Kleb Intermediate

Edition 2: September 14th, 2020

Hello Bearcub families,

We hope that everyone was able to have a safe and relaxing weekend. We are still smiling from our first week with all of our Bearcubs! It was so nice to have a building filled with students once more and see all our students smiling faces online. We truly appreciate everyones patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these new and uncharted waters. The newsletter this week contains some supports from last week but we wanted to highlight some new information for this week including the introduction of our Bearcubs of the Week, Live School, tech support information, our Zoom participation guidelines, and a car rider pickup map. We also want to celebrate some bright spots from this past week in our Kudos section.

We are looking forward to another fabulous week and as always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff.

~Kleb Intermediate Administration

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Kleb Kudos!

First, I want to celebrate our students. They did such a great job last week transitioning to campus with all of the new safety protocols. I also want to give a kudos to our online students for working through a very different start of school and navigating the online platform. We are so proud of everyone and appreciate all of their hard work last week!

I also want to shout out our staff. This is all new for us as well and they did a wonderful job juggling both learning platforms at once all while working to keep everyone safe. Thank you for everything that you do to support our students!

Finally, thank you to our parents and families. We appreciate your patience and understanding, but also thank you for all of the conversations and help you are giving at home. We could not do this without you, so thank you!

Tips & Reminders to Prepare for Week 2:

Zoom Participation Guidelines:

In order to help support our students more effectively and manage our Zoom/Online classrooms, we will be implementing the following guidelines on Monday that will be required in order to participate in Zoom.

  • Students need to follow the dress code when online with their teacher and/or classmates
  • Students will need to make sure to use their first and last name as their screen name in order to be let in from the waiting room
  • Students will need to leave their cameras on for the entire time while in the Zoom session unless there are extenuating circumstances that does not allow them to do so. If those circumstances exist, then the student or parent needs to contact their teacher to let them know.
  • Students may use the Chat feature for topics related to the lesson or to communicate with the teacher.

Parents, please note, that our Zooms are considered part of our classrooms. Our campus is diligently working to create a cohesive classroom environment and provide our online students an opportunity to engage with both the teacher and other students. If you need to contact one of our staff members for questions or support, we ask that you email or call them so that they can reach out and address any issues.

Attendance Expectations for Online Testing

Now that school is underway, we wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of our testing day expectations for our online students. Another reason that we are emphasizing our Zoom guidelines is that on test day for online students, they will not only have to follow the guidelines above, but they will also need to be present on Zoom at the time of the class to take the test. If a student is not present online during the class on test day, they will have to arrange a time with the teacher to take a make-up test. If all testing opportunities are missed, then a zero would be recorded in the grade book for that test. Our campus will work hard to ensure that all major grade testing is communicated well advance, but we wanted to make families aware of the testing guidelines for this year.

Bearcubs please make sure that you are charging your Chromebooks every night!

Students should charge their Chromebooks every night so they are prepared for school each day. We recommend having one location in the house they charge it at each night so they develop a routine. On campus students will need to bring a charged Chromebook everyday to campus so they can access instructional material. Online students will need to have theirs ready so they can log-in to zooms and access material through Schoology. If your student is on-campus and has not received a Chromebook, we will be distributing devices the first week of school.

Updated Tech Support for this week: For our online students, we have added a Kleb Tech Support Form to our Website for all software tech issues such as Schoology, Skyward, and Zoom. The form will link to each grade level office so we can direct your response to the proper channels to get you support. Click here to access the form. On campus students can continue to visit our repair center during school hours for both hardware and software issues.

New Device Pick-Up for our online students will be on Monday & Friday of this week from 7:30-8:00 am as drive through help in the bus parking lot on the cafeteria side of the school.

Hardware Tech Support such as repairs to keyboards, screens, cameras, etc. for our online students will be on Wednesday & Friday of this week from 7:30-8:00 am as drive through help in the bus parking lot on the cafeteria side of the school.

Supply Distribution Day for Online Students

We will be holding a second supply distribution day for our online students. This Thursday from 5:00 -6:30 pm in the bus parking lot on the cafeteria side, we will be distributing supplies for the following courses/teachers:

  • English Language Arts (ELA): all grades & courses (excludes Humanities)
  • Health with Mrs. Anderson
  • Choir with Mrs. McDonald & Mrs. Scoggins
  • Any online student that Pre-Ordered Spirit Wear/Masks this year
  • Art with Mrs. Packard Porter

We will also be continuing to distribute the following materials if you did not come the first day.

  • 7th & 8th Grade Humanities with Ms. Jackson
  • Art with Dr. Fridley-Herford
  • Art or Crafts with Ms. McDaniel
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • 8th Math: all courses
  • 7th Advanced Math

GT Referral Window

Dear Kleb Parents,

Just a reminder that the GT Referral window is now open. Advanced Academics is excited to share with you several resources for families who are interested in referring their students for Gifted & Talented Identification!

The referral link will be http://kisd.us/gt and parents can fill out the referral form from there. The referral window is open from September 8th until September 27th.

