The Paw Print Parent Newsletter

Kleb Intermediate, April 2016 Edition

The Principal's Message

Dear Kleb Parents and Students,

I hope everyone was able to take a break from their busy schedules to enjoy a fun and relaxing Easter Holiday with friends and family. It has been another busy and non-stop semester with some fantastic successes and experiences for many of our students. Summer will be here before we know it!

I first want to thank our Kleb community for the support they showed with our PTO Write-A-Check campaign. Due to the funds raised, we were able to start with our library makeover and could not be happier with the results! See the pictures below of our new murals that were done over Spring Break. The library has a brighter, more current and inviting feel. We look forward to phase 2, which will entail collaborative furniture pieces for our students. Again, thank you for helping us make #KlebFutureReady!

We had a smooth and successful first round of STAAR testing last week! I could not be more proud of how well our students and staff handled it all. Please check out our continued “STAAR Series” tutorial events to help support our students for their second round of upcoming STAAR tests. These free tutorial sessions are offered throughout the week and/or on select Saturdays in all tested subject areas. Please contact Mr. Clay Huggins if you have any further questions regarding this opportunity at 832-249-5513. I have no doubt that the hard work our students and teachers have put in will pay off in the end!

The coming weeks and months in this spring semester are full of exciting events and important date to note! Please mark your calendars for:

  • Friday, April 8: Spring School Pictures (through social studies classes) & 8th Grade Panoramic, 9 am
  • Saturday, April 23: Pink! Defying Gravity Young Women’s Leadership Conference
  • Tuesday, May 3: STAAR Testing- Algebra I
  • Monday, May 9: STAAR Testing-6 & 7 Math, 8 Math (2nd administration/retest)
  • Tuesday, May 10: STAAR Testing-6 & 7 Reading, 8 Reading (2nd administration/retest)
  • Wednesday, May 11: STAAR Testing- 8 Science
  • *Thursday, May 12: STAAR Testing- 8 Social Studies;* NJHS Induction Ceremony, 7 p.m. (*Date change)
  • *Thursday, May 17: Campus GT TPSP Showcase
  • Thursday, May 19: Choir Pop Show, 7 p.m.
  • *Monday May 23: 8th Grade Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24: District GT TPSP Showcase
  • Friday, May 27: 6th grade awards (1:30 p.m.) and 7th grade awards (10:00 a.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, June 1: STAAR Celebration, Periods 5-7
  • *Thursday, June 2: 8th Graders visit KHS 1:00-3:30
  • *Friday, June 3: Last Day of School & 8th Grade Party (Periods 6 & 7)

*=date change due to recent flooding events/scheduling conflicts.

Please contact us at 832-249-5500 if you have any questions regarding any of the above information!


Jessica Haddox, Kleb Intermediate Principal

The Counselor's Corner

The Middle Years

Check out this month's edition of The Middle Years, a newsletter that offers information on successfully supporting middle school children.


Thank you in advance for not making any appointments on these dates!

  • May 9, 2016 Monday Grade 6 & 7 Mathematics
  • May 10, 2016 Tuesday Grade 6 & 7 Reading
  • May 11, 2016 Wednesday Grade 8 Science
  • May 12, 2016 Thursday Grade 8 Social Studies

Upcoming Edgenuity Dates

If your child failed (grade below 70%) English, math, science and/or social studies, contact your child’s counselor for grade repair information. Students who have failed an academic class may attend Edgenuity after school. The class ends at 5:45 p.m. The upcoming Edgenuity dates are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: April 4-7

Monday – Thursday: April 11-14

Progress Reports & Report Card Dates


May 19, 2016


April 22, 2016 & June 10, 2016 (Mailed Home)

Follow us on Twitter

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Other Upcoming Events!

Cheer Car Wash

Saturday, April 16th, 9am-2pm

7425 Louetta Road

Spring, TX

Kleb Cheerleaders will be hosting a car wash on April 16th from 9 to 2 pm in the Kleb Parking lot. Come out and get your car washed while help us raise money for cheer camp! If there is inclement weather on 4/16, the makeup car wash will be held on 4/23.

Washington D.C. Trip, 2017

Wednesday, June 7th 2017 at 7am to Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 7pm

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

Any current 7th grader interested in attending Washington D.C. next year should see Coach Gregg Blanchard in room 117. Coach Blanchard has been directing the trip for 7 years and has been to Washington DC over 10 times!

Students are scheduled to visit the following:

  • The U.S. Capital
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Photo Stop -White House
  • Smithsonian Complex
  • Monuments and Memorials
  • Mount Vernon
  • Plus much More!

