Klein News
Wunderlich Farm Farmers Market This Saturday
Sep 19 2016 - 01:44:00 pm

Saturday, 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.

 

This 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.

 

As 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.

District Celebrates AntiBullying Week
Sep 19 2016 - 01:44:00 pm

Klein 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.

 

Some 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 week’s festivities.

 

Klein ISD takes bullying seriously and has additional resources available here.

District to Host Board of Trustees Candidates’ Forum
Sep 19 2016 - 01:43:00 pm

Klein 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.

 

Candidates are as follows:

 

Position 6: Cathy M. Arellano, Robert Dembo III, Doug James, and Cissy Saccomanno

Position 7: Rick Mann

 

For more information about the election or candidates, click here.

ConocoPhillips Seeks to Honor Math Teachers
Sep 19 2016 - 01:40:00 pm

Know a math teacher who is making a difference in their classroom? Nominate them today for the ConocoPhillips Math Teacher of the Month.

 

ConocoPhillips 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.

 

Students, 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 clicking here.

Klein ISD to Invite Elected Officials from all Levels of Government to School
Sep 16 2016 - 10:40:00 am
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.
Semifinalists Named Today
Sep 14 2016 - 05:00:00 pm
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.

Biology Teacher Attends Workshop at San Diego Zoo
Sep 13 2016 - 12:29:00 pm

For 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 to date.

 

“I 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.”

 

The 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 worldwide.

 

“One 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!”

 

The 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.

 

“We 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.

 

The zoo’s wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species.

 

DeForge 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.

 

“Since 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 Project Reach Out Walk Enters its Eighth Year
Sep 12 2016 - 11:19:00 am

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 unavailable.

 

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 2014.

 

“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 graduate.”

Yellow Bus Tour of Klein school Rolls on Oct. 7
Sep 07 2016 - 12:36:00 pm

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 dscheel@kleinisd.net
Champion to Hold Two Klein ISD Town Hall Meetings
Sep 07 2016 - 12:35:00 pm
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 to participate.  

For more information about the survey or Town Hall meetings, contact Judy Rimato at jrimato@kleinisd.net.  
Klein ISD Fall Open House
Sep 06 2016 - 12:31:00 pm
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.  

District Offers Areas Only Living History Museum
Sep 06 2016 - 09:35:00 am


Encompassing 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 the district.

 

As 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.

 

“For 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.”

 

Seeing 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 Xbox.

 

“I 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 comes from.”

 

The 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.

 

“It’s 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.

 

Wunderlich 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.

 

Other 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.
 

“We 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.” 

As 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 families.

 

“In 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 weekends.”

 

Wunderlich 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.

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