Sept. 24, 2016, Wunderlich Farm will host another Farmers Market, open to the
public. Come out and enjoy locally grown produce and products. Each market features
new and unique items so don’t miss out.
Saturday, live cooking demonstrations will take place. Join the fun in front of
the Maria Katherine House as demonstrators make butter, bread, biscuits from
scratch and a mulligan stew. Wings on Wheels will also be cooking up some
gourmet bone in and boneless wings.
always, the farmers market offers fresh produce, a variety of products from
local businesses such as coffee, salsa, lotions, and even treats for your pets.
Stop by and see all of the animals living at the farm and take a tour of the
grounds. For more information visit
Wunderlich Farm on Facebook
or click here.
ISD will kick off its Friendship Week beginning Monday, Sept. 19 and will
recognize Antibullying Week beginning Monday, Sept. 26. These weeks of
celebration aim 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. Each 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.
schools may choose a theme for the entire week that all activities and lessons
will follow. Others school may elect to have different themes for each day, for
example, Hassler Elementary “Knows the Recipe for Friendship” and will wear
aprons and or chef hats this Thursday. Hildebrandt Intermediate’s theme for the
week is “Be a Hero – Stand Up to Bullying.” Other activities taking place include a
stuffed animals drive at Nitsch where students are encouraged to donate stuffed
animals to local organizations. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from each
ISD takes bullying seriously and has additional resources available here.
ISD school Board positions 6 (currently held by Paul Lanham) and 7 (currently
held by Rick Mann) will be on the Nov. 8, 2016, election ballot. We are excited
to invite the community to a Board Candidates’ Forum taking place on Tuesday,
Oct. 4, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM
2920 Klein, TX 77379.
are as follows:
6: Cathy M. Arellano, Robert Dembo III, Doug James, and Cissy Saccomanno
7: Rick Mann
more information about the election or candidates, click here.
a math teacher who is making a difference in their classroom? Nominate them
today for the ConocoPhillips Math Teacher of the Month.
and the Houston Astros have teamed up once again to recognize math teachers in
the Houston area who go above and beyond to help inspire students’ excitement
and interest in mathematics. Every month during baseball season, the
ConocoPhillips Math Teacher of the Month program will highlight a teacher who’s
hitting a homerun in the classroom.
parents, guardians, colleagues, school administration and the community are
eligible to nominate a math teacher now through December 15 for the 2017 math
teacher of the month. Please take a moment to nominate an outstanding math
teacher you know. Learn more about the program and how to nominate a teacher by
KLEIN, TX – On Sept. 12, the Klein Independent School District Board of Trustees adopted a ‘School Priority Month Resolution’ as an acknowledgment of engagement to promote our local public schools and foster important relationships with locally elected officials from every level of government.
Recognized as a statewide event during the month of October, the Klein Independent School District will share a vision where public school campuses across Texas open their doors to elected officials of every kind – from sheriffs, judges, commissioners, city councils, mayors and more – to walk the halls, see students in learning environments, and visit with students and educators alike.
As stewards of our democracy, elected officials from every level of government are important to our society.
“As pillars of our local communities, these elected officials are important to public education because they are some of our fiercest champions in the community, state, and national level. I like the idea of having the kids invite the legislators to visit the schools. We need them to see that great things are happening in Klein ISD and public schools across Texas,” said School Board President Steven Smith.
‘School Priority Month’ is scheduled to take place during the month of October every other year prior to a legislative session. This 2016 event will mark the inaugural ‘Klein ISD School Priority Month.’
School districts will have the opportunity to foster relationships and share positive experiences with elected officials based on classroom visits, student and teacher conversations, and concluding with administrative debriefs as part of their campus tour.
“We are looking to form a partnership with our elected officials at all levels of government. ‘Klein ISD School Priority Month’ will allow us to offer our elected officials a level of engagement with our schools they have not had before,” said Klein ISD Superintendent Bret Champion.