Please contact Coach Blanchard at or call 832-249-5557. Also, check out trip #7892!

Faculty vs. Students "Bent Rules" Basketball Game

Thank you to all that came out and supported the faculty vs. staff basketball games! All donations raised will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kudos to Coach McGuire for organizing the event!

In Library News

March Madness Tournament of Books

The 2016 March Madness Tournament of Books is in full swing! Students can cast their vote for their favorite books using the Google form posted on the Kleb Library webpage under March Madness.
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ScienceFlix: a brand new online database for students to use for Science research!

A link to ScienceFlix has been posted on the Library webpage under Online Resources. Students will be introduced to ScienceFlix during their library visits this Spring. Login information can be obtained from the library staff or your child's classroom teacher.

Lone Star Reading News

Congratulations to 6th grader, Juslyn Dhingra and 8th grader Michael Lee for reading all 20 books on the 2014-2015 Lone Star List! Twelve students have read 15 Lone Star books on the list and qualified for the Lone Star Pizza Luncheon in May! Many more are close to reaching that goal! The deadline for reading and reporting Lone Stars is Friday, May 7th. The Lone Star Pizza Luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 24th.

Thank you Kleb community for making our library go from drab to fab!

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Destination Imagination Advances to Globals!

Kleb Intermediate is proud to announce that their Destination Imagination Structure Team, the Medieval Musicians, placed 3rd in the DI State Tournament and will be advancing to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May. The team will compete against teams from all over the globe in a five day tournament that is billed as the World’s Largest Celebration of Creativity. Kleb Intermediate was the only secondary team in Klein ISD to advance to Global Finals.

A word from the clinic

Required Immunizations for Current 6th Graders

All 6th graders are required by the state of Texas to have two immunizations prior to entering their 7th grade year.

The following immunizations are needed:

1. Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Pertussis- Students will be required to have one booster dose of a tetanus/diptheria/ pertussis containing vaccine for entry into the 7th grade if at least five (5) years have passed since the last dose of tetanus containing vaccine. If five years have not elapsed, then this dose will become due as soon as the five-year interval passes.

2. Meningococcal- Students are required to have one (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine by 7th grade If you have not already done so, please provide updated immunization records to the clinic before May 20, 2016. Incoming seventh grade students will not be able to receive their schedule on the first day of school without the required immunizations.

Immunization records may be faxed to 832-249-5509. Thank you!

Join the American Sign Language Club!

Kleb Intermediate is proud to have an American Sign Language Club. Two of our 7th grade Bearcubs approached their principal and got this club started!

We are currently meeting twice a week to different themes. We have worked on our alphabet of course, but we’ve also had meetings on “cooking”, “basic social skills”, and “school”. We are very excited about our new club!

If you think your Bearcub would like to join our group, then please have them come to Room 126 on Monday and/or Tuesday after school. We meet from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Miss Jackson’s room.

News From the Arts

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


Recently, many of our students participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. To enter Scholastic is a wonderful experience and an honor. The following students were recognized:

Honorable Mention:

  • Cristen Patterson for drawing entitled “Mexico Fancy”
  • Ola Alfred for blind contour entitled “Me Laying Down”
  • Aaron Colon for still life drawing entitled “Toys”
  • Tito Diaz won two Honorable Mentions for the pieces entitled “Chucky” and “Perrier”
  • Caitlyn Newcomer for still life drawing entitled “Personality behind the Curtain”
  • Feliciana Ochoa for watercolour entitled “Me in the Cola”
  • Page Rincon for watercolour entitled “Green”

Silver Key Winners:

  • Holly Gilstrap for drawing entitled “Bay House”
  • Aaron Colon for watercolour entitled “Table Setting”
  • Lily Lee for drawing entitled “Fragile”
  • Marielle Morris for drawing entitled “Water”
  • Feliciana Ochoa for photograph entitled “Umbrellas on the River Walk”
  • Joseph Spellman for self-portrait entitled “Tug of War

Gold Key Winners:

  • Erin Del Paggio won two Gold Keys for the two pieces entitled “Hair Cut” and “Sunday Brunch.” Erin also won National Scholastic Gold Key and will be recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.
  • Presley Turner won Gold Key for her still life drawing entitled “Leaf and Pine Cone.” Presley also won National Scholastic Silver Key and her work will be published as part of the Scholastic Key artwork.
  • Whitney Franco for still life drawing entitled “Days of Old”
  • Haylee Nupnau for photograph entitled “Flower Close-up”
  • Page Rincon for self-portrait entitled “Happily Drawing”


Honorable Mention:

  • Sneha Shenoy in the Poetry division for the poem “From the Heart”

Silver Key:

  • Avian Munoz in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category for the story “Falling Dusk”
  • Maddie Myers in the Short Story category for the story “The Liberator”

Scholastic Art Awards: Updated Top Art Winners!