Gifted Identification Referral Window: Sept. 8 -27

Live School Kick-Off:

Liveschool is a website and app that allows us to reward our students for positive behavior. Liveschool will replace the CUB Cards and Cub Wristbands that our students earned in the previous years. Students will be rewarded points for following our Virtual and On-Campus CUB Behavior Matrix. Students will be able to use their points to enter to win raffles and rewards throughout the school year. Parents and guardians will have access to their students' Liveschool accounts and will be able to view the points their child has earned, comments from their students' teachers, and which rewards their student has entered to win. Please note that at Kleb we will not be using the demerit feature of this app. We are only using Liveschool to reward students for positive behavior! All Kleb students will be creating their own account on Liveschool on Monday 9/14/2020. Once your student sets up their account please follow these steps to gain parent access:

  1. Ask your student to login to their student account.

  2. Click the upper right hand corner and select “add a parent”

  3. Visit Parent Liveschool and enter the code provided for your student.

  4. View the Parent Guide for additional information. *This will help if you have multiple children at Kleb!

If you are unable to gain access to view your child's account, please fill out the following form.

Picture Day is coming soon!

Picture Day is coming at the end of this month. We are working with the picture company to finalize a plan for our KOL students and then we will get out all the details to our students and families, so stay tuned!

BearCUBs of the Week

Campus Visitors

  • The campus will continue to encourage all meetings to take place virtually, however, if face to face meetings are needed, we will be implementing the following procedures.

  • All visitors will be required to complete a health screening form and wear a mask while on campus.

  • Visitors should check-in the front office and present their ID to be scanned so a campus ID badge can be created.

  • Once checked in, visitors should remain in the front office until staff has confirmed that the visitors destination has safety measures in place.

  • At this time, parents/guardians will not be allowed to visit students in the cafeteria nor bring lunch deliveries, until further notice.

Student Information

Food Services & Klein2Go Meals

Thanks to recent approval from USDA, Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services will provide meals to all children 18 and under free of charge, through September! Click on the link below to find out more information about Klein2Go for our online students.

Paypams (lunch accounts): https://paypams.com/

Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services Launches Klein2Go Meals

Dress Code Highlights

Whether online or on campus, students should follow our dress code guidelines. Students that are out of dress code will be asked to make corrections before continuing with their school day.

Cell Phone Policy: Pulled from the 2020-2021 Klein ISD Student Handbook

Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels) Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones: The district permits students to possess personal cell phones for safety purposes; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes.

A student must have approval to possess other personal telecommunications devices such as laptops, tablets, or other portable computers. Students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices at school unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event. If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office.

Please reference the Student Handbook for more information about cell phones and acceptable technology use.

Campus Safety Guidelines:

Students will be expected to follow all safety guidelines while on campus including maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently cleaning their hands. Our staff will be working to help support our students transition on campus and practice our new guidelines. New updates were sent out the first week of September regarding face masks, please note the specific updates regarding face masks with ventilators and shields. The campus has also created new procedures for hallway transitions, classrooms, the cafeteria, and other common areas on campus. We highly recommend that students bring an extra mask in their backpacks when on campus. We also recommend students bring a bottle of water with them to campus as the fountains are only available to refill bottles.

Please visit the campus safety supports page to read more about these procedures and review our updated information.

Car Rider Pickup:

If you pick your student up at the end of the school day, please refer to the new map below. Kleb administration is working along side our Klein PD to make pickup a safe and quick process for both students and parents. We ask that all parents please follow the map below for pick up. Please note that students will no longer be allowed to walk down the row of cars to get into their vehicle. Thank you for your patience and help.
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Calendar of Events:

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Teacher of the Week

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The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. - To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Where did you grow up? Spring, TX

How long have you been in education? 18

Where did you go to school? Stephen F. Austin State University

What's your favorite theme park? Any waterpark - Aquatica at SeaWorld is great!

What is something you are really good at cooking? Anything I can throw in the air fryer.

What's your idea of fun? Hanging out with family and friends.

Have you ever won a contest? If so, what did you win? Yes - karaoke

Where would you time-travel, if it were possible? Back to a time when all my grandparents were still living so I could record their stories in their own voices.


2020-2021 Bell Schedule

As in years past, our 6th grade students will continue to run on a separate bell schedule. Please note, that 7th & 8th grade students have two different lunch times. To know yours, check your schedule through student access in Skyward.
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Attendance Procedures

Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

Did you know you can now report an absence in Skyward? Click HERE for more information.

Any student who is absent for the whole day is required to produce one of the following within 5 days of their absence(s):

· Parent Note

· Parent email (within 5 days of absence)

· Original medical note (copies or altered notes will not be accepted)

· Faxed notes must be sent from physician’s office

· Court note

· Official note for observance of approved religious holy days

***If a student is absent for part of the day for a doctor appointment, their absence will be coded as Section 25 (temporary absence) if the student follows the following procedure: The student must return the doctor excuse to the Attendance Office immediately upon returning to school to receive the Section 25 coding for their absence.

If a student does not produce one of the items listed above within the allotted timeframe, that absence will be considered unexcused and counted toward their total semester absences.

Klein ISD takes attendance very seriously, and we want to see your child succeed at Kleb. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please feel free to contact the attendance office at 832-249-5495 or reach out to your assistant principal.

Additional attendance information can be found starting on page 36 of the 20-21 Student Handbook.

Kleb Counselors

Click on the below for counselor contact information and campus supports.

Spotlight Virtual Tour with Principal Hodge.