Klein ISD had 13 students across the district named as Semifinalist in today's National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announcement. Nearly 16,000 Semifinalists were published in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. Congratulations to the following Klein ISD students.
new Klein Oak biology teacher Aaron DeForge this summer was definitely one to
remember. After filling out an application for the San Diego Zoo’s Conservation
Education Lab, he was randomly selected to attend this exclusive four day
workshop that has trained more than 800 middle school and high school teachers
wanted to be a part of this because I want to teach my students about the
impact we are having on organisms and their habitat,” he said. “But I didn’t
know how to fit it in to such a tightly structured curriculum.”
program offers teachers the opportunity to study the science of saving species
while gathering stories, activities, and lessons framed in the context of
conservation science. This hands-on, one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes
experience opens up many opportunities for attendees. The goal of the program
is to help make teachers aware of conservation of endangered species, and help
incorporate lessons into the class room to teach future generations the
scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats
thing that completely blew my mind was their cryogenics chamber,” said DeForge.
“They keep body cells of extinct and other threatened animals such as the white
rhino and are working on making them into reproductive cells. They could
potentially bring back extinct species one day!”
four day workshop provides teachers with a 12 hour day where they learned about
conservation by completing labs such as a polar bear hearing frequency test,
California condor electrophoresis, desert tortoise location, field observations
and a safari exploration.
went on a safari adventure throughout the 1,000 acre zoo that brought us up
close with rhinos, gazelle, giraffes, and many other species that would be
common in Africa and Asia,” he stated.
zoo’s wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more
than 400 species.
says that this was a tremendous opportunity for him to learn about how we as
the human species impact organisms and their environment and how dedicated the
San Diego Zoo is to help raise awareness of conservation.
I had the opportunity to go on this incredible workshop, my students will now
have access to all of the lab material that I used during the workshop,” said
DeForge. “This will help me teach my students the importance of conservation,
how they can help, and what science is doing to aid the animals, plants and
habitats that have are may one day be affected.”
Klein ISD staff members, administrators, counselors gathered
together for the annual Reach Out to Dropouts Walk. The Klein ISD joins 17
other school districts in the Greater Houston area for the 11th annual event,
which has spanned to include 24 Texas cities. In the district’s eighth year, 90
volunteers went door-to-door to 148 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. Volunteers left
door hangers with campus contact information for those families who were
Of the 148 home visits, Klein ISD staffers made personal
contact with nearly 70 students or parents.
"Students and families are often surprised that school
staff is knocking on their door," said Angie Mentz, graduation completion
specialist. Letting the students know that we care about their education and are
willing to go the extra mile makes a big difference. A personal phone call or
visit can be the one thing that helps them realize just how important it is to
graduate from high school.”
On-time graduation rates for the class of 2015 rose to 94.3
percent last year. The rate represents a .8 percent gain over the class of
“We have seen a decrease in the number of students we visit
each year which shows the district is making progress reaching these students,”
said Bret Champion, Ed.D., Klein ISD superintendent. “It is important to help
these students and their families know we care about them and helping students
KLEIN, TX – Get a first-hand glimpse into what happens at Klein ISD schools on a daily basis via the Yellow Bus Tour, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, starting at 8:30 a.m. Bus tour attendees will meet at the Klein ISD Central Office (7200 Spring Cypress Road, Klein, TX 77379) and receive a visitor’s badge (please bring your driver’s license) through the V-Soft system (visitor screening system). During the tour, participants will board a Klein ISD school bus and observe student life at Klein High School, Kleb Intermediate School, and Mittelstadt Elementary School. Lunch will be provided and the tour will end by 2 p.m.
