteria for selection was based on extracurricular activities and how the individual plans on giving back to their community after graduating from college.

“When I discovered that I was a winner and that my mentor would be Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, I was thrilled,” said Elder. “I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to experience and learn how to run my own business from someone who had been doing it for well over two decades,” she added. During the apprenticeship, Johnson was very gracious in sharing his time and his organization was at Elder’s disposal for her to observe, ask questions and gain a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in business. Elder was also treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity at Dodger Stadium with the full VIP treatment.

“I did not expect a man like Mr. Johnson, who is in such high demand and has so little down time to take so much interest into what I had to say. In the midst of the frenzy, Mr. Johnson still found time to sit down and discuss with me all of the changes he has made to Dodger Stadium since he has taken over and he always made sure I was included and was introduced to other celebrities and important people as his “intern”, Elder stated.

Elder is currently attending St. Edward’s University where she is a member of the volleyball team and majoring in business marketing.
Klein ISD GT Students to Showcase Projects at Convention
Sep 19 2013 - 01:45:00 pm
Several Klein ISD students have been selected to showcase their Texas Performance Standards Projects at the upcoming Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Convention being held in Houston this December.

The Texas Performance Stands Project (TPSP) is a state-required independent study for gifted students. As part of their daily instruction, gifted students are allowed to research a topic of their choice--independently and then synthesize all of the research into a product. Students work on this project for the entire year and showcase their projects at the district’s annual research showcase event.

At the showcase, these students presented projects that showed deep, complex and sophisticated research beyond the norm. It is those traits that allowed these students to be selected to showcase their projects again at the convention this December.

“It really is a great opportunity for our gifted populations to truly delve into whatever interests them and move forward in their area of giftedness,” stated Cynthia Galindo, instructional officer for Klein ISD Advanced Academic Services. “It is an incredible blessing to have teachers and administrators who support and encourage this type of learning,” she added.
Chevron Grants the Klein ISD $224,000 for JASON Project
Sep 11 2013 - 01:44:00 pm
At the Sept. 9, 2013, Klein ISD Board meeting, Karen Rawls, Chevron public and government affairs representative presented a check for more than $224,000 to the district which is designated to fund the JASON project. Chevron is a partner of the JASON project which is a hands-on classroom curricula that places students in challenging, real-world situations. Students have the opportunity to connect with top scientists and engineers through the project.



“The JASON Project supports the Klein I.S.D. inquiry-based science curricula,” stated Sherri Lathrop, Klein ISD instructional science officer. “We believe that participation in the JASON Project will increase our ultimate district goal of students becoming skillful, active, reflective, self-disciplined and honorable members of their communities. We are grateful to Chevron for providing this opportunity for our students.”

The curriculum consists of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources. Klein ISD teachers will receive professional development training on how to implement the program for students at their respective campuses. To learn more about the JASON project, click here.
Klein ISD Seniors Earn National Merit Semifinalist Rank
Sep 11 2013 - 01:43:00 pm
Klein ISD had 15 students across the district named as Semifinalist in today’s National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announcement. Nearly 16,000 Semifinalists were published in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To learn more about the competition, click here. Congratulations to the following Klein ISD students.

2013 Klein ISD National Merit Semifinalists

KLEIN H. S.

Jackson T. Crawford

Kirby R. Eckels

Jack Guo

Jiahan Liu

Brandon C. Ohl

Delaine F. Tubbs

Edmond H. Xue

Karen Yang

KLEIN FOREST H. S.

Amber N. Nong

KLEIN OAK H. S.

Bailey E. Willman

Danielle N. Hilborn

Connor E. Hitt

Kimberly H. Lai

Nathan A. Mehlhop

Kevin Zhao

Anti-Bullying Week is coming to the Klein ISD, Sept. 22-28, 2013
Sep 09 2013 - 01:42:00 pm
Campuses plan for the week

September 9, 2013 – The Klein ISD will kick off its Anti-Bullying Week on Monday Sept., 23, 2013. Anti-Bullying Week is a time which aims to raise awareness about the bullying of children and young people and help promote ways of creating a culture of respect and trust throughout the district. During Anti-Bullying Week, students and staff across the district will participate in themed lessons and activities that support the foundation of teaching respect, responsibility, integrity and commitment but also on reporting bullying if they ever experience it or see it taking place.

Some schools may choose a theme for the entire week that all of their activities and lessons will follow. Other schools may elect to have different themes for each day, for example, Klein Collins will have a “Don’t listen to what bullies say” theme where students are encouraged to wear shirts that support their favorite musician, band or type of music.

This year, McDougle Elementary has renamed their Anti-Bullying Week to Friendship Week. They will spend the week building a friendship puzzle. Every grade level will receive a piece to the puzzle with a different character trait on it. Each student will sign their piece of the puzzle. The idea behind the puzzle pieces is that friendships connect and by adding to the puzzle you are making an effort to get to know someone else.

“I feel that building relationships is the most important thing about Anti-Bullying Week,” expressed Sonia Villareal, McDougle counselor. “It helps open communication for more peaceful conflict resolutions.”

Lemm Elementary has also taken a new approach to Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating “Lemm Encourages Kindness Week.” Their week will be spent emphasizing the idea that kindness encourages more kindness. The school as a whole will participate in activities as well as activities in their individual classrooms. The school wide participation includes many activities to help students and staff be more aware of kindness taking place, and even a dance routine to Katy Perry’s new song Roar, which is about standing up for yourself and others who are being bullied.