We are pleased to announce that the following students have earned National Medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by Alliance for the Young Artists & Writers.

  • Erin Del Paggio- Gold Medal in Art (2)
  • Presley Turner- Silver Medal in Art

Their work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top Awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 2 and to participate in the showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in NYC. We're proud to have these students represent our school in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“Note”able News from the Orchestra

February and March found the Kleb Orchestra students busy preparing and performing their Solos and/or Ensembles. From the Concert Orchestras, 86 medals were earned and 16 were selected as Outstanding Performers. In the Intermediate, Philharmonic, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras, 129 students received medals and 19 students were selected as Outstanding Performers. The entire program earned 215 total medals/trophies! For the prestigious “Outstanding Performers” Award, the judges choose these at the end of the day, only after all students have performed, and only to those musicians whose performance was above and beyond the “Excellent” award. Way to go Orchestras!

The Orchestras participated in the Galveston Isle Festival on Saturday, April 2nd. Each Orchestra received a Superior rating with the Symphony Orchestra receiving the additional Best in Class award. Each group will also participate in UIL on April 7th and 8th. The 6th grade concert/beginner orchestras will compete in a new festival at Klein High School on May 25th.

The final performance of the year, the Spring Concert, will be May 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Klein High School. More details will be forthcoming in class (early May). We hope many family members and friends will be able to attend. This will be our 8th graders final performance with the Kleb Orchestra…. we wish you farewell and please know how much you will be missed!

The Splashtown outing is set for Saturday, May 21st, with more details forthcoming in class. Also, all of the students who have received the #10 coupon on the Incentive Chart will be enjoying the complimentary Ice Cream Party at the end of May after school! So keep working to earn the weekly stickers in order to fill out your chart before the last week of May!

TAKE NOTE: The three activities available during the summer are private lessons, weekly summer camps offered at different universities around the state and Klein High School and Kleb Summer Orchestra in August before school starts. Mrs. Herron/Mr. Jackson will send home an information later in May regarding private lessons and camp. A letter will be mailed to you in the middle of the summer with more details concerning these two days.

The Sounds of Choir

Congratulations to all Kleb Choir students who participated in the UIL Choir Competition. You made your director and school proud for the musicianship and professionalism you exemplified. Way to go!

Our next upcoming event is Solo and Ensemble for Sixth Graders, Friday April 15th at Ulrich Intermediate. This event is optional, where students will perform either a solo or in a small ensemble before a judge. They have the opportunity to win a medal for their musicianship and hard work.

Lastly, our Pop show is coming up on Thursday May, 19th at Kleb Intermediate. Auditions for soloists and small groups will be held Monday and Tuesday April 18th and 19th afterschool in the choir room. Music must have an accompaniment and be performance ready with appropriate text and meaning. Auditions for Pop Show are optional. Don’t forget to check your emails for further updates. Go Bear Cubs!

Acting Out in Theatre Arts


Theatre students attended a professional production of “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Alley Theatre (downtown Houston) March 11. Kleb Theatre is currently a Partner School with the Alley and benefits from professional actors coming to Kleb and teaching Theatre students. Currently 7th and 8th graders are learning about Greek Theatre from an Alley Theatre resident artist.


Kleb Theatre will perform their One Act Play, “The Forgotten Door, ” Friday, April 29 at 6:00pm at Klein High School. The play was adapted for stage by Gregory A. Falls and is from the book by Alexander Key. The following students are doing an outstanding job preparing this piece for Klein ISD’s One Act Play Intermediate School Festival. Come support Kleb Theatre Friday, April 29th at 6:00pm. Admission free but there is no late seating. Running time for the One Act Play is 40 minutes.

NYC 2016 & 2017

Kleb Theatre will be going to NYC June 8, 9, 10, 2016.

Kleb Theatre will also go to NYC June 2017.

If you are interested in being a part of these trips contact Mrs. Duty at

Just a Reminder...

Custody Information:

Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the principal a certified copy of the court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any questions, please call Ms. Haddox at 832-249-5515.

Attendance Counts!

Kleb’s Overall Attendance Averages for the First Semester:

1st Six Weeks: 97.5%

2nd Six Weeks: 97.1%

3rd Six Weeks: 96.5%

4th Six Weeks: 95.9%

Overall Average: 96.75%

Help us reach our goal of staying above 97%! We miss our students when they are not here!

2016-2017 Klein ISD School Calendar

Click here to access the 2016-2017 KISD school calendar!