Each school will provide tours of classrooms and other spaces within the facility allowing community members to ask questions of tour leaders along the way. This tour represents one of many opportunities for participants to visit campuses throughout the year. Space is limited to the first 75 respondents. RSVP by Sept. 30, 2016, to Debbie Scheel at 832-249-4751 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KLEIN, TX – Klein ISD superintendent, Bret Champion, Ed. D. invites the community to participate in one of two Town Hall meetings scheduled to take place in Sept. During the sessions, Champion will share the results from a community-wide survey and receive input from the audience. The first session starts at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center located at 7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379. The second session begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Kaiser Elementary, 13340 Bammel N. Houston Road, Houston, TX 77066.
The ten-minute community survey is for all Klein ISD stakeholders including residents, parents, students, employees, and business partners and offers the opportunity to provide earnest input about the district. The survey is currently 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. The last day to participate in the survey is Sept. 13, click here
For more information about the survey or Town Hall meetings, contact Judy Rimato at email@example.com
KLEIN, TX – 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 campus personnel and parents to share information pertinent to the school and the fall semester. Click below for a full schedule of dates and times.
20 acres in Klein ISD is the historic Wunderlich Farm, known to many as a
hidden gem in our community. Underneath the fresh landscape, you will find a
turn-of-the-century farm that brings together the community and the students in
part of the Klein ISD curriculum, all fourth-grade students get the opportunity
to experience this historic place in a two-hour, hands-on field trip where they
get to become children of Klein at the turn of a century. Students partake in a
1925 themed school lesson, help work and cook in the 1884 themed outdoor
kitchen, work in the garden from 1922, and learn about animals that have been
around for centuries.
two hours these fourth graders get to live in and learn about three different
decades and truly go beyond history,” said district historian Steve Baird. “To
truly learn history, I think our students have to participate in and become
part of the story.”
students participate in the activities on the field trip has certainly proved
to be making an impact on them. Baird recalls seeing students playing simpler
games at recess and telling each other that this experience was better than playing
see students starting to appreciate the little things more,” he said. “I love
seeing the light bulb go off when they finally understand where their food
farm has had the opportunity to impact the lives of students in Klein ISD, the
staff, and community. Over the past few years, the public has started to
connect with Wunderlich Farm as well. The public has started taking pride in it
and has started stepping up to look after it and help out.
vital to preserve the history of our community because it’s what defines us,”
Baird said. “If we forget where we come from and the sacrifices that were made,
then we are dishonoring the memories of these families that came before us. If
we don’t preserve the history, we lose ourselves,” he added.
Farm is open to the public on the last Saturday of each month, except in
November and December. The farm and museum are open and include a farmer’s
market complete with local, fresh produce and hand-made goods such as coffee,
tamales, salsa, soaps, and much more. The Farmer’s Market also features a
unique activity or special vendor each month.
events hosted by Wunderlich Farm include an Old Fashioned Christmas Market in
December that features carolers, student performances, arts and crafts themed
to the era and even photos with Santa. The farm also hosts a Spring Festival
and Heritage Days Celebration both complete with demonstrations, live music,
reenactments, fun and games for the kids, and more.
offer a unique atmosphere at all of our markets and other events and families
truly love being able to make a day of shopping and then having a picnic lunch
under our large trees, while their kids feed the animals,” said Baird. “We have
seen our Christmas market grow from 700 people the first year to around 1,800
people last year.”
a functioning farmstead with crops, animals and costumed interpreters,
Wunderlich Farm’s overall goal is to allow Klein ISD students, the community,
and the public to feel like they are no longer in the fourth largest city in
the U.S., but instead back on the farm as a member of one of the first founding
the future, I want to establish a blacksmith shop, general store, and even a
church to be used from time to time,” said Baird. We are always seeking
volunteers to help with service projects, or serve as a docent on the
Farm is a 501c3 organization and its day to day operations depend on donations
that help maintain and preserve the thousands of artifacts on site, as well as
provide for the grounds, the buildings, and the animals that call it home. To
learn more about Wunderlich Farm, the events, tours, how you can volunteer, or
to donate, click here.