Kreinhop Elementary is using the theme “Think Twice, Be Nice” for their Anti-Bullying Week. Their week will be focused around daily activities and discussions that include: how to practice respect in the school and community, becoming a leader that stands up for others and what it really means to be a friend. In addition to the daily discussion and activities, students and staff are encouraged to dress in the theme of the day such as, “Be all you can be” by wearing camouflage.

Join the activities and fun of Anti-Bullying Week in the Klein ISD by following us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the district’s stance on bullying, click here.
Parents Encouraged to Attend Fall Open House
Sep 09 2013 - 01:31:00 pm
Campuses host informational sessions and activities for parents

Sept. 9, 2013
— All campuses across the Klein ISD encourage parents to attend the open house events held at their child’s respective campus. These meetings provide an opportunity for both the campus and parents to share information pertinent to the fall semester. The schedule is as follows:

SCHOOL

DATE

TIME

Klein High

Sept. 17

6 p.m.

Klein Forest High

Sept. 12

7 – 9 p.m.

Klein Oak High

Sept. 10

7 p.m.

Klein Collins High

Sept. 17

6:30 p.m.

Vistas High School

Sept. 12

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Doerre Intermediate

Sept. 12

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Hildebrandt Intermediate

Sept. 12

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Kleb Intermediate

Sept. 12

7 p.m.

Klein Intermediate

Sept. 19

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Krimmel Intermediate

Sept. 12

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Schindewolf Intermediate

Sept. 12

6:40 – 8:40 p.m.

Strack Intermediate

Sept. 12

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ulrich Intermediate

Oct. 3

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Wunderlich Intermediate

Sept. 19

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Benfer Elementary

Sept. 24

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Benignus Elementary

Sept. 19

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bernshausen Elementary

Sept. 12

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Blackshear Elementary

Sept. 23 (PK, 1, 3, 5)

Sept. 24 (K, 2, 4)

7 – 8:30 p.m.

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Brill Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 8:00 p.m.

Ehrhardt  Elementary

Sept. 10

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Eiland Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 10 – 5th grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 16 – 4th grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 12 – 3rd grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 19 – 2nd grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 23 – 1st grade

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Epps Island Elementary

Sept. 10 – Kindergarten

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Frank Elementary

Sept. 16

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Grace England EC Center

Sept. 12

6 – 7 pm (AM classes)

7 – 8 pm (PM classes)

Greenwood Forest Elementary

Sept. 12

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Hassler Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 8 p.m.

Haude Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Kaiser Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 8 p.m.

Klenk Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Kohrville Elementary

Sept. 10 – K, 2,4

Sept. 16 – 1, 3, 5

6:30 – 8 p.m.

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Krahn Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Kreinhop Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Kuehnle Elementary

Sept. 16

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Lemm Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 8 p.m.

McDougle Elementary

Oct. 3

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Metzler Elementary

Sept. 23

6:30 – 7:05 p.m.

(EC,PK, K, 1, 2)

7:30 – 8:05 p.m.

(3,4,5)

Mittelstädt Elementary

Sept. 10

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Mueller Elementary

Sept. 19

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Nitsch Elementary

Sept. 16

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Northampton Elementary

Sept. 19

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Roth Elementary

Sept. 10

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Schultz Elementary

Oct. 1

6:30 p.m.

Theiss Elementary

Sept. 10

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Zwink Elementary

Sept. 19

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Klein ISD Participates in Annual Reach Out to Dropouts Walk
Sep 07 2013 - 01:28:00 pm
Staff encourages dropouts to return to school

Sept. 7, 2013
– The Klein ISD staff members, administrators, Superintendent Dr. Jim Cain, and counselors gathered together for the annual Reach Out to Dropouts Walk sponsored by the City of Houston. In the district’s fifth year, 71 volunteers went door-to-door to nearly 80 homes to provide students and parents with information regarding options available through Klein ISD, as well as encouragement and resources needed to complete high school. Door hangers and brochures with campus contact information were also left for those families who were unavailable.

Students targeted were dropouts from the 2012-13 school year and 2013 seniors who did not meet graduation requirements. In addition, home visits were made to students who have not yet returned to school this year. “The district continuously works together to identify students at-risk earlier for not graduating and begin the intervention process. Because of our efforts, we visit fewer students each year on this day,” said Angie Mentz, high school completion specialist.

The 2nd Chance program is one of the district’s initiatives for helping students graduate. It is offered to those who may not have graduated with their class because they need a few credits, or have not passed the exit-level TAKS. The program is self-paced and offers a flexible schedule that includes evening hours, which provides students an option for getting a high school diploma year-round. Since the program began in October 2009, more than 382 total students have earned their diplomas.

“At 2nd Chance we see lives change every day,” stated Beth Gilleland, 2nd Chance program coordinator. “Through the persistence of our team to support students and build strong relationships, we create an opportunity for them to have a brighter future.”

The Klein ISD joined 17 other school districts in the Greater Houston area for the eighth annual event, which has spanned to include 24 Texas cities. For information about the Klein ISD event or 2nd Chance, visit www.kleinisd.net/2ndchance or email amentz1@kleinisd.net